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your sins be as scarlet, they shall upon thee, and purely purge away be as white as snow; though they thy dross, and take away all thy be red like crimson, they shall be tin: and I will restore thy judges as wool. If ye be willing and as at the first, and thy counsellors obedient, ye shall eat the good of as at the beginning : afterward the land: but if ye refuse and thou shalt be called, The city of rebel, ye shall be devoured with righteousness, the faithful city. the sword: for the mouth of the Zion shall be redeemed with judgLORD hath spoken it. How is the ment, and her converts with righfaithful city become an harlot ! it teousness. And the destruction of was full of judgment; righteous- the transgressors and of the sinness lodged in it; but now mur- ners shall be together, and they derers. Thy silver is become dross, that forsake the LORD shall be thy wine mixed with water: thy consumed. For they shall be princes are rebellious, and com- ashamed of the oaks which ye panions of thieves : every one lov- have desired, and ye shall be coneth gifts, and followeth after re- founded for the gardens that ye wards: they judge not the father- have chosen. For ye shall be as less, neither doth the cause of the an oak whose leaf fadeth, and widow come unto them. There- as a garden that hath no wafore saith the Lord, the LORD of ter. And the strong shall be as hosts, the mighty One of Israel, tow, and the maker of it as a Ah, I will ease me of mine ad- spark, and they shall both burn versaries, and avenge me of mine together, and none shall quench enemies : and I will turn my hand them.
EVENING. Isaiah II.
Their land also is full of silver of Amoz saw concerning Ju- and gold, neither is there any dah and Jerusalem. And it shall end of their treasures; their land come to pass in the last days, that is also full of horses, neither is the mountain of the LORD's house there any end of their chariots : shall be established in the top of their land also is full of idols; the mountains, and shall be ex- they worship the work of their alted above the hills; and all na- own hands, that which their own tions shall flow unto it. And many fingers have made: and the mean people shall go and say, Come man boweth down, and the great ye, and let us go up to the moun- man humbleth himself: therefore tain of the LORD, to the house forgive them not. Enter into the of the God of Jacob; and he will rock, and hide thee in the dust, teach us of his ways, and we will for fear of the LORD, and for the walk in his paths : for out of Zion glory of his majesty. The lofty shall go forth the law, and the looks of man shall be humbled, word of the LORD from Jerusa- and the haughtiness of men shali lem. And he shall judge among be bowed down, and the LORD the nations, and shall rebuke alone shall be exalted in that day. many people: and they shall beat For the day of the LORD of hosts their swords into plowshares, and shall be upon every one that is their spears into pruninghooks : proud and lofty, and upon every nation shall not lift up sword one that is lifted up; and he shall against nation, neither shall they be brought low: and upon all the learn war any more. O house of cedars of Lebanon, that are high Jacob, come ye, and let us walk and lifted up, and upon all the in the light of the Lord. There- oaks of Bashan, and upon all the fore thou hast forsaken thy peo- high mountains, and upon all the ple the house of Jacob, because hills that are lifted up, and upon they be replenished from the east, every high tower, and upon every and are soothsayers like the Phi- fenced wall, and upon all the ships listines, and they please them- of Tarshish, and upon all pleasant selves in the children of strangers. pictures. And the loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the idols of gold, which they made haughtiness of men shall be made each one for himself to worship, low: and the LORD alone shall be to the moles and to the bats; to exalted in that day. And the idols go into the clefts of the rocks, he shall utterly abolish. And they and into the tops of the ragged shall go into the holes of the rocks, for fear of the LORD, and rocks, and into the caves of the for the glory of his majesty, when earth, for fear of the LORD, and he ariseth to shake terribly the for the glory of his majesty, when earth. Cease ye from man, whose he ariseth to shake terribly the breath is in his nostrils : for whereearth. In that day a man shall in is he to be accounted of? cast his idols of silver, and his THE SECOND SUNDAY IN ADVENT. MORNING. Isaiah V.
