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15 1 1 "Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and [put it] also in writing, saying,"

15 1 2 "Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, The LORD God of heaven hath given me all the kingdoms of the earth; and he hath charged me to build him an house at Jerusalem, which [is] in Judah."
The Secret of Divine Civilization, p. 7

15 1 3 "Who [is there] among you of all his people? his God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem, which [is] in Judah, and build the house of the LORD God of Israel, (he [is] the God,) which [is] in Jerusalem."

15 1 4 "And whosoever remaineth in any place where he sojourneth, let the men of his place help him with silver, and with gold, and with goods, and with beasts, beside the freewill offering for the house of God that [is] in Jerusalem."

15 1 5 "Then rose up the chief of the fathers of Judah and Benjamin, and the priests, and the Levites, with all [them] whose spirit God had raised, to go up to build the house of the LORD which [is] in Jerusalem."

15 1 6 "And all they that [were] about them strengthened their hands with vessels of silver, with gold, with goods, and with beasts, and with precious things, beside all [that] was willingly offered."

15 1 7 "Also Cyrus the king brought forth the vessels of the house of the LORD, which Nebuchadnezzar had brought forth out of Jerusalem, and had put them in the house of his gods;"

15 1 8 "Even those did Cyrus king of Persia bring forth by the hand of Mithredath the treasurer, and numbered them unto Sheshbazzar, the prince of Judah."

15 1 9 "And this [is] the number of them: thirty chargers of gold, a thousand chargers of silver, nine and twenty knives,"

15 1 10 "Thirty basons of gold, silver basons of a second [sort] four hundred and ten, [and] other vessels a thousand."

15 1 11 All the vessels of gold and of silver [were] five thousand and four hundred. All [these] did Sheshbazzar bring up with [them of] the captivity that were brought up from Babylon unto Jerusalem.

15 2 1 "Now these [are] the children of the province that went up out of the captivity, of those which had been carried away, whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried away unto Babylon, and came again unto Jerusalem and Judah, every one unto his city;"

15 2 2 "Which came with Zerubbabel: Jeshua, Nehemiah, Seraiah, Reelaiah, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispar, Bigvai, Rehum, Baanah. The number of the men of the people of Israel:"

15 2 3 "The children of Parosh, two thousand an hundred seventy and two."

15 2 4 "The children of Shephatiah, three hundred seventy and two."

15 2 5 "The children of Arah, seven hundred seventy and five."

15 2 6 "The children of Pahathmoab, of the children of Jeshua [and] Joab, two thousand eight hundred and twelve."

15 2 7 "The children of Elam, a thousand two hundred fifty and four."

15 2 8 "The children of Zattu, nine hundred forty and five."

15 2 9 "The children of Zaccai, seven hundred and threescore."

15 2 10 "The children of Bani, six hundred forty and two."

15 2 11 "The children of Bebai, six hundred twenty and three."

15 2 12 "The children of Azgad, a thousand two hundred twenty and two."

15 2 13 "The children of Adonikam, six hundred sixty and six."

15 2 14 "The children of Bigvai, two thousand fifty and six."

15 2 15 "The children of Adin, four hundred fifty and four."

15 2 16 "The children of Ater of Hezekiah, ninety and eight."

15 2 17 "The children of Bezai, three hundred twenty and three."

15 2 18 "The children of Jorah, an hundred and twelve."

15 2 19 "The children of Hashum, two hundred twenty and three."

15 2 20 "The children of Gibbar, ninety and five."

15 2 21 "The children of Bethlehem, an hundred twenty and three."

15 2 22 "The men of Netophah, fifty and six."

15 2 23 "The men of Anathoth, an hundred twenty and eight."

15 2 24 "The children of Azmaveth, forty and two."

15 2 25 "The children of Kirjatharim, Chephirah, and Beeroth, seven hundred and forty and three."

15 2 26 "The children of Ramah and Gaba, six hundred twenty and one."

15 2 27 "The men of Michmas, an hundred twenty and two."

15 2 28 "The men of Bethel and Ai, two hundred twenty and three."

15 2 29 "The children of Nebo, fifty and two."

15 2 30 "The children of Magbish, an hundred fifty and six."

15 2 31 "The children of the other Elam, a thousand two hundred fifty and four."

15 2 32 "The children of Harim, three hundred and twenty."

15 2 33 "The children of Lod, Hadid, and Ono, seven hundred twenty and five."

15 2 34 "The children of Jericho, three hundred forty and five."

15 2 35 "The children of Senaah, three thousand and six hundred and thirty."

15 2 36 "The priests: the children of Jedaiah, of the house of Jeshua, nine hundred seventy and three."

15 2 37 "The children of Immer, a thousand fifty and two."

15 2 38 "The children of Pashur, a thousand two hundred forty and seven."

15 2 39 "The children of Harim, a thousand and seventeen."

15 2 40 "The Levites: the children of Jeshua and Kadmiel, of the children of Hodaviah, seventy and four."

15 2 41 "The singers: the children of Asaph, an hundred twenty and eight."

15 2 42 "The children of the porters: the children of Shallum, the children of Ater, the children of Talmon, the children of Akkub, the children of Hatita, the children of Shobai, [in] all an hundred thirty and nine."

15 2 43 "The Nethinims: the children of Ziha, the children of Hasupha, the children of Tabbaoth,"

15 2 44 "The children of Keros, the children of Siaha, the children of Padon,"

15 2 45 "The children of Lebanah, the children of Hagabah, the children of Akkub,"

15 2 46 "The children of Hagab, the children of Shalmai, the children of Hanan,"

15 2 47 "The children of Giddel, the children of Gahar, the children of Reaiah,"

15 2 48 "The children of Rezin, the children of Nekoda, the children of Gazzam,"

15 2 49 "The children of Uzza, the children of Paseah, the children of Besai,"

15 2 50 "The children of Asnah, the children of Mehunim, the children of Nephusim,"

15 2 51 "The children of Bakbuk, the children of Hakupha, the children of Harhur,"

15 2 52 "The children of Bazluth, the children of Mehida, the children of Harsha,"

15 2 53 "The children of Barkos, the children of Sisera, the children of Thamah,"

15 2 54 "The children of Neziah, the children of Hatipha."

15 2 55 "The children of Solomon's servants: the children of Sotai, the children of Sophereth, the children of Peruda,"

15 2 56 "The children of Jaalah, the children of Darkon, the children of Giddel,"

15 2 57 "The children of Shephatiah, the children of Hattil, the children of Pochereth of Zebaim, the children of Ami."

15 2 58 "All the Nethinims, and the children of Solomon's servants, [were] three hundred ninety and two."

15 2 59 "And these [were] they which went up from Telmelah, Telharsa, Cherub, Addan, [and] Immer: but they could not shew their father's house, and their seed, whether they [were] of Israel:"

15 2 60 "The children of Delaiah, the children of Tobiah, the children of Nekoda, six hundred fifty and two."

15 2 61 "And of the children of the priests: the children of Habaiah, the children of Koz, the children of Barzillai; which took a wife of the daughters of Barzillai the Gileadite, and was called after their name:"

15 2 62 "These sought their register [among] those that were reckoned by genealogy, but they were not found: therefore were they, as polluted, put from the priesthood."

15 2 63 "And the Tirshatha said unto them, that they should not eat of the most holy things, till there stood up a priest with Urim and with Thummim."

15 2 64 "The whole congregation together [was] forty and two thousand three hundred [and] threescore,"

15 2 65 "Beside their servants and their maids, of whom [there were] seven thousand three hundred thirty and seven: and [there were] among them two hundred singing men and singing women."

15 2 66 "Their horses [were] seven hundred thirty and six; their mules, two hundred forty and five;"

15 2 67 "Their camels, four hundred thirty and five; [their] asses, six thousand seven hundred and twenty."

15 2 68 "And [some] of the chief of the fathers, when they came to the house of the LORD which [is] at Jerusalem, offered freely for the house of God to set it up in his place:"

15 2 69 "They gave after their ability unto the treasure of the work threescore and one thousand drams of gold, and five thousand pound of silver, and one hundred priests' garments."

15 2 70 "So the priests, and the Levites, and [some] of the people, and the singers, and the porters, and the Nethinims, dwelt in their cities, and all Israel in their cities."

15 3 1 "And when the seventh month was come, and the children of Israel [were] in the cities, the people gathered themselves together as one man to Jerusalem."

15 3 2 "Then stood up Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and his brethren the priests, and Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and his brethren, and builded the altar of the God of Israel, to offer burnt offerings thereon, as [it is] written in the law of Moses the man of God."

15 3 3 "And they set the altar upon his bases; for fear [was] upon them because of the people of those countries: and they offered burnt offerings thereon unto the LORD, [even] burnt offerings morning and evening."

15 3 4 "They kept also the feast of tabernacles, as [it is] written, and [offered] the daily burnt offerings by number, according to the custom, as the duty of every day required;"

15 3 5 "And afterward [offered] the continual burnt offering, both of the new moons, and of all the set feasts of the LORD that were consecrated, and of every one that willingly offered a freewill offering unto the LORD."

15 3 6 From the first day of the seventh month began they to offer burnt offerings unto the LORD. But the foundation of the temple of the LORD was not [yet] laid.

15 3 7 "They gave money also unto the masons, and to the carpenters; and meat, and drink, and oil, unto them of Zidon, and to them of Tyre, to bring cedar trees from Lebanon to the sea of Joppa, according to the grant that they had of Cyrus king of Persia."

15 3 8 "Now in the second year of their coming unto the house of God at Jerusalem, in the second month, began Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and the remnant of their brethren the priests and the Levites, and all they that were come out of the captivity unto Jerusalem; and appointed the Levites, from twenty years old and upward, to set forward the work of the house of the LORD."

15 3 9 "Then stood Jeshua [with] his sons and his brethren, Kadmiel and his sons, the sons of Judah, together, to set forward the workmen in the house of God: the sons of Henadad, [with] their sons and their brethren the Levites."

15 3 10 "And when the builders laid the foundation of the temple of the LORD, they set the priests in their apparel with trumpets, and the Levites the sons of Asaph with cymbals, to praise the LORD, after the ordinance of David king of Israel."

15 3 11 "And they sang together by course in praising and giving thanks unto the LORD; because [he is] good, for his mercy [endureth] for ever toward Israel. And all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised the LORD, because the foundation of the house of the LORD was laid."

15 3 12 "But many of the priests and Levites and chief of the fathers, [who were] ancient men, that had seen the first house, when the foundation of this house was laid before their eyes, wept with a loud voice; and many shouted aloud for joy:"

15 3 13 "So that the people could not discern the noise of the shout of joy from the noise of the weeping of the people: for the people shouted with a loud shout, and the noise was heard afar off."

15 4 1 Now when the adversaries of Judah and Benjamin heard that the children of the captivity builded the temple unto the LORD God of Israel;

15 4 2 "Then they came to Zerubbabel, and to the chief of the fathers, and said unto them, Let us build with you: for we seek your God, as ye [do]; and we do sacrifice unto him since the days of Esarhaddon king of Assur, which brought us up hither."

15 4 3 "But Zerubbabel, and Jeshua, and the rest of the chief of the fathers of Israel, said unto them, Ye have nothing to do with us to build an house unto our God; but we ourselves together will build unto the LORD God of Israel, as king Cyrus the king of Persia hath commanded us."

15 4 4 "Then the people of the land weakened the hands of the people of Judah, and troubled them in building,"

15 4 5 "And hired counsellors against them, to frustrate their purpose, all the days of Cyrus king of Persia, even until the reign of Darius king of Persia."

15 4 6 "And in the reign of Ahasuerus, in the beginning of his reign, wrote they [unto him] an accusation against the inhabitants of Judah and Jerusalem."

15 4 7 "And in the days of Artaxerxes wrote Bishlam, Mithredath, Tabeel, and the rest of their companions, unto Artaxerxes king of Persia; and the writing of the letter [was] written in the Syrian tongue, and interpreted in the Syrian tongue."

15 4 8 Rehum the chancellor and Shimshai the scribe wrote a letter against Jerusalem to Artaxerxes the king in this sort:

15 4 9 "Then [wrote] Rehum the chancellor, and Shimshai the scribe, and the rest of their companions; the Dinaites, the Apharsathchites, the Tarpelites, the Apharsites, the Archevites, the Babylonians, the Susanchites, the Dehavites, [and] the Elamites,"

15 4 10 "And the rest of the nations whom the great and noble Asnappar brought over, and set in the cities of Samaria, and the rest [that are] on this side the river, and at such a time."

15 4 11 "This [is] the copy of the letter that they sent unto him, [even] unto Artaxerxes the king; Thy servants the men on this side the river, and at such a time."

15 4 12 "Be it known unto the king, that the Jews which came up from thee to us are come unto Jerusalem, building the rebellious and the bad city, and have set up the walls [thereof], and joined the foundations."

15 4 13 "Be it known now unto the king, that, if this city be builded, and the walls set up [again, then] will they not pay toll, tribute, and custom, and [so] thou shalt endamage the revenue of the kings."

15 4 14 "Now because we have maintenance from [the king's] palace, and it was not meet for us to see the king's dishonour, therefore have we sent and certified the king;"

15 4 15 "That search may be made in the book of the records of thy fathers: so shalt thou find in the book of the records, and know that this city [is] a rebellious city, and hurtful unto kings and provinces, and that they have moved sedition within the same of old time: for which cause was this city destroyed."

15 4 16 "We certify the king that, if this city be builded [again], and the walls thereof set up, by this means thou shalt have no portion on this side the river."

15 4 17 "[Then] sent the king an answer unto Rehum the chancellor, and [to] Shimshai the scribe, and [to] the rest of their companions that dwell in Samaria, and [unto] the rest beyond the river, Peace, and at such a time."

15 4 18 The letter which ye sent unto us hath been plainly read before me.

15 4 19 "And I commanded, and search hath been made, and it is found that this city of old time hath made insurrection against kings, and [that] rebellion and sedition have been made therein."

15 4 20 "There have been mighty kings also over Jerusalem, which have ruled over all [countries] beyond the river; and toll, tribute, and custom, was paid unto them."

15 4 21 "Give ye now commandment to cause these men to cease, and that this city be not builded, until [another] commandment shall be given from me."

15 4 22 Take heed now that ye fail not to do this: why should damage grow to the hurt of the kings?

15 4 23 "Now when the copy of king Artaxerxes' letter [was] read before Rehum, and Shimshai the scribe, and their companions, they went up in haste to Jerusalem unto the Jews, and made them to cease by force and power."

15 4 24 Then ceased the work of the house of God which [is] at Jerusalem. So it ceased unto the second year of the reign of Darius king of Persia.

15 5 1 "Then the prophets, Haggai the prophet, and Zechariah the son of Iddo, prophesied unto the Jews that [were] in Judah and Jerusalem in the name of the God of Israel, [even] unto them."

15 5 2 "Then rose up Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and began to build the house of God which [is] at Jerusalem: and with them [were] the prophets of God helping them."

15 5 3 "At the same time came to them Tatnai, governor on this side the river, and Shetharboznai, and their companions, and said thus unto them, Who hath commanded you to build this house, and to make up this wall?"

15 5 4 "Then said we unto them after this manner, What are the names of the men that make this building?"

15 5 5 "But the eye of their God was upon the elders of the Jews, that they could not cause them to cease, till the matter came to Darius: and then they returned answer by letter concerning this [matter]."

15 5 6 "The copy of the letter that Tatnai, governor on this side the river, and Shetharboznai, and his companions the Apharsachites, which [were] on this side the river, sent unto Darius the king:"

15 5 7 "They sent a letter unto him, wherein was written thus; Unto Darius the king, all peace."

15 5 8 "Be it known unto the king, that we went into the province of Judea, to the house of the great God, which is builded with great stones, and timber is laid in the walls, and this work goeth fast on, and prospereth in their hands."

15 5 9 "Then asked we those elders, [and] said unto them thus, Who commanded you to build this house, and to make up these walls?"

15 5 10 "We asked their names also, to certify thee, that we might write the names of the men that [were] the chief of them."

15 5 11 "And thus they returned us answer, saying, We are the servants of the God of heaven and earth, and build the house that was builded these many years ago, which a great king of Israel builded and set up."

15 5 12 "But after that our fathers had provoked the God of heaven unto wrath, he gave them into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, the Chaldean, who destroyed this house, and carried the people away into Babylon."

15 5 13 But in the first year of Cyrus the king of Babylon [the same] king Cyrus made a decree to build this house of God.

15 5 14 "And the vessels also of gold and silver of the house of God, which Nebuchadnezzar took out of the temple that [was] in Jerusalem, and brought them into the temple of Babylon, those did Cyrus the king take out of the temple of Babylon, and they were delivered unto [one], whose name [was] Sheshbazzar, whom he had made governor;"

15 5 15 "And said unto him, Take these vessels, go, carry them into the temple that [is] in Jerusalem, and let the house of God be builded in his place."

15 5 16 "Then came the same Sheshbazzar, [and] laid the foundation of the house of God which [is] in Jerusalem: and since that time even until now hath it been in building, and [yet] it is not finished."

15 5 17 "Now therefore, if [it seem] good to the king, let there be search made in the king's treasure house, which [is] there at Babylon, whether it be [so], that a decree was made of Cyrus the king to build this house of God at Jerusalem, and let the king send his pleasure to us concerning this matter."

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Some Answered Questions, Chapter 10, within pp. 36-45

15 6 1 "Then Darius the king made a decree, and search was made in the house of the rolls, where the treasures were laid up in Babylon."

15 6 2 "And there was found at Achmetha, in the palace that [is] in the province of the Medes, a roll, and therein [was] a record thus written:"

15 6 3 "In the first year of Cyrus the king [the same] Cyrus the king made a decree [concerning] the house of God at Jerusalem, Let the house be builded, the place where they offered sacrifices, and let the foundations thereof be strongly laid; the height thereof threescore cubits, [and] the breadth thereof threescore cubits;"

15 6 4 "[With] three rows of great stones, and a row of new timber: and let the expenses be given out of the king's house:"

15 6 5 "And also let the golden and silver vessels of the house of God, which Nebuchadnezzar took forth out of the temple which [is] at Jerusalem, and brought unto Babylon, be restored, and brought again unto the temple which [is] at Jerusalem, [every one] to his place, and place [them] in the house of God."

15 6 6 "Now [therefore], Tatnai, governor beyond the river, Shetharboznai, and your companions the Apharsachites, which [are] beyond the river, be ye far from thence:"

15 6 7 Let the work of this house of God alone; let the governor of the Jews and the elders of the Jews build this house of God in his place.

15 6 8 "Moreover I make a decree what ye shall do to the elders of these Jews for the building of this house of God: that of the king's goods, [even] of the tribute beyond the river, forthwith expenses be given unto these men, that they be not hindered."

15 6 9 "And that which they have need of, both young bullocks, and rams, and lambs, for the burnt offerings of the God of heaven, wheat, salt, wine, and oil, according to the appointment of the priests which [are] at Jerusalem, let it be given them day by day without fail:"

15 6 10 "That they may offer sacrifices of sweet savours unto the God of heaven, and pray for the life of the king, and of his sons."

15 6 11 "Also I have made a decree, that whosoever shall alter this word, let timber be pulled down from his house, and being set up, let him be hanged thereon; and let his house be made a dunghill for this."

15 6 12 "And the God that hath caused his name to dwell there destroy all kings and people, that shall put to their hand to alter [and] to destroy this house of God which [is] at Jerusalem. I Darius have made a decree; let it be done with speed."

15 6 13 "Then Tatnai, governor on this side the river, Shetharboznai, and their companions, according to that which Darius the king had sent, so they did speedily."

15 6 14 "And the elders of the Jews builded, and they prospered through the prophesying of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah the son of Iddo. And they builded, and finished [it], according to the commandment of the God of Israel, and according to the commandment of Cyrus, and Darius, and Artaxerxes king of Persia."

15 6 15 "And this house was finished on the third day of the month Adar, which was in the sixth year of the reign of Darius the king."

15 6 16 "And the children of Israel, the priests, and the Levites, and the rest of the children of the captivity, kept the dedication of this house of God with joy,"

15 6 17 "And offered at the dedication of this house of God an hundred bullocks, two hundred rams, four hundred lambs; and for a sin offering for all Israel, twelve he goats, according to the number of the tribes of Israel."

15 6 18 "And they set the priests in their divisions, and the Levites in their courses, for the service of God, which [is] at Jerusalem; as it is written in the book of Moses."

15 6 19 And the children of the captivity kept the passover upon the fourteenth [day] of the first month.

15 6 20 "For the priests and the Levites were purified together, all of them [were] pure, and killed the passover for all the children of the captivity, and for their brethren the priests, and for themselves."

15 6 21 "And the children of Israel, which were come again out of captivity, and all such as had separated themselves unto them from the filthiness of the heathen of the land, to seek the LORD God of Israel, did eat,"

15 6 22 "And kept the feast of unleavened bread seven days with joy: for the LORD had made them joyful, and turned the heart of the king of Assyria unto them, to strengthen their hands in the work of the house of God, the God of Israel."

15 7 1 "Now after these things, in the reign of Artaxerxes king of Persia, Ezra the son of Seraiah, the son of Azariah, the son of Hilkiah,"

15 7 2 "The son of Shallum, the son of Zadok, the son of Ahitub,"

15 7 3 "The son of Amariah, the son of Azariah, the son of Meraioth,"

15 7 4 "The son of Zerahiah, the son of Uzzi, the son of Bukki,"

15 7 5 "The son of Abishua, the son of Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the chief priest:"

15 7 6 "This Ezra went up from Babylon; and he [was] a ready scribe in the law of Moses, which the LORD God of Israel had given: and the king granted him all his request, according to the hand of the LORD his God upon him."

15 7 7 "And there went up [some] of the children of Israel, and of the priests, and the Levites, and the singers, and the porters, and the Nethinims, unto Jerusalem, in the seventh year of Artaxerxes the king."

15 7 8 "And he came to Jerusalem in the fifth month, which [was] in the seventh year of the king."

15 7 9 "For upon the first [day] of the first month began he to go up from Babylon, and on the first [day] of the fifth month came he to Jerusalem, according to the good hand of his God upon him."

15 7 10 "For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the LORD, and to do [it], and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments."

15 7 11 "Now this [is] the copy of the letter that the king Artaxerxes gave unto Ezra the priest, the scribe, [even] a scribe of the words of the commandments of the LORD, and of his statutes to Israel."

15 7 12 "Artaxerxes, king of kings, unto Ezra the priest, a scribe of the law of the God of heaven, perfect [peace], and at such a time."

15 7 13 "I make a decree, that all they of the people of Israel, and [of] his priests and Levites, in my realm, which are minded of their own freewill to go up to Jerusalem, go with thee."

15 7 14 "Forasmuch as thou art sent of the king, and of his seven counsellors, to enquire concerning Judah and Jerusalem, according to the law of thy God which [is] in thine hand;"

15 7 15 "And to carry the silver and gold, which the king and his counsellors have freely offered unto the God of Israel, whose habitation [is] in Jerusalem,"

15 7 16 "And all the silver and gold that thou canst find in all the province of Babylon, with the freewill offering of the people, and of the priests, offering willingly for the house of their God which [is] in Jerusalem:"

15 7 17 "That thou mayest buy speedily with this money bullocks, rams, lambs, with their meat offerings and their drink offerings, and offer them upon the altar of the house of your God which [is] in Jerusalem."

15 7 18 "And whatsoever shall seem good to thee, and to thy brethren, to do with the rest of the silver and the gold, that do after the will of your God."

15 7 19 "The vessels also that are given thee for the service of the house of thy God, [those] deliver thou before the God of Jerusalem."

15 7 20 "And whatsoever more shall be needful for the house of thy God, which thou shalt have occasion to bestow, bestow [it] out of the king's treasure house."

15 7 21 "And I, [even] I Artaxerxes the king, do make a decree to all the treasurers which [are] beyond the river, that whatsoever Ezra the priest, the scribe of the law of the God of heaven, shall require of you, it be done speedily,"

15 7 22 "Unto an hundred talents of silver, and to an hundred measures of wheat, and to an hundred baths of wine, and to an hundred baths of oil, and salt without prescribing [how much]."

15 7 23 "Whatsoever is commanded by the God of heaven, let it be diligently done for the house of the God of heaven: for why should there be wrath against the realm of the king and his sons?"

15 7 24 "Also we certify you, that touching any of the priests and Levites, singers, porters, Nethinims, or ministers of this house of God, it shall not be lawful to impose toll, tribute, or custom, upon them."

15 7 25 "And thou, Ezra, after the wisdom of thy God, that [is] in thine hand, set magistrates and judges, which may judge all the people that [are] beyond the river, all such as know the laws of thy God; and teach ye them that know [them] not."

15 7 26 "And whosoever will not do the law of thy God, and the law of the king, let judgment be executed speedily upon him, whether [it be] unto death, or to banishment, or to confiscation of goods, or to imprisonment."

15 7 27 "Blessed [be] the LORD God of our fathers, which hath put [such a thing] as this in the king's heart, to beautify the house of the LORD which [is] in Jerusalem:"

15 7 28 "And hath extended mercy unto me before the king, and his counsellors, and before all the king's mighty princes. And I was strengthened as the hand of the LORD my God [was] upon me, and I gathered together out of Israel chief men to go up with me."

15 8 1 "These [are] now the chief of their fathers, and [this is] the genealogy of them that went up with me from Babylon, in the reign of Artaxerxes the king."

15 8 2 Of the sons of Phinehas; Gershom: of the sons of Ithamar; Daniel: of the sons of David; Hattush.

15 8 3 "Of the sons of Shechaniah, of the sons of Pharosh; Zechariah: and with him were reckoned by genealogy of the males an hundred and fifty."

15 8 4 "Of the sons of Pahathmoab; Elihoenai the son of Zerahiah, and with him two hundred males."

15 8 5 "Of the sons of Shechaniah; the son of Jahaziel, and with him three hundred males."

15 8 6 "Of the sons also of Adin; Ebed the son of Jonathan, and with him fifty males."

15 8 7 "And of the sons of Elam; Jeshaiah the son of Athaliah, and with him seventy males."

15 8 8 "And of the sons of Shephatiah; Zebadiah the son of Michael, and with him fourscore males."

15 8 9 "Of the sons of Joab; Obadiah the son of Jehiel, and with him two hundred and eighteen males."

15 8 10 "And of the sons of Shelomith; the son of Josiphiah, and with him an hundred and threescore males."

15 8 11 "And of the sons of Bebai; Zechariah the son of Bebai, and with him twenty and eight males."

15 8 12 "And of the sons of Azgad; Johanan the son of Hakkatan, and with him an hundred and ten males."

15 8 13 "And of the last sons of Adonikam, whose names [are] these, Eliphelet, Jeiel, and Shemaiah, and with them threescore males."

15 8 14 "Of the sons also of Bigvai; Uthai, and Zabbud, and with them seventy males."

15 8 15 "And I gathered them together to the river that runneth to Ahava; and there abode we in tents three days: and I viewed the people, and the priests, and found there none of the sons of Levi."

15 8 16 "Then sent I for Eliezer, for Ariel, for Shemaiah, and for Elnathan, and for Jarib, and for Elnathan, and for Nathan, and for Zechariah, and for Meshullam, chief men; also for Joiarib, and for Elnathan, men of understanding."

15 8 17 "And I sent them with commandment unto Iddo the chief at the place Casiphia, and I told them what they should say unto Iddo, [and] to his brethren the Nethinims, at the place Casiphia, that they should bring unto us ministers for the house of our God."

15 8 18 "And by the good hand of our God upon us they brought us a man of understanding, of the sons of Mahli, the son of Levi, the son of Israel; and Sherebiah, with his sons and his brethren, eighteen;"

15 8 19 "And Hashabiah, and with him Jeshaiah of the sons of Merari, his brethren and their sons, twenty;"

15 8 20 "Also of the Nethinims, whom David and the princes had appointed for the service of the Levites, two hundred and twenty Nethinims: all of them were expressed by name."

15 8 21 "Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river of Ahava, that we might afflict ourselves before our God, to seek of him a right way for us, and for our little ones, and for all our substance."

15 8 22 "For I was ashamed to require of the king a band of soldiers and horsemen to help us against the enemy in the way: because we had spoken unto the king, saying, The hand of our God [is] upon all them for good that seek him; but his power and his wrath [is] against all them that forsake him."

15 8 23 So we fasted and besought our God for this: and he was intreated of us.

15 8 24 "Then I separated twelve of the chief of the priests, Sherebiah, Hashabiah, and ten of their brethren with them,"

15 8 25 "And weighed unto them the silver, and the gold, and the vessels, [even] the offering of the house of our God, which the king, and his counsellors, and his lords, and all Israel [there] present, had offered:"

15 8 26 "I even weighed unto their hand six hundred and fifty talents of silver, and silver vessels an hundred talents, [and] of gold an hundred talents;"

15 8 27 "Also twenty basons of gold, of a thousand drams; and two vessels of fine copper, precious as gold."

15 8 28 "And I said unto them, Ye [are] holy unto the LORD; the vessels [are] holy also; and the silver and the gold [are] a freewill offering unto the LORD God of your fathers."

15 8 29 "Watch ye, and keep [them], until ye weigh [them] before the chief of the priests and the Levites, and chief of the fathers of Israel, at Jerusalem, in the chambers of the house of the LORD."

15 8 30 "So took the priests and the Levites the weight of the silver, and the gold, and the vessels, to bring [them] to Jerusalem unto the house of our God."

15 8 31 "Then we departed from the river of Ahava on the twelfth [day] of the first month, to go unto Jerusalem: and the hand of our God was upon us, and he delivered us from the hand of the enemy, and of such as lay in wait by the way."

15 8 32 "And we came to Jerusalem, and abode there three days."

15 8 33 "Now on the fourth day was the silver and the gold and the vessels weighed in the house of our God by the hand of Meremoth the son of Uriah the priest; and with him [was] Eleazar the son of Phinehas; and with them [was] Jozabad the son of Jeshua, and Noadiah the son of Binnui, Levites;"

15 8 34 By number [and] by weight of every one: and all the weight was written at that time.

15 8 35 "[Also] the children of those that had been carried away, which were come out of the captivity, offered burnt offerings unto the God of Israel, twelve bullocks for all Israel, ninety and six rams, seventy and seven lambs, twelve he goats [for] a sin offering: all [this was] a burnt offering unto the LORD."

15 8 36 "And they delivered the king's commissions unto the king's lieutenants, and to the governors on this side the river: and they furthered the people, and the house of God."

15 9 1 "Now when these things were done, the princes came to me, saying, The people of Israel, and the priests, and the Levites, have not separated themselves from the people of the lands, [doing] according to their abominations, [even] of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Jebusites, the Ammonites, the Moabites, the Egyptians, and the Amorites."

15 9 2 "For they have taken of their daughters for themselves, and for their sons: so that the holy seed have mingled themselves with the people of [those] lands: yea, the hand of the princes and rulers hath been chief in this trespass."

15 9 3 "And when I heard this thing, I rent my garment and my mantle, and plucked off the hair of my head and of my beard, and sat down astonied."

15 9 4 "Then were assembled unto me every one that trembled at the words of the God of Israel, because of the transgression of those that had been carried away; and I sat astonied until the evening sacrifice."

15 9 5 "And at the evening sacrifice I arose up from my heaviness; and having rent my garment and my mantle, I fell upon my knees, and spread out my hands unto the LORD my God,"

15 9 6 "And said, O my God, I am ashamed and blush to lift up my face to thee, my God: for our iniquities are increased over [our] head, and our trespass is grown up unto the heavens."

15 9 7 "Since the days of our fathers [have] we [been] in a great trespass unto this day; and for our iniquities have we, our kings, [and] our priests, been delivered into the hand of the kings of the lands, to the sword, to captivity, and to a spoil, and to confusion of face, as [it is] this day."

15 9 8 "And now for a little space grace hath been [shewed] from the LORD our God, to leave us a remnant to escape, and to give us a nail in his holy place, that our God may lighten our eyes, and give us a little reviving in our bondage."

15 9 9 "For we [were] bondmen; yet our God hath not forsaken us in our bondage, but hath extended mercy unto us in the sight of the kings of Persia, to give us a reviving, to set up the house of our God, and to repair the desolations thereof, and to give us a wall in Judah and in Jerusalem."

15 9 10 "And now, O our God, what shall we say after this? for we have forsaken thy commandments,"

15 9 11 "Which thou hast commanded by thy servants the prophets, saying, The land, unto which ye go to possess it, is an unclean land with the filthiness of the people of the lands, with their abominations, which have filled it from one end to another with their uncleanness."

15 9 12 "Now therefore give not your daughters unto their sons, neither take their daughters unto your sons, nor seek their peace or their wealth for ever: that ye may be strong, and eat the good of the land, and leave [it] for an inheritance to your children for ever."

15 9 13 "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;"

15 9 14 "Should we again break thy commandments, and join in affinity with the people of these abominations? wouldest not thou be angry with us till thou hadst consumed [us], so that [there should be] no remnant nor escaping?"

15 9 15 "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 trespasses: for we cannot stand before thee because of this."

15 10 1 "Now when Ezra had prayed, and when he had confessed, weeping and casting himself down before the house of God, there assembled unto him out of Israel a very great congregation of men and women and children: for the people wept very sore."

15 10 2 "And Shechaniah the son of Jehiel, [one] of the sons of Elam, answered and said unto Ezra, We have trespassed against our God, and have taken strange wives of the people of the land: yet now there is hope in Israel concerning this thing."

15 10 3 "Now therefore let us make a covenant with our God to put away all the wives, and such as are born of them, according to the counsel of my lord, and of those that tremble at the commandment of our God; and let it be done according to the law."

15 10 4 "Arise; for [this] matter [belongeth] unto thee: we also [will be] with thee: be of good courage, and do [it]."

15 10 5 "Then arose Ezra, and made the chief priests, the Levites, and all Israel, to swear that they should do according to this word. And they sware."

15 10 6 "Then Ezra rose up from before the house of God, and went into the chamber of Johanan the son of Eliashib: and [when] he came thither, he did eat no bread, nor drink water: for he mourned because of the transgression of them that had been carried away."

15 10 7 "And they made proclamation throughout Judah and Jerusalem unto all the children of the captivity, that they should gather themselves together unto Jerusalem;"

15 10 8 "And that whosoever would not come within three days, according to the counsel of the princes and the elders, all his substance should be forfeited, and himself separated from the congregation of those that had been carried away."

15 10 9 "Then all the men of Judah and Benjamin gathered themselves together unto Jerusalem within three days. It [was] the ninth month, on the twentieth [day] of the month; and all the people sat in the street of the house of God, trembling because of [this] matter, and for the great rain."

15 10 10 "And Ezra the priest stood up, and said unto them, Ye have transgressed, and have taken strange wives, to increase the trespass of Israel."

15 10 11 "Now therefore make confession unto the LORD God of your fathers, and do his pleasure: and separate yourselves from the people of the land, and from the strange wives."

15 10 12 "Then all the congregation answered and said with a loud voice, As thou hast said, so must we do."

15 10 13 "But the people [are] many, and [it is] a time of much rain, and we are not able to stand without, neither [is this] a work of one day or two: for we are many that have transgressed in this thing."

15 10 14 "Let now our rulers of all the congregation stand, and let all them which have taken strange wives in our cities come at appointed times, and with them the elders of every city, and the judges thereof, until the fierce wrath of our God for this matter be turned from us."

15 10 15 Only Jonathan the son of Asahel and Jahaziah the son of Tikvah were employed about this [matter]: and Meshullam and Shabbethai the Levite helped them.

15 10 16 "And the children of the captivity did so. And Ezra the priest, [with] certain chief of the fathers, after the house of their fathers, and all of them by [their] names, were separated, and sat down in the first day of the tenth month to examine the matter."

15 10 17 And they made an end with all the men that had taken strange wives by the first day of the first month.

15 10 18 "And among the sons of the priests there were found that had taken strange wives: [namely], of the sons of Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and his brethren; Maaseiah, and Eliezer, and Jarib, and Gedaliah."

15 10 19 "And they gave their hands that they would put away their wives; and [being] guilty, [they offered] a ram of the flock for their trespass."

15 10 20 "And of the sons of Immer; Hanani, and Zebadiah."

15 10 21 "And of the sons of Harim; Maaseiah, and Elijah, and Shemaiah, and Jehiel, and Uzziah."

15 10 22 "And of the sons of Pashur; Elioenai, Maaseiah, Ishmael, Nethaneel, Jozabad, and Elasah."

15 10 23 "Also of the Levites; Jozabad, and Shimei, and Kelaiah, (the same [is] Kelita,) Pethahiah, Judah, and Eliezer."

15 10 24 "Of the singers also; Eliashib: and of the porters; Shallum, and Telem, and Uri."

15 10 25 "Moreover of Israel: of the sons of Parosh; Ramiah, and Jeziah, and Malchiah, and Miamin, and Eleazar, and Malchijah, and Benaiah."

15 10 26 "And of the sons of Elam; Mattaniah, Zechariah, and Jehiel, and Abdi, and Jeremoth, and Eliah."

15 10 27 "And of the sons of Zattu; Elioenai, Eliashib, Mattaniah, and Jeremoth, and Zabad, and Aziza."

15 10 28 "Of the sons also of Bebai; Jehohanan, Hananiah, Zabbai, [and] Athlai."

15 10 29 "And of the sons of Bani; Meshullam, Malluch, and Adaiah, Jashub, and Sheal, and Ramoth."

15 10 30 "And of the sons of Pahathmoab; Adna, and Chelal, Benaiah, Maaseiah, Mattaniah, Bezaleel, and Binnui, and Manasseh."

15 10 31 "And [of] the sons of Harim; Eliezer, Ishijah, Malchiah, Shemaiah, Shimeon,"

15 10 32 "Benjamin, Malluch, [and] Shemariah."

15 10 33 "Of the sons of Hashum; Mattenai, Mattathah, Zabad, Eliphelet, Jeremai, Manasseh, [and] Shimei."

15 10 34 "Of the sons of Bani; Maadai, Amram, and Uel,"

15 10 35 "Benaiah, Bedeiah, Chelluh,"

15 10 36 "Vaniah, Meremoth, Eliashib,"

15 10 37 "Mattaniah, Mattenai, and Jaasau,"

15 10 38 "And Bani, and Binnui, Shimei,"

15 10 39 "And Shelemiah, and Nathan, and Adaiah,"

15 10 40 "Machnadebai, Shashai, Sharai,"

15 10 41 "Azareel, and Shelemiah, Shemariah,"

15 10 42 "Shallum, Amariah, [and] Joseph."

15 10 43 "Of the sons of Nebo; Jeiel, Mattithiah, Zabad, Zebina, Jadau, and Joel, Benaiah."

15 10 44 All these had taken strange wives: and [some] of them had wives by whom they had children.

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16 1 1 "The words of Nehemiah the son of Hachaliah. And it came to pass in the month Chisleu, in the twentieth year, as I was in Shushan the palace,"

16 1 2 "That Hanani, one of my brethren, came, he and [certain] men of Judah; and I asked them concerning the Jews that had escaped, which were left of the captivity, and concerning Jerusalem."

16 1 3 "And they said unto me, The remnant that are left of the captivity there in the province [are] in great affliction and reproach: the wall of Jerusalem also [is] broken down, and the gates thereof are burned with fire."

16 1 4 "And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned [certain] days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven,"

16 1 5 "And said, I beseech thee, O LORD God of heaven, the great and terrible God, that keepeth covenant and mercy for them that love him and observe his commandments:"

16 1 6 "Let thine ear now be attentive, and thine eyes open, that thou mayest hear the prayer of thy servant, which I pray before thee now, day and night, for the children of Israel thy servants, and confess the sins of the children of Israel, which we have sinned against thee: both I and my father's house have sinned."

16 1 7 "We have dealt very corruptly against thee, and have not kept the commandments, nor the statutes, nor the judgments, which thou commandedst thy servant Moses."

16 1 8 "Remember, I beseech thee, the word that thou commandedst thy servant Moses, saying, [If] ye transgress, I will scatter you abroad among the nations:"

16 1 9 "But [if] ye turn unto me, and keep my commandments, and do them; though there were of you cast out unto the uttermost part of the heaven, [yet] will I gather them from thence, and will bring them unto the place that I have chosen to set my name there."

16 1 10 "Now these [are] thy servants and thy people, whom thou hast redeemed by thy great power, and by thy strong hand."

16 1 11 "O Lord, I beseech thee, let now thine ear be attentive to the prayer of thy servant, and to the prayer of thy servants, who desire to fear thy name: and prosper, I pray thee, thy servant this day, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man. For I was the king's cupbearer."

16 2 1 "And it came to pass in the month Nisan, in the twentieth year of Artaxerxes the king, [that] wine [was] before him: and I took up the wine, and gave [it] unto the king. Now I had not been [beforetime] sad in his presence."

16 2 2 "Wherefore the king said unto me, Why [is] thy countenance sad, seeing thou [art] not sick? this [is] nothing [else] but sorrow of heart. Then I was very sore afraid,"

16 2 3 "And said unto the king, Let the king live for ever: why should not my countenance be sad, when the city, the place of my fathers' sepulchres, [lieth] waste, and the gates thereof are consumed with fire?"

16 2 4 "Then the king said unto me, For what dost thou make request? So I prayed to the God of heaven."

16 2 5 "And I said unto the king, If it please the king, and if thy servant have found favour in thy sight, that thou wouldest send me unto Judah, unto the city of my fathers' sepulchres, that I may build it."

16 2 6 "And the king said unto me, (the queen also sitting by him,) For how long shall thy journey be? and when wilt thou return? So it pleased the king to send me; and I set him a time."

16 2 7 "Moreover I said unto the king, If it please the king, let letters be given me to the governors beyond the river, that they may convey me over till I come into Judah;"

16 2 8 "And a letter unto Asaph the keeper of the king's forest, that he may give me timber to make beams for the gates of the palace which [appertained] to the house, and for the wall of the city, and for the house that I shall enter into. And the king granted me, according to the good hand of my God upon me."
(regarding edict to rebuild Jerusalem)
Some Answered Questions, Chapter 10, within pp. 36-45

16 2 9 "Then I came to the governors beyond the river, and gave them the king's letters. Now the king had sent captains of the army and horsemen with me."

16 2 10 "When Sanballat the Horonite, and Tobiah the servant, the Ammonite, heard [of it], it grieved them exceedingly that there was come a man to seek the welfare of the children of Israel."

16 2 11 "So I came to Jerusalem, and was there three days."

16 2 12 "And I arose in the night, I and some few men with me; neither told I [any] man what my God had put in my heart to do at Jerusalem: neither [was there any] beast with me, save the beast that I rode upon."

16 2 13 "And I went out by night by the gate of the valley, even before the dragon well, and to the dung port, and viewed the walls of Jerusalem, which were broken down, and the gates thereof were consumed with fire."

16 2 14 "Then I went on to the gate of the fountain, and to the king's pool: but [there was] no place for the beast [that was] under me to pass."

16 2 15 "Then went I up in the night by the brook, and viewed the wall, and turned back, and entered by the gate of the valley, and [so] returned."

16 2 16 "And the rulers knew not whither I went, or what I did; neither had I as yet told [it] to the Jews, nor to the priests, nor to the nobles, nor to the rulers, nor to the rest that did the work."

16 2 17 "Then said I unto them, Ye see the distress that we [are] in, how Jerusalem [lieth] waste, and the gates thereof are burned with fire: come, and let us build up the wall of Jerusalem, that we be no more a reproach."

16 2 18 "Then I told them of the hand of my God which was good upon me; as also the king's words that he had spoken unto me. And they said, Let us rise up and build. So they strengthened their hands for [this] good [work]."

16 2 19 "But when Sanballat the Horonite, and Tobiah the servant, the Ammonite, and Geshem the Arabian, heard [it], they laughed us to scorn, and despised us, and said, What [is] this thing that ye do? will ye rebel against the king?"

16 2 20 "Then answered I them, and said unto them, The God of heaven, he will prosper us; therefore we his servants will arise and build: but ye have no portion, nor right, nor memorial, in Jerusalem."

16 3 1 "Then Eliashib the high priest rose up with his brethren the priests, and they builded the sheep gate; they sanctified it, and set up the doors of it; even unto the tower of Meah they sanctified it, unto the tower of Hananeel."

16 3 2 And next unto him builded the men of Jericho. And next to them builded Zaccur the son of Imri.

16 3 3 "But the fish gate did the sons of Hassenaah build, who [also] laid the beams thereof, and set up the doors thereof, the locks thereof, and the bars thereof."

16 3 4 "And next unto them repaired Meremoth the son of Urijah, the son of Koz. And next unto them repaired Meshullam the son of Berechiah, the son of Meshezabeel. And next unto them repaired Zadok the son of Baana."

16 3 5 And next unto them the Tekoites repaired; but their nobles put not their necks to the work of their Lord.

16 3 6 "Moreover the old gate repaired Jehoiada the son of Paseah, and Meshullam the son of Besodeiah; they laid the beams thereof, and set up the doors thereof, and the locks thereof, and the bars thereof."

16 3 7 "And next unto them repaired Melatiah the Gibeonite, and Jadon the Meronothite, the men of Gibeon, and of Mizpah, unto the throne of the governor on this side the river."

16 3 8 "Next unto him repaired Uzziel the son of Harhaiah, of the goldsmiths. Next unto him also repaired Hananiah the son of [one of] the apothecaries, and they fortified Jerusalem unto the broad wall."

16 3 9 "And next unto them repaired Rephaiah the son of Hur, the ruler of the half part of Jerusalem."

16 3 10 "And next unto them repaired Jedaiah the son of Harumaph, even over against his house. And next unto him repaired Hattush the son of Hashabniah."

16 3 11 "Malchijah the son of Harim, and Hashub the son of Pahathmoab, repaired the other piece, and the tower of the furnaces."

