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Isaiah comforts Hezekiah. CHAP. XXXVIII. Hezekiah's life lengthened. os Gozan, and Haran, and Rezeph, and field, and as the green herb, as the grass the children of Eden which were in Te-on the house-tops, and as corn blasted belassar?

fore it be grown up. 13 Where is the king of Hamath, and 28 But I know thy abode, and thy going the king of Arpad, and the king of the city out, and thy coming in, and thy rage of Sepharvaim, Hena, and Ivah? against me.

14 | And Hezekiah received the letter 29 Because thy rage against me, and thy from the hand of the messengers, and read tumult, is come up into mine ears, thereit: and Hezekiah went up unto the house fore will I put my hook in thy nose, and of the Lord, and spread it before the LORD. my bridle in thy lips, and I will turn thee

15 And Hezekiah prayed unto the LORD, back by the way by which thou camest. saying,

30 And this shall be a sign unto thee, Ye 16 0 LORD of hosts, God of Israel, that shall eat this year such as groweth of itself; dwellest between the cherubims, thou art and the second year that which springeth the God, even thou alone, of all the king- of the same: and in the third year sow ye, doms of the earth; thou hast made heaven and reap, and plant vineyards, and eat the and earth.

fruit thereof. 17 Incline thine ear, O Lord, and bear; 31 And the remnant that is escaped of open thine eyes, O LORD, and see: and the house of Judah shall again take root hear all the words of Sennacherib, which downward, and bear fruit upward : hath sent to reproach the living God. 32 For at of Jerusalem shall go forth

18 Of a truth, LORD, the kings of As- a remnant, and they that escape out of syria have laid waste all the nations, and mount Zion: the zeal of the LORD of hosts their countries,

shall do this. 19 And bave cast their gods into the fire; 33 Therefore thus saith the LORD confor they were no gods, but the work of cerning the king of Assyria, He shall not men's hands, wood and stone: therefore come into this city, nor shoot an arrow they have destroyed them.

there, nor come before it with shields, nor 20 Now therefore, O LORD our God, cast a bank against it. save us from his hand, that all the king 34 By the way that he came, by the doms of the earth may know that thou art same shall he return, and shall not come the LORD, even thou only.

into this city, saith the LORD. 21 Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent 35 For I will defend this city to saveit, unto Hezekiah, saying, Thus saith the for mine own sake, and for my servant LORD God of Israel, whereas thou hast David's sake. prayed to me against Sennacherib king of 36 Then the angel of the LORD went Assyria :

forth, and smote in the camp of the Assyri22 This is the word which the LORD ans á bundred and fourscore and five thouhath spoken concerning him; The virgin, sand: and when they arose early in the the daughter of Zion, hath despised thee, morning, behold, they were all dead and laughed thee to scorn; the daughter corpses. of Jerusalem bath shaken her head at thee. 37 | So Sennacherib king of Assyria

23 Whom hast thou reproached and blas-departed, and went and returned, and phemed; and against whom hast thou ex- dwelt at Nineveh. alted thy voice, and lifted up thine eyes on 38 And it came to pass, as he was wor. high? even against the Holy One of Israel: shipping in the house of Nisroch his god,

24 By thy servants hast thou reproached that Adrammelech and Sharezer his sons the LORD, and hast said, By the multitude smote him with the sword; and they of iny chariots am I come up to the height escaped into the land of Armenia : and of the mountains, to the sides of Lebanon; Esar-haddon his son reigned in his stead. and I will cut down the tall cedars thereof,

CHAP. XXXVIII. and the choice fir-trees thereof: and I will TN those days was Hezekiah sick unto forest of his Carmel.

of Amoz came unto him, and said unto him, 25 I have digged, and drunk water; and Thus saith the LORD, Set thine house in with the sole of my feet have I dried up order: for thou shalt die, and not live.. all the rivers of the besieged places. 2 Then Hezekiah turned his face to

26 Hast thou not heard long ago, how I ward the wall, and prayed unto the LORD, have done it; and of ancient times, that I 3 And said, 'Remember now, O Lord, have formed'it? now have I brought it to I beseech thee, how I have walked before pass, that thou shouldest be to lay waste thee in truth and with a perfect beart, and defenced cities into ruinous heaps. have done that which is good in thy sight.

