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continuance. Moreover, he will bring upon thee all the diseases of
Egypt, which thou wast afraid of; and they shall cleave unto thee.
Also every sickness, and every plague, which is not written in the
book of this law, them will the Lord bring upon thee, until thou
be destroyed. And ye shall be left few in number, whereas ye were
as the stars of heaven for multitude ; bccaxISC tllOtt tDOUibcst ttOt
obcii tlic voice of tl)e £orb tl)ti (!3ob. And it shall come to
pass, that as the Loi-d rejoiced over you to do you good, and to

multiply you; 60 tl]e Corb toiU tcjoicc oDcr son to bcstro|i

gou anb to bring tion to nongljt ; and ye shall be plucked from
off the land whither thou goest to possess it.

He is the Rock, his work is perfect : for all l)is tnags arc
jnbgtttcnt : a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right
is he.

Tliey are a nation void of counsel, neither is there any under-
standing in them. that they were wise, that they understood
this, that they Avould consider their latter end ! How should one
chase a thousand, and two put ten thousand to flight, except their
Rock had sold them, and the Lord had shut them up ? For their
rock is not as our Rock, even our enemies themselves being judges :
for their vine is of the vine of Sodom, and of the fields of Gomor-
rah : their grapes are grapes of gall, their clusters ai'e bitter : their
wine is the poison of dragons, and the cruel venom of asps. Is not
this laid up in store with me, and sealed up among my ti^easures ?

®o mc bclongctl) ncngcancc, anb recompense ; tijcir foot sljall

slibe in hue time : for tlie day of their calamity is at hand, and
the things that shall come upon them make haste. For the Lord
shall judge his people, and repent himself for his servants ; when
he seeth that their power is gone, and there is none shut up, or left.
And he shall say. Where are their gods, their rock in whom they
trusted, which did eat the fat of their sacrifices, and drank the wine
of their drink-ofterings ? let them rise up and help you, and be your
protection. See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god
with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither
is there any that can deliver out of my hand. For I lift up my
hand to heaven, and say, I live forever. 3f M U)l)et mil glittering
sroorb, nnb mine l]anb take l)olb on jnbgment: J xuiil rcnbcr
nengeance to mine enemies, anb roill reroarb tl)em tl)at l)ate

me. 1 will make mine arrows drunk with blood, and my sword
shall devour flesh ; and that with the blood of the slain and of the
captives from the beginning of i-evenges upon the enemy. Rejoice,
O ye nations, with his people : for he will avenge the blood of his



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servants, anlt upill rcubcr ucngcancc to l)is abucrsavics, and

will be merciful unto his land, and to his people.

And the people answered, and said, God forbid that we should
forsake the Lord, to serve other gods ; for the Lord our God, he it
is that brought us up, and our fathers, out of the land of Egypt,
from the house of bondage, and which did those great signs in our
sight, and preserved us in all the way wherein we went, and among
all the people through whom we passed : and the Lord drave out
from before us all the people, even the Amorites which dwelt in the
land : therefore will we also serve the Lord ; for he is our God.
And Joshua said unto the people, \)c cannot SCruc tllC Corb : for

\)c is an l^oln (5ob : l)c is a jcalons (Sob ; l)c tuill not forgiuc
jionr transgressions, nor nonr sins. If ye forsake the Lord,

and serve strange gods, then he will turn and do you hurt, and con-
sume you, after that he hath done you good.

And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord,
and served Baalim : and they forsook the Lord God of their fathers,
which brought them out of the land of Egypt, and followed other
gods, of the gods of the people that were round about them, and
bowed themselves unto them, and provoked the Lord to anger.
And they forsook the Lord, and served Baal and Ashtaroth.

And the anger of the Lord was hot against Israel, and he de-
livered them into the hands of spoilers that spoiled them, and he
sold them into the hands of their enemies round about, so that
they could not any longer stand before their enemies. AVhitherso-
ever they went out, tl)c Ijanb of tl)c £orb ttias against tl}cm for
ml, as tl)e £orb Ijab saib, a\\b as tl)e tovh Ijab sujorn unto

tljcnt : and they were greatly distressed.

