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That prepare a table for that troop,
And that furnish the drink offering unto that number.
Therefore will I number you to the sword,
And ye shall all bow down to the slaughter:
Because when I called, ye did not answer;
When I spake, ye did not hear;
But did evil before mine eyes,
And did choose that wherein I delighted not.
Therefore thus saith the Lord God,
Behold, my servants shall eat, but ye shall be hungry:
Behold, my servants shall drink, but


shall be thirsty: Behold, my servants shall rejoice, but


shall be ashamed: Behold, my servants shall sing for joy of heart, But ye shall cry

for sorrow of heart, And shall howl for vexation of spirit. And


shall leave your name for a curse unto my chosen: For the Lord God shall slay thee, And call his servants by another name: That he who blesseth himself in the earth shall bless

himself in the God of truth; And he that sweareth in the earth shall swear by

the God of truth; Because the former troubles are forgotten, And because they are hid from mine eyes.

For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: And the former shall not be remembered, nor come

into mind. But be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I

create: For, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her

people a joy. And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people: And the voice of weeping shall be no more heard

in her, nor the voice of crying. There shall be no more thence an infant of days, Nor an old man that hath not filled his days: For the child shall die an hundred years old; But the sinner being an hundred years old shall be

accursed. And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; And they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of

them. They shall not build, and another inhabit; They shall not plant, and another eat: For as the days of a tree are the days of my people, And mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their

hands. They shall not labour in vain, Nor bring forth for trouble; For they are the seed of the blessed of the Lord, And their offspring with them.

And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I

will answer;
And while they are yet speaking, I will hear.
The wolf and the lamb shall feed together,
And the lion shall eat straw like the bullock:
And dust shall be the serpent's meat.
They shall not hurt nor destroy in all

all my holy mountain, saith the Lord.

Thus saith the Lord,
The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my foot-
And will bring their fears upon them;
Because when I called, none did answer;
When I spake, they did not hear:
But they did evil before mine eyes,
And chose that in which I delighted not.

my rest?

stool: Where is the house that ye build unto me? And where is the place of For all those things hath mine hand made, And all those things have been, saith the Lord: But to this man will I look, Even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, And trembleth at my word. He that killeth an ox is as if he slew a man; He that sacrificeth a lamb, as if he cut off a dog's

neck; He that offereth an oblation, as if he offered swine's

blood; He that burneth incense, as if he blessed an idol. Yea, they have chosen their own ways, And their soul delighteth in their abominations. I also will choose their delusions,

Hear the word of the Lord, ye that tremble at his

word; Your brethren that hated

you, That cast you out for my name's sake, said, Let the Lord be glorified: But he shall appear to your joy, and they shall be

ashamed. A voice of noise from the city, a voice from the

temple, A voice of the Lord that rendereth recompence to

his enemies. Before she travailed, she brought forth; Before her pain came, she was delivered of a man

child. Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such

things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? Or shall a nation be born at once? For as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her

children. Shall I bring to the birth, and not cause to bring

forth? saith the Lord:

Shall I cause to bring forth, and shut the womb?

saith thy God. Rejoice ye with Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all

ye that love her: Rejoice for joy with her, all ye that mourn for her: That ye may suck, and be satisfied with the breasts

of her consolations; That ye may milk out, and be delighted with the

abundance of her glory. For thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, And the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream: Then shall ye suck, ye shall be borne upon her sides, And be dandled upon her knees. As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I com

fort you;



shall be comforted in Jerusalem. And when ye see this, your heart shall rejoice, And your bones shall flourish like an herb: And the hand of the Lord shall be known toward

his servants, And his indignation toward his enemies. For, behold, the Lord will come with fire, And with his chariots like a whirlwind, To render his anger with fury, And his rebuke with flames of fire. For by fire and by his sword will the Lord plead with all flesh:

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