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The Book of the Prophet Esai

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Chapter 53

      But who giveth credence unto our preaching? Or to whom is the arm of the Lord known? He shall grow before the Lord like as a branch, and as a root in the dry ground, he shall have neither beauty nor favor. When we look upon him, there shall be no fairness: we shall have no *lust unto him. He shall be the most simple, and despised of all, which yet hath good experience of sorrows and infirmities. We shall reckon him so simple and so vile, that we shall hide our faces from him. Now be it (of a truth) he only taketh away our infirmity, and beareth our pain: Yet we shall judge him, as though he were plagued and cast down of God: where as he ( notwithstanding ) shall be wounded for our offenses, and smitten for our wickedness. For the pain of our punishment shall be layed on him, and with his strips shall we be healed.
      As for us, we go all astray ( like sheep ) everyone turneth his own way. But through him, the Lord pardoneth all our sins. He shall be pained and troubled, and shall not open his mouth. He shall be led as a sheep to be slain, yet shall he be as still as a lamb before the shearer, and not open his mouth. He shall be had away, his cause not heard, and with out any judgement: Whose generation yet no man may number, when he shall be cut off from the ground of the living: Which punishment shall go upon him, for the transgression of my people. His grave shall be given him with the condemned, and his crucifying with the thieves. Where as he did never violence ner unright, neither hath there been any deceitfulness in his mouth.
      Yet hath it pleased the Lord to smite him with infirmity, that when he had made his soul an offering for sin, he might see long lasting seed. And this devise of the Lord shall prosper in his hand. With travail and labor of his soul, shall he obtain great riches. My righteous servant shall with his wisdom justify and deliver the multitude, for he shall bear away their sins. Therefore will I give him the multitude for his part, and he shall give divide the strong spoil because he shall give over his soul to death, and shall be reckoned among the transgressors, which nevertheless shall take away the sins of the multitude, and make intercession for the misdoers.


*lust (desire)



Chapter 54

      Therefore be glad now, thou barren that barest not. Rejoice, sing and be merry, thou that art not with child: For the desolate hath no more children, then the married wife, saith the Lord. Make thy tent wider, and spread out the hangings of thy habitation: spare not, lay forth thy coards, and make fast thy stakes: for thou shalt break out on the right side and on the left, and thy seed shall have the Gentiles in possession, and dwell in the desolate cities. Fear not, for thou shalt not be confounded: Be not ashamed, for thou shalt not come to confusion. Yee thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth, and shalt not remember the dishonor of thy *wedowhead. For he that made thee, shall be thy Lord and husband ( whose name is the Lord of Hosts ) and thine avenger shall be even the holy one of Israel, the Lord of the whole world. For the Lord shall call thee, being as a desolate sorrowful woman, and as a young wife that hath broken her wedlock: sayeth thy God.
      A little while have I forsaken thee, but with great mercifulness will I take thee up unto me. When I was angry, I hid my face from thee for a little season, but through everlasting goodness shall I pardon thee, sayeth the Lord thy avenger. And this must be unto me as the water of Noe: for as like I have sworn that I will not bring the water of Noe any more upon the world: so have I sworn that I will never be angry with thee, nor reprove thee: The mountains shall remove, and the hills shall fall down: but my loving kindness shall not move, and the bond of my peace be shall not fall down from thee, saith the Lord thy merciful lover. Behold thou poor, vexed, and despised: I will make walls of precious stones, and thy foundation of Sapphires, thy windows of Crystal, thy gates of fine clear stone, and thy borders of pleasant stones. Thy children shall all be taught of God, and I will give them plenteousness of peace. In righteousness shalt thou be grounded, and be far from oppression: for the which thou needest not be afraid, neither for hinderance, for it shall not come nye thee. Behold, the *aleaunt that was far from thee, shall dwell with thee: and he that was sometime a stranger unto thee, shall be joined with thee: Behold, I make the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and he maketh a weapon after his handy work. I make also the waster to destroy: but all the weapons that are made against thee, shall not prosper. And as for all tongues, that shall resist thee in judgment, thou shalt over come them, and condemn them. This is the heritage of the Lords servants, and the righteousness that they shall have of me, saith the Lord.