If one man sin against another, the judge shall judge him :

but if a man sin against tl)c Corb, roljo sljall entreat for
l)im?

And the Lord said to Samuel, Behold, I will do a thing in
Israel, at wdiich both the ears of every one that heareth it shall
tingle. In that day I will perform against Eli all things which I
have spoken concerning his house: m\]Cn M begin, 3 Vuill also
make an cnb. For I have told him that I will judge his house
forever for the iniquity which he knoweth : because his sons made
themselves vile, and he restrained them not. And therefore I have
sworn unto the house of Eli, that tl)C iniquitn of (Eli's 1)0USC

sl)ail not be ?]urgcb roitl) sacritice nor offering foreucr.

The Lord shall reward the doer of evil according to his wick-
edness.

The Lord rewarded me accorbing to mn rigl)tcousncss :

according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me.
For I have kept the ways of the Lord, and have not wicketUy de-
parted from my God. For all his judgments were before me: and



Joshua,
xxiv. 16 - 20.



Judges,
ii. 11-15.



1 Sam. li. 25.



1 Samuel,
iii. 11-14,



2 Sam. iii. 39.



2 Samuel,
xxii. 21-28.



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2 Samuel,
xxiii. 3.



1 Kings,
viii. 22-24.



1 Kings,
ix. 1-9.



as for his statutes, I did not depart from them. I was also up-
right before him, and have kept myself from mine iniquity. There-
fore the Lord hath recompensed me according to my righteousness ;
according to my cleanness in his eye-sight. tDitl) tl)C tncvciful

tl)oit toilt sl)cu) tl]2scif merciful, a\\b toitl) tl)c npiigl)t man
tl)ou loih slicu) tlinsclf uprigl)!. tOitl) tl)c pure tljon noilt
el)cu) tl]i}sclf pure: a\ib roil!) t\)C frorourb tljou roilt sl)cu)
tijysclf imsauourD. And the afflicted people thou wilt save :
but thine eyes are upon the haughty, that thou mayest bring them
down.

The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He
that ruletli over men tUUSt bc jttSt, ruling in the fear of God.

And Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord in the pres-
ence of all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands
toward heaven : and he said. Lord God of Israel, there is no God
like thee, in heaven above, or on earth beneath, who keepest cove-
nant and mercy toitl] tijti seroaiits tl)at toalli before tl)ce tnitl)

all tl)eir Ijeart : w'ho hast kept with thy servant David my father
that thou promisedst him : thou spakest also with thy mouth, and
hast fulfilled it with thine hand, as it is this day.

t And it came to pass, when Solomon had finished the building
of the house of the Lord, and the king's house, and all Solomon's
desire which he was pleased to do, that the Lord appeared to Solo-
mon the second time, as he had appeared unto him at Gibeon. And
the Lord said unto him, I have heard thy prayer and thy supplica-
tion that thou hast made before me : I have hallowed this house,
which thou hast built, to put my name there forever ; and mine
eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually. And if thou wilt
walk before me, as David thy father walked, in integrity of heart,
and in uprightness, to do according to all that I have commanded
thee, and wilt keep my statutes and my judgments : then I will
establish the throne of thy kingdom upon Israel forever, as I prom-
ised to David thy ftither, saying. There shall not fail thee a man
upon the throne of Israel, But if ye shall at all turn from follow-
ing me, ye or your children, and will not keep my commandments
and my statutes which I have set before you, but go and serve other
gods, and worship them : then will I cut off Israel out of the land
which I have given them ; and this house which I have hallowed
for my name, Avill I cast out of my sight ; and Israel shall be a
proverb and a by -word among all people : and at this house, which
is high, every one that passeth by it shall be astonished, and shall
hiss ; and they shall say, Why hath the Lord done thus unto this
laud, and to this house ? And they shall answer, JBecauSC tl)CJl

forsook tl)e €orb tl)eir (5ob, tol)o brougl)! fort!) tl)eir fiUl)crs
out of tl)c lanb of Qrgiipt, anli l)aiie taken 1)015 upon otl)er
gobo, anb l)atic toorsljippcb tl)em, anb serucb tl)em : tl)erefore
IjtttI) tl)c jLorb brongl)t upon tl)em all tl)is euil.



