“Their ways are always known to him.
They will not be hid from his eyes.
Their ways from youth tend towards evil.
They are unable
To make for themselves hearts of flesh
In place of their stony hearts.
In the division of nations of the whole earth
He appointed a ruler for every nation.
But Israel is the Lord’s own portion.
Being his firstborn,
He brings them up with discipline.
He allots to them
The light of his love.
He does not neglect them.
All their works are as clear
As the sun before him.
His eyes are continually upon their ways.
Their iniquities are not hidden from him.
All their sins are before the Lord.
The Lord is gracious.
He knows how they were formed.
He has not left them.
He has not abandoned them.
But he has spared them.
One’s almsgiving is
Like a signet ring with the Lord.
He will keep a person’s kindness
Like the apple of his eye.
Afterward he will rise up.
He will repay them.
He will bring their recompense on their heads.
Yet to those who repent,
He grants a return.
He encourages those who are losing hope.”
The Lord is a diving judge. He knows human ways. You cannot hide from him. He appointed rulers for the various countries, but he is the ruler of Israel. Since the time of the Exile in the 6th century BCE, there was no king of Israel. As Israel is the first born, the Lord has disciplined and loved Israel. He would not neglect them as he watches them continually. Their works are as clear as the sun. They cannot hide their sins, but he has not abandoned them. Almsgiving is like the Lord’s ring. Kindness is the apple of his eye. However, he will repay them for their sins. Nevertheless, those who repent can return. In fact, he tries to encourage those who are losing hope.