“ Therefore I was angry with this generation, And said, ‘They always go astray in their heart, And they did not know My ways’;
“For forty years I loathed that generation, And said they are a people who err in their heart, And they do not know My ways.
The Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.
So they put away the foreign gods from among them and served the Lord; and He could bear the misery of Israel no longer.
That Your way may be known on the earth, Your salvation among all nations.
And not be like their fathers, A stubborn and rebellious generation, A generation that did not prepare its heart And whose spirit was not faithful to God.
How often they rebelled against Him in the wilderness And grieved Him in the desert!
He has not dealt thus with any nation; And as for His ordinances, they have not known them. Praise the Lord!
And these also reel with wine and stagger from strong drink: The priest and the prophet reel with strong drink, They are confused by wine, they stagger from strong drink; They reel while having visions, They totter when rendering judgment.
But they rebelled And grieved His Holy Spirit; Therefore He turned Himself to become their enemy, He fought against them.
“ For My people are foolish, They know Me not; They are stupid children And have no understanding. They are shrewd to do evil, But to do good they do not know.”
My people consult their wooden idol, and their diviner’s wand informs them; For a spirit of harlotry has led them astray, And they have played the harlot, departing from their God.
After looking around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart, He *said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored.
This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil.
But because I speak the truth, you do not believe Me.
And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper,
But if through my lie the truth of God abounded to His glory, why am I also still being judged as a sinner?
Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
and with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved.
Take care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God.