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GOD'S GOODNESS,



357



the fire, thou slaalt not be burned ; neither shall the flame kindle
upon thee. For I am the Lord thj' God, the Holy One of Israel,
thy Saviour : I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for
thee. Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been hon-
ourable, and I have loved thee : therefore will I give men for thee,
and people foii tliy life.

But thou hast not called upon me, O Jacob ; but thou hast
been weary of me, O Israel. Thou hast not brought me the small
cattle of thy burnt-offerings ; neither hast thou honoured me with
thy sacrifices. I have not caused thee to serve with an offering,
nor wearied thee with incense. Thou hast bouafht me no sweet
cane with money, neither hast thou filled me with the fat of thy
sacrifices : but thou hast made me to serve with thv sins, thou hast
wearied me with tliiue iiii(iuities. 3, CUClt 5, am l}C tljat blottcti)

out tlin tvansgrcssions for mine oiun sake, aixb mill not re-
member tl)n sins. I'ut me in remembrance : let us plead to-
gether : declare thou, that thou may est be justified.

Remember these, Jacob and Israel ; for thou art my servant :
I have formed thee ; thou art my servant : Israel, thou shalt not
be forgotten of me. Jf Ijayc blottcb out, as a tl]icU cloub, tlin
transgressions, anh, as a clonb, tl))} sins: return unto me;
for 3 l^aue rcbeemeb tliee.

Sing, O ye heavens ; for tlje Corb l)atl} boue it : shout, ye
lower parts of the earth : break forth into singing, ye mountains, O
forest, and every tree therein: for the Lord hath redeemed Jacob,
and glorified himself in Israel.

As for our Redeemer, the Lord of hosts is his name, the
Holy One of Israel.

Sing, O heavens ; and be joyful, O earth ; and break forth into
singing, O mountains : for the Loi-d hath comforted his people, and
will have mercy upon his afflicted. But Zion said, The Lord hath
forsaken me, and my Lord hath ftrgntten mo. (£^(1]% a tDOmau

forget l)er sucking cl)ilb, tijat slje sl}oulb not liaue compas-
sion on tl)c son of Ijer raomb ? ijea, tijen man forget, net mill
3 not forget tl}ee. I'icljolb, i!''l)aue granen thee upon tl)e

palms of mn l):inbs; thy walls are continually before me. Thy
children shall make haste ; thy destroyers and they that made thee
waste shall go forth of thee.

3, cucn 3, am l|e tl)at comfortetl) nou : who art thou, that

thou shouldest be afraid of a man that sliall die, and of the son of
man which shall be made as grass ; and forgettest the Lord thy
Maker, that liatli stretched forth the heavens, and laid the founda-
tions of the earth ; and hast feared continually every dav because
of the fury of the oppressor, as if he were ready to destroy ? and
where is tiie fury of the oppressor? The captive exile hasteneth
that he may be l(josed, and that he should not die in the pit, nor
that his bread should fail. But I am the Lord thy God, that divi-



Isaiah,
xliii. ■i-i-^G.



Isaiah,
xliv. 21-i23.



Is. xlvii. 4.



Isaiah,
xlix. 13-17.



Is. li. 1-i-lG.



358



GOD'S GOODNESS.



Is. liv. 7-10.



Is. Ixiii. 7-y.



Isaiali,
Ixvi. 10-13.



Jer. iii. 12.



.Icromi.ih,
xxix. 10-1'J.



Joreiniah,

xxxi. I-.T,

7-14, !»*-•.•(»,

21, 2.1, 3i-:rr



clecl the sea, whose waves roared : the Lord of hosts is his name.
And I have put my words into his mouth, and I liave covered thee
in the shadow of mine hand, that I may ]>hint tlie heavens, and lay
the foundations of the earth, and say unto Zion, Thou art my people.
For a small moment liave I forsaken thee ; but with (jreat
mercies will I gather thee. Jin a little tDVati) 3 l)ib mv) fiKC from
tl)ce for a moment; but tnitl] cucrlasting kiniincss mill J
Ijaue merer) on ti)ec, siiitl) tl)C Corb tl)j} Uebeemer. For this

is as the waters of Noah unto me : for as I ha?e sworn that the
wateis of Noah should no more go over the earth ; so have I sworn
that I would not be wi-oth with thee, nor rebuke thee. For the
mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but mil kinb-
ness sljall not bepart from tl)CC, neither shall the covenant of
my peace be removed, saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee.

