1Woe to the crown of pride, to the drunkards of Ephraim, whose gloriousbeauty is a fadingflower, which are on the head of the fatvalleys of them that are overcomea with wine!2
Behold, the Lord hath a mighty and strong one, which as a tempest of hail and a destroyingstorm, as a flood of mightywatersoverflowing , shall cast down to the earth with the hand.3
The crown of pride, the drunkards of Ephraim, shall be trodden under feet:4
And the gloriousbeauty, which is on the head of the fatvalley, shall be a fadingflower, and as the hasty fruit before the summer; which when he that looketh upon it seeth , while it is yet in his hand he eateth it up .
In that day shall the LORD of hosts be for a crown of glory, and for a diadem of beauty, unto the residue of his people,6
And for a spirit of judgment to him that sitteth in judgment, and for strength to them that turn the battle to the gate.7
But they also have erred through wine, and through strong drink are out of the way ; the priest and the prophet have erred through strong drink, they are swallowed upofwine, they are out of the way through strong drink; they err in vision, they stumble in judgment.8
For all tables are full of vomit and filthiness, so that there is no place clean.
Whom shall he teachknowledge? and whom shall he make to understanddoctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.10
For precept must be upon precept,precept upon precept;line upon line,line upon line; here a little, and there a little:11
For with stammeringblips and anothertongue will he speak to this people.12
To whom he said , This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest ; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear .
But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept,precept upon precept;line upon line,line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go , and fallbackward, and be broken , and snared , and taken .
Wherefore hear the word of the LORD, ye scornfulmen, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem.15
Because ye have said , We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowingscourge shall pass through , it shall not come unto us: for we have madelies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves:
Therefore thus saith the LordGOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a triedstone, a preciouscorner stone, a surefoundation: he that believeth shall not make haste .
17Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place.18
And your covenant with death shall be disannulled , and your agreement with hell shall not stand ; when the overflowingscourge shall pass through , then ye shall be trodden down by it.
From the time that it goeth forth it shall take you: for morning by morning shall it pass over , by day and by night: and it shall be a vexation only to understand the report.20
For the bed is shorter than that a man can stretch himself on it: and the coveringnarrower than that he can wrap himself in it.
For the LORD shall rise up as in mountPerazim, he shall be wroth as in the valley of Gibeon, that he may do his work, his strangework; and bring to pass his act, his strangeact.22
Now therefore be ye not mockers , lest your bands be made strong : for I have heard from the LordGOD of hosts a consumption, even determined upon the whole earth.23
Give ye ear , and hear my voice;hearken , and hear my speech.24
Doth the plowmanplow all day to sow ? doth he open and break the clods of his ground?25
When he hath made plain the face thereof, doth he not cast abroad the fitches, and scatter the cummin, and cast in the principalcwheat and the appointedbarley and the rie in their place?26
For his God doth instruct him to discretion, and doth teach him.
For the fitches are not threshed with a threshing instrument, neither is a cartwheel turned about upon the cummin; but the fitches are beaten out with a staff, and the cummin with a rod.28Bread corn is bruised ; because he will not ever be threshing it, nor break it with the wheel of his cart, nor bruise it with his horsemen.29
This also cometh forth from the LORD of hosts, which is wonderful in counsel, and excellent in working.