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We will ride upon the swift; therefore shall they that pursue you be swift. 17 One thousand shall flee at the rebuke of one; at the rebuke of five shall ye flee: till ye be left as a beacon upon the top of a mountain, and as an ensign on a hill. 18's And therefore will the Lo R D wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you : for the Lo R D is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for him. 19 For the people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem: thou shalt weep no more : he will be very gracious unto thee at the voice of thy cry; when he shall hear it, he will answer thee. 20 And though the Lond give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be removed into a corner any more, but thine cyes shall see thy teachers: 21 And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left. 22 Ye shall defile also the covering of thy graven images of silver, and the ornament of thy molten imagcs of gold : thou shalt cast them away as a menstruous cloth ; thou shalt say unto it, Get thee hence. 23 Then shall he give the rain of thy seed, that thoushaltsow the ground withal; and bread of the increase of the earth, and it shall be fat and plentedus: in that day shall thy cattle feed in large pastures. 24 The oxen likewise and the young asses that ear the ground shall eat clean rovender, which hath been winnowed with the shovel and with the fan. 25 And there shall be upon every high mountain, and upon every high hill, 1ivers and streams of waters in the day of the great slaughter, when the towers fall. 26 Moreover the light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun, and the fight of the sun shall be sevenfold, as the light of seven days, in the day that the LoRD bindeth up the breach of his people, and healeth the stroke of their wound. ... * Behold, the name of the Lo RD cometh from far, burning with his anger, and the burden thereof is heavy: his lips are full of indignation, and his tongue as a devouring fire : 28 And his breath, as an overflowing stream, shall reach to the midst of the neck, to sift the nations with the sieve of vanity : and there shall lie a bridle in the jaws of the peoplc, causing them to err. 29 Ye shall liave a song, as in the night when a holy solemnity is kept; and gladness of heart, as when one goeth with a jipe to come into the mountain of the }: p, to the mighty ()ne of Israel.
30 And the Lord shall cause his glo1ious voice to be heard, and shall shew the lighting down of his arm, with the indignation of his anger, and with the flame of a devouring fire, with scattering, and tempest, and hailstones. 31 For through the voice of the Lorn shall the Assyrian be beaten down, which smote with a rod. 32 And in every place wherethegrounded staff shall pass, which the Loop shall lay upon him, it shall be with tabrets and harps: and in battles of shaking will he fight with it. 33 For Tophet is ordained of old; yea, for the king it is prepared; he hath made it deep and large : the pile thereof is fire and much wood ; the breath of the LoRD, like a stream of brimstone, doth kindle it. CHAP. XXXI. The firofthet sheveth the folly in trusting to Egypt, and forsaking of God. Wo: to them that go down to Egypt for help ; and stay on horses, and trust in chariots, because they are many; and in horsemen, because they are very strong; but they look not unto the Holy One of Israel, neither seek the Lo RD ! 2 Yet he also is wise, and will bring evil, and will not call back his words: but will arise against the house of the evil-doers, and against the help of them . that work iniquity. 3 Now the Egyptians are men, and not God; and their horses flesh, and not spirit, When the Lo R p shall stretch out his hand, both he that helpeth shall fall, and he that is holpen shall fall down, and they all shall fail o: 4. For thus hath the Lord spoken unon me, Like as the lion and the young lion roaring on his prey, when a multitude of shepherds is called forth against him, he will not be afraid of their voice, nor abase himself for the noise of them: so shall the Lord of hosts come down to fight for mount Zion, and for the hill thereof, 5 As birds flying, so will the Lord of hosts defend Jérusalem ; defending also he will deliver it ; and passing over he will preserve it. 6 [Turn ye unto him from whom the children of Israel have deeply revolted. 7 For in that day every man shall cast away his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which your own hands have made unto you for a sin. 8 * Then shall the Assyrian fall with the sword, not of a mighty man; and the sword, not of a mean man, shall devour him; but he shall flee from the sword, and his young men shall be discomfited. 9 And he shall pass over to his strong
