And these also stagger1 from wine2 and reel3 from beer: Priests4 and prophets5 stagger from beer and are befuddled with wine; they reel from beer, they stagger when seeing visions,6 they stumble when rendering decisions.
All the tables are covered with vomit7 and there is not a spot without filth.
"Who is it he is trying to teach?8 To whom is he explaining his message?9 To children weaned10 from their milk,11 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.12"
Very well then, with foreign lips and strange tongues13 God will speak to this people,1412
to whom he said, "This is the resting place, let the weary rest";15 and, "This is the place of repose"-- but they would not listen.
So then, the word of the LORD to them will become: Do and do, do and do, rule on rule, rule on rule; a little here, a little there16-- so that they will go and fall backward, be injured17 and snared and captured.1814
Therefore hear the word of the LORD,19 you scoffers20 who rule this people in Jerusalem.
You boast, "We have entered into a covenant with death,21 with the graveb we have made an agreement. When an overwhelming scourge sweeps by,22 it cannot touch us, for we have made a lie23 our refuge and falsehoodc our hiding place.24"
So this is what the Sovereign LORD says: "See, I lay a stone in Zion,25 a tested stone,26 a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation;27 the one who trusts will never be dismayed.2817
I will make justice29 the measuring line and righteousness the plumb line;30 hail31 will sweep away your refuge, the lie, and water will overflow32 your hiding place.