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children, children that will not right hand, and when ye turn to hear the law of the LORD: which the left. Ye shall defile also the say to the seers, See not; and to covering of thy graven images of the prophets, Prophesy not unto silver, and the ornament of thy us right things, speak unto us molten images of gold : thou shalt smooth things, prophesy deceits : cast them away as a menstruous get you out of the way, turn aside cloth; thou shalt say unto it, Get out of the path, cause the Holy thee hence. Then shall he give One of Israel to cease from before the rain of thy seed, that thou us. Wherefore thus saith the Holy shalt sow the ground withal; and One of Israel, Because ye despise bread of the increase of the earth, this word, and trust in oppression and it shall be fat and plenteous : and perverseness, and stay there- in that day shall thy cattle feed in on: therefore this iniquity shall large pastures. The oxen likewise be to you as a breach ready to and the young asses that ear the fall, swelling out in a high wall, ground shall eat clean provender, whose breaking cometh suddenly which hath been winnowed with at an instant. And he shall break the shovel and with the fan. And it as the breaking of the potters' there shall be upon every high vessel that is broken in pieces ; mountain, and upon every high he shall not spare: so that there hill, rivers and streams of waters shall not be found in the bursting in the day of the great slaughter, of it a sherd to take fire from the when the towers fall. Moreover hearth, or to take water withal the light of the moon shall be as out of the pit. For thus saith the the light of the sun, and the light Lord God, the Holy One of Is- of the sun shall be sevenfold, as rael ; In returning and rest shall the light of seven days, in the day ye be saved ; in quietness and in that the LORD bindeth up the confidence shall be your strength: breach of his people, and healeth and ye would not. But ye said, the stroke of their wound. BeNo; for we will flee upon horses ; hold, the name of the LORD comtherefore shall ye flee: and, We eth from far, burning with his will ride upon the swift; there- anger, and the burden thereof is fore shall they that pursue you heavy: his lips are full of indigbe swift. One thousand shall flee nation, and his tongue as a deat the rebuke of one; at the re- vouring fire : and his breath, as buke of five shall ye flee: till ye an overflowing stream, shall reach be left as a beacon upon the top to the midst of the neck, to sift of a mountain, and as an ensign the nations with the sieve of vaon an hill. And therefore will the nity: and there shall be a bridle LORD wait, that he may be gra- in the jaws of the people, causing cious unto you, and therefore will them to err. Ye shall have a song, he be exalted, that he may have as in the night when a holy somercy upon you : for the LORD is lemnity is kept; and gladness of a God of judgment: blessed are heart, as when one goeth with a all they that wait for him. For pipe to come into the mountain the people shall dwell in Zion at of the LORD, to the mighty One of Jerusalem : thou shalt weep no Israel. And the LORD shall cause more: he will be very gracious his glorious voice to be heard, and unto thee at the voice of thy cry; shall shew the lighting down of when he shall hear it, he will an- his arm, with the indignation of swer thee. And though the Lord his anger, and with the flame of give you the bread of adversity, a devouring fire, with scattering, and the water of affliction, yet and tempest, and hailstones. For shall not thy teachers be removed through the voice of the LORD into a corner any more, but thine shall the Assyrian be beaten eyes shall see thy teachers : and down, which smote with a rod. thine ears shall hear a word be- And in every place where the hind thee, saying, This is the way, grounded staff shall pass, which walk ye in it, when ye turn to the the LORD shall lay upon him, it shall be with tabrets and harps : deep and large : the pile thereof and in battles of shaking will he is fire and much wood; the breath fight with it. For Tophet is or- of the LORD, like a stream of dained of old ; yea, for the king brimstone, doth kindle it. it is prepared; he hath made it
EVENING. Isaiah XXXII. BEHOLD: a king shall reign the gathering shall not come.