*wedowhead (wedowhead; of the wed/ widowhood). *aleaunt ( alien )



Chapter 55

      Come to the waters all yee, that be thirsty, and yee that have no money. Come, buy, that yee may have to eat. Come buy wine and milk, without any money, or money worth. Wherefore do ye lay out your money, for the thing that feedeth not, and spend your labor about the thing that satisfieth you not. But hearken rather unto me, and yee shall eat of the best, and your soul shall have her pleasure in plenteousness. Incline your ears, and come unto me, take heed, and your soul shall live. For I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.
      Behold, I shall give him for a witness among the folk, for a Prince and Captain unto the people. Lo, thou shalt call an unknown people: and a people that had no knowledge of thee, shall run unto thee: because of the Lord thy God, the holy one of Israel, which glorifieth thee. Seek the Lord, while he may be found, and call upon him while he is nye. Let the ungodly man forsake his ways and the unrighteous his imaginations, and turn again unto the Lord: so shall he be merciful unto him: and to our God, for he is ready to forgive. For thus sayeth the Lord: my thoughts are not your thoughts, and your ways are not my ways, but as far as the heavens are higher than the earth, so far do my ways exceed yours, and my thoughts yours. And like as the rain and snow cometh down from heaven, and returneth not thither again, but watereth the earth, maketh it fruitful and green, that it may give corn and bread unto the sower: So the word also that cometh out of my mouth shall not turn again void unto me, but shall accomplish my will and prosper the thing, whereto I send it. And so shall yee go forth with joy, and be lead with peace. The mountains and the hills shall sing with you for joy, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. For thorns, there shall grow , Fir trees, and that Myrtle tree instead of briers. And this shall be done to the praise of the Lord, and for an everlasting token, that shall not be taken away.


Chapter 56

      Thus saith the Lord: Keep ye equity, and do right, for my saving health shall come shortly, and my righteousness shall be opened. Blessed is the man that doeth this, and the mans child which keepeth the *same. *He that taketh heed, that he unhallow not the Sabbath ( that is ) he that keepeth himself that he do no evil. Then shall not the stranger, which cleaveth to the Lord, say: Alas the Lord hath shut me clean out from his people. Neither shall the gelded man say: Lo, I am a dried tree. For thus sayeth the Lord, first unto the gelded that keepeth my Sabbath: Namely: that holdeth greatly of the thing that pleaseth me, and keepeth my covenant: Unto them will I give in my household and within my walls, a better heritage and name then if they had been called sons and daughters. I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not perish. Again, he sayeth unto the strangers that are disposed to stick to the Lord, to serve him, and to Love his name: That they shall be no bondman. And all they, which keep themselves, that they unhallow not the Sabbath, namely, that they fulfil my covenant: Them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar. For my house shall be an house of prayer for all people.
       Thus saith the Lord God which gathered together the scattered of Israel: I will bring yet another congregation to him. All the beasts of the field, and all the beasts of the wood, shall come to devour him. For his watchmen are all blind, they have altogether no understanding, they are all dumb dogs, not being able to bark, they are sleepy: sluggish are they, and lie snoring: they are shameless dogs, that never be satisfied. The shepherds also in like manner have no understanding, but every man turneth his own way, everyone after his own covetousness with all his power. Come ( say they ) I will fetch wine, so shall we fill ourselves, that we may be drunken. And do tomorrow, like as today, yee and much more.


which keepeth the *same. (kjv and other bibles of man = sabbath)
* note here that the true keeping of the Sabbath is; he that keepeth himself from doing evil, each day, one day, at a time. RN



