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Accession of the Gentiles CHAP. LV.

to the Church made intercession for the transgres- taught of the LORD; and great sors.

shall be the peace of thy chilCHAP. LIV.

dren. The Call of the Gentiles. 14 In righteousness shalt thou be not bear; break forth into sing- oppression; for thou shalt not fear:

: ing, and cry aloud, thou that didst and from terror; for it shall not not travail with child: for more come near thee. are the children of the desolate 15 Behold, they shall surely ga. than the children of the married ther together, but not by me: whowife, saith the LORD.

soever shall gather together against 2 Enlarge the place of thy tent, thee shall fall for thy sake. and let them stretch forth the cur 16 Behold, I have created the tains of thy habitations ; spare not, smith that bloweth the coals in the lengthen thy cords, and strengthen fire, and that bringeth forth an inthy stakes;

strument for his work; and I have 3 For thou shalt break forth on created the waster to destroy. the right hand and on the left; and 17 1 No weapon that is formed thy seed shall inherit the Gentiles, against thee shall prosper ; and and make the desolate cities to be every tongue that shall rise against inhabited.

thee in judgment thou shalt con4 Fear not; for thou shalt not be demn. This is the heritage of the ashamed: neither be thou con- servants of the LORD, and their founded; for thou shalt not be put righteousness is of me, saith

the to shame: for thou shalt forget the LORD. shame of thy youth, and shalt not

CHAP. LV. remember the reproach of thy The Prophet calleth to Repentwidowhood any more.

ance. 5. For thy Maker is thy husband : Hromvery tone thaterthinste the and thy Redeemer the Holy One of that hath no money; come ye, buy, Israel, The God of the whole earth and eat; yea, come, buy wine and shall he be called.

milk without money and without 6 For the LORD hath called thee price. as a woman forsaken and grieved 2 Wherefore do ye spend money in spirit, and a wife of youth, for that which is not bread? and when thou wast refused, saith thy your labour for that which satisfieth God.

not? hearken diligently unto me, 7 For a small moment have I and eat ye that which is good, and forsaken thee; but with great mer- let your soul delight itself in fatness. cies will I gather thee.

3 Incline your ear, and come un8 In a little wrath I hid my face to me: hear, and your soul shall from thee for a moment; but with live; and I will make an everlasteverlasting, kindness will I have ing.covenant with you, even the mercy on thee, saith the LORD thy sure mercies of David. Redeemer.

4 Behold, I have given him for 9 For this is as the waters of a witness to the people, a leader Noah unto me: for as I have and commander to the people. gworn that the waters of Noah 5 Behold, thou shalt call a na should no more go over the earth; tion that thou knowest not, and so have I sworn that I would not nations that knew not thee shall be wroth with thee, nor rebuke run unto thee, because of the thee.

LORD thy God, and for the Holy 10 For the mountains shall de- One of Israel; for he hath glorifieri part, and the hills be removed; but thee. my kindness shall not depart from 6 TT Seek ye the LORD while he thee, neither shall the covenant of may be found, call ye upon him my peace be removed, saith the while he is near: LORD that hath mercy on thee. 7 Let the wicked forsake his

11 1 O thou afflicted, tossed with way, and the unrighteous man his tempest, and not comforted be thoughts: and let him return unto hold, I will lay thy stones with fair the LORD, and he will have mercy colours, and lay thy foundations upon him; and to our God, for he with sapphires:

will abundantly pardon. 12 And I will make thy windows 81 For my thoughts are not of agates, and thy, gates of car- your thoughts, neither are your buncles, and all thy borders of ways my ways, saith the LORD. pleasant stones.

9 For as the heavens are higher 13 And all thy children shall be than the earth, so are my ways


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must be hallowed higher than your ways, and my be called a house of prayer for al thoughts than your thoughts. people.

10 For as the rain cometh down, 8 The Lord GOD which gatherand the snow from heaven, and re-eth the outcasts of Israel saith, turneth not thither, but watereth Yet will I gather others to him the earth, and maketh it bring forth besides those that are

gathered and bud, that it may give seed unto him. to the sower, and bread to the 9 | All ye beasts of the field, eater:

come to devour; yea, all ye beasts 11 So shall my word be that goeth in the forest. forth out of my mouth: it shall not 10 His watchmen are blind : they return unto me void, but it shall ac- are all ignorant, they are all dumb complish that which I please, and dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, it shall prosper in the thing whereto lying down, loving to slumber. I sent it.

11 Yea, they are greedy, dogs 12 For ye shall go out with joy, which can never have enough, and and be led forth with peace: the they are shepherds that cannot un mountains and the hills shall break derstand: they all look to their forth before you into singing, and own way, every one for his gain, all the trees of the field shall clap from his quarter. their hands.