huld for fear, and his poinces shall be
364 Riessings of Christ's Kingdom. ISAIAH.
afrid of the ensign, saith the Lo RD, who e fire is in Zion, and his furnace in
Jerusalem. CHAP. XXXII. 1 she blessings of Christ's kingdom. 9 1), olation is foreshewn. 15 Restoratio is fromised to succeed. EHOLD, a king shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall rule in judgment. 2 And a man shall be as an hidingplace from tie wind, and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a w cary land. 3 And the eves of them that see shall not be dim, and the ears of them that hear on all hearken. 4 The heart also of the rash shall understand knowledge, and the tongue of the stammeters shall be ready to speak plainly. 5 The vile person shall be no more called liberal, nor the churl said to be bountiful. 6 For the vile person will speak villany, and his heart will work iniquity, to practise hypocrisy, and to utter croor against the LöRD, to make empty the soul of the hungry; and he will cause the drink of the thirsty to fail. 7 The instruments also of the churl are evil: he deviseth wicked devices to destroy the poor with lying words, even when the needy speaketh right. 8 But the liberal deviseth liberal things; and by liberal things shall he stand. 9 * Rise up, ye women that are at ease; hear my voice, ye careless daughters ; give ear unto my speech. 10 Many days and years shall ye be troubled, ye careless women : for the vintage shall fail, the gathering shall not Cold it. 11 Tremble, ye women that are at case ; he troubled, ye careless oncs: strip ye, and make ye bare, and gird sack cloth upon your loins. 12 They shall lament for the teats, for the pleasant fields, for the fruitful vine. 13 Upon the land of my people shall come up thorns and briers; yea, upon all the houses of joy in the joyous city: 14 Because the palaccsshall beforsaken; the multitude of the city shall be left; the forts and towers shall be for dens for ever, a joy of wild asses, a pasture of flocks; 15 Until the spirit be poured upon us from on high, and the wilderness be a fruitful field, and the fruitful field be counted for a forest. 16 Thon judgment shall dwell in the wilderness, and righteousness remain in the fruitful field. 1, And the work of righteousness shal;
be peace; and the effect of righteousness,
quiculess and assurance for ever. 18 And my people shall dwell in a
God’s favour toward it. peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting-places; 19 When it shall hail, coming down on the forest ; and the city shall be low in a low place. 20 Blessed are ye that sow beside all waters, that send forth thither the feet of the ox and the ass. CHAP. XXXIII. 1 God's judgments against the enemies of the church. 13 Thr/rivileges of the gro. Ol' to thee that spoilest, and to 1. - Trast not spoiled; and dealestorescherously, and they dealt not treacherously with thee! when thou shalt cease to spoil, thou shalt be spoiled; and when thru shalt make an end to deal treachers,sly, they shall deal treacherously with thee. 2 O Lorp, bc 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... fled ; at the lifting up of thyself the hations were scattered. 4 And you spoil shall be gathered Hike the gathering of the catcrpillar : as the unning 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 hitterly. 8 The highways lie waste, the wayfaring 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 Lot D : 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 o done ; and ye that are near, acknowledge my might. 14 'i he sinners in Zion are afraid : ! fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites. Who o; us shall dwell with the de•ouring fire? who among us shall dwell with everiasting burnings? 15. He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly ; he that despiseth the
How God revengeth his church. CHAP. gain of oppressions, that shaketh his hands || #. holding of brixes, that stop eth his ears from hearing of blood, and shutteth his eyes from secting evil; 16. He shall dwell on high: his place of defence shall be the mutitions 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 laid that is very far off. * 18 Thine heart shall meditate terror. Where is the scribe 2 where is the receiver 2 where is he that counted the towers * 19 Thou shalt not see a fierce people, a people of deeper speech than thou canst perceive ; of a stammering tongue, that thout camst 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 Lorp will be untous a placcos broad rivers and streams; wherein simall go no galley with oars, neither shall gallant ship pass thereby. o 22 For the Lon D is our judge, the H.O.R D is our lawgiver, 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 sai!: then is the prey of a great spoil divided; the lame take the prey. 24 And the inhabitant shall not say, I am sick : the people that dwell therein * /ai/ be forgiven their iniquity. CHAP. XXXIV. 