15 For the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel has said this,
“In returning [to Me] and rest you shall be saved, In quietness and confident trust is your strength.” But you were not willing, 16 And you said, “No! We will flee on horses!” Therefore you will flee [from your enemies]! And [you said], “We will ride on swift horses!” Therefore those who pursue you shall be swift. 17 A thousand of you will flee at the threat of one man; You will flee at the threat of five, Until you are left like a flag on the top of a mountain, And like a signal on a hill.
God Is Gracious and Just
18 Therefore the Lord waits [expectantly] and longs to be gracious to you, And therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you. [a]For the Lord is a God of justice; Blessed (happy, fortunate) are all those who long for Him [since He will never fail them].
Isaiah 30:18The ancient rabbis posed the question of why God waits to bring in the kingdom, if both He and Israel desire it. Their answer was that God’s attribute of justice delays it, i.e. that Israel is not yet deserving of it. Nevertheless, they maintained, it is meritorious to look forward to it, and those who do will be blessed (rewarded).
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