Isaiah 29
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Woe to the City of David
(Luke 19:41-44)

1Woe to you, O Ariel,

Ariel, the city where David camped!

Year upon year

let your festivals recur.

2And I will constrain Ariel,

and there will be mourning and sorrow;

she will be like an altar hearth before me.

3I will camp in a circle around you;

I will besiege you with towers

and set up siege works against you.

4You will be brought low,

you will speak from the ground,

and out of the dust

your words will be muffled.

Your voice will be like a spirit from the ground;

your speech will whisper out of the dust.

5But your many foes will be like fine dust,

the multitude of the ruthless like blowing chaff.

Then suddenly, in an instant,

6you will be visited by the LORD of Hosts

with thunder and earthquake and loud noise,

with windstorm and tempest and flame of consuming fire.

7All the many nations

going out to battle against Ariel—

even all who war against her,

laying siege and attacking her—

will be like a dream,

like a vision in the night,

8as when a hungry man dreams he is eating,

then wakes and is still hungry.

And like a thirsty man dreams he is drinking,

then awakens faint and parched,

so it will be for all the many nations

who go to battle against Mount Zion.

9Stop and be astonished;

blind yourselves and be sightless;

be drunk, but not with wine;

stagger, but not from strong drink.

10For the LORD has poured out on you

a spirit of deep sleep;

He has shut your eyes, O prophets,

and covered your heads, O seers.

11And the entire vision will be to you like the words sealed in a scroll. If it is handed to a reader, he will say, “I cannot read it, because it is sealed.” 12Or if the scroll is given to one who is not able to read, he will say, “I cannot read.”

13Therefore the Lord said:

“These people draw near to Me with their mouths

and honor Me with their lips,

but their hearts are far from Me.

Their worship of Me is buta rules taught by men.

14Therefore I will again confound these people

with wonder upon wonder.

The wisdom of the wise will perish,

and the intelligence of the intelligent will be hidden.

15Woe to those who dig deep

to hide their plans from the LORD.

In darkness they do their works and say,

“Who sees us, and who will know?”

16You have turned things upside down,

as if the potter were regarded as clay.

Shall what is formed say to him who formed it,

“He did not make me”?

Can the pottery say of the potter,

“He has no understanding”?

Sanctification for the Godly

17In just a very short time,

will not Lebanon become an orchard,

and the orchard seem like a forest?

18On that day the deaf will hear

the words of the scroll,

and out of the deep darkness

the eyes of the blind will see.

19The humble will increase their joy in the LORD,

and the poor among men will rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.

20For the ruthless will vanish,

the mockers will disappear,

and all who look for evil

will be cut down—

21those who indict a man with a word,

who ensnare the mediator at the gate,

and with empty charges deprive the righteous of justice.

22Therefore, the LORD who redeemed Abraham says of the house of Jacob:

“No longer will Jacob be ashamed

and no more will his face grow pale.

23For when he sees his children,

the work of My hands among him,

they will honor My name,

they will sanctify the Holy One of Jacob,

and they will stand in awe

of the God of Israel.

24Then the wayward in spirit will come to understanding,

and those who grumble will accept instruction.”

Footnotes:

13 a Hebrew; LXX They worship me in vain; their teachings are but

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