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Thou heardst before; behold, now it is done,
Knowing that thou wouldst act a traitor's part,
Jacob and Israel, hearken unto me:
Gather together, all of you, and hear;
Lo, I decreed it from its earliest birth,
Lo, thus saith Israel's redeeming Lord,
I am thy God, that teacheth thee the right, And who would lead in safety by my word.
O hadst thou kept my law within thy sight, Like an abundant stream had been thy peace,
Thy blessings as the depth's immensity, And as the sand had been thy seed's increase,
Thy issue as the issue of the sea; Thou in my sight hadst ever held thy place; I would not have removed thee from before my face.
Now lead ye on
Let a glad song
Inspire each tongue,
Proclaim it forth
To distant earth;
They sank not in the waste
Through which their way he traced:
Jehovah saith, that man can never rest
YE distant nations, to my words give ear;
birth: He as a sharpened sword my mouth hath made, And his concealing hand lent me its shade; Yea, even as a polished shaft he bore, And in his quiver laid me up in store. “Thou art my servant,” hath he said to me; “Israel my glory shall behold in thee.” Then said I, “ Lo, for vanity I wrought, And I have surely spent my strength for nought: Nevertheless, my cause is with the Lord, And in Jehovah's hands is my reward.” Now thus saith God, who formed me to fulfil His word, and call Jacob and Israel, (So am I glorious in Jehovah's eyes; And in the Mighty One my greatness lies,) " It is but a small work that thou restore Jacob's and Israel's branches, as of yore.
I give thee as a light to every nation,
Thus saith Jehovah, Israel's Holy One,
Lo, thus the great Jehovah's self doth say
I heard thee in an acceptable time ; . And I have helped thee in salvation's day;
I will preserve thee, and to every clime I give thee, as my covenant of grace ; Each wasted heritage shalt thou replace:
That thou may'st to the prisoners cry, “Go forth;"
Proclaim “ Appear,” to those who are in gloom: Their food shall be the good things of the earth;
Hunger or thirst shall never be their doom: They shall not faint beneath the burning heat, For he that pities them shall guide their feet.
And he shall lead where springing waters flow,
The mountains shall become an even way; And the uplifted causeways I will show;
They from afar shall come, and not delay: These from the north, and from the west appear; These from the distant land of Sinim are.
Cry out aloud, ye heavens; rejoice, 0 earth;
But Sion saith, Jehovah hath forsaken, And I am from my Lord's remembrance taken. Say, shall the nursing one Forget her infant son, That she from him her tenderness should sever? These may forget-I will forsake thee never. Lo, on my palms I have engraven thee, Thy walls are ever present unto me: By thy destroyers shalt thou be replaced, Those shall be called thy sons who laid thee waste. Behold, lift up on every side thine eyesAll these are gathered! lo, to thee they rise: And, as I live, Jehovah's self hath said, As thy apparel shall they be displayed; This splendid dress thy person shall adorn, E'en as the jewels by a bride are worn; And for thy ruined land, and wasted ground, Thy numerous progeny shall stand around. Thy spoilers are removed far away: The sons of whom thou wast bereaved shall say, “ This place for me is as a narrow cell; Bestow upon me room wherein to dwell.” And thou shalt
“ From whom have I this host? For I was desolate, my sons were lost, Exiled and lone,-where were these nourished, say? Abandoned and forlorn, where then were they?”