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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 Thegrass 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 ever.

wither, and the whilwind shall take them 9 10 Zion, that bringest good tidings, away as stubble.

up 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 bold 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 bim: behold, his reward is with him, power; not one faileth. and bis work before him.

27 Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and 11 He shall feed bis 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 ( Hast thou not known? hast thou

12'T Who hath measured the waters in not heard, that the everlasting God, the the hollow of bis 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 bis 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 be 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 sball 15 Behold, the nations are as a drop of walk, and not faint. a bucket, and are counted as the small

CHAP. XLI.

EEP , the isles as a very little thing.

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 chooseth 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 ? bave ye not understood from and every one said to his brother, Be oi the foundations of the earth?

good courage. 22 It is be that sitteth upon the circle of 7 So the carpenter encouraged the the 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, beavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them It is ready for the souering; 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.

dust of the balance : behold, he taketh up Keand diet the people renew

their

The vanity of idols.

ISAIAH.

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

tiles ;

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

my chosen.

God's church comforted.

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 bath formed a god, or molten

a graven image that is profitable for nothing? 21 This people have I 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 shali fear, O'Israel.

and they shall be ashameu together. 23 Thou hast not brought me the small 12 The smith with the tongs both work. cattle of thy burnt-offerings; neither hast eth in the coals, and fashioneth it with ham. thou 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. with monesh , neither hage thou meters rule; he markenniter outre

che allinet hier 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 bath 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. ET now hear, O Jacob my servant; 16 He burneth part thereof in the fire ;

with part thereof he eateth flesh ; be 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, Aba, lain warm, I bave 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 him tha 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 hath 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 understand. self 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 flesh, 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 bath 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 he afraid : have 21 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 arc even my witnesses. formed 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, Oye heavens; for the Lord

God's mercy to Israel.

CHAP. XLV. The omnipotence of Gou. 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: 1, even my hands, have liars, and maketh diviners mad; that stretched out the heavens, and all their turneth wise men backward, and maketh host bave 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 THUS 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, Seek 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 T 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 hast 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 say and shall not return, That unto me every

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