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The office of Christ,

21 Produce your cause, saith the Lor D; bring forth your strong reasons, saith the King of Jacob. , 23 Let them bring them forth, and shew us what shall happen: let them shew the former things, what they be, that we may consider them, and know the latter end of them ; or declare us things for to come. 23 Shew the things that are to come hereafter, that we may know that ye are gods: yea, do good, or do evil, that we may be dismayed, and behold it together. 24 Behold, ye are of nothing, and your werk of nought: an abomination is he that chooseth you, 25 I have raised ". from the north, and he shall come: from the rising of the sun shall he call upon my name: and he shall come upon princes as usion mortar, and as the potter treadeth clay. 26 Who hath declared from the beginning, that we may know 2, and beforetime, that we may say, He is righteous 2 yea, there is none that sheweth, yea, there is none that declareth, yea, there is none that heareth your words. 27 The first shall say to Zion, Behold, behold them: and I will give to Jerusalem one that bringeth good tidings. 28 For I beheld, and there was no man; even among them, and there was no counsellor, that, when I asked of them, could answer a word. o 29 Behold, they are all vanity, their works are nothing: their molten images are wind and confusion. CHAP. XLII. 1 The office of Christ. 5 God's firomise to him. 10 An exhortation to firaise God. B EHOLD my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth ; I have put my spirit upon him : he shall o judgment to the Gentiles. 2 He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street. 3 Abruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he pot quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth. 4 He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set o in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law. 5 || Thus saith God the Lord, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein : 6 I the Lord have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles; 7 To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison-house. 8 I am the Lord : that is my name:

CHAP. xlii. of erhortation to fraise God. 571 ISAIAH. Babylon's destruction foretold.

and my glory will I not give to another,

neither my praise to graven images.

9 Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them. 10 Sing unto the Lo R D a new song, and his praise from the end of the earth, ye that go down to the sea, and oil that is therein; the isles, and the inhabitants thereof. -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 Los D, 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, roar; he shall prevail against his enemies. 14 I have long time holden my peace; I have been still, and refrained myself: now will I cry 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 make the rivers islands, and I will dry up the pools. * ió 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. hese things will I do unto them, 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 2 or deaf, as my messenger that I sent? who is blind as he that is perfect, and blind as the Lorp’s servant? 20 Seeing many o but thou observest not ; opening the ears, but he heareth not. 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 of them snared in holes, and they are hid in prison-houses; they are for a prey, and none delivereth ; for a spoil, and none saith, Restore. 33 Who among you will give ear to this? who will hearken, and hear for the time to come 2 24 Who gave Jacob for a spoil, and Israel to the robbers? did not the LoRD, he against whom we have sinned 3 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

572 The church comforted.

battle: and it hath set him on fire round about, yet he knew not ; and it burned him, yet he laid it not to heart. CHAP. XLIII. 1. The Lord comforteth the church rvith his firomises. 14 He foretelleth Babylon’s destruction; 18 and his ficofile's deliverance. UT now thus saith the LoRD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O 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 am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave o thy ransom, lothiopia and Seba for thee. .

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was no good formed, neither shall there be after me. 11 I, even I, am the Lord ; and beside me there is no saviour. 12 I have declared, and have saved, and I have shewed, when there was no strange god among you: therefore ye are my witnesses, saith the Lon D, that I am God. 13 Yea, before the day was, Iam he; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand: I will work, and who shall let it? 14 || Thus saith the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; For your sake I have sent to Babylon, and have brought down all their nobles, and the Chaldeans, whose cry is in the ships.

15 I am the Lord, your Holy One, the Creator of Israel, your King. 16 Thus saith the Lord, which maketh a way in the sea, and a path in the mighty waters; 17 Which bringeth forth the chariot and horse, the army and the power; they shall lie down together, they shall not rise : they are extinct, they are quenched as tow. 18 "I Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. 19 Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth ; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. 20 The beast of the field shall honour me, the dragons and the owls: because I give waters in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert, to give drink to my people, my chosen. 21 This people have I formed for myself; they shall shew forth my praise. 22 || But thou hast not called upon me, O Jacob ; but thou hast been weary of me, O Israel. 23 Thou hast not brought me the small cattle of thy burnt-offerings; neither hast thou honoured me with thy sacrifices. I

have not caused thee to serve with an of

fering, nor wearied thee with incense. 24 Thou hast bought me no sweet cane with money, neither hast thou filled me with the fat of thy sacrifices: but thou hast made me to serve with thy sins, thou hast wearied me with thine iniquities. 25 I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins. . . 26 Put me in remembrance : let us plead together: declare thou, that thou mayest be justified. 27 Thy first father hath sinned, and thy

teachers have transgressed against me.

