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he will not lay upon man more than right ; that he should enter
into judgment with God.

Surely God will not hear vanity, neither will the Almighty
regard it. Although thou sayest thou shalt not see him, get
jubgincnt is before l)im ; therefore trust thou in him.

Thou hast fulfilled the judgment of the wicked; judgment
and justice take hold on thee. Because there is wrath, beware lest
he take thee away with his stroke : tljeu a great raitsom Ciiunot
beliucr tl)ee. Will he esteem thy riches ? no, not gold, nor all the
forces of strength.

Touching the Almighty, we cannot find liim out : he is excel-
lent in power, aitb iu iubgmcut, anh in plentii of justice : he

will not afflict. Men do therefore fear him : he respecteth not any
that are wise of heart.

Moreover, the Lord answered Job, and said, Shall he that con-
tendeth Avith the Almighty instruct him ? |)e ti)at reprowctl) ©ob,

let l)im anstoer it.

Then Job answered the Lord and said. Behold, I am vile;
what shall I answer thee? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth.
Once have I spoken ; but I will not answer : yea, twice ; but I will
proceed no further.

Then answered the Lord unto Job out of the wliirlwind, and
said. Gird up thy loins now like a man : I will demand of thee,
and declare thou unto me. Wilt thou also disannul ray judgment ?

u)iU tl)oit conbcmn me, tljnt tl)on maijest be rigljteons ? Hast

thou an arm like God? or canst thou thunder with a voice like
him?

Be wise now therefore, O ye kings : be instructed, ye judges
of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling.
Kiss the Son, lest \)c be angrii, anb tic perisi) from tl)c roan,
U)l)cn l)is loratl) is kinbleb blu a litllc. Jjlessed are all they

that put their trust in him.

Thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness : neitlier
shall .vil dwell with thee. ®|)e foolisl) 5l)all not stanb in ll)n

sigl)t'. tlii>u hatest all workers of inicpiity.



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Ps. \ii. 6-13.



Ps. ix. 1-8.



Arise, Lord, in thine ang-or, lift up thyself because of the
rage of mine enemies : and awake for nie to the judgment that
tliou hast commanded. So shall the congregation of the people
compass thee about : for theii- sakes therefore return thou on high.
^\)C £orb sl)aU jnbgc tl)C ^JCOplc: judge me, O Lord, according
to my righteousness, and according to mine integrity that is in me.

let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end ; but establish
the just : for the righteous God trieth the hearts and reins. My
defence is of God, which saveth the upright in heart. God judgeth
the righteous, and G(^d is angry with the wicked every day. 3f \)C

turn not, l)c will vo\)ct l)is sraort); l)C l)atl) bent Ijis bom, anb

mabc it I'Cabo. He hath also prepared for him the instruments
of death ; he ordaineth his arrows against the persecutors.

I will praise thee, Lord, with my whole heart; I will shew
forth all thy marvellous works. I will be glad and rejoice in thee :

1 will sing praise to thy name, O thou Most High. When mine
enemies are turned back, they shall fall and perish at thy presence.
For thou hast maintained my right and my cause ; thou safest in
the throne judging right. Thou hast rebuked the heathen, thou
hast destroyed the wicked, thou hast put out their name forever and
ever.

thou enemy ! destructions are come to a pei'petual end : and
thou hast destroyed cities ; their memorial is perished with them.
Rut the Lord shall endure forever: he hath prepared his throne for
judgment. Ami he shall judge the woi-ld in righteousness, |)e

6l)all minister jubgmcnt to ti)c people in nprigl)tness.

Sing praises to the Lord, which dwelleth in Zion : declare
among the people his doings, itiljen l)e maketl) inquisition for

bloob, 1)C rcmetnberctl) tl)em : he forgetteth not the cry of the
humble.

The heathen are sunk down in the pit that they made : in the
net which they hid is their own foot taken. (Jlje C!orb is kuoton
bn tl)e iubgment rollici) l)e CXecUtetl) : the wicked is snared in
the work of his own hands.

