See, the Lord has one who is powerful1 and strong. Like a hailstorm2 and a destructive wind,3 like a driving rain and a flooding4 downpour, he will throw it forcefully to the ground.
That wreath, the pride of Ephraim's5 drunkards, will be trampled6 underfoot.
That fading flower, his glorious beauty, set on the head of a fertile valley,7 will be like a fig8 ripe before harvest-- as soon as someone sees it and takes it in his hand, he swallows it.
In that day9 the LORD Almighty will be a glorious10 crown,11 a beautiful wreath for the remnant12 of his people.
He will be a spirit of justice13 to him who sits in judgment,14 a source of strength to those who turn back the battle15 at the gate.
And these also stagger16 from wine17 and reel18 from beer: Priests19 and prophets20 stagger from beer and are befuddled with wine; they reel from beer, they stagger when seeing visions,21 they stumble when rendering decisions.
All the tables are covered with vomit22 and there is not a spot without filth.
"Who is it he is trying to teach?23 To whom is he explaining his message?24 To children weaned25 from their milk,26 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.27"
Very well then, with foreign lips and strange tongues28 God will speak to this people,2912
to whom he said, "This is the resting place, let the weary rest";30 and, "This is the place of repose"-- but they would not listen.