Upon the earth
With quick decisiveness.”
λόγον γὰρ συντελῶν καὶ συντέμνων ποιήσει Κύριος ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς.
Paul continued with his quotation from Isaiah, chapter 28:22. “The Lord (Κύριος) will execute his sentence (λόγον γὰρ συντελῶν) upon the earth (ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς) with quick decisiveness (καὶ συντέμνων ποιήσει).” Only the Pauline letters used this word συντέμνων, that means to cut in pieces, to cut short, bring to swift accomplishment, determine, or decide. Isaiah said that he had heard a decree of destruction from Yahweh, God of hosts, upon the whole land. Isaiah explained that Yahweh’s work was going to happen, even if an alien had to do it. They were not to be scoffers, since Yahweh, had issued a decree of destruction for the land. Once again, Paul indicated that Israelites were not always true to their covenant. Are you always true to God?