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thers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out
of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build
a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his king-
dom forever. I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If
he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and
with the stripes of the children of men : but Hit} lltcrcjl sljall ItOt

bepart aman from l)im, as J took it from Gaul, whom I put

away befoi'e thee. And thine house and thy kingdom shall be es-
tablished forever before thee : thy throne shall be established for-
ever. According to all these words, and according to all this vis-
ion, so did Nathan speak unto David.

Then went king David in, and sat before the Lord, and he
said. Who am I, O Lord God ? and what is my house, that thou
hast brought me hitherto ? And this was yet a small thing in
thy sight, O Lord God ; but thou hast spoken also of thy servant's
house for a great while to come. And is this the manner of man,
O Lord God ? And what can David say more unto thee ? for
thou, Lord God, knowest thy servant, i^or tl)Jl tDOrb's sakc,

anb accorbing to tl)inc oron Ijcart, l)ast tljouliouc all tljesc

great tljiugs, to make thy servant know them.

They be thy people, and thine inheritance, which thou
broughtest forth out of Egypt, from the midst of the furnace of

iron i^ortlioubibstseparatetl)em from among

all tl)e people of t|]e earth, to be tl)ine inljcritance, as thou

spakest by the hand of Moses thy servant, when thou broughtest
our fathers out of Egypt, O Lord God.

The Lord our God be with us, as he was with our fathers : let

him not leave us, nor forsake us : tljttt \)c mar) incline our l)earts

XmtO l)im, to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments,
and his statutes, and his judgment«s, which he commanded our fathers.

And the king of Israel, and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah,
sat each on'his throne, having i)ut on their robes, in a void place in
the entrance of the gate of Samaria ; and all the prophets prophe-
sied before them. And Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah made him



1 Kina;s,
viii. 51, 53.



1 Kin^s,
viii. 57, 58.



1 Kins;*,

xxii. 10-23.

(And

2 Chronicles,

xviii. 14-22.>



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1 Chronicles,
xxviii. 3-6.



horns of iron : and he said, Thus saith tlie Lord, With these shalt
thou push the Syrians, until thou have consumed them. And all the
prophets propliesied so, saying. Go up to Ramoth-gilead, and prosper :
for the Lord shall deliver it into the kind's hand. And the mes-
senger that was gone to call Micaiah spake unto him, saying, Tie-
hold now, the words of the prophets declare good unto the king
with one mouth : let thy word, I pray thee, be like the word of one
of them, and speak that which is good. And Micaiah said, As the
Lord liveth, what the Lord saith unto me, that will I speak.

So he came to the king. And the king said unto him, Mi-
caiah, shall we go against Ramoth-gilead to battle, or shall we for-
bear ? And he answered him, Go, and prosper : for the Lord shall
deliver it into the hand of the king. And the king said unto him,
How many times shall I adjure thee that thou tell me nothing but
that which is true in the name of the Lord ? And he said, I saw
all Israel scattered upon the hills, as sheep that have not a sheplierd :
and the Lord said, These have no master ; let them return every
man to his house in peace.

And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, Did I not tell
thee that he would prophesy no good concerning me, but evil ?

And he said, Hear thou therefore the word of the Lord : I
saw the Lord sitting on his throne, and all the host of heaven
standing by him on his right hand and on his left. And the Lord
said, Who shall persuade Ahab, that he may go up and fall at Ra-
moth-gilead ? And one said on this manner, and another said on
that manner. And there came forth a spirit, and stood before the
Lord, and said, I will persuade him. And the Lord said unto him.
Wherewith ? And he said, I will go forth, and I will 1)l' a lying
spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And he said, (^1)011 sl)illt

pcrsunbc l)im, anb pvctnail also : go fort!) anb ho go. Nouj
tl]crcforc, bcl)olb, tl]c tiocb l)ntl) ;)iU a Ining spirit in tl)C
moutl) of all tl)CSC tlljl propl)CtS, and the Lord hatli spoken evil
concerning thee.

