Blind Yourselves So That You See Nothing 29 1Doom, Ariel, Ariel, the city where David set camp! Let the years add up, let the festivals run their cycles, 2But I’m not letting up on Jerusalem. The moaning and groaning will continue. Jerusalem to me is an Ariel. 3Like David, I’ll set up camp against you. I’ll set siege, build towers, bring in siege engines, build siege ramps. 4Driven into the ground, you’ll speak, you’ll mumble words from the dirt— Your voice from the ground, like the muttering of a ghost. Your speech will whisper from the dust.   5But it will be your enemies who are beaten to dust, the mob of tyrants who will be blown away like chaff. Because, surprise, as if out of nowhere, 6a visit from God–of–the–Angel–Armies, With thunderclaps, earthquakes, and earsplitting noise, backed up by hurricanes, tornadoes, and lightning strikes, 7And the mob of enemies at war with Ariel, all who trouble and hassle and torment her, will turn out to be a bad dream, a nightmare. 8Like a hungry man dreaming he’s eating steak and wakes up hungry as ever, Like a thirsty woman dreaming she’s drinking iced tea and wakes up thirsty as ever, So that mob of nations at war against Mount Zion will wake up and find they haven’t shot an arrow, haven’t killed a single soul.   9Drug yourselves so you feel nothing. Blind yourselves so you see nothing. Get drunk, but not on wine. Black out, but not from whiskey. 10For God has rocked you into a deep, deep sleep, put the discerning prophets to sleep, put the farsighted seers to sleep.   You Have Everything Backward   11What you’ve been shown here is somewhat like a letter in a sealed envelope. If you give it to someone who can read and tell her, “Read this,” she’ll say, “I can’t. The envelope is sealed.” 12And if you give it to someone who can’t read and tell him, “Read this,” he’ll say, “I can’t read.”   13The Master said:   “These people make a big show of saying the right thing, but their hearts aren’t in it. Because they act like they’re worshiping me but don’t mean it, 14I’m going to step in and shock them awake, astonish them, stand them on their ears. The wise ones who had it all figured out will be exposed as fools. The smart people who thought they knew everything will turn out to know nothing.”   15Doom to you! You pretend to have the inside track. You shut God out and work behind the scenes, Plotting the future as if you knew everything, acting mysterious, never showing your hand. 16You have everything backward! You treat the potter as a lump of clay. Does a book say to its author, “He didn’t write a word of me”? Does a meal say to the woman who cooked it, “She had nothing to do with this”?   17And then before you know it, and without you having anything to do with it, Wasted Lebanon will be transformed into lush gardens, and Mount Carmel reforested. 18At that time the deaf will hear word–for–word what’s been written. After a lifetime in the dark, the blind will see. 19The castoffs of society will be laughing and dancing in God, the down–and–outs shouting praise to The Holy of Israel. 20For there’ll be no more gangs on the street. Cynical scoffers will be an extinct species. Those who never missed a chance to hurt or demean will never be heard of again: 21Gone the people who corrupted the courts, gone the people who cheated the poor, gone the people who victimized the innocent.   22And finally this, God’s Message for the family of Jacob, the same God who redeemed Abraham: “No longer will Jacob hang his head in shame, no longer grow gaunt and pale with waiting. 23For he’s going to see his children, my personal gift to him—lots of children. And these children will honor me by living holy lives. In holy worship they’ll honor the Holy One of Jacob and stand in holy awe of the God of Israel. 24Those who got off–track will get back on–track, and complainers and whiners learn gratitude.”
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