Jehovah's judgment on the hypocrisy of Jerusalem's worshippers issuing in the restoration
Woe to 1Ariel
, to Ariel,
The city where David camped!
Add year to year; let the feasts run their course.
But I will distress Ariel,
And she will become mourning and lamentation
And will be like an Ariel to me.
And I will aencamp
in a circle against you,
And will besiege you with palisades,
And will raise up siegeworks against you.
And you will be brought down; from the ground you will speak,
And your speech will come from low in the dust.
And your voice will be like that of a departed spirit from the ground,
And your speech will twitter from the dust.
But the multitude of your enemies will be like fine dust,
And the multitude of those who terrorize will be like chaff that passes away;
And it will happen in an instant, suddenly.
From Jehovah of hosts you will be visited,
With thunder and earthquake and great noise,
With whirlwind and tempest and the flame of consuming fire.
And the multitude of all the nations that fight against Ariel,
Even all who fight against her and her stronghold and who distress her,
Will be like a dream, like a vision in the night.
And as when a hungry man dreams and finds himself eating,
But he awakens and what he desires is not there;
Or as when a thirsty man dreams and finds himself drinking,
But he awakens and is indeed faint and what he desires is far from him;
So will the multitude of all the nations be
That fight against Mount Zion.
Linger and be astounded,
Blind yourselves and be blind.
They are drunk, but not with wine;
They stagger, but not with liquor.
Jehovah has poured out upon you
A spirit of deep sleep
And has shut your beyes
, the prophets;
And your heads, the seers, He has covered.
And all the vision will be to you like the words of a book that has been sealed, which when they give to him who is literate, saying, Please read this, he will say, I am not able to, for it is sealed.
Then the book will be given to him who is illiterate, saying, Please read this, and he will say, I am illiterate.
And the Lord said, aBecause
this people 1draws
near with their mouth,
And with their lips they honor Me,
Yet they remove their heart far from Me,
And their fear for Me
Is a commandment of men merely learned;
Therefore, indeed, I will once again
Do something awondrous
with this people, something wondrously marvelous;
And the wisdom of their wise men will bperish
And the understanding of those who understand will be hidden.
Woe to those who 1hide
Their counsel from Jehovah,
And whose deeds are in the dark
And who say, Who sees us? And, Who knows us?
You turn things upside down!
Shall the potter be considered to be like the clay,
is made should say of him who made it, He did not make me,
Or what is formed should say of him who formed it, He has no understanding?
it not yet a little while
Before Lebanon will be turned into a fruitful field,
And the fruitful field will be considered to be a forest.
And in that day the adeaf
will hear the words of the book,
And out of gloom and darkness the eyes of the blind will see,
And the aafflicted
will increase their joy in Jehovah,
And the needy of mankind will exult in the Holy One of Israel.
For he who terrorizes will cease to be, and the scorner will be consumed,
And all who watch for iniquity will be cut off,
Those who make a man sin by his words
And ensnare him who judges at the gate
And turn aside the righteous with an empty argument.
Therefore thus says Jehovah, who aredeemed Abraham, concerning the house of Jacob,
Jacob will not now be ashamed,
Nor will his face now turn pale;
But when he sees his children, the work of My hands, in his midst,
They will asanctify
And sanctify the Holy One of Jacob,
And hold the bGod
of Israel in awe.
And those who have erred in spirit will come to understand,
And the murmurers will learn teaching.