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The captivity foretold. CHAP. XL. A promise of the gospel.

was, nothing. in his house, nor in fadeth: but the word of our God all his dominion, that Hezekiah shall stand for ever shewed them not. - .9 is O Zion, that bringest good "I Then came Isaiah the pro: |tidings, get thee up into the high phet unto king Hezekiah and said mountain : Jerusalem, that unto him, hat said these men?

even from Babylon. 4 Then said

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beget, shall they take away; and
ey shall be eunuchs in the palace
of the king of Babylon.
8 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 #}. days.
The Promulgation of the Gospel.
Co. o: comfort ye my
ople, saith your God.
2 Speak ye comfortably to Jeru-
salem, and cry unto her, that her
warfare is accomplished, that her
iniquity is pardoned; for she hath
received of the Lord's hand double
for all her sins. - -- -
3 Theyoice of him that crieth in
the wilderness, Prepare ye the
way, of the LoRI), make straight
in the desert a highway for our

4. Every valley shall be exalted nd every mountain and hill shail i. made low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain:

And the glory of the Lorp

shall be revealed, and all flesh
shall see it §. for the mouth
of the Lord hath spoken it.

6.The voice said, Cry. And he
said, What shall I cry? Allflesh
is grass, and all the goodliness
of is as the flower of the
7The grass withereth, the flower
fadeth; because the Spirit of the
Lorn bloweth upon it: surely the
people is grass.
8The grass withereth, the flower

and from, whence came they unto thee? and Hezekiah said, They are come from a far country unto me,


e, What have they seen in thy house 3 And Hezekiah answered, All that, is in my house there is nothing among my treasures that I have not

5 Then said Isaiah to Hezekiah,

ear the word of the LoRD of hosts:

6 Behold, the days come, that all that is in thy house,, and that which thy fathers have laid up in

ried to Babylon : nothing shall be

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bringest. fool tidings, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God! 10 Besoid"th." Lord God will come with strong hand, and his arm shall, rule for him ; behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him. 11. He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: , he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young. 12 is Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance? to hath directed the Spirit of the LoRD, or being his counsellor hath taught him 1 14 With whom took he counsel, and who instructed him, and taught him in the path of judgment, and taught him knowledge, and shewed to him the way of understanding 3 | 15 Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little thing. 16And Lebanon is not sufficient to burn, nor the beasts thereof sufficient for a burnt-offering. 7. All nations before flim arc as nothing; and they are counted to hion, loss than nothing, and vanity. o whom them will ye liken God 4 or what likeness will ye compare unto him 3 19. The workman melteth a graven image, and the goldsmith spreadeth it over with gold, and casteth, silver chains. . 20. He that is, so impoverished that he hath no oblation chooseth a tree that will not rot; he seeketh unto him a cunning workman to prepare a graven image that shall not be moved. 21, Have ye not known 3 have ye not heard 3 hath it not been told you from the beginning 4 have ye not understood, from the foundations of the earth 3 . .22. It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in : 635

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23. That bringeth the princes to nothing; he maketh the judges of the earth as vanity. 24 Yea, they shall not be planted: yea, they shall not be sown : yea, their stock shall not take root in the earth: and he shall also blow upon them, and they shall, wither, and the whirlwind shall take them away as stubble. - 25 To , whom then will ye liken or shall I be equal? saith the Holy one. 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. 27 Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and speakest, O Israel, My way, is hid from the LQRD, and my judg§h is passed over from my

odi i 28 || Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LoRD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary 3 there, is no searchingo; his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. 30. Even the youths, shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: 31 But they that wait upon the LoRD, shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary , and they shall walk, and not faint. CHAP. XLI. God’s JMercies to his Church. E EP, silence before me, O islands; and let the people renew their strength ; let them come near; then let them speak: let us come near together to judgment. - 2 Who raised up the righteous man from the east, called him to

his foot, - gave the nations before | I

him, and made him rule, over kings 3 he gave them as the dust to his sword, and as driven stubble to his bow. 3 He pursued them, and passed safely; even by the way that he had not gone with his feet. - ho hath wrought and done it, calling the generations from the beginning? I the RD, the first, and with the last; I am he. 5 The isles saw it, and feared; the ends of the earth were afraid, drew near, and cam

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neighbour; and epery one said to his brother, Be of good courage. 7 So, the carpenter encouraged the goldsmith, and he that smootheth with the , hammer him that smote the anyil, saying; It is ready for the sodering; and he it with nails, that it should not be moved. 8 But thou, Israel, art m servant, Jacob - whom I have ghosen, the seed of Abraham my friend. 9 Thou whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and, called thee from the chief men thereof. and said unto thee, Thou art my servant; I have chosen thee, and not cast thee away. 101s Fear thou not; for I am with thee; be not dismayed;, for I am thy God:..I., will strengthen thee; yea, i will help thee; ea. i will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. 11 Behold, all they that were incensed against thee shall ashamed and confounded : they shall be as...nothing; , and they that strive with thee shall perish. 12 Thou shalt seek them, and shalt not find them, even them that contended with thee: they that war against thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing of nought. 13 For, I the LoRD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying * thee, Fear not; I will help thee. 14 Fear not, thou worm Jacob, and ye men of Israel; I will help thee, saith the LORD, and thy Redeemer, the Holy Qine of Israel. 15 Behold, I will make thee a new sharp threshing , instrument having teeth: thou shalt thresh the mountains, and beat them small, and shalt make the hills as chaff. 16, Thou shalt fan them, and the wind shall carry them away, and the, whirlwind shall scatter them: and thou shalt rejoice in the LoRD and shalt glory in the Holy One o ra


17 When the poor and o: water, and there is none, and their tongue faileth for thirst, I the LoRD will hear ...them, I the God of Israel will not forsake


18 I will open rivers in high places, and fountains, in the midst of, the valleys: I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land #. of water.

