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beside those that are gathered unto him.

9 All ye beasts of the field, come to devour, yea, all ye beasts in the forest.

10 His watchmen are blind : they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber.

11 Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand : they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter.

12 Come ye, say they, I will fetch wine, and we will fill ourselves with strong drink; and to morrow shall be as this day, and much more abundant.

CHAP. LVII.

THE righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart: and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come.

2 He shall enter into peace: they shall rest in their beds, each one walking in his uprightness. . 3 But draw near hither, ye sons

of the sorceress, the seed of the adulterer and the whore.

4 Against whom do ye sport yourselves ? against whom make ye a wide mouth, and draw out the tongue? are ye not children of transgression, a seed of falsehood,

5 Enflaming yourselves with idols under every green tree, slaying the children in the valleys under the clifts of the rocks ?

6 Among the smooth stones of the stream is thy portion; they, they are thy lot: even to them hast thou poured a drink offering, thou hast

offered a meat offering. Should I receive comfort in these?

7 Upon a lofty and high mountain hast thou set thy bed: even thither wentest thou up to offer sacrifice.

8 Behind the doors also and the posts hast thou set up thy remembrance : for thou hast discovered thyself to another than me, and art gone up; thou hast enlarged thy bed, and made thee a covenant with them; thou lovedst their bed where thou sawest it.

9 And thou wentest to the king with ointment, and didst increase thy perfumes, and didst send thy messengers far off, and didst debase thyself even unto hell.

10 Thou art wearied in the greatness of thy way; yet saidst thou not, There is no hope: thou hast found the life of thine hand; therefore thou wast not grieved.

11 And of whom hast thou been afraid or feared, that thou hast lied, and hast not remembered me, nor laid it to thy heart? have not I beld my peace even of old, and thou fearest me not?

12 I will declare thy righteousness, and thy works; for they shall not profit thee.

13 When thou criest, let thy companies deliver thee; but the wind shall carry them all away; vanity shall take them: but he that putteth his trust in me shall possess the land, and shall inherit my holy mountain;

14 And shall say, Cast ye up, cast ye up, prepare the way, take up the stumbling block out of the way of my people.

15 For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the

high and holy place, with him also 14 Behold, ye fast for strife and that is of a contrite and humble debate, and to smite with the fist spirit, to revive the spirit of the of wickedness: ye shall not fast as humble, and to revive the heart of ye do this day, to make your voice the contrite ones.

to be heard on high. 16 For I will not contend for ever, 5 Is it such a fast that I have neither will I be always wroth: for chosen ? a day for a man to afflict the spirit should fail before me, and his soul? is it to bow down his head the souls which I have made.

as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth 17 For the iniquity of his covet and ashes under him? wilt thou call ousness was I wroth, and smote this a fast, and an acceptable day to him: I hid me, and was wroth, and the LORD? he went on frowardly in the way of 6 Is not this the fast that I have his heart.

chosen ? to loose the bands of 18 I have seen his ways, and will wickedness, to undo the heavy burheal him: I will lead him also, and dens, and to let the oppressed go restore comforts unto him and to his free, and that ye break every yoke? mourners.

7 Is it not to deal thy bread to 19 I create the fruit of the lips; the hungry, and that thou bring the Peace, peace to him that is far off, poor that are cast out to thy house? and to him that is near, saith the when thou seest the naked, that thou LORD; and I will heal him.

cover him; and that thou hide not 20 But the wicked are like the thyself from thine own flesh ? troubled sea, when it cannot rest, 8 Then shall thy light break forth whose waters cast up mire and dirt. as the morning, and thine health

21 There is no peace, saith my shall spring forth speedily: and thy God, to the wicked.

righteousness shall go before thee;

the glory of the LORD shall be thy CHAP. LVIII.

rereward.

9 Then shalt thou call, and the CRY aloud, spare not, lift up thy LORD shall answer; thou shalt cry, voice like a trumpet, and shew my and he shall say, Here I am. If people their transgression, and the thou take away from the midst of house of Jacob their sins.

thee the yoke, the putting forth of 2 Yet they seek me daily, and the finger, and speaking vanity; delight to know my ways, as a na 10 And if thou draw out thy soul tion that did righteousness, and for to the hungry, and satisfy the afsook not the ordinance of their God: flicted soul; then shall thy light rise they ask of me the ordinances of in obscurity, and thy darkness be as justice; they take delight in ap the noon day : proaching to God.

11 And the LORD shall guide 3 Wherefore have we fasted, say thee continually, and satisfy thy they, and thou seest not? wherefore soul in drought, and make fat thy have we afflicted our soul, and thou bones: and thou shalt be like a takest no knowledge? Behold, in the watered garden, and like a spring day of your fast ye find pleasure, of water, whose waters fail not. and exact all your labours.

12 And they that shall be of thee

shall build the old waste places : | thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.

13 If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words :

14 Then shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father : for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken

it.

CHAP. LIX.

6 Their webs shall not become garments, neither shall they cover themselves with their works : their works are works of iniquity, and the act of violence is in their hands..

