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The calling of Egypt.
ISAIAH. The fall of Babylon foreshown. hosts, which he hath determined against it.1 through; so it cometh from the desert, from
18 | In that day shall five cities in the a terrible land. land of Egypt speak the language of Ca- 2 A grievous vision is declared unto me naan, and swear to the Lord of hosts; The treacherous dealer dealeth treache. one shall be called, Thecity of destruction. rously, and the spoiler spoileth. Go up,
19 In that day shall there be an altar to o Elam: besiege, O Media ; all the sigb. the Lord in the midst of the land of Egypt, ing thereof have I made to cease. anda pillar at the borderthereof to the Lord. 3 Therefore are my loins filled with
20 And it shall be for a sign and for a pain: pangs have taken hold upon me, as witness unto the LORD of hosts in the land the pangs of a woman that travaileth: 1 of Egypt: for they shall cry unto the LORD was bowed down at the bearing of it; I because of the oppressors, and he shall send was dismayed at the seeing of it. them a saviour, and a great one, and he 4 My heart panted, fearfulness affrightshall deliver them.
ed me: the night of my pleasure hath be 21 And the LORD shall be known to turned into fear unto me. Egypt, and the Egyptians shall know the 5 Prepare the table, watch in the watchLORD in that day, and shall do sacrifice tower, eat, drink: arise, ye princes, and and oblation; yea, they shall' vow a vow anoint the shield. unto the Lord, and perform it.
6 For thus bath the LORD said unto me, 22 And the Lord shall smite Egypt: he Go, set a watchman, let him declare what shall smite and heal it : and they shall re- he seeth. turn even to the Lord, and he shall be en- 7 And he saw a chariot with a couple of treated of them, and shall heal them. horsemen, a chariot of asses, and a chariot
23 | In that day shall there be a high- of camels; and he hearkened diligently way out of Egypt to Assyria, and the As- with much'heed: syrian shall come into Egypt, and the 8 And he cried, A lion: My lord, I Egyptian into Assyria, and the Egyptians stand continually upon the watch-tower shall serve with the Assyrians.
in the day time, and I am set in my ward 24 In that day shall Israel be the third whole nights. with Egypt and with Assyria, even a bless- 9 And behold, here cometh a chariot of ing in the midst of the land:
men, with a couple of horsemen. And be 25 Whom the Lord of hosts shall bless, answered and said, Babylon is fallen, is saying, Blessed be Egypt my people, and fallen; and all the graven images of her Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel gods he hath broken unto the ground. mine inheritance.
10 O my threshing, and the core of my CHAP. XX.
floor : that which I have heard of the LORD IN N the year that Tartan came unto Ash- of hosts, the Godof Israel, have I declared
dod, (when Sargon the king of Assyria unto you. sent him,) and fought against Ashdod, and 11 9 The burden of Dumah. He calltook it;
eth to me out of Seir, Watchman, what of 2 At the same time spake the LORD by the night? Watchman, what of the night! Isaiah the son of Amoz, saying, Go, and 12 The watchman said, The morning loose the sackcloth from off thy loins, and cometh, and also the night: if ye will in. put off thy shoe from thy foot. And he quire, inquire ye: return, come. did so, walking naked and barefoot. -13 T The burden upon Arabia. In the
3 And the LORD said, Like as my ser- forest in Arabia shall ye lodge, 0 ye travant Isaiah hath walked naked and bare- velling companies of Dedanim. foot three years for a sign and wonder up- 14 The inhabitants of the land of Tema on Egyptand upon Ethiopia ;
brought water to him that was thirsty, they 4 So shall the king of Assyria lead away prevented with their bread bim that Ned. the Egyptians prisoners, and the Ethiopi- 15 For they fled from the swords, from ans captives, young and old, naked and the drawn sword, and from the bent bow, barefoot, even with their buttocks unco- and from the grievousness of war. vered, to the shame of Egypt.
16 For thus hath the LORD said unto me, 5 And they shall be afraid and ashamed within a year, according to the years of an of Ethiopia their expectation, and of Egypt hireling, and all the glory of Kedarshall fail : their glory:
17 And the residue of the number of 6 And the inhabitant of this isle shall archers, the mighty men
of the children of say, in that day, Behold, such is our ex- Kedar, shall be diminished : for the LORD pectation,whither we flee for help to be God of Israel hath spoken it. delivered from the king of Assyria: and
CHAP. XXII. how shall we escape?
