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Isaiah comforts Hezekiah. CHAP. XXXVIII. Hezekiah's life lengthened. as Gozan, and Haran, and Rezeph, and field, and as the green herb, as the grass the children of Eden which were in Te-on the house-tops, and as corn blasted belassar?
fore it be grown up. 13 Where is the king of Hamath, and 28 But I know thy abode, and thy going the king of Arpad, and the king of the city out, and thy coming in, and thy rage of Sepharvaim, Hena, and Ivah? against me.
14 | And Hezekiah received the letter 29 Because thy rage against me, and thy from the hand of the messengers, and read tumult, is come up into mine ears, thereit: and Hezekiah went up unto the house fore will I put my hook in thy nose, and of the Lord, and spread it before the Lord. my bridle in thy lips, and I will turn thee
15 And Hezekiah prayed unto the LORD, back by the way by which thou camest. saying,
30 And this shall be a sign unto thee, Ye 16 O Lord of hosts, God of Israel, that shall eat this year such as groweth of itself; dwellest between the cherubims, thou art and the second year that which springeth the God, even thou alone, of all the king- of the same: and in the third year sow ye, doms of the earth; thou hast made heaven and reap, and plant vineyards, and eat the and earth.
fruit thereof. 17 Incline thine ear, O Lord, and hear; 31 And the remnant that is escaped of open thine eyes, O LORD, and see: and the house of Judah shall again take root hear all the words of Sennacherib, which downward, and bear fruit upward: bath sent to reproach the living God. 32 For at of Jerusalem shall go forth
18 Of a truth, LORD, the kings of As- a remnant, and they that escape out of syria have laid waste all the nations, and mount Zion: the zeal of the LORD of hosts their countries,
shall do this. 19 And have cast their gods into the fire; 33 Therefore thus saith the Lord confor they were no gods, but the work of cerning the king of Assyria, He shall not men's hands, wood and stone: therefore come into this city, nor shoot an arrow they have destroyed them.
there, por come before it with shields, nor 20 Now therefore, O LORD our God, cast a bank against it. save us from bis hand, that all the king 34 By the way that he came, by the doms of the earth may know that thou art same shall be return, and shall not come the LORD, even thou only.
into this city, saith the LORD. 21 | Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent 35 For I will defend this city to saveit, unto Hezekiah, saying, Thus saith the for mine own sake, and for my servant LORD God of Israel, whereas thou hast David's sake. prayed to me against Sennacherib king of 36 Then the angel of the LORD went Assyria :
forth, and smote in the camp of the Assyri22 This is the word which the LORD ans á hundred and fourscore and five thouhath spoken concerning him; The virgin, sand: and when they arose early in the the daughter of Zion, hath despised thee, morning, behold, they were all dead and laughed thee to scorn; the daughter corpses. of Jerusalem bath shaken her head at thee. 37 | So Sennacherib king of Assyria
23 Whom hast thou reproached and blas-departed, and went and returned, and phemed; and against whom hast thou ex- dwelt at Nineveh. alted thy voice, and lifted up thine eyes on 38 And it came to pass, as he was worhigh? even against the Holy One of Israel: shipping in the house of Nisroch his god,
24 By thy servants hast thou reproached that Adrammelech and Sharezer his sons the LORD, and hast said, By the multitude smote him with the sword; and they of my chariots am I come up to the height escaped into the land of Armenia: and of the mountains, to the sides of Lebanon; Esar-haddon his son reigned in his stead. and I will cut down the tall cedars thereof,
CHAP. XXXVIII. and the choice fir-trees thereof: and I will TN those days was Hezekiah sick unto enter into the height of his border, and the death. And Isaiah the prophet the son forest of his Carmel.
of Amoz came unto him, and said unto him, 25 I have digged, and drunk water; and Thus saith the LORD, Set thine house in with the sole of my feet have I dried up order: for thou shalt die, and not live. all the rivers of the besieged places.
2 Then Hezekiah turned his face to26 Hast thou not heard long ago, how ! ward the wall, and prayed unto the LORD, have done it; and of ancient times, that I 3 And said, Remember now, O LORD, have formed'ir? now have I brought it to I beseech thee, how I have walked before pass, that thou shouldest be to lay waste thee in truth and with a perfect beart, and defenced cities into ruinous heaps. have done that which is good in thy sight.
