(The Scriptures)
The Book of the Prophet Esay, called Isaiah
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The|This is the| prophesy of Esay the son of Amos, which he shewed upon Juda and Jerusalem in the time of Oziah, Joatham, Ahaz, and Jehezekiah, kings of Juda.
Hear O heaven hearken O earth, for the LORD speaketh: I have nourished and brought up children, and they are fallen away from me.
An ox knoweth his lord,|Lorde| and an Ass his master's stall, but Israel knoweth nothing, my people hath no understanding.
Alas for this sinful people, which are expert in blasphemies, a froward generation, unnatural children. They have forsaken the LORD, they have provoked the holy one of Israel unto anger, and are gone backward.
Wherefore should ye be plagued any more? For ye are ever falling away. The whole head is sick, and the heart is very heavy.
From the sole of the foot unto the head, there is no whole part in all your body: but all are wounds, botches, sores and stripes, which can neither be helped, bound up, molified, nor eased with any ointment.
Your land lieth waste, your cities are brent up, your enemies devour your land, and ye must be fain to stand, and look upon it: and it is desolate, as it were with enemies in a battle.
Moreover the daughter of Sion is left alone like a cottage in a vineyard, like a watch house in time of war, like a besieged city.
And except the LORD of Hosts had left us a few alive: we should have been as Sodoma, and like unto Gomorra.(Septuagint: And if the Lord of Sabaoth had not left us a seed, we should have been as Sodom, and we should have been made like Gomorrha. Romans 9:29)
Hear the word of the LORD ye tyrants of Sodoma: and hearken unto the law of our God, thou people of Gomorra.
Why offer ye so many sacrifices unto me? I am discontent for the brentofferings of wethers, and with the fatness of fed beasts. I have no pleasure in the blood of bullocks, lambs, and goats.
When ye appear before me, who requireth you to tread within my porches?
Offer me no more oblations, for it is but lost labour. I abhor your incense. I may not away with your new moons, your Sabbaths and solempne days. Your fastings are also in vain.
I hate your new holy days and fastings, even from my very heart. They make me weary, I can not abide them.
Though ye hold out your hands, yet turn I my eyes from you. And though ye make many prayers, yet hear I nothing at all, for your hands are full of blood.
Wash you, make you clean, put away your evil thoughts out of my sight, cease from doing of evil and violence.{Wash and be clean: put away the wickedness of your imaginations out of my sight. Cease to do evil and learn to do well.}
Learn to do right, apply yourselves to equity, deliver the oppressed, help the fatherless to his right, let the widows complaint come before you.{Study to do righteously and help the oppressed. Avenge the fatherless and defend the cause of widows.}
Now go to (sayeth the LORD) we will walk together. Is it not so? Though your sins be as red as scarlet, shall they not be whiter than snow? And though they were like purple, shall they not be like white wool?{Come let us shew each his grief to other and make an atonement saith the LORD. And so though your sins be like to purple, they shall be made as white as snow, and though they be as red as scarlet, they shall be made like white wool.}
Is it not so? If ye be loving and obedient, ye shall enjoy the best thing that groweth in the land.{If ye will agree and hearken, ye shall eat the best of the land saith the Lord God.}
But if ye be obstinate and rebellious, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for thus the LORD hath promised with his own mouth.
How happeneth it then that the righteous city (which was full of equity) is become unfaithful as an whore? righteousness dwelt in it, but now murder.
Thy silver is turned to dross, and thy wine mixt with water.
Thy princes are traitors and companions of thieves. They love gifts altogether, and follow rewards. As for the fatherless, they help him not to his right, neither will they let the widows causes come before them.
Therefore speaketh the Lord GOD|LORDE God| of Hosts the mighty one of Israel: Ah, I must ease me of mine enemies, and avenge me upon them.
And therefore shall I lay my hand upon thee, and burn out thy dross from the finest and purest, and put out all thy lead,
and set thy judges again as they were sometime, and thy Senators as they were from the beginning. Then shalt thou be called the righteous city, the faithful city.
But Sion shall be redeemed with equity, and her captivity with righteousness.
For the transgressors and ungodly, and such as are become unfaithful unto the LORD, must altogether be utterly destroyed.
And except ye be ashamed of the oak trees wherein ye have so delighted, and of the gardens that ye have chosen:
Ye shall be as an oak whose leaves are fallen away, and as a garden that hath no moistness.
And as for the glory of these things, it shall be turned to dry straw, and he that made them to a spark. And they shall both burn together, so that no man shall be able to quench them.
Moreover this was the word that was opened unto Esay the son of Amos, upon Juda and Jerusalem.{The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw in a vision, concerning Judah and Jerusalem.}
It will be also in process of time: That the hill where the house of the LORD is builded, shall be the chief among the hills, and exalted above all little hills. And all the Heathen shall prease unto him. And the multitude of people shall go unto him,{It shall come to pass in the last days that the mount of the house of the LORD, shall be set in the top of the mountains, and shall be lifted up above the hills: and all nations shall resort thereto.}
speaking thus one unto another: up, let us go to the hill of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob: that he may shew us his way, and that we may walk in his paths. For the law shall come out of Sion, and the word of God from Jerusalem,{And much people shall go and say: come and let us go up to the hill of the LORD and unto the house of the God of Jacob: that he may teach us his ways, and that we may walk in his paths. For out of Sion shall come the law, and the word of God out of Jerusalem.}
and shall give sentence among the Heathen, and shall reform the multitude of people: So that they shall break their swords and spears, to make scythes, sicles and saws thereof. From that time forth shall not one people lift up weapon against another, neither shall they learn to fight from thenceforth.{And he shall be judge among the heathen and tell many nations their faults. And they shall turn their swords into mattocks and their spears into scythes. One nation shall not lift up a sword against another, neither shall they teach to war any more.}
It is to thee that I cry (O house of Jacob) up, let us walk in the light of the LORD.{O house of Jacob come and let us walk in the light of the LORD.}
But thou art scattered abroad with thy people (O house of Jacob) for ye go far beyond your fathers, whether it be in Sorcerers (who ye had as the Philistines had) or in calkers of men's births, whereof ye have too many.
As soon as your land was full of silver and gold, and no end of your treasure: so soon as your land was full of strong horses and no end of your chariots:
Immediately was it full of Idols also, even works of your own hands, which ye yourselves have fashioned, and your fingers have made.
There kneeleth the man, there falleth the man down before thee, so that thou canst not bring him away from thence.
And therefore get thee soon in to some rock, and hide thee in the ground from the sight of the fearful judge, and from the glory of his Majesty:
Which casteth down the high looks of presumptuous persons, and bringeth low the pride of man, and he only shall be exalted in the day.
For the day of the LORD of Hosts shall go over all pride and presumption, upon all them that exalt themselves, and shall bring them all down:
upon all high stout Cedar trees of Libanus, and upon all the oaks of Basan,
upon all high hills, and upon all stout mountains,
upon all costly towers, and upon all strong walls,
upon all ships of the sea, and upon everything that is glorious and pleasant to look upon.
And it shall bring down the pride of man, and lay man's presumptuousness full low, and the LORD shall only have the victory in that day.
But the Idols shall utterly be rooted out.
Men shall creep into holes of stone, and into caves of the earth, from the sight of the fearful judge, and from the glory of his majesty: what time as he shall make him up to shake the earth.
Then, then shall man cast away his gods of silver and gold, (which he nevertheless had made to honour them) unto Moles and Backes,|bats|
that he may the better creep into the caves and rocks, and into the cliffs of hard stones, from the sight of the fearful judge and from the glory of his Majesty.
Every man can eschew a person moved in anger, for what doth he wisely?
Even so shall the LORD of Hosts take away from Jerusalem and Juda, all possessions and power, all meat and drink,
the captain and the soldier, the judge and the prophet, the wise and the aged man,
the worshipful of fifty year old, and the honorable: the Senators, and men of understanding: the masters of crafts and orators.
And I shall give you children to be your princes, (sayeth the LORD) and babes shall have the rule of you.
One shall ever be doing violence and wrong to another. The boy shall presume against the elder, and the vile person against the honorable.
Yea one shall take a friend of his own kindred by the bosom, and say: Thou hast clothing, thou shalt be our head, for thou mayest keep us from this fall and peril.
Then shall he swear and say: I can not help you. Moreover, there is neither meat nor clothing in my house, make me no ruler of the people.
For Jerusalem and Juda must decay, because that both their words and counsels are against the LORD, they provoke the presence of his Majesty unto anger.
The changing of their countenance betrayeth them, yea they declare their own sins themselves, as the Sodomites, and hide them not. Woe be unto their souls, for they shall be heavily rewarded.
Then shall they say: O happy are the godly, for they may enjoy the fruits of their studies.
But woe be unto the ungodly and unrighteous for they shall be rewarded after their works.
O my people, ribaudes oppress thee, and women have rule of thee. O my people, thy leaders deceive thee, and tread out the way of thy footsteps.(Septuagint: O my people, your extractors strip you, and extortioners rule over you: O my people, they that pronounce you blessed lead you astray, and pervert the path of your feet.)
The LORD is here to commune|comon| of the matter, and standeth to give judgement with the people.
The LORD shall come forth to reason with the Senators and princes of his people, and shall say thus unto them: It is ye that have burnt up my vineyard, the robbery of the poor is in your house.
Wherefore do ye oppress my people, and marred the faces of the innocents? thus shall the Lord GOD|LORDE God| of Hosts revile them.
Moreover thus sayeth the LORD: Seeing the daughters of Sion are become so proud, and come in with stretched out necks, and with vain wanton eyes: seeing they come in tripping so nicely with their feet:
Therefore shall the Lord shave the heads of the daughters of Sion, and make their beauty bare in that day.
In that day shall the Lord take away the gorgeousness of their apparel, and spangles, chains, partlets,
and collars, bracelets and hooves,
the goodly flowered wide and broidered raiment, brushes and headbands,
rings and garlands,
holy day clothes and vails, kerchiefs and pins,
glasses and smocks, bonnets and taches.
And instead of good smell there shall be stink among them. And for their girdles there shall be lowse bands.|bonds| And for well set hair there shall be baldness. Instead of a stomacher, a sackcloth, and for their beauty witherdness and sunburning.
Their husbands and their mighty men shall perish with the sword in battle.
At that time shall their gates mourn and complain, and they shall sit as desolate folk upon the earth.
Then shall seven wives take hold of one man, and say: We will lay all our meat and clothing together in common, only that we may be called thy wives, and that this shameful reproof may be taken from us.
After that time shall the branch of the LORD be beautiful and mighty, and the fruit of the earth shall be fair and pleasant for those Israelites that shall spring thereof.
Then shall the remnant in Sion and the remnant at Jerusalem be called holy: namely all such as are written among the living at Jerusalem:
What time as the Lord|LORDE| shall wash away the desolation of the daughters of Sion, and purge the blood out from Jerusalem with the wind of his smoke and fire.
Moreover upon all the dwellings of the hill of Sion and upon their whole congregation, shall the LORD provide a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night: for all their glory shall be preserved.
And Jerusalem shall be a tabernacle for a shadow because of heat in the day time, and place and refuge where a man may keep him for weather and rain.
Now well then, I will sing my beloved friend a song of his vineyard. My beloved friend hath a vineyard in a very fruitful plenteous ground.
This he hedged, this he walled round about, and planted it with goodly grapes. In the middest of it builded he a tower, and made a wine press therein. And afterward when he looked that it should bring him grapes, it brought forth thorns.
I shew you now my cause (O ye Citizens of Jerusalem and whole Juda:) Judge, I pray you, betwixt me: and my vineyard.
What more could have been done for it, that I have not done? Wherefore than hath it given thorns, where I looked to have had grapes of it?
Well, I shall tell you how I will do with my vineyard: I will take the hedge from it, that it may perish, and break down the wall, that it may be trodden under foot.
I will lay it waste, that it shall neither be twisted nor cut, but bear thorns and briers. I will also forbid the clouds, that they shall not rain upon it.
As for the vineyard of the LORD of Hosts it is the house of Israel, and whole Juda his fair planting. Of these he looked for equity, but see there is wrong: for righteousness; Lo; It is but misery.
Woe be unto you that join one house to another, and bring one land so nigh unto another, till ye can get no more ground. Will ye dwell upon the earth alone?
The LORD of Hosts roundeth me thus in mine ear: shall not many greater and more gorgeous houses be so waste, that no man shall dwell in them?
And ten acres of vines shall give but a Quart, and thirty bushels of seed shall give but three.
Woe unto them that rise up early to use themselves in drunkenness, and yet at night are more superfluous with wine.
In those companies are harps and lutes, tabrets and pipes, and wine. But they regard not the work of the LORD, and consider not the operation of his hands.
Therefore cometh my folk also in captivity, because they have no understanding. Their glory shall be mixt with hunger, and their pride shall be marred for thirst.
Therefore gapeth hell, and openeth her mouth marvelous wide: that pride boasting|boosting| and wisdom, with such as rejoice therein, may descend into it.
Thus shall man have a fall, he shall be brought low, and the high looks of the proud laid down.
But the LORD of Hosts, that holy God: shall be exalted and untouched, when he shall declare his equity and righteousness after this manner:
Then shall the lambs eat their appointed fodder, and shall feed plentiously in the mountains.
Woe be unto vain persons, that draw wickedness unto them, as it were with a cord: and sin, as it were with a cart rope.
Which use to speak on this manner: Let him make haste now, and go forth with his work, that we may see it. Let that counsel of the holy one of Israel come, and draw nye, that we may know it.
Woe be unto them that call evil good, and good evil: which make darkness light, and light darkness, that make sour sweet, and sweet sour.
Woe be unto them that are wise in their own sight, and think themselves to have understanding.
Woe be unto them that are cunning men to sup out wine and expert to set up drunkenness.
These give sentence with the ungodly for rewards, but condemn the just cause of the righteous.
Therefore like as fire licketh up the straw, and as the flame consumeth the stubble: Even so (when their root is full) their blossom shall vanish away like dust or smoke: for they despise the law of the LORD of Hosts, and blaspheme the word of the holy maker of Israel.
Therefore is the wrath of the LORD kindled also against his people, and he shaketh his hand at them: yea he shall smite so, that the hills shall tremble. And their carcasses shall lie in the open streets, like mire. After all this, the wrath of God shall not cease, but he shall stretch his hand wider.
And he shall give a token unto a strange people, and call unto them in a far country: and behold, they shall come hastily with speed.
There is not one faint or feeble among them, no not a sluggish nor slippery person. There shall not one of them put off the girdle from his loins, nor loose|lowse| the latchet of his shoe.
Their arrows are sharp, and their bows bent. Their horses' hoofs are like flint, and their cart wheels like a stormy wind.
Their cry is as it were of a lion, and the roaring of them like lion's whelps. They shall roar, and haunch up the prey, and no man shall recover it or get it from them.
In that day they shall be so fierce upon them, as the sea. And if we look unto the land, behold, it shall be all darkness and sorrow. If we look to heaven: behold, it shall be dark with careful desperation.
In the same year that king Uzziah died, I saw the Lord|LORDE| sitting upon an high and glorious seat, and his train filled the palace.
From above flakerd the Seraphins, where of every one had six wings. With twain each covered his face, with twain his feet, and with twain did he fly.
They cried also each one to other on this manner: holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of Hosts. The whole world is full of his glory.
Yea the joists|geastes| and doorcheecks|doorchekes| moved at their crying, and the house was full of smoke.
Then I said: O woe is me. For I am astonied: that I (which am a man of unclean lips, and dwell among people that hath unclean lips also) should see the King and LORD of Hosts with mine eyes.
Then flew one of the Seraphins unto me, having a hot coal in his hand, which he had taken from the altar with the tongs,
and touched my mouth, and said: Lo, this hath touched thy mouth, and thine unrighteousness is taken away, and thy sin is forgiven.
After this I heard the voice of the Lord|LORDE| taking advisement on this manner: Whom shall I send, and who will be our messenger? Then I said: Here am I, send me.
And so he said: Go, and tell this people: Ye shall hear indeed, but ye shall not understand, ye shall plainly see, and not perceive.(Septuagint: Ye shall hear indeed, but ye shall not understand; and ye shall see indeed, but ye shall not perceive. Matthew 13:14-15 and Mark 4:12 Acts 28:26-27)
Harden the heart of this people, stop{stoppe} their ears, and shut their eyes, that they see not with their eyes, hear not with their ears, and understand not with their heart, and convert and be healed.(Septuagint: For the heart of this people has become gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them. John 12:40)
Then spake I: Lord,|LORDE| how long? And he answered: Until the cities be utterly without inhabiters, and the houses without men, till the land be also desolate, and lie unbuilded.
For the LORD shall take the men far away, so that the land shall lie waste.
Nevertheless, the tenth part shall remain therein, for it shall convert and be fruitful. And likewise as the Terebintes and Oak trees bring forth their fruits, so shall the holy seed have fruit.
It happened in the time of Ahaz the son of Joatham, which was the son of Oziah, king of Juda: that Razin the king of Syria, and Phakeh the son of Romeliah, king of Israel: went up toward Jerusalem to besiege it, but wanne it not.
Now when the house of David (that is Ahaz) heard word thereof, that Syria and Ephraim were confederate together: His heart quaked (yea and the hearts also of his people) like as a tree in the field, that is moved with the wind.
Then said GOD unto Esay: Go meet Ahaz, (thou, thy son Sear Jasub) at the head of the over pole, in the foot path by the fuller's ground,
and say unto him, take heed to thyself and be still, but fear not, neither be fainthearted, for these two tails: that is: for these two smoking firebrands, the wrath and furriousness of Rezin the Sirian and Romelies' son:
because that the king of Siria, Ephraim, and Romelies' son have wickedly conspired against thee,
saying: We will go down into Juda, vex them, and bring them under us, and set a king there, even the son of Tabeel.
For thus sayeth the Lord GOD|LORDE God| there to; It shall not so go forth, neither come so to pass:
For the head city of the Sirians is Damascus, but the head of Damascus is Razin. And after five and threscore year, shall Ephraim be no more a people.
And the chief city of Ephraim is Samaria, but the head of Samaria is Remaliah's son. And if ye believe not, there shall no promise be kept with you.
Moreover, GOD spake unto Ahaz, saying:
require a token of the LORD thy God, whether it be toward the depth beneath or toward the height above.{Ask thee a sign of the LORD thy God, from alow beneath, or from on high above.}
Then said Ahaz: I will require none, neither will I tempt the LORD.{But Ahaz answered I will not ask, neither will tempt the LORD.}
The Lord|LORDE| answered: Then hear to, ye of the house of David: Is it not enough for you, that ye be grievous unto men, but ye must grieve my God also?{Wherefore the LORD said: Hearken ye of the house of David: Is it so small a thing for you, to be grievous to men, but that ye should also be painful unto God?}
And therefore the Lord shall give you a token of himself: Behold, a virgin(Masoretic: maiden; Note: Matthew 1:23 Luke 1:38) shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Emmanuel.{neverthelater yet the Lord, he will give you a sign. Behold a virgin shall be with child, and shall bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.}
Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know the evil, and choose the good.{He shall eat butter and honey, that he may have understanding to refuse the evil and to choose the good.}
But or ever the child come to knowledge, to eschew the evil and chose the good: The land (that thou art so afraid for) shall be desolate of both her kings.
The LORD also shall send a time upon thee, upon thy people, and upon thy father's house, (such as never came since the time that Ephraim departed from Juda) thorow the king of the Assyrians.
For at the same time shall the LORD whistle for the flys that are about the water of Egypt, and for the Bees in the Assirian land.
These shall come, and shall light all in the valleys, and in the vaults|vowtes| of stone, upon all green things, and in all corners.
At the same time shall the Lord|LORDE| shave the hair of the head and the feet and the beard clean off, with the razor that he shall pay them withal beyond the water: namely, with the king of the Assirians.
At the same time shall a man live with a cow, and two sheep.
Then because of the abundance of milk, he shall make butter and eat it. So that every one which remaineth in the land, shall eat butter and honey.
At the same time all vineyards (though there be a thousand vines in one, and were sold for a thousand silverlings) shall be turned to briers and thorns.
Like as they shall come into the land with arrows and bows, so shall all the land become briers and thorns.
And as for all hills that now are hewn down, thou shalt not come upon them, for fear of briers and thorns. But the cattle shall be driven thither, and the sheep shall feed there.
Moreover the LORD said unto me: Take thee a great leaf, and write in it, as men do with a pen, that he speed him to rob, and haste him to spoil.
And immediately I called unto me faithful witnesses, Uriah the priest, and Zachariah the son of Barachiah.
After that went I unto the Prophetess, that now had conceived and born a son. Then said the LORD to me: give him this name: Maherschalal hashbas, that is: (a speedy robber: an hasty spoiler).
For why, or ever the child shall have knowledge to say: Abi and Im, (that is father, and mother): shall the riches of Damascus and the substance of Samaria be taken away, thorow the king of the Assirians.
The LORD spake also unto me, saying:
For so much as the people refuseth the still running water of Silo, and put their delight in Razin and Romelie's son:
Behold the Lord shall bring mighty and great floods of water upon them: namely, the king of the Assirians with all his power. Which shall pour out his furriousness upon every man, and run|renne| over all their banks.
And shall break in upon Juda, increasing in power, till he get him by the throat. He shall fill also the wideness of thy land with his broad wings, O Emmanuel.
Go together ye people, and gather you, hearken to all ye of far countries. Muster you, and gather you: muster you and gather you,
take your counsel together, yet must your counsel come to nought: go in hand withal, yet shall it not prosper. Except Emmanuel: (that is God) be with us.
For the LORD chastised me, and took me by the hand, and warned me, saying unto me: that I should not walk in the ways of this people. He said moreover:
round with none of them, whosoever say: yonder people are bound together. Nevertheless fear them not, neither be afraid of them,
but sanctify the LORD of Hosts, let him be your fear and dread.
For he is the sanctifying, and stone to stumble at, the rock to fall upon, a snare and net to both the houses: to Israel, and the inhabiters of Jerusalem. (Septuagint: And if thou shalt trust in him, he shall be to thee for a sanctuary; and ye shall not come against him as against a stumbling-stone, neither as against the falling of a rock: but the houses of Jacob are in a snare, and the dwellers in Jerusalem in a pit. Note Masoretic quote: Romans 9:33 and 1 Peter 2:8)
And many shall stumble, fall, and be broken upon him: yea they shall be snared and taken.
Now lay the witness together (said the Lord)|LORDE| and seal the law with my disciples.
Thus I wait upon the LORD that hath turned his face from the house of Jacob, and I look unto him.(Septuagint: And one shall say, I will wait for God, who has turned away his face from the house of Jacob, and I will trust in him. Hebrews 2:13)
But lo, as for me, and the children which the LORD hath given me: we are a token and a wonder in Israel, for the LORD of Hosts' sake, which dwelleth upon the hill of Sion.
And therefore if they say unto you: ask counsel at the soothsayers, witches, charmers and conjurers, then make them this answer: Is there a people any where, that asketh not counsel at his God: whether it be concerning the dead, or the living?
If any man want light, let him look upon the law and the testimony whether they speak not after this meaning.
