The prophet threateneth the people for their confidence in Egypt,
Isaiah 30:1 Alas, for those disobedient chyldren (sayth the Lorde) that they wyll take councell without me. Alas, þt they wyll take a secret aduice, and not out of my sprete, and therfore adde they synne vnto synne. Isaiah 30:2 Euen they that walke to go downe into Egypte, and haue asked no question at my mouth: but seke strength in the myght of Pharao, and trust in the shadowe of Egypt. Isaiah 30:3 Therfore shall the strength of Pharao be your confusion, and the truste of the shadowe of Egypte youre shame. Isaiah 30:4 For his captaynes were at Zoan, and his ambassadours came vnto Hanes. Isaiah 30:5 They were all ashamed of the people that could do them no good, and that might not helpe them, ner shew them any profyt, but were theyr confusyon and rebuke. Isaiah 30:6 The heauy burthen of the beastes of the south in a lande of trouble and anguysshe, from whence shall come the yonge and olde lion, the vyper and fyrye serpent that flyeth agaynste them that vpon coltes beare theyr riches, and vpon camels their treasures, to a people that can do them no good. Isaiah 30:7 For vaine and nothynge worth shall the helpe of the Egipcyans be. Therfore haue I cryed vnto Ierusalem. They shall haue strength ynough, yf they wyll settle their myndes in quietnes.
and contempt of God's Word.
Isaiah 30:8 Now therfore, go thy waie, and wryte thys before them in a table, & note it in a boke, that it maye finally remayne and be kept styll for euer. Isaiah 30:9 For it is an obstinat people, and dissembling chyldren, children that refuse to heare the lawe of the Lorde. Isaiah 30:10 For they saye vnto the seers: Se not, and to them þt be cleare of iudgement: loke not out ryght thinges for vs: but speake fayre wordes vnto vs: loke out erroures, Isaiah 30:11 gett you out of this waye, departe out of this path, & turne the holy one of Israel from vs. Isaiah 30:12 Wherfore thus sayth the holy one of Israel: Because your hertes rise agaynst this worde, & because ye trust in wrongeous dealyng & peruerse iudgment, & put your confidence therin. Isaiah 30:13 Therfore shall ye haue thys myschefe for yo destruccion and fall lyke as an hye wall that falleth, because of some ryfte or blast, whose breaking commeth sodenly. Isaiah 30:14 And the hurte therof is lyke an erthen vessell, which breaketh without helpe: so that in þe burstyng of it, there is not found one sheuer to fetch fyre in, or to take water withall out of the pyt. Isaiah 30:15 For thus sayth the Lorde God, euen the holy one of Israel: In repentaunce & in rest shall ye be safe: in quietnes and sure confydence shalbe your strength. Isaiah 30:16 But ye haue had no lyst therto. For ye haue sayd: No, but we will escape thorowe horses. (Therfore shall ye flye) & we will get vs vp vpon swyft beastes. And therfore shal your persecutours be swyfter. Isaiah 30:17 A .M. shall flye at the rebuke of one, & at the rebuke of .v. shall ye all flye, tyll ye be left as a shypp mast vpon the topp of a mountayne, and as a beaken vpon an hyll.
God's mercies towards his Church.
Isaiah 30:18 Therfore doth þe Lorde cause you to wayte, þt he maye haue mercy vpon you: to thintent that he maye haue the preemynence, when he is gracyous vnto you. For the Lorde is the God of iudgement. Blessed are all they that hope in hym. Isaiah 30:19 Yf the people remayne in Syon and at Ierusalem, thou shalt not be in heuines: but at the voyce of thy complaynte shall he haue mercy vpon the. And when he heareth it he shall geue the an answer. Isaiah 30:20 And though the Lorde geue you the bread of trouble, and the water of aduersitie, thy rayne shalbe nomore so skant, but thyne eyes shall see thy rayne. Isaiah 30:21 Yee, and thyne care shall heare þe talkynge of hym that doeth speake behynde the. Thys is þe waye, walke ye in it. Turne not aside nether to the ryght hande ner to the lyft. Isaiah 30:22 Ye shall destroye also the couerynge of youre syluer ymages, and the deckinge of youre golden ydols. Euen as filthynes shall ye put them awaye. And thou shalt say vnto it. Gett the hence. Isaiah 30:23 Then shall God geue rayne vnto thy seede, that thou shalt sowe the ground withall, and bred of the increace of the earth, which shalbe fat and very plenteous. In that daye also, shall thy catell be fed in large pasture. Isaiah 30:24 The oxen lykewise and the younge asses, that eate the grounde, shall eate cleane prouender, which is pourged with the wynde and the fanne. Isaiah 30:25 Finally, vpon euery hye mountaine and hyll shall ther be riuers and streames of waters, in the daye of the greate slaughter, when the towers fall. Isaiah 30:26 Moreouer, the lyght of the moone shalbe as the light of the sunne, and the sunne lyght shalbe seuen folde, and haue as much shyne as in seuen dayes besyde: when the Lorde byndeth vp the sore of hys people, and healeth the stroke of their wound.
God's wrath, and the people's joy, in the destruction of Assyria.
Isaiah 30:27 Beholde, the fame of the Lord commeth from farre, and his presence is so hote, that no man is able to abyde. His lyppes are full of indignation, and hys tonge is as a consumynge fyer. Isaiah 30:28 Hys breth is as a vehement floude of water, that reacheth vp to the necke. That he maye syft awaye the Heythen in the syue of vanitye. And his breth is as a brydle of errour in the chawes of the people. Isaiah 30:29 And ye shall syng, lyke as in the nyghte, when the holy solempnitye beginneth. And ye shall haue gladnes of hert, lyke as when one commeth with a pype vnto the hyll of the Lorde, and to the moost mightye one of Israel. Isaiah 30:30 And the Lorde shall cause his gloryous voyce to be heard, and shall declare his stretched out arme with a terrible countenaunce and with the flame of a consuming fyer, with noysome lyghtenynge, with a shower, and with hayle stone. Isaiah 30:31 For thorowe the voyce of the Lorde shall Assur be destroyed, which smote other men with the rodde. Isaiah 30:32 And it shall come to passe, that whyther soeuer he goth, þe rodde shall cleue vnto him, which the Lorde shall laye vpon him with tabrettes and harpes: and with greate warre shall he fyght agaynst his hoost. Isaiah 30:33 For the fyer of payne is ordeyned from the begynning: yee, euen for kynges is it prepared. Thys hath þe Lorde set in the depe, and made it wyde: the burninge wherof is fyer and muche wodde. The breth of the Lorde, which is a ryuer of brymstone, doth kyndle it.