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tisfy thee, and shew thee my salvation. 11 Thou art my servant; I have chosen thee, and not cast thee away. 12 I will deliver thee, and thou shalt not be given into the hand of the men of whom thou art afraid : I will surely deliver thee, because thou hast put thy trust in me, saith the Lord. * 13 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. 14 Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law which I have commanded thee : turn not from it to the right hand nor to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest. 15 And thou shalt rejoice in the Lord, and shalt glory in the Holy One of Israel. * 16 When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue faileth for thirst, I the Lord will hear them, I the God of Israel will not forsake them. 17 I will open rivers in high places, and fountains in the midst of the valleys : I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water. 18 I will plant in the wilderness the cedar, the shittahtree, and the myrtle, and the oil-tree; I will set in the desert

the fir-tree, and the pine, and the box-tree together: 19 That they may see, and know, and consider, and understand together, that the hand of the Lord hath done this, and the Holy One of Israel hath created it. * 20 Hearken unto me, ye that know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law: fear ye not the reproach of men, neither be ye afraid of their revilings. 21 For the moth shall eat them up like a garment, and the worm shall eat them like wool: but my righteousness shall be for ever, and my salvation from generation to generation. 22 Therefore the redeemed of the Lord shall return, and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and mourning shall flee away. 23 I, even I, am he that comforteth you; who art thou, that thou shouldest be afraid of a man that shall die, and of the son of man which shall be made as grass; 24 And forgettest the Lord thy Maker, that hath stretched forth the heavens, and laid the foundations of the earth; and hast feared continually every day because of the fury of the oppressor, as if he were ready to destroy and where is the fury of the oppressor * 25 The captive exile hasteneth that he may be loosed, and that he should not die in the pit, nor that his bread should fail.

26 But I am the Lord thy God, that divided the sea, whose waves roared: The Lord of hosts is my name.

27 And I have put my words in thymouth, and I have covered thee in the shadow of mine hand, that I may plant the heavens, and lay the foundations of the earth, and say unto Zion, Thou art my people.

LESSON XCVII.

O Lord God of our fathers, art thou not God in heaven P and rulest thou not over all the kingdoms of the heathen P and in thine hand is there not power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee 2 Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help, and stay on horses, and trust in chariots, because they are many; and in horsemen, because they are very strong: but they look not unto the Holy One of Israel, neither seek the Lord. 3 Yet he also is wise, and will bring evil, and will not call back his words: but will arise against the house of the evildoers, and against the help of them that work iniquity. 4 Now the Egyptians are men and not God, and their horses flesh and not spirit: when the Lord shall stretch out his hand, both he that helpeth shall fall, and he that is holpen shall fall down, and they all shall fail together. 5 For thus hath the Lord spoken unto me, Like as the lion and the young lion roar

ing on his prey, when a multitude of shepherds is called forth against him, he will not be afraid of their voice, nor abase himself for the noise of them : so shall the Lord of hosts come down to fight for mount Zion, and for the hill thereof. 6 As birds flying, so will the Lord of hosts defend Jerusalem; defending also he will deliver it, and passing over he will preserve it. 7 There is none like unto the God of Jeshurim, who rideth upon the heaven in thy help, and in his excellency in the sky. 8 Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of a great multitude, for the battle is not yours but God's. 9 The Lord is the shield of thy help and the sword of thy excellency. 10 The Lord saveth not with sword and spear, for the battle is the Lord's. : *| 11 Thus saith the Lord, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: 12 But let him that glorieth, glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the Lord, which exercise: loving-kindness,judgement, and righteousness in the earth; for in these things I delight, saith the Lord. What confidence is this wherein thou trustest 2 13 I say, sayest thou (but they are but vain words,) I have counsel and strength for Wars. now on whom dost thou trust, that thou rebellest against me? 14 Lo, thou trustest in the staff of a broken reed; whereon if a man lean, it will go into his hand, and pierce it. 15 But if thou say to me, We trust in the Lord our God; I am with thee, to save thee, and to deliver thee, saith the Lord. 16 And I will deliver thee out of the hand of the wicked, and I will redeem thee out of the hand of the terrible. 17 And of whom hast thou been afraid or feared, that thou hast lied, and hast not remembered me, nor laid it to thine heart? have not I held my peace even of old, and thou fearest me not * 18 I will declare thy righteousness, and thy works; for they shall not profit thee. "I 19 When thou criest, let thy companies deliver thee: but the wind shall carry them all away; vanity shall take them : but he that putteth his trust in me shall possess the land, and shall inherit my holy mountain. 20 Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee, he will not fail thee nor forsake thee. 21 And the Lord, he it is that doth go before thee, he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed. 22 The Lord thy God bare thee as a man doth bear his son, in all the way that ye went.

