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name of the Lord : and the God that answereth by fire, let him be
God. And all the people answered and said, It is Avell spoken. And
Elijah said unto the prophets of Baal, Choose you one bullock for
yourselves, and dress it first; for ye are many; and call on the name
of your gods, but put no fire under. And they took the bullock which
was given them, and they dressed it, and called on the name of Baal
from morning even until noon, saying, O Baal hear us. But there
was no voice, nor any that answered. And they leaped upon the
altar which was made. And it came to pass at noon, that Elijah
mocked them, and said, Cry aloud : for he is a god : either he is
talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or poradvcnture he
sleepeth, and must be awaked. Ami they cried aloud, and cut them-
selves after their manner with knives and lancets, till the blood
gushed out upon them. And it came to pass, wlien mid-day was
past, and they prophesied until the time of the oftering of the even-
ing sacrifice, that there was neitlier voice, nor any to answer, nor any
that regarded.

And Elijah said unto all the people, Come near unto me. And
all the peojile came near unto him. And he repaired the altar of
the Lord that was broken down. And Elijah took twelve stones,
according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, unto
whom the word of the Lord came, saying, Israel shall be thy
name: and with the stones he built an altar in the name of the
Lord : and he made a trench about the altar, as great as would con-
tain two measures of seed. And lie put the wood in order, and cut
the bullock in pieces, and laid him on the wood, and said. Fill four
barrels with water, and pour it on the burnt sacrifice, and on the
wood. And he s;ii<l, l)o it the second time. And they did it the
second time. An<l he said. Do it the third time. And they did it



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the third time. And the water ran round about the altar ; and he
filled the trench also -with water. And it came to pass at tlae time
of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came
near and said, Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be
known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy
servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word. Hear
me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the
Lord God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again.

Then the fire of the Lord fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice,
and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water
that was in the trench. And when all the people saw it, they fell
on their faces : and they said, The Lord, he is the God ; the Lord, he
is the God. And Elijah said unto them, Take the prophets of Baal;
let not one of them escape. And they took them : and Elijah
brought them down to the brook Kishon, and slew them there.

All the gods of the people are idols : but tl)C iioxh mabc tl)C
\)cavcx\3.

And David assembled all the princes of Israel, the princes of
the tribes, and the captains of the companies that ministered to the
king by course, and the captains over the thousands, and captains
over the hundreds, and the stewards over all the substance and pos-
session of the king, and of his sons, with the officers, and with the
mighty men, and with all the valiant men unto Jerusalem. Then
David the king stood up upon his feet, and said. Hear me, my brethren,
and my peojile : As for me, I had in mine heart to build a house
of rest for the ark of the covenant of the Lord, and for the footstool
of our God, and had made read}" f<*r the building: but God said

unto me, (I[|]ou sl)alt Hot builb n l)onsc for mx) name, because
tl)OU l)ast been a man of roar, anb Ijast sl)eb bloob. Howbeit
the Lord God of Israel chose me before all the house of my father
to be king over Israel forever.

Our God, the great, the mighty, and the terrible God, who
keepest covenant and mercy.

Now a thing was secretly brought to me, and mine ear re-
ceived a little thereof.

In thoughts fr(3m the \asions of the night, when deep sleep f^xUeth
on men, fear came upon me, and trembling, which made all my
bones to shake. Then a spirit passed before my face; the hair of
my flesh stood uj). It stood still, but I could not discern the form
thereof: an image was before mine eyes, there was silence, and I
heard a voice saying. Shall mortal man be more just than God?
shall a man be more pure than his maker? Behold, he put no trust
in his servants ; and his angels he charged with folly.

He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength: who hath hard-
ened himself against him, and hath prospered? Which removeth
the mountains, and they know not: which overturneth them in his



1 Ch. xvi. 2G.



1 Chronicles,
xxviii. 1-4.



Neh. ix. 32.



Job,
iv. 12-18.



Job, ix. 4-12.



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Job, xi. 7-9.



Job, xiii. II.



Job, XV. 15.



Job,
xxii. 2, 3, 4.



Job.
xxiii. 1-3,
8-10, 13.



Job,
XXV. 4, 5.



