Main point summary
God's righteous distinction between those who fear him and not.
g “Your words have been hard against me, says the Lord .
you have spoken serious words against me,says the LORD.
h But you say, ‘How have we spoken against you?’
and then you asked me,how have we spoken against you?
You have said, i ‘It is vain to serve God.
You have said,since there is no point of serving God.
j What is the profit of our keeping his charge
meaning there is no profit of keeping his law
or of walking as in mourning before the Lord of hosts?
or any profit to walk in mourning before the Lord of hosts
And now we call k the arrogant blessed.
therefore we consider the evildoers as blessed.
k Evildoers not only prosper
because evil doers not only prosper
but l they put God to the test and they escape.’”
but they also put God to the test and they can escape.
Then those who feared the Lord m spoke with one another.
on the other hand,those who feared the LORD,spoke with one another.
The Lord paid attention and heard them,
then the LORD paid attention and heard them
and n a book of remembrance was written before him
and as a result,a book of remembrance was written before him,
of those who feared the Lord and esteemed his name.
that is,those who feared the LORD and esteemed his name
“They shall be mine, says the Lord of hosts,
and the LORD of hosts says,They shall be mine,
o in the day when I make up p my treasured possession,
in the day when i make up my treasured possesion,
and I will spare them
and i will be compassionate to them
as a man spares his son who serves him.
just like a man who has compassion in his son who serve him.
Then once more you shall q see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked,
just like the imagery above:you shall see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked,
between one who serves God and one who does not serve him.
that is the one who serves God and the one who does not serve him.