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The Book of the Prophet Esai

(Part Five)


The Thirty eighth Chapter
     Not long before this, was Hezekiah sick unto death: And the Prophet Esai the son of Amoz came unto him, and said: Thus commands the Lord: Set your house in order: for you must die, and shall not escape. Then Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall, and prayed unto the Lord, and said: Remember (O' Lord) that I have walked before you in truth and a steadfast heart, and have done the thing that is pleasant to you. And Hezekiah wept sore. Then said God unto Esai: Go and speak unto Hezekiah: The Lord God of David your father sends you this word: I heard your prayer, and considered your tears: behold I will put fifteen years more unto your life, and deliver you and the city also, from the hand of the king of Assyria, for I will defend the city. And take you this token of the Lord, that he will do it, as he has spoken: Behold, I will return the shadow of Ahaz dial, that now is layed out with the Sun and bring it ten degrees backward. So the Sun turned ten degrees backward, that which he was descended before.

A thanksgiving, which Hezekiah King of Juda wrote,
when he had been sick, and was recovered

     I thought I should have gone to the gates of hell in my best age, and wanted the residue of my years.
     I spoke within myself: I shall never visit the Lord God in this life: I shall never see man among the dwellers of the world.
     Mine age is folded up together, and taken away from me, like a shepherds cottage: my life is hewn off, like as a weaver cuts off his web.
     While I was yet taking my rest, he hewd me off, and made an end of me in one day.
     I thought I would have lived until the morrow, but he bruised my bones like a lion, and made an end of me in one day.
     Then chattered I like a swallow, and like a crane, and did mourn as a dove.
     I lift up mine eyes to the height: O' Lord (say I) violence is done unto me, be you surety for me.
     What shall I speak or say, that he may do this? that I may live out all my years, yes in the bitterness of my life?
     Verily (Lord) men must live in bitterness, and all my life must I pass over therin: For you raise me up, and wake me. But lo, I will be well content with this bitterness.
     Nevertheless my conversation has so pleased you, that you would not make an end of my life: so that you have cast all my sins behind your back.
     For hell praises not you, death does not magnify you.
     They that go down into the grave, praise not your truth: but the living, yes the living acknowledge you, like as I do this day.
     The father tells his children of your faithfulness.
     Deliver us (O' Lord) and we will sing praises in your house, all the days of our lives.
     And Esai said: take a plaster of figs, and lay it upon the sore, so that it be whole.
     Then said Hezekiah: O what a great thing is this, that I should go up in to the house of the Lord.

The Thirty ninth Chapter
     At that same time *Merodach Baladam, Baladams son King of Babylon, sent letters and presents to Hezekiah. For he understood how that he had been sick, and was recovered again. And Hezekiah was glad thereof, and showed them the commodities of his treasure, of silver, of gold, of spices and roots, of precious oils, and all that was in his cupboards and treasure houses. There was not one thing in Hezekiahs house, and throughout all his Kingdom, but he let them see it.
     Then came Esai the Prophet to King Hezekiah, and said unto him: What have the men said, and from where came they unto you? Hezekiah answered: They came out of a far country unto me, out of Babylon. Esai said: What have they looked upon in your house? Hezekiah answered: All that is in mine house have they seen: and there is nothing in my treasure, but I showed it them.
     Then said Esai unto Hezekiah: Understand the word of the Lord of Hosts: Behold, the time will come, that everything which is in your house, and all that your progenitors have laid up in store unto this day, shall be carried to Babylon, and nothing left behind. Thus says the Lord. Yes and part of your sons, that shall come of you, and whom you shall get, shall be carried from here, now, and become gelded chamberlains in the King of Babylons court. Then said Hezekiah to Esai: Now God prosper his own counsel, which you have told me. He said moreover: So that there be peace and faithfulness in my time. Merodachbaladan = "Marduk has given a son" Merodach = "thy rebellion" Baladam = "Bel (is his) lord)" Bel = "lord" 1) a chief Babylonian deity: Baal = "lord" IS MAN owner, husband, lord 1a) owner 1b) a husband 1c) citizens, inhabitants 1d) rulers, lords 1e) (noun of relationship used to characterise ie, master of dreams) 1f) lord (used of foreign gods) RN

