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42 If I whet my glittering planted, and as cedar-trees besword, and mine hand take side the waters, hold on judgement, I will ren- 6 He shall pour the water der vengeance to mine enemies, out of his buckets, and his seed and will reward them that hate shall be in many waters, and

his kingdom shall be exalted. 43 I will make mine arrows 7 God brought him forth out drunk with blood, and my sword of Egypt; he hath as it were the shall devour desh; and that strength of an unicorn: he shall with the blood of the slain and eat up the nations his enemies, of the captives, from the begin- and shall break their bones, and ning of revenges upon the ene. pierce them through with his my.

44 Rejoice, O ye nations, 8 He couched, he lay down with his people: for he will as a lion, and

as a lion, and as a great lion; avenge the blood of his servants, who shall stir him up ? Blessed and will render vengeance to is he that blesseth thee, and his adversaries, and will be cursed is he that curseth thee. merciful unto his land and to 9 I shall see him, but not his people.

now: I shall behold him, but 45 And Moses came and not nigh: there shall come a spake all the words of this song star out of Jacob, and a sceptre in the ears of the people. shall rise out of Israel, and shall

smite the corners of Moab, LESSON CXXXVIII. and destroy all the children of

Balaam's Prophecy.

10 And Edom shall be a posAnd Balaam lifted up his eyes, session, Seir also shall be a and he saw Israel abiding in his possession for his enemies; and tents according to their tribes; Israel shall do valiantly. and the spirit of God came upon

11 Out of Jacob shall come him.

he that shall have dominion, 2 And he took up his para- and shall destroy him that reble, and said ; Balaam the son maineth of the city. of Beor hath said, and the man 12 And when he looked whose eyes are open

hath said : on Amalek, he took up his para3 He hath said which heard ble, and said; Amalek was the the words of God, which saw first of the nations ; but his latthe vision of the Almighty : ter end shall be that he perish

14 How goodly are thy for ever. tents, O Jacob! and thy taber- 13 And he looked on the nacles, O Israel !

Kenites, and took


para5 As the valleys are they ble, and said; Strong is thy spread forth, as gardens by the dwelling-place, and thou putriver's side, as the trees of test thy nest in a rock : lign aloes which the Lord hath 14 Nevertheless the Kenite


shall be wasted, until Asshur and go to be promoted over the
shall carry thee away captive. trees?
15 And he took


9 Then said all the trees un. ble, and said; Alas, who shall to the bramble, Come thou, and live when God doeth this? reign over us.

16 And ships shall come from 10 And the bramble said the coast of Chittim, and shall unto the trees, If in truth ye afflict Asshur, and shall afflict anoint me king over you, then Eber, and he also shall perish come and put your trust in my for ever.

shadow: and if not, let fire (17 And Balaam rose up, come out of the bramble, and and went and returned to his devour the cedars of Lebanon, place.


Song of Deborah and Barak.
Jotham's Fable.

THEN sang Deborah, and Barak AND Jotham went and stood in the son of Abinoam, on that the top of mount Gerizim, and day, saying, lifted up his voice, and cried : 2 Praise ye the Lord for T2 Hearken unto me, ye men

the avenging of Israel, when the of Shechem, that God may people willingly offered them. hearken unto you.

selves. 3 The trees went forth on a 3 Hear, Oye kings; give time to anoint a king over them; ear, Oye princes : I, even I, will and they said unto the olive- sing unto the Lord; I will sing tree, Reign thou over us. praise to the Lord God of Is

4 But the olive-tree said rael. unto them, Should I leave my 4 Lord, when thou wentest fatness, wherewith by me they out of Seir, when thou marchhonour God and man, and go to edst out of the field of Edom, be promoted over the trees? the earth trembled, and the

5 And the trees said to the heavens dropped, the clouds fig-tree, Come thou; and reign also dropped water.

5 The mountains melted from 6 But the fig-tree said unto before the Lord, even that Sinai them, Should I forsake my from before the Lord God of sweetness, and my good fruit, Israel. and go to be promoted over the 6 In the days of Shamgar trees?

the son of Anath, in the days 7 Then said the trees unto of Jael, the high-ways were the vine, Come thou, and reignunoccupied, and the travellers

.walked through by-ways. 8 And the vine said unto 7 The inhabitants of the them, Should I leave my wine, villages ceased; they ceased in which cheereth God and man, Israel, until that I, Deborah,

over us.

over us.

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arose, that I arose a mother in 16 Why abodest thou among Israel.

the sheepfolds, to hear the bleat8 They chose new gods; ings of the flocks ? for the divithen was war in the gates : was

sions of Reuben there were great there a shield or spear seen searchings of heart. among forty thousand in Israel? 17 Gilead abode beyond Jor

9 My heart is toward the dan: and why did Dan remain governors of Israel, that offered in ships ? Asher continued on themselves willingly among the the sea-shore, and abode in his people. Bless ye the Lord. breaches.

10 Speak, ye that ride on 18 Zebulun and Naphtali white asses, ye that sit in judge- were a people that jeoparded ment, and walk by the way.

their lives unto the death in the 11 They that are delivered high places of the field. from the noise of archers in the 19 The kings came and places of drawing water; there fought, then fought the kings shall they rehearse the righte- of Canaan in Taanach by the ous acts of the Lord, even the waters of Megiddo: they took righteous acts toward the in- no gain of money. habitants of his villages in 20 They fought from heaven; Israel : then shall the people of the stars in their courses fought the Lord go down to the gates, against Sisera.

