The Book Of ISAIAH
The first part of this long book contains messages of judgment and
warning similar to those of the other eighth-century prophets. Isaiah
condemns hypocritical worship, complacency, and the failure to act with
justice for the poor. The prophet also speaks resounding words of
promise, announcing God's coming messianic kingdom.
The second part of the book brings words of comfort and hope to the
exiles in Babylonian captivity in the sixth century B.C.E. This section
introduces God's suffering servant in passages that have become well
known to believers in every generation.
A third part of the book contains both warnings and promises for the
community after its return to Jerusalem following the fall of Babylon in
Isaiah is the longest and most important of the prophetic books. It
covers a long period of Israel's history (before, during, and after the
exile) and offers the full range of God's prophetic message: terrifying
words of judgment and comforting words of promise. Isaiah portrays God
as the powerful Creator, like no other, and also the gentlest comforter,
like an earthly lover or mother. Isaiah is taken up in the New
Testament more fully than any other prophet.
The first part of the book is ascribed to Isaiah son of Amoz
(eighth-century B.C.E.). Other parts were written later, containing
prophetic messages addressed to people in the time of the Babylonian
exile (587-538 B.C.E.) and then to others back in Jerusalem following
the exile. Postexilic biblical editors gathered all these materials into
this long and complex book, giving it a cohesive message and purpose
despite all its diversity.
Isaiah son of Amoz, the prophet behind the first part of the book,
preached from about 738 B.C.E. until the early part of the next century,
during the Assyrian conquest. The second part of the book is addressed
to the exilic community in Babylon in the early part of the sixth
century B.C.E. The final section apparently assumes the return to
Jerusalem following the fall of Babylon in 538 B.C.E. The book contains
the collected words of the prophets behind each of these three sections
and was put together in its present form by editors sometime during the
Isaiah tells us that God's word endures forever, speaking a message of
comfort and challenge to hearers of its own time (eighth to sixth
centuries B.C.E.) and memorable promises of messianic hope to every
Like all books of prophecy, Isaiah should be read both with an ear for
its message to the present hearer and with recognition of its roots in a
particular historical time and place. It was a book addressed to its
own time, but because the word of God endures throughout all
generations, it speaks to the modern reader as well--not as predictions
of the present and future from a distant past, but as a living word of
God that brings hope and challenge now just as it has done throughout
the ages. Prophetic books like Isaiah are, for the most part, written in
poetry and should be read with an appreciation of their figurative and
suggestive character rather than as literal blueprints for particular
historical eras. Isaiah is a complex book, so some knowledge of its
historical background will be of assistance to readers.
AUTHOR: Fred Gaiser, Professor of Old Testament
The Book Of ISAIAH
vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and
Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of
2 Hear, O
heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the LORD hath spoken, I have
nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me.
3 The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master's crib: but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider.
sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers,
children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the LORD, they have
provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward.
5 Why should ye be stricken any more? ye will revolt more and more: the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint.
the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but
wounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores: they have not been closed,
neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment.
country is desolate, your cities are burned with fire: your land,
strangers devour it in your presence, and it is desolate, as overthrown
8 And the daughter of Zion is left as a cottage in a vineyard, as a lodge in a garden of cucumbers, as a besieged city.
the LORD of hosts had left unto us a very small remnant, we should have
been as Sodom, and we should have been like unto Gomorrah.
10 Hear the word of the LORD, ye rulers of Sodom; give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah.
what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the
LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed
beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of
12 When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at your hand, to tread my courts?
no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons
and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is
iniquity, even the solemn meeting.
14 Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them.
when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea,
when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of
16 Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil;
17 Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.
now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as
scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like
crimson, they shall be as wool.
19 If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:
20 But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.
21 How is the faithful city become an harlot! it was full of judgment; righteousness lodged in it; but now murderers.
22 Thy silver is become dross, thy wine mixed with water:
princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves: every one loveth
gifts, and followeth after rewards: they judge not the fatherless,
neither doth the cause of the widow come unto them.
saith the LORD, the LORD of hosts, the mighty One of Israel, Ah, I will
ease me of mine adversaries, and avenge me of mine enemies:
25 And I will turn my hand upon thee, and purely purge away thy dross, and take away all thy tin:
26 And I
will restore thy judges as at the first, and thy counsellors as at the
beginning: afterward thou shalt be called, The city of righteousness,
the faithful city.
27 Zion shall be redeemed with judgment, and her converts with righteousness.
28 And the destruction of the transgressors and of the sinners shall be together, and they that forsake the LORD shall be consumed.
29 For they shall be ashamed of the oaks which ye have desired, and ye shall be confounded for the gardens that ye have chosen.
30 For ye shall be as an oak whose leaf fadeth, and as a garden that hath no water.
31 And the strong shall be as tow, and the maker of it as a spark, and they shall both burn together, and none shall quench them.
1 The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.
2 And it
shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD's
house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be
exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.
many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain
of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of
his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth
the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
4 And he
shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they
shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into
pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither
shall they learn war any more.
5 O house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the light of the LORD.
thou hast forsaken thy people the house of Jacob, because they be
replenished from the east, and are soothsayers like the Philistines, and
they please themselves in the children of strangers.
land also is full of silver and gold, neither is there any end of their
treasures; their land is also full of horses, neither is there any end
of their chariots:
8 Their land also is full of idols; they worship the work of their own hands, that which their own fingers have made:
9 And the mean man boweth down, and the great man humbleth himself: therefore forgive them not.
10 Enter into the rock, and hide thee in the dust, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty.
lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men shall be
bowed down, and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day.
the day of the LORD of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and
lofty, and upon every one that is lifted up; and he shall be brought
13 And upon all the cedars of Lebanon, that are high and lifted up, and upon all the oaks of Bashan,
14 And upon all the high mountains, and upon all the hills that are lifted up,
15 And upon every high tower, and upon every fenced wall,
16 And upon all the ships of Tarshish, and upon all pleasant pictures.
the loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness of men
shall be made low: and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day.
18 And the idols he shall utterly abolish.
they shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the
earth, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty, when he
ariseth to shake terribly the earth.
that day a man shall cast his idols of silver, and his idols of gold,
which they made each one for himself to worship, to the moles and to the
21 To go
into the clefts of the rocks, and into the tops of the ragged rocks, for
fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to
shake terribly the earth.
22 Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils: for wherein is he to be accounted of ?
behold, the Lord, the LORD of hosts, doth take away from Jerusalem and
from Judah the stay and the staff, the whole stay of bread, and the
whole stay of water.
2 The mighty man, and the man of war, the judge, and the prophet, and the prudent, and the ancient,
3 The captain of fifty, and the honourable man, and the counsellor, and the cunning artificer, and the eloquent orator.
4 And I will give children to be their princes, and babes shall rule over them.
5 And the
people shall be oppressed, every one by another, and every one by his
neighbour: the child shall behave himself proudly against the ancient,
and the base against the honourable.
6 When a
man shall take hold of his brother of the house of his father, saying,
Thou hast clothing, be thou our ruler, and let this ruin be under thy
7 In that
day shall he swear, saying, I will not be an healer; for in my house is
neither bread nor clothing: make me not a ruler of the people.
Jerusalem is ruined, and Judah is fallen: because their tongue and their
doings are against the LORD, to provoke the eyes of his glory.
shew of their countenance doth witness against them; and they declare
their sin as Sodom, they hide it not. Woe unto their soul! for they have
rewarded evil unto themselves.
10 Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with him: for they shall eat the fruit of their doings.
11 Woe unto the wicked! it shall be ill with him: for the reward of his hands shall be given him.
12 As for
my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O
my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way
of thy paths.
13 The LORD standeth up to plead, and standeth to judge the people.
LORD will enter into judgment with the ancients of his people, and the
princes thereof: for ye have eaten up the vineyard; the spoil of the
poor is in your houses.
15 What mean ye that ye beat my people to pieces, and grind the faces of the poor? saith the Lord GOD of hosts.
the LORD saith, Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk
with stretched forth necks and wanton eyes, walking and mincing as they
go, and making a tinkling with their feet:
the LORD will smite with a scab the crown of the head of the daughters
of Zion, and the LORD will discover their secret parts.
that day the Lord will take away the bravery of their tinkling ornaments
about their feet, and their cauls, and their round tires like the moon,
19 The chains, and the bracelets, and the mufflers,
20 The bonnets, and the ornaments of the legs, and the headbands, and the tablets, and the earrings,
21 The rings, and nose jewels,
22 The changeable suits of apparel, and the mantles, and the wimples, and the crisping pins,
23 The glasses, and the fine linen, and the hoods, and the vails.
24 And it
shall come to pass, that instead of sweet smell there shall be stink;
and instead of a girdle a rent; and instead of well set hair baldness;
and instead of a stomacher a girding of sackcloth; and burning instead
25 Thy men shall fall by the sword, and thy mighty in the war.
26 And her gates shall lament and mourn; and she being desolate shall sit upon the ground.
1 And in
that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, We will eat our
own bread, and wear our own apparel: only let us be called by thy name,
to take away our reproach.
2 In that
day shall the branch of the LORD be beautiful and glorious, and the
fruit of the earth shall be excellent and comely for them that are
escaped of Israel.
3 And it
shall come to pass, that he that is left in Zion, and he that remaineth
in Jerusalem, shall be called holy, even every one that is written among
the living in Jerusalem:
the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and
shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the
spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of burning.
5 And the
LORD will create upon every dwelling place of mount Zion, and upon her
assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire
by night: for upon all the glory shall be a defence.
there shall be a tabernacle for a shadow in the day time from the heat,
and for a place of refuge, and for a covert from storm and from rain.
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 vineyard.
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 it.
7 For the
vineyard of the LORD of hosts is the house of Israel, and the men of
Judah his pleasant plant: and he looked for judgment, but behold
oppression; for righteousness, but behold a cry.
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.
unto them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong
drink; that continue until night, till wine inflame them!
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.
my people are gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge: and
their honourable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with
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.
18 Woe unto them that draw iniquity with cords of vanity, and sin as it were with a cart rope:
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!
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
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!
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.
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
shall be weary nor stumble among them; none shall slumber nor sleep;
neither shall the girdle of their loins be loosed, nor the latchet of
their shoes be broken:
arrows are sharp, and all their bows bent, their horses' hoofs shall be
counted like flint, and their wheels like a whirlwind:
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.
1 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.
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.
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 flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar:
7 And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.
8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.
9 And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.
the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their
eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and
understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed.
said I, Lord, how long? And he answered, Until the cities be wasted
without inhabitant, and the houses without man, and the land be utterly
12 And the LORD have removed men far away, and there be a great forsaking in the midst of the land.
yet in it shall be a tenth, and it shall return, and shall be eaten: as a
teil tree, and as an oak, whose substance is in them, when they cast
their leaves: so the holy seed shall be the substance thereof.
1 And it
came to pass in the days of Ahaz the son of Jotham, the son of Uzziah,
king of Judah, that Rezin the king of Syria, and Pekah the son of
Remaliah, king of Israel, went up toward Jerusalem to war against it,
but could not prevail against it.
2 And it
was told the house of David, saying, Syria is confederate with Ephraim.
And his heart was moved, and the heart of his people, as the trees of
the wood are moved with the wind.
said the LORD unto Isaiah, Go forth now to meet Ahaz, thou, and
Shearjashub thy son, at the end of the conduit of the upper pool in the
highway of the fuller's field;
4 And say
unto him, Take heed, and be quiet; fear not, neither be fainthearted
for the two tails of these smoking firebrands, for the fierce anger of
Rezin with Syria, and of the son of Remaliah.
5 Because Syria, Ephraim, and the son of Remaliah, have taken evil counsel against thee, saying,
6 Let us
go up against Judah, and vex it, and let us make a breach therein for
us, and set a king in the midst of it, even the son of Tabeal:
7 Thus saith the Lord GOD, It shall not stand, neither shall it come to pass.
8 For the
head of Syria is Damascus, and the head of Damascus is Rezin; and
within threescore and five years shall Ephraim be broken, that it be not
9 And the
head of Ephraim is Samaria, and the head of Samaria is Remaliah's son.
If ye will not believe, surely ye shall not be established.
10 Moreover the LORD spake again unto Ahaz, saying,
11 Ask thee a sign of the LORD thy God; ask it either in the depth, or in the height above.
12 But Ahaz said, I will not ask, neither will I tempt the LORD.
13 And he said, Hear ye now, O house of David; Is it a small thing for you to weary men, but will ye weary my God also?
the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall
conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
15 Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good.
before the child shall know to refuse the evil, and choose the good, the
land that thou abhorrest shall be forsaken of both her kings.
LORD shall bring upon thee, and upon thy people, and upon thy father's
house, days that have not come, from the day that Ephraim departed from
Judah; even the king of Assyria.
18 And it
shall come to pass in that day, that the LORD shall hiss for the fly
that is in the uttermost part of the rivers of Egypt, and for the bee
that is in the land of Assyria.
they shall come, and shall rest all of them in the desolate valleys, and
in the holes of the rocks, and upon all thorns, and upon all bushes.
20 In the
same day shall the Lord shave with a razor that is hired, namely, by
them beyond the river, by the king of Assyria, the head, and the hair of
the feet: and it shall also consume the beard.
21 And it shall come to pass in that day, that a man shall nourish a young cow, and two sheep;
22 And it
shall come to pass, for the abundance of milk that they shall give he
shall eat butter: for butter and honey shall every one eat that is left
in the land.
23 And it
shall come to pass in that day, that every place shall be, where there
were a thousand vines at a thousand silverlings, it shall even be for
briers and thorns.
24 With arrows and with bows shall men come thither; because all the land shall become briers and thorns.
25 And on
all hills that shall be digged with the mattock, there shall not come
thither the fear of briers and thorns: but it shall be for the sending
forth of oxen, and for the treading of lesser cattle.
1 Moreover the LORD said unto me, Take thee a great roll, and write in it with a man's pen concerning Mahershalalhashbaz.
2 And I took unto me faithful witnesses to record, Uriah the priest, and Zechariah the son of Jeberechiah.
3 And I went unto the prophetess; and she conceived, and bare a son. Then said the LORD to me, Call his name Mahershalalhashbaz.
before the child shall have knowledge to cry, My father, and my mother,
the riches of Damascus and the spoil of Samaria shall be taken away
before the king of Assyria.
5 The LORD spake also unto me again, saying,
6 Forasmuch as this people refuseth the waters of Shiloah that go softly, and rejoice in Rezin and Remaliah's son;
therefore, behold, the Lord bringeth up upon them the waters of the
river, strong and many, even the king of Assyria, and all his glory: and
he shall come up over all his channels, and go over all his banks:
8 And he
shall pass through Judah; he shall overflow and go over, he shall reach
even to the neck; and the stretching out of his wings shall fill the
breadth of thy land, O Immanuel.
yourselves, O ye people, and ye shall be broken in pieces; and give
ear, all ye of far countries: gird yourselves, and ye shall be broken in
pieces; gird yourselves, and ye shall be broken in pieces.
10 Take counsel together, and it shall come to nought; speak the word, and it shall not stand: for God is with us.
11 For the LORD spake thus to me with a strong hand, and instructed me that I should not walk in the way of this people, saying,
12 Say ye not, A confederacy, to all them to whom this people shall say, A confederacy; neither fear ye their fear, nor be afraid.
13 Sanctify the LORD of hosts himself; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread.
14 And he
shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock
of offence to both the houses of Israel, for a gin and for a snare to
the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
15 And many among them shall stumble, and fall, and be broken, and be snared, and be taken.
16 Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples.
17 And I will wait upon the LORD, that hideth his face from the house of Jacob, and I will look for him.
I and the children whom the LORD hath given me are for signs and for
wonders in Israel from the LORD of hosts, which dwelleth in mount Zion.
when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits,
and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek
unto their God? for the living to the dead?
20 To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.
they shall pass through it, hardly bestead and hungry: and it shall come
to pass, that when they shall be hungry, they shall fret themselves,
and curse their king and their God, and look upward.
22 And they shall look unto the earth; and behold trouble and darkness, dimness of anguish; and they shall be driven to darkness.
the dimness shall not be such as was in her vexation, when at the first
he lightly afflicted the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, and
afterward did more grievously afflict her by the way of the sea, beyond
Jordan, in Galilee of the nations.
people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell
in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.
hast multiplied the nation, and not increased the joy: they joy before
thee according to the joy in harvest, and as men rejoice when they
divide the spoil.
4 For thou hast broken the yoke of his burden, and the staff of his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, as in the day of Midian.
every battle of the warrior is with confused noise, and garments rolled
in blood; but this shall be with burning and fuel of fire.
unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government
shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful,
Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
7 Of the
increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the
throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it
with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal
of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
8 The Lord sent a word into Jacob, and it hath lighted upon Israel.
9 And all the people shall know, even Ephraim and the inhabitant of Samaria, that say in the pride and stoutness of heart,
10 The bricks are fallen down, but we will build with hewn stones: the sycomores are cut down, but we will change them into cedars.
