Day 187 of 365 – July 6 - Chronological Bible

Isaiah 28:1-6

Judgment on Ephraim and Jerusalem

Ah, the proud crown of the drunkards of Ephraim,

and the fading flower of its glorious beauty,

which is on the head of the rich valley

of those overcome with wine!

Behold, the Lord has one who is mighty and strong;

like a storm of hail, a destroying tempest,

like a storm of mighty, overflowing waters,

he casts down to the earth with his hand.

The proud crown of the drunkards of Ephraim

will be trodden underfoot;

and the fading flower of its glorious beauty,

which is on the head of the rich valley,

will be like a first-ripe fig before the summer:

when someone sees it, he swallows it

as soon as it is in his hand.

In that day the Lord of hosts

will be a crown of glory,

and a diadem of beauty,

to the remnant of his people,

and a spirit of justice

to him who sits in judgment,

and strength to those

who turn back the battle at the gate.

Isaiah 28:7-15

These also reel with wine

and stagger with strong drink;

the priest and the prophet reel with strong drink,

they are swallowed by wine,

they stagger with strong drink,

they reel in vision,

they stumble in giving judgment.

For all tables are full of filthy vomit,

with no space left.

“To whom will he teach knowledge,

and to whom will he explain the message?

Those who are weaned from the milk,

those taken from the breast?

For it is:

precept upon precept, precept upon precept,

line upon line, line upon line,

here a little, there a little.”

For by people of strange lips and with a foreign tongue

the Lord will speak to this people,

to whom he has said,

“This is rest; give rest to the weary;

and this is repose”;

yet they would not hear.

And the word of the Lord will be to them:

precept upon precept, precept upon precept,

line upon line, line upon line,

here a little, there a little,

that they may go, and fall backward,

and be broken, and snared, and taken.

A Cornerstone in Zion

Therefore hear the word of the Lord, you scoffers,

who rule this people in Jerusalem!

Because you have said,

“We have made a covenant with death,

and with Sheol we have an agreement,

when the overwhelming whip passes through

it will not come to us,

for we have made lies our refuge,

and in falsehood we have taken shelter”;

Isaiah 29:13

And the Lord said:

“Because this people draw near with their mouth

and honor me with their lips,

while their hearts are far from me,

and their fear of me

is a commandment taught by men.

Isaiah 28:16-22

Therefore thus says the Lord God,

“Behold, I am the one who has laid as a foundation in Zion,

a stone, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone,

of a sure foundation:

‘Whoever believes will not be in haste.’

And I will make justice the line,

and righteousness the plumb line;

and hail will sweep away the refuge of lies,

and waters will overwhelm the shelter.”

Then your covenant with death will be annulled,

and your agreement with Sheol will not stand;

when the overwhelming scourge passes through,

you will be beaten down by it.

As often as it passes through it will take you;

for morning by morning it will pass through,

by day and by night;

and it will be sheer terror

to understand the message.

For the bed is too short to stretch oneself on,

and the covering too narrow to wrap oneself in.

For the Lord will rise up as on Mount Perazim;

as in the Valley of Gibeon he will be roused;

to do his deed—strange is his deed!

and to work his work—alien is his work!

Now therefore do not scoff,

lest your bonds be made strong;

for I have heard a decree of destruction

from the Lord God of hosts against the whole land.

Isaiah 28:23-29

Give ear, and hear my voice;

give attention, and hear my speech.

Does he who plows for sowing plow continually?

does he continually open and harrow his ground?

When he has leveled its surface,

does he not scatter dill, sow cumin,

and put in wheat in rows

and barley in its proper place,

and emmer as the border?

For he is rightly instructed;

his God teaches him.

Dill is not threshed with a threshing sledge,

nor is a cart wheel rolled over cumin,

but dill is beaten out with a stick,

and cumin with a rod.

Does one crush grain for bread?

No, he does not thresh it forever;

when he drives his cart wheel over it with his horses,

he does not crush it.

This also comes from the Lord of hosts;

he is wonderful in counsel

and excellent in wisdom.

Isaiah 22:1-14

An Oracle Concerning Jerusalem

The oracle concerning the valley of vision.

What do you mean

that you have gone up,

all of you, to the housetops,

you who are full of shoutings,

tumultuous city, exultant town?

Your slain are not slain with the sword

or dead in battle.

All your leaders have fled together;

without the bow they were captured.

All of you who were found were captured,

though they had fled far away.

