Says the Lord,
Yet you say,
‘What have we spoken against You?’
14 aYou have said,
‘It is useless to serve God;
What profit is it that we have kept His ordinance,
And that we have walked as mourners
Before the Lord of hosts?
15 So now bwe call the proud blessed,
For those who do wickedness are 4raised up;
They even ctempt God and go free.’ ”
And the Lord listened and heard them;
So fa book of remembrance was written before Him
For those who fear the Lord
And who 5meditate on His name.
17 “They gshall be Mine,” says the Lord of hosts,
And iI will spare them
As a man spares his own son who serves him.”
18 jThen you shall again discern
Between the righteous and the wicked,
Between one who serves God
And one who does not serve Him.