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The scandal of the cross excused. CHAP. LIV. The Gentiles deliverance. 579 salvation ; that saith unto Zion, Thy God | as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, reigneth !

so he opened not his mouth. 8 Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice; 1 8 He was taken from prison and from with the voice together shall they sing : judgment: and who shall declare his for they shall see eye to eye, when the generation ? for he was cut off out of the LORD shall bring again Zion.

land of the living: for the transgres9 9 Break forth into joy, sing togeth Usion of my people was he stricken. er, ye waste places of Jerusalem : for 9 And' lie made his grave with the the Lord liath comforted his people, he wicked, and with the rich in his death ; hath refleemed Jerusalem.

because he had done no violence, neither 10 The Lord hath made bare his holy was any deceit in his mouth. arm in the eyes of all the nations : and 10 q Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise all the ends of the earth shall see the sal- him ; he hath put him to grief: when vation of our God.

thou shalt make his soul an offering for 11 | Depart ye, depart ye, go ye out sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong from thence, touch no unclean thing ; go his days, and the pleasure of the LORD ye out of the midst of her ; be ye clean, I shall prosper in his hand. that bear the vessels of the LORD.

11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, 12 For ye shall not go out with haste, and shall be satisfied : by his knowledge nor go by fight : for the LORD will go | shall my righteous servant justify many ; before you ; and the God of Israel will be li for he shall bear their iniquities. your rere-ward.

11 12 Therefore will I divide him a por13 s Behold, my servant shall deal pru- lition with the great, and he shall divide dently, he shall be exalted and extolled, the spoil with the strong; because he and be very high.

I hath poured out his soul unto death : and 14 As many were astonished at thee; he was numbered with the transgressors; his visage was so marred more than any and he bare the sin of many, and made man, and his form more than the sons of intercession for the transgressors. men :

CHAP. LIV. 15 So shall he sprinkle many nations ; 1 The amplitude of the Giniiles church, 4 the kings shall shut their mouths at him : thcir safety, 6 their deliverance out of for that which had not been told them | affliction, ii their fair edification, 15 shall they see; and that which they had | and sure preservation. not heard shall they consider.

CING, o barren, thou that didst not CHAP. LIII.

» bear ; break forth into singing, and 1 The prophet excuscth the scandal of the cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with

cross, 4 by the benefit of Christ's pas- child : for more are the children of the

sion, 10 and the good success thereof. || desolate than the children of the married W HO hath believed our report? and wife, saith the Lord.

V to whom is the arm of the LORD 1 2 Enlarge the place of thy tent, and revealed ?

| let them stretch forth the curtains of thine 2 For he shall grow up before him as || habitations: spare not, iengthen thy cords, a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry and strengthen thy stakes ; ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; 3 For thou shalt break forth on the and when we shall see him, there is no right hand and on the left ; and thy seed beauty that we should desire him.

shall inherit the Gentiles, and make the 3 He is despised and rejected of men ; || desolate cities to be inhabited. a man of sorrows, and acquainted with 4 Fear not ; for thou shalt not be grief : and we hid as it were our faces ashamed : neither be thou confounded ; from him ; he was despised, and well for thou shalt not be put to shame : for esteemed him not.

thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth, 4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and and shalt not remember the reproach of carried our sorrows : yet we did esteem | thy widowhood any more. him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

1 5 For thy Maker is thine husband; the 5 But he was wounded for our trans Lord of hosts is his name ; and thy Regressions, he was bruised for our iniqui | deemer the Holy One of Israel; The God ties : the chastisement of our peace mus || of the whole earth shall he be called. upon him; and with his stripes we are 6 For the Lord hath called thee as liealed.

ll a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, 6 All we like sheep have gone astray ; | and a wife of yonth, when thou wast rewe have turned every one to his own fused, saith thy God. way; and the Lord hath laid on him the 7 For a small moment have I forsaken iniquity of us all.

thee; but with great mercies will I gath- · → He was oppressed, and he was afflict-er thee. ed, yet he opened not his mouth : he is 8 In a little wrath I hid my face from brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and thee for a moment ; but with everlasting

580 The people exhorted to faith. ISAIAH. The happiness of brlievers. kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the Lord thy God, and for the Holy One the LORD thy Redeemer.

