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XXXIII. 14 The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites. Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fitx? &c.
Those, that are profane and godless in Jerusalem, are, not without cause, much terrified; and those hypocrites, which would not believe the predictions of these evils, are now overwhelmed with tearfulness, and now they are ready to say, Alas, how shall we be able to endure this wrath of God, which is gone out against us? &c.
XXXIII. 16 He shall dwell on high: his place of defence shall be the munitions of rocks: bread shall be given-him; his waters shall be sure.
He shall dwell in a safe place, inaccessible to all enemies, and utterly impregnable; and shall have all things cast in his way, which are necessary for his sustentation.
XXXIII. 17 Thine eyes shall see the king in his beauty: they shall behold the land that is very far off.
Whosoever thou art that walkest thus uprightly; thou shalt see the court of Jerusalem restored to his full glory: though Hezekiah be under hatches for the time, yet thou shalt see him in his wonted port and magnificence; and thou shalt see him subduing other remote kingdoms, and ruling over them.
XXXIII. 18 Thine heart shall meditate terror. Where is the scribe? where is the receiver? where is he that counted the towers? Thy heart shall think upon the terror thou wert in, when thou distractedly askedst for thy officers; Where is the clerk of the band? Where is the receiver? Where is the surveyor of the works? As if these could have availed thee.
XXXIII. 19 Thou shall not see a fierce people, a people of a deeper speech than thou canst perceive; of a stammering tongue, that thou canst not understand.
Thou shalt not be forced to see and endure the tyranny of those fierce and cruel Assyrians; to live under the servitude of a nation, whose barbarous and harsh language thou understandest not.
XXXIII. 21 But there the glorious Lord will be unto us a place of broad rivers and streams; wherein shall go no galley with oars, Sfr. But there, even in Jerusalem, will the Lord be unto us instead of all the rivers and ditches and bulwarks of defence, which other cities boast themselves of; yea, he shall give Jerusalem protection without danger: in other cities and countries where they have the commodity of large rivers and inlets from the sea, there may be perhaps some peril of advantage to an enemy, and opportunity of invasion; but here shall be no such matter: no galley shall go here with oars, &c.
XXXIII. 23 Thy tacklings are loosed; they could not well strengthen their mast, they could not spread the sail: then is the prey of a great spoil divided; the lame take tlie prey. But for thee, O Assyrian, howsoever thou earnest like a well rigged ship to this siege, yet thy tacklings do not hold, thy mast totters; yea, so shall God ply thee with storms, that thou shalt not so much as spread a sail, but shalt be wrecked and spilt, and everyone, though lame and impotent, shall share in the spoil of thee.
XXXIII. 24 And the inhabitant shall not say, I am sick: the people that dwell therein shall be forgiven their miquity.
But my people shall, in the mean time, be kept in safety and health; forasmuch as the very cause of their suffering, which is their iniquity, shall be removed and forgiven.
XXXIV. 3 And the mountains shall be melted xint A their blood. And the mountains shall so run down with blood, as if they were melted and dissolved into it.
XXXIV. 4 And all the host of heaven shall be dissolved. And in that great day of the Lord, shall the very frame of heaven feel an apparent alteration.
XXXIV. 5 For my sword shall be bathed in heaven: behold, it shall come down upon Idumea, and upon the people of my curse to judgment.
For my judgment, decreed in heaven, shall be fearfully executed upon the known and professed enemies of my Church; upon those people, .wliom I have accursed to an everlasting condemnation. XXXIV. 6 The sword of the Lord is filled with blood, it is made fat with fatness, and with the blood of lambs and goats, with the fat of the kidneys of rams. *
God shall take full vengeance on his enemies: his sword shall be, as it were, fed with the blood of his great and noted adversaries: this slaughter of his shall be like to that of an universal sacrifice, which shal 1 be killed on the altar of the land of Edom, and all the regions of his proud opposites.
XXXIV. 7 And the unicorns shall come down with them, and the bullocks with the bulls; and their land shall be soaked with blood. Neither shall the tame cattle only be the matter of this sacrifice, as the poor and quiet lambs, which have no power to resist; but the wildest and fiercest of all other creatures, as the unicorns and bulls &c. figuring the most lawless and potent enemies of Christ, shall be exposed to this blopdy oblation; and their land shall be drenched and soaked with their blood.
XXXIV. 8 For it is the day of the Lord's vengeance, and the year of recompencesfor the controversy of Zion. It is the time, wherein God will give a full satisfaction and retribution of the wrongs, that have been done to his Church, in the consummate plagues of his enemies.
XXXIV. 9 And the streams thereof shall be turned into pitch, and the dust thereof into brimstone, and the land thereof shall become burning pitch.
There shall be nothing but horror and burning; for, instead of streams, there shall be liquid pitch; and instead of dust, brimstone: and a fire shall be put to both of them; so as the whole world shall be but as one flame.
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XXXIV. 11 The cormorant and the bittern shall possess it; the owl also and the raven shall dwell in it: and he shall stretch out upon it the line of confusion, and the stones of emptiness. As for those hostile countries, that have made havock of Jerusalem, they shall be laid waste in the mean time; and turned to a habitation of solitary, doleful, and dismal birds: God shall condemn them to perpetual confusion and ruin, never to be either built or inhabited.
XXXIV. 14, 15 The wild beasts, fife, the satyr shall cry to his fellow. There shall the great owl make her nest, Kc. See chap. xiii. 21.
XXXIV. 16 Seek ye out of the book of the Lord, and read: no one of these shall fail, none shall want her mate: for my mouth it hath commanded, and his spirit it hath gathered them. Inquire after this prophecy, which I have delivered to vou from . the Lord, and compare it with the event: ye shall find none of these particulars to fail; but these fowls of solitude and desolation shall nest and breed here: none of them shall want her mate: I have spoken it as from God, and his power shall call them thither, and fasten them there.
XXXIV. 17 And he cast the lot for them, and his hand hath divided it unto them by line: they shall possess it for ever, from generation to generation shall they dwell therein.
He hath distributed the land to them for their use, and his just providence hath divided it to them, by line: there they shall take up their abode for ever.
XXXV. 1 The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose. The kingdom of Christ shall come, wherein he shall rule by the Gospel of peace; at what time all things shall flourish: even those places, which now seem to be forlorn deserts, shall then rejoice, and blossom as the rose.
XXXV. 2 The glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the excellence of Carmel and Sharon.
That, which was once a dry sandy desert, shall be now as fresh and green as Lebanon, and as plentiful and rich as Carmel and Sharon.
XXXV. 3 Strengthen ve the weak hands, Kc. Comfort yourselves therefore in the Lord>. O ye that are weak and dejected. '
XXXV. 7 And the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of waters: in the habitations of dragons, where each lay, shall be grass with reeds and ywshes. That barren soil, that was parched and burnt up with drought,shall flow with abundance of water; and those desolate and dry deserts, which were wont to be the habitation of dragons, shall now turn moist and fruitful, so as the rushes and reeds shall cover it. , XXXV. 8 And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shell be called, The way of holiness; the unclean shall not past Over it; hut it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.
It shall not only be civil and accessible, but holy and gracious: none shall dare to set their foot there, who are unclean and perversely wicked, but it shall be for those that are holy and conscionable; and the path shall be so beaten with frequent passengers, that those, which are otherwise simple and ignorant, cannot err therein.
XXXV. 9 No lion shall be there, nor any ravenous beast shall go up thereon, it shall not be found there; but the redeemed shall walk there.
Neithershall it retain so much of the nature and use of a wilderness, as to give harbour to lions, or any other ravenous beasts: men of a cruel and bestial disposition shall find no place there; only the redeemed shall be meet inhabitants thereof.
XXXVI. See 2 Kings xviii.
XXXVII. See 2 Kings xix.
XXXVII. 30 And this shall be a sign unto thee, Ye shall eat this year such as groweth of itself; and the second year that which springeth of the same.
And now for thee, O Hezekiah, that thou mayest know that this deliverance comes only from the Lord, let me tell thee, that God shall second this mercy with another; thy freedom, with a plentiful increase of this land of thine, which is now wasted and defaced with war; which yet shall, through the miraculous blessing of God, become so fruitful, as that, for two years together, it shall yield thee a large and rich crop, without the labour or seed of the husbandman.
XXXVIII. See 2 Kings xx.
XXXVIII. 11 I said, I shall not see the Lord, even the Lord, in the land of the living.
I said, I shall no more have the comfortable fruition of God's presence in his house, amongst the men that live here on earth.
XXXVIII. 13 From day even to night wilt thou make an end of me.
This very day, ere the night come, wilt thou make an end of me.
XXXVIII. 16 0 Lord, by these things men live, and in all these things is the life of my spirit.
0 Lord, by those words and powerful acts, that proceed from thee, is the life of man both had and maintained; and, in special, this life of mine, whereby my breath is still kept in me, is an immediate work of thine.'
XXXVIII. 18 For the grave cannot praise thee, death can not celebrate thee.
Man, when he is once dead, can do thee no more service here upon earth.
XXXIX. 8 Then said Hezekiah to Isaiah, Good is the word of the Lord which thou hast spoken. He said moreover, For there shall be peace and truth in rtiy days.
I do, in all humility, submit myself to the good pleasure of God, and do acknowledge that God hath dealt very graciously with me, howsoever; for, though I had deserved a present punishment, yet it hath pleased him in mercy to respite it, and to vouchsafe to grant, that true religion and peace shall be continued all my days.
XL. 2 For she hath received of the Lord's hand double for all her sins.
She hath received from the hand of God's justice a large proportion of misery; double to that, which, if their sins had not forced him to this necessary infliction, he would have imposed on them.
XL. 3 The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, i God shall have his prophets, who, in the most forlorn estate of his Church, shall excite those princes and governors, under whom his people shall be, for a preparation for their return out of the Babylonish captivity; and, as that return shall be a type and figure of the delivery of God's Church from spiritual tyranny, he shall have his evangelical harbinger, before the coming of the Messiah, which shall be the voice of a crier in the wilderness.
XL. 4 Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low.
God shall remove every difficulty and impediment, which shall lie in the way of the restoration of his Church and people.
XL. 7 The grass withereth, tlieflower fadeth : because the spirit of the Lord bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass. As the grass withereth and as the flower fadeth, upon every nipping wind or scorching sun; so do and shall the most glorious of the sons of men, if God in his displeasure shall but breathe upon them never so little.
XL. 9 0 Zion, that bringest good tidings, get thee up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your Cod!
O Zionand Jerusalem, do ye proclaim to all the world the infinite goodness of your God to you; and therefore take all advantage of the highest mountains, to publish it, that it may be most and best heard: since it is to you, that God imparts the first tidings of a Saviour, do ye gladly and zealously divulge it to all the earth; and say to the other cities of Judah, concerning the Messiah to be exhibited in the flesh, Behold your God.
XL. 11 He shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with youngIf there be any of his elect ones, that is weak and distressed, and that is over-pressed with the conscience of his own un worthiness, such a one will he pity and relieve.