I will mention the loving-kindnesses of the Lord, and the praises
of the Lord, according to all that the Lord hath bestowed on us,
and the great goodness toward the house of Israel, which he hath
bestowed on thein according to his mercies, and according to the
multitude of his loving'-kindnesses. For he said. Surely they are
my people, children that will not lie : so he was their Saviour. Jn

all tljeir affliction l)e roas afElicteb, anb t!|e angel of l)is pree-
ence saneb tl^em : in l)is lone anb in l]iG pifn \)c rebeemeb
tljem; aiib \)c bare tl)cm, anb carrieb tl)em all ll)c bans of
olb.

Rejoice ye with Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all ye that
love her : rejoice for joy with her, all ye that mourn for her : that
ye may suck, and be satisfied with the breasts of her consolations ;
that ye may milk out, and be delighted with tlie abundance of her
glory. For thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will extend peace to her
like a river, and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream:
then shall ye suck, ye shall be borne upon her sides, and be dandled

upon her knees, "^s onc roliom l}is motl)er comfortctl], so roill

J comfort 1}0U; and ye shall be comforted in Jerusalem.

Go and j)roclaim these words toward the north, and say, Re-
turn, thou backsliding Israel, saith the Lord; and I will not cause

mine anger to fall upDii you : fori? am merciful, saiti) tl)e iiorb,
anb J mill not keep anger forener.

Thus saith the Lord, That after seventy years be accomplished
at Babylon 1 will visit you, and perform my good word toward you,
in causing you to return to this place. For I know the thoughts
that I think toward you, saith the Lord, tl)0ngl)t5 of peace, anb
not of eoil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon
me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto
you.

At the same time, saith tlie Lord, will I be the God of all the
families of Israel, and they shall be my people. Thus saith the
Lord, The people which were left of the sword found grace in the



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wilderness ; even Israel, when I went to cause him to rest. The
Lord hath appeared of old unto nie, saying, tlca, 3 l)iUiC loucb

tl)cc tuitl) an cncdastiug lone ; tl)crcforc ujiti) louing-kiubncss

[ynK 3 hvaxon tl)CC For thus saith the Lord ;

Sii)i2: with o-ladness for Jacob, and shout amonof the chief of tlie na-
tions : publish ye, praise ye, and say, Lord, save thy people, the
remnant of Israel. Behold, I will bring them from the north coun-
try, and gather them from the coasts of the earth, and with them
the blind and the lame, the woman with child and her that travail-
eth with child together : a great company shall return thither. They
shall come with weeping, and with supplications will I lead them ;
I will cause them to walk by the rivers of waters in a sti'aight wav,
wherein they shall not stumble : for M am futljcr tO Ssriicl, iUXb

^pljraim is mil first-born.

Hear the word of the Lord, O ye nations, and declare it in the isles
afar oti', and say, He that scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him
as a sl)Cpl}Crb botl) l)is flock. For the Lord hath redeemed Jacob,
and ransomed him from the liand of him that was stronger than
he. Therefore they shall come and sing in the height of Zion, and
shall flow together to the goodness of the Lord, for wheat, and for
wine, and for oil, and for the young of the flock and of the herd : and
their soul shall be as a watered garden ; and they shall not sorrow
any more at all. Then shall the vii'gin rejoice in the dance, both
young men and old together : for I will turn their mourning into
joy, and will comfort them, and make them rejoice from their sor-
row. And I will satiate the soul of the priests with fatness, awli

mn people sljall be satisfied roitl) mp goobucss, saiti) tl)e
£orb

I have surely heard Ephraim bemoaning himself thus ; Thou
hast chjistised me, and I was chastised, as a bullock unaccustomed
to the yoke : turn thou me, and I shall be turned ; for thou art
the Lord ray God. Surely after that I was turned, I repented ; and
after that I was instructed, I smote upon my thigh : I was ashamed,
yea, even confounded, because I did bear the reproach of my youth.
3s (Opijraim mij bear son? is Ije a pleasant cl)ilb ? for since
J spake against l)im, iJ bo earnestln remember l)im still:
tl)erefore mji boiuels are troubleb for l)im : J toill snreln l)aue

mercn npon l)im, saitl) tl)e t!orb And" there

shall dwell in Judah itself, and in all the cities thereof together,
husbandmen, and they that go forth with flocks, i^or 3 Ijaoe

saliateb tl)e rocarn sonl, anb jj l)ane replenisljcb cncrn sor-
rotofnl soul. . T . . .

Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new
covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah :
not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers, in the
day that I took them by tlie hand to bring them out of the land
of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, altljongl) 3 toas an
l)USbanb unto tt^em, saith the Lord : but this shall be the cove-



360



G'OD'S GOODNESS.