even great and fair, without inhaloved a song of my beloved bitant. Yea, ten acres of vineyard touching his vineyard. My well- shall yield one bath, and the seed beloved hath a vineyard in a very of an homer shall yield an ephah. fruitful hill: and he fenced it, and Woe unto them that rise up gathered out the stones thereof, early in the morning, that they and planted it with the choicest may follow strong drink ; that vine, and built a tower in the continue until night, till wine inmidst of it, and also made a wine- flame them! And the harp, and press therein: and he looked that the viol, the tabret, and pipe, and it should bring forth grapes, and wine, are in their feasts: but they it brought forth wild grapes. And regard not the work of the LORD, now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem, neither consider the operation of and men of Judah, judge, I pray his hands. Therefore my people you, betwixt me and my vine- are gone into captivity, because yard. What could have been done they have no knowledge: and their more to my vineyard, that I have honourable men are famished, not done in it? wherefore, when and their multitude dried up with I looked that it should bring thirst. Therefore hell hath enforth grapes, brought it forth wild larged herself, and opened her grapes? And now go to; I will mouth without measure : and tell you what I will do to my vine- their glory, and their multitude, yard : I will take away the hedge and their pomp, and he that rethereof, and it shall be eaten up; joiceth, shall descend into it. And and break down the wall thereof, the mean man shall be brought and it shall be trodden down: and down, and the mighty man shall I will lay it waste: it shall not be humbled, and the eyes of the be pruned, nor digged; but there lofty shall be humbled: but the shall come up briers and thorns : LORD of hosts shall be exalted in I will also command the clouds judgment, and God that is holy that they rain no rain upon it. shall be sanctified in righteousFor the vineyard of the LORD of ness. Then shall the lambs feed hosts is the house of Israel, and after their manner, and the waste the men of Judah his pleasant places of the fat ones shall stranplant: and he looked for judg- gers eat. Woe unto them that ment, but behold oppression ; for draw iniquity with cords of varighteousness, but behold a cry. nity, and sin as it were with a Woe unto them that join house cart rope: that say, Let him to house, that lay field to field, make speed, and hasten his work, till there be no place, that they that we may see it: and let the may be placed alone in the midst counsel of the Holy One of Israel of the earth! In mine ears said draw nigh and come, that we may the LORD of hosts, Of a truth know it! Woe unto them that many houses shall be desolate, I call evil good, and good evil; that
put darkness for light, and light not turned away, but his hand is for darkness; that put bitter for stretched out still. And he will sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe lift up an ensign to the nations unto them that are wise in their from far, and will hiss unto them own eyes, and prudent in their from the end of the earth: and, own sight! Woe unto them that behold, they shall come with speed are mighty to drink wine, and swiftly: none shall be weary nor men of strength to mingle strong stumble among them ; none shall drink: which justify the wicked slumber nor sleep; neither shall for reward, and take away the the girdle of their loins be loosed, righteousness of the righteous nor the latchet of their shoes be from him! Therefore as the fire broken : whose arrows are sharp, devoureth the stubble, and the and all their bows bent, their flame consumeth the chaff, so horses' hoofs shall be counted like their root shall be as rottenness, flint, and their wheels like a whirland their blossom shall go up as wind: their roaring shall be like dust : because they have cast a- a lion, they shall roar like young way the law of the LORD of hosts, lions : yea, they shall roar, and lay and despised the word of the Holy hold of the prey, and shall carry One of Israel. Therefore is the it away safe, and none shall deanger of the LORD kindled against liver it. And in that day they his people, and he hath stretched shall roar against them like the forth his hand against them, and roaring of the sea : and if one hath smitten them: and the hills look unto the land, behold darkdid tremble, and their carcases ness and sorrow, and the light were torn in the midst of the is darkened in the heavens therestreets. For all this his anger is of.
