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29 How terrible it will be for you, Jerusalem,
the city where David camped.
Your festivals have continued
year after year.
and that city will be filled with sadness and crying.
It will be like an altar to me.
I will surround you with towers
and with devices to attack you.
I will hear your voice rising from the ground.
It will sound like the voice of a ghost;
your words will come like a whisper from the dirt.
the many cruel people will be like chaff that is blown away.
Everything will happen very quickly.
with thunder, earthquakes, and great noises,
with storms, strong winds, and a fire that destroys.
will be like a dream;
all the nations that attack her
will be like a vision in the night.
but when he awakens, he is still hungry.
They will be like a thirsty man who dreams he is drinking,
but when he awakens, he is still weak and thirsty.
It will be the same way with all the nations
who fight against Mount Zion.
Blind yourselves so that you cannot see.
Become drunk, but not from wine.
Trip and fall, but not from beer.
He has closed your eyes. (The prophets are your eyes.)
He has covered your heads. (The seers are your heads.)
11 This vision is like the words of a book that is closed and sealed. You may give the book to someone who can read and tell that person to read it. But he will say, “I can’t read the book, because it is sealed.” 12 Or you may give the book to someone who cannot read and tell him to read it. But he will say, “I don’t know how to read.”
“These people worship me with their mouths,
and honor me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from me.
Their worship is based on
nothing but human rules.
by doing more and more miracles.
Their wise men will lose their wisdom;
their wise men will not be able to understand.”
15 How terrible it will be for those who try
to hide things from the Lord
and who do their work in darkness.
They think no one will see them or know what they do.
You think the clay is equal to the potter.
You think that an object can tell the one who made it,
“You didn’t make me.”
This is like a pot telling its maker,
“You don’t know anything.”
17 In a very short time, Lebanon will become rich farmland,
and the rich farmland will seem like a forest.
Instead of having darkness and gloom, the blind will see.
they will rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.
those who do not respect God will disappear.
Those who enjoy doing evil will be gone:
those who trap people in court,
those who lie and take justice from innocent people in court.
“Now the people of Jacob will not be ashamed
or disgraced any longer.
the children I made with my hands,
they will say my name is holy.
They will agree that the Holy One of Jacob is holy,
and they will respect the God of Israel.
Those who complain will accept being taught.”
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