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Isaiah 66:1-9

A.(1) Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest? (2) For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.

B.(3) He that killeth an ox is as if he slew a man; he that sacrificeth a lamb, as if he cut off a dog’s neck; he that offereth an oblation, as if he offered swine’s blood; he that burneth incense, as if he blessed an idol. Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations.

C.(4) I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear:

B’. but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not.

A’.(5) Hear the word of the LORD, ye that tremble at his word; Your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for my name’s sake, said, Let the LORD be glorified:  but he shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed. 6 A voice of noise from the city, a voice from the temple, a voice of the LORD that rendereth recompence to his enemies.

A. 7 Before she travailed, she brought forth;
before her pain came, she was delivered of a man child.

B. 8 Who hath heard such a thing?
who hath seen such things?

C. Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day?
or shall a nation be born at once?

B’. for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children.

A’. 9 Shall I bring to the birth, and not cause to bring forth? saith the LORD:
shall I cause to bring forth, and shut the womb? saith thy God.





Isaiah 25:1-26:4

from Pete O.

Between Isaiah 25:2-  and 26:1- there is a contrast between the city which is destroyed and the future city of the righteous. In this proposal the covering or vail over the nations has to do with their wrong understanding of the nature of God. There is stress on the bringing down of the proud and the defence of the poor. At the centre is the promise of resurrection and eternal life in the Kingdom go God on earth.

Isaiah 25

A – 1 O LORD, thou art my God; I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name; for thou hast done wonderful things; thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth.

B. – 2 For thou hast made of a city an heap; of a defenced city a ruin: a palace of strangers to be no city; it shall never be built.- 3 Therefore shall the strong people glorify thee, the city of the terrible nations shall fear thee. 4 For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall.

C.   5 Thou shalt bring down the noise of strangers, as the heat in a dry place; even the heat with the shadow of a cloud: the branch of the terrible ones shall be brought low.

D – 6 And in this mountain shall the LORD of hosts make unto all people a feast of fat things, a feast of wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of wines on the lees well refined.

E – 7 And he will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast over all people, and the vail that is spread over all nations.

F – 8 He will swallow up death in victory; and the LORD God will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the LORD hath spoken it.

E’ – 9 And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the LORD; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.

D’ – 10 For in this mountain shall the hand of the LORD rest, and Moab shall be trodden down under him, even as straw is trodden down for the dunghill.

C’. 11 And he shall spread forth his hands in the midst of them, as he that swimmeth spreadeth forth his hands to swim: and he shall bring down their pride together with the spoils of their hands. 12 And the fortress of the high fort of thy walls shall he bring down, lay low, and, even to the dust.

Isaiah 26

B’ – 1 In that day shall this song be sung in the land of Judah;  – We have a strong city; salvation will God appoint for walls and bulwarks.

A’ – 2 Open ye the gates, that the righteous nation which keepeth the truth may enter in.

Isaiah 41:8-14

A. 8 But thou, Israel, art my servant,
Jacob whom I have chosen,
the seed of Abraham my friend.
9 Thou whom I have taken from the ends of the earth,
and called thee from the chief men thereof,
and said unto thee, Thou art my servant;
I have chosen thee, and not cast thee away.
10 fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed;
for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee;
yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

B. 11 Behold, all they that were incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded:
they shall be as nothing; and they that strive with thee shall perish.
12 Thou shalt seek them, and shalt not find them,
even them that contended with thee:
they that war against thee shall be as nothing,
and as a thing of nought.

A’. 13 For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand,
saying unto thee, fear not; I will help thee.
14 Fear not, thou worm Jacob,
and ye men of Israel; I will help thee,
saith the LORD, and thy redeemer,
the Holy One of Israel.

B’. 15 Behold, I will make thee a new sharp threshing instrument having teeth:
thou shalt thresh the mountains, and beat them small,
and shalt make the hills as chaff.
16 Thou shalt fan them, and the wind shall carry them away,
and the whirlwind shall scatter them:
and thou shalt rejoice in the LORD,
and shalt glory in the Holy One of Israel.


Isaiah 45:14-19

A.  (14) Thus saith the LORD,
The labour of Egypt, and merchandise of Ethiopia and of the Sabeans, men of stature, shall come over unto thee, and they shall be thine: they shall come after thee; in chains they shall come over, and they shall fall down unto thee, they shall make supplication unto thee, saying, Surely God is in thee; and there is none else, there is no God. (15) Verily thou art a God that hidest thyself, O God of Israel, the Saviour.

B.(16) They shall be ashamed, and also confounded, all of them: they shall go to confusion together that are makers of idols.

C.(17) But Israel shall be saved in the LORD with an everlasting salvation:

B’. ye shall not be ashamed nor confounded world without end.