Chapter 57

      But in the mean season the righteous perisheth, and no man regardeth it in his heart, Good godly people are taken away, and no man considereth it. Namely: that the righteous is conveyed away through the wicked: that he himself might be at rest, lie quietly upon his bed, and live after his own pleasure. Come hither therefore ye charmers children, ye sons of the *advoutrer, and the whore: Wherein take ye your pleasure? Upon whom gape ye with your mouth, and blare out your tongue? Are ye not children of *advoutry, and the seed of *dissimilation? Ye take your pleasure under the oaks, and under all green trees, the child being slain in the valleys, and the dens of stone. Thy part shall be with the stoney rocks by the river: Yee even these shall be thy part. For there thou hast poured meat and drink offerings unto them. Should I *oversee that? Thou hast made thy bed upon high mountains, thou wentest up thither, and there hast thou slain sacrifices. Behind the doors and posts, hast thou set up thy remembrance. When thou hast discovered thyself to another then me, when thou wentest down and made thy bed wider ( that is ) when thou didest carve the certain yonder Idols, and lovest their couches, where thou sawest them. Thou wentest straight to kings with oil and diverse ointments (that is ) thou hast sent thy messengers far off, and yet are thou fallen into the pit thereby. Thou hast had trouble for the multitude of thine own ways, yet saidest thou never: I will leave off. Thou thinkest to have life ( or health ) of thy self, and therefore thou believest not that thou art sick. For when wilt thou be abashed or fear, seeing thou hast broken thy promise, and rememberest me not, neither hast me in thy heart? Thinkest thou, that I also will hold my peace ( as afore time ) that thou fearest me not? Yee verily I will declare thy goodness and thy works but they shall not profit thee when thou cryest, let thy chosen heap deliver thee. But the wind shall take them all away, and carry them in to the air. Nevertheless, they that put their trust in me, shall inherit the land, and have my holy hill in possession.
      And therefore thus he sayeth: Make ready, make ready, and cleanse the street, take up what you can out of the way that leadeth to my people. For thus sayeth the high and excellent, even he that dwelleth in everlastingness, whose name is the holy one: I dwell high above and in the sanctuary, and with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit: that I may heal a troubled mind, and a contrite heart. For I chide not ever, and am not wroth without end. But the blasting goeth from me, though I make the breath. I am wroth with him for his covetousness and lust, I smite him, I hide me, and am angry, when he turneth himself, and followeth the by way of his own heart. But if I may see his right way again, I make him whole, I lead him and restore him unto them whom he maketh joyful, and that were sorry for him. I make the fruits of thanksgiving. I give peace unto them that are far off, and to them that are nye, say I the Lord, that make him whole. But the wicked are like the raging see, that cannot rest, whose water foameth with the mire and gravel. Even so the wicked have no peace, sayeth my God.


*adouvtry (a /devoted; not /devoted, to God), the seed of *dissimilation? similar Yet NOT!
Should I *oversee that? (overlook that?)
*advoutry : see the word devoted, a-devoted; where the heart is: prefix: a meaning: not, without against. devoted to God, Christ, and the truth. Note also that this word is most often replaced in the kjv and other bibles of man with adultery. So that you know this word here is NOT adultery, see James 2 for adultery. dissimulation : Dictionary; the act or process of making or becoming dissimilar. distinct, diverse, unlike, incompatible, disparate. note also: the word "religion" is not found in all the original text. RN



