Esaias (Isaiah)

Book of ESIAS


Chapter 1

1-The vision which Esaias the son of Amos saw, which he saw against Juda, and against Jerusalem, in the reign of Ozias, and Joatham, and Achaz, and Ezekias, who reigned over Judea.

 2-Hear, O heaven, and listen, O earth: for the Lord has spoken, saying, I have begotten and reared up children, but they have  rebelled against me.

 3-The ox knows his owner, and the ass his master's crib: but Israel does not know me, and the people has not regarded me.

 4-Ah sinful nation, a people full of sins, an evil seed, lawless children: you° have forsaken the Lord, and provoked the Holy One of Israel.

 5-Why should you° be struck any more, transgressing more and more? the whole head is pained, and the whole heart sad.

 6-From the feet to the head, there is no soundness in them; neither wound, nor bruise, nor festering ulcer are healed: it is not possible to apply a plaister, nor oil, nor bandages.

 7-Your land is desolate, your cities burned with fire: your land, strangers devour it in your presence, and it is made desolate, overthrown by strange nations.

 8-The daughter of Sion shall be deserted as a tent in a vineyard, and as a storehouse of fruits in a garden of cucumbers, as a besieged city.

 9-  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.

 10-Hear the word of the Lord, you° rulers of Sodoma; attend to the law of God, you people of Gomorrha.

 11-Of what value to me is the abundance of your sacrifices? says the Lord: I am full of whole burnt offerings of rams; and I delight not in the fat of lambs, and the blood of bulls and goats: 12-neither shall you° come with these to appear before me; for who has required these things at your hands? You° shall no more tread my court.

 13-Though you° bring fine flour, it is vain; incense is an abomination to me; I can’t bear your new moons, and your sabbaths, and the great day; 14- your fasting, and rest from work, your new moons also, and your feasts my soul hates: you° have become loathsome to me; I will no more pardon your sins.

 15-When you° stretch forth your hands, I will turn away my eyes from you: and though you° make many supplications, I will not listen to you; for your hands are full of blood.

 16-Wash you, be clean; remove your iniquities from your souls before my eyes; cease from your iniquities; 17-learn to do well; diligently seek judgment, deliver him that is suffering wrong, plead for the orphan, and obtain justice for the widow.

 18-And come, let us reason together, says the Lord: and though your sins be as purple, I will make them white as snow; and though they be as scarlet, I will make them white as wool.

 19-And if you° be willing, and listen to me, you° shall eat the good of the land: 20-but if you° be not willing, nor listen to me, a sword shall devour you: for the mouth of the Lord has spoken this.

 21-How has the faithful city Sion, once full of judgment, become a harlot! wherein righteousness lodged, but now murderers.

 22-Your silver is worthless, your wine merchants mix the wine with water.

 23-Your princes are rebellious, companions of thieves, loving bribes, seeking after rewards; not pleading for orphans, and not heeding the cause of widows.

 24-Therefore thus says the Lord, the Lord of hosts, Woe to the mighty men of Israel; for my wrath shall not cease against my adversaries, and I will execute judgment on my enemies.

 25-And I will bring my hand upon you, and purge you  completely, and I will destroy the rebellious, and will take away from you all transgressors.

 26-And I will establish your judges as before, and your counselors as at the beginning: and afterward you shall be called the city of righteousness, the faithful mother-city of Sion.

 27-For her captives shall be saved with judgment, and with mercy.

 28-And the transgressors and the sinners shall be crushed together, and they that forsake the Lord shall be utterly consumed.

 29-For they shall be ashamed of their idols, which they delighted in, and they are made ashamed of the gardens which they coveted.

 30-For they shall be as a turpentine tree that has cast its leaves, and as a garden that has no water.

 31-And their strength shall be as a thread of tow, and their works as sparks, and the transgressors and the sinners shall be burnt up together, and there shall be none to quench  them.

 

Chapter 2

1-The word which came to Esaias the son of Amos concerning Judea, and concerning Jerusalem.

 2-For in the last days the mountain of the Lord shall be  glorious, and the house of God shall be on the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall come to it.

 3-And many nations shall go and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will tell us his way, and we will walk in it: for out of Sion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord out of Jerusalem.

 4-And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into sickles: and nation shall not take up sword against nation, neither shall they learn to war any more.

 5-And now, O house of Jacob, come, and let us walk in the light of the Lord.

 6-For he has forsaken his people the house of Israel, because their land is filled as at the beginning with divinations, as the land of the  Philistines, and many strange children were born to them.

 7-For their land is filled with silver and gold, and there was no number of their treasures; their land also is filled with horses, and there was no number of chariots.

 8-And the land is filled with abominations, even the works of their hands; and they have worshipped the works which their fingers made.

 9-And the mean man bowed down, and the great man was humbled: and I will not pardon them.

 10-Now therefore enter you° into the rocks, and hide yourselves in the earth, for fear of the Lord, and by reason of the glory of his might, when he shall arise to strike terribly the earth.

 11-For the eyes of the Lord are high, but man is low; and the haughtiness of men shall be brought low, and the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day.

 12-For the day of the Lord of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and haughty, and upon every one that is high and towering, and they shall be brought down; 13-and upon every cedar of Libanus, of them that are high and towering, and upon every oak of Basan, 14-and upon every high mountain, and upon every high hill, 15-and upon every high tower, and upon every high wall, 16-and upon every ship of the sea, and upon every display of fine ships.

 17-And every man shall be brought low, and the pride of men shall fall: and the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day.

 18-And they shall hide all idols made with hands, 19-having carried them into the caves, and into the clefts of the rocks, and into the caverns of the earth, for fear of the Lord, and  by reason of the glory of his might, when he shall arise to strike terribly the earth.

 20-For in that day a man shall cast forth his silver and gold abominations, which they made in order to worship vanities and bats; 21-to enter into the caverns of the solid rock, and into the clefts of the rocks, for fear of the Lord, and by reason of the glory of his might, when he shall arise to strike terribly the earth.

  

Chapter 3

1-Behold now, the Lord, the Lord of hosts, will take away from Jerusalem and from Judea the mighty man and mighty woman, the strength of bread, and the strength of water, 2-the great and mighty man, the warrior and the judge, and the prophet, and the counsellor, and the elder, 3-the captain of fifty also, and the honorable counsellor, and the wise artificer, and the intelligent hearer.

 4-And I will make youths their princes, and mockers shall have dominion over them.

 5-And the people shall fall, man upon man, and every man upon his neighbor: the child shall insult the elder man, and the base the honorable.

 6-For a man shall lay hold of his brother, as one of his father's household, saying, You have raiment, be you our ruler, and let my meat be under you.

 7-And he shall answer in that day, and say, I will not be your ruler; for I have no bread in my house, nor raiment: I will not be the ruler of this people.

 8-For Jerusalem is  ruined, and Judea has fallen, and their tongues have spoken with iniquity, disobedient as they are towards the Lord.

 9-Therefore now their glory has been brought low, and the shame of their countenance has withstood them, and they have proclaimed their sin as Sodom, and made it manifest.

 10-Woe to their soul, for they have devised an evil counsel against themselves, saying against themselves, Let us bind the just, for he is burdensome to us: therefore shall they eat the fruits of their works.

 11-Woe to the transgressor! evils shall happen to him according to the works of his hands.

 12-O my people, your exactors  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.

 13-But now the Lord will stand up for judgment, and will enter into judgment with his people.

 14-The Lord himself shall enter into judgment with the elders of the people, and with their rulers: but why have you° set my vineyard on fire, and why is the spoil of the poor in your houses? 15-Why do you° wrong my people, and shame the face of the poor? 16-Thus says the Lord, Because the daughters of Sion are haughty, and have walked with an outstretched neck, and with winking of the eyes, and motion of the feet, at the same time drawing their garments in trains, and at the same time sporting with their feet: 17-therefore the Lord will humble the chief daughters of Sion, and the Lord will expose their form in that day; 18-and the Lord will take away the glory of their raiment, the curls and the fringes, and the crescents, 19-and the chains, and the ornaments of their faces, 20-and the array of glorious ornaments, and the armlets, and the bracelets, and the wreathed work, and the finger-rings, and the ornaments for the right hand, 21-and the ear-rings, and the garments with scarlet borders, and the garments with purple grounds, and the shawls to be worn in the house, and the Spartan transparent dresses, and those made of fine linen, and the purple ones, and the scarlet ones, and the fine linen, interwoven with gold and purple, and the light coverings for couches.

 22-And there shall be instead of a sweet smell, dust; and instead of a girdle, you shall gird yourself with a rope; and instead of a golden ornament for the head, you shall have baldness on account of your works; and instead of a tunic with a scarlet ground, you shall gird yourself with sackcloth.

 23-And your most beautiful son whom you love shall fall by the sword; and your mighty men shall fall by the sword, and shall be brought low.

 24-And the  stores of your ornaments shall mourn, and you shall be left alone, and shall be levelled with the ground.

 

Chapter 4

1-And seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, We will eat our own bread, and wear our own raiment: only let your name be called upon us, and take away our reproach.

 2-And in that day God shall shine gloriously in counsel on the earth, to exalt and glorify the remnant of Israel.

 3-And it shall be, that the remnant left in Sion, and the remnant left in Jerusalem, even all that are  appointed to life in Jerusalem, shall be called holy.

 4-For the Lord shall wash away the filth of the sons and daughters of Sion, and shall purge out the blood from the midst of them, with the spirit of judgment, and the spirit of burning.

 5-And he shall come, and it shall be with regard to every place of mount Sion, yes, all the region round about it shall a cloud overshadow by day, and there shall be as it were the smoke and light of fire burning by night: and upon all the glory shall be a defence.

 6-And it shall be for a shadow from the heat, and as a shelter and a hiding place from inclemency  of weather and from rain.

 

Chapter 5

1-Now I will sing to my beloved a song of my beloved concerning my vineyard.

 My beloved had a vineyard on a  high hill in a fertile place.

 2-And I made a hedge round it, and dug a trench, and planted a choice vine, and built a tower in the midst of it, and dug a place for the wine-vat in it: and I waited for it to bring forth grapes, and it brought forth thorns.

 3-And now, you° dwellers in Jerusalem, and every man of Juda, judge between me and my vineyard.

 4-What shall I do any more to my vineyard, that I have not done to it? Whereas I expected it to bring forth grapes, but it has brought forth thorns.

 5-And now I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard: I will take away its hedge, and it shall be for a spoil; and I will pull down its walls, and it shall be left to be trodden down.

 6-And I will forsake my vineyard; and it shall not be pruned, nor dug, and thorns shall come up upon it as on barren land; and I will command the clouds to rain no rain upon it.

 7-For the vineyard of the Lord of hosts is the house of Israel, and  the men of Juda his beloved plant: I expected it to bring forth judgment, and it brought forth iniquity; and not righteousness, but a cry.

 8-Woe to them that join house to house, and add field to field, that they may take away something of their neighbor's: will you° dwell alone upon the land? 9-For these things have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts: for though many houses should be built, many and fair houses shall be desolate, and there shall be no inhabitants in them.

 10-For where ten yoke of oxen plow the land shall yield one , and he that sows six homers shall produce three measures.

 11-Woe to them that rise up in the morning, and follow strong drink; who wait at it till evening: for the wine shall inflame them.

 12-For they drink wine with harp, and lute, and drums, and pipes: but they regard not the works of the Lord, and consider not the works of his hands.

 13-Therefore my people have been taken captive, because they know not the Lord: and there has been a multitude of dead bodies, because of hunger and of thirst for water.

 14-Therefore  hell has enlarged its desire and opened its mouth without ceasing: and her glorious and great, and her rich and her pestilent men shall go down into it.

 15-And the mean man shall be brought low, and the great man shall be disgraced, and the lofty eyes shall be brought low.

 16-But the Lord of hosts shall be exalted in judgment, and the holy God shall be glorified in righteousness.

 17-And they that were spoiled shall be fed as bulls, and lambs shall feed on the waste places of them that are taken away.

 18-Woe to them that draw sins to them as with a long rope, and iniquities as with a thong of the heifer's yoke: 19-who say, Let him speedily hasten what he will do, that we may see it: and let the counsel of the Holy One of Israel come, that we may know it.

 20-Woe to them that call evil good, and good evil; who make darkness light, and light darkness; who make bitter sweet, and sweet bitter.

 21-Woe to them that are wise in their own conceit, and knowing in their own sight.

 22-Woe to the strong ones of you that drink wine, and the mighty ones that mingle strong drink: 23-who justify the ungodly for rewards, and take away the righteousness of the righteous.

 24-Therefore as stubble shall be burnt by a coal of fire, and shall be consumed by a violent flame, their root shall be as chaff, and their flower shall go up as dust: for they rejected the law of the Lord of hosts, and insulted the word of the Holy One of Israel.

 25-Therefore the Lord of hosts was greatly angered against his people, and he reached forth his hand upon them, and struck them: and the mountains were troubled, and their carcasses were as dung in the midst of the way: yet for all this his anger has not been turned away, but his hand is yet  raised.

 26-Therefore shall he lift up a signal to the nations that are afar, and shall hiss for them from the end of the earth; and, behold, they are coming very quickly.

 27-They shall not hunger nor be weary, neither shall they slumber nor sleep; neither shall they loose their girdles from their loins, neither shall their shoe-latchets be broken.

 28-Whose arrows are sharp, and their bows bent; their horses' hoofs are counted as solid rock: their chariot-wheels are as a storm.

 29-They rage as lions, and draw near as a lion's whelps: and he shall seize, and roar as a wild beast, and he shall cast them forth, and there shall be none to deliver them.

 30-And he shall roar on account of them in that day, as the sound of the swelling sea; and they shall look to the land, and, behold,  there shall be thick darkness in their perplexity.

 

Chapter 6

1-And it came to pass in the year in which king Ozias died, that I saw the Lord sitting on a high and exalted throne, and the house was full of his glory.

 2-And seraphs stood round about him: each one had six wings: and with two they covered their face, and with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew.

 3-And one cried to the other, and they said, Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.

 4-And the lintel  shook at the voice they uttered, and the house was filled with smoke.

 5-And I said, Woe is me, for I am pricked to the heart; for being a man, and having unclean lips, I dwell in the midst of a people having unclean lips; and I have seen with my eyes the King, the Lord of hosts.

 6-And there was sent to me one of the seraphs, and he had in his hand a coal, which he had taken off the altar with the tongs: 7-and he touched my mouth, and said, Behold, this has touched your lips, and will take away your iniquities, and will purge off your sins.

 8-And I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom  shall I send, and who will go to this people? And I said, behold, I am here, send me.

 And he said, Go, and say to this people, 9-You° shall hear indeed, but you° shall not understand; and you° shall see indeed, but you° shall not perceive.

 10-  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.

 11-And I said, How long, O Lord? And he said, Until cities be deserted  by reason of their not being inhabited, and the houses by reason of there being no men, and the land shall be left desolate.

 12-And after this God shall remove the men far off, and they that are left upon the land shall be multiplied.

 13-And yet there  shall be a tenth upon it, and again it shall be for a spoil, as a turpentine tree, and as an acorn when it falls out of its husk.

 

Chapter 7

1-And it came to pass in the days of Achaz the son of Joatham, the son of Ozias, king of Juda, there came up Rasim king of Aram, and Phakee son of Romelias, king of Israel, against Jerusalem to war against it, but they could not  take it.

 2-And a message was brought to the house of David, saying, Aram has conspired with Ephraim.

 And his soul was amazed, and the soul of his people, as in a wood a tree is moved by the wind.

 3-And the Lord said to Esaias, Go forth to meet Achaz, you, and your son Jasub who is left, to the pool of the upper way of the fuller's field.

 4-And you shall say to him, Take care to be quiet, and fear not, neither let your soul be disheartened because of these two smoking firebrands: for when my fierce anger is over, I will heal again.

 5-And as for the son of Aram, and the son of Romelias, forasmuch as they have devised an evil counsel, saying, 6-We will go up against Judea, and having conferred with them we will turn them away to our side, and we will make the son of Tabeel king of it; 7-thus says the Lord of hosts, This counsel shall not abide, nor come to pass.

