A. 1 Woe to the crown of pride, to the drunkards of Ephraim,
whose glorious beauty is a fading flower,
which are on the head of the fat valleys
of them that are overcome with wine!
B. 2 Behold, the LORD hath a mighty and strong one,
which as a tempest of hail and a destroying storm,
as a flood of mighty waters overflowing,
shall cast down to the earth with the hand.
A’. 3 The crown of pride, the drunkards of Ephraim,
shall be trodden under feet:
4 And the glorious beauty,
which is on the head of the fat valley,
shall be a fading flower,
and as the hasty fruit before the summer;
which when he that looketh upon it seeth,
while it is yet in his hand he eateth it up.
B’. 5 In that day shall the LORD of hosts be for a crown of glory,
and for a diadem of beauty, unto the residue of his people,
6 And for a spirit of judgment to him that sitteth in judgment,
and for strength to them that turn the battle to the gate.
A. 7 But they also have erred through wine,
and through strong drink are out of the way;
B. the priest and the prophet have erred through strong drink,
A’. they are swallowed up of wine,
they are out of the way through strong drink;
B’. they err in vision, they stumble in judgment.
8 For all tables are full of vomit and filthiness,
so that there is no place clean.