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Be not dismayed, 0 ye my despised people of the Jews: how base and despicable soever ye seem in the eyes of your enemies, the world shall see and find, that ye are dear to me, and that I will help and deliver you.

XLI. 15 Behold, 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 And, however the world do now insult upon you, I will raise you up, to a power of just revenge; and will enable you to subdue your greatest and proudest enemies, so as ye shall humble them to the very dust.

XLI. 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 bor tree together. And, whereas the dry and barren wilderness may seem a just discouragement of your passage and return, I will cause that to be pleasantly planted, and coolly shaded, with variety of goodly trees, of all growths and statures.

XLI. 24 An abomination is he that chooseth you. He, that maketh choice of such gods as ye are, to worship and adore, shall be no other than an abomination unto the true God.

XLI. 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 trealleth clay. I will, in the fulness of time, raise up a Messiah, who shall call mine elect out of all coasts of the world, to my holy service; and he shall, by his mighty power, subdue those great potentates of the earth, who have opposed themselves to him.

XLII. 2 He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street. He shall make no noise in the world, but shall come without either pomp or tumult.

XLII. 3 A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flar shall he not quench : he shall bring forth judgment unto truth. Those, that are humbled and contrite, shall he rather relieve and comfort, than add any thing to their sorrow and affliction; and those, that have received but the weakest beginnings of grace, shall have no discouragement from him, but shall be rather cheered up by him: yet, so shall he be gracious to the penitently dejected, that he shall not bear with the obstinate sinner; but shall give severe judgment upon him, according to the justice of his demerits, XLII. 4. And the isles shall wait

for his law. The foreign nations, even of the Gentiles, shall yield themselves over joyfully to his government..

XLII. 6 And give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles. I will give thee for that Saviour of the World, in whom my covenant of saving mankind was founded of old ; even in those ancient promises, which I made, both in paradise to the first parents of mankind, and after, to Abraham the father of the faithful; not only to that one chosen nation, but even to the Gentiles also, to whom I have ordained thee as a light, to guide them unto salvation.

XLII. 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. That, whereas mankind was utterly bereaved of the light of all divine knowledge, now, by his illumination, their eyes might be opened to see the things belonging to their peace ; and, whereas they were shụt up in a miserable bondage to sin and Satan, he might graciously deliver them.

XLII. 11 Let 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. Let the most barbarous of all nations know, that they have cause to praise and magnify the mercy of the Lord, for that interest which they shall have in this work of redemption ; let therefore the wildest Arabians sing and celebrate this great goodness of God our Saviour.

XLII. 14 I have long time holden my peace; I have been still, and refrained myself : now will I cry like a travailing woman ; Í will destroy and devour at once. I have long time refrained myself from a revenge of mine enemies, and delivering of my Church : now I can forbear no longer, but will suddenly express my love to the one, and my vengeance on the other ; even as a woman, who hath long bitten in her pain, yet when the last throes of her childbirth come upon her, cannot forbear to cry out.

XLII. 19. W'ho 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 ? However the rest of the world may pretend for their ignorance and blindness, yet my chosen people, who have had such means of knowledge from me, might well put me into expectation of great skill in and conscionable care of my commandments; and now behold, to their shame be it spoken, who is so blind as their wilfulness hath made them? yea, not the ordinary sort of, them only, but even my messengers and prophets, who have challenged much perfection to themselves, they have hoodwinked themselves from beholding the certain truth of my judgments.

XLII. 21 The Lord is well pleased for his righteousness' sake ; he will magnify the law, and make it honourable.

The Lord is well pleased, for his gracious promise sake, to make good all that ever he hath undertaken, concerning his people; and to glorify himself, in the fulfilling of his word.

XLII. 22 But 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. But this people make themselves unworthy and incapable of the

great mercies of God; and will needs be guilty of those great miseries and calamities, that are coming upon them; for they shall be robbed, and spoiled, and fettered in dungeons, and be exposed to an utter vastation.

XLIII. 1 I have called thee by thy name ; thou art mine. I have taken special notice of thee, above all other nations; and have entered into terms of more near and dear respects unto thee.

XLIII. 3 I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Sebu for thee. When Sennacherib did so furiously besiege thee, I fetched hiin off, and diverted his wars to Egypt and Ethiopia, and so made them to be thy ransom and rescue. So also verse 4.

XLIII. 5 Fear not: for I ain with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west; I will bring all the true seed of Israel out of their spiritual captivity, from all the corners of the world, even from the east and west;

XLIII. 6 I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back : bring my sons froin far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth. As also from the north and south; so as all, that belong to mine election, shall in Christ be gathered unto me. So also verse 7.

XLIII. 8 Bring forth the blind people that have eyes, and the deaf that have ears. Bring forth those people, that were once blind, but now I have given them eyes; and those, who were once deaf, but now I have given them ears.

