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is made a savour of death unto death to the wicked, shall he slay the rebellious,
XI. 5 And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins. He shall not come in the gorgeous attire of worldly princes, but shall be clothed in the glorious robes of righteousness and truth; which shall be closely girded about him, as those which can never be separated from his person and government.
XI. 6 The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. This blessed Saviour, when he comes, shall reform and restore the world to the first peaceable disposition of the creature; so as the savage beast shall put off his bloody nature, and live quietly with his fellows; and those men, which are of a wolvish and lion, like disposition for fierceness and cruelty, shall be so changed by the power of his Gospel, that they shall meekly and plausibly con. verse with those, that are most weak and innocent. So also verse 7, and 8.
XI. 9 They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain : for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea. All those, that submit themselves to the power of the Gospel, shall live harmlessly; for they shall be taught of God to govern themselves accordingly; and all shall abound in the means of the knowledge of the Lord : so as the earth shall be no less overspread with the Gospel, than the sea is covered with waters.
XI. 10 And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people ; to it shall the Gentiles seek : and his rest shall be glorious. In that day, the Messiah shall arise from the stock of David ; and to bim, as to a standard erected, shall all the nations flock; and so shall he be advanced, as that all the Gentiles shall seek unto him, and submit themselves to his word and power; and he shall settle his rest among them, which shall be glorious for himself and happy for them.
XI. 11 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea. Neither may this seem hard, since the Lord will be pleased in that day to set his hand to the work ; and, as he hath formerly shewed his power in the miraculous deliverances of his people, so will be now again mightily recover the remainder of them, from the Assyrians, Egyptians, Ethiopians, and other nations, amongst whom they shall be scattered; as the Partbians, Medes, Chaldees, Cilicians, and those countries which are divided by the sea.
XI. 13 The ency also of Ephraim shall depart, and the adrersaries of Judah shull be cut off.
God's people shall agree well together; and shall lay aside all envy and heart-burning, which they had one towards another.
XI. 14 But they shall fly upon the shoulders of the Philistines toward the west. But they shall band together against the common enemy of the Church; and with joint forces set upon the Philistines.
XI. 15 And the LORD shall utterly destroy the tongue of the Egyptian sea ; and with his mighty wind shall he shake his hand over the river, and shall smite it in the seven streams, and make men go over dryshod. And the Lord will utterly destroy that bay of the Egyptian sea, which carries the form of a tongue, in the entering upon the continent; and with his mighty wind, shall, as he did once for the passage of the Israelites through the Red Sea, so divide Nilus, with all the seven streams thereof, as that men may go over dry, shod.
XII. 3 Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation. My salvation shall be as a full and ever-flowing spring; out of which ye shall, with joy of heart, draw up full vessels continually.
XII. 6 Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion : for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee. Shout for joy, () ye inhabitants of Zion, for the Holy One of Israel, your merciful God, shews the greatness of his power, and the abundance of his grace, in and upon you, in his manifold blessings and deliverances.
XIII. ! The burden of Babylon, which Isaiah the son of Amoz did see. The heavy tidings of that prophecy, wherewith Isaiah, the son of Amoz, was sent to and against Babylon.
XIII. 2 Lift ye up a banner upon the high mountain, exalt the voice unto them, shake the hand, that they may go to the gates of the nobles. I am commanded to proclaim an open war, which the Lord will raise against Babylon, by the hands of the Medes and Persians: lift ye up therefore a banner upon the highest mountain, where it may be most conspicuous, that the people may draw together, for this purpose ; and encourage them, both by voice and gesture, that they may go courageously up to the stately palaces of the Babylonian nobles.
XIII. 3 I have commanded my sanctified ones, I have also called my mighty ones for mine anger, even then that rejoice in my highness. I have commanded, saith God, those, whom I have set apart for this great work of Babylon's destruction: I have called my mighty warriors of Media and Persia, to be the executioners of my anger; even them, that shall go cheerfully forward, upon my setting on, to this conquest.
XIII. 4 The noise of a multitude in the mountains, like as of a great people. This is so surely done, as if ye did already hear the noise of a multitude in the mountains, coming down to this spoil and slaughter.
XIII. 5 They come from a far country, from the end of heaven. They shall come, not only from Media and Persia, but, by their procurement, from far remote nations.
XIII. 8 They shall be amazed one at another; their faces shall be as flames. They shall be amazed at the sight of each other's misery; and, for anguish and consternation, their faces shall be as red as fire.
XIII. 10 For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light : the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine. God shall command both the heaven and earth to conspire against his enemies of Babylon ; from whom, for their great discomfort, he shall withdraw the light of those heavenly bodies, which they are wont most curiously to observe, so as both the stars, the sun, the moon, shall deny their light unto them.
XIII 12 I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir. I will so give up Babylon to the slaughter, that there shall be very few left alive in it; and their enemies shall be so inexorable, that they shall rather care to shed blood, than to take the richest ransom.
XIII. 13 Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the LORD of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger. By wonderful signs in the heaven, and by terrible earthquakes, such as if heaven and earth did remove out of their places, will I testify my fierce wrath against Babylon, in that day, when I shall execute my judgments upon it.
XIII. 17 Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them, which shall not regard silver; and as for gold, they shall not delight in it. Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them ; whose drift shall not so much be their wealth, as their blood; that shall care only to kill, not to enrich themselves with ransoms.
