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The covenant of the Redeemer. CHAP. Lz. Great blessings after affliction. 583

16 || And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor : therefore his arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him. 17 For he put on righteousness as a breast-plate, and an helmct of salvation upon his head; and he put, on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloak. 18 According to their deeds, accordingly he will repay, fury to his adversaries, recompense to his enemies; to the islands he will repay recompense. 19 So shall they fear the name of the LoRD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LoRD shall lift up a standard against him. 20 " And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the Lor D. . 21 As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the LoRD ; My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have 8. in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed's seed, saith the Lord, from henceforth and for ever. CHAP. LX. 1 The glory of the church in the abundant access of the Gentiles; 15 and the great ("o. after a short affliction. RISE, shine ; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. 2 For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LoRD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be scen upon thee. 3 And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy

*; 4 Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side. 5 Then thou shaltsee, and flow together, and thiue heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shail be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee. 6 The multitude of camels shall cover thee, the dromuedaries of Midian and Ephah; all they from Sheba shallcome: they shall bring gold and incense ; and they shall shew forth the praises of the Lop d. 7. All the flocks of Kedarshall be gathered together unto thee, the rams of Nebaioth shall minister unto thee: they shall come up with acceptance on mine altar, and I will glorify the house of my glory. 8 Who are these that fly as a cloud, ared as the doves to their windows?

9 Surely theisles shall wait for me, and the ships of Tarshish first, to bring thy sons from far, their silver and their gold with them, unto the name of the Lord thy God, and to the Holy One of Israel, because he hath glorified thee. 10 And the sons of strangers shall build up thy walls, and their kings shall minister unto thee: for in my wrath I smote thee, but in my favour have I had mercy on thee. 11 Therefore thy gates shall be open continually ; they shall not be shut day nor night; that men may bring unto thee the forces of the Gentiles, and that their kings may be brought. 12 For the nation and kingdom that will not serve thce shall perish; yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted. 13 The glory of Lebanon shall come unto thee, the fir-tree, the pine-tree, and the box together, to beautify the place of my sanctuary ; and I will make the place of my feet glorious. 14. The sons also of them that affiicted thee shall come bending unto thee ; and all they that despised thee shall bow themselves down at the soles of thy feet; and they shall call thee, The city of the LoRD, The Zion of the Holy One of Is

el. 15 Whereas thou hast been forsaken and hated, so that no man went through thee, I will make thee an eternal excellency, a joy of many generations. 16 Thou shalt also suck the milk of the Gentiles, and shalt suck the breast of kings: and thou shalt know that I the LoRD am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty one of Jacob. 17 For brass I will bring gold, and for iron I will bring silver, and for wood brass, and for stones iron: I will also make thy officers peace, and thine exactors righteousness. 18 Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders; but thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and thy gates Praise. 19 The sun shall be no more thy light by day ; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee: but the Lord shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory. 20 Thy sun shall no more go down ; neither shall thy moon withdraw itself: for the Lord shall be thine everlasti light, and the days of thy mourning .# be ended. . 21 Thy people also shall be all righteous: they shall inherit the land for ever, the branch of my planting, the work of my hands, that I may be glorified. 22 A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation: I the Lo RD will hasten it in his time.

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meek ; he hath sent me to bind up the

broken-hearted, to proclait: liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound ; 2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LoRD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; 3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of ño. that they might be called trees of lighteousness, the §. of the Lost D, that he might be glorified. 4 || And they shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations. 5 And strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, and the sons of the alien shall be your plowmen and your vinedressers. 6 But ye shall be named the Priests of the Lord : men shall call you the Ministers of our God: ye shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, and in their glory shallye boast yourselves. 7 || For your shame ye shall have double; and for confusion they shall rejoice in their portion: therefore in their land they as possess the double: everlasting joy shall be unto them. 8 For I the Lo R D love judgment, I hate robbery for burnt-offering ; and I will direct their work in truth, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them. 9 And their seed shall be known among the Gentiles, and their offspring among the people: all that see them shall acknowledge them, that they are the sced which the Lor D hath blessed. 10 I will o rejoice in the LoRD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels. 11 For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth ; so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to springforthboforo all the nations. CHAP. LXII. 1 The firofthet’s servent desire to confirm the church in God's fromises. 6 The minister’s affice in fireaching the goshel. OR Zon’s sake will I not hold m peace, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof


The offices of minusters, go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth. 2 And the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and all kings thy glory: and thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the Lord shall name. 3 Thou shalt also be a crown of glory

in the hand of the Lorn, and a royal

diadem in the hand of thy God. 4 Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken ; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate: but thou shalt be called Hephzi-bah, and thy land Beulah : for the L5R D delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married. 5 For as a young man marrieth a virgin, so shall thy sons marry thee: and as

the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee.