T12 Awake, awake, Debo- 21 The river of Kishon rah: awake, awake, utter a song: swept them away, that ancient arise, Barak, and lead thy cap- river, the river Kishon: O my tivity captive, thou son of Abi. soul, thou hast trodden down

strength! 13 Then he made him that 22 Then were the horse-hoofs remaineth have dominion over broken by the means of the the nobles among the people: prancings, the prancings of the Lord made me have do- their mighty ones. minion over the mighty.

23 Blessed above women 14 Out of Ephraim was there shall Jael the wife of Heber the a root of them against Amalek; Kenite be; blessed shall she be after thee, Benjamin, among thy above women in the tent. people : out of Machir came 24 He asked water, and she down governors, and out of Ze- gave him milk ; she brought bulun they that handle the pen forth butter in a lordly dish. of the writer.

25 She put her hand to the - 15 And the princes of Issa- nail, and her right hand to the char were with Deborah ; even workman's hammer : and with Issachar, and also Barak: he the hammer she smote Sisera, was sent on foot into the valley: she smote off his head, when for the divisions of Reuben she had pierced and stricken there were great thoughts of through his temples. heart.

26 At her feet be bowed, he



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fell, he lay down : at her feet shield of the mighty is vilely he bowed, he fell : where he cast away, the shield of Saul, bowed, there he fell down dead. as though he had not been

27 Themotherof Sisera look anointed with oil. ed out at a window, and cried 5 From the blood of the slain, through the lattice, Why is from the fat of the mighty, the his chariot so long in coming? bow of Jonathan turned not why tarry the wheels of his back, and the sword of Saul rechariots ?

turned not empty. 28 Her wise ladies answered 6 Saul and Jonathan were her, yea, she returned answer lovely and pleasant in their to herself,

lives, and in their death they 29 Have they not sped? have were not divided : they were they not divided the prey, to swifter than eagles, they were every man a damsel or two? stronger than lions. to Sisera a prey of divers co- 7 Ye daughters of Israel, lours, a prey of divers colours

weep over Saul, who clothed of needle-work, of divers co- you in scarlet, with other de. lours of needle-work on both lights, who put on ornaments of sides, meet for the necks of gold upon your apparel. them that take the spoil ?

8 How are the mighty fallen 30 So let all thine enemies in the midst of the battle! O perish, O Lord: but let them Jonathan, thou wast slain in that love him be as the sun thine high places ! when he goeth forth in his 9 I am distressed for thee, might.

my brother Jonathan : very

pleasant hast thou been unto me: LESSON CXLI.

thy love to me was wonder

ful, passing the love of women. David's Lament over Saul and

10 How are the mighty fallJonathan.

en, and the weapons of war And David lamented with this perished ! lamentation over Saul and over Jonathan his son:

LESSON CXLII. 2 The beauty of Israel is

David's Prayer for the building slain upon thy high places : how are the mighty fallen !

of the Temple. 3 Tell it not in Gath, publish David blessed the Lord before it not in the streets of Askelon: all the congregation, and said ; lest the daughters of the Phili- 2 Blessed be thou, Lord stines rejoice, lest the daughters God of Israel, our father, for of the uncircumcised triumph.

ever and ever. 4 Ye mountains of Gilboa, 3 Thine, O Lord, is the great. let there be no dew, neither let ness, and the power, and the there be rain upon you, nor glory, and the victory, and the fields of offerings : for there the majesty; for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thy commandments, thy testithine ; thine is the kingdom, O monies and thy statutes, and to Lord, and thou art exalted as do all these things, and to build head above all,

the palace, for the which I have 4 Both riches and honour made provision. come of thee, and thou reignest (12 And David said to all over all, and in thine hand is the congregation, Now bless the power and might : and in thine Lord


God. hand it is to make great, and to 13 And all the congregation give strength unto all.

blessed the Lord God of their 5 Now therefore, our God, fathers, and bowed down their we thank thee, and praise thy heads and worshiped the Lord. glorious name. 6 But who am I, and what is

LESSON CXLIII. my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly after Solomon's Dedication of the this sort ? for all things come

Temple. of thee, and of thine own have And Solomon assembled the el. we given thee.

ders of Israel, and all the heads 7 For we are strangers be- of the tribes, the chief of the fore thee, and sojourners, as fathers of the children of Iswere all our fathers; our days rael, that they might bring up on the earth are as a shadow, the ark of the covenant of the and there is none abiding. Lord out of the city of David,

8 O Lord our God, all this which is Zion. store that we have prepared, to 2 So was ended all the work build thee an house forthine holy that king Solomon made for name, cometh of thine hand, the house of the Lord. And and is all thine own.

Solomon brought in the things 9 I know also, my God, that which David his father had dethou triest the heart, and hast dicated; even the silver, and pleasure in uprightness. As the gold, and the vessels, did for me, in the uprightness of he put among the treasures of mine heart I have willingly the house of the Lord. offered all these things : and 3 And all the men of Israel now have I seen with joy thy assembled themselves unto king people which are present here, Solomon at the feast in the to offer willingly unto thee. month Ethanim, which is the

10 O Lord God of Abraham, seventh month. Isaac, and of Israel our fathers, 4 And all the elders of Israel keep this for ever in the imagi- came, and the priests took up nation of the thoughts of the the ark. heart of thy people, and pre- 5 And king Solomon, and pare their heart unto thee : all the congregation of Israel,

11 And give unto Solomon that were assembled unto him, my son a perfect heart to keep were with him before the ark,

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