And to the fading flower of its glorious beauty,
Which is at the head of the 1fertile valley
Of those who are 2overcome with wine!
2 Behold, the Lord has a strong and amighty agent;
As a storm of bhail, a tempest of destruction,
Like a storm of cmighty overflowing waters,
He has cast it down to the earth with His hand.
3 The proud crown of the drunkards of Ephraim is atrodden under foot.
Which is at the head of the 1fertile valley,
Will be like the afirst-ripe fig prior to summer,
Which 2one sees,
He swallows it.
And a glorious diadem to the remnant of His people;
6 A aspirit of justice for him who sits in judgment,
7 And these also areel with wine and stagger from strong drink:
They are confused by wine, they stagger from dstrong drink;
They totter when rendering judgment.
8 For all the tables are full of filthy avomit, without a single clean place.
9 “To awhom would He teach knowledge,
And to whom would He interpret the message?
Those just bweaned from milk?
Those just taken from the breast?
Line on line, line on line,
A little here, a little there.’ ”
Through astammering lips and a foreign tongue,
12 He who said to them, “Here is arest, give rest to the weary,”
And, “Here is repose,” but they would not listen.
“1Order on order, order on order,
Line on line, line on line,
A little here, a little there,”
That they may go and astumble backward, be broken, snared and taken captive.
Who rule this people who are in Jerusalem,
15 Because you have said, “We have made a acovenant with death,
16 Therefore thus says the Lord 1God,
A costly cornerstone for the foundation, 2firmly placed.
He who believes in it will not be 3disturbed.
17 “I will make ajustice the measuring line
And righteousness the level;
Then bhail will sweep away the refuge of lies
And the waters will overflow the secret place.
And your pact with Sheol will not stand;
When the aoverwhelming scourge passes through,
Then you become its ctrampling place.
For bmorning after morning it will pass through, anytime during the day or night,
21 For the Lord will rise up as at Mount aPerazim,
He will be stirred up as in the valley of bGibeon,
And to work His work, His 2extraordinary work.
22 And now do not carry on as ascoffers,
Or your fetters will be made stronger;
For I have heard from the Lord 1God of hosts
Of decisive bdestruction on all the earth.
Listen and hear my words.
Does he continually 3turn and harrow the ground?
And sow dill and scatter acummin
Barley in its place and rye within its 2area?
27 For dill is not threshed with a athreshing sledge,
Nor is the cartwheel 1driven over cummin;
But dill is beaten out with a rod, and cummin with a club.
Indeed, he does not continue to thresh it forever.
Because the wheel of his cart and his horses eventually 1damage it,
He does not thresh it longer.
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