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ISAIAH.

The vanity of idols. darkness, and hidden riches of secret led the earth and made it ; he hath estabplaces, that thou mayest know that I, the lished it, he created it not in vain, he LORD), which call thee by thy name, am | formed it to be inhabited: I am the the God of Israel

Lord; and there is none else. 4 For Jacob my servant's sake, and Is- il 19 I have not spoken in secret, in a rael mine elect, I have even called thee dark place of the earth : I said not unto by thy name: I have surnamed thee, the seed of Jacob, Seek ye me in vain : though thou hast not known me.

I the LORD speak righteousness, I declare 5 ! I am the LORD, and there is none || things that are right. else, there is no God beside me: I girded 20 | Assemble yourselves and come ; thee, though thou hast not known nie: draw near together, ye that arc escaped

6 That they may know from the rising of the nations : they have no knowledge of the sun, and from the west, that there that set up the wood of their graven imis none beside me. I am the LORD, and age, and pray unto a god that cannot there is none else.

7 I form the light, and create dark- || 21 Tell ye, and bring them near ; yea, ness: I make peace, and create evil: I let them take counsel together: who the Lord do all these things.

hath declared this from ancient time? 8 Drop down, ye heavens, from above, who hath told it from that time I have and let the skies pour down righteous not I the Lord? and there is no God else ness : let the earth open, and let them beside me; a just God and a Saviour; bring forth salvation, and let righteous- there is none beside me. ness spring up together; I. the LORD 22 Look unto me, and be ye saved, all have created it.

the ends of the earth : for I am God, and 9 Woe unto him that striveth with his there is none else. Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the 23 I have sworn by myself, the word potsherds of the earth. Shall the clay say is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, to him that fashionethic, What makest and shall not return, That unto me evthou ? or thy work, He hath no hands? llery knee shall bow, every tongue sha!

10 Woe unto him that saith unto his swear. father, What begettest thou ? or to the 24 Surely, shall one say, In the LORD woman, What hast thou brought forth ? ' have I righteousness and strength : even

11 Thus saith the LORD, the Holy to him shall men come ; and all that are One of Israel, and his Maker, Ask me incensed against him shall be ashamed. of things to come concerning my sons, 25 In the LORD shall all the seed of Isand concerning the work of my handsrael be justified, and shall glory. command ye me.

CHAP. XLVI. 12 I have made the earth, and created 1 The idols of Babylon could not save man upon it : I, even my hands, have themselves. 3 God saveth his people to stretched out the heavens, and all their the end. 5 Idols not comparable to God. host have I commanded.

REL boweth down, Nebo stoopeth, 13 I have raised him up in righteous-\| D their idols were upon the beasts, and ness, and I will direct all his ways : he upon the cattle : your carriages were shall build my city, and he shall let go ! heavy loaden; they are a burden to the my captives, not for price nor reward, weary beast. saith the LORD of hosts.

2 They stoop, they bow down together ; 14 Thus saith the LORD, The labour of they could not deliver the burden, but Egypt, and merchandise of Ethiopia and themselves are gone into captivity. of the Sabeans, men of stature, shall come 3 | Hearken unto me, 0 house of Jaover unto thce, and they shall be thine: cob, and all the remnant of the house of they shall come after thee; in chains they Israel, which are born by me from the shall come over, and they shall fall down belly, which are carried from the womb : unto thee, they shall make supplication i 4 And even to your old age I am he ; unto thee, saying, Surely God is in thee; l and even to hoar hairs will I carry you : and there is none else, there is no God. I have made, and I will bear; even I will

15 Verily thou art a God that hidest carry, and will deliver you. thyself, O God of Israel, the Saviour. 5 f To whom will ye liken me, and

16 They shall be ashamed, and also con make me equal, and compare me, that founded, all of them : they shall go to con we may be like? fusion together that are makers of idols. 6 They lavish gold out of the bag, and

17 But Israel shall be saved in the weigh silver in the balance, and hire a LORD with an everlasting salvation : yel goldsmith; and he maketh it a god : shall not be ashamed nor confounded they fall down, yea, they worship. world without end.

7 They bear him upon the shoulder, 18 For thus saith the LORD that creat- | they carry him, and set him in his place, ed the heavens ; God himself that forma li and he standeth; from his place shall he

God's judgment on Babylon, CHAP. XLVIII. He revealeth his prophecies. 575 not remove : yea, one shall cry unto him, || titude of thy sorceries, and for the great yet can he not answer, nor save 'him out abundance of thine enchantments. of his trouble.