7 Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood : their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity ; wasting and destruction are : in their paths.

8 The way of peace they know not; and there is no judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked paths : whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace.

9 Therefore is judgment far from us, neither doth justice overtake us: we wait for light, but behold obscurity ; for brightness, but we walk in darkness.

10 We grope for the wall like the blind, and we grope as if we had no eyes : we stumble at noon day as in the night; we are in desolate places as dead men.

11 We roar all like bears, and mourn sore like doves: we look for judgment, but there is none; for salvation, but it is far off from us.

12 For our transgressions are multiplied before thee, and our sins testify against us: for our transgressions are with us; and as for our iniquities, we know them;

13 In transgressing and lying against the LORD, and departing away from our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood.

14 And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter.

15 Yea, truth faileth; and he that departeth from evil maketh himself a prey: and the LORD saw

BEHOLD, the Lord's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:

2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.

3 For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness.

4 None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity.

5 They hatch cockatrice' eggs, and weave the spider's web: he that eateth of their eggs dieth, and that which is crushed breaketh out into a viper.

it, and it displeased him that there arise upon thee, and his glory shall was no judgment.

be seen upon thee. 16 And he saw that there was 3 And the Gentiles shall come to no man, and wondered that there thy light, and kings to the brightwas no intercessor: therefore his ness of thy rising. arm brought salvation unto him; 4 Lift up thine eyes round about, and his righteousness, it sustained and see: all they gather themselves him.

together, they come to thee: thy 17 For he put on righteousness sons shall come from far, and thy as a breastplate, and an helmet of daughters shall be nursed at thy salvation upon his head; and he put side. on the garments of vengeance for 5 Then thou shalt see, and flow clothing, and was clad with zeal as together, and thine heart shall fear, a cloke.

and be enlarged; because the abun18 According to their deeds, ac dance of the sea shall be converted cordingly he will repay, fury to his unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles adversaries, recompence to his ene shall come unto thee. mies; to the islands he will repay 6 The multitude of camels shall recompence.

cover thee, the dromedaries of Mi19 So shall they fear the name of dian and Ephah; all they from Shethe LORD from the west, and his ba shall come: they shall bring gold glory from the rising of the sun. and incense; and they shall shew When the enemy shall come in like forth the praises of the LORD. a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall 7 All the flocks of Kedar shall be lift up a standard against him. gathered together unto thee, the

20 And the Redeemer shall come rams of Nebaioth shall minister unto to Zion, and unto them that turn thee: they shall come up with acfrom transgression in Jacob, saith ceptance on mine altar, and I will the LORD.

glorify the house of my glory. 21 As for me, this is my covenant 8 Who are these that fly as a with them, saith the Lord; My cloud, and as the doves to their spirit that is upon thee, and my windows ? words which I have put in thy 9 Surely the isles shall wait for mouth, shall not depart out of thy me, and the ships of Tarshish first, mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy to bring thy sons from far, their silseed, nor out of the mouth of thy ver and their gold with them, unto seed's seed, saith the LORD, from the name of the LORD thy God, henceforth and for ever.

and to the Holy One of Israel, be

cause he hath glorified thee. CHAP. LX.

10 And the sons of strangers shall

build up thy walls, and their kings ARISE, shine; for thy light is shall minister unto thee: for in my come, and the glory of the LORD wrath I smote thee, but in my fais risen upon thee.

vour have I had mercy on thee. 2 For, behold, the darkness shall 11 Therefore thy gates shall be cover the earth, and gross darkness open continually; they shall not be the people: but the LORD shall shut day nor night; that men may

bring unto thee the forces of the Gentiles, and that their kings may be brought.

12 For the nation and kingdom that will not serve thee shall perish; yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted.

13 The glory of Lebanon shall come unto thee, the fir tree, the pine tree, and the box together, to beautify the place of my sanctuary; and I will make the place of my feet glorious.

14 The sons also of them that afflicted thee shall come bending unto thee; and all they that despised thee shall bow themselves down at the soles of thy feet; and they shall call thee, The city of the LORD, The Zion of the Holy One of Is

everlasting light, and thy God thy glory.

20 Thy sun shall no more go down; neither shall thy moon withdraw itself: for the LORD shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended.

21 Thy people also shall be all righteous: they shall inherit the land for ever, the branch of my planting, the work of my hands, that I may be glorified.

22 A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation: I the LORD will hasten it in his time.

CHAP. LXI.

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15 Whereas thou hast been forsaken and hated, so that no man went through thee, I will make thee an eternal excellency, a joy of many generations.

16 Thou shalt also suck the milk of the Gentiles, and shalt suck the breast of kings: and thou shalt know that I the LORD am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty one of Jacob.

17 For brass I will bring gold, and for iron I will bring silver, and for wood brass, and for stones iron: I will also make thy officers peace, and thine exactors righteousness.

. 18 Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders; but thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and thy gates Praise.

19 The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee: but the LORD shall be unto thee an

THE Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;

2. To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;

3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.

4 And they shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations.

5 And strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, and the sons of

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