27 Therefore their inhabitants were of And Hezekiah wept sore. small power, they were dismayed and con 4 I Then came the word of the LORD founded: they were as the grass of the to Isaiah, saying,

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God's love to the church.

ISAIAH. Cause of the Jeu's' dereliction. preserve thee, and give thee for a cove-| their face toward the earth, and lick up nant of the people, to establish the earth, the dust of thy feet; and thou shaft know to cause to inherit the desolate heritages : that Tam the LORD: for they shall not be

9 That thou mayest say to the pitsoners, ashamed that wait for me. Go forth; to them that are in darkness, 24 Shall the prey be taken from the Shew yourselves. They shall feed in the migbty, or the lawful captive delivered ? ways, and their pastures shall be in all high 25 But thus saith the LORD, Even the places.

captives of the mighty shall be taken away, 10 They shall not hunger nor thirst, nei- and the prey of the terrible shall be delither shall the heat nor sun smite them: for vered: for I will contend with him that he that hath mercy on them shall lead them, contendeth with thee, and I will save thy even by the springs of water shall he guide children. them.

26 And I will feed them that oppress 11 And I will make all my mountains a thee with their own fesh; and they shall way, and my highways shal} be exalted. be drunken with their own blood, as w.ith

i2 Behold, these shall come from far; sweet wine: and all flesh shall know that and lo, these from the north and from the I the LORD am thy Saviour and thy Rewest; and these from the land of Sinim. deemer, the mighty One of Jacob. 13' Sing, O heavens; and be joyful,

CHAP. L. O earth ; and break forth into singing, OTTHUS saith the LORD, Where is the mountains ? for the Lord hath commented TH

bill of your mother's divorcement, his people, and will have mercy upon bis whom I have put away? or which of my afflicted.

creditors is it to whom I have sold you? 14 But Zion said, The Lord hath for- Behold, for your iniquities have ye sold saken me, and my Lord hath forgotten me. yourselves, and for your transgressions is

15 Can a woman forget her sucking your mother put away. child, that she should not have compassion 2 Wherefore, when I came, was there on the son of her womb? yea, they may no man? when I called, was there none to forget, yet will I not forget thee. answer? Is my hand shortened at all, that

16 Behold, I have graven thee upon the it cannot redeem? or have I no power to palms of my hands; thy walls are continuo deliver? behold, at my rebuke I dry up ally before me.

the sea, I make the rivers a wilderness: 17 Thy children shall make haste; thy their fish stinketh, because there is no destroyers and they that made thee waste water, and dieth for thirst. shall go forth of thee.

3 I clothe the heavens with blackness, 18 T Lift up thine eyes round about, and and I make sackcloth their covering. behold: all these gather themselves toge 4 The Lord God bath given me the ther, and come to thee.. As I live, saith tongue of the learned, that I should know the LORD, thou shalt surely clothe thee how to speak a word in season to him that with them all, as with an ornament, and is weary: he wakeneth morning by mombind them on thee, as a bride doeth. ing, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the

19 For thy waste and thy desolate places, learned. and the land of thy destruction, shall even 5 | The Lord God hath opened mine now be too narrow by reason of the inha- ear, and I was not rebellious, neither bitants, and they that swallowed thee

away

back. shall be far away.

6 I gave my back to the smiters, and my 20 The children which thou shalt have, cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: 1 after thou hast lost the other, shall say hid not my face from shame and spitting. again in thine ears, The place is too strait 7 For the Lord God will help me: therefor me: give place to me that I may dwell. fore shall I not be confounded: therefore

21 Then shalt thou say in thine heart, have I set my face like a flint, and I know Who hath begotten me these, seeing I have that I shall

not be ashamed. last my children, and am desolate, a cap 8 He is near that justifieth me: wbo will tive, and removing to and fro? and who contend with me? let us stand together : hath brought up these? Behold I was left who is mine adversary ? let him come near alone; these, where had they been?

