When you discipline us for our sins, you consume like a moth what is precious to us. Each of us is but a breath. Interlude
So I was angry with them, and I said,‘ Their hearts always turn away from me. They refuse to do what I tell them.’So in my anger I took an oath:‘ They will never enter my place of rest.’”
But he will pour out his anger and wrath on those who live for themselves, who refuse to obey the truth and instead live lives of wickedness.There will be trouble and calamity for everyone who keeps on doing what is evil— for the Jew first and also for the Gentile.
And who made God angry for forty years? Wasn’t it the people who sinned, whose corpses lay in the wilderness?And to whom was God speaking when he took an oath that they would never enter his rest? Wasn’t it the people who disobeyed him?So we see that because of their unbelief they were not able to enter his rest.God’s promise of entering his rest still stands, so we ought to tremble with fear that some of you might fail to experience it.For this good news— that God has prepared this rest— has been announced to us just as it was to them. But it did them no good because they didn’t share the faith of those who listened to God.
Destroy them in your anger! Wipe them out completely! Then the whole world will know that God reigns in Israel. Interlude
Then the people of Israel said to Moses,“ Look, we are doomed! We are dead! We are ruined!Everyone who even comes close to the Tabernacle of the Lord dies. Are we all doomed to die?”
“ Thirty eight years passed from the time we first left Kadesh barnea until we finally crossed the Zered Brook! By then, all the men old enough to fight in battle had died in the wilderness, as the Lord had vowed would happen.The Lord struck them down until they had all been eliminated from the community.“ When all the men of fighting age had died,
Who can comprehend the power of your anger? Your wrath is as awesome as the fear you deserve.
But just before dawn the Lord looked down on the Egyptian army from the pillar of fire and cloud, and he threw their forces into total confusion.
We live our lives beneath your wrath, ending our years with a groan.