The Subtle Snares

 

    For all tables are full of vomit filthiness no place whom shall he teach knowledge and whom shall he make to understand doctrine weaned from the milk drawn from the breasts for precept upon precept precept upon precept line upon line line upon line here a little there a little

    For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people to whom he said this the rest may cause the weary to rest and this the refreshing yet they would not hear

    But the word of the Lord was unto them precept upon precept precept upon precept line upon line line upon line here a little there a little that they might go and fall backward and be broken and snared and taken.

    Wherefore hear the word of the Lord ye scornful men that rule this people which is in Jerusalem because ye have said we have made a covenant with death and with hell are we at agreement when the overflowing scourge shall pass through it shall not come unto us for we have made lies our refuge and under falsehood have we hid ourselves

    Therefore thus saith the Lord God “Behold I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone a tried stone a precious corner a sure foundation he that believeth shall not make haste judgment also will I lay to the line and righteousness to the plummet and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies and the waters shall overflow the hiding place and your covenant with death shall be disannulled and your agreement with hell shall not stand when the overflowing scourge shall pass through then ye shall be trodden down by it from the time that it goeth forth it shall take you for morning by morning shall it pass over by day and by night and it shall be a vexation only understand the report”

    For the bed is shorter than that can stretch himself and the covering narrower than that he can wrap himself for the Lord shall rise up as mount Perazim he shall be wroth as the valley of Gibeon that he may do his work his strange work and bring to pass his act his strange act now therefore be ye not mockers lest your bands be made strong for I have heard from the Lord God of hosts a consumption even determined upon the whole earth give ye ear and hear my voice hearken and hear my speech

Isaiah 28:8-23 King James Version (KJV with additions and punctuation removed)