6 I have set watchmen upon thy walls,

O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor Right: ye that make men

tion of the LoRD, keep not silence, 7 And give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth. 8 The LoRD hath sworn by his right hand, and by the arm of his strength, Surely I will no more give thy corn to be meat for thine enemies; and the sons of the stranger shall not drink thy wine, for the which thou hast laboured: 9 But they that have gathered it shall eat it, and praise the Lord ; and they that have brought it together shall drink it in the courts of my holiness. 10 "I Gothrough, go through the gates; prepare ye the way of the people; cast up, cast up the highway; gather out the stones; lift up a standard for the people. 11 Behold, the Lord hath proclaimed

unto the end of the world, Sayye to the

daughter of Zion, Behold, thy salvation

cometh; Behold, his reward is with him,

and his work before him. 12 And they shall call them, The holy

people, The redeemed of the LoRD: and

thou shalt be called, Sought out, A city not forsaken. CHAP. LXIII. - 1 Christ sherweth who he is, 2 what his vićtory over his enemies, 7 and what his 7mercy tozoard his church. HO is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah 2 this that is glorious in his as: parel, travelling in the greatness of his strength 2 I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save. 2. Wherefore art thou red in thine apparel, and thy garments like him that treadeth in the wine-fat 2 3 I have trodden the wine-pressalone; and of the people there was none with me: for I will tread them in mine anges, and trample them in my fury, and their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments, and I will stain all thy raiment. 4 For the day of vengeance is in mine heart, and the year of my redeemed is Conle, 5 And I looked, and there was none to help ; and I wondered that there was none to uphold : therefore mine own arro '. it salvation unto me; and my fury, it upheld me. 6 And I will tread down the people in

Christ's mercy toward his church. CHAP. Lxiv, Lxv.

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mine anger, and make them drunk in o, | that the mountains might flow down at

fury, and I will bring down their strengt to the earth. 7 TI will mention the loving-kindnesses of the Lo RD, and the praises of the Lor D, according to all that the Lok D hath bestowed on us, and the great goodness toward the house of Israel, which he hath bestowed on them according to his mercies, and according to the multitude of his loving-kindnesses. 8 For he said, Surely they are my people, children that will not he: so he was their Saviour. 9 || In all their affliction he was afflict

cd, and the angel of his presence, saved

them : in his love and in siis pity he redeemed them ; and he bare them, and carried them all the days of old. 10 s. But they rebelled, and vexed his holy Spirit: therefore he was turned to be their enemy, and he fought against them. 11 Then he remembered the days of old, Moses, and his *. saying, Where is he that brought them up out of the sea with the shepherd of his flock? where is he that put his holy Spirit within him 2 I2 That led them by the right hand of Moses with his glorious arm, dividing the water before them, to make uimself an everlasting name 2 13 That led them through the deep, As an horse in the wilderness, that they should not stumble 2 14 As a beast goeth down into the valley, the Spirit of the Lord caused him to rest: so didst thou lead thy people, to make thyself a glorious name. 15 Look down from heaven, and behold from the habitation of thy holiness and of thy glory: where is thy zeal and thy strength, the sounding of thy bowels and of thy mercies toward me 2 are they restrained 2 16 Doubtless thou art our father, though Abraham be ignorant of us, and Israel acknowledge us not: thou, O Lord, art our father, our Redeemer; thy name is from everlasting. 17 || O Lok D, why hast thou made us to err from thy ways, and hardened our heart from thy fear? Retion for thy servants sake, the tribes of thine inheritance. 18 The people of thy loss have pos7

thy presence,

2 As when the melting fire burneth, the fire causeth the waters to boil, to make thy name known to thine adversaries, that the nations may tremble at thy presence 3. When thou didst terrible things which we looked not for, thou camest down, the mountains flowed down at thy presence. 4 For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him. 5 Thou meetest him that rejoiceth, and worketh righteousness, those that remember thee in thy ways: behold, thou art wroth ; for we have sinned: in those is continuance, and we shall be saved. 6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. 7 And there is none that calleth u thy name, that stirreth up himself to take hold of thee: for thou hast hid thy face from us, and hast consumed us, because of our iniquities. 8 But now, O Lon D, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand. 9 s Be not wroth very sore, O Lord, neither remember iniquity for ever: behold, see, we beseech thee, we are all thy people. 10 Thy holy cities area wilderness, Zion is a wilderness, Jerusalem a desolation." 11 Our '. and our beautiful house, where our fathers praised thee, is burned up with fire: and all our pleasant things are laid waste. 12 Wilt thou refrain thyself for these things, O Lok D 2 wilt thou hold thy peace, and afflict us very sore ? CHAP. LXV. 1 The Gentiles called, and the Jews rejected. 17 The blessed state of the new Jerusalem. I AM sought of them that asked not for me ; I am found of them that sought me not: I said, Behold me, behold me, unto a nation that was not called by my name.

