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God's judgment upon Jerusalem. CHAP. XXIX. 1 promise of better times. with hell shall not stand; when the over-that passeth away: yea,it shall be at an flowing scourge shall pass through, then instant suddenly. yc shall be trodden down by it.
6 Thou shali be visited of the LORD of 19 From the time that it goeth forth it hosts with thunder, and with earthquake, shall take you: for morning by morning and great noise, with storm and tempest, shall it pass over, by day and by night: and the flame of devouring fire. and it shall be a vexation only to under- 7 | And the multitude of all the nations stand the report.
that fight against Ariel, even all that fight 20 For the bed is shorter than that a against her and her munition, and that dis. man can stretch himself on it: and the tress her, shall be as a dream of a nightcovering narrower than that he can wrap vision. himself in it.
8. It shall even be as when a hungry 21 For the LORD shall rise up as in man dreameth, and behold, he eateth ; but mount Perazim, he shall be wroth as in he awaketh, and his soul is empty: or as the valley'of Gibeon, that he may do his when a thirsty man dreameth, and bework, his strange work; and bring to pass hold, he drinketh ; but he awaketh, and his act, his strange act.
behold, he is faint, and his soul hath appe22 Now therefore be ye not mockers, tite: so shall the multitude of all the nalest your bands be made strong: for 1 tions be, that fight against mount Zion. have heard from the Lord God of hosts a 9 | Stay yourselves, and wonder; cry consumption, even determined upon the ye out, and cry: they are drunken, but whole earth.
not with wine; they stagger, but not with 23 | Give ye ear, and hear my voice; strong drink. hearken, and hear my speech.
10 For the Lord hath poured out upon 24 Doth the ploughman plough all day you the spirit of deep sleep, and hath to sow? doth he open and break the clods closed your eyes: the prophets and your of bis ground?
rulers, the seers hath he covered. 25 When he hath made plain the face 11 And the vision of all is become unto thereof, doth he not cast abroad the fitch-you as the words of a book that is sealed,
es, and scatter the cummin, and cast in which men deliver to one that is learned, ; the principal wheat, and the appointed saying, Read this, I pray thee : and he barley, and the rye in their place? saith, I cannot; for it is sealed:
26" For his God doth instruct him to dis- 12 And the book is delivered to him cretion, and doth teach him.
that is not learned, saying, Read this, I 27 For the fitches are not threshed with pray thee: and he saith, I am not learned. a threshing instrument, neither is a cart- 13 TWherefore the LORD said, Foraswheel turned about upon the cummin; but much as this people draw near me with the fitches are beaten out with a staff, and their mouth, and with their lips do honour the cummin with a rod.
me, but have removed their heart far from 28 Bread-corn is bruised; because he me, and their fear toward me is taught will not ever be threshing it, nor break it by the precept of men: with the wheel of his cart, nor bruise it 14 Therefore behold, I will proceed to with his horsemen.
do a marvellous work among this people, 29 This also cometh forth from the even a marvellous work and a wonder: LORD of hosts, which is wonderful in coun- for the wisdom of their wise men shall sel, and excellent in working.
perish, and the understanding of their pru.
dent men shall be bid.
15 Wo unto them that seek deep to hide David dwelt! add ye year to year; their counsel from the LORD, and their let them kill sacrifices.
works are in the dark, and they say, Who 2. Yet I will distress Ariel, and there seeth us? and who knoweth us? shall be heaviness and sorrow : and it shall 16 Surely your turning of things upside be unto me as Ariel.
down shall be esteemed as the potter's 3 And I will camp against thee round clay: for shall the work say of him that about, and will lay siege against thee with made it, He made me not? or shall the a mount, and I will raise forts against thee. thing framed say of him that framed it,
4 And thou shalt be brought down, and He had no understanding? shalt speak out of the ground, and thy 17 Is it not yet a very little wbile, and speech shall be low out of the dust, and Lebanon shall be turned into a fruitful thy voice shall be, as of one that hath a field, and the fruitful field shall be esteemfamiliar spirit, out of the ground, and thy ed as a forest? speech shall whisper out of the dust. 18 | And in that day shall the deaf hear
5 Moreover, the multitude of thy stran- the words of the book, and the eyes of gers shall be like small dust, and the mul- the blind shall see out of obscurity, and titude of the terrible ones shall be as chaff out of darkness.
