and dost remind and warn them of the things wherein they sin,
that they may be freed from wickedness and put their trust in thee, O Lord.
their works of sorcery and unholy rites,
5 their merciless slaughterf of children,
and their sacrificial feasting on human flesh and blood.
These initiates from the midst of a heathen cult,g
thou didst will to destroy by the hands of our fathers,
might receive a worthy colony of the servantsh of God.
and didst send waspsi as forerunners of thy army,
to destroy them little by little,
or to destroy them at one blow by dread wild beasts or thy stern word.
though thou wast not unaware that their originj was evil
and their wickedness inborn,
and that their way of thinking would never change.
and it was not through fear of any one that thou didst leave them unpunished for their sins.
Or will resist thy judgment?
Who will accuse thee for the destruction of nations which thou didst make?
Or who will come before thee to plead as an advocate for unrighteous men?
13 For neither is there any god besides thee, whose care is for all menk,
to whom thou shouldst prove that thou hast not judged unjustly;
deeming it alien to thy power
to condemn him who does not deserve to be punished.
and thy sovereignty over all causes thee to spare all.
and dost rebuke any insolence among those who know it.l
and with great forbearance thou dost govern us;
for thou hast power to act whenever thou dost choose.
that the righteous man must be kind,
and thou hast filled thy sons with good hope,
because thou givest repentance for sins.
20 For if thou didst punish with such great care and indulgencem
the enemies of thy servantsn and those deserving of death,
granting them time and opportunity to give up their wickedness,
to whose fathers thou gavest oaths and covenants full of good promises!
so that we may meditate upon thy goodness when we judge,
and when we are judged we may expect mercy.
thou didst torment through their own abominations.
accepting as gods those animals which even their enemieso despised;
they were deceived like foolish babes.
thou didst send thy judgment to mock them.
will experience the deserved judgment of God.
at those creatures which they had thought to be gods, being punished by means of them,
they saw and recognized as the true God him whom they had before refused to know.
Therefore the utmost condemnation came upon them.
About The Revised Standard Version, Catholic Edition
This edition of the Revised Standard Version of the Bible has been prepared for use by Catholics by a committee of the Catholic Biblical Association of Great Britain. It is an authorized revision of the American Standard Version, published in 1901.
The Catholic Edition of the New Testament, copyright Copyright 1965; The Catholic Edition of the Old Testament, incorporating the Apocrypha, copyright Copyright 1966 Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the United States of America.