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And the word of tlie Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying,
Arise, go down to meet Ahab king of Israel, which is in Samaria :
behold, he is in the vaneyard of Naboth, whither he is gone down
to possess it. And thou shalt speak unto him, sapng, Thus saith
the Lord, Hast thou killed, and also taken possession ? And thou
shalt speak unto him, saying. Thus saith the Lord, 3X1 tl)C phlCC

xo\)cvc bogs lickcb tl)c bloob of XabotI) sljall bogs lick tl)ri
bloob, even tl)inc.

And they left all the commandments of the Lord their God,
and made them molten images, even two calves, and made a grove,
and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served Baal. And they
caused their sons and their daughtei's to pass through the fire, and
used divination and enchantments, and sold themselves to do evil
in the sight of the Lord, to provoke him to anger. ®l)Crcforc tl)C

Corb mas ucrn angrn toitl) Israel, anb rcmoucb tl)cm out of
I)is sigljt : there was none left but the tribe of Judah only. Also
Judah kept not the commandments of the Lord their God, but
walked in the statutes of Israel which they made, ^itb tljC t!orb
rcjcctcb ail tl)C SCCb of Jfsriicl, and atlhcted them, and delivered
them into the hand of spoilers, until he had cast them out of his
sight. For he rent Israel from the house of David ; and they made
Jeroboam the son of Nebat king : and Jeroboam di'ave Israel fi-om
following the Lord, and made them sin a great sin. For the chil-
dren of Israel walked in all the sins of Jei'oboain which he did ;
they departed not from them ; until tl)C Corb rcmoocb Jsrucl OUt
of l)is sigl)t, ns l)C Ijab SUib by all his servants the prophets. So was
Israel carried away out of their own laud to Assyria unto this day.

The Lord sjiake by his servants the prophets, saying, Because
Manasseh king of Judah hath done these abominations, and hath
done wickedly above all that the Amorites did, which were before
him, and hath made Judah also to sin with his idols :

Therefore thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Scljolb, 3 (IVX

bringing snci) cuil upon -Jerusalem mib Jubal), tljat ujijoso-
cvcv l)earetl) of it, botl) l)is ears sl)aU tingle. C\nb J roill
stretcl) oiicr Jerusalem tlje line of Gamaria, anb tl)C plummet
of i\]c l)ouse of \X[)ab ; anb 3 roill wipe Jerusalem as a man
toipetl) a bisl), roiping it, a\ib turning it upsibc bomn. And

I will forsake the remnant of mine inheritmice, and deliver them
into the hand of their enemies ; and they shall become a prey and
a spoil to all their enemies ; because they have done that which
"was evil in my sight, and have provoked me to anger, since the day
their fathers came forth out of Egypt, even unto this day.

Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up, and Jehoiakim be-
came his servant three years : then he turned and rebelled against him.
And the Lord sent against him bands of the Chaldees, and bands of the
Syrians, and bands of the Moabites, and bands of the children of
Ammon, and sent them against Judah to destroy it, accordin



g to the



1 Kiu?s,
xxi. 17-19.



2 Kings,
xvii. lfr-'.!3.



2 Kings,
xxi. 10-15.



2 Kings,
xxiv. 1-4.



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2 Chronicles,
xii. 1-8.



