23:045:001 Thus 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 be shut;
23:045:002 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:
23:045:003 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.
23:045:004 For 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.
23:045:005 I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside
me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me:
23:045:006 That 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.
23:045:007 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and
create evil: I the LORD do all these things.
23:045:008 Drop 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.
23:045:009 Woe 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
23:045:010 Woe unto him that saith unto his father, What begettest thou?
or to the woman, What hast thou brought forth?
23:045:011 Thus 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 ye me.
23:045:012 I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my
hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have
23:045:013 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.
23:045:014 Thus 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
23:045:015 Verily thou art a God that hidest thyself, O God of Israel,
23:045:016 They shall be ashamed, and also confounded, all of them: they
shall go to confusion together that are makers of idols.
23:045:017 But Israel shall be saved in the LORD with an everlasting
salvation: ye shall not be ashamed nor confounded world
23:045:018 For 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 else.
23:045:019 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.
23:045:020 Assemble 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
23:045:021 Tell 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
23:045:022 Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for
I am God, and there is none else.
23:045:023 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 swear.
23:045:024 Surely, 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 ashamed.
23:045:025 In the LORD shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and
23:046:001 Bel 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 weary beast.
23:046:002 They stoop, they bow down together; they could not deliver the
burden, but themselves are gone into captivity.
23:046:003 Hearken 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:
23:046:004 And 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.
23:046:005 To whom will ye liken me, and make me equal, and compare me,
that we may be like?
23:046:006 They 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.
23:046:007 They 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.
23:046:008 Remember this, and shew yourselves men: bring it again to
mind, O ye transgressors.
23:046:009 Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is
none else; I am God, and there is none like me,
23:046:010 Declaring 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 pleasure:
23:046:011 Calling 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.
23:046:012 Hearken unto me, ye stouthearted, that are far from
23:046:013 I 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.
23:047:001 Come 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
23:047:002 Take the millstones, and grind meal: uncover thy locks, make
bare the leg, uncover the thigh, pass over the rivers.
23:047:003 Thy nakedness shall be uncovered, yea, thy shame shall be
seen: I will take vengeance, and I will not meet thee as a
23:047:004 As for our redeemer, the LORD of hosts is his name, the Holy
One of Israel.
23:047:005 Sit thou silent, and get thee into darkness, O daughter of the
Chaldeans: for thou shalt no more be called, The lady of
23:047:006 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.
23:047:007 And 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.
23:047:008 Therefore 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:
23:047:009 But 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 enchantments.
23:047:010 For 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
23:047:011 Therefore 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 know.
23:047:012 Stand 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
23:047:013 Thou 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
23:047:014 Behold, 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
23:047:015 Thus 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.
23:048:001 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 righteousness.
23:048:002 For they call themselves of the holy city, and stay themselves
upon the God of Israel; The LORD of hosts is his name.
23:048:003 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 pass.
23:048:004 Because I knew that thou art obstinate, and thy neck is an
iron sinew, and thy brow brass;
23:048:005 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.
23:048:006 Thou 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 them.
23:048:007 They 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.
23:048:008 Yea, 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.
23:048:009 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.
23:048:010 Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have
chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.
23:048:011 For 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
23:048:012 Hearken unto me, O Jacob and Israel, my called; I am he; I am
the first, I also am the last.
23:048:013 Mine 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.
23:048:014 All 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.
23:048:015 I, even I, have spoken; yea, I have called him: I have brought
him, and he shall make his way prosperous.
23:048:016 Come 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.
23:048:017 Thus 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.
23:048:018 O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments! then had thy
peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of
23:048:019 Thy 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.
23:048:020 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
23:048:021 And 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.
23:048:022 There is no peace, saith the LORD, unto the wicked.
23:049:001 Listen, 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.
23:049:002 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;
23:049:003 And said unto me, Thou art my servant, O Israel, in whom I
will be glorified.
23:049:004 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 God.
23:049:005 And 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.
23:049:006 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
23:049:007 Thus 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 thee.
23:049:008 Thus 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
23:049:009 That 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.
23:049:010 They 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.
23:049:011 And I will make all my mountains a way, and my highways shall
23:049:012 Behold, these shall come from far: and, lo, these from the
north and from the west; and these from the land of Sinim.