AVherefore doth the wicked contemn God ? he hath said in his
heart. Thou wilt not require it; thou hast seen it ; for tllOU bcl)olb-
est mischief anb spite, to requite it ujiti) tl)ij Ijanb : the poor

coiumitteth himself unto thee ; thou art the helper of the fatherless.
]ireak thou the arm of the wicked and the evil man : seek out his
Avickedness till thou find none. The Lord is King forever and ever:
the heathen are perished out of his land. Lord, thou hast heard
the desire of the humble : thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt
cause thine ear to hear : to judge the fatherless and the oppressed,
that the man of the earth may no more oppress.

Tliine hand shall find out all thine enemies: thy right hand Ps. xxi.8-i2.
shall find out those that hate thee. Thou shalt make them as a



Ps. ix. 11, 12.



Ps. ix. 15, 16.



Ps. X. 13-18.



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1



Pa. xxxi. 23.
Ps. xlriii. 10.
Ps. 1. lG-22.



Ps,alra
Iviii. &-I1.



Psalm
Ixii. 11, 12.



Psalm Ixv. 5.



I>8.1xvU.3,4.



Psalm Ixxlii.



fiery oven in the time of tliine anger : the Lord shall swallow them
up in his wrath, and the fire shall devour them. Their fruit shalt
thou destroy from the earth, and their seed from among the children
of men. For they intended e\-il against thee : they imagined a
mischievous device, which they are not able to perform. Therefore
shalt thou make them turn their back, when thou shalt make read}^
thine arrows upon thy strings against the face of them. Be thou
exalted, Lord, in thine own strength : so will we sing and praise
thy power.

love the Lord, all ye his saints : for the Lord preserveth the

faithful, anb ^jlcntifuUn rctoarbctl) tl)c proub bocr.

According to thy name, God, so is thy pi'aise unto the ends

of the earth: tl)n rigl)t l)rtnb is full of vigl)tcousncss.

But unto the wicked God saith. What hast thou to do to de-
clare my statutes, or that thou shouldst take my covenant in thy
mouth ? seeing thou hatest instruction, and castest my words behind
thee. When thou sawest a thief, then thou consentedst with him,
and hast been partaker with adulterers. Thou givest thy mouth to
evil, and thy tongue frameth deceit. Thou sittest and speakest
against thy brother ; thou slanderest thine own mother's son.

These things hast thou done, and I kept silence ; tI}OU tl)Ongl]t-

est tljat J tons altogetlicr sucl) a one as lljnsclf: but J loiU
rcpronc tl)cc, axxb set tljciu m orber before tl)iue eyes. Nou)
consider tl)is, ije tl)at forget CSob, lest J tear uou in ^licces,
anb tl)ere be none to beliuer.

As a snail which melteth, let every one of them pass away :
like the untimely birth of a woman, that they may not see the sun.
Before your pots can feel the thorns, [)c sljall take tl)em atoajl as

toitl) a tDl)irlu)inb, botl) lining, anit in Ijis ujratl). The righteous

shall rejoice when he seeth the vengeance : he shall wash his feet
in the blood of the wicked. So that a man shall say. Verily there
is a reward for the righteous : verily he is a God that judgeth in
the earth.

God hath spoken once ; twice have I heard this ; that power
belongeth unto God. Also unto thee, O Lord, belongeth mercy :

for tl]ou renberest to enern man accorbing to l)is roork.

]3y terrible things in righteousness wilt thou answer us, God
of our salvation ; who art the confidence of all the ends of the earth,
and of them that are afar off upon the sea.

Let the people praise thee, God ; let all the people praise
thee. O let the nations be glad and sing for joy : for tl)Ott sl)alt
inbge tlje people rigl)teousln, and govern the nations upon earth.
Seluh.

Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean
heart. But as for me, my feet were almost gone ; my steps had
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prosperity of the wicked. For there ai-e no bands in their death :
but their strength is firm. They are not in trouble as other men ;
neither are they plagued like other men. Therefore pride com-
passeth them about as a chain ; violence covereth them as a garment.
Their eyes stand out with fatness : they have more than heart could
wish. They are corrupt, and speak wickedly concerning oppression :
they speak loftily. They set their mouth against the heavens, and
their tongue walketh through the earth. Therefore his people re-
turn hither : and waters of a full cup ai-e wrung out to them, '^nb

tljcT) stiT), ijom both ©ob Unoto? anb is ti)crc knoiolcbgc in

tl)C iHost ijigl)? Behold, these are the ungodly, who prosper in
the world ; they increase in riches. Verily I have cleansed my
heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocency. For all the day
long have I been plagued, and chastened every morning.

If I say, I will speak thus ; behold, I should oftend against
the generation of thy children. When I thought to know this, it
was too painful for me ; until I went into the sanctuary of God ;
then understood I their end. Surely thou didst set them in slip-
pery places : thou castedst them down into destruction. How are
they brought into desolation, as in a moment 1 they are utterly
consumed with terrors. As a dream when one awaketh ; so, O
Lord, when thou awakest, thou shalt despise their image. Thus my
heart was grieved, and I was pricked in my reins. So fooUsh was
I, and ignorant : I was as a beast before thee.

Nevertheless I am continually with thee : thou hast hoklen me by
my right hand. Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward
receive me to glory. Whom have I in heaven but thee ? and there is
none upon earth that I desire beside thee. My flesh and my heart
faileth : but God is the strength of my heart, ami my portion forever.

For lo, they that are far from thee shall perish : thou hast de-
stroyed all them that go a whoring from thee. But it is good for
me to draw near to God : I have put my trust in the Lord God,
that I may declare all thy works.

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

Thou didst cause judgment to be heard from heaven ; the earth
feared, and was still, when God arose to judgment, to save all the
meek of the earth. Selah.

Shew us thy mercy, Lord, and grant us thy salvation. I
will hear what God the Lord will speak : for he will speak peace unto
his people, and to his saints : but let them not turn again to folly.
Surely his salvation is nigh them that fear him ; that glory may
dwell in our land. Mercy aub truti) are met together ; rigl)tC0U3-
tlCSS and peace have kissed each (jther. Truth shall spring out of

the earth ; anb rigljtcoiisncss sl)aU look boton from Ijcaucn.

Thou hast a mighty arm : strong is thy hand, and high is thy

right hand. Jlusticc anb jubgmcnt arc tl)c Ijabitation of tl)2

tl)ronc : mercy and truth shall go before thy f;ice.



Psalm
Ixxvi. 7-9.



Psalm
Ixxxv. 7-11.



Psalm
Ixxxix.
13, 14.



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Ps. xc. 3-11.



Ps. xcil. 5-15.



Psiilm
xciv. 1-1.5,



Thou turnest man to destruction ; and sajest, Return, ye chil-
dren of men. For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yester-
day when it is past, and as a watch in the night. Thou carriest
them away as with a flood ; they are as a sleep : in the morning
they are like grass which groweth up. In the morning it flourish-
eth, and groweth up ; in the evening it is cut down, and withereth.

i^or mc axe consumed bii tijinc anger, anb bn tljti roratl) are
u)c troubled. ®l)on Ijast set our Iniquities "before tliee, our

secret sins in the liglit of thy countenance. £ot nil OUr builS arc
passeb ama^ in tljn toratl) : we spend our years as a tale that is
told. The days of our years are threescore years and ten ; and if
by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength
labour and sorrow ; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away. Who
knoweth the power of thine anger ? even according to thy fear, so
is thy wrath.

