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Thus saith the Lord, Lo, I will lift my hand,
Their faces to the earth shall they bow down,
And I the faithful never will disown.
What, shall the prey
Thus saith the Lord,
Produce to me the word
To which do you belong,
My creditors among,
I came, there was not one:
I called, had answer none. Is my
hand shortened that I cannot save ? What, can I not set free?
In wrath I dry the sea: Their fish have failed because they lack the wave: Yea, I in darkness will envelop heaven, And I have sackcloth as its covering given.
The Lord hath favoured me with wisdom's tongue,
That I might comfort to the weary speak ; He wakeneth me, he calleth all day long,
That as a learner I might knowledge seek;
The Lord Jehovah opened hath mine ear,
Unto the smiting ones my back I gave,
My cheeks to those that plucked off the hair, Nor would my face from shame and spitting save;
The Lord hath holpen me these ills to bear;
The justifying one is near at hand,
What mortal to contend with me will choose ? Where is my adversary? let him stand:
God is my advocate, who shall accuse ?
Where is the man among you fearing God ?
Let him attend unto his servant's voice.
And doth not yet in cheering light rejoice-
in the same,
Behold, ye blind igniters of a flame,
Which ye with fuel thus have compassed round; Ye raised the light-now walk ye
And in the fuel which your sparks have found; This punishment my hand to you shall send, In shame and sorrow your device shall end.
HEARKEN, all ye who righteousness have sought, And who would call
Jehovah's name: Look up unto the rock whence ye were brought, And to the hollowed cave from whence ye came.
Abraham, your great father, look
O all ye peoples, to my words give heed,
My coming righteousness is near at hand;
unto the firmament your eyes, And all the earth beneath
feet behold: The heavens shall dissolve, as vapour flies; And as a garment shall the earth wax old. From its inhabitants their breath I sever, E'en as the short-lived insects of a day: But my
salvation shall endure for ever; My promised righteousness shall ne'er decay. Hearken to me, ye that know righteousness, The people in whose hearts my law is shown; Let not vile man's reproach your minds distress, By their revilings be ye not borne down. These as a garment shall the moth consume, The wasting worm shall eat them up like wool; Yet shall my righteousness for ever bloom, Eternally shall my salvation rule.
Awake, awake, thy mighty strength unfold,
Arm of Jehovah ! Awake, awake, as in the days of old ! Art thou not he that smote proud Rahab's hold,
And the rebellious dragon triumphed over ? Art thou not he that dried