If his children refuse to do what I tell them, if they refuse to walk in the way I show them,
If they spit on the directions I give them and tear up the rules I post for them
- I'll rub their faces in the dirt of their rebellion and make them face the music.
But I'll never throw them out, never abandon or disown them.
Do you think I'd withdraw my holy promise? or take back words I'd already spoken?
I've given my word, my whole and holy word; do you think I would lie to David?
His family tree is here for good, his sovereignty as sure as the sun,
Dependable as the phases of the moon, inescapable as weather."
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)