Jer.xxxii. IS.



Jer. xlix. 11,



Jer. li. 5.



Lamen.
iii. i!2, 23.



Lamen.
iii. 31-33.



Lamen.
iii. 55-57.



Kzokiel,
xvi. (JU-03



nant that I will make with the house of Israel ; After those days,
saith the Lord, I will put ray law in their inward parts, and write

it in their hearts; anb toiU bc tl)cir ©ob, anb tl)CB sl)all be

mn ;]COplc. And they shall teach no more every man" his neig'h-
buur, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord : for
they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest
of them, saith the Lord : for I will forgive their iniquity, and I
will remember their sin no more.

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 : If those ordinances depail from before
me, saith the Lord, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from
being a nation before me forever. Thus saitli the Lord : ]li [)CiWCn

above ran bc measixrcb, anh tl]c founbations of tl)c cavil)
scarcl]cb out bcnciitl], 3 will also cast off all tl)C sccb of Js-
racl for all tl)attl)cn l)auc bone, saitl) tl)c ilorb.

Thou shewest loving-kindness unto thousands, and recompens-
est the iniquity of the fathers into the bosom of their children after
them : The Great, the Mighty God, The Lord of hosts, is his name.

Leave thy fatherless children, I will preserve them alive; and
let thy widows trust in me.

Jfsracl l)atl) not been forsaken, nor Judah of his God, of

the Lord of hosts ; though their land was filled Avith sin against the
Holy One of Israel.

It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because
his compassions tail not. ^[)cr) axc xicxo euern morning : great

is thy faithfulness.

The Lord will not cast off forever : but though he cause grief,
yet will he have compas.sion according to the multitude of his

mercies, i^or l)e botl) not afflict loilUngln, nor grictjc tl)e cl)il-
bren of men.

I called upon thy name, Lord, out of the low dungeon.
Thou hast heard my voice : hide not thine ear at my breathing, at
my cry. (JljOlt brCtDCSt near in the day that I called upon thee:

tl)ou saibst, i'ear not-

Nevertheless, I will remember my covenant with tliee in the
days of thy youth, and I will establish unto thee an everlasting
covenant. Then thou shalt remember thy ways, and be ashamed,
when thou shalt receive thy sisters, thine elder and thy younger :
and I will give them unto thee for daughters, but not by thy cove-
n.-iut. And I will establish my covenant with thee; and thou shalt
know that I am the Lord : that thou mayest remember, and be
confounded, and never open thy mouth any more because of thy
.shame, when I am pacified toward thee for all that thou hast
done, saith the Lord God.



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j^avc Jf ann pleasure at all tijat tlje toickeii sljoulb bie ?

saith the Lord God : .and not that he should return from his ways,
and live ?

Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have
transgressed ; and make you a new heart and a new spirit : for why
will ye die, house of Israel ? i^or 3 l)atie uo pleasure iu tl)C
beat!) of l)im tijat bietl), saith the Lord God : wherefore turn
yourselves, and live ye.

And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Son of man,
prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy, and say unto
them. Thus saith the Lord God unto the shepherds ; Wo be to the
shepherds of Israel that do feed themselves ! should not the shep-
herds feed the flocks ? Ye eat the fat, and ye clothe you with
the wool, ye kill them that are fed : but ye feed not the flock. The
diseased have ye not strengthened, neither have ye healed that
which was sick, neither have ye bound up that which was broken,
neither have ye brought again that which was driven away, neither
have ye sought that which was lost ; but with force and with cru-
elty have ye ruled them. And they were scattered, because there
is no shepherd : and they became meat to all the beasts of the
field, when they were scattered. My sheep wandered through all
the mountains, and upon every high hill : yea, my flock was scat-
tered upon all the face of the earth, and none did search or seek
after them.

Therefore, ye shepherds, hear the word of the Lord ; As I live,
saith the Lord God, surely because my flock became a prey, and
my flock became meat to every beast of the field, because there
was no shepherd, neither did my shepherds search for my flock, but
the shepherds fed themselves, and fed not my flock ; therefore, O
ye shepherds, hear the word of the Lord ; thus saith tlie Lord God ;
Behold, I am against the shepherds; and I will require my flock
at their hand, and cause them to cease from feeding the flock;
neither shall the shepherds feed themselves any more ; for I Avill de-
liver my flock from their mouth, that they may not be meat for them.