If he do not this he stumbleth and suffereth hunger. And if he suffer hunger, he is out of patience, and blasphemeth his king and his God. Then looketh he upward, and downward to the earth,
and behold, there is trouble and darkness vexation is round about him, and the cloud of error. And out of such adversity, shall he not escape.
Even like as in time past it hath been well seen, that the land of Zabulon and the land of Nephtali (where thorow the sea way goeth over Jordan in to the land of Galilee) was at the first in little trouble, but afterward sore vexed.
Nevertheless the people that have dwelt in darkness, shall see a great light. As for them that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them shall the light shine.
Shalt thou multiply the people, and not increase the joy also? They shall rejoice before thee even as men make merry in harvest, and as men that have gotten the victory, when they deal the spoil.
For thou shalt break the yoke of the people's burthen: the staff of his shoulder and the rod of his oppressor, as in the day of|at| Madian.
Moreover all temerarious and seditious power (yea where there is but a coat filled with blood) shall be burnt, and fed the fire.
For unto us a child shall be born, and unto us a son shall be given. Upon his shoulders shall the kingdom lie, and he shall be called with his own name: the wonderous giver of counsel, the mighty God, the everlasting father, the Prince of peace,(Septuagint: Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty One, Potentate, Prince of Peace, Father of the age to come;)
he shall make no end to increase the kingdom and peace, and shall sit upon the seat of David and in his kingdom, to set up the same, to stablish it with equity and righteousness, from thence forth for evermore. This shall the jealousy of the LORD of hosts bring to pass.
The Lord sent a word in to Jacob, the same is come in to Israel.
And the people also of Ephraim, and they that dwell in Samaria, can say with pride and high stomachs, on this manner:
The tile work is fallen down, but we will build it with harder stones. The Mulberry timber is broken, but we shall set it up again with Cedar.
Nevertheless, the LORD shall prepare Razin the enemy against them, and so order their adversaries,
that the Sirians shall lay hold upon them before, and the Philistines behind, and so devour Israel with open mouth. After all this, the wrath of the Lord shall not cease, but yet his hand shall be stretched out still.
For the people turneth not unto him, that chastiseth them, neither do they seek the LORD of Hosts.
Therefore the LORD shall root out of Israel both head and tail, branch and twig in one day.
By the head, is understand|understonde| the Senator and honorable man, and by the tail, the Prophet that preacheth lies.
For all they which enforme the people that they be in a right cause, such be deceivers. Such as men think also to be perfect among these, are but cast away.
Therefore shall the Lord|LORDE| have no pleasure in their young men, neither favour their fatherless and widows. For they are all together hypocrites and wicked, and all their mouths speak folly. After all this shall not the Lord's|LORDEs| wrath cease, but yet his hand shall be stretched out still.
For the ungodly burn, as a fire in the briers and thorns: And as it were out of a fire in a wood or a red|read| bush, so ascendeth the smoke of their pride.
For this cause shall the wrath of the LORD of Hosts fall upon the land, and the people shall be consumed, as it were with fire, no man shall spare his brother.
If a man do turn him to the right hand, he shall famish, or to the left hand to eat, he shall not have enough. Every man shall eat the flesh of his own arm:
Manasses shall eat Ephraim and Ephraim Manasses, and they both shall eat Juda. After all this shall not the Lord's|LORDES| wrath cease, but yet shall his hand be stretched out still.
CHAP. 10
Woe be unto you that make unrighteous laws, and devise things, which be too hard for to keep:
wherethorow the poor are oppressed, on every side, and the innocents of my people are therewith robbed of judgement: that widows may be your prey, and that ye may rob the fatherless.
What will ye do in time of the visitation and destruction, that shall come from far? To whom will ye run|renne| for help? Or to whom will ye give your honour, that he may keep it?
That ye come not among the prisoners, or lie among the dead? After all this shall not the wrath of the Lord|LORDE| cease, but yet shall his hand be stretched out still.
Woe be also unto Assur, which is a staff of my wrath, in whose hand is the rod of my punishment.
For I shall send him among those hypocritical|ypocritish| people, among the people that have deserved my disfavour shall I send him: that he may utterly rob them, spoil them, and tread them down like the mire in the street.
Howbeit, his meaning is not so, neither thinketh his heart of this fashion. But he imagineth only, how he may overthrow and destroy much people,
for he sayeth: Are not my princes all kings?
Is not Calno as easy to win, as Charchamis? Is it harder to conquer Antiochia than Arphad? or is it lighter to overcome Damascus than Samaria?
As who say: I were able to win the kingdom of the Idolaters and their gods, but not Jerusalem and Samaria.
Shall I not do unto Jerusalem and their Images, as I did unto Samaria and their Images?
Wherefore the Lord|LORDE| sayeth: As soon as I have performed my whole work upon the hill of Sion and Jerusalem, then will I also visit the noble and stout king of Assiria, with his wisdom and pride.
For he standeth thus in his own conceit: This do I, thorow the power of my own hand, and thorow my wisdom: For I am wise, I am he that remove the lands of the people, I rob their princes: and (like one of the worthies) I drive them from their high seats.
My hand hath found out the Hosts of the people, as it were a nest. And like as eggs, that were laid here and there, are gathered together: So do I gather all countries. And there is no man, that dare be so bold, as to touch a feather, that dare open his mouth, or once whisper.
But doth the axe boost itself, against him that heweth therewith? or doth the saw make any cracking, against him that ruleth it? That were even like, as if the rod did exalt itself against him that beareth it: or as though the staff should magnify itself, as who say: it were not wood.
Therefore shall the LORD of Hosts send him poverty in his riches, and burn up his power, as it were with a fire.
But the light of Israel shall be that fire, and his Sanctuary shall be the flame, and it shall kindle, and burn up his thorns and briers in one day.
Yea all the glory of his woods and fields shall be consumed with body and soul. As for himself, he shall be as one chased away.
The trees also of his field shall be of such a number that a child may tell them.
After that day shall the remnant of Israel, and such as are escaped out of the house of Jacob, seek no more comfort at him that smote them, but shall comfort themselves with faithfulness and truth in the LORD, the holy one of Israel.
The remnant, yea and the Posterity of Jacob, shall convert unto God the mighty one.
For though thy people (O Israel) be as the sand of the sea, yet shall but the remnant of them only convert unto him. Perfect is the judgement of him that floweth in righteousness,(Septuagint: And though the people of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant of them shall be saved. Romans 9:27)
and therefore the LORD of Hosts shall perfectly fulfil the thing, that he hath determined in the middest of the whole world.(Septuagint: He will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because the Lord will make a short work in all the world. Romans 9:28)
Therefore thus sayeth the Lord GOD|LORDE God| of Hosts: Thou my people, that dwellest in Sion, be not afraid for the king of the Assirians: He shall wag his staff at thee, yea and beat thee with the rod, as the Egyptians did some time:
But soon after, shall my wrath and mine indignation be fulfilled against their blasphemies.
Moreover the LORD of Hosts shall prepare a scourge for him, like as was the punishment of Madian upon the mount of Oreb. And he shall lift up his rod over the sea, as he did sometime over the Egyptians.
Then shall his burthen be taken from thy shoulders, and his yoke from thy neck, yea the same yoke shall be corrupt for very fatness.
He shall come to Aiath, and go thorow toward Migron. But at Machmas shall he muster his Host,
and go over the fiord. Gabaah shall be their resting place, Rhamah shall be afraid, Gabaah Saul shall flee away.
The voice of the noise of thy horses, (O daughter of Gallim) shall be heard unto Laish and to Anathoth, which also shall be in trouble.
Madmena shall tremble for fear, but the citizens of Gabin are manly,
yet shall he remain at Nob that day. After that, shall he lift up his hand against the mount Sion, against the hill of Jerusalem.
But see, the Lord GOD|LORde God| of Hosts shall take away the proud from thence, with fear. He shall hew down the proud, and fell the high minded.
The thorns of the wood shall be rooted out with iron, and Libanus shall have a mighty fall.
CHAP. 11
After this there shall come a rod forth of the Kindred of Jesse, and a blossom out of his root.{There shall come a rod out of the stock of Jesse, and a branch shall spring out of his root.}
The spirit of the LORD shall light it: the spirit of wisdom, and understanding: the spirit of counsel, and strength: the spirit of knowledge, and of the fear of God:{And on him shall light the spirit of the LORD: the spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the spirit of counsel and of strength, the spirit of know!edge and of reverence, and it shall make him savour of the fear of the LORde.}
and shall make him fervent in the fear of GOD. For he shall not give sentence, after the thing that shall be brought before his eyes, neither reprove a matter at the first hearing:{And he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes: neither shall rebuke after the hearing of his ears.}
but with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and with holiness shall he reform the simple of the world. He shall smite the world with the staff of his mouth, and with the breath of his mouth shall he slay the wicked.{But he shall judge the causes of the poor with righteousness, and shall rebuke with equity for the humble of the earth. And he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall slay the wicked.}
Righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, truth and faithfulness, the girding up of his reins.{And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.}
Then shall the wolf dwell with the lamb, and the Leopard shall lie down by the goat. Bullocks, Lions and cattle shall keep company together, so that a little child shall drive them forth.
The cow and the Bear shall feed together, and their young ones shall lie together. The Lion shall eat straw like the ox, or the cow.
The child while he sucketh, shall have a desire to the serpents nest, and when he is weaned, he shall put his hand in to the Cockatrice' den.
No man shall do evil to another, no man shall destroy another, in all the hill of my Sanctuary. For the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, even as though the water of the sea flowed over the earth.
Then shall the Gentiles enquire after the root of Jesse, (which shall be set up for a token unto the Gentiles) for his dwelling shall be glorious.(Septuagint: And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, and he that shall arise to rule over the Gentiles; in him shall the Gentiles trust, and his rest shall be glorious. Romans 15:12)
At the same time shall the Lord|LORDE| take in hand again, to conquer the remnant of his people, (which are left alive) From the Assirians, Egyptians, Arabians, Morians, Elamites, Caldeies, Antiochians and Islands of the sea.
And he shall set up a token among the Gentiles, and gather together the dispersed of Israel, yea and the outcasts of Juda from the four corners of the world.
The hatred of Ephraim and the enmity of Judah shall be clean rooted out. Ephraim shall bear no evil will to Judah, and Judah shall not hate Ephraim:
but they both together shall fly upon the shoulders of the Philistines toward the West: and spoil them together that dwell toward the East. The Idumites and the Moabites shall let their hands fall, and the Ammonites shall be obedient unto them.
The LORD also shall cleave the tongues of the Egyptian's sea, and with a mighty wind shall he lift up his hand over Nilus, and shall smite his seven streams and make men go over dry shod.
And thus shall he make a way for his people, that remaineth from the Assirians, like as it happened to the Israelites, what time they departed out of the land of Egypt.
CHAP. 12
So that then thou shalt say: O LORD, I thank thee, for thou wast displeased at me, but thou hast refrained thy wrath, and hast mercy upon me.{I will praise thee O LORD, that though thou were angry with me, yet thine anger is turned, and thou hast comfort me.}
Behold, God is my health, in whom I trust, and am not afraid. For the LORD GOD|LORDE God| is my strength, and my praise, he also shall be my refuge.{Behold God is my salvation: I will be bold therefore and not fear. For the LORD GOD is my strength and my praise whereof I sing: and is become my saviour.}
Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of the Savioure,{And ye shall draw water in gladness out of the wells of salvation.}
and then shall ye say: Lets us give thanks unto the LORD,|lorde| and call upon his name, and declare his counsels among the people, and keep them in remembrance, for his name is excellent.{And ye shall say in that day: give thanks unto the LORD: call on his name: make his deeds known among the heathen: remember that his name is high.}
O sing praises unto the LORD, for he doth great things, as it is known in all the world.{Lift up. Sing unto the LORD, for he hath done excellently, and that is known thorowout all the world.}
Cry out, and be glad, thou that dwellest in Sion, for great is thy prince: the holy one of Israel.{Cry and shout thou inhabiter of Sion, for great among you is the holy of Israel.}
CHAP. 13
This is the heavy burthen of Babylon, which Esay the son of Amos did see.
Make some tokens to the high hills, call unto them, hold up your hand, that the princes may go in at the door.
For I will send for my deputies and my giants (sayeth the LORD) and in my wrath I will call for such, as triumph in my glory.
With that, me thought I heard in the mountains, a noise, like as it had been of a great people: and a rushing, as though the kingdoms of all nations had come together. (And the LORD of Hosts was the Captain of the whole army)
As they had come not only out of far countries, but also from the ends of the heavens: Even the LORD himself with the ministers of his wrath, to destroy the whole land.
Mourn therefore, for the day of the LORD is at hand, and cometh as a destroyer from the Almighty.
Then shall all hands be letten down, and all men's hearts shall melt away,
they shall stand in fear, carefulness and sorrow shall come upon them, and they shall have pain, as a woman that travaileth with child. One shall ever be abashed of another, and their faces shall burn like the flame.
For lo, the day of the LORD shall come, terrible, full of indignation and wrath: to make the land waste, and to root out the sin thereof.
For the stars and planets of heaven shall not give their light, the sun shall be quenched in the rising, and the moon will not shine with his light.
And I will punish the wickedness of the world, and the sins of the ungodly, sayeth the LORD. The high stomachs of the proud will I take away, and will lay down the boasting|boosting| of tyrants.
I will make a man dearer than fine gold, and a man to be more worth, than a golden wedge of Ophir.
Moreover I will so shake the heaven, that the earth shall remove out of her place. Thus shall it go with Babylon in the wrath of the LORD of Hosts in the day of his fearful indignation.
And Babylon shall be as an hunted or chased doe, and as a flock without a shepherd. Every man shall turn to his own people, and flee each one into his own land.
Who so is found alone, shall be shot thorow: And who so gather together, shall be destroyed with the sword.
Their children shall be slain before their eyes, their houses spoiled, and their wives ravished.
For lo, I shall bring up the Medes against them, which shall not regard silver, nor be desirous of gold.
Then shall young men's bows be knapped asunder. The Medes shall have no pity upon women with child, and their faces shall not spare the children.
And Babylon (that glory of kingdoms and beauty of the Caldees' honor) shall be destroyed, even as God destroyed Sodom and Gomorra.
It shall never be more inhabited, neither shall there be any more dwelling there, from generation to generation. The Arabians shall make no more tents there, neither shall the shepherds make their folds there any more:
but wild beasts shall lie there, and the houses shall be full of great Owls. Ostriches shall dwell there, and apes shall dance there:
the little owls shall cry in the palaces, one after another, and Dragons shall be in their pleasant parlors. And as for Babylon's time, it is at hand, and her days may not be long absent:
CHAP. 14
But the LORD will be merciful unto Jacob, and will take up Israel again, and set them in their own land. Strangers shall cleave unto them, and get them to the house of Jacob.
They shall take the people, and carry them home with them. And the house of Israel shall have them in possession for servants and maidens in the land of the LORD. They shall take those prisoners, whose captives they had been afore: and rule those that had oppressed them.
When the LORD now shall bring thee to rest, from the travail, fear, and hard bondage that thou wast laden with all:
Then shalt thou use this mockage upon the king of Babylon, and say: How happeneth that the oppressor leaveth off? Is the gold tribute come to an end?
Doubtless the LORD hath broken the staff of the ungodly, and the scepter of the lordly.
Which when he is wroth, smiteth the people with durable strokes, and in his wonders he persecuteth them, and tameth them continually.
And therefore the whole world is at rest and quietness, and men sing for joy.
Yea even the fir trees and Cedars of Libanus rejoice at thy fall, saying: Now that thou art laid down, there come no more up to destroy us.
Hell also trembleth at thy coming, all mighty men and princes of the earth, step forth before thee. All kings of the earth stand up from their seats,
that they may all (one after another) sing and speak unto thee. Art thou wounded also as we? art thou become like unto us?
Thy pomp and thy pride is gone down to hell: Moths shall be laid under thee, and worms shall be thy covering.
How art thou fallen from heaven, (O Lucifer) thou fair morning child? hast thou gotten a fall even to the ground, thou that (notwithstanding) didst subdue the people?
And yet thou thoughtest in thine heart: I will climb up into heaven, and make my seat above the stars of God, I will sit upon the glorious mount toward the North,
I will climb up above the clouds, and will be like the highest of all.
Yet dare I lay, that thou shalt be brought down to the deep of hell.
They that see thee, shall narrowly look upon thee, and think in themselves, saying: Is this the man, that brought all lands in fear, and made the kingdoms afraid:
Is this he that made the world in a manner waste, and laid the cities to the ground, which let not his prisoners go home?
How happeneth it, that the kings of all people lie, every one at home in his own palace, with worship,
and thou art cast out of thy grave like a wild branch: like as dead men's raiment that are shot thorow with the sword: as they that go down to the stones of the deep: as a dead corpse|coarse| that is trodden under feet:
and art not buried with them? Even because that thou hast wasted thy land, and destroyed thy people. For the generation of the wicked shall be without honour, forever.
There shall a way be sought to destroy their children, for their fathers' wickedness: They shall not rise up again to possess the land, and fill the world full of castles and towns.
I will stand up against them, (sayeth the LORD of Hosts) and root out the name and generation of Babylon (sayeth the LORD)
and will give it to the Otters, and will make water puddles of it; and I will sweep them out with the besom of destruction, sayeth the LORD of Hosts.
The LORD of Hosts hath sworn an oath, saying: It shall come to pass as I have determined: and shall be fulfilled as I have devised.
The Assyrians shall be destroyed in my land, and upon my mountains|mountaytaines| will I tread them under foot. Where thorow his yoke shall come from you, and his burthen shall be taken from your shoulders.
This device hath God taken thorow the whole world, and thus is his hand stretched out over all people.
For if the LORD of Hosts determine a thing, who will disannul it? And if he stretch forth his hand, who will hold it in again?
The same year that king Ahaz died, God threatened by Esay on this manner:
Rejoice not (thou whole Palestina) as though the rod of him that beateth thee were broken: For out of the serpent's root, there shall wax a cockatrice, and the fruit shall be a fiery worm.
But the poor shall feed of the best things, and the simple shall dwell in safety. Thy roots will I destroy with hunger, and it shall slay thy remnant.
Mourn ye ports, weep ye cities, and fear thou (O whole Palestina) for there shall come from the North a smoke, whose power no man may abide.
Who shall then maintain the messages of the Gentiles? But the LORD stablisheth Sion, and the poor of my people shall put their trust in him.
CHAP. 15
This is the heavy burthen upon Moab: Ar of Moab was destroyed (as me thought) in the night season: The walls of Moab perished in the night, and vanished away:
They went to Bajth, and Dibon in the high places, for to weep: Moab did mourn from Nebo to Medba: All their heads were polled, and all their beards shaven.
In their streets were they girded about with sackcloth. In all the tops of their houses and streets was there nothing, but mourning and weeping.
Hesebon and Eleale cried, that their voice was heard unto Jahaz. The worthies also of Moab bleared and cried for very sorrow of their minds:
Woe is my heart for Moab's sake. They fled unto the city of Zoar, which is like a fair fruitful bullock, they went up to Luhith, weeping. The way toward Horonaim was full of lamentation for the hurt.
The waters of Nimrim were dried up, the grass was withered, and the herbs destroyed, and what necessary green thing there was beside.
In like manner the thing that was left them of their substance, they carried it by water to Araby.
The cry went over the whole land of Moab: from Eglaim unto Beer, was there nothing but mourning.
The waters of Dimon were full of blood, for the enemy had sent thither a bond of men, which as a lion lay await for the remnant of the land, and for them that were escaped.
CHAP. 16
Then sent the lords of the land a man of war, from the rock that lieth toward the desert, unto the hill of the daughter Sion.
(For as for the daughters of Moab, they were as it had been a trembling bird, that is put out of her nest, by the fury of Arnon.) which messenger said:
gather your counsel, come together, cover us with your shadow in the midday, as the night doth: hide the chased, and bewray not them that are fled,
let the persecuted Moabites dwell among you, be our open refuge against the destroyer: for the adversary oppresseth us, the robber undoeth us, and the tyrant driveth us out of our land.
But the throne of your kingdom is full of grace, therefore he that sitteth upon it with faithfulness and truth in the house of David, know the thing, and do his diligence to help shortly, according to equity and righteousness.
As for Moab's pride (shall they answer) it is well known. And all thought they be excellent proud, arrogant and high minded: yet is their strength nothing like.
And therefore Moab complaineth unto Moab, where thorow they come all to mourn: and now that they be smitten, they take their device beneath by the brick wall, and make their complaint.
The suburbs also of Hesebon were made waste, and the princes of the Gentiles hewed down the vineyards of Sibma, which were planted with noble grapes, and spread unto Jazer, and went unto the end of the desert, whose branches stretched their fellows forth beyond the sea.
Therefore I mourned for Jazer, and for the vineyards of Sibma with great sorrow. I poured my tears upon Hesebon and Eleale, for all their songs were laid down, in their harvest and gathering of their grapes:
Mirth and cheer was gone out of the field and vineyards, in so much, that no man was glad nor sung. There went no treader into the winepress, their merry cheer was laid down.
Wherefore my belly rumbled (as it had been a lute) for Moab's sake, and mine inward members, for the brick wall's sake.
For it happened thus also: when Moab saw that she was turned upside down: she went up an high{hye} in to her Sanctuary, to make her prayer there, but she might not be helped.
This is the device, which the LORD took in hand at the time against Moab.
But now the LORD sayeth thus: In three years shall the power of Moab with their pomp|pope| (which is great) be minished, like as the burthen of a hired servant. And as for the remnant of them, they shall be less than a few, and not reckoned much worth.
CHAP. 17
This is the heavy burthen upon Damascus: Behold, Damascus shall be no more a city, but a heap of broken stones.
The cities of Aroer shall be waste: the cattle shall lie there, and no man shall fraye them away.
Ephraim shall no more be strong, and Damascus shall no more be a kingdom. And as for the glory of the remnant of the Syrians, it shall be as the glory of the children of Israel, sayeth the LORD of Hosts.
At that time also shall the glory of Jacob be very poor, and his fatness lean.
It shall happen to them, as when one sheareth in the harvest, which cutteth his handfull with the sickle, and when one gathereth the sheaves together in the valley, of Raphaim,
there remaineth yet some ears over: Or as when one shaketh an olive tree, which sendeth but two or three olive berries above in the top, and four or five in the branches. Thus the LORD God of Israel hath spoken.
Then shall man convert again unto his maker, and turn his eyes to the holy one of Israel.
And shall not turn to the altars that are the work of his own hands, neither shall he look upon groves and images, which his fingers have wrought.
At the same time shall their strong cities be desolate, like as were once the forsaken plows and corn, which they forsook, for fear of the children of Israel.
So shalt thou (O Damascus) be desolate, because thou hast forgotten God thy Saviour, and hast not called to remembrance the rock of thy strength. Wherefore thou hast also set a fair plant, and grafted a strange branch.
In the day when thou didst plant it, it was great, and gave soon the fruit of thy seed: But in the day of harvest, thou shalt reap an heap of sorrows and miseries.
Woe be to the multitude of much people, that rush in like the sea, and to the heap of folk, that run|renne| over all like great waters.
