THE HOLY BIBLE Douay-Rheims

Prophecy of Isaias (Author Isaias)

31:1¤ Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help, trusting in horses, and putting their confidence in chariots, because they are many: and in horsemen, because they are very strong: and have not trusted in the Holy One of Israel, and have not sought after the Lord.

31:2But he that is the wise one hath brought evil, and hath not removed his words: and he will rise up against the house of the wicked, and against the aid of them that work iniquity.

31:3Egypt is man, and not God: and their horses, flesh, and not spirit: and the Lord shall put down his hand, and the helper shall fall, and he that is helped shall fall, and they shall all be confounded together.

31:4For thus saith the Lord to me: Like as the lion roareth, and the lion's whelp upon his prey, and when a multitude of shepherds shall come against him, he will not fear at their voice, nor be afraid of their multitude: so shall the Lord of hosts come down to fight upon mount Sion, and upon the hill thereof.

31:5As birds flying, so will the Lord of hosts protect Jerusalem, protecting and delivering, passing over and saving.

31:6Return as you had deeply revolted, O children of Israel.

31:7For in that day a man shall cast away his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which your hands have made for you to sin.

31:8And the Assyrian shall fall by the sword not of a man, and the sword not of a man shall devour him, and he shall flee not at the face of the sword, and his young men shall be tributaries.

31:9And his strength shall pass away with dread, and his princes fleeing shall be afraid: the Lord hath said it, whose fire is in Sion, and his furnace in Jerusalem.

32:1¤ Behold a king shall reign in justice, and princes shall rule in judgment.

32:2And a man shall be as when one is hid from the wind, and hideth himself from a storm, as rivers of waters in drought, and the shadow of a rock that standeth out in a desert land.

32:3The eyes of them that see shall not be dim, and the ears of them that hear shall hearken diligently.

32:4And the heart of fools shall understand knowledge, and the tongue of stammerers shall speak readily and plain.

32:5The fool shall no more be called prince: neither shall the deceitful be called great:

32:6For the fool will speak foolish things, and his heart will work iniquity, to practise hypocrisy, and speak to the Lord deceitfully, and to make empty the soul of the hungry, and take away drink from the thirsty.

32:7The vessels of the deceitful are most wicked: for he hath framed devices to destroy the meek, with lying words, when the poor man speaketh judgment.

32:8But the prince will devise such things as are worthy of a prince, and he shall stand above the rulers.

32:9Rise up, ye rich women, and hear my voice: ye confident daughters, give ear to my speech.

32:10For after days and a year, you that are confident shall be troubled: for the vintage is at an end, the gathering shall come no more.

32:11Be astonished, ye rich women, be troubled, ye confident ones: strip you, and be confounded, gird your loins.

32:12Mourn for your breasts, for the delightful country, for the fruitful vineyard.

32:13Upon the land of my people shall thorns and briers come up: how much more upon all the houses of joy, of the city that rejoiced?

32:14For the house is forsaken, the multitude of the city is left, darkness and obscurity are come upon its dens for ever. A joy of wild asses, the pastures of flocks.

32:15Until the spirit be poured upon us from on high: and the desert shall be as a charmel, and charmel shall be counted for a forest.

32:16And judgment shall dwell in the wilderness, and justice shall sit in charmel.

32:17And the work of justice shall be peace, and the service of justice quietness, and security for ever.

32:18And my people shall sit in the beauty of peace, and in the tabernacles of confidence, and in wealthy rest.

32:19But hail shall be in the descent of the forest, and the city shall be made very low.

32:20Blessed are ye that sow upon all waters, sending thither the foot of the ox and the ass.

33:1¤ Woe to thee that spoilest, shalt not thou thyself also be spoiled? and thou that despisest, shalt not thyself also be despised? when thou shalt have made an end of spoiling, thou shalt be spoiled: when being wearied thou shalt cease to despise, thou shalt be despised.

33:2O Lord, have mercy on us: for we have waited for thee: be thou our arm in the morning, and our salvation in the time of trouble.

33:3At the voice of the angel the people fled, and at the lifting up thyself the nations are scattered.

33:4And your spoils shall be gathered together as the locusts are gathered, as when the ditches are full of them.

33:5The Lord is magnified, for he hath dwelt on high: he hath filled Sion with judgment and justice.

33:6And there shall be faith in thy times: riches of salvation, wisdom and knowledge: the fear of the Lord is his treasure.

33:7Behold they that see shall cry without, the angels of peace shall weep bitterly.

33:8The ways are made desolate, no one passeth by the road, the covenant is made void, he hath rejected the cities, he hath not regarded the men.

33:9The land hath mourned, and languished: Libanus is confounded, and become foul, and Saron is become as a desert: and Basan and Carmel are shaken.

33:10Now will I rise up, saith the Lord: now will I be exalted, now will I lift up myself.

33:11You shall conceive heat, you shall bring forth stubble: your breath as fire shall devour you.

33:12And the people shall be as ashes after a fire, as a bundle of thorns they shall be burnt with fire.

33:13Hear, you that are far off, what I have done, and you that are near know my strength.

33:14The sinners in Sion are afraid, trembling hath seized upon the hypocrites. Which of you can dwell with devouring fire? which of you shall dwell with everlasting burnings?

33:15He that walketh in justices, and speaketh truth, that casteth away avarice by oppression, and shaketh his hands from all bribes, that stoppeth his ears lest he hear blood, and shutteth his eyes that he may see no evil.

33:16He shall dwell on high, the fortifications of rocks shall be his highness: bread is given him, his waters are sure.

33:17His eyes shall see the king in his beauty, they shall see the land far off.

33:18Thy heart shall meditate fear: where is the learned? where is he that pondereth the words of the law? where is the teacher of little ones?

33:19The shameless people thou shalt not see, the people of profound speech: so that thou canst not understand the eloquence of his tongue, in whom there is no wisdom.

33:20Look upon Sion the city of our solemnity: thy eyes shall see Jerusalem, a rich habitation, a tabernacle that cannot be removed: neither shall the nails thereof be taken away for ever, neither shall any of the cords thereof be broken.

33:21Because only there our Lord is magnificent: a place of rivers, very broad and spacious streams: no ship with oars shall pass by it, neither shall the great galley pass through it.

33:22For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king: he will save us.

33:23Thy tacklings are loosed, and they shall be of no strength: thy mast shall be in such condition, that thou shalt not be able to spread the flag. Then shall the spoils of much prey be divided: the lame shall take the spoil.

33:24Neither shall he that is near, say: I am feeble. The people that dwell therein, shall have their iniquity taken away from them.



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