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Israel, Ah, I will ease me of mine gold, neither is there any end of their adversaries, and avenge me of mine ene- treasures; their land is also full of miesi: 25 and I will turn my hand upon horses, neither is there any end of their thee, and purely purge away thy dross, chariots : 8their land also is full of idols; and take away all thy tin: 26and I will they worship the work of their own restore thy judges as at the first, and hands, that which their own fingers thy counsellers as at the beginning: have made : 9and the mean man boweth afterward thou shalt be called, The down, and the great man humbleth city of righteousness, the faithful city. himself: therefore forgive them not. 27 Zion shall be redeemed with judg- 10 Enter into the rock, and hide thee in ment, and her converts with righteous- the dust, for fear of the LORD, and for
28 And the destruction of the the glory of his majesty. The lofty transgressors and of the sinners shall be looks of man shall be humbled, and the together, and they that forsake the haughtiness of men shall be bowed LORD shall be consumed. 29 For they down, and the LORD alone shall be shall be ashamed of the oaks which ye exalted in that day. 12 For the day of have desired, and ye shall be confound the LORD of hosts shall be upon every ed for the gardens that ye have chosen. one that is proud and lofty, and upon 30 For ye shall be as an oak whose leaf every one that is lifted up; and he shall fadeth, and as a garden that hath no be brought low: 13and upon all the water. 31 And the strong shall be as cedars of Lebanon, that are high and tow, and the maker of it as a spark, lifted up, and upon all the oaks of and they shall both burn together, and Bashan, 14 and upon all the high mounnone shall quench them.
tains, and upon all the hills that are
lifted up, 15 and upon every high tower, EVENING. Isaiah 11. 1.
and upon every fenced wall, 16 and upon 2 The word that Isaiah the son of all the ships of Tarshish, and upon all Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jeru- pleasant pictures. 17 And the loftiness salem. 2 And it shall come to pass in of man shall be bowed down, and the the last days, that the mountain of the haughtiness of men shall be made low: LORD's house shall be established in and the LORD alone shall be exalted in the top of the mountains, and shall be that day. 18 And the idols he shall exalted above the hills; and all nations utterly abolish. 19 And they shall go shall flow unto it. 3 And many people into the holes of the rocks, and into the shall go and say, Come ye, and let us caves of the earth, for fear of the LORD, go up to the mountain of the LORD, to and for the glory of his majesty, when the house of the God of Jacob; and he he ariseth to shake terribly the earth, will teach us of his ways, and we will 20 In that day a man shall cast his idols walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall of silver, and his idols of gold, which go forth the law, and the word of the they made each one for himself to worLORD from Jerusalem. And he shall ship, to the moles and to the bats; 21 to judge among the nations, and shall re- go into the clefts of the rocks, and into buke many people: and they shall beat the tops of the ragged rocks, for fear of their swords into plowshares, and their the LORD, and for the glory of his spears into pruninghooks: nation shall majesty, when he ariseth to shake terrinot lift up sword against nation, neither bly the earth. 22 Cease ye from man, shall they learn war any more. 50 whose breath is in his nostrils: for house of Jacob, come ye, and let us wherein is he to be accounted of? walk in the light of the LORD. 6 Therefore thou hast forsaken thy people the
Or this, Isaiah iv. 2. house of Jacob, because they be reple- 4?In that day shall the branch of the nished from the east, and are soothsay- Lord be beautiful and glorious, and the ers like the Philistines, and they please fruit of the earth shall be excellent and themselves in the children of strangers. comely for them that are escaped of 7 Their land also is full of silver and Israel. 3 And it shall come to pass, that
he that is left in Zion, and he that re- till there be no place, that they may be maineth in Jerusalem, shall be called placed alone in the midst of the earth! holy, even every one that is written In mine ears said the LORD of hosts, among the living in Jerusalem : 4when Of a truth many houses shall be desothe Lord shall have washed away the late, even great and fair, without infilth of the daughters of Zion, and shall habitant. • Yea, ten acres of vineyard have purged the blood of Jerusalem shall yield one bath, and the seed of an from the midst thereof by the spirit of homer shall yield an ephah.
