You went down to Molecha with oil, and you slathered on your ointments; you sent your messengers far away, sent them down to the underworld.b10
Worn out by all your efforts, yet you wouldn't say, "This is useless." You found new strength; therefore, you weren't tired.
Whom did you dread and fear so that you lied, didn't remember me or give me a thought? Isn't it because I was silent and closed my eyes that you stopped fearing me?
I will bring evidence about your righteousness and your actions; they won't help you.
When you cry out, let those things you've gathered save you! The wind will lift them all; one breath will take them away. but those taking refuge in me will inherit the land and possess my holy mountain.
It will be said: "Survey, survey; build a road! Remove barriers from my people's road!"
The one who is high and lifted up, who lives forever, whose name is holy, says: I live on high, in holiness, and also with the crushedc and the lowly, reviving the spirit of the lowly, reviving the heart of those who have been crushed.d16
I won't always accuse, nor will I be enraged forever. It is my own doing that their spirit is exhausted— I gave them breath!
I was enraged about their illegal profits; I struck them; in rage I withdrew from them. Yet they went on wandering wherever they wanted.
I have seen their ways, but I will heal them. I will guide them, and reward them with comfort. And for those who mourn,
I will create reason for praise:e utter prosperity to those far and near, and I will heal them, says the LORD.