For though so many people increase as the flowing waters and though they be armed, yet they flee far off, and vanish away like the dust with the wind upon an hill, and as the whirlwind thorow a storm.
Though they be fearful at night, yet in the morning it is gone with them. This is their portion, that do us harm, and heritage of them, that rob us.
CHAP. 18
Woe be unto the land of flying ships, which is of this side the flood of Ethiopia:
which sendeth her message over the sea in ships of reeds upon the water: and sayeth: go soon, and do your message unto a strange and hard folk: to a fearful people, and to a people that is further than this: to a desperate and pilled folk, whose land is divided from us with rivers of water.
Yea all ye that sit in the compass of the world, and dwell upon the earth: when the token shall be given upon the mountains, then look up: and when the horn bloweth, then harken to,
for thus hath the LORD said unto me. I laid me down, and pondered the matter in my house, at the Noon day when it was hot: And there fell a misling shower, like a dew, as it happeneth in Harvest.
But the fruits were not yet ripe cut off, and the grapes were but young and green. Then one smote off, the grapes with an hook, yea he hewed down also the boughs and the branches, and did cast them away.
And thus they were laid waste, for the fowls of the mountains, and for the beasts of the earth together. So that the fowls sat there upon, and the beasts of the earth wintered there.
Then shall there be a present brought to the LORD of Hosts: even that hard folk, that fearful folk, and that further is than this: that desperate and pilled folk (whose land is divided from us with floods of water) unto the place of the name of the LORD of Hosts: even unto the hill of Sion.
CHAP. 19
This is the heavy burthen upon Egypt: Behold, the LORD will ride upon a swift cloud, and come into Egypt. And the gods of Egypt shall tremble at his coming, and the heart of Egypt shall quake within her.
For thus sayeth the LORD: I will stir up the Egyptians one against another among themselves, so that one shall be ever against his brother and neighbour, yea one city against another, and one kingdom against another.
And Egypt shall be choked in herself. When they ask counsel at their gods, at their prophets, at their soothsayers and witches: then will I bring their counsel to naught.
I will deliver Egypt also into the hands of grievous rulers, and a cruel king shall have the rule of them.{(sayeth the Lord GOD of Hosts)}
The water of the sea shall be drawn out, Nilus shall sink away, and be drunk up.
The rivers also shall be drawn out, the wells shall decrease and dry away.
Reed and rush shall fail, the grass by the waters side or upon the river bank, yea and whatsoever is sown by the waters, shall be withered, destroyed, and brought to naught.
The fishers shall mourn, all such as cast angles in the water, shall complain, and they that spread their nets in the water, shall be faint hearted.
Such as labour upon flax and silk, shall come to poverty, and they also that weave fine works.
All the pounds of Egypt, all the policy of their Moats and ditches shall come to naught.
Yea the indiscreet princes of Zoan, the counsel of the wise Senators of Pharaoh, shall turn to foolishness: Those that dare boast and say of Pharaos behalf: I am come of wise people,
I am come of the old regal Progeny. But where are now thy wise men? Let them tell thee and shew thee, what the LORD of Hosts hath taken in hand against Egypt.
Fools are those princes of Zoan, and proud are the princes of Noph: yea they deceive Egypt with their nobility of their stock.
For the LORD hath made Egypt drunken with the spirit of error, and they shall use it in all matters: even like as a drunken man goeth spewing about.
For Egypt shall lack good counsel, so that they shall know not what to do, neither beginning nor end, neither upon the land nor water.
Then shall the Egyptians be like unto women, afraid and astounded, at the lifting up of the head, which the LORD of Hosts shall lift up over them.
The land of Juda also shall make the Egyptians afraid, who so doth but speak upon it, shall put them in fear: And that because of the counsel, which the LORD of Hosts hath devised against them.
Then shall the five cities of Egypt speak with the Canaanites tongue, and swear by the LORD of Hosts, and Heliopolis shall be one of them.
At the same time shall the LORD of Hosts have an altar in the middest of the land of Egypt, with this title thereby: Unto the LORD.
This shall be a token or testimony unto the LORD of Hosts in the land of Egypt, when they shall cry unto him, because of those that oppress them: that he shall send them a Captain and a Saviour to deliver them.
Moreover, Egypt shall be brought unto the LORD, and the Egyptians also shall know the LORD at the same time: they shall do him reverence with peace offerings, and with meat offerings: they shall promise him offerings: yea and pay him also.
Thus the LORD shall smite Egypt, and heal it again: and so shall they turn to the LORD, and he also shall have mercy upon them, and save them.
Then shall there be a common way out of Egypt into Assyria. The Assyrians shall come into Egypt, and the Egyptians into Assyria. The Egyptians also and the Assyrians shall both have one God's service.
Then shall Israel with honour be the third to Egypt and Assur.
And the LORD of Hosts shall bless them, saying: Blissed is my people of the Egyptians, Assur is the work of my hands, but Israel is mine inheritance.
CHAP. 20
In the same year that Tharthan came unto Asdod, where Sargon the king of the Assyrians sent him, what time as he also besieged Asdod, and wan it the same season:
Then spake the LORD unto Esay the son of Amoz, saying: Go and loose|lowse| off that sackcloth from thy loins, and put off thy shoes from thy feet. And so he did, going naked and barefoot.
Then said the LORD: where as my servant Esay goeth naked and barefoot, it is a token and signifying of the thing, that after three years shall come upon Egypt and Ethiopia.
For even thus shall the king of the Assyrians drive both young and old, as prisoners naked and barefoot, out of Egypt and Ethiopia. And shall discover the shame of Egypt.
They shall be also at their wits end, and ashamed one of another: the Egyptians of the Morians, and the Morians of the Egyptians, at the sight of their glory.
Moreover they that dwell in the Isles shall see even the same day: behold, this is our hope, to whom we fled to seek help, that we might be delivered from the king of the Assyrians. How will we escape?
CHAP. 21
This is the heavy burthen of the waste sea: A grievous vision was shewed unto me, like as when a storm of wind and rain rusheth in from the wilderness, that terrible land.
Who so may deceive (said the voice) let him deceive: Who so may destroy, let him destroy. Up Elam, besiege it O Madai, for I well still all their groanings.
With this, the reines of my back were full of pain: Pangs came upon me, as upon a woman in her travail. When I heard it, I was abashed: and when I looked up, I was afraid.
Mine heart panted, I trembled for fear. The darkness made me fearful in my mind.
Yea soon make ready the table, (said this voice) keep the watch, eat and drink: Up ye Captains, take you to your shield,
for thus the Lord hath charged me: Go thy way, and set a watchman, that he may tell what he seeth.
And when he had waited dilengently, he saw two horsemen: the one riding upon an Ass, the other upon a camel.
And the lion cried: lord,|LORDE| I have stand waiting all the whole day, and have kept my watch all the night.
With that came there one riding upon a chariot, which answered, and said: Babylon is fallen, she is turned upside down, and all the images of her gods are smitten to the ground.
This (O my fellow thresshers and fanners) have I heard of the LORD of Hosts, the God of Israel, to shew it unto you.
The heavy burthen of Dumah. One of Seir, cried unto me: watchman what hast thou espyed by night? Watchman, what hast thou espyed by night?
The watchman answered: The day breaketh on, and the night is coming: If your request be earnest, then ask and come again.
The heavy burthen upon Arabia. At even ye shall abide in the wood, in the way toward Dedanim.
Meet the thirsty with water (o ye citizens of Hema) meet|mete| those with bread that are fled.
For they shall run away from the weapon, from the drawn sword, from the bent bow, and from the great battle.
For thus hath the Lord|LORDE| spoken unto me, over a year shall all the power of Cedar be gone, like as when the office of an hired servant goeth out:
And the remnant of the good Archers of Cedar, shall be very few: For the LORD God of Israel hath spoken it.
CHAP. 22
The heavy burthen upon the valley of visions. What hast thou there to do, that thou climbest up in to the house top,
O thou city of miracles, seditious and willful: seeing, thy slain men are neither killed with sword, nor dead in battle?
For all thy Captains gat them to their horses from the ordinance, yea they are all together ridden away, and fled far off.
When I perceived that, I said: away from me, that I may weep bitterly. Take no labour for to comfort me, as touching the destruction of my people.
For this is the day of the LORD of Hosts, where in he will plague, tread down, and weed out the valley of visions, and break down the walls, with such a crack, that it shall give a sound in the mountains.
I saw the Elamites take the quivers to cart and to horse, and that the walls were bare from harness.
Thy goodly valleys were full of chariots, and the horse men made them soon to besiege the gates.
Then was the covering of Judah put from thence, and then was seen the siege of the timber house.
There shall ye see the rifts in the walls of the city of David, whereof there shall be many. Ye shall gather together the waters of the lower pool,
and tell the houses of Jerusalem, and break of some of them to keep the walls.
And ye shall make a pit betwixt the twain walls of the water of the old pool, and nothing regard him, that took it in hand, and made it.
And at the same time shall the LORD of Hosts call men to weeping, mourning, to baldness and a putting on of sackcloth.
But they to fulfill their lust and willfulness, slaughter oxen: they kill sheep, they eat costly meat, and drink wine, let us eat and drink, to morrow we shall die.
Nevertheless, when the LORD of Hosts heard of it, he said: yea, if this wickedness of yours shall be remitted, ye must die for it. This hath the Lord GOD|LORDE God| of Hosts spoken.
Thus sayeth the Lord GOD|LORDE God| of Hosts: Go in to the treasury unto Sobna the governor, and say to him:
What hast thou here to do? and from whence comest thou? that thou hast made thee a grave here? For he had caused a costly tomb of stone to be made for himself, and a place to lie in to be hewn out of a rock.
Behold, the LORD shall cast thee out by violence, he will deck thee of another fashion, and put upon thee a strange cloth.
He shall carry thee into a far country, like a ball with his hands. There shalt thou die, there shall the pomp of thy chariots have an end: thou villain of the house of thy lord:
I will shoot|shute| thee out of thine office, and put thee from thine estate.
After this will I call my servant Eliakim the son of Helkiah,
and array him with thy coat, and gird him with thy girdle, and I will give thy power in to his hand. He shall be a father of the citizens of Jerusalem, and of the kindred of Judah.
I will also lay the key of David's house upon his shoulders, and if he open, no man shall shut: and if he do shut, no man shall open.
I will fasten him to a nail in the place of the most high|hie| faithfulness, and he shall be upon the glorious throne of his father's house.
They shall hang upon him all the glory of his father's house, of the children and children's children, all apparel small and great, all instruments of measure and music.
This shall come to pass (sayeth the LORD of Hosts) when the nail that is fastened to the place of the highest faithfulness, shall be plucked|plukt| off. And when the weight that hangeth upon it, shall fall, be broken, and hewn in pieces. For the LORD himself hath said it.
CHAP. 23
An heavy burthen upon Tyrus. Mourn ye ships of Tharsis, for she is thrown down to the ground, and conquered of them that are come from Cethim.
The indwellers of the Islands, the merchants of Sidon, and they that occupied the sea, (of whom thou wast full sometime) are at a point.
For by sea were there fruits brought unto thee, and all manner of corn by water. Thou wast the common market of all people.
Sidon is sorry for it, yea and all the power of the sea complaineth, and sayeth: O that I had never traveled with child, that I had never born any, that I had neither nourished boy, nor brought up daughter.
As soon as Egypt perceiveth it, she will be as sorry as Tyrus it self.
Go over the sea, mourn ye that dwell in the Isles.
Is not that the glorious city, which hath been of long antiquity? Whose natives dwelling far off, commend her so greatly?
Who hath devised such things upon Tyrus the crown of all cities, whose merchants and Captains were the highest and principal of the world?
Even the LORD of Hosts hath devised it, that he may put down all pomp, and minish all the Glory of the world.
Go thorow thy land (O thou daughter of the sea) as men go over the water, and there is not a girdle more.
Thus the LORD that removeth the kingdoms, hath taken in hand against that mighty Canaan to root|rote| it out: hath stretched out his hand over the sea,
and said: From hence forth shalt thou make no more mirth, O thou daughter of Sidon: for thou shalt be put down of the Cethens. Stand up therefore, and go where the enemy will carry thee, where thou shalt also have no rest.
Behold, (for thine example) The Chaldees were such a people, that no man was like them, Assur builded them: he set up his castles and palaces, and broke them down again.
And therefore mourn (ye ships of the sea) for your power shall be thrown down.
After that, shall the seventy years of Tyrus (even as long as their kings life was) be forgotten. And after seventy years, it shall happen to Tyrus as with an harlot that playeth upon a lute.
Take thy lute (say men to her) and go about the city, thou art yet an unknown wench, make pastime with divers ballads,|balettes| whereby thou mayest come into acquaintance.
Thus shall it happen after seventy years. The LORD shall visit the city of Tyrus, and it shall come again to her merchandise, and shall occupy with all the kingdoms that be in the world.
But all her occupying and wining shall be hallowed unto the LORD. For then shall they lay up nothing behind them nor upon heaps: but the merchandise of Tirus shall belong to the citizens of the LORD, to the feeding and sustaining of the hungry, and to the clothing of the aged.
CHAP. 24
Behold, the LORD shall waste and plague the world, he shall make the face of the earth desolate, and scatter abroad the inhabiters thereof.
Then shall the priest be as the people, the master as the servant, the dame like the maid, the seller like the buyer, he that lendeth upon usury, like him that borroweth upon usury, the creditor, as the debtor.
Yea miserably shall the world be wasted and clean destroyed. For the LORD hath so determined in himself.
The earth shall be heavy and decay: The face of the earth shall perish and fall away, the proud people of the world shall come to naught.
For the earth is corrupt of her indwellers. For why they have offended the law, changed the ordinances, and made the everlasting testament of none effect.
And therefore shall the curse devour the earth: for they that dwell thereon, have sinned, wherefore they shall be brent also, and those that remain, shall be very few.
The sweet wine shall mourn, the grapes shall be weak, and all that have been merry in heart, shall sigh.
The mirth of tabrets shall be laid down, the cheer of the joyful shall cease, and the pleasure of lutes shall have an end:
there shall no more wine be drunk with mirth, the beer shall be bitter to them that drink it,
the wicked cities shall be broken down, all houses shall be shut, that no man may come in.
In the streets shall there be lift up a cry because of wine, all men's cheer shall vanish away, and all joy of the earth shall pass.
Desolation shall remain in the cities, and the gates shall be smitten with wasteness.
For it shall happen unto all lands and to all people, like as when a man smiteth down the olives, that are left upon the tree: or seeketh after grapes, when the wine gathering is out.
And those same (that remain) shall lift up their voice, and be glad, and shall magnify the glory of the LORD, even from the sea
and praise the name of the LORD God of Israel in the valleys and Islands.
We heard songs sung to the praise of the righteous, from all the ends of the world. Therefore I must speak: O mine unfruitfulness, O my poverty. Woe is me, all is full of sinners, which offend of purpose and malice.
And therefore (O thou that dwellest upon the earth) there is at hand for thee, fear, pit and snare.
Who so escapeth the terrible cry, shall fall in to the pit. And if he come out of the pit, he shall be taken with the snare. For the windows above shall be opened, and the foundation of the earth shall move.
The earth shall give a great crack, it shall have a sore ruin, and take an horrible fall.
The earth shall stagger|stacker| like a drunken man, and be taken away like a tent. Her|His| misdeeds shall lie so heavy upon her, that she must fall, and never rise up again.
At the same time shall the LORD muster together the high|hie| host above, and the kings of the world upon the earth.
These shall be coupled together as prisoners be, and shall be shut in one ward and punished innumerable days.
The Moon and the Sun shall be ashamed, when the LORD of Hosts shall rule them at Jerusalem upon the mount Sion, before and with his excellent counsel.
CHAP. 25
O LORD, thou art my God, I will praise thee, and magnify thy name: For thou bringest marvelous things to pass, according to thine old counsels, truly and steadfastly.
Thou makest of towns, heap of stone: and of head cities, broken walls: The palaces of the wicked destroyest thou out of the city, that they shall never be builded again.
Therefore the very rude people must magnify thee, and the cities of the cruel Heathen must fear thee.
For thou art the poor man's help, and strength for the needful in his necessity. Thou art a defense against evil weather, a shadow against the heat. But unto the presumptuous, thou art like a strong whirl wind, that casteth down the boasting|boosting| of the ungodly:
thou keepest men from heat, with the shadow of thy clouds, thou cuttest off the branches of tyrants.
Moreover, the LORD of Hosts shall once prepare a feast for all people upon the hill: A plenteous, costly, pleasant feast, of fat and well fed beasts, of sweet and most pure things.
Upon the hill shall he take away the side vale that hangeth before the face of all people, and the covering wherewith all Gentiles are covered.
As for death he shall utterly consume it. The Lord GOD|LORDE God| shall wipe away the tears from all faces, and take away the confusion of his people thorow the whole world. For the LORD himself hath said it.
At the same time shall it be said: Lo, this is our God in whom we put our trust, and he hath healed us. This is the LORD that we have waited for: Let us rejoice and delight in his health.
For the hand of the LORD ceaseth upon this hill. But Moab shall be threshed down under him, like as the straw is trodden under feet in a dung hill.
For he shall stretch out his hands upon him, like as a swimmer doth to swim. And with the power of his hands shall he cast down his high pomp.
As for his strongholds and high walls: he shall bow them, cast them down, and sell them to the ground in to dust.
CHAP. 26
Then shall this song be sung in the land of Judah. We have a strong city, the walls and the ordinance shall keep us.
Open the gates, that the good people may go in, which laboureth for the truth.
And thou, which art the doer and hast the matter in hand: shall provide for peace, even the peace that men hope for in thee.
Hope still in the LORD, for in the LORD GOD is everlasting strength.
For why? It is he, that bringeth low the high minded citizens, and casteth down the proud cities. He casteth them to the ground, yea even in to the mire,
that they may be trodden under the feet of the simple, and with the steps of the poor.
Thou (LORD) considerest the path of the righteous, whether it be right, whether the way of the righteous be right.
Therefore (LORD) we have a respect unto the way of thy judgements, thy name and thy remembrance rejoice the soul.
My soul lusteth after thee all the night long, and my mind hasteth freely to thee. For as soon as thy judgment is known to the world, then the inhabiters of the earth learn righteousness.
But the ungodly (though he have received grace) yet learneth he not righteousness, but in that place where he is punished, he offendeth, and feareth not the glory of the LORD.
LORD, they will not see thine high hand, but they shall see it, and be confounded: when thou shalt devour them with the wrath of the people, and with the fire of thine enemies.
But unto us, O LORD, provide for peace: for thou workest in us all our works.
O LORD our God, though such lords have domination upon us as know not thee: yet grant that we may only hope in thee, and keep thy name in remembrance.
The malicious tyrants when they die, are neither in life nor in the resurrection, for thou visitest them and rootest them out, and destroyest all the memorial of them.
Again, thou increasest the people, O LORD, thou increasest the people thou shalt be praised and magnified in all the ends of the world.
The people that seek unto thee in trouble, that same adversity which they complain of is unto them a chastening before thee.
Like as a wife with child (when her travail cometh upon her) is ashamed, cryeth and suffereth the pain: Even so are we, O LORD, in thy sight.
We are with child, we travail, and bear, and with the spirit we bring forth health, where thorow the earth is undestroyed, and the inhabiters of the world perish not.
But as for thy dead men and ours, that be departed, they are in life and resurrection. They lie in the earth, they wake, and have joy: for thy dew is a dew of life and light. But the place of the malicious Tyrants is fallen away.
So go now my people into thy chamber, and shut the door to thee, and suffer now the twinkling of an eye, till the wrath be overpast.
For behold, the LORD will go out of his habitation, and visit the wickedness of them that dwell upon earth. He will discover the blood that she hath devoured, she shall never hide them, that she hath murdered.
CHAP. 27
Then the LORD with his heavy, great, and long sword shall visit Leviathan that invincible serpent: even Leviathan that crooked serpent, and shall slay the whalfish in the sea.
At the same time shall men sing of the vineyard of Muscatel.
I the LORD keep it, and water it in due season. I watch day and night, that no man break into it. I hear no evil will in my mind.
Who will compel me, that I greatly forgetting all faithfulness, should burn it up at once with thorns and bushes?
Or who will enforce me to keep or make peace?
It will come to this point, that Jacob shall be rooted again, and Israel shall be green, and bear flowers, and they shall fill the whole world with their fruit.
Smiteth he not his smiter, as even as he is smitten himself: Destroyeth he not the murderers, as he is murdered?
Every man recompenseth with the measure that he receiveth: He museth upon his sore wind, as upon the days of extreme heat.
And therefore shall the iniquity of Jacob be thus reconciled. And so shall he take away all the fruit of his sins. As for altar stones, he shall make them all as stones beaten to powder: the groves and Idols shall not stand.(Septuagint: Therefore shall the iniquity of Jacob be taken away; and this is his blessing, when I shall have taken away his sin; when they shall have broken to pieces all the stones of the altars as fine dust, and their trees shall not remain, and their idols shall be cut off, as a thicket afar off. Romans 11:27)
The strong cities shall be desolate, and the fair cities shall be left like a wilderness. The cattle shall feed and lie there, and the sheep shall eat it up.
Their harvest shall be brent, their wives which were their beauty, when they came forth: shall be defiled. For it is a people without understanding, and therefore he that created them, shall not favour them and he that made them shall not be merciful to them.
In that time shall the LORD shoot from the swift water of Euphrates, unto the river of Egypt. And there shall the children be chosen out one by one.
Then shall the great trumpet be blown, so that those which have been destroyed in the Assirians land, and those that be scattered abroad in Egypt: shall come and worship the LORD at Jerusalem, upon the holy mount.
CHAP. 28
Woe be to the crown of pride, to the drunken Ephraimites, and to the fading flower, to the glory of his pomp,|pope| that is upon the top of the plentious valley: which men be overladen with wine.
Behold, the strength and power of the Lord|LORDE| shall break into the land on every side, like a tempest of hail,|hale| that beareth down strongholds, and like an horrible, mighty and overflowing water.
And the proud crown of the drunken Ephraimites, shall be trodden under foot.
And as for the fading flower, the glory of his pomp, which is upon the top of the plentious valley: it shall happen unto him, as to an untimely fruit before the harvest come. Which as soon as it is seen, is by and by devoured, or ever it come well in a man's hand.
And then shall the LORD of Hosts be a joyful crown, and a glorious garland unto the remnant of his people.
Unto the lowly, he shall be a spirit of judgement, and unto them that drive away the enemies from the gates, he shall be a spirit of strength.
But they go wrong by the reason of wine, they fall and stacker because of strong drink. Yea even the priests and prophets themselves go amiss, they are drunken with wine, and weak brained thorow strong drink. They err in seeing, and in judgement they fail.
For all tables are so full of vomit and filthiness, that no place is clean.
What is he among them, that can teach, instruct or inform the children, which are weeded from suck or taken from the breasts: of any other fashion than:
Command that may be commanded, bid that may be bidden, forbid that may be forbidden, keep back that may be kept back, here a little, there a little.
