"But they were disobedient and rebelled against you; they put your law behind their backs.1 They killed2 your prophets,3 who had admonished them in order to turn them back to you; they committed awful blasphemies.427
So you handed them over to their enemies,5 who oppressed them. But when they were oppressed they cried out to you. From heaven you heard them, and in your great compassion6 you gave them deliverers,7 who rescued them from the hand of their enemies.
"But as soon as they were at rest, they again did what was evil in your sight.8 Then you abandoned them to the hand of their enemies so that they ruled over them. And when they cried out to you again, you heard from heaven, and in your compassion9 you delivered them10 time after time.
"You warned11 them to return to your law, but they became arrogant12 and disobeyed your commands. They sinned against your ordinances, by which a man will live if he obeys them.13 Stubbornly they turned their backs14 on you, became stiff-necked15 and refused to listen.1630
For many years you were patient with them. By your Spirit you admonished them through your prophets.17 Yet they paid no attention, so you handed them over to the neighboring peoples.1831
But in your great mercy you did not put an end19 to them or abandon them, for you are a gracious and merciful20 God.