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 1 Woe to the proud crown of the drunkards of Ephraim

 and to the fading flower of its glorious beauty

 that is on the head of the fertile valley

 the crown of those who are overcome with wine!


 2 Behold, the Lord has a strong and powerful one.

 Like a storm of hail, a destroying storm,

 and like a storm of mighty overflowing waters,

 he will cast it down to the earth with his hand.


 3 The crown of pride of the drunkards of Ephraim

 will be trampled underfoot.


 4 The fading flower of its glorious beauty

 that is on the head of the fertile valley

 will be like the first-ripe fig before the summer,

 which when someone sees it, he eats it as soon as it is in his hand.


 5 (In that day,

 Yahweh of Armies will become a crown of glory

 and a diadem of beauty

 to the remnant of his people,


 6 and a spirit of justice

 to him who sits in judgment

 and strength

 to those who turn back the battle at the gate).


And these also stumble around because of wine

 and stagger because of beer.

 The priest and the prophet stumble around because of beer.

 They are confused by wine.

 They stagger because of beer.

 They stumble around while having visions.

 They totter when giving judgments.


 8 Indeed, all the tables are full of filthy vomit,

 with no clean space left.


 9 To whom will he teach knowledge?

 To whom will he explain the message?

 Those who are weaned from the milk

 and just taken from the breasts?


 10 For it is precept by precept, precept by precept;

 line by line, line by line;

 here a little, there a little.


 11 Indeed, he will speak to this nation

 with stammering lips

 and in another language.


 12 He had said to them,

 “This is the resting place,

 let the weary rest,”

 and “This is the place of repose,”

 yet they would not listen.


Therefore the word of Yahweh will be to them

 precept on precept, precept on precept;

 line on line, line on line;

 here a little, there a little;

 that they may go, fall backward,

 be broken, be snared, and be captured.


Therefore hear the word of Yahweh, you scoffers

 that rule this people in Jerusalem:


 15 “Because you have said, ‘We have cut a covenant with death,

 and with Sheol are we in agreement.

 When the overflowing scourge passes through,

 it will not come to us,

 for we have made lies our refuge

 and we have hidden ourselves under falsehood.’”


 16 Therefore this is what the Lord Yahweh says,

 “Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone,

 a tried stone,

 a precious cornerstone of a sure foundation.

 He who believes will not act hastily.


 17 I will make justice the measuring line

 and righteousness the plumb line.

 The hail will sweep away the refuge of lies,

 and the waters will overflow the hiding place.


 18 Your covenant with death will be annulled,

 and your agreement with Sheol will not stand.

 When the overflowing scourge passes through,

 then you will be trampled down by it.


 19 As often as it passes through,

 it will seize you;

 for morning by morning it will pass through,

 by day and by night,

 and it will be nothing but terror

 to understand the message.”


 20 For the bed is too short to stretch out on,

 and the blanket is too narrow to wrap oneself in.


 21 For Yahweh will rise up as on Mount Perazim.

 He will be angry as in the valley of Gibeon,

 that he may do his work, his unusual work,

 and bring to pass his act, his extraordinary act.


 22 Now therefore do not be scoffers,

 lest your bonds be made strong;

 for I have heard a decree of destruction

 from the Lord, Yahweh of Armies,

 on the whole earth.


Give ear, and hear my voice!

 Listen, and hear my speech!


 24 Does he who plows to sow plow continually?

 Does he keep turning the soil and breaking the clods?


 25 When he has leveled its surface,

 doesn’t he plant the dill and scatter the cumin seed,

 and put in the wheat in rows,

 the barley in the appointed place

 and the spelt in its place?


 26 For his God instructs him in right judgment,

 and teaches him.


 27 For the dill are not threshed

 with a sharp instrument,

 neither is a cart wheel turned over the cumin;

 but the dill is beaten out with a stick,

 and the cumin with a rod.


 28 Bread flour must be ground,

 so he will not always be threshing it.

 Although he drives the wheel of his threshing cart over it,

 his horses do not grind it.


 29 This also comes forth from Yahweh of Armies,

 who is wonderful in counsel

 and excellent in wisdom.


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