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of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it
Cometh. For the Lord shall be thy confidence, avib sl)uU kccp

tl)ti foot from being taken.

The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the

tongue, is from tl)c Corb.

When a man's ways please the Lord, \]c maketl) CVtXl l)is
enemies to be at :pcace raitl) Ijim.

A man's heart deviseth his way ; but tlje Corb Mrectetl) l)is
Steps.

The lot is cast into the lap ; but tlje iDl)ole bisjjosing tl}ereof
is of tl}e toxh.

There are many de^^ces in a man's heart ; neuertljeless the
counsel of the Lord, that shall stand.



Ps. cxlviii.



Prov. ii. 6-8.



Proverbs,
iii. 21-26.



Prov. xvi. 1.

Prov. xvi. 7.
Prov. xvi. 9.
Prov. xvi. 33.
Prov. xix. 21.



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Prov. XX. 24,



Prov. xxi. 1.



Proverbs,
xxi. 30, 31.



Proverbs,
xxix. 20.



Ec. il. 24-26.



Ec. iii. 10-14,



Ec. V. 18, 19.



Ec. vi. 1, 2.



Eccleslastcs,
>-ii. 13, 14.



Man's goings arc of tl)C Corli; liow can a man tlien under-
stand his own way ?

The king's lieart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of

water: \)c turitctl) it tDl)itl)crsoct)cr f)e mill

There is no wisdom nor understandino- nor counsel aixainst the
Lord. The horse is prepared against the day of battle : but scifctn

is of tl)c £orb.

Many seek the ruler's favour ; bttt CUCrn man 5 jubgiucnt

comcti) from tl)e Corb-

There is nothino- better for a man than that he should eat and
drink, and that he should make his soul enjoy good in his labour.
This also I saw, that it was fi-om the hand of God. For who can
eat, or who else can hasten hereunto more than I? For God giveth
to a man that is good in his sight, wisdom, and knowledge, and
joy : but to tl)e sinner IjC ^\VCt\) trauail, to gather and to heap
up, that he may give to him that is good before God. This also is
vanity and vexation of spirit.

I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of
men to be exercised in it. He hath made everything beautiful in
his time : also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man
can find out the woik tl)iTt Oob mflkctl) from the beginning to the
end. I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice,
and to do good in his life. And also that every man should eat
and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour; it is t!)C gift of
©oil. I knoAv that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be forever :
nothing can be put to it, nor anything taken from it : and God doeth
it, that men should fear before him.

Behold that which I have seen : it is good and comely for one
to eat and to drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labour that he
taketh under the sun all the days of his life, which God giveth him :
for it is his portion. Every man also to whom (J3oii l)ntl) gincn

ricl)cs anh localti), anb l)atl) giucn l)im poiocr to cat thereof,

and to take his portion, and to rejoice in his labour ; this is the gift
of God.

There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, and it is
common among men : a man to whom God hath given riches,
wealth, and honour, so that he wanteth nothing for his soul of all

that he desireth, yet (gob giocti) l)im not yovocx to cat tt)crcof,

but a stranger eateth it : this is vanity, and it is an evil disease.

Consider the work of God : for who can make that straight,
which he hath made crooked ? In the day of prosperity be joyful,
but in tlio day of adversity consider: (Qoh also l)atl) SCt tl)C onc
ODCr against tl)C Otl)Cr, to the end that man should find nothing
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For all this I considered in my heart even to declare all this,
that the righteous, and the wise, and their works, arc in t\)C [](irib
of ©ob : no man knoweth either love or hatred by all that is
before them.

He that observeth the wind shall not sow ; and he that re-
gardeth the clouds shall not reap. As thou knowest not what is
the way of the spirit, nor how the bones do grow in the womb of
her that is with child : even so thou knowest not the works of God
Vi\)0 tntlkctl) ail. In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening
withhold not thine hand : for thou knowest not whether shall pros-
per, either this or that, or whether they both shall be ahke good.

Therefore is the anger of the Lord kindled against his peoj^le,
and he hath stretched forth his hand against them, and hath smit-
ten them : and tlie hills did tremble, and their carcasses were torn
in the midst of the streets. For all this his anger is not turned
away, but his hand is stretched out still.

