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32 Let the sighing of the pri- 9 And they hear thy words, soner come before thee : but they will not do them; for cording to the greatness of thy with their mouth they shew power preserve thou those that much love, but their heart goare appointed to die.

eth after covetousness.

10 And lo, thou art to them LESSON CXIII. as a very lovely song of one

that hath a pleasant voice; for Come, and let us return unto they hear thy words, but they the Lord; for he hath torn, and do them not. he will heal us; he hath smitten, 11 Return, ye backsliding and he will bind us up.

children, and I will heal your 2 After two days will he re- backslidings. Behold, we come vive us; in the third day he will unto thee; for thou art the Lord raise us up, and we shall live in

our God. his sight.

12 Truly in vain is salvation 3 Then shall we know, if we hoped for from the hills, and follow on to know the Lord; from the multitude of mounhis going forth is prepared as tains : truly in the Lord our the morning; and he shall come God is the salvation of Israel. unto us as the rain, as the latter 13 For shame hath devoured and former rain unto the earth. the labour of our fathers from

4 We lie down in our shame, our youth; their flocks and and our confusion covereth us: their herds, their sons and their for we have sinned against the daughters. Lord our God, we and our fa- 14 Return unto the Lord your thers, from our youth even unto God; for ye have fallen by your this day, and have not obeyed iniquity. the voice of the Lord our God. 15 Turn to the Lord: say

5 O Lord our God, other unto him, Take away all inilords besides thee have had do- quity, and receive us graciously, minion over us : but by thee for in thee the fatherless findeth only will we make mention of mercy, thy name.

16 Turn ye unto him from 6 Pardon our iniquity and whom the children of Israel our sin, and take us for thine have deeply revolted. inheritance.

17 Shall not his excellency 7. We have sinned; do thou make you afraid ? and his dread unto us whatever seemeth good fall upon you? Are there not unto thee.

with you, even with you, sins T8 A voice was heard upon against the Lord your God ? the high places ; weeping, and 18 God exacteth of thee supplications of the children of less than thine iniquity deservIsrael: for they have perverted eth. their way, and they have for. 19 Therefore turn thou to gotten the Lord their God. thy God: keep mercy and judge. ment, and wait on thy God con- said unto God, I have borne tinually.

chastisement, I will not offend 20 Acquaint now thyself with any more. him, and be at peace : thereby 33 That which I see not, good shall come unto thee. teach thou me; if I have done

21 Receive, I pray thee, the iniquity, I will do it no more. law from his mouth, and lay up 34 Blessed is he whose transhis words in thine heart. gression is forgiven, whose sin

22 If thou return to the Al- is covered. mighty, thou shalt be built up, 35 Blessed is the man unto thou shalt put away iniquity far whom the Lord imputeth not from thy tabernacles.

iniquity, and in whose spirit 23 For then shalt thou have there is no guile. thy delight in the Almighty, and 36 Good and upright is the shalt lift up thy face unto God. Lord : therefore will he teach

24 Thou shalt make thy pray- sinners in the way. er unto him, and he shall hear thee, and thou shalt pay thy LESSON CXIV.

VOWS.

25 Thou shalt also decree a Hear ye, and give ear, be not thing, and it shall be established proud: for the Lord hath spoke unto thee: and the light shall 2 Give glory to the Lord your shine upon thy ways.

God, before he cause the dark26 When men are cast down, ness, and before your feet stumthen thou shalt say, There is ble upon the dark mountains, lifting up: and he shall save and while ye look for light, he the humble person.

turn it into the shadow of death, 27 Lord, in trouble have and make it

gross

darkness. they visited thee, they poured 3 Hath a nation changed their out a prayer when thy chasten- gods ? which are yet no gods ; ing was upon them.

but my people have changed 28 They that sow in tears their glory for that which doth shall reap in joy.

not profit. 29 He that goeth forth and 4 Be astonished, O ye heaweepeth, bearing precious seed, vens, at this, and be horribly shall doubtless come again with afraid, be ye very desolate, saith rejoicing, bringing his sheaves the Lord. with him.

5 For my people have com30 He that covereth his sins mitted two evils; they have forshall not prosper : but whoso saken me, the fountain of living confesseth and forsaketh them waters, and hewed them out shall have mercy.

cisterns, broken cisterns, that 31 Who can say, I have made can hold no water. my heart clean, I am pure from 6 O Jerusalem, wash thine

heart from wickedness, that thou 32 Surely it is meet to be mayest be saved: how long shall

any sin ?

thy vain thoughts lodge within 17 Hear, O my people, and thee?

I will testify unto thee; O 7 In thee have they set light Israel, if thou wilt hearken unby father and mother; in the to me. midst of thee have they dealt 18 If my people, which are by oppression with the stranger: called by my name, shall humin thee have they vexed the fa- ble themselves, and pray, and therless and the widow.

seek my face, and turn from 8 Thou hast despised mine their ways; then will I hear holy things, and hast profaned from heaven, and will forgive my sabbaths.

their sin, and will heal their 9 In thee are men that

carry

land. tales to shed blood.

19 And my eyes shall be 10 Whom hast thou re- open, and my ears attent unto proached and blasphemed? and their prayer. against whom hast thou exalted 20 But my people would not thy voice, and lifted up thine hearken to my voice: and Israel eyes on high? even against the would none of me. Holy One of Israel.

