"Who is it he is trying to teach?1 To whom is he explaining his message?2 To children weaned3 from their milk,4 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.5"
Very well then, with foreign lips and strange tongues6 God will speak to this people,712
to whom he said, "This is the resting place, let the weary rest";8 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 there9-- so that they will go and fall backward, be injured10 and snared and captured.1114
Therefore hear the word of the LORD,12 you scoffers13 who rule this people in Jerusalem.
You boast, "We have entered into a covenant with death,14 with the graveb we have made an agreement. When an overwhelming scourge sweeps by,15 it cannot touch us, for we have made a lie16 our refuge and falsehoodc our hiding place.17"