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repaired Millo in the city of David, and made darts and shields in abundance.
6 And he set captains of war over the people, and gathered them together to him in the street of the gate of the city, and spake comfortably to them, saying,
7 Be strong and courageous, be not afraid nor dismayed for the king of Assyria, nor for all the multitude that is with him: for there be more with us than with him.
8 With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the LORD our God, to help us, and to fight our battles. And the people rested themselves upon the words of Hezekiah king of Judah.
B. C. 712.1 i Woe to the land shadowing with wings, which is beyond the rivers of Ethiopia :
2 That sendeth ambassadors by the sea, even in vessels of bulrushes upon the waters, saying, Go, ye swift messengers, to a nation scattered and peeled, to a people terrible from their beginning hitherto; a nation meted out and trodden down, whose land the rivers have spoiled!
3 All ye inhabitants of the world, and dwellers on the earth, see ye, when he lifteth up an ensign on the mountains; and when he bloweth a trumpet, hear ye.
4 For so the LORD said unto me, I will take my rest, and I will consider in my dwelling-place like a clear heat upon herbs, and like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest.
5 For afore the harvest, when the bud is perfect, and the sour grape is ripening in the flower, he shall both cut off the sprigs with pruning-hooks, and take away and cut down the branches.
6 They shall be left together unto the fowls of the mountains, and to the beasts of the earth : and the fowls shall summer upon them, and all the beasts of the earth shall winter upon them.
7 In that time shall the present be brought unto the LORD of hosts of a people scattered and peeled, and from a people terrible from their beginning hitherto; a nation meted out and trodden under foot, whose land the rivers have spoiled, to the place of the name of the LORD of hosts, the mount Zion.
ISAIAH, xxxII. God's judgments against the enemies of the church. The privi
leges of the godly. 1 Woe to thee that spoilest, and thou wast not spoiled; and dealest treacherously, and they dealt not treacherously with thee! when thou shalt cease to spoil, thou shalt be spoiled; and when thou shalt make
* Mr. Scott, after Bishop Lowth, supposes this chapter to be a prediction of the overthrow of Egypt. But Mr. Townsend embraces Bishop Horseley's interpretation; which supposes this to be a prediction against Antichrist, and of the conversion of the Jews. But as this work is not designed as an exposition, it will be inconsistent to enter into the arguments for or against any interpretation. I have placed it here on the authority of Scott, who had the arguments, for and against, before him.
† Townsend, 721.
an end to deal treacherously, they shall deal treacherously with thee.
2 O LORD, be gracious unto us; we have waited for thee: be thou their arm every morning, our salvation also in the time of trouble.
3 At the noise of the tumult the people fled; at the lifting up of thyself the nations were scattered.
4 And your spoil shall be gathered like the gathering of the caterpillar : as the running to and fro of locusts shall he run upon them.
5 The LORD is exalted; for he dwelleth on high : he hath filled Zion with judgment and righteousness.
6 And wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times, and strength of salvation: the fear of the LORD is his treasure.
7 Behold, their valiant ones shall cry without; the ambassadors of peace shall weep bitterly.
8 The high-ways lie waste, the way-faring man ceaseth : he hath broken the covenant, he hath despised the cities, he regardeth no man.
9 The earth mourneth and languisheth ; Lebanon is ashamed and hewn down; Sharon is like a wilderness ; and Bashan and Carmel shake off their fruits.
10 Now will I rise, saith the LORD; now will I be exalted; now will I lift up myself.
11 Ye shall conceive chaff; ye shall bring forth stubble : your breath as fire shall devour you.
12 And the people shall be as the burnings of lime; as thorns cut up shall they be burned in the fire.
13 | Hear, ye that are far off, what I have done ; and ye that are near, acknowledge my might.
14 The sinners in Zion are afraid ; fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites : who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings ?
15 He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth the gain of oppressions, that shaketh his hands from holding of bribes, that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood, and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil;
16° He shall dwell on high: his place of defence shall be the munitions of rocks: bread shall be given him, his waters shall be sure.
