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Isaiah 28

NCV 1 How terrible it will be for Samaria, the pride of Israel's drunken people! That beautiful crown of flowers is just a dying plant set on a hill above a rich valley where drunkards live. NIV 1 Woe to that wreath, the pride of Ephraim’s drunkards, to the fading flower, his glorious beauty, set on the head of a fertile valley— to that city, the pride of those laid low by wine! NCV 2 Look, the Lord has someone who is strong and powerful. Like a storm of hail and strong wind, like a sudden flood of water pouring over the country, he will throw Samaria down to the ground. NIV 2 See, the Lord has one who is powerful and strong. Like a hailstorm and a destructive wind, like a driving rain and a flooding downpour, he will throw it forcefully to the ground. NCV 3 That city, the pride of Israel's drunken people, will be trampled underfoot. NIV 3 That wreath, the pride of Ephraim’s drunkards, will be trampled underfoot. NCV 4 That beautiful crown of flowers is just a dying plant set on a hill above a rich valley. That city will be like the first fig of summer. Anyone who sees it quickly picks it and eats it. NIV 4 That fading flower, his glorious beauty, set on the head of a fertile valley, will be like figs ripe before harvest— as soon as people see them and take them in hand, they swallow them. NCV 5 At that time the Lord All-Powerful will be like a beautiful crown, like a wonderful crown of flowers for his people who are left alive. NIV 5 In that day the LORD Almighty will be a glorious crown, a beautiful wreath for the remnant of his people. NCV 6 Then he will give wisdom to the judges who must decide cases and strength to those who battle at the city gate. NIV 6 He will be a spirit of justice to the one who sits in judgment, a source of strength to those who turn back the battle at the gate. NCV 7 But now those leaders are drunk with wine; they stumble from drinking too much beer. The priests and prophets are drunk with beer and are filled with wine. They stumble from too much beer. The prophets are drunk when they see their visions; the judges stumble when they make their decisions. NIV 7 And these also stagger from wine and reel from beer: Priests and prophets stagger from beer and are befuddled with wine; they reel from beer, they stagger when seeing visions, they stumble when rendering decisions. NCV 8 Every table is covered with vomit, so there is not a clean place anywhere. NIV 8 All the tables are covered with vomit and there is not a spot without filth. NCV 9 The Lord is trying to teach the people a lesson; he is trying to make them understand his teachings. But the people are like babies too old for breast milk, like those who no longer nurse at their mother's breast. NIV 9 “Who is it he is trying to teach? To whom is he explaining his message? To children weaned from their milk, to those just taken from the breast? NCV 10 So they make fun of the Lord's prophet and say: "A command here, a command there. A rule here, a rule there. A little lesson here, a little lesson there." NIV 10 For it is: Do this, do that, a rule for this, a rule for that ; a little here, a little there.” NCV 11 So the Lord will use strange words and foreign languages to speak to these people. NIV 11 Very well then, with foreign lips and strange tongues God will speak to this people, NCV 12 God said to them, "Here is a place of rest; let the tired people come and rest. This is the place of peace." But the people would not listen. NIV 12 to whom he said, “This is the resting place, let the weary rest”; and, “This is the place of repose”— but they would not listen. NCV 13 So the words of the Lord will be, "A command here, a command there. A rule here, a rule there. A little lesson here, a little lesson there." They will fall back and be defeated; they will be trapped and captured. NIV 13 So then, the word of the LORD to them will become: Do this, do that, a rule for this, a rule for that; a little here, a little there— so that as they go they will fall backward; they will be injured and snared and captured. NCV 14 So listen to the Lord's message, you who brag, you leaders in Jerusalem. NIV 14 Therefore hear the word of the LORD, you scoffers who rule this people in Jerusalem. NCV 15 You say, "We have made an agreement with death; we have a contract with death. When terrible punishment passes by, it won't hurt us. Our lies will keep us safe, and our tricks will hide us." NIV 15 You boast, “We have entered into a covenant with death, with the realm of the dead we have made an agreement. When an overwhelming scourge sweeps by, it cannot touch us, for we have made a lie our refuge and falsehood our hiding place.” NCV 16 Because of these things, this is what the Lord God says: "I will put a stone in the ground in Jerusalem, a tested stone. Everything will be built on this important and precious rock. Anyone who trusts in it will never be disappointed. NIV 16 So this is what the Sovereign LORD says: “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who relies on it will never be stricken with panic. NCV 17 I will use justice as a measuring line and goodness as the standard. The lies you hide behind will be destroyed as if by hail. They will be washed away as if in a flood. NIV 17 I will make justice the measuring line and righteousness the plumb line; hail will sweep away your refuge, the lie, and water will overflow your hiding place. NCV 18 Your agreement with death will be erased; your contract with death will not help you. When terrible punishment comes, you will be crushed by it. NIV 18 Your covenant with death will be annulled; your agreement with the realm of the dead will not stand. When the overwhelming scourge sweeps by, you will be beaten down by it. NCV 19 Whenever punishment comes, it will take you away. It will come morning after morning; it will defeat you by day and by night. Those who understand this punishment will be terrified." NIV 19 As often as it comes it will carry you away; morning after morning, by day and by night, it will sweep through.” The understanding of this message will bring sheer terror. NCV 20 You will be like the person who tried to sleep on a bed that was too short and with a blanket that was too narrow to wrap around himself. NIV 20 The bed is too short to stretch out on, the blanket too narrow to wrap around you. NCV 21 The Lord will fight as he did at Mount Perazim. He will be angry as he was in the Valley of Gibeon. He will do his work, his strange work. He will finish his job, his strange job. NIV 21 The LORD will rise up as he did at Mount Perazim, he will rouse himself as in the Valley of Gibeon— to do his work, his strange work, and perform his task, his alien task. NCV 22 Now, you must not make fun of these things, or the ropes around you will become tighter. how the whole earth will be destroyed. NIV 22 Now stop your mocking, or your chains will become heavier; the Lord, the LORD Almighty, has told me of the destruction decreed against the whole land. NCV 23 Listen closely to what I tell you; listen carefully to what I say. NIV 23 Listen and hear my voice; pay attention and hear what I say. NCV 24 A farmer does not plow his field all the time; he does not go on working the soil. NIV 24 When a farmer plows for planting, does he plow continually? Does he keep on breaking up and working the soil? NCV 25 He makes the ground flat and smooth. Then he plants the dill and scatters the cumin. He plants the wheat in rows, the barley in its special place, and other wheat as a border around the field. NIV 25 When he has leveled the surface, does he not sow caraway and scatter cumin? Does he not plant wheat in its place,barley in its plot,and spelt in its field? NCV 26 His God teaches him and shows him the right way. NIV 26 His God instructs him and teaches him the right way. NCV 27 A farmer doesn't use heavy boards to crush dill; he doesn't use a wagon wheel to crush cumin. He uses a small stick to break open the dill, and with a stick he opens the cumin. NIV 27 Caraway is not threshed with a sledge, nor is the wheel of a cart rolled over cumin; caraway is beaten out with a rod, and cumin with a stick. NCV 28 The grain is ground to make bread. People do not ruin it by crushing it forever. The farmer separates the wheat from the chaff with his cart, but he does not let his horses grind it. NIV 28 Grain must be ground to make bread; so one does not go on threshing it forever. The wheels of a threshing cart may be rolled over it, but one does not use horses to grind grain. NCV 29 This lesson also comes from the Lord All-Powerful, who gives wonderful advice, who is very wise. NIV 29 All this also comes from the LORD Almighty, whose plan is wonderful, whose wisdom is magnificent.

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