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The Book of the Prophet Esai



The First Chapter
     The vision of Esai son of Amos, which he showed upon Juda and Jerusalem in the time of Oziah, Joatham, Ahaz, and Jehezekiah, Kings of Juda. Hear O' heaven hearken O' earth, for the Lord speaks: I have nourished and brought up children, and they are fallen away from me. An ox knows his Lord, and an Ass his masters stall, but Israel knows nothing, my people has no understanding. Alas for this sinful people, which are expert in blasphemies, a froward generation, unnatural children. They have forsaken the Lord, they have provoked the holy one of Israel unto anger, and are gone backward. Wherefore should you be plagued any more? For you are ever falling away. The whole head is sick, and the heart is very heavy. From the sole of the foot unto the head, there is no whole part in all your body: but all are wounds, *botches, sores and stripes, which can neither be helped, bound up, nor eased with any ointment. *botches: hebrew root to burn, inflamed sores...RN
     Your land lies waste, your cities are burnt up, your enemies devour your land, and you must be faine (obligated/ willing happy) to stand, and look upon it: and it is desolate, as it were with enemies in battle. Moreover the daughter of Zion is left alone like a cottage in a vineyard, like watch house in time of war, like a besieged city. And except the Lord of Hosts had left unto us a few alive: we should have been as Sodoma, and like unto Gomorra.
     Hear the word of the Lord you tyrants of Sodoma: and hearken unto the law of our God, you people of Gomorra. Why offer you so many sacrifices unto me? I am discontent for the burntofferings of *wethers (castrated male sheep), and with the fatness of fed beasts. I have no pleasure in the blood of bullocks, lambs, and goats. When you appear before me, who requires you to tread within my porches? Offer me no more oblations, for it is but lost labor. I abhor your incense. I may not *away (Hebrew: endure it or allow it) with your new moons, your Sabbaths and solemn days. Your fastings are also in vain. I hate your new holy days and fastings, even from my very heart. They make me weary, I can not abide them. though you hold out your hands, yet I turn my eyes from you. And though you make many prayers, yet I hear nothing at all, for your hands are full of blood.
     Wash you, make you clean, put away your evil thoughts out of my sight, cease from doing evil and violence. Learn to do right, let the widows complaint come before you. Now go to (says the Lord) we well walk together. Is it not so? though your sins be as red as scarlet, shall they not be whiter than snow? And though they were like purple, shall they be not like white wool? Is it not so? If you be loving and obedient, you shall enjoy the best thing that grows in the land. But if you be obstinate and rebellious, you shall be devoured with the sword: for thus the Lord has promised with his own mouth.
     How happens it then that the righteous city (which was full of equity) is become unfaithful as an whore? righteousness dwelt in it, but now murder. your silver is turned to dross, and your wine mixed with water. your princes are traitors and companions of thieves. They love gifts altogether, and follow rewards. As for the fatherless, they help him not to his right, neither will they let the widows causes come before them. Therefore speaks the Lord God of Hosts the mighty one of Israel: Ah, I must ease me of mine enemies, and avenge me upon them. And therefore shall I lay my had upon you, and burn out your dross from the finest and purest, and put out all the lead, and set your judges again as they were sometime, and your Senators as they were from the beginning. The shall you be called the righteousness city, the faithful city. But Sion shall be redeemed with equity, and her captivity with righteousness. For the transgressors and ungodly, and such as are become unfaithful unto the Lord, must altogether be utterly destroyed.
     And except you be ashamed of the oaks trees wherein you have so delighted, and of the gardens that you have chosen: you shall be as an oak whose leaves are fallen away, and as a garden that has no moistness. And as for the glory of these things, it shall be turned to straw, and he that made them to a spark. And they shall both burn together, so that no man shall be able to quench them.