19 I will plant in the wilderness the cedar, the shittah-tree, and the myrtle, and the oil-tree : I will

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set in the desert the fir-tree, and

The folly of idols. the pine, and the box-tree toge

er : 20That they may see, and know, and consider, and understand together, that the hand of the LoRD hath done this, and the Holy One of Israel hath created it. . 21 Produce your cause, saith the LoRD ; bring forth your strong reasons, saith, the King of Jacob. 22 Let them bring them forth, and shew us what shall happen: let them shew the former things, what they be, that we may, consider them, and know the latter and of them; or declare us things for to come. 23 Shew the things that are to come hereafter, that we may know that ye are gods: yeay do, good, or do evil, that we may be dismayed, and behold it together. Behold, ye are of nothing, and your work of...nought : an abomination is he that chooseth


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 mor§ and as the potter treadeth c

ay. 26 Who hath declared from the beginning, that we may know 3 and beforetime, that we may say, He is righteous 3 yea, there is none that she weth, yea, there is none that declareth, yea, there is none that heareth your words. 27 The first shall say to Zion Behold bioid"them. and i will give to Jerusalem one that bringeth good §§ 28 For I beheld, and there was no man; even among them, and there was no counsellor, that, when l asked of them, could answer a word. 29 Behold, they are all vanity, their works are nothing, their molten images are wind and confu

hion. CHAP. XI,II. Christ’s JMission to the Gentiles. EHOLD my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my Spirit. upon him: , he shall bring fogho gment to the Gentiles. 2 He shall not cry, nor, lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard the street. . 3. A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking, fl. he not quench: he shals bring forth judgment unto truth: . He shall, not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judg


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XLII. The office of Christ

ment in the earth ; and the isles shall wait for his law. Thus saith God the Lord he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which çometh out of it; ho that giveth breath. unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk there

in : . 6 I the Lord have called thee in righteousness, and , will hold thy, hand, and will keep thee and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles; 7"To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison-house. am , the LoRD :...that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven, images. 9 Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth tell you of them. 10 Sing unto the Lord a new song, and his praise from the end of the earth, ye, that go down to the sea, and all that is, therein ; the isles, and the inhabitants thereof. .11 Let the wilderness and the cities thereoflift up their voice, the yillages that Kedar doth inhabit: let the inhabitants of the rock sing, let them shout from the top of the mountains. 12 Let them i. glory unto the LoRn, and declare This praise in the islands. 13. The Lond shall go forth as a § man, he shall stir up jea: lousy like a man of war; he shall cry, yea, roar; he shall prevail against his enemies. 14 I have long time holden my peace; I have been still, and, re. frained myself; now will I gry like a travailing woman; I will destroy and devour at once. 15 I will make waste mountains and hills, , and dry up all their herbs; and I will make the rivers islands, and I will dry up the

pools. -

16 And I will bring the blind b a way that they knew not; I, will lead them io that they have will make darkness

light before, them, and, crooke things straight. These o: will o unto them, and not forsake

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God reproveth Israel to the molten images, Ye are our

gods. 18 Hear, ye deaf; and look, ye blind, that ye may see: f) Who’s blind, but my servant? or deaf, as my messenger that I sent 3 who is blind as he that is perfect, and blind as the LoRD's servant? ... 20 Seeing many things, but thou observest not ; opening the ears, but he heareth not. 21 The LoRD is well pleased for his righteousness' sake; he will magnify the law, and make it honourable. . 22 But, this is a people robbed and o they are all of them snared in holes, and they are hid in prison-houses; they are for a prey, and none délivreth, for a spoil, and none saith, Restore. ... . 23 Who among you will give ear to this? who will hearken, and hear for the time to come? 4 Who gave Jacob for a spoil, and Israel to the robbers? did not the Lord, he against whom we have sinned 3 for they would not walk in his ways, neither were they obedient unto his law. 25 Therefore he, hath poured upon him the fury of his anger, and the strength of battle: and it'hath set him on fire round about, yet he knew not; and it burned him, yet he laid it not to heart. CHAP. XLIII. God comforteth the Church. UT now thus saith the LoRD that created thee, acob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not : for I have redecmed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. §"When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned ; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. For I am the Lord thy God, the . Holy . One of Israel, thy Saviour: , I gaye Egypt, for thy floom. Ethiopia and Seba for ee

.4 Since thou wastprecious in my sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee: thereforé will I give men for thee, and people for thy life. 5 Fear not; for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the § and gather thee from the est: 6 I will say to the north, Give up;, and to the south, Keep not

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Jortenbelief. and my daughters from the ends of the earth; 7 Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created hi for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him. 8 1s Bring forth the blind ão. that have eyes, and the deaf that have ears. 9 Let all the nations be gathered together, and let the people be assembl ... who among them can declare, this, and shew us former things 3 let them bring forth their

witnesses, that they may be justified; or let them hear, and say, It is truth.

