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PSALM LXXVII— THE DAYS OF OLD

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3 I remembered God, and was troubled: I complained, and my spirit was overwhelmed. Selah.

4 Thou holdest mine eyes waking: I am so troubled that I cannot speak.

5 I have considered the days of old, the years of ancient times. 6 I call to remembrance my song in the night: I commune with mine own heart; and my spirit made diligent search.

7 Will the Lord cast off for ever? and will he be favourable no more?

8 Is his mercy clean gone for ever? doth his promise fail for evermore? 9 Hath God forgotten to be gracious ? hath he in anger shut

up his tender mercies? Selah.

10 And I said, This is my infirmity: but I will remember the years of the right hand of the most High.

11 I will remember the works of the LORD: surely I will remember thy wonders of old.

12 I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings.

13 Thy way, O God, is in the sanctuary: who is so great a God as our God?

14 Thou art the God that doest wonders: thou hast declared thy strength among the people.

15 Thou hast with thine arm redeemed thy people, the sons of Jacob and Joseph. Selah.

16 The waters saw thee, O God, the waters saw thee; they were afraid: the depths also were troubled.

17 The clouds poured out water: the skies sent out a sound: thine arrows also went abroad.

18 The voice of thy thunder was in the heaven: the lightnings lightened the world: the earth trembled and shook.

19 Thy way is in the sea, and thy path in the great waters, and thy footsteps are not known.

20 Thou leddest thy people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron.

Psalm 78

1 An exhortation both to learn and to preach the law of God. 9 The story of God's wrath against the incredulous and disobedient. 67 The Israelites being rejected, God chose Judah, Zion, and David, Maschil of Asaph.

JIVE ear, O my people, to my law: incline your ears to the words of my mouth.

2 I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old:

3. Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us.

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.

5 For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law

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in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children:

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:

7 That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments:

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.

9 The children of Ephraim, being armed, and carrying bows, turned back in the day of battle.

10 They kept not the covenant of God, and refused to walk in his law;

11 And forgat his works, and his wonders that he had shewed them.

12 Marvellous things did he in the sight of their fathers, in the land of Egypt, in the field of Zoan.

13 He divided the sea, and caused them to pass through; and he made the waters to stand as an heap.

14 In the daytime also he led them with a cloud, and all the night with a light of fire.

15 He clave the rocks in the wilderness, and gave them drink as out of the great depths.

16 He brought streams also out of the rock, and caused waters to run down like rivers.

17 And they sinned yet more against him by provoking the most High in the wilderness.

18 And they tempted God in their heart by asking meat for their lust.

19 Yea, they spake against God; they said, Can God furnish a table in the wilderness ?

20 Behold, he smote the rock, that the waters gushed out, and the streams overflowed; can he give bread also ? can be provide flesh for his people ?

21 Therefore the LORD heard this, and was wroth: so a fire was kindled against Jacob, and anger also came up against Israel;

22 Because they believed not in God, and trusted not in his salvation:

23 Though he had commanded the clouds from above, and opened the doors of heaven,

24 And had rained down manna upon them to eat, and had given them of the corn of heaven.

25 Man did eat angels' food:1 he sent them meat to the full.

26 He caused an east wind to blow in the heaven: and by his power he brought in the south wind.

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1 Revised Version "Man did eat the bread of the mighty."

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Haman Hanged

ENGRAVED BY L, DE LATER, A FLEMISH ARTIST OF

THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY.

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So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai."- Esther, 7, io.

HEN Haman had been dragged away, Esther

finished her story. She told the king of her

relationship to Mordecai. One of the chamberlains, then described the huge gallows, “fifty cubits high" which Haman had built, meaning to bang Mordecai thereon that very day. The king commanded that Haman should be hanged at once on that same gallows. “Then was the king's wrath pacified.” Moreover, Ahasuerus conferred upon Esther the house and all the wealth of Haman, and she in turn transferred them to her uncle Mordecai. Thus the despised Jew succeeded to the princely possessions of his haughty enemy.

This, however, is not the end of Mordecai's story. There was still a work to be accomplished; for the danger to the Jewish race, the huge threatening disaster, was not yet averted. The king's decree, having gone forth, was irrevocable; not even he himself could countermand it. On the appointed day every enemy of the Jews, every plunderer who desired their household goods, would be at liberty to attack them.

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