The Second Chapter
     Moreover this was the word that was opened unto Esaie the son of Amos, upon Juda and Jerusalem. It will be also in the process of time: That the hill where the house of the Lord is builded, shall be the chief among the hills, and shall be exalted above all little hills. And all the Heathen shall *preace (proclaim) unto him. And the multitude of the people shall go unto him, speaking thus one unto another: up, let us go up to the hill of the Lord, and to the house of the God of Jacob: that he may show us his way, and that we may walk in his paths. For the law shall come out of Sion, and the word of God from Jerusalem, and shall give sentence among the Heathen, and shall reform the multitude of people: So that they shall break their swords and spears, to make scythes, sicles and saws thereof. From that time forth shall not one people lift up weapon against another, neither shall they learn to fight from thensforth. It is to you that I cry (O house of Jacob) up, let us walk in the light of the Lord. But you are scattered abroad with your people (O house of Jacob) for you go far beyond your fathers, whether it be in Sorcerers (who you had as the Philistines had) or in *calkers of mens births,(astrologers) whereof you have too many. As soon as your land was full of silver and gold, and no end of your treasure: so soon as your land was full of strong horses and no end of your chariots: Immediately was it full of Idols also, even works of their own hands, which you yourselves have fashioned, and your fingers have made. There kneels a man, there falls the man down before you, so that you can not bring him away from that place.
     And therefore get you soon in to some rock, and hide you in the ground from the sight of the fearful judge, and from the glory of his Majesty: Which casts down the high looks of presumptuous persons, and brings low the pride of man, and he only shall be exalted in that day. For the day of the Lord of Hosts shall go over all pride and presumption, upon all them that exalt themselves, and shall bring them all down: upon all high stout Cedar trees of Libanus, and upon all the oaks of Basan, upon all high hills, and upon all stout mountains, upon all costly towers, and upon all strong walls, upon all ships of the sea, and upon everything that is glorious and pleasant to look upon.
     And it shall bring down the pride of man, and lay mans presumptuousness full low, and the Lord shall only have the victory in that day. But the Idols shall utterly be rooted out. Men shall creep into holes of stone, and into caves of the earth, from the sight of the fearful judge, and from the glory of his majesty: what time as he shall make him up to shake the earth. *Then, then, shall cast away his gods of silver and gold, (which he nevertheless had made to honor them) unto Moles and Backs; (bats) that he may better creep into the caves and rocks, and into the clefts of hard stones, from the sight of the fearful judge and for the glory of his Majesty. *then, then (2)

The Third Chapter
     Every man can eschue (avoid, escape) a person moved to anger, for what he does wisely? Even so shall the Lord of Hosts take away from Jerusalem and from Juda, all possessions and power, all meat and drink, the captain and the soldier, the judge and the prophet, the wise and the aged man, the worshipful of fifty year old, and the honorable: the Senators, and the men of understanding: the masters of crafts and orators. And I shall give you children to be your princes,(says the Lord) and babes shall have the rule of you. One shall ever be doing violence and wrong to another. The boy will presume against the elder, and the vile person against the honorable. you when one shall take a friend of his own kindred by the bosom, and say: You have clothing, you shall be our head, for you may keep us from this fall and peril.
     Then shall he swear and say: I can not help you. Moreover, there is neither meat nor clothing in my house, make me no ruler of the people. For Jerusalem and Juda must decay, because both their words and counsel are against the Lord, they provoke the presence of his Majesty unto anger. The changing of their countenance betrays them, yes they declare their own sins themselves, as the Sodomites, and hide them not. Woe be unto their souls, for they shall be heavily rewarded. Then shall they say: O happy are the godly, for they may enjoy the fruits of their studies. But woe be unto the ungodly and unrighteous for they shall be rewarded after their works. O my people, *ribaudes (extortioners: MN) oppress you, and women have rule of you. O my people, your leaders deceive you, and tread out the way of your footsteps. The Lord is here to commune of the matter, and stands to give judgement with the people. The Lord shall come forth to reason with the Senators and princes of his people, and shall say thus unto them: It is you that have burnt up my vineyard, the robbery of the poor is in your house. Wherefore do you oppress my people, and marred the faces of the innocents? thus shall the Lord God of Hosts revile them.