27 Therefore their inhabitants were of And Hezekiah wept sore. small power, they were dismayed and con 4 T Then came the word of the LORD founded: they were as the grass of the to Isaiah, saying,
The thanksgiving of Hezekiah. ISAIAH. The Babylonian captivity foretold.
5 Go and say to Hezekiah, Thus saith sign that I shall go up to the house of the the Lord, the God of David thy father, I LORD? bave beard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears behold, I will add unto thy days Ash at Baladan, king of Babylon,
CHAP. XXXIX. fifteen years.
6 And I will deliver thee and this city sent letters and a present to Hezekiah: for out of the hand of the king of Assyria : and he had heard that he had been sick, and I will defend this city.
was recovered. 7 And this shall be a sig' unto thee from 2 And Hezekiah was glad of them, and the LORD, that the LORD will do this thing shewed them the house of his precious that he hath spoken;
things, the silver, and the gold, and the 8 Behold, I will bring again the shadow spices, and the precious ointment, and all of the degrees, which is gone down in the the house of his armour, and all that was sun-dial of Ahaz ten degrees backward. found in his treasures: there was nothing So the sun returned ten degrees, by which in his house, nor in all his dominion, that degrees it was gone down.
Hezekiah shewed them not. | The writing of Hezekiah king of:31 Then came Isaiah the prophet unto Judah, when he had been sick, and was king Hezekiah and said unto him, What recovered of his sickness :
said these men ? and from whence came 10 I said in the cutting off of my days, they unto thee? and Hezekiah said, They I shall go to the gates of the grave: I am are come from a far country unto me, even deprived of the residue of my years. from Babylon. 11 I said, I shall not see the Lord, even 4 Then said he,
What have they seen in the Lord, in the land of the living : I shall thine house? And Hezekiah answered, All behold man no more with the inhabitants that is in mine house have they seen: there of the world.
is nothing among my treasures that I have 12 Mine age is departed, and is removed not shewed them. from me as a shepherd's tent: I have cut off 5 Then said Isaiah to Hezekiah, Hear like a weaver my life: he will cut me off the word of the Lord of hosts : with pining sickness : from day even to 6 Behold, the days come, that all that is night wilt thou make an end of me. in thine house, and that which thy fathers
13 I reckoned till morning, that, as a have laid up in store until this day, shall be lion, so will he break all my bones : from carried to Babylon: nothing shall be left, day even to night wilt thou make an end saith the LORD.
7 And of thy sons that shall issue from 14 Like a crane or a swallow, so did I thee, which thou shalt beget, shall they chatter: I did mourn as a dove: mine eyes take away; and they shall be eunuchs in fail with looking upward: O Lord, I am the palace of the king of Babylon. oppressed ; undertake for me.
8 Then said Hezekiah to Isaiah, Good 15 What shall I say? he hath both spoken is the word of the LORD which thou hast unto me, and himself hath done it: I shall spoken. He said moreover, For there go softly all my years in the bitterness of shall be peace and truth in my days.
CHAP. XL. Mano Lopes by these things men live, COMFORT ye, comfort ye my people, spirit: so wilt thou recover me, and make 2 Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, me to live.
and cry unto her, that her warfare is ac17 Behold, for peace I had great bitter- complished, that her iniquity is pardened: ness : but thou hast in love to my soul de- for she hath received of the Lord's hand livered it from the pitof corruption: for thou double for all her sins. hast cast all my sins bebind ihy back. 3 The voice of him that crieth in the
18 For the grave cannot praise thee, wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the death can not celebrate thee: they that go Lord, make straight in the desert a highdown into the pit cannot hope for thy truth. way for our God.