Then David the king stood up upon his feet, and said. Hear
me, my brethren, and my people : As for me, I had in mine heart
to build an house of rest for the ark of the covenant of the
Lord, and for the footstool of our God, and had made ready for the
building : but God said unto me, Thou shalt not build an house for
my name, because thou hast been a man of war, and hast shed blood.
Iluwlicit the Lord God of Israel rl}OSC tttC bcforc all tl)C l^onsc
j of imj filtiicr to be king ov<'r Israel forever: for |)C l)atl) cljOSCU

Jubiil) to be tl)c ruler : auiiof tlic l)oiiGcof ^nbal), ll)c Ijou^cof
mil fatl)cr; anh among tl)C sons of mn fatl)cr l)C likcb mc to

make iiie king over all Israel : nub of all mil SOUS, (f<'i' tin' Lord
hath given me many sons,) |)C l)atl) cljOSCU ^olomou ilin SOU to
sit u])on the throne of the kingdom of the Lord over Israel. And
he said unto me, Solomon thy son, he shall build my house and my



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themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them. And
the Lord said unto Satan, Whence comest thou ? Then Satan an-
swered the Lord, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and
from walking up and down in it. And the Lord said unto Satan,
Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him
in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and
escheweth evil ? Then Satan answered the Lord and said, Doth Job
fear God for nought? Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and
about his house, and about all that he hath on every side ? thou
hast blessed the work of his hands, and his sul)stance is increased
in the land. But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he
hath, and he will curse thee to thy face, ^nb tl)C ^oxli saib lUXtO
Satan, Dcl)olb, all tl)at l)c IjiUl) ie in tl}ii power : only upon him-
self put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the pres-
ence of the Lord.

And there was a day when his sons and his daughters were
eatinff and drinkinij wine in their eldest brother's house : and there
came a messenger unto Job, and said, The oxen were ploughing,
and the asses feeding beside them : and the Sabeans fell upon them,



2 Chronicles,
xxxii. 30, 31.



Neh. ix.



coiuts: for Jf \)iwc cl)oscn l)im to be mn son anb 3 tnill be l)is
fatl)cr.

And Hezekiah prospered in all his works. Howbeit, in the
business of the ambassadors of the princes of Babylon, who sent
unto him to inquire of the wonder that was done in the land, ©ob
left l)im, to trn l)im, that he might know all that was in his heiirt.

Thciu art the Lord the God, who didst cI]OOSe Abram, and
brouo-htest him forth out of Ur of the Chaldees, and cfavest him
the name of Abraham ; and foundest his heart faithful before thee,
and madest a covenant with him to give the land of the Canaanites,
the Hittites, the Amoi-ites, 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.

There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job ; and
that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and
eschewed evil. And there Avere born unto him seven sons and three
daughters. His substance also was seven thousand sheep, and three
thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred
she-asses, and a very great household ; so that this man was the
greatest of all the men of the east. And his sons went and feasted
in their houses, every one his day ; and sent and called for their three
sisters to eat and to drink with them. And it was so, when the
days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified
them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt-ofterings
according to the number of them all : for Job said. It may be that
my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did
Job continually.

Now there was a day Avhen tlie sons of God came to present



Jol), i. and
ii. 1-JO.



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Job, vii. 1.



Job,
ix. li-^ii.



and took them away ; yea, they have shiin the servants with the
edge of the sword ; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.
While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said. The
fire of God is fallen from heaven, and hath burned up the sheep and
the servants, and consumed them ; and I only am escaped alone to
tell thee. While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and
said, The Chaldeans made out three bands, and fell upon the camels,
and have carried them away, yea, and slain the servants with the
edge of the sword ; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee. While
he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, Thy sons and
thy daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest broth-
er's house : and behold, there came a great wind from the wilder-
ness, and smote the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the
young men, and they are dead ; and I only am escaped alone to tell
thee.

Then Job rose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and
fell down upon the ground, and worshipped, and said. Naked came
I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither : {^\)C
Corb ^avc, anb tl)e Curb l)atl) taken aman : blessed be the

name of the Loi-d.

In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.

Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present
themselves before the Loi'd, and Satan came also among them to
present himself before the Lord. And the Lord said unto Satan, From
whence comest thou ? And Satan answered the Lord, and said,
From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up ;uid down
in it. And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my
servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and
an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil ? and still
he holdelh fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him,
to destroy him without cause. And Satan answered the Lord, and
said. Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life.
l)Ut ]iut forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and
ht^ will curse thee to thy face. And the Lord said unto Satan, Jic-

l)olb, \]c is in tl)inc Ijanb ; but save his life.

So went Satan forth from the presence of the Lord, and smote
Job with sore b(jils from the sole of his foot unto his crown. And
he took him a potsherd to scrape himself withal ; and he sat d(jwn
among the ashes. Th(;n said his wife unto him. Dost thou still re-
tain tiiinc integrity? curse God, and die. But he said unto her.
Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speakcth. AVhat !

sl)all roc rcccinc goob at tl)e l)anb of (*3ob, anb sljall ujc not

rCCCine cull ? In all this (lid not Job sin with his lips.

