Isaiah 29:1-8 New International Version

Ariel and Her Enemies

29 1  Woe to you, Ariel, Ariel, the city where David settled! Add year to year and let your cycle of festivals go on. 2  Yet I will besiege Ariel; she will mourn and lament, she will be to me like an altar hearth.[1] 3  I will encamp against you on all sides; I will encircle you with towers and set up my siege works against you. 4  Brought low, you will speak from the ground; your speech will mumble out of the dust. Your voice will come ghostlike from the earth; out of the dust your speech will whisper. 5  But your many enemies will become like fine dust, the ruthless hordes like blown chaff. Suddenly, in an instant, 6  the Lord Almighty will come with thunder and earthquake and great noise, with windstorm and tempest and flames of a devouring fire. 7  Then the hordes of all the nations that fight against Ariel, that attack her and her fortress and besiege her, will be as it is with a dream, with a vision in the night- 8  as when a hungry person dreams of eating, but awakens hungry still; as when a thirsty person dreams of drinking, but awakens faint and thirsty still. So will it be with the hordes of all the nations that fight against Mount Zion.


Footnotes

[1] 29:2 The Hebrew for "altar hearth" sounds like the Hebrew for "Ariel."

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