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28 Woe to the majestic crown of Ephraim’s drunkards, r
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 one s—
like a devastating hail storm,
like a storm with strong flooding waters.
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. t
Whoever sees it will swallow it
while it is still in his hand.
the Lord of * Hosts will become a crown of beauty
and a diadem of splendor u
to the remnant of His people,
to the one who sits in judgment, v
to those who turn back the battle at the gate.
and stumble under the influence of beer:
priest and prophet stagger because of beer,
they are confused by wine. w
They stumble because of beer,
they are muddled in their visions,
they stumble in their judgments.
there is no place without a stench.
9 Who is he x trying to teach?
Who is he y trying to instruct?
Infants z just weaned from milk?
Babies a removed from the breast?
line after line, line after line,
with stammering speech
and in a foreign language. d
“This is the place of rest,
let the weary rest; e
this is the place of repose.”
But they would not listen.
“Law after law, law after law,
line after line, line after line,
so they go stumbling backward,
to be broken, trapped, and captured. h
who rule this people in Jerusalem.
and we have made an agreement with * Sheol;
when the overwhelming scourge passes through, k
it will not touch us,
because we have made falsehood our refuge
and have hidden behind treachery.”
a tested stone,
a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation; m
and righteousness the mason’s level.” p
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 scourge passes through,
you will be trampled.
it will carry you away;
it will pass through every morning—
every day and every night.
Only terror q will cause you
to understand the message. r
and its cover too small to wrap up in.
21 For the Lord will rise up as He did at Mount Perazim. s
He will rise in wrath, as at the Valley of Gibeon, t
to do His work, His strange work,
and to perform His task, His disturbing task.
or your shackles will become stronger.
Indeed, I have heard from the Lord God of Hosts
a decree of destruction for the whole land. u
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.
Though the wheel of the farmer’s cart rumbles,
his horses do not crush it.
He gives wonderful advice;
He gives great wisdom. v
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