28 Therefore I have profaned the princes of the sanctuary, and have given Jacob to the curse, and Israel to reproaches. CHAP. XLIV. 1 God's church comforted. 7. The vanity of idols, 9 and folly of idol-makers. ET now hear, O Jacob my servant; and Israel, whom I have chosen : 2 Thus saith the Lord that made thee, and formed thee from the womb, which will help thee; Fear not, O Jacob, my servant; and thou, Jesurun, whom I have chosen. 3 For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground:

I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring:

4 And they shall spring up as among the grass, as willows by the water-courses.

5 One shall say, I am the Lord's; and another shall call himself by the name of Jacob ; and another shall subscribe with The vanity of idols, and

his hand unto the Lorp, and surname himself by the name of Israel. 6 Thus saith the Lord the King of Is. rael, and his Redeemer the Lord of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last ; and beside me there is no God. 7 And who, as I, shall call, and shall declare it, and set it in order for me, since I appointed the ancient people 2 and the things that are coming, and shall come, let them shew unto them. 8 Fear ve not, neither be afraid : have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it 2 we are even my witnesses. Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God ; I know not any. 9 * They that make a graven imare all of them vanity ; and their delectable things shall not profit; and they are their own witnesses; they see not, nor know ; that they may be asham

** o 10 Who hath formed a god, or molten a graven image that is profitable for nothing * - o 11 hold, all his fellows shall be ashamed: and the workmen, they are of men: let them all be gathered together, let them stand up ; yet they shall fear, and they shall be ashamed together. 12 The smith with the tongs both worketh in the coals, and fashioneth it with hammers, and worketh it with the strength of his arms: yea, he is hungry, and his strength faileth : he drinketh no water, and is faint. 13 The carpenter stretcheth out his rule; he marketh it out with a line ; he fitteth it with planes, and he marketh it out with the compass, and maketh it after the figure of a man, according to the beauty of a man ; that it may remain in the house. 14. He heweth him down cedars, and taketh the cypress and the oak, which he strengtheneth for himself among the trees of the forest: he planteth an ash, and the rain doth nourish it. 15 Then shall it be for a man to burn: for he will take thereof, and warm himself; yea, he kindleth it, and baketh bread ;

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yea, he maketh a god, and worshippeth it ; he maketh it a graven image, and falleth down thereto. 16 He burneth part thereof in the fire; with part thereof he eateth flesh ; he roasteth roast, and is satisfied : yea, he warmeth himself, and saith, Aha, I am warm, I have seen the fire : 17 And the residue thereof he maketh a god, even his graven image: he falleth down unto it, and worshippeth it, and Prayeth unto it, and saith, Deliver me ; for thou art my god. 18. They have not known nor underztood: for he hath shut their eyes, that

folly of idol-makers. 573 they cannot see; and their hearts, that they cannot understand. 19 And none considereth in his heart, neither is there knowledge nor understanding to say, I have burned part of it in the fire; yea, also I have baked bread upon the coals thereof; I have roasted flesh, and eaten it : and shall I make the residue thereof an abomination? shall I fall down to the stock of a tree? 20 He feedeth on ashes: a deceived heart hath turned him aside, that he cannot deliver his soul, nor say, Is there not a lie in my right hand? 21 of Remember these, O Jacob and Israel; for thou art my servant: I have formed thee; thou art my servant: O Israel, thou shalt not be forgotten of me. 22 I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and as a cloud, thy sins : return unto me; for I have redeemed thee. * * 23 Sing, O ye heavens; for the Lorn hath done it : shout, ye lower parts of the earth: break forth into singing, ye mous sains, O forest,and every tree therein : for the Lord hath redeemed Jacob, and glorified himself in Israel. 24 Thus saith the LoRn thy Redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I am the Lord that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; o spreadeth abroad the earth by myself: 25 That frustrateth the tokens of the liars, and maketh diviners mad ; that turneth wise men backward, and maketh their knowledge foolish; 26 That confirmeth the word of his servant, and performeth the counsel of his messengers; that saith to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be inhabited; and to the cities of Judah, Ye shall be built, and I will raise up the decayed places thereof: 27. That saith to the deep, Be dry, and I will dry up thy rivers: 28 That saith of Cyrus, He is my shepherd, and shall orm all my pleasure: even saying to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be built; and to the temple, Thy foundation shall be laid. CHAP. XLV. 1 God calleth Cyrus for his church's sake. 5 He challengeth obedience. 20 He convinceth the idols of vanity. HUS saith the Lord to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holden, to subdue nations before him; and I will loose the loins of kings, to open before him the two-leaved gates, and the gates shall not be shut ; 2 I will go before thce, and make the crooked places straight: I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sun

