Woe to Ariel, to Ariel, the city where David dwelt! add ye year to year; let them kill sacrifices. Yet I will distress Ariel, and there shall be heaviness and sorrow: and it shall be unto me as Ariel. And I will camp against thee round about, and will lay siege against thee with a mount, and I will raise forts against thee. And thou shalt be brought down, and shalt speak out of the ground, and thy speech shall be low out of the dust, and thy voice shall be, as of one that hath a familiar spirit, out of the ground, and thy speech shall whisper out of the dust.
Ariel is the privileged city of Jerusalem where David had his headquarters. The people, there, may go through their religious motions year after year, but God would bring distress on the city till it is nothing but an Ariel. The name Ariel has two meanings, lion of God and altar or hearth. The city that was once the “lion of God” was now a flaming altar and its people are the sacrificial victims.