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knew not thee shall run unto thee | thither, but watereth the earth, because of the LORD thy God, and and maketh it bring forth and for the Holy One of Israel; forbud, that it may give seed to the he hath glorified thee. Seek ye sower, and bread to the eater: the Lord while he may be found, so shall my word be that goeth call ye upon him while he is near: forth out of my mouth: it shall let the wicked forsake his way, not return unto me void, but it and the unrighteous man his shall accomplish that which I thoughts and let him return please, and it shall prosper in the unto the LORD, and he will have thing whereto I sent it. For ye mercy upon him; and to our God, shall go out with joy, and be led for he will abundantly pardon. forth with peace : the mountains For my thoughts are not your
and the hills shall break forth bethoughts, neither are your ways fore you into singing, and all the my ways, saith the LORD. For as
trees of the field shall clap their the heavens are higher than the hands. Instead of the thorn shall earth, so are my ways higher come up the fir tree, and instead than your ways, and my thoughts of the brier shall come up the than your thoughts. For as the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the rain cometh down, and the snow LORD for a name, for an everlastfrom heaven, and returneth not | ing sign that shall not be cut off.
EVENING. Isaiah LVI.
eth the sabbath from polluting it, ye judgment, and do justice : and taketh hold of my covenant; for my salvation is near to come, even them will I bring to my holy and my righteousness to be re- mountain, and make them joyful vealed. Blessed is the man that in my house of prayer: their burnt doeth this, and the son of man offerings and their sacrifices shall that layeth hold on it ; that keep- be accepted upon mine altar; for eth the sabbath from polluting it, mine house shall be called an and keepeth his hand from doing house of prayer for all people. any evil. Neither let the son of The Lord God which gathereth the stranger, that hath joined the outcasts of Israel saith, Yet himself to the LORD, speak, say- will I gather others to him, beside ing, The Lord hath utterly se- those that are gathered unto him. parated me from his people : nei- All ye beasts of the field, come to ther let the eunuch say, Behold, devour, yea, all ye beasts in the I am a dry tree. For thus saith forest. His watchmen are blind : the LORD unto the eunuchs that they are all ignorant, they are all keep my sabbaths, and choose the dumb dogs, they cannot bark; things that please me, and take sleeping, lying down, loving, to hold of my covenant; even unto slumber. Yea, they are greedy dogş them will I give in mine house which can never have enough, and and within my walls a place and they are shepherds that cannot a name better than of sons and
understand : they all look to their of daughters : I will give thein an own way, every one for his gain, everlasting name, that shall not from his quarter. Come ye, say be cut off. Also the song of the they, I will fetch wine, and we stranger, that join themselves to will fill ourselves with strong the LORD, to serve him, and to drink; and to morrow shall be love the name of the LORD, to be as this day, and much more ahis servants, every one that keep- bundant.
MORNING. Isaiah LVII. THE righteous perisheth, and whom hast thou been afraid or THE
no man layeth it to heart : feared, that thou hast lied, and and merciful men are taken away, hast not remembered me, nor laid none considering that the righte- it to thy heart? have not I held ous is taken away from the evil to my peace even of old, and thou come. He shall enter into peace: fearest me not? I will declare thy they shall rest in their beds, each righteousness, and thy works; for one walking in his uprightness. they shall not profit thee. When But draw ncar hither, ye sons of thou criest, let thy companies de. the sorceress, the seed of the a- liver thee; but the wind shall dulterer and the whore. Against carry them all away; vanity shall whom do ye sport yourselves ? take them : but he that putteth against whom make ye a wide his trust in me shall possess the mouth, and draw out the tongue ? land, and shall inherit my holy are ye not children of transgres- mountain ; and shall say, Cast ye sion, a seed of falsehood, entlam- up, cast ye up, prepare the way, ing yourselves with idols under take up the stuinblingblock out of every green tree, slaying the chil- the way of my people. For thus dren in the valleys under the clifts saith the high and lofty One that of the rocks? Among the smooth inhabiteth eternity, whose namne stones of the stream is thy por- is Holy; I dwell in the high and tion; they, they are thy lot: even holy place, with himn also that is to them hast thou poured a drink of a contrite and humble spirit, offering, thou hast offered a meat to revive the spirit of the humble, offering. Should I receive comfort and to revive the heart of the in these? Upon a lofty and high contrite ones. For I will not conmountain hast thou set thy bed : tend for ever, neither will I be aleven thither wentest thou up to ways wroth : for the spirit should offer sacrifice. Behind the doors fail before me, and the souls which also and the posts hast thou set I have made. For the iniquity of up thy remembrance : for thou his covetousness was I wroth, and hast discovered thyself to another smote him: I hid me, and was than me, and art gone up; thou wroth, and he went on frowardly hast enlarged thy bed, and made in the way of his heart. I have thee a covenant with them; thou seen his ways, and will heal him : lovedst their bed where thou saw- I will lead him also, and restore est it. And thou wentest to the comforts unto him and to his king with ointment, and didst in- mourners. I create the fruit of crease thy perfumes, and didst the lips; Peace, peace to him that send thy messengers far off, and is far off, and to him that is near, didst debase thyself even unto hell. saith the LORD; and I will heal Thou art wearied in the greatness him. But the wicked are like the of thy way; yet saidst thou not, troubled sea, when it cannot rest, There is no hope: thou hast found whose waters cast up mire and the life of thine hand; therefore dirt. There is no peace, saith my thou wast not grieved. And of God, to the wicked.
