Words of Isaiah given to the People Of Nephi
composed ca. 555 bc
And now I, Nephi, write more of the words of Isaiah, for my soul delighteth in his words. For I will liken his words unto my people, and I will send them forth unto all my children, for he verily saw my Redeemer, even as I have seen him. And my brother, Jacob, also has seen him as I have seen him. Wherefore, I will send their words forth unto my children to prove unto them that my words are true. Wherefore, by the words of three, God hath said, I will establish my word. Nevertheless, God sendeth more witnesses, and he proveth all his words.
Behold, my soul delighteth in proving unto my people the truth of the coming of Christ. For, For this end hath the law of Moses been given. And all things which have been given of God from the beginning of the world, unto man, are the typifying of him. And also my soul delighteth in the covenants of the Lord which he hath made to our fathers; yea, my soul delighteth in his grace, and in his justice, and power, and mercy in the great and eternal plan of deliverance from death. And my soul delighteth in proving unto my people that save Christ should come all men must perish. For if there be no Christ, there be no god. And if there be no god we are not, for there could have been no creation. But there is a god, and he is Christ. And he cometh in the fullness of his own time.
And now I write some of the words of Isaiah, that whoso of my people shall see these words may lift up their hearts and rejoice for all men. Now these are the words, and ye may liken them unto you and unto all men.
The Word that Isaiah, the son of Amoz, saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem:
And it shall come to pass in the last days, when the mountain of the Lord’s
House shall be established in the top of the mountains,
And shall be exalted above the hills, and all nations shall flow unto it.
And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain
Of the Lord, to the house of the god of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, And we will walk in his paths; for out of Zion shall go forth the law,
And the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people:
And they shall beat their swords into plow-shares, and their spears
Into pruning-hooks. Nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
Neither shall they learn war any more.
O House of Jacob, come ye and let us walk in the light of the Lord!
Yea, come, for ye have all gone astray, every one to his wicked ways.
Therefore, O Lord, thou hast forsaken thy people, the House of Jacob,
Because they be replenished from the east, and hearken unto soothsayers
Like the Philistines, and they please themselves in the children of strangers.
Their land also is full of silver and gold, neither is there any end
Of their treasures! Their land is also full of horses,
Neither is there any end of their chariots.
Their land is also full of idols, they worship the work of their own hands,
That which their own fingers have made.
And the mean man boweth not down, and the great man humbleth
Himself not, therefore, forgive him not.
O ye wicked ones, enter into the rock, and hide thee in the dust,
For the fear of the Lord and the glory of his majesty shall smite thee!
And it shall come to pass that the lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and
The haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the Lord
Alone shall be exalted in that day.
For the day of the Lord of Hosts soon cometh upon all nations, yea,
Upon every one, yea, upon the proud and lofty, and upon every one
Who is lifted up, and he shall be brought low.
Yea, and the Day of the Lord shall come upon all the cedars of Lebanon,
For they are high and lifted up; and upon all the oaks of Bashan;
And upon all the high mountains, and upon all the hills,
And upon all the nations which are lifted up, and upon every people;
And upon every high tower, and upon every fenced wall;
And upon all the ships of the sea, and upon all the ships of Tarshish,
And upon all pleasant pictures. And the loftiness of man shall be
Bowed down, and the haughtiness of men shall be made low
And the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day.
And the idols he shall utterly abolish.
And they shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth,
For the fear of the Lord shall come upon them and the glory of his majesty
Shall smite them, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth!
In that day a man shall cast his idols of silver, and his idols of gold,
Which he hath made for himself to worship, to the moles and to the bats;
To go into the clefts of the rocks, and into the tops of the ragged rocks,
For the fear of the Lord shall come upon them
And the majesty of his glory shall smite them,
When he ariseth to shake terribly the earth.
Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils
For wherein is he to be accounted of?
For behold, the Lord, the Lord of Hosts, doth take away
From Jerusalem, and from Judah, the stay and the staff,
The whole staff of bread, and the whole stay of water;
The mighty man, and the man of war, the judge, and the prophet,
And the prudent, and the ancient; the captain of fifty,
And the honorable man, and the counselor, and the cunning artificer,
And the eloquent orator.
And I will give children unto them to be their princes,
And babes shall rule over them.
