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And Hezekiah vas glad of them, strength : lift it up, be not afraid and shewed them the house of his say unto the cities of Judab, Behold precious things, the silver, and the Four God gold, and the spices, and the precious 10 Behold, the Lord GOD will come olatinent and all the house of his ar- with strong hand, and his arm shall mour, and all that was found in his rule for him: behold, his reward is Creasures: there
was nothing in his with bim, and his work before him. house, por in all his dominion, that 11 He shall fced his flock like a žlezekiab shewed them not.
shepherd: he shall gather the Inmhs 3 Then came Isaiah the propbet with his arm, and carry them in his unto king Hezekiah, and said unto bosom, and shall gently lead those thai m, What said these inen? and from are with young. whence came they into thee? And 12 Who hath measured the waters Hegekial said, They are come from in the hollow of his band, and meted Babylon. a far country unto me, even from out heaven with the span, and com
prehended ihe dust of the earth in a + Then said he, What nare they ineasure, and weighed the mountains scen jo thine bouse And Hezekiah in scales, and the hills in a racer answered, All that is in mine house 13 Who hath directed the Spirit of have they seen: there is nothing among the LORD, or being his counsellor bath iny treasures that I have not shewed taught him? them.
14 With whom took he counsel, and 5 Then said Isaiah to Hezekiah, Hear who instructed him, and caught him in the word of the LORD of bosts: the path of judgment, and taught him
6 Behold, the days come, that all knoivledge, and sbewed to bim the way that is in thine house, and that which of understanding? rhy fathers have laid up in store until 15 Bebold, the nations are as a drop this day, shall be carried to Babylon : of a bucket, and are counted as the nothing shall be left, saith the LORD. small dust of the balance : behold,
7 And of thy sons that shall issue he taketh up the isles as a very little from thec, which thou shalt beget, thing. shall they take away ; and they shall 16 And Lebanon is not sufficient to be ecaucis in the palace of the king of burn, nor the heasts thereof sufficient Babylon.
for a burnt-offering: 8 Tben said Hezekiah to Isaiah, 17 All nations before him are as Good is the word of the LORD which nothing; and they are counted to him thou bast spoken. He said moreover, less than nothing, and vanity. For there shall be peace and truth in 18 ! To whom then will ye liken iny days.
God? or wbat likeness will ye compare CHAP. XL.
unto him? COMFORT ye, comfort se my peo 19 The workman melteth a graven ple, saith your God.
image, and the goldsmith spreadeth 2 Speak ye comfortably to Jerusa-l it over with gold, and casteth silver lem, and cry unto her, that her war chains, fare is accoinplished, that her iniquity 20 He that is so imporerished that he is pardoned : for she hath received or hath no oblation chooseth a tree that the LORD's band double for all ber will not rot; be seeketh unto him a 6111s.
cunning workman to prepare a graven 3 The voice of him that crieth in image, that shall not be moved. the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of 21 Have ye not knowo have ye the LORD, irake straight in the desert not heard? hath it not been told you a big way for car God.
from tbe beginning! have ye not unEvery valley shall be exalted, and derstood from the foundations of the every mountain and hill shall be made eartb? low and the crooked shall be made 22 It is be that sitteth upon the straight, and the rough places plain ;. circle of the earth, and the inhabitants
5 And the glory of the LORD shall thereof areas grasshoppers; that be revealed, and all fesh shall see it stretcheth out the beavens as 'a cut together: for the mouth of the LORD tain, and spreadeth thein out as a tent haib spoken it.
to dwell in; 6 The voice said, Cry. And be said, 23 That bringeth the princes to no. What shall I cry? All tiesh is grass, and thing; he maketb the judges of the all the goodliness thereof is as the earth as vanity. tower o. the field :
24 Yea, they shall not be planted ; 7 The grass withereth, the flower yea, they shall not be sown, yea, fadeth ; because the spirit of the LORD their stock shall not take root in the hloweth upon it: surely the people is earth : and be shall also blow upona grass.
them, and they shall witber, and the 8 The grass withereth, the flower whirlwind shall take them away as fadeth ; but the word of our God shall stubble. stand for ever.
