14 You rulers of Jerusalem do nothing but sneer; now you must listen to what the Lord says. 15 Do you think you have an agreement with death and the world of the dead? Why do you trust in your lies to keep you safe from danger and the mighty flood?
16 And so the Lord says, “I’m laying a firm foundation for the city of Zion. It’s a valuable cornerstone proven to be trustworthy; no one who trusts it will ever be disappointed. 17 Justice and fairness will be the measuring lines that help me build.”
Hailstones and floods will destroy and wash away your shelter of lies. 18 Your agreement with death and the world of the dead will be broken. Then angry, roaring waves will sweep over you. 19 Morning, noon, and night an overwhelming flood will wash you away. The terrible things that happen will teach you this lesson: 20 Your bed is too short, your blanket too skimpy.[a]
21 The Lord will fiercely attack as he did at Mount Perazim[b] and in Gibeon Valley.[c] But this time the Lord will do something surprising, not what you expect. 22 So you had better stop sneering or you will be in worse shape than ever before. I heard the Lord All-Powerful threaten the whole country with destruction.
28.20Your bed. . . skimpy: Isaiah quotes a popular saying to teach that the treaty made with Egypt (verse 18) cannot give the nation security from its enemies.
28.21Mount Perazim: This may refer to David’s defeat of the Philistines at Baal Perazim (2 Samuel 5.17-21).
28.21Gibeon Valley: This refers to Joshua’s victory at Gibeon (Joshua 10.1-11).
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