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8:6. Forasmuch as this people hath cast away the waters of Siloe, that
go with silence, and hath rather taken Rasin, and the son of Romelia:
8:7. Therefore behold the Lord will bring upon them the waters of the
river strong and many, the king of the Assyrians, and all his glory:
and he shall come up over all his channels, and shall overflow all his
8:8. And shall pass through Juda, overflowing, and going over shall
reach even to the neck. And the stretching out of his wings shall fill
the breadth of thy, land, O Emmanuel.
8:9. Gather yourselves together, O ye people, and be overcome, and give
ear, all ye lands afar off: strengthen yourselves, and be overcome,
gird yourselves, and be overcome.
8:10. Take counsel together, and it shall be defeated: speak a word,
and it shall not be done: because God is with us.
8:11. For thus saith the Lord to me: As he hath taught me, with a
strong arm, that I should not walk in the way of this people, saying:
8:12. Say ye not: A conspiracy: for all that this people speaketh, is a
conspiracy: neither fear ye their fear, nor be afraid.
8:13. Sanctify the Lord of hosts himself: and let him be your fear, and
let him be your dread.
8:14. And he shall be a sanctification to you. But for a stone of
stumbling, and for a rock of offence to the two houses of Israel, for a
snare and a ruin to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
8:15. And very many of them shall stumble and fall, and shall be broken
in pieces, and shall be snared, and taken.
8:16. Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples.
8:17. And I will wait for the Lord, who hath hid his face from the
house of Jacob, and I will look for him.
8:18. Behold I and my children, whom the Lord hath given me for a sign,
and for a wonder in Israel from the Lord of hosts, who dwelleth in
8:19. And when they shall say to you: Seek of pythons, and of diviners,
who mutter in their enchantments: should not the people seek of their
God, for the living of the dead?
Seek of pythons. . .That is, people pretending to tell future things by
a prophesying spirit.--Ibid. Should not the people seek of their God,
for the living of the dead?. . .Here is signified, that it is to God we
should pray to be directed, and not to seek of the dead, (that is, of
fortune-tellers dead in sin,) for the health of the living.
8:20. To the law rather, and to the testimony. And if they speak not
according to this word, they shall not have the morning light.
8:21. And they shall pass by it, they shall fall, and be hungry: and
when they shall be hungry, they will be angry, and curse their king,
and their God, and look upwards.
8:22. And they shall look to the earth, and behold trouble and
darkness, weakness and distress, and a mist following them, and they
cannot fly away from their distress.
Isaias Chapter 9
What joy shall come after afflictions by the birth and kingdom of
Christ; which shall flourish for ever. Judgments upon Israel for their
9:1. At the first time the land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephtali
was lightly touched: and at the last the way of the sea beyond the
Jordan of the Galilee of the Gentiles was heavily loaded.
9:2. The people that walked in darkness, have seen a great light: to
them that dwelt in the region of the shadow of death, light is risen.
9:3. Thou hast multiplied the nation, and hast not increased the joy.
They shall rejoice before thee, as they that rejoice in the harvest, as
conquerors rejoice after taking a prey, when they divide the spoils.
9:4. For the yoke of their burden, and the rod of their shoulder, and
the sceptre of their oppressor thou hast overcome, as in the day of
9:5. For every violent taking of spoils, with tumult, and garment
mingled with blood, shall be burnt, and be fuel for the fire.
9:6. For a CHILD IS BORN to us, and a son is given to us, and the
government is upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called
Wonderful, Counsellor, God the Mighty, the Father of the world to come,
the Prince of Peace.
9:7. His empire shall be multiplied, and there shall be no end of
peace: he shall sit upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom; to
establish it and strengthen it with judgment and with justice, from
henceforth and for ever: the zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform
9:8. The Lord sent a word into Jacob, and it hath lighted upon Israel.
9:9. And all the people of Ephraim shall know, and the inhabitants of
Samaria that say in the pride and haughtiness of their heart:
9:10. The bricks are fallen down, but we will build with square stones:
they have cut down the sycamores, but we will change them for cedars.
9:11. And the Lord shall set up the enemies of Rasin over him, and
shall bring on his enemies in a crowd:
9:12. The Syrians from the east, and, the Philistines from the west:
and they shall devour Israel with open mouth. For all this his
indignation is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.
9:13. And the people are not returned to him who hath struck them, and
have not sought after the Lord of hosts.
9:14. And the Lord shall destroy out of Israel the head and the tail,
him that bendeth down, and him that holdeth back, in one day.
9:15. The aged and honourable, he is the head: and the prophet that
teacheth lies, he is the tail.
9:16. And they that call this people blessed, shall cause them to err:
and they that are called blessed, shall be thrown down, headlong.
9:17. Therefore the Lord shall have no joy in their young men: neither
shall he have mercy on their fatherless, and widows: for every one is a
hypocrite and wicked, and every mouth hath spoken folly. For all this
his indignation is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out
9:18. For wickedness is kindled as a fire, it shall devour the brier
and the thorn: and shall kindle in the thicket of the forest, and it
shall be wrapped up in smoke ascending on high.
9:19. By the wrath of the Lord of hosts the land is troubled, and the
people shall be as fuel for the fire: no man shall spare his brother.
9:20. And he shall turn to the right hand, and shall be hungry: and
shall eat on the left hand, and shall not be filled: every one shall
eat the flesh of his own arm: Manasses Ephraim, and Ephraim Manasses,
and they together shall be against Juda.
9:21. After all these things his indignation is not turned away, but
his hand is stretched out still.
Isaias Chapter 10
Woe to the makers of wicked laws. The Assyrian shall be a rod for
punishing Israel: but for their pride they shall be destroyed: and a
remnant of Israel saved.
10:1. Woe to them that make wicked laws: and when they write, write
10:2. To oppress the poor in judgment, and do violence to the cause of
the humble of my people: that widows might be their prey, and that they
might rob the fatherless.
10:3. What will you do in the day of visitation, and of the calamity
which cometh from afar? to whom will ye flee for help? and where will
ye leave your glory?
10:4. That you be not bowed down under the bond, and fall with the
slain? In all these things his anger is not turned away, but his hand
is stretched out still.
10:5. Woe to the Assyrian, he is the rod and the staff of my anger, and
my indignation is in their hands.
10:6. I will send him to a deceitful nation, and I will give him a
charge against the people of my wrath, to take away the spoils, and to
lay hold on the prey, and to tread them down like the mire of the
10:7. But he shall not take it so, and his heart shall not think so:
but his heart shall be set to destroy, and to cut off nations not a
10:8. For he shall say:
10:9. Are not my princes as so many kings? is not Calano as Charcamis:
and Emath as Arphad? is not Samaria as Damascus?
10:10. As my hand hath found the kingdoms of the idol, so also their
idols of Jerusalem, and of Samaria.
10:11. Shall I not, as I have done to Samaria and her idols, so do to
Jerusalem and her idols?
10:12. And it shall come to pass, that when the Lord shall have
performed all his works in mount Sion, and in Jerusalem, I will visit
the fruit of the proud heart of the king of Assyria, and the glory of
the haughtiness of his eyes.
10:13. For he hath said: By the strength of my own hand I have done it,
and by my own wisdom I have understood: and I have removed the bounds
of the people, and have taken the spoils of the princes, and as a
mighty man hath pulled down them that sat on high.
10:14. And my hand hath found the strength of the people as a nest; and
as eggs are gathered, that are left, so have I gathered all the earth:
and there was none that moved the wing, or opened the mouth, or made
the least noise.
10:15. Shall the axe boast itself against him that cutteth with it? or
shall the saw exalt itself against him by whom it is drawn? as if a rod
should lift itself up against him that lifteth it up, and a staff exalt
itself, which is but wood.
10:16. Therefore the sovereign Lord, the Lord of hosts, shall send
leanness among his fat ones: and under his glory shall be kindled a
burning, as it were the burning of a fire.
10:17. And the light of Israel shall be as a fire, and the Holy One
thereof as a flame: and his thorns and his briers shall be set on fire,
and shall be devoured in one day.
10:18. And the glory of his forest, and of his beautiful hill, shall be
consumed from the soul even to the flesh, and he shall run away through
10:19. And they that remain of the trees of his forest shall be so few,
that they shall easily be numbered, and a child shall write them down.
10:20. And it shall come to pass in that day, that the remnant of
Israel, and they that shall escape of the house of Jacob, shall lean no
more upon him that striketh them: but they shall lean upon the Lord the
Holy One of Israel, in truth.
10:21. The remnant shall be converted, the remnant, I say, of Jacob, to
the mighty God.
10:22. For if thy people, O Israel, shall be as the sand of the sea, a
remnant of them shall be converted, the consumption abridged shall
overflow with justice.