And therefore the LORD also shall speak with lisping lips and with a strange language unto this people, to whom he spake afore of this manner:
This shall bring rest, if one refresh the weary, yea this shall bring rest. But they had no will to hear.
And therefore the LORD shall answer their stubborness.|stubbournes| (Command that may be commanded, bid that may be bidden, forbid that may be forbidden, keep back that may be kept back, here a little, there a little.) That they may go forth, fall backward, be bruised, snared, and taken.
Wherefore hear the word of the LORD, ye mockers that rule the Lord's|LORDES| people, which is at Jerusalem.
For ye comfort yourselves thus: Tush, death and we are at point, and as for hell, we have made a condition with it, that though there break out any sore plague, it shall not come upon us. For with deceit will we escape, and with nimbleness will we defend ourselves.
Therefore thus sayeth the Lord GOD:|LORDE God| Behold, I will lay a stone in Sion, a great stone, a costly corner stone, for a sure foundation: that who so putteth his trust in him, shall not be confounded.(Septuagint: Therefore thus saith the Lord, even the Lord, Behold, I lay for the foundations of Sion a costly stone, a choice, a corner-stone, a precious stone, for its foundations; and he that believes on him shall by no means be ashamed. Romans 9:33, Romans 10:11 and 1 Peter 2:6)
Righteousness will I set up again in the balance, and judgement in the weights. The tempest of hail shall take away your refuge, that ye have to deceive withal: and the overflowing waters shall break down your strongholds of dissimulation.
Thus the appointment that ye have made with death, shall be done away: and the condition that ye made with hell, shall not stand.{stode} When the great destruction goeth thorow, it shall all to tread you. It shall take you quite away before it.
For it shall go forth early in the morning, and continue only that day and that night. And the very fear only shall teach you, when ye hear it.
For the bed shall be so narrow that a man can not lie upon it: And the covering too small, that a man may not wind himself therein.
For the LORD shall step forth as he did upon the mount Perazim, and shall take on as he did upon the dale of Gabaon: that he may bring forth his device, his strange device: and fulfill his work, his wonderful work.
And therefore make no mocks at it, that your captivity increase not: for I have heard the Lord GOD|LORDE God| of Hosts say, that there shall come a sudden destruction and plague upon the whole earth.
Take heed, and hear my voice, ponder and mark my words well.
Goeth not the husbandman ever in due season earnestly to his land? He moweth and ploweth his ground to sow.
And when he hath made it plain, he soweth it with fetches or comin. He soweth the wheat and Barley in their place, Milium and Rye also in their place.
And that he may do it right, his God teacheth him and sheweth him.
For he treadeth not the fitches out with a waine, neither bringeth he the cart here and there over the comin, but he thresheth the fitches out with a flayle, and the comin with a rod.
As for the wheat, he grindeth it to make bread thereof; In as much as he can not bring it to pass with treading out. For neither the bruising that the cart wheels make, nor his beasts can grind it.
This and such like things come of the LORD of Hosts which is marvelous in counsel, and great in righteousness.
CHAP. 29
Woe be unto thee O Ariel, thou city that David wan. Take ye yet some years, and let some feasts yet pass over:
then shall Ariel be besieged, so that she shall be heavy and sorrowful, and shall be unto me even as a lion.
For I will lay siege to thee round about, and keep thee in with towers, and grave up dikes against thee.
And thou shalt be brought low, and speak out of the earth, and thy words shall go humbly out of the ground.
Thy voice shall come out of the earth, like the voice of a witch, and thy talking shall groan out of the mire. For the multitude of thine enemies shall be like meal dust. And the number of Tyrants shall be as the dust that the wind taketh away suddenly.
Thou shalt be visited of the LORD of Hosts with thunder, earthquake, and with a great crack, with the whirl wind, tempest, and with the flame of a consuming fire.
But now the multitude of all the people, that went out against Ariel: the whole host, the strongholds, and siege: is like a dream which appeareth in the night.
It is like as when an hungry man dreameth that he is eating, and when he awaketh, he hath nothing: like as when a thirsty man dreameth that he is drinking, and when he awaketh he is faint, and his soul unpatient. So is the multitude of all people that muster themselves against the hill of Sion.
But ye shall be at your wits end, ye shall be abashed: ye shall stagger, and reel to and fro. Ye shall be drunken, but not of wine. Ye shall fall, but not thorow drunkenness:
For the LORD shall give you an hard sleeping spirit, and hold down your eyes: namely your Prophets and heads which should see, them shall he cover.
And all visions shall be unto you, as the words that stand in a sealed letter, when one offereth it to a man that is learned, and sayeth: read us this letter. Then he answereth: I can not read it, for it is shut.
But if it be given to one that is not learned, or say unto him: read this letter: Then sayeth he I can not read.
Therefore thus sayeth the Lord:|LORDE| For so much as this people draweth nye me with their mouth, and praiseth me highly with their lips, where as their heart nevertheless is far from me, and the fear which they owe unto me, that turn they to men's laws and doctrines,(Septuagint: And the Lord has said, This people draw nigh to me with their mouth, and they honour me with their lips, but their heart is far from me: but in vain do they worship me, teaching the commandments and doctrines of men. Matthew 15:8-9 and Mark 7:6)
therefore will I also shew unto this people a marvelous, terrible, and great thing (Namely this:) I will destroy the wisdom of their wise, and the understanding of their learned men shall perish.(Septuagint: Therefore behold I will proceed to remove this people, and I will remove them: and I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will hide the understanding of the prudent. 1 Corinthians 1:19)
Woe be unto them that seek so deep, to hide their imagination before the LORD, which rehearse their counsels in the darkness, and say: who seeth us, or who knoweth us?
Which imagination of yours is even as when the potter's clay taketh advisement, as though the work might say to the workmaster: make me not, or as when an earthen vessel sayeth of the potter: he understandeth not.
See ye not that it is hard by, that Libanus shall be turned in to Charmel, and that Charmel shall be taken as a wood?
Then shall deaf men understand the words of the book, and the eyes of the blind shall see without any cloud or darkness.
The oppressed shall hold a merry feast in the LORD, and the poor people shall rejoice in the holy one of Israel.
Then shall the furious people cease, and the mockers shall be put away, and all they that do wrong shall be plucked|rooted| out,
such as labour to draw men unto sin: and that deceive him, which reproveth them in the gate, and such as turn good persons to vanity.
And therefore the LORD (even the defender of Abraham) sayeth thus unto the house of Jacob: Now shall not Jacob be ashamed, nor his face confounded,
when he seeth among his children (whom my hands have made) such as hallow my name among them: that they may sanctify the holy one of Jacob, and fear the God of Israel.
And that they which afore time were of an erroneous spirit, have now understanding, and that such as before could not speak, are now learned in my law.
CHAP. 30
Woe be unto those shrinking children (sayeth the LORD) which seek counsel, but not at me: which take a web in hand, but not after my will: that they may heap one sin upon another.
They go down into Egypt, (and ask me no counsel) to seek help at he power of Pharaoh, and comfort in the shadow of the Egyptians.
But Pharaoh's help shall be your confusion, and the comfort in the Egyptian's shadow shall be your own shame.
Your rulers have been at Zoan, and your messengers came unto Hanes.
But ye shall all be ashamed of the people that may not help you, which shall not bring you strength or comfort, but shame and confusion.
Your beasts have born burthens upon their backs toward the South, thorow the way that is full of peril and trouble, because of the lion and lioness,|lyo and lyones| of the Cockatrice and shooting|shutynge| dragon. Yea the Mules bare your substance, and the Camels brought your treasure upon their crooked backs, unto a people that can not help you.
For the Egyptian's help shall be but vain and lost. Therefore I told you also that your pride should have an end.
Wherefore go hence and write them this in their tables, and note it in a book: that it may remain by their posterity, and be still kept.
For it is an obstinate people, unfaithful children, children that will not hear the law of the LORD.
They dare say to the Prophets: Intromit yourselves with nothing, and unto the Soothsayers: tell us of nothing for to come, but speak friendly words unto us, and preach us false things.
Tread out of the way, go out of the path, turn the holy one of Israel from us.
Therefore thus sayeth the holy one of Israel: In so much as ye have cast off your beauty, and comforted yourselves with power and nimbleness, and put your confidence therein:
therefore shall ye have this mischief again for your destruction and fall, like as an high wall, that falleth because of some rift (or blast) whose breaking cometh suddenly.
And your destruction shall be like as an earthen pot, which breaketh no man touching it, yea and breaketh so sore, that a man shall not find a shever of it to fetch fire in, or to take water withal out of the pit.
For the Lord GOD,|LORDE God| even the holy one of Israel hath promised this: With still sitting and rest shall ye be healed, in quietness and hope shall your strength lie.
Notwithstanding ye regard it not, but ye will say: No, for thus are we constrained to flee upon horses. And therefore shall ye flee, we must ride upon swift beasts, and therefore your persecutors shall yet be swifter.
A thousand of you shall flee for one, or at the most for five, which do but only give you evil words: until ye be desolate, as a ship mast upon an high mountain, and as a beacon upon an hill.
Yet standeth the LORD waiting, that he may have mercy upon you, and lifteth himself up, that he may receive you to grace. For the LORD God is righteous. Happy are all they that wait for him.
For thus (O thou people of Sion and ye citizens of Jerusalem) shall ye never be in heaviness, for doubtless he will have mercy upon thee. As soon as he heareth the voice of thy cry, he will help thee.
The Lord|LORDE God| giveth you the bread of adversity, and the water of trouble. But thine instructor flyeth not far from thee, if thine eyes look unto thine instructor,
and thine ears harken to his word, that cryeth after thee and sayeth: this is the way, go this, and turn neither to the right hand nor to the left.
Moreover, if ye destroy the silver works of your Idols, and cast away the golden coapes that ye deck them withal (as filthiness) and say get you hence:
Then will he give rain to the seed, that ye shall sow in the earth, and give you bread of the increase of the earth, so that all shall be plenteous and abundant. Thy cattle also shall he feed in the broad meadows,
yea thine oxen and Mules that till the ground, shall eat good fodder, which is purged with the fan.
Goodly rivers shall flow out of all his mountains and hills. In the day of the great slaughter when the towers shall fall,
the moon shall shine as the sun, and the sunshine shall be seven fold, and have as much shine, as in seven days beside. In that day shall the LORD bind up the bruised sores of his people, and heal their wounds.
Behold, the glory of the LORD shall come from far, his face shall burn, that no man shall be able to abide it, his lips shall wag for very indignation, and his tongue shall be as a consuming fire.
His breath like a vehement flood of water, which goeth up to the throat. That he may take away the people, which have turned themselves unto vanity, and the bridle of error, that lieth in other folks chaws.
But ye shall sing, as the use is in the night of the holy solempnite. Ye shall rejoice from your heart, as they that come with the pipe, when they go up to the mount of the LORD, unto the rock of Israel.
The LORD also shall set up the power of his voice, and declare his terrible arm, with his angry countenance, yea and the flame of the consuming fire, with earthquake, tempest of wind, and hailstones.
Then shall the Assyrians|Assirian| fear also because of the voice of the LORD, which shall smite him with the rod.
And the same rod which the LORD will send upon him, shall move the whole foundation: with trumpet, with noise of war and battle to destroy.
For he hath prepared the fire of pain from the beginning, yea even for kings also. This hath he made deep and wide, the nourishing thereof is fire and wood innumerable which the breath of the|ofte| LORD kindleth, as it were a match of brimstone.
CHAP. 31
Woe be unto them that go down in to Egypt for help, and trust in horses, and comfort themselves in chariots, because they be many, and in horsemen because they be lusty and strong. But they regard not the holy one of Israel, and they ask no question at the LORD.
Whereas he nevertheless plagueth the wicked, and yet goeth not from his word, when he steppeth forth, and taketh the victory against the household of the froward, and against the help of evil doers.
Now the Egyptians are men, and not God, and their horses flesh, and not spirit. And as soon as the LORD stretcheth out his hand, then shall the helper fall, and he that should have been helped, and shall all together be destroyed.
For thus hath the LORD spoken unto me: Like as the lion or lion's whelps roareth upon the prey that he hath gotten, and is not afraid, though the multitude of shepherds cry out upon him, neither abashed for all the heap of them: So shall the LORD of Hosts come down from the mount Sion, and defend his hill.
Like as birds flutter about their nests, so shall the LORD of Hosts keep, save, defend and deliver Jerusalem.
Therefore, O ye children of Israel, turn again, like as ye have exceeded in your going back.
For in that day every man shall cast out his Idols of silver and gold, which ye have made with your sinful hands.
Assur also shall be slain with the sword, not with a man's sword. A sword shall devour him, but not a man's sword. And he shall flee from the slaughter, and his servants shall be taken prisoners.
He shall go for fear to his strongholds, and his princes shall flee from his badge. This hath the LORD spoken, whose light burneth in Sion, and his fire in Jerusalem.
CHAP. 32
Behold, the king shall govern after the rule of righteousness, and the princes shall rule according to the balance of equity.
He shall be unto men, as a defense for the wind, and as a refuge for the tempest, like as a river of water in a thirsty place, and the shadow of a great rock in a dry land.
The eyes of the seeing shall not be dim, and the ears of them that hear, shall take diligent heed.
The heart of the unwise, shall attain to knowledge, and the unperfect tongue shall speak plainly and distinctly.
Then shall the nigarde be no more called gentle, nor the churle liberal.
But the churle will be churlishly minded, and his heart will work evil and play the hypocrite, and imagine abominations against GOD, to make the hungry lean, and withhold drink from the thirsty:
These are the perilous weapons of the covetous, these be his shameful counsels: that he may beguile the poor with deceitful works, yea even there as he should give sentence with the poor.
But the liberal person imagineth honest things, and cometh up with honesty.
Up (ye rich and idle cities) harken unto my voice. Ye careless cities, mark my words.
After years and days shall ye be brought in fear, O ye careless cities. For Harvest shall be out, and the grape gathering shall not come.
O ye rich idle cities ye that fear no peril, ye shall be abashed and removed: when ye see the bareness, the nakedness and preparing to war.
Ye shall knock upon your breasts, because of the pleasant field, and because of the fruitful vineyard.
My people's field shall bring thorns and thistles, for in every house is voluptuousness, and in the cities, wilfulness.
The palaces also shall be broken, and the greatly occupied cities desolate. The towers and bulwarks shall be become dens for evermore, the pleasure of Mules shall be turned to pasture for sheep:
unto the time that the spirit be poured upon us from above. Then shall the wilderness be a fruitful field, and the plenteous field shall be reckoned for a wood.
Then shall equity dwell in the desert, and righteousness in a fruitful land.
And the reward of righteousness shall be peace, and her fruit rest and quietness for ever.
And my people shall dwell in the inns of peace, in my tabernacle and pleasure where there is enough in them all.
And when the hail falleth, it shall fall in the wood and in the city.
O how happy shall ye be, when ye shall safely sow your seed beside all waters, and drive thither the feet of your oxen and asses.
CHAP. 33
Therefore woe be unto thee (O robber) shalt not thou be robbed also? and unto thee that layest wait, as who say there should no wait be laid for thee: Woe unto thee which doest hurt, even so shalt thou be hurt also. And as thou layest wait, so shall wait be laid for thee also.
LORD be merciful unto us, we wait for thee. Thine arm is at a point to visit us, but be thou our health in the time of trouble.
Grant that the people may flee at the anger of thy voice, and that at thine upstanding the Gentiles may be scattered abroad,
and that their spoil may be gathered, as the grasshoppers are commonly gathered together in to the pit.
Stand up LORD, thou that dwellest on high:|hie| Let Sion be filled with equity and righteousness.
Let truth and faithfulness be in her time: power, health, wisdom, knowledge and the fear of GOD are her treasure.
Behold, their angels cry without, the messengers of peace weep bitterly.
The streets are waste, there walketh no man therein, the appointment is broken, the cities are dispised, they are not regarded,
the desolate earth is in heaviness. Libanus taketh it but for a sport, that it is hewn down: Saron is like a wilderness: Basan and Carmel are turned upside down.
And therefore sayeth the LORD. I will up, now will I get up, now will I arise.
Ye shall conceive stubble, and bear straw, and your spirit shall be the fire, that it may consume you:
and the people shall be burnt like lime, and as thorns burn that are hewn off, and cast in the fire.
Now hearken to, ye that are far off, how I do with them, and consider my glory, ye that be at hand.
The sinners at Sion are afraid, and|a| sudden fearfulness is come upon the hypocrites. What is he among us (say they) that will dwell by that consuming fire? Which of us may abide that everlasting heat?
He that leadeth a godly life (say I) and speaketh the truth: He that abhoreth to do violence and deceit: he that keepeth his hand that he touch no reward: which stoppeth his ears, that he hear no counsel against the innocent: which holdeth down his eyes, that he see none evil.
He it is, that shall dwell on high|hie| whose safeguard shall be in the true rock, to him shall be given the right true meat and drink.
His eyes shall see the king in his glory: and in the wide world,
and his heart shall delight in the fear of God. What shall then become of the scribe? of the Senator? what of him that teacheth children?
There shalt thou not see a people of a strange tongue to have so diffused a language, that it may not be understood: neither so strange a speach but it shall be perceived.
There shall Sion be seen, the head city of our solempne feasts. There shall thine eyes see Jerusalem that glorious habitation: the tabernacle that never shall remove, whose nails shall never be taken out world without end, whose coardes everychone shall never corrupt:
for the glorious Majesty of the LORD shall there be present among us. In that place, where fair broad rivers and streams are, shall neither Galley row, nor great ship sail.
For the LORD shall be our captain, the LORD shall be our law giver. The LORD shall be our king, and he himself shall be our Saviour.
There are the coards so laid abroad, that they can not be better: The mast set up of such a fashion, that no banner nor sail hangeth thereon: but there is dealed great spoil, yea lame men run after the prey;
There lieth no man that sayeth: I am sick, but all evil is taken away from the people, that dwell there.
CHAP. 34
Come ye heathen and hear, take heed ye people. Hearken thou earth and all that is therein: thou round compass and all that groweth there upon,
for the LORD is angry with all people, and his displeasure is kindled against all the multitude of them, to curse them, and to slay them.
So that their slain shall be cast out, and their bodies stink: that even the very hills shall be wet with the blood of them.
All the stars of heaven shall be consumed, and the heaven shall fold together like a roll, and all the stars thereof shall fall, like as the leaves fall from the vines and fig trees.
For my sword (sayeth he) shall be bathed in heaven, and shall immediately come down upon Idumea, and upon the people which I have cursed for my vengeance.
And the LORD's sword shall be full of blood, and be rusty with the fatness and blood of lambs and goats, with the fatness of the kidneys of wethers. For the LORD shall kill a great offering in Bosra; and in the land of Idumea.
There shall the Unicorns fall with the Bulls, (that is with the giants) and their land shall be washed with blood, and their ground corrupt with fatness.
Unto thee also (O Sion) shall come the day of the vengeance of GOD, and the year when |as| thine own judgements shall be recompensed.
Thy floods shall be turned to pitch, and thine earth to brimstone, and therewith shall the land be kindled,
so that it shall not be quenched day nor night: But smoke evermore, and so forth to lie waste. And no man shall go thorow thy land forever:
But Pelicans, Storks, great Owls, and Ravens shall have it in possession, and dwell therein. For God shall spread out the line of desolation upon it, and weight it with the stones of emptiness.
When kings are called upon, there shall be none, and all princes shall be away.
Thorns shall grow in their palaces, nettles and thistles in their strongholds, that the dragons may have their pleasure therein, and that they may be a court for Ostriches.
There shall strange visures and monstrous beasts meet one another, and the wild keep company together. There shall the lamya lie, and have her lodging.
There shall the hedgehog build, dig, be there at home, and bring forth his young ones. There shall the kites come together, each one to his like.
Seek thorow the scripture of the LORD and read it. There shall none of these things be left out, there shall not one (nor such like) fail. For what his mouth commandeth, that same doth his spirit gather together (or fulfilleth).
Upon whomsoever the lot falleth, or to whom he dealeth it with the line: those shall possess the inheritance from generation to generation, and dwell therein.
CHAP. 35
But the desert and wilderness shall rejoice, the waste ground shall be glad, and flourish as the lily.
She shall flourish pleasantly, and be joyful, and ever be giving thanks more and more. For the glory of Libanus, the beauty of Carmel and Saron shall be given her. These shall know the honour of the LORD, and the majesty of our God.
And therefore strengthen the weak hands, and comfort the feeble knees.
Say unto them that are of a fearful heart: Be of good cheer, and fear not. Behold, your God cometh, to take vengeance, and to reward, God cometh his own self, and will deliver you.
Then shall the eyes of the blind be lightened, and the ears of the deaf opened.
Then shall the lame man leap as an hart and the dumb man's tongue shall give thanks. In the wilderness also there shall wells spring, and floods of water in the desert.
The dry ground shall turn to rivers, and the thirsty to springs of water. Where as dragons dwelt afore, there shall grow sweet flowers and green rushes.
There shall be foot paths and common streets, this shall be called the holy way. No unclean person shall go thorow it, for the Lord|LORDE| himself shall go with them that way, and the ignorant shall not err;
There shall be no lion, and no ravishing beast shall come therein, nor be there, but men shall go there free and safe.
And the redeemed of the LORD shall convert, and come to Sion with thanksgiving. Everlasting joy shall they have, pleasure and gladness shall be among them. And as for all sorrow and heaviness, it shall vanish away.
CHAP. 36
In the fourteenth year of king Hezekiah, came Sennaherib king of the Assyrians down, to lay siege unto all the strong cities of Judah.
And the king of the Assyrians sent Rabsakeh from Lachis toward Jerusalem, against king Hezekiah, with a grievous Host, which set him by the conduit of the over pool, in the way that goeth thorow the fuller's land.
And so there came forth unto him Eliakim, Helkiah's son, the President, Sobna the scribe, and Joah, Asaph's son the Secretary.
And Rabsakeh said unto them: Tell Hezekiah, that the great king of Assyria sayeth thus unto him: What presumption is this, that thou trustest unto?
Thou thinkest (peradventure) that thou hast counsel and power enough to maintain this war: or else where to trustest thou, that thou castest thy self off from me?
Lo, thou puttest thy trust in a broken staff of reed (I mean Egypt) which he that leaneth upon, it goeth into his hand and shooteth him thorow. Even so is Pharaoh the king of Egypt, unto all them that trust in him.
But if thou wouldest say unto me: We trust in the LORD our God: A goodly God in deed: whose High places and altars Hezekiah took down, and commanded Judah and Jerusalem, to worship only before the altar.
Abide thee, thou hast made a condition with my lord the king of the Assyrians, that he should give thee two thousand horses: art thou able to set men there up?
Seeing now that thou canst not resist the power of the smallest prince that my Lord|LORDE| hath, how darest thou trust in the chariots and horsemen of Egypt?
Moreover, thinkest thou that I am come down hither, to destroy this land without the LORD's will? The LORD said unto me, go down into the land, that thou mayest destroy it.
Then said Eliakim, Sobna and Joah unto Rabsakeh: Speak to us thy servants (we pray thee) in the Syrians language, for we understand it well: And speak not to us in the Jews' Tongue, lest the folk hear, which lieth upon the wall.
