A Cornerstone in Zion

Isaiah 28

14 Therefore hear the word of the LORD, you scornful men,
Who rule this people who are in Jerusalem,
15 Because you have said, "We have made a covenant with death,
And with Sheol we are in agreement.
When the overflowing scourge passes through,
It will not come to us,
h For we have made lies our refuge,
And under falsehood we have hidden ourselves."
16 Therefore thus says the Lord GOD:
"Behold, I lay in Zion i a stone for a foundation,
A tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation;
Whoever believes will not act hastily.
17 Also I will make justice the measuring line,
And righteousness the plummet;
The hail will sweep away the refuge of lies,
And the waters will overflow the hiding place.
18 Your covenant with death will be annulled,
And your agreement with Sheol will not stand;
When the overflowing scourge passes through,
Then you will be trampled down by it.
19 As often as it goes out it will take you;
For morning by morning it will pass over,
And by day and by night;
It will be a terror just to understand the report."
20 For the bed is too short to stretch out on,
And the covering so narrow that one cannot wrap himself in it.
21 For the LORD will rise up as at Mount j Perazim,
He will be angry as in the Valley of k Gibeon -
That He may do His work, l His awesome work,
And bring to pass His act, His 1 unusual act.
22 Now therefore, do not be mockers,
Lest your bonds be made strong;
For I have heard from the Lord GOD of hosts,
m A 2 destruction determined even upon the whole earth.

23 Give ear and hear my voice,
Listen and hear my speech.
24 Does the plowman keep plowing all day to sow?
Does he keep turning his soil and breaking the clods?
25 When he has leveled its surface,
Does he not sow the black cummin
And scatter the cummin,
Plant the wheat in rows,
The barley in the appointed place,
And the 3 spelt in its place?
26 For He instructs him in right judgment,
His God teaches him.

27 For the black cummin is not threshed with a threshing sledge,
Nor is a cartwheel rolled over the cummin;
But the black cummin is beaten out with a stick,
And the cummin with a rod.
28 Bread flour must be ground;
Therefore he does not thresh it forever,
Break it with his cartwheel,
Or crush it with his horsemen.
29 This also comes from the LORD of hosts,
n Who is wonderful in counsel and excellent in 4 guidance.

  1. Cross References
    Isaiah 9:15
    The elder and honorable, he is the head; The prophet who teaches lies, he is the tail.
    Ezekiel 13:22
    Because with lies you have made the heart of the righteous sad, whom I have not made sad; and you have strengthened the hands of the wicked, so that he does not turn from his wicked way to save his life.
    Amos 2:4
    Thus says the LORD: "For three transgressions of Judah, and for four, I will not turn away its punishment, Because they have despised the law of the LORD, And have not kept His commandments. Their lies lead them astray, Lies which their fathers followed.
  2. Cross References
    Genesis 49:24
    But his bow remained in strength, And the arms ...
    Psalms 118:22
    The stone which the builders rejected Has becom...
    Isaiah 8:14
    He will be as a sanctuary, But a stone of stumb...
    Isaiah 8:15
    And many among them shall stumble; They shall f...
    Matthew 21:42
    Jesus said to them, "Have you never read in the...
    Mark 12:10
    Have you not even read this Scripture: 'The sto...
    Luke 20:17
    Then He looked at them and said, "What then is ...
    Acts 4:11
    "This is the 'stone which was rejected by you b...
    Romans 9:33
    As it is written: "Behold, I lay in Zion a stum...
    Romans 10:11
    For the Scripture says, "Whoever believes on Hi...
    Ephesians 2:20
    Having been built on the foundation of the apos...
    1 Peter 2:6 - 8
    Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture...
  3. Cross References
    2 Samuel 5:20
    So David went to Baal Perazim, and David defeated them there; and he said, "The LORD has broken through my enemies before me, like a breakthrough of water." Therefore he called the name of that place Baal Perazim.
    1 Chronicles 14:11
    So they went up to Baal Perazim, and David defeated them there. Then David said, "God has broken through my enemies by my hand like a breakthrough of water." Therefore they called the name of that place Baal Perazim.
  4. Cross References
    Joshua 10:10
    So the LORD routed them before Israel, killed them with a great slaughter at Gibeon, chased them along the road that goes to Beth Horon, and struck them down as far as Azekah and Makkedah.
    Joshua 10:12
    Then Joshua spoke to the LORD in the day when the LORD delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel: "Sun, stand still over Gibeon; And Moon, in the Valley of Aijalon.
    2 Samuel 5:25
    And David did so, as the LORD commanded him; and he drove back the Philistines from Geba as far as Gezer.
    1 Chronicles 14:16
    So David did as God commanded him, and they drove back the army of the Philistines from Gibeon as far as Gezer.
  5. Cross References
    Lamentations 3:33
    For He does not afflict willingly, Nor grieve the children of men.
    Luke 19:41 - 44
    Now as He drew near, He saw the city and wept over it.
  6. Cross References
    Isaiah 10:22
    For though your people, O Israel, be as the sand of the sea, A remnant of them will return; The destruction decreed shall overflow with righteousness.
    Daniel 9:27
    Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week; But in the middle of the week He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate, Even until the consummation, which is determined, Is poured out on the desolate.
  7. Cross References
    Psalms 92:5
    O LORD, how great are Your works! Your thoughts are very deep.
    Isaiah 9:6
    For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
    Jeremiah 32:19
    You are great in counsel and mighty in work, for your eyes are open to all the ways of the sons of men, to give everyone according to his ways and according to the fruit of his doings.
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