16 3 12 "And next unto him repaired Shallum the son of Halohesh, the ruler of the half part of Jerusalem, he and his daughters."

16 3 13 "The valley gate repaired Hanun, and the inhabitants of Zanoah; they built it, and set up the doors thereof, the locks thereof, and the bars thereof, and a thousand cubits on the wall unto the dung gate."

16 3 14 "But the dung gate repaired Malchiah the son of Rechab, the ruler of part of Bethhaccerem; he built it, and set up the doors thereof, the locks thereof, and the bars thereof."

16 3 15 "But the gate of the fountain repaired Shallun the son of Colhozeh, the ruler of part of Mizpah; he built it, and covered it, and set up the doors thereof, the locks thereof, and the bars thereof, and the wall of the pool of Siloah by the king's garden, and unto the stairs that go down from the city of David."

16 3 16 "After him repaired Nehemiah the son of Azbuk, the ruler of the half part of Bethzur, unto [the place] over against the sepulchres of David, and to the pool that was made, and unto the house of the mighty."

16 3 17 "After him repaired the Levites, Rehum the son of Bani. Next unto him repaired Hashabiah, the ruler of the half part of Keilah, in his part."

16 3 18 "After him repaired their brethren, Bavai the son of Henadad, the ruler of the half part of Keilah."

16 3 19 "And next to him repaired Ezer the son of Jeshua, the ruler of Mizpah, another piece over against the going up to the armoury at the turning [of the wall]."

16 3 20 "After him Baruch the son of Zabbai earnestly repaired the other piece, from the turning [of the wall] unto the door of the house of Eliashib the high priest."

16 3 21 "After him repaired Meremoth the son of Urijah the son of Koz another piece, from the door of the house of Eliashib even to the end of the house of Eliashib."

16 3 22 "And after him repaired the priests, the men of the plain."

16 3 23 After him repaired Benjamin and Hashub over against their house. After him repaired Azariah the son of Maaseiah the son of Ananiah by his house.

16 3 24 "After him repaired Binnui the son of Henadad another piece, from the house of Azariah unto the turning [of the wall], even unto the corner."

16 3 25 "Palal the son of Uzai, over against the turning [of the wall], and the tower which lieth out from the king's high house, that [was] by the court of the prison. After him Pedaiah the son of Parosh."

16 3 26 "Moreover the Nethinims dwelt in Ophel, unto [the place] over against the water gate toward the east, and the tower that lieth out."

16 3 27 "After them the Tekoites repaired another piece, over against the great tower that lieth out, even unto the wall of Ophel."

16 3 28 "From above the horse gate repaired the priests, every one over against his house."

16 3 29 "After them repaired Zadok the son of Immer over against his house. After him repaired also Shemaiah the son of Shechaniah, the keeper of the east gate."

16 3 30 "After him repaired Hananiah the son of Shelemiah, and Hanun the sixth son of Zalaph, another piece. After him repaired Meshullam the son of Berechiah over against his chamber."

16 3 31 "After him repaired Malchiah the goldsmith's son unto the place of the Nethinims, and of the merchants, over against the gate Miphkad, and to the going up of the corner."

16 3 32 And between the going up of the corner unto the sheep gate repaired the goldsmiths and the merchants.

16 4 1 "But it came to pass, that when Sanballat heard that we builded the wall, he was wroth, and took great indignation, and mocked the Jews."

16 4 2 "And he spake before his brethren and the army of Samaria, and said, What do these feeble Jews? will they fortify themselves? will they sacrifice? will they make an end in a day? will they revive the stones out of the heaps of the rubbish which are burned?"

16 4 3 "Now Tobiah the Ammonite [was] by him, and he said, Even that which they build, if a fox go up, he shall even break down their stone wall."

16 4 4 "Hear, O our God; for we are despised: and turn their reproach upon their own head, and give them for a prey in the land of captivity:"

16 4 5 "And cover not their iniquity, and let not their sin be blotted out from before thee: for they have provoked [thee] to anger before the builders."

16 4 6 So built we the wall; and all the wall was joined together unto the half thereof: for the people had a mind to work.

16 4 7 "But it came to pass, [that] when Sanballat, and Tobiah, and the Arabians, and the Ammonites, and the Ashdodites, heard that the walls of Jerusalem were made up, [and] that the breaches began to be stopped, then they were very wroth,"

16 4 8 "And conspired all of them together to come [and] to fight against Jerusalem, and to hinder it."

16 4 9 "Nevertheless we made our prayer unto our God, and set a watch against them day and night, because of them."

16 4 10 "And Judah said, The strength of the bearers of burdens is decayed, and [there is] much rubbish; so that we are not able to build the wall."

16 4 11 "And our adversaries said, They shall not know, neither see, till we come in the midst among them, and slay them, and cause the work to cease."

16 4 12 "And it came to pass, that when the Jews which dwelt by them came, they said unto us ten times, From all places whence ye shall return unto us [they will be upon you]."

16 4 13 "Therefore set I in the lower places behind the wall, [and] on the higher places, I even set the people after their families with their swords, their spears, and their bows."

16 4 14 "And I looked, and rose up, and said unto the nobles, and to the rulers, and to the rest of the people, Be not ye afraid of them: remember the Lord, [which is] great and terrible, and fight for your brethren, your sons, and your daughters, your wives, and your houses."

16 4 15 "And it came to pass, when our enemies heard that it was known unto us, and God had brought their counsel to nought, that we returned all of us to the wall, every one unto his work."

16 4 16 "And it came to pass from that time forth, [that] the half of my servants wrought in the work, and the other half of them held both the spears, the shields, and the bows, and the habergeons; and the rulers [were] behind all the house of Judah."

16 4 17 "They which builded on the wall, and they that bare burdens, with those that laded, [every one] with one of his hands wrought in the work, and with the other [hand] held a weapon."

16 4 18 "For the builders, every one had his sword girded by his side, and [so] builded. And he that sounded the trumpet [was] by me."

16 4 19 "And I said unto the nobles, and to the rulers, and to the rest of the people, The work [is] great and large, and we are separated upon the wall, one far from another."

16 4 20 "In what place [therefore] ye hear the sound of the trumpet, resort ye thither unto us: our God shall fight for us."

16 4 21 So we laboured in the work: and half of them held the spears from the rising of the morning till the stars appeared.

16 4 22 "Likewise at the same time said I unto the people, Let every one with his servant lodge within Jerusalem, that in the night they may be a guard to us, and labour on the day."

16 4 23 "So neither I, nor my brethren, nor my servants, nor the men of the guard which followed me, none of us put off our clothes, [saving that] every one put them off for washing."

16 5 1 And there was a great cry of the people and of their wives against their brethren the Jews.

16 5 2 "For there were that said, We, our sons, and our daughters, [are] many: therefore we take up corn [for them], that we may eat, and live."

16 5 3 "[Some] also there were that said, We have mortgaged our lands, vineyards, and houses, that we might buy corn, because of the dearth."

16 5 4 "There were also that said, We have borrowed money for the king's tribute, [and that upon] our lands and vineyards."

16 5 5 "Yet now our flesh [is] as the flesh of our brethren, our children as their children: and, lo, we bring into bondage our sons and our daughters to be servants, and [some] of our daughters are brought unto bondage [already]: neither [is it] in our power [to redeem them]; for other men have our lands and vineyards."

16 5 6 And I was very angry when I heard their cry and these words.

16 5 7 "Then I consulted with myself, and I rebuked the nobles, and the rulers, and said unto them, Ye exact usury, every one of his brother. And I set a great assembly against them."

16 5 8 "And I said unto them, We after our ability have redeemed our brethren the Jews, which were sold unto the heathen; and will ye even sell your brethren? or shall they be sold unto us? Then held they their peace, and found nothing [to answer]."

16 5 9 "Also I said, It [is] not good that ye do: ought ye not to walk in the fear of our God because of the reproach of the heathen our enemies?"

16 5 10 "I likewise, [and] my brethren, and my servants, might exact of them money and corn: I pray you, let us leave off this usury."

16 5 11 "Restore, I pray you, to them, even this day, their lands, their vineyards, their oliveyards, and their houses, also the hundredth [part] of the money, and of the corn, the wine, and the oil, that ye exact of them."

16 5 12 "Then said they, We will restore [them], and will require nothing of them; so will we do as thou sayest. Then I called the priests, and took an oath of them, that they should do according to this promise."

16 5 13 "Also I shook my lap, and said, So God shake out every man from his house, and from his labour, that performeth not this promise, even thus be he shaken out, and emptied. And all the congregation said, Amen, and praised the LORD. And the people did according to this promise."

16 5 14 "Moreover from the time that I was appointed to be their governor in the land of Judah, from the twentieth year even unto the two and thirtieth year of Artaxerxes the king, [that is], twelve years, I and my brethren have not eaten the bread of the governor."

16 5 15 "But the former governors that [had been] before me were chargeable unto the people, and had taken of them bread and wine, beside forty shekels of silver; yea, even their servants bare rule over the people: but so did not I, because of the fear of God."

16 5 16 "Yea, also I continued in the work of this wall, neither bought we any land: and all my servants [were] gathered thither unto the work."

16 5 17 "Moreover [there were] at my table an hundred and fifty of the Jews and rulers, beside those that came unto us from among the heathen that [are] about us."

16 5 18 "Now [that] which was prepared [for me] daily [was] one ox [and] six choice sheep; also fowls were prepared for me, and once in ten days store of all sorts of wine: yet for all this required not I the bread of the governor, because the bondage was heavy upon this people."

16 5 19 "Think upon me, my God, for good, [according] to all that I have done for this people."

16 6 1 "Now it came to pass, when Sanballat, and Tobiah, and Geshem the Arabian, and the rest of our enemies, heard that I had builded the wall, and [that] there was no breach left therein; (though at that time I had not set up the doors upon the gates;)"

16 6 2 "That Sanballat and Geshem sent unto me, saying, Come, let us meet together in [some one of] the villages in the plain of Ono. But they thought to do me mischief."

16 6 3 "And I sent messengers unto them, saying, I [am] doing a great work, so that I cannot come down: why should the work cease, whilst I leave it, and come down to you?"

16 6 4 Yet they sent unto me four times after this sort; and I answered them after the same manner.

16 6 5 Then sent Sanballat his servant unto me in like manner the fifth time with an open letter in his hand;

16 6 6 "Wherein [was] written, It is reported among the heathen, and Gashmu saith [it, that] thou and the Jews think to rebel: for which cause thou buildest the wall, that thou mayest be their king, according to these words."

16 6 7 "And thou hast also appointed prophets to preach of thee at Jerusalem, saying, [There is] a king in Judah: and now shall it be reported to the king according to these words. Come now therefore, and let us take counsel together."

16 6 8 "Then I sent unto him, saying, There are no such things done as thou sayest, but thou feignest them out of thine own heart."

16 6 9 "For they all made us afraid, saying, Their hands shall be weakened from the work, that it be not done. Now therefore, [O God], strengthen my hands."

16 6 10 "Afterward I came unto the house of Shemaiah the son of Delaiah the son of Mehetabeel, who [was] shut up; and he said, Let us meet together in the house of God, within the temple, and let us shut the doors of the temple: for they will come to slay thee; yea, in the night will they come to slay thee."

16 6 11 "And I said, Should such a man as I flee? and who [is there], that, [being] as I [am], would go into the temple to save his life? I will not go in."

16 6 12 "And, lo, I perceived that God had not sent him; but that he pronounced this prophecy against me: for Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him."

16 6 13 "Therefore [was] he hired, that I should be afraid, and do so, and sin, and [that] they might have [matter] for an evil report, that they might reproach me."

16 6 14 "My God, think thou upon Tobiah and Sanballat according to these their works, and on the prophetess Noadiah, and the rest of the prophets, that would have put me in fear."

16 6 15 "So the wall was finished in the twenty and fifth [day] of [the month] Elul, in fifty and two days."

16 6 16 "And it came to pass, that when all our enemies heard [thereof], and all the heathen that [were] about us saw [these things], they were much cast down in their own eyes: for they perceived that this work was wrought of our God."

16 6 17 "Moreover in those days the nobles of Judah sent many letters unto Tobiah, and [the letters] of Tobiah came unto them."

16 6 18 "For [there were] many in Judah sworn unto him, because he [was] the son in law of Shechaniah the son of Arah; and his son Johanan had taken the daughter of Meshullam the son of Berechiah."

16 6 19 "Also they reported his good deeds before me, and uttered my words to him. [And] Tobiah sent letters to put me in fear."

16 7 1 "Now it came to pass, when the wall was built, and I had set up the doors, and the porters and the singers and the Levites were appointed,"

16 7 2 "That I gave my brother Hanani, and Hananiah the ruler of the palace, charge over Jerusalem: for he [was] a faithful man, and feared God above many."

16 7 3 "And I said unto them, Let not the gates of Jerusalem be opened until the sun be hot; and while they stand by, let them shut the doors, and bar [them]: and appoint watches of the inhabitants of Jerusalem, every one in his watch, and every one [to be] over against his house."

16 7 4 "Now the city [was] large and great: but the people [were] few therein, and the houses [were] not builded."

16 7 5 "And my God put into mine heart to gather together the nobles, and the rulers, and the people, that they might be reckoned by genealogy. And I found a register of the genealogy of them which came up at the first, and found written therein,"

16 7 6 "These [are] the children of the province, that went up out of the captivity, of those that had been carried away, whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried away, and came again to Jerusalem and to Judah, every one unto his city;"

16 7 7 "Who came with Zerubbabel, Jeshua, Nehemiah, Azariah, Raamiah, Nahamani, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispereth, Bigvai, Nehum, Baanah. The number, [I say], of the men of the people of Israel [was this];"

16 7 8 "The children of Parosh, two thousand an hundred seventy and two."

16 7 9 "The children of Shephatiah, three hundred seventy and two."

16 7 10 "The children of Arah, six hundred fifty and two."

16 7 11 "The children of Pahathmoab, of the children of Jeshua and Joab, two thousand and eight hundred [and] eighteen."

16 7 12 "The children of Elam, a thousand two hundred fifty and four."

16 7 13 "The children of Zattu, eight hundred forty and five."

16 7 14 "The children of Zaccai, seven hundred and threescore."

16 7 15 "The children of Binnui, six hundred forty and eight."

16 7 16 "The children of Bebai, six hundred twenty and eight."

16 7 17 "The children of Azgad, two thousand three hundred twenty and two."

16 7 18 "The children of Adonikam, six hundred threescore and seven."

16 7 19 "The children of Bigvai, two thousand threescore and seven."

16 7 20 "The children of Adin, six hundred fifty and five."

16 7 21 "The children of Ater of Hezekiah, ninety and eight."

16 7 22 "The children of Hashum, three hundred twenty and eight."

16 7 23 "The children of Bezai, three hundred twenty and four."

16 7 24 "The children of Hariph, an hundred and twelve."

16 7 25 "The children of Gibeon, ninety and five."

16 7 26 "The men of Bethlehem and Netophah, an hundred fourscore and eight."

16 7 27 "The men of Anathoth, an hundred twenty and eight."

16 7 28 "The men of Bethazmaveth, forty and two."

16 7 29 "The men of Kirjathjearim, Chephirah, and Beeroth, seven hundred forty and three."

16 7 30 "The men of Ramah and Geba, six hundred twenty and one."

16 7 31 "The men of Michmas, an hundred and twenty and two."

16 7 32 "The men of Bethel and Ai, an hundred twenty and three."

16 7 33 "The men of the other Nebo, fifty and two."

16 7 34 "The children of the other Elam, a thousand two hundred fifty and four."

16 7 35 "The children of Harim, three hundred and twenty."

16 7 36 "The children of Jericho, three hundred forty and five."

16 7 37 "The children of Lod, Hadid, and Ono, seven hundred twenty and one."

16 7 38 "The children of Senaah, three thousand nine hundred and thirty."

16 7 39 "The priests: the children of Jedaiah, of the house of Jeshua, nine hundred seventy and three."

16 7 40 "The children of Immer, a thousand fifty and two."

16 7 41 "The children of Pashur, a thousand two hundred forty and seven."

16 7 42 "The children of Harim, a thousand and seventeen."

16 7 43 "The Levites: the children of Jeshua, of Kadmiel, [and] of the children of Hodevah, seventy and four."

16 7 44 "The singers: the children of Asaph, an hundred forty and eight."

16 7 45 "The porters: the children of Shallum, the children of Ater, the children of Talmon, the children of Akkub, the children of Hatita, the children of Shobai, an hundred thirty and eight."

16 7 46 "The Nethinims: the children of Ziha, the children of Hashupha, the children of Tabbaoth,"

16 7 47 "The children of Keros, the children of Sia, the children of Padon,"

16 7 48 "The children of Lebana, the children of Hagaba, the children of Shalmai,"

16 7 49 "The children of Hanan, the children of Giddel, the children of Gahar,"

16 7 50 "The children of Reaiah, the children of Rezin, the children of Nekoda,"

16 7 51 "The children of Gazzam, the children of Uzza, the children of Phaseah,"

16 7 52 "The children of Besai, the children of Meunim, the children of Nephishesim,"

16 7 53 "The children of Bakbuk, the children of Hakupha, the children of Harhur,"

16 7 54 "The children of Bazlith, the children of Mehida, the children of Harsha,"

16 7 55 "The children of Barkos, the children of Sisera, the children of Tamah,"

16 7 56 "The children of Neziah, the children of Hatipha."

16 7 57 "The children of Solomon's servants: the children of Sotai, the children of Sophereth, the children of Perida,"

16 7 58 "The children of Jaala, the children of Darkon, the children of Giddel,"

16 7 59 "The children of Shephatiah, the children of Hattil, the children of Pochereth of Zebaim, the children of Amon."

16 7 60 "All the Nethinims, and the children of Solomon's servants, [were] three hundred ninety and two."

16 7 61 "And these [were] they which went up [also] from Telmelah, Telharesha, Cherub, Addon, and Immer: but they could not shew their father's house, nor their seed, whether they [were] of Israel."

16 7 62 "The children of Delaiah, the children of Tobiah, the children of Nekoda, six hundred forty and two."

16 7 63 "And of the priests: the children of Habaiah, the children of Koz, the children of Barzillai, which took [one] of the daughters of Barzillai the Gileadite to wife, and was called after their name."

16 7 64 "These sought their register [among] those that were reckoned by genealogy, but it was not found: therefore were they, as polluted, put from the priesthood."

16 7 65 "And the Tirshatha said unto them, that they should not eat of the most holy things, till there stood [up] a priest with Urim and Thummim."

16 7 66 "The whole congregation together [was] forty and two thousand three hundred and threescore,"

16 7 67 "Beside their manservants and their maidservants, of whom [there were] seven thousand three hundred thirty and seven: and they had two hundred forty and five singing men and singing women."

16 7 68 "Their horses, seven hundred thirty and six: their mules, two hundred forty and five:"

16 7 69 "[Their] camels, four hundred thirty and five: six thousand seven hundred and twenty asses."

16 7 70 "And some of the chief of the fathers gave unto the work. The Tirshatha gave to the treasure a thousand drams of gold, fifty basons, five hundred and thirty priests' garments."

16 7 71 "And [some] of the chief of the fathers gave to the treasure of the work twenty thousand drams of gold, and two thousand and two hundred pound of silver."

16 7 72 "And [that] which the rest of the people gave [was] twenty thousand drams of gold, and two thousand pound of silver, and threescore and seven priests' garments."

16 7 73 "So the priests, and the Levites, and the porters, and the singers, and [some] of the people, and the Nethinims, and all Israel, dwelt in their cities; and when the seventh month came, the children of Israel [were] in their cities."

16 8 1 "And all the people gathered themselves together as one man into the street that [was] before the water gate; and they spake unto Ezra the scribe to bring the book of the law of Moses, which the LORD had commanded to Israel."

16 8 2 "And Ezra the priest brought the law before the congregation both of men and women, and all that could hear with understanding, upon the first day of the seventh month."

16 8 3 "And he read therein before the street that [was] before the water gate from the morning until midday, before the men and the women, and those that could understand; and the ears of all the people [were attentive] unto the book of the law."

16 8 4 "And Ezra the scribe stood upon a pulpit of wood, which they had made for the purpose; and beside him stood Mattithiah, and Shema, and Anaiah, and Urijah, and Hilkiah, and Maaseiah, on his right hand; and on his left hand, Pedaiah, and Mishael, and Malchiah, and Hashum, and Hashbadana, Zechariah, [and] Meshullam."

16 8 5 "And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people; (for he was above all the people;) and when he opened it, all the people stood up:"

16 8 6 "And Ezra blessed the LORD, the great God. And all the people answered, Amen, Amen, with lifting up their hands: and they bowed their heads, and worshipped the LORD with [their] faces to the ground."

16 8 7 "Also Jeshua, and Bani, and Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodijah, Maaseiah, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad, Hanan, Pelaiah, and the Levites, caused the people to understand the law: and the people [stood] in their place."

16 8 8 "So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused [them] to understand the reading."

16 8 9 "And Nehemiah, which [is] the Tirshatha, and Ezra the priest the scribe, and the Levites that taught the people, said unto all the people, This day [is] holy unto the LORD your God; mourn not, nor weep. For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the law."

16 8 10 "Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for [this] day [is] holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength."

16 8 11 "So the Levites stilled all the people, saying, Hold your peace, for the day [is] holy; neither be ye grieved."

16 8 12 "And all the people went their way to eat, and to drink, and to send portions, and to make great mirth, because they had understood the words that were declared unto them."

16 8 13 "And on the second day were gathered together the chief of the fathers of all the people, the priests, and the Levites, unto Ezra the scribe, even to understand the words of the law."

16 8 14 "And they found written in the law which the LORD had commanded by Moses, that the children of Israel should dwell in booths in the feast of the seventh month:"

16 8 15 "And that they should publish and proclaim in all their cities, and in Jerusalem, saying, Go forth unto the mount, and fetch olive branches, and pine branches, and myrtle branches, and palm branches, and branches of thick trees, to make booths, as [it is] written."

16 8 16 "So the people went forth, and brought [them], and made themselves booths, every one upon the roof of his house, and in their courts, and in the courts of the house of God, and in the street of the water gate, and in the street of the gate of Ephraim."

16 8 17 "And all the congregation of them that were come again out of the captivity made booths, and sat under the booths: for since the days of Jeshua the son of Nun unto that day had not the children of Israel done so. And there was very great gladness."

16 8 18 "Also day by day, from the first day unto the last day, he read in the book of the law of God. And they kept the feast seven days; and on the eighth day [was] a solemn assembly, according unto the manner."

16 9 1 "Now in the twenty and fourth day of this month the children of Israel were assembled with fasting, and with sackclothes, and earth upon them."

16 9 2 "And the seed of Israel separated themselves from all strangers, and stood and confessed their sins, and the iniquities of their fathers."

16 9 3 "And they stood up in their place, and read in the book of the law of the LORD their God [one] fourth part of the day; and [another] fourth part they confessed, and worshipped the LORD their God."

16 9 4 "Then stood up upon the stairs, of the Levites, Jeshua, and Bani, Kadmiel, Shebaniah, Bunni, Sherebiah, Bani, [and] Chenani, and cried with a loud voice unto the LORD their God."

16 9 5 "Then the Levites, Jeshua, and Kadmiel, Bani, Hashabniah, Sherebiah, Hodijah, Shebaniah, [and] Pethahiah, said, Stand up [and] bless the LORD your God for ever and ever: and blessed be thy glorious name, which is exalted above all blessing and praise."

16 9 6 "Thou, [even] thou, [art] LORD alone; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all [things] that [are] therein, the seas, and all that [is] therein, and thou preservest them all; and the host of heaven worshippeth thee."

16 9 7 "Thou [art] the LORD the God, who didst choose Abram, and broughtest him forth out of Ur of the Chaldees, and gavest him the name of Abraham;"

16 9 8 "And foundest his heart faithful before thee, and madest a covenant with him to give the land of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, 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:"

16 9 9 "And didst see the affliction of our fathers in Egypt, and heardest their cry by the Red sea;"

16 9 10 "And shewedst signs and wonders upon Pharaoh, and on all his servants, and on all the people of his land: for thou knewest that they dealt proudly against them. So didst thou get thee a name, as [it is] this day."

16 9 11 "And thou didst divide the sea before them, so that they went through the midst of the sea on the dry land; and their persecutors thou threwest into the deeps, as a stone into the mighty waters."

16 9 12 "Moreover thou leddest them in the day by a cloudy pillar; and in the night by a pillar of fire, to give them light in the way wherein they should go."

16 9 13 "Thou camest down also upon mount Sinai, and spakest with them from heaven, and gavest them right judgments, and true laws, good statutes and commandments:"

16 9 14 "And madest known unto them thy holy sabbath, and commandedst them precepts, statutes, and laws, by the hand of Moses thy servant:"

16 9 15 "And gavest them bread from heaven for their hunger, and broughtest forth water for them out of the rock for their thirst, and promisedst them that they should go in to possess the land which thou hadst sworn to give them."

16 9 16 "But they and our fathers dealt proudly, and hardened their necks, and hearkened not to thy commandments,"

16 9 17 "And refused to obey, neither were mindful of thy wonders that thou didst among them; but hardened their necks, and in their rebellion appointed a captain to return to their bondage: but thou [art] a God ready to pardon, gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and forsookest them not."

16 9 18 "Yea, when they had made them a molten calf, and said, This [is] thy God that brought thee up out of Egypt, and had wrought great provocations;"

16 9 19 "Yet thou in thy manifold mercies forsookest them not in the wilderness: the pillar of the cloud departed not from them by day, to lead them in the way; neither the pillar of fire by night, to shew them light, and the way wherein they should go."

16 9 20 "Thou gavest also thy good spirit to instruct them, and withheldest not thy manna from their mouth, and gavest them water for their thirst."

16 9 21 "Yea, forty years didst thou sustain them in the wilderness, [so that] they lacked nothing; their clothes waxed not old, and their feet swelled not."

16 9 22 "Moreover thou gavest them kingdoms and nations, and didst divide them into corners: so they possessed the land of Sihon, and the land of the king of Heshbon, and the land of Og king of Bashan."

16 9 23 "Their children also multipliedst thou as the stars of heaven, and broughtest them into the land, concerning which thou hadst promised to their fathers, that they should go in to possess [it]."

16 9 24 "So the children went in and possessed the land, and thou subduedst before them the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites, and gavest them into their hands, with their kings, and the people of the land, that they might do with them as they would."

16 9 25 "And they took strong cities, and a fat land, and possessed houses full of all goods, wells digged, vineyards, and oliveyards, and fruit trees in abundance: so they did eat, and were filled, and became fat, and delighted themselves in thy great goodness."

16 9 26 "Nevertheless they were disobedient, and rebelled against thee, and cast thy law behind their backs, and slew thy prophets which testified against them to turn them to thee, and they wrought great provocations."

16 9 27 "Therefore thou deliveredst them into the hand of their enemies, who vexed them: and in the time of their trouble, when they cried unto thee, thou heardest [them] from heaven; and according to thy manifold mercies thou gavest them saviours, who saved them out of the hand of their enemies."

16 9 28 "But after they had rest, they did evil again before thee: therefore leftest thou them in the hand of their enemies, so that they had the dominion over them: yet when they returned, and cried unto thee, thou heardest [them] from heaven; and many times didst thou deliver them according to thy mercies;"

16 9 29 "And testifiedst against them, that thou mightest bring them again unto thy law: yet they dealt proudly, and hearkened not unto thy commandments, but sinned against thy judgments, (which if a man do, he shall live in them;) and withdrew the shoulder, and hardened their neck, and would not hear."

16 9 30 "Yet many years didst thou forbear them, and testifiedst against them by thy spirit in thy prophets: yet would they not give ear: therefore gavest thou them into the hand of the people of the lands."

16 9 31 "Nevertheless for thy great mercies' sake thou didst not utterly consume them, nor forsake them; for thou [art] a gracious and merciful God."

16 9 32 "Now therefore, our God, the great, the mighty, and the terrible God, who keepest covenant and mercy, 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 Assyria unto this day."

16 9 33 "Howbeit thou [art] just in all that is brought upon us; for thou hast done right, but we have done wickedly:"

16 9 34 "Neither have our kings, our princes, our priests, nor our fathers, kept thy law, nor hearkened unto thy commandments and thy testimonies, wherewith thou didst testify against them."

16 9 35 "For they have not served thee in their kingdom, and in thy great goodness that thou gavest them, and in the large and fat land which thou gavest before them, neither turned they from their wicked works."

16 9 36 "Behold, we [are] servants this day, and [for] the land that thou gavest unto our fathers to eat the fruit thereof and the good thereof, behold, we [are] servants in it:"

16 9 37 "And it yieldeth much increase unto the kings 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."

16 9 38 "And because of all this we make a sure [covenant], and write [it]; and our princes, Levites, [and] priests, seal [unto it]."

16 10 1 "Now those that sealed [were], Nehemiah, the Tirshatha, the son of Hachaliah, and Zidkijah,"

16 10 2 "Seraiah, Azariah, Jeremiah,"

16 10 3 "Pashur, Amariah, Malchijah,"

16 10 4 "Hattush, Shebaniah, Malluch,"

16 10 5 "Harim, Meremoth, Obadiah,"

16 10 6 "Daniel, Ginnethon, Baruch,"

16 10 7 "Meshullam, Abijah, Mijamin,"

16 10 8 "Maaziah, Bilgai, Shemaiah: these [were] the priests."

16 10 9 "And the Levites: both Jeshua the son of Azaniah, Binnui of the sons of Henadad, Kadmiel;"

16 10 10 "And their brethren, Shebaniah, Hodijah, Kelita, Pelaiah, Hanan,"

16 10 11 "Micha, Rehob, Hashabiah,"

16 10 12 "Zaccur, Sherebiah, Shebaniah,"

16 10 13 "Hodijah, Bani, Beninu."

16 10 14 "The chief of the people; Parosh, Pahathmoab, Elam, Zatthu, Bani,"

16 10 15 "Bunni, Azgad, Bebai,"

16 10 16 "Adonijah, Bigvai, Adin,"

16 10 17 "Ater, Hizkijah, Azzur,"

16 10 18 "Hodijah, Hashum, Bezai,"

16 10 19 "Hariph, Anathoth, Nebai,"

16 10 20 "Magpiash, Meshullam, Hezir,"

16 10 21 "Meshezabeel, Zadok, Jaddua,"

16 10 22 "Pelatiah, Hanan, Anaiah,"

16 10 23 "Hoshea, Hananiah, Hashub,"

16 10 24 "Hallohesh, Pileha, Shobek,"

16 10 25 "Rehum, Hashabnah, Maaseiah,"

16 10 26 "And Ahijah, Hanan, Anan,"

16 10 27 "Malluch, Harim, Baanah."

16 10 28 "And the rest of the people, the priests, the Levites, the porters, the singers, the Nethinims, and all they that had separated themselves from the people of the lands unto the law of God, their wives, their sons, and their daughters, every one having knowledge, and having understanding;"

16 10 29 "They clave to their brethren, their nobles, and entered into a curse, and into an oath, to walk in God's law, which was given by Moses the servant of God, and to observe and do all the commandments of the LORD our Lord, and his judgments and his statutes;"

16 10 30 "And that we would not give our daughters unto the people of the land, nor take their daughters for our sons:"

16 10 31 "And [if] the people of the land bring ware or any victuals on the sabbath day to sell, [that] we would not buy it of them on the sabbath, or on the holy day: and [that] we would leave the seventh year, and the exaction of every debt."

16 10 32 "Also we made ordinances for us, to charge ourselves yearly with the third part of a shekel for the service of the house of our God;"

16 10 33 "For the shewbread, and for the continual meat offering, and for the continual burnt offering, of the sabbaths, of the new moons, for the set feasts, and for the holy [things], and for the sin offerings to make an atonement for Israel, and [for] all the work of the house of our God."

16 10 34 "And we cast the lots among the priests, the Levites, and the people, for the wood offering, to bring [it] into the house of our God, after the houses of our fathers, at times appointed year by year, to burn upon the altar of the LORD our God, as [it is] written in the law:"

16 10 35 "And to bring the firstfruits of our ground, and the firstfruits of all fruit of all trees, year by year, unto the house of the LORD:"

16 10 36 "Also the firstborn of our sons, and of our cattle, as [it is] written in the law, and the firstlings of our herds and of our flocks, to bring to the house of our God, unto the priests that minister in the house of our God:"

16 10 37 "And [that] we should bring the firstfruits of our dough, and our offerings, and the fruit of all manner of trees, of wine and of oil, unto the priests, to the chambers of the house of our God; and the tithes of our ground unto the Levites, that the same Levites might have the tithes in all the cities of our tillage."

16 10 38 "And the priest the son of Aaron shall be with the Levites, when the Levites take tithes: and the Levites shall bring up the tithe of the tithes unto the house of our God, to the chambers, into the treasure house."

16 10 39 "For the children of Israel and the children of Levi shall bring the offering of the corn, of the new wine, and the oil, unto the chambers, where [are] the vessels of the sanctuary, and the priests that minister, and the porters, and the singers: and we will not forsake the house of our God."

16 11 1 "And the rulers of the people dwelt at Jerusalem: the rest of the people also cast lots, to bring one of ten to dwell in Jerusalem the holy city, and nine parts [to dwell] in [other] cities."

16 11 2 "And the people blessed all the men, that willingly offered themselves to dwell at Jerusalem."

16 11 3 "Now these [are] the chief of the province that dwelt in Jerusalem: but in the cities of Judah dwelt every one in his possession in their cities, [to wit], Israel, the priests, and the Levites, and the Nethinims, and the children of Solomon's servants."

16 11 4 "And at Jerusalem dwelt [certain] of the children of Judah, and of the children of Benjamin. Of the children of Judah; Athaiah the son of Uzziah, the son of Zechariah, the son of Amariah, the son of Shephatiah, the son of Mahalaleel, of the children of Perez;"

16 11 5 "And Maaseiah the son of Baruch, the son of Colhozeh, the son of Hazaiah, the son of Adaiah, the son of Joiarib, the son of Zechariah, the son of Shiloni."

16 11 6 All the sons of Perez that dwelt at Jerusalem [were] four hundred threescore and eight valiant men.

16 11 7 "And these [are] the sons of Benjamin; Sallu the son of Meshullam, the son of Joed, the son of Pedaiah, the son of Kolaiah, the son of Maaseiah, the son of Ithiel, the son of Jesaiah."

16 11 8 "And after him Gabbai, Sallai, nine hundred twenty and eight."

16 11 9 And Joel the son of Zichri [was] their overseer: and Judah the son of Senuah [was] second over the city.

16 11 10 "Of the priests: Jedaiah the son of Joiarib, Jachin."

16 11 11 "Seraiah the son of Hilkiah, the son of Meshullam, the son of Zadok, the son of Meraioth, the son of Ahitub, [was] the ruler of the house of God."

16 11 12 "And their brethren that did the work of the house [were] eight hundred twenty and two: and Adaiah the son of Jeroham, the son of Pelaliah, the son of Amzi, the son of Zechariah, the son of Pashur, the son of Malchiah,"

16 11 13 "And his brethren, chief of the fathers, two hundred forty and two: and Amashai the son of Azareel, the son of Ahasai, the son of Meshillemoth, the son of Immer,"

16 11 14 "And their brethren, mighty men of valour, an hundred twenty and eight: and their overseer [was] Zabdiel, the son of [one of] the great men."

16 11 15 "Also of the Levites: Shemaiah the son of Hashub, the son of Azrikam, the son of Hashabiah, the son of Bunni;"

16 11 16 "And Shabbethai and Jozabad, of the chief of the Levites, [had] the oversight of the outward business of the house of God."

16 11 17 "And Mattaniah the son of Micha, the son of Zabdi, the son of Asaph, [was] the principal to begin the thanksgiving in prayer: and Bakbukiah the second among his brethren, and Abda the son of Shammua, the son of Galal, the son of Jeduthun."

16 11 18 All the Levites in the holy city [were] two hundred fourscore and four.

16 11 19 "Moreover the porters, Akkub, Talmon, and their brethren that kept the gates, [were] an hundred seventy and two."

16 11 20 "And the residue of Israel, of the priests, [and] the Levites, [were] in all the cities of Judah, every one in his inheritance."

16 11 21 But the Nethinims dwelt in Ophel: and Ziha and Gispa [were] over the Nethinims.

16 11 22 "The overseer also of the Levites at Jerusalem [was] Uzzi the son of Bani, the son of Hashabiah, the son of Mattaniah, the son of Micha. Of the sons of Asaph, the singers [were] over the business of the house of God."

16 11 23 "For [it was] the king's commandment concerning them, that a certain portion should be for the singers, due for every day."

16 11 24 "And Pethahiah the son of Meshezabeel, of the children of Zerah the son of Judah, [was] at the king's hand in all matters concerning the people."

16 11 25 "And for the villages, with their fields, [some] of the children of Judah dwelt at Kirjatharba, and [in] the villages thereof, and at Dibon, and [in] the villages thereof, and at Jekabzeel, and [in] the villages thereof,"

16 11 26 "And at Jeshua, and at Moladah, and at Bethphelet,"

16 11 27 "And at Hazarshual, and at Beersheba, and [in] the villages thereof,"

16 11 28 "And at Ziklag, and at Mekonah, and in the villages thereof,"

16 11 29 "And at Enrimmon, and at Zareah, and at Jarmuth,"

16 11 30 "Zanoah, Adullam, and [in] their villages, at Lachish, and the fields thereof, at Azekah, and [in] the villages thereof. And they dwelt from Beersheba unto the valley of Hinnom."

16 11 31 "The children also of Benjamin from Geba [dwelt] at Michmash, and Aija, and Bethel, and [in] their villages,"

16 11 32 "[And] at Anathoth, Nob, Ananiah,"

16 11 33 "Hazor, Ramah, Gittaim,"

16 11 34 "Hadid, Zeboim, Neballat,"

16 11 35 "Lod, and Ono, the valley of craftsmen."

16 11 36 "And of the Levites [were] divisions [in] Judah, [and] in Benjamin."

16 12 1 "Now these [are] the priests and the Levites that went up with Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua: Seraiah, Jeremiah, Ezra,"

16 12 2 "Amariah, Malluch, Hattush,"

16 12 3 "Shechaniah, Rehum, Meremoth,"

16 12 4 "Iddo, Ginnetho, Abijah,"

16 12 5 "Miamin, Maadiah, Bilgah,"

16 12 6 "Shemaiah, and Joiarib, Jedaiah,"

16 12 7 "Sallu, Amok, Hilkiah, Jedaiah. These [were] the chief of the priests and of their brethren in the days of Jeshua."

16 12 8 "Moreover the Levites: Jeshua, Binnui, Kadmiel, Sherebiah, Judah, [and] Mattaniah, [which was] over the thanksgiving, he and his brethren."

16 12 9 "Also Bakbukiah and Unni, their brethren, [were] over against them in the watches."

16 12 10 "And Jeshua begat Joiakim, Joiakim also begat Eliashib, and Eliashib begat Joiada,"

16 12 11 "And Joiada begat Jonathan, and Jonathan begat Jaddua."

16 12 12 "And in the days of Joiakim were priests, the chief of the fathers: of Seraiah, Meraiah; of Jeremiah, Hananiah;"

16 12 13 "Of Ezra, Meshullam; of Amariah, Jehohanan;"

16 12 14 "Of Melicu, Jonathan; of Shebaniah, Joseph;"

16 12 15 "Of Harim, Adna; of Meraioth, Helkai;"

16 12 16 "Of Iddo, Zechariah; of Ginnethon, Meshullam;"

16 12 17 "Of Abijah, Zichri; of Miniamin, of Moadiah, Piltai;"

16 12 18 "Of Bilgah, Shammua; of Shemaiah, Jehonathan;"

16 12 19 "And of Joiarib, Mattenai; of Jedaiah, Uzzi;"

16 12 20 "Of Sallai, Kallai; of Amok, Eber;"

16 12 21 "Of Hilkiah, Hashabiah; of Jedaiah, Nethaneel."

16 12 22 "The Levites in the days of Eliashib, Joiada, and Johanan, and Jaddua, [were] recorded chief of the fathers: also the priests, to the reign of Darius the Persian."

16 12 23 "The sons of Levi, the chief of the fathers, [were] written in the book of the chronicles, even until the days of Johanan the son of Eliashib."

16 12 24 "And the chief of the Levites: Hashabiah, Sherebiah, and Jeshua the son of Kadmiel, with their brethren over against them, to praise [and] to give thanks, according to the commandment of David the man of God, ward over against ward."

16 12 25 "Mattaniah, and Bakbukiah, Obadiah, Meshullam, Talmon, Akkub, [were] porters keeping the ward at the thresholds of the gates."

16 12 26 "These [were] in the days of Joiakim the son of Jeshua, the son of Jozadak, and in the days of Nehemiah the governor, and of Ezra the priest, the scribe."

16 12 27 "And at the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem they sought the Levites out of all their places, to bring them to Jerusalem, to keep the dedication with gladness, both with thanksgivings, and with singing, [with] cymbals, psalteries, and with harps."

16 12 28 "And the sons of the singers gathered themselves together, both out of the plain country round about Jerusalem, and from the villages of Netophathi;"

16 12 29 "Also from the house of Gilgal, and out of the fields of Geba and Azmaveth: for the singers had builded them villages round about Jerusalem."

16 12 30 "And the priests and the Levites purified themselves, and purified the people, and the gates, and the wall."

16 12 31 "Then I brought up the princes of Judah upon the wall, and appointed two great [companies of them that gave] thanks, [whereof one] went on the right hand upon the wall toward the dung gate:"

16 12 32 "And after them went Hoshaiah, and half of the princes of Judah,"

16 12 33 "And Azariah, Ezra, and Meshullam,"

16 12 34 "Judah, and Benjamin, and Shemaiah, and Jeremiah,"

16 12 35 "And [certain] of the priests' sons with trumpets; [namely], Zechariah the son of Jonathan, the son of Shemaiah, the son of Mattaniah, the son of Michaiah, the son of Zaccur, the son of Asaph:"

16 12 36 "And his brethren, Shemaiah, and Azarael, Milalai, Gilalai, Maai, Nethaneel, and Judah, Hanani, with the musical instruments of David the man of God, and Ezra the scribe before them."

16 12 37 "And at the fountain gate, which was over against them, they went up by the stairs of the city of David, at the going up of the wall, above the house of David, even unto the water gate eastward."

16 12 38 "And the other [company of them that gave] thanks went over against [them], and I after them, and the half of the people upon the wall, from beyond the tower of the furnaces even unto the broad wall;"

16 12 39 "And from above the gate of Ephraim, and above the old gate, and above the fish gate, and the tower of Hananeel, and the tower of Meah, even unto the sheep gate: and they stood still in the prison gate."

16 12 40 "So stood the two [companies of them that gave] thanks in the house of God, and I, and the half of the rulers with me:"

16 12 41 "And the priests; Eliakim, Maaseiah, Miniamin, Michaiah, Elioenai, Zechariah, [and] Hananiah, with trumpets;"

16 12 42 "And Maaseiah, and Shemaiah, and Eleazar, and Uzzi, and Jehohanan, and Malchijah, and Elam, and Ezer. And the singers sang loud, with Jezrahiah [their] overseer."

16 12 43 "Also that day they offered great sacrifices, and rejoiced: for God had made them rejoice with great joy: the wives also and the children rejoiced: so that the joy of Jerusalem was heard even afar off."

16 12 44 "And at that time were some appointed over the chambers for the treasures, for the offerings, for the firstfruits, and for the tithes, to gather into them out of the fields of the cities the portions of the law for the priests and Levites: for Judah rejoiced for the priests and for the Levites that waited."

16 12 45 "And both the singers and the porters kept the ward of their God, and the ward of the purification, according to the commandment of David, [and] of Solomon his son."

16 12 46 "For in the days of David and Asaph of old [there were] chief of the singers, and songs of praise and thanksgiving unto God."

16 12 47 "And all Israel in the days of Zerubbabel, and in the days of Nehemiah, gave the portions of the singers and the porters, every day his portion: and they sanctified [holy things] unto the Levites; and the Levites sanctified [them] unto the children of Aaron."

16 13 1 "On that day they read in the book of Moses in the audience of the people; and therein was found written, that the Ammonite and the Moabite should not come into the congregation of God for ever;"

16 13 2 "Because they met not the children of Israel with bread and with water, but hired Balaam against them, that he should curse them: howbeit our God turned the curse into a blessing."

16 13 3 "Now it came to pass, when they had heard the law, that they separated from Israel all the mixed multitude."

16 13 4 "And before this, Eliashib the priest, having the oversight of the chamber of the house of our God, [was] allied unto Tobiah:"

16 13 5 "And he had prepared for him a great chamber, where aforetime they laid the meat offerings, the frankincense, and the vessels, and the tithes of the corn, the new wine, and the oil, which was commanded [to be given] to the Levites, and the singers, and the porters; and the offerings of the priests."

16 13 6 "But in all this [time] was not I at Jerusalem: for in the two and thirtieth year of Artaxerxes king of Babylon came I unto the king, and after certain days obtained I leave of the king:"

16 13 7 "And I came to Jerusalem, and understood of the evil that Eliashib did for Tobiah, in preparing him a chamber in the courts of the house of God."

16 13 8 And it grieved me sore: therefore I cast forth all the household stuff of Tobiah out of the chamber.

16 13 9 "Then I commanded, and they cleansed the chambers: and thither brought I again the vessels of the house of God, with the meat offering and the frankincense."

16 13 10 "And I perceived that the portions of the Levites had not been given [them]: for the Levites and the singers, that did the work, were fled every one to his field."

16 13 11 "Then contended I with the rulers, and said, Why is the house of God forsaken? And I gathered them together, and set them in their place."

16 13 12 Then brought all Judah the tithe of the corn and the new wine and the oil unto the treasuries.

