as when a hungry man dreams that he is eating, but he awakens,1 and his hunger remains; as when a thirsty man dreams that he is drinking, but he awakens faint, with his thirst unquenched.2 So will it be with the hordes of all the nations that fight against Mount Zion.39
Be stunned and amazed,4 blind yourselves and be sightless;5 be drunk,6 but not from wine,7 stagger,8 but not from beer.
The LORD has brought over you a deep sleep:9 He has sealed your eyes10 (the prophets);11 he has covered your heads (the seers).1211
For you this whole vision13 is nothing but words sealed14 in a scroll. And if you give the scroll to someone who can read, and say to him, "Read this, please," he will answer, "I can't; it is sealed."
Or if you give the scroll to someone who cannot read, and say, "Read this, please," he will answer, "I don't know how to read."
The Lord says: "These people15 come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips,16 but their hearts are far from me.17 Their worship of me is made up only of rules taught by men.a1814
Therefore once more I will astound these people with wonder upon wonder;19 the wisdom of the wise20 will perish, the intelligence of the intelligent will vanish.21"
Woe to those who go to great depths to hide22 their plans from the LORD, who do their work in darkness and think, "Who sees us?23 Who will know?"2416
You turn things upside down, as if the potter were thought to be like the clay!25 Shall what is formed say to him who formed26 it, "He did not make me"? Can the pot say of the potter,27 "He knows nothing"?2817
In a very short time,29 will not Lebanon30 be turned into a fertile field31 and the fertile field seem like a forest?3218
In that day33 the deaf34 will hear the words of the scroll, and out of gloom and darkness35 the eyes of the blind will see.36