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The evil of forsaking God. CHAP. XXXI, XXXII.Blessings of Christ's kingdørn. be as, the light of the sun, and the light of 5 As birds flying, so will the Lord of the sun shall be sevenfold, as the light of hosts defend Jerusalem ; defending also he seven days, in the day that the LORD bind- will deliver it; and passing over he will eth up the breach of his people, and heal- preserve it. eth the stroke of their wound.
6.1 Turn ye unto him from whom the 27 | Behold, the name of the LORD children of Israel have deeply revolted. cometh from far, burning with his anger, 7 For in that day every man shall cast and the burden thereof is heavy: his lips away his idols of silver, and his idols of are full of indignation, and his tongue as gold, which your own hands have made a devouring fire :
unto you for a sin. 28 And his breath, as an overflowing 8 T Then shall the Assyrian fall with stream, shall reach to the midst of the the sword, not of a mighty man; and the neck, to sift the nations with the sieve of sword, not of a mean man, shall devour vanity: and there shall be a bridle in the him: but he shall flee from the sword, and jaws of the people, causing them to err. his young shall be discomfited.
29 Ye shall have a song, as in the night 9 And he shall pass over to his strong when a holy solemnity is kept; and glad-hold for fear, and his princes shall be ness of heart, as when one goeth with a afraid of the ensign, saith the LORD, pipe to come into the mountain of the whose fire is in Zion, and his furnace in LORD, to the Mighty One of Israel. Jerusalem. 30 And the LORD shall cause his glori
B EHOLD, a King shall reign in rightlighting down of his arm, with the in eousness, and princes shall rule in dignation of his anger, and with the flame judgment. of a devouring fire, with scattering, and 2 And a man shall be as a hiding-place tempest, and hail-stones.
from the wind, and a covert from the tem3i For through the voice of the LORD pest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as shall the Assyrian be beaten down, which the shadow of a great rock in a weary smote with a rod.
lland. 32 And in every place where the 3 And the eyes of them that see shall grounded staff shall pass, which the LORD not be dim, and the ears of them that hear shall lay upon him, it shall be with tabrets shall hearken. and harps : and in battles of shaking will 4 The heart also of the rash shall unhe fight with it.
derstand knowledge, and the tongue of the 33 For Tophet is ordained of old; yea, stammerers shall be ready to speak plainly. for the king it is prepared; he hath made 5 The vile person shall be no more callit deep and large : the pile thereof is fire ed liberal, nor the churl said to be bountiful. and much wood; the breath of the LORD, 6 For the vile person will speak villany, like a stream of brimstone, doth kindle it. and his heart will work iniquity, to pracCHAP. XXXI.
tise hypocrisy, and to utter error against to them that go down to Egypt the LORD, to make empty the soul of the
for help; and stay on horses, and hungry; and he will cause the drink of the trust in chariots, because they are many; thirsty to fail. and in horsemen, because they are very 7 The instruments also of the churl are strong; but they look not unto the Holy evil : he deviseth wicked devices to deOne of Israel, neither seek the LORD! stroy the poor with lying words, even
2 Yet he also is wise, and will bring when the needy speaketh right. evil, and will not call back his words : but 8 But the liberal deviseth liberal things; will arise against the house of the evil- and by liberal things shall he stand. doers, and against the help of them that 9 TRise up, ye women that are at ease; work iniquity.
hear my voice, ye careless daughters; 3 Now the Egyptians are men, and not give ear unto my speech. God; and their horses flesh, and not spirit. 10 Many days and years shall ye be When the LORD shall stretch out his hand, troubled, ye careless women; for the vinboth he that helpeth shall fall, and he thai tage shall fail, the gathering shall not come. is holpen shall fall down, and they all 11 Tremble, ye women that are at ease; shall fail together.
