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ISAIAH.

The vanity of idols. me, the dragons and the owls: because I their own witnesses; they see not, nor give waters in the wilderness, and rivers know that they may be ashamed. in the desert, to give drink to my people, 10 Who hath formed a god, or molten

a gravenimage that is profitable for nothing? 21 This people have 1 formed for my 11 Behold, all his fellows shall be self; they shall shew forth my praise. | ashamed: and the workmen, they are of

22 1 But thou hast not called upon me, men: let them all be gathered together, O Jacob; but thou hast been weary of me, let them stand up; yet they shall fear, O'Israel.

and they shall be ashamed together. 23 Thou hast not brought me the small 12 The smith with the tongs both work. cattle of thy hurnt-offerings; neither bast eth in the coals, and fashioneth it with hamthou honoured me with thy sacrifices. I mers, and worketh it with the strength of have not caused thee to serve with an his arms; yea, he is hungry, and his strength offering, nor wearied thee with incense. faileth:

he drinketh no water, and is faint. 24 Thou hast bought me no sweet cane 13 The carpenter stretcheth out his with money, neither hast thoử filled me rule; he marketh it out with a line; he with the fat of thy sacrifices: but thou hast fitteth it with planes, and he marketh it made me to serve with thy sins, thou hast out with the compass, and maketh it after wearied me with thine iniquities. the figure of a man, according to the beauty

25 I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy of a man; that it may remain in the house. transgressions for mine own sake, and will 14 He' heweth him down cedars, and not remember thy sins.

taketh the cypress and the oak, which he 26 Put me in remembrance: let us strengtheneth for himself among the trees plead together: declare thou, that thou of the forest : he planteth an ash, and the mayest be justified.

rain doth nourish it. 27 Thy first father hath sinned, and thy 15 Then shall it be for a man to burn : teachers have transgressed against me. for he will take thereof, and warm him

28 Therefore I have profaned the princes self; yea, he kindlethit, and baketh bread; of the sanctuary, and have given Jacob to yea, he maketh a god, and worshippeth the curse, and Israel to reproaches. it; he maketh it a graven image, and fallCHAP. XLIV.

eth down thereto. YE

ET now hear, O Jacob my servant; 16 He burneth part thereof in the fire ;

and whom I have chosen: with part thereof he eateth flesh; he roast2 Thus saith the Lord that made thee, eth roast, and is satisfied: yea, he warmeth. and formed thee from the womb, which will himself, and saith, Aha, I am warm, I have help thee; Fear not, O Jacob, my servant; seen the fire: and thou, Jesurun, whom I have chosen. 17 And the residue thereof he maketh

3 For I will pour water upon bim tba a god, even his graven image: he falleth is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground : down unto it, and worshippeth it, and I will pour my Spirit upon thy seed, and prayeth unto it, and saith, Deliver me; my blessing upon thine offspring : for thou art my god.

4 And they shall spring up as among the 18 They have not known nor undergrass, as willows by the water-courses. stood: for he bath shut iheir eyes, that

5 One shall say, I am the Lord's; and they cannot see; and their hearts, that another shall call himself by the name of they cannot understand. Jacob; and another shall subscribe with 19 And none considereth in his heart, his hand unto the Lord, and surname him- neither is there knowledge nor understandself by the name of Israel.

ing to say, I have burned part of it in the 6 Thus saith the Lord the King of Is- fire; yea, also I have baked bread upon rael, and hisRedeemer the Lord of hosts; the coals thereof; I have roasted fesh, I am the first, and I am the last; and be- and eaten it : and shall I make the resisides me there is no God.

due thereof an abomination? shall I fall 7 And who, as I, shall call, and shall de- down to the stock of a tree? clare it, and set it in order for me, since I 20 He feedeth on ashes: a deceived appointed the ancient people? and the heart hath turned him aside, that he canthings that are coming, and shall come, let not deliver his soul, nor say, Is there not a them shew unto them.

lie in my right hand? 8 Fear ye not, neither be afraid : have 21 T Remember these, O Jacob and not I told thee from that time, and have Israel; for thou 'art my servant: I have declared it? ye are even my witnesses. forined thee; thou art my servant: 0 IsIs there a God besides me? yea, there is rael, thou shalt not be forgotten of me. no God; I know not any.

