1 Woe toOr Ariel: the Hebrew word Ariel signifies the Lion of God, and signifies the Altar, because the altar seemed to devour the sacrifice that was offered to God, as in (Eze_43:16).Ariel, to Ariel, the city [where] David dwelt! add ye year to year;Your vain confidence in your sacrifices will not last long.let them kill sacrifices.
2 Yet I will distress Ariel, and there shall be heaviness and sorrow: and it shall be to meYour city will be full of blood as an altar on which they sacrifice.as Ariel.
3 And I wil besiege thee as a circle, and fight against thee on a mount, and will cast vp ramparts against thee.
4 And thou shalt be brought down, [and] shalt speak out of theYour speech will be no longer be so lofty but abased and low as the very charmers who are in low places and whisper, so that their voice can scarcely by heard.ground, and thy speech shall be low out of the dust, and thy voice shall be, like a medium, out of the ground, and thy speech shall whisper out of the dust.
5 Moreover the multitude of thyYour hired soldiers in whom you trusted, will be destroyed as dust or chaff in a whirlwind.strangers shall be like small dust, and the multitude of the terrible ones [shall be] as chaff that passeth away: yea, it shall be at an instant suddenly.
6 Thou shalt be visited of the Lord of hostes with thunder, and shaking, and a great noyse, a whirlewinde, and a tempest, and a flame of a deuouring fire.
7 And theThe enemies that I will bring to destroy you, and that which you place your vain trust in will come at unawares even as a dream in the night. Some read as if this was a comfort to the Church for the destruction of their enemies.multitude of all the nations that fight against Ariel, even all that fight against her and her strong hold, and that distress her, shall be as a dream of a night vision.
8 It shall even be as when an hungry [man] dreameth, and, behold,That is, he thinks that he eats.he eateth; but he awaketh, and his soul is empty: or as when a thirsty man dreameth, and, behold, he drinketh; but he awaketh, and, behold, [he is] faint, and his soul hath appetite: so shall the multitude of all the nations be, that fight against mount Zion.
9 Muse on this a long as ye like, yet you will find nothing but opportunity to be astonished for your prophets are blind, and therefore cannot direct you.Stay yourselves, and wonder; cry ye out, and cry: they are drunk, but not with wine; they stagger, but not with strong drink.
10 For the Lord hath couered you with a spirite of slumber, and hath shut vp your eyes: the Prophets, & your chiefe Seers hath he couered.
11 And the vision of all is become to you as the words of a book that is sealed, which [men] deliver to one that is learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, IMeaning, that it is all alike, either to read, or not to read, unless God open the heart to understand.cannot; for it [is] sealed:
12 And the booke is giuen vnto him that can not reade, saying, Reade this, I pray thee; he shall say, I can not reade.
13 Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this peopleBecause they are hypocrites and not sincere in heart, as in (Mat_15:7-8).draw near [me] with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and theirThat is, their religion was learned by man's doctrine, and not by my word.fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:
14 Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvellous work among this people, [even] an wonderful work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their wise [men] shallMeaning, where God is not worshipped according to his word, both magistrates and ministers are fools and without understanding.perish, and the understanding of their prudent [men] shall be hid.
15 Woe to them thatThis is spoken of them who in heart despised God's word, and mocked at the admonitions but outwardly bore a good face.seek deep to hide their counsel from the LORD, and their works are in the dark, and they say, Who seeth us? and who knoweth us?
16 Surely your turning of things upside down shall be esteemedFor all your craft says the Lord, you are not able to escape my hands any more than the clay that is in the potter's hands has power to deliver itself.as the potter's clay: for shall the work say of him that made it, He made me not? or shall the thing formed say of him that formed it, He had no understanding?
17 [Is] it not yet a very little while, and Lebanon shall beWill there not be a change of all things? Carmel is a plentiful place in respect to what it will be then and may be taken for a forest, as in (Isa_32:15) and thus he speaks to comfort the faithful.turned into a fruitful field, and the fruitful field shall be esteemed as a forest?
18 And in that day shall the deafe heare the wordes of the booke, and the eyes of the blinde shall see out of obscuritie, and out of darkenesse.
19 The meeke in the Lorde shall receiue ioye againe, and the poore men shall reioyce in the holy one of Israel.
20 For the cruel man shal cease, & the scornefull shalbe consumed: and all that hasted to iniquitie, shalbe cut off:
21 That make a man an offender for aThey who went about to find fault with the prophets words, and would not abide admonitions, but would entangle them and bring them into danger.word, and lay a snare for him that reproveth in the gate, and turn aside the just for a thing of nothing.
22 Therefore thus sayth the Lorde vnto the house of Iaakob, euen hee that redeemed Abraham, Iaakob shall not now be confounded, neither now shal his face be pale.
23 But when he seeth his children, the worke of mine hands, in the mids of him, they shal sanctifie my Name, and sanctifie the holy one of Iaakob, and shal feare the God of Israel.
24 They also that erred in spiritSignifying that unless God gives understanding and knowledge, man cannot but still err and murmur against him.shall come to understanding, and they that murmured shall learn doctrine.