And the people shall be oppressed, every one by another, and every one
By his neighbor;
The child shall behave himself proudly against the ancient,
And the base against the honorable.
When a man shall take hold of his brother of the house of his father,
And shall say: Thou hast clothing? Be thou our ruler!
And let not this ruin come under thy hand.
In that day shall he swear, saying: I will not be a healer!
For in my house there is neither bread nor clothing.
Make me not a ruler of the people.
For Jerusalem is ruined, and Judah is fallen!
Because their tongues and their doings have been against the Lord,
To provoke the eyes of his glory. The show of their countenance
Doth witness against them, and doth declare
Their sin to be even as Sodom, and they cannot hide it.
Wo unto their souls, for they have rewarded evil unto themselves!
Say unto the righteous that it is well with them.
For they shall eat the fruit of their doings.
Wo unto the wicked, for they shall perish.
For the reward of their hands shall be upon them!
And my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them.
O my people, they who lead thee cause thee to err and
Destroy the way of thy paths.
The Lord standeth up to plead, and standeth to judge the people.
The Lord will enter into judgment with the ancients
Of his people and the princes thereof; for ye have
Eaten up the vineyard and the spoil of the poor in your houses.
What mean ye? Ye beat my people to pieces,
And grind the faces of the poor, saith the Lord God of Hosts.
Moreover, the Lord saith:
Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with stretched-forth
Necks and wanton eyes, walking and mincing as they go,
And making a tinkling with their feet;
Therefore the Lord will smite with a scab the crown of the head
Of the daughters of Zion, and the Lord will discover their secret parts.
In that day the Lord will take away the bravery
Of their tinkling ornaments,
And cauls, and round tires like the moon; the chains and the bracelets,
And the mufflers. The bonnets, and the ornaments of the legs,
And the headbands, and the tablets, and the ear-rings; the rings,
And nose jewels; the changeable suits of apparel,
And the mantles, and the wimples, and the crisping-pins;
The glasses, and the fine linen, and hoods, and the veils.
And it shall come to pass, instead of sweet smell there shall be stink!
And instead of a girdle, a rent. And instead of well set hair, baldness. and
Instead of a stomacher, a girding of sackcloth; burning instead of beauty.
Thy men shall fall by the sword and thy mighty in the war.
And her gates shall lament and mourn;
And she shall be desolate, and shall sit upon the ground.
And in that day, seven women shall take hold of one man, saying:
We will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel; only
Let us be called by thy name to take away our reproach.
In that day shall the branch of the Lord be beautiful and glorious;
The fruit of the earth excellent and comely to them that are escaped
Of Israel. And it shall come to pass, they that are left in Zion and remain
In Jerusalem shall be called holy, every one that is written
Among the living in Jerusalem,
When the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion,
And shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof
By the spirit of judgment and by the spirit of burning.
And the Lord will create upon every dwelling-place of Mount Zion,
And upon her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day and the shining
Of a flaming fire by night; for upon all the glory of Zion shall be a defense.
And there shall be a tabernacle for a shadow in the daytime from the heat,
And for a place of refuge, and a covert from storm and from rain.
And then will I sing to my well-beloved a song of my beloved,
Touching his vineyard. My well-beloved hath a vineyard in
A very fruitful hill. And he fenced it, and gathered out the stones
Thereof, and planted it with the choicest vine, and built
A tower in the midst of it, and also made a wine-press therein;
And he looked that it should bring forth grapes, and it brought forth
Wild grapes. And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem, and men of Judah,
Judge, I pray you, betwixt me and my vineyard.
What could have been done more to my vineyard that I have not
Done in it? Wherefore, when I looked that it should bring forth grapes
It brought forth wild grapes. And now go to.
I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard: I will take away the hedge
Thereof, and it shall be eaten up; and I will break down the wall thereof,
And it shall be trodden down; and I will lay it waste; it shall not
Be pruned. Nor digged; but there shall come up briers and thorns;
I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain upon it.
For the vineyard of the Lord of Hosts is the House of Israel,
And the men of Judah his pleasant plant; and he looked for judgment,
And behold, oppression! For righteousness, but behold, a cry.
Wo unto them that join house to house, till there can be no place,
That they may be placed alone in the midst of the earth!