     Moreover thus says the Lord: Seeing the daughters of Sion are become so proud, and come in with stretched out necks, and with vain wanton eyes: seeing they come in tripping so nicely with their feet: Therefore shall the Lord shave the heads of the daughters of Sion, and make their beauty bare in the day. In that day shall the Lord take away the gorgeousness of their apparel, and spangles, chains, *partlets, and collars, bracelets and hooves, that goodly flowered wide and boarded raiment, brushes and head bands, rings and garlands, holy day clothes and veils, kerchiefs and pins, glasses and smocks, bonnets and *taches.*partlets = ruffled covering for the neck. *taches = buckles, clasps, fasteners.
     And instead of good smell there shall be stink among them. And for their girdles there shall be loose bands. And for well set hair there shall be baldness. Instead of a stomacher, a sackcloth, and for their beauty witherdness and son burning.

The Fourth Chapter
     At that time their gates shall mourn and complain, and they shall sit as desolate flock upon the earth. Then shall wives take hold of one man, and say: We will lay all our meat and clothing together in common, only that we may be called your wives, and that this shameful reproof be taken from us. After that time shall the branch of the Lord be beautiful and mighty, and the fruit of the earth shall be fair and pleasant for those Israelites that shall spring thereof. Then shall the remnant in Sion and the remnant in Jerusalem be called holy: namely all such as are written among the living at Jerusalem: What time as the Lord shall wash away the desolation of the daughters of Sion, and purge the blood out from Jerusalem with the wind of his smoke and fire. Moreover upon all the dwellings of the hill of Sion and upon their whole congregation, shall the Lord provide a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night: for all their glory shall be preserved. And Jerusalem shall be a tabernacle for a shadow because of heat in the day time, and place and refuge where a man may keep him for weather and rain.

The Fifth Chapter
     Now will then, I will sing my beloved friend a song of his vineyard. My beloved friend has a vineyard in a very fruitful plenteous ground. This he hedged, this he walled round about, and planted it with goodly grapes. In the midst of it builded he a tower, and made a wine press therin. And afterward when he looked that it should bring him grapes, it brought forth thorns. I show you now my cause (O you Citizens of Jerusalem and whole of Juda) : Judge, I pray you, between me and my vineyard. What more could have been done for it, that I have not done? Wherefore has it given thorns, where I looked to have grapes of it?
     Well, I shall tell you how I will do with my vineyard: I will take the hedge from it, that it may perish, and break down the wall, that it may be trodden under foot. I will lay it waste, that it shall neither be twisted nor cut, but bear thorns and briers. I will also forbid the clouds, that they shall not rain upon it. As for the vineyard of the Lord of Hosts it is the house of Israel, and whole Juda his planting. Of these he looked for equity, but see there is wrong: for righteousness, Lo, It is but misery.
     Woe unto you that join one house to another, and bring one land so near unto another, till you can get no more ground. Will you dwell upon the earth alone? The Lord of Hosts rounds me thus in mine ear: shall not many greater and more gorgeous houses be so waste, that no man shall dwell in them? And ten acres shall give but a Quart, and thirty bushels of feed shall give but three.
     Woe unto them that rise up early to use themselves in drunkenness, and yet at night are more superfluous with wine. In those companies are harps and lutes, tabrets and pipes, and wine. But they regard not the work of the Lord, and consider not the operation of his hands. Therefore comes my folk also in captivity, because they have no understanding. Their glory shall be mixed with hunger, and their pride shall be marred for thirst. Therefore gapes hell, and opens her mouth marvelous wide: that pride boasting and wisdom, with such as rejoice therin, may descend into it.
     Thus shall man have a fall, he shall be brought low, and the high looks of the proud layed down. But the Lord of Hosts, that holy God: shall be exalted and untouched, when he shall declare his equity and righteousness after this manner: Then shall the lambs eat their appointed fodder, and shall feed plentiously in the mountains. Woe be unto vain persons, that draw wickedness unto them, as it were with a cord: and sin, as it were with a cart rope. Which use to speak on this manner: Let him make have now, and go forth with his work, that we may see it. Let that counsel of the holy one of Israel come, and draw nye, that we may know it.