of Israel, for the hath glorified thee. 9 For this is as the waters of Noah un-il 6 Seek ye the Lord while he may be to me : for as I have sworn that the wa- found, call ye upon him while he is near : ters of Noah should no more go over the 7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and earth; so have I sworn that I would not the unrighteous man his thoughts : and be wroth with thee, nor rebuke thee. let him return unto the LORD, and he

10 For the mountains shall depart, and will have mercy upon him ; and to our the hills be removed, but my kindness | God, for he will abundantly pardon. shall not depart from thee, neither shall 89 For my thoughts are not your the covenant of my peace be removed, thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD that hath mercy on thee.saith the LORD.

11 O thou afflicted, tossed with tem 9 For as the heavens are higher than pest, and not comforted, behold, I will the earth, so are my ways higher than lay thy stones with fair colours, and lay ll your ways, and my thoughts than your thiv foundations with sapphires.

thoughts. 12 And I will make thy windows of 10 For as the rain cometh down, and agates, and thy gates of carbuncles, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not all thy borders of pleasant stones.

thither, but watercth the earth, and mak13 And all thy children shall be taught eth it bring forth and bud, that it may of the Lord; and great shall be the peace give seed to the sower, and bread to the of thy children.

eater: 14 In righteousness shalt thou be estab 11 So shall my word be that goeth lished : thou shalt be far from oppression; forth out of my mouth: it shall not refor thou shalt not fear: and from terror; turn unto me void, but it shall accomplish for it shall not come near thee.

that which I please, and it shall prosper 15 Behold, they shall surely gather || in the thing whereto I sent it. together, but not by me: whosoever shall | 12 For ye shall go out with joy, and gather together against thee shall fall for be led forth with peace: the mountains thy sake.

and the hills shall break forth before you 16 Behold, I have created the smith || into singing, and all the trees of the field that bloweth the coals in the fire, and shall clap their hands. that bringeth forth an instrument for 13 Instead of the thorn shall come up his work, and I have created the waster the fir-tree, and instead of the brier shall to destroy.

come up the myrtle-tree : and it shall be 17 No weapon that is formed against || to the LORD for a name, for an everlasting thee shall prosper; and every tongue that sign that shall not be cut off. shall rise against thee in judgment thou

CHAP. LVI. shalt condemn. This is the heritage of 1 The prophet exhorteth to sanctification; the servants of the Lord, and their riglit 3 which shall be accepted without respect equsness is of me, saith the LORD.

of persons. 9 Against blind watchmen. CHAP. LV.

THUS saith the LORD, Keep ye judg1 The prophet, with the promiscs of Christ, i ment, and do justice : for my salvacalleth 10 faith, 6 and to repentance. 8|| tion is near to come, and my righteous

The haphy state of them that believe. ness to be revealed. L O, every one that thirsteth, come ye 2 Blessed is the man that doeth this, 11 to the waters, and he that hath no and the son of man thut layeth hold on money ; come ye, buy, and eat ; yea, it; that keepeth the sabbath from polcome, buy wine and milk without money luting it, and keepeth his hand from doand without price.

ing any evil. 2 Wherefore do ye spend money for 3 Neither let the son of the stranger, that which is not bread and your labour | that hath joined himself to the LORD, for that which satisfieth not? hearken dil speak, saying, The Lord hath utterly sepigently unto me, and eat ye that which is | arated me from his people : neither let good, and let your soul 'delight itself in the eunuch say, Behold, I am a dry tree. fatness.

4 For thus saith the LORD unto the 3 Incline your ear, and come unto me: 1 eunuchs that keep my sabbaths, and hear, and your soul shall live ; and I will choose the things that please me, and make an everlasting covenant with you, li take hold of my covenant ; even the sure mercies of David.

