ISAIAH CHAPTER 28
Isaiah 28:1-9 (NASB)
1 Woe to the proud crown of the drunkards of Ephraim, And to the fading flower of its glorious beauty, Which is at the head of the fertile valley Of those who are overcome with wine!
Behold, the Lord has a strong and mighty agent; As a storm of
hail, a tempest of destruction, Like a storm of mighty overflowing
waters, He has cast it down to the earth with His hand.
proud crown of the drunkards of Ephraim is trodden under
the fading flower of its glorious beauty, Which is at the
head of the fertile valley, Will be like the first-ripe fig prior to
summer, Which one sees, And as soon as it is in his hand, He swallows
that day the LORD of hosts will become a beautiful crown And
a glorious diadem to the remnant of His people;
spirit of justice for him who sits in judgment, A strength to
those who repel the onslaught at the gate.
these also reel with wine and stagger from strong drink:
The priest and the prophet reel with strong drink, They are confused by
wine, they stagger from strong drink; They reel while having visions,
They totter when rendering judgment.
all the tables are full of filthy vomit, without a single
whom would He teach knowledge, And to whom would He
interpret the message? Those just weaned from milk? Those just taken
from the breast?
Isaiah 28:10-13 (NASB)
He says, 'Order on order, order on order, Line on
line, line on line, A little here, a little there.'"
Indeed, He will speak to this people Through stammering lips
and a foreign tongue,
who said to them, "Here is rest, give rest to the weary,"
And, "Here is repose," but they would not listen.
the word of the LORD to them will be, "Order on order,
order on order, Line on line, line on line, A little here, a little
there," That they may go and stumble backward, be broken, snared and
Isa 28:1-9 is a chastisement and a warning to Ephraim by God through the prophet Isaiah about their drunkenness and to stop corrupting the Word of God through the addition or replacement of the Word of God with words from false prophets, who embraced idolatry; thereby contaminating the truths in Scripture about the God of the Word of God Whom they were commanded to worship, (cf. Isa 8:19-20).
Otherwise it was written in Isa 28:11 that God will speak to this people, (the Assyrians) and Israel will hear the language of the Assyrian rulers who will attack and capture them - a language, which is characterized as a language of stammering lips and a foreign tongue. Which verse 10 previously conveyed as gibberish in the hearing of those of Israel, as follows:
Because a letter to a letter a letter to a letter
For it is precept upon precept, precept upon precept,
a line to a line a line to a line
line upon line, line upon line,
a little there a little there
here a little, there a little.
will hear meaningless gibberish, senseless babbling, a
syllable here, a syllable there - as if in a foreign language.