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 stammeringalips 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.