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The scandal of the cross excused.

5 Now therefore, what have I here, saith the Lord, that my people is taken away for nought? they that rule over them make them to howl, saith the Lord; and my name continually every day is blasphemed. 6 Therefore my people shall know my name: therefore they shall know" in that day ot I am he that doth speak: behold, at is 1. 7 TI How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth? 8 Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing: for they shall see eye to eye, when the Lord ... bring again Zion. 9 || Break forth into joy, sing together, 3. waste places of Jerusalem: for the ord hath comforted his people, he hath redeemed Jerusalem. 10. The Lord hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations: and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God. 11 s Depart ye, depart ye, go ye out from thence, touch no ..., thing; go ye out of the midst of her; be ye clean, that bear the vessels of the Lord. 12 For ye shall not go out with haste, nor go by flight: for the Lord will go be. fore you; and the God of Israel will be your rere-ward. 13 || Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high. 14 As many were astonished at thee; (his visage was sq marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men: 15. So shall he sprinkle many nations; the kings shall shut their mouths at him: for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall o consider. HAP. LIII. HO hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed? 2. For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, .#. a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall, see him, there is no bo, that we should desire him. 3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with #. and we hid as it were our faces rom him; he was despised, and we

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4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried oursorrows; yet we did osteem; him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

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The benefit of Christ's passion.

5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. 6. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. 7 He was oppressed, and he was asflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he opened not his mouth. 8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the o for the transgression of my people was he stricken. 9 And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was anu deceit in his mouth. 10 || Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand. 11. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. 12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. CHAP. LIV. ING, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the Los D. 2 Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations; spare not, lengthen thy cords, and stren then thy stakes; 3 For thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left; and thy seed shall inherit the Gentiles, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited. 4 Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashamed: neither be thou confounded; for thou shalt not be put to shame: for thou shaft forget the shame of thy youth, and shall not remember the reproach of thy widowhood any more... . 5. For thy Maker is thine husband; The Lond of hosts is his name; and thy Re: deemer the Holy One of Israel; The God

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6 For the Lord hath called thee as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, and a wife of youth, when thou wast refused, saith thy God. 7 For a small moment have I forsaken §: ; but with great mercies will I gather thee. 8 In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlastin kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the Lond thy Redeemer. 9 For this is as the waters of Noah unto me: for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth; so have I sworn that I would not be wroth with thee, nor rebuke thee. 10 For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed, but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee. 11 * O thou afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted! behold, I will lay thy stones with fair colours, and lay thy foundations with sapphires. 12 And I will make thy windows of agates, and thy gates of carbuncles, and all thy borders of pleasant stones. 13 And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord ; and great shall be the peace of thy children. 14. In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near thee. 15 Behold, they shall surely gather together, but not by me: whosoever shall gather together against thee shall fall for thy sake. 16 Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy. 17 || No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LoRD, and their rightcousness is o saith the Lord. H% every one that thirsteth, come ye ... to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. 2. Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in latness. 3 Incline your ear, and come unto me: ar, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.

o V, LVI. The happiness of believers. 4 Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people. 5 Behold, thou shalt call a nation that thou knowest not, and nations that knew not thee shall run unto thee, because of the LoRD thy God, and for the Holy One of Israel; for he hath glorified thee. 6 TI Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, callye upon him while he is near: 7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. 8 T For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways, higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. 10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: 11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I |. and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. 12 For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace : the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. s3 Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir-tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle-tree; and it shall be to the LoRD for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off. HAP. LVI. HUS saith the Lond, Keep ye judgment, and do justice: for my salvation is near to come, and my righteousness . to be revealed. 2 Blessed is the man that doeth this, and the son of man that layeth hold on it; that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and keepeth his hand from doing any evil. 3 T Neither let the son of the stranger, that hath joined himself to the Lord, speak saying, The Lord hath utterly separated me from his people: neither let the eunuch say, Behold, I am a dry tree. 4 For thus saith the Lord unto the eunuchs that keep my sabbaths, and choose the things that please me, and take hold of my covenant; 5 Even unto them will I give in mine house and within my walls, a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off. . . - 6 Also the sons o: the stranger, that join $55

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The Jews reproved for idolatry.

