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wakeneth Mine ear to hear as the the light of your fire, and in the

from the mighty, or the lawful cap- feed them that oppress thee with tive delivered ? But thus saith the their own flesh; and they shall be Lord, Even the captives of the drunken with their own blood, at mighty shall be taken away, and with sweet wine: and all fesh shal the prey of the terrible shall be de- know that I the Lord am thy Salivered: for I will contend with him viour and thy Redeemer

, the Mighty that contendeth with thee, and I | One of Jacob. will save thy children. And I will Dec. 18.

Evening, Isaiah L. Dec. 18. THUS saith the Lord, Where is gave My back to the smiters, and My ment, whom I have put away? or hair: I hid not My face from shame which of My creditors is it to whom and spitting. For the Lord God will I have sold you? Behold, for your help Me; therefore shall I not be iniquities have ye sold yourselves, confounded: therefore have I set My and for your transgressions is your face like a flint, and I know that I mother put away. Wherefore, when shall not be ashamed. He is near I came, was there no man? when I that justifieth Me; who will contend called, was there none to answer? with Me? let us stand together: who Is My hand shortened at all, that it is Mine adversary? let him come cannot redeem? or have I no power near to Me. Behold, the Lord Gop to deliver? behold, at My rebuke I will help Me; who is he that stall dry up the sea, I make the rivers a condemn Me? lo, they all shall war wilderness: their fish stinketh, be- old as a garment; the moth shall eat cause there is no water, and dieth them up. Who is among you that for thirst. I clothe the heavens with feareth the Lord, that obeyeth the blackness, and I make sackcloth their voice of His servant, that walketh in a covering. The Lord God hath given | darkness, and hath no light? let him Me the tongue of the learned, that I trust in the name of the Lord, and should know how to speak a word stay upon his God. Behold, all ya in season to him that is weary: He that kindle a fire, that compass your wakeneth morning by morning, He selves about with sparks : walk in learned. The Lord God hath open sparks that ye have kindled. This ed Mine ear, and I was not rebel- shall ye have of Mine hand; ye shall lious, neither turned away back. I | lie down in sorrow. Dec. 19.

Morning, Isaiah LI. Dec. 19 EARKEN to Me,ye that follow thanksgiving, and the voice of the the LORD: look unto the rock whence ple"; and give ear unto Me, O Mş ye are hewn, and to the hole of the nation: for a law shall proceed from pit whence ye are digged. Look unto Me, and I will make Mly judgment Abraham your father, and unto Sarah that bare you: for I called him righteousness is near; My salvation

to rest for a light of the people. Ali alone, and

blessed him, and increasa | is gone forth, and Mine arms shal ed him. For the Lord shall comfort judge the people; the isles shall wait Zion : He will comfort all her waste places ; and He will make her wil- they trust. Lift up your eyes to the

upon Me, and on Mine arm shall derness like Eden, and her desert heavens, and look upon the earth be and gladness shall

be found therein, I away like smoke, and the earth shall


wax old like a garment, and they | pit, nor that his bread should fail. that dwell therein shall die in like But I am the LORD thy God, That manner: but My salvation shall be divided the sea, whose waves roared: for ever, and My righteousness shall The Lord of hosts is His name. And not be abolished. Hearken unto Me, I have put My words in thy mouth, ye that know righteousness, the peo- and I have covered thee in the shaple in whose heart is My law; fear dow of Mine hand, that I may plant ve not the reproach of men, neither the heavens, and lay the foundations le ye afraid of their revilings. For of the earth, and say unto Zion, the moth shall eat them up like a Thou art My people. garment, and the worm shall eat Awake, awake, stand up, O Jethem like wool: but My righteous. rusalem, which hast drunk at the ness shall be for ever, and My salva- hand of the Lord the cup of His tion from generation to generation. fury; thou hast drunken the dregs

Awake, awake, put on strength, of the cup of trembling, and wrung

Arm of the Lord; awake, as in the them out. There is none to guide ancient days, in the generations of her among all the sons whom she old. Art Thou not it That hath cut hath brought forth; neither is there Rahab, and wounded the dragon ? any that taketh her by the hand of Art Thou not it Which hath dried all the sons that she hath brought the sea, the waters of the great deep; up. These two things are come unThat hath made the depths of the sea to thee; who shall be sorry for thee? a way for the ransomed to pass over? desolation, and destruction, and the Therefore the redeemed of the Lord famine, and the sword: by whom shall return, and come with singing shall I comfort thee? Thy sons have anto Zion; and everlasting joy shall fainted, they lie at the head of all be upon their head: they shall ob- the streets, as a wild bull in a net: tain gladness and joy; and sorrow they are full of the fury of the LORD, and mourning shall flee away. I, the rebuke of thy God. Therefore eren I, am He That comforteth you: hear now this, thou afflicted, and who art thou, that thou shouldest be drunken, but not with wine : thus afraid of a man that shall die, and saith thy Lord the Lord, and thy of the son of man which shall be God That pleadeth the cause of His made as grass; and forgettest the people, Behold, I have taken out of LORD thy Maker, That hath stretched thine hand the cup of trembling, forth the heavens, and laid the foun even the dregs of the cup of My dations of the earth; and hast feared fury; thou shalt no more drink it continually every day because of the again : but I will put it into the fury of the oppressor, as if he were hand of them that afflict thee; which ready to destroy? and where is the have said to thy soul, Bow down, fury of the oppressor? The captive that we may go over: and thou hast exile hasteneth that he may be loos- laid thy body as the ground, and as ed, and that he should not die in the l the street, to them that went over. Dec. 19. Evening, Isaiah LII.