12 Come ye, say they, I will 13 Instead of the thorn shall fetch wine, and we will fill our come up the fir-tree, and instead selves with strong drink; and to of the brier shall come up the myr- morrow shall be as this day, and tle-tree : and it shall be to the much more abundant. LORD for a name, for an ever

CHAP. LVII. lasting sign that shall not be cut Blessed Death of the Righteous. oft.

THE righteous perisheth, and CHAP. LVI. Exhortation to Holiness of Life and merciful men are taken away,

the judgment, and do justice: for ous is taken away from the evil my salvation is near to come, and to come. my righteousness to be revealed. 2 He shall enter into peace: they

2 Blessed is the man that doeth shall rest in their beds, each ons this, and the son of man that lay- walking in his uprightness. ethhold on it; that keepeth the 3 1 But draw near hither, ye sabbath from polluting it, and keep- sons of the sorceress, the seed of eth his hand from doing any evil. the adulterer and the whore.

3 1 Neither let the son of the 4 Against whom do ye sport stranger, that hath joined himself to yourselves ? against whom make the LORD, speak, saying, The ye a wide mouth, and draw

out LORD hath utterly, separated me the tongue ? are ye not children from his people: neither let the eu- of transgression, a seed of falsenuch say, Behold, I am a dry tree. hood;

4 For thus saith the LORD unto 5 Inflaming yourselves with idols the eunuchs that keep my sab- under every green tree, slaying baths, and choose the things that the children in the valleys under the please me, and take hold of my co-clifts of the rocks? venant ;

6 Among the smooth stones of 5 Even unto them will I give in the stream is thy portion; they, my house and within my walls, a they are thy lot: even to them place and a name better than of hast thou poured a drink-offersons and of daughters: I will give ing, thou hast offered a meatthem an everlasting name, that offering. Should I receive comfort shall not be cut off.

in these? 6 Also the sons of the stranger, ? Upon a lofty and high moun that join themselves to the LORD, tain hast thou set thy bed: even to serve him, and to love the thither wentest thou up to offer sa name of the LORD, to be his ser-crifice. vants, every one that keepeth the 8 Behind the doors also and the sabbath from polluting it, and posts hast thou set up thy remem taketh hold of my covenant; brance: for thou hast discovered

7 Even them will I bring to my thyself to another than me, and holy mountain, and make them art gone up; thou hast enlarged thy joyful in my house of prayer : bed, and made thee a covenant their burnt-offerings and their with them; thou lovedst their bed sacrifices shall be accepted upon where thou sawest it. mine altar ; for my house shall 9 And thou wentest to the king


Idolatry of the Jews. CHAP. LVIII. Hypocrisy reproved with ointment, and didst increase delight to know my ways, as a thy perfumes, and didst send thy nation that did righteousness, and messengers far off, and didst debase forsook not the ordinance of their thyself even unto hell.

God: they ask of me the ordinances 10 Thou art wearied in the great- of justice; they take delight in apness of thy way, yet saidst thou proaching to God. not, There is no hope: thou hast 3 Wherefore have we fasted, found the life of thy hand; there- say they, and thou seest not? fore thou wast not grieved.

wherefore have we afflicted our 11 And of whom hast thou been soul, and thou takest no knowafraid or feared, that thou hast lied, ledge ? Behold, in the day of your and hast not remembered me, nor fast ye find pleasure, and exact all laid it to thy heart? have not I your labours. held my peace even of old, and 4 Behold, ye fast for strife and thou fearest me not?

debate, and to smite with the fist 12 I will declare thy righteous, of wickedness : ye shall not fast as ness, and thy works; for they shall we do this day, to make your voice not profit thee.

to be heard on high. 13 11 When thou criest, let thy 5 Is it such a fast that I have companies deliver thee; but the chosen ? a day for a man to afflict wind shall carry them all away; his soul? is it to bow down his vanity shall take them : but he that head as a bulrush, and to spread putteth his trust in me shall pos- sackcloth and ashes under him? sess the land, and shall inherit my wilt thou call this a fast, and an acboly mountain ;

ceptable day to the LORD? 14 And shall say, Cast ye up, 6 Is not this the fast that I have cast ye up, prepare the way, take chosen ? to loose the bands of up the stumbling-block out of the wickedness, to undo the heavy way of my people.

burdens, and to let the oppressed 15 For thus saith the high and go free, and that ye break every lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, yoke ? whose name is Holy; I dwell in 7 Is it not to deal thy bread to the high and lioly place, with him the hungry, and that thou bring the also that is of a contrite and hum- poor that are cast out to thy house? ple

spirit, to revive the spirit of the when thou seest the naked, that humble, and to revive the heart of thou cover him ; and that thou the contrite ones.

