"But your people rebelled and disobeyed you; 1 they turned their backs on your Law. They killed the prophets who warned them, who told them to turn back to you. They insulted you time after time,
so you let their enemies conquer and rule them. In their trouble they called to you for help, and you answered them from heaven. In your great mercy you sent them leaders who rescued them from their foes.
When peace returned, they sinned again, and again you let their enemies conquer them. Yet when they repented and asked you to save them, in heaven you heard, and time after time you rescued them in your great mercy.
You warned them to obey your teachings, 2 but in pride they rejected your laws, although keeping your Law is the way to life. Hard-headed and stubborn, they refused to obey.
Year after year you patiently warned them. 3 You inspired your prophets to speak, but your people were deaf, so you let them be conquered by other nations.
And yet, because your mercy is great, you did not forsake or destroy them. You are a gracious and merciful God!