The Fortieth Chapter
     Be of good cheer my people, be of good cheer, (says your God) Comfort Jerusalem, and tell her, that her travail is at an end, that her offense is pardoned, that she has received of the Lords hand sufficient correction for all her sins. A voice crys: Prepared the way *for (kjv =of) the Lord in the wilderness, make straight the path for our God in the desert. Let all valleys be exalted, and every mountain and hill layed low. What so is crooked, let it be made straight, and let the rough places be made plain fields. For the glory of God shall appear, and all flesh shall see it. For why? The mouth of the Lord has spoken it.
     The same voice spoke: Now cry. And I said: What shall I cry? Then spoke it: That all flesh is grass, and that all the beauty thereof, is as the flower of the field. When the grass withers, the flower fails away. Even so is, the people as grass, when the *breath (kjv =the spirit) of the Lord blows upon *them.(kjv = it) Nevertheless, whether the grass wither, or the flower fade away: Yet the word of our God endures forever. Moreover the voice cried thus: Go up unto the hill (O Sion) you that bring good tidings, lift up your voice with power, O you preacher Jerusalem. Lift it up without fear, and say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God, behold the Lord, even the Allmighty will come with power, and shall bear rule with his arm. Behold, he brings his treasure with him, and his works go before him. He shall gather the lambs together with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall kindly entreat those that bear young.
     Who has holden the waters in his fist? Who has measured heaven with his span, and has comprehended all the earth of the world in three fingers? Who has weighed the mountains and the hills? Or who is of his counsel to teach him? And who has he asked counsel, to make him understand, and to learn him the way of judgement: to teach him science: and to instruct him in the way of understanding. Behold, all people are in comparison of him, as a drop to a bucket full, and are counted as the least thing that the balance weigheth. Behold, the Isles are in comparison of him, as the shadow of the *son beam. Libanus is not sufficient to minister fire for his offering, and all the beasts thereof are not enough to one sacrifice. All people in comparison of him are reckoned as nothing, yes vain vanity and emptiness. This is the exact spelling; son. RN
     To whom then will you liken God? or what similitude will you set up unto him? Shall the carver make him a carved image? and shall the goldsmith cover him with gold, or cast him into a form of silver plates? Moreover shall the image maker, that the poor man which is despoiled, may have something to set up also, seek out and choose a tree, that is not rotten, and carve thereout an image, that moves not? Know you not this ? Heard you never of it ? Has it not been preached unto you since the beginning? Have you not been enformed of this since the foundation of the earth was layed: That he sits upon the circle of the world, and all the inhabitors of the world are in comparison of him, but as grasshoppers: That he spreads out the heavens as a covering (kjv = curtain) that he stretches them out, as a tent to dwell in: That he brings Princes to nothing, and the judges of the earth to dust: so that they be not planted, nor sown again, neither their stock rooted again in the earth? For as soon as he blows upon them, they wither and fade away like the straw in a whirlwind.
     To whom now will you liken me, and whom shall I be like, says the holy one? Lift up your eyes on high, and consider. Who has made those things, which come out by some great heaps? and can he call them all by names. For their is nothing hid unto the greatness of his power, strength, and might. Now then may Jacob think, or how may Israel say: My ways are hid from the Lord, and my God knows not my judgments. Know you not, or have you not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, which made all the corners of the earth, is neither weary nor faint: and that his wisdom can not be comprehended? but that he gives strength to the weary, and power to the faint, and the strongest men fall: But unto them that have the Lord before their eyes, shall strength be increased, Eagles wings shall grow upon them: When they run, they shall not fall: and when they go, they shall not be weary.

