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with much shrieking and horror, the bodies of men are consumed in the fire ; but alas, what is that flame, to this unquenchable one, which is kindled by the breath of the Lord, as with streams of brimstone; and therefore never can go out, never can be abated ?
XXXI. 2 Yet he also is wise, and will bring evil, and will not call back his words. Yet, they shall find, that, though they vainly hoped to hide their counsels from the Lord, they shall have to do with a God wiser than themselves; who will resolutely bring evil upon them, and not retract it.
XXXI. 4 So shall the Lord of hosts come down to fight for mount Zion, and for the hill thereof. The Lord will no more forbear to fight for Zion against the Assys rian, than a lion will forbear bis prey for the voice of a shepherd.
XXXI. 5 As birds flying, so will the LORD of hosts defend Jerusalem. Yea, as we see some fowls, in a care to preserve their young, fly about the head of him that is climbing up to scale their nest, so careful is the Lord to defend his Jerusalem.
XXXI. 8 Then shall the Assyrian fall with the sword, not of a mighty man; and the sword, not of a mean man, shall devour him. The Assyrian shall fall by the sword, not of a mighty man, but of a mighty angel; and the sword, not of a mean man, but of a spiritual executioner shall devour him.
XXXI. 9 And he shall pass over to his strong hold for fear, and his princes shall be afraid of the ensign, saith the Lord, whose fire is in Zion, and his furnace in Jerusalem. And Sennacherib shall pass over to Niniveh his strong hold, for fear, and with shame; and his princes and captains shall be afraid to gather any more under his ensign; saith God, who, dwelling in his temple at Jerusalem, sends forth from thence his just vengeance upon his enemies.
XXXII. 1 Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall rule in judgment. Behold the Messiah, the true King of his Church, shall reign in righteousness; and those, who shall have the administration thereof, under him, shall rule in due equity and moderation.
XXXII. 2 And a man shall be as an hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest ; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land. And that man, God and Man, shall be a sure refuge to his elect, in all their distresses and calamities; and shall be a gracious refreshing to them, even as a clear river, in a dry wilderness, is to the thirsty traveller; or as the shadow of a great rock, in a hot scorching season and climate, is to the weary passenger.
XXXII. 5 The vile person shall be no more called liberal, nor the churl said to be bountiful.
There shall be so right a discerning of all things, that virtues shall not pass for vices, nor vices be mistaken for virtues; but men shall be esteemed as they are.
XXXII. 9 Rise up, ye women that are at ease; hear my voice, ye careless daughters ; give ear unto my speech. Rise up, ye nice and dainty dames of Judah and Jerusalem, and give ear to this speech of mine, () ye careless women, who have given yourselves hitherto only to ease and delicacy.
XXXII. 10 For the vintage shall fail, the gathering shall not соте. God will hold you short of those means of your riot; for the vintage shall fail, the harvest shall disappoint you.
XXXII. 12 They shall lament for the teats, for the pleasant fields, for the fruitful vine. They shall lament for those plentiful means of sustenance, for the corn, and for the vines; the fruit of both which shall come short of their hopes.
XXXII. 15 Until the spirit be poured upon us from on high, and the wilderness be a fruitfúl field, and the fruitful field be counted for a forest. Until the Spirit of Renovation be poured upon us from God; until it please him to breathe comfortably upon us, so as our wilderness may be turned into a fruitful field, and that field, which now goes for fruitful, be in comparison thereof accounted but as a desert forest. XXXII. 16 Then judgment shall dwell in the wilderness.
XII. Then there shall be a holy and wise administration of justice in those places, which were before reputed wild and desert.
XXXI. 19 When it shall hail, coming down on the forest; and the city shall be low in a low place. When violent storms shall bluster upon the earth, and fall both upon the forest and towns, with such fury, that the city shall be uncovered therewith, and utterly abased.
XXXII. 20 Blessed are ye that sow beside all waters, that send forth thither the feet of the ox and the ass. Ye shall, in the mean time, be so blessed with increase, that wheresoever you sow your seed, though in moorish and watery fens, yet it shall abundantly prosper; and grow so rank, as that ye shall be fain to send in your cattle to eat down the first head thereof.
XXXIII. i 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 ; &c. Woe to thee, O thou cruel Assyrian, that spoilest God's people causelessly and unprovoked; and dealest treacherously with those, that have offered no such measure unto thee; for God will be sure to meet with thee in thine own way: when thou hast done spoiling the Jews, the Chaldees shall begin to spoil thee, &c.
XXXIII. 2 0 LORD, be gracious unto us; we have waited for thee : be thou their arm every morning, our salvation also in the time of trouble. O Lord, be gracious' to us, thy chosen people: we have ever hitherto depended upon thee: thou hast been the refuge of our forefathers; as thou hast been their God of old, so renew thy favour and protection to us, every day; and be thou our salvation in the time of trouble.
XXXIII. 3 At the noise of the tumult the people fled; at the lifting up of thyself the nations were scattered. Upon the noise of the tumultuous onset of the Jews, the multitudes of the Assyrian army fled: when thou, O God, didst but seem to rouse up thyself, all those nations were suddenly dispersed.
XXXIII. 4 And your spoil shall be gathered like the gathering of the caterpiller. As when the country is annoyed with caterpillers, all sorts of people run forth, even women and children, to destroy them at once, and even the weakest can kill them with ease; so shall all the people run forth, to gather this spoil of the Assyrians.
