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82 Let the sighing of the prisoner come before thee: according to the greatness of thy power preserve thou those that are appointed to die.

LESSON CXIII.

CoME, and let us return unto the Lord; for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up. 2. After two days will he revive us; in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight. 3 Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord; his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth. 4 We lie down in our shame, and our confusion covereth us: for we have sinned against the Lord our God, we and our fathers, from our youth even unto this day, and have not obeyed the voice of the Lord our God. 5 O Lord our God, other lords besides thee have had dominion over us: but by thee only will we make mention of thy name. 6 Pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us for thine inheritance. 7. We have sinned; do thou unto us whatever seemeth good unto thee. * 8. A voice was heard upon the high places; weeping, and supplications of the children of Israel: for they have perverted their way, and they have forgotten the Lord their God.

9 And they hearthy words, but they will not do them; for with their mouth they shew much love, but their heart goeth after covetousness. 10 And lo, thou art to them as a very lovely song of one that hath a pleasant voice; for they hear thy words, but they do them not. * 11 Return, ye backsliding children, and I will heal your backslidings. Behold, we come unto thee; for thou art the Lord our God. 12 Truly in vain is salvation hoped for from the hills, and from the multitude of mountains: truly in the Lord our God is the salvation of Israel. 13 For shame hath devoured the labour of our fathers from our youth; their flocks and their herds, their sons and their daughters. 14 Return unto the Lord your God; for ye have fallen by your iniquity. 15 Turn to the Lord: say unto him, Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously, for in thee the fatherless findeth mercy. 16 Turn ye unto him from whom the children of Israel have deeply revolted. 17 Shall not his excellency make you afraid 2 and his dread fall upon you? Are there not with you, even with you, sins against the Lord your God? * 18 God exacteth of thee less than thine iniquity deserveth. 19 Therefore turn thou to thy God: keep mercy and judgement, and wait on thy God continually. 20 Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee. 21 Receive, I pray thee, the law from his mouth, and lay up his words in thine heart. 22 If thou return to the Almighty, thou shalt be built up, thou shalt put away iniquity far from thy tabernacles. 23 For then shalt thou have thy delight in the Almighty, and shalt lift up thy face unto God. 24 Thou shalt make thy prayer unto him, and he shall hear thee, and thou shalt pay thy WOWS. 25 Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways. 26 When men are cast down, then thou shalt say, There is lifting up ; and he shall save the humble person. * 27 Lord, in trouble have they visited thee, they poured out a prayer when thy chastening was upon them. 28 They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. 29 He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him. 30 He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy. 31 Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from any sin 32 Surely it is meet to be

said unto God, I have borne chastisement, I will not offend any more. 33 That which I see not, teach thou me; if I have done iniquity, I will do it no more. 34 Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. 35 Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile. 36 Good and upright is the Lord: therefore will he teach sinners in the way.

LESSON CXIV.

HEAR ye, and give ear, be not proud: for the Lord hath spoken. 2 Give glory to the Lord your God, before he cause the darkness, and before your feet stumble upon the dark mountains, and while ye look for light, he turn it into the shadow of death, and make it gross darkness. 3 Hathanation changed their gods? which are yet no gods; but my people have changed their glory for that which doth not profit. 4 Be astonished, O ye heavens, at this, and be horribly afraid, be ye very desolate, saith the Lord. 5 For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water. 6 O Jerusalem, wash thine heart fromwickedness, that thou mayest be saved: how long shall thy vain thoughts lodge within thee? 7 In thee have they set light by father and mother: in the midst of thee have they dealt by oppression with the stranger: in thee have they vexed the fatherless and the widow. 8 Thou hast despised mine holy things, and hast profaned my sabbaths. 9 In thee are men that carry tales to shed blood. 10 Whom hast thou reproached and blasphemed 2 and against whom hast thou exalted thy voice, and lifted up thine eyes on high? even against the Holy One of Israel. 11 Thy way and thy doings have procured these things unto thee; this is thy wickedness, because it is bitter, because it reacheth unto thine heart. 12 Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee. 13 Know therefore and see, that it is an evil thing and bitter that thou hast forsaken the Lord thy God, and that my fear is not in thee, saith the Lord God of hosts. 14 I will correct thee in measure, and will not leave thee altogether unpunished. 15 Can thine heart endure, or can thine hands be strong in the days that I shall deal with thee I the Lord have spoken it, and will do it. “I lé Why should ye be stricken any more ? ye will revolt more and more : the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint.

