Imágenes de páginas

The privileges of the godly.

ISAIAH. The certainty of the prophecy

10 Now will I rife, faith the LORD; ftroyed them, he hath delivered thean now will I be exalted; now will I lift to the flaughter. up myfelf.

11 Ye shall conceive chaff, ye shall bring forth stubble: your breath, as fire fhall devour you.

12 And the people fhall be as the burnings of lime: as thorns cut up hall they be burned in the fire. 13Hear, ye that are far off, what I have done; and, ye that are near, acknowledge my might.

3 Their flain alfo fhall be caft out, and their flink fhall come up out of their carcaffes, and the mountain fhall be melted with their blood.

4 And all the hoft of heaven shall be diffolved, and the heavens fha!! be rolled together as a fcroll: and all their hoft fhall fall down, as the leaf falleth off from the vine, and as a falling fig from the fig tree.

5 For my fword thall be bathed in heaven: behold, it fhall come down upon Idumea, and upon the people of my curfe, to judgment.

14 The finners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness hath furprifed the hypocrites. Who among us fhall dwell with the devouring fire? who among us fhall dwell with everlafting burn- 6 The fword of the LORD is filled ings? with blood, it is made fat with fat15 He that walketh righteously, neis, and with the blood of lambs and and speaketh uprightly; he that de-goats, with the fat of the kidneys of fpifeth the gain of oppreffions, that rams: for the LORD hath a facrifice thaketh his hands from holding of in Bozrah, and a great flaughter in bribes, that toppeth his ears from the land of Idumea. hearing of blood, and shutteth his eyes from feeing evil;

16 He hall dwell on high: his place of defence ball be the munitions of rocks: bread fhall he given him; his

waters ball be fure.

17 Thine eye fhall fee the king in his beauty: they fhall behold the land that is very far off.

18 Thine heart fhall meditate terFor. Where is the fcribe? where is the receiver? where is he thatcounted the towers?

7 And the unicorns fhall come down with them, and the bullocks with the bulls, and their land fhall be foaked with blood, and their duit made fat with fatnefs.

8 For it is the day of the LORD's vengeance, and the year of e compences for the controverfy of


9 And the ftreams thereof shall be turned into pitch, and the duft there. of into brimitone, and the land thereaf thall become burning pitch.

19 Thou shalt not fee a fierce peo- 10 It shall not be quenched night ple, a people of deeper fpeech than nor day; the fmoke thereof shall go thou canst perceive; of a stammer-up for ever; from generation to gene ing tongue, that thou canst not under-ration it shall lie waste; none thail fand. pals through it for ever and ever.

20 Look upon Zion, the city of our 11 But the cormorant and the latfolemnities: thine eyes fhall fee Je-tern fhall poffefs it; the owl alfo rufalem quiet habitation, a taber-and the raven thall dwell in it: and nacle that thall not be taken down; he shall fretch out upon it the line not one of the flakes thereof thall of confufion, and the stones of emp ever be removed, neither shall any of tinefs. the cords thereof be broken.

12 They shall call the nobles thereof 21 But there the glorious LORD to the kingdom, but none ball be will be unto us a place of broad rivers there, and all her princes shall be and freams; wherein fhall go no nothing. galley with oars, neither fhall gallant hip pafs thereby.

22 For the LORD our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is Our king; he will fave us.

23 Thy tacklings are loofed; they could not well ftrengthen their maft, they could not fpread the fail: then is the prey of a great fpoil divided; the lame take the prey.

24 And the inhabitants fhall not fay, I am fick: the people that dwell therein ball be forgiven sheir iniquity.


13 And thorns fhall come up in her palaces, nettles and brambles in the fortrefies thereof: and it shall be an habitation of dragons, and a court for owls,

14 The wild beafts of the defest fhall alto meet with the wild beaks of the ifland, and the fatyr all y to his fellow; the fcreech owl allo fhall reft there, and find for herself a place of reft.

15 There fhall the great owl make her neft, and lay, and hatch, and gather under her fhadow: there shall the vultures alio be gathered, every one with her mate.

[ocr errors]

earth hear, and all that is therein; the world, and all things that come forth of it.

thail fail, none thall want her mate: for my mouth it hath commanded, and his fpirit it hath gathered them. 2 For the indignation of the LORD 17 And he hath cait the lot for is upon all nations, and bis fury upon them, and his hand hath divided it all their armies: he hath utterly de-lunto them by line; they fhall polles

The privileges of the gospel. CHAP. XXXVI.

