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12 He hath swallowed down riches, and he shall vomit them up again : God shall cast them out of his belly. 13 He shall not see the rivers, the floods, the brooks of honey and butter. 14 That which he laboured for shall he restore, and shall not swallow it down: according to his substance shall the restitution be, and he shall not rejoice therein. 15 Becausehehathoppressed, and hath forsaken the poor; because he hath violently taken away an house which he builded not ; 16 Surely he shall not feel quietness in his belly, he shall not save of that which he desired. 17 There shall none of his meat be left; therefore shall no man look for his goods. 18 In the fullness of his sufficiency he shall be in straits: every hand of the wicked shall come upon him. 19 He shall flee from the iron weapon, and the bow of steel shall strike him through. 20 It is drawn and cometh out of the body; yea, the glittering sword cometh out of his all : terrors are upon him. 21 All darkness shall be hid in his secret places: a fire not blown shall consume him : it shall go ill with him that is left in his tabernacle. 22 The heaven shall reveal his iniquity; and the earth shall rise up against him. 23 The increase of his house shall depart, and his goods shall
flow away in the day of his wrath. 24 This is the portion of a wicked man from God, and the heritage appointed unto him by God. "25 Even as I have seen, they that plough iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same. 26 By the blast of God they perish, and by the breath of his nostrils are they consumed. 27 For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he hath gained, when God taketh away his soul ? 28 WillGodhear his cry when trouble cometh upon him? 29 Will he delight himself in the Almighty P will he always call upon God? 30 I will teach you by the hand of God: that which is with the Almighty will I not conceal. 31 Behold, all ye yourselves have seen it; why them are ye thus altogether vain? 32 This is the portion of a wicked man with God, and the heritageofoppressors which they shall receive of the Almighty. 33 If his children be multiplied, it is for the sword: and his offspring shall not be satisfied with bread. 34 Those that remain of him shall be buried in death; and his widows shall not weep. 35 Though he heap up silver as the dust, and prepare raimen as the clay; 36 He may prepare it, but the just shall put it on, and the innocent shall divide the silver. 37 He buildeth his house as
a moth, and as a booth that the keeper maketh. 38 The rich man shall lie down, but he shall not be gathered: he openeth his eyes, and he is not. 39 Terrors take hold on him as waters, a tempest stealeth him away in the night. 40 The east-wind carrieth him away, and he departeth ; and as a storm hurleth him out of his place. 41. For God shall cast upon him, and not spare: he would fain flee out of his hand. 42 His roots shall be dried up beneath, and above shall his branch be cut off. 43 His remembrance shall perish from the earth, and he shall have no name in the street. 44 He shall be driven from light into darkness, and chased out of the world. 45 He shall neither have son nor nephew among his people, nor any remaining in his dwellings. 46 They that come after him shall be astonished at his day, as they that went before were affrighted. 47 Surely such are the dwellings of the wicked, and this is the place of him that knoweth not God. 48 Yea, the light of the wicked shall be putout, and the spark of his fire shall not shine. 49 The light shall be dark in his tabernacle, and his candle shall be put out with him. 50 The steps of his strength shall be straitened, and his own counsel shall cast him down.
51 For he is cast into a net by his own feet, and he walketh
upon a snare.
52 The gin shall take him by the heel, and the robber shall prevail against him.
53 The snare is laid for him in the ground, and a trap for him in the way.
54 Terrors shall make him afraid on every side, and shall drive him to his feet.
55 His strength shall be hunger-bitten, and destruction shall be ready at his side.
56 His confidence shall be rooted out of his tabernacle, and it shall bring him to the king of terrors.
CAN the rush grow up without mire P can the flag grow without water 2 Whilst it is yet in his greenness, and not cut down, it withereth before any other herb. 3 So are the paths of all that forget God, and the hypocrite's hope shall perish: 4 Whose hope shall be cut off, and whose trust shall be a spider's web. 5 He shall lean upon his house, but it shall not stand : he shall hold it fast, but it shall not endure. 6 He is green before the sun, and his branch shooteth forth in his garden. 7 Hisrootsare wrapped about the heap, and seeth the place of stones. 8 If he destroy him from his place, then it shall deny him, saying, I have not seen thee. 9 Behold, this is the joy of his way, and out of the earth shall others grow. * 10 Behold, God will not cast away a perfect man, neither will he help the evil doers. 11 I have seen the foolish taking root; but suddenly I cursed his habitation. 12 His children are far from safety, and they are crushed in the gate, neither is there any to deliver them. 13 He dwelleth in desolate cities, and in houses which no man inhabiteth which are ready to become heaps. 14 He shall not be rich, neither shall his substance continue, neither shall he prolong the perfection thereof upon the earth : 15 He shall not depart out of darkness; the flame shall dry up his branches, and by the breath of his mouth shall he go away. * 16 Let not him that is deceived trust in vanity: for vanity shall be his recompense. 17 It shall be accomplished before his time; and his branch shall not be green. 18 He shall shake off his unripe grape as the vine, and shall cast off his flower as the olive. 19 For the congregation of hypocrites shall be desolate; and fire shall consume the tabernacles of bribery. |20 The wickedman travaileth with pain all his days, and the number of years is hidden to the oppressor.
