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vantage of the highest mountains, to publish it, that it may be most and best heard : since it is to you, that God imparts the first tidings of a Saviour, do ye gladly and zealously divulge it to all the earth; and say to the other cities of Judah, concerning the Messiah to be exhibited in the flesh, Behold your God.
XL. 11. He shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.
If there be any of his elect ones, that is weak and distressed, and that is over-pressed with the conscience of his own unworthiness, such a one will he pity and relieve.
XL. 15. Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance.
What needest thou care, O Israel, for all the world, if thy God be for thee? Alas, how poor a thing are all the nations of the earth, if they be compared to the power of the Almighty ! they are but as one drop of a bucket to a whole spring ; yea, to the sea itself.
XL. 26. Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number : he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth.
Lift up your eyes to heaven, and consider the mighty power of him, that made all this glorious frame; that hath marshalled all those bright and goodly stars, like some mighty and innumerable host: he knows them all severally and distinctly, and hath ordained their several times of rising; and when he bids them come forth, not one of them do or can fail of his appearance.
XLI. 1. Keep silence before me, 0 ye lands ; and let the people renew their strength.
I have a contestation with my people, which I would have the very heathen to be the witnesses of ; come therefore, O ye foreign nations, and give ear, &c.
XLI. 2. Who raised up the righteous man from the east, called him to his foot, gave the nations before him, and made him rule over kings?
Who was it, that fetched faithful Abraham from Ur of the Chaldees, and caused him to travel to the promised land, and gave him the victory over divers kings?
XLI. 4. I the Lord, the first, and with the lust; I am he.
I, the Lord, am he, that alters not with time and occasions : as I was to the first, so I am to the last : as I was before all things, and had my being of myself, so I give being and sustentation to all things, that shall be unto the very end.
XLI. 5. The isles saw it, and feared; the ends of the earth were afruid, drew near, and came.
The nations round about were witnesses of the great works I did for my people, in their deliverance; and feared : even the
remotest of them were afraid, and combined together and assembled ;
XLI. 6. They helped every one his neighbour ; and every one said to his brother, Be of good courage.
And encouraged themselves mutually, notwithstanding, in their idolatry, as though they would make head against the true God.
XLI. 7. So the carpenter encouraged the goldsmith, and he that smootheth with the hammer him that smote the anvil.
The foolish artificers agreed amongst themselves to make an idol, and one of them heartened another to the work, &c.
XLI. 14. Fear not, thou worm Jacob, and ye men of Israel ; I will help thee, saith the Lord, and thy redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.
Be not dismayed, O ye my despised people of the Jews : how base and despicable soever ye seem in the eyes of your enemies, the world shall see and find, that ye are dear to me, and that I will help and deliver you.
XLI. 15. Behold, I will make thee a new sharp threshing instrument having teeth : thou shalt thresh the mountains, and beat them small, and shalt make the hills as chafft.
And, however the world do now insult upon you, I will raise you up, to a power of just revenge ; and will enable you to subdue your greatest and proudest enemies, so as ye shall humble them to the very dust.
XLI. 19. I will plant in the wilderness the cedar, the shittah tree, and the myrtle, and the oil tree ; I will set in the desert the fir tree, and the pine, and the box tree together.
And, whereas the dry and barren wilderness may seem a just discouragement of your passage and return, I will cause that to be pleasantly planted, and coolly shaded, with variety of goodly trees, of all growths and statures.
XLI. 24. An abomination is he that chooseth you.
He, that maketh choice of such gods as ye are, to worship and adore, shall be no other than an abomination unto the true God.
XLI. 25. I have raised up one from the north, and he shall come : from the rising of the sun shall he call upon my name ; and he shall come upon princes as upon morter, and as the potter treadeth clay.
I will, in the fulness of time, raise up a Messiah, who shall call mine elect out of all coasts of the world, to my holy service; and he shall, by his mighty power, subdue those great potentates of the earth, who have opposed themselves to him.
XLII. 2. He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street.
He shall make no noise in the world, but shall come without either pomp or tumult.
XLII. 3. A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench ; he shall bring forth judgment unto truth.
Those, that are humbled and contrite, shall he rather relieve and comfort, than add any thing to their sorrow and affliction; and those, that have received but the weakest beginnings of grace, shall have no discouragement from him, but shall be rather cheered up by him: yet, so shall he be gracious to the penitently dejected, that he shall not bear with the obstinate sinner; but shall give severe judgment upon him, according to the justice of his demerits.
XLII. 4. And the isles shall wait for his law.
The foreign nations, even of the Gentiles, shall yield themselves over joyfully to his government.
XLII. 6. And give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the gentiles.
I will give thee for that Saviour of the World, in whom my covenant of saving mankind was founded of old; even in those ancient promises, which I made, both in paradise to the first parents of mankind, and after, to Abraham the father of the faithful; not only to that one chosen nation, but even to the Gentiles also, to whom I have ordained thee as a light, to guide them unto salvation. ,
XLII. 7. To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.
That, whereas mankind was utterly bereaved of the light of all • divine knowledge, now, by his illumination, their eyes might be opened to see the things belonging to their peace; and, whereas they were shut up in a miserable bondage to sin and Satan, he might graciously deliver them.
