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 Isaiah

1 The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem, in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.

2Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth; for Jehovah has spoken: I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me. 3The ox knows his owner, and the ass his masterís crib; but Israel does not know, my people do not consider. 4Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evil-doers, children that deal corruptly! they have forsaken Jehovah, they have despised the Holy One of Israel, they are estranged and gone backward. 5Why will you still be stricken, that you revolt more and more? the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint. 6From the sole of the foot even unto the head, there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and fresh stripes: they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither soothed with oil. 7Your country is desolate; your cities are burned with fire; your land, strangers devour it in your presence, and it is desolate, as overthrown by strangers. 8And the daughter of Zion is left as a booth in a vineyard, as a lodge in a garden of cucumbers, as a besieged city. 9Except Jehovah of hosts had left unto us a very small remnant, we should have been as Sodom, we should have been like unto Gomorrah.

10Hear the word of Jehovah, you rulers of Sodom; give ear unto the law of our God, you people of Gomorrah. 11To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? says Jehovah: I have had enough of the burnt-offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he-goats. 12When you come to appear before me, who has required this at your hand, to trample my courts? 13Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; new moon and Sabbath, the calling of assemblies,-- I cannot: away with iniquity and the solemn meeting. 14Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hates; they are a trouble unto me; I am weary of bearing them. 15And when you spread forth your hands, I will hide my eyes from you; yes, when you make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.

16Wash, make yourself clean; put away the evil of your doings from before my eyes; cease to do evil; 17learn to do well; seek justice, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow. 18Come now, and let us reason together, says Jehovah: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. 19If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land: 20but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured with the sword; for the mouth of Jehovah has spoken it.

21How is the faithful city become a harlot! she that was full of justice! righteousness lodged in her, but now murderers. 22Your silver is become dross, your wine mixed with water. 23Your princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves; every one loves bribes, and follows after rewards: they judge not the fatherless, neither does the cause of the widow come unto them. 24Therefore says the Lord, Jehovah of hosts, the Mighty One of Israel, Ah, I will ease me of my adversaries, and avenge me of my enemies; 25and I will turn my hand upon you, and thoroughly purge away your dross, and will take away all your tin; 26and I will restore your judges as at the first, and your counselors as at the beginning: afterward you shall be called The city of righteousness, a faithful town. 27Zion shall be redeemed with justice, and her converts with righteousness. 28But the destruction of transgressors and sinners shall be together, and they that forsake Jehovah shall be consumed. 29For they shall be ashamed of the oaks which you have desired, and you shall be confounded for the gardens that you have chosen. 30For you shall be as an oak whose leaf fades, and as a garden that has no water. 31And the strong shall be as tow, and his work as a spark; and they shall both burn together, and none shall quench them.

 

2 The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. 2And it shall come to pass in the latter days, that the mountain of Jehovahís house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. 3And many peoples shall go and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of Jehovah, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of Jehovah from Jerusalem. 4And he will judge between the nations, and will decide concerning many peoples; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. 5O house of Jacob, come, and let us walk in the light of Jehovah.

6For you have forsaken your people the house of Jacob, because they are filled with customs from the east, and are soothsayers like the Philistines, and they strike hands with the children of foreigners. 7And their land is full of silver and gold, neither is there any end of their treasures; their land also is full of horses, neither is there any end of their chariots. 8Their land also is full of idols; they worship the work of their own hands, that which their own fingers have made. 9And the mean man is bowed down, and the great man is brought low: therefore forgive them not.

10You, enter into the rock and hide in the dust, from before the terror of Jehovah, and from the glory of his majesty. 11The lofty looks of man shall be brought low, and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and Jehovah alone shall be exalted in that day. 12For there shall be a day of Jehovah of hosts upon all that is proud and haughty, and upon all that is lifted up; and it shall be brought low; 13and upon all the cedars of Lebanon, that are high and lifted up, and upon all the oaks of Bashan, 14and upon all the high mountains, and upon all the hills that are lifted up, 15and upon every lofty tower, and upon every fortified wall, 16and upon all the ships of Tar-shish, and upon all pleasant imagery. 17And the loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness of men shall be brought low; and Jehovah alone shall be exalted in that day. 18And the idols shall utterly pass away. 19And men shall go into the caves of the rocks, and into the holes of the earth, from before the terror of Jehovah, and from the glory of his majesty, when he arises to shake mightily the earth. 20In that day men shall cast away their idols of silver, and their idols of gold, which have been made for them to worship, to the moles and to the bats; 21to go into the caverns of the rocks, and into the clefts of the ragged rocks, from before the terror of Jehovah, and from the glory of his majesty, when he arises to shake mightily the earth. 22Cease you from man, whose breath is in his nostrils; for wherein is he to be accounted of?

 

3 For, behold, the Lord, Jehovah of hosts, does take away from Jerusalem and from Judah stay and staff, the whole stay of bread, and the whole stay of water; 2the mighty man, and the man of war; the judge, and the prophet, and the diviner, and the elder; 3the captain of fifty, and the honorable man, and the counselor, and the expert artisan, and the skillful orator. 4And I will give children to be their princes, and babes shall rule over them. 5And the people shall be oppressed, every one by another, and every one by his neighbor: the child shall behave himself proudly against the old man, and the base against the honorable. 6When a man shall take hold of his brother in the house of his father, saying, you have clothing, be our ruler, and let this ruin be under your hand; 7in that day shall he lift up his voice, saying, I will not be a healer; for in my house is neither bread nor clothing: you shall not make me ruler of the people. 8For Jerusalem is ruined, and Judah is fallen; because their tongue and their doings are against Jehovah, to provoke the eyes of his glory.

9The look of their countenance does witness against them; and they declare their sin as Sodom, they hide it not. Woe unto their soul! for they have done evil unto themselves. 10You say of the righteous, that it shall be well with him; for they shall eat the fruit of their doings. 11Woe unto the wicked! it shall be ill with him; for what his hands have done shall be done unto him. 12As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they that lead you cause you to err, and destroy the way of your paths. 13Jehovah stands up to contend, and stands to judge the peoples. 14Jehovah will enter into judgment with the elders of his people, and the princes thereof: It is you that have eaten up the vineyard; the plunder of the poor is in your houses: 15what do you mean that you crush my people, and grind the face of the poor? says the Lord, Jehovah of hosts.

16Moreover Jehovah said, Because the daughters of Zion are proud, and walk with outstretched necks and wanton eyes, walking and mincing as they go, and making a tinkling with their feet; 17therefore the Lord will strike with a scab the crown of the head of the daughters of Zion, and Jehovah will lay bare their secret parts. 18In that day the Lord will take away the beauty of their anklets, and the cauls, and the crescents; 19the pendants, and the bracelets, and the mufflers; 20the headdress, and the ankle chains, and the sashes, and the perfume-boxes, and the amulets; 21the rings, and the nose-jewels; 22the festival robes, and the mantles, and the shawls, and the satchels; 23the hand-mirrors, and the fine linen, and the turbans, and the veils. 24And it shall come to pass, that instead of sweet spices there shall be rottenness; and instead of a girdle, a rope; and instead of well set hair, baldness; and instead of a robe, a girding of sackcloth; branding instead of beauty. 25Your men shall fall by the sword, and your mighty in the war. 26And her gates shall lament and mourn; and she shall be desolate and sit upon the ground.

 

4 And seven women shall take hold of one man in that day, saying, We will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel: only let us be called by your name; to take away our reproach.

2In that day shall the branch of Jehovah be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the land shall be excellent and comely for them that are escaped of Israel. 3And it shall come to pass, that he that is left in Zion, and he that remains in Jerusalem, shall be called holy, even every one that is written among the living in Jerusalem; 4when the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof, by the spirit of justice, and by the spirit of burning. 5And Jehovah will create over the whole habitation of mount Zion, and over her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night; for over all the glory shall be spread a covering. 6And there shall be a pavilion for a shade in the day-time from the heat, and for a refuge and for a covert from storm and from rain.

 

5 Let me sing for my wellbeloved a song of my beloved touching his vineyard. My wellbeloved had a vineyard in a very fruitful hill: 2and he dug in it, and gathered out the stones thereof, and planted it with the choicest vine, and built a tower in the midst of it, and also hewed out a winepress therein: and he waited that it should bring forth grapes, and it brought forth wild grapes. 3And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem and men of Judah, judge, I pray you, between me and my vineyard. 4What could have been done more to my vineyard, that I have not done in it? why, when I looked that it should bring forth grapes, it brought forth wild grapes? 5And now I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard: I will take away the hedge thereof, and it shall be eaten up; I will break down the wall thereof, and it shall be trodden down: 6and I will lay it waste; it shall not be pruned nor hoed; but there shall come up briers and thorns: I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain upon it. 7For the vineyard of Jehovah of hosts is the house of Israel, and the men of Judah his pleasant plant: and he looked for justice, but, behold, oppression; for righteousness, but, behold, a cry.

8Woe unto them that join house to house, that lay field to field, till there be no room, and you are made to dwell alone in the midst of the land! 9In my ears says Jehovah of hosts, Of a truth many houses shall be desolate, even great and fair, without inhabitant. 10For ten acres of vineyard shall yield one bath, and a homer of seed shall yield but an ephah. 11Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink; that tarry late into the night, till wine inflames them! 12And the harp and the lute, the tabret and the pipe, and wine, are in their feasts; but they regard not the work of Jehovah, neither have they considered the operation of his hands. 13Therefore my people are gone into captivity for lack of knowledge; and their honorable men are famished, and their multitude are parched with thirst. 14Therefore Sheol has enlarged its desire, and opened its mouth without measure; and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoices among them, descend into it. 15And the mean man is bowed down, and the great man is humbled, and the eyes of the lofty are humbled: 16but Jehovah of hosts is exalted in justice, and God the Holy One is sanctified in righteousness. 17Then shall the lambs feed as in their pasture, and the waste places of the fat ones shall wanderers eat.

18Woe unto them that draw iniquity with cords of falsehood, and sin as it were with a cart rope; 19that say, Let him make speed, let him hasten his work, that we may see it; and let the counsel of the Holy One of Israel draw near and come, that we may know it! 20Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! 21Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight! 22Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink; 23that justify the wicked for a bribe, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him! 24Therefore as the tongue of fire devours the stubble, and as the dry grass sinks down in the flame, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust; because they have rejected the law of Jehovah of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel. 25Therefore is the anger of Jehovah kindled against his people, and he has stretched forth his hand against them, and has affected them; and the mountains tremble, and their dead bodies are as refuse in the midst of the streets. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still. 26And he will lift up a banner to the nations from far, and will hiss for them from the end of the earth; and, behold, they shall come with speed swiftly. 27None shall be weary nor stumble among them; none shall slumber nor sleep; neither shall the girdle of their loins be loosed, nor the latchet of their shoes be broken: 28whose arrows are sharp, and all their bows bent; their horsesí hoofs shall be accounted as flint, and their wheels as a whirlwind: 29their roaring shall be like a lioness, they shall roar like young lions; yes, they shall roar, and lay hold of the prey, and carry it away safe, and there shall be none to deliver. 30And they shall roar against them in that day like the roaring of the sea: and if one look unto the land, behold, darkness and distress; and the light is darkened in the clouds thereof.

 

6 In the year that king Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and his train filled the temple. 2Above him stood the seraphim: each one had six wings; with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he did fly. 3And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is Jehovah of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. 4And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke.

5Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for my eyes have seen the King, Jehovah of hosts. 6Then flew one of the seraphim unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: 7and he touched my mouth with it, and said, Lo, this has touched your lips; and your iniquity is taken away, and your sin forgiven. 8And I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then I said, Here am I; send me.

9And he said, Go, and tell this people, You shall indeed hear, but understand not; and you shall indeed see, but perceive not. 10Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; unless they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and turn again, and be healed. 11Then I said, Lord, how long? And he answered, Until cities be wasted without inhabitant, and houses without man, and the land become utterly waste, 12and Jehovah has removed men far away, and the forsaken places be many in the midst of the land. 13And if there be yet a tenth in it, it also shall in turn be eaten up: as a terebinth, and as an oak, whose stock remains, when they are felled; so the holy seed is the stock thereof.

 

7 And it came to pass in the days of Ahaz the son of Jotham, the son of Uzziah, king of Judah, that Rezin the king of Syria, and Pekah the son of Remaliah, king of Israel, went up to Jerusalem to war against it, but could not prevail against it. 2And it was told the house of David, saying, Syria is confederate with Ephraim. And his heart trembled, and the heart of his people, as the trees of the forest tremble with the wind. 3Then said Jehovah unto Isaiah, Go forth now to meet Ahaz, you, and Shear-jashub your son, at the end of the conduit of the upper pool, in the highway of the fullerís field; 4and say unto him, Take heed, and be quiet; fear not, neither let your heart be faint, because of these two tails of smoking firebrands, for the fierce anger of Rezin and Syria, and of the son of Remaliah. 5Because Syria, Ephraim, and the son of Remaliah, have purposed evil against you, saying, 6Let us go up against Judah, and agitate it, and let us make a breach therein for us, and set up a king in the midst of it, even the son of Tabeel; 7thus says the Lord Jehovah, It shall not stand, neither shall it come to pass. 8For the head of Syria is Damascus, and the head of Damascus is Rezin; and within threescore and five years shall Ephraim be broken in pieces, so that it shall not be a people: 9and the head of Ephraim is Samaria, and the head of Samaria is Remaliahís son. If you will not believe, surely you shall not be established.

10And Jehovah spoke again unto Ahaz, saying, 11Ask you a sign of Jehovah your God; ask it either in the depth, or in the height above. 12But Ahaz said, I will not ask, neither will I tempt Jehovah. 13And he said, Hear now, O house of David: Is it a small thing for you to weary men, that you will weary my God also? 14Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. 15Butter and honey shall he eat, when he knows to refuse the evil, and choose the good. 16For before the child shall know to refuse the evil, and choose the good, the land whose two kings you hate shall be forsaken.

17Jehovah will bring upon you, and upon your people, and upon your fatherís house, days that have not come, from the day that Ephraim departed from Judah--even the king of Assyria. 18And it shall come to pass in that day, that Jehovah will hiss for the fly that is in the uttermost part of the rivers of Egypt, and for the bee that is in the land of Assyria. 19And they shall come, and shall rest all of them in the desolate valleys, and in the clefts of the rocks, and upon all thorn-hedges, and upon all pastures. 20In that day will the Lord shave with a razor that is hired in the parts beyond the River, even with the king of Assyria, the head and the hair of the feet; and it shall also consume the beard. 21And it shall come to pass in that day, that a man shall keep alive a young cow, and two sheep; 22and it shall come to pass, that because of the abundance of milk which they shall give he shall eat butter: for butter and honey shall every one eat that is left in the midst of the land. 23And it shall come to pass in that day, that every place, where there were a thousand vines worth a thousand pieces of silver, shall be for briers and thorns. 24With arrows and with bow shall one come there, because all the land shall be briers and thorns. 25And all the hills that were dug with the mattock, you shall not come there for fear of briers and thorns; but it shall be for the sending forth of oxen, and for the treading of sheep.

 

8 And Jehovah said unto me, Take a great tablet, and write upon it with the pen of a man, For Maher-shalal-hash-baz; 2and I will take unto me faithful witnesses to record, Uriah the priest, and Zechariah the son of Jeberechiah. 3And I went unto the prophetess; and she conceived, and bare a son. Then said Jehovah unto me, Call his name Maher-shalal-hash-baz. 4For before the child shall have knowledge to cry, My father, and, My mother, the riches of Damascus and the plunder of Samaria shall be carried away before the king of Assyria. 5And Jehovah spoke unto me yet again, saying, 6Forasmuch as this people have refused the waters of Shiloah that go softly, and rejoice in Rezin and Remaliahís son; 7now therefore, behold, the Lord brought up upon them the waters of the River, strong and many, even the king of Assyria and all his glory: and it shall come up over all its channels, and go over all its banks; 8and it shall sweep onward into Judah; it shall overflow and pass through; it shall reach even to the neck; and the stretching out of its wings shall fill the breadth of your land, O Immanuel.

9Make an uproar, O you peoples, and be broken in pieces; and give ear, all you of far countries: gird yourselves, and be broken in pieces; gird yourselves, and be broken in pieces. 10Take counsel together, and it shall be brought to nothing; speak the word, and it shall not stand: for God is with us. 11For Jehovah spoke this to me with a strong hand, and instructed me not to walk in the way of this people, saying, 12Say not, A conspiracy, concerning all whereof this people shall say, A conspiracy; neither fear you their fear, nor be in dread thereof. 13Jehovah of hosts, him shall you sanctify; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread. 14And he shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offence to both the houses of Israel, for a trap and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem. 15And many shall stumble thereon, and fall, and be broken, and be snared, and be taken.

16You, bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples. 17And I will wait for Jehovah, that hides his face from the house of Jacob, and I will look for him. 18Behold, I and the children whom Jehovah has given me are for signs and for wonders in Israel from Jehovah of hosts, who dwells in mount Zion. 19And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits and unto the wizards, that chirp and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? on behalf of the living should they seek unto the dead? 20To the law and to the testimony! if they speak not according to this word, surely there is no morning for them. 21And they shall pass through it, very distressed and hungry; and it shall come to pass that, when they shall be hungry, they shall fret themselves, and curse by their king and by their God, and turn their faces upward: 22and they shall look unto the earth, and behold, distress and darkness, the gloom of anguish; and into thick darkness they shall be driven away.

 

9 But there shall be no gloom to her that was in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali; but in the latter time has he made it glorious, by the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations. 2The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, upon them has the light shined. 3You have multiplied the nation, you have increased their joy: they joy before you according to the joy in harvest, as men rejoice when they divide the plunder. 4For the yoke of his burden, and the staff of his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, you have broken as in the day of Midian. 5For all the armor of the armed man in the tumult, and the garments rolled in blood, shall be for burning, for fuel of fire. 6For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7Of the increase of his government and of peace there shall be no end: upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to establish it, and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of Jehovah of hosts will perform this.

