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collected together a second time, from the nations of the east, and from the western regions (called in our translations, the islands of the sea)" And he shall lift up a signal to the nations; and he shall gather the out-casts of Israel, and the dispersed of Judah shall he collect from the four extremities of the earth. -And all animosity and envy of the tribes, with one another, are to cease.

They shall together invade the borders of the Philistines westward-together shall they spoil the children of the east.

Jehovah shall smite with a drought the tongue of the Egyptian sea, and he shall strike his hand over the river with his vehement wind, and he shall strike it into seven streams, and make them to be passed over dry shod ; and there shall be a high way for the remnant of his people, which shall remain from Assyria, as it was unto Israel in the day when he came up out of the land of Egypt And his people are to return unto their own land, for be is to have mercy on Jacob, and yet to choose lsrael, and give them rest in their own land ; and strangers shall cleave to the house of Jacob, and bring them into their own place; and the house of Jacob shall possess them in the land of Jehovah, as servants, and hand-maidens to his people in their own land; and they shall take them captives, whose captives they were, and they shall rule over their oppressors

-a present is at that time to be brought to him of a people scattered and peeled; and that from a nation

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terrible from their beginning : a nation meted out and trodden under foot, whose land the rivers have nourished, to the place of the name of the Lord of hosts, the mount Zion.

In that day, there shall be a high way from Egypt to Assyria ; and the Assyrian shall come into Egypt, and the Egyptian into Assyria--and the Egyptian sball worship with the Assyrian—at the same time Israel is to be reckoned a third, together with Egypt and with Assyria, even a blessing in the midst of the earth, whom the Lord of hosts shall bless ; saying blessed be Egypt my people and Assyria the work of mine hands, and Israel mine inheritance.

The earth shall then be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea ; and God will destroy the covering cast over all people and the vail that is spread over all nations, and the reproach of his people shall be taken away from the earthEvery valley is then to be exalted, and every mountain and bill are to be made low; and the crooked paths are to be made straight; and the rough places plain, and the glory of the Lord is to be revealed, and all flesh are to see it. The desert and the waste shall then be glad; and the wilderness shall rejoice and flourish, and the well-watered plain of Jordan shall, also rejoice: the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it; the beauty of Carinel and Sharon—These shall then behold the glory of Jehovab; the majesty of our God.

The eyes of the blind are to be unclosed ; and the ears of the deaf are to be opened. The lame are to

bound like the hart; and the tongue of the dumb is to sing; for in the wilderness shall burst forth waters, and torrents in the desert; and the glowing sand shall become a pool, and the thirsty soil, bubbling springs. No lion shall be there ; nor shall the tyrant of beasts come up there, but the redeemed of the Lord shall walk there ; and the ransomed of the Lord shall return and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads, and all sorrow and sighing shall flee away. The voice of weeping is no more to be heard in her, nor the voice of a distressful cry-There is no more to be in her an infant short lived; nor an old man that has not filled his days; for he that dieth an hundred years old, shall die a boy; for as the days of a tree, so shall be the days of his people. The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like an ox; but as for the serpent, dust shall be his food. For God will pour out his spirit on the seed of Israel, and his blessing on their offspring; and they shall spring up as grass among the waters, and the willows beside the aqueducts.

One shall say, I belong to Jehovah; another shall be called by the name of Jacob; and this shall in. scribe his hand to Jehovah, and shall be surnamed by the name of Israel. All the remote people of the carth shall look unto him, and be saved.

Jehovah will call from the east the Eagle;* and from a far distant land, the man of his counsel, to

* If you suppose the north-west parts of America, are near the north-east parts of Asia, near Kamschatka, as the late

bring to pass the design he has formed, and he shall execute it; for the Messiah shall raise up the cions of Jacob and restore the breaches of Israel. He shall be a light to the nations, and salvation to the ends of the earth-Kings shall see him and rise up, princes shall worship him.

Jehovah will lift up his hands to the nations, and to the people will he exalt his signal; and they shall bring his sons in their bosoms, and his daughters shall be borne on their shoulders—Kings shall be their foster fathers, and queens their nursing mothers.

They from the west shall revere the name of Jehovah; and they from the rising sun, his glory; when he shall come like a river, streigthened in its course, which a strong wind driveth along; and the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and turn away iniquity from Jacob.

In that day (when the Jews shall be about to be restored to their former prosperity) Jehovah shall summon on high the host that is on high (or the ecclesiastical polity of the nations, perhaps both the Popish and the Mahometan) and on earth the kings of the earth; (or the civil polity or constitutions of the Roman earth or discoveries seem to give reason to believe; and if the lost tribes of Israel passed over this strait to America and are to be found there, as Messrs Elliot, Penn, and others have supposed; then it is possible the Eagle and the man of his counsel may come from that far distant land, and by passing over the same strait to the north-east part of Asia, may be said to come from the east.

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monarchy) and they shall be gathered together as in a bundle (or body) for the pit, and shall be closely imprisoned in the prison (alluding to the practice of crowned heads, casting their prisoners into dungeons, and leaving them in a miserable condition, without examining speedily into their respective deserts) but after many days, account shall be taken of them; (that is, God shall remember them and restore them to a state of comfort)--and the moon shall be confounded and the sun shall be ashamed for, (or because) Jehovah God of losts shall reign on mount Zion, and in Jerusalem; and before his ancients shall be glorified.”

So glorious is this event to be, that the prophet breaks out, as in an ecstacy of joy, “ O Jehovah, thou art my God: I will exalt thee: I will praise thy name, for thou hast effected wonderful things. Counsels of old times! promises immutably true !-For thou hast made the city an heap (perhaps the city of Rome, or some other large city of Europe) the strong fortified citadel, a ruin-the palaces of the proud ones, that it should be no more a city--that it never should be built up again—Therefore shall the fierce people glorify thee- The city of the formidable nations shall fear thee: for thou hast been a defence to the poor, a defence to the needy in his distress: a refuge from the storm, and a shadow from the heat! And Jehovah God of hosts shall make for all the people in this mountain a seast of delicacies, exquisitely rich, and of old wines perfectly refined ;

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