be troubled, ye careless ones : strip you, 4 For thus hath the LORD spoken unto and make you bare, and gird sackcloth upon me, Like as the lion and the young lion your loins. roaring on his prey, when a multitude 12 They shall lament for the teats, for of shepherds is called forth against him, the pleasant fields, for the fruitful vine. he will not be afraid of their voice, nor 13 Upon the land of my people shall abase himself for the noise of them : so come up thorns and briers, yea, upon all shall the Lord of hosts come down to fight the houses of joy in the joyous city: for mount Zion, and for the hill thereof. 14 Because the palaces shall be for
Judgments in behalf of the church. ISAIAH. The privileges of the godly. saken ; the multitude of the city shall be bring forth stubble: your breath, as fire, left; the forts and towers shall be for dens shall devour you. for ever, a joy of wild asses, a pasture of 12 And the people shall be as the burnflocks ;
ings of lime; as thorns cut up shall they 15 Until the Spirit be poured upon us be burned in the fire. from on high, and the wilderness be a 13 | Hear, ye that are far off, what I fruitful field, and, the fruitful field be have done; and ye that are near, acknow. counted for a forest.
ledge my might. 16 Then judgment shall dwell in the 14 The sinners in Zion are afraid; fear. wilderness, and righteousness remain in fulness hath surprised the hypocrites. the fruitful field.
Who among us shall dwell with the de17 And the work of righteousness shallfvouring fire? who among us shall dwell be peace; and the effect of righteousness, with everlasting burnings? quietness and assurance for ever.
15 He that walketh righteously, and 18 And my people shall dwell in a speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth the peaceable habitation, and in sure dwell- gain of oppressions, that shaketh his bands ings, and in quiet resting-places, from holding of bribes, that stoppeth his
19 When it shall hail, coming down on ears from hearing of blood, and shutteth the forest; and the city shall be low in a bis eyes from seeing evil; low place
16 He shall dwell on high: his place of 20 Blessed are ye that sow beside all defence shall be the munitions of rocks: waters, that send forth thither the feet of bread shall be given him; his waters shall the ox and the ass. CHAP. XXXIII.
17 Thine eyes shall see the King in his TO to thee that spoilest, and thou beauty: they shall behold the land that is
wast treacherously, and they dealt not treache 18 Thine heart shall meditate terror. rously with thee! when thou shalt cease Where is the scribe? where is the receiver? to spoil, thou shalt be spoiled ; and when where is he that counted the towers! thou shalt make an end to deal treache 19 Thou shalt not see a fierce people, a rously, they shall deal treacherously with people of deeper speech than thou canst thee.
perceive ; of a stammering tongue, that 2 0 LORD, be gracious unto us; we thou canst not understand. have waited for thee : be tbou their arm 20 Look upon Zion, the city of our 80every morning, our salvation also in the lemnities: thine eyes shall see Jerusalem time of trouble.
a quiet habitation, a tabernacle that shall 3 At the noise of the tumult the people not be taken down; not one of the stakes Aed; at the lifting up of thyself the nations thereof shall ever be removed, neither were scattered.
shall any of the cords thereof be broken. 4 And your spoil shall be gathered like 21 But there the glorious LORD æill be the gathering of the caterpillar: as the unto us a place of broad rivers and streams; running to and fro of locusts shall he run wherein shall go no galley with oars, neiupon them.
ther shall gallant ship pass thereby. 5 The Lord is exalted; for he dwelleth 22 For the LORD is our judge, the on high; he hath filled Zion with judg- Lord is our lawgiver, the LORD is our ment and righteousness.
; he will save us. 6 And wisdom and knowledge shall be 23 Thy tacklings are loosed; they could the stability of thy times, and strength of not well strengthen their mast, they could salvation : the fear of the Lord is his not spread the sail: then is the prey of a treasures
great spoil divided; the lame take the prey: 7 Behold, their valiant ones shall cry 24 And the inhabitant shall not say, I without: the ambassadors of peace shall am sick: the people that dwell therein weep bitterly.
shall be forgiven their iniquity. 8 The highways lie waste, the way.
HOME near, ye nations, to hear; and covenant, he hath despised the cities, he hearken, ye people: let the earth regardeth no man.
hear, and all that is therein; the world, The earth mourneth and languisheth: and all things that come forth of it. Lebanon is ashamed and hewn down : 2 For the indignation of the LORD is Sharon is like a wilderness; and Bashan upon all nations, and his fury upon all and Carmel shake off their fruits. their armies : he hath utterly destroyed
10 Now will I rise, saith the Lord; them, he bath delivered them to the now will I be exalted ; now will I lift up slaughter, myself.
