16 For ye have said, No, but we will flee away upon [a]horses. Therefore shall ye flee. We will ride upon the swiftest. Therefore shall your persecutors be swifter.

17 A thousand as one shall flee at the rebuke of one: at the rebuke of five shall ye flee, till ye be left as a ship mast upon the [b]top of a mountain, and as a beacon upon an hill.

18 Yet therefore will the Lord wait, that he may have [c]mercy upon you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have compassion upon you: for the Lord is the God of [d]judgment. Blessed are all they that wait for him.

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 30:16 We will trust to escape by our horses.
  2. Isaiah 30:17 Whereas all the trees are cut down save two or three to make masts.
  3. Isaiah 30:18 He commendeth the great mercies of God, who with patience waiteth to call sinners to repentance.
  4. Isaiah 30:18 Not only in punishing, but in using moderation in the same, as Jer. 10:24 and 30:11.

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