XIII. 20 Neither shall the Arabian pitch tent there ; neither shall the shepherds make their fold there. It shall be so utterly desolated, that the very Arabians, who shift their habitations continually for change of pasturage, shall not so much as pitch a tent there ; nor the shepherd shall make choice of these plains, to make his fold there.
XIII. 21. And their houses shall be full of doleful creatures ; and owls shall dwell there, and satyrs shall dance there. Their houses shall be taken up with those doleful creatures, that delight in solitude; and owls shall dwell there, and evil spirits shal haunt those habitations. See also verse 22,
XIV. 1 For the Lord will have mercy on Jacob, and will yet choose Israel, and set them in their own land : and the strangers shall be joined with them, and they shall cleave to the house of Jacob, The Lord will yet, by the renewing of his mercies, shew that he hath a tender respect to the seed of Jacob, and that Israel is the people whom he hath chosen to bimself; and the Gentiles shall come in, and join with God's faithful people, and shall be one Church with the true Israel.
XIV. 2 And the house of Israel shall possess them in the land of the LORD for servants and handmaids. And the Israel of God, which is the true Church, shall receive them into their family; and unite them into one holy society with themselves.
XIV. 4 That thou shalt take up this proverb against the king of Babylon, and say, How hath the oppressor ceased! the golden city ceased! Then shalt thou insult upon the proud king of Babylon, and say, Where is now this great tyrant, that so oppressed us? What is become of this glorious city of Babylon, that exacted so much tri. bute from us?
XIV. 8 Yea, the fir trees rejoice at thee, and the cedars of Lebanon, saying, Since thou art laid down, no feller is come up against us. Yea, the very senseless creatures, the trees of the forest, triumph in thy ruin, O Babylon; and say, We were wont to be cut down to build thy palaces, but now we can stand quietly ; no feller offers to put an axe unto us.
XIV. 9 Hell from beneath is moved for thee to meet thee at thy coming : it stirreth up the dead for thee, even all the chief ones of the earth ; &c. Yea, the very dead shall rise to applaud thy destruction: hell shall send up her guests, to welcome thee with a scornful gratulation; even all those great kings and princes, whom thou hast tyrannized
XIV. 10 All they shall speak and say unto thee, Art thou also become weak as we art thou become like unto us? All they shall scoff and jeer thee; and say, What is great Babylon become as weak as we? Is the pomp thereof brought down like to one of ours?
XIV. 12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning ! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations !
thou proud king of Babylon, which shinedst in the world like the glorious morning star, how art thou now fallen from thy state and magnificence ! how art thou, which hadst wont to tyrannize over many nations, cut down and utterly destroyed !
XIV. 13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north. For thou, in the pride of thy heart, wouldst needs exalt thyself
above God himself; and saidst within thyself, Earth is too low for me; my throne shall be advanced above the stars of God: I will frustrate the designs of the Almighty; and, in spite of him, will conquer the mount of Zion, the seat of his temple. So verse 14.
XIV. 17 That opened not the house of his prisoners. That held all nations captive; and would not dismiss his prisoners, that they might return to their own home.
XIV. 18 All the kings of the nations, even all of them, lie in glory, every one in his own house. Lo, now, how the world is changed! all others kings, even those petty princes whom thou subduedst, are in glory and magnificence, each one in his own court.
XIV. 19 But thou art cast out of thy grave like an abominable branch, and as the raiment of those that are slain, thrust through with a sword, that go down to the stones of the pit; as a carcase trodden under feet. But thou shalt not be suffered so much, as to enjoy thine own grave; but art cast out as a rotten tree, that is not worthy to be set in the ground; or, as a garment of a man slain by the sword, which is all gashed and soiled with blood, not worth taking up; or, as an abominable carcase, which no man dares to come near, for the ill savour it yieldeth.
XIV. 21 Prepare slaughter for his children for the iniquity of their fathers; that they do not rise, nor possess the land, nor fill the face of the world with cities. O ye avengers of blood, prepare ye an exquisite slaughter, not only for the king of Babylon himself, but for his progeny and posterity: see that ye root them out: let them not live to be great in the world, either in possessions of land, or building of cities.
XIV. 23 I will also make it a possession for the bittern, and pools of waters. I will turn the low-seated Babylon into a standing pool; and make it a possession for bitterns and for otters, instead of men.
XIV. 25 That I will break the Assyrian in my land, and upon my mountains tread him under foot. But, before this time of the destruction of Babylon, I will overthrow the proud Assyrian, in the land of Judah; and will do execution upon him, in the mountains of Israel ; sending away Sennacherib, with a miraculous and shameful defeat.
XIV. 29 Rejoice not thou, whole Palestina, because the rod of him that smote thee is broken : for out of the serpent's root shall come forth a cockatrice, and his fruit shall be a fiery flying serpent. Rejoice not, O thou whole land of Palestine, for that the Jews, which formerly subdued thee, are now driven out and vanquished; for there is yet more mischief towards thee from those, whom thou thinkest to be utterly crushed: if the serpent's egg be broken, as thou weenest, yet a cockatrice, which is more deadly, shall arise out of that cracked shell; and thou shalt be more annoyed by this later brood, than thou wert by the former.