23 The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath thee are the everlasting arms.

24 The God of thy father shall help thee, and the Almighty shall bless thee with blessings of heaven above, and of the deep that lieth under.

25 The beloved of the Lord shall dwell in safety by him; and the Lord shall cover him all the day long, and he shall dwell between his shoulders.

26 Thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel; Fear not : for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.

27When thoupassestthrough the waters, I will be with thee; and when through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.

28 For I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy saviour.

LESSON XCVIII.

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. 2 Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the Sea. 3 Though the waters thereof roar, and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. 4 There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God; the holy place of the tabernacles of the Most High. 5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved : God shall help her, and that right early. 6 The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved : he uttered his voice, the earth melted. 7 The Lord of hosts is with us, the God of Jacob is our refuge. * 8. The Lord redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate. 9 Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all. 10 The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. 11 The righteous shall be glad in the Lord, and shall trust in him: and all the upright in heart shall glory. 12 Their redeemer is strong; the Lord of hosts is his name. 13 The humble shall see this, and be glad: and their heart shall live that seek God. 14 For the Lord heareth the poor, and despiseth not his prisoners. 15 Let the heaven and earth praise him, the seas and every thing that moveth therein. 16 Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O Lord, in the light of thy countenance. 17 In thy name shall they rejoice all the day: and in thy righteousness shall they be exalted.

18 For thou art the glory of their strength; and in thy favour our horn shall be exalted. 19 For the Lord is our defence; and the Holy One of Israel is our king. 20 This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord. 21 They that trust in the Lord shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever. 22 As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the Lord is round about his people; from henceforth even for ever. * 23 The Lord is exalted; for he dwelleth on high : he hath filled Zion with judgement and righteousness. 24 And wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of our times, and the strength of salvation: the fear of the Lord is our treasure. 25 The Lord of hosts shall be for a crown of glory, and for a diadem of beauty unto the residue of his people. 26 And for a spirit of judgement to him that sitteth in judgement, and for strength to them that turn the battle to the gate. 27 And there shall be a tabernacle for a shadow in the day-time from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and for a covert from storm and from rain. 28 At that day shall a man look to his Maker, and his eyes shall have respect to the Holy One of Israel. 29 Surely, shall one say, in the Lord have I righteousness and strength: even to him shall men come, and shall stay themselves upon the God of Israel; the Lord of hosts is his name. 30 So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun; when the enemy shall come in like a flood, the spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him. 31 We will rejoice in thy salvation, and in the name of our God we will set up our banners. 32 The Lord hath founded Zion, and the poor of his people shall trust in it. * 33 Now know I that the Lord saveth his servant : he will hear him from his holy heaven, with the saving strength of his right hand. 34 Be ye strong therefore, and let not your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded. 35 Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the Lord our God. 36 They are brought down and fallen; we are risen and stand upright. 37 Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. 38 It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for he giveth his beloved sleep. 39 The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it: yea, happy

is that people whose God is the Lord. *|40 Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory; for thy mercy, and for thy truth's sake. 41 Wherefore should the heathen say, Where is now their God? 42 But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he pleased. 43 Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men's hands. 44 They have mouths, but they speak not; eyes have they, but they see not: 45 They have ears, but they hear not; noses have they, but they smell not: 46 They have hands, but they handle not; feet have they, but they walk not; neither speak they through their throat. 47 They that make them are like unto them; so is every one that trusteth in them. 48 O Israel, trust thou in the Lord: he is their help and their shield. 49 O house of Aaron, trust in the Lord: he is their help and their shield. 50 Ye that fear the Lord, trust in the Lord: he is their help and their shield. 51 The Lord hath been mindful of us: he will bless us: he will bless the house of Israel, he will bless the house of Aaron. 52 He will bless them that fear the Lord, both small and great. 53 The Lord shall increase you more and more, you and your children.

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