I was struck by these verses during lectio divina last night. I could not help but read this in the context of Our Lord’s Passion.
 What shall I do unto thee, O Jacob? thou, Juda, wouldest not obey me: I will turn me to other nations, and unto those will I give my name, that they may keep my statutes.
 Seeing ye have forsaken me, I will forsake you also; when ye desire me to be gracious unto you, I shall have no mercy upon you.
 Whensoever ye shall call upon me, I will not hear you: for ye have defiled your hands with blood, and your feet are swift to commit manslaughter.
 Ye have not as it were forsaken me, but your own selves, saith the Lord.
– Second Esdras, Chapter I.