A remnant of them shall be converted. . .This was partly verified in the
children of Israel who remained after the devastations of the
Assyrians, in the time of king Ezechias: and partly in the conversion
of a remnant of the Jews to the faithful of Christ.--Ibid. The
consumption abridged, etc. . .That is, the number of them cut short, and
reduced to few, shall flourish in abundance of justice.
10:23. For the Lord God of hosts shall make a consumption, and an
abridgment in the midst of all the land.
10:24. Therefore, thus saith the Lord the God of hosts: O my people
that dwellest in Sion, be not afraid of the Assyrian: he shall strike
thee with his rod, and he shall lift up his staff over thee in the way
10:25. For yet a little and a very little while, and my indignation
shall cease, and my wrath shall be upon their wickedness.
10:26. And the Lord of hosts shall raise up a scourge against him,
according to the slaughter of Madian in the rock of Oreb, and his rod
over the sea, and he shall lift it up in the way of Egypt.
10:27. And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be
taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and
the yoke shall putrefy at the presence of the oil.
At the presence of the oil. . .That is, by the sweet unction of divine
10:28. He shall come into Aiath, he shall pass into Magron: at Machmas
he shall lay up his carriages.
Into Aiath, etc. . .Here the prophet describes the march of the
Assyrians under Sennacherib; and the terror they should carry with
them; and how they should suddenly be destroyed.
10:29. They have passed in haste, Gaba is our lodging: Rama was
astonished, Gabaath of Saul fled away.
10:30. Lift up thy voice, O daughter of Gallim, attend, O Laisa, poor
10:31. Medemena is removed: ye inhabitants of Gabim, take courage.
10:32. It is yet day enough, to remain in Nobe: he shall shake his hand
against the mountain of the daughter of Sion, the hill of Jerusalem.
10:33. Behold the sovereign Lord of hosts shall break the earthen
vessel with terror, and the tall of stature shall be cut down, and the
lofty shall be humbled.
10:34. And the thickets of the forest shall be cut down with iron, and
Libanus with its high ones shall fall.
Isaias Chapter 11
Of the spiritual kingdom of Christ, to which all nations shall repair.
11:1. And there shall come forth a rod out of the root of Jesse, and a
flower shall rise up out of his root.
11:2. And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him: the spirit of
wisdom, and of understanding, the spirit of counsel, and of fortitude,
the spirit of knowledge, and of godliness.
11:3. And he shall be filled with the spirit of the fear of the Lord,
He shall not judge according to the sight of the eyes, nor reprove
according to the hearing of the ears.
11:4. But he shall judge the poor with justice, and shall reprove with
equity the meek of the earth: and he shall strike the earth with the
rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall slay the
11:5. And justice shall be the girdle of his loins: and faith the
girdle of his reins.
11:6. The wolf shall dwell with the lamb: and the leopard shall lie
down with the kid: the calf and the lion, and the sheep shall abide
together, and a little child shall lead them.
11:7. The calf and the bear shall feed: their young ones shall rest
together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
11:8. And the sucking child shall play on other hole of the asp: and
the weaned child shall thrust his hand into the den of the basilisk.
11:9. They shall not hurt, nor shall they kill in all my holy mountain,
for the earth is filled with the knowledge of the Lord, as the covering
waters of the sea.
11:10. In that day the root of Jesse, who standeth for an ensign of the
people, him the Gentiles shall beseech, and his sepulchre shall be
11:11. And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set
his hand the second time to possess the remnant of his people, which
shall be left from the Assyrians, and from Egypt, and from Phetros, and
from Ethiopia, and from Elam, and from Sennaar, and from Emath, and
from the islands of the sea.
11:12. And he shall set up a standard unto the nations, and shall
assemble the fugitives of Israel, and shall gather together the
dispersed of Juda from the four quarters of the earth.
11:13. And the envy of Ephraim shall be taken away, and the enemies of
Juda shall perish: Ephraim shall not envy Juda, and Juda shall not
fight against Ephraim.
11:14. But they shall fly upon the shoulders of the Philistines by the
sea, they together shall spoil the children of the east: Edom, till
Moab shall be under the rule of their hand, and the children of Ammon
shall be obedient.
11:15. And the Lord shall lay waste the tongue of the sea of Egypt, and
shall lift up his hand over the river in the strength of his spirit:
and he shall strike it in the seven streams, so that men may pass
through it in their shoes.
11:16. And there shall be a highway for the remnant of my people, which
shall be left from the Assyrians: as there was for Israel in the day
that he came up out of the land of Egypt.
Isaias Chapter 12
A canticle of thanksgiving for the benefits of Christ.
12:1. And thou shalt say in that day: I will give thanks to thee, O
Lord, for thou wast angry with me: thy wrath is turned away, and thou
hast comforted me.
12:2. Behold, God is my saviour, I will deal confidently, and will not
fear: because the Lord is my strength, and my praise, and he is become
12:3. Thou shall draw waters with joy out of the saviour's fountains:
12:4. And you shall say in that day: Praise ye the Lord, and call upon
his name: make his works known among the people: remember that his name
12:5. Sing ye to the Lord, for he hath done great things: shew this
forth in all the earth.
12:6. Rejoice, and praise, O thou habitation of Sion: for great is he
that is in the midst of thee, the Holy One of Israel.
Isaias Chapter 13
The desolation of Babylon.
13:1. The burden of Babylon which Isaias the son of Amos saw.
The burden of Babylon. . .That is, a prophecy against Babylon.
13:2. Upon the dark mountain lift ye up a banner, exalt the voice, lift
up the hand, and let the rulers go into the gates.
13:3. I have commanded my sanctified ones, and have called my strong
ones in my wrath, them that rejoice in my glory.
13:4. The noise of a multitude in the mountains, as it were of many
people, the noise of the sound of kings, of nations gathered together:
the Lord of hosts hath given charge to the troops of war.
13:5. To them that come from a country afar off, from the end of
heaven: the Lord and the instruments of his wrath, to destroy the whole
13:6. Howl ye, for the day of the Lord is near: it shall come as a
destruction from the Lord.
13:7. Therefore shall all hands be faint, and every heart of man shall
13:8. And shall be broken. Gripings and pains, shall take hold of them,
they shall be in pain as a woman in labour. Every one shall be amazed
at his neighbour, their countenances shall be as faces burnt.
13:9. Behold, the day of the Lord shall come, a cruel day, and full of
indignation, and of wrath, and fury, to lay the land desolate, and to
destroy the sinners thereof out of it.
13:10. For the stars of heaven, and their brightness shall not display
their light: the sun shall be darkened in his rising, and the moon
shall not shine with her light.
13:11. And I will visit the evils of the world, and against the wicked
for their iniquity: and I will make the pride of infidels to cease, and
will bring down the arrogancy of the mighty.
13:12. A man shall be more precious than gold, yea a man than the
finest of gold.
13:13. For this I will trouble the heaven: and the earth shall be moved
out of her place, for the indignation of the Lord of hosts, and for the
day of his fierce wrath.
13:14. And they shall be as a doe fleeing away, and as a sheep: and
there shall be none to gather them together: every man shall turn to
his own people, and every one shall flee to his own land.
13:15. Every one that shall be found, shall be slain: and every one
that shall come to their aid, shall fall by the sword.
13:16. Their inhabitants shall be dashed in pieces before their eyes:
their houses shall be pillaged, and their wives shall be ravished.
13:17. Behold I will stir up the Medes against them, who shall not seek
silver, nor desire gold:
13:18. But with their arrows they shall kill the children, and shall
have no pity upon the sucklings of the womb, and their eye shall not
spare their sons.
13:19. And that Babylon, glorious among kingdoms, the famous pride of
the Chaldeans, shall be even as the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrha.
13:20. It shall no more be inhabited for ever, and it shall not be
founded unto generation and generation: neither shall the Arabian pitch
his tents there, nor shall shepherds rest there.
13:21. But wild beasts shall rest there, and their houses shall be
filled with serpents, and ostriches shall dwell there, and the hairy
ones shall dance there:
13:22. And owls shall answer one another there, in the houses thereof,
and sirens in the temples of pleasure.
Isaias Chapter 14
The restoration of Israel after their captivity. The parable or song
insulting over the king of Babylon. A prophecy against the Philistines.
14:1. Her time is near at hand, and her days shall not be prolonged.
For the Lord will have mercy on Jacob, and will yet choose out of
Israel, and will make them rest upon their own ground: and the stranger
shall be joined with them, and shall adhere to the house of Jacob.
14:2. And the people shall take them, and bring them into their place:
and the house of Israel shall possess them in the land of the Lord for
servants and handmaids: and they shall make them captives that had
taken them, and shall subdue their oppressors.
