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Isaiah 28:16-17

The Meaning of the Stone

16-17But the Master, God, has something to say to this:

"Watch closely. I'm laying a foundation in Zion,

a solid granite foundation, squared and true.

And this is the meaning of the stone:

a trusting life won't topple.

I'll make justice the measuring stick

and righteousness the plumb line for the building.

A hailstorm will knock down the shantytown of lies,

and a flash flood will wash out the rubble.

18-22"Then you'll see that your precious life insurance policy

wasn't worth the paper it was written on.

Your careful precautions against death

were a pack of illusions and lies.

When the disaster happens,

you'll be crushed by it.

Every time disaster comes, you'll be in on it—

disaster in the morning, disaster at night."

Every report of disaster

will send you cowering in terror.

There will be no place where you can rest,

nothing to hide under.

God will rise to full stature,

raging as he did long ago on Mount Perazim

And in the valley of Gibeon against the Philistines.

But this time it's against you.

Hard to believe, but true.

Not what you'd expect, but it's coming.

Sober up, friends, and don't scoff.

Scoffing will just make it worse.

I've heard the orders issued for destruction, orders from

God-of-the-Angel-Armies—ending up in an international disaster.