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An exhortation to farth. CHAP. LV, LVI. The happiness of believers.
6 For the Lord hath called thee as al 4 Behold, I have given him for a witwoman forsaken and grieved in spirit, and ness to the people, a leader and commanda wise 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 bath 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 io 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 hands. 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 ihy 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 waster to destroy. T HUS saith the Lord, Keep ye judg.
17 1 No weapon that is formed against ment, and do justice: for my salvathee shall prosper; and every tongue that tion is 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. 0, every one that tbirsteth, come ye 3 T Neither let the son of the stranger, 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.
6 Also the sons of the stranger, that join
The Jews reproved for idolatry. ISAIAH. Hypocritical
fasts reprored. themselves to the LORD, to serve him, and jointment, and didst increase thy perfumes, to love the name of the Lord, to be his and didst send thy messengers far off, and servants, every one that keepeth the sab- didst debase thyself even unto hell. bath from polluting it, and taketh hold of 10 Thou art wearied in the greatness my covenant;
of thy way; yet saidst thou not, There is 7 Even them will I bring to my holy po hope: thou hast found the life of thine mountain, and make them joyful in my hand; therefore thou wast not grieved. house of prayer: their burnt-offerings and 11 And of whom bast thou been afraid their sacrifices shall be accepted upon or feared, that thou hast lied, and hast not mine altar; for my house shall be called remembered me, nor laid to thy heart? an house of prayer for all people. have not 1 held my peace even of old,
8 The Lord God wbich gathereth the and thou fearest me not? outcasts of Israel saith, Yet will I gather 12 I will declare thy righteousness, and others to him, besides those that are ga- thy works; for they shall not profit thee. thered unto him.
13 | When thou criest, let thy compa9 | All ye beasts of the field, come to nies deliver thee; but the wind shall carry devour; yea, all ye beasts in the forest. them all away; vanity shall take them:
10 His watchmen are blind : they are but he that putteth his trust in me shall all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they possess the land, and shall inherit my holy cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving mountain; to slumber.
14 And shall say, Cast ye up, cast ye 11 Yea, they are greedy dogs which up, prepare the way, take up the stui. can never have enough, and they are bling-block out of the way of my people. shepherds that cannot understand: they 15 For thus saith the high and lolly One all look to their own way, every one for his that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is gain, from his quarter.
Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, 12 Come ye, say they, I will fetch wine, with him also that is of a contrite and humand we will fill ourselves with strong ble spirit, to revivethe spirit of the humble, drink ; and to-morrow shall be as this day, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones. and much more abundant.
16 For I will not contend for ever, neiCHAP. LVII.
ther will I be always wroth: for the spirit THE righteous perisheth, and no man should fail before me, and the souls which are taken away, none considering that the 17 For the iniquity of his covetousness righteous is taken away from the evil to was I wroth, and smote him: ! hid me, come.
and was wroth, and he went on frowardly 2 He shall enter into peace: they shall in the way of his heart. rest in their beds, each one walking in his 18 I have seen his ways, and will heal uprightness.
him: I will lead him also, and restore 3 | But draw near hither, ye sons of the comforts unto him and to his mourners. sorceress, the seed of the adulterer and the 19 I create the fruit of the lips ; Peace, whore.
peace to him that is far off, and to him that 4 Against whom do ye sport yourselves? is near, saith the LORD; and I will heal him. against whom make ye a wide mouth, and 20 But the wicked are like the troubled draw out the tongue? are ye not children sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cas! of transgression, a seed of falsehood; up mire and dirt.
5 Inflaming yourselves with idols under 21 There is no peace, saith my God, to every green tree, slaying the children in the wicked. the valleys under the cliffs of the rocks?
