Isaiah 29

1 “Woe to Ariel, to Ariel, the city where Dawid dwelt! Add you year to year; let them kill sacrifices.

2 Yet I will distress Ariel, and there shall be heaviness and sorrow: and it shall be unto me as Ariel.

3 And I will camp against you round about, and will lay siege against you with a mount, and I will raise forts against you.

4 And you shalt be brought down, and shalt speak out of the ground, and your speech shall be low out of the dust, and your voice shall be, as of one that hath a familiar spirit, out of the ground, and your speech shall whisper out of the dust.

5 Moreover the multitude of your strangers shall be like small dust, and the multitude of the terrible ones shall be as chaff that passeth away; yea, it shall be at an instant suddenly.

6 You shalt be visited of יהוה of hosts (YHWH Tsevaot) with thunder, and with earthquake, and great noise, with storm and tempest, and the flame of devouring fire.

7 And the multitude of all the nations that fight against Ariel, even all that fight against her and her munition, and that distress her, shall be as a dream of a night vision.

8 It shall even be as when a hungry man dreameth, and, behold, he eateth; but he awaketh, and his soul is empty; or as when a thirsty man dreameth, and, behold, he drinketh; but he awaketh, and, behold, he is faint, and his soul hath appetite; so shall the multitude of all the nations be, that fight against Mount Zion (Tsiyon).”

9 Stay yourselves, and wonder; cry you out, and cry; they are drunken, but not with wine; they stagger, but not with strong drink.

10 For יהוה hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep, and hath closed your eyes; the prophets and your rulers, the seers hath He covered.

11 And the vision of all is become unto you as the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one that is learned, saying, “Read this, please;” and he saith, “I cannot, for it is sealed.”

12 And the book is delivered to him that is not learned, saying, “Read this, please”; and he saith, “I am not literate.”

13 Wherefore the Lord (Adonai) said, “Forasmuch as this people draw near Me with their mouth, and with their lips do honor Me, but have removed their heart far from Me, and their fear toward Me is taught by the precept of men;

14 Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvellous work among this people, even a marvellous work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hidden.”

15 Woe unto them that seek deep to hide their counsel from יהוה, and their works are in the dark, and they say, “Who seeth us?” and “Who knoweth us?”

16 Surely your turning of things upside down shall be esteemed as the potter’s clay; for shall the work say of Him that made it, “He made me not?” Or shall the thing framed say of Him that framed it, “He had no understanding?”

17 Is it not yet a very little while, and Lebanon shall be turned into a fruitful field, and the fruitful field shall be esteemed as a forest?

18 And in that day shall the deaf hear the words of the book, and the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity, and out of darkness.

19 The meek also shall increase their joy in יהוה, and the poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Yisrael.

20 For the terrible one is brought to nought, and the scorner is consumed, and all that watch for iniquity are cut off:

21 That make a man an offender for a word, and lay a snare for him that reproveth in the gate, and turn aside the just for a thing of nought.

22 Therefore thus saith יהוה, who redeemed Avraham, concerning the house of Jacob (Yaaqov): “Jacob (Yaaqov) shall not now be ashamed, neither shall his face now wax pale.

23 But when he seeth his children, the work of Mine hands, in the midst of him, they shall sanctify My name, and sanctify the Holy One of Jacob (Yaaqov), and shall fear the God of Israel (Elohei Yisrael).

24 They also that erred in spirit shall come to understanding, and they that murmured shall learn doctrine.”