der the bars of iron : 3 And I will give thee the treasures of 374 Cyrtis called. darkness, and hidden riches of secret laces, that thou mayest know that I, the ,0R p, which call thee by thy name, am

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The vanity of idole.

ed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he

the God of Israel. 4 For Jacob my servant’s sake, and Israel mine elect, I have even called thee by thy name: I have surnamed thee, o thou hast not known me. 5 || I am the Lord, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me: 6 That ão may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the LoRD, and there is none else. 7 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things. 8 Drop down, ye heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness: let the earth open, and let them bring forth salvation, and let righteousness spring up together; I, the LoRD have created it. 9 Woe unto him that striveth with his Maker : Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth. Shall the clay, say to him that fashioneth it, What makest thou ? or thy work, He hath no hands 2 10 Woe unto him that saith unto his father, What begettest thou ? or to the woman, What hast thou brought forth 2 11 Thus saith the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker, Ask me of things to come concerning my sons, and concerning the work of my hands command ye me. 12 I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded. 13 I have raised him up in righteousness, and I will direct all his ways: he shall build my city, and he shall let go my captives, not for price nor reward, saith the Lord of hosts. 14 Thus saith the Lorp, The labour of Fgypt, and merchandise of Ethiopia and oft over unto thee, and they shall be thine: they shall come after thee; in chains they shall come over, and they shall fall down unto thee, they shall make supplication unto thee, saying, Surely God is in thee; and there is none else, there is no God. 15 Verily thou art a God that hidest thyself, O God of Israel, the Saviour. 16 They shall be ashamed, and also confounded, all of them : they shall go to confusion together that are makers of idols. 17 But Israel shall be saved in the LoRD with an everlasting salvation: ye shall not be ashamed nor confounded world without end. 18 For thus saith the LoRD that created the heavens ; God himself that form

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formed it to be inhabited : I am the LoRD ; and there is none else. 19 I have not spoken in secret, in a dark place of the earth : I said not unto the seed of Jacob, Seek ye me in vain : I the LoRD speak righteousness, I declare things that are right. 20 || Assemble yourselves and come; draw near together, ye that are escaped of the nations: they have no knowledge that set up the wood of their graven image, and pray unto a god that cannot Sa Ve. - 21 Tell ye, and bring them near ; yea, let, them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time 2 who hath told it from that time 2 have not I the LoRD 2 and there is no God else beside me ; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me. - 22 Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else. 23 I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me ev£ry knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear. - -24 Surely, shall one say, In the Lord have I righteousness and strength : even to him shall men come ; and all that are incensed against him shall be ashamed. 25 In the Lo RD shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and shall glory. CHAP. XLVI. 1 The idols of Babylon could not save themselves. 3 God saveth his feofile to the end. 5 Idols not "go". to God. EL boweth down, Nebo stoopeth, their idols were upon the beasts, and upon the cattle : your carriages overe | heavy loaden; they are a burden to the weary beast. 2 They stoop, they bow down together; they could not deliver the burden, but themselves are gone into captivity. 3 "I Hearken unto me, O house of Jacob, and all the remnant of the house of Israel, which are born by me from the belly, which are carried from the womb : 4 And even to your old age I am he ; and even to hoar hairs will carry you : I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you. 5. "I To whom will ye liken me, and make me equal, and compare me, that we may be like? 6 They lavish gold out of the bag, and weigh silver in the balance, and hire a goldsmith; and he maketh it a god : they fall down, yea, they worship. 7 They bear him upon the shoulder, they carry him, and set him in his place,

and he standeth; from his place shall he

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God's judgment on Babylon,

not remove : yea, one shall cry unto him, yet can he not answer, nor save him out of his trouble. 8 Remember this, and shew yourselves men: bring it again to mind, O ye transgressors. 9 Remember the former things of old : for I am God, and there is none else ; I am God, and therc is none like me, 10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure: - 11 Calling a ravenous bird from the east, the man that executeth my counsel from a far country: yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it.