11 Woe judgment, and by the spirit of burning. unto them that up early in the 5 And the LORD will create upon every morning, that they may follow strong dwelling place of mount Zion, and upon drink; that continue until night, till her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by wine inflame them! 12 And the harp, day, and the shining of a flaming fire and the viol, the tabret, and pipe, and by night: for upon all the glory shall wine, are in their feasts : but they regard be a defence. And there shall be a not the work of the Lord, neither tabernacle for a shadow in the daytime consider the operation of his hands. from the heat, and for a place of refuge, 13 Therefore my people are gone into and for a covert from storm and from captivity, because they have no knowrain.
ledge: and their honourable men are Second Sunday in Advent.
famished, and their multitude dried up
with thirst. 14 Therefore hell hath enMORNING. Isaiah v. I.
larged herself, and opened her mouth 5 Now will I sing to my wellbeloved without measure: and their glory, and a song of my beloved touching his vine- their multitude, and their pomp, and yard. My wellbeloved hath a vineyard he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it. in a very fruitful hill: and he fenced 15 And the mean man shall be brought it, and gathered out the stones thereof, down, and the mighty man shall be and planted it with the choicest vine, humbled, and the eyes of the lofty shall and built a tower in the midst of it, and be humbled : 16 but the LORD of hosts also made a winepress therein: and he shall be exalted in judgment, and God looked that it should bring forth grapes, that is holy shall be sanctified in rightand it brought forth wild grapes. 3 And
17 Then shall the lambs feed now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem, and after their manner, and the waste places men of Judah, judge, I pray you, be- of the fat ones shall strangers eat. twixt me and my vineyard. What 18 Woe unto them that draw iniquity could have been done more to my vine- with cords of vanity, and sin as it were yard, that I have not done in it? where with a cart rope: 19 that say, Let him fore, when I looked that it should bring make speed, and hasten his work, that forth grapes, brought it forth wild we may see it: and let the counsel of grapes? 5 And now go to; I will tell the Holy One of Israel draw nigh and you what I will do to my vineyard: I come, that we may know it! will take away the hedge thereof, and unto them that call evil good, and good it shall be eaten up; and break down evil; that put darkness for light, and the wall thereof, and it shall be trodden light for darkness; that put bitter for down: 6and I will lay it waste: it shall sweet, and sweet for bitter! 21 Woe not be pruned, nor digged; but there unto them that are wise in their own shall come up briers and thorns: I will eyes, and prudent in their own sight! also command the clouds that they rain 22 Woe unto them that are mighty to no rain upon it. For the vineyard of drink wine, and men of strength to the LORD of hosts is the house of Israel, mingle strong drink: 23 which justify and the men of Judah his pleasant plant: the wicked for reward, and take away and he looked for judgment, but behold the righteousness of the righteous from oppression; for righteousness, but be- him! 24 Therefore as the fire devoureth hold a cry. 8 Woe unto them that join the stubble, and the flame consumeth house to house, that lay field to field, the chaff, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down as dust: because they have cast away with the kid; and the calf and the young the law of the LORD of hosts, and lion and the fatling together; and a litdespised the word of the Holy One of tle child shall lead them. And the cow Israel. 25 Therefore is the anger of the and the bear shall feed; their young LORD kindled against his people, and ones shall lie down together: and the he hath stretched forth his hand against | lion shall eat straw like the ox. 8 And them, and hath smitten them; and the the sucking child shall play on the hole hills did tremble, and their carcases of the asp, and the weaned child shall were torn in the midst of the streets. put his hand on the cockatrice' den. For all this his anger is not turned 9 They shall not hurt nor destroy in all away, but his hand is stretched out my holy mountain : for the earth shall still. 26 And he will lift up an ensign be full of the knowledge of the LORD, to the nations from far, and will hiss as the waters cover the sea. 10 And in unto them from the end of the earth: that day there shall be a root of Jesse, and, behold, they shall come with speed which shall stand for an ensign of the swiftly: 27 none shall be weary nor stum- people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: ble among them; none shall slumber and his rest shall be glorious. nor sleep; neither shall the girdle of their loins be loosed, nor the latchet of
Or this, Isaiah XXIV. I. their shoes be broken : 28 whose arrows 24 BEHOLD, the LORD maketh the are sharp, and all their bows bent, their earth empty, and maketh it waste, and horses' hoofs shall be counted like flint, turneth it upside down, and scattereth and their wheels like a whirlwind : abroad the inhabitants thereof. 2 And 29 their roaring shall be like a lion, they it shall be, as with the people, so with shall roar like young lions : yea, they the priest; as with the servant, so with shall roar, and lay hold of the prey, and his master; as with the maid, so with shall carry
it away safe, and none shall her mistress; as with the buyer, so with deliver it. 30 And in that day they shall the seller; as with the lender, so with roar against them like the roaring of the the borrower; as with the taker of usury, sea: and if one look unto the land, be- so with the giver of usury to him. 3 The hold darkness and sorrow, and the light land shall be utterly emptied, and utterly s darkened in the heavens thereof. spoiled : for the LORD hath spoken this
word. 4 The earth mourneth and fadeth EVENING. Isaiah xi. I.