25 To whom then will ye biken 910 Zion, that bringest good time, or shall I be equal saith the Holy dings, get thee up into the high One.
tain : Jerusalem, that bringest 26 Lift up your eyes on high, and sitings, litt up thy voice with behold wło bath created these things
Goderpostulateth with his people CHAP. XLI.
about his marcia, mbat bringeth out their hos: by numthing; and they that strive with thee ber: be calleth them all by names by shall perish. the greatness of his might, for that hic 12 Thou sbalt seek them, and shalt is strong in power ; not one faileth. not find them, even them that contend
27 way sayest thou, O Jacob, and ed with thee: they that war against speakest, o Israel, My way is bid from thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing." the LORD, and my judgment is passed of nought. over from my God?
13 For I the LORD thy God will 28 Hast thou not known ? hast thou hold thy right band, saying unto thee, not hcard, that the everlasting God, Fear not; I will help thee. the LORD, the Creator of the ends of 14 Fcai not, thou worm Jacob, and the earth, sainteth not, neither is weaye men of Israel; I will help thee, ry! there is no searching of bis under- saith the LORD, and thy Redeemer, standing.
the Holy One of Israel. 29 He giveth power to the faint ; and 15 Behold, I will make thec a new to them that have no might he increas- sharp threshing instrument having eth strength.
teeth ; tuo1 skil: thresh the moun30 Even the youths shall faint and be tains, and beat them small, and shalt weary, and the young men shall utter. make the hills as chait. Jy fall :
16 Thou shalt fan them, and the 31 But they that wait upon the wind scall carry them away, and the LORD shall renew threr strength ; whirlwiad shall scatter them and thou they shall mount up with wings as shait rejoice in the LORD, and shalt eagles ; they shall run, and not be glory in he toly One of Isracl. weary; and they shall walk, and not 17 When the poor and needy seek faint.
water, and there is none, and their CHAP. XLI.
tongue faileth for thirst, I the LORD KEEP silence before me, Ouslands: will hear them, the God of Israel strength: let them come near; then 181 will open rivers in high places, let them speak : let us come near to- and fountains in the midst of the valgether to judgment.
leys: I will make the wilderness a ? Who raised up the righteous man pool of water, and the dry land springs from the east, called biin to his foot, of water. gave the nations before him, and made
19 I will plant in the wilderness the him rule over kings ? he gave them as cedar, the sbittah-tree, and the myrthe dust to his sword, and as driven tle, and the oil-tree; I will set in the stubbie to his bow.
desert the fir-tree, and the pine, and 3. He pursued them, and passed the box-tree together : safely ; even by the way that he had 20 that they may see, and know, not gone with his feet.
and consider, and understand together, 4 Who bath wrought and done it, that the ban of the LORD bath done calling the generations from the be- this, and the Holy One of Israel sath ginning? I the LORD, the first, and created it. with the last ; I am be.
2! | Produce your cause, saith the 5 The isles saw it, and feared; the LORD ; bring forth your strong reasons, ends of the earth were afraid, drew saith the King of Jacob. near, and came.
22 Let them bring them forth, and 6 They helped every one his neigh- shew us what shall happen : let them bour ; and crery one said to his bro-shew the former things, what they be, ther, Be of good courage.
that we may consider them, and know 7 so the carpenter encouraged the the latter end of them ; or declare us goldsmith, and he that smootheth with things for to come. the haminer him that sinote the anvil, 23 Shew the things that are to come saying, it is ready for the soldering hereafter, that we may know that ye and he fastened it with nails, that it are gors: yea, do good, or do evil, should not be moved.
that we may be dismayed, and behold 8 But thou, Israel, art my servant, it together. Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed 24 Behold, ye are of nothing, and of Abraham in friend.
your work of nought : an abomination 9 Thore whom I have taken from is he that chooseth you. the ends of the earth, and called thee 25 I have raised up one from the from the chief men thereof, and said north, and he shall come : from the unto thee, Thou art my servant; 1 rising of the sun shall he call upon my have chosen thee, and not cast thee name : and be shall come upon princes away
as upon mortar, and as the potter 10 Fear thou not ; for I am with treadeth clay. thee: be not dismayed ; for I am thy 26 Who hath declared from the beGod: I will strengthen thee ; yea, 1 ginning, that we may know and be will help thee; yea, I will' uphold foretime, that we may say, He is rightthee with the right band of my righteous yea, there is none that sheweth, eousness.
yea, there is none that decla.eth, yea, 11 Behold, all they that were in there is none
that heareth your censed against thee shall be asbamed words. sug confounded : they sball be as no-1
97 The first shall say to Zion, BL
Ax erhortation to pratse God. ISAIAH.