16 13 13 "And I made treasurers over the treasuries, Shelemiah the priest, and Zadok the scribe, and of the Levites, Pedaiah: and next to them [was] Hanan the son of Zaccur, the son of Mattaniah: for they were counted faithful, and their office [was] to distribute unto their brethren."

16 13 14 "Remember me, O my God, concerning this, and wipe not out my good deeds that I have done for the house of my God, and for the offices thereof."

16 13 15 "In those days saw I in Judah [some] treading wine presses on the sabbath, and bringing in sheaves, and lading asses; as also wine, grapes, and figs, and all [manner of] burdens, which they brought into Jerusalem on the sabbath day: and I testified [against them] in the day wherein they sold victuals."

16 13 16 "There dwelt men of Tyre also therein, which brought fish, and all manner of ware, and sold on the sabbath unto the children of Judah, and in Jerusalem."

16 13 17 "Then I contended with the nobles of Judah, and said unto them, What evil thing [is] this that ye do, and profane the sabbath day?"

16 13 18 "Did not your fathers thus, and did not our God bring all this evil upon us, and upon this city? yet ye bring more wrath upon Israel by profaning the sabbath."

16 13 19 "And it came to pass, that when the gates of Jerusalem began to be dark before the sabbath, I commanded that the gates should be shut, and charged that they should not be opened till after the sabbath: and [some] of my servants set I at the gates, [that] there should no burden be brought in on the sabbath day."

16 13 20 So the merchants and sellers of all kind of ware lodged without Jerusalem once or twice.

16 13 21 "Then I testified against them, and said unto them, Why lodge ye about the wall? if ye do [so] again, I will lay hands on you. From that time forth came they no [more] on the sabbath."

16 13 22 "And I commanded the Levites that they should cleanse themselves, and [that] they should come [and] keep the gates, to sanctify the sabbath day. Remember me, O my God, [concerning] this also, and spare me according to the greatness of thy mercy."

16 13 23 "In those days also saw I Jews [that] had married wives of Ashdod, of Ammon, [and] of Moab:"

16 13 24 "And their children spake half in the speech of Ashdod, and could not speak in the Jews' language, but according to the language of each people."

16 13 25 "And I contended with them, and cursed them, and smote certain of them, and plucked off their hair, and made them swear by God, [saying], Ye shall not give your daughters unto their sons, nor take their daughters unto your sons, or for yourselves."

16 13 26 "Did not Solomon king of Israel sin by these things? yet among many nations was there no king like him, who was beloved of his God, and God made him king over all Israel: nevertheless even him did outlandish women cause to sin."

16 13 27 "Shall we then hearken unto you to do all this great evil, to transgress against our God in marrying strange wives?"

16 13 28 "And [one] of the sons of Joiada, the son of Eliashib the high priest, [was] son in law to Sanballat the Horonite: therefore I chased him from me."

16 13 29 "Remember them, O my God, because they have defiled the priesthood, and the covenant of the priesthood, and of the Levites."

16 13 30 "Thus cleansed I them from all strangers, and appointed the wards of the priests and the Levites, every one in his business;"

16 13 31 "And for the wood offering, at times appointed, and for the firstfruits. Remember me, O my God, for good."

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17 1 1 "Now it came to pass in the days of Ahasuerus, (this [is] Ahasuerus which reigned, from India even unto Ethiopia, [over] an hundred and seven and twenty provinces:)"
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17 1 2 "[That] in those days, when the king Ahasuerus sat on the throne of his kingdom, which [was] in Shushan the palace,"

17 1 3 "In the third year of his reign, he made a feast unto all his princes and his servants; the power of Persia and Media, the nobles and princes of the provinces, [being] before him:"

17 1 4 "When he shewed the riches of his glorious kingdom and the honour of his excellent majesty many days, [even] an hundred and fourscore days."

17 1 5 "And when these days were expired, the king made a feast unto all the people that were present in Shushan the palace, both unto great and small, seven days, in the court of the garden of the king's palace;"

17 1 6 "[Where were] white, green, and blue, [hangings], fastened with cords of fine linen and purple to silver rings and pillars of marble: the beds [were of] gold and silver, upon a pavement of red, and blue, and white, and black, marble."

17 1 7 "And they gave [them] drink in vessels of gold, (the vessels being diverse one from another,) and royal wine in abundance, according to the state of the king."

17 1 8 "And the drinking [was] according to the law; none did compel: for so the king had appointed to all the officers of his house, that they should do according to every man's pleasure."

17 1 9 Also Vashti the queen made a feast for the women [in] the royal house which [belonged] to king Ahasuerus.

17 1 10 "On the seventh day, when the heart of the king was merry with wine, he commanded Mehuman, Biztha, Harbona, Bigtha, and Abagtha, Zethar, and Carcas, the seven chamberlains that served in the presence of Ahasuerus the king,"

17 1 11 "To bring Vashti the queen before the king with the crown royal, to shew the people and the princes her beauty: for she [was] fair to look on."

17 1 12 "But the queen Vashti refused to come at the king's commandment by [his] chamberlains: therefore was the king very wroth, and his anger burned in him."

17 1 13 "Then the king said to the wise men, which knew the times, (for so [was] the king's manner toward all that knew law and judgment:"

17 1 14 "And the next unto him [was] Carshena, Shethar, Admatha, Tarshish, Meres, Marsena, [and] Memucan, the seven princes of Persia and Media, which saw the king's face, [and] which sat the first in the kingdom;)"

17 1 15 "What shall we do unto the queen Vashti according to law, because she hath not performed the commandment of the king Ahasuerus by the chamberlains?"

17 1 16 "And Memucan answered before the king and the princes, Vashti the queen hath not done wrong to the king only, but also to all the princes, and to all the people that [are] in all the provinces of the king Ahasuerus."

17 1 17 "For [this] deed of the queen shall come abroad unto all women, so that they shall despise their husbands in their eyes, when it shall be reported, The king Ahasuerus commanded Vashti the queen to be brought in before him, but she came not."

17 1 18 "[Likewise] shall the ladies of Persia and Media say this day unto all the king's princes, which have heard of the deed of the queen. Thus [shall there arise] too much contempt and wrath."

17 1 19 "If it please the king, let there go a royal commandment from him, and let it be written among the laws of the Persians and the Medes, that it be not altered, That Vashti come no more before king Ahasuerus; and let the king give her royal estate unto another that is better than she."

17 1 20 "And when the king's decree which he shall make shall be published throughout all his empire, (for it is great,) all the wives shall give to their husbands honour, both to great and small."

17 1 21 And the saying pleased the king and the princes; and the king did according to the word of Memucan:

17 1 22 "For he sent letters into all the king's provinces, into every province according to the writing thereof, and to every people after their language, that every man should bear rule in his own house, and that [it] should be published according to the language of every people."

17 2 1 "After these things, when the wrath of king Ahasuerus was appeased, he remembered Vashti, and what she had done, and what was decreed against her."

17 2 2 "Then said the king's servants that ministered unto him, Let there be fair young virgins sought for the king:"

17 2 3 "And let the king appoint officers in all the provinces of his kingdom, that they may gather together all the fair young virgins unto Shushan the palace, to the house of the women, unto the custody of Hege the king's chamberlain, keeper of the women; and let their things for purification be given [them]:"

17 2 4 And let the maiden which pleaseth the king be queen instead of Vashti. And the thing pleased the king; and he did so.

17 2 5 "[Now] in Shushan the palace there was a certain Jew, whose name [was] Mordecai, the son of Jair, the son of Shimei, the son of Kish, a Benjamite;"

17 2 6 "Who had been carried away from Jerusalem with the captivity which had been carried away with Jeconiah king of Judah, whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried away."

17 2 7 "And he brought up Hadassah, that [is], Esther, his uncle's daughter: for she had neither father nor mother, and the maid [was] fair and beautiful; whom Mordecai, when her father and mother were dead, took for his own daughter."

17 2 8 "So it came to pass, when the king's commandment and his decree was heard, and when many maidens were gathered together unto Shushan the palace, to the custody of Hegai, that Esther was brought also unto the king's house, to the custody of Hegai, keeper of the women."

17 2 9 "And the maiden pleased him, and she obtained kindness of him; and he speedily gave her her things for purification, with such things as belonged to her, and seven maidens, [which were] meet to be given her, out of the king's house: and he preferred her and her maids unto the best [place] of the house of the women."

17 2 10 Esther had not shewed her people nor her kindred: for Mordecai had charged her that she should not shew [it].

17 2 11 "And Mordecai walked every day before the court of the women's house, to know how Esther did, and what should become of her."

17 2 12 "Now when every maid's turn was come to go in to king Ahasuerus, after that she had been twelve months, according to the manner of the women, (for so were the days of their purifications accomplished, [to wit], six months with oil of myrrh, and six months with sweet odours, and with [other] things for the purifying of the women;)"

17 2 13 Then thus came [every] maiden unto the king; whatsoever she desired was given her to go with her out of the house of the women unto the king's house.

17 2 14 "In the evening she went, and on the morrow she returned into the second house of the women, to the custody of Shaashgaz, the king's chamberlain, which kept the concubines: she came in unto the king no more, except the king delighted in her, and that she were called by name."

17 2 15 "Now when the turn of Esther, the daughter of Abihail the uncle of Mordecai, who had taken her for his daughter, was come to go in unto the king, she required nothing but what Hegai the king's chamberlain, the keeper of the women, appointed. And Esther obtained favour in the sight of all them that looked upon her."

17 2 16 "So Esther was taken unto king Ahasuerus into his house royal in the tenth month, which [is] the month Tebeth, in the seventh year of his reign."

17 2 17 "And the king loved Esther above all the women, and she obtained grace and favour in his sight more than all the virgins; so that he set the royal crown upon her head, and made her queen instead of Vashti."

17 2 18 "Then the king made a great feast unto all his princes and his servants, [even] Esther's feast; and he made a release to the provinces, and gave gifts, according to the state of the king."

17 2 19 "And when the virgins were gathered together the second time, then Mordecai sat in the king's gate."

17 2 20 "Esther had not [yet] shewed her kindred nor her people; as Mordecai had charged her: for Esther did the commandment of Mordecai, like as when she was brought up with him."

17 2 21 "In those days, while Mordecai sat in the king's gate, two of the king's chamberlains, Bigthan and Teresh, of those which kept the door, were wroth, and sought to lay hand on the king Ahasuerus."

17 2 22 "And the thing was known to Mordecai, who told [it] unto Esther the queen; and Esther certified the king [thereof] in Mordecai's name."

17 2 23 "And when inquisition was made of the matter, it was found out; therefore they were both hanged on a tree: and it was written in the book of the chronicles before the king."

17 3 1 "After these things did king Ahasuerus promote Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, and advanced him, and set his seat above all the princes that [were] with him."

17 3 2 "And all the king's servants, that [were] in the king's gate, bowed, and reverenced Haman: for the king had so commanded concerning him. But Mordecai bowed not, nor did [him] reverence."

17 3 3 "Then the king's servants, which [were] in the king's gate, said unto Mordecai, Why transgressest thou the king's commandment?"

17 3 4 "Now it came to pass, when they spake daily unto him, and he hearkened not unto them, that they told Haman, to see whether Mordecai's matters would stand: for he had told them that he [was] a Jew."

17 3 5 "And when Haman saw that Mordecai bowed not, nor did him reverence, then was Haman full of wrath."

17 3 6 "And he thought scorn to lay hands on Mordecai alone; for they had shewed him the people of Mordecai: wherefore Haman sought to destroy all the Jews that [were] throughout the whole kingdom of Ahasuerus, [even] the people of Mordecai."

17 3 7 "In the first month, that [is], the month Nisan, in the twelfth year of king Ahasuerus, they cast Pur, that [is], the lot, before Haman from day to day, and from month to month, [to] the twelfth [month], that [is], the month Adar."

17 3 8 "And Haman said unto king Ahasuerus, There is a certain people scattered abroad and dispersed among the people in all the provinces of thy kingdom; and their laws [are] diverse from all people; neither keep they the king's laws: therefore it [is] not for the king's profit to suffer them."

17 3 9 "If it please the king, let it be written that they may be destroyed: and I will pay ten thousand talents of silver to the hands of those that have the charge of the business, to bring [it] into the king's treasuries."

17 3 10 "And the king took his ring from his hand, and gave it unto Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, the Jews' enemy."

17 3 11 "And the king said unto Haman, The silver [is] given to thee, the people also, to do with them as it seemeth good to thee."

17 3 12 "Then were the king's scribes called on the thirteenth day of the first month, and there was written according to all that Haman had commanded unto the king's lieutenants, and to the governors that [were] over every province, and to the rulers of every people of every province according to the writing thereof, and [to] every people after their language; in the name of king Ahasuerus was it written, and sealed with the king's ring."

17 3 13 "And the letters were sent by posts into all the king's provinces, to destroy, to kill, and to cause to perish, all Jews, both young and old, little children and women, in one day, [even] upon the thirteenth [day] of the twelfth month, which is the month Adar, and [to take] the spoil of them for a prey."

17 3 14 "The copy of the writing for a commandment to be given in every province was published unto all people, that they should be ready against that day."

17 3 15 "The posts went out, being hastened by the king's commandment, and the decree was given in Shushan the palace. And the king and Haman sat down to drink; but the city Shushan was perplexed."

17 4 1 "When Mordecai perceived all that was done, Mordecai rent his clothes, and put on sackcloth with ashes, and went out into the midst of the city, and cried with a loud and a bitter cry;"

17 4 2 And came even before the king's gate: for none [might] enter into the king's gate clothed with sackcloth.

17 4 3 "And in every province, whithersoever the king's commandment and his decree came, [there was] great mourning among the Jews, and fasting, and weeping, and wailing; and many lay in sackcloth and ashes."

17 4 4 "So Esther's maids and her chamberlains came and told [it] her. Then was the queen exceedingly grieved; and she sent raiment to clothe Mordecai, and to take away his sackcloth from him: but he received [it] not."

17 4 5 "Then called Esther for Hatach, [one] of the king's chamberlains, whom he had appointed to attend upon her, and gave him a commandment to Mordecai, to know what it [was], and why it [was]."

17 4 6 "So Hatach went forth to Mordecai unto the street of the city, which [was] before the king's gate."

17 4 7 "And Mordecai told him of all that had happened unto him, and of the sum of the money that Haman had promised to pay to the king's treasuries for the Jews, to destroy them."

17 4 8 "Also he gave him the copy of the writing of the decree that was given at Shushan to destroy them, to shew [it] unto Esther, and to declare [it] unto her, and to charge her that she should go in unto the king, to make supplication unto him, and to make request before him for her people."

17 4 9 And Hatach came and told Esther the words of Mordecai.

17 4 10 "Again Esther spake unto Hatach, and gave him commandment unto Mordecai;"

17 4 11 "All the king's servants, and the people of the king's provinces, do know, that whosoever, whether man or woman, shall come unto the king into the inner court, who is not called, [there is] one law of his to put [him] to death, except such to whom the king shall hold out the golden sceptre, that he may live: but I have not been called to come in unto the king these thirty days."

17 4 12 And they told to Mordecai Esther's words.

17 4 13 "Then Mordecai commanded to answer Esther, Think not with thyself that thou shalt escape in the king's house, more than all the Jews."

17 4 14 "For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, [then] shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father's house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for [such] a time as this?"

17 4 15 "Then Esther bade [them] return Mordecai [this answer],"

17 4 16 "Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which [is] not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish."

17 4 17 "So Mordecai went his way, and did according to all that Esther had commanded him."

17 5 1 "Now it came to pass on the third day, that Esther put on [her] royal [apparel], and stood in the inner court of the king's house, over against the king's house: and the king sat upon his royal throne in the royal house, over against the gate of the house."

17 5 2 "And it was so, when the king saw Esther the queen standing in the court, [that] she obtained favour in his sight: and the king held out to Esther the golden sceptre that [was] in his hand. So Esther drew near, and touched the top of the sceptre."

17 5 3 "Then said the king unto her, What wilt thou, queen Esther? and what [is] thy request? it shall be even given thee to the half of the kingdom."

17 5 4 "And Esther answered, If [it seem] good unto the king, let the king and Haman come this day unto the banquet that I have prepared for him."

17 5 5 "Then the king said, Cause Haman to make haste, that he may do as Esther hath said. So the king and Haman came to the banquet that Esther had prepared."

17 5 6 "And the king said unto Esther at the banquet of wine, What [is] thy petition? and it shall be granted thee: and what [is] thy request? even to the half of the kingdom it shall be performed."

17 5 7 "Then answered Esther, and said, My petition and my request [is];"

17 5 8 "If I have found favour in the sight of the king, and if it please the king to grant my petition, and to perform my request, let the king and Haman come to the banquet that I shall prepare for them, and I will do to morrow as the king hath said."

17 5 9 "Then went Haman forth that day joyful and with a glad heart: but when Haman saw Mordecai in the king's gate, that he stood not up, nor moved for him, he was full of indignation against Mordecai."

17 5 10 "Nevertheless Haman refrained himself: and when he came home, he sent and called for his friends, and Zeresh his wife."

17 5 11 "And Haman told them of the glory of his riches, and the multitude of his children, and all [the things] wherein the king had promoted him, and how he had advanced him above the princes and servants of the king."

17 5 12 "Haman said moreover, Yea, Esther the queen did let no man come in with the king unto the banquet that she had prepared but myself; and to morrow am I invited unto her also with the king."

17 5 13 "Yet all this availeth me nothing, so long as I see Mordecai the Jew sitting at the king's gate."

17 5 14 "Then said Zeresh his wife and all his friends unto him, Let a gallows be made of fifty cubits high, and to morrow speak thou unto the king that Mordecai may be hanged thereon: then go thou in merrily with the king unto the banquet. And the thing pleased Haman; and he caused the gallows to be made."

17 6 1 "On that night could not the king sleep, and he commanded to bring the book of records of the chronicles; and they were read before the king."

17 6 2 "And it was found written, that Mordecai had told of Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king's chamberlains, the keepers of the door, who sought to lay hand on the king Ahasuerus."

17 6 3 "And the king said, What honour and dignity hath been done to Mordecai for this? Then said the king's servants that ministered unto him, There is nothing done for him."

17 6 4 "And the king said, Who [is] in the court? Now Haman was come into the outward court of the king's house, to speak unto the king to hang Mordecai on the gallows that he had prepared for him."

17 6 5 "And the king's servants said unto him, Behold, Haman standeth in the court. And the king said, Let him come in."

17 6 6 "So Haman came in. And the king said unto him, What shall be done unto the man whom the king delighteth to honour? Now Haman thought in his heart, To whom would the king delight to do honour more than to myself?"

17 6 7 "And Haman answered the king, For the man whom the king delighteth to honour,"

17 6 8 "Let the royal apparel be brought which the king [useth] to wear, and the horse that the king rideth upon, and the crown royal which is set upon his head:"

17 6 9 "And let this apparel and horse be delivered to the hand of one of the king's most noble princes, that they may array the man [withal] whom the king delighteth to honour, and bring him on horseback through the street of the city, and proclaim before him, Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delighteth to honour."

17 6 10 "Then the king said to Haman, Make haste, [and] take the apparel and the horse, as thou hast said, and do even so to Mordecai the Jew, that sitteth at the king's gate: let nothing fail of all that thou hast spoken."

17 6 11 "Then took Haman the apparel and the horse, and arrayed Mordecai, and brought him on horseback through the street of the city, and proclaimed before him, Thus shall it be done unto the man whom the king delighteth to honour."

17 6 12 "And Mordecai came again to the king's gate. But Haman hasted to his house mourning, and having his head covered."

17 6 13 "And Haman told Zeresh his wife and all his friends every [thing] that had befallen him. Then said his wise men and Zeresh his wife unto him, If Mordecai [be] of the seed of the Jews, before whom thou hast begun to fall, thou shalt not prevail against him, but shalt surely fall before him."

17 6 14 "And while they [were] yet talking with him, came the king's chamberlains, and hasted to bring Haman unto the banquet that Esther had prepared."

17 7 1 So the king and Haman came to banquet with Esther the queen.

17 7 2 "And the king said again unto Esther on the second day at the banquet of wine, What [is] thy petition, queen Esther? and it shall be granted thee: and what [is] thy request? and it shall be performed, [even] to the half of the kingdom."

17 7 3 "Then Esther the queen answered and said, If I have found favour in thy sight, O king, and if it please the king, let my life be given me at my petition, and my people at my request:"

17 7 4 "For we are sold, I and my people, to be destroyed, to be slain, and to perish. But if we had been sold for bondmen and bondwomen, I had held my tongue, although the enemy could not countervail the king's damage."

17 7 5 "Then the king Ahasuerus answered and said unto Esther the queen, Who is he, and where is he, that durst presume in his heart to do so?"

17 7 6 "And Esther said, The adversary and enemy [is] this wicked Haman. Then Haman was afraid before the king and the queen."

17 7 7 And the king arising from the banquet of wine in his wrath [went] into the palace garden: and Haman stood up to make request for his life to Esther the queen; for he saw that there was evil determined against him by the king.

17 7 8 "Then the king returned out of the palace garden into the place of the banquet of wine; and Haman was fallen upon the bed whereon Esther [was]. Then said the king, Will he force the queen also before me in the house? As the word went out of the king's mouth, they covered Haman's face."

17 7 9 "And Harbonah, one of the chamberlains, said before the king, Behold also, the gallows fifty cubits high, which Haman had made for Mordecai, who had spoken good for the king, standeth in the house of Haman. Then the king said, Hang him thereon."

17 7 10 So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then was the king's wrath pacified.

17 8 1 On that day did the king Ahasuerus give the house of Haman the Jews' enemy unto Esther the queen. And Mordecai came before the king; for Esther had told what he [was] unto her.

17 8 2 "And the king took off his ring, which he had taken from Haman, and gave it unto Mordecai. And Esther set Mordecai over the house of Haman."

17 8 3 "And Esther spake yet again before the king, and fell down at his feet, and besought him with tears to put away the mischief of Haman the Agagite, and his device that he had devised against the Jews."

17 8 4 "Then the king held out the golden sceptre toward Esther. So Esther arose, and stood before the king,"

17 8 5 "And said, If it please the king, and if I have found favour in his sight, and the thing [seem] right before the king, and I [be] pleasing in his eyes, let it be written to reverse the letters devised by Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, which he wrote to destroy the Jews which [are] in all the king's provinces:"

17 8 6 For how can I endure to see the evil that shall come unto my people? or how can I endure to see the destruction of my kindred?

17 8 7 "Then the king Ahasuerus said unto Esther the queen and to Mordecai the Jew, Behold, I have given Esther the house of Haman, and him they have hanged upon the gallows, because he laid his hand upon the Jews."

17 8 8 "Write ye also for the Jews, as it liketh you, in the king's name, and seal [it] with the king's ring: for the writing which is written in the king's name, and sealed with the king's ring, may no man reverse."

17 8 9 "Then were the king's scribes called at that time in the third month, that [is], the month Sivan, on the three and twentieth [day] thereof; and it was written according to all that Mordecai commanded unto the Jews, and to the lieutenants, and the deputies and rulers of the provinces which [are] from India unto Ethiopia, an hundred twenty and seven provinces, unto every province according to the writing thereof, and unto every people after their language, and to the Jews according to their writing, and according to their language."
The Secret of Divine Civilization, p. 7

17 8 10 "And he wrote in the king Ahasuerus' name, and sealed [it] with the king's ring, and sent letters by posts on horseback, [and] riders on mules, camels, [and] young dromedaries:"

17 8 11 "Wherein the king granted the Jews which [were] in every city to gather themselves together, and to stand for their life, to destroy, to slay, and to cause to perish, all the power of the people and province that would assault them, [both] little ones and women, and [to take] the spoil of them for a prey,"

17 8 12 "Upon one day in all the provinces of king Ahasuerus, [namely], upon the thirteenth [day] of the twelfth month, which [is] the month Adar."

17 8 13 "The copy of the writing for a commandment to be given in every province [was] published unto all people, and that the Jews should be ready against that day to avenge themselves on their enemies."

17 8 14 "[So] the posts that rode upon mules [and] camels went out, being hastened and pressed on by the king's commandment. And the decree was given at Shushan the palace."

17 8 15 "And Mordecai went out from the presence of the king in royal apparel of blue and white, and with a great crown of gold, and with a garment of fine linen and purple: and the city of Shushan rejoiced and was glad."

17 8 16 "The Jews had light, and gladness, and joy, and honour."

17 8 17 "And in every province, and in every city, whithersoever the king's commandment and his decree came, the Jews had joy and gladness, a feast and a good day. And many of the people of the land became Jews; for the fear of the Jews fell upon them."

17 9 1 "Now in the twelfth month, that [is], the month Adar, on the thirteenth day of the same, when the king's commandment and his decree drew near to be put in execution, in the day that the enemies of the Jews hoped to have power over them, (though it was turned to the contrary, that the Jews had rule over them that hated them;)"

17 9 2 "The Jews gathered themselves together in their cities throughout all the provinces of the king Ahasuerus, to lay hand on such as sought their hurt: and no man could withstand them; for the fear of them fell upon all people."

17 9 3 "And all the rulers of the provinces, and the lieutenants, and the deputies, and officers of the king, helped the Jews; because the fear of Mordecai fell upon them."

17 9 4 "For Mordecai [was] great in the king's house, and his fame went out throughout all the provinces: for this man Mordecai waxed greater and greater."

17 9 5 "Thus the Jews smote all their enemies with the stroke of the sword, and slaughter, and destruction, and did what they would unto those that hated them."

17 9 6 And in Shushan the palace the Jews slew and destroyed five hundred men.

17 9 7 "And Parshandatha, and Dalphon, and Aspatha,"

17 9 8 "And Poratha, and Adalia, and Aridatha,"

17 9 9 "And Parmashta, and Arisai, and Aridai, and Vajezatha,"

17 9 10 "The ten sons of Haman the son of Hammedatha, the enemy of the Jews, slew they; but on the spoil laid they not their hand."

17 9 11 On that day the number of those that were slain in Shushan the palace was brought before the king.

17 9 12 "And the king said unto Esther the queen, The Jews have slain and destroyed five hundred men in Shushan the palace, and the ten sons of Haman; what have they done in the rest of the king's provinces? now what [is] thy petition? and it shall be granted thee: or what [is] thy request further? and it shall be done."

17 9 13 "Then said Esther, If it please the king, let it be granted to the Jews which [are] in Shushan to do to morrow also according unto this day's decree, and let Haman's ten sons be hanged upon the gallows."

17 9 14 And the king commanded it so to be done: and the decree was given at Shushan; and they hanged Haman's ten sons.

17 9 15 "For the Jews that [were] in Shushan gathered themselves together on the fourteenth day also of the month Adar, and slew three hundred men at Shushan; but on the prey they laid not their hand."

17 9 16 "But the other Jews that [were] in the king's provinces gathered themselves together, and stood for their lives, and had rest from their enemies, and slew of their foes seventy and five thousand, but they laid not their hands on the prey,"

17 9 17 "On the thirteenth day of the month Adar; and on the fourteenth day of the same rested they, and made it a day of feasting and gladness."

17 9 18 "But the Jews that [were] at Shushan assembled together on the thirteenth [day] thereof, and on the fourteenth thereof; and on the fifteenth [day] of the same they rested, and made it a day of feasting and gladness."

17 9 19 "Therefore the Jews of the villages, that dwelt in the unwalled towns, made the fourteenth day of the month Adar [a day of] gladness and feasting, and a good day, and of sending portions one to another."

17 9 20 "And Mordecai wrote these things, and sent letters unto all the Jews that [were] in all the provinces of the king Ahasuerus, [both] nigh and far,"

17 9 21 "To stablish [this] among them, that they should keep the fourteenth day of the month Adar, and the fifteenth day of the same, yearly,"

17 9 22 "As the days wherein the Jews rested from their enemies, and the month which was turned unto them from sorrow to joy, and from mourning into a good day: that they should make them days of feasting and joy, and of sending portions one to another, and gifts to the poor."

17 9 23 "And the Jews undertook to do as they had begun, and as Mordecai had written unto them;"

17 9 24 "Because Haman the son of Hammedatha, the Agagite, the enemy of all the Jews, had devised against the Jews to destroy them, and had cast Pur, that [is], the lot, to consume them, and to destroy them;"

17 9 25 "But when [Esther] came before the king, he commanded by letters that his wicked device, which he devised against the Jews, should return upon his own head, and that he and his sons should be hanged on the gallows."

17 9 26 "Wherefore they called these days Purim after the name of Pur. Therefore for all the words of this letter, and [of that] which they had seen concerning this matter, and which had come unto them,"

17 9 27 "The Jews ordained, and took upon them, and upon their seed, and upon all such as joined themselves unto them, so as it should not fail, that they would keep these two days according to their writing, and according to their [appointed] time every year;"

17 9 28 "And [that] these days [should be] remembered and kept throughout every generation, every family, every province, and every city; and [that] these days of Purim should not fail from among the Jews, nor the memorial of them perish from their seed."

17 9 29 "Then Esther the queen, the daughter of Abihail, and Mordecai the Jew, wrote with all authority, to confirm this second letter of Purim."

17 9 30 "And he sent the letters unto all the Jews, to the hundred twenty and seven provinces of the kingdom of Ahasuerus, [with] words of peace and truth,"

17 9 31 "To confirm these days of Purim in their times [appointed], according as Mordecai the Jew and Esther the queen had enjoined them, and as they had decreed for themselves and for their seed, the matters of the fastings and their cry."

17 9 32 And the decree of Esther confirmed these matters of Purim; and it was written in the book.

17 10 1 "And the king Ahasuerus laid a tribute upon the land, and [upon] the isles of the sea."

17 10 2 "And all the acts of his power and of his might, and the declaration of the greatness of Mordecai, whereunto the king advanced him, [are] they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Media and Persia?"

17 10 3 "For Mordecai the Jew [was] next unto king Ahasuerus, and great among the Jews, and accepted of the multitude of his brethren, seeking the wealth of his people, and speaking peace to all his seed."

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(Comparison with Bahá’u’lláh’s afflictions)
Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 77

(Comparison with Bahá’u’lláh’s afflictions)
Gems of Divine Mysteries, p. 68

(reference to Job’s adversities and fidelity)
Paris Talks, Part I, “The Benefits of God to Man”, within pp. 49-51

(regarding “Job-like afflictions”)
Fire and Light, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, section 17, p. 29

(regarding Fountain of Job)
Star of the West, (volume 1, book 1), vol. 1:8 page 12 (‘Abdu’l-Bahá)

(The Báb’s patience compared with Job’s)
God Passes By, p. 58

(Comparison with Bahá’u’lláh’s afflictions)
God Passes By, p. 118
(quoting an Islámic tradition prophesizing about the Báb from the Táríkh-i-Jadíd, quoted in E.G. Browne’s “New History of the Báb”, concerning Him having the patience of Job)
Bahá’u’lláh and the New Era, “Persecution Increases”, Chapter 2 (chapter reviewed by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá)

(Quddús’ comparison of their sufferings with those of Job)
The Dawn-Breakers, Chapter 19, p. 356

(quoting an Islámic tradition named Hadith-i-Jabir (also quoted from the "Kafi," one of the principal compilations of Shi'ite traditions) from the Táríkh-i-Jadíd prophesizing about the Báb, concerning Him having the patience of Job)
The Dawn-Breakers, Chapter 26, p. 645, footnote 1

(quoting an Islámic tradition prophesizing about the Báb from the Táríkh-i-Jadíd, concerning Him having the patience of Job)
E.G. Browne’s A Traveler’s Narrative, note H, p. 259

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18 0 0 Job

18 1 1 "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."

18 1 2 And there were born unto him seven sons and three daughters.

18 1 3 "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."

18 1 4 "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."

18 1 5 "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 offerings [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."

18 1 6 "Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them."

18 1 7 "And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it."

18 1 8 "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?"

18 1 9 "Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought?"

18 1 10 "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 substance is increased in the land."

18 1 11 "But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face."

18 1 12 "And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath [is] in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD."

18 1 13 And there was a day when his sons and his daughters [were] eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house:

18 1 14 "And there came a messenger unto Job, and said, The oxen were plowing, and the asses feeding beside them:"

18 1 15 "And the Sabeans fell [upon them], and took them away; yea, they have slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee."

18 1 16 "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."

18 1 17 "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."

18 1 18 "While he [was] yet speaking, there came also another, and said, Thy sons and thy daughters [were] eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house:"

18 1 19 "And, behold, there came a great wind from the wilderness, 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."

18 1 20 "Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped,"

18 1 21 "And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD."

18 1 22 "In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly."

18 2 1 "Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them to present himself before the LORD."

18 2 2 "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 and down in it."

18 2 3 "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 holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause."

18 2 4 "And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life."

18 2 5 "But put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face."

18 2 6 "And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, he [is] in thine hand; but save his life."

18 2 7 "So went Satan forth from the presence of the LORD, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown."

18 2 8 And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself withal; and he sat down among the ashes.

18 2 9 "Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die."

18 2 10 "But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips."

18 2 11 "Now when Job's three friends heard of all this evil that was come upon him, they came every one from his own place; Eliphaz the Temanite, and Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite: for they had made an appointment together to come to mourn with him and to comfort him."

18 2 12 "And when they lifted up their eyes afar off, and knew him not, they lifted up their voice, and wept; and they rent every one his mantle, and sprinkled dust upon their heads toward heaven."

18 2 13 "So they sat down with him upon the ground seven days and seven nights, and none spake a word unto him: for they saw that [his] grief was very great."

18 3 1 "After this opened Job his mouth, and cursed his day."

18 3 2 "And Job spake, and said,"

18 3 3 "Let the day perish wherein I was born, and the night [in which] it was said, There is a man child conceived."

18 3 4 "Let that day be darkness; let not God regard it from above, neither let the light shine upon it."

18 3 5 Let darkness and the shadow of death stain it; let a cloud dwell upon it; let the blackness of the day terrify it.

18 3 6 "As [for] that night, let darkness seize upon it; let it not be joined unto the days of the year, let it not come into the number of the months."

18 3 7 "Lo, let that night be solitary, let no joyful voice come therein."

18 3 8 "Let them curse it that curse the day, who are ready to raise up their mourning."

18 3 9 "Let the stars of the twilight thereof be dark; let it look for light, but [have] none; neither let it see the dawning of the day:"

18 3 10 "Because it shut not up the doors of my [mother's] womb, nor hid sorrow from mine eyes."

18 3 11 Why died I not from the womb? [why] did I [not] give up the ghost when I came out of the belly?

18 3 12 Why did the knees prevent me? or why the breasts that I should suck?

18 3 13 "For now should I have lain still and been quiet, I should have slept: then had I been at rest,"

18 3 14 "With kings and counsellors of the earth, which built desolate places for themselves;"

18 3 15 "Or with princes that had gold, who filled their houses with silver:"

18 3 16 Or as an hidden untimely birth I had not been; as infants [which] never saw light.

18 3 17 There the wicked cease [from] troubling; and there the weary be at rest.

18 3 18 [There] the prisoners rest together; they hear not the voice of the oppressor.

18 3 19 The small and great are there; and the servant [is] free from his master.

18 3 20 "Wherefore is light given to him that is in misery, and life unto the bitter [in] soul;"

18 3 21 "Which long for death, but it [cometh] not; and dig for it more than for hid treasures;"

18 3 22 "Which rejoice exceedingly, [and] are glad, when they can find the grave?"

18 3 23 "[Why is light given] to a man whose way is hid, and whom God hath hedged in?"

18 3 24 "For my sighing cometh before I eat, and my roarings are poured out like the waters."

18 3 25 "For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me."

18 3 26 "I was not in safety, neither had I rest, neither was I quiet; yet trouble came."

18 4 1 "Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said,"

18 4 2 "[If] we assay to commune with thee, wilt thou be grieved? but who can withhold himself from speaking?"

18 4 3 "Behold, thou hast instructed many, and thou hast strengthened the weak hands."

18 4 4 "Thy words have upholden him that was falling, and thou hast strengthened the feeble knees."

18 4 5 "But now it is come upon thee, and thou faintest; it toucheth thee, and thou art troubled."

18 4 6 "[Is] not [this] thy fear, thy confidence, thy hope, and the uprightness of thy ways?"

18 4 7 "Remember, I pray thee, who [ever] perished, being innocent? or where were the righteous cut off?"

18 4 8 "Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same."

18 4 9 "By the blast of God they perish, and by the breath of his nostrils are they consumed."

18 4 10 "The roaring of the lion, and the voice of the fierce lion, and the teeth of the young lions, are broken."

18 4 11 "The old lion perisheth for lack of prey, and the stout lion's whelps are scattered abroad."

18 4 12 "Now a thing was secretly brought to me, and mine ear received a little thereof."

18 4 13 "In thoughts from the visions of the night, when deep sleep falleth on men,"

18 4 14 "Fear came upon me, and trembling, which made all my bones to shake."

18 4 15 Then a spirit passed before my face; the hair of my flesh stood up:

18 4 16 "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],"

18 4 17 Shall mortal man be more just than God? shall a man be more pure than his maker?

18 4 18 "Behold, he put no trust in his servants; and his angels he charged with folly:"

18 4 19 "How much less [in] them that dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation [is] in the dust, [which] are crushed before the moth?"

18 4 20 They are destroyed from morning to evening: they perish for ever without any regarding [it].

18 4 21 "Doth not their excellency [which is] in them go away? they die, even without wisdom."

18 5 1 "Call now, if there be any that will answer thee; and to which of the saints wilt thou turn?"

18 5 2 "For wrath killeth the foolish man, and envy slayeth the silly one."

18 5 3 I have seen the foolish taking root: but suddenly I cursed his habitation.

18 5 4 "His children are far from safety, and they are crushed in the gate, neither [is there] any to deliver [them]."

18 5 5 "Whose harvest the hungry eateth up, and taketh it even out of the thorns, and the robber swalloweth up their substance."

18 5 6 "Although affliction cometh not forth of the dust, neither doth trouble spring out of the ground;"

18 5 7 "Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward."

18 5 8 "I would seek unto God, and unto God would I commit my cause:"

18 5 9 Which doeth great things and unsearchable; marvellous things without number:

18 5 10 "Who giveth rain upon the earth, and sendeth waters upon the fields:"

18 5 11 To set up on high those that be low; that those which mourn may be exalted to safety.

18 5 12 "He disappointeth the devices of the crafty, so that their hands cannot perform [their] enterprise."

18 5 13 He taketh the wise in their own craftiness: and the counsel of the froward is carried headlong.

18 5 14 "They meet with darkness in the daytime, and grope in the noonday as in the night."

18 5 15 "But he saveth the poor from the sword, from their mouth, and from the hand of the mighty."

18 5 16 "So the poor hath hope, and iniquity stoppeth her mouth."

18 5 17 "Behold, happy [is] the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty:"

18 5 18 "For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole."

18 5 19 "He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee."

18 5 20 In famine he shall redeem thee from death: and in war from the power of the sword.

18 5 21 Thou shalt be hid from the scourge of the tongue: neither shalt thou be afraid of destruction when it cometh.

18 5 22 At destruction and famine thou shalt laugh: neither shalt thou be afraid of the beasts of the earth.

18 5 23 For thou shalt be in league with the stones of the field: and the beasts of the field shall be at peace with thee.

18 5 24 "And thou shalt know that thy tabernacle [shall be] in peace; and thou shalt visit thy habitation, and shalt not sin."

18 5 25 "Thou shalt know also that thy seed [shall be] great, and thine offspring as the grass of the earth."

18 5 26 "Thou shalt come to [thy] grave in a full age, like as a shock of corn cometh in in his season."

18 5 27 "Lo this, we have searched it, so it [is]; hear it, and know thou [it] for thy good."

18 6 1 "But Job answered and said,"

18 6 2 "Oh that my grief were throughly weighed, and my calamity laid in the balances together!"

18 6 3 For now it would be heavier than the sand of the sea: therefore my words are swallowed up.

18 6 4 "For the arrows of the Almighty [are] within me, the poison whereof drinketh up my spirit: the terrors of God do set themselves in array against me."

18 6 5 Doth the wild ass bray when he hath grass? or loweth the ox over his fodder?

18 6 6 Can that which is unsavoury be eaten without salt? or is there [any] taste in the white of an egg?

18 6 7 The things [that] my soul refused to touch [are] as my sorrowful meat.

18 6 8 Oh that I might have my request; and that God would grant [me] the thing that I long for!

18 6 9 "Even that it would please God to destroy me; that he would let loose his hand, and cut me off!"

18 6 10 "Then should I yet have comfort; yea, I would harden myself in sorrow: let him not spare; for I have not concealed the words of the Holy One."

18 6 11 "What [is] my strength, that I should hope? and what [is] mine end, that I should prolong my life?"

18 6 12 [Is] my strength the strength of stones? or [is] my flesh of brass?

18 6 13 [Is] not my help in me? and is wisdom driven quite from me?

18 6 14 To him that is afflicted pity [should be shewed] from his friend; but he forsaketh the fear of the Almighty.

18 6 15 "My brethren have dealt deceitfully as a brook, [and] as the stream of brooks they pass away;"

18 6 16 "Which are blackish by reason of the ice, [and] wherein the snow is hid:"

18 6 17 "What time they wax warm, they vanish: when it is hot, they are consumed out of their place."

18 6 18 "The paths of their way are turned aside; they go to nothing, and perish."

18 6 19 "The troops of Tema looked, the companies of Sheba waited for them."

18 6 20 "They were confounded because they had hoped; they came thither, and were ashamed."

18 6 21 "For now ye are nothing; ye see [my] casting down, and are afraid."

18 6 22 "Did I say, Bring unto me? or, Give a reward for me of your substance?"

18 6 23 "Or, Deliver me from the enemy's hand? or, Redeem me from the hand of the mighty?"

18 6 24 "Teach me, and I will hold my tongue: and cause me to understand wherein I have erred."

18 6 25 How forcible are right words! but what doth your arguing reprove?

18 6 26 "Do ye imagine to reprove words, and the speeches of one that is desperate, [which are] as wind?"

18 6 27 "Yea, ye overwhelm the fatherless, and ye dig [a pit] for your friend."

18 6 28 "Now therefore be content, look upon me; for [it is] evident unto you if I lie."

18 6 29 "Return, I pray you, let it not be iniquity; yea, return again, my righteousness [is] in it."

18 6 30 Is there iniquity in my tongue? cannot my taste discern perverse things?

18 7 1 [Is there] not an appointed time to man upon earth? [are not] his days also like the days of an hireling?

18 7 2 "As a servant earnestly desireth the shadow, and as an hireling looketh for [the reward of] his work:"

18 7 3 "So am I made to possess months of vanity, and wearisome nights are appointed to me."

18 7 4 "When I lie down, I say, When shall I arise, and the night be gone? and I am full of tossings to and fro unto the dawning of the day."

18 7 5 "My flesh is clothed with worms and clods of dust; my skin is broken, and become loathsome."

18 7 6 "My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle, and are spent without hope."

18 7 7 O remember that my life [is] wind: mine eye shall no more see good.

18 7 8 "The eye of him that hath seen me shall see me no [more]: thine eyes [are] upon me, and I [am] not."

18 7 9 [As] the cloud is consumed and vanisheth away: so he that goeth down to the grave shall come up no [more].

18 7 10 "He shall return no more to his house, neither shall his place know him any more."

18 7 11 Therefore I will not refrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit; I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.

18 7 12 "[Am] I a sea, or a whale, that thou settest a watch over me?"

18 7 13 "When I say, My bed shall comfort me, my couch shall ease my complaint;"

18 7 14 "Then thou scarest me with dreams, and terrifiest me through visions:"

18 7 15 "So that my soul chooseth strangling, [and] death rather than my life."

18 7 16 I loathe [it]; I would not live alway: let me alone; for my days [are] vanity.

18 7 17 "What [is] man, that thou shouldest magnify him? and that thou shouldest set thine heart upon him?"

18 7 18 "And [that] thou shouldest visit him every morning, [and] try him every moment?"

18 7 19 "How long wilt thou not depart from me, nor let me alone till I swallow down my spittle?"

18 7 20 "I have sinned; what shall I do unto thee, O thou preserver of men? why hast thou set me as a mark against thee, so that I am a burden to myself?"

18 7 21 "And why dost thou not pardon my transgression, and take away mine iniquity? for now shall I sleep in the dust; and thou shalt seek me in the morning, but I [shall] not [be]."

18 8 1 "Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said,"

18 8 2 How long wilt thou speak these [things]? and [how long shall] the words of thy mouth [be like] a strong wind?

18 8 3 Doth God pervert judgment? or doth the Almighty pervert justice?

18 8 4 "If thy children have sinned against him, and he have cast them away for their transgression;"

18 8 5 "If thou wouldest seek unto God betimes, and make thy supplication to the Almighty;"

18 8 6 "If thou [wert] pure and upright; surely now he would awake for thee, and make the habitation of thy righteousness prosperous."

18 8 7 "Though thy beginning was small, yet thy latter end should greatly increase."

18 8 8 "For enquire, I pray thee, of the former age, and prepare thyself to the search of their fathers:"

18 8 9 "(For we [are but of] yesterday, and know nothing, because our days upon earth [are] a shadow:)"

18 8 10 "Shall not they teach thee, [and] tell thee, and utter words out of their heart?"

18 8 11 Can the rush grow up without mire? can the flag grow without water?

18 8 12 "Whilst it [is] yet in his greenness, [and] not cut down, it withereth before any [other] herb."

18 8 13 So [are] the paths of all that forget God; and the hypocrite's hope shall perish:

18 8 14 "Whose hope shall be cut off, and whose trust [shall be] a spider's web."

18 8 15 "He shall lean upon his house, but it shall not stand: he shall hold it fast, but it shall not endure."

18 8 16 "He [is] green before the sun, and his branch shooteth forth in his garden."