10 | For thou hast trusted in thy wick8 Remember this, and shew yourselvesedness : thou hast said, None seeth me men : bring it again to mind, ye trans Thy wisdom and thy knowledge, it hath gressors.

I perverted thee; and thou hast said in 9 Reinember the former things of old : ibine heart, I am, and none else beside for I am God, and there is none else ; I me. am God, and therc is none like me,

11 Therefore shall evil come upon thee; 10 Declaring the end from the beginning, thou shalt not know from whence it riseth: and from ancient times the things that are and mischief shall fall upon thee; thou not yet done, saying, My counsel shall shalt not be able to put it off: and desolastand, and I will do all my pleasure : tion shall come upon thee suddeniy, which - 11 Calling a ravenous bird from the thou shalt not know. east, the man' that executeth my counsel 12 Stand now with thine enchantments, from a far country: yea, I have spoken and with the multitude of thy sorceries, it, I will also bring it to pass ; I have wherein thou hast laboured from thy purposed it, I will also do it.

youth; if so be thou shalt be able to protit, 12 fHearken unto me, ye stout-hearted, i if so be thou mayest prevail. that are far from righteousness :

13 'Thou art wearicd in the multitude 13 I bring near my righteousness; 'it of thy counsels. Let now the astrologers, shall not be far off, and my salvation shall || the star-gazers, the monthly prognosticanot tarry: and I will place salvation intors, stand up, and save thee from these Zion for Israel my glory.

things that shall come upon thec. CHAP. XLVII.

14 Behold, they shall be as stubble, the 1 God's judgments upon Babylon and fire shall bum them; they shall not deliver

Chaldea, 6 for their unmercifulness, 7 | themselves from the power of the flame: pride, 10 and over-boldness.

there shall not be a coal to warm at, nor COME down, and sit in the dust, o fire to sit before it.

virgin daughter of Babylon, sit on 15 Thus shall they be unto thee with the ground: there is no throne, o daugh-whom thou hast laboured, even thy merter of the Chaldeans: for thou shalt no i chants, from thy youth: they shall wanmore be called tender and delicate. | der every one to his quarter; none shalt

**2 Take the millstones, and grind meal: 1 save thee. uncover thy locks, make 'bare the leg,

CHAP. XLVIII. uncover the thigh, pass over the rivers. 1 God, to convince the people of their ob

3 Thy nakedness shall be uncovered, stinacy, revealeth his prophecies. 12 yea, thy shame shall be seen : I will take He exhorteth them to obedience. vengeance, and I will not meet thee as a || H EAR ye this, ( house of Jacob, man.

lil which are called by the name of Is4 As for our Redeemer, the LORD | ráel, and are come forth out of the waof hosts is his name, the 'Holy One of ters of Judah, which swear by the name Israel.

of the Lord, and make mention of the *5 Sit thou silent, and get thee into God of Israel, but not in truth, nor in darkness, () daughter of the Chaldeans : righteousness. for thou shalt no more be called, The | 2 For they call themselves of the holy lady of kingdoms.

city, and stay themselves upon the God 6 s I was wroth with my people, I have of Israel; The Lord of hosts is his polluted mine inheritance, and given them || name. into thine hand : thcu didst shew them no 3 I have declared the former things mercy ; upon the ancient hast thou very from the beginning ; and they went forth heavily laid thy yoke.

out of my mouth, and I shewed them; I 7 F And thou saidst, I shall be a lady did them suddenly, and they came to pass. for ever : so that thou didst not lay these 4 Because I knew that thou art obstithings to thy heart, neither didst remem- | nate, and thy neck is an iron sinew, and ber the latter end of it.

thy brow brass ; 8 Therefore hear now this, thoi that 5 I have even from the beginning deart given to pleasures, that dwellest care- ! clared it to thee; before it came to pass lessly, that savest in thine heart, I am, and I shewed it thce : lest thou shouldest say, none else beside me; I shall not sit as Minc idoi hath done them, and my grava widow, neither shall I know the loss en image, and my molten image, hath of children :

commanded them. 9 But these two things shall come to thee 1,6 Thou hast heard, see all this; and in a moment in one day, the loss of chil | will not ye declare it? I have shewed thee dren, and widowhood : they shall come new things from this time, even hidden upon thee in their perfection, for the mul- things, and thou didst not know them.

