The wild animals in the fields will thank me, the jackals and owls, too, for giving them water in the desert. Yes, I will make rivers in the dry wasteland so my chosen people can be refreshed.
I have made Israel for myself, and they will someday honor me before the whole world.
“But, dear family of Jacob, you refuse to ask for my help. You have grown tired of me, O Israel!
You have not brought me sheep or goats for burnt offerings. You have not honored me with sacrifices, though I have not burdened and wearied you with requests for grain offerings and frankincense.
You have not brought me fragrant calamus or pleased me with the fat from sacrifices. Instead, you have burdened me with your sins and wearied me with your faults.
“I—yes, I alone—will blot out your sins for my own sake and will never think of them again.
Let us review the situation together, and you can present your case to prove your innocence.
From the very beginning, your first ancestor sinned against me; all your leaders broke my laws.
That is why I have disgraced your priests; I have decreed complete destruction for Jacob and shame for Israel.
References for Isaiah 43:28