Jerusalem Is Warned

1 Woe, O Ariel, Ariel the city where David once 1camped! Add year to year, 2observe 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 encircling 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 spirit from the ground, And your speech will whisper from the dust.
5 But the multitude of your enemies will become like fine 6dust, And the multitude of the 7ruthless ones like the chaff which blows 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 Ariel, 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 hunger 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 thirst 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 18book, which when they give it to the one who is literate *, saying, "Please read this," he will say, "I cannot *, for it is sealed."
12 Then the book will be given to the one who is illiterate * *, saying, "Please read this." And he will say, "I cannot read *."
13 Then the Lord said, "Because * 19this people draw near with their words And honor Me with their lip service, But they remove their hearts far from Me, And their reverence for Me consists of tradition * 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 plans 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 as 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 Before 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 are intent on doing evil will be cut off;
21 Who cause a person to be indicted by a word, And 35ensnare him who adjudicates at the gate, And 36defraud the one in the right with meaningless arguments.
23 But when he 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 mind will 43know the truth, And those who criticize will 44accept instruction.