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12 Hearken unto me, ye stouts hearted, that are far from righteousness :
13 I bring near my righteousness; it shall not be far off, and my salvation shall not tarry: and I will place salvation in Zion for Israel my glory.
2 They stoop, they bow down together; they could not deliver the burden, but themselves are gone into captivity.
3 Hearken unto me, 0 house of Jacob, and all the remnant of the house of Israel, which are borne bo me from the belly, which are carried from the womb:
4 And even to your old age I am he; and even to hoar hairs will I carry you: I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you.
5 To whom will ye liken me, and make me equal, and compare me, that we may be like?
6 They lavish gold out of the bag, and weigh silver in the balance, and hire a goldsmith; and he maketh it a god : they fall down, yea, they worship. • 7 They bear him upon the shoulder, they carry him, and set him in his place, and he standeth ; from his place shall he not remove: yea, one shall cry unto him, yet can he not answer, nor save him out of his trouble.
8 Remember this, and shew yourselves men: bring it again to mind, O ye transgressors.
9 Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,
10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:
11 Calling a ravenous bird from the east, the man that executeth my counsel from a far country: yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass, I have purposed it, I will also do it.
Come down, and sit in the dust, O virgin daughter of Babylon, sit on the ground: there is no throne, O daughter of the Chaldeans: for thou shalt no more be called tender and delicate.
2 Take the millstones, and grind meal: uncover thy locks, make bare the leg, uncover the thigh, pass over the rivers.
3 Thy nakedness shall be uncovered, yea, thy shame shall be seen: I will take vengeance, and I will not meet thee as a man.
4 As for our redeemer, the LORD of hosts is his name, the Holy One of Israel.
5 Sit thou silent, and get thee into darkness, O daughter of the Chaldeans : for thou shalt no more be called, The lady of kingdoms.
6 I was wroth with my people, I have polluted mine inheritance, and given them into thine hand : thou didst shew them no mercy; upon the ancient hast thou very heavily laid thy yoke.
7 And thou saidst, I shall be a lady for ever: so that thou didst not lay these things to thy heart, neither didst remember the latter end of it.
8 Therefore hear now this, thou that art given to pleasures, that dwellest carelessly, that sayest in thine heart, I am, and none else
beside me; I shall not sit as a widow, neither shall I know the loss of children :
9 But these two things shall come to thee in a moment in one day, the loss of children, and widowhood : they shall come upon thee in their perfection for the multitude of thy sorceries, and for the great abundance of thine enchantments.
10 For thou hast trusted in thy wickedness: thou hast said, None seeth me. Thy wisdom and thy knowledge, it hath perverted thee; and thou hast said in thine heart, I am, and none else beside me.
11 Therefore shall evil come upon thee; thou shalt not know from whence it riseth : and mischief shall fall upon thee; thou shalt not be able to put it off: and desolation shall come upon thee suddenly, which thou shalt not know.
12 Stand now with thine enchantments, and with the multitude of thy sorceries, wherein thou hast laboured from thy youth; if so be thou shalt be able to profit, if so be tbou mayest prevail.
13 Thou art wearied in the multitude of thy counsels. Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, the monthly prognosticators, stand up, and save thee from these things that shall come upon thee.
14 Behold, they shall be as stubble; the fire shall burn them; they shall not deliver themselves from the power of the flame: there shall not be a coal to warm at, nor fire to sit before it.
15 Thus shall they be unto thee with whom thou hast laboured, even thy merchants, from thy youth: they shall wander every one to his quarter; none shall save thee.
CHAP. XLVIII. HEAR ye this, 0 house of Jacob, which are called by the name of Israel, and are come forth out of the waters of Judah, which swear by the name of the LORD, and make mention of the God of Israel, but not in truth, nor in righteousness.
2 For they call themselves of the holy city, and stay themselves upon the God of Israel; The LORD of hosts is his name.
3 I have declared the former things from the beginning; and they went forth out of my mouth, and I shewed them; I did them suddenly, and they came to pass.
4 Because I knew that thou art obstinate, and thy neck is an iron sinew, and thy brow brass;
5 I have even from the beginning declared it to thee; before it came to pass I shewed it thee: lest thou shouldest say, Mine idol hath done them, and my graven image, and my molten image, hath commanded them.
6 Thou hast heard, see all this ; and will not ye declare it? I have shewed thee new things from this time, even hidden things, and thou didst not know them.
7 They are created now, and not from the beginning; even before the day when thou heardest them not; lest thou shouldest say, Behold, I knew them. · 8 Yea, thou heardest not; yea, thou knewest not; yea, from that time that thine ear was not opened: for I knew that thou wouldest deal very treacherously, and wast called a transgressor from the womb.
9 For my name's sake will I defer mine anger, and for my praise will
should not have been cut off nor destroyed from before me.
20 Go ye forth of Babylon, fee ye from the Chaldeans, with a voice of singing declare ye, tell this, utter it even to the end of the earth; say ye, The Lord hath redeemed his servant Jacob.
21 And they thirsted not when he led them through the deserts : he caused the waters to flow out of the rock for them: he clave the rock also, and the waters gushed out.
22 There is no peace, saith the LORD, unto the wicked.
I refrain for thee, that I cut thee not off.
10 Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.
11 For mine own sake, even for mine own sake, will I do it: for how should my name be polluted ? and I will not give my glory unto another.
12 Hearken unto me, O Jacob and Israel, my called; I am he; I am the first, I also am the last.
13 Mine hand also hath laid the foundation of the earth, and my right hand hath spanned the beaveas: when I call unto them, they stand up together.
