"What has happened to us is a result of our evil1 deeds and our great guilt, and yet, our God, you have punished us less than our sins have deserved2 and have given us a remnant like this.
Shall we again break your commands and intermarry3 with the peoples who commit such detestable practices? Would you not be angry enough with us to destroy us,4 leaving us no remnant5 or survivor?
O LORD, God of Israel, you are righteous!6 We are left this day as a remnant. Here we are before you in our guilt, though because of it not one of us can stand7 in your presence.8"