 8-But the head of Aram is Damascus, and the head of Damascus, Rasim; and yet within sixty and five years the kingdom of Ephraim shall cease from being a people.

 9-And the head of Ephraim is Somoron, and the head of Somoron the son of Romelias: but  if you° believe not, neither will you° at all understand.

 10-And the Lord again spoke to Achaz, saying, 11-Ask for yourself a sign of the Lord your God, in the depth or in the height.

 12-And Achaz said, I will not ask, neither will I tempt the Lord.

 13-And he said, Hear you° now, O house of David; is it a little thing for you to contend with men? and how do you° contend against the Lord? 14-Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign;  behold, a virgin shall conceive in the womb, and shall bring forth a son, and you shall call his name Emmanuel.

 15-Butter and honey shall he eat, before he knows either to prefer evil or choose the good.

 16-For before the child shall know good or evil, he refuses evil, to choose the good; and the land shall be forsaken which you are afraid of because of the two kings.

 17-But God shall bring upon you, and upon your people, and upon the house of your father, days which have never come, from the day that Ephraim took away from Juda the king of the Assyrians.

 18-And it shall come to pass in that day that the Lord shall hiss for the flies,  which insect shall rule over a part of the river of Egypt, and for the bee which is in the land of the Assyrians.

 19-And they all shall enter into the clefts of the land, and into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves, and into every ravine.

 20-In that day the Lord shall shave with the hired razor of the king of Assyria beyond the river the head, and the hairs of the feet, and will remove the beard.

 21-And it shall come to pass in that day, that a man shall rear a heifer, and two sheep.

 22-And it shall come to pass from their  drinking an abundance of milk, that every one that is left on the land shall eat butter and honey.

 23-And it shall come to pass in that day, for every place where there shall be a thousand vines at a thousand shekels, they shall become  barren land and thorns.

 24- Men shall enter there with arrow and bow; for all the land shall be barren ground and thorns.

 25-And every mountain shall be certainly plowed: there shall no fear come there: for there shall be from  among the barren ground and thorns that whereon cattle shall feed and oxen shall tread.

 

Chapter 8

1-And the Lord said to me, Take to yourself a volume of a great new  book, and write in it with a man's pen concerning the making a rapid plunder of spoils; for it is near at hand.

 2-And make me witnesses of faithful men, Urias, and Zacharias the son of Barachias.

 3-And I went in to the prophetess; and she conceived, and bore a son.

 And the Lord said to me, Call his name, Spoil quickly, plunder speedily.

 4-For before the child shall know how to call his father or his mother, one shall take the power of Damascus and the spoils of Samaria before the king of the Assyrians.

 5-And the Lord spoke to me yet again, saying, 6-Because this people chooses not the water of Siloam that goes softly, but wills to have Rassin, and the son of Romelias to be king over you; 7-therefore, behold, the Lord brings up upon you the water of the river, strong and abundant, even the king of the Assyrians, and his glory: and he shall come up over every valley of yours, and shall walk over every wall of yours: 8-and he shall take away from Juda every man who shall be able to lift up his head, and every one able to accomplish anything; and his camp shall fill the breadth of your land, O  God with us.

 9-Know, you° Gentiles, and be conquered; listen you°, even to the extremity of the earth: be conquered, after you° strengthened yourselves; for even if you° should again strengthen yourselves, you° shall again be conquered.

 10-And whatever counsel you° shall take, the Lord shall bring it to nothing; and whatever word you° shall speak, it shall not stand among you: for God is with us.

 11-Thus says the Lord, With a strong hand they  revolt from the course of the way of this people, saying, 12-Let them not say, It is hard, for whatever this people says, is hard: but fear not you° their fear, neither be dismayed.

 13-Sanctify you° the Lord himself; and  he shall be your fear.

 14-And if you shall trust in him, he shall be to you for a sanctuary; and you° 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.

 15-Therefore many among them shall be weak, and fall, and be crushed; and they shall draw near, and men shall be taken securely.

 16-Then shall those who seal themselves that they may  not learn the law be made manifest.

 17-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.

 18-  Behold I and the children which God has given me: and they shall be for signs and wonders in the house of Israel from the Lord of hosts, who dwells in mount Sion.

 19-And if they should say to you, Seek  those who have in them a divining spirit, and them that speak out of the earth, them that speak vain words, who speak out of their belly: shall not a nation diligently seek to their God? why do they seek to the dead concerning the living? 20-For he has given the law for a help, that they should not speak according to this word, concerning which there are no  gifts to give for it.

 21-And famine shall come sorely upon you, and it shall come to pass, that when you° shall be hungry, you° shall be grieved, and you° shall speak ill of the prince and your fathers' ordinances: and they shall look up to heaven above, 22-and they shall look on the earth below, and behold severe distress, and darkness, affliction, and  anguish, and darkness so that one can’t see; and he that is in anguish shall not be distressed only for a time.

 

Chapter 9

1-Drink this first.

  Act quickly,  O land of Zabulon, land of Nephthalim, and the rest inhabiting the sea-coast, and the land beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles.

 2-O people walking in darkness, behold a great light: you° that dwell in the region and shadow of death, a light shall shine upon you.

 3-The  multitude of the people which you have brought down in your joy, they shall even rejoice before you as they that rejoice in harvest, and as they that divide the spoil.

 4-Because the yoke that was laid upon them has been taken away, and the rod that was on their neck: for he has broken the rod of the exactors, as in the day of Madiam.

 5-For they shall compensate for every garment that has been acquired by deceit, and all raiment with  restitution; and they shall be willing, even if they were burnt with fire.

 6-For a child is born to us, and a son is given to us, whose government is upon his shoulder: and his name is called the Messenger of great counsel:  for I will bring peace upon the princes, and health to him.

 7-His government shall be great, and of his peace there is no end: it shall be upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to establish it, and to support it with judgment and with righteousness, from henceforth and forever.

 The seal of the Lord of hosts shall perform this.

 8-The Lord has sent death upon Jacob, and it has come upon Israel.

 9-And all the people of Ephraim, and they that lived in Samaria shall know, who say in their pride and lofty heart, 10-The bricks are fallen down, but come, let us hew stones, and cut down sycamores and cedars, and let us build for ourselves a tower.

 11-And God shall dash down them that rise up against him on mount Sion, and shall scatter his enemies; 12- even Syria from the rising of the sun, and the Greeks from the setting of the sun, who devour Israel with open mouth.

 For all this his anger is not turned away, but still his hand is exalted.

 13-But the people turned not until they were struck, and they sought not the Lord.

 14-So the Lord took away from Israel the head and tail, great and small, in one day: 15-the old man, and them that respect persons, this is the head; and the prophet teaching unlawful things, he is the tail.

 16-And they that pronounce this people blessed shall mislead them; and they mislead them that they may devour them.

 17-Therefore the Lord shall not take pleasure in their young men, neither shall he have pity on their orphans or on their widows: for they are all transgressors and wicked, and every mouth speaks unjustly.

 For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is yet exalted.

 18-And iniquity shall burn as fire, and shall be devoured by fire as dry grass: and it shall burn in the thickets of the wood, and shall devour all that is round about the hills.

 19-The whole earth is set on fire because of the fierce anger of the Lord, and the people shall be as men burnt by fire: no man shall pity his brother.

 20-But one shall turn aside to the right hand, for he shall be hungry; and shall eat on the left, and a man shall by no means be satisfied with eating the flesh of his own arm.

 21-For Manasses shall eat  the flesh of Ephraim, and Ephraim the flesh of Manasses; for they shall besiege Juda together.

 For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is yet exalted.

 

Chapter 10

1-Woe to them that write wickedness; for when they write they do write wickedness, 2-perverting the cause of the poor, violently wresting the judgment of the needy ones of my people, that the widow may be a prey to them, and the orphan a spoil.

 3-And what will they do in the day of visitation? for affliction shall come to you from afar: and to whom will you° flee for help? and where will you° leave your glory, 4-that you° may not fall into  captivity? For all this his wrath is not turned away, but his hand is yet exalted.

 5-Woe to the Assyrians; the rod of my wrath, and anger are in their hands.

 6-I will send my wrath against a sinful nation, and I will charge my people to take plunder and spoil, and to trample the cities, and to make them dust.

 7-But he meant not thus, neither did he devise thus in his soul: but his mind shall change, and that to destroy nations not a few.

 8-And if they should say to him, You alone are ruler; 9-then shall he say, Have I not taken the country above Babylon and Chalanes, where the tower was built? and have I not taken Arabia, and Damascus, and Samaria? 10-As I have taken them, I will also take all the kingdoms: howl, you° idols in Jerusalem, and in Samaria.

 11-For as I did to Samaria and her idols, so will I do also to Jerusalem and her idols.

 12-And it shall come to pass, when the Lord shall have finished doing all things on Mount Sion and Jerusalem, that I will visit upon the  proud heart, even upon the ruler of the Assyrians, and upon the boastful haughtiness of his eyes.

 13-For he said, I will act in strength, and in the wisdom of my understanding I will remove the boundaries of nations, and will spoil their strength.

 14-And I will shake the inhabited cities: and I will take with my hand all the world as a nest: and I will even take them as eggs that have been left; and there is none that shall escape me, or contradict me.

 15-Shall the axe glorify itself without him that hews with it? or shall the saw lift up itself without him that uses it, as if one should lift a rod or staff? but it shall not be so; 16-but the Lord of hosts shall send dishonor upon your honor, and burning fire shall be kindled upon your glory.

 17-And the light of Israel shall be for a fire, and he shall sanctify him with burning fire, and it shall devour the wood as grass.

 18-In that day the mountains shall be consumed, and the hills, and the forests, and fire shall devour both soul and body: and he that flees shall be as one fleeing from burning flame.

 19-And they that are left of them shall be a small number, and a child shall write them.

 20-And it shall come to pass in that day that the remnant of Israel shall no more  join themselves with, and the saved of Jacob shall no more trust in, them that injured them; but they shall trust in the Holy God of Israel, in truth.

 21-And the remnant of Jacob shall trust on the mighty God.

 22-  And though the people of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant of them shall be saved.

 23-  He will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because the Lord will make a short work in all the world.

 24-Therefore thus says the Lord of hosts, Be not afraid, my people who dwell in Sion, of the Assyrians, because he shall strike you with a rod: for I am bringing a stroke upon you, that you may see the way of Egypt.

 25-For yet a little while, and the indignation shall cease: but my wrath shall be against their  council.

 26-And God will stir up enemies against them, according to the stroke of Madiam in the place of affliction: and his wrath shall be by the way of the sea, even to the way that leads to Egypt.

 27-And it shall come to pass in that day, that his yoke shall be taken away from your shoulder, and his fear from you, and the yoke shall be destroyed from off your shoulders.

 28-For he shall arrive at the city of Angai, and shall pass on to Maggedo, and shall lay up his stores in Machmas.

 29-And he shall pass by the valley, and shall arrive at Angai: fear shall seize upon Rama, the city of Saul.

 30-The daughter of Gallim shall flee; Laisa shall hear; one shall hear in Anathoth.

 31-Madebena also is amazed, and the inhabitants of Gibbir.

 32-Exhort you° them today to remain in the way: exhort you° beckoning with the hand the mountain, the daughter of Sion, even you° hills that are in Jerusalem.

 33-Behold, the Lord, the Lord of hosts, will mightily confound the glorious ones; and the haughty in pride shall be crushed, and the lofty shall be brought low: 34-and the lofty ones shall fall by the sword, and the Libanus shall fall with his lofty ones.

  

Chapter 11

1-  And there shall come forth a rod out of the root of Jesse, and a blossom shall come up from his root: 2-and the Spirit of God shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and strength, the spirit of knowledge and godliness shall fill him; 3-the spirit of the fear of God.

 He shall not judge according to appearance, nor reprove according to report: 4-but he shall judge the cause of the lowly, and shall reprove the lowly of the earth: and he shall strike the earth with the word of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he destroy the ungodly one.

 5-And he shall have his loins girded with righteousness, and his sides clothed with truth.

 6-And the wolf shall feed with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the young calf and bull and lion shall feed together; and a little child shall lead them.

 7-And the ox and bear shall feed together; and their young shall be together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.

 8-And an infant shall put his hand on the holes of asps, and on the nest of young asps.

 9-And they shall not hurt, nor shall they at all be able to destroy any one on my holy mountain: for the whole world is filled with the knowledge of the Lord, as much water  covers the seas.

 10-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.

 11-And it shall be in that day, that the Lord shall again show his hand, to be zealous for the remnant that is left of the people, which shall be left by the Assyrians, and that from Egypt, and from the country of Babylon, and from Ethiopia, and from the Elamites, and from the rising of the sun, and out of Arabia.

 12-And he shall lift up a standard for the nations, and he shall gather the lost ones of Israel, and he shall gather the dispersed of Juda from the four corners of the earth.

 13-And the envy of Ephraim shall be taken away, and the enemies of Juda shall perish: Ephraim shall not envy Juda, and Juda shall not afflict Ephraim.

 14-And they shall fly in the ships of the Philistines: they shall at the same time spoil the  sea, and them that come from the east, and Idumea: and they shall lay their hands on Moab first; but the children of Ammon shall first obey them.

 15-And the Lord shall make desolate the sea of Egypt; and he shall lay his hand on the river with a strong wind, and he shall  strike the seven channels, so that men shall pass through it dry-shod.

 16-And there shall be a passage for my people that is left in Egypt: and it shall be to Israel as the day when he came forth out of the land of Egypt.

  

Chapter 12

1-And in that day you shall say, I will bless you, O Lord; for you were angry with me, but you have turned aside your wrath, and have pitied me.

 2-Behold, my God is my Saviour; I will trust in him, and not be afraid: for the Lord is my glory and my praise, and is become my salvation.

 3-Draw you° therefore water with joy out of the wells of salvation.

 4-And in that day you shall say, sing to the Lord, call aloud upon his name, proclaim his glorious deeds among the Gentiles; make mention that his name is exalted.

 5-Sing praise to the name of the Lord; for he has done great things: declare this in all the earth.

 6-Exalt and rejoice, you° that dwell in Sion: for the Holy One of Israel is exalted in the midst  of her.

 

Chapter 13

1-THE VISION WHICH ESAIAS SON OF AMOS SAW AGAINST BABYLON.

 2-Lift up a standard on the mountain of the plain, exalt the voice to them, beckon with the hand, open the gates, you° rulers.

 3-I give command, and I bring them: giants are coming to fulfil my wrath, rejoicing at the same time and insulting.

 4-A voice of many nations on the mountains, even like to that of many nations; a voice of kings and nations gathered together: the Lord of hosts has given command to  a warlike nation, 5-to come from a land afar off, from the utmost foundation of heaven; the Lord and his warriors are coming to destroy all the world.

 6-Howl you°, for the day of the Lord is near, and destruction from God shall arrive.

 7-Therefore every hand shall become powerless, and every soul of man shall be dismayed.

 8-The elders shall be troubled, and pangs shall seize them, as of a woman in travail: and they shall mourn one to another, and shall be amazed, and shall change their countenance as a flame.

 9-For behold! the day of the Lord is coming which can’t be  escaped, a day of wrath and anger, to make the world desolate, and to destroy sinners out of it.

 10-For the stars of heaven, and Orion, and all the host of heaven, shall not give their light; and it shall be dark at sunrise, and the moon shall not give her light.

 11-And I will command evils for the whole world, and will visit their sins on the ungodly: and I will destroy the pride of transgressors, and will bring low the pride of the haughty.

 12-And they that are left shall be more precious than gold tried in the fire; and a man shall be more precious than the stone that is in Suphir.

 13-For the heaven shall be enraged, and the earth shall be shaken from her foundation, because of the fierce anger of the Lord of hosts, in the day in which his wrath shall come on.

 14-And they that are left shall be as a fleeing fawn, and as a stray sheep, and there shall be none to gather them: so that a man shall turn back to his people, and a man shall flee to his own land.

 15-For whoever shall be taken shall be overcome; and they that are gathered together shall fall by the sword.

 16-And they shall dash their children before their eyes; and they shall spoil their houses, and shall take their wives.

 17-Behold, I will stir up against you the Medes, who do not regard silver, neither have they need of gold.

