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The Jewish Study Bible Contextualizes the Hebrew Bible with accompanying scholarly text on Jewish traditions and history.

Chapter 29

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1“Ah, Ariel, e A poetic name of Jerusalem; cf. 33.7. Ariel, City where David camped! Add year to year, Let festivals come in their cycles! 2And I will harass Ariel, And there shall be sorrow and sighing. d‐ Meaning of Heb. uncertain. She shall be to Me like Ariel. ‐d Meaning of Heb. uncertain. 3‐And I will camp against you f‐ Meaning of Heb. uncertain. Septuagint reads “like David”; cf. v. 1. round about; ‐f Meaning of Heb. uncertain. Septuagint reads “like David”; cf. v. 1. I will lay siege to you d‐ Meaning of Heb. uncertain. with a mound, ‐d Meaning of Heb. uncertain. And I will set up siegeworks against you. 4And you shall speak from lower than the ground, Your speech shall be humbler than the sod; Your speech shall sound like a ghost's from the ground, Your voice shall chirp from the sod. 5And like fine dust shall be The multitude of a‐ Manuscript 1QIsa reads “haughty men.” your strangers; ‐a Manuscript 1QIsa reads “haughty men.” And like flying chaff, The multitude of tyrants.”

And suddenly, in an instant, 6She shall be remembered of the LORD of Hosts With roaring, and shaking, and deafening noise, Storm, and tempest, and blaze of consuming fire. 7Then, like a dream, a vision of the night, Shall be the multitude of nations That war upon Ariel, And all her besiegers, and the siegeworks against her, And those who harass her. 8Like one who is hungry And dreams he is eating, But wakes to find himself empty; And like one who is thirsty And dreams he is drinking, But wakes to find himself faint And utterly parched— So shall be all the multitude of nations That war upon Mount Zion.

9Act stupid and be stupefied! Act blind and be blinded! (They are drunk, but not from wine, They stagger, but not from liquor.) 10For the LORD has spread over you A spirit of deep sleep, And has shut your eyes, the prophets, And covered your heads, the seers; 11So that all prophecy has been to you Like the words of a sealed document.

If it is handed to one who can read and he is asked to read it, he will say, “I can't, because it is sealed”; 12‐and if the document is handed to one who cannot read and he is asked to read it, he will say, “I can't read.”

13My Lord said: Because that people has approached [Me] with its mouth And honored Me with its lips, But has kept its heart far from Me, And its worship of Me has been A commandment of men, learned by rote— 14Truly, I shall further baffle that people With bafflement upon bafflement; And the wisdom of its wise shall fail, And the prudence of its prudent shall vanish.

15Ha! Those who would hide their plans Deep from the LORD! Who do their work in dark places And say, “Who sees us, who takes note of us?” 16 a‐ Meaning of first line uncertain; emendation yields “Should the potter be accounted / Like the jugs or like the clay?” How perverse of you! Should the potter be accounted as the clay? ‐a Meaning of first line uncertain; emendation yields “Should the potter be accounted / Like the jugs or like the clay?” Should what is made say of its Maker, “He did not make me,” And what is formed say of Him who formed it, b‐ Emendation yields “He did not fashion me.” “He did not understand”? ‐b Emendation yields “He did not fashion me.” 17Surely, in a little while, Lebanon will be transformed into farm land, And farm land accounted as mere brush. 18In that day, the deaf shall hear even written words, And the eyes of the blind shall see Even in darkness and obscurity. 19Then the humble shall have increasing joy through the LORD, And the neediest of men shall exult In the Holy One of Israel. 20For the tyrant shall be no more, The scoffer shall cease to be; And those diligent for evil shall be wiped out, 21Who cause men to lose their lawsuits, Laying a snare for the arbiter at the gate, And wronging by falsehood Him who was in the right.

22Assuredly, thus said the LORD to the House of Jacob, c‐ Emendation yields “Whose fathers He redeemed.” Who redeemed Abraham: ‐c Emendation yields “Whose fathers He redeemed.”

No more shall Jacob be shamed, No longer his face grow pale.

23For when he—that is, his children—behold what My hands have wrought in his midst, they will hallow My name.

Men will hallow the Holy One of Jacob And stand in awe of the God of Israel. 24And the confused shall acquire insight And grumblers accept instruction.

Notes:

d‐d Meaning of Heb. uncertain.

e A poetic name of Jerusalem; cf. 33.7.

f‐f Meaning of Heb. uncertain. Septuagint reads “like David”; cf. v. 1.

a‐a Manuscript 1QIsa reads “haughty men.”

a‐a Meaning of first line uncertain; emendation yields “Should the potter be accounted / Like the jugs or like the clay?”

b‐b Emendation yields “He did not fashion me.”

c‐c Emendation yields “Whose fathers He redeemed.”

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