This is what the Lord, the protector 1 of Israel, their Holy One, 2 says to the one who is despised 3 and rejected 4 by nations, 5 a servant of rulers: “Kings will see and rise in respect, 6 princes will bow down, because of the faithful Lord, the Holy One of Israel who has chosen you.”
I predestine you to die by the sword, 1 all of you will kneel down at the slaughtering block, 2 because I called to you, and you did not respond, I spoke and you did not listen. You did evil before me; 3 you chose to do what displeases me.”
Then I said, “Lord, 1 have you completely rejected the nation of Judah? Do you despise 2 the city of Zion? Why have you struck us with such force that we are beyond recovery? 3 We hope for peace, but nothing good has come of it. We hope for a time of relief from our troubles, but experience terror. 4
ד (Dalet) He prepared his bow 1 like an enemy; his right hand was ready to shoot. 2 Like a foe he killed everyone, even our strong young men; 3 he has poured out his anger like fire on the tent 4 of Daughter Zion.
“Therefore, as surely as I live, says the sovereign Lord, because you defiled my sanctuary with all your detestable idols and with all your abominable practices, I will withdraw; my eye will not pity you, nor will I spare 1 you.
You people 1 are from 2 your father the devil, and you want to do what your father desires. 3 He 4 was a murderer from the beginning, and does not uphold the truth, 5 because there is no truth in him. Whenever he lies, 6 he speaks according to his own nature, 7 because he is a liar and the father of lies. 8
For I am afraid that somehow when I come I will not find you what I wish, and you will find me 1 not what you wish. I am afraid that 2 somehow there may be quarreling, jealousy, intense anger, selfish ambition, 3 slander, gossip, arrogance, and disorder.
You desire and you do not have; you murder and envy and you cannot obtain; you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask;
Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? For there is no one like him on the earth, a pure and upright man, one who fears God and turns away from evil. And he still holds firmly 1 to his integrity, 2 so that 3 you stirred me up to destroy him 4 without reason.” 5