^nb- l)c ujili lift up an ensign to tl]c nations from far,
anb toill l)iss unto t!)cm from tl)c cub of tl)c carti) ; anb bcl)olb,
tl)Cn sljall come toitl) spccb SVOiftln : none shall be weary nor
stumble among tliem ; none shall slumber nor sleep ; neither shall
the girdle of their loins be loosed, nor the latchet of their shoes be
broken : whose arrows are sharp, and all their bows bent, their
horses' hoofs shall be counted like flint, and their wheels like a
whirlwind. Their roaring shall be like a lion, they shall roar like
young lions : yea, they shall roar, and lay hold of the prey, and
shall carry it away safe, and none shall deliver it. Ancl in that
day they shall roar against them like the roaring of the sea : and
if one look unto the land, behold, darkness and sorrow, and the
light is darkened in the heavens thereof.

Associate yourselves, O ye people, and ye shall be broken in
pieces ; and give ear, all ye of far countries : gird yourselves, and
ye shall be broken in pieces : gird yourselves, and ye shall be broken
in pieces. Take counsel together, and it shall come to nought ;
speak the word, and it shall not stand : for (J5ob is toitl) US.

O Assyrian, t\)c rob of miuc augcr, anh tl)c staff in tljeir

Ijanb is mine inbignation. I will send him against an hypo-
critical nation, and against the people of my wrath will I give him
a charge, to take the spoil, and to take the prey, and to tread them
down like the mire of the streets, Howbeit he meaneth not so,
neither doth his heart think so ; but it is in his heart to destroy and
cut off nations not a few. For he saith, Are not my princes alto-
gether kinofs. Is not Calno as Carchemish ? is not Hamath as
Arpad ? is not Samaria as Damascus ? As my hand hath found
the kingdoms of the idols, and whose graven images did excel them
of Jerusalem and of Samaria ; shah I not, as I have done unto
Samaria and her idols, so do to Jerusalem and her idols?

Wherefore it shall come to pass, that when the Lord hath per-



Eccl. ix. 1.



Eccl. xl, 4-6.



Is. V. 25-30.



Is. viii. 9, 10.



Is. X. 5-15.



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Isaiah,
xxviii. 23-29.



Is. xl. C, 7.



Is. xlii. 5.



Iwiiah,
xliv. i.'J-'J8,

and
xlv. 1-7, 13.



formed his whole work upon mount Zion and on Jerusalem, I will
punish the fruit of the stout heart of the king of Assyria, and the
gloiy of his high looks. For he saith, By the strength of my
hand I have done it, and by my wisdom ; for I am prudent : and
I have removed the bounds of the people, and have robbed their
treasures, and I have put down the inhabitants like a valiant man :
and my hand hath found as a nest the riches of the people : and as
one gathereth eggs that are left, have I gathered all the earth ; and
there was none that moved the wing, or opened the mouth, or
peeped. Sljall tl)c axc boiist itself ogainst l)im tl)at l)croctl)
tlicrctDitl]? or sl|aU tl}c sato mnguifn itself against l)iin tljat
sl]alictl) it? as if tl)c rob sl)onIb sljakc itself against tljcm
tl)at lift it np, or as if t\)c staff sl)onlii lift up itself, as if it
tDcrc no tooob.

Give ye ear, and hear my voice ; hearken, and hear my speech.
Doth the plouglaman plough all day to sow ? doth he open and
break the clods of his ground ? When he hath made plain the
face thereof, doth he not cast abroad the fitches, and scatter the
cummin, and cast in the principal wheat and the appointed barley
and the rye in their place? i^or l)is ©ob botl} instruct l)im tO
biscretion, anb botl) teaci) l)im. For the fitches are not threshed
with a threshing instrument, neither is a cart-wheel turned about
upon the cummin ; but the fitches are beaten out with a staft', and
the cummin with a rod. Bread-corn is bruised ; because he will
not ever be threshing it, nor break it with the wheel of his cart, nor
bruise it with his horsemen. ®|)is also COmetl) forti) from tl)C
£orb of l)OStS, which is wonderful in counsel, and excellent in
workinof.

The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry ? All
flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the
field : the grass withereth, the flower fadeth : bccnusc tl)C spirit
of tl)C Corb blotOCtl) upon it : surely the people is grass.

Thus saith God the Lord, he that created the heavens, and

stretched them out : he that spread forth the earth, and that which

Cometh out of it ; Ije tl)at giuetl) breati) unto tl)c people upon it,
anb spirit to tljem tl)at walk tl)erein.