17 Thine eyes shall see the King in his beauty : they shall behold the land that is very far off.
18 Thine heart shall meditate terror. Where is the scribe? where is the receiver? where is he that counted the towers ?
19 Thou shalt not see a fierce people ; a people of a deeper speech than thou canst perceive; of a stammering tongue, that thou canst not understand.
20 Look upon Zion, the city of our solemnities: thine eyes shall see Jerusalem a quiet habitation, a tabernacle that shall not be taken down; not one of the stakes thereof shall ever be removed, neither shall any of the cords thereof be broken.
21 But there the glorious LORD will be unto us a place of broad
rivers and streams; wherein shall go no galley with oars, neither shall gallant ship pass thereby.
22 For the Lord is our judge, the LORD is our law-giver, the Lord is our king ; he will save us.
23 Thy tacklings are loosed; they could not well strengthen their mast; they could not spread the sail: then is the prey of a great spoil divided; the lame take the prey.
* 24 And the inhabitants shall not say, I am sick: the people that dwell therein shall be forgiven their iniquity.
ISAIAH, XXXVI. Sennacherib invadeth Judah. Rabshakeh's blasphemous persua
sions to the people : his words are told to Hezekiah.. 1 Now it came to pass in the fourteenth year of king Hezekiah, that Sennacherib, king of Assyria, came up against all the defenced cities of Judah, and took them.
2 And the king of Assyria sent Rabshakeh from Lachish to Jerusalem unto king Hezekiah with a great army. And he stood by the conduit of the upper pool in the highway of the fuller's field.
3 Then came forth unto him Eliakim, Hilkiah's son, which was over the house, and Shebna the scribe, and Joah, Asaph's son, the recorder.
4 s And Rabshakeh said unto them, Say ye now to Hezekiah, Thus saith the great king, the king of Assyria, What confidence is this wherein thou trustest?
5 I say, sayest thou, (but they are but vain words,) I have counsel and strength for war : now on whom dost thou trust, that thou rebellest against me ?
6 Lo, thou trustest in the staff of this broken reed, on Egypt; whereon if a man lean, it will go into his hand, and pierce it: so is Pharaoh king of Egypt to all that trust in him.
But if thou say to me, We trust in the LORD our God: is it not he whose high places and whose altars Hezekiah hath taken away, and said to Judah and to Jerusalem, Ye shall worship before this altar ?
8 Now, therefore, give pledges, I pray thee, to my master the king of Assyria, and I will give thee two thousand horses, if thou be able on thy part to set riders upon them.
9 How then wilt thou turn away the face of one captain of the least of my master's servants, and put thy trust on Egypt for chariots and for horsemen?
10 And am I now come up without the LORD against this land to destroy it? The LORD said unto me, Go up against this land, and destroy it.
2 KINGS, xviii. 26–37; OR ISAIAH, Xxxvi. 11–22. 11 Then said Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, and Shebna, and Joah, unto Rabshakeh, Speak, I pray thee, to thy servants in the Syrian language; (for we understand it ;) and talk not with us in the Jews' language, in the ears of the people that are on the wall.
12 But Rabshakeh said unto them, Hath my master sent me to thy master, and to thee, to speak these words ? hath he not sent me to the men which sit on the wall, that they may eat their own dung, and drink their own piss, with you?
13 | Then Rabshakeh stood, and cried with a loud voice in the Jews' language, and spake, saying, Hear the word of the great king, the king of Assyria :
14 Thus saith the king, Let not Hezekiah deceive you; for he shall not be able to deliver you out of his hand :
15 Neither let Hezekiah make you trust in the LORD, saying, The LORD will surely deliver us, and this city shall not be delivered into the hand of the king of Assyria.
16 Hearken not unto Hezekiah: for thus saith the king of Assyria, Make an agreement with me by a present, and come out to me, and then eat ye every man of his own vine, and every one of his fig-tree, and drink ye every one the waters of his cistern;
17 Until I come, and take you away to a land like your own land; a land of corn and wine, a land of bread and vineyards, a land of oilolive and of honey, that ye may live and not die : and hearken not unto Hezekiah, when he persuadeth you, saying, The LORD will deliver us.