The Forty first Chapter
     Be still (you Islands) and harken unto me. Be strong you people, Come hither, and show your cause, we will go to the law together. Who raises up the just from the rising of the Sun, and calls him to go forth? Who casts down the people, and subdues the kings before him: that he may throw them all to the ground with his sword, and scatter them as stubble with his bow. He follows upon them, and goes safely himself, and comes in no foot path with his feet. Who has made, created, and called the generations from the beginning? Even I the Lord, which am the first, and with the last.
     Behold you Isles? that you may fear, and you ends of the earth, that you may be abashed, draw nye, and came hither. Every man has exhorted his neighbor; and brother, and bidden (moved, invited, called) him be strong. The Smith comforted the molder, and the Ironsmith the hammer man, saying: It shall be good, that we fasten this cast work: and then they fastened it with nails, that it should not be moved. And you Israel, my servant: Jacob my elect seed of Abraham my beloved, whom I led from the ends of the earth by the hand: For I called you from far, and said unto you: You shall be my servant: I have chosen you, and will not cast you away: be not afraid, for I will be with you. Look not behind you, for I will be your God, to strengthen you, help you, and to keep with this right hand of mine. Behold, all they that resist you, shall come to confusion and shame: and your adversaries shall be destroyed and brought to naught. So that who so seeks after them, shall not find them. your destroyers shall perish, and so shall they that undertake to make battle against you. For I your Lord and God, will strengthen your right hand. Even I that say unto you: Fear not. I will help you. Be not afraid you little worm Jacob, and you despised Israel for I will help you, says the Lord, and the holy one of Israel your avenger. Behold, I will make you a treading cart and a new *flayle, that you may thresh and grind the mountains, and bring the hills to powder. You shall fan them, and the wind shall carry them away, and the whirlwind shall scatter them. But you shall rejoice in the Lord, and shall delight in the praising of the holy one of Israel. *flayle = a manual threshing device, consisting of a wooden staff.
     When the thirsty and poor seek water, and find none, and when their tongue is dry of thirst: I give it them says the Lord. I the God of Israel forsake them not. I bring forth floods in the hills, and wells in the plain fields. I turn the wilderness to rivers, and dry land to *condites (fountain) of water. I plant in the waste ground trees of Cedar, Box, Mire and Olives. And in the dry I set Fir trees, Elms, and Hawthorns together. All this do I, that they altogether may see a mark, perceive with their hearts and consider, that the hand of the Lord makes these things, and that the holy one of Israel brings them to pass. Stand at your cause (says the Lord) and bring forth your strongest ground, counsels the King of Jacob. Let the gods come forth themselves, and show us the things that are past, what they be: let them declare them unto us, that we may take them to heart, and know the hereafter. Either, let them show us things for to come, and tell us what shall be done hereafter: so shall we know, that they be gods. Show something, either good or bad: so will we both knowledge the same, and tell it out.
     Behold, you gods are of naught, and your making is of naught, but abomination has chosen you. Nevertheless, I have waked up one from the North, and he shall come. And another from the East, which shall call upon my name, and shall come to the Princes, as the Potter to his clay, and as the Potter treads down the mire. Who told you before? So will we confess and say, that he is righteous. But there is none that shows or declares anything, there is none also that hears your words. Behold, I will first grant them of Sion and Jerusalem to be Evangelists. But when I consider: there is not one among them that prophecies, neither (when I ask them) that answers one word, Lo, wicked are they and vain, with the things also that they take in hand: yes wind are they, and emptiness, with their images together.

The Forty second Chapter
     Behold now therefore, this is my servant whom I will keep to myself: mine elect, In whom my soul shall be pacified. I will give him my spirit, that he may show forth judgement and equity among the Gentiles. He shall not be an out crier, nor an high minded person. His voice shall not be heard in the streets. A bruised reed he shall not break, and a smoking flax shall he not quench: but faithfully and truly he shall give judgement. He shall neither be over seen or hasty, that he may restore righteousness unto the earth: and the Gentiles shall also keep his laws. For thus says God the Lord unto him (even he that, that made heavens, and spread them abroad and set forth the earth with her increase: which gives bread unto the people that is in it, and to them that dwell therein) I the Lord have called you in righteousness, and led you by the hand. Therefore I will also defend you, and give you for a covenant of the people, and to be the light of the Gentiles. That you may open the eyes of the blind, let out the prisoners, and them that sit in darkness, out of the dungeon house. I my self, whose name is the Lord, which gave my power to none other, neither mine honor to the Gods: show you these new tidings, and tell you them or they come, for old things also are come to pass.
     Sing therefore unto the Lord, a new song of thanks giving, blow out his praise unto the end of the world. They that be upon the sea, and all that is therin, praise him, the Isles and they that dwell in them. Let them be glad the sit upon rocks of stone, and let them cry down from the high mountains: ascribing almightiness unto the Lord, and magnifying him among the Gentiles. The Lord shall come forth as a giant, and take a stomach to himself as a fresh man of war. He shall roar and cry, and overcome his enemies.
     I have long time holden my peace, (says the Lord) should I therefore be still, and keep silence for ever? I will cry like a travailing woman, and once will I destroy, and devour. I will make waste both mountain and hill, and dry up every green thing that grows theron. I will dry up the floods of water, and drink up the rivers. I will bring the blind into the street, that they know not: and lead them in to such a foot path that they are ignorant in. I shall make darkness light before them, and the thing that is crooked to be straight. These things will I do, and not forget them. And therefore let them convert, and be ashamed earnestly, that hope in Idols, and say to fashioned images: you are our gods.
     Hear, O you deaf men, and sharpen your sights to see (O you blind) But who is blinder than my servant? Or so deaf, as my messengers, whom I send unto you? For who is so blind as my people, and they that have the rule of them? They are like, as if they understood much, and keep nothing: or if one heard well, but were not obedient. The Lord be merciful unto them for his righteousness sake, that his word might be magnified and praised. Their young men belong all unto the snare, and shall be shut into prison houses. They shall be carried away captive, and no man shall loosen them. They shall be trodden under foot, and no man shall labor to bring them again. But who is he among you, that ponders this in his mind, that considers it, and takes it for a warning in time to come?
     Who allowed Jacob to be trodden under foot, and Israel to be spoiled? Did not the Lord? Now have we sinned against him, and have had no delight to walk in his ways, neither been obedient unto his law. Therefore has he poured upon us his wrathful displeasure, and strong battle, which makes us to have to do on every side, yet will we not understand: He burns us up, yet stinks it not in to our hearts.