22 Thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I 9 Behold, the Lord God will help me; will lift up mine hand to the Gentiles, and who is he that shall condemn me? lo, they set up iny standard to the people: and they all shall wax old as a garment; the moth shall bring thy sons in their arms, and thy shall eat them up. daughters shall be carried upon their 10 1 Who is among you that feareth the shoulders.

LORD, that obeyeth the voice of his ser23 And kings shall be thy nursing fa- vant, that walketh in darkness, and hath thers, and their queens thy nursing mo- no light? let him trust in the name of the thers: they shall bow down to thee with Lord, and stay upon his God.

up turned

to me.

Christ defends his people. CHAP. LI, LII. Christ's free redemption.

11 Behold, all ye that kindle a fire, that that hath stretched forth the heavens, and compass yourselves about with sparks: walkslaid the foundations of the earth; and hast in the light of your fire, and in the sparks feared continually every day because of that ye have kindled. This shall ye have the fury of the oppressor, as if he were of mine hand; ye shall lie down in sorrow. ready to destroy? and where is the fury of CHAP. LI.

the oppressor? HE

EARKEN to me, ye that follow after 14 The captive exile hasteneth that he

righteousness, ye that seek the LORD: may be loosed, and that he should not die look unto the rock whence ye are hewn, in the pit, nor that his bread should fail. and the hole of the pit whence ye are 15 But I am the LORD thy God, that digged.

divided the sea, whose waves roared: The 2 Look unto Abraham your father, and LORD of hosts is his name. unto Sarah that bare you: for I called him 16 And I have put my words in thy alone, and blessed him, and increased him. mouth, and have covered thee in the

3 For the Lord shall comfort Zion: he shadow of mine hand, that I may plant the will comfort all her waste places; and he heavens, and lay the foundations of the will make ber wilderness like Eden, and earth, and say unto Zion, Thoù art my her desert like the garden of the LORD; people. joy and gladness shall be found therein, 17 T Awake, awake, stand up, O Jeru. thanksgiving, and the voice of melody. salem, which hast drunk at the hand of the

4 T Hearken unto me, my people; and LORD the cup of his fury; thou hast drunken give ear unto me, O my nation: for a law the dregs of the cup of trembling, and shall proceed from me, and I will make my wrung them out. judgment to rest for a light of the people. 18 There is none to guide her among all

5 My righteousness is near; my salva- the sons whom she bath brought forth; tion is gone forth, and mine arms shall neither is there any that taketh her by the judge the people; the isles shall wait upon hand of all the sons that she hath brought up. me, and on mine arm shall they trust. 19 These two things are come unto thee;

6 Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and who shall be sorry for thee? desolation, look upon the earth beneath: for the hea- and destruction, and the famine, and the vens shal) vanish away like smoke, and the sword: by whom shall I comfort thee? earth shall wax old like a garment, and 20 Thy sons have fainted, they lie at they that dwell therein shall die in like the head of all the streets, as a wild bull manner: but my, salvation shall be for in a net: they are full of the fury of the ever, and my righteousness shall not be LORD, the rebuke of thy God. abolished.

21 T Therefore hear now this, thou af. 7.1 Hearken unto me, ye that know Alicted, and drunken, but not with wine: righteousness, the people in whose heart is 22 Thus saith thy Lord the LORD, and my law; fear ye not the reproach of men, thy God that pleadeth the cause of his neither be ye afraid of their revilings. people, Behold, I have taken out of thine

8 For the moth shall eat them up like a hand the cup of trembling, even the dregs garment, and the worm shall eat them like of the cup of my fury; thou shalt no more wool: but my righteousness shall be for drink it again: ever, and my salvation from generation to 23 But I will put it into the hand of them generation.

that afflict thee; which have said to thy 9 | Awake, awake, put on strength, O soul, Bow down, that we may go over: arm of the LORD; awake, as in the ancient and thou hast laid thy body as the ground, days, in the generations of old. Art thou and as the street, to them that went over. not it that hath cut Rahab, and wounded

CHAP. LII. the dragon? 10 Art thou not it which hath dried the A WAKE, awake, put on thy strength,

o Zion; put on thy beautiful garsea, the waters of the great deep; that hath ments, O Jerusalem, the holy city: for made the depths of the sea a way for the henceforth there shall no more come into ransomed to pass over?

