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22 Woe unto them that are mighty to drink

wine, And men of strength to mingle strong

drink; 23 That justify the wicked for a reward, And take away the righteousness of the

righteous from him! 24 Therefore as the tongue of fire devoureth

the stubble,
And as the chaff is consumed in the flame,
So their root shall be as rottenness,
And their blossom shall go up as dust;
Because they have rejected the law of the

LORD of hosts,
And contemned the word of the Holy One

of Israel.

25 Therefore is the anger of the LORD kindled

against His people, And He hath stretched forth His hand

against them, and hath smitten them, And the hills did tremble, And their carcasses were as refuse in the

midst of the streets. For all this His anger is not turned away, But His hand is stretched out still.

26 And He will lift up an ensign to the nations

from far, And will hiss unto them from the end of the

earth; And, behold, they shall come with speed

swiftly; 27 None shall be weary nor stumble among

them;

None shall slumber nor sleep;
Neither shall the girdle of their loins be

loosed,
Nor the latchet of their shoes be broken;
28 Whose arrows are sharp,

And all their bows bent;
Their horses' hoofs shall be counted like

flint, And their wheels like a whirlwind; 29 Their roaring shall be like a lion, They shall roar like young lions, yea, they

shall roar, And lay hold of the prey, and carry it away

safe, And there shall be none to deliver. 30 And they shall roar against them in that

day
Like the roaring of the sea;
And if one look unto the land,
Behold darkness and distress,
And the light is darkened in the skies

thereof.

A Prophet Is Called 6

In the year that king Uzziah died I saw

the Lord sitting upon a throne high and listed up, and His train filled the temple. 2 Above Him stood the seraphim; each one had six wings: with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. 3 And one called unto another, and said:

Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts;
The whole earth is full of His glory.

4 And the posts of the door were moved at the voice of them that called, and the house was filled with smoke. 5 Then said I:

Woe is me! for I am undone;
Because I am a man of unclean lips,
And I dwell in the midst of a people of

unclean lips;
For mine eyes have seen the King,

The LORD of hosts. 6 Then flew unto me one of the seraphim, with a glowing stone in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar; 7 and he touched my mouth with it, and said:

Lo, this hath touched thy lips;
And thine iniquity is taken away,

And thy sin expiated.
8 And I heard the voice of the Lord, saying:

Whom shall I send,

And who will go for us? Then I said: 'Here am I; send me.' 9 And He said: 'Go, and tell this people:

Hear ye indeed, but understand not;

And see ye indeed, but perceive not. 10 Make the heart of this people fat.

And make their ears heavy,
And shut their eyes;
Lest they, seeing with their eyes,
And hearing with their ears,
And understanding with their heart,

Return, and be healed.' 11 Then said I: ‘Lord, how long?' And He answered:

‘Until cities be waste without inhabitant,
And houses without man,
And the land become utterly waste,

'12 And the LORD have removed men far away, And the forsaken places be many in the

midst of the land. 13 And if there be yet a tenth in it, it shall again be eaten up; as a terebinth, and as an oak, whose stock remaineth, when they cast their leaves, so the holy seed shall be the stock thereof.'

The Assyrian Invasion

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Woe unto them that decree unrighteous

decrees, And to the writers that write iniquity; 2 To turn aside the needy from judgment, And to take away the right of the poor of

My people,
That widows may be their spoil,
And that they may make the fatherless their

prey! 3 And what will ye do in the day of visitation,

And in the ruin which shall come from far?
To whom will ye flee for help?

And where will ye leave your glory? 4 They can do nought except crouch under

the captives,
And fall under the slain.
For all this His anger is not turned away,
But His hand is stretched out still.

5 O Asshur, the rod of Mine anger,

In whose hand as a staff is Mine indignation! 6 I do send him against an ungodly nation, And against the people of My wrath do I

give him a charge,

To take the spoil, and to take the prey,
And to tread them down like the mire of the

streets.
7 Howbeit he meaneth not so,

Neither doth his heart think so;
But it is in his heart to destroy,

And to cut off nations not a few. 8 For he saith:

‘Are not my princes all of them kings? 9 Is not Calno as Carchemish?

Is not Hamath as Arpad?

Is not Samaria as Damascus? 10 As my hand hath reached the kingdoms of

the idols, Whose graven images did exceed them of

Jerusalem and of Samaria; 11 Shall I not, as I have done unto Samaria and

her idols, So do to Jerusalem and her idols?' 12 Wherefore it shall come to pass, that when the Lord hath performed His whole work upon mount Zion and on Jerusalem, I will punish the fruit of the arrogant heart of the king of Assyria, and the glory of his haughty looks. 13 For he hath said:

By the strength of my hand I have done it,
And by my wisdom, for I am prudent;
In that I have removed the bounds of the

peoples,
And have robbed their treasures,
And have brought down as one mighty the

inhabitants; 14 And my hand hath found as a

nest the riches of the peoples; And as one gathereth eggs that are forsaken,

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