Therefore hear the word of the LORD,1 you scoffers2 who rule this people in Jerusalem.
You boast, "We have entered into a covenant with death,3 with the gravea we have made an agreement. When an overwhelming scourge sweeps by,4 it cannot touch us, for we have made a lie5 our refuge and falsehoodb our hiding place.6"
So this is what the Sovereign LORD says: "See, I lay a stone in Zion,7 a tested stone,8 a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation;9 the one who trusts will never be dismayed.1017
I will make justice11 the measuring line and righteousness the plumb line;12 hail13 will sweep away your refuge, the lie, and water will overflow14 your hiding place.
Your covenant with death will be annulled; your agreement with the grave will not stand.15 When the overwhelming scourge sweeps by,16 you will be beaten down17 by it.