in righteousness, and princes Tremble, ye women that are at shall rule in judgment. And a ease; be troubled, ye careless man shall be as an hiding place ones : strip you, and make you from the wind, and a covert from bare, and gird sackcloth upon your the tempest; as rivers of water in loins. They shall lament for the a dry place, as the shadow of a teats, for the pleasant fields, for great rock in a weary land. And the fruitful vine. Upon the land the eyes of them that see shall not of my people shall come up thorns be dim, and the ears of them that and briers; yea, upon all the hear shall hearken. The heart houses of joy in the joyous city: also of the rash shall understand because the palaces shall be forknowledge, and the tongue of the saken; the multitude of the city stammerers shall be ready to speak shall be left; the forts and towers plainly. The vile person shall be shall be for dens for ever, a joy of no more called liberal, nor the wild asses, a pasture of flocks; churl said to be bountiful. For until the spirit be poured upon the vile person will speak villany, us from on high, and the wilderand his will work iniquity, ness be a fruitful field, and the to practise hypocrisy, and to utter fruitful field be counted for a foerror against the LORD, to make rest. Then judgment shall dwell empty the soul of the hungry, in the wilderness, and righteousand he will cause the drink of the ness remain in the fruitful field. thirsty to fail. The instruments And the work of righteousness also of the churl are evil: he de- shall be peace; and the effect of viseth wicked devices to destroy righteousness quietness and asthe poor with lying words, even surance for ever. And my people when the needy speaketh right. shall dwell in a peaceable habitaBut the liberal deviseth liberal tion, and in sure dwellings, and things; and by liberal things shall in quiet resting places; when it he stand. Rise up, ye women that shall hail, coming down on the are at ease; hear my voice, ye forest ; and the city shall be low careless daughters; give ear unto in a low place. Blessed are ye my speech. Many days and years that sow beside all waters, that shall ye be troubled, ye careless send forth thither the feet of the women : for the vintage shall fail, ox and the ass. THE FIRST SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS.
MORNING. Isaiah XXXVII.
come to the birth, and there is he rent his clothes, and covered not strength to bring forth. It himself with sackcloth, and went may be the LORD thy God will into the house of the Lord. And hear the words of Rabshakeh, he sent Eliakim, who was over the whom the king of Assyria his household, and Shebna the scribe, master hath sent to reproach the and the elders of the priests co- living God, and will reprove the vered with sackcloth, unto Isaiah words which the Lord thy God the prophet the son of Amoz. hath heard: wherefore lift up thy And they said unto him, Thus prayer for the remnant that is saith Hezekiah, This day is a day left. So the servants of king Heof trouble, and of rebuke, and of zekiah came to Isaiah. And I saiah
said unto them, Thus shall ye say work of men's hands, wood and unto your master, Thus saith the stone: therefore they have deLORD, Be not afraid of the words stroyed them. Now therefore, O that thou hast heard, wherewith LORD our God, save us from his the servants of the king of Assy- | hand, that all the kingdoms of ria have blasphemed me. Behold, the earth may know that thou art I will send a blast upon him, and the LORD, even thou only. Then he shall hear a rumour, and re- Isaiah the son of Amoz sent unto turn to his own land ; and I will Hezekiah, saying, Thus saith the cause him to fall by the sword in LORD God of Israel, Whereas thou his own land. So Rabshakeh re- hast prayed to me against Senturned, and found the king of As- nacherib king of Assyria : this is syria warring against Libnah: for the word which the Lord hath he had heard that he was depart. spoken concerning him; The vired from Lachish. And he heard gin, the daughter of Zion, hath say concerning Tirhakah king of despised thee, and laughed thee Ethiopia, He is come forth to to scorn; the