22 I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, 9 T 'They that make a graven image thy transgressions, and as a cloud, thy sins: are all of them vanity; and ibeir delecta- return unto me; for I have redeeined thee. ble things shall not profit; and they are 23 Sing, O ye heavens; for the Lord

God's mercy to Israel.

CHAP. XLV. The omnipotence of Gout. bath done it: shout, ye lower parts of the to him that fashioneth it, What makest earth: break forth into singing, ye moun- thou ? or thy work, He hath no hands? tains, O forest, and every tree. therein : 10 Wo unto him that saith unto his fafor the Lord hath redeemed Jacob, and ther, What begettest thou? or to the woglorified himself in Israel.

man, What hast thou brought forth? 24 Thus saith the LORD thy Redeemer, 11 Thus saith the LORD, the Holy One and he that formed thee from the womb, 1 of Israel, and his Maker, Ask me of things am the Lord that maketh all things; that to come concerning my sons, and concernstretcheth forth the heavens alone ; that ing the work of my hands command ye me. spreadeth abroad the carth by myself: 12 I have made the earth, and created

25 That frustrateth the tokens of the man upon it: I, even my hands, have liars, and maketh diviners mad; that stretched out the heavens, and all their turnéth wise men backward, and maketh host have I commanded. their knowledge foolish;

13 I have raised him up in righteous26 That confirmeth the word of his ser-ness, and I will direct all his ways: he vant, and performeth the counsel of his shall build my city, and he shall let go my messengers; that saith to Jerusalem, Thou captives, not for price nor reward, saith shalt be inhabited ; and to the cities of Ju- the Lord of hosts. dah, Ye shall be built, and I will raise up 14 Thus saith the LORD, The labour of the decayed places thereof:

Egypt, and merchandise of Ethiopia and 27 That saith to the deep, Be dry, and of the Sabeans, men of stature, shall come I will dry up thy rivers :

over unto thee, and they shall be thine: 28 That saith of Cyrus, He is my shep- they shall come after thee; in chains they herd, and shall perform all my pleasure : shall come over, and they shall fall down even saying to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be unto thee, they shall make supplication built; and to the temple, Thy foundatior unto thee, saying, Surely God is in thee; shall be laid.

and there is none else, there is no God. CHAP. XLV.

15 Verily thou art a God that hidest TH0 Esauswe hose right hand I have VHUS saith the Lord to his anointed, thyself, O God of Israel, the Saviour.

16 They shall be ashamed, and also conholden, to subdue nations before him; and founded, all of them: they shall go to conI will loose the loins of kings, to open be- fusion together that are makers of idols. fore him the two-leaved gates, and the 17 But Israel shall be saved in the LORD gates shall not be shut;

with an everlasting salvation : ye shall not 2 I will go before thee, and make the be ashamed nor confounded world without crooked places straight: I will break in end. pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder 18 For thus saith the LORD that created the bars of iron :

the heavens; God himself that formed the 3 And I will give thee the treasures of earth and made it ; he hath established it, darkness, and hidden riches of secret he created it not in vain, he formed it to places, that thou mayest know that I, the be inhabited : I am the LORD; and there LORD, which call thee by thy name, am is none else. the God of Israel.

19 I have not spoken in secret, in a dark 4 For Jacob my servant's sake, and Is- place of the earth : I said not unto the rael mine elect, I have even called thee by seed of Jacob, ek ye me in vain : I the thy name : I have surnamed thee, though LORD speak righteousness, I declare things thou hast not known me.

that are right. 5 F I am the Lord, and there is none 20 | Assemble yourselves and come; else, there is no God besides me: I girded draw near together, ye that are escaped of thce, though thou bast not known me : the nations : they have no knowledge that

6 That they may know from the rising of set up the wood of their graven image, the sun, and from the west, that there is and pray unto a god that cannot save. none besides me. I am the LORD, and 21 Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, there is none else.

let them take counsel together: who hath 7 I form the light, and create darkness : declared this from ancient time? who hath I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD told it from that time? have not I the LORD? do all these things.

and there is no God else besides me; a 8 Drop down, ye heavens, from above, just God and a Saviour; there is none beand let the skies pour down righteousness : sides me. let the earth open, and let them bring forth 22 Look unto me, and be ye saved, all salvation, and let righteousness spring up the ends of the earth : for I am God, and together; I the LORD have created it. there is none else.