Thus saith the Lord thy Redeemer, and he that formed thee
from the womb, jj am tlie torb tl)at maUetl) all tl)ings; that

stretcheth foith the heavens alone ; that spreadeth abroad Ihe earth
by myself; that frustrateth the tokens of the liars, and maketh
diviners mad ; that turneth wise men backward, and maketh their
knowledge foolish ; that confirmeth the word of his servant, and
iK-rfonnelh the counsel of his messengers ; that saith to Jerusalem,
Tiiou shalt be inhabited ; and to the cities of Judah, Ye shall be
built, and I will raise uji the decayed places thereof: that saith to
the deep, lie dry, and 1 will dry up thy rivers : that saith of Cyrus,
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to Jerusalem, Thou slialt be built ; and to the temple, Thy founda-
tion shall be laid.

Thus saith the Lord to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right
hand I have liolden, to subdue nations before him ; and I will loose
the loins of kings, to open before him the two-leaved gates, and
the gates shall not be shut ; I will go before thee, and make the
crooked places straight : I will break in pieces the gates of brass,
and cut in sunder the bars of iron : and I will give thee the treasures
of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest
know that I, the Loi-d, which call thee by thy name, am the God
of Israel. For Jacob my servant's sake, and Israel mine elect, T have
even called thee by thy name : I have surnamed thee, though thou
hast not known me,

I am the Lord, and there is none else, there is no God beside
me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me: that they
may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there
is none beside me. I am the Lord, and there is none else. I form
the hght, and create darkness ; J make pcacc, ailb txcatc Cmi :

I the Lord do all these things I have raised him

up in righteousness, anb 3 roill hivctt all l)is toajJS; he shall
build my city, and he shall let go my captives, not for price nor
reward, saith the Lord of hosts.

Hearken unto me, O house of Jacob, and all the remnant of
the house of Israel, ujljicl) arc boruc bg tttc from tl)C bcllj},
tDl)icl) arc rarrieb from tljc toomb; and even to your old age I
am he ; and even to hoar hairs will I carry you : I have made, and
I will bear ; even I will carry, and will deliver you.

Wherefore, when I came, was there no man ? when I called,
was there none to answer ? Is my hand shortened at all, that it
cannot redeem ? or have I no power to deliver ? behold, at my re-
buke I dry up the sea, I . make the livers a wilderness : their fish
stinketh, because there is no water, and dieth for thirst. I clothe
the heavens with blackness, and I make sackcloth their covering.

Fear ye not me ? saith the Lord : will ye not tremble at my
presence, which hav^e placed the sand for the bound of the sea by
a perpetual decree, that it cannot pass it : and though the waves
thereof toss themselves, yet can they not prevail ; though they roar,
yet can they not pass over it ?

Lord, I know that tl)c xoan of matt is not in Ijimsdf : it

is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.

Are there any among the vanities of the Gentiles that can
cause rain? or can tllC l)Caticns igiuc sl)OU)Crs? art not thou
he, O Lord our God ? therefore we will wait upon thee : for thou
hast made all these things.

The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying. Arise,
and go down to the potter's house, and there I will cause thee to



Is. xlvi. 3, 4.



Isaiah, 1. 2, 3.



Jer. V. 22.



Jer. X. 23.



Jer. xiv. 22.



Jeremiah,
xviii. 1-6.



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Jeremiah,
XX xi. 35, 36.



Jeremiah,
xxxii. ^.ny-iiO.



Jeremiah,
li. 7, 11-16.



Ijimcn.
ill. 37, 38.



hear my words. Then I went down to the potter's house, and be-
hold, he wrouglit a work on the wheels. And the vessel that he
made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter : so he made
it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.
Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying, house of Isi-ael,
cannot I do with you as this potter ? saith the Lord. Behold, as
the clay is in the potter's hand, qo axc Jie iu miuc l)tinb, O house
of Israel.

Thus saith the Lord, which giveth the sun for a light by day,
and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night,
which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar ; The Lord of

hosts is his name : jjf tl)osc orbinaitccs bcpiirt from before mc,

saith the Lord, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being
a nation before me forever.

Then came the word of the Lord unto Jeremiah, saying, Be-
hold, I am the Lord, tl)C (Sob of ail flcsl) : is there anything too
hard for me ? Therefore thus saith the Lord ; Behold, I will give
this city into the hand of the Chaldeans, and into the hand of Xebu-
chadnezzar king of Babylon, and he shall take it : and the Chal-
deans, that fight against this city, shall come and set fire on this
city, and burn it with the houses, upon whose roofs they have of-
fered incense unto Baal, and poured out drink-offerings unto other
gods, to provoke me to anger.