daughter of Jerumake war with thee. And when salem hath shaken her head at he heard it, he sent messengers to thee. Whom hast thou reproachHezekiah, saying, Thus shall ye ed and blasphemed? and against speak to Hezekiah king of Judah, whom bast thou exalted thy voice, saying, Let not thy God, in whom and lifted up thine eyes on high? thou trustest, deceive thee, say- even against the Holy One of Ising, Jerusalem shall not be given rael. By thy servants hast thou into the hand of the king of As- reproached the Lord, and hast syria. Behold, thou hast heard said, By the multitude of my chawhat the kings of Assyria have riots am I come up to the height done to all lands by destroying of the mountains, to the sides of them utterly; and shalt thou be Lebanon; and I will cut down the delivered? Have the gods of the tall cedars thereof, and the choice nations delivered them which my fir trees thereof: and I will enter fathers have destroyed, as Gozan, into the height of his border, and and Haran, and Rezeph, and the the forest of his Carmel. I have children of Eden which were in digged, and drunk water; and Telassar? Where is the king of with the sole of my feet have I Hamath, and the king of Ar- dried up all the rivers of the bephad, and the king of the city of sieged places. Hast thou not heard Sepharvaim, Hena, and Ivah? long ago, how I have done it; and And Hezekiah received the letter of ancient times, that I have formfroin the hand of the messengers, ed it? now have I brought it to and read it: and Hezekiah went pass, that thou shouldest be to lay up unto the house of the LORD, waste defenced cities into ruinous and spread it before the LORD. heaps. Therefore their inhabitAnd Hezekiah prayed unto the ants were of small power, they LORD, saying, O LORD of hosts, were dismayed and confounded: God of Israel, that dwellest be- they were as the grass of the field, tween the cherubims, thou art and as the green herb, as the the God, even thou alone, of all grass on the housetops, and as the kingdoms of the earth : thou corn blasted before it be grown hast made heaven and earth. In- up. But I know thy abode, and cline thine ear, O LORD, and thy going out, and thy coming in, hear; open thine eyes, O Lord, and thy rage against me. Because and see: and hear all the words thy rage against me, and thy tuof Sennacherib, which hath sent mult, is come up into mine ears, to reproach the living God. Of therefore will I put my hook in a truth, Lord, the kings of As- thy nose, and my bridle in thy syria have laid waste all the na- lips, and I will turn thee back by tions, and their countries, and the way by which thou camest. have cast their gods into the fire: And this shall be a sign unto for they were no gods, but the thee, Ye shall eat this year such as groweth of itself; and the se- this city, saith the LORD. For I cond year that which springeth will defend this city to save it for of the same: and in the third year mine own sake, and for my sersow ye, and reap, and plant vine- vant David's sake. Then the anyards, and eat the fruit thereof. gel of the LORD went forth, and And the remnant that is escaped smote in the camp of the Assyof the house of Judah shall again rians a hundred and fourscore take root downward, and bear and five thousand: and when they fruit upward: for out of Jerusa- arose early in the morning, belem shall go forth a remnant, and hold, they were all dead corpses. they that escape out of mount So Sennacherib king of Assyria Zion: the zeal of the LORD of departed, and went and returned, hosts shall do this. Therefore thus and dwelt at Nineveh. And it saith the LORD concerning the came to pass, as he was worshipking of Assyria, He shall not ping in the house of Nisroch his come into this city, nor shoot an god, that Adrammelech and Shaarrow there, nor come before it rezer his sons smote him with with shields, nor cast a bank a. the sword ; and they escaped into gainst it. By the way that he the land of Armenia : and Esarcame, by the same shall he re- haddon his son reigned in his turn, and shall not come into stead.
EVENING. Isaiah XXXVIII. In those days was Hezekiah sick said in the cutting off of my unto death.
