"Destruction is certain for Ariel, a the City of David. Year after year you offer your many sacrifices.
Yet I will bring disaster upon you, and there will be much weeping and sorrow. For Jerusalem will become as her name Ariel means -- an altar covered with blood.
I will be your enemy, surrounding Jerusalem and attacking its walls. I will build siege towers around it and will destroy it.
Your voice will whisper like a ghost from the earth where you will lie buried.
"But suddenly, your ruthless enemies will be driven away like chaff before the wind.
In an instant, I, the LORD Almighty, will come against them with thunder and earthquake and great noise, with whirlwind and storm and consuming fire.
All the nations fighting against Jerusalem b will vanish like a dream! Those who are attacking her walls will vanish like a vision in the night.
A hungry person dreams of eating but is still hungry. A thirsty person dreams of drinking but is still faint from thirst when morning comes. In the same way, your enemies will dream of a victorious conquest over Jerusalem, c but all to no avail."
Are you amazed and incredulous? Do you not believe it? Then go ahead and be blind if you must. You are stupid, but not from wine! You stagger, but not from beer!
For the LORD has poured out on you a spirit of deep sleep. He has closed the eyes of your prophets and visionaries.
All these future events are a sealed book to them. When you give it to those who can read, they will say, "We can't read it because it is sealed."
When you give it to those who cannot read, they will say, "Sorry, we don't know how to read."
And so the Lord says, "These people say they are mine. They honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far away. And their worship of me amounts to nothing more than human laws learned by rote. d14
Because of this, I will do wonders among these hypocrites. I will show that human wisdom is foolish and even the most brilliant people lack understanding."
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)