And, putting them in remembrance by the very things wherein they sin, dost thou admonish them,
That escaping from their wickedness they may believe on thee, O Lord.
As shown by his patience with the Canaanites.
And sacrificial banqueters on men’s flesh and blood,
And murderers of their own helpless babes,
It was thy counsel to destroy by the hands of our fathers;
Might receive a worthy colony of God’s servants.
And thou sentest hornets as forerunners of thy host,
To cause them to perish by little and little;
Or by terrible beasts or by one stern word to destroy them at once;
Though thou knewest their nature was evil, and their wickedness inborn,
And that their manner of thought would in no wise ever be changed,
Neither was it through fear of any that thou didst pass over their sins.
Or who shall withstand thy judgement?
And who shall accuse thee for the destruction of nations which thou didst make?
Or who shall come and stand before thee as an avenger for the unrighteous?
That thou mightst show unto him that thou didst not judge unrighteously:
Deeming it alien from thy power
To condemn him that doth not deserve to be punished.
And thy sovereignty over all maketh thee to spare all.
And in dealing with them that know it thou puttest their boldness to confusion.
For the power is thine whensoever thou willest.
His mercy an example to men.
That the righteous must be a lover of men;
And thou didst make thy sons to be of good hope,
Because thou givest repentance when men have sinned.
Thou didst punish with so great heedfulness and indulgence,
Giving them times and place to escape from their wickedness;
To whose fathers thou gavest oaths and covenants of good promises!
To the intent that we may ponder thy goodness when we judge,
And when we are judged may look for mercy.
Those who did not respond to lenient treatment received a heavier punishment.
Thou didst torment through their own abominations.
Taking as gods those animals which even among their enemies were held in dishonour,
Deceived like foolish babes.
Shall experience a judgement worthy of God.
Against those creatures which they thought to be gods,
They saw, and recognized the true God whom before they refused to know;
Wherefore also the uttermost penalty came upon them.
Men being foolish by nature cannot know the true God, but worship, perhaps excusably, the works he has made.