away, the world languisheth and fadeth 11 AND there shall come forth a rod away, the haughty people of the earth out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch do languish. 5 The earth also is defiled shall grow out of his roots: 2and the under the inhabitants thereof; because spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, they have transgressed the laws, changed the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the ordinance, broken the everlasting the spirit of counsel and might, the spi- covenant.
6 Therefore hath the curse rit of knowledge and of the fear of the devoured the earth, and they that dwell LORD; 3and shall make him of quick therein are desolate: therefore the inunderstanding in the fear of the LORD: habitants of the earth are burned, and and he shall not judge after the sight of few men left. 7The new wine mournhis eyes, neither reprove after the hear- eth, the vine languisheth, all the merrying of his ears: 4 but with righteousness hearted do sigh. 8The mirth of tabrets shall he judge the poor, and reprove ceaseth, the noise of them that rejoice with equity for the meek of the earth : endeth, the joy of the harp ceaseth. and he shall smite the earth with the 9 They shall not drink wine with a rod of his mouth, and with the breath of song; strong drink shall be bitter to his lips shall he slay the wicked. 5 And them that drink it. 10 The city of conrighteousness shall be the girdle of his fusion is broken down: every house loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his is shut up, that no man may come in. reins, The wolf also shall dwell with 11 There is a crying for wine in the streets; all joy is darkened, the mirth of the land of a defenced city a ruin: a palace of is gone. 12 In the city is left desolation, strangers to be no city; it shall never be and the gate is smitten with destruction. built. Therefore shall the strong peo13 When thus it shall be in the midst of ple glorify thee, the city of the terrible the land among the people, there shall nations shall fear thee. For thou hast be as the shaking of an olive tree, and been a strength to the poor, a strength as the gleaning grapes when the vintage to the needy in his distress, a refuge is done. 14 They shall lift up their voice, from the storm, a shadow from the heat, they shall sing for the majesty of the when the blast of the terrible ones is as LORD, they shall cry aloud from the sea. a storm against the wall. 5Thou shalt 15 Wherefore glorify ye the Lord in the bring down the noise of strangers, as the fires, even the name of the LORD God of heat in a dry place; even the heat with Israel in the isles of the sea. 16 From the shadow of a cloud : the branch of the uttermost part of the earth have we the terrible ones shall be brought low. heard songs, even glory to the righteous. And in this mountain shall the LORD But I said, My leanness, my leanness, of hosts make unto all people a feast of woe unto me! the treacherous dealers fat things, a feast of wines on the lees, have dealt treacherously; yea, the trea- of fat things full of marrow, of wines on cherous dealers have dealt very treache- the lees well refined. 7 And he will derously. 17 Fear, and the pit, and the snare, stroy in this mountain the face of the are upon thee, O inhabitant of the earth. covering cast over all people, and the 18 And it shall come to pass, that he who vail that is spread over all nations. fleeth from the noise of the fear shall fall | He will swallow up death in victory; into the pit; and he that cometh up out and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears of the midst of the pit shall be taken in from off all faces; and the rebuke of his the snare: for the windows from on high people shall he take away from off all are open, and the foundations of the the earth: for the LORD hath spoken it. earth do shake. 19 The earth is utterly And it shall be said in that day, Lo, broken down, the earth is clean dis- this is our God; we have waited for solved, the earth is moved exceedingly. him, and he will save us: this is the 20 The earth shall reel to and fro like a LORD; we have waited for him, we drunkard, and shall be removed like a will be glad and rejoice in his salvacottage; and the transgression thereof tion. 10 For in this mountain shall shall be heavy upon it; and it shall fall, the hand of the LORD rest, and Moab and not rise again. 21 And it shall come shall be trodden down under him, even to pass in that day, that the LORD shall as straw is trodden down for the dungpunish the host of the high ones that are hill. 11 And he shall spread forth his on high, and the kings of the earth upon hands in the midst of them, as he that the earth. 22 And they shall be gathered swimmeth spreadeth forth his hands to together, as prisoners are gathered in the swim: and he shall bring down their pit, and shall be shut up in the prison, pride together with the spoils of their and after many days shall they be visited. hands. 12 And the fortress of the high 23 Then the moon shall be confounded, fort of thy walls shall he bring down, and the sun ashamed, when the LORD lay low, and bring to the ground, even of hosts shall reign in mount Zion, and to the dust. in Jerusalem, and before his ancients gloriously.