8The Lord sent a word into Jacob, and it has fallen upon Israel. 9And all the people shall know, even Ephraim and the inhabitant of Samaria, that say in pride and in stoutness of heart, 10The bricks are fallen, but we will build with hewn stone; the sycamores are cut down, but we will put cedars in their place. 11Therefore Jehovah will set up on high against him the adversaries of Rezin, and will stir up his enemies, 12the Syrians before, and the Philistines behind; and they shall devour Israel with an open mouth. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still. 13Yet the people have not turned unto him that struck them, neither have they sought Jehovah of hosts. 14Therefore Jehovah will cut off from Israel head and tail, palm-branch and rush, in one day. 15The elder and the honorable man, he is the head; and the prophet that teach lies, he is the tail. 16For they that lead this people cause them to err; and they that are led of them are destroyed. 17Therefore the Lord will not rejoice over their young men, neither will he have compassion on their fatherless and widows; for every one is profane and an evil-doer, and every mouth spoke folly. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still. 18For wickedness burns as the fire; it devours the briers and thorns; yes, it kindles in the thickets of the forest, and they roll upward in a column of smoke. 19Through the wrath of Jehovah of hosts is the land burnt up; and the people are as the fuel of fire: no man spares his brother. 20And one shall snatch on the right hand, and be hungry; and he shall eat on the left hand, and they shall not be satisfied: they shall eat every man the flesh of his own arm: 21Manasseh, Ephraim; and Ephraim, Manasseh; and they together shall be against Judah. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.

 

10 Woe unto them that decree unrighteous decrees, and to the writers that write perverseness; 2to turn aside the needy from justice, and to rob the poor of my people of their right, that widows may be their plunder, and that they may make the fatherless their prey! 3And what will you do in the day of visitation, and in the desolation which shall come from far? to whom will you flee for help? and where will you leave your glory? 4They shall only bow down under the prisoners, and shall fall under the slain. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.

5Ho Assyrian, the rod of my anger, the staff in whose hand is my indignation! 6I will send him against a profane nation, and against the people of my wrath will I give him a charge, to take the plunder, and to take the prey, and to tread them down like the mire of the streets. 7Howbeit he means not so, neither does his heart think so; but it is in his heart to destroy, and to cut off not a few nations. 8For he says, Are not my princes all of them kings? 9Is not Calno as Car-che-mish? is not Ha-math as Arpad? is not Samaria as Damascus? 10As my hand has found the kingdoms of the idols, whose graven images did excel them of Jerusalem and of Samaria; 11shall I not, as I have done unto Samaria and her idols, so do to Jerusalem and her idols? 12Wherefore it shall come to pass, that, when the Lord has performed his whole work upon mount Zion and on Jerusalem, I will punish the fruit of the stout heart of the king of Assyria, and the glory of his high looks. 13For he has said, By the strength of my hand I have done it, and by my wisdom; for I have understanding: and I have removed the borders of the peoples, and have robbed their treasures, and like a valiant man I have brought down them that sit on thrones: 14and my hand has found as a nest the riches of the peoples; and as one gathers eggs that are forsaken, have I gathered all the earth: and there was none that moved the wing, or that opened the mouth, or chirped. 15Shall the axe boast itself against him that hews therewith? shall the saw magnify itself against him that wields it? as if a rod should wield them that lift it up, or as if a staff should lift up him that is not wood. 16Therefore will the Lord, Jehovah of hosts, send among his fat ones leanness; and under his glory there shall be kindled a burning like the burning of fire. 17And the light of Israel will be for a fire, and his Holy One for a flame; and it will burn and devour his thorns and his briers in one day. 18And he will consume the glory of his forest, and of his fruitful field, both soul and body: and it shall be as when a standard-bearer faints. 19And the remnant of the trees of his forest shall be few, so that a child may write them.

20And it shall come to pass in that day, that the remnant of Israel, and they that are escaped of the house of Jacob, shall no more again lean upon him that struck them, but shall lean upon Jehovah, the Holy One of Israel, in truth. 21A remnant shall return, even the remnant of Jacob, unto the mighty God. 22For though your people, Israel, be as the sand of the sea, only a remnant of them shall return: a destruction is determined, overflowing with righteousness. 23For a full end, and that determined, will the Lord, Jehovah of hosts, make in the midst of all the earth.

24Therefore this says the Lord, Jehovah of hosts, O my people that dwell in Zion, be not afraid of the Assyrian, though he strike you with the rod, and lift up his staff against you, after the manner of Egypt. 25For yet a very little while, and the indignation against you shall be accomplished, and my anger shall be directed to his destruction. 26And Jehovah of hosts will stir up against him a scourge, as in the striking of Midian at the rock of Oreb: and his rod will be over the sea, and he will lift it up after the manner of Egypt. 27And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall depart from off your shoulder, and his yoke from off your neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed by reason of fatness. 28He is come to Aiath, he is passed through Migron; at Michmash he lays up his baggage; 29they are gone over the pass; they have taken up their lodging at Geba; Ramah trembles; Gibeah of Saul is fled. 30Cry aloud with your voice, O daughter of Gallim! hearken, O Laishah! O you poor Anathoth! 31Madmenah is a fugitive; the inhabitants of Gebim flee for safety. 32This very day shall he halt at Nob: he shakes his hand at the mount of the daughter of Zion, the hill of Jerusalem. 33Behold, the Lord, Jehovah of hosts, will lop the boughs with terror: and the high of stature shall be hewn down, and the lofty shall be brought low. 34And he will cut down the thickets of the forest with iron, and Lebanon shall fall by a mighty one.

 

11 And there shall come forth a shoot out of the stock of Jesse, and a branch out of his roots shall bear fruit. 2And the Spirit of Jehovah shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of Jehovah. 3And his delight shall be in the fear of Jehovah; and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither decide after the hearing of his ears; 4but with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; and he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth; and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked. 5And righteousness shall be the girdle of his waist, and faithfulness the girdle of his loins. 6And the wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. 7And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. 8And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adderís den. 9They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of Jehovah, as the waters cover the sea.

10And it shall come to pass in that day, that the root of Jesse, that stands for an sign of the peoples, unto him shall the nations seek; and his resting-place shall be glorious. 11And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord will set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, that shall remain, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Path-ros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Ha-math, and from the islands of the sea. 12And he will set up an sign for the nations, and will assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth. 13The envy also of Ephraim shall depart, and they that oppress Judah shall be cut off: Ephraim shall not envy Judah, and Judah shall not oppress Ephraim. 14And they shall fly down upon the shoulder of the Philistines on the west; together shall they plunder the children of the east: they shall put forth their hand upon Edom and Mo-ab; and the children of Am-mon shall obey them. 15And Jehovah will utterly destroy the tongue of the Egyptian sea; and with his scorching wind will he wave his hand over the River, and will strike it into seven streams, and cause men to march over dryshod. 16And there shall be a highway for the remnant of his people, that shall remain, from Assyria; like as there was for Israel in the day that he came up out of the land of Egypt.

 

12 And in that day you shall say, I will give thanks unto you, O Jehovah; for though you were angry with me, your anger is turned away and you comfort me. 2Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for Jehovah, even Jehovah, is my strength and song; and he is become my salvation. 3Therefore with joy shall you draw water out of the wells of salvation.

4And in that day shall you say, Give thanks unto Jehovah, call upon his name, declare his doings among the peoples, make mention that his name is exalted. 5Sing unto Jehovah; for he has done excellent things: let this be known in all the earth. 6Cry aloud and shout, you inhabitant of Zion; for great in the midst of you is the Holy One of Israel.

 

13 The burden of Babylon, which Isaiah the son of Amoz did see. 2Set you up an banner upon the bare mountain, lift up the voice unto them, wave the hand, that they may go into the gates of the nobles. 3I have commanded my consecrated ones, yes, I have called my mighty men for my anger, even my proudly exulted ones. 4The noise of a multitude in the mountains, as of a great people! the noise of a tumult of the kingdoms of the nations gathered together! Jehovah of hosts is mustering the host for the battle. 5They come from a far country, from the uttermost part of heaven, even Jehovah, and the weapons of his indignation, to destroy the whole land.

6Wail; for the day of Jehovah is at hand; as destruction from the Almighty shall it come. 7Therefore shall all hands be feeble, and every heart of man shall melt: 8and they shall be dismayed; pangs and sorrows shall take hold of them; they shall be in pain as a woman in travail: they shall look in amazement one at another; their faces shall be faces of flames. 9Behold, the day of Jehovah comes, cruel, with wrath and fierce anger; to make the land a desolation, and to destroy the sinners thereof out of it. 10For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light; the sun shall be darkened in its going forth, and the moon shall not cause its light to shine. 11And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity: and I will cause the arrogance of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible. 12I will make a man more rare than fine gold, even a man than the pure gold of Ophir. 13Therefore I will make the heavens to tremble, and the earth shall be shaken out of its place, in the wrath of Jehovah of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger. 14And it shall come to pass, that as the chased roe, and as sheep that no man gathers, they shall turn every man to his own people, and shall flee every man to his own land. 15Every one that is found shall be thrust through; and every one that is taken shall fall by the sword. 16Their infants also shall be dashed in pieces before their eyes; their houses shall be rifled, and their wives ravished. 17Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them, who shall not regard silver, and as for gold, they shall not delight in it. 18And their bows shall dash the young men in pieces; and they shall have no pity on the fruit of the womb; their eye shall not spare children.

19And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chal-de-ansí pride, shall be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah. 20It shall never be inhabited, neither shall it be dwelt in from generation to generation: neither shall the A-ra-bi-an pitch a tent there; neither shall shepherds make their flocks to lie down there. 21But wild beasts of the desert shall lie there; and their houses shall be full of doleful creatures; and ostriches shall dwell there, and wild goats shall dance there. 22And wolves shall cry in their castles, and jackals in the pleasant palaces: and her time is near to come, and her days shall not be prolonged.

 

14 For Jehovah will have compassion on Jacob, and will yet choose Israel, and set them in their own land: and the sojourner shall join himself with them, and they shall cleave to the house of Jacob. 2And the peoples shall take them, and bring them to their place; and the house of Israel shall possess them in the land of Jehovah for servants and for handmaids: and they shall take them captive whose captives they were; and they shall rule over their oppressors. 3And it shall come to pass in the day that Jehovah shall give you rest from your sorrow, and from your trouble, and from the hard service wherein you were made to serve,

4that you shall take up this parable against the king of Babylon, and say, How has the oppressor ceased! the golden city ceased! 5Jehovah has broken the staff of the wicked, the sceptre of the rulers; 6that struck the peoples in wrath with a continual stroke, that ruled the nations in anger, with a persecution that none restrained. 7The whole earth is at rest, and is quiet: they break forth into singing. 8Yes, the fir-trees rejoice at you, and the cedars of Lebanon, saying, Since you are laid low, no hewer is come up against us. 9Sheol from beneath is moved for you to meet you at your coming; it stirs up the dead for you, even all the chief ones of the earth; it has raised up from their thrones all the kings of the nations. 10All they shall answer and say unto you, are you also become weak as we? are you become like unto us? 11Thy pomp is brought down to Sheol, and the noise of your viols: the worm is spread under you, and worms cover you. 12How are you fallen from heaven, O day-star, son of the morning! how are you cut down to the ground, that did lay low the nations! 13And you said in your heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; and I will sit upon the mount of congregation, in the uttermost parts of the north; 14I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High. 15Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, to the uttermost parts of the pit. 16They that see you shall gaze at you, they shall consider you, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms; 17that made the world as a wilderness, and overthrew the cities thereof; that let not loose his prisoners to their home? 18All the kings of the nations, all of them, sleep in glory, every one in his own house. 19But you are cast forth away from your sepulchre like an abominable branch, clothed with the slain, that are thrust through with the sword, that go down to the stones of the pit; as a dead body trodden under foot. 20You shall not be joined with them in burial, because you have destroyed your land, you have slain your people; the seed of evil-doers shall not be named for ever. 21Prepare a slaughter for his children for the iniquity of their fathers, that they rise not up, and possess the earth, and fill the face of the world with cities. 22And I will rise up against them, says Jehovah of hosts, and cut off from Babylon name and remnant, and son and sonís son, says Jehovah. 23I will also make it a possession for the porcupine, and pools of water: and I will sweep it with the broom of destruction, says Jehovah of hosts.

24Jehovah of hosts has sworn, saying, Surely, as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand: 25that I will break the Assyrian in my land, and upon my mountains tread him under foot: then shall his yoke depart from off them, and his burden depart from off their shoulder. 26This is the purpose that is purposed upon the whole earth; and this is the hand that is stretched out upon all the nations. 27For Jehovah of hosts has purposed, and who shall annul it? and his hand is stretched out, and who shall turn it back? 28In the year that king Ahaz died was this burden. 29Rejoice not, O Philistia, all of you, because the rod that struck you is broken; for out of the serpentís root shall come forth an adder, and his fruit shall be a fiery flying serpent. 30And the first-born of the poor shall feed, and the needy shall lie down in safety; and I will kill your root with famine, and your remnant shall be slain. 31Howl, O gate; cry, O city; you are melted away, O Philistia, all of you; for there comes a smoke out of the north, and there is no straggler in his ranks. 32What then shall one answer the messengers of the nation? That Jehovah has founded Zion, and in her shall the afflicted of his people take refuge.

 

15 The burden of Mo-ab. For in a night Ar of Mo-ab is laid waste, and brought to nothing; for in a night Kir of Mo-ab is laid waste, and brought to nothing. 2They are gone up to Bayith, and to Dibon, to the high places, to weep: Mo-ab wails over Nebo, and over Medeba; on all their heads is baldness, every beard is cut off. 3In their streets they gird themselves with sackcloth; on their housetops, and in their broad places, every one wails, weeping abundantly. 4And Heshbon cries out, and El-e-a-leh; their voice is heard even unto Jahaz: therefore the armed men of Mo-ab cry aloud; his soul trembles within him. 5My heart cries out for Mo-ab; her nobles flee unto Zoar, to Eglath-shelishi-yah: for by the ascent of Luhith with weeping they go up; for in the way of Hor-o-na-im they raise up a cry of destruction.

6For the waters of Nimrim shall be desolate; for the grass is withered away, the tender grass fails, there is no green thing. 7Therefore the abundance they have gotten, and that which they have laid up, shall they carry away over the brook of the willows. 8For the cry is gone round about the borders of Mo-ab; the wailing thereof unto Eglaim, and the wailing thereof unto Beer-elim. 9For the waters of Dimon are full of blood; for I will bring yet more upon Dimon, a lion upon them of Mo-ab that escape, and upon the remnant of the land.

 

16 Send you the lambs for the ruler of the land from Selah to the wilderness, unto the mount of the daughter of Zion. 2For it shall be that, as wandering birds, as a scattered nest, so shall the daughters of Mo-ab be at the fords of the Arnon. 3Give counsel, execute justice; make your shade as the night in the midst of the noonday; hide the outcasts; betray not the fugitive. 4Let my outcasts dwell with you; as for Mo-ab, be you a covert to him from the face of the destroyer. For the extortioner is brought to nothing, destruction ceases, the oppressors are consumed out of the land. 5And a throne shall be established in lovingkindness; and one shall sit thereon in truth, in the tent of David, judging, and seeking justice, and swift to do righteousness.

6We have heard of the pride of Mo-ab, that he is very proud; even of his arrogancy, and his pride, and his wrath; his boastings are nothing. 7Therefore shall Mo-ab wail for Mo-ab, every one shall wail: for the raisin-cakes of Kir-hareseth shall you mourn, utterly stricken. 8For the fields of Heshbon languish, and the vine of Sibmah; the lords of the nations have broken down the choice branches thereof, which reached even unto Jazer, which wandered into the wilderness; its shoots were spread abroad, they passed over the sea. 9Therefore I will weep with the weeping of Jazer for the vine of Sibmah; I will water you with my tears, O Heshbon, and El-e-a-leh: for upon your summer fruits and upon your harvest the battle shout is fallen. 10And gladness is taken away, and joy out of the fruitful field; and in the vineyards there shall be no singing, neither joyful noise: no treader shall tread out wine in the presses; I have made the vineyard shouts to cease. 11Wherefore my heart sounds like a harp for Mo-ab, and my inward parts for Kir-heres. 12And it shall come to pass, when Mo-ab presents himself, when he wearies himself upon the high place, and shall come to his sanctuary to pray, that he shall not prevail. 13This is the word that Jehovah spoke concerning Mo-ab in time past. 14But now Jehovah has spoken, saying, Within three years, as the years of a hireling, the glory of Mo-ab shall be brought into contempt, with all his great multitude; and the remnant shall be very small and of no account.

 

17 The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap. 2The cities of A-ro-er are forsaken; they shall be for flocks, which shall lie down, and none shall make them afraid. 3And the fortress shall cease from Ephraim, and the kingdom from Damascus, and the remnant of Syria; they shall be as the glory of the children of Israel, says Jehovah of hosts. 4And it shall come to pass in that day, that the glory of Jacob shall be made thin, and the fatness of his flesh shall become lean. 5And it shall be as when the harvestman gathers the standing grain, and his arm reaps the ears; yes, it shall be as when one gleans ears in the valley of Rephaim.

6Yet there shall be left therein gleanings, as the shaking of an olive-tree, two or three berries in the top of the uppermost bough, four or five in the outmost branches of a fruitful tree, says Jehovah, the God of Israel. 7In that day shall men look unto their Maker, and their eyes shall have respect to the Holy One of Israel. 8And they shall not look to the altars, the work of their hands; neither shall they have respect to that which their fingers have made, either the Asherim, or the sun-images.

9In that day shall their strong cities be as the forsaken places in the wood and on the mountain top, which were forsaken from before the children of Israel; and it shall be a desolation. 10For you have forgotten the God of your salvation, and have not been mindful of the rock of your strength; therefore you planted pleasant plants, and set it with strange slips. 11In the day of your planting you hedge it in, and in the morning you make your seed to blossom; but the harvest flees away in the day of grief and of desperate sorrow.

12Ah, the uproar of many peoples, that roar like the roaring of the seas; and the rushing of nations, that rush like the rushing of mighty waters! 13The nations shall rush like the rushing of many waters: but he shall rebuke them, and they shall flee far off, and shall be chased as the chaff of the mountains before the wind, and like the whirling dust before the storm. 14At eventide, behold, terror; and before the morning they are not. This is the portion of them that plunder us, and the lot of them that rob us.