days, I shall go to the gates of prophet the son of Amoz came the grave: I am deprived of the unto him, and said unto him, residue of my years. I said, I shall Thus saith the LORD, Set thine not see the LORD, even the LORD, house in order : for thou shalt in the land of the living : I shall die, and not live. Then Hezekiah behold man no more with the inturned his face toward the wall, habitants of the world. Mine age and prayed unto the LORD, and is departed, and is removed from said, 'Remember now, O LORD, I me as a shepherd's tent: I have beseech thee, how I have walked cut off like a weaver my life: he before thee in truth and with a will cut me off with pining sickperfect heart, and have done that ness : from day even to night wilt which is good in thy sight. And thou make an end of me. I reckHezekiah wept sore. Then came oned till morning, that, as a lion, the word of the LORD to Isaiah, so will he break all my bones : saying, Go, and say to Hezekiah, from day even to night wilt thou Thus saith the LORD, the God of make an end of me. Like a crane David thy father, I have heard or a swallow, so did I chatter: I thy prayer, I have seen thy tears : did mourn as a dove: mine eyes behold, I will add unto thy days fail with looking upward:
0 Lord, fifteen years. And I will deliver I am oppressed; undertake for me. thee and this city out of the hand What shall I say? te hath both of the king of Assyria : and I will spoken unto me, and himself hath defend this city. And this shall be done it: I shall go softly all my a sign unto thee from the LORD, years in the bitterness of my soul. that the LORD will do this thing O Lord, by these things men live, that he hath spoken; behold, I and in all these things is the life will bring again the shadow of of my spirit : so wilt thou recover the degrees, which is gone down me, and make me to live. Bein the sun dial of Ahaz, ten de-hold, for peace I had great bitgrees backward. So the sun re- terness : but thou hast in love to turned ten degrees, by which de- my soul delivered it from the pit grees it was gone down. The
of corruption : for thou hast cast writing of Hezekiah king of Ju- all my sins behind thy back. For dah, when he had been sick, and the grave cannot praise thee, death was recovered of his sickness : I can not celebrate thee: they that
go down into the pit cannot hope | days of our life in the house of
MORNING. Isaiah XLI.
thee shall perish. Thou shalt seek islands; and let the people them, and shalt not find them, renew their strength : let them even them that contended with come near ; then let them speak: thee: they that war against thee let us come near together to judg- shall be as nothing, and as a thing ment. Who raised up the righte- of nought. For I the LORD thy ous man from the east, called him God will hold thy right hand, sayto his foot, gave the nations be- ing unto thee, Fear not; I will fore him, and made him rule over help thee. Fear not, thou worm kings ? he gave them as the dust Jacob, and ye men of Israel ; I to his sword, and as driven stub- will help thee, saith the LORD, ble to his bow. He pursued them, and thy redeemer, the Holy One and passed safely ; even by the of Israel. Behold, I will make way that he had not gone with thee a new sharp threshing inhis feet. Who hath wrought and strument baving teeth: thou shalt done it, calling the generations thresh the mountains, and beat from the beginning? I the LORD, them small, and shalt make the the first, and with the last; I am hills as chaff. Thou shalt fan he. The isles saw it, and feared; them, and the wind shall carry the ends of the earth were afraid, them away, and the whirlwind drew near, and came. They help- shall scatter them: and thou shalt ed every one his neighbour; and rejoice in the LORD, and shalt every one said to his brother, Be glory in the Holy One of Israel. of good courage. So the carpenter When the poor and needy seek encouraged the goldsmith, and he water, and there is none, and that smootheth with the hammer their tongue faileth for thirst, I him that smote the anvil, saying, the LORD will hear them, I the It is ready for the sodering: and God of Israel will not forsake he fastened it with nails, that it them. I will open rivers in high should not be moved. But thou, places, and fountains in the midst Israel, art my servant, Jacob of the valleys: I will make the whom I have chosen, the seed of wilderness a pool of water, and Abraham my friend. Thou whom the dry land springs of water. I I have taken from the ends of the will plant in the wilderness the earth, and called thee from the cedar, the shittah tree, and the chief men thereof, and said unto myrtle, and the oil tree; I will thee, Thou art my servant; I have set in the desert the fir tree, and chosen thee, and not cast thee the pine, and the box tree toge. away. Fear thou not; for I am ther : that they may see, and with thee: be not dismayed ; for know, and consider, and underI am thy God: I will strengthen stand together, that the hand of thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, the Lord hath done this, and the I will uphold thee with the right Holy One of Israel hath created hand of my righteousness. Be- it. Produce your cause, saith the hold, all they that were incensed LORD; bring forth your strong against thee shall be ashamed and reasons, saith the King of Jacob. confounded: they shall be as no- Let them bring them forth, and thing; and they that strive with shew us what shall happen : let