12 Therefore thus says the Holy One of Israel, "1Since you have rejected this word And have put your trust in 2oppression and guile, and have relied on them,
13 Therefore this 3iniquity will be to you Like a 4breach about to fall, A bulge in a high wall, Whose collapse comes 5suddenly in an instant,
14 Whose collapse is like the smashing of a 6potter's jar, So ruthlessly * shattered That a sherd will not be found among its pieces To take fire from a hearth Or to scoop water from a cistern."
15 For thus the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel, has said, "In repentance and 7rest you will be saved, In 8quietness and trust is your strength." But you were not willing,
16 And you said, "No, for we will flee on 9horses," Therefore * you shall flee! "And we will ride on swift horses," Therefore * those who pursue you shall be swift.
17 10One thousand will flee at the threat of one man; You will flee at the threat of five, Until * you are left as a flag on a mountain top And as a signal on a hill.

God Is Gracious and Just

18 Therefore the LORD 11longs to be gracious to you, And therefore He waits on 12high to have compassion on you. For the LORD is a 13God of justice; How blessed are all those who 14long for Him.
19 O people in Zion, 15inhabitant in Jerusalem, you will 16weep no longer. He will surely be gracious to you at the sound of your cry; when He hears it, He will 17answer you.
20 Although the Lord has given you 18bread of privation and water of oppression, He, your Teacher will no longer 19hide Himself, but your eyes will behold your Teacher.
21 Your ears will hear a word behind * you, "This is the 20way, walk in it," whenever you 21turn to the right or to the left.