 

18 Ah, the land of the rustling of wings, which is beyond the rivers of E-thi-o-pi-a; 2that sends ambassadors by the sea, even in vessels of papyrus upon the waters, saying, Go, you swift messengers, to a nation tall and smooth, to a people terrible from their beginning onward, a nation that metes out and treads down, whose land the rivers divide! 3All you inhabitants of the world, and you dwellers on the earth, when an banner is lifted up on the mountains, you see; and when the trumpet is blown, you hear. 4For this has Jehovah said unto me, I will be still, and I will behold in my dwelling-place, like clear heat in sunshine, like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest. 5For before the harvest, when the blossom is over, and the flower becomes a ripening grape, he will cut off the sprigs with pruning-hooks, and the spreading branches will he take away and cut down. 6They shall be left together unto the ravenous birds of the mountains, and to the beasts of the earth; and the ravenous birds shall summer upon them, and all the beasts of the earth shall winter upon them. 7In that time shall a present be brought unto Jehovah of hosts from a people tall and smooth, even from a people terrible from their beginning onward, a nation that measure out and treads down, whose land the rivers divide, to the place of the name of Jehovah of hosts, the mount Zion.

 

19 The burden of Egypt. Behold, Jehovah rides upon a swift cloud, and comes unto Egypt: and the idols of Egypt shall tremble at his presence; and the heart of Egypt shall melt in the midst of it. 2And I will stir up the Egyptians against the Egyptians: and they shall fight every one against his brother, and every one against his neighbor; city against city, and kingdom against kingdom. 3And the spirit of Egypt shall fail in the midst of it; and I will destroy the counsel thereof: and they shall seek unto the idols, and to the charmers, and to them that have familiar spirits, and to the wizards. 4And I will give over the Egyptians into the hand of a cruel lord; and a fierce king shall rule over them, says the Lord, Jehovah of hosts. 5And the waters shall fail from the sea, and the river shall be wasted and become dry. 6And the rivers shall become foul; the streams of Egypt shall be diminished and dried up; the reeds and flags shall where away. 7The meadows by the Nile, by the brink of the Nile, and all the sown fields of the Nile, shall become dry, be driven away, and be no more. 8And the fishers shall lament, and all they that cast hook into the Nile shall mourn, and they that spread nets upon the waters shall languish. 9Moreover they that work in fine flax, and they that weave white cloth, shall be confounded. 10And the pillars of Egypt shall be broken in pieces; all they that work for hire shall be grieved in soul. 11The princes of Zoan are utterly foolish; the counsel of the wisest counselors of Pharaoh is become brutish: how say you unto Pharaoh, I am the son of the wise, the son of ancient kings? 12Where then are your wise men? and let them tell you now; and let them know what Jehovah of hosts has purposed concerning Egypt. 13The princes of Zoan are become fools, the princes of Memphis are deceived; they have caused Egypt to go astray, that are the corner-stone of her tribes. 14Jehovah has mingled a spirit of perverseness in the midst of her; and they have caused Egypt to go astray in every work thereof, as a drunken man staggers in his vomit. 15Neither shall there be for Egypt any work, which head or tail, palm-branch or rush, may do. 16In that day shall the Egyptians be like unto a women; and they shall tremble and fear because of the shaking of the hand of Jehovah of hosts, which he shakes over them. 17And the land of Judah shall become a terror unto Egypt; every one to whom mention is made thereof shall be afraid, because of the purpose of Jehovah of hosts, which he purposed against it.

18In that day there shall be five cities in the land of Egypt that speak the language of Canaan, and swear to Jehovah of hosts; one shall be called The city of destruction. 19In that day shall there be an altar to Jehovah in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar at the border thereof to Jehovah. 20And it shall be for a sign and for a witness unto Jehovah of hosts in the land of Egypt; for they shall cry unto Jehovah because of oppressors, and he will send them a Saviour, and a defender, and he will deliver them. 21And Jehovah shall be known to Egypt, and the Egyptians shall know Jehovah in that day; yes, they shall worship with sacrifice and oblation, and shall vow a vow unto Jehovah, and shall perform it. 22And Jehovah will strike Egypt, smiting and healing; and they shall return unto Jehovah, and he will be petition of them, and will heal them. 23In that day shall there be a highway out of Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrian shall come into Egypt, and the Egyptian into Assyria; and the Egyptians shall worship with the Assyrians. 24In that day shall Israel be the third with Egypt and with Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the earth; 25for that Jehovah of hosts has blessed them, saying, Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel my inheritance.

 

20 In the year that Tartan came unto Ashdod, when Sargon the king of Assyria sent him, and he fought against Ashdod and took it; 2at that time Jehovah spoke by Isaiah the son of Amoz, saying, Go, and loose the sackcloth from off your loins, and put your shoes from off your feet. And he did so, walking naked and barefoot. 3And Jehovah said, Like as my servant Isaiah has walked naked and barefoot three years for a sign and a wonder concerning Egypt and concerning E-thi-o-pi-a; 4so shall the king of Assyria lead away the captives of Egypt, and the exiles of E-thi-o-pi-a, young and old, naked and barefoot, and with buttocks uncovered, to the shame of Egypt. 5And they shall be dismayed and confounded, because of E-thi-o-pi-a their expectation, and of Egypt their glory. 6And the inhabitant of this coast-land shall say in that day, Behold, such is our expectation, where we fled for help to be delivered from the king of Assyria: and we, how shall we escape?

 

21 The burden of the wilderness of the sea. As whirlwinds in the South sweep through, it comes from the wilderness, from a terrible land. 2A grievous vision is declared unto me; the treacherous man deals treacherously, and the destroyer destroys. Go up, O Elam; besiege, O Media; all the sighing thereof have I made to cease. 3Therefore are my loins filled with anguish; pangs have taken hold upon me, as the pangs of a woman in travail: I am pained so that I cannot hear; I am dismayed so that I cannot see. 4My heart flutters, horror has frightened me; the twilight that I desired has been turned into trembling unto me. 5They prepare the table, they set the watch, they eat, they drink: rise up, you princes, anoint the shield. 6For this has the Lord said unto me, Go, set a watchman: let him declare what he sees: 7and when he sees a troop, horsemen in pairs, a troop of asses, a troop of camels, he shall hearken diligently with much heed. 8And he cried as a lion: O Lord, I stand continually upon the watch-tower in the day-time, and am set in my ward whole nights; 9and, behold, here comes a troop of men, horsemen in pairs. And he answered and said, Fallen, fallen is Babylon; and all the graven images of her gods are broken unto the ground. 10O you my threshing, and the grain of my floor! that which I have heard from Jehovah of hosts, the God of Israel, have I declared unto you.

11The burden of Dumah. One calls unto me out of Se-ir, Watchman, what of the night? Watchman, what of the night? 12The watchman said, The morning comes, and also the night: if you will inquire, inquire you: turn you, come.

13The burden upon A-ra-bi-a. In the forest in A-ra-bi-a shall you lodge, O you caravans of De-danites. 14Unto him that was thirsty they brought water; the inhabitants of the land of Tema did meet the fugitives with their bread. 15For they fled away from the swords, from the drawn sword, and from the bent bow, and from the grievousness of war. 16For this has the Lord said unto me, Within a year, according to the years of a hireling, all the glory of Ke-dar shall fail; 17and the residue of the number of the archers, the mighty men of the children of Ke-dar, shall be few; for Jehovah, the God of Israel, has spoken it.

 

22 The burden of the valley of vision. What ails you now, that you are wholly gone up to the housetops? 2O you that are full of shoutings, a tumultuous city, a joyous town; your slain are not slain with the sword, neither are they dead in battle. 3All your rulers fled away together, they were bound by the archers; all that were found of you were bound together; they fled afar off. 4Therefore said I, Look away from me, I will weep bitterly; labor not to comfort me for the destruction of the daughter of my people. 5For it is a day of discomfiture, and of treading down, and of perplexity, from the Lord, Jehovah of hosts, in the valley of vision; a breaking down of the walls, and a crying to the mountains. 6And Elam bare the quiver, with chariots of men and horsemen; and Kir uncovered the shield. 7And it came to pass, that your choicest valleys were full of chariots, and the horsemen set themselves in array at the gate.

8And he took away the covering of Judah; and you did look in that day to the armor in the house of the forest. 9And you saw the breaches of the city of David, that they were many; and you gathered together the waters of the lower pool; 10and you numbered the houses of Jerusalem, and you brake down the houses to fortify the wall; 11ye made also a reservoir between the two walls for the water of the old pool. But you looked not unto him that had done this, neither had you respect unto him that purposed it long ago. 12And in that day did the Lord, Jehovah of hosts, call to weeping, and to mourning, and to baldness, and to girding with sackcloth: 13and behold, joy and gladness, slaying oxen and killing sheep, eating flesh and drinking wine: let us eat and drink, for to-morrow we shall die. 14And Jehovah of hosts revealed himself in my ears, Surely this iniquity shall not be forgiven you till you die, says the Lord, Jehovah of hosts.

15Thus says the Lord, Jehovah of hosts, Go, get you unto this treasurer, even unto Shebna, who is over the house, and say, 16What do you here? and whom has you here, that you have hewed you out here a sepulchre? hewing him out a sepulchre on high, graving a habitation for himself in the rock! 17Behold, Jehovah, like a strong man, will hurl you away violently; yes, he will wrap you up closely. 18He will surely wind you round and round, and toss you like a ball into a large country; there shall you die, and there shall be the chariots of your glory, the shame of your lordís house. 19And I will thrust you from your office; and from your station shall you be pulled down. 20And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will call my servant Eliakim the son of Hilkiah: 21and I will cloth him with your robe, and strengthen him with your girdle, and I will commit your government into his hand; and he shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to the house of Judah. 22And the key of the house of David will I lay upon his shoulder; and he shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open. 23And I will fasten him as a nail in a sure place; and he shall be for a throne of glory to his fatherís house. 24And they shall hang upon him all the glory of his fatherís house, the offspring and the issue, every small vessel, from the cups even to all the flagons. 25In that day, says Jehovah of hosts, shall the nail that was fastened in a sure place give way; and it shall be hewn down, and fall; and the burden that was upon it shall be cut off; for Jehovah has spoken it.

 

23 The burden of Tyre. Howl, you ships of Tar-shish; for it is laid waste, so that there is no house, no entering in: from the land of Kittim it is revealed to them. 2Be still, you inhabitants of the coast, you whom the merchants of Sidon, that pass over the sea, have replenished. 3And on great waters the seed of the Shihor, the harvest of the Nile, was her revenue; and she was the mart of nations. 4Be you ashamed, O Sidon; for the sea has spoken, the stronghold of the sea, saying, I have not travailed, nor brought forth, neither have I nourished young men, nor brought up virgins. 5When the report comes to Egypt, they shall be sorely pained at the report of Tyre. 6Pass over to Tar-shish; wail, you inhabitants of the coast. 7Is this your joyous city, whose antiquity is of ancient days, whose feet carried her afar off to sojourn? 8Who has purposed this against Tyre, the bestower of crowns, whose merchants are princes, whose traffickers are the honorable of the earth? 9Jehovah of hosts has purposed it, to stain the pride of all glory, to bring into contempt all the honorable of the earth. 10Pass through your land as the Nile, O daughter of Tar-shish; there is no restraint any more. 11He has stretched out his hand over the sea, he has shaken the kingdoms: Jehovah has given commandment concerning Canaan, to destroy the strongholds thereof. 12And he said, you shall no more rejoice, O you oppressed virgin daughter of Sidon: arise, pass over to Kittim; even there shall you have no rest. 13Behold, the land of the Chal-de-ans: this people was not; the Assyrian founded it for them that dwell in the wilderness; they set up their towers; they overthrew the palaces thereof; they made it a ruin. 14Howl, you ships of Tar-shish; for your stronghold is laid waste.

15And it shall come to pass in that day, that Tyre shall be forgotten seventy years, according to the days of one king: after the end of seventy years it shall be unto Tyre as in the song of the harlot. 16Take a harp, go about the city, you harlot that have been forgotten; make sweet melody, sing many songs, that you may be remembered. 17And it shall come to pass after the end of seventy years, that Jehovah will visit Tyre, and she shall return to her hire, and shall play the harlot with all the kingdoms of the world upon the face of the earth. 18And her merchandise and her hire shall be holiness to Jehovah: it shall not be treasured nor laid up; for her merchandise shall be for them that dwell before Jehovah, to eat sufficiently, and for durable clothing.

 

24 Behold, Jehovah makes the earth empty, and makes it waste, and turns it upside down, and scatters abroad the inhabitants thereof. 2And it shall be, as with the people, so with the priest; as with the servant, so with his master; as with the maid, so with her mistress; as with the buyer, so with the seller; as with the creditor, so with the debtor; as with the taker of interest, so with the giver of interest to him. 3The earth shall be utterly emptied, and utterly laid waste; for Jehovah has spoken this word. 4The earth mourns and fades away, the world languishes and fades away, the lofty people of the earth do languish. 5The earth also is polluted under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, violated the statutes, broken the everlasting covenant. 6Therefore has the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are found guilty: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left. 7The new wine mourns, the vine languishes, all the merry-hearted do sigh. 8The mirth of tabrets ceases, the noise of them that rejoice ends, the joy of the harp ceases. 9They shall not drink wine with a song; strong drink shall be bitter to them that drink it. 10The waste city is broken down; every house is shut up, that no man may come in. 11There is a crying in the streets because of the wine; all joy is darkened, the mirth of the land is gone. 12In the city is left desolation, and the gate is affected with destruction.

13For this shall it be in the midst of the earth among the peoples, as the shaking of an olive-tree, as the gleanings when the vintage is done. 14These shall lift up their voice, they shall shout; for the majesty of Jehovah they cry aloud from the sea. 15Therefore glorify Jehovah in the east, even the name of Jehovah, the God of Israel, in the isles of the sea.

16From the uttermost part of the earth have we heard songs: Glory to the righteous. But I said, I pine away, I pine away, woe is me! the treacherous have dealt treacherously; yes, the treacherous have dealt very treacherously. 17Fear, and the pit, and the snare, are upon you, O inhabitant of the earth. 18And it shall come to pass, that he who flees from the noise of the fear shall fall into the pit; and he that comes up out of the midst of the pit shall be taken in the snare: for the windows on high are opened, and the foundations of the earth tremble. 19The earth is utterly broken, the earth is rent asunder, the earth is shaken violently. 20The earth shall stagger like a drunken man, and shall sway to and fro like a hammock; and the transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it, and it shall fall, and not rise again. 21And it shall come to pass in that day, that Jehovah will punish the host of the high ones on high, and the kings of the earth upon the earth. 22And they shall be gathered together, as prisoners are gathered in the pit, and shall be shut up in the prison; and after many days shall they be visited. 23Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed; for Jehovah of hosts will reign in mount Zion, and in Jerusalem; and before his elders shall be glory.

 

25 O Jehovah, you are my God; I will exalt you, I will praise your name; for you have done wonderful things, even counsels of old, in faithfulness and truth. 2For you have made of a city a heap, of a fortified city a ruin, a palace of strangers to be no city; it shall never be built. 3Therefore shall a strong people glorify you; a city of terrible nations shall fear you. 4For you have been a stronghold to the poor, a stronghold to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shade from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall. 5As the heat in a dry place will you bring down the noise of strangers; as the heat by the shade of a cloud, the song of the terrible ones shall be brought low.

6And in this mountain will Jehovah of hosts make unto all peoples a feast of fat things, a feast of wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of wines on the lees well refined. 7And he will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering that covers all peoples, and the veil that is spread over all nations. 8He has swallowed up death for ever; and the Lord Jehovah will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the reproach of his people will he take away from off all the earth: for Jehovah has spoken it.

9And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is Jehovah; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation. 10For in this mountain will the hand of Jehovah rest; and Mo-ab shall be trodden down in his place, even as straw is trodden down in the water of the dunghill. 11And he shall spread forth his hands in the midst thereof, as he that swims spreads forth his hands to swim; but Jehovah will lay low his pride together with the craft of his hands. 12And the high fortress of your walls has he brought down, laid low, and brought to the ground, even to the dust.

 

26 In that day shall this song be sung in the land of Judah: we have a strong city; salvation will he appoint for walls and bulwarks. 2Open the gates, that the righteous nation which keeps faith may enter in. 3Thou will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you; because he trusts in you. 4Trust in Jehovah for ever; for in Jehovah, even Jehovah, is an everlasting rock.

5For he has brought down them that dwell on high, the lofty city: he lays it low, he lays it low even to the ground; he brought it even to the dust. 6The foot shall tread it down; even the feet of the poor, and the steps of the needy. 7The way of the just is uprightness: you that are upright do direct the path of the just. 8Yes, in the way of your judgments, O Jehovah, have we waited for you; to your name, even to your memorial name, is the desire of our soul. 9With my soul have I desired you in the night; yes, with my spirit within me will I seek you earnestly: for when your judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness. 10Let favor be showed to the wicked, yet will he not learn righteousness; in the land of uprightness will he deal wrongfully, and will not behold the majesty of Jehovah. 11Jehovah, your hand is lifted up, yet they see not: but they shall see your zeal for the people, and be put to shame; yes, fire shall devour your adversaries.

12Jehovah, you will ordain peace for us; for you have also wrought all our works for us. 13O Jehovah our God, other lords besides you have had dominion over us; but by you only will we make mention of your name. 14They are dead, they shall not live; they are deceased, they shall not rise: therefore have you visited and destroyed them, and made all remembrance of them to perish. 15You have increased the nation, O Jehovah, you have increased the nation; you are glorified; you have enlarged all the borders of the land. 16Jehovah, in trouble have they visited you; they poured out a prayer when your chastening was upon them. 17Like as a woman with child, that drew near the time of her delivery, is in pain and cries out in her pangs; so we have been before you, O Jehovah. 18We have been with child, we have been in pain, we have as it were brought forth wind; we have not wrought any deliverance in the earth; neither have the inhabitants of the world fallen. 19Thy dead shall live; my dead bodies shall arise. Awake and sing, you that dwell in the dust; for your dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast forth the dead.

