“Your words have been harsh against Me,” Says the LORD,
“Yet you say, ‘What have we spoken against You?’
You have said, ‘It is useless to serve God;
What profit is it that we have kept His ordinance,
And that we have walked as mourners Before the LORD of hosts?
A culture of inequity
So now we call the proud blessed,
For those who do wickedness are raised up;
They even tempt God and go free.'”
The God-fearers gather together
Then those who feared the LORD spoke to one another,
And God heard them
And the LORD listened and heard them;
So a book of remembrance was written before Him
For those who fear the LORD
And who meditate on His name.
God claims them as His own
“They shall be Mine,” says the LORD of hosts,
“On the day that I make them My jewels.
God protects them
And I will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him.”
The God-fearers have discernment
Then you shall again discern:
Between the righteous and the wicked,
Between one who serves God-
And one who does not serve Him.