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all the children of men ;) that they may fear thee all the days that
they live in the land which thou gavest unto our fathers.

If I sin, tl)cu tl)OU markcst mc, and thou wilt not acquit me
from mine iniquity.

If he cut off, and shut up, or gather together, then who can
hinder him ? For he knoweth vain men : he seeth wickedness
also ; will he not then consider it ?

Will ye speak wickedly for God ? and talk deceitfully f(M- him ?
Will ye accept his person ? will ye contend for God ? Is it good
that he should search you out ? or as one man mocketh another, do



Job, X. 14.



Job,
xi. 10, 11.



Job,
xiii. 7-10.



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1 Kings,
xiv. 1-5.



Job,
xiii. 15, 16.



Job,
xiii. 23-27.



Job,
Xiv. 16, 17.



Job,
xxii. 12-17.



Job, xxvi. 0.

Job,

xxviii. 3, 10,

11.



Job,
xxviii. 2()-24.



ye so mock him ? He will surely reprove you, if ye do scctctlt)
accept persons.

At that time Abijah the son of Jeroboam fell sick. And Jero-
boam said to his wife, Arise, I pray thee, and disguise thyself, that
thou be not known to be the wife of Jeroboam ; and get thee to
Shiloh : behold, there is Ahijah the prophet, wliich told me that
I should be king over this people. And take with thee ten loaves,
and cracknels, and a cruse of honey, and go to him : he shall tell
thee what shall become of the child. And Jeroboam's wife did so,
and arose, and went to Shiloh, and came to the house of Ahijah.
But Ahijah could not see ; for his eyes were set by reason of his
age. And the Lord said unto Ahijah, Behold, the wife of Jeroboam
Cometh to ask a thing of thee for her son ; for he is sick : thus and
thus shalt thou say unto her: for it sljall bc, tDl)Cn b\)C COmctI)

in, that sl)c sljall feign l)crsclf to bc anotlicr roomnn.

Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him ; but I will main-
tain mine own ways before him. He also shall be my salvation :

for an Ijnpocrite 0l)aU not come before Ijim.

How many are mine iniquities and sins ? ntflke tnc tO kltOtD
mg transgression anb tnji sin. Wherefore hidest thou thy face,
and boldest me for thine enemy? Wilt thou break a leaf driven
to and fro ? and wilt thou pursue the dry stubble ? For thou
writest bitter things against me, and makest WC tO posseSS tl)e
iniquities of mn Jiontl). Thou puttest my feet also in the stocks,
and lookest narrowly unto all my paths ; tl)OU SCttest (I print

upon t\)c l)eels of mn feet.

For now thou numberest my steps : dost thou not watch over
my sin ? My transgression is sealed up in a bag, and thou sewest
up mine iniquity.

Is not God in the height of heaven ? and behold the height of
the stars, how high they are ! And thou sayest, How doth God
know ? can he judge through the dark cloud ? Thick clouds are a
covering to him, that he seeth not ; and he walketh in the circuit
of heaven. Hast thou marked the old way which wicked men have
trodden ? Wliich were cut down out of time, whose foundation
was overflown with a flood : wliich said unto God, Depart from us :
and what can the Almifjlitv do for tliem ?

Hell is naked before him, and destruction hath no covering.

He setteth an end to darkness, and searcheth out all perfection :

the stones of darkness, and the shadow of death

He cuttetli out rivers among the rocks ; and his eye seeth every
precious thing. He bindeth the floods from overflowing ; and the
thing that is hid bringeth he forth to light.

Whence then cometh wisdom ? and where is the place of un-
derstanding ? Seeing it is liid from the eyes of all living, and



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kept close from the fowls of the air. Destruction and death say,
We have heard the fame thereof with our ears. God understand-
eth the way thereof, and he knoweth the place thereof For he
looketh to the ends of the earth, and seeth under the whole heaven.

Doth not he see my ways, and count all my steps ? If I have
walked with vanity, or if my foot hath hasted to deceit ; let me be
weighed in an even balance, that God may know mine integrity.

His eyes are upon the ways of man, and he seeth all his
goings. There is no darkness, nor shadow of death, where the
workers of iniquity may hide themselves.

He withdraweth not his eyes from the righteous : but with
kings are they on the throne ; yea, he doth establish them forever,
and they are exalted. And if they be bound in fetters, and be
holden in cords of affliction ; then he sheweth them their work, and
their transgressions that they have exceeded.

Then Job answered the Lord, and said, I know that thou canst
do everything, and that no thought can be withholden from thee.

O let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end : but es-
tablish the just : for tl)c rigI]tcons (?ob trictl] tl)c licarts anb
reins. My defence is of God, which saveth the upright in heart.

