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The Book of the Prophet Esai

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Chapter 38

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

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

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

 

Chapter 39

      At that same time *Merodach Baladam, Baladams son King of Babylon, sent letters and presents to Hezekiah. For he understood how that he had been sick, and was recovered again. And Hezekiah was glad thereof, and showed them the commodities of his treasure, of silver, of gold, of spices and roots, of precious oils, and all that was in his cupboards and treasure houses. There was not one thing in Hezekiahs house, and throughout all his Kingdom, but he let them see it.
      Then came Esai the Prophet to King Hezekiah, and said unto him: What have the men said, and from whence came they unto thee? Hezekiah answered: They came out of a far country unto me, out of Babylon. Esai said: What have they looked upon in thine house? Hezekiah answered: All that is in mine house have they seen: and there is nothing in my treasure, but I showed it them.
      Then said Esai unto Hezekiah: Understand the word of the Lord of Hosts: Behold, the time will come, that everything which is in thine house, and all that thy progenitors have laid up in store unto this day, shall be carried to Babylon, and nothing left behind. Thus saith the Lord. Yee and part of thy sons, that shall come of thee, and whom thou shall get, shall be carried hence, and become gelded chamberlains in the King of Babylons court. Then said Hezekiah to Esai: Now God prosper his own counsel, which thou hast told me. He said moreover: So that there be peace and faithfulness in my time.

 

* Merodach-baladan = "Marduk has given a son" Merodach = "thy rebellion" Baladam = "Bel (is his) lord)" Bel = "lord" 1) a chief Babylonian deity: Baal = "lord". "MAN" AS LORD, owner, husband, 1a) owner 1b) a husband 1c) citizens, inhabitants 1d) rulers, lords 1e) (noun of relationship used to characterise - ie, master of dreams) 1f) lord (used of foreign gods) RN see: Paul to the Philipians chap 6 ...For we wrestle not against flesh and blood: but against rule, against power, and against worldly rulers of the darkness of this world against spiritual wickedness, for heavenly things.

 

 

Chapter 40

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


Prepared the way *for (kjv and other bibles of man =of) the Lord in the wilderness *breath ( kjv and other bibles of man =the spirit) upon *them.(kjv and other bibles of man = it) This is the exact spelling; son. RN *covering (kjv and other bibles of man = curtain)

 

 

Chapter 41

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

 

*flayle = a manual threshing device, consisting of a wooden staff.
*condites (conduits / fountains) * mark, see mark of heart and hand.

 

 

Chapter 42

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

Chapter 43

      But now, the Lord that made thee O Jacob, and he that fashioned thee, O Israel, Sayeth thus: Fear not, for I will defend thee. I have called thee by name, thou art mine own. When thou wentest in the water, I was by thee, that the strong floods should not pluck thee away. When thou walkest in the fire, it shall not burn thee, and the flame shall not kindle upon thee. For I am the Lord thy God, the holy one of Israel, thy Saviour. I gave Egypt for thy deliverance, the *Morains and the Sabees for thee: because thou wast dear in my sight, and because I set by thee, and loved thee. I *pilled all men for thee, and delivered all people for thy sake, that thou shouldest not fear, for I was with thee. I will bring thy seed from the East, and gather thee together from the West. I will say to the North, let go. And to the South, keep not back: but bring me my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the world: Namely, all those that be called after my name: For them have I created, fashioned, and made for mine honor.
      Bring forth that people, whether they have eyes, or are blind, deaf or have ears. and the deaf that have ears. All nations shall come in one, and be gathered in one people. But which among yonder gods can declare such things, and tell us what is to come? Let them bring their witnesses, so shall they be free: for then men shall hear it, and say, it is truth. But I bring you witnesses ( saith the Lord ) even those that are my servants, whom I have chosen: to the intent that ye might be *certified and give me faithful *credence: yee and to consider, that I am he, before whom there was never any God, and that there shall be none after me. I am only the Lord, and without me there is no Saviour. I give warning, I make whole, I teach you that there should be no strange God among you. And this record must ye bear me yourselves, ( saith the Lord ) that I am God. And even he am I from the beginning, and there is none that can take any thing out of my hand. And what I do, no man can change.
      Thus saith the Lord the holy one of Israel your redeemer: For your sake I will send to Babylon, and bring all the strongest of them from hence: Namely, the Chaldees that boast them of their ships: Even I the Lord your holy one, which have made Israel, and am your King. Moreover, thus saith the Lord, ( even he that maketh a way in the sea, and a footpath in the mighty waters: Which bringeth forth the chariots and horses, the host and the power, that they may fall asleep and never rise, and be extinct, like as *towe is quenched.
      Ye remember not the things of old, and regard nothing that is passed. Therefore behold, I shall make a new thing, and shortly shall it appear: ye shall well know it, I told it you afore, but I will tell it you again. I will make streets in the desert, and rivers of water in the wilderness. The wild beasts shall worship me: the dragon, and the Ostrich. For I shall give water in the wilderness, and streams in the desert: that I may give drink to my people, whom I choose. This people have I made for myself, and they shall show forth my praise. For thou ( Jacob ) wouldest not call upon me, but thou hadest an unlust toward me, O Israel. Thou gavest me not your young beasts for burnt offerings, neither didest honor me with thy sacrifices. Thou boughtest me no dear spice with thy money, neither pourest the fat of thy sacrifices upon me. Howbeit I have not been chargeable unto thee in offerings, neither grievous in incense.
      But thou hast ladened me with thy sins, and wearied me with thine ungodliness.
      Where as I yet am even he only, that for mine own selfs sake do away thine offenses, and forget thy sins: so that I will never think upon them. Put me now in remembrance, for we will reason together, and show what thou hast for thee, to make thee quite. Thy first father offended sore, and thy *rulers have sinned against me. Therefore I either suspended, or slew the cheifest Princes: I did curse Jacob, and gave Israel into reproof.


