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By day, or by night, they shall not be shut:
Which will not serve thee, shall perish;
And that I may glorify the place, whereon I rest feet.
And the sons of thine oppressors shall come bending before
And all, that scornfully rejected thee, shall do obeisance to the soles of thy feet:
And they shall call thee, The city of Jehovah ;
Instead of thy being forsaken,
And hated, so that no one passed through thee,
A subject of joy for perpetual generations.
And thou shalt know that I Jehovah am thy Saviour;
And instead of iron, I will bring silver:
And instead of wood, brass;
And instead of stones, iron.
And I will make thine inspectors peace;
And thine exactors, righteousness.
Violence shall no more be heard in the land;
But thou shalt call thy walls salvation
And thy gates, praise.
No longer shalt thou have the sun for light by day;
Nor by night shall the brightness of the moon enlighten thee;
For Jehovah shall be to thee an everlasting light,
And thy God shall be thy glory.
Thy sun shall no more go down;
Neither shall thy moon wane:
For Jehovah shall be thine everlasting light;
And the days of thy mourning shall be ended.
And thy people shall be all righteous;
Forever shall they possess the land:
The cion of my planting, the work of my hands, that I may be glorified.
The little one shall become a thousand;
And the small one a strong nation;
To publish glad tidings to the meek hath he sent me;
To proclaim to the captives freedom;
To proclaim the year of acceptance with Jehovah ;
To comfort all those that mourn;
To impart [gladness] to the mourners of Sion:
To give them a beautiful crown, instead of ashes:
The oil of gladness instead of sorrow;
The clothing of praise, instead of the spirit of heavine s.
The plantation of Jehovah for his glory.
And they that spring from thee shall bulld up the ruins of old
They shall restore the ancient desolations;
They shall repair the cities laid waste:
The desolations of continued ages.
For Sion's sake I will not keep silence;
And for the sake of Jerusalem I will not rest:
Until her righteousness break forth as a strong light:
And the nations shall see thy righteousness;
And all the kings, thy glory :
And thou shalt be called by a new name,
Which the mouth of Jehovah shall fix upon thee.
And thou shalt be a beautiful crown in the hand of Jehovah ;
And a royal diadem in the grasp of thy God.
No more shall it be said unto thee, Thou forsaken!
Neither to thy land shall it be said any more, Thou desolate! But thou shalt be called, The object of my delight;
And thy land, The wedded matron :
For Jehovah shall delight in thee;
And thy land shall be joined in marriage.
THE COMING OF A DEVASTATING ARMY.
TRANSLATED BY ARCHBISHOP NEWCOMBE.
BLOW ye the trumpet in Sion;
And sound an alarm in mine holy mountain :
Like them there hath not been of old time,
Even to the years of many generations.
And behind a flame burneth;
The land is as the garden of Eden before them,
Yea, and nothing shall escape them.
Their appearance shall be like the appearance of horses, And like horsemen shall they run;
Like the sound of chariots on the tops of the mountains shall they leap;
Like the sound of a flame of fire which devoureth stubble.
They shall run like mighty men;
Like warriors shall they climb the wall:
And they shall march every one in his way;
They shall march each in his road
And if they fall upon the sword they shall not be wounded. They shall run to and fro in the city, they shall run upon the wall, they shall climb up into the houses:
They shall enter in at the windows like a thief.
Before them the earth quaketh, the heavens tremble: The sun and moon are darkened;
And the stars withdraw their shining.
And Jehovah shall utter his voice before his army:
For his camp is very great;
For he is strong that executeth his word :
For the day of Jehovah is great;
And very terrible; and who shall be able to bear it?
Yet even now saith Jehovah,
Turn ye unto me with all your heart;
With fasting and with weeping and with mourning:
And rend your hearts, and not your garments;
And turn unto Jehovah your God:
For he is gracions and merciful,
Slow to anger and of great kindness,
And repenteth him of evil.
FROM THE THIRD CHAPTER OF HABAKKUK. ADOPTED, WITH SLIGHT VARIATIONS, FROM
TRANSLATION OF ARCHBISHOP NEWCOME.
GOD came from Teman,
And the Holy One from mount Paran:
And the earth was full of his praise.
And there was the hiding-place of his power.
And flashes of fire went forth after him.
He stood and measured the carth;
He beheld, and drove asunder the nations.
The eternal paths were trodden by him.
I saw the tents of Cushan in affliction;
When thou didst ride on thine horses, on thy chariots of deliverance?
The mountains saw thee, and were troubled;
The overflowing of waters passed away:
The deep uttered its voice,
It lifted up its hands on high.
The sun and the moon stood still in their habitation;
In the light of thine arrows they vanished,
In the brightness of the lightning of thy spear!
In indignation thou didst march through the land,
In wrath thou didst thresh the heathen.
Thou wentest forth for the deliverance of thy people,
Although the fig-tree shall not flourish,
I will exult in the God of my salvation.
He will make my feet like hind's feet,
He will cause me to tread on mine high places.