Wherefore doth the wicked contemn God ? he hath said in
his heart, Thou wilt not require it. ®l)OU \)ClGt SCen it ; for thou
beholdest mischief and spite, to requite it with thy hand ; the poor
committeth himself unto thee ; thou art the helper of the fatherless.

The Lord is in his holy temple, the Lord's throne is in
heaven : his eyes behold, his eyelids try the children of men.

Who can understand his errors ? cleanse thou me frottt SCCtCt

faults.

Remember, O Lord, thy tender mercies and thy loving-kind-
nesses ; for they have been ever of old. llcmcmbcr ItOt tl)C sius
of tnn tlOUtI), nor my transgressions.

Examine me, O Lord, and prove me ; try my reins and my
heart

The Lord looketh from heaven ; he beholdeth all the sons of
men. From the place of his habitation he looketh upon all the in-
habitants of the earth. He fashioneth their hearts alike : he con-
sidereth all their works.

Lord, all mn bcsirc is before tl)ce; and my groaning is not
hid from thee.

If we have forgotten the name of our God, or stretched out
our hands to a strange god : shall not God search this out ? for he
knoweth the secrets of the heart.



Job,
xxxi. 4-6.



Job,
xxxiv. -21, SJ2.



Job,
xxxvi. 7-9.



Job,
xlii. 1, -2.



Ps. vii. 9, 10.



Vs. X. 13, 14.



Ps. xi. 4.



Ps. xix. I'i.



Par. XXV. 6, 7.



Ps. xxvi. 2.



Psalm
xxxiii. 13-15.



Ps. xxxviii. 9.



Psalm,
xliv. 20, 21.



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GOD'S OMNISCIENCE.



P3. hi. 8.

Pa. Ixv. 2.
P.S. Ixvi. 18.
Ps. Ixix. 5.



Psalm
Ixix. 17-19.



Ps. xc. 8.



Psalin
xciv. 1-11.



Ps. cxvi. 15.
Ps. cxix. 108.



Psalm
cxxxix. 1-lG.



Thou tellest my wanderings : put thou my tears into thy bot-
tle : arc tl)cn not in tl)n book?

O tl}OU tl)iU l)Cari'St prancr, unto thee shall all fle^li come.

If I regard iniquity in tttn IjCflrt, the Lord will not hear me.

O God, thou knowest my foolishness ; and my sins are not
hid from thee.

Hide not thy face from thy servant ; for I am in trouble : hear
me speedily. Draw nigh unto my soul, and redeem it : deliver me
because of mine enemies. Thou hast known my reproach, and my

shame, and my dishonour : mine abucrsarics arc all before
tl)ec.

Thou hast set our iniquities before thee, ottr 0CCret Sins in

the light of thy countenance.

Lord God, to whona vengeance belongeth ; O God, to whom
vengeance belongeth, shew thyself. Lift up thyself, thou judge of
the earth : render a reward to the proud. Lord, how long shall
the wicked, how long shall the wicked triumph ? How long shall
they utter and speak hard things ? and all the workers of iniquity
boast themselves ? They break in pieces thy people, Lord, and
afflict thine heritage. They slay the widow and the stranger, and
murder the fatherless. Yet they say, The Lord shall not see, neither
shall the God of Jacob regard it. Understand, ye brutish among
the people : and ye fools, when will ye be wise ? He that planted
the ear, sljall []C not IjCar? he that formed the eye, shall he not
see ? He that chastiseth the Iieathen, shall not he correct ? he that
teacheth man knowledge, shall not he know ? The Lord knoweth
the thoughts of man, that they are vanity.

Precious in the sight of the Lord is tljC bciltl) of l)is saintS.

1 have kept thy precepts and thy testimonies : for all mil

roass arc before tljcc.

O Lord, tliou hast searched me, and known me. Thou know-
est my down-sitting and mine up-rising, thou uiiderstandest my
thought afar oft". Thou comj)assest my path and my lying down,
and art acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word in
my tongue, but lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether. Thou hast
beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me. Such
knowledwis too wonderful for me ; it ishiijh, 1 cannot attain unto it.
Whither shall I go from thy Spirit ? or whither sliall I flee from
thy presence ? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there : if I
make my bed in hell, beliold, thou art there. If I take the wings
of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea ; even
tliere shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand sliall hold me.
If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me : even the night shall
be light about me. Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee : but
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alike to tliee. For thou Last possessed my reins : tliou hast cov-
ered me in my mother's womb. I will praise thee ; for I am fear-
fully and wonderfully made : marvellous are thy works ; and that
my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee,
when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest
parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being un-
perfect ; and in thy book all my members were written, which in
continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.

Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know

my thoughts : and sec if tljcrc bc am toickcb tooii in tnc, and

lead me in the way everlasting.

The ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord, and he pon-
dereth ail l)is QOiltgs.

The eyes of the Lord are in CDCVg })lace, beholding the evil
and the good.

Hell and destruction are before the Lord : how much more

then tl)c l)cartg of ti)c cl)ilbrcn of men?

All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes ; but the
Lord weigheth the spirits.

The fining-pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold : but the
Lord trieth the hearts.

Every way of a man is right in his own eyes : but the Lord
pondereth the hearts.

If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and
those that are ready to be slain ; if thou sayest, Behold, we knew
it not ; boti) not \)C tijat ponbcrcti) tl)c Ijcart consiber it? and
he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it ? and shall not he
render to every man according to his works ?

Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart
be glad when he stumbleth : lest tl)C ilorh SCC it, and it displease
him, and he turn away his wrath from him.

If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat ; and if he
be thirsty, give him water to drink : for thou shalt heap coals of
fire upon his head, and tl)C liorb sl)all rCOjarb tl)CC.

If thou seest the oppression of the poor, and violent perverting
of judgment aqd justice in a province, marvel not at the matter:

for |)c tl)nt is Ingljcr tijan tl)c Ijiglicst rcgarbcti) ; and there

be higher than they.

The way of the just is uprightness : thou, most upright, dost
weigh the path of the just.

Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and speakest, Israel, My Avay is

hid from the Lord, and my judgment is passed over from my God ?

Hast thou not known ? hast thou not heard, that the everlast-



Psalm
cxxxix.
2:i, a4.



Prov. V. 21.



Prov. XV. 3.



Prov. XV. 11.



Prov. xvi. 2.



Prov. xvii. 3.



Prov. xxi. 2.



Proverbs,
xxiv. U, 12.



Pro\crbi,
xxiv. 17, 18.



Proverbs,
xxv. i;l, 22.



Eccl. V. 8.



Is. xxvi. 7.



Is. xl. 27, 28,



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Is. xli. 1-4.



Is. xlii. 9.
Is.slviii.3-8.



Isaiah,
Ixvi. 1&-18.



Jer. vi. 6, 7.



Jer. xii. 3.



Jeremiah,
xvi. l(i-l«.



ing God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth
not, neither is weary ? there is no searchins: of his understanding.

Keep silence before me, O islands ; and let the people renew
their strength : let them come near ; then let them speak : let us
come near together to judgment. Who raised up the righteous
man from the east, called him to his foot, gave the nations before
him, and made him rule over kings ? he gave them as the dust to
his sword, and as driven stubble to his bow. He pursued them,
and passed safely ; even by the way that he had not gone with his
feet. Who hath wrought and done it, calling tl)C gcucrutious
from tl)e beginning ? I the Lord, the first, and with the last; I
am he.

Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new thing's do

I declare: before ll]cn spring fortl), H tell nou of tijem.

I have declared the former things from the beginning; and
they went forth out of my mouth, and I shewed them : I did them
suddenly, and they came to pass. Because I knew that thou art
obstinate, and thy neck is an iron sinew, and thy brow brass ; I
have even from the beginning declared it to thee ; before it CiintC
to pass Jf sljeroeb it tl)ec : lest thou shouldest say, Mine id(;l hath
done them ; and my graven image, and my molten image, liath
commanded them. Thou hast heard, see all this ; and will not ye
declare it ? I have shewed thee new things from this time, even
hidden things, and thou didst not know them. They are created
now, and not from the beginning ; even before the day when thou
heardest them not ; lest thou shouldest say, Behold, I knew them.
Yea, thou heardest not ; yea, thou knewest not ; yea, fr(im that time
that thine ear was not opened: for J kneu) tl)at tl)OU tDOuliiest
bcal tiern treadjcrousln, and wast called a transgressor from the
womb.

By fire and by his sword will the Lord plead with all flesh :
and the slain of the Lord shall be many. They that sanctify them-
selves, and purifv themselves in the gardens behind one tree in the
midst, eating swine's flesh, and the abomination, and the mouse,
shall be consumed together, saith the Lord. For Jf knou) tl)eir
roorks anb tl)eir tl)Ougl)ts; it shall come, that I will gather all
nations and tongues ; and they sliall come, and see my glory.

Thus hath the Lord of hosts said, Ilew ye down trees, and
cast a mount against Jerusalem : this is the city to be visitetl ; she
is wholly oppression in the midst of her. As a fountain casteth
out her waters, so she casteth out her wickedness: violence and
spoil is heard in her ; before me continually is grief and wounds.