18 8 17 "His roots are wrapped about the heap, [and] seeth the place of stones."

18 8 18 "If he destroy him from his place, then [it] shall deny him, [saying], I have not seen thee."

18 8 19 "Behold, this [is] the joy of his way, and out of the earth shall others grow."

18 8 20 "Behold, God will not cast away a perfect [man], neither will he help the evil doers:"

18 8 21 "Till he fill thy mouth with laughing, and thy lips with rejoicing."

18 8 22 They that hate thee shall be clothed with shame; and the dwelling place of the wicked shall come to nought.

18 9 1 "Then Job answered and said,"

18 9 2 I know [it is] so of a truth: but how should man be just with God?

18 9 3 "If he will contend with him, he cannot answer him one of a thousand."

18 9 4 "[He is] wise in heart, and mighty in strength: who hath hardened [himself] against him, and hath prospered?"

18 9 5 "Which removeth the mountains, and they know not: which overturneth them in his anger."

18 9 6 "Which shaketh the earth out of her place, and the pillars thereof tremble."

18 9 7 "Which commandeth the sun, and it riseth not; and sealeth up the stars."

18 9 8 "Which alone spreadeth out the heavens, and treadeth upon the waves of the sea."

18 9 9 "Which maketh Arcturus, Orion, and Pleiades, and the chambers of the south."

18 9 10 "Which doeth great things past finding out; yea, and wonders without number."

18 9 11 "Lo, he goeth by me, and I see [him] not: he passeth on also, but I perceive him not."

18 9 12 "Behold, he taketh away, who can hinder him? who will say unto him, What doest thou?"

18 9 13 "[If] God will not withdraw his anger, the proud helpers do stoop under him."

18 9 14 "How much less shall I answer him, [and] choose out my words [to reason] with him?"

18 9 15 "Whom, though I were righteous, [yet] would I not answer, [but] I would make supplication to my judge."

18 9 16 "If I had called, and he had answered me; [yet] would I not believe that he had hearkened unto my voice."

18 9 17 "For he breaketh me with a tempest, and multiplieth my wounds without cause."

18 9 18 "He will not suffer me to take my breath, but filleth me with bitterness."

18 9 19 "If [I speak] of strength, lo, [he is] strong: and if of judgment, who shall set me a time [to plead]?"

18 9 20 "If I justify myself, mine own mouth shall condemn me: [if I say], I [am] perfect, it shall also prove me perverse."

18 9 21 "[Though] I [were] perfect, [yet] would I not know my soul: I would despise my life."

18 9 22 "This [is] one [thing], therefore I said [it], He destroyeth the perfect and the wicked."

18 9 23 "If the scourge slay suddenly, he will laugh at the trial of the innocent."

18 9 24 "The earth is given into the hand of the wicked: he covereth the faces of the judges thereof; if not, where, [and] who [is] he?"

18 9 25 "Now my days are swifter than a post: they flee away, they see no good."

18 9 26 They are passed away as the swift ships: as the eagle [that] hasteth to the prey.

18 9 27 "If I say, I will forget my complaint, I will leave off my heaviness, and comfort [myself]:"

18 9 28 "I am afraid of all my sorrows, I know that thou wilt not hold me innocent."

18 9 29 "[If] I be wicked, why then labour I in vain?"

18 9 30 "If I wash myself with snow water, and make my hands never so clean;"

18 9 31 "Yet shalt thou plunge me in the ditch, and mine own clothes shall abhor me."

18 9 32 "For [he is] not a man, as I [am, that] I should answer him, [and] we should come together in judgment."

18 9 33 "Neither is there any daysman betwixt us, [that] might lay his hand upon us both."

18 9 34 "Let him take his rod away from me, and let not his fear terrify me:"

18 9 35 "[Then] would I speak, and not fear him; but [it is] not so with me."

18 10 1 My soul is weary of my life; I will leave my complaint upon myself; I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.

18 10 2 "I will say unto God, Do not condemn me; shew me wherefore thou contendest with me."

18 10 3 "[Is it] good unto thee that thou shouldest oppress, that thou shouldest despise the work of thine hands, and shine upon the counsel of the wicked?"

18 10 4 Hast thou eyes of flesh? or seest thou as man seeth?

18 10 5 "[Are] thy days as the days of man? [are] thy years as man's days,"

18 10 6 "That thou enquirest after mine iniquity, and searchest after my sin?"

18 10 7 Thou knowest that I am not wicked; and [there is] none that can deliver out of thine hand.

18 10 8 Thine hands have made me and fashioned me together round about; yet thou dost destroy me.

18 10 9 "Remember, I beseech thee, that thou hast made me as the clay; and wilt thou bring me into dust again?"

18 10 10 "Hast thou not poured me out as milk, and curdled me like cheese?"

18 10 11 "Thou hast clothed me with skin and flesh, and hast fenced me with bones and sinews."

18 10 12 "Thou hast granted me life and favour, and thy visitation hath preserved my spirit."

18 10 13 And these [things] hast thou hid in thine heart: I know that this [is] with thee.

18 10 14 "If I sin, then thou markest me, and thou wilt not acquit me from mine iniquity."

18 10 15 "If I be wicked, woe unto me; and [if] I be righteous, [yet] will I not lift up my head. [I am] full of confusion; therefore see thou mine affliction;"

18 10 16 For it increaseth. Thou huntest me as a fierce lion: and again thou shewest thyself marvellous upon me.

18 10 17 "Thou renewest thy witnesses against me, and increasest thine indignation upon me; changes and war [are] against me."

18 10 18 "Wherefore then hast thou brought me forth out of the womb? Oh that I had given up the ghost, and no eye had seen me!"

18 10 19 I should have been as though I had not been; I should have been carried from the womb to the grave.

18 10 20 "[Are] not my days few? cease [then, and] let me alone, that I may take comfort a little,"

18 10 21 "Before I go [whence] I shall not return, [even] to the land of darkness and the shadow of death;"

18 10 22 "A land of darkness, as darkness [itself; and] of the shadow of death, without any order, and [where] the light [is] as darkness."

18 11 1 "Then answered Zophar the Naamathite, and said,"

18 11 2 Should not the multitude of words be answered? and should a man full of talk be justified?

18 11 3 "Should thy lies make men hold their peace? and when thou mockest, shall no man make thee ashamed?"

18 11 4 "For thou hast said, My doctrine [is] pure, and I am clean in thine eyes."

18 11 5 "But oh that God would speak, and open his lips against thee;"

18 11 6 "And that he would shew thee the secrets of wisdom, that [they are] double to that which is! Know therefore that God exacteth of thee [less] than thine iniquity [deserveth]."

18 11 7 Canst thou by searching find out God? canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection?

18 11 8 [It is] as high as heaven; what canst thou do? deeper than hell; what canst thou know?

18 11 9 "The measure thereof [is] longer than the earth, and broader than the sea."

18 11 10 "If he cut off, and shut up, or gather together, then who can hinder him?"

18 11 11 For he knoweth vain men: he seeth wickedness also; will he not then consider [it]?

18 11 12 "For vain man would be wise, though man be born [like] a wild ass's colt."

18 11 13 "If thou prepare thine heart, and stretch out thine hands toward him;"

18 11 14 "If iniquity [be] in thine hand, put it far away, and let not wickedness dwell in thy tabernacles."

18 11 15 "For then shalt thou lift up thy face without spot; yea, thou shalt be stedfast, and shalt not fear:"

18 11 16 "Because thou shalt forget [thy] misery, [and] remember [it] as waters [that] pass away:"

18 11 17 "And [thine] age shall be clearer than the noonday; thou shalt shine forth, thou shalt be as the morning."

18 11 18 "And thou shalt be secure, because there is hope; yea, thou shalt dig [about thee, and] thou shalt take thy rest in safety."

18 11 19 "Also thou shalt lie down, and none shall make [thee] afraid; yea, many shall make suit unto thee."

18 11 20 "But the eyes of the wicked shall fail, and they shall not escape, and their hope [shall be as] the giving up of the ghost."

18 12 1 "And Job answered and said,"

18 12 2 "No doubt but ye [are] the people, and wisdom shall die with you."

18 12 3 "But I have understanding as well as you; I [am] not inferior to you: yea, who knoweth not such things as these?"

18 12 4 "I am [as] one mocked of his neighbour, who calleth upon God, and he answereth him: the just upright [man is] laughed to scorn."

18 12 5 He that is ready to slip with [his] feet [is as] a lamp despised in the thought of him that is at ease.

18 12 6 "The tabernacles of robbers prosper, and they that provoke God are secure; into whose hand God bringeth [abundantly]."

18 12 7 "But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee:"

18 12 8 "Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee."

18 12 9 Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the LORD hath wrought this?

18 12 10 "In whose hand [is] the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind."

18 12 11 Doth not the ear try words? and the mouth taste his meat?

18 12 12 With the ancient [is] wisdom; and in length of days understanding.

18 12 13 "With him [is] wisdom and strength, he hath counsel and understanding."

18 12 14 "Behold, he breaketh down, and it cannot be built again: he shutteth up a man, and there can be no opening."

18 12 15 "Behold, he withholdeth the waters, and they dry up: also he sendeth them out, and they overturn the earth."

18 12 16 With him [is] strength and wisdom: the deceived and the deceiver [are] his.

18 12 17 "He leadeth counsellors away spoiled, and maketh the judges fools."

18 12 18 "He looseth the bond of kings, and girdeth their loins with a girdle."

18 12 19 "He leadeth princes away spoiled, and overthroweth the mighty."

18 12 20 "He removeth away the speech of the trusty, and taketh away the understanding of the aged."

18 12 21 "He poureth contempt upon princes, and weakeneth the strength of the mighty."

18 12 22 "He discovereth deep things out of darkness, and bringeth out to light the shadow of death."

18 12 23 "He increaseth the nations, and destroyeth them: he enlargeth the nations, and straiteneth them [again]."

18 12 24 "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."

18 12 25 "They grope in the dark without light, and he maketh them to stagger like [a] drunken [man]."

18 13 1 "Lo, mine eye hath seen all [this], mine ear hath heard and understood it."

18 13 2 "What ye know, [the same] do I know also: I [am] not inferior unto you."

18 13 3 "Surely I would speak to the Almighty, and I desire to reason with God."

18 13 4 "But ye [are] forgers of lies, ye [are] all physicians of no value."

18 13 5 O that ye would altogether hold your peace! and it should be your wisdom.

18 13 6 "Hear now my reasoning, and hearken to the pleadings of my lips."

18 13 7 Will ye speak wickedly for God? and talk deceitfully for him?

18 13 8 Will ye accept his person? will ye contend for God?

18 13 9 "Is it good that he should search you out? or as one man mocketh another, do ye [so] mock him?"

18 13 10 "He will surely reprove you, if ye do secretly accept persons."

18 13 11 Shall not his excellency make you afraid? and his dread fall upon you?

18 13 12 "Your remembrances [are] like unto ashes, your bodies to bodies of clay."

18 13 13 "Hold your peace, let me alone, that I may speak, and let come on me what [will]."

18 13 14 "Wherefore do I take my flesh in my teeth, and put my life in mine hand?"

18 13 15 "Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him."

18 13 16 He also [shall be] my salvation: for an hypocrite shall not come before him.

18 13 17 "Hear diligently my speech, and my declaration with your ears."

18 13 18 "Behold now, I have ordered [my] cause; I know that I shall be justified."

18 13 19 "Who [is] he [that] will plead with me? for now, if I hold my tongue, I shall give up the ghost."

18 13 20 Only do not two [things] unto me: then will I not hide myself from thee.

18 13 21 Withdraw thine hand far from me: and let not thy dread make me afraid.

18 13 22 "Then call thou, and I will answer: or let me speak, and answer thou me."

18 13 23 How many [are] mine iniquities and sins? make me to know my transgression and my sin.

18 13 24 "Wherefore hidest thou thy face, and holdest me for thine enemy?"

18 13 25 Wilt thou break a leaf driven to and fro? and wilt thou pursue the dry stubble?

18 13 26 "For thou writest bitter things against me, and makest me to possess the iniquities of my youth."

18 13 27 "Thou puttest my feet also in the stocks, and lookest narrowly unto all my paths; thou settest a print upon the heels of my feet."

18 13 28 "And he, as a rotten thing, consumeth, as a garment that is moth eaten."

18 14 1 "Man [that is] born of a woman [is] of few days, and full of trouble."

18 14 2 "He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not."

18 14 3 "And dost thou open thine eyes upon such an one, and bringest me into judgment with thee?"

18 14 4 Who can bring a clean [thing] out of an unclean? not one.

18 14 5 "Seeing his days [are] determined, the number of his months [are] with thee, thou hast appointed his bounds that he cannot pass;"

18 14 6 "Turn from him, that he may rest, till he shall accomplish, as an hireling, his day."

18 14 7 "For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease."

18 14 8 "Though the root thereof wax old in the earth, and the stock thereof die in the ground;"

18 14 9 "[Yet] through the scent of water it will bud, and bring forth boughs like a plant."

18 14 10 "But man dieth, and wasteth away: yea, man giveth up the ghost, and where [is] he?"

18 14 11 "[As] the waters fail from the sea, and the flood decayeth and drieth up:"

18 14 12 "So man lieth down, and riseth not: till the heavens [be] no more, they shall not awake, nor be raised out of their sleep."

18 14 13 "O that thou wouldest hide me in the grave, that thou wouldest keep me secret, until thy wrath be past, that thou wouldest appoint me a set time, and remember me!"

18 14 14 "If a man die, shall he live [again]? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come."

18 14 15 "Thou shalt call, and I will answer thee: thou wilt have a desire to the work of thine hands."

18 14 16 For now thou numberest my steps: dost thou not watch over my sin?

18 14 17 "My transgression [is] sealed up in a bag, and thou sewest up mine iniquity."

18 14 18 "And surely the mountain falling cometh to nought, and the rock is removed out of his place."

18 14 19 The waters wear the stones: thou washest away the things which grow [out] of the dust of the earth; and thou destroyest the hope of man.

18 14 20 "Thou prevailest for ever against him, and he passeth: thou changest his countenance, and sendest him away."

18 14 21 "His sons come to honour, and he knoweth [it] not; and they are brought low, but he perceiveth [it] not of them."

18 14 22 "But his flesh upon him shall have pain, and his soul within him shall mourn."

18 15 1 "Then answered Eliphaz the Temanite, and said,"

18 15 2 "Should a wise man utter vain knowledge, and fill his belly with the east wind?"

18 15 3 Should he reason with unprofitable talk? or with speeches wherewith he can do no good?

18 15 4 "Yea, thou castest off fear, and restrainest prayer before God."

18 15 5 "For thy mouth uttereth thine iniquity, and thou choosest the tongue of the crafty."

18 15 6 "Thine own mouth condemneth thee, and not I: yea, thine own lips testify against thee."

18 15 7 [Art] thou the first man [that] was born? or wast thou made before the hills?

18 15 8 Hast thou heard the secret of God? and dost thou restrain wisdom to thyself?

18 15 9 "What knowest thou, that we know not? [what] understandest thou, which [is] not in us?"

18 15 10 "With us [are] both the grayheaded and very aged men, much elder than thy father."

18 15 11 [Are] the consolations of God small with thee? is there any secret thing with thee?

18 15 12 "Why doth thine heart carry thee away? and what do thy eyes wink at,"

18 15 13 "That thou turnest thy spirit against God, and lettest [such] words go out of thy mouth?"

18 15 14 "What [is] man, that he should be clean? and [he which is] born of a woman, that he should be righteous?"

18 15 15 "Behold, he putteth no trust in his saints; yea, the heavens are not clean in his sight."

18 15 16 "How much more abominable and filthy [is] man, which drinketh iniquity like water?"

18 15 17 "I will shew thee, hear me; and that [which] I have seen I will declare;"

18 15 18 "Which wise men have told from their fathers, and have not hid [it]:"

18 15 19 "Unto whom alone the earth was given, and no stranger passed among them."

18 15 20 "The wicked man travaileth with pain all [his] days, and the number of years is hidden to the oppressor."

18 15 21 A dreadful sound [is] in his ears: in prosperity the destroyer shall come upon him.

18 15 22 "He believeth not that he shall return out of darkness, and he is waited for of the sword."

18 15 23 "He wandereth abroad for bread, [saying], Where [is it]? he knoweth that the day of darkness is ready at his hand."

18 15 24 "Trouble and anguish shall make him afraid; they shall prevail against him, as a king ready to the battle."

18 15 25 "For he stretcheth out his hand against God, and strengtheneth himself against the Almighty."

18 15 26 "He runneth upon him, [even] on [his] neck, upon the thick bosses of his bucklers:"

18 15 27 "Because he covereth his face with his fatness, and maketh collops of fat on [his] flanks."

18 15 28 "And he dwelleth in desolate cities, [and] in houses which no man inhabiteth, which are ready to become heaps."

18 15 29 "He shall not be rich, neither shall his substance continue, neither shall he prolong the perfection thereof upon the earth."

18 15 30 "He shall not depart out of darkness; the flame shall dry up his branches, and by the breath of his mouth shall he go away."

18 15 31 Let not him that is deceived trust in vanity: for vanity shall be his recompence.

18 15 32 "It shall be accomplished before his time, and his branch shall not be green."

18 15 33 "He shall shake off his unripe grape as the vine, and shall cast off his flower as the olive."

18 15 34 "For the congregation of hypocrites [shall be] desolate, and fire shall consume the tabernacles of bribery."

18 15 35 "They conceive mischief, and bring forth vanity, and their belly prepareth deceit."

18 16 1 "Then Job answered and said,"

18 16 2 I have heard many such things: miserable comforters [are] ye all.

18 16 3 Shall vain words have an end? or what emboldeneth thee that thou answerest?

18 16 4 "I also could speak as ye [do]: if your soul were in my soul's stead, I could heap up words against you, and shake mine head at you."

18 16 5 "[But] I would strengthen you with my mouth, and the moving of my lips should asswage [your grief]."

18 16 6 "Though I speak, my grief is not asswaged: and [though] I forbear, what am I eased?"

18 16 7 But now he hath made me weary: thou hast made desolate all my company.

18 16 8 "And thou hast filled me with wrinkles, [which] is a witness [against me]: and my leanness rising up in me beareth witness to my face."

18 16 9 "He teareth [me] in his wrath, who hateth me: he gnasheth upon me with his teeth; mine enemy sharpeneth his eyes upon me."

18 16 10 They have gaped upon me with their mouth; they have smitten me upon the cheek reproachfully; they have gathered themselves together against me.

18 16 11 "God hath delivered me to the ungodly, and turned me over into the hands of the wicked."

18 16 12 "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."

18 16 13 "His archers compass me round about, he cleaveth my reins asunder, and doth not spare; he poureth out my gall upon the ground."

18 16 14 "He breaketh me with breach upon breach, he runneth upon me like a giant."

18 16 15 "I have sewed sackcloth upon my skin, and defiled my horn in the dust."

18 16 16 "My face is foul with weeping, and on my eyelids [is] the shadow of death;"

18 16 17 Not for [any] injustice in mine hands: also my prayer [is] pure.

18 16 18 "O earth, cover not thou my blood, and let my cry have no place."

18 16 19 "Also now, behold, my witness [is] in heaven, and my record [is] on high."

18 16 20 My friends scorn me: [but] mine eye poureth out [tears] unto God.

18 16 21 "O that one might plead for a man with God, as a man [pleadeth] for his neighbour!"

18 16 22 "When a few years are come, then I shall go the way [whence] I shall not return."

18 17 1 "My breath is corrupt, my days are extinct, the graves [are ready] for me."

18 17 2 [Are there] not mockers with me? and doth not mine eye continue in their provocation?

18 17 3 "Lay down now, put me in a surety with thee; who [is] he [that] will strike hands with me?"

18 17 4 For thou hast hid their heart from understanding: therefore shalt thou not exalt [them].

18 17 5 "He that speaketh flattery to [his] friends, even the eyes of his children shall fail."

18 17 6 He hath made me also a byword of the people; and aforetime I was as a tabret.

18 17 7 "Mine eye also is dim by reason of sorrow, and all my members [are] as a shadow."

18 17 8 "Upright [men] shall be astonied at this, and the innocent shall stir up himself against the hypocrite."

18 17 9 "The righteous also shall hold on his way, and he that hath clean hands shall be stronger and stronger."

18 17 10 "But as for you all, do ye return, and come now: for I cannot find [one] wise [man] among you."

18 17 11 "My days are past, my purposes are broken off, [even] the thoughts of my heart."

18 17 12 They change the night into day: the light [is] short because of darkness.

18 17 13 "If I wait, the grave [is] mine house: I have made my bed in the darkness."

18 17 14 "I have said to corruption, Thou [art] my father: to the worm, [Thou art] my mother, and my sister."

18 17 15 "And where [is] now my hope? as for my hope, who shall see it?"

18 17 16 "They shall go down to the bars of the pit, when [our] rest together [is] in the dust."

18 18 1 "Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said,"

18 18 2 "How long [will it be ere] ye make an end of words? mark, and afterwards we will speak."

18 18 3 "Wherefore are we counted as beasts, [and] reputed vile in your sight?"

18 18 4 He teareth himself in his anger: shall the earth be forsaken for thee? and shall the rock be removed out of his place?

18 18 5 "Yea, the light of the wicked shall be put out, and the spark of his fire shall not shine."

18 18 6 "The light shall be dark in his tabernacle, and his candle shall be put out with him."

18 18 7 "The steps of his strength shall be straitened, and his own counsel shall cast him down."

18 18 8 "For he is cast into a net by his own feet, and he walketh upon a snare."

18 18 9 "The gin shall take [him] by the heel, [and] the robber shall prevail against him."

18 18 10 "The snare [is] laid for him in the ground, and a trap for him in the way."

18 18 11 "Terrors shall make him afraid on every side, and shall drive him to his feet."

18 18 12 "His strength shall be hungerbitten, and destruction [shall be] ready at his side."

18 18 13 It shall devour the strength of his skin: [even] the firstborn of death shall devour his strength.

18 18 14 "His confidence shall be rooted out of his tabernacle, and it shall bring him to the king of terrors."

18 18 15 "It shall dwell in his tabernacle, because [it is] none of his: brimstone shall be scattered upon his habitation."

18 18 16 "His roots shall be dried up beneath, and above shall his branch be cut off."

18 18 17 "His remembrance shall perish from the earth, and he shall have no name in the street."

18 18 18 "He shall be driven from light into darkness, and chased out of the world."

18 18 19 "He shall neither have son nor nephew among his people, nor any remaining in his dwellings."

18 18 20 "They that come after [him] shall be astonied at his day, as they that went before were affrighted."

18 18 21 "Surely such [are] the dwellings of the wicked, and this [is] the place [of him that] knoweth not God."

18 19 1 "Then Job answered and said,"

18 19 2 "How long will ye vex my soul, and break me in pieces with words?"

18 19 3 These ten times have ye reproached me: ye are not ashamed [that] ye make yourselves strange to me.

18 19 4 "And be it indeed [that] I have erred, mine error remaineth with myself."

18 19 5 "If indeed ye will magnify [yourselves] against me, and plead against me my reproach:"

18 19 6 "Know now that God hath overthrown me, and hath compassed me with his net."

18 19 7 "Behold, I cry out of wrong, but I am not heard: I cry aloud, but [there is] no judgment."

18 19 8 "He hath fenced up my way that I cannot pass, and he hath set darkness in my paths."

18 19 9 "He hath stripped me of my glory, and taken the crown [from] my head."

18 19 10 "He hath destroyed me on every side, and I am gone: and mine hope hath he removed like a tree."

18 19 11 "He hath also kindled his wrath against me, and he counteth me unto him as [one of] his enemies."

18 19 12 "His troops come together, and raise up their way against me, and encamp round about my tabernacle."

18 19 13 "He hath put my brethren far from me, and mine acquaintance are verily estranged from me."

18 19 14 "My kinsfolk have failed, and my familiar friends have forgotten me."

18 19 15 "They that dwell in mine house, and my maids, count me for a stranger: I am an alien in their sight."

18 19 16 "I called my servant, and he gave [me] no answer; I intreated him with my mouth."

18 19 17 "My breath is strange to my wife, though I intreated for the children's [sake] of mine own body."

18 19 18 "Yea, young children despised me; I arose, and they spake against me."

18 19 19 All my inward friends abhorred me: and they whom I loved are turned against me.

18 19 20 "My bone cleaveth to my skin and to my flesh, and I am escaped with the skin of my teeth."

18 19 21 "Have pity upon me, have pity upon me, O ye my friends; for the hand of God hath touched me."

18 19 22 "Why do ye persecute me as God, and are not satisfied with my flesh?"

18 19 23 Oh that my words were now written! oh that they were printed in a book!

18 19 24 That they were graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock for ever!

18 19 25 "For I know [that] my redeemer liveth, and [that] he shall stand at the latter [day] upon the earth:" O: “I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that He shall stand at the latter day upon the earth” 19:25-27
Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, no. 145, within pp. 169-172
(concerning the Promised Day)
The Brilliant Proof by Mírzá Abu’l-Fadl Gulpáygání (“New Commandments”), note 16

18 19 26 "And [though] after my skin [worms] destroy this [body], yet in my flesh shall I see God:"
19:25-27 (cont.)
Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, no. 145, within pp. 169-172

18 19 27 "Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; [though] my reins be consumed within me."
19:25-27 (cont.)
Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, no. 145, within pp. 169-172

18 19 28 "But ye should say, Why persecute we him, seeing the root of the matter is found in me?"

18 19 29 "Be ye afraid of the sword: for wrath [bringeth] the punishments of the sword, that ye may know [there is] a judgment."

18 20 1 "Then answered Zophar the Naamathite, and said,"

18 20 2 "Therefore do my thoughts cause me to answer, and for [this] I make haste."

18 20 3 "I have heard the check of my reproach, and the spirit of my understanding causeth me to answer."

18 20 4 "Knowest thou [not] this of old, since man was placed upon earth,"

18 20 5 "That the triumphing of the wicked [is] short, and the joy of the hypocrite [but] for a moment?"

18 20 6 "Though his excellency mount up to the heavens, and his head reach unto the clouds;"

18 20 7 "[Yet] he shall perish for ever like his own dung: they which have seen him shall say, Where [is] he?"

18 20 8 "He shall fly away as a dream, and shall not be found: yea, he shall be chased away as a vision of the night."

18 20 9 The eye also [which] saw him shall [see him] no more; neither shall his place any more behold him.

18 20 10 "His children shall seek to please the poor, and his hands shall restore their goods."

18 20 11 "His bones are full [of the sin] of his youth, which shall lie down with him in the dust."

18 20 12 "Though wickedness be sweet in his mouth, [though] he hide it under his tongue;"

18 20 13 "[Though] he spare it, and forsake it not; but keep it still within his mouth:"

18 20 14 "[Yet] his meat in his bowels is turned, [it is] the gall of asps within him."

18 20 15 "He hath swallowed down riches, and he shall vomit them up again: God shall cast them out of his belly."

18 20 16 He shall suck the poison of asps: the viper's tongue shall slay him.

18 20 17 "He shall not see the rivers, the floods, the brooks of honey and butter."

18 20 18 "That which he laboured for shall he restore, and shall not swallow [it] down: according to [his] substance [shall] the restitution [be], and he shall not rejoice [therein]."

18 20 19 Because he hath oppressed [and] hath forsaken the poor; [because] he hath violently taken away an house which he builded not;

18 20 20 "Surely he shall not feel quietness in his belly, he shall not save of that which he desired."

18 20 21 There shall none of his meat be left; therefore shall no man look for his goods.

18 20 22 In the fulness of his sufficiency he shall be in straits: every hand of the wicked shall come upon him.

18 20 23 "[When] he is about to fill his belly, [God] shall cast the fury of his wrath upon him, and shall rain [it] upon him while he is eating."

18 20 24 "He shall flee from the iron weapon, [and] the bow of steel shall strike him through."

18 20 25 "It is drawn, and cometh out of the body; yea, the glittering sword cometh out of his gall: terrors [are] upon him."

18 20 26 All darkness [shall be] hid in his secret places: a fire not blown shall consume him; it shall go ill with him that is left in his tabernacle.

18 20 27 The heaven shall reveal his iniquity; and the earth shall rise up against him.

18 20 28 "The increase of his house shall depart, [and his goods] shall flow away in the day of his wrath."

18 20 29 "This [is] the portion of a wicked man from God, and the heritage appointed unto him by God."

18 21 1 "But Job answered and said,"

18 21 2 "Hear diligently my speech, and let this be your consolations."

18 21 3 "Suffer me that I may speak; and after that I have spoken, mock on."

18 21 4 "As for me, [is] my complaint to man? and if [it were so], why should not my spirit be troubled?"

18 21 5 "Mark me, and be astonished, and lay [your] hand upon [your] mouth."

18 21 6 "Even when I remember I am afraid, and trembling taketh hold on my flesh."

18 21 7 "Wherefore do the wicked live, become old, yea, are mighty in power?"

18 21 8 "Their seed is established in their sight with them, and their offspring before their eyes."

18 21 9 "Their houses [are] safe from fear, neither [is] the rod of God upon them."

18 21 10 "Their bull gendereth, and faileth not; their cow calveth, and casteth not her calf."

18 21 11 "They send forth their little ones like a flock, and their children dance."

18 21 12 "They take the timbrel and harp, and rejoice at the sound of the organ."

18 21 13 "They spend their days in wealth, and in a moment go down to the grave."

18 21 14 "Therefore they say unto God, Depart from us; for we desire not the knowledge of thy ways."

18 21 15 "What [is] the Almighty, that we should serve him? and what profit should we have, if we pray unto him?"

18 21 16 "Lo, their good [is] not in their hand: the counsel of the wicked is far from me."

18 21 17 How oft is the candle of the wicked put out! and [how oft] cometh their destruction upon them! [God] distributeth sorrows in his anger.

18 21 18 "They are as stubble before the wind, and as chaff that the storm carrieth away."

18 21 19 "God layeth up his iniquity for his children: he rewardeth him, and he shall know [it]."

18 21 20 "His eyes shall see his destruction, and he shall drink of the wrath of the Almighty."

18 21 21 "For what pleasure [hath] he in his house after him, when the number of his months is cut off in the midst?"

18 21 22 Shall [any] teach God knowledge? seeing he judgeth those that are high.

18 21 23 "One dieth in his full strength, being wholly at ease and quiet."

18 21 24 "His breasts are full of milk, and his bones are moistened with marrow."

18 21 25 "And another dieth in the bitterness of his soul, and never eateth with pleasure."

18 21 26 "They shall lie down alike in the dust, and the worms shall cover them."

18 21 27 "Behold, I know your thoughts, and the devices [which] ye wrongfully imagine against me."

18 21 28 "For ye say, Where [is] the house of the prince? and where [are] the dwelling places of the wicked?"

18 21 29 "Have ye not asked them that go by the way? and do ye not know their tokens,"

18 21 30 That the wicked is reserved to the day of destruction? they shall be brought forth to the day of wrath.

18 21 31 Who shall declare his way to his face? and who shall repay him [what] he hath done?

18 21 32 "Yet shall he be brought to the grave, and shall remain in the tomb."

18 21 33 "The clods of the valley shall be sweet unto him, and every man shall draw after him, as [there are] innumerable before him."

18 21 34 "How then comfort ye me in vain, seeing in your answers there remaineth falsehood?"

18 22 1 "Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said,"

18 22 2 "Can a man be profitable unto God, as he that is wise may be profitable unto himself?"

18 22 3 "[Is it] any pleasure to the Almighty, that thou art righteous? or [is it] gain [to him], that thou makest thy ways perfect?"

18 22 4 Will he reprove thee for fear of thee? will he enter with thee into judgment?

18 22 5 [Is] not thy wickedness great? and thine iniquities infinite?

18 22 6 "For thou hast taken a pledge from thy brother for nought, and stripped the naked of their clothing."

18 22 7 "Thou hast not given water to the weary to drink, and thou hast withholden bread from the hungry."

18 22 8 "But [as for] the mighty man, he had the earth; and the honourable man dwelt in it."

18 22 9 "Thou hast sent widows away empty, and the arms of the fatherless have been broken."

18 22 10 "Therefore snares [are] round about thee, and sudden fear troubleth thee;"

18 22 11 "Or darkness, [that] thou canst not see; and abundance of waters cover thee."

18 22 12 "[Is] not God in the height of heaven? and behold the height of the stars, how high they are!"

18 22 13 "And thou sayest, How doth God know? can he judge through the dark cloud?"

18 22 14 "Thick clouds [are] a covering to him, that he seeth not; and he walketh in the circuit of heaven."

18 22 15 Hast thou marked the old way which wicked men have trodden?

18 22 16 "Which were cut down out of time, whose foundation was overflown with a flood:"

18 22 17 "Which said unto God, Depart from us: and what can the Almighty do for them?"

18 22 18 Yet he filled their houses with good [things]: but the counsel of the wicked is far from me.

18 22 19 "The righteous see [it], and are glad: and the innocent laugh them to scorn."

18 22 20 "Whereas our substance is not cut down, but the remnant of them the fire consumeth."

18 22 21 "Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee."

18 22 22 "Receive, I pray thee, the law from his mouth, and lay up his words in thine heart."

18 22 23 "If thou return to the Almighty, thou shalt be built up, thou shalt put away iniquity far from thy tabernacles."

18 22 24 "Then shalt thou lay up gold as dust, and the [gold] of Ophir as the stones of the brooks."

18 22 25 "Yea, the Almighty shall be thy defence, and thou shalt have plenty of silver."

18 22 26 "For then shalt thou have thy delight in the Almighty, and shalt lift up thy face unto God."

18 22 27 "Thou shalt make thy prayer unto him, and he shall hear thee, and thou shalt pay thy vows."

18 22 28 "Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways."

18 22 29 "When [men] are cast down, then thou shalt say, [There is] lifting up; and he shall save the humble person."

18 22 30 He shall deliver the island of the innocent: and it is delivered by the pureness of thine hands.

18 23 1 "Then Job answered and said,"

18 23 2 Even to day [is] my complaint bitter: my stroke is heavier than my groaning.

18 23 3 Oh that I knew where I might find him! [that] I might come [even] to his seat!

18 23 4 "I would order [my] cause before him, and fill my mouth with arguments."

18 23 5 "I would know the words [which] he would answer me, and understand what he would say unto me."

18 23 6 Will he plead against me with [his] great power? No; but he would put [strength] in me.

18 23 7 There the righteous might dispute with him; so should I be delivered for ever from my judge.

18 23 8 "Behold, I go forward, but he [is] not [there]; and backward, but I cannot perceive him:"

18 23 9 "On the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot behold [him]: he hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see [him]:"

18 23 10 "But he knoweth the way that I take: [when] he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold."

18 23 11 "My foot hath held his steps, his way have I kept, and not declined."

18 23 12 Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary [food].

18 23 13 "But he [is] in one [mind], and who can turn him? and [what] his soul desireth, even [that] he doeth."

18 23 14 For he performeth [the thing that is] appointed for me: and many such [things are] with him.

18 23 15 "Therefore am I troubled at his presence: when I consider, I am afraid of him."

18 23 16 "For God maketh my heart soft, and the Almighty troubleth me:"

18 23 17 "Because I was not cut off before the darkness, [neither] hath he covered the darkness from my face."

18 24 1 "Why, seeing times are not hidden from the Almighty, do they that know him not see his days?"

18 24 2 "[Some] remove the landmarks; they violently take away flocks, and feed [thereof]."

18 24 3 "They drive away the ass of the fatherless, they take the widow's ox for a pledge."

18 24 4 They turn the needy out of the way: the poor of the earth hide themselves together.

18 24 5 "Behold, [as] wild asses in the desert, go they forth to their work; rising betimes for a prey: the wilderness [yieldeth] food for them [and] for [their] children."

18 24 6 They reap [every one] his corn in the field: and they gather the vintage of the wicked.

18 24 7 "They cause the naked to lodge without clothing, that [they have] no covering in the cold."

18 24 8 "They are wet with the showers of the mountains, and embrace the rock for want of a shelter."

18 24 9 "They pluck the fatherless from the breast, and take a pledge of the poor."

18 24 10 "They cause [him] to go naked without clothing, and they take away the sheaf [from] the hungry;"

18 24 11 "[Which] make oil within their walls, [and] tread [their] winepresses, and suffer thirst."

18 24 12 "Men groan from out of the city, and the soul of the wounded crieth out: yet God layeth not folly [to them]."

18 24 13 "They are of those that rebel against the light; they know not the ways thereof, nor abide in the paths thereof."

18 24 14 "The murderer rising with the light killeth the poor and needy, and in the night is as a thief."

18 24 15 "The eye also of the adulterer waiteth for the twilight, saying, No eye shall see me: and disguiseth [his] face."

18 24 16 "In the dark they dig through houses, [which] they had marked for themselves in the daytime: they know not the light."

18 24 17 "For the morning [is] to them even as the shadow of death: if [one] know [them, they are in] the terrors of the shadow of death."

18 24 18 He [is] swift as the waters; their portion is cursed in the earth: he beholdeth not the way of the vineyards.

18 24 19 Drought and heat consume the snow waters: [so doth] the grave [those which] have sinned.

18 24 20 The womb shall forget him; the worm shall feed sweetly on him; he shall be no more remembered; and wickedness shall be broken as a tree.

18 24 21 He evil entreateth the barren [that] beareth not: and doeth not good to the widow.

18 24 22 "He draweth also the mighty with his power: he riseth up, and no [man] is sure of life."

18 24 23 "[Though] it be given him [to be] in safety, whereon he resteth; yet his eyes [are] upon their ways."

18 24 24 "They are exalted for a little while, but are gone and brought low; they are taken out of the way as all [other], and cut off as the tops of the ears of corn."

18 24 25 "And if [it be] not [so] now, who will make me a liar, and make my speech nothing worth?"

18 25 1 "Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said,"

18 25 2 "Dominion and fear [are] with him, he maketh peace in his high places."

18 25 3 Is there any number of his armies? and upon whom doth not his light arise?

18 25 4 How then can man be justified with God? or how can he be clean [that is] born of a woman?

18 25 5 "Behold even to the moon, and it shineth not; yea, the stars are not pure in his sight."

18 25 6 "How much less man, [that is] a worm? and the son of man, [which is] a worm?"

18 26 1 "But Job answered and said,"

18 26 2 How hast thou helped [him that is] without power? [how] savest thou the arm [that hath] no strength?

18 26 3 How hast thou counselled [him that hath] no wisdom? and [how] hast thou plentifully declared the thing as it is?

18 26 4 To whom hast thou uttered words? and whose spirit came from thee?

18 26 5 "Dead [things] are formed from under the waters, and the inhabitants thereof."

18 26 6 "Hell [is] naked before him, and destruction hath no covering."

18 26 7 "He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, [and] hangeth the earth upon nothing."

18 26 8 He bindeth up the waters in his thick clouds; and the cloud is not rent under them.

18 26 9 "He holdeth back the face of his throne, [and] spreadeth his cloud upon it."

18 26 10 "He hath compassed the waters with bounds, until the day and night come to an end."

18 26 11 The pillars of heaven tremble and are astonished at his reproof.

18 26 12 "He divideth the sea with his power, and by his understanding he smiteth through the proud."

18 26 13 By his spirit he hath garnished the heavens; his hand hath formed the crooked serpent.

18 26 14 "Lo, these [are] parts of his ways: but how little a portion is heard of him? but the thunder of his power who can understand?"

18 27 1 "Moreover Job continued his parable, and said,"

18 27 2 "[As] God liveth, [who] hath taken away my judgment; and the Almighty, [who] hath vexed my soul;"

18 27 3 "All the while my breath [is] in me, and the spirit of God [is] in my nostrils;"

18 27 4 "My lips shall not speak wickedness, nor my tongue utter deceit."

18 27 5 God forbid that I should justify you: till I die I will not remove mine integrity from me.

18 27 6 "My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go: my heart shall not reproach [me] so long as I live."

18 27 7 "Let mine enemy be as the wicked, and he that riseth up against me as the unrighteous."

18 27 8 "For what [is] the hope of the hypocrite, though he hath gained, when God taketh away his soul?"

18 27 9 Will God hear his cry when trouble cometh upon him?

18 27 10 Will he delight himself in the Almighty? will he always call upon God?

18 27 11 I will teach you by the hand of God: [that] which [is] with the Almighty will I not conceal.

18 27 12 "Behold, all ye yourselves have seen [it]; why then are ye thus altogether vain?"

18 27 13 "This [is] the portion of a wicked man with God, and the heritage of oppressors, [which] they shall receive of the Almighty."

18 27 14 "If his children be multiplied, [it is] for the sword: and his offspring shall not be satisfied with bread."

18 27 15 Those that remain of him shall be buried in death: and his widows shall not weep.

18 27 16 "Though he heap up silver as the dust, and prepare raiment as the clay;"

18 27 17 "He may prepare [it], but the just shall put [it] on, and the innocent shall divide the silver."

18 27 18 "He buildeth his house as a moth, and as a booth [that] the keeper maketh."

18 27 19 "The rich man shall lie down, but he shall not be gathered: he openeth his eyes, and he [is] not."

18 27 20 "Terrors take hold on him as waters, a tempest stealeth him away in the night."

18 27 21 "The east wind carrieth him away, and he departeth: and as a storm hurleth him out of his place."

18 27 22 "For [God] shall cast upon him, and not spare: he would fain flee out of his hand."

18 27 23 "[Men] shall clap their hands at him, and shall hiss him out of his place."

18 28 1 "Surely there is a vein for the silver, and a place for gold [where] they fine [it]."

18 28 2 "Iron is taken out of the earth, and brass [is] molten [out of] the stone."

18 28 3 "He setteth an end to darkness, and searcheth out all perfection: the stones of darkness, and the shadow of death."

18 28 4 "The flood breaketh out from the inhabitant; [even the waters] forgotten of the foot: they are dried up, they are gone away from men."

18 28 5 "[As for] the earth, out of it cometh bread: and under it is turned up as it were fire."

18 28 6 The stones of it [are] the place of sapphires: and it hath dust of gold.

18 28 7 "[There is] a path which no fowl knoweth, and which the vulture's eye hath not seen:"

18 28 8 "The lion's whelps have not trodden it, nor the fierce lion passed by it."

18 28 9 He putteth forth his hand upon the rock; he overturneth the mountains by the roots.

18 28 10 He cutteth out rivers among the rocks; and his eye seeth every precious thing.

18 28 11 He bindeth the floods from overflowing; and [the thing that is] hid bringeth he forth to light.

18 28 12 But where shall wisdom be found? and where [is] the place of understanding?

18 28 13 Man knoweth not the price thereof; neither is it found in the land of the living.

18 28 14 "The depth saith, It [is] not in me: and the sea saith, [It is] not with me."

18 28 15 "It cannot be gotten for gold, neither shall silver be weighed [for] the price thereof."

18 28 16 "It cannot be valued with the gold of Ophir, with the precious onyx, or the sapphire."

18 28 17 The gold and the crystal cannot equal it: and the exchange of it [shall not be for] jewels of fine gold.

18 28 18 "No mention shall be made of coral, or of pearls: for the price of wisdom [is] above rubies."

18 28 19 "The topaz of Ethiopia shall not equal it, neither shall it be valued with pure gold."

18 28 20 Whence then cometh wisdom? and where [is] the place of understanding?

18 28 21 "Seeing it is hid from the eyes of all living, and kept close from the fowls of the air."

18 28 22 "Destruction and death say, We have heard the fame thereof with our ears."

18 28 23 "God understandeth the way thereof, and he knoweth the place thereof."

18 28 24 "For he looketh to the ends of the earth, [and] seeth under the whole heaven;"

18 28 25 To make the weight for the winds; and he weigheth the waters by measure.

18 28 26 "When he made a decree for the rain, and a way for the lightning of the thunder:"

18 28 27 "Then did he see it, and declare it; he prepared it, yea, and searched it out."

18 28 28 "And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that [is] wisdom; and to depart from evil [is] understanding."

18 29 1 "Moreover Job continued his parable, and said,"

18 29 2 "Oh that I were as [in] months past, as [in] the days [when] God preserved me;"

18 29 3 "When his candle shined upon my head, [and when] by his light I walked [through] darkness;"

18 29 4 "As I was in the days of my youth, when the secret of God [was] upon my tabernacle;"

18 29 5 "When the Almighty [was] yet with me, [when] my children [were] about me;"

18 29 6 "When I washed my steps with butter, and the rock poured me out rivers of oil;"

18 29 7 "When I went out to the gate through the city, [when] I prepared my seat in the street!"

18 29 8 "The young men saw me, and hid themselves: and the aged arose, [and] stood up."

18 29 9 "The princes refrained talking, and laid [their] hand on their mouth."

18 29 10 "The nobles held their peace, and their tongue cleaved to the roof of their mouth."

18 29 11 "When the ear heard [me], then it blessed me; and when the eye saw [me], it gave witness to me:"

18 29 12 "Because I delivered the poor that cried, and the fatherless, and [him that had] none to help him."

18 29 13 The blessing of him that was ready to perish came upon me: and I caused the widow's heart to sing for joy.

18 29 14 "I put on righteousness, and it clothed me: my judgment [was] as a robe and a diadem."

18 29 15 "I was eyes to the blind, and feet [was] I to the lame."

18 29 16 I [was] a father to the poor: and the cause [which] I knew not I searched out.

18 29 17 "And I brake the jaws of the wicked, and plucked the spoil out of his teeth."

18 29 18 "Then I said, I shall die in my nest, and I shall multiply [my] days as the sand."

18 29 19 "My root [was] spread out by the waters, and the dew lay all night upon my branch."

18 29 20 "My glory [was] fresh in me, and my bow was renewed in my hand."

18 29 21 "Unto me [men] gave ear, and waited, and kept silence at my counsel."

18 29 22 After my words they spake not again; and my speech dropped upon them.

