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Chapter 29

1 Woe to Ariel . . . to Ariel,
the city where David dwelt!

Add you year to year.

Let them kill sacrifices.

2 Yet I will distress Ariel,
and there shall be heaviness and sorrow . . .
and it shall be unto Me as Ariel.

3 And I will camp against you round about,
and will lay siege against you with a mount,
and I will raise forts against you.

4 And you shall be brought down,
and shall speak out of the ground,
and your speech shall be low out of the dust,
and your voice shall be . . .
as of one who has a familiar spirit,
out of the ground,
and your speech shall whisper out of the dust.

5 Moreover the multitude of your strangers
shall be like small dust,
and the multitude of the terrible ones
shall be as chaff that passes away.

Yes, it shall be at an instant suddenly.

6 You shall be visited of Jehovah/God of the armies/hosts
with thunder, and with earthquake, and great noise,
with storm and tempest, and the flame of devouring fire.

7 And the multitude of all the nations
that fight against Ariel,
even all that fight against her and her munition,
and that distress her,
shall be as a dream of a night vision.

8 It shall even be
as when an hungry man dreams,
and, behold, he eats;
but he awakes, and his soul is empty.

Or as when a thirsty man dreams,
and, behold, he drinks;
but he awakes,
and, behold, he is faint,
and his soul has appetite.

So shall the multitude of all the nations be,
that fight against mount Zion.

9 Stay yourselves, and wonder.
Cry you out, and cry . . .
they are drunken, but not with wine.
They stagger, but not with strong drink.

10 For Jehovah/God has poured out upon you
the spirit of deep sleep,
and has closed your eyes . . .
the prophets and your rulers,
the seers has He covered.

11 And the vision of all is become unto you
as the words of a book that is sealed,
which men deliver to one that is learned, saying,
"Read this, I pray you."

And he said, "I cannot . . . for it is sealed."

12 And the book is delivered to him
who is not learned, saying,
"Read this, I pray you."

And he said, "I am not learned."

13-14a`` Wherefore the Lord/'Adonay said,
"Forasmuch as this people draw near Me with their mouth,
and with their lips do honor Me,
but have removed their heart/'right lobe' far from Me,
and their fear/respect toward Me
is taught by the precept of men . . . 14a
therefore, behold,
I will proceed to do a marvelous work among this people,
even a marvelous work and a wonder.

14b``For the wisdom of their wise men shall perish,
and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid."

[Note: Paul quotes this verse in I Corinthians 1:19.]

{Verses 15-16: Rejection of Authority - Revolution as the Example}
15-16~~Woe unto those
who deeply hide their conspiracies
from Jehovah/God,
and whose deeds are done in a dark place.

Also they say,
"Who sees us?

Or who knows us?" 16~~

You turn things around
  {they distort the truth, twist the truth}.

Shall the potter, be considered an equal with the clay?

That a work could say to its maker, he has not made me?

Or 'what is formed' say to him who formed it . . .
he does not understand it?

{Note: Paul quotes from verses 15 and 16 in Romans 9:20-21.}

17 Is it not Yet a very little while,
and Lebanon shall be turned into a fruitful field,
and the fruitful field shall be esteemed as a forest?

18 And in that day
shall the deaf
'Hear, listen and obey' {shama`}
the words {dabar} of the book,
and the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity,
and out of darkness.

19 The meek also shall increase their joy in Jehovah/God,
and the poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.

20 For the terrible one is brought to nothing,
and the scorner is consumed,
and all that watch for 'punishment for sin'/iniquity {`avon}
are cut off . . . 21
who make a man an offender for a word,
and lay a snare for him who reproves in the gate,
and turn aside the just for a thing of nothing.

22 Therefore thus said Jehovah/God,
"Who redeemed Abraham,
concerning the house of Jacob,
Jacob shall not now be ashamed,
neither shall his face now grow/wax pale.

23 But when he sees his children,
the work of My hands, in the midst of him,
they shall sanctify My name,
and sanctify the Holy One of Jacob,
and shall fear the 'Elohiym/Godhead of Israel.

24 They also that erred in spirit
shall come to understanding,
and those who murmured
shall learn doctrine.