20Come, my people, enter into your chambers, and shut your doors about you: hide yourself for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast. 21For, behold, Jehovah comes forth out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.

 

27 In that day Jehovah with his hard and great and strong sword will punish leviathan the swift serpent, and leviathan the crooked serpent; and he will slay the monster that is in the sea. 2In that day: A vineyard of wine, sing you unto it. 3I Jehovah am its keeper; I will water it every moment: unless any hurt it, I will keep it night and day. 4Wrath is not in me: would that the briers and thorns were against me in battle! I would march upon them, I would burn them together. 5Or else let him take hold of my strength, that he may make peace with me; yes, let him make peace with me. 6In days to come shall Jacob take root; Israel shall blossom and bud; and they shall fill the face of the world with fruit.

7Has he affected them as he struck those that struck them? or are they slain according to the slaughter of them that were slain by them? 8In measure, when you send them away, you do contend with them; he has removed them with his rough blast in the day of the east wind. 9Therefore by this shall the iniquity of Jacob be forgiven, and this is all the fruit of taking away his sin: that he makes all the stones of the altar as chalkstones that are beaten in pieces, so that the Asherim and the sun-images shall rise no more. 10For the fortified city is solitary, a habitation deserted and forsaken, like the wilderness: there shall the calf feed, and there shall he lie down, and consume the branches thereof. 11When the boughs thereof are withered, they shall be broken off; the women shall come, and set them on fire; for it is a people of no understanding: therefore he that made them will not have compassion upon them, and he that formed them will show them no favor. 12And it shall come to pass in that day, that Jehovah will beat off his fruit from the flood of the River unto the brook of Egypt; and you shall be gathered one by one, O you children of Israel. 13And it shall come to pass in that day, that a great trumpet shall be blown; and they shall come that were ready to perish in the land of Assyria, and they that were outcasts in the land of Egypt; and they shall worship Jehovah in the holy mountain at Jerusalem.

 

28 Woe to the crown of pride of the drunkards of Ephraim, and to the fading flower of his glorious beauty, which is on the head of the fat valley of them that are overcome with wine! 2Behold, the Lord has a mighty and strong one; as a tempest of hail, a destroying storm, as a tempest of mighty waters overflowing, will he cast down to the earth with the hand. 3The crown of pride of the drunkards of Ephraim shall be trodden under foot: 4and the fading flower of his glorious beauty, which is on the head of the fat valley, shall be as the first-ripe fig before the summer; which when he that looks upon it sees, while it is yet in his hand he eats it up. 5In that day will Jehovah of hosts become a crown of glory, and a diadem of beauty, unto the residue of his people; 6and a spirit of justice to him that sits in judgment, and strength to them that turn back the battle at the gate. 7And even these reel with wine, and stagger with strong drink; the priest and the prophet reel with strong drink, they are swallowed up of wine, they stagger with strong drink; they err in vision, they stumble in judgment. 8For all tables are full of vomit and filthiness, so that there is no place clean.

9Whom will he teach knowledge? and whom will he make to understand the message? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts?ref.Heb.5:12-14 10For it is precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, there a little. 11Nay, but by men of strange lips and with another tongue will he speak to this people; 12to whom he said, This is the rest, give you rest to him that is weary; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear. 13Therefore shall the word of Jehovah be unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, there a little; that they may go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.

14Wherefore hear the word of Jehovah, you scoffers, that rule this people that is in Jerusalem: 15Because you have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with Sheol are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us; for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves: 16therefore this says the Lord Jehovah, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner-stone of sure foundation: he that believes shall not be in haste. 17And I will make justice the line, and righteousness the plummet; and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding-place. 18And your covenant with death shall be annulled, and your agreement with Sheol shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then you shall be trodden down by it. 19As often as it passes though, it shall take you; for morning by morning shall it pass through, by day and by night: and it shall be nothing but terror to understand the message. 20For the bed is shorter than one man can stretch himself on it; and the covering narrower than one can wrap himself in it. 21For Jehovah will rise up as in mount Perazim, he will be angry as in the valley of Gibeon; that he may do his work, his strange work, and bring to pass his act, his strange act. 22Now therefore be you not scoffers, unless your bonds be made strong; for a decree of destruction have I heard from the Lord, Jehovah of hosts, upon the whole earth.

23Give you ear, and hear my voice; hearken, and hear my speech. 24Does he that plows to sow plow continually? does he continually open and harrow his ground? 25When he has leveled the face thereof, does he not cast abroad black cummin, and scatter the cummin, and put in the wheat in rows, and the barley in the appointed place, and the spelt in the border thereof? 26For his God does instruct him aright, and does teach him. 27For the black cummin are not threshed with a sharp threshing instrument, neither is a cart wheel turned about upon the cummin; but the black cummin are beaten out with a staff, and the cummin with a rod. 28Bread grain is ground; for he will not be always threshing it: and though the wheel of his cart and his horses scatter it, he does not grind it. 29This also comes forth from Jehovah of hosts, who is wonderful in counsel, and excellent in wisdom.

 

29 Ho Ariel, Ariel, the city where David camped! add year to year; let the feasts come round: 2then will I distress Ariel, and there shall be mourning and lamentation; and she shall be unto me as Ariel. 3And I will encamp against you round about, and will lay siege against you with posted troops, and I will raise siege works against you. 4And you shall be brought down, and shall speak out of the ground, and your speech shall be low out of the dust; and your voice shall be as of one that has a familiar spirit, out of the ground, and your speech shall whisper out of the dust. 5But the multitude of your foes shall be like small dust, and the multitude of the terrible ones as chaff that passes away: yes, it shall be in an instant suddenly. 6She shall be visited by Jehovah of hosts with thunder, and with earthquake, and great noise, with whirlwind and tempest, and the flame of a devouring fire. 7And the multitude of all the nations that fight against Ariel, even all that fight against her and her stronghold, and that distress her, shall be as a dream, a vision of the night. 8And it shall be as when a hungry man dreams, and, behold, he eats; but he awakes, and his soul is empty: or as when a thirsty man dreams, and, behold, he drinks; but he awakes, and, behold, he is faint, and his soul has appetite: so shall the multitude of all the nations be, that fight against mount Zion.

9Tarry you and wonder; take your pleasure and be blind: they are drunken, but not with wine; they stagger, but not with strong drink. 10For Jehovah has poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep, and has closed your eyes, the prophets; and your heads, the seers, has he covered. 11And all vision is become unto you as the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one that is learned, saying, Read this, I pray you; and he says, I cannot, for it is sealed: 12and the book is delivered to him that is not learned, saying, Read this, I pray you; and he says, I am not learned. 13And the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near unto me, and with their mouth and with their lips to honor me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear of me is a commandment of men which has been taught them; 14therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvelous work among this people, even a marvelous work and a wonder; and the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid. 15Woe unto them that hide deep their counsel from Jehovah, and whose works are in the dark, and that say, Who sees us? and who knows us? 16You turn things upside down! Shall the potter be esteemed as clay; that the thing made should say of him that made it, He made me not; or the thing formed say of him that formed it, He has no understanding?

17Is it not yet a very little while, and Lebanon shall be turned into a fruitful field, and the fruitful field shall be esteemed as a forest? 18And in that day shall the deaf hear the words of the book, and the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity and out of darkness. 19The meek also shall increase their joy in Jehovah, and the poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel. 20For the terrible one is brought to nothing, and the scoffer ceases, and all they that watch for iniquity are cut off; 21that make a man an offender in his cause, and lay a snare for him that reproves in the gate, and turn aside the just with a thing of nothing. 22Therefore this says Jehovah, who redeemed Abraham, concerning the house of Jacob: Jacob shall not now be ashamed, neither shall his face now become pale. 23But when he sees his children, the work of my hands, in the midst of him, they shall sanctify my name; yes, they shall sanctify the Holy One of Jacob, and shall stand in awe of the God of Israel. 24They also that err in spirit shall come to understanding, and they that murmur shall receive instruction.

 

30 Woe to the rebellious children, says Jehovah, that take counsel, but not of me; and that make a league, but not of my Spirit, that they may add sin to sin, 2that set out to go down into Egypt, and have not asked at my mouth; to strengthen themselves in the strength of Pharaoh, and to take refuge in the shadow of Egypt! 3Therefore shall the strength of Pharaoh be your shame, and the refuge in the shadow of Egypt your confusion. 4For their princes are at Zoan, and their ambassadors are come to Hanes. 5They shall all be ashamed because of a people that cannot profit them, that are not a help nor profit, but a shame, and also a reproach. 6The burden of the beasts of the South. Through the land of trouble and anguish, from where come the lioness and the lion, the viper and fiery flying serpent, they carry their riches upon the shoulders of young asses, and their treasures upon the humps of camels, to a people that shall not profit them. 7For Egypt helps in vain, and to no purpose: therefore have I called her Rahab that sits still.

8Now go, write it before them on a tablet, and inscribe it in a book, that it may be for the time to come for ever and ever. 9For it is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of Jehovah; 10that say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits, 11you get out of the way, turn aside out of the path, cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us. 12Wherefore this says the Holy One of Israel, Because you despise this word, and trust in oppression and perverseness, and rely thereon; 13therefore this iniquity shall be to you as a breach ready to fall, swelling out in a high wall, whose breaking comes suddenly in an instant. 14And he shall break it as a potterís vessel is broken, breaking it in pieces without sparing; so that there shall not be found among the pieces thereof a shred wherewith to take fire from the hearth, or to dip up water out of the cistern. 15For this said the Lord Jehovah, the Holy One of Israel, In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength. And you would not: 16but you said, No, for we will flee upon horses; therefore shall you flee: and, We will ride upon the swift; therefore shall they that pursue you be swift. 17One thousand shall flee at the threat of one; at the threat of five shall you flee: till you be left as a beacon upon the top of a mountain, and as an banner on a hill.

18And therefore will Jehovah wait, that he may be gracious unto you; and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for Jehovah is a God of justice; blessed are all they that wait for him. 19For the people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem; you shall weep no more; he will surely be gracious unto you at the voice of your cry; when he shall hear, he will answer you. 20And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet shall not your teachers be hidden anymore, but your eyes shall see your teachers; 21and your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, This is the way, walk you in it; when you turn to the right hand, and when you turn to the left. 22And you shall defile the overlaying of your graven images of silver, and the plating of your molten images of gold: you shall cast them away as an unclean thing; you shall say unto it, Get you hence. 23And he will give the rain for your seed, wherewith you shall sow the ground; and bread of the increase of the ground, and it shall be fat and plenteous. In that day shall your cattle feed in large pastures; 24the oxen likewise and the young asses that till the ground shall eat seasoned fodder, which has been scattered with the shovel and with the fork. 25And there shall be upon every high mountain, and upon every high hill, brooks and streams of waters, in the day of the great slaughter, when the towers fall. 26Moreover the light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun shall be sevenfold, as the light of seven days, in the day that Jehovah binds up the hurt of his people, and heals the stroke of their wound.

27Behold, the name of Jehovah comes from far, burning with his anger, and in thick rising smoke: his lips are full of indignation, and his tongue is as a devouring fire; 28and his breath is as an overflowing stream, that reaches even unto the neck, to sift the nations with the sieve of destruction: and a bridle that causes to err shall be in the jaws of the peoples. 29You shall have a song as in the night when a holy feast is kept; and gladness of heart, as when one goes with a pipe to come unto the mountain of Jehovah, to the Rock of Israel. 30And Jehovah will cause his glorious voice to be heard, and will show the lighting down of his arm, with the indignation of his anger, and the flame of a devouring fire, with a blast, and tempest, and hailstones. 31For through the voice of Jehovah shall the Assyrian be dismayed; with his rod will he strike him. 32And every stroke of the appointed staff, which Jehovah shall lay upon him, shall be with the sound of tabrets and harps; and in battles with the brandishing of his arm will he fight with them. 33For a Topheth is prepared of old; yes, for the king it is made ready; he has made it deep and large; the pile thereof is fire and much wood; the breath of Jehovah, like a stream of brimstone, does kindle it.

 

31 Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help, and rely on horses, and trust in chariots because they are many, and in horsemen because they are very strong, but they look not unto the Holy One of Israel, neither seek Jehovah! 2Yet he also is wise, and will bring evil, and will not call back his words, but will arise against the house of the evil-doers, and against the help of them that work iniquity. 3Now the Egyptians are men, and not God; and their horses flesh, and not spirit: and when Jehovah shall stretch out his hand, both he that helps shall stumble, and he that is helped shall fall, and they all shall be consumed together. 4For this says Jehovah unto me, As the lion and the young lion growling over his prey, if a multitude of shepherds are called forth against them, will not be dismayed at their voice, nor be abase for the noise of them: so will Jehovah of hosts come down to fight upon mount Zion, and upon the hill thereof. 5As birds hovering, so will Jehovah of hosts protect Jerusalem; he will protect and deliver it, he will pass over and preserve it.

6Turn back to him from whom you have deeply revolted, O children of Israel. 7For in that day they shall cast away every man his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which your own hands have made unto you for a sin. 8And the Assyrian shall fall by the sword, not of man; and the sword, not of men, shall devour him; and he shall flee from the sword, and his young men shall become subject to taskwork. 9And his rock shall pass away by reason of terror, and his princes shall be dismayed at the banner, says Jehovah, whose fire is in Zion, and his furnace in Jerusalem.

 

32 Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall rule in justice. 2And a man shall be as a hiding-place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest, as streams of water in a dry place, as the shade of a great rock in a weary land. 3And the eyes of them that see shall not be dim, and the ears of them that hear shall hearken. 4And the heart of the rash shall understand knowledge, and the tongue of the stammerers shall be ready to speak plainly. 5The fool shall be no more called noble, nor the churl said to be bountiful. 6For the fool will speak folly, and his heart will work iniquity, to practice profaneness, and to utter error against Jehovah, to make empty the soul of the hungry, and to cause the drink of the thirsty to fail. 7And the instruments of the churl are evil: he devises wicked devices to destroy the meek with lying words, even when the needy spoke right. 8But the noble devises noble things; and in noble things shall he continue.

9Rise up, you women that are at ease, and hear my voice; you careless daughters, give ear unto my speech. 10For days beyond a year shall you be troubled, you careless women; for the vintage shall fail, the ingathering shall not come. 11Tremble, you women that are at ease; be troubled, you careless ones; strip, and make yourselves bare, and gird sackcloth upon your loins. 12They shall strike upon the breasts for the pleasant fields, for the fruitful vine. 13Upon the land of my people shall come up thorns and briers; yes, upon all the houses of joy in the joyous city. 14For the palace shall be forsaken; the populous city shall be deserted; the hill and the watch-tower shall be for dens for ever, a joy of wild asses, a pasture of flocks; 15until the Spirit be poured upon us from on high, and the wilderness become a fruitful field, and the fruitful field be esteemed as a forest. 16Then justice shall dwell in the wilderness; and righteousness shall abide in the fruitful field. 17And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness, quietness and confidence for ever. 18And my people shall abide in a peaceable habitation, and in safe dwellings, and in quiet resting-places. 19But it shall hail in the downfall of the forest; and the city shall be utterly laid low. 20Blessed are you that sow beside all waters, that send forth the feet of the ox and the ass.

 

33 Woe to you that destroys, and you were not destroyed; and deals treacherously, and they dealt not treacherously with you! When you have ceased to destroy, you shall be destroyed; and when you have made an end of dealing treacherously, they shall deal treacherously with you. 2O Jehovah, be gracious unto us; we have waited for you: you be our arm every morning, our salvation also in the time of trouble. 3At the noise of the tumult the peoples are fled; at the lifting up of yourself the nations are scattered. 4And your plunder shall be gathered as the caterpillar gathers: as locusts leap shall men leap upon it. 5Jehovah is exalted; for he dwells on high: he has filled Zion with justice and righteousness. 6And there shall be stability in your times, abundance of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge: the fear of Jehovah is your treasure. 7Behold, their valiant ones cry without; the ambassadors of peace weep bitterly. 8The highways are deserted, the wayfaring man ceases: the enemy has broken the covenant, he has despised the cities, he regards not man. 9The land mourns and languishes; Lebanon is confounded and withers away; Sharon is like a desert; and Bashan and Carmel shake off their leaves. 10Now will I arise, says Jehovah; now will I lift up myself; now will I be exalted. 11You shall conceive chaff, you shall bring forth stubble: your breath is a fire that shall devour you. 12And the peoples shall be as the burnings of lime, as thorns cut down, that are burned in the fire.

13Hear, you that are far off, what I have done; and, you that are near, acknowledge my might. 14The sinners in Zion are afraid; trembling has seized the godless ones: Who among us can dwell with the devouring fire? who among us can dwell with everlasting burnings? 15He that walks righteously, and speaks uprightly; he that despises the gain of oppressions, that shakes his hands from taking a bribe, that stops his ears from hearing of blood, and shuts his eyes from looking upon evil: 16He shall dwell on high; his place of defense shall be the munitions of rocks; his bread shall be given him; his waters shall be sure. 17Your eyes shall see the king in his beauty: they shall behold a land that reaches afar. 18Your heart shall muse on the terror: Where is he that counted, where is he that weighed the tribute? where is he that counted the towers? 19You shall not see the fierce people, a people of a deep speech that you cannot comprehend, of a strange tongue that you cannot understand. 20Look upon Zion, the city of our solemn gathering: your eyes shall see Jerusalem a quiet habitation, a tent that shall not be removed, the stakes whereof shall never be plucked up, neither shall any of the cords thereof be broken. 21But there Jehovah will be with us in majesty, a place of broad rivers and streams, wherein shall go no galley with oars, neither shall gallant ship pass thereby. 22For Jehovah is our judge, Jehovah is our lawgiver, Jehovah is our king; he will save us. 23Your ropes are loosed; they could not strengthen the foot of their mast, they could not spread the sail: then was the prey of a great plunder divided; the lame took the prey. 24And the inhabitant shall not say, I am sick: the people that dwell therein shall be forgiven their iniquity.