The Forty third Chapter
     But now, the Lord that made you O Jacob, and he that fashioned you, O Israel, Says thus: Fear not, for I will defend you. I have called you by your name, you are mine own. When you went in the water, I was by you, that the strong floods should not pluck you away. When you walk in the fire, it shall not burn you, and the flame shall not kindle upon you. For I am the Lord your God, the holy one of Israel, your Saviour. I gave Egypt for your deliverance, the Morains (kjv = Ethiopia) and the Sabees for you: because you was dear in my sight, and because I set by you, and loved you. I *pilled all men for you, and delivered all people for your sake, that you should not fear, for I was with you. I will bring your seed from the East, and gather you together from the West. I will say to the North, let go. And to the South, keep not back: but bring me my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the world: Namely, all those that be called after my name: For them have I created, fashioned, and made for mine honor.
Egypt =land of double straight, power, fortresses, wealth (dominate civilizations) Morains = teachers ( of the doctrines of the world) Sabees = "drink you" those that "drink" of the cup of the world; worldly beliefs. *pilled = to subject them to extortion, what ever the market will bear, East: rise up with the son, West: from rest, from shaded place, from being bound, mortgaged, pledged, and occupied by merchants. North: from hidden treasures (treasures of God) those filled with the spirit and truth, of allmighty God. South: those of the right hand, who have been given the strength of God. From Hebrew roots. RN
     Bring forth that people, whether they have eyes, or are blind, deaf or have ears. and the deaf that have ears. All nations shall come in one, and be gathered in one people. But which among yonder gods can declare such things, and tell us what is to come? Let them bring their witnesses, so shall they be free: for then men shall hear it, and say, it is truth. But I bring you witnesses (says the Lord) even those that are my servants, whom I have chosen: to the intent that you might be *certified (to know for certain) and give me faithful *credence: (claim acceptance and trustworthiness) yes and to consider, that I am he, before whom there was never any God, and that there shall be none after me. I am only the Lord, and without me there is no Saviour. I give warning, I make whole, I teach you that there should be no strange God among you. And this record must you bear me yourselves, (says the Lord) that I am God. And even he am I from the beginning, and there is none that can take any thing out of my hand. And what I do, no man can change.
     Thus says the Lord the holy one of Israel your redeemer: For your sake I will send to Babylon, and bring all the strongest of them from there, now: Namely, the Chaldees that boast them of their ships: Even I the Lord your holy one, which have made Israel, and am your King. Moreover, thus says the Lord, (even he) that makes a way in the sea, and a footpath in the mighty waters: Which brings forth the chariots and horses, that they may fall asleep and never rise, and be extinct, like as *towe is quenched. tow = coarse fiber, maybe used as a wick. RN
     You remember not the things of old, and regard nothing that is passed. Therefore behold, I shall make a new thing, and shortly shall it appear: you shall well know it, I told it you before, but I will tell it you again. I will make streets in the desert, and rivers of water in the wilderness. The wild beasts shall worship me: the dragon, and the Ostrich. For I shall give water in the wilderness, and streams in the desert: that I may give drink to my people, whom I choose. This people have I made for myself, and they shall show forth my praise. For you (Jacob) would not call upon me, but you had an unlust toward me, O Israel. You gave me not your young beasts for burnt offerings, neither did you honor me with your sacrifices. though bought me no dear spice with your money, neither pour the fat of your sacrifices upon me. Howbeit I have not been chargeable unto you in offerings, neither grievous in incense.
     But you have ladened me with your sins, and wearied me with your ungodliness.
     Where as I yet am even he only, that for mine own selfs sake do away your offenses, and forget your sins: so that I will never think upon them. Put me now in remembrance, for we will reason together, and show what you have for you, to make equity. Your first father offended sore, and your *rulers (kjv = teachers) have sinned against me. Therefore I either suspended, or slew the cheifest Princes: I did curse Jacob, and gave Israel into reproof.

