Ephraim’s Captivity Predicted1Woe to the proud crown of the a drunkards of b Ephraim,
And to the fading flower of its glorious beauty,
Which is at the head of the ▼
▼ Lit valley of fatnessfertile valley
Of those who are ▼
▼ Lit smittenovercome with wine!
2Behold, the Lord has a strong and e mighty agent;
As a storm of f hail, a tempest of destruction,
Like a storm of g mighty overflowing waters,
He has cast it down to the earth with His hand.
3The proud crown of the drunkards of Ephraim is h trodden under foot.
4And the fading flower of its glorious beauty,
Which is at the head of the ▼
▼ Lit valley of fatnessfertile valley,
Will be like the j first-ripe fig prior to summer,
▼ Lit the one seeing seesone sees,
▼ Lit while it is yetas soon as it is in his ▼
▼ Lit palmhand,
He swallows it.
5In that day the n Lord of hosts will become a beautiful o crown
And a glorious diadem to the remnant of His people;
6A p spirit of justice for him who sits in judgment,
A q strength to those who repel the ▼
▼ Lit battleonslaught at the gate.
7And these also s reel with wine and stagger from strong drink:
t The priest and u the prophet reel with strong drink,
They are confused by wine, they stagger from v strong drink;
They reel while ▼
▼ Lit seeinghaving x visions,
They totter when rendering judgment.
8For all the tables are full of filthy y vomit, without a single clean place.
9“To z whom would He teach knowledge,
And to whom would He interpret the message?
Those just aa weaned from milk?
Those just taken from the breast?
10“For He says,
▼ 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, ac 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 ad stammering lips and a foreign tongue,
12He who said to them, “Here is ae rest, give rest to the weary,”
And, “Here is repose,” but they would not listen.
13So the word of the Lord to them will be,
▼ V 10, note 1 The Lord responds to their scoffing by imitating their mockery, to represent the unintelligible language of a conqueror“Order on order, order on order,
Line on line, line on line,
A little here, a little there,”
That they may go and ag stumble backward, be broken, snared and taken captive.
Judah Is Warned14 Therefore, ah hear the word of the Lord, O ai scoffers,
Who rule this people who are in Jerusalem,
15Because you have said, “We have made a aj covenant with death,
And with ▼
▼ I.e. the nether worldSheol we have made a ▼
▼ So some ancient versions; Heb seerpact.
am The overwhelming ▼
▼ Or floodscourge will not reach us when it passes by,
For we have made ao falsehood our refuge and we have ap concealed ourselves with deception.”
16Therefore thus says the Lord ▼
▼ Heb YHWH, usually rendered LordGod, ar “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a tested as stone,
A costly cornerstone for the foundation ▼
▼ Lit well-laidfirmly placed.
He who believes in it will not be ▼
▼ Lit in a hurrydisturbed.
17“I will make av justice the measuring line
And righteousness the level;
Then aw hail will sweep away the refuge of lies
And the waters will overflow the secret place.
18“Your ax covenant with death will be ▼
▼ Lit covered over, az canceled,
And your pact with Sheol will not stand;
When the ba overwhelming scourge passes through,
Then you become its bb trampling place.
19“As bc often as it passes through, it will ▼
▼ Lit takeseize you;
For be morning after morning it will pass through, anytime during the day or night,
And it will be ▼
▼ Lit onlysheer bg terror to understand ▼
▼ Lit the report, or, the messagewhat it means.”
20The bed is too short on which to stretch out,
And the bi blanket is too ▼
▼ Lit narrowsmall to wrap oneself in.
21For the Lord will rise up as at Mount bk Perazim,
He will be stirred up as in the valley of bl Gibeon,
To do His bm task, His ▼
▼ Lit task is strange, bo unusual task,
And to work His work, His ▼
▼ Lit work is alienextraordinary work.
22And now do not carry on as bq scoffers,
Or your fetters will be made stronger;
For I have heard from the Lord ▼
▼ Heb YHWH, usually rendered LordGod of hosts
Of decisive bs destruction on all the earth.
23Give ear and hear my voice,
Listen and hear my words.
24Does the ▼
▼ Lit plowmanfarmer plow ▼
▼ Lit all daycontinually to plant seed?
Does he continually ▼
▼ Lit openturn and harrow the ground?
25Does he not level its surface
And sow dill and scatter bw cummin
▼ Lit putplant by wheat in rows,
Barley in its place and rye within its ▼
▼ Lit regionarea?
26For his God instructs and teaches him properly.
27For dill is not threshed with a ca threshing sledge,
Nor is the cartwheel ▼
▼ Lit rolleddriven over cummin;
But dill is beaten out with a rod, and cummin with a club.
28 Grain for bread is crushed,
Indeed, he does not continue to thresh it forever.
Because the wheel of his cart and his horses eventually ▼
▼ Lit discomfitdamage it,
He does not thresh it longer.
29This also comes from the Lord of hosts,
Who has made His counsel cd wonderful and His wisdom ce great.
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