*Morains (kjv = Ethiopia) Egypt =land of double straight, power, fortresses, wealth (dominate civilizations) Morains = teachers ( of the doctrines of the world) Sabees = "drink thou" those that "drink" of the cup of the world; worldly beliefs. *pilled = to subject them to extortion,what ever the market will bear, East: rise up with the son, West: from rest, from shaded place, from being bound, mortgaged, pledged, and occupied by merchants. North: from hidden treasures (treasures of God) those filled with the spirit and truth, of allmighty God. South: those of the right hand, who have been given the strength of God. From Hebrew roots. RN *certified (to know for certain) *credence: (claim acceptance and trustworthiness) *tow = coarse fiber, maybe used as a wick ie :candle, lamp. RN *rulers (kjv and other bibles of man = teachers)

 

Chapter 44

 

 

      So hear now , O Jacob my servant, and Israel whom I have chosen. For thus saith the Lord, that made thee, fashioned thee, and helped thee, even from thy mothers womb: Be not afraid, O Jacob my servant, thou righteous, whom I have chosen. For I shall pour water upon the dry ground, and rivers upon the thirsty. I shall pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my increase upon thy stock. They shall grow together, like as the grass, and as the *Willies by the waters side. One will say: I am the Lords. Another will call under the name of Jacob. The third shall describe with his hand unto the Lord, and give himself under the name of Israel.
      Moreover, thus hath the Lord spoken: even the King of Israel, and his avenger, the Lord of Hosts: I am the first and the last, and without me there is no God. For what is he, that was ever like me, which am from everlasting? Let him show his name, and do where through he may be likened unto me. Let him tell you forth plainly things, that are past, for to come: yee and that without any fear or stop. For have not I ever told you hitherto, and warned you? Ye can bear me record yourselves. Is there any God except me? or any maker, that I should not know him?
      Wherefore all carvers of Idols are but vain, and their labor lost. They must bear record themselves, that ( seeing they can neither see ner understand ) they shall be confounded. Who should now make a God, or fashion an Idol, that is profitable for nothing? Behold, all the fellowship of them must be brought to confusion. Let all the workmen of them come and stand together from among men: they must be abashed and confounded one with another. The smith taketh iron, and tempereth it with hot coals, and fashioneth it with hammers, and maketh it with all the strength of his arms: yee, sometime he is faint from very hunger, and so thirsty that he hath no more power. The carpenter ( or image carver ) taketh meat of the timber: and spreadeth forth his line: he marketh it with some color: he planeth it, he ruleth it, and squareth it, and make it after the image of a man and according to the beauty of a man: that it may stand in the temple.
      Moreover, he goeth out to hew down Cedar trees: He bringeth home Elms and Oaks, and other timber of the wood. Or else the Fir trees which he planted himself and such as the rain hath swelled, which would serveth for men to burn. Of this he taketh and warmeth himself withal: he maketh a fire of it to bake bread. And afterward maketh a God thereof, to honor it: and an Idol to kneel before it. One piece he burneth in the fire, with another he roasteth flesh, that he may eat roast, his belly full: with the third he warmeth himself, and sayeth: Aha, I am well warmed, I have been at the fire. And of the residue he maketh him a God, and an Idol for himself. He kneeleth before it, he worship it, he prayeth unto it, and sayeth: deliver me, for thou art my God.
      Yet men neither consider ner understand, because their eyes are stopped, that they cannot see: and their hearts, that they can not perceive. They ponder not in their minds, for they have neither knowledge, ner understanding to think thus: I have burnt one piece in the fire: I have baked bread with the coals thereof, I have roasted flesh withal, and eaten it: shall I now of the residue make an abomination, and fall down before a rotten piece of wood? The keeping of dust, and foolishness of the heart hath turned them aside: so that none of them can have a free conscience to think: may not I error?
      Consider this ( O Jacob and Israel ) for thou art my servant. I have made thee, that thou mightest serve me. O Israel, forget me not. As for thine offenses, I drive them away like the clouds, and thy sins as the mist. Turn ye again unto me, and I will deliver thee.
      Be glad ye heavens, whom the Lord hath made, let all that is here beneath upon the earth, be joyful. Rejoice ye mountains and woods, with all the trees that are in you: for the Lord shall redeem Jacob, and show his glory upon Israel. For thus saith the Lord thy redeemer, even he that fashioned thee from thy mothers womb: I am the Lord, which do all things myself alone. I only have spread out the heavens and I only have layed the foundation of the earth. I destroy the tokens of witches, and make the Soothsayers go wrong. As for the wise, I turn them backward, and make their cunning foolishness.
      But I set up the purpose of my servants, and fulfill the counsel of my messengers. I say unto Jerusalem: turn again: And to the cities of Juda, be ye builded again: and I repair their decayed places. I say to the ground: be dry. And I dry up thy water floods. I say to Cyrus: thou art mine herdsman: so that he shall fulfill all things after my will. I say unto Jerusalem: be thou builded, and to the temple: be thou fast grounded.

 

*Willies (Willows) cap W and willows take up much waters.

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