The Forty fourth Chapter
     So hear now , O Jacob my servant, and Israel whom I have chosen. For thus says the Lord, that made you, fashioned you, and helped you, even from your mothers womb: Be not afraid, O Jacob my servant, you righteous, whom I have chosen. For I shall pour water upon the dry ground, and rivers upon the thirsty. I shall pour my spirit upon your seed, and my increase upon your stock. They shall grow together, like as the grass, and as the Willies (Willows) by the waters side. One will say: I am the Lords. Another will call under the name of Jacob. The third shall describe with his hand unto the Lord, and give himself under the name of Israel.
     Moreover, thus has the Lord spoken: even the King of Israel, and his avenger, the Lord of Hosts: I am the first and the last, and without me there is no God. For what is he, that was ever like me, which am from everlasting? Let him show his name, and do where through he may be likened unto me. Let him tell you forth plainly things, that are past, for to come: yes and that without any fear or stop. For have not I ever told you hitherto, and warned you? you can bear me record yourselves. Is there any God except me? or any maker, that I should not know him?
     Wherefore all carvers of Idols are but vain, and their labor lost. They must bear record themselves, that (seeing they can neither understand) they shall be confounded. Who should now make a God, or fashion an Idol, that is profitable for nothing? Behold, all the fellowship of them must be brought to confusion. Let all the workmen of them come and stand together from among men: they must be abashed and confounded one with another. The smith takes iron, and tempers it with hot coals, and fashions it with hammers, and makes it with all the strength of his arms: yes, sometime he is faint from very hunger, and so thirsty that he has no more power. The carpenter (or image carver) takes meat of the timber: and spreads forth his line: he marks it with some color: he planes it, he rules it, and squares it, and make it after the image of a man and according to the beauty of a man: that it may stand in the temple.
     Moreover, he goes out to hew down Cedar trees: He brings home Elms and Oaks, and other timber of the wood. Or else the Fir trees which he planted himself and such as the rain has swelled, which would serves for men to burn. Of this he takes and warms himself withal: he makes a fire of it to bake bread. And afterward makes a God thereof, to honor it: and an Idol to kneel before it. One piece he burns in the fire, with another he roasts flesh, that he may eat roast, his belly full: with the third he warms himself, and says: Aha, I am well warmed, I have been at the fire. And of the residue he makes him a God, and an Idol for himself. He kneels before it, he worship it, he prays unto it, and says: deliver me, for you are my God.
     Yet men neither consider nor understand, because their eyes are stopped, that they cannot see: and their hearts, that they can not perceive. They ponder not in their minds, for they have neither knowledge, nor understanding to think thus: I have burnt one piece in the fire: I have baked bread with the coals thereof, I have roasted flesh withal, and eaten it: shall I now of the residue make an abomination, and fall down before a rotten piece of wood? The keeping of dust, and foolishness of the heart has turned them aside: so that none of them can have a free conscience to think: may not I error?
     Consider this (O Jacob and Israel) for you are my servant. I have made you, that you might serve me. O Israel, forget me not. As for your offenses, I drive them away like the clouds, and your sins as the mist. Turn you again unto me, and I will deliver you.
     Be glad you heavens, whom the Lord has made, let all that is here beneath upon the earth, be joyful. Rejoice you mountains and woods, with all the trees that are in you: for the Lord shall redeem Jacob, and show his glory upon Israel. For thus says the Lord your redeemer, even he that fashioned you from your mothers womb: I am the Lord, which do all things myself alone. I only have spread out the heavens and I only have layed the foundation of the earth. I destroy the tokens of witches, and make the Soothsayers go wrong. As for the wise, I turn them backward, and make their cunning foolishness.
     But I set up the purpose of my servants, and fulfill the counsel of my messengers. I say unto Jerusalem: turn again: And to the cities of Juda, be you builded again: and I repair their decayed places. I say to the ground: be dry. And I dry up your water floods. I say to Cyrus: you are mine herdsman: so that he shall fulfill all things after my will. I say unto Jerusalem: be you builded, and to the temple: be you fast grounded.

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