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Babylonian captivity foretold. CHAP. XXXIX, XL. Promulgation of the gospel. 569

21 For Isaiah had said, Let them take ilery mountain and hill shall be made low: a lump of figs, and lay it for a plaster and the crooked shall be made straight, upon the boil, and he shall recover. ll and the rough places plain :

*22 Hezekiah also had said, What is 5 And the glory of the LORD shall be the sign that I shall go up to the house of | revealed, and all ilesh shall see it tothe LORD?

gether : for the mouth of the Lord hath CHAP. XXXIX.

spoken it. 1 Merodach-buladan, sending to visit 6 The voice said, Cry. And he said,

Hezekiah, hath notice of his treasures. | What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and 3 liaial foretelleth the Babylunian | all the goodliness thereof is as the flower cap iviti.

of the field: A T that time Meroclach-baladan, the 7 The grass withereth, the flower fadA son of Baladan, king of Babylon, eth : because the spirit of the Lord blowsent letters and a present to Hezekiah : 1 eth upon it : surely the people is grass, for he had heard that he had been sick, 8 The grass withereth, the flower fadand was recovered.

eth: but the word of our God shall stand 2 And Hezekiah was glad of them, and for crer. shewed them the house of his precious 9 4 () Zion, that bringest good tidings, things, the silver, and the gold, and the Il get thee up into the high mountain : 0 spices, and the precious ointment, and all Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift the house of his armour, and all that was up thy voice with strength ; lift it up, be found in bis treasures : there was nothing not afraid ; say unto the cities of Judah, in his house, nor in all his dominion, that Behold your God! Hezekiah shewed them not.

10 Behold, the LORD God will come 3 Then came Isaiah the prophet un- || with strong hand, and his arm shall rule to king Hezekiah, and said unto him, | for him : behold, his reward is with him, What said these men? and from whence and his work before him. came they unto thee? And Hezekiah said, 11 He shall feed his flock like a shepThey are come from a far country unto herd : he shall gather the lambs with his me, even from Babylon.

arm, and carry them in his bosom, and 4 Then said he, What have they seen I shall gently lead those that are with young. in thine house? And Hezekiah answered, 12 f Who hath measured the waters in All that is in mine house have they seen : the hollow of his hand, and meted out there is nothing among my treasures that heaven with the span, and comprehended I have not shewed them.

the dust of the earth in a measure, and 5 Tien said Isaiah to Hezekiah, Hear weighed the mountains in scales, and the the word of the LORD of hosts :

hills in a balance? 6 Behold, the days come, that all that · 13 Who hath directed the Spirit of is in thine house, and that which thy fa- || the LORD, or being his counsellor hath thers have laid up in store until this day, || taught him? shall be carried to Babylon: nothing shall 14 With whom took he counsel, and be left, saith the Lord.

who instructed him, and taught him in 7 And of thy sons that shall issue from the path of judgment, and taught hiin thee, which thou shalt beget, shall they knowledge, and shewed to him the way take away ; and they shall be eunuchs in of understanding? the palace of the king of Babylon.

15 Behold, the nations are as a drop 8 Then said Hezekiah to Isaiah, Good of a bucket, and are counted as the small is the word of the Lord which thou hast dust of the balance: behold, he taketh up spoken. He said moreover, For there the isles as a very little thing. shall be peace and truth in my days.

16 And Lebanon is not sufficient to CHAP. XL.

burn, nor the beasts thereof sufficient for 1 The promulgation of the gospel. 3 a burnt-offering.

The preaching of John Baptist. 9! 17 All nations before him are as nothThe jireaching of the apostles.

ing ; and they are counted to him less COMFORT ye, comfort ye my peo-than nothing, and vanity. U ple, saith your God.

18 To whom then will ye liken God? or 2 Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, what likeness will ye compare unto him? and cry unto her, that her warfare is ac 19 The workman melteth a graven complished, that her iniquity is pardon image, and the goldsmith spreadeth it ed : for she hath received of the Lord's over with gold, and casteth silver chains. hand double for all her sins.

20 He that is so impoverished that he 3 The voice of him that crieth in hath no oblation chooseth a tree that will the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of not rot; he seeketh unto him a cunning the LORD, make straight in the desert a workman to prepare a graven image that highway for our God.

shall not be moved. 4 Every valley shall be exalted, and ev- || 21 Have ye not known? have ye not 570 God expostulateth with his fieople ISAIAH. about his mercies to the church. heard ? hath it not been told you from y ends of the earth were afraid, drew near, the beginning? have ye not understood and came. from the foundations of the earth?

