So I reflected on all this, 1 attempting to clear 2 it all up. I concluded that 3 the righteous and the wise, as well as their works, are in the hand of God; whether a person will be loved or hated 4 – no one knows what lies ahead. 5
Come out, O maidens of Zion, and gaze upon King Solomon! He is wearing the crown with which his mother crowned him on his wedding day, on the most joyous day of his life! 1
Therefore, this is what the sovereign master, the Lord, says: “Look, I am laying 1 a stone in Zion, an approved 2 stone, set in place as a precious cornerstone for the foundation. 3 The one who maintains his faith will not panic. 4
Now, this is what the Lord says, the one who created you, O Jacob, and formed you, O Israel: “Don’t be afraid, for I will protect 1 you. I call you by name, you are mine.
Half of it he burns in the fire – over that half he cooks 1 meat; he roasts a meal and fills himself. Yes, he warms himself and says, ‘Ah! I am warm as I look at the fire.’
“As far as I am concerned, this is like in Noah’s time, 1 when I vowed that the waters of Noah’s flood 2 would never again cover the earth. In the same way I have vowed that I will not be angry at you or shout at you.
Indeed you will go out with joy; you will be led along in peace; the mountains and hills will give a joyful shout before you, and all the trees in the field will clap their hands.
“I have stomped grapes in the winepress all by myself; no one from the nations joined me. I stomped on them 1 in my anger; I trampled them down in my rage. Their juice splashed on my garments, and stained 2 all my clothes.
“Do so because my people have committed a double wrong: they have rejected me, the fountain of life-giving water, 1 and they have dug cisterns for themselves, cracked cisterns which cannot even hold water.”
They say to a wooden idol, 1 ‘You are my father.’ They say to a stone image, ‘You gave birth to me.’ 2 Yes, they have turned away from me instead of turning to me. 3 Yet when they are in trouble, they say, ‘Come and save us!’
The Lord said, 1 “Go up and down 2 through the streets of Jerusalem. 3 Look around and see for yourselves. Search through its public squares. See if any of you can find a single person who deals honestly and tries to be truthful. 4 If you can, 5 then I will not punish this city. 6