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Behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little thing.
And Lebanon is not sufficient to burn,
All nations before him are as nothing ;
To whom then will ye liken God?
Have ye not known ? have yo not heard ?
That bringeth the princes to nothing ;
To whom then will ye liken me,
Or shall I be equal ? saith the Holy One.
Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and speakest, O Israel,
That the everlasting God, the Lord,
There is no searching of his understanding.
Ho giveth power to the faint ;
Even the youths shall faint and be weary,
And the young men shall utterly fall :
They shall mount up with wings as eagles ;
Awake, awake; put on thy strength, O Zion;
the unclean. Shake thyself from the dust; arise, and sit down, O Jerusalem : Loose thyself from the bands of thy neck, 0 captive daughter of Zion. For thus saith the Lord, Ye have sold yourselves for nought ;
And ye shall be redeemed without money.
My people went down aforetime into Egypt to sojourn there :
And the Assyrian oppressed them without cause.
That my people is taken away for nought ?
And my name continually every day is blasphemed.
That I am he that doth speak : behold, it is I.
That publisheth peace ;
That saith unto Žion, Thy God reigneth !
With the voice together shall they sing:
Depart ye, depart ye, go yo out from thence.
For yo shall not go out with hasto, nor go by flight:
Behold, my servant shall deal prudently,
As many were astonished at theo ;
The kings shall shut their mouths at him :
Who hath believed our report?
And to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed ?
For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant,
He is despised and rejected of men ;
He was despised, and we esteemed him not.
But he was wounded for our transgressions,
And with his stripes we are healed.
We have turned every one to his own way;
And the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter,
For he was cut off out of the land of the living :
For the transgression of my people was he stricken.
When thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin,
He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied :
bear their iniquities.
And he was numbered with the transgressors ;
Ho, every one that thirsteth, come yo to the waters,
And he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat;
And your labor for that which satisfieth not?
And let your soul delight itself in fatness.
Behold, thou shalt call a nation that thou knowest not,
Call ye upon him while he is near:
And to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
Neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth :
And it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace :
And all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
How doth the city sit solitary, that was full of people ! How is she become as a widow! she that was great among the nations, And princess among the provinces, how is she become tributary! She weepeth sore in the night, and her tears are on her cheeks:
Among all her lovers she hath nono to comfort her: All her friends have dealt treacherously with her, they are become her eno
mies. Judah is gone into captivity because of affliction, and because of great ser
All her persecutors overtook her between the straits.
All her gates are desolate:
Her adversaries are the chief, her enemies prosper;
All her pleasant things that she had in the days of old.
Is it nothing to you, all ye that pass by?
How hath the Lord covered the daughter of Zion with a cloud in his anger,
What thing shall I take to witness for thee?
What shall I equal to thee, that I may comfort thee, O virgin daughter of Zion?
For thy breach is great like the sea: who can heal theo ?
All that pass by clap their hands at thee; They hiss and wag their head at tho daughter of Jerusalem, saying, • Is this the city that men call The perfection of beauty, The joy of the
whole earth ? I am the man that hath seen affliction by the rod of his wrath. He hath led mo, and brought me into darkness, but not into light. Surely against me is he turned; he turneth his hand against me all the day. And thou hast removed my soul far off from peace: I forgat prosperity. And I said, My strength and my hope is perished from the Lord: Remembering mine affliction and my misery, the wormwood and the gall. My soul hath them still in remembrance, and is humbled in me. This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compas
sions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. The Lord is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of
the Lord. It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth. Ho sitteth alono and keepeth silence, because he hath borno it upon him. He putteth his mouth in the dust; if so be there may be hope. He giveth his cheek to him that smiteth him: ho is filled full with reproach. For the Lord will not cast off for ever: But though he cause grief, yet will ho have compassion according to the
multitude of his mercies. For he doth not afflict willingly nor griove the children of men. To crush und his feet all the prisoners the earth, To turn aside the right of a man before the face of the Most High, To subvert a man in his cause, the Lord approveth not. Who is he that saith, and it cometh to pass, when the Lord commandeth
it not? Out of the mouth of the Most High proceedeth not evil and good ? Wherefore doth a living man complain, a man for the punishment of his sins ? Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the Lord. Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the heavens. We have transgressed and have rebelled: thou hast not pardoned. Thou hast covered with anger, and persecuted us: thou hast slain, thou
hast not pitied. Thou hast covered thyself with a cloud, that our prayer should not pass
through. Thou hast made us as the offscouring and refuse in the midst of the people. All our enemies have opened their mouths against us. Fear and a snare is come upon us, desolation and destruction. Mine oye runneth down with rivers of water for the destruction of the daugh
ter of my people. Mine oye trickleth down, and ceaseth not, without any intermission,