"I will hide my face1 from them," he said, "and see what their end will be; for they are a perverse generation,2 children who are unfaithful.321
They made me jealous4 by what is no god and angered me with their worthless idols.5 I will make them envious by those who are not a people; I will make them angry by a nation that has no understanding.622
For a fire has been kindled by my wrath,7 one that burns to the realm of deatha below.8 It will devour9 the earth and its harvests10 and set afire the foundations of the mountains.1123
"I will heap calamities12 upon them and spend my arrows13 against them.
I will send wasting famine14 against them, consuming pestilence15 and deadly plague;16 I will send against them the fangs of wild beasts,17 the venom of vipers18 that glide in the dust.1925
In the street the sword will make them childless; in their homes terror20 will reign.21 Young men and young women will perish, infants and gray-haired men.2226
I said I would scatter23 them and blot out their memory from mankind,2427
but I dreaded the taunt of the enemy, lest the adversary misunderstand25 and say, 'Our hand has triumphed; the LORD has not done all this.' "2628
They are a nation without sense, there is no discernment27 in them.
If only they were wise and would understand this28 and discern what their end will be!2930
How could one man chase a thousand, or two put ten thousand to flight,30 unless their Rock had sold them,31 unless the LORD had given them up?32