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."