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God's care over his vineyard. ISAIAH.
Ephraim is threatened. CHAP. XXVII. , ja destroying storm, as a flood of mighty TN that day the Lord with his sore and waters overflowing, shall cast down to the I great and strong sword shall punish le- earth with the band. viathan the piercing serpent, even levia 3 The crown of pride, the drunkards of than that crooked serpent; and he shall slay Ephraiin, shall be trodden under feet: the dragon that is in the sea.
14 And the glorious beauty, which is on 2 In that day sing ye unto her, A vine- the head of the fat valley, shall be a fading yard of red wine.
flower, and as the hasty fruit before the 3 I the Lord do keep it; I will water it summer; which when he that looketh upon every moment: lest any hurt it, I will keep it seeth, while it is yet in bis hand he it night and day.
eateth it up. 4 Fury is not in me: who would set the 5 | In that day sball the LORD of hosts briers and thorns against me in battle ? I be for a crown of glory, and for a diadem would go through them, I would burn them of beauty, unto the residue of his people, together.
16 And for a spirit of judgment to him 5 Or let him take hold of my strength, that sitteth in judgment, and for strength that he may make peace with me, and be to them that turn the battle to the gate. shall make peace with me.
17 | But they also have erred through 6 He shall cause them that come of Ja- wine, and through strong drink are out of cob to take root: Israel shall blossom and the way; the priest and the prophet have bud, and fill the face of the world with fruit. erred through strong drink, they are swal.
7 T Hath he smitien him, as he smote lower of wine, they are out of the way those that smote him ? or is he slain ac-through strong drink; they err in vision, cording to the slaughter of them that are they stumble in judgment. slain by him?
8 For all tables are full of vomit and 8 In measure, when it shooteth forth, filthiness, so that there is no place clean. thou wilt debate with it: he stayeth his 9 | Whom shall be teach knowledge? rough wind in the day of the east wind. and whom shall be make to understand
9 By this therefore shall the iniquity of doctrine ? them that are weaned from the Jacob be purged; and this is all the fruit milk, and drawn from the breasts. to take away his sin; when he maketh all 10 For precept must be upon precept, the stones of the altar as chalk stones that precept upon precept; line upon line, line are beaten in sunder, the groves and upon line; here a little, and there a little : images shall not stand up.
11 For with stammering lips and another 10 Yet the defenced city shall be deso-tongue will he speak to this people. late, and the habitation forsaken, and left 12 To whom he said, This is the rest like a wilderness: there shall the calf feed, wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and there shall he lie down, and consume and this is the refreshing: get they would the branches thereof.
not hear. 11 When the boughs thereof are wither-13 But the word of the LORD was unto ed, they shall be broken off: the women them, precept upon precept, precept upon come and set them on fire : for it is a peo- precept; line upon line, line upon line; ple of no understanding: therefore he that here a little, and there a little ; that they inade them will not have mercy on them, might go, and fall backward, and be and he that formed them will shew them broken, and snared, and taken. no favour.
| 14 | Wherefore bear the word of the 12 T And it shall come to pass in that LORD, ye scornful men, that rule this peoday, that the Lord shall beat off from the ple which is in Jerusalem. channel of the river unto the stream 01 15 Because ye have said, We have made Egypt, and ye shall be gathered one by a covenant with death, and with hell are one, O ye children of Israel.
we at agreement; when the overflowing 13 And it shall come to pass in that day, scourge shall pass through, it shall not come that the great trumpet shall be blown, and unto us : for we have made lies our refuge, they shall come which were ready to perish and under falsehood have we bid ourselves: in the land of Assyria, and the outcasts in 16 T Therefore thus saith the Lord the land of Egypt, and shall worship the God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundaLord in the holy mount at Jerusalem. tion a stone, a tried stone, a precious corCHẬP, XXVIII.
ner stone, a sure foundation: he that beTUO to the crown of pride, to the drunk- lieveth shall not make haste. w a rds of Ephraim, whose glorious 17 Judgment also will I lay to the line, beauty is a fading flower, which are on and righteousness to the plummet: and the the head of the tat valleys of them that are ha il shall sweep away the refugeoflies, and overcome with wine!
the waters shall overflow the hiding-place. 2 Behold, the Lord hath a mighty and 18 | And your covenant with death strong onę, which as a tempest of bail and shall be disannulled, and your agreement
God's judgment upon Jerusalem. CHAP. XXIX. A promise of better times. with hell shall not stand; when the over-that passeth away: yea, it shall be at an flowing scourge shall pass through, then instant suddenly. ye shall be trodden down by it.