9 Wo unto him that striveth with his 23 I have sworn by myself, the word is Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the gone out of my mouth in righteousness, potsherds of the earth. Shall the clay sayland shall not return, That unto me every

may be like?

Idols not coinparable to God. ISAIAH. God's judgments upon Babylon. knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear. uncover thy locks, make bare the leg, un

24 Surely, shall one say, In the LORD cover the thigh, pass over the rivers. have I righteousness and strength : even 3 Thy nakedness shall be uncovered, to him shall men come; and all that are yea, thy shame shall be seen: I will take incensed against him shall be ashamed. vengeance, and I will not meet thee as a

25 In the LORD shall all the seed of Is- man. rael be justified, and shall glory.

4 As for our Redeemer, the Lord of CHAP. XLVI.

hosts is his name, the Holy One of Israel. BEL EL boweth down, Nebo stoopeth, 5 Sit thou silent, and get thee into dark

their idols were upon the beasts, and ness, O daughter of the Chaldeans: for upon the cattle: your carriages were heavy thou shalt. no more be called, The lady of loaden ; they are a burden to the weary kingdoms. beast.

6 TI was wroth with my people, I 2 They stoop, they bow down together; have polluted mine inheritance, and given they could not deliver the burden, but them into thine hand : thou didst shew themselves are gone into captivity. them no mercy; upon the ancient hast

3 | Hearken unto me, 0 house of Ja- thou very heavily laid thy yoke, cob, and all the remnant of the house of 7 9 And thou saidst, I shall be a lady Israel, which are borne by me from the for ever: so that thou didst not lay these belly, which are carried from the womb: things to thy, heart, neither didst remem

4 And even to your old age I am he; ber the latter end of it. and even to hoar hairs will I

carry you : 8 Therefore hear now this, thou that have made, and I will bear; even I will art given to pleasures, that dwellest carecarry, and will deliver you.

lessly, that sayest in thine heart, I am, and 5° To whom will ye liken me, and none else besides me; I shall not sit as a make me equal, and compare me, that we widow, neither shall 'I know the loss of

children: 6 They lavish gold out of the bag, and 9 But these two things shall come to weigh silver in the balance, and hire a thee in a moment in one day, the loss of goldsmith; and he maketh it a god: they children, and widowhood: they shall come lall down, yea, they worship.

upon thee in their perfection, for the mul7 They bear him upon the shoulder, titude of thy sorceries, and for the great they carry him, and set him in his place, abundance of thine enchantments. and he standeth ; from his place shall he 10 | For thou hast trusted in thy not remove : yea, one shall cry unto him, wickedness: thou hast said, None seeth yet can he not answer, nor save bim out of me. Thy wisdom and thy knowledge, it his trouble.

hath perverted thee; and thou hast said 8 Remember this, and shew yourselves in thine heart, I am, and none else besides men : bring it again to mind, o ye trans- me. gressors.

11 Therefore shall evil come upon thee; 9 Remember the former things of old : thou shalt not know from whence it riseth: for I am God, and there is none else; I am and mischief shall fall upon thee; thou God, and there is none like me,

shalt not be able to put it off: and desola10 Declaring the end from the begin- tion shali come upon thee suddenly, which ning, and from ancient times the things thou shalt not know. that are not yet done, saying, My counsel 12 Stand now with thine enchantments, shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure : and with the multitude of thy sorceries,

11 Calling a ravenous bird from the wherein thou hast laboured from thy east, the man that executeth my counsel youth; if so be thou shalt be able to profit, from a far country: yea, I have spoken it, if so be thou mayest prevail. I will also bring it to pass; I have pur 13 Thou art wearied in the multitude of posed it, I will also do it.

thy counsels. Let now the astrologers, 12 T Hearken unto me, ye stout-heart- the star-gazers, the monthly prognosticaed, that are far from righteousness : tors, stand up, and save thee from these

13 I bring near my righteousness; it things that shall come upon thee. shall not be far off, and my salvation shall 14 Behold, they shall be as stubble; the not tarry : and I will place salvation in fire shall burn them; they shall not deliver Zion for Israel my glory.

themselves from the power of the flame : CHAP XLVI.

there shall not be a coal to warm at, nor COME HOME down, and sit in the dust, o tire to sit before it.

virgin daughter of Babylon, sit on 15 Thus shall they be unto thee with th• ground: there is no throne, o daugh- whom thou hast laboured, even thy merter of the Chaldeans : for thou siialt no chants, from thy youth: they shall wander more be called tender and delicate. 2 Take the millstones, and grind meal: thee.

every one to his quarter; none shall save

est go.

