Write on a tablet this testimony;inscribe it on a scroll to be seen forever:This is a rebellious people, a people who lie,who will not listen to the law of the Lord;who say, “See not,” to the seers who would speak;and say to the prophets, “Prophesy not to uswhat is right but instead speak smooth things to us,and prophesy illusions; depart from the way,turn from the path where you preach the wordof the Holy One of Israel.” So the Israelites blaspheme.
Therefore now hear the Holy One of Israel:“Because you despise and spurn My wordand put your trust in oppression and perversion,your iniquity shall become for you like a cracking wall,surrounding you and bulging, ready to fallsuddenly to demolish what you have made for yourselves.It shall break in pieces like a potter’s vesselruthlessly shattered—not a shard shall be foundto take hot coals from the hearthstone,or ladle from the well a little water.”
Now hear again the Holy One of Israel:“In returning and rest shall you be rescued and saved;in quietness and trust shall you attain strength.”
But you would have none of it, saying, “No! We will fleeupon fast steeds”; so you shall flee away;and, “We will swiftly escape”; so swift shall be your pursuers. A thousand shall flee at the threat of one;at the threat of five you shall fearfully flee,until you are reduced to a remnant, wretched and bereft,like a solitary pine standing on a mountain,like a single flagstaff set upon a hill.