28What sorrow awaits the proud city of Samaria—the glorious crown of the drunks of Israel. It sits at the head of a fertile valley, but its glorious beauty will fade like a flower. It is the pride of a people brought down by wine.H1945H5850H1348H7910H669H6643H8597H5034H6731H7218H8081H1516H1986H3196 2For the Lord will send a mighty army against it. Like a mighty hailstorm and a torrential rain, they will burst upon it like a surging flood and smash it to the ground.H136H2389H533H2230H1259H6986H8178H2230H3524H4325H7857H3240H776H3027 3The proud city of Samaria—the glorious crown of the drunks of Israel—will be trampled beneath its enemies’ feet.H5850H1348H7910H669H7429H7272 4It sits at the head of a fertile valley, but its glorious beauty will fade like a flower. Whoever sees it will snatch it up, as an early fig is quickly picked and eaten.H6643H8597H7218H8081H1516H5034H6733H1061H7019H7200H7200H3709H1104 5Then at last the Lord of Heaven’s Armies will himself be Israel’s glorious crown. He will be the pride and joy of the remnant of his people.H3117H3068H6635H5850H6643H6843H8597H7605H5971 6He will give a longing for justice to their judges. He will give great courage to their warriors who stand at the gates.H7307H4941H3427H4941H1369H7725H4421H8179 7Now, however, Israel is led by drunks who reel with wine and stagger with alcohol. The priests and prophets stagger with alcohol and lose themselves in wine. They reel when they see visions and stagger as they render decisions.H428H7686H3196H7941H8582H3548H5030H7686H7941H1104H4480H3196H8582H7941H7686H7203H6328H6417 8Their tables are covered with vomit; filth is everywhere.H7979H4390H6892H6675H4725 9“Who does the Lord think we are?” they ask. “Why does he speak to us like this? Are we little children, just recently weaned?H3384H1844H995H8052H1580H2461H6267H7699 10He tells us everything over and over—one line at a time, one line at a time, a little here, and a little there!”H6673H6673H6673H6673H6957H6957H6957H6957H2191H2191 11So now God will have to speak to his people through foreign oppressors who speak a strange language!H3934H8193H312H3956H1696H5971 12God has told his people, “Here is a place of rest; let the weary rest here. This is a place of quiet rest.” But they would not listen.H559H4496H5889H5117H4774H14H8085 13So the Lord will spell out his message for them again, one line at a time, one line at a time, a little here, and a little there, so that they will stumble and fall. They will be injured, trapped, and captured.H1697H3068H6673H6673H6673H6673H6957H6957H6957H6957H2191H2191H3212H3782H268H7665H3369H3920 14Therefore, listen to this message from the Lord, you scoffing rulers in Jerusalem.H8085H1697H3068H3944H582H4910H5971H3389 15You boast, “We have struck a bargain to cheat death and have made a deal to dodge the grave. The coming destruction can never touch us, for we have built a strong refuge made of lies and deception.”H559H3772H1285H4194H7585H6213H2374H7857H7752H7885H5674H5674H935H7760H3577H4268H8267H5641 16Therefore, this is what the Sovereign Lord says. “Look! I am placing a foundation stone in Jerusalem, a firm and tested stone. It is a precious cornerstone that is safe to build on. Whoever believes need never be shaken.H559H136H3069H3245H6726H68H976H68H3368H6438H3245H4143H539H2363 17I will test you with the measuring line of justice and the plumb line of righteousness. Since your refuge is made of lies, a hailstorm will knock it down. Since it is made of deception, a flood will sweep it away.H4941H7760H6957H6666H4949H1259H3261H4268H3577H4325H7857H5643 18I will cancel the bargain you made to cheat death, and I will overturn your deal to dodge the grave. When the terrible enemy sweeps through, you will be trampled into the ground.H1285H4194H3722H2380H7585H6965H7857H7752H5674H4823 19Again and again that flood will come, morning after morning, day and night, until you are carried away.” This message will bring terror to your people.H1767H5674H3947H1242H1242H5674H3117H3915H2113H995H8052 20The bed you have made is too short to lie on. The blankets are too narrow to cover you.H4702H7114H8311H4541H6887H3664 21The Lord will come as he did against the Philistines at Mount Perazim and against the Amorites at Gibeon. He will come to do a strange thing; he will come to do an unusual deed.H3068H6965H2022H6559H7264H6010H1391H6213H4639H2114H4639H5647H5656H5237H5656 22For the Lord, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, has plainly said that he is determined to crush the whole land. So scoff no more, or your punishment will be even greater.H3887H4147H2388H8085H136H3069H6635H3617H2782H776 23Listen to me; listen, and pay close attention.H238H8085H6963H7181H8085H565 24Does a farmer always plow and never sow? Is he forever cultivating the soil and never planting?H2790H2790H3117H2232H6605H7702H127 25Does he not finally plant his seeds—black cumin, cumin, wheat, barley, and emmer wheat—each in its proper way, and each in its proper place?H7737H6440H6327H7100H2236H3646H7760H7795H2406H5567H8184H3698H1367 26The farmer knows just what to do, for God has given him understanding.H430H3256H4941H3384 27A heavy sledge is never used to thresh black cumin; rather, it is beaten with a light stick. A threshing wheel is never rolled on cumin; instead, it is beaten lightly with a flail.H7100H1758H2742H5699H212H5437H3646H7100H2251H4294H3646H7626 28Grain for bread is easily crushed, so he doesn’t keep on pounding it. He threshes it under the wheels of a cart, but he doesn’t pulverize it.H3899H1854H5331H156H1758H2000H1536H5699H1854H6571 29The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is a wonderful teacher, and he gives the farmer great wisdom.H3318H3068H6635H6381H6098H1431H8454
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