and you shall teach them to the wise among your people, whose hearts you know are able to comprehend and keep these secrets.
But as for you, wait here seven days more, so that you may be shown whatever it pleases the Most High to show you." Then he left me.
When all the people heard that the seven days were past and I had not returned to the city, they all gathered together, from the least to the greatest, and came to me and spoke to me, saying,
"How have we offended you, and what harm have we done you, that you have forsaken us and sit in this place?
For of all the prophets you alone are left to us, like a cluster of grapes from the vintage, and like a lamp in a dark place, and like a haven for a ship saved from a storm.
Are not the disasters that have befallen us enough?
Therefore if you forsake us, how much better it would have been for us if we also had been consumed in the burning of Zion.
For we are no better than those who died there." And they wept with a loud voice. Then I answered them and said,
"Take courage, O Israel; and do not be sorrowful, O house of Jacob;
for the Most High has you in remembrance, and the Mighty One has not forgotten you in your struggle.
As for me, I have neither forsaken you nor withdrawn from you; but I have come to this place to pray on account of the desolation of Zion, and to seek mercy on account of the humiliation of our sanctuary.