28:17 I will make justice the measuring line,
fairness the plumb line;
hail will sweep away the unreliable refuge, 1
the floodwaters will overwhelm the hiding place.
30:18 For this reason the Lord is ready to show you mercy;
he sits on his throne, ready to have compassion on you. 2
Indeed, the Lord is a just God;
all who wait for him in faith will be blessed. 3
he fills Zion with justice and fairness.
61:8 For I, the Lord, love justice
and hate robbery and sin.
I will repay them because of my faithfulness; 7
I will make a permanent covenant with them.
[30:18] 2 tn Heb “Therefore the Lord waits to show you mercy, and therefore he is exalted to have compassion on you.” The logical connection between this verse and what precedes is problematic. The point seems to be that Judah’s impending doom does not bring God joy. Rather the prospect of their suffering stirs within him a willingness to show mercy and compassion, if they are willing to seek him on his terms.