576 An er hortation to obedience. ISAIAH. Christ complaineth of the Jewe. 7 They are created now, and not from

CHAP. XLIX. the beginning; even before the day when i Christ, being acn' 19 the Jews, complainthou heardesi them noi ; lest thou should- eth of them. 5 He is sent to the Gerzest st. Behold, I knew them.

1 tiles. 13 Gorls love to the church. 8 Yea, thou heardest not ; yea, thou I ISTEN, O isles, unto me; and heark

thine ear was pot opened : for I knew hati. called me from the womb; from the that thou wouldest deal very treacherous- bowels of my mother hath he made menly, and wast called a transgressor from tion of my name. the womb.

2 And he hath made my mouth like a

mine anger, and for my praise will I re-l hath he hid me, and made me a polished frain for thee, that I cut thee not off. shaft ; in his quiser hath he hid me;

10 Behold, I have retined thee, but not l 3 And said unto me. Thou art my serwith silver; I have chosen thee in the fur- vant, O Israel, in whom I will be gloritied. nace of aflliction.

4 Then I said, I have laboured in vain, 11 For mine own sake, even for mine I have spent my strength for nougiit, and own sake, will I do it: for how should my l in vain; yet surely my judgment is with name be polluted? and I will not give my the LORD, and my work with my God. glory unto anotlier.

5 And now, saith the LORD that 12 | Hearken unto me, O Jacob and formed me from the womb to be his serIsrael, my called; I am he; I am the first, vant, to bring Jacob again to him, Though I also am the last.

Ísrael be not gathered, yet shall I be glo13 Mi::e hand also hath laid the founda- rious in the eyes of the LORD, and my tion cî the earth, and my right hand hath i God shall be my strength.

6 And he said, It is a light thing that them, they stand up together. . thou shouldest bemy servant to raiseup the

14 All ye, assemble yourselves and tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preservhear; which among them hath declared ed of Israel: I will also give thee for a light these things? The Lord hath loved him: to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my he will do his pleasure on Babylon, and salvation unto the end of the earth. . his arm shall be on the Chaldeans.

7 Thus saith the LORD, the Redeemer 15 I, even I, have spoken, yea, I have of Israel, and his Holy One, to him whom cailed him: I have brought him, and he man despiseth, to him whom the nation shall make his way prosperous.

abhorreth, to a servant of rulers, kings 16 | Come ye near unto me, hear ye shall see and arise, princes also sha!l worthis; I have not spoken in secret from the ship, because of the Lord that is faithful, beginning ; from the time that it was, and the Holy One of Israel, and he shall there am I: and now the LORD God, choose thee. and his Spirit, hath sent me.

8 Thus saith the LORD,In an acceptable 17 Thus saith the Lord, thy Redeemer, time have I heard thee, and in a day of the Holy One of Israel; I am the LORD salvation have I helped thee : and I will thy God which teacheth thec to profit, preserve thee, and give thee for a covenant which leadeth thee by the way that thou of the people, to establish the earth, to shouldest go.

cause to inherit the desolate heritages: 18 () that thou hadst hearkened to my 9 That thou mayest say to the prisoncommandments! then had thy peace beeners, Go forth; to them that are in darkas a river, and thy righteousness as the ness, Shew yourselves. They shall feed waves of the sea :

in the ways, and their pastures shall be in 19 Thy seed also had been as the sand, I all high places. and the offspring of thy bowels like the 10 They shall not hunger nor thirst, gravel thereof; his name should not have neither shall the heat nor sun smite them : been cut off por destroyed from before || for-he that hath mercy on them shall lead me.

them, even by the springs of water shall 20 Go ye forth of Babylon, flee ye he guide them. from the Chaldeans, with a voice of sing-! 11 And I will make all my mountains a ing declare ye, tell this, utter it even to way, and my highways shall be exalted. the end of the carth ; say ye, The Lord 12 Behold, these shall come from far: hath redeemed his servant Jacob. ll and lo, these from the north and from the

21 And they thirsted not when he led west ; and these from the land of Sinim. them through the deserts : he caused the 13 f Sing, O heavens; and be joyful, waters to flow out of the rock for them : Il 0 earth ; and break forth into singing, he clave the rock also, and the waters | O mountains : for the LORD hath comgushed out.

forted his people, and will have mercy 22 There is no peace, saith the LORD, upon his afficted. into the wicked.