Woto Ariel, to Ariel, the city where
The people threatened for their ISAIAH.
contempt of God's word. 19 The meek also shall increase their of Israel, Because ye despise this word, joy in the Lord, and the poor among men and trust in oppression and perverseness, shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel. and stay thereon :
20 For the terrible one is brought to 13 Therefore this iniquity shall be to you nought, and the scorner is consumed, and as a breach ready to fall, swelling out in a all that watch for iniquity are cut off : high wall, whose breaking cometh sudden
21 That make a man an offender for a ly at an instant. word, and lay a snare »for him that re- 14 And he shall break it as the breakproveth in the gate, and turn aside the ing of the potter's vessel that is broken in just for a thing of nought.
pieces; he shall not spare : so that there 22 Therefore thus saith the LORD, who shall not be found in the bursting of it a redeemed Abraham, concerning the house sherd to take fire from the hearth, or to of Jacob, Jacob shall not now be ashamed, take water withul out of the pit. peither shall his face now wax pale. 15 For thus saith the Lord God, the
23 But when he seeth his children, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest work of mine hands, in the midst of him, shall ye be saved ; in quietness and in conthey shall sanctify my name, and sanctify fidence shall be your strength: and ye the Holy One of Jacob, and shall fear the would not. God of Israel.
16 But ye said, No; for we will flee up24 They also that erred in spirit shall on horses; therefore shall ye fee : and, come to understanding, and they that mur- We will ride upon the swift; therefore mured shall learn doctrine.
shall they that pursue you be swift. CHAP. XXX.
17 One thousand shall fee at the rebuke TO
the LORD, that take counsel, but till ye be left as a beacon upon the top of pot of me; and that cover with a covering, a mountain, and as an ensigu on a hill.
; but not of my Spirit, that they may add sin 18 | And therefore will the LORD wait, to sin :
that he may be gracious unto you, and 2 That walk to go down into Egypt, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have not asked at my mouth; to strength have mercy upon you: for the LORD is a en themselves in the strength of Pharaoh, God of judgment : blessed are all they and to trust in the shadow of Egypt ! that wait for him.
3 Therefore shall the strength of Pha- 19 For the people shall dwell in Zion raoh be your shame, and the trust in the at Jerusalem : thou shalt weep no more: shadow of Egypt your confusion. he will be very gracious unto thee at the
4 For his princes were at Zoan, and his voice of thy cry; when he shall hear it, he ambassadors came to Hanes.
will answer thee. 5 They were all ashamed of a people 20 And though the Lord give you the that could not profit them, nor be a help bread of adversity, and the water of afilic, nor profit, but a shame, and also a reproach. tion, yet shall not thy teachers be removed
6 The burden of the beasts of the south: into a corner any more, but thine eyes shall into the land of trouble and anguish, from see thy teachers : whence come the young and old lion, the 21 And thine ears shall hear a word be. viper and fiery, flying serpent, they will hind thee, saying, This is the way, walk carry their riches upon the shoulders of ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, young asses, and their treasures upon the and when ye turn to the left. bunches of camels, to a people that shall 22 Ye shall detile also the covering of not profit thein.
thy graven images of silver, and the orna7 For the Egyptians shall help in vain, ment of thy molten images of gold: thou and to no purpose : therefore have I cried shalt cast them away as a menstruous cloth; concerning this, Their strength is tosit still. thou shalt say unto it, Get thee hence.
8 | Now go, write it before them in a 23 Then shall he give the rain of the table, and note it in a book, that it may be seed, that thou shalt sow the ground witbal; for the time to come for ever and ever: and bread of the increase of the earth, and
9 That this is a rebellious people, lying it shall be fat and plenteous: in that day children, children that will not hear the shall thy cattle feed in large pastures. law of the LORD:
24 The oxen likewise and the young 10 Which say to the seers, See not; and asses that ear the ground shall eat clean to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right provender, which hath been winnowed things, speak unto us smooth things, pro- with the shovel and with the fan. phesy deceits :
25 And there shall be upon every high 11 Get you out of the way, turn aside mountain, and upon every bigb bill, rivers out of the path, cause the Holy One of and streams of waters in the day of the Israel to cease from before us.
great slaughter, when the towers fall. 12 Wherefore thus saith the Holy One 26 Moreover the light of the moon sbal
The evil of forsaking God. CHAP. XXXI, XXXII.Blessings of Christ's kingdoin. be as the light of the sun, and the light of 5 As birds flying, so will the Lord of the sun shall be sevenfold, as the light of hosts defend Jerusalem; defending also he seven days, in the day that the LORD bind- will deliver it; and passing over he will eth up the breach of his people, and heal- preserve it. eth the stroke of their wound.