Lord, how great are thy works ! and thy thoughts are very
deep. A brutish man knoweth not ; neither doth a fool understand
this. When the wicked spring as the grass, and when all the workers
of iniquity do flourish ; it is that they shall be destroyed forever : but
thou. Lord, art most high forevermore. For lo, thine enemies, Lord,
for lo, thine enemies shall perish ; all the workers of iniquity shall be
scattered. But my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of an unicorn :
I shall be anointed with fresh oil. Mine eye also shall see my desire
on mine enemies, and mine ears shall hear my desire of the wicked
that rise up against me. The righteous shall flourish like the
palm-tree : he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Those that be
planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of
our God. Thoy shall still bring forth fiiiit in old age ; they shall
be fiit and flourishing : to sl)erD tljUt tl)C Corb is nprigl)t : 1)C is
mn rock, anb tijerc is no unrigl)tconsness in Ijim.

O Lord God, to whom vengeance belongeth ; O God, to lDl]Om
ucngeancc bclongetl), shew thyself. Lift up thyself, thou Judge
of the earth : render a reward to the proud. Lord, how long shall
the wicked, how long shall the wicked triumph ? How long shall
they utter and speak hard things ? and all the workers of iniquity
boast themselves ? They break in pieces tliy people, Lord, and
atHict thine heritage. They slay the widow and the stranger, and
murder the fatherless. Yet they say, The Lord shall not see, nei-
ther shall the God of Jacob regard it. Understand, ye brutish
among the people : and ye fools, when will ye be wise ? lie that
planted the ear, shall he not hear ? he that formed the eye, shall he
not see ? He that chastiseth the heathen, shall not he correct ? he
that teacheth man knowledge, .shall not he know ? The Lord
knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity. Blessed is the
man wlioin thou chastenest, Lord, and teachcst him out of thy
law ; that thou mayest give him rest from the days of adversity,
until the pit be digged for the wicked. For the Lord will not cast



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off his people, neither will he forsake his inheritance. But judg-
ment shall return unto righteousness : and all the upright in heart

shall follow it

Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with thee, which
frameth mischief by a law ? They gather themselves together
against the soul of the righteous, and condemn tlie innocent blood.
But the Lord is my defence ; and my God is the rock of my ref-
uge, ^nb \)c sljrtll bring upon tl)cm tl)cir oton iniquitri, anb
sljall cut tl)cm off in tijcir oran roickcbncss ; yea, the Lord our

God shall cut them oti".

The Lord reigneth ; let the earth rejoice ; let the multitude
of isles be glad thereof. Clouds and darkness are round about

him : rigljtcousncss anb jubgmcnt arc tl)c Ijabitation of Ijis

tijronc. A tire goeth before him, and burnetii up his enemies
around about.

Let them praise thy great and terrible name ; for it is holy.
The king's strength also loveth judgment ; tl)OU bost CStubliol)
^£}Uitt), thou executest judgment and righteousness in Jacob.

The Lord executeth righteousness and judgment for all that
are oppressed.

O ye seed of Abraham his servant, ye children of Jacob his
chosen. He is the Lord our God : his judgments are in all the

earth. §c l)atl) rcmcmbcrcb Ijis roueuant forcoer, the word

which he commanded to a thousand generations.

The works of the Lord are great, sought out of all them that
have pleasure theiein. His work is honourable and glorious : and

i)is rigl)tcou6ness cnburetl) forcocr-

The works of his hands are verity and judgment ; all his com-
mandments are sure. They stand fast forever and ever, anb arc

bone in truti) anb uprigl)tncss.

Righteous art thou, Lord, and upright are thy judgments.
Thy t»^stiinonies that thou hast commanded are rigl)tCOUS (IXlb
ucrn faitl)ful.

Seven times a day do I praise thee, bccausc of tl)n rigl)t-

C0U5 jubgmcnts.

Men shall speak of the might of thy terrible acts : and I will
declare thy greatness. They shall abundantly utter the memory of
thy great goodness, and el)i;U sing of tijjl rigl)tCOUSncSS.

The Lord is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his
works.

Because I have called, and ye refused ; I have stretched out
mj hand, and no man i-egarded ; but ye have set at nought all
my counsel, and would none of my reproof : I also will laugh at
your calamity ; I will mock when your fear cometh ; when your



Ps.xcvii.l-3.