21 A dreadful sound is in his ears: in prosperity the destroyer shall come upon him. 22 He believeth not that he shall return out of darkness; and he is waited for of the sword. 23 He wandereth abroad for bread, saying, Where is it? he knoweth that the day of darkness is ready at his hand. 24 Trouble and anguish shall make him afraid : they shall prevail against him, as a king ready to the battle. 25 For he stretcheth out his hand against God, and strengtheneth himself against the Al
mighty. LESSON LXXVI.
REMEMBER, I pray thee, who ever perished being innocent? or where were the righteous cut Off P 2 The hand of our God is upon all them for good that seek him : but his power and his wrath is against all them that forsake him. 3 Envy thou not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways. 4 For the froward is abomination to the Lord : but his secret is with the righteous. * 5 The curse of the Lord is in the house of the wicked; but he blesseth the habitation of the just. 6 Let not thine heart envy sinners: but be thou in the fear of the Lord all the day long. 7 For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cut off.
* 8 The labour of the righteous tendeth to life: the fruit of the wicked to sin; 9 For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence. 10 But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. 11 The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble. 12 The righteous man wisely considereth the house of the wicked : but God overthroweth the wicked for their wickedIneSS. - T 13 Fret not thyself because of evil men, neither be thou envious at the wicked : 14 For there shall be no reward to the evil man; the candle of the wicked shall be put Out. 15 There is no peace, saith the Lord, unto the wicked. 16 Evil shall slay the wicked: and they that hate the righteous shall be desolate. 17. The face of the Lord is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth. 18 Happy is the man that feareth alway : but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief. 19 Say ye to the righteous that it shall be well with him : for they shall eat the fruit of their doings. 20 Wo unto the wicked; it shall be ill with him : for the reward of his hands shall be given him. -
21 Lay not wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous; spoil not his resting-place: 22 For a just man falleth seventimes, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief. 23 The wicked shall be a ransom for the righteous, and the transgressor for the upright. 24 The sacrifice of the wicked is abomination: how much more, when he bringeth it with a wicked mind P 25 He that soweth iniquity shall reap vanity: and the rod of his anger shall fail. 26 The wicked flee when no man pursueth ; but the righteous are bold as a lion. 27 For the uprightshall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it: 28 But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it. * 29 The great God that formed all things, both rewardeth the fool and rewardeth transgressors. 30 The eyes of the Lord preserve knowledge, and he overthroweth the words of the transgressor. 31 Many sorrows shall be to the wicked : but he that trusteth in the Lord, mercy shall compass him about. 32 When the wicked rise, men hide themselves; but when they perish, the righteous increase. 33 When the wicked are multiplied, transgression increaseth; but the righteous shall see their fall. 34 Whoso walketh uprightly shall be saved : but he that is perverse in his ways shall fall at Once. 35 Evil men understand not judgement: but they that seek the Lord understand all things. 36 He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination. 37 Whoso causeth the righteous to go astray in an evil way, he shall fall himself into his own pit: but the upright shall have good things in possession. 38 When righteous men do rejoice, there is great glory: but when the wicked rise, a man is hidden. 39 A righteous man falling down before the wicked, is as a troubled fountain, and a corrupt spring.
BLEssED is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. 2. But his delight is in the law of the Lord : and in his law doth he meditate day and night. 3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season: his leaf also shall not wither, and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. 4 The ungodly are not so : but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. 5 Therefore the ungodly shall
not stand in the judgement, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. 6 For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish. *|| 7 Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord, that delighteth greatly in his commandments. 8 His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed. 9 Wealth and riches shall be in his house; and his righteousness endureth for ever. 10 Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous. 11 A good man sheweth favour, and lendeth: he will guide his affairs with discretion. 12 Surely he shall not be moved for ever: the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance. 13 He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord. • , 14 His heart is established, he shall not be afraid, until he see his desire upon his enemies. 15 He hath dispersed, he hath given to the poor; his righteousness endureth for ever; his horn shall be exalted with hoIlollr. 16 Blessed are the undefiled in the way: who walk in the law of the Lord. * , 17 Blessed are they that keep his testimonies; and that seek him with the whole heart. 18 They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways. 19 Blessed is every one that