Job,
xxvi. 6-14.



anger; which shaketh the earth out of her place, and the pillars
thereof tremble; which commandeth the sun and it riseth not, and
sealeth up the stars ; which alone spreadeth out the heavens, and
treadeth upon the waves of the sea ; which inaketh Arcturus, Orion,
and Pleiades, and the chambers of the south ; which doeth great
things past finding out; yea, and wonders without number Lo, he
goeth by me, and I see him not ; he passeth on also, but I perceive
him not. Behold, he taketh away ; who can hinder him ? Who
will say unto him, What doest thou?

Canst thou by searching find out God ? canst thou find out the
Almighty unto perfection ? It is as high as heaven ; what canst
thou do? deeper than hell ; what canst thou know? The measure
thereof is longer than the earth, and broader than the sea.

Shall not his excellency make you afraid, and his dread fall
upon you?

Behold, he putteth no trust in his saints ; yea, the heavens are
not clean in his sight.

Can a man be profitable unto God, as he that is wise may be
profitable unto himself? Is it any pleasure to the Almighty, that
thou art righteous ? or is it gain to him, that thou makest thy ways
perfect ? Will he reprove thee for fear of thee ? will he enter with
thee into judgment?

Then Job answered and said, Even to-day is my complaint
bitter : my stroke is heavier than my groaning. Oh that I knew
Avhere I might find him ! that I might come even to his seat ! * *
* * * * Behold, I go forward, but he is not there ; and back-
ward, but I cannot perceive him : on the left hand, where he doth
work, but I cannot behold him: he hideth himself on the right
hand, that I cannot see him: but he kuoweth the way that I
take :****** But he is in one mind, and who can turn
him ? and what his soul desireth, even that he doeth.

How can man be justified with God ? or how can he be clean
that is born of a woman ? Behold even to the moon, and it shineth
not ; yea, the stars are not pure in his sight.

Hell is naked before him, and destruction hath no covering.
He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the
earth upon nothing. He bindeth uj) the waters in his thick clouds ;
and the cloud is not rent under them. He holdcth back the face
of his throni', and spreadeth liis cloud upon it. llv hath compassed
the waters with bounds, until the day and night come to an end.
The ]>illars of heaven tremble, and are astonished at his reproof.
lie divideth the sen with his power, and by his understanding he
smiteth through the proud. By his Spirit he liath garnished the
heavens; his hand hath formed the crooked serpent. Lo, these are
parts of his ways; but how little a portion is heard of him? but
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Elihu spake moreover, and said, Thinkest thou this to be
right, that thou saidst, My righteousness is more than God's ? For
thou saidst. What advantage will it be unto thee ? and. What profit
shall I have if I be cleansed from my sin ? I will answer thee, and
thy companions with thee. Look unto the heavens, and see ; and
behold the clouds which are higher than thou. If thou sinnest,
what doest thou against him ? or if thy transgressions be multi-
plied, Avhat doest thou unto him ? If thou be righteous, what givest
thou him ? or what receiveth he of thine hand ? Thy wickedness
may hurt a man as thou art : and thy righteousness may profit the
son of man.

Behold, God is great, and we know him not, neither can the
number of his years be searched out.

Dost thou know the balancings of the clouds, the wondrous
works of him which is perfect in knowledge? How thy garments
are warm, when he quieteth the earth by the south wind ? Hast
thou with him spread out the sky, which is strong, and as a molten
looking-glass ? Teach us what we shall say unto him ; for we can-
not order our speech by reason of darkness. Shall it be told him
that I speak? if a man speak, surely he shall be swallowed up.
And now men see not the bright light which is in the clouds : but
the wind passeth, and cleanseth them. Fair weather cometh out
of the north : with God is terrible majesty. Touching the Almighty,
we cannot find him out: he is excellent in power, and in judgment,
and in plenty of justice : he will not afflict. Men do therefore fear
him : he respecteth not any that are wise of heart.

Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirhvind, and said,
Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge ?

Gird up now thy loins like a man ; for I wall demand of thee, and
answer thou me. Where wast thou when I laid the foundations
of the earth ? declare, if thou hast understanding. Who hath laid
the measures thereof, if thou knowest ? or who hath stretched the
line upon it? Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened?
or who laid the corner-stone thereof: when the morning stars
sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy ? Or who
shut up the sea with doors, when it brake forth, as if it had issued
out of the womb ? When I made the cloud the garment thereof,
and thick darkness a swaddling band for it, and brake up for it
my decreed place, and set bars and doors, and said, Hitherto shalt
thou come, but no further : and here shall thy proud waves be
stayed? Hast thou commanded the morning since thy days; and
caused the day-spring to know his place ; that it might take hold
of the ends of the earth, that the wicked might be shaken out of
it ? It is turned as clay to the seal ; and they stand as a garment.
And from the wicked their light is withholden, and the high arm
shall be broken. Hast thou entered into the springs of the sea ? or
hast thou walked in the search of the depth ? Have the gates of



Job,

XXXV. 1-



Job,
xxxvi. 26.