Rabbakeb's blafphemy.

it for ever, from generation to genera-1 6 Lo, thou trufteft in the staff of tion fhall they dwell therein. this broken reed, on Egpyt; whereon if a man lean, it will go into his hand, and pierce it: fo is Pharaoh king of Egypt to all that truft in him.


THE wilderuefs and the folitary place fhall be glad for them; and the defert fhall rejoice, and bloffom as the role.

2 It fhall bloffom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and finging. the glory of Lebanon fhall be given unto it, the excellency of Carmel and Sharon, they fhall fee the glory of the LORD, and the excellency of our God.

3 Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees.

4 Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be Atrong, fear not behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; he will come and fave you.

5 Then the eyes of the blind fhall be opened, and the ears of the deaf fhall be unftopped.

6 Then fill the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumbi fing: for in the wilderness fhall waters break out, and ftreams in the defert. 7 And the parched ground fhall be. cone a pool, and the thirfty land fprings of water; in the habitation of dragons, where each lay, shall be grafs with reeds and rushes."

8 And an highway fhall be there, and a way, and it fhall be called, The way of holinefs; the unclean fhall not pass over it; but it shall be for thofe: the wayfaring men, though fools, fhall not err therein.

7 But if thou fay to me, We tru in the LORD our God: is it not he, whofe high places and whofe altars Hezekiah hath taken away, and faid to Judah and to Jerufalem, Ye thall worship before this altar?

8 Now therefore give pledges, T pray thee, to my maiter the king of Affyria, and I will give thee two thoufand horfes, if thou be able on thy part to fet riders upon them.

9 How then wilt thou turn away the face of one captain of the leaft of my mafter's fervants, and put thy truft on Egypt for chariots and for horfemen?

10 And am I now come up without the LORD againft this land to destroy it? the LORD faid unto me, Go up against this land, and deftroy it.

II Then laid Eliakim and Shebna and Joah unto Rabflakeh, Speak, I pray thee, unto thy fervants in the Syrian language; for we understand it: and fpeak not to us in the Jews' language, in the ears of the people that are on the wall.

12 But Rabhakeh faid, Hath my mafter fent me to thy mafter and to thee to fpeak thefe words bath be not fent me to the men that fit upon the wall, that they may eat their own dung, and drink their own pifs with you?

9 No lion fhall be there, nor any 13 Then Rabhakeh ftood, and cried ravenous beaft fhall go up thereon, it with a loud voice in the Jews' lan fhall not be found there; but the re-guage, and faid, Hear ye the words of deemed fhall walk there: the great king, the king of Affyria.

10 And the ranfomed of the LORD fhall return, and come to Zion with fongs and everlafting joy upon their heads: they fhall obtain joy and gladness, and forrow and fighing fhall flee away.


14 Thus faith the king, Let not Hezekiah deceive you: for he shall not be able to deliver you.

15 Neither let Hezekiah make you truft in the LORD, faying, The LORD will furely deliver us: this city fhall not be delivered into the hand of the

Ow it came to pafs in the four-king of Affyria. teenth year of king Hezekiah, 16 Hearken not to Hezekiah: for that Sennacherib king of Affyria came thus faith the king of Affyria, Make up against all the defenced cities of an agreement with me, by a prefent, Judah, and took them. and come out to me: and eat ye every

2 And the king of Affyria fent Rab-one of his vine, and every one of his fhakeh from Lachifh to Jerufalem fig tree, and drink ye every one the unto king Hezekiah with a great waters of his own ciftern; army. And he flood by the conduit 17 Until I come and take you away of the upper pool in the highway of to a land like your own land, a land the fullers' field. of corn and wine, a land of bread and

3Then came forth unto him Elia-vineyards. kim, Hilkiah's fon, which was over 18 Beware left Hezekiah perfuade the house, and Shebna the ferite, and you, faying, The LORD will deliver Juah, Afaph's fon, the recorder. us. Hath any of the gods of the 4 And Rabihakeh faid unto them, nations delivered his land out of the Say ye now to Hezekiah, Thus far h hand of the king of Affyria? the great king, the king of Affyria, What confidence is this wherein thou truffet?

51 fay, fareft thou, (but they are but vain words) I have counfel and Prength for war: pow on whom dost thou trull, that thou rebelle aguna met

19 Where are the gods of Hamath and Arphad? where are the gods of epharvaim and have they delivered Samaria out of my hand!

20 Who are ther among all the gods of thefe lands, that have delivered their land out of my hund, that the

Hezekiab mourneth.