A’.(18) For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens;  God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited:  I am the LORD; and there is none else. (19) I have not spoken in secret, in a dark place of the earth I said not unto the seed of Jacob, Seek ye me in vain: I the LORD speak righteousness, I declare things that are right.

Isaiah 33

A.(1) Woe to thee that spoilest, and thou wast not spoiled;
and dealest treacherously, and they dealt not treacherously with thee!
when thou shalt cease to spoil, thou shalt be spoiled;
and when thou shalt make an end to deal treacherously,
they shall deal treacherously with thee.

B.(2) O LORD, be gracious unto us;
we have waited for thee:
be thou their arm every morning,
our salvation also in the time of trouble.
(3) At the noise of the tumult the people fled;
at the lifting up of thyself the nations were scattered.
(4) And your spoil shall be gathered like the gathering of the caterpiller:
as the running to and fro of locusts shall he run upon them.

C.(5) The LORD is exalted; for he dwelleth on high:
he hath filled Zion with judgment and righteousness.
(6) And wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times, and strength of salvation:
the fear of the LORD is his treasure.

D.(7) Behold, their valiant ones shall cry without:
the ambassadors of peace shall weep bitterly.
(8) The highways lie waste,
the wayfaring man ceaseth:
he hath broken the covenant,
he hath despised the cities,
he regardeth no man.
(9) The earth mourneth and languisheth:
Lebanon is ashamed and hewn down:
Sharon is like a wilderness;
and Bashan and Carmel shake off their fruits.

E.(10) Now will I rise, saith the LORD;
now will I be exalted;

now will I lift up myself.

F.(11) Ye shall conceive chaff,
ye shall bring forth stubble:
your breath, as fire, shall devour you.
(12) And the people shall be as the burnings of lime:
as thorns cut up shall they be burned in the fire.

G.(13) Hear, ye that are far off, what I have done;
and, ye that are near, acknowledge my might. 

F’. (14) The sinners in Zion are afraid;
fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites.
Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire?
who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?

E’. (15) He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly;
he that despiseth the gain of oppressions,
that shaketh his hands from holding of bribes,
that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood,
and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil;
(16) He shall dwell on high:
his place of defence shall be the munitions of rocks:
bread shall be given him;
his waters shall be sure.

D’. (17) Thine eyes shall see the king in his beauty:
they shall behold the land that is very far off.
(18) Thine heart shall meditate terror.
Where is the scribe?
where is the receiver?
where is he that counted the towers?
(19) Thou shalt not see a fierce people,
a people of a deeper speech than thou canst perceive;
of a stammering tongue, that thou canst not understand.

C’.(20) Look upon Zion, the city of our solemnities:
thine eyes shall see Jerusalem a quiet habitation,
a tabernacle that shall not be taken down;
not one of the stakes thereof shall ever be removed,
neither shall any of the cords thereof be broken.

B’.(21) But there the glorious LORD will be unto us
a place of broad rivers and streams;
wherein shall go no galley with oars,
neither shall gallant ship pass thereby.
(22) For the LORD is our judge,
the LORD is our lawgiver,
the LORD is our king;
he will save us

A’.(23) Thy tacklings are loosed;
they could not well strengthen their mast,
they could not spread the sail:
then is the prey of a great spoil divided;
the lame take the prey.
(24) And the inhabitant shall not say, I am sick:
the people that dwell therein shall be forgiven their iniquity.

Isaiah 52:1, 2

A (1) Awake, awake; put on thy strength, O ZION;

B (1) put on thy beautiful garments, O JERUSALEM, the holy city:

C (1) for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean.

B′ (2) Shake thyself from the dust; arise, and sit down, O JERUSALEM:

A′ (2) loose thyself from the bands of thy neck, O captive daughter OF ZION.

Isaiah 63:1-2

A (1) Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed GARMENTS from Bozrah?

B (1) this that is glorious IN HIS APPAREL, travelling in the greatness of his strength?

C (1) I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save.

B′ (2) Wherefore art thou red IN THINE APPAREL,

A′ (2) and THY GARMENTS like him that treadeth in the winefat?

Isaiah 56:1-8

(1) Thus saith the LORD, Keep ye judgment, and do justice: for my salvation is near to come, and my righteousness to be revealed.

A. (2) Blessed is the man that doeth this, and the son of man that layeth hold on it; that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and keepeth his hand from doing any evil.

B.(3) Neither let the son of the stranger, that hath joined himself to the LORD, speak, saying, The LORD hath utterly separated me from his people:

C. neither let the eunuch say, Behold, I am a dry tree.

C’.(4) For thus saith the LORD unto the eunuchs that keep my sabbaths, and choose the things that please me, and take hold of my covenant; (5) Even unto them will I give in mine house and within my walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off.

B’.(6) Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the LORD, to serve him, and to love the name of the LORD, to be his servants,

A’. every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant; (7) Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people. (8) The Lord GOD which gathereth the outcasts of Israel saith, Yet will I gather others to him, beside those that are gathered unto him.