6 Thou shali be visited of the Lord of 19 From the time that it goeth forth it hosts with thunder, aud wiih earthquake, shall take you: for morning by morning and great noise, with storm and tempest, shall it pass over, by day and by night: and the flame of devouring fire. and it shall be a vexation only to under-1 7 T And the multitude of all the nations stand the report.
that fight against Ariel, even all that fight 20 For the bed is shorter than that a against her and her munition, and that disman can stretch himself on it: and the tress her, shall be as a dream of a nightcovering narrower than that he can wrap vision. bimself in it.
18 It shall even be as when a bungry 21 For the LORD shall rise up as in man dreameth, and behold, he eateth; but mount Perazim, he shall be wroth as in he awaketh, and his soul is empty: or as the valley of Gibeon, that he may do his when a thirsty man dreameth, and bework, his strange work; and bring to pass hold, he drinketh ; but he awaketh, and his act, his strange act.
behold, he is faint, and his soul hath appe22 Now therefore be ye not mockers, tite: so shall the multitude of all the nalest your bands be made strong: for 1 tions be, that fight against mount Zion. have beard from the Lord God of hosts a 9 | Stay yourselves, and wonder; cry consumption, even determined upon the ye out, and cry: they are drunken, but whole earth.
not with wine; they stagger, but not with 23 | Give ye ear, and hear my voice; strong drink. bearken, and hear my speech.
| 10 For the LORD hath poured out upon 24 Doth the ploughman plough all day you the spirit of deep sleep, and hath to sow? doth he open and break the clods closed your eyes: the prophets and your of his ground?
rulers, the seers hath he covered. 25 When he hath made plain the face 11 And the vision of all is become unto thereof, doth he not cast abroad the fitch-you as the words of a book that is sealed, es, and scatter the cummin, and cast in which men deliver to one that is learned, the principal wheat, and the appointed saying, Read this, I pray thee : and he barley, and the rye in their place? : saith, I cannot ; for it is sealed:
26 For his God doth instruct him to dis- 12 And the book is delivered to him cretion, and doth teach him.
that is not learned, saying, Read this, I 27 For the fitches are not threshed with pray thee: and he saith, I am not learned. a threshing instrument, neither is a cart- 13 | Wherefore the LORD said, Foraswheel turned about upon the cummin; but much as this people draw near me with the fitches are beaten out with a staff, and their mouth, and with their lips do honour the cummin with a rod.
me, but have removed their heart far from 28 Bread-corn is bruised; because he me, and their fear toward me is taught will not ever be threshing it, nor break it by the precept of men: with the wheel of his cart, nor bruise it 14 Therefore behold, I will proceed to with his horsemen.
do a marvellous work among this people, 29 This also cometh forth from the even a marvellous work and a wonder: Lord of hosts, which is wonderful in coun- for the wisdom of their wise men shall sel, and excellent in working.
perish, and the understanding of their pruCHAP. XXIX.
dent men shall be hid. TTO to Ariel, to Ariel, the city where 15 Wo unto them that seek deep to hide
David dwelt! add ye year to year; their counsel from the LORD, and their let them kill sacrifices.
Tworks are in the dark, and they say, Who 2 Yet I will distress Ariel, and there seeth us? and who knoweth us? shall be heaviness and sorrow; and it shall 16 Surely your turning of things upside be unto me as Ariel.
down shall be esteemed as the potter's 3 And I will camp against thee round clay: for shall the work say of bim that about, and will lay siege against thee with made it, He made me not? or 'shall the a mount, and I will raise forts against thee. thing framed say of him that framed it,
4 And thou shalt be brought down, and He had no understanding? shalt speak out of the ground, and thy 17 Is it not yet a very little while, and speech shall be low out of the dust, and Lebanon shall be turned into a fruitful thy voice shall be, as of one that hath a field, and the fruitful field shall be esteemfamiliar spirit, out of the ground, and thyed as a forest? speech shall whisper out of the dust. I 18 | And in that day shall the deaf hear
5 Moreover, the multitude of thy stran. the words of the book, and the eyes of gers shall be like small dust, and the mul- the blind shall see out of obscurity, and titude of the terrible ones shall be as chaff, out of darkness.
The people threatened for their ISAIAH. contempt of God's word.