For thus saith the Lord God ; Behold, I, even I, will both search
my sheep, and seek them out. As a shepherd seeketh out his flock
in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered ; so will I
seek out my sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where
they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day. And I will
bring them out from the people, and gather them from the countries,
and will bring them to their own land, and feed them upon the
mountains of Israel by the rivers, and in all the inhabited places of
the country. I will feed them iu a good psisturo, and upon the
high mountains of Israel shall their fold be : there shall they lie in
a good fold, and in a fat pasture shall they feed upon the mountains
of Israel, I will feed my flock, and I will cause them to lie down,
saith the Lord God. I will seek that which was lost, and brino-



Ezekiel,
xviii. 23.



Ezekiel,
xviii. 31, 32.



Ezekiel,
xxxiv. 1-16.



362



GOD'S GOODNESS.



Dan. ix. 8, 9.



Hosea,
ii. 13-23.



1 That Is,
My husband.

2 That is,
My lord.



Hosca,
xi. 8, 9.



Hosca,
xlv. 1-4.



again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was
broken, and will strengthen tl\at which was sick : but I will destroy
the fat and the strong; I will feed them with judgment.

Lord, to us belongeth confusion of face, to our kings, to our
princes, and to our fathers, because we have sinned against thee.
(Zio tl)c l!orb our (J?ob belong mercies onb forgiuenesses,
tl)ongl) uie Ijiiwe rebelled against l]im.

1 will visit upon her the days of Baalim, wherein" she burned
incense to them, and she decked herself with her earrings and her
jewels, and she went after her lovers, and forgat me, saith the
Lord.

Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wil-
derness, anb speak comfortabln unto l)er. And I will give her
her vineyards from thence, a\\ii tl)e Dallen of '!^cl)0r for a boor
of l)0|)C : and she shall sing there, as in the days of her youth, and
as in the day when she came up out of the land of Egypt. And
it shall be at that day, saith the Lord, that thou shalt call me Ishi ;'
and shalt call me no more Baali.* For I will take away the names
of Baalim out of her mouth, and they shall no more be remem-
bered by their name. And in tliat day will I make a covenant for
them with the beasts of the field, and witli the fowls of heaven,
and with the creeping things of the ground : and I will break the
bow and the sword and the battle out of the earth, and will make
them to lie down safely. And I will betroth thee unto me forever ;

tjea, 3 roill bctroti) tl)ee nnto me in rigljteousncss, anb in
iubgment, anb in louing-kinbness, anb in mercies. I will
even betroth thee unto me in faithfulness : and thou shalt know
the Lord. And it shall come to pass in that day, I will hear, saith
the Lord, I will hear the heavens, and they shall hear the earth ;
and the earth shall hear the corn,, and tlie wine, and the oil ; and
they shall hear Jezreel. And I will sow her unto me in the earth ;
and I will have mercy upon her that had not obtained mercy ; and
I will say to them which were not my people. Thou art my people ;
and they shall say. Thou art my God.

How shall I give thee up, Ephraim ? how shall I deliver thee,
Israel? how shall 1 make thee as Admah ? how shall I set thee as
Zeboim ? mine heart is turned within me, my repentings are kin-
dled together. I will not execute the fierceness of mine anger, I
will not return to destroy Ephraim : for if am (!5ob, anb not man ;
the Holy One in the midst of thee : and 1 will not enter into the
city.

Israel, return unto the Lord thy God ; for thou hast fallen
by thine iniquity. Take with you words, and turn to the Lord : say
unto him, Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously ; so will
we render the calves of our lips. Asshur shall not save us ; we
will not ride upon horses : neither will we say any more to the work
of our hands, Ye are our gods : for in thee the fatherless findeth mercy.



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3 will l)cal tl)cir backslibing, 3 mill loyc tl)cm frcclo : for
mine auger is turucli aroan from l)im.

Tlierefore also now, saitli the Lord, turn ye even to me with
all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and witli mourn-
ing : and rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto
the Lord your God : for he is gracious and merciful, slotD tO Clll-
gcr, iUib of great kitlbncSS, and repenteth him of the evil.

Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and
passeth by the transgression of the remnant of liis lieritage ? he
retaineth not his anger forever, because l)C bcligljtcti) iu luercu.
lie will turn again, he will have compassion U})on us ; he will sub-
due our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths
of the sea. Thou wilt perform the truth to Jacob, and the mercy
to Abraham, which thou hast sworn unto our fathers from the days
of old.

The Lord is slouJ tO auger, and great in power, and will not
at all acquit the wicked : the Lord hath his way in the whirlwind
and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.

