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Isaiah 28 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 28:1 - 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 verdant valleys,
To those who are overcome with wine!

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 28:2 - Behold, the Lord has a mighty and strong one,
Like 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.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 28:3 - The crown of pride, the drunkards of Ephraim,
Will be trampled underfoot;

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 28:4 - And the glorious beauty is a fading flower
Which is at the head of the verdant valley,
Like the first fruit before the summer,
Which an observer sees;
He eats it up while it is still in his hand.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 28:5 - In that day the LORD of hosts will be
For a crown of glory and a diadem of beauty
To the remnant of His people,

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 28:6 - For a spirit of justice to him who sits in judgment,
And for strength to those who turn back the battle at the gate.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 28:7 - But they also have erred through wine,
And through intoxicating drink are out of the way;
The 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.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 28:8 - For all tables are full of vomit and filth;
No place is clean.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 28:9 - “Whom will he teach knowledge?
And whom will he make to understand the message?
Those just weaned from milk?
Those just drawn from the breasts?

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 28:10 - For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept,
Line upon line, line upon line,
Here a little, there a little.”

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 28:11 - For with stammering lips and another tongue
He will speak to this people,

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 28:12 - To whom He said, “This is the rest with which
You may cause the weary to rest,”
And, “This is the refreshing”;
Yet they would not hear.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 28:13 - But the word of the LORD was to them,
“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.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 28:14 - Therefore hear the word of the LORD, you scornful men,
Who rule this people who are in Jerusalem,

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 28:15 - Because you have said, “We have made a covenant with death,
And with Sheol we are in agreement.
When the overflowing scourge passes through,
It will not come to us,
For we have made lies our refuge,
And under falsehood we have hidden ourselves.”

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 28:16 - Therefore thus says the Lord GOD:

“Behold, I lay in Zion a stone for a foundation,
A tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation;
Whoever believes will not act hastily.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 28:17 - Also I will make justice the measuring line,
And righteousness the plummet;
The hail will sweep away the refuge of lies,
And the waters will overflow the hiding place.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 28:18 - Your covenant with death will be annulled,
And your agreement with Sheol will not stand;
When the overflowing scourge passes through,
Then you will be trampled down by it.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 28:19 - As often as it goes out it will take you;
For morning by morning it will pass over,
And by day and by night;
It will be a terror just to understand the report.”

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 28:20 - For the bed is too short to stretch out on,
And the covering so narrow that one cannot wrap himself in it.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 28:21 - For the LORD will rise up as at Mount Perazim,
He will be angry as in the Valley of Gibeon—
That He may do His work, His awesome work,
And bring to pass His act, His unusual act.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 28:22 - Now therefore, do not be mockers,
Lest your bonds be made strong;
For I have heard from the Lord GOD of hosts,
A destruction determined even upon the whole earth.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 28:23 - Give ear and hear my voice,
Listen and hear my speech.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 28:24 - Does the plowman keep plowing all day to sow?
Does he keep turning his soil and breaking the clods?

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 28:25 - When he has leveled its surface,
Does he not sow the black cummin
And scatter the cummin,
Plant the wheat in rows,
The barley in the appointed place,
And the spelt in its place?

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 28:26 - For He instructs him in right judgment,
His God teaches him.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 28:27 - For the black cummin is not threshed with a threshing sledge,
Nor is a cartwheel rolled over the cummin;
But the black cummin is beaten out with a stick,
And the cummin with a rod.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 28:28 - Bread flour must be ground;
Therefore he does not thresh it forever,
Break it with his cartwheel,
Or crush it with his horsemen.

Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 28:29 - This also comes from the LORD of hosts,
Who is wonderful in counsel and excellent in guidance.

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