18 29 23 And they waited for me as for the rain; and they opened their mouth wide [as] for the latter rain.

18 29 24 "[If] I laughed on them, they believed [it] not; and the light of my countenance they cast not down."

18 29 25 "I chose out their way, and sat chief, and dwelt as a king in the army, as one [that] comforteth the mourners."

18 30 1 "But now [they that are] younger than I have me in derision, whose fathers I would have disdained to have set with the dogs of my flock."

18 30 2 "Yea, whereto [might] the strength of their hands [profit] me, in whom old age was perished?"

18 30 3 For want and famine [they were] solitary; fleeing into the wilderness in former time desolate and waste.

18 30 4 "Who cut up mallows by the bushes, and juniper roots [for] their meat."

18 30 5 "They were driven forth from among [men], (they cried after them as [after] a thief;)"

18 30 6 "To dwell in the clifts of the valleys, [in] caves of the earth, and [in] the rocks."

18 30 7 Among the bushes they brayed; under the nettles they were gathered together.

18 30 8 "[They were] children of fools, yea, children of base men: they were viler than the earth."

18 30 9 "And now am I their song, yea, I am their byword."

18 30 10 "They abhor me, they flee far from me, and spare not to spit in my face."

18 30 11 "Because he hath loosed my cord, and afflicted me, they have also let loose the bridle before me."

18 30 12 "Upon [my] right [hand] rise the youth; they push away my feet, and they raise up against me the ways of their destruction."

18 30 13 "They mar my path, they set forward my calamity, they have no helper."

18 30 14 They came [upon me] as a wide breaking in [of waters]: in the desolation they rolled themselves [upon me].

18 30 15 Terrors are turned upon me: they pursue my soul as the wind: and my welfare passeth away as a cloud.

18 30 16 And now my soul is poured out upon me; the days of affliction have taken hold upon me.

18 30 17 My bones are pierced in me in the night season: and my sinews take no rest.

18 30 18 By the great force [of my disease] is my garment changed: it bindeth me about as the collar of my coat.

18 30 19 "He hath cast me into the mire, and I am become like dust and ashes."

18 30 20 "I cry unto thee, and thou dost not hear me: I stand up, and thou regardest me [not]."

18 30 21 Thou art become cruel to me: with thy strong hand thou opposest thyself against me.

18 30 22 "Thou liftest me up to the wind; thou causest me to ride [upon it], and dissolvest my substance."

18 30 23 "For I know [that] thou wilt bring me [to] death, and [to] the house appointed for all living."

18 30 24 "Howbeit he will not stretch out [his] hand to the grave, though they cry in his destruction."

18 30 25 Did not I weep for him that was in trouble? was [not] my soul grieved for the poor?

18 30 26 "When I looked for good, then evil came [unto me]: and when I waited for light, there came darkness."

18 30 27 "My bowels boiled, and rested not: the days of affliction prevented me."

18 30 28 "I went mourning without the sun: I stood up, [and] I cried in the congregation."

18 30 29 "I am a brother to dragons, and a companion to owls."

18 30 30 "My skin is black upon me, and my bones are burned with heat."

18 30 31 "My harp also is [turned] to mourning, and my organ into the voice of them that weep."

18 31 1 I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid?

18 31 2 For what portion of God [is there] from above? and [what] inheritance of the Almighty from on high?

18 31 3 [Is] not destruction to the wicked? and a strange [punishment] to the workers of iniquity?

18 31 4 "Doth not he see my ways, and count all my steps?"

18 31 5 "If I have walked with vanity, or if my foot hath hasted to deceit;"

18 31 6 "Let me be weighed in an even balance, that God may know mine integrity."

18 31 7 "If my step hath turned out of the way, and mine heart walked after mine eyes, and if any blot hath cleaved to mine hands;"

18 31 8 "[Then] let me sow, and let another eat; yea, let my offspring be rooted out."

18 31 9 "If mine heart have been deceived by a woman, or [if] I have laid wait at my neighbour's door;"

18 31 10 "[Then] let my wife grind unto another, and let others bow down upon her."

18 31 11 "For this [is] an heinous crime; yea, it [is] an iniquity [to be punished by] the judges."

18 31 12 "For it [is] a fire [that] consumeth to destruction, and would root out all mine increase."

18 31 13 "If I did despise the cause of my manservant or of my maidservant, when they contended with me;"

18 31 14 "What then shall I do when God riseth up? and when he visiteth, what shall I answer him?"

18 31 15 Did not he that made me in the womb make him? and did not one fashion us in the womb?

18 31 16 "If I have withheld the poor from [their] desire, or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail;"

18 31 17 "Or have eaten my morsel myself alone, and the fatherless hath not eaten thereof;"

18 31 18 "(For from my youth he was brought up with me, as [with] a father, and I have guided her from my mother's womb;)"

18 31 19 "If I have seen any perish for want of clothing, or any poor without covering;"

18 31 20 "If his loins have not blessed me, and [if] he were [not] warmed with the fleece of my sheep;"

18 31 21 "If I have lifted up my hand against the fatherless, when I saw my help in the gate:"

18 31 22 "[Then] let mine arm fall from my shoulder blade, and mine arm be broken from the bone."

18 31 23 "For destruction [from] God [was] a terror to me, and by reason of his highness I could not endure."

18 31 24 "If I have made gold my hope, or have said to the fine gold, [Thou art] my confidence;"

18 31 25 "If I rejoiced because my wealth [was] great, and because mine hand had gotten much;"

18 31 26 "If I beheld the sun when it shined, or the moon walking [in] brightness;"

18 31 27 "And my heart hath been secretly enticed, or my mouth hath kissed my hand:"

18 31 28 This also [were] an iniquity [to be punished by] the judge: for I should have denied the God [that is] above.

18 31 29 "If I rejoiced at the destruction of him that hated me, or lifted up myself when evil found him:"

18 31 30 Neither have I suffered my mouth to sin by wishing a curse to his soul.

18 31 31 "If the men of my tabernacle said not, Oh that we had of his flesh! we cannot be satisfied."

18 31 32 The stranger did not lodge in the street: [but] I opened my doors to the traveller.

18 31 33 "If I covered my transgressions as Adam, by hiding mine iniquity in my bosom:"

18 31 34 "Did I fear a great multitude, or did the contempt of families terrify me, that I kept silence, [and] went not out of the door?"

18 31 35 "Oh that one would hear me! behold, my desire [is, that] the Almighty would answer me, and [that] mine adversary had written a book."

18 31 36 "Surely I would take it upon my shoulder, [and] bind it [as] a crown to me."

18 31 37 I would declare unto him the number of my steps; as a prince would I go near unto him.

18 31 38 "If my land cry against me, or that the furrows likewise thereof complain;"

18 31 39 "If I have eaten the fruits thereof without money, or have caused the owners thereof to lose their life:"

18 31 40 "Let thistles grow instead of wheat, and cockle instead of barley. The words of Job are ended."

18 32 1 "So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he [was] righteous in his own eyes."

18 32 2 "Then was kindled the wrath of Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite, of the kindred of Ram: against Job was his wrath kindled, because he justified himself rather than God."

18 32 3 "Also against his three friends was his wrath kindled, because they had found no answer, and [yet] had condemned Job."

18 32 4 "Now Elihu had waited till Job had spoken, because they [were] elder than he."

18 32 5 "When Elihu saw that [there was] no answer in the mouth of [these] three men, then his wrath was kindled."

18 32 6 "And Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite answered and said, I [am] young, and ye [are] very old; wherefore I was afraid, and durst not shew you mine opinion."

18 32 7 "I said, Days should speak, and multitude of years should teach wisdom."

18 32 8 But [there is] a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.

18 32 9 Great men are not [always] wise: neither do the aged understand judgment.

18 32 10 "Therefore I said, Hearken to me; I also will shew mine opinion."

18 32 11 "Behold, I waited for your words; I gave ear to your reasons, whilst ye searched out what to say."

18 32 12 "Yea, I attended unto you, and, behold, [there was] none of you that convinced Job, [or] that answered his words:"

18 32 13 "Lest ye should say, We have found out wisdom: God thrusteth him down, not man."

18 32 14 Now he hath not directed [his] words against me: neither will I answer him with your speeches.

18 32 15 "They were amazed, they answered no more: they left off speaking."

18 32 16 "When I had waited, (for they spake not, but stood still, [and] answered no more;)"

18 32 17 "[I said], I will answer also my part, I also will shew mine opinion."

18 32 18 "For I am full of matter, the spirit within me constraineth me."

18 32 19 "Behold, my belly [is] as wine [which] hath no vent; it is ready to burst like new bottles."

18 32 20 "I will speak, that I may be refreshed: I will open my lips and answer."

18 32 21 "Let me not, I pray you, accept any man's person, neither let me give flattering titles unto man."

18 32 22 For I know not to give flattering titles; [in so doing] my maker would soon take me away.

18 33 1 "Wherefore, Job, I pray thee, hear my speeches, and hearken to all my words."

18 33 2 "Behold, now I have opened my mouth, my tongue hath spoken in my mouth."

18 33 3 My words [shall be of] the uprightness of my heart: and my lips shall utter knowledge clearly.

18 33 4 "The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life."

18 33 5 "If thou canst answer me, set [thy words] in order before me, stand up."

18 33 6 "Behold, I [am] according to thy wish in God's stead: I also am formed out of the clay."

18 33 7 "Behold, my terror shall not make thee afraid, neither shall my hand be heavy upon thee."

18 33 8 "Surely thou hast spoken in mine hearing, and I have heard the voice of [thy] words, [saying],"

18 33 9 "I am clean without transgression, I [am] innocent; neither [is there] iniquity in me."

18 33 10 "Behold, he findeth occasions against me, he counteth me for his enemy,"

18 33 11 "He putteth my feet in the stocks, he marketh all my paths."

18 33 12 "Behold, [in] this thou art not just: I will answer thee, that God is greater than man."

18 33 13 Why dost thou strive against him? for he giveth not account of any of his matters.

18 33 14 "For God speaketh once, yea twice, [yet man] perceiveth it not."

18 33 15 "In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed;"

18 33 16 "Then he openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction,"

18 33 17 "That he may withdraw man [from his] purpose, and hide pride from man."

18 33 18 "He keepeth back his soul from the pit, and his life from perishing by the sword."

18 33 19 "He is chastened also with pain upon his bed, and the multitude of his bones with strong [pain]:"

18 33 20 "So that his life abhorreth bread, and his soul dainty meat."

18 33 21 "His flesh is consumed away, that it cannot be seen; and his bones [that] were not seen stick out."

18 33 22 "Yea, his soul draweth near unto the grave, and his life to the destroyers."

18 33 23 "If there be a messenger with him, an interpreter, one among a thousand, to shew unto man his uprightness:"

18 33 24 "Then he is gracious unto him, and saith, Deliver him from going down to the pit: I have found a ransom."

18 33 25 His flesh shall be fresher than a child's: he shall return to the days of his youth:

18 33 26 "He shall pray unto God, and he will be favourable unto him: and he shall see his face with joy: for he will render unto man his righteousness."

18 33 27 "He looketh upon men, and [if any] say, I have sinned, and perverted [that which was] right, and it profited me not;"

18 33 28 "He will deliver his soul from going into the pit, and his life shall see the light."

18 33 29 "Lo, all these [things] worketh God oftentimes with man,"

18 33 30 "To bring back his soul from the pit, to be enlightened with the light of the living."

18 33 31 "Mark well, O Job, hearken unto me: hold thy peace, and I will speak."

18 33 32 "If thou hast any thing to say, answer me: speak, for I desire to justify thee."

18 33 33 "If not, hearken unto me: hold thy peace, and I shall teach thee wisdom."

18 34 1 "Furthermore Elihu answered and said,"

18 34 2 "Hear my words, O ye wise [men]; and give ear unto me, ye that have knowledge."

18 34 3 "For the ear trieth words, as the mouth tasteth meat."

18 34 4 Let us choose to us judgment: let us know among ourselves what [is] good.

18 34 5 "For Job hath said, I am righteous: and God hath taken away my judgment."

18 34 6 Should I lie against my right? my wound [is] incurable without transgression.

18 34 7 "What man [is] like Job, [who] drinketh up scorning like water?"

18 34 8 "Which goeth in company with the workers of iniquity, and walketh with wicked men."

18 34 9 "For he hath said, It profiteth a man nothing that he should delight himself with God."

18 34 10 "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] iniquity."

18 34 11 "For the work of a man shall he render unto him, and cause every man to find according to [his] ways."

18 34 12 "Yea, surely God will not do wickedly, neither will the Almighty pervert judgment."

18 34 13 Who hath given him a charge over the earth? or who hath disposed the whole world?

18 34 14 "If he set his heart upon man, [if] he gather unto himself his spirit and his breath;"

18 34 15 "All flesh shall perish together, and man shall turn again unto dust."

18 34 16 "If now [thou hast] understanding, hear this: hearken to the voice of my words."

18 34 17 Shall even he that hateth right govern? and wilt thou condemn him that is most just?

18 34 18 "[Is it fit] to say to a king, [Thou art] wicked? [and] to princes, [Ye are] ungodly?"

18 34 19 "[How much less to him] that accepteth not the persons of princes, nor regardeth the rich more than the poor? for they all [are] the work of his hands."

18 34 20 "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."

18 34 21 "For his eyes [are] upon the ways of man, and he seeth all his goings."

18 34 22 "[There is] no darkness, nor shadow of death, where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves."

18 34 23 For he will not lay upon man more [than right]; that he should enter into judgment with God.

18 34 24 "He shall break in pieces mighty men without number, and set others in their stead."

18 34 25 "Therefore he knoweth their works, and he overturneth [them] in the night, so that they are destroyed."

18 34 26 He striketh them as wicked men in the open sight of others;

18 34 27 "Because they turned back from him, and would not consider any of his ways:"

18 34 28 "So that they cause the cry of the poor to come unto him, and he heareth the cry of the afflicted."

18 34 29 "When he giveth quietness, who then can make trouble? and when he hideth [his] face, who then can behold him? whether [it be done] against a nation, or against a man only:"

18 34 30 "That the hypocrite reign not, lest the people be ensnared."

18 34 31 "Surely it is meet to be said unto God, I have borne [chastisement], I will not offend [any more]:"

18 34 32 "[That which] I see not teach thou me: if I have done iniquity, I will do no more."

18 34 33 "[Should it be] according to thy mind? he will recompense it, whether thou refuse, or whether thou choose; and not I: therefore speak what thou knowest."

18 34 34 "Let men of understanding tell me, and let a wise man hearken unto me."

18 34 35 "Job hath spoken without knowledge, and his words [were] without wisdom."

18 34 36 My desire [is that] Job may be tried unto the end because of [his] answers for wicked men.

18 34 37 "For he addeth rebellion unto his sin, he clappeth [his hands] among us, and multiplieth his words against God."

18 35 1 "Elihu spake moreover, and said,"

18 35 2 "Thinkest thou this to be right, [that] thou saidst, My righteousness [is] more than God's?"

18 35 3 "For thou saidst, What advantage will it be unto thee? [and], What profit shall I have, [if I be cleansed] from my sin?"

18 35 4 "I will answer thee, and thy companions with thee."

18 35 5 "Look unto the heavens, and see; and behold the clouds [which] are higher than thou."

18 35 6 "If thou sinnest, what doest thou against him? or [if] thy transgressions be multiplied, what doest thou unto him?"

18 35 7 "If thou be righteous, what givest thou him? or what receiveth he of thine hand?"

18 35 8 Thy wickedness [may hurt] a man as thou [art]; and thy righteousness [may profit] the son of man.

18 35 9 By reason of the multitude of oppressions they make [the oppressed] to cry: they cry out by reason of the arm of the mighty.

18 35 10 "But none saith, Where [is] God my maker, who giveth songs in the night;"

18 35 11 "Who teacheth us more than the beasts of the earth, and maketh us wiser than the fowls of heaven?"

18 35 12 "There they cry, but none giveth answer, because of the pride of evil men."

18 35 13 "Surely God will not hear vanity, neither will the Almighty regard it."

18 35 14 "Although thou sayest thou shalt not see him, [yet] judgment [is] before him; therefore trust thou in him."

18 35 15 "But now, because [it is] not [so], he hath visited in his anger; yet he knoweth [it] not in great extremity:"

18 35 16 Therefore doth Job open his mouth in vain; he multiplieth words without knowledge.

18 36 1 "Elihu also proceeded, and said,"

18 36 2 "Suffer me a little, and I will shew thee that [I have] yet to speak on God's behalf."

18 36 3 "I will fetch my knowledge from afar, and will ascribe righteousness to my Maker."

18 36 4 For truly my words [shall] not [be] false: he that is perfect in knowledge [is] with thee.

18 36 5 "Behold, God [is] mighty, and despiseth not [any: he is] mighty in strength [and] wisdom."

18 36 6 He preserveth not the life of the wicked: but giveth right to the poor.

18 36 7 "He withdraweth not his eyes from the righteous: but with kings [are they] on the throne; yea, he doth establish them for ever, and they are exalted."

18 36 8 "And if [they be] bound in fetters, [and] be holden in cords of affliction;"

18 36 9 "Then he sheweth them their work, and their transgressions that they have exceeded."

18 36 10 "He openeth also their ear to discipline, and commandeth that they return from iniquity."

18 36 11 "If they obey and serve [him], they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures."

18 36 12 "But if they obey not, they shall perish by the sword, and they shall die without knowledge."

18 36 13 But the hypocrites in heart heap up wrath: they cry not when he bindeth them.

18 36 14 "They die in youth, and their life [is] among the unclean."

18 36 15 "He delivereth the poor in his affliction, and openeth their ears in oppression."

18 36 16 "Even so would he have removed thee out of the strait [into] a broad place, where [there is] no straitness; and that which should be set on thy table [should be] full of fatness."

18 36 17 But thou hast fulfilled the judgment of the wicked: judgment and justice take hold [on thee].

18 36 18 "Because [there is] wrath, [beware] lest he take thee away with [his] stroke: then a great ransom cannot deliver thee."

18 36 19 "Will he esteem thy riches? [no], not gold, nor all the forces of strength."

18 36 20 "Desire not the night, when people are cut off in their place."

18 36 21 "Take heed, regard not iniquity: for this hast thou chosen rather than affliction."

18 36 22 "Behold, God exalteth by his power: who teacheth like him?"

18 36 23 "Who hath enjoined him his way? or who can say, Thou hast wrought iniquity?"

18 36 24 "Remember that thou magnify his work, which men behold."

18 36 25 Every man may see it; man may behold [it] afar off.

18 36 26 "Behold, God [is] great, and we know [him] not, neither can the number of his years be searched out."

18 36 27 For he maketh small the drops of water: they pour down rain according to the vapour thereof:

18 36 28 Which the clouds do drop [and] distil upon man abundantly.

18 36 29 "Also can [any] understand the spreadings of the clouds, [or] the noise of his tabernacle?"

18 36 30 "Behold, he spreadeth his light upon it, and covereth the bottom of the sea."

18 36 31 For by them judgeth he the people; he giveth meat in abundance.

18 36 32 With clouds he covereth the light; and commandeth it [not to shine] by [the cloud] that cometh betwixt.

18 36 33 "The noise thereof sheweth concerning it, the cattle also concerning the vapour."

18 37 1 "At this also my heart trembleth, and is moved out of his place."

18 37 2 "Hear attentively the noise of his voice, and the sound [that] goeth out of his mouth."

18 37 3 "He directeth it under the whole heaven, and his lightning unto the ends of the earth."

18 37 4 After it a voice roareth: he thundereth with the voice of his excellency; and he will not stay them when his voice is heard.

18 37 5 "God thundereth marvellously with his voice; great things doeth he, which we cannot comprehend."

18 37 6 "For he saith to the snow, Be thou [on] the earth; likewise to the small rain, and to the great rain of his strength."

18 37 7 He sealeth up the hand of every man; that all men may know his work.

18 37 8 "Then the beasts go into dens, and remain in their places."

18 37 9 Out of the south cometh the whirlwind: and cold out of the north.

18 37 10 By the breath of God frost is given: and the breadth of the waters is straitened.

18 37 11 Also by watering he wearieth the thick cloud: he scattereth his bright cloud:

18 37 12 And it is turned round about by his counsels: that they may do whatsoever he commandeth them upon the face of the world in the earth.

18 37 13 "He causeth it to come, whether for correction, or for his land, or for mercy."

18 37 14 "Hearken unto this, O Job: stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God."

18 37 15 "Dost thou know when God disposed them, and caused the light of his cloud to shine?"

18 37 16 "Dost thou know the balancings of the clouds, the wondrous works of him which is perfect in knowledge?"

18 37 17 "How thy garments [are] warm, when he quieteth the earth by the south [wind]?"

18 37 18 "Hast thou with him spread out the sky, [which is] strong, [and] as a molten looking glass?"

18 37 19 Teach us what we shall say unto him; [for] we cannot order [our speech] by reason of darkness.

18 37 20 "Shall it be told him that I speak? if a man speak, surely he shall be swallowed up."

18 37 21 "And now [men] see not the bright light which [is] in the clouds: but the wind passeth, and cleanseth them."

18 37 22 Fair weather cometh out of the north: with God [is] terrible majesty.

18 37 23 "[Touching] the Almighty, we cannot find him out: [he is] excellent in power, and in judgment, and in plenty of justice: he will not afflict."

18 37 24 Men do therefore fear him: he respecteth not any [that are] wise of heart.

18 38 1 "Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said,"

18 38 2 Who [is] this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?

18 38 3 "Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me."

18 38 4 "Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding."

18 38 5 "Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it?"

18 38 6 Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof;

18 38 7 "When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?"

18 38 8 "Or [who] shut up the sea with doors, when it brake forth, [as if] it had issued out of the womb?"

18 38 9 "When I made the cloud the garment thereof, and thick darkness a swaddlingband for it,"

18 38 10 "And brake up for it my decreed [place], and set bars and doors,"

18 38 11 "And said, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further: and here shall thy proud waves be stayed?"

18 38 12 Hast thou commanded the morning since thy days; [and] caused the dayspring to know his place;

18 38 13 "That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, that the wicked might be shaken out of it?"

18 38 14 It is turned as clay [to] the seal; and they stand as a garment.

18 38 15 "And from the wicked their light is withholden, and the high arm shall be broken."

18 38 16 Hast thou entered into the springs of the sea? or hast thou walked in the search of the depth?

18 38 17 Have the gates of death been opened unto thee? or hast thou seen the doors of the shadow of death?

18 38 18 Hast thou perceived the breadth of the earth? declare if thou knowest it all.

18 38 19 "Where [is] the way [where] light dwelleth? and [as for] darkness, where [is] the place thereof,"

18 38 20 "That thou shouldest take it to the bound thereof, and that thou shouldest know the paths [to] the house thereof?"

18 38 21 "Knowest thou [it], because thou wast then born? or [because] the number of thy days [is] great?"

18 38 22 "Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow? or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail,"

18 38 23 "Which I have reserved against the time of trouble, against the day of battle and war?"

18 38 24 "By what way is the light parted, [which] scattereth the east wind upon the earth?"

18 38 25 "Who hath divided a watercourse for the overflowing of waters, or a way for the lightning of thunder;"

18 38 26 "To cause it to rain on the earth, [where] no man [is; on] the wilderness, wherein [there is] no man;"

18 38 27 To satisfy the desolate and waste [ground]; and to cause the bud of the tender herb to spring forth?

18 38 28 Hath the rain a father? or who hath begotten the drops of dew?

18 38 29 "Out of whose womb came the ice? and the hoary frost of heaven, who hath gendered it?"

18 38 30 "The waters are hid as [with] a stone, and the face of the deep is frozen."

18 38 31 "Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?"

18 38 32 Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons?

18 38 33 Knowest thou the ordinances of heaven? canst thou set the dominion thereof in the earth?

18 38 34 "Canst thou lift up thy voice to the clouds, that abundance of waters may cover thee?"

18 38 35 "Canst thou send lightnings, that they may go, and say unto thee, Here we [are]?"

18 38 36 Who hath put wisdom in the inward parts? or who hath given understanding to the heart?

18 38 37 "Who can number the clouds in wisdom? or who can stay the bottles of heaven,"

18 38 38 "When the dust groweth into hardness, and the clods cleave fast together?"

18 38 39 "Wilt thou hunt the prey for the lion? or fill the appetite of the young lions,"

18 38 40 "When they couch in [their] dens, [and] abide in the covert to lie in wait?"

18 38 41 "Who provideth for the raven his food? when his young ones cry unto God, they wander for lack of meat."

18 39 1 Knowest thou the time when the wild goats of the rock bring forth? [or] canst thou mark when the hinds do calve?

18 39 2 Canst thou number the months [that] they fulfil? or knowest thou the time when they bring forth?

18 39 3 "They bow themselves, they bring forth their young ones, they cast out their sorrows."

18 39 4 "Their young ones are in good liking, they grow up with corn; they go forth, and return not unto them."

18 39 5 Who hath sent out the wild ass free? or who hath loosed the bands of the wild ass?

18 39 6 "Whose house I have made the wilderness, and the barren land his dwellings."

18 39 7 "He scorneth the multitude of the city, neither regardeth he the crying of the driver."

18 39 8 "The range of the mountains [is] his pasture, and he searcheth after every green thing."

18 39 9 "Will the unicorn be willing to serve thee, or abide by thy crib?"

18 39 10 Canst thou bind the unicorn with his band in the furrow? or will he harrow the valleys after thee?

18 39 11 "Wilt thou trust him, because his strength [is] great? or wilt thou leave thy labour to him?"

18 39 12 "Wilt thou believe him, that he will bring home thy seed, and gather [it into] thy barn?"

18 39 13 [Gavest thou] the goodly wings unto the peacocks? or wings and feathers unto the ostrich?

18 39 14 "Which leaveth her eggs in the earth, and warmeth them in dust,"

18 39 15 "And forgetteth that the foot may crush them, or that the wild beast may break them."

18 39 16 "She is hardened against her young ones, as though [they were] not hers: her labour is in vain without fear;"

18 39 17 "Because God hath deprived her of wisdom, neither hath he imparted to her understanding."

18 39 18 "What time she lifteth up herself on high, she scorneth the horse and his rider."

18 39 19 Hast thou given the horse strength? hast thou clothed his neck with thunder?

18 39 20 Canst thou make him afraid as a grasshopper? the glory of his nostrils [is] terrible.

18 39 21 "He paweth in the valley, and rejoiceth in [his] strength: he goeth on to meet the armed men."

18 39 22 "He mocketh at fear, and is not affrighted; neither turneth he back from the sword."

18 39 23 "The quiver rattleth against him, the glittering spear and the shield."

18 39 24 He swalloweth the ground with fierceness and rage: neither believeth he that [it is] the sound of the trumpet.

18 39 25 "He saith among the trumpets, Ha, ha; and he smelleth the battle afar off, the thunder of the captains, and the shouting."

18 39 26 "Doth the hawk fly by thy wisdom, [and] stretch her wings toward the south?"

18 39 27 "Doth the eagle mount up at thy command, and make her nest on high?"

18 39 28 "She dwelleth and abideth on the rock, upon the crag of the rock, and the strong place."

18 39 29 "From thence she seeketh the prey, [and] her eyes behold afar off."

18 39 30 "Her young ones also suck up blood: and where the slain [are], there [is] she."

18 40 1 "Moreover the LORD answered Job, and said,"

18 40 2 "Shall he that contendeth with the Almighty instruct [him]? he that reproveth God, let him answer it."

18 40 3 "Then Job answered the LORD, and said,"

18 40 4 "Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth."

18 40 5 "Once have I spoken; but I will not answer: yea, twice; but I will proceed no further."

18 40 6 "Then answered the LORD unto Job out of the whirlwind, and said,"

18 40 7 "Gird up thy loins now like a man: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me."

18 40 8 "Wilt thou also disannul my judgment? wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be righteous?"

18 40 9 Hast thou an arm like God? or canst thou thunder with a voice like him?

18 40 10 Deck thyself now [with] majesty and excellency; and array thyself with glory and beauty.

18 40 11 "Cast abroad the rage of thy wrath: and behold every one [that is] proud, and abase him."

18 40 12 "Look on every one [that is] proud, [and] bring him low; and tread down the wicked in their place."

18 40 13 Hide them in the dust together; [and] bind their faces in secret.

18 40 14 Then will I also confess unto thee that thine own right hand can save thee.

18 40 15 "Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox."

18 40 16 "Lo now, his strength [is] in his loins, and his force [is] in the navel of his belly."

18 40 17 He moveth his tail like a cedar: the sinews of his stones are wrapped together.

18 40 18 His bones [are as] strong pieces of brass; his bones [are] like bars of iron.

18 40 19 He [is] the chief of the ways of God: he that made him can make his sword to approach [unto him].

18 40 20 "Surely the mountains bring him forth food, where all the beasts of the field play."

18 40 21 "He lieth under the shady trees, in the covert of the reed, and fens."

18 40 22 The shady trees cover him [with] their shadow; the willows of the brook compass him about.

18 40 23 "Behold, he drinketh up a river, [and] hasteth not: he trusteth that he can draw up Jordan into his mouth."

18 40 24 He taketh it with his eyes: [his] nose pierceth through snares.

18 41 1 Canst thou draw out leviathan with an hook? or his tongue with a cord [which] thou lettest down?

18 41 2 Canst thou put an hook into his nose? or bore his jaw through with a thorn?

18 41 3 Will he make many supplications unto thee? will he speak soft [words] unto thee?

18 41 4 Will he make a covenant with thee? wilt thou take him for a servant for ever?

18 41 5 Wilt thou play with him as [with] a bird? or wilt thou bind him for thy maidens?

18 41 6 Shall the companions make a banquet of him? shall they part him among the merchants?

18 41 7 Canst thou fill his skin with barbed irons? or his head with fish spears?

18 41 8 "Lay thine hand upon him, remember the battle, do no more."

18 41 9 "Behold, the hope of him is in vain: shall not [one] be cast down even at the sight of him?"

18 41 10 None [is so] fierce that dare stir him up: who then is able to stand before me?

18 41 11 "Who hath prevented me, that I should repay [him? whatsoever is] under the whole heaven is mine."

18 41 12 "I will not conceal his parts, nor his power, nor his comely proportion."

18 41 13 Who can discover the face of his garment? [or] who can come [to him] with his double bridle?

18 41 14 Who can open the doors of his face? his teeth [are] terrible round about.

18 41 15 "[His] scales [are his] pride, shut up together [as with] a close seal."

18 41 16 "One is so near to another, that no air can come between them."

18 41 17 "They are joined one to another, they stick together, that they cannot be sundered."

18 41 18 "By his neesings a light doth shine, and his eyes [are] like the eyelids of the morning."

18 41 19 "Out of his mouth go burning lamps, [and] sparks of fire leap out."

18 41 20 "Out of his nostrils goeth smoke, as [out] of a seething pot or caldron."

18 41 21 "His breath kindleth coals, and a flame goeth out of his mouth."

18 41 22 "In his neck remaineth strength, and sorrow is turned into joy before him."

18 41 23 The flakes of his flesh are joined together: they are firm in themselves; they cannot be moved.

18 41 24 "His heart is as firm as a stone; yea, as hard as a piece of the nether [millstone]."

18 41 25 "When he raiseth up himself, the mighty are afraid: by reason of breakings they purify themselves."

18 41 26 "The sword of him that layeth at him cannot hold: the spear, the dart, nor the habergeon."

18 41 27 "He esteemeth iron as straw, [and] brass as rotten wood."

18 41 28 The arrow cannot make him flee: slingstones are turned with him into stubble.

18 41 29 Darts are counted as stubble: he laugheth at the shaking of a spear.

18 41 30 Sharp stones [are] under him: he spreadeth sharp pointed things upon the mire.

18 41 31 He maketh the deep to boil like a pot: he maketh the sea like a pot of ointment.

18 41 32 He maketh a path to shine after him; [one] would think the deep [to be] hoary.

18 41 33 "Upon earth there is not his like, who is made without fear."

18 41 34 He beholdeth all high [things]: he [is] a king over all the children of pride.

18 42 1 "Then Job answered the LORD, and said,"

18 42 2 "I know that thou canst do every [thing], and [that] no thought can be withholden from thee."

18 42 3 "Who [is] he that hideth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not."

18 42 4 "Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me."

18 42 5 I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee.

18 42 6 "Wherefore I abhor [myself], and repent in dust and ashes."

18 42 7 "And it was [so], that after the LORD had spoken these words unto Job, the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, My wrath is kindled against thee, and against thy two friends: for ye have not spoken of me [the thing that is] right, as my servant Job [hath]."

18 42 8 "Therefore take unto you now seven bullocks and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and my servant Job shall pray for you: for him will I accept: lest I deal with you [after your] folly, in that ye have not spoken of me [the thing which is] right, like my servant Job."

18 42 9 "So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite [and] Zophar the Naamathite went, and did according as the LORD commanded them: the LORD also accepted Job."

18 42 10 "And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before."

18 42 11 "Then came there unto him all his brethren, and all his sisters, and all they that had been of his acquaintance before, and did eat bread with him in his house: and they bemoaned him, and comforted him over all the evil that the LORD had brought upon him: every man also gave him a piece of money, and every one an earring of gold."

18 42 12 "So the LORD blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning: for he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she asses."

18 42 13 He had also seven sons and three daughters.

18 42 14 "And he called the name of the first, Jemima; and the name of the second, Kezia; and the name of the third, Kerenhappuch."

18 42 15 And in all the land were no women found [so] fair as the daughters of Job: and their father gave them inheritance among their brethren.

18 42 16 "After this lived Job an hundred and forty years, and saw his sons, and his sons' sons, [even] four generations."

18 42 17 "So Job died, [being] old and full of days."

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Psalms (all)
Tablets of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá Abbás, p. 58

Psalms (all)
Compilation on Music (‘Abdu’l-Bahá, “Table Talk” Acca, July 1909, quoted in “Herald of the South” (January 13, 1933), pp. 2-3)

Psalms (David as author)
Dawn of New Day, “Two Davids”, within pp. 93-94

Psalms (David as author)
Dawn of New Day, “Appearance of two Davids”, within pp. 86-87

Psalms (all)
Pilgrim’s Notes: Diary of Juliet Thompson, Chapter 4

Psalms (David singing)
Pilgrim’s Notes: Diary of Juliet Thompson, Chapter 2

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19 1 1 "Blessed [is] the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful."

19 1 2 But his delight [is] in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

19 1 3 "And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper."

19 1 4 The ungodly [are] not so: but [are] like the chaff which the wind driveth away.

19 1 5 "Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous."

19 1 6 For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

19 2 1 "Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?"

19 2 2 "The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, [saying],"

19 2 3 "Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us."

19 2 4 He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.

19 2 5 "Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure."

19 2 6 Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.

19 2 7 "I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou [art] my Son; this day have I begotten thee."

19 2 8 "Ask of me, and I shall give [thee] the heathen [for] thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth [for] thy possession."

19 2 9 Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.

19 2 10 "Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth."

19 2 11 "Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling."

19 2 12 "Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish [from] the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed [are] all they that put their trust in him."

19 3 1 "<A Psalm of David, when he fled from Absalom his son.> LORD, how are they increased that trouble me! many [are] they that rise up against me."

19 3 2 "Many [there be] which say of my soul, [There is] no help for him in God. Selah."

19 3 3 "But thou, O LORD, [art] a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head."

19 3 4 "I cried unto the LORD with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah."

19 3 5 I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the LORD sustained me.

19 3 6 "I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set [themselves] against me round about."

19 3 7 "Arise, O LORD; save me, O my God: for thou hast smitten all mine enemies [upon] the cheek bone; thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly."

19 3 8 Salvation [belongeth] unto the LORD: thy blessing [is] upon thy people. Selah.

19 4 1 "<To the chief Musician on Neginoth, A Psalm of David.> Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me [when I was] in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer."

19 4 2 "O ye sons of men, how long [will ye turn] my glory into shame? [how long] will ye love vanity, [and] seek after leasing? Selah."

19 4 3 But know that the LORD hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the LORD will hear when I call unto him.

19 4 4 "Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah."

19 4 5 "Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the LORD."

19 4 6 "[There be] many that say, Who will shew us [any] good? LORD, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us."

19 4 7 "Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time [that] their corn and their wine increased."

19 4 8 "I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety."

19 5 1 "<To the chief Musician upon Nehiloth, A Psalm of David.> Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my meditation."

19 5 2 "Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray."

19 5 3 "My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct [my prayer] unto thee, and will look up."

19 5 4 For thou [art] not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with thee.

19 5 5 The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity.

19 5 6 Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing: the LORD will abhor the bloody and deceitful man.

19 5 7 "But as for me, I will come [into] thy house in the multitude of thy mercy: [and] in thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple."

19 5 8 "Lead me, O LORD, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make thy way straight before my face."

19 5 9 For [there is] no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part [is] very wickedness; their throat [is] an open sepulchre; they flatter with their tongue.

19 5 10 "Destroy thou them, O God; let them fall by their own counsels; cast them out in the multitude of their transgressions; for they have rebelled against thee."

19 5 11 "But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee."

19 5 12 "For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as [with] a shield."

19 6 1 "<To the chief Musician on Neginoth upon Sheminith, A Psalm of David.> O LORD, rebuke me not in thine anger, neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure."

19 6 2 "Have mercy upon me, O LORD; for I [am] weak: O LORD, heal me; for my bones are vexed."

19 6 3 "My soul is also sore vexed: but thou, O LORD, how long?"

19 6 4 "Return, O LORD, deliver my soul: oh save me for thy mercies' sake."

19 6 5 For in death [there is] no remembrance of thee: in the grave who shall give thee thanks?

19 6 6 I am weary with my groaning; all the night make I my bed to swim; I water my couch with my tears.

19 6 7 Mine eye is consumed because of grief; it waxeth old because of all mine enemies.

19 6 8 "Depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity; for the LORD hath heard the voice of my weeping."

19 6 9 The LORD hath heard my supplication; the LORD will receive my prayer.

19 6 10 Let all mine enemies be ashamed and sore vexed: let them return [and] be ashamed suddenly.

19 7 1 "<Shiggaion of David, which he sang unto the LORD, concerning the words of Cush the Benjamite.> O LORD my God, in thee do I put my trust: save me from all them that persecute me, and deliver me:"

19 7 2 "Lest he tear my soul like a lion, rending [it] in pieces, while [there is] none to deliver."

19 7 3 "O LORD my God, if I have done this; if there be iniquity in my hands;"

19 7 4 "If I have rewarded evil unto him that was at peace with me; (yea, I have delivered him that without cause is mine enemy:)"

19 7 5 "Let the enemy persecute my soul, and take [it]; yea, let him tread down my life upon the earth, and lay mine honour in the dust. Selah."

19 7 6 "Arise, O LORD, in thine anger, lift up thyself because of the rage of mine enemies: and awake for me [to] the judgment [that] thou hast commanded."

19 7 7 So shall the congregation of the people compass thee about: for their sakes therefore return thou on high.

19 7 8 "The LORD shall judge the people: judge me, O LORD, according to my righteousness, and according to mine integrity [that is] in me."

19 7 9 Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but establish the just: for the righteous God trieth the hearts and reins.

19 7 10 "My defence [is] of God, which saveth the upright in heart."

19 7 11 "God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry [with the wicked] every day."

19 7 12 "If he turn not, he will whet his sword; he hath bent his bow, and made it ready."

19 7 13 He hath also prepared for him the instruments of death; he ordaineth his arrows against the persecutors.

19 7 14 "Behold, he travaileth with iniquity, and hath conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood."

19 7 15 "He made a pit, and digged it, and is fallen into the ditch [which] he made."

19 7 16 "His mischief shall return upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down upon his own pate."

19 7 17 I will praise the LORD according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the LORD most high.

19 8 1 "<To the chief Musician upon Gittith, A Psalm of David.> O LORD our Lord, how excellent [is] thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens."

19 8 2 "Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger."

19 8 3 "When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;"

19 8 4 "What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?"

19 8 5 "For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour."

19 8 6 Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all [things] under his feet:

19 8 7 "All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field;"

19 8 8 "The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, [and whatsoever] passeth through the paths of the seas."

19 8 9 "O LORD our Lord, how excellent [is] thy name in all the earth!"

19 9 1 "<To the chief Musician upon Muthlabben, A Psalm of David.> I will praise [thee], O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works."

19 9 2 "I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High."

19 9 3 "When mine enemies are turned back, they shall fall and perish at thy presence."

19 9 4 For thou hast maintained my right and my cause; thou satest in the throne judging right.

19 9 5 "Thou hast rebuked the heathen, thou hast destroyed the wicked, thou hast put out their name for ever and ever."

19 9 6 "O thou enemy, destructions are come to a perpetual end: and thou hast destroyed cities; their memorial is perished with them."

19 9 7 But the LORD shall endure for ever: he hath prepared his throne for judgment.

19 9 8 "And he shall judge the world in righteousness, he shall minister judgment to the people in uprightness."

19 9 9 "The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble."

19 9 10 "And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee."

19 9 11 "Sing praises to the LORD, which dwelleth in Zion: declare among the people his doings."

19 9 12 "When he maketh inquisition for blood, he remembereth them: he forgetteth not the cry of the humble."

19 9 13 "Have mercy upon me, O LORD; consider my trouble [which I suffer] of them that hate me, thou that liftest me up from the gates of death:"

19 9 14 That I may shew forth all thy praise in the gates of the daughter of Zion: I will rejoice in thy salvation.

19 9 15 The heathen are sunk down in the pit [that] they made: in the net which they hid is their own foot taken.

19 9 16 The LORD is known [by] the judgment [which] he executeth: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. Higgaion. Selah.

19 9 17 "The wicked shall be turned into hell, [and] all the nations that forget God."

19 9 18 For the needy shall not alway be forgotten: the expectation of the poor shall [not] perish for ever.

19 9 19 "Arise, O LORD; let not man prevail: let the heathen be judged in thy sight."

19 9 20 "Put them in fear, O LORD: [that] the nations may know themselves [to be but] men. Selah."

19 10 1 "Why standest thou afar off, O LORD? [why] hidest thou [thyself] in times of trouble?"

19 10 2 The wicked in [his] pride doth persecute the poor: let them be taken in the devices that they have imagined.

19 10 3 "For the wicked boasteth of his heart's desire, and blesseth the covetous, [whom] the LORD abhorreth."

19 10 4 "The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek [after God]: God [is] not in all his thoughts."

19 10 5 "His ways are always grievous; thy judgments [are] far above out of his sight: [as for] all his enemies, he puffeth at them."

19 10 6 "He hath said in his heart, I shall not be moved: for [I shall] never [be] in adversity."

19 10 7 His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud: under his tongue [is] mischief and vanity.

19 10 8 He sitteth in the lurking places of the villages: in the secret places doth he murder the innocent: his eyes are privily set against the poor.

19 10 9 "He lieth in wait secretly as a lion in his den: he lieth in wait to catch the poor: he doth catch the poor, when he draweth him into his net."

19 10 10 "He croucheth, [and] humbleth himself, that the poor may fall by his strong ones."

19 10 11 "He hath said in his heart, God hath forgotten: he hideth his face; he will never see [it]."

19 10 12 "Arise, O LORD; O God, lift up thine hand: forget not the humble."

19 10 13 "Wherefore doth the wicked contemn God? he hath said in his heart, Thou wilt not require [it]."

19 10 14 "Thou hast seen [it]; for thou beholdest mischief and spite, to requite [it] with thy hand: the poor committeth himself unto thee; thou art the helper of the fatherless."

19 10 15 Break thou the arm of the wicked and the evil [man]: seek out his wickedness [till] thou find none.

19 10 16 The LORD [is] King for ever and ever: the heathen are perished out of his land.

19 10 17 "LORD, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear:"

19 10 18 "To judge the fatherless and the oppressed, that the man of the earth may no more oppress."

19 11 1 "<To the chief Musician, [A Psalm] of David.> In the LORD put I my trust: how say ye to my soul, Flee [as] a bird to your mountain?"

19 11 2 "For, lo, the wicked bend [their] bow, they make ready their arrow upon the string, that they may privily shoot at the upright in heart."

19 11 3 "If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?"

19 11 4 "The LORD [is] in his holy temple, the LORD'S throne [is] in heaven: his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men."

19 11 5 The LORD trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth.

19 11 6 "Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: [this shall be] the portion of their cup."

19 11 7 For the righteous LORD loveth righteousness; his countenance doth behold the upright.

19 12 1 "<To the chief Musician upon Sheminith, A Psalm of David.> Help, LORD; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men."

19 12 2 They speak vanity every one with his neighbour: [with] flattering lips [and] with a double heart do they speak.

19 12 3 "The LORD shall cut off all flattering lips, [and] the tongue that speaketh proud things:"

19 12 4 "Who have said, With our tongue will we prevail; our lips [are] our own: who [is] lord over us?"

19 12 5 "For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now will I arise, saith the LORD; I will set [him] in safety [from him that] puffeth at him."

19 12 6 "The words of the LORD [are] pure words: [as] silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times."

19 12 7 "Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever."

19 12 8 "The wicked walk on every side, when the vilest men are exalted."

19 13 1 "<To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.> How long wilt thou forget me, O LORD? for ever? how long wilt thou hide thy face from me?"

19 13 2 "How long shall I take counsel in my soul, [having] sorrow in my heart daily? how long shall mine enemy be exalted over me?"

19 13 3 "Consider [and] hear me, O LORD my God: lighten mine eyes, lest I sleep the [sleep of] death;"

19 13 4 "Lest mine enemy say, I have prevailed against him; [and] those that trouble me rejoice when I am moved."

19 13 5 But I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation.

19 13 6 "I will sing unto the LORD, because he hath dealt bountifully with me."

19 14 1 "<To the chief Musician, [A Psalm] of David.> The fool hath said in his heart, [There is] no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, [there is] none that doeth good."