11 Therefore the LORD shall set up the adversaries of Rezin against him, and join his enemies together;
Syrians before, and the Philistines behind; and they shall devour Israel
with open mouth. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his
hand is stretched out still.
13 For the people turneth not unto him that smiteth them, neither do they seek the LORD of hosts.
14 Therefore the LORD will cut off from Israel head and tail, branch and rush, in one day.
15 The ancient and honorable, he is the head; and the prophet that teacheth lies, he is the tail.
16 For the leaders of this people cause them to err; and they that are led of them are destroyed.
the LORD shall have no joy in their young men, neither shall have mercy
on their fatherless and widows: for every one is an hypocrite and an
evildoer, and every mouth speaketh folly. For all this his anger is not
turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.
wickedness burneth as the fire: it shall devour the briers and thorns,
and shall kindle in the thickets of the forest, and they shall mount up
like the lifting up of smoke.
the wrath of the LORD of hosts is the land darkened, and the people
shall be as the fuel of the fire: no man shall spare his brother.
20 And he
shall snatch on the right hand, and be hungry; and he shall eat on the
left hand, and they shall not be satisfied: they shall eat every man the
flesh of his own arm:
Ephraim; and Ephraim, Manasseh: and they together shall be against
Judah. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is
stretched out still.
1 Woe unto them that decree unrighteous decrees, and that write grievousness which they have prescribed;
2 To turn
aside the needy from judgment, and to take away the right from the poor
of my people, that widows may be their prey, and that they may rob the
what will ye do in the day of visitation, and in the desolation which
shall come from far? to whom will ye flee for help? and where will ye
leave your glory?
me they shall bow down under the prisoners, and they shall fall under
the slain. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is
stretched out still.
5 O Assyrian, the rod of mine anger, and the staff in their hand is mine indignation.
6 I will
send him against an hypocritical nation, and against the people of my
wrath will I give him a charge, to take the spoil, and to take the prey,
and to tread them down like the mire of the streets.
7 Howbeit he meaneth not so, neither doth his heart think so; but it is in his heart to destroy and cut off nations not a few.
8 For he saith, Are not my princes altogether kings?
9 Is not Calno as Carchemish? is not Hamath as Arpad? is not Samaria as Damascus?
10 As my hand hath found the kingdoms of the idols, and whose graven images did excel them of Jerusalem and of Samaria;
11 Shall I not, as I have done unto Samaria and her idols, so do to Jerusalem and her idols?
it shall come to pass, that when the Lord hath performed his whole work
upon mount Zion and on Jerusalem, I will punish the fruit of the stout
heart of the king of Assyria, and the glory of his high looks.
13 For he
saith, By the strength of my hand I have done it, and by my wisdom; for
I am prudent: and I have removed the bounds of the people, and have
robbed their treasures, and I have put down the inhabitants like a
14 And my
hand hath found as a nest the riches of the people: and as one
gathereth eggs that are left, have I gathered all the earth; and there
was none that moved the wing, or opened the mouth, or peeped.
the axe boast itself against him that heweth therewith? or shall the saw
magnify itself against him that shaketh it? as if the rod should shake
itself against them that lift it up, or as if the staff should lift up
itself, as if it were no wood.
shall the Lord, the Lord of hosts, send among his fat ones leanness;
and under his glory he shall kindle a burning like the burning of a
the light of Israel shall be for a fire, and his Holy One for a flame:
and it shall burn and devour his thorns and his briers in one day;
shall consume the glory of his forest, and of his fruitful field, both
soul and body: and they shall be as when a standard-bearer fainteth.
19 And the rest of the trees of his forest shall be few, that a child may write them.
20 And it
shall come to pass in that day, that the remnant of Israel, and such as
are escaped of the house of Jacob, shall no more again stay upon him
that smote them; but shall stay upon the LORD, the Holy One of Israel,
21 The remnant shall return, even the remnant of Jacob, unto the mighty God.
though thy people Israel be as the sand of the sea, yet a remnant of
them shall return: the consumption decreed shall overflow with
23 For the Lord GOD of hosts shall make a consumption, even determined, in the midst of all the land.
thus saith the Lord GOD of hosts, O my people that dwellest in Zion, be
not afraid of the Assyrian: he shall smite thee with a rod, and shall
lift up his staff against thee, after the manner of Egypt.
25 For yet a very little while, and the indignation shall cease, and mine anger in their destruction.
the LORD of hosts shall stir up a scourge for him according to the
slaughter of Midian at the rock of Oreb: and as his rod was upon the
sea, so shall he lift it up after the manner of Egypt.
27 And it
shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away
from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke
shall be destroyed because of the anointing.
28 He is come to Aiath, he is passed to Migron; at Michmash he hath laid up his carriages:
29 They are gone over the passage: they have taken up their lodging at Geba; Ramah is afraid; Gibeah of Saul is fled.
30 Lift up thy voice, O daughter of Gallim: cause it to be heard unto Laish, O poor Anathoth.
31 Madmenah is removed; the inhabitants of Gebim gather themselves to flee.
32 As yet
shall he remain at Nob that day: he shall shake his hand against the
mount of the daughter of Zion, the hill of Jerusalem.
the Lord, the LORD of hosts, shall lop the bough with terror: and the
high ones of stature shall be hewn down, and the haughty shall be
34 And he shall cut down the thickets of the forest with iron, and Lebanon shall fall by a mighty one.
1 And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:
2 And the
spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and
understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge
and of the fear of the LORD;
shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he
shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the
hearing of his ears:
with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for
the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth: with the rod of his
mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.
5 And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.
wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with
the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a
little child shall lead them.
7 And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
8 And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' den.
shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall
be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.
10 And in
that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an
ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall
11 And it
shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again
the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be
left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and
from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of
12 And he
shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts
of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four
corners of the earth.
envy also of Ephraim shall depart, and the adversaries of Judah shall be
cut off: Ephraim shall not envy Judah, and Judah shall not vex Ephraim.
they shall fly upon the shoulders of the Philistines toward the west;
they shall spoil them of the east together: they shall lay their hand
upon Edom and Moab; and the children of Ammon shall obey them.
the LORD shall utterly destroy the tongue of the Egyptian sea; and with
his mighty wind shall he shake his hand over the river, and shall smite
it in the seven streams, and make men go over dryshod.
there shall be an highway for the remnant of his people, which shall be
left, from Assyria; like as it was to Israel in the day that he came up
out of the land of Egypt.
1 And in
that day thou shalt say, O LORD, I will praise thee: though thou wast
angry with me, thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortedst me.
God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD
JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.
3 Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.
4 And in
that day shall ye say, Praise the LORD, call upon his name, declare his
doings among the people, make mention that his name is exalted.
5 Sing unto the LORD; for he hath done excellent things: this is known in all the earth.
6 Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion: for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee.
1 The burden of Babylon, which Isaiah the son of Amoz did see.
2 Lift ye
up a banner upon the high mountain, exalt the voice unto them, shake
the hand, that they may go into the gates of the nobles.
3 I have commanded my sanctified ones, I have also called my mighty ones for mine anger, even them that rejoice in my highness.
noise of a multitude in the mountains, like as of a great people; a
tumultuous noise of the kingdoms of nations gathered together: the LORD
of hosts mustereth the host of the battle.
come from a far country, from the end of heaven, even the LORD, and the
weapons of his indignation, to destroy the whole land.
6 Howl ye; for the day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty.
7 Therefore shall all hands be faint, and every man's heart shall melt:
they shall be afraid: pangs and sorrows shall take hold of them; they
shall be in pain as a woman that travaileth: they shall be amazed one at
another; their faces shall be as flames.
the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to
lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of
the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their
light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall
not cause her light to shine.
11 And I
will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity;
and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low
the haughtiness of the terrible.
12 I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir.
I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place,
in the wrath of the LORD of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger.
14 And it
shall be as the chased roe, and as a sheep that no man taketh up: they
shall every man turn to his own people, and flee every one into his own
15 Every one that is found shall be thrust through; and every one that is joined unto them shall fall by the sword.
16 Their children also shall be dashed to pieces before their eyes; their houses shall be spoiled, and their wives ravished.
17 Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them, which shall not regard silver; and as for gold, they shall not delight in it.
bows also shall dash the young men to pieces; and they shall have no
pity on the fruit of the womb; their eyes shall not spare children.
19 And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldees' excellency, shall be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.
shall never be inhabited, neither shall it be dwelt in from generation
to generation: neither shall the Arabian pitch tent there; neither shall
the shepherds make their fold there.
wild beasts of the desert shall lie there; and their houses shall be
full of doleful creatures; and owls shall dwell there, and satyrs shall
the wild beasts of the islands shall cry in their desolate houses, and
dragons in their pleasant palaces: and her time is near to come, and her
days shall not be prolonged.
1 For the
LORD will have mercy on Jacob, and will yet choose Israel, and set them
in their own land: and the strangers shall be joined with them, and
they shall cleave to the house of Jacob.
2 And the
people shall take them, and bring them to their place: and the house of
Israel shall possess them in the land of the LORD for servants and
handmaids: and they shall take them captives, whose captives they were;
and they shall rule over their oppressors.
3 And it
shall come to pass in the day that the LORD shall give thee rest from
thy sorrow, and from thy fear, and from the hard bondage wherein thou
wast made to serve,
thou shalt take up this proverb against the king of Babylon, and say,
How hath the oppressor ceased! the golden city ceased!
5 The LORD hath broken the staff of the wicked, and the sceptre of the rulers.
6 He who smote the people in wrath with a continual stroke, he that ruled the nations in anger, is persecuted, and none hindereth.
7 The whole earth is at rest, and is quiet: they break forth into singing.
the fir trees rejoice at thee, and the cedars of Lebanon, saying, Since
thou art laid down, no feller is come up against us.
from beneath is moved for thee to meet thee at thy coming: it stirreth
up the dead for thee, even all the chief ones of the earth; it hath
raised up from their thrones all the kings of the nations.
10 All they shall speak and say unto thee, Art thou also become weak as we? art thou become like unto us?
11 Thy pomp is brought down to the grave, and the noise of thy viols: the worm is spread under thee, and the worms cover thee.
art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou
cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt
my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the
congregation, in the sides of the north:
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying,
Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms;
17 That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners?
18 All the kings of the nations, even all of them, lie in glory, every one in his own house.
thou art cast out of thy grave like an abominable branch, and as the
raiment of those that are slain, thrust through with a sword, that go
down to the stones of the pit; as a carcase trodden under feet.
shalt not be joined with them in burial, because thou hast destroyed thy
land, and slain thy people: the seed of evildoers shall never be
slaughter for his children for the iniquity of their fathers; that they
do not rise, nor possess the land, nor fill the face of the world with
22 For I
will rise up against them, saith the LORD of hosts, and cut off from
Babylon the name, and remnant, and son, and nephew, saith the LORD.
23 I will
also make it a possession for the bittern, and pools of water: and I
will sweep it with the besom of destruction, saith the LORD of hosts.
LORD of hosts hath sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so shall it
come to pass; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand:
25 That I
will break the Assyrian in my land, and upon my mountains tread him
under foot: then shall his yoke depart from off them, and his burden
depart from off their shoulders.
26 This is the purpose that is purposed upon the whole earth: and this is the hand that is stretched out upon all the nations.
27 For the LORD of hosts hath purposed, and who shall disannul it? and his hand is stretched out, and who shall turn it back?
28 In the year that king Ahaz died was this burden.
not thou, whole Palestina, because the rod of him that smote thee is
broken: for out of the serpent's root shall come forth a cockatrice, and
his fruit shall be a fiery flying serpent.
the firstborn of the poor shall feed, and the needy shall lie down in
safety: and I will kill thy root with famine, and he shall slay thy
31 Howl, O
gate; cry, O city; thou, whole Palestina, art dissolved: for there
shall come from the north a smoke, and none shall be alone in his
shall one then answer the messengers of the nation? That the LORD hath
founded Zion, and the poor of his people shall trust in it.
burden of Moab. Because in the night Ar of Moab is laid waste, and
brought to silence; because in the night Kir of Moab is laid waste, and
brought to silence;
2 He is
gone up to Bajith, and to Dibon, the high places, to weep: Moab shall
howl over Nebo, and over Medeba: on all their heads shall be baldness,
and every beard cut off.
their streets they shall gird themselves with sackcloth: on the tops of
their houses, and in their streets, every one shall howl, weeping
Heshbon shall cry, and Elealeh: their voice shall be heard even unto
Jahaz: therefore the armed soldiers of Moab shall cry out; his life
shall be grievous unto him.
heart shall cry out for Moab; his fugitives shall flee unto Zoar, an
heifer of three years old: for by the mounting up of Luhith with weeping
shall they go it up; for in the way of Horonaim they shall raise up a
cry of destruction.
6 For the waters of Nimrim shall be desolate: for the hay is withered away, the grass faileth, there is no green thing.
7 Therefore the abundance they have gotten, and that which they have laid up, shall they carry away to the brook of the willows.
8 For the cry is gone round about the borders of Moab; the howling thereof unto Eglaim, and the howling thereof unto Beerelim.
9 For the
waters of Dimon shall be full of blood: for I will bring more upon
Dimon, lions upon him that escapeth of Moab, and upon the remnant of the
1 Send ye the lamb to the ruler of the land from Sela to the wilderness, unto the mount of the daughter of Zion.
2 For it shall be, that, as a wandering bird cast out of the nest, so the daughters of Moab shall be at the fords of Arnon.
counsel, execute judgment; make thy shadow as the night in the midst of
the noonday; hide the outcasts; bewray not him that wandereth.
mine outcasts dwell with thee, Moab; be thou a covert to them from the
face of the spoiler: for the extortioner is at an end, the spoiler
ceaseth, the oppressors are consumed out of the land.
5 And in
mercy shall the throne be established: and he shall sit upon it in truth
in the tabernacle of David, judging, and seeking judgment, and hasting
6 We have
heard of the pride of Moab; he is very proud: even of his haughtiness,
and his pride, and his wrath: but his lies shall not be so.
shall Moab howl for Moab, every one shall howl: for the foundations of
Kirhareseth shall ye mourn; surely they are stricken.
8 For the
fields of Heshbon languish, and the vine of Sibmah: the lords of the
heathen have broken down the principal plants thereof, they are come
even unto Jazer, they wandered through the wilderness: her branches are
stretched out, they are gone over the sea.
I will bewail with the weeping of Jazer the vine of Sibmah: I will
water thee with my tears, O Heshbon, and Elealeh: for the shouting for
thy summer fruits and for thy harvest is fallen.
gladness is taken away, and joy out of the plentiful field; and in the
vineyards there shall be no singing, neither shall there be shouting:
the treaders shall tread out no wine in their presses; I have made their
vintage shouting to cease.
11 Wherefore my bowels shall sound like an harp for Moab, and mine inward parts for Kirharesh.
12 And it
shall come to pass, when it is seen that Moab is weary on the high
place, that he shall come to his sanctuary to pray; but he shall not
13 This is the word that the LORD hath spoken concerning Moab since that time.
now the LORD hath spoken, saying, Within three years, as the years of an
hireling, and the glory of Moab shall be contemned, with all that great
multitude; and the remnant shall be very small and feeble.
1 The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.
2 The cities of Aroer are forsaken: they shall be for flocks, which shall lie down, and none shall make them afraid.
fortress also shall cease from Ephraim, and the kingdom from Damascus,
and the remnant of Syria: they shall be as the glory of the children of
Israel, saith the LORD of hosts.
4 And in that day it shall come to pass, that the glory of Jacob shall be made thin, and the fatness of his flesh shall wax lean.
5 And it
shall be as when the harvestman gathereth the corn, and reapeth the ears
with his arm; and it shall be as he that gathereth ears in the valley
gleaning grapes shall be left in it, as the shaking of an olive tree,
two or three berries in the top of the uppermost bough, four or five in
the outmost fruitful branches thereof, saith the LORD God of Israel.
7 At that day shall a man look to his Maker, and his eyes shall have respect to the Holy One of Israel.
8 And he
shall not look to the altars, the work of his hands, neither shall
respect that which his fingers have made, either the groves, or the
9 In that
day shall his strong cities be as a forsaken bough, and an uppermost
branch, which they left because of the children of Israel: and there
shall be desolation.
thou hast forgotten the God of thy salvation, and hast not been mindful
of the rock of thy strength, therefore shalt thou plant pleasant
plants, and shalt set it with strange slips:
11 In the
day shalt thou make thy plant to grow, and in the morning shalt thou
make thy seed to flourish: but the harvest shall be a heap in the day of
grief and of desperate sorrow.
