The Bible in Its Traditions

Isaiah 28:1–6

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Woe to the crown of pride of the drunkards of Ephraim, and to the fading flower of his glorious beauty, which is on the head of the fat valley of them that are smitten down with wine!

Woe to the crown of arrogance, to the inebriated of Ephraim, and to the falling flower, the glory of his exultation, to those who were at the top of the very fat valley, staggering from wine.

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Behold, YHWH hath a mighty and strong one, as a storm of hail, a tempest of destruction, as a storm of mighty waters overflowing, that casteth down to the earth with violence.

Behold, the anger of the Lord is strong and severe, as descending hail where there is no shelter, violently descending; as a great body of water sweeping away the soil, he shall make rest for the land.

Behold, the Lord is powerful and steadfast, like a storm of hail, like a crushing whirlwind, like the force of many waters, inundating, sent forth over a spacious land.

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The crown of pride of the drunkards of Ephraim shall be trodden under foot;

The crown of pride, the hirelings of Ephraim, shall be beaten down with the hands and with the feet.

The arrogant crown of the inebriated of Ephraim will be trampled under foot.

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And the fading flower of his glorious beauty, which is on the head of the fat valley, shall be as the first-ripe fig before the summer, which when one looketh upon it, while it is yet in his hand he eateth it up.

And the falling flower, the glory of his exultation, who is at the summit of the fat valley, will be like a premature fruit before the ripeness of autumn, which, when the onlooker beholds it, as soon he takes it in his hand, he will devour it.

And the shameful garland of the strength of his glory, which dominates at the entrance of the fertile valley, shall be as the firstfruits before the summer, which he who sees it picks up at once and devours.

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In that day shall YHWH of hosts be for a crown of glory, and for a diadem of beauty, unto the residue of His people;

In that day the Lord of hosts shall be the crown of hope, the woven crown of glory, to the remnant of the people.

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And for a spirit of judgment to him that sitteth in judgment, and for strength to them that turn back the battle at the gate.

They shall be left in the spirit of judgement for judgement, and for the strength of them that hinder slaying.

And he will be the spirit of judgment for those who sit in judgment, and the strength of those who return from war to the gates.