Isaiah 28:5-15 New International Version

5  In that day the Lord Almighty will be a glorious crown, a beautiful wreath for the remnant of his people. 6  He will be a spirit of justice to the one who sits in judgment, a source of strength to those who turn back the battle at the gate. 7  And these also stagger from wine and reel from beer: Priests and prophets stagger from beer and are befuddled with wine; they reel from beer, they stagger when seeing visions, they stumble when rendering decisions. 8  All the tables are covered with vomit and there is not a spot without filth.

9  "Who is it he is trying to teach? To whom is he explaining his message? To children weaned from their milk, to those just taken from the breast? 10  For it is: Do this, do that, a rule for this, a rule for that[1] ; a little here, a little there." 11  Very well then, with foreign lips and strange tongues God will speak to this people, 12  to whom he said, "This is the resting place, let the weary rest"; and, "This is the place of repose"- but they would not listen. 13  So then, the word of the Lord to them will become: Do this, do that, a rule for this, a rule for that; a little here, a little there- so that as they go they will fall backward; they will be injured and snared and captured.

The Warning to Jerusalem

14  Therefore hear the word of the Lord, you scoffers who rule this people in Jerusalem. 15  You boast, "We have entered into a covenant with death, with the realm of the dead we have made an agreement. When an overwhelming scourge sweeps by, it cannot touch us, for we have made a lie our refuge and falsehood[2] our hiding place."


[1] 28:10 Hebrew "/ sav lasav sav lasav" / "kav lakav kav lakav" (probably meaningless sounds mimicking the prophet's words); also in verse 13

[2] 28:15 Or "false gods"

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