So this is what the Sovereign LORD says: "See, I lay a stone in Zion,1 a tested stone,2 a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation;3 the one who trusts will never be dismayed.417
I will make justice5 the measuring line and righteousness the plumb line;6 hail7 will sweep away your refuge, the lie, and water will overflow8 your hiding place.
Your covenant with death will be annulled; your agreement with the grave will not stand.9 When the overwhelming scourge sweeps by,10 you will be beaten down11 by it.
As often as it comes it will carry you away;12 morning after morning,13 by day and by night, it will sweep through." The understanding of this message will bring sheer terror.1420
The bed is too short to stretch out on, the blanket too narrow to wrap around you.1521
The LORD will rise up as he did at Mount Perazim,16 he will rouse himself as in the Valley of Gibeon17-- to do his work,18 his strange work, and perform his task, his alien task.
Now stop your mocking,19 or your chains will become heavier; the Lord, the LORD Almighty, has told me of the destruction decreed20 against the whole land.2123
Listen22 and hear my voice; pay attention and hear what I say.
When a farmer plows for planting,23 does he plow continually? Does he keep on breaking up and harrowing the soil?
When he has leveled the surface, does he not sow caraway and scatter cummin?24 Does he not plant wheat in its place,a barley25 in its plot,b and spelt26 in its field?
His God instructs him and teaches27 him the right way.