But thou, O Lord, knODoest me : thou hast seen me, and tried
mine heart toward thee.

l^ehold, r will send for many fishers, saith the Lord, and they
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shall hunt them from every mountain, and from every hill, and out

of the holes of the rocks. For miitc cTics arc npou ail tlicir Eoajs :

they are not hid from my face, neither is their iniquity hid from
mine eyes. And fii-st I will recompense their iniquity and their sin
double.



I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give
every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his
doings.

I heard the defaming of many, fear on every side. Report,
say they, and we will report it. All my familiars watched for my
halting, saying, Peradventure he will be enticed, and we shall pre-
vail against him, and we shall take our revenge on him. But the
Lord is with me as a mighty terrible one : therefore my persecu-
tors shall stumble, and they shall not prevail ; they shall be greatly
ashamed ; for they shall not prosper : their everlasting confusion
shall never be forgotten. But, Lord of hosts, tl)at txiCGt t\)C

rigl)tcons, anh sccst tijc rnns anb tl)c Ijcart, let me see thy

vengeance on them : for unto thee have I opened my cause.

Am I a God at hand, saith the Lord, and not a God afar off?
Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him ?
saith the Lord. Do not I fill heaven and earth ? saith the Lord.

Thine eyes are open upon all the ways of the sons of men ; to
give every one according to his ways, and according to the fi-uit of
his doings.

And he brought me to the door of the court ; and when I
looked, behold a hole in the wall. Then said he unto me, Son of
man, dig now in the Avail : and when I had digged in the wall,
behold a door. And he said unto me. Go in, and behold the wicked
abominations that they do here. So I went in and saw ; and behold
every form of creeping things, and abominable beasts, and all the
idols of the house of Israel, pourtrayed upon the wall round about.
And there stood before them seventy men of the ancients of the
house of Israel, and in the midst of them stood Jaazaniah the son
of Shaphan, with every man his censer in his hand ; and a thick
cloud of incense went up. Then said he unto me, Son of man,
hast thou seen what the ancients of the house of Israel do in tl)C
bark, every man in tl)c cljambcrs of l)is imagcrn ? for they say,
The Lord seeth us not; the Lord hath forsaken the earth.

And the Spirit of the Lord fell upon me, and said unto me.
Speak ; Thus saith the Lord ; Thus have ye said, house of Israel :

for 3 knoxa lljc tijings tl)at come into nonr minb, cocrg one
of tijcm.

Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me, saying. Son of
man, set thy face against mount Seir, and prophesy against it, and
say unto it, Thus saith the Lord God ; Behold, mount Seir, I am
against thee, and I will stretch out mine hand against thee, and I



Jer. xvii. 10.



Jeremiah,
XX. 10-ia.



Jeremiah,
xxiii. 23, 24.



Jer. xxxii. 19.



Ezekiel,
Yiii. 7-12.



EzHk. xi. ;



Ezekiel,

XXXV. 1-3,

12, 13.



9



130



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Dan. ii. 1-29.



will make thee most desolate And thou shall

know that I am the Lord, and that 3 l)avc l)Cavb uU tl)1l bhispl)e-
mics which thou hast spoken against the mountains of Israel,
saying, They are laid desolate, they are given us to consume. Tims
with your mouth ye have boasted against me, and have multiplied
your words against me : I have heard them.

And in the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar, Nebu-
chadnezzar dreamed dreams, wherewith his spirit was troubled, and
his sleep brake from him. Then the king commanded to call the
magicians, and the astrologers, and the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans,
for to shew the king his dreams. So they came and stood before
the king. And the king said unto them, I have dreamed a dream,
and my spii-it was troubled to know the dream. Then spake the
Chaldeans to the king in Syriac, king, live forever : tell thy ser-
vants the dream, and we will shew the interpretation. The king
answered and said to the Chaldeans, The thing is gone from me :
if ye will not make known unto me the dream, with the inteipreta-
tion thereof, ye shall be cut in pieces, and your houses shall be made
a dung-hill. But if ye shew the dream, and the interpretation
thereof, ye shall receive of me gifts and rewards and great honour:
therefore, shew me the dream, a;id the interpretation thereof. They
answered again and said. Let the king tell his servants the dream,
and we will shew the interpretation of it. The king answei'ed and
said, I know of certainty that ye would gain the time, because ye
see the thing is gone from me. But if ye will not make known
unto me the dream, there is but one decree for you : for ye have
prepared lying and corrupt words to speak before me, till tlie time
be changed : therefore tell me the dream, and I shall know that ye
can shew me the interpretation therecjf. The Chaldeans answered
before the king, and said. There is not a man upon the earth that
can shew the king's matter : therefore there is no king, lord, nor
ruler, that asked such things at any magician, or astrologer, or
Chaldean, And it is a rare thing that the king rci^uireth, and
there is none other that can shew it before the king, except the
gods, whose dwelling is not with flesh. For this cause the king
was angry and verj^ furious, and commanded to destroy all the wise
men of liabylon. And the decree went forth that the wise men
should be slain; and they .sought Daniel and his fellows to be
slain.