14:3. And it shall come to pass in that day, that when God shall give
thee rest from thy labour, and from thy vexation, and from the hard
bondage, wherewith thou didst serve before,
14:4. Thou shalt take up this parable against the king of Babylon, and
shalt say: How is the oppressor come to nothing, the tribute hath
14:5. The Lord hath broken the staff of the wicked, the rod of the
14:6. That struck the people in wrath with an incurable wound, that
brought nations under in fury, that persecuted in a cruel manner.
14:7. The whole earth is quiet and still, it is glad and hath rejoiced.
14:8. The fir trees also have rejoiced over thee, and the cedars of
Libanus, saying: Since thou hast slept, there hath none come up to cut
14:9. Hell below was in an uproar to meet thee at thy coming, it
stirred up the giants for thee. All the princes of the earth are risen
up from their thrones, all the princes of nations.
14:10. All shall answer, and say to thee: Thou also art wounded as well
as we, thou art become like unto us.
14:11. Thy pride is brought down to hell, thy carcass is fallen down:
under thee shall the moth be strewed, and worms shall be thy covering.
14:12. How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, who didst rise in
the morning? how art thou fallen to the earth, that didst wound the
O Lucifer. . .O day star. All this, according to the letter, is spoken
of the king of Babylon. It may also be applied, in a spiritual sense,
to Lucifer the prince of devils, who was created a bright angel, but
fell by pride and rebellion against God.
14:13. And thou saidst in thy heart: I will ascend into heaven, I will
exalt my throne above the stars of God, I will sit in the mountain of
the covenant, in the sides of the north.
14:14. I will ascend above the height of the clouds, I will be like the
14:15. But yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, into the depth of
14:16. They that shall see thee, shall turn toward thee, and behold
thee. Is this the man that troubled the earth, that shook kingdoms,
14:17. That made the world a wilderness, and destroyed the cities
thereof, that opened not the prison to his prisoners?
14:18. All the kings of the nations have all of them slept in glory,
every one in his own house.
14:19. But thou art cast out of thy grave, as an unprofitable branch
defiled, and wrapped up among them that were slain by the sword, and
art gone down to the bottom of the pit, as a rotten carcass.
14:20. Thou shalt not keep company with them, even in burial: for thou
hast destroyed thy land, thou hast slain thy people: the seed of the
wicked shall not be named for ever.
14:21. Prepare his children for slaughter for the iniquity of their
fathers: they shall not rise up, nor inherit the land, nor fill the
face of the world with cities.
14:22. And I will rise up against them, saith the Lord of hosts: and I
will destroy the name of Babylon, and the remains, and the bud, and the
offspring, saith the Lord.
14:23. And I will make it a possession for the ericius and pools of
waters, and I will sweep it and wear it out with a besom, saith the
Lord of hosts.
14:24. The Lord of hosts hath sworn, saying: Surely as I have thought,
so shall it be: and as I have purposed,
14:25. So shall it fall out: That I will destroy the Assyrian in my
land, and upon my mountains tread him under foot: and his yoke shall be
taken away from them, and his burden shall be taken off their shoulder.
14:26. This is the counsel, that I have purposed upon all the earth,
and this is the hand that is stretched out upon all nations.
14:27. For the Lord of hosts hath decreed, and who can disannul it? and
his hand is stretched out: and who shall turn it away?
14:28. In the year that king Achaz died, was this burden:
14:29. Rejoice not thou, whole Philistia, that the rod of him that
struck thee is broken in pieces: for out of the root of the serpent
shall come forth a basilisk, and his seed shall swallow the bird.
14:30. And the firstborn of the poor shall be fed, and the poor shall
rest with confidence: and I will make thy root perish with famine, and
I will kill thy remnant.
14:31. Howl, O gate; cry, O city: all Philistia is thrown down: for a
smoke shall come from the north, and there is none that shall escape
14:32. And what shall be answered to the messengers of the nations?
That the Lord hath founded Sion, and the poor of his people shall hope
Isaias Chapter 15
A prophecy of the desolation of the Moabites.
15:1. The burden of Moab. Because in the night Ar of Moab is laid
waste, it is silent: because the wall of Moab is destroyed in the
night, it is silent.
15:2. The house is gone up, and Dibon to the high places to mourn over
Nabo, and over Medaba, Moab hath howled: on all their heads shall be
baldness, and every beard shall be shaven.
15:3. In their streets they are girded with sackcloth: on the tops of
their houses, and in their streets all shall howl and come down
15:4. Hesebon shall cry, and Eleale, their voice is heard even to Jasa.
For this shall the well appointed men of Moab howl, his soul shall howl
15:5. My heart shall cry to Moab, the bars thereof shall flee unto
Segor a heifer of three years old: for by the ascent of Luith they
shall go up weeping: and in the way of Oronaim they shall lift up a cry
15:6. For the waters of Nemrim shall be desolate, for the grass is
withered away, the spring is faded, all the greenness is perished.
15:7. According to the greatness of their work, is their visitation
also: they shall lead them to the torrent of the willows.
Torrent of the willows. . .That is, as some say, the waters of Babylon:
others render it, a valley of the Arabians.
15:8. For the cry is gone round about the border of Moab: the howling
thereof unto Gallim, and unto the well of Elim the cry thereof.
15:9. For the waters of Dibon are filled with blood: for I will bring
more upon Dibon: the lion upon them that shall flee of Moab, and upon
the remnant of the land.
Isaias Chapter 16
The prophet prayeth for Christ's coming. The affliction of the Moabites
for their pride.
16:1. Send forth, O Lord, the lamb, the ruler of the earth, from Petra
of the desert, to the mount of the daughter of Sion.
16:2. And it shall come to pass, that as a bird fleeing away, and as
young ones flying out of the nest, so shall the daughters of Moab be in
the passage of Arnon.
16:3. Take counsel, gather a council: make thy shadow as the night in
the midday: hide them that flee, and betray not them that wander about.
16:4. My fugitives shall dwell with thee: O Moab, be thou a covert to
them from the face of the destroyer: for the dust is at an end, the
wretch is consumed: he hath failed, that trod the earth under foot.
16:5. And a throne shall be prepared in mercy, and one shall sit upon
it in truth in the tabernacle of David, judging and seeking judgment
and quickly rendering that which is just.
16:6. We have heard of the pride of Moab, he is exceeding proud: his
pride and his arrogancy, and his indignation is more than his strength.
16:7. Therefore shall Moab howl to Moab, every one shall howl: to them
that rejoice upon the brick walls, tell ye their stripes.
16:8. For the suburbs of Hesebon are desolate, and the lords of the
nations have destroyed the vineyard of Sabama: the branches thereof
have reached even to Jazer: they have wandered in the wilderness, the
branches thereof are left, they are gone over the sea.
16:9. Therefore I will lament with the weeping of Jazer the vineyard of
Sabama: I will water thee with my tears, O Hesebon, and Eleale: for the
voice of the treaders hath rushed in upon thy vintage, and upon thy
16:10. And gladness and joy shall be taken away from Carmel, and there
shall be no rejoicing nor shouting in the vineyards. He shall not tread
out wine in the press that was wont to tread it out: the voice of the
treaders I have taken away.
Carmel. . .This name is often taken to signify a fair and fruitful hill
or field, such as mount Carmel is.
16:11. Wherefore my bowels shall sound like a harp for Moab, and my
inward parts for the brick wall.
16:12. And it shall come to pass, when it is seen that Moab is wearied
on his high places, that he shall go in to his sanctuaries to pray, and
shall not prevail.
16:13. This is the word, that the Lord spoke to Moab from that time:
16:14. And now the Lord hath spoken, saying: In three years, as the
years of a hireling, the glory of Moab shall be taken away for all the
multitude of the people, and it shall be left small and feeble, not
Isaias Chapter 17
Judgments upon Damascus and Samaria. The overthrow of the Assyrians.
17:1. The burden of Damascus. Behold Damascus shall cease to be a city,
and shall be as a ruinous heap of stones.
17:2. The cities of Aroer shall be left for flocks, and they shall rest
there, and there shall be none to make them afraid.
17:3. And aid shall cease from Ephraim, and the kingdom from Damascus:
and the remnant of Syria shall be as the glory of the children of
Israel: saith the Lord of hosts.
17:4. And it shall come to pass in that day, that the glory of Jacob
shall be made thin, and the fatness of his flesh shall grow lean.
17:5. And it shall be as when one gathereth in the harvest that which
remaineth, and his arm shall gather the ears of corn: and it shall be
as he that seeketh ears in the vale of Raphaim.
17:6. And the fruit thereof that shall be left upon it, shall be as one
cluster of grapes, and as the shaking of the olive tree, two or three
berries in the top of a bough, or four or five upon the top of the
tree, saith the Lord the God of Israel.
