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Prepare the slaughter-house for his children--for the guilt
of their fathers.
(Ch. xiv. 1-23.)
SONGS OF TRIUMPH — THE DIVINE VINDICATION—THE
Assyria's conduct rebuked.
A store of salvation is the stability of thy times,
Behold! their valiant ones—they are crying without !
no one ! The land mourns and fades ! Lebanon is ashamed, and
withers away! Sharon is a desert! Bashan and Carmel cast their leaves !
“Now will I arise : " saith the Lord !
ye that are far off, what I have done ! And ye that are near, acknowledge My might!” The sinners in Zion are afraid ! The hypocrites are seized
with fear! “Who can dwell with the devouring fire? Who of us with
everlasting burnings ?” “He that walketh aright, that speaketh uprightly : He that despiseth the gain of oppression—that refuseth
bribes! That will not hear of bloodshed—that looketh not on evil !
He shall dwell on high! Munitions of rocks shall be his
defence! Bread shall be given him : his waters shall be sure.
Thine eyes shall see the king in beauty--the land stretching
wide.” Thine heart thinks over its alarm—"Where is the scribe? Where the weigher of tribute ? Where the counter of the
towers ?” The strange people thou shalt not see people of an unknown
tongue, Of a stammering tongue not understood !
upon Zion—the city of our feasts! Thine eyes shall
see Jerusalem A peaceful habitation—an abiding tabernacle; Her stakes shall never be removed, nor her cords broken. The Lord shall there be our glory! In the place of broad
rivers and streams No oared galley shall go--no gallant ship shall pass. The Lord is our judge ! The Lord is our Law-Giver ! The Lord is our King ! He will save us ! Thy tacklings are loosed! Their mast they could not stay,
nor spread the sail. The prey of a great spoil is divided—the lame seize the prey!
The inhabitant of the land no more sayeth—“I am sick.” Those who dwell therein have their iniquity forgiven.
(Ch. xxxiii. 1-24.)
The terrible Day of the Lord. Against Edom.
Come near, ye nations, hear! And hearken, ye peoples ! Let the land hear, and its fulness ! The world and all that
it contains ! For the wrath of the Lord is on the nations: His fury on
all their hosts!
He is utterly destroying them : He is delivering to the
slaughter. Their slain are being cast out, and their dead bodiesThe smell of them is going up: the mountains melt with
their blood. All the host of heaven is dissolved—the heavens are rolled
together as a scroll. All their host are falling down—as a falling vine leaf-a
falling fig! For My sword is bathing itself in the heavens ! Behold! It comes down upon Edom-upon the people
under curse for judgment. The sword of the Lord is filled with blood-it is moistened
with fat. With the blood of lambs and goats—with the fat of the
kidneys of rams. For the Lord hath a sacrifice in Bozrah—a great slaughter
in Edom's land. Wild oxen shall be struck down with them, bullocks and
bulls ! Their land shall be soaked with blood—their dust moist
with fat! For 'tis the day of the Lord's vengeance—the year of Re
compense in Zion's Cause ! Its streams are turned into pitch ; its dust becomes brim
stone; Its land becomes burning pitch! Burning night and day! Its smoke shall go up for ever : for ever it shall lie waste. None shall pass through it, for ever and ever ! The cormorant and the hedge-hog shall possess it : owls
and ravens shall dwell in it. He shall stretch out upon it the line of confusion, and the
plummet of emptiness.
To call the kingdom, nobles there shall be none : all her
princes shall be nothing. Thorns shall come up in her palaces : nettles and brambles
in her fortresses. It shall be an habitation of dragons-a court for owls ! The wild cats and hyenas shall meet there : the wild goat
shall cry to his fellow. The screech owl also shall rest there—it shall find for itself
a place of rest. There shall the arrowsnake nest, lay and hatch, and gather
in its shadow. There shall the vultures also be gathered, every one with
her mate. Seek ye the scroll of the Lord, and read—“None faileth,
none wants her mate, For My Mouth—it hath commanded: My Spirit-it hath
gathered them." He hath cast their lot : His Hand hath divided it unto them
They shall possess it for ever: from generation to genera
tion shall they dwell therein. (Ch. xxxiv. 1-17.)
A Song of Hopeful Anticipation for God's People.
The wilderness and the parched land—they shall be glad,
singing ! The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, Carmel and
Sharon's excellency, These shall see the glory of the Lord, the excellency of our