… irritating God …

““Are you the firstborn of the human race? Were you brought forth before the hills? Have you listened in the council of God? And do you limit wisdom to yourself? What do you know that we do not know? What do you understand that is not clear to us?”

(Job 15:7–9, NRSV)

“Do not remove an ancient landmark or encroach on the fields of orphans, for their redeemer is strong; he will plead their cause against you.”

(Proverbs 23:10–11, NRSV)

I, the Lord, was ready to answer even those who were not asking and to be found by those who were not searching. To a nation that refused to worship me, I said, “Here I am!” All day long I have reached out to stubborn and sinful people going their own way. They keep making me angry by sneering at me, while offering sacrifices to idols in gardens and burning incense to them on bricks. They spend their nights hiding in burial caves; they eat the meat of pigs, cooked in sauces made of stuff unfit to eat. And then they say to others, “Don’t come near us! We’re dedicated to God.” Such people are like smoke, irritating my nose all day.

(Isaiah 65:1–5, CEV)

“For the leaders of my people do not know me. They are foolish and not wise children; they are skilled at acting evilly, but they do not know how to act well.”

(Jeremiah 4:22, LES)

“Because profane people have been found among my people, and snares have been set up to destroy the men utterly, and they are captured by them. Just as a set trap is full of birds, so their houses are full of deceit. Because of this, they have increased and have become wealthy. And they have transgressed judgment. They have not judged the cause of the orphan, and they have not decided the cause of the widow. Shall I not visit on account of this?” says the Lord. “Or shall my soul not be avenged on such a nation as this?””

(Jeremiah 5:26–29, LES)

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