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God's judgment for sin.

ISAIAH. He is praised by a remnant. hath given a commandment against the 8 The mirth of tabrets ceaseth, the noise merchant-city, to destroy the strong holds of them that rejoice endeth, the joy of the thereof.

harp ceaseth, 12 And he said, Thou shalt no more re 9 They shall not drink wine with a song; joice, 0 thou oppressed virgin, daughter of strong drink shall be bitter to them that Zidon : arise, pass over to Chittim; there drink it. also shalt thou have no rest.

10 The city of confusion is broken down: 13 Behold the land of the Chaldeans; every house is shut up, that no man may his people was not, till the Assyrian come in. founded it for them that dwell in the wil 11 There is a crying for wine in the derness: they set up the towers thereof, streets ; all joy is darkened, the mirth of they raised up the palaces thereof, and he the land is gone. brought it to ruin.

12 In the city is left desolation, and ibe 14 Howl, ye ships of Tarshish: for your gate is smitten with destruction. strength is laid waste.

13 | When thus it shall be in the midst 15 And it shall come to pass in that day, of the land among the people, there shall that Tyre shall be forgotten seventy years, be as the shaking of an olive tree, and as according to the days of one king : after the gleaning -grapes when the vintage is the end of seventy years shall Tyre sing done. as a harlot.

14 They shall lift up their voice, they 16 Take a barp, go about the city, shall sing for the majesty of the LORD, thou harlot that hast been forgotten; make they shall cry aloud from the sea. sweet melody, sing many songs, that thou 15 Wherefore glorify ye the LORD in mayest be remembered.

the fires, even the name of the Lord God 17 | And it shall come to pass after the of Israel in the isles of the sea. end of seventy years, that the Lord will 16 | From the uttermost part of the visit Tyre, and she shall turn to her bire, earth have we heard songs, even glory to and shall commit fornication with all the the righteous. But I said, My leanness, kingdoms of the world upon the face of my leanness, wo unto me! the treacherous the earth.

dealers have dealt treacherously; yea, the 18 And her merchandise and her hire treacherous dealers have dealtvery treachshall be holiness to the LORD: it shall not erously. be treasured no laid up; for her merchan 17 Fear, and the pit, and the snare, are dise shall be for them that dwell before upon thee, O inhabitant of the earth. the Lord, to eat sufficiently, and for dura 18 And it shall come to pass, that he ble clothing

who feeth from the noise of the fear shall CHAP. XXIV.

fall into the pit; and he that cometh up EHOLD, the LORD maketh the earth out of the midst of the pit shall be taken

empty, and inaketh it waste, and in the snare : for the windows from on turneth it upside down, and scattereth bigh are open, and the foundations of the abroad the inhabitants thereof.

earth do shake. 2 And it shall be, as with the people, so 19 The earth is utterly broken down, with the priest; as with the servant, so the earth is clean dissolved, the earth is with his master; as with the maid, so with moved

exceedingly. her mistress; as with the buyer, so with 20 The earth shall reel to and fro like the seller; as with the lender, so with the a drunkard, and shall be removed like a borrower; as with the taker of usury, so cottage; and the transgression thereof with the giver of usury to him. shall be heavy upon it; and it shall fall,

3 The land shall be utterly emptied, and not rise again. and utterly spoiled: for the LORD hath 21 And it shall come to pass in that day, spoken this word.

that the Lord shall punish the host of the 4 The earth mourneth and fadeth away, bigh ones that are on high, and the kings the world languisheth and fadeth away, of the earth upon the earth. the haughty people of the earth do lan 22 And they shall be gathered together, guish.

as prisoners are gathered in the pit, and 5 The earth also is defiled under the shall be shut up in the prison, and after inhabitants thereof; because they have many days shall they be visited. transgressed the laws, changed the ordi 23 Then the moon shall be confounded, nance, broken the everlasting covenant. and the sun ashamed, when the LORD of

6 Therefore hath the curse devoured hosts shall reign in mount Zion, and in Je. the earth, and they that dwell therein are rusalem, and before his ancients gloriously. desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the

CHAP. XXV. earth are burned, and few men left. The new wine mourneth, the vinelO LORD, thou art my God; I will

exalt thee, I will praise thy name; languisheth, all the merry-hearted do siga. for thou hast done wonderful things; thy



Of confidence in God.

