Isaiah 29

Woe to Ariel, the city of David
.1 ¶ Woe to Ariel, to Ariel, the city where David  dwelt! add ye year to year; let them kill sacrifices.
 2  Yet I will distress Ariel, and there shall be heaviness and sorrow: and it shall be unto me as Ariel.
 3  And I will camp against thee round about, and will lay siege against thee with a mount, and I will raise forts against thee.
 4  And 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 of one that hath a familiar spirit, out of the ground, and thy speech shall whisper out of the dust.
  1 - Ariel Uncertain meaning. Possibly a symbolic name applying to Jerusalem or to part of it.
  1 - Add year to year Time seemed to roll on without noticing their peril but continuing their rituals and their crimes is0104, is0113, is0123.
  2 - It shall be ... "And she shall be like an Ariel to me."
 5  Moreover the multitude of thy strangers shall be like small dust, and the multitude of the terrible ones shall be as chaff that passeth away: yea, it shall be at an instant suddenly.
 6  Thou shalt be visited of the LORD of hosts with thunder, and with earthquake, and great noise, with storm and tempest, and the flame of devouring fire.
 7  And the multitude of all the nations that fight against Ariel, even all that fight against her and her munition, and that distress her, shall be as a dream of a night vision.
 8  It shall even be as when an hungry man dreameth, and, behold, he eateth; but he awaketh, and his soul is empty: or as when a thirsty man dreameth, and, behold, he drinketh; but he awaketh, and, behold, he is faint, and his soul hath appetite: so shall the multitude of all the nations be, that fight against mount Zion.
  6 - Visited The Lord is seen as coming down to provide justice. Similarly we find Him coming to investigate before condemning or destroying wicked people. See note at the top of ez01.
 9 ¶ Stay yourselves, and wonder; cry ye out, and cry: they are drunken, but not with wine; they stagger, but not with strong drink.
 10  For the LORD hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep, and hath closed your eyes: the prophets and your rulers, the seers hath he covered.
  9 - Stay yourselves The people are asked to stop and think. Their minds were deadened, not realizing the seriousness of the situation.
  9 - Cry out Rather, "gaze about."
  10 - Sleep They had been absorbed in selfish interests and the Lord had allowed their minds to be as in sleep. See on v1.
.11  And the vision of all is become unto you as the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one that is learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I cannot; for it is sealed:
 12  And the book is delivered to him that is not learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I am not learned.
  Sealed The message is important for us today. The words of truth in the Scriptures do us no good on the shelf.
.13  Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:
 14  Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvellous work among this people, even a marvellous work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid.
   13 - Lips honor ... heart far from me A form of godliness without the power 2ti0302-5.
   13 - Taught by the precept of men Teaching for commandments the doctrines of men mt1509, mr0706.
.15  Woe unto them that seek deep to hide their counsel from the LORD, and their works are in the dark, and they say, Who seeth us? and who knoweth us?
.16  Surely your turning of things upside down shall be esteemed as the potter’s clay: for shall the work say of him that made it, He made me not? or shall the thing framed say of him that framed it, He had no understanding?

  15 - Seek deep The people whose hearts were far from God v13, sought to hide their counsel.
  15 - Works are in the dark This recalls church plans to control by force or death and we think of secret societies.
  16 - He made me not See ps10003.
  16 - He had no understanding A warning to intellectual people or theologians who are tempted to place their wisdom above the authority of God's word.
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17 ¶ Is it not yet a very little while, and Lebanon shall be turned into a fruitful field, and the fruitful field shall be esteemed as a forest?
.18  And in that day shall the deaf hear the words of the book, and the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity, and out of darkness.
  17 - Very little while The Holy Spirit inspired Isaiah not only with warnings of terrible results of transgression but of hopeful restoration. Sadly the Jewish nation did not follow the path of righteousness de3213. The promises will be fulfilled in the new earth and are for the "Israel" of God's people ro1126.
 19  The meek also shall increase their joy in the LORD, and the poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.
 20  For the terrible one is brought to nought, and the scorner is consumed, and all that watch for iniquity are cut off:
.21  That make a man an offender for a word, and lay a snare for him that reproveth in the gate, and turn aside the just for a thing of nought.
  19 - Meek also ... poor At the end of time, the message will have gone to all the world mt2414 as with a loud cry re1801.
22  Therefore thus saith the LORD, who redeemed Abraham, concerning the house of Jacob, Jacob shall not now be ashamed, neither shall his face now wax pale.
 23  But when he seeth his children, the work of mine hands, in the midst of him, they shall sanctify my name, and sanctify the Holy One of Jacob, and shall fear the God of Israel.
 24  They also that erred in spirit shall come to understanding, and they that murmured shall learn doctrine.
  22 - Jacob ... not ... ashamed His time of trouble will be over ge3224.
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