12 Woe to
the multitude of many people, which make a noise like the noise of the
seas; and to the rushing of nations, that make a rushing like the
rushing of mighty waters!
nations shall rush like the rushing of many waters: but God shall rebuke
them, and they shall flee far off, and shall be chased as the chaff of
the mountains before the wind, and like a rolling thing before the
behold at eveningtide trouble; and before the morning he is not. This is
the portion of them that spoil us, and the lot of them that rob us.
1 Woe to the land shadowing with wings, which is beyond the rivers of Ethiopia:
sendeth ambassadors by the sea, even in vessels of bulrushes upon the
waters, saying, Go, ye swift messengers, to a nation scattered and
peeled, to a people terrible from their beginning hitherto; a nation
meted out and trodden down, whose land the rivers have spoiled!
3 All ye
inhabitants of the world, and dwellers on the earth, see ye, when he
lifteth up an ensign on the mountains; and when he bloweth a trumpet,
4 For so
the LORD said unto me, I will take my rest, and I will consider in my
dwelling place like a clear heat upon herbs, and like a cloud of dew in
the heat of harvest.
afore the harvest, when the bud is perfect, and the sour grape is
ripening in the flower, he shall both cut off the sprigs with pruning
hooks, and take away and cut down the branches.
shall be left together unto the fowls of the mountains, and to the
beasts of the earth: and the fowls shall summer upon them, and all the
beasts of the earth shall winter upon them.
7 In that
time shall the present be brought unto the LORD of hosts of a people
scattered and peeled, and from a people terrible from their beginning
hitherto; a nation meted out and trodden under foot, whose land the
rivers have spoiled, to the place of the name of the LORD of hosts, the
burden of Egypt. Behold, the LORD rideth upon a swift cloud, and shall
come into Egypt: and the idols of Egypt shall be moved at his presence,
and the heart of Egypt shall melt in the midst of it.
2 And I
will set the Egyptians against the Egyptians: and they shall fight every
one against his brother, and every one against his neighbor; city
against city, and kingdom against kingdom.
3 And the
spirit of Egypt shall fail in the midst thereof; and I will destroy the
counsel thereof: and they shall seek to the idols, and to the charmers,
and to them that have familiar spirits, and to the wizards.
4 And the
Egyptians will I give over into the hand of a cruel lord; and a fierce
king shall rule over them, saith the Lord, the LORD of hosts.
5 And the waters shall fail from the sea, and the river shall be wasted and dried up.
they shall turn the rivers far away; and the brooks of defence shall be
emptied and dried up: the reeds and flags shall wither.
paper reeds by the brooks, by the mouth of the brooks, and every thing
sown by the brooks, shall wither, be driven away, and be no more.
fishers also shall mourn, and all they that cast angle into the brooks
shall lament, and they that spread nets upon the waters shall languish.
9 Moreover they that work in fine flax, and they that weave networks, shall be confounded.
10 And they shall be broken in the purposes thereof, all that make sluices and ponds for fish.
the princes of Zoan are fools, the counsel of the wise counselors of
Pharaoh is become brutish: how say ye unto Pharaoh, I am the son of the
wise, the son of ancient kings?
are they? where are thy wise men? and let them tell thee now, and let
them know what the LORD of hosts hath purposed upon Egypt.
princes of Zoan are become fools, the princes of Noph are deceived; they
have also seduced Egypt, even they that are the stay of the tribes
LORD hath mingled a perverse spirit in the midst thereof: and they have
caused Egypt to err in every work thereof, as a drunken man staggereth
in his vomit.
15 Neither shall there be any work for Egypt, which the head or tail, branch or rush, may do.
that day shall Egypt be like unto women: and it shall be afraid and fear
because of the shaking of the hand of the LORD of hosts, which he
shaketh over it.
the land of Judah shall be a terror unto Egypt, every one that maketh
mention thereof shall be afraid in himself, because of the counsel of
the LORD of hosts, which he hath determined against it.
that day shall five cities in the land of Egypt speak the language of
Canaan, and swear to the LORD of hosts; one shall be called, The city of
that day shall there be an altar to the LORD in the midst of the land of
Egypt, and a pillar at the border thereof to the LORD.
20 And it
shall be for a sign and for a witness unto the LORD of hosts in the
land of Egypt: for they shall cry unto the LORD because of the
oppressors, and he shall send them a savior, and a great one, and he
shall deliver them.
the LORD shall be known to Egypt, and the Egyptians shall know the LORD
in that day, and shall do sacrifice and oblation; yea, they shall vow a
vow unto the LORD, and perform it.
the LORD shall smite Egypt: he shall smite and heal it: and they shall
return even to the LORD, and he shall be intreated of them, and shall
that day shall there be a highway out of Egypt to Assyria, and the
Assyrian shall come into Egypt, and the Egyptian into Assyria, and the
Egyptians shall serve with the Assyrians.
24 In that day shall Israel be the third with Egypt and with Assyria, even a blessing in the midst of the land:
the LORD of hosts shall bless, saying, Blessed be Egypt my people, and
Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel mine inheritance.
1 In the year that Tartan came unto Ashdod, (when Sargon the king of Assyria sent him,) and fought against Ashdod, and took it;
2 At the
same time spake the LORD by Isaiah the son of Amoz, saying, Go and loose
the sackcloth from off thy loins, and put off thy shoe from thy foot.
And he did so, walking naked and barefoot.
3 And the
LORD said, Like as my servant Isaiah hath walked naked and barefoot
three years for a sign and wonder upon Egypt and upon Ethiopia;
shall the king of Assyria lead away the Egyptians prisoners, and the
Ethiopians captives, young and old, naked and barefoot, even with their
buttocks uncovered, to the shame of Egypt.
5 And they shall be afraid and ashamed of Ethiopia their expectation, and of Egypt their glory.
6 And the
inhabitant of this isle shall say in that day, Behold, such is our
expectation, whither we flee for help to be delivered from the king of
Assyria: and how shall we escape?
burden of the desert of the sea. As whirlwinds in the south pass
through; so it cometh from the desert, from a terrible land.
grievous vision is declared unto me; the treacherous dealer dealeth
treacherously, and the spoiler spoileth. Go up, O Elam: besiege, O
Media; all the sighing thereof have I made to cease.
are my loins filled with pain: pangs have taken hold upon me, as the
pangs of a woman that travaileth: I was bowed down at the hearing of it;
I was dismayed at the seeing of it.
4 My heart panted, fearfulness affrighted me: the night of my pleasure hath he turned into fear unto me.
5 Prepare the table, watch in the watchtower, eat, drink: arise, ye princes, and anoint the shield.
6 For thus hath the LORD said unto me, Go, set a watchman, let him declare what he seeth.
7 And he
saw a chariot with a couple of horsemen, a chariot of asses, and a
chariot of camels; and he hearkened diligently with much heed:
8 And he cried, A lion: My lord, I stand continually upon the watchtower in the daytime, and I am set in my ward whole nights:
behold, here cometh a chariot of men, with a couple of horsemen. And he
answered and said, Babylon is fallen, is fallen; and all the graven
images of her gods he hath broken unto the ground.
10 O my
threshing, and the corn of my floor: that which I have heard of the LORD
of hosts, the God of Israel, have I declared unto you.
11 The burden of Dumah. He calleth to me out of Seir, Watchman, what of the night? Watchman, what of the night?
12 The watchman said, The morning cometh, and also the night: if ye will inquire, inquire ye: return, come.
13 The burden upon Arabia. In the forest in Arabia shall ye lodge, O ye travelling companies of Dedanim.
14 The inhabitants of the land of Tema brought water to him that was thirsty, they prevented with their bread him that fled.
15 For they fled from the swords, from the drawn sword, and from the bent bow, and from the grievousness of war.
thus hath the LORD said unto me, Within a year, according to the years
of an hireling, and all the glory of Kedar shall fail:
the residue of the number of archers, the mighty men of the children of
Kedar, shall be diminished: for the LORD God of Israel hath spoken it.
1 The burden of the valley of vision. What aileth thee now, that thou art wholly gone up to the housetops?
2 Thou that art full of stirs, a tumultuous city, joyous city: thy slain men are not slain with the sword, nor dead in battle.
3 All thy
rulers are fled together, they are bound by the archers: all that are
found in thee are bound together, which have fled from far.
said I, Look away from me; I will weep bitterly, labor not to comfort
me, because of the spoiling of the daughter of my people.
5 For it
is a day of trouble, and of treading down, and of perplexity by the Lord
GOD of hosts in the valley of vision, breaking down the walls, and of
crying to the mountains.
6 And Elam bare the quiver with chariots of men and horsemen, and Kir uncovered the shield.
7 And it
shall come to pass, that thy choicest valleys shall be full of chariots,
and the horsemen shall set themselves in array at the gate.
8 And he discovered the covering of Judah, and thou didst look in that day to the armour of the house of the forest.
9 Ye have seen also the breaches of the city of David, that they are many: and ye gathered together the waters of the lower pool.
10 And ye have numbered the houses of Jerusalem, and the houses have ye broken down to fortify the wall.
made also a ditch between the two walls for the water of the old pool:
but ye have not looked unto the maker thereof, neither had respect unto
him that fashioned it long ago.
12 And in that day did the Lord GOD of hosts call to weeping, and to mourning, and to baldness, and to girding with sackcloth:
behold joy and gladness, slaying oxen, and killing sheep, eating flesh,
and drinking wine: let us eat and drink; for to morrow we shall die.
14 And it
was revealed in mine ears by the LORD of hosts, Surely this iniquity
shall not be purged from you till ye die, saith the Lord GOD of hosts.
15 Thus saith the Lord GOD of hosts, Go, get thee unto this treasurer, even unto Shebna, which is over the house, and say,
hast thou here? and whom hast thou here, that thou hast hewed thee out a
sepulchre here, as he that heweth him out a sepulchre on high, and that
graveth an habitation for himself in a rock?
17 Behold, the LORD will carry thee away with a mighty captivity, and will surely cover thee.
will surely violently turn and toss thee like a ball into a large
country: there shalt thou die, and there the chariots of thy glory shall
be the shame of thy lord's house.
19 And I will drive thee from thy station, and from thy state shall he pull thee down.
20 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will call my servant Eliakim the son of Hilkiah:
21 And I
will clothe him with thy robe, and strengthen him with thy girdle, and I
will commit thy government into his hand: and he shall be a father to
the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to the house of Judah.
the key of the house of David will I lay upon his shoulder; so he shall
open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open.
23 And I will fasten him as a nail in a sure place; and he shall be for a glorious throne to his father's house.
they shall hang upon him all the glory of his father's house, the
offspring and the issue, all vessels of small quantity, from the vessels
of cups, even to all the vessels of flagons.
that day, saith the LORD of hosts, shall the nail that is fastened in
the sure place be removed, and be cut down, and fall; and the burden
that was upon it shall be cut off: for the LORD hath spoken it.
burden of Tyre. Howl, ye ships of Tarshish; for it is laid waste, so
that there is no house, no entering in: from the land of Chittim it is
revealed to them.
2 Be still, ye inhabitants of the isle; thou whom the merchants of Zidon, that pass over the sea, have replenished.
3 And by great waters the seed of Sihor, the harvest of the river, is her revenue; and she is a mart of nations.
4 Be thou
ashamed, O Zidon: for the sea hath spoken, even the strength of the
sea, saying, I travail not, nor bring forth children, neither do I
nourish up young men, nor bring up virgins.
5 As at the report concerning Egypt, so shall they be sorely pained at the report of Tyre.
6 Pass ye over to Tarshish; howl, ye inhabitants of the isle.
7 Is this your joyous city, whose antiquity is of ancient days? her own feet shall carry her afar off to sojourn.
hath taken this counsel against Tyre, the crowning city, whose merchants
are princes, whose traffickers are the honorable of the earth?
9 The LORD of hosts hath purposed it, to stain the pride of all glory, and to bring into contempt all the honorable of the earth.
10 Pass through thy land as a river, O daughter of Tarshish: there is no more strength.
stretched out his hand over the sea, he shook the kingdoms: the LORD
hath given a commandment against the merchant city, to destroy the
strong holds thereof.
12 And he
said, Thou shalt no more rejoice, O thou oppressed virgin, daughter of
Zidon: arise, pass over to Chittim; there also shalt thou have no rest.
the land of the Chaldeans; this people was not, till the Assyrian
founded it for them that dwell in the wilderness: they set up the towers
thereof, they raised up the palaces thereof; and he brought it to ruin.
14 Howl, ye ships of Tarshish: for your strength is laid waste.
15 And it
shall come to pass in that day, that Tyre shall be forgotten seventy
years, according to the days of one king: after the end of seventy years
shall Tyre sing as an harlot.
an harp, go about the city, thou harlot that hast been forgotten; make
sweet melody, sing many songs, that thou mayest be remembered.
17 And it
shall come to pass after the end of seventy years, that the LORD will
visit Tyre, and she shall turn to her hire, and shall commit fornication
with all the kingdoms of the world upon the face of the earth.
her merchandise and her hire shall be holiness to the LORD: it shall not
be treasured nor laid up; for her merchandise shall be for them that
dwell before the LORD, to eat sufficiently, and for durable clothing.
the LORD maketh the earth empty, and maketh it waste, and turneth it
upside down, and scattereth abroad the inhabitants thereof.
2 And it
shall be, as with the people, so with the priest; as with the servant,
so with his master; as with the maid, so with her mistress; as with the
buyer, so with the seller; as with the lender, so with the borrower; as
with the taker of usury, so with the giver of usury to him.
3 The land shall be utterly emptied, and utterly spoiled: for the LORD hath spoken this word.
4 The earth mourneth and fadeth away, the world languisheth and fadeth away, the haughty people of the earth do languish.
earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have
transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting
hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are
desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men
7 The new wine mourneth, the vine languisheth, all the merryhearted do sigh.
8 The mirth of tabrets ceaseth, the noise of them that rejoice endeth, the joy of the harp ceaseth.
9 They shall not drink wine with a song; strong drink shall be bitter to them that drink it.
10 The city of confusion is broken down: every house is shut up, that no man may come in.
11 There is a crying for wine in the streets; all joy is darkened, the mirth of the land is gone.
12 In the city is left desolation, and the gate is smitten with destruction.
thus it shall be in the midst of the land among the people, there shall
be as the shaking of an olive tree, and as the gleaning grapes when the
vintage is done.
14 They shall lift up their voice, they shall sing for the majesty of the LORD, they shall cry aloud from the sea.
15 Wherefore glorify ye the LORD in the fires, even the name of the LORD God of Israel in the isles of the sea.
the uttermost part of the earth have we heard songs, even glory to the
righteous. But I said, My leanness, my leanness, woe unto me! the
treacherous dealers have dealt treacherously; yea, the treacherous
dealers have dealt very treacherously.
17 Fear, and the pit, and the snare, are upon thee, O inhabitant of the earth.
18 And it
shall come to pass, that he who fleeth from the noise of the fear shall
fall into the pit; and he that cometh up out of the midst of the pit
shall be taken in the snare: for the windows from on high are open, and
the foundations of the earth do shake.
19 The earth is utterly broken down, the earth is clean dissolved, the earth is moved exceedingly.
earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be removed like a
cottage; and the transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it; and it
shall fall, and not rise again.
21 And it
shall come to pass in that day, that the LORD shall punish the host of
the high ones that are on high, and the kings of the earth upon the
they shall be gathered together, as prisoners are gathered in the pit,
and shall be shut up in the prison, and after many days shall they be
the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed, when the LORD of
hosts shall reign in mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, and before his
1 O Lord,
thou art my God; I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name; for thou
hast done wonderful things; thy counsels of old are faithfulness and
2 For thou hast made of a city an heap; of a defenced city a ruin: a palace of strangers to be no city; it shall never be built.
3 Therefore shall the strong people glorify thee, the city of the terrible nations shall fear thee.
thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his
distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the
blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall.
shalt bring down the noise of strangers, as the heat in a dry place;
even the heat with the shadow of a cloud: the branch of the terrible
ones shall be brought low.
6 And in
this mountain shall the LORD of hosts make unto all people a feast of
fat things, a feast of wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow,
of wines on the lees well refined.
7 And he
will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast over all
people, and the vail that is spread over all nations.
8 He will
swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from
off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off
all the earth: for the LORD hath spoken it.
9 And it
shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him,
and he will save us: this is the LORD; we have waited for him, we will
be glad and rejoice in his salvation.
10 For in
this mountain shall the hand of the LORD rest, and Moab shall be
trodden down under him, even as straw is trodden down for the dunghill.
11 And he
shall spread forth his hands in the midst of them, as he that swimmeth
spreadeth forth his hands to swim: and he shall bring down their pride
together with the spoils of their hands.
12 And the fortress of the high fort of thy walls shall he bring down, lay low, and bring to the ground, even to the dust.
1 In that
day shall this song be sung in the land of Judah; We have a strong
city; salvation will God appoint for walls and bulwarks.
2 Open ye the gates, that the righteous nation which keepeth the truth may enter in.
3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
4 Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength:
5 For he
bringeth down them that dwell on high; the lofty city, he layeth it low;
he layeth it low, even to the ground; he bringeth it even to the dust.
