The vision of Isaiah concerning Jerusalem, from chapter xl. to the end, rendered into verse according to bp. Louth's translation

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Page 91 - Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever; for all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: but the word of the Lord endureth forever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you (I.
Page 91 - The voice of one that crieth, Prepare ye in the wilderness the way of Jehovah ; make level in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low; and the uneven shall be made level, and the rough places a plain: and the glory of Jehovah shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together; for the mouth of Jehovah hath spoken it.
Page 91 - ... but that the word of God endureth for ever. What is this, but a plain opposition of the flesh to the .spirit ; of the carnal Israel to the spiritual ; of the temporary Mosaic economy to the eternal Christian dispensation ? You may be ready to conclude, (the Prophet may be supposed to say), by this introduction to my discourse, that my commission is only to comfort you with a promise of the restoration of your religion and polity, of Jerusalem, of the temple, and its services and worship in all...
Page 90 - ... a matter of importance; for it seems designed to give us the true key to the remaining part of Isaiah's prophecies; the general subject of which is the restoration of the people and church of God. The Prophet opens the subject with great clearness and elegance : he declares at once God's command to his messengers, (his Prophets, as the Chaldee rightly explains it,) to comfort his people in captivity, to impart to them the joyful tidings, that their punishment has now satisfied the divine justice,...
Page 91 - Jerusalem, of the temple, and its services and worship in all its ancient splendour : these are earthly, temporary, shadowy, fading things, which shall soon pass away, and be destroyed for ever ; these are not worthy to engage your attention in comparison of the greater blessings, the spiritual redemption, the eternal inheritance, covered under the veil of the former, which I have it in charge to unfold unto you. The law has only a shadow of good things ; the substance is the gospel. I promise you...
Page 90 - God's commands to His messengers (His prophets, as the Chaldee rightly explains it) to comfort His people in captivity, to impart to them the joyful tidings that their punishment has now satisfied the Divine justice, and the time of reconciliation and favour is at hand. He then introduces a harbinger, giving orders to prepare the way for God, leading His people from Babylon, as He did formerly from Egypt through the wilderness, to remove all obstacles, and to clear the way for their passage. Thus...
Page 90 - Proclaim — ] To understand rightly this passage is a matter of importance ; for it seems designed to give us the true key to the remaining part of Isaiah's prophecies : the general subject of which is the restoration of the people and church of God. The prophet opens the subject with great clearness and elegance : he declares at once God's command to his messengers, (his prophets, as the Chaldee rightly explains it,) to comfort his people in captivity, to impart to them the joyful tidings, that...
Page 93 - This is certainly an allusion to some practice, common among the Jews at that time, of making marks on their hands or arms by punctures on the skin, with some sort of sign or representation of the city or temple, to show their affection and zeal for it. They had a method of making such punctures indelible by fire, or by staining.
Page 91 - I have it in charge to unfold unto you. The law has only a shadow of good things ; the substance is the gospel. I promise you a restoration of the former ; which, however, is only for a time, and shall be done away, according to God's original appointment : but under that image I give you a view of the latter ; which shall never be done away, but shall endure for ever. This I take to be agreeable to St. Peter's interpretation of this passage of the prophet, quoted by him 1 Pet. i. 24, 25. " All flesh...

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