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in the ways of thy heart, and in the fight of thine eyes: but know thou, .that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment. . ilO Therefore remove sorrow from thy heart, and put away evil from thy flesh; for childhood and youth are .vanity..

Chap. XII.

REMEMBER now thy , creator in. the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them;

2 While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars be not darkened, nor the clouds return after the rain:

3 In the day when the keepers of the house shall tremble, and the strong men shall bow themselves, and the grinders cease because they are sew, and those that look out of the windows be darkened,

4 And the doors shall be shut in the streets, when the found of the grinding is low, and he shall rife up at the voice of the bird, and all the daughters of musick shall be brought low:

5 Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high,

and sears Jhall be in the way* and the almond-tree shall flourish, and the grashopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail: because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets: . .1j

6 Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern.

7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was, and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.

8 Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher: all is vanity.

9 And moreover, because the Preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yea, he gave good heed, and sought out, and set in order many proverbs.

10 The Preacher sought to sind out acceptable words: and that which was written was upright, even words of truth.

11 The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails sastened by the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd.

12 And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is

] no end, and much study is a weariness weariness of the flesh.

13 f Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments; for this is the whole duty of man.

14 For God mail bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.

From the Book of the Prophet ISAIAH.

Chap. I.

THE Vision of Isaiah the son 6f Amoz, Which he sew concerning Ju^ dah and Jerusalem, in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.

i 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 mafter'scrib : but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider.

4 Ah sinsul nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evil doers, 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 revok more land more: the

whole head is sick, and the whole heart saint.

6 From the sole of the foot eveh 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 (ire 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.

io"f Hear the word of the Lord, ye rulers of Sodom; give ear unto die law of our

E e God, God, ye people of Gomorrah.

11 To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrisices unto me? saith the Lord: I am full of the burnt-offerings of rams, and the sat 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 newmoons 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 sull of blood.

16 Wash ye, 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 satherless, plead for the widow.

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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 mail eat the good of the land:

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

21 How is the saithsul city become an harlot! it was sull of judgment, righteous^ ness 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 satherless, 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 the dross, and

take take away all thy tin.

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

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

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

29 For they shall be afhamed 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 sadeth, 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.

Chap. II.

THE word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw, Concerning Judah, and Je rusalem.

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 mountains, 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 Che monntain 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 plow-shares, and theic spears into pruning-hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

5 O 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 sull of silver and gold, neither is there any end of their treasures: their land is also sull of horses, neither is there any end of their chariots.

8 Their land also is sull of idols: they worship the

E e 2 work work of their own hands, that which their own singers have made.

9 And the mean man boweth down; and the great man humbleth himself: theresore forgive them not.

10 f 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.

• is For the day of the Lord of hosts Jhall be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and upon every one that is listed 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 Jow: and the

Lord alone shall be exalted in that day.

1 8 And the idols he shall utterly abolish.

19 And they shalrgointa 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 arlseth 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 he ariseth to shake terribly the earth.

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

Chak V.

VT O W will I sing to my r^j well-beloved, a song of my beloved touching his vineyard: My well-beloved hath a vineyard in a very fruitful hill.

2 And he fenced it, and gathered out the stones thereof, and planted it with the choicest vin'e, and built a tower

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