6 The foot shall tread it down, even the feet of the poor, and the steps of the needy.
7 The way of the just is uprightness: thou, most upright, dost weigh the path of the just.
8 Yea, in
the way of thy judgments, O LORD, have we waited for thee; the desire
of our soul is to thy name, and to the remembrance of thee.
9 With my
soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me
will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments are in the earth, the
inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.
favour be shewed to the wicked, yet will he not learn righteousness: in
the land of uprightness will he deal unjustly, and will not behold the
majesty of the LORD.
when thy hand is lifted up, they will not see: but they shall see, and
be ashamed for their envy at the people; yea, the fire of thine enemies
shall devour them.
12 LORD, thou wilt ordain peace for us: for thou also hast wrought all our works in us.
13 O LORD our God, other lords beside thee have had dominion over us: but by thee only will we make mention of thy name.
are dead, they shall not live; they are deceased, they shall not rise:
therefore hast thou visited and destroyed them, and made all their
memory to perish.
hast increased the nation, O LORD, thou hast increased the nation: thou
art glorified: thou hadst removed it far unto all the ends of the earth.
16 LORD, in trouble have they visited thee, they poured out a prayer when thy chastening was upon them.
as a woman with child, that draweth near the time of her delivery, is in
pain, and crieth out in her pangs; so have we been in thy sight, O
have been with child, we have been in pain, we have as it were brought
forth wind; we have not wrought any deliverance in the earth; neither
have the inhabitants of the world fallen.
dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake
and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and
the earth shall cast out the dead.
my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee:
hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be
behold, the LORD cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of
the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood,
and shall no more cover her slain.
1 In that
day the LORD with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish
leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent; and
he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea.
2 In that day sing ye unto her, A vineyard of red wine.
3 I the LORD do keep it; I will water it every moment: lest any hurt it, I will keep it night and day.
4 Fury is
not in me: who would set the briers and thorns against me in battle? I
would go through them, I would burn them together.
5 Or let him take hold of my strength, that he may make peace with me; and he shall make peace with me.
6 He shall cause them that come of Jacob to take root: Israel shall blossom and bud, and fill the face of the world with fruit.
7 Hath he smitten him, as he smote those that smote him? or is he slain according to the slaughter of them that are slain by him?
8 In measure, when it shooteth forth, thou wilt debate with it: he stayeth his rough wind in the day of the east wind.
9 By this
therefore shall the iniquity of Jacob be purged; and this is all the
fruit to take away his sin; when he maketh all the stones of the altar
as chalkstones that are beaten in sunder, the groves and images shall
not stand up.
the defenced city shall be desolate, and the habitation forsaken, and
left like a wilderness: there shall the calf feed, and there shall he
lie down, and consume the branches thereof.
the boughs thereof are withered, they shall be broken off: the women
come, and set them on fire: for it is a people of no understanding:
therefore he that made them will not have mercy on them, and he that
formed them will shew them no favour.
12 And it
shall come to pass in that day, that the LORD shall beat off from the
channel of the river unto the stream of Egypt, and ye shall be gathered
one by one, O ye children of Israel.
13 And it
shall come to pass in that day, that the great trumpet shall be blown,
and they shall come which were ready to perish in the land of Assyria,
and the outcasts in the land of Egypt, and shall worship the LORD in the
holy mount at Jerusalem.
1 Woe to
the crown of pride, to the drunkards of Ephraim, whose glorious beauty
is a fading flower, which are on the head of the fat valleys of them
that are overcome with wine!
the Lord hath a mighty and strong one, which as a tempest of hail and a
destroying storm, as a flood of mighty waters overflowing, shall cast
down to the earth with the hand.
3 The crown of pride, the drunkards of Ephraim, shall be trodden under feet:
4 And the
glorious beauty, which is on the head of the fat valley, shall be a
fading flower, and as the hasty fruit before the summer; which when he
that looketh upon it seeth, while it is yet in his hand he eateth it up.
5 In that day shall the LORD of hosts be for a crown of glory, and for a diadem of beauty, unto the residue of his people,
6 And for a spirit of judgment to him that sitteth in judgment, and for strength to them that turn the battle to the gate.
they also have erred through wine, and through strong drink are out of
the way; the priest and the prophet have erred through strong drink,
they are swallowed up of wine, they are out of the way through strong
drink; they err in vision, they stumble in judgment.
8 For all tables are full of vomit and filthiness, so that there is no place clean.
shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine?
them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.
10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:
11 For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people.
12 To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.
the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon
precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a
little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and
snared, and taken.
14 Wherefore hear the word of the LORD, ye scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem.
ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we
at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall
not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood
have we hid ourselves:
thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a
stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he
that believeth shall not make haste.
also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the
hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow
the hiding place.
your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with
hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through,
then ye shall be trodden down by it.
the time that it goeth forth it shall take you: for morning by morning
shall it pass over, by day and by night: and it shall be a vexation only
to understand the report.
20 For the bed is shorter than that a man can stretch himself on it: and the covering narrower than that he can wrap himself in it.
the LORD shall rise up as in mount Perazim, he shall be wroth as in the
valley of Gibeon, that he may do his work, his strange work; and bring
to pass his act, his strange act.
therefore be ye not mockers, lest your bands be made strong: for I have
heard from the Lord GOD of hosts a consumption, even determined upon the
23 Give ye ear, and hear my voice; hearken, and hear my speech.
24 Doth the plowman plow all day to sow? doth he open and break the clods of his ground?
he hath made plain the face thereof, doth he not cast abroad the
fitches, and scatter the cummin, and cast in the principal wheat and the
appointed barley and the rie in their place?
26 For his God doth instruct him to discretion, and doth teach him.
the fitches are not threshed with a threshing instrument, neither is a
cart wheel turned about upon the cummin; but the fitches are beaten out
with a staff, and the cummin with a rod.
corn is bruised; because he will not ever be threshing it, nor break it
with the wheel of his cart, nor bruise it with his horsemen.
29 This also cometh forth from the LORD of hosts, which is wonderful in counsel, and excellent in working.
1 Woe to Ariel, to Ariel, the city where David dwelt! add ye year to year; let them kill sacrifices.
2 Yet I will distress Ariel, and there shall be heaviness and sorrow: and it shall be unto me as Ariel.
3 And I will camp against thee round about, and will lay siege against thee with a mount, and I will raise forts against thee.
thou shalt be brought down, and shalt speak out of the ground, and thy
speech shall be low out of the dust, and thy voice shall be, as of one
that hath a familiar spirit, out of the ground, and thy speech shall
whisper out of the dust.
the multitude of thy strangers shall be like small dust, and the
multitude of the terrible ones shall be as chaff that passeth away: yea,
it shall be at an instant suddenly.
shalt be visited of the LORD of hosts with thunder, and with earthquake,
and great noise, with storm and tempest, and the flame of devouring
7 And the
multitude of all the nations that fight against Ariel, even all that
fight against her and her munition, and that distress her, shall be as a
dream of a night vision.
shall even be as when an hungry man dreameth, and, behold, he eateth;
but he awaketh, and his soul is empty: or as when a thirsty man
dreameth, and, behold, he drinketh; but he awaketh, and, behold, he is
faint, and his soul hath appetite: so shall the multitude of all the
nations be, that fight against mount Zion.
9 Stay yourselves, and wonder; cry ye out, and cry: they are drunken, but not with wine; they stagger, but not with strong drink.
the LORD hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep, and hath
closed your eyes: the prophets and your rulers, the seers hath he
the vision of all is become unto you as the words of a book that is
sealed, which men deliver to one that is learned, saying, Read this, I
pray thee: and he saith, I cannot; for it is sealed:
12 And the book is delivered to him that is not learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I am not learned.
the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth,
and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from
me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:
behold, I will proceed to do a marvellous work among this people, even a
marvellous work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their wise men shall
perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid.
unto them that seek deep to hide their counsel from the LORD, and their
works are in the dark, and they say, Who seeth us? and who knoweth us?
your turning of things upside down shall be esteemed as the potter's
clay: for shall the work say of him that made it, He made me not? or
shall the thing framed say of him that framed it, He had no
17 Is it
not yet a very little while, and Lebanon shall be turned into a fruitful
field, and the fruitful field shall be esteemed as a forest?
18 And in
that day shall the deaf hear the words of the book, and the eyes of the
blind shall see out of obscurity, and out of darkness.
19 The meek also shall increase their joy in the LORD, and the poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.
20 For the terrible one is brought to nought, and the scorner is consumed, and all that watch for iniquity are cut off:
make a man an offender for a word, and lay a snare for him that
reproveth in the gate, and turn aside the just for a thing of nought.
thus saith the LORD, who redeemed Abraham, concerning the house of
Jacob, Jacob shall not now be ashamed, neither shall his face now wax
when he seeth his children, the work of mine hands, in the midst of him,
they shall sanctify my name, and sanctify the Holy One of Jacob, and
shall fear the God of Israel.
24 They also that erred in spirit shall come to understanding, and they that murmured shall learn doctrine.
1 Woe to
the rebellious children, saith the LORD, that take counsel, but not of
me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they may
add sin to sin:
walk to go down into Egypt, and have not asked at my mouth; to
strengthen themselves in the strength of Pharaoh, and to trust in the
shadow of Egypt!
3 Therefore shall the strength of Pharaoh be your shame, and the trust in the shadow of Egypt your confusion.
4 For his princes were at Zoan, and his ambassadors came to Hanes.
5 They were all ashamed of a people that could not profit them, nor be an help nor profit, but a shame, and also a reproach.
burden of the beasts of the south: into the land of trouble and anguish,
from whence come the young and old lion, the viper and fiery flying
serpent, they will carry their riches upon the shoulders of young asses,
and their treasures upon the bunches of camels, to a people that shall
not profit them.
7 For the Egyptians shall help in vain, and to no purpose: therefore have I cried concerning this, Their strength is to sit still.
8 Now go, write it before them in a table, and note it in a book, that it may be for the time to come for ever and ever:
9 That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the LORD:
say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us
right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits:
11 Get you out of the way, turn aside out of the path, cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us.
thus saith the Holy One of Israel, Because ye despise this word, and
trust in oppression and perverseness, and stay thereon:
this iniquity shall be to you as a breach ready to fall, swelling out
in a high wall, whose breaking cometh suddenly at an instant.
14 And he
shall break it as the breaking of the potters' vessel that is broken in
pieces; he shall not spare: so that there shall not be found in the
bursting of it a sherd to take fire from the hearth, or to take water
withal out of the pit.
thus saith the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest
shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your
strength: and ye would not.
16 But ye
said, No; for we will flee upon horses; therefore shall ye flee: and,
We will ride upon the swift; therefore shall they that pursue you be
thousand shall flee at the rebuke of one; at the rebuke of five shall ye
flee: till ye be left as a beacon upon the top of a mountain, and as an
ensign on an hill.
therefore will the LORD wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and
therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for the
LORD is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for him.
the people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem: thou shalt weep no more: he
will be very gracious unto thee at the voice of thy cry; when he shall
hear it, he will answer thee.
though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of
affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be removed into a corner any
more, but thine eyes shall see thy teachers:
thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk
ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.
shall defile also the covering of thy graven images of silver, and the
ornament of thy molten images of gold: thou shalt cast them away as a
menstruous cloth; thou shalt say unto it, Get thee hence.
shall he give the rain of thy seed, that thou shalt sow the ground
withal; and bread of the increase of the earth, and it shall be fat and
plenteous: in that day shall thy cattle feed in large pastures.
oxen likewise and the young asses that ear the ground shall eat clean
provender, which hath been winnowed with the shovel and with the fan.
there shall be upon every high mountain, and upon every high hill,
rivers and streams of waters in the day of the great slaughter, when the
the light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun, and the light
of the sun shall be sevenfold, as the light of seven days, in the day
that the LORD bindeth up the breach of his people, and healeth the
stroke of their wound.
the name of the LORD cometh from far, burning with his anger, and the
burden thereof is heavy: his lips are full of indignation, and his
tongue as a devouring fire:
his breath, as an overflowing stream, shall reach to the midst of the
neck, to sift the nations with the sieve of vanity: and there shall be a
bridle in the jaws of the people, causing them to err.
shall have a song, as in the night when a holy solemnity is kept; and
gladness of heart, as when one goeth with a pipe to come into the
mountain of the LORD, to the mighty One of Israel.
the LORD shall cause his glorious voice to be heard, and shall shew the
lighting down of his arm, with the indignation of his anger, and with
the flame of a devouring fire, with scattering, and tempest, and
31 For through the voice of the LORD shall the Assyrian be beaten down, which smote with a rod.
32 And in
every place where the grounded staff shall pass, which the LORD shall
lay upon him, it shall be with tabrets and harps: and in battles of
shaking will he fight with it.
Tophet is ordained of old; yea, for the king it is prepared; he hath
made it deep and large: the pile thereof is fire and much wood; the
breath of the LORD, like a stream of brimstone, doth kindle it.
1 Woe to
them that go down to Egypt for help; and stay on horses, and trust in
chariots, because they are many; and in horsemen, because they are very
strong; but they look not unto the Holy One of Israel, neither seek the
2 Yet he
also is wise, and will bring evil, and will not call back his words: but
will arise against the house of the evildoers, and against the help of
them that work iniquity.
3 Now the
Egyptians are men, and not God; and their horses flesh, and not spirit.
When the LORD shall stretch out his hand, both he that helpeth shall
fall, and he that is holpen shall fall down, and they all shall fail
thus hath the LORD spoken unto me, Like as the lion and the young lion
roaring on his prey, when a multitude of shepherds is called forth
against him, he will not be afraid of their voice, nor abase himself for
the noise of them: so shall the LORD of hosts come down to fight for
mount Zion, and for the hill thereof.
birds flying, so will the LORD of hosts defend Jerusalem; defending also
he will deliver it; and passing over he will preserve it.
6 Turn ye unto him from whom the children of Israel have deeply revolted.
7 For in
that day every man shall cast away his idols of silver, and his idols of
gold, which your own hands have made unto you for a sin.
shall the Assyrian fall with the sword, not of a mighty man; and the
sword, not of a mean man, shall devour him: but he shall flee from the
sword, and his young men shall be discomfited.
9 And he
shall pass over to his strong hold for fear, and his princes shall be
afraid of the ensign, saith the LORD, whose fire is in Zion, and his
furnace in Jerusalem.
1 Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall rule in judgment.
2 And a
man shall be as an hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the
tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great
rock in a weary land.
3 And the eyes of them that see shall not be dim, and the ears of them that hear shall hearken.
4 The heart also of the rash shall understand knowledge, and the tongue of the stammerers shall be ready to speak plainly.
5 The vile person shall be no more called liberal, nor the churl said to be bountiful.
6 For the
vile person will speak villany, and his heart will work iniquity, to
practise hypocrisy, and to utter error against the LORD, to make empty
the soul of the hungry, and he will cause the drink of the thirsty to
instruments also of the churl are evil: he deviseth wicked devices to
destroy the poor with lying words, even when the needy speaketh right.
8 But the liberal deviseth liberal things; and by liberal things shall he stand.
9 Rise up, ye women that are at ease; hear my voice, ye careless daughters; give ear unto my speech.
10 Many days and years shall ye be troubled, ye careless women: for the vintage shall fail, the gathering shall not come.
ye women that are at ease; be troubled, ye careless ones: strip you,
and make you bare, and gird sackcloth upon your loins.
12 They shall lament for the teats, for the pleasant fields, for the fruitful vine.
13 Upon the land of my people shall come up thorns and briers; yea, upon all the houses of joy in the joyous city:
the palaces shall be forsaken; the multitude of the city shall be left;
the forts and towers shall be for dens for ever, a joy of wild asses, a
pasture of flocks;
the spirit be poured upon us from on high, and the wilderness be a
fruitful field, and the fruitful field be counted for a forest.
16 Then judgment shall dwell in the wilderness, and righteousness remain in the fruitful field.
17 And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever.
18 And my people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places;
19 When it shall hail, coming down on the forest; and the city shall be low in a low place.
20 Blessed are ye that sow beside all waters, that send forth thither the feet of the ox and the ass.
1 Woe to
thee that spoilest, and thou wast not spoiled; and dealest
treacherously, and they dealt not treacherously with thee! when thou
shalt cease to spoil, thou shalt be spoiled; and when thou shalt make an
end to deal treacherously, they shall deal treacherously with thee.
2 O LORD,
be gracious unto us; we have waited for thee: be thou their arm every
morning, our salvation also in the time of trouble.
3 At the noise of the tumult the people fled; at the lifting up of thyself the nations were scattered.
your spoil shall be gathered like the gathering of the caterpiller: as
the running to and fro of locusts shall he run upon them.
5 The LORD is exalted; for he dwelleth on high: he hath filled Zion with judgment and righteousness.
6 And wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times, and strength of salvation: the fear of the LORD is his treasure.