CHAP. XXVI. His coming to judgment. counsels of old are faithfulness and truth. 6 The foot shall tread it down, even the

2 For thou hast made of a city a heap ; feet of the poor, and the steps of the needy. of a defenced city a ruin: a palace of stran 7 The way of the just is uprightness : ģers to be no city; it shall never be built. thou, most upright, dost weigh the path of

3 Therefore shall the strong people the just. glorify thee, the city of the terrible na 8 Yea, in the way of thy judgments, O tions shall fear thee.

LORD, have we waited for thee; the de4 For thou hast been a strength to the sire of our soul is to thy name, and to the poor, a strength to the needy in his dis remembrance of thee. tress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow 9 With my soul have I desired thee in from the heat, when the blast of the terri- the night; yea, with my spirit within me ble ones is as a storm against the wall. will I seek thee early : for when thy judg.

5 Thou shalt bring down the noise of ments are in the earth; the inhabitants of strangers, as the heat in a dry place; even the world will learn righteousness. the heat with the shadow of a cloud : the 10 Let favour be shewed to the wicked, branch of the terrible ones shall be brought yet will he not learn righteousness : in the low.

land of uprightness will he deal unjustly, 6 And in this mountain shall the LORD and will not behold the majesty of the of hosts make unto all people a feast of fat LORD. things, a feast of wines on the lees; of fat 11 LORD, when thy hand is lifted up, things full of marrow, of wines on the lees they will not see: but they shall see, and well refined.

be ashamed for their envy at the people ; 7 And he will destroy in this mountain yea, the fire of thine enemies shalf devour the face of the covering cast over all peo- them. ple, and the vail that is spread over all na 12 | LORD, thou wilt ordain peace for tions.

us : for thou also hast wrought all our 8 He will swallow up death in victory; works in us. and the Lord God will wipe away tears 13 O LORD our God, other lords besides from off all faces ; and the rebuke of his thee have had dominion over us; but by people shall be take away from off all the thee only will we make mention of thiy earth: for the LORD hath spoken it.

9 T And it shall be said in that day, Lo, 14 They are dead, they shall not live; this is our God; we have waited for him, they are deceased, they shall not rise : and he will save us : this is the LORD; we therefore hast thou visited and destroyed have waited for him, we will be glad' and them, and made all their memory to perish. rejoice in his salvation.

15 Thou hast increased the nation, O 10 For in this mountain shall the hand LORD, thou hast increased the nation ; of the Lord rest, and Moab shall be trod-thou art glorified; thou hadst removed it far den down under him, even as straw is unto all the ends of the earth. trodden down for the dunghill.

16 LORD, in trouble have they visited 11 And he shall spread forth his hands thee; they poured out a prayer when thy in the midst of them, as he that swimmeth chastening was upon them. spreadeth forth his hands to swim : and he 17 Like as a woman with child, that shall bring down their pride together with draweth near the time of her delivery, is the spoils of their hands.

in pain, and crieth out in her pangs ; so 12 And the fortress of the high fort of have we been in thy sight, O LORD. thy walls shall he bring down, lay low, and 18 We have been with child, we have bring to the ground, even to the dust. been in pain, we have as it were brought CHAP. XXVI.

forth wind; we have not wrought any deN

land of Judah ; We have a strong city; inhabitants of the world fallen. salvation will God appoint for walls and 19 Thy dead men shall live, together, bulwarks.

with my dead body shall they arise. 2. Open ye the gates, that the righteous Awake and sing, ye tħat dwell in dust: for aation which keepeth the i ruth may enterin. thy dew is as ibe dew of herbs, and the

3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, earth shall cast out the dead. whose mind is stayed on thee : because he 20 T Come, my people, enter thou into trusteth in thee.

thy chambers, and shut thy doors about 4 Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for thee : hide thyself as it were for a little in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting moment, until the indignation be overpast. strength:

21 For behold, the LORD cometh out of 5 For he bringeth down them that his place to punish the inhabitants of the dwell on high ; the lofty city, he layeth it earth for their iniquity: the earth also low; he layeth it low, even to the g:ound; shall disclose her blood, and shall no more he bringeth it even to the dust.

cover her slain.