In mine ears, said the Lord of Hosts, of a truth many houses
Shall be desolate, and great and fair cities without inhabitant.
Yea, ten acres of vineyard shall yield one bath,
And the seed of a homer shall yield an ephah.
Wo unto them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow
Strong drink, that continue until night, and wine inflame them!
And the harp, and the viol, the tabret, and pipe,
And wine are in their feasts; but they regard not the work of the Lord,
Neither consider the operation of his hands. Therefore, my people
Are gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge.
And their honorable men are famished, and their multitude
Dried up with thirst. Therefore, Hell hath enlarged herself,
And opened her mouth without measure.
And their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp,
And he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it.
And the mean man shall be brought down, and the mighty man
Shall be humbled, and the eyes of the lofty shall be humbled.
But the Lord of Hosts shall be exalted in judgment,
And God that is holy shall be sanctified in righteousness.
Then shall the lambs feed after their manner,
And the waste places of the fat ones shall strangers eat.
Wo unto them that draw iniquity with cords of vanity,
And sin as it were with a cart rope. That say:
Let him make speed, hasten his work, that we may see it!
And let the counsel of the Holy One of Israel draw nigh and come,
That we may know it.
Wo unto them that call evil good, and good evil, that put darkness for light,
And light for darkness, that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
Wo unto the wise in their own eyes and prudent in their own sight!
Wo unto the mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle
Strong drink; Who justify the wicked for reward, and take away
The righteousness of the righteous from him!
Therefore, as the fire devoureth the stubble, and the flame consumeth the chaff,
Their root shall be rottenness, and their blossoms shall go up as dust;
Because they have cast away the law of the Lord of Hosts,
And despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.
Therefore, is the anger of the Lord kindled against his people,
And he hath stretched forth his hand against them, and hath smitten them!
And the hills did tremble, and their carcasses were torn in
The midst of the streets. For all this his anger is not turned away,
But his hand is stretched out still.
And he will lift up an ensign to the nations from far,
And will hiss unto them from the end of the earth; and behold,
They shall come with speed swiftly; none shall be weary
Nor stumble among them. None shall slumber nor sleep
Neither shall the girdle of their loins be loosed,
Nor the latchet of their shoes be broken;
Whose arrows shall be sharp, and all their bows bent,
And their horses’ hoofs shall be counted like flint,
And their wheels like a whirlwind, their roaring like a lion.
They shall roar like young lions!
Yea, they shall roar, and lay hold of the prey,
And shall carry away safe, and none shall deliver.
And in that day they shall roar against them like the roaring of the sea;
And if they look unto the land, behold, darkness and sorrow,
And the light is darkened in the Heavens thereof.
In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne,
High and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.
Above it stood the seraphim; each one had six wings;
With twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet,
And with twain he did fly.
And one cried unto another, and said: Holy, holy, holy!
Is the Lord of Hosts! The whole earth is full of his glory!
And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried,
And the house was filled with smoke.
Then said I: Wo is unto me! for I am undone.
Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst
Of a people of unclean lips. For mine eyes have seen the King,
The Lord of Hosts.
Then flew one of the seraphim unto me, having a live coal in his hand,
Which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar.
And he laid it upon my mouth, and said: Lo,
This has touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.
Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: Whom shall I send,
And who will go for us? Then I said: Here am I, send me.
And he said: Go and tell this people: Hear ye indeed,
But they understood not; and see ye indeed, but they perceived not.
Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy,
And shut their eyes — lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears,
And understand with their heart, and be converted and be healed.
Then said I: Lord, how long? And he said:
Until the cities be wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without
Man, and the land be utterly desolate; and the Lord have removed
Men far away, for there shall be a great forsaking in the midst of the land.
But yet there shall be a tenth, and they shall return, and shall be eaten,
As a teil-tree, and as an oak whose substance is in them
When they cast their leaves; so the holy seed
Shall be the substance thereof.
And it came to pass in the days of Ahaz the son of Jotham, the son of Uzziah, king of Judah, that Rezin, king of Syria, and Pekah the son of Remaliah, king of Israel, went up toward Jerusalem to war against it, but could not prevail against it. And it was told the House of David, saying: Syria is confederate with Ephraim. And his heart was moved, and the heart of his people, as the trees of the wood are moved with the wind.
