Before the face of them that afflicted him,
And them that make his labours of no account.
And shall be amazed at the marvel of his salvation.
And for distress of spirit shall they groan,
This was he whom aforetime we had in derision,
And made a byword of reproach:
And his end without honour:
And how is his lot among saints!
And the light of righteousness shined not for us,
And the sun rose not for us.
And we journeyed through trackless deserts,
But the way of the Lord we knew not.
And what good have riches and vaunting brought us?
And as a message that runneth by:
Whereof, when it is gone by, there is no trace to be found,
Neither pathway of its keel in the billows:
No token of her passage is found,
But the light wind, lashed with the stroke of her pinions,
And rent asunder with the violent rush of the moving wings, is passed through,
And afterwards no sign of her coming is found therein:
The air disparted closeth up again immediately,
So that men know not where it passed through:
And of virtue we had no sign to show,
But were utterly consumed in our wickedness.
And like a thin spider’s web driven away by a tempest;
And like smoke which is scattered by the wind,
And passeth away as the remembrance of a guest that tarrieth but a day.
The bliss of the righteous and the miserable fate of the ungodly.
And in the Lord is their reward,
And the care for them with the Most High.
And a diadem of beauty from the Lord’s hand;
Because with his right hand shall he cover them,
And with his arm shall he shield them.
And shall make the whole creation his weapons for vengeance on his enemies:
And shall take judgement unfeigned as a helmet;
And the world shall go forth with him to fight against his insensate foes.
And from the clouds, as from a well drawn bow, shall they leap to the mark.
The water of the sea shall rage against them,
And rivers shall sternly overwhelm them;
And as a tempest shall it winnow them away:
So shall lawlessness make all the land desolate,
And their evil-doing shall overturn the thrones of princes.
Admonition to the rulers.