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God's care over his vineyard. ISAIANI.

Ephraim is threatened. CHAP. XXVII.

fa destroying storm, as a flood of mighty great and strong sword shall punish le-earth with the band. viaihan the piercing serpent, even levia 3 The crown of pride, the drunkards of than that crooked serpent; and he shall slay Ephrainn, shall be trodden under feet: the dragon that is in the sea.

4 And the glorious beauty, which is on 2 In that day sing ye unto her, A vine- the head of the fat valley, shall be a fading yard of red wine.

flower, and as the hasty fruit before the 3 I the Lord do keep it; I will water it summer; which when he that looketh upon every moment: lest any hurt it, I will keep it, seeth, while it is yet in his hand he it night and day.

4 Fury is not in me: who would set the 5. In that day shall the LORD of hosts briers and thorns against me in battle? I be for a crown of glory, and for a diadem would go through them, I would burn them of beauty, unto the residue of his people, together.

6 And for a spirit of judgment to bira 5 Or let him take hold of my strength, that sitteth in judgment, and for strength that he may make peace with me, and be to them that turn the battle to the gate. shall make peace with me.

7 9 But they also have erred through 6 He shall cause them that come of Ja- wine, and through strong drink are out of coh to take root : Israel shall blossom and the way; the priest and the prophet have bud, and fill the face of the world with fruit. erred through strong drink, they are swal

7' | Hath be smitten him, as he smote lowed up of wine, they are out of the way those that smote him? or is he slain ac- through strong drink ; they err in vision, cording to the slaughter of them that are they stumble in judgment. slain by him?

8. For all tables are full of vomit and 8 In measure, when it shooteth forth, filthiness, so that there is no place clean. thou wilt debate with it: he stayeth his 9 7 Whom shall he teach knowledge? rough wind in the day of the east wind. and whom shall he make to understand

9 By this therefore shall the iniquity of doctrine ? them that are weaned from the Jacob be purged; and this is all the fruit milk, and drawn from the breasts. to take


his sin; when he maketh all 10 For precept must be upon precept, the stones of the altar as-chalk stones that precept upon precept; line upon line, line are beaten in sunder, the groves and upon line ; here a little, and there a little : inages shall not stand up.

11 For with stammering lips and another 1) Yet the defenced city shall be deso- tongue will he speak to this people. late, and the habitation forsaken, and left 12 To whom he said, This is the rest like a wilderness: there shall the calf feed, wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and there shall he lie down, and consume and this is the refreshing : yet they would the branches thereof.

not hear. 11 When the boughs thereof are wither 13 But the word of the LORD was unto ed, they shall be broken off: the women them, precept upon precept, precept upon come and set them on fire: for it is a peo- precept; line upon line, line upon line ; ople of no understanding: therefore he that here a little, and there a little; that they inade them will not have mercy on them, might go, and fall backward, and be and he that formed them will shew them broken, and snared, and taken. no favour.

14 | Wherefore hear the word of the 12 1 And it shall come to pass in that Lord, ye scorful men, that rule this peoday, that the LORD shall beat off from the ple which is in Jerusalem. channel of the river unto the stream of 15 Because ye have said, We have made Egypt, and ye shall be gathered one by a covenant with death, and with hell are one, Oye children of Israel.

we at agreement; when the overflowing 13. And it shall come to pass in that day, scourge shall pass through, it shall not come that the great trumpet shall be blown, and unto us : for we have made lies our refuge, they shall come which were ready to perish and under falsehood have wehid ourselves; in the land of Assyria, and the outcasts in 16 T Therefore thus saith the Lord the land of Egypt, and shall worship the God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundaLord in the holy mount at Jerusalem. tion a stone, a tried stone, a precious corCHAP. XXVIII.

ner stone, a sure foundation: he that be. TO to the crownoi pride, to the drunk - lieveth shall not make baste.

ards of Ephraim, whose glorious 17 Judgment also will I lay to the line, beauty is a fading flower, which are on and righteousness to the plummet: and the the head of the fat valleys of them that are hail shall sweep away the resugeoflies, and overcome with wine!

the waters shall overflow the hiding-place. 2 Behold, the LORD hath a mighty and 18 ", And your covenant with death strong one, whick as a tempest or hail and shall be disannulled, and your agreement

God's judgment upon Jerusalem. CHAP. XXIX.