Then said the Lord unto Isaiah:
Go forth now to meet Ahaz, thou and Shearjashub thy son,
At the end of the conduit of the upper pool
In the highway of the fuller’s field.
And say unto him: Take heed, and be quiet; fear not
Neither be faint-hearted for the two tails of these smoking firebrands,
For the fierce anger of Rezin with Syria, and of the son of Remaliah.
Because Syria, Ephraim, and the son of Remaliah, have taken
Evil counsel against thee, saying:
Let us go up against Judah and vex it!
And let us make a breach therein for us,
And set a king in the midst of it, yea, the son of Tabeal.
Thus saith the Lord God: It shall not stand, neither shall it come to pass.
For the head of Syria is Damascus, and the head of Damascus, Rezin;
And within three score and five years shall Ephraim be broken
That it be not a people. And the head of Ephraim is Samaria,
And the head of Samaria is Remaliah’s son.
If ye will not believe surely ye shall not be established.
Moreover, the Lord spake again unto Ahaz, saying:
Ask thee a sign of the Lord, thy god;
Ask it, either in the depths, or in the heights above.
But Ahaz said: I will not ask, neither will I tempt the Lord.
And he said:
Hear ye now, O House of David!
Is it a small thing for you to weary men, but will ye weary my god also?
Therefore, the Lord himself shall give you a sign – Behold!
A virgin shall conceive, and shall bear a son, and shall call
His name Immanuel.
Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse
The evil and to choose the good.
For before the child shall know to refuse the evil and choose the good,
The land that thou abhorrest shall be forsaken of both her kings.
The Lord shall bring upon thee, and upon thy people,
And upon thy father’s house, days that have not come
From the day that Ephraim departed from Judah, the king of Assyria.
And it shall come to pass in that day that the Lord shall hiss for the fly
That is in the uttermost part of Egypt, and for the bee
That is in the land of Assyria. And they shall come, and shall rest
All of them in the desolate valleys, and in the holes of the rocks,
And upon all thorns, and upon all bushes.
In the same day shall the Lord shave with a razor that is hired,
By them beyond the river, by the king of Assyria, the head,
And the hair of the feet; and it shall also consume the beard.
And it shall come to pass in that day, a man shall nourish
A young cow and two sheep; and it shall come to pass,
For the abundance of milk they shall give he shall eat butter;
For butter and honey shall every one eat that is left in the land.
And it shall come to pass in that day, every place shall be,
Where there were a thousand vines at a thousand silverlings,
Which shall be for briers and thorns.
With arrows and with bows shall men come thither,
Because all the land shall become briers and thorns.
And all hills that shall be digged with the mattock,
There shall not come thither the fear of briers and thorns;
But it shall be for the sending forth of oxen, and the treading of lesser cattle.
Moreover, the word of the Lord said unto me:
Take thee a great roll, and write in it with a man’s pen,
And I took unto me faithful witnesses to record, Uriah the priest, and Zechariah the son of Jeberechiah. And I went unto the prophetess. And she conceived and bare a son. Then said the Lord to me:
Call his name, Maher-shalal-hash-baz!
For behold, the child shall not have knowledge to cry, My father,
And my mother, before the riches of Damascus
And the spoil of Samaria shall be taken away before the king of Assyria.
The Lord spake also unto me again, saying:
Forasmuch as this people refuseth the waters of Shiloah
That go softly, and rejoice in Rezin and Remaliah’s son:
Now therefore, behold, the Lord bringeth up upon them the waters of the river,
Strong and many, even the king of Assyria and all his glory
And he shall come up over all his channels, and go over all his banks.
And he shall pass through Judah; he shall overflow and go over,
He shall reach even to the neck; and the stretching out of his wings
Shall fill the breadth of thy land, O Immanuel.
Associate yourselves, O ye people, and ye shall be broken in pieces;
And give ear all ye of far countries; gird yourselves,
And ye shall be broken in pieces; gird yourselves,
And ye shall be broken in pieces. Take counsel together,
And it shall come to naught; speak the word,
And it shall not stand; for God is with us.