17 Hear, O my people, and I will testify unto thee; O Israel, if thou wilt hearken unto me. 18 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 19 And my eyes shall be open, and my ears attent unto their prayer. 20 But my people would not hearken to my voice: and Israel. would none of me. 21 So I gave them up unto their own hearts' lust: and they walked in their own counsels. 22 O that my people had hearkened unto me, and Israel had walked in my ways. 23 I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early. 24 And I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear me for ever, for the good of them and of their children after them: 25 And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them to do them good; but I will put my fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from me. 26 Yea, I will rejoice over them to do them good, with my whole heart and with my whole soul. * 27 The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God; cor

rupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good. 28 God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand; that did seek God. 29 Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths. 30 The way of peace they know not ; and there is no judgement in their goings: they have made them crooked paths; whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace. * 31 Therefore is judgement far from us, neither doth justice overtake us; we wait for light, but behold obscurity: we look for judgement, but there is none; for salvation, but it is far off from us. 32 For our transgressions are multiplied before thee, and our sins testify against us: for our transgressions are with us; and as for our iniquities, we know them: 33 In transgressing and lying against the Lord, and departing away from our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood. 34 And judgement is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter. 35 Yea, truth faileth; and he that departeth from evil maketh

himself a prey: and the Lord saw it, and it displeased him that there was no judgement.

LESSON CXV.

BEHOLD, the Lord maketh the earth empty, and maketh it waste, and turneth it upside down, and scattereth abroad the inhabitants thereof. 2 And it shall be, as with the people, so with the priest; as with the servant, so with his master; as with the maid, so with her mistress; as with the buyer, so with the seller; as with the lender, so with the borrower. 3 The land shall be utterly emptied and utterly spoiled : for the Lord hath spoken this word. 4 The earth mourneth and fadeth away; the world languisheth and fadeth away, the haughty people of the earth do languish. 5 The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof: because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant. 6. Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate; therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left. 7 The Lord hath opened his armoury, and hath brought forth the weapons of his indignation. 8 The new wine mourneth, the vine languisheth, all the merry-hearted do sigh.

9 The mirth of tabrets ceaseth, the noise of them that rejoice endeth, the joy of the harp ceaseth. 10 They shall not drink wine with a song; strong drink shall be bitter to them that drink it. 11 There is a crying for wine in the streets; all joy is darkened, the mirth of the land is gone. 12 In the city is left desolation, and the gate is smitten with destruction. 13 The Lord our God hath put us to silence, and given us waters of gall to drink, because we have sinned against the Lord. 14 We looked for peace, but no good came; and for a time of health, and behold, trouble! * 15 Therefore also now, saith the Lord, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: 16 And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God; for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindmess, and repenteth him of the evil. * 17 If thou prepare thine heart, and stretch out thine hands towards him : 18 If iniquity be in thine hand, put it far away, and let not wickedness dwell in thy ta. bernacles. 19 For then shalt thou lift up thy face without spot; yea, thou shalt be steadfast, and shalt not fear. 20 Because thou shalt forget

thy misery, and remember it as waters that pass away. 21 And thine age shall be clearer than the noon-day; thou shalt shine forth, thou shalt be as the morning. 22 And thou shalt be secure, because there is hope; yea, thou shalt take thy rest in safety. 23 Also thou shalt lie down, and none shall make thee afraid. 24 But the eyes of the wicked shall fail, and they shall not escape; and their hope shall be as the giving up of the ghost. *I 25 O Ephraim, what shall I do unto thee R O Judah, what shall I do unto thee P for your goodness is as a morning cloud, and as the early dew it goeth away. 26 For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God, more than burntofferings. |27 Hear, O heavens; and give ear, O earth: for the Lord hath spoken: I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me. 28 The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master's crib: but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider. 29 Why is this people slidden back by a perpetual backsliding they hold fast deceit, they refuse to return. 30 I hearkened and heard, but they spake not aright; no man repented him of his wickedness, saying, What have I done? every one turned to his course, as the horse rusheth into battle. 31 Yea, the stork in the heaven knoweth her appointed

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