 18-They shall break the bows of the young men; and they shall have no mercy on your children; nor shall their eyes spare your children.

 19-And Babylon, which is called glorious by the king of the Chaldeans, shall be as when God overthrew Sodoma, and Gomorrha.

 20-It shall never be inhabited, neither shall any enter into it for many generations: neither shall the Arabians pass through it; nor shall shepherds at all rest in it.

 21-But wild beasts shall rest there; and the houses shall be filled with howling; and  monsters shall rest there, and devils shall dance there, and satyrs shall dwell there; and hedgehogs shall make their nests in their houses.

  It will come soon, and will not wait.

 

Chapter 14

1-And the Lord will have mercy on Jacob, and will yet choose Israel, and they shall rest on their land: and the stranger shall be added to them, yes, shall be added to the house of Jacob.

 2-And the Gentiles shall take them, and bring them into their place: and they shall  inherit them, and  they shall be multiplied upon the land for servants and handmaidens: and they that took them captives shall become captives to them; and they that had lordship over them shall be under their rule.

 3-And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall give you rest from your sorrow and vexation, and from your hard servitude wherein you did serve them.

 4-And you shall take up this lamentation against the king of Babylon,  How has the extortioner ceased, and the taskmaster ceased! 5-The Lord has broken the yoke of sinners, the yoke of princes.

 6-Having struck a nation in wrath, with an incurable plague, striking a nation with a wrathful plague, which spared them not, he rested in quiet.

 7-All the earth cries aloud with joy: 8-the trees also of Libanus rejoice against you, and the cedar of Libanus, saying, From the time that you have been laid low, no one has come up to cut us down.

 9-Hell from beneath is provoked to meet you: all the great ones that have ruled over the earth have risen up together against you, they that have raised up from their thrones all the kings of the nations.

 10-All shall answer and say to you, You also have been taken, even as we; and you are numbered among us.

 11-Your glory has come down to Hades, and your great mirth: under you they shall spread corruption, and the worm shall be your covering.

 12-How has Lucifer, that rose in the morning, fallen from heaven! He that sent orders to all the nations is crushed to the earth.

 13-But you said in your heart, I will go up to heaven, I will set my throne above the stars of heaven: I will sit on a lofty mount, on the lofty mountains toward the north: 14-I will go up above the clouds: I will be like the Most High.

 15-But now you shall go down to hell, even to the foundations of the earth.

 16-They that see you shall wonder at you, and say,  This is the man that troubled the earth, that made kings to shake; 17-that made the whole world desolate, and destroyed its cities; he loosed not those who were in captivity.

 18-All the kings of the nations lie in honor, every man in his house.

 19-But you shall be cast forth on the mountains, as a loathed carcase, with many dead who have been pierced with swords, going down to the grave.

 20-As a garment defiled with blood shall not be pure, so neither shall you be pure; because you have destroyed my land, and have slain my people: you shall not endure for ever, —you an evil seed.

 21-Prepare your children to be slain for the sins of their father; that they arise not, and inherit the earth, nor fill the earth with wars.

 22-And I will rise up against them, says the Lord of hosts, and I will destroy their name, and remnant, and seed: thus says the Lord.

 23-And I will make the region of Babylon desert, so that hedgehogs shall dwell there, and it shall come to nothing: and I will make it a pit of clay for destruction.

 24-Thus says the Lord of hosts, As I have said, so it shall be: and as I have purposed, so the matter shall remain: 25- even to destroy the Assyrians upon my land, and upon my mountains: and they shall be for trampling; and their yoke shall be taken away from them, and their glory shall be taken away from their shoulders.

 26-This is the purpose which the Lord has purposed upon the whole earth: and this the hand that is uplifted against all the nations.

 27-For what the Holy God has purposed, who shall frustrate? and who shall turn back his uplifted hand? 28-In the year in which king Achaz died this word came.

 29-Rejoice not, all you° Philistines, because the yoke of him that struck you is broken: for out of the seed of the serpent shall come forth the young asps, and their young shall come forth flying serpents, 30-And the poor shall be fed by him, and poor men shall rest in peace: but he shall destroy your seed with hunger, and shall destroy your remnant.

 31-Howl, you° gates of cities; let the cities be troubled and cry, even all the Philistines: for smoke is coming from the north, and there is no possibility  of living.

 32-And what shall the kings of the nations answer? That the Lord has founded Sion, and by him the poor of the people shall be saved.

  

Chapter 15

1-THE WORD AGAINST THE LAND OF MOAB.

 By night the land of Moab shall be destroyed; for by night the wall of the land of Moab shall be destroyed.

 2-Grieve for yourselves; for even Debon, where your altar is, shall be destroyed: there shall you° go up to weep, over Nabau of the land of Moab: howl you°: baldness shall be on every head, and all arms shall be  wounded.

 3-Gird yourselves with sackcloth in her streets: and lament upon her roofs, and in her streets, and in her ways; howl all of you with weeping.

 4-For Esebon and Eleale have cried: their voice was heard to Jassa: therefore the loins of the region of Moab cry aloud; her soul shall know.

 5-The heart of the region of Moab cries within her to Segor; for it is as a heifer of three years old: and on the ascent of Luith they shall go up to you weeping by the way of Aroniim: she cries, Destruction, and trembling.

 6-The water of Nemerim shall be desolate, and the grass thereof shall fail: for there shall be no green grass.

 7-Shall Moab even thus be delivered? for I will bring the Arabians upon the valley, and they shall take it.

 8-For the cry has reached the border of the region of Moab, even of Agalim; and her howling has gone as far as the well of Aelim.

 9-And the water of Dimon shall be filled with blood: for I will bring Arabians upon Dimon, and I will take away the seed of Moab, and Ariel, and the remnant of Adama.

  

Chapter 16

1-I will send as it were reptiles on the land: is not the mount of the daughter of Sion a desolate rock? 2-For you shall be as a young bird taken away from a bird that has flown: even you shall be so, daughter of Moab: and then do you, O Arnon, 3-take farther counsel, and continually make you a shelter from grief: they flee in darkness at mid-day; they are amazed; be not you led captive.

 4-The fugitives of Moab shall sojourn with you; they shall be to you a shelter from the face of the pursuer: for your alliance has been taken away, and the oppressing ruler has perished from off the earth.

 5-And a throne shall be established with mercy; and one shall sit upon it with truth in the tabernacle of David, judging, and earnestly seeking judgments, and hasting righteousness.

 6-We have heard of the pride of Moab; he is very proud.

 I have cut off his pride: your prophecy shall not be thus, no not thus.

 7-Moab shall howl; for all shall howl in the land of Moab: but you shall care for them that dwell in Seth, and you shall not be ashamed.

 8-The plains of Esebon shall mourn, the vine of Sebama: swallowing up the nations, trample you° her vines, even to Jazer: you° shall not come together; wander you° in the desert: they that were sent are deserted, for they have gone over to the sea.

 9-Therefore will I weep as with the weeping of Jazer for the vine of Sebama; Esebon and Eleale have cast down your trees; for I will trample on your harvest and on your vintages, and all your plants shall fall.

 10-And gladness and rejoicing shall be taken away from the vineyards; and they shall not at all tread wine into the vats; for the vintage has ceased.

 11-Therefore my belly shall sound as a harp for Moab, and  you have repaired my inward parts as a wall.

 12-And it shall be to your shame, (for Moab is wearied at the altars,) that he shall go in to the idols thereof to pray, but they shall not be at all able to deliver him.

 13-This is the word which the Lord spoke against Moab, when he spoke.

 14-And now I say, in three years, of the years of an hireling, the glory of Moab shall be dishonored  with all his great wealth; and he shall be left few in number, and not honored.

 

Chapter 17

1-THE WORD AGAINST DAMASCUS.

 Behold, Damascus shall be taken away from among cities, and shall become a ruin; 2-abandoned for ever, to be a fold and resting-place for flocks, and there shall be none to go after them.

 3-And she shall no longer be a strong place for Ephraim to flee to, and there shall no longer be a kingdom in Damascus, or a remnant of Syrians; for you are no better than the children of Israel, even than their glory; thus says the Lord of hosts.

 4-There shall be in that day a failure of the glory of Jacob, and the riches of his glory shall be shaken.

 5-And it shall be as if one should gather standing corn, and reap the grain of the ears; and it shall be as if one should gather ears in a rich valley; 6-and as if there should be left stubble therein, or as it were the berries of an olive tree, two or three on the topmost bough, or as if four or five should be left on their branches; thus says the Lord, the God of Israel.

 7-In that day a man shall trust in him that made him, and his eyes shall have respect to the Holy One of Israel.

 8-And they shall not at all trust in their altars, nor in the works of their hands, which their fingers made; and they shall not look to the trees, nor to their abominations.

 9-In that day your cities shall be deserted, as the Amorites and the Evaeans deserted theirs, because of the children of Israel; and they shall be desolate.

 10-Because you have forsaken God your Saviour, and have not been mindful of the Lord your helper; therefore shall you plant a  false plant, and a false seed.

 11-In the day wherein you shall plant you shall be deceived; but if you sow in the morning, the seed shall spring up for a crop in the day wherein you shall obtain an inheritance, and as a man's father, you shall obtain an inheritance for your sons.

 12-Woe to the multitude of many nations, as the swelling sea, so shall you° be confounded; and the  force of many nations shall sound like water; 13-many nations like much water, as when much water rushes violently: and they shall drive him away, and pursue him afar, as the dust of chaff when men winnow before the wind, and as a storm whirling the dust of the wheel.

 14-Toward evening, and there shall be grief; before the morning, and he shall not be.

 This is the portion of them that spoiled you, and the inheritance to them that robbed you of your inheritance.

  

Chapter 18

1-Woe to you, you° wings of the land of ships, beyond the rivers of Ethiopia.

 2-  He sends messengers by the sea, and paper letters on the water: for swift messengers shall go to a lofty nation, and to a strange and harsh people.

 Who is beyond it? a nation not looked for, and trodden down.

 3-Now all the rivers of the land shall be inhabited as an inhabited country; their land shall be as when a signal is raised from a mountain; it shall be audible as the sound of a trumpet.

 4-For thus said the Lord to me, There shall be security in my city, as the light of noonday heat, and it shall be as a cloud of dew in the day of harvest.

 5-Before the reaping time, when the flower has been completely formed, and the unripe grape has put forth its flower and blossomed, then shall he take away the little clusters with pruning-hooks, and shall take away the small branches, and cut them off; 6-And he shall leave them together to the birds of the sky, and to the wild beasts of the earth: and the fowls of the sky shall be gathered upon them, and all the beasts of the land shall come upon him.

 7-In that time shall presents be brought to the Lord of hosts from a people afflicted and peeled, and from a people great from henceforth and for ever; a nation hoping and  yet trodden down, which is in a part of a river of his land, to the place where is the name of the Lord of hosts, the mount Sion.

 

Chapter 19

1-THE VISION OF EGYPT.

 Behold, the Lord sits on a swift cloud, and shall come to Egypt: and the idols of Egypt shall be moved at his presence, and their heart shall faint within them.

 2-And the Egyptians shall be stirred up against the Egyptians: and a man shall fight against his brother, and a man against his neighbor, city against city, and  law against  law.

 3-And the spirit of the Egyptians shall be troubled within them; and I will frustrate their counsel: and they shall enquire of their gods and their images, and  them that speak out of the earth, and them that have in them a divining spirit.

 4-And I will deliver Egypt into the hands of men, of cruel lords; and cruel kings shall rule over them: thus says the Lord of hosts.

 5-And the Egyptians shall drink the water that is by the sea, but the river shall fail, and be dried up.

 6-And the streams shall fail, and the canals of the river; and every  reservoir of water shall be dried up, in every marsh also of reed and papyrus.

 7-And all the green herbage round about the river, and everything sown by the side of the river, shall be blasted with the wind and dried up.

 8-And the fishermen shall groan, and all that cast a hook into the river shall groan; they also that cast nets, and the anglers shall mourn.

 9-And shame shall come upon them that work fine flax, and them that  make fine linen.

 10-And they that work at them shall be in pain, and all that make beer shall be grieved, and be pained in their souls.

 11-And the princes of Tanis shall be fools: as for the king's wise counselors, their counsel shall be turned into folly: how will you° say to the king, we are sons of wise men, sons of ancient kings? 12-Where are now your wise men? and let them declare to you, and say, What has the Lord of hosts purposed upon Egypt? 13-The princes of Tanis have failed, and the princes of Memphis are lifted up with pride, and they shall cause Egypt to wander by tribes.

 14-For the Lord has prepared for them a spirit of error, and they have caused Egypt to err in all their works, as one staggers who is drunken and vomits also.

 15-And there shall be no work to the Egyptians, which shall make head or tail, or beginning or end.

 16-But in that day the Egyptians shall be as women, in fear and in trembling because of the hand of the Lord of hosts, which he shall bring upon them.

 17-And the land of the Jews shall be for a terror to the Egyptians: whoever shall name it to them, they shall fear, because of the counsel which the Lord of hosts has purposed concerning it.

 18-In that day there shall be five cities in Egypt speaking the language of Chanaan, and swearing by the name of the Lord of hosts; one city shall be called the  city of Asedec.

 19-In that day there shall be an altar to the Lord in the land of the Egyptians, and a pillar to the Lord by its border.

 20-And it shall be for a sign to the Lord for ever in the land of Egypt: for they shall presently cry to the Lord by reason of them that afflict them, and he shall send them a man who shall save them; he shall judge and save them.

 21-And the Lord shall be known to the Egyptians, and the Egyptians shall know the Lord in that day; and they shall offer sacrifices, and shall vow vows to the Lord, and pay them.

 22-And the Lord shall strike the Egyptians with a stroke, and shall completely heal them: and they shall return to the Lord, and he shall hear them, and thoroughly heal them.

 23-In that day there shall be a way from Egypt to the Assyrians, and the Assyrians shall enter into Egypt, and the Egyptians shall go to the Assyrians, and the Egyptians shall serve the Assyrians.

 24-In that day shall Israel be third with the Egyptians and the Assyrians, blessed in the land which the Lord of hosts has blessed, 25-saying, Blessed be my people that is in Egypt, and that is among the Assyrians, and Israel my inheritance.

  

Chapter 20

1-In the year when Tanathan came to Azotus, when he was sent by Arna king of the Assyrians, and warred against Azotus, and took it; 2-then the Lord spoke to Esaias the son of Amos, saying, Go and take the sackcloth off your loins, and loose your sandals from off your feet, and do thus, going naked and barefoot.

 3-And the Lord said, As my servant Esaias has walked naked and barefoot three years, there shall be three years for signs and wonders to the Egyptians and Ethiopians; 4-for thus shall the king of the Assyrians lead the captivity of Egypt and the Ethiopians, young men and old, naked and barefoot, having the shame of Egypt exposed.

 5-And the Egyptians being defeated shall be ashamed of the Ethiopians, in whom they had trusted; for they were their glory.

 6-And they that dwell in this island shall say in that day, Behold, we trusted to flee to them for help, who could not save themselves from the king of the Assyrians: and how shall we be saved?  


Chapter 21

1-THE VISION OF THE DESERT.

 As though a whirlwind should pass through the desert, coming from a desert, even from such a land, 2- so a fearful and a grievous vision was declared to me: he that is treacherous deals treacherously, the transgressor transgresses.

 The Elamites are upon me, and the ambassadors of the Persians come against me: now will I groan and comfort myself.

 3-Therefore are my loins filled with feebleness, and pangs have seized me as a travailing woman: I dealt wrongfully that I might not hear; I hasted that I might not see.

 4-My heart wanders, and transgression  overwhelms me; my soul is occupied with fear.

 5-Prepare the table, eat, drink: arise, you° princes, and prepare your shields.

 6-For thus said the Lord to me, Go and station a watchman for yourself, and declare whatever you shall see.

 7-And I saw two mounted horsemen, and a rider on an ass, and a rider on a camel.

 8-Listen with great attention, and call you Urias to the watch-tower: the Lord has spoken.

 I stood continually during the day, and I stood in the camp all night: 9-and, behold, he comes riding in a chariot and pair: and he answered and said, Babylon is fallen, is fallen; and all her images and her idols have been crushed to the ground.