7 Behold, their valiant ones shall cry without: the ambassadors of peace shall weep bitterly.
highways lie waste, the wayfaring man ceaseth: he hath broken the
covenant, he hath despised the cities, he regardeth no man.
earth mourneth and languisheth: Lebanon is ashamed and hewn down: Sharon
is like a wilderness; and Bashan and Carmel shake off their fruits.
10 Now will I rise, saith the LORD; now will I be exalted; now will I lift up myself.
11 Ye shall conceive chaff, ye shall bring forth stubble: your breath, as fire, shall devour you.
12 And the people shall be as the burnings of lime: as thorns cut up shall they be burned in the fire.
13 Hear, ye that are far off, what I have done; and, ye that are near, acknowledge my might.
sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites.
Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? who among us shall
dwell with everlasting burnings?
that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth the
gain of oppressions, that shaketh his hands from holding of bribes, that
stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood, and shutteth his eyes from
shall dwell on high: his place of defence shall be the munitions of
rocks: bread shall be given him; his waters shall be sure.
17 Thine eyes shall see the king in his beauty: they shall behold the land that is very far off.
18 Thine heart shall meditate terror. Where is the scribe? where is the receiver? where is he that counted the towers?
shalt not see a fierce people, a people of a deeper speech than thou
canst perceive; of a stammering tongue, that thou canst not understand.
upon Zion, the city of our solemnities: thine eyes shall see Jerusalem a
quiet habitation, a tabernacle that shall not be taken down; not one of
the stakes thereof shall ever be removed, neither shall any of the
cords thereof be broken.
there the glorious LORD will be unto us a place of broad rivers and
streams; wherein shall go no galley with oars, neither shall gallant
ship pass thereby.
22 For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king; he will save us.
tacklings are loosed; they could not well strengthen their mast, they
could not spread the sail: then is the prey of a great spoil divided;
the lame take the prey.
24 And the inhabitant shall not say, I am sick: the people that dwell therein shall be forgiven their iniquity.
near, ye nations, to hear; and hearken, ye people: let the earth hear,
and all that is therein; the world, and all things that come forth of
2 For the
indignation of the LORD is upon all nations, and his fury upon all
their armies: he hath utterly destroyed them, he hath delivered them to
slain also shall be cast out, and their stink shall come up out of their
carcases, and the mountains shall be melted with their blood.
4 And all
the host of heaven shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall be rolled
together as a scroll: and all their host shall fall down, as the leaf
falleth off from the vine, and as a falling fig from the fig tree.
5 For my sword shall be bathed in heaven: behold, it shall come down upon Idumea, and upon the people of my curse, to judgment.
sword of the LORD is filled with blood, it is made fat with fatness, and
with the blood of lambs and goats, with the fat of the kidneys of rams:
for the LORD hath a sacrifice in Bozrah, and a great slaughter in the
land of Idumea.
7 And the
unicorns shall come down with them, and the bullocks with the bulls;
and their land shall be soaked with blood, and their dust made fat with
8 For it is the day of the LORD's vengeance, and the year of recompences for the controversy of Zion.
9 And the
streams thereof shall be turned into pitch, and the dust thereof into
brimstone, and the land thereof shall become burning pitch.
shall not be quenched night nor day; the smoke thereof shall go up for
ever: from generation to generation it shall lie waste; none shall pass
through it for ever and ever.
the cormorant and the bittern shall possess it; the owl also and the
raven shall dwell in it: and he shall stretch out upon it the line of
confusion, and the stones of emptiness.
12 They shall call the nobles thereof to the kingdom, but none shall be there, and all her princes shall be nothing.
thorns shall come up in her palaces, nettles and brambles in the
fortresses thereof: and it shall be an habitation of dragons, and a
court for owls.
wild beasts of the desert shall also meet with the wild beasts of the
island, and the satyr shall cry to his fellow; the screech owl also
shall rest there, and find for herself a place of rest.
shall the great owl make her nest, and lay, and hatch, and gather under
her shadow: there shall the vultures also be gathered, every one with
ye out of the book of the LORD, and read: no one of these shall fail,
none shall want her mate: for my mouth it hath commanded, and his spirit
it hath gathered them.
17 And he
hath cast the lot for them, and his hand hath divided it unto them by
line: they shall possess it for ever, from generation to generation
shall they dwell therein.
1 The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose.
shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing: the
glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the excellency of Carmel and
Sharon, they shall see the glory of the LORD, and the excellency of our
3 Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees.
4 Say to
them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God
will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; he will come and
5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.
shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for
in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert.
7 And the
parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of
water: in the habitation of dragons, where each lay, shall be grass with
reeds and rushes.
8 And an
highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of
holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those:
the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.
9 No lion
shall be there, nor any ravenous beast shall go up thereon, it shall
not be found there; but the redeemed shall walk there:
the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with songs and
everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness,
and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
1 Now it
came to pass in the fourteenth year of king Hezekiah, that Sennacherib
king of Assyria came up against all the defenced cities of Judah, and
2 And the
king of Assyria sent Rabshakeh from Lachish to Jerusalem unto king
Hezekiah with a great army. And he stood by the conduit of the upper
pool in the highway of the fuller's field.
came forth unto him Eliakim, Hilkiah's son, which was over the house,
and Shebna the scribe, and Joah, Asaph's son, the recorder.
Rabshakeh said unto them, Say ye now to Hezekiah, Thus saith the great
king, the king of Assyria, What confidence is this wherein thou
5 I say,
sayest thou, (but they are but vain words) I have counsel and strength
for war: now on whom dost thou trust, that thou rebellest against me?
thou trustest in the staff of this broken reed, on Egypt; whereon if a
man lean, it will go into his hand, and pierce it: so is Pharaoh king of
Egypt to all that trust in him.
7 But if
thou say to me, We trust in the LORD our God: is it not he, whose high
places and whose altars Hezekiah hath taken away, and said to Judah and
to Jerusalem, Ye shall worship before this altar?
therefore give pledges, I pray thee, to my master the king of Assyria,
and I will give thee two thousand horses, if thou be able on thy part to
set riders upon them.
then wilt thou turn away the face of one captain of the least of my
master's servants, and put thy trust on Egypt for chariots and for
10 And am
I now come up without the LORD against this land to destroy it? the
LORD said unto me, Go up against this land, and destroy it.
said Eliakim and Shebna and Joah unto Rabshakeh, Speak, I pray thee,
unto thy servants in the Syrian language; for we understand it: and
speak not to us in the Jews' language, in the ears of the people that
are on the wall.
Rabshakeh said, Hath my master sent me to thy master and to thee to
speak these words? hath he not sent me to the men that sit upon the
wall, that they may eat their own dung, and drink their own piss with
Rabshakeh stood, and cried with a loud voice in the Jews' language, and
said, Hear ye the words of the great king, the king of Assyria.
14 Thus saith the king, Let not Hezekiah deceive you: for he shall not be able to deliver you.
let Hezekiah make you trust in the LORD, saying, The LORD will surely
deliver us: this city shall not be delivered into the hand of the king
not to Hezekiah: for thus saith the king of Assyria, Make an agreement
with me by a present, and come out to me: and eat ye every one of his
vine, and every one of his fig tree, and drink ye every one the waters
of his own cistern;
17 Until I come and take you away to a land like your own land, a land of corn and wine, a land of bread and vineyards.
lest Hezekiah persuade you, saying, the LORD will deliver us. Hath any
of the gods of the nations delivered his land out of the hand of the
king of Assyria?
19 Where are the gods of Hamath and Arphad? where are the gods of Sepharvaim? and have they delivered Samaria out of my hand?
are they among all the gods of these lands, that have delivered their
land out of my hand, that the LORD should deliver Jerusalem out of my
21 But they held their peace, and answered him not a word: for the king's commandment was, saying, Answer him not.
came Eliakim, the son of Hilkiah, that was over the household, and
Shebna the scribe, and Joah, the son of Asaph, the recorder, to Hezekiah
with their clothes rent, and told him the words of Rabshakeh.
1 And it
came to pass, when king Hezekiah heard it, that he rent his clothes, and
covered himself with sackcloth, and went into the house of the LORD.
2 And he
sent Eliakim, who was over the household, and Shebna the scribe, and the
elders of the priests covered with sackcloth, unto Isaiah the prophet
the son of Amoz.
they said unto him, Thus saith Hezekiah, This day is a day of trouble,
and of rebuke, and of blasphemy: for the children are come to the birth,
and there is not strength to bring forth.
4 It may
be the LORD thy God will hear the words of Rabshakeh, whom the king of
Assyria his master hath sent to reproach the living God, and will
reprove the words which the LORD thy God hath heard: wherefore lift up
thy prayer for the remnant that is left.
5 So the servants of king Hezekiah came to Isaiah.
Isaiah said unto them, Thus shall ye say unto your master, Thus saith
the LORD, Be not afraid of the words that thou hast heard, wherewith the
servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed me.
I will send a blast upon him, and he shall hear a rumour, and return to
his own land; and I will cause him to fall by the sword in his own
8 So Rabshakeh returned, and found the king of Assyria warring against Libnah: for he had heard that he was departed from Lachish.
9 And he
heard say concerning Tirhakah king of Ethiopia, He is come forth to make
war with thee. And when he heard it, he sent messengers to Hezekiah,
shall ye speak to Hezekiah king of Judah, saying, Let not thy God, in
whom thou trustest, deceive thee, saying, Jerusalem shall not be given
into the hand of the king of Assyria.
thou hast heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all lands by
destroying them utterly; and shalt thou be delivered?
the gods of the nations delivered them which my fathers have destroyed,
as Gozan, and Haran, and Rezeph, and the children of Eden which were in
13 Where is the king of Hamath, and the king of Arphad, and the king of the city of Sepharvaim, Hena, and Ivah?
Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the messengers, and read
it: and Hezekiah went up unto the house of the LORD, and spread it
before the LORD.
15 And Hezekiah prayed unto the LORD, saying,
16 O LORD
of hosts, God of Israel, that dwellest between the cherubims, thou art
the God, even thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth: thou hast
made heaven and earth.
thine ear, O LORD, and hear; open thine eyes, O LORD, and see: and hear
all the words of Sennacherib, which hath sent to reproach the living
18 Of a truth, LORD, the kings of Assyria have laid waste all the nations, and their countries,
have cast their gods into the fire: for they were no gods, but the work
of men's hands, wood and stone: therefore they have destroyed them.
therefore, O LORD our God, save us from his hand, that all the kingdoms
of the earth may know that thou art the LORD, even thou only.
Isaiah the son of Amoz sent unto Hezekiah, saying, Thus saith the LORD
God of Israel, Whereas thou hast prayed to me against Sennacherib king
is the word which the LORD hath spoken concerning him; The virgin, the
daughter of Zion, hath despised thee, and laughed thee to scorn; the
daughter of Jerusalem hath shaken her head at thee.
hast thou reproached and blasphemed? and against whom hast thou exalted
thy voice, and lifted up thine eyes on high? even against the Holy One
24 By thy
servants hast thou reproached the Lord, and hast said, By the multitude
of my chariots am I come up to the height of the mountains, to the
sides of Lebanon; and I will cut down the tall cedars thereof, and the
choice fir trees thereof: and I will enter into the height of his
border, and the forest of his Carmel.
25 I have digged, and drunk water; and with the sole of my feet have I dried up all the rivers of the besieged places.
thou not heard long ago, how I have done it; and of ancient times, that I
have formed it? now have I brought it to pass, that thou shouldest be
to lay waste defenced cities into ruinous heaps.
their inhabitants were of small power, they were dismayed and
confounded: they were as the grass of the field, and as the green herb,
as the grass on the housetops, and as corn blasted before it be grown
28 But I know thy abode, and thy going out, and thy coming in, and thy rage against me.
thy rage against me, and thy tumult, is come up into mine ears,
therefore will I put my hook in thy nose, and my bridle in thy lips, and
I will turn thee back by the way by which thou camest.
this shall be a sign unto thee, Ye shall eat this year such as groweth
of itself; and the second year that which springeth of the same: and in
the third year sow ye, and reap, and plant vineyards, and eat the fruit
31 And the remnant that is escaped of the house of Judah shall again take root downward, and bear fruit upward:
out of Jerusalem shall go forth a remnant, and they that escape out of
mount Zion: the zeal of the LORD of hosts shall do this.
thus saith the LORD concerning the king of Assyria, He shall not come
into this city, nor shoot an arrow there, nor come before it with
shields, nor cast a bank against it.
34 By the way that he came, by the same shall he return, and shall not come into this city, saith the LORD.
35 For I will defend this city to save it for mine own sake, and for my servant David's sake.
the angel of the LORD went forth, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians
a hundred and fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose early in
the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses.
37 So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed, and went and returned, and dwelt at Nineveh.
38 And it
came to pass, as he was worshipping in the house of Nisroch his god,
that Adrammelech and Sharezer his sons smote him with the sword; and
they escaped into the land of Armenia: and Esarhaddon his son reigned in
those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And Isaiah the prophet the son
of Amoz came unto him, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Set thine
house in order: for thou shalt die, and not live.
2 Then Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall, and prayed unto the LORD,
said, Remember now, O LORD, I beseech thee, how I have walked before
thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good
in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore.
4 Then came the word of the LORD to Isaiah, saying,
5 Go, and
say to Hezekiah, Thus saith the LORD, the God of David thy father, I
have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will add unto
thy days fifteen years.
6 And I will deliver thee and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria: and I will defend this city.
7 And this shall be a sign unto thee from the LORD, that the LORD will do this thing that he hath spoken;
I will bring again the shadow of the degrees, which is gone down in the
sun dial of Ahaz, ten degrees backward. So the sun returned ten
degrees, by which degrees it was gone down.
9 The writing of Hezekiah king of Judah, when he had been sick, and was recovered of his sickness:
10 I said in the cutting off of my days, I shall go to the gates of the grave: I am deprived of the residue of my years.
said, I shall not see the LORD, even the LORD, in the land of the
living: I shall behold man no more with the inhabitants of the world.
age is departed, and is removed from me as a shepherd's tent: I have cut
off like a weaver my life: he will cut me off with pining sickness:
from day even to night wilt thou make an end of me.
13 I reckoned till morning, that, as a lion, so will he break all my bones: from day even to night wilt thou make an end of me.
14 Like a
crane or a swallow, so did I chatter: I did mourn as a dove: mine eyes
fail with looking upward: O LORD, I am oppressed; undertake for me.
shall I say? he hath both spoken unto me, and himself hath done it: I
shall go softly all my years in the bitterness of my soul.
LORD, by these things men live, and in all these things is the life of
my spirit: so wilt thou recover me, and make me to live.
for peace I had great bitterness: but thou hast in love to my soul
delivered it from the pit of corruption: for thou hast cast all my sins
behind thy back.
18 For the grave cannot praise thee, death can not celebrate thee: they that go down into the pit cannot hope for thy truth.
19 The living, the living, he shall praise thee, as I do this day: the father to the children shall make known thy truth.
LORD was ready to save me: therefore we will sing my songs to the
stringed instruments all the days of our life in the house of the LORD.
21 For Isaiah had said, Let them take a lump of figs, and lay it for a plaister upon the boil, and he shall recover.
22 Hezekiah also had said, What is the sign that I shall go up to the house of the LORD?
1 At that
time Merodachbaladan, the son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent letters
and a present to Hezekiah: for he had heard that he had been sick, and
Hezekiah was glad of them, and shewed them the house of his precious
things, the silver, and the gold, and the spices, and the precious
ointment, and all the house of his armour, and all that was found in his
treasures: there was nothing in his house, nor in all his dominion,
that Hezekiah shewed them not.
came Isaiah the prophet unto king Hezekiah, and said unto him, What said
these men? and from whence came they unto thee? And Hezekiah said, They
are come from a far country unto me, even from Babylon.
said he, What have they seen in thine house? And Hezekiah answered, All
that is in mine house have they seen: there is nothing among my
treasures that I have not shewed them.
5 Then said Isaiah to Hezekiah, Hear the word of the LORD of hosts:
the days come, that all that is in thine house, and that which thy
fathers have laid up in store until this day, shall be carried to
Babylon: nothing shall be left, saith the LORD.
7 And of
thy sons that shall issue from thee, which thou shalt beget, shall they
take away; and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of
said Hezekiah to Isaiah, Good is the word of the LORD which thou hast
spoken. He said moreover, For there shall be peace and truth in my days.
1 Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God.
ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is
accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of
the LORD's hand double for all her sins.
voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the
LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low:
and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain:
5 And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.
voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and
all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field:
7 The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: because the spirit of the LORD bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass.
8 The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.
9 O Zion,
that bringest good tidings, get thee up into the high mountain; O
Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift up thy voice with strength;
lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your
the Lord GOD will come with strong hand, and his arm shall rule for
him: behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him.
shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his
arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are
hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven
with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and
weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance?