2 Chronicles,
xix. 4-7.



2 Chronicles,
xxxvi. 14-17.



word of the Lord, which he spake by hi.s servants tlie prophets. Surely
at the commandment of the Lord came this upon Judah, to remove
them out of his sight, for the sins of Manasseli, according to all that
he did ; and also for the innocent blood that he shed, (for he tilled Je-
rusalem with innocent blood,) tril)icl) tl)c £orb tDoulb not purboix.

And it came to pass, when Rehoboam had established the
kingdom, and had strengthened himself, he forsook the law of the
Lord, and all Israel with him. And it came to pass, that in the
fifth year of king Rehoboam, Shishak king of Egypt came up
against Jerusalem, because they had transgressed against the Lord,
with twelve hundred chariots, and threescore thousand horsemen :
and the people were without number that came with him out of
Egypt ; the Lubims, the Sukkiims, and the Ethiopians, And he
took the fenced cities which pertained to Judah, and came to Jeru-
salem.

Then came Shemaiah the prophet to Rehoboam, and to the
princes of Judah, that were gathered together to Jerusalem because
of Sliishak, and said unto them, Thus saith the Lord, ^e l)aticfor-

Biikcn mc, anb tijcrcfore l]iwc 1 olso left jiou in tl)c l)anb of
5l)i5l)ak. Whereupon the princes of Israel and the king liumbled
themselves : and they said, 2l1)C £orb is riql)tCOns. And when
the Lord saw that they humbled themselves, Ihe word of the Lord
came to Shemaiah, saying. They have humbled themselves ; there-
fore I will not destroy them, but I will grant them some deliverance ;
and my wrath shall not be poured out upon Jerusalem by the liand
of Shishak. Nevertheless they shall be his servants ; that they
may know my service, and the service of the kingdoms of the coun-
tries.

And Jehoshaphat dwelt at Jerusalem : and he went out again
through the people from Beer-sheba to mount Ephraim, and brought
them back unto the Lord God of their fethers.

And he set judges in the land throughout all the fenced cities
of Judah, city by city ; and said to the judges, Take heed what
ye do ; for ye judge not for man, but for the Lord, who is with you
in the judgment. Wherefore now let the fear of the Lord be u]X)n
you: take heed and do it: for tl)Crc is no iniquitn toitll l\]C

Corb our (Sob, nor respect of persons, nor taking of gifts.

Moreover all the chief of the priests, and the people, trans-
gressed very much after all the abominations of the heathen ; and
])olluted the house of the Lord which he had hallowed in Jerusa-
lem. And the Lord God of their fathers sent to them by his mes-
sengers, rising up betimes and sending : because he had compassion
on his people, and on his dwelling-place : but they mocked the
messeiim.i-s of Goo, and despi'^od his words, and misused his proph-
ets, until ilje mxal\) of tlje Corb arose against Ijis people, till
tijere ujas no remcbn. Therefore he brought i\pon them the
king of llie Clialdees, who slew their young men with the sword in



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the house of their sanctuary, and had no compassion upon young
man or maiden, old man, or him that stooped for age : he gave
them all into his hand.

And now, our God, what shall we say after this ? for we

have forsaken thy commandments And after all

that is come upon us for our evil deeds, and for our great trespass,
seeing that thou our God hast punished us less than our iniquities
deserve, and hast given us such deliverance as this ; should we
again break thy commandments, and join in affinity with the peo-
ple of these abominations? tDOltlbcst UOt tl)On bc augrjl toill) Its

till tl)ou Ijabst ronsumcb us, so tl)at tl)crc sl)oulb be no rem-
nant nor escaping ? O Lord God of Israel, thou art righteous :
for we remain yet escaped, as it is this day : behold, we are before
thee in our tresjJtisses ; for we canuot staud before thee because of
this.

Yet they dealt proudly, and hearkened not unto thy com-
mandments, but sinned against thy judgments, (which if a man
ho, he shall live in them.)