19 The mcek also shall increase their of Israel, Because ye despise this word, joy in the LORD, and the poor among men and trust in oppression and perverseness, shall rejoice in the Iboly One of Israel. and stay thereon:
20 For the terrible one is brought to 13 Therefore this iniquity shall be to you nought, and the scorner is consumed, and as a breach ready to fall, swelling out in a all that watch for iniquity are cut off : bigb wall, whose breaking cometh sudden
21 That make a man an offender for a ly at an instant. word, and lay a snare for him that re- 14 And he shall break it as the breakproveth in the gate, and turn aside the ing of the potter's vessel that is broken in just for a thing of nought.
pieces; he shall not spare : so that there 22 Therefore thus saith the LORD, who shall not be found in the bursting of it a redeemed Abraham, concerning the house sherd to take fire from the hearth, or to of Jacob, Jacob shall not now be ashamed, take water withal out of the pit. neither shall his face now wax pale. 1 15 For thus saith the Lord God, the
23 But when he seeth his children, the Holy One of Israel ; In returning and rest work of my bands, in the midst of him, shail ye be saved; in quietness and in conthey shall sanctify iny name, and sanctify fidence shall be your strength: and ye the Holy One of Jacob, and shall fear the would not. God of Israel.
16 But ye said, No; for we will flep up24 They also that erred in spirit shall on horses; therefore shall ye flee: and, come to understanding, and they that mur- We will ride upon the switt; therefore mured shall learn doctrine.
shall they that pursue you be swift. CHAP. XX.X.
17 One thousand shall flee at the rebuke W o to the rebellious children, saith of one ; at the rebuke of five sball ye flee:
V the LORD, that take counsel, buitill ye be left as a beacon upon the top of not of me ; and that cover with a covering, a mountain, and as an ensigu on a bill. but not of my Spirit, that they may add sin 18 | And therefore will the LORD wait, to sin :
that he may be gracious unto you, and 2 That walk to go down into Egypt, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have not asked at my mouth; to strength-have mercy upon you: for the LORD is a en themselves in the strength of Pharaoh, God of judgment : blessed are all they and to trust in the shadow of Egypt! that wait for himn.
3 Therefore shall the strength of Pha- 19 For the people shall dwell in Zion raoh be your shame, and the trust in the at Jerusalem : thou shalt weep no more : shadow of Egypt your confusion.
he will be very gracious unto thee at the 4 For his princes were at Zoan, and his voice of thy cry; when he shall bear it, he ambassadors came to Hanes.
will answer thee. 5 They were all ashamed of a people 20 And though the Lord give you the that could not profit them, nor be a belp bread of adversity, and the water of afflicpor profit, but a shame, and also a reproach. tion, yet shall not thy teachers be removed
6 The burden of the beasts of the south: into a corner any more, but thine eyes shall into the land of trouble and anguish, from see thy teachers : whence come the young and old lion, the 21 And thine ears shall bear a word beviper and fiery flying serpent, they will hind thee, saying, This is the way, walk carry their riches upon the shoulders of ye in it, when ye turn to the righi hand, young asses, and their treasures upon the and when ye turn to the left. bunches of camels, to a people that shall 22 Ye sha!I defile also the covering of not profit them.
thy graven images of silver, and the orna. 7 For the Egyptians shallbelp in vain,ment of thy molten images of gold: Thou and to no purpose : therefore have I cried shalt cast them away as a menstruous cloth; concerning this, Their strength is tosit still. thou shalt say unto it, Get thee hence.
81 Now go, write it before them in al 23 Then shall he give the rain of thy table, and note it in a book, that it may be seed, that thou shalt sow the ground withal; for the time to come for ever and ever: land bread of the increase of the earth, and
9 That this is a rebellious people, lying it shall be fat and plenteous: in that day children, children that will not bear the shall thy catile feed in large pastures. law of the LORD:
124 The oxen likewise and the young 10 Which say to the seers, See not; and asses that ear the ground shall eat clean to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right provender, winch bath been windowed things, speak unto us smooth things, pro-l with the shovel and with the fan. phesy deceits :
125 And there shall be upon every high 11 Get you out of the way, turn aside mountain, and upon every high bill, rivers out of the path, cause the Holy One of and streams of waters in the day of the Israel to cease from before us.
