1And so, my brothers, I am writing to you, so that you may find consolation in the midst of your many troubles. 2Do not doubt that our creator will avenge us on all our enemies, in accordance with what each one of them has done to us: above all, have no doubt that the consummation which the Most High has appointed is very near, and his mercy that is coming; and the consummation of his judgement is not far off. 3
For lo, we see now the Gentiles in great prosperity, Though their deeds are impious; But they shall be like a breath of wind that dies away. 4 And we behold the extent of their power, Though what they do is wicked; But they shall become like a drop from a bucket. 5 And we see the strength of their might, Though they resist the Mighty One every hour; But they shall be treated like spittle. 6 And we consider their glory and grandeur, Though they do not observe the Most High's statutes, But they shall disappear like smoke. 7 And we reflect on their beauty and their gracefulness, Though they are soaked in pollutions; But as grass that withers shall they fade away. 8 And we consider their brutality and cruelty, Though they give no thought to their end; 1 Or ‘to the end of it’. But as a passing wave shall they be broken. 9 And we remark the boastings of their might, Though they deny the beneficence of the God who gave it them; But as a passing cloud shall they pass away.
1 Or ‘to the end of it’.