1Woe to the proudcrown of the 1drunkards of 2Ephraim, And to the fadingflower of its gloriousbeauty, Which is at the head of the afertilevalley Of those who are bovercome with wine !
2Behold, the Lord has a strong and 3mighty agent; As a storm of 4hail, a tempest of destruction, Like a storm of 5mightyoverflowingwaters, He has cast it down to the earth with His hand.
The proudcrown of the drunkards of Ephraim is 6trodden under foot.
And the fadingflower of its gloriousbeauty, Which is at the head of the cfertilevalley, Will be like the 7first-ripefigprior to summer, Whichdone sees, And eas soon as it is in his fhand, He swallows it.
In that day the 8LORD of hosts will become a beautiful9crown And a gloriousdiadem to the remnant of His people ;
A 10spirit of justice for him who sits in judgment, A 11strength to those who repel the gonslaught at the gate.
And thesealso12reel with wine and stagger from strongdrink : 13The priest and 14the prophetreel with strongdrink, They are confused by wine, they stagger from 15strongdrink ; They reel while hhaving 16visions, They totter when rendering judgment.
For all the tables are full of filthy17vomit, without a single clean place.
"To 18whom would He teachknowledge, And to whom would He interpret the message ? Those just 19weaned from milk ? Those just taken from the breast ?
"For He says, 'i20Order on order, order on order, Line on line, line on line, A littlehere, a little there.' "
11Indeed, He will speak to thispeople Through 21stammeringlips and a foreigntongue,
He whosaid to them, "Here is 22rest, giverest to the weary," And, "Here is repose," but they would not listen.
So the word of the LORD to them will be, "jOrder on order, order on order, Line on line, line on line, A littlehere, a little there," That they may go and 23stumblebackward, be broken, snared and takencaptive.
14Therefore, 24hear the word of the LORD, O 25scoffers , Who rulethispeoplewho are in Jerusalem,
15Because you have said, "We have made a 26covenant with death, And with kSheol we have made a lpact. 27The overwhelmingmscourge will not reach us when it passes by, For we have made28falsehood our refuge and we have 29concealed ourselves with deception."
16Thereforethussays the LordnGOD, "30Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a tested31stone, A costlycornerstone for the foundation, ofirmlyplaced. He who believes in it will not be pdisturbed.
"I will make32justice the measuringline And righteousness the level ; Then 33hail will sweepaway the refuge of lies And the waters will overflow the secretplace.
"Your 34covenant with death will be q35canceled, And your pact with Sheol will not stand ; When the 36overwhelmingscourgepassesthrough, Then you become its 37trampling place.
"As 38often as it passesthrough, it will rseize you; For 39morning after morning it will passthrough, anytime during the day or night, And it will be ssheer40terror to understandtwhat it means."
The bed is tooshort on which to stretch out, And the 41blanket is too usmall to wrap oneself in.
For the LORD will rise up as at Mount42Perazim, He will be stirred up as in the valley of 43Gibeon, To do His 44task, His v45unusualtask, And to work His work, His wextraordinarywork.
And now do not carry on as 46scoffers, Or your fetters will be madestronger ; For I have heard from the LordxGOD of hosts Of decisive47destruction on all the earth.
23Giveear and hear my voice, Listen and hear my words.
Does the yfarmerplowzcontinually to plantseed ? Does he continually aaturn and harrow the ground ?
Does he not level its surface And sowdill and scatter48cummin And bbplant49wheat in rows, Barley in its place and rye within its ccarea ?
For his Godinstructs and teaches him properly.
For dill is not threshed with a 50threshingsledge, Nor is the cartwheeldddrivenovercummin ; But dill is beaten out with a rod, and cummin with a club.
Grain for bread is crushed, Indeed, he does not continue to thresh it forever. Because the wheel of his cart and his horses eventually eedamage it, He does not thresh it longer.
29Thisalsocomes from the LORD of hosts, Who has made His counsel51wonderful and His wisdom52great.