The Church comforted. bold, behold them: and I will give hills, and dry up all their herbs ; agd to Jerusalem one that bringeth good I will make the rivers islands, and lidings.
will dry up the pools. 28 For I beheld, and there was no 16 And 'I will bring the blind by a man; even among them, and there way that they knew not; I will lead was no counsellor, that, waen I asked them ina paths that toey have not of them, could answer a word. known: I will make darkness light be.
99 Behold, they are all vanity; their fore them, and crooked things straight. works are nothing : their molten These things will I do unto them, and Images are wind and confusion.
not forsake tbem. CHAP. XLII.
17 They shall be turned back, they BEHOLD my servant, whom I up, shall
be greatly ashamed, that trust in hold; mine elect, in whcm my soul graven images, that say to the molten delightech : I have put my spirit upon images, Ye are our gods. him; he shall bring forth judgment to 19 Hear, ye deaf; and look, se the Gentiles.
blind, tbat ye may see. 9 He shall not cry, nor lift up, 19 Who is blind, but my servant ! nor cause his voice to be heard in the or deaf, as my messenger that I sent? street.
who is blind as he that is perfect, and 3 A bruised reed shall he not break, blind as the LORD's servant ? and the smoking fiax shall be not 20 Seeing many things, but thou obquench: he shall bring forth judgment servest not; opening the ears, but he unto truth.
heareth not. 4 He shall not fail nor be discou 21 The LORD is well pleased for his raged, till he have set judgment in the righteousness' sake ; he will inagnify earth and the isles shall wait for his the law, and make it honourable. law.
22 But this is a people robbed and 5 Thus saith God the LORD, he spoiled; they are all of them snared that created the heavens, and stretch- in boles, and they are hid in prisoned thein out ; he that spread forth the houses; they are for a prey, and none earth, and that wbich cometh out of delivereth ; for a spoil, and none saith, it ; he that giveth breath unto the peo- Restore. ple upon it, and spirit to them that 23 Who among you will give ear to walk iherein ;
this who will hearken and hear for 6 I the LORD have called thee in the time to conje? righteousness, and will hold thine 24 Who gave Jacob for a spoil, and hand, and will keep thee, and give Israel to the robbers did not the thee for a covenant of the people, for LORD, he against wbom we have sina light of the Gentiles;
ned for they would not walk in bis 7 To open the blind eyes, to bring ways, neither were they obedient unto out the prisoners from the prison, anil his law. them that sit in darkness out of the 25 Therefore he hath poured upon prison-house.
him the rury of bis anger, and the 8 I am the LORD: that is my name; strength of battle ; and it' hath ser and my glory will I not give to ano bim on fire round about, yet he knew ther, neither my praise to graven not; and it burned him, yet be laid it Images.
not to heart. 9 Behold, the former things are
CHAP. XLIII. come to pass, and new things to de: BUT now thus saith the LORD that clare ; before they spring forth I tell created thee, O Jacob, and he that you of them.
formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for ! 10 Sing unto the LORD a new bave redeemed thee, I have called thec song, and his praise from the end of by thy name; thou art inine. the earth, ye that go down to the sea, 2 When thou passes through the and all that is therein; the isles, and the waters, I will be with thee ; and rohabitants thereof.
through the rivers, they shall not 11 Let the wilderness and the cities overflow thee: when thou walkest thertot lift up their voice, the villages through the fire, thou shalt not be that Kedar doth inhabit: let the in- burned; neither shall the flame kindle habitants of the rock sing, let them upon thee. about from the top of the inountains. 3 For I am the LORD thy God, the
19 Let them give glory unto the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour ; 1 LORD, and declare his praise in the gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia islands.
and Seha for thee. 13 The LORD shall go forth as a 4 Since thou wast precious in my mighty man, he shall stir up jealousy sight, thou hast been tonourable, and like a man of war: he shall cry, yea, I have loved thee; therefore will I roar; be shall prevail against his ene- give men for thee, and people for thy mies.
life. 14 I bave long time holden my 5 Fear not: for I am with thee: 1 peace : I have been still, and refrained will bring thy seed from the east, and myself: wow will I cry like a travailing gather thee from the west ; woman ; I will destroy and devour at 6 I will say to the north, Give up; once.
and to the south, Keep not back : 15 I will make waste mountains and bring nay sons froin far, and my
the church comforted. CHAP. XLIV.