Cabnlon l)atli been a golbcn rnp in \\)c Corb's linnb,

that made all the earth drunken : the nations have drunken of her

wine ; therefore the nations are mad Make bright

the arrows ; gather tlie shields: tllC Corb l)atl) riliscb up tl)C
spirit of tl)e kings of tlje iUcbcs : for his device is against
Babylon, to destroy it ; because it is the vengeance of the Lord,
the vengeance of his temple. Set up the standard upon the walls
of Babylon, make the watch strong, set up the watchmen, prepare
the ambushes : for the Lord hath both devised and done that which
he spake against the inhabitants of Babylon. O thou that dwellest
upon many waters, abundant in treasures, thine end is come, and
the measure of thy covetousness. The Lord of hosts hath sworn
by himself, saying. Surely I will fill thee with men, as with cater-
pillars, and they shall lift up a shout against thee. He hath made
the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wis-
dom, and hath stretched out the heaven by his understanding.
Wlien he uttereth his voice, there is a multitude of waters in the
heavens ; and he causeth the vapours to asctMid from the ends of
the earth : he maketh lightnings with rain, and bringeth forth the
wind out of his treasures.

Who is he that saith, and it cometh to pa.ss, tDl)Cn tl)C Corb
COmmanbctI) it not ? Out of the moutli of the Most iligh pro-
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And it came to pass in the eleventh year, in the first month,
in the seventh day of the moiitli, that tlie word of the Lord oauie nnto

me, saying. Son of man, J |]aiic broken tl)c arm of J)harnoli

king of (^gnP^i ^^^^ ^*^' ^^ ^^^^^^ '^*^^ ^^ bound up to be healed, to
put a roller to bind it, to make it strong to hold the sword. There-
fore thus saith the Lord God ; Behold, I am against Pharaoh, king
of Egypt, and will break his arms, the strong, and that which was
broken ; and I will cause the sword to fall out of his hand. And
I will scatter the Egyptians among the nations, and will disperse
them through the countries. And Jf roill Strcn9tl)Cn tl)C ariUS of

tlic king of i3abT}lon, anb put mii sinorb in {)i9 Ijanb ; but I

will break Pharaoh's arms, and he shall groan before him with
the groanings of a deadly-wounded man. iiut I will strengthen
the arms of the king of Babylon, and the arms of Pharaoh shall
fall down ; and they shall know that I am the Lord, when I shall
put my sword into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall
stretch it out upon the land of Egypt. And I will scatter the
Egyptians among the nations, and disperse them among the coun-
tries ; and they shall know that I am the Lord.

But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile him-
self with the portion of the king's meat, nor with the wine which
he di-ank : therefore, he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that
he might not defile himself. Now (5ob Ijilb brongl)t Daniel

into fauour a\\b icnbcx love roitl) tl)c prince of tl)c eunucl)s.



Thou, king,



art a king of kina-s :



for tl)e ©ob of Ijcaucn



IjatI) giucn tijce a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory. And
wheresoever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and
the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine hand, and hath
made thee ruler over them all.

I will not have mercy upon her children ; for they be the
children of whoredoms. For their mother hath played the harlot ;
she that conceived them hath done shamefully : for she said, I will
go after my lovers, that give me my bread and my water, my wool
and my flax, mine oil and my drink.

Therefore, behold, I will hedge up thy way with thorns, and
make a wall, that she shall not find her paths. And she shall fol-
low after her lovers, but she shall not overtake them ; and she shall
seek them, but shall not find them : then shall she say, I will go
and return to my first husband ; for then was it better with me

than now. fov sl)c bib not knou) tl)at J giuie l)cr corn, anh
ruine, anh oil, anh multiplicb Ijcr silucr anli goib, which they
prepai'ed for Baal. Therefore, will I return, and take away my coi'n
in the time thereof, and my wine in the season thereof, and will re-
cover my wool and my flax given to cover her nakedness.

Then will the Lord be jealous for his land, and pity his people.
Yea, the Lord will answer and say unto his people, Behold, I will



Ezekiel,
XXX. 20-26.



Dan. i. 8, 9.



Daniel,
ii. 37, 38.



Hosea,
ii. 4-9.



Joel,
ii. 18-27.



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Amos,
iii. 4-C.



Amos,
V. 6-9.



11. 10-17.



send you corn, and wine, and oil, and ye shall be satisfied therewith :
and I will no more make you a reproach among the heathen : but
I will remove far ofi" from you the northern army, and will drive
him into a land barren and desolate, with his face toward the east
sea, and his hinder part toward the utmost sea ; and his stink shall
come up, and his ill savour shall come up, because he hath done
great things.

