Young's Literal Translation

Isaiah 29

God's heavy judgment upon Jerusalem.

Isaiah 29:1 Woe [to] Ariel, Ariel, The city of the encampment of David! Add year to year, let festivals go round. Isaiah 29:2 And I have sent distress to Ariel, And it hath been lamentation and mourning, And it hath been to me as Ariel. Isaiah 29:3 And I encamped, O babbler, against thee, And I laid siege against thee—a camp. And I raised up against thee bulwarks. Isaiah 29:4 And thou hast been low, From the earth thou speakest, And from the dust makest thy saying low, And thy voice hath been from the earth, As one having a familiar spirit, And from the dust thy saying whisperest, Isaiah 29:5 And as small dust hath been The multitude of those scattering thee, And as chaff passing on the multitude of the terrible, And it hath been at an instant—suddenly. Isaiah 29:6 By Jehovah of Hosts thou art inspected, With thunder, and with an earthquake, And great noise, hurricane, and whirlwind, And flame of devouring fire.

The unsatiableness of her enemies.

Isaiah 29:7 And as a dream, a vision of night, hath been The multitude of all the nations Who are warring against Ariel, And all its warriors, and its bulwark, Even of those distressing her. Isaiah 29:8 And it hath been, as when the hungry dreameth, And lo, he is eating, And he hath waked, and empty [is] his soul, And as when the thirsty dreameth, And lo, he is drinking, and he hath waked, And lo, he is weary, and his soul is longing, So is the multitude of all the nations Who are warring against mount Zion.

The senselessness,

Isaiah 29:9 Tarry and wonder, look ye, yea, look, Be drunk, and not with wine, Stagger, and not with strong drink. Isaiah 29:10 For poured out on you hath Jehovah a spirit of deep sleep, And He closeth your eyes—the prophets, And your heads—the seers—He covered. Isaiah 29:11 And the vision of the whole is to you, As words of the sealed book, That they give unto one knowing books, Saying, 'Read this, we pray thee,' And he hath said, 'I am not able, for it [is] sealed;' Isaiah 29:12 And the book is given to him who hath not known books, Saying, 'Read this, we pray thee,' And he hath said, 'I have not known books.'

and deep hypocrisy of the Jews.

Isaiah 29:13 And the Lord saith: Because drawn near hath this people, with its mouth, And with its lips they have honoured Me, And its heart it hath put far off from Me, And their fear of Me is—A precept of men is taught! Isaiah 29:14 Therefore, lo, I am adding to do wonderfully with this people, A wonder, and a marvel, And perished hath the wisdom of its wise ones, And the understanding of its intelligent ones hideth itself.' Isaiah 29:15 Woe [to] those going deep from Jehovah to hide counsel, And whose works have been in darkness. And they say, 'Who is seeing us? And who is knowing us?' Isaiah 29:16 Your perversion! as clay is the potter esteemed? That the work saith of its maker, 'He hath not made me?' And the framed thing said of its framer, 'He did not understand?' Isaiah 29:17 Is it not yet a very little, And turned hath Lebanon to a fruitful field, And the fruitful field for a forest is reckoned?

A promise of sanctification to the godly.

Isaiah 29:18 And heard in that day have the deaf the words of a book, And out of thick darkness, and out of darkness, The eyes of the blind do see. Isaiah 29:19 And the humble have added joy in Jehovah, And the poor among men In the Holy One of Israel rejoice. Isaiah 29:20 For ceased hath the terrible one, And consumed hath been the scorner, And cut off have been all watching for iniquity, Isaiah 29:21 Causing men to sin in word, And for a reprover in the gate lay a snare, And turn aside into emptiness the righteous. Isaiah 29:22 Therefore, thus said Jehovah, Who ransomed Abraham, Concerning the house of Jacob: 'Not now ashamed is Jacob, Nor now doth his face become pale, Isaiah 29:23 For in his seeing his children, The work of My hand, in his midst, They sanctify My name, And have sanctified the Holy One of Jacob, And the God of Israel they declare fearful. Isaiah 29:24 And the erring in spirit have known understanding, And murmurers learn doctrine!'

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