17:7. In that day man shall bow down himself to his Maker, and his eyes
shall look to the Holy One of Israel.
17:8. And he shall not look to the altars which his hands made; and he
shall not have respect to the things that his fingers wrought, such as
groves and temples.
17:9. In that day his strong cities shall be forsaken, as the ploughs,
and the corn that were left before the face of the children of Israel,
and thou shalt be desolate.
That were left. . .Viz., by the Chanaanites, when the children of Israel
came into their land.
17:10. Because thou hast forgotten God thy saviour, and hast not
remembered thy strong helper: therefore shalt thou plant good plants,
and shalt sow strange seed.
17:11. In the day of thy planting shall be the wild grape, and in the
morning thy seed shall flourish: the harvest is taken away in the day
of inheritance, and shall grieve thee much.
17:12. Woe to the multitude of many people, like the multitude of the
roaring sea: and the tumult of crowds, like the noise of many waters.
The multitude, etc. . .This and all that follows to the end of the
chapter, relates to the Assyrian army under Sennacherib.
17:13. Nations shall make a noise like the noise of waters overflowing,
but he shall rebuke him, and he shall flee far off: and he shall be
carried away as the dust of the mountains before the wind, and as a
whirlwind before a tempest.
17:14. In the time of the evening, behold there shall be trouble: the
morning shall come, and he shall not be: this is the portion of them
that have wasted us, and the lot of them that spoiled us.
Isaias Chapter 18
A woe to the Ethiopians, who fed Israel with vain hopes, their future
18:1. Woe to the land, the winged cymbal, which is beyond the rivers of
18:2. That sendeth ambassadors by the sea, and in vessels of bulrushes
upon the waters. Go, ye swift angels, to a nation rent and torn in
pieces: to a terrible people, after which there is no other: to a
nation expecting and trodden underfoot, whose land the rivers have
Angels. . .Or messengers.
18:3. All ye inhabitants of the world, who dwell on the earth, when the
sign shall be lifted up on the mountains, you shall see, and you shall
hear the sound of the trumpet.
18:4. For thus saith the Lord to me: I will take my rest, and consider
in my place, as the noon light is clear, and as a cloud of dew in the
day of harvest.
18:5. For before the harvest it was all flourishing, and it shall bud
without perfect ripeness, and the sprigs thereof shall be cut off with
pruning hooks: and what is left shall be cut away and shaken out.
18:6. And they shall be left together to the birds of the mountains,
and the beasts of the earth: and the fowls shall be upon them all the
summer, and all the beasts of the earth shall winter upon them.
18:7. At that time shall a present be brought to the Lord of hosts,
from a people rent and torn in pieces: from a terrible people, after
which there hath been no other: from a nation expecting, expecting and
trodden under foot, whose land the rivers have spoiled, to the place of
the name of the Lord of hosts, to mount Sion.
Isaias Chapter 19
The punishment of Egypt: their call to the church.
19:1. The burden of Egypt. Behold the Lord will ascend upon a swift
cloud, and will enter into Egypt, and the idols of Egypt shall be moved
at his presence, and the heart of Egypt shall melt in the midst
19:2. And I will set the Egyptians to fight against the Egyptians: and
they shall fight brother against brother, and friend against friend,
city against city, kingdom against kingdom.
19:3. And the spirit of Egypt shall be broken in the bowels thereof,
and I will cast down their counsel: and they shall consult their idols,
and their diviners, and their wizards, and soothsayers.
19:4. And I will deliver Egypt into the hand of cruel masters, and a
strong king shall rule over them, saith the Lord the God of hosts.
19:5. And the water of the sea shall be dried up, and the river shall
be wasted and dry.
19:6. And the rivers shall fail: the streams of the banks shall be
diminished, and be dried up. The reed and the bulrush shall wither
19:7. The channel of the river shall be laid bare from its fountain,
and every thing sown by the water shall be dried up, it shall wither
away, and shall be no more.
19:8. The fishers also shall mourn, and all that cast a hook into the
river shall lament, and they that spread nets upon the waters shall
19:9. They shall be confounded that wrought in flax, combing and
weaving fine linen.
19:10. And its watery places shall be dry, all they shall mourn that
made pools to take fishes.
19:11. The princes of Tanis are become fools, the wise counsellors of
Pharao have given foolish counsel: how will you say to Pharao: I am the
son of the wise, the son of ancient kings?
19:12. Where are now thy wise men? let them tell thee, and shew what
the Lord of hosts hath purposed upon Egypt.
19:13. The princes of Tanis are become fools, the princes of Memphis
are gone astray, they have deceived Egypt, the stay of the people
19:14. The Lord hath mingled in the midst thereof the spirit of
giddiness: and they have caused Egypt to err in all its works, as a
drunken man staggereth and vomiteth.
19:15. And there shall be no work for Egypt, to make head or tail, him
that bendeth down, or that holdeth back.
19:16. In that day Egypt shall be like unto women, and they shall be
amazed, and afraid, because of the moving of the hand of the Lord of
hosts, which he shall move over it.
19:17. And the land of Juda shall be a terror to Egypt: everyone that
shall remember it shall tremble because of the counsel of the Lord of
hosts, which he hath determined concerning it.
19:18. In that day there shall be five cities in the land of Egypt,
speaking the language of Chanaan, and swearing by the Lord of hosts:
one shall be called the city of the sun.
19:19. In that day there shall be an altar of the Lord in the midst of
the land of Egypt, and a monument of the Lord at the borders thereof:
19:20. It shall be for a sign, and for a testimony to the Lord of hosts
in the land of Egypt. For they shall cry to the Lord because of the
oppressor, and he shall send them a Saviour and a defender to deliver
19:21. And the Lord shall be known by Egypt, and the Egyptians shall
know the Lord in that day, and shall worship him with sacrifices and
offerings: and they shall make vows to the Lord, and perform them.
19:22. And the Lord shall strike Egypt with a scourge, and shall heal
it, and they shall return to the Lord, and he shall be pacified towards
them, and heal them.
19:23. In that day there shall be a way from Egypt to the Assyrians,
and the Assyrian shall enter into Egypt, and the Egyptian to the
Assyrians, and the Egyptians shall serve the Assyrian.
19:24. In that day shall Israel be the third to the Egyptian and the
Assyrian: a blessing in the midst of the land,
19:25. Which the Lord of hosts hath blessed, saying: Blessed be my
people of Egypt, and the work of my hands to the Assyrian: but Israel
is my inheritance.
Isaias Chapter 20
The ignominious captivity of the Egyptians, and the Ethiopians.
20:1. In the year that Tharthan entered into Azotus, when Sargon the
king of the Assyrians had sent him, and he had fought against Azotus,
and had taken it:
20:2. At that same time the Lord spoke by the hand of Isaias the son of
Amos, saying Go, and loose the sackcloth from off thy loins, and take
off thy shoes from thy feet. And he did so, and went naked, and
20:3. And the Lord said: As my servant Isaias hath walked, naked and
barefoot, it shall be a sign and a wonder of three years upon Egypt,
and upon Ethiopia,
20:4. So shall the king of the Assyrians lead away the prisoners of
Egypt, and the captivity of Ethiopia, young and old, naked and
barefoot, with their buttocks uncovered to the shame of Egypt.
20:5. And they shall be afraid, and ashamed of Ethiopia their hope, and
of Egypt their glory.
20:6. And the inhabitants of this isle shall say in that day: Lo this
was our hope, to whom we fled for help, to deliver us from the face of
the king of the Assyrians: and how shall we be able to escape?
Isaias Chapter 21
The destruction of Babylon by the Medes and Persians: a prophecy
against the Edomites and the Arabians.
21:1. The burden of the desert of the sea. As whirlwinds come from the
south, it cometh from the desert from a terrible land.
The desert of the sea. . .So Babylon is here called, because from a city
as full of people as the sea is with water, it was become a desert.
21:2. A grievous vision is told me: he that is unfaithful dealeth
unfaithfully: and he that is a spoiler, spoileth. Go up, O Elam,
besiege, O Mede: I have made all the mourning thereof to cease.
O Elam. . .That is, O Persia.
21:3. Therefore are my loins filled with pain, anguish hath taken hold
of me, as the anguish of a woman in labour: I fell down at the hearing
of it, I was troubled at the seeing of it.
21:4. My heart failed, darkness amazed me: Babylon my beloved is become
a wonder to me.
21:5. Prepare the table, behold in the watchtower them that eat and
drink: arise, ye princes, take up the shield.
21:6. For thus hath the Lord said to me: Go, and set a watchman: and
whatsoever he shall see, let him tell.
21:7. And he saw a chariot with two horsemen, a rider upon an ass, and
a rider upon a camel: and he beheld them diligently with much heed.
