9 Stay [mahahh] yourselves, and
wonder [tamahh]; cry ye out [sha`a`], and cry [sha`a`]: they are
drunken [shakar], but not with wine [yayin]; they stagger [nuwa`], but
not with strong drink [shekar]. KJV-Interlinear
yourselves and be astonished; blind yourselves and be blind! Be drunk, but not
with wine; stagger, but not with strong drink! ESV
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Isaiah proclaims the ultimate failure of people who continue in their dysfunctional ways. They refuse to learn. They refuse to be taught. They refuse to pursue the spiritual growth process as defined by God and therefore they become no better than a drunken man.
The drunk has dulled senses. The drunk cannot see clearly. The drunk cannot gauge where he is or what he is doing or where he is going. And these are in terms of extremes. A drunk is not one who has had one or two drinks, but one who has committed himself to a life pattern of constant and perpetual drinking. His entire life is disoriented and failed.
And that is the person, without drinking, yet becomes like a drunk, but in the spiritually dysfunctional sense.
No spiritual life, no orientation to life. And a confused person cannot get through life as God intends. They merely exist until their life is over.
Astonish or stay, ‘mahahh,’ means to stare without seeing, to be dumb or dumbfounded. And it describes a person who looks and looks and looks at a thing but cannot figure it out. They see it, but do not see it. They do not comprehend it. They just stare.
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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