     Woe be unto them that call evil good, and good evil: which make darkness light, and light darkness, that make sour sweet, and sweet sour. Woe be unto them that are wise in their own sight, and think themselves to have understanding. Woe be unto them that are conning men to sup out wine and expert to set up drunkenness. These give sentence with the ungodly for rewards, but condemn the just cause of the righteousness.
     Therefore like as the fire licks up the straw, as the flame consumes the stubble: Even so (when their root is full) their blossom shall vanish away as dust or smoke: for they despise the law of the Lord of Hosts, and blaspheme the word of the holy maker of Israel.
     Therefore is the wrath of the Lord kindled also against his people, and he shakes his hand at them: yes he shall smite so, that the hills shall tremble. And their carcasses shall lie in the open streets, like mire. After all this, the wrath of God shall not cease, but he shall stretch his hand wider. And he shall give a token unto a strange people, and call unto them in a far country: and behold, they shall come hastily with speed. There is not one faint or feeble among them, no not a sluggish or slippery person. There shall not one of them put off the girdle from his loins, (Ephes 6:4 RN) nor loose the latchet of their shoe. Their arrows are sharp, and their bows bent. Their horses hoofs are like flint, and their cart wheels like a stormy wind. Their cry is as it were of a lion, and the roaring of them like lions whelps. They shall roar, and haunch up the prey, and no man shall recover it or get it from them. In that day they shall be fierce upon them, as the sea. And if we look unto the land, behold, it shall be all darkness and sorrow. If we look to heaven: behold, it shall be dark with careful desperation.

The Sixth Chapter
     In the year that king Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon an high and glorious seat, and his train filled the *palace. (kjv =temple) From above flakerd the Seraphins, where of every one had six wings. With two each covered his face, with two his feet, and with two he did fly. They cried also each one to other on this manner: holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of Hosts. The whole world is full of his glory. Yes the guests and the doorchecks moved at their crying, and the house was full of smoke. Then I said: O woe is me. For I am astonished: that I (which am a man of unclean lips, and dwell among people that has unclean lips also) should see the King and Lord of Hosts with mine eyes.
     Then flew one of the Seraphins unto me, having a hot coal in his hand, which he had taken from the altar with the tongs, and touched my mouth, and said: Lo, this has touched your mouth, and your unrighteousness is taken away, and your sin is *forgiven. (kjv =purged) After this I heard the voice of the Lord talking advisement on this manner: Whom shall I send, and who will be our messenger? Then I said: Here am I, send me. And so he said: Go, and tell this people: you shall hear indeed, but you shall not understand, you shall plainly see, and not perceive. Harden the heart of this people, stop their ears, and shut their eyes, that they see not with their eyes, hear not with their ears, and understand not with their heart, and convert and be healed.
     Then spoke I: Lord, how long? And he answered: Until the cities be utterly without inhabiters, and the houses without men, till the land be also desolate, and lie unbuilded. For the Lord shall take the men far away, so that the land shall lie waste. Nevertheless, the tenth part shall remain therin, for it shall convert and be fruitful, And likewise as the Terebintes and Oak trees bring forth their fruits, so shall the holy seed have fruit.

The Seventh Chapter
     It happened in time of Ahaz the son of Joatham, which was the son of Oziah, king of Juda: that Razin the king of Syria, and Phakeh the son of Romaliah, King of Israel: went up toward Jerusalem to besiege it, but won it not. Now when the house of David (that is Ahaz) heard word thereof, that Syria and Ephraim were confederate together: His heart quaked (yes and the hearts also of his people) like as a tree in a field, that is moved with the wind.
