A remnant will turn back, only a remnant of Jacob, to God, the Mighty One. Countless though Israel be as the sea sand, only a remnant of it will return; there must be a sharp reckoning first, before we are restored, abundantly, to his favour. Short and sharp is the reckoning the Lord, the God of hosts, will make, with the whole world for the scene of it.
— Isaiah x. 21-23.