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The people despise God': quord. Chap. XXXI. Folly of trusting in Egypt. 563 We will ride upon the swift ; therefore 30 And the LORD shall cause his glo shall they that pursue you be swift. rious voice to be heard, and shall shew the
17 One thousand shall flee at the rebuke lighting down of his arm, with the in of one; at the rebuke of five shall ye flee : dignation of his anger, and with the till ye be left as a beacon upon the top of a Rame of a devouring fire, with scattering, iñountain, and as an ensign on a hill. and tempest, and liailstones.
18 TAnd therefore will the LORD wait, si For through the voice of the LORD that he may be gracious unto you, and shall the Assyrian be beaten down, which therefore will be be exalted, that he may smote with a rod. have mercy upori you: for the LORD is a 32 And in every place where the groundGod of judgment: blessed are all they ed staff shall pass, which the Lord shall that wait for him.
lay upon him, it shall be with tabrets anel 19 For the pec:ple shall clwell in Zion harps: and in battles of shaking will hc at Jerusalem : thou shalt weep no more : fight with it. he will be very gracious unto thec at the 33 For Tophet is ordained of old; yea, voice of thy cry; when he shall hear it, for the king it is prepared ; he hath he will answer thee.
made it deep and large : the pile thereof 20 And though the Lord give you the is fire and much wool; the breath of brcad of adversity, and the water of afilic- the LORD, like a stream of brimstone, tion, yet shall not thy teachers be removed doth kindle it. into a corner any more, but thine eyes
CHAP. XXXI. shall see thy teachers :
The prophet sheweth the folly in trusting 21 And thine ears shall hear a word be- to Egypt, and forsaking of God.
OE ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, for help ; and stay on horses, and and when ye turn to the left.
trust in chariots, because they are many ; 22 Ye shall defile also the covering of and in horsemen, because they are very thy graven images of silver, and the or- strong; but they look not unto the Holy nament of thy molten images of gold : One of Israel, neither seek the LORD! thou shalt cast them away as a menstru- 2 Yet he also is wise, and will bring ous cloth ; thou shalt say unto it, Get evil, and will not call back his words: thee hence.
but will arise against the house of the 23 Then shall he give the rain of thy | evil-doers, and against the help of them seed, that thou shaltsow the ground withal'; that work iniquity. and bread of the increase of the earth, 3 Now the Egyptians are men, and not and it shall be fat and plenteous: in that God; and their horses flesh, and not spirit, day shall thy cattle feed in large pastures. When the Lord shall stretch out his
24 The oxen likewise and the young hand, both lie that helpeth shall fall, and asses that ear the ground shall eat clean he that is holpen shall fall down, and provender, which hath been winnowed they all shall fail together. with the shovel and with the fan.
4 For thus hath the Lord spoken un25. And there shall be upon every high on me, Like as the lion and the young mountain, and upon every high hili, lion roaring on his prey, when a multirivers and streams of waters in the day of tude of shepherds is called forth against the great slaughter, when the towers fall. him, he will not be afraid of their voice,
26 Moreover the light of the moon nor abase himself for the noise of thein: shall be as the light of the sun, and the so shall the LORD of hosts come down light of the sun shall be sevenfold, as the to fight for mount Zion, and for the hill light of seven days, in the day that the thereof, LORD bindeth up the breach of his people, 5 As biirls flying, so will the Lord of and healeth the stroke of their wound. hosts defend Jerusalem ; defending also
27 | Behold, the name of the LORD he will deliverit ; and passing over he will cometh from far, burning avith his anger, preserve it. and the burden thereof is heavy: his lips 6.1 Turn ye unto him from whom tie are full of indignation, and his tongue as a children of Ísrael have deeply revolted. devouring fire :
7 For in that day every man shall cast 28 And his breath, as an overflowing | away his idols of silver, and his idols of stream, shall reach to the midst of the gold, which your own hands have mads neck, to sift the nations with the siere of unto you for a sin. vanity : and there shall be a briile in the 89 Then shall the Assyrian fall with jaws of the people, causing them to err. the sword, not of a mighty man; and the
29 Ye shall liave a song, as in the night | sword, not of a mean man, shall devour when a holy solemnity is kept; and glad him: but he shall fee from the sword, ness of heart, as when one goeth with a and his young men shall be discomfited. pipe to come into the mountain of the 9 And he shall pass over to his strong Lord, to the mighty One of Israel. huld for fear, and his princes shall be
the tempest ; as vivers or water intention Wor to thee that speilesi,
564 Biessings of Christ's kingdom. ISAIAH.
God's favour toward it. afr ic of the ensign, saith the LORD, || peaceable habitation, and in sare dwellwhe fire is in Zion, and his furnace in ings, and in quiet resting places; Jerusalem.