A rider upon an ass, etc. . .These two riders are the kings of the
Persians and Medes.
21:8. And a lion cried out: I am upon the watchtower of the Lord,
standing continually by day: and I am upon my ward, standing whole
And a lion cried out. . .That is, I Isaias seeing the approaching ruin
of Babylon, have cried out as a lion roaring.
21:9. Behold this man cometh, the rider upon the chariot with two
horsemen, and he answered, and said: Babylon is fallen, she is fallen,
and all the graven gods thereof are broken unto the ground.
21:10. O my thrashing, and the children of my floor, that which I have
heard of the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, I have declared unto
21:11. The burden of Duma calleth to me out of Seir: Watchman, what of
the night? watchman, what of the night?
Duma. . .That is, Idumea, or Edom.
21:12. The watchman said: The morning cometh, also the night: if you
seek, seek: return, come.
21:13. The burden in Arabia. In the forest at evening you shall sleep,
in the paths of Dedanim.
21:14. Meeting the thirsty bring him water, you that inhabit the land
of the south, meet with bread him that fleeth.
21:15. For they are fled from before the swords, from the sword that
hung over them, from the bent bow, from the face of a grievous battle.
21:16. For thus saith the Lord to me: Within a year, according to the
years of a hireling, all the glory of Cedar shall be taken away.
Cedar. . .Arabia.
21:17. And the residue of the number of strong archers of the children
of Cedar shall be diminished: for the Lord the God of Israel hath
Isaias Chapter 22
The prophet laments the devastation of Juda. He foretells the
deprivation of Sobna, and the substitution of Eliacim, a figure of
22:1. The burden of the valley of vision. What aileth thee also, that
thou too art wholly gone up to the housetops?
The valley of vision. . .Jerusalem. The temple of Jerusalem was built
upon mount Moria, or the mountain of vision. But the city is here
called the valley of vision; either because it was lower than the
temple, or because of the low condition to which it was to be reduced.
22:2. Full of clamour, a populous city, a joyous city: thy slain are
not slain by the sword, nor dead in battle.
22:3. All the princes are fled together, and are bound hard: all that
were found, are bound together, they are fled far off.
22:4. Therefore have I said: Depart from me, I will weep bitterly:
labour not to comfort me, for the devastation of the daughter of my
22:5. For it is a day of slaughter and of treading down, and of weeping
to the Lord the God of hosts in the valley of vision, searching the
wall, and magnificent upon the mountain.
22:6. And Elam took the quiver, the chariot of the horseman, and the
shield was taken down from the wall.
22:7. And thy choice valleys shall be full of chariots, and the
horsemen shall place themselves in the gate.
22:8. And the covering of Juda shall be discovered, and thou shalt see
in that day the armoury of the house of the forest.
22:9. And you shall see the breaches of the city of David, that they
are many: and you have gathered together the waters of the lower pool,
22:10. And have numbered the houses of Jerusalem, and broken down
houses to fortify the wall.
22:11. And you made a ditch between the two walls for the water of the
old pool: and you have not looked up to the maker thereof, nor regarded
him even at a distance, that wrought it long ago.
22:12. And the Lord, the God of hosts, in that day shall call to
weeping, and to mourning, to baldness, and to girding with sackcloth:
22:13. And behold joy and gladness, killing calves, and slaying rams,
eating flesh, and drinking wine: Let us eat and drink; for to morrow we
22:14. And the voice of the Lord of hosts was revealed in my ears:
Surely this iniquity shall not be forgiven you till you die, saith the
Lord God of hosts.
22:15. Thus saith the Lord God of hosts: Go, get thee in to him that
dwelleth in the tabernacle, to Sobna who is over the temple: and thou
shalt say to him:
22:16. What dost thou here, or as if thou wert somebody here? for thou
hast hewed thee out a sepulchre here, thou hast hewed out a monument
carefully in a high place, a dwelling for thyself in a rock.
22:17. Behold the Lord will cause thee to be carried away, as a cock is
carried away, and he will lift thee up as a garment.
22:18. He will crown thee with a crown of tribulation, he will toss
thee like a ball into a large and spacious country: there shalt thou
die, and there shall the chariot of thy glory be, the shame of the
house of thy Lord.
22:19. And I will drive thee out from thy station, and depose thee from
22:20. And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will call my
servant Eliacim the son of Helcias,
22:21. And I will clothe him with thy robe, and will strengthen him
with thy girdle, and will give thy power into his hand: and he shall be
as a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to the house of Juda.
22:22. And I will lay the key of the house of David upon his shoulder:
and he shall open, and none shall shut: and he shall shut, and none
22:23. And I will fasten him as a peg in a sure place, and he shall be
for a throne of glory to the house of his father.
22:24. And they shall hang upon him all the glory of his father's
house, divers kinds of vessels, every little vessel, from the vessels
of cups even to every instrument of music.
22:25. In that day, saith the Lord of hosts, shall the peg be removed,
that was fastened in the sure place: and it shall be broken and shall
fall: and that which hung thereon, shall perish, because the Lord hath
Isaias Chapter 23
The destruction of Tyre. It shall be repaired again after seventy
23:1. The burden of Tyre. Howl, ye ships of the sea, for the house is
destroyed, from whence they were wont to come: from the land of Cethim
it is revealed to them.
23:2. Be silent, you that dwell in the island: the merchants of Sidon
passing over the sea, have filled thee.
23:3. The seed of the Nile in many waters, the harvest of the river is
her revenue: and she is become the mart of the nations.
23:4. Be thou ashamed, O Sidon: for the sea speaketh, even the strength
of the sea, saying: I have not been in labour, nor have I brought
forth, nor have I nourished up young men, nor brought up virgins.
23:5. When it shall be heard in Egypt, they will be sorry when they
shall hear of Tyre:
23:6. Pass over the seas, howl, ye inhabitants of the island.
23:7. Is not this your city, which gloried from of old in her
antiquity? her feet shall carry her afar off to sojourn.
23:8. Who hath taken this counsel against Tyre, that was formerly
crowned, whose merchants were princes, and her traders the nobles of
23:9. The Lord of hosts hath designed it, to pull down the pride of all
glory, and bring to disgrace all the glorious ones of the earth.
23:10. Pass thy land as a river, O daughter of the sea, thou hast a
girdle no more.
23:11. He stretched out his hand over the sea, he troubled kingdoms:
the Lord hath given a charge against Chanaan, to destroy the strong
23:12. And he said: Thou shalt glory no more, O virgin daughter of
Sidon, who art oppressed: arise and sail over to Cethim, there also
thou shalt have no rest.
23:13. Behold the land of the Chaldeans, there was not such a people,
the Assyrians founded it: they have led away the strong ones thereof
into captivity, they have destroyed the houses thereof, they have,
brought it to ruin.
23:14. Howl, O ye ships of the sea, for your strength is laid waste.
23:15. And it shall come to pass in that day that thou, O Tyre, shalt
be forgotten, seventy years, according to the days of one king: but
after seventy years, there shall be unto Tyre as the song of a harlot.
23:16. Take a harp, go about the city, harlot that hast been forgotten:
sing well, sing many a song, that thou mayst be remembered.
23:17. And it shall come to pass after seventy years, that the Lord
will visit Tyre, and will bring her back again to her traffic: and she
shall commit fornication again with all the kingdoms of the world upon
the face of the earth.
23:18. And her merchandise and her hire shall be sanctified to the
Lord: they shall not be kept in store, nor laid up: for her merchandise
shall be for them that shall dwell before the Lord, that they may eat
unto fulness, and be clothed for a continuance.
Sanctified to the Lord. . .This alludes to the conversion of the
Isaias Chapter 24
The judgments of God upon all the sinners of the world. A remnant shall
joyfully praise him.
24:1. Behold the Lord shall lay waste the earth, and shall strip it,
and shall afflict the face thereof, and scatter abroad the inhabitants
24:2. And it shall be as with the people, so with the priest: and as
with the servant so with his master: as with the handmaid, so with her
mistress: as with the buyer, so with the seller: as with the lender, so
with the borrower: as with him that calleth for his money, so with him
24:3. With desolation shall the earth be laid waste, and it shall be
utterly spoiled: for the Lord hath spoken this word.
24:4. The earth mourned, and faded away, and is weakened: the world
faded away, the height of the people of the earth is weakened.
24:5. And the earth is infected by the inhabitants thereof: because
they have transgressed the laws, they have changed the ordinance, they
have broken the everlasting covenant.
24:6. Therefore shall a curse devour the earth, and the inhabitants
thereof shall sin: and therefore they that dwell therein shall be mad,
and few men shall be left.
24:7. The vintage hath mourned, the vine hath languished away, all the
merry have sighed.