themselves to the Lond, to serve him, and to love the name of the Lord, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant; 7 Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt-offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted j. mine altar; for my house shall be called an house of prayer for all people. 8 The Lord God which gathereth the outcasts of Israel saith, Yet will I gather others to him, besides those that are gathered unto him. 9 || All ye beasts of the field, come to devour; yea, all ye beasts in the forest. ió His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber. 11 Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter. 12 Come ye, say they, I will fetch wine, and we will fill ourselves with strong drink; and to-morrow shall be as this day, and much more abundant. CHAP. LVII. THE o perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart: and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to conne. 2 He shall emter into peace: they shall rest in their beds, each one walking in his uprightness. 3's But draw near hither, ye sons of the sorceress, the seed of the adulterer and the whore. 4. Against whom do ye sport yourselves? against whom make ye a wide mouth, and draw out the tongue? are ye not children of transgression, a seed of falsehood; 5 Inflaming yourselves with idols under every green tree, slaying the children in the valleys under the cliffs of the rocks? 6 Among the smooth stones of the stream is thy portion; they, they are thy lot: oven’t them hast thou poured a drinkoffering, thou hast offered a meat-offering. §.;ireceive comfort in these? 7 Upon a lofty and high mountain hast thou set thy bed: even thither wentest thou up to offer sacrifice. 8 Behind the doors also and the posts hast thou set up thy remembrance: for thouhast discovered thyself to another than me, and art #". up ; thou hast enlarged thy bed, and made thee a covenant with them ; thou lovedst their bed where thou sawest it. 9 And thou wentest to the king with

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ointment, and didst increase thy perfumes, and didst send thy messengers far off, and didst debase thyself even unto hell. 10 Thou art wearied in the greatness of thy way; yet saidst thou not, There is no hope; thou hast found the life of thine hand; therefore thou wast not grieved. 11 And of whom hast thou been afraid or feared, that thou hast lied, and hast not remembered me, nor laid it to thy heart? have not l held my peace even of old, and thou fearest me not? 12 I will declare thy righteousness, and thy works; for they shall not profit thee. 13 || When thou criest, let thy companies deliver thee; but the wind §. carry them all away; vanity shall take them: but he that putteth his trust in me shall possess the land, and shall inherit my holy mountain: 1. And shall say, Cast ye up, cast ye up, prepare the way, take up the stuinbling-block out of §: wa *n eople. 15 For thus saith the high and {..}. ne that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones. 16 For I will not contend for ever, neither will I be always wroth: for the spirit should fail before me, and the souls which I have made. 17 For the iniquity of his covetousness was I wroth, and smote him: I hid me, and was wroth, and he went on frowardly in the way of his heart. 18 I have seen his ways, and will heal him : I will lead him also, and restore comforts unto him and to his mourners. 19 I create the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace to him that is far off, and to him that is near, saith the Lord; and I will heal him. 20 But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cas? up mire and dirt. 21 There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked. CHAP. LVIII. Co. aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins. 2 Yet they seek me daily, and ; to know my ways, as a nation that did righteousness, and forsook not the ordinance of their God: they ask of me, the ordinances of justice; they take delight in approaching to God. 3 *W. ore have we fasted, say they, and thou seest not? wherefore have we afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge Behold, in the day of your fast ye .# leasure, and exact all your labours.

4 Behold, ye fast for strife and debate,

The promises to godliness.