EVENING. Isaiah xxvI. I.
26 In that day shall this song be sung Third Sunday in Advent.
in the land of Judah; We have a strong MORNING. Isaiah xxv. I.
city; salvation will God appoint for 25 O LORD, thou art my God; I walls and bulwarks. ?Open ye the will exalt thee, I will praise thy name; gate, that the righteous nation which for thou hast done wonderful things; thy keepeth the truth may enter in. 3Thou counsels of old are faithfulness and truth. wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose 2 For thou hast made of a city an heap; | mind is stayed on thee: because he trust.
eth in thee. Trust ye in the LORD for and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the everlasting strength: 5for he bringeth earth shall cast out the dead.
20 Come, down them that dwell on high; the lofty | my people, enter thou into thy chamcity, he layeth it low; he layeth it low, bers, and shut thy doors about thee: even to the ground; he bringeth it even hide thyself as it were for a little moment, to the dust. The foot shall tread it until the indignation be overpast. 21 For, down, even the feet of the poor, and the behold, the LORD cometh out of his steps of the needy. 7 The way of the place to punish the inhabitants of the just is uprightness: thou, most upright, earth for their iniquity: the earth also dost weigh the path of the just. 8 Yea, shall disclose her blood, and shall no in the way of thy judgments, O LORD, more cover her slain. have we waited for thee; the desire of our soul is to thy name, and to the re
Or this, Isaiah XXVIII. 5. membrance of thee. With my soul have 28 5In that day shall the LORD of I desired thee in the night; yea, with my hosts be for a crown of glory, and for a spirit within me will I seek thee early: for diadem of beauty, unto the residue of his when thy judgments are in the earth, the people, and for a spirit of judgment to inhabitants of the world will learn righte him that sitteth in judgment, and for ousness. 10 Let favour be shewed to the strength to them that turn the battle to wicked, yet will he not learn righteous- the gate. But they also have erred ness: in the land of uprightness will he through wine, and through strong drink deal unjustly, and will not behold the are out of the way; the priest and the majesty of the LORD. "LORD, when prophet have erred through strong thy hand is lifted up, they will not see: drink, they are swallowed up of wine, but they shall see, and be ashamed for they are out of the way through strong their envy at the people; yea, the fire drink; they err in vision, they stumble of thine enemies shall devour them. in judgment. For all tables are full 12 LORD, thou wilt ordain peace for us: of vomit and filthiness, so that there is for thou also hast wrought all our works no place clean. Whom shall he teach in us. 130 LORD our God, other lords knowledge? and whom shall he make beside thee have had dominion over us: to understand doctrine? them that are but by thee only will we make men- weaned from the milk, and drawn from tion of thy name. 14 They are dead, the breasts. 10 For precept must be upon they shall not live; they are deceased, precept, precept upon precept; line they shall not rise: therefore hast thou upon line, line upon line; here a little, visited and destroyed them, and made and there a little: "for with stammerall their memory to perish. 15 Thou hast ing lips and another tongue will he increased the nation, O LORD, thou hast speak to this people. 2To whom he increased the nation: thou art glorified : said, This is the rest wherewith ye may thou hadst removed it far unto all the cause the weary to rest; and this is the ends of the earth. 16LORD, in trouble refreshing: yet they would not hear. have they visited thee, they poured out
13 But the word of the LORD was unto a prayer when thy chastening was upon them precept upon precept, precept them. 7 Like as a woman with child, upon precept; line upon line, line upon that draweth near the time of her de- line; here a little, and there a little; livery, is in pain, and crieth out in her that they might go, and fall backward, pangs; so have we been in thy sight, o and be broken, and snared, and taken. LORD. 18 We have been with child, we 14 Wherefore hear the word of the LORD, have been in pain, we have as it were ye scornful men, that rule this people brought forth wind; we have not wrought which is in Jerusalem. 15 Because ye any deliverance in the earth; neither have said, We have made a covenant have the inhabitants of the world fallen. with death, and with hell are we at agree19 Thy dead men shall live, together with ment; when the overflowing scourge my dead body shall they arise. Awake shall pass through, it shall not come