Then answered Rabsakeh: Think ye, that the king sent me to speak this only unto you? Hath he not sent me to them also, that lie upon the wall? that they be not compelled to eat their own dung, and drink their own stale with you?
And Rabsakeh stood stiff, and cried with a loud voice in the Jews' tongue, and said: Now take heed, how the great king of the Assyrians giveth you warning.
Thus sayeth the king: Let not Hezekiah deceive you, for he shall not be able to deliver you.
Moreover, let not Hezekiah comfort you in the LORD, when he sayeth: The LORD with out doubt shall defend us, and shall not give over this city into the hands of the king of the Assyrians, believe him not.
But thus sayeth the king of Assyria: obtain my favour, incline to me: so may every man enjoy his vineyards and fig trees, and drink the water of his cistern:
Unto the time that I come myself, and bring you into a land, that is like your own: wherein is wheat and wine, which is both sown with seed, and planted with vineyards.
Let not Hezekiah deceive you, when he sayeth unto you: The LORD shall deliver us. Might the gods of the Gentiles keep every man's land, from the power of the king of the Assyrians?
Where is the God of hemath and Arphad? Where is the God of Sepharuaim? And who was able to defend Samaria out of my hand?
Or which of all the Gods of the lands, hath delivered their country out of my power, so that the LORD should deliver Jerusalem from my hand?
Unto this Hezekiahs messengers held their tongues, and answered not one word: for the king had charged them, that they should give him none answer.
So came Eliakim, Helkiah's son the President, Sobna the Scribe, and Joah Asaph's son the Secretary, unto Hezekiah with rent clothes, and told him the words of Rabshakeh.
CHAP. 37
When Hezekiah heard that, he rent his clothes, put on sackcloth, and went in to the temple of the LORD.
But he sent Eliakim the President, Sobna the Scribe, with the eldest priests clothed in sackcloth, unto the Prophet Esay the son of Amoz,
and they said unto him: Thus sayeth Hezekiah: This is the day of trouble, of plague, and of wrath: like as when a child cometh to the birth, but the woman hath no power to bring it forth.
The LORD thy God (no doubt) hath well considered the words of Rabsakeh, whom his lord the king of the Assyrians hath sent, to defy and blaspheme the living God: with such words as the LORD thy God hath heard right well. And therefore lift up thy prayer for the remnant, that yet are left.
So the servants of king Hezekiah came to Esay.
And Esay gave them this answer: say thus unto your lord: Thus sayeth the LORD: Be not afraid of the words that thou hast heard, wherewith the king of the Assyrians' servants have blasphemed me.
Behold, I will cause a wind go over him, as soon as he heareth it, he shall go again into his country, there will I destroy him with the sword.
Now when Rabsakeh returned, he found the king of Assyria laying siege to Lobnah, for he had understand, that he was departed from Lachis.
For there came a rumour, that Tharhakah king of Ethiopia was come forth to war against him. And when the king of Assyeria heard that, he sent other messengers to king Hezekiah with this commandment:
Say thus to Hezekiah king of Judah: Let not thy God deceive thee, in whom thou hopest, and sayest: Jerusalem shall not be given into the hands of the king of Assyria.
For thou knowest well how the kings of Assyria have handled all the lands that they have subverted, and hopest|hapest| thou to escape?
Were the people of the Gentiles (whom my progenitors conquered) delivered at any time thorow their gods? As namely, Gozan, Haran, Rezeph, and the children of Eden, which dwell at Thalassar.
Where is the king of Hemah, and the king of Arphad, and the king of the city Separvaim, Ena, and Ava?
Now when Hezekiah had received the letter off the messengers, and read it, he went up into the house of the LORD, and opened the letter before the LORD.
And Hezekiah prayed before the LORD on this manner:
O LORD of Hosts, thou God of Israel, which dwellest upon Cherubin; Thou art the God, that only is God of all the kingdoms of the world, for thou only hast created heaven and earth.
Incline thine ear LORD, and consider, open thine eyes, O LORD, and see, and ponder all the words of Sennacherib, which hath sent his embassage to blaspheme the living God.
It is true, O LORD, that the kings of Assyria have conquered all kingdoms and lands,
and cast their gods in the fire. Notwithstanding, those were no gods{goddes} but the works of men's hands, of wood or stone, therefore have they destroyed them.
Deliver us then, O LORD our God, from the hands of Sennacherib, that all kingdoms of the earth may know, that thou only art the LORD.
Then Esay the son of Amoz sent unto Hezekiah, saying: Thus sayeth the LORD God of Israel: Whereas thou hast made thy prayer unto me, as touching Sennacherib,
this is the answer, that the LORD hath given concerning him: Despised art thou, and mocked, O daughter of Sion, he hath shaken his head at thee, O daughter of Jerusalem.
But thou Sennacherib, whom hast thou defied and|or| blasphemed? And against whom hast thou lifted up thy voice, and exalted thy proud looks? even against the holy one of Israel.
Thou with thy servants hast blasphemed the Lord,|LORDE| and thus holdest thou of thyself: I cover the high mountains, and sides of Libanus with my horsemen. And there will I cut down the high Cedar trees and the fairest Fir trees. I will up into the height of it, and into the chiefest of his timber woods.
If there be no water, I will grave and drink. And as for waters of defense, I shall dry them up with the feet of mine Host.
Yea (sayest thou) hast thou not heard, what I have taken in hand, and brought to pass of old time? That same will I do now also: waste, destroy, and bring the strong cities into heaps of stones.
For their inhabiters shall be like lame men, brought in fear and confounded. They shall be like the grass and green herbs in the field, like the hay upon housetops, that withereth afore it be grown up.
I know thy ways, thy going forth and thy coming home, yea and thy madness against me.
Therefore thy furriousness against me, and thy pride is come before me. I will put a ring in thy nose, and a bridle bit in the chaws of thee, and turn thee about, even the same way thou camest.
I will give thee also this token, (O Hezekiah) this year shalt thou eat that is kept in store, and the next year such as groweth of himself, and in the third year ye shall sow and reap, yea ye shall plant vineyards, and enjoy the fruits thereof.
And such of the house of Judah as are escaped, shall come together, and the remnant shall take root beneath, and bring forth fruit above.
For the escaped shall go out of Jerusalem, and the remnant from the mount Sion. And this shall the jealousy of the LORD of Hosts bring to pass.
Therefore thus sayeth the LORD, concerning the king of the Assyrians: He shall not come into the city, and shall shoot no arrow into it, there shall no shride hurt it, neither shall they grave about it.
The same way that he came, shall he return, and not come at this city, sayeth the LORD.
And I will keep and save the city, sayeth he, for mine own, and for my servant David's sake.
Thus the angel went forth, and slew of the Assyrians host, an hundredth and eighty five thousand. And when men arose up early (at Jerusalem:) Behold, all lay full of dead bodies.
So Sennacherib the king of the Assyrians brake up, and dwelt at Nineve.
Afterward it chanced, as he prayed in the temple of Nesrah his god, that Adramalech and Sarazer his own sons slew him with the sword, and fled into the land of Ararat. And Asarhadon his son reigned after him.
CHAP. 38
Not long afore this, was Hezekiah sick unto death: And the Prophet Esay the son of Amoz came unto him, and said: Thus commandeth the LORD: Set thine house in order: for thou must die, and shall not escape.
Then Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall, and prayed unto the LORD,
and said: Remember (O LORD) that I have walked before thee in truth and a steadfast heart, and have done the thing that is pleasant to thee. And Hezekiah wept sore.
Then said GOD unto Esay:
Go and speak unto Hezekiah: The LORD God of David thy father sendeth thee this word: I have heard thy prayer, and considered thy tears: behold, I will put fifteen years more unto thy life,
and deliver thee and the city also, from the hand of the king of Assyria, for I will defend the city.
And take thee this token of the LORD, that he will do it, as he hath spoken:
Behold, I will return the shadow of Ahaz dial, that now is laid out with the Sun and bring it ten degrees backward. So the Sun turned ten degrees backward, the which he was desended afore.
A thanksgiving, which Hezekiah king of Juda wrote, when he had been sick, and was recovered.
I thought I should have gone to the gates of hell in my best age, and have wanted the residue of my years.
I spake within myself: I shall never visit the LORD GOD in this life: I shall never see man among the dwellers of the world.
Mine age is folden up together, and taken away from me, like a shepherd's cottage: my life is hewn off, like as a weaver cutteth off his web. While I was yet taking my rest, he hewd me off, and made an end of me in one day.
I thought I would have lived unto the morrow, but he bruised my bones like a lion, and made an end of me in one day.
Then chattered I like a swallow, and like a crane, and mourned as a dove. I lift up mine eyes to the height: O LORD (say I) violence is done unto me, be thou surety for me.
What shall I speak or say, that he may this do? that I may live out all my years, yea in the bitterness of my life?
Verily (Lord)|LORDE| men must live in bitterness, and all my life must I pass over therein: For thou raisest me up, and wakest me. But lo, I will be well content with this bitterness.
Nevertheless my conversation hath so pleased thee, that thou wouldest not make an end of my life: so that thou hast cast all my sins behind thy back.
For hell praiseth not thee, death doth not magnify thee. They that go down into the grave, praise not thy truth:
but the living, yea the living acknowledge thee, like as I do this day. The father telleth his children of thy faithfulness.
Deliver us (O LORD) and we will sing praises in thy house, all the days of our life.
And Esay said: take a plaster of figs, and lay it upon the sore, so shall it be whole.
Then said Hezekiah: O what a great thing is this, that I shall go up in to the house of the LORD.
CHAP. 39
At that same time Merodach Baladam, Baladam's son king of Babylon, sent letters and presents to Hezekiah. For he understood how that he had been sick, and was recovered again.
And Hezekiah was glad thereof, and shewed them the commodities of his treasure, of silver, of gold, of spices and roots, of precious oils, and all that was in his cupboards and treasure houses. There was not one thing in Hezekiahs house, and so thorowout all his kingdom, but he let them see it.
Then came Esay the Prophet to king Hezekiah, and said unto him: What have the men said, and from whence came they unto thee? Hezekiah answered: They came out of a far country unto me, out of Babylon.
Esay said: What have they looked upon in thine house? Hezekiah answered: All that is in mine house have they seen: and there is nothing in my treasure, but I shewed it them.
Then said Esay unto Hezekiah: Understand the word of the LORD of Hosts:
Behold, the time will come, that everything which is in thine house, and all that thy progenitors have laid up in store unto this day, shall be carried to Babylon, and nothing left behind. Thus sayeth the LORD.
Yea and part of thy sons, that shall come of thee, and whom thou shalt get, shall be carried hence, and become gelded chamberlains in the king of Babylon's court.
Then said Hezekiah to Esay: Now GOD prosper his own counsel, which thou hast told me. He said moreover: So that there be peace and faithfulness in my time.
CHAP. 40
Be of good cheer my people, be of good cheer, (sayeth your God)
Comfort Jerusalem, and tell her, that her travail is at an end, that her offense is pardoned, that she hath received of the LORD's hand sufficient correction for all her sins.
A voice crieth: Prepare the way for the LORD in the wilderness, make straight the path for our God in the desert.(Septuagint: The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight the paths of our God. Matthew 3:3, Mark 1:3 and John 1:23)
Let all valleys be exalted, and every mountain and hill be laid low. What so is crooked, let it be made straight, and let the rough places be made plain fields.(Septuagint: Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low: and all the crooked ways shall become straight, and the rough places plains.)
For the glory of the LORD shall appear, and all flesh shall see it. For why? The mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.(Septuagint: And the glory of the Lord shall appear, and all flesh shall see the salvation of God: for the Lord has spoken it. Luke 3:4-6)
The same voice spake: Now cry. And I said: What shall I cry? Then spake it: That all flesh is grass, and that all the beauty thereof, is as the flower of the field.(Septuagint: The voice of one saying, Cry; and I said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass:1 Peter 1:24-25)
When the grass is withered, the flower falleth away. Even so is the people as grass, when the breath of the LORD bloweth upon them.
Nevertheless whether the grass wither, or the flower fade away: Yet the word of our God endureth forever.(Septuagint: The grass withers, and the flower fades: but the word of our God abides for ever. 1 Peter 1:24-25)
Moreover the voice cried thus: Go up unto the hill (O Sion) thou that bringest good tidings, lift up thy voice with power, O thou preacher Jerusalem. Lift it up without fear, and say unto the cities of Judah: Behold, your God,
behold the LORD, even the Allmighty shall come with power, and bear rule with his arm. Behold, he bringeth his treasure with him, and his works go before him.
He shall feed his flock like an herdman. He shall gather the lambs together with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall kindly intreat those that bear young.
Who hath holden the waters in his fist? Who hath measured heaven with his span, and hath comprehended all the earth of the world in three fingers? Who hath weighed the mountains and hills?
Who hath reformed the mind of the LORD? Or who is of his counsel to teach him?(Septuagint: Who has known the mind of the Lord? and who has been his counsellor, to instruct him? Romans 11:34 and 1 Corinthians 2:16)
At whom hath he asked counsel, to make him understand, and to learn him the way of judgement: to teach him science: and to instruct him in the way of understanding.
Behold, all people are in comparison of him, as a drop to a bucket full, and are counted as the least thing that the balance weigheth. Behold, the Isles are in comparison of him, as the shadow of the son beam.
Libanus is not sufficient to minister fire for his offering, and all the beasts thereof are not enough to one sacrifice.
All people in comparison of him are reckoned as nothing, yea vain vanity and emptiness.
To whom then will ye liken God? or what similitude will ye set up unto him?
Shall the carver make him a carved image? and shall the goldsmith cover him with gold, or cast him into a form of silver plates?
Moreover shall the image maker, that the poor man which is disposed, may have something to set up also, seek out and choose a tree, that is not rotten, and carve thereout an image, that moveth not?
Know ye not this? Heard ye never of it? Hath it not been preached unto you since the beginning? Have ye not been enformed of this since the foundation of the earth was laid:
That he sitteth upon the Circle of the world, and that all the inhabiters of the world are in comparison of him, but as grasshoppers: That he spreadeth out the heavens as a covering, that he stretcheth them out, as a tent to dwell in:
That he bringeth princes to nothing, and the judges of the earth to dust:
so that they be not planted, nor sown again, neither their stock rooted again in the earth? For as soon as he bloweth upon them, they wither and fade away, like the straw in a whirlwind.
To whom now will ye liken me, and whom shall I be like, sayeth the holy one?
Lift up your eyes on high,|an hie| and consider. Who hath made those things, which come out by so great heaps? and he can call them all by their names. For there is nothing hid unto the greatness of his power, strength, and might.
How may then Jacob think, or how may Israel say: My ways are hid from the LORD, and my God knoweth not of my judgments.
Knowest thou not, or hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, which made all the corners of the earth, is neither weary nor faint: and that his wisdom can not be comprehended?
but that he giveth strength unto the weary, and power unto the faint?
Children are weary and faint, and the strongest men fall:
But unto them that have the LORD before their eyes, shall strength be increased, Aegles wings shall grow upon them: When they run, they shall not fall: and when they go, they shall not be weary.
CHAP. 41
Be still (ye Islands) and harken unto me. Be strong ye people; Come hither, and shew your cause, we will go to the law together.
Who raiseth up the just from the rising of the Sun,|Sonne| and calleth him to go forth? Who casteth down the people, and subdueth the kings before him: that he may throw them all to the ground with his sword, and scatter them like stubble with his bow.
He followeth upon them, and goeth safely himself, and cometh in no foot path with his feet.
Who hath made, created, and called the generations from the beginning? Even I the LORD, which am the first, and with the last.
Behold ye Isles? that ye may fear, and ye ends of the earth, that ye may be abashed, draw nye, and come hither.
Every man hath exhorted his neighbour, and brother, and bidden him be strong.
The Smith comforted the molder, and the Ironsmith the hammer man, saying: It shall be good, that we fasten this cast work: and then they fastened it with nails, that it should not be moved.
And thou Israel, my servant: Jacob my elect seed of Abraham my beloved,
whom I led from the ends of the earth by the hand: For I called thee from far, and said unto thee: Thou shalt be my servant: I have chosen thee, and will not cast thee away:
be not afraid, for I will be with thee. Look not behind thee, for I will be thy God, to strengthen thee, help thee, and to keep thee with this right hand of mine.
Behold, all they that resist thee, shall come to confusion and shame: and thine adversaries shall be destroyed and brought to naught.
So that who so seeketh after them, shall not find them. Thy destroyers shall perish, and so shall they that undertake to make battle against thee.
For I thy LORD and God, will strengthen thy right hand. Even I that say unto thee: Fear not. I will help thee.
Be not afraid thou little worm Jacob, and thou despised Israel for I will help thee, sayeth the LORD, and the holy one of Israel thine avenger.
Behold, I will make thee a treading cart and a new flayle, that thou mayest thresh|throsh| and grind the mountains, and bring the hills to powder.
Thou shalt fan them, and the wind shall carry them away, and the whirlwind shall scatter them. But thou shalt rejoice in the LORD, and shall delight in praising the holy one of Israel.
When the thirsty and poor seek water, and find none, and when their tongue is dry of thirst: I give it them sayeth the LORD. I the God of Israel forsake them not.
I bring forth floods in the hills, and wells in the plain fields. I turn the wilderness to rivers, and the dry land to conduites|condites| of water.
I plant in the waste ground trees of Cedar, Box, Mire and Olives. And in the dry I set Fir trees, Elms, and Hawthorns together.
All this do I, that they altogether may see a mark, perceive with their hearts and consider, that the hand of the LORD maketh these things, and that the holy one of Israel bringeth them to pass.
Stand at your cause (sayeth the LORD) and bring forth your strongest ground, counseleth the King of Jacob.
Let the gods come forth themselves, and shew us the things that are past, what they be: let them declare them unto us, that we may take them to heart, and know them hereafter.
Either, let them shew us things for to come, and tell us what shall be done hereafter: so shall we know, that they be gods. Shew something, either good or bad: so will we both knowledge the same, and tell it out.
Behold, ye gods are of naught, and your making is of naught, but abomination hath chosen you.
Nevertheless, I have waked up one from the North, and he shall come. And another from the East, which shall call upon my name, and shall come to the princes, as the Potter to his clay, and as the Potter treadeth down the mire.
Who told that afore? So will we confess and say, that he is righteous. But there is none that sheweth or declareth anything, there is none also that heareth your words.
Behold, I will first grant them of Sion and Jerusalem to be Evangelists.
But when I consider: there is not one among them that prophesieth, neither (when I ask him) that answereth one word;
Lo, wicked are they and vain, with the things also that they take in hand: yea wind are they, and emptiness, with their images together.
CHAP. 42
Behold now therefore, this is my servant whom I will keep to myself: mine elect; In whom my soul shall be pacified. I will give him my spirit, that he may shew forth judgement and equity among the Gentiles.
He shall not be an outcrier, nor an high minded person. His voice shall not be heard in the streets.
A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: but faithfully and truly shall he give judgement.
He shall neither be overseen nor hasty, that he may restore righteousness unto the earth: and the Gentiles also shall keep his laws.(Septuagint: He shall shine out, and shall not be discouraged, until he have set judgement on the earth: and in his name shall the Gentiles trust. Matthew 12:21)
For thus sayeth God the LORD unto him (even he that made the heavens, and spread them abroad, and set forth the earth with her increase: which giveth breath unto the people that is in it, and to them that dwell therein)
I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and led thee by the hand. Therefore will I also defend thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, and to be the light of the Gentiles.
That thou mayest open the eyes of the blind, let out the prisoners, and them that sit in darkness, out of the dungeon house.
I my self, whose name is the LORD, which give my power to none other, neither mine honour to the gods:
Shew you these new tidings, and tell you them or they come, for old things also are come to pass.
Sing therefore unto the LORD, a new song of thanks giving, blow out his praise unto the end of the world. They that be upon the sea, and all that is therein, praise him, the Isles and they that dwell in them.
Let the wilderness with her cities lift up her voice, the towns also that be in Cedar. Let them be glad that sit upon rocks of stone, and let them cry down from the high mountains:
ascribing almightiness unto the LORD, and magnifying him among the Gentiles.
The LORD shall come forth as a giant, and take a stomach to himself like a fresh man of war. He shall roar and cry, and overcome his enemies.
I have long time holden my peace, (sayeth the LORD) should I therefore be still, and keep silence for ever? I will cry like a travailing woman, and once will I destroy, and devour.
I will make waste both mountain and hill, and dry up every green thing that groweth thereon. I will dry up the floods of water, and drink up the rivers.
I will bring the blind into the street, that they know not: and lead them in to a foot path, that they are ignorant in. I shall make darkness light before them, and the thing that is crooked to be straight. These things will I do, and not forget them.
And therefore let them convert, and be ashamed earnestly, that hope in Idols, and say to fashioned images: ye are our gods.
Hear, O ye deaf men, and sharpen your sights to see (O ye blind)
But who is blinder, than my servant? Or so deaf, as my messengers, whom I send unto thee? For who is so blind as my people, and they that have the rule of them?{For who is so blind (fay they) as the perfect man and so blind as the LORD's servant?}
They are like, as if thou understoodest much, and keptest nothing: or if one heard well, but were not obedient.
The LORD be merciful unto them for his righteousness' sake, that his word might be magnified and praised.
But it is a mischevious and wicked people. Their young men belong all to the snare, and shall be shut into prison houses. They shall be carried away captive, and no man shall loosen|lowse| them. They shall be trodden under foot, and no man shall labour to bring them again.
But who is he among you, that pondereth this in his mind, that considereth it, and taketh it for a warning in time to come?
Who suffered Jacob to be trodden under foot, and Israel to be spoiled? Did not the LORD? Now have we sinned against him, and have had no delight to walk in his ways, neither been obedient unto his law.
Therefore hath he poured upon us his wrathful displeasure, and strong battle, which maketh us have to do on every side, yet will we not understand: He burneth us up, yet sinketh it not in to our hearts.
CHAP. 43
But now, the LORD that made thee O Jacob, and he that fashioned thee O Israel, sayeth thus: Fear not, for I will defend thee. I have called thee by thy name, thou art mine own.
When thou wentest in the water, I was by thee, that the strong floods should not pluck thee away. When thou walkest in the fire, it shall not burn thee, and the flame shall not kindle upon thee.
For I am the LORD thy God, the holy one of Israel, thy Saviour. I gave Egypt for thy deliverance, the Morians and the Sabees for thee:
because thou wast dear in my sight, and because I set by thee, and loved thee. I pilled all men for thee, and delivered up all people for thy sake,
that thou shouldest not fear, for I was with thee. I will bring thy seed from the East, and gather thee together from the West.
I will say to the North, let go. And to the South, keep not back: but bring me my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the world:
Namely, all those that be called after my name: For them have I created, fashioned, and made for mine honour.
Bring forth that people, whether they have eyes, or be blind, deaf or have ears.
All nations shall come in one, and be gathered in one people. But which among yonder gods shall declare such things, and tell us what is to come? Let them bring their witnesses, so shall they be free: for then men shall hear it, and say, it is truth.
But I bring you witnesses (sayeth the LORD) even those that are my servants, whom I have chosen: to the intent that ye might be certified and give me faithful credence: yea and to consider, that I am he, before whom there was never any God, and that there shall be none after me.
