You were wearied1 by all your ways, but you would not say, 'It is hopeless.'2 You found renewal of your strength,3 and so you did not faint.
"Whom have you so dreaded and feared4 that you have been false to me, and have neither remembered5 me nor pondered6 this in your hearts? Is it not because I have long been silent7 that you do not fear me?
I will expose your righteousness and your works,8 and they will not benefit you.
When you cry out9 for help, let your collection [of idols] save10 you! The wind will carry all of them off, a mere breath will blow11 them away. But the man who makes me his refuge12 will inherit the land13 and possess my holy mountain."14
And it will be said: "Build up, build up, prepare the road!15 Remove the obstacles out of the way of my people."1615
For this is what the high and lofty17 One says-- he who lives forever,18 whose name is holy: "I live in a high19 and holy place, but also with him who is contrite20 and lowly in spirit,21 to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.2216
I will not accuse23 forever, nor will I always be angry,24 for then the spirit of man would grow faint before me-- the breath25 of man that I have created.
I was enraged by his sinful greed;26 I punished him, and hid27 my face in anger, yet he kept on in his willful ways.2818
I have seen his ways, but I will heal29 him; I will guide30 him and restore comfort31 to him,
creating praise on the lips32 of the mourners in Israel. Peace, peace,33 to those far and near,"34 says the LORD. "And I will heal them."
But the wicked35 are like the tossing sea,36 which cannot rest, whose waves cast up mire37 and mud.