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14 He will be a sanctuary, a stumbling-stone, a rock to trip up the two Houses of Israel; a snare and a trap for the inhabitants of Jerusalem,
15 over which many of them will stumble, fall and be broken, be ensnared and made captive.
16 Bind up the testimony, seal the instruction in the heart of my disciples.'
17 My trust is in Yahweh who hides his face from the House of Jacob; I put my hope in him.
18 Look, I and the children whom Yahweh has given me shall become signs and portents in Israel on behalf of YahwehSabaoth who dwells on Mount Zion.
19 And should people say to you, 'Go and consult ghosts and wizards that whisper and mutter' -- a people should certainly consult its gods and the dead on behalf of the living!
20 As regards instruction and testimony, without doubt this is how they will talk, and hence there will be no dawn for them.
21 Oppressed and starving he will wander the country; and, once starving, he will become frenzied and curse his king and his God; turning his gaze upward,
22 then down to earth, there will be only anguish, gloom, the confusion of night, swirling darkness.
23 For is not everything dark as night for a country in distress? As the past humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, so the future will glorify the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan, the territory of the nations.
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