FIRST-TRUMP#top..........Sound the alarm in Zion..... ...........................


. A Priest sounds the alarm on a shofar





21Have ye not known? have ye not heard? hath it not been told you from the beginning? have ye not understood from the foundations of the earth? 22It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in: (Isa 40:)
12Is not God in the height of heaven? and behold the height of the stars, how high they are! 13And thou sayest, How doth God know? can he judge through the dark cloud? 14Thick clouds are a covering to him, that he seeth not; and he walketh in the circuit of heaven. (Job 22:)

I don't know if you pay much mind to the lead-in verses at the top of the page, but the two presented here might just be worth the effort.

During the time of Columbus people believed the earth was flat and that ol' Christopher was going to fall over the edge into oblivion; that is if he and his crew weren't eaten by sea monsters which everyone knew prowled the seas.

Well, somehow Isaiah some 2500 odd years ago (a thousand more than the Italian scientists of Chris's day) recognized that the earth was round. And Job, who is believed by some to have lived even before writing was invented, apparently knew that not only the world is round, but the heavens (sky) as well.

So much for science.

Today (which happens to be Christmas - Merry Christmas!) I had a thought. We know that just about everything in nature is designed to work in a circle of some nature. And we know that left to their own, things will keep repeating themselves indefinitely. For instance, sound and light waves will continue in a given pattern unless deflected, or by some form of resistance caused to decay. Water, as we know, is continually moving, not only moving from one place to another, but cycling from the form of water, to steam upward, then in the form of rain or ice back down again.

Everything moves. The land moves. Fertile land of one area is often found in a previously barren land of another, and vice versa. Deserts move to such a great degree that it covers ancient cities from our view.

Over long periods of time, mountains even move, while old mountains collapse and new mountains are formed.

Everything moves. And as far as can be determined, it moves in a circle.

We, that is Man, try to figure out what this planet beneath us is doing. But it seems to me that with all our resources we tend to come up with the wrong answers. I have used the examples of medicine and weather forecasting often enough, but there are so many others that can be picked on as well.

What I thought about today was the planets and the Solar System. We can see that the planets are round. And we can easily see that these planet, as well as the rest of creation, travels in perfectly uniform circles or ellipses. This to me is quite striking, especially when compared to what the scientist have come up with as to the origin of everything we see or imagine.

The planets are round. I have heard of none that were square or even oblong. The planets are round.

Can you think of anything else in nature that is round? Of course there are some fruit and berries that are round. I don't recall seeing any fruit or other such things that were perfectly round, however I suppose there might be some. Those that are close to being round have some sort of indentation or bump on them where a stem was attached.

And I have seen pictures of globe-like plants of some nature that grow under the sea. They seem very round as far as I can tell.

The planets are round. How did they get that way? It seems to me science has come up with the notion that there was some huge thing floating around in nothingness that exploded and set all this creation into motion. Ok, ignoring all the evidence against such a theory, I would like to ask: was that "thing" round?

The planets are round. How did they get round?

Pebbles on the beach are kind of round at times. That is to say they have been made smooth. But, in the process of becoming smooth, they did not become round.

How did the pebbles get smooth that way? Well, it appears that as they move over the sand the rough edges are knocked off of them by other rocks and by sand.

Interesting. But why aren't they round?

Round, it appears to me, does not come naturally in nature. We see a lot of perfectly round things daily, but nature did not create them. Like I said, there are some things like berries that are round - but not consistently. If one looked hard enough one could find round things in nature, but not consistently. Wherever you find round, you also find plenty of un round. Consistently round objects are created, they do not come about naturally on their own.

The planets are round.

As the planets were formed, according to the scientists, they somehow began to revolve around one another. These revolutions happened to form a pattern that kept them perfectly in place. Not only this, but in the case of Earth, they also happened to have a slight ellipse that gives us our seasons which without we could not sustain life.


The planets are round.

Thousand, or millions, or billions of pieces of that exploded thing flying around in the nothingness of space. Bits and pieces of shrapnel like an exploding bomb.

All these pieces of....whatever it was. Are those pieces round?

From time to time pieces of shrapnel are deflected from their orbit and are hurled to earth. And, as I understand it, there have been pieces of shrapnel netted from outer space and brought to earth.

