Isaiah 28:17-27 NIV

17 I will make justice1 the measuring line and righteousness the plumb line;2 hail3 will sweep away your refuge, the lie, and water will overflow4 your hiding place.

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18 Your covenant with death will be annulled; your agreement with the grave will not stand.5 When the overwhelming scourge sweeps by,6 you will be beaten down7 by it.

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      19 As often as it comes it will carry you away;8 morning after morning,9 by day and by night, it will sweep through." The understanding of this message will bring sheer terror.10

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      20 The bed is too short to stretch out on, the blanket too narrow to wrap around you.11

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      21 The LORD will rise up as he did at Mount Perazim,12 he will rouse himself as in the Valley of Gibeon13-- to do his work,14 his strange work, and perform his task, his alien task.

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      22 Now stop your mocking,15 or your chains will become heavier; the Lord, the LORD Almighty, has told me of the destruction decreed16 against the whole land.17

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      23 Listen18 and hear my voice; pay attention and hear what I say.

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      24 When a farmer plows for planting,19 does he plow continually? Does he keep on breaking up and harrowing the soil?

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      25 When he has leveled the surface, does he not sow caraway and scatter cummin?20 Does he not plant wheat in its place,a barley21 in its plot,b and spelt22 in its field?

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          26 His God instructs him and teaches23 him the right way.

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          27 Caraway is not threshed24 with a sledge,25 nor is a cartwheel rolled over cummin; caraway is beaten out with a rod,26 and cummin with a stick.

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