18 Hath any of the gods of the nations delivered at all his land out of the hand of the king of Assyria ?
19 Where are the gods of Hamath, and of Arphad? where are the gods of Sepharvaim, Henah, and Ivah? have they delivered Samaria out of mine hand ?
20 Who are they, among all the gods of the countries, that have delivered their country out of mine hand, that the LORD should deliver Jerusalem out of mine hand ?
21 But the people held their peace, and answered him not a word: for the king's commandment was, saying, Answer him not.
22 Then came Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, which was over the household, and Shebna the scribe, and Joah the son of Asaph the recorder, to Hezekiah, with their clothes rent, and told him the words of Rabshakeh.
ISAIAH, XXXVII. * Hezekiah, mourning, sendeth to Isaiah to pray for them. Isaiah
comforteth the king. The angel slayeth the Assyrians. 1 And it came to pass, when king Hezekiah heard it, that he rent his clothes, and covered himself with sackcloth, and went into the house of the LORD.
2 And he sent Eliakim, who was over the household, and Shebna the scribe, and the elders of the priests covered with sackcloth, unto Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz.
3 And they said unto him, Thus saith Hezekiah, This day is a day of trouble, and of rebuke, and of blasphemy: for the children are come to the birth, and there is not strength to bring forth.
4 It may be the LORD thy God will hear the words of Rabshakeh, whom the king of Assyria his master hath sent to reproach the living God, and will reprove the words which the LORD thy God hath heard : wherefore lift up thy prayer for the remnant that is left.
5 So the servants of king Hezekiah came to Isaiah.
6 1 And Isaiah said unto them, Thus shall ye say unto your master, Thus saith the LORD, Be not afraid of the words that thou hast heard, wherewith the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed me.
on Behold, I will send a blast upon him, and he shall hear a rumor, and return to his own land; and I will cause him to fall by the sword in his own land.
8 [ So Rabshakeh returned, and found the king of Assyria warring against Libnah: for he had heard that he was departed from Lachish.
9 And he heard say concerning Tirhakah king of Ethiopia, He is come forth to make war with thee. And, when he heard it, he sent messengers to Hezekiah, saying,
10 Thus shall ye speak to Hezekiah king of Judah, saying, Let not thy God, in whom thou trustest, deceive thee, saying, Jerusalem shall not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria.
11 Behold, thou hast heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all lands by destroying them utterly; and shalt thou be delivered ?
12 Have the gods of the nations delivered them which my fathers. have destroyed, as Gozan, and Haran, and Rezeph, and the children of Eden which were in Telassar ?
13 Where is the king of Hamath, and the king of Arphad, and the king of the city of Sepharvaim, Henah, and Ivah ?
14 And Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the messengers, and read it: and Hezekiah went up unto the house of the LORD, and spread it before the LORD.
15 And Hezekiah prayed unto the LORD, saying,
16 0 LORD of hosts, God of Israel, that dwellest between the cherubims, thou art the God, even thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth : thou hast made heaven and earth.
17 Incline thine ear, 0 LORD, and hear; open thine eyes, O LORD, and see : and hear all the words of Sennacherib, which hath sent to reproach the living God.
18 Of à truth, Lord, the kings of Assyria have laid waste all the nations, and their countries, : 19 And have cast their gods into the fire; for they were no gods, but the work of men's hands, wood and stone; therefore they have destroyed them.
20 Now, therefore, O LORD our God, save us from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that thou art the LORD, even thou only.
21 [ Then Isaiah, the son of Amoz, sent unto Hezekiah, saying, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Whereas thou hast prayed to me against Sennacherib king of Assyria :
22 This is the word which the Lord hath spoken concerning him, The virgin, the daughter of Zion, hath despised thee, and laughed thee to scorn; the daughter of Jerusalem hath shaken her head at thee.
23 Whom hast thou reproached and blasphemed ? and against whom hast thou exalted thy voice, and lifted up thine eyes on high? even against the Holy One of Israel.
24 By thy servants hast thou reproached the LORD, and hast said, By the multitude of my chariots am I come up to the height of the