VIIE burden of the valley of vision. CHÅP. XXI.
What aileth thee now, that thou art THE burden of the desert of the sea. wholly gone up to the house-tops!
The invasion of Jewry. CHAP. XXIII. The overthrow of Tyre. , city, a joyous city: thy slain men are not 19 And I will drive thee from thy staslain with the sword, nor dead in battle. tion, and from thy state shall he pull thee
3 All thy rulers are fled together, they down. are bound by the archers : all that are 20 | And it shall come to pass in that found in thee are bound together, which day, that I will call my servant Eliakim bave fled from far.
the son of Hilkiah : 4 Therefore said I, Look away from 21 And I will clothe him with thy robe, me; I will weep bitterly, labour not to and strengthen him with thy girdle, and í comfort me, because of the spoiling of the will commit thy government into his hand: daughter of my people.
and he shall be a father to the inhabitants 5 For it is a day of trouble, and of tread-of Jerusalem, and to the house of Judah. ing down, and of perplexity by the Lord; 22. And the key of the house of David God of hosts in the valley of vision, break- will I lay upon his shoulder: so he shall ing down the walls, and of crying to the open, and none shall shut; and he shall mountains.
shut, and none shall open.. 6 And Elam bare the quiver with cha- 23 And I will fasten him as a nail in a riots of men and horsemen, and Kir un- sure place ; and he shall be for a glorious covered the shield.
throne to bis father's house. 7 And it shall come to pass, that thy 24 And they shall hang upon him all choicest valleys shall be full of chariots, the glory of his father's house, the offand the horsemen shall set themselves in spring and the issue, all vessels of small array at the gate.
quantity, from the vessels of cups, even to 81 And he discovered the covering of all the vessels of flagons. Judah, and thou didst look in that day to 25 In that day, saith the LORD of hosts, the armour of the house of the forest. shall the nail that is fastened in the sure
9 Ye have seen also the breaches of place be removed, and be cut down, and the city of David, that they are many : fall; and the burden that was upon it shall and ye gathered together the waters of be cut off : for the Lord hath spoken it. the lower
CHAP. XXIII. 9. And ye have numbered the houses THF Tarshish; for it is laid waste, so
burden . of Jerusalem, and the houses have ye broken down to fortify the wall. that there is no house, no entering in: from
11 Ye made also a ditch between the the land of Chittim it is revealed to them. two walls for the water of the old pool; 2 Be still, ye inhabitants of the isle ; but ye have not looked unto the maker thou whom the merchants of Zidon, that thereof, neither had respect unto him that pass over the sea, have replenished. fashioned it long ago.
3 And by great waters the seed of Si. 12 And in that day did the Lord God hor, the barvest of the river, is her reof hosts call to weeping, and to mourning, venue; and she is a mart of nations. and to baldness, and to girding with sack- 4 Be thou ashamed, O Zidon : for the cloth:
sea hath spoken, even the strength of the 13 And behold joy and gladness, slay- sea, saying, I travail pot, nor bring forth ing oxen, and killing sheep, eating flesh, children, neither do I nourish up young and drinking wine: let us eat and drink; men, nor bring up virgins. for to-morrow we shall die.
5 As at the report concerning Egypt, so 14. And it was revealed in mine ears by shall they be sorely pained at the report the LORD of hosts, Surely this iniquity of Tyre. shall not be purged from you till ye die, 6 Pass ye over to Tarshish; howl, ye saith the Lord God of hosts.
inhabitants of the isle. 151 Thus saith the Lord God of hosts, 7 Is this your joyous city, whose antiquity Go, get thee unto this treasurer, even unto is of ancient days? her own feet shall carry Shebna, which is over the house, and say, her afar off to sojourn.
16 What hast thou here? and whom 8 Who hath taken this counsel against bast thou here, that thou hast hewed thee Tyre, the crowning city, whose merchants oui a sepulchre here, as he that heweth are princes, whose traffickers are the hobim out a sepulchre on high, and that nourable of the earth? graveth a habitation for himself in a rock? 9 The Lord of hosts hath purposed it,
17 Behold, the LORD will carry thee to stain the pride of all glory, and to bring away with a mighty captivity, and will into contempt all the honourable of the surely cover thee.
earth. 18 He will surely violently turn and toss 10 Pass through thy land as a river, O thee like a ball into a large country: there daughter of Tarshish: there is no more shalt thou die, and there the chariots of strength. thy glory shall be the shame of thy lord's 11 He stretched out his hand over the bouse,
sea, he shook the kingdoms: the LORD
· God's judgment for sin .
