the cityf where David settled!
Add year to year
and let your cycle of festivalsg go on.
2 Yet I will besiege Ariel;h
she will mourn and lament,i
I will encirclek you with towers
and set up my siege worksl against you.
Your voice will come ghostlikeo from the earth;
out of the dust your speech will whisper.p
5 But your many enemies will become like fine dust,q
Suddenly,t in an instant,
6 the Lord Almighty will comeu
that attack her and her fortress and besiege her,
will be as it is with a dream,b
with a vision in the night—
but awakensc hungry still;
as when a thirsty person dreams of drinking,
but awakens faint and thirsty still.d
So will it be with the hordes of all the nations
that fight against Mount Zion.e
9 Be stunned and amazed,f
blind yourselves and be sightless;g
stagger,j but not from beer.
10 The Lord has brought over you a deep sleep:k
he has covered your heads (the seers).n
11 For you this whole visiono is nothing but words sealedp in a scroll. And if you give the scroll to someone who can read, and say, “Read this, please,” they will answer, “I can’t; it is sealed.” 12 Or if you give the scroll to someone who cannot read, and say, “Read this, please,” they will answer, “I don’t know how to read.”
“These peopleq come near to me with their mouth
and honor me with their lips,r
but their hearts are far from me.s
Their worship of me
with wonder upon wonder;u
the wisdom of the wisev will perish,
the intelligence of the intelligent will vanish.w”
to hidex their plans from the Lord,
who do their work in darkness and think,
as if the potter were thought to be like the clay!a
Shall what is formed say to the one who formedb it,
“You did not make me”?
Can the pot say to the potter,c
“You know nothing”?d
and the fertile field seem like a forest?h
and out of gloom and darknessk
the eyes of the blind will see.l
19 Once more the humblem will rejoice in the Lord;
the mockersr will disappear,
and all who have an eye for evils will be cut down—
who ensnare the defender in courtt
“No longer will Jacob be ashamed;y
no longer will their faces grow pale.z
23 When they see among them their children,a
the work of my hands,b
they will keep my name holy;c
they will acknowledge the holiness of the Holy Oned of Jacob,
and will stand in awe of the God of Israel.
those who complain will accept instruction.”g
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