21 So I gave them up unto 11 Thy way and thy doings their own hearts' lust: and they have procured these things un

walked in their own counsels. to thee; this is thy wickedness, 22 Othat my people had because it is bitter, because it hearkened unto me, and Israel reacheth unto thine heart.

had walked in my ways. 12 Thine own wickedness

23 I will go and return to shall correct thee, and thy back- my place, till they acknowledge slidings shall reprove thee. their offence, and seek

my

face: 13 Know therefore and see, in their affliction they will seek that it is an evil thing and bit- me early. ter that thou hast forsaken the 24 And I will give them one Lord thy God, and that my fear heart and one way, that they is not in thee, saith the Lord may fear me for ever, for the God of hosts.

good of them and of their chil14 I will correct, thee in dren after them: measure, and will not leave 25 And I will make an ever.. thee altogether unpunished. lasting covenant with them, that

15 Can thine heart endure, I will not turn away from them or can thine hands be strong in to do them good; but I will put the days that I shall deal with my fear in their hearts, that they thee? I the Lord have spoken shall not depart from me. it, and will do it.

26 Yea, I will rejoice over [ 16 Why should ye be them to do them good, with my stricken any more? ye will re- whole heart and with

my

whole volt more and more: the whole soul. head is sick, and the whole heart 27 The fool hath said in his faint.

heart, There is no God; cor

rupt are they, and have done himself a prey: and the Lord abominable iniquity: there is saw it, and it displeased him none that doeth good.

that there was no judgement. 28 God looked down from heaven upon the children of

LESSON CXV. men, to see if there were any that did understand ; that did BEHOLD, the Lord maketh the seek God.

earth empty, and maketh it 29 Their feet run to evil, and waste, and turneth it upside they make haste to shed inno- down, and scattereth abroad cent blood : their thoughts are the inhabitants thereof. thoughts of iniquity; wasting 2 And it shall be, as with and destruction are in their the people, so with the priest ; paths.

as with the servant, so with his 30 The way of peace they master; as with the maid, so know not; and there is no with her mistress; as with the judgement in their goings: they buyer, so with the seller ; as have made them crooked paths; with the lender, so with the whosoever goeth therein shall borrower. not know peace.

3 The land shall be utterly 31 Therefore is judgement emptied and utterly spoiled : far from us, neither doth jus- for the Lord hath spoken this tice overtake us; we wait for word. light, but behold obscurity: we 4 The earth mourneth and look for judgement, but there is fadeth away; the world lannone; for salvation, but it is far guisheth and fadeth away, the off from us.

haughty people of the earth do 32 For our transgressions are languish. multiplied before thee, and our 5 The earth also is defiled sins testify against us: for our under the inhabitants thereof: transgressions are with us; and because they have transgressed as for our iniquities, we know the laws, changed the ordithem:

nance, broken the everlasting 33 In transgressing and ly. covenant. ing against the Lord, and de- 6. Therefore hath the curse parting away from our God, devoured the earth, and they speaking oppression and revolt, that dwell therein are desolate; conceiving and uttering from therefore the inhabitants of the the heart words of falsehood. earth are burned, and few men

34 And judgement is turned left. away backward, and justice 7 The Lord hath opened his standeth afar off: for truth is armoury, and hath brought forth fallen in the street, and equity the weapons of his indignation. cannot enter.

8 The new wine mourneth, 35 Yea, truth faileth; and he the vine languisheth, all the that departeth from evil maketh merry-hearted do sigh.

9 The mirth of tabrets ceas- thy misery, and remember it as eth, the noise of them that re- waters that pass away. joice endeth, the joy of the harp 21 And thine age shall be ceaseth.

clearer than the noon-day; thou 10 They shall not drink wine shalt shine forth, thou shalt be with a song; strong drink shall as the morning. be bitter to them that drink it. 22 And thou shalt be secure,

11 There is a crying for wine because there is hope; yea, thou in the streets; all joy is dark- shalt take thy rest in safety. ened, the mirth of the land is 23 Also thou shalt lie down, gone.

and none shall make thee afraid. 12 In the city is left deso- 24 But the eyes of the wicked lation, and the gate is smitten shall fail, and they shall not with destruction.

escape; and their hope shall be 13 The Lord our God hath as the giving up of the ghost. put us to silence, and given us 25 O Ephraim, what shall waters of gall to drink, because I do unto thee? O Judah, what we have sinned against the shall I do unto thee? for your Lord.

goodness is as a morning cloud, 14 We looked for peace, but and as the early dew it goeth no good came; and for a time away. of health, and behold, trouble! 26 For I desired mercy, and

15 Therefore also now, not sacrifice; and the knowsaith the Lord, turn ye even to ledge of God, more than burntme with all your heart, and offerings. with fasting, and with weep- 127 Hear, O heavens; and ing, and with mourning: give ear, O earth : for the Lord

16 And rend your heart, and hath spoken: I have nourished not your garments, and turn and brought up children, and unto the Lord your God; for they have rebelled against me. he is gracious and merciful, slow 28 The ox knoweth his own. to anger, and of great kind- er, and the ass his master's crib: ness, and repenteth

him of the but Israel doth not know, my evil.

people doth not consider. 17 If thou prepare thine 29 Why is this people slidheart, and stretch out thine den back by a perpetual backhands towards him :

sliding? they hold fast deceit, 18 If iniquity be in thine they refuse to return. hand, put it far away, and let 30 I hearkened and heard, not wickedness dwell in thy ta- but they spake not aright; no bernacles.

man repented him of his wicked19 For then shalt thou lift up ness, saying, What have I done? thy face without spot; yea, thou every one turned to his course, shalt be steadfast, and shalt not as the horse rusheth into battle. fear.

31 Yea, the stork in the 20 Because thou shalt forget heaven knoweth her appointed

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