hide not thyself from thine own 16 For I will not contend for flesh ? ever, neither will I be always 8 1 Then sh thy light break wroth: for the spirit should fail forth as the morning, and thy health before me, and the souls which I shall spring forth speedily: and thy have made.

righteousness shall go before thee; 17 For the iniquity of his covet- the glory of the LORD shall be thy ousness was I wroth, and smote rere-ward. him: I hid me, and was wroth, and 9 Then shalt thou call, and the he went on frowardly in the way LORD shall answer; thou shalt cry, of his heart.

and he shall say, Here I am. TY! 18 I have seen his ways, and will thou take away from the midst of heal him: I will lead him also, and thee the yoke, the putting forth of restore comforts unto him and to the finger, and speaking vanity; his mourners.

10 And' if thou draw out thy soul 19 I create the fruit of the lips; to the hungry, and satisfy the afPeaco, peace to him that is far off, flicted soul,

then shall thy light rise and to him that is near, saith the in obscurity, and thy darkness be as LORD ; and I will heal him.

the noon-day: 20 But the wicked are like the 11 And the LORD shall guide thee troubled sca, when it cannot rest, continually, and satisfy thy soul in whose waters cast up mire and drought, and make fat thy bones: dirt.

and thou shalt be lil a watered 21 There is no peace, saith my garden, and like a spring of water, God, to the wicked.

whose waters fail not. CHAP. LVIII.

12 And they that shall be of thee The Fast which God accepteth. shall build the old waste places:

thy voice like a trumpet, and of many generations; and thou shew my people their transgres- shalt be called, The repairer of sion, and the house of Jacob their the breach, The restorer of paths sins.

to dwell in 2 Yet they seek me daily, and

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ISAIAH, author of salvation. from the sabbath, from doing thy, judgment, but there is none; for vleasure on my holy day; and call salvation, but it is far off from us. the sabbath a delight, the holy of 12 For our transgressions are the LORD, honourable; and shalt multiplied before thee, and our sins honour him, not doing thine own testify against us: for our transways, nor finding thine own gressions are with us; and as for pleasure, nor speaking thine own our iniquities, we know them; words:

13 In transgressing and lying 14 Then shalt thou delight thyself against the LORD, and departing in the LORD; and I will cause thee away from our God, speaking opto ride upon the high places of the pression and revolt, conceiving earth, and feed thee with the heri- and uttering from the heart words tage of Jacob thy father : for the of falsehood. mouth of the LORD hath spoken 14 And judgment is turned away it.

backward, and justice standeth afar CHAP. LIX.

off: for truth is fallen in the street, Punishment of Israel for Sin and equity cannot enter.

15 Yea, truth faileth; and he not shortenod, that it cannot that departeth from evil maketh save; neither his ear heavy, that it himself a prey: and the LORD saw cannot hear:

it, and it displeased him that there 2 But your iniquities have sepa- was no judgment. rated between you and your God, 16 | And he saw that there was and your sins have hid his face no man, and wondered that there from you, that he will not hear. was no intercessor: therefore his

3 For your hands are defiled with arm brought salvation unto him; blood, and your fingers with ini- and his righteousness, it sustained quity; your lips have spoken lies, him. your tongue hath muttered per 17 For he put on righteousness as verseness.

a breast-plate, and a helmet of sal 4 None calleth for justice, nor vation upon his head; and he put any pleadeth for truth: they trust on the garments of vengeance for in vanity, and speak lies ; they con- clothing, and was clad with zeal coive mischief, and bring forth ini- as a cloak. quity

18. According to their deods, ac5 They hatch cockatrice's eggs, cordingly he will repay, fury to his and weave the spider's web: he adversaries, recompense to his enethat eateth of their eggs dieth, and mies; to the islands he will repay that which is crushed breaketh out recompense. into a viper.

19 So shall they fear the name of 6 Their webs shall not become the LORD from the west, and his garments, neither shall they cover glory from the rising of the sun. themselves with their works: their When the onemy shall come in like works are works of iniquity, and a flood, the Spirit of the LORD the act of violence is in their shall lift up a standard against him. hands.

