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over it ; but it shall be for those : the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein. It shall not only be civil and accessible, but holy and gracious : none shall dare to set their foot there, who are unclean and perversely wicked, but it shall be for those that are holy and conscionable; and the path shall be so beaten with frequent passengers, that those, which are otherwise simple and ignorant, cannot err therein,
XXXV. 9 No lion shall be there, nor any ravenous beast shall go up thereon, it shall not be found there; but the redeemed shall walk there. Neither shall it retain so much of the nature and use of a wilderness, as to give harbour to lions, or any other ravenous beasts : men of a cruel and bestial disposition shall find no place there; only the redeemed shall be meet inhabitants thereof.
XXXVI. See 2 Kings xviii. XXXVII. See 2 Kings xix. XXXVII. 30 And this shall be a sign unto thee, Ye shall eat this year such as groweth of itself; and the second year that which springeth of the same. And now for thee, O Hezekiah, that thou mayest know that this deliverance comes only from the Lord, let me tell thee, that God shall second this mercy with another; thy freedom, with a plenti. ful increase of this land of thine, which is now wasted and defaced with war; which yet shall, through the miraculous blessing of God, become so fruitful, as that, for two years together, it shall yield thee a large and rich crop, without the labour or seed of the husbandman.
XXXVIII. See 2 Kings xx. .
XXXVIII. 11 I said, I shall not see the LORD, even the LORD, in the land of the living. I said, I shall no more have the comfortable fruition of God's presence in his house, amongst the men that live here on earth.
XXXVIII. 13 From day even to night wilt thou make an end of me. This very day, ere the night come, wilt thou make an end of me.
XXXVIII. 16 O Lord, by these things men live, and in all these things is the life of my spirit. O Lord, by those words and powerful acts, that proceed from thee, is the life of man both had and maintained; and, in special, this life of mine, whereby my breath is still kept in me, is an immediate work of thine.
XXXVIII. 18 For the grave cannot praise thee, death can not celebrate thee. Man, when he is once dead, can do thee no more service here upon earth.
XXXIX. & Then said Hezekiah to Isaiah, Good is the word of the Lord which thou hast spoken. He said moreover, For there shall be peace and truth in my days. I do, in all bumility, submit myself to the good pleasure of God, and do acknowledge that God hath dealt very graciously with me, howsoever; for, though I had deserved a present punishment, yet it hath pleased him in mercy to respite it, and to vouchsafe to grant, that true religion and peace shall be continued all my days.
XL. 2 For she hath received of the Lord's hand double for all her sins. She hath received from the hand of God's justice a large proportion of misery ; double to that, which, if their sins had not forced him to this necessary infliction, he would have imposed on them.
XL. 3 The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness. , God shall have his prophets, who, in the most forlorn estate of his
Church, shall excite those princes and governors, under whom his people shall be, 'for a preparation for their return out of the Babylonish captivity ;, and, as that return shall be a type and figure of the delivery of God's Church from spiritual tyranny, he shall have his evangelical harbinger, before the coming of the Messiah, which shall be the voice of a crier in the wilderness. .
XL. 4 Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low. God shall remove every difficulty and impediment, which shall lie in the way of the restoration of his Church and people.
XL. 7. The grass withereth, the flower fadeth : because the spirit of the Lord bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass. As the grass withereth and as the flower fadeth, upon every nip. ping wind or scorching sun; so do and shall the most glorious of the sons of men, if God, in his displeasure, shall but breathe upon them never so little.
XL. 9 0 Sion, that bringest good tidings, get thee up into the high mountain ; 0 Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid ; say unto the Clties of Judah, Behold your God! () Zion and Jerusalem, do ye proclaim to all the world the infinite goodness of your God to you; and therefore take all advantage of the highest mountains, to publish it, that it may be most and best heard: since it is to you, that God imparts the first tidings of a Saviour, do ye gladly and zealously divulge it to all the earth ; and say to the other cities of Judah, concerning the Messiah to be exhibited in the flesh, Behold your God.
XL. 11 He shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young. If there be any of his elect ones, that is weak and distressed, and that is over-pressed with the conscience of his own unworthiness, such a one will he pity and relieve.
XL. 15 Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance. .. What needest thou care, Israel, for all the world, if thy God be for thee? Alas, how poor a thing are all the nations of the earth, if they be compared to the power of the Almighty ! they are but as one drop of a bucket to a whole spring; yea, to the sea itself.
XL. 26 Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number : he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power ; not one faileth. Lift up your eyes to heaven, and consider the mighty power of bim, that made all this glorious frame; that hath marshalled all those bright and goodly stars, like some mighty and innumerable host : he knows them all severally and distinctly, and hath or. dained their several times of rising; and when he bids them come forth, not one of them do or can fail of his appearance.
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XLI. 1 Keep silence before me, O ye lands; and let the people renew their strength. I have a contestation with my people, which I would have the very heathen to be the witnesses of ; come therefore, () ye foreign nations, and give ear, &c.
XLI, 2 Who raised up the righteous man from the east, called him to his foot, gave the nations before him, and made him rule over kings? Who was it, that fetched faithful Abraham from Ur of the Chaldees, and caused him to travel to the promised land, and gave him the victory over divers kings?
XLI. 4 I the LORD, the first, and with the last; I am he. I, the Lord, am he, that alters not with time and occasions : as I was to the first, so am I to the last: as I was before all things, and had my being of myself, so I give being and sustentation to all things, that shall be unto the very end.
