For a long time I have been silent; I have kept still, I have restrained Myself. Now I will cry like a woman in travail; I will gasp and pant at the same time.
I will lay waste the mountains and hills, And all of their vegetation I will dry up; And I will make the rivers into islands; I will dry up the pools.
I will bring the blind on a way they do not know; I will guide them in paths they do not know; I will make the darkness into light before them, And crooked things straight. These are the things I will do for them and will not forsake them.
They who have turned back will be utterly put to shame, That is, those who trust in grave images, Those who say to molten images, You are our gods.
You who are deaf, Hear; And you who are blind, Look, that you may see.
Who is blind except My servant, And as deaf as My messenger, whom I will send? Who is as blind as the one at peace with Me, And as blind as the servant of Jehovah?
You have seen many things and do not observe them; His ears are open, but he does not hear.
Jehovah is well pleased for His righteousness' sake; He will magnify the law and make it honorable.
But this is a people plundered and spoiled: All of them are trapped in holes, And they are hidden in prison houses; They have become plunder, and there is no one to deliver; They have become spoil, and there is no one to say, Restore them.
Who among you will give ear to this? Who will pay attention and listen to the coming things?
Who gave Jacob to the plunderers, And Israel to the robbers? Was it not Jehovah, against whom we have sinned, And in whose ways they were not willing to walk, And whose law they would not obey?
Therefore He poured out upon them the heat of His anger And the strength of battle; And set them on fire round about, yet they did not realize it; And He burned against them and they did not take it to heart.