“‘Therefore, this is what the sovereign Lord says: Take note 1 that I am against your wristbands with which you entrap people’s lives 2 like birds. I will tear them from your arms and will release the people’s lives, which you hunt like birds.
I also wanted to know 1 the meaning of the ten horns on its head, and of that other horn which came up and before which three others fell. This was the horn that had eyes 2 and a mouth speaking arrogant things, whose appearance was more formidable than the others. 3
For our reason for confidence 1 is this: the testimony of our conscience, that with pure motives 2 and sincerity which are from God 3 – not by human wisdom 4 but by the grace of God – we conducted ourselves in the world, and all the more 5 toward you.
For see what this very thing, this sadness 1 as God intended, has produced in you: what eagerness, what defense of yourselves, 2 what indignation, 3 what alarm, what longing, what deep concern, 4 what punishment! 5 In everything you have proved yourselves to be innocent in this matter.
Let no one who delights in humility and the worship of angels pass judgment on you. That person goes on at great lengths 1 about what he has supposedly seen, but he is puffed up with empty notions by his fleshly mind. 2
And in this regard we pray for you always, that our God will make you worthy of his calling 1 and fulfill by his power your every desire for goodness and every work of faith,
So let my lord the king now listen to the words of his servant. If the Lord has incited you against me, may he take delight in 1 an offering. But if men have instigated this, 2 may they be cursed before the Lord! For they have driven me away this day from being united with the Lord’s inheritance, saying, ‘Go on, serve other gods!’