The LORD shall smite thee with madness, and blindness, and astonishment of heart:
Now the Spirit of the LORD had left Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD began to torment him,
You have made Your people suffer hardship; You have given us a wine to drink that made us stagger.
And He replied: Go! Say to these people: Keep listening, but do not understand; keep looking, but do not perceive.
Dull the minds of these people; deafen their ears and blind their eyes; otherwise they might see with their eyes and hear with their ears, understand with their minds, turn back, and be healed.
The princes of Zoan are complete fools; Pharaoh's wisest advisers give stupid advice! How can you say to Pharaoh, "I am one of the wise, a student of eastern kings."
Where then are your wise men? Let them tell you and reveal what the LORD of Hosts has planned against Egypt.
The princes of Zoan have been fools; the princes of Memphis are deceived. Her tribal chieftains have led Egypt astray.
The LORD has mixed within her a spirit of confusion. [The leaders] have made Egypt stagger in all she does, as a drunkard staggers in his vomit.
No head or tail, palm or reed, will be able to do anything for Egypt.
On that day Egypt will be like women. She will tremble with fear because of the threatening hand of the LORD of Hosts when He raises it against her.
The land of Judah will terrify Egypt; whenever Judah is mentioned, Egypt will tremble because of what the LORD of Hosts has planned against it.
Look, I am about to do something new; even now it is coming. Do you not see it? Indeed, I will make a way in the wilderness, rivers in the desert.
"On that day"-- [this is] the LORD's declaration-- "the king and the officials will lose their courage. The priests will tremble in fear, and the prophets will be scared speechless."
So they will lack bread and water; everyone will be devastated and waste away because of their iniquity.
"Then there will be signs in the sun, moon, and stars; and there will be anguish on the earth among nations bewildered by the roaring sea and waves.
People will faint from fear and expectation of the things that are coming on the world, because the celestial powers will be shaken.
Look, you scoffers, marvel and vanish away, because I am doing a work in your days, a work that you will never believe, even if someone were to explain it to you."
The coming [of the lawless one] is based on Satan's working, with all kinds of false miracles, signs, and wonders,
and with every unrighteous deception among those who are perishing. [They perish] because they did not accept the love of the truth in order to be saved.
For this reason God sends them a strong delusion so that they will believe what is false,