You boast, "We have entered into a covenant with death,1 with the gravea we have made an agreement. When an overwhelming scourge sweeps by,2 it cannot touch us, for we have made a lie3 our refuge and falsehoodb our hiding place.4"
So this is what the Sovereign LORD says: "See, I lay a stone in Zion,5 a tested stone,6 a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation;7 the one who trusts will never be dismayed.817
I will make justice9 the measuring line and righteousness the plumb line;10 hail11 will sweep away your refuge, the lie, and water will overflow12 your hiding place.
Your covenant with death will be annulled; your agreement with the grave will not stand.13 When the overwhelming scourge sweeps by,14 you will be beaten down15 by it.