10 Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen: that * may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.

11, I, even I, am the Lord; and besides me there is no saviour.

12 . I have declared, and have saved, and I have shewed, when there was no strange god among

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13 Yea, before the day was, Igm he; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand: I will work, and who shall let it?

4 's Thus saith the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; For your sake I have sent to Babylon, and have brought Jown, all their nobles, . and the Chaldeans, whose cry is in the ships, 15 I am the LoRD, your Holy Que, the Creator of Israel, your

Ing. - . . 16 Thus saith the LoRD, which maketh a way in the sea, and a path in the mighty waters;

Which, bringeth forth the

chariot and horse, the army and the power ; they shall lie down together, they shall not rise: they are extinct, they are quenched as tow.

18 Remember ye not the former † neither consider the things of 0.101.


19 Behold, ... I will do a new of: now it shall spring forth; shals ye not know it? I will even make a way, in , the wilderness and rivers in the desert.

20 The beast of the field shall honour me, the dragons and the owls: because I give waters in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert,


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to give drink to my people, my chosen.

and neglect. CHAP.

21. This people have I formed for myself; they shall shew forth my praise. 22 || But thou hast not called upon me, O Jacob ; but thou hast been weary of me, O Israel. Thou hast not brought me the small cattle of thy burnt-offer; ings; neither hast thou honoured me with thy sacrifices... I have not caused thee to serve with an offering, nor wearied thee with incense. 24 Thou hast bought me, no sweet, cane, with money, neither hast thou filled me with the fat of thy sacrifices: but thou hast made me to serve, with thy sins, thou hast wearied me with thine iniquities. 25 I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins. Put me in remembrance: let us plead together: . declare thou, that thou mayest Jus

*ified. 27 Thy first father hath sinned and thy teachers have transgre against me. 28 Therefore...I have profaned the princes of the sanctuary, and #: Iven ; to the curse, and ael to reproaches, CHAP. XLIV. God's Promises to the Church. Yo. now hear, O Jacob, m servant; and Israel, whom have chosen: 2 Thus saith the LoRD that made thee, and formed thee from the womb, which will help thee; Fear not, O Jacob, my servant; and thou, Jesurun, whom I have chosen. . . 3 For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the joini: i will pour my Špirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine off: 4 And they shall spring up as among the grass, as willows by the water-courses. 5 Oneshall say, I am the LoRD's: and another shall cali himself by the name of Jacob.; and another shall subscribe with his hand unto the Lord, and surname himself by the name of Israel. 6Thus saith the Lord the King of Israel, and his Redeemer the Lord of hosts; I qm the first, and I am the last; and besides me there is no God. 7 Andywho, as I; shall call, and shall declare i and set it in order for me, since I appointed the an: tient people? and the things that

XLIV. Folly of idol-makers

are coming, and shall come, let them shew unto them. 8 Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have not. I told thee, from that time, and have declared it? ye are even my witnesses. Is there a God besides me? yea, there is no God; I know not *::: , 9 || They, that make a graven image are all of them vanity; and their delectable things shall not profit; and they are their own witnesses; they see not, nor know, that they may be ashamed. I ho hath formed a god, or molten a graven image that is profitable for nothing 3. 11 Behold, all his fellows shall ashamed: and the workmen, they are of men: let them all gathered together, let them stand up; yet they shall fear, and they shall be ashamed together. 12. The smith with the tongs both worketh in the coals, and fashioneth it with hammers, and worketh it with the strength of his arms: yea, he is hungry, and his streng failéth; he drinketh no water, and is faint. 13 The carpenter stretcheth. Qut his rule; he marketh it out with a line; he fitteth it with o and he marketh it out with the compass, and maketh it after the figure of a man, according to the beauty of a man; that it may remain in the house. 14. He heweth him down cedars, and taketh the cypress and the oak which he strengtheneth for himseif among the trees of the forest: he planteth an ash, and the rain doth nourish it. 15 Then shall it be for a man to burn for he will take thereof...and warm himself; yea, he kindleth it, and baketh bread; yea, he maketh a. i. and worshippeth it ; ho maketh it a graven" image,’ and falleth down thereto. 16 He burneth }. thereof in the fire; with part thereof he eateth flesh; he roasteth roast, and is satisfied: yea, he warmeth himself, and saith, Aha, I am warm, I have seen the fire: 17 And the residue thereof he maketh a god, even his graven image: he falleth...down unto it. and worshippeth it, and prayoth unto it, and saith, Deliver me; for thou art o god. 18 They have not known nor understood: for he hath shut their eyes, that they cannot see: , and #: hearts, that they cannot unerstand. 19 And none consido in his

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