“Indeed, the residents of Maroth hope for something good to happen, though the Lord has sent disaster against the city of Jerusalem.”
One of the cities in the path of Sennacharib, Maroth hoped vainly for something good to happen, even in the face of disaster. Wishful thinking would be their destruction.
God speaks, making his will plain. People stand in the shadow of judgment and wish things were different. Will I listen to God or feed vain hopes?