Chapter 58

      And therefore cry now, as loud as thou canst. Leave not off, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and show my people their offenses , and the house of Jacob their sins. For they seek me daily, and will know my ways, even as it were a people that did right, and had not forsaken the statutes of their God. They argue with me concerning right judgement, and will pleate at the law with their God. Wherefore fast we ( they say ) and thou seest not? we put our lives to straightness, and thou regardest not?
      Behold, when ye fast, your lust remaineth still: for ye do no less violence to your debtors : Lo, ye fast for strife and debate, and to smite with your fist that speaketh unto you. Ye fast not ( as some time ) that your voice might be heard above. Think ye this fast pleaseth me, that a man should chasten himself for a day, and to writhe his head about like an hook in an hairy cloth and, to lie upon the earth? Should that be called fasting, or a day that pleaseth the Lord? But this fasting pleaseth me not, till that time be thou *lowse him out of bondage, that is in thy danger: that thou break the oath of wicked bargains, that thou let the oppressed go free, and take from them all manner of burdens. It pleaseth not me, till thou deal thy bread to the hungry, and bring the poor fatherless home into thy house, when thou seest the naked that thou cover him, and hide not thy face from thine own flesh.
      Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thy health flourish right shortly: thy righteousness shall go before thee, and the glory of the Lord shall embrace thee.
      Then if thou callest, the Lord shall answer thee: if thou shalt cryest, he shall say: Here I am. Yee If thou layest away thy burdens, and holdest thy fingers, and ceasest from blasphemous talking, if thou hast compassion on the hungry, and refresheth the troubled soul: Then shall thy light spring out in the darkness, and thy darkness shall be as noon day. The Lord shall ever be thy guide, and satisfy the desires of thine heart, and fill thy bones with merry. Thou shalt be like as a fresh watered garden, and like the fountain of water, that never leaveth running. Then the places that have ever been waste, shall be builded of thee: there shalt thou lay a foundation for many kindreds. Thou shalt be called the maker up of hedges, and the builder again of the way of the Sabbath.
      Yee if thou turn thy feet from the Sabbath, so that thou do not the thing which pleaseth thy self in my holy day: then shalt thou be called unto the pleasant, holy, and glorious Sabbath of the Lord, where thou shalt be in honor: so that thou do not after thine own imagination, neither seek thine own will, ner speak thine own words. Then shalt thou have thy pleasure in the Lord, which shall carry thee high above the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the Lords own mouth hath so promised.


to *writhe (to twist about..or distort) *lowse (to loose or win him out of, low from Hebrew is to humble.)



Chapter 59

      Behold, the Lords hand is not so shortened that it cannot help, neither is his ear so stopped that it may not hear. But your misdeeds have separated you from your God, and your sins hide his face from you, that he heareth you not. For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with unrighteousness: Your lips speak leasings, and your tongue setteth out wickedness. No man regardeth righteousness, and no man judgeth truly. Every man hopeth in vain things, and imagineth deceit, conceiveth weariness, and bringeth forth evil. They breed cockatrice eggs, and weave the spiders web. Whoso eateth of their eggs dieth. But if one treadeth upon them. there cometh up a serpent. Their web maketh no cloth and they may not cover themselves with their labors. Their deeds are the deeds of wickedness, and the work of robbery is in their hands. Their feet run to evil, and they make hast to shed innocent blood. Their counsels are wicked counsels, harm and destruction are in their ways. But the way of peace they know not. In their goings is there no equity, their ways are so *crocked that whosoever goeth therin, knoweth nothing of peace.
      And this is the cause that equity is so far from us, and that righteousness cometh not nye us. We look for light, lo, it is darkness: for the morning shine, see, we walk in the dark. We grope like the blind upon the wall, we grope even as one that hath none eyes. We stumble at the noon day, as though it were toward night: in the falling places, like men that are half dead. We roar all like Bears, and mourn still like doves. We look for equity, but there is none: for health , but it is far from us. For our offenses are many before thee, and our sins testify against us. Yee we must confess that we offend, and knowledge that we do amiss: Namely transgress and disassemble against the Lord, and fall away from our God: using presumptuous and traitorous imaginations, and casting false matters in our hearts. And therefore is equity gone aside, and righteousness standeth far off: truth is fallen down in the street, and the thing that is plain and open, may not be showed. Yee the truth is laid in prison, and he that refraineth him self from evil, must be spoiled.
      When the Lord saw this, it displeased him sore, that there was no where any equity. He saw also, that there was no man, which had pity thereof, or was grieved at it. And he held him by his own power, and cleaved to his own righteousness. He put righteousness upon him for a breast plate, and a fiery helmet of health upon his head. He put on wrath in stead of clothing, and took jealousy about him for a cloak: (like as when a man goeth forth wrathfully to recompense his enemies, and to be avenged of his adversaries.) Namely, that he might recompense and reward the Islands where through the name of the Lord might be feared, from the rising Sun: and his majesty, unto the going down of the same.
      For he shall come as a violent water stream, which the wind of the Lord hath moved. But unto Sion there shall come a redeemer, and unto them in Jacob that turn from wickedness, sayeth the Lord. I will make this covenant with them, (saith the Lord): My spirit that is come upon thee, and the words which I have put in thy mouth, shall never go out of thy mouth, nor out the mouth of thy childrens children, from this time forth for evermore.


