If you want to continue using the old site, you still can here.

Isaiah 28 - NIV

Woe to the Leaders of Ephraim and Judah


Woe to that wreath, the pride of Ephraim’s drunkards,
to the fading flower, his glorious beauty,
set on the head of a fertile valley—
to that city, the pride of those laid low by wine!

2 See, the Lord has one who is powerful and strong.
Like a hailstorm and a destructive wind,
like a driving rain and a flooding downpour,
he will throw it forcefully to the ground.

3 That wreath, the pride of Ephraim’s drunkards,
will be trampled underfoot.

4 That fading flower, his glorious beauty,
set on the head of a fertile valley,
will be like figs ripe before harvest—
as soon as people see them and take them in hand,
they swallow them.


In that day the Lord Almighty
will be a glorious crown,
a beautiful wreath
for the remnant of his people.

6 He will be a spirit of justice
to the one who sits in judgment,
a source of strength
to those who turn back the battle at the gate.


And these also stagger from wine
and reel from beer:
Priests and prophets stagger from beer
and are befuddled with wine;
they reel from beer,
they stagger when seeing visions,
they stumble when rendering decisions.

8 All the tables are covered with vomit
and there is not a spot without filth.


“Who is it he is trying to teach?
To whom is he explaining his message?
To children weaned from their milk,
to those just taken from the breast?

10 For it is:
Do this, do that,
a rule for this, a rule for that[a] ;
a little here, a little there.”


Very well then, with foreign lips and strange tongues
God will speak to this people,

12 to whom he said,
“This is the resting place, let the weary rest”;
and, “This is the place of repose”—
but they would not listen.

13 So then, the word of the Lord to them will become:
Do this, do that,
a rule for this, a rule for that;
a little here, a little there—
so that as they go they will fall backward;
they will be injured and snared and captured.


Therefore hear the word of the Lord, you scoffers
who rule this people in Jerusalem.

15 You boast, “We have entered into a covenant with death,
with the realm of the dead we have made an agreement.
When an overwhelming scourge sweeps by,
it cannot touch us,
for we have made a lie our refuge
and falsehood[b] our hiding place.”

16 So this is what the Sovereign Lord says:

“See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone,
a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation;
the one who relies on it
will never be stricken with panic.

17 I will make justice the measuring line
and righteousness the plumb line;
hail will sweep away your refuge, the lie,
and water will overflow your hiding place.

18 Your covenant with death will be annulled;
your agreement with the realm of the dead will not stand.
When the overwhelming scourge sweeps by,
you will be beaten down by it.

19 As often as it comes it will carry you away;
morning after morning, by day and by night,
it will sweep through.”

The understanding of this message
will bring sheer terror.

20 The bed is too short to stretch out on,
the blanket too narrow to wrap around you.

21 The Lord will rise up as he did at Mount Perazim,
he will rouse himself as in the Valley of Gibeon—
to do his work, his strange work,
and perform his task, his alien task.

22 Now stop your mocking,
or your chains will become heavier;
the Lord, the Lord Almighty, has told me
of the destruction decreed against the whole land.


Listen and hear my voice;
pay attention and hear what I say.

24 When a farmer plows for planting, does he plow continually?
Does he keep on breaking up and working the soil?

25 When he has leveled the surface,
does he not sow caraway and scatter cumin?
Does he not plant wheat in its place,[c]
barley in its plot,[d]
and spelt in its field?

26 His God instructs him
and teaches him the right way.


Caraway is not threshed with a sledge,
nor is the wheel of a cart rolled over cumin;
caraway is beaten out with a rod,
and cumin with a stick.

28 Grain must be ground to make bread;
so one does not go on threshing it forever.
The wheels of a threshing cart may be rolled over it,
but one does not use horses to grind grain.

29 All this also comes from the Lord Almighty,
whose plan is wonderful,
whose wisdom is magnificent.


a. Isaiah 28:10 Hebrew / sav lasav sav lasavkav lakav kav lakav (probably meaningless sounds mimicking the prophet’s words); also in verse 13
b. Isaiah 28:15 Or false gods
c. Isaiah 28:25 The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.
d. Isaiah 28:25 The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.

