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them shew the former things, eth clay. Who hath declared from what they be, that we may con- the beginning, that we may know? sider them, and know the latter and beforetime, that we may say, end of them; or declare us things He is righteous ? yea, there is none for to come. Shew the things that sheweth, yea, there is none that are to come hereafter, that that declareth, yea, there is none we may know that ye are gods : that heareth your words. The first yea, do good, or do evil, that we shall say to Zion, Behold, behold may be dismayed, and behold it them : and I will give to Jerusatogether. Behold, ye are of no- lem one that bringeth good tid thing, and your work of nought: | ings. For I beheld, and there was an abomination is he that choos- no man; even among them, and eth you. I have raised up one from there was no counsellor, that, the north, and he shall come: when I asked of them, could anfrom the rising of the sun shall swer a word. Behold, they are all he call upon my name : and he vanity; their works are nothing: shall come upon princes as upon their molten images are wind and morter, and as the potter tread- confusion.


UT now thus saith the LORD tified: or let them hear, and say,

that created thee, O Jacob, It is truth. Ye are my witnesses, and he that formed thee, O Israel, saith the LORD, and my servant Fear not: for I have redeemed whom I have chosen: that ye may thee, I have called thee by thy know and believe me, and undername; thou art mine. When thou stand that I am he: before me passest through the waters, I will there was no God formed, neither be with thee; and through the ri- shall there be after me. I, even vers, they shall not overflow thee: I, am the LORD ; and beside me when thou walkest through the there is no saviour. I have defire, thou shalt not be burned ; clared, and have saved, and I neither shall the flame kindle up- have shewed, when there was no on thee. For I am the LORD thy strange god among you: thereGod, the Holy One of Israel, thy fore ye are my witnesses, saith Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy the LORD, that I am God. Yea, ransom, Ethiopia and seba for before the day was I am he; and thee. Since thou wast precious in there is none that can deliver out my sight, thou hast been honour- of my hand : I will work, and able, and I have loved thee: there. who shall let it? Thus saith the fore will I give men for thee, and LORD, your redeemer, the Holy people for thy life. Fear not: for One of Israel; For your sake I I ain with thee: I will bring thy have sent to Babylon, and have seed from the east, and gather brought down all their nobles, and thee from the west; I will say to the Chaldeans, whose cry is in the the north, Give up; and to the ships. I am the LORD, your Holy south, Keep not back: bring my One, the creator of Israel, your sons from far, and my daughters King. Thus saith the LORD, which from the ends of the earth; even maketh a way in the sea, and a every one that is called by my path in the mighty waters; which name: for I have created him bringeth forth the chariot and for my glory, I have formed him; horse, the army and the power ; yea, I have made him. Bring they shall lie down together, they forth the blind people that have shall not rise : they are extinct, eyes, and the deaf that have ears. they are quenched as tow. ReLet all the nations be gathered member ye not the former things, together, and let the people be neither consider the things of old. assembled : who among them can Behold, I will do a new thing; declare this, and shew us former now it shall spring forth; shall ye things? let them bring forth their not know it? I will even make a witnesses, that they may be jus- | way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. The beast of the with money, neither hast thou field shall honour me, the dra- filled me with the fat of thy sagons and the owls : because I crifices : but thou hast made me give waters in the wilderness, and to serve with thy sins, thou hast rivers in the desert, to give drink wearied me with thine iniquities. to my people, my chosen. This I, even I, am he that blotteth out people have I formed for myself; thy transgressions for mine own they shall shew forth my praise. sake, and will not remember thy But thou hast not called upon sins. Put me in remembrance : let me, O Jacob; but thou hast been us plead together : declare thou, weary of me, O Israel. Thou hast that thou mayest be justified. not brought me the small cattle Thy first father hath sinned, and of thy burnt offerings ; neither thy teachers have transgressed ahast thou honoured me with thy gainst me. Therefore I have prosacrifices. I have not caused thee faned the princes of the sanctuto serve with an offering, nor ary, and have given Jacob to the wearied thee with incense. Thou curse, and Israel to reproaches. hast bought me no sweet cane THE FIRST SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY,