6 They helped every one his neigh22 It is he that sitteth upon the circle || bour ; and every one said to his brother, of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof Be of good courage. are as grasshoppers ; that stretcheth out ! 7 So the carpenter encouraged the the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth | goldsmith, and he that smootheth with them out as a tent to dwell in :

the hanimer him that smote the anvil, 23 That bringeth the princes to noth- saying, It is ready for the sodering: and ing; he maketh the judges of the earth | he fastened it with nails, that it should not as vanity.

be moved. 24 Yea, they shall not be planted ; | 8 But thou, Israel, art my servant, yea, they shall not be sown : yea, their Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of stock shall not take root in the earth : || Abraham my friend. ; and he shall also blow upon them, and 9 Thor whom I have taken from the they shall wither, and the whirlwind shall | ends of the earth, and called thee from take them away as stubble.

the chief men thereof, and said unto thee, 25 To whom then will ye liken me, or || Thou art my servant; I have chosen thee, shall I be equal ? saith the Holy One. and not cast thee away. I " ,

26 Lift up your eyes on high, and be 10 Fear thou not ; for I am with hold who hath created these things, that thee : be not dismayed; for I am thy bringeth out their hosts by number : he God : I will strengthen thee; yea, I will calleth them all by names, by the great-help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with ness of his might, for that he is strong in the right hand of my righteousness. power; not one fáileth.

11 Behold, all they that were incensed 27 Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and against thee shall be ashamed avd conspeakest, 0 Israel, My way is hid from founded : they shall be as nothing and the LORD, and my judgment is passed they that strive with thee shall perish. over from my God?

12 Thou shalt seek them, and shalt not 28 | Hast thou not known? hast thou find them, even them that contended with not heard, that the everlasting God, the || thee: they that war against thee shall be Lord, the Creator of the ends of the || as nothing, and as a thing of nought. earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? 13 For I the LORD thy God will hold there is no searching of his understanding. thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear

29 He giveth power to the faint ; and not ; I will help thee. to them that have no might he increaseth .14 Fear not, thon worm Jacob, and ye strength.

men of Israel; I will help thee, saith the 30°Even the youths shall faint and be | Lord, and thy Redeemer, the Holy One weary, and the young men shallutterly fall: of Israel. , 31 But they that wait upon the Lord 15 Behold, I will make thce'a new sharp shall renew their strength; they shall | threshing instrument having teeth : thou mount up with wings as eagles; they shall || shalt thresh the mountains, and beat them run, and not be weary; and they shall small, and shalt make the hills as chaff.” walk, and not faint.

16 Thou shalt fan them, and the wind CHAP. XLI.

shall carry them away, and the whirlwind 1 God expostulateth with his people about shall scatter them; and thou shalt rejoice

his mercies to the church, 10 about his || in the Lord, and shalt glory in the Holy

piromises, 21 about the vanity of idols. One of Israel. L EEP silence before me, O islands; and 17 When the poor and needy seek wa

I let the people renew their strength : || ter, and there is none, and their tongue let them come near; then let them speak: faileth for thirst, I the LORD will hear let us come near together to judgment. I them, I the God of Israel will not for

2 Who raised up the righteous man from the east, called him to his foot, I 18 I will open rivers in high places, and gave the nations before him, and made | fountains in the midst of the valleys : I him rule over kings? he gave them as the will make the wilderness a pool of water, dust to his sword, and as driven stubble and the dry land springs of water. to his bow.

19 I will plant in the wilderness the 3 He pursued them, and passed safely ; || cedar, the shittah-tree, and the myrtle, even by the way that he had not gone and the oil-tree ; I will set in the desert with his feet.

the fir-tree, and the pine, and the box4 Who hath wrought and done it, tree together: calling the generations from the begin- 20 That they may see, and know, and ning? I the LORD, the first, and with the consider, and understand together, that laşt; I am he.

|| the hand of the Lord hath done this, and 5 The isles saw it, and feared; the 'l the Holy One of Israel hath created it.

The office of Christ,

CHAP. XLII. mer!ortation to praise God. 571 21 Produce your cause, saith the LORD; | and my glory will I not give to another, bring forth your strong reasons, saith the neither my praise to graven images. King of Jacob.

