Isaiah 30:16-26 NIV

16 You said, 'No, we will flee1 on horses.'2 Therefore you will flee! You said, 'We will ride off on swift horses.' Therefore your pursuers will be swift!

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17 A thousand will flee at the threat of one; at the threat of five3 you will all flee4 away, till you are left5 like a flagstaff on a mountaintop, like a banner6 on a hill."

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18 Yet the LORD longs7 to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion.8 For the LORD is a God of justice.9 Blessed are all who wait for him!10

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19 O people of Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you will weep no more.11 How gracious he will be when you cry for help!12 As soon as he hears, he will answer13 you.

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20 Although the Lord gives you the bread14 of adversity and the water of affliction, your teachers15 will be hidden16 no more; with your own eyes you will see them.

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21 Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice17 behind you, saying, "This is the way;18 walk in it."

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      22 Then you will defile your idols19 overlaid with silver and your images covered with gold;20 you will throw them away like a menstrual21 cloth and say to them, "Away with you!22"

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      23 He will also send you rain23 for the seed you sow in the ground, and the food that comes from the land will be rich24 and plentiful.25 In that day26 your cattle will graze in broad meadows.27

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      24 The oxen28 and donkeys that work the soil will eat fodder29 and mash, spread out with fork30 and shovel.

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      25 In the day of great slaughter,31 when the towers32 fall, streams of water will flow33 on every high mountain and every lofty hill.

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      26 The moon will shine like the sun,34 and the sunlight will be seven times brighter, like the light of seven full days, when the LORD binds up the bruises of his people and heals35 the wounds he inflicted.

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