14 But Zion said, The Lord hath forGod's love to the church. Chap. 1, L1. An exhortation to trust in God. 577 saken me, and my LORD hath forgotten me. || creditor's is it to whom I have sold you?

15 Can a woman forget her sucking Behold, for your iniquities have ye sold child, that she should not have compassion yourselves, and for your transgressions is on the son of her womb? yea, they may your mother put away. forget, yet will I not forget thee.

2 Wherefore, when I came, was there 16 Behold, I have graven thee upon no man? when I called, was there none the palms of my hands; thy walls are con- | to answer? Is my hand shortened at all, tinually before me.

that it cannot redeem? or have I no pow17 Thy children shall make laste; thyer to deliver? behold, at my rebuke I dry destroyers and they that made thee waste up the sea, I make the rivers a wildershall go forth of thee.

ness: their fish stinketh, because there is 18 | Lift up thine eyes round about, and no water, and dieth for thirst. behold: all these gather themselves to 3 I clothe the heavens with blackness, gether, and come to thee. As I live, saith and I make sackcloth their covering. the LORD, thou shalt surcly clothe thee 4 The Lord God hath given me the with them all, as with an ornament, and tongue of the learned, that I should know bind them on thee, as a bride doeth. | how to speak a word in season to him that

19 For thy waste and thy desolate places, is weary : he wakeneth morning by mornand the land of thy destruction, shall even ing, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the now be too narrow by reason of the inhab- | learned. itants, and they that swallowed thee up 5 The Lord God hath opened mine shall be far away

| ear, and I was not rebellious, neither 20 The children which thou shalt have, turned away back. after thou hast lost the other, shall say a 6 I gave my back to the smiters, and gain in thine ears, The place is toostrait for my cheeks to them that plucked off the me: give place to me that I may dwell. hair: I hid not my face from shame and

21 Then shalt thou say in thine heart, spitting. Who hath begotten me these, seeing I ll *7 For the Lord God will help me ; have lost my children, and am desolate, a | therefore shall I not be confounded: therecaptive, and removing to and fro? and fore have I set my face like a flint, and I who hath brought up these? Behold, I was || know that I shall not be ashamed. left alone; these, where had they been? 8 He is near that justifieth me; who

22 Thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I will contend with me? let us stand togethI will lift up mine hand to the Gentiles, er ; who is mine adversary ? let him and set up my standard to the people: come near to me. and they shall bring thy sons in their arms, 9 Behold the Lord God will help me ; and thy daughters shall be carried upon who is he that shall condemn me? lo, their shoulders.

they all shall wax old as a garment; the 23 And kings shall be thy nursing fa- | moth shall eat them up. thers, and their quecns thy nursing moth 101 Who is among you that feareth the ers : they shall bow down to thee with || LORD, that obeyeth the voice of his sertheir face toward the earth, and lick up vant, that walketh in darkness, and hath the dust of thy feet; and thou shalt know no light? let him trust in the name of the that I am the LORD : for they shall not || LORD, and stay upon his God. be ashamed that wait for me.

11 Behold, all ye that kindle a fire, that 24 Shall the prey be taken from the compass yourselves about with sparks : mighty, or the lawful captive delivered ? walk in the light of your fire, and in the

25 But thus saith the LORD, Even the sparks that ye have kindled. This shall captives of the mighty shall be taken a ye have of mine hand; ye shall lie down way, and the prey of the terrible shall be || in sorrow. delivered : for I will contend with him ||

CHAP. LT. that contendeth with thee, and I will save | 1 Anexhortation afierthe pattern of Abrathy children.

ham, to trust in Christ. 9 Christ defend26 And I will feed them that oppress eth his people from fear. thee with their own fesh; and they shall || L EARKEN to me, ye that follow be drunken with their own blood, as with I after righteousness, ye that seek the sweet wine : and all flesh shall know that || | LORD: look unto the rock whence ye are I the LORD am thy Saviour and thy Re- || hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence, deemer, the mighty One of Jacob. ye are digged. CHAP. L.

2 Look upto Abraham your father, and 1 Christ sheweth the cause of the Jews | unto Sarah that bare you : for I called him

dereliction. 10 An exhortation to trust || alone, and blessed him, and increased him. in God, and not in ourselves.