Then Daniel answered with counsel and wi.>;dom to Ariocli the
captain of the king's gua)'d, which was gone forth to slay tlie wise
men of liabylon : he answered and said to Arioch the king's cap-
tain. Why is the decree so hasty from the king? Then Arioch
made the thing known to Daniel. Then Daniel went in, and de-
.sired of the kinir that he would mve him time, and that he would
shew the king the interpretation. Then l^aniel went to iiis iiouse
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companions : that they would desire mercies of the God of heaven
concerning this secret ; that Daniel and his fellows should not perish
with the rest of the wise men of Babylon.

Then was the secret revealed unto Daniel in a night vision.
Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven. Daniel answered and
said, Blessed be the name of God forever and ever : for wisdom and
might are his : and he changeth the times and the seasons ; he re-
moveth kings, and setteth up kings; he giveth wisdom unto the
wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding; |)C XC-

mnilctl) tlic hccp a\\b secret tilings : l)c knotDctl) toliaf is in tl)e
btttrkncss, a\\b tl)c ligl)t btocllctl) toitl) l)im. 1 thank thee, and
praise thee, O thou God of my fathers, who hast given me wisdom
and might, and hast made known unto me now what we desired
of thee ; for thou hast now made known unto us the king's matter.
Therefore, Daniel went in unto Arioch, whom the king had
ordained to destroy the wise men of Babylon : he went and said
thus unto him ; Destroy not the wise men of Babylon : bring me
in before the king, and I will shew unto the king the interpretation.
Then Arioch brouo-ht in Daniel before the king: in haste, and said
thus unto him, I have foimd a man of the captives of Judah, that
will make known unto the king the interpretation. The king an-
swered and said to Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, Art thou
able to make known unto me the dream which I have seen, and
the interpretation thereof? Daniel answered in the presence of the
king, and said. The secret which the king hath demanded cannot
the wise men, the astrologers, the magicians, the sooth-sayers, shew
unto the king; but there is a God in heaven tl^flt rcticalcti) SCcrctS,

anh makctl) knoton to tl)c king Ncbncljabnc^^ar u)l]at sljall be

in tl)C latter bans. Thy dream, and the visions of thy head upon
thy bed, are these ; as for thee, O king, thy thought§ came into
thy mind upon thy bed, what should come to pass hereafter : and
he that revealeth secrets maketh known to thee what shall come to
pass.

And whiles I was speaking, and })raying, and confesssing my
sin, and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication
before the Lord my God for the holy mountain of my God ; yea,
whiles I was speaking in prayer, even the n»an Gabriel, whom I liad
seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to flv swiftlv,
touched me about the time of the evening oblation. And he in-
formed me, and talked with me, and said, Daniel, T am now come
forth to give thee skill and understanding. QVt tl)e beginning of
tl)r) snppliciUions tl)e commanbmentcamefortl),andlamcorae
to shew thee ; for thou art greatly beloved.

And behold, an hand touched me, which set me upon my
knees and upon the palms of my hands, and he said unto me, 6
Daniel, a man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak
unto thee, and stand upright : for unto thee am I now sent. And



Daniel,
ix. 20-23.



D.iniel,
X. 10-12.



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Hosea,
Tii. 1, 2.



Amos, iv. 13,



Jonah, i. 1-1.



Matt. ii. 13.



Matt. vi. 1-8.



when lie had spoken this word unto me, I stood trembling. Then
said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel : for from tl)C first biTJ] that
thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself
before thy God, tl)n tDOrbs tDCrc l)Carb, and I am come for thy
words.

When I would have healed Israel, then the iniquity of Ephra-
im was discovered, and the wickedness of Samaria ; for they com-
mit falsehood : and the thief cometh in, and the troop of robbers
spoileth without. And they consider not in their hearts, that 3

remember all tljcir toickcbncss : now their own doings have
beset them about; then arc before mil face.

Lo, he that fonneth the mountains, and createth the wind, and
bcrlaretl) unto man roljat is l)is tl)OUgl)t, that maketh the morn-



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