The Bible in Its Traditions

Isaiah 28:7–13

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But these also reel through wine, and stagger through strong drink; the priest and the prophet reel through strong drink, they are confused because of wine, they stagger because of strong drink; they reel in vision, they totter in judgment.

For these have trespassed through wine; they have erred through strong drink: the priest and the prophet are mad through strong drink, they are swallowed up by reason of wine, they have staggered through drunkenness; they have erred: this is their vision.

Yet truly, these also have been ignorant due to wine, and they have gone astray due to inebriation. The priest and the prophet have been ignorant because of inebriation. They have been absorbed by wine. They have staggered in drunkenness. They have not known the One who sees. They have been ignorant of judgment.

For all tables are full of filthy vomit, and no place is clean.

A curse shall devour this counsel, for this is their counsel for the sake of covetousness.

For all the tables have been filled with vomit and filth, so much so that there was no place left.

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Whom shall one teach knowledge? And whom shall one make to understand the message? Them that are weaned from the milk, them that are drawn from the breasts?

To whom have we reported evils? and to whom have we reported a message? even to those that are weaned from the milk, who are drawn from the breast.

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10  For it is precept by precept, precept by precept, line by line, line by line; here a little, there a little.

10  Expect thou affliction on affliction, hope upon hope: yet a little, and yet a little,

10  So then: command, and command again; command, and command again; expect, and expect again; a little here, and a little there.

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11  For with stammering lips and with a strange tongue shall it be spoken to this people;

11  by reason of the contemptuous words of the lips, by means of another language: for they shall speak to this people, saying to them,

11  For with the speech of lips and with a different language, he will speak to this people.

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12  To whom it was said: 'This is the rest, give ye rest to the weary; and this is the refreshing'; yet they would not hear.

12  This is the rest to him that is hungry, and this is the calamity: but they would not hear.

12  For I have said to them, This is the place of my rest, wherewith I may cause the weary to rest; and this is the place of tranquillity; but they would not listen.

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13  And so the word of YHWH is unto them precept by precept, precept by precept, line by line, line by line; here a little, there a little; that they may go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.