Isaiah 29 (New American Standard)

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Jerusalem Is Warned

1 Woe, O aAriel, bAriel the city where David once 1camped ! Add year to year, c2observe your feasts on schedule. 2 I will bring distress to Ariel, And she will be a city of lamenting and 3mourning ; And she will be like an Ariel to me. 3 I will 4camp against you dencircling you, And I will set siegeworks against you, And I will raise up battle towers against you. 4 Then you will 5be brought low ; From the earth you will speak, And from the dust where you are prostrate Your words will come. Your voice will also be like that of a espirit from the ground, And your speech will whisper from the dust. 5 But the multitude of your fenemies will become like fine 6dust, And the multitude of the 7ruthless ones like the chaff which gblows away ; And it will happen 8instantly, suddenly. 6 From the LORD of hosts you will be 9punished with 10thunder and earthquake and loud noise, With whirlwind and tempest and the flame of a consuming fire. 7 And the 11multitude of all the nations who wage war against hAriel, Even all who wage war against her and her stronghold, and who distress her, Will be like a dream, a 12vision of the night. 8 It will be as when a hungry man dreams - And behold, he is eating ; But when he awakens, his ihunger is not satisfied, Or as when a thirsty man dreams - And behold, he is drinking, But when he awakens, behold, he is faint And his jthirst is not quenched. 13Thus the multitude of all the nations will be Who wage war against Mount Zion. 9 14Be delayed and wait, Blind yourselves and be blind ; They 15become drunk, but not with wine, They stagger, but not with strong drink. 10 For the LORD has poured over you a spirit of deep 16sleep, He has 17shut your eyes, the prophets ; And He has covered your heads, the seers. 11 The entire vision will be to you like the words of a sealed k18book, which when they give it to the one who lis literate , saying, "Please read this," he will say, "I cannot , for it is sealed." 12 Then the mbook will be given to the one who nis illiterate , saying, "Please read this." And he will say, "I ocannot read ." 13 Then the Lord said, "Because 19this people draw near with their pwords And honor Me with their qlip service, But they remove their hearts far from Me, And their rreverence for Me sconsists of ttradition learned by rote, 14 Therefore behold, I will once again deal 20marvelously with this people, wondrously marvelous ; And 21the wisdom of their wise men will perish, And the discernment of their discerning men will be concealed." 15 Woe to those who deeply 22hide their uplans from the LORD, And whose 23deeds are done in a dark place, And they say, "24Who sees us?" or "Who knows us?" 16 You turn things around ! Shall the potter be considered vas equal with the clay, That 25what is made would say to its maker, "He did not make me"; Or what is formed say to him who formed it, "He has no understanding "?

Blessing after Discipline

17 Is it not yet just a little while wBefore Lebanon will be turned into a 26fertile field, And the fertile field will be considered as a forest ? 18 On that day the 27deaf will hear 28words of a book, And out of their gloom and darkness the 29eyes of the blind will see. 19 The 30afflicted also will increase their gladness in the LORD, And the 31needy of mankind will rejoice in the Holy One of Israel. 20 For the 32ruthless will come to an end and the 33scorner will be finished, Indeed 34all who xare intent on doing evil will be cut off ; 21 Who ycause a person to be indicted by a word, And 35ensnare him who adjudicates at the gate, And z36defraud the one in the right with aameaningless arguments. 22 Therefore thus says the LORD, who redeemed 37Abraham, concerning the house of Jacob : "Jacob 38shall not now be ashamed, nor shall his face now turn pale ; 23 But when bbhe sees his 39children, the 40work of My hands, in his midst, They will sanctify My name ; Indeed, they will 41sanctify the Holy One of Jacob And will stand in awe of the God of Israel. 24 "Those who 42err in ccmind will 43know ddthe truth, And those who eecriticize will ff44accept instruction.
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