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The vanity of idols, and CHAP. XLV. folly of idol-makers. 573 his hand onto the Lord, and surname | they cannot see; and their hearts, that himself by the name of Israel.

they cannot understand. 6 Thus saith the Lord the King of Is- 19 And none considereth in his heart, rael, and his Redeemer the Lord of neither is there knowledge nor underhosts ; I am the first, and I am the last ; standing to say, I have burned part of it and beside me there is no God.

in the fire; yea, also I have baked bread 7 And who, as I, shall call, and shall || upon the coals thereof; I have roasted declare it, and set it 'in order for me, | flesh, and eaten it : and shall I mako the since I appointed the ancient people residue thereof an abomination shall I and the things that are coming, and shall || fall down to the stock of a tree? come, let them shew imto them.

20 He feedeth on ashes: a deceived 8 Fear ye not, neither be afraid : have heart hath turned him aside, that he net I told thee from that time, and have cannot deliver his soul, nor say, Is there declared it ? ve are even my witnesses. | not a lie in my right hand? Is there a God beside me? yea, there is 21 9 Remember these, O Jacob and Isno Gud; I know not any.

rael; for thou art my servant: I have 9 $ They that make a graven im- formed thee; thou art my servant: 0 Isage are all of them vanity; and their rael, thou shalt not be forgotten of me. delectable things shall not protit ; and 22 I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, they are their own witnesses ; they see thy transgressions, and as a cloud, thy not, nor know; that they may be asham- sins : return unto me; for I have reed.

deemed thee. 10 Who hath formed a god, or molten 23 Sing, () ye heavens; for the LORD a graven images that is profitable for hath done it: shout, ye lower parts of nothing?

the earth : break forth into singing, ye 11 Behoid, all his fellows shall be a- || monains, O forest, and every tree theresliamed: and the workmen, they are of in: for the Lord hath redeemed Jacob, men : let them all be gathered together, and glorified himself in Israel. let them stand up; yet they shall fear, 24 Thus saith the LORD thy Redeemer, and they shall be ashamed together. and he that formed thee from the womb,

12 The smith with the tongs both I am the LORD that maketh all things ; worketh in the coals, and fashioneth it that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; with hammers, and worketh it with the that spreadeth abroad the earth by myst rength of his arms: yea, he is hungry, self: and his strength faileth : lie drinketh no 25 That frustrateth the tokens of the water, and is taint.

liars, and maketh diviners mad; that 13 The carpenter stretcheth out his turneth wise men backward, and maketh rule; he marketh it out with a line; he their knowledge foolish; fitteth it with planes, and he marketh it 26 That confirmeth the word of his out with the compass, and maketh it af- servant, and performeth the counsel of ter the figure of a man, according to the his messengers; that saith to Jerusalem, beauty oť a man ; that it may remain in Thou shalt be inhabited; and to the citthe house.

ies of Judah, Ye shall be built, and I will 14 He heweth him down cedars, and raise up the decayed places thereof: taketh the cypress and the oak, which 27 That saith to the deep, Be dry, and he strengtheneth for himself among the I will dry up thy rivers: trees of the forest : he planteth an ash, 28 That saith of Cyrus, He is my shepand the rain doth nourish it.

herd, and shall perform all my pleasure: 15 Then shall it be for a man to burn: even saying to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be for he will take thereof, and warm himself; built; and to the temple, Thy foundation yea, he kindleth it, and baketh bread; I shall be laid. yea, he maketh a god, and worshippeth

CHAP. XLV. it ; he maketh it a graven image, and | 1 God calleth Cyrus for his church's sake. falleth down thereto.

5 He challengeth obedience. 20 He con16 He burneth part thereof in the fire ; vinceth the idols of vanity. with part thereof he eateth fesh; he "HUS saith the Lord to his anointed, roasteth roast, and is satisfied : yea, he to Cyrus, whose right hand I have warmeth himself, and saith, Ana, I am holden, to subdue nations before him; and warm, I have seen the fire :

I will loose the loins of kings, to open 17 And the residue thereof he maketh before him the two-leaved gates, and the a god, even his graven image: he falleth gates shall not be shut ; down unto it, and worshippeth it, and 2 I will go before thee, and make the prayeth unto it, and saith, Deliver me ; crooked places straight : I will break in for thou art my god.

pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sun18 They have not known nor under- der the bars of iron : stood : for he hath shut their eyes, that 3 And I will give thee the treasures of

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The vanity of idols. darkness, and hidden riches of secret led the earth and made it ; he hath estab places, that thou mayest know that I, the lished it, he created it not in vain, he LOR), 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- 19 I have not spoken in secret, in a rael mine elect, I have even called the 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 f 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 me: draw near together, ye that are 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: 1 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 ? 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 Şaviour ; 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 carth : 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 fashioneth il, What makest and shall not return, That unto me evthou? or thy work, He hath no hands? ery knee shall bow, every tongue shall

10 Woe unto him that saith unto his 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 hands rael 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 freople to stretched out the heavens, and all their the end. 5 Idols not comparable to God. host have I commanded.