His prayer.

LORD fhould deliver Jerufalem out of and the king of Arphad, and the king my hand? of the city of Sepharvaim, Henah, and

21 But they held their peace, and Ivah? anfwered him not a word: for the 14¶ And Hezekiah received the let. king's commandment was, faying, ter from the hand of the messengers, Anfwer him not. and read it; and Hezekiah went up

22 Then came Eliakim, the fon of unto the houfe of the LORD, and Hilkiah, that was over the lufehold, Spread it before the LORD. and Shebna the fcribe, and Joah, the 15 And Hezekiah prayed unto the fon of Afaph, the recorder, to Heze-LORD, faying, kiah with their lothes rent, and told him the words of Rabhaken.


A Hezekiah heard it, that he rent
ND it came to pafs, when king

his clothes, and covered himfelf with
fackcloth, and went into the house of
the LORD.

2 And he fent Eliakim, who was over, the household, and Shebna the fcribe, and the elders of the priests covered with fackcloth, unto Ifaiah the prophet the fon of Amoz.

16 O LORD of hosts, God of Ifrael, that dwelleft between the cherabiras, thou art the God, even thou alone, of baft made heaven and earth. all the kingdoms of the earth: thou

17 Incline thine ear, O LORD, and hear; open thine eyes, O Loan, and fee: and hear all the words of Serumcherib, which hath fent to reproach the living God.

18 Of a truth, LORD, the kings of Affyria have laid wafte all the nations, and their countries,

3 And they faid unto him, Thus 19 And have caft their gods into the faith Hezekiah, This day is a day of fire: for they were no gods, but the trouble, and of rebuke, and of blaf-work of men's hands, wood and flone: phemy: for the children are come to therefore they have deftroyed them. the birth, and there is not ftrength to 20 Now therefore, O LORD our God, bring forth. fave us from his hand, that all the 4 It may be the LORD thy God will kingdoms of the earth may know hear the words of Rabfnakeh, whom that thou art the LORD, even thou the king of Affyria his mafter hath only.

fent to reproach the living God, and 21 Then Ifaiah the fon of Amez will reprove the words which the fent unto Hezekiah, faying, Thus faith LORD thy God hath heard: wherefore the LORD God of Ifrael, Whereas lift up thy prayer for the remnant that thou haft prayed to me against Seais left. nacherib king of Affyria:

5 So the fervants of king Hezekiah

came to Ifaiah.

22 This is the word which the LORD bath fpoken concerning him; The 6¶ And Ifaiah faid unto them, Thus virgin, the daughter of Zion, hath fhall ye fay unto your mafter, Thus deipifed thee, and laughed thee to faith the LORD, Be not afraid of the fcorn; the daughter of Jerufalem hath words that thou haft heard, where-fhaken her head at thee. with the fervants of the king of Affy- 23 Whom haft thou reproached and ria have blafphemed me.

7 Behold, I will fend a blaft upon him, and he fhall hear a rumour, and return to his own land; and I will caufe him to fall by the fword in his own land,

8¶So Rabthakeh returned, and found the king of Affyria warring against Libnah: for he had heard that he was departed from Lachith.

blafphemed; and against whom ha thou exalted toy voice, and lifted up thine eyes on high even against the Holy One of Ifrael.

24 By thy fervants haft thou reproached the LORD, and haft faid, By the multitude of my chariots am 1 come up to the height of the moun tains, to the fides of Lebanon: and I will cut down the tall cedars thereof, And he heard fay concerning Tir-and the choice fir trees thereof: and bakah king of Ethiopia, He is come I will enter into the height of his borforth to make war with thee. And der, and the foreft of his Carmel. when he heard it, he fent meffengers) 25 I have digged, and drunk water; to Hezekiah, faying, and with the fole of my feet have I 10 Thus fhall ye fpeak to Hezekiah dried up all the rivers of the belieged king of Judah, faying, Let not thy places.

God, in whom thou trufteft, deceive 26 Haft thou not heard long ago, thee, faying, Jerufalem fhall not be bow I have done it; and of ancient given into the hand of the king of Af-times, that I have formed it? now fyria. have I brought it to pafs, that thou thouldeft be to lay wafte defenced cities into ruinous heaps.

II Behold, thou haft heard what the kings of Affyria have done to all lands by deftroying them utterly; and 27 Therefore their inhabitants tverg fhalt thou be delivered? of small power, they were difmayed 12 Have the gods of the nations de-and confounded: they were as the livered them which my fathers have grafs of the field, and as the green deftroyed, as Gozan, and liatan, and herb, as the grafs on the houfe tops, Rezeph, and the children of Eden and as corn blafted before it be grown which were in Telaffar? up.