MORNING. Isaiah XLIV. Y er now hearico Jacob my their delectable things shall not

servant; and Israel, whom I profit; and they are their own withave chosen : thus saith the LORD nesses; they see not, nor know; that made thee, and formed thee that they may be ashamed. Who from the womb, which will help hath formed a god, or molten a thee; Fear not, O Jacob, my ser- graven image that is profitable for vant; and thou, Jesurun, whom nothing? Behold, all his fellows I have chosen. For I will pour shall be ashamed: and the workwater upon him that is thirsty, men, they are of men: let them and floods upon the dry ground: all be gathered together, let them I will pour my spirit upon thy stand up; yet they shall fear, and seed, and my blessing upon thine they shall be ashamed together. offspring: and they shall spring The smith with the tongs both up as among the grass, as wil- worketh in the coals, and fashionlows by the water courses. One

eth it with hammers, and workshall say, I am the LORD's; and eth it with the strength of his another shall call himself by the arms: yea, he is hungry, and his name of Jacob; and another shall strength faileth: he drinketh no subscribe with his hand unto the water, and is faint. The carpenter LORD, and surname himself by stretcheth out his rule ; he markthe name of Israel. Thus saith eth it out with a line; he fitteth the LORD the King of Israel, and it with planes, and he marketh it his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I out with the compass, and makam the first, and I am the last; eth it after the figure of a man, and beside me there is no God. according to the beauty of a man; And who, as I, shall call, and that it may remain in the house. shall declare it, and set it in order He heweth him down cedars, and for me, since I appointed the an. taketh the cypress and the oak, cient people? and the things that which he strengtheneth for himare coming, and shall come, let self among the trees of the forest : them shew unto them. Fear ye he planteth an ash, and the rain not, neither be afraid : have not doth nourish it. Then shall it be I told thee from that time, and for a man to burn: for he will have declared it? ye are even my take thereof, and warm himself; witnesses. Is there a God beside yea, he kindleth it, and baketh me? yea, there is no God; I know bread; yea, he maketh a god, and not any. They that make a graven worshippeth it; he maketh it a image are all of them vanity; and graven image, and falleth down thereto. He burneth part thereof cloud, thy transgressions, and, as in the fire; with part thereof he a cloud, thy sins : return unto eateth flesh; he roasteth roast, me; for I have redeemed thee. and is satisfied: yea, he warm- Sing, O ye heavens ; for the LORD eth himself, and saith, Aha, I am hath done it : shout, ye lower warm, I have seen the fire: and parts of the earth : break forth the residue thereof he maketh a into singing, ye mountains, O fogod, even his graven image: he rest, and every tree therein : for falleth down unto it, and wor- the Lord hath redeemed Jacob, shippeth it, and prayeth unto it, and glorified himself in Israel. and saith, Deliver me; for thou Thus saith the LORD, thy reart my god. They have not known deemer, and he that formed thee nor understood : for he hath shut from the womb, I am the LORD their eyes, that they cannot see; that maketh all things; that and their hearts, that they can- stretcheth forth the heavens 2not understand. And none con- lone ; that spreadeth abroad the sidereth in his heart, neither is earth by myself; that frustrateth there knowledge nor understand- the tokens of the liars, and making to say, I have burned part of eth diviners mad; that turneth it in the fire ; yea, also I have wise men backward, and maketh baked bread upon the coals there. their knowledge foolish ; that conof; I have roasted flesh, and firmeth the word of his servant, eaten it: and shall I make the and performeth the counsel of his residue thereof an abomination ? messengers; that saith to Jerusashall I fall down to the stock of lem, Thou shalt be inhabited; and a tree? He feedeth on ashes: a to the cities of Judah, Ye shall be deceived heart hath turned him built, and I will raise up the deaside, that he cannot deliver his cayed places thereof; that saith soul, nor say, Is there not a lie in to the deep, Be dry, and I will my right hand ? Remember these, dry up thy rivers: that saith of O Jacob and Israel; for thou art Cyrus, He is my shepherd, and my servant: I have formed thee; shall perform all my pleasure : thou art my servant : 0 Israel, even saying to Jerusalem, Thou thou shalt not be forgotten of shalt be built; and to the temple, me. I have blotted out, as a thick | Thy foundation shall be laid.