*crocked (crooked or a crock of; like unto a bedroom chamber pot)



Chapter 60

      And get thee up by times, for thy light cometh, and the glory of the Lord shall rise up upon thee. For lo, while the darkness and cloud covereth the earth and the people, the Lord shall show the light, and his glory shall be seen in thee. The Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness that springeth forth upon thee. Lift up thine and look round about thee: All these gather themselves, and come to thee. Sons shall come unto thee from far, and daughters shall gather themselves to thee on every side. When thou seest this thou shall marvel exceedingly, and thine heart shall be opened: when the power of the sea shall be converted unto thee ( that is ) when the strength of the Gentiles shall come unto thee. The multitude of Camels shall cover thee, the dromedaries of Madian and Epha. All they of Saba shall come, bringing gold and incense, and showing the praise of the Lord. All the cattle of Cedar shall be gathered unto thee, the rams Nabaioth shall serve thee, to be offered upon mine altar, which I have chosen, and in the house of my glory which I have garnished. But what are these that flee here like the clouds, and as the doves flying to their windows?
      The Isles also shall gather them unto me, and specially the ships of the sea: that they may bring the sons from far, and their silver and gold with them, unto the name of the Lord thy God, unto the holy one of Israel, that hath glorified thee. Strangers shall build up thy walls, and their kings shall do thee service. For when I am angry, I smite thee: and when it pleaseth me, I pardon thee. Thy gates shall stand open still both day and night, and never be shut: that the house of the Gentiles may come, and that their kings may be brought unto thee. For every people and kingdom that serveth not thee, shall perish, and be destroyed with the sword. The glory of the Libanus shall come unto thee: The fir trees, Boxes and Cedars together, to garnish the place of mine Sanctuary, for I will glorify the place of my feet.
      Moreover those shall come kneeling unto thee, that have vexed thee: and all they that despised thee, shall fall down at thy foot. Thou shalt be called the city of the Lord, the holy Sion of Israel. Because thou hast been forsaken and hated, so that no man went through thee: I will make thee glorious for ever and ever, and joyful throughout all posterities. Thou shalt suck the milk of the Gentiles, and kings breasts shall feed thee. And thou shalt know that I the Lord am thy Saviour and defender, the mighty one of Jacob. For brass, I will give thee gold, and for iron silver: for wood brass, and for stones iron. I will make peace thy ruler, and righteousness thine officer. Violence and robbery shall never be heard of in thy land, neither harm and destruction within thy borders. Thy walls shall be called health, and thy gates the praise of God. The Sun shall never be thy day light, and the light of the Moon shall never shine unto thee: but the Lord himself shall be thine everlasting light, and thy God shall be thy glory.
      Thy Sun shall never go down, and thy Moon shall not be taken away, for the Lord himself shall be thine everlasting light, and thy sorrowful days shall be rewarded thee. Thy people shall all be godly and possess the land for ever: the flower of my planting, the work of my hands wherefor I will rejoice. The youngest and the least shall grow into a thousand, and the simplest into a strong people. I the Lord shall shortly bring this to pass in his time.



