|Then the prophet Elijah arose like a fire, |
and his word burned like a torch.
|He brought a famine upon them, |
and by his zeal he made them few in number.
|By the word of the Lord he shut up the heavens, |
and also three times brought down fire.
|How glorious you were, O Elijah, in your wondrous deeds! |
And who has the right to boast which you have?
|You who raised a corpse from death and from Hades, |
by the word of the Most High;
|who brought kings down to destruction, |
and famous men from their beds;
|who heard rebuke at Sinai |
and judgments of vengeance at Horeb;
|who anointed kings to inflict retribution, |
and prophets to succeed you.
|You who were taken up by a whirlwind of fire, |
in a chariot with horses of fire;
|you who are ready at the appointed time, |
it is written, to calm the wrath of God
before it breaks out in fury,
to turn the heart of the father to the son,
and to restore the tribes of Jacob.
|Blessed are those who saw you, |
and those who have been adorned in love;
for we also shall surely live.
|It was Elijah who was covered by the whirlwind, |
and Elisha was filled with his spirit;
in all his days he did not tremble before any ruler,
and no one brought him into subjection.
|Nothing was too hard for him, |
and when he was dead his body prophesied.
|As in his life he did wonders, |
so in death his deeds were marvelous.
|For all this the people did not repent, |
and they did not forsake their sins,
till they were carried away captive from their land
and were scattered over all the earth;
the people were left very few in number,
but with rulers from the house of David.
|Some of them did what was pleasing to God, |
but others multiplied sins.
|Hezekiah fortified his city, |
and brought water into the midst of it;
he tunneled the sheer rock with iron
and built pools for water.
|In his days Sennacherib came up, |
and sent the Rabshakeh;
he lifted up his hand against Zion
and made great boasts in his arrogance.
|Then their hearts were shaken and their hands trembled, |
and they were in anguish, like women in travail.
|But they called upon the Lord who is merciful, |
spreading forth their hands toward him;
and the Holy One quickly heard them from heaven,
and delivered them by the hand of Isaiah.
|The Lord smote the camp of the Assyrians, |
and his angel wiped them out.
|For Hezekiah did what was pleasing to the Lord, |
and he held strongly to the ways of David his father,
which Isaiah the prophet commanded,
who was great and faithful in his vision.
|By the spirit of might he saw the last things, |
and comforted those who mourned in Zion.
|He revealed what was to occur to the end of time, |
and the hidden things before they came to pass.
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