For the Lord spake thus to me with a strong hand, and instructed me
That I should not walk in the way of this people, saying:
Say ye not, A confederacy, to all to whom this people shall say,
A confederacy. Neither fear ye their fear, nor be afraid.
Sanctify the Lord of Hosts himself, and let him be your fear,
And let him be your dread. And he shall be for a sanctuary;
But for a stone of stumbling, and for a rock of offense
To both the houses of Israel, for a gin and a snare
To the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
And many among them shall stumble and fall,
And be broken, and be snared, and be taken.
Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples.
And I will wait upon the Lord, that hideth his face from the House of Jacob,
And I will look for him. Behold, I,
And the children whom the Lord hath given me, are for signs
And for wonders in Israel, from the Lord of Hosts,
Which dwelleth in Mount Zion.
And when they shall say unto you: Seek unto them that have familiar spirits,
And unto wizards that peep and mutter — should not a people seek
Unto their god for the living to hear from the dead?
To the law and to the testimony? And if they speak not according to this word,
It is because there is no light in them.
And they shall pass through it hardly bestead and hungry;
And it shall come to pass that when they shall be hungry, they shall fret
Themselves, and curse their king and their god, and look upward.
And they shall look unto the earth and behold trouble, and darkness,
Dimness of anguish, and shall be driven to darkness.
Nevertheless, the dimness shall not be such as was in her vexation,
When at first he lightly afflicted the land of Zebulun,
And the land of Naphtali, and afterwards did more grievously
Afflict by the way of the Red Sea beyond Jordan in Galilee
Of the nations. The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light;
They that dwell in the land of shadow of death, upon them
Hath the light shined. Thou hast multiplied the nation, and increased the joy!
They joy before thee according to the joy in harvest,
And as men rejoice when they divide the spoil.
For thou hast broken the yoke of his burden, and the staff of his shoulder,
The rod of his oppressor. For every battle of the warrior
Is with confused noise, and garments rolled in blood.
But this shall be with burning and fuel of fire.
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given!
And the government shall be upon his shoulder.
And his name shall be called, Wonderful, Counselor,
The Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of government and peace there is no end!
Upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom to order it,
And to establish it with judgment and with justice
From henceforth, even forever.
The zeal of the Lord of Hosts will perform this.
The Lord sent his word unto Jacob and it hath lighted upon Israel.
And all the people shall know, even Ephraim and the inhabitants of Samaria,
That say in the pride and stoutness of heart:
The bricks are fallen down, but we will build with hewn stones!
The sycamores are cut down, but we will change them into cedars.
Therefore the Lord shall set up the adversaries of Rezin against him,
And join his enemies together; the Syrians before and the Philistines behind;
And they shall devour Israel with open mouth.
For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.
For the people turneth not unto him that smiteth them,
Neither do they seek the Lord of Hosts.
Therefore will the Lord cut off from Israel head and tail,
Branch and rush in one day. The ancient, he is the head;
And the prophet that teacheth lies, he is the tail.
For the leaders of this people cause them to err;
And they that are led of them are destroyed.
Therefore the Lord shall have no joy in their young men,
Neither shall have mercy on their fatherless and widows;
For every one of them is a hypocrite and an evildoer,
And every mouth speaketh folly.
For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.
For wickedness burneth as the fire; it shall devour the briers
And thorns, and shall kindle in the thickets of the forests,
And they shall mount up like the lifting up of smoke.
Through the wrath of the Lord of Hosts is the land darkened,
And the people shall be as the fuel of the fire: no man shall spare his brother.
And he shall snatch on the right hand and be hungry.
And he shall eat on the left hand and they shall not be satisfied;
They shall eat every man the flesh of his own arm.
Manasseh, Ephraim; and Ephraim, Manasseh; they together shall be
Against Judah. For all this his anger is not turned away,
But his hand is stretched out still.
Wo unto them that decree unrighteous decrees,
And that write grievousness which they have prescribed;
To turn away the needy from judgment, and to take away
The right from the poor of my people, that widows may be their prey,
And that they may rob the fatherless!
And what will ye do in the day of visitation, and in the desolation
Which shall come from far? To whom will ye flee for help?
And where will ye leave your glory?
Without me they shall bow down under the prisoners,
And they shall fall under the slain. For all this his anger is not turned away,
But his hand is stretched out still.