23:049:013 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.
23:049:014 But Zion said, The LORD hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath
23:049:015 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.
23:049:016 Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy
walls are continually before me.
23:049:017 Thy children shall make haste; thy destroyers and they that
made thee waste shall go forth of thee.
23:049:018 Lift 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.
23:049:019 For 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
23:049:020 The 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.
23:049:021 Then 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?
23:049:022 Thus 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.
23:049:023 And 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.
23:049:024 Shall the prey be taken from the mighty, or the lawful captive
23:049:025 But 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 children.
23:049:026 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 Jacob.
23:050:001 Thus 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
23:050:002 Wherefore, 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 for
23:050:003 I clothe the heavens with blackness, and I make sackcloth
23:050:004 The 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.
23:050:005 The Lord GOD hath opened mine ear, and I was not rebellious,
neither turned away back.
23:050:006 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
23:050:007 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.
23:050:008 He is near that justifieth me; who will contend with me? let
us stand together: who is mine adversary? let him come near to
23:050:009 Behold, 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.
23:050:010 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.
23:050:011 Behold, 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.
23:051:001 Hearken 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 are digged.
23:051:002 Look unto Abraham your father, and unto Sarah that bare you:
for I called him alone, and blessed him, and increased him.
23:051:003 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.
23:051:004 Hearken 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 people.
23:051:005 My 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 they trust.
23:051:006 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 abolished.
23:051:007 Hearken 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 revilings.
23:051:008 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.
23:051:009 Awake, 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?
23:051:010 Art 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?
23:051:011 Therefore 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.
23:051:012 I, 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;
23:051:013 And 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?
23:051:014 The captive exile hasteneth that he may be loosed, and that he
should not die in the pit, nor that his bread should fail.
23:051:015 But I am the LORD thy God, that divided the sea, whose waves
roared: The LORD of hosts is his name.
23:051:016 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
23:051:017 Awake, 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.
23:051:018 There 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.
23:051:019 These 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 thee?
23:051:020 Thy 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 God.
23:051:021 Therefore hear now this, thou afflicted, and drunken, but not
23:051:022 Thus 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:
23:051:023 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.
23:052:001 Awake, 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
23:052:002 Shake thyself from the dust; arise, and sit down, O Jerusalem:
loose thyself from the bands of thy neck, O captive daughter
23:052:003 For thus saith the LORD, Ye have sold yourselves for nought;
and ye shall be redeemed without money.
23:052:004 For thus saith the Lord GOD, My people went down aforetime
into Egypt to sojourn there; and the Assyrian oppressed them
23:052:005 Now 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.
23:052:006 Therefore my people shall know my name: therefore they shall
know in that day that I am he that doth speak: behold, it is
23:052:007 How 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!
23:052:008 Thy 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 Zion.
23:052:009 Break forth into joy, sing together, ye waste places of
Jerusalem: for the LORD hath comforted his people, he hath
23:052:010 The 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.
23:052:011 Depart 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.
23:052:012 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
23:052:013 Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted
and extolled, and be very high.
23:052:014 As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more
than any man, and his form more than the sons of men:
23:052:015 So 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
23:053:001 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the
23:053:002 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
23:053:003 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.
23:053:004 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet
we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
23:053:005 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 healed.
23:053:006 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
23:053:007 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
23:053:008 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
23:053:009 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.
23:053:010 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 hand.
23:053:011 He 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 their iniquities.
23:053:012 Therefore 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.
23:054:001 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.
23:054:002 Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the
curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords,
and strengthen thy stakes;
23:054:003 For 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 inhabited.
23:054:004 Fear 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.
23:054:005 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.
23:054:006 For the LORD hath called thee as a woman forsaken and grieved
in spirit, and a wife of youth, when thou wast refused, saith
23:054:007 For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great
mercies will I gather thee.
23:054:008 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.
23:054:009 For 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
23:054:010 For 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.
23:054:011 O thou afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted,
behold, I will lay thy stones with fair colours, and lay thy
foundations with sapphires.
23:054:012 And I will make thy windows of agates, and thy gates of
carbuncles, and all thy borders of pleasant stones.
23:054:013 And all thy children shall be taught of the LORD; and great
shall be the peace of thy children.
23:054:014 In 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.
