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Even great and fair, without inhabitant.
Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning,
That continue until night, till 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 honourable 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 right-
Then shall the lambs feed after their manner,
Woe unto them that draw iniquity with cords of vanity,
And sin as it were with a cart rope:
That say, Let him make speed, and 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!
Woe 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!
Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes,
Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine,
Therefore as the fire devoureth the stubble,
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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 carcases 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 in that day they shall roar against them like the roaring of the sea:
And if one 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 serapbims: 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:
And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke. Then said I, Woe is 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 seraphims 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 hath 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 said I, Here am I; send me. And he said, Go, and tell this people,
Hear ye indeed, but understand not;
And understand with their heart, and convert,
and be healed. Then said I, Lord, how long? And he answered, 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, And there be a great forsaking in the midst of
But yet in it shall be a tenth, and it 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,kingof Judah,that Rezin the 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