13 Who hath directed the Spirit of the LORD, or being his counsellor hath taught him?
whom took he counsel, and who instructed him, and taught him in the path
of judgment, and taught him knowledge, and shewed to him the way of
the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small
dust of the balance: behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little
16 And Lebanon is not sufficient to burn, nor the beasts thereof sufficient for a burnt offering.
17 All nations before him are as nothing; and they are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity.
18 To whom then will ye liken God? or what likeness will ye compare unto him?
19 The workman melteth a graven image, and the goldsmith spreadeth it over with gold, and casteth silver chains.
that is so impoverished that he hath no oblation chooseth a tree that
will not rot; he seeketh unto him a cunning workman to prepare a graven
image, that shall not be moved.
ye not known? have ye not heard? hath it not been told you from the
beginning? have ye not understood from the foundations of the earth?
22 It is
he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants
thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a
curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in:
23 That bringeth the princes to nothing; he maketh the judges of the earth as vanity.
they shall not be planted; yea, they shall not be sown: yea, their stock
shall not take root in the earth: and he shall also blow upon them, and
they shall wither, and the whirlwind shall take them away as stubble.
25 To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One.
up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that
bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the
greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth.
27 Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and speakest, O Israel, My way is hid from the LORD, and my judgment is passed over from my God?
thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD,
the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary?
there is no searching of his understanding.
29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:
they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall
mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and
they shall walk, and not faint.
silence before me, O islands; and let the people renew their strength:
let them come near; then let them speak: let us come near together to
raised up the righteous man from the east, called him to his foot, gave
the nations before him, and made him rule over kings? he gave them as
the dust to his sword, and as driven stubble to his bow.
3 He pursued them, and passed safely; even by the way that he had not gone with his feet.
4 Who hath wrought and done it, calling the generations from the beginning? I the LORD, the first, and with the last; I am he.
5 The isles saw it, and feared; the ends of the earth were afraid, drew near, and came.
6 They helped every one his neighbour; and every one said to his brother, Be of good courage.
7 So the
carpenter encouraged the goldsmith, and he that smootheth with the
hammer him that smote the anvil, saying, It is ready for the sodering:
and he fastened it with nails, that it should not be moved.
8 But thou, Israel, art my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend.
whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and called thee from the
chief men thereof, and said unto thee, Thou art my servant; I have
chosen thee, and not cast thee away.
thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will
strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the
right hand of my righteousness.
all they that were incensed against thee shall be ashamed and
confounded: they shall be as nothing; and they that strive with thee
shalt seek them, and shalt not find them, even them that contended with
thee: they that war against thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing of
13 For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.
14 Fear not, thou worm Jacob, and ye men of Israel; I will help thee, saith the LORD, and thy redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.
I will make thee a new sharp threshing instrument having teeth: thou
shalt thresh the mountains, and beat them small, and shalt make the
hills as chaff.
shalt fan them, and the wind shall carry them away, and the whirlwind
shall scatter them: and thou shalt rejoice in the LORD, and shalt glory
in the Holy One of Israel.
the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue
faileth for thirst, I the LORD will hear them, I the God of Israel will
not forsake them.
18 I will
open rivers in high places, and fountains in the midst of the valleys: I
will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of
19 I will
plant in the wilderness the cedar, the shittah tree, and the myrtle,
and the oil tree; I will set in the desert the fir tree, and the pine,
and the box tree together:
they may see, and know, and consider, and understand together, that the
hand of the LORD hath done this, and the Holy One of Israel hath created
21 Produce your cause, saith the LORD; bring forth your strong reasons, saith the King of Jacob.
them bring them forth, and shew us what shall happen: let them shew the
former things, what they be, that we may consider them, and know the
latter end of them; or declare us things for to come.
the things that are to come hereafter, that we may know that ye are
gods: yea, do good, or do evil, that we may be dismayed, and behold it
24 Behold, ye are of nothing, and your work of nought: an abomination is he that chooseth you.
25 I have
raised up one from the north, and he shall come: from the rising of the
sun shall he call upon my name: and he shall come upon princes as upon
morter, and as the potter treadeth clay.
hath declared from the beginning, that we may know? and beforetime, that
we may say, He is righteous? yea, there is none that sheweth, yea,
there is none that declareth, yea, there is none that heareth your
27 The first shall say to Zion, Behold, behold them: and I will give to Jerusalem one that bringeth good tidings.
28 For I
beheld, and there was no man; even among them, and there was no
counsellor, that, when I asked of them, could answer a word.
29 Behold, they are all vanity; their works are nothing: their molten images are wind and confusion.
my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I
have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the
2 He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street.
3 A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth.
4 He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law.
saith God the LORD, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out;
he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he
that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk
6 I the
LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and
will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light
of the Gentiles;
7 To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.
8 I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.
9 Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them.
unto the LORD a new song, and his praise from the end of the earth, ye
that go down to the sea, and all that is therein; the isles, and the
the wilderness and the cities thereof lift up their voice, the villages
that Kedar doth inhabit: let the inhabitants of the rock sing, let them
shout from the top of the mountains.
12 Let them give glory unto the LORD, and declare his praise in the islands.
LORD shall go forth as a mighty man, he shall stir up jealousy like a
man of war: he shall cry, yea, roar; he shall prevail against his
14 I have
long time holden my peace; I have been still, and refrained myself: now
will I cry like a travailing woman; I will destroy and devour at once.
15 I will
make waste mountains and hills, and dry up all their herbs; and I will
make the rivers islands, and I will dry up the pools.
16 And I
will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in
paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them,
and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not
shall be turned back, they shall be greatly ashamed, that trust in
graven images, that say to the molten images, Ye are our gods.
18 Hear, ye deaf; and look, ye blind, that ye may see.
19 Who is
blind, but my servant? or deaf, as my messenger that I sent? who is
blind as he that is perfect, and blind as the LORD's servant?
20 Seeing many things, but thou observest not; opening the ears, but he heareth not.
21 The LORD is well pleased for his righteousness' sake; he will magnify the law, and make it honourable.
this is a people robbed and spoiled; they are all of them snared in
holes, and they are hid in prison houses: they are for a prey, and none
delivereth; for a spoil, and none saith, Restore.
23 Who among you will give ear to this? who will hearken and hear for the time to come?
gave Jacob for a spoil, and Israel to the robbers? did not the LORD, he
against whom we have sinned? for they would not walk in his ways,
neither were they obedient unto his law.
he hath poured upon him the fury of his anger, and the strength of
battle: and it hath set him on fire round about, yet he knew not; and it
burned him, yet he laid it not to heart.
1 But now
thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed
thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee
by thy name; thou art mine.
thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the
rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the
fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon
3 For I am the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee.
thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have
loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life.
5 Fear not: for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west;
6 I will
say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my
sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth;
7 Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.
8 Bring forth the blind people that have eyes, and the deaf that have ears.
9 Let all
the nations be gathered together, and let the people be assembled: who
among them can declare this, and shew us former things? let them bring
forth their witnesses, that they may be justified: or let them hear, and
say, It is truth.
10 Ye are
my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that
ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there
was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.
11 I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.
12 I have
declared, and have saved, and I have shewed, when there was no strange
god among you: therefore ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, that I am
13 Yea, before the day was I am he; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand: I will work, and who shall let it?
saith the LORD, your redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; For your sake I
have sent to Babylon, and have brought down all their nobles, and the
Chaldeans, whose cry is in the ships.
15 I am the LORD, your Holy One, the creator of Israel, your King.
16 Thus saith the LORD, which maketh a way in the sea, and a path in the mighty waters;
bringeth forth the chariot and horse, the army and the power; they shall
lie down together, they shall not rise: they are extinct, they are
quenched as tow.
18 Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.
I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it?
I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.
beast of the field shall honour me, the dragons and the owls: because I
give waters in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert, to give drink
to my people, my chosen.
21 This people have I formed for myself; they shall shew forth my praise.
22 But thou hast not called upon me, O Jacob; but thou hast been weary of me, O Israel.
hast not brought me the small cattle of thy burnt offerings; neither
hast thou honoured me with thy sacrifices. I have not caused thee to
serve with an offering, nor wearied thee with incense.
hast bought me no sweet cane with money, neither hast thou filled me
with the fat of thy sacrifices: but thou hast made me to serve with thy
sins, thou hast wearied me with thine iniquities.
25 I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.
26 Put me in remembrance: let us plead together: declare thou, that thou mayest be justified.
27 Thy first father hath sinned, and thy teachers have transgressed against me.
28 Therefore I have profaned the princes of the sanctuary, and have given Jacob to the curse, and Israel to reproaches.
1 Yet now hear, O Jacob my servant; and Israel, whom I have chosen:
saith the LORD that made thee, and formed thee from the womb, which will
help thee; Fear not, O Jacob, my servant; and thou, Jesurun, whom I
3 For I
will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry
ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine
4 And they shall spring up as among the grass, as willows by the water courses.
shall say, I am the LORD's; and another shall call himself by the name
of Jacob; and another shall subscribe with his hand unto the LORD, and
surname himself by the name of Israel.
saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I
am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.
who, as I, shall call, and shall declare it, and set it in order for me,
since I appointed the ancient people? and the things that are coming,
and shall come, let them shew unto them.
8 Fear ye
not, neither be afraid: have not I told thee from that time, and have
declared it? ye are even my witnesses. Is there a God beside me? yea,
there is no God; I know not any.
that make a graven image are all of them vanity; and their delectable
things shall not profit; and they are their own witnesses; they see not,
nor know; that they may be ashamed.
10 Who hath formed a god, or molten a graven image that is profitable for nothing?
all his fellows shall be ashamed: and the workmen, they are of men: let
them all be gathered together, let them stand up; yet they shall fear,
and they shall be ashamed together.
smith with the tongs both worketh in the coals, and fashioneth it with
hammers, and worketh it with the strength of his arms: yea, he is
hungry, and his strength faileth: he drinketh no water, and is faint.
carpenter stretcheth out his rule; he marketh it out with a line; he
fitteth it with planes, and he marketh it out with the compass, and
maketh it after the figure of a man, according to the beauty of a man;
that it may remain in the house.
heweth him down cedars, and taketh the cypress and the oak, which he
strengtheneth for himself among the trees of the forest: he planteth an
ash, and the rain doth nourish it.
shall it be for a man to burn: for he will take thereof, and warm
himself; yea, he kindleth it, and baketh bread; yea, he maketh a god,
and worshippeth it; he maketh it a graven image, and falleth down
burneth part thereof in the fire; with part thereof he eateth flesh; he
roasteth roast, and is satisfied: yea, he warmeth himself, and saith,
Aha, I am warm, I have seen the fire:
the residue thereof he maketh a god, even his graven image: he falleth
down unto it, and worshippeth it, and prayeth unto it, and saith,
Deliver me; for thou art my god.
have not known nor understood: for he hath shut their eyes, that they
cannot see; and their hearts, that they cannot understand.
none considereth in his heart, neither is there knowledge nor
understanding to say, I have burned part of it in the fire; yea, also I
have baked bread upon the coals thereof; I have roasted flesh, and eaten
it: and shall I make the residue thereof an abomination? shall I fall
down to the stock of a tree?
feedeth on ashes: a deceived heart hath turned him aside, that he cannot
deliver his soul, nor say, Is there not a lie in my right hand?
these, O Jacob and Israel; for thou art my servant: I have formed thee;
thou art my servant: O Israel, thou shalt not be forgotten of me.
22 I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins: return unto me; for I have redeemed thee.
23 Sing, O
ye heavens; for the LORD hath done it: shout, ye lower parts of the
earth: break forth into singing, ye mountains, O forest, and every tree
therein: for the LORD hath redeemed Jacob, and glorified himself in
saith the LORD, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I
am the LORD that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens
alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself;
frustrateth the tokens of the liars, and maketh diviners mad; that
turneth wise men backward, and maketh their knowledge foolish;
confirmeth the word of his servant, and performeth the counsel of his
messengers; that saith to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be inhabited; and to the
cities of Judah, Ye shall be built, and I will raise up the decayed
27 That saith to the deep, Be dry, and I will dry up thy rivers:
saith of Cyrus, He is my shepherd, and shall perform all my pleasure:
even saying to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be built; and to the temple, Thy
foundation shall be laid.
saith the LORD to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have
holden, to subdue nations before him; and I will loose the loins of
kings, to open before him the two leaved gates; and the gates shall not
2 I will
go before thee, and make the crooked places straight: I will break in
pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron:
3 And I
will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret
places, that thou mayest know that I, the LORD, which call thee by thy
name, am the God of Israel.
Jacob my servant's sake, and Israel mine elect, I have even called thee
by thy name: I have surnamed thee, though thou hast not known me.
5 I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me:
they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there
is none beside me. I am the LORD, and there is none else.
7 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.
down, ye heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness:
let the earth open, and let them bring forth salvation, and let
righteousness spring up together; I the LORD have created it.
unto him that striveth with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the
potsherds of the earth. Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it,
What makest thou? or thy work, He hath no hands?
10 Woe unto him that saith unto his father, What begettest thou? or to the woman, What hast thou brought forth?
saith the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker, Ask me of things
to come concerning my sons, and concerning the work of my hands command
12 I have
made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my hands, have
stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded.
13 I have
raised him up in righteousness, and I will direct all his ways: he
shall build my city, and he shall let go my captives, not for price nor
reward, saith the LORD of hosts.
saith the LORD, The labour of Egypt, and merchandise of Ethiopia and of
the Sabeans, men of stature, shall come over unto thee, and they shall
be thine: they shall come after thee; in chains they shall come over,
and they shall fall down unto thee, they shall make supplication unto
thee, saying, Surely God is in thee; and there is none else, there is no
15 Verily thou art a God that hidest thyself, O God of Israel, the Saviour.
16 They shall be ashamed, and also confounded, all of them: they shall go to confusion together that are makers of idols.
17 But Israel shall be saved in the LORD with an everlasting salvation: ye shall not be ashamed nor confounded world without end.
thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed
the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in
vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none
19 I have
not spoken in secret, in a dark place of the earth: I said not unto the
seed of Jacob, Seek ye me in vain: I the LORD speak righteousness, I
declare things that are right.
yourselves and come; draw near together, ye that are escaped of the
nations: they have no knowledge that set up the wood of their graven
image, and pray unto a god that cannot save.
ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath
declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have
not I the LORD? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a
Saviour; there is none beside me.
22 Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.
23 I have
sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and
shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall
shall one say, in the LORD have I righteousness and strength: even to
him shall men come; and all that are incensed against him shall be
25 In the LORD shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and shall glory.
boweth down, Nebo stoopeth, their idols were upon the beasts, and upon
the cattle: your carriages were heavy loaden; they are a burden to the
2 They stoop, they bow down together; they could not deliver the burden, but themselves are gone into captivity.
unto me, O house of Jacob, and all the remnant of the house of Israel,
which are borne by me from the belly, which are carried from the womb:
even to your old age I am he; and even to hoar hairs will I carry you: I
have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you.
5 To whom will ye liken me, and make me equal, and compare me, that we may be like?
lavish gold out of the bag, and weigh silver in the balance, and hire a
goldsmith; and he maketh it a god: they fall down, yea, they worship.
bear him upon the shoulder, they carry him, and set him in his place,
and he standeth; from his place shall he not remove: yea, one shall cry
unto him, yet can he not answer, nor save him out of his trouble.
8 Remember this, and shew yourselves men: bring it again to mind, O ye transgressors.
9 Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,
the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are
not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my
a ravenous bird from the east, the man that executeth my counsel from a
far country: yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I
have purposed it, I will also do it.
12 Hearken unto me, ye stouthearted, that are far from righteousness:
bring near my righteousness; it shall not be far off, and my salvation
shall not tarry: and I will place salvation in Zion for Israel my glory.
down, and sit in the dust, O virgin daughter of Babylon, sit on the
ground: there is no throne, O daughter of the Chaldeans: for thou shalt
no more be called tender and delicate.
2 Take the millstones, and grind meal: uncover thy locks, make bare the leg, uncover the thigh, pass over the rivers.
3 Thy nakedness shall be uncovered, yea, thy shame shall be seen: I will take vengeance, and I will not meet thee as a man.
4 As for our redeemer, the LORD of hosts is his name, the Holy One of Israel.
thou silent, and get thee into darkness, O daughter of the Chaldeans:
for thou shalt no more be called, The lady of kingdoms.