     Then said God unto Esia, Go meet Ahaz, (you, your son Sear Jasub) at the head of the over pole, in the foot path by the fullers ground, and say unto him, take heed to yourself and be still, but fear not, neither be fainthearted, for the two tails: that is: for these two smoking firebrands, the wrath and furriousness of Rezin in the Sirian and Romelies son: because that the King of Siria, Ephraim, and Romelies son have wickedly conspired against you, saying: We will go down into Juda, vex them, and bring them under us, and set a king there, even the son of Tabeel. For thus says the Lord God there to, It shall not so go forth, neither shall it come to pass: For the head city of the Sirians is Damascus, but the head of Damascus is Razin. And the chief city of Ephraim is Samaria, but the head of Samaria is Remaliahs son. And if you believe not, there shall no promise be kept with you.
     Moreover, God spoke unto Ahaz, saying: require a token of the Lord your God, whether it be toward the depth beneath or toward the height above. Then said Ahaz: I will require none, neither will I tempt the Lord. Then the Lord answered: Then hear too, you house of David: Is it not enough for you, that you be grievous unto men, but you must grieve my God also? And therefore the Lord shall give you a token of himself: Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Emanuel. Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know *the evil. (kjv = to refuse the evil) and choose the good. But or ever the child come to knowledge, to eschue the evil and chose the good: The land (that you are so afraid for) shall be desolate of both her kings.
     The Lord also shall send a time upon you, upon your people, and upon your fathers house, (such as never came since the time that Ephraim departed from Juda) through the king of the Assyrians. For at the same time shall the Lord *whistle (kjv = hiss) for the flys that are about the water of Egypt, and for the Bees in the Assirian land. These shall come, and shall light all in the valleys, and in the vaults of stone, upon all green things, and in all corners.
     At the same time shall the Lord shave the hair of the head and feet and the beard clean off, with the razor that he shall pay them withal beyond the water: namely, with the King of the Assirians. At that time a man shall live with a cow, and two sheep. Then because of the abundance of milk, he shall make butter and eat it. So that every one that remains in the land, shall eat butter and honey. At the same time all vineyards (though there be a thousand vines in one, and were sold for a thousand silverlings) shall be turned to briers and thorns. Like as they shall come into the land with arrows and with bows, so shall all the land become briers and thorns. And as for all hills that are now hewn down, you shall not come upon them, for fear of briers and thorns. But the cattle shall be driven over there, and the sheep shall feed there.

The Eighth Chapter
     Moreover the Lord said unto me: Take you a great leaf, and write in it, as men do with a pen, *that he speed him to rob, and haste him to spoil. (kjv = upon Mahershalalhashbaz.) And immediately I called unto me faithful witnesses, Uriah the priest, and Zachariah the son of *Barachiah. (kjv = Jeberechiah.) After that I went unto the Prophetess, that now had conceived and born a son. Then said the Lord to me: give him this name: Maherschalalhashbas, that is: *(a speedy robber: an hasty spoiler). (kjv leaves this entire line out) For why, or ever the child shall have knowledge to say: Abi and Im, (that is father, and mother): shall the riches of Damascus and the substance of Samaria be taken away, through the king of the Assirians.
     The Lord spoke also unto me, saying: For so much as this people refuses the still running water of Silo, and put their delight in Razin and Romelies son: Behold the Lord shall bring mighty and great floods of water upon them: namely, the king of the Assirians with all his power. Which shall pour out his furriousness upon every man, and run over all their banks. And shall break in upon Juda, increasing in power, till he get him by the throat. He shall fill also the wideness of the land with his broad wings, O Emanuell. Go together you people, and gather you, hearken to all you of far countries. Muster you, and gather you: muster you and gather you, take your counsel together, yet must your counsel come to naught: go in handle withal, yet shall it not prosper. Except Emanuel: (that is God) be with us. For the Lord chastised me, and took me by the hand, and warned me, saying unto me: that I should not walk in the ways of this people. He said moreover: round with none of them, whosoever say: yonder people are bound together. Nevertheless fear them not, neither be afraid of them, but sanctify the Lord of Hosts, let him be your fear and dread. For he is the sanctifying, a stone to stumble at , the rock to fall upon, a snare and a net to both the houses: to Israel, and the inhabitors of Jerusalem. And many shall stumble, fall, and be broken upon him: yes they shall be snared and taken.
