“Then He shall be a sanctuary [a sacred, indestructible shelter for those who fear and trust Him]; But to both the houses of Israel [both the northern and southern kingdoms—Israel and Judah, He will be] a stone on which to stumble and a rock on which to trip, A trap and a snare for the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
And He shall be a sanctuary [a sacred and indestructible asylum to those who reverently fear and trust in Him]; but He shall be a Stone of stumbling and a Rock of offense to both the houses of Israel, a trap and a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
If you people would respect him, he would be a safe place for you. But you don’t respect him, so he is like a stone that you stumble over. He is a rock that makes both families of Israel fall. He has become a trap that all the people of Jerusalem will fall into.
Then he will be a ·place of safety for you [sanctuary; holy place; or snare]. ·But [or And] for the two ·families [houses] of Israel [C Israel and Judah], he will be like a stone that causes people to stumble, like a rock that makes them fall [Rom. 9:33; 1 Pet. 2:6–8]. He will be like a trap for the ·people [inhabitants] of Jerusalem, and he will catch them in his ·trap [snare].
Then he would be a place of safety for you. But for the two families of Israel, he will be like a stone that causes people to stumble. He will be like a rock that makes them fall. He will be like a trap for the people of Jerusalem. He will catch them in his trap.
He will be your safety; but Israel and Judah have refused his care and thereby stumbled against the Rock of their salvation and lie fallen and crushed beneath it: God’s presence among them has endangered them!
God spoke strongly to me, grabbed me with both hands and warned me not to go along with this people. He said: “Don’t be like this people, always afraid somebody is plotting against them. Don’t fear what they fear. Don’t take on their worries. If you’re going to worry, worry about The Holy. Fear God-of-the-Angel-Armies. The Holy can be either a Hiding Place or a Boulder blocking your way, The Rock standing in the willful way of both houses of Israel, A barbed-wire Fence preventing trespass to the citizens of Jerusalem. Many of them are going to run into that Rock and get their bones broken, Get tangled up in that barbed wire and not get free of it.” * * *
Then he will be a place of safety for you. But for the two families of Israel, he will be like a stone that causes people to stumble, like a rock that makes them fall. He will be like a trap for the people of Jerusalem, and he will catch them in his trap.
Then the Lord will be a holy place of safety for you. But that’s not true for many people in Israel and Judah. He will be a stone that causes them to trip. He will be a rock that makes them fall. And for the people of Jerusalem he will be a trap and a snare.
And He shall be for a Mikdash; but for an Even Negef (Stone of Stumbling) and for a Tzur Michshol to both the Batei Yisroel, for a pach (snare) and for a mokesh (trap) to the inhabitants of Yerushalayim.
Look what I’m going to do in Zion: The Eternal will be for you a sacred place, But for both houses of Israel I’ll also be a stone that blocks their way and a rock that trips them up; For those who live in Jerusalem, I’ll be a trap and a snare.
Forsooth he shall be into a stone of hurting, and into a stone of stumbling, to [the] twain houses of Israel; into a snare, and into falling, to them that dwell in Jerusalem. (And he shall be a stone of hurting, and a stone of stumbling, to the two houses of Israel; yea, a snare, and a cause of falling, to those who live in Jerusalem.)
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