24:8. The mirth of timbrels hath ceased, the noise of them that rejoice
is ended, the melody of the harp is silent.
24:9. They shall not drink wine with a song: the drink shall be bitter
to them that drink it.
24:10. The city of vanity is broken down, every house is shut up, no
man cometh in.
24:11. There shall be a crying for wine in the streets: all mirth is
forsaken: the joy of the earth is gone away.
24:12. Desolation is left in the city, and calamity shall oppress the
24:13. For it shall be thus in the midst of the earth, in the midst of
the people, as if a few olives, that remain, should be shaken out of
the olive tree: or grapes, when the vintage is ended.
24:14. These shall lift up their voice, and shall give praise: when the
Lord shall be glorified, they shall make a joyful noise from the sea.
24:15. Therefore glorify ye the Lord in instruction: the name of the
Lord God of Israel in the islands of the sea.
24:16. From the ends of the earth we have heard praises, the glory of
the just one. And I said: My secret to myself, my secret to myself, woe
is me: the prevaricators have prevaricated, and with the prevarication
of transgressors they have prevaricated.
24:17. Fear, and the pit, and the snare are upon thee, O thou
inhabitant of the earth.
24:18. And it shall come to pass, that he that shall flee from the
noise of the fear, shall fall into the pit: and he that shall rid
himself out of the pit, shall be taken in the snare: for the
flood-gates from on high are opened, and the foundations of the earth
shall be shaken.
24:19. With breaking shall the earth be broken, with crushing shall the
earth be crushed, with trembling shall the earth be moved.
24:20. With shaking shall the earth be shaken as a drunken man, and
shall be removed as the tent of one night: and the iniquity thereof
shall be heavy upon it, and it shall fall, and not rise again.
24:21. And it shall come to pass, that in that day the Lord shall visit
upon the host of heaven on high, and upon the kings of the earth, on
The host of heaven on high. . .The stars, which in many places of the
Scripture are so called. Some commentators explain that these words
here signify the demons of the air.
24:22. And they shall be gathered together as in the gathering of one
bundle into the pit, and they shall be shut up there in prison: and
after many days they shall be visited.
24:23. And the moon shall blush, and the sun shall be ashamed, when the
Lord of hosts shall reign in mount Sion, and in Jerusalem, and shall be
glorified in the sight of his ancients.
Isaias Chapter 25
A canticle of thanksgiving for God's judgments and benefits.
25:1. O Lord, thou art my God, I will exalt O thee, and give glory to
thy name: for thou hast done wonderful things, thy designs of old
25:2. For thou hast reduced the city to a heap, the strong city to
ruin, the house of strangers, to be no city, and to be no more built up
25:3. Therefore shall a strong people praise thee, the city of mighty
nations shall fear thee.
25:4. Because thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the
needy in his distress: a refuge from the whirlwind, a shadow from the
heat. For the blast of the mighty is like a whirlwind beating against a
25:5. Thou shalt bring down the tumult of strangers, as heat in thirst:
and as with heat under a burning cloud, thou shalt make the branch of
the mighty to wither away.
25:6. And the Lord of hosts shall make unto all people in this
mountain, a feast of fat things, a feast of wine, of fat things full of
marrow, of wine purified from the lees.
25:7. And he shall destroy in this mountain the face of the bond with
which all people were tied, and the web that he began over all nations.
25:8. He shall cast death down headlong for ever: and the Lord God
shall wipe away tears from every face, and the reproach of his people
he shall take away from off the whole earth: for the Lord hath spoken
25:9. And they shall say in that day: Lo, this is our God, we have
waited for him, and he will save us: this is the Lord, we have
patiently waited for him, we shall rejoice and be joyful in his
25:10. For the hand of the Lord shall rest in this mountain: and Moab
shall be trodden down under him, as straw is broken in pieces with the
Moab. . .That is, the reprobate, whose eternal punishment, from which
they can no way escape, is described under these figures.
25:11. And he shall stretch forth his hands under him, as he that
swimmeth stretcheth forth his hands to swim: and he shall bring down
his glory with the dashing of his hands.
25:12. And the bulwarks of thy high walls shall fall, and be brought
low, and shall be pulled down to the ground, even to the dust.
Isaias Chapter 26
A canticle of thanks for the deliverance of God's people.
26:1. In that day shall this canticle be sung in the land of Juda. Sion
the city of our strength a saviour, a wall and a bulwark shall be set
26:2. Open ye the gates, and let the just nation, that keepeth the
truth, enter in.
26:3. The old error is passed away: thou wilt keep peace: peace,
because we have hoped in thee.
26:4. You have hoped in the Lord for evermore, in the Lord God mighty
26:5. For he shall bring down them that dwell on high, the high city he
shall lay low. He shall bring it down even to the ground, he shall pull
it down even to the dust.
26:6. The foot shall tread it down, the feet of the poor, the steps of
26:7. The way of the just is right, the path of the just is right to
26:8. And in the way of thy judgments, O Lord, we have patiently waited
for thee: thy name, and thy remembrance are the desire of the soul.
26:9. My soul hath desired thee in the night: yea, and with my spirit
within me in the morning early I will watch to thee. When thou shalt do
thy judgments on the earth, the inhabitants of the world shall learn
26:10. Let us have pity on the wicked, but he will not learn justice:
in the land of the saints he hath done wicked things, and he shall not
see the glory of the Lord.
26:11. Lord, let thy hand be exalted, and let them not see: let the
envious people see, and be confounded: and let fire devour thy enemies.
26:12. Lord, thou wilt give us peace: for thou hast wrought all our
works for us.
26:13. O Lord our God, other lords besides thee have had dominion over
us, only in thee let us remember thy name.
26:14. Let not the dead live, let not the giants rise again: therefore
hast visited and destroyed them, and hast destroyed all their memory.
26:15. Thou hast been favourable to the nation, O Lord, thou hast been
favourable to the nation: art thou glorified? thou hast removed all the
ends of the earth far off.
26:16. Lord, they have sought after thee in distress, in the
tribulation of murmuring thy instruction was with them.
26:17. As a woman with child, when she draweth near the time of her
delivery, is in pain, and crieth out in her pangs: so are we become in
thy presence, O Lord.
26:18. We have conceived, and been as it were in labour, and have
brought forth wind: we have not wrought salvation on the earth,
therefore the inhabitants of the earth have not fallen.
26:19. Thy dead men shall live, my slain shall rise again: awake, and
give praise, ye that dwell in the dust: for thy dew is the dew of the
light: and the land of the giants thou shalt pull down into ruin.
26:20. Go, my people, enter into thy chambers, shut thy doors upon
thee, hide thyself a little for a moment, until the indignation pass
26:21. For behold the Lord will come out of his place, to visit the
iniquity of the inhabitant of the earth against him: and the earth
shall disclose her blood, and shall cover her slain no more.
Shall cover her slain no more. . .This is said with relation to the
martyrs, and their happy resurrection.
Isaias Chapter 27
The punishment of the oppressors of God's people. The Lord's favour to
27:1. In that day the Lord with his hard, and great, and strong sword
shall visit leviathan the bar serpent, and leviathan the crooked
serpent, and shall slay the whale that is in the sea.
Leviathan. . .That is, the devil, the great enemy of the people of God.
He is called the bar serpent from his strength, and the crooked serpent
from his wiles; and the whale of the sea, from the tyranny he exercises
in the sea of this world. He was spiritually slain by the death of
Christ, when his power was destroyed.
27:2. In that day there shall be singing to the vineyard of pure wine.
The vineyard, etc. . .The church of Christ.
27:3. I am the Lord that keep it, I will suddenly give it drink: lest
any hurt come to it, I keep it night and day.
I will suddenly give it drink. . .Or, as the Hebrew may also be
rendered, I will continually water it.
27:4. There is no indignation in me: who shall make me a thorn and a
brier in battle: shall I march against it, shall, I set it on fire
No indignation in me, etc. . .Viz., against the church: nor shall I
become as a thorn or brier in its regard; or march against it, or set
it on fire: but it shall always take fast hold of me, and keep an
everlasting peace with me.
27:5. Or rather shall it take hold of my strength, shall it make peace
with me, shall it make peace with me?
27:6. When they shall rush in unto Jacob, Israel shall blossom and bud,
and they shall fill the face of the world with seed.
When they shall rush in, etc. . .Some understand this of the enemies of
the true Israel, that shall invade it in vain. Others of the spiritual
invasion made by the apostles of Christ.
27:7. Hath he struck him according to the stroke of him that struck
him? or is he slain, as he killed them that were slain by him?
Hath he struck him, etc. . .Hath God punished the carnal persecuting
Jews, in proportion to their doings against Christ and his saints?
27:8. In measure against measure, when it shall be cast off, thou shalt
judge it. He hath meditated with his severe spirit in the day of heat.
When it shall be cast off, etc. . .When the synagogue shall be cast off,
thou shalt judge it in measure, and in proportion to its crimes.--Ibid.
He hath meditated, etc. . .God hath designed severe punishments in the
day of his wrath.
27:9. Therefore upon this shall the iniquity of the house of Jacob be
forgiven: and this is all the fruit, that the sin thereof should be
taken away, when he shall have made all the stones of the altar, as
burnt stones broken in pieces, the groves and temples shall not stand.
Of the house of Jacob. . .Viz., of such of them as shall be converted.
27:10. For the strong city shall be desolate, the beautiful city shall
be forsaken, and shall be left as a wilderness: there the calf shall
feed, and there shall he lie down, and shall consume its branches.
The strong city. . .Jerusalem.
27:11. Its harvest shall be destroyed with drought, women shall come
and teach it: for it is not a wise people, therefore he that made it,
shall not have mercy on it: and he that formed it, shall not spare it.
27:12. And it shall come to pass, that in that day the Lord will strike
from the channel of the river even to the torrent of Egypt, and you
shall be gathered together one by one, O ye children of Israel.
27:13. And it shall come to pass, that in that day a noise shall be
made with a great trumpet, and they that were lost, shall come from the
land of the Assyrians, and they that were outcasts in the land of
Egypt, and they shall adore the Lord in the holy mount in Jerusalem.
A great trumpet. . .The preaching of the gospel for the conversion of
Isaias Chapter 28
The punishment of the Israelites, for their pride, intemperance, and
contempt of religion. Christ the cornerstone.
28:1. Woe to the crown of pride, to the drunkards of Ephraim, and to
the fading flower the glory his joy, who were on the head of the fat
valley, staggering with wine.
Ephraim. . .That is, the kingdom of the ten tribes.--Ibid. The head of
the fat valley. . .Samaria, situate on a hill, having under it a most
28:2. Behold the Lord is mighty and strong, as a storm of hail: a
destroying whirlwind, as the violence of many waters overflowing, and
sent forth upon a spacious land.
28:3. The crown of pride of the drunkards of Ephraim shall be trodden
28:4. And the fading tower the glory of his joy, who is on the head of
the fat valley, shall be as a hasty fruit before the ripeness of
autumn: which when he that seeth it shall behold, as soon he taketh it
in his hand, he will eat it up.
28:5. In that day the Lord of hosts shall be a crown of glory, and a
garland of joy to the residue of his people:
28:6. And a spirit of judgment to him that sitteth in judgment, and
strength to them that return out of the battle to the gate.
28:7. But these also have been ignorant through wine, and through
drunkenness have erred: the priest and the prophet have been ignorant
through drunkenness, they are swallowed up with wine, they have gone
astray in drunkenness, they have not known him that seeth, they have
been ignorant of judgment.
These also. . .The kingdom of Juda.
28:8. For all the tables were full of vomit and filth, so that there
was no more place.
28:9. Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to
understand the hearing? them that are weaned from the milk, that are
drawn away from the breasts.
28:10. For command, command again; command, command again; expect,
expect again; a little there, a little there.
Command, command again, etc. . .This is said in the person of the Jews,
resisting the repeated commands of God, and still putting him off.
28:11. For with the speech of lips, and with another tongue he will
speak to this people.
28:12. To whom he said: This is my rest, refresh the weary, and this is
my refreshing: and they would not hear.
28:13. And the word of the Lord shall be to them: Command, command
again; command, command again; expect, expect again; a little there, a
little there: that they may go, and fall backward, and be broken, and
snared, and taken.
28:14. Wherefore hear the word of the Lord, ye scornful men, who rule
over my people that is in Jerusalem.
28:15. For you have said: We have entered into a league with death, and
we have made a covenant with hell. When the overflowing scourge shall
pass through, it shall not come upon us: for we have placed our hope in
lies, and by falsehood we are protected.
28:16. Therefore thus saith the Lord God: Behold I will lay a stone in
the foundations of Sion, a tried stone, a corner stone, a precious
stone, founded in the foundation. He that believeth, let him not
A stone in the foundations. . .Viz., Christ.--Ibid. Let him not hasten,
etc. . .Let him expect his coming with patience.
28:17. And I will set judgment in weight, and justice in measure: and
hail shall overturn the hope of falsehood: and waters shall overflow
28:18. And your league with death shall be abolished, and your covenant
with hell shall not stand: when the overflowing scourge shall pass, you
shall be trodden down by it.
28:19. Whensoever it shall pass through, it shall take you away:
because in the morning early it shall pass through, in the day and in
the night, and vexation alone shall make you understand what you hear.
28:20. For the bed is straitened, so that one must fall out, and a
short covering cannot cover both.
The bed is straitened, etc. . .It is too narrow to hold two: God will
have the bed of our heart all to himself.
28:21. For the Lord shall stand up as in the mountain of divisions: he
shall be angry as in the valley which is in Gabaon: that he may do his
work, his strange work: that he may perform his work, his work is
strange to him.
As in the mountain, etc. . .As the Lord fought against the Philistines
in Baal Pharasim, 2 Kings 5., and against the Chanaanites, in the
valley of Gabaon, Jos. 10.
28:22. And now do not mock, lest your bonds be tied strait. For I have
heard of the Lord the God of hosts a consumption and a cutting short
upon all the earth.
28:23. Give ear, and hear my voice, hearken, and hear my speech.
28:24. Shall the ploughman plough all the day to sow, shall he open and
harrow his ground?
28:25. Will he not, when he hath made plain the surface thereof, sow
gith, and scatter cummin, and put wheat in order, and barley, and
millet, and vetches in their bounds?
28:26. For he will instruct him in judgment: his God will teach him.
28:27. For gith shall not be thrashed with saws, neither shall the cart
wheel turn about upon cummin: but gith shall be beaten out with a rod,
and cumin with a staff.
28:28. But breadcorn shall be broken small: but the thrasher shall not
thrash it for ever, neither shall the cart wheel hurt it, nor break it
with its teeth.
28:29. This also is come forth from the Lord God of hosts, to make his
counsel wonderful, and magnify justice.
This also, etc. . .Such also is the proceeding of the Lord with his
land, and the divers seeds he throws therein.
Isaias Chapter 29
God's heavy judgments upon Jerusalem, for their obstinacy: with a
prophecy of the conversion of the Gentiles.
29:1. Woe to Ariel, to Ariel the city which David took: year is added
to year. the solemnities are at an end.
Ariel. . .This word signifies, the lion of God, and here is taken for
the strong city of Jerusalem.
29:2. And I will make a trench about Ariel, and it shall be in sorrow
and mourning, and it shall be to me as Ariel.
29:3. And I will make a circle round about thee, and I will cast up a
rampart against thee, and raise up bulwarks to besiege thee.
29:4. Thou shalt be brought down, thou shall speak out of the earth,
and thy speech shall be heard out of the ground: and thy voice shall be
from the earth like that of the python, and out of the earth thy speech
29:5. And the multitude of them that fan thee, shall be like small
dust: and as ashes passing away, the multitude of them that have
prevailed against thee.
29:6. And it shall be at an instant suddenly. A visitation shall come
from the Lord of hosts in thunder, and with earthquake, and with a
great noise of whirlwind and tempest; and with the flame of devouring
29:7. And the multitude of all nations that have fought against Ariel,
shall be as the dream of a vision by night, and all that have fought,
and besieged and prevailed against it.
29:8. And as he that is hungry dreameth, and eateth, but when he is
awake, his soul is empty: and as he that is thirsty dreameth, and
drinketh and after he is awake, is yet faint with thirst, and his soul
is empty: so shall be the multitude of all the Gentiles, that have
fought against mount Sion.
29:9. Be astonished, and wonder, waver, and stagger: be drunk, and not
with wine: stagger, and not with drunkenness.
29:10. For the Lord hath mingled for you the spirit of a deep sleep, he
will shut up your eyes, he will cover your prophets and princes, that
29:11. And the vision of all shall be unto you as the words of a book
that is sealed which when they shall deliver to one that is learned,
they shall say: Read this: and he shall answer: I cannot, for it is
29:12. And the book shall be given to one that knoweth no letters, and
it shall be said to him: Read: and he shall answer: I know no letters.
29:13. And the Lord said: Forasmuch as this people draw near me with
their mouth, and with their lips glorify me, but their heart is far
from me, and they have feared me with the commandment and doctrines of
29:14. Therefore behold I will proceed to cause an admiration in this
people, by a great and wonderful miracle: for wisdom shall perish from
their wise men, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be
29:15. Woe to you that are deep of heart, to hide your counsel from the
Lord: and their works are in the dark, and they say: Who seeth us, and
who knoweth us?