Chapter 61

      The spirit of the Lord God is with me, for the Lord hath anointed me, and sent me to preach good tidings unto the poor, that I might bind up the wounded hearts, that I might preach deliverance to the captive, and the open the prison to them that are bound: That I might declare the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God: that I might comfort all them that are in heaviness. that I might give unto them that mourn in Sion, beauty in the stead of ashes, joyful ointment for sighing, pleasant raiment for a heavy mind: That they might be called excellent in righteousness, a planting of the Lord for him to rejoice in.
      They shall build the long rough wildernesses, and set up the old desert. They shall repair the waste places, and such as have been void throughout many generations, Strangers shall stand and feed your cattle, and the Aliens shall be your plowmen and reapers. But ye shall be named the priests of the Lord, and men shall call you the servants of our God. Ye shall enjoy the goods of the Gentiles and triumph in their substance. For your great reproof and shame, shall they have joy that ye may have part with them. For they shall have double possession in their land and everlasting joy shall be with them. For I the Lord, which love right and hate robbery ( though it were offered to me) shall make their works full of faithfulness, and make an everlasting covenant with them.
      Their seed also and their generation shall be known among the Gentiles, and among the people. All that see them, shall know that they are the high blessed seed of the Lord. And therefore I am joyful in the Lord, and my soul rejoiceth in my God. For he shall put upon me the garment of health, and cover me with the mantle of righteousness. He shall deck me like a bridegroom, and as a bride that hath her apparel upon her. For like as the ground bringeth forth fruit, and as the garden shooteth forth seed: So shall the Lord God cause righteousness, and the fear of God to flourish forth before all Heathen.



Chapter 62

      For Sions sake therefore will I not hold my *tongue, and for Jerusalems sake I will not cease: until their righteousness break forth as a shining light, and their health as a burning lamp. Then shall the Gentiles see thy righteousness, and all kings thy glory. Thou shalt be named with a new name, which the mouth of the Lord shall show. Thou shalt be a crown in the hand of the Lord, and a glorious garland in the hand of thy God. From this time forth thou shalt never be called the forsaken, and thy land shall no more be called the wilderness. But thou shalt be called *Hephzibah, and thy land *Beula: for the Lord *loveth thee, and thy land shall be inhabited. And like as a young man taketh a daughter to marriage, so shall God marry himself unto *thy sons. And as a bridegroom is glad of his bride, so shall God rejoice over thee.
      I will set watchmen upon thy walls, ( O Jerusalem ) which shall neither cease day or night to preach the Lord. And ye also shall not keep him close, nor leave to speak of him, until Jerusalem be set up and made the praise of the world. The Lord hath sworn by his right hand and by his strong arm, that from henceforth he will not give thy corn to be meat for thine enemies, ner thy vine ( wherein thou hast labored ) to be drink for the strangers. But they that have gathered in the corn, shall eat it, and give thanks to the Lord: and they that have born in the vine, shall drink it in the court of my Sanctuary.
      Stand back, and depart a sunder, ye that stand under the gate: make room ye people, and repair the street, and take away the stones, and set out a token for the people. Behold, the Lord proclaimed in the ends of the world: Tell the daughter Sion: see, thy salvation cometh, behold, he bringeth his treasure with him, and his works go before him. For they whom the Lord delivereth, shall be called the holy people: and as for thee, thou shalt be named the greatly occupied, and not the forsaken.


*tongue (kjv and other bibles of man =peace), for the Lord *loveth thee (kjv and other bibles of man = delighteth), ( kjv and other bibles of man = so shall thy sons marry thee: and as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee.)*Hephzibah = "my delight is in her" the good pleasure, be pleased to do of God, to move, to bend down, *Beula = to marry, be lord (husband) to declare, to tell, to show, make known, to breath. RN

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