dedication of the altar should be kept in their season from year to year by the space of eight days, from the five and twentieth day of the month Chislev, with mirth and gladness. At that time also they builded up the mount Sion with high walls and strong towers round about, lest the Gentiles should come and tread it down, as they had done before.
COMFORT YE, COMFORT YE MY PEOPLE, SAITH YOUR GOD.
SPEAK YE COMFORTABLY TO JERUSALEM, AND CRY UNTO HER,
THAT HER WARFARE IS ACCOMPLISHED, THAT HER INIQUITY
IS PARDONEd: for she hath RECEIVED OF THE LORD'S HAND
DOUBLE FOR ALL HER SINS.
THE VOICE OF HIM THAT CRIETH IN THE WILDERNESS: "PRE-
PARE YE THE WAY OF THE LORD, MAKE STRAIGHT IN THE
DESERT A HIGHWAY FOR OUR GOD." EVERY VALLEY SHALL
BE EXALTED, AND EVERY MOUNTAIN AND HILL SHALL BE MADE
LOW: AND THE CROOKED SHALL BE MADE STRAIGHT, AND THE
ROUGH PLACES PLAIN: AND THE GLORY OF THE LORD SHALL
BE REVEALED, AND ALL FLESH SHALL SEE IT together: For
THE MOUTH of the Lord hath SPOKEN IT.