XXXIII. 6 And wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times, and strength of salvation : the fear of the Lord is his treasure. The main strength and stability, which thy times shall have, shall consist in the true spiritual wisdom, and in the knowledge of God; and the greatest treasure of thy good king Hezekiah, shall be the fear of the Lord.
XXXIII. 7 Behold, their valiant ones shall cry without : the ambassadors of peace shall weep bitterly. Behold, for the time, Jerusalem shall be put to great distress: their captains and soldiers shall be discouraged; and their ambassadors, that went to treat for peace, shall return discontented and sorrowful.
XXXIII. 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. The whole country mourneth and languisheth, even those parts which are remotest; and every province thereof beareth his own proper share in this misery: the cedars of Lebanon are cut down; the corn of Sharon and the fruitful pastures of Bashan and Carmel are wasted.
XXXIII. 10 Now will I rise, saith the LORD. Now, when things are come to an extremity, will I rise, saith the Lord.
XXXIII. 11 Ye shall conceive chaff, ye shall bring forth stubble : your breath, as fire, shall devour you. Ye have conceived great hopes of victory and triumph, but you shall go away with a shameful foil; yea, ye shall perish by your own plots: the fire, which your own breath hath kindled, shall
XXXIII. 14 The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites. Who among us shall dwell with the des vouring fire? &c. Those, that are prophane and godless in Jerusalem, are, not without cause, much terrified; and those hypocrites, which would not believe the predictions of these evils, are now overwhelmed with fearfulness, and now they are ready to say, Alas, how shall we be able to endure this wrath of God, which is gone out against us ? &c.
XXXIII. 16 He shall dwell on high: his place of defence shall be the munitions of rocks : bread shall be given him ; his waters shall He shall dwell in a safe place, inaccessible to all enemies, and utterly impregnable; and shall have all things cast in his way, which are necessary for his sustentation.
XXXIII. 17 Thine eyes shall see the king in his beauty : they shall behold the land that is very far off Whosoever thou art, that walkest thus uprightly; thou shalt see the Court of Jerusalem restored to his full glory: though Hezekiah be under hatches for the time, yet thou shalt see him in his wonted port and magnificence; and thou shalt see him subduing other remote kingdoms, and ruling over them.
XXXIII. 18 Thine heart shall meditate terror. IVhere is the scribe? where is the receiver ? where is he that counted the towers? Thy heart shall think upon the terror thou wert in, when thou distractedly askedst for thy officers; Where is the clerk of the band? Where is the receiver? Where is the surveyor of the works? As if these could have availed thee.
XXXIII. 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. Thou shalt not be forced to see and endure the tyranny of those fierce and cruel Assyrians; to live under the servitude of a nation, whose barbarous and harsh language thou understandest not.
XXXIII. 21 But there the glorious Lord will be unto us a place of broad rivers and streams; wherein shall go no galley with oars, &c. But there, even in Jerusalem, will the Lord be unto us instead of all the rivers and ditches and bulwarks of defence, which other cities boast themselves of; yea, he shall give Jerusalem protection without danger: in other cities and countries where they have the commodity of large rivers and inlets from the sea, there may be perhaps some peril of advantage to an enemy, and opportunity of invasion; but here shall be no such matter: no galley shall go
here with oars, &c.
XXXIII. 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. But for thee, O Assyrian, howsoever thou camest like a well rigged ship to this siege, yet thy tacklings do not hold, thy mast lotters; yea, so shall God ply thee with storms, that thou shalt not so much as spread a sail, but shalt be wrecked and spilt, and every one, though lame and impotent, shall share in the spoil of thee.
XXXIII. 24 And the inhabitant shall not say, I am sick : the people that dwell therein shall be forgiven their iniquity. But my people shall, in the mean time, be kept in safety and health; forasmuch as the very cause of their suffering, which is their iniquity, shall be removed and forgiven.
XXXIV. 3 And the mountains shall be melted with their blood. And the mountains shall so run down with blood, as if they were * melted and dissolved into it.
XXXIV. 4 And all the host of heaven shall be dissolved. And in that great day of the Lord, shall the very frame of heaven feel an apparent alteration.
XXXIV. 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. For my judgment, decreed in heaven, shall be fearfully executed upon the known and professed enemies of my Church ; upon those people, whom I have accursed to an everlasting condemnation.
XXXIV. 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. God shall take full vengeance on his enemies: his sword shall be, as it were, fed with the blood of his great and noted adversaries : this slaughter of his shall be like to that of an universal sacrifice, which shall be killed on the altar of the land of Edom, and all the regions of his proud opposites.
XXXIV. 7 And the unicorns shall come down with them, and the bullocks with the bulls; and their land shall be soaked with blood. Neither shall the tame cattle only be the matter of this sacrifice, as the poor and quiet lambs, which have no power to resist; but the wildest and fiercest of all other creatures, as the unicorns and bulls &c. figuring the most lawless and potent enemies of Christ, shall be exposed to this bloody oblation, and their land shall be drenched and soaked with their blood.
XXXIV. 8 For it is the day of the Lord's vengeance, and the year of recompences for the controversy of Zion. It is the time, wherein God will give a full satisfaction and retribution of the wrongs, that have been done to his Church, in the consummate plagues of his enemies.
XXXIV. 9 And the streams thereof shall be turned into pitch, and the dust thereof into brimstone, and the land thereof shall become burning pitch. There shall be nothing but horror and burning; for, instead of streams, there shall be liquid pitch ; and instead of dust, brimstone: and a fire shall be put to both of them ; so as the whole world shall be but as one flame.