Dec. 19. WAKE, awake; put on thy | tive daughter of Zion. For thus beautiful garments, 0 Jerusalem, selves for nought; and ye shall be the holy city: for henceforth there redeemed without money. For thus shall no more come into thee the un saith the Lord God, My people circumcised and the unclean. Shake went down aforetime into Egypt to thyself from the dust; arise, and sit sojourn there; and the Assyrian opdown, O Jerusalem: loose thyself pressed thein without cause. Now from the bands of thy neck, o cap- | therefore, what have I here, saith

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the LORD, that My people is taken His holy arm in the eyes of all the away for nought? they that rule nations; and all the ends of the over them make them to how, saith earth shall see the salvation of our the Lord; and My name continually God. Depart ye, depart ye, go ve every day is blasphemed. Therefore out from thence, touch no unclean My people shall know My name : thing; go ye out of the midst of ber; therefore they shall know in that day be ye clean, that bear the vessels of that lam He That doth speak: behold, the LORD. For ye shall not go get it is I. How beautiful upon the moun with baste, nor go by flight: for the tains are the feet of him that bring- | LORD will go before you; and the eth good tidings, that publisheth God of Israel will be your rereward. peace; that bringeth good tidings of Behold, My Servant shall deal prugood, that publisheth salvation; that dently, He shall be exalted and er. saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth! tolled, and be very high. As many Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice; were astonied at Thee; His visage with the voice together shall they | was so marred more than any man, sing: for they shall see eye to eye, and His form more than the sons of when the LORD shall bring again men : so shall He sprinkle many Zion. Break forth into joy, sing to nations; the kings shall shut their gether, ye, waste places of Jerusa; mouths at Him: for that which had lem: for the LORD hath comforted not been told them shall they see; His people, He hath redeemed Je- and that which they had not beard rusalem. The LORD hath made bare I shall they consider.


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Dec. 20.

Morning, Isaiah LIII. Dec. 20.
CHO hath believed our report? | dumb, so He openeth not His month

. LORD revealed ? For He shall grow judgment: and who shall declare His up before Him as a tender plant, and generation? for He was cut off out as a root out of a dry ground: He of the land of the living: for the hath no form nor comeliness ; and transgression of My people was He when we shall see Him, there is no stricken. And He made His grave beauty that we should desire Him. with the wicked, and with the rich He is despised and rejected of men; in His death; because He had done a man of sorrows, and acquainted no violence, neither was any deceit with grief: and we hid as it were in His mouth. Yet it pleased the our faces from Him; He was de- | Lord to bruise Him; He hath put spised, and we esteemed Him not. Him to grief: when Thou shalt make Surely He hath borne our griefs, and His soul an offering for sin, He shall carried our sorrows: yet we did es see His seed, He shall prolong Hw teem Him stricken, smitten of God, days, and the pleasure of the LORD and afflicted. But He was wounded shall prosper in His hand. He shall for our transgressions, He was bruis

see of the travail of His soul, and ed for our iniquities: the chastise- shall be satisfied: by His knowledge ment of our peace was upon Him; shall My Righteous Servant justit and with His stripes we are healed. many; for He shall bear their All we like sheep have gone astray; quities. Therefore will I divide Him we have turned every one to his own

a portion with the great, and Me way; and the LORD hath laid on shall divide the spoil with the strong Him the iniquity of us all. He was because He hath poured ont His soul oppressed, and He was afflicted, yet unto death: and He was numbered He opened not His mouth : He is with the transgressors; and He bere brought as a lamb to the slaughter, the sin of many, and made intercesand as a sheep before her shearers ission for the transgressors.


Dec. 20.

Evening, ISAIAH LIV.

Dec. 20.

not bear; break forth into sing. earth; so have I sworn that I would ing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not be wroth with thee, nor rebuke not travail with child: for more are thee. For the mountains shall de. the children of the desolate than the part, and the hills be removed; but children of the married wife, saith My kindness shall not depart from the Lord. Enlarge the place of thy thee, neither shall the covenant of tent, and let them stretch forth the My peace be removed, saith the curtains of thine habitations: spare Lord That hath mercy on thee. not, lengthen thy cords, and strength O thou afflic tossed with temen thy stakes; for thou shalt break pest, and not comforted, behold, I forth on the right hand and on the will lay thy stones with fair colours, left; and thy seed shall inherit the and lay thy foundations with sapGentiles, and make the desolate ci- phires. And I will make thy winties to be inhabited. Fear not; for dows of agates, and thy gates of carthou shalt not be ashamed: neither buncles, and all thy borders of pleabe thou confounded; for thou shalt sant stones. And all thy children not be put to shame for thou shalt shall be taught of the Lord; and forget the shame of thy youth, and great shall be the peace of thy chil. shalt not remember the reproach dren. In righteousness shalt thou be of thy widowhood any more.

