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Haftarah Shemot: Yeshayahu 27:6-28:13; 29:22-23 (A); Yirmeyahu 1:1-2:3 (S)
28:1 Woe to the crown of pride, to the drunkards of Efrayim, whose glorious beauty [is] a fading flower, which [are] on the head of the fat valleys of them that are overcome with wine!
28:2 Behold, ADONAI (יהוה) has a mighty and strong one, [which] as a tempest of hail [and] a destroying storm, as a flood of mighty waters overflowing, shall cast down to the earth with the hand.
28:3 The crown of pride, the drunkards of Efrayim, shall be trodden under feet:
28:4 And the glorious beauty, which [is] on the head of the fat valley, shall be a fading flower, [and] as the havey fruit before the summer; which [when] he that looketh upon it sees, while it is yet in his hand he eateth it up.
28:5 B'Yom ha hu shall ADONAI (יהוה) Tzva'ot be for a crown of glory, and for a diadem of beauty, to the residue of his people,
28:6 And for a spirit of judgment to him that sitteth in judgment, and for strength to them that turn the battle to the gate.
28:7 But they also have erred through wine, and through strong drink are out of the way; the kohen and the Navi have erred through strong drink, they are swallowed up of wine, they are out of the way through strong drink; they err in vision, they stumble [in] judgment.
28:8 For all tables are full of vomit [and] filthiness, [so that there is] no place [clean].
28:9 Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? [them that are] weaned from the milk, [and] drawn from the breasts.
28:10 For precept [must be] upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, [and] there a little:
28:11 For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people.
28:12 To whom he said, This [is] the rest [wherewith] ye may cause the weary to rest; and this [is] the refreshing: yet they would not hear.
28:13 But Dvar ADONAI (יהוה) was to them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, [and] there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.
28:14 Wherefore hear Dvar ADONAI (יהוה), ye scornful men, that rule this people which [is] in Yerushalayim.
28:15 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 to us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves:
28:16 Therefore thus said Adon (אדני) ADONAI (יהוה), Behold, I lay in Tziyon for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner [stone], a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make havee.
28:17 Judgment also will I lay to the line, and tzedek to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place.
28:18 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.
28:19 From the time that it goes 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 [to] understand the report.
28:20 For the bed is shorter than that [a man] can stretch himself [on it]: and the covering narrower than that he can wrap himself [in it].
28:21 For ADONAI (יהוה) shall rise up as [in] mount Perazim, he shall be wroth as [in] the valley of Gibeon, that he may do his work, his strange work; and bring to pass his act, his strange act.
28:22 Now therefore be ye not mockers, lest your bands be made strong: for I have heard from Adonai (אדני) ADONAI (יהוה) Tzva'ot a consumption, even determined upon the whole earth.
28:23 Give ye ear, and hear my voice; hearken, and hear my speech.
28:24 Doth the plowman plow all day to sow? doth he open and break the clods of his ground?
28:25 When he has made plain the face thereof, doth he not cast abroad the fitches, and scatter the cummin, and cast in the principal wheat and the appointed barley and the rie in their place?
28:26 For his Elohim (אלהים) doth instruct him to discretion, [and] doth teach him.
28:27 For the fitches are not threshed with a threshing instrument, neither is a cart wheel turned about upon the cummin; but the fitches are beaten out with a staff, and the cummin with a rod.
28:28 Bread [corn] is bruised; because he will not ever be threshing it, nor break [it with] the wheel of his cart, nor bruise it [with] his horsemen.
28:29 This also comes forth from ADONAI (יהוה) Tzva'ot, [which] is wonderful in counsel, [and] excellent in working.
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