ISAIAH. He is praised by a remnant. hath given a commandment against the 8 The mirth of tabrets ceaseth, the noise merchant-city, to destroy the strong holds of them that rejoice endeth, the joy of the thereof.
harp ceaseth. 12 And he said, Thou shalt no more re- 9 They shall not drink wine with a song; joice, Othou oppressed virgin, daughter of strong drink shall be bitter to them that Zidon: arise, pass over to Chittim ; there drink it. also shalt thou have no rest.
10 The city of confusion is broken down: 13 Behold the land of the Chaldeans; every house is shut up, that no man may this people was not, till the Assyrian come in. founded it for them that dwell in the wil- 11 There is a crying for wine in the derness: they set up the towers thereof, streets ; all joy is darkened, the mirth of they raised up the palaces thereof, and he the land is gone. brought it to ruin.
12 In the city is left desolation, and tbe 14 Howl, ye ships of Tarshish: for your gate is smitten with destruction. strength is laid waste.
13 9 When thus it shall be in the midst 15 And it shall come to pass in that day, of the land among the people, there shall that Tyre shall be forgotten seventy years, be as the shaking of an olivestree, and as according to the days of one king : after the gleaning-grapes when the vintage is the end of seventy years shall Tyre sing done. as a harlot.
14 They shall lift up their voice, they 16 Take a barp, go about the city, shall sing for the majesty of the LORD, thou harlot that hast been forgotten; make they shall cry aloud from the sea. sweet melody, sing many songs, that thou 15 Wherefore glorify ye the LORD in mayest be remembered.
the fires, even the name of the Lord God 17 1 And it shall come to pass after the of Israel in the isles of the sea. end of seventy years, that the Lord will 16 From the uttermost part of the visit Tyre, and she shall turn to her hire, earth have we heard songs, even glory to and shall commit fornication with all the the righteous. But I said, My leanness, kingdoms of the world upon the face of my leanness, wo unto me! the treacherous the earth.
dealers have dealt treacherously; yea, the 18 And her merchandise and her hire treacherous dealers have dealtvery treachshall be holiness to the LORD: it shall not erously. be treasured nor laid up; for her merchan- 17 Fear, and the pit, and the snare, are dise shall be for them that dwell before upon thee, O inhabitant of the earth. the LORD, to eat sufficiently, and for dura- 18 And it shall come to pass, that he ble clothing
who fleeth from the noise of the fear shall CHAP. XXIV.
fall into the pit; and he that cometh up empty, and maketh it waste, and in the snare : for the windows from on turneth it upside down, and scattereth bigh are open, and the foundations of the abroad the inhabitants thereof.
earth do shake. 2 And it shall be, as with the people, so 19 The earth is utterly broken down, with the priest; as with the servant, so the earth is clean dissolved, the earth is with his master; as with the maid, so with moved exceedingly. her mistress; as with the buyer, so with 20 The earth shall reel to and fro like the seller; as with the lender, so with the a drunkard, and shall be removed like a borrower; as with the taker of usury, so cottage ; and the transgression thereof with the giver of usury to him. shall be heavy upon it; and it shall fall,
3 The land shall be utterly emptied, and not rise again. and utterly spoiled: for the Lord hath 21 And it shall come to pass in that day, spoken this word.
that the Lord shall punish the host of the 4 The earth mourneth and fadeth away, high ones that are on high, and the kings the world languisheth and fadeth away, of the earth upon the earth. the haughty people of the earth do lan- 22 And they shall be gathered together, guish.
as prisoners are gathered in the pit, and 5 The earth also is defiled under the shall be shut up in the prison, and after inhabitants thereof; because they have many days shall they be visited. transgressed the laws, changed the ordi- 23 Then the moon shall be confounded, nance, broken the everlasting covenant. and the sun ashamed, when the LORD of
6 Therefore hath the curse devoured hosts shall reign in mount Zion, and in Jethe earth, and they that dwell therein are rusalem, and before his ancients gloriously. desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the
CHAP. XXV. earth are burned, and few men left. The new sine mourneth, the vinelO LORD)thou art my God; I will
exalt thee, I will praise thy name; languisheth, all the merry-hearted do sigo. for thou hast done wonderful things; thy
Of confidence in God.
