“The real problem for God’s people, therefore, is not their captivity in Babylon, but their disobedience to God. That is what they do not understand.” – ESV Study Bible, comment on Isa. 42:23-25
23 Who among you will give ear to this,
will attend and listen for the time to come?
24 Who gave up Jacob to the looter,
and Israel to the plunderers?
Was it not the LORD, against whom we have sinned,
in whose ways they would not walk,
and whose law they would not obey?
25 So he poured on him the heat of his anger
and the might of battle;
it set him on fire all around, but he did not understand;
it burned him up, but he did not take it to heart.