3 Their slain also shall be cast out, and 11 Ye shall conceive chaff, ye shall their stink shall come up out of their
Fate of the church's enemies. CHAP. XXXV, XXXVI. of Christ's kingdom. careasses, and the mountains shall be melt
CHAP. XXXV. ed with their blood.
THE wilderness the solitary place
shall solved, and the heavens shall be rolled sert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose. together as a scroll: and all their bost 2 It shall blossom abundantly, and reshall fall down, as the leaf falleth off from joice, even with joy and singing : the the vine, and as a falling fig from the fig- glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, tree.
the excellency of Carmel and Sharon, . 5 For my sword shall be bathed in hea- they shall see the glory of the LORD, and ven: behold, it shall come down upon the excellency of our God. Idumea, and upon the people of my curse, 31 Strengthen ye the weak hands, and to judgment.
confirm the feeble knees. 6 The sword of the LORD is filled with 4 Say to them that are of a fearful heart, blood, it is made fat with fatness, and Be strong, fear not: behold, your God with the blood of lambs and goats, with will come with vengeance, even God with the fat of the kidneys of rams: for the a recompense; he will come and save you. Lord hath a sacrifice in Bozrah, and a 5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be great slaughter in the land of Idumea. opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be
7 And the unicorns shall come down unstopped. with them, and the bullocks with the bulls; 6 Then shall the lame man leap as a and their land shall be soaked with blood, hart, and the tongue of the dumb shall and their dust made fat with fatness. sing: for in the wilderness shall waters
8 For it is the day of the Lord's ven- break out, and streams in the desert. geance, and the year of recompences for 7 And the parched ground shall become the controversy of Zion.
a pool, and the thirsty land springs of wa9 And the streams thereof shall be turn- ter: in the habitation of dragons, where ed into pitch, and the dust thereof into each lay, shall be grass with reeds and brimstone, and the land thereof sball be- rushes. come burning pitch,
8 And a highway shall be there, and 10 It shall not be quenched night nor a way, and it shall be called, The way of day; the smoke thereof shall go up for holiness; the unclean shall not pass over ever: from generation to generation it it; but it shall be for those: the way-faring shall lie waste; none shall pass through it men, though fools, shall not err therein. for ever and ever..
9 No lion shall be there, nor any raven. 11 T But the cormorant and the bittern ous beast shall go up thereon, it shall not shall possess it; the owl also and the be found there ; but the redeemed shall raven shall dwell in it and he shall walk there: stretch out upon it the line of confusion, 10 And the ransomed of the Lord shall and the stones of emptiness.
return, and come to Zion with songs and 12 They shall call the pobles thereof to everlasting joy upon their heads : they the kingdom, but none shall be there, and shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow all her princes shall be nothing. and sighing shall flee away. 13 And thorns shall come up in her
year tion of dragons, and a court for owls. cherib king of Assyria came up against all
14 The wild beasts of the desert shall the defenced cities of Judah, and took also meet with the wild beasts of the them. island, and the satyrshall cry to his fellow; 2 And the king of Assyria sent Rabthe screech-owl also shall rest there, and shakeh from Lachish to Jerusalem unto find for herself a place of rest. king Hezekiah with a great army. And
15 There shall the great owl make her he stood by the conduit of the upper pool pest, and lay, and hatch, and gather under in the highway of the fuller’s field. her shadow: there shall the vultures also 3 Then came forth unto him Eliakim, be gathered, every one with her mate. Hilkiah's son, which was over the house,
16 [ Seek ye out of the book of the and Shebna the scribe, and Joah, Asaph's LORD, and read: no one of these shall fail, son, the recorder. none shall want her mate : for my mouth 4 And Rabshakeh said unto them, it hath commanded, and his spirit it hath Say ye now to Hezekiah, Thus saith the gathered them.
great king, the king of Assyria, What 17 And he hath cast the lot for them, confidence is this wherein thou trustes.? and his hand hath divided it unto them by 5 I say, sayest thou (but they are but line : they shall possess it for ever, from vain words) I have counsel and strength generation to generation shall they dwell for war: now on wbom dost thou trust, that therein.
thou rebellest against me?
palaces, nettles and brambles in the for
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The blasphemy of Rabshakeh. ISAIAH. The deep affliction of Hezekiah.
