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CHAP. V. Now will I sing to my wellbeloved a song of my beloved touching his vineyard. My wellbeloved hath a vineyard in a very fruitful hill :

2 And he fenced it, and gathered out the stones thereof, and planted it with the choicest vine, and built a tower in the midst of it, and also made a winepress therein: and he looked that it should bring forth grapes, and it brought forth wild grapes.

3 And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem, and men of Judah, judge, I pray you, betwixt me and my vine

the men of Judah his pleasant plant: and he looked for judgment, but behold oppression; for righteousness, but behold a cry.

8 Woe unto them that join house to house, that lay field to field, till there be no place, that they may be placed alone in the midst of the earth!

9 In mine ears said the Lord of hosts, Of a truth many houses shall be desolate, even great and fair, without inhabitant.

10 Yea, ten acres of vineyard shall yield one bath, and the seed of an homer shall yield an ephah.

11 Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink; that continue until night, till wine inflame them!

12 And the harp, and the viol, the tabret, and pipe, and wine, are in their feasts : but they regard not the work of the LORD, neither consider the operation of his hands.

13 Therefore my people are gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge: and their honourable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst.

14 Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it.

15 And the mean man shall be brought down, and the mighty man shall be humbled, and the eyes of the lofty shall be humbled :

16 But the Lord of hosts shall be exalted in judgment, and God that is holy shall be sanctified in righteousness.

17 Then shall the lambs feed after their manner, and the waste places of the fat ones shall strangers eat.


4 What could have been done more to my vineyard, that I have not done in it? wherefore, when I looked that it should bring forth grapes, brought it forth wild grapes ?

5 And now go to; I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard : I will take away the hedge thereof, and it shall be eaten up; and break down the wall thereof, and it shall be trodden down:

6 And I will lay it waste: it shall not be pruned, nor digged; but there shall come up briers and thorns: I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain upon

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7 For the vineyard of the LORD of hosts is the house of Israel, and

the girdle of their loins be loosed, nor the latchet of their shoes be broken:

28 Whose arrows are sharp, and all their bows bent, their horses' hoofs shall be counted like fint, and their wheels like a whirlwind :

29 Their roaring shall be like a lion, they shall roar like young lions : yea, they shall roar, and lay hold of the prey, and shall carry it away safe, and none shall deliver it.

30 And in that day they shall roar against them like the roaring of the sea : and if one look unto the land, behold darkness and sorrow, and the light is darkened in the heavens thereof.

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18 Woe unto them that draw | iniquity with cords of vanity, and sin as it were with a cart rope:

19 That say, Let him make speed, and hasten his work, that we may see it : and let the counsel of the Holy One of Israel draw nigh and come, that we may know it !

20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

21 Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!

22 Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink:

23 Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him!

24 Therefore as the fire devoureth the stubble, and the flame consumeth the chaff, so their root shall be ·as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust: because they have cast away the law of the LORD of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.

25 Therefore is the anger of the Lord kindled against his people, and he hath stretched forth his hand against them, and hath smitten them: and the hills did tremble, and their carcases were torn in the midst of the streets. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.

26 And he will lift up an ensign to the nations from far, and will hiss unto them from the end of the earth : and, behold, they shall come with speed swiftly :

27 None shall be weary, nor stumble among them; none shall slumber nor sleep; neither shall

In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.

2 Above it stood the seraphims : each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.

3 And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts : the whole earth is full of his glory.

4 And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke.

5 Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips : for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.

6 Then few one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal

in his hand, which he had taken with moved, and the heart of his people, the tongs from off the altar:

as the trees of the wood are moved 7. And he laid it upon my mouth, with the wind. and said, Lo, this hath touched thy 3 Then said the LORD unto lips; and thine iniquity is taken Isaiah, Go forth now to meet Ahaz, away, and thy sin purged.

thou, and Shear-jashub thy son, at 8 Also I heard the voice of the the end of the conduit of the upper Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, pool in the highway of the fuller's and who will go for us? Then said field; I, Here am I; send me.

4 And say unto him, Take heed, 9 And he said, Go, and tell this and be quiet; fear not, neither be people, Hear ye indeed, but under fainthearted for the two tails of stand not; and see ye indeed, but these smoking firebrands, for the perceive not.

fierce anger of Rezin with Syria, 10 Make the heart of this people and of the son of Remaliah. fat, and make their ears heavy, and 5 Because Syria, Ephraim, and shut their eyes; lest they see with the son of Remaliah, have taken their eyes, and hear with their ears, evil counsel against thee, saying, and understand with their heart, 6 Let us go up against Judah, and convert, and be healed.

and vex it, and let us make a breach 11 Then said I, Lord, how long? therein for us, and set a king in the And he answered, Until the cities midst of it, even the son of Tabeal : be wasted without inhabitant, and 7 Thus saith the Lord God, It the houses without man, and the shall not stand, neither shall it come land be utterly desolate,

to pass. 12 And the LORD have removed 8 For the head of Syria is Damen far away, and there be a great mascus, and the head of Damascus forsaking in the midst of the land. is Rezin; and within threescore and

13 But yet in it shall be a tenth, five years shall Ephraim be broken, and it shall return, and shall be that it be not a people. eaten : as a teil tree, and as an oak, 9 And the head of Ephraim is whose substance is in them, when Samaria, and the head of Samaria is they cast their leaves : so the holy Remaliah's son. If ye will not beseed shall be the substance thereof. lieve, surely ye shall not be esta

blished. CHAP. VII.