 

34 Come near, you nations, to hear; and hearken, you peoples: let the earth hear, and the fulness thereof; the world, and all things that come forth from it. 2For Jehovah has indignation against all the nations, and wrath against all their host: he has utterly destroyed them, he has delivered them to the slaughter. 3Their slain also shall be cast out, and the stench of their dead bodies shall come up; and the mountains shall be melted with their blood. 4And all the host of heaven shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll; and all their host shall fade away, as the leaf fades from off the vine, and as a fading leaf from the fig-tree. 5For my sword has drunk its fill in heaven: behold, it shall come down upon Edom, and upon the people of my curse, to judgment. 6The sword of Jehovah is filled with blood, it is made fat with fatness, with the blood of lambs and goats, with the fat of the kidneys of rams; for Jehovah has a sacrifice in Bozrah, and a great slaughter in the land of Edom. 7And the wild-oxen shall come down with them, and the bullocks with the bulls: and their land shall be drunken with blood, and their dust made fat with fatness. 8For Jehovah has a day of vengeance, a year of recompense for the cause of Zion.

9And the streams of Edom shall be turned into pitch, and the dust thereof into brimstone, and the land thereof shall become burning pitch. 10It shall not be quenched night nor day; the smoke thereof shall go up for ever; from generation to generation it shall lie waste; none shall pass through it for ever and ever. 11But the pelican and the porcupine shall possess it; and the owl and the raven shall dwell therein: and he will stretch over it the line of confusion, and the plummet of emptiness. 12They shall call the nobles thereof to the kingdom, but none shall be there; and all its princes shall be nothing. 13And thorns shall come up in its palaces, nettles and thistles in the fortresses thereof; and it shall be a habitation of jackals, a court for ostriches. 14And the wild beasts of the desert shall meet with the wolves, and the wild goat shall cry to his fellow; yes, the night-monster shall settle there, and shall find her a place of rest. 15There shall the dart-snake make her nest, and lay, and hatch, and gather under her shade; yes, there shall the kites be gathered, every one with her mate. 16Seek you out of the book of Jehovah, and read: not one of these shall be missing, none shall want her mate; for my mouth, it has commanded, and his Spirit, it has gathered them. 17And he has cast the lot for them, and his hand has divided it unto them by line: they shall possess it for ever; from generation to generation shall they dwell therein.

 

35 The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose. 2It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing; the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the excellency of Carmel and Sharon: they shall see the glory of Jehovah, the excellency of our God. 3Strengthen the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees. 4Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God; he will come and save you.

5Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. 6Then shall the lame man leap as a hart, and the tongue of the dumb shall sing; for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert. 7And the mirage shall become a pool, and the thirsty ground springs of water: in the habitation of jackals, where they lay, shall be grass with reeds and rushes. 8And a highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for the redeemed: the wayfaring men, yes fools, shall not err therein. 9No lion shall be there, nor shall any ravenous beast go up thereon; they shall not be found there; but the redeemed shall walk there: 10and the ransomed of Jehovah shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their heads: they shall obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

 

36 Now it came to pass in the fourteenth year of king Hezekiah, that Sennacherib king of Assyria came up against all the fortified cities of Judah, and took them. 2And the king of Assyria sent Rabshakeh from Lachish to Jerusalem unto king Hezekiah with a great army. And he stood by the conduit of the upper pool in the highway of the fullerís field. 3Then came forth unto him Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, who was over the household, and Shebna the scribe, and Joah, the son of Asaph, the recorder. 4And Rabshakeh said unto them, Say now to Hezekiah, this says the great king, the king of Assyria, What confidence is this wherein you trust? 5I say, your counsel and strength for the war are but vain words: now on whom do you trust, that you have rebelled against me? 6Behold, you trust upon the staff of this bruised reed, even upon Egypt, whereon if a man lean, it will go into his hand, and pierce it: so is Pharaoh king of Egypt to all that trust on him. 7But if you say unto me, We trust in Jehovah our God: is not that he, whose high places and whose altars Hezekiah has taken away, and has said to Judah and to Jerusalem, you shall worship before this altar? 8Now therefore, I pray you, give pledges to my master the king of Assyria, and I will give you two thousand horses, if you be able on your part to set riders upon them. 9How then can you turn away the face of one captain of the least of my masterís servants, and put your trust on Egypt for chariots and for horsemen? 10And am I now come up without Jehovah against this land to destroy it? Jehovah said unto me, Go up against this land, and destroy it.

11Then said Eliakim and Shebna and Joah unto Rabshakeh, Speak, I pray you, unto your servants in the Syrian language; for we understand it: and speak not to us in the Jewsí language, in the ears of the people that are on the wall. 12But Rabshakeh said, has my master sent me to your master, and to you, to speak these words? has he not sent me to the men that sit upon the wall, to eat their own dung, and to drink their own urine with you? 13Then Rabshakeh stood, and cried with a loud voice in the Jewsí language, and said, Hear you the words of the great king, the king of Assyria. 14Thus says the king, Let not Hezekiah deceive you; for he will not be able to deliver you: 15neither let Hezekiah make you trust in Jehovah, saying, Jehovah will surely deliver us; this city shall not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria. 16Hearken not to Hezekiah: for this says the king of Assyria, Make your peace with me, and come out to me; and every one of you eat of his vine, and every one of his fig-tree, and drink every one of his own waters cistern; 17until I come and take you away to a land like your own land, a land of grain and new wine, a land of bread and vineyards. 18Beware unless Hezekiah persuade you, saying, Jehovah will deliver us. has any of the gods of the nations delivered his land out of the hand of the king of Assyria? 19Where are the gods of Ha-math and Arpad? where are the gods of Sepharvaim? and have they delivered Samaria out of my hand? 20Who are they among all the gods of these countries, that have delivered their country out of my hand, that Jehovah should deliver Jerusalem out of my hand? 21But they held their peace, and answered him not a word; for the kingís commandment was, saying, Answer him not. 22Then came Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, that was over the household, and Shebna the scribe, and Joah, the son of Asaph, the recorder, to Hezekiah with their clothes rent, and told him the words of Rabshakeh.

 

37 And it came to pass, when king Hezekiah heard it, that he rent his clothes, and covered himself with sackcloth, and went into the house of Jehovah. 2And he sent Eliakim, who was over the household, and Shebna the scribe, and the elders of the priests, covered with sackcloth, unto Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz. 3And they said unto him, this says Hezekiah, This day is a day of trouble, and of rebuke, and of blasphemy; for the children are come to the birth, and there is not strength to bring forth. 4It may be that Jehovah your God will hear the words of Rabshakeh, whom the king of Assyria his master has sent to defy the living God, and will rebuke the words which Jehovah your God has heard: why lift up your prayer for the remnant that is left. 5So the servants of king Hezekiah came to Isaiah. 6And Isaiah said unto them, this shall you say to your master, this says Jehovah, Be not afraid of the words that you have heard, wherewith the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed me. 7Behold, I will put a spirit in him, and he shall hear tidings, and shall return unto his own land; and I will cause him to fall by the sword in his own land.

8So Rabshakeh returned, and found the king of Assyria warring against Libnah; for he had heard that he was departed from Lachish. 9And he heard say concerning Tirhakah king of E-thi-o-pi-a, He is come out to fight against you. And when he heard it, he sent messengers to Hezekiah, saying, 10Thus shall you speak to Hezekiah king of Judah, saying, Let not your God in whom you trust deceive you, saying, Jerusalem shall not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria. 11Behold, you have heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all lands, by destroying them utterly: and shall you be delivered? 12Have the gods of the nations delivered them, which my fathers have destroyed, Gozan, and Ha-ran, and Rezeph, and the children of Eden that were in Telassar? 13Where is the king of Ha-math, and the king of Arpad, and the king of the city of Sepharvaim, of Hena, and Ivvah? 14And Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the messengers, and read it; and Hezekiah went up unto the house of Jehovah, and spread it before Jehovah. 15And Hezekiah prayed unto Jehovah, saying, 16O Jehovah of hosts, the God of Israel, that sits above the cherubim, you are the God, even you alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; you have made heaven and earth. 17Incline your ear, O Jehovah, and hear; open your eyes, O Jehovah, and see; and hear all the words of Sennacherib, who has sent to defy the living God. 18Of a truth, Jehovah, the kings of Assyria have laid waste all the countries, and their land, 19and have cast their gods into the fire: for they were no gods, but the work of menís hands, wood and stone; therefore they have destroyed them. 20Now therefore, O Jehovah our God, save us from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you are Jehovah, even you only.

21Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent unto Hezekiah, saying, this says Jehovah, the God of Israel, Whereas you have prayed to me against Sennacherib king of Assyria, 22this is the word which Jehovah has spoken concerning him: The virgin daughter of Zion has despised you and laughed you to scorn; the daughter of Jerusalem has shaken her head at you. 23Whom have you defied and blasphemed? and against whom have you exalted your voice and lifted up your eyes on high? even against the Holy One of Israel. 24By your servants have you defied the Lord, and have said, With the multitude of my chariots am I come up to the height of the mountains, to the innermost parts of Lebanon; and I will cut down the tall cedars thereof, and the choice fir-trees thereof; and I will enter into its remotest height, the forest of its fruitful field; 25I have dug and drunk water, and with the soles of my feet will I dry up all the rivers of Egypt. 26Have you not heard how I have done it long ago, and formed it of ancient times? now have I brought it to pass, that it should be you to lay waste fortified cities into ruinous heaps. 27Therefore their inhabitants were of small power, they were dismayed and confounded; they were as the grass of the field, and as the green herb, as the grass on the housetops, and as a field of grain before it is grown up. 28But I know your sitting down, and your going out, and your coming in, and your raging against me. 29Because of your raging against me, and because your arrogancy is come up into my ears, therefore will I put my hook in your nose, and my bridle in your lips, and I will turn you back by the way by which you came. 30And this shall be the sign unto you: you shall eat this year that which grows of itself, and in the second year that which springs of the same; and in the third year sow you, and reap, and plant vineyards, and eat the fruit thereof. 31And the remnant that is escaped of the house of Judah shall again take root downward, and bear fruit upward. 32For out of Jerusalem shall go forth a remnant, and out of mount Zion they that shall escape. The zeal of Jehovah of hosts will perform this. 33Therefore this says Jehovah concerning the king of Assyria, He shall not come unto this city, nor shoot an arrow there, neither shall he come before it with shield, nor cast up a mound against it. 34By the way that he came, by the same shall he return, and he shall not come unto this city, says Jehovah. 35For I will defend this city to save it, for my own sake, and for my servant Davidís sake. 36And the angel of Jehovah went forth, and struck in the camp of the Assyrians a hundred and fourscore and five thousand; and when men arose early in the morning, behold, these were all dead bodies. 37So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed, and went and returned, and dwelt at Nineveh. 38And it came to pass, as he was worshipping in the house of Nisroch his god, that Adrammelech and Sharezer his sons struck him with the sword; and they escaped into the land of Ararat. And Esar-haddon his son reigned in his stead.

 

38 In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came to him, and said unto him, this says Jehovah, Set your house in order; for you shall die, and not live. 2Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall, and prayed unto Jehovah, 3and said, Remember now, O Jehovah, I beseech you, how I have walked before you in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in your sight. And Hezekiah wept very. 4Then came the word of Jehovah to Isaiah, saying, 5Go, and say to Hezekiah, this says Jehovah, the God of David your father, I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears: behold, I will add unto your days fifteen years. 6And I will deliver you and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will defend this city. 7And this shall be the sign unto you from Jehovah, that Jehovah will do this thing that he has spoken: 8behold, I will cause the shadow on the steps, which is gone down on the dial of Ahaz with the sun, to return backward ten steps. So the sun returned ten steps on the dial whereon it was gone down.

9The writing of Hezekiah king of Judah, when he had been sick, and was recovered of his sickness. 10I said, In the noontide of my days I shall go into the gates of Sheol: I am deprived of the residue of my years. 11I said, I shall not see Jehovah, even Jehovah in the land of the living: I shall behold man no more with the inhabitants of the world. 12My dwelling is removed, and is carried away from me as a shepherdís tent: I have rolled up, like a weaver, my life; he will cut me off from the loom: From day even to night will you make an end of me. 13I quieted myself until morning; as a lion, so he breaks all my bones: From day even to night will you make an end of me. 14Like a swallow or a crane, so did I chatter; I did moan as a dove; my eyes fail with looking upward: O Lord, I am oppressed, be you my surety. 15What shall I say? he has both spoken unto me, and himself has done it: I shall go softly all my years because of the bitterness of my soul. 16O Lord, by these things men live; And wholly therein is the life of my spirit: why recover you me, and make me to live. 17Behold, it was for my peace that I had great bitterness: But you have in love to my soul delivered it from the pit of corruption; For you have cast all my sins behind your back. 18For Sheol cannot praise you, death cannot celebrate you: They that go down into the pit cannot hope for your truth. 19The living, the living, he shall praise you, as I do this day: The father to the children shall make known your truth. 20Jehovah is ready to save me: Therefore we will sing my songs with stringed instruments All the days of our life in the house of Jehovah. 21Now Isaiah had said, Let them take a cake of figs, and lay it for a plaster upon the boil, and he shall recover. 22Hezekiah also had said, What is the sign that I shall go up to the house of Jehovah?

 

39 At that time Merodach-baladan the son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent letters and a present to Hezekiah; for he heard that he had been sick, and was recovered. 2And Hezekiah was glad of them, and showed them the house of his precious things, the silver, and the gold, and the spices, and the precious oil, and all the house of his armor, and all that was found in his treasures: there was nothing in his house, nor in all his dominion, that Hezekiah showed them not. 3Then came Isaiah the prophet unto king Hezekiah, and said unto him, What said these men? and from where came they unto you? And Hezekiah said, They are come from a far country unto me, even from Babylon. 4Then he said, What have they seen in your house? And Hezekiah answered, All that is in my house have they seen: there is nothing among my treasures that I have not showed them.

5Then said Isaiah to Hezekiah, Hear the word of Jehovah of hosts: 6Behold, the days are coming, when all that is in your house, and that which your fathers have laid up in store until this day, shall be carried to Babylon: nothing shall be left, says Jehovah. 7And of your sons that shall issue from you, whom you shall beget, shall they take away; and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon. 8Then said Hezekiah unto Isaiah, Good is the word of Jehovah which you have spoken. He said moreover, For there shall be peace and truth in my days.

 

40 Comfort you, comfort you my people, says your God. 2Speak comfort to Jerusalem; and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned, that she has received of Jehovahís hand double for all her sins.

3The voice of one that cries, Prepare you in the wilderness the way of Jehovah; make level in the desert a highway for our God. 4Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low; and the uneven shall be made level, and the rough places a plain: 5and the glory of Jehovah shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together; for the mouth of Jehovah has spoken it. 6The voice of one saying, Cry. And one said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all the goodness thereof is as the flower of the field. 7The grass withers, the flower fades, because the breath of Jehovah blows upon it; surely the people are as grass. 8The grass withers, the flower fades; but the word of our God shall stand forever.

9O you that tell good tidings to Zion, get you up on a high mountain; O you that tell good tidings to Jerusalem, lift up your voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold, your God! 10Behold, the Lord Jehovah will come as a mighty one, and his arm will rule for him: Behold, his reward is with him, and his recompense before him. 11He will feed his flock like a shepherd, he will gather the lambs in his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and will gently lead those that have their young.

12Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance? 13Who has directed the Spirit of Jehovah, or being his counselor has taught him? 14With whom took he counsel, and who instructed him, and taught him in the path of justice, and taught him knowledge, and showed to him the way of understanding? 15Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are accounted as the small dust of the balance: Behold, he takes up the isles as a very little thing. 16And Lebanon is not sufficient to burn, nor the beasts thereof sufficient for a burnt-offering. 17All the nations are as nothing before him; they are accounted by him as less than nothing, and vanity.

18To whom then will you liken God? or what likeness will you compare unto him? 19The image, a workman has cast it, and the goldsmith overlays it with gold, and casts for it silver chains. 20He that is too impoverished for such an oblation chooses a tree that will not rot; he seeks unto him a skillful workman to set up a graven image, that shall not be moved. 21Have you not known? have you not heard? has it not been told you from the beginning? have you not understood from the foundations of the earth? 22It is he that sits above the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretches out the heavens as a curtain, and spreads them out as a tent to dwell in; 23that brought princes to nothing; that makes the judges of the earth as vanity. 24Yes, they have not been planted; yes, they have not been sown; yes, their stock has not taken root in the earth: moreover he blows upon them, and they where, and the whirlwind takes them away as stubble. 25To whom then will you liken me, that I should be equal to him? says the Holy One. 26Lift up your eyes on high, and see who has created these, that brought out their host by number; he calls them all by name; by the greatness of his might, and for that he is strong in power, not one is lacking.

27Why say you, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel, My way is hid from Jehovah, and the justice due to me is passed away from my God? 28Have you not known? have you not heard? The everlasting God, Jehovah, the Creator of the ends of the earth, faints not, neither is weary; there is no searching of his understanding. 29He gives power to the faint; and to him that has no might he increases strength. 30Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: 31but they that wait for Jehovah shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; they shall walk, and not faint.