 10-Hear, you° that are left, and you° that are in pain, hear what things I have heard of the Lord of hosts which the God of Israel has declared to us.

 THE VISION OF IDUMEA.

 11-Call to me out of Seir; guard you° the bulwarks.

 12-I watch in the morning and the night: if you would enquire, enquire, and dwell by me.

 13-You may lodge in the forest  in the evening, or in the way of Daedan.

 14-You° that dwell in the country of Thaeman, bring water to meet him that is thirsty; 15-meet the fugitives with bread, because of the multitude of the slain, and because of the multitude of them that lose their way, and because of the multitude of swords, and because of the multitude of bent bows, and because of the multitude of them that have fallen in war.

 16-For thus said the Lord to me, Yet a year, as the year of an hireling, and the glory of the sons of Kedar shall fail: 17-and the remnant of the strong bows of the sons of Kedar shall be small: for the Lord God of Israel has spoken  it.

 

Chapter 22

1-THE WORD OF THE VALLEY OF SION.

 What has happened to you, that now you° are all gone up to the housetops which help you not? 2-The city is filled with shouting men: your slain are not slain with swords, nor are your dead those who have died in battle.

 3-All your princes have fled, and your captives are tightly bound, and the mighty men in you have fled far away.

 4-Therefore I said, Let me alone, I will weep bitterly; labor not to comfort me for the breach of the daughter of my people.

 5-For it is a day of trouble, and of destruction, and of treading down, and there is perplexity sent from the Lord of hosts: they wander in the valley of Sion; they wander from the least to the greatest on the mountains.

 6-And the Elamites took their quivers, and there were men mounted on horses, and there was a gathering for battle.

 7-And it shall be that your choice valleys shall be filled with chariots, and horsemen shall block up your gates.

 8-And they shall uncover the gates of Juda, and they shall look in that day on the choice houses of the city.

 9-And they shall uncover the secret places of the houses of the citadel of David: and they saw that they were many, and that one had turned the water of the old pool into the city; 10-and that they had pulled down the houses of Jerusalem, to fortify the wall of the city.

 11-And you° procured to yourselves water between the two walls within the ancient pool: but you° looked not to him that made it from the beginning, and regarded not him that created it.

 12-And the Lord, the Lord of hosts, called in that day for weeping, and lamentation, and  baldness, and for girding with sackcloth: 13-but they engaged in joy and gladness, slaying calves, and killing sheep, so as to eat flesh, and drink wine; saying, Let us eat and drink; for to-morrow we die.

 14-And these things are revealed in the ears of the Lord of hosts: for this sin shall not be forgiven you, until you° die.

 15-Thus says the Lord of hosts, Go into the chamber, to Somnas the  treasurer, and say to him, Why are you here? 16-and what have you to do here, that you have here hewn yourself a sepulchre, and made yourself a sepulchre on high, and have graven for yourself a dwelling in the rock? 17-Behold now, the Lord of hosts casts forth and will utterly destroy such a man, and will take away your robe and your glorious crown, 18-and will cast you into a great and unmeasured land, and there you shall die: and he will bring your fair chariot to shame, and the house of your prince to be trodden down.

 19-And you shall be removed from your stewardship, and from your place.

 20-And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will call my servant Eliakim the son of Chelcias: 21-and I will put on him your robe, and I will grant him your crown with power, and I will give your stewardship into his hands: and he shall be as a father to them that dwell in Jerusalem, and to them that dwell in Juda.

 22-And I will give him the glory of David; and he shall rule, and there shall be none to speak against him: and I will give him the key  of the house of David upon his shoulder; and he shall open, and there shall be none to shut; and he shall shut, and there shall be none to open.

 23-And I will make him a ruler in a sure place, and he shall be for a glorious throne of his father's house.

 24-And every one that is glorious in the house of his father shall trust in him, from the least to the greatest; and they shall depend upon him in that day.

 25-Thus says the Lord of hosts, The man that is fastened in the sure place shall be removed and be taken away, and shall fall; and the glory that is upon him shall be utterly destroyed: for the Lord has spoken it.

  

Chapter 23

1-THE WORD CONCERNING TYRE.

 Howl, you° ships of Carthage; for she has perished, and men no longer arrive from the land of the Citians: she is led captive.

 2-To whom are the dwellers in the island become like, the merchants of Phoenice, passing over the sea 3-in great waters, a generation of merchants? as when the harvest is gathered in, so are these traders with the nations.

 4-Be ashamed, O Sidon: the sea has said, yes, the strength of the sea has said, I have not travailed, nor brought forth, nor have I brought up young men, nor reared virgins.

 5-Moreover when it shall be heard in Egypt, sorrow shall seize them for Tyre.

 6-Depart you° to Carthage; howl, you° that dwell in this island.

 7-Was not this your pride from the beginning, before she was given up? 8-Who has devised this counsel against Tyre? Is she inferior? or has she no strength? her merchants were the glorious princes of the earth.

 9-The Lord of hosts has purposed to bring down all the pride of the glorious ones, and to disgrace every glorious thing on the earth.

 10-Till your land; for ships no more come out of Carthage.

 11-And your hand prevails no more by sea, which  troubled kings: the Lord of hosts has given a command concerning Chanaan, to destroy the strength thereof.

 12-And men shall say, You° shall no longer at all continue to insult and injure the daughter of Sidon: and if you depart to the Citians, neither there shall you have rest.

 13-And if you depart to the land of the Chaldeans, this also is laid waste by the Assyrians, for her wall is fallen.

 14-Howl, you° ships of Carthage: for your strong hold is destroyed.

 15-And it shall come to pass in that day, that Tyre shall be left seventy years, as the time of a king, as the time of a man: and it shall come to pass after seventy years, that Tyre shall be as the song of a harlot.

 16-Take a harp, go about, O city, you harlot that have been forgotten; play well on the harp, sing many songs, that you may be remembered.

 17-And it shall come to pass after the seventy years, that God will visit Tyre, and she shall be again restored to her primitive state, and she shall be a mart for all the kingdoms of the world on the face of the earth.

 18-And her trade and her gain shall be holiness to the Lord: it shall not be gathered for them, but for those that dwell before the Lord,  even all her trade, to eat and drink and be filled, and for a covenant and a memorial before the Lord.

 

Chapter 24

1-Behold, the Lord is about to lay waste the world, and will make it desolate, and will lay bare the surface of it, and scatter them that dwell therein.

 2-And the people shall be as the priest, and the servant as the lord, and the maid as the mistress; the buyer shall be as the seller, the lender as the borrower, and the debtor as his creditor.

 3-The earth shall be completely laid waste, and the earth shall be utterly spoiled: for the mouth of the Lord has spoken these things.

 4-The earth mourns, and the world is ruined, the lofty ones of the earth are mourning.

 5-And she has sinned by reason of her inhabitants; because they have transgressed the law, and changed the ordinances, even the everlasting covenant.

 6-Therefore a curse shall consume the earth, because the inhabitants thereof have sinned: therefore the dwellers in the earth shall be poor, and few men shall be left.

 7-The wine shall mourn, the vine shall mourn, all the merry-hearted shall sigh.

 8-The mirth of timbrels has ceased, the sound of the harp has ceased.

 9-They are ashamed, they have not drunk wine; strong drink has become bitter to them that drink it.

 10-All the city has become desolate: one shall shut his house so that none shall enter.

 11-There is a howling for the wine everywhere; all the mirth of the land has ceased, all the mirth of the land has departed.

 12-And cities shall be left desolate, and houses being left shall fall to ruin.

 13-All this shall be in the land in the midst of the nations, as if one should strip an olive tree, so shall they strip them; but when the vintage is done, 14-these shall cry aloud; and they that are left on the land shall rejoice together in the glory of the Lord: the water of the sea shall be troubled.

 15-Therefore shall the glory of the Lord be in the isles of the sea; the name of the Lord shall be glorious.

 16-O Lord God of Israel, from the ends of the earth we have heard wonderful things, and there is hope to the godly: but they shall say, Woe to the despisers, that despise the law.

 17-Fear, and a pit, and a snare, are upon you that dwell on the earth.

 18-And it shall come to pass, that he that flees from the fear shall fall into the pit; and he that comes up out of the pit shall be caught by the snare: for windows have been opened in heaven, and the foundations of the earth shall be shaken, 19-the earth shall be utterly confounded, and the earth shall be completely perplexed.

 20-It reels as a drunkard and one oppressed with wine, and the earth shall be shaken as a storehouse of fruits; for iniquity has prevailed upon it, and it shall fall, and shall not be able to rise.

 21-And God shall bring his hand upon the host of heaven, and upon the kings of the earth.

 22-And they shall gather the multitude thereof into prisons, and they shall shut them into a strong hold: after many generations they shall be visited.

 23-And the brick shall decay, and the wall shall fall; for the Lord shall reign  from out of Sion, and out of Jerusalem, and shall be glorified before his elders.

 

Chapter 25

1-O Lord God, I will glorify you, I will sing to your name; for you have done wonderful things, even an ancient and faithful counsel.

 So be it.

 2-For you have made cities a heap, even cities made strong that their foundations should not fall: the city of ungodly men shall not be built for ever.

 3-Therefore shall the poor people bless you, and cities of injured men shall bless you.

 4-For you have been a helper to every lowly city, and a shelter to them that were disheartened by reason of poverty: you shall deliver them from wicked men: you have been a shelter of them that thirst, and a refreshing air to injured men.

 5- We were as faint-hearted men thirsting in Sion, by reason of ungodly men to whom you did deliver us.

 6-And the Lord of hosts shall make a feast for all the nations: on this mount they shall drink gladness, they shall drink wine: 7-they shall anoint themselves with ointment in this mountain.

 Impart you all these things to the nations; for this is God's counsel upon all the nations.

 8-  Death has prevailed and swallowed men up; but again the Lord God has taken away every tear from every face.

 He has taken away the reproach of his people from all the earth: for the mouth of the Lord has spoken it.

 9-And in that day they shall say, behold our God in whom we have trusted, and he shall save us: this is the Lord; we have waited for him, and we have exulted, and will rejoice in our salvation.

 10-God will give rest on this mountain, and the country of Moab shall be trodden down, as they tread the floor with waggons.

 11-And he shall spread forth his hands, even as he also brings down man to destroy him: and he shall bring low his pride in regard to the thing on which he has laid his hands.

 12-And he shall bring down the height of the refuge of the wall, and it shall come down even to the ground.

  

Chapter 26

1-In that day they shall sing this song in the land of Judea; Behold a strong city; and he shall make salvation its wall and bulwark.

 2-Open you° the gates, let the nation enter that keeps righteousness, and keeps truth, 3-supporting truth, and keeping peace: for on you, O Lord, 4-they have trusted with confidence for ever, the great, the eternal God; 5-who have humbled and brought down them that dwell on high, you shall cast down strong cities, and bring them to the ground.

 6-And the feet of the meek and lowly shall trample them.

 7-The way of the godly is made straight: the way of the godly is also prepared.

 8-For the way of the Lord is judgment: we have hoped in your name, and on the remembrance of you, 9-which our soul longs for: my spirit seeks you very early in the morning, O God, for your commandments are a light on the earth: learn righteousness, you° that dwell upon the earth.

 10-For the ungodly one is put down: no one who will not learn righteousness on the earth, shall be able to do the truth: let the ungodly be taken away, that he see not the glory of the Lord.

 11-O Lord, your arm is exalted, yet they knew it not: but when they know they shall be ashamed: jealousy shall seize upon an untaught nation, and now fire shall devour the adversaries.

 12-O Lord our God, give us peace: for you have rendered to us all things.

 13-O Lord our God, take possession of us: O Lord, we know not any other beside you: we name your name.

 14-But the dead shall not see life, neither shall  physicians by any means raise them up: therefore you have brought wrath upon them, and slain them, and have taken away every male of them.

 Bring more evils upon them, O Lord; 15-bring more evils on the glorious ones of the earth.

 16-Lord, in affliction I remembered you; your chastening was to us with small affliction.

 17-And as a woman in travail draws near to be delivered, and cries out in her pain; so have we been to your beloved.

 18-We have conceived, O Lord, because of your fear, and have been in pain, and have brought forth the breath of your salvation, which we have wrought upon the earth: we shall not fall, but all that dwell upon the land shall fall.

 19-The dead shall rise, and they that are in the tombs shall be raised, and they that are in the earth shall rejoice: for  the dew from you is healing to them: but the land of the ungodly shall perish.

 20-Go, my people, enter into your closets, shut your door, hide yourself for a little season, until the anger of the Lord have passed away.

 21-For, behold, the Lord is bringing wrath from  his holy place upon the dwellers on the earth: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall not cover her slain.

 

Chapter 27

1-In that day God shall bring his holy and great and strong sword upon the dragon, even the serpent that flees, upon the dragon, the crooked serpent: he shall destroy the dragon.

 2-In that day there shall be a fair vineyard, and a desire to commence a song concerning it.

 3-I am a strong city, a city in a siege: in vain shall I water it; for it shall be taken by night, and by day the wall shall fall.

 4-There is no woman that has not taken hold of it; who will set me to watch stubble in the field? because of this enemy I have set her aside; therefore on this account the Lord has done all that he appointed.

 5-I am burnt up; they that dwell in her shall cry, Let us make peace with him, let us make peace, 6-they that are coming are the children of Jacob.

 Israel shall bud and blossom, and the world shall be filled with his fruit.

 7-Shall he himself be thus struck, even as he struck? and as he killed, shall he be thus slain? 8-Fighting and reproaching he will dismiss them; did you not meditate with a harsh spirit, to kill them with a wrathful spirit? 9-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.

 10-The flock that lived there shall be left, as a deserted flock; and the ground shall be for a long time for pasture, and there shall flocks lie down to rest.

 11-And after a time there shall be in it no green thing because of the grass being parched.

 Come hither, you° women that come  from a sight; for it is a people of no understanding; therefore he that made them shall have no pity upon them, and he that formed them shall have no mercy upon them.

 12-And it shall come to pass in that day that God shall fence men off from the channel of the river as far as Rhinocorura; but do you° gather one by one the children of Israel.

 13-And it shall come to pass in that day  that they shall blow the great trumpet, and the lost ones in the land of the Assyrians shall come, and the lost ones in Egypt, and shall worship the Lord on the holy mountain in Jerusalem.

 

Chapter 28

1-Woe to the crown of pride, the hirelings of Ephraim, the flower that has fallen from the glory of the top of the fertile mountain, they that are drunken without wine.

 2-Behold, the anger of the Lord is strong and severe, as descending hail where there is no shelter, violently descending; as a great body of water sweeping away the soil, he shall make rest for the land.

 3-The crown of pride, the hirelings of Ephraim, shall be beaten down with the hands and with the feet.

 4-And the fading flower of the  glorious hope on the top of the high mountain shall be as the early fig; he that sees it, before he takes it into his hand, will desire to swallow it down.

 5-In that day the Lord of hosts shall be the crown of hope, the woven crown of glory, to the remnant of the people.

 6-They shall be left in the spirit of judgment for judgment, and for the strength of them that hinder slaying.

 7-For these have trespassed through wine; they have erred through strong drink: the priest and the prophet are mad through strong drink, they are swallowed up by reason of wine, they have staggered  through drunkenness; they have erred: this is their vision.

 8-A curse shall devour this counsel, for this is their counsel for the sake of covetousness.

 9-To whom have we reported evils? and to whom have we reported a message? even to those that are weaned from the milk, who are drawn from the breast.

 10-Expect you affliction on affliction, hope upon hope: yet a little, and yet a little, 11-  by reason of the contemptuous words of the lips, by means of another language: for they shall speak to this people, saying to them, 12-This is the rest to him that is hungry, and this is the calamity: but they would not hear.

 13-Therefore the oracle of God shall be to them affliction on affliction, hope on hope, yet a little, and yet a little, that they may go and fall backward; and they shall be crushed and shall be in danger, and shall be taken.

 14-Therefore hear you° the word of the Lord, you° afflicted men, and you° princes of this people that is in Jerusalem.