smith; and he maketh it a god : eth, their idols were upon the they fall down, yea, they worship. beasts, and upon the cattle: your They bear him upon the shoul. carriages were heavy loaden ; they der, they carry him, and set him are a burden to the weary beast. in his place, and he standeth; They stoop, they bow down to- from his place shall he not regether; they could not deliver the move: yea, one shall cry unto burden, but themselves are gone him, yet can he not answer, nor into captivity. Hearken unto me, save him out of his trouble. ReO house of Jacob, and all the member this, and shew yourselves remnant of the house of Israel, men: bring it again to mind, 0 ye which are borne by me from the transgressors. Remember the forbelly, which are carried from the mer things of old: for I am God, womb : and even to your old age and there is none else; I am God, I am he; and even to hoar hairs and there is none like me, declarwill I carry you: I have made, ing the end from the beginning, and I will bear; even I will carry, and from ancient times the things and will deliver you. To whom that are not yet done, saying, My will ye liken me, and make me counsel shall stand, and I will do equal, and compare me, that we all my pleasure: calling a ravenmay be like? They lavish gold ous bird from the east, the man out of the bag, and weigh silver that executeth my counsel from in the balance, and hire a gold- a far country: yea,

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it, I will also bring it to pass; I teousness; it shall not be far off, have purposed it, I will also do and my salvation shall not tarit. Hearken unto me, ye stout- ry: and I will place salvation in hearted, that are far from right- | Zion for Israel my glory. eousness : I bring near my righTHE SECOND SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY.

MORNING. Isaiah LI. HEARKEN to me, we that Art thou not it which hath dried

follow after righteousness, ye the sea, that seek the LORD: look unto deep; that hath made the depths the rock whence ye are hewn, and of the sea a way for the ransomed to the hole of the pit whence ye to pass over? Therefore the reare digged. Look unto Abraham deemed of the LORD shall return, your father, and unto Sarah that and come with singing unto Zion; bare you: for I called him alone, and everlasting joy shall be upon and blessed him, and increased their head: they shall obtain glad. him. For the LORD shall comfort ness and joy; and sorrow and Zion: he will comfort all her waste mourning shall flee away. I, even places; and he will make her wil- I, am he that comforteth you: derness like Eden, and her desert who art thou, that thou shouldlike the garden of the LORD; joy est be afraid of a man that shall and gladness shall be found there- die, and of the son of man which in, thanksgiving, and the voice of shall be made as grass; and formelody. Hearken unto me, my gettest the LORD thy maker, that people, and give ear unto me, O hath stretched forth the heavens, my nation : for a law shall pro- and laid the foundations of the ceed from me, and I will make earth; and hast feared continumy judgment to rest for a light ally every day because of the fury of the people. My righteousness is of the oppressor, as if he were near; my salvation is gone forth, ready to destroy ? and where is and mine arms shall judge the the fury of the oppressor? The people; the isles shall wait upon captive exile hasteneth that he me, and on mine arm shall they may be loosed, and that he should trust. Lift up your eyes to the not die in the pit, nor that his heavens, and look upon the earth bread should fail. But I am the beneath: for the heavens shall LORD thy God, that divided the vanish away like smoke, and the sea, whose waves roared: The earth shall wax old like a gar- LORD of hosts is his name. And ment, and they that dwell there- I have put my words in thy in shall die in like manner: but mouth, and I have covered thee my salvation shall be for ever, in the shadow of mine hand, that and my righteousness shall not be I may plant the heavens, and lay abolished. Hearken unto me, ye the foundations of the earth, and that know righteousness, the peo- say unto Zion, Thou art my people in whose heart is my law; fear ple. Awake, awake, stand up, o ve not the reproach of men, nei- Jerusalem, which hast drunk at ther be ye afraid of their revilings. the hand of the LORD the cup of For the moth shall eat them up his fury; thou hast drunken the like a garment, and the worm dregs of the cup of trembling, and shall eat them like wool: but my wrung them out. There is none righteousness shall be for ever, to guide her among all the sons and my salvation from generation whom she hath brought forth ; to generation. Awake, awake, neither is there any that taketh put on strength, O arm of the her by the hand of all the sons LORD; awake, as in the ancient that she hath brought up. These days, in the generations of old. two things are come unto thee; Art thou not it that hath cut who shall be sorry for thee? deRahab, and wounded the dragon ? solation, and destruction, and the