EL boweth down, Nebo stoopeth, 13 I have raised him up in righteous- 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 Sıbeans, men of stature, shall come 3 | Hearken into me, O house of Jaover unto thee, 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 4 And even to your old age I am he ; unto thee, saying, Surely God is in thee; 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 ? 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 : ye 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 form- and he standeth ; from his place shall he

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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 yourselves edness: thou hast said, None seeth me men : bring it again to mind, ye trans- Thy wisdom and thy knowledge, it hath gressors.

perverted thee; and thou hast said in 9 Rernember the former things of old : ibine heart, I am, and none else beside for I am God, and there is none else ; I am God, and there 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 profit, 12 (Hearken urto me, ye stout-hearted, if so be thou mayest prevail. that are far from righteousness :

13 'Thou art wearied 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 in i tors, 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 burn them; they shall not deliver

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

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

virgin daughter of Babylon, sit on 15 Thus shall they be unto thce with the ground: there is no throne, o daugh- whom thou hast laboured, even thy merter of the Chaldeans: for thou shalt no 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: 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 os

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 EAR

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which are called by the name Is4 As for our Redeemer, the Lord | rael, 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 l I was wroth with my people, I have of Israel ; The Lord of hosts is his polluted mine inheritance, and given them 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, thou 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 thee : lest thou shouldest say, none else beside me; I shall not sit as Mine 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 shallcome to thee 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 froin this time, even hidden upon thee in their perfection, for the mul- things, and thou didst not know them.

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576 An exhortation to obedience. ISAIAH. Christ complaineth of the Jews. 7 They are created now, and not from

CHAP. XLIX. the beginning; even before the day when 1 Christ, being sent to the Jews, complainthou heardest them not ; lest thou should- eth of them. 5 He is sent to the Genest say, Behold, I knew them.

tiles. 13 God's love to the church. 8 Yea, thou heardest not ; yea, thou

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ISTEN, O isles, unto me; and bearkknewest not ; yea, from that time that en, ye people, from far; The LORD thine ear was not opened : for I knew hath called me from the womb, from the that thou wouldest deal very treacherous- | bowels of my mother hath lie made menly, and wast called a transgressor from tion of my name. the womb.

2 And he hath made my mouth like a 9 | For my name's sake will I defer sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand mine anger, and for my praise will I re- hath he hid me, and made me a polished frain for thee, that I cut thee not off. shaft ; in his quiver hath he hid me;

10 Behold, I have refined thee, but not 3 And said unto me, Tholi art my serwith silver; I have chosen thee in the fur- vant, ( Israel, in whom I will be glorified. 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 nouglit, and own sake, will I do it: for how should my in vain ; yel surely my judgment is with name be polluted? and I will not give my the Lord, and my work with my God. glory unto another.

5 | And now, saith the LORD that 12 | Hearken unto me, ( 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 of the earth, and my right hand hath God shall be my strength. spanned the heavens : when I call unto 6 And he said, It is a light thing that them, they stand up together.

thou shouldest bemy servant to raise up the 14' All ye, assemble yourselves and tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preservhcar ; which among them hatlı 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 shall 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, I choose thee. and his Spirit, hath sent me.

8 Thus saith the LORD, In anacceptable 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 thee 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 thay peace been ers, 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, 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 nor destroyed from before || for he that hath mercy on them shall lead

them, even by the springs of water shall 20 f 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, 'nitter it even to way, and my highways shall be exalted. the end of the earth; say ye, The LORD 12 Behold, these shall come from far: hath redeemed his servant Jacob. 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 Sing, heavens; and be joyful, waters to flow out of the rock for them : O earth ; and break forth into singing, le 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 afHicted. unto the wicked.

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God's love to the church. Chap. L, LI. An exhortation to trust in God. 577 saken me, and my LORD hath forgotten me. creditors 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; thy er to deliver? behold, at my rebuke 1 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 surely 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 evening, 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 4 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 istoostrait 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 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 justitieth 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- 104 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 liglit? 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 lave 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 delivered : for I will contend with him

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

ham, to trust in Christ. 9 Christ defend; 26 And I will feel them that oppress eth his people from fear. thee with their own flesh; and they shah HAR

EARKEN to me, ye that follow

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 shereth 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 LORI shall comfort Zion : he

in sorrow.

bill of your mother's divorcement, I will make her wilderness like Elen, and whom I have put away? or which of my ll her desert like the garden of the LORD;

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