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Thus saith the Lord, Lo, I will lift my hand,
My signal I will raise to every land ;
And they shall bring thy sons upon their breast,
Thy daughters on their shoulders shall they rest ;
And monarchs shall their foster-fathers be,
Queens thou shalt as their nursing mothers see;

Their faces to the earth shall they bow down,
And lick the dust whereon thy feet have trod ;
And they shall surely know that I am God,

And I the faithful never will disown.

What, shall the prey
Be taken from the mighty one away

?
Or shall the spoils
Be rescued from the adversary's toils ?
Jehovah hath said, Yea:
Even the great ones' prey shall be released,
Ye shall recover what the spoiler seized.
With those that strive with thee, I am the striver ;
And I thy children surely will deliver.
And those that wrought thee ill,
With their own flesh I fill,
And as with wine, their blood
Shall drench them in a flood:
And
every eye

shall
That God hath saved thee;
And that the deed is done
By Jacob's Mighty One.

see

Thus saith the Lord,

Produce to me the word
By which I wrote your mother's separation ;

To which do you belong,

My creditors among,
To whom I sold you as a compensation ?
Lo, ye are sold for your iniquities,
And from your sins does her divorce arise.

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,
I turned not, nor rebellious would

appear.

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;
I therefore as a flint have set my face,
Nor shall be brought to shame or to disgrace.

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 ?
Lo, all of these shall as a vest decay,
And to consuming moths shall fall a prey.

Where is the man among you fearing God ?

Let him attend unto his servant's voice.
He, who in darksome places still hath trod,

And doth not yet in cheering light rejoice-
Let the Almighty's name afford him aid,
And on Jehovah let his trust be stayed.

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

upon

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

upon;
Your eyes on Sarah as your mother place:
Behold, I called him, as being one,
I blessed him, I multiplied his race.
Thus will I comfort Sion's deep distress,
And consolation to her wastes afford;
Like Eden will I make her wilderness,
The desert like the garden of the Lord.
Great joy and gladness Sion shall display,
Thanksgiving, and the voice of melody.

O all ye peoples, to my words give heed,
And unto me, ye nations, lend your ear;
Behold, from me the judgment shall proceed,
And to the people shall my light appear.

gone forth;

My coming righteousness is near at hand;
Now even, my salvation is
My arm gives judgment to each distant land;
On this are placed the hopes of all the earth.
Lift up

unto the firmament your eyes, And all the earth beneath

your

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

up

the sea--

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