Job,

xxxvii.

16-23, and

xxxviii.

1-20.



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Job, \[. 9-14.



Job xlii. 1-6.



Vs. ii. 1-9.



Ps. V. 4, 5, 6.



Psalm vii. 11.



I'salin ix. 7.



death been opened unto thee ? or hast thou seen the doors of the
shadow of death ? Hast thou perceived the breadth of the earth ?
declare if thou knowest it ah. Where is the way where Hght
dwelleth ? and as for darkness, where is the place thereof, that thou
shouldest take it to the bound thereof, and that thou shouldest know
the paths to the house thereof?

Hast thou an arm like God ? or canst thou thunder with a voice
like him ? Deck thyself now with majesty and excellency ; and
array thyself with glory and beauty. Cast abroad the rage of thy
wrath ; and behold every one that is proud, and abase him. Look
on every one that is proud, and bring him low ; and tread down
the wicked in their place. Hide them in the dust together ; and
bind their faces in secret. Then will I also confess unto thee that
thine own rio-ht hand can save thee.

Then Job answered the Lord, and said,

I know that thou canst do everything, and that no thought can
be withholdon from thee. Who is he that hideth counsel without
knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things
too wonderful for me, which I knew not.

Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak : I will demand of thee,
and declare thou unto me. I have heard of thee by the hearing
of the ear : but now mine eye seeth thee : wherefore I abhor my-
self, and repent in dust and ashes.

WTiy do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain
thing ? The kings of tlie earth set themselves, and the rulei-s take
counsel together, against the Lord, ailb against his Anointed, say-
ing. Let us break tljcif bands asunder, and cast away tl]cir cords
from us. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh : the Lord
shall have them in derision. Then shall he speak unto them in his
wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. Yet have I set my
King upon my holy hill of Zion. I will declare the decree: ll)C
Corb hath said unto tttC, Thou art my Son ; this day have I begot-
ten thee. Ask of me, and J shall give tl)CC the heathen for thiue
inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.
Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them
in pieces like a potter's vessel.

Thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness ; neither
shall evil dwell with thee. The foolish shall not stand in thy sight:
thou hatest all workers of iniquity. Thou shalt destroy them that
speak leasing : the Lord will abhor the bloody and deceitful man.

God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked
every day.

The Lord shall endure forever.



Psalm xi. 4. The Lord is in his holy temple, the Lord's throne is in heaven

his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men.



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11



As for God, |)is tuan is perfect : the word of the Lord is tried :
he is a buckler to all those that trust in liini. For who is God save
the Lord ? or who is a rock save our God ?

The law of the Lord is perfect, converting' the soul : the testi-
mony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes
of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart : the commandment of
the Loi'd is pure, enlightening- the eyes. The fear of the Lord is
clean, enduring forever: the judgments of the Lord are true and
righteous altogether.

Thou art l)oly, thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.

Lift up your heads, O ye gates ; and be ye lift up, ye everlast-
ing doors ; and the King of glory shall come in.

Who is this King of glory ? the Lord strong and mighty, the
Lord mighty in battle.

Lift up your heads, O ye gates ; even lift them up, ye everlasting
doors ; and the King of glory shall come in.

Who is this King of glory ? the Lord of hosts, he is the King
of glory. Selah.

Give unto the Lord, O ye mighty, give unto the Lord glor}'-
and strength. Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name ;
worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness. The voice of the Lord
is upon the waters : the God of glory thundereth : the Lord is upon
many waters. The voice of the Lord is powerful ; the voice of the
Lord is full of majesty. The voice of the Lord breaketh the cedars ;
yea, the Lord breaketh the cedars of Lebanon. He maketh them
also to skip like a calf; Lebanon and Sirion like a young unicorn.
The voice of the Lord divideth the flames of fire. The voice of the
Lord shaketh the wilderness ; the Lord shaketh the wilderness of
Kadesh. The voice of the Lord maketh the hinds to calve, and
disco vereth the forests : and in his temple doth every one speak of
his glory. The Lord sitteth upon the flood ; yea, the Lord sitteth
King forever. The Lord will give strength unto his people ; the
Lord will bless his people with peace.

Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous : for praise is comely for
the upright. Praise the Lord Avith harp : sing unto him with the
psaltery and an instrument of ten string's. Sing unto him a new
song ; play skilfully with a loud noise. For the word of the Lord
is right ; and all his works are done in truth. He loveth riofhteous-
ness and judgment: the earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.
By the word of the Lord were the heavens made ; and all the host
of them by the breath of his mouth. He gathereth the waters of
the sea together as an heap : he layeth up the depth in store-
houses. Let all the earth fear the Lord: let all the inhabitants of
the world stand in awe of him. For he spake, and it was done ;
he commanded, and it stood fast.

Thy mercy, Lord, is in the heavens; and thy faithfulness
reacheth unto the clouds. Thy righteousness is like the great



Psalm,
xviii. 30, 31.



Ps. xix.



Ps. xxii. 3.

Psalin,
xxiv. 7-10.



Psalm, xxix.



Psalm,
xxxiii. 1-9.



Psalm,
XXX vi. 5-9.



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Psalm,
xlv. 1-7.



Psalm,
xlvii. 1, 2.



Psalm,
Lxviii. S'i-So.



Ps. Ixxi. 19.



Ps. Ixxvi. ■



Psalm,
Lxxvii. 13-1'J.



mountains; thy judgments are a great deep: O Lord, thou pre-
servest man and beast. How excellent is thy lovincf-kindness, O
God ! therefore the children of men put their trust under the
shadow of thy wings. They shall be abundantly satisfied with the
fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river
of thy pleasures. For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light
shall we see light.

My heart is inditing a good matter : I speak of the things
which I have made touching the King : my tongue is the pen of a
ready writei*.

Thou art fairer than the children of men : grace is poured into
thy lips: therefore (J5ob hath blessed tl)CC forever. Gird thy sword
upon thy thigh, O most mighty, with thy glory and thy majesty.
And in thy majesty ride prosperously because of truth and meek-
ness and righteousness ; and thy right hand shall teach thee terri-
ble things. Thine arrows are sharp in the heart of the king's ene-
mies ; whereby the people fall under thee. Thy throne, © ©ob,
is forever and ever : the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre.
(£l)OU lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore, Oob,
tl)n (6ob, hath anointed ti)CZ with the oil of gladness above thy
fellows.

O clap your liands, all ye people, shout unto God with the
voice of triumph. For the Lord Most High is terrible ; he is a great
King over all the earth.

Sing unto God, ye kingdoms of the earth ; O sing praises unto
the Lord; Selah: to him that rideth upon the heavens of lioavens,
which were of old ; lo, he duth send out his voice, and that a mighty
voice. Ascribe ye strength unto God : his excellency is over Israel,
and his strengtli is in the clouds. O God, thou art terrible out of
thy holy places : the God of Israel is he that giveth strength and
power unto his people. Blessed be God.

Thy righteousness also, O God, is very high, who hast done
great things : O God, who is like unto thee !

Thou, even thou art to be feared : and who may stand in thy
sight when once thou art angry ?

Thy way, O God, is in the sanctuary : who is so great a God
as our (Jod? Thou art the God that doest wonders : thou hast de-
clared thy strength among the i)eople. Thou hast with thine arm
redeemed thy people, the sons of Jacob and Joseph. Selah. The
waters saw thee, O God, the waters saw tliee: they were afraid:
the depths also Avere troubled. The clouds poured out water : the
skies sent out a sound : thine arrows also went abroad. The voice
of thy thunder was in the heaven : the lightnings lightened the
world': the earth trembled and shook. Thy way is in the sea, and
thy path in the great waters, and thy footsteps are not known.



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13



That men may know that thou, whose name alone is JEHO-
VAH, art the Most High over all the earth.

Among the gods there is none like unto thee, O Lord ; neither
are there any works like unto thy works. All nations whom thou
hast made shall come and worship before thee, O Lord ; and shall
glorify thy name. For thou art great, and doest wondrous things :
thou art God alone.

