Israel, you have seen so much, but what has it meant to you? You have ears to hear with, but what have you really heard?"
The Lord is a God who is eager to save, so he exalted his laws and teachings, and he wanted his people to honor them.
But now his people have been plundered; they are locked up in dungeons and hidden away in prisons. They were robbed and plundered, with no one to come to their rescue.
Will any of you listen to this? From now on will you listen with care?
Who gave Israel up to the looters? It was the Lord himself, against whom we sinned! We would not live as he wanted us to live or obey the teachings he gave us.
So he made us feel the force of his anger and suffer the violence of war. Like fire his anger burned throughout Israel, but we never knew what was happening; we learned nothing at all from it.