19 14 2 "The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, [and] seek God."

19 14 3 "They are all gone aside, they are [all] together become filthy: [there is] none that doeth good, no, not one."

19 14 4 "Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people [as] they eat bread, and call not upon the LORD."

19 14 5 There were they in great fear: for God [is] in the generation of the righteous.

19 14 6 "Ye have shamed the counsel of the poor, because the LORD [is] his refuge."

19 14 7 "Oh that the salvation of Israel [were come] out of Zion! when the LORD bringeth back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, [and] Israel shall be glad."

19 15 1 "<A Psalm of David.> LORD, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill?"

19 15 2 "He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart."

19 15 3 "[He that] backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour."

19 15 4 "In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honoureth them that fear the LORD. [He that] sweareth to [his own] hurt, and changeth not."

19 15 5 "[He that] putteth not out his money to usury, nor taketh reward against the innocent. He that doeth these [things] shall never be moved."

19 16 1 "<Michtam of David.> Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust."

19 16 2 "[O my soul], thou hast said unto the LORD, Thou [art] my Lord: my goodness [extendeth] not to thee;"

19 16 3 "[But] to the saints that [are] in the earth, and [to] the excellent, in whom [is] all my delight."

19 16 4 "Their sorrows shall be multiplied [that] hasten [after] another [god]: their drink offerings of blood will I not offer, nor take up their names into my lips."

19 16 5 The LORD [is] the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot.

19 16 6 "The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant [places]; yea, I have a goodly heritage."

19 16 7 "I will bless the LORD, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons."

19 16 8 "I have set the LORD always before me: because [he is] at my right hand, I shall not be moved."

19 16 9 "Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope."

19 16 10 For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

19 16 11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence [is] fulness of joy; at thy right hand [there are] pleasures for evermore.

19 17 1 "<A Prayer of David.> Hear the right, O LORD, attend unto my cry, give ear unto my prayer, [that goeth] not out of feigned lips."

19 17 2 Let my sentence come forth from thy presence; let thine eyes behold the things that are equal.

19 17 3 "Thou hast proved mine heart; thou hast visited [me] in the night; thou hast tried me, [and] shalt find nothing; I am purposed [that] my mouth shall not transgress."

19 17 4 "Concerning the works of men, by the word of thy lips I have kept [me from] the paths of the destroyer."

19 17 5 "Hold up my goings in thy paths, [that] my footsteps slip not."

19 17 6 "I have called upon thee, for thou wilt hear me, O God: incline thine ear unto me, [and hear] my speech."

19 17 7 "Shew thy marvellous lovingkindness, O thou that savest by thy right hand them which put their trust [in thee] from those that rise up [against them]."

19 17 8 "Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings,"

19 17 9 "From the wicked that oppress me, [from] my deadly enemies, [who] compass me about."

19 17 10 They are inclosed in their own fat: with their mouth they speak proudly.

19 17 11 They have now compassed us in our steps: they have set their eyes bowing down to the earth;

19 17 12 "Like as a lion [that] is greedy of his prey, and as it were a young lion lurking in secret places."

19 17 13 "Arise, O LORD, disappoint him, cast him down: deliver my soul from the wicked, [which is] thy sword:"

19 17 14 "From men [which are] thy hand, O LORD, from men of the world, [which have] their portion in [this] life, and whose belly thou fillest with thy hid [treasure]: they are full of children, and leave the rest of their [substance] to their babes."

19 17 15 "As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness."

19 18 1 "<To the chief Musician, [A Psalm] of David, the servant of the LORD, who spake unto the LORD the words of this song in the day [that] the LORD delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul: And he said,> I will love thee, O LORD, my strength."

19 18 2 "The LORD [is] my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, [and] my high tower."

19 18 3 "I will call upon the LORD, [who is worthy] to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies."

19 18 4 "The sorrows of death compassed me, and the floods of ungodly men made me afraid."

19 18 5 The sorrows of hell compassed me about: the snares of death prevented me.

19 18 6 "In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, [even] into his ears."

19 18 7 "Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations also of the hills moved and were shaken, because he was wroth."

19 18 8 "There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of his mouth devoured: coals were kindled by it."

19 18 9 "He bowed the heavens also, and came down: and darkness [was] under his feet."

19 18 10 "And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly: yea, he did fly upon the wings of the wind."

19 18 11 He made darkness his secret place; his pavilion round about him [were] dark waters [and] thick clouds of the skies.

19 18 12 "At the brightness [that was] before him his thick clouds passed, hail [stones] and coals of fire."

19 18 13 "The LORD also thundered in the heavens, and the Highest gave his voice; hail [stones] and coals of fire."

19 18 14 "Yea, he sent out his arrows, and scattered them; and he shot out lightnings, and discomfited them."

19 18 15 "Then the channels of waters were seen, and the foundations of the world were discovered at thy rebuke, O LORD, at the blast of the breath of thy nostrils."

19 18 16 "He sent from above, he took me, he drew me out of many waters."

19 18 17 "He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them which hated me: for they were too strong for me."

19 18 18 They prevented me in the day of my calamity: but the LORD was my stay.

19 18 19 "He brought me forth also into a large place; he delivered me, because he delighted in me."

19 18 20 The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me.

19 18 21 "For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly departed from my God."

19 18 22 "For all his judgments [were] before me, and I did not put away his statutes from me."

19 18 23 "I was also upright before him, and I kept myself from mine iniquity."

19 18 24 "Therefore hath the LORD recompensed me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands in his eyesight."

19 18 25 With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful; with an upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright;

19 18 26 With the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure; and with the froward thou wilt shew thyself froward.

19 18 27 For thou wilt save the afflicted people; but wilt bring down high looks.

19 18 28 For thou wilt light my candle: the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.

19 18 29 For by thee I have run through a troop; and by my God have I leaped over a wall.

19 18 30 "[As for] God, his way [is] perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: he [is] a buckler to all those that trust in him."

19 18 31 For who [is] God save the LORD? or who [is] a rock save our God?

19 18 32 "[It is] God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect."

19 18 33 "He maketh my feet like hinds' [feet], and setteth me upon my high places."

19 18 34 "He teacheth my hands to war, so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms."

19 18 35 "Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy right hand hath holden me up, and thy gentleness hath made me great."

19 18 36 "Thou hast enlarged my steps under me, that my feet did not slip."

19 18 37 "I have pursued mine enemies, and overtaken them: neither did I turn again till they were consumed."

19 18 38 I have wounded them that they were not able to rise: they are fallen under my feet.

19 18 39 For thou hast girded me with strength unto the battle: thou hast subdued under me those that rose up against me.

19 18 40 Thou hast also given me the necks of mine enemies; that I might destroy them that hate me.

19 18 41 "They cried, but [there was] none to save [them: even] unto the LORD, but he answered them not."

19 18 42 Then did I beat them small as the dust before the wind: I did cast them out as the dirt in the streets.

19 18 43 Thou hast delivered me from the strivings of the people; [and] thou hast made me the head of the heathen: a people [whom] I have not known shall serve me.

19 18 44 "As soon as they hear of me, they shall obey me: the strangers shall submit themselves unto me."

19 18 45 "The strangers shall fade away, and be afraid out of their close places."

19 18 46 The LORD liveth; and blessed [be] my rock; and let the God of my salvation be exalted.

19 18 47 "[It is] God that avengeth me, and subdueth the people under me."

19 18 48 "He delivereth me from mine enemies: yea, thou liftest me up above those that rise up against me: thou hast delivered me from the violent man."

19 18 49 "Therefore will I give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and sing praises unto thy name."

19 18 50 "Great deliverance giveth he to his king; and sheweth mercy to his anointed, to David, and to his seed for evermore."

19 19 1 "<To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.> The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork."

19 19 2 "Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge."

19 19 3 "[There is] no speech nor language, [where] their voice is not heard."

19 19 4 "Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,"

19 19 5 "Which [is] as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, [and] rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race."

19 19 6 "His going forth [is] from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof."

19 19 7 "The law of the LORD [is] perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD [is] sure, making wise the simple."

19 19 8 "The statutes of the LORD [are] right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD [is] pure, enlightening the eyes."

19 19 9 "The fear of the LORD [is] clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD [are] true [and] righteous altogether."

19 19 10 "More to be desired [are they] than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb."

19 19 11 Moreover by them is thy servant warned: [and] in keeping of them [there is] great reward.

19 19 12 Who can understand [his] errors? cleanse thou me from secret [faults].

19 19 13 "Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous [sins]; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression."

19 19 14 "Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer."

19 20 1 "<To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.> The LORD hear thee in the day of trouble; the name of the God of Jacob defend thee;"

19 20 2 "Send thee help from the sanctuary, and strengthen thee out of Zion;"

19 20 3 "Remember all thy offerings, and accept thy burnt sacrifice; Selah."

19 20 4 "Grant thee according to thine own heart, and fulfil all thy counsel."

19 20 5 "We will rejoice in thy salvation, and in the name of our God we will set up [our] banners: the LORD fulfil all thy petitions."

19 20 6 Now know I that the LORD saveth his anointed; he will hear him from his holy heaven with the saving strength of his right hand.

19 20 7 "Some [trust] in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God."

19 20 8 "They are brought down and fallen: but we are risen, and stand upright."

19 20 9 "Save, LORD: let the king hear us when we call."

19 21 1 "<To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.> The king shall joy in thy strength, O LORD; and in thy salvation how greatly shall he rejoice!"

19 21 2 "Thou hast given him his heart's desire, and hast not withholden the request of his lips. Selah."

19 21 3 For thou preventest him with the blessings of goodness: thou settest a crown of pure gold on his head.

19 21 4 "He asked life of thee, [and] thou gavest [it] him, [even] length of days for ever and ever."

19 21 5 His glory [is] great in thy salvation: honour and majesty hast thou laid upon him.

19 21 6 For thou hast made him most blessed for ever: thou hast made him exceeding glad with thy countenance.

19 21 7 "For the king trusteth in the LORD, and through the mercy of the most High he shall not be moved."

19 21 8 Thine hand shall find out all thine enemies: thy right hand shall find out those that hate thee.

19 21 9 "Thou shalt make them as a fiery oven in the time of thine anger: the LORD shall swallow them up in his wrath, and the fire shall devour them."

19 21 10 "Their fruit shalt thou destroy from the earth, and their seed from among the children of men."

19 21 11 "For they intended evil against thee: they imagined a mischievous device, [which] they are not able [to perform]."

19 21 12 "Therefore shalt thou make them turn their back, [when] thou shalt make ready [thine arrows] upon thy strings against the face of them."

19 21 13 "Be thou exalted, LORD, in thine own strength: [so] will we sing and praise thy power."

19 22 1 "<To the chief Musician upon Aijeleth Shahar, A Psalm of David.> My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? [why art thou so] far from helping me, [and from] the words of my roaring?"

19 22 2 "O my God, I cry in the daytime, but thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not silent."

19 22 3 "But thou [art] holy, [O thou] that inhabitest the praises of Israel."

19 22 4 "Our fathers trusted in thee: they trusted, and thou didst deliver them."

19 22 5 "They cried unto thee, and were delivered: they trusted in thee, and were not confounded."

19 22 6 "But I [am] a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people."

19 22 7 "All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, [saying],"

19 22 8 "He trusted on the LORD [that] he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him."

19 22 9 But thou [art] he that took me out of the womb: thou didst make me hope [when I was] upon my mother's breasts.

19 22 10 I was cast upon thee from the womb: thou [art] my God from my mother's belly.

19 22 11 Be not far from me; for trouble [is] near; for [there is] none to help.

19 22 12 Many bulls have compassed me: strong [bulls] of Bashan have beset me round.

19 22 13 "They gaped upon me [with] their mouths, [as] a ravening and a roaring lion."

19 22 14 "I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels."

19 22 15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death.

19 22 16 For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.

19 22 17 I may tell all my bones: they look [and] stare upon me.

19 22 18 "They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture."

19 22 19 "But be not thou far from me, O LORD: O my strength, haste thee to help me."

19 22 20 Deliver my soul from the sword; my darling from the power of the dog.

19 22 21 Save me from the lion's mouth: for thou hast heard me from the horns of the unicorns.

19 22 22 I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee.

19 22 23 "Ye that fear the LORD, praise him; all ye the seed of Jacob, glorify him; and fear him, all ye the seed of Israel."

19 22 24 "For he hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; neither hath he hid his face from him; but when he cried unto him, he heard."

19 22 25 My praise [shall be] of thee in the great congregation: I will pay my vows before them that fear him.

19 22 26 The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the LORD that seek him: your heart shall live for ever.

19 22 27 All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the LORD: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee.

19 22 28 For the kingdom [is] the LORD'S: and he [is] the governor among the nations.

19 22 29 All [they that be] fat upon earth shall eat and worship: all they that go down to the dust shall bow before him: and none can keep alive his own soul.

19 22 30 A seed shall serve him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation.

19 22 31 "They shall come, and shall declare his righteousness unto a people that shall be born, that he hath done [this]."

19 23 1 <A Psalm of David.> The LORD [is] my shepherd; I shall not want.

19 23 2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

19 23 3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

19 23 4 "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou [art] with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me."

19 23 5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

19 23 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

19 24 1 "<A Psalm of David.> The earth [is] the LORD'S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein."

19 24 2 "For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods."

19 24 3 Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place?

19 24 4 "He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully."

19 24 5 "He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation."

19 24 6 "This [is] the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob. Selah."

19 24 7 "Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in." "Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of Glory shall come in.” God Passes By, p. 184

19 24 8 "Who [is] this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle." “Who is this King of Glory? The Lord of Hosts, He is the King of Glory." God Passes By, p. 184

19 24 9 "Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift [them] up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in."

19 24 10 "Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he [is] the King of glory. Selah."

19 25 1 "<[A Psalm] of David.> Unto thee, O LORD, do I lift up my soul."

19 25 2 "O my God, I trust in thee: let me not be ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph over me."

19 25 3 "Yea, let none that wait on thee be ashamed: let them be ashamed which transgress without cause."

19 25 4 "Shew me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths."

19 25 5 "Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou [art] the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day."

19 25 6 "Remember, O LORD, thy tender mercies and thy lovingkindnesses; for they [have been] ever of old."

19 25 7 "Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions: according to thy mercy remember thou me for thy goodness' sake, O LORD."

19 25 8 Good and upright [is] the LORD: therefore will he teach sinners in the way.

19 25 9 The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.

19 25 10 All the paths of the LORD [are] mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.

19 25 11 "For thy name's sake, O LORD, pardon mine iniquity; for it [is] great."

19 25 12 What man [is] he that feareth the LORD? him shall he teach in the way [that] he shall choose.

19 25 13 His soul shall dwell at ease; and his seed shall inherit the earth.

19 25 14 The secret of the LORD [is] with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant.

19 25 15 Mine eyes [are] ever toward the LORD; for he shall pluck my feet out of the net.

19 25 16 "Turn thee unto me, and have mercy upon me; for I [am] desolate and afflicted."

19 25 17 The troubles of my heart are enlarged: [O] bring thou me out of my distresses.

19 25 18 Look upon mine affliction and my pain; and forgive all my sins.

19 25 19 Consider mine enemies; for they are many; and they hate me with cruel hatred.

19 25 20 "O keep my soul, and deliver me: let me not be ashamed; for I put my trust in thee."

19 25 21 Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait on thee.

19 25 22 "Redeem Israel, O God, out of all his troubles."

19 26 1 "<[A Psalm] of David.> Judge me, O LORD; for I have walked in mine integrity: I have trusted also in the LORD; [therefore] I shall not slide."

19 26 2 "Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; try my reins and my heart."

19 26 3 For thy lovingkindness [is] before mine eyes: and I have walked in thy truth.

19 26 4 "I have not sat with vain persons, neither will I go in with dissemblers."

19 26 5 I have hated the congregation of evil doers; and will not sit with the wicked.

19 26 6 "I will wash mine hands in innocency: so will I compass thine altar, O LORD:"

19 26 7 "That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works."

19 26 8 "LORD, I have loved the habitation of thy house, and the place where thine honour dwelleth."

19 26 9 "Gather not my soul with sinners, nor my life with bloody men:"

19 26 10 "In whose hands [is] mischief, and their right hand is full of bribes."

19 26 11 "But as for me, I will walk in mine integrity: redeem me, and be merciful unto me."

19 26 12 My foot standeth in an even place: in the congregations will I bless the LORD.

19 27 1 <[A Psalm] of David.> The LORD [is] my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD [is] the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

19 27 2 "When the wicked, [even] mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell."

19 27 3 "Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this [will] I [be] confident."

19 27 4 "One [thing] have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple."

19 27 5 For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.

19 27 6 "And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD."

19 27 7 "Hear, O LORD, [when] I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me."

19 27 8 "[When thou saidst], Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek."

19 27 9 "Hide not thy face [far] from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation."

19 27 10 "When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up."

19 27 11 "Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies."

19 27 12 "Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty."

19 27 13 "[I had fainted], unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living."

19 27 14 "Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD."

19 28 1 "<[A Psalm] of David.> Unto thee will I cry, O LORD my rock; be not silent to me: lest, [if] thou be silent to me, I become like them that go down into the pit."

19 28 2 "Hear the voice of my supplications, when I cry unto thee, when I lift up my hands toward thy holy oracle."

19 28 3 "Draw me not away with the wicked, and with the workers of iniquity, which speak peace to their neighbours, but mischief [is] in their hearts."

19 28 4 "Give them according to their deeds, and according to the wickedness of their endeavours: give them after the work of their hands; render to them their desert."

19 28 5 "Because they regard not the works of the LORD, nor the operation of his hands, he shall destroy them, and not build them up."

19 28 6 "Blessed [be] the LORD, because he hath heard the voice of my supplications."

19 28 7 "The LORD [is] my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him."

19 28 8 "The LORD [is] their strength, and he [is] the saving strength of his anointed."

19 28 9 "Save thy people, and bless thine inheritance: feed them also, and lift them up for ever."

19 29 1 "<A Psalm of David.> Give unto the LORD, O ye mighty, give unto the LORD glory and strength."

19 29 2 Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.

19 29 3 The voice of the LORD [is] upon the waters: the God of glory thundereth: the LORD [is] upon many waters.

19 29 4 The voice of the LORD [is] powerful; the voice of the LORD [is] full of majesty.

19 29 5 "The voice of the LORD breaketh the cedars; yea, the LORD breaketh the cedars of Lebanon."

19 29 6 He maketh them also to skip like a calf; Lebanon and Sirion like a young unicorn.

19 29 7 The voice of the LORD divideth the flames of fire.

19 29 8 The voice of the LORD shaketh the wilderness; the LORD shaketh the wilderness of Kadesh.

19 29 9 "The voice of the LORD maketh the hinds to calve, and discovereth the forests: and in his temple doth every one speak of [his] glory."

19 29 10 "The LORD sitteth upon the flood; yea, the LORD sitteth King for ever."

19 29 11 The LORD will give strength unto his people; the LORD will bless his people with peace.

19 30 1 "<A Psalm [and] Song [at] the dedication of the house of David.> I will extol thee, O LORD; for thou hast lifted me up, and hast not made my foes to rejoice over me."

19 30 2 "O LORD my God, I cried unto thee, and thou hast healed me."

19 30 3 "O LORD, thou hast brought up my soul from the grave: thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit."

19 30 4 "Sing unto the LORD, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness."

19 30 5 "For his anger [endureth but] a moment; in his favour [is] life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy [cometh] in the morning."

19 30 6 "And in my prosperity I said, I shall never be moved."

19 30 7 "LORD, by thy favour thou hast made my mountain to stand strong: thou didst hide thy face, [and] I was troubled."

19 30 8 "I cried to thee, O LORD; and unto the LORD I made supplication."

19 30 9 "What profit [is there] in my blood, when I go down to the pit? Shall the dust praise thee? shall it declare thy truth?"

19 30 10 "Hear, O LORD, and have mercy upon me: LORD, be thou my helper."

19 30 11 "Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness;"

19 30 12 "To the end that [my] glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever."

19 31 1 "<To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.> In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust; let me never be ashamed: deliver me in thy righteousness."

19 31 2 "Bow down thine ear to me; deliver me speedily: be thou my strong rock, for an house of defence to save me."

19 31 3 "For thou [art] my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name's sake lead me, and guide me."

19 31 4 Pull me out of the net that they have laid privily for me: for thou [art] my strength.

19 31 5 "Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O LORD God of truth."

19 31 6 I have hated them that regard lying vanities: but I trust in the LORD.

19 31 7 I will be glad and rejoice in thy mercy: for thou hast considered my trouble; thou hast known my soul in adversities;

19 31 8 And hast not shut me up into the hand of the enemy: thou hast set my feet in a large room.

19 31 9 "Have mercy upon me, O LORD, for I am in trouble: mine eye is consumed with grief, [yea], my soul and my belly."

19 31 10 "For my life is spent with grief, and my years with sighing: my strength faileth because of mine iniquity, and my bones are consumed."

19 31 11 "I was a reproach among all mine enemies, but especially among my neighbours, and a fear to mine acquaintance: they that did see me without fled from me."

19 31 12 I am forgotten as a dead man out of mind: I am like a broken vessel.

19 31 13 "For I have heard the slander of many: fear [was] on every side: while they took counsel together against me, they devised to take away my life."

19 31 14 "But I trusted in thee, O LORD: I said, Thou [art] my God."

19 31 15 "My times [are] in thy hand: deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from them that persecute me."

19 31 16 Make thy face to shine upon thy servant: save me for thy mercies' sake.

19 31 17 "Let me not be ashamed, O LORD; for I have called upon thee: let the wicked be ashamed, [and] let them be silent in the grave."

19 31 18 Let the lying lips be put to silence; which speak grievous things proudly and contemptuously against the righteous.

19 31 19 "[Oh] how great [is] thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; [which] thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men!"

19 31 20 Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence from the pride of man: thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues.

19 31 21 Blessed [be] the LORD: for he hath shewed me his marvellous kindness in a strong city.

19 31 22 "For I said in my haste, I am cut off from before thine eyes: nevertheless thou heardest the voice of my supplications when I cried unto thee."

19 31 23 "O love the LORD, all ye his saints: [for] the LORD preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer."

19 31 24 "Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD."

19 32 1 "<[A Psalm] of David, Maschil.> Blessed [is he whose] transgression [is] forgiven, [whose] sin [is] covered."

19 32 2 "Blessed [is] the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit [there is] no guile."

19 32 3 "When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long."

19 32 4 For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah.

19 32 5 "I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah."

19 32 6 For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found: surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him.

19 32 7 Thou [art] my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah.

19 32 8 I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.

19 32 9 "Be ye not as the horse, [or] as the mule, [which] have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee."

19 32 10 "Many sorrows [shall be] to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the LORD, mercy shall compass him about."

19 32 11 "Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all [ye that are] upright in heart."

19 33 1 "Rejoice in the LORD, O ye righteous: [for] praise is comely for the upright."

19 33 2 Praise the LORD with harp: sing unto him with the psaltery [and] an instrument of ten strings.

19 33 3 Sing unto him a new song; play skilfully with a loud noise.

19 33 4 For the word of the LORD [is] right; and all his works [are done] in truth.

19 33 5 He loveth righteousness and judgment: the earth is full of the goodness of the LORD.

19 33 6 By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.

19 33 7 He gathereth the waters of the sea together as an heap: he layeth up the depth in storehouses.

19 33 8 Let all the earth fear the LORD: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him.

19 33 9 "For he spake, and it was [done]; he commanded, and it stood fast."

19 33 10 The LORD bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought: he maketh the devices of the people of none effect.

19 33 11 "The counsel of the LORD standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations."

19 33 12 Blessed [is] the nation whose God [is] the LORD; [and] the people [whom] he hath chosen for his own inheritance.

19 33 13 The LORD looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of men.

19 33 14 From the place of his habitation he looketh upon all the inhabitants of the earth.

19 33 15 He fashioneth their hearts alike; he considereth all their works.

19 33 16 There is no king saved by the multitude of an host: a mighty man is not delivered by much strength.

19 33 17 An horse [is] a vain thing for safety: neither shall he deliver [any] by his great strength.

19 33 18 "Behold, the eye of the LORD [is] upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy;"

19 33 19 "To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine."

19 33 20 Our soul waiteth for the LORD: he [is] our help and our shield.

19 33 21 "For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name."

19 33 22 "Let thy mercy, O LORD, be upon us, according as we hope in thee."

19 34 1 "<[A Psalm] of David, when he changed his behaviour before Abimelech; who drove him away, and he departed.> I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise [shall] continually [be] in my mouth."

19 34 2 "My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear [thereof], and be glad."

19 34 3 "O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together."

19 34 4 "I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears."

19 34 5 "They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed."

19 34 6 "This poor man cried, and the LORD heard [him], and saved him out of all his troubles."

19 34 7 "The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them."

19 34 8 O taste and see that the LORD [is] good: blessed [is] the man [that] trusteth in him.

19 34 9 "O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for [there is] no want to them that fear him."

19 34 10 "The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good [thing]."

19 34 11 "Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD."

19 34 12 "What man [is he that] desireth life, [and] loveth [many] days, that he may see good?"

19 34 13 "Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile."

19 34 14 "Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it."

19 34 15 "The eyes of the LORD [are] upon the righteous, and his ears [are open] unto their cry."

19 34 16 "The face of the LORD [is] against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth."

19 34 17 "[The righteous] cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles."

19 34 18 The LORD [is] nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

19 34 19 Many [are] the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.

19 34 20 He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken.

19 34 21 Evil shall slay the wicked: and they that hate the righteous shall be desolate.

19 34 22 The LORD redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate.

19 35 1 "<[A Psalm] of David.> Plead [my cause], O LORD, with them that strive with me: fight against them that fight against me."

19 35 2 "Take hold of shield and buckler, and stand up for mine help."

19 35 3 "Draw out also the spear, and stop [the way] against them that persecute me: say unto my soul, I [am] thy salvation."

19 35 4 Let them be confounded and put to shame that seek after my soul: let them be turned back and brought to confusion that devise my hurt.

19 35 5 Let them be as chaff before the wind: and let the angel of the LORD chase [them].

19 35 6 Let their way be dark and slippery: and let the angel of the LORD persecute them.

19 35 7 "For without cause have they hid for me their net [in] a pit, [which] without cause they have digged for my soul."

19 35 8 Let destruction come upon him at unawares; and let his net that he hath hid catch himself: into that very destruction let him fall.

19 35 9 And my soul shall be joyful in the LORD: it shall rejoice in his salvation.

19 35 10 "All my bones shall say, LORD, who [is] like unto thee, which deliverest the poor from him that is too strong for him, yea, the poor and the needy from him that spoileth him?"

19 35 11 False witnesses did rise up; they laid to my charge [things] that I knew not.

19 35 12 They rewarded me evil for good [to] the spoiling of my soul.

19 35 13 "But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing [was] sackcloth: I humbled my soul with fasting; and my prayer returned into mine own bosom."

19 35 14 "I behaved myself as though [he had been] my friend [or] brother: I bowed down heavily, as one that mourneth [for his] mother."

19 35 15 "But in mine adversity they rejoiced, and gathered themselves together: [yea], the abjects gathered themselves together against me, and I knew [it] not; they did tear [me], and ceased not:"

19 35 16 "With hypocritical mockers in feasts, they gnashed upon me with their teeth."

19 35 17 "Lord, how long wilt thou look on? rescue my soul from their destructions, my darling from the lions."

19 35 18 I will give thee thanks in the great congregation: I will praise thee among much people.

19 35 19 Let not them that are mine enemies wrongfully rejoice over me: [neither] let them wink with the eye that hate me without a cause.

19 35 20 For they speak not peace: but they devise deceitful matters against [them that are] quiet in the land.

19 35 21 "Yea, they opened their mouth wide against me, [and] said, Aha, aha, our eye hath seen [it]."

19 35 22 "[This] thou hast seen, O LORD: keep not silence: O Lord, be not far from me."

19 35 23 "Stir up thyself, and awake to my judgment, [even] unto my cause, my God and my Lord."

19 35 24 "Judge me, O LORD my God, according to thy righteousness; and let them not rejoice over me."

19 35 25 "Let them not say in their hearts, Ah, so would we have it: let them not say, We have swallowed him up."

19 35 26 Let them be ashamed and brought to confusion together that rejoice at mine hurt: let them be clothed with shame and dishonour that magnify [themselves] against me.

19 35 27 "Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant."

19 35 28 And my tongue shall speak of thy righteousness [and] of thy praise all the day long.

19 36 1 "<To the chief Musician, [A Psalm] of David the servant of the LORD.> The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, [that there is] no fear of God before his eyes."

19 36 2 "For he flattereth himself in his own eyes, until his iniquity be found to be hateful."

19 36 3 "The words of his mouth [are] iniquity and deceit: he hath left off to be wise, [and] to do good."

19 36 4 He deviseth mischief upon his bed; he setteth himself in a way [that is] not good; he abhorreth not evil.

19 36 5 "Thy mercy, O LORD, [is] in the heavens; [and] thy faithfulness [reacheth] unto the clouds."

19 36 6 "Thy righteousness [is] like the great mountains; thy judgments [are] a great deep: O LORD, thou preservest man and beast."

19 36 7 "How excellent [is] thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings."

19 36 8 They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures.

19 36 9 For with thee [is] the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.

19 36 10 O continue thy lovingkindness unto them that know thee; and thy righteousness to the upright in heart.

19 36 11 "Let not the foot of pride come against me, and let not the hand of the wicked remove me."

19 36 12 "There are the workers of iniquity fallen: they are cast down, and shall not be able to rise."

19 37 1 "<[A Psalm] of David.> Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity."

19 37 2 "For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb."

19 37 3 "Trust in the LORD, and do good; [so] shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed."

19 37 4 Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

19 37 5 Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring [it] to pass.

19 37 6 "And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday."

19 37 7 "Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass."

19 37 8 "Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil."

19 37 9 "For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth."

19 37 10 "For yet a little while, and the wicked [shall] not [be]: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it [shall] not [be]."

19 37 11 But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.

19 37 12 "The wicked plotteth against the just, and gnasheth upon him with his teeth."

19 37 13 The Lord shall laugh at him: for he seeth that his day is coming.

19 37 14 "The wicked have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy, [and] to slay such as be of upright conversation."

19 37 15 "Their sword shall enter into their own heart, and their bows shall be broken."

19 37 16 A little that a righteous man hath [is] better than the riches of many wicked.

19 37 17 For the arms of the wicked shall be broken: but the LORD upholdeth the righteous.

19 37 18 The LORD knoweth the days of the upright: and their inheritance shall be for ever.

19 37 19 They shall not be ashamed in the evil time: and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.

19 37 20 "But the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the LORD [shall be] as the fat of lambs: they shall consume; into smoke shall they consume away."

19 37 21 "The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again: but the righteous sheweth mercy, and giveth."

19 37 22 For [such as be] blessed of him shall inherit the earth; and [they that be] cursed of him shall be cut off.

19 37 23 The steps of a [good] man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.

19 37 24 "Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth [him with] his hand."

19 37 25 "I have been young, and [now] am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread."

19 37 26 "[He is] ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed [is] blessed."

19 37 27 "Depart from evil, and do good; and dwell for evermore."

19 37 28 "For the LORD loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved for ever: but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off."

19 37 29 "The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein for ever."

19 37 30 "The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment."

19 37 31 The law of his God [is] in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.

19 37 32 "The wicked watcheth the righteous, and seeketh to slay him."

19 37 33 "The LORD will not leave him in his hand, nor condemn him when he is judged."

19 37 34 "Wait on the LORD, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see [it]."

19 37 35 "I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree."

19 37 36 "Yet he passed away, and, lo, he [was] not: yea, I sought him, but he could not be found."

19 37 37 "Mark the perfect [man], and behold the upright: for the end of [that] man [is] peace."

19 37 38 But the transgressors shall be destroyed together: the end of the wicked shall be cut off.

19 37 39 But the salvation of the righteous [is] of the LORD: [he is] their strength in the time of trouble.

19 37 40 "And the LORD shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him."

19 38 1 "<A Psalm of David, to bring to remembrance.> O LORD, rebuke me not in thy wrath: neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure."

19 38 2 "For thine arrows stick fast in me, and thy hand presseth me sore."

19 38 3 [There is] no soundness in my flesh because of thine anger; neither [is there any] rest in my bones because of my sin.

19 38 4 For mine iniquities are gone over mine head: as an heavy burden they are too heavy for me.

19 38 5 My wounds stink [and] are corrupt because of my foolishness.

19 38 6 I am troubled; I am bowed down greatly; I go mourning all the day long.

19 38 7 For my loins are filled with a loathsome [disease]: and [there is] no soundness in my flesh.

19 38 8 I am feeble and sore broken: I have roared by reason of the disquietness of my heart.

19 38 9 "Lord, all my desire [is] before thee; and my groaning is not hid from thee."

19 38 10 "My heart panteth, my strength faileth me: as for the light of mine eyes, it also is gone from me."

19 38 11 My lovers and my friends stand aloof from my sore; and my kinsmen stand afar off.

19 38 12 "They also that seek after my life lay snares [for me]: and they that seek my hurt speak mischievous things, and imagine deceits all the day long."

19 38 13 "But I, as a deaf [man], heard not; and [I was] as a dumb man [that] openeth not his mouth."

19 38 14 "Thus I was as a man that heareth not, and in whose mouth [are] no reproofs."

19 38 15 "For in thee, O LORD, do I hope: thou wilt hear, O Lord my God."

19 38 16 "For I said, [Hear me], lest [otherwise] they should rejoice over me: when my foot slippeth, they magnify [themselves] against me."

19 38 17 "For I [am] ready to halt, and my sorrow [is] continually before me."

19 38 18 For I will declare mine iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin.

19 38 19 "But mine enemies [are] lively, [and] they are strong: and they that hate me wrongfully are multiplied."

19 38 20 They also that render evil for good are mine adversaries; because I follow [the thing that] good [is].

19 38 21 "Forsake me not, O LORD: O my God, be not far from me."

19 38 22 "Make haste to help me, O Lord my salvation."

19 39 1 "<To the chief Musician, [even] to Jeduthun, A Psalm of David.> I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me."

19 39 2 "I was dumb with silence, I held my peace, [even] from good; and my sorrow was stirred."

19 39 3 "My heart was hot within me, while I was musing the fire burned: [then] spake I with my tongue,"

19 39 4 "LORD, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it [is; that] I may know how frail I [am]."

19 39 5 "Behold, thou hast made my days [as] an handbreadth; and mine age [is] as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state [is] altogether vanity. Selah."

19 39 6 "Surely every man walketh in a vain shew: surely they are disquieted in vain: he heapeth up [riches], and knoweth not who shall gather them."

19 39 7 "And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope [is] in thee."

19 39 8 Deliver me from all my transgressions: make me not the reproach of the foolish.

19 39 9 "I was dumb, I opened not my mouth; because thou didst [it]."

19 39 10 Remove thy stroke away from me: I am consumed by the blow of thine hand.

19 39 11 "When thou with rebukes dost correct man for iniquity, thou makest his beauty to consume away like a moth: surely every man [is] vanity. Selah."

19 39 12 "Hear my prayer, O LORD, and give ear unto my cry; hold not thy peace at my tears: for I [am] a stranger with thee, [and] a sojourner, as all my fathers [were]."

19 39 13 "O spare me, that I may recover strength, before I go hence, and be no more."

19 40 1 "<To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.> I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry."

19 40 2 "He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, [and] established my goings."

19 40 3 "And he hath put a new song in my mouth, [even] praise unto our God: many shall see [it], and fear, and shall trust in the LORD."

19 40 4 "Blessed [is] that man that maketh the LORD his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies."

19 40 5 "Many, O LORD my God, [are] thy wonderful works [which] thou hast done, and thy thoughts [which are] to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: [if] I would declare and speak [of them], they are more than can be numbered."

19 40 6 Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required.

19 40 7 "Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book [it is] written of me,"

19 40 8 "I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law [is] within my heart."

19 40 9 "I have preached righteousness in the great congregation: lo, I have not refrained my lips, O LORD, thou knowest."

19 40 10 I have not hid thy righteousness within my heart; I have declared thy faithfulness and thy salvation: I have not concealed thy lovingkindness and thy truth from the great congregation.

19 40 11 "Withhold not thou thy tender mercies from me, O LORD: let thy lovingkindness and thy truth continually preserve me."

19 40 12 "For innumerable evils have compassed me about: mine iniquities have taken hold upon me, so that I am not able to look up; they are more than the hairs of mine head: therefore my heart faileth me."

19 40 13 "Be pleased, O LORD, to deliver me: O LORD, make haste to help me."

19 40 14 Let them be ashamed and confounded together that seek after my soul to destroy it; let them be driven backward and put to shame that wish me evil.

19 40 15 "Let them be desolate for a reward of their shame that say unto me, Aha, aha."

19 40 16 "Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: let such as love thy salvation say continually, The LORD be magnified."

19 40 17 "But I [am] poor and needy; [yet] the Lord thinketh upon me: thou [art] my help and my deliverer; make no tarrying, O my God."

19 41 1 "<To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.> Blessed [is] he that considereth the poor: the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble."

19 41 2 "The LORD will preserve him, and keep him alive; [and] he shall be blessed upon the earth: and thou wilt not deliver him unto the will of his enemies."

19 41 3 The LORD will strengthen him upon the bed of languishing: thou wilt make all his bed in his sickness.

19 41 4 "I said, LORD, be merciful unto me: heal my soul; for I have sinned against thee."

19 41 5 "Mine enemies speak evil of me, When shall he die, and his name perish?"

19 41 6 "And if he come to see [me], he speaketh vanity: his heart gathereth iniquity to itself; [when] he goeth abroad, he telleth [it]."

19 41 7 All that hate me whisper together against me: against me do they devise my hurt.

19 41 8 "An evil disease, [say they], cleaveth fast unto him: and [now] that he lieth he shall rise up no more."

19 41 9 "Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up [his] heel against me."

19 41 10 "But thou, O LORD, be merciful unto me, and raise me up, that I may requite them."

19 41 11 "By this I know that thou favourest me, because mine enemy doth not triumph over me."

19 41 12 "And as for me, thou upholdest me in mine integrity, and settest me before thy face for ever."

19 41 13 "Blessed [be] the LORD God of Israel from everlasting, and to everlasting. Amen, and Amen."

19 42 1 "<To the chief Musician, Maschil, for the sons of Korah.> As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God."

19 42 2 "My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?"

19 42 3 "My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, Where [is] thy God?"

19 42 4 "When I remember these [things], I pour out my soul in me: for I had gone with the multitude, I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept holyday."

19 42 5 "Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and [why] art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him [for] the help of his countenance."

19 42 6 "O my God, my soul is cast down within me: therefore will I remember thee from the land of Jordan, and of the Hermonites, from the hill Mizar."

19 42 7 Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts: all thy waves and thy billows are gone over me.

19 42 8 "[Yet] the LORD will command his lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night his song [shall be] with me, [and] my prayer unto the God of my life."

19 42 9 "I will say unto God my rock, Why hast thou forgotten me? why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?"

19 42 10 "[As] with a sword in my bones, mine enemies reproach me; while they say daily unto me, Where [is] thy God?"

19 42 11 "Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, [who is] the health of my countenance, and my God."

19 43 1 "Judge me, O God, and plead my cause against an ungodly nation: O deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man."

19 43 2 For thou [art] the God of my strength: why dost thou cast me off? why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?

19 43 3 "O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles."

19 43 4 "Then will I go unto the altar of God, unto God my exceeding joy: yea, upon the harp will I praise thee, O God my God."

19 43 5 "Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, [who is] the health of my countenance, and my God."

19 44 1 "<To the chief Musician for the sons of Korah, Maschil.> We have heard with our ears, O God, our fathers have told us, [what] work thou didst in their days, in the times of old."

19 44 2 "[How] thou didst drive out the heathen with thy hand, and plantedst them; [how] thou didst afflict the people, and cast them out."

19 44 3 "For they got not the land in possession by their own sword, neither did their own arm save them: but thy right hand, and thine arm, and the light of thy countenance, because thou hadst a favour unto them."

19 44 4 "Thou art my King, O God: command deliverances for Jacob."

19 44 5 Through thee will we push down our enemies: through thy name will we tread them under that rise up against us.

19 44 6 "For I will not trust in my bow, neither shall my sword save me."

19 44 7 "But thou hast saved us from our enemies, and hast put them to shame that hated us."

19 44 8 "In God we boast all the day long, and praise thy name for ever. Selah."

19 44 9 "But thou hast cast off, and put us to shame; and goest not forth with our armies."

19 44 10 Thou makest us to turn back from the enemy: and they which hate us spoil for themselves.

19 44 11 Thou hast given us like sheep [appointed] for meat; and hast scattered us among the heathen.

19 44 12 "Thou sellest thy people for nought, and dost not increase [thy wealth] by their price."

19 44 13 "Thou makest us a reproach to our neighbours, a scorn and a derision to them that are round about us."

19 44 14 "Thou makest us a byword among the heathen, a shaking of the head among the people."

19 44 15 "My confusion [is] continually before me, and the shame of my face hath covered me,"

19 44 16 For the voice of him that reproacheth and blasphemeth; by reason of the enemy and avenger.

19 44 17 "All this is come upon us; yet have we not forgotten thee, neither have we dealt falsely in thy covenant."

19 44 18 "Our heart is not turned back, neither have our steps declined from thy way;"

19 44 19 "Though thou hast sore broken us in the place of dragons, and covered us with the shadow of death."

19 44 20 "If we have forgotten the name of our God, or stretched out our hands to a strange god;"

19 44 21 Shall not God search this out? for he knoweth the secrets of the heart.

19 44 22 "Yea, for thy sake are we killed all the day long; we are counted as sheep for the slaughter."

19 44 23 "Awake, why sleepest thou, O Lord? arise, cast [us] not off for ever."

19 44 24 "Wherefore hidest thou thy face, [and] forgettest our affliction and our oppression?"

19 44 25 For our soul is bowed down to the dust: our belly cleaveth unto the earth.

19 44 26 "Arise for our help, and redeem us for thy mercies' sake."

19 45 1 "<To the chief Musician upon Shoshannim, for the sons of Korah, Maschil, A Song of loves.> My heart is inditing a good matter: I speak of the things which I have made touching the king: my tongue [is] the pen of a ready writer."

19 45 2 Thou art fairer than the children of men: grace is poured into thy lips: therefore God hath blessed thee for ever.

19 45 3 "Gird thy sword upon [thy] thigh, O [most] mighty, with thy glory and thy majesty."

19 45 4 And in thy majesty ride prosperously because of truth and meekness [and] righteousness; and thy right hand shall teach thee terrible things.

19 45 5 Thine arrows [are] sharp in the heart of the king's enemies; [whereby] the people fall under thee.

19 45 6 "Thy throne, O God, [is] for ever and ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom [is] a right sceptre."

19 45 7 "Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows."

19 45 8 "All thy garments [smell] of myrrh, and aloes, [and] cassia, out of the ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee glad."

19 45 9 Kings' daughters [were] among thy honourable women: upon thy right hand did stand the queen in gold of Ophir.

19 45 10 "Hearken, O daughter, and consider, and incline thine ear; forget also thine own people, and thy father's house;"

19 45 11 So shall the king greatly desire thy beauty: for he [is] thy Lord; and worship thou him.

19 45 12 And the daughter of Tyre [shall be there] with a gift; [even] the rich among the people shall intreat thy favour.

19 45 13 The king's daughter [is] all glorious within: her clothing [is] of wrought gold.

19 45 14 She shall be brought unto the king in raiment of needlework: the virgins her companions that follow her shall be brought unto thee.

19 45 15 With gladness and rejoicing shall they be brought: they shall enter into the king's palace.

19 45 16 "Instead of thy fathers shall be thy children, whom thou mayest make princes in all the earth."

19 45 17 I will make thy name to be remembered in all generations: therefore shall the people praise thee for ever and ever.

19 46 1 "<To the chief Musician for the sons of Korah, A Song upon Alamoth.> God [is] our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble."

19 46 2 "Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;"

19 46 3 "[Though] the waters thereof roar [and] be troubled, [though] the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah."

19 46 4 "[There is] a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy [place] of the tabernacles of the most High."

19 46 5 "God [is] in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, [and that] right early."

19 46 6 "The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted."

19 46 7 The LORD of hosts [is] with us; the God of Jacob [is] our refuge. Selah.

19 46 8 "Come, behold the works of the LORD, what desolations he hath made in the earth."

19 46 9 "He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire."

19 46 10 "Be still, and know that I [am] God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth."

19 46 11 The LORD of hosts [is] with us; the God of Jacob [is] our refuge. Selah.

19 47 1 "<To the chief Musician, A Psalm for the sons of Korah.> O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph."

19 47 2 For the LORD most high [is] terrible; [he is] a great King over all the earth.

19 47 3 "He shall subdue the people under us, and the nations under our feet."

19 47 4 "He shall choose our inheritance for us, the excellency of Jacob whom he loved. Selah."

19 47 5 "God is gone up with a shout, the LORD with the sound of a trumpet."

19 47 6 "Sing praises to God, sing praises: sing praises unto our King, sing praises."

19 47 7 For God [is] the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding.

19 47 8 God reigneth over the heathen: God sitteth upon the throne of his holiness.

19 47 9 "The princes of the people are gathered together, [even] the people of the God of Abraham: for the shields of the earth [belong] unto God: he is greatly exalted."

19 48 1 "<A Song [and] Psalm for the sons of Korah.> Great [is] the LORD, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, [in] the mountain of his holiness."

19 48 2 "Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, [is] mount Zion, [on] the sides of the north, the city of the great King."

19 48 3 God is known in her palaces for a refuge.