19 When it shall hail, coming down CHAP. XXXII.
on the forest ; and the city shall be low 1. The blessings of Christ's kinydom. 9in a low place.
Tuolation is fureshewn. 15 Restora- 20 Blessed are ve that sow beside all tion is promised to succeed.
waters, that send forth thither the feet of BF a the ox and teena, eousness, and princes shall rule in
CHAP. XXXIII. judgment.
1 God's judgments against the enemics of 2 And a man shall be as an hiding- the churchthe int'l. place from the wind, and a covert from
wast not spoiled; and clealest trechplice, as the shadow of a great rock in a erously, and they dealt not treacher u. weary land.
ly with thee! when thou shalt cease to 3 And the eyes of them that see shall spoil, thou shalt be spoiled ; and when thou not be aim, and the ears of them that shalt make an end in deal treacherously, hear all hearken.
they shall deal treacherously with thce. 4 The heart also of the rash shall under- 2 0 LORD, !»c gricious unto is ; we stand knowlerlge, and the tongue of the have waited for thee: be thou their arm stammerers shall be ready tospeakplainly: I every morning, our salvation also in the
5 The vile person shall be no more called time of trouble. liberal, nor the churi said to be bountiful. 3 At the noise of the tumult the perple
6 For the vile person will speak villany, fed ; at the lifting up of thyself the naand his heart will work iniquity, to prac- tions were scattered. tise hypocrisy, and to utter error against 4 And your spoil shall be gathered like the Lord, to make empty the soul of the gathering of the caterpillar: as the the hungry; and he will cause the drink running to and fro of locusts shall he run, of the thirsty to fail.
7 The instruments also of the churl 5 The LORD is exalted; for he dwellare evil : he devisethi wicked devices to ieth on high : he hath filled Zion with destroy the poor with lying words, even judgment and righteousness. when the needy speaketh right.
6 And wisdom and knowledge shall be 8 But the liberal deviseth liberal things; the stability of thy times, and strength and by liberal things shall he stand. of salvation : the fear of the LORD is his
9 9 Rise up, ye women that are at ease; treasure. hear my voice, ye careless daughters ; 7 Behold, their valiant ones shall cry give ear unto my speech.
without: the ambassadors of peace shall 10 Many days and years shall ye beweep bitterly. troubled, ye careless women: for the 8 The highways lie waste, the way. vintage shall fail, the gathering shall not faring man ceaseth: he hath broken the come
covenant, he hath despised the ciues, he 11 Treible, ye women that are at regardleth no man. case ; he troubled, ye careless ones : strip 9 The earth mourneth and languisheth : ye, and make ye bare, and gird sack Lebanon is ashamed and hewn down : cloth upon your loins.
Sharon is like a wilderness; and Bashan 12 They shall lament for the teats, for and Carmel shake off their fruits. the pleasant fields, for the fruitful vine. 10 Now will I rise, saith the LOPD ;
13 Upon the land of my people shall now will I be exalted; now will I lift come up thorns und briers ; yea, "pon ali the houses of joy in the joyous city : 11 Ye shall conceive chaff, ye shall
14 Because the palaces shall be forsaken; ! bring forth stubble: your breath, as fixe, the multitude of the city shall be left; the sball devour you. forts and towers shall be for dens forever, 12 And the people shall be as the a joy of wild asses, a pasture of flocks; burnings of lime: as thorns cut up shall
15 Until the spirit be poured upon they be burned in the rire. ris from on high, and the wilderness be 13 7 Hear, ve thiut are far off, what I a fruitful field, and the fruitful field be have done ; and ye that are ncar, accounted for a forest.
knowlevige iny might. 16 Then judgment shall dwell in the 14 The sinners in Zion are afraid ; wilderness, and righteousness remain in fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites. the fruitful field.
Who among us shall dwell with the cle17 And the work of righterusness shall i vouring fire? who among us shall dwell he peace; and the effect of righteousness, with everlasting isurnings? quiculess and assurance for ever.