The Danity of Idols. daughters from the ends of the 94 Thou hast bought me no sweet earth;
cane with money, neither bast thou • 7 Even every one that is called by filled me with the fat of thy sacrifices : my name : for I have created him for but thou hast made ine to serve with any glory, I have forwned bim; yea, thy sins, thou bast wearied me with have made him.
thine iniquities. 8 Bring forth the blind people that 25 1, even I, am he that blotteth out have eyes, and the deaf that have thy transgressions for mine own sake, ears.
and will not remember thy sins. 9 Let all the nations be gathered to. 26 Put me in remembrance : let us gether, and let the people be assem- plead together : declare thou, that thou bied: who among them can declare mnayest be justified. this, and shew us former things ? let 27 Thy first father hath sinned, and them bring forth their witnesses, chai thy teachers have transgressed against they may be justified: or let them ine. hear, and say, it is truth.
29 Therefore I have profaned the 10 Ye are my witnesses, saith the princes of the sanctuary, and have LORD, and my servant whom I have given Jacob to the curse, and Israel to choser.. that ye may know and be reproaches. lieve me, and understand that I am
CHAP. XLIV. ke: before me there was no God YET now bearne Jacob, my sera nei.her
and Israel, whom me.
chosen : 11 I, roen I, am the LORD ; and be 2 Thus saith the LORD that made sides me there is no saviour,
thee, and formed thee from the womb, 19 I have declared, and have saved, which will belp thee: Fear not, O Ja. and I have shewed, when there was uo cob, my servant; and thou, Jesurur, strange god among you. therefore ye whom i bave chosen. are my witnesses, saith the LORD, that 3 For I will pour water upon him I am God.
that is thirsty, and floods upon the 13 Yea, before the day was, I am he; dry ground : i will pour my spirit upand there is none that can deliver out on thy seed, and my blessing upoa of my hand: I will work, and who thine offspring : shall let it?
4 And they shall spring up es among 14 Thus saith the LORD, your Re- the grass, as willows by the waterdeemer, the Holy One of Israel ; For courses. your sake I have sent to Babylon, and 5 One shall say, I am the LORD's; have brought down all their nobles, and another shall call himself by the and the Chaldeans, whose cry is in the name of jacob; and another shall subships.
scribe with his hand unto the LORD, 15 I ain the LORD, your Holy One, and surname himself by the name of the Creator of Israel, your King. Israel.
16 Thus saith the LORD, which 6 Thus saith the LORD the King of maketh a way in the sea, and a path in Israel, and his Redeemer the LORD of the mighty waters;
bosts; I am the first, and I am the last; 17 Which bringeth forth the chariot and besides me there is no God. and horse, the army and the power, 7. And who, as !, shall call, and they shall lie down together, they sball shall declare it, and set it in order Dot rise: they are extinct, they are for me ; since I appointed the ancient quenched as tow.
people and the things that are com18 || Remember ve not the former ing, and shall come, let them shew unto things, neither consider the things of them. old.
8 Fear ye not, neither be afraid : 19 Behold, I will do a new thing: have got í told thee from that time, Dow it shall spring forth ; sball ye and have declared it ? ye are even not know it? I will even make a way my witnesses. Is there a God besides in the wilderness, and rivers in the me, yea, there is no God; I know desert.
not any. 20 The beast of the field shall honour 9 They that make a graven image me, the dragons and the owls: because are all of them vanity; and their de. I give waters in the wilderriess, and lectable things shall not profit; and rivers in the desert, to give drink to they are their own witnesses; they see my people, my chosen.
not, nor know; that they may be 21 This people have I formed for ashamed. myself ; they shall shew forth my 10 Who hath formed a god, or mol. praise.
ten a graven image that is profitable 22 But thou hast not called upon for nothing? me, Jacob; but thou hast been weary 11 Behold, all his fellows shall be of me, O Israel.
ashamed : and the workmen, they are 23 Thou hast not brought me the of men : let them all be gathered to small cattle of thy burnt-offerings; gether, let them stand up; yet they neither hast thou honoured me with shall fear, and they shall be ashamed thy sacrifices. I have not caused thee together. to serve with an offering, nor wearied 19 The smith with tue tongs both Hee with incense
workeib in the coals, and fashioneth
The folly of idol makers. ISAIAH. Cyrtus called. God's omnipotenci. it with hammers, and worketh it witnturneth wise men backward, and man the strength of his arms; yea, be is kesh their knowledge foolish : bangry, and his strength faileth: he 96 That confirmeth the word of his drinketh no water, and is faini. servant, and pei lormeth the counsel
13 The carpenter stretcheth out his of bis inessengers; that saith to Jeru rule, he marketh it out with a line : salem, Thou shalt he islabited ; and to he titreth it with planes, and he mark the cities of Judah, Ye shall be built, eth it out with the compass, and ma- and I will raise up the decayed places keth it aiter the rigtire of a nára, ac- thereof: cording to the beauty of a man, that it 97 That saith to the deep, Be dry, may remain in the house.