Isaiah 54

A. Barren Jerusalem to be blessed with many children
 54:1 Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear;
break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child:
for more are the children of the desolate
than the children of the married wife, saith the LORD.
2 Enlarge the place of thy tent,
and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations:
spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes;
3 For thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left;
and thy seed shall inherit the Gentiles,
and make the desolate cities to be inhabited.

B. Jerusalem restored to marriage covenant with YHWH
4 Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashamed:
neither be thou confounded; for thou shalt not be put to shame:
for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth,
and shalt not remember the reproach of thy widowhood any more.

5 For thy Maker is thine husband;
the LORD of hosts is his name;
and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel;
The God of the whole earth shall he be called.

6 For the LORD hath called thee as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit,
and a wife of youth, when thou wast refused, saith thy God.
7 For a small moment have I forsaken thee;
but with great mercies will I gather thee.

C. The certainty of YHWH’s covenant love
a. 8 In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment;
but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee,
saith the LORD thy Redeemer.

b. 9 For this is as the waters of Noah unto me:

b’. for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth; so have I sworn that I would not be wroth with thee, nor rebuke thee.

a’. 10 For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed;
but my kindness shall not depart from thee,
neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed,
saith the LORD that hath mercy on thee.

B’. New Jerusalem glorified and at peace
11 O thou afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted,
behold, I will lay thy stones with fair colours,
and lay thy foundations with sapphires.
12 And I will make thy windows of agates,
and thy gates of carbuncles,
and all thy borders of pleasant stones.
13 And all thy children shall be taught of the LORD;
and great shall be the peace of thy children.

A’. Jerusalem will be defended by YHWH
14 In righteousness shalt thou be established:
thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear:
and from terror; for it shall not come near thee.

15 Behold, they shall surely gather together, but not by me:
whosoever shall gather together against thee shall fall for thy sake.

16 Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire,and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work;
and I have created the waster to destroy.

17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper;
and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn.

This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD,
and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.

Isaiah 34

  1. Indignation of YHWH

34:1 Come near, ye nations, to hear;
and hearken, ye people:
let the earth hear, and all that is therein;
the world, and all things that come forth of it.
2 For the indignation of the LORD is upon all nations,
and his fury upon all their armies:
he hath utterly destroyed them,
he hath delivered them to the slaughter.

B. Blood shed

3  Their slain also shall be cast out,
and their stink shall come up out of their carcases,
and the mountains shall be melted with their blood.
4 And all the host of heaven shall be dissolved,
and the heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll:
and all their host shall fall down,
as the leaf falleth off from the vine,
and as a falling fig from the fig tree.

C. In Edom

5 For my sword shall be bathed in heaven:
behold, it shall come down upon Idumea,
and upon the people of my curse, to judgment.

D. The sword of YHWH

6 The sword of the LORD is filled with blood,
it is made fat with fatness,
and with the blood of lambs and goats,
with the fat of the kidneys of rams:

C’. In Edom

for the LORD hath a sacrifice in Bozrah,
and a great slaughter in the land of Idumea.

B’.  Blood shed

7 And the unicorns shall come down with them,
and the bullocks with the bulls;
and their land shall be soaked with blood,
and their dust made fat with fatness.

A’. Day of YHWH’s vengeance

8 For it is the day of the LORD’S vengeance,
and the year of recompences for the controversy of Zion.

A. From generation to generation

9 And the streams thereof shall be turned into pitch,
and the dust thereof into brimstone,
and the land thereof shall become burning pitch.
10 It shall not be quenched night nor day;
the smoke thereof shall go up for ever:
from generation to generation it shall lie waste;
none shall pass through it for ever and ever.

B. habitation of wild beasts

11 But the cormorant and the bittern shall possess it;
the owl also and the raven shall dwell in it:
and he shall stretch out upon it the line of confusion,
and the stones of emptiness.

C. the land empty of civilisation

12 They shall call the nobles thereof to the kingdom,
but none shall be there,
and all her princes shall be nothing.
13 And thorns shall come up in her palaces,
nettles and brambles in the fortresses thereof:

B’. habitation of wild beasts

and it shall be an habitation of dragons, and a court for owls.
14 The wild beasts of the desert shall also meet with the wild beasts of the island,
and the satyr shall cry to his fellow;
the screech owl also shall rest there,
and find for herself a place of rest.
15 There shall the great owl make her nest,
and lay, and hatch, and gather under her shadow:
there shall the vultures also be gathered, every one with her mate.

A’. From generation to generation

16 Seek ye out of the book of the LORD, and read:
no one of these shall fail,
none shall want her mate:
for my mouth it hath commanded,
and his spirit it hath gathered them.
17 And he hath cast the lot for them,
and his hand hath divided it unto them by line:
they shall possess it for ever,
from generation to generation shall they dwell therein.