15 This is what the Sovereign(A) Lord, the Holy One(B) of Israel, says:

“In repentance and rest(C) is your salvation,
    in quietness and trust(D) is your strength,
    but you would have none of it.(E)
16 You said, ‘No, we will flee(F) on horses.’(G)
    Therefore you will flee!
You said, ‘We will ride off on swift horses.’
    Therefore your pursuers will be swift!
17 A thousand will flee
    at the threat of one;
at the threat of five(H)
    you will all flee(I) away,
till you are left(J)
    like a flagstaff on a mountaintop,
    like a banner(K) on a hill.”

18 Yet the Lord longs(L) to be gracious to you;
    therefore he will rise up to show you compassion.(M)
For the Lord is a God of justice.(N)
    Blessed are all who wait for him!(O)

19 People of Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you will weep no more.(P) How gracious he will be when you cry for help!(Q) As soon as he hears, he will answer(R) you. 20 Although the Lord gives you the bread(S) of adversity and the water of affliction, your teachers(T) will be hidden(U) no more; with your own eyes you will see them. 21 Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice(V) behind you, saying, “This is the way;(W) walk in it.”

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