The Lord then said: Because this people approaches me only in words,
honors me only with lip-service while their hearts are far from me,
and reverence for me, as far as they are concerned,
is nothing but human commandment, a lesson memorized,
very well, I shall have to go on astounding this people with prodigies and wonders:
for the wisdom of its wise men is doomed,
the understanding of any who understand will vanish.
That day the deaf will hear the words of the book
and the poorest of people will delight in the Holy One of Israel.