1Woe to Ariel, to Ariel, the city where David dwelt! add ye one year to another; the lambs shall cease.2Yet I will distress Ariel, and there shall be heaviness and sorrow: and it shall be unto me as Ariel.3And I will camp against thee round about and will lay siege against thee with a mount, and I will raise forts against thee.4And thou shalt be brought down and shalt speak out of the ground, and thy speech shall be low out of the dust, and thy voice shall be as that of a spiritist, out of the ground, and thy speech shall whisper out of the dust.5Moreover the multitude of thy enemies that shall come from afar shall be like small dust, and the multitude of the strong ones shall be as chaff that passes away: yea, it shall be at an instant suddenly.6Thou shalt be visited of the Lord of the hosts with thunders, with earthquakes, and with great noise, with whirlwind and tempest, and the flame of devouring fire.7And the multitude of all the Gentiles that shall fight against Ariel, even all that shall fight against her and their siege weapons, and those that shall distress her, shall be as a dream of a night vision.8It shall even be as he who dreams that he is hungry, and in his dream, he eats; but when he awakes, his soul is empty; and as he who dreams that he is thirsty, and, in his dream, he drinks; but he awakes, and, behold, he is faint, and his soul is still thirsty: so shall the multitude of all the Gentiles be, that shall fight against Mount Zion.
9Become ye dumb, and make others dumb; become ye blind, and blind others: they are drunken, but not with wine; they stagger, but not with strong drink.10For the Lord has extended upon you the spirit of deep sleep and has closed your eyes: the prophets and your rulers, he has covered the seers with sleep.11And every vision is unto you as the words of a book that is sealed, which if it were delivered to one that knows how to read, saying, Read this, I pray thee: he shall say, I cannot; for it is sealed:12And if the book were delivered to him that does not know how to read, saying, Read this, I pray thee: he shall say, I do not know how to read.13Therefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people sacrifice unto me and honour me with their lips, but have removed their heart far from me, and their worship with which they honour me was taught by the commandment of men:14Therefore, behold, I will again do a marvellous work among this people with a fearful miracle: for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the prudence of their prudent men shall fade away.15Woe unto those that hide themselves from the Lord, covering the counsel; and their works are in the dark, and they say, Who sees us? and who knows us?16Surely your subversion shall be as the potter’s clay: for shall the work say of him that made it, He did not make me? or shall the vessel say of him that made it, He did not understand?
17Is it not yet a very little while, and Lebanon shall be turned into Carmel a fruitful field, and shall not Carmel be esteemed as a forest?18And in that day the deaf shall hear the words of the book, and the eyes of the blind shall see in the midst of darkness, and of gross darkness.19Then the humble shall grow in joy in the Lord, and the poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.20For the violent one shall be done away with, and the scorner shall be consumed, and all those that rose early unto iniquity shall be cut off:21Those that made men to sin in word; those that laid a snare for him that reproved in the gate, and turned that which is just into vanity.22Therefore thus saith the Lord, who ransomed Abraham, unto the house of Jacob, Jacob shall not now be ashamed, neither shall his face now wax pale;23for he shall see his children, the work of my hands, in the midst of him, they shall sanctify my name, and shall sanctify the Holy One of Jacob, and shall fear the God of Israel;24and those that erred in spirit shall learn understanding, and they that murmured shall learn doctrine.