18 Truly, Hashem is waiting to show you grace, Truly, He will arise to pardon you. For Hashem is a God of justice; Happy are all who wait for Him.
v’-la-KHAYN y’-kha-KEH a-do-NAI la-kha-nan-KHEM v’-la-KHAYN ya-RUM l’-ra-khem-KHEM kee e-lo-HAY mish-PAT a-do-NAI ash-RAY kol kho-KHAY LO
יח וְלָכֵן יְחַכֶּה יְהֹוָה לַחֲנַנְכֶם וְלָכֵן יָרוּם לְרַחֶמְכֶם כִּי־אֱלֹהֵי מִשְׁפָּט יְהֹוָה אַשְׁרֵי כָּל־חוֹכֵי לוֹ׃
30:18 Truly, Hashem is waiting
Despite the fate of Ashdod ten years earlier, abandoned by Egypt to destruction by Assyria, there were still those in Yehuda who felt that an alliance with Pharaoh would be the best defense against the Assyrians. Yeshayahu describes a delegation that traveled southwards through the Negev desert with donkeys bearing treasures, in hopes of buying Egyptian loyalty. Hashem expresses His frustration with Israel for continuing their rebellious practices, placing their trust in others and not in Him. However, Yeshayahu states, divine patience was not yet exhausted. If they would cry out to Hashem (verse 19) and abolish idolatry entirely (verse 22), He would be gracious to his people. This is an important message for mankind. Hashem is a God of patience and forgiveness. Though people sin and turn their backs on Him, He is always waiting for them to correct their ways, so that He can be gracious to them and have compassion on them.