15 He that walketh righteously, and 18 And my people shall dwell in a spcaketh uprightly; he that despiseth the
How God revengeth his church. CHAP. xxv. Certainty of the firopiliccy. 565 gain of oppressions, that shuketh his hands with the blood of lambs and goats, with froin holding of bribes, that stoppeth his ll the fet of the kidneys of rams : for the ears from hearing of blood, and shutteth 'Lord hath a sacrilice in Bazrah, and a his eves from seeing evil;
great slaughter in the land of Idumea. 16° He shall dwell on high : liis place of And the unicorns shall come down defence shall be the munitions of rocks : with them, and the bullocks with the bulls; bread shall be given him ; luis waters stull " and ticir land shall be soaked with bicod, be sure.
and their dust made fat with fatness. 17 Thine eyes shall see the king in his 8 For it is the day of the Lord's veilbeauty : they shall behold the land that geance, and the rear of recompenses for is very far off.
the controversy of Zion. 18 Thme heart shall meditate terror. 9 And the streams thereof shall be Where is the scribe? where is the receiv- turned into pitch, and the dust thereof er? where is he that counted the towers? into brimstone, and the land thereof shall
19 Thou shalt not see a tierce people, become burning pitch, a people of deeper speech than thou canst 10 It shall not be quenched night nor perceive; of a stammering tongue, that day ; the smoke thereof shall go up for thou canst not understand.
ever: from generation to generation it 20 Look upon Zion, the city of our so- shall lie waste ; none shall pass through lemnities : thine eyes shall see Jerusalem it for ever and ever. a quiet habitation, a tabernacle that shall 11 1 But the cormorant and the bitnot be taken down; not one of the stakes tern shall possess it; the owlalso and the thereof shall ever be removed, neither raven shail dwell in it: and he shall shall any of the cords thereof be broken. stretch out upon it the line of confusion,
21 But there the glorious Lord will be and the stone- of emptiness. unto us a piaceof broad rivers and streams; 12 They shall call the nobles thereof wherein shall go no galley with oars, nei- to the kingilom, but none shall be there, ther shall gallant ship pass thereby. and all her princes shall be nothing
22. For the LORD is our judge, the 13 And thorns shall come up in her LORD is our lawgiver, the Lord is our palaces, nettles and bramb>les in the forse king; he will save us,
tresses thereof: and it shall be a habita23 Thy tacklings are loosed; they could tion of dragons, and a court for owls. not well strengthen their mast, they could 14 The wild beasis of the resort shall not spread the suil : then is the prey of a also meet with the will icists of the ishgreat spoil divided; the lame takethe prey. and, and the satyr shall cry tohis fellow
24. And the inhabitant shall not say, I the screech-owl also shall rest there, and am sick : the people that dwell therein tind for herself a place of rest. shall be forgiven their iniquity.
15 There shall the great owl make her CHAP. XXXIV.
nest, and lay, and hatch, itid gäller under 1 The judgments where with God reveng- lier shadow : there shall the times also
eth his church. 11 The desolation of be gathered, every one with her mate. her enemice. 16 The certainty of the 16 Seek ye out of the book of the prophecy.
LORD, and read: no one of these shall hearken, le people : let the earth mouth it hat commanded, and his spirit
, ce , on Lear, and all that is therein ; the world, it hath gathered them. and all things that come forth of it.
17 And he liath cast the lot for them, 2 For the indignation of the Lord is up- and his hand hath divided it into tiem on all nations, and his fury upon all their by line: they shall possessit Borever, from armies: lie hith uiterly destroved them, generation to generation shall they dwell he hath delivere i them to the slaughter
therein. 3 Tnvit' slain also shall be cast out, and
CHAP. XXIV. their stink shall come up out of their care 1 The jouful fiourishing of Christ's kingCities, and the mountains shall be meited cum 3 The queak are encouraged by with their blocd.
the virtuex and rrivilegis of the gospel.
Thuisderne for the solitaryeloce solved, and the heavens shall be rollel to- shall be giad them ; arıl the gether as a scroll: and all their host shall sert shall rejoice, and blesson as the rosc. tail down, as the leaf falleth <if' from the 2 It shall blocson abundantly, ane revine, and as a falling fig from the tig-tree. jnice, even with joy and singing: the glory
5 For my sword shall be bathed in of Lebanon shall be given into it, the heaven: behold, it shall come down upon excellency of Carmel and Sharon, ther Idumea, and upon the people of my cuil'se, shall see the glory of the Lord, and the to judgment.
excellency of ur Gol. Ő The sword of the Lord is filled with 3 f Strengthenye the weak linnds, and pood, it is made fat with fitness, and confirm the fechle knees.
