Modern English Version
A Cornerstone in Zion
16 Therefore, thus says the Lord God:
See, I lay in Zion a stone,
a tested stone,
a precious cornerstone, firmly placed;
he who believes shall not act hastily.
17 I shall make justice the measuring line
and righteousness the plummet;
then the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies
and the waters shall overflow the hiding place.
18 Your covenant with death shall be annulled,
and your agreement with hell shall not stand;
when the overflowing scourge passes through,
then you shall be trodden down by it.
New International Version
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.