19 48 4 "For, lo, the kings were assembled, they passed by together."

19 48 5 "They saw [it, and] so they marvelled; they were troubled, [and] hasted away."

19 48 6 "Fear took hold upon them there, [and] pain, as of a woman in travail."

19 48 7 Thou breakest the ships of Tarshish with an east wind.

19 48 8 "As we have heard, so have we seen in the city of the LORD of hosts, in the city of our God: God will establish it for ever. Selah."

19 48 9 "We have thought of thy lovingkindness, O God, in the midst of thy temple."

19 48 10 "According to thy name, O God, so [is] thy praise unto the ends of the earth: thy right hand is full of righteousness."

19 48 11 "Let mount Zion rejoice, let the daughters of Judah be glad, because of thy judgments."

19 48 12 "Walk about Zion, and go round about her: tell the towers thereof."

19 48 13 "Mark ye well her bulwarks, consider her palaces; that ye may tell [it] to the generation following."

19 48 14 For this God [is] our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide [even] unto death.

19 49 1 "<To the chief Musician, A Psalm for the sons of Korah.> Hear this, all [ye] people; give ear, all [ye] inhabitants of the world:"

19 49 2 "Both low and high, rich and poor, together."

19 49 3 My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart [shall be] of understanding.

19 49 4 I will incline mine ear to a parable: I will open my dark saying upon the harp.

19 49 5 "Wherefore should I fear in the days of evil, [when] the iniquity of my heels shall compass me about?"

19 49 6 "They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches;"

19 49 7 "None [of them] can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him:"

19 49 8 "(For the redemption of their soul [is] precious, and it ceaseth for ever:)"

19 49 9 "That he should still live for ever, [and] not see corruption."

19 49 10 "For he seeth [that] wise men die, likewise the fool and the brutish person perish, and leave their wealth to others."

19 49 11 "Their inward thought [is, that] their houses [shall continue] for ever, [and] their dwelling places to all generations; they call [their] lands after their own names."

19 49 12 Nevertheless man [being] in honour abideth not: he is like the beasts [that] perish.

19 49 13 This their way [is] their folly: yet their posterity approve their sayings. Selah.

19 49 14 Like sheep they are laid in the grave; death shall feed on them; and the upright shall have dominion over them in the morning; and their beauty shall consume in the grave from their dwelling.

19 49 15 But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave: for he shall receive me. Selah.

19 49 16 "Be not thou afraid when one is made rich, when the glory of his house is increased;"

19 49 17 For when he dieth he shall carry nothing away: his glory shall not descend after him.

19 49 18 "Though while he lived he blessed his soul: and [men] will praise thee, when thou doest well to thyself."

19 49 19 He shall go to the generation of his fathers; they shall never see light.

19 49 20 "Man [that is] in honour, and understandeth not, is like the beasts [that] perish."

19 50 1 "<A Psalm of Asaph.> The mighty God, [even] the LORD, hath spoken, and called the earth from the rising of the sun unto the going down thereof."

19 50 2 "Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God hath shined." "Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God hath shined.” God Passes By, p. 184

19 50 3 "Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence: a fire shall devour before him, and it shall be very tempestuous round about him." “Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence." God Passes By, p. 184

19 50 4 "He shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, that he may judge his people."

19 50 5 Gather my saints together unto me; those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice.

19 50 6 And the heavens shall declare his righteousness: for God [is] judge himself. Selah.

19 50 7 "Hear, O my people, and I will speak; O Israel, and I will testify against thee: I [am] God, [even] thy God."

19 50 8 "I will not reprove thee for thy sacrifices or thy burnt offerings, [to have been] continually before me."

19 50 9 "I will take no bullock out of thy house, [nor] he goats out of thy folds."

19 50 10 "For every beast of the forest [is] mine, [and] the cattle upon a thousand hills."

19 50 11 I know all the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beasts of the field [are] mine.

19 50 12 "If I were hungry, I would not tell thee: for the world [is] mine, and the fulness thereof."

19 50 13 "Will I eat the flesh of bulls, or drink the blood of goats?"

19 50 14 Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High:

19 50 15 "And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me."

19 50 16 "But unto the wicked God saith, What hast thou to do to declare my statutes, or [that] thou shouldest take my covenant in thy mouth?"

19 50 17 "Seeing thou hatest instruction, and castest my words behind thee."

19 50 18 "When thou sawest a thief, then thou consentedst with him, and hast been partaker with adulterers."

19 50 19 "Thou givest thy mouth to evil, and thy tongue frameth deceit."

19 50 20 Thou sittest [and] speakest against thy brother; thou slanderest thine own mother's son.

19 50 21 "These [things] hast thou done, and I kept silence; thou thoughtest that I was altogether [such an one] as thyself: [but] I will reprove thee, and set [them] in order before thine eyes."

19 50 22 "Now consider this, ye that forget God, lest I tear [you] in pieces, and [there be] none to deliver."

19 50 23 Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth [his] conversation [aright] will I shew the salvation of God.

19 51 1 "<To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.> Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions."

19 51 2 "Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin."

19 51 3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin [is] ever before me.

19 51 4 "Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done [this] evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, [and] be clear when thou judgest."

19 51 5 "Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me."

19 51 6 "Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden [part] thou shalt make me to know wisdom."

19 51 7 "Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow."

19 51 8 Make me to hear joy and gladness; [that] the bones [which] thou hast broken may rejoice.

19 51 9 "Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities."

19 51 10 "Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me."

19 51 11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.

19 51 12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me [with thy] free spirit.

19 51 13 [Then] will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.

19 51 14 "Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: [and] my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness."

19 51 15 "O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise."

19 51 16 For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give [it]: thou delightest not in burnt offering.

19 51 17 "The sacrifices of God [are] a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise."

19 51 18 Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem.

19 51 19 "Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar."

19 52 1 "<To the chief Musician, Maschil, [A Psalm] of David, when Doeg the Edomite came and told Saul, and said unto him, David is come to the house of Ahimelech.> Why boastest thou thyself in mischief, O mighty man? the goodness of God [endureth] continually."

19 52 2 "Thy tongue deviseth mischiefs; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully."

19 52 3 Thou lovest evil more than good; [and] lying rather than to speak righteousness. Selah.

19 52 4 "Thou lovest all devouring words, O [thou] deceitful tongue."

19 52 5 "God shall likewise destroy thee for ever, he shall take thee away, and pluck thee out of [thy] dwelling place, and root thee out of the land of the living. Selah."

19 52 6 "The righteous also shall see, and fear, and shall laugh at him:"

19 52 7 "Lo, [this is] the man [that] made not God his strength; but trusted in the abundance of his riches, [and] strengthened himself in his wickedness."

19 52 8 But I [am] like a green olive tree in the house of God: I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever.

19 52 9 "I will praise thee for ever, because thou hast done [it]: and I will wait on thy name; for [it is] good before thy saints."

19 53 1 "<To the chief Musician upon Mahalath, Maschil, [A Psalm] of David.> The fool hath said in his heart, [There is] no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: [there is] none that doeth good."

19 53 2 "God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were [any] that did understand, that did seek God."

19 53 3 "Every one of them is gone back: they are altogether become filthy; [there is] none that doeth good, no, not one."

19 53 4 Have the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people [as] they eat bread: they have not called upon God.

19 53 5 "There were they in great fear, [where] no fear was: for God hath scattered the bones of him that encampeth [against] thee: thou hast put [them] to shame, because God hath despised them."

19 53 6 "Oh that the salvation of Israel [were come] out of Zion! When God bringeth back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, [and] Israel shall be glad."

19 54 1 "<To the chief Musician on Neginoth, Maschil, [A Psalm] of David, when the Ziphims came and said to Saul, Doth not David hide himself with us?> Save me, O God, by thy name, and judge me by thy strength."

19 54 2 "Hear my prayer, O God; give ear to the words of my mouth."

19 54 3 "For strangers are risen up against me, and oppressors seek after my soul: they have not set God before them. Selah."

19 54 4 "Behold, God [is] mine helper: the Lord [is] with them that uphold my soul."

19 54 5 He shall reward evil unto mine enemies: cut them off in thy truth.

19 54 6 "I will freely sacrifice unto thee: I will praise thy name, O LORD; for [it is] good."

19 54 7 For he hath delivered me out of all trouble: and mine eye hath seen [his desire] upon mine enemies.

19 55 1 "<To the chief Musician on Neginoth, Maschil, [A Psalm] of David.> Give ear to my prayer, O God; and hide not thyself from my supplication."

19 55 2 "Attend unto me, and hear me: I mourn in my complaint, and make a noise;"

19 55 3 "Because of the voice of the enemy, because of the oppression of the wicked: for they cast iniquity upon me, and in wrath they hate me."

19 55 4 My heart is sore pained within me: and the terrors of death are fallen upon me.

19 55 5 "Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me, and horror hath overwhelmed me."

19 55 6 "And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! [for then] would I fly away, and be at rest."

19 55 7 "Lo, [then] would I wander far off, [and] remain in the wilderness. Selah."

19 55 8 I would hasten my escape from the windy storm [and] tempest.

19 55 9 "Destroy, O Lord, [and] divide their tongues: for I have seen violence and strife in the city."

19 55 10 Day and night they go about it upon the walls thereof: mischief also and sorrow [are] in the midst of it.

19 55 11 Wickedness [is] in the midst thereof: deceit and guile depart not from her streets.

19 55 12 For [it was] not an enemy [that] reproached me; then I could have borne [it]: neither [was it] he that hated me [that] did magnify [himself] against me; then I would have hid myself from him:

19 55 13 "But [it was] thou, a man mine equal, my guide, and mine acquaintance."

19 55 14 "We took sweet counsel together, [and] walked unto the house of God in company."

19 55 15 "Let death seize upon them, [and] let them go down quick into hell: for wickedness [is] in their dwellings, [and] among them."

19 55 16 "As for me, I will call upon God; and the LORD shall save me."

19 55 17 "Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice."

19 55 18 He hath delivered my soul in peace from the battle [that was] against me: for there were many with me.

19 55 19 "God shall hear, and afflict them, even he that abideth of old. Selah. Because they have no changes, therefore they fear not God."

19 55 20 He hath put forth his hands against such as be at peace with him: he hath broken his covenant.

19 55 21 "[The words] of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war [was] in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet [were] they drawn swords."

19 55 22 "Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved."

19 55 23 "But thou, O God, shalt bring them down into the pit of destruction: bloody and deceitful men shall not live out half their days; but I will trust in thee."

19 56 1 "<To the chief Musician upon Jonathelemrechokim, Michtam of David, when the Philistines took him in Gath.> Be merciful unto me, O God: for man would swallow me up; he fighting daily oppresseth me."

19 56 2 "Mine enemies would daily swallow [me] up: for [they be] many that fight against me, O thou most High."

19 56 3 "What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee."

19 56 4 "In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me."

19 56 5 Every day they wrest my words: all their thoughts [are] against me for evil.

19 56 6 "They gather themselves together, they hide themselves, they mark my steps, when they wait for my soul."

19 56 7 "Shall they escape by iniquity? in [thine] anger cast down the people, O God."

19 56 8 Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: [are they] not in thy book?

19 56 9 "When I cry [unto thee], then shall mine enemies turn back: this I know; for God [is] for me."

19 56 10 In God will I praise [his] word: in the LORD will I praise [his] word.

19 56 11 In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.

19 56 12 "Thy vows [are] upon me, O God: I will render praises unto thee."

19 56 13 "For thou hast delivered my soul from death: [wilt] not [thou deliver] my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living?"

19 57 1 "<To the chief Musician, Altaschith, Michtam of David, when he fled from Saul in the cave.> Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until [these] calamities be overpast."

19 57 2 I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth [all things] for me.

19 57 3 "He shall send from heaven, and save me [from] the reproach of him that would swallow me up. Selah. God shall send forth his mercy and his truth."

19 57 4 "My soul [is] among lions: [and] I lie [even among] them that are set on fire, [even] the sons of men, whose teeth [are] spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword."

19 57 5 "Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens; [let] thy glory [be] above all the earth."

19 57 6 "They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul is bowed down: they have digged a pit before me, into the midst whereof they are fallen [themselves]. Selah."

19 57 7 "My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise."

19 57 8 "Awake up, my glory; awake, psaltery and harp: I [myself] will awake early."

19 57 9 "I will praise thee, O Lord, among the people: I will sing unto thee among the nations."

19 57 10 "For thy mercy [is] great unto the heavens, and thy truth unto the clouds."

19 57 11 "Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens: [let] thy glory [be] above all the earth."

19 58 1 "<To the chief Musician, Altaschith, Michtam of David.> Do ye indeed speak righteousness, O congregation? do ye judge uprightly, O ye sons of men?"

19 58 2 "Yea, in heart ye work wickedness; ye weigh the violence of your hands in the earth."

19 58 3 "The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies."

19 58 4 Their poison [is] like the poison of a serpent: [they are] like the deaf adder [that] stoppeth her ear;

19 58 5 "Which will not hearken to the voice of charmers, charming never so wisely."

19 58 6 "Break their teeth, O God, in their mouth: break out the great teeth of the young lions, O LORD."

19 58 7 "Let them melt away as waters [which] run continually: [when] he bendeth [his bow to shoot] his arrows, let them be as cut in pieces."

19 58 8 "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."

19 58 9 "Before your pots can feel the thorns, he shall take them away as with a whirlwind, both living, and in [his] wrath."

19 58 10 The righteous shall rejoice when he seeth the vengeance: he shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked.

19 58 11 "So that a man shall say, Verily [there is] a reward for the righteous: verily he is a God that judgeth in the earth."

19 59 1 "<To the chief Musician, Altaschith, Michtam of David; when Saul sent, and they watched the house to kill him.> Deliver me from mine enemies, O my God: defend me from them that rise up against me."

19 59 2 "Deliver me from the workers of iniquity, and save me from bloody men."

19 59 3 "For, lo, they lie in wait for my soul: the mighty are gathered against me; not [for] my transgression, nor [for] my sin, O LORD."

19 59 4 "They run and prepare themselves without [my] fault: awake to help me, and behold."

19 59 5 "Thou therefore, O LORD God of hosts, the God of Israel, awake to visit all the heathen: be not merciful to any wicked transgressors. Selah."

19 59 6 "They return at evening: they make a noise like a dog, and go round about the city."

19 59 7 "Behold, they belch out with their mouth: swords [are] in their lips: for who, [say they], doth hear?"

19 59 8 "But thou, O LORD, shalt laugh at them; thou shalt have all the heathen in derision."

19 59 9 [Because of] his strength will I wait upon thee: for God [is] my defence.

19 59 10 The God of my mercy shall prevent me: God shall let me see [my desire] upon mine enemies.

19 59 11 "Slay them not, lest my people forget: scatter them by thy power; and bring them down, O Lord our shield."

19 59 12 [For] the sin of their mouth [and] the words of their lips let them even be taken in their pride: and for cursing and lying [which] they speak.

19 59 13 "Consume [them] in wrath, consume [them], that they [may] not [be]: and let them know that God ruleth in Jacob unto the ends of the earth. Selah."

19 59 14 "And at evening let them return; [and] let them make a noise like a dog, and go round about the city."

19 59 15 "Let them wander up and down for meat, and grudge if they be not satisfied."

19 59 16 "But I will sing of thy power; yea, I will sing aloud of thy mercy in the morning: for thou hast been my defence and refuge in the day of my trouble."

19 59 17 "Unto thee, O my strength, will I sing: for God [is] my defence, [and] the God of my mercy."

19 60 1 "<To the chief Musician upon Shushaneduth, Michtam of David, to teach; when he strove with Aramnaharaim and with Aramzobah, when Joab returned, and smote of Edom in the valley of salt twelve thousand.> O God, thou hast cast us off, thou hast scattered us, thou hast been displeased; O turn thyself to us again."

19 60 2 Thou hast made the earth to tremble; thou hast broken it: heal the breaches thereof; for it shaketh.

19 60 3 Thou hast shewed thy people hard things: thou hast made us to drink the wine of astonishment.

19 60 4 "Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth. Selah."

19 60 5 "That thy beloved may be delivered; save [with] thy right hand, and hear me."

19 60 6 "God hath spoken in his holiness; I will rejoice, I will divide Shechem, and mete out the valley of Succoth."

19 60 7 "Gilead [is] mine, and Manasseh [is] mine; Ephraim also [is] the strength of mine head; Judah [is] my lawgiver;"

19 60 8 "Moab [is] my washpot; over Edom will I cast out my shoe: Philistia, triumph thou because of me."

19 60 9 Who will bring me [into] the strong city? who will lead me into Edom? "Who will bring me into the Strong City?"

BWC: “Who will bring me into the Strong City?”

"the Strong City,"
(regarding it being a reference to ‘Akká, the Most Great Prison)
"Who will bring me into the Strong City?"
Epistle to the Son of the Wolf, p. 144

Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh Revelaed after the Kitáb-i-Aqdas, within pp. 256-259

God Passes By, p. 184

19 60 10 "[Wilt] not thou, O God, [which] hadst cast us off? and [thou], O God, [which] didst not go out with our armies?"

19 60 11 Give us help from trouble: for vain [is] the help of man.

19 60 12 Through God we shall do valiantly: for he [it is that] shall tread down our enemies.

19 61 1 "<To the chief Musician upon Neginah, [A Psalm] of David.> Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer."

19 61 2 "From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock [that] is higher than I."

19 61 3 "For thou hast been a shelter for me, [and] a strong tower from the enemy."

19 61 4 I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Selah.

19 61 5 "For thou, O God, hast heard my vows: thou hast given [me] the heritage of those that fear thy name."

19 61 6 Thou wilt prolong the king's life: [and] his years as many generations.

19 61 7 "He shall abide before God for ever: O prepare mercy and truth, [which] may preserve him."

19 61 8 "So will I sing praise unto thy name for ever, that I may daily perform my vows."

19 62 1 "<To the chief Musician, to Jeduthun, A Psalm of David.> Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him [cometh] my salvation."

19 62 2 He only [is] my rock and my salvation; [he is] my defence; I shall not be greatly moved.

19 62 3 "How long will ye imagine mischief against a man? ye shall be slain all of you: as a bowing wall [shall ye be, and as] a tottering fence."

19 62 4 "They only consult to cast [him] down from his excellency: they delight in lies: they bless with their mouth, but they curse inwardly. Selah."

19 62 5 "My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation [is] from him."

19 62 6 He only [is] my rock and my salvation: [he is] my defence; I shall not be moved.

19 62 7 "In God [is] my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, [and] my refuge, [is] in God."

19 62 8 "Trust in him at all times; [ye] people, pour out your heart before him: God [is] a refuge for us. Selah."

19 62 9 "Surely men of low degree [are] vanity, [and] men of high degree [are] a lie: to be laid in the balance, they [are] altogether [lighter] than vanity."

19 62 10 "Trust not in oppression, and become not vain in robbery: if riches increase, set not your heart [upon them]."

19 62 11 God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power [belongeth] unto God.

19 62 12 "Also unto thee, O Lord, [belongeth] mercy: for thou renderest to every man according to his work."

19 63 1 "<A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah.> O God, thou [art] my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;"

19 63 2 "To see thy power and thy glory, so [as] I have seen thee in the sanctuary."

19 63 3 "Because thy lovingkindness [is] better than life, my lips shall praise thee."

19 63 4 Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name.

19 63 5 My soul shall be satisfied as [with] marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise [thee] with joyful lips:

19 63 6 "When I remember thee upon my bed, [and] meditate on thee in the [night] watches."

19 63 7 "Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice."

19 63 8 My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me.

19 63 9 "But those [that] seek my soul, to destroy [it], shall go into the lower parts of the earth."

19 63 10 They shall fall by the sword: they shall be a portion for foxes.

19 63 11 But the king shall rejoice in God; every one that sweareth by him shall glory: but the mouth of them that speak lies shall be stopped.

19 64 1 "<To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.> Hear my voice, O God, in my prayer: preserve my life from fear of the enemy."

19 64 2 Hide me from the secret counsel of the wicked; from the insurrection of the workers of iniquity:

19 64 3 "Who whet their tongue like a sword, [and] bend [their bows to shoot] their arrows, [even] bitter words:"

19 64 4 "That they may shoot in secret at the perfect: suddenly do they shoot at him, and fear not."

19 64 5 "They encourage themselves [in] an evil matter: they commune of laying snares privily; they say, Who shall see them?"

19 64 6 "They search out iniquities; they accomplish a diligent search: both the inward [thought] of every one [of them], and the heart, [is] deep."

19 64 7 But God shall shoot at them [with] an arrow; suddenly shall they be wounded.

19 64 8 So they shall make their own tongue to fall upon themselves: all that see them shall flee away.

19 64 9 "And all men shall fear, and shall declare the work of God; for they shall wisely consider of his doing."

19 64 10 "The righteous shall be glad in the LORD, and shall trust in him; and all the upright in heart shall glory."

19 65 1 "<To the chief Musician, A Psalm [and] Song of David.> Praise waiteth for thee, O God, in Sion: and unto thee shall the vow be performed."

19 65 2 "O thou that hearest prayer, unto thee shall all flesh come."

19 65 3 "Iniquities prevail against me: [as for] our transgressions, thou shalt purge them away."

19 65 4 "Blessed [is the man whom] thou choosest, and causest to approach [unto thee, that] he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, [even] of thy holy temple."

19 65 5 "[By] terrible things in righteousness wilt thou answer us, O 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:"

19 65 6 Which by his strength setteth fast the mountains; [being] girded with power:

19 65 7 "Which stilleth the noise of the seas, the noise of their waves, and the tumult of the people."

19 65 8 They also that dwell in the uttermost parts are afraid at thy tokens: thou makest the outgoings of the morning and evening to rejoice.

19 65 9 "Thou visitest the earth, and waterest it: thou greatly enrichest it with the river of God, [which] is full of water: thou preparest them corn, when thou hast so provided for it."

19 65 10 Thou waterest the ridges thereof abundantly: thou settlest the furrows thereof: thou makest it soft with showers: thou blessest the springing thereof.

19 65 11 Thou crownest the year with thy goodness; and thy paths drop fatness.

19 65 12 They drop [upon] the pastures of the wilderness: and the little hills rejoice on every side.

19 65 13 "The pastures are clothed with flocks; the valleys also are covered over with corn; they shout for joy, they also sing."

19 66 1 "<To the chief Musician, A Song [or] Psalm.> Make a joyful noise unto God, all ye lands:"

19 66 2 Sing forth the honour of his name: make his praise glorious.

19 66 3 "Say unto God, How terrible [art thou in] thy works! through the greatness of thy power shall thine enemies submit themselves unto thee."

19 66 4 "All the earth shall worship thee, and shall sing unto thee; they shall sing [to] thy name. Selah."

19 66 5 Come and see the works of God: [he is] terrible [in his] doing toward the children of men.

19 66 6 He turned the sea into dry [land]: they went through the flood on foot: there did we rejoice in him.

19 66 7 He ruleth by his power for ever; his eyes behold the nations: let not the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah.

19 66 8 "O bless our God, ye people, and make the voice of his praise to be heard:"

19 66 9 "Which holdeth our soul in life, and suffereth not our feet to be moved."

19 66 10 "For thou, O God, hast proved us: thou hast tried us, as silver is tried."

19 66 11 Thou broughtest us into the net; thou laidst affliction upon our loins.

19 66 12 Thou hast caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water: but thou broughtest us out into a wealthy [place].

19 66 13 "I will go into thy house with burnt offerings: I will pay thee my vows,"

19 66 14 "Which my lips have uttered, and my mouth hath spoken, when I was in trouble."

19 66 15 "I will offer unto thee burnt sacrifices of fatlings, with the incense of rams; I will offer bullocks with goats. Selah."

19 66 16 "Come [and] hear, all ye that fear God, and I will declare what he hath done for my soul."

19 66 17 "I cried unto him with my mouth, and he was extolled with my tongue."

19 66 18 "If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear [me]:"

19 66 19 [But] verily God hath heard [me]; he hath attended to the voice of my prayer.

19 66 20 "Blessed [be] God, which hath not turned away my prayer, nor his mercy from me."

19 67 1 "<To the chief Musician on Neginoth, A Psalm [or] Song.> God be merciful unto us, and bless us; [and] cause his face to shine upon us; Selah."

19 67 2 "That thy way may be known upon earth, thy saving health among all nations."

19 67 3 "Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee."

19 67 4 "O let the nations be glad and sing for joy: for thou shalt judge the people righteously, and govern the nations upon earth. Selah."

19 67 5 "Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee."

19 67 6 "[Then] shall the earth yield her increase; [and] God, [even] our own God, shall bless us."

19 67 7 God shall bless us; and all the ends of the earth shall fear him.

19 68 1 "<To the chief Musician, A Psalm [or] Song of David.> Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered: let them also that hate him flee before him."

19 68 2 "As smoke is driven away, [so] drive [them] away: as wax melteth before the fire, [so] let the wicked perish at the presence of God."

19 68 3 "But let the righteous be glad; let them rejoice before God: yea, let them exceedingly rejoice."

19 68 4 "Sing unto God, sing praises to his name: extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his name JAH, and rejoice before him."

19 68 5 "A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, [is] God in his holy habitation."

19 68 6 God setteth the solitary in families: he bringeth out those which are bound with chains: but the rebellious dwell in a dry [land].

19 68 7 "O God, when thou wentest forth before thy people, when thou didst march through the wilderness; Selah:"

19 68 8 "The earth shook, the heavens also dropped at the presence of God: [even] Sinai itself [was moved] at the presence of God, the God of Israel."

19 68 9 "Thou, O God, didst send a plentiful rain, whereby thou didst confirm thine inheritance, when it was weary."

19 68 10 "Thy congregation hath dwelt therein: thou, O God, hast prepared of thy goodness for the poor."

19 68 11 The Lord gave the word: great [was] the company of those that published [it].

19 68 12 Kings of armies did flee apace: and she that tarried at home divided the spoil.

19 68 13 "Though ye have lien among the pots, [yet shall ye be as] the wings of a dove covered with silver, and her feathers with yellow gold."

19 68 14 "When the Almighty scattered kings in it, it was [white] as snow in Salmon."

19 68 15 The hill of God [is as] the hill of Bashan; an high hill [as] the hill of Bashan.

19 68 16 "Why leap ye, ye high hills? [this is] the hill [which] God desireth to dwell in; yea, the LORD will dwell [in it] for ever."

19 68 17 "The chariots of God [are] twenty thousand, [even] thousands of angels: the Lord [is] among them, [as in] Sinai, in the holy [place]."

19 68 18 "Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts for men; yea, [for] the rebellious also, that the LORD God might dwell [among them]."

19 68 19 "Blessed [be] the Lord, [who] daily loadeth us [with benefits, even] the God of our salvation. Selah."

19 68 20 [He that is] our God [is] the God of salvation; and unto GOD the Lord [belong] the issues from death.

19 68 21 "But God shall wound the head of his enemies, [and] the hairy scalp of such an one as goeth on still in his trespasses."

19 68 22 "The Lord said, I will bring again from Bashan, I will bring [my people] again from the depths of the sea:"

19 68 23 "That thy foot may be dipped in the blood of [thine] enemies, [and] the tongue of thy dogs in the same."

19 68 24 "They have seen thy goings, O God; [even] the goings of my God, my King, in the sanctuary."

19 68 25 "The singers went before, the players on instruments [followed] after; among [them were] the damsels playing with timbrels."

19 68 26 "Bless ye God in the congregations, [even] the Lord, from the fountain of Israel."

19 68 27 "There [is] little Benjamin [with] their ruler, the princes of Judah [and] their council, the princes of Zebulun, [and] the princes of Naphtali."

19 68 28 "Thy God hath commanded thy strength: strengthen, O God, that which thou hast wrought for us."

19 68 29 Because of thy temple at Jerusalem shall kings bring presents unto thee.

19 68 30 "Rebuke the company of spearmen, the multitude of the bulls, with the calves of the people, [till every one] submit himself with pieces of silver: scatter thou the people [that] delight in war."

19 68 31 Princes shall come out of Egypt; Ethiopia shall soon stretch out her hands unto God.

19 68 32 "Sing unto God, ye kingdoms of the earth; O sing praises unto the Lord; Selah:"

19 68 33 "To him that rideth upon the heavens of heavens, [which were] of old; lo, he doth send out his voice, [and that] a mighty voice."

19 68 34 "Ascribe ye strength unto God: his excellency [is] over Israel, and his strength [is] in the clouds."

19 68 35 "O God, [thou art] terrible out of thy holy places: the God of Israel [is] he that giveth strength and power unto [his] people. Blessed [be] God."

19 69 1 "<To the chief Musician upon Shoshannim, [A Psalm] of David.> Save me, O God; for the waters are come in unto [my] soul."

19 69 2 "I sink in deep mire, where [there is] no standing: I am come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me."

19 69 3 I am weary of my crying: my throat is dried: mine eyes fail while I wait for my God.

19 69 4 "They that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of mine head: they that would destroy me, [being] mine enemies wrongfully, are mighty: then I restored [that] which I took not away."

19 69 5 "O God, thou knowest my foolishness; and my sins are not hid from thee."

19 69 6 "Let not them that wait on thee, O Lord GOD of hosts, be ashamed for my sake: let not those that seek thee be confounded for my sake, O God of Israel."

19 69 7 Because for thy sake I have borne reproach; shame hath covered my face.

19 69 8 "I am become a stranger unto my brethren, and an alien unto my mother's children."

19 69 9 For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me.

19 69 10 "When I wept, [and chastened] my soul with fasting, that was to my reproach."

19 69 11 I made sackcloth also my garment; and I became a proverb to them.

19 69 12 They that sit in the gate speak against me; and I [was] the song of the drunkards.

19 69 13 "But as for me, my prayer [is] unto thee, O LORD, [in] an acceptable time: O God, in the multitude of thy mercy hear me, in the truth of thy salvation."

19 69 14 "Deliver me out of the mire, and let me not sink: let me be delivered from them that hate me, and out of the deep waters."

19 69 15 "Let not the waterflood overflow me, neither let the deep swallow me up, and let not the pit shut her mouth upon me."

19 69 16 "Hear me, O LORD; for thy lovingkindness [is] good: turn unto me according to the multitude of thy tender mercies."

19 69 17 And hide not thy face from thy servant; for I am in trouble: hear me speedily.

19 69 18 "Draw nigh unto my soul, [and] redeem it: deliver me because of mine enemies."

19 69 19 "Thou hast known my reproach, and my shame, and my dishonour: mine adversaries [are] all before thee."

19 69 20 "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, but I found none."

19 69 21 They gave me also gall for my meat; and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.

19 69 22 "Let their table become a snare before them: and [that which should have been] for [their] welfare, [let it become] a trap."

19 69 23 "Let their eyes be darkened, that they see not; and make their loins continually to shake."

19 69 24 "Pour out thine indignation upon them, and let thy wrathful anger take hold of them."

19 69 25 Let their habitation be desolate; [and] let none dwell in their tents.

19 69 26 For they persecute [him] whom thou hast smitten; and they talk to the grief of those whom thou hast wounded.

19 69 27 Add iniquity unto their iniquity: and let them not come into thy righteousness.

19 69 28 "Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous."

19 69 29 "But I [am] poor and sorrowful: let thy salvation, O God, set me up on high."

19 69 30 "I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving."

19 69 31 [This] also shall please the LORD better than an ox [or] bullock that hath horns and hoofs.

19 69 32 "The humble shall see [this, and] be glad: and your heart shall live that seek God."

19 69 33 "For the LORD heareth the poor, and despiseth not his prisoners."

19 69 34 "Let the heaven and earth praise him, the seas, and every thing that moveth therein."

19 69 35 "For God will save Zion, and will build the cities of Judah: that they may dwell there, and have it in possession."

19 69 36 The seed also of his servants shall inherit it: and they that love his name shall dwell therein.

19 70 1 "<To the chief Musician, [A Psalm] of David, to bring to remembrance.> [Make haste], O God, to deliver me; make haste to help me, O LORD."

19 70 2 "Let them be ashamed and confounded that seek after my soul: let them be turned backward, and put to confusion, that desire my hurt."

19 70 3 "Let them be turned back for a reward of their shame that say, Aha, aha."

19 70 4 "Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: and let such as love thy salvation say continually, Let God be magnified."

19 70 5 "But I [am] poor and needy: make haste unto me, O God: thou [art] my help and my deliverer; O LORD, make no tarrying."

19 71 1 "In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust: let me never be put to confusion."

19 71 2 "Deliver me in thy righteousness, and cause me to escape: incline thine ear unto me, and save me."

19 71 3 "Be thou my strong habitation, whereunto I may continually resort: thou hast given commandment to save me; for thou [art] my rock and my fortress."

19 71 4 "Deliver me, O my God, out of the hand of the wicked, out of the hand of the unrighteous and cruel man."

19 71 5 "For thou [art] my hope, O Lord GOD: [thou art] my trust from my youth."

19 71 6 By thee have I been holden up from the womb: thou art he that took me out of my mother's bowels: my praise [shall be] continually of thee.

19 71 7 I am as a wonder unto many; but thou [art] my strong refuge.

19 71 8 Let my mouth be filled [with] thy praise [and with] thy honour all the day.

19 71 9 Cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength faileth.

19 71 10 "For mine enemies speak against me; and they that lay wait for my soul take counsel together,"

19 71 11 "Saying, God hath forsaken him: persecute and take him; for [there is] none to deliver [him]."

19 71 12 "O God, be not far from me: O my God, make haste for my help."

19 71 13 Let them be confounded [and] consumed that are adversaries to my soul; let them be covered [with] reproach and dishonour that seek my hurt.

19 71 14 "But I will hope continually, and will yet praise thee more and more."

19 71 15 My mouth shall shew forth thy righteousness [and] thy salvation all the day; for I know not the numbers [thereof].

19 71 16 "I will go in the strength of the Lord GOD: I will make mention of thy righteousness, [even] of thine only."

19 71 17 "O God, thou hast taught me from my youth: and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works."

19 71 18 "Now also when I am old and grayheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto [this] generation, [and] thy power to every one [that] is to come."

19 71 19 "Thy righteousness also, O God, [is] very high, who hast done great things: O God, who [is] like unto thee!"

19 71 20 "[Thou], which hast shewed me great and sore troubles, shalt quicken me again, and shalt bring me up again from the depths of the earth."

19 71 21 "Thou shalt increase my greatness, and comfort me on every side."

19 71 22 "I will also praise thee with the psaltery, [even] thy truth, O my God: unto thee will I sing with the harp, O thou Holy One of Israel."

19 71 23 "My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing unto thee; and my soul, which thou hast redeemed."

19 71 24 "My tongue also shall talk of thy righteousness all the day long: for they are confounded, for they are brought unto shame, that seek my hurt."

19 72 1 "<[A Psalm] for Solomon.> Give the king thy judgments, O God, and thy righteousness unto the king's son."

19 72 2 "He shall judge thy people with righteousness, and thy poor with judgment."

19 72 3 "The mountains shall bring peace to the people, and the little hills, by righteousness."

19 72 4 "He shall judge the poor of the people, he shall save the children of the needy, and shall break in pieces the oppressor."

19 72 5 "They shall fear thee as long as the sun and moon endure, throughout all generations."

19 72 6 He shall come down like rain upon the mown grass: as showers [that] water the earth.

19 72 7 In his days shall the righteous flourish; and abundance of peace so long as the moon endureth.

19 72 8 "He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth."

19 72 9 They that dwell in the wilderness shall bow before him; and his enemies shall lick the dust.

19 72 10 The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall bring presents: the kings of Sheba and Seba shall offer gifts.

19 72 11 "Yea, all kings shall fall down before him: all nations shall serve him."

19 72 12 "For he shall deliver the needy when he crieth; the poor also, and [him] that hath no helper."

19 72 13 "He shall spare the poor and needy, and shall save the souls of the needy."

19 72 14 He shall redeem their soul from deceit and violence: and precious shall their blood be in his sight.

19 72 15 "And he shall live, and to him shall be given of the gold of Sheba: prayer also shall be made for him continually; [and] daily shall he be praised."

19 72 16 There shall be an handful of corn in the earth upon the top of the mountains; the fruit thereof shall shake like Lebanon: and [they] of the city shall flourish like grass of the earth.

19 72 17 His name shall endure for ever: his name shall be continued as long as the sun: and [men] shall be blessed in him: all nations shall call him blessed.

19 72 18 "Blessed [be] the LORD God, the God of Israel, who only doeth wondrous things."

19 72 19 "And blessed [be] his glorious name for ever: and let the whole earth be filled [with] his glory; Amen, and Amen."

19 72 20 The prayers of David the son of Jesse are ended.

19 73 1 "<A Psalm of Asaph.> Truly God [is] good to Israel, [even] to such as are of a clean heart."

19 73 2 "But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped."

19 73 3 "For I was envious at the foolish, [when] I saw the prosperity of the wicked."

19 73 4 For [there are] no bands in their death: but their strength [is] firm.

19 73 5 They [are] not in trouble [as other] men; neither are they plagued like [other] men.

19 73 6 Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain; violence covereth them [as] a garment.

19 73 7 Their eyes stand out with fatness: they have more than heart could wish.

19 73 8 "They are corrupt, and speak wickedly [concerning] oppression: they speak loftily."

19 73 9 "They set their mouth against the heavens, and their tongue walketh through the earth."

19 73 10 Therefore his people return hither: and waters of a full [cup] are wrung out to them.

19 73 11 "And they say, How doth God know? and is there knowledge in the most High?"

19 73 12 "Behold, these [are] the ungodly, who prosper in the world; they increase [in] riches."

19 73 13 "Verily I have cleansed my heart [in] vain, and washed my hands in innocency."

19 73 14 "For all the day long have I been plagued, and chastened every morning."

19 73 15 "If I say, I will speak thus; behold, I should offend [against] the generation of thy children."

19 73 16 "When I thought to know this, it [was] too painful for me;"

19 73 17 Until I went into the sanctuary of God; [then] understood I their end.

19 73 18 Surely thou didst set them in slippery places: thou castedst them down into destruction.

19 73 19 "How are they [brought] into desolation, as in a moment! they are utterly consumed with terrors."

19 73 20 "As a dream when [one] awaketh; [so], O Lord, when thou awakest, thou shalt despise their image."

19 73 21 "Thus my heart was grieved, and I was pricked in my reins."

19 73 22 "So foolish [was] I, and ignorant: I was [as] a beast before thee."

19 73 23 Nevertheless I [am] continually with thee: thou hast holden [me] by my right hand.

19 73 24 "Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me [to] glory."

19 73 25 Whom have I in heaven [but thee]? and [there is] none upon earth [that] I desire beside thee.

19 73 26 "My flesh and my heart faileth: [but] God [is] the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever."

19 73 27 "For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish: thou hast destroyed all them that go a whoring from thee."

19 73 28 "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."

19 74 1 "<Maschil of Asaph.> O God, why hast thou cast [us] off for ever? [why] doth thine anger smoke against the sheep of thy pasture?"

19 74 2 "Remember thy congregation, [which] thou hast purchased of old; the rod of thine inheritance, [which] thou hast redeemed; this mount Zion, wherein thou hast dwelt."

19 74 3 Lift up thy feet unto the perpetual desolations; [even] all [that] the enemy hath done wickedly in the sanctuary.

19 74 4 Thine enemies roar in the midst of thy congregations; they set up their ensigns [for] signs.

19 74 5 [A man] was famous according as he had lifted up axes upon the thick trees.

19 74 6 But now they break down the carved work thereof at once with axes and hammers.

19 74 7 "They have cast fire into thy sanctuary, they have defiled [by casting down] the dwelling place of thy name to the ground."

19 74 8 "They said in their hearts, Let us destroy them together: they have burned up all the synagogues of God in the land."

19 74 9 We see not our signs: [there is] no more any prophet: neither [is there] among us any that knoweth how long.

19 74 10 "O God, how long shall the adversary reproach? shall the enemy blaspheme thy name for ever?"

19 74 11 "Why withdrawest thou thy hand, even thy right hand? pluck [it] out of thy bosom."

19 74 12 "For God [is] my King of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth."

19 74 13 Thou didst divide the sea by thy strength: thou brakest the heads of the dragons in the waters.

19 74 14 "Thou brakest the heads of leviathan in pieces, [and] gavest him [to be] meat to the people inhabiting the wilderness."

19 74 15 Thou didst cleave the fountain and the flood: thou driedst up mighty rivers.

19 74 16 "The day [is] thine, the night also [is] thine: thou hast prepared the light and the sun."

19 74 17 Thou hast set all the borders of the earth: thou hast made summer and winter.

19 74 18 "Remember this, [that] the enemy hath reproached, O LORD, and [that] the foolish people have blasphemed thy name."

19 74 19 O deliver not the soul of thy turtledove unto the multitude [of the wicked]: forget not the congregation of thy poor for ever.

19 74 20 Have respect unto the covenant: for the dark places of the earth are full of the habitations of cruelty.

19 74 21 O let not the oppressed return ashamed: let the poor and needy praise thy name.

19 74 22 "Arise, O God, plead thine own cause: remember how the foolish man reproacheth thee daily."

19 74 23 Forget not the voice of thine enemies: the tumult of those that rise up against thee increaseth continually.

19 75 1 "<To the chief Musician, Altaschith, A Psalm [or] Song of Asaph.> Unto thee, O God, do we give thanks, [unto thee] do we give thanks: for [that] thy name is near thy wondrous works declare."

19 75 2 When I shall receive the congregation I will judge uprightly.

19 75 3 The earth and all the inhabitants thereof are dissolved: I bear up the pillars of it. Selah.

19 75 4 "I said unto the fools, Deal not foolishly: and to the wicked, Lift not up the horn:"

19 75 5 Lift not up your horn on high: speak [not with] a stiff neck.

19 75 6 "For promotion [cometh] neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south."

19 75 7 "But God [is] the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another."

19 75 8 "For in the hand of the LORD [there is] a cup, and the wine is red; it is full of mixture; and he poureth out of the same: but the dregs thereof, all the wicked of the earth shall wring [them] out, [and] drink [them]."

19 75 9 But I will declare for ever; I will sing praises to the God of Jacob.

19 75 10 All the horns of the wicked also will I cut off; [but] the horns of the righteous shall be exalted.

19 76 1 "<To the chief Musician on Neginoth, A Psalm [or] Song of Asaph.> In Judah [is] God known: his name [is] great in Israel."

19 76 2 "In Salem also is his tabernacle, and his dwelling place in Zion."

19 76 3 "There brake he the arrows of the bow, the shield, and the sword, and the battle. Selah."

19 76 4 Thou [art] more glorious [and] excellent than the mountains of prey.

19 76 5 "The stouthearted are spoiled, they have slept their sleep: and none of the men of might have found their hands."

19 76 6 "At thy rebuke, O God of Jacob, both the chariot and horse are cast into a dead sleep."

19 76 7 "Thou, [even] thou, [art] to be feared: and who may stand in thy sight when once thou art angry?"

19 76 8 "Thou didst cause judgment to be heard from heaven; the earth feared, and was still,"

19 76 9 "When God arose to judgment, to save all the meek of the earth. Selah."

19 76 10 Surely the wrath of man shall praise thee: the remainder of wrath shalt thou restrain.

19 76 11 "Vow, and pay unto the LORD your God: let all that be round about him bring presents unto him that ought to be feared."

19 76 12 He shall cut off the spirit of princes: [he is] terrible to the kings of the earth.

19 77 1 "<To the chief Musician, to Jeduthun, A Psalm of Asaph.> I cried unto God with my voice, [even] unto God with my voice; and he gave ear unto me."

19 77 2 "In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord: my sore ran in the night, and ceased not: my soul refused to be comforted."

19 77 3 "I remembered God, and was troubled: I complained, and my spirit was overwhelmed. Selah."

19 77 4 Thou holdest mine eyes waking: I am so troubled that I cannot speak.

19 77 5 "I have considered the days of old, the years of ancient times."

19 77 6 I call to remembrance my song in the night: I commune with mine own heart: and my spirit made diligent search.

19 77 7 Will the Lord cast off for ever? and will he be favourable no more?

19 77 8 Is his mercy clean gone for ever? doth [his] promise fail for evermore?

19 77 9 Hath God forgotten to be gracious? hath he in anger shut up his tender mercies? Selah.

19 77 10 "And I said, This [is] my infirmity: [but I will remember] the years of the right hand of the most High."

19 77 11 I will remember the works of the LORD: surely I will remember thy wonders of old.

19 77 12 "I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings."

19 77 13 "Thy way, O God, [is] in the sanctuary: who [is so] great a God as [our] God?"

19 77 14 Thou [art] the God that doest wonders: thou hast declared thy strength among the people.

19 77 15 "Thou hast with [thine] arm redeemed thy people, the sons of Jacob and Joseph. Selah."

19 77 16 "The waters saw thee, O God, the waters saw thee; they were afraid: the depths also were troubled."

19 77 17 The clouds poured out water: the skies sent out a sound: thine arrows also went abroad.

19 77 18 The voice of thy thunder [was] in the heaven: the lightnings lightened the world: the earth trembled and shook.

19 77 19 "Thy way [is] in the sea, and thy path in the great waters, and thy footsteps are not known."

19 77 20 Thou leddest thy people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron.

19 78 1 "<Maschil of Asaph.> Give ear, O my people, [to] my law: incline your ears to the words of my mouth."

19 78 2 I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old:

19 78 3 "Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us."

19 78 4 "We will not hide [them] from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done."

19 78 5 "For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children:"

19 78 6 "That the generation to come might know [them, even] the children [which] should be born; [who] should arise and declare [them] to their children:"

19 78 7 "That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments:"

19 78 8 "And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation [that] set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not stedfast with God."

19 78 9 "The children of Ephraim, [being] armed, [and] carrying bows, turned back in the day of battle."