23:054:015 Behold, they shall surely gather together, but not by me:
whosoever shall gather together against thee shall fall for
23:054:016 Behold, 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 to destroy.
23:054:017 No 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.
23:055:001 Ho, 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.
23:055:002 Wherefore 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.
23:055:003 Incline 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.
23:055:004 Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader
and commander to the people.
23:055:005 Behold, 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
23:055:006 Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while
he is near:
23:055:007 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.
23:055:008 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways
my ways, saith the LORD.
23:055:009 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways
higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
23:055:010 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:
23:055:011 So 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.
23:055:012 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
23:055:013 Instead 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
23:056:001 Thus saith the LORD, Keep ye judgment, and do justice: for my
salvation is near to come, and my righteousness to be
23:056:002 Blessed 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.
23:056:003 Neither 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
23:056:004 For thus saith the LORD unto the eunuchs that keep my
sabbaths, and choose the things that please me, and take hold
of my covenant;
23:056:005 Even 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.
23:056:006 Also 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 covenant;
23:056:007 Even 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 all people.
23:056:008 The Lord GOD, which gathereth the outcasts of Israel saith,
Yet will I gather others to him, beside those that are
gathered unto him.
23:056:009 All ye beasts of the field, come to devour, yea, all ye beasts
in the forest.
23:056:010 His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all
dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to
23:056:011 Yea, 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.
23:056:012 Come 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.
23:057:001 The 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.
23:057:002 He shall enter into peace: they shall rest in their beds, each
one walking in his uprightness.
23:057:003 But draw near hither, ye sons of the sorceress, the seed of
the adulterer and the whore.
23:057:004 Against 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 falsehood.
23:057:005 Enflaming yourselves with idols under every green tree,
slaying the children in the valleys under the clifts of the
23:057:006 Among 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?
23:057:007 Upon a lofty and high mountain hast thou set thy bed: even
thither wentest thou up to offer sacrifice.
23:057:008 Behind 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
23:057:009 And thou wentest to the king with ointment, and didst increase
thy perfumes, and didst send thy messengers far off, and didst
debase thyself even unto hell.
23:057:010 Thou 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 grieved.
23:057:011 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?
23:057:012 I will declare thy righteousness, and thy works; for they
shall not profit thee.
23:057:013 When 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;
23:057:014 And shall say, Cast ye up, cast ye up, prepare the way, take
up the stumblingblock out of the way of my people.
23:057:015 For 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.
23:057:016 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.
23:057:017 For 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.
23:057:018 I have seen his ways, and will heal him: I will lead him also,
and restore comforts unto him and to his mourners.
23:057:019 I 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
23:057:020 But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest,
whose waters cast up mire and dirt.
23:057:021 There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.
23:058:001 Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and
shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob
23:058:002 Yet 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.
23:058:003 Wherefore 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.
23:058:004 Behold, 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.
23:058:005 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 LORD?
23:058:006 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?
23:058:007 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?
23:058:008 Then 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
23:058:009 Then 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
23:058:010 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 day:
23:058:011 And 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.
23:058:012 And 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.
23:058:013 If 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:
23:058:014 Then 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.
23:059:001 Behold, the LORD's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save;
neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:
23:059:002 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God,
and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not
23:059:003 For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with
iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath
23:059:004 None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they
trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and
bring forth iniquity.
23:059:005 They 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.
23:059:006 Their 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.
23:059:007 Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent
blood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and
destruction are in their paths.
23:059:008 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 peace.
23:059:009 Therefore is judgment far from us, neither doth justice
overtake us: we wait for light, but behold obscurity; for
brightness, but we walk in darkness.
23:059:010 We 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 men.
23:059:011 We roar all like bears, and mourn sore like doves: we look for
judgment, but there is none; for salvation, but it is far off
23:059:012 For 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;
23:059:013 In 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.
23:059:014 And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth
afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot
23:059:015 Yea, 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.
23:059:016 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 sustained him.
23:059:017 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.
23:059:018 According to their deeds, accordingly he will repay, fury to
his adversaries, recompence to his enemies; to the islands he
will repay recompence.
23:059:019 So 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
23:059:020 And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn
from transgression in Jacob, saith the LORD.
23:059:021 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.
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