The Bible in Its Traditions

Isaiah 28:23–29

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23  Give ye ear, and hear my voice; attend, and hear my speech.

23  Hearken, and hear my voice; attend, and hear my words.

23  Pay close attention, and listen to my voice! Attend and hear my eloquence!

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24  Is the plowman never done with plowing to sow, with the opening and harrowing of his ground?

24  Will the ploughman plough all the day? or will he prepare the seed beforehand, before he tills the ground?

24  Would the plowman, after plowing all day so that he may sow, instead cut open and hoe his soil?

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25  When he hath made plain the face thereof, doth he not cast abroad the black cummin, and scatter the cummin, and put in the wheat in rows and the barley in the appointed place and the spelt in the border thereof?

25  Does he not, when he has levelled the surface thereof, then sow the small black poppy, or cumin, and afterward sow wheat, and barley, and millet, and bread-corn in thy borders?

25  Will he not, when he has made the surface level, sow coriander, and scatter cumin, and plant wheat in rows, and barley, and millet, and vetch in their places?

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26  For He doth instruct him aright; his God doth teach him.

26  So thou shalt be chastened by the judgement of thy God, and shalt rejoice.

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27  For the black cummin is not threshed with a threshing-sledge, neither is a cart-wheel turned about upon the cummin; but the black cummin is beaten out with a staff, and the cummin with a rod.

27  For coriander cannot be threshed with a saw, and a cartwheel cannot revolve over cumin. Instead, coriander is shaken out with a stick, and cumin with a staff.

27  For dill is not threshed under the feet of oxen, nor is a threshing instrument turned about upon cummin, but dill is beaten out with a staff, and cummin with a rod.

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28  Is bread corn crushed? Nay, he will not ever be threshing it; and though the roller of his wagon and its sharp edges move noisily, he doth not crush it.

28  for I will not be wroth with you for ever, neither shall the voice of my anger crush you.

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29  This also cometh forth from YHWH of hosts: Wonderful is His counsel, and great His wisdom.

29  And these signs came forth from the Lord of hosts. Take counsel, exalt vain comfort.

29  And this has gone forth from the Lord, the God of hosts, so that he may accomplish his miraculous plan and magnify justice.