Now therefore, our God, the great, the mighty, and the ter-
rible God, u)l)o keepest ronenant anir mcrcn, let not all the

trouble seem little before thee, that hath come upon us, on our kings,
on our princes, and on our priests, and on our prophets, and on our
fathers, and on all thy people, since the time of the kings of As-
syria unto this day. Ilowbeit, tl)ou art fust in all tl)at is
brongljt upon us ; for tl)ou |)ast bone rigi)t, but uje l)aye bone
toickebln : neither have our kings, our princes, our priests, nor our
fathei's, kept thy law, nor hearkened unto thy commandments and
thy testimonies, wherewith thou didst testify against them. For
they have not served thee in their kingdom, and in thy great good-
ness that thou gavest them, and in the large and fat land which
thou gavest before them, neither turned they from their wicked
works. Behold, we are servants this day, and for the land that
thou gavest unto our fathers to eat the fi-uit thereof and the good
thereof, behold, we are servants in it : and it yieldeth much in-
crease unto the kin<i:s whom thou hast set over us because of
our sins ; also they have dominion over our bodies, and over our
cattle, at their pleasure, and we are in great distress. And be-
cause of all this we make a sure covenant and write it : and our
princes, Levites, and priests, seal unto it.

Remember, I pray thee, ujljo euer perisl)eb, being innocent ?

or where were the ligliteous cut otl" i Even as I have seen, they
that plough iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same. By the
blast of God they perish, and by the breath of his nostrils are they
consumed. The roaring of the lion, and the voice of the fierce lion,
and the teeth of the young lions, are broken. The old lion perish-
eth for lack of prey, and the stout lion's whelps are scattered
abroad.



Ezra,
10, 13-15.



Neh. ix. 29.



Nehemiah,
ix. 32-3«.



Job, iv. 7-19.



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Job, viii. 3-7.



Job, viii. 20.



Job, ix. 1-3.



Job,
ix.2^3o.



Job, X. 14, 15.



.lob,
xiii. 7-11.



Now a thing was secretly brought to me, and mine ear re-
ceived a little thereof. In thoughts from the visions of the night,
when deep sleep falleth 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 up : 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, Sljttll mortarmau bc

more just tl) an (5oi? sljall a man be more pure tl)an Ijis

illaker? Behold, he put no trust in his servants; and his angels
he cliai-ged with folly : how much less in them that dwell in houses
of clay, whose foundation is in the dust, which are crushed before
the moth ?

poll) ©oir peroert fubgment ; or boti) tljc'i^lmiglitn :|]cr-

Oert instice ? If thy children have sinned against him, and he
have cast them away for their transgression ; if thou wouldest seek
unto God betimes, and make thy supplication to the Almighty ; if
thou wert pure and upright, surely now he would awake for thee,
and make the habitation of thy righteousness prosperous. Though
thy beginning was small, yet thy latter end should greatly increase.

Behold, God will not cast away a perfect man, neither will he
help the evil doers.

Then Job answered and said, I know it is so of a truth : but
i)OtD sljoulb man be just toitl) ©ob ? If he will contend with
him, he cannot answer him one of a thousand.

My days are swifter than a post : they flee away, they see no
good. They are jiassed away as the swift ships : as the eagle that
hasteth to the prey. If I say, I will forget my complaint, I will
leave off" my heaviness, and comfort myself: I am afraid of all my

sorrows, 3 knoto tl)at tljou toilt not l)olb me innocent. If I be

wicked, why then labour I in vain ? If I wasji mvself with snow-
water, and make my hands never so clean ; net sl)alt tl)OU piunQC

me in tlje bitcl), anb mine oton dotljes sl)all abl)or me. For

he is not a man, as I am, that I should answer him, and wo should
come together in judgment. Neither is there any days-man be-
twixt us, that might lay his hand upon us both. Let him take his
rod away from me, and let not his fear terrify me : then would I
speak, and not fear him ; but it is not so with me.

If I sin, then thou markest me, anb tl)On Ujilt not acquit
me from mine iniquitjl. If I be wicked, wo unto me ; and if I
be righteous, yet will I nut lift up my head. I am full of confu-
sion ; therefore see thou mine afiiiction.