9 Behold, the former things are come 22 Let them bring them forth, and shew | to pass, and new things do I declare: beus what shall happen: let them shew the fore they spring forth I tell you of them. former things, what they be, that we may 10 Sing unto the LORD a new song, consider them, and know the latter end of and his praise from the end of the earth, them; or declare us things for to come. ye that go down to the sea, and ail that

23 Shew the things that are to come l is therein; the isles, and the inhabitants hereafter, that we may know that ye are thereof. gods : yea, do good, or do evil, that wel 11 Let the wilderness and the cities may be dismayed, and behold is together. || thereof lift up their voice, the villages that

24 Behold, ye are of nothing, and your Kedar doth inhabit : let the inhabitants work of nought: an abomination is he of the rock sing, let them shout from the that chooseth you,

top of the mountains, 25 I have raised up one from the north, || 12 Let them give glory unto the LORD, and he shall come: from the rising of the and declare his praise in the islands." sun shall he call upon my name : and he || 13 The LORD shall go forth as a mighshall come upon princes as upon mortar, ll ty man, he shall stir up jealousy like a and as the potter treadeth clay.

man of war: he shall ciy, yca, roar; he 26 Who hath declared from the begin- || shall prevail against his enemies. ning, that we may know ? and before 14 I have long time holden my peace; time, that we may say, He is righteous? I have been still, and refrained myself: yea, there is none that sheweth, yea, there | now will I cry like a travailing woman; is none that declareth, yea, there is none I will destroy and devour at once. that heareth your words.

11 15 I will make waste mountains and 27 The first shall say to Zion, Behold, || hills, and dry up all their herbs; and I behold them: and I will give to Jerusa- i will make the rivers islands, and I will that bringeth good tidings. dry up the pools.

28 For I beheld, and there was no man; 16 And I will bring the blind by a way even among them, and there was no coun- that they knew not; I will lead them in sellor, that, when I asked of them, could paths that they have not known: I will answer a word.

make darkness light before them, and 29 Behold, they are all vanity, their || crooked things straight. These things works are nothing: their molten images will I do unto them, and not forsake them. are wind and confusion.

17 | They shall be turned back, they CHAP. XLII.

shall be greatly ashamed, that trust in 1 The office of Christ. 5 God's firomise to Il graven images, that say to the molten

him. 10 An cxhortation to praise God. || images, Ye are our gods. DEHOLD my servant, whom I uphold ; 1 18 Hear, ye deaf; and look, ye blind,

D mine elect, in whom my soul delight that ye may see. eth; I have put my spirit upon him; he 19 'Who is blind, but my servant ? or shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. | deaf, as my messenger that I sent? who

2 He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor | is blind as he that is perfect, and blind as cause his voice to be heard in the street. the Lord's servant ?

3 A bruised reed shall he not break, and 20 Seeing many things, but thou obthe smoking flax shall he pot quench: he | servest not; opening the ears, but he shall bring forth judgment unto truth. heareth not.

4 He shall not fail nor be discouraged, 21 The LORD is well pleased for his till he have set judgment in the earth : | righteousness' sake; he will magnify the and the isles shall wait for his law. law, and make it honourable.

51 Thus saith God the LORD, he 22 But this is a people robbed and spoilthat created the heavens, and stretched led; they are all of them snared in holes, them out; he that spread forth the earth, and they are hid in prison-houses; they and that which cometh out of it ; he that are for a prey, and none delivereth ; for giveth breath unto the people upon it, | a spoil, and none saith, Restore. and spirit to them that walk therein : 23 Who among you will give ear to

6 I the Lord have called thee in right- l this? who will hearken, and hear for the eousness, and will hold thine hand, and time to come? will keep thee, and give thee for a cove 24 Who gave Jacob for a spoil, and nant of the people, for a light of the Israel to the robbers ? did not the LORD, Gentiles;

he against whom we have sinned ? for 7 To open the blind eyes, to bring out they would not walk in his ways, neither the prisoners from the prison, and them were they obedient unto his law. that sit in darkness out of the prison-house. I 25 Therefore he hath poured upon him

8 I am the LORD : that is my name:"the fury of his anger, and the strength of

572 The church comforted. ISAIAH. Babylon's destruction forelold. battle: and it hath set him on fire round 15 I am the LORD, your Holy One, the about, yet he knew not; and it burned | Creator of Israel, your King. him, yet he laid it not to heart.