and to smite with the fist of whokedness:
ye shall not fast as ye do this day, to make
your yoice to be heard on high.
5 Is it such a fast that I have chosen? a
day for a man to afflict his soul? is it to
bow down his head as a bulrush, and to
spread sackcloth and ashes, under him?
wilt thou call this a fast, and an accepta-
ble day to the Lord?
6 Is not this the fast that I have chosen?
to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo
the heavy burdens, and to let the oppress:
ed go free, and that ye break every yoke?
7 Is it not to dealthy bread to the hun-
gry, and that thou bring the poor that are
cast out to thy house? when thou seest the
naked, that §. cover him; and that thou
hide not thyself from thine own flesh?
8 || Then shall thy light break forth as
the ". and thine health shall sprin
forth speedily: and thy righteousness sha
o before thee; the glory of the Lord
shall be thy rere-ward.
9 Then shalt thou call, and the LoRD
shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall
say, Here I am. If thou take away from
the midst of thee the yoke, the putting
forth of the finger, and speaking vanity;
10 And if thou draw out thy soul to the
hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then
shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy
darkness be as the noon-day:
11 And the Lond shall guide thee con-
tinually, and satisfy thy soul in drought,
and make sat thy bones: and thou shalt
be like a watered garden, and like a spring
of water, whose waters fail not.
12 And they that shall be of thee shall
build the old waste places: thou shalt
raise up the foundations of joyflo.
tions; and thou shalt be called, The re-
pairer of the breach, The restorer of paths
to dwell in.
13 || If thou turn away thy foot from
the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on
my holy day; and call the sabbath a de-
light, the holy of the Lorp, honourable;
and shalt honour him, not doing thine own
ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor
speaking thine own words:
14 #. shalt thou delight thyself in
the Load; and I will cause thee to ride
upon the high so of the earth, and
feed thee with the heritage of Jacob th
father: for the mouth of the Lord hat

spoken it.
CHAP. LIX.
EHOLD, the Lord's hand is not
shortened, that it cannot save; nei-
ther his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:
2. But your iniquities have separated
between you and your God, and your sins
have hid }. face from you, that he will
not hear.
3 For your hands are defiled with blood,

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and your fingers with iniquity; your lips
have spoken lies, your tongue hath mut-
tered perverseness.
4 None calleth for justice, nor any
pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity,
and speak lies; they conceive mischief,
and bring fort o
5 They hatch cockatrices' eggs, and
weave the spider's web: he that eateth
of their eggs dieth, and that which is
crushed breaketh out into a viper.
6 Their webs shall not. become
ments, neither shall they cover themselves
with their works: their works are works
of . and the act of violence is in
their hands. .
7 Their feet run to evil, and they make
haste to shed innocentblood: their thoughts
are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and de-
struction are in their paths.
8 The way of peace they know not: and
there is no judgment in their goings: they
have made them crooked paths: whoso-
ever goeth therein shall not know peace.
9 # Therefore is judgment far from us,
neither doth justice overtake us: we wait
for light, but behold obscurity; for bright-
ness, but we walk in darkness.
10 We grope for the wall like the blind,
and we grope as if we had no eyes: we
stumble at noon-day as in the night; we
are in desolate places as dead men.
11 We roar all like bears, and mourn
sore like doves; we look foriudgment, but
there is none; for salvation, but it is far off
from us.
12 For our transgressions are multiplied
before thee, and our sins testify against
us: for our transgressions are with us; and
as for our iniquities, we know them;
13 In transgressing and lying against the
Load, and departing away from our God,
speaking oppression and revolt, conceiv-
# and uttering from the heart words of
falsehood.
14 And judgment is turned away back-
ward, and justice standeth afar off: for
truth is falsen in the street, and equity
cannot enter.
15 Yea, truth faileth; and he that de-
parteth from evil maketh himself a prey:
and the Lord saw it, and it displeased him
that there was no judgment.
16 || And he saw that there was no man,
and wondered that there was no interces-
sor: therefore his arm brought salvation
unto him; and his righteousness, it sus-
tained him
17 For he put on righteousness as a
breast-plate, and a helmet of salvation
po 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

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compense 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 T And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the Lord. 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 put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of . mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed'sseed, saith the Lord, from henceforth and for ever. CHAP. LX. 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 seen upon thee. 3 And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. *"List 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 this side. 5 Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee. 6 The multitude of camels shall cover thee, the dromedaries of Midian and Ephah ; all they from Sheba shall come: they shall bring gold and incense; and they shall shew forth, the praises of the ions. 7 All the flocks of Kedar shall 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 ... and as the doves to their windows? 9 Surely the isles 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.

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12 For the nation and kingdom that will not serve thee shall perish ; yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted. 13 The o 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 afflicted 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 Lond, The Zion of the Holy One of Israel. 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 breastofkings: and thou shalt know that I the Lord arre 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 gatés Praise. 19 The sun shall be no more thy light by day: neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee: but the Lorr, 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 everlasting light. and the days of thy mourning shall 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 Å little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation: I the LoRD will hao it in his time.

HE Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hathanointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he lo sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim 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 heaviness; that they might be corre. of righteous

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