A Rebellious People

And now, go, (A)write it before them on a tablet
    and inscribe it in a book,
that it may be for the time to come
    as a witness forever.[a]
(B)For they are a rebellious people,
    lying children,
children unwilling to hear
    the instruction of the Lord;
10 (C)who say to (D)the seers, “Do not see,”
    and to the prophets, “Do not prophesy to us what is right;
speak to us (E)smooth things,
    prophesy illusions,
11 leave the way, turn aside from the path,
    let us hear no more about the Holy One of Israel.”
12 Therefore thus says the Holy One of Israel,
“Because you despise this word
    and trust in (F)oppression and perverseness
    and rely on them,
13 therefore this iniquity shall be to you
    (G)like a breach in a high wall, bulging out and about to collapse,
    whose breaking comes suddenly, in an instant;
14 and its breaking is (H)like that of a potter's vessel
    that is smashed so ruthlessly
that among its fragments not a shard is found
    with which to take fire from the hearth,
    or to dip up water out of the cistern.”

15 For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel,
“In (I)returning[b] and (J)rest you shall be saved;
    in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.”
But you were unwilling, 16 and you said,
“No! We will flee upon (K)horses”;
    therefore you shall flee away;
and, “We will ride upon swift steeds”;
    therefore your pursuers shall be swift.
17 (L)A thousand shall flee at the threat of one;
    at the threat of five you shall flee,
till you are left
    like a flagstaff on the top of a mountain,
    like a signal on a hill.

The Lord Will Be Gracious

18 Therefore the Lord (M)waits to be gracious to you,
    and therefore he (N)exalts himself to show mercy to you.
For the Lord is a God of justice;
    (O)blessed are all those who wait for him.

19 For a people shall dwell (P)in Zion, in Jerusalem; you shall weep no more. He will surely be gracious to you at the sound of your cry. As soon as he hears it, he answers you. 20 And though the Lord give you the (Q)bread of adversity and the (R)water of affliction, (S)yet your Teacher will not hide himself anymore, but your eyes shall see your Teacher. 21 (T)And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is (U)the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left. 22 Then you will defile your carved idols overlaid with silver and your gold-plated metal images. (V)You will scatter them as unclean things. You will say to them, “Be gone!”

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 30:8 Some Hebrew manuscripts, Syriac, Targum, Vulgate, and Greek versions; Masoretic Text forever and ever
  2. Isaiah 30:15 Or repentance

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