13 Where is the king of Hamath,

28 But I know thy abode, and thy

The Affyrian lain.

CHAP. XXXIX. Hezekiah's life lengthened. going out, and thy coming in, and thy, city out of the hand of the king of rage against me. Affyria and I will defend this city. 29 Becaufe thy rage againft me,and) 7 And this ball be a lign unto thee thy tumult is come up into mine ears, from the LORD, that the LORD will therefore will I put my hook in thy do this thing that he hath fpoken; nofe, and my bridle in thy lips, and I will turn thee back by the way by which thou cameft.

8 Behold, I will bring again the fhadow of the degrees, which is gone down in the fun dial of Ahaz, ten de30 And this ball be a fign unto thee, grees backward. So the fun returned Ye shall eat this year fuch as groweth ten degrees, by which degrees it was of itself; and the fecond year that gone down. which fpringeth of the fame: and in 9 The writing of Hezekiah king the third year fow ye, and reap, and of Judah, when he had been fick, plant vineyards, and eat the fruit and was recovered of his ficknefs: 101 faid in the cutting off of my


31 And the remnant that is efcaped days, I fhall go to the gates of the of the houfe of Judah fhall again grave: I am deprived of the refidue take root downward, and bear fruit of my years.


11 I faid, 1 fhall not fee the LORD, 32 For out of Jerufalem fhall even the LORD, in the land of the go forth a remnant, and they that ef-living: I fhall behold man no more cape out of mount Zion; the zeal of with the inhabitants of the world. the LORD of hotts fhall do this. 12 Mine age is departed, and is re

33 Therefore thus faith the LORD moved from me as a fhepherd's tent: concerning the king of Affyria, Hell have cut off like a weaver my life: fhall not cone into this city, nor he will cut me off with pining fick. fhoot an arrow there, nor come be-nefs; from day even to night wilt thou fore it with fhields, nor caft a bank make an end of me. against it.

34 By the way that he came, by the fame hall he return, and fhall not come into this city, faith the LORD. 35 For I will defend this city, to fave it for mine own fake, and for my fervant David's fake.


131 reckoned till morning, that, as lion, fo will he break all my bones: from day even tonight wilt thou make an end of me.

14 Like a crane or afwallow, fo did 1 chatter: I did mourn as a dove; mine eyes fail with looking upward: 36 Then the angel of the LORDO LORD, I am opprefied; undertake went forth, and fmote in the camp off for me. the Affyrians a hundred and fouricore 15 What shall I fay? he hath both and five thoufand; and when they fpoken unto me, and himself hath arofe early in the morning, behold, done it: 1 fhall go foftly all my years they were all dead corpfes. in the bitterness of my foul.

3750 Sennacherib king of Affy ria departed, and went and returned, and dwelt at Nineveh.

16 O LORD, by thefe things men live, and in all thefe things is the life of my fpirit: fo wilt thou recover me, and make me to live.

38 And it came to pafs, as he was worthipping in the houfe of Nifroch 17 Behold, for peace I had great his god, that Adramelech and Sha-bitternels: but thou haft in love to rezer his fons fimote him with the my foul delivered it from the pit of fword; and they efcaped into the land corruption: for thou hast caft all my of Armenia and Efar-haddon his fonans Sehind thy back. reigned in his flead,


18 For the grave cannot praife thee, death can not celebrate thee: they

IN thofe days was Hezekiah fick that go down into the pit cannot hope

unto death. And Ifaiah the pro-for thy truth.

phet the fon of Amozcame unto him, 19 The living, the living, he thall and faid unto him, Thus faith the praffe thee, as I do this day: the fa LORD, Set thine houfe in order: for ther to the children fhall make known thou shalt die, and not live. thy truth.

2 Then Hezekiah turned his face 20 The LORD was ready to fave toward the wall, and prayed unto theme: therefore we will fing my fongs to LORD, the fringed inflruments all the days

3 And faid, Remeinber now, O of our life in the house of the LORD. LORD, I befcech thee, how I have 21 For Ifaiah had faid, Let them walked before thee in truth and with take a lump of figs, and lay it for a a perfect heart, and have done that plafter upon the boil, and he fall ubich good in thy fight. And Heze-recover. kiat wept fure.