5 Even unto them will I give in mine 4 Behold, I have given him for a wit- house and within my walls a place and ness to the people, a leader and command- a name better than of sons and of daugher to the people.

ters: I will give them an everlasting 5 Behold, thou shalt call a nation that || name, that shall not be cut off. thou knowest not, and nations that knew 6 Also the sons of the stranger, that not thee shall run unto thee because of "join themselves to the LORD, to serve The blessed death of the righteous.CHAP. LVII, LvIII. Promises to the fienitent 581 him, and to love the name of the LORD, with them ; thou lovedst their bed where to be his servants, every one that keepeth thou sa west it. the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh 9 And thou wentest to the king with hold of my covenant ;

Il ointment, and didst increase thy perfumes, 7 Even them will I bring to my holy and didst send thy messengers far off, mountain, and make them joyful in my and didst çlebase thyself even unto hell. house of prayer : their burnt-offerings 10 Thou art wearied in the greatness of and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon thy way; yet saidst thou not, There is no mine altar; for mine house shall be called i hope: thou hast found the life of thine an house of prayer for all people.

hand; therefore thou wast not grieved. 8 The Lord God which gathereth the | 11 And of whom hast thou been afraid outcasts of Israel saith, Yet will I gather | or feared, that thou hast lied, and hast not others to him, beside those that are gath- | remembered me, nor laid it to thy heart? ered unto him.

have not I held my peace even of old, 9 All ye beasts of the field, come to l and thou fearest me not ? devour, yea, all ye beasts in the forest. 12 I will declare thy righteousness, and

10 His watchmen are blind : they are thy works; for they shall not profit thee. all ignorant, they are all durob dogs, they 13 | When thou criest, let thy compacannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving nies deliver thee; but the wind shall carry to slumber.

them all away; vanity shall take them : 11 Yea, they are greedy dogs which can | but he that putteth his trust in me shall never have enough, and they are shep- | possess the land, and shall inherit my herds that cannot understand : they all holy mountain ; look to their own way, every one for his 14 And shall say, Cast ye up, cast ye gain, from his quarter.

up, prepare the way, take up the stum12 Come ye, say they, I will fetch wine, || bling-block out of the way of my people. and we will fill ourselves with strong 15 For thus saith the high and lofty drink; and to-morrow shall be as this One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name day, and much more abundant.

is Holy ; I dwell in the high and holy CHAP. LVII.

I place, with him also that is of a contrite 1 The blessed death of the righteous. 3 and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of

The Jews reproved for their whorish || the humble, and to revive the heart of idolatry. 13 Evangelical promises to the contrite ones. the penitent.

16 For I will not contend for ever, neiTHE righteous perisheth, and no man ther will I be always wroth: for the spirit

1 layeth it to heart : and merciful should fail before ine, and the souls which men are taken away, none considering I have made. that the righteous is taken away from the 17 For the iniquity of his covetousness evil to come.

was I wroth, and smote him : I hid me, 2 He shall enter into peace: they shall || and was wroth, and he went on frowardrest in their beds, each one walking in his | ly in the way of his heart. uprightness,

18 I have seen his ways, and will heal *3 T But draw near hither, ye sons of him: I will lead him also, and restore the sorceress, the seed of the adulterer comforts unto him and to his mouinand the whore.

ers. 4 Against whom do ye sport yourselves ? 19 I create the fruit of the lips; Peace, against whom make ye a wide mouth, and peace to liim that is far off, and to him draw out the tongue? are ye not children | that is near, saith the LORD; and I will of transgression, a sced of falsehood, heal him.

5 Inflaming yourselves with idols une | 20 But the wicked are like the troubled der every green tree, slaying the children | sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters in the valleys under the clifts of the rocks? cast up mire and dirt.

6 Among the smooth stones of the 21 There is no peace, saith my God, to stream is thy portion ; they, they are the wicked. thy lot: even to them hast thou poured

CHAP. LVIII. a drink-offering, thou hast ofered a meat- i Hypocrisy is reproved. 8 The jiromises offering. Should I receive comfort in due to gödliness, 13 and to the keeping these?

of the sabbath. 7 Upon a lofty and high mountain hast

I RY aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice tliou set thy bed: even thither wentest U like a trumpet, and shew my people thou up to offer sacrifice.

their transgression, and the house of Jacob 8 Behind the doors also and the posts their sins. hast thou set up thy remembrance: for # 2 Yet they seek me daily, and delight thou hast discovered thyself to another to know my ways, as a nation that did than me, and art gone up; thou hast en righteousness, and forsook not the ordilarged thy bed, and made thec a covenant l nance of their God: they ask of me the 582 Promises due to godliness. ISAIAH.