Igreat slaughter, when the towers fall. 12 Wherefore thus saith the Holy One 26 Moreover the light of the moon shall
The evil of forsaking God. CHAP. XXXI, XXXII. Blessings of Christ's kingdom. be as the light of the sun, and the light of 5 As birds flying, so will the LORD of the sun shall be sevenfold, as the light of hosts defend Jerusalem ; defending also he seven days, in the day that the Lord bind- will deliver it; and passing over he will eth up the breach of his people, and heal-preserve it. eth the stroke of their wound.
6 Turn ye unto him from whom the 27 | Behold, the name of the Lord children of Israel have deeply revolted. cometh from far, burning with his anger, 7 For in that day every man shall cast and the burden thereof is heavy: his lip away his idols of silver, and his idols of are full of indignation, and his tongue as gold, which your own hands have made a devouring fire:
unto you for a sin. 28 And his breath, as an overflowing 8 T Then shall the Assyrian fall with stream, shall reach to the midst of the the sword, not of a mighty man; and the neck, to silt the nations with the sieve oi sword, not of a mean man, shall devour vanity: and there shall be a bridle in the him: but he shall flee from the sword, and jaws of the people, causing them to err. his young men shall be discomfited.
29 Ye shall have a song, as in the night 9 And he shall pass over to his strong when a holy solemnity is kept; and glad-hold for fear, and his princes shall be ness of heart, as when one goeth with a afraid or the ensign, saith the Lord, pipe to come into the mountain of the whose fire is in Zion, and his furnace in LORD, to the Miglity One of Israel. Jerusalem. 30 And the LORD shall cause bis glori
CHAP. XXXII. ous voice to be heard, and shall shew the D EHOLD, a King shall reign in rightlighting down of bis arm, with the in-| D eousness, and princes shall rule in dignation of his anger, and with the flame judgment. of a devouring fire, with scattering, and 2 And a man shall be as a hiding-place tempest, and hail-stones.
from the wind, and a covert from the tem31 For through the voice of the LORD pest ; as rivers of water in a dry place, as shall the Assyrian be beaten down, which the shadow of a great rock in a weary smote with a rod.
Jland. 32 And in every place where the 3 And the eyes of them that see shall grounded staff shall pass, which the LORD not be dim, and the ears of them that hear shall lay upon him, it shall be with tabrets shall hearken. and harps : and in battles of shaking will 4 The heart also of the rash shall unhe fight with it.
derstand knowledge, and the tongue of the 33 For Tophet is ordained of old; yea, stammerers shall be ready to speak plainly. for the king it is prepared ; he hath madel 5 The vile person shall be no more call. it deep and large : the pile thereof is fire ed liberal, nor the churl said to be bountiful. and much wood; the breath of the LORD, 6 For the vile person will speak villany, like a stream of brimstone, doth kindle it. and his heart will work iniquity, to pracСНАР. XXXI.
tise bypocrisy, and to utter error against W O to them that go down to Egypt the LORD, to make empty the soul of the
for help ; and stay on horses, and hungry; and he will cause the drink of the trust in chariots, because they are many;thirsty to fail. and in horsemen, because they are veryl 7 The instruments also of the churl are strong ; but they look not unto the Holylevil: he deviseth wicked devices to deOne of Israel, neither seek the LORD!"stroy the poor with lying words, even
2 Yet he also is wise, and will bring wben the needy speaketh right. evil, and will not call back his words : but 8 But the liberal deviseth liberal things; will arise against the house of the evil-land by liberal things shall be stand. doers, and against the help of them that 9 Rise up, ye women that are at ease; work iniquity.
hear my voice, ye careless daughters ; 3 Now the Egyptians are men, and not give ear unto my speech. God; and their horses flesh, and not spirit. 10 Many days and years shall ye be When the LORD shall stretch out his hand, troubled, ye careless women; for the vinboth he that helpeth shall fall, and he that tage shall fajl, the gathering shall not come. is holpen shall fall down, and they alll 11 Tremble, ye women that are at ease; sball fail together.