1 The judgments whereoth God revengeth /lis church. 11 The desolation of her enconice. 16 The certainty of the firosh cy. * O.M.F. hear, ye nations, to hear; and hearken, ye people : let the earth Lear, and all that is ". the world, ::1:d all things that come forth of it. 2 For the indignation of the Lorp is upon all nations, and his fury upon all their armies: lie hath utterly destroyed them, he h;th delivered them to the slaughter. 3 invir slain also shall be cast out, and their stink shal; come up out of their carcases, and the n:ountains shall be meited with their blocsl. 4 And all the host of licaven shall be disrived, and the heavens shall be rolled together as a scrol: ; and all their host shall foil down, as the leaf falleth of from the vine, and as a failing fog from the fig-tree. 5 For mv sword shall be bathed in heaven: behold, it shall come down upon Idumea, and upon the people of my curse, to Justoment. 6 The sword of the Lon D is filled with Blood, it is made fat wish fathess, and
with the blood of lambs and goats, with the fat of the kidneys of rams : for the l,o R D hath a sacrifice in Bozrah, and a great slaughter in the land of Idumea. 7 And the unicorns shall come down. with thcm, and the buttocks with the bulls; and their land shall be soaked with blood, and their dust made fat with fatness. 8 For it is the day of the Lo RD's veilgeance, and the year of recompenses for the controversy of Zion. 9 And the streams thereof shall be turned into pitch, and the dust thereof into brimstone, and the land thereof shall become burning pitch. Jo It shall not be quenchctl night nor day ; the smoke thereof shall go up for ever: from generation to generation it shall lie waste ; none shall pass through it for ever and ever. 11 *| But the cormorant and the bittern shall possess it; the owl also and the raven shall dwell in it : and he shall stretch out upon it the line of confusion, and the stones of emptiness. 12 They shall call the nobles thereof to the kingdom, but none shall be there, and all her princes shail be nothing. 13 And thorns shall come up in her palaces, nettles and brambles in the fortresses thereof: and it shall be a habitaltion of dragons, and a court for owis. 14. The wild beasts of the descrt shall also meet with the wiłł incoists of the is]and, and the satyr shal cry to his follow ; the screech-owl also shall rest there, and find for herself a place of rest. o 15 There shall the great owl make her nest, and lay, and hotch, and gather under her shadow : there shall the votures...lso be gathered, every one with her mate. 16 °. Seek ye out of the book of the I.on p, and read : no one of these shall
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4 Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not : behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompense ; he will come and save you. 5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. 6 Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb shall sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert. 7 And the patched ground shall become a co, and the thirsty lands springs of who cr: in the hobitation of dragons, where each lay, shall be grass with reeds and rushes. 8 And an highway shall be there, and a way, aid it hall be called, The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it ; but it shall be for those: the way-fitting men, though fools, shall not err therein. 9 No lion shall be there, nor arity ravcross beast shall go up thereon, it shall not be found theie ; but the redeemed shall with there : 10 And the ransomed of the Lo R D shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and Horrow and sighing shall flee away. CIHA]”. XXXVI. 1 Sennacheri’) invadeth Judah. 4 Rahshakch’s Ölassihemousfiersuasion to the fleofile. 22 His words are told to Hezekiah. No. it came to pass in the fourteenth year of king Hezekiah, that Sennachorib king of Assyria came up against all the defenced cities of Judah, and took them. 2 And the king of Assyria sent Rabshakch 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 I.iiakim, Hilkiah's son, which was over the house, and Shebna the scribe, and Joah, Asaph’s son, the recorder. 4 of And Rabshakch said unto them, Say ye now to liezekiah, Thus saith the great king, the king of Assyria, What confidence is this wherein thou trustest 2 5 I say, saves; 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 2 6 Lo, thou trustest in the staff of this
