21With how great circumspection didst thou judge thine own sons, unto whose fathers thou hast sworn, and made covenants of good promises? 22Therefore, whereas thou dost chasten us, thou scourgest our enemies a thousand times more, to the intent that, when we judge, we should carefully think of thy goodness, and when we ourselves are judged, we should look for mercy. 23Wherefore, whereas men have lived dissolutely and unrighteously, thou hast tormented them with their own abominations. 24For they went astray very far in the ways of error, and held them for gods, which even among the beasts of their enemies were despised, being deceived, as children of no understanding.25Therefore unto them, as to children without the use of reason, thou didst send a judgment to mock them. 26But they that would not be reformed by that correction, wherein he dallied with them, shall feel a judgment worthy of God. 27For, look, for what things they grudged, when they were punished, that is, for them whom they thought to be gods; now being punished in them, when they saw it, they acknowledged him to be the true God, whom before they denied to know: and therefore came extreme damnation upon them.