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The dregs of the cup of trembling, thou hast drunken, thou hast wrung them out.
There is not one to lead her, of all the sons which she hath brought forth;
Neither is there one to support her by the hand, of all the sons which she hath educated.
These two things have befallen thee; who shall bemoan thee? Desolation, and destruction; the famine, and the sword; who shall comfort thee?
Thy sons lie astounded; they are cast down;
At the head of all the streets, like the oryx taken in the toils; Drenched to the full with the fury of Jehovah, with the rebuke of thy God.
Wherefore hear now this, O thou afflicted daughter; And thou drunken, but not with wine.
Thus saith thy Lord Jehovah;
And thy God, who avengeth his people:
Behold, I take from thy hand the cup of trembling;
The dregs of the cup of my fury;
Thou shalt drink of it again no more.
But I will put it into the hand of them who oppress thee; Who say to thee, Bow down thy body, that we may go over: And thou layedst down thy back, as the ground;
And as the street, to them that pass along.
Awake, awake; be clothed with thy strength, O Sion: Clothe thyself with thy glorious garments, O Jerusalem, thou holy city!
For no more shall enter into thee the uncircumcised and the polluted.
Shake thyself from the dust, ascend thy lofty seat, O Jerusa
Loose thyself from the bands of thy neck, O captive daughter of Sion!
For thus saith Jehovah :
For nought were ye sold;
And not with money shall ye be ransomed.
For thus saith the Lord Jehovah :
My people went down to Egypt,
At the first, to sojourn there:
And the Assyrian, at the last, hath oppressed them.
And they, that are lords over them, make their boast of it saith
And continually every day is my name exposed to contempt.
How beautiful appear on the mountains
The feet of the joyful messenger; of him, that announceth
Of the joyful messenger of good tidings; of him that an nounceth salvation!
Of him, that sayeth unto Sion, Thy God reigneth!
All thy watchmen lift up their voice: they shout together. For face to face shall they see, when Jehovah returneth to Sion.
Burst forth into joy, shout together, ye ruins of Jerusalem! For Jehovah hath comforted his people; he hath redeemed Israel.
Jehovah hath made bare his holy arm, in the sight of all the nations;
And all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.
Depart, depart ye, go ye out from thence; touch no polluted thing:
Go ye out from the midst of her; be ye clean, ye that bear the vessels of Jehovah!
Verily not in haste shall ye go
And not by flight shall ye march along:
For Jehovah shall march in your front:
And the God of Israel shall bring up your rear.
PREDICTION OF PROSPERITY TO ISRAEL.
CHAPTER LIV. VERSES 7-17.
IN a little anger have I forsaken thee;
But with great mercies will I receive thee again :
The same will 1 do now, as in the days of Noah, when I sware,
For the mountains shall be removed;
And the hills shall be overthrown:
But my kindness from thee shall not be removed;
And the covenart of my peace shall not be overthrown:
Saith Jehovah, who beareth towards thee the most tender affection.
O thou afflicted, beaten with the storm, destitute of consolation!
Behold I lay thy stones in cement of vermillion,
And thy foundations with sapphires:
And I will make of rubies thy battlements;
And thy gates of carbuncles;
And the whole circuit of thy walls shall be of precious stones. And all thy children shall be taught by Jehovah :
And great shall be the prosperity of thy children.
In righteousness shalt thou be established;
Be thou far from oppression; yea thou shalt not fear it;
Behold, they shall be leagued together, but not by my command;
Whosoever is leagued against thee, shall come over to thy side. Behold, I have created the smith,
Who bloweth up the coals into a fire,
And produceth instruments according to his work;
Whatever weapon is formed against thee, it shall not prosper; And against every tongue, that contendeth with thee, thou shalt obtain thy cause.
This is the heritage of Jehovah's servants,
And their justification from me, saith Jehovah.
REMEMBRANCE OF PAST AND SUPPLICATION FOR PRESENT FORGIVENESS AND MERCY TO ISRAEL.