EVENING. Isaiah LVIII.
God: they ask of me the ordithy voice like a trumpet, and nances of justice; they take de. shew my people their transgres- light in approaching to God. sion, and the house of Jacob their Wherefore have we fasted, say sins. Yet they seek me daily, and they, and thou scest not? wheredelight to know my ways, as a fore have we afflicted our soul, nation that did righteousness, and and thou takest no knowledge ? forsook not the ordinance of their Behold, in the day of your fast
burdens, and to let the oppre
ye find pleasure, and exact all of thee the yoke, the putting forth your labours. Behold, ye fast for of the finger, and speaking vastrife and debate, and to smite nity; and if thou draw out thy with the fist of wickedness : ve soul to the hungry, and satisfy shall not fast as ye do this day, to the afflicted soul; then shall thy make your voice to be heard on light rise in obscurity, and thy high. Is it such a fast that I have darkness be as the noon day: and chosen? a day for a man to af- the LORD shall guide thee conflict his soul? is it to bow down tinually, and satisfy thy soul in his head as a bulrush, and to drought, and make fat thy bones : spread sackcloth and ashes under and thou shalt be like a watered him? wilt thou call this a fast, garden, and like a spring of waand an acceptable day to the ter, whose waters fail not. And LORD? Is not this the fast that they that shall be of thee shall I have chosen ? to loose the bands build the old waste places: thou of wickedness, to undo the heavy shalt raise up the foundations of
many generations; and thou shalt ed go free, and that ye
be called, The repairer of the every yoke? Is it not to deal thy breach, The restorer of paths to bread to the hungry, and that dwell in. If thou turn away thy thou bring the poor that are cast foot from the sabbath, from doing out to thy house? when thou seest thy pleasure on my holy day; and the naked, that thou cover him; call the sabbath a delight, the and that thou hide not thyself holy of the Lord, honourable; and from thine own flesh? Then shall shalt honour him, not doing thine thy light break forth as the morn- own ways, nor finding thine own ing, and thine health shall spring pleasure, nor speaking thine own forth speedily: and thy righteous- words: then shalt thou delight ness shall go before thee; the glo- thyself in the LORD; and I will ry of the LORD shall be thy rere- cause thee to ride upon the high ward. Then shalt thou call, and places of the earth, and feed thee the LORD shall answer; thou shalt with the heritage of Jacob thy cry, and he shall say, Here I am. father: for the mouth of the LORD If thou take away from the midst hath spoken it. THE FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY.
MORNING. Isaiah LIX. BEHOLDthe Lord's hand is shall they cover themselves witla
not shortened, that it cannot their : works are works save; neither his ear heavy, that of iniquity, and the act of violence it cannot hear: but your iniqui- is in their hands. Their feet run to ties have separated between you evil, and they make haste to shed and your God, and your sins have innocent blood: their thoughts are hid his face from you, that he will thoughts of iniquity; wasting and not hear. For your hands are de- destruction are in their paths. The filed with blood, and your fingers way of peace they know not; and with iniquity; your lips have spo- there is no judgment in their goken lies, your tongue hath mut- ings: they have made them crooktered perverseness. None calleth ed paths: whosoever goeth therefor justice, nor any pleadeth for in shall not know peace. Theretruth: they trust in vanity, and fore is judgment far from us, neispeak lies; they conceive mis- ther doth justice overtake us: we chief, and bring forth iniquity. wait for light, but behold obscurThey hatch cockatrice' eggs, and ity; for brightness, but we walk in weave the spider's web: he that darkness. We grope for the wall eateth of their eggs dieth, and like the blind, and we grope as if that which is crushed breaketh we had no eyes: we stumble at out into a viper. Their webs shall noon day as in the night; we are not become garments, neither in desolate places as dead men.
We roar all like bears, and mourn put on righteousness as a breastsore like doves: we look for judg. plate, and an helmet of salvation ment, but there is none; for sal- upon his head; and he put on the vation, but it is far off from us. garments of vengeance for clothFor our transgressions are mul- ing, and was clad with zeal as a tiplied before thee, and our sins cloke. According to their deeds, testify against us: for our trans- accordingly he will repay, fury to gressions are with us; and as for his adversaries, recompence to his our iniquities, we know them; in enemies; to the islands he will transgressing and lying against repay recompence. So shall they the LORD, and departing away fear the name of the Lord from from our God, speaking oppres, the west, and his glory from the sion and revolt, conceiving and rising of the sun. When the eneuttering from the heart words of my shall come in like a flood, the falsehood. And judgment is turn- Spirit of the LORD shall lift up ed away backward, and justice a standard against him. And the standeth afar off: for truth is fall- Redeemer shall come to Zion, en in the street, and equity can. and unto them that turn from not enter. Yea, truth faileth; and transgression in Jacob, saith the he that departeth from evil mak- LORD. As for me, this is my coveeth himself a prey: and the LORD nant with them, saith the LORD; saw it, and it displeased him that | My spirit that is upon thee, and there was no judgment. And he my words which I have put in saw that there was no man, and thy mouth, shall not depart out of wondered that there was no inter- thy mouth, nor out of the mouth cessor: therefore his arm brought of thy seed, nor out of the mouth salvation unto him; and his righ- of thy seed's seed, saith the LORD, teousness, it sustained him. For he from henceforth and for ever.
EVENING. Isaiah LXIV. O that thou wouldest rend the filthy rags; and we all do fade as
a ; and the come down, that the mountains wind, have taken us away. And might flow down at thy presence, there is none that calleth upon thy as when the melting fire burneth, name, that stirreth up himself to the fire causeth the waters to boil, take hold of thee: for thou hast to make thy name known to thine hid thy face from us, and hast adversaries, that the nations may consumed us, because of our initremble at thy presence! When quities. But now, O LORD, thou thou didst terrible things which art our father; we are the clay, we looked not for, thou camest and thou our potter; and we all down, the mountains flowed down are the work of thy hand. Be not at thy presence. For since the be- wroth very sore, O LORD, neither ginning of the world men have not remember iniquity for ever: beheard, nor perceived by the ear, hold, see, we beseech thee, we are neither hath the eye seen, O God, all thy people. Thy holy cities beside thee, what he hath prepar- are a wilderness, Zion is a wil. ed for him that waiteth for him. derness, Jerusalem a desolation. Thou meetest him that rejoiceth Our holy and our beautiful house, and worketh righteousness, those where our fathers praised thee, that remember thee in thy ways: is burned up with fire: and all behold, thou art wroth; for we our pleasant things are laid waste. have sinned; in those is continu- Wilt thou refrain thyself for these ance, and we shall be saved. But | things, O LORD? wilt thou hold we are all as an unclean thing, thy peace, and afflict us very and all our righteousnesses are as sore?
MORNING. Isaiah LXV. I
I spake, ye did not hear; but not for me; I am found of them did evil before mine eyes, and did that sought me not: I said, Be- choose that wherein 1 delighted hold me, behold me, unto a na- not. Therefore thus saith the Lord tion that was not called by my God, Behold, my servants shall name. I have spread out my hands eat, but ye shall be hungry: beall the day unto a rebellious peo- hold, my servants shall drink, ple, which walketh in a way that but ye shall be thirsty: behold, was not good, after their own my servants shall rejoice, but ye thoughts; a people that provok- shall be ashamed : behold, my eth me to anger continually to servants shall sing for joy of my face; that sacrificeth in gar- heart, but ye shall cry for sorrow dens, and burneth incense upon of heart, and shall howl for vexaltars of brick; which remain a- ation of spirit. And ye shall leave mong the graves, and lodge in your name for a curse unto my the monuments, which eat swine's chosen : for the Lord God shall fiesh, and broth of abominable slay thee, and call his servants by things is in their vessels; which another name: that he who blesssay, Stand by thyself, come not eth himself in the earth shall bless near to me; for I am holier than himself in the God of truth; and thou. These are a smoke in my he that sweareth in the earth nose, a fire that burneth all the
shall swear by the God of truth; day. Behold, it is written before because the former troubles are me : I will not keep silence, but forgotten, and because they are will recompense, even recompense hid from mine eyes. For, behold, into their bosom, your iniquities, I create new heavens and a new and the iniquities of your fathers earth: and the former shall not together, saith the LORD, which be remembered, nor come into have burned incense upon the mind. But be ye glad and rejoice mountains, and blasphemed me for ever in that which I create: upon the hills: therefore will I for, behold, I create Jerusalem a measure their former work into rejoicing, and her people a joy. their bosom. Thus saith the LORD, And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, As the new wine is found in the and joy in my people: and the cluster, and one saith, Destroy it voice of weeping shall be no more not; for a blessing is in it: so will heard in her, nor the voice of I do for my servants' sakes, that crying. There shall be no more I may not destroy them all. And thence an infant of days, nor an I will bring forth a seed out of old man that hath not filled his Jacob, and out of Judah an inhe days: for the child shall die an ritor of my mountains: and mine hundred years old; but the sinelect shall inherit it, and my ser- ner being an hundred years old vants shall dwell there. And Sha- shall be accursed. And they shall ron shall be a fold of flocks, and build houses, and inhabit them; the valley of Achor a place for the and they shall plant vineyards, herds to lie down in, for my peo- and eat the fruit of them. They ple that have sought me. But ye shall not build, and another inare they that forsake the LORD, habit; they shall not plant, and that forget my holy mountain, another eat: for as the days of that prepare a table for that a tree are the days of my people, troop, and that furnish the drink and mine elect shall long enjoy offering unto that number. There- the work of their lands. They fore will I number you to the shall not labour in vain, nor bring sword, and ye shall all bow down forth for trouble ; for they are the to the slaughter: because when seed of the blessed of the LORD, I called, ye did not answer; when and their offspring with them.