I ne odious nature of sint. ordinances of justice; they take delight,

CHAP. LIX. in approaching to God.

11 The odious nature of sin. 9 Calamity 31 Wherefore have we fasted, say they, is for sin. 16 Salvation is only of God. and thou seest not ? wherefore have wel 20 The covenant of the Rodei mer. afflicted our soul, and thou takest no | REHOLD, the Lord's hand is not knowledge? Behold, in the day of your D shortened, that it cannot save; neifast ye find pleasure, and exact all your ther his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: labours.

2 But your iniquities have separated 4 Behold, ye fast for strife and debate, I between you and your God, and your and to smite with the fist of wickedness: | sins have hid his face from yon, that he ye shall not fast as ye do this day, to will not hear. make your voice to be heard on high. 3 For your hands are defiled with

5 Is it such a fast that I have chosen ? || blood, and your fingers with iniquity.; a day for a man to afflict his soul? is it your lips have spoken lies, your tongue to bow down his head as a bulrush, and hath muttered perverseness. to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? 4 None calieth for justice, nor any wilt thou call this a fast, and an accept- pleadeth for truth : they trust in vanity, able day to the LORD?

and speak lies; they conceive mischief, 6 Is not this the fast that I have chosen ? and bring forth iniquity. to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo 5 They hatch cockatrice eggs, and the heavy burdens, and to let the oppress- i weave the spider's web: he that eateth ed go free, and that ye break every yoke of their eggs dieth, and that which is

7 Is it not to deal thy bread to the crushed breaketh out into a viper. hungry, and that thou bring the poor 6 Their webs shall not become garthat are cast out to thy house? when thou ments, neither shall they cover themselves seest the naked, that thou cover him ; and with their works: their works are works that thou hide not thyself from thine own of iniquity, and the act of violence is in flesh?

their hands. 8 1 Then shall thy light break forth as 7 Their feet run to evil, and they the morning, and thine health shall spring make haste to shed innocent blood : their forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall thoughts are thoughts of iniquity ; wastgo before thee; the glory of the LORD ing and destruction are in their paths. shall be thy rere-ward.

8 The way of peace they know not; 9 Then shalt thou call, and the LORD and there is no judgment in their goings: shall answer ; thou shalt cry, and he shall | they have made them crooked paths : say, Here I am. If thou take away from whoscever goeth therein shall not know the midst of thee the yoke, the putting i peace. forth of the finger, and speaking vanity; 99 Therefore is judgment far from us,

10 And if thou draw out thy soul to i neiher doth justice overtake us: we wait the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; | for light, but behoid obscurity ; for brightthen shall thy light rise in obscurity, and ness, but we waik in darkness. thiy darkness be as the noon day : | 10 We grope for the wall like the blind,

11 And the LORD shall guide thee con- |, and we grope as if we had no eyes : we tinually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, stumble at noon day as in the night ; we and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt are in desolate places as dead men. be like a watered garden, and like a !! 11 We roar all like bears, and mourn spring of water, whose waters fail not. | sore like doves: we look for judgment,

12 And they that shall be of thee shall but there is none; for salvation, but it is build the old waste places : thou shalt | far off from us. raise up the foundations of many genera- ! 12 For our transgressions are multiplied Lions; and thou shalt be called, The re- || before thee, and our sins testify against us: pairer of the breach, The restorer of for our transgressions are with us; and as paths to dwell in.

1. for our iniquities, we know them; 13 T If thou turn away thy foot from | 13 In transgressing and lying against the the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on LORD, and departing away from our God, iny holy day; and call the sabbath a de- speaking oppression and revolt, conceivlight, the holy of the LORD, honourable ; ing and uttering from the heart words and shalt honour him, not doing thine of falsehood. own ways, nor finding thine own pleas- | | 14 And judgment is turned away backure, nor speaking thine own words: || ward, and justice standeth afar off : for

14 Then shalt thou delight thyself in truth is fallen in the street, and equity the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride cannot enter. upon the high places of the earth, and 15 Yea, truth faileth ; and he that defeed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy l parteth from evil maketh himself a prey: father: for the mouth of the LORD hath || and the LORD saw it, and it displeased spoken it.