 15-Because you° have said, We have made a covenant with Hades, and agreements with death; if the rushing storm should pass, it shall not come upon us: we have made falsehood our hope, and by falsehood shall we be protected: 16-Therefore thus says 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.

 17-And I will cause judgment to be for hope, and my compassion shall be for just measures, and you° that trust vainly in falsehood shall fall: for the storm shall by no means pass by you, 18-  except it also take away your covenant of death, and your trust in Hades shall by no means stand: if the rushing storm should come upon you, you° shall be beaten down by it.

 19-Whenever it shall pass by, it shall take you; morning by morning it shall pass by in the day, and in the night there shall be an evil hope.

 Learn to hear, 20-you° that are distressed; we can’t fight, but we are ourselves too weak for you to be gathered.

 21-The Lord shall rise up as a mountain of ungodly men, and shall be in the valley of Gabaon; he shall perform his works with wrath, even a work of bitterness, and his wrath shall deal strangely, and his destruction shall be strange.

 22-Therefore do not you° rejoice, neither let your bands be made strong; for I have heard of works finished and cut short by the Lord of hosts, which he will execute upon all the earth.

 23-Listen, and hear my voice; attend, and hear my words.

 24-Will the plowman plow all the day? or will he prepare the seed beforehand, before he tills the ground? 25-Does he not, when he has levelled the surface thereof, then sow the small black poppy, or cumin, and afterward sow wheat, and barley, and millet, and bread-corn in your borders? 26-So you shall be chastened by the judgment of your God, and shall rejoice.

 27-For the black poppy is not cleansed with harsh treatment, nor will a wagon-wheel pass over the cumin; but the black poppy is threshed with a rod, and the cumin shall be eaten with bread; 28-for  I will not be angry with you for ever, neither shall the voice of  my anger crush you.

 29-And these signs came forth from the Lord of hosts.

 Take counsel, exalt vain comfort.

  

Chapter 29

1-  Alas for the city of Ariel, which David  besieged.

 Gather you° fruits year by year; eat you°, for you° shall eat with Moab.

 2-For I will grievously afflict Ariel: and her strength and her wealth shall be mine.

 3-And I will compass you about like David, and will raise a mound about you, and set up towers round you.

 4-And your words shall be brought down to the earth, and your words shall sink down to the earth, and your voice shall be as they that speak out of the earth, and your voice shall  be lowered to the ground.

 5-But the wealth of the ungodly shall be as dust from a wheel, and the multitude of them that oppress you as flying chaff, and it shall be suddenly as a moment, 6-from the Lord of Hosts: for there shall be a visitation with thunder, and earthquake, and a loud  noise, a rushing tempest, and devouring flame of fire.

 7-And the wealth of all the nations together, as many as have fought against Ariel, and all they that war against Jerusalem, and all who are gathered against her, and they that distress her, shall be as one that dreams in sleep by night.

 8-And as men drink and eat in sleep, and when they have arisen, the dream is vain: and as a thirsty man dreams as if he drank, and having arisen is still thirsty, and his soul has desired in vain: so shall be the wealth of all the nations, as many as have fought against the mount Sion.

 9-Faint you°, and be amazed, and be overpowered, not with strong drink nor with wine.

 10-For the Lord has made you to drink a spirit of deep sleep; and he shall close their eyes, and the eyes of their prophets and of their rulers, who see secret things.

 11-And all these things shall be to you as the words of this sealed book, which if they shall give to a learned man, saying, Read this, he shall then say, I can’t read it, for it is sealed.

 12-And this book shall be given into the hands of a man that is unlearned, and one shall say to him, Read this; and he shall say, I am not learned.

 13-And the Lord has said,  This people draw near to me with their mouth, and they honor 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.

 14-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.

 15-Woe to them that deepen their counsel, and not by the Lord.

 Woe to them that take secret counsel, and whose works  are in darkness, and they say, Who has seen us? and who shall know us, or what we do? 16-Shall you° not be counted as clay of the potter?  Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, You did not form me? or the work to the maker, You have not made me wisely? 17- Is it not yet a little while, and Libanus shall be changed as the mountains of Chermel, and Chermel shall be reckoned as a forest? 18-And in that day the deaf shall hear the words of the book, and they that are in darkness, and they that are in mist: the eyes of the blind shall see, 19-and the poor shall rejoice with joy because of the Lord, and they that had no hope among men shall be filled with joy.

 20-The lawless man has come to nothing, and the proud man has perished, and they that transgress mischievously have been utterly destroyed: 21-and they that cause men to sin by a word: and men shall make all that reprove in the gates an offense, because they have unjustly turned aside the righteous.

 22-Therefore thus says the Lord concerning the house of Jacob, whom he set apart from Abraam, Jacob shall not now be ashamed, neither shall he now change countenance.

 23-But when their children shall have seen my works, they shall sanctify my name for my sake, and they sanctify the Holy One of Jacob, and shall fear the God of Israel.

 24-And they that erred in spirit shall know understanding, and the murmurers shall learn obedience, and the stammering tongues shall learn to speak peace.

  

Chapter 30

1-Woe to the apostate children, says the Lord: you° have framed counsel, not by me, and covenants not by my Spirit, to add sins to sins: 2- even they that proceed to go down into Egypt, but they have not enquired of me, that they might be helped by Pharao, and protected by the Egyptians.

 3-For the protection of Pharaoh shall be to you a disgrace, and there shall be a reproach to them that trust in Egypt.

 4-For there are princes in Tanes, evil messengers.

 5-In vain shall they labor in seeking to a people, which shall not profit them for help, but shall be for a shame and reproach.

 6-THE VISION OF THE QUADRUPEDS IN THE DESERT.

 In affliction and distress, where are the lion and lion's whelp, thence come also asps, and the young of flying asps, there shall they be who bore their wealth on asses and camels to a nation which shall not profit them.

 7-The Egyptians shall help you utterly in vain: tell them, This your consolation is vain.

 8-Now then sit down and write these words on a tablet, and in a book; for these things shall be  for many long days, and even for ever.

 9-For the people is disobedient, false children, who would not hear the law of God: 10-who say to the prophets, Report not to us; and to them that see visions, Speak them not to us, but speak and report to us another error; 11-and turn us aside from this way; remove from us this path, and remove from us the oracle of Israel.

 12-Therefore thus says the Holy One of Israel, Because you° have refused to obey these words, and have trusted in falsehood; and because you have murmured, and been confident in this respect: 13-therefore shall this sin be to you as a wall suddenly falling when a strong city has been taken, of which the fall is very near at hand.

 14-And the fall thereof shall be as the breaking of an earthen vessel, as small fragments of a pitcher, so that you should not find among them a sherd, with which you might take up fire, and with which you should draw a little water.

 15-Thus says the Lord, the Holy Lord of Israel; When you shall turn and mourn, then you shall be saved; and you shall know where you were, when you did trust in vanities: then your strength became vain, yet you° would not listen: 16-but you° said, We will flee upon horses; therefore shall you° flee: and, We will be aided by swift riders; therefore shall they that pursue you be swift.

 17-A thousand shall flee because of the voice of one, and many shall flee on account of the voice of five; until you° be left as a signal-post upon a mountain, and as one bearing an ensign upon a hill.

 18-And the Lord will again wait, that he may pity you, and will therefore be exalted that he may have mercy upon you: because the Lord your God is a judge: blessed are they that  stay themselves upon him.

 19-For the holy people shall dwell in Sion: and whereas Jerusalem has  wept bitterly, saying, Pity me; he shall pity you: when he perceived the voice of your cry, he listened to you.

 20-And though the Lord shall give you the bread of affliction and scant water, yet they that cause you to err shall no more at all draw near to you; for your eyes shall see those that cause you to err, 21-and your ears shall hear the words of them that went after you to lead you astray, who say, This is the way, let us walk in it, whether to the right or to the left.

 22-And you shall pollute the plated idols, and you shall grind to powder the gilt ones, and shall scatter them as the water of a removed woman, and you shall thrust them forth as dung.

 23-Then shall there be rain to the seed of your land; and the bread of the fruit of your land shall be plenteous and rich: and your cattle shall feed in that day in a fertile and spacious place.

 24-Your bulls and your oxen that till the ground, shall eat chaff mixed with winnowed barley.

 25-And there shall be upon every lofty mountain and upon every high hill, water running in that day, when many shall perish, and when the towers shall fall.

 26-And the light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun shall be sevenfold in the day when the Lord shall heal the breach of his people, and shall heal the pain of your wound.

 27-Behold, the name of the Lord comes after a long time, burning wrath: the word of his lips is with glory, a word full of anger, and the anger of his wrath shall devour as fire.

 28-And his breath, as rushing water in a valley, shall reach as far as the neck, and be divided, to confound the nations for their vain error: error also shall pursue them, and  overtake them.

 29-Must you° always rejoice, and go into my holy places continually, as they that keep a feast? and must you° go with a pipe, as those that rejoice, into the mountain of the Lord, to the God of Israel? 30-And the Lord shall make his glorious voice to be heard, and the wrath of his arm, to make a display with wrath and anger and devouring flame: he shall lighten terribly, and his wrath shall be as water and violent hail.

 31-For by the voice of the Lord the Assyrians shall be overcome, even by the stroke wherewith he shall strike them.

 32-And it shall happen to him from every side, that they from whom their hope of assistance was, in which he trusted, themselves shall war against him in turn with drums and with harp.

 33-For you shall be required before  your time: has it been prepared for you also to reign? nay, God has prepared for you a deep trench, wood piled, fire and much wood: the wrath of the Lord shall be as a trench kindled with sulphur.

 

Chapter 31

1-Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help, who trust in horses and chariots, for they are many; and in horses, which are a great multitude; and have not trusted in the Holy One of Israel, and have not sought the Lord.

 2-Therefore he has wisely brought evils upon them, and his word shall not be frustrated; and he shall rise up against the houses of wicked men, and against their vain hope, 3- even an Egyptian, a man, and not God; the flesh of horses, and there is no help in them: but the Lord shall bring his hand upon them, and the helpers shall fail, and all shall perish together.

 4-For thus said the Lord to me, As a lion would roar, or a lion's whelp over prey which he has taken, and cry over it, until the mountains are filled with his voice, and the animals are awe-struck and tremble at the fierceness of his wrath: so the Lord of hosts shall descend to fight upon the mount Sion, even upon her mountains.

 5-As birds flying, so shall the Lord of hosts defend; he shall defend Jerusalem, and he shall rescue, and save and deliver.

 6-Turn, you° children of Israel, who devise a deep and sinful counsel.

 7-For in that day men shall renounce their silver idols and their golden idols, which their hands made.

 8-And the Assyrian shall fall: not the sword of a great man, nor the sword of a mean man shall devour him; neither shall he flee from the face of the sword: but the young men shall be overthrown: 9-for they shall be compassed with rocks as with a trench, and shall be worsted; and he that flees shall be taken.

 Thus says the Lord, Blessed is he that has a seed in Sion, and household friends in Jerusalem.

  

Chapter 32

1-For, behold, a righteous king shall reign, and princes shall govern with judgment.

 2-And a man shall hide his words, and be hidden, as from rushing water, and shall appear in Sion as a rushing river, glorious in a thirsty land.

 3-And they shall no more trust in men, but they shall incline their ears to hear.

 4-And the heart of the weak ones shall attend to hear, and the stammering tongues shall soon learn to speak peace.

 5-And they shall no more at all tell a fool to rule, and your servants shall no more at all say, Be silent.

 6-For the fool shall speak foolish words, and his heart shall meditate vanities, and to perform lawless deeds and to speak error against the Lord, to scatter hungry souls, and he will cause the thirsty souls to be empty.

 7-For the counsel of the wicked will devise iniquity, to destroy the poor with unjust words, and  ruin the cause of the poor in judgment.

 8-But the godly have devised wise measures, and this counsel shall stand.

 9-Rise up, you° rich women, and hear my voice;  you° confident daughters, listen to my words.

 10-Remember for a full year in pain, yet with hope: the vintage has been cut off; it has ceased, it shall by no means come again.

 11-Be amazed, be pained, you° confident ones: strip you, bare yourselves, gird your loins; 12-and beat your breasts, because of the pleasant field, and the fruit of the vine.

 13- As for the land of my people, the thorn and grass shall come upon it, and joy shall be removed from every house.

 14- As for the rich city, the houses are deserted; they shall abandon the wealth of the city, and the pleasant houses: and the villages shall be caves for ever, the joy of wild asses, shepherds' pastures; 15-until the Spirit shall come upon you from on high, and Chermel shall be desert, and Chermel shall be counted for a forest.

 16-Then judgment shall abide in the wilderness, and righteousness shall dwell in Carmel.

 17-And the works of righteousness shall be peace; and righteousness shall ensure rest, and the righteous shall be confident for ever.

 18-And his people shall inhabit a city of peace, and dwell in it in confidence, and they shall rest with wealth.

 19-And if the hail should come down, it shall not come upon you; and they that dwell in the forests shall be in confidence, as those in the plain country.

 20-Blessed are they that sow by every water, where the ox and ass tread.

  

Chapter 33

1-Woe to them that afflict you; but no one makes you miserable: and he that deals perfidiously with you does not deal perfidiously: they that deal perfidiously shall be taken and given up, and as a moth on a garment, so shall they be spoiled.

 2-Lord, have mercy upon us; for we have trusted in you: the seed of the rebellious is gone to destruction, but our deliverance was in a time of affliction.

 3-By reason of the terrible sound the nations were dismayed for fear of you, and the heathen were scattered.

 4-And now shall the spoils of your small and great be gathered: as if one should gather locusts, so shall they mock you.

 5-The God who dwells on high is holy: Sion is filled with judgment and righteousness.

 6-They shall be delivered up to the law: our salvation is our treasure: there are wisdom and knowledge and piety toward the Lord; these are the treasures of righteousness.

 7-Behold now, these shall be terrified with fear of you: those whom you° feared shall cry out because of you: messengers shall be sent, bitterly weeping, entreating for peace.

 8-For the ways of these shall be made desolate: the terror of the nations has been made to cease, and the covenant with these is taken away, and you° shall by no means deem them men.

 9-The land mourns; Libanus is ashamed: Saron is become marshes; Galilee shall be  laid bare, and Chermel.

 10-Now will I arise, says the Lord, now will I be glorified; now will I be exalted.

 11-Now shall you° see, now shall you° perceive; the strength of your breath, shall be vain; fire shall devour you.

 12-And the nations shall be burnt up; as a thorn in the field cast out and burnt up.

 13-They that are afar off shall hear what I have done; they that draw near shall know my strength.

 14-The sinners in Sion have departed; trembling shall seize the ungodly.

 Who will tell you that a fire is kindled? Who will tell you of the eternal place? 15-He that walks in righteousness, speaking rightly, hating transgression and iniquity, and shaking his hands from gifts, stopping his ears that he should not hear the judgment of blood, shutting his eyes that he should not see injustice.

 16-he shall dwell in a high cave of a strong rock: bread shall be given him, and his water shall be sure.

 17-You° shall see a king with glory: your eyes shall behold a land from afar.

 18-Your soul shall meditate terror.

 Where are the scribes? where are the counselors, where is he that numbers them that are growing up, 19- even the small and great people? with whom he took not counsel, neither did he understand a people of deep speech, so that a despised people should not hear, and there is no understanding to him that hears.

 20-Behold the city of Sion,  our refuge: your eyes shall behold Jerusalem, a rich city, tabernacles which shall not be shaken, neither shall the pins of her tabernacle be moved for ever, neither shall her cords be at all broken: 21-for the name of the Lord is great to you: you° shall have a place, even rivers and wide and spacious channels: you shall not go this way, neither a vessel with oars go thereby.

 22-For my God is great: the Lord our judge shall not pass me by: the Lord is our prince, the Lord is our king; the Lord, he shall save us.

 23-Your cords are broken, for they had no strength: your meat has given way, it shall not spread the sails, it shall not bear a signal, until it be given up for plunder; therefore shall many lame men take spoil.

 24-And the people dwelling among them shall by no means say,  I am in pain: for their sin shall be forgiven them.

 

Chapter 34

1-Draw near, you° nations; and listen, you° princes; let the earth hear, and they that are in it; the world, and the people that are therein.