And the heavens shall praise thy wonders, O Lord : thy faith-
fulness also in the congregation of the saints. For who in the
heaven can be compared unto the Lord ? who among the sons of
the mighty can be likened unto the Lord ? God is greatly to be
feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be had in reverence of
all them that are about him. O Lord God of hosts, who is a strong
Lord like unto thee? or to thy faithfulness round about thee?
Thou rulest the raging of the sea : when the waves thereof arise,
thou stillest them. Thou hast broken Rahab in pieces, as one that
is slain ; thou hast scattered thine enemies with thy strong arm.
The heavens are thine, the earth also is thine : as for the world, and
the fullness thereof, thou hast founded them. The north and the
south thou hast created them : Tabor and Hermon shall rejoice in
thy name. Thou hast a mighty arm : strong is thy hand, and high
is thy right hand. Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy
throne : mercy and truth shall go before thy face.

My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone
out of my lips.

Lord, thou hast been our dwelling-place in all generations.
Before the mountains were brouofht forth, or ever thou hadst formed
the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlastmg, thou
art God. Thou turnest man to destruction ; and sayest. Return, ye
children of men. For a thousand years in thy sight are but as
yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.

The Lord reigneth, he is clothed with majesty ; the Lord is
clothed with strength, wherewith he hath girded himself: the world
also is established, that it cannot be moved. Thy throne is estab-
lished of old : thou art from everlasting. The floods have lifted up,
O Lord, the floods have lifted up their voice ; the floods lift up their
waves. The Lord on high is mightier than the noise of many
waters, yea, than the mighty waves of the sea. Thy testimonies
are very sure : holiness becometh thine house, Lord, forever.

The Lord is great, and greatly to be praised : he is to be feared
above all gods. For all the gods of the nations are idols : but the
Lord made the heavens. Honour and majesty are before him ;
strength and beauty are in his sanctuary. Give unto the Lord,
ye kindreds of the people, give unto the Lord glory and strength.
Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name : bring an ottering,



Psalm
Ixxxiii. 18.



Psalm
Ixxxvi. 8-10.



Psalm
xxxix. 5-14.



Psalm
Ixxxix. 34.

Ps. xc. 1-4.



Psalm xciii.



Psalm
xcvi. 4-9.



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Psalm xcvii.
1-9.



P3. xcix. 3.
Ps. xcix. 5.

Ps. xcix. 9.

Ps. cii.ll, 12.

Ps. cii. 24-27.



P8. civ. 1-9.



and come into his courts. O worship the Lord in the beauty of
hohness : fear before him, all the earth.

The Lord reigneth ; let the earth rejoice ; let the multitude of
isles be glad thereof. Clouds and darkness are round about him :
righteousness and judgment are the habitation of his throne. A
fire goeth before him, and burnetii up his enemies round about.
His lightnings enlightened the world ; the earth saw, and trembled.
The hills melted like wax at the presence of the Lord, at the pres-
ence of the Lord of the whole earth. The heavens declare his
righteousness, and all the people see his glory. Confounded be all
they that serve graven images, that boast themselves of idols : wor-
ship him, all ye gods. Zion heard, and was glad ; and the daugh-
ters of Judah rejoiced because of thy judgments, O Lord. For
thou, Loi-d, art high above all the earth : thou art exalted far above
all gods.

Let them praise thy great and terrible name ; for it is holy.

Exalt ye the Lord our God, and worship at his footstool ; for
he is holy.

Exalt the Lord our God, and worship at his holy hill ; for the
Lord our God is holy.

My days are like a shadow that declineth ; and I am with-
ered like grass. But thou, O Lord, shalt endure forever ; and thy
remembrance unto all generations.



I said, my God, take me not away in the midst of my days ;
thy years are throughout all generations. Of old hast thou laid
the foundation of the earth : and the heavens are the woi-k of thy
hands. They shall perish, but thou shalt endure : yea, all of them
shall wax old like a garment ; as a vesture shalt thou change them,
and they shall be changed : but thou art the same, and thy years
shall have no end.

Bless the Lord, my soul. Lord my God, tliou art very
great ; thou art clothed with honour and majesty : who coverest
thyself with light as with a garment : who stretchest out the heav-
ens like a curtain : who layetli the beams of his chambei-s in the
waters: avIio maketli the clouds his chariot : who walketh upon the
wings of the wind : who makotli his angels spirits ; his ministers a



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