The Lord is good, a stroug l)olb iu tl)e ban of trouble ; and

he knoweth them that trust in hun.

Sing, O daughter of Zion ; shout, O Israel ; be glad and re-
joice with all thy heart, O daughter of Jerusalem. The Lord hath
taken away the judgments, he hath cast out thine enemy : the King
of Israel, even the Lord, is in the midst of thee : thou shalt not see
evil any more. In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem, Fear thou
not : and to Zion, Let not thine hands be slack. The Lord thy God
in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, |)C toill rejoice Olier

tijee ujitli jon; l)c roill rest iu l)is looc, l)e toill jou cucr tl)ee
toitl) siugiug.

His mercy is on them that fear him, from generation to gene-
ration.

Blessed be the Lord God of Israel ; for he hath visited and re-
deemed his people, anb l)atl) raiscb up an Ijoru of salinitiou for
us iu tl)e IjOUSe of l)is sernaut Dauili : as he spake by the
mouth of his holy ])rophets, which have been since the world be-
gan : that we should be saved from our enemies, and from the
hand of all that hate us; to perform the mercy promised to our
fathers, and to remember his holy covenant ; the oath which he
sware to our father Abraham, that he would grant unto us, that we,
being delivered out of the hand of our enemies, might serve him
without fear, in holiness and righteousness before him, all the days
of our life.

And thou, child, shall be called the prophet of the Highest,
for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways ;
to give knowledge of salvation unto his people, by the remission

of their sins, tl)rougl) tl)e tcuber mcrcn of our ©ob: tol^erebu



JoeI,ii.l'3,13.



Micah,
vii. 18-20.



Nahum, i. 3.



Nullum, i. 7.



Zeplianinli,
iii. 14-17.



Luke, 1. 50.



L\ike,
i. 68-79.



364



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John, iii. 16.



Luke,
iv. 10-21,



IVFatthew,
V. 44, 45.



Matthew,
vii. 7-11.



Matthew,
xi. 28-30.



Lukc,xii.32.



Matthew,
xviii. 10-14.



tlie 5a2-s|jring from on liigl) l)atl) uisitcb us, to give light to

them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our
feet into the way of peace.

God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in him should not j^erish, but have ever-
lasting life.

And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up :
and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath
day, and stood up for to read. And there was delivered unto him
the book of the prophet Esaias. And vv'hen he had opened the
book, he found the place where it was written. The Spirit of tlie
Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me tO prciul) tl)C

Gospel to tl)c poor; \)c Ijatli sent mc to Ijcal tl)c brokcn-
l)cartcb, to prcacl) bcliiicraucc to tl)c captincs, anh rccoucring
of sigl)t to tl)c blinb, to set at liberty tl)cm tljiU are bruiseb,
to preaci) tl)e acceptable rear of tlje t'orb. And he closed the

book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And
the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on
him. And he began to say unto them, This day is this Scripture
fulfilled in your ears.

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 which

is in heaven : for l)c maketl) l)is suii to rise on tlje cuil anb
on tlje goob, anb senbcti) rain on tl)e just anb on tl)c unjust.

Ask, and it shall be given you ; seek, and ye shall find ; knock,
and it shall be opened unto you : for every one that asketh receiv-
eth ; and he that seeketh findeth ; and to him that knocketh it shall
be opened. Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask
bread, will he give him a stone ? Or if he ask a fish, will he give
him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts
unto your children, |]otD muci) more sl}all jiour /atlicr U)l)icl) is
in Ijeaucn giuc goob tl)ings to tl)em tl)at ask l)imV

Come unto mo, all ye that laboui', and are heavy laden, anb
3 mill ginc nou rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me ;
for I am meek and lowly in heart : and ye shall find rest unto your
souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

i;cnr not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure
to give you the kingdom.

Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones : for I
say unto you, that in heaven their angels do always behold the face
of my Father which is in heaven. For the Son of man is come to
save that which was lost. IIow think ye ? If a man liave an hun-
dred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the
ninety and nine, and gocth into the mmnitnins, and seeketh that
which is gone astray ? And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto



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you, he rejolcetli more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine
which went not astray. Qcucn SO it is ItOt tl)C roill of JlOUr

i^atl)cr xo\)u\) is in Ijcaoen, tl)iU one of tl)csc little ones sljoulb
peris I).

All that the Father giveth me shall come to me ; and him
that Cometh to me 1 ujill in no ujise cast ont.

Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you,
I am the door of the sheep. All that ever came before me are
thieves and robbers : but the sheep did not hear them. I am the



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