Woe1 to you, Ariel, Ariel,2 the city3 where David settled! Add year to year and let your cycle of festivals4 go on.
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Yet I will besiege Ariel;5 she will mourn and lament,6 she will be to me like an altar hearth.7
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I will encamp against you all around; I will encircle8 you with towers and set up my siege works9 against you.
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Brought low, you will speak from the ground; your speech will mumble10 out of the dust.11 Your voice will come ghostlike12 from the earth; out of the dust your speech will whisper.13
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But your many enemies will become like fine dust,14 the ruthless15 hordes like blown chaff.16 Suddenly,17 in an instant,
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the LORD Almighty will come18 with thunder19 and earthquake20 and great noise, with windstorm and tempest21 and flames of a devouring fire.22
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Then the hordes of all the nations23 that fight against Ariel,24 that attack her and her fortress and besiege her, will be as it is with a dream,25 with a vision in the night--
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as when a hungry man dreams that he is eating, but he awakens,26 and his hunger remains; as when a thirsty man dreams that he is drinking, but he awakens faint, with his thirst unquenched.27 So will it be with the hordes of all the nations that fight against Mount Zion.28
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Be stunned and amazed,29 blind yourselves and be sightless;30 be drunk,31 but not from wine,32 stagger,33 but not from beer.
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The LORD has brought over you a deep sleep:34 He has sealed your eyes35 (the prophets);36 he has covered your heads (the seers).37
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For you this whole vision38 is nothing but words sealed39 in a scroll. And if you give the scroll to someone who can read, and say to him, "Read this, please," he will answer, "I can't; it is sealed."
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Or if you give the scroll to someone who cannot read, and say, "Read this, please," he will answer, "I don't know how to read."
The Lord says: "These people40 come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips,41 but their hearts are far from me.42 Their worship of me is made up only of rules taught by men.43
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Therefore once more I will astound these people with wonder upon wonder;44 the wisdom of the wise45 will perish, the intelligence of the intelligent will vanish.46"
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