They encounter darkness by day, and they grope at noon as if it were night.
They grope around in darkness without light; He makes them stagger like drunken men.
Let their eyes grow too dim to see, and let their loins continually shake.
Pour out Your rage on them, and let Your burning anger overtake them.
We grope along a wall like the blind; we grope like those without eyes. We stumble at noon as though it were twilight; [we are] like the dead among those who are healthy.
Because of this, our heart is sick; because of these, our eyes grow dim:
I will bring distress on mankind, and they will walk like the blind because they have sinned against the LORD. Their blood will be poured out like dust and their flesh like dung.
What then? Israel did not find what it was looking for, but the elect did find it. The rest were hardened,
as it is written: God gave them a spirit of stupor, eyes that cannot see and ears that cannot hear, to this day.
And David says: Let their feasting become a snare and a trap, a pitfall and a retribution to them.
Let their eyes be darkened so they cannot see, and their backs be bent continually.
But if, in fact, our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing.
Regarding them: the god of this age has blinded the minds of the unbelievers so they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
thou shalt be
The Israelites served Eglon king of Moab 18 years.
So the LORD sold them into the hand of Jabin king of Canaan, who reigned in Hazor. The commander of his forces was Sisera who lived in Harosheth of the Nations.
Then the Israelites cried out to the LORD, because Jabin had 900 iron chariots, and he harshly oppressed them 20 years.
The Israelites did what was evil in the sight of the LORD. So the LORD handed them over to Midian seven years,
and they oppressed Israel. Because of Midian, the Israelites made hiding places for themselves in the mountains, caves, and strongholds.
Whenever the Israelites planted crops, the Midianites, Amalekites, and the eastern peoples came and attacked them.
They encamped against them and destroyed the produce of the land, even as far as Gaza. They left nothing for Israel to eat, as well as no sheep, ox or donkey.
For the Midianites came with their cattle and their tents like a great swarm of locusts. They and their camels were without number, and they entered the land to waste it.
So Israel became poverty stricken because of Midian, and the Israelites cried out to the LORD.
They shattered and crushed the Israelites that year, and for 18 years [they did the same to] all the Israelites who were on the other side of the Jordan in the land of the Amorites in Gilead.
The Israelites again did what was evil in the LORD's sight, so the LORD handed them over to the Philistines 40 years.
The Philistines also gathered to fight against Israel: 3,000 chariots, 6,000 horsemen, and troops as numerous as the sand on the seashore. They went up and camped at Michmash, east of Beth-aven.
The men of Israel saw that they were in trouble because the troops were in a difficult situation. They hid in caves, thickets, among rocks, and in holes and cisterns.
Some Hebrews even crossed the Jordan to the land of Gad and Gilead. Saul, however, was still at Gilgal, and all his troops were gripped with fear.
No blacksmith could be found in all the land of Israel, because the Philistines had said, "Otherwise, the Hebrews will make swords or spears."
So all the Israelites went to the Philistines to sharpen their plowshares, mattocks, axes, and sickles.
The price was two-thirds of a shekel for plowshares and mattocks, and one-third [of a shekel] for pitchforks and axes, and for putting a point on an oxgoad.
So on the day of battle not a sword or spear could be found in the hand of any of the troops who were with Saul and Jonathan; only Saul and his son Jonathan had [weapons].
But they were disobedient and rebelled against You. They flung Your law behind their backs and killed Your prophets who warned them to turn them back to You. They committed terrible blasphemies.
So You handed them over to their enemies, who oppressed them. In their time of distress, they cried out to You, and You heard from heaven. In Your abundant compassion You gave them deliverers, who rescued them from the power of their enemies.
But as soon as they had relief, they again did what was evil in Your sight. So You abandoned them to the power of their enemies, who dominated them. When they cried out to You again, You heard from heaven and rescued them many times in Your compassion.
You warned them to turn back to Your law, but they acted arrogantly and would not obey Your commandments. They sinned against Your ordinances, by which a person will live if he does them. They stubbornly resisted, stiffened their necks, and would not obey.
Therefore the LORD's anger burned against His people, and He abhorred His own inheritance.
He handed them over to the nations; those who hated them ruled them.
Their enemies oppressed them, and they were subdued under their power.
Slaves rule over us; no one rescues [us] from their hands.
Take these men, purify yourself along with them, and pay for them to get their heads shaved. Then everyone will know that what they were told about you amounts to nothing, but that you yourself are also careful about observing the law.