14 All ye, assemble yourselves, and hear; which among them hath declared these things? The LORD bath loved him: he will do his pleasure on Babylon, and his arm shall be on the Chaldeans.
15 I, even I, have spoken; yea, I have called him: I have brought him, and he shall make his way prosperous.
16 Come ye near unto me, hear ye this; I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; from the time that it was, there am I: and now the Lord God, and his Spirit, bath sent me.
17 Thus saith the LORD, thy Re- . deemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the LORD thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest
CHAP. XLIX. LISTEN, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name.
2 And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand hath he hid me, and made me a polished shaft; in his quiver hath he hid me;
3 And said unto me, Thou art my servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified.
4 Then I said, I have laboured in vain, I have spent my strength for nought, and in vain : yet surely my judgment is with the LORD, and my work with my God.
5 And now, saith the Lord that formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob again to him, Though Israel be not gathered, yet shall I be glorious in the eyes of the LORD, and my God shall be my strength.
6 And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and
to restore the preserved of Israel: 1 || 15 Can a woman forget her suckwill also give thee for a light to the ing child, that she should not have Gentiles, that thou mayest be my compassion on the son of her womb? salvation unto the end of the earth. yea, they may forget, yet will I not
7 Thus saith the Lord, the Re forget thee. deemer of Israel, and his Holy One, 16 Behold, I have graven thee to him whom man despiseth, to him upon the palms of my hands; thy whom the nation abhorreth, to a ser walls are continually before me. vant of rulers, Kings shall see and 17 Thy children shall make haste; arise, princes also shall worship, be thy destroyers and they that made cause of the LORD that is faithful, thee waste shall go forth of thee. and the Holy One of Israel, and he 18 Lift up thine eyes round about, shall choose thee.
and behold : all these gather them8 Thus saith the LORD, In an ac selves together, and come to thee. ceptable time have I heard thee, and As I live, saith the LORD, thou shalt in a day of salvation have I helped surely clothe thee with them all, as thee : and I will preserve thee, and with an ornament, and bind them on give thee for a covenant of the peo thee, as a bride doeth. ple, to establish the earth, to cause 19 For thy waste and thy desolate to inherit the desolate heritages; places, and the land of thy destruc
9 That thou mayest say to the tion, shall even now be too narrow prisoners, Go forth; to them that by reason of the inhabitants, and are in darkness, Shew yourselves. they that swallowed thee up shall They shall feed in the ways, and be far away. their pastures shall be in all high 20 The children which thou shalt places.
have, after thou hast lost the other, 10 They shall not hunger nor shall say again in thine ears, The thirst; neither shall the heat nor sun place is too strait for ine: give place smite them: for he that hath mercy to me that I may dwell. on them shall lead them, even by 21 Then shalt thou say in thine the springs of water shall he guide heart, Who bath begotten me these, them.
seeing I have lost my children, and · 11 And I will make all my moun am desolate, a captive, and removing tains a way, and my highways shall to and fro? and who hath brought be exalted.
up these? Behold, I was left alone; 12 Behold, these shall come from these, where had they been? far: and, lo, these from the north 22 Thus saith the Lord God, Bea and from the west; and these from hold, I will lift up mine hand to the the land of Sinim.
Gentiles, and set up my standard to 13 Sing, O heavens; and be joy the people: and they shall bring thy ful, O earth; and break forth into sons in their arms, and thy daughsinging, O mountains : for the LORD ters shall be carried upon their hath comforted his people, and will shoulders. have mercy upon his afflicted.
23 And kings shall be thy nursing 14 But Zion said, The LORD hath fathers, and their queens thy nursing forsaken me, and my Lord hath for mothers : they shall bow down to gotten me.
thee with their face toward the earth,
and lick up the dust of thy feet; and thou shalt know that I am the LORD : for they shall not be ashamed that wait for me.
24 Shall the prey be taken from the mighty, or the lawful captive delivered
25 But thus saith the LORD, Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered : for I will contend with him that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy children.
26 And I will feed them that oppress thee with their own flesh; and they shall be drunken with their own blood, as with sweet wine: and all flesh shall know that I the LORD am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob.
should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to bear as the learned.
5 The Lord God hath cpened mine ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away back.
6 I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair : I hid not my face from shame and spitting.
7 For the Lord God will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a fint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed.
8 He is near that justifieth me; who will contend with me? let us stand together : who is mine adversary ? let him come near to me.
9 Behold the Lord God will help me; who is he that shall condemn me? lo, they all shall wax old as a garment; the moth shall eat them up.
10 Who is among you that feareth the Lord, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no light ? let him trust in the name of the LORD, and stay upon his God.
11 Behold, all ye that kindle a fire, that compass yourselves about with sparks : walk in the light of your fire, and in the sparks that ye have kindled. This shall ye have of mine hand; ye shall lie down in sorrow.
CHAP. L. THUS saith the Lord, Where is the bill of your mother's divorcement, whom I have put away? or which of my creditors is it to whom I have sold you? Behold, for your iniquities have ye sold yourselves, and for your transgressions is your mother put away.
2 Wherefore, when I came, was there no man? when I called, was there none to answer? Is my hand shortened at all, that it cannot redeem? or have I no power to deliver? behold, at my rebuke I dry up the sea, I make the rivers a wilderness: their fish stinketh, because there is no water, and dieth for thirst.
3 I clothe the heavens with blackness, and I make sackcloth their covering.
4 The Lord God hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I |
CHAP. LI. HeARKEN to me, ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek the LORD: look unto the rock whence ye are hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence ye are digged.
2 Look unto Abraham your fa