Come closer and listen. I have always told you plainly what would happen so you would have no trouble understanding. And now the Sovereign LORD and his Spirit have sent me with this message:
The LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, says: I am the LORD your God, who teaches you what is good and leads you along the paths you should follow. Oh, that you had listened to my commands! Then you would have had peace flowing like a gentle river and righteousness rolling like waves.
Then you would have become as numerous as the sands along the seashore--too many to count! There would have been no need for your destruction.
Yet even now, be free from your captivity! Leave Babylon and the Babylonians, singing as you go! Shout to the ends of the earth that the LORD has redeemed his servants, the people of Israel.
They were not thirsty when he led them through the desert. He divided the rock, and water gushed out for them to drink.
But there is no peace for the wicked," says the LORD.