Despite the rhetoric, however, the Iranians seemed to be taking steps to prevent the dispute from escalating further. Forty Iranians were arrested on Saturday night for the violence — a sign that the authorities were trying to keep public outrage from getting out of control.Despite the rhetoric.... But the rhetoric could be read to mean: Leave retaliation to God. Don't do it yourself. I am reminded of the Christian scripture:
Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God; for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”And from the Old Testament:
Vengeance is mine, and recompense,I don't know of a comparable passage in the Quran. I am only observing that "God’s hand of retaliation will grip the neck of Saudi politicians" is consistent with an interpretation that Iran will not take revenge.
for the time when their foot shall slip;
for the day of their calamity is at hand,
and their doom comes swiftly.