16 For I will not be hostile forever or perpetually angry, for then man’s spirit would grow faint before me, the life-giving breath I created. 17 I was angry because of their sinful greed; I attacked them and angrily rejected them, yet they remained disobedient and stubborn. 18 I have seen their behavior, but I will heal them. I will lead them, and I will provide comfort to them and those who mourn with them. 19 I am the one who gives them reason to celebrate. Complete prosperity is available both to those who are far away and those who are nearby,” says the Lord, “and I will heal them. 20 But the wicked are like a surging sea that is unable to be quiet; its waves toss up mud and sand.
15 when he nullified in his flesh the law of commandments in decrees. He did this to create in himself one new man out of two, thus making peace, 16 and to reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by which the hostility has been killed. 17 And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near, 18 so that through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. 19 So then you are no longer foreigners and noncitizens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of God’s household,
Notes and References
"... It is well known that Paul's indebtedness in Ephesians to Isaiah is quite extensive. In 2:17, for example, Paul describes Christ's ministry to both Jews and Gentiles as fulfilling Isaiah's expectations of the worldwide scope of God's healing (Isaiah 57:19). In 4:30,m Paul repeats Isaiah's warning not to 'grieve' the Holy Spirit (Isaiah 63:10). And in 6:14-17, Paul utilizes three different Isaianic passages to describe the enablement of God's people ..."
Lunde, Jonathan M. & Dunne, John A. Paul's Creative and Contextual Use of Isaiah in Ephesians 5:14 (pp. 87-110) Journal of the Evangelical Society, 2012