VRY is thy portion; theythey are thy lot: like a trumpet, and shew my even to them hast thou poured a drink- their transgression, and the house of Ja. offering, thou hast offered a meat-offering. cob their sius. Should I receive comfort in these? 2 Yet they seek me daily, and delight
7 Upon a lofty and high mountain hast to know my ways, as a nation that did thou set thy bed: even thither wentest righteousness, and forsook not the ordithou up to offer sacrifice.
nance of their God: they ask of me the 8 Behind the doors also and the posts ordinances of justice; they take delight hast thou set up thy remembrance : for in approaching to God. thou hast discovered thyself to another than 37 Wherefore have we fasted, say they, me, and art gone up; thou hast enlarged and thou seest not? wherefore bave we thy bed, and made thee a covenant with afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowthem; thou lovedst their bed where thou ledge ? Behold, in the day of your fast ye sawest it.
find pleasure, and exact all your labours. 9 And thóll wentest to the king with 4 Behold, ye fast for strife and debate,
The promises to godliness. CHAP. LIX. The Jews punished for their sins? and to smite with the fist of wickedness : and your fingers with iniquity; your lips ye shall not fast as ye do this day, to make have spoken lies, your tongue hath mutyour voice to be heard on high.
tered perverseness. 5 Is it such a fast that I have chosen? a 4 None calleth for justice, nor any day for a man to afflict his soul? is it to pleadeth for truth : they trust in vanity, bow down his head as a bulrush, and to and speak lies; they conceive mischief, spread. sackcloth and ashes under him? and bring forth iniquity: wilt thou call this a fast, and an accepta 5 They hatch cockatrices' eggs, and ble day to the LORD?
weave the spider's web: be that eateth 6 is not this the fast that I have chosen? of their eggs dieth, and that which is to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo crushed breaketh out into a riper. the heavy burdens, and to let the oppress 6 Their webs shall not become gared go free, and that ye break every yoke? ments, neither shall they cover themselves
→ Is it not to deal thy bread to the hun- with their works : their works are works gry, and that thou bring the poor that are of iniquity, and the act of violence is in cast out to thy house? when thou seest the their hands. naked, that thou cover him; and that thou 7 Their feet run to evil, and they make hide not thyself from thine own flesh? haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts
87 Then shall thy light break forth as are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and dethe morning, and thine health shall spring struction are in their paths. forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall 8 The way of peace they know not: and go before thee; the glory of the LORD there is no judgment in their goings: they shall be thy rere-ward.
have made them crooked paths: whoso9 Then shalt thou call, and the LORD ever goeth therein shall not know peace. shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall 9 À Therefore is judgment far from us, say, Here I am. If thou take away from neither doth justice overtake us : we wait the midst of thee the yoke, the putting for light, but behold obscurity ; for brightforth of the finger, and speaking vanity; ness, but we walk in darkness.
10 And if thou draw out thy soul to the 10 We grope for the wall like the blind, hungry, and satisfy the aflicted soul; then and we grope as if we had no eyes: we shall ihy light rise in obscurity, and thy stumble at noon-day as in the night; we darkness be as the noon-day:
are in desolate places as dead men. 11 And the LORD shall guide thee con 11 We roar all like bears, and mourn tinually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, sore like doves: we look for judgment, but and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt there is none; for salvation, but it is far off be like a watered garden and like a spring from us. of water, whose waters fail not.
12 For our transgressions are multiplied 12 And they that shall be of thee shall before thee, and our sins testify against build the old waste places: thou shalt us: for our transgressions are with us; and raise up the foundations of many genera- as for our iniquities, we know them; tions; and thou shalt be called, The re i3 In transgressing and lying against the pairer of the breach, The restorer of paths Lord, and departing away from our God, to dwell in.
speaking oppression and revolt, conceiva 13 1 If thou turn away thy foot from ing and uttering from the heart words of the sabbath, from doing ihy pleasure on falsehood. my holy day, and call the sabbath a de 14 And judgment is turned away backlight, the holy of the LORD, honourable ; ward, and justice standeth afar off: for and shalt honour him, not doing thine own truth is fallen in the street, and equity ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor cannot enter. speaking thine own words:
15 Yea, truth faileth; and he that de14 Then shalt thou delight thyself in parteth from evil maketh himself a prey: the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride and the Lord saw it, and it displeased him upon the high places of the earth, and that there was no judgment. feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy 16 | And he saw that there was no man, father: for the mouth of the LORD hath and wondered that there was no intercesspoken it.
sor: therefore his arm brought salvation CHAP. LIX.
unto him; and his righteousness, it susshortened, that it cannot save; nei 17 For he put on righteousness as a ther bis ear heavy, that it cannot hear: breast-plate, and a helmet of salvation
2 But your iniquities have separated upon his head; and he put on the garments between you and your God, and your sins of vengeance for clothing, and was clad have hid his face from you, that he will with zeal as a cloak. Dot hear.