Is there not an appointcb time to man upon earth ? are not
his days also like the days of an hireling?

I'-'liMld. Im' I.Mkt-th iiway, who can hinder him? u)|]0 U)iII san
unto l)im, lUljat bocst tl)oil'? If God will not withdraw his anger.



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the proud helpers do stoop under him. How much less shall I an-
swer him, tand choose out my words to reason with him ? Whom,
though I were righteous, yet would I not answer, but I would make
supplication to my judge. If I had called, and he had answered
me ; yet would I not believe that he had hearkened unto my voice.
For he breaketh me with a tempest, and multiplieth my wounds
tDitl)Ont cawec. He will not suffer me to take my breath, but filleth
me with bitterness. If I speak of strength, lo, he is strong : and if
of judgment, who shall set me a time to plead? If I justify my-
self, mine own mouth shall condemn me : If I say, I am perfect, it
shall also prove me perverse. Though I were perfect, yet would I
not know my soul : I would des|>ise my life. This is one thing,
therefore I said it, j^c bcsU'OUCtl) tl)C pcvfcct (int l\)C tDlcliCb. If
the scourge slay suddenly, he will laugh at the trial of the innocent.
The earth is given into the hand of the wicked : |)C COUCVCll) tl)C
faces of tl)C iubgcs tljcrcof: if not, where, and who is he.

The tabernacles of robbers prosper, and they that provoke
God are secure ; into whose hand (xod bringeth abundantly. But
ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee ; and the fowls of
the air, and they shall tell thee : or speak to the earth, and it shall
teach thee; and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee.
Who knoweth not in all these that tl)C l)anb of l\)C Corb l)atl)
ttirongl)t tl)is? lu whose hand is the soul of every living thing,
and the breath of all mankind. Doth not the ear try words ? and
the mouth taste his meat? With the ancient is wisdom; and in
length of days understanding. With him is wisdom and strength,
he hath counsel and understanding. Behold, he breaketh down,
and it cannot be built again : he shutteth up a man, and there can
be no opening. Behold, he withholdeth the waters, and they dry
up : also he sendeth them out, and they overturn the earth. With
him is strength and wisdom: tl)C bcccincb unb tl]C bccciucr are
his. He leadeth counsellors aw^ay spoiled, aitb mnkcti) tl)C jubgcs
fools. He looseth the bond of kings, and girdeth their loins
with a girdle. He leadeth princes away spoiled, and overthroweth
the mighty. He removeth away the speech of the trusty, aixb

tokcti) aman tl)c unilJcrstanbinig of tljc agcb. He poureth con-
tempt upon princes, and weakeneth the strength of the mighty.
He discovereth deep things out of dai'kiiess, and bringeth out t(j

light the shadow of death. £)c incrcnsctl) tl)c notions, anb hC'
stronctl) tl)cm: 1)C cnhugcti) tl)c nations, anb straitcnctli

tl)Cin again. He taketh away the heart of the chief of the people
of the earth, and causeth them to wander in a wilderness where there
is no way. They grope in the dark without Hght, and 1)C makctl)

tl)cm to stagger like a 'bxnnkcn man.

Though I speak, my giief is not assuaged : and though I for-
bear, what am 1 eased ? But now he hath made me weary : thou
hast made desolate all my company. And thou hast filled me with



.lob,
xli. 6-25.



Job,
xvi. 6-17.



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Job, xvii. 4.



Job,
xix. 1-ai.



Job,
xxi. 2^i26.



wrinkles, wliicli is a witness against me : and my leanness rising up
in me beareth witness to my face. He teareth nie in liis wialh,
who liatetli me: he gnaslieth upon me with his teeth; miue enemy
sharpeneth his eyes upon me. They have gaped upon me with their
mouth; they have smitten me upon the cheek i-eproacht'ullv ; tliey
have gathered themselves together against me. God liath deliv-
ered me to the ungodl}*, and turned me over into the hands of the
wicked. I was at ease, but he hath broken me asunder : he hath
also taken me by my neck, and shaken me to pieces, and set me up
for his mark. Ilis archers compass me round about, he cleaveth
my reins asunder, and doth not spare; he jiouretli out my gall
upon the ground. He breaketh me with breach upon bieach, he
runneth upon me like a giant. I have sewed sackcloth upon my
skin, and defiled my horn in the dust. My face is foul with weeping,
and on my eyelids is the shadow of death ; not fov rtUll injustice
in mine Ijanbs : also my prayer is pure.

