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So didst thou lead thy people, to make thyself a name illustrious.
Look down from heaven, and see, from thy holy and glorious dwelling:
Where is thy zeal, and thy mighty power,
The yearning of thy bowels, and thy tender affections? are they restrained from us?
Verily, thou art our Father; for Abraham knoweth us not,
O deliver us for the sake of thy name!
Wherefore, O Jehovah, dost thou suffer us to err from thy ways?
To harden our hearts from the fear of thee?
Return, for the sake, of thy servants;
For the sake of the tribes of thine inheritance,
It is little, that they have taken possession of thy holy mountain;
That our enemies have trodden down thy sanctuary:
O! that thou wouldst rend the heavens, that thou wouldst descend;
That the mountains might flow down at thy presence;
As the fire causeth the waters to boil:
To make known thy name to thine enemies;
That the nations might tremble at thy presence.
When thou didst wonderful things, which we expected not; Thou didst descend; at thy presence the mountains flowed
For never have men heard, nor perceived by the ear;
Nor hath eye seen, a God beside thee,
Who doeth such things for those that trust in him.
Lo! Thou art angry; for we have sinned;
Because of our deeds; for we have been rebellious.
Therefore thou hast hidden thy face from us;
And hast delivered us up into the hand of our iniquities.
Behold, look upon us, we beseech thee; we are all thy people
Thy holy cities are become a wilderness;
Sion is become a wilderness; Jerusalem is desolate.
Our holy and glorious temple,
And all the objects of our desire are become a devastation.
GLORY OF THE CHURCH OF GOD PREDICTED.
CHAPTER LX. LXI. VERSES 1-5, LXII. VERSES 1-4.
And his glory upon thee shall be conspicuous.
And kings in the brightness of thy sun-rising.
All of them are gathered together, they come unto thee;
And thy daughters shall be carried at the side.
The dromedaries of Midian and Epha;
All of them from Saba shall come:
Gold and frankincense shall they bear;
Verily the distant coasts shall await me;
Their silver and their gold with them :
Because of the name of Jehovah thy God;
And of the Holy One of Israel; for he hath glorified thee.
And the sons of the stranger shall build up thy walls;
And their kings shall minister unto thee:
For in my wrath I smote thee;
But in my favour I will embrace thee with the most tender
And thy gates shall be open continually;
By day, or by night, they shall not be shut:
And that I may glorify the place, whereon I rest my feet.
And all, that scornfully rejected thee, shall do obeisance to the soles of thy feet:
And they shall call thee, The city of Jehovah ;
And hated, so that no one passed through thee,
A subject of joy for perpetual generations.
And thou shalt know that I Jehovah am thy Saviour;
And instead of iron, I will bring silver:
And instead of wood, brass;
And instead of stones, iron.
And I will make thine inspectors peace;
No longer shalt thou have the sun for light by day;
And thy God shall be thy glory.
Thy sun shall no more go down;
For Jehovah shall be thine everlasting light;
Nor by night shall the brightness of the moon enlighten thee;
For Jehovah shall be to thee an everlasting light,
And the days of thy mourning shall be ended.
Forever shall they possess the land:
The cion of my planting, the work of my hands, that I may be glorified.
The little one shall become a thousand;
I Jehovah in due time will hasten it.
To publish glad tidings to the meek hath he sent me;
To proclaim to the captives freedom;
And to the bounden, perfect liberty:
To proclaim the year of acceptance with Jehovah ;
To comfort all those that mourn;
To impart [gladness] to the mourners of Sion:
The clothing of praise, instead of the spirit of heavine s.
That they may be called trees approved;
The plantation of Jehovah for his glory.
And they that spring from thee shall bulld up the ruins of old
They shall restore the ancient desolations;
For Sion's sake I will not keep silence; And for the sake of Jerusalem I will not rest:
Until her righteousness break forth as a strong light:
And the nations shall see thy righteousness;
And all the kings, thy glory:
And thou shalt be called by a new name,
And thou shalt be a beautiful crown in the hand of Jehovah ;
And a royal diadem in the grasp of thy God.
No more shall it be said unto thee, Thou forsaken!
And thy land, The wedded matron:
For Jehovah shall delight in thee;
THE COMING OF A DEVASTATING ARMY.
TRANSLATED BY ARCHBISHOP NEWCOMBE.
BLOW ye the trumpet in Sion;
And sound an alarm in mine holy mountain:
A day of clouds and of thick darkness.
Like them there hath not been of old time,
Even to the years of many generations.
And behind a flame burneth;
The land is as the garden of Eden before them,
Yea, and nothing shall escape them.
Their appearance shall be like the appearance of horses, And like horsemen shall they run;
Like the sound of chariots on the tops of the mountains shall they leap;
Like the sound of a flame of fire which devoureth stubble.
They shall march each in his road;
And if they fall upon the sword they shall not be wounded.
And very terrible; and who shall be able to bear it?
Before them the earth quaketh, the heavens tremble: The sun and moon are darkened;
And the stars withdraw their shining.
And Jehovah shall utter his voice before his army:
For he is strong that executeth his word :
For the day of Jehovah is great;
Turn ye unto me with all your heart;
With fasting and with weeping and with mourning:
For he is gracions and merciful,
FROM THE THIRD CHAPTER OF HABAKKUK. ADOPTED, WITH SLIGHT VARIATIONS, FROM TRANSLATION OF ARCHBISHOP NEWCOME.
GOD came from Teman,
And the Holy One from mount Paran :