3 For the Lord shall comfort Zion : he THUS saith the LORD, Where is the || will comfort all her waste places; and he

1 bill of your mother's divorcement, || will make her wilderness like Edlen, and whom I have put away? or which of my II her desert like the garden of the LORD; 578 Christ defendeth his people. ISAIAH. Christ's free redemption. jov and gladness shall be found therein, 17 Awake, awake, stand up, O Jeruthanksgiving, and the voice of melody. salem, which hast drunk at the hand of

4 | Hearken unto me, my people, and the LORD the cup of his fury ; thou hast give ear unto me, O my nation: for a Trunken the dregs of the cup of tremlaw shall proceed from me, and I will wling, and wrung Them out.. make my judgment to rest for a light of 18 There is none to guide her among the people.

all the sons whom she hith broughe forth; 5 My righteousness is near; my salva- | neither is there any that taketh her by tion is gone furth, and mine arms shall the hand of all the sons that she hath judge the people; the isles shall wait upon brought up. me, and on mine arm shili they trust. 19 These two things are come unto

6 Lift up your ei es to the heavens, and thee; who shall be sorry for thee? desolalook upon the earth beneath: for the heav- tion, and destruction, and the tanine, and ens shall vanish away like smoke, and the sword: by whom shall I comtoitthee? the earth shall wax old like a garment, 20 Thy sons have fainted, ther lie at and they that dwell therein shall die in the head of all the streets, as a wild bull like manner: but my salvation shall be ; in a net : they are full of the fury of the for ever, and my righteousness shall not LORD, the rebuke of thy God. be abolished.

21 | Therefore hear now this, thou af7 | Hearken unto me, ye that know Alicted, and drunken, but not with wine : righteousness, the people in whose heart 22 Thus saith thy Lord the Lord, and is inv law; fear ye not the reproach ofmen, thy God that pleadeth the cause of his neither be ye afraid of their revilings. I people, Behold, I have taken out of thine

8 For the moth shall eat them up like a hand the cup of trembling, even the dregs garment, and the worm shall eat them of the cup of my fury; thou shalt no more Like wool : but my righteousness shall be drink it again : for ever, and my salvation from genera- | 23 But I will put it into the hand of them tion to generation.

that afflict thee; which have said to thy 91 Awake, awake, put on strength, soul, iow down, that we may go over : O arm of the LORD ; awake, as in the and thou hast laid thy body as the ground, ancient days, in the generations of old. and as the street, to them that went over. Art thou not it that hath cut Rahab, and

CHAP. LII. wounded the dragon ?

1 Christ persuadeth the church to believe 10 Art thou not it which hath dried the his free redemption, 7 10 receive the sea, the waters of the great deep ; that ministers thereof, 9 to joy in the foruhath made the depths of the sea a way er thereof. for the ransomed to pass over?

A WAKE, awake, put on thy strength, 11 Therefore the redeemed of the LORD A O Zion ; put on thy beautiful garshall return, and come with singing unto ments, () Jerusalem, the holy city : for Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon henceforth there shall no more come into their head: they shall obtain gladness and thee the uncircumcised and the unclean. joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee 2 Shake thyself from the dust; arise, away.

and sit down, Jerusalem : loose thyself 12 I, even I, am he that comforteth from the bands of thy neck, O captive you : who art thou, that thou shouldesi be daughter of Zion. afraid of a man that shall die, and of the 3 For thus saith the LORD, Ye have sold son of man which shall be made as grass ; || yourselves for nought; and ye shall be re

13 And forgettest the LORD thy maker, I deemed without money. that hath stretched forth the heavens, l. 4. For thus saith the Lord God, My and laid the foundations of the earth ; and people went down aforetime into Egypt hast feared continually every day because to sojourn there; and the Assyrian opof the fury of the oppressor, as if he were pressed them without cause. ready to destroy ? and where is the fury 5 Now therefore, what have I here, of the oppressor?

saith the LORD, that my people is taken 14 The captive exile hasteneth that he away for nought? they that rule over them may be loosed, and that he should not die make them to howl, saith the LORD; in the pit, nor that his bread should fail. I and my name continually every day is

15 But I am the LORD thy God, that blasphemed. divided the sea, whose waves roared : The 6 Therefore my people shall know my LORD of hosts is his name.

name : therefore they shall know in that 16 And I have put my words in thy day that I am he that doth speak : bemouth, and have covered thee in the || hold, it is I. shadow of mine hand, that I may plant 7 How beautiful upon the mountains the heavens, and lay the foundations of are the feet of him that bringeth good the earth, and say unto Zion, Thou art tidings, that publislieth peace; that bringmy people:

Il eth good tidings of good, that publisheth

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