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CHAP. VII.

13 The mandrakes give a smell,

and at our gates are all manner of How beautiful are thy feet with pleasant fruits, new and old, which shoes, O prince's daughter! the I have laid up for thee, O my bejoints of thy thighs are like jewels, loved. the work of the hands of a cunning workman.

CHAP. VIII. 2 Thy navel is like a round goblet, which wanteth not liquor: thy

O That thou wert as my brother, belly is like an heap of wheat set that sucked the breasts of my moabout with lilies.

ther! when I should find thee with3 Thy two breasts are like two out, I would kiss thee; yea, I should young roes that are twins.

not be despised. 4 Thy neck is as a tower of ivory;

2 I would lead thee, and bring thine eyes like the fishpools in Hesh- thee into my mother's house, who bon, by the gate of Bath-rabbim : would instruct me: I would cause thy nose is as the tower of Leba- thee to drink of spiced wine of the non which looketh toward Damas- juice of my pomegranate. cus.

3 His left hand should be under 5 Thine head upon thee is like my head, and his right hand should Carmel, and the hair of thine head embrace me. like purple; the king is held in the 4 I charge you, O daughters of galleries.

Jerusalem, that ye stir not up, nor 6 How fair and how pleasant art awake my love, until he please. thou, O love, for delights!

5 Who is this that cometh up 7 This thy stature is like to a palm

from the wilderness, leaning upon tree, and thy breasts to clusters of her beloved ? I raised thee up ungrapes.

der the apple tree: there thy mo8 I said, I will go up to the palm ther brought thee forth: there she tree, I will take hold of the boughs brought thee forth that bare thee. thereof: now also thy breasts shall 6 Set me as a seal upon thine be as clusters of the vine, and the heart, as a seal upon thine arm : for smell of thy nose like apples;

love is strong as death ; jealousy is 9 And the roof of thy mouth like cruel as the grave: the coals therethe best wine for my beloved, that of are coals of fire, which hath a most goeth down sweetly, causing the lips vehement flame. of those that are asleep to speak.

7 Many waters cannot quench 10 I am my beloved's, and his de- love, neither can the floods drown sire is toward me.

it: if a man would give all the sub11 Come, my beloved, let us go stance of his house for love, it would forth into the field; let us lodge in utterly be contemned. the villages.

8 We have a little sister, and she 12 Let us get up early to the vine- hath no breasts : what shall we do yards; let us see if the vine flourish, for our sister in the day when she whether the tender grape appear,

and shall be spoken for? the pomegranates bud forth: there 9 If she be a wall, we will build will I give thee my loves.

upon her a palace of silver : and if

she be a door, we will inclose her with boards of cedar.

10 I am a wall, and my breasts like towers: then was I in his

eyes as one that found favour.

11 Solomon had a vineyard at Baal-hamon; he let out the vineyard unto keepers ; every one for the fruit thereof was to bring a thousand pieces of silver.

12 My vineyard, which is mine,

is before me: thou, O Solomon, must have a thousand, and those that keep the fruit thereof two hundred.

13 Thou that dwellest in the gardens, the companions hearken to thy voice: cause me to hear it.

14 Make haste, my beloved, and be thou like to a roe or to a young hart upon the mountains of spices.

THE BOOK OF THE PROPHET ISAIAH.

CHAP. I.

The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.

2 Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the LORD hath spoken, I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me.

3 The ox knoweth 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 iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the LORD, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward.

5 Why should ye be stricken any more?

ye

will revolt more and more: the 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, and putrifying sores: they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment.

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 lodge in a garden of cucumbers, 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

rulers of Sodom; 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 you, 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 :

CHAP. II.

20 But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword : for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.

21 How is the faithful city become an harlot! it was full of judgment; righteousness lodged in it; but now murderers.

22 Thy silver is become dross, thy wine mixed with water:

23 Thy princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves: every one loveth gifts, and followeth after rewards: they judge not the fatherless, neither doth the cause of the widow come unto them.

24 Therefore saith the Lord, the Lord of hosts, the mighty One of Israel, Ah, I will ease me of mine adversaries, and avenge me of mine enemies :

25 And I will turn my hand upon thee, and purely purge away thy dross, and take away all thy tin:

26 And I will restore thy judges as at the first, and thy counsellors as at the beginning : afterward thou shalt be called, The city of righteousness, the faithful city.

27 Zion shall be redeemed with judgment, and her converts with righteousness.

28 And the destruction of the transgressors and of the sinners shall be together, and they that forsake the LORD shall be consumed.

29 For they shall be ashamed of the oaks which ye have desired, and ye shall be confounded for the gardens that ye have chosen.

30 For ye shall be as an oak whose leaf fadeth, and as a garden that hath no water.

31 And the strong shall be as tow, and the maker of it as a spark, and they shall both burn together, and none shall quench them.

The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.

2 And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD's house shall be established in the top of the inountains, 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 plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

5 ( house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the light of the LORD.

6 Therefore thou hast forsaken thy people the house of Jacob, because they be replenished from the east, and are soothsayers like the Philistines, and they please themselves in the children of strangers.

7 Their land also is full of silver and gold, neither is there any end of their treasures; their land is also full of horses, neither is there any end of their chariots :

8 Their land also is full of idols; they worship the work of their own hands, that which their own fingers have made: 9 And the mean

man boweth down, and the great man humbleth himself: therefore forgive them not. he ariseth to shake terribly the earth.

22 Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils : for wherein is he to be accounted of?

10 Enter into the rock, and hide thee in the dust, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty.

11 The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness 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 :

13 And upon all the cedars of Lebanon, that are high and lifted up, and upon all the oaks of Bashan,

14 And upon all the high mountains, and upon all the hills that are

lifted up,

15 And upon every high tower, and upon every fenced wall,

16 And upon all the ships of Tarshish, and upon all pleasant pictures.

17 And the loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness of men shall be made low: 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 terribly 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;

21 To go into the clefts of the rocks, and into the tops of the ragged rocks, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty, when

CHAP. III. 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.

6 When a man shall take hold of his brother of the house of his father, saying, Thou hast clothing, be thou our ruler, and let this ruin be under thy hand :

7 In that day shall he swear, saying, I will not be an healer; for in my house is neither bread nor clothing: make me not a ruler of the people.

8 For Jerusalem is ruined, and Judah is fallen : because their tongue and their doings are against the LORD, to provoke the eyes of his glory.

9 The shew of their countenance doth witness against them; and they declare their sin as Sodom,

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