19 78 10 "They kept not the covenant of God, and refused to walk in his law;"

19 78 11 "And forgat his works, and his wonders that he had shewed them."

19 78 12 "Marvellous things did he in the sight of their fathers, in the land of Egypt, [in] the field of Zoan."

19 78 13 "He divided the sea, and caused them to pass through; and he made the waters to stand as an heap."

19 78 14 "In the daytime also he led them with a cloud, and all the night with a light of fire."

19 78 15 "He clave the rocks in the wilderness, and gave [them] drink as [out of] the great depths."

19 78 16 "He brought streams also out of the rock, and caused waters to run down like rivers."

19 78 17 And they sinned yet more against him by provoking the most High in the wilderness.

19 78 18 And they tempted God in their heart by asking meat for their lust.

19 78 19 "Yea, they spake against God; they said, Can God furnish a table in the wilderness?"

19 78 20 "Behold, he smote the rock, that the waters gushed out, and the streams overflowed; can he give bread also? can he provide flesh for his people?"

19 78 21 "Therefore the LORD heard [this], and was wroth: so a fire was kindled against Jacob, and anger also came up against Israel;"

19 78 22 "Because they believed not in God, and trusted not in his salvation:"

19 78 23 "Though he had commanded the clouds from above, and opened the doors of heaven,"

19 78 24 "And had rained down manna upon them to eat, and had given them of the corn of heaven."

19 78 25 Man did eat angels' food: he sent them meat to the full.

19 78 26 He caused an east wind to blow in the heaven: and by his power he brought in the south wind.

19 78 27 "He rained flesh also upon them as dust, and feathered fowls like as the sand of the sea:"

19 78 28 "And he let [it] fall in the midst of their camp, round about their habitations."

19 78 29 "So they did eat, and were well filled: for he gave them their own desire;"

19 78 30 "They were not estranged from their lust. But while their meat [was] yet in their mouths,"

19 78 31 "The wrath of God came upon them, and slew the fattest of them, and smote down the chosen [men] of Israel."

19 78 32 "For all this they sinned still, and believed not for his wondrous works."

19 78 33 "Therefore their days did he consume in vanity, and their years in trouble."

19 78 34 "When he slew them, then they sought him: and they returned and enquired early after God."

19 78 35 "And they remembered that God [was] their rock, and the high God their redeemer."

19 78 36 "Nevertheless they did flatter him with their mouth, and they lied unto him with their tongues."

19 78 37 "For their heart was not right with him, neither were they stedfast in his covenant."

19 78 38 "But he, [being] full of compassion, forgave [their] iniquity, and destroyed [them] not: yea, many a time turned he his anger away, and did not stir up all his wrath."

19 78 39 "For he remembered that they [were but] flesh; a wind that passeth away, and cometh not again."

19 78 40 "How oft did they provoke him in the wilderness, [and] grieve him in the desert!"

19 78 41 "Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel."

19 78 42 "They remembered not his hand, [nor] the day when he delivered them from the enemy."

19 78 43 "How he had wrought his signs in Egypt, and his wonders in the field of Zoan:"

19 78 44 "And had turned their rivers into blood; and their floods, that they could not drink."

19 78 45 "He sent divers sorts of flies among them, which devoured them; and frogs, which destroyed them."

19 78 46 "He gave also their increase unto the caterpiller, and their labour unto the locust."

19 78 47 "He destroyed their vines with hail, and their sycomore trees with frost."

19 78 48 "He gave up their cattle also to the hail, and their flocks to hot thunderbolts."

19 78 49 "He cast upon them the fierceness of his anger, wrath, and indignation, and trouble, by sending evil angels [among them]."

19 78 50 "He made a way to his anger; he spared not their soul from death, but gave their life over to the pestilence;"

19 78 51 And smote all the firstborn in Egypt; the chief of [their] strength in the tabernacles of Ham:

19 78 52 "But made his own people to go forth like sheep, and guided them in the wilderness like a flock."

19 78 53 "And he led them on safely, so that they feared not: but the sea overwhelmed their enemies."

19 78 54 "And he brought them to the border of his sanctuary, [even to] this mountain, [which] his right hand had purchased."

19 78 55 "He cast out the heathen also before them, and divided them an inheritance by line, and made the tribes of Israel to dwell in their tents."

19 78 56 "Yet they tempted and provoked the most high God, and kept not his testimonies:"

19 78 57 "But turned back, and dealt unfaithfully like their fathers: they were turned aside like a deceitful bow."

19 78 58 "For they provoked him to anger with their high places, and moved him to jealousy with their graven images."

19 78 59 "When God heard [this], he was wroth, and greatly abhorred Israel:"

19 78 60 "So that he forsook the tabernacle of Shiloh, the tent [which] he placed among men;"

19 78 61 "And delivered his strength into captivity, and his glory into the enemy's hand."

19 78 62 He gave his people over also unto the sword; and was wroth with his inheritance.

19 78 63 The fire consumed their young men; and their maidens were not given to marriage.

19 78 64 Their priests fell by the sword; and their widows made no lamentation.

19 78 65 "Then the Lord awaked as one out of sleep, [and] like a mighty man that shouteth by reason of wine."

19 78 66 And he smote his enemies in the hinder parts: he put them to a perpetual reproach.

19 78 67 "Moreover he refused the tabernacle of Joseph, and chose not the tribe of Ephraim:"

19 78 68 "But chose the tribe of Judah, the mount Zion which he loved."

19 78 69 "And he built his sanctuary like high [palaces], like the earth which he hath established for ever."

19 78 70 "He chose David also his servant, and took him from the sheepfolds:"

19 78 71 "From following the ewes great with young he brought him to feed Jacob his people, and Israel his inheritance."

19 78 72 So he fed them according to the integrity of his heart; and guided them by the skilfulness of his hands.

19 79 1 "<A Psalm of Asaph.> O God, the heathen are come into thine inheritance; thy holy temple have they defiled; they have laid Jerusalem on heaps."

19 79 2 "The dead bodies of thy servants have they given [to be] meat unto the fowls of the heaven, the flesh of thy saints unto the beasts of the earth."

19 79 3 Their blood have they shed like water round about Jerusalem; and [there was] none to bury [them].

19 79 4 "We are become a reproach to our neighbours, a scorn and derision to them that are round about us."

19 79 5 "How long, LORD? wilt thou be angry for ever? shall thy jealousy burn like fire?"

19 79 6 "Pour out thy wrath upon the heathen that have not known thee, and upon the kingdoms that have not called upon thy name."

19 79 7 "For they have devoured Jacob, and laid waste his dwelling place."

19 79 8 O remember not against us former iniquities: let thy tender mercies speedily prevent us: for we are brought very low.

19 79 9 "Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of thy name: and deliver us, and purge away our sins, for thy name's sake."

19 79 10 "Wherefore should the heathen say, Where [is] their God? let him be known among the heathen in our sight [by] the revenging of the blood of thy servants [which is] shed."

19 79 11 Let the sighing of the prisoner come before thee; according to the greatness of thy power preserve thou those that are appointed to die;

19 79 12 "And render unto our neighbours sevenfold into their bosom their reproach, wherewith they have reproached thee, O Lord."

19 79 13 So we thy people and sheep of thy pasture will give thee thanks for ever: we will shew forth thy praise to all generations.

19 80 1 "<To the chief Musician upon Shoshannimeduth, A Psalm of Asaph.> Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, thou that leadest Joseph like a flock; thou that dwellest [between] the cherubims, shine forth."

19 80 2 "Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh stir up thy strength, and come [and] save us."

19 80 3 "Turn us again, O God, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved."

19 80 4 "O LORD God of hosts, how long wilt thou be angry against the prayer of thy people?"

19 80 5 Thou feedest them with the bread of tears; and givest them tears to drink in great measure.

19 80 6 Thou makest us a strife unto our neighbours: and our enemies laugh among themselves.

19 80 7 "Turn us again, O God of hosts, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved."

19 80 8 "Thou hast brought a vine out of Egypt: thou hast cast out the heathen, and planted it."

19 80 9 "Thou preparedst [room] before it, and didst cause it to take deep root, and it filled the land."

19 80 10 "The hills were covered with the shadow of it, and the boughs thereof [were like] the goodly cedars."

19 80 11 "She sent out her boughs unto the sea, and her branches unto the river."

19 80 12 "Why hast thou [then] broken down her hedges, so that all they which pass by the way do pluck her?"

19 80 13 "The boar out of the wood doth waste it, and the wild beast of the field doth devour it."

19 80 14 "Return, we beseech thee, O God of hosts: look down from heaven, and behold, and visit this vine;"

19 80 15 "And the vineyard which thy right hand hath planted, and the branch [that] thou madest strong for thyself."

19 80 16 "[It is] burned with fire, [it is] cut down: they perish at the rebuke of thy countenance."

19 80 17 "Let thy hand be upon the man of thy right hand, upon the son of man [whom] thou madest strong for thyself."

19 80 18 "So will not we go back from thee: quicken us, and we will call upon thy name."

19 80 19 "Turn us again, O LORD God of hosts, cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved."

19 81 1 "<To the chief Musician upon Gittith, [A Psalm] of Asaph.> Sing aloud unto God our strength: make a joyful noise unto the God of Jacob."

19 81 2 "Take a psalm, and bring hither the timbrel, the pleasant harp with the psaltery."

19 81 3 "Blow up the trumpet in the new moon, in the time appointed, on our solemn feast day."

19 81 4 "For this [was] a statute for Israel, [and] a law of the God of Jacob."

19 81 5 "This he ordained in Joseph [for] a testimony, when he went out through the land of Egypt: [where] I heard a language [that] I understood not."

19 81 6 I removed his shoulder from the burden: his hands were delivered from the pots.

19 81 7 "Thou calledst in trouble, and I delivered thee; I answered thee in the secret place of thunder: I proved thee at the waters of Meribah. Selah."

19 81 8 "Hear, O my people, and I will testify unto thee: O Israel, if thou wilt hearken unto me;"

19 81 9 There shall no strange god be in thee; neither shalt thou worship any strange god.

19 81 10 "I [am] the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it."

19 81 11 But my people would not hearken to my voice; and Israel would none of me.

19 81 12 So I gave them up unto their own hearts' lust: [and] they walked in their own counsels.

19 81 13 "Oh that my people had hearkened unto me, [and] Israel had walked in my ways!"

19 81 14 "I should soon have subdued their enemies, and turned my hand against their adversaries."

19 81 15 The haters of the LORD should have submitted themselves unto him: but their time should have endured for ever.

19 81 16 He should have fed them also with the finest of the wheat: and with honey out of the rock should I have satisfied thee.

19 82 1 <A Psalm of Asaph.> God standeth in the congregation of the mighty; he judgeth among the gods.

19 82 2 "How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? Selah."

19 82 3 Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy.

19 82 4 Deliver the poor and needy: rid [them] out of the hand of the wicked.

19 82 5 "They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course."

19 82 6 "I have said, Ye [are] gods; and all of you [are] children of the most High."

19 82 7 "But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes."

19 82 8 "Arise, O God, judge the earth: for thou shalt inherit all nations."

19 83 1 "<A Song [or] Psalm of Asaph.> Keep not thou silence, O God: hold not thy peace, and be not still, O God."

19 83 2 "For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult: and they that hate thee have lifted up the head."

19 83 3 "They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones."

19 83 4 "They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from [being] a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance."

19 83 5 For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee:

19 83 6 "The tabernacles of Edom, and the Ishmaelites; of Moab, and the Hagarenes;"

19 83 7 "Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek; the Philistines with the inhabitants of Tyre;"

19 83 8 Assur also is joined with them: they have holpen the children of Lot. Selah.

19 83 9 "Do unto them as [unto] the Midianites; as [to] Sisera, as [to] Jabin, at the brook of Kison:"

19 83 10 [Which] perished at Endor: they became [as] dung for the earth.

19 83 11 "Make their nobles like Oreb, and like Zeeb: yea, all their princes as Zebah, and as Zalmunna:"

19 83 12 "Who said, Let us take to ourselves the houses of God in possession."

19 83 13 "O my God, make them like a wheel; as the stubble before the wind."

19 83 14 "As the fire burneth a wood, and as the flame setteth the mountains on fire;"

19 83 15 "So persecute them with thy tempest, and make them afraid with thy storm."

19 83 16 "Fill their faces with shame; that they may seek thy name, O LORD."

19 83 17 "Let them be confounded and troubled for ever; yea, let them be put to shame, and perish:"

19 83 18 "That [men] may know that thou, whose name alone [is] JEHOVAH, [art] the most high over all the earth."

19 84 1 "<To the chief Musician upon Gittith, A Psalm for the sons of Korah.> How amiable [are] thy tabernacles, O LORD of hosts!"

19 84 2 "My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the LORD: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God."

19 84 3 "Yea, the sparrow hath found an house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, [even] thine altars, O LORD of hosts, my King, and my God."

19 84 4 Blessed [are] they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee. Selah.

19 84 5 Blessed [is] the man whose strength [is] in thee; in whose heart [are] the ways [of them].

19 84 6 [Who] passing through the valley of Baca make it a well; the rain also filleth the pools.

19 84 7 "They go from strength to strength, [every one of them] in Zion appeareth before God."

19 84 8 "O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer: give ear, O God of Jacob. Selah."

19 84 9 "Behold, O God our shield, and look upon the face of thine anointed."

19 84 10 "For a day in thy courts [is] better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness."

19 84 11 For the LORD God [is] a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good [thing] will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.

19 84 12 "O LORD of hosts, blessed [is] the man that trusteth in thee."

19 85 1 "<To the chief Musician, A Psalm for the sons of Korah.> LORD, thou hast been favourable unto thy land: thou hast brought back the captivity of Jacob."

19 85 2 "Thou hast forgiven the iniquity of thy people, thou hast covered all their sin. Selah."

19 85 3 Thou hast taken away all thy wrath: thou hast turned [thyself] from the fierceness of thine anger.

19 85 4 "Turn us, O God of our salvation, and cause thine anger toward us to cease."

19 85 5 Wilt thou be angry with us for ever? wilt thou draw out thine anger to all generations?

19 85 6 Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?

19 85 7 "Shew us thy mercy, O LORD, and grant us thy salvation."

19 85 8 "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."

19 85 9 Surely his salvation [is] nigh them that fear him; that glory may dwell in our land.

19 85 10 Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed [each other].

19 85 11 Truth shall spring out of the earth; and righteousness shall look down from heaven.

19 85 12 "Yea, the LORD shall give [that which is] good; and our land shall yield her increase."

19 85 13 Righteousness shall go before him; and shall set [us] in the way of his steps.

19 86 1 "<A Prayer of David.> Bow down thine ear, O LORD, hear me: for I [am] poor and needy."

19 86 2 "Preserve my soul; for I [am] holy: O thou my God, save thy servant that trusteth in thee."

19 86 3 "Be merciful unto me, O Lord: for I cry unto thee daily."

19 86 4 "Rejoice the soul of thy servant: for unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul."

19 86 5 "For thou, Lord, [art] good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee."

19 86 6 "Give ear, O LORD, unto my prayer; and attend to the voice of my supplications."

19 86 7 In the day of my trouble I will call upon thee: for thou wilt answer me.

19 86 8 "Among the gods [there is] none like unto thee, O Lord; neither [are there any works] like unto thy works."

19 86 9 "All nations whom thou hast made shall come and worship before thee, O Lord; and shall glorify thy name."

19 86 10 "For thou [art] great, and doest wondrous things: thou [art] God alone."

19 86 11 "Teach me thy way, O LORD; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name."

19 86 12 "I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name for evermore."

19 86 13 For great [is] thy mercy toward me: and thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest hell.

19 86 14 "O God, the proud are risen against me, and the assemblies of violent [men] have sought after my soul; and have not set thee before them."

19 86 15 "But thou, O Lord, [art] a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth."

19 86 16 "O turn unto me, and have mercy upon me; give thy strength unto thy servant, and save the son of thine handmaid."

19 86 17 "Shew me a token for good; that they which hate me may see [it], and be ashamed: because thou, LORD, hast holpen me, and comforted me."

19 87 1 <A Psalm [or] Song for the sons of Korah.> His foundation [is] in the holy mountains.

19 87 2 The LORD loveth the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob.

19 87 3 "Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God. Selah."

19 87 4 "I will make mention of Rahab and Babylon to them that know me: behold Philistia, and Tyre, with Ethiopia; this [man] was born there."

19 87 5 "And of Zion it shall be said, This and that man was born in her: and the highest himself shall establish her."

19 87 6 "The LORD shall count, when he writeth up the people, [that] this [man] was born there. Selah."

19 87 7 As well the singers as the players on instruments [shall be there]: all my springs [are] in thee.

19 88 1 "<A Song [or] Psalm for the sons of Korah, to the chief Musician upon Mahalath Leannoth, Maschil of Heman the Ezrahite.> O LORD God of my salvation, I have cried day [and] night before thee:"

19 88 2 Let my prayer come before thee: incline thine ear unto my cry;

19 88 3 For my soul is full of troubles: and my life draweth nigh unto the grave.

19 88 4 I am counted with them that go down into the pit: I am as a man [that hath] no strength:

19 88 5 "Free among the dead, like the slain that lie in the grave, whom thou rememberest no more: and they are cut off from thy hand."

19 88 6 "Thou hast laid me in the lowest pit, in darkness, in the deeps."

19 88 7 "Thy wrath lieth hard upon me, and thou hast afflicted [me] with all thy waves. Selah."

19 88 8 "Thou hast put away mine acquaintance far from me; thou hast made me an abomination unto them: [I am] shut up, and I cannot come forth."

19 88 9 "Mine eye mourneth by reason of affliction: LORD, I have called daily upon thee, I have stretched out my hands unto thee."

19 88 10 Wilt thou shew wonders to the dead? shall the dead arise [and] praise thee? Selah.

19 88 11 Shall thy lovingkindness be declared in the grave? [or] thy faithfulness in destruction?

19 88 12 Shall thy wonders be known in the dark? and thy righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?

19 88 13 "But unto thee have I cried, O LORD; and in the morning shall my prayer prevent thee."

19 88 14 "LORD, why castest thou off my soul? [why] hidest thou thy face from me?"

19 88 15 I [am] afflicted and ready to die from [my] youth up: [while] I suffer thy terrors I am distracted.

19 88 16 Thy fierce wrath goeth over me; thy terrors have cut me off.

19 88 17 They came round about me daily like water; they compassed me about together.

19 88 18 "Lover and friend hast thou put far from me, [and] mine acquaintance into darkness."

19 89 1 <Maschil of Ethan the Ezrahite.> I will sing of the mercies of the LORD for ever: with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations.

19 89 2 "For I have said, Mercy shall be built up for ever: thy faithfulness shalt thou establish in the very heavens."

19 89 3 "I have made a covenant with my chosen, I have sworn unto David my servant,"

19 89 4 "Thy seed will I establish for ever, and build up thy throne to all generations. Selah."

19 89 5 "And the heavens shall praise thy wonders, O LORD: thy faithfulness also in the congregation of the saints."

19 89 6 For who in the heaven can be compared unto the LORD? [who] among the sons of the mighty can be likened unto the LORD?

19 89 7 "God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be had in reverence of all [them that are] about him."

19 89 8 "O LORD God of hosts, who [is] a strong LORD like unto thee? or to thy faithfulness round about thee?"

19 89 9 "Thou rulest the raging of the sea: when the waves thereof arise, thou stillest them."

19 89 10 "Thou hast broken Rahab in pieces, as one that is slain; thou hast scattered thine enemies with thy strong arm."

19 89 11 "The heavens [are] thine, the earth also [is] thine: [as for] the world and the fulness thereof, thou hast founded them."

19 89 12 The north and the south thou hast created them: Tabor and Hermon shall rejoice in thy name.

19 89 13 "Thou hast a mighty arm: strong is thy hand, [and] high is thy right hand."

19 89 14 Justice and judgment [are] the habitation of thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before thy face.

19 89 15 "Blessed [is] the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O LORD, in the light of thy countenance."

19 89 16 In thy name shall they rejoice all the day: and in thy righteousness shall they be exalted.

19 89 17 For thou [art] the glory of their strength: and in thy favour our horn shall be exalted.

19 89 18 For the LORD [is] our defence; and the Holy One of Israel [is] our king.

19 89 19 "Then thou spakest in vision to thy holy one, and saidst, I have laid help upon [one that is] mighty; I have exalted [one] chosen out of the people."

19 89 20 I have found David my servant; with my holy oil have I anointed him:

19 89 21 With whom my hand shall be established: mine arm also shall strengthen him.

19 89 22 The enemy shall not exact upon him; nor the son of wickedness afflict him.

19 89 23 "And I will beat down his foes before his face, and plague them that hate him."

19 89 24 But my faithfulness and my mercy [shall be] with him: and in my name shall his horn be exalted.

19 89 25 "I will set his hand also in the sea, and his right hand in the rivers."

19 89 26 "He shall cry unto me, Thou [art] my father, my God, and the rock of my salvation."

19 89 27 "Also I will make him [my] firstborn, higher than the kings of the earth."

19 89 28 "My mercy will I keep for him for evermore, and my covenant shall stand fast with him."

19 89 29 "His seed also will I make [to endure] for ever, and his throne as the days of heaven."

19 89 30 "If his children forsake my law, and walk not in my judgments;"

19 89 31 "If they break my statutes, and keep not my commandments;"

19 89 32 "Then will I visit their transgression with the rod, and their iniquity with stripes."

19 89 33 "Nevertheless my lovingkindness will I not utterly take from him, nor suffer my faithfulness to fail."

19 89 34 "My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips."

19 89 35 Once have I sworn by my holiness that I will not lie unto David.

19 89 36 "His seed shall endure for ever, and his throne as the sun before me."

19 89 37 "It shall be established for ever as the moon, and [as] a faithful witness in heaven. Selah."

19 89 38 "But thou hast cast off and abhorred, thou hast been wroth with thine anointed."

19 89 39 Thou hast made void the covenant of thy servant: thou hast profaned his crown [by casting it] to the ground.

19 89 40 Thou hast broken down all his hedges; thou hast brought his strong holds to ruin.

19 89 41 All that pass by the way spoil him: he is a reproach to his neighbours.

19 89 42 Thou hast set up the right hand of his adversaries; thou hast made all his enemies to rejoice.

19 89 43 "Thou hast also turned the edge of his sword, and hast not made him to stand in the battle."

19 89 44 "Thou hast made his glory to cease, and cast his throne down to the ground."

19 89 45 The days of his youth hast thou shortened: thou hast covered him with shame. Selah.

19 89 46 "How long, LORD? wilt thou hide thyself for ever? shall thy wrath burn like fire?"

19 89 47 Remember how short my time is: wherefore hast thou made all men in vain?

19 89 48 "What man [is he that] liveth, and shall not see death? shall he deliver his soul from the hand of the grave? Selah."

19 89 49 "Lord, where [are] thy former lovingkindnesses, [which] thou swarest unto David in thy truth?"

19 89 50 "Remember, Lord, the reproach of thy servants; [how] I do bear in my bosom [the reproach of] all the mighty people;"

19 89 51 "Wherewith thine enemies have reproached, O LORD; wherewith they have reproached the footsteps of thine anointed."

19 89 52 "Blessed [be] the LORD for evermore. Amen, and Amen."

19 90 1 "<A Prayer of Moses the man of God.> Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations."

19 90 2 "Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou [art] God."

19 90 3 "Thou turnest man to destruction; and sayest, Return, ye children of men."

19 90 4 "For a thousand years in thy sight [are but] as yesterday when it is past, and [as] a watch in the night."

19 90 5 Thou carriest them away as with a flood; they are [as] a sleep: in the morning [they are] like grass [which] groweth up.

19 90 6 "In the morning it flourisheth, and groweth up; in the evening it is cut down, and withereth."

19 90 7 "For we are consumed by thine anger, and by thy wrath are we troubled."

19 90 8 "Thou hast set our iniquities before thee, our secret [sins] in the light of thy countenance."

19 90 9 For all our days are passed away in thy wrath: we spend our years as a tale [that is told].

19 90 10 "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."

19 90 11 "Who knoweth the power of thine anger? even according to thy fear, [so is] thy wrath."

19 90 12 "So teach [us] to number our days, that we may apply [our] hearts unto wisdom."

19 90 13 "Return, O LORD, how long? and let it repent thee concerning thy servants."

19 90 14 O satisfy us early with thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.

19 90 15 "Make us glad according to the days [wherein] thou hast afflicted us, [and] the years [wherein] we have seen evil."

19 90 16 "Let thy work appear unto thy servants, and thy glory unto their children."

19 90 17 "And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it."

19 91 1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

19 91 2 "I will say of the LORD, [He is] my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust."

19 91 3 "Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, [and] from the noisome pestilence."

19 91 4 "He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth [shall be thy] shield and buckler."

19 91 5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; [nor] for the arrow [that] flieth by day;

19 91 6 [Nor] for the pestilence [that] walketh in darkness; [nor] for the destruction [that] wasteth at noonday.

19 91 7 "A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; [but] it shall not come nigh thee."

19 91 8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.

19 91 9 "Because thou hast made the LORD, [which is] my refuge, [even] the most High, thy habitation;"

19 91 10 "There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling."

19 91 11 "For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways."

19 91 12 "They shall bear thee up in [their] hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone."

19 91 13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.

19 91 14 "Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name."

19 91 15 "He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I [will be] with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him."

19 91 16 "With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation."

19 92 1 "<A Psalm [or] Song for the sabbath day.> [It is a] good [thing] to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High:"

19 92 2 "To shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night,"

19 92 3 "Upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the psaltery; upon the harp with a solemn sound."

19 92 4 "For thou, LORD, hast made me glad through thy work: I will triumph in the works of thy hands."

19 92 5 "O LORD, how great are thy works! [and] thy thoughts are very deep."

19 92 6 A brutish man knoweth not; neither doth a fool understand this.

19 92 7 "When the wicked spring as the grass, and when all the workers of iniquity do flourish; [it is] that they shall be destroyed for ever:"

19 92 8 "But thou, LORD, [art most] high for evermore."

19 92 9 "For, lo, thine enemies, O LORD, for, lo, thine enemies shall perish; all the workers of iniquity shall be scattered."

19 92 10 But my horn shalt thou exalt like [the horn of] an unicorn: I shall be anointed with fresh oil.

19 92 11 "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."

19 92 12 The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.

19 92 13 Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God.

19 92 14 They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing;

19 92 15 "To shew that the LORD [is] upright: [he is] my rock, and [there is] no unrighteousness in him."

19 93 1 "The LORD reigneth, he is clothed with majesty; the LORD is clothed with strength, [wherewith] he hath girded himself: the world also is stablished, that it cannot be moved."

19 93 2 Thy throne [is] established of old: thou [art] from everlasting.

19 93 3 "The floods have lifted up, O LORD, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their waves."

19 93 4 "The LORD on high [is] mightier than the noise of many waters, [yea, than] the mighty waves of the sea."

19 93 5 "Thy testimonies are very sure: holiness becometh thine house, O LORD, for ever."

19 94 1 "O LORD God, to whom vengeance belongeth; O God, to whom vengeance belongeth, shew thyself."

19 94 2 "Lift up thyself, thou judge of the earth: render a reward to the proud."

19 94 3 "LORD, how long shall the wicked, how long shall the wicked triumph?"

19 94 4 [How long] shall they utter [and] speak hard things? [and] all the workers of iniquity boast themselves?

19 94 5 "They break in pieces thy people, O LORD, and afflict thine heritage."

19 94 6 "They slay the widow and the stranger, and murder the fatherless."

19 94 7 "Yet they say, The LORD shall not see, neither shall the God of Jacob regard [it]."

19 94 8 "Understand, ye brutish among the people: and [ye] fools, when will ye be wise?"

19 94 9 "He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? he that formed the eye, shall he not see?"

19 94 10 "He that chastiseth the heathen, shall not he correct? he that teacheth man knowledge, [shall not he know]?"

19 94 11 "The LORD knoweth the thoughts of man, that they [are] vanity."

19 94 12 "Blessed [is] the man whom thou chastenest, O LORD, and teachest him out of thy law;"

19 94 13 "That thou mayest give him rest from the days of adversity, until the pit be digged for the wicked."

19 94 14 "For the LORD will not cast off his people, neither will he forsake his inheritance."

19 94 15 But judgment shall return unto righteousness: and all the upright in heart shall follow it.

19 94 16 Who will rise up for me against the evildoers? [or] who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?

19 94 17 "Unless the LORD [had been] my help, my soul had almost dwelt in silence."

19 94 18 "When I said, My foot slippeth; thy mercy, O LORD, held me up."

19 94 19 In the multitude of my thoughts within me thy comforts delight my soul.

19 94 20 "Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with thee, which frameth mischief by a law?"

19 94 21 "They gather themselves together against the soul of the righteous, and condemn the innocent blood."

19 94 22 But the LORD is my defence; and my God [is] the rock of my refuge.

19 94 23 "And he shall bring upon them their own iniquity, and shall cut them off in their own wickedness; [yea], the LORD our God shall cut them off."

19 95 1 "O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation."

19 95 2 "Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms."

19 95 3 "For the LORD [is] a great God, and a great King above all gods."

19 95 4 In his hand [are] the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills [is] his also.

19 95 5 "The sea [is] his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry [land]."

19 95 6 "O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker."

19 95 7 "For he [is] our God; and we [are] the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. To day if ye will hear his voice,"

19 95 8 "Harden not your heart, as in the provocation, [and] as [in] the day of temptation in the wilderness:"

19 95 9 "When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my work."

19 95 10 "Forty years long was I grieved with [this] generation, and said, It [is] a people that do err in their heart, and they have not known my ways:"

19 95 11 Unto whom I sware in my wrath that they should not enter into my rest.

19 96 1 "O sing unto the LORD a new song: sing unto the LORD, all the earth."

19 96 2 "Sing unto the LORD, bless his name; shew forth his salvation from day to day."

19 96 3 "Declare his glory among the heathen, his wonders among all people."

19 96 4 "For the LORD [is] great, and greatly to be praised: he [is] to be feared above all gods."

19 96 5 For all the gods of the nations [are] idols: but the LORD made the heavens.

19 96 6 Honour and majesty [are] before him: strength and beauty [are] in his sanctuary.

19 96 7 "Give unto the LORD, O ye kindreds of the people, give unto the LORD glory and strength."

19 96 8 "Give unto the LORD the glory [due unto] his name: bring an offering, and come into his courts."

19 96 9 "O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth."

19 96 10 Say among the heathen [that] the LORD reigneth: the world also shall be established that it shall not be moved: he shall judge the people righteously.

19 96 11 "Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof."

19 96 12 "Let the field be joyful, and all that [is] therein: then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice"

19 96 13 "Before the LORD: for he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth: he shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth."

19 97 1 The LORD reigneth; let the earth rejoice; let the multitude of isles be glad [thereof].

19 97 2 Clouds and darkness [are] round about him: righteousness and judgment [are] the habitation of his throne.

19 97 3 "A fire goeth before him, and burneth up his enemies round about."

19 97 4 "His lightnings enlightened the world: the earth saw, and trembled."

19 97 5 "The hills melted like wax at the presence of the LORD, at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth."

19 97 6 "The heavens declare his righteousness, and all the people see his glory."

19 97 7 "Confounded be all they that serve graven images, that boast themselves of idols: worship him, all [ye] gods."

19 97 8 "Zion heard, and was glad; and the daughters of Judah rejoiced because of thy judgments, O LORD."

19 97 9 "For thou, LORD, [art] high above all the earth: thou art exalted far above all gods."

19 97 10 "Ye that love the LORD, hate evil: he preserveth the souls of his saints; he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked."

19 97 11 "Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart."

19 97 12 "Rejoice in the LORD, ye righteous; and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness."

19 98 1 "<A Psalm.> O sing unto the LORD a new song; for he hath done marvellous things: his right hand, and his holy arm, hath gotten him the victory."

19 98 2 The LORD hath made known his salvation: his righteousness hath he openly shewed in the sight of the heathen.

19 98 3 He hath remembered his mercy and his truth toward the house of Israel: all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.

19 98 4 "Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise."

19 98 5 "Sing unto the LORD with the harp; with the harp, and the voice of a psalm."

19 98 6 "With trumpets and sound of cornet make a joyful noise before the LORD, the King."

19 98 7 "Let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein."

19 98 8 Let the floods clap [their] hands: let the hills be joyful together

19 98 9 "Before the LORD; for he cometh to judge the earth: with righteousness shall he judge the world, and the people with equity."

19 99 1 The LORD reigneth; let the people tremble: he sitteth [between] the cherubims; let the earth be moved.

19 99 2 The LORD [is] great in Zion; and he [is] high above all the people.

19 99 3 Let them praise thy great and terrible name; [for] it [is] holy.

19 99 4 "The king's strength also loveth judgment; thou dost establish equity, thou executest judgment and righteousness in Jacob."

19 99 5 "Exalt ye the LORD our God, and worship at his footstool; [for] he [is] holy."

19 99 6 "Moses and Aaron among his priests, and Samuel among them that call upon his name; they called upon the LORD, and he answered them."

19 99 7 "He spake unto them in the cloudy pillar: they kept his testimonies, and the ordinance [that] he gave them."

19 99 8 "Thou answeredst them, O LORD our God: thou wast a God that forgavest them, though thou tookest vengeance of their inventions."

19 99 9 "Exalt the LORD our God, and worship at his holy hill; for the LORD our God [is] holy."

19 100 1 "<A Psalm of praise.> Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands."

19 100 2 Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.

19 100 3 "Know ye that the LORD he [is] God: [it is] he [that] hath made us, and not we ourselves; [we are] his people, and the sheep of his pasture."

19 100 4 "Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, [and] into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, [and] bless his name."

19 100 5 For the LORD [is] good; his mercy [is] everlasting; and his truth [endureth] to all generations.

19 101 1 "<A Psalm of David.> I will sing of mercy and judgment: unto thee, O LORD, will I sing."

19 101 2 I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when wilt thou come unto me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart.

19 101 3 I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; [it] shall not cleave to me.

19 101 4 A froward heart shall depart from me: I will not know a wicked [person].

19 101 5 "Whoso privily slandereth his neighbour, him will I cut off: him that hath an high look and a proud heart will not I suffer."

19 101 6 "Mine eyes [shall be] upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me: he that walketh in a perfect way, he shall serve me."

19 101 7 He that worketh deceit shall not dwell within my house: he that telleth lies shall not tarry in my sight.

19 101 8 I will early destroy all the wicked of the land; that I may cut off all wicked doers from the city of the LORD.

19 102 1 "<A Prayer of the afflicted, when he is overwhelmed, and poureth out his complaint before the LORD.> Hear my prayer, O LORD, and let my cry come unto thee."

19 102 2 Hide not thy face from me in the day [when] I am in trouble; incline thine ear unto me: in the day [when] I call answer me speedily.

19 102 3 "For my days are consumed like smoke, and my bones are burned as an hearth."

19 102 4 "My heart is smitten, and withered like grass; so that I forget to eat my bread."

19 102 5 By reason of the voice of my groaning my bones cleave to my skin.

19 102 6 I am like a pelican of the wilderness: I am like an owl of the desert.

19 102 7 "I watch, and am as a sparrow alone upon the house top."

19 102 8 Mine enemies reproach me all the day; [and] they that are mad against me are sworn against me.

19 102 9 "For I have eaten ashes like bread, and mingled my drink with weeping,"

19 102 10 "Because of thine indignation and thy wrath: for thou hast lifted me up, and cast me down."

19 102 11 My days [are] like a shadow that declineth; and I am withered like grass.

19 102 12 "But thou, O LORD, shalt endure for ever; and thy remembrance unto all generations."

19 102 13 "Thou shalt arise, [and] have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her, yea, the set time, is come."

19 102 14 "For thy servants take pleasure in her stones, and favour the dust thereof."

19 102 15 "So the heathen shall fear the name of the LORD, and all the kings of the earth thy glory."

19 102 16 "When the LORD shall build up Zion, he shall appear in his glory."

19 102 17 "He will regard the prayer of the destitute, and not despise their prayer."

19 102 18 This shall be written for the generation to come: and the people which shall be created shall praise the LORD.

19 102 19 For he hath looked down from the height of his sanctuary; from heaven did the LORD behold the earth;

19 102 20 To hear the groaning of the prisoner; to loose those that are appointed to death;

19 102 21 "To declare the name of the LORD in Zion, and his praise in Jerusalem;"

19 102 22 "When the people are gathered together, and the kingdoms, to serve the LORD."

19 102 23 He weakened my strength in the way; he shortened my days.

19 102 24 "I said, O my God, take me not away in the midst of my days: thy years [are] throughout all generations."

19 102 25 Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens [are] the work of thy hands.

19 102 26 "They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed:"

19 102 27 "But thou [art] the same, and thy years shall have no end."

19 102 28 "The children of thy servants shall continue, and their seed shall be established before thee."

19 103 1 "<[A Psalm] of David.> Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, [bless] his holy name."

19 103 2 "Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:"

19 103 3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;

19 103 4 Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;

19 103 5 Who satisfieth thy mouth with good [things; so that] thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.

19 103 6 The LORD executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.

19 103 7 "He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel."

19 103 8 "The LORD [is] merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy."

19 103 9 He will not always chide: neither will he keep [his anger] for ever.

19 103 10 He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.

19 103 11 "For as the heaven is high above the earth, [so] great is his mercy toward them that fear him."

19 103 12 "As far as the east is from the west, [so] far hath he removed our transgressions from us."

19 103 13 "Like as a father pitieth [his] children, [so] the LORD pitieth them that fear him."

19 103 14 For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we [are] dust.

19 103 15 "[As for] man, his days [are] as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth."

19 103 16 "For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more."

19 103 17 "But the mercy of the LORD [is] from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children;"

19 103 18 "To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them."

19 103 19 The LORD hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all.

19 103 20 "Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word."

19 103 21 "Bless ye the LORD, all [ye] his hosts; [ye] ministers of his, that do his pleasure."

19 103 22 "Bless the LORD, all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the LORD, O my soul."

19 104 1 "Bless the LORD, O my soul. O LORD my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty."

19 104 2 Who coverest [thyself] with light as [with] a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain:

19 104 3 Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters: who maketh the clouds his chariot: who walketh upon the wings of the wind:

19 104 4 Who maketh his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire:

19 104 5 "[Who] laid the foundations of the earth, [that] it should not be removed for ever."

19 104 6 Thou coveredst it with the deep as [with] a garment: the waters stood above the mountains.

19 104 7 At thy rebuke they fled; at the voice of thy thunder they hasted away.

19 104 8 They go up by the mountains; they go down by the valleys unto the place which thou hast founded for them.

19 104 9 Thou hast set a bound that they may not pass over; that they turn not again to cover the earth.

19 104 10 "He sendeth the springs into the valleys, [which] run among the hills."

19 104 11 They give drink to every beast of the field: the wild asses quench their thirst.

19 104 12 "By them shall the fowls of the heaven have their habitation, [which] sing among the branches."

19 104 13 He watereth the hills from his chambers: the earth is satisfied with the fruit of thy works.

19 104 14 "He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth;"

19 104 15 "And wine [that] maketh glad the heart of man, [and] oil to make [his] face to shine, and bread [which] strengtheneth man's heart."

19 104 16 "The trees of the LORD are full [of sap]; the cedars of Lebanon, which he hath planted;"

19 104 17 "Where the birds make their nests: [as for] the stork, the fir trees [are] her house."

19 104 18 The high hills [are] a refuge for the wild goats; [and] the rocks for the conies.

19 104 19 He appointed the moon for seasons: the sun knoweth his going down.

19 104 20 "Thou makest darkness, and it is night: wherein all the beasts of the forest do creep [forth]."

19 104 21 "The young lions roar after their prey, and seek their meat from God."

19 104 22 "The sun ariseth, they gather themselves together, and lay them down in their dens."

19 104 23 Man goeth forth unto his work and to his labour until the evening.

19 104 24 "O LORD, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches."

19 104 25 "[So is] this great and wide sea, wherein [are] things creeping innumerable, both small and great beasts."

19 104 26 "There go the ships: [there is] that leviathan, [whom] thou hast made to play therein."

19 104 27 These wait all upon thee; that thou mayest give [them] their meat in due season.

19 104 28 "[That] thou givest them they gather: thou openest thine hand, they are filled with good."

19 104 29 "Thou hidest thy face, they are troubled: thou takest away their breath, they die, and return to their dust."

19 104 30 "Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are created: and thou renewest the face of the earth."

19 104 31 The glory of the LORD shall endure for ever: the LORD shall rejoice in his works.

19 104 32 "He looketh on the earth, and it trembleth: he toucheth the hills, and they smoke."

19 104 33 I will sing unto the LORD as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.

19 104 34 My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the LORD.

19 104 35 "Let the sinners be consumed out of the earth, and let the wicked be no more. Bless thou the LORD, O my soul. Praise ye the LORD."

19 105 1 O give thanks unto the LORD; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people.

19 105 2 "Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk ye of all his wondrous works."

19 105 3 Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD.

19 105 4 "Seek the LORD, and his strength: seek his face evermore."

19 105 5 "Remember his marvellous works that he hath done; his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth;"

19 105 6 "O ye seed of Abraham his servant, ye children of Jacob his chosen."

19 105 7 He [is] the LORD our God: his judgments [are] in all the earth.

19 105 8 "He hath remembered his covenant for ever, the word [which] he commanded to a thousand generations."

19 105 9 "Which [covenant] he made with Abraham, and his oath unto Isaac;"

19 105 10 "And confirmed the same unto Jacob for a law, [and] to Israel [for] an everlasting covenant:"

19 105 11 "Saying, Unto thee will I give the land of Canaan, the lot of your inheritance:"

19 105 12 "When they were [but] a few men in number; yea, very few, and strangers in it."

19 105 13 "When they went from one nation to another, from [one] kingdom to another people;"

19 105 14 "He suffered no man to do them wrong: yea, he reproved kings for their sakes;"

19 105 15 "[Saying], Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm."

19 105 16 Moreover he called for a famine upon the land: he brake the whole staff of bread.

19 105 17 "He sent a man before them, [even] Joseph, [who] was sold for a servant:"

19 105 18 Whose feet they hurt with fetters: he was laid in iron:

19 105 19 Until the time that his word came: the word of the LORD tried him.

19 105 20 "The king sent and loosed him; [even] the ruler of the people, and let him go free."

19 105 21 "He made him lord of his house, and ruler of all his substance:"

19 105 22 To bind his princes at his pleasure; and teach his senators wisdom.

19 105 23 Israel also came into Egypt; and Jacob sojourned in the land of Ham.

19 105 24 And he increased his people greatly; and made them stronger than their enemies.

19 105 25 "He turned their heart to hate his people, to deal subtilly with his servants."

19 105 26 He sent Moses his servant; [and] Aaron whom he had chosen.

19 105 27 "They shewed his signs among them, and wonders in the land of Ham."

19 105 28 "He sent darkness, and made it dark; and they rebelled not against his word."

19 105 29 "He turned their waters into blood, and slew their fish."

19 105 30 "Their land brought forth frogs in abundance, in the chambers of their kings."

19 105 31 "He spake, and there came divers sorts of flies, [and] lice in all their coasts."

19 105 32 "He gave them hail for rain, [and] flaming fire in their land."

19 105 33 He smote their vines also and their fig trees; and brake the trees of their coasts.

19 105 34 "He spake, and the locusts came, and caterpillers, and that without number,"

19 105 35 "And did eat up all the herbs in their land, and devoured the fruit of their ground."

19 105 36 "He smote also all the firstborn in their land, the chief of all their strength."

19 105 37 He brought them forth also with silver and gold: and [there was] not one feeble [person] among their tribes.

19 105 38 Egypt was glad when they departed: for the fear of them fell upon them.

19 105 39 He spread a cloud for a covering; and fire to give light in the night.

19 105 40 "[The people] asked, and he brought quails, and satisfied them with the bread of heaven."

19 105 41 "He opened the rock, and the waters gushed out; they ran in the dry places [like] a river."

19 105 42 "For he remembered his holy promise, [and] Abraham his servant."

19 105 43 "And he brought forth his people with joy, [and] his chosen with gladness:"

19 105 44 And gave them the lands of the heathen: and they inherited the labour of the people;

19 105 45 "That they might observe his statutes, and keep his laws. Praise ye the LORD."

19 106 1 Praise ye the LORD. O give thanks unto the LORD; for [he is] good: for his mercy [endureth] for ever.

19 106 2 Who can utter the mighty acts of the LORD? [who] can shew forth all his praise?

19 106 3 "Blessed [are] they that keep judgment, [and] he that doeth righteousness at all times."

19 106 4 "Remember me, O LORD, with the favour [that thou bearest unto] thy people: O visit me with thy salvation;"

19 106 5 "That I may see the good of thy chosen, that I may rejoice in the gladness of thy nation, that I may glory with thine inheritance."

19 106 6 "We have sinned with our fathers, we have committed iniquity, we have done wickedly."

19 106 7 "Our fathers understood not thy wonders in Egypt; they remembered not the multitude of thy mercies; but provoked [him] at the sea, [even] at the Red sea."

19 106 8 "Nevertheless he saved them for his name's sake, that he might make his mighty power to be known."

19 106 9 "He rebuked the Red sea also, and it was dried up: so he led them through the depths, as through the wilderness."

19 106 10 "And he saved them from the hand of him that hated [them], and redeemed them from the hand of the enemy."

19 106 11 And the waters covered their enemies: there was not one of them left.

19 106 12 Then believed they his words; they sang his praise.

19 106 13 They soon forgat his works; they waited not for his counsel:

19 106 14 "But lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, and tempted God in the desert."

19 106 15 And he gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul.

19 106 16 "They envied Moses also in the camp, [and] Aaron the saint of the LORD."

19 106 17 "The earth opened and swallowed up Dathan, and covered the company of Abiram."