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2 Esdras 16:53-67 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

53 Sinners must not say that they have not sinned;[a] for God[b] will burn coals of fire on the head of everyone who says, “I have not sinned before God and his glory.” 54 The Lord[c] certainly knows everything that people do; he knows their imaginations and their thoughts and their hearts. 55 He said, “Let the earth be made,” and it was made, and “Let the heaven be made,” and it was made. 56 At his word the stars were fixed in their places, and he knows the number of the stars. 57 He searches the abyss and its treasures; he has measured the sea and its contents; 58 he has confined the sea in the midst of the waters;[d] and by his word he has suspended the earth over the water. 59 He has spread out the heaven like a dome and made it secure upon the waters; 60 he has put springs of water in the desert, and pools on the tops of the mountains, so as to send rivers from the heights to water the earth. 61 He formed human beings and put a heart in the midst of each body, and gave each person breath and life and understanding 62 and the spirit[e] of Almighty God,[f] who surely made all things and searches out hidden things in hidden places. 63 He knows your imaginations and what you think in your hearts! Woe to those who sin and want to hide their sins! 64 The Lord will strictly examine all their works, and will make a public spectacle of all of you. 65 You shall be put to shame when your sins come out before others, and your own iniquities shall stand as your accusers on that day. 66 What will you do? Or how will you hide your sins before the Lord and his glory? 67 Indeed, God[g] is the judge; fear him! Cease from your sins, and forget your iniquities, never to commit them again; so God[h] will lead you forth and deliver you from all tribulation.


  1. 2 Esdras 16:53 Other ancient authorities add or the unjust done injustice
  2. 2 Esdras 16:53 Lat for he
  3. 2 Esdras 16:54 Other ancient authorities read Lord God
  4. 2 Esdras 16:58 Other ancient authorities read confined the world between the waters and the waters
  5. 2 Esdras 16:62 Or breath
  6. 2 Esdras 16:62 Other ancient authorities read of the Lord Almighty
  7. 2 Esdras 16:67 Other ancient authorities read the Lord
  8. 2 Esdras 16:67 Other ancient authorities read the Lord
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

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