O Assyrian, the rod of mine anger, and the staff in their hand
Is their indignation. I will send him against a hypocritical nation,
And against the people of my wrath will I give him a charge
To take the spoil, and to take the prey! And to tread them down
Like the mire of the streets.
Howbeit, he meaneth not so, neither doth his heart think so.
But in his heart it is to destroy, and cut off nations not a few.
For he saith: Are not my princes altogether kings?
Is not Calno as Carchemish? Is not Hamath as Arpad?
Is not Samaria as Damascus?
As my hand hath founded the kingdoms of the idols,
And whose graven images did excel them of Jerusalem and of Samaria,
Shall I not, as I have done unto Samaria and her idols,
So do to Jerusalem and to her idols?
Wherefore it shall come to pass that when the Lord hath performed
His whole work upon Mount Zion and upon Jerusalem,
I will punish the fruit of the stout heart of the king of Assyria,
And the glory of his high looks. For he saith:
By the strength of my hand and by my wisdom I have done
These things! For I am prudent;
And I have moved the borders of the people,
And have robbed their treasures, and I have
Put down the inhabitants like a valiant man;
And my hand hath found as a nest the riches of the people;
And as one gathereth eggs that are left have I gathered all the earth;
And there was none that moved the wing,
Or opened the mouth, or peeped.
Shall the ax boast itself against him that heweth therewith?
Shall the saw magnify itself against him that shaketh it?
As if the rod should shake itself against them that lift it up,
Or as if the staff should lift up itself as if it were no wood!
Therefore shall the Lord, the Lord of Hosts, send among his fat ones,
Leanness; And under his glory he shall kindle a burning like
The burning of a fire. And the light of Israel shall be for a fire,
And his Holy One for a flame, and shall burn and shall
Devour his thorns and his briers in one day.
And shall consume the glory of his forest, and of his fruitful field,
Both soul and body; and they shall be as when a standard-bearer fainteth.
And the rest of the trees of his forest shall be few, that a child
May write them. And it shall come to pass in that day, that
The remnant of Israel, and such as are escaped of the House of Jacob,
Shall no more again stay upon him that smote them, but shall stay upon
The Lord, the Holy One of Israel, in truth. The remnant shall return,
Yea, even the remnant of Jacob, unto the mighty God.
For though thy people Israel be as the sand of the sea, yet a remnant
Of them shall return; the consumption decreed shall overflow
With righteousness. For the Lord God of Hosts shall make a consumption,
Even determined in all the land.
Therefore, thus saith the Lord God of Hosts:
O my people that dwellest in Zion, be not afraid of the Assyrian.
He shall smite thee with a rod, and shall lift up his staff against thee,
After the manner of Egypt. For yet a very little while,
And the indignation shall cease, and mine anger in their destruction.
And the Lord of Hosts shall stir up a scourge for him
According to the slaughter of Midian at the rock of Oreb!
And as his rod was upon the sea, so shall he
Lift it up after the manner of Egypt.
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 be destroyed because of the anointing.
He is come to Aiath, he is passed to Migron. At Michmash he hath laid up
His carriages. They are gone over the passage;
They have taken up their lodging at Geba;
Ramath is afraid; Gibeah of Saul is fled.
Lift up the voice, O daughter of Gallim! Cause it to be heard
Unto Laish, O poor Anathoth.
Madmenah is removed. The inhabitants of Gebim gather themselves to flee.
As yet shall he remain at Nob that day.
He shall shake his hand against the mount of the daughter of Zion,
The hill of Jerusalem. Behold, the Lord,
The Lord of Hosts shall lop the bough with terror!
And the high ones of stature shall be hewn down;
And the haughty shall be humbled. And he shall cut down the thickets
Of the forests with iron, and Lebanon shall fall by a mighty one.
And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse,
And a branch shall grow out of his roots.
And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom
And understanding, the spirit of counsel and might,
The spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.
And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord;
And he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes,
Neither reprove after the hearing of his ears.
But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity
For the meek of the earth; and he shall smite the earth
With the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips
Shall he slay the wicked. And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins,
And faithfulness the girdle of his reins.
The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down
With the kid, and the calf and the young lion and fatling together;
And a little child shall lead them.
And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down
Together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp,
And the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’s den.
