22 There is no safety—said Hashem—for the wicked.
AYN sha-LOM a-MAR a-do-NAI la-r’-sha-EEM
כב אֵין שָׁלוֹם אָמַר יְהֹוָה לָרְשָׁעִים׃
48:22 There is no safety
Yeshayahu provides a triumphant account of the future journey out of Babylon and the return to Israel. In verse 21, he even includes allusions to the original journey through the desert to the Land of Israel. He concludes the section with the brief statement, “There is no safety—said Hashem—for the wicked.” Most commentators suggest that this is a continuation of the above contrast between Israel and Babylon; while Israel is redeemed, the wicked Babylon will find no peace. The commentator Ibn Ezra, however, suggests that “the wicked” refers to the Jews who refuse to leave Babylon when they have the opportunity, choosing to live among an idolatrous people rather than return to the Holy Land.