 

41 Keep silence before me, O islands; and let the peoples renew their strength: let them come near; then let them speak; let us come near together to judgment. 2Who has raised up one from the east, whom he calls in righteousness to his foot? he gives nations before him, and makes him rule over kings; he gives them as the dust to his sword, as the driven stubble to his bow. 3He pursues them, and passes on safely, even by a way that he had not gone with his feet. 4Who has wrought and done it, calling the generations from the beginning? I, Jehovah, the first, and with the last, I am he. 5The isles have seen, and fear; the ends of the earth tremble; they draw near, and come. 6They help every one his neighbor; and every one says to his brother, Be of good courage. 7So the carpenter encourages the goldsmith, and he that smoothes with the hammer him that smites the anvil, saying of the soldering, It is good; and he fastens it with nails, that it should not be moved. 8But you, Israel, my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend, 9you whom I have taken hold of from the ends of the earth, and called from the corners thereof, and said unto you, you are my servant, I have chosen you and not cast you away;

10Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you; yes, I will help you; yes, I will uphold you with the right hand of my righteousness. 11Behold, all they that are incensed against you shall be put to shame and confounded: they that strive with you shall be as nothing, and shall perish. 12You shall seek them, and shall not find them, even them that contend with you: they that war against you shall be as nothing, and as a thing of nothing. 13For I, Jehovah your God, will hold your right hand, saying unto you, Fear not; I will help you. 14Fear not, you worm Jacob, and you men of Israel; I will help you, says Jehovah, and your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel. 15Behold, I have made you to be a new sharp threshing instrument having teeth; you shall thresh the mountains, and beat them small, and shall make the hills as chaff. 16You shall fan them, and the wind shall carry them away, and the whirlwind shall scatter them; and you shall rejoice in Jehovah, you shall glory in the Holy One of Israel. 17The poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue fails for thirst; I, Jehovah, will answer them, I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them. 18I will open rivers on the bare heights, and fountains in the midst of the valleys; I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water. 19I will put in the wilderness the cedar, the acacia, and the myrtle, and the oil-tree; I will set in the desert the fir-tree, the pine, and the box-tree together: 20that they may see, and know, and consider, and understand together, that the hand of Jehovah has done this, and the Holy One of Israel has created it.

21Bring your cause, says Jehovah; bring forth your strong reasons, says the King of Jacob. 22Let them bring forth, and declare unto us what shall happen: declare the former things, what they are, that we may consider them, and know the latter end of them; or show us things to come. 23Declare the things that are to come hereafter, that we may know that you are gods: yes, do good, or do evil, that we may be dismayed, and behold it together. 24Behold, you are of nothing, and your work is of nothing; an abomination is he that chooses you. 25I have raised up one from the north, and he is come; from the rising of the sun one that calls upon my name: and he shall come upon rulers as upon mortar, and as the potter treads clay. 26Who has declared it from the beginning, that we may know? and beforetime, that we may say, He is right? yes, there is none that declares, yes, there is none that shows, yes, there is none that hears your words. 27I am the first that says unto Zion, Behold, behold them; and I will give to Jerusalem one that brought good tidings. 28And when I look, there is no man: even among them there is no counselor, that, when I ask of them, can answer a word. 29Behold, all of them, their works are vanity and nothing; their molten images are wind and confusion.

 

42 Behold, my servant, whom I uphold; my chosen, in whom my soul delights: I have put my Spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the Nations. 2He will not cry, nor lift up his voice, nor cause it to be heard in the street. 3A bruised reed will he not break, and a dimly burning wick will he not quench: he will bring forth justice in truth. 4He will not fail nor be discouraged, till he has set justice in the earth; and the isles shall wait for his law.

5Thus says God Jehovah, he that created the heavens, and stretched them forth; he that spread abroad the earth and that which comes out of it; he that gives breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein: 6I, Jehovah, have called you in righteousness, and will hold your hand, and will keep you, and give you for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Nations; 7to open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison-house. 8I am Jehovah, that is my name; and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise unto graven images. 9Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them. 10Sing unto Jehovah a new song, and his praise from the end of the earth; you that go down to the sea, and all that is therein, the isles, and the inhabitants thereof. 11Let the wilderness and the cities thereof lift up their voice, the villages that Ke-dar does inhabit; let the inhabitants of Sela sing, let them shout from the top of the mountains. 12Let them give glory unto Jehovah, and declare his praise in the islands.

13Jehovah will go forth as a mighty man; he will stir up his zeal like a man of war: he will cry, yes, he will shout aloud; he will do mightily against his enemies. 14I have held my peace for a long time; I have been still, and refrained myself: now will I cry out like a travailing woman; I will gasp and pant together. 15I will lay waste mountains and hills, and dry up all their herbs; and I will make the rivers islands, and will dry up the pools. 16And I will bring the blind by a way that they know not; in paths that they know not will I lead them; I will make darkness light before them, and crooked places straight. These things will I do, and I will not forsake them. 17They shall be turned back, they shall be utterly put to shame, that trust in graven images, that say unto molten images, you are our gods.

18Hear, you deaf; and look, you blind, that you may see. 19Who is blind, but my servant? or deaf, as my messenger that I send? who is blind as he that is at peace with me, and blind as Jehovahís servant? 20You see many things, but you observe not; his ears are open, but he hears not. 21It pleased Jehovah, for his righteousnessí sake, to magnify the law, and make it honorable. 22But this is a people robbed and plundered; they are all of them snared in holes, and they are hid in prison-houses: they are for a prey, and none delivers; for a plunder, and none says, Restore. 23Who is there among you that will give ear to this? that will hearken and hear for the time to come? 24Who gave Jacob for a plunder, and Israel to the robbers? did not Jehovah? he against whom we have sinned, and in whose ways they would not walk, neither were they obedient unto his law. 25Therefore he poured upon him the fierceness of his anger, and the strength of battle; and it set him on fire round about, yet he knew not; and it burned him, yet he laid it not to heart.

 

43 But now this says Jehovah that created you, O Jacob, and he that formed you, O Israel: Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name, you are mine. 2When you passed through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you: when you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, neither shall the flame kindle upon you. 3For I am Jehovah your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Saviour; I have given Egypt as your ransom, E-thi-o-pi-a and Seba in your stead. 4Since you have been precious in my sight, and honorable, and I have loved you; therefore will I give men in your stead, and peoples instead of your life. 5Fear not; for I am with you: I will bring your seed from the east, and gather you from the west; 6I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back; bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the end of the earth; 7every one that is called by my name, and whom I have created for my glory, whom I have formed, yes, whom I have made.

8Bring forth the blind people that have eyes, and the deaf that have ears. 9Let all the nations be gathered together, and let the peoples be assembled: who among them can declare this, and show us former things? let them bring their witnesses, that they may be justified; or let them hear, and say, It is truth. 10You are my witnesses, says Jehovah, and my servant whom I have chosen; that you may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. 11I, even I, am Jehovah; and besides me there is no Saviour. 12I have declared, and I have saved, and I have showed; and there was no strange god among you: therefore you are my witnesses, says Jehovah, and I am God. 13Yes, since the day was I am he; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand: I will work, and who can hinder it?

14Thus says Jehovah, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: For your sake I have sent to Babylon, and I will bring down all of them as fugitives, even the Chal-de-ans, in the ships of their rejoicing. 15I am Jehovah, your Holy One, the Creator of Israel, your King. 16Thus says Jehovah, who makes a way in the sea, and a path in the mighty waters; 17who brought forth the chariot and horse, the army and the mighty man (they lie down together, they shall not rise; they are extinct, they are quenched as a wick): 18Remember you not the former things, neither consider the things of old. 19Behold, I will do a new thing; now shall it spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. 20The beasts of the field shall honor me, the jackals and the ostriches; because I give waters in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert, to give drink to my people, my chosen, 21the people which I formed for myself, that they might set forth my praise.

22Yet you have not called upon me, O Jacob; but you have been weary of me, O Israel. 23You have not brought me of your sheep for burnt-offerings; neither have you honored me with your sacrifices. I have not burdened you with offerings, nor wearied you with frankincense. 24You have bought me no sweet cane with money, neither have you filled me with the fat of your sacrifices; but you have burdened me with your sins, you have wearied me with your iniquities. 25I, even I, am he that blots out your transgressions for my own sake; and I will not remember your sins. 26Put me in remembrance; let us plead together: set forth your cause, that you may be justified. 27Your first father sinned, and your teachers have transgressed against me. 28Therefore I will profane the princes of the sanctuary; and I will make Jacob a curse, and Israel a reviling.

 

44 Yet now hear, O Jacob my servant, and Israel, whom I have chosen: 2This says Jehovah that made you, and formed you from the womb, who will help you: Fear not, O Jacob my servant; and you, Jeshurun, whom I have chosen. 3For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and streams upon the dry ground; I will pour my Spirit upon your seed, and my blessing upon your offspring: 4and they shall spring up among the grass, as willows by the watercourses. 5One shall say, I am Jehovahís; and another shall call himself by the name of Jacob; and another shall subscribe with his hand unto Jehovah, and surname himself by the name of Israel. 6This says Jehovah, the King of Israel, and his Redeemer, Jehovah of hosts: I am the first, and I am the last; and besides me there is no God. 7And who, as I, shall call, and shall declare it, and set it in order for me, since I established the ancient people? and the things that are coming, and that shall come to pass, let them declare. 8Fear not, neither be afraid: have I not declared unto you of old, and showed it? and you are my witnesses. Is there a God besides me? yes, there is no Rock; I know not any.

9They that fashion a graven image are all of them vanity; and the things that they delight in shall not profit; and their own witnesses see not, nor know: that they may be put to shame. 10Who has fashioned a god, or molten an image that is profitable for nothing? 11Behold, all his fellows shall be put to shame; and the workmen, they are of men: let them all be gathered together, let them stand up; they shall fear, they shall be put to shame together. 12The smith makes an axe, and works in the coals, and fashions it with hammers, and works it with his strong arm: yes, he is hungry, and his strength fails; he drinks no water, and is faint. 13The carpenter stretches out a line; he marks it out with a pencil; he shapes it with planes, and he marks it out with the compasses, and shapes it after the figure of a man, according to the beauty of a man, to dwell in a house. 14He hews him down cedars, and takes the holm-tree and the oak, and strengthens for himself one among the trees of the forest: he plants a fir-tree, and the rain does nourish it. 15Then shall it be for a man to burn; and he takes thereof, and warms himself; yes, he kindles it, and bakes bread: yes, he makes a god, and worship it; he makes it a graven image, and falls down thereto. 16He burns part thereof in the fire; with part thereof he eats flesh; he roasts roast, and is satisfied; yes, he warms himself, and says, Aha, I am warm, I have seen the fire. 17And the residue thereof he makes a god, even his graven image; he falls down unto it and worship, and prays unto it, and says, Deliver me; for you are my god. 18They know not, neither do they consider: for he has shut their eyes, that they cannot see; and their hearts, that they cannot understand. 19And none calls to mind, neither is there knowledge nor understanding to say, I have burned part of it in the fire; yes, 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? 20He feeds on ashes; a deceived heart has turned him aside; and he cannot deliver his soul, nor say, Is there not a lie in my right hand?

21Remember these things, O Jacob, and Israel; for you are my servant: I have formed you; you are my servant: O Israel, you shall not be forgotten of me. 22I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, your transgressions, and, as a cloud, your sins: return unto me; for I have redeemed you. 23Sing, O you heavens, for Jehovah has done it; shout, you lower parts of the earth; break forth into singing, you mountains, O forest, and every tree therein: for Jehovah has redeemed Jacob, and will glorify himself in Israel. 24Thus says Jehovah, your Redeemer, and he that formed you from the womb: I am Jehovah, that makes all things; that stretches forth the heavens alone; that spreads abroad the earth (who is with me?); 25that frustrates the signs of the liars, and makes diviners mad; that turns wise men backward, and makes their knowledge foolish; 26that confirms the word of his servant, and performs the counsel of his messengers; that says of Jerusalem, She shall be inhabited; and of the cities of Judah, They shall be built, and I will raise up the waste places thereof; 27that says to the deep, Be dry, and I will dry up your rivers; 28That says of Cyrus, He is my shepherd, and shall perform all my pleasure, even saying of Jerusalem, She shall be built; and of the temple, your foundation shall be laid.

 

45 This says Jehovah to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have held, to subdue nations before him, and I will loose the loins of kings; to open the doors before him, and the gates shall not be shut: 2I will go before you, and make the rough places smooth; I will break in pieces the doors of brass, and cut in pieces the bars of iron; 3and I will give you the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that you may know that it is I, Jehovah, who call you by your name, even the God of Israel. 4For Jacob my servantís sake, and Israel my chosen, I have called you by your name: I have surnamed you, though you have not known me.

5I am Jehovah, and there is none else; besides me there is no God. I will gird you, though you have not known me; 6that they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none besides me: I am Jehovah, and there is none else. 7I form the light, and create darkness; I make peace, and create evil. I am Jehovah, that does all these things. 8Distil, you heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness: let the earth open, that it may bring forth salvation, and let it cause righteousness to spring up together; I, Jehovah, have created it. 9Woe unto him that strives with his Maker! a potsherd among the potsherds of the earth! Shall the clay say to him that fashions it, What do you make? or your work, He has no hands? 10Woe unto him that says unto a father, What did you beget? or to a woman, With what do you travail?

11Thus says Jehovah, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker: Ask me of the things that are to come; concerning my sons, and concerning the work of my hands, command me. 12I 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. 13I have raised him up in righteousness, and I will make straight all his ways: he shall build my city, and he shall let my exiles go free, not for price nor reward, says Jehovah of hosts. 14Thus says Jehovah, The labor of Egypt, and the merchandise of E-thi-o-pi-a, and the Sabeans, men of stature, shall come over unto you, and they shall be yours: they shall go after you, in chains they shall come over; and they shall fall down unto you, they shall make supplication unto you, saying, Surely God is in you; and there is none else, there is no God. 15Truly you are a God that hides yourself, O God of Israel, the Saviour. 16They shall be put to shame, yes, confounded, all of them; they shall go into confusion together that are makers of idols. 17But Israel shall be saved by Jehovah with an everlasting salvation: you shall not be put to shame nor confounded world without end. 18For this says Jehovah that created the heavens, the God that formed the earth and made it, that established it and created it not a waste, that formed it to be inhabited: I am Jehovah; and there is none else. 19I have not spoken in secret, in a place of the land of darkness; I said not unto the seed of Jacob, Seek me in vain: I, Jehovah, speak righteousness, I declare things that are right.

20Assemble yourselves and come; draw near together, you that are escaped of the nations: they have no knowledge that carry the wood of their graven image, and pray unto a god that cannot save. 21Declare you, and bring it forth; yes, let them take counsel together: who has showed this from ancient time? who has declared it of old? have not I, Jehovah? and there is no other God besides me, a just God and a Saviour; there is none besides me. 22Look unto me, and be saved, all the ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is none other. 23By myself have I sworn, the word is gone forth from my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, that unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear. 24Only in Jehovah, it is said of me, is righteousness and strength; even to him shall men come; and all they that were incensed against him shall be put to shame. 25In Jehovah shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and shall glory.

 

46 Bel bows down, Nebo stoops; their idols are upon the beasts, and upon the cattle: the things that you carried about are made a load, a burden to the weary beast. 2They stoop, they bow down together; they could not deliver the burden, but themselves are gone into captivity. 3Hearken unto me, O house of Jacob, and all the remnant of the house of Israel, that have been borne by me from their birth, that have been carried from the womb; 4and even to old age I am he, and even to hoar hairs will I carry you; I have made, and I will bear; yes, I will carry, and will deliver.

5To whom will you like me, and make me equal, and compare me, that we may be like? 6Such as lavish gold out of the bag, and weigh silver in the balance, they hire a goldsmith, and he makes it a god; they fall down, yes, they worship. 7They bear it upon the shoulder, they carry it, and set it in its place, and it stands, from its place shall it not remove: yes, one may cry unto it, yet can it not answer, nor save him out of his trouble. 8Remember this, and show yourselves men; bring it again to mind, O you transgressors. 9Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me; 10declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done; saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure; 11calling a ravenous bird from the east, the man of my counsel from a far country; yes, I have spoken, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed, I will also do it. 12Hearken unto me, you stout-hearted, that are far from righteousness: 13I 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.

 

47 Come down, and sit in the dust, O virgin daughter of Babylon; sit on the ground without a throne, O daughter of the Chal-de-ans: for you shall no more be called tender and delicate. 2Take the millstones, and grind meal; remove your veil, strip off the train, uncover the leg, pass through the rivers. 3Thy nakedness shall be uncovered, yes, your shame shall be seen: I will take vengeance, and will spare no man. 4Our Redeemer, Jehovah of hosts is his name, the Holy One of Israel. 5Sit silent, and get into darkness, O daughter of the Chal-de-ans; for you shall no more be called The mistress of kingdoms. 6I was angry with my people, I profaned my inheritance, and gave them into your hand: you did show them no mercy; upon the aged have you very heavily laid your yoke.

7And you said, I shall be mistress for ever; so that you did not lay these things to your heart, neither did remember the latter end thereof. 8Now therefore hear this, you that are given to pleasures, that sit securely, that say in your heart, I am, and there is none else besides me; I shall not sit as a widow, neither shall I know the loss of children: 9but these two things shall come to you in a moment in one day, the loss of children, and widowhood; in their full measure shall they come upon you, in the multitude of your sorceries, and the great abundance of your enchantments. 10For you have trusted in your wickedness; you have said, No one sees me; your wisdom and your knowledge, it has perverted you, and you have said in your heart, I am, and there is none besides me. 11Therefore shall evil come upon you; you shall not know the dawning thereof: and mischief shall fall upon you; you shall not be able to put it away: and desolation shall come upon you suddenly, which you know not. 12Stand now with your enchantments, and with the multitude of your sorceries, wherein you have labored from your youth; if so be you shall be able to profit, if so be you may prevail. 13You are wearied in the multitude of your counsels: let now the astrologers, the star-gazers, the monthly prognosticators, stand up, and save you from the things that shall come upon you. 14Behold, they shall be as stubble; the fire shall burn them; they shall not deliver themselves from the power of the flame: it shall not be a coal to be warmed at, nor a fire to sit before. 15Thus shall the things be unto you wherein you have labored: they that have trafficked with you from your youth shall wander every one to his quarter; there shall be none to save you.

 

48 Hear you this, O house of Jacob, who are called by the name of Israel, and are come forth out of the waters of Judah; who swear by the name of Jehovah, 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 lean themselves upon the God of Israel; Jehovah of hosts is his name): 3I have declared the former things from of old; yes, they went forth out of my mouth, and I showed them: suddenly I did them, and they came to pass. 4Because I knew that you are obstinate, and your neck is as iron, and your brow as brass; 5therefore I have declared it to you from of old; before it came to pass I showed it to you; unless you should say, my idol has done them, and my graven image, and my molten image, has commanded them. 6You have heard it; behold all this; and you, will you not declare it? I have showed you new things from this time, even hidden things, which you have not known. 7They are created now, and not from of old; and before this day you heard them not; unless you should say, Behold, I knew them. 8Yes, you heard not; yes, you knew not; yes, from of old your ear was not opened: for I knew that you did deal very treacherously, and were called a transgressor from the womb.

