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manded our fathers that they should make them known to their children: 6 Thatthegeneration to come might know them, even the children which should be born: who should arise and declare them to their children: 7 That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments: 8 And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not steadfast with God. 9 The children of Ephraim, being armed and carrying bows, turned back in the day of battle. 10 They kept not the covenant of God, and refused to walk in his law; 11 And forgat his works, and his wonders that he had shewed them. 12 Marvellous things did he in the sight of their fathers, in the land of Egypt, in the field of Zoan. 13 He divided the sea, and caused them to pass through, and he made the waters stand as an heap. 14 In the day-time also he led them with a cloud, and all the night with a light of fire. 15 He clave the rocks in the wilderness, and gave them drink as out of the great depths. 16 He brought streams also out of the rock, and caused waters to run down like rivers. 17 And they sinned yet more
against him, by provoking the Most High in the wilderness. 18 And they tempted God in their heart, by asking meat for their lust. 19 Yea, they spake against God; they said, Can God furnish a table in the wilderness 20 Behold, he smote the rock, that the waters gushed out, and the streams overflowed; can he give bread also can he provide flesh for his people * 21 Therefore the Lord heard this, and was wroth: so a fire was kindled against Jacob, and anger also came up against Israel; 22 Because they believed not in God, and trusted not in his salvation: 23 Though he had commanded the clouds from above, and opened the doors of heaven, 24 And had rained down manna upon them to eat, and had given them of the corn of heaven. w 25 Man did eat angels' food: he sent them meat to the full. 26 He caused an east-wind to blow in the heaven: and by his power he brought in the south-wind. 27 He rained flesh also upon themas dust, and feathered fowls like as the sand of the sea. 28 And he let it fall in the midst of their camp, round about their habitations. 29 So they did eat, and were well filled: for he gave them their own desire; 30 They were not estranged from their lust: but while their meat was yet in their mouths,
31 The wrath of God came upon them, and slew the fattest of them, and smote down the chosen men of Israel. 32 For all this they sinned still, and believed not for his wondrous works. 33 Therefore their days did he consume in vanity, and their years in trouble. 34 When he slew them, then they sought him : and they returned and inquired early after God. 35 And they remembered that Godwas their rock, and the high God their redeemer.
36 Nevertheless, they did
flatter him with their mouth, and they lied unto him with their tongues. 37 For their heart was not right with him, neither were they steadfast in his covenant. 38 But he, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, and destroyed them not: yea, many a time turned he his anger away, and did not stir up all his wrath. 39 For he remembered that they were but flesh; a wind that passeth away, and cometh not again. 40 How oft did they provoke him in the wilderness, and grieve him in the desert | 41 Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel. 42 They remembered not his hand, nor the day when he delivered them from the enemy. 43 How he had wrought his signs in Egypt, and his wonders in the field of Zoan:
44 And had turned their rivers into blood; and their floods, that they could not drink. 45 He sent divers sorts of flies among them, which devoured them; and frogs, which destroyed them. 46 He gave also theirincrease unto the caterpillar, and their labour unto the locust. 47 He destroyed their vines with hail, and their sycamoretrees with frost. 48 He gave up their cattle also to the hail, and their flocks to hot thunder-bolts. 49 He cast upon them the fierceness of his anger, wrath, and indignation, and trouble, by sending evil angels among them. 50 He made a way to his anger; he spared not their soul from death, but gave their life over to the pestilence; 51 And smote all the firstborn in Egypt; the chief of their strength in the tabernacles of Ham : 52 But made his own people togoforthlike sheep, and guided them in the wilderness like a flock. 53 Andheled them on safely, so that they feared not: but the sea overwhelmed their enemies. 54 And he brought them to the border of his sanctuary, even to this mountain, which his righ hand had purchased. 55 He cast out the heathen also before them, and divided them an inheritance by line, and made the tribes of Israel to dwell in their tents. J 56 Yet they tempted and provoked the most high God, and kept not his testimonies: 57 But turned back, and dealt unfaithfully like their fathers: they were turned aside like a deceitful bow. 58 For they provoked him to anger with their high places, and moved him to jealousy with their graven images. 59 When God heard this, he was wroth, and greatly abhorred Israel: 60 So that he forsook the tabernacle of Shiloh, the tent which he placed among men; 61 And delivered his strength into captivity, and his glory into the enemy's hand. 62. He gave his people over also unto the sword; and was wroth with his inheritance. 63 The fire consumed their young men; and their maidens were not given to marriage. 64 Their priests fell by the sword; and their widows made no lamentation. 65 Then the Lord awaked as oneoutofsleep, andlike amighty man that shouted by reason of wine. 66 And he smote his enemies in the hinder parts: he put them to a perpetual reproach. 67 Moreover, he refused the tabernacle of Joseph, and chose not the tribe of Ephraim; 68 But chose the tribe of Judah, the mount Zion which he loved. 69 And he built his sanctuary like high palaces, like the earth which he hath established for ever. 70 He chose David also his
servant, and took him from the sheep-folds:
71 From following the ewes great with young, he brought him to feed Jacob his people, and Israel his inheritance.
72 So he fed them according to the integrity of his heart; and guided them by the skilfulness of his hands.
WE have heard with our ears, O God, our fathers have told us, what work thou didst in their days, in the times of old: 2 How thou didst drive out the heathen with thine hand, and plantedst them; how thou didst afflict the people, and cast them out. 3 For they got not the land in possession by their ownsword, neither did their own arm save them: but thy right hand, and thine arm, and the light of thy countenance; because thouhadst a favour unto them. *|4 When Israel went out of Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people of strange language; 5 Judah was his sanctuary, and Israel his dominion. 6 The sea saw it, and fled; Jordan was driven back. 7 The mountains skipped hike rams, and the little hills like lambs. 8 What ailed thee, O thou sea, that thou fleddest ? thou Jordan, that thou wast driven back? 9 Yemountains, that ye skipped like rams; and yelittle hills, like lambs
10 Tremble, thou earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob,
11 Which turned the rock into a standing water, the flint into a fountain of waters.
Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, thou that leadest Joseph like a flock; thou that dwellest between the cherubim, shine forth. 2 Before Ephraim, and Benjamin, and Manasseh, stir up thy strength, and come and Save uS. 3 Turn us again, O God, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved. 4 O Lord God of hosts, how long wilt thou be angry against the prayer of thy people : 5 Thou feedest them with the bread of tears; and givest them tears to drink in great measure. 6 Thou makest us a strife unto our neighbours: and our enemies laugh among themselves. 7 Turn us again, O God of hosts, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved. 8 Thou hast brought a vine out of Egypt: thou hast cast out the heathen, and planted it. 9 Thou preparedst room before it, and didst cause it to take deep root, and it filled the land. 10 The hills were covered with the shadow of it, and the boughs thereof were like the goodly cedars. 11 She sent out her boughs unto the sea, and her branches unto the river.
12 Why hast thou then broken down her hedges, so that all they which pass by the way do pluck her ? 13 The boar out of the wood doth waste it, and the wild beast of the field doth devour it. 14 Return, we beseech thee, O God of hosts: look down from heaven, and behold, and visit this vine; 15 And the vineyard which thy right hand hath planted, and the branch that thou madest strong for thyself. 16 It is burnt with fire, it is cut down : they perish at the rebuke of thy countenance. 17 Let thy hand be upon the man of thy right hand, upon the son of man whom thou madest strong for thyself. 18 So will not we go back from thee: quicken us, and we will call upon thy name. 19 Turn us again, O Lord God of hosts, cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.
Proclamation of a Fast.
Now the children of Israel were assembled with fasting, and withsackclothes, and earth upon them. 2 And they separated themselves from all strangers, and stood and confessed their sins and the iniquities of their fathers. 3 And they stood up in their place, and read in the book of the law of the Lord their God one fourth part of the day; and another fourth part they cons fessed and worshiped the Lord their God. 4 Then the Levites said, Stand up, and bless the Lord your God for ever and ever; and blessed be thygloriousname, whichisexalted above all blessing and praise. 5 Thou, even thou, art Lord alone; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and thou preservest them all, and the host of heaven worshipeth thee. 6 Thou art the Lord, the God who didst choose Abram, and broughtest him forth out of Ur of the Chaldees, and gavest him the name of Abraham : 7 And foundest his heart faithful before thee, and madest a covenant with him, to give the land of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Jebusites, and the Girgashites, to give it, I say, to his seed, and hast performed thy words: for thou art righteous: 8 And didst see the affliction of our fathers in Egypt, and heardest their cry by the Red Sea : 9 And shewedst signs and wonders upon Pharaoh, and on all his servants, and on all the people of his land: for thou knewest that they dealt proudly against them: so didst thou get thee a name, as it is this day. 10 And thou didst divide the sea before them, so that they went through the midst of the sea on the dry land; and their
persecutors thou threwest into the deeps, as a stone into the mighty waters. 11 Moreover thou leddest them in the day by a cloudy pillar, and in the night by a pillar of fire, to give them light in the way wherein they should
12 Thou camest down also upon mount Sinai, and spakest with them from heaven, and gavest them right judgements and true laws, good statutes and commandments: 13 And madest known unto them thy holy sabbath, and commandedst them precepts, statutes, and laws, by the hand of Moses thy servant : 14 And gavest them bread from heaven for their hunger, and broughtest forth water for them out of the rock for their thirst, and promisedst them that they should go in to possess the land which thou hadst sworn to give them. 15 But they and our fathers dealt proudly, and hardened their necks, and hearkened not to thy commandments: 16 And refused to obey; neither were mindful of the wonders that thou didst among them: but hardened their necks, and in their rebellion appointed a captain to return to their bondage: but thou art a God ready to pardon, gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and forsookest them not. 17 Yea, when they had made them a molten calf, and said, This is thy God that brought