6 Lo, thou trustest in the staff of this out of my hand, that the LORD should debroken reed, on Egypt; whereon if a man liver Jerusalem out of my hand? Jean, it will go into his hand, and pierce 21 But they held their peace, and an. it: so is Pharaoh king of Egypt to all that swered him not a word: for the king's trust in him.
commandment was, saying, Answer him 7 But if thou say to me, We trust in the not. LORD our God: is it not be, whose high 22 | Then came Eliakim the son of places and whose altars Hezekiah hath Hilkiah, that was over the household, and Taken away, and said to Judah and to Je- Shebna tbe scribe, and Joah, the son of rusalem, Ye shall worship before this altar? Asaph, the recorder, to Hezekiab with
8 Now therefore give pledges, I pray their clothes rent, and told him the words thee, to my master the king of Assyria, of Rabshakeh. and I will give thee two thousand horses,
CHAP. XXXVII. if thoth be able on thy part to set riders A Neitheame to passie hen King Heze
9 How then wilt thou turn away the face and covered himself with sackcloth, and of one captain of the least of my master's went into the house of the LORD. servants, and put thy trust on Egypt for 2 And he sent Eliakim, who was over chariots and for horsemen?
the household, and Shebna the scribe, and 10 And am I now come up without the the elders of the priests covered with LORD against this land to destroy it? the sackcloth, unto Isaiah the propbet the son LORD said unto me, Go up against this of Amoz. land, and destroy it.
3 And they said unto hin, Thus saith 11 Then said Eliakim, and Shebna,and Hezekiah, This day is a day of trouble, Joah,unto Rabshakeh, Speak, I pray thee, and of rebuke, and of blasphemy: for the unto thy servants in the Syrian language ; children are come to the birth, and there is for we understand it: and speak not to us not strength to bring forth. in the Jews' language, in the ears of the 4 It may be the LORD thy God will bear people that are on the wall.
the words of Rabshakeh, whom the king 12 1 But Rabshakeh said, Hath my of Assyria his master hath sent to reproach master sent me to thy master and to thee the living God, and will reprove the words
to speak these words? hath he not sent me which the LORD thy God hath heard: et to the men that sit upon the wall, that they wherefore lift up thy prayer for the rem
may eat their own dung, and drink their nant that is left. own piss with you?
5 So the servants of king Hezekiah 13 Then Rabshakeh stood, and cried came to Isaiah. with a loud voice in the Jews' language, 6. | And Isaiah said unto them, Thus and said, Hear ye the words of the great shall ye say unto your master, Thus saith king, the king of Assyria.
the LORD, Be not afraid of the words that 14 Thụs saith the king, Let not Heze-thou hast heard, wherewith the servants or kiah deceive you: for he shall not be able the king of Assyria have blasphemed me.
7 Behold; I will send a blast upon him, 15 Neither let Hezekiah make you trust and he shall hear a rumour, and return to in the LORD, saying, The LORD will surely his own land ; and I will cause bim to fall deliver us: this city shall not be delivered by the sword in his own land. into the hand of the king of Assyria. 8 So Rabshakeh returned, and found
16 Hearken not to Hezekiah: for thus the king of Assyria warring against Libsaith the king of Assyria, Make an agree-nah: for he had heard that he was dement with me by a present, and come out parted from Lachish. to me: and eat ye every one of his vine, 9 And he heard say concerning Tire and every one of bis tig-tree, and drink hakah king of Ethiopia, He is come forth ye every one the waters of his owncistern; to make war with thee. And when he
17 Until I come and take you away to a heard it, he sent messengers to Hezekiah, land like your own land, a land of corn saying, and wine, a land of bread and vineyards. 10 Thus shall ye speak to Hezekiah
18 Bewnre lest Hezekiah persuade you, king of Judah, saying, Let not thy God in saying, The Lord will deliver us. Hath whom thou trustest, deceive thee, saying, any of the gods of the nations delivered his Jerusalem shall not be given into the hand land out of the hand of the king of Assyria? of the king of Assyria.
