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· Chap. XII. Fear of God. · REMEMBER now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them; 2 While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars be not darkened, nor the clouds return after the rain: 3 In the day when the keepers of the house shall tremble, and the strong men shall bow themselves, and the grinders cease because they are few, and those that look out of the windows be darkened, 4 And the doors shall be shut in the streets, when the sound of the grinding is low, and he shall rise up at the voice of the bird, and all the daughters of musick shall be brought low : 5 Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, and fears shall be in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail : because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets: 6 Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern. 7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was, and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.
8 Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher: all is vanity. 9 And moreover, because the Preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge ; yea, he gave good heed, and sought out, and set in order many proverbs. 10 The Preacher sought to find out acceptable words : and that which was written was upright, even words of truth. 11 The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd. 12 And fur. ther, by these, my son, be admonished: of mak
ing many books there is no end, and much study is a weariness of the flesh. 13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter : Fear God, and keep his commandments ; for this is the whole -duty of man. 14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret "thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.
,,THE PROPHET ISAIAH.
CHAP. I. The Prophet accuseth and exhorteth
Judah. The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, concerning Judah and Jerusalem. 2 Hear, 0 heavens, and give ear, 0 earth : for the Lord hath spoken, I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me. 3 The ox know. eth his owner, and the ass his master's crib: but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider. 4 Ah sinful nation, a people laden with ini. quity, à seed of evil doers, children that are corrupters, they have forsaken the Lord, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, ihey are gone away backward. 5 Why should ye be stricken any more? ye will revolt more and more : ihe whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint. 6 From the sole of the foot even unto the head, there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises : they have not been closed, neither bound up. 7 Your country is desolate, your cities are burned with fire : your land, strangers devour it in your presence, and it is desolate as overthrown by strangers. 8 And the daughter of Zion is left as a cottage in a vineyard,
as a besieged city. 9 Except the Lord of hosts had left unto us a very small remnant, we should have been as Sodom, and we should have been like unto Gomorrah.
10 Hear the word of the Lord, ye rúlers of So. dom ; give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah. 11 To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the Lord : I am full of the burnt-offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts, and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he-goats. 12 When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at your hand to tread my courts ? 13 Bring no more vain oblations, incense is an abomination unto me, the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies I cannot away with, it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting. 14 Your new moons, and your appointed feasts my soul hateth : they are a trouble unto me, I am weary to bear them. 15 And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you : yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood. 16 Wash ye, make you clean, put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes, cease to do evil; 17 Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow. 18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord : though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. 19 If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land : 20 But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.
CHAP. II. Prophecy of a Saviour. 2 And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord's house shall be estab.
lished in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. 3 And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob, and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths; for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. 4 And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plow-shares, and their spears into pruning-hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. 5 O house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the light of the Lord.
11 The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the baughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day. 12 For the day of the Lord of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and upon every one that is lifted up, and he shall be brought low; 17 And the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day. 18 And the idols he shall utterly abolish : 19 And they shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, for fear of the Lord, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake ter. ribly the earth. 20 In that day a man shall cast his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which they made, each one for himself to worship, to the moles, and to the bats. 22 Cease ye from man whose breath is in his nostrils : for wherein is he to be accounted of?
Chap. III. God's Judgments. FOR, behold, the Lord, the Lord of hosts, doth take away from Jerusalem, and from Judah, the stay and the staff, the whole stay of bread, and the whole stay of water, 2 The mighty man, and the
man of war, the judge, and the prophet, and the prudent, and the ancient, 3 The captain of fifty, and the honourable man, and the counsellor, and the cunning artificer, and the eloquent orator 4 And I will give children to be their princes, and babes shall rule over them. 5 And the people shall be oppressed, every one by another, and every one by his neighbour: the child shall behave himself proudly against the ancient, and the base against the honourable. 12 As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destsoy the way of thy paths. 13 The Lord standeth up to plead, and standeth to judge the people. 14 The Lord will enter into judgment with the ancients of his people, and the princes thereof: for ye have eaten up the vineyard ; the spoil of the poor is in your houses. 15 What mean ye that ye beat my people to pieces, and grind the faces of the poor? saith the Lord God of hosts. 25 Thy men shall fall by the sword, and thy mighty in the war.
CHAP. V. Judah compared to a Vineyard.
3 O INHABITANTS of Jerusalem, and men' of Ju. dah, judge, I pray you, betwixt me and my vineyard. 4 What could have been done more to my vineyard, that I have not done in it? wherefore when I looked that it should bring forth grapes, brought it forth wild grapes ? 5 And now go to; I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard; I will take away the hedge thereof, and it shall be eaten up: and break down the wall thereof, and it shall be trodden down. . 6 And I will lay it-waste : it shall not be pruned, nor digged, but there shall come up briers and thorns : I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain upon it. 7 For