17Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: "I am the LORD your God, who teaches you to profit, who leads you in the way you should go.18O that you had hearkened to my commandments! Then your peace would have been like a river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea;19your offspring would have been like the sand, and your descendants like its grains; their name would never be cut off or destroyed from before me."
16"But to what shall I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the market places and calling to their playmates,17'We piped to you, and you did not dance; we wailed, and you did not mourn.'18For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, 'He has a demon';19the Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, 'Behold, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!' Yet wisdom is justified by her deeds."