Then came the word of the LORD to Iaiah, faying,

5 Go, and fay to Hezekiah, Thus faith the LORD, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, have feen thy tears: behold, I will add unto thy days fifteen years.

6 And I will deliver thee and this

22 Hezekiah alfo had faid, What is the fign that I fhall go up to the house of the LORD?

[blocks in formation]

The promulgation of the gospel. ISAIAH. God's incomparable power.

2 And Hezekiah was glad of them, ftrength; lift it up, be not afraid; and fhewed them the house of his fay unto the cities of Judah, Behold precious things, the filver, and the your God! gold, and the ipices, and the precious ointment, and all the houfe of his armour, and all that was found in his treasures: there was nothing in his house, nor in all his dominion, that Hezekiah fhewed them not.

3 Then came Ifaiah the prophet unto king Hezekiah, and faid unto him, What faid these men? and from whence came they unto thee? And Hezekiah faid, They are come from a far country unto me, even from Babylon.

4 Then faid he, What have they feen in thine houfe? And Hezekiah anfwered, All that is in mine houfe: have they feen: there is nothing among my treafures that I have not fhewed them.

10 Behold, the Lord Gon will come with ftrong band, and his arm shall rule for him: behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him.

11 He fhall feed his flock like a fhepherd: he thall gather the lambs. with his arm, and carry them in his bofom, and thall gently lead thofe that are with young.

12¶ Who hath measured the water s in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the fpan, and comprehended the duft of the earth in a meafure, and weighed the mountains in fcales, and the hills in a balance!

13 Who hath directed the Spirit of the LORD, or being his counsellor hath taught him?

14 With whom took he counsel, 5 Then faid Ifaiah to Hezekiah, and who inftructed him, and taught Hear the word of the LORD of hofts: him in the path of judgment, and 6 Behold, the days come, that all taught him knowledge, and thewed that is in thine houfe, and that which to him the way of understanding? thy fathers have laid up in ftore until 15 Behold, the nations are as a drop this day, fhall be carried to Babylon: of a bucket, and are counted as the nothing fhall be left, faith the LORD. fmall duft of the balance: behold, 7 And of thy fons that thall iffue he taketh up the ifles as a very little from thee, which thou shalt beget, fhall they take away; and they thalf be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.

8 Then faid Hezekiah to Ifaiah, Good is the word of the LORD which thou haft spoken. He faid moreover, For there fhall be peace and truth in my days.


OMFORT ye, comfort ye my peo ple, faith your God.


16 And Lebanon is not fufficient to burn, nor the beafts thereof fufficient for a burnt offering.

17 All nations before him are as nothing; and they are counted to him lefs than nothing, and vanity.

18 To whom then will ye liken God or what likeness will ye compare unto him?

19 The workman melteth a graven image, and the goldfmith spreadeth 2 Speak ye comfortably to Jerufa-it over with gold, and cafteth filver lem, and cry unto her, that her war-chains.

fare is accomplished, that her iniquity 20 He that is fo impoverished that is pardoned: for he hath received of the LORD's hand double for all her fins.

3 The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the defert a highway for our God.

4 Every valley fhall be exalted, and every mountain and hill fhall be made low and the crooked fhall be made ftraight, and the rough places plain:

5 And the glory of the LORD fhall be revealed, and all flesh fhall fee it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.

6 The voice faid, Cry. And he faid, What shall I cry All fiefh is grafs, and all the goodlinets thereof is as the flower of the field:

he hath no oblation choofeth a tree that will not rot; he feeketh unto him a cunning workman to prepare s graven image, that fhall not be moved.

21 Have ye not known? have ye not heard? hath it not been told you from the beginning? have ye not un derftood from the foundations of the earth?

22 It is he that fitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabi tants thereof are as grafhoppers; that firetcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in:

23 That bringeth the princes to nothing; he maketh the judges of the earth as vanity.

24 Yea, they fhail not be planted; 7 The gra withereth, the flower yes, they fhall not be fown; yea, fadeth: because the Spirit of the LORD their flock fhall not take root in the bloweth upon it: furely the people earth: and he shall aifo blow upon i: grafs. them, and they fall wither, and The grafe withereth, the flower the whirlwind fhall take them away fadeth: but the word of our God fhall as flubble. ftand for ever. 25 To whom then will ye liken 10 Zion, that bringeft good time, or fhall I be equal? faith the Holy dings, get thee up into the high One.

mountain; O Jerufalem; that bringeit 26 Lift up your eyes on high, and good tidings, lift up thy voice with jebold who hath created thefe ibinga

« AnteriorContinuar »