18 According to their deeds, accordingly 3 For your bands are defiled with blood, he will repay, fury to his adversaries, re
B tained him
*The covenant of the Redeemer. ISAIAH.
The office of Christ. compense to his enemies; to the islands 12 For the nation and kingdom that will he will repay recompense.
not serve thee shall perish ; yea, those na19 So shall they fear the name of the tions shall be utterly wasted. LORD from the west, and his glory from 13 The glory of Lebanon shall come the rising of the sun. When the enemy unto thee, the fir-tree, the pine-tree, and shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the the box together, to beautify the place of Lord shall lift up a standard against him. my sanctuary ; and I will make the place
20 | And the Redeemer shall come to of my feet glorious. · Zion, and unto them that turn from trans 14 The sons also of them that afflicted gression in Jacob, saith the LORD. thee shall come bending unto thee: and all
21 As for me, this is my covenant with they that despised thee shall bow themthem, saith the LORD ; My Spirit that is selves down at the soles of thy feet; and upon thee, and my words which I have put they shall call thee, The city of the LORD, in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy The Zion of the Holy One of Israel. mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, 15 Whereas thou bast been forsaken nor out of the mouthof thy seed'sseed, saith and hated, so that no man went through the LORD, from henceforth and for ever. thee, I will make thee an eternal excellenCHAP. LX.
cy, a joy of many generations. A Randihem intory for the LORD'is risen Gentiles, and shalt suck
the breastof kingse
and thou shalt know that I the LORD am 2 For behold, the darkness shall cover thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the Mighty the earth, and gross darkness the people : One of_Jacob. but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and 17 For brass I will bring gold, and for his glory shall be seen upon thee. iron I will bring silver, and for wood brass,
3 And the Gentiles shall come to thy and for stones iron: I will also make thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy officers peace, and thine exactors rightrising
eousness. 4 List up thine eyes round about, and 18 Violence shall no more be heard in see: all they gather themselves together, thy land, wasting nor destruction within they come to thee: thy sons shall come thy borders ; but thou shalt call thy walls from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed Salvation, and thy gatės Praise. at thy side.
19 The sun shall be no more thy light 5 Then thou shalt see, and flow to- by day: neither for brightness shall the gether, and thine heart shall fear, and be moon give light unto thee: but the Lorn enlarged; because the abundance of the shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces thy God thy glory. of the Gentiles shall come unto thee. 20 Thy sun shall no more go down ;
6 The multitude of camels shall cover neither shall thy moon withdraw itsell: for thee, the dromedaries of Midian and the LORD shall be thine everlasting light, Ephah ; all they from Sheba shall come: and the days of thy mourning shall be they shall bring gold and incense; and they ended. shall shew forth the praises of the LORD. 21 Thy people also shall be all right
7 All the flocks of Kedar shall be ga- eous: they shall inherit the land for ever, thered together unto thee, the rams of Ne- the branch of my planting, the work of my baioth shall minister unto thee: they shall bairls, that I may be glorified. come up with acceptance on mine altar, 22 A little one shall become a thousand, and I will glorify the house of my glory and a small one a strong nation: I the
8 Who are these that fly as a cloud, and LORD will hasten it in his time. as the doves to their windows?
THE Spirit of God is upon the ships of Tarshish first, to bring thy sons from far, their silver and their gold me to preach good tidings unto the meek; with them, unto the name of the LORD thy he hath sent me to bind up the brokenGod, and to the Holy One of Israel, be- hearted, to proclaim liberty to the capcause he hath glorified thee.
tives, and the opening of the prison to 10 And the sons of strangers shall build them that are bound; up thy walls, and their kings shall minister 2 To proclaim the acceptable year of unto thee: for in my wrath I smote thee, the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our but in my favour have I had mercy on thee. God;
to comfort all that mourn ; 11 Therefore thy gates shall be open 3 To appoint unto them that mourn in continually; they shall not be shut day Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, nor night; that inen may bring unto thee the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of the forces of the Gentiles, and that their praise for the spirit of beaviness; that kings may be brought.
they might be called Trees of righteous
The blessedness of the church. CHAP. LXII, LXIII. The office of ministers. ness, The planting of the LORD, that he peace day nor night: ye that make menmight be glorified.
tion of the Lord, keep not silence, 4 And they shall build the old wastes, 7 And give him no rest, till he establish, they shall raise up the former desolations, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the and they shall repair the waste cities, the earth. desolations of many generations.
