"Your words against Me are harsh,"a says the Lord. Yet you ask: "What have we spoken against You?"
You have said: "It is useless to serve God. What have we gained by keeping His requirements and walking mournfully before the Lord of Hosts?
So now we consider the arrogant to be fortunate. Not only do those who commit wickedness prosper, they even test God and escape."b16
At that time those who feared the Lord spoke to one another. The Lord took notice and listened. So a book of remembrancec was written before Him for those who feared Yahweh and had high regard for His name.
"They will be Mine," says the Lord of Hosts,d "a special possession on the day I am preparing. I will have compassion on them as a man has compassion on his son who serves him.e18
So you will again see the difference between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve Him.