CHAPTER LXIII, FROM VERSE 7, AND CHAPTER LXIV. THE mercies of Jehovah will I record, the praise of Jehovah, According to all that Jehovah hath bestowed upon us: And the greatness of his goodness to the house of Israel; Which he hath bestowed upon them, through his tenderness and great kindness.
For he said: Surely they are my people, children that will not prove false;
And he became their saviour in all their distress.
It was not an envoy, nor an angel of his presence, that saved them:
Through his love, and his indulgence, He himself redeemed them:
And he took them up, and he bare them, all the days of old.
So that he became their enemy; and he fought against them.
How he placed in his breast his holy spirit:
Making his glorious arm to attend Moses on his right hand in his march;
Cleaving the waters before them, to make himself a name everlasting;
Leading them through the abyss, like a courser in the plain without obstacle.
As the herd descendeth to the valley, the spirit of Jehovah conducted them:
So didst thou lead thy people, to make thyself a name illustrious.
Look down from heaven, and see, from thy holy and glorious dwelling:
Where is thy zeal, and thy mighty power,
The yearning of thy bowels, and thy tender affections? are they restrained from us?
Verily, thou art our Father; for Abraham knoweth us not,
Thou, O Jehovah, art our Father:
O deliver us for the sake of thy name!
Wherefore, O Jehovah, dost thou suffer us to err from thy ways?
To harden our hearts from the fear of thee?
Return, for the sake, of thy servants;
For the sake of the tribes of thine inheritance,
It is little, that they have taken possession of thy holy mountain;
That our enemies have trodden down thy sanctuary:
We have long been as those, whom thou hast not ruled;
O! that thou wouldst rend the heavens, that thou wouldst descend;
That the mountains might flow down at thy presence;
As the fire causeth the waters to boil:
To make known thy name to thine enemies;
That the nations might tremble at thy presence.
When thou didst wonderful things, which we expected not; Thou didst descend; at thy presence the mountains flowed down.
For never have men heard, nor perceived by the ear;
Nor hath eye seen, a God beside thee,
Who doeth such things for those that trust in him.
Who in thy ways remember thee;
Lo! Thou art angry; for we have sinned;
Because of our deeds; for we have been rebellious.
Therefore thou hast hidden thy face from us;
And hast delivered us up into the hand of our iniquities.
We are the clay, and thou hast formed us:
We are all of us the work of thy hands.
Be not wroth, O Jehovah, to the uttermost;
Nor forever remember iniquity.
Behold, look upon us, we beseech thee; we are all thy people Thy holy cities are become a wilderness;
Sion is become a wilderness; Jerusalem is desolate.
Our holy and glorious temple,
Is utterly burnt up with fire;
And all the objects of our desire are become a devastation. Wilt thou contain thyself at these things, O Jehovah? Wilt thou keep silence, and still grievously afflict us?
GLORY OF THE CHURCH OF GOD PREDICTED.
CHAPTER LX. LXI. VERSES 1-5, LXII. VERSES 1-4.
For behold, darkness shall cover the earth;
But upon thee shall Jehovah arise;
And his glory upon thee shall be conspicuous.
And kings in the brightness of thy sun-rising.
Lift up thine eyes round about, and see;
All of them are gathered together, they come unto thee;
And thy daughters shall be carried at the side.
Then shalt thou fear, and overflow with joy;
And thy heart shall be ruffled, and dilated;
When the riches of the sea shall be poured in upon thee;
All of them from Saba shall come:
Gold and frankincense shall they bear;
And the praise of Jehovah shall they joyfully proclaim.
They shall ascend with acceptance on mine altar;
And my beauteous house I will yet beautify.
Who are these, that fly like a cloud?
And like doves upon the wing?
Verily the distant coasts shall await me;
Their silver and their gold with them:
Because of the name of Jehovah thy God;
And of the Holy One of Israel; for he hath glorified thee.
And the sons of the stranger shall build up thy walls;
And their kings shall minister unto thee:
For in my wrath I smote thee;
But in my favour I will embrace thee with the most tender
And thy gates shall be open continually;