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4And the fading flower of his glorious beauty,
Which is on the head of the fat valley,
Shall be as the first-ripe fig before the summer,
Which when one looketh upon it,
While it is yet in his hand he eateth it up.
5In 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;
6And for a spirit of judgment to him that sitteth in judgment,
And for strength to them that turn back the battle at the gate.
7But these also reel through wine,
And stagger through strong drink;
The priest and the prophet reel through strong drink,
They are confused because of wine,
They stagger because of strong drink;
They reel in vision, they totter in judgment.
8For all tables are full of filthy vomit,
And no place is clean.
9Whom shall one teach knowledge?
And whom shall one make to understand the message?
Them that are weaned from the milk,
Them that are drawn from the breasts?
10For it is precept by precept, precept by precept,
Line by line, line by line;
Here a little, there a little.
11For with stammering lips and with a strange tongue
Shall it be spoken to this people;
12To whom it was said: 'This is the rest,
Give ye rest to the weary;
And this is the refreshing';
Yet they would not hear.
13And so the word of the Lord is unto them
Precept by precept, precept by precept,
Line by line, line by line;
Here a little, there a little;
That they may go, and fall backward, and be broken,
And snared, and taken.
14Wherefore hear the word of the Lord, ye scoffers,
The ballad-mongers of this people which is in Jerusalem:
15Because ye have said: 'We have made a covenant with death,
And with the nether-world are we at agreement;
When the scouring scourge shall pass through,
It shall not come unto us;
For we have made lies our refuge,
And in falsehood have we hid ourselves';
16Therefore thus saith the Lord God:
Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone,
A tried stone, a costly corner-stone of sure foundation;
He that believeth shall not make haste.
17And I will make justice the line,
And righteousness the plummet;
And the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies,
And the waters shall overflow the hiding-place.
18And your covenant with death shall be disannulled,
And your agreement with the nether-world shall not stand;
When the scouring scourge shall pass through,
Then ye shall be trodden down by it.