Isaiah 22:11
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11  and you constructed a basin between the two walls for the water of the old pool. But you gave no thought to Him who planned it, You took no note of Him who designed it long before.

u-mik-VAH a-see-TEM BAYN ha-kho-mo-TA-yim l’-MAY ha-b’-ray-KHAH hai-sha-NAH v’-LO hi-bat-TEM el o-SE-ha v’-yo-tz’-RAH may-ra-KHOK LO r’-ee-TEM

יא  וּמִקְוָה עֲשִׂיתֶם בֵּין הַחֹמֹתַיִם לְמֵי הַבְּרֵכָה הַיְשָׁנָה וְלֹא הִבַּטְתֶּם אֶל־עֹשֶׂיהָ וְיֹצְרָהּ מֵרָחוֹק לֹא רְאִיתֶם׃

 22:11   And you constructed a basin between the two walls

The ancient inscription outside Chizkiyahu’s water tunnel

Verses 8-11 describe the serious military preparations made to fend off the upcoming Assyrian assault. Yeshayahu does not oppose this per se — he simply asks that they combine their trust in themselves with faith in Hashem. The “basin between the two walls” refers to Chizkiyahu’s tunnel, which he dug in order to provide a source of water for the besieged city of Yerushalayim (II Chronicles 32). The tunnel was re-discovered in 1867 by the British explorer Captain Charles Warren. Near the exit from the tunnel, an ancient Hebrew inscription describing its amazing construction was discovered. A team of diggers started at each end of the 1,500 foot-long tunnel. They eventually met in the middle by listening for the sounds of each other’s pickaxes. The marks of the ancient pickaxes are visible on the walls of the tunnel, going first in one direction and switching in the middle to go in the other direction. Today, wading through the water of Chizkiyahu’s tunnel is a popular attraction among visitors to the city of Yerushalayim.

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  • Verse 5 mentions 'the Valley of Vison' I have not heard this before, so Googled it and found a book of poetry, written by the Putitan people and this is the first of the poems: –
    The Valley of Vision
    lord, high and holy, meek and lowly,
    Thou hast brought me to the valley of vision,
    where I live in the depths but see thee in the heights;
    hemmed in by mountains of sin I behold thy glory.
    Let me learn by paradox
    that the way down is the way up,
    that to be low is to be high,
    that the broken heart is the healed heart,
    that the contrite spirit is the rejoicing spirit,
    that the repenting soul is the victorious soul,
    that to have nothing is to possess all,
    that to bear the cross is to wear the crown,
    that to give is to receive,
    that the valley is the place of vision.
    Lord, in the daytime stars can be seen from deepest wells,
    and the deeper the wells the brighter thy stars shine;
    Let me find thy light in my darkness,
    thy life in my death,
    thy joy in my sorrow,
    thy grace in my sin,
    thy riches in my poverty
    thy glory in my valley.


Isaiah 22:11

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