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16 therefore this is what the Lord God[a] says:
    “Look! I am laying[b] a foundation stone in Zion, a tested stone,
        a precious cornerstone for a sure[c] foundation:
    Whoever believes firmly will not act hastily.
17 And I will make justice the measuring line,
    and righteousness the plumb line;
hail will sweep away your refuge of lies,
    and floods[d] will overflow your hiding place.

18 “Then your covenant with death will be annulled,
    and your agreement with Sheol[e] will not stand;
when the overwhelming scourge sweeps by,
    you will be trampled by it.

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  1. Isaiah 28:16 So 1QIsaa corrector
  2. Isaiah 28:16 So 1QIsaa 1QIsab; MT reads I have laid
  3. Isaiah 28:16 So 1QIsaa MT; MTmss LXX lack sure
  4. Isaiah 28:17 Lit. waters
  5. Isaiah 28:18 I.e. the place where the dead dwell in the afterlife