Isaiah 28 ©
Ephraim threatened for pride and drunkenness. God will be the glory and strength of the residue. They are reproved for their excess, and carnal security. Christ, the sure foundation, promised. The security of the scorners shall end in destruction. The wisdom of God's providence is seen in the discreet labours of the husbandman.
WOE to athe crown of pride, to the bdrunkards of Ephraim, whose cglorious beauty is a fading flower, which are on the head of the fat valleys of them that are 1overcome with wine!
And the glorious beauty, which is on the head of the fat valley, shall be fa fading flower, and as gthe hasty fruit before the summer; which when he that looketh upon it seeth, while it is yet in his hand he 3eateth it up.
¶mBut they also have erred through wine, and nthrough strong drink are out of the way; othe 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.
For all tables are full of vomit and filthiness, so that there is no place clean.
To whom he said, sThis is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: tyet they would not hear.
Because ye have said, yWe have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; zwhen the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made alies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves:
¶Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, bBehold, I lay in Zion for a foundation ca stone, da tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: ehe that believeth shall not make haste.
¶And hyour 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 8trodden down by it.
For the LORD shall rise up as in mount lPerazim, he shall be *wroth as in the valley of mGibeon, that he may do his work, his nstrange work; and bring to pass his act, his strange act.
Now therefore obe ye not mockers, lest your bands be made strong: for I have heard from the Lord GOD of hosts pa consumption, even determined upon the whole 10earth.
Doth the plowman plow all day to sow? doth he open and rbreak the clods of his ground?
When he hath made plain the face thereof, doth he not cast abroad the 11*fitches, and scatter the *cummin, and cast in 12the principal wheat and the appointed barley and the 13*rie in their 14place?