Isaiah 28
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Woe to Ephraim

1Woe to the proud crown of the drunkards of Ephraim,

And to the fading flower of its glorious beauty,

Which is at the head of the [†]fertile valley

Of those who are [†]overcome with wine!

2Behold, the Lord has a strong and courageous agent;

As a storm of hail, a tempest of destruction,

Like a storm of mighty overflowing waters,

He has set it down to the earth with His hand.

3The proud crown of the drunkards of Ephraim is trodden under foot.

4And the fading flower of its glorious beauty,

Which is at the head of the [†]fertile valley,

Will be like the first-ripe fig prior to summer,

Which [†]one sees,

And [†]as soon as it is in his [†]hand,

He swallows it.

5In that day Yahweh of hosts will become a beautiful crown

And a glorious diadem to the remnant of His people;

6A spirit of just judgment for him who sits in judgment,

A might to those who turn back the [†]onslaught at the gate.

7And these also reel with wine and stagger from strong drink:

The priest and the prophet reel with strong drink;

They are swallowed up by wine, they stagger from strong drink;

They reel while [†]having visions;

They totter when rendering a verdict.

8For all the tables are full of filthy vomit, without a single clean place.

9“Whom would He instruct in knowledge,

And whom would He provide understanding about the report?

Those just weaned from milk?

Those just taken from the breast?

10For He says,

[†]Order on order, order on order,

Line on line, line on line,

A little here, a little there.’”

11Indeed, He will speak to this people

Through stammering lips and a foreign tongue,

12He who said to them, “Here is rest, give rest to the weary,”

And, “Here is repose,” but they would not listen.

13So the word of Yahweh to them will be,

[†]Order on order, order on order,

Line on line, line on line,

A little here, a little there,”

That they may go and stumble backward, be broken, snared, and taken captive.

A Cornerstone in Zion

14Therefore, hear the word of Yahweh, O scoffers,

Who rule this people who are in Jerusalem,

15Because you have said, “We have cut a covenant with death,

And with Sheol we have made a [†]pact.

The overflowing [†]scourge will not reach us when it passes by,

For we have made falsehood our refuge and we have hidden ourselves with lying.”

16Therefore thus says Lord Yahweh,

“Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a tested stone,

A costly cornerstone for the foundation, [†]firmly placed.

He who believes in it will not be [†]disturbed.

17I will make justice the measuring line

And righteousness the level;

Then hail will sweep away the refuge of falsehood,

And the waters will overflow the secret place.

18Your covenant with death will be [†]canceled,

And your pact with Sheol will not stand;

When the overflowing scourge passes through,

Then you will become its trampling place.

19As often as it passes through, it will take you;

For morning after morning it will pass through, anytime during the day or night,

And it will be [†]sheer terror to understand the report.”

20The bed is too short on which to stretch out,

And the blanket is too narrow to wrap oneself in.

21For Yahweh will rise up as at Mount Perazim;

He will be stirred up as in the valley of Gibeon,

To work His work, His [†]unusual work,

And to labor in His labor, His [†]exceptional labor.

22So now do not carry on as scoffers,

Lest your fetters be made stronger;

For I have heard from Lord Yahweh of hosts

Of complete destruction, one that is decreed, on all the earth.

23Give ear and hear my voice,

Pay attention and hear my words.

24Does the [†]farmer plow [†]continually to plant seed?

Does he continually [†]turn and harrow his ground?

25Does he not level its surface

And sow dill and scatter cumin

And [†]plant wheat in rows,

Barley in its place and rye within its [†]area?

26For his God disciplines and teaches him proper judgment.

27For dill is not threshed with a threshing sledge,

Nor is the wheel of a cart [†]driven over cumin;

But dill is beaten out with a staff, and cumin with a rod.

28Grain for bread is crushed,

But he does not continue to thresh it forever.

Because the wheel of his cart and his horses eventually [†]disturb it,

He does not crush it longer.

29This also comes from Yahweh of hosts,

Who has made His counsel wonderful and His wisdom great.

1 Lit valley of fatness
1 Lit smitten
4 Lit valley of fatness
4 Lit the one seeing sees
4 Lit while it is yet
4 Lit palm
6 Lit battle
7 Lit seeing
10 Heb Sav lasav, sav lasav, Kav lakav, kav lakav, Ze’ er sham, ze’ er sham; These Hebrew monosyllables, imitating the babbling of a child, mock the prophet’s preaching
13 See v 10 note 1, Yahweh responds to their scoffing by imitating their mockery, to represent the unintelligible language of a conqueror
15 As in some ancient versions; Heb seer
15 Or flood
16 Lit well-laid
16 Lit in a hurry
18 Lit covered over
19 Lit only
21 Lit task is strange
21 Lit work is foreign
24 Lit plowman
24 Lit all day
24 Lit open
25 Lit put
25 Lit region
27 Lit rolled
28 Lit confuse

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