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Exalt thy voice with strength,
O thou that bringest glad tidings to Jerusalem :
Exalt it; be not afraid :
Say to the cities of Judah, BEHOLD your God !

Behold, the Lord Jehovah shall come,
And his arm shall prevail over the strong one :
Like a shepherd shall he feed his flock,
In his arm shall He gather up the lambs,
And shall bear them in his bosom ;
The nursing ewes shall He gently lead.

Behold my servant whom I will uphold ;
My chosen, in whom my soul delighteth :
I will make my Spirit rest upon Him:
And He shall publish judgment to the nations,
He shall not cry aloud, nor raise a clamour,
Nor cause his voice to be heard in the public places :
The bruised reed He shall not break;
The dimly-burning flax He shall not quench :
But he shall publish judgment so as to establish it

perfectly.
His force shall not be broken nor abated,
Until He hath firmly seated judgment in the earth :
And the distant nations shall earnestly await His law.
Thus saith the God, even JEHOVAH,
I have called Thee for a righteous purpose ;
I will take hold of Thy hand and will preserve Thee ;
And I will give Thee for a covenant to the people,

For a light to the nations, To open the eyes

of the blind : To bring the captive out of confinement, And from the dungeon those that dwell in darkness.

Thus saith Jehovah the King of Israel,
And His Redeemer, Jehovah God of Hosts :
I am the first and I am the last :
And beside me there is no God.
And who is like me that he should call forth this

event, And make it known before hand, and dispose it for me, From the time that I appointed the people of the

destined age ? The things that are now coming And that are to come hereafter, Let them declare unto us. But, Fear ye not, neither be afraid : Have not I declared it unto you from the first ? Yea, I have foreshown it; and ye are my witnesses.

Return unto me; for I have redeemed Thee.

Thus saith JEHOVAH, the Redeemer of Israel,
To Him, whose person is despised,
Whom the nation holds in abhorrence;
To the subject of rulers :
Kings shall see Him, and shall rise up;
Princes, and they shall worship Him.
For the sake of Jehovah who is faithful ;
Of the Holy One of Israel, for He hath chosen Thee.

The Lord Jehovah hath given me the tongue of the

learned, That I might know how to speak A seasonable word to the weary.

I gave my back to the smiters,
And

my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair :

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My face I hid not from shame and spitting.
For the Lord Jehovah is my helper ;
Therefore I am not ashamed.

How beautiful appear upon the mountains
The feet of the joyful messenger :
Of Him that announceth peace !
Of the joyful messenger of good tidings !
Of him that announceth salvation !
Of him that sayeth unto Sion,
Thy God reigneth !
All thy watchmen lift up their voice ; they shout

together :
For Jehovah hath comforted his people ;
He hath redeemed Israel.
And all the ends of the earth have seen

The salvation of our God.

Who hath believed our report,
And to whom hath the arın of Jehovah been mani-

fested ? For He groweth up in their sight like a tender plant,

Like a root from a thirsty soil : He hath no form nor beauty, that we should regard

Him ;

Nor is his countenance such that we should desire

Him.
Despised, nor accounted in the number of men ;
A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief,
As one that hideth his face from us :
He was despised and we esteemed Him not.
Surely our infirmities He hath borne ;
And our sorrows He hath carried them;
Yet we thought him judicially stricken ;

Smitten of God and afflicted.
But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was smitten for our iniquities ;
The chastisement by which our peace is effected
Was laid upon Him,
And by His bruises we are healed.
We, all of us, like sheep, have strayed.
We have turned aside, every one to his own way ;
But Jehovah hath made to light upon Him

The Iniquity of us all.
It was exacted, and He was made answerable ;
But he opened not his mouth :
As a lamb that is led to the slaughter,
And as a sheep before her shearers, - is dumb,
So he opened not his mouth.
By an oppressive judgment He was taken off;
And his manner of life who would declare ?
For He was cut off from the land of the living ;
For the transgression of my people

He was smitten to death,
And his grave was appointed with the wicked, *
But with the rich man was his tomb.
Although He had done no wrong,
Neither was there any guile in his mouth,
Yet it pleased Jehovah to crush Him with affliction.
If his soul shall make a propitiatory sacrifice,
He shall see a seed which shall prolong their days,
And the gracious purpose of JEHOVAH

Shall prosper in his hands.

* The word translated" the wicked,” is in the dual number in the original, so that the strict signification, is “ his death shall be with two criminals, but he shall be buried in the tomb of a rich man;." this was literally fulfilled by his crucifixion between the two thieves, and his burial in the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea.

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Of the travail of his soul He shall see the fruit,

and be satisfied : By the knowledge of Him shall my servant justify

many, For the punishment of their iniquities He shall bear. Therefore will I distribute to Him

the many for his portion, And the mighty people shall he share for his spoil ; Because He poured out his soul unto death, And was numbered with the transgressors : And He bare the sin of many, And made intercession for the transgressors.

Ho!

every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters !

Incline your ear, and come unto Me;
Hearken diligently unto me;
Attend, and your soul shall live :
And I will make with you an everlasting covenant :
I will give you the gracious promises made to David,

which shall never fail. Behold, for a witness to the peoples I have given Him; A leader and a lawgiver to the nations.

And thy REDEEMER is the Holy One of Israel,
The God of the whole earth shall He be called.

The Redeemer shall come to Sion,
And shall turn away iniquity from Jacob.

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