EVENING. Isaiah XXIV. BEHOLD, the LORD maketh merryhearted do sigh. The mirth
the earth empty, and maketh of tabrets ceaseth, the noise of it waste, and turneth it upside them that rejoice endeth, the joy down, and scattereth abroad the of the harp ceaseth. They shall inhabitants thereof. And it shall not drink wine with a song; strong be, as with the people, so with the drink shall be bitter to them that priest; as with the servant, so with drink it. The city of confusion is his master; as with the maid, so broken down: every house is shut with her mistress; as with the up, that no man may come in. buyer, so with the seller; as with There is a crying for wine in the the lender, so with the borrower; streets; all joy is darkened, the as with the taker of usury, so mirth of the land is gone. In the with the giver of usury to him. city is left desolation, and the gate The land shall be utterly emptied, is smitten with destruction. When and utterly spoiled: for the Lord thus it shall be in the midst of the hath spoken this word. The earth land among the people, there shall mourneth and fadeth away, the be as the shaking of an olive tree, world languisheth and fadeth a- and as the gleaning grapes when way, the haughty people of the the vintage is done. They shall earth do languish. The earth also lift up their voice, they shall sing is defiled under the inhabitants for the majesty of the LORD, they thereof; because they have trans- shall cry aloud from the sea. gressed the laws, changed the or- Wherefore glorify ye the LORD in dinance, broken the everlasting the fires, even the name of the covenant. Therefore hath the LORD God of Israel in the isles of curse devoured the earth, and the sea. From the uttermost part they that dwell therein are deso- of the earth have we heard songs, late: therefore the inhabitants of even glory to the righteous. But the earth are burned, and few I said, My leanness, my leanness, men left. The new wine mourn- woe unto me! the treacherous eth, the vine languisheth, all the dealers have dealt treacherously; yea, the treacherous dealers have thereof shall be heavy upon it; dealt very treacherously. Fear, and it shall fall, and not rise and the pit, and the snare, are again. And it shall come to pass upon thee, O inhabitant of the in that day, that the LORD shall earth. And it shall come to pass, punish the host of the high ones that he who fleeth from the noise that are on high, and the kings of the fear shall fall into the pit; of the earth upon the earth. And and he that cometh up out of the they shall be gathered together, midst of the pit shall be taken in as prisoners are gathered in the the snare : for the windows from pit, and shall be shut up in the on high are open, and the foun- prison, and after many days shall dations of the earth do shake. The they be visited. Then the moon earth is utterly broken down, the shall be confounded, and the sun earth is clean dissolved, the earth ashamed, when the LORD of hosts is moved exceedingly. The earth shall reign in mount Zion, and shall reel to and fro like a drunk- in Jerusalem, and before his anard, and shall be removed like cients gloriously. a cottage; and the transgression
THE THIRD SUNDAY IN ADVENT.
MORNING. Isaiah XXV. O
stroy in this mountain the face of will exalt thee, I will praise the covering cast over all people, thy name; for thou hast done and the vail that is spread over wonderful things; thy counsels of all nations. He will swallow up old are faithfulness and truth. death in victory; and the Lord For thou hast made of a city an God will wipe away tears from off heap ; of a defenced city a ruin: a all faces; and the rebuke of his palace of strangers to be no city; people shall he take away from it shall never be built. There- off all the earth: for the LORD fore shall the strong people glorify hath spoken it. And it shall be thee, the city of the terrible na- said in that day, Lo, this is our tions shall fear thee. For thou God; we have waited for him, hast been a strength to the poor, and he will save us : this is the a strength to the needy in his LORD; we have waited for him, distress, a refuge from the storm, we will be glad and rejoice in his a shadow from the heat, when salvation. For in this mountain the blast of the terrible ones is as shall the hand of the LORD rest, a storm against the wall. Thou and Moab shall be trodden down shalt bring down the noise of under him, even as straw is trodstrangers, as the heat in a dry den down for the dunghill. And place; even the heat with the he shall spread forth his hands in shadow of a cloud : the branch of the midst of them, as he that swimthe terrible ones shall be brought meth spreadeth forth his hands to low. And in this mountain shall swim : and he shall bring down the LORD of hosts make unto all their pride together with the spoils people a feast of fat things, a feast of their hands. And the fortress of of wines on the lees, of fat things the high fort of thy walls shall he
of marrow, of wines on the bring down, lay low, an bring to lees well refined. And he will de- the ground, even to the dust.