XLII. 11. Let the wilderness and the cities thereof lift up their voice, the villages that Kedar doth inhabit: let the inhabitants of the rock sing, let them shout from the top of the mountains.
Let the most barbarous of all nations know, that they have cause to praise and magnify the mercy of the Lord, for that interest which they shall have in this work of redemption ; let therefore the wildest Arabians sing and celebrate this great goodness of God our Saviour.
XLII. 14. I have long time holden my peace ; I have been still, and refrained myself : now will I cry like a travuiling woman : I will destroy and devour at once..
I have long time refrained myself from a revenge of mine enemies, and delivering of my Church: now I can forbear no longer, but will suddenly express my love to the one, and my vengeance on the other; even as a woman, who hath long bitten in her pain, yet when the last throes of her childbirth came upon her, cannot forbear to cry out.
XLII. 19. Who is blind, but my servant ? or deaf, as my messenger that I sent? who is blind as he that is perfect, and blind as the Lord's servant ?
However the rest of the world may pretend for their ignorance and blindness, yet my chosen people, who have had such means
of knowledge from me, might well put me into expectation of great skill in and conscionable care of my commandments; and now behold, to their shame be it spoken, who is so blind as their wilfulness hath made them ? yea, not the ordinary sort of them only, but even my messengers and prophets, who have challenged much perfection to themselves, they have hoodwinked themselves from beholding the certain truth of my judgments.
XLII. 21. The Lord is well pleased for his righteousness' suke ; he will magnify the law, and make it honourable.
The Lord is well pleased, for his gracious promise's sake, to make good all that ever he hath undertaken, concerning his people, and to glorify himself, in the fulfilling of his word.
XLII. 22. But this is a people robbed and spoiled ; they are all of them snared in holes, and they are hid in prison houses : they are for a prey, and none delivereth ; for a spoil, and none saith, Restore.
But this people make themselves unworthy and incapable of the great mercies of God; and will needs be guilty of those great miseries and calamities, that are coming upon them ; for they shall be robbed and spoiled, and fettered in dungeons, and be exposed to an utter vastation.
XLIII. 1. I have called thee by thy name : thou art mine.
I have taken special notice of thee, above all other nations ; and have entered into terms of more near and dear respects unto thee.
XLIII. 3. I gave Egypt for thyransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee.
When Sennacherib did so furiously besiege thee, I fetched him off, and diverted his wars to Egypt and Ethiopia, and so made them to be thy ransom and rescue. So also verse 4.
XLIII. 5. Fear not: for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west ;
I will bring all the true seed of Israel out of their spiritual captivity, from all the corners of the world, even from the east and west.
XLIII. 6. I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back : bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth.
As also from the north and south; so as all, that belong to mine election, shall in Christ be gathered unto me. So also verse 7.
XLIII. 8. Bring forth the blind people that have eyes, and the deaf that have cars.
Bring forth those people, that were once blind, but now I have given them eyes ; and those, who were once deaf, but now I have given them ears.
XLIII. 14. For your sake I have sent to Babylon, and have brought down all their nobles, and the Chaldeans, whose cry is in the ships.
It is for your sakes, to contrive the return of you my people from your captivity, that I will send Cyrus against Babylon, where you are detained ; and will give him victory against those princes and nobles of the Chaldeans, whom ye are subject unto, who shall be glad to make use of their ships for their flight and escape.
XLIII. 19. I will make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.
As I will address and accommodate all things for the return of my people from their captivity, so as no convenience shall be wanting thereunto; so also, will I give all gracious helps to all my chosen ones from the utmost coasts of heaven, for their conversion to my true Church.
XLIII. 20. The beast of the field shall honour me, the dragons and the owls : because I gave waters in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.
Those that are the most bestial and savage among all the people of the world, shall wonder at the great favours which I shew to my people, and shall give glory unto me, both of power and mercy.
XLIII. 23. Thou hast not brought me the small cattle of thy burnt offerings ; neither hast thou honoured me with thy sacrifices. I have not caused thee to serve with an offering, nor wearied thee with incense.
Those oblations, which thou hast formally made unto me, have not been such, as I cared to receive from thee: I have not been beholden to thee, for a true devout consecration of thyself and thy services unto me : all these have been only outward and fashionable. So also verse 24.
XLIII. 24. For thou hast made me to serve with thy sins, thou hast wearied me with thine iniquities.
Thou hast cast heavy and intolerable burdens upon me by thy sins; as if my mercy served for nothing but to humour thy wickedness: yea thou hast pressed me so far, as that I am now weary of enduring thy provocations.
XLIII. 26. Put me in remembrance : let us plead together ; declare thou, that thou mayest be justified.
If thou hast any thing to say for thyself, speak it out freely : I give thee full scope to plead thy own cause with me; and, if thou canst, do thou either justify or excuse thyself.
XLIII. 28. Therefore I have profaned the princes of the sanctuary, and have given Jacob to the curse, and Israel to reproaches.
Therefore I have determined to disregard and expose to contempt the chief priests and rulers of my sanctuary, and to give up Jacob to destruction, and Israel to the reproach of all nations.