and I will dry np thiy rivers. 14 He heweth bim down cedars, and 28 That saith of Cyrus, He is my taketh the cypress and the oak, which shepberd, and shall perform alt iny be strengtheneth for bimself among the pleasure even saying to Jerusaleni, trees of the forest; he planteth au ash, Thou shalt be built ; and to the temand the rain doth nourish it.
ple, Thy foundation stall be laid. i 15 Then shall it be for a man to
CHAP. XLV. burn: for he will take thereof, and THUS saith
the LORD to big warm himself; yea, he kindleth it, anointed, to Cyrus, whose right and baketh bread; yea, he maketa hand i have holden, tu subdue rations å god, and worshippeth' it ; he ma- before him ; and I will loose the loins keth it a graven image, and falleth of kings, to open before bim the twodown thereto.
leaved gates; and the gates shall not 16 He burneth part thereof in the be shut; fire; with part thereoi he eateth 2 1 will go before thee, and take
he roasteth roast, and is satis the crooked places straigbt; I will fied : yea, be warmetli kimself, and break in pieces the gates of brass, and saith, Aba, I am warm, I have seen cut in sunder the bars of iron : the fire :
3 And I will give thce the treasures 17 And the residue thereof he ma- of darkness, and hidden riches of se. keth a god, even his graven image : he cret places, that thou mayest know that falleth down unto it, and worshippeth 1, the LORD, which call ihce by thy it, and prayeth unto it, and saith, De-name, am the God of Israel. liver me ; for thou art 'my God.
4 For Jacob my servant's sake, and 18 They have not k:lown nor under Israel mine elect, I have even called stood; for be hath shut their eyes, thee by thy naine : I have surnamed that tbey cannot see ; and their hearts, thee, though thou hast not known that ttey cannot understand.
me. 19 And none considerech in his 59 I am the LORD, and there is neart, neither is there knowledge nor none else, there is no God besides me: understanding to say, I have burned ! girded thee, though thou liast not part of it in the Gre; yea, also I have known ine: baked bread upon the coals thereof; ! 6 That they may know from the bave roasted desb, and eaten it; and rising of the sun, and from the west, shall I make the residue thereof an that there is none besides ine. I am the abomination shall I fall down to the LORD, and there is none else. stock of a tree?
71 form the light, and create dark20 He feedeth on ashes ; a deceived ness: I make peace, and create evil: heart hath turned him aside, that he i the LORD do all these things. cannot deliver his soul, nor say, Is 8 Drop duwn, ye heavens, from there not a lie in iny right hand ? above, and let the skies pour down
21 9i Remember these, Jacob and righteousness : let the earth open, and Israel; for thou art my servant: 1 let then bring forth salvation, and let have formed thee; thou art my ser-righteousness spring up togeiher. I vant; O Israel, thou shalt not be for the LORD have created it. gotten of nie.
9 Wo unto him that striveth with his 22 1 nave blotted out, as a thick Maker ! let the potsherd strive with cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a the potsherds of the earth. Shall the cloud, thy sins : return unto me; for 1 clay say to him that fashioneth it, Wbat Lave redecined thee.
makest thou ? or thy work, le bath 23 Sins, 0 ye beavens; for the no hands? LORD hath done it : shout, ye lower 10 Wo unto him that saith unto parts of the earth: break forth into his father, What begettest thou? or to singing, ye mountains, V forest, and the woman, What hast thou brought every tree therein : for the LORD hath forth redeemed Jacob, and glorified bimself 11 Thus saith the LORD, the Holy iu Israel.
One of Israel, and his Maker, Ask me 94 Thus saith the LORD thy Re- of things to come concerning my sons, deemer, and he that formed thee froin and concerning the work of my hands the womb, I am the LORD that maketh command ye me. all things; that stretcheth forth the 12 have made the earth, and heavens alone ; that spreadeth abroad created man upon it: 1, ezen my hands, the earth by myself:
bave stretched out the heavens, and all 93 That frustrateth the tokens of the their host have I coinınandeu. 1.), u maketh dividers inad ; that 13 1 bare raised hiin up in rigla