Isaiah 29

Jerusalem Is Warned

Woe, O
I.e. Lion of God, or Jerusalem
Ariel
I.e. Lion of God, or Jerusalem
Ariel the city where David once c camped!
Add year to year
Lit let your feasts run their round
,
e observe your feasts on schedule.
I will bring distress to Ariel,
And she will be a city of lamenting and f mourning;
And she will be like an Ariel to me.
I will g camp against you
Lit like a circle
encircling you,
And I will set siegeworks against you,
And I will raise up battle towers against you.
Then you will i be brought low;
From the earth you will speak,
And from the dust where you are prostrate
Your words will come.
Your voice will also be like that of a
Or ghost
spirit from the ground,
And your speech will whisper from the dust.

But the multitude of your
Lit strangers
enemies will become like fine l dust,
And the multitude of the m ruthless ones like the chaff which
Lit passes away
blows away;
And it will happen o instantly, suddenly.
From the  Lord of hosts you will be p punished with q thunder and earthquake and loud noise,
With whirlwind and tempest and the flame of a consuming fire.
And the r multitude of all the nations who wage war against
V 1, note 1
Ariel,
Even all who wage war against her and her stronghold, and who distress her,
Will be like a dream, a t vision of the night.
It will be as when a hungry man dreams
And behold, he is eating;
But when he awakens, his
Lit soul
hunger is not satisfied,
Or as when a thirsty man dreams
And behold, he is drinking,
But when he awakens, behold, he is faint
And his
Lit soul
thirst is not quenched.
w Thus the multitude of all the nations will be
Who wage war against Mount Zion.

x Be delayed and wait,
Blind yourselves and be blind;
They y become drunk, but not with wine,
They stagger, but not with strong drink.
10 For the  Lord has poured over you a spirit of deep z sleep,
He has aa shut your eyes, the prophets;
And He has covered your heads, the seers.

11 The entire vision will be to you like the words of a sealed
Or scroll
,
ac book, which when they give it to the one who
Lit knows books
is literate, saying, “Please read this,” he will say, “I cannot, for it is sealed.”
12 Then the
Or scroll
book will be given to the one who
Lit does not know books
is illiterate, saying, “Please read this.” And he will say, “I
Lit do not know books
cannot read.”

13 Then the Lord said, Because ah this people draw near with their
Lit mouth
words
And honor Me with their
Lit lips
lip service,
But they remove their hearts far from Me,
And their
Lit fear of Me
reverence for Me
Lit is
consists of
Lit commandment of rulers
tradition learned by rote,
14 Therefore behold, I will once again deal an marvelously with this people, wondrously marvelous;
And ao the wisdom of their wise men will perish,
And the discernment of their discerning men will be concealed.”

15 Woe to those who deeply ap hide their
Lit counsel
plans from the  Lord,
And whose ar deeds are done in a dark place,
And they say as Who sees us?” or “Who knows us?”
16 You turn things around!
Shall the potter be considered
Lit like
as equal with the clay,
That au what is made would say to its maker, “He did not make me”;
Or what is formed say to him who formed it, “He has no understanding”?

Blessing after Discipline

17 Is it not yet just a little while
Lit And
Before Lebanon will be turned into a aw fertile field,
And the fertile field will be considered as a forest?
18 On that day the ax deaf will hear ay words of a book,
And out of their gloom and darkness the az eyes of the blind will see.
19 The ba afflicted also will increase their gladness in the  Lord,
And the bb needy of mankind will rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.
20 For the bc ruthless will come to an end and the bd scorner will be finished,
Indeed be all who
Lit watch evil
are intent on doing evil will be cut off;
21 Who
Lit bring a person under condemnation
cause a person to be indicted by a word,
And bh ensnare him who adjudicates at the gate,
And
Lit turn aside
,
bj defraud the one in the right with
Lit confusion
meaningless arguments.

22 Therefore thus says the  Lord, who redeemed bl Abraham, concerning the house of Jacob: Jacob bm shall not now be ashamed, nor shall his face now turn pale;
23 But when
Or his children see
he sees his bo children, the bp work of My hands, in his midst,
They will sanctify My name;
Indeed, they will bq sanctify the Holy One of Jacob
And will stand in awe of the God of Israel.
24 “Those who br err in
Lit spirit
mind will bt know
Lit understanding
the truth,
And those who
Lit murmur
criticize will
Lit learn
,
bx accept instruction.

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