Therefore I said: “Look away from me; 

let me weep bitter tears;

do not labor to comfort me

concerning the destruction

of the daughter of my people.”

For the Lord God of hosts has a day

of tumult and trampling and confusion

in the valley of vision,

a battering down of walls

and a shouting to the mountains.

And Elam bore the quiver

with chariots and horsemen,

and Kir uncovered the shield.

Your choicest valleys were full of chariots,

and the horsemen took their stand at the gates.

He has taken away the covering of Judah.

In that day you looked

to the weapons of the House of the Forest,

and you saw that the breaches

of the city of David were many.

You collected the waters

of the lower pool,

and you counted the houses of Jerusalem,

and you broke down the houses to fortify the wall.

You made a reservoir between the two walls

for the water of the old pool.

But you did not look to him who did it,

or see him who planned it long ago.

In that day

the Lord God of hosts

called for weeping and mourning,

for baldness and wearing sackcloth;

and behold, joy and gladness,

killing oxen and slaughtering sheep,

eating flesh and drinking wine.

“Let us eat and drink,

for tomorrow we die.”

The Lord of hosts has revealed himself in my ears: “Surely this iniquity will not be atoned for you until you die,” says the Lord God of hosts.


The Siege of Jerusalem

Ah, Ariel, Ariel, 

the city where David encamped!

Add year to year;

let the feasts run their round.

Yet I will distress Ariel,

and there shall be moaning

and lamentation,

and she shall be to me like an Ariel.

And I will encamp against you all around,

and will besiege you with towers

and I will raise siegeworks against you.

And you will be brought low;

from the earth you shall speak,

and from the dust your speech will be bowed down;

your voice shall come from the ground

like the voice of a ghost, 

and from the dust your speech shall whisper.


But the multitude of your foreign foes

shall be like small dust, and the multitude

of the ruthless like passing chaff.

And in an instant, suddenly,

you will be visited by the Lord of hosts

with thunder and with earthquake and great noise,

with whirlwind and tempest, and the flame

of a devouring fire.

And the multitude of all the nations

that fight against Ariel, all that fight against her

and her stronghold and distress her,

shall be like a dream,

a vision of the night.

As when a hungry man dreams he is eating

and awakes with his hunger not satisfied,

or as when a thirsty man dreams he is drinking

and awakes faint, with his thirst not quenched,

so shall the multitude of all the nations

be that fight against Mount Zion.

Isaiah 33:1

O Lord, Be Gracious to Us

Ah, you destroyer,

who yourself have not been destroyed,

you traitor,

whom none has betrayed!

When you have ceased to destroy,

you will be destroyed;

and when you have finished betraying,

they will betray you.

Astonish yourselves and be astonished;

blind yourselves and be blind!

Be drunk, but not with wine;

stagger, but not with strong drink!

For the Lord has poured out upon you a spirit of deep sleep,

and has closed your eyes (the prophets),

and covered your heads (the seers).

And the vision of all this has become to you like the words of a book that is sealed. When men give it to one who can read, saying, “Read this,” he says, “I cannot, for it is sealed.” And when they give the book to one who cannot read, saying, “Read this,” he says, “I cannot read.”

Isaiah 29:14-16

Therefore, behold, I will again

do wonderful things with this people,

with wonder upon wonder;

and the wisdom of their wise men shall perish,

and the discernment of their discerning men shall be hidden.”

Ah, you who hide deep from the Lord your counsel,

whose deeds are in the dark, and who say,

“Who sees us? Who knows us?”

You turn things upside down!

Shall the potter be regarded as the clay,

that the thing made should say of its maker,

“He did not make me”;

or the thing formed say of him who formed it,

“He has no understanding”?

Isaiah 29:17-21

Is it not yet a very little while until Lebanon

shall be turned into a fruitful field,

and the fruitful field shall be regarded as a forest?

In that day the deaf shall hear the words of a book,

and out of their gloom and darkness

the eyes of the blind shall see.

The meek shall obtain fresh joy in the Lord,

and the poor among mankind shall exult

in the Holy One of Israel.

For the ruthless shall come to nothing

and the scoffer cease,

and all who watch to do evil shall be cut off,

who by a word make a man out to be an offender,

and lay a snare for him who reproves in the gate,

and with an empty plea turn aside him who is in the right.

Holy Bible, English Standard Version,

as arranged in chronological order by F. Legard Smith

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