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8 By the word of the Lord 19 He stretcheth out the were the heavens made ; and all north over the empty place, and the host of them by the breath hangeth the earth upon nothing. of his mouth.

20 He bindeth up

the waters 9 He gathereth the waters of in his thick clouds; and the the sea together as an heap: he cloud is not rent under them. layeth up the depth in store- 21 He hath compassed the houses.

waters with bounds, until the 10 Let all the earth fear the day and night come to an Lord; let all the inhabitants of end. the world stand in awe of him. 22 He created the heavens, : 11 For he spake, and it was and stretched them out, he done; he commanded, and it spread forth the earth, and that stood fast.

which cometh out of it, he giv12 He sendeth forth his com- eth breath unto the people upon mandment upon earth; his word it, and spirit to them that walk runneth very swiftly.

therein. 13 He giveth snowlike wool; 23 The Lord God formed he scattereth the hoar-frost like man of the dust of the ground, ashes : he casteth forth his ice and breathed into his nostrils like morsels; Who can stand be- the breath of life; and man be. fore his cold?

came a living soul. 14 He sendeth out his word, 24 The spirit of God hath and melteth them: he causeth made me, and the breath of his wind to blow, and the waters the Almighty hath given me flow.

life. 15 He telleth the number of 25 Thou hast clothed me with the stars; he calleth them all skin and flesh, and hast fenced by their names.

me with bones and sinews. | 16 Whatsoever the Lord 26 The hearing ear, and the pleased, that did he in heaven seeing eye, the Lord hath made and in earth, in the seas, and all even both of them. deep places.

T 27 The Lord is a great 17 He hath made the earth God, and a great king above by his power, he hath established all gods. the world by his wisdom, and 28 In his hand are the deep hath stretched out the heavens places of the earth : the strength by his discretion.

of the hills is his also.. The sea 18 When he uttereth his is his, and he made it: and his voice, there is a multitude of hands formed the dry land. waters in the heavens, and he 29 Ocome, let us worship and causeth the vapours to ascend bow down : let us kneel before from the ends of the earth, he the Lord our Maker. For he is maketh lightnings for rain; he our God; and we are the peobringeth the wind out of his ple of his pasture, and the sheep treasuries.

of his hand.


30 The works of the Lord are 40 Let them praise the name great, sought out of all them of the Lord : for he commanded, that have pleasure therein. and they were created. He

31 Let us fear the Lord our hath also established them for God, that giveth rain, both the ever and ever: he hath made a former and the latter, in his sea- decree which shall not pass. son: he reserveth unto us the Fear the Lord, the God of heaappointed weeks of the har- ven, which hath made the sea vest.

and the dry land. 32 Ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the

LESSON V. fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee: or speak to the earth, Taus saith the Lord, thy reand it shall teach thee; and the deemer, and he that formed thee fishes of the sea shall declare from the womb; I am the Lord unto thee :

that maketh all things; that 33 Who knoweth not in all stretcheth forth the heavens these, that the hand of the Lord alone, that spreadeth abroad hath wrought this ?

the earth by myself: 34 In whose hand is the soul 2 I have made the earth, and of every living thing, and the created man upon it: I, even breath of all mankind.

my hands, have stretched out 35 Who by his strength set- the heavens, and all their host teth fast the mountains; being have I commanded. girded with power: who still- 3 I have made the earth, the eth the noise of the seas, the man, and the beasts that are noise of their waves, and the upon the ground, by my great tumult of the people.

power, and by my outstretched 36 Who alone spreadeth out arm, and have given it unto the heavens, and treadeth upon whom it seemed meet unto me. the waves of the sea. Who 4 Who hath ascended


into maketh Arcturus, Orion, and heaven, or descended? who hath Pleiades, and the chambers of gathered the wind in his fists ? the south.

who hath bound the waters in a 37 Who covereth the heaven garment? who hath established with clouds, who prepareth rain all the ends of the earth? what for the earth, who maketh grass is his name, and what is his to grow upon the mountains. son's name, if thou canst tell?

38 He giveth to the beast his 5 Who hath measured the food, and to the young ravens waters in the hollow of his hand,

and meted out heaven with a | 39 Praise ye him, sun and span, and comprehended the moon: praise him, all ye stars dust of the earth in a measure, of light. Praise him, ye hea- and weighed the mountains in vens of heavens, and ye waters scales, and the hills in a bathat be above the heavens. lance?

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6 Who hath made man's 16 Hast thou perceived the mouth? or who maketh the breadth of the earth? declare, dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or if thou knowest it all. the blind? have not I, the Lord? 17 Where is the way where

7 Where wast thou when I light dwelleth? and as for darklaid the foundations of the earth? ness, where is the place thereof, declare, if thou hast understand that thou shouldest take it to ing.

the bound thereof, and that 8 Who hath laid the mea- thou shouldest know the paths sures thereof, if thou knowest? to the house thereof? or who hath stretched the line 18 Knowest thou it, because

thou wast then born ? .or be9 Whereupon are the founda- cause the number of thy days tions thereof fastened ? or who is great? laid the corner-stone thereof? 19 Hast thou entered into

10 When the morning stars the treasures of the snow? or sang together, and all the sons hast thou seen the treasures of of God shouted for joy.

the hail, which I have reserved 11 Or who shut up the sea against the time of trouble, with doors, when it brake forth against the day of battle and as if it had issued out of the war? womb ?