8 The LORD hath sworn by his right 5 And strangers shall stand and feed your hand, and by the arm of his strength, Surely flocks, and the "sons of the alien shall be I will no more give thy corn to be meat your ploughmen and your vine-dressers. for thine enemies; and the sons of the
6 But ye shall be named the Priests of stranger shall not drink thy wine; for the the LORD: men shall call you the Minis- which thou hast laboured: ters of our God: ye shall eat the riches of 9 But they that have gathered it shall the Gentiles, and in their glory shall ye eat it, and praise the LORD; and they that boast yourselves.
have brought it together shall drink it in 7 11 For your shame ye shall have double; the courts of my holiness. and for confusion they shall rejoice in 10 T Go through, go through the gates; their portion: therefore in their land they prepare ye the way of the people ; cast up, shall possess the double: everlasting joy cast up the highway; gather out the stones; shall be unto them.
lift up a standard for the people. 8 For I the Lord love judgment, I hate 11 Behold, the LORD hath proclaimed robbery for burnt-offering; and I will di- unto the end of the world, Say ye to the rect their work in truth, and I will make daughter of Zion, Behold, thy salvation an everlasting covenant with them. cometh; behold, his reward is with bim,
9 And their seed shall be known among and his work before him. the Gentiles, and their offspring among the 12 And they shall call them, The holy people: all that see them shall acknow-people. The redeemed of the LORD: and ledge them, that they are the seed which thou shalt be called, Sought out, A city the LORD hath blessed.
not forsaken. 10 I will greatly rejoice in the LORD,
CHAP. LXIII. hath clothed me with the garments of sal
Whitis this that comes frformedan
with dyed garments from Bozrah? vation, he hath covered me with the robe this that is glorious in his apparel, travelof righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh ling in the greatness of his strength ? I that himself with ornaments, and as a bride speak in righteousness, mighty to save. adorneth herself with her jewels.
2 Wherefore art thou red in thine ap11 For as the earth bringeth forth her parel, and thy garments like him that bud, and as the garden causeth the things treadeth in the wine-fat? that are sown in it to spring forth; so the 3 I have trodden the wine-press alone; Lord God will cause righteousness and and of the people there was none with me: praise to spring forth before all the nations. for I will tread them in mine anger, and CHAP. LXII.
trample them in my fury, and their blood FOR TVOR Zion's sake will I not hold my shall be sprinkled upon my garments, and
peace, and for Jerusalem's sake I will I will stain all my raiment. not rest, until the righteousness thereof go 4 For the day of vengeance is in mine forth as brightness, and the salvation there- heart, and the yearof my redeemed is come. of as a lamp that burneth.
5 And I looked, and there was none to 2 And the Gentiles shall see thy right-help; and I wondered that there was none eousness, and all kings thy glory: and to uphold: therefore mine own thou shalt be called by a new name, which brought salvation unto me; and my fury, the mouth of the LORD shall name. it upheld me.
3 Thou shalt also be crown of glory 6 And I will tread down the people in in the hand of the LORD, and a royal dia- mine anger, and make them drunk in my dem in the hand of thy God.
fury, and I will bring down their strength 4 Thou shalt no more be termed For- to the earth. saken; neither shall thy land any more be 7 1 I will mention the loving-kindnesses termed Desolate: but thou shalt be called of the Lord, and the praises of the LORD, Hepbzi-bah, and thy land Beulah: for the according to all that the Lord hath bestow Lord delighteth in thee, and thy land ed on us, and the great goodness toward shall be married.
the house of Israel, which he hath bestow5 For as a young man marrieth a virgin, ed on them according to his mercies, and so shall thy sons marry thée: and as the according to the multitude of his lovingbridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so kindnesses. shall thy God rejoice over thee.
8 For he said, Surely they are my peo6 I have set watchmen upon thy walls, ple, children that will not lie: so he was O Jerusalem, which shall never böld their libeir Saviour.