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and a spirit of justice to the one who sits in judgment,
    a source of strength to those who turn back the battle at the gate.

These people also[a] stagger from wine
    and reel from strong drink.
Priests and prophets stagger from strong drink;
    they’re drunk from[b] wine;
they reel from strong drink,
    waver when seeing visions,
        and stumble when rendering decisions.
For all the tables are covered in vomit and filth,
    with no clean[c] space left.

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Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 28:7 1QIsaa lacks people also; MT lacks people
  2. Isaiah 28:7 Lit. are devoured by
  3. Isaiah 28:8 1QIsaa MT lack clean

He will be a spirit of justice(A)
    to the one who sits in judgment,(B)
a source of strength
    to those who turn back the battle(C) at the gate.

And these also stagger(D) from wine(E)
    and reel(F) from beer:
Priests(G) and prophets(H) stagger from beer
    and are befuddled with wine;
they reel from beer,
    they stagger when seeing visions,(I)
    they stumble when rendering decisions.
All the tables are covered with vomit(J)
    and there is not a spot without filth.

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