9For my nameís sake will I defer my anger, and for my praise will I refrain for you, that I cut you not off. 10Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have chosen you in the furnace of affliction. 11For my own sake, for my own sake, will I do it; for how should my name be profaned? and my glory will I not give to another. 12Hearken unto me, O Jacob, and Israel my called: I am he; I am the first, I also am the last. 13Yes, my hand has laid the foundation of the earth, and my right hand has spread out the heavens: when I call unto them, they stand up together. 14Assemble all yourselves, and hear; who among them has declared these things? He whom Jehovah loves shall perform his pleasure on Babylon, and his arm shall be on the Chal-de-ans. 15I, even I, have spoken; yes, I have called him; I have brought him, and he shall make his way prosperous.

16Come near unto me, hear this; from the beginning I have not spoken in secret; from the time that it was, there am I: and now the Lord Jehovah has sent me and his Spirit. 17Thus says Jehovah, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: I am Jehovah your God, who teaches you to profit, who leads you by the way that you should go. 18Oh that you had hearkened to my commandments! then had your peace been as a river, and your righteousness as the waves of the sea: 19your seed also had been as the sand, and the offspring of your bowels like the grains thereof: his name would not be cut off nor destroyed from before me. 20Go forth from Babylon, flee from the Chal-de-ans; with a voice of singing declare, you tell this, utter it even to the end of the earth: you say, Jehovah has redeemed his servant Jacob. 21And they thirsted not when he led them through the deserts; he caused the waters to flow out of the rock for them; he cut open the rock also, and the waters gushed out. 22There is no peace, says Jehovah, to the wicked.

 

49 Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, you peoples, from far: Jehovah has called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother has he made mention of my name: 2and he has made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand has he hid me: and he has made me a polished shaft; in his quiver has he kept me close: 3and he said unto me, you are my servant; Israel, in whom I will be glorified. 4But I said, I have labored in vain, I have spent my strength for nothing; yet surely the justice due to me is with Jehovah, and my recompense with my God. 5And now says Jehovah that formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob again to him, and that Israel be gathered unto him (for I am honorable in the eyes of Jehovah, and my God is become my strength); 6yes, he says, It is too light a thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give you for a light to the Gentiles, that you may be my salvation unto the end of the earth.

7Thus says Jehovah, the Redeemer of Israel, and his Holy One, to him whom man despises, to him whom the nation hate, to a servant of rulers: Kings shall see and arise; princes, and they shall worship; because of Jehovah that is faithful, even the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you. 8Thus says Jehovah, In an acceptable time have I answered you, and in a day of salvation have I helped you; and I will preserve you, and give you for a covenant of the people, to raise up the land, to make them inherit the desolate heritage: 9saying to them that are bound, Go forth; to them that are in darkness, Show yourselves. They shall feed in the ways, and on all bare heights shall be their pasture. 10They shall not hunger nor thirst; neither shall the heat nor sun strike them: for he that has mercy on them will lead them, even by springs of water will he guide them. 11And I will make all my mountains a way, and my highways shall be exalted. 12Lo, these shall come from far; and, lo, these from the north and from the west; and these from the land of Sinim.

13Sing, O heavens; and be joyful, O earth; and break forth into singing, O mountains: for Jehovah has comforted his people, and will have compassion upon his afflicted. 14But Zion said, Jehovah has forsaken me, and the Lord has forgotten me. 15Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yes, these may forget, yet will I not forget you. 16Behold, I have graven you upon the palms of my hands; your walls are continually before me. 17Your children make haste; your destroyers and they that made you waste shall go forth from you.

18Lift up your eyes round about, and behold: all these gather themselves together, and come to you. As I live, says Jehovah, you shall surely clothe yourself with them all as with an ornament, and gird yourself with them, like a bride. 19For, as for your waste and your desolate places, and your land that has been destroyed, surely now shall you be too strait for the inhabitants, and they that swallowed you up shall be far away. 20The children of your bereavement shall yet say in your ears, The place is too strait for me; give place to me that I may dwell. 21Then shall you say in your heart, Who has begotten me these, seeing I have been bereaved of my children, and am solitary, an exile, and wandering to and fro? and who has brought up these? Behold, I was left alone; these, where were they? 22Thus says the Lord Jehovah, Behold, I will lift up my hand to the nations, and set up my banner to the peoples; and they shall bring your sons in their bosom, and your daughters shall be carried upon their shoulders. 23And kings shall be your nursing fathers, and their queens your nursing mothers: they shall bow down to you with their faces to the earth, and lick the dust of your feet; and you shall know that I am Jehovah; and they that wait for me shall not be put to shame.

 

 

50 this says Jehovah, Where is the bill of your motherís divorcement, wherewith I have put her away? or which of my creditors is it to whom I have sold you? Behold, for your iniquities were you sold, and for your transgressions was your mother put away. 2Wherefore, when I came, was there no man? when I called, was there none to answer? Is my hand shortened at all, that it cannot redeem? or have I no power to deliver? Behold, at my rebuke I dry up the sea, I make the rivers a wilderness: their fish stink, because there is no water, and die for thirst. 3I clothe the heavens with blackness, and I make sackcloth their covering.

4The Lord Jehovah has given me the tongue of them that are taught, that I may know how to sustain with words him that is weary: he wakens morning by morning, he wakens my ear to hear as they that are taught. 5The Lord Jehovah has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away backward. 6I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair; I hid not my face from shame and spitting. 7For the Lord Jehovah will help me; therefore have I not been confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame. 8He is near that justifies me; who will contend with me? let us stand up together: who is my adversary? let him come near to me. 9Behold, the Lord Jehovah will help me; who is he that shall condemn me? behold, all they shall become old as a garment, the moth shall eat them up.

10Who is among you that fears Jehovah, that obeys the voice of his servant? he that walks in darkness, and has no light, let him trust in the name of Jehovah, and rely upon his God. 11Behold, all you that kindle a fire, that gird yourselves about with firebrands; walk in the flame of your fire, and among the brands that you have kindled. This shall you have of my hand; you shall lie down in sorrow.

 

51 Hearken to me, you that follow after righteousness, you that seek Jehovah: look unto the rock from where you were hewn, and to the hole of the pit from where you were dug. 2Look unto Abraham your father, and unto Sarah that bare you; for when he was but one I called him, and I blessed him, and made him many. 3For Jehovah has comforted Zion; he has comforted all her waste places, and has made her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of Jehovah; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody.

4Attend unto me, O my people; and give ear unto me, O my nation: for a law shall go forth from me, and I will establish my justice for a light of the peoples. 5My righteousness is near, my salvation is gone forth, and my arms shall judge the peoples; the isles shall wait for me, and on my arm shall they trust. 6Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look upon the earth beneath; for the heavens shall vanish away like smoke, and the earth shall become old like a garment; and they that dwell therein shall die in like manner: but my salvation shall be for ever, and my righteousness shall not be abolished. 7Hearken unto me, you that know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law; fear not the reproach of men, neither be dismayed at their revilings. 8For the moth shall eat them up like a garment, and the worm shall eat them like wool; but my righteousness shall be for ever, and my salvation unto all generations.

9Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of Jehovah; awake, as in the days of old, the generations of ancient times. Is it not you that did cut Rahab in pieces, that did pierce the monster? 10Is it not you that dried up the sea, the waters of the great deep; that made the depths of the sea a way for the redeemed to pass over? 11And the ransomed of Jehovah shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their heads: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and sighing shall flee away. 12I, even I, am he that comforts you: who are you, that you are afraid of man that shall die, and of the son of man that shall be made as grass; 13and have forgotten Jehovah your Maker, that stretched forth the heavens, and laid the foundations of the earth; and fears continually all the day because of the fury of the oppressor, when he makes ready to destroy? and where is the fury of the oppressor? 14The captive exile shall speedily be loosed; and he shall not die and go down into the pit, neither shall his bread fail. 15For I am Jehovah your God, who stirs up the sea, so that the waves thereof roar: Jehovah of hosts is his name. 16And I have put my words in your mouth, and have covered you in the shadow of my hand, that I may plant the heavens, and lay the foundations of the earth, and say unto Zion, you are my people.

17Awake, awake, stand up, O Jerusalem, that have drunk at the hand of Jehovah the cup of his wrath; you have drunken the bowl of the cup of staggering, and drained it. 18There is none to guide her among all the sons whom she has brought forth; neither is there any that takes her by the hand among all the sons that she has brought up. 19These two things are befallen you, who shall bemoan you? desolation and destruction, and the famine and the sword; how shall I comfort you? 20Your sons have fainted, they lie at the head of all the streets, as an antelope in a net; they are full of the wrath of Jehovah, the rebuke of your God. 21Therefore hear now this, you afflicted, and drunken, but not with wine: 22Thus says your Lord Jehovah, and your God that pleads the cause of his people, Behold, I have taken out of your hand the cup of staggering, even the bowl of the cup of my wrath; you shall no more drink it again: 23and I will put it into the hand of them that afflict you, that have said to your soul, Bow down, that we may go over; and you have laid your back as the ground, and as the street, to them that go over.

 

52 Awake, awake, put on your strength, O Zion; put on your beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city: for henceforth there shall no more come into you the uncircumcised and the unclean. 2Shake yourself from the dust; arise, sit on your throne, O Jerusalem: loose yourself from the bonds of your neck, O captive daughter of Zion. 3For this says Jehovah, you were sold for nothing; and you shall be redeemed without money. 4For this says the Lord Jehovah, My people went down at the first into Egypt to sojourn there: and the Assyrian has oppressed them without cause. 5Now therefore, what do I do here, says Jehovah, seeing that my people are taken away for nothing? Jehovah says that they that rule over them do howl, and my name continually blasphemed all the day . 6Therefore my people shall know my name: therefore they shall know in that day that I am he that does speak; behold, it is I.

7How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that brought good tidings, that published peace, that brought good tidings of good, that published salvation, that says unto Zion, your God reigns! 8The voice of your watchmen! they lift up the voice, together do they sing; for they shall see eye to eye, when Jehovah returns to Zion. 9Break forth into joy, sing together, you waste places of Jerusalem; for Jehovah has comforted his people, he has redeemed Jerusalem. 10Jehovah has made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God. 11Depart, depart, you go out from there, touch no unclean thing; go out of the midst of her; cleanse yourselves, you that bear the vessels of Jehovah. 12For you shall not go out in haste, neither shall you go by flight: for Jehovah will go before you; and the God of Israel will be your rearward.

13Behold, my servant shall deal wisely, he shall be exalted and lifted up, and shall be very high. 14Like as many were astonished at you (his appearance was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men), 15so shall he sprinkle many nations; kings shall shut their mouths at him: for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall they understand.

 

53 Who has believed our report? and to whom has the arm of Jehovah been revealed? 2For he grew up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he has no form nor comeliness; and when we see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. 3He was despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief: as one from whom men hide their face; he was despised and we esteemed him not.

4Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we did esteem him stricken, punished of God, and afflicted. 5But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. 6All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and Jehovah has laid on him the iniquity of us all. 7He was oppressed, yet when he was afflicted he opened not his mouth; as a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and as a sheep that before its shearers is dumb, so he opened not his mouth. 8By oppression and judgment he was taken away; and as for his generation, who among them considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living for the transgression of my people to whom the stroke was due? 9And they made his grave with the wicked, and with a rich man in his death; although he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.

10Yet it pleased Jehovah to bruise him; he has put him to grief: when you shall make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of Jehovah shall prosper in his hand. 11He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by the knowledge of himself shall my righteous servant justify many; and he shall bear their iniquities. 12Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the plunder with the strong; because he poured out his soul unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors: yet he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

 

54 Sing, O barren, you that did not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, you that did not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, says Jehovah. 2Enlarge the place of your tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of your habitations; spare not: lengthen your cords, and strengthen your stakes. 3For you shall spread abroad on the right hand and on the left; and your seed shall possess the nations, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited. 4Fear not; for you shall not be ashamed: neither be confounded; for you shall not be put to shame: for you shall forget the shame of your youth; and the reproach of your widowhood shall you remember no more. 5For your Maker is your husband; Jehovah of hosts is his name: and the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; the God of the whole earth shall he be called.

6For Jehovah has called you as a wife forsaken and grieved in spirit, even a wife of youth, when she is cast off, says your God. 7For a small moment have I forsaken you; but with great mercies will I gather you. 8In overflowing wrath I hid my face from you for a moment; but with everlasting lovingkindness will I have mercy on you, says Jehovah your Redeemer. 9For this is as the waters of Noah unto me; for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah shall no more go over the earth, so have I sworn that I will not be angry with you, nor rebuke you. 10For the mountains may depart, and the hills be removed; but my lovingkindness shall not depart from you, neither shall my covenant of peace be removed, says Jehovah that has mercy on you.

11O you afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted, behold, I will set your stones in fair colors, and lay your foundations with sapphires. 12And I will make your pinnacles of rubies, and your gates of carbuncles, and all your border of precious stones. 13And all your children shall be taught of Jehovah; and great shall be the peace of your children. 14In righteousness shall you be established: you shall be far from oppression, for you shall not fear; and from terror, for it shall not come near you. 15Behold, they may gather together, but not by me: whosoever shall gather together against you shall fall because of you. 16Behold, I have created the smith that blows the fire of coals, and brought forth a weapon for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy. 17No weapon that is formed against you shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of Jehovah, and their righteousness which is of me, says Jehovah.

 

55 Ho, every one that thirsts, come you to the waters, and he that has no money; come, buy and eat; yes, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. 2Why do you spend money for that which is not bread? and why do you labor for that which satisfies not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness. 3Incline your ear, and come unto me; hear, and your soul shall live: and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David. 4Behold, I have given him for a witness to the peoples, a leader and commander to the peoples. 5Behold, you shall call a nation that you know not; and a nation that knew not you shall run unto you, because of Jehovah your God, and for the Holy One of Israel; for he has glorified you.

6Seek Jehovah while he may be found; call upon him while he is near: 7let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return unto Jehovah, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. 8For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, says Jehovah. 9For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. 10For as the rain and the snow comes down from heaven, and returns not there, but waters the earth, and makes it bring forth and bud, and gives seed to the sower and bread to the eater; 11so shall my word be that goes forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I have sent it. 12For you shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing; and all the trees of the fields shall clap their hands. 13Instead of the thorn, shall come up the fir-tree; and instead of the brier, shall come up the myrtle-tree: and it shall be to Jehovah for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.

 

56 this says Jehovah, Keep justice, and do righteousness; for my salvation is to come near, and my righteousness to be revealed. 2Blessed is the man that does this, and the son of man that holds it fast; that keeps the Sabbath from profaning it, and keeps his hand from doing any evil.

3Neither let the foreigner, that has joined himself to Jehovah, speak, saying, Jehovah will surely separate me from his people; neither let the eunuch say, Behold, I am a dry tree. 4For this says Jehovah of the eunuchs that keep my Sabbaths, and choose the things that please me, and holds fast my covenant: 5Unto them will I give in my house and within my walls a memorial and a name better than of sons and of daughters; I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off. 6Also the foreigners that join themselves to Jehovah, to minister unto him, and to love the name of Jehovah, to be his servants, every one that keeps the Sabbath from profaning it, and holds fast my covenant; 7even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt-offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon my altar; for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples. 8The Lord Jehovah, who gathers the outcasts of Israel, says, Yet will I gather others to him, besides his own that are gathered.

9All you beasts of the field, come to devour, yes, all you beasts in the forest. 10His watchmen are blind, they are all without knowledge; they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; dreaming, lying down, loving to slumber. 11Yes, the dogs are greedy, they can never have enough; and these are shepherds that cannot understand: they have all turned to their own way, each one to his gain, from every quarter. 12Come, say they, I will fetch wine, and we will fill ourselves with strong drink; and to-morrow shall be as this day, a day great beyond measure.

 

57 The righteous perishes, and no man lays it to heart; and merciful men are taken away, none consider that the righteous are taken away from the evil to come. 2He entered into peace; they rest in their beds, each one that walks in his uprightness.

3But draw near here, you sons of the sorceress, the seed of the adulterer and the harlot. 4Against whom do you sport yourselves? against whom do you make a wide mouth, and put out the tongue? are you not children of transgression, a seed of falsehood, 5you that inflame yourselves among the oaks, under every green tree; that slay the children in the valleys, under the clefts of the rocks? 6Among the smooth stones of the valley is your portion; they, they are your lot; even to them have you poured a drink-offering, you have offered an oblation. Shall I be appeased for these things? 7Upon a high and lofty mountain have you set your bed; there also you went up to offer sacrifice. 8And behind the doors and the posts have you set up your memorial: for you have uncovered yourself to another than me, and are gone up; you have enlarged your bed, and you made a covenant with them: you loved their bed where you saw it. 9And you went to the king with oil, and did increase your perfumes, and did send your ambassadors far off, and did debase yourself even unto Sheol. 10You were wearied with the length of your way; yet you said not, It is in vain: you did find a quickening of your strength; therefore you were not faint. 11And of whom have you been afraid and in fear, that you lied, and have not remembered me, nor laid it to your heart? have not I held my peace even of long time, and you fears me not? 12I will declare your righteousness; and as for your works, they shall not profit you.

13When you cry, let them that you have gathered deliver you; but the wind shall take them, a breath shall carry them all away: but he that takes refuge in me shall possess the land, and shall inherit my holy mountain. 14And he will say, Cast up, cast up, prepare the way, take up the stumbling-block out of the way of my people. 15For this says the high and lofty One that inhabit eternity, whose name is Holy: I dwell in the high and holy place, and with him them also that are of a contrite and humble spirit: to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite. 16For I will not contend for ever, neither will I be always angry; for the spirit would faint before me, and the souls that I have made.

17For the iniquity of his covetousness was I angry, and struck him; I hid my face and was angry; and he went on backsliding in the way of his heart. 18I have seen his ways, and will heal him: I will lead him also, and restore comforts unto him and to his mourners. 19I create the fruit of the lips: Peace, peace, to him that is far off and to him that is near, says Jehovah; and I will heal him. 20But the wicked are like the troubled sea; for it cannot rest, and its waters cast up mire and dirt. 21There is no peace, says my God, to the wicked.