XLI. 5 The isles saw it, and fedred; the ends of the earth were afraid, drew near, and came. The nations round about were witnesses of the great works I did for my people, in their deliverance ; and feared : even the remotest of them were afraid, and combined together and assembled; · XLI. 6 They helped every one his neighbour ; and every one said to his brother, Be of good courage. And encouraged themselves mutually, notwithstanding, in their idolatry, as though they would make head against the true God. ,
XLI. 7 So the carpenter encouraged the goldsmith, and he that smootheth with the hammer him that smote the anvil.' The foolish artificers agreed amongst themselves to make an idol, and one of them heartened another to the work, &c.
XLI. 14 Fear not, thou worm Jacob, and ye men of Israel ; I. will help thee, saith the LORD, and thy redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.
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Be not dismayed, o ye my despised people of the Jeirs; how base and despicable soever ye seem in the eyes of your enemies, the world shall see and find, that ye are dear to me, and that I will help and deliver you.
XLI. 15 Behold, I will make thee a new sharp threshing instru. ment having teeth; thou shalt thresh the mountains, and beat them small, and shalt make the hills as chaff And, however the world do now insult upon you, I will raise you up, to a power of just revenge; and will enable you to subdue your greatest and proudest enemies, so as ye shall humble them to the very dust.
XLI. 19 I will plant in the wilderness the cedar, the shittah tree, and the myrtle, and the oil tree; I will set in the desert the fir tree, and the pine, and the box tree together. . And, whereas the dry and barren wilderness may seem a just dis, couragement of your passage and return, I will cause that to be pleasantly planted, and coolly shaded, with variety of goodly trees, of all growths and statures,
XLI. 24 An abomination is he that chooseth you. He, that maketh choice of such gods as ye are, to worship and adore, shall be no other than an abomination unto the true God.
XLI. 25 I have raised up one from the north, and he shall come : from the rising of the sun shall he call. upon my name : and he shall come upon princes as upon morter, and as the potter treadeth clay. I will, in the fulness of time, raise up a Messiah, who shall call mine elect out of all coasts of the world, to my holy service; and he shall, by his mighty power, subdue those great potentates of the earth, who have opposed themselves to him.
XLII. 2 He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street. He shall make no noise in the world, but shall come without either pomp or tumult.
XLII. 3 A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flar shall he not quench : he shall bring forth judgment unto truth. Those, that are humbled and contrite, shall he rather relieve and comfort, than add any thing to their sorrow and afliction; and those, that have received but the weakest beginnings of grace, shall have no discouragement from him, but shall be rather cheered up by him: yet, so shall he be gracious to the penitently dejected, that he shall not bear with the obstinate sinner ; but shall give severe judgment upon him, according to the justice of his demerits.
XLII. 4 And the isles shall wait for his law. The foreign nations, even of the Gentiles, shall yield themselves over joyfully to his government.
XLII. 6 And give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles. I will give thee for that Saviour of the World, in whom my covenant of saving mankind was founded of old ; even in those an
cient promises, which I made, both in paradise to the first parents of mankind, and after, to Abraham' the father of the faithful; not only to that one chosen nation, but even to the Gentiles also, to whom I have ordained thee as a light, to guide them unto salvation.
XLII. 7 To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and then that sit in darkness out of the prison house. . That, whereas mankind was utterly bereaved of the light of all divine knowledge, now, by his illumination, their eyes might be opened to see the things belonging to their peace ; and, whereas they were shut up in a miserable bondage to sin and Satan, he might graciously deliver them,
XLII. 11 Let the wilderness and the cities thereof lift up their voice, the villages that Kedar doth inhabit: let the inhabitants of the rock sing, let them shout from the top of the mountains. Let the most barbarous of all nations know, that they have cause to praise and magnify the mercy of the Lord, for that interest which they shall have in this work of redemption ; let therefore the wildest Arabians sing and celebrate this great goodness of God our Saviour.
XLII. 14 I have long time holden my peace; I have been still, and refrained myself : now will I cry like a travailing woman ; I will destroy and devour at once. I have long time refrained myself from a revenge of mine enemies, and delivering of my Church: now I can forbear no longer, but will suddenly express my love to the one, and my vengeance on the other ; even as a woman, who hath long bitten in her pain, yet when the last throes of her childbirth come upon her, cannot forbear to cry out.
XLII. 19 Who is blind, but my servant? or deaf, as my mes. senger that I sent? who is blind as he that is perfect, and blind as the Lord's servant ? However the rest of the world may pretend for their ignorance and blindness, yet my chosen people, who have had such means of knowledge from me, might well put me into expectation of great skill in and conscionable care of my commandments; and now behold, to their shame be it spoken, who is so blind as their wil. fulness hath made them? yea, not the ordinary sort of them only, but even my messengers and prophets, who have challenged much perfection to themselves, they have haodwinked themselves from beholding the certain truth of my judgments.
XLII. 21 The LORD is well pleased for his righteousness' sake ; he will magnify the law, and make it honourable. The Lord is well pleased, for his gracious promise sake, to make good all that ever he hath undertaken, concerning his people; and to glorify himself, in the fulfilling of his word.
XLII. 22 But this is a people robbed and spoiled ; they are all of them snared in holes, and they are hid in prison houses : they are for a prey, and none delivercth; for a spoil, and none saith, Restore. But this people make themselves unworthy and incapable of the