God reveals his prophecies. CHAP. XLVIII, XLIX. Christ complains of the Jews. CHAP. XLVIII.

there am I: and now the Lord God, and HEAR yelais house of Jacob, which his Spirit, bath sent me.

17 Thus saith the LORD, thy Redeemer, are come forth out of the waters of Judah, the Holy One of Israel; I am the LORD thy which swear by the name of the Lord, God which teacheth thee to profit, which and make mention of the God of Israel, but leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldnot in truth, nor in righteousness.

2 For they call themselves of the holy 18 O that thou hadst hearkened to my city, and stay themselves upon the God of commandments ! then had thy peace been Israel ; The LORD of hosts is his name. as a river, and thy righteousness as the

3 I have declared the former things from waves of the sea : the beginning; and they went forth out of 19 Thy seed also had been as the sand, iny, mouth, and I shewed them ; I did them and the offspring of thy bowels like the suddenly, and they came to pass. gravel thereof; his name should not have 4 Because I knew that thou art obstinate, been cut off nor destroyed

from before me. and thy neck is an iron sinew, and thy 20 T Go ye forth of Babylon, fee ye brow brass;

from the Chaldeans, with a voice of sing5 I have even from the beginning de- ing declare ye, tell this, utter it even to the clared it to thee; before it came to pass I end of the earth; say ye, The LORD bath shewed it thee: lest thou shouldest say, redeemed his servant Jacob. Mine idol hath done them; and my graven 21 And they thirsted notwhen he led them image, and my molten image, bath com- through the deserts : he caused the waters manded them.

to flow out of the rock for them: he clave 6 Thou hast heard, see all this; and will the rock also, and the waters gushed out. not ye declare it? I have shewed thee new 22 There is no peace, saith the LORD, things from this time, even hidden things, unto the wicked. and thou didst not know them.

CHAP. XLIX.

ISTEN, the beginning; even before the day when thou heardest them not; lest thou shouldest called me from the womb; from the bowsay, Behold, I knew them.

els of my mother hath he made mention of 8 Yea, thou heardest not; yea, thou my name. knewest not; yea, from that time that thine 2 And he hath made my mouth like a ear was not opened: for I knew that thou sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand wouldest deal very treacherously, and hath he hid me, and made me a polished wast, called a transgressor from the shaft; in his quiver bath he hid me; womb.

3 And said unto me, Thou art my ser9 | For my, name's sake will I defer vaht, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified. mine anger, and for my praise will I refrain 4 Then I said, I have laboured in vain, for thee, that I cut thee not.off.

I have spent my strength for nought, and 10 Behold, I have refined thee, but not in vain; yet surely my judgment is with with silver; Í have chosen thee in the fur- the LORD, and my work with

my

God. nace of afiliction.

5 | And now, saith the Lord that form11 For mine own sake, even for mine ed me from the womb to be his servant, to own sake, will I do it: for how should my bring Jacob again to him, Though Israel name be polluted? and I will not give my be not gathered, yet shall I be glorious in glory unto another.

the eyes of the LORD, and my God shall 12 | Hearken unto me, O Jacob and be my strength. Israel, my called; I am he; I am the first, 6 And he said, It is a light thing that I also am the last.'

thou shouldest be my servant to raise up 13 Mine hand also hath laid the founda- the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the pretion of the earth, and my right hand hath served of Israel: I will also give thee for a spanned the heavens: when I call unto light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be them, they stand up together.

my salvation unto the end of the earth. 14 All ye, assemble yourselves and hear; 7 Thus saith the LORD, the Redeemer which among them hath declared these of Israel, and his Holy One, to him whom things? The Lord hath loved him: he will man despiseth, to him whom the nation do his pleasure on Babylon, and his arm abhorreth, to a servant of rulers, Kings shall be on the Chaldeans.

