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wrought any deliverance in the earth ; neither have the inhabitants of the world fallen.
19 Afflictions have been sanctified, * Thy dead men shall live, and turned to good. Prayer hath together with my dead body been answered. God hath raised the shall they arise. Awake and penitent from the death of sin to the
life of righteousness ; and will raise sing, ye that dwell in dust :
them from the darkness of the dust for thy dew is as the dew of of death, to the light of life eternal. herbs, and the earth shall cast
20 () what a privilege ! thus to out the dead. 20 Come, my
commune with the Almighty ! thus people, enter thou into thy in his own holy house to " hide mychambers, and shut thy doors self,” as it were, from the strife of a about thee : hide thyself as it busy world, and abide in peace with were for a little moment, un
my Saviour and my God! til the indignation be overpast. For, behold, the Lord cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.
The fourth Sunday in Advent.
MORNING. Isalah XXX.
WoE to the rebellious children, saith the LORD, that take counsel, but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they
2 The Jews, as children of God, may add sin to sin : ? that
were rebellious. They sent to the walk to go down into Egypt, Egyptians for succour, instead of and have not asked at my trusting to the succour promised mouth ; to strengthen them- them by their heavenly Father. selves in the strength of Pharaoh, and to trust in the shadow of Egypt! Therefore shall the strength of Pharaoh be your shame, and the trust in the shadow of Egypt your confusion. For his princes were at Zoan *, and his ambassadors came to Hanes. They were all ashamed of a people that could not profit them, nor be an help nor profit, but a shame, and also a reproach. The burden of
6 The burden of presents profited the beasts of the south : into
not; for though the Egyptians, in the land of trouble and an- return for the presents so received, guish, from whence come the did attack the Assyrians, yet they young and old lion, the viper
were routed with shame and disand fiery flying serpent, they
will carry their riches upon the shoulders of young asses, and their treasures upon the bunches of camels, to a people that shall not profit them.
7 Let me ever be patient under the Egyptians shall help in God's hand. Am I not assured that vain, and to no purpose :
“ the patient abiding of the meek therefore have I cried con
shall not perish for ever ?” cerning this, Their strength Surely for our learning are these is to sit still. Now
things written, write it before them in a table, and note it in a book, that it may
be for the time to come for ever and ever: that this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the LORD: which
10 When evil prevails, the faithful say to the seers, See not; and preaching of the word is met with to the prophets, Prophesy not These despisers forget, that unto us right things, speak in despising the serrant they despise
the Master. Luke x. 16. unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits : get you out of the way, turn aside out of the path, cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us. Wherefore thus saịth the Holy One of Israel, Because ye despise this word, and trust in oppression and perverseness, and stay thereon: therefore this iniquity shall be to you as a breach ready to fall, swelling out in a high wall, whose breaking cometh suddenly at
14 Such is the miserable end of iman instant. 14 And he shall
penitence! God spares it not. break it as the breaking of the potter's vessel that is broken in pieces; he shall not spare: so that there shall not be found in the bursting of it a shred to take fire from the hearth, or to take water withal out of the pit. For thus saith the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel ; In returning and rest shall ye be saved ; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength : and ye would not. 16 But ye said, No; for we 16 No sadder evil can befal us, than will flee upon horses; there being permitted by God to have our fore shall ye flee : and, We own way, when that is contrary to will ride upon the swift ;
his will. 2 Sam. xxiv. I. therefore shall they that pursue you be swift.
One thousand shall flee at the rebuke of one; at the rebuke of five shall ye flee : till ye be left as a beacon upon the top of a mountain, and as an ensign on an hill. 18 Yet does the Lord graciously
And therefore will the wait for us, that we may repent and Lord wait, that he may be
return. gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you : for the Lord is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for him. For the people
shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem : thou shalt weep no more: he will be very gracious unto thee at the voice of thy cry; when he shall hear it, he will answer thee. And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be removed into a corner any more, but thine eyes
21 How earnestly does the Spirit speak thy teachers : 21 and thine by our consciences, saying, “ This is ears shall hear a word behind the way!" How graciously does it
welcome the wanderer back to Zion! thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left. Ye shall defile also the covering of thy graven images of silver, and the ornament of thy molten images of gold : thou shalt cast them away as a menstruous cloth; thou shalt say unto it, Get thee hence. Then shall he give the rain of thy seed, that thou shalt sow the ground withal ; and bread of the increase of the earth, and it shall be fat and plenteous : in that day shall thy cattle feed in large pastures. The oxen likewise and the young asses that ear the ground shall eat clean provender, which hath been winnowed with the shovel and
25 The bounty of God's proridence with the fan. 25 And there is an earnest of the riches of his shall be upon every high grace. mountain, and upon every high hill, rivers and streams of waters in the day of the great slaughter, when the towers fall. * Moreover the light of the 26 Excess of glorious light shall fill moon shall be as the light of the Church of God, when He is fully the sun, and the light of the and finally reconciled to his people. sun shall be sevenfold, as the light of seven days, in the day that the LORD bindeth up the breach of his people, and healeth the stroke of their wound. Behold, the name of the Lord cometh from far, burning with his anger, and the burden thereof is heavy: his lips are full of indignation, and his tongue as a devouring fire : and his
28 The fury and force of the divine breath, as an overflowing wrath shall be like an overwhelming stream, shall reach to the stream, raging to destroy. midst of the neck, to sift the nations with the sieve of vanity : and there shall be a bridle in the jaws of the people, causing them to err. Ye shall have a song, as in the night when a holy solemnity is kept; and gladness of heart, as when one goeth with a pipe to come into the mountain of the Lord, to the mighty One of Israel. And the LORD shall cause his glorious voice to be heard, and shall shew the lightning down
* To “ear," or “ are," that is, to plough the ground. The Latin Ford "aro” means, to plough.