2 I have spread out my hands all the 586 The Genties called. day unto a rebellious people, which walketh in a way that was not good, after their own thoughts; 3 A people that provoketh me to anger continually to my face; that sacrificeth in gardcns, and burneth incense upon altars of brick; 4 Which remain among the graves, and lodge in the monuments, which eat swine's flesh, and broth of abominable things is in their vessels; 5 &. say, Stand by thyself, come not near to me; for I am holier than thou. These are a smoke in my nose, a fire that burneth all the day. 6 Behold, it is written before me: I will not keep silence, but will recompense, even recompense into their bosom, 7 Your iniquities, and the iniquities of your fathers together, saith the LoRD, which have burned incense upon the mountains, and blasphemed me upon the hills: therefore will I measure their former work into their bosom. 8 || Thus saith the LoRD, As the new wine is found in the cluster, and one saith, Destroy it not ; for a blesssing is in it: so will I do for my servants sake, that I unay not destroy them all. 9 And I will bring forth a seed out of Jacob, and out of Judah an inheritor of my mountains: and mine elect shall inherit it, and my servants shall dwell there. 10 And Sharon shall be a fold of flocks, and the valley of Achor a place for the herds to lie down in, for my people that have sought me. 11 s But ye are they that forsake the LoRD, that forget my holy mountain, that prepare a table for that troop, and that furnish the drink-offering that number. 12 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. 13 Therefore thus saith the Lord GoD, Behold, my servants shall eat, but ye shall be hungry : behold, my servants shall drink, but ye shall be thirsty : behold, my servants shall rejoice, bit ye shall be ashamed : 14 Behold, my servants shall sing for joy of heart, but ye shall cry for sorrow of heart, and shall howl for vexation of spirit. 15 And ye shall leave your name for a curse unto my chosen : for the Lord Gon shall slay thee, and call his servants by another name:


16 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


The new Jerusalem. because they are hid from mine eyes. 17 's For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth : and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind, 18 But be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which ; create : for behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy. 19 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. 20 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. 21 And they shall build houses, and inhabit them ; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them. 22 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 clect

shall long enjoy the work of their hands. 23 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. 24 And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear. 25 The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpents meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the Lord. CHAP. LXVI. 1 God still be served in humble inorio. 5 The humble comforted. 15 God’s judgments against the wicked. Tião saith the Lord, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool : where is the house that ye build unto me 2 and where is the place of my rest ? 2 For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the Lok D : but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word. 3 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 of fereth an oblation, as if he offered swine's blood ; he that burneth incense, as is he blessed an idol, Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations. 4 I also will choose their delusions, 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.

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5 || 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. 6 A voice of noise from the city, a voice from the temple, a voice of the Lo R D that rendereth recompense to his el:ennies. 7. Before she travailed, she brought forth ; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man child. 8 Who hath heard such a thing 2 who hath seen such things? shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day 2 or shall a nation be born at once 2 for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children. 9 Shall I bring to the birth, and not cause to bring forth 2 saith the Lo R D :

shall I cause to bring forth, and shut the

womb 2 saith thy God. 10 Rejoice ye with Jerusalem, and be lad with her, all ye that love her: rejoice or joy with her, all ye that mourn for her: 11 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. 12 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. 13 As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you ; and ye shall be comforted in Jerusalem. 14 And when ye see this, your heart shall rejoice, and your bones shall flourish like an herb : and the hand of the Lor D shall be known toward his servants, and his indignation toward his enemies. 15 For behold, the Lord will come with fire, and with his chariots like a

1. God’s judgments against the wicked. 587

whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire. 16 For by fire and by his sword will the Loop plead with all flesh : and the slain of the LoRD shall be many. . 17. They that sanctify themselves, and purify themselves in the gardens behind one tree in the midst, eating swine's flesh, and the abomination, and the mouse, shall be consumed together, saith the Lord. 18 For I know their works and their thoughts; it shall come, that I will gather all nations and tongues; and they shall come, and see my glory. 19. And I will set a sign among them, and I will send those that escape of them unto the nations, to Tarshish, Pul, and Lud, that draw the bow, to Tubal, and Javan, to the isles afar off, that have not heard my fame, neither have seen my glory; and they shall declare my glory among the Gentiles. 20 And they shall bring all your brethren for an offering unto the Lond out of all nations upon horses, and in chariots, and in litters, and upon mules, and upon swift beasts, to my holy mountain Jerusalem, saith the LöRD, as the children of Israel bring an offering in a clean vessel into the house of the LöRD. 21 And I will also take of them for priests and for Levites, salth the LoRD. 22 For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the Lorp, so shall your seed and your name remain. 23 And it shall ceme to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the Lord. 24 And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me : for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be

uenched; and they shall be an abhor| ring unto all flesh. :

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CHAP. I. 1 The calling of Jeremiah, 11 Iłis vision. 15 His message against Judah. 17 God fromiseth to us sist him. Th; words of Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah, of the priests that were in Anathoth in the land of BenjaInlin 2 To whom the word of the Lo RD came in the days of Josiah the son of Amon king of Judah, in the thirteenth year of his reign. 3 It cane also in the days of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah, unto the end of the eleventh year of Zedekiah the son of Josiah king of Judah,

unto the carrying away of Jerusalem captive in the fifth month. 4. Then the word of the Lord camc unto me, saying, 5 Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee ; and before thou cameșt forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. 6 Then said I, Ah, Lord GoD ! behold, I cannot speak : for I am a child. 7 || But the Lord said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak. 8 Be not afraid of their faces: for Ian

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