 2-For the wrath of the Lord is upon all nations, and his anger upon the number of them, to destroy them, and give them up to slaughter.

 3-And their slain shall be cast forth, and their corpses; and their ill savor shall come up, and the mountains shall be made wet with their blood.

 4-And all the powers of the heavens shall melt, and the sky shall be rolled up like a scroll: and all the stars shall fall like leaves from a vine, and as leaves fall from a fig tree.

 5-My sword has been made drunk in heaven: behold, it shall come down upon Idumea, and with judgment upon the people doomed to destruction.

 6-The sword of the Lord is filled with blood, it is glutted with fat, with the blood of goats and lambs, and with the fat of goats and rams: for the Lord has a sacrifice in Bosor, and a great slaughter in Idumea.

 7-And the mighty ones shall fall with them, and the rams and the bulls; and the land shall be  soaked with blood, and shall be filled with their fat.

 8-For it is the day of judgment of the Lord, and the year of the recompence of Sion in judgment.

 9-And her valleys shall be turned into pitch, and her land into sulphur; and her land shall be as pitch burning night and day; 10-and it shall never be quenched, and her smoke shall go up: it shall be made desolate throughout her generations, 11-and for a long time birds and hedgehogs, and ibises and ravens shall dwell in it: and the measuring line of desolation shall be cast over it, and  satyrs shall dwell in it.

 12-Her princes shall be no more; for her kings and her great men shall be destroyed.

 13-And thorns shall spring up in their cities, and in her strong holds: and they shall be habitations of  monsters, and a court of ostriches.

 14-And devils shall meet with satyrs, and they shall cry one to the other: there shall satyrs rest, having found for themselves a place of rest.

 15-There has the hedgehog made its nest, and the earth has safely preserved its young: there have the deer met, and seen one another's faces.

 16-They passed by in full number, and not one of them perished: they sought not one another; for the Lord commanded them, and his Spirit gathered them.

 17-And he shall cast lots for them, and his hand has portioned out  their pasture, saying, You° shall inherit the land for ever: they shall rest on it through all generations.

 

Chapter 35

1-Be glad, you thirsty desert: let the wilderness exult, and flower as the lily.

 2-And the desert places of Jordan shall blossom and rejoice; the glory of Libanus has been given to it, and the honor of Carmel; and my people shall see the glory of the Lord, and the majesty of God.

 3-  Be strong, you° relaxed hands and palsied knees.

 4-Comfort one another, you° faint-hearted; be strong, fear not; behold, our God renders judgment, and he will render it; he will come and save us.

 5-Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall hear.

 6-Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the stammerers shall speak plainly; for water has burst forth in the desert, and a channel of water in a thirsty land.

 7-And the dry land shall become pools, and a fountain of water shall be poured into the thirsty land; there shall there be a joy of birds, ready habitations and marshes.

 8-There shall be there a pure way, and it shall be called a holy way; and there shall not pass by there any unclean person, neither shall there be there an unclean way; but the dispersed shall walk on it, and they shall not go astray.

 9-And there shall be no lion there, neither shall any evil beast go up upon it, nor at all be found there; but the redeemed and gathered on the Lord's behalf, shall walk in it, 10-and shall return, and come to Sion with joy, and everlasting joy  shall be over their head; for on their head shall be praise and exultation, and joy shall take possession of them: sorrow and pain, and groaning have fled away.

 

Chapter 36

1-Now it came to pass in the fourteenth year of the reign of Ezekias, that Sennacherim, king of the Assyrians, came up against the strong cities of Judea, and took them.

 2-And the king of the Assyrians sent Rabsaces out of Laches to Jerusalem to king Ezekias with a large force: and he stood by the  conduit of the upper pool in the way of the fuller's field.

 3-And there went forth to him Heliakim the steward, the son of Chelcias, and Somnas the scribe, and Joach the son of Asaph, the recorder.

 4-And Rabsaces said to them, Say to Ezekias, Thus says the great king, the king of the Assyrians, Why are you secure? 5-Is war carried on with counsel and mere words of the lips? and now on whom do you trust, that you rebel against me? 6-Behold, you trust on this bruised staff of reed, on Egypt: as soon as a man leans upon it, it shall go into his hand, and pierce it: so is Pharao king of Egypt and all that trust in him.

 7-But if you° say, We trust in the Lord our God; 8-yet now make an agreement with my lord the king of the Assyrians, and I will give you two thousand horses, if you° shall be able to set riders upon them.

 9-And how can you° then turn to the face of the  satraps? They that trust on the Egyptians for horse and rider, are our servants.

 10-And now, Have we come up against this land to fight against it without the Lord? The Lord said to me, Go up against this land, and destroy it.

 11-Then Eliakim and Somnas and Joach said to him, Speak to your servants in the Syrian tongue; for we understand it: and speak not to us in the Jewish tongue: and therefore speak you in the ears of the men on the wall? 12-And Rabsaces said to them, Has my lord sent me to your lord or to you, to speak these words? has he not sent me to the men that sit on the wall, that they may eat dung, and drink their water together with you? 13-And Rabsaces stood and cried with a loud voice in the Jewish language, and said, Hear you° the words of the great king, the king of the Assyrians: 14-thus says the king, Let not Ezekias deceive you with words: he will not be able to deliver you.

 15-And let not Ezekias say to you, That God will deliver you, and this city will not at all be delivered into the hand of the king of the Assyrians.

 16-Listen not to Ezekias: thus says the king of the Assyrians, If you° wish to be blessed, come out to me: and you° shall eat every one of his vine and his fig-trees, and you° shall drink water out of your own cisterns: 17-until I come and take you to a land, like your own land, a land of corn and wine, and bread, and vineyards.

 18-Let not Ezekias deceive you, saying, God will deliver you.

 Have the gods of the nations delivered each one his own land out of the hand of the king of the Assyrians? 19-Where is the god of Emath, and Arphath? and where is the god of Eppharuaim? have they been able to deliver Samaria out of my hand? 20-Which is the god of all these nations, that has delivered his land out of my hand, that God should deliver Jerusalem out of my hand? 21-And they were silent, and none answered him a word; because the king had commanded that none should answer.

 22-And Heliakim the  son of Chelcias, the steward, and Somnas the military scribe, and Joach the son of Asaph, the recorder, came in to Ezekias, having their garments torn, and they reported to him the words of Rabsaces.

 

Chapter 37

1-And it came to pass, when king Ezekias heard it, that he tore his clothes, and put on sackcloth, and went up to the house of the Lord.

 2-And he sent Heliakim the steward, and Somnas the scribe, and the elders of the priests clothed with sackcloth, to Esaias the son of Amos, the prophet.

 And they said to him, Thus says Ezekias, 3-To-day is a day of affliction, and reproach, and rebuke, and anger: for the pangs are come upon the travailing woman, but she has not strength to bring forth.

 4-May the Lord your God hear the words of Rabsaces, which the king of the Assyrians has sent, to reproach the living God, even to reproach with the words which the Lord your God has heard: therefore you shall pray to your Lord for these that are left.

 5-So the servants of king Ezekias came to Esaias.

 6-And Esaias said to them, Thus shall you° say to your master, Thus says the Lord, Be not you afraid at the words which you have heard, wherewith the ambassadors of the king of the Assyrians have reproached me, 7-Behold, I will send a blast upon him, and he shall hear a report, and return to his own country, and he shall fall by the sword in his own land.

 8-So Rabsaces returned, and found the king of the Assyrians besieging Lobna: for he had heard that he had departed from Lachis.

 9-And Tharaca king of the Ethiopians went forth to  attack him.

 And when he heard it, he turned aside, and sent messengers to Ezekias, saying, 10-Thus shall you° say to Ezekias king of Judea, Let not your God, in whom you trust, deceive you, saying, Jerusalem shall not be delivered into the hand of the king of the Assyrians.

 11-Hast you not heard what the kings of the Assyrians have done, how they have destroyed the whole earth? and shall you be delivered? 12-Have the gods of the nations which my fathers destroyed delivered them, both Gozan, and Charrhan, and Rapheth, which are in the land of Theemath? 13-Where are the kings of Emath? and where is the king of Arphath? and where is the king of the city of Eppharuaim, and of Anagugana? 14-And Ezekias received the letter from the messengers, and read it, and went up to the house of the Lord, and opened it before the Lord.

 15-And Ezekias prayed to the Lord, saying, 16-O Lord of hosts, God of Israel, who sit upon the cherubs, you alone are the God of every kingdom of the world: you have made heaven and earth.

 17-Incline your ear, O Lord, listen, O Lord; open your eyes, O Lord, look, O Lord: and behold the words of Sennacherim, which he has sent to reproach the living God.

 18-For of a truth, Lord, the kings of the Assyrians have laid waste the whole world, and the countries thereof, 19-and have cast their idols into the fire: for, they were no gods, but the work of men's hands, wood and stone; and they have cast them away.

 20-But now, O Lord our God, deliver us from his hands, that every kingdom of the earth may know that you are God alone.

 21-And Esaias the son of Amos was sent to Ezekias, and said to him, Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, I have heard your prayer to me concerning Sennacherim king of the Assyrians.

 22-This is the word which God has spoken concerning him; The virgin daughter of Sion has despised you, and mocked you; the daughter of Jerusalem has shaken her head at you.

 23-Whom have you reproached and provoked? and against whom have you lifted up your voice? and have you not lifted up your eyes on high against the Holy One of Israel? 24-For you have reproached the Lord by messengers; for you have said, With the multitude of chariots have I ascended to the height of mountains, and to the sides of Libanus; and I have  cropped the height of his cedars and the beauty of his cypresses; and I entered into the height of the forest region: 25-and I have made a bridge, and dried up the waters, and every pool of water.

 26-Hast you not heard of these things which I did of old? I appointed them from ancient times; but now have I manifested my purpose of desolating nations in their strong holds, and them that dwell in strong cities.

 27-I weakened their hands, and they withered; and they became as dry grass on the housetops, and as grass.

 28-But now I know your rest, and your going out, and your coming in.

 29-And your wrath wherewith you have been enraged, and your rancour has come up to me; therefore I will put a hook in your nose, and a bit in your lips, and will turn you back by the way by which you came.

 30-And this shall be a sign to you, Eat this year what you have sown; and the second year that which is left: and the third year sow, and reap, and plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them.

 31-And they that are left in Judea shall take root downward, and bear fruit upward: 32-for out of Jerusalem there shall be  a remnant, and the saved ones out of mount Sion: the zeal of the Lord of hosts shall perform this.

 33-Therefore thus says the Lord concerning the king of the Assyrians, He shall not enter into this city, nor cast a weapon against it, nor bring a shield against it, nor make a rampart round it.

 34-But by the way by which he came, by it shall he return, and shall not enter into this city: thus says the Lord.

 35-I will protect this city to save it for my own sake, and for my servant David's sake.

 36-And the angel of the Lord went forth, and killed out of the camp of the Assyrians a hundred and eighty-five thousand: and they arose in the morning and found all these bodies dead.

 37-And Sennacherim king of the Assyrians turned and departed, and lived in Nineve.

 38-And while he was worshipping Nasarach his country's god in the house, Adramelech and Sarasar his sons struck him with swords; and they escaped into Armenia: and Asordan his son reigned in his stead.

  

Chapter 38

1-And it came to pass at that time, that Ezekias was sick even to death.

 And Esaias the prophet the son of Amos came to him, and said to him, Thus says the Lord, Give orders concerning your house: for you shall die, and not live.

 2-And Ezekias turned his face to the wall, and prayed to the Lord, saying, 3-Remember, O Lord, how I have walked before you in truth, with a true heart, and have done that which was pleasing in your sight.

 And Ezekias wept bitterly.

 4-And the word of the Lord came to Esaias, saying, Go, and say to Ezekias, 5-Thus says the Lord, the God of David your father, I have heard your prayer, and seen your tears: behold, I will add to your time fifteen years.

 6-And I will deliver you and this city out of the hand of the king of the Assyrians: and I will defend this city.

 7-And this shall be a sign to you from the Lord, that God will do this thing; 8-behold, I will turn back the shadow of the degrees of the dial by which ten degrees on the house of your father the sun has gone down—I will turn back the sun the ten degrees; so the sun went back the ten degrees by which the shadow had gone down.

 9-THE PRAYER OF EZEKIAS KING OF JUDEA, WHEN HE  HAD BEEN SICK, AND WAS RECOVERED FROM HIS SICKNESS.

 10-I said in the end of my days, I shall go to the gates of the grave: I shall part with the remainder of my years.

 11-I said, I shall no more at all see the salvation of God in the land of the living: I shall no more at all see the salvation of Israel on the earth: I shall no more at all see man.

 12- My life has failed from among my kindred: I have parted with the remainder of my life: it has gone forth and departed from me, as one that having pitched a tent takes it down again: my breath was with me as a weaver's web, when she that weaves draws near to cut off the thread.

 13-In that day I was given up as to a lion until the morning: so has he broken all my bones: for I was so given up from day even to night.

 14‑15-As a swallow, so will I cry, and as a dove, so do I mourn: for my eyes have failed with looking to the height of heaven to the Lord, who has delivered me, and removed the sorrow of my soul.

 16- Yes, O Lord, for it was told you concerning this; and you have revived my breath; and I am comforted, and live.

 17-For you have chosen my soul, that it should not perish: and you have cast all my sins behind me.

 18-For they that are in the grave shall not praise you, neither shall the dead bless you, neither shall they that are in Hades hope for your mercy.

 19-The living shall bless you, as I also do: for from this day shall I beget children, who shall declare your righteousness, 20-O God of my salvation; and I will not cease blessing you with the lute all the days of my life before the house of God.

 21-Now Esaias had said to Ezekias; Take a cake of figs, and mash them, and apply them as a plaster, and you shall be well.

 22-And Ezekias said, This is a sign to Ezekias, that I shall go up to the house of God.

  

Chapter 39

1-At that time Marodach Baladan, the son of Baladan, the king of Babylonia, sent letters and ambassadors and gifts to Ezekias: for he had heard that he  had been sick even to death, and was recovered.

 2-And Ezekias was glad of their coming, and he showed them the house of his spices, and of silver, and gold, and myrrh, and incense, and ointment, and all the houses of his treasures, and all that he had in his stores: and there was nothing in his house, nor in all his dominion, which Ezekias did not show.

 3-And Esaias the prophet came to king Ezekias, and said to him, What say these men? and whence came they to you? and Ezekias said, They are come to me from a land afar off, from Babylon.

 4-And Esaias said, What have they seen in your house? and Ezekias said, They have seen everything in my house; and there is nothing in my house which they have not seen: yes, also the possessions in my treasuries.

 5-And Esaias said to him, Hear the word of the Lord of hosts: 6-Behold, the days come, when they shall take all the things that are in your house, and all that your fathers have gathered until this day, shall go to Babylon; and they shall not leave anything at all: and God has said, 7-that they shall take also of your children whom you shall beget; and they shall make them eunuchs in the house of the king of the Babylonians.

 8-And Ezekias said to Esaias, Good is the word of the Lord, which he has spoken: let there, I pray, be peace and righteousness in my days.

  

Chapter 40

1-Comfort you°, comfort you° my people, says God.

 2-Speak, you° priests, to the heart of Jerusalem; comfort her, for her humiliation is accomplished, her sin is put away: for she has received of the Lord's hand double the amount of her sins.

 3-  The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare you° the way of the Lord, make straight the paths of our God.

 4-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.

 5-And the glory of the Lord shall appear, and all flesh shall see the salvation of God: for the Lord has spoken it.

 6‑7-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: 8-The grass withers, and the flower fades: but the word of our God abides for ever.

 9-O you that bring glad tidings to Zion, go up on the high mountain; lift up your voice with strength, you that bring glad tidings to Jerusalem; lift it up, fear not; say to the cities of Juda, Behold your God! 10-Behold the Lord! The Lord is coming with strength, and his arm is with power: behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him.

 11-He shall tend his flock as a shepherd, and he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and shall soothe them that are with young.