Will ye speak wickedly for God ? and talk deceitfully for him ?
Will ye accept his person ? will ye contend for God ? Is it good
that he should search you out ? or as one man inocketh another,
do ye so mock him ? f)c roill sureln reproue ijon, if lie ho se-
cretin accept persons. IShall not hfs exceileuc/make you afraid ?
and liis i!r<';ul fall upon you ?



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29^



Now thou numberest my steps : dost thou not watch over my
sin ? ill J) transgrcssiou is ocalclr up in a bag, and thou sew-

est up mine iniquity.

Be ye afraid of the sword : for wrath bringeth the punishments

of the sword, tl)at r)c man know tl)crc is a jubgrnent.

Is not thy wickedness great? and thine iniquities infinite?
For thou hast taken a pledge from thy brother for nought, and
stripped the naked of their clothing. Thou hast not given water
to the weary to drink, and thou hast withholden bread from the
hungry. But as for the mighty man, he had the earth ; and the
honourable man dwelt in it. Thou hast sent widows away empty,
and the arms of the fatherless have been broken. Therefore snares
are round about thee, and sudden fear troubleth thee ; or darkness,
that thou canst not see ; and abundance of waters cover thee. Is
not God in the height of heaven ? and behold the height of the
stars, how high they are! ^niJ tl)On sancst, i^OO) botl) ©ob

knotD? ran l)e jubge tl)rougl) tl)e 5ark cloni'? Thick clouds

are a covering to him, that he seeth not ; and he walketh in tlie

circuit of heaven, ^azt tl)OU titarkcb tl)c olb toag ujliicl] tnickeb
tncn \]iwc tvohhcn'} xd\)u\) tocrc rut homn out of time, u)l)osc
fouubation roas oocrflotou tDitI) a floob : wiiich said unto God,

Depart from us : and what can the Almighty do for them ? Yet he
filled their houses with good things : but the counsel of the Avicked
is far from me. The righteous see it, and are glad : and the inno-
cent laugh them to scorn. Whereas our substance is not cut down,
but the remnant of them the fire consumeth.

If I did despise the cause of my man-servant or of my maid-
servant, when they contended with me ; what then shall I do when

God riseth up? awli toljen l)e oisitcti), U3l)at sljall 3 anstocr
l)im?

Let me not, I pray you, accept any man's person, neither let
me give flattering titles unto man. For I know not to give flatter-
ing titles; in so boing mn iltakcr tooulb soon take mc
atnag.

Job hath said, I am righteous : and God hath taken away my
judgment. Should I lie against my right? my wound is incurable
without transgression.

What man is like Job, who drinketh up scorning Hke water ;
which goeth in company with the workers of iniquity, and walketh
with wicked men ? For he hath said. It profiteth a man nothing
that he should delight himself with God. Therefore hearken unto
me, ye men of understanding : far be it from God, that he should
do wickedness ; and from the Almighty, that he should commit in-
iquity. £ox tl)c u3ork of a man sl)aU l)e rcnbcr unto l)im, anb
cause coerij man to fiub arrorbing to Ijis toaus. Yea, surely

God will not do \vickedly, neither will the Almighty pervert judg-
ment



Job,
xiv. 16, 17.



Job, xix. 29.



Job,
xxii. 5-20.



Job,
xxxl. 13, 14.



Job,
xxxii. 21, 22.



Job,

xxxiv. 5-12,

16-23.



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Job,
XXXV. 13, 14.



Job,
xxxvi. 17-19.



Job,
xxxvii.
23,24.



Job, xl. 1-9.



Ps. ii. 10-12,



Ps. V. J,



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 l]im tl)at is most IttSt ? Is it fit to say to a
king, Thou art wicked ? and to princes. Ye are ungodly ? How
much less to him that accepteth not the persons of princes, nor re-
gardeth 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. For 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. For



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