CHAP. XXVI. His coming to judgment. counsels of old are faithfulness and truth. 6 The foot shall tread it down, even the
2 For thou hast made of a city a heap ; feet of the poor, and the steps of the needy. of a defenced city a ruin: a palace of stran- 7 The way of the just is uprightness : gers to be no city; it shall never be built. thou, most upright, dost weigh the path of
3 Therefore shall the strong people the just. glorify thee, the city of the terrible na- 8 Yea, in the way of thy judgments, O tions shall fear thee.
LORD, have we waited for thee; the de4 For thou hast been a strength to the sire of our soul is to thy name, and to the poor, a strength to the needy in his dis- remembrance of thee. tress, a refuge from the storm, a shado 9 With my soul have I red thee in from the heat, when the blast of the terri- the night ; yea, with my spirit within me ble ones is as a storm against the wall. will I seek ihee early : for when thy judg..
5 Thou shalt bring down the noise of ments are in the earth; the inhabitants of strangers, as the heat in a dry place; even the world will learn righteousness. the heat with the shadow of a cloud : the 10 Let favour be shewed to the wicked, branch of the terrible ones shall be brought yet will he not learn righteousness : in the low.
land of uprightness will he deal unjustly, 6 And in this mountain shall the Lord and will not bebold the majesty of the of hosts make unto all people a feast of fat LORD. things, a feast of wines on the lees; of fat 11 LORD, when thy hand is lifted up, things full of marrow, of wines on the lees they will not see: bui they shall see, and well refined.
be ashamed for their envy at the people ; 7 And he will destroy in this mountain yea, the fire of thine enemies shall devour the face of the covering cast over all peo-them. ple, and the vail that is spread over all 12 | LORD, thou wilt ordain peace for tions.
us : for thou also hast wrought all our 8 He will swallow up death in victory; works in us. and the Lord God will wipe away tears 13 O LORD our God, other lords besides from off all faces; and the rebuke of his thee have bad dominion over us; but by people sball lie take away from off all the thee only will we make mention of thy earth: for the Lord hath spoken it.
9 TAnd it shall be said in that day, Lo, 14 They are dead, they shall not live ; this is our God; we have waited for him, they are deceased, they shall not rise : and he will save us : this is the LORD; we therefore hast thou visited and destroyed have waited for him, we will be glad and them, and made all their memory to perish. rejoice in his salvation.
15 Thou hast increased the nation, O 10 For in this mountain shall the hand LORD, thou hast increased the nation ; of the Lord rest, and Moab shall be trod-thou art glorified; thou hadst removed it far den down under him, even as straw is unto all the ends of the earth. trodden down for the dunghill.
16 Lord, in trouble have they visited 11 And he shall spread forth his hands thee; they poured out a prayer when thy in the midst of them, as he that swimmeth chastening was upon them. spreadeth forth his hands to swim : and he 17 Like as a woman with child, that shall bring down their pride together with draweth near the time of her delivery, is the spoils of their hands.
in pain, and crieth out in her pangs ; so 12 And the fortress of the high fort of have we been in thy sight, O LORD. thy walls shall he bring down, lay low, and 18 We have been with child, we have bring to the ground, even to the dust. been in pain, we have as it were brought CHAP. XXVI.
forth wind; we have not wrought any deIN N that day shall this song be sung in the liverance in the earth ; neither have the
land of Judah ; We have a strong city; inhabitants of the world fallen. salvation will God appoint for walls and 19 Thy dead men shall live, together? bulwarks.
with my dead body shall they arise. 2. Open ye the gates, that the righteous Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for aation which keepeththe iruth may enterin. thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the
3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, earth shall cast out the dead. whose mind is stayed on thee : because he 20 T Come, my people, enter thou into trusteth in thee.
thy chambers, and shut thy doors about 4. Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for thee : hide thyself as it were for a little in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting moment, until the indignation be overpast. strength:
21 For behold, the Lord cometh out of 5 | For he bringeth down them that his place to punish the inhabitants of the dwell on high; the lofty city, he layeth it earth for their iniquity: the earth also low; he layeth it low, even to the g:ound ; shall disclose her blood, and shall no more he bringeth it even to the dust.
cover her slain.
