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Isaiah 29:13-14


29:13 The sovereign master 1  says,

“These people say they are loyal to me; 2 

they say wonderful things about me, 3 

but they are not really loyal to me. 4 

Their worship consists of

nothing but man-made ritual. 5 

29:14 Therefore I will again do an amazing thing for these people –

an absolutely extraordinary deed. 6 

Wise men will have nothing to say,

the sages will have no explanations.” 7 

1 tn The Hebrew term translated “sovereign master” here is אֲדֹנָי (’adonai).

2 tn Heb “Because these people draw near to me with their mouth.”

3 tn Heb “and with their lips they honor me.”

4 tn Heb “but their heart is far from me.” The heart is viewed here as the seat of the will, from which genuine loyalty derives.

5 tn Heb “their fear of me is a commandment of men that has been taught.”

6 tn Heb “Therefore I will again do something amazing with these people, an amazing deed, an amazing thing.” This probably refers to the amazing transformation predicted in vv. 17-24, which will follow the purifying judgment implied in vv. 15-16.

7 tn Heb “the wisdom of their wise ones will perish, the discernment of their discerning ones will keep hidden.”

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