One Year Chronological Bible Sampler - Flipbook - Page 87
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“But suddenly, your ruthless enemies will be crushed
like the finest of dust.
Your many attackers will be driven away
like chaff before the wind.
Suddenly, in an instant,
I, the LORD of Heaven’s Armies, will act for you
with thunder and earthquake and great noise,
with whirlwind and storm and consuming fire.
All the nations fighting against Jerusalem*
will vanish like a dream!
Those who are attacking her walls
will vanish like a vision in the night.
A hungry person dreams of eating
but wakes up still hungry.
A thirsty person dreams of drinking
but is still faint from thirst when morning comes.
So it will be with your enemies,
with those who attack Mount Zion.”
Are you amazed and incredulous?
Don’t you believe it?
Then go ahead and be blind.
You are stupid, but not from wine!
You stagger, but not from liquor!
For the LORD has poured out on you a spirit of deep sleep.
He has closed the eyes of your prophets and visionaries.
All the future events in this vision are like a sealed book to them. When you
give it to those who can read, they will say, “We can’t read it because it is sealed.”
When you give it to those who cannot read, they will say, “We don’t know how
And so the Lord says,
“ These people say they are mine.
They honor me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from me.
And their worship of me
is nothing but man-made rules learned by rote.*
Because of this, I will once again astound these hypocrites
with amazing wonders.
The wisdom of the wise will pass away,
and the intelligence of the intelligent will disappear.”
What sorrow awaits those who try to hide their plans from the LORD,
who do their evil deeds in the dark!
“ The LORD can’t see us,” they say.
“He doesn’t know what’s going on!”
How foolish can you be?
He is the Potter, and he is certainly greater than you, the clay!
29:7 Hebrew Ariel. 29:13 Greek version reads Their worship is a farce, / for they teach man-made ideas as commands
from God. Compare Mark 7:7.