29:16. This thought of yours is perverse: as if the clay should think
against the potter, and the work should say to the maker thereof: Thou
madest me not: or the thing framed should say to him that fashioned it:
Thou understandest not.
29:17. Is it not yet a very little while, and Libanus shall be turned
into charmel, and charmel shall be esteemed as a forest?
Charmel. . .This word signifies a fruitful field.
29:18. And in that day the deaf shall hear the words of the book, and
out of darkness and obscurity the eyes of the blind shall see.
29:19. And the meek shall increase their joy in the Lord, and the poor
men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.
29:20. For he that did prevail hath failed, the scorner is consumed,
and they are all cut off that watched for iniquity:
29:21. That made men sin by word, and supplanted him that reproved them
in the gate, and declined in vain from the just.
29:22. Therefore thus saith the Lord to the house of Jacob, he that
redeemed Abraham: Jacob shall not now be confounded, neither shall his
countenance now be ashamed:
29:23. But when he shall see his children, the work of my hands in the
midst of him sanctifying my name, and they shall sanctify the Holy One
of Jacob, and shall glorify the God of Israel:
29:24. And they that erred in spirit, shall know understanding, and
they that murmured, shall learn the law.
Isaias Chapter 30
The people are blamed for their confidence in Egypt. God's mercies
towards his church. The punishment of sinners.
30:1. Woe to you, apostate children, saith the Lord, that you would
take counsel, and not of me: and would begin a web, and not by my
spirit, that you might add sin upon sin:
30:2. Who walk to go down into Egypt, and have not asked at my mouth,
hoping for help in the strength of Pharao, and trusting in the shadow
30:3. And the strength of Pharao shall be to your confusion, and the
confidence of the shadow of Egypt to your shame.
30:4. For thy princes were in Tanis, and thy messengers came even to
30:5. They were all confounded at a people that could not profit them:
they were no help, nor to any profit, but to confusion and to reproach.
30:6. The burden of the beasts of the south. In a land of trouble and
distress, from whence come the lioness, and the lion, the viper and the
flying basilisk, they carry their riches upon the shoulders of beasts,
and their treasures upon the bunches of camels to a people that shall
not be able to profit them.
30:7. For Egypt shall help in vain, and to no purpose: therefore have I
cried concerning this: It is pride only, sit still.
30:8. Now therefore go in and write for them upon box, and note it
diligently in a book, and it shall be in the latter days for a
testimony for ever.
30:9. For it is a people that provoketh to wrath, and lying children
that will not hear the law of God.
30:10. Who say to the seers: See not: and to them that behold: Behold
not for us those things that are right: speak unto us pleasant things,
see errors for us.
30:11. Take away from me the way, turn away the path from me, let the
Holy One of Israel cease from before us.
30:12. Therefore thus saith the Holy One of Israel: Because you have
rejected this word, and have trusted in oppression and tumult, and have
leaned upon it:
30:13. Therefore shall this iniquity be to you as a breach that
falleth, and is found wanting in a high wall, for the destruction
thereof shall come on a sudden, when it is not looked for.
30:14. And it shall be broken small, as the potter's vessel is broken
all to pieces with mighty breaking, and there shall not a sherd be
found of the pieces thereof, wherein a little fire may be carried from
the hearth, or a little water be drawn out of the pit.
30:15. For thus saith the Lord God the Holy One of Israel: If you
return and be quiet, you shall be saved: in silence and in hope shall
your strength be. And you would not:
30:16. But have said: No, but we will flee to horses: therefore shall
you flee. And we will mount upon swift ones: therefore shall they be
swifter that shall pursue after you.
30:17. A thousand men shall flee for fear of one: and for fear of five
shall you flee, till you be left as the mast of ship on the top of a
mountain, and as an ensign upon a hill.
30:18. Therefore the Lord waiteth that he may have mercy on you: and
therefore shall he be exalted sparing you: because the Lord is the God
of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for him.
30:19. For the people of Sion shall dwell in Jerusalem: weeping thou
shalt not weep, he will surely have pity on thee: at the voice of thy
cry, as soon as he shall hear, he will answer thee.
30:20. And the Lord will give you spare bread, and short water: and
will not cause thy teacher to flee away from thee any more, and thy
eyes shall see thy teacher.
30:21. And thy ears shall hear the word of one admonishing thee behind
thy back: This is the way, walk ye in it: and go not aside neither to
the right hand, nor to the left.
30:22. And thou shalt defile the plates of thy graven things of silver,
and the garment of thy molten things of gold, and shalt cast them away
as the uncleanness of a menstruous woman. Thou shalt say to it: Get
30:23. And rain shall be given to thy seed, wheresoever thou shalt sow
in the land: and the bread of the corn of the land shall be most
plentiful, and fat. The lamb in that day shall feed at large in thy
30:24. And thy oxen, and the ass colts that till the ground, shall eat
mingled provender as it was winnowed in the floor.
30:25. And there shall be upon every high mountain, and upon every
elevated hill rivers of running waters in the day of the slaughter of
many, when the tower shall fall.
30:26. And the light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun, and
the light of the sun shall be sevenfold, as the light of seven days: in
the day when the Lord shall bind up the wound of his people, and shall
heal the stroke of their wound.
30:27. Behold the name of the Lord cometh from afar, his wrath burneth,
and is heavy to bear: his lips are filled with indignation, and his
tongue as a devouring fire.
30:28. His breath as a torrent overflowing even to the midst of the
neck, to destroy the nations unto nothing, and the bridle of error that
was in the jaws of the people.
30:29. You shall have a song as in the night of the sanctified
solemnity, and joy of heart, as where one goeth with a pipe, to come
into the mountain of the Lord, to the Mighty One of Israel.
30:30. And the Lord shall make the glory of his voice to be heard, and
shall shew the terror of his arm, in the threatening of wrath, and the
flame of devouring fire: he shall crush to pieces with whirlwind, and
30:31. For at the voice of the Lord the Assyrian shall fear being
struck with the rod.
30:32. And the passage of the rod shall be strongly grounded, which the
Lord shall make to rest upon him with timbrels and harps, and in great
battles he shall overthrow them.
30:33. For Topheth is prepared from yesterday, prepared by the king,
deep, and wide. The nourishment thereof is fire and much wood: the
breath of the Lord as a torrent of brimstone kindling it.
Topheth. . .It is the same as Gehenna, and is taken for hell.
Isaias Chapter 31
The folly of trusting to Egypt, and forgetting God. He will fight for
his people against the Assyrians.
31:1. Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help, trusting in horses,
and putting their confidence in chariots, because they are many: and in
horsemen, because they are very strong: and have not trusted in the
Holy One of Israel, and have not sought after the Lord.
31:2. But he that is the wise one hath brought evil, and hath not
removed his words: and he will rise up against the house of the wicked,
and against the aid of them that work iniquity.
31:3. Egypt is man, and not God: and their horses, flesh, and not
spirit: and the Lord shall put down his hand, and the helper shall
fall, and he that is helped shall fall, and they shall all be
31:4. For thus saith the Lord to me: Like as the lion roareth, and the
lions whelp upon his prey, and when a multitude of shepherds shall come
against him, he will not fear at their voice, nor be afraid of their
multitude: so shall the Lord of hosts come down to fight upon mount
Sion, and upon the hill thereof.
31:5. As birds flying, so will the Lord of hosts protect Jerusalem,
protecting and delivering, passing over and saving.
31:6. Return as you had deeply revolted, O children of Israel.
31:7. For in that day a man shall cast away his idols of silver, and
his idols of gold, which your hands have made for you to sin.
31:8. And the Assyrian shall fall by the sword not of a man, and the
sword not of a man shall devour him, and he shall flee not at the face
of the sword, and his young men shall be tributaries.
31:9. And his strength shall pass away with dread, and his princes
fleeing shall be afraid: the Lord hath said it, whose fire is in Sion,
and his furnace in Jerusalem.
Isaias Chapter 32
The blessings of the reign of Christ. The desolation of the Jews, and
prosperity of the church of Christ.
32:1. Behold a king shall reign in justice, and princes shall rule in
32:2. And a man shall be as when one is hid from the wind, and hideth
himself from a storm, as rivers of waters in drought, and the shadow of
a rock that standeth out in a desert land.
32:3. The eyes of them that see shall not be dim, and the ears of them
that hear shall hearken diligently.
32:4. And the heart of fools shall understand knowledge, and the tongue
of stammerers shall speak readily and plain.
32:5. The fool shall no more be called prince: neither shall the
deceitful be called great:
32:6. For the fool will speak foolish things, and his heart will work
iniquity, to practise hypocrisy, and speak to the Lord deceitfully, and
to make empty the soul of the hungry, and take away drink from the