Jerusalem Is Warned
1Woe, O Ariel, Ariel the city where David once camped!
Add year to year, observe your feasts on schedule.
2And I will bring distress to Ariel,
And she shall be a city of lamenting and mourning;
And she shall be like an Ariel to me.
3And I will camp against you encircling you,
And I will set siegeworks against you,
And I will raise up battle towers against you.
4Then you shall be brought low;
From the earth you shall speak,
And from the dust where you are prostrate,
Your words shall come.
Your voice shall also be like that of a spirit from the ground,
And your speech shall whisper from the dust.
5But the multitude of your enemies shall become like fine dust,
And the multitude of the ruthless ones like the chaff which blows away;
And it shall happen instantly, suddenly.
6From the LORD of hosts you will be punished with thunder and earthquake and loud noise,
With whirlwind and tempest and the flame of a consuming fire.
7And the multitude of all the nations who wage war against Ariel,
Even all who wage war against her and her stronghold, and who distress her,
Shall be like a dream, a vision of the night.
8And it will be as when a hungry man dreams—
And behold, he is eating;
But when he awakens, his hunger is not satisfied,
Or as when a thirsty man dreams—
And behold, he is drinking,
But when he awakens, behold, he is faint,
And his thirst is not quenched.
Thus the multitude of all the nations shall be,
Who wage war against Mount Zion.
9Be delayed and wait.
Blind yourselves and be blind.
They become drunk, but not with wine;
They stagger, but not with strong drink.
10For the LORD has poured over you a spirit of deep sleep,
He has shut your eyes, the prophets;
And He has covered your heads, the seers.
11And the entire vision shall be to you like the words of a sealed book, which when they give it to the one who is literate, saying, “Please read this,” he will say, “I cannot, for it is sealed.”
12Then the book will be given to the one who is illiterate, saying, “Please read this.” And he will say, “I cannot read.”
13Then the Lord said,
“Because this people draw near with their words
And honor Me with their lip service,
But they remove their hearts far from Me,
And their reverence for Me consists of tradition learned by rote,
14Therefore behold, I will once again deal marvelously with this people, wondrously marvelous;
And the wisdom of their wise men shall perish,
And the discernment of their discerning men shall be concealed.”
15Woe to those who deeply hide their plans from the LORD,
And whose deeds are done in a dark place,
And they say, “Who sees us?” or “Who knows us?”
16You turn things around!
Shall the potter be considered as equal with the clay,
That what is made should say to its maker, “He did not make me”;
Or what is formed say to him who formed it, “He has no understanding”?
Blessing after Discipline
17Is it not yet just a little while
Before Lebanon will be turned into a fertile field,
And the fertile field will be considered as a forest?
18And on that day the deaf shall hear words of a book,
And out of their gloom and darkness the eyes of the blind shall see.
19The afflicted also shall increase their gladness in the LORD,
And the needy of mankind shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.
20For the ruthless will come to an end, and the scorner will be finished,
Indeed all who are intent on doing evil will be cut off;
21Who cause a person to be indicted by a word,
And ensnare him who adjudicates at the gate,
And defraud the one in the right with meaningless arguments.
22Therefore thus says the LORD, who redeemed Abraham, concerning the house of Jacob,
“Jacob shall not now be ashamed, nor shall his face now turn pale;
23But when he sees his children, the work of My hands, in his midst,
They will sanctify My name;
Indeed, they will sanctify the Holy One of Jacob,
And will stand in awe of the God of Israel.
24“And those who err in mind will know the truth,
And those who criticize will accept instruction.