In that day1 the LORD Almighty will be a glorious2 crown,3 a beautiful wreath for the remnant4 of his people.
He will be a spirit of justice5 to him who sits in judgment,6 a source of strength to those who turn back the battle7 at the gate.
And these also stagger8 from wine9 and reel10 from beer: Priests11 and prophets12 stagger from beer and are befuddled with wine; they reel from beer, they stagger when seeing visions,13 they stumble when rendering decisions.
All the tables are covered with vomit14 and there is not a spot without filth.
"Who is it he is trying to teach?15 To whom is he explaining his message?16 To children weaned17 from their milk,18 to those just taken from the breast?
For it is: Do and do, do and do, rule on rule, rule on rulea; a little here, a little there.19"
Very well then, with foreign lips and strange tongues20 God will speak to this people,2112
to whom he said, "This is the resting place, let the weary rest";22 and, "This is the place of repose"-- but they would not listen.
So then, the word of the LORD to them will become: Do and do, do and do, rule on rule, rule on rule; a little here, a little there23-- so that they will go and fall backward, be injured24 and snared and captured.2514
Therefore hear the word of the LORD,26 you scoffers27 who rule this people in Jerusalem.
You boast, "We have entered into a covenant with death,28 with the graveb we have made an agreement. When an overwhelming scourge sweeps by,29 it cannot touch us, for we have made a lie30 our refuge and falsehoodc our hiding place.31"