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The covenant of the Redeemer. CHAP. LX. Great blessings after affliction. 583

16 1 And he saw that there was no 9 Surely the isles shall wait for me, and man, and wondered that there was no the ships of Tarshish first, to bring thy intercessor : therefore his arm brought sons from far, their silver and their gold salvation unto him; and his righteousness, with them, unto the name of the LORD it sustained him.

thy God, and to the Holy One of Israel, 17 For he put on righteousness as a I because he hath glorified thee. breast-plate, and an helmct of salvation 10 And the sons of strangers shall upon his head; and he put on the gar- || build up thy walls, and their kings shall ments of vengeance for clothing, and was minister unto thee : for in my wrath I clad with zeal as a cloak.

smote thee, but in my favour have I had 18 According to their deeds, accord mercy on thee. ingly he will repay, fury to his adversa 11 Therefore thy gates shall be open ries, recompense to his enemies ; to the continually ; they shall not be shut day islands he will repay recompense.

nor night; that men may bring unto thee 19 So shall they fear the name of the the forces of the Gentiles, and that their LORD from the west, and his glory from kings may be brought. the rising of the sun. When the enemy 12 For the nation and kingdom that shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the I will not serve thee shall perish; yea, those LORD shall lift up a standard against liim. | nations shall be utterly wasted.

20 And the Recleemer shall come to 13 The glory of Lebanon shall come Zion, and unto them that turn from trans- unto thee, the fir-tree, the pine-tree, anci gression in Jacob, saith the LORD. the box together, to beautify the place of

21 As for me, this is my covenant my sanctuary ; and I will make the place with them, saith the LORD; My spirit of my feet glorious. that is upon thee, and my words which I 14 The sons also of them that afflicted have put in thy mouth, shall not depart | thee shall come bending unto thee ; and out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth all they that despised thee shall bow of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy themselves down at the soles of thy feet; seed's seed, saith the Lord, from hence- || and they shall call thee, The city of the forth and for ever.

LORD, The Zion of the Holy One of IsCHAP. LX.

rael. 1 The glory of the church in the abundant 15 Whereas thou hast been forsaken

access of the Gentiles ; 15 and the great and hated, so that no man went through blessings after a short affliction. thee, I will make thee an eternal excelA RISE, shine ; for thy light is come, lency, a joy of many generations. Al and the glory of the LORD is risen 16 Thou shalt also suck the milk of the upon thee.

Gentiles, and shalt suck the breast of 2 For behold, the darkness shall cover | kings : and thou shalt know that I the 'the earth, and gross darkness the people: LORD am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and the mighty one of Jacob. his glory shall be seen upon thee.

17 For brass I will bring gold, and for 3 And the Gentiles shall come to thy | iron I will bring silver, and for wood light, and kings to the brightness of thy | brass, and for stones iron: I will also make rising.

thy officers peace, and thine exactors. 4 Lift up thine eyes round about, and | righteousness. see: all they gather themselves together, I 18 Violence shall no more be heard in they come to thee : thy sons shall come thy land, wasting nor destruction within from far, and thy daughters shall be nurs thy borders; but thou shalt call thy walls ed at thy side.

Salvation, and thy gates Praise. 5 Then thou shalt see, and flow togeth 19 The sun shall be no more thy light er, and thiue heart shall fear, and be en by day ; neither for brightness shall the larged; because the abundance of the sea || moon give light unto thee: but the LORD shall be converted unto thee, the forces I shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and of the Gentiles shall come unto thee. thy God thy glory.

6 The multitude of camels shall cover 20 Thy sun shall no more go down ; thee, the dromedaries of Midian and E neither shall thy moon withdraw itself: phah; all they from Sheba shallcome: they for the LORD shall be thine everlasting shall bring gold and incense; and they light, and the days of thy mourning shali shall shew forth the praises of the Lord. de ended.

7 All the flocks of Kedar shall be gath 21 Thy people also shall be all rightered together unto thee, the rams of Ne- || eous: they shall inherit the land for ever, baioth shall minister unto thee: they shall the branch of my planting, the work of come up with acceptance on mine altar, ll my hands, that I may be glorified. and I will glorify the house of my glory. I 22 A little one shall become a thou

8 Who are these that fly as a cloud, sand, and a small one a strong nation: I and as the doves to their windows? ll the Lord will hasten it in his time.

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