A wild donkey accustomed to the wilderness, That sniffs the wind in her passion . In the time of her heat who can turn her away ? All who seek her will not become weary ; In her month they will find her.
"Roam to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, And look now and take note. And seek in her open squares, If you can find a man, If there is one who does justice, who seeks truth, Then I will pardon her.
"Their nobles have sent their servants for water ; They have come to the cisterns and found no water. They have returned with their vessels empty ; They have been put to shame and humiliated, And they cover their heads.
'You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.
'I will be found by you,' declares the LORD, 'and I will restore your fortunes and will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you,' declares the LORD, 'and I will bring you back to the place from where I sent you into exile.'
But ten men who were found among them said to Ishmael, "Do not put us to death ; for we have stores of wheat, barley, oil and honey hidden in the field." So he refrained and did not put them to death along with their companions.
"All who came upon them have devoured them; And their adversaries have said, 'We are not guilty, Inasmuch as they have sinned against the LORD who is the habitation of righteousness, Even the LORD, the hope of their fathers.'
'In those days and at that time,' declares the LORD, 'search will be made for the iniquity of Israel, but there will be none ; and for the sins of Judah, but they will not be found ; for I will pardon those whom I leave as a remnant.'
He also took from the city one official who was overseer of the men of war, and seven of the king's advisers who were found in the city, and the scribe of the commander of the army who mustered the people of the land, and sixty men of the people of the land who were found in the midst of the city.