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Cuap. 1 Thus saith JEHOVAH:
And where is this place of my rest ?
And all these things are mine, saith JEHOVAH.
And of a contrite spirit, and that revereth my word.
That sacrificeth a lamb, beheadeth a dog;
And in their abominations their soul delighteth.
And what they dread, I will bring upon them;
Hear ye the word of JEHOVAH, ye that revere his
A voice of tumult from the city! a voice from the
temple! The voice of JEHOVAH! rendering recompense to his
7 Before she was in travail, she brought forth;
Before her pangs came, she was delivered of a male.
like of these things ?
For no sooner was Sion in travail, than she brought
forth her children. 9 Shall I bring to the birth, and not cause to bring forth ?
saith JEHOVAH: Shall I, who beget, restrain the birth ? saith thy God. 10 Rejoice with Jerusalem, and exult on her account, all
ye that love her; Be exceedingly joyful with her, all ye that mourn over
her: 11 That ye may suck, and be satisfied, from the breast of
her consolations ; That ye may draw forth the delicious nourishment from
her abundant stores.
12 För thus saith JEHOVAH : Behold, I spread over her prosperity, like the great
And on the knees shall ye be dandled. 13 As one, whom his mother comforteth,
So will I comfort you ;
And in Jerusalem shall ye receive consolation.
And your bones shall flourish, like the green herb:
And his chariot, as a whirlwind :
And his rebuke in flames of fire.
And by his sword, upon all flesh:
They who sanctify themselves, and purify themselves,
Together shall they perish, saith Jehovah. 18 For I know their deeds, and their devices : And I come to gather all the nations and tongues to
And of those that escape I will send to the nations :
And they shall declare my glory among the nations. 20 And they shall bring all your brethren,
From all the nations, for an oblation to Jeuovah;
In pure vessels, to the house of JEHOVAH. 21 And of them will I also take,
For priests, and for Levites, saith JEHOVAH. 22 For like as the new heavens,
And the new earth, which I make,
So shall continue your seed, and your name. 23 And it shall be, from new moon to new moon,
And from sabbath to sabbath;
The carcasses of the men who rebelled against me.
ISAI A H.
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ISAIAH exercised the prophetical office during a long period of time, if he lived to the reign of Manasseh ; for the lowest computation, beginning from the year in which Uzziah died, when some suppose him to have received his first appointment to that office, brings it to 61 years. But the tradition of the Jews, that he was put to death by Manasseh, is very uncertain; and one of their principal rabbins (Aben Ezra, Com. in Isa. i. 1.) seems rather to think that he died before Hezekiah; which is indeed more probable. It is however certain, that he lived at least to the 15th or 16th year of Hezekiah : this makes the least possible term of the duration of his prophetical office about 48 years. The time of the delivery of some of his prophecies is either expressly marked, or sufficiently clear from the history to which they relate: that of a few others may with some probability be deduced from internal marks ; from expressions, descriptions, and circumstances interwoven. It may therefore be of some use in this respect, and for the better understanding of his prophecies in general, to give here a summary view of the history of his time.
The kingdom of Judah seems to have been in a more flourishing condition during the reigns of Uzziah and Jotham, than at any other time after the revolt of the ten tribes. The former recovered the port of Elath on the Red Sea, which the Edomites had taken in the reign of Joram : he was successful in his wars with the Philistines, and took from them several cities, Gath, Jabneh, Ashdod; as likewise against some people of Arabia Deserta ; and against the Ammonites, whom he compelled to pay him tribute. He repaired and improved the fortifications of Jerusalem; and