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28 Woe to the majestic crown of Ephraim’s drunkards,m
and to the fading flower of its beautiful splendor,
which is on the summit above the rich valley.
Woe to those overcome with wine.
2 Look, the Lord has a strong and mighty onen—
like a devastating hail storm,
like a storm with strong flooding water.
He will bring it across the land with his hand.
will be trampled underfoot.
which is on the summit above the rich valley,
will be like a ripe fig before the summer harvest.o
Whoever sees it will swallow it
while it is still in his hand.
the Lord of Armies will become a crown of beauty
and a diadem of splendorp
to the remnant of his people,
to the one who sits in judgment,q
to those who repel attacks at the city gate.
and stumble under the influence of beer:
Priest and prophet stagger because of beer.
They are confused by wine.r
They stumble because of beer.
They are muddled in their visions.
They stumble in their judgments.
there is no place without a stench.
Who is he trying to instruct?
InfantsA just weaned from milk?
BabiesA removed from the breast?
line after line, line after line,
a little here, a little there.”*
with stammering speech
and in a foreign language.a
“This is the place of rest;
let the weary rest;b
this is the place of repose.”
But they would not listen.
“Law after law, law after law,
line after line, line after line,
a little here, a little there,”
so they go stumbling backward,
to be broken, trapped, and captured.c
who rule this people in Jerusalem.
and we have an agreement with Sheol;
it will not touch us,
because we have made falsehood our refuge
and have hidden behind treachery.”
“Look, I have laid a stoneg in Zion,
a tested stone,
a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation;h
and righteousness the mason’s level.”j
Hail will sweep away the false refuge,
and water will flood your hiding place.
and your agreement with Sheol will not last.
When the overwhelming catastrophe passes through,
you will be trampled.
it will carry you away;
it will pass through every morning—
every day and every night.
Only terrork will cause you
to understand the message.E
and its cover too small to wrap up in.
21 For the Lord will rise up as he did at Mount Perazim.l
He will rise in wrath, as at the Valley of Gibeon,m
to do his work, his unexpected work,
and to perform his task, his unfamiliar task.
or your shackles will become stronger.
Indeed, I have heard from the Lord God of Armies
a decree of destruction for the whole land.n
23 Listen and hear my voice.
Pay attention and hear what I say.
Does he continuously break up and cultivate the soil?
does he not then scatter black cumin and sow cumin?
He plants wheat in rows and barley in plots,
with spelt as their border.
he instructs him.
with a threshing board,
and a cart wheel is not rolled over the cumin.
But black cumin is beaten out with a stick,
and cumin with a rod.
but is not threshed endlessly.
his horses do not crush it.
He gives wondrous advice;
he gives great wisdom.a
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