famine, and the sword: by whom Behold, I have taken out of thine shall I comfort thee? Thy sons hand the cup of trembling, even have fainted, they lie at the head the dregs of the cup of my fury: of all the streets, as a wild bull thou shalt no more drink it again: in a net: they are full of the fury but I will put it into the hand of of the LORD, the rebuke of thy them that afflict thee; which have God. Therefore hear now this, said to thy soul, Bow down, that thou afflicted, and drunken, but we may go over: and thou hast not with wine : thus saith thy laid thy body as the ground, and Lord the LORD, and thy God that as the street, to them that went pleadeth the cause of his people, i over.


shearers is dumb, so he openeth port? and to whom is the not his mouth. He was taken arm of the LORD revealed ? For from prison and from judgment : he shall grow up before him as a and who shall declare his generatender plant, and as a root out of tion? for he was cut off out of the a dry ground: he hath no form land of the living: for the transnor comeliness; and when we shall gression of my people was he see him, there is no beauty that stricken. And he made his grave we should desire him. He is de- with the wicked, and with the rich spised and rejected of men; a in his death; because he had done man of sorrows, and acquainted no violence, neither was any dewith grief: and we hid as it were ceit in his mouth. Yet it pleased our faces from him; he was de- the LORD to bruise him; he hath spised, and we esteemed him not. put him to grief: when thou shalt Surely he hath borne our griefs, make his soul an offering for sin, and carried our sorrows: yet we he shall see his seed, he shall prodid esteem him stricken, smitten long his days, and the pleasure of of God, and afflicted. But he was the LORD shall prosper in his wounded for our transgressions, hand. He shall see of the travail he was bruised for our iniquities : of his soul, and shall be satisfied: the chastisement of our peace was by his knowledge shall my righteupon him; and with his stripes ous servant justify many; for he we are healed. All we like sheep shall bear their iniquities. Therehave gone astray; we have turn- fore will I divide him a portion ed every one to his own way; and with the great, and he shall dithe Lord hath laid on him the vide the spoil with the strong; iniquity of us all. He was op- because he hath poured out his pressed, and he was afflicted, yet soul unto death: and he was numhe opened not his mouth: he is bered with the transgressors; and brought as a lamb to the slaugh- he bare the sin of many, and made ter, and as a sheep before her i intercession for the transgressors.


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come ye to the waters, and cline your ear, and come unto he that hath no money; come ye, me: hear, and your soul shall buy, and eat; yea, come, buy live; and I will make an everlastwine and milk without money ing covenant with you, even the and without price. Wherefore do sure mercies of David. Behold, I ye spend money for that which is have given him for a witness to not bread? and your labour for the people, a leader and comthat which satisfieth not? hearken mander to the people. Behold, diligently unto me, and eat ye thou shalt call a nation that thou that which is good, and let your knowest not, and nations that

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