Fear not, land ; be glad and rejoice : for the Lord will do
great things. Be not afraid, ye beasts of the field : for the pastures
of the wilderness do spring, for the tree beareth her fruit, the fig-tree
and the vine do yield their strength. Be glad then, ye children of
Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your God : for he hath given you the
former rain moderately, and [)C toiU catlSC tO COmc homn for IIOU

tl)c roin, tl)c former rain, anb tl)c latter rain in tl)c first

montl). And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the fats shall
overflow with wine and oil. And I will restore to you the years
that the locust hath eaten, the canker-worm, and the caterpillar, and
and the palmer-worm, my great army tDl)icl) J SCUt amoug IIOU.
And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name
of the Lord your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you : and
my people shall never be ashamed. And ye shall know that I am
in the midst of Israel, and that I am the Lord your God, and none
else : and my people shall never be a.shamed.

Will a lion roar in the forest, when he hath no prey ? will a
young lion cry out of his den, if he have taken nothing ? Can a
bird fall in a snare upon the earth, where no gin is for him ? shall
one take up a snare from the earth, and have taken nothing at all ?
Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not l)e afraid ?

sl)aU tl)erc be ml in a citn, nnb tl)c Corb IjatI) not bone it?

Seek the Lord and ye shall live ; lest he break out like fire in
the house of Joseph, and devour it, and there be none to quench it
in Beth-el. Ye who turn judgment to worm-wood, and leave otf
righteousness in the earth, seek him that maketh the seven stars
and Orion, and turneth the shadow of death into the morning, and
maketh the day dark with night : that calleth for the waters of the
sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth : the Lord is
his name : that strengtheneth the spoiled against the strong, so that
the spoiled shall come against the fortress.

In tlie four and twentieth day of the ninth month, in the
second year of Darius, came the word of the Lord by llaggai the
prophet, saying. Thus saith the Lord of hosts. Ask now the priests
concerning the law, saying, If one bear holy flesh in the skirt of
his garment, and with his skirt do touch bread, or pottage, or
wine, or oil or any meat, shall it be holy ? And the priests answered
and said, No. Then said Ilag^ai, If one that is unclean by a dead
body touch aiiv of these, shall it be undfan ? And tin- priests an-
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said, So is this people, and so is this nation before me, saith the
Lord ; and so is every work of their hands ; and that which they
oflfer there is unclean. And now, I pray you, consider from this day
and upward, from before a stone was laid upon a stone, in the temple
of the Lord : since those days were, when one came to an heajj of
twenty measures, there were but ten : when one came to the pi-ess-fat
for to draw out fifty vessels out of the press, there were but twenty.

J smote J10U toiti) blasting a\ib miti) milbcro anb toitl) Ijail in

nil tl)C labonrs of nonr IjUnbs ; yet ye turned not to me, saith
the Lord.

^5k gC of tl)C £orb rain in the time of the latter rain; so
the Lord shall make bright clouds, and give them showers of rain,
to every one grass in the field.

Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be
tempted of the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty
nights, he was afterward an hungered. And when the tempter came
to him, he said. If thou be the Son of God, command that these
stones be made bread. But he answered and said, It is written,

illan sl)all not liue bn brenb alone, bnt bn eucrn u)orb tl)Ot
procccbctl) out of tlje ntouti) of ^oh.

Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy
neighbour, and hate thine enemy : but I say unto you, love your
enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you,
and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you ;
that ye may be the children of your Father wliicli is in heaven :

for l^e maketl) l)is snn to rise on tlie euil nnb on tljc goob, cinh
scnbetl) rain on tijc just anb on tl}c unjust.

After this manner therefore pi ay ye : Our Father which art in
heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will
be done in earth as it is in heaven. (J3iue US tl)is han our
bail}} breab. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

QVnb leab us not into temptation, but beliuer us from euil.
i^or tl)inc is tl)e kingbom, anb tl)e power, and the glory, for-
ever. Amen.

No man can serve two masters : for either he will hate the
one, and love the other ; or else he will hold to the one, and despise
the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. Therefore I say
unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what
ye shall drink ; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is
not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment ? Behold
the fowls of the air : for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor
gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are
ye not much better than they ? Which of you by taking thought
can add one cubit unto his stature ? And why take ye thought for
raiment ? Consider the lilies of the field how they grow ; they toil



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