10 Moreover the LORD spake

again unto Ahaz, saying, AND it came to pass in the days of 11 Ask thee a sign of the LORD Ahaz the son of Jotham, the son of thy God; ask it either in the depth, Uzziah, king of Judah, that Rezin or in the height above. the king of Syria, and Pekah the son 12 But Ahaz said, I will not ask, of Remaliah, king of Israel, went up neither will I tempt the LORD. toward Jerusalem to war against it, 13 And he said, Hear ye now, O but could not prevail against it. house of David ? Is it a small thing

2 And it was told the house of for you to weary men, but will ye -David, saying, Syria is confederate weary my God also ? with Ephraim. And his heart was 14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a vir- || 24 With arrows and with bows gin shall conceive, and bear a son, shall men come thither; because all and shall call his name Immanuel. the land shall become briers and

15 Butter and honey shall he eat, thorns. that he may know to refuse the evil, 25 And on all hills that shall be. and choose the good.

digged with the mattock, there shall 16 For before the child shall not come thither the fear of briers know to refuse the evil, and choose and thorns: but it shall be for the the good, the land that thou abhor sending forth of oxen, and for the rest shall be forsaken of both her treading of lesser cattle. kings. 17 The LORD shall bring upon

CHAP. VIII. thee, and upon thy people, and upon thy father's house, days that have

MOREOVER the LORD said unnot come, from the day that Ephra to me, Take thee a great roll, and im departed from Judah; even the write in it with a man's pen conking of Assyria.

cerning Maher-shalal-hash-baz. 18 And it shall come to pass in 2 And I took unto me faithful that day, that the Lord shall hiss witnesses to record, Uriah the priest, for the fly that is in the uttermost and Zechariah the son of Jeberepart of the rivers of Egypt, and for chiah. the bee that is in the land of As 3 And I went unto the prophetsyria.

ess; and she conceived, and bare a 19 And they shall come, and shall son. Then said the LORD to me, rest all of them in the desolate val Call his name Maher-shalal-hashleys, and in the holes of the rocks, baz, and upon all thorns, and upon all 4 For before the child shall have bushes.

knowledge to cry, My father, and 20 In the same day shall the Lord my mother, the riches of Damascus shave with a rasor that is hired, and the spoil of Samaria shall be namely, by them beyond the river, taken away before the king of Asby the king of Assyria, the head, syria. and the hair of the feet: and it shall 5 The Lord spake also unto me also consume the beard.

again, saying, 21 And it shall come to pass in 6 Forasmuch as this people rethat day, that a man shall nourish a fuseth the waters of Shiloah that young cow, and two sheep;

go softly, and rejoice in Rezin and 22 And it shall come to pass, for Remaliah's son; the abundance of milk that they 9 Now therefore, behold, the shall give that he shall eat butter : Lord bringeth up upon them the for butter and honey shall every one waters of the river, strong and maeat that is left in the land.

ny, even the king of Assyria, and 23 And it shall come to pass in all his glory: and he shall come up that day, that every place shall be, over all his channels, and go over where there were a thousand vines all his banks : at a thousand silverlings, it shall even 8 And he shall pass through Jube for briers and thorns.

lll dah; he shall overflow and go over,

he shall reach even to the neck; and 1 miliar spirits, and unto wizards that the stretching out of his wings shall peep, and that mutter: should not a fill the breadth of thy land, O Im people seek unto their God? for the manuel.

living to the dead? 9 Associate yourselves, O ye peo 20 To the law and to the testiple, and ye shall be broken in mony: if they speak not according pieces; and give ear, all ye of far to this word, it is because there is no countries : gird yourselves, and ye light in them. shall be broken in pieces ; gird 21 And they shall pass through yourselves, and ye shall be broken it, hardly bestead and hungry: and in pieces.

it shall come to pass, that when they 10 Take counsel together, and it shall be hungry, they shall fret themshall come to nought; speak the selves, and curse their king and their word, and it shall not stand : for God, and look upward. God is with us.

22 And they shall look unto the 11 For the LORD spake thus to earth; and behold trouble and darkme with a strong hand, and instruct ness, dimness of anguish; and they ed me that I should not walk in the shall be driven to darkness. way of this people, saying, 12 Say ye not, A confederacy, to

CHAP. IX. all them to whom this people shall say, A confederacy; neither fear ye

NEVERTHELESS the dimness their fear, nor be afraid.

shall not be such as was in her vexa13 Sanctify the LORD of hosts tion, when at the first he lightly himself; and let him be your fear, afflicted the land of Zebulun and and let him be your dread.

the land of Naphtali, and afterward · 14 And he shall be for a sanc did more grievously afflict her by tuary; but for a stone of stumbling the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, and for a rock of offence to both the in Galilee of the nations. houses of Israel, for a gin and for a 2 The people that walked in darksnare to the inhabitants of Jerusa ness have seen a great light: they lem.

that dwell in the land of the shadow 15 And many among them shall of death, upon them hath the light stumble, and fall, and be broken, shined. and be snared, and be taken.

3 Thou hast multiplied the nation, 16 Bind up the testimony, seal and not increased the joy: they joy the law among my disciples.

before thee according to the joy in 17 And I will wait upon the LORD, harvest, and as men rejoice when that hideth his face from the house they divide the spoil. of Jacob, and I will look for him. 4 For thou hast broken the yake

18 Behold, I and the children of his burden, and the staff of his whom the Lord hath given me are shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, as for signs and for wonders in Israel in the day of Midian. from the LORD of hosts, which 5 For every battle of the warrior dwelleth in mount Zion.

is with confused noise, and gar19 And when they shall say unto ments rolled in blood; but this shall you, Seek unto them that have fa- ll be with burning and fuel of fire.

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