XLIII. 14 For your sake I have sent to Babylon, and have brought down all their nobles, and the Chaldeans, whose cry is in the ships. It is for your sakes, to contrive the return of you my people from your captivity, that I will send Cyrus against Babylon, where you are detained; and will give him victory against those princes and nobles of the Chaldeans, whom ye are subject ,unto, who shall be glad to make use of their ships for their flight and escape. .

XLIII. 19 I will make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. As I will address and accommodate all things for the return of my people from their captivity, so as no convenience shall be wanting thereunto; so also, will I give all gracious helps to all my chosen ones from the utmost coasts of heaven, for their conversion to my true Church.

XLIII. 20 The beast of the field shall honour me, the dragons and the owls : because I give waters in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. Those, that are the most bestial and savage among all the people of the world, shall wonder at the great favours which I shew to my people, and shall give glory unto me, both of power and mercy.

XLIII 23 Thou 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. Those oblations, which thou hast formally made unto me, have not been such, as I cared to receive from thee; I have not been beholden to thee, for a true devout consecration of thyself and thy services unto me: all these have been only outward and fa. shionable. So also verse 24.

XLIII. 24 For thou hast made me to serve with thy sins, thou hast wearied me with thine iniquities. Thou hrast cast heavy and intolerable burdens upon me by thy sins ; as if my, mercy served for nothing but to humour thy wick, edness: yea thou hast pressed me so far, as that I am now weary of enduring thy provocations,

XLIII. 26 Put me in remembrance : let us plead together : de. clare thou, that thou mayest be justified.. If thou hast any thing to say for thyself, speak it out freely : I give thee full scope to plead thy own cause with me; and, if thou canst, do thou either justify or excuse thyself,

XLIII. 28 Therefore I have profaned the princes of the sanctuary, and have given Jacob to the curse, and Israel to reproaches, Therefore I have determined to disregard and expose to contempt the chief priests and rulers of my sanctuary, and to give up Jacob to destruction, and Israel to the reproach of all nations.

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XLIV. 6 I am the first, and I am the last ; and beside me there is no God. I am the only true, eternal God, without all possibility of alteration; and therefore will be ever approved most constant to my own decrees and purposes.

XLIV. 7 And who, as I, shall call, and shull declare it, and set it in order for me? Since I decreed, before ever any of your idol-gods were extant in the world, to select a people to myself from the rest of the earth, which of your false gods could or can order their vocation and government, as I have done?

XLIV. 12 Yea, he is hungry, and his strength faileth : he drinketh no water, and is faint. Weak and foolish man will be making a god to himself; and finds himself hungry, and thirsty, and faint, with the very work, while he makes it; yet, so eager is he in that business, as that he forbears his own necessary sustenance, in his zeal to finish it.

XLIV. 18 They have not known nor understood : for he hath shut their eyes, that they cannot see ; and their hearts, that they cannot understand. God hath, in his just judgment, given them up to a strange besottedness, and hath suffered their idol to bereave them of their wits and senses; so as, though they have both hearts and eyes, yet they neither see nor understand.

XLIV. 20 He feedeth of ashes: a deceived heart hath turned

turned him aside, thut he cannot deliver his soul, nor say, Is there
not alie in my right hand ?
That, which should be his comfort, is his affliction and misery :
he trusteth to his idol, and that shall no more help him, than ashes
can feed and nourish him: he hath given way to these idolatrous
fopperies; and now they have utterly infatuated him, so as he
hath not the grace to bethink himself of his fond and wicked courses.

XLIV. 28 That 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.
That saith of Cyrus, that Persian Monarch who shall after many
years be born, he is the man, that shall favour and restore my
people, and perform my pleasure concerning their return from
the Babylonish captivity; who shall also give order for the re-edi-
fying of the walls of Jerusalem and the Temple.

XLV. 1 Thus saith the Lord to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I hue holden, to subulue nations before him; and I will loose the loins of kings, to open before him the two leaved gates ; and the gates shall not be shut. Thus saith the Lord, concerning Cyrus, who is yet unborn, whom I have ordained to be the king of Persia ; whom I have decreed to prosper in all his designs, and to make him victorious over all nations, and to subdue mighty kings, so as they shall be glad to open unto him their most defenced cities.

XLV. 3 And I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places. I will give thce those treasures, which have been long laid up in the secret storehouses of kings.

XLV. 5 I girded thee, though thou hast not known me. I have girded thee with honour and power, though thou hast not considered whence these favours have come; neither hast thou, () Cyrus, so well known me, as to abdicate thine idolatry, and to worship me aright.

XLV. 8 Drop down, ye heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down rightcousness : let the earth open, and let them bring forth sulvation, and let righteousness spring up together; I the LORD have created it. Let all my creatures, saith the Lord, conspire together to the furtherance of the restored happiness of my people : let the heavens, and the clouds, and the earth contribute all the blessings, which are committed unto them, to their enlargement and prosperity; and convey unto them the just performance of all the merciful promises, they have had from me.

XLV. 9 Or thy work, He hath no hands? Shall the work rise up and controul the workman, and say, He hath no skill?

XLV. 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.


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