17 Thus says Yahveh, your redeemer, the holy one of Israel: “I am Yahveh your God, the one teaching you to profit, leads you in the way you should go. 18 If you had only listened alertly to my commandments! Then your prosperity would have been like a river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea. 19 And your offspring would have been like the sand, and the descendants of your insides like its grains. It would not be cut off, and its name would not be destroyed from my presence.” 20 Go out from Babylon! Flee from Chaldea! Announce it with a rejoicing shout; proclaim this! Cause it to go out to the end of the land; say, “Yahveh has redeemed his servant Jacob!” 21 And when he led them through the deserts, they were not thirsty; he made water flow from a rock for them, and he split a rock, and water gushed out. 22 “There is no peace,” says Yahveh, “for the wicked.”
no peace for the wicked
Israelite: “Yeah, Isaiah, I hear you. But will you just wake up and realize that these hated Babylonians have been ruling over us in peace for as long as we can remember? How can you say “There is no peace for the wicked.”?
Isaiah: “I didn’t say it. Yahveh said it. Don’t you think Yahveh knows what we have been experiencing all our lives? But, you have to remember, that no matter how long we have been under this oppression and bondage, it has been like just a moment for the God of creation. He is eternal, and we are not. He sees with a wider perspective than we do. We see decades of bondage and failure. He sees beyond that. He sees from the perspective of permanence. Do you really think our God is going to allow this oppressive pagan empire to be at permanent peace? I didn’t think so. Our peace is coming, theirs is going. Our rescuer has made his promise. Will we dare believe it?
LORD, we believe your promise. We trust in your rescue.