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I will make my spirit rest upon him; and he shall publish judgment to the nations-3. The bruised reed he shall not break; and the dimly burning fax he shall not quench: he shall publish judgment, so as to establish it perfectly. 4. His force shall not be abated nor broken; until he hath. firmly seated judgment in the earth: and the distant nations shall earnestly wait for his law—-9. The former predictions, lo! they are come to pass; and new events I now declare: before they spring forth, I make them known unto you.,

10. Sing unto the Lord a new song, and his praise from the end of the earth; ye that go down to the sea, and its fulness; ye isles, and ye that dwell in them. 11. Let the wilderness and the cities thereof lift up their voice, the villages that Kedar doth inhabit: let the inhabitants of the rock sing; let them shout from the top of the mountains. 12. Let them give glory unto the Lord, and declare his praise in the islands.

13. The Lord shall go forth as a mighty man, he shall stir up jealousy like a man of war: he shall cry, yea he shall roar; he shall prevail against his enemies. 14. From ages long past I have holden my peace; I have been still; I have refrained myself* : but now I will cry

* For ages long past I have holden my peace; I have been still; I have refrained myself.] “ For thus saith the Lord “ unto me: I will sit still, hut I will keep my eye upon my " prepared habitation.” Isaiah xviii. 4. See also xxx. 18. {" i i sis..Q: 4, .. . aloud

aloud like a travailing woman; I will destroy and devour at once. 15. I will make waste mountains and hills, and dry up all their herbs; and I will reduce the rivers to islands, and I will dry up the pools. 16. And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do for thein, and not forsake them. 17. They shall be turned back, they shall be greatly ashamed that trust in graven images, that say to the molten images, Ye are our gods..

18. Hear, ye deaf; and look, ye blind, that ye may see. 19. Who is blind, but my servant; and deaf, but the messenger whom I sent? Who is blind, but he that ruleth over them *, and deaf, but the servant of the Lord ? 20. Seeing many things, and thou observest nott; he

openeth * He that ruleth over them.] Heb. Osun, rendered by the Lxx, “Οι κυριευονες αυλων, and in the Latin translation of the Arabic, Qui dominantur eis.

+ Seeing many things, and thou observest not.] This passage is exactly parallel to another, wherein Isaiah describes the blindness and dispersion of Israel." And he said, Go, and “ tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and “ see ye indeed, but perceive not. Make the heart of this • people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; " Jest they see with their eyes, and bear with their ears, and “ understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed. “ Then said I, Lord, how long? And he answered, Until the

« cities openeth the ears, and doth not hear. 21. The Lord is well pleased for his righteousness' sake; he will magnify the law, and make it honourable. 22. But this is a people robbed and spoiled * ; they are all snared in holes, and hid in prison. houses : they are for a prey, and none delivereth; for a spoil, and none saith, Restore. : 23. Who among you will give ear to this? who will hearken, and hear for the time to come ? 24. Who gave Jacob for a spoil, and Israel to the robbers? Did not the Lord, he against whom we have sinned? For they would not walk in his ways, neither were they obedient unto his law. 25. Therefore he hath poured upon him the fury of his anger, and the strength of war: and it hath set him on fire round about, yet he knoweth not; and it hath burned him, yet he layeth it not to heart.

xliii. 1. But now, thus saith the Lord that cre. ated thee, O Jacob; and he that formed thee, O

* cities be wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without ► man, and the land be utterly desolate, and the Lord have “ removed men far away, and there be a great forsaking in “ the midst of the land." Isaiah vi. 9–12.

* This is a people robbed and spoiled.] “Go, swift messen. agers, unto a nation dragged away and plucked, unto a “ people wonderful from their beginning hitherto, a nation " expecting expecting and trainpled under foot, whose land rivers have spoiled." Isaiah xviii. 2.

Israel: Israel : Fear not, for I have redeemed thee; I have called thee by thy name, thou art mine. 2. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. 3. For I, the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, am thy saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Saba instead of thee. 4. Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honourable and I have loved thee : and I will give man for thee, and the nations for thy life. 5. Fear not, for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east and gather thee from the west: 6. I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back : bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth; 7. Every one that is called by my name : for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him, yea I have made him. 8. Bring forth the blind people *, and they shall have eyes; and the deaf, and they shall have ears. 9. Let all the nations be gathered together, and let the people be assembled ; who among them can declare this, and shew us former things ? Let them bring forth their witnesses that they may be justified; and let them hear, that

: * Bring forth the blind people.] “ Blindness in part is hap“ pened unto Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be " come.” Rom. xi. 25.


they may speak the truth. 10. Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, and my servants whom I have chosen : that ye may know, and believe me, and understand that I am He: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be any after me: 11. I, even I, am the Lord; and beside me there is no Saviour. 12. I have declared, and I have saved, and I have shewed; and among you there shall be no strange god: and ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, and I am God. 13. Even before time was, I am he; and there is none that can rescue out of my hand : I work; and who shall undo what I have done?

14. Thus saith the Lord your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: For your sake have I sent unto Babylon; and I will bring down all her strong bars, and the Chaldèans exulting in their ships. 15. I am the Lord, your Holy One; the creator of Israel, your King.

16. Thus saith the Lord, who made a way in the sea, and a path in the mighty waters; 17. Who brought forth the rider and the horse, the army and the warrior: together they lay down, they rose no more; they were extinguished, they were quenched like tow. 18. Remember not the former things; and the things of ancient times regard not: 19. Behold, I make a new thing ; even now shall it spring forth : will ye not regard it? Yea, I will make in the wilderness a way; in the desert, streams of water. 20. The wild beast of the field


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