| 16 Thus saith the LORD, which makCHAP. XLIII.

eth a way in the sea, and a path in the 1. The Lord comforteth the church with mighty waters;

his promises. 14 He foretelleth Baby- 17 Which bringeth forth the chariot lon's destruction; 18 and his people's and horse, the army and the power; deliverance.

they shall lie down together, they shall DUT now thus saith the LORD that || not rise : they are extinct, they are

D created thee, O Jacob, and he that quenched as tow. formed thee, O Ísrael, Fear not: for 1 18 9 Remember ye not the former have redeemed thee, I have called thee things, neither consider the things of old. by thy pame; thou art mine.

19 Behold, I will do a new thing ; now 2 When thou passest through the wa- it shall spring forth; shall ye not know ters, I will be with thee; and through it? I will even make a way in the wilthe rivers, they shall not overflow thee: derness, and rivers in the desert. when thou walkest through the fire, thou 20 The beast of the field shall honour shalt not be burned; neither shall the me, the dragons and the owls: because flame kindle upon thee.

I give waters in the wilderness, and riv3 For I am the LORD thy God, the ers in the desert, to give drink to my Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave people, my chosen. Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba 2 1 This people have I formed for my. for thee.

self; they shali shew forth my praise. 4 Since thou wast precious in my sight, 22 | But thou hast not called upon me, thou hast been honourable, and I have Jacob; but thou hast been weary of loved thee : therefore will I give men for me, O Israel. thee, and people for thy life.

23 Thou hast not bronght me the small 5 Fear not: for I am with thee: I will cattle of thy burnt-offerings; neither hast bring thy seed from the east, and gather thou honoured me with thy sacrifices. I thee from the west;

have not caused thee to serve with an of 6 I will say to the north, Give up ; | fering, nor wearied thee with incense. and to the south, Keep not back: bring 24 Thou hast bought me no sweet cane my sons from far, and my daughters from with money, neither hast thou fitled me the ends of the earth ;

with the fat of thy sacrifices : but thou 7 Even every one that is called by my hast made me to serve with thy sins, thou name: for I have created him for my hast wearied me with thine iniquities. glory, I have formed him ; yea, I have 25 I, even I, am he that blotteth out made him.

thy transgressions for mine own sake, and 8 Bring forth the blind people that will not remember thy sins. ppi have eyes, and the deaf that have ears. 26 Put me in remembrance : let us

9 Let all the nations be gathered togeth- plead together : declare thou, that thou er, and let the people be assembled : who mayest be justified. * among them can declare this, and shew 27 Thy first father hath sinned, and thy us former things ? let them bring forth || teachers have transgressed against me. their witnesses, that they may be justified: 28 Therefore I have profaned the prinor let them hear, and say, It is truth. 11 ces of the sanctuary, and have given Ja

10 Yeare my witnesses, saith the LORD, cob to the curse, and Israel to reproaches, and my servant whom I have chosen:

CHAP. XLIV. that ye may know and believe me, and 1 God's church comforted. 7-The vanity understand that I am he: before me there of idols, 9 and folly of idol-makers. was no good formed, neither shall there VET now hear, o Jacob my servant ; be after mę.

1 and Israel, whom I have chosen : 11 I, even I, am the LORD; and be 2 Thus saith the LORD that made side me there is no saviour.

thee, and formed thee from the woinb, 12 I have declared, and have saved, and which will help thee; Fear not, O Jacob, I have shewed, when there was no strange my servant ; and thou, Jesurun, whom god among you : therefore ye are my wit I have chosen. nesses, saith the LORD, that I am God. 3 For I will pour water upon him that

13 Yea, before the day was, Iam he; and is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground : there is none that can deliver out of my l I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and hand: I will work, and who shall let it? | my blessing upon thine offspring:

14 | Thus saith the LORD, your Re 4 And they shall spring up as among the deemer, the Holy One of Israel; For your grass, as willows by the water-courses. sake I have sent to Babylon, and have 5 One shall say, I am the Lord's; and brought down all their nobles, and the another shall call himself by the name of Chaldeans, whose cry is in the ships. Il Jacob; and another shaú subscribe with

The vanity of idols, and CHAP. XLV. folly of idol-makers. 573 his hand onto the Lord, and surname || they cannot see ; and their hearts, that himself by the name of Israel.'

they cannot understand. 6 Thus saith the LORD the King of Is- 19 And none considereth in his heart, rael, and his Redeemer the Lord of neither is there knowledge nor underfrosts ; I am the first, and I am the last ; standing to say, I have burned part of it and beside me there is no God.

in the fire; yea, also I have baked bread 7 And who, as I, shall call, and shall upon the coals thereof; I have roasted declare it, and set it in order for me, flesh, and eaten it ; and shall I make the since I appointedi the ancient people? residue thereof an abomination shall I and the things that are coming, and shall fall down to the stock of a tree? " come, let them shew unto them.