I am only the LORD, and without me is there no Saviour.
I give warning, I make whole, I teach you that there should be no strange God among you. And this record must ye bear me yourselves, (sayeth the LORD) that I am God.
And even he am I from the beginning, and there is none that can take any thing out of my hand. And what I do, can no man change.
Thus sayeth the LORD the holy one of Israel your redeemer: For your sake I will send to Babylon, and bring all the strongest of them from hence: Namely, the Chaldees that boost them of their ships:
Even I the LORD your holy one, which have made Israel, and am your King.
Moreover, thus sayeth the LORD, (even he) that maketh a way in the sea, and a footpath in the mighty waters:
Which bringeth forth the chariots and horses, the host and the power, that they may fall asleep and never rise, and be extinct, like as towe is quenched.
Ye remember not things of old, and regard nothing that is past.
Therefore behold, I shall make a new thing, and shortly shall it appear: ye shall well know it, I told it you afore, but I will tell it you again. I will make streets in the desert, and rivers of water in the wilderness.
The wild beasts shall worship me: the dragon, and the Ostrich. For I shall give water in the wilderness, and streams in the desert: that I may give drink to my people, whom I choose.
This people have I made for myself, and they shall shew forth my praise.(Septuagint: my people whom I have preserved to tell forth my praises. 1 Peter 2:9)
For thou (Jacob) wouldest not call upon me, but thou hadst an unlust toward me, O Israel.
Thou gavest me not thy young beasts for burnt offerings, neither didst honour me with thy sacrifices. Though boughtest me no dear spice with thy money, neither pourest the fat of thy sacrifices upon me. Howbeit I have not been chargeable unto thee in offerings, neither grievous in incense.
But thou hast laden me with thy sins, and wearied me with thine ungodliness.
Where as I yet am even he only, that for mine own self's sake do away thine offenses, and forget thy sins: so that I will never think upon them.
Put me now in remembrance, for we will reason together, and shew what thou hast for thee, to make thee quite.
Thy first father offended sore, and thy rulers have sinned against me.
Therefore I either suspended, or slew the chiefest princes: I did curse Jacob, and gave Israel into reproof.
CHAP. 44
So hear now, O Jacob my servant, and Israel whom I have chosen.
For thus sayeth the LORD, that made thee, fashioned thee, and helped thee, even from thy mother's womb: Be not afraid, O Jacob my servant, thou righteous, whom I have chosen.
For I shall pour water upon the dry ground, and rivers upon the thirsty. I shall pour my spirit upon thy seed, and mine increase upon thy stock.
They shall grow together, like as the grass, and as the Willies by the water's side.
One will say: I am the LORD's. Another will call under the name of Jacob. The third shall describe|subscribe| with his hand unto the LORD, and give himself under the name of Israel.
Moreover, thus hath the LORD spoken: even the King of Israel, and his avenger, the LORD of Hosts: I am the first and the last, and without me is there no God.
For what is he, that ever was like me, which am from everlasting? Let him shew his name, and do where thorow he may be likened unto me. Let him tell you forth plainly things, that are past, and for to come:
yea and that without any fear or stop.{stoppe} For have not I ever told you hitherto, and warned you? Ye can bear me record yourselves. Is there any God except me? or any maker, that I should not know him?
Wherefore all carvers of Idols are but vain, and their labour lost. They must bear record themselves, that (seeing they can neither see nor understand) they shall be confounded.
Who should now make a God, or fashion an Idol, that is profitable for nothing?
Behold, all the fellowship of them must be brought to confusion. Let all the workmasters of them come and stand together from among men: they must be abashed and confounded one with another.
The smith taketh iron, and tempereth it with hot coals, and fashioneth it with hammers, and maketh it with all the strength of his arms: yea sometime he is faint for very hunger, and so thirsty, that he hath no more power.
The carpenter (or image carver) taketh meat of the timber: and spreadeth forth his line: he marketh it with some colour: he planeth it, he ruleth it, and squareth it, and maketh it after the image of a man, and according to the beauty of a man: that it may stand in the temple.
Moreover, he goeth out to hew down Cedar trees: He bringeth home Elms and Oaks, and other timber of the wood. Or else the Fir trees which he planted himself, and such as the rain hath swelled,
which wood serveth for men to burn. Of this he taketh and warmeth himself withal: he maketh a fire of it to bake bread. And afterward maketh a God thereof, to honour it: and an Idol to kneel before it.
One piece he burneth in the fire, with another he roasteth flesh, that he may eat roast his belly full: with the third he warmeth himself, and sayeth: Aha, I am well warmed, I have been at the fire.
And of the residue he maketh him a God, and an Idol for himself. He kneeleth before it, he worshippeth it, he prayeth unto it, and sayeth: deliver me, for thou art my God.
Yet men neither consider nor understand, because their eyes are stopped, that they can not see: and their hearts, that they can not perceive.
They ponder not in their minds, for they have neither knowledge nor understanding, to think thus: I have brent one piece in the fire: I have baked bread with the coals thereof, I have roasted flesh withal, and eaten it: shall I now of the residue make an abomination, and fall down before a rotten piece of wood?
The keeping of dust, and foolishness of heart hath turned them aside: so that none of them can have a free conscience to think: may not I err?
Consider this (O Jacob and Israel) for thou art my servant. I have made thee, that thou mightest serve me. O Israel, forget me not.
As for thine offenses, I drive them away like the clouds, and thy sins as the mist. Turn ye again unto me, and I will deliver thee.
Be glad ye heavens, whom the LORD hath made, let all that is here beneath upon the earth, be joyful. Rejoice ye mountains and woods, with all the trees that are in you: for the LORD shall redeem Jacob, and shew his glory upon Israel.
For thus sayeth the LORD thy redeemer, even he that fashioned thee from thy mother's womb: I am the LORD, which do all things myself alone. I only have spread out the heavens, and I only have laid the foundation of the earth.
I destroy the tokens of witches, and make the Soothsayers go wrong. As for the wise, I turn them backward, and make their cunning foolishness.
But I set up the purpose of my servants, and fulfill the counsel of my messengers. I say unto Jerusalem: turn again: And to the cities of Juda, be ye builded again: and I repair their decayed places.
I say to the ground: be dry. And I dry up thy water floods.
I say to Cyrus: thou art mine herd man: so that he shall fulfill all things after my will. I say unto Jerusalem: be thou builded, and to the temple: be thou fast grounded.
CHAP. 45
Thus sayeth the LORD unto Cyrus his anointed, whom he leadeth by the right hand: that the people may fall down before him: I will loose|lowse| the girdles of kings: that they shall open the gates before thy face, and not to shut their doors.
I will go before thee, and make the crooked straight. I shall break the brazen doors, and burst the iron bars.
I shall give thee the hid treasure and the thing which is secretly kept: that thou mayest know, that I the God of Israel have called thee by thy name:
and that for Jacob my servant's sake, and for Israel my chosen. For I called thee by name, and ordained|ordened| thee, or ever thou knewest me:
Even I the LORD, before whom there is none other: for without me there is no God. I have prepared the or ever thou knewest me:
that it might be known from the rising of the sun to the going down of the same, that all is nothing without me. For I am the LORD, and there is else none.
It is I that created the light, and darkness, I make peace, and trouble: yea even I the LORD do all these things.
The heavens above shall drop down, and the clouds shall rain righteousness. The earth shall open itself, and bring forth health, and thereby shall righteousness flourish. Even I the LORD shall bring it to pass.
Woe be unto him that chideth with his maker, the potsherd with the potter: Sayeth the clay to the potter: What makest thou? or thy work serveth for nothing?
Woe be unto him, that sayeth to his father: Why begettest thou? And to his mother: Why bearest thou?
Thus sayeth the LORD, even the holy one and maker of Israel: Ask me of things for to come, concerning my sons: and put me in remembrance, as touching the works of my hands:
I have made the earth, and created man upon it. With my hands have I spread forth heaven, and given a commandment for all the Host thereof.
I shall wake him up with righteousness, and order all his ways. He shall build my city, and let out my prisoners: and that neither for gifts or rewards, sayeth the LORD of Hosts.
The LORD hath said moreover: The occupiers of Egypt, the merchants of the Morians and Sabees, shall come unto thee with tribute, they shall be thine, they shall follow thee, and go with chains upon their feet. They shall fall down before thee, and make supplication unto thee. For God (without whom there is none other God) shall be with thee.
O how profound art thou O God, thou God and Saviour of Israel?
Confounded be ye, and put to dishonour: go hence together with shame, all ye that be workmasters of error: (that is worshipers of Idols)
But Israel shall be saved in the LORD, which is the everlasting salvation: They shall not come to shame nor confusion, world without end.
For thus sayeth the LORD: even he that created heaven, the God that made the earth, that fashioned it, and set it forth: I have not made it for naught, but I made it to be inhabited. Even I the LORD, without whom there is none other.
I have not spoken secretly, neither in dark places of the earth. It is not for naught, that I said unto the seed of Jacob: Seek me. I am the LORD, which when I speak, declareth the thing that is righteous and true.
Let them be gathered and come together, let them draw nye hither, that are escaped of the people: Have they any understanding, that set up the stocks of their Idols, and praise unto a God, that can not help them?
Let men draw nye, let them come hither, and ask counsel one at another, and shew forth: What is he, that told this before? or, who spake of it, ever since the beginning? Have not I the LORD done it: without whom there is none other God? the true God and Saviour, and there is else none but I:
And therefore turn you unto me (all ye ends of the earth) so shall ye be saved, for I am God, and there is else none.
I swear by myself: out of my mouth cometh the word of righteousness, and that may no man turn: but all knees shall bow unto me, and all tongues shall swear by me,(Septuagint: By myself I swear, righteousness shall surely proceed out of my mouth; my words shall not be frustrated; that to me every knee shall bend, and every tongue shall swear by God, Romans 14:11)
saying: Verily in the LORD is my righteousness and strength. To him shall men come: but all they that think scorn of him, shall be confounded.
And the whole seed of Israel shall be justified, and praised in the LORD.
CHAP. 46
Nevertheless, Bel shall fall, and Nebo shall be broken: whose images are a burthen for the beasts and cattle, to overladen them, and to make them weary.
They shall sink down, and fall together: for they may not ease them of their burthen, therefore must they go into captivity.
Hearken unto me, O house of Jacob, and all ye that remain yet of the household of Israel: whom I have borne from your mother's womb, and brought you up from your birth, till ye were grown:
I, I which shall bear you unto your last age: I have made you, I will also nourish you, bear you and save you.
Whom will ye make me like, in fashion or image, that I may be like him?
Ye fools (no doubt) will take out silver and gold out of your purses, and weigh it, and hire a goldsmith to make a God of it, that men may kneel down and worship it.
Yet must he be taken on men's shoulders and borne, and set in his place, that he may stand and not move. Alas that men should cry unto him, which giveth no answer: and delivereth not the man that calleth upon him, from his trouble.
Consider this well, and be ashamed. Go into your own selves (O ye runagates)
Remember the things which are past, since the beginning of the world: that I am God, and that there is else no God, yea and that there is nothing like unto me.
In the beginning of a thing, I shew the end thereof: and I tell before, things that are not yet come to pass. With one word is my device accomplished, and fulfilleth all my pleasure.
I call a bird out of the East, and all that I take in hand, out of far countries, as soon as I command, I bring it hither: as soon as I think to devise a thing, I do it.
Hear me, O ye that are of an high stomach, but far from righteousness,
I shall bring forth my righteousness. It is not far, and my health shall not tarry long away. I will lay health in Sion, and give Israel my glory.
CHAP. 47
But as for thee (O daughter, thou virgin Babylon) thou shalt sit in the dust. Thou shalt sit upon the ground, and not in a throne, (O thou maiden of Chaldea) Thou shalt no more be called tender and pleasant.
Thou shalt bring forth the quern and grind meal, put down thy stomacher make bare thy knees, and shalt wade thorow the water rivers.
Thy shame shall be discovered, and thy previties shall be seen. For I will avenge me of thee, and no man shall let me:
sayeth our redeemer, which is called the LORD of Hosts, the holy one of Israel.
Sit still, hold thy tongue, and get thee into some dark corner, O daughter Chaldea, for thou shalt no more be called lady of kingdoms.
I was so wroth with my people, that I punished mine inheritance, and gave them into thy power. Nevertheless, thou shewdest them no mercy, but even the very aged men of them, didst thou oppress right sore with thy yoke,
and thou thoughtest thus. I shall be lady for ever. And beside all that, thou hast not regarded these things, neither cast, what should come after.
Hear now therefore, thou willful, that sittest so careless, and speakest thus in thine heart: I am alone, and without me is there none: I shall never be widow, nor desolate again.
And yet both these things shall come to thee upon one day in the twinkling of an eye: Namely widowhood, and desolation. They shall mightily fall upon thee, for the multitude of thy witches, and for the great heap of thy conjurers.
For thou hast comforted thyself in thy deceitfulness, and hast said: No man seeth me. Thine own wisdom and cunning hath deceived thee. In that thou hast said: I am alone, and without me there is none.
Therefore shall trouble come upon thee, and thou shalt not know, from whence it shall arise. Mischief shalt fall upon thee, which thou shalt not be able to put off. A sudden|sodane| misery shall come upon thee, or ever thou be aware.|awarre|
Now go to thy conjurers, and to the multitude of thy witches (whom thou hast been acquainted withal from thy youth) if they may help thee, or strengthen thee.
Thou hast hither to had many counsels of them, so let the heaven gazers and the beholders of stars come on now and deliver thee: yea and let them shew, when these new things shall come upon thee.
Behold, they shall be like straw, which if it be kindled with fire, no man may rid it for the vehemence of the flame: And yet it giveth no cinders to warm a man by, nor clear fire to sit by.
Even so shall they be unto thee whom thou hast used and occupied from thy youth. Every one shall shew thee his erroneous way, yet shall none of them defend thee.
CHAP. 48
Hear this, O thou house of Jacob: ye that are called by the name of Israel, and are come out of one stock with Judah: which swear by the name of the LORD, and bear witness by the God of Israel (but not with truth and right)
which are called free men of the holy city, as they that look for comfort in the God of Israel, whose name is the LORD of Hosts.
The things that I shewed you ever since the beginning: Have I not brought them to pass, immediately as they came out of my mouth, and declared them? And they are come?
Howbeit I knew that thou art obstinate, and that thy neck hath an iron vein, and thy brow is of brass.
Nevertheless, I have ever since the beginning shewed thee of things for to come, and declared them unto thee, or ever they came to pass: that thou shouldest not say: mine Idol hath done it, my carved or cast image hath shewed it:
Hear and consider all these things whether it was ye that prophesied them: But as for me, I told thee before at the beginning, new and secret things that thou knewest not of:
And some done now not of old time, whereof thou never heardest, before they were brought to pass: that thou can not say: I knew of them.
Moreover there be some whereof thou hast neither heard nor know, neither have they been open unto thine ears afore time. For I know that thou wouldest maliciously offend, therefore have I called thee a transgressor, even from thy mother's womb.
Nevertheless for my name's sake, I have withdrawn my wrath, and for mine honour's sake I have overseen thee, so that I have not rooted the out.
Behold, I have purged thee, and not for money. I have chosen thee in the fire of poverty;
And that only for mine own sake, for I give mine honour to none other, that thou shouldest not despise me.
Hearken unto me O Jacob, and Israel whom I have called. I am even he that is, I am the first and the last.
My hand is the foundation of the earth, and my right hand spanneth over the heavens. As soon as I called them they were there.
Gather you all together, and hearken: Which of yonder gods hath declared this, that the LORD will do by the king of Babylon (whom he loveth and favoureth) and by the Chaldees his arm?
I myself alone have told you this before. Yea I shall call him and bring him forth, and give him a prosperous journey.
Come nye and hear this: have I spoken anything darkly since the beginning? when a thing begineth, I am there. Wherefore the Lord GOD|LORDE God| with his spirit hath sent me;
And thus sayeth the LORD God thine avenger, the holy one of Israel: I am the LORD thy God, which teach thee profitable things, and lead thee the way, that thou shouldest go.
If thou wilt now regard my commandment, thy wealthiness shall be as the water stream: and thy righteousness as the waves flowing in the sea.
Thy seed shall be like as the sand in the sea, and the fruit of thy body, like the gravel stones thereof: Thy name shall not be rooted out, nor destroyed before me.
Ye shall go away from Babylon, and escape the Chaldees with a merry voice. This shall be spoken of, declared abroad, and go forth unto the end of the world: so that it shall be said: The LORD hath defended his servant Jacob,
that they suffered no thirst, when they travailed in the wilderness. He clave the rocks a sunder, and the water gushed out.
As for the ungodly, they have no peace, sayeth the LORD.
CHAP. 49
Ye Isles, hearken unto me, and take heed ye people from far: The LORD hath called me from my birth, and made mention of my name from my mother's womb:{Hearken ye isles unto me, and give heed ye people that are afar. The LORD called me out of the womb and made mention of my name, when I was in my mother's bowels.}
he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword, under the shadow of his hand hath he defended me, and hid me in his quiver, as a good arrow,{And he made my mouth like a sharp sword. In the shadow he led me with his hand. And he made me as an excellent arrow, and hid in his quiver.}
and said unto me: Thou art my servant Israel, I will be honoured in thee.{And he said to me: thou art my servant O Israel, in whom I will be glorified.}
Then answered I: I shall loose|lese| my labour, I shall spend my strength in vain. Nevertheless, I will commit my cause and my work unto the LORD my God.{And I said: I labour in vain and spend my strength for nought, and unprofitably. Howbeit my cause I commit to the LORD and my travail unto my God.}
And now sayeth the LORD, even he that fashioned me from my mother's womb to be his servant, that I may bring Jacob again unto him: Howbeit, Israel will not be gathered unto him again. In whose sight I am great, which also is my LORD, my God and my strength.{And now saith the LORD that formed me in the womb, to be his servant and to turn Jacob unto him:}
Let it be but a small thing, that thou art my servant, to set up the kindreds of Jacob, and to restore the destruction of Israel: If I make thee not also the light of the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my health unto the end of the world.{Behold I have made thee a light, that thou shouldest be salvation, even unto the end of the world. Kings shall see, and rulers shall stand up and shall worship, because of the LORD which is faithful, and the holy of Israel hath chosen thee.}
Moreover, thus sayeth the LORD the avenger and holy one of Israel, because of the abhorring and despising among the Gentiles, concerning the servant of all them that bear rule: Kings and Princes shall see, and arise and worship, because of the LORD that he is faithful: and because of the holy one of Israel, which hath chosen thee.
And thus sayeth the LORD: In the time appointed will I be present with thee. And in the hour of health will I help thee, and deliver thee. I will make thee a pledge for the people, so that thou shalt help up the earth again, and challenge again the scattered heritages:(Septuagint: Thus saith the Lord, In an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day of salvation have I succored thee: and I have formed thee, and given thee for a covenant of the nations, to establish the earth, and to cause to inherit the desert heritages: 2 Corinthians 6:2)
That thou mayest say to the prisoners: Go forth, and to them that are in darkness: come into the light, that they may feed in the high ways, and get their living in all places.
There shall neither hunger nor thirst, heat nor Sun hurt them. For he that favoureth them shall lead them, and give them drink of the spring wells.
I will make ways upon all my mountains, and my foot paths shall be exalted.
And behold, they shall come from far: lo, some from the north and west, some from the south.
Rejoice ye heavens, and sing praises thou earth: Talk of joy ye hills, for GOD will comfort his people, and have mercy upon his, that be in trouble.
Then shall Sion say: GOD hath forsaken me, and the Lord|LORDE| hath forgotten me.
Doth a wife forget the child of her womb, and the son who she hath born? And though she do forget, yet will not I forget thee.
Behold, I have written thee up upon my hands, thy walls are ever in my sight.
They that have broken thee down, shall make haste to build thee up again: and they that made thee waste, shall dwell in thee.
Lift up thine eyes, and look about thee: all these shall gather them together, and come to thee. As truly as I live (sayeth the LORD) thou shalt put them all upon thee, as an apparel, and gird them to thee, as an bride doth her jewels.
As for thy land that lieth desolate, wasted and destroyed: it shall be too narrow for them, that shall dwell in it. And they that would devour thee, shall be far away.
Then the child whom the barren shall bring forth unto thee, shall say in thine ear: This place is too narrow, sit nye together, that I may have room.
Then shalt thou think by thyself: Who hath begotten me these? seeing I am barren and alone, a captive and an outcast? And who hath nourished them up for me? I am desolate and alone, but from whence come these?
And therefore thus sayeth the Lord GOD:|LORDE God| Behold, I will stretch out mine hand to the Gentiles, and set up my token to the people. They shall bring thy sons in their laps, and carry thy daughters unto thee upon their shoulders.
For kings shall be thy nursing fathers, and Queens shall be thy nursing mothers. They shall fall before thee with their faces flat upon the earth, and lick up the dust of thy feet: that thou mayest know, how that I am the LORD. And who so putteth his trust in me, shall not be confounded.
Who spoileth the giant of his praye? or who taketh the prisoners from the mighty?
And therefore thus sayeth the LORD: The prisoners shall be taken from the giant, and the spoil delivered from the violent: for I will maintain thy cause against thine adversaries, and save thy sons.
And will feed thine enemies with their own flesh, and make them drink of their own blood, as of sweet wine. And all flesh shall know (O Jacob) that I am the LORD thy Saviour, and strong avenger.
CHAP. 50
Thus sayeth the LORD; Where is the bill of your mother's divorcement, that I sent unto her or who is the usurer, to whom I sold you? Behold, for your own offenses are ye sold: and because of your transgression, is your mother forsaken.
For why would no man receive me, when I came? and when I called, no man gave me answer. Was my hand clean smitten off, that it might not help? or had I not power to deliver? Lo, at a word I drink up the sea, and of water floods I make dry land: so that for want of water, the fish corrupt and die of thirst.
As for heaven, I clothe it with darkness, and put a sack upon it.
The Lord GOD|LORDE God| hath given me a well learned tongue, so that I can comfort them which are troubled, yea and that in due season. He waked mine ear up by times in the morning (as schoolmasters do) that I might hark.
The Lord GOD|LORDE God| hath opened mine ear, therefore can I not say nay, nor withdraw myself,
but I offer my back unto the smiters, and my cheeks to the nippers. I turn not my face from shame and spitting,
for the Lord GOD|LORDE God| helpeth me, therefore shall I not be confounded. I have hardened my face like a flint stone, for I am sure, that I shall not come to confusion.
Mine advocate speaketh for me, who will then go with me to law? Let us stand{stode} one against another: if there be any that will reason with me, let him come here forth to me.
Behold, the Lord GOD|LORDE God| standeth by me, what is he that can condemn me? Lo, they shall be all like as an old cloth, which the moths shall eat up.
Therefore who so feareth the LORD among you, let him hear the voice of his servant. Who so walketh in darkness, and no light shineth upon him, let him hope in the LORD and hold him by his God.
But take heed, ye have all kindled a fire, and girded yourselves with the flame: Ye walk in the glistering of your own fire, and in the flame that ye have kindled. This cometh unto you from my hand, namely that ye shall sleep in sorrow.
