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PSALM LXVI—“MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE

Psalm 66

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1 David exhorteth to praise God, 5 to observe his great works, 8 to bless him for his gracious benefits.
for himself religious service to God. 16 He declareth God's special goodness to himself.
To the chief Musician, A Song or Psalm.

ye lands:

AKE a joyful noise unto God, all

2 Sing forth the honour of his name: make his praise

glorious. 3 Say unto God, How terrible art thou in thy works! through the greatness of thy power shall thine enemies submit themselves unto thee.

4 All the earth shall worship thee, and shall sing unto thee; they shall sing to thy name.

Selah. 5 Come and see the works of God: he is terrible in his doing toward the children of men.

6 He turned the sea into dry land: they went through the flood on foot: there did we rejoice in him.

7 He ruleth by his power for ever; his eyes behold the nations; let not the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah.

8 O bless our God, ye people, and make the voice of his praise to be heard:

9 Which holdeth our soul in life, and suffereth not our feet to be moved.

10 For thou, O God, hast proved us: thou hast tried us, as silver is tried.

11 Thou broughtest us into the net; thou laidst affliction upon our loins.

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.

13 I will go into thy house with burnt offerings: I will pay thee my vows,

14 Which my lips have uttered, and my mouth hath spoken, when I was in trouble.

15 I will offer unto thee burnt sacrifices of fatlings, with the incense of rams; I will offer bullocks with goats. Selah.

16 Come and hear, all ye that fear God, and I will declare what he hath done for my soul.

17 I cried unto him with my mouth, and he was extolled with my tongue.

18 If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear

me:

19 But verily God hath heard me; he hath attended to the voice of my prayer.

20 Blessed be God, which hath not turned away my prayer, nor his mercy from me.

Esther Pardoned

BY P. MARIANI, A CONTEMPORARY ITALIAN ARTIST.

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And the king held out to Esther the golden sceptre that was in his hand.Esther, 5, 2.

( TILL following the spirited apocryphal account of

Esther's ordeal, we learn that King Ahasuerus

"comforted her with loving words," assured her she should not die, and “held up his golden sceptre, and laid it upon her neck.” Then Esther spoke; and with woman's wit told him how his majesty had awed and overwhelmed her, "for wonderful art thou, lord, and thy countenance is full of grace."

Yet, though assured of the king's pardon, she did not at that interview venture to tell him all her petition, or confess her race. Doubtless she was indeed sore shaken by the dread she had been through. The story, following it now in the established Biblical version, represents the king as promising her whatever she may ask. “It shall be even given thee to the half of the kingdom.” But Esther, low voiced and hesitant, and woman-wise as well, asked only that she might see the king again. It was a month since he had sent for her; would he not come, he with his favorite, Haman, to a banquet which she had prepared for them?

So the king being much pleased, and doubtless, since he was human, much flattered, attended her banquet. There he again promised her whatever she would. Again she delayed, asking him only that he and Haman

would join her once more on the morrow.

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