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Isaiah 28

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Samaria Will Be Punished
1 The city of Samaria
above a fertile valley
is in for trouble!
Its leaders are drunkards,
who stuff themselves
with food and wine.
But they will be like flowers
that dry up and wilt.
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1 Woe to the crown of pride, to the drunkards of Ephraim, whose glorious beauty is a fading flower, which are on the head of the fat valleys of them that are overcome with wine!
overcome: Heb. broken
2 Only the Lord is strong
and powerful!
His mighty hand
will strike them down
with the force of a hailstorm
or a mighty whirlwind
or an overwhelming flood.
2 Behold, the Lord hath a mighty and strong one, which as a tempest of hail and a destroying storm, as a flood of mighty waters overflowing, shall cast down to the earth with the hand.

3 Every drunkard in Ephraim
u 28.3 Ephraim: The northern kingdom of Israel; Samaria was its capital.
takes pride in Samaria,
but it will be crushed.
3 The crown of pride, the drunkards of Ephraim, shall be trodden under feet:
under...: Heb. with feet
4 Samaria above a fertile valley
will quickly lose its glory.
It will be gobbled down
like the first ripe fig
at harvest season.
4 And the glorious beauty, which is on the head of the fat valley, shall be a fading flower, and as the hasty fruit before the summer; which when he that looketh upon it seeth, while it is yet in his hand he eateth it up.
eateth: Heb. swalloweth

5 When this time comes,
the Lord All-Powerful
will be a glorious crown
for his people who survive.
5 In that day shall the LORD of hosts be for a crown of glory, and for a diadem of beauty, unto the residue of his people,
6 He will see that justice rules
and that his people
are able
to defend their cities.
6 And for a spirit of judgment to him that sitteth in judgment, and for strength to them that turn the battle to the gate.
Corrupt Leaders Will Be Punished
7 Priests and prophets stumble
because they are drunk.
Their minds are too confused
to receive God's messages
or give honest decisions.
7 But they also have erred through wine, and through strong drink are out of the way; the priest and the prophet have erred through strong drink, they are swallowed up of wine, they are out of the way through strong drink; they err in vision, they stumble in judgment.
8 Their tables are covered,
completely covered,
with their stinking vomit.
8 For all tables are full of vomit and filthiness, so that there is no place clean.

9 You drunken leaders
are like babies!
How can you possibly understand
or teach the Lord's message?
9 Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.
doctrine: Heb. the hearing?
10 You don't even listen—
all you hear is senseless sound
after senseless sound.
v 28.10 sound: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text of verses 9,10.
10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:
must be: or, hath been

11 So, the Lord will speak
28.11,12 1Co 14.21.
to his people
in strange sounds
and foreign languages.
w 28.11 in ... foreign languages: This probably refers to the language of the Assyrians.
11 For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people.
stammering...: Heb. stammerings of lip
will...: or, he hath spoken
12 He promised you
perfect peace and rest,
but you refused to listen.
12 To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.
13 Now his message to you
will be senseless sound
after senseless sound.
x 28.13 Now ... sound: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
Then you will fall backwards,
injured and trapped.
13 But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.
False Security Is Fatal
14 You rulers of Jerusalem
do nothing but sneer;
now you must listen
to what the Lord says.
14 Wherefore hear the word of the LORD, ye scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem.
15 Do you think you have
28.15 Ws 1.16; Si 14.12.
an agreement with death
and the world of the dead?
Why do you trust in your lies
to keep you safe from danger
and the mighty flood?
15 Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves:

16 And so the Lord says,
28.16 Ps 118.22
“I'm laying a firm foundation
for the city of Zion.
It's a valuable cornerstone
proven to be trustworthy;
no one who trusts it
will ever be disappointed.
16 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.
17 Justice and fairness
will be the measuring lines
that help me build.”

Hailstones and floods
will destroy and wash away
your shelter of lies.
17 Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place.
18 Your agreement with death
and the world of the dead
will be broken.
Then angry, roaring waves
will sweep over you.
18 And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it.
trodden...: Heb. a treading down to it
19 Morning, noon, and night
an overwhelming flood
will wash you away.
The terrible things that happen
will teach you this lesson:
19 From the time that it goeth forth it shall take you: for morning by morning shall it pass over, by day and by night: and it shall be a vexation only to understand the report.
to...: or, when he shall make you to understand doctrine
20 Your bed is too short,
your blanket too skimpy.
y 28.20 Your bed ... skimpy: Isaiah quotes a popular saying to teach that the treaty made with Egypt (verse 18) cannot give the nation security from its enemies.
20 For the bed is shorter than that a man can stretch himself on it: and the covering narrower than that he can wrap himself in it.

21 The Lord will fiercely attack
28.21 a 2S 5.20; 1Ch 14.11; b Js 10.10
as he did at Mount Perazim
z 28.21 Mount Perazim: This may refer to David's defeat of the Philistines at Baal Perazim (2Samuel 5.17-21).
and in Gibeon Valley.
a 28.21 Gibeon Valley: This refers to Joshua's victory at Gibeon (Joshua 10.1-11).
But this time the Lord
will do something surprising,
not what you expect.
21 For the LORD shall rise up as in mount Perazim, he shall be wroth as in the valley of Gibeon, that he may do his work, his strange work; and bring to pass his act, his strange act.
22 So you had better stop sneering
or you will be in worse shape
than ever before.
I heard the Lord All-Powerful
threaten the whole country
with destruction.
22 Now therefore be ye not mockers, lest your bands be made strong: for I have heard from the Lord GOD of hosts a consumption, even determined upon the whole earth.
All Wisdom Comes from the Lord
23 Pay close attention
to what I am saying.
23 Give ye ear, and hear my voice; hearken, and hear my speech.
24 Farmers don't just plow
and break up the ground.
24 Doth the plowman plow all day to sow? doth he open and break the clods of his ground?
25 When a field is ready,
they scatter the seeds
of dill and cumin;
they plant the seeds
of wheat and barley
in the proper places.
25 When he hath made plain the face thereof, doth he not cast abroad the fitches, and scatter the cummin, and cast in the principal wheat and the appointed barley and the rie in their place?
the principal...: or, the wheat in the principal place, and barley in the appointed place
rie: or, spelt
place: Heb. border?
26 They learn this from their God.
26 For his God doth instruct him to discretion, and doth teach him.
For...: or, And he bindeth it in such sort as his God doth teach him

27 After dill and cumin
have been harvested,
the stalks are pounded,
not run over with a wagon.
27 For the fitches are not threshed with a threshing instrument, neither is a cart wheel turned about upon the cummin; but the fitches are beaten out with a staff, and the cummin with a rod.
28 Wheat and barley are pounded,
but not beaten to pulp;
they are run over with a wagon,
but not ground to dust.
28 Bread corn is bruised; because he will not ever be threshing it, nor break it with the wheel of his cart, nor bruise it with his horsemen.
29 This wonderful knowledge comes
from the Lord All-Powerful,
who has such great wisdom.
29 This also cometh forth from the LORD of hosts, which is wonderful in counsel, and excellent in working.

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