Are those pieces of shrapnel round?

If these samples of the explosion I have seen are any example, they are far from round!

Nor are any of those pieces smooth, as would be a pebble - or a planet.

How did the planets get round?

Space has nothing, no air nor anything else that would cause resistance or friction. Light rays travel through space freely and directly because there is nothing to resist them and cause them to decay. If there was any such resistance, the light rays would likely never reach us.

And the planets, as well as the meteors and such would feel the drag and eventually lose their momentum - and stop. Or, as becomes of them in our atmosphere; they burn up.

Nothing in space to give resistance. Unlike the beach where pebbles are made rounded and smooth, there is nothing in space to cause those pieces of shrapnel - including our earth, to become smooth, leastwise round!

How did the planets get round?

When that "Big Bang" occurred, pieces went flying everywhere. It is supposed those pieces were very hot! Almost hot enough to fry an egg on.

This explains why there is a fire in the center of the earth; that is, molten rock.

This would seem logical, given the volcanoes that seem to spew molten fire from time to time.

Have you ever seen a geyser or a fountain? Fire is not the only thing that comes from the center of the earth.

11In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. 12And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights. (Gen 7:)

Where did all that water come from?

Water is cold.

And if you swim deep, does the water get hotter? I mean, since we are getting closer to where that big ball of fire is, wouldn't you think it would get hotter, rather than colder?

Or have you ever been spelunking? That is, playing in caves? Some of those caves go mighty deep into the earth. Is it hotter in those caves? Or do you think you had better wear a jacket or two?

Of course one could say that on the surface of this planet it appears that the closer we get to the center of the earth, the hotter it becomes. For instance, on the top of a mountain it is cold, while at the base, in a low desert it is hot. Then consider the Salt Seas that lie below sea level. Of course we also know the density of the air at different elevations has a lot to do with the temperature.

Has anyone ever been to the San Anders Earthquake Fault in Southern California? It's an interesting place. And it gives one cause to think.

This fault is known to be quite deep. And it is wide enough to walk two abreast in places. In some places one could walk with their head above the surface of the ground, while of course their body would be below ground level.

This fault is in the desert, it is hot. Yet, in the fault, that has apparently opened the surface of the earth to display its innards, the fault is filled with ice. While you stand in the fault, your body feels like it will freeze, and your head feels like it is in an oven.

Fire comes from the center of the earth. Water comes from the center of the earth. Ice comes from the center of the earth.

Isn't God marvelous?


We speak of the Cycles of Life. We consider how when we are born we must be looked after and cared for by others. Then when we age we are once more presented with that helpless state.

Those of us who have lived long enough have seen this, and many other such cycles, occur many times over in our children, our children's children, and our children's grandparents as well.

History is another place where cycles play out its little game. Looking back we can see where nation after nation, and people after people commit themselves to making the same mistakes as did their predecessors, as well as those they themselves made.

It appears the wiser we assume ourselves to be, the more inclined we are to make the very same mistakes over and over. I wonder if that has anything to do with refusing to admit we were wrong?

Making mistakes time after time does nothing to aid the foolish; but those cycles can be a wealth of help to the observant wise.

Viewing history and the lives of others can also serve as a vantage point upon which to observe the Bible and to understand the will and purposes of God. While those at war with one another in the valley can only see the sword that is being thrust at them, one who stands quietly on a hilltop can appraise the situation more fully and realistically.

The hilltop upon which I wish to stand is the one that overlooks the Valley of the Shadow of Death. However, to understand what is happening in the Valley one must have passed through the Valley, and be fully persuaded that he or she will likely pass through it again from time to time.

The Bible is a running commentary about people who have had their testing in the Valley of the Shadow of Death. Of course David is the best known of these, and he certainly had his share of testing.

Another who has had his Valley experience is Job. In fact, it is Job that most of us relate to when we have our own journeys through the Valley.

There is one person who took his testing in a form most of us can not relate to, although we often feel like we have followed his path, and that is Jonah and his great fish.

Then we know of at least two million and possibly more who traversed the Valley for forty years, and did not fare so well. These are the Israelites as they fled bondage on their way to their Promised Land.

Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses and a multitude of others had to pass through this Valley of Testing before they were found suitable to stand in good stead before God. Some of these Saints apparently passed their test with high marks, such as Abraham, Enoch, and Moses. Others did not fare so well and took a bit of coaxing like old Jonah.

And there were some who seemed to understand that they were going through a period of Testing, being led through their Valley by the Lord Himself. One of these of course was David who's writings are resplendent with descriptions of his journey. Then there were others who had their testing fire thrust upon them having no knowledge of the whys or the wherefores of their suffering. Job is certainly an example of this, as is that youngster Joseph.

But they all passed through the Valley having succeeded to one degree or another. Although the Israelites failed in their own right, they were successful in that they, as a nation through their offspring, did reach and conquer their Promised Land.

The Valley Experience is an essential process whereby each of us is proven worthy to be considered by God to stand in His presence. Of course no one, no matter how great they are on this human plane, and regardless of how well they do in their testing is truly worthy to stand before God at any time. However, by way of testing we prove ourself willing to be made acceptable to be in God's presence. Acceptable is not something we can work for or deserve. Acceptable means that God will accept us, even though we are not worthy. An example of this is a King who allows a slave to come before him, but only after he has cleansed himself and proven his loyalty in battle. The man is still a slave, but the King allows him to enter his court in spite of his low standing.

From the beginning of his existence Man was not only allowed to stand before God, but was in fellowship with his Creator. Unfortunately (a poor word to use) Man did not count this privilege of great value. Man preferred to satisfy his own lusts and ambitions to that of walking with God.

And by all accounts of what Man chose to do with his life after being thrust from the Garden and the presence of God, it is quite evident that Mankind had not learned from the experience of their parents. Man still continued to follow his own lusts rather than follow God, which resulted in him being wiped out by a flood.

Throughout history we see a tiny segment of society breaking away from the broad, well-lit highways of life to venture into the bramblebush covered darkness of the Valley of the Shadow of Death. On the broad way we know right where we stand and can see just as far ahead as we choose to. And that which we are unable to see, has a multitude of people ready and willing to point the way, or should I say a way.

In the Valley there is darkness and fear at every turn. The only light that is afforded us is a tiny candlelight attached to the toe of our combat boot. And the only distance ahead of us we can see is that in which we chance to step. If we take no step, we see no farther.

In the Valley is where we learn to rely solely on the Lord, because we know we have no idea where we are or where we are going. It is this Valley where we learn to hear and recognize the Shepherd's voice, and where we are given the Faith that, without which, we will not be able to stand before the Lord on that Great Day.

Jesus said: "Believe, and take up your cross and follow me." He also said to: "Sell all you have, and give to the poor."

No baggage is allowed in the Valley of the Shadow of Death. When a soldier goes to battle, he can not take his favorite toy with him. All excess baggage and non essentials have to go. Jesus exemplified this by having not even a place to rest His head. And those who chose to follow Him also gave up all they had, including family and career.

"Follow me," Jesus said. And where did Jesus go? Into the Valley of the Shadow of Death. Life became more and more difficult and dangerous for Jesus and those who chose to follow Him. And in the end, unlike Joseph and Abraham and Noah, Jesus and His followers did not come out of their Valley without passing through the gates of hell (the grave). Although most of us do come through our Valley alive, it is often for just enough time to catch our breath before we must enter the Valley again.

In the Valley is where we gain the one ingredient that Jesus said we must have to in order to enter with Him into Paradise. Jesus said: "Believe." We know that believe means to have Faith. What we don't seem to know is that Faith is not something we have before we can follow Him; it is something we gain because we follow Him. As we walk with Him through the Valley, we learn to have Faith in Him. Those who sit out the Valley Test march are not gaining Faith. They think they are "Believers;" and others who are sitting outside the gate with them will tell them they are "Believers." But it is only those who have taken up their cross and followed Jesus who are the "Believers."

What did Jesus mean when He said "Take up your cross"? What does that statement mean to you? Do you feel like you have taken up your cross? Or do you think Jesus was just using a figure of speech, and the expression has no meaning for us today?

What did "Take up your cross" mean to Jesus? What did it mean to His Disciples? What did it mean to all those Christians who took up their cross and followed Jesus into the mouths of lions? Was it a "figure of speech" to them? Do you think they had a Valley of the Shadow of Death experience?

Life goes in cycles. And so does history.

In the beginning Man did not want to follow God, so he listened to someone on his own level, a serpent, and did what he wanted to do. In order to do what he wanted, and yet go unpunished, he covered himself and hid from God. Neither the covering nor the hiding did him any good.

Throughout history there have been a very few who rose above the advise of the serpent and chose to sever their flesh (ambitions, desires) so they could walk and fellowship with God.

Today there are still but a few who choose the hard path of self-denial and Godly obedience. But there are many who are hiding behind the figleaf apron of their own making, concealing their desires and their lusts thinking God can't see them, and believing God doesn't even care.

And like in the beginning, these people choose to remain in the outskirts of the Valley of their testing, listening to the serpent who is telling them they will not surely die for satisfying their own lusts.

Psalms of David.

1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever. (Psalm 23)

1 We have heard with our ears, O God, our fathers have told us, what work thou didst in their days, in the times of old.
2 How thou didst drive out the heathen with thy hand, and plantedst them; how thou didst afflict the people, and cast them out.
3 For they got not the land in possession by their own sword, neither did their own arm save them: but thy right hand, and thine arm, and the light of thy countenance, because thou hadst a favour unto them.
4 Thou art my King, O God: command deliverances for Jacob.
5 Through thee will we push down our enemies: through thy name will we tread them under that rise up against us.
6 For I will not trust in my bow, neither shall my sword save me.
7 But thou hast saved us from our enemies, and hast put them to shame that hated us.
8 In God we boast all the day long, and praise thy name for ever.Selah
9 But thou hast cast off, and put us to shame; and goest not forth with our armies.
10 Thou makest us to turn back from the enemy: and they which hate us spoil for themselves.
11 Thou hast given us like sheep appointed for meat; and hast scattered us among the heathen.
12 Thou sellest thy people for nought, and dost not increase thy wealth by their price.
13 Thou makest us a reproach to our neighbours, a scorn and a derision to them that are round about us.
14 Thou makest us a byword among the heathen, a shaking of the head among the people.
15 My confusion is continually before me, and the shame of my face hath covered me,
16 For the voice of him that reproacheth and blasphemeth; by reason of the enemy and avenger.
17 All this is come upon us; yet have we not forgotten thee, neither have we dealt falsely in thy covenant.
18 Our heart is not turned back, neither have our steps declined from thy way;
19 Though thou hast sore broken us in the place of dragons, and covered us with the shadow of death.
20 If we have forgotten the name of our God, or stretched out our hands to a strange god;
21 Shall not God search this out? for he knoweth the secrets of the heart.
22 Yea, for thy sake are we killed all the day long; we are counted as sheep for the slaughter.
23 Awake, why sleepest thou, O Lord? arise, cast us not off for ever.
24 Wherefore hidest thou thy face, and forgettest our affliction and our oppression?
25 For our soul is bowed down to the dust: our belly cleaveth unto the earth.
26 Arise for our help, and redeem us for thy mercies' sake. (Psalm 44:)

1 O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
2 Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;
3 And gathered them out of the lands, from the east, and from the west, from the north, and from the south.
4 They wandered in the wilderness in a solitary way; they found no city to dwell in.
5 Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them.
6 Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distresses.
7 And he led them forth by the right way, that they might go to a city of habitation.
8 Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
9 For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.
10 Such as sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, being bound in affliction and iron;
11 Because they rebelled against the words of God, and contemned the counsel of the most High:
12 Therefore he brought down their heart with labour; they fell down, and there was none to help.
13 Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them out of their distresses.
14 He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and brake their bands in sunder.
15 Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
16 For he hath broken the gates of brass, and cut the bars of iron in sunder.
17 Fools because of their transgression, and because of their iniquities, are afflicted.
18 Their soul abhorreth all manner of meat; and they draw near unto the gates of death.
19 Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he saveth them out of their distresses.
20 He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.
21 Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
22 And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing.
23 They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters;
24 These see the works of the LORD, and his wonders in the deep.
25 For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof.
26 They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble.
27 They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wit's end.
28 Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses.
29 He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.
30 Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven.
31 Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
32 Let them exalt him also in the congregation of the people, and praise him in the assembly of the elders.
33 He turneth rivers into a wilderness, and the watersprings into dry ground;
34 A fruitful land into barrenness, for the wickedness of them that dwell therein.
35 He turneth the wilderness into a standing water, and dry ground into watersprings.
36 And there he maketh the hungry to dwell, that they may prepare a city for habitation;
37 And sow the fields, and plant vineyards, which may yield fruits of increase.
38 He blesseth them also, so that they are multiplied greatly; and suffereth not their cattle to decrease.
39 Again, they are minished and brought low through oppression, affliction, and sorrow.
40 He poureth contempt upon princes, and causeth them to wander in the wilderness, where there is no way.
41 Yet setteth he the poor on high from affliction, and maketh him families like a flock.
42 The righteous shall see it, and rejoice: and all iniquity shall stop her mouth.
43 Whoso is wise, and will observe these things, even they shall understand the lovingkindness of the LORD. (Psalm 107)