CHAP. 51
Hearken to me, ye that hold of righteousness, ye that seek the LORD: Take heed unto the stone, whereout ye are hewn, and to the grave whereout ye are digged.{Hearken unto me, ye that follow righteousness and seek the LORD. Look unto the rock ye were cut out, and to the cave and pit ye were digged out.}
Consider Abraham your father, and Sara that bare you: how that I called him alone, and prospered him well, and increased him:{Look unto Abraham your father and unto Sarah that bare you: how I called him only, and blessed him and multiplied him.}
how the LORD comforted Sion, and repaired all her decay: making her desert as a Paradise, and her wilderness as the garden of the LORD. Mirth and joy was there, thanksgiving, and the voice of praise.{For the LORD hath compassion on Sion and hath compassion on all that is decayed therein, and will make her wilderness as paradise, and her desert as the garden of the LORD. Joy and gladness shall be found therein, with thanksgiving and the voice of praise.}
Have respect unto me then, O my people, and lay thine ear to me: for a law, and an ordinance shall go forth from me, to lighten the Gentiles.{Hearken unto me my people, and turn your ears to me my folk. There shall a law go out from me, and my judgement will I stablish to be a light unto nations.}
It is hard by, that my health and my righteousness shall go forth, and the people shall be ordered with mine arm. The Islands (that is the Gentiles) shall hope in me, and put their trust in mine arm.{My righteousness is nye, and my salvation shall go out, and mine arms shall judge nations, and islands shall look for me and shall tarry after mine arm.}
Lift up your eyes toward heaven, and look upon the earth beneath. For the heavens shall vanish away like smoke, and the earth shall tear like a cloth, and they that dwell therein, shall perish in like manner. But my health endureth for ever, and my righteousness shall not cease.{Lift up your eyes to heaven and behold the earth beneath. For heaven shall vanish away as smoke, and the earth shall wear away as a vesture, and the inhabiters thereof shall perish away after the same manner, but my salvation shall endure ever, and my righteousness shall not perish.}
Therefore hearken unto me, ye that have pleasure in righteousness, thou people that bearest my law in thine heart. Fear not the curse of men, be not afraid of their blasphemies and revilings:{Hearken unto me ye that know righteousness and so let the people that have my law in their hearts. Fear not the rebukes of man neither faint for their blasphemies.}
For worms and moths shall eat them up like cloth and wool. But my righteousness shall endure for ever, and my saving health from generation to generation.{For worms shall eat them as a garment, and moths shall devour them as it were wool. By my righteousness shall continue ever, and my salvation from generation to generation.}
Wake up, wake up, and be strong: O thou arm of the LORD: wake up, like as in times past, ever and since the world began.
Art not thou he, that hast wounded that proud lucifer, and hewn the dragon in pieces? Art not thou even he, which hast dried up the deep of the sea, which hast made plain the sea ground, that the delivered might go thorow?
That the redeemed of the LORD, which turned again, might come with joy unto Sion, there to endure for ever? That mirth and gladness might be with them: that sorrow and woe might flee from them?
Yea I, I am even he, that in all things giveth you consolation. What art thou then, that fearest a mortal man, the child of man, which goeth away as doeth the flour?
And forgetest the LORD that made thee, that spread out the heavens, and laid the foundation of the earth. But thou art ever afraid for the sight of thine oppressor, which is ready to do harm: Where is the wrath of the oppressor?
It cometh on fast, it maketh haste to appear: It shall not perish, that it should not be able to destroy, neither shall it fail for fault of nourishing.
I am the LORD thy God, that make the sea to be still, and to rage: whose name is the LORD of Hosts.
I shall put my word also in thy mouth, and defend thee with the turning of my hand: that thou mayest plant the heavens, and lay the foundations of the earth, and say unto Sion: Thou art my people.
Awake, awake, and stand up, O Jerusalem, thou that from the hand of the LORD, hast drunken out the cup of his wrath: thou that hast supped of, and sucked out the slumbering cup to the bottom.
For among all the sons whom thou hast begotten, there is not one that may hold thee up: and not one to lead thee by the hand, of all the sons that thou hast nourished.
Both these things are happened unto thee, but who is sorry for it. Yea, destruction, wasting, hunger and sword: but who hath comforted thee?
Thy sons lie comfortless at the head of every street like a taken venison, and are full of the terrible wrath of the LORD, and punishment of thy God.
And therefore thou miserable and drunken (howbeit not with wine) Hear this:
Thus sayeth thy Lord:|LORDE| thy LORD and God, the defender of his people: Behold, I will take the slumbering cup out of thy hand, even the cup with the dregs of my wrath: that from hence forth thou shalt never drink it more,
and will put it in their hand that trouble thee: which have spoken to thy soul: stoop down, that we may go over thee: make thy body even with the ground, and as the street to go upon.
CHAP. 52
Up Sion up, take thy strength unto thee: put on thy honest raiment O Jerusalem, thou city of the holy one. For from this time forth, there shall no uncircumcised nor unclean person come in thee.
Shake thee from the dust, arise and stand up, O Jerusalem. Pluck out thy neck from the bond, O thou captive daughter Sion.
For thus sayeth the LORD: Ye are sold for naught, therefore shall ye be redeemed also without any money.
For thus hath the LORD said: My people went down aforetime into Egypt, there to be strangers. Afterward did the king of the Assyrians oppress them, for naught.
And now what profit is it to me (sayeth the LORD) that my people is freely carried away, and brought into heaviness by their rulers, and my name ever still blasphemed? Sayeth the LORD.(Septuagint: And now why are ye here? Thus saith the Lord, Because my people was taken for nothing, wonder ye and howl. Thus saith the Lord, On account of you my name is continually blasphemed among the Gentiles. Romans 2:24)
But that my people may know my name, I myself will speak in that day. Behold, here am I.
O how beautiful are the feet of the Embassador, that bringeth the message from the mountain, and proclaimeth peace: That bringeth the good tidings, and preacheth health, and sayeth unto Sion: Thy God is the king.
Thy watchmen shall lift up their voice, with loud voice shall they preach of him: for they shall see him present, when the LORD shall come again to Sion.
Be glad, O thou desolate Jerusalem, and rejoice together: for the LORD will comfort his people, he will deliver Jerusalem.
The LORD will make bare his holy arm, and shew it forth in the sight of all the Gentiles, and all the ends of the earth shall see the saving health of our God.
Away, away, get you out from thence and touch no unclean thing. Go out from among such. And be clean ye that bear the vessel of the LORD.
But ye shall not go out with sedition nor make haste as they that flee away: for the LORD shall go before you, and the God of Israel shall keep the watch.
Behold, my servant shall deal wisely, therefore shall he be magnified, exalted and greatly honoured.
Like as the multitude shall wonder upon him, because his face shall be so deformed and not as a man's face, and his beauty like no man:
Even so shall the multitude of the Gentiles look unto him, and the kings shall shut their mouths before him. For they that have not been told of him, shall see him, and they that heard nothing of him, shall behold him.(Septuagint: Thus shall many nations wonder at him; and kings shall keep their mouths shut: for they to whom no report was brought concerning him, shall see; and they who have not heard, shall consider. Romans 15:21)
CHAP. 53
But who giveth credence unto our preaching? Or to whom is the arm of the LORD known?(Septuagint: O Lord, who has believed our report? and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? John 12:38 and Romans 10:16) {Who believeth our sayings, and the arm of the LORD, to whom is it opened?}
He shall grow before the Lord|LORDE| like as a branch, and as a root in a dry ground, he shall have neither beauty nor favour. When we look upon him, there shall be no fairness: we shall have no lust unto him.{He came up as a spray before him, and as a root out of a dry land. There was neither fashion or beauty on him. And when we looked on him, there was no godliness that we should lust after him.}
He shall be the most simple, and despised of all, which yet hath good experience of sorrows and infirmities. We shall reckon him so simple and so vile, that we shall hide our faces from him.{He was despised and cast out of men's company, and one that had suffered sorrow, and had experience of infirmity: and we were as one that had hid his face from him.}
How be it (of a truth) he only taketh away our infirmity, and beareth our pain: Yet we shall judge him, as though he were plagued and cast down of God:{He was so despisable, that we esteemed him not. Truly he took upon him our diseases, and bare our sorrows. And yet we counted him plagued, and beaten and humbled of God.}
where as he (notwithstanding) shall be wounded for our offenses, and smitten for our wickedness. For the pain of our punishment shall be laid upon him, and with his stripes shall we be healed.{He was wounded for our transgression, and bruised for our iniquities. The correction that brought us peace was on him, and with his stripes we were healed.}
As for us, we go all astray (like sheep) everyone turneth his own way. But thorow him, the LORD pardoneth all our sins.{And we went astray as sheep, and turned every man his way: and the LORD put on him the wickedness of us all.}
He shall be pained and troubled, and shall not open his mouth. He shall be led as a sheep to be slain, yet shall he be as still as a lamb before the shearer, and not open his mouth.{He suffered wrong and was evil entreated, and yet opened not his mouth: he was as a sheep led to be slain: and as a lamb before his shearer, he was dumb and opened not his mouth.}(Septuagint: And he, because of his affliction, opens not his mouth: he was led as a sheep to the slaughter, and as a lamb before the shearer is dumb, so he opens not his mouth. Acts 8:32-33)
He shall be had away, his cause not heard, and with out any judgement: Whose generation yet no man may number, when he shall be cut off from the ground of the living: Which punishment shall go upon him, for the transgression of my people. {By the reason of the affliction, he was not esteemed: and yet his generation who can number? When he is taken from the earth of living men: for my people's transgression he was plagued.} (Septuagint: In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: who shall declare his generation? for his life is taken away from the earth: because of the iniquities of my people he was led to death.)
His grave shall be given him with the condemned, and his crucifying with the thieves. Where as he did never violence nor unright, neither hath there been any deceitfulness in his mouth.{He put his sepulchre with the wicked, and with the rich in his death: because he did none iniquity, neither was guile found in his mouth.}(Septuagint: And I will give the wicked for his burial, and the rich for his death; for he practised no iniquity, nor craft with his mouth.1 Peter 2:22)
Yet hath it pleased the LORD to smite him with infirmity, that when he had made his soul an offering for sin, he might see |a| long lasting seed. And this device of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.{And yet the LORD determined to bruise him with infirmities. His soul giving herself for trangression, he shall see seed of long continuance, and the will of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.}
With travail and labour of his soul, shall he obtain great riches.(DSS: from the labor of his soul, he will see light and he will be satisfied.) My righteous servant shall with his wisdom justify and deliver the multitude, for he shall bear away their sins.{Because of the labour of his soul, he shall see and be satisfied. With his knowledge, he being just, shall justify my servants and that a great number: and he shall bear their iniquities.} (Septuagint: The LORD also is pleased to take away from the travail of his soul, to shew him light, and to form him with understanding; to justify the just one who serves many well; and he shall bear their sins.)
Therefore will I give him the multitude for his part, and he shall divide the strong spoil because he shall give over his soul to death, and shall be reckoned among the transgressors, which nevertheless shall take away the sins of the multitude, and make intercession for the misdoers.{Therefore I will give him his part in many and the spoil of the rich he shall divide: because he gave his soul to death, and was numbered with the trespassers, and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for transgressors.}
CHAP. 54
Therefore be glad now, thou barren that bearest not. Rejoice, sing and be merry, thou that art not with child: For the desolate hath more children, than the married wife, sayeth the LORD.(Septuagint: Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that dost not travail: for more are the children of the desolate than of her that has a husband: for the Lord has said, Galatians 4:27)
Make thy tent wider, and spread out the hangings of thine habitation: spare not, lay forth thy coards, and make fast thy stakes:
for thou shalt break out on the right side and on the left, and thy seed shall have the Gentiles in possession, and dwell in the desolate cities.
Fear not, for thou shalt not be confounded: Be not ashamed, for thou shalt not come to confusion. Yea thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth, and shalt not remember the dishonour of thy widowhood.|wedowhead|
For he that made thee, shall be thy LORD and husband (whose name is the LORD of Hosts) and thine avenger shall be even the holy one of Israel, the LORD of the whole world.
For the LORD shall call thee, being as a desolate sorrowful woman, and as a young wife that hath broken her wedlock: sayeth thy God.
A little while have I forsaken thee, but with great mercifulness shall I take thee up unto me.
When I was angry, I hid my face from thee for a little season, but thorow everlasting goodness shall I pardon thee, sayeth the LORD thine avenger.
And this must be unto me as the water of Noe: for like as I have sworn that I will not bring the water of Noe any more upon the world: so have I sworn, that I will never be angry with thee, nor reprove thee:
The mountains shall remove, and the hills shall fall down: but my loving-kindness shall not move, and the bond of my peace shall not fall down from thee, sayeth the LORD thy merciful lover.
Behold thou poor, vexed, and despised: I will make thy walls of precious stones, and thy foundation of Sapphires,
thy windows of Crystal, thy gates of fine clear stone, and thy borders of pleasant stones.
Thy children shall all be taught of GOD, and I will give them plenteousness of peace.
In righteousness shalt thou be grounded, and be far from oppression: for the which thou needest not be afraid, neither for hinderance, for it shall not come nye thee.
Behold, the alien|aleaunt| that was far from thee, shall dwell with thee: and he that was sometime a stranger unto thee, shall be joined with thee:
Behold, I make the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and he maketh a weapon after his handy work. I make also the waster to destroy:
but all the weapons that are made against thee, shall not prosper. And as for all tongues, that shall resist thee in judgment, thou shalt overcome them, and condemn them. This is the heritage of the LORD's servants, and the righteousness that they shall have of me, sayeth the LORD.
CHAP. 55
Come to the waters all ye, that be thirsty, and ye that have no money. Come, buy, that ye may have to eat. Come, buy wine and milk, without any money, or money worth.
Wherefore do ye lay out your money, for the thing that feedeth not, and spend your labour about the thing that satisfieth you not. But hearken rather unto me, and ye shall eat of the best, and your soul shall have her pleasure in plenteousness.
Incline your ears, and come unto me, take heed, and your soul shall live. For I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.(Septuagint: Give heed with your ears, and follow my ways: hearken to me, and your soul shall live in prosperity; and I will make with you an everlasting covenant, the sure mercies of David. Acts 13:34)
Behold, I shall give him for a witness among the folk, for a Prince and Captain unto the people.
Lo, thou shalt call an unknown people: and a people that had no knowledge of thee, shall run unto thee: because of the LORD thy God, the holy one of Israel, which glorifieth thee.
Seek the LORD, while he may be found, and call upon him while he is nye.
Let the ungodly man forsake his ways and the unrighteous his imaginations, and turn again unto the LORD: so shall he be merciful unto him: and to our God, for he is ready to forgive.
For thus sayeth the LORD: my thoughts are not your thoughts, and your ways are not my ways,
but as far as the heavens are higher than the earth, so far do my ways exceed yours, and my thoughts yours.
And like as the rain and snow cometh down from heaven, and returneth not thither again, but watereth the earth, maketh it fruitful and green, that it may give corn and bread unto the sower:
So the word also that cometh out of my mouth shall not turn again void unto me, but shall accomplish my will and prosper in the thing, whereto I sent it.
And so shall ye go forth with joy, and be lead with peace. The mountains and hills shall sing with you for joy, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
For thorns, there shall grow Fir trees, and the Myrtle tree in the stead of briers. And this shall be done to the praise of the LORD, and for an everlasting token, that shall not be taken away.
CHAP. 56
Thus sayeth the LORD: Keep equity, and do right, for my saving health shall come shortly, and my righteousness shall be opened.
Blissed is the man that doth this, and the man's child which keepeth the same. He that taketh heed, that he unhallow not the Sabbath (that is) he that keepeth himself that he do no evil.
Then shall not the stranger, which cleaveth to the LORD, say: Alas the LORD hath shut me clean out from his people. Neither shall the gelded man say: Lo, I am a dried tree.
For thus sayeth the LORD, first unto the gelded that keepeth my Sabbath: Namely: that holdeth greatly of the thing that pleaseth me, and keepeth my covenant:
Unto them will I give in my household and within my walls, a better heritage and name than if they had been called sons and daughters. I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not perish.
Again, he sayeth unto the strangers that are disposed to stick to the LORD, to serve him, and to Love his name: That they shall be no bondman. And all they, which keep themselves, that they unhallow not the Sabbath, namely, that they fulfil my covenant:
Them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar. For my house shall be an house of prayer for all people.
Thus sayeth the Lord GOD|LORDE God| which gathereth together the scattered of Israel: I will bring yet another congregation to him.
All the beasts of the field, and all the beasts of the wood, shall come to devour him.
For his watchmen are all blind, they have altogether no understanding, they are all dumb dogs, no being able to bark, they are sleepery: sluggish are they, and lie snorting:
they are shameless dogs, that be never satisfied. The shepherds also in like manner have no understanding, but every man turneth his own way, everyone after his own covetousness, with all his power.
Come (say they) I will fetch wine, so shall we fill ourselves, that we may be drunken. And do tomorrow, like as today, yea and much more.
CHAP. 57
But in the mean season the righteous perisheth, and no man regardeth it in his heart; Good godly people are taken away, and no man considereth it. Namely: that the righteous is conveyed away thorow the wicked:
that he himself might be in rest, lie quietly upon his bed, and live after his own pleasure.
Come hither therefore ye charmer's children, ye sons of the advoutrer, and the whore:
Wherein take ye your pleasure? Upon whom gape ye with your mouth, and blear out your tongue? Are ye not children of advoutry, and a seed of dissimulation?
Ye take your pleasure under the oaks, and under all green trees, the child being slain in the valleys, and dens of stone.
Thy part shall be with the stony rocks by the river: Yea even these shall be thy part. For there thou hast poured meat and drink offerings unto them. Should I oversee that?
Thou hast made thy bed upon high mountains, thou wentest up thither, and there hast thou slain sacrifices.
Behind the doors and posts, hast thou set up thy remembrance. When thou hast discovered thyself to another than me, when thou wentest down and made thy bed wider (that is) when thou didst carve the certain of yonder Idols, and lovedest their couches, where thou sawest them.
Thou wentest straight to kings with oil and divers ointments (that is) thou hast sent thy messengers far off, and yet art thou fallen into the pit thereby.
Thou hast had trouble for the multitude of thine own ways, yet saidest thou never: I will leave off. Thou thinkest to have life (or health) of thy self, and therefore thou believest not that thou art sick.
For when wilt thou be abashed or fear, seeing thou hast broken thy promise, and rememberest not me, neither hast me in thine heart? Thinkest thou, that I also will hold my peace (as afore time) that thou fearest me not?
Yea verily I will declare thy goodness and thy works, but they shall not profit thee
when thou cryest, let thy chosen heap deliver thee. But the wind shall take them all away, and carry them in to the air. Nevertheless, they that put their trust in me, shall inherit the land, and have my holy hill in possession.
And therefore thus he sayeth: Make ready, make ready, and clean the street, take up what ye can out of the way that leadeth to my people.
For thus sayeth the high|hie| and excellent, even he that dwelleth in everlastingness, whose name is the holy one: I dwell high above and in the sanctuary, and with him also, that is of a contrite and humble spirit: that I may heal a troubled mind, and a contrite heart.
For I chide not ever, and am not wroth without end. But the blasting goeth from me, though I make the breath.
I am wroth with him for his covetousness and lust, I smite him, I hide me, and am angry, when he turneth himself, and followeth the byway of his own heart.
But if I may see his right way again, I make him whole, I lead him and restore him unto them whom he maketh joyful, and that were sorry for him.
I make the fruits of thanksgiving. I give peace unto them that are far off, and to them that are nye, say I the LORD, that make him whole.
But the wicked are like the raging see, that can not rest, whose water foameth with the mire and gravel.
Even so the wicked have no peace, sayeth my God.
CHAP. 58
And therefore cry now, as loud as thou canst. Leave not off, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their offenses, and the house of Jacob their sins.{Cry with the throat and spare not. Lift up thy voice as a trumpet, and tell my people their offences and the house of Jacob their sins.}
For they seek me daily, and will know my ways, even as it were a people that did right, and had not forsaken the statutes of their God. They argue with me concerning right judgement, and will pleate at the law with their God.{For me they seek day by day, and will know my ways, as a people that doth righteousness, and hath not forsaken the equity of their God.}
Wherefore fast we (say they) and thou seest it not? we put our lives to straightness, and thou regardest it not?{They seek of me righteous judgements, and will draw nye unto God. Why have we fasted and thou hast not looked upon it, have humbled our souls, and thou wouldest not wit it.}
Behold, when ye fast, your lust remaineth still: for ye do no less violence to your debtors: Lo, ye fast for strife and debate, and to smite him with your fist that speaketh unto you. Ye fast not (as some time) that your voice might be heard above.{Behold when ye fast, ye can find your own lusts, and can call cruelly on all your debtors. Ye fast to law and strive and to smite with fist wickedly. Fast not as ye now do, to make your voice to be heard upon high.}
Think ye this fast pleaseth me, that a man should chasten himself for a day, and to wring his head about like an hook in an hairy cloth, and to lie upon the earth? Should that be called fasting, or a day that pleaseth the LORD?{Should it be such a manner of fast that I should chose, a day that a man should hurt his soul in? Or to bow down his head like a bulrush? Or to spread sack cloth and ashes under him? Shouldest thou call this a fast, and a day acceptable unto the LORD?}
But this fasting pleaseth not me, till the time be thou lowse him out of bondage, that is in thy danger: that thou break the oath of wicked bargains, that thou let the oppressed go free, and take from them all manner of burthens.{Or is not this rather the fast that I have chosen? To loose wicked bonds and to unbind bundles of oppression? And to let the bruised go free? And that ye should break all manner yokes?} (Septuagint: I have not chosen such a fast, saith the Lord; but do thou loose every burden of iniquity, do thou untie the knots of hard bargains, set the bruised free, and cancel every unjust account. Luke 4:18-19)
It pleaseth not me, till thou deal thy bread to the hungry, and bring the poor fatherless home into thy house, when thou seest the naked that thou cover him, and hide not thy face from thine own flesh.{yea and to break the bread to the hungry, and to bring the poor that are harbourless unto house, and when thou seest a naked, that thou clothe him and that thou shouldest withdraw thyself from helping thine own flesh?}
Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thy health flourish right shortly: thy righteousness shall go before thee, and the glory of the LORD shall embrace thee.{Then should the light break out as doth the dayspring, and then health should shortly bud out. And thy righteousness shall go before thee, and the glory of the LORD would come upon thee.}
Then if thou callest, the LORD shall answer thee: if thou cryest, he shall say: Here I am.{Then shouldest thou call, and the LORD answer, then shouldest thou cry, and he shall say: lo here am I. For I the LORD thy God am merciful.} Yea If thou layest away thy burthens, and holdest thy fingers, and ceasest from blasphemous talking,
if thou hast compassion upon the hungry, and refreshest the troubled soul: Then shall thy light spring out in the darkness, and thy darkness shall be as the noon day.
The LORD shall ever be thy guide, and satisfy the desire of thine heart, and fill thy bones with marry. Thou shalt be like a fresh watered garden, and like the fountain of water, that never leaveth running.