thee the uncircumcised and the unclean. 11 Therefore the redeemed of the LORD 2 Shake thyself from the dust; arise, shall return, and come with singing unto and sit down, o Jerusalem : loose thyself Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon from the bands of thy neck, O captive their head: they shall obtain gladness and daughter of Zion. joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee 3 For thus saith the LORD, Ye have sold away.

yourselves for nought; and ye shall be re12 1, even I, am he that comforteth you: deemed without money. who art thou, that thou shouldest be afraid 4 For thus saith the Lord God, My of a man that shall die, and of the son of people went down aforetime into Egypt to man which shall be made as grags; sojourn there; and the Assyrian oppressed 13 And forgettest the LORD thy Maker,lthem without cause.

The scandal of the cross excused. ISAIAH. The benefit of Christ's passion,

5. Now therefore, what have I here, 5 But he was wounded for our transsaith the Lord, that my people is taken gressions, he was bruised for our iniquiaway for nought? they that rule over them ties; the chastisement of our peace was make them to howl, saith the LORD; and upon him; and with his stripes we are my name continually every day is blas-healed. phemed.

6 All we like sheep have gone astray; 6 Therefore my people shall know my we have turned every one to his own way; name: therefore they shall know in that and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity day that I am he that doth speak: behold, of us all. it is l.

7 He was oppressed, and he was af7 T How beautiful upon the mountains Alicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he are the feet of him that bringeth good is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and tidings, that publisbeth peace; that bring- as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so eth good tidings of good, that publisheth he opened not his mouth. salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God 8 He was taken from prison and from reigneth!

ljudgment: and who shall declare his gene8 Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice; ration? for he was cut off out of the land with the voice together shall they sing: of the living: for the transgression of my for 'they shall see eye to eye, when the people was he stricken. LORD shall bring again Zion.

9 And he made his grave with the 9. 1 Break forth into joy, sing together, wicked, and with the rich in bis death; ye waste places of Jerusalem: for the because he had done no violence, neither LORD hath comforted his people, he bath was any deceit in his mouth. redeemed Jerusalem.

10 | Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise 10 The Lord hath made bare his holy him; he hath put him to grief: when thou arm in the eyes of all the nations: and all shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he the ends of the earth shall see the salvation shall see his seed, he shall prolong his of our God.

days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall 11 | Depart ye, depart ye, go ye out prosper in his hand. from thence, touch no unclean thing; go 11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, ye out of the midst of her; be ye clean, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge that bear the vessels of the LORD. shall my righteous servant justify many;

12 For ye shall not go out with haste, for he shall bear their iniquities. nor go by Aight: for the Lord will go be 12 Therefore will I divide him a porfore you; and the God of Israel will be tion with the great, and be shall divide your rere-ward.

the spoil with the strong; because he hath 13 7 Behold, my servant shall deal poured out his soul unto death: and he prudently, he shall be exalted and ex- was numbered with the transgressors; and tolled, and be very high.

he bare the sin of many, and made inter14 As many were astonished at thee; cession for the transgressors. (his visage was so marred more than any

CHAP. LIV. man, and his form more than the sons of ING, O barren, thou that didst not men:)

bear; break forth into singing, and 15. So shall be sprinkle many nations; cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with the kings shall shut their mouths at him:child: for more are the children of the for that which had not been told them shall desolate than the children of the married they see; and that which they had not wise, saith the LORD. heard shall they consider.

2 Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let CHAP. LIII.

them stretch forth the curtains of thine HO hath believed our report? and habitations; spare not, lengthen thy cords, revealed?

3 For thou shalt break forth on the right 2 For he shall grow up before him as a band and on the left; and thy seed shall tender plant, and as a root out of a dry inherit the Gentiles, and make the desoground: he hath no form nor comeliness; late cities to be inhabited. and when we shall see him, there is no 4 Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashambeauty that we should desire him. ed: neither be thou confounded; for thou

3 He is despised and rejected of men; shalt not be put to shame: for thou shalt a man of sorrows, and acquainted with forget the shame of thy youth, and shalt grief: and we hid as it were our faces not remember the reproach of thy widowfrom him; he was despised, and we hood any more. esteemed him not.

