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Isaiah 14

God's merciful restoration of Israel.

Isaiah 14:1 For the Lord wil haue compassion of Iaakob, and wil yet chuse Israel, and cause them to rest in their owne lande: and the stranger shall ioyne him selfe vnto them, and they shall cleaue to the house of Iaakob. Isaiah 14:2 And the people shall receiue them & bring them to their owne place, and the house of Israel shall possesse them in the land of the Lorde, for seruants & handmaids: and they shall take them prisoners, whose captiues they were, and haue rule ouer their oppressours. Isaiah 14:3 And in that day when the Lord shal giue thee rest from thy sorrow, and from thy feare, and from the sore bodage, wherein thou didest serue,

Their triumphant insultation over Babel.

Isaiah 14:4 Then shalt thou take vp this prouerbe against the King of Babel, and say, Howe hath the oppressor ceased? & the gold thirsty Babel rested? Isaiah 14:5 The Lorde hath broken the rodde of the wicked, and the scepter of the rulers: Isaiah 14:6 Which smote the people in anger with a continuall plague, and ruled the nations in wrath: if any were persecuted, he did not let. Isaiah 14:7 The whole worlde is at rest and is quiet: they sing for ioye. Isaiah 14:8 Also the firre trees reioyced of thee, and the cedars of Lebanon, saying, Since thou art laid downe, no hewer came vp against vs. Isaiah 14:9 Hel beneath is mooued for thee to meete thee at thy coming, raising vp the deade for thee, euen all the princes of the earth, and hath raised from their thrones all the Kinges of the nations. Isaiah 14:10 All they shall crie, and saie vnto thee, Art thou become weake also as we? Art thou become like vnto vs? Isaiah 14:11 Thy pompe is brought downe to ye graue, and the sounde of thy violes: the worme is spred vnder thee, and the wormes couer thee. Isaiah 14:12 How art thou fallen from heauen, O Lucifer, sonne of the morning? and cutte downe to the grounde, which didest cast lottes vpon the nations? Isaiah 14:13 Yet thou saidest in thine heart, I will ascende into heauen, and exalt my throne aboue beside the starres of God: I will sitte also vpon the mount of the Congregation in the sides of the North. Isaiah 14:14 I wil ascend aboue ye height of the cloudes, and I will be like the most high. Isaiah 14:15 But thou shalt bee brought downe to the graue, to the sides of the pit. Isaiah 14:16 They that see thee, shall looke vpon thee and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, and that did shake the kingdomes? Isaiah 14:17 He made the worlde as a wildernesse, and destroied the cities thereof, and opened not the house of his prisoners. Isaiah 14:18 All the Kings of the nations, euen they all sleepe in glorie, euery one in his owne house. Isaiah 14:19 But thou art cast out of thy graue like an abominable branch: like the raiment of those that are slaine, and thrust thorowe with a sword, which goe downe to the stones of the pit, as a carkeise troden vnder feete. Isaiah 14:20 Thou shalt not be ioyned with them in the graue, because thou hast destroied thine owne lande, and slaine thy people: the seede of the wicked shall not be renoumed for euer. Isaiah 14:21 Prepare a slaughter for his children, for the iniquitie of their fathers: let them not rise vp nor possesse the land, nor fil the face of the world with enemies. Isaiah 14:22 For I wil rise vp against them (sayth the Lorde of hostes) and will cut off from Babel the name and the remnant and the sonne, and the nephew, sayth the Lord: Isaiah 14:23 And I wil make it a possession to ye hedgehogge, and pooles of water, and I will sweepe it with the besome of destruction, sayeth the Lorde of hostes.

God's purpose against Assyria.

Isaiah 14:24 The Lorde of hostes hath sworne, saying, Surely like as I haue purposed, so shall it come to passe, and as I haue consulted, it shall stand: Isaiah 14:25 That I will breake to pieces Asshur in my land, and vpon my mountaines will I treade him vnder foote: so that his yoke shall depart from them, and his burden shall be taken from off their shoulder. Isaiah 14:26 This is the counsell that is consulted vpon the whole worlde, and this is the hande stretched out ouer all the nations, Isaiah 14:27 Because the Lorde of hostes hath determined it, and who shall disanull it? and his hande is stretched out, and who shall turne it away? Isaiah 14:28 In the yeere that King Ahaz died, was this burden.

Palestina is threatened.

Isaiah 14:29 Reioyce not, (thou whole Palestina) because the rod of him that did beat thee, is broken for out of the serpents roote shal come forth a cockatrise, & the fruit therof shalbe a firy flying serpent. Isaiah 14:30 For the first borne of the poore shall be fed, and the needie shall lie downe in safetie: and I will kill thy roote with famine, and it shal slay thy remnant. Isaiah 14:31 Howle, O gate, crie, O citie: thou whole lande of Palestina art dissolued, for there shall come from the North a smoke, and none shalbe alone, at his time appointed. Isaiah 14:32 What shall then one answere the messengers of the Gentiles? That the Lorde hath stablished Zion, and the poore of his people shall trust in it.

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