Isaiah 29 (Lexham English Bible)

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Woe to Jerusalem

1 Ah! Ariel, Ariel, [the] city [where] David encamped! Add year to year, let festivals recur. 2 Yeta I will inflict Ariel, and there shall be mourning and lamentation, and it shall be to me like an altar hearth.b 3 And I will encamp {in a circle}c against you, and I will lay siege to you [with] towersd and I will raise up siegeworks against you. 4 Thene you shall be low; you shall speak from [the] earth, and your wordsf will be low, from dust. And your voice will be from [the] earth, like a ghost, and your word will whisper from [the] dust. 5 Butg the multitude of your strangers shall be like fine dust, and [the] multitude of tyrants like chaff that passes by. And it will happen [in] an instant, suddenly. 6 You will be punished by Yahweh of hosts with thunder and earthquake and great sound, storm wind and tempest and [the] flame of a devouring fire. 7 And the multitude of all the nations who fight against Ariel, all those who fight [against] her and her stronghold, and those who inflict her shall be like [a] dream, a vision of [the] night. 8 And it shall be as when the hungry person dreams--look, [he is] eating! And he wakes up and his inner self [is] empty. Orh as when the thirsty person dreams--look, [he is] drinking! And he wakes up and look, [he is] faint, and his inner self [is] longing for water. So shall be the multitude of all the nations who fight against Mount Zion. 9 Be astonished and be amazed! Blind yourselves and be blinded! They are drunk buti not [from] wine; they stagger butj not [from] strong drink. 10 For Yahweh has poured out upon you a spirit of deep sleep, and he has shut your eyes, the prophets, and he has covered your heads, the seers. 11 And the vision of all this has become for you like [the] words of [a] sealed document. When they give it to one who knows thek document, saying, "{Read}l this now!" He says, "I am not able, for it [is] sealed." 12 And [if] the document is given to [one] who does not {know how to read},m saying, "{Read}n this now!" he says, "I do not {know how to read}."o 13 And the Lord said, "Because this people draw near with its mouth, and with its lips it honors me, and its heart is far from me, and their fear of me is a commandment of men that has been taught, 14 therefore look, I am again doing something spectacular and a spectacle with this spectacular people. And the wisdom of its wise men shall perish, and the discernment of its discerning ones shall keep itself hidden." 15 Ah! Those who make a plan deep, to hide [it] from Yahweh, and their deeds arep in a dark place. And they say, "Who sees us? And who knows us?" 16 Your perversity! As if {a potter}q shall be regarded as [the] clay! That [the] product of its maker [says], "He did not make me," and [the] thing made into shape says of its {potter},r "He has no understanding."

Blessing after Punishment

17 {In a very little while}s shall not Lebanon change into [a] fruitful land, and the fruitful land be regarded as [a] forest? 18 And on that day, the deaf shall hear [the] words of a scroll, and [the] eyes of [the] blind shall see out of gloom and darkness. 19 And [the] meek {have joy after joy}t in Yahweh, and [the] needy of [the] people shall rejoice in the holy one of Israel. 20 For [the] tyrant shall be no more, and [the] scoffer shall come to an end. And all those lying in wait for evil shall be cut off; 21 those who mislead a person into sin with a word and set a trap for the {arbitrator}u in the gate and guide away [the] righteous by emptiness. 22 Therefore Yahweh, who redeemed Abraham, says this to the house of Jacob: "Jacob will no longer be ashamed, and his face will no longer grow pale. 23 For when he sees his children, the work of my hands, in his midst, they will treat my name as holy, and they will treat the holy one of Jacob as holy, and they will stand in awe [of] the God of Israel. 24 And those who err [in] spirit will {acquire}v understanding, and those who grumble will learn instruction.
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