The prophet threateneth Ephraim for thier pride and drunkenness.
Isaiah 28:1 Woe to the crowne of pride, to the drunkards of Ephraim, whose glorious beauty [is] a fading flowre, which are on the head of the fat valleys of them that are ouercome with wine. Isaiah 28:2 Behold, the Lord [hath] a mightie and strong one, [which] as a tempest of haile [and] a destroying storme, as a flood of mightie waters ouerflowing, shall cast downe to the earth with the hand. Isaiah 28:3 The crowne of pride, the drunkards of Ephraim shall be troden vnder feete. Isaiah 28:4 And the glorious beautie which [is] on the head of the fat valley, shall bee a fading flowre, [and] as the hastie fruite before the summer: which [when] he that looketh vpon it, seeth it, while it is yet in his hand, he eateth it vp.
The residue shall be advanced in the Kingdom of Christ.
Isaiah 28:5 In that day shall the LORD of hosts be for a crowne of glory, and for a diademe of beautie vnto the residue of his people: Isaiah 28:6 And for a spirit of iudgement to him that sitteth in iudgement, and for strength to them that turne the battell to the gate.
He rebuketh their error.
Isaiah 28:7 But they also haue erred through wine, and through strong drinke are out of the way: the priest and the prophet haue erred through strong drinke, they are swallowed vp of wine: they are out of the way through strong drinke, they erre in vision, they stumble [in] iudgement. Isaiah 28:8 For all tables are full of vomite [and] filthinesse, so that there is no place [cleane].
Their untowardness to learn,
Isaiah 28:9 Whome shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to vnderstand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milke, [and] drawen from the breasts. Isaiah 28:10 For precept [must be] vpon precept, precept vpon precept, line vpon line, line vpon line, here a litle, [and] there a litle. Isaiah 28:11 For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speake to this people. Isaiah 28:12 To whom he said, This [is] the rest [wherwith] ye may cause the weary to rest, and this [is] the refreshing, yet they would not heare. Isaiah 28:13 But the word of the LORD was vnto them, precept vpon precept, precept vpon precept, line vpon line, line vpon line, here a litle [and] there a litle: that they might goe and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.
and their security.
Isaiah 28:14 Wherefore heare the worde of the LORD, yee scornefull men, that rule this people which [is] in Ierusalem. Isaiah 28:15 Because ye haue said, Wee haue made a couenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement, when the ouerflowing scourge shall passe thorow, it shall not come vnto vs: for wee haue made lies our refuge, and vnder falsehood haue we hid our selues:
Christ the sure foundation is promised.
Isaiah 28:16 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Beholde, I lay in Zion for a foundation, a stone, a tryed stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: hee that beleeueth, shall not make haste. Isaiah 28:17 Iudgement also will I lay to the line, and righteousnesse to the plummet: and the haile shall sweepe away the refuge of lyes, and the waters shall ouerflow the hiding place.
Their security shall be tried.
Isaiah 28:18 And your couenant with death shalbe disanulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the ouerflowing scourge shall passe thorough, then yee shalbe troden downe by it. Isaiah 28:19 From the time that it goeth forth, it shall take you: for morning by morning shall it passe ouer, by day and by night, and it shalbe a vexation, onely [to] vnderstand the report. Isaiah 28:20 For the bed is shorter, then that a man can stretch himselfe on [it]: and the couering narrower, then that he can wrap himselfe in [it]. Isaiah 28:21 For the LORD shall rise vp as [in] mount Perazim, he shalbe wroth as [in] the valley of Gibeon, that he may doe his worke, his strange worke; and bring to passe his act, his strange act. Isaiah 28:22 Now therefore be yee not mockers, lest your bands be made strong: for I haue heard from the Lord GOD of hostes a consumption euen determined vpon the whole earth.
They are incited to the consideration of God's discreet providence.
Isaiah 28:23 Giue yee eare, and heare my voyce, hearken and heare my speach. Isaiah 28:24 Doth the plowman plow all day to sow? doth he open and breake the clods of his ground? Isaiah 28:25 When hee hath made plaine the face thereof, doth he not cast abroad the fitches, and scatter the cummin, and cast in the principall wheate, and the appointed barly and the rye in their place? Isaiah 28:26 For his God doth instruct him to discretion, [and] doth teach him. Isaiah 28:27 For the fitches are not threshed with a threshing instrument, neither is a cart wheele turned about vpon the cummin: but the fitches are beaten out with a staffe, and the cummin with a rodde. Isaiah 28:28 Bread [corne] is bruised; because he will not euer be threshing it, nor breake it with the wheele of his cart, nor bruise it with his horsemen. Isaiah 28:29 This also commeth forth from the LORD of hostes, [which] is wonderfull in counsell, [and] excellent in working.