Woe1 to that wreath, the pride of Ephraim's2 drunkards, to the fading flower, his glorious beauty, set on the head of a fertile valley3-- to that city, the pride of those laid low by wine!42
See, the Lord has one who is powerful5 and strong. Like a hailstorm6 and a destructive wind,7 like a driving rain and a flooding8 downpour, he will throw it forcefully to the ground.
That wreath, the pride of Ephraim's9 drunkards, will be trampled10 underfoot.
That fading flower, his glorious beauty, set on the head of a fertile valley,11 will be like a fig12 ripe before harvest-- as soon as someone sees it and takes it in his hand, he swallows it.
In that day13 the LORD Almighty will be a glorious14 crown,15 a beautiful wreath for the remnant16 of his people.
He will be a spirit of justice17 to him who sits in judgment,18 a source of strength to those who turn back the battle19 at the gate.
And these also stagger20 from wine21 and reel22 from beer: Priests23 and prophets24 stagger from beer and are befuddled with wine; they reel from beer, they stagger when seeing visions,25 they stumble when rendering decisions.
All the tables are covered with vomit26 and there is not a spot without filth.
"Who is it he is trying to teach?27 To whom is he explaining his message?28 To children weaned29 from their milk,30 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.31"