6 1 Turn ye unto him from whom the 27 | Bebold, the name of the LORD children of Israel bave deeply revolted. cometh from far, burning with his anger, 7 For in that day every man shall cast and the burden thereof is heavy: his lips away bis idols of silver, and his idols of are full of indignation, and his tongue as gold, which your own hands have made a devouring fire :
unto you for a sin. 28 And his breath, as an overflowing 8 T Then shall the Assyrian fall with stream, shall reach to the midst of the the sword, not of a mighty man ; and the neck, to sift the nations with the sieve of sword, not of a mean man, shall devour vanity: and there shall be a bridle in the bim: but he shall flee from the sword, and jaws of the people, causing them to err. his young men shall be discomfited.
29 Ye shall bave a song, as in the night 9 And he shall pass over to his strong when a holy solemnity is kept; and glad-hold for fear, and his princes shall be ness of heart, as when one goeth with a afraid of the ensign, saith the Lord, pipe to come into the mountain of the whose fire is in Zion, and his furnace in LORD, to the Mighty One of Israel. Jerusalem. 30 And the LORD shall cause his glori
CHAP. XXXII. ous voice to be heard, and shall shew the EHOLD, a King shall reign in rightdignation of his anger, and with the flame judgment. of a devouring fire, with scattering, and 2 And a man shall be as a hiding-place tempest, and hail-stones.
from the wind, and a covert from the tem3i For through the voice of the LORD pest ; as rivers of water in a dry place, as shall the Assyrian be beaten down, which the shadow of a great rock in a weary smote with a rod.
land. 32 And in every place where the 3 And the eyes of them that see shall grounded staff shall pass, which the LORD not be dim, and the ears of them that hear shall lay upon him, it shall be with tabrets shall hearken. and harps : and in battles of shaking will 4 The heart also of the rash shall unhe fight with it.
derstand knowledge, and the tongue of the 33 For Tophet is ordained of old; yea, stammerers shall be ready to speak plainly. for the king it is prepared; he hath made 5 The vile person shall be no more callit deep and large; the pile thereof is fire ed liberal, nor the churlsaid to be bountiful. and much wood; the breath of the LORD, 6 For the vile person will speak villany, like a stream of brimstone, doth kindle it. and his heart will work iniquity, to pracCHAP. XXXI.
tise hypocrisy, and to utter error against Wo to them that go down to Egypt the LORD, to make empty the soul of the trust in chariots, because they are many; thirsty to fail. and in horsemen, because they are very
7 The instruments also of the churl are strong; but they look not unto the Holy evil : he deviseth wicked devices to deOne of Israel, neither seek the LORD! stroy the poor with lying words, even
? Yet he also is wise, and will bring when the needy speaketh right. evil, and will not call back his words: but 8 But the liberal deviseth liberal things; will arise against the house of the evil- and by liberal things shall he stand. doers, and against the help of them that 9 9 Rise up, ye women that are at ease; work iniquity.
hear my voice, ye careless daughters; 3 Now the Egyptians are men, and not give ear unto my speech. God; and their horses flesh, and not spirit. 10 Many days and years shall ye be When the Lord shall stretch out his hand, troubled, ye careless women; for the vin- · both be that helpeth shall fall, and he that tage shall fail, the gathering shall not come. is holpen shall fall down, and they all 11 Tremble, ye women that are at ease; shall fail together.
