16 Do not desire a multitude of worthlessa children,
and do not rejoice in ungodly offspring.
unless the fear of the Lord is in them.
or rely on their numbers;b
for one can be better than a thousand,
and to die childless better than to have ungodly children.
but through a clan of outlaws it becomes desolate.
and my ear has heard things more striking than these.
and in a disobedient nation wrath blazes up.
who revolted in their might.
whom he loathed on account of their arrogance.
on those dispossessed because of their sins;c
who assembled in their stubbornness.d
it would be a wonder if he remained unpunished.
For mercy and wrath are with the Lord;e
he is mighty to forgive—but he also pours out wrath.
he judges a person according to his or her deeds.
and the patience of the godly will not be frustrated.
everyone receives in accordance with his or her deeds.f
and who from on high has me in mind?
Among so many people I am unknown,
for what am I in a boundless creation?
the abyss and the earth, tremble at his visitation!g
quiver and quake when he looks upon them.
and who can comprehend his ways?
so most of his works are concealed.h
a senseless and misguided person thinks foolishly.
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