19 The living, the living, he shall praise 4 Every valley shall be exalted, and thee, as I do this day: the father to the every mountain and hill shall be inade children shall make known thy truth. low: and the crooked shall be made
20 The Lord was ready to save me : straight, and the rough places plain: therefore we will sing my songs to the 5 And the glory of the LORD shall be stringed instruments all the days of our life revealed, and all flesh shall see it fogether: in the house of the Lord.
for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it. 21 For Isaiah bad said, Let them take 6 The voice said, Cry. And lie said, a lump of figs, and lay it for a plaster upon What shall I cry? All Mesh is grass, and the bile, and he shall recover.
all the goodliness thereot' is as the flower 22 Hezekiah also had said, What is the of the field:
The promulgation of the gospel. CHAP. XLI.
Israel is promised comfort. 7 The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: he maketh the judges of the earth as vanity. because the Spirit of the LORD bloweth 24 Yea, they shall not be planted: yea, upon it: surely the people is grass. they shall not be sown: yea, their stock
8 The grass withereth, the flower fadeih: shall not take root in the earth: and he but the word of our God shall stand for shall also blow upon them, and they shall
wither, and the wh::lwind shall take them 9 TO Zion, that bringest good tidings, away as stubble.
into the high mountain: 0 Je 25 To whom then will ye liken me, or rusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift up shall I be equal? saith the Holy One. thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not 26 Lift up your eyes on high, and beafraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Be- hold who hath created these things, that kold your God!
bringeth out their host by number: be 10 Behold the Lord God will come calleth them all by names, by the greatwith strong hand, and his arm shall rule ness of his might, for that he is strong in for hiin: behold, his reward is with him, power; not one faileth. and his work before him.
27 Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and 11 He shall feed his flock like a shep-speakest, O Israel, My way is hid from the herd: he shall gather the lambs with his LORD, and my judgment is passed over arm, and carry them in his bosom, and from my God? shall gently lead those that are with young. 28 T Hast thou not known? hast thou
12" Who hath measured the waters in not heard, that the everlasting God, the the hollow of his hand, and meted out LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, heaven with the span, and comprehended fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no the dust of the earth in a measure, and searching of his understanding: weighed the mountains in scales, and the 29 He giveth power to the faint; and to Lills in a balance?
them that have no might he increaseth 13 Who hath directed the Spirit of the strength. Lord, or being his counsellor hath taught 30 Even the youths shall faint and be him?
weary, and the young men sball utterly 14 With whom took he counsel, and fall: who instructed him, and taught him in the 31 But they that wait upon the LORD path of judgment, and taught him know shall renew their strength; they shall ledge, and shewed to him the way of un- mount up with wings as eagles; they shall derstanding?
run, and not be weary; and they shali 15 Behold, the nations are as a drop of walk, and not faint. a bucket, and are counted as the small
CHAP. XLI. dust of the balance; behold, he taketh up KEEP silence before me, De islands;
16 And Lebanon is not sufficient to strength: let them come near; then let burn, nor the beasts thereof sufficient for them speak: let us come near together to a burnt-offering:
ljudgment. 17 All nations before him are as nothing; 2 Who raised up the righteous man from and they are counted to him less than the east, called him to his foot, gave the nothing, and vanity:
nations before him, and made him rule 18 | To whom then will ye liken God? over kings? he gave them as the dust to his or what likeness will ye compare unto sword, and as driven stubble to his bow. him ?
3 He pursued them, and passed safely,; 19 The workman melteth a graven even by the way that he had not gone with image, and the goldsmith spreadeth it over his feet. with gold, and casteth silver chains. 4 Who hath wrought and done it, call.
20 He that is so impoverished that he ing the generations from the beginning?'! hath no oblation choose th a tree that will the LORD, the first, and with the last; I not rot; he seeketh unto him a cunning am he. workman to prepare a graven image that 5 The isles saw it, and feared; the ends shall not be moved.
of the earth were afraid, drew near, and 21 Have ye not known? have ye not came. heard? hath it not been told you from the 6 They helped every one his neighbour; beginning? have ye not understood from and every one said to his brother, Bc of the foundations of the earth?
good courage. 22 It is be that sitteth upon the circle of 7 So the carpenter encouraged the ihe earth, and the inhabitants thereof are goldsmith, and he that smootheth with the as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the hammer him that smote the anvil, saying, heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them It is ready for the sodering; and he fastout as a tent to dwell in:
ened it with nails, that it should not be 23 That bringeth the princes to nothing; moved.