(Tljou Ijtist l)ib tijcir Ijeartfrom unbcrstantiing; therefore

shalt thou not exalt them.

Then Job answered and said, How long will ye vex my soul,
and break me in pieces with words? These ten times have ye re-
proached me : ye are not ashamed that ye make yourselves strange
to me. And be it indeed that I have erred, mine error remainetli
with myself. If indeed ye will magnify yourselves against me, and
plead against me my reproach: knoiU noU) tl]at (?ob i)'M\) Olicr-

tljrotDn mc, anb l)iUl) compassed me voitl) l)is net. l>eiiui,i, i

cry out 'of wrong, but I am not heard : I cry aloud, but there is no
judgment. He hath fenced u}) my way that I cannot pass, and he
hath set darkness in my paths, lie hath stripi)ed me of my gior}',
and taken the crown from my head. He hath destroyed me on
every side, and I am gone : and mine hope hath he removed like a
tree. He hath also kindled his wrath against me, and he counteth
me unto him as one of his enemies. His troops come together, and
raise up their way against me, and encamp round about my taber-
nacle. He hath put inv brethren far from me, and mine aci|uaint-
ance are verily estranged from me. My kinsfolk haxc failed, and
my familiar friends have forgotten me. They that dwell in mine
house, and my maids, count me for a stranger : I am an alien in
their sight. 1 called my servant, and he gave me no answer : I en-
treated liim with my mouth. My breath is strange to my wife,
though I entreated for the children's sake of mine own body. Yea,
young children despised me ; I arose, and they sj)ake against me.
All my inward friends abhorred me: and they whom 1 loved are
turned against me. My bone cleaveth to my skin and to my flesh, and
I am escaped with the skin of my teeth. Have pity upon me, have
pity up< in me, O ye my friends ; for the hand of God liath touched me.

Shall any teach God knowledge? seeing he judgeth those that
are high. One dieth in his full strength, being wholly at ease and



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quiet. His breasts are full of millv, and liis bones are moistened
with marrow. And another dieth in the bitterness of his soul, and
never eateth with ]ileasure. They shall lie down alike in the dust,
and the worms shall cover them.

My foot hath held his steps, his way have I kept, and not de-
clined. Xeither have I gone back from the commandment of his
lips ; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my neces-
sary food. But he is in one mind, and who can turn him ? and
lDl)tU I)is soul bcsirctl), CWCn tl)at l)C bocti). For he performeth
the thing that is appointed for me : and many such things are with
him. Therefore am I troubled at his presence : when I consider, I
am afraid of him. For God maketh my heart sofl, and the Almighty
troubleth me : because I was not cut ott" before the darkness, neither
hath he covered the darkness from my face.

Surely thou hast spoken in mine hearing, and I have heard
the voice of thy w^ords, saying, I am clean without transgression, I
am innocent ; neither is there iniquity in me. Behold, he findeth
occasions against me, he counteth me for his enemy. He putteth
my feet in the stocks, he marketh all my paths. Behold, in this
thou art not just : I wall answer thee, that God is greater than man.
Why dost tliou strive against him? for 1]C giucti) ItOt accOUUt of

ang of l)is matters.

iDl]o l)atl) giiicn l)im a rljnrgc ODcr tijc earti)? or who

hath disposed the wliole worjd? If he set his heart upon man, if
he gather unto himself his spirit and his breath ; all flesh shall
perish together, and man shall turn again unto dust. If now thou
hast understanding, hear this : hearken to the voice of my words.
Shall even he that hateth right govern ? and wilt thou condemn him
that is most just I Is it fit to say to a king, Tliou art wicked ? and
to princes. Ye are ungodly ? How much less to him that accepteth
not the persons of princes, no) regardeth the rich more than the
poor ? for they all are the work of his hands. In a moment shall
they die, and the people shall be troubled at midnight, and pass
away : and the mighty shall be taken away without hand.

Behold, God exalteth by his power : wdio teacheth like him ?
iX)l)0 Ijcltl) cnjoincb l)im l]is Vjax) ? or who can say. Thou hast
wrought iniquity ?

Why do the heathen rage, and the people imag-ine a vain
thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take
counsel together, against the Lord, and against his Anointed, saying,
Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from
us. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: tl)C Zoxb sl)illl

\)avc tl)cm in bcrision.

O Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth !
who hast set thy glory above the heavens, ©nt of tl)C ttiontl)
of babes anb sucklings Ijast tl)Ou ovbaiueb strengtl) because



xxiii. 11-17.



Job,
xxxiii. 8-13.



Job,
xxxiv. 13-20.



Job,
xxxvi. 22, 23.



Ps. ii. 1-4.



Ps. Tiii. 1, 2.



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P3.xxxiii. 12.



Psalm Ixv. 4.



Psalm
Ixix. 1(1-28.



Ps. Ixxvi. 10.



P?iilra
Ixxviii.
67-72.



Piwilm
Ixxxix. 3, 4.



P8.cii. 12,13,



Pa. cv. 6-27.



of tijiltc enemies, tlmt thou miglitest still the enemy and the
avenger.

Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord ; and the people
ml)Om l)e IjatI) cljOSCn for his own inheritance.

Blessed is the man U)|)om tljOlt cl)00Se3t, and causest to ap-
proach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts : we shall be sat-
isfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple.

Thou hast known my reproach, and my shame, and mv dis-
honour : mine adversaries are all before thee. Reproach hath broken
my heart ; and I am full of heaviness : and I looked for some to
take pity, but there was none ; and for comforters, hut 1 found none.
They gave me also gall for my meat ; and in my thirst they gave
me vinegar to drink. Let their table become a snare before them :
and tl)at u)l)ic!) sl)onlii \)avc been for tijeir rodfare, let it be-
come a trap. €et tijeir encs be barkeneb, that they see not;

and make their loins continually to shake. Pour out thine indig-
nation upon them, and let thy wrathful anger take hold of them.
Let tlipir habitation be desolate ; and let none dwell in their tents.
For they persecute him whom thou hast smitten ; and thi?y talk to
the grief of those whom thou hast wounded. Add iniquity unto

their iniquity: anb let tbcm not comc into tl)!] rigl)teousness.

Let them be blotted out of the book of the hving, and not be writ-
ten with the righteous.

Surely tl)C turati) of man sljall praise tl)ec : the remainder
of wrath shalt thou i-estrain.

Moreover \)c rcfuscb tljc tabcmnclc of Soscpl}, arib cfiosc
not tl)c tribe of Grpljraim: but cl)Ose tl)c tribe of Jniial], the

mount Zion which he loved. And he buiU- his sanctuary like high
palaces, like the earth which he hath established forever, i^c cl)OSe
tHarib also l]is SCruant, and took him from the sheepfolds: from
following the ewes great with young he brought him to feed .Jacob
his people, and Israel his inheritance. So he fed them according to
the integrity of his heart; and guided them by the skilfulness of
his hands.

I have made a covenant with mjl cljosen, I have sworn unto
David my servant, thy seed will I establish forever, and build up
thy throne to all generations. Selah.

Thou, Lord, shalt endnre forever; and thy remembrance
unto all generations. Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion :
for the time to favour her, yea, tl)C set time, is come.

ye seed of Abraham his servant, ye children of Jacob j]is
cl)OScn. ITc is the Lord our God: his judgments are in all the
earlli. lb- h;ith remembered his covenant forever, the word whii-li
he commaufled to a thousand generations. tX)l)icl) coneilrtnt l)e
mabc luitl) "^Xbraliam, cinb bis oati) unto ^saac; anii con-
firmeb tl)e same unto Jacob for a huu, anb to Jsrael for an



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mcrlaGting coucnnnt: sariing, XXnto tijcc toill J ginc tl)c lanb

of Cnnaan, the lot of your inlieritance : when they were but a
few men in number ; yea, very few, and strangers in it. When
they went from one nation to another, from one kingdom to anotlier
people ; he suffered no man to do them wrong : yea, he reproved
kings for their sakes ; saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my
prophets no harm.

Moreover he called for a famine upon the land : he brake the
whole statf of bread. He sent a man before them, even Joseph,
who was sold for a servant : whose feet they liurt with fetters : he
"was laid in iron : until the time that his word came : the word of
the Lord tried him. The kino- sent and loosed him : even the ruler
of the people, and let him go free. He made him lord of his
house, and ruler of all his substance : to bind his princes at his
pleasure; and teach his senators wisdom. Isi'ael also came into
Egypt ; and Jacob sojourned in the land of Ham, And he increased
his people greatly ; and made them stronger than their enemies.
^c tnrncb tijcir Ijeart to Ijatc Ijis people, to beiil subtillg v^ll]

l)is SCrUilUtS. He sent Moses his servant; and Aaron whom he



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