20 He feedeth on ashes : a deceived 8 Fear ve not, neither be afraid : have heart hath turned him aside, that he not I told thee from that time, and have cannot deliver his soul, nor say, 18 there declared it ? ve are even my witnesses. not a lie in my right hand ? Is there a God beside me? yea, there is 21 9 Remember these, O Jacob and Isno God; I know not any. - ori rael; for thou art my servant: I have

9 & They that make a graven im formed thee; thou art my servant: 0 Isage are all of them vanity; and their rael, thou shalt not be forgotten of me. delectable things shall not protit ; and | 22 I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, they are their own witnesses ; they see thy transgressions, and as a cloud, thy not, nor know; that they may be asham sins : return unto me; for I have reed. li e

deemed thee. ! 10 Who hath formed a god, or molten1 23 Sing, () ye heavens ; for the LORD a graven ipage that is profitable for hath done it : shout, ye lower parts of nothing?

ll the earth: break forth into singing, ye 11 Behoid, all his fellows shall be a-li mon ains, O forest,and every tree thereshamed: and the workmen, they are of in: for the LORD hath redeemed Jacob, men : let them all be gathered together, || and glorified himself in Israel. let them stand up; yet they shall fear, 24 Thus saith the LORD thy Redeemer, and they shall be ashanied together. ll and he that formed thee from the womb,

12 The smith with the tongs both I am the Lord that maketh all things; worketh in the coals, and fashioneth it that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; with hammers, and worketh it with the that spreadeth abroad the earth by mystrength of his arms: yea, he is hungry, I self: and his strength faileth : he drinketh no 25 That frustrateth the tokens of the water, and is faint. Was

liars, and maketh diviners mad; that 13 The carpenter stretcheth out his turneth wise men backward, and maketh rule; he marketh it out with a line ; he their knowledge foolish; fitteth it with planes, and he marketh it l 26 That confirmeth the word of his out with the compass, and maketh it af- || servant, and performeth the counsel of ter the figure of a man, according to the his messengers ; that saith to Jerusalem, beauty of a man ; that it may remain in Thou shalt be inhabited; and to the citthe house.

ies of Judah, Ye shall be built, and I will 14 He heweth him clown cedars, and raise up the decayed places thereof: taketh the cypress and the oak, which 27 That saith to the deep, Be dry, and he strengtheneth for himself among the I will dry up thy rivers: trees of the forest : he planteth an ash, || 28 That saith of Cyrus, He is my shepand the rain doth nourish it.

herd, and shall perform all my pleasure: 15 Then shall it be for a man to burn : even saying to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be for he will take thereof, and warm himself; built; and to the temple, Thy foundation yea, he kindleth it, and baketh bread ; l shall be laid. yea, he maketh a god, and worshippeth

CHAP. XLV. . it ; he maketh it a graven image, and 1 God calleth Cyrus for his church's sake. falleth down thereto.

5 He challengeth obedience. 20 He con16 He burneth part thereof in the fire; vinceth the idols of vanity. with part thereof he eateth flesh; he THUS saith the Lord to his anointed, roasteth roast, and is satisfied : yea, he 1 to Cyrus, whose right hand I have warmeth himself, and saith, Aha, I am holden, to subdue nations before him; and warm, I have seen the fire : .

I will loose the loins of kings, to open 17 And the residue thereof he maketh before him the two-leaved gates, and the a god, even his graven image: he falleth gates shall not be shut ; down unto it, and worshippeth it, and 2 I will go before thee, and make the prayeth unto it, and saith, Deliver me ; ' crooked places straight : I will break in for thou art my god.

pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sun18 They have not known nor under- l der the bars of iron : stood : for he hath shut their eyes, that l 3 And I will give thee the treasures of

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