5 For thy Maker is thine husband; The 4 T Surely he hath borne our griefs, Lord of hosts is his name; and thy Re: and carried oursorrows: yet wedid esteem deemer the Holy One of Israel; The God him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. of the whole earth shall he be called.

An exhortation to farth. CHAP. LV, LVI. The happiness of believers.

6 For the Lord hath called thee as a 4 Behold, I have given him for a witwoman forsaken and grieved in spirit, and ness to the people, a leader and commanda wife of youth, when thou wast refused, er to the people. saith thy God.

5 Behold, thou shalt call a nation that 7 For a small moment have I forsaken thou knowest not, and nations that knew thee; but with great mercies will I gather not thee shall run unto thee, because of the thee.

LORD thy God, and for the Holy One of 8 In a little wrath I hid my face from Israel ; for he hath glorified thee. thee for a moment; but with everlasting 6 Seek ye the Lord while he may kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith be found, call ye upon him while he is near: the LORD thy Redeemer.

7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and 9 For this is as the waters of Noah un- the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let to me: for as I have sworn that the waters him return unto the LORD, and he will of Noah should no more go over the earth; have mercy upon him; and to our God, so have I sworn that I would not be wroth for he will abundantly pardon. with thee, nor rebuke thee.

8 | For my thoughts are not your 10 For the mountains shall depart, and thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, the hills be removed, but my kindness saith the Lord. shall not depart from thee, neither shall 9 For as the heavens are higher than the the covenant of my peace be removed, earth, so are my ways higher than your saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee. ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

11 TO thou afflicted, tossed with 10 For as the rain cometh down, and tempest, and not comforted! behold, I will the snow from heaven, and returneth not lay thy stones with fair colours, and lay thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh thy foundations with sapphires.

it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed 12 And I will make thy windows of to the sower, and bread to the eater: agates, and thy gates of carbuncles, and 11 So shall my word be that goeth forth all thy borders of pleasant stones. out of my mouth: it shall not return unto

13 And all thy children shall be taught me void, but it shall accomplish that which of the LORD; and great shall be the peace I please, and it shall prosper in the thing of thy children.

whereto I sent it. 14. In righteousness shalt thou be esta 12 For ye shall go out with joy, and be blished: thou shalt be far from oppression; led forth with peace: the mountains and for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; the hills shall break forth before you into for it shall not come near thee.

singing, and all the trees of the field shall 15 Behold, they shall surely gather to- clap their bands. gether, but not by me: whosoever shall 13 Instead of the thorn shall come up gather together against thee shall fall for the fir-tree, and instead of the brier shall thy sake.

come up the myrtle-tree: and it shall be '16 Behold, I have created the smith to the LORD for a name, for an everlasting that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that sign that shall not be cut off. bringeth forth an instrument for his work;

CHAP. LVỊ. and I have created the master to destroy: THUS saith the Lord, Keep

ye judg. thee shall prosper; and every tongue that tionis near to come, and my righteousness shall rise against thee in judgment thou to be revealed. shalt condemn. This is the heritage of 2 Blessed is the man that doeth this, the servants of the LORD, and their right- and the son of man that layeth hold on it cousness is of me, saith the LORD. that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, CHAP. LV.

and keepeth his hand from doing any evil. , every one that , ye 3 Neither let the the , money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, saying, 'The Lord hath utterly separated come, buy wine and milk without money me from his people: neither let the eunuch and without price.

say, Behold, I am a dry tree. 2 Wherefore do ye spend money for 4 For thus saith the LORD unto the that which is not bread? and your labour eunuchs that keep my sabbaths, and choose for that which satisfieth not? hearken dili- the things that please me, and take hold gently unto me, and eat ye that which is of my covenant; good, and let your soul delight itself in 5 Even unto them will I give in mine fatness.

house and within my walls, a place and a 3 Incline your ear, and come unto me: name better than of sons and of daughters: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will I will give them an everlasting name, that make an everlasting covenant with you, shall not be cut off. even the sure mercies of David.

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