566 The weak are encouraged. ISAIAII.
Rabchakel's blasphemy. 4. Say to them that are of a fearful to Jerusalem, Ye shall worship before Heart, Be strong, fear not : behold, your this altar? God will come with vengeance, even
8 Now therefore gire pledges, I pray God with a recompense ; lie will come thee, to my master the king of Assyria, and save you.
and I will give thee two thousand horses, 5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be if thou be able on thy part to set riders opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be upon them. unstopped.
9 How then wilt thou turn away the 6 Then shall the lame man leap as an face of one captain of the least of my hart, and the tongue of the dumb shall inaster's servants, and put thy trust on sing : for in the wilderness shall waters Egypt for chariots and for horsemen? break out, and streams in the derert. 10 And am I now come up without
7 And the parched ground shall be- the LORD against this land to destroy it ? come a pool, and the thirsty lands springs the Lord said unto me, Go up against of waer: in the lubitation of dragons, this land, and destroy it. where each lay, shall be grass with reeds 11 Then said Eliakim and Shebna and and rushes.
Joah unto Rabshakeh, Speak, I pray thee, 8 find an high way shall be there, and unto tlıy servants in the Syrian language; a way, and it sliall be called, The way of for we understand it : and speak not to holiness; the unclean shall not pass over is in the Jewg language, in the ears of it; but it shall be for those: the way-faring the people that are on the wall. mer), though fools, shall not err therein. 12 But Rabshakeh said, Hath my mas
9 No lion shall be there, nor any jav- ter sent me to thiy master and to thee to cnous beast shall go up thereon, it shall speak these words ? hath he not sent me not be found there; but the redeenied to the men that sit upon tle wall, that shall walk there :
they may eat their own dung, and drink 10 And the ransomed of the LORD shall their own piss with you ? return, and come to Zion with songs 13 Then Rabshakeh stood, and cried id everlasting joy upon their leads : with a lond voice in the Jews linguage, they shall obtain joy and gladness, and and said, Hear ye the words of the great sorrow and sighing shall flee away. king, the king of Assyria. CHAP. XXXVI.
14 Thus saith the king, Let not Ileze1 Sennacherib invadeth Judah.4 Rabsha- | kiah deceive you :-for ne shall not be
keh's blasfihemous persuasion to the peo- | able to deliver you. pile. 22 His words are told to Hezekian. 15 Neither let Hezekiah make you JOW it came to pass in the fourteenth trust in the Lord, saying, The Lord
will surely deliver us : this city shall not erib king of Assyria came up against all be delivered into the hand of the king of the defenced cities of Judah, and took || Assyria. 'them.
16 Hearken not to Hezekiah: for thus 2 And the king of Assyria sent Rab- || saith the king of Assyria, Make an agreeshakch from Lachish to Jerusalem unto ment with me by a present, and come out king Hezekiah with a great army. And to me : and eat ye every one of his vine, he stood by the conduit of the upper pool and every one of his tig-tree, and drink in the highway of the fuller's field.
ye every one the waters of his own cis3 Then came forth unto him Eliakim, i tern ; Hilkiah's son, which was over the house, 17 Until I come and take you away to and Shebna the scribe, and Joah, Asaph's || a land like your own land, a land of corn son, the recorder:
and wine, a land of bread and vineyards. 4 F And Rabshakeh said unto them, 18 Beware lest Hezekiah persuade you, Say ye now to Hezekiah, Thus saith the saying, The LORD will deliver us. Hath great king, the king of Assyria, What any of the gods of the nations delivered confidence is this wherein thou trustest? his land out of the hand of the king of
5 I say, sayrsê thou (but they are but | Assyria ? vain words) I have counsel and strength 19 Where are the gods of Hamath for war: now on whom dost thou trust, and Arpad ? where are the gods of Sethat thou rebellest against me?
pharvaim and have they delivered Sa6 L , thon trustest in the staff of this | maria out of my hand ? broken recil, on Egypt; whereon if a 20 Who are they among all the gods snan lean, it will go into his hand, and of these lands, that have delivered their pierce it : sois Pharaoh king of Egypt to land out of my hand, that the LORD all that trust in him.
should deliver Jerusalem out of my hand? 7 But it thou say to me, We trust in 21 But they held their peace, and the LORD our Goi: is it not he, whose 1 answered liin not a word: for the king's high places and whose altars llezekiah commandment was, saying, Answer lim huth iaken away; and said to Judih and
ilezekiah mourning, and praying, CĦAP. XXXVI. is confounded by Isaiah. 507
22 9 Then came Eliakim the son of i zeph, and the children of Eden which Hilkiah, that was over the household, were in Telassar? and Shebna the scribe, and Joah, the son 13 Where is the king of Hamath, and of Asaph, the recorder, to Hezekiah with the king of Arpad, and the king of the their clothes rent, and told hun the words city of Sepharvaimi, Hena, and Ivah? of Rabshakeh.
