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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 that mutter: Should not a people seek unto their God? For the living to the dead? To the law and to the testimony: 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 they shall be driven to darkness.

Nevertheless the dimness shall not be such as was

in her vexation, When at the first he lightly afflicted the land of

Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, And afterward did more grievously afflict her by the

way of the 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 the shadow of death,

upon them hath the light shined. Thou hast multiplied the nation, and not 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, as in the day of Midian.
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,Counsellor,

The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there

shall be 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 for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

The Lord sent a word into Jacob,

And it hath lighted upon Israel.

And all the people shall know,

Even Ephraim and the inhabitant of Samaria,

That say in the pride and stoutness of heart,

The bricks are fallen down, but we will build with

hewn stones: The sycomores 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 the Lord will cut off from Israel head and
tail,

Branch and rush, in one day.

The ancient and honourable, he is the head;

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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 is an 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 forest,
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:
And they together shall be against Judah.
For all this his anger is not turned away,
But his hand is stretched out still.

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Woe unto them that decree unrighteous decrees, And that write grievousness which they have prescribed;

To turn aside 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 mine indignation.

I will send him against an 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 it is in his heart to destroy

And cut off nations not a few.

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