Isaiah 29
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Judgment is Coming to Jerusalem

1“How terrible it will be for you, Aruel, Aruel,a

the city where David encamped!

Year after year,

let your festivals run their cycle.

2Then I’ll besiege Aruel,b

and there will be sorrow and mourning;

she will become to me like an altar fireplace.c

3Then I’ll encamp against you like David,d

and I’ll lay siege to you with towers,

raise siege works against you,

4and you will be brought down.

You will speak from the ground,

and your speech will mumble from the dust.

Your voice will come ghostlike from the ground,

and your speech will whisper from the dust.

5“But the hordes of your enemiese

will become like fine dust,

and the hordes of tyrants like flying chaff.

Then suddenly, in an instant,

6you will be visited by the LORD of the Heavenly Armies—

with thunder, an earthquake, and great noise,

with a windstorm, a tempest,

and flames from a devouring fire.

7Then the hordes of all the nations that fight against Aruel,f

all that attack her and her fortificationg and besiege her,

will become like a dream, with its visions in the night—

8as when a hungry man dreams—

he eats, but wakes up still hungry;

or when a thirsty man dreams—

he drinks, but wakes up faint,

with his thirst unquenched.

So will it be with the hordes of all the nations

that fight against Mount Zion.

Blind to God’s Words

9“Act stupid!

Be astonished!

Act blind,

and be blind!

Be drunk,h but not fromi wine;

stagger around,j but not from strong drink.

10For the LORD has poured out upon you

a spirit of deep sleep—

he has closed your eyes, you prophets,

he has covered your heads, you seers!”

11“And this entire vision has become for you like the words of a sealed book. When people give it to someone who can read, and say, ‘Read this, please,’ he answers,k ‘I cannot, because it is sealed.’ 12Or when they give the bookl to someone who cannot read, and say, ‘Read this, please,’ he answers,m ‘I don’t know how to read.’”

A Rebuke of Hypocritical Worship

13Then the Lord said:

“Because these people draw near with their mouths

and honor me with their lips,

but their hearts are far from me,

worship of men has become

merely likeo rules taught by human beings.

14Therefore, watch out!

“As for me,p I will once again

do amazing things with this people,

wonder upon wonder.

The wisdom of their wise men will perish,

and the insightsq of their discerning men will stay hidden.”

A Rebuke to the Deceptive

15“How terrible it will be for you who go to great depths

to hide your plans from the LORD,

you whose deeds have beenr dones in the dark,

and who say, ‘Who can see us?

Who has recognizedt us?’

16He has turned the tables on youu

as if the potter were thought to be like heat.v

Can what is made say of the one who made it,

‘He did not make me?’

Or can what is formed say of the onesw who formed it,

‘He has no skill?’

17“In a very little while,

will not Lebanon be turned into a garden of fruit,x

and the garden of fruity seem like a forest?

18On that day the deaf will hear

the words of a scroll,

and out of gloom and darkness

the eyes of the blind will see.

19The humble will again experience joy in the LORD,

and the poorest people will rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.

20For the ruthless will vanish,

and mockers will disappear,

and all who have an eye for evil will be cut down—

21those who make a person appear to be the offender in a lawsuit,

who set a trap for someone

who is making his defense in court,z

and push aside the innocent

with specious arguments.

22“Therefore, this is what the LORD, who redeemed Abraham, says concerning the house of Jacob:

‘No longer will Jacob be ashamed;

no longer will his face grow pale.

23For when he sees in his midst his children,

the work of my hands,

they will keep my name holy;

they will sanctify the Holy One of Jacob

and stand in awe of the God of Israel.

24Moreover, those who go astray in spirit will gainaa understanding,

and those who complain will accept instruction.’”

a 29:1 So 1QIsaa; MT LXX read Ariel, Ariel; i.e. a nickname assigned by the prophet for Jerusalem
b 29:2 So 1QIsaa; MT LXX read Ariel, Ariel; i.e. an allusion to Jerusalem
c 29:2 Lit. an Ariel; i.e. perhaps a pun on the name Aruel
d 29:3 So 4QIsak MTmss LXX; 1QIsaa MT read you on all sides
e 29:5 So 1QIsaa; MT reads foreigners; LXX reads the ungodly
f 29:7 So 1QIsaa; MT LXX read Ariel, Ariel; i.e. an allusion to Jerusalem
g 29:7 So 1QIsaa; MT reads her mountain stronghold; LXX reads Jerusalem
h 29:9 So 1QIsaa; MT reads They have become drunk
i 29:9 So 1QIsaa LXX; MT lacks from
j 29:9 So 1QIsaa; MT reads They stagger around
k 29:11 So 1QIsaa; MT LXXread he will answer
l 29:12 So 1QIsaa; MT LXXread the book will be given
m 29:12 So 1QIsaa; MT LXXread he will answer
n 29:13 So 1QIsaa; MTreads Their worship of me
o 29:13 So 1QIsaa; MT LXX lack like
p 29:14 So 1QIsaa LXX; the Heb. lacks as for me
q 29:14 So 1QIsaa; MT LXXread insight
r 29:15 So 1QIsaa; MT LXX read deeds are (or will be)
s 29:15 DSS MT lack done
t 29:15 So 1QIsaa; MT LXX read recognizes
u 29:16 So 1QIsaa; MT reads You turn things upside down!
v 29:16 i.e. the fire in a kiln; so 1QIsaa; MT LXX read clay
w 29:16 So 1QIsaa; MT LXX read one
x 29:17 Lit. into Carmel
y 29:17 Lit. and Carmel
z 29:21 Lit. in the gate
aa 29:24 Lit. discover

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