The vanity of idols.
The office of Christ. 8 But thou, Israel, art my servant, Ja-I may be dismayed, and behold it together. cob whom I have chosen, the seed of 24 Behold, ye are of nothing, and your Abraham my friend.
work of naught: an abomination is he that 9 Thou whom I have taken from the chooseth you. ends of the earth, and called thee from the 25 I have raised up one from the north, chief men thereof, and said unto thee,Thou and he shall come: from the rising of the art my servant; I have chosen thee, and sun shall he call upon my name: and be not cast thee away.
shall come upon princes as upon mortar, 10 T Fear thou not; for I am with thee: and as the potter treadeth clay. be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I 26 Who hath declared from the beginwill strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; ning, that we may know? and beforetime, yea, I will uphold thee with the right that we may say, He is righteous ? yea, hand of my righteousness.
there is none that sheweth, yea, there is 11 Behold, all they that were incensed none that declareth, yea, there is none against thee shall be ashamed and con- that heareth your words. founded: they shall be as nothing; and 27 The first shall say to Zion, Behold, they that strive with thee shall perish. behold them: and I will give to Jerusalem
12 Thou shalt seek them, and sbalt not one that bringeth good tidings. find them, even them that contended with 28 For I beheld, and there was no man; thee: they that war against thee shall be even among them, and there was no counas nothing, and as a thing of nought. sellor, that, when I asked of them, could
13 For I the Lord thy God will hold answer a word. thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear 29 Behold, they are all vanity, their not; I will help thee.
works are nothing: their molten images 14 Fear not, thou worm Jacob, and ye are wind and confusion. men of Israel; I will help thee, saith the
CHAP. XLII. Lord, and thy Redeemer, the Holy One BEmine elecy
, in whom my soul deof Israel,
15 Behold, I will make thee a new lighteth; I have put my Spirit upon him: sharp threshing, instrument having teeth: he shall bring forth judgment to the Genthou shalt thresh the mountains, and beat tiles. themsmall, and shalt make the hills as chaff. 2 He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause
16 Thou shalt fan them, and the wind his voice to be heard in the street. shall carry them away, and the whirlwind 3 A bruised reed shall he not break, and shall scaiter them: and thou shalt rejoice the smoking flax shall he not quench: be in the LORD, and shalt glory in the Holy shall bring forth judgment unto truth. One of Israel.
4 He shall not fail nor be discouraged, 17 When the poor and needy seek water, till he have set judgment in the earth: and and there is none, and their tongue faileth the isles shall wait for his law. for thirst, I the LORD will hear them, I the 5 1 Thus saith God the LORD, he that God of Israel will not forsake them. created the heavens, and stretched them
18 I will open rivers in high places, and out; he that spread forth the earth, and fountains in the midst of the valleys: I will that which cometh out of it; he that giveth make the wilderness a pool of water, and breath unto the people upon it, and spirit the dry land springs of water.
to them that walk therein: 19 I will plant in the wilderness the 6 I the Lord have called thee in rightcedar, the sbittah-tree, and the myrtle, eousness, and will hold thine hand, and and the oil-tree; I will set in the desert will keep thee, and give thee for a covethe fir-tree, and the pine, and the box-tree nant of the people, for a light of the Gentogether:
20. That they may see, and know, and 7 To open the blind eyes, to bring out consider, and understand together, that the prisoners from the prison, and them the hand of the Lord hath done this, and that sit in darkness out of the prison-house, the Holy One of Israel hath created it. 8 I am the LORD: that is my name: and
21 Prodluce your cause, saith the Lord; my glory will I not give to another, neither bring forth your strong reasons, saith the 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 skall 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, and consider them, and know the latter end of his praise from the end of the earth, ye them; or declare us things for to come! that godown to the sea, and all that is there
23 Shew the things that are to come in; the isles, and the inhabitants thereof. bereafter, that we niay know that ye are 11 Let the wilderness and the cities guds: yea, do good, or do evil, that we thereof lill up their roice, the villages that
An exhortation to praise God. CHAP. XLIII. The fall of Babylon foretold. Kedar doth inhabit: let the inhabitants of they shall not overflow thee: when thou the rock sing, let them shout from the top walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be of the mountains.
