‘ Who is the Almighty, that we should serve Him, And what would we gain if we entreat Him?’
“For he has said, ‘ It profits a man nothing When he is pleased with God.’
But Pharaoh said, “ Who is the Lord that I should obey His voice to let Israel go? I do not know the Lord, and besides, I will not let Israel go.”
“For you say, ‘ What advantage will it be to You? What profit will I have, more than if I had sinned?’
Who have said, “With our tongue we will prevail; Our lips are our own; who is lord over us?”
That I not be full and deny You and say, “Who is the Lord?” Or that I not be in want and steal, And profane the name of my God.
“Get out of the way, turn aside from the path, Let us hear no more about the Holy One of Israel.”
“ I have not spoken in secret, In some dark land; I did not say to the offspring of Jacob, ‘ Seek Me in a waste place’; I, the Lord, speak righteousness, Declaring things that are upright.
As they had their pasture, they became satisfied, And being satisfied, their heart became proud; Therefore they forgot Me.
You also say, ‘ My, how tiresome it is!’ And you disdainfully sniff at it,” says the Lord of hosts, “and you bring what was taken by robbery and what is lame or sick; so you bring the offering! Should I receive that from your hand?” says the Lord.
“ Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
Until now you have asked for nothing in My name; ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be made full.