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16 Because of these things, the Lord God says, “I will put a rock—a cornerstone—in the ground in Zion. This will be a very precious stone.[a] Everything will be built on this very important rock. Anyone who trusts in that rock will not be disappointed.[b]

17 “Workers use a string and weight to show their work is straight and true. I will use justice as the string and goodness as the weight when I lay that foundation. But your safe places were built on lies. So they will be destroyed and washed away when the troubles come against you like hail storms and floods. 18 Your agreement with death will be erased. Your contract with Sheol will not help you.

“Someone will come and punish you. He will make you like the dirt he walks on.

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  1. Isaiah 28:16 very precious stone This also means a stone has been tested and shown that it has no cracks.
  2. Isaiah 28:16 Anyone … disappointed This is found in the ancient Greek version. The standard Hebrew text has “Whoever trusts will not panic.”

16 So this is what the Sovereign Lord says:

“See, I lay a stone in Zion,(A) a tested stone,(B)
    a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation;(C)
the one who relies on it
    will never be stricken with panic.(D)
17 I will make justice(E) the measuring line
    and righteousness the plumb line;(F)
hail(G) will sweep away your refuge, the lie,
    and water will overflow(H) your hiding place.
18 Your covenant with death will be annulled;
    your agreement with the realm of the dead will not stand.(I)
When the overwhelming scourge sweeps by,(J)
    you will be beaten down(K) by it.

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