Isaiah 29
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1"Woe to Ariel, to Ariel, the city where David dwelt! Add year to year; let your cycle of festivals go on.

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

3And I will camp against you all around, and will lay siege against you with a mount, and I will set up siege works against you.

4And you shall be brought down; you shall speak out of the ground, and your speech shall be low out of the dust, and your voice shall be like a spirit, out of the ground, and your speech shall whisper out of the dust.

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

6You shall be visited by the LORD of hosts with thunder, and with earthquake and great noise, with storm and whirlwind, and the flame of devouring fire.

7And the multitude of all the nations who fight against Ariel, even all who fight against her and her stronghold, and who distress her, shall be like a dream of a night vision.

8It shall even be as when a hungry one dreams, and behold, he eats, but he awakes and his soul is empty; or as when a thirsty man dreams, and behold, he drinks; but he awakes, and behold, he is faint and his soul is longing. So shall it be with the multitude of all the nations who fight against Mount Zion."

9Be stunned and amazed! Blind your eyes and be blind! They are drunk, but not with wine; they stagger, but not with strong drink,

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

11And the vision of all has become to you like the words of a book that is sealed, which they give to one who is learned saying, "Please read this," and he says, "I cannot, for it is sealed." 12And the book is delivered to him who is not learned, saying, "Please read this," and he says, "I am not learned."

13And the LORD said, "Because this people draws near Me with their mouth, and with their lips honor Me, but their worship of Me is made up of the traditions of men learned by rote, and their fear toward Me is taught by the commandments of men;

14Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do again a marvelous work among this people, even a marvelous work and a wonder, for the wisdom of their wise ones shall perish, and the wisdom of their intelligent ones shall vanish."

15Woe to those who go deep to hide their purpose from the LORD! And their works are in the dark, and they say, "Who sees us? And who knows us?"

16Surely, you have turned things upside down! Shall the potter be regarded as the potter's clay; for shall the work say of him who made it, "He did not make me?" Or shall the thing formed say to him who formed it, "He had no understanding?"

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

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

19And the meek shall increase their joy in the LORD, and the poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel,

20For the terrible one is brought to nothing, and the scorner is destroyed, and all that watch for iniquity are cut off;

21Those who make a man a sinner with a word, and lay a trap for the reprover in the gate, and turn aside the just for a worthless thing:

22Therefore thus says the LORD, Who redeemed Abraham, concerning the house of Jacob, "Jacob shall not now be ashamed, nor shall his face now become pale.

23But when he sees his children, the work of My hands, in his midst, they shall sanctify My name, and sanctify the Holy one of Jacob, and shall fear the God of Israel.

24Those who erred in spirit shall come to understanding, and those who murmured shall learn instruction."

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