 12-Who has measured the water in his hand, and the heaven with a span, and all the earth in a handful? Who has weighed the mountains in scales, and the forests in a balance? 13-  Who has known the mind of the Lord? and who has been his counsellor, to instruct him? 14-Or with whom has he taken counsel, and he has instructed him? or who has taught him judgment, or who has taught him the way of understanding;  15-since all the nations are counted as a drop from a bucket, and as the turning of a balance, and shall be counted as spittle? 16-And Libanus is not enough to burn, nor all beasts enough for a whole burnt offering: 17-and all the nations are as nothing, and counted as nothing.

 18-To whom have you° compared the Lord? and with what likeness have you° compared him? 19-Has not the artificer made an image, or the goldsmith having melted gold, gilt it over, and made it a similitude? 20-For the artificer chooses out a wood that will not rot, and will wisely enquire how he shall set up his image, and that so that it should not be moved.

 21-Will you° not know? will you° not hear? has it not been told you of old? Have you° not known the foundations of the earth? 22- It is he that comprehends the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants in it are as grasshoppers; he that set up the heaven as a chamber, and stretched it out as a tent to dwell in: 23-he that appoints princes to rule as nothing, and has made the earth as nothing.

 24-For they shall not plant, neither shall they sow, neither shall their root be fixed in the ground: he has blown upon them, and they are withered, and a storm shall carry them away like sticks.

 25-Now then to whom have you° compared me, that I may be exalted? says the Holy One.

 26-Lift up your eyes on high, and see, who has displayed all these things? even he that brings forth his host by number: he shall call them all by name by means of his great glory, and by the power of his might: nothing has escaped you.

 27-For say not you, O Jacob, and why have you spoken, Israel, saying, My way is hid from God, and my God has taken away my judgement, and has departed? 28-And now, have you not known? have you not heard? the eternal God, the God that formed the ends of the earth, shall not hunger, nor be weary, and there is no searching of his understanding.

 29-He gives strength to the hungry, and sorrow to them that are not suffering.

 30-For the young men shall hunger, and the youths shall be weary, and the choice men shall be powerless: 31-but they that wait on God shall renew  their strength; they shall put forth new feathers like eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; they shall walk, and not hunger.

 

Chapter 41

1-Hold a feast to me, you° islands: for the princes shall renew their strength: let them draw near and speak together: then let them declare judgment.

 2-Who raised up righteousness from the east, and called it to his feet, so that it should go? shall appoint it an adversary of Gentiles, and shall dismay kings, and bury their swords in the earth, and cast forth their bows and arrows as sticks? 3-And he shall pursue them; the way of his feet shall proceed in peace.

 4-Who has wrought and done these things? he has called it who called it from the generations of old; I God,  the first and to all futurity, I AM.

 5-The nations saw, and feared; the ends of the earth drew near, and came together, 6-every one judging for his neighbor and that to assist his brother: and one will say, 7-The artificer has become strong, and the coppersmith that smites with the hammer, and forges also: sometimes he will say, It is a piece well joined: they have fastened them with nails; they will fix them, and they shall not be moved.

 8-But you, Israel, are my servant Jacob, and he whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraam, whom I have loved: 9-whom I have taken hold of from the ends of the earth, and from the high places of it I have called you, and said to you, You are my servant; I have chosen you, and I have not forsaken you.

 10-Fear not; for I am with you: wander not; for I am your God, who have strengthened you; and I have helped you, and have established you with my just right hand.

 11-Behold, all your adversaries shall be ashamed and confounded; for they shall be as if they were not: and all your opponents shall perish.

 12-You shall seek them, and you shall not find the men who shall  insolently rage against you: for they shall be as if they were not, and they that war against you shall not be.

 13-For I am your God, who holds your right hand, who says to you, 14-Fear not, Jacob, and you Israel few in number; I have helped you, says your God, he that redeems you, O Israel.

 15-Behold, I have made you as new saw-shaped threshing wheels of a waggon; and you shall thresh the mountains, and beat the hills to powder, and make them as chaff: 16-and you shall winnow them, and the wind shall carry them away, and a tempest shall scatter them: but you shall rejoice in the holy ones of Israel.

 17-And the poor and the needy shall exult; for when they shall seek water, and there shall be none, and their tongue is parched with thirst, I the Lord God, I the God of Israel will hear, and will not forsake them: 18-but I will open rivers on the mountains, and fountains in the midst of plains: I will make the desert pools of water, and a thirsty land watercourses.

 19-I will plant in the dry land the cedar and box, the myrtle and cypress, and white poplar: 20-that they may see, and know, and perceive, and understand together, that the hand of the Lord has wrought these works, and the Holy One of Israel has displayed them.

 21-Your judgment draws near, says the Lord God; your counsels have drawn near, says the King of Jacob.

 22-Let them draw near, and declare to you what things shall come to pass; or tell us what things were of old, and we will apply our understanding, and we shall know what are the last and the future things: 23-tell us, declare you° to us the things that are coming on at the last time, and we shall know that you° are gods: do good, and do evil, and we shall wonder, and see at the same time 24-whence you° are, and whence is your works: they have chosen you an abomination out of the earth.

 25-But I have raised up him that comes from the north, and him that comes from the rising of the sun: they shall be called by my name: let the princes come, and as potter's clay, and as a potter treading clay, so shall you° be trodden down.

 26-For who will declare the things from the beginning, that we may know also the former things,  and we will say that they are true? there is no one that speaks beforehand, nor anyone that hears your words.

 27-I will give dominion to Sion, and will comfort Jerusalem by the way.

 28-For from among the nations, behold, there was no one; and of their idols there was none to declare anything: and if I should ask them, Whence are you°? they could not answer me.

 29-For  these are your makers, as you° think, and they that cause you to err in vain.

 

Chapter 42

1-Jacob is  my servant, I will help him: Israel is my chosen, my soul has accepted him; I have put my Spirit upon him; he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.

 2-He shall not cry, nor lift up his voice, nor shall his voice be heard without.

 3-A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench; but he shall bring forth judgment to truth.

 4-He shall shine out, and shall not be  discouraged, until he have set judgment on the earth: and in his name shall the Gentiles trust.

 5-Thus says the Lord God, who made the heaven, and established it; who settled the earth, and the things in it, and gives breath to the people on it, and spirit to them that tread on it: 6-I the Lord God have called you in righteousness, and will hold your hand, and will strengthen you: and I have given you for the covenant of a race, for a light of the Gentiles: 7-to open the eyes of the blind, to bring the bound and them that sit in darkness out of bonds and the prison-house.

 8-I am the Lord God: that is my name: I will not give my glory to another, nor my praises to graven images.

 9-Behold, the ancient things have come to pass, and so will the new things which I tell you: yes, before I tell them they are made known to you.

 10-Sing a new hymn to the Lord: you° who are his dominion, glorify his name from the end of the earth: you° that go down to the sea, and sail upon it; the islands, and they that dwell in them.

 11-Rejoice, you wilderness, and the villages thereof, the hamlets, and the dwellers in Kedar: the inhabitants of the rock shall rejoice, they shall shout from the top of the mountains.

 12-They shall give glory to God, and shall proclaim his praises in the islands.

 13-The Lord God of hosts shall go forth, and crush the war: he shall stir up jealousy, and shall shout mightily against his enemies.

 14-I have been silent: shall I also always be silent and forbear: I have endured like a travailing woman: I will now amaze and wither at once.

 15-I will make desolate mountains and hills, and will dry up all their grass; and I will make the rivers islands, and dry up the pools.

 16-And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not, and I will cause them to tread paths which they have not known: I will turn darkness into light for them, and crooked things into straight.

 These things will I do, and will not forsake them.

 17-But they are turned back: be you° utterly ashamed that trust in graven images, who say to the molten images, You° are our gods.

 18-Hear, you° deaf, and look up, you° blind, to see.

 19-And who is blind, but my servants? and deaf, but they that rule over them? yes, the servants of God have been made blind.

 20-You° have often seen, and have not taken heed; your ears have been opened, and you° have not heard.

 21-The Lord God has taken counsel that he might be justified, and might magnify his praise.

 22-And I [*]saw, and the people were spoiled and plundered: for there is a snare in the secret chambers everywhere, and in the houses also, where they have hidden them: they became a spoil, and there was no one that delivered the prey, and there was none who said, Restore.

 23-Who is there among you that will give ear to these things? listen you° to the things which are coming to pass.

 24-  For what did he give to Jacob up to spoil, and Israel to them that plundered him? Did not God do it against whom they sinned? and they would not walk in his ways, nor listen to his law.

 25-So he brought upon them the fury of his wrath; and the war, and those that burned round about them, prevailed against them; yet no one of them knew  it, neither did they lay it to heart.

 

Chapter 43

1-And now thus says the Lord God that made you, O Jacob, and formed you, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed you, I have called you by your name; you are mine.

 2-And if you pass through water, I am with you; and the rivers shall not overflow you: and if you go through fire, you shall not be burned; the flame shall not burn you.

 3-For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, that saves you: I have made Egypt and Ethiopia your ransom, and given Soene for you.

 4-Since you became precious in my sight, you have become glorious, and I have loved you: and I will give men for you, and princes for  your life.

 5-Fear not; for I am with you: I will bring your seed from the east, and will gather you from the west.

 6-I will say to the north, Bring; and to the south, Keep not back; bring my sons from the land afar off, and my daughters from the ends of the earth; 7- even all who are called by my name: for I have prepared him for my glory, and I have formed him, and have made him: 8-and I have brought forth the blind people; for their eyes are alike blind, and they that have ears are deaf.

 9-All the nations are gathered together, and princes shall be gathered out of them: who will declare these things? or who will declare to you things from the beginning? let them bring forth their witnesses, and be justified; and let them hear, and declare the truth.

 10-Be you° my witnesses, and I too am a witness, says the Lord God, and my servant whom I have chosen: that you° may know, and believe, and understand that I am he: before me there was no other God, and after me there shall be none.

 11-I am God; and beside me there is no Saviour.

 12-I have declared, and have saved; I have reproached, and there was no strange god among you: you° are my witnesses, and I am the Lord God, 13-even from the beginning; and there is none that can deliver out of my hands: I will work, and who shall turn it back? 14-Thus says the Lord God that redeems you, the Holy One of Israel; for your sakes I will send to Babylon, and I will stir up all that flee, and the Chaldeans shall be bound in ships.

 15-I am the Lord God, your Holy One, who have appointed for Israel your king.

 16-Thus says the Lord, who makes a way in the sea, and a path in the mighty water; 17-who brought forth chariots and horse, and a mighty multitude: but they have  lain down, and shall not rise: they are extinct, as quenched flax.

 18-Remember you° not the former things, and consider not the ancient things.

 19-Behold, I will do new things, which shall presently spring forth, and you° shall know them: and I will make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the dry land.

 20-the beasts of the field shall bless me, the owls and young ostriches; for I have given water in the wilderness, and rivers in the dry land, to give drink to my chosen race, 21-my people whom I have preserved to tell forth my praises.

 22-I have not now called you, O Jacob; neither have I made you weary, O Israel.

 23-You have not brought me the sheep of your whole burnt offering; neither have you glorified me with your sacrifices.

 I have not caused you to serve with sacrifices, neither have I wearied you with frankincense.

 24-Neither have you purchased for me victims for silver, neither have I desired the fat of your sacrifices: but you did stand before me in your sins, and in your iniquities.

 25-  I, even I, am he that blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and your sins; and I will not remember them.

 26-But do you remember, and let us plead together: do you first confess your transgressions, that you may be justified.

 27-Your fathers first, and your princes have transgressed against me.

 28-And the princes have defiled my sanctuaries: so I gave Jacob  to enemies to destroy, and Israel to reproach.

 

Chapter 44

1-But now hear, Jacob my servant; and Israel, whom I have chosen.

 2-Thus says the Lord God that made you, and he that formed you from the womb; You shall yet be helped: fear not, my servant Jacob; and beloved Israel, whom I have chosen.

 3-For I will give water to the thirsty that walk in a dry land: I will put my Spirit upon your seed, and my blessings upon your children: 4-and they shall spring up as grass between brooks, and as willows on the banks of running water.

 5-One shall say, I am God's; and another shall call himself by the name of Jacob; and another shall write with his hand, I am God's, and shall call himself by the name of Israel.

 6-Thus says God the King of Israel, and the God of hosts that delivered him;  I am the first, and I am hereafter: beside me there is no God.

 7-Who is like me? let him stand, and call, and declare, and prepare for me from the time that I made man for ever; and let them tell you the things that are coming before they arrive.

 8-Hide not yourselves, nor go astray: have you° not heard from the beginning, and have not I told you? you° are witnesses if there is a God beside me.

 9-But they that framed false gods did not then listen; and they that graved images are all vain, performing their own desires, which shall not profit them, but they shall be ashamed 10-that form a god, and all that grave worthless things: 11-and all by whom they were made are withered: yes, let all the deaf be gathered from among men, and let them stand together; and let them be ashamed and confounded together: 12-For the artificer sharpens the iron; he fashions the idol with an axe, and fixes it with an awl, and fashions it with the strength of his arm: and he will be hungry and weak, and will drink no water.

 13-The artificer having chosen a piece of wood, marks it out with a rule, and fits it with glue, and makes it as the form of a man, and as the beauty of a man, to set it up in the house.

 14-He cuts wood out of the forest, which the Lord planted, even a pine tree, and the rain made it grow, 15-that it might be for men to burn: and having taken part of it he warms himself; yes, they burn part of it, and bake loaves thereon; and of the rest they make for themselves gods, and they worship them.

 16-Half thereof he burns in the fire, and with half of it he bakes loaves on the coals; and having roasted flesh on it he eats, and is satisfied, and having warmed himself he says, I am comfortable, for I have warmed myself, and have seen the fire.

 17-And the rest he makes a graven god, and worships, and prays, saying, Deliver me; for you are my God.

 18-They have no understanding to perceive; for they have been blinded so that they should not see with their eyes, nor perceive with their heart.

 19-And one has not considered in his mind, nor known in his understanding, that he has burned up half of it in the fire, and baked loaves on the coals thereof and has roasted and eaten flesh, and of the rest of it he has made an abomination, and they worship it.

 20-Know you that their heart is ashes, and they err, and no one is able to deliver his soul: see, you° will not say, There is a lie in my right hand.

 21-Remember these things, O Jacob and Israel; for you are my servant; I have formed you to be my servant: and do you, Israel, not forget me.

 22-For behold, I have blotted out as a cloud your transgressions, and your sin as darkness: turn to me, and I will redeem you.

 23-Rejoice, you° heavens; for God has had mercy upon Israel: sound the trumpet, you° foundations of the earth: you° mountains, shout with joy, you° hills, and all the trees therein: for God has redeemed Jacob, and Israel shall be glorified.

 24-Thus says the Lord that redeems you, and who formed you from the womb, I am the Lord that performs all things: I stretched out the heaven alone, and established the earth.

 25-Who else will frustrate the tokens of  those that have divining spirits, and prophecies  from the heart of man? turning the wise back, and making their counsel foolishness; 26-and confirming the word of his servant, and verifying the counsel of his messengers: who says to Jerusalem, You shall be inhabited; and to the cities of Idumea, You° shall be built, and her desert places shall spring forth.

 27-Who says to the deep, You shall be dried up, and I will dry up the rivers.

 28-Who bids Cyrus be wise, and he shall perform all my will: who says to Jerusalem, You shall be built, and I will lay the foundation of my holy house.

  

Chapter 45

1-Thus says the Lord God to my anointed Cyrus, whose right hand I have held, that nations might be obedient before him; and I will break through the strength of kings; I will open doors before him, and cities shall not be closed.

 2-I will go before you, and will level mountains: I will break to pieces brazen doors, and burst iron bars.

 3-And I will give you the treasures of darkness, I will open to you hidden, unseen treasures, that you may know that I, the Lord your God, that call you by name, am the God of Israel.

 4-For the sake of my servant Jacob, and Israel my elect, I will call you by your name, and accept you: but you have not known me.

 5-For I am the Lord God, and there is no other God beside me; I strengthened you, and you have not known me.

 6-That they that come from the east and they that come from the west may know that there is no God but me.

 I am the Lord God, and there is none beside.

 7-I am he that prepared light, and formed darkness; who make peace, and create evil; I am the Lord God, that does all these things.