I promise of better times. with hell shall not stand; when the over-that passeth away: yea,it shall be at an flowing scourge shall pass through, then instant suddenly. yc shall be trodden down by it.

6 Thou shalt be visited of the Lord of 19 From the time that it goeth forth it hosts with thunder, and with earthquake, shall take you: for morning by morning and great noise, with storm and tempest, shall it pass over, by day and by night: and the name of devouring fire. and it shall be a vexation only to under 7 | And the multitude of all the nations stand the report.

that fight against Ariel, even all that fight 20 For the bed is shorter than that a against her and her munition, and that dis. man can stretch himself on it: and the tress her, shall be as a dream of a nightcovering narrower than that he can wrap vision. himself in it.

8. It shall even be as when a hungry 21 For the LORD shall rise up as in man dreameth, and behold, he eateth ; but mount Perazim, he shall be wroth as in he awaketh, and his soul is empty: or as the valley'of Gibeon, that he may do his when a thirsty man dreameth, and bework, his strange work; and bring to pass bold, he drinketh ; but he awaketh, and his act, his strange act.

behold, he is faint, and his soul bath appe22 Now therefore be ye not mockers, tite: so shall the multitude of all the nalest your bands be made strong: for I tions be, that fight against mount Zion. have heard from the Lord God of hosts a 9 T Stay yourselves, and wonder; cry consumption, even determined upon the ye out, and cry: they are drunken, but whole earth.

not with wine; they stagger, but not with 23 | Give ye ear, and hear my voice; strong drink. bearken, and hear my speech.

10 For the Lord hath poured out upon 24 Doth the ploughman plough all day you the spirit of deep sleep, and bath to sow? doth he open and break the clods closed your eyes: the prophets and your of his ground?

rulers, the seers hath he covered. 25 When he hath made plain the face 11 And the vision of all is become unto thereof, doth he not cast abroad the fitch-you as the words of a book that is sealed, es, and scatter the cummin, and cast in which men deliver to one that is learned, the principal wheat, and the appointed saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he barley, and the rye in their place? saith, I cannot ; for it is sealed :

26 For his God doth instruct him to dis 12 And the book is delivered to him cretion, and doth teach him.

that is not learned, saying, Read this, I 27 For the fitches are not threshed with pray thee: and he saith, I am not learned. a threshing instrument, neither is a cart 13 TWherefore the Lord said, Foraswheel turned about upon the cummin; but much as this people draw near me with the fitches are beaten out with a staff, and their mouth, and with their lips do honour the cummin with a rod.

me, but have removed their heart far from 28 Bread-corn is bruised; because he me, and their fear toward me is taught will not ever be threshing it, nor break it by the precept of men: with the wheel of his cart, nor bruise it

14 Therefore behold, I will proceed to with his borsemen.

do a marvellous work among this people, 29 This also cometh forth from the even a marvellous work and a wonder: LORD of hosts, which is wonderful in coun- for the wisdom of their wise men shall sel, and excellent in working.

perish, and the understanding of their pruCHAP. XXIX.

dent men shall be bid. O to Ariel, to Ariel, the city where 15 Wo unto them that seek deep to bide let them kill sacrifices.

works are in the dark, and they say, Who 2 Yet I will distress Ariel, and there seeth us? and who knoweth us? shall be heaviness and sorrow : and it shall 16 Surely your turning of things upside be unto me as Ariel.

down shall be esteemed as the potter's 3 And I will camp against thee round clay: for shall the work say of him that about, and will lay siege against

thee with made it, He made me not? or shall the a mount, and I will raise forts against thee. thing framed say of him that framed it,

4 And thou shalt be brought down, and He had no understanding? shalt speak out of the ground, and thy 17 Is it not yet a very little while, and speech shall be low out of the dust, and Lebanon shall be turned into a fruitful thy voice shall be, as of one that hath a field, and the fruitful field shall be esteemfamiliar spirit, out of the ground, and thy ed as a forest? speech shall whisper out of the dust. 18 | And in that day shall the deaf hear

5. Moreover, the multitude of thy stran- the words of the book, and the eyes of gers shall be like small dust, and the mul- the blind shall see out of obscurity, and titude of the terrible ones shall be as chaff out of darkness.