shall see and arise, princes also shall wor15 I, even I, have spoken, yea, I have ship, because of the Lord that is faithful, called him: I have brought him, and he and the Holy One of Israel, and he shalí shall make his way prosperous.

choose thee. 16 | Come ye near-unto me, hear ye 8 Thus saith the Lord, In an acceptathis; I have not spoken in secret from the ble tiine have I heard thee, and in a day of beginning ; from the time that it was, salvation have I helped thee; and I will

The Israelites provoke God's anger. PSALMS. The desolation of Jerusalem the day when he delivered them from the out of sleep, and like a mighty man that enemy:

shouteth by reason of wine. 43. How he had wrought his signs ini 66 And he sinote his enemies in the Egypt, and his wonders in the field of hinder parts: he put them to a perpetual Zoan :

reproach. 44 And had turned their rivers into 67 Moreover he refused the tabernacle blood: and their floods, that they could of Joseph, and chose not the tribe of not drink.

Ephraim : 45 He sent divers sorts of flies among 68 But chose the tribe of Judah, the them, which devoured them; and frogs mount Zion which he loved. which destroyed them.

69 And he built bis sanctuary like high 46 He gave also their increase unto palaces, like the earth which he hath es. the caterpillar, and their labour unto the tablished for ever. locust.

70 He chose David also his servant, 47 He destroyed their vines with hail, and took bim from the sheepfolds : and their sycamore-trees with frost. 71 From following the ewes great with

48 He gave up their cattle also to the young he brought him to feed Jacob his bail, and their flocks to hot thunder-bolts people, and Israel his inheritance.

49 He cast upon them the fierceness of 72 So be fed them according to the innis anger, wrath, and indignation, and tegrity of bis heart; and guided them by trouble, by sending evil angels among them. the skilfulness of his hands. 50 He made a way to his anger; he

PSALM LXXIX. spared not their soul from death, but gave TA Psalm of Asaph. their life over to pestilence;

GOD, the heathen are come into thine the chief of their strength in the taberna- they defiled; they have laid Jerusalem on cles of Ham:

heaps. 52 But made his own people to go forth 2 The dead bodies of thy servants like sheep, and guided them in the wil- bave they given to be meat unto the fowls derness like a flock.

of the heaven, the flesh of thy saints unto 53 And he led them on safely, so that the beasts of the earth. they feared not: but the sea overwhelm Their blood have they shed like waed their enemies.

ter round about Jerusalem; and there was 54 And he brought them to the border none to bury thern. of his sanctuary, even to this mountain, We are become a reproach to our which his right hand had purchased. neighbours, a scorn and derision to them

55 He cast out the heathen also before that are round about us. them, and divided them an inheritance 5 How long, LORD, wilt thou be angry? by line, and made the tribes of Israel to for ever? shall thy jealousy burn like fire! dwell in their tents.

6 Pour out thy wrath upon the heathen 56 Yet they tempted and provoked the that have not known thee, and upon the most high God, and kept not his testimo- kingdoms that have not called upon thy nies:

57 But turned back, and dealt unfaith 7 For they have devoured Jacob, and fully like their fathers: they were turned laid waste bis dwelling-place. aside like a deceitful bow.

8 O remember not against us former 58 For they provoked him to anger iniquities: let thy tender mercies speed. with their high places, and moved him to ily prevent us: for we are brought very jealousy with their graven images.

low. 59 When God heard this, he was wroth, 9 Help us, O God of our salvation, for and greatly abhorred Israel:

the glory of thy name: and deliver us, and 60 So that he forsook the tabernacle of purge away our sins, for thy naine's sake. Shiloh, the tent which he placed among 10 Wherefore should the heathen say, men;

Where is their God ? let him be known 61' And delivered his strength into cap- among the heathen in our sight by the retivity, and his glory into the enemy's hand. venging of the blood of thy servants which

62 He gave his people over also unto is shed: the sword; and was wroth with his inhe 11 Let the sighing of the prisoner come ritance.

before thee ; according to the greatness 63 The fire consumed theiryoung men; of thy power preserve ibou those that are and their maidens were not given to mar- appointed to die; riage.

12 And render unto our neighbours se64 Their priests fell by the sword; and ven-fold into their bosom their reproach, their widows made no lamentation. wherewith they bave reproached thee, O 65 Then the LORD awaked as

one Lond.

name.

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