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the ancient Israelite, or that can ever engage the grateful contemplations of the Christian.
It is unnecessary to quote his expostulations with his own ungrateful nation and his denunciations of punishment upon the wicked, which present an exhibition of beauty and energy, contrasted indeed, in its character, with the former, but equally poetical. I have trodden the wine press alone; and of the people there was none with me: for I will tread them in mine anger, and trample them in my fury: and their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments, and I will stain all my raiment.
Again when he makes supplication for humbled and deserted Israel, it is in such tones of subdued and penitent remonstrance as are powerfully pathetic. Art thou not he that hath cut Rahab and wounded the dragon? Art thou not he which hath dried up the sea, the waters of the great deep? Which hath made the depths of the sea a way for the ransomed to pass over ?--Thy holy cities are a wilderness, Zion is a wilderness, Jerusalem a desolation. Our holy and our beautiful house, where our fathers praised thee, is burned up with fire: and all our pleasant things are laid waste. Wilt thou refrain thyself for these things O Lord? Nothing can be more affecting than the allusion to those events in the national history of the Israelites, engraven indelibly on the memory of every individual, when God appeared in a manner so glorious or the deliverance of his chosen people. The appeal which the prophet makes concerning the dejected, forlorn, and wasted condition of Zion is equally touching for its humble simplicity, and its sorrowful and imploring earnestness. The instances which have been given are but few among a multitude of great beauty and sublimity, in almost every chapter of Isaiah's writings. Obscure as many parts of his prophecies are, their poetical and religious spirit is never hidden; an intimate acquaintance with them will inevitably tend, like every other portion of the sacred volume, if its influence be not resisted, to elevate the intellect and purify the soul. If it does not exert this effect, it will only add to our responsibilities, without making us the better prepared to redeem them. In regard to mere matters of taste, how insignificant are all our researches in the sacred Scriptures, if we neglect the great object, for the accomplishment of which they were intended—a fitness for that future and eternal existence, to which we are so rapidly approaching;-above all, for that glorious existence which the Bible unveils to our view, shedding, at the same time, a flood of radiance on the path, through which we may pass upwards to its enjoyment. Let us never forget the purpose, for which the Father of our spirits has given us the book of revelation. We stand before a great and glorious temple,-reared by an Architect of infinite power, wisdom, holiness, and mercy; let us not be content with a distant admiration of its grandeur, nor with any external examination of the costliness of its materials, or the exquisite beauty of its workmanship. Let us enter into
its courts, that our spirits may be awed and sanctified by the glory with which it is filled; that we may commune with God, who has made us capable of such an exalted employment here, and who only can prepare us to worship in his immediate presence hereafter.
PREDICTION OF THE REDEMPTION OF THE JEWS. CHAPTER LI. VERSES 9-23, AND CHAPTER LII. TO VERSE 12. AWAKE, awake, clothe thyself with strength, O arm of Jehovah !
Awake, as in the days of old, the ancient generations. Art thou not the same that smote Rahab, that wounded the dragon?
Art thou not the same, that dried up the sea, the waters of the
That made the depths of the sea a path for the redeemed to pass through;
Thus shall the ransomed of Jehovah return,
And come to Sion with loud acclamation:
And everlasting gladness shall crown their heads;
Joy and gladness shall they obtain,
And sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
I, even I, am he that comforteth you:
Who art thou, that thou shouldst fear wretched man, that dieth; And the son of man, that shall become as the grass?
And shouldst forget Jehovah thy maker,
Who stretched out the heavens, and founded the earth;
And shouldst every day be in continued fear,
As if he were just ready to destroy;
And where now is the fury of the oppressor,
He marcheth on with speed, who cometh to set free the cap
That he may not die in the dungeon,
And that his bread may not fail.
For I am Jehovah thy God;
He, who stilleth at once the sea, though the waves thereof
Jehovah God of hosts is his name.
I have put my words in thy mouth;
And with the shadow of my hand have I covered thee:
To stretch out the heavens, and to lay the foundations of the earth;
And to say unto Sion, Thou art my people.
Rouse thyself, rouse thyself up; arise, O Jerusalem; Who hast drunken from the hand of Jehovah the cup of his
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:
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
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
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 peace!
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 forth;
And not by flight shall ye march along:
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 I 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;
O thou afflicted, beaten with the storm, destitute of consolation!
Behold I lay thy stones in cement of vermillion,
And I will make of rubies thy battlements;
And the whole circuit of thy walls shall be of precious stones.
Be thou far from oppression; yea thou shalt not fear it;
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
Through his love, and his indulgence, He himself redeemed them:
And he took them up, and he bare them, all the days of old. But they rebelled, and grieved his Holy Spirit;
So that he became their enemy; and he fought against them. And he remembered the days of old, Moses his servant;
How he brought them up from the sea, with the shepherd of
How he placed in his breast his holy spirit:
Making his glorious arm to attend Moses on his right hand in
Cleaving the waters before them, to make himself a name ev
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: