Isaiah 28

1Ephraim threatened for pride and drunkenness. 5God will be the glory and strength of the residue. 7They are reproved for their excess, 14and carnal security. 16Christ, the sure foundation, promised. 17The security of the scorners shall end in destruction. 23The wisdom of God's providence is seen in the discreet labours of the husbandman.

1 Woe to 1the crown of pride, to the 2drunkards of Ephraim, whose 3glorious beauty is a fading flower, which are on the head of the fat valleys of them that are aovercome with wine!

2 Behold, the Lord hath 1a 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 The crown of pride, the drunkards of Ephraim, shall be 1trodden aunder feet:

4 And the glorious beauty, which is on the head of the fat valley, shall be 1a fading flower, and as 2the hasty fruit before the summer; which when he that looketh upon it seeth, while it is yet in his hand he aeateth it up.

51In that day shall the Lord of hosts be 2for a crown of glory, and for a diadem of beauty, unto the residue of his people,

6 And for 1a spirit of judgment to him that sitteth in judgment, and for strength to them that 2turn the battle 3to the gate.

71But they also have erred through wine, and 2through strong drink are out of the way; 3the 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 For all tables are full of vomit and filthiness, so that there is no place clean.

91Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand adoctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.

10 1For precept amust be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:

11 For with 1astammering lips and another tongue bwill he speak to this people.

12 To whom he said, 1This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: 2yet they would not hear.

13 1But 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 2they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.

14 ¶ Wherefore 1hear the word of the Lord, 2ye scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem.

15 Because ye have said, 1We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; 2when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made 3lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves:

16 ¶ Therefore thus saith the Lord God, 1Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation 2a stone, 3a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: 4he that believeth shall not make haste.

17 1Judgment also will I lay to 2the 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 ¶ And 1your 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 atrodden down by it.

19 1From the time that it goeth forth it shall take you: for morning by morning shall it pass over, by day and by night: and 2it shall be a vexation only ato understand the report.

20 For 1the 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 For the Lord shall rise up as in mount 1Perazim, he shall be wroth as in the valley of 2Gibeon, that he may do his work, his 3strange work; and bring to pass his act, his strange act.

22 Now therefore 1be ye not mockers, lest your bands be made strong: for I have heard from the Lord God of hosts 2a consumption, even determined upon the whole aearth.

231Give ye ear, and hear my voice; hearken, and hear my speech.

24 Doth the plowman plow all day to sow? doth he open and 1break the clods of his ground?

25 When he hath made plain the face thereof, doth he not cast abroad the afitches, and scatter the cummin, and cast in bthe principal wheat and the appointed barley and the crie in their dplace?

26 aFor his God 1doth instruct him to discretion, and doth teach him.

27 For 1the 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 1Bread 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 1This also cometh forth from the Lord of hosts, which is 2wonderful in counsel, and excellent in working.