28 Woe to the crown of pride, to the drunkards of Ephraim,
Whose glorious beauty is a fading flower
Which is at the head of the 1verdant valleys,
To those who are overcome with wine!
aLike a tempest of hail and a destroying storm,
Like a flood of mighty waters overflowing,
Who will bring them down to the earth with His hand.
Will be trampled underfoot;
Which is at the head of the 2verdant valley,
Like the first fruit before the summer,
Which an observer sees;
He eats it up while it is still in his hand.
For a crown of glory and a diadem of beauty
To the remnant of His people,
And for strength to those who turn back the battle at the gate.
7 But they also bhave erred through wine,
And through intoxicating drink are out of the way;
cThe priest and the prophet have erred through intoxicating drink,
They are swallowed up by wine,
They are out of the way through intoxicating drink;
They err in vision, they stumble in judgment.
No place is clean.
9 “Whom dwill he teach knowledge?
And whom will he make to understand the message?
Those just weaned from milk?
Those just drawn from the breasts?
10 eFor precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept,
Line upon line, line upon line,
Here a little, there a little.”
11 For with fstammering lips and another tongue
He will speak to this people,
12 To whom He said, “This is the grest with which
You may cause the weary to rest,”
And, “This is the refreshing”;
Yet they would not hear.
“Precept upon precept, precept upon precept,
Line upon line, line upon line,
Here a little, there a little,”
That they might go and fall backward, and be broken
And snared and caught.
Who rule this people who are in Jerusalem,
And with Sheol we are in agreement.
When the overflowing scourge passes through,
It will not come to us,
hFor we have made lies our refuge,
And under falsehood we have hidden ourselves.”
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