Isaiah 28:1-10 NIV

Woe to Ephraim

1 Woe1 to that wreath, the pride of Ephraim's2 drunkards, to the fading flower, his glorious beauty, set on the head of a fertile valley3-- to that city, the pride of those laid low by wine!4

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      2 See, the Lord has one who is powerful5 and strong. Like a hailstorm6 and a destructive wind,7 like a driving rain and a flooding8 downpour, he will throw it forcefully to the ground.

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      3 That wreath, the pride of Ephraim's9 drunkards, will be trampled10 underfoot.

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          4 That fading flower, his glorious beauty, set on the head of a fertile valley,11 will be like a fig12 ripe before harvest-- as soon as someone sees it and takes it in his hand, he swallows it.

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          5 In that day13 the LORD Almighty will be a glorious14 crown,15 a beautiful wreath for the remnant16 of his people.

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          6 He will be a spirit of justice17 to him who sits in judgment,18 a source of strength to those who turn back the battle19 at the gate.

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          7 And these also stagger20 from wine21 and reel22 from beer: Priests23 and prophets24 stagger from beer and are befuddled with wine; they reel from beer, they stagger when seeing visions,25 they stumble when rendering decisions.

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          8 All the tables are covered with vomit26 and there is not a spot without filth.

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          9 "Who is it he is trying to teach?27 To whom is he explaining his message?28 To children weaned29 from their milk,30 to those just taken from the breast?

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          10 For it is: Do and do, do and do, rule on rule, rule on rulea; a little here, a little there.31"

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            • a 28:10 - Hebrew "/ sav lasav sav lasav / kav lakav kav lakav" (possibly meaningless sounds; perhaps a mimicking of the prophet's words); also in verse 13