be troubled, ye careless ones : strip you, 4 For thus bath the Lord spoken unto and make you bare, and gird sackcloth upon me, Like as the lion and the young lion your loins. roaring on his prey, when a multitude 12 They shall lament for the teats, for of shepherds is called forth against him, the pleasant fields, for the fruitful vine. he will not be afraid of their voice, nor 13 Upon the land of my people shall abase himself for the noise of them : so come up thorns and briers; yea, upon all shall the Lord of hosts come down to fight the houses of joy in the joyous city : for mount Zion, and for the bill thereof. 14 Because the palaces shall be for
Judgments in behalf of the church. ISAIAH. The privileges of the godly. saken; the multitude of the city shall be bring forth stubble : your breath, as fire, left; the forts and towers shall be for dens shall devour you. for ever, a joy of wild asses, a pasture of 12 And the people shall be as the burgflocks;
ings of lime; as thorns cut up shall they 15 Until the Spirit be poured upon us be burned in the fire. from on high, and the wilderness be a 13 TM Hear, ye that are far off, what I fruitful field, and, the fruitful field be have done; and ye that are near, acknox. counted for a forest.
ledge my might. 16 Then judgment shall dwell in the 14 The sinners in Zion are afraid ; fearwilderness, and righteousness remain in fulness hath surprised the hypocrites. the fruitful field.
Who among us shall dwell with the de17 And the work of righteousness shall vouring fire? who among us shall dwell be peace; and the effect of righteousness, with everlasting burnings? quietness and assurance for ever.
15 He that walketh righteously, and 18 And my people shall dwell in a speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth the peaceable habitation, and in sure dwell- gain of oppressions, that shaketh his hands ings, and in quiet resting-places, from holding of bribes, that stoppeth bis
19 When it shall hail, coming down on ears from hearing of blood, and shutteth the forest; and the city shall be low in a bis eyes from seeing evil;. low place.
16 He shall dwell on high: his place of 20 Blessed are ye that sow beside all defence shall be the munitions of rocks: waters, that send forth thither the feet of bread shall be given him; his waters shall the ox and the ass. CHAP. XXXIII.
17 Thine eyes shall see the King in his To to thee that spoilest, and thou beauty: they shall behold the land that is
wast not spoiled; and dealest very far off. treacherously, and they dealt not treache- 18 Thine heart shall meditate terror. rously with thee! when thou shalt cease Where is the scribe? where is the receiver? to spoil, thou shalt be spoiled; and when where is he that counted the towers? thou shalt make an end to deal treache- 19 Thou shalt not see a fierce people, a rously, they shall deal treacherously with people of deeper speech than thou canst thee.
perceive ; of a stammering tongue, that 2 0 LORD, be gracious unto us; we thou canst not understand. have waited for thee : be thou their arm 20 Look upon Zion, the city of our 80every morning, our salvation also in the lemnities: thine eyes shall see Jerusalem time of trouble.
a quiet habitation, a tabernacle that shall 3 At the noise of the tumult the people not be taken down; not one of the stakes Aled; at the lifting up of thyself the nations thereof shall ever be removed, neither were scattered.
shall any of the cords thereof be broken. 4 And your spoil shall be gathered like 21 But there the glorious LORD will be the gathering of the caterpillar: as the unto us a place of broad rivers and streams; running to and fro of locusts shall he run wherein shall go no galley with oars, neiupon them.
ther shall gallant ship pass thereby. 5 The Lord is exalted; for he dwelleth 22 For the LORD is our judge, the on high: he hath filled Zion with judg- Lord is our lawgiver, the LORD is our ment and righteousness.
King; he will save us. 6 And wisdom and knowledge shall be 23 Thy tacklings are loosed; they could the stability of thy times, and strength of not well strengthen their mast, they could salvation : the fear of the Lord is his not spread the sail: then is the prey of a treasure
great spoil divided; the lame take the prey: 7 Behold, their valiant ones shall cry 24 Ånd the inhabitant shall not say, I without: the ambassadors of peace shall am sick: the people that dwell therein weep bitterly.
shall be forgiven their iniquity. 8 The highways lie waste, the way.
CHAP. XXXIV. faring man ceaseth: he hath broken the cheekumar, e people :'let the earth
ye nations, to ; and covenant, he bath despised the cities, he regardeth no man.
hear, and all that is therein; the world, 9 The earth mourneth and languisheth: and all things that come forth of it. Lebanon is ashamed and hewn down : 2 For the indignation of the LORD is Sharon is like a wilderness;
and Bashan upon all nations, and his fury upon all and Carmel shake off their fruits. their armies: he hath utterly destroyed
10 Now will I rise, saith the Lord; them, he hath delivered them to the now will I be exalted ; now will I lift up slaughter: myself.