20 T And the Redeemer shall 7 Their feet run to evil, and they come to Zion, and unto them that make haste to shed innocent blood : turn from transgression in Jacob, their thoughts are thoughts of ini- saith the LORD, quity; wasting and destruction are 21 As for me, this is my covein their paths.

pant with them, saith the LORD; 8 The way of peace they know My Spirit that is upon thee, and not: and there is no judgment in my words which I have put in thy their goings: they have made them mouth, shall not depart out of thy crooked paths : whosoever goeth mouth, por out of the mouth of therein shall not know peace. thy seed, nor out of the month of

9 TT Therefore is judgment far thy seed's seed, saith the LORD from us, neither doth justice over- from henceforth and for ever. take us : we wait for light, but be

CHAP. LX. hold obscurity; for brightness, but Glorious Access of the Gentiles we walk in darkness. We grope for the wall like A RUSE, shine ; for thy light is

come, and the glory of the the blind, and we grope as if we LORD is risen upon thee. had no eyes : we stumble at noon 2 For behold, the darkness shall day as in the night; we are in deso- cover the earth, and gross darkness .ate places as dead men.

the people: but the LORD shall 11 We roar all like bears, and arise upon thee, and his glory shall mourn sore like doves: we look for be seen upon thee.



The conversion of


the Gentiles. 3 And the Gentiles shall come to 15 Whereas thou hast been forthy light, and kings to the bright- saken and hated, so that no man ness of thy rising.

went through thee, I will make 4 Lift up thine eyes round about, thee an eternal excellency, a joy of and see : all they gather themselves many generations. together, they come to thee: thy 16 Thou shalt also suck the milk sons shall come from far, and thy of the Gentiles, and shalt suck daughters shall be nursed at thy the breast of kings: and thou shalt

know that I the LORD am thy Sa5 Then thou shalt see, and flow viour and thy Redeemer, the Mighty together, and thy heart shall fear, One of Jacob. and be enlarged; because the abun 17 For brass I will bring gold, dance of the sea shall be converted and for iron I will bring silver, unto thee, the forces of the Gen- and for wood brass, and for stones tiles shall come unto thee.

iron: I will also make thy officers 6 The multitude of camels shall peace, and thine exactors rightecover thee, the dromedaries of ousness. Midian and Ephah; all they from 18 Violence shall no more be Sheba shall come: they shall bring heard in thy land, wasting or gold and incense; and they shall destruction within thy borders, but shew forth the praises of the LORD. thou shalt call thy walls Salvation,

7 All the flocks of Kedar shall and thy gates Praise. be gathered together unto thee, the 19 The sun shall be no more thy rams of Nebaioth shall minister light by day: neither for brightunto thee: they shall come up with ness shall the moon give light unto acceptance on mine altar, and thee: but the LORD shall be unto I will glorify the house of my thee an everlasting light, and thy glory.

God thy glory, 8 Who are these that fly, as 20 Thy sun shall no more go a cloud, and as the doves to their down;

neither shall thy moon withwindows?

draw itself: for the LORD shall be 9 Surely the isles shall wait for thine everlasting light, and the days me, and the ships of Tarshish first, of thy mourning shall be ended. to bring thy sons from far, their 21 Thy people also shall be all silver and their gold with them, righteous : they shall inherit the unto the name of the LORD thy land for over, the branch of my God, and to the Holy One of planting, the work of my hands, Israel, because he hath glorified that I may be glorified, thee,

2 A little one shall becom 10. And the sons of strangers thousand, and a small one a strong shall build up thy walls, and their nation : I the LORD will hasten it kings shall minister unto thee: for in his time. in my wrath I smote thee, but in

CHAP. LXI. my favour have I had mercy on The Office of Christ. thee.

11 Therefore thy gates shall be THE Spirit of the Lord God is open continually;

they shall not be hath anointed me to preach good shut day nor night; that men may tidings unto the meek; he hath sent bring unto thee the forces of the me to bind up, the broken-hearted, Gentiles, and that their kings may to proclaim liberty to the captives, be brought.

and the opening of the prison to 12 For the nation and kingdom them that are bound; that will not serve thee shall 2 To proclaim the acceptable perish; yea, those nations shall be year of the LORD, and the day of utterly wasted.

vengeance of our God; to comfort 13 The glory of Lebanon shall all that mourn; come unto thee, the fir-tree, the 3 To appoint unto them that pine-tree, and the box together, to mourn in Zion, to give unto them beautify the place of my sanctuary ; beauty, for ashes, oil of joy for and I will make the place of my mourning, the garment of praise feet glorious.

for the spirit of heaviness ; that they 14 The sons also of them that might be called Trees of righteous. afflicted thee shall come bending ness, The planting of the LORD, unto thee: and

all they that des- that he might be glorified, pised thce shall bow themselves 4 1 And they shall build the old down at the soles of thy feet; and wastes, they shall raise up the forthey shall call thee,

The city of the mer desolations, and they shall reLord, The Zion of the Holy One pair the waste cities, the desolations of Israel.

of many generations.


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