     Now lay the witness together (said the Lord) and seal the law with my disciples. Thus I wait upon the Lord that has turned his face from the house of Jacob, and I will look *unto (kjv = for) him. But, lo, I as for me, and the children which the Lord has given me: we are a token and a wonder in Israel, for the Lord of Hosts sake, which dwells upon the hill of Sion.
     And therefore if they say unto you: ask counsel at the soothsayers, witches, charmers and conjurers, then make them this answer: Is there a people any where, that asks counsel at his God: whether it be concerning the dead or the living. If any man want light, let him look upon the law and testimony whether they speak not after this meaning. If he do this he stumbles and suffers hunger. And if he suffer hunger, he is out of patience, and blasphemes his king and his God. Then looks he upward, and downward to the earth, and behold, there is trouble and darkness vexation is round about him, and the cloud of error. And out of such adversity he shall not escape.

The Ninth Chapter
     Even like as in time past it has been well seen, that the land of Zabulon and the land of Nephtali (where through the sea way goes over Jordan in to the land of Galilee) was at the first in little trouble, but afterwards sore vexed.
     Nevertheless the people that have dwelt in darkness, shall see a great light. As for them that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them shall the light shine. Shall you multiply the people, and not increase the joy also? They shall rejoice before you even as men make marry in the harvest, and as men that have gotten the victory, when they deal the spoil. For you shall break the yoke of the peoples burden: the staff of his shoulder and the rod of his oppressor, as in the day of Madian.
     Moreover all *temerarious and seditious power (yes where there is but a coat spilled with blood) shall be burnt, and fed the fire. For unto us a child shall be born, and unto us a son shall be given. Upon his shoulders shall the kingdom lay, and he shall be called with his own name: the wondrous giver of counsel, the mighty God, the everlasting father, the prince of peace, he shall make no end to increase the kingdom and peace, and shall sit upon the seat of David and in his kingdom, to set up the same, to stablish it with equity and righteousness, from that place forth for evermore..This shall the jealousy of the Lord bring to pass.*temerarious as of teeming with activity, a street teeming with pedestrians; a garden abounding with flowers; roofs blanketing a city a highway crawling with carts; a house overflowing with guests; a parade route swarming with spectators. RN
     The Lord sent a word in to Jacob, the same is come in to Israel. And the people also of Ephraim, and they that dwell in Samaria, can say with pride and high stomachs, on this manner: The tile work is fallen down, but we will build it with harder stones. The Mulberry timber is broken, but we shall set it up again with Cedar. Nevertheless, the Lord shall prepare Razin the enemy against them, and so order their adversaries, that the Sirians shall lay hold upon them before, and the Philistines behind, and so devour Israel with open mouth.
     After all this, the wrath of the Lord shall not cease, but yet his hand shall be stretched out still. For the people turns not unto him, that chastises them, neither do they seek the Lord of Hosts. Therefore the Lord shall root out of Israel both head and tail, branch and twig in one day.
     By the head, is understand the Senator and honorable man, and by the tail, the Prophet that preaches lies. For all they which inform the people that they be in a right cause, such be deceivers.
     Such as men think also to be perfect among these, are but cast away.
     Therefore shall the Lord have no pleasure in their young men, neither favor their fatherless and widows. For they are all together hypocrites and wicked, and all their mouths speak folly. After all this shall not the Lords wrath cease, but yet his hand is stretched out still. For the ungodly burn, as a fire in the briers and thorns: And as it were out of a fire in the wood or a ready bush, so ascends the smoke of their pride.
     For this cause shall the wrath of the Lord of Hosts fall upon the land, and the people shall be consumed, as it were with fire, no man shall spare his brother. If a man do turn him to the right hand, he shall famish, or to the left hand to eat, he shall not have enough. Every man shall eat the flesh of his own arm: Manasses shall eat Ephraim and Ephraim Manasses, and they both shall eat Juda. After all this shall not the Lords wrath cease, but yet shall his hand be stretched out still.

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