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as extended, without proper limitations, to those that are made for the public service of the church. ·
· The design of the Notes is to give the reasons and authorities on which the Translation is founded ; to rectify or to explain the words of the text; to illustrate the ideas, the images, and the allusions of the Prophet, by referring to objects, notions, and customs, which peculiarly belong to his age and his country; and to point out the beauties of particular passages. I sometimes indeed endeavour to open the design of the prophecy, to show the connexion between its parts, and to point out the event which it foretells; but in general I must entreat the reader to be satisfied with my endeavours faithfully to express the literal sense, which is all that I undertake. :, If he would go deeper into the mystical sense, into theological, historical, and chronological disquisitions, there are many learned expositors to whom he may have recourse, who have written full commentaries 'on this Prophet; to which title the present work has no pretensions. The 'sublime and spiritual. uses to be: made of this peculiarly evangelical Prophet, must, as I have observed, be all founded on a faithful representation of the literal sense which his words contain. This is: what I have endeavoured closely and exactly to express. . And within the limits of this humble, but necessary province, my endeavours must be confined. To proceed further, or even to execute this in the manner I could wish, were it within my abilities, yet would hardly be consistent with my present engagements; which oblige me to offer rather prematurely to the public, what further time, with more leisure, might perhaps enable me to render more worthy of their attention.
CHAP. 1 THE VISION OF ISAIAH THE SON OF AMOTS, WHICH
HE SAW CONCERNING JUDAH AND JERUSALEM; IN
2 HEAR, O ye heavens; and give ear, 0 earth!
For it is JEHOVAH that speaketh.
And even they have revolted from me.
And the ass the crib of his lord;
A race of evil doers! children degenerate!
back upon him.
It hath not been pressed, neither hath it been bound;
Neither hath it been softened with ointment. 7 Your country is desolate, your cities are burnt with fire;
Your land, before your eyes strangers devour it;
dation, 8 And the daughter of Sion is left, as a shed in a vineyard; As a lodge in a garden of cucumbers, as a city taken by
siege. 9 Had not JEHOVAH God of Hosts left us a remnant, We had soon become as Sodom; we had been like unto
10 Hear yethe word of JEHOVAH, O ye princes of Sodom! Give ear to the law of our God, ye people of Gomor
rah! 11 What have I to do with the multitude of your sacrifices?
saith JEHOVAH: I am cloyed with the burnt-offerings of rams, and the
fat of fed beasts; And in the blood of bullocks, and of lambs, and of goats,
I have no delight. 12 When ye come to appear before me,
Who hath required this at your hands ? 13 Tread my courts no more; bring no more a vain obla-,
tion: Incense! it is an abomination unto me. The new moon, and the sabbath, and the assembly pro
claimed, I cannot endure; the fast, and the day of restraint. 14 Your months, and your solemnities, my soul hateth:
They are a burden upon me; I am weary of bearing
them. 15 When ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes
For your hands are full of blood.
The evil of your doings from before mine eyes: - 17 Cease to do evil; learn to do well;
Seek judgment; amend that which is corrupted;
18 Come on now, and let us plead together, saith Je
Though they be red as crimson, they shall be like wool. 19 If ye shall be willing and obedient,
Ye shall feed on the good of the land; 20 But if ye refuse, and be rebellious,
Ye shall be food for the sword of the enemy:
21 How is the faithful city become a harlot!
She that was full of judgment, righteousness dwelled in
But now murderers! 22 Thy silver is become dross; thy wine is mixed with
Every one of them loveth a gift, and seeketh rewards:
24 Wherefore saith the Lord Jehovah God of Hosts,
the mighty One of Israel :
I will be avenged of mine enemies.
And I will purge in the furnace thy dross;
And I will remove all thine alloy :.
And thy counsellors, as at the beginning:
The city of righteousness, the faithful metropolis. 27 Sion shall be redeemed in judgment,
And her captives in righteousness: 28 But destruction shall fall at once on the revolters and
the sinners; And they that forsake JEHOVAH shall be consumed. 29 For ye shall be ashamed of the ilexes, which ye have
desired; And ye shall blush for the gardens, which ye have
30. When ye shall be as an ilex, whose leaves are blasted;
And as a garden, wherein is no water.' 31 And the strong shall become tow, and his work a spark " of fire; . And they shall both burn together, and none shall
Chap. 1 THE WORD WHICH WAS REVEALED TO ISAIAH, THE
SON OF AMOTS, CONCERNING JUDAH AND JERUSALEM.
To the he will teaalk in his oth the ljerusalem.
2 It shall come to pass in the latter days;
And it shall be exalted above the hills : :
And all nations shall flow unto it."
For from Sion shall go forth the law;
And he shall judge among the nations;
5 O house of Jacob, come ye,
And let us 'walk in the light of JEHOVAH!
And with soothsayers like the Philistines;
And there is no end to his treasures: