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The Book of the Prophet Esai(Part Seven)
The Fifty third Chapter
But who gives credence unto our preaching? Or to whom is the arm of the Lord known? He shall grow before the Lord like as a branch, and as a root in the dry ground, he shall have neither beauty nor favor. When we look upon him, there shall be no fairness: we shall have no *lust (desire) unto him. He shall be the most simple, and despised of all, which yet has good experience of sorrows and infirmities. We shall reckon him so simple and so vile, that we shall hide our faces from him. Now be it (of a truth) he only takes away our infirmity, and bears our pain: Yet we shall judge him, as though he were plagued and cast down of God: where as he
(notwithstanding) shall be wounded for our offenses, and smitten for our wickedness. For the pain of our punishment shall be layed on him, and with his strips shall we be healed.
As for us, we go all astray (like sheep) everyone turns his own way. But through him, the Lord pardons all our sins. He shall be pained and troubled, and shall not open his mouth. He shall be led as a sheep to be slain, yet shall he be as still as a lamb before the shearer, and not open his mouth. He shall be had away, his cause not heard, and with out any judgement: Whose generation yet no man may number, when he shall be cut off from the ground of the living: Which punishment shall go upon him, for the transgression of my people. His grave shall be given him with the condemned, and his crucifying with the thieves. Where as he did never violence nor unright, neither has there been any deceitfulness in his mouth.
Yet has it pleased the Lord to smite him with infirmity, that when he had made his soul an offering for sin, he might see long lasting seed. And this devise of the Lord shall prosper in his hand. With travail and labor of his soul, shall he obtain great riches. My righteous servant shall with his wisdom justify and deliver the multitude, for he shall bear away their sins. Therefore will I give him the multitude for his part, and he shall give divide the strong spoil because he shall give over his soul to death, and shall be reckoned among the transgressors, which nevertheless shall take away the sins of the multitude, and make intercession for the misdoers.
The Fifty fourth Chapter
Therefore be glad now, you barren that bare not. Rejoice, sing and be merry, you that are not with child: For the desolate has no more children, then the married wife, says the Lord. Make your tent wider, and spread out the hangings of your habitation: spare not, lay forth your coards, and make fast your stakes: for you shall break out on the right side and on the left, and your seed shall have the Gentiles in possession, and dwell in the desolate cities. Fear not, for you shall not be confounded: Be not ashamed, for you shall not come to confusion. Yes you shall forget the shame of your youth, and shall not remember the dishonor of your wedowhead (wed owhead; of the wed/ widowhood). For he that made you, shall be your Lord and husband (whose name is the Lord of Hosts) and your avenger shall be even the holy one of Israel, the Lord of the whole world. For the Lord shall call you, being as a desolate sorrowful woman, and as a young wife that has broken her wedlock: says your God.
A little while have I forsaken you, but with great mercifulness will I take you up unto me. When I was angry, I hid my face from you for a little season, but through everlasting goodness shall I pardon you, says the Lord your avenger. And this must be unto me as the water of Noe: for as like I have sworn that I will not bring the water of Noe any more upon the world: so have I sworn that I will never be angry with you, nor reprove you: The mountains shall remove, and the hills shall fall down: but my loving kindness shall not move, and the bond of my peace be shall not fall down from you, says the Lord your merciful lover. Behold you poor, vexed, and despised: I will make walls of precious stones, and your foundation of Sapphires, your windows of Crystal, your gates of fine clear stone, and your borders of pleasant stones. your children shall be taught of God, and I will give them plenteousness of peace. In righteousness shall you be grounded, and be far from oppression: for the which you need not be afraid, neither for hinderance, for it shall not come near you. Behold, the aleaunt (alien) that was far from you, shall dwell with you: and he that was sometime a stranger unto you, shall be joined with you: Behold, I make the smith that blows the coals in the fire, and he makes a weapon after his handy work. I make also the waster to destroy: but all the weapons that are made against you, shall not prosper. And as for all tongues, that shall resist you in judgment, you shall over come them, and condemn them. This is the heritage of the Lords servants, and the righteousness that they shall have of me, says the Lord.
The Fifty fifth Chapter
Come to the waters all you, that be thirsty, and you that have no money. Come, buy, that you may have to eat. Come buy wine and milk, without any money, or money worth. Wherefore do you lay out your money, for the thing that feeds not, and spend your labor about the thing that satisfies you not. But hearken unto me, and you shall eat of the best, and your soul shall have her pleasure in plenteousness. Incline your ears, and come unto me, take heed, and your soul shall live. For I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.
Behold, I shall give him for a witness among the folk, for a Prince and Captain unto the people. Lo, you shall call an unknown people: and a people that had no knowledge of you, shall run unto you: because of the Lord your God, the holy one of Israel, which glorifies you. Seek the Lord, while he may be found, and call upon him while he is nye. Let the ungodly man forsake his ways and the unrighteous his imaginations, and turn again unto the Lord: so shall he be merciful unto him: and to our God, for he is ready to forgive. For thus says the Lord: my thoughts are not your thoughts, and your ways are not my ways, but as far as the heavens are higher than the earth, so far do my ways exceed yours, and my thoughts yours. And like as the rain and snow comes down from heaven, and returns not there again, but waters the earth, makes it fruitful and green, that it may give corn and bread unto the sower: So the word also that comes out of my mouth shall not turn again void unto me, but shall accomplish my will and prosper the thing, whereto I sent it. And so shall you go forth with joy, and be lead with peace. The mountains and the hills shall sing with you for joy, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. For thorns, there shall grow , Fir trees, and that Myrtle tree instead of briers. And this shall be done to the praise of the Lord, and for an everlasting token, that shall not be taken away.
The Fifty sixth Chapter
Thus says the Lord: Keep you equity, and do right, for my saving health shall come shortly, and my righteousness shall be opened. Blessed is the man that does this, and the mans child which keeps the *same. (kjv = sabbath) *He that takes heed, that he unhallow not the Sabbath (that is) he that keeps himself that he do no evil. Then shall not the stranger, which cleaves to the Lord, say: Alas the Lord has shut me clean out from his people. Neither shall the gelded man say: Lo, I am a dried tree. For thus says the Lord, first unto the gelded that keeps my Sabbath: Namely: that holds greatly of the thing that pleases me, and keeps my commandment: Unto them will I give in my household and within my walls, a better heritage and name then if they had been called sons and daughters. I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not perish. Again, he says unto the strangers that are disposed to stick to the Lord, to serve him, and to Love his name: That they shall be no bondman. And all they, which keep themselves, that they unhallow not the Sabbath, namely, that they fulfil my covenant: Them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar. For my house shall be an house of prayer for all people. *note here that the true keeping of the Sabbath is; he that keeps himself from doing evil, each day, one day, at a time. RN
Thus says the Lord God which gathered together the scattered of Israel: I will bring yet another congregation to him. All the beasts of the field, and all the beasts of the wood, shall come to devour him. For his watchmen are all blind, they have altogether no understanding, they are all dumb as dogs, no being able to bark, they are sleepy: sluggish are they, and lie snoring: they are shameless dogs, that never be satisfied. The shepherds also in like manner have no understanding, but every man turns his own way, everyone after his own covetousness with all his power. Come (say they) I will fetch wine, so shall we fill ourselves, that we may be drunken. And do tomorrow, like as today, yes and much more.
The Fifty seventh Chapter
But in the mean season the righteous perishes, and no man regards it in his heart, Good godly people are taken away, and no man considers it. Namely: that the righteous is conveyed away through the wicked: that he himself might be at rest, lie quietly upon his bed, and live after his own pleasure. Come hither therefore you charmers children, you sons of adouvtry (a /devoted; not /devoted, to God), and the whore: Wherein take you your pleasure? Upon whom gape you with your mouth, and bleat out your tongue? Are you not children of *advoutry, and the seed of *dissimilation? you take your pleasure under the oaks, and under all green trees, the child being slain in the valleys, and the dens of stone. your part shall be with the stoney rocks by the river: Yes even these shall be your part. For there you have poured meat and drink offerings unto them. Should I oversee that? (overlook that?) You have made your bed upon high mountains, you went up over there, and there have you slain sacrifices. Behind the doors and posts, have you set up your remembrance. When you have discovered yourself to another then me, when you went down and made your bed wider (that is) when you did carve the certain yonder Idols, and love their couches, where you saw them. You went straight to kings with oil and diverse ointments (that is) you have sent your messengers far off, and yet are you fallen into the pit thereby. You have had trouble for the multitude of your own ways, yet said you never: I will leave off. You think to have life (or health) of your self, and therefore you believe not that you are sick. For when will you be abashed or fear, seeing you have broken your promise, and remember me not, neither have me in your heart? Think you, that I also will hold my peace (as before time) that you fear me not? Yes verily I will declare your goodness and your works but they shall not profit you when you cry, let your chosen heap deliver you. But the wind shall take them all away, and carry them in to the air. Nevertheless, they that put their trust in me, shall inherit the land, and have my holy hill in possession. *advoutry : children not devoted to God...see the word devoted, a-devoted; where the heart is: prefix: a meaning: not, without against. devoted to God, Christ, and the truth. Note also, that this word is most often replaced in the kjv with adultery. So that you know this word here is NOT adultery, see James 2 for adultery.
*dissimulation : Dictionary; the act or process of making or becoming dissimilar. distinct, diverse, unlike, incompatible, disparate. note also: the word "religion" is not found in all the original text. RN
And therefore thus he says: Make ready, make ready, and clean the street, take up what you can out of the way that leads to my people. For thus says the high and excellent, even he that dwells in the everlasting, whose name is the holy one: I dwell high above and in the sanctuary, and with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit: that I may heal a troubled mind, and a contrite heart. For I chide not ever, and am not wroth without end. But the blasting goes from me, though I make the breath. I am wroth with him for his covetousness and lust, I smite him, I hide me, and am angry, when he turns himself, and follows his own heart. But if I may see his right way again, I make him whole, I lead him and restore him unto them whom he makes joyful, and that were sorry for him. I make the fruits of thanksgiving. I give peace unto them that are far off, and to them that are nye, say I the Lord, that make him whole. But the wicked are like the raging see, that cannot rest, whose water foams with the mire and gravel. Even so the wicked have no peace, says my God.
The Fifty eighth Chapter
And therefore cry now, as loud as you can. Leave not off, lift up your voice like a trumpet, and show my people their offenses , and the house of Jacob their sins. For they seek me daily, and will know my ways, even as it were a people that did right, and had not forsaken the statutes of their God. They argue with me concerning right judgement, and will pleate at the law with their God. Wherefore fast we (they say) and you see not? we put our lives to straightness, and you regard not?
Behold, when you fast, your lust remains still: for you do no less violence to your debtors : Lo, you fast for strife and debate, and to smite with your fist that speaks unto you. you fast not (as some time) that your voice might be heard above. Think you this fast pleases me, that a man should chasten himself for a day, and to wring his head about like an hook in an heavy cloth and, to lie upon the earth? Should that be called fasting, or a day that pleases the Lord? But this fasting pleases me not, till that time be you jowse (loose) him out of bondage, that is in your danger: that you break the oath of wicked bargains, that you let the oppressed go free, and take from them all manner of burdens. It pleases not me, till you deal your bread to the hungry, and bring the poor fatherless home into your house, when you see the naked that you cover him, and hide not your face from your own flesh.
Then shall your light break forth as the morning, and your health flourish right shortly: your righteousness shall go before you, and the glory of the Lord shall embrace you.
Then if you call, the Lord shall answer you: if you shall cry, he shall say: Here I am. Yes If you lay away your burdens, and hold your fingers, and cease from blasphemous talking, if you have compassion on the hungry, and refreshes the troubled soul: Then shall your light spring out in the darkness, and your darkness shall be as noon day. The Lord shall ever be your guide, and satisfy the desires of your heart, and fill your bones with merry. You shall be like as a fresh watered garden, and like the fountain of water, that never leaves running. Then the places that have ever been waste, shall be builded of you: there shall you lay a foundation for many kindreds. You shall be called the maker up of hedges, and the builder again of the way of the Sabbath.
Yes if you turn your feet from the Sabbath, so that you do not the thing which pleases your self in my holy day: then shall you be called unto the pleasant, holy, and glorious Sabbath of the Lord, where you shall be in honor: so that you do not after your own imagination, neither seek your own will, nor speak your own words. Then shall you have your pleasure in the Lord, which shall carry you high above the earth, and feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father: for the Lords own mouth has so promised.
The Fifty ninth Chapter
Behold, the Lords hand is not so shortened that it cannot help, neither is his ear so stopped that it may not hear. But your misdeeds have separated you from your God, and your sins hide his face from you, that he hears you not. For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with unrighteousness: Your lips speak leasings, and your tongue sets out wickedness. No man regards righteousness, and no man judges truly. Every man hopes in vain things, and imagines deceit, conceives weariness, and brings forth evil. They breed cockatrice eggs, and weave the spiders web. Whoso eats of their eggs dies. But if one treads upon them. there comes up a serpent. Their web makes no cloth and they may not cover themselves with their labors. Their deeds are the deeds of wickedness, and the work of robbery is in their hands. Their feet run to evil, and they make have to shed innocent blood. Their counsels are wicked counsels, harm and destruction are in their ways. But the way of peace they know not. In their goings is there no equity, their ways are so crocked (crooked) that whosoever goes therin, knows nothing of peace.
And this is the cause that equity is so far from us, and the righteousness comes not nye, us. We look for light, lo, it is darkness: for the morning shine, see, we walk in the dark. We grope like the blind upon the wall, we grope even as one that has none eyes. We stumble at the noon day as though it were toward night: in the falling places, like men that are half dead. We roar all like Bears, and mourn still like doves. We look for equity, but there is none: for health , but it is far from us. For our offenses are many before you, and our sins testify against us. Yes we must confess that we offend, and knowledge that we do amiss: Namely transgress and disassemble against the Lord, and fall away from our God: using presumptuous and traitorous imaginations, and casting false matters in our hearts. And therefore is equity gone aside, and righteousness stands far off: truth is fallen down in the street, and the thing that is plain and open, may not be showed. Yes the truth is laid in prison, and he that refrains him self from evil, must be spoiled.
When the Lord saw this, it displeased him sore, that there was no where any equity. He saw also, that there was no man, which had pity thereof, or was grieved at it. And he held him by his own power, and cleaved to his own righteousness. He put righteousness upon him for a breast plate, and a fiery helmet of health upon his head. He put on wrath in stead of clothing, and took jealousy about him for a cloak: (like as when a man goes forth wrathfully to recompense his enemies, and to be avenged of his adversaries.) Namely, that he might recompense and reward the Islands where through the name of the Lord might be feared, from the rising Sun: and his majesty, unto the going down of the same.
For he shall come as a violent water stream, which the wind of the Lord has moved. But unto Sion there shall come a redeemer, and unto them in Jacob that turn from wickedness, says the Lord. I will make this covenant with them, (says the Lord): My spirit that is come upon you, and the words which I have put in your mouth, shall never go out of your mouth, nor out the mouth of your childrens children, from this time forth for evermore.
The Sixtieth Chapter
And get you up by times, for your light comes, and the glory of the Lord shall rise upon you. For lo, while the darkness and cloud covers the earth and the people, the Lord shall show the light, and his glory shall be seen in you. The Gentiles shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness that springs forth upon you. Lift up your and look round about you: All these gather themselves, and come to you. Sons shall come unto you from far, and daughters shall gather themselves to you on every side. When you see this you shall marvel exceedingly, and your heart shall be opened: when the power of the sea shall be converted unto you (that is) when the strength of the Gentiles shall come unto you. The multitude of Camels shall cover you, the dromedaries of Madian and Epha. All they of Saba shall come, bringing gold and incense, and showing the praise of the Lord. All the cattle of Cedar shall be gathered unto you, the rams Nabaioth shall serve you, to be offered upon mine altar, which I have chosen, and in the house of my glory which I have garnished. But what are these that flee here like clouds, and as the doves flying to their windows?
The isles also shall gather them unto me, and specially threw ships of the sea: that they may bring the sons from far, and their silver and gold with them, unto the name of the Lord your God, unto the holy one of Israel, that has glorified you. Strangers shall build up your walls, and their kings shall do you service. For when I am angry, I smite you: and when it pleases me, I pardon you. your gates shall stand open still both day and night, and never be shut: that the house of the Gentiles may come, and that their kings may be brought unto you. For every people and kingdom that serves not you, shall perish, and be destroyed with the sword. The glory of the Libanus shall come unto you: The fir trees, Boxes and Cedars together, to garnish the place of mine Sanctuary, for I will glorify the place of my feet.
Moreover those shall come kneeling unto you, that have vexed you: and all they that despised you, shall fall down at your foot. You shall be called the city of the Lord, the holy Sion of Israel. Because you have been forsaken and hated, so that no man went through you: I will make you glorious for ever and ever , and joyful throughout all posterities. You shall suck the milk of the Gentiles, and kings breasts shall feed you. And you shall know that I the Lord am your Saviour and defender, the mighty one of Jacob. For brass, I will give you gold, and for iron silver: for wood brass, and for stones iron. I will make peace your river, and righteousness your officer. Violence and robbery shall never be heard of in your land, neither harm and destruction within your borders. your walls shall be called health, and your gates the praise of God. The Sun shall never be your day light, and the light of the Moon shall never shine unto you: but the Lord himself shall be your everlasting light, and your God shall be your glory.
Thy Sun shall never go down, and your Moon shall not be taken away, for the Lord himself shall be your everlasting light, and your sorrowful days shall be rewarded you. your people shall all be godly and possess the land for ever: the flower of my planting, the work of my hands wherefor I will rejoice. The youngest and the least shall grow into a thousand, and the simplest into a strong people. I the Lord shall shortly bring this to pass in his time.
The Sixty first Chapter
The spirit of the Lord God is with me, for the Lord has anointed me, and sent me to preach good tidings unto the poor, that I might bind up the wounded hearts, that I might preach deliverance to the captive, and the open the prison to them that are bound: That I might declare the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God: that I might comfort all them that are in heaviness. that I might give unto them that mourn in Sion, beauty in the stead of ashes, joyful ointment for sighing, pleasant raiment for and heavy mind: That they might be called excellent in righteousness, a planting of the Lord for him to rejoice in.
They shall build the long rough wildernesses, and set up the old desert. They shall repair the waste places, and such as have been void throughout many generations, Strangers shall stand and feed your cattle, and the Aliens shall be your plowmen and reapers. But you shall be named the priests of the Lord, and men shall call you the servants of our God. you shall enjoy the goods of the Gentiles and triumph in their substance. For your great reproof and shame, shall they have joy that you may have part with them. For they shall have double possession in their land and everlasting joy shall be with them. For I the Lord, which love right and hate robbery (though it were offered to me) shall make their works full of faithfulness, and make an everlasting covenant with them.
Their seed also and their generation shall be known among the Gentiles, and among the people. All that see them, shall know that they are the blessed seed of the Lord. And therefore I am joyful in the Lord, and my soul rejoices in my God. For he shall put upon me the garment of health, and cover me with the mantle of righteousness. He shall deck me like a bridegroom, and as a bride that has her apparel upon her. For like as the ground brings forth fruit, and as the garden shoots forth seed: So shall the Lord God cause righteousness, and the fear of God to flourish forth before all Heathen.
The Sixty second Chapter
For Sions sake therefore will I not hold my *tongue (kjv =peace), and for Jerusalems sake I will not cease: until their righteousness break forth as a shining light, and their health as a burning lamp. Then shall the Gentiles see your righteousness, and all kings your glory. You shall be named with a new name, which the mouth of the Lord shall show. You shall be a crown in the hand of the Lord, and a glorious garland in the hand of your God. From this time forth you shall never be called the forsaken, and your land shall no more be called the wilderness. But you shall be called *Hephzibah, and your land *Beula: for the Lord *loves you (kjv = delights), and your land shall be inhabited. And like as a young man takes a daughter to marriage, so shall God marry himself unto your sons. And as a bridegroom is glad of his bride, so shall God rejoice over you. (kjv = so shall your sons marry you: and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you.) *Hephzibah = "my delight is in her" the good pleasure, be pleased to do of God, to move, to bend down, *Beula = to marry, be lord (husband) to declare, to tell, to show, make known, to breath. RN
I will set watchmen upon your walls, (O Jerusalem) which shall neither cease day or night to preach the Lord. And you also shall not keep him close, nor leave to speak of him, until Jerusalem be set up and made the praise of the world. The Lord has sworn by his right hand and by his strong arm, that from from here, now forth he will not give you corn to be meat for your enemies, nor your vine (wherein you have labored) to be drink for the strangers. But they that have gathered in the corn, shall eat it, and give thanks to the Lord: and they that have born in the vine, shall drink it in the court of my Sanctuary.
Stand back, and depart a sunder, you that stand under the gate: make room you people, and repair the street, and take away the stones, and set out a token for the people. Behold, the Lord proclaimed in the ends of the world: Tell the daughter Sion: see, your salvation comes, behold, he brings his treasure with him, and his works go before him. For they whom the Lord delivers, shall be called the holy people: and as for you, you shall be named the greatly occupied, and not the forsaken.
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