God's heavy judgment upon Jerusalem.
Isaiah 29:1 Wo vnto þe O Ariel Ariel thou citye þt Dauid dwelt in Go on from yeare to yeare, and let the lambes be slayne. Isaiah 29:2 I will laye sege vnto Ariel, so that there shalbe heuynes and sorowe in it: and it shalbe vnto me euen an aultar of slaughter. Isaiah 29:3 I wyll besege the round about, and fight agaynst the thorowe a bulworke: and wyll reare vp diches agaynst þe. Isaiah 29:4 Thou shalt be brought downe, & shalt speake out of the grounde, and thy spech shall go lowe out of the duste. Isaiah 29:5 Thy voyce also shall come out of the grounde lyke the voyce of a witch: and thy talkyng shall whisper out of the dust. Moreouer, the noyse of thy straunge enemyes shalbe lyke thynne dust, & the multitude of tyrauntes shalbe as drye strawe, that cannot tary: euen sodenly and in hayste shall theyr blast go. Isaiah 29:6 Thou shalt be visited of the Lorde of hostes wt thondre, erthquake, and wt a great noise: with storme and tempest and wt the flame of a consuming fyer.
The unsatiableness of her enemies.
Isaiah 29:7 And the multitude of all nations that fyght agaynst Ariel, shalbe as a dreame sene by night: euen so shall all they be that make warre agaynst it, and stronge holdes to ouercome it, and that laie eny sege vnto it. Isaiah 29:8 In conclusion, it shalbe euen as when an hongry man dreameth that he is eating, and when he awaketh, hys soule is emptye. Or as when a thurstye man dreameth that he is drincking: and when he awaketh, he is yet faynt: and his soule lacketh the appetite. Euen so shalbe the multitude of all nations that fyght agaynst Syon.
Isaiah 29:9 Pondre these thynges once in your myndes, & wondre. Blinded are they them selues and the blind guides of other. They are dronken: but not with wyne: they are vnstable, but not thorowe strong drincke. Isaiah 29:10 For the Lorde hath couered you with a slomberinge sprete, and hath closed your eyes. Your prophetes also & rulers that shuld se, them hath he couered. Isaiah 29:11 And the visyon of all the prophetes is become vnto you, as the wordes of a boke that is sealed vp, which men deliuer to one that is learned, saying: Reade thou in it. And he sayth: I cannot, for it is sealed. Isaiah 29:12 And the boke is geuen vnto him that is not learned, saying: Reade thou in it, and he sayth: I am not learned.
and deep hypocrisy of the Jews.
Isaiah 29:13 Therfore thus hath the Lorde sayde: For somoche as this people when they be in trouble, do honour me with their mouth & wt their lippes: but their hert is far fro me, & the feare which they haue vnto me, proceadeth of a commaundment that is taught of men. Isaiah 29:14 Therfore wyll I do maruayls amonge this people, euen maruelous thinges (I saye) & a wonder. For the wysdome of their wise men shall perysh, & the vnderstanding of their wittye men shall hyd it selfe. Isaiah 29:15 Wo vnto them that kepe secrete their thoughtes, to hyde their councell from the Lorde, and do their workes in darknesse, sayinge: who seeth vs? & who knoweth vs? Isaiah 29:16 Doutles, your destruccion is (in my handes) in reputacyon as the potters claye. And doth the worcke saye of hym that made it, he made not me? And doth an earthen vessell saye of him that fasshyoned it, he had no vnderstandinge? Isaiah 29:17 Is it not hard at hande, that Lybanus shalbe turned into a lowe felde, and that the lowe felde shalbe taken as the wodd?
A promise of sanctification to the godly.
Isaiah 29:18 And in that daye shall deaffe men heare the wordes of the boke, and the eyes of þe blinde shall se euen out of the cloud and out of darcknes. Isaiah 29:19 The meke spreted also shalbe mery in the Lorde, and the poore amonge them that be lowly, shall reioyce in the holy one of Israel. Isaiah 29:20 For he that dyd violence, is brought to naught, and the scornefull man is consumed: and they roted out that were hastie so soone to vnryghteousnes, Isaiah 29:21 makynge a man to synne in the worde, and that toke hym in a snare which reproued them in the open place: and they that haue turned the cause of the ryghteous to naught. Isaiah 29:22 Therfore thus sayth the Lorde vnto the house of Iacob, euen thus sayeth he that redemed Abraham: Iacob shall not nowe be confounded, ner his face pale. Isaiah 29:23 But when he seeth hys chyldren the worcke of my handes in the middes of him, they shall sanctifie my name, and prayse the holy Lord of Iacob, and feare the God of Israel. Isaiah 29:24 They also that haue bene of an erronyouse sprete, shall come to vnderstandyng: and they that haue bene scornefull, shall learne doctryne.