| 12 THearken unto me, ye stout-hearted,

that are far from righteousness: 13 I bring near my righteousness; it shall not be far off, and my salvation shall not tarry : and I will place salvation in Zion for Israel my glory. - CHAP. XLVII." 1 God's judgments usion Bahylon and Chaldea, 6 for their unmercifulness, 7 firide, 10 and over-boldness. OME down, and sit in the dust, O virgin daughter of Babylon, sit on the ground: there is no throne, O daughter of the Chaldeans: for thou shalt no more be called tender and delicate. ' 2 Take the millstones, and grind meal: uncover thy locks, make 'bare the leg, uncover the thigh, pass over the rivers. 3 Thy nakedness shall be uncovered, yea, thy shame shall be seen: I will take vengeance, and I will not meet thee as a

4 4s for our Redeemer, the Lord of hosts is his name, the Holy One of Israel. * 5. Sit thou silent, and get thee into darkness, O daughter of the Chaldeans : for thou shalt no more be called, The lady of kingdoms. 6 * I was wroth with my people, Ihave |luted mine inheritance, and given them into thine hand: thcu didst shew them no inercy ; upon the ancient hast thou very heavily laid thy yoke. 7 of And thou saidst, I shall be a lady for ever: so that thou didst not lay these things to thy heart, neither didst remember the latter end of it. 8 Therefore hear now this, thout that art given to pleasures, that dwellest carelessly, that sayest in thine heart, I am, and none else beside me ; I shall not sit as a widow, neither shall I know the loss of children: 9 But these twothings shallcome to thee in a moment in one day, the loss of chil. dren, and widowhood: they shall come

upon thee in their perfection, for the mul

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titude of thy sorceries, and for the great abundance of thine enchantments. 10 * For thou hast trusted in thy wickedness: thou hast said, None seeth me. Thy wisdom and thy knowledge, it hath perverted thee; and thou hast said in thine heart, I am, and none else beside tne. 11 Therefore shallevil come upon thee; thou shalt not know from whence it riseth: and mischief shall fall upon thee; thou shalt not be able to put it off: and desolation shall come upon thee suddenly, which thou shalt not know. 12 Stand now with thine enchantments, and with the multitude of thy sorceries, wherein thou hast laboured from thy youth; if so be thou shalt be able to profit, if so be thou mayest prevail. 13 Thou art wearied in the multitude of thy counsels. Let now the astrologers, the star-gazers, the monthly prognosticators, stand up, and save thee from these things that shall come upon thee. 14 Behold, they shall be as stubble, the fire shall burn them; they shall not deliver themselves from the power of the flame: there shall not be a coal to warm at, nor fire to sit before it. * * * , 15 Thus shall they be unto thee with whom thou hast laboured, even thy merchants, from thy youth : they shall wander every one to his quarter; none shall

save thee. . CHAP. XLVIII. 1 God, to convince the fleofile of their obstimacy, revealeth his firoshecies. 12 He eacharteth them to obedience. H EAR, ye this, O house of Jacob, which are called by the name of Israel, and are come forth out of the waters of Judah, which swear by the name of the Lord, and make mention of the God of Israel, but not in truth, nor in righteousness. 2 For they call themselves of the holy city, and stay themselves upon the God of Israel ; The Lord of hosts is his nanne. 3 I have declared the former thin from the beginning ; and they went for

| out of my mouth, and I shewed them ; I

did them suddenly, and they came to pass. 4 Because I knew that thou art obstinate, and thy neck is an iron sinew, and thy brow brass; 5 I have even from the beginning declared it to thee; before it came to pass I shewed it thce: lest thou shouldest say, Mine idol hath done them, and my graven image, and my molten image, hath commanded them. , 6 Thou hast heard, see all this; and will not ye declare it 2 I have shewed thee new things from this time, even hidden things, and thou didst not know them.

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