Thus saith the LORD, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the LORD thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go. O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments! then had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea: Thy seed also had been as the sand, and the offspring of thy bowels like the gravel thereof; his name should not have been cut off nor destroyed from before me.
Again the LORD appeals to the people of Israel as their Redeemer, their God, their Teacher, and Guide. If they had obeyed Him, they would have enjoyed peace, righteousness, fertility, and uninterrupted fellowship with Him.