1Woe, O aAriel, bAriel the city where David once 1camped ! Addyear to year, c2observe your feasts on schedule.
I will bringdistress to Ariel, And she will be a city of lamenting and 3mourning ; And she will be like an Ariel to me.
I will 4campagainst you dencircling you, And I will setsiegeworksagainst you, And I will raise up battletowersagainst you.
Then you will 5be broughtlow ; 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.
But the multitude of your fenemies will become like fine6dust, And the multitude of the 7ruthlessones like the chaff which gblowsaway ; And it will happen8instantly, suddenly.
From the LORD of hosts you will be 9punished with 10thunder and earthquake and loudnoise, With whirlwind and tempest and the flame of a consumingfire.
And the 11multitude of all the nations who wagewaragainsthAriel, Even all who wagewar against her and her stronghold, and who distress her, Will be like a dream, a 12vision of the night.
It will be as when a hungrymandreams - And behold, he is eating ; But when he awakens, his ihunger is not satisfied, Or as when a thirstymandreams - 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 wagewaragainstMountZion.
914Be delayed and wait, Blind yourselves and be blind ; They 15becomedrunk, but not with wine, They stagger, but not with strongdrink.
For the LORD has pouredover you a spirit of deep16sleep, He has 17shut your eyes, the prophets ; And He has covered your heads, the seers.
The entirevision will be to you like the words of a sealedk18book, which when they give it to the one who lis literate , saying, "Pleasereadthis," he will say, "I cannot , for it is sealed."
Then the mbook will be given to the one whonis illiterate , saying, "Pleasereadthis." And he will say, "I ocannotread ."
Then the Lordsaid, "Because19thispeopledrawnear with their pwords And honor Me with their qlipservice, But they remove their heartsfar from Me, And their rreverence for Me sconsists of ttraditionlearned by rote,
14Thereforebehold, I will once againdeal20marvelously with thispeople, wondrouslymarvelous ; And 21the wisdom of their wisemen will perish, And the discernment of their discerning men will be concealed."
15Woe to those who deeply22hide their uplans from the LORD, And whose 23deeds are done in a darkplace, And they say, "24Whosees us?" or "Whoknows us?"
You turn things around ! Shall the potter be consideredvas equal with the clay, That 25what is made would say to its maker, "He did not make me"; Or what is formedsay to him who formed it, "He has nounderstanding "?
Is it not yet just a littlewhilewBefore Lebanon will be turned into a 26fertilefield, And the fertilefield will be considered as a forest ?
On that day the 27deaf will hear28words of a book, And out of their gloom and darkness the 29eyes of the blind will see.
The 30afflicted also will increase their gladness in the LORD, And the 31needy of mankind will rejoice in the HolyOne of Israel.
For the 32ruthless will come to an end and the 33scorner will be finished, Indeed 34all who xare intent on doingevil will be cutoff ;
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 aameaninglessarguments.
22Thereforethussays the LORD, whoredeemed37Abraham, concerning the house of Jacob : "Jacob38shall not now be ashamed, nor shall his facenowturnpale ;
But whenbbhe sees his 39children, the 40work of My hands, in his midst, They will sanctify My name ; Indeed, they will 41sanctify the HolyOne of Jacob And will stand in awe of the God of Israel.
"Those who 42err in ccmind will 43knowddthe truth, And those who eecriticize will ff44acceptinstruction.