 

58 Cry aloud, spare not, lift up your voice like a trumpet, and declare unto my people their transgression, and to the house of Jacob their sins. 2Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways: as a nation that did righteousness, and forsook not the ordinance of their God, they ask of me righteous judgments; they delight to draw near unto God.

3Wherefore have we fasted, they say, and you see not? why have we afflicted our soul, and you take no knowledge? Behold, in the day of your fast you find your own pleasure, and exact all your labors. 4Behold, you fast for strife and contention, and to strike with the fist of wickedness: you fast not this day so as to make your voice to be heard on high. 5Is such the fast that I have chosen? the day for a man to afflict his soul? Is it to bow down his head as a rush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? will you call this a fast, and an acceptable day to Jehovah? 6Is not this the fast that I have chosen: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the bands of the yoke, and to let the oppressed go free, and that you break every yoke? 7Is it not to deal your bread to the hungry, and that you bring the poor that are cast out to your house? when you see the naked, that you cover him; and that you hide not yourself from your own flesh?

8Then shall your light break forth as the morning, and your healing shall spring forth speedily; and your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of Jehovah shall by your rearward. 9Then shall you call, and Jehovah will answer; you shall cry, and he will say, Here I am. If you take away from the midst of you the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking wickedly; 10and if you draw out your soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul: then shall your light rise in darkness, and your obscurity shall be as the noonday; 11and Jehovah will guide you continually, and satisfy your soul in dry places, and make strong your bones; and you shall be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not. 12And they that shall be of you shall build the old waste places; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; and you shall be called The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.

13If you turn away your foot on the Sabbath, from doing your pleasure on my holy day; and call the Sabbath a delight, and the holy of Jehovah honorable; and shall honor it, not doing your own ways, nor finding your own pleasure, nor speaking your own words: 14then shall you delight yourself in Jehovah; and I will make you to ride upon the high places of the earth; and I will feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father: for the mouth of Jehovah has spoken it.

 

59 Behold, Jehovahís hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: 2but your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, so that he will not hear. 3For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue mutters wickedness. 4None calls for righteousness, and none pleads for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity. 5They hatch addersí eggs, and weave the spiderís web: he that eats of their eggs dies; and that which is crushed breaks out into a viper. 6Their 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. 7Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; desolation and destruction are in their paths. 8The way of peace they know not; and there is no justice in their goings: they have made them crooked paths; whosoever goes therein does not know peace.

9Therefore is justice far from us, neither does righteousness overtake us: we look for light, but, behold, darkness; for brightness, but we walk in obscurity. 10We grope for the wall like the blind; yes, we grope as they that have no eyes: we stumble at noonday as in the twilight; among them that are lusty we are as dead men. 11We all roar like bears, and moan very like doves: we look for justice, but there is none; for salvation, but it is far off from us. 12For our transgressions are multiplied before you, and our sins testify against us; for our transgressions are with us, and as for our iniquities, we know them: 13transgressing and denying Jehovah, and turning away from following our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood. 14And justice is turned away backward, and righteousness stands afar off; for truth is fallen in the street, and uprightness cannot enter. 15Yes, truth is lacking; and he that departs from evil makes himself a prey. And Jehovah saw it, and it displeased him that there was no justice.

16And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore his own arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it upheld him. 17And he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and a helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a mantle. 18According to their deeds, accordingly he will repay, wrath to his adversaries, recompense to his enemies; to the islands he will repay recompense. 19So shall they fear the name of Jehovah from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun; for he will come as a rushing stream, which the breath of Jehovah drives. 20And a Redeemer will come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, says Jehovah. 21And as for me, this is my covenant with them, says Jehovah: my Spirit that is upon you, and my words which I have put in your mouth, shall not depart out of your mouth, nor out of the mouth of your seed, nor out of the mouth of your seedís seed, says Jehovah, from henceforth and for ever.

 

60 Arise, shine; for your light is come, and the glory of Jehovah is risen upon you. 2For, behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the peoples; but Jehovah will arise upon you, and his glory shall be seen upon you. 3And nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising. 4Lift up your eyes round about, and see: they all gather themselves together, they come to you; your sons shall come from far, and your daughters shall be carried in the arms. 5Then you shall see and be radiant, and your heart shall thrill and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be turned unto you, the wealth of the nations shall come unto you. 6The multitude of camels shall cover you, the dromedaries of Midian and Ephah; all they from She-ba shall come; they shall bring gold and frankincense, and shall proclaim the praises of Jehovah. 7All the flocks of Ke-dar shall be gathered together unto you, the rams of Nebaioth shall minister unto you; they shall come up with acceptance on my altar; and I will glorify the house of my glory. 8Who are these that fly as a cloud, and as the doves to their windows?

9Surely the isles shall wait for me, and the ships of Tar-shish first, to bring your sons from far, their silver and their gold with them, for the name of Jehovah your God, and for the Holy One of Israel, because he has glorified you. 10And foreigners shall build up your walls, and their kings shall minister unto you: for in my wrath I struck you, but in my favor have I had mercy on you. 11Your gates also shall be open continually; they shall not be shut day nor night; that men may bring unto you the wealth of the nations, and their kings led captive. 12For that nation and kingdom that will not serve you shall perish; yes, those nations shall be utterly wasted. 13The glory of Lebanon shall come unto you, the fir-tree, the pine, and the box-tree together, to beautify the place of my sanctuary; and I will make the place of my feet glorious. 14And the sons of them that afflicted you shall come bending unto you; and all they that despised you shall bow themselves down at the soles of your feet; and they shall call you The city of Jehovah, The Zion of the Holy One of Israel.

15Whereas you have been forsaken and hated, so that no man passed through you, I will make you an eternal excellency, a joy of many generations. 16You shall also suck the milk of the nations, and shall suck the breast of kings; and you shall know that I, Jehovah, am your Saviour, and your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob. 17For brass I will bring gold, and for iron I will bring silver, and for wood brass, and for stones iron. I will also make your officers peace, and your exactors righteousness. 18Violence shall no more be heard in your land, desolation nor destruction within your borders; but you shall call your walls Salvation, and your gates Praise. 19The sun shall be no more your light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto you: but Jehovah will be unto you an everlasting light, and your God your glory. 20Your sun shall no more go down, neither shall your moon withdraw itself; for Jehovah will be your everlasting light, and the days of your mourning shall be ended. 21Your 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. 22The little one shall become a thousand, and the small one a strong nation; I, Jehovah, will hasten it in its time.

 

61 The Spirit of the Lord Jehovah is upon me; because Jehovah has anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he has sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; 2to proclaim the year of Jehovahís favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; 3to appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them a garland for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of Jehovah, that he may be glorified.

4And 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. 5And strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, and foreigners shall be your plowmen and your vine-dressers. 6But you shall be named the priests of Jehovah; men shall call you the ministers of our God: you shall eat the wealth of the nations, and in their glory shall you boast yourselves. 7Instead of your shame you shall have double; and instead of dishonor they shall rejoice in their portion: therefore in their land they shall possess double; everlasting joy shall be unto them. 8For I, Jehovah, love justice, I hate robbery with iniquity; and I will give them their recompense in truth, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them. 9And their seed shall be known among the nations, and their offspring among the peoples; all that see them shall acknowledge them, that they are the seed which Jehovah has blessed.

10I will greatly rejoice in Jehovah, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation, he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. 11For as the earth brought forth its bud, and as the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord Jehovah will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.

 

62 For Zionís sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalemís sake I will not rest, until her righteousness go forth as brightness, and her salvation as a lamp that burns. 2And the nations shall see your righteousness, and all kings your glory, and you shall be called by a new name, which the mouth of Jehovah shall name. 3You shall also be a crown of beauty in the hand of Jehovah, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God. 4You shall no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall your land any more be termed Desolate: but you shall be called Hephzi-bah, and your land Beulah; for Jehovah delights in you, and your land shall be married. 5For as a young man marries a virgin, so shall your sons marry you; and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you.

6I have set watchmen upon your walls, O Jerusalem; they shall never hold their peace day nor night: you that are Jehovahís remembrancers, take no rest, 7and give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth. 8Jehovah has sworn by his right hand, and by the arm of his strength, Surely I will no more give your grain to be food for your enemies; and foreigners shall not drink your new wine, for which you have labored: 9but they that have garnered it shall eat it, and praise Jehovah; and they that have gathered it shall drink it in the courts of my sanctuary.

10Go through, go through the gates; prepare you the way of the people; cast up, cast up the highway; gather out the stones; lift up a banner for the peoples. 11Behold, Jehovah has proclaimed unto the end of the earth, Say to the daughter of Zion, Behold, your salvation comes; behold, his reward is with him, and his recompense before him. 12And they shall call them The holy people, The redeemed of Jehovah: and you shall be called Sought out, A city not forsaken.

 

63 Who is this that comes from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? this that is glorious in his apparel, marching in the greatness of his strength? I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save. 2Wherefore are you red in your apparel, and your garments like him that treads in the winevat? 3I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the peoples there was no man with me: yes, I trod them in my anger, and trampled them in my wrath; and their lifeblood is sprinkled upon my garments, and I have stained all my raiment. 4For the day of vengeance was in my heart, and the year of my redeemed is come. 5And I looked, and there was none to help; and I wondered that there was none to uphold: therefore my own arm brought salvation unto me; and my wrath, it upheld me. 6And I trod down the peoples in my anger, and made them drunk in my wrath, and I poured out their lifeblood on the earth.

7I will make mention of the lovingkindnesses of Jehovah, and the praises of Jehovah, according to all that Jehovah has bestowed on us, and the great goodness toward the house of Israel, which he has bestowed on them according to his mercies, and according to the multitude of his lovingkindnesses. 8For he said, Surely, they are my people, children that will not deal falsely: so he was their Saviour. 9In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them: in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; and he bare them up, and carried them all the days of old. 10But they rebelled, and grieved his holy Spirit: therefore he was turned to be their enemy, and himself fought against them. 11Then he remembered the days of old, Moses and his people, saying, Where is he that brought them up out of the sea with the shepherds of his flock? where is he that put his holy Spirit in the midst of them? 12that caused his glorious arm to go at the right hand of Moses? that divided the waters before them, to make himself an everlasting name? 13that led them through the depths, as a horse in the wilderness, so that they stumbled not? 14As the cattle that go down into the valley, the Spirit of Jehovah caused them to rest; so did you lead your people, to make yourself a glorious name.

15Look down from heaven, and behold from the habitation of your holiness and of your glory: where is your zeal and your mighty acts? the yearning of your heart and your compassions toward me are restrained. 16For you are our Father, though Abraham knows us not, and Israel does not acknowledge us: you, O Jehovah, are our Father; our Redeemer, from everlasting is your name. 17O Jehovah, why do you make us to err from your ways, and hardened our heart from your fear? Return for your servantsí sake, the tribes of your inheritance. 18Your holy people possessed it but a little while: our adversaries have trodden down your sanctuary. 19We are become as they over whom you never ruled, as they that were not called by your name.

 

64 Oh that you would rend the heavens, that you would come down, that the mountains might quake at your presence, 2as when fire kindles the brushwood, and the fire causes the waters to boil; to make your name known to your adversaries, that the nations may tremble at your presence! 3When you did terrible things which we looked not for, you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence. 4For from of old men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither has the eye seen a God besides you, who works for him that waits for him. 5You met him that rejoices and works righteousness, those that remember you in your ways: behold, you were angry, and we sinned: in them have we been of a long time; and shall we be saved?

6For we are all become as one that is unclean, and all our righteousnesses are as a polluted garment: and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. 7And there is none that calls upon your name, that stirs up himself to take hold of you; for you have hid your face from us, and have consumed us by means of our iniquities. 8But now, O Jehovah, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you our potter; and we all are the work of your hand. 9Be not overly angry, O Jehovah, neither remember iniquity for ever: behold, look, we beseech you, we are all your people. 10Your holy cities are become a wilderness, Zion is become a wilderness, Jerusalem a desolation. 11Our holy and our beautiful house, where our fathers praised you, is burned with fire; and all our pleasant places are laid waste. 12Will you refrain yourself for these things, O Jehovah? will you hold your peace, and afflict us very very?

 

65 I am inquired of by them that asked not for me; I am found of them that sought me not: I said, Behold me, behold me, unto a nation that was not called by my name. 2I have spread out my hands all the day unto a rebellious people, that walk in a way that is not good, after their own thoughts; 3a people that provoke me to my face continually, sacrificing in gardens, and burning incense upon bricks; 4that sit among the graves, and lodge in the secret places; that eat swineís flesh, and broth of abominable things is in their vessels; 5that say, Stand by yourself, come not near to me, for I am holier than you. These are a smoke in my nose, a fire that burns all the day. 6Behold, it is written before me: I will not keep silence, but will recompense, yes, I will recompense into their bosom, 7your own iniquities, and the iniquities of your fathers together, says Jehovah, that have burned incense upon the mountains, and blasphemed me upon the hills; therefore will I first measure their work into their bosom.

8Thus says Jehovah, As the new wine is found in the cluster, and one says, Destroy it not, for a blessing is in it: so will I do for my servantsí sake, that I may not destroy them all. 9And I will bring forth a seed out of Jacob, and out of Judah an inheritor of my mountains; and my chosen shall inherit it, and my servants shall dwell there. 10And Sharon shall be a fold of flocks, and the valley of Achor a place for herds to lie down in, for my people that have sought me.

11But you that forsake Jehovah, that forget my holy mountain, that prepare a table for Fortune, and that fill up mingled wine unto Destiny; 12I will destine you to the sword, and you shall all bow down to the slaughter; because when I called, you did not answer; when I spoke, you did not hear; but you did that which was evil in my eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not. 13Therefore this says the Lord Jehovah, Behold, my servants shall eat, but you shall be hungry; behold, my servants shall drink, but you shall be thirsty; behold, my servants shall rejoice, but you shall be put to shame; 14behold, my servants shall sing for joy of heart, but you shall cry for sorrow of heart, and shall wail for vexation of spirit. 15And you shall leave your name for a curse unto my chosen; and the Lord Jehovah will slay you; and he will call his servants by another name: 16so that he who blesses himself in the earth shall bless himself in the God of truth; and he that swears in the earth shall swear by the God of truth; because the former troubles are forgotten, and because they are hid from my eyes.

17For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; and the former things shall not be remembered, nor come into mind. 18But you, be glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create; for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy. 19And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people; and there shall be heard in her no more the voice of weeping and the voice of crying. 20There shall be no more then an infant of days, nor an old man that has not filled his days; for the child shall die a hundred years old, and the sinner being a hundred years old shall be accursed. 21And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them. 22They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree shall be the days of my people, and my chosen shall long enjoy the work of their hands. 23They shall not labor in vain, nor bring forth for calamity; for they are the seed of the blessed of Jehovah, and their offspring with them. 24And it shall come to pass that, before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear. 25The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the ox; and dust shall be the serpentís food. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, says Jehovah.

 

66 this says Jehovah, Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: what manner of house will you build unto me? and what place shall be my rest? 2For all these things my hand has made, and so all these things came to be, says Jehovah: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and that trembles at my word. 3He that kills an ox is as he that slays a man; he that sacrifices a lamb, as he that breaks a dogís neck; he that offered an oblation, as he that offered swineís blood; he that burns frankincense, as he that blesses an idol. yes, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delights in their abominations: 4I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spoke, they did not hear: but they did that which was evil in my eyes, and chose the things wherein I delighted not.

5Hear the word of Jehovah, you that tremble at his word: Your brethren that hate you, that cast you out for my nameís sake, have said, Let Jehovah be glorified, that we may see your joy; but it is they that shall be put to shame. 6A voice of tumult from the city, a voice from the temple, a voice of Jehovah that renders recompense to his enemies. 7Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man-child. 8Who has heard such a thing? who has seen such things? Shall a land be born in one day? shall a nation be brought forth at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children. 9Shall I bring to the birth, and not cause to bring forth? says Jehovah: shall I that cause to bring forth shut the womb? says your God. 10Rejoice you with Jerusalem, and be glad for her, all you that love her: rejoice for joy with her, all you that mourn over her; 11that you may suck and be satisfied with the breasts of her consolations; that you may milk out, and be delighted with the abundance of her glory. 12For this says Jehovah, Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the nations like an overflowing stream: and you shall suck thereof; you shall be borne upon the side, and shall be dandled upon the knees. 13As one whom his mother comforts, so will I comfort you; and you shall be comforted in Jerusalem. 14And you shall see it, and your heart shall rejoice, and your bones shall flourish like the tender grass: and the hand of Jehovah shall be known toward his servants; and he will have indignation against his enemies.

15For, behold, Jehovah will come with fire, and his chariots shall be like the whirlwind; to render his anger with fierceness, and his rebuke with flames of fire. 16For by fire will Jehovah execute judgment, and by his sword, upon all flesh; and the slain of Jehovah shall be many. 17They that sanctify themselves and purify themselves to go unto the gardens, behind one in the midst, eating swineís flesh, and the abomination, and the mouse, they shall come to an end together, says Jehovah. 18For I know their works and their thoughts: the time comes, that I will gather all nations and tongues; and they shall come, and shall see my glory. 19And I will set a sign among them, and I will send such as escape of them unto the nations, to Tar-shish, Pul, and Lud, that draw the bow, to Tu-bal and Ja-van, to the isles afar off, that have not heard my fame, neither have seen my glory; and they shall declare my glory among the nations. 20And they shall bring all your brethren out of all the nations for an oblation unto Jehovah, upon horses, and in chariots, and in litters, and upon mules, and upon dromedaries, to my holy mountain Jerusalem, says Jehovah, as the children of Israel bring their oblation in a clean vessel into the house of Jehovah. 21And of them also will I take for priests and for Levites, says Jehovah. 22For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, says Jehovah, so shall your seed and your name remain. 23And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one Sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, says Jehovah. 24And they shall go forth, and look upon the dead bodies of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh.

 

 

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