For established: thou shalt be far from thy Maker is thine husband ; the oppression; for thou shalt not fear: LORD of hosts is His name; and thy and from terror; for it shall not Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; come near thee. Behold, they shall The God of the whole earth shall Hé surely gather together, but not by be called. For the Lord hath called Me: whosoever shall gather together thee as a woman forsaken and griev- against thee shall fall for thy sake. ed in spirit, and a wife of youth, Behold, I have created the smith that when thou wast refused, saith thy bloweth the coals in the fire, and God. For a small moment have I that bringeth forth an instrument for forsaken thee; but with great mer his work; and I have created the cies will I gather thee. In a little waster to destroy. No weapon that wrath I hid My face from thee for a is formed against thee shall prosper; moment; but with everlasting kind and every tongue that shall rise dess will I have mercy on thee, saith against thee in judgment thou shalt the LORD thy Redeemer. For this is condemn. This is the heritage of the as the waters of Noah unto Me: for servants of the LORD, and their rightas I have sworn that the waters of evusness is of Me, saith the Lord. Morning, Isaiah LV.

Dec. 22. 0, every one that thirsteth, | live; and I will make an everlasting

covenant with you, even the sure that hath no money; come ye, buy, mercies of David. Behold, I have and eat; yea, come, buy wine and given Him for a witness to the peomilk without money and without ple, a leader and commander to the price. Wherefore do ye spend mo- people. Behold, thou shalt call a ney for that which is not bread ? | nation that thou knowest not, and and your labour for that which satis- nations that knew not thee shall fieth not? hearken diligently unto run unto thee because of the LORD Me, and eat ye that which is good, thy God, and for the Holy One of and let your soul delight itself in Israel ; for He hath glorified thee. fatness. Incline your ear, and come Seek ye the LORD while He may be unto Me: hear, and your soul shall found, call ye upon Him while He

Dec. 22.

Homes to the thaters, and the

is near: let the wicked forsake his , and bread to the eater: so sta 1 ks way, and the unrighteous man his word be that goeth forth out of MIthoughts : and let him return unto mouth: it shall not return asta M. the LORD, and He will have mercy void, but it shall accomplish that upon him; and to our God, for He which I please, and it shall proy: will abundantly pardon. For My in the thing whereto I sent it for thoughts are not your thoughts, ye shall go out with joy, and teled neither are your ways My ways, | forth with peace: the mountains and saith the LORD. For as the heavens the hills shall break forth before you are higher than the earth, so are My into singing, and all the trees of ways higher than your ways, and field shall clap their hands. Iestead My thoughts than your thoughts. of the thorn shall come up the fr For as the rain cometh down, and tree, and instead of the trier shal the snow from heaven, and returneth come up the myrtle tree : and it not thither, but watereth the earth, shall be to the Lord for a 113. and maketh it bring forth and bud, for an everlasting sign that shali i that it may give seed to the sower, be cut off. Dec. 22. Evening, Isaiah LVI.

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judgment, and do justice : for it, and taketh hold of My corenas:: My salvation is near to come, and even them will I bring to Mylly My righteousness to be revealed. mountain, and make thein joyful in Blessed is the man that doeth this, My house of prayer : their terni and the son of man that layeth hold offerings and their sacrifices sharlie on it; that keepeth the sabbath from accepted upon Mine altar; for Vis polluting it, and keepeth his hand house shall be called an hoc of from doing any evil. Neither let prayer for all people. The Los the son of the stranger, that hath God Which gathereth the outost. joined himself to the Lord, speak, of Israel saith, Yet will I sitbre saying, The Lord hath utterly sepa- others to Him, beside those thet are rated me from His people: neither gathered unto Him. All re beas: let the eunuch say, Behold, I am a of the field, come to devoar, yed, si dry tree. For thus saith the LORD ye beasts in the forest. His wait unto the eunuchs that keep My sab men are blind : they are all int baths, and choose the things that rant, they are all dumb dogs is please Me, and take hold of My cannot bark; sleeping, lying der covenant; even unto them will I loving to slumber. Yea, they are give in Mine house and within My greedy dogs which can never bar walls a place and a name better enough, and they are shepbers the than of sons and of daughters : I cannot understand: they al lords will give them an everlasting name, to their own way, every one for E that shall not be cut off. Also the gain, from his quarter. Come ye. sons of the stranger, that join them- say they, I will fetch wine, and we selves to the Lord, to serve Him, will fill ourselves with strong drink; and to love the name of the LORD, and to morrow shall be as this day, to be His servants, every one that I and much more abundant. Dec, 23. Morning, Isaiah LVII.

Dec. 23.

away from the evil to come. He man layeth it to heart: and mer. shall enter into peace : they shall ciful men are taken away, none con rest in their beds, each one milk. sidering that the righteous is taken | ing in his uprightness. But draw


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