be troubled, ye careless ones : strip you, 4 For thus hath the LORD spoken into and make you bare, and gird sackcloth upon me, Like as the lion and the young lion your loins. roaring on his prey, when a muliitude 12 They shall lament for the teats, for of shepherds is called forth against him, the pleasant fields, for ihe fruitful vine. . he will not be afraid of their voice, nor 13 Upon the land of my people shal! abase himself for the noise of them : solcome up thorns and briers ; yea, upon all shall the LORD of hosts come down to fight the houses of joy in the joyous city :. for mount Zion, and for the hill thereof. 1 14 Because the palaces shall be forJudgments in behalf of the church. ' ISAIAH. The privileges of the godly. saken ; the multitude of the city shall be bring forth stubble : your breath, as fire, left; the forts and towers shall be for dens shall devour you. for ever, a joy of wild asses, a pasture of 12 And the people shall be as the burnflocks ;
lings of lime; as thorns cut up shall they 15 Until the Spirit be poured upon us be burned in the fire. from on high, and the wilderness be a 13 | Hear, ye that are far off, what I fruitful field, and the fruitful field be have done; and ye that are near, acknow. counted for a forest.
ledge my might. 16 Then judgment shall dwell in the 14 T'he sinners in Zion are afraid ; sear. wilderness, and righteousness remain in fulness bath surprised the hypocrites the fruitful field.
Who among us shall dwell with the de17 And the work of righteousness shall vouring fire? who among us shall dwell be peace ; and the effect of righteousness, with everlasting burnings? quietness and assurance for ever. 115 He that walketh righteously, and
18 And my people shall dwell in a speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth the peaceable habitation, and in sure dwell-gain of oppressions, that shaketh his hands ings, and in quiet resting-places,
from holding of bribes, that stoppeth bis 19 When it shall hail, coming down on ears from hearing of blood, and shutteth the forest; and the city shall be low in a his eyes from seeing evil; low place.
1 16 He shall dwell on high : his place of 20 Blessed are ye that sow beside all defence shall be the munitions of rocks: waters, that send forth thither the feet of bread shall be given him; his waters shall the ox and the ass.
be sure. CHAP. XXXIII.
1 17 Thine eyes shall see the King in his yo to thee that spoilest, and thou beauty: they shall behold the land that is
wast not spoiled; and dealest very far off. treacherously, and they dealt not treache. 18 Thy heart shall meditate terror. rously with thee! when thou shalt cease Where is the scribe? where is the receiver! to spoil, thou shalt be spoiled ; and when where is he that counted the towers? thou shalt make an end to deal treache- 19 Thou shalt not see a fierce people, a rously, they shall deal treacherously with people of deeper speech than thou canst thee.
perceive ; of a stammering tongue, that 2 0 LORD, be gracious unto us; we thou canst not understand. have waited for thee: be thou their arm 20 Look upon Zion, the city of our soevery morning, our salvation also in the lemnities: thine eyes shall see Jerusalem time of trouble.
a quiet habitation, a tabernacle that shall 3 At the noise of the tumult the people not be taken down; not one of the stakes fled; at the lifting up of thyself the nations thereof shall ever be removed, neither were scattered.
shall any of the cords thereof be broken. 4 And your spoil shall be gathered likel 21 But there the glorious LORD will be the gathering of the caterpillar: as the unto us a place of broad rivers and streams; running to and fro of locusts shall he run wherein shall go no galley with oars, nei. upon them.
ther shall gallant ship pass thereby. 5 The Lord is exalted; for he dwelleth 22 For the LORD is our judge, the on high: he hath filled Zion with judg. LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our ment and righteousness.
King; he will save us. 6 And wisdom and knowledge shall be 23 Thy tacklings are loosed; they could the stability of thy times, and strength of not well strengthen their mast; they could salvation : the fear of the Lord is his not spread the sail : then is the prey of a treasure.
great spoil divided; the lame take the prey. 7 Behold, their valiant ones shall cry 24 And the inhabitant shall not say, I without: the ambassadors of peace shall am sick: the people that dwell therein weep bitterly.
shall be forgiven their iniquity. 8 The highways lie waste, the way.
CHAP. XXXIV. faring man ceaseth: he hath broken the COME near, ye nations, to hear; and covenant, he hath despised the cities, he hearken, ye people : let the earth regardeth no man.
hear, and all that is therein ; the world, 9 The earth mourneth and languisheth: land all things that come forth of it. Lebanon is ashamed and hewn down :/ 2 For the indignation of the LORD 18 Sharon is like a wilderness; and Bashan lupon all nations, and his fury upon all and Carmel shake off their fruits. Itheir armies: he hath utterly destroyed
10 Now will I rise, saith the Lord; them, he hath delivered them to the now will I be exalted ; now will I lift up slaughter. myself.
3 Their slain also shall be cast out, and 11 Ye shall conceive chaff, ye shall their stink shall come up out of their