New American Standard Bible
16 Therefore this is what the Lord [a]God says:
“(A)Behold, I am laying a stone in Zion, a tested (B)stone,
A precious cornerstone for the foundation, [b]firmly placed.
The one who believes in it will not be [c]disturbed.
17 I will make (C)justice the measuring line
And righteousness the level;
Then (D)hail will sweep away the refuge of lies,
And the waters will overflow the secret place.
18 Your (E)covenant with death will be [d](F)canceled,
And your pact with Sheol will not stand;
When the (G)[e]gushing flood passes through,
Then you will become its (H)trampling ground.
19 As (I)often as it passes through, it will [f]seize you;
For (J)morning after morning it will pass through, anytime during the day or night,
And it will be [g]sheer (K)terror to understand [h]what it means.”
20 The bed is too short on which to stretch out,
And the (L)blanket is too [i]small to wrap oneself in.
21 For the Lord will rise up as at Mount (M)Perazim,
He will be stirred up as in the Valley of (N)Gibeon,
To do His (O)task, His [j](P)unusual task,
And to work His work, His [k]extraordinary work.
22 And now do not carry on as (Q)scoffers,
Or your shackles will be made stronger;
For I have heard from the Lord [l]God of armies
Of decisive (R)destruction on all the earth.
23 Listen and hear my voice,
Pay attention and hear my words.
24 Does the [m]farmer plow [n]continually to plant seed?
Does he continually [o]turn and break up his ground?
25 Does he not level its surface
And sow dill and scatter (S)cumin
And [p]plant (T)wheat in rows,
Barley in its place and rye within its [q]area?
26 For his God instructs and teaches him properly.
27 For dill is not threshed with a (U)threshing sledge,
Nor is the cartwheel [r]driven over cumin;
But dill is beaten out with a rod, and cumin with a club.
28 Grain for bread is crushed,
Indeed, he does not continue to thresh it forever.
Because the wheel of his cart and his horses eventually [s]damage it,
He does not thresh it longer.
29 This also comes from the Lord of armies,
Who has made His counsel (V)wonderful and His wisdom (W)great.
- Isaiah 28:16 Heb YHWH, usually rendered Lord
- Isaiah 28:16 Lit well-laid
- Isaiah 28:16 Lit in a hurry
- Isaiah 28:18 Lit covered over
- Isaiah 28:18 Or overwhelming scourge
- Isaiah 28:19 Lit take
- Isaiah 28:19 Lit only
- Isaiah 28:19 Lit the report; or the message
- Isaiah 28:20 Lit narrow
- Isaiah 28:21 Lit task is strange
- Isaiah 28:21 Lit work is foreign
- Isaiah 28:22 Heb YHWH, usually rendered Lord
- Isaiah 28:24 Lit plowman
- Isaiah 28:24 Lit all day
- Isaiah 28:24 Lit open
- Isaiah 28:25 Lit put
- Isaiah 28:25 Lit region
- Isaiah 28:27 Lit rolled
- Isaiah 28:28 Lit discomfit