THE BOOK OF THE PROPHET
Isaiah 29 ©
A prophecy concerning the siege and destruction of the temple and the city of Jerusalem, v. 1. Of the miserable state and condition of the Jews, 3, etc. The insatiable wrath of their enemies is presented by two similitudes, 7, 8. Because of the Jews’ hardness and blindness, 9, etc. A threat that they shall be cast away, because of their hypocrisy, 14, etc. A promise concerning the conversion both of Gentiles and Jews, 17, 22, etc. A threat against tyrants and scorners, 20, 21.
WOE to 1Ariel, to Ariel, 2the city where David 3dwelt! 4add ye year to year; 5let them kill 6sacrifices.
7Yet 8I will distress Ariel, and 9there shall be heaviness and sorrow: 10and it 11shall be unto me as Ariel.
And Ia will 12camp against thee 13round 14about, and will lay siege against thee 15with a mount, and I will raise forts 16against thee.
And 17thou shalt be brought down, and shalt speak out of the ground, and thyb speech shall be 18low out of the dust, and thy voice shall be, 19as of one that hath a familiar spirit, out of the ground, and thy speech shall whisper out of the dust.
Moreover 20the multitude of thy strangers 21shall be like small dust, and the multitude of the 22terrible ones shall be asc chaff that passeth away: yea, itd shall be at an instant suddenly.
Thou shalt be visited of the LORD of hosts 23with thunder, and with earthquake, and 24great noise, with storm and tempest, and 25the flame of devouring fire.
¶And the multitude of all the nations that fight against 26Ariel, even all that fight 27against her and her munition,e and that distress her, shall be 28as a dream of a night vision.
It shall even be 29as when an hungry man dreameth, 30and, behold, he eateth; but he awaketh, and 31his soul is empty: or 32as when a thirsty man dreameth, and, behold, he drinketh; but he awaketh, and, behold, he is 33faint, and 34his soul hath appetite: so shall the multitude of all the nations be, that fight 35against mount Zion.
¶ 36Stay 37yourselves, and 38wonder; 39cry ye out, and 40cry: 41they 42are drunken, but 43not with wine; they stagger, but not with strong drink.
For the LORD hath 44poured out upon 45you 46thef spirit of deep sleep, and hath closed 47your eyes: 48the prophets and 49your rulers, 50the seers hath he 51covered.
And 52the vision of all is become unto you 53as the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one 54that is learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I cannot; for it is sealed:
And the book is delivered to him that is not learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I am not learned.
¶Wherefore the Lord said, 55Forasmuchg as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and 56their fear 57toward me is taught by the precept of men:
Therefore, behold, 58I will proceed to do a marvellous work among this people, even a marvellous work and a wonder: forh the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men 59shall be hid.
Woe unto them 60that seek deep to hide their counsel from the LORD, and their works are in the dark, and they say, Whoi seeth us? and who knoweth us?
Surely 61your turning of things upside down shall be esteemed as the potter's clay: forj shall the work say of him that made it, He made me not? or shall the thing framed say of him that framed it, He had no understanding?
Is it not yet a very little while, 62and Lebanon shall be turned 63into a fruitful field, and 64the fruitful field shall be esteemed as a forest?
¶And in that day shall 65thek deaf 66hear the words 67of the book, and the eyes 68of the blind shall see 69out of obscurity, and out of darkness.
The 70meek also shall 71increase their joy 72in the LORD, and 73the poor among men shall rejoice 74in the Holy One of Israel.
75For the terrible one is brought to nought, and the scorner is consumed, and 76all that watch for iniquity are cut off:
That make a man 77an offender 78for a word, and lay a snare for him that reproveth 79in the gate, and turn aside the just 80for a thing of nought.
Therefore thus saith the LORD, who 81redeemed Abraham, 82concerning the house of Jacob, 83Jacob shall not now be ashamed, neither shall his face now wax 84pale.
But when 85he seeth 86his children, 87the work of mine hands, in the midst of him, 88they shall 89sanctify my name, and sanctify 90the Holy One of Jacob, and shall 91fear the God 92of Israel.
They also that erred in spirit 93shall come to understanding, and 94they that murmured 95shall learn doctrine.