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Who is this, shall my wondering Church say concerning her God and Saviour, who is this, that comes out from among the troops of his enemies, with garments distained with blood; even this, that is decked with the glory of his victory and triumph? Dost thou ask, who I am, O my Church, shall he say, I am thy righteous and holy Redeemer; mighty to save and deliver mine elect.
LXIII. 2 Wherefore art thou red in thine apparel, and thy garments like him that trcadeth in the wintfat?
Wherefore then, O Saviour, art thou thus suited in crimson, and dyed red with blood? If thou be so powerful to save us, how hast thou not delivered thyself from this effusion of thine own blood? Or is it the blood of enemies, that hath thus drenched thy robes; so that thou lookest as one, that hath been treading in the winepress, all tainted with the blood of the grape?
LXIII. 3 / have trodden the winepress alone; and of the people there was none with me: for I will tread them in mine anger, and trample them in my fury; and their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments, and I will stain all my raiment. It is true, O my Church, I have been indeed treading the winepress of my Father's wrath: I have been crushing and trampling upon all the clusters of mine enemies; even I alone, by my mighty power, have trod them under my feet, without the supply of all other helps: the victory is mine alone, which I will, in my good time, fully accomplish; for I will, in my just anger, be exquisitely avenged of all those, that maliciously rise up against me, and will give proofs to the world of my vengeance and their sufferings.
LXIII. 4 For the day of vengeance is in mine heart, and the year of my redeemed is come.
For I have eternally decreed and set the day, wherein I shall be perfectly revenged of the proud and wicked enemies of my Church, and wherein I shall fully redeem my faithful people.
LXIII. 5 And I looked, and there was none to help; and I wondered that there was none to uplvold: He.
I saw there was no help to be expected from any finite creature; and, being much affected to see so remediless a desolation of my Church, I addressed myself to the work, and by my own power wrought their deliverance: &c.
LXIII. 8 For he said, Surely they are my people, children that will not lie: so he was their Saviour.
For he said, Surely, these are my chosen ones, my peculiar people; they will stick fast to me, and will not degenerate into wicked and lewd courses: so he, who expected this holiness and perseverance from them, was a Saviour unto them.
LXIII. 9 In all their afflictions he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them.
In all their afflictions he pitied them, and did, as it were, suffer with them; and the Angel of his covenant, who still appears before his face to intercede for his Church, saved them from too dangers of manifold destructions.
LXIII. 11 Then he remembered the days ofold, Moses, and his
people, saying, Where is he that brought them up out of the sea with the shepherd of his flock? where is he that put his Bolt/ Spirit within him?
Then he remembered the days of old; and those ancient passages, that were betwixt Moses and his people, whose posterity, in their present distresses, ave ready to say; Where now is that God, that did so powerfully bring his people through the sea, by the hand of Moses their leader? Where is he, tlmt did then put his Holy Spirit into that faithful guide of his people?
LXIII. 13 That led them through the deep, as an horse in the wilderness, Hc.
He, that led them through the Red Sea, with no less security and confidence, than a horse walks in an even and smooth down, &c. So verse 14.
LXIII. 15 The sounding of thy bowels and of thy mercies levari me, are they restrained?
The yearning of thy bowels, and thy tender compassions towards thv people.
LXIII. 16 Doubtless thou art our father, though Abraham be ignorant of us, and Israel acknowledge us not: He. O God, how boldly may we sue to thee, since thou art our Father! nothing in the world can strip us of this relation to thee: whatever become of all these terms of cognation and consanguinity, which the world can afford, surely nothing can hinder this our challenge of interest in thee; and, however we have made ourselves by our sins unworthy to be owned by our father Abraham, if he could take notice of these earthly things, yet do not thou cast us utterly off, from the benefit of that covenant, which thou madest with him and his seed: &c.
