Israel Refuses To Listen
8 The Lord told me to write down his message for his people, so that it would be there forever. 9 They have turned against the Lord and can't be trusted. They have refused his teaching 10 and have said to his messengers and prophets: Don't tell us what God has shown you and don't preach the truth. Just say what we want to hear, even if it's false. 11 Stop telling us what God has said! We don't want to hear any more about the holy One of Israel.
12 Now this is the answer of the holy One of Israel: “You rejected my message, and you trust in violence and lies.
13 This sin is like a crack that makes a high wall quickly crumble 14 and shatter like a crushed bowl.
There's not a piece left big enough to carry hot coals or to dip out water.”
Trust the Lord
15 The holy Lord God of Israel had told all of you, “I will keep you safe if you turn back to me
and calm down.
I will make you strong if you quietly trust me.”
Then you stubbornly 16 said, “No! We will safely escape on speedy horses.”
But those who chase you will be even faster.
17 As few as five of them, or even one, will be enough to chase a thousand of you.
Finally, all that will be left will be a few survivors as lonely as a flag pole on a barren hill.