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37 For their heart was not right with him, Reither were they stedfast in his covenant.

38 But be, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, and destroyed them not: yea, many a time turned he his anger away, and did


all his wrath : 39 For he remembered that they were but flesh; a wind that passeth away, and cometh pot again.

40 How oft did they provoke him in the wilderness, and grieve him in the desert !

41 Yea, they turned back, and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel.

42 They remembered not his hand, nor the day when he delivered them from the

enemy : 43 How be had wrought his signs in Egypt, and his wonders in the field of Zoan:

44 And bad turned their rivers into blood; and their floods, that they could not drink.

45 He sent divers sorts of flies among them, which devoured them; and frogs, which destroyed them.

46 He gave also their increase unto the caterpillar, and their labour unto the locust.

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47 He destroyed their vines with hail, and their sycamore-trees with frost.

48 He gave up their cattle also to the hail, and their flocks to hot thunderbolts.

49 He cast upon them the fierceness of his anger, wrath, and indignation, and trouble, by sending evil angels among them.

50 He made a way to his anger; he spared not their soul from death, but gave their life over to the pestilence;

51 And smote all the first-born in Egypt; the chief of their strength in the tabernacles of Ham:

52 But made his own people to go forth like sheep, and guided them in the wilderness, like

a flock.

53 And he led them on safely, so that they feared not: but the sea overwhelmed their enemies.

54 And he brought them to the border of his sanctuary, even to this mountain, which his right hand had purchased.

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. 56 Yet they tempted and provoked the most high God, and kept not his testimonies.

57 But turned back, and dealt unfaithfully like their fathers : they were turned aside like a deceitful bow.

58 For they provoked him to anger with their high places, and moved him to jealousy with their graven images.

59 When God heard this, he was wroth, and greatly abhorred Israel :

60 So that he forsook the tabernacle of Shiloh, the tent which he placed among men.

61 And delivered his strength into captivity, and his glory into the enemy's hand.

62 He gave his people over also unto the sword ; and was wroth with his inheritance.

63 The fire consumed their young men: and their maidens were not given to marriage. · 64 Their priests fell by the sword; and their widows made no lamentation.

65 Then the LORD awaked as one out of sleep, and like a mighty man" that shouteth by reason of wine.

66 And he smote his enemies in the hinder parts; he put them to a perpetual reproach.

67 Moreover, he refused the tabernacle of Joseph, and chose not the tribe of Ephraim;

68 But chose the tribe of Judah, the mount Sion, which he loved.

69 And he built his sanctuary like high palaces, like the earth which he hath established for ever.

70 He chose David also his . servant, and took him from the sheep-folds :

71 From following the ewes great with young, he brought him to feed Jacob his people, and Israel his inheritance.

72 So he fed them according to the integrity of bis heart, and guided them by the skilfulness of his hands.


The Frailty of human Life.

LORD, thou hast been our dwelling-place in all generations.

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.

3 Thou turnest man to destruction; and sayest, Return, ye children of men.

4 For a thousand years, in thy sight, are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.

5 Thou carriest them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep: in the morning, they are like grass which groweth up.

6 In the morning, it flourisheth, and groweth up; in the evening, it is cut down, and withereth.

7 For we are consumed by thine anger, and by thy wrath are we troubled.

8 Thou hast set our iniquities before thee, our secret sins in the light of thy countenance.

9 For all our days are passed away in thy wrath; we spend our years as a tale that is told.

10 The days of our years are three-score years and ten; and if by reason of strength, they be four-score years, yet is their strength

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