3 Their slain also shall be cast out, and 11 Ye shall conceive chaff, ye shall their stink shall come up out of their
4 And all the host of heaven shall be dis- THE wilderness and the solitary place
Fate of the church's enemies. CHAP. XXXV, XXXVI. Of Christ's kingdom. careasses, and the mountains shall be melt
CHAP. XXXV. ed with their blood.
shall be glad for them; and the desolved, and the heavens shall be rolled sert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose. together as a scroll: and all their host 2 It shall blossom abundantly, and reshall fall down, as the leaf falleth off from joice, even with joy and singing: the the vine, and as a falling fig from the fig- glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, tree.
the excellency of Carmel and Sharon, . 5 For my sword shall be bathed in hea- they shall see the glory of the Lord, and ven: behold, it shall come down upon the excellency of our God. Idumea, and upon the people of my curse, 31 Strengthen ye the weak hands, and to judgment.
confirm the feeble knees. 6 The sword of the Lord is filled with 4 Say to them that are of a fearful heart, blood, it is made fat with fatness, and Be strong, fear not: behold, your God with the blood of lambs and goats, with will come with vengeance, even God with the fat of the kidneys of rams: for the a recompense; he will come and save you. Lord hath a sacrifice in Bozrah, and a 5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be great slaughter in the land of Idumea. opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be
7 And the unicorns shall come down unstopped. with them, and the bullocks with the bulls; 6 Then shall the lame man leap as a and their land shall be soaked with blood, hart, and the tongue of the dumb shall and their dust made fat with fatness. sing : for in the wilderness shall waters
8 For it is the day of the Lord's ven- break out, and streams in the desert. geance, and the year of recompences for 7 And the parched ground shall become the controversy of Zion.
a pool, and the thirsty land springs of wa9 And the streams thereof shall be turn- ter: in the habitation of dragons, where ed into pitch, and the dust thereof into each lay, shall be grass with reeds and brimstone, and the land thereof shall be- rushes. come burning pitch.
8 And a highway shall be there, and 10 It shall not be quenched night nor a way, and it shall be called, The way of day; the smoke thereof shall go up for holiness; the unclean shall not pass over ever: from generation to generation it it; but it shall be for those : the way-faring shall lie waste; none shall pass through it men, though fools, shall not err therein. for ever and ever..
9 No lion shall be there, nor any raven11 | But the cormorant and the bittern ous beast shall go up thereon, it shall not shall possess it; the owl also and the be found there, but the redeemed shall raven shall dwell in it and he shall walk there: stretch out upon it the line of confusion, 10 And the ransomed of the Lord shall and the stones of emptiness.
return, and come to Zion with songs and 12 They shall call the pobles thereof to everlasting joy upon their heads : they the kingdom, but none shall be there, and shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow all her princes shall be nothing. and sighing shall flee away. 13 And thorns shall come up in her
CHAP. XXXVI. palaces, nettles and brambles in the fortresses thereof: and it shall be a habita
TOW it came to pass in the fourteenth N
year of king Hezekiah, that Senna. tion of dragons, and a court for owls. cherib king of Assyria came up against all
14 The wild beasts of the desert shall the defenced cities of Judah, and took also meet with the wild beasts of the them. island, and the satyrshall cry to his fellow; 2 And the king of Assyria sent Rabthe screech-owl also shall rest there, and shakeh from Lachish to Jerusalem unto find for herself a place of rest.
king Hezekiah with a great army. And 15 There shall the great owl make her he stood by the conduit of the upper pool nest, and lay, and hatch, and gather under in the highway of the fuller’s field. her shadow : there shall the vultures also 3 Then came forth unto him Eliakim, be gathered, every one with her mate. Hilkiah's son, which was over the house,
16 | Seek ye out of the book of the and Shebna the scribe, and Joah, Asaph's Lord, and read: no one of these shall fail, son, the recorder. none shall want her mate: for my mouth 4 And Rabshakeh said unto them, it hath commanded, and his spirit it hath Say ye now to Hezekiah, Thus saith the gathered them.
great king, the king of Assyria, What 17 And he hath cast the lot for them, confidence is this wherein thou trustes.! and his hand hath divided it unto them by 5 I say, sayest thou (but they are but line : they shall possess it for ever, from vain words) I have counsel and strength generation to generation shall they dwell for war: now on whom dost thou trust, that therein.
thou rebellest against me?