Sermons on Isaiah 28 More sermons: Isaiah 28

Dr. Gale A. Ragan-Reid avatar
THE CHURCH OF CHRIST 6 The Stone of David The Rock of Jesus
Shared by: Dr. Gale A. Ragan-Reid on Mar, 2016
Summary: Christ saved with a love that promised eternal life for death is the enemy.
Chuck Musselwhite avatar
Isaiah 28 A Fail Proof Foundation
Shared by: Chuck Musselwhite on Feb, 2016
Summary: Exposition of Isaiah 28
Series: Isaiah
Scripture: Isaiah 28:1-29
Views: 254
Aderemi Ojikutu avatar
See You At Midnight: Strategy For Terrific Speed To Greatness!
Shared by: Aderemi Ojikutu on Mar, 2013
Summary: The gate of every year is the beginning of that year; the gate of every month is the beginning of that month; the gate of every week is the beginning of that week; the gate of every day is the wee hours (from 12 midnight) of that day. Are you presently ST
Scripture: Isaiah 28:1-6
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 2,665
Thomas Swope avatar
Law And Order - Part 2
Shared by: Thomas Swope on Sep, 2011
Summary: A study of chapter 28 verses 16 through 29
Series: Isaiah
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Isaiah 28:16-29
Denomination: Calvary Chapel
Views: 1,328
Thomas Swope avatar
Law And Order - Part 1
Shared by: Thomas Swope on Aug, 2011
Summary: A study of chapter 28 of Isaiah verses 1 through 15
Series: Isaiah
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: Isaiah 28:1-15
Denomination: Calvary Chapel
Views: 1,856
Kelly Cabrera  avatar
Shared by: Kelly Cabrera on Sep, 2010
Summary: Dios tiene un propósito para cada uno de sus hijos y para ello tiene un método para llegar a este. Veamos como el profeta Isaías habla en una parábola todo lo que debe tomar en cuenta el sembrador para que la semilla le dé una cosecha abundante y el fruto
based on 3 ratings
Scripture: Isaiah 28:23-29
Denomination: Christian Church
Views: 9,264
Johnny Wilson avatar
Tempting Proposition
Shared by: Johnny Wilson on Aug, 2009
Summary: Convincing teenagers that temptation is a no-win proposition is hard to do, but this oft-neglected passage from Isaiah offers insight.
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: Isaiah 28:14-20
Denomination: *other
Views: 909
Larry Brincefield avatar
C is for Capstone
Shared by: Larry Brincefield on May, 2007
Summary: A study of the word "capstone" and "cornerstone" in Scripture.
based on 5 ratings
Scripture: Isaiah 28:16
Denomination: Nazarene
Views: 1,596
Jimmy Chapman avatar
Short Beds and Small Blankets
Shared by: Jimmy Chapman on Jan, 2007
based on 15 ratings
Scripture: Isaiah 28:20
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 4,443
Philip Harrelson avatar
A Truce With Hell
Shared by: Philip Harrelson on Feb, 2006
Summary: A sermon on hell and how that some people rationalize their relationship with hell.
based on 47 ratings
Scripture: Isaiah 28:13-15
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 4,904
Toby Powers avatar
How Firm A Foundation!
Shared by: Toby Powers on Jan, 2006
Summary: We as saints have a firm foundation in a society that is reeling and rocking from the storms of this world.
based on 41 ratings
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 4,368
John Russell avatar
How God Speaks Today
Shared by: John Russell on Aug, 2005
Summary: Part I of two on how God speaks to us today
based on 24 ratings
Scripture: Isaiah 28:23
Views: 4,112
Darrell Jones avatar
Our Cornerstone
Shared by: Darrell Jones on Jun, 2005
Summary: The fact that the church needs a foundation can not be disputed. Let’s take a look at the way the foundation is laid as well as the purpose and types of stone used.
based on 43 ratings
Scripture: Isaiah 28:16
Denomination: Assembly Of God
Views: 2,031
James May avatar
Stuck in the First Grade
Shared by: James May on Jun, 2004
Summary: It’s time to grow and mature in Christ and not get stuck on the basics.
based on 43 ratings
Scripture: Isaiah 28:9-18
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 1,755
Peter Vandever avatar
A Talk on Tongues
Shared by: Peter Vandever on Oct, 2003
Summary: What is up with tongues issue?
based on 26 ratings
Scripture: Isaiah 28:11 Acts 2:4
Views: 650
J. Yeargin avatar
Whom Will He Teach?
Shared by: J. Yeargin on May, 2003
Summary: My friend, if you don’t take charge of the changes taking place in your life, someone else will.
based on 15 ratings
Denomination: *other
Views: 660
Robert Leroe avatar
The Three Stones
Shared by: Robert Leroe on Jan, 2003
Summary: We see in Scripture that Jesus is the Rock of Ages: He is a stumbling stone, a foundation stone, and a smiting stone…
based on 84 ratings
Denomination: Congregational
Views: 6,688
Jim Parisi avatar
Setting It, To the Stone
Shared by: Jim Parisi on Dec, 2002
Summary: When you can line up and know who He is. He can set a foundation upon you to build a better life or ministry
based on 18 ratings
Scripture: Isaiah 28:16-17
Views: 719
James May avatar
The Seed Is Planted, When Will the Harvest Come?
Shared by: James May on Nov, 2002
Summary: We must give God time to allow us to mature and grow in the Kingdom of God.
based on 86 ratings
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 11,893
John Beehler avatar
Thanks Giving
Shared by: John Beehler on Nov, 2002
Summary: Who do we owe our thanks to?
based on 60 ratings
Denomination: Presbyterian/Reformed
Views: 3,365
Kenneth  Trent avatar
Shared by: Kenneth Trent on Nov, 2002
Summary: Prominent psychologists have referred to man as being "incurably religious". The Bible supports this view. There is no shortage of religion in the world but there is a shortage of truth.
based on 31 ratings
Scripture: Isaiah 28:20
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 803
James May avatar
Our Sure Foundation
Shared by: James May on Aug, 2002
Summary: Jesus is our sure foundation. There is no other that will stand the storms of life and last for eternity.
based on 263 ratings
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 54,535
Guy Caley avatar
No Other Gospel
Shared by: Guy Caley on Apr, 2002
Summary: Any other Gospel doesn’t measure up to the "plumb line" of righteousness. Here are four reasons why.
based on 114 ratings
Denomination: Assembly Of God
Views: 10,249
Pat Herlitz avatar
In Remembrance of Him: The Chief Cornerstone
Shared by: Pat Herlitz on Jul, 2001
Summary: The phrase, "Chief Cornerstone," illustrates for us Jesus position as Head of the church.
based on 62 ratings
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 3,272
Ewen Huffman avatar
Precious Cornerstone
Shared by: Ewen Huffman on Jul, 2001
Summary: A sermon with an evangelistic edge
Series: Isaiah
based on 49 ratings
Scripture: Isaiah 28:14-22
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 2,689