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29 Woe to Ariel,* Ariel,

the city where David camped!b

Continue year after year;

let the festivals recur.

I will oppress Ariel,

and there will be mourning and crying,

and she will be to me like an Ariel.

I will camp in a circle around you;

I will besiege you with earth ramps,

and I will set up my siege towers against you.

You will be brought down;

you will speak from the ground,

and your words will come from low in the dust.

Your voice will be like that of a spirit from the ground;c

your speech will whisper from the dust.

Your many foesB will be like fine dust,d

and many of the ruthless, like blowing chaff.

Then suddenly, in an instant,e

you will be punished by the Lord of Armies

with thunder, earthquake, and loud noise,

storm, tempest, and a flame of consuming fire.f

All the many nationsg

going out to battle against Ariel—

all the attackers, the siege works against her,

and those who oppress her—

will then be like a dream, a vision in the night.h

It will be like a hungry one who dreams he is eating,

then wakes and is still hungry;

and like a thirsty one who dreams he is drinking,

then wakes and is still thirsty, longing for water.

So it will be for all the many nations

who go to battle against Mount Zion.

Stop and be astonished;

blind yourselves and be blind!

They are drunk,C but not with wine;

they stagger,D but not with beer.i

10 For the Lord has poured out on you

an overwhelming urge toE sleep;i

he has shut your eyes (the prophets)

and covered your heads (the seers).k

11 For you the entire vision will be like the words of a sealed document.l If it is given to one who can read and he is asked to read it,F he will say, “I can’t read it, because it is sealed.” 12 And if the document is given to one who cannot read and he is asked to read it,G he will say, “I can’t read.”

13 The Lord said:

These people approach me with their speechesm

to honor me with lip-service,H

yet their hearts are far from me,

and human rules direct their worship of me.I

14 Therefore, I will again confound these people

with wonder after wonder.n

The wisdom of their wise will vanish,o

and the perception of their perceptive will be hidden.

15 Woe to those who go to great lengths

to hide their plans from the Lord.p

They do their works in the dark,

and say, “Who sees us? Who knows us?”q

16 You have turned things around,

as if the potter were the same as the clay.

How can what is made say about its maker,

“He didn’t make me”?r

How can what is formed

say about the one who formed it,

“He doesn’t understand what he’s doing”?

17 Isn’t it true that in just a little while

Lebanon will become an orchard,

and the orchard will seem like a forest?s

18 On that day the deaf will heara

the words of a document,

and out of a deep darkness

the eyes of the blind will see.

19 The humble will have joy

after joy in the Lord,

and the poor people will rejoiceb

in the Holy One of Israel.c

20 For the ruthless one will vanish,

the scorner will disappear,d

and all those who lie in wait with evil intent

will be killed—

21 those who, with their speech,

accuse a person of wrongdoing,

who set a trap for the one mediating at the city gate

and without cause deprive the righteous of justice.e

22 Therefore, the Lord who redeemed Abrahamf says this about the house of Jacob:

Jacob will no longer be ashamed,

and his face will no longer be pale.

23 For when he sees his children,

the work of my hands within his nation,

they will honor my name,

they will honor the Holy One of Jacobg

and stand in awe of the God of Israel.h

24 Those who are confused will gain understanding,

and those who grumble will accept instruction.


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