19 Where are the gods of Hamath and 11 Behold, thou hast heard what the Arpad? where are the gods of Sepbar- kings of Assyria have done to all lauds by vaim? and have they delivered Samaria destroying them utterly; and shalt thou be out of my hand?
delivered? 20 Who are they among all the gods of 12 Have the gods of the nations deliverthese lands, that have delivered their landed them which my fathers have destroyed,
to deliver you:
The judgment on bad shepherds. CHAP. XXXIV. The kingdom of Christ. shepherds; Wo be to the shepherds of Is- and will bind up that which was broken, rael that do feed themselves! should not and will strengthen that which was sick: the shepherds feed the flocks?
but I will destroy the fat and the strong ; I 3 Ye eat the fat, and ye clothe you with will feed them with judgment. the wool, ye kill them that are fed : but ye 17 And as for you, O my flock, thus feed not the flock.
saith the Lord God; Behold, I judge be4 The diseased have ye not strengthen-tween cattle and cattle, between the rams ed, neither have ye healed that which was and the he-goats. sick, neither have ye bound up that which 18 Seemeth it a small thing unto you to was broken, neither have ye brought again have eaten up the good pasture, but ye that which was driven away, neither have must tread down with your feet the residue ye sought that which was 'lost; but with of your pastures? and to have drunk of the force and with cruelty have ye ruled them. deep waters, but ye must foul the residue
5 And they were scattered, because with your feet? there is no shepherd : and they became 19 And as for my flock, they eat that meat to all the beasts of the field, when which ye have trodden with your feet; they were scattered.
and they drink that which ye have fouled 6 My sheep wandered through all the with your feet. mountains, and upon every high hill: yea, 20 T Therefore thus saith the Lord God my flock was scattered upon all the face of unto them ; Behold, I, even I, will judge the earth, and none did search or seek between the fat cattle and between the after theni.
lean cattle. 7. Therefore, ye shepherds, hear the 21 Because ye have thrust with side word of the LORD;
and with shoulder, and pushed all the dis8 As I live, saith the Lord God, surely eased with your horns, till ye have scatterbecause
flock became a prey, and my ed them abroad; flock became meat to every beast of the 22 Therefore will I save my flock, and field, because there was no shepherd, nei- they shall no more be a prey, and I will ther did my shepherds search for my flock, ljudge between cattle and cattle. but the shepherds fed themselves, and fed 23 And I will set up one Shepherd over not my flock;
them, and he shall feed them, even my ser9 Therefore, O ye shepherds, hear the vant David; he shall feed them, and he word of the LORD;
shall be their shepherd. 10 Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, 24 And I the LORD will be their God, I am against the shepherds"; and'I will re- and my servant David a prince among quire my flock at their hand, and cause them; I the Lord have spoken it. them to cease from feeding the flock; nei 25 And I will make with them a covether shall the shepherds feed themselves nant of peace, and will cause the evil any more ; for I will deliver my flock from beasts to cease out of the land : and they their mouth, that they may not be meat for shall dwell safely in the wilderness, and them.
sleep in the woods. 11 | For thus saith the Lord God; Be 26 And I will make them and the places hold, I, even I, will both search my sheep, round about my hill a blessing; and I will and seek them out.
cause the shower to come down in his sea12 As a shepherd seeketh out his flock son; there shall be showers of blessing, in the day that he is among his sheep that 27 And the tree of the field shall yield are scattered; so will I seek out my sheep, her fruit, and the earth shall yield her inand will deliver them out of all places crease, and they shall be safe in their land, where they have been scattered in the and shall know that I am the LORD, when cloudy and dark day.
I have broken the bands of their yoke, and 13 And I will bring them out from the delivered them out of the hand of those people, and gather them from the coun- that served themselves of them. tries, and will bring them to their own 28 And they shall no more be a prey to land, and feed them upon the mountains of the heathen, neither shall the beasts of the Israel by the rivers, and in all the inhabit- land devour them; but they shall dwell ed places of the country.
safely, and none shall make them afraid. 14 I will feed them in a good pasture, 29 And I will raise up for them a plant and upon the high mountains of Israel shall of renown, and they shall be no more contheir fold be: there shall they lie in a good sumed with hunger in the land, neither fold, and in a fat pasture shall they feed bear the shame of the heathen any more. upon the mountains of Israel.
30 Thus shall they know that I the LORD 15 I will feed my flock, and I will cause their God am with them, and that they, them to lie down, saith the Lord God. even the house of Israel, are my people,
16 I will seek that which was lost, and saith the Lord God. bring again that which was driven away, 31 And ye my fock, the flock of my