J'al shakch's blashhemy. 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 servaits, and put thy trust on Egypt for chariots and for horsemen 2 | 10 And am I now come up without the Lord against this land to destroy it * the Lop D said unto me, Go up against this land, and destroy it. 11 Then said Eliakim and Shebna and Joah unto Rabshakeh, Speak, I pray thee, unto thy servants in the Syrian language; for we understand it : and speak not to us in the Jews language, in the ears of the people that are on the wall. 12" But Rabshakch said, Hath my master sent me to thy master and to thee to speak these words 2 hath he not sent me to the men that sit upon 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 said, 1 [ear ye the words of the great king, the king of Assyria. 14 Thus saith the king, Let not IIezekiah deceive you :- for he shall not be able to deliver you. 15 Neither let Hezekiah make you trust in the Lok D, saying, 'The LGR D. will surely deliver us: this city shall not be delivered into the hand of the king of Assyria. 16 Hearken not to Hezekiah : for thus saith the king of Assyria, Make an agreement with mc by a present, and come out to me : and cat ye every one of his vine, and every one of his fig-tree, and drink ye every one the waters of his own 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. 18 Beira relest Hezekiah persuade you, saying, The Lo RD will deliver us. Hath any of the gods of the nations delivered his land out of the hand of the king of Assyria 2 19 Where are the gods of Hamath and Arpad 2 where are the gods of Sepharvaim and have they delivered Samaria out of my hand * 20 Who are they among all the gods of these lands, that have delivered their land out of my hand, that the Lof n should deliver Jerusalem out of my hand? 21 but they hold their peace, and answered him not a wood : for the king's commandment was, saying, Answer lon 110t.
Hezekiah mourning, and/raying, CHAP
22 * Then came Fliakim the son of Hilkiah, that 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. CHAP. XXXVII. 1 Hezekiah mourning, sendeth to Isaiah to /iray for them. 6 Isaiah comforieth them. 36.1n angel stayeth the Assyrians. S7 Sennacheriö is stain by his own sols. A* 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 LoR D. 2 And he sent Eliakim, who rvas 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 Lo R D 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 And Isaiah said unto them, Thus shall ye say unto your master, Thus saith the Lord, Bc not afraid of the words that thou hast heard, wherewith the serwants of the king of Assyria have biasphemed me. 7. Behold, I will send a blast upon him, and he shall hear a rumour, and return to his own land ; and I will cause him to fall by the sword in his own land. 8 s So Rabshakell returned, and found the king of Assyria warring against Libnah : for he had heard that he was dcparted 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 ..". them utterly ; and shalt be delivered 2 12 Have the gods of the nations delivered them which my fathers have destroyed, as Gozan, and Haran, and Re
zeph, and the children of Eden which were in Telassar 2 13 Where is the king of Hamath, and the king of Arpad, and the king of the | city of Sepharváin, Hena, and Ivah P T4 || And Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the messengers, and read it: and Hezekiah went up unto the house of the Lok D, and spread it before the LoR p. 15 And Hezekiah prayed unto the LoRD, saying, 16 () Lon p of hosts, God of Israel, that dwellest between the cherubims, thou art the God, even thou alone, of all thc kingdoms of the earth : thou hast made heaven and earth. 17 Incline thine ear, O Lorn, and hear; open thine eyes, O Los D, and see : an: hear all the words of Sennacherib, whics hath sent to reproach the living God. 18 Of a truth, Lok D, 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; thergfore they have destroyed them. 20 Now therefore, O Lok D our God, save us from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that thou art the Lok D, 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 viro gin, 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 lified up thine eVcs Oll loft ? even against the Iloly One of Isracl. * 24 By thy servants hast thou reproached the I.or d, and hast said, By the multitude of my chariots am I come up to the height of the niguntains, to the sides of Lebanon ; and I will cut down the tall cedars thereof, and the choice fir-trees thereof: and I will enter into the heigh. . of his border, and the forest of his Carmcl. 25 I have digged, and drunk water : and with the sole of my feet have I drick: up all the rivers of the besieged places. 26 Hast thou not heard long ago, how [. have done it; and of ancient times, that I have formed it now have I brought it to i pass, th it thou shouldest be to lay waste | defenced cities into ruinous heaps. 27 Therefore their il habitants over: " cf small power, they were disto oxi and