EVENING. Isaiah XXVI. N that day shall this song be wilt keep him in perfect peace,
sung in the land of Judah; whose mind is stayed on thee: beWe have a strong city; salvation cause he trusteth in thee. Trust will God appoint for walls and ye in the LORD for ever: for in bulwarks. Open ye the gates, that the LORD JEHOVAH is everthe righteous nation which keep- lasting strength : for he bringeth eth the truth may enter in. Thou down them that dwell on high ;
the lofty city, he layeth it low; he shall not rise: therefore hast thou layeth it low, even to the ground; visited and destroyed them, and he bringeth it even to the dust. made all their memory to perish. The foot shall tread it down, even Thou hast increased the nation, the feet of the poor, and the steps O LORD, thou hast increased the of the needy. The way of the just nation : thou art glorified : thou is uprightness: thou, most up- hadst removed it far unto all the right, dost weigh the path of the ends of the earth. Lord, in troujust. Yea, in the way of thy judg. ble have they visited thee, they ments, O LORD, have we waited poured out å prayer when thy for thee; the desire of our soul chastening was upon them. Like is to thy name, and to the re- as a woman with child, that drawmembrance of thee. With my soul eth near the time of her delivery, have I desired thee in the night; is in pain, and crieth out in her yea, with my spirit within me will pangs; so have we been in thy I seek thee early : for when thy sight, O LORD. We have been judgments are in the earth, the with child, we have been in pain, inhabitants of the world will learn we have as it were brought forth righteousness. Let favour be shew- wind ; we have not wrought any ed to the wicked, yet will he not deliverance in the earth; neither learn righteousness : in the land have the inhabitants of the world of uprightness will he deal un- fallen. Thy dead men shall live, justly, and will not behold the together with my dead body shall majesty of the LORD. LORD, when they arise. Awake and sing, ye thy hand is lifted up, they will that dwell in dust : for thy dew is not see: but they shall see, and as the dew of herbs, and the earth be ashamed for their envy at the shall cast out the dead. Come, my people; yea, the fire of thine ene- people, enter thou into thy chammies shall devour them. LORD, bers, and shut thy doors about thou wilt ordain peace for us : for thee: hide thyself as it were for thou also hast wrought all our a little moment, until the indigworks in us. O LORD our God, nation be overpast. For, behold, other lords beside thee have had the LORD cometh out of his place dominion over us : but by thee to punish the inhabitants of the only will we make mention of thy earth for their iniquity: the earth name. They are dead, they shall also shall disclose her blood, and not live; they are deceased, they shall no more cover her slain. THE FOURTH SUNDAY IN ADVENT.
MORNING. Isaiah XXX. WE to the rebellious chil: shame, and also a reproach. The
, , burden take counsel, but not of me; and into the land of trouble and anthat cover with a covering, but guish, from whence come the not of my spirit, that they may young and old lion, the viper add sin to sin: that walk to go and fiery flying serpent, they will down into Egypt, and have not carry their riches upon the shoulasked at my mouth; to strength- ders of young asses, and their en themselves in the strength of treasures upon the bunches of Pharaoh, and to trust in the sha- camels, to a people that shall not dow of Egypt! Therefore shall | profit them. For the Egyptians the strength of Pharaoh be your shall help in vain, and to no purshame, and the trust in the sha- pose : therefore have I cried condow of Egypt your confusion. For cerning this, their strength is to his princes were at Zoan, and sit still. Now go, write it before his ambassadors came to Hanes. them in a table, and note it in a They were all ashamed of a peo- book, that it may be for the time ple that could not profit them, to come for ever and ever : that nor be an help nor profit, but a this is a rebellious people, lying