6 I was
wroth with my people, I have polluted mine inheritance, and given them
into thine hand: thou didst shew them no mercy; upon the ancient hast
thou very heavily laid thy yoke.
thou saidst, I shall be a lady for ever: so that thou didst not lay
these things to thy heart, neither didst remember the latter end of it.
hear now this, thou that art given to pleasures, that dwellest
carelessly, that sayest in thine heart, I am, and none else beside me; I
shall not sit as a widow, neither shall I know the loss of children:
these two things shall come to thee in a moment in one day, the loss of
children, and widowhood: they shall come upon thee in their perfection
for the multitude of thy sorceries, and for the great abundance of thine
thou hast trusted in thy wickedness: thou hast said, None seeth me. Thy
wisdom and thy knowledge, it hath perverted thee; and thou hast said in
thine heart, I am, and none else beside me.
shall evil come upon thee; thou shalt not know from whence it riseth:
and mischief shall fall upon thee; thou shalt not be able to put it off:
and desolation shall come upon thee suddenly, which thou shalt not
now with thine enchantments, and with the multitude of thy sorceries,
wherein thou hast laboured from thy youth; if so be thou shalt be able
to profit, if so be thou mayest prevail.
art wearied in the multitude of thy counsels. Let now the astrologers,
the stargazers, the monthly prognosticators, stand up, and save thee
from these things that shall come upon thee.
they shall be as stubble; the fire shall burn them; they shall not
deliver themselves from the power of the flame: there shall not be a
coal to warm at, nor fire to sit before it.
shall they be unto thee with whom thou hast laboured, even thy
merchants, from thy youth: they shall wander every one to his quarter;
none shall save thee.
1 Hear ye
this, O house of Jacob, which are called by the name of Israel, and are
come forth out of the waters of Judah, which swear by the name of the
LORD, and make mention of the God of Israel, but not in truth, nor in
2 For they call themselves of the holy city, and stay themselves upon the God of Israel; The LORD of hosts is his name.
3 I have
declared the former things from the beginning; and they went forth out
of my mouth, and I shewed them; I did them suddenly, and they came to
4 Because I knew that thou art obstinate, and thy neck is an iron sinew, and thy brow brass;
5 I have
even from the beginning declared it to thee; before it came to pass I
shewed it thee: lest thou shouldest say, Mine idol hath done them, and
my graven image, and my molten image, hath commanded them.
hast heard, see all this; and will not ye declare it? I have shewed thee
new things from this time, even hidden things, and thou didst not know
are created now, and not from the beginning; even before the day when
thou heardest them not; lest thou shouldest say, Behold, I knew them.
thou heardest not; yea, thou knewest not; yea, from that time that thine
ear was not opened: for I knew that thou wouldest deal very
treacherously, and wast called a transgressor from the womb.
9 For my name's sake will I defer mine anger, and for my praise will I refrain for thee, that I cut thee not off.
10 Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.
mine own sake, even for mine own sake, will I do it: for how should my
name be polluted? and I will not give my glory unto another.
12 Hearken unto me, O Jacob and Israel, my called; I am he; I am the first, I also am the last.
hand also hath laid the foundation of the earth, and my right hand hath
spanned the heavens: when I call unto them, they stand up together.
ye, assemble yourselves, and hear; which among them hath declared these
things? The LORD hath loved him: he will do his pleasure on Babylon, and
his arm shall be on the Chaldeans.
15 I, even I, have spoken; yea, I have called him: I have brought him, and he shall make his way prosperous.
ye near unto me, hear ye this; I have not spoken in secret from the
beginning; from the time that it was, there am I: and now the Lord GOD,
and his Spirit, hath sent me.
saith the LORD, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the LORD thy
God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that
thou shouldest go.
18 O that
thou hadst hearkened to my commandments! then had thy peace been as a
river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea:
seed also had been as the sand, and the offspring of thy bowels like the
gravel thereof; his name should not have been cut off nor destroyed
from before me.
20 Go ye
forth of Babylon, flee ye from the Chaldeans, with a voice of singing
declare ye, tell this, utter it even to the end of the earth; say ye,
The LORD hath redeemed his servant Jacob.
they thirsted not when he led them through the deserts: he caused the
waters to flow out of the rock for them: he clave the rock also, and the
waters gushed out.
22 There is no peace, saith the LORD, unto the wicked.
O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath
called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made
mention of my name.
2 And he
hath made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand hath he
hid me, and made me a polished shaft; in his quiver hath he hid me;
3 And said unto me, Thou art my servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified.
4 Then I
said, I have laboured in vain, I have spent my strength for nought, and
in vain: yet surely my judgment is with the LORD, and my work with my
now, saith the LORD that formed me from the womb to be his servant, to
bring Jacob again to him, Though Israel be not gathered, yet shall I be
glorious in the eyes of the LORD, and my God shall be my strength.
6 And he
said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up
the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also
give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation
unto the end of the earth.
saith the LORD, the Redeemer of Israel, and his Holy One, to him whom
man despiseth, to him whom the nation abhorreth, to a servant of rulers,
Kings shall see and arise, princes also shall worship, because of the
LORD that is faithful, and the Holy One of Israel, and he shall choose
saith the LORD, In an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day of
salvation have I helped thee: and I will preserve thee, and give thee
for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to
inherit the desolate heritages;
thou mayest say to the prisoners, Go forth; to them that are in
darkness, Shew yourselves. They shall feed in the ways, and their
pastures shall be in all high places.
shall not hunger nor thirst; neither shall the heat nor sun smite them:
for he that hath mercy on them shall lead them, even by the springs of
water shall he guide them.
11 And I will make all my mountains a way, and my highways shall be exalted.
12 Behold, these shall come from far: and, lo, these from the north and from the west; and these from the land of Sinim.
13 Sing, O
heavens; and be joyful, O earth; and break forth into singing, O
mountains: for the LORD hath comforted his people, and will have mercy
upon his afflicted.
14 But Zion said, The LORD hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath forgotten me.
15 Can a
woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on
the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee.
16 Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.
17 Thy children shall make haste; thy destroyers and they that made thee waste shall go forth of thee.
up thine eyes round about, and behold: all these gather themselves
together, and come to thee. As I live, saith the LORD, thou shalt surely
clothe thee with them all, as with an ornament, and bind them on thee,
as a bride doeth.
thy waste and thy desolate places, and the land of thy destruction,
shall even now be too narrow by reason of the inhabitants, and they that
swallowed thee up shall be far away.
children which thou shalt have, after thou hast lost the other, shall
say again in thine ears, The place is too strait for me: give place to
me that I may dwell.
shalt thou say in thine heart, Who hath begotten me these, seeing I have
lost my children, and am desolate, a captive, and removing to and fro?
and who hath brought up these? Behold, I was left alone; these, where
had they been?
saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I will lift up mine hand to the Gentiles,
and set up my standard to the people: and they shall bring thy sons in
their arms, and thy daughters shall be carried upon their shoulders.
kings shall be thy nursing fathers, and their queens thy nursing
mothers: they shall bow down to thee with their face toward the earth,
and lick up the dust of thy feet; and thou shalt know that I am the
LORD: for they shall not be ashamed that wait for me.
24 Shall the prey be taken from the mighty, or the lawful captive delivered?
thus saith the LORD, Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken
away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered: for I will
contend with him that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy
26 And I
will feed them that oppress thee with their own flesh; and they shall be
drunken with their own blood, as with sweet wine: and all flesh shall
know that I the LORD am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of
saith the LORD, Where is the bill of your mother's divorcement, whom I
have put away? or which of my creditors is it to whom I have sold you?
Behold, for your iniquities have ye sold yourselves, and for your
transgressions is your mother put away.
when I came, was there no man? when I called, was there none to answer?
Is my hand shortened at all, that it cannot redeem? or have I no power
to deliver? behold, at my rebuke I dry up the sea, I make the rivers a
wilderness: their fish stinketh, because there is no water, and dieth
3 I clothe the heavens with blackness, and I make sackcloth their covering.
Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how
to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by
morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned.
5 The Lord GOD hath opened mine ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away back.
6 I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting.
7 For the
Lord GOD will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore
have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed.
8 He is near that justifieth me; who will contend with me? let us stand together: who is mine adversary? let him come near to me.
the Lord GOD will help me; who is he that shall condemn me? lo, they
all shall wax old as a garment; the moth shall eat them up.
10 Who is
among you that feareth the LORD, that obeyeth the voice of his servant,
that walketh in darkness, and hath no light? let him trust in the name
of the LORD, and stay upon his God.
all ye that kindle a fire, that compass yourselves about with sparks:
walk in the light of your fire, and in the sparks that ye have kindled.
This shall ye have of mine hand; ye shall lie down in sorrow.
to me, ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek the LORD: look
unto the rock whence ye are hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence ye
2 Look unto Abraham your father, and unto Sarah that bare you: for I called him alone, and blessed him, and increased him.
3 For the
LORD shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste places; and he
will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of
the LORD; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the
voice of melody.
unto me, my people; and give ear unto me, O my nation: for a law shall
proceed from me, and I will make my judgment to rest for a light of the
righteousness is near; my salvation is gone forth, and mine arms shall
judge the people; the isles shall wait upon me, and on mine arm shall
6 Lift up
your eyes to the heavens, and look upon the earth beneath: for the
heavens shall vanish away like smoke, and the earth shall wax old like a
garment, and they that dwell therein shall die in like manner: but my
salvation shall be for ever, and my righteousness shall not be
unto me, ye that know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my
law; fear ye not the reproach of men, neither be ye afraid of their
8 For the
moth shall eat them up like a garment, and the worm shall eat them like
wool: but my righteousness shall be for ever, and my salvation from
generation to generation.
awake, put on strength, O arm of the LORD; awake, as in the ancient
days, in the generations of old. Art thou not it that hath cut Rahab,
and wounded the dragon?
thou not it which hath dried the sea, the waters of the great deep; that
hath made the depths of the sea a way for the ransomed to pass over?
the redeemed of the LORD shall return, and come with singing unto Zion;
and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain
gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.
even I, am he that comforteth you: who art thou, that thou shouldest be
afraid of a man that shall die, and of the son of man which shall be
made as grass;
forgettest the LORD thy maker, that hath stretched forth the heavens,
and laid the foundations of the earth; and hast feared continually every
day because of the fury of the oppressor, as if he were ready to
destroy? and where is the fury of the oppressor?
14 The captive exile hasteneth that he may be loosed, and that he should not die in the pit, nor that his bread should fail.
15 But I am the LORD thy God, that divided the sea, whose waves roared: The LORD of hosts is his name.
16 And I
have put my words in thy mouth, and I have covered thee in the shadow of
mine hand, that I may plant the heavens, and lay the foundations of the
earth, and say unto Zion, Thou art my people.
awake, stand up, O Jerusalem, which hast drunk at the hand of the LORD
the cup of his fury; thou hast drunken the dregs of the cup of
trembling, and wrung them out.
is none to guide her among all the sons whom she hath brought forth;
neither is there any that taketh her by the hand of all the sons that
she hath brought up.
two things are come unto thee; who shall be sorry for thee? desolation,
and destruction, and the famine, and the sword: by whom shall I comfort
sons have fainted, they lie at the head of all the streets, as a wild
bull in a net: they are full of the fury of the LORD, the rebuke of thy
21 Therefore hear now this, thou afflicted, and drunken, but not with wine:
saith thy Lord the LORD, and thy God that pleadeth the cause of his
people, Behold, I have taken out of thine hand the cup of trembling,
even the dregs of the cup of my fury; thou shalt no more drink it again:
23 But I
will put it into the hand of them that afflict thee; which have said to
thy soul, Bow down, that we may go over: and thou hast laid thy body as
the ground, and as the street, to them that went over.
awake; put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O
Jerusalem, the holy city: for henceforth there shall no more come into
thee the uncircumcised and the unclean.
thyself from the dust; arise, and sit down, O Jerusalem: loose thyself
from the bands of thy neck, O captive daughter of Zion.
3 For thus saith the LORD, Ye have sold yourselves for nought; and ye shall be redeemed without money.
thus saith the Lord GOD, My people went down aforetime into Egypt to
sojourn there; and the Assyrian oppressed them without cause.
therefore, what have I here, saith the LORD, that my people is taken
away for nought? they that rule over them make them to howl, saith the
LORD; and my name continually every day is blasphemed.
6 Therefore my people shall know my name: therefore they shall know in that day that I am he that doth speak: behold, it is I.
beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good
tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that
publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!
watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they
sing: for they shall see eye to eye, when the LORD shall bring again
forth into joy, sing together, ye waste places of Jerusalem: for the
LORD hath comforted his people, he hath redeemed Jerusalem.
LORD hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all
the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.
ye, depart ye, go ye out from thence, touch no unclean thing; go ye out
of the midst of her; be ye clean, that bear the vessels of the LORD.
12 For ye
shall not go out with haste, nor go by flight: for the LORD will go
before you; and the God of Israel will be your rereward.
13 Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high.
14 As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men:
shall he sprinkle many nations; the kings shall shut their mouths at
him: for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that
which they had not heard shall they consider.
1 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?
2 For he
shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry
ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there
is no beauty that we should desire him.
3 He is
despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with
grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we
esteemed him not.
4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
5 But he
was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities:
the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are
6 All we
like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way;
and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
7 He was
oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is
brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers
is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.
8 He was
taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his
generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the
transgression of my people was he stricken.
9 And he
made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because
he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.
10 Yet it
pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou
shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall
prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his
shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his
knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear
will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the
spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death:
and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many,
and made intercession for the transgressors.
1 Sing, O
barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry
aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: for more are the children
of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the LORD.
the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine
habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes;
thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left; and thy seed
shall inherit the Gentiles, and make the desolate cities to be
not; for thou shalt not be ashamed: neither be thou confounded; for thou
shalt not be put to shame: for thou shalt forget the shame of thy
youth, and shalt not remember the reproach of thy widowhood any more.
5 For thy
Maker is thine husband; the LORD of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer
the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called.
6 For the
LORD hath called thee as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, and a
wife of youth, when thou wast refused, saith thy God.
7 For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee.
8 In a
little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting
kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the LORD thy Redeemer.
this is as the waters of Noah unto me: for as I have sworn that the
waters of Noah should no more go over the earth; so have I sworn that I
would not be wroth with thee, nor rebuke thee.
the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness
shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be
removed, saith the LORD that hath mercy on thee.
11 O thou
afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted, behold, I will lay
thy stones with fair colours, and lay thy foundations with sapphires.
12 And I will make thy windows of agates, and thy gates of carbuncles, and all thy borders of pleasant stones.
13 And all thy children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be the peace of thy children.
righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from
oppression; for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not
come near thee.
15 Behold, they shall surely gather together, but not by me: whosoever shall gather together against thee shall fall for thy sake.
I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that
bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster
weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that
shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the
heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me,
saith the LORD.
every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no
money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money
and without price.
do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that
which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which
is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.
your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will
make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.
4 Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people.
thou shalt call a nation that thou knowest not, and nations that knew
not thee shall run unto thee because of the LORD thy God, and for the
Holy One of Israel; for he hath glorified thee.
6 Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:
7 Let the
wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let
him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our
God, for he will abundantly pardon.
8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
10 For as
the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not
thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that
it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:
shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return
unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall
prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
12 For ye
shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and
the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees
of the field shall clap their hands.
of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall
come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the LORD for a name, for an
everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.
1 Thus saith the LORD, Keep ye judgment, and do justice: for my salvation is near to come, and my righteousness to be revealed.
is the man that doeth this, and the son of man that layeth hold on it;
that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and keepeth his hand from
doing any evil.
let the son of the stranger, that hath joined himself to the LORD,
speak, saying, The LORD hath utterly separated me from his people:
neither let the eunuch say, Behold, I am a dry tree.
thus saith the LORD unto the eunuchs that keep my sabbaths, and choose
the things that please me, and take hold of my covenant;
unto them will I give in mine house and within my walls a place and a
name better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an
everlasting name, that shall not be cut off.
the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the LORD, to serve
him, and to love the name of the LORD, to be his servants, every one
that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my
them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house
of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted
upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for
Lord GOD, which gathereth the outcasts of Israel saith, Yet will I
gather others to him, beside those that are gathered unto him.
9 All ye beasts of the field, come to devour, yea, all ye beasts in the forest.
watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they
cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber.
they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds
that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for
his gain, from his quarter.
ye, say they, I will fetch wine, and we will fill ourselves with strong
drink; and to morrow shall be as this day, and much more abundant.
righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart: and merciful men are
taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the
evil to come.
2 He shall enter into peace: they shall rest in their beds, each one walking in his uprightness.
3 But draw near hither, ye sons of the sorceress, the seed of the adulterer and the whore.
whom do ye sport yourselves? against whom make ye a wide mouth, and
draw out the tongue? are ye not children of transgression, a seed of
5 Enflaming yourselves with idols under every green tree, slaying the children in the valleys under the clifts of the rocks?
the smooth stones of the stream is thy portion; they, they are thy lot:
even to them hast thou poured a drink offering, thou hast offered a meat
offering. Should I receive comfort in these?