They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain,
For the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord,
As the waters cover the sea. And in that day there shall be
A root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people;
To it shall the Gentiles seek.
And his rest shall be glorious.
And it shall come to pass in that day that the Lord shall set his hand again
The second time to recover the remnant of his people which shall be left,
From Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush,
And from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath,
And from the islands of the sea.
And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble
The outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah
From the four corners of the earth.
The envy of Ephraim also shall depart, and the adversaries of Judah
Shall be cut off; Ephraim shall not envy Judah,
And Judah shall not vex Ephraim.
But they shall fly upon the shoulders of the Philistines towards the west!
They shall spoil them of the east together;
They shall lay their hand upon Edom and Moab;
And the children of Ammon shall obey them.
And the Lord shall utterly destroy the tongue of the Egyptian sea;
And with his mighty wind he shall shake his hand over the river,
And shall smite it in the seven streams, and make men go over dry shod.
And there shall be a highway for the remnant of his people which shall be left,
From Assyria, like as it was to Israel
In the day that he came up out of the land of Egypt.
And in that day thou shalt say: O Lord, I will praise thee!
Though thou wast angry with me thine anger is turned way,
And thou comfortedest me. Behold, God is my salvation!
I will trust, and not be afraid. For the Lord Jehovah is my strength
And my son, he also has become my salvation.
Therefore, with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.
And in that day shall ye say: Praise the Lord, call upon his name,
Declare his doings among the people, make mention that his name is exalted.
Sing unto the Lord! For he hath done excellent things!
This is known in all the earth.
Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion!
For great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee.
The burden of Babylon, which Isaiah the son of Amoz did see:
Lift ye up a banner upon the high mountain, exalt the voice unto them!
Shake the hand, that they may go into the gates of the nobles.
I have commanded my sanctified ones, I have also called my mighty ones,
For mine anger is not upon them that rejoice in my highness.
The noise of the multitude in the mountains like as of a great people,
A tumultuous noise of the kingdoms of nations gathered together,
The Lord of Hosts mustereth the hosts of the battle!
They come from a far country, from the end of Heaven,
Yea, the Lord, and the weapons of his indignation, to destroy
The whole land.
Howl ye, for the day of the Lord is at hand!
It shall come as a destruction from the Almighty.
Therefore shall all hands be faint, every man’s heart shall melt.
And they shall be afraid; pangs and sorrows shall take hold of them;
They shall be amazed one at another; their faces shall be as flames.
Behold, the day of the Lord cometh, cruel both with wrath
And fierce anger, to lay the land desolate; and he shall destroy
The sinners thereof out of it. For the stars of Heaven and
The constellations thereof shall not give their light.
The sun shall be darkened in his going forth,
And the moon shall not cause her light to shine.
And I will punish the world for evil, and the wicked for their iniquity.
I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease,
And will lay down the haughtiness of the terrible.
I will make a man more precious than fine gold;
Even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir.
Therefore, I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out
Of her place, in the wrath of the Lord of Hosts, and in the day of his fierce
Anger. And it shall be as the chased roe, and as a sheep that no man
Taketh up; And they shall every man turn to his own people, and flee
Every one into his own land. Every one that is proud shall be
Thrust through; yea, And every one that is joined to the wicked shall fall
By the sword. Their children also shall be dashed to pieces before their eyes!
Their houses shall be spoiled and their wives ravished!
Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them, which shall not regard
Silver and gold, nor shall they delight in it.
Their bows shall also dash the young men to pieces.
And they shall have no pity on the fruit of the womb.
Their eyes shall not spare children.
And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldees’ excellency,
Shall be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah. It shall never be
Inhabited, neither shall it be dwelt in from generation to generation;
Neither shall the Arabian pitch tent there;
Neither shall the shepherds make their fold there.
But wild beasts of the desert shall lie there;
And their houses shall be full of doleful creatures;
And owls shall dwell there, and satyrs shall dance there.
And the wild beasts of the islands shall cry in their desolate houses,
And dragons in their pleasant palaces; and her time is near to come,
And her day shall not be prolonged.
For I will destroy her speedily.
Yea, for I will be merciful unto my people, but the wicked shall perish.
For the Lord will have mercy on Jacob, and will yet choose Israel,
And set them in their own land; and the strangers shall be joined with them,
And they shall cleave to the House of Jacob.
And the people shall take them and bring them to their place;
Yea, from far unto the ends of the earth;
And they shall return to their lands of promise!
And the House of Israel shall possess them, and the land of the Lord
Shall be for servants and handmaids; and they shall take them
Captives unto whom they were captives;
And they shall rule over their oppressors.
And it shall come to pass in that day that the Lord shall give thee rest,
From thy sorrow, and from thy fear, and from the hard bondage
Wherein thou wast made to serve. And it shall come to pass
In that day, that thou shalt take up this proverb against the king of Babylon,23By Isaiah’s day, the following had become “a proverb,” but it seems to draw from far more ancient material of the Second Age. Many passages attributed to Isaiah, or used by him, probably are concerned with events of prior ages of the world. and say:
How hath the oppressor ceased, the golden city ceased!
The Lord hath broken the staff of the wicked, the scepters
Of the rulers. He who smote the people in wrath with
A continual stroke, He that ruled the nations in anger,
Is persecuted, and none hindereth.
The whole earth is at rest, and is quiet; they break forth into singing.
Yea, the fir-trees rejoice at thee, and also the cedars of Lebanon,
Saying: Since thou art laid down no feller is come up against us.
Hell from beneath is moved for thee to meet thee at thy coming!
It stirreth up the dead for thee, even all the chief ones of the earth;
It hath raised up from their thrones all the kings of the nations.
All they shall speak and say unto thee: Art thou also become weak
As we? Art thou become like unto us?
Thy pomp is brought down to the grave;
The noise of thy viols is not heard; the worm is spread
Under thee, and the worms cover thee.
How art thou fallen from Heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning!
Art thou cut down to the ground, which did weaken the nations!
For thou hast said in thy heart:
I will ascend into Heaven, I will exalt my throne
Above the stars of God; I will sit also upon
The Mount of the Congregation, in the sides of the north!
I will ascend above the heights of the clouds;
I will be like the Most High!
Yet thou shalt be brought down to Hell, to the sides of the pit.
They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and shall consider
Thee, And shall say: Is this the man that made the earth to tremble,
That did shake kingdoms? And made the world as a wilderness,
And destroyed the cities thereof, and opened not
The house of his prisoners?
All the kings of the nations, yea, all of them, lie
In glory, every one of them in his own house.
But thou art cast out of thy grave like an abominable branch!
And the remnant of those that are slain, thrust through with a sword,
That go down to the stones of the pit; as a carcass trodden under feet.
Thou shalt not be joined with them in burial,
Because thou hast destroyed thy land and slain thy people;
The seed of evil-doers shall never be renowned.
Prepare slaughter for his children for the iniquities of their fathers,
That they do not rise, nor possess the land,
Nor fill the face of the world with cities.
For I will rise up against them, saith the Lord of Hosts,
And cut off from Babylon the name, and remnant, and son,
And nephew, saith the Lord. I will also make it a possession
For the bittern, and pools of water; and I will sweep it
With the besom of destruction,
Saith the Lord of Hosts. The Lord of Hosts hath sworn,
Saying: Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass;
And as I have purposed, so shall it stand —
That I will bring the Assyrian in my land, and upon my mountains
Tread him under foot; then shall his yoke depart from off them,
And his burden depart from off their shoulders.
This is the purpose that is purposed upon the whole earth;
And this is the hand that is stretched out upon all nations.
For the Lord of Hosts hath purposed, and who shall disannul?
And his hand is stretched out, and who shall turn it back?
In the year that King Ahaz died was this burden.
Rejoice not thou, whole Palestina,
Because the rod of him that smote thee is broken!
For out of the serpent’s root shall come forth a cockatrice,
And his fruit shall be a fiery flying serpent.
And the first-born of the poor shall feed, and the needy shall lie down in safety;
And I will kill thy root with famine, and he shall slay thy remnant.
Howl, O gate! Cry, O city! Thou, whole Palestina, art dissolved!
For there shall come from the north a smoke,
And none shall be alone in his appointed times.
What shall then answer the messengers of the nations?
That the Lord hath founded Zion, and the poor of his people shall trust in it.
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