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Isaiah 30:12-14

12-14Therefore, The Holy of Israel says this:

"Because you scorn this Message,

Preferring to live by injustice

and shape your lives on lies,

This perverse way of life

will be like a towering, badly built wall

That slowly, slowly tilts and shifts,

and then one day, without warning, collapses—

Smashed to bits like a piece of pottery,

smashed beyond recognition or repair,

Useless, a pile of debris

to be swept up and thrown in the trash."

God Takes the Time to Do Everything Right

15-17God, the Master, The Holy of Israel,

has this solemn counsel:

"Your salvation requires you to turn back to me

and stop your silly efforts to save yourselves.

Your strength will come from settling down

in complete dependence on me—

The very thing

you've been unwilling to do.

You've said, 'Nothing doing! We'll rush off on horseback!'

You'll rush off, all right! Just not far enough!

You've said, 'We'll ride off on fast horses!'

Do you think your pursuers ride old nags?

Think again: A thousand of you will scatter before one attacker.

Before a mere five you'll all run off.

There'll be nothing left of you—

a flagpole on a hill with no flag,

a signpost on a roadside with the sign torn off."