7 Upon a lofty and high mountain hast thou set thy bed: even thither wentest thou up to offer sacrifice.
the doors also and the posts hast thou set up thy remembrance: for thou
hast discovered thyself to another than me, and art gone up; thou hast
enlarged thy bed, and made thee a covenant with them; thou lovedst their
bed where thou sawest it.
thou wentest to the king with ointment, and didst increase thy perfumes,
and didst send thy messengers far off, and didst debase thyself even
art wearied in the greatness of thy way; yet saidst thou not, There is
no hope: thou hast found the life of thine hand; therefore thou wast not
11 And of
whom hast thou been afraid or feared, that thou hast lied, and hast not
remembered me, nor laid it to thy heart? have not I held my peace even
of old, and thou fearest me not?
12 I will declare thy righteousness, and thy works; for they shall not profit thee.
thou criest, let thy companies deliver thee; but the wind shall carry
them all away; vanity shall take them: but he that putteth his trust in
me shall possess the land, and shall inherit my holy mountain;
14 And shall say, Cast ye up, cast ye up, prepare the way, take up the stumblingblock out of the way of my people.
thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name
is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a
contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to
revive the heart of the contrite ones.
16 For I
will not contend for ever, neither will I be always wroth: for the
spirit should fail before me, and the souls which I have made.
the iniquity of his covetousness was I wroth, and smote him: I hid me,
and was wroth, and he went on frowardly in the way of his heart.
18 I have seen his ways, and will heal him: I will lead him also, and restore comforts unto him and to his mourners.
create the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace to him that is far off, and
to him that is near, saith the LORD; and I will heal him.
20 But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt.
21 There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.
aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people
their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.
they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways, as a nation that did
righteousness, and forsook not the ordinance of their God: they ask of
me the ordinances of justice; they take delight in approaching to God.
have we fasted, say they, and thou seest not? wherefore have we
afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge? Behold, in the day of
your fast ye find pleasure, and exact all your labours.
ye fast for strife and debate, and to smite with the fist of
wickedness: ye shall not fast as ye do this day, to make your voice to
be heard on high.
5 Is it
such a fast that I have chosen? a day for a man to afflict his soul? is
it to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes
under him? wilt thou call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the
6 Is not
this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to
undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye
break every yoke?
7 Is it
not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that
are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover
him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?
shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall
spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the
glory of the LORD shall be thy rereward.
shalt thou call, and the LORD shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall
say, Here I am. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the
putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity;
10 And if
thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul;
then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noon
the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought,
and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and
like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.
they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt
raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called,
The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.
thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my
holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD,
honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding
thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words:
shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride
upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of
Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.
1 Behold, the LORD's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:
2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.
your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your
lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness.
calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity,
and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity.
hatch cockatrice' eggs, and weave the spider's web: he that eateth of
their eggs dieth, and that which is crushed breaketh out into a viper.
webs shall not become garments, neither shall they cover themselves with
their works: their works are works of iniquity, and the act of violence
is in their hands.
feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their
thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their
8 The way
of peace they know not; and there is no judgment in their goings: they
have made them crooked paths: whosoever goeth therein shall not know
is judgment far from us, neither doth justice overtake us: we wait for
light, but behold obscurity; for brightness, but we walk in darkness.
grope for the wall like the blind, and we grope as if we had no eyes: we
stumble at noon day as in the night; we are in desolate places as dead
roar all like bears, and mourn sore like doves: we look for judgment,
but there is none; for salvation, but it is far off from us.
our transgressions are multiplied before thee, and our sins testify
against us: for our transgressions are with us; and as for our
iniquities, we know them;
transgressing and lying against the LORD, and departing away from our
God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering from the
heart words of falsehood.
14 And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter.
truth faileth; and he that departeth from evil maketh himself a prey:
and the LORD saw it, and it displeased him that there was no judgment.
16 And he
saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor:
therefore his arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it
17 For he
put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon
his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was
clad with zeal as a cloak.
to their deeds, accordingly he will repay, fury to his adversaries,
recompence to his enemies; to the islands he will repay recompence.
shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from
the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the
Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.
20 And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the LORD.
21 As for
me, this is my covenant with them, saith the LORD; My spirit that is
upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart
out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth
of thy seed's seed, saith the LORD, from henceforth and for ever.
1 Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee.
behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the
people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen
3 And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.
4 Lift up
thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together,
they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall
be nursed at thy side.
thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be
enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee,
the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee.
multitude of camels shall cover thee, the dromedaries of Midian and
Ephah; all they from Sheba shall come: they shall bring gold and
incense; and they shall shew forth the praises of the LORD.
7 All the
flocks of Kedar shall be gathered together unto thee, the rams of
Nebaioth shall minister unto thee: they shall come up with acceptance on
mine altar, and I will glorify the house of my glory.
8 Who are these that fly as a cloud, and as the doves to their windows?
the isles shall wait for me, and the ships of Tarshish first, to bring
thy sons from far, their silver and their gold with them, unto the name
of the LORD thy God, and to the Holy One of Israel, because he hath
the sons of strangers shall build up thy walls, and their kings shall
minister unto thee: for in my wrath I smote thee, but in my favour have I
had mercy on thee.
thy gates shall be open continually; they shall not be shut day nor
night; that men may bring unto thee the forces of the Gentiles, and that
their kings may be brought.
12 For the nation and kingdom that will not serve thee shall perish; yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted.
glory of Lebanon shall come unto thee, the fir tree, the pine tree, and
the box together, to beautify the place of my sanctuary; and I will make
the place of my feet glorious.
sons also of them that afflicted thee shall come bending unto thee; and
all they that despised thee shall bow themselves down at the soles of
thy feet; and they shall call thee; The city of the LORD, The Zion of
the Holy One of Israel.
thou has been forsaken and hated, so that no man went through thee, I
will make thee an eternal excellency, a joy of many generations.
shalt also suck the milk of the Gentiles, and shalt suck the breast of
kings: and thou shalt know that I the LORD am thy Saviour and thy
Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob.
brass I will bring gold, and for iron I will bring silver, and for wood
brass, and for stones iron: I will also make thy officers peace, and
thine exactors righteousness.
shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy
borders; but thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and thy gates Praise.
sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the
moon give light unto thee: but the LORD shall be unto thee an
everlasting light, and thy God thy glory.
sun shall no more go down; neither shall thy moon withdraw itself: for
the LORD shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning
shall be ended.
people also shall be all righteous: they shall inherit the land for
ever, the branch of my planting, the work of my hands, that I may be
22 A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation: I the LORD will hasten it in his time.
Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to
preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the
brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of
the prison to them that are bound;
2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;
appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for
ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit
of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the
planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.
they shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former
desolations, and they shall repair the waste cities, the desolations of
5 And strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, and the sons of the alien shall be your plowmen and your vinedressers.
6 But ye
shall be named the Priests of the LORD: men shall call you the Ministers
of our God: ye shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, and in their glory
shall ye boast yourselves.
your shame ye shall have double; and for confusion they shall rejoice in
their portion: therefore in their land they shall possess the double:
everlasting joy shall be unto them.
8 For I
the LORD love judgment, I hate robbery for burnt offering; and I will
direct their work in truth, and I will make an everlasting covenant with
their seed shall be known among the Gentiles, and their offspring among
the people: all that see them shall acknowledge them, that they are the
seed which the LORD hath blessed.
10 I will
greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he
hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with
the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with
ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.
11 For as
the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things
that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord GOD will cause
righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.
Zion's sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem's sake I will
not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and
the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth.
2 And the
Gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and all kings thy glory: and thou
shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the LORD shall name.
3 Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God.
shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be
termed Desolate: but thou shalt be called Hephzibah, and thy land
Beulah: for the LORD delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married.
5 For as a
young man marrieth a virgin, so shall thy sons marry thee: and as the
bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee.
6 I have
set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their
peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the LORD, keep not silence,
7 And give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth.
LORD hath sworn by his right hand, and by the arm of his strength,
Surely I will no more give thy corn to be meat for thine enemies; and
the sons of the stranger shall not drink thy wine, for the which thou
they that have gathered it shall eat it, and praise the LORD; and they
that have brought it together shall drink it in the courts of my
through, go through the gates; prepare ye the way of the people; cast
up, cast up the highway; gather out the stones; lift up a standard for
the LORD hath proclaimed unto the end of the world, Say ye to the
daughter of Zion, Behold, thy salvation cometh; behold, his reward is
with him, and his work before him.
12 And they shall call them, The holy people, The redeemed of the LORD: and thou shalt be called, Sought out, A city not forsaken.
1 Who is
this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? this that is
glorious in his apparel, travelling in the greatness of his strength? I
that speak in righteousness, mighty to save.
2 Wherefore art thou red in thine apparel, and thy garments like him that treadeth in the winefat?
3 I have
trodden the winepress alone; and of the people there was none with me:
for I will tread them in mine anger, and trample them in my fury; and
their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments, and I will stain all my
4 For the day of vengeance is in mine heart, and the year of my redeemed is come.
5 And I
looked, and there was none to help; and I wondered that there was none
to uphold: therefore mine own arm brought salvation unto me; and my
fury, it upheld me.
6 And I
will tread down the people in mine anger, and make them drunk in my
fury, and I will bring down their strength to the earth.
7 I will
mention the lovingkindnesses of the LORD, and the praises of the LORD,
according to all that the LORD hath bestowed on us, and the great
goodness toward the house of Israel, which he hath bestowed on them
according to his mercies, and according to the multitude of his
8 For he said, Surely they are my people, children that will not lie: so he was their Saviour.
9 In all
their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved
them: in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; and he bare them,
and carried them all the days of old.
10 But they rebelled, and vexed his holy Spirit: therefore he was turned to be their enemy, and he fought against them.
he remembered the days of old, Moses, and his people, saying, Where is
he that brought them up out of the sea with the shepherd of his flock?
where is he that put his holy Spirit within him?
led them by the right hand of Moses with his glorious arm, dividing the
water before them, to make himself an everlasting name?
13 That led them through the deep, as an horse in the wilderness, that they should not stumble?
14 As a
beast goeth down into the valley, the Spirit of the LORD caused him to
rest: so didst thou lead thy people, to make thyself a glorious name.
down from heaven, and behold from the habitation of thy holiness and of
thy glory: where is thy zeal and thy strength, the sounding of thy
bowels and of thy mercies toward me? are they restrained?
thou art our father, though Abraham be ignorant of us, and Israel
acknowledge us not: thou, O LORD, art our father, our redeemer; thy name
is from everlasting.
LORD, why hast thou made us to err from thy ways, and hardened our heart
from thy fear? Return for thy servants' sake, the tribes of thine
18 The people of thy holiness have possessed it but a little while: our adversaries have trodden down thy sanctuary.
19 We are thine: thou never barest rule over them; they were not called by thy name.
1 Oh that thou wouldest rend the heavens, that thou wouldest come down, that the mountains might flow down at thy presence,
2 As when
the melting fire burneth, the fire causeth the waters to boil, to make
thy name known to thine adversaries, that the nations may tremble at thy
3 When thou didst terrible things which we looked not for, thou camest down, the mountains flowed down at thy presence.
since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by
the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath
prepared for him that waiteth for him.
meetest him that rejoiceth and worketh righteousness, those that
remember thee in thy ways: behold, thou art wroth; for we have sinned:
in those is continuance, and we shall be saved.
6 But we
are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy
rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind,
have taken us away.
there is none that calleth upon thy name, that stirreth up himself to
take hold of thee: for thou hast hid thy face from us, and hast consumed
us, because of our iniquities.
8 But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.
9 Be not wroth very sore, O LORD, neither remember iniquity for ever: behold, see, we beseech thee, we are all thy people.
10 Thy holy cities are a wilderness, Zion is a wilderness, Jerusalem a desolation.
holy and our beautiful house, where our fathers praised thee, is burned
up with fire: and all our pleasant things are laid waste.
12 Wilt thou refrain thyself for these things, O LORD? wilt thou hold thy peace, and afflict us very sore?
1 I am
sought of them that asked not for me; I am found of them that sought me
not: I said, Behold me, behold me, unto a nation that was not called by
2 I have
spread out my hands all the day unto a rebellious people, which walketh
in a way that was not good, after their own thoughts;
people that provoketh me to anger continually to my face; that
sacrificeth in gardens, and burneth incense upon altars of brick;
remain among the graves, and lodge in the monuments, which eat swine's
flesh, and broth of abominable things is in their vessels;
say, Stand by thyself, come not near to me; for I am holier than thou.
These are a smoke in my nose, a fire that burneth all the day.
6 Behold, it is written before me: I will not keep silence, but will recompense, even recompense into their bosom,
iniquities, and the iniquities of your fathers together, saith the LORD,
which have burned incense upon the mountains, and blasphemed me upon
the hills: therefore will I measure their former work into their bosom.
saith the LORD, As the new wine is found in the cluster, and one saith,
Destroy it not; for a blessing is in it: so will I do for my servants'
sakes, that I may not destroy them all.
9 And I
will bring forth a seed out of Jacob, and out of Judah an inheritor of
my mountains: and mine elect shall inherit it, and my servants shall
Sharon shall be a fold of flocks, and the valley of Achor a place for
the herds to lie down in, for my people that have sought me.
11 But ye
are they that forsake the LORD, that forget my holy mountain, that
prepare a table for that troop, and that furnish the drink offering unto
will I number you to the sword, and ye shall all bow down to the
slaughter: because when I called, ye did not answer; when I spake, ye
did not hear; but did evil before mine eyes, and did choose that wherein
I delighted not.
thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, my servants shall eat, but ye shall be
hungry: behold, my servants shall drink, but ye shall be thirsty:
behold, my servants shall rejoice, but ye shall be ashamed:
14 Behold, my servants shall sing for joy of heart, but ye shall cry for sorrow of heart, and shall howl for vexation of spirit.
15 And ye
shall leave your name for a curse unto my chosen: for the Lord GOD
shall slay thee, and call his servants by another name:
he who blesseth himself in the earth shall bless himself in the God of
truth; and he that sweareth in the earth shall swear by the God of
truth; because the former troubles are forgotten, and because they are
hid from mine eyes.
17 For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.
18 But be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy.
19 And I
will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people: and the voice of
weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying.
shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not
filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the
sinner being an hundred years old shall be accursed.
21 And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them.
shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another
eat: for as the days of a tree are the days of my people, and mine elect
shall long enjoy the work of their hands.
shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they are the
seed of the blessed of the LORD, and their offspring with them.
24 And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.
wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like
the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent's meat. They shall not hurt
nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the LORD.
saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool:
where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my
2 For all
those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith
the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a
contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.
3 He that
killeth an ox is as if he slew a man; he that sacrificeth a lamb, as if
he cut off a dog's neck; he that offereth an oblation, as if he offered
swine's blood; he that burneth incense, as if he blessed an idol. Yea,
they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their
4 I also
will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them;
because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear:
but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted
the word of the LORD, ye that tremble at his word; Your brethren that
hated you, that cast you out for my name's sake, said, Let the LORD be
glorified: but he shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed.
6 A voice of noise from the city, a voice from the temple, a voice of the LORD that rendereth recompence to his enemies.
7 Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man child.
hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be
made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once? for
as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children.
9 Shall I
bring to the birth, and not cause to bring forth? saith the LORD: shall
I cause to bring forth, and shut the womb? saith thy God.
10 Rejoice ye with Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all ye that love her: rejoice for joy with her, all ye that mourn for her:
ye may suck, and be satisfied with the breasts of her consolations; that
ye may milk out, and be delighted with the abundance of her glory.
thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river,
and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream: then shall ye suck,
ye shall be borne upon her sides, and be dandled upon her knees.
13 As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you; and ye shall be comforted in Jerusalem.
when ye see this, your heart shall rejoice, and your bones shall
flourish like an herb: and the hand of the LORD shall be known toward
his servants, and his indignation toward his enemies.
behold, the LORD will come with fire, and with his chariots like a
whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of
16 For by fire and by his sword will the LORD plead with all flesh: and the slain of the LORD shall be many.
that sanctify themselves, and purify themselves in the gardens behind
one tree in the midst, eating swine's flesh, and the abomination, and
the mouse, shall be consumed together, saith the LORD.
18 For I
know their works and their thoughts: it shall come, that I will gather
all nations and tongues; and they shall come, and see my glory.
19 And I
will set a sign among them, and I will send those that escape of them
unto the nations, to Tarshish, Pul, and Lud, that draw the bow, to
Tubal, and Javan, to the isles afar off, that have not heard my fame,
neither have seen my glory; and they shall declare my glory among the
they shall bring all your brethren for an offering unto the LORD out of
all nations upon horses, and in chariots, and in litters, and upon
mules, and upon swift beasts, to my holy mountain Jerusalem, saith the
LORD, as the children of Israel bring an offering in a clean vessel into
the house of the LORD.
21 And I will also take of them for priests and for Levites, saith the LORD.
22 For as
the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain
before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain.
23 And it
shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one
sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the
they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have
transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall
their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh.