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displayed because of the truth. That thy beloved may be delivered, save with thy right hand, and hear me.-Ps. lx. 1-5.


PERSECUTION. Hearken thou to the supplication of thy servant, and of thy people Israel, when they shall pray: and hear thou in heaven, thy dwellingplace; and when thou hearest, forgive.

When thy people Israel be smitten down before the enemy, because they have sinned against thee; and shall turn again to thee and confess thy name, and pray, and make supplication unto thee, then hear thou in heaven, and forgive the sins of thy people Israel.-1 Kings viii. 30.

O God, why hast thou cast us off for ever? Why doth thine anger burn against the sheep of thy pasture? Remember thy congregation, which thou hast purchased of old; the rod of thine inheritance, which thou hast redeemed ; this Mount Zion, wherein thou hast dwelt. Thine enemies roar in the midst of thy congregations; they set up their ensigns for signs. O God, how long shall the adversary reproach ? shall the enemy blaspheme thy name for ever? Why withdrawest thou thy hand, even thy right hand? Pluck it out of thy bosom, for God is my King of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth. Remember this, that the enemy hath reproached, O Lord, that the foolish people have blasphemed thy name. O deliver not the so of thy turtledove unto the multitude of the wicked : forget not the congregation of thy poor for ever. Have respect unto the covenant: for the dark places of the earth are full of the habitations of cruelty. O let not the oppressed return ashamed: let the poor and needy praise thy name. Arise, O God, plead thine own cause ; remember how the foolish man reproacheth thee daily. Forget not the voice of thine enemies: the tumult of those that rise up against thee increaseth continually.-Ps. lxxiv. 1-23.

O God, the heathen are come into thine inheritance, thy holy temple have they defiled; they have laid Jerusalem on heaps. The dead bodies of thy servants have they given to be meat unto the fowls of the heaven, the flesh of thy saints unto the beasts of the earth. We have become reproach to our neighbours, a scorn and derision to them that are round about us.

How long, Lord ? wilt thou be angry for ever? shall thy jealousy burn like fire ? Pour out thy wrath

upon the heathen that have not known thee, and upon the kingdoms that have not called upon thy name, for they have devoured Jacob, and laid waste his dwelling-place.—Ps. lxxix. 1—7.

Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, thou that leadest Joseph like a flock; thou that dwellest between the cherubims, shine forth : stir up thy strength, and come and save us. Turn us again, O God, and cause thy face to shine, and we shall be saved. O Lord God of hosts, how long wilt thou be angry against the prayer of thy people. Thou feedest them with the bread of tears, and givest them tears to drink in great measure: thou makest us a strife unto our neighbours, and our enemies laugh among themselves. Turn us again, O God of hosts, and cause thy face to shine, and we shall be saved. Thou hast brought a vine out of Egypt; thou hast cast out the heathen and planted it. Thou preparedst room before it, and didst cause it to take deep root, and it filled the land. The hills were covered with the shadow of it, and the boughs thereof were like the goodly cedars. She sent out her boughs unto the sea, and her branches unto the river. Why hast thou then broken down her hedges, so that all they which pass by the way do pluck her? The boar out of the woods doth waste it, and the wild beast of the field doth devour it. Return, we beseech thee, O God of hosts, look down from heaven, and behold and visit this vine, and the vineyard which thy right hand hath planted, and the branch that thou madest strong for thyself. It is burned with fire, it is cut down; they perish at the rebuke of thy countenance. Let thy band be upon the man of thy right hand, upon the son of man whom thou madest strong for thyself: so will not we go back from thee.-Ps. lxxx. 1-18.

Hast thou utterly rejected Judah? Hast thy soul lothed Zion? Why hast thou smitten us, and there is no healing for us? We looked for peace, and there is no good : and for the time of healing, and behold trouble !—Jer. xiv. 19.

Ah Lord God! wilt thou destroy all the residue of Israel in thy pouring out of thy fury upon

Jerusalem ?—Ezek. ix. 8. O Lord, according to all thy righteousness, I beseech thee, let thine anger and thy fury be turned away from thy city Jerusalem, thy holy mountain, because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and thy people are become a reproach to all that are about us. Now, therefore, O our God, hear the prayer of thy servant, and his supplications, and cause thy

face to shine upon thy sanctuary that is desolate, for the Lord's sake. O my God, incline thine ear, and hear; open thine eyes, and behold our desolations, and the city which is called by thy name; for we do not present our supplications before thee for our righteousnesses, but for thy great mercies. O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, hearken and do; defer not, for thine own sake, O my God: for thy city and thy people are called by thy name.Dan. ix. 16—19.

FOR THE RESTORATION OF THE JEWS. Bring them again unto the land which thou gavest unto their fathers.—1 Kings viii. 34.

O Lord God of Israel, why is this come to pass in Israel, that there should be to-day one tribe lacking in Israel ?-Judges xxi. 3.

O Lord of hosts, how long wilt thou not have mercy on Jerusalem, and on the cities of Judah, against which thou hast had indignation these

years.-Zech, i, 12.




Lord wax hot; thou knowest the people, that they are set on mischief. - Exod. xxxii. 22.

Oh ! this people have sinned a great sin, and

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