"Who is it he is trying to teach?1 To whom is he explaining his message?2 To children weaned3 from their milk,4 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.5"
Very well then, with foreign lips and strange tongues6 God will speak to this people,712
to whom he said, "This is the resting place, let the weary rest";8 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 there9-- so that they will go and fall backward, be injured10 and snared and captured.1114
Therefore hear the word of the LORD,12 you scoffers13 who rule this people in Jerusalem.
You boast, "We have entered into a covenant with death,14 with the graveb we have made an agreement. When an overwhelming scourge sweeps by,15 it cannot touch us, for we have made a lie16 our refuge and falsehoodc our hiding place.17"
So this is what the Sovereign LORD says: "See, I lay a stone in Zion,18 a tested stone,19 a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation;20 the one who trusts will never be dismayed.2117
I will make justice22 the measuring line and righteousness the plumb line;23 hail24 will sweep away your refuge, the lie, and water will overflow25 your hiding place.
Your covenant with death will be annulled; your agreement with the grave will not stand.26 When the overwhelming scourge sweeps by,27 you will be beaten down28 by it.
As often as it comes it will carry you away;29 morning after morning,30 by day and by night, it will sweep through." The understanding of this message will bring sheer terror.31