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7 Come near ye nations to hear, and hearken ye people; let the earth hear and all that is therein: the world, and all things that come forth of it. 8 Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall rule in judgement. 9 And a man shall be as an hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest: as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land. 10 And the eyes of them that see, shall not be dim; and the ears of them that hear, shall hearken. 11 The heart also of the rash shall understand knowledge, and the tongue of the stammerers shall be ready to speak plainly. 12 And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight: these things will I do unto them, and not forsake them. 13 For the Lord shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste places, and he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the Lord: joy and gladness shall be found therein: thanksgiving and the voice of melody. * 14 Hearken unto me, my people, and give ear unto me, O my nation: for a law shall proceed from me, and I will make my judgement to rest for a light of the people. 15 . Upon the land of my

people shall come up thorns and briars, yea, upon all the houses of joy in the joyous city: 16 Because the palaces shall be forsaken, the multitude of the city shall be left, the forts and towers shall be for dens for ever, a joy of wild asses, a pasture of flocks: 17 Until the spirit be poured upon us from on high, and the wilderness be a fruitful field, and the fruitful field be counted for a forest. 18 Then judgement shall dwell in the wilderness, and righteousness remain in the fruitful field. 19 And the work of righteousness shall be peace, and the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance for ever.. 20 And my people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quietresting places.

LESSON CLXXVI.

THE spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound : 2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; 3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified. *|4 And they shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations. 5 And strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, and the sons of the alien shall be your ploughmen and your vinedressers. 6 But ye shall be named the priests of the Lord : men shall call you the ministers of our God: ye shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, and in their glory shall you boast yourselves. "[7 For your shame you shall have double; and for confusion they shall rejoice in their portion : therefore in their land they shall possess the double: everlasting joy shall be unto them. 8 For I the Lord love judgement, I hate robbery for burntoffering, and I will direct their work in truth, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them. 9 And their seed shall be known among the Gentiles, and their offspring among the people: all that see them shall acknowledge them, that they are the seed which the Lord hath blessed. * 10 I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God: for he hath clothed me with the garments

of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.

11 For as the earth bringeth forth her bud; and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth : so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.

12 For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.

13 Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir-tree, and instead of the briar shall come up the myrtle-tree; and it shall be to the Lord for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.

LESSON CLXXVII.

Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money, come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money, and without price. 2. Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatIneSS. 3 Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live, and I will make an

everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David. 4 Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people. 5 Behold, thou shalt call a nation that thou knowest not, and nations that knew not thee, shall run unto thee, because of the Lord thy God, and for the Holy One of Israel: for he hath glorified thee. * 6 For behold, I create new heavens, and a new earth : and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind. 7 But be you glad, and rejoice for ever in that which I create : for behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy. 8 And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people, and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying. 9 They shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they are the seed of the blessed of the Lord, and thèir offspring with them. 10 And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer: and while they are yet speaking, I will hear. 11 The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent's meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the Lord. 12 None shall be weary nor stumble amongst them; none shall slumber nor sleep; neither

shall the girdle of their loins be loosed, nor the latchet of their shoes be broken. 13 For thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream. 14 As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you; and ye shall be comforted in Jerusalem. * 15 And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob. 16 He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the Lord hath spoken it. * 17 And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the Lord ; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.

LESSON CLXXVIII.

How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace, that bringeth tidings of good, that publisheth salvation, that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth ! 2 Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice, with the voice together shall they sing: for they shall see eye to eye when the Lord shall bring again Zion. * 3 Break forth into joy, sing together, ye waste places of Jerusalem: for the Lord hath comforted his people, he hath redeemed Jerusalem. 4 The Lord hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations, and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God. 5 The Lord gave the word, great was the company of those that published it. 6 The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined. 7 Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord whom ye seek shall suddenly come to his temple, even the Messenger of the Covenant, whom ye delight in ; behold, he shall come, saith the Lord of hosts. 8 But who may abide the day of his coming 2 and who shall stand when he appeareth 2 for he is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers’ soap. 9 And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteOusness. 10 Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalembepleasant unto the Lord, as in the days of old, and as in former years. - 11 And I will come near to you to judgement; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adul

terers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the Lord of hosts. 12 For I am the Lord, I change not: therefore the sons of Jacob are not consumed. * 13 Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is my fellow, saith the Lord of hosts: smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered: and I will turn mine hand upon the little ones. 14 And it shall come to pass that in all the land, saith the Lord, two parts therein shall be cut off, and die; but the third shall be left therein. 15 And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them : I will say, It is my people; and they shall say, The Lord is my God. 16 For thus saith the Lord of hosts; Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land; 17 And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come : and I will fill this house with glory, saith the Lord of hosts. 18 Thus saith the Lord, the redeemer of Israel, and his Holy One, to him whom man despiseth, to him whom the nation abhorreth, to a servant of rulers;

Kings shall see, and arise; princes also shall worship; because of the Lord, that is faithful, and the Holy One of Israel, and he shall choose thee. 19 Thus saith the Lord, In an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day of salvation have I helped thee; and I will preserve thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages; 20 That thou mayest say to the prisoners, Go forth; to them that are in darkness, Shew yourselves: they shall feed in the ways, and their pastures shall be in all high places. 21 They shall not hunger, nor thirst; neither shall the heat nor sun smite them; for he that hath mercy on them shall lead them, even by the springs of water shall he guide them. 22 I the Lord have called thee to 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: 23 To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them thatsitin darkness out of the prison house. 24 And kings shall be thy nursing fathers, and queens thy nursing mothers: they shall bow down to thee with their face toward the earth, and lick up the dust of thy feet, and thou shalt know that I am the Lord: for they shall not be ashamed that wait for me. 25 And the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and all kings

thy glory: and thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the Lord shall name. 26 Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God. * 27 Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the Lord God might dwell among them. 28 It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth. 29 And I will make all my mountains a way, and my highways shall be exalted. 30 Behold, these shall come from far; and lo, these from the north, and from the west, and these from the land of Sinim. 31 I am sought of them that asked not for me; I am found of them that sought me not: I said, Behold me, behold me, unto a nation that was not called by my name. I will say to them which were not my people, Thou art my people; and they shall say, Thou art my God. *I 32 For as the new heavens, and the new earth which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the Lord, so shall your seed and your name remain. 33 And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to an

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