 8-Let the heaven rejoice from above, and let the clouds rain righteousness: let the earth bring forth, and blossom with mercy, and bring forth righteousness likewise: I am the Lord that created you.

 9-What excellent thing have I prepared as clay of the potter? Will the plowman plow the earth all day?  shall the clay say to the potter, What are you doing that you do not work, nor have hands? shall the thing formed answer him that formed it? 10-As though one should say to his father, What will you beget me? and to his mother, What are you bringing forth? 11-For thus says the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, who has formed the things that are to come, Enquire of me concerning my sons, and concerning the works of my hands command me.

 12-I have made the earth, and man upon it: I with my hand have established the heaven; I have given commandment to all the stars.

 13-I have raised him up to be a king with righteousness, and all his ways are right: he shall build my city, and shall turn the captivity of my people, not  for ransoms, nor for rewards, says the Lord of hosts.

 14-Thus says the Lord of hosts, Egypt has laboured for you; and the merchandise of the Ethiopians, and the Sabeans, men of stature, shall pass over to you, and shall be your servants; and they shall follow after you bound in fetters, and shall pass over to you, and shall do obeisance to you, and make supplication to you: because God is in you; and there is no God beside you, O Lord.

 15-For you are God, yet we knew it not, the God of Israel, the Saviour.

 16-All that are opposed to him shall be ashamed and confounded, and shall walk in shame: you° isles,  keep a feast to me.

 17-Israel is saved by the Lord with an everlasting salvation: they shall not be ashamed nor confounded for evermore.

 18-Thus says the Lord that made the heaven, this God that  created the earth, and made it; he marked it out, he made it not in vain, but formed it to be inhabited: I am the Lord, and there is none beside.

 19-I have not spoken in secret, nor in a dark place of the earth: I said not to the seed of Jacob, Seek vanity:  I, even I, am the Lord, speaking righteousness, and proclaiming truth.

 20-Assemble yourselves and come; take counsel together, you° that escape of the nations: they that set up wood, even their graven image, have no knowledge, nor they who pray to gods that do not save.

 21-If they will declare, let them draw near, that they may know together, who has caused these things to be heard from the beginning: then was it told you.

 I am God, and there is not another beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none but me.

 22-Turn you° to me, and you° shall be saved, you° that come from the end of the earth: I am God, and there is none other.

 23-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, 24-saying, Righteousness and glory shall come to him: and all that remove them from their borders shall be ashamed.

 25-By the Lord shall they be justified, and in God shall all the seed of the children of Israel be glorified.

  

Chapter 46

1-Bel has fallen, Nabo is broken to pieces, their graven images are gone to the wild beasts and the cattle: you° take them packed up as a burden to the weary, exhausted, hungry, and at the same time helpless man; 2-who will not be able to save themselves from war, but they themselves are led away captive.

 3-Hear me, O house of Jacob, and all the remnant of Israel, who are borne by me from the womb, and taught by me from infancy, even to old age: 4-I am he; and until you° shall have grown old, I am he: I bear you, I have made, and I will  relieve, I will take up and save you.

 5-To whom have you° compared me? see, consider, you° that go astray.

 6-They that furnish gold out of a purse, and silver by weight, will weigh it in a scale, and they hire a goldsmith and make  idols, and bow down, and worship them.

 7-They bear it upon the shoulder, and go; and if they put it upon its place, it remains, it can’t move: and whoever shall cry to it, it can’t hear; it can’t save him from trouble.

 8-Remember you° these things, and groan: repent, you° that have gone astray, return in your heart; 9-and remember the former things that were of old: for I am God, and there is none other beside me, 10-telling beforehand the latter events before they come to pass, and they are accomplished together: and I said, all my counsel shall stand, and I will do all things that I have planned: 11-calling a bird from the east, and from a land afar off, for the things which I have planned: I have spoken, and brought him; I have created and made him; I have brought him, and prospered his way.

 12-Listen to me, you° senseless ones, that are far from righteousness: 13-I have brought near my righteousness, and I will not be slow with the salvation that is from me: I have given salvation in Sion to Israel for glory.

  

Chapter 47

1-Come down, sit on the ground, O virgin daughter of Babylon: sit on the ground, O daughter of the Chaldeans: for you shall no more be called tender and luxurious.

 2-Take a millstone, grind meal: remove your veil, uncover your white hairs, make bare the leg, pass through the rivers.

 3-Your shame shall be uncovered, your reproaches shall be brought to light: I will exact of you due vengeance, I will no longer deliver you to men.

 4-Your deliverer is the Lord of hosts, the Holy One of Israel is his name.

 5-Sit you down pierced with woe, go into darkness, O daughter of the Chaldeans: you shall no more be called the strength of a kingdom.

 6-I have been provoked with my people; you have defiled my inheritance: I gave them into your hand, but you did not extend mercy to them: you made the yoke of the aged man very heavy, 7-and said, I shall be a princess for ever: you did not perceive these things in your heart, nor did you remember the latter end.

 8-But now hear these words, you luxurious one, who are the one that sits at ease, that is secure, that says in her heart, I am, and there is not another; I shall not sit a widow, neither shall I know bereavement.

 9-But now these two things shall come upon you suddenly in one day, the loss of children and widowhood shall come suddenly upon you, for your sorcery, for the strength of your enchantments, 10-for your  trusting in wickedness: for you said, I am, and there is not another: know you, the understanding of these things and your harlotry shall be your shame; for you said in your heart, I am, and there is not another.

 11-And destruction shall come upon you, and you shall not be aware; there shall be a pit, and you shall fall into it: and grief shall come upon you, and you shall not be able to be  clear; and destruction shall come suddenly upon you, and you shall not know.

 12-Stand now with your enchantments, and with the abundance of your sorcery, which you have learned from your youth; if you can be profited.

 13-You are wearied in your counsels.

 Let now the astrologers of the heaven stand and deliver you, let them that see the stars tell you what is about to come upon you.

 14-Behold, they all shall be burnt up as sticks in the fire; neither shall they at all deliver their life from the flame.

 Because you have coals of fire, sit you upon them; 15-these shall be your help.

 You have wearied yourself with traffic from your youth: every man has wandered to his own home, but you shall have no deliverance.

  

Chapter 48

1-Hear these words, you° house of Jacob, who are called by the name of Israel, and have come forth out of Juda, who swear by the name of the Lord God of Israel, making mention of it, but not with truth, nor with righteousness; 2-maintaining also the name of the holy city, and staying themselves on the God of Israel: the Lord of hosts is his name.

 The former things I have already declared; 3-and they that have proceeded out of my mouth, and it became well known; I wrought suddenly, and the events came to pass.

 4-I know that you are stubborn, and your neck is an iron sinew, and your forehead brazen.

 5-And I told you  of old what should be before it came upon you; I made it known to you, lest you should say, My idols have done it for me; and should say, My graven and molten images have commanded me.

 6-You° have heard all this, but you° have not known: yet I have made  known to you the new things from henceforth, which are coming to pass, and you said not, 7-Now they come to pass, and not formerly: and you heard not of them in former days: say not you, Yes, I know them.

 8-You have neither known, nor understood, neither from the beginning have I opened your ears: for I knew that you would surely deal treacherously, and would be called a transgressor even from the womb.

 9-For my own sake will I show you my wrath, and will bring before you my glorious acts, that I may not utterly destroy you.

 10-Behold, I have sold you, but not for silver; but I have rescued you from the furnace of affliction.

 11-For my own sake I will do this for you, because my name is profaned; and I will not give my glory to another.

 12-Hear me, O Jacob, and Israel whom I call; I am the first, and I  endure for ever.

 13-My hand also has founded the earth, and my right hand has fixed the sky: I will call them, and they shall stand together.

 14-And all shall be gathered, and shall hear: who has told them these things? Out of love to you I have fulfilled your desire on Babylon, to abolish the seed of the Chaldeans.

 15-I have spoken, I have called, I have brought him, and made his way prosperous.

 16-Draw near to me, and hear you° these words; I have not spoken in secret from the beginning: when it took place, there was I, and now the Lord, even the Lord, and his Spirit, has sent me.

 17-Thus says the Lord that delivered you, the Holy One of Israel; I am your God, I have shown you how you should find the way wherein you should walk.

 18-And if you had listened to my commandments, then would your peace have been like a river, and your righteousness as a wave of the sea.

 19-Your seed also would have been as the sand, and the offspring of your belly as the dust of the ground: neither now shall you by any means be utterly destroyed, neither shall your name perish before me.

 20-Go forth of Babylon, you that flee from the Chaldeans: utter aloud a voice of joy, and let this be made known, proclaim it to the end of the earth; say you°, The Lord has delivered his servant Jacob.

 21-And if they shall thirst, he shall lead them through the desert; he shall bring forth water to them out of the rock: the rock shall be cloven, and the water shall flow forth, and my people shall drink.

 22-There is no joy, says the Lord, to the ungodly.

  

Chapter 49

1-Listen to me, you° islands; and attend, you° Gentiles; after a long time it shall come to pass, says the Lord: from my mother's womb he has called my name: 2-and he has made my mouth as a sharp sword, and he has hid me under the shadow of his hand; he has made me as a choice shaft, and he has hid me in his quiver; 3-and said to me, You are my servant, O Israel, and in you I will be glorified.

 4-Then I said, I have laboured in vain, I have given my strength for vanity and for nothing: therefore is my judgment with the Lord, and my labor before my God.

 5-And now, thus says the Lord that formed me from the womb to be his own servant, to gather Jacob to him and Israel.

 I shall be gathered and glorified before the Lord, and my God shall be my strength.

 6-And he said to me, It is a great thing for you to be called my servant, to establish the tribes of Jacob, and to recover the dispersion of Israel: behold,  I have given you for the  covenant of a race, for a light of the Gentiles, that you should be for salvation to the end of the earth.

 7-Thus says the Lord that delivered you, the God of Israel, Sanctify him that despises his life, him that is abhorred by the nations that are the servants of princes: kings shall behold him, and princes shall arise, and shall worship him, for the Lord's sake: for the Holy One of Israel is faithful, and I have chosen you.

 8-Thus says the Lord,  In an acceptable time have I heard you, and in a day of salvation have I succored you: and I have formed you, and given you for a covenant of the nations, to establish the earth, and to cause to inherit the desert heritages: 9-saying to them that are in bonds, Go forth; and bidding them that are in darkness show themselves.

 They shall be fed in all the ways, and in all the paths shall be their pasture.

 10-  They shall not hunger, neither shall they thirst; neither shall the heat nor the sun strike them; but he that has mercy on them shall comfort them, and by fountains of waters shall he lead them.

 11-And I will make every mountain a way, and every path a pasture to them.

 12-Behold, these shall come from far: and these from the north and the west, and others from the land of the Persians.

 13-Rejoice, you° heavens; and let the earth be glad: let the mountains break forth with joy; for the Lard has had mercy on his people, and has comforted the lowly ones of his people.

 14-But Sion said, The Lord has forsaken me, and, The Lord has forgotten me.

 15-Will a woman forget her child, so as not to have compassion upon the offspring of her womb? but if a woman should even forget these, yet I will not forget you, says the Lord.

 16-Behold, I have painted your walls on my hands, and you are continually before me.

 17-And you shall soon be built by those by whom you were destroyed, and they that made you desolate shall go forth of you.

 18-Lift up your eyes round about, and look on them all; behold, they are gathered together, and are come to you.

 As I live, says the Lord, you shall clothe yourself with them all as with an ornament, and put them on as a bride her attire.

 19-For your desert and marred and ruined places shall now be too narrow by reason of the inhabitants, and they that devoured you shall be removed far from you.

 20-For your sons whom you have lost shall say in your ears, The place is too narrow for me: make room for me that I may dwell.

 21-And you shall say in your heart, Who has begotten me these? whereas I was childless, and a widow; but who has brought up these for me? and I was left alone; but whence came these to me? 22-Thus says the Lord, even the Lord, Behold, I lift up my hand to the nations, and I will lift up my signal to the islands: and they shall bring your sons in their bosom, and shall bear your daughters on their shoulders.

 23-And kings shall be your nursing fathers, and their princesses your nurses, they shall bow down to you on the face of the earth, and shall lick the dust of your feet; and you shall know that I am the Lord, and they that wait on me shall not be ashamed.

 24-Will any one take spoils from a giant? and if one should take a man captive unjustly, shall he be delivered? 25-For thus says the Lord, If one should take a giant captive, he shall take spoils, and he who takes them from a mighty man shall be delivered: for I will plead your cause, and I will deliver your children.

 26-And they that afflicted you shall eat their own flesh; and they shall drink their own blood as new wine, and shall be drunken: and all flesh shall perceive that I am the Lord that delivers you, and that upholds the strength of Jacob.

  

Chapter 50

1-Thus says the Lord, Of what kind is your mother's bill of divorcement, by which I put her away? or to which debtor have I sold you? Behold, you° are sold for your sins, and for your iniquities have I put your mother away.

 2-Why did I come, and there was no man? why did I call, and there was none to listen? Is not my hand strong to redeem? or can I not deliver? behold, by my rebuke I will dry up the sea, and make rivers a wilderness; and their fish shall be dried up because there is no water, and shall die for thirst.

 3-I will clothe the sky with darkness, and will make its covering as sackcloth.

 4-  The Lord even God gives me the tongue of instruction, to know when it is fit to speak a word: he has appointed for me early, he has given me an ear to hear: 5-and the instruction of the Lord, even the Lord, opens my ears, and I do not disobey, nor dispute.

 6-I gave my back to scourges, and my cheeks to blows; and I turned not away my face from the shame of spitting: 7-but the Lord God became my helper; therefore I was not ashamed, but I set my face as a solid rock; and I know that I shall never be ashamed, 8-for he that has justified me draws near; who is he that pleads with me? let him stand up against me at the same time: yes, who is he that pleads with me? let him draw near to me.

 9-Behold, the Lord, the Lord, will help me; who will hurt me? behold, all you° shall wax old as a garment, and a moth shall devour you.

 10-Who is among you that fears the Lord? let him listen to the voice of his servant: you° that walk in darkness, and have no light, trust in the name of the Lord, and stay upon God.

 11-Behold, you° all kindle a fire, and feed a flame: walk in the light of your fire, and in the flame which you° have kindled.

 This has happened to you for my sake; you° shall lie down in sorrow.

  

Chapter 51

1-Listen to me, you° that follow after righteousness, and seek the Lord: look to the solid rock, which you° have hewn, and to the hole of the pit which you° have dug.

 2-Look to Abraam your father, and to Sarrha that bore you: for he was alone when I called him, and blessed him, and loved him, and multiplied him.

 3-And now I will comfort you, O Sion: and I have comforted all her desert places; and I will make her desert places as a garden, and her  western places as the garden of the Lord; they shall find in her gladness and exultation, thanksgiving and the voice of praise.

 4-Hear me, hear me, my people; and you° kings, listen to me: for a law shall proceed from me, and my judgment shall be for a light of  the nations.

 5-My righteousness speedily draws near, and my salvation shall go forth  as light, and on my arm shall the Gentiles trust: the isles shall wait for me, and on my arm shall they trust.

 6-Lift up your eyes to the sky, and look on the earth beneath: for the sky was darkened like smoke, and the earth shall wax old like a garment, and the inhabitants shall die in like manner: but my righteousness shall not fail.

 7-Hear me, you° that know judgment, the people in whose heart is my law: fear not the reproach of men, and be not overcome by their contempt.

 8-For as a garment will be devoured by time, and as wool will be devoured by a moth, so shall they be consumed; but my righteousness shall be for ever, and my salvation for all generations.

 9-Awake, awake, O Jerusalem, and put on the strength of your arm; awake as  in the early time, as the ancient generation.

 10-Are you not it that dried the sea, the water, even the abundance of the deep; that made the depths of the sea a way of passage for the delivered and redeemed? 11-for by the help of the Lord they shall return, and come to Sion with joy and everlasting exultation, for praise and joy shall come upon their head: pain, and grief, and groaning, have fled away.

 12-I, even I, am he that comforts you: consider who you are, that you were afraid of mortal man, and of the son of man, who are withered as grass.

 13-And you have forgotten God w