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The people threatened for their ISAIAH.

contempt of God's word. 19 The meek also shall increase their of Israel, Because ye despise this word, joy in the Lord, and the poor among men and trust in oppression and perverseness, shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel. and stay thereon :

20 For the terrible one is brought to 13 Therefore this iniquity shall be to you nought, and the scorner is consumed, and as a breach ready to fall, swelling out in a all that watch for iniquity are cut off: high wall, whose breaking cometh sudden

21 That make a man an offender for a ly at an instant. word, and lay a snare for him that re 14 And he shall break it as the breakproveth in the gate, and turn aside the ing of the potter's vessel that is broken in just for a thing of nought.

pieces; he shall not spare: so that there 22 Therefore thus saith the LORD, who shall not be found in the bursting of it a redeemed Abraham, concerning the house sherd to take fire from the hearth, or to of Jacob, Jacob shall not now be ashamed, take water withul out of the pit. peither shall his face now wax pale. 15 For thus saith the Lord God, the

23 But when he seeth his children, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest work of mine hands, in the midst of him, shall ye be saved ; in quietness and in conthey shall sanctify my name, and sanctify fidence shall be your strength: and ye the Holy One of Jacob, and shall fear the would not. God of Israel.

16 But ye said, No; for we will lee up24 They also that erred in spirit shall on horses; therefore shall ye fee : and, come to understanding, and they that mur- We will ride upon the swift; therefore mured shall learn doctrine.

shall they that pursue you be swift. CHAP. XXX.

17 One thousand shall flee at the rebuke to the rebellious children, saith of one ; at the rebuke of five shall ye flee: not of me; and that cover with a covering, a mountain, and as an ensigu on a hill. but not of my Spirit, that they may add sin 18 | And therefore will the LORD wait, to sin :

that he may be gracious unto you, and 2 That walk to go down into Egypt, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have not asked at my mouth; to strength- have mercy upon you: for the Lord is a en themselves in the strength of Pharaoh, God of judgment : blessed are all they and to trust in the shadow of Egypt ! that wait for him.

3 Therefore shall the strength of Pha 19 For the people shall dwell in Zion raoh be your shame, and the trust in the at Jerusalem : thou shalt weep no more: shadow of Egypt your confusion. he will be very gracious unto thee at the

4 For his princes were at Zoan, and his voice of thy cry; when he shall hear it, he ambassadors came to Hanes.

will answer thee. 5 They were all ashamed of a people. 20 And though the Lord give you the that could not profit them, nor be a help bread of adversity, and the water of afflic, nor profit, but a shame, and also a reproach. tion, yet shall not thy teachers be removed

o The burden of the beasts of the south: into a corner any more, but thine eyes shall into the land of trouble and anguish, from see thy teachers : whence come the young and old lion, the 21 And thine ears shall hear a word be. viper and fiery Aying serpent, they will hind thee, saying, This is the way, walk carry their riches upon the shoulders of ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, young asses, and their treasures upon the and when ye turn to the left. bunches of camels, to a people that shall 22 Ye shall detile also the covering of not profit thein.

thy graven images of silver, and the orna7 For the Egyptians shall help in vain, ment of thy molten images of gold: thou and to no purpose : therefore have I cried shalt cast them away as a menstruous cloth; concerning this, Their strength is tosit still. thou shalt say unto it, Get thee hence.

8 T Now go, write it before them in a 23 Then shall he give the rain of thy table, and note it in a book, that it may be seed, that thou shalt sow the ground witbal; for the time to come for ever and ever: and bread of the increase of the earth, and

9 That this is a rebellious people, lying it shall be fat and plenteous: in that day children, children that will not hear the shall thy cattle feed in large pastures. law of the LORD:

24 The oxen likewise and the young 10 Which say to the seers, See not; and asses that ear the ground shall eat clean to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right provender, which hath been winnowed things, speak unto us smooth things, pro- with the shovel and with the fan. phesy deceits :

25 And there shall be upon every high 11 Get you out of the way, turn aside mountain, and upon every bigb bill, rivers out of the path, cause the Holy One of and streams of waters in the day of the Israel to cease from before us. 12 Wherefore thus saith the Holy One

great slaughter, when the towers fall.
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