God's care over his vincyard. ISAIAII.
Ephrain is threatened. CHAP. XXVII.
ja destroying storm, as a flood of mighty N In shall cast down to the
great and strong sword shall punish le- earth with the band. viaihan the piercing serpent, even levia- 3 The crown of pride, the drunkards of than that crooked serpent; and he shall slay Ephraim, shall be trodden under feet: the dragon that is in the sea.
4 And the glorious beauty, which is on 2 In that day sing ye unto her, A vine- the head of the fat valley, shall be a fading yard of red wine.
flower, and as the hasty fruit before the 3 I the Lord do keep it; I will water it summer; which
hen he that looketh upon every moment: lest any hurt it, I will keep it, seeth, while it is yet in his hand he it night and day.
eateth it up. 4 Fury is not in me: who would set the 5. In that day shall the LORD of hosts briers and thorns against me in battle? 1 be for a crown of glory, and for a diadem would go through them, I would burn them of beauty, unto the residue of his people, together.
6 And for a spirit of judgment to him 5 Or let him take hold of my strength, that sitteth in judgment, and for strength that he may make peace with me, and he to them that turn the battle to the gate. shall make peace with me.
7 | But they also have erred through 6 He shall cause them that come of Ja- wine, and through strong drink are out of coh to take root : Israel shall blossom and the way; the priest and the prophet have bud, and fill the face of the world with fruit. erred through strong drink, they are swal
7 Hath be smitten him, as he smote lowed up of wine, they are out of the way those that smote him? or is he slain ac- through strong drink; they err in vision, cording to the slaughter of them that are they stumble in judgment. slain by him?
8. For all tables are full of romit and 8 In measure, when it shooteth forth, filthiness, so that there is no place clean. thou wilt debate with it: he stayeth his 9 | Whom shall be teach knowledge? rough wind in the day of the east wind. and whom shall he make to understand
9 By this therefore shall the iniquity of doctrine? them that are weaned from the Jacob be purged; and this is all the fruit milk, and drawn from the breasts. to take
when he maketh all 10 For precept must be upon precept, the stones of the altar as-chalk stones that precept upon precept; line upon line, line are beaten in sunder, the groves and upon line; here a little, and there a little : inages shall not stand up.
11 For with stammering lips and another 10 Yet the defenced city shall be deso- tongue will he speak to this people. late, and the habitation forsaken, and left 12 To whom he said, This is the rest like a wilderness: there shall the calf feed, wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and there shall he lie down, and consume and this is the refreshing : yet they would the branches thereof.
not hear. 11 When the boughs thereof are wither- 13 But the word of the LORD was unto ed, they shall be broken off: the women them, precept upon precept, precept upon come and set them on fire: for it is a peo- precept; line upon line, line upon line; ple of no understanding: therefore he that here a little, and there a little; that they made them will not have mercy on them, might go, and fall backward, and be and he that formed them will shew them broken, and snared, and taken. no favour.
14 | Wherefore hear the word of the 12 1 And it shall come to pass in that Lord, ye scornful men, that rule this peoday, that the Lord shall beat off from the ple which is in Jerusalem. channel of the river unto the stream of 15 Because ye have said, We have made Egypt, and ye shall be gathered one by a covenant with death, and with hell are one, Oye children of Israel.
we at agreement; when the overflowing 13 And it shall come to pass in that day, scourge shall pass through, it shall not come that the great trumpet shall be blown, and unto us : for we have made lies our refuge, they shall come which were ready to perish and under falsehood have wehidourselves: in the land of Assyria, and the outcasts in 16 | Therefore thus saith the Lord the land of Egypt, and shall worship the God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundaLord in the holy mount at Jerusalem. tion a stone, a tried stone, a precious corCHAP. XXVIII.
ner stone, a sure foundation: he that be. TO to the crownoi pride, to the drunk-lieveth shall not make haste.
ards of Ephraim, whose glorious 17 Judgment also will I lay to the line, beauty is a fading flower, which are on and righteousness to the plummet: and the the head of the fat valleys of them that are hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and overcome with wine!
the waters shall overflow the hiding-place. 2 Behold, the Lord hath a mighty and 18 - And your covenant with death strong one, which as a tempest or hail and shall be disannulled, and your agreement