What joy shall be in the midst of afflictions, by the Kingdom and birth of Christ.
Isaiah 9:1 Euen lyke as in tyme past, it hath bene well sene, that the lande of Zabulon and the lande of Nephtaly (where thorow þe see waye goeth ouer Iordane into the lande of Galilee) was at the fyrst in lytle trouble: but afterwarde sore vexed. Isaiah 9:2 The people that walke in darckenes haue sene a greate lyght. As for them that dwell in the lande of the Shadowe of death, vpon them hath þe lyght shyned. Isaiah 9:3 Thou hast multyplyed the people, & not increased theyr ioye. They reioyse before the, euen as men make mery in haruest, and as men that haue gotten þe victory, when they deale the spoyle. Isaiah 9:4 For thou hast broken the yocke of þe peoples burthen: the staff of hys shoulder and the rod of hys oppressoure, as in the dayes of Madian. Isaiah 9:5 And trulie euery batayll þt the warryoure accomplissheth, is done wt confused noyse & defylinge ther garmentes wt bloude: But this batayle shall be wt burnynge & consumynge of fyre. Isaiah 9:6 For vnto vs a chylde is borne, & vnto vs a sonne is geuen. Upon hys shoulder doth the kyngdome lye, and he is called wt hys awne name: wonderfull. The geuer of councell, þe myghtye God, þe euerlasting father, the prince of peace, Isaiah 9:7 he shall make no ende to encrease þe kyngdome & peace, & shall syt vpon the seate of Dauid & in his kyngdome, to set vp the same, & to stablish it wt equyte and ryghteousnesse, from hence forth for euermore. Thys shall the gelousy of the Lorde of Hostes brynge to passe.
The judgments upon Israel for their pride,
Isaiah 9:8 The Lorde sent a worde into Iacob, the same is come into Israel. Isaiah 9:9 And all the people of Ephraim shall knowe, and they that dwell in Samaria, þt can saye with pryde and hye stomackes, on this maner. Isaiah 9:10 The tyle worcke is fallen downe, but we will buylde it wt squared stones. The Molbery tymbre is broken, but we shall sett it vp agayne with Cedre. Isaiah 9:11 Neuertheles, þe Lord shall prepare Razin the enemye agaynst them, and so ordre theyr aduersaryes, Isaiah 9:12 that the Sirians shall laye holde vpon them before, and the Philistynes behynde, and so deuoure Israel with open mouth. After all thys is not the wrath of þe Lorde ceassed, but yet hys hande stretched oute styll.
for their hypocrisy,
Isaiah 9:13 For the people turneth not vnto hym that chastyseth them, nether do they seke the Lorde of Hostes. Isaiah 9:14 Therfore hath þe Lorde roted oute of Israel both head and tayle, braunche and twigge in one daye. Isaiah 9:15 By the head, is vnderstande the Senatoure and honorable man, and by the tayle the Prophet that preached lyes. Isaiah 9:16 For all they which enfourme the people that they be in a ryght case, soch be disceauers. Soch as men thyncke also to be perfecte among these, are but cast awayes. Isaiah 9:17 Therfore shall the Lorde haue no pleasure in theyr yonge men, nether fauoure theyr fatherlesse & wydowes. For they are all together ypocrytes and wycked, and all theyr mouthes speake foly. After all thys is not þe Lordes wrath ceassed, but yet hys hande is stretched out styll.
and for their impenitency.
Isaiah 9:18 For vngodlynesse burneth, as a fyre in the bryers and thornes. And as it were out of a fyre in a wood or a rede bush, so ascendeth the smoke of theyr pryde. Isaiah 9:19 For cause of the wrath of the Lorde of Hostes, is the lande full of darckenesse, and the people be consumed, as it were with fyre, no man doth spare his brother, Isaiah 9:20 but he robbyth on þe ryght hand: & doth famishe, he eateth on the lefte hande, and he shall not haue ynough. Euery man shall eate the flesh of his awne arme. Isaiah 9:21 Manasses shall eate Ephraim, and Ephraim. Manasses, and they both shall eate Iuda. After all thys is not the Lordes wrath ceassed, but yet is hys hande stretched out styll.