14 | And Ficzekian received the letter CHAP. XXXVII.
from the hand of the messengers, and 1 Hezekiah mourning, sendeth to Isaiah to read it : and Hezekialı went up unto the
pray for them. 6 Isaiah comforieththem. liouse of the Lord, and spread it before 36 An angel slaveth the Assyrians. 37
the LORD. Sennacherib is slain by his own 80?18. 15 And Hezekiah prayed unto the
to Lovely saying, ekialı heard it, that he rent his 16 0 LORD of hosts, God of Israel, clothes, and covered himself with sack- that dwellest between the cherubims, thou cloth, and went into the house of the art the Gol, even thou alone, of all the LORD.
kingdoms of the earth : thou hast made 2 And he sent Eliakim, who qvas over heaven and earth. the household, and Shebna the scribe, and 17 Incline thine ear, O Lord, and hear; the elders of the priests covered with open thine eyes, O LOND, and see : and sackcloth, unto Isaiah the prophet the son hear all the words of Sennacherib, which of Amoz.
hath sent to reproach the living God. 3 And they said unto him, Thus saith 18 Of a truth, Lord, the kings of Asr Hezekiah, This clay is a day of trouble, syria have laid waste all the nauons, ans) and of rebuke, and of blasphemy: for their countries, the children are come to the birth, and 19 And have cast their gods into tlie there is not strength to bring forth. fire : for they were no gods, but the work
4. It may be the Lord thy God will of men's hands, wood and stone; there hear the words of Ralshakeh, whom the fore they have desiroyed them. king of Assyria his master hath sent to 20 Now therefore, O LORD our God, reproach the living, Gol, and will 1c- save us from his hand, that all the king. prove the words which the LORD thy doms of the earth may know that thou God hath heard : wherefore lift up thy art the LORD, even thou only: prayer for the remnant that is left.
21 | Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sen: 5 So the servants of king Hezekiah unto Hezekialı, saying, Thas saith the came to Isaiali.
LORD God of Israel, Whereas thou hasi. 6. And Isaiali said unto them, Thus prayed to me against Sennacherib king shall ye say unto your master, Thus saith of Assyria : the LORD, Be not afraid of the words 22 This is the word which the LORD that thou hast heard, wherewith the ser- hath spoken concerning him ; The vir'n vants of the king of Assyria have blas- gin, the daughter of Zion, hath despised phemed nie.
thee, and laughed hee to scorn ; the 7 Behold, I will send a blast upon him, daughter of Jerusalem hath shaken her and he shall hear a rumour, and returni
head at thee. to his own land ; and I will cause him to 23 Whom hast thou reproached and fall by the sword in his own lanci.
blasphemed; and against whom hast thou 8 | So Rabshakel returned, and found exalted thy voice, and lified up thine. the king of Assyria warring against Lib- eyes on high ? even against the Iloly One nah : for he had lieard that he was de- of Isracl. parted from Lachish.
24 By thy servants hast thou reproached 9 And he heard say concerning Tir- the Lord, and liast said, By the multiNakah king of Ethiopia, He is come fortlı tude of my chariots am I come up to the to make war with thee. And when he height of the mountains, to the sides of heard it, he sent messengers to Hezekiah, Lebanon ; and I will cut down the tali saying,
cedars thereof, and the choice fir-trees 10 Thus shall ye speak to Hezekiah thereof: and I will enter into the heigle: king of Judah, saying, Let not thy God of his border, and the forest of his Carmen in whom thou trustest, deceive thee, say- 25 I have digged, and drunk water; ing, Jerusalem shall not be given into the and with the sole of my feet have I dries! hand of the king of Assyria.
up all the rivers of the besieged places. 11 Behold, thou hast heard what the 26 Hust thou roi heard long ago, now ! kings of Assyria have done to all lands have done it ; and of ancient times, that I by destroying them utterly ; and shalt, have formed it ? now have I brought it to thou be delivered ?
pass, tint thou shouldest be to lay waste 12 Have the gods of the nations deliv- . defenced cities into ruinous heaps. ered them which my fathers have de- 27 Therefore their ishbitants were stroyed, as Gozan, and Haran, and Re- of small power, the y bycie dismayal and