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Isaiah 28 :: Legacy Standard Bible (LSB)

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Woe to Ephraim

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Woe to the proud crown of the drunkards of Ephraim,

And to the fading flower of its glorious beauty,

Which is at the head of the [fn]fertile valley

Of those who are [fn]overcome with wine!

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Behold, the Lord has a strong and courageous agent;

As a storm of hail, a tempest of destruction,

Like a storm of mighty overflowing waters,

He has set it down to the earth with His hand.

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The proud crown of the drunkards of Ephraim is trodden under foot.

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And the fading flower of its glorious beauty,

Which is at the head of the [fn]fertile valley,

Will be like the first-ripe fig prior to summer,

Which [fn]one sees,

And [fn]as soon as it is in his [fn]hand,

He swallows it.

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In that day Yahweh of hosts will become a beautiful crown

And a glorious diadem to the remnant of His people;

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A spirit of just judgment for him who sits in judgment,

A might to those who turn back the [fn]onslaught at the gate.

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And these also reel with wine and stagger from strong drink:

The priest and the prophet reel with strong drink;

They are swallowed up by wine, they stagger from strong drink;

They reel while [fn]having visions;

They totter when rendering a verdict.

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For all the tables are full of filthy vomit, without a single clean place.

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“Whom would He instruct in knowledge,

And whom would He provide understanding about the report?

Those just weaned from milk?

Those just taken from the breast?

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“For He says,

[fn]Order on order, order on order,

Line on line, line on line,

A little here, a little there.’”

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Indeed, He will speak to this people

Through stammering lips and a foreign tongue,

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He who said to them, “Here is rest, give rest to the weary,”

And, “Here is repose,” but they would not listen.

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So the word of Yahweh to them will be,

[fn]Order on order, order on order,

Line on line, line on line,

A little here, a little there,”

That they may go and stumble backward, be broken, snared, and taken captive.

A Cornerstone in Zion

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Therefore, hear the word of Yahweh, O scoffers,

Who rule this people who are in Jerusalem,

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Because you have said, “We have cut a covenant with death,

And with Sheol we have made a [fn]pact.

The overflowing [fn]scourge will not reach us when it passes by,

For we have made falsehood our refuge and we have hidden ourselves with lying.”

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Therefore thus says Lord Yahweh,

“Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a tested stone,

A costly cornerstone for the foundation, [fn]firmly placed.

He who believes in it will not be [fn]disturbed.

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“I will make justice the measuring line

And righteousness the level;

Then hail will sweep away the refuge of falsehood,

And the waters will overflow the secret place.

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“Your covenant with death will be [fn]canceled,

And your pact with Sheol will not stand;

When the overflowing scourge passes through,

Then you will become its trampling place.

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“As often as it passes through, it will take you;

For morning after morning it will pass through, anytime during the day or night,

And it will be [fn]sheer terror to understand the report.”

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The bed is too short on which to stretch out,

And the blanket is too narrow to wrap oneself in.

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For Yahweh will rise up as at Mount Perazim;

He will be stirred up as in the valley of Gibeon,

To work His work, His [fn]unusual work,

And to labor in His labor, His [fn]exceptional labor.

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So now do not carry on as scoffers,

Lest your fetters be made stronger;

For I have heard from Lord Yahweh of hosts

Of complete destruction, one that is decreed, on all the earth.

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Give ear and hear my voice,

Pay attention and hear my words.

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Does the [fn]farmer plow [fn]continually to plant seed?

Does he continually [fn]turn and harrow his ground?

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Does he not level its surface

And sow dill and scatter cumin

And [fn]plant wheat in rows,

Barley in its place and rye within its [fn]area?

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For his God disciplines and teaches him proper judgment.

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For dill is not threshed with a threshing sledge,

Nor is the wheel of a cart [fn]driven over cumin;

But dill is beaten out with a staff, and cumin with a rod.

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Grain for bread is crushed,

But he does not continue to thresh it forever.

Because the wheel of his cart and his horses eventually [fn]disturb it,

He does not crush it longer.

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This also comes from Yahweh of hosts,

Who has made His counsel wonderful and His wisdom great.

LSB Footnotes
Lit valley of fatness
Lit smitten
Lit valley of fatness
Lit the one seeing sees
Lit while it is yet
Lit palm
Lit battle
Lit seeing
Heb Sav lasav, sav lasav, Kav lakav, kav lakav, Ze’ er sham, ze’ er sham; These Hebrew monosyllables, imitating the babbling of a child, mock the prophet’s preaching
See v 10 note 1, Yahweh responds to their scoffing by imitating their mockery, to represent the unintelligible language of a conqueror
As in some ancient versions; Heb seer
Or flood
Lit well-laid
Lit in a hurry
Lit covered over
Lit only
Lit task is strange
Lit work is foreign
Lit plowman
Lit all day
Lit open
Lit put
Lit region
Lit rolled
Lit confuse

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