burned ; neither shall the flame kindle 12 Let them give glory unto the Lord, upon thee. and declare his praise in the islands. 3 For lam the LORD thy God, the Holy
13 The Lord shall go forth as a mighty One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt man, he shall stir up jealousy like a man forthy ransom, Eihiopia and Seba for thee. of war: he shall cry, yea, roar; he shall 4 Since thou wast precious in my sight, prevail against his enemies.
thou hast been honourable, and I have 14 I have long time holden my peace; loved thee: therefore will I give men for I have been still, and refrained myself: thee, and people for thy life. now will I cry like a travailing woman; 1 5 Fear not; for I am with thee: I will will destroy and devour at once. bring thy seed from the east, and gather
15 I will make waste mountains and thee from the west : hills, and dry up all their herbs; and I will 6 I will say to the north, Give up; and make the rivers islands, and I will dry up to the south, Keep not back: bring my the pools.
sons from far, and my daughters from the 16 And I will bring the blind by a way ends of the earth; that they knew not; I will lead them in 7 Even every one that is called by my paths that they have not known:1 will name: for I have created him for my glory, make darkness light before them, and I have formed him; yea, I have made him. crooked things straight. These things 8 Bring forth the blind people that will I do unto them, and not forsake them. have eyes, and the deas that have ears.
17 T They shall be turned back, they 9 Let all the nations be gathered togeshall be greatly ashamed, that trust in ther, and let the people be assembled: who graven images, that say to the molten among them can declare this, and shew us images, Ye are our gods.
former things? let them bring forth their 18 Hear, ye deat; and look, ye blind, witnesses, that they may be justified; or that ye may see,
let them hear, and say, It is truth. 19 Who is blind, but my servant? or 10 Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, deaf, as my messenger that I sent? who is and my servant whom I have chosen : that blind as he that is perfect, and blind as the ye may know and believe me, and underLord's servant?
stand that I am he: before me there was 20 Seeing many things, but thou ob- no God formed, neither shall there be after servest not; opening the ears, but he hear-me. eth not.
11 I, even I, am the LORD; and besides 21 The LORD is well pleased for his me there is no saviour. righteousness' sake; he will magnify the 12 I have declared, and have saved, and Jaw, and make it honourable.
I have shewed, when there was no strange 22 But this is a people robbed and spoil- god among you: therefore ye are my wited; they are all of them snared in holes, nesses, saith the Lord, that I am God. and
they are hid in prison-houses; they 13 Yea, before the day was, I am he; are for a prey, and none delivereth, for a and thereis none that can deliver out of my spoil, and none saith, Restore.
hand: I will work, and who shall let it? 23 Who among you will give ear to this? 14 | Thus saith the LORD, your Rezeho will hearken, and hear for the time to deemer, the Holy One of Israel; For your come?
sake I have sent to Babylon, and have 24 Who gave Jacob for a spoil, and Is- brought down all their nobles, and the rael to the robbers ? did not the LORD, he Chaldeans, whose cry is in the ships. against whom we have sinned? for they 15 I am the Lord, your Holy One, the would not walk in his ways, neither were Creator of Israel, your King. they obedient unto his law.
16 Thus saith the LORD,
which maketh 25 Therefore he hath poured upon him a way in the sea, and a path in the mighty the fury of his anger, and the strength of waters; battle : and it hath set him on fire round 17 Which bringeth forth the chariot and about, yet he knew not; and it burned horse, the army and the power; they sball him, yet he laid it not to heart.
lie down together, they shall not rise: they CHAP. XLIII.
are extinct, they are quenched as tow. UT now thus saith the LORD that 18 Pemeinber ye not the former things, . formed thee, O Ísrael, Fear not: for I 19 Behold, I will do a new ihing ; now have redeemed thee, I have called thee by it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? thy name ; thou art inine.
I will even make a way in the wilderness, 2 When thou passes through the waters, and rivers in the desert. I will be with thee; and through the rivers, 20 The beast of the field shall honour