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.

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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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