Ps. xcix. 3, 4.

Psalm ciii. 6.
Ps. cv. 6-8.

Ps. cxi. 2, 3.
Ps. cxi. 7, 8.



Psalm
cxix.137, 138.



Ps. cxix. 164.



Psalm
cxlv. 6, 7.



Ps. cxlv. 17.



Proverbs,
i. 'J4-33.



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Prov. xi. 1.
Prov. xi. 21.
Prov. xi. 31.



Proverbs,
xii. 13, 14.



Prov. xvi. 5.



Prov. xvi. 11.



Provcrhs,
xvii. 15.



Prov. XX. 10.



Proverbs,
XX. 22, 23.



Prov. xxi. 3,



Prox. xxi. 12.

Proverbs,
xxii. 22, 23.



Prov.xxil.28.



Proverb's
xxili. 10, n.



Proverb!*,
xxlv. 11, 12.



fear cometli as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirl-
wind ; when distress and anguish cometh upon you. Then shall
they call upon me, but I will not answer ; they shall seek me early,
but they shall not find me ; for that they hated knowledge, and did
not choose the fear of the Lord : they would none of my counsel :
they despised all my reproof. (i;i)crcforc sl)all tl)Cl] cal of tiK
fruit of tl)cir own waj}, a\\b be fillcb loitl) tl)cir oton bcyiccs.

For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the pros-
perity of fools shall destroy them. But whoso hearkeneth unto me
shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.

A false balance is abomination to the Lord : but a just weight
is his delight.

Though hand join in hand, tl)C tDlckcb sl)all not bc UltpnU-
isl)eb : but the seed of the righteous shall be dehvered.

Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth :

tnuci) more tl)e roickeb avib tl)ceinner.

The wicked is snared by the transgression of his lips : but the
just shall come out of trouble. A man shall be satisfied with good

by the fruit of his mouth : atib tl}c recompense of a man's Ijanbs
6l)aU bc rcnbereb unto l)im.

Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the

Lord : tijougl) Ijanb join in ijanb, l)e sljall not be unpunisl)cb.

A just weight and balance are the Lord's : all the weights of
the bag are his work.

He that justifieth the Avicked, and he that condemneth the just,

even tljen boti) arc abomination to tl)e £orb.

Divers weights, and divers measures, both of them are alike
abomination to the Lord.

Say not thou, I will recompense evil ; but toait on tlje Covb,
anb l)e Sl)all sane tljee. Divers weights are an abomination
unto the Lord ; and a false balance is not good.

To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the Lord
than sacrifice.

God overthroweth the wicked for their wickedness,
Rob not the poor, because he is poor : neither oppress the af-
flicted in the gate: for tlic £orb XDill plcab tl)cir cause, and
spoil the soul of those that spoiled them.

Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have
set.

Remove not the old landmark ; and enter not into the fields
of the fatherless : for their Redeemer is mighty : |)C sl)all plcab
tljcir cause tnitl) tlice.

If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death,
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knew it not : doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it ? and
he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it ? and sl)ail llOt
i)c rcnbcr to cycrn man nccorbing to l)is works ?

Tlie great God that formed all things boti) rCtDtTtbctl) t\)C

fool, anb rcranrbctl) transgrcasors.

How is the faithful city become an harlot ! it was full of
judgment; righteousness lodged in it; but now murderers. Thy
silver is become dross, thy wine mixed with water : thy princes are
rebellious, and companions of thieves : every one loveth gifts, and
foUoweth after rewards : they judge not the fatherless, neither doth
the cause of the widow come unto them.

Therefore saith the Lord, the Lord of hosts, the mighty One

of Israel, '3\.l), 3 U)iU casc tnc of mine abncrsnrics, (wxii aiicnge

inc of mine enemies : and I will turn my hand upon thee, and
purely purge away thy dross, and take away all thy tin.

Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with him : for

tl)en sliuil eat t!)c fruit of tl)cir doings. Wo unto the wicked !
it shall be ill with him : for tl)c rciuarli of l)is l)ani)s sl)rtU be
giycn l)im.

J'herefore my people are gone into captivity, because they have
no knowledge : and their honourable men are famished, and their
multitude dried up with thirst. Therefore hell hath enlarged her-
self, and opened her mouth without measure : and their glory, and
their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend
into it. And the mean man shall be brought down, and the mighty
man shall be humbled, and the eyes of the lofty shall be humbled :

but tl)c Corb of l)osts sl^all be cxaltcb in fnbgmcnt, anb ©ob
tijat is l)oln sljail be sanctified in rigljtcousncss.

Wo unto them that call ct)il goob, aiib goob euil ; that put

darkness for light, and light for darkness; that [)Ut bitter for sweet,
and sweet for bitter ! Wo unto them that are wise in their own
eyes, and prudent in their own sight! Wo unto them that are
mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink :

tol)icl) jnstifn tlje mickeb for rcroarb, anii take atoan tl)e rigljt-
eousncss of tl)e rigl)tcons from l)im !

Wo unto them that decree unrighteous decrees, and that write
grievousness which they have prescribed ; to turn aside the needy
from judgment, and to take away the right from the poor of my
people, that widows may be their prey, and that they may rob the
fatherless ! And what will ye do in the day of visitation, and in
the desolation which shall come from far? to whom will ye fllee for
help ? and where will ye leave your glory ? Without me they shall
bow down under the j)risoners, and they shall fall under the slain.

i^or all tl)is l}i5 anger is not tnrncb aroaji, but l)is Ijanb is
strctcljcb out still.



Proverbs,
xxvi. lOi



Is. i. 21-25.



I3. iU. 10, 11.



Is. V. 13-16.



Is. V. 20-23.



Is. X. 1-4.



20



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Isaiah,
xxviii. 14-22



Isaiah,
XXX. 27-30.



Is. xxxi. 1,2.



Hear the word of the Lord, ye scornful men, that rule this
people which is in Jerusalem. Because ye have said, We have
made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement ;
when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come
unto us : for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood
have we hid ourselves :

Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, T lay in Zion for a
foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious coi'ner stone, a sure
foundation : he that believeth shall not make haste. SubgittCtU

also tnilliJ Uw to tijc line, nnb i-igljtconGucss to tl)c plummet:
luib tl)e liail sljall sweep awax) tl)e refuge of lies, anh tl)e
luaters sl)aU onerflouj tl)c l^ibing-place.

And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your
agreement with hell shall not stand ; when the overflowing scourge
shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it. From the
time that it goeth forth it shall take you : for morning by morning
shall it pass over, by day and by night : and it shall be a vexation
only to understand the report, for t\)C beii is 5l)0rter tljaiX tl)at

a man can stretcl) Ijimself on it : aiib tl)c cowering narrotocr
tljan tijat l)c can rorap Ijimself in it. For the LoixPshall rise up

as in mount Perazim, he shall be wroth as in the valley of Gibeon,
that he may do his work, his strange work ; and bring to pass his
act, his strange act. Now therefore be ye not mockers, lest your
bands be made strong : for I have heard from the Lord God of hosts
a consumption, even determined upon the whole earth.

Behold, the name of the Lord cometh from far, burning with
his anger, and the burden thereof is heavy : |)is lips are fuU

of inbignation, axib l)is tongue as a benouring fire : and his

breath, as an ovei'flovviiig sti-eam, shall reach to the midst of the
neck, to sift the nations with the sieve of vanity : and there shall
be a bridle in the jaws of the people, causing them to err. Ye shall



have a song, as in the



night



when a holy solemnity is kept ; and



Is. xlll. 13-15.



gladness of heart, as when one goeth with a pipe to come into the
mountain of the Lord, to the mighty One of Israel. And the Lord



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