20 By what way is the light 12 When I made the cloud parted, which scattereth the the garment thereof, and thick east-wind upon the earth? darkness a swaddling-band for 21 Who hath divided a waterit. And brake up for it my course for the overflowing of decreed place, and set bars and waters? or a way for the lightdoors, and said, Hitherto shalt ning of thunder, to cause it to thou come, but no further: and rain on the earth, where no man here shall thy proud waves be is; on the wilderness, wherein stayed.

there is no man? To satisfy the 13 Hast thou commanded desolate and waste ground, and the morning since thy days ? to cause the bud of the tender and caused the day-spring to herb to spring forth? know his place, that it might

22 The Lord setteth an end to take hold of the ends of the darkness, and searcheth out all earth, that the wicked might perfection; the stones of darkbe shaken out of it?

ness and the shadow of death, 14 Hast thou entered into 23 The flood breaketh out the springs of the sea? or hast from the inhabitant; even the thou walked in search of the waters forgotten of the foot; depth?

they are dried up, they are gone 15 Have the gates of death away from men. been opened unto thee? or hast 24 As for the earth, out of thou seen the doors of the sha- it cometh bread; and under it dow of death?

is turned up as it were fire.

The stones of it are the place 4 Who hath put wisdom in of sapphires; and it hath dust the inward parts ? or who hath of gold.

given understanding to the 25 Surely there is a vein for heart? the silver, and a place for gold 5 Who can number the clouds where they fine it. Iron is taken in wisdom? or who can stay the out of the earth, and brass is bottles of heaven, when the dust molten out of the stone. groweth into hardness, and the

26 There is a path which no clods cleave fast together? fowl knoweth, and which the 6 Wilt thou hunt the prey vulture's eye hath not seen. for the lion? or fill the appetite The lion's whelps have not of the young lions, when they trodden it, nor the fierce lion couch in their dens, and abide passed by it.

in the covert to lie in wait? 27 He putteth forth his hand 7 Who provideth for the raupon the rock; he overturneth ven his food ? when his young the mountains by the roots. ones cry unto God, they wanHe cutteth out rivers among der for lack of meat. the rocks; and his eye seeth 8 Who hath sent out the wild every precious thing.

ass free? or who hath loosed the 28 He bindeth the floods bands of the wild ass ? whose from overflowing; and the thing house I have made the wilderthat is hid bringeth he forth to ness, and the barren land 'his light.

dwellings. 29 The waters are hid as 9 He scorneth the multitude with a stone, and the face of of the city, neither regardeth he the deep is frozen.

the crying of the driver. The

range of the mountains is his LESSON VI.

pasture, and he searcheth after

every green thing. Çanst thou bind the sweet in- 10 Will the unicorn be will. fluences of Pleiades, or loose the ing to serve thee, or abide by bands of Orion? Canst thou

Canst thou bind the bring forth Mazzaroth in his unicorn with his band in the · season? or canst thou guide furrow? or will he harrow the Arcturus with his sons ? valleys after thee?

2 Knowest thou the ordi- 11 Wilt thou trust him, benances of heaven? canst thou cause his strength is great ?" or set the dominion thereof in the wilt thou leave thy labour to earth?

him? Wilt thou believe him that 3 Canst thou lift up thy he will bring home thy seed, and voice to the clouds, that abun- gather it into thy barn? dance of waters may cover thee? 12 Gavest thou the goodly Canst thou send lightnings, that wings unto the peacocks ? or they may go, and say unto thee, wings and feathers unto the Here we are?

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in the earth, and warmeth them from thence she seeketh the in the dust, and forgetteth that prey, and her eyes behold afar the foot may crush them, or off. Her young ones also suck that the wild beast may break up blood : and where the slain them.

are, there is she. 13 She is hardened against her young ones, as though they

LESSON VII. were not her's: her labour is in vain without fear; because O Lord my God, thou art very God hath deprived her of wis- great; thou art clothed with dom, neither hath he imparted honour and majesty. to her understanding.

2 Who coverest thyself with 14 What time she lifteth up light as with a garment: who herself on high, she scorneth stretchest out the heavens like the horse and his rider.

a curtain. 15 Hast thou given the horse 3 Who layeth the beams of strength? hast thou clothed his his chambers in the waters; who neck with thunder? canst thou maketh the clouds his chariot ; make him afraid as a grasshop- who walketh upon the wings per? The glory of his nostrils is of the wind : who maketh his terrible.

angels spirits; his ministers, a 16 He paweth in the valley, flaming fire. and rejoiceth in his strength: 4 Who laid the foundations he goeth on to meet the armed of the earth, that it should not men. He mocketh at fear, and is be removed for ever. not affrighted; neither turneth 5 Thou coveredst it with the he back from the sword. The deep as with a garment: the quiver rattleth against him, the waters stood above the mounglittering spear and the shield. tains.

17 He swalloweth the ground 6 At thy rebuke they filed; with fierceness and rage: nei- at the voice of thy thunder they ther believeth he that it is the hasted away. sound of the trumpet. He saith 7 They go up by the mounamong the trumpets, Ha, ha; tains; they go down by the valand he smelleth the battle afar leys unto the place which thou off, the thunder of the captains, hast founded for them. and the shouting.

8 Thou hast set a bound that 18 Doth the he:wk fly by thy they may not pass over; that wisdom, and stretch her wings they turn not again to cover the toward the south?

earth. 19 Doth the eagle mount up 9 He sendeth the springs into at thy command, and make her the valleys, which run among the nest on high?

hills. They give drink to every 20 She dwelleth and abideth beast of the field: the wild asses on the rock, upon the crag of quench their thirst. By them the rock, and the strong place. shall the fowls of the heaven


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