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“ ISAIAH, the first of the prophets, both in order and dignity, abounds in such transcendent excellencies that he may be properly said to afford the most perfect model of the prophetic poetry. He is at once elegant and sublime, forcible and ornamental; he unites energy with copiousness, and dignity with variety. In his sentiments there is extraordinary elevation and majesty ; in his imagery, the utmost propriety, elegance, dignity, and diversity ; in his language, uncommon beauty and energy; and, notwithstanding the obscurity of some of his subjects, a surprising degree of clearness and simplicity.
But, though the variety of his images and the warmth of his expressions characterise him as unequalled in eloquence, and though the marks of a cultivated mind are stamped in every page of his book, yet these are almost eclipsed by the splendour of his inspired knowledge. In the delivery of his prophecies and instructions he utters his enraptured strains with an elevation and majesty that unhal
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lowed lips could never attain ; and from the grand exordium in the first chapter of his prophecy to the concluding description of the Gospel, to be brought forth’in wonders, and to terminate in the dispens. ation of eternity, there is one continued display of inspired wisdom, revealing its oracles and precepts for the instruction and salvation of man : so that the saying of Ezekiel may justly be applied to this prophet :
« • Thou art the confirmed exemplar of measures, Full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.'
Ezek. xxviii. 12." —Bp. Lowth.
Isaiah, who is believed, on a current tradition, to have been the nephew of Uzziah, king of Judea, began to prophesy in his reign, 760 years before the birth of Christ, and seven years before the founding of the Roman monarchy.
Therefore JEHOVAH himself shall give you a sign ;
And He shall be unto you a Sanctuary :
salem. The land of Zebulon, and the land of Naphthali ; Even the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the nations.
The people that walked in darkness,
there shall be no end ; Upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, To fix and to establish it, with judgment and with
justice, Henceforth, and for ever : The zeal of JEHOVAH God of hosts will do this.
Wherefore thus saith the Lord JEHOVAH :
Then shall the deaf hear,
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Those that were led away with the spirit of error
shall gain knowledge; And the malignant shall attend to instruction.
Behold a King shall reign in righteousness ;
as a Refuge from the flood ; As canals of waters in a dry place ; As the shadow of a great rock,
in a land fainting with heat. And Him the eyes of those that see shall regard ; And the ears of those that hear shall hearken. Even the heart of the rash shall consider,
and acquire knowledge ; And the stammering tongue shall speak
readily and plainly.
Say to the faint-hearted : Be ye strong ;
And a highway shall be in the desert ;
Perpetual gladness shall crown their heads;
Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God. Speak ye animating words unto Jerusalem,
and declare unto her,
The Salvation of our God;
A voice sayeth: Proclaim :