Who among you will give ear to this? Who will give heed and listen hereafter?
“If only you had paid attention to My commandments! Then your well-being would have been like a river, And your righteousness like the waves of the sea.
‘ If they confess their iniquity and the iniquity of their forefathers, in their unfaithfulness which they committed against Me, and also in their acting with hostility against Me—
But from there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him if you search for Him with all your heart and all your soul.
“ Would that they were wise, that they understood this, That they would discern their future!
“How long, O naive ones, will you love being simple-minded? And scoffers delight themselves in scoffing And fools hate knowledge?
“Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord, “ Though your sins are as scarlet, They will be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They will be like wool.
“Have you not just now called to Me, ‘ My Father, You are the friend of my youth?
‘Only acknowledge your iniquity, That you have transgressed against the Lord your God And have scattered your favors to the strangers under every green tree, And you have not obeyed My voice,’ declares the Lord.
The voice of the Lord will call to the city— And it is sound wisdom to fear Your name: “Hear, O tribe. Who has appointed its time?
“But what do you think? A man had two sons, and he came to the first and said, ‘ Son, go work today in the vineyard.’
Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord;
Moses said, ‘ The Lord God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your brethren; to Him you shall give heed to everything He says to you.
so as to live the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for the lusts of men, but for the will of God.