LXIII. n 0 Lord, why hast thou made us to err from tty ways, and hardened our heart from thy fear? O Lord, we know, if thou guide us not, we cannot but err: why hast thou withdrawn thy Spirit from us, upon the just desert of our sins, so as we have thereupon gone astray from thv lairs? why hast thou, in the punishment of our wickedness, given us over to the hardening of our own hearts before thee?
LXIII. 18 The people ofthy holiness have possessed it but a little while: our adversaries have trodden down thy sanctuary. It is but a little while, in comparison of the promise and covenant made to thy people, that thy peculiar and select nation have possessed this good land; and now our adversaries have destroyed thy holy temple.
LXIII. 19 We are thine: thou never barest rule over than: they were not called by thy name.
They can challenge no part in thee: we are thine own charge, and chosen inheritance; thou hast given laws to us, and hast exercised a special sovereignty over us: thou hast not done so to them; they were never so endeared to thee, never so much graced by thee.
LXIV. 1 Oh that thou wouldest rend the heavens, that thou wouldest come down, that the mountains might flow down at thy presence,
Oh that thou wouldest magnify thy mighty power in the deliverance of thy people; and, for that cause, that thou wouldest tear open the heavens before thee, that they may give way to thy com
ngdown; and the mountains might melt, and flow like water, at
he terror of thy presence!
LXIV. 2 As when the melting fire burneth, the fire causeth the waters to boil, to make thy name known to thine adversaries, that the nations may tremble at thy presence!
Oh that thy presence to the world might be as fire to metal, or to water; to melt the one, to cause the other to boil; that all the adversary powers might, with horror and confusion, know thy greatness and omnipotence; and that all the nations, which now forget thee and slight thy power, might tremble at thy presence!
LXIV. 4 For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him. Thou hast done many and great wonders for thy people of ancient tinies; such, as whereby thou hast approved thyself to be the only true God; so as the ear hath not heard, nor the eye seen the clear demonstrations of any god, but thyself; of such infinite power and mercy, td provide so graciously and miraculously, for those that depend upon thee,
LXIV. 5 Thou meetest him that rejoiceth and workith righleoustiess, those that remember thee in thy ways: behold, thou art wroth; for we have sinned: in those is continuance, and we shall be saved. Thou hast heretofore given merciful proofs of thy favour to our forefathers, who rejoiced in thee, and lived holily before thee; and so thou art ready to do, to those, that awfully and thankfully acknowledge thee, and adore thee, in the ways of thy justice and mercy: but as for us, thou art displeased with us, for we have done wickedly before thee; whereas, if we had the grace to continue in those ways of thine, we should be sure to be saved.
LXIV. 6 But we are alias an-unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. But we are all very abominably sinful before thee, and our very best services and obediences are full of odious and shameful corruptions; and, therefore, under this displeasure of thine, we cannot but fall away, as a dry leaf from the tree; and the just punishment of our iniquities, like a wind, hath blown us away and dispersed us.
LXV. I / am sought of them that asked not for me; I am found of them that sought me not: I said, Behold me, behold me, unto a nation that was not called by my name. Whatsoever become of you, my late people of the Jews, my covenant shall be made good with another nation, whom ye think not of : behold, the Gentiles shall come in your room; I am sought of them, which were before utter aliens from me and my Church i and I am accordingly found of them, which heretofore sought me not: I called a people unto my Covenant of Grace, which had before no relation unto me, either of name or interest.
LXV. 2 / have spread out my hands all the day unto a rebellious people, which walketh in a way that was not good, after their own thoughts; i
I have made continual and important means to these rebellious Jews; who yet will not be reclaimed, but walk on, lewdly and stubbornly, in their own vain and sinful lusts;
LXV. 3—that sacrifceth in gardens, and burneth incense upon altars of brick;
—That sacrificeth in those groves which they have in their private orchards, and upon their own-erected altars, according to their vain and superstitious fancies, contrary to the charge of God, who hath confined their services and oblations to his altar at Jerusalem;
LXV. 4 Which remain among the graves, and lodge in the monuments, which eat swine's flesh, and broth of abominable things in their vtssels;
Which, in devilish fashion, gave themselves to the practice of necromancy, consulting with evil spirits under the form of the dead, and making no difference of those meats which the law hath made abominably unclean;
LXV. 5 Which say, Stand by thyself, come not near to me; for I am holier than thou. These are a smoke in my nose, a fire that burneth all the day.
Which, in the pride and scorn of their heart, are ready to say to the holy prophets of God, admonishing them of their sins, Tush, I regard thee not; keep thy counsel to thyself: I am holier than thou. These are tedious and noisome to me; and their proud hypocrisy is such, as shall provoke my perpetual indignation, to burn them up like an unquenchable fire continually.
LXV. 8 Thus saith the Lord, As the new wine is found in the cluster, and one saith, Destroy it not; for a blessing is in it: so will I do for my servants' sakes, that I may not destroy them all. Thus saith the Lord, As a man, that intends to cut down or root up a sour ill-fruited vine, and, finding one branch of it yielding a kindly and pleasing grape, forbears to destroy it; so will I do with my people: though, in a generality, they deserve an utter extirpation; yet, for the sake of some of them, whom I have found careful and conscionable, I have resolved not to destroy them all.
LXV. 9 An inheritor of my mountains. A people, that shall inherit and possess that my mountainous country of Judea.
LXV. 10 And Sharon shall be a fold offlocks, and the valley of Achor a place for the herds to lie down in, for my people that have sought me.
And there shall be a frequent rehabitation of the whole land of Israel and Judah: the late-desolate pastures of Sharon, and the fruitful valley of Achor, shall be again put to use, and serve for the feeding and grazing of your flocks and herds. .
LXV. 11 But ye are they thatforsake the Lord, that forget my holy mountain, that prepare a table for that troop, and thatfurnish the drink offering, unto that number.
But ye are they, that forsake the Lord; that do wilfully neglect my chosen mountain of Zion, and my holy temple there; that offer sacrifice to a base rabble of counterfeit gods, and furnish drink offerings to all the innumerable hosts of heaven.
LXV. 12 Therefore will I number you to the sword, He. Therefore will I design you to destruction, &c.
LXV. 13 Therefore this saith the Lord God, Behold, my servants shall eat, but ye shall be hungry: behold, my servants shall drink, but ye shall be thirsty: behold, my servants shall rejoice, but ye shall be ashamed.
Ye have made a fashionable profession of service to me, but there hath been no truth therein; and ye shall speed accordingly: for, behold, those, that are indeed my true and faithful servants, shall eat, and drink, and rejoice, and enjoy the good things of the land; when ye, hypocrites, shall be held short of all these comforts, and shall be punished with shame and want. So verse 14.
LXV. 15 And ye shall leave your name for a curse unto my chosen: for the Lord God shall slay thee, and call his servants by another name.
And that name, whereof ye now vainly boast, shall no more be disgraced by you; but, contrarily, instead thereof, your name and memory shall be execrable to all my chosen; so as, when they would curse another, they shall say, So may God curse thee as he did the Jews: for the Lord God shall destroy thee, and call his servants, out of other nations, and by other names; even by the glorious names of Christians.
LX V. 16 That he who blesseth himself in the earth shall bless himself in the God of truth; and he that sweareth in the earth shall swear by the God of truth; because the former troubles are forgotten, and because they are hid from mine eyes. And, all the earth over, men shall give themselves to the holy and conscionable worship of God: whether they pray, or whether they swear, or whatsoever act of religion they do, it shall be directed to the only true God; for God hath determined to put a final end to the calamities of his Church, and not to see their grievous distresses any longer.
LXV. n For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mmd. Behold, I will renew all things by the power and government of my Son Christ: the whole world shall be then cast in a new mould; the former condition, which served only for a shadow of the future, shall then vanish, and be no more of use or remembrance.
LXV. 18 But be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy.
Be ye glad and rejoice for ever, O ye faithful souls, which shall receive the benefit of this happy renovation; for, I will give fulness of joy unto my Church, and will make my people eternally blessed.