of his arm, with the indignation of his anger, and with the flame of a devouring fire, with scattering, and tempest, and hailstones. For through the voice of the Lord shall the Assyrian be beaten down, which
32 Wheresoever the enemy, like a smote with a rod.
staff of violence, shall have passed in every place where the and smitten, there shall God at last grounded staff shall pass,
scatter their power : and as Tophet, which the Lord shall lay up- bloody sacrifices to Moloch, so shall
that valley of Hinnom, witnessed the on him, it shall be with ta
perish the Assyrian power for ever, brets and harps : and in bat- by the breath of the fierce anger of tles of shaking will he fight an offended God. O Lord, have with it. For Tophet is or
mercy upon us ! dained of old ; yea, for the king it is prepared ; he hath made it deep and large: the pile therefore is fire and much wood ; the breath of the Lord, like a stream of brimstone, doth kindle it.
EVENING. ISAIAH xxxii.
· Behold, a king shall reign It is a great national blessing, in righteousness, and princes
when sorereigns reign, as did Hezeshall rule in judgment." And kiah, in righicousness. a man shall be as an hiding of that righteous spiritual kingdom,
2 Still more extended is the blessing place from the wind, and a which the Son of God, God and Mar, covert from the tempest; as shall establish as a covert from every rivers of water in a dry place, storm, a sure refuge for all nations. as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land. And the eyes of them that see shall not be dim, and the ears of them that hear shall hearken. heart also of the rash shall
4 Great shall be the change effected understand knowledge, and hitherto, and tossed about by every
upon mankind. The rash-unstable the tongue of the stammerers wind of doctrine,-sball learn true shall be ready to speak plainly. wisdom ; and the unlearned, stam• The vile person shall be no
merers as it were, shall speak plainly more called liberal, nor the ple shall no more go away ashamed.
their faith in Christ; whilst the simchurl said to be bountiful, Truth shall flourish under this goFor the vile person will speak vernment, protected and honoured. villany, and his heart will work iniquity, to practise hy encouraged and advanced ; but the
5 Vile persons shall no more be pocrisy, and to utter error righteous shall have their honour against the LORD, to make and reward. Evil shall no more be empty the soul of the hun- called good, or good evil. The vile gry, and he will cause the hypocrite shall stand exposed in the
deformity of his sin. drink of the thirsty to fail.
· The instruments also of the 7 He shall no longer delude men, churl are evil: he deviseth and withdraw them, hungry and
thirsty, from the bread of life and wicked devices to destroy the
the waters of life. poor with lying words, even when the needy speaketh & Faithful stewards shall be liberal right. But the liberal de- dispensers of the bounty of their
Lord. viseth liberal things; and by liberal things shall he stand. Rise up, ye women that are at ease ; hear my voice, ye careless daughters ; give ear to my speech. Many days and
10 Isaiah forewarns the people, what years shall ye be troubled, horrors should attend the invading ye careless women : for the army of Sennacherib,--a type of the vintage shall fail, the ga
desolation caused by sin. thering shall not come. Tremble, ye women that are at ease; be troubled, ye careless ones : strip you, and make you bare, and gird sackcloth upon your loins. They shall lament for the teats, for the pleasant fields, for the fruitful vine. Upon the land of my people shall come up thorns and briers ; yea, upon all the houses of joy in the joyous city: because the palaces shall be forsaken ; the multitude of the city shall be left; the forts and towers shall be for dens for ever, a joy of wild asses, a pasture of flocks; 18 until the
15 At length, God's Spirit of mercy
removes these calamities, and respirit be poured upon us from
stores to the land peace and plenty ; on high, and the wilderness a type of the Spirit of grace, by be a fruitful field, and the which the Church again flourishes fruitful field be counted for a in peace, whilst her enemies, the forest. Then judgment shall lated by the hail and wind and tem
Assyrians, like a thick forest, desodwell in the wilderness, and pest, perish under the anger of the righteousness remain in the Most High, and lie as a city laid low fruitful field. And the work in a low place. Each member of the of righteousness shall be holiness. Every soul, hitherto bar
Church partakes of this Spirit of peace ; and the effect of rights ren of good, and full of the thorns eousness quietness and assu- and briers of sin, beareth fruit, even rance for ever.
the fruit of a holy and religious life, people shall dwell in a peace- Christ our Lord.
at peace with God, through Jesus able habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places; when it shall hail, coming down on the forest; and the city shall be low in a low place. 20 Blessed are 20 The conclusion is inevitable. ye that sow beside all waters, Blessed are that people, and only that send forth thither the they, who, having the Lord for their
God, are safe under his wing ; and, feet of the ox and the ass.
in their temporal and spiritual state put their whole trust in Him.