Then the places that have ever been waste, shall be builded of thee: there shalt thou lay a foundation for many kindreds. Thou shalt be called the maker up of hedges, and the builder again of the way of the Sabbath.
Yea if thou turn thy feet from the Sabbath, so that thou do not the thing which pleaseth thy self in my holy day: then shalt thou be called unto the pleasant, holy, and glorious Sabbath of the LORD, where thou shalt be in honor: so that thou do not after thine own imagination, neither seek thine own will, nor speak thine own words.
Then shalt thou have thy pleasure in the LORD, which shall carry thee high above the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the LORD's own mouth hath so promised.
CHAP. 59
Behold, the LORD's hand is not so shortened that it can not help, neither is his ear so stopped that it may not hear.
But your misdeeds have separated you from your God, and your sins hide his face from you, that he heareth you not.
For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with unrighteousness: Your lips speak leasings, and your tongue setteth out wickedness.
No man regardeth righteousness, and no man judgeth truly. Every man hopeth in vain things, and imagineth deceit, conceiveth weariness, and bringeth forth evil.
They breed cockatrice' eggs, and weave the spider's web. Whoso eateth of their eggs dieth. But if one treadeth upon them, there cometh up a serpent.
Their web maketh no cloth and they may not cover themselves with their labours. Their deeds are the deeds of wickedness, and the work of robbery is in their hands.
Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood. Their counsels are wicked counsels, harm and destruction are in their ways.
But the way of peace they know not. In their goings is no equity, their ways are so crocked that whosoever goeth therein, knoweth nothing of peace.
And this is the cause that equity is so far from us, and that righteousness cometh not nye us. We look for light, lo, it is darkness: for the morning shine, see, we walk in the dark.
We grope like the blind upon the wall, we grope even as one that hath none eyes. We stumble at the noon day, as though it were toward night: in the falling places, like men that are half dead.
We roar all like Bears, and mourn still like doves. We look for equity, but there is none: for health, but it is far from us.
For our offenses are many before thee, and our sins testify against us. Yea we must confess that we offend and knowledge, that we do amiss:
Namely transgress and dissemble against the LORD, and fall away from our God: using presumptuous and traitorous imaginations, and casting false matters in our hearts.
And therefore is equity gone aside, and righteousness standeth far off: truth is fallen down in the street, and the thing that is plain and open, may not be shewed.
Yea the truth is laid in prison, and he that refraineth him self from evil, must be spoiled. When the LORD saw this, it displeased him sore, that there was no where any equity.
He saw also, that there was no man, which had pity thereof, or was grieved at it. And he held him by his own power, and cleaved to his own righteousness.
He put righteousness upon him for a breast plate, and set the helmet of health upon his head. He put on wrath in stead of clothing, and took jealousy about him for a cloak:
(like as when a man goeth forth wrothfully to recompense his enemies, and to be avenged of his adversaries.) Namely, that he might recompense and reward the Islands,
where thorow the name of the LORD might be feared, from the rising of the Sun:|Sone| and his majesty, unto the going down of the same. For he shall come as a violent water stream, which the wind of the LORD hath moved.
But unto Sion there shall come a redeemer, and unto them in Jacob that turn from wickedness, sayeth the LORD.(Septuagint: And the deliverer shall come for Sion's sake, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob. Romans 11:26)
I will make this covenant with them, (sayeth the LORD): My spirit that is come upon thee, and the words which I have put in thy mouth, shall never go out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy children, nor out of the mouth of thy children's children, from this time forth for evermore.(Septuagint: And this shall be my covenant with them, said the Lord; My Spirit which is upon thee, and the words which I have put in thy mouth, shall never fail from thy mouth, nor from the mouth of thy seed, for the Lord has spoken it, henceforth and for ever. Romans 11:27)
CHAP. 60
And therefore get thee up by times, for thy light cometh, and the glory of the LORD shall rise up upon thee.{Up and receive light Jerusalem: for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is up over thee.}
For lo, while the darkness and cloud covereth the earth and the people, the LORD shall shew the light, and his glory shall be seen in thee.{For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and a thick mist the nations. But the LORD shall rise as the sun over thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.}
The Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness that springeth forth upon thee.{And the heathen shall walk in thy light, and the kings in the brightness that is risen over thee.}
Lift up thine eyes, and look round about thee: All these gather themselves, and come to thee. Sons shall come unto thee from far, and daughters shall gather themselves to thee on every side.{Lift up thine eyes round about and see. All these are gathered together and are come unto thee. Thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be ever by thy side.}
When thou seest this thou shalt marvel exceedingly, and thine heart shall be opened: when the power of the sea shall be converted unto thee (that is) when the strength of the Gentiles shall come unto thee.{Then thou shalt see, and shalt have plenty: thine heart shall wonder and break out in joy, when the multitude of the sea are turned to thee, and the armies of the heathen are come unto thee.}
The multitude of Camels shall cover thee, the dromedaries of Madian and Epha. All they of Saba shall come, bringing gold and incense, and shewing the praise of the LORD.{The abundance of camels shall cover thee, and the dromedaries of Midian and Ephah shall come all of them from Sheba, and bring gold and frankincense, and shall preach the praise of the LORD.}
All the cattle of Cedar shall be gathered unto thee, the rams Nabaioth shall serve thee, to be offered upon mine altar, which I have chosen, and in the house of my glory which I have garnished.
But what are these that flee here like clouds, and as the doves flying to their windows?
The isles also shall gather them unto me, and specially the ships of the sea: that they may bring the sons from far, and their silver and their gold with them, unto the name of the LORD thy God, unto the holy one of Israel, that hath glorified thee.
Strangers shall build up thy walls, and their kings shall do thee service. For when I am angry, I smite thee: and when it pleaseth me, I pardon thee.
Thy gates shall stand open still both day and night, and never be shut: that the house of the Gentiles may come, and that their kings may be brought unto thee.
For every people and kingdom that serveth not thee, shall perish, and be destroyed with the sword.
The glory of Libanus shall come unto thee: The fir trees, Boxes and Cedars together, to garnish the place of my Sanctuary, for I will glorify the place of my feet.
Moreover those shall come kneeling unto thee, that have vexed thee: and all they that despised thee, shall fall down at thy foot. Thou shalt be called the city of the LORD, the holy Sion of Israel.
Because thou hast been forsaken and hated, so that no man went thorow thee: I will make thee glorious for ever and ever, and joyful thorowout all posterities.
Thou shalt suck the milk of the Gentiles, and kings' breasts shall feed thee. And thou shalt know that I the LORD am thy Saviour and defender, the mighty one of Jacob.
For brass will I give thee gold, and for iron silver: for wood brass, and for stones iron. I will make peace thy ruler, and righteousness thine officer.
Violence and robbery shall never be heard of in thy land, neither harm and destruction within thy borders. Thy walls shall be called health, and thy gates the praise of God.
The Sun shall never be thy day light, and the light of the Moon shall never shine unto thee: but the LORD himself shall be thine everlasting light, and thy God shall be thy glory.
Thy Sun shall never go down, and thy Moon shall not be taken away, for the LORD himself shall be thine everlasting light, and thy sorrowful days shall be rewarded thee.
Thy people shall be all godly and possess the land for ever: the flower of my planting, the work of my hands whereof I will rejoice.
The youngest and least shall grow into a thousand, and the simplest into a strong people. I the LORD shall shortly bring this thing to pass in his time.
CHAP. 61
The spirit of the Lord GOD|LORDE God| is with me, for the LORD hath anointed me, and sent me to preach good tidings unto the poor, that I might bind up the wounded hearts, that I might preach deliverance to the captive, and open the prison to them that are bound: (and recovery of sight to the blind.)(Septuagint: The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me; he has sent me to preach glad tidings to the poor, to heal the broken in heart, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind; Luke 4:18-19)
That I might declare the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of the vengeance of our God: that I might comfort all them that are in heaviness.(Septuagint: to declare the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of recompence; to comfort all that mourn;)
That I might give unto them that mourn in Sion, beauty in the stead of ashes, joyful ointment for sighing, pleasant raiment for an heavy mind: That they might be called excellent in righteousness, a planting of the LORD for him to rejoice in.
They shall build the long rough wildernesses, and set up the old desert. They shall repair the waste places, and such as have been void thorowout many generations;
Strangers shall stand{stode} and feed your cattle, and the Aliens shall be your plowmen and reapers.
But ye shall be named the priests of the LORD, and men shall call you the servants of our God. Ye shall enjoy the goods of the Gentiles and triumph in their substance.
For your great reproof and shame, shall they have joy, that ye may have part with them. For they shall have double possession in their land and everlasting joy shall be with them.
For I the LORD, which love right and hate robbery (though it were offered me) shall make their works full of faithfulness, and make an everlasting covenant with them.
Their seed also and their generation shall be known among the Gentiles, and among the people. All they that see them, shall know that they are the blessed seed of the LORD.
And therefore I am joyful in the LORD, and my soul rejoiceth in my God. For he shall put upon me the garment of health, and cover me with the mantle of righteousness. He shall deck me like a bridegroom, and as a bride that hath her apparel upon her.
For like as the ground bringeth forth fruit, and as the garden shooteth forth seed: So shall the Lord GOD|LORDE God| cause righteousness, and the fear of God to flourish forth before all the Heathen.
CHAP. 62
For Sion's sake therefore will I not hold my tongue, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not cease: until their righteousness break forth as a shining light, and their health as a burning lamp.
Then shall the Gentiles see thy righteousness, and all kings thy glory. Thou shalt be named with a new name, which the mouth of the LORD shall shew.
Thou shalt be a crown in the hand of the LORD, and a glorious garland in the hand of thy God.
From this time forth thou shalt never be called the forsaken, and thy land shall no more be called the wilderness. But thou shalt be called Hephzibah,|that is my beloved| and thy land Beula:|that is a married woman| for the LORD loveth thee, and thy land shall be inhabited.
And like as a young man taketh a daughter to marriage, so shall God marry himself unto thy sons. And as a bridegroom is glad of his bride, so shall God rejoice over thee.
I will set watchmen upon thy walls, (O Jerusalem) which shall neither cease day or night to preach the LORD. And ye also shall not keep him close,{upon the walls of Jerusalem, I have set keepers which shall never cease, neither by day nor yet by night.}
nor leave to speak of him, until Jerusalem be set up, and made the praise of the world.{And ye that stir up the remembrance of the Lord, see that ye pause not, neither let him have rest until he have prepared and made Jerusalem glorious in the earth.}
The LORD hath sworn by his right hand and by his strong arm, that from hence forth he will not give thee corn to be meat for thine enemies, nor thy vine (wherein thou hast laboured) to be drink for the strangers.{The LORD hath sworn by his right hand and by his strong arm, that he will not give thy corn any more to be eaten of thine enemies: and that aliens shall not drink thy new wine wherefore thou hast laboured.}
But they that have gathered in the corn, shall eat it, and give thanks to the LORD: and they that have born in the vine, shall drink it in the court of my Sanctuary.{But they that made it shall eat it and shall praise the LORD: and they that gathered it, shall drink it in the court of my holy temple.}
Stand{stode} back, and depart a sunder, ye that stand under the gate: make room ye people, repair the street, and take away the stones, and set out a token for the people.{Go from gate to gate, and prepare the way for the people, cast up gravel, and make the way high and cleanse it of stones, and set up a banner for the people.}
Behold, the LORD proclaimeth in the ends of the world: Tell the daughter Sion: see, thy salvation cometh, behold, he bringeth his treasure with him, and his works go before him.{Behold the LORD will make it known unto the ends of the world. And say ye unto the daughter of Sion: behold he that is thy saviour cometh and his reward with him and his work before him.}
For they whom the LORD delivereth, shall be called the holy people: and as for thee, thou shalt be named the greatly occupied, and not the forsaken.{And they shall be called a people of holiness redeemed of the LORD. And thou shalt be called an haunted city and not forsaken.}
CHAP. 63
What is he this, that cometh from Edom, with stained red clothes of Bosra: (which is so costly cloth) and cometh in so nimbly with all his strength: I am he that teacheth righteousness, and am of power to help.
Wherefore then is thy clothing red, and thy raiment like his that treadeth in the winepress?
I have trodden the press myself alone, and of all people, there was not one with me. Thus have I trodden down mine enemies in my wrath, and set my feet upon them in my indignation: And their blood sprang upon my clothes, and so have I stained all my raiment.
For that day of vengeance that I have taken in hand, and the year of my deliverance is come.
I looked about me, and there was no man to shew me any help, I fell down, and no man held me up. Then I held me by mine own arm, and my ferventness sustained me:
and thus have I trodden down the people in my wrath, and bathed them in my displeasure: In so much that I have shed their blood upon the earth.
I will declare the goodness of the LORD, yea and the praise of the LORD for all that he hath given us, for the great good that he hath done for Israel: which he hath given them of his own favour, and according to the multitude of his loving kindnesses.
For he said: These no doubt will be my people, and no shrinking children, and so he was their Saviour.
In their troubles he forsook them not, but the angel that went forth from his presence delivered them: Of very love and kindness that he had unto them, redeemed he them: He hath born them, and carried them up even, since the world began.
But after they provoked him to wrath and vexed his holy mind, he was their enemy, and fought against them himself.
Yet remembered he the old time of Moses and his people: How he brought them from the water of the sea, as a shepherd doth with his sheep: how he had given his holy spirit among them:
how he had led Moses by the right hand with his glorious arm: how he had divided the water before them (whereby he gat himself an everlasting name)
how he led them in the deep, as an horse is led in the plain, that they should not stumble.
The spirit of the LORD led them as a tame beast goeth in the field. Thus (O God) hast thou led thy people, to make thyself a glorious name withal.
Look down then from heaven, and behold the dwelling place of thy Sanctuary and thy glory. How is it, that thy jealousy, thy strength, the multitude of thy mercies and thy loving-kindness, will not be entreated of us.|?|
Yet art thou our father: For Abraham knoweth us not, neither is Israel acquainted with us. But thou LORD art our father and redeemer, and thy name is everlasting.
O LORD wherefore hast thou led us out of thy way? Wherefore hast thou hardened our hearts, that we fear thee not? Be at one with us again, for thy servants' sake that are of the generation of thine heritage.
Thy people hath had but little of thy Sanctuary in possession, for our enemies have taken it in:
And we are become even as we were from the beginning: but thou art not their Lord,|LORDE| for they have not called upon thy name.
CHAP. 64
O that thou wouldest cleave the heaven in sunder, and come down: that the mountains might melt away at thy presence,
like as at an hot fire that the malicious might boil, as the water doth upon the fire: Whereby thy name might be known among thine enemies, and that the Gentiles might tremble before thee.
That thou mightest come down with thy wonderous strange works, then should the hills melt at thy presence. (The Lord God remembered His dead people of Israel who slept in the graves; and He descended to preach His own salvation to them.)
For since the beginning of the world there was none (except thou O God) that heard or perceived, neither hath any eye seen what thou doest for them, that put their trust in thee.
Thou helpest him that doth right with cheerfulness, and them that think upon thy ways. But lo, thou art angry, for we offend, and have been ever in sin, and there is not one whole.
We are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as the clothes stained with the flours of a woman: we fall every each one as the leaf, for our sins carry us away like the wind.
There is no man that calleth upon thy name, that standeth up to take hold by thee. Therefore hidest thou thy face from us and consumest us, because of our sins.
But now O LORD, thou father of ours: we are the clay, and thou art our potter, and we all are the work of thy hands.
Be not too sore displeased (O LORD) and keep not our offenses too long in thy remembrance, but consider that we all are thy people.
The cities of thy Sanctuary lie waste, Sion is a wilderness, and Jerusalem a desert.
Our holy house which is our beauty, where our fathers praised thee, is brent up: yea all our commodities and pleasures are wasted away.
Wilt thou not be intreated (LORD) for all this? Wilt thou hold thy peace, and scourge us so sore?
CHAP. 65
They shall seek me, that hitherto have not asked for me, they shall find me, that hitherto have not sought me. Then shall I say immediately to the people that never called upon my name: I am here, I am here.(Septuagint: I became manifest to them that asked not for me; I was found of them that sought me not: I said, Behold, I am here, to a nation, who called not on my name. Romans 10:20)
For thus long have I ever holden out my hands to an unfaithful people, that go not the right way, but after their own imaginations:(Septuagint: I have stretched forth my hands all day to a disobedient and gainsaying people, to them that walked in a way that was not good, but after their sins. Romans 10:21)
To a people that is ever defying me to my face. They make their oblations in gardens, and their smoke upon altars of brick,
they lurk among the graves, and lie in the dens all night. They eat swine flesh, and unclean broth is in their vessels.
If thou comest nye them, they say: touch me not, for I am holier than thou. All these men when I am angry, shall be turned to smoke and fire, that shall burn for ever.
Behold, it is written before my face, and shall not be forgotten, but recompensed. I shall reward it them into their bosom:
I mean your misdeeds, and the misdeeds of your fathers together (sayeth the LORD) which have made their smokes upon the mountains, and blasphemed me upon the hills: therefore will I measure their old deeds into their bosom again.
Moreover thus sayeth the LORD: like as when one would gather holy grapes, men say unto him: break it not off, for it is holy: even so will I do also for my servants' sakes, that I will not destroy them all.
But I will take a seed out of Jacob, and out of Judah one, to take possession of my hill. My chosen shall possess these things, and my servants shall dwell there.
Saron shall be a sheepfold, and the valley of Achor shall give the stalling for the cattle of my people, that fear me.
But as for you, ye are they, that have forsake the LORD, and forgotten my holy hill. Ye have set up an altar to fortune, and given rich drink offerings unto treasure.
Therefore will I number you with the sword, that ye shall be destroyed all together. For when I called, no man gave me answer: when I spake, ye hearkened not unto me, but did wickedness before mine eyes, and chose the thing that pleased me not.
Therefore thus sayeth the Lord GOD:|LORDE God| Behold, my servants shall eat, but ye shall have hunger. Behold, my servants shall drink, but ye shall suffer thirst. Behold, my servants shall be merry, but ye shall be confounded.
Behold, my servants shall rejoice for very quietness of heart: But ye shall cry for sorrow of heart, and complain for vexation of mind.
Your name shall not be sworn by among my chosen, for GOD the Lord|LORDE| shall slay you, and call his servants by another name.
Whoso rejoiceth upon earth, shall rejoice in the true God: And whoso sweareth upon earth, shall swear in the true God. For the old enmity shall be forgotten, and taken away out of my sight.
For lo, I shall make a new heaven, and a new earth. And as for the old, they shall never be thought upon, nor kept in mind:
but men shall be glad and evermore rejoice, for the things, that I shall do. For why: Behold, I shall make a joyful Jerusalem,
yea I myself will rejoice with Jerusalem, and be glad with my people: And the voice of weeping and wailing shall not be heard in her from thence forth.
There shall never be child nor old man, that have not their full days. But when the child cometh to an hundredth year old, it shall die. And if he that is an hundredth year of age do wrong, he shall be cursed.
They shall build houses, and dwell in them: they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them.
They shall not build, and another possess: they shall not plant, and another eat: But the life of my people shall be like a tree, and so shall the work of their hands.
My chosen shall live long, they shall not labour in vain, nor beget with trouble: for they are the high|hie| blessed seed of the LORD, and their fruits with them.
And it shall be, that or ever they call, I shall answer them. While they are yet but thinking how to speak, I shall hear them.
The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat hay like the bullock. But earth shall be the serpent's meat. There shall no man hurt nor slay another, in all my holy hill, sayeth the LORD.
CHAP. 66
Thus sayeth the LORD: Heaven is my seat, and the earth is my footstool. Where shall now the house stand, that ye build unto me? And where shall be the place, that I will dwell in?
As for these things, my hand hath made them all, and they are all created, sayeth the LORD. Which of them shall I then regard? Even him that is of a lowly troubled spirit, and standeth in awe of my works.
For who so slayeth an ox for me, doth me so great dishonour, as he that killeth a man. He that killeth a sheep for me, choketh a dog. He that bringeth me meat offerings, offereth swine's blood: Who so maketh me a memorial of incense, praiseth the thing that is unright. Yet take they such ways in hand, and their soul delighteth in these abominations.
Therefore will I also have pleasure in laughing them to scorn, and the thing that they fear, will I bring upon them. For when I called no man gave answer: when I spake, they would not hear: But did wickedness before mine eyes, and chose the things that displease me.
Hear the word of God all ye, that fear the thing which he speaketh. Your brethren that hate you, and cast you out for my name's sake, say: Let the LORD magnify himself, that we may see your gladness: and yet they shall be confounded.
For as touching the city and the temple, I hear the voice of the LORD, that will reward, and recompense his enemies:
like as when a wife bringeth forth a man child, or ever she suffer the pain of the birth and anguish of the travail.
Who ever heard or saw such things? doth the ground bear in one day? or are the people born all at once, as Sion beareth her|his| sons?
For thus sayeth the LORD: Am I he that maketh other to bear, and bear not myself? Am not I he that beareth, and maketh barren? sayeth thy God.
Rejoice with Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all ye that love her. Be joyful with her, all ye that mourned for her.
For ye shall suck comfort out of her breasts, and be satisfied. Ye shall taste, and have delight in the plenteousness of her power.
For thus sayeth the LORD: behold, I will let peace into her, like a water flood, and the might of the Heathen like a flowing stream. Then shall ye suck, ye shall be born upon her sides, and be joyful upon her knees.
For like as a child is comforted of his mother, so shall I comfort you, and ye shall be comforted in Jerusalem.
And when ye see this, your heart shall rejoice, and your bones shall flourish like an herb. Thus shall the hand of the LORD be known among his servants, and his indignation among his enemies.
For behold, the LORD shall come with fire, and his chariot shall be like a whirlwind, that he may recompense his vengeance in his wrath, and his indignation with the flame of fire.
For the LORD shall judge all flesh with the fire and with his sword, and there shall be a great number slain of the LORD.
Such as have made themselves holy and clean in the gardens, and those that have eaten swine's flesh, mice, and other abominations, shall be taken away together, sayeth the LORD.
For I will come to gather all people and tongues with their works and imaginations: these shall come, and see my glory.
Unto them shall I give a token, and send certain of them (that be delivered) among the Gentiles: into Celicia, Africa and Lidia (where men can handle bows) into Italy also and Greekland. The isles far off, that have not heard speak of me, and have not seen my glory, shall preach my praise among the Gentiles
and shall bring all your brethren for an offering unto the LORD, out of all people, upon horses, chariots and horse litters, upon Mules and carts to Jerusalem my holy hill (sayeth the LORD) like as the children of Israel bring the offering in clean vessels, to the house of the LORD.
And I shall take out certain of them for to be priests and levites, sayeth the LORD.
For like as the new heaven and the new earth which I will make, shall be fast established by me: (sayeth the LORD) So shall your seed and your name continue,
and there shall be a new Moon for the other, and a new Sabbath for the other, and all flesh shall come to worship before me (sayeth the LORD.)
And they shall go forth and look upon the carrions of them that have transgressed against me. For their worms shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched, and all flesh shall abhor them.

The ende of the boke of the Prophete Esai.