"For a long time I have kept silent,1 I have been quiet and held myself back.2 But now, like a woman in childbirth, I cry out, I gasp and pant.315
I will lay waste4 the mountains5 and hills and dry up all their vegetation; I will turn rivers into islands and dry up6 the pools.
I will lead7 the blind8 by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light9 before them and make the rough places smooth.10 These are the things I will do; I will not forsake11 them.
But those who trust in idols, who say to images, 'You are our gods,'12 will be turned back in utter shame.13
"Hear, you deaf;14 look, you blind, and see!
Who is blind15 but my servant,16 and deaf like the messenger17 I send? Who is blind like the one committed18 to me, blind like the servant of the LORD?
You have seen many things, but have paid no attention; your ears are open, but you hear nothing."1921
It pleased the LORD for the sake20 of his righteousness to make his law21 great and glorious.
But this is a people plundered22 and looted, all of them trapped in pits23 or hidden away in prisons.24 They have become plunder, with no one to rescue them;25 they have been made loot, with no one to say, "Send them back."
Which of you will listen to this or pay close attention26 in time to come?
Who handed Jacob over to become loot, and Israel to the plunderers?27 Was it not the LORD,28 against whom we have sinned? For they would not follow29 his ways; they did not obey his law.30