12With the ancient is wisdom; and in length of days understanding. 13With him is wisdom and strength, he hath counsel and understanding. 14Behold, he breaketh down, and it cannot be built again: he shutteth up a man, and there can be no opening. 15Behold, he withholdeth the waters, and they dry up: also he sendeth them out, and they overturn the earth. 16With him is strength and wisdom: the deceived and the deceiver are his. 17He leadeth counsellors away spoiled, and maketh the judges fools. 18He looseth the bond of kings, and girdeth their loins with a girdle. 19He leadeth princes away spoiled, and overthroweth the mighty. 20He removeth away the speech of the trusty, and taketh away the understanding of the aged. 21He poureth contempt upon princes, and weakeneth the strength of the mighty. 22He discovereth deep things out of darkness, and bringeth out to light the shadow of death. 23He increaseth the nations, and destroyeth them: he enlargeth the nations, and straiteneth them again. 24He taketh away the heart of the chief of the people of the earth, and causeth them to wander in a wilderness where there is no way. 25They grope in the dark without light, and he maketh them to stagger like a drunken man. (Job 12:)

13They are of those that rebel against the light; they know not the ways thereof, nor abide in the paths thereof. 14The murderer rising with the light killeth the poor and needy, and in the night is as a thief. 15The eye also of the adulterer waiteth for the twilight, saying, No eye shall see me: and disguiseth his face. 16In the dark they dig through houses, which they had marked for themselves in the daytime: they know not the light. 17For the morning is to them even as the shadow of death: if one know them, they are in the terrors of the shadow of death.

18He is swift as the waters; their portion is cursed in the earth: he beholdeth not the way of the vineyards. 19Drought and heat consume the snow waters: so doth the grave those which have sinned. 20The womb shall forget him; the worm shall feed sweetly on him; he shall be no more remembered; and wickedness shall be broken as a tree. 21He evil entreateth the barren that beareth not: and doeth not good to the widow. 22He draweth also the mighty with his power: he riseth up, and no man is sure of life. 23Though it be given him to be in safety, whereon he resteth; yet his eyes are upon their ways. 24They are exalted for a little while, but are gone and brought low; they are taken out of the way as all other, and cut off as the tops of the ears of corn. 25And if it be not so now, who will make me a liar, and make my speech nothing worth? (Job 24:)

6Though I speak, my grief is not asswaged: and though I forbear, what am I eased? 7But now he hath made me weary: thou hast made desolate all my company. 8And thou hast filled me with wrinkles, which is a witness against me: and my leanness rising up in me beareth witness to my face. 9He teareth me in his wrath, who hateth me: he gnasheth upon me with his teeth; mine enemy sharpeneth his eyes upon me. 10They have gaped upon me with their mouth; they have smitten me upon the cheek reproachfully; they have gathered themselves together against me. 11God hath delivered me to the ungodly, and turned me over into the hands of the wicked. 12I was at ease, but he hath broken me asunder: he hath also taken me by my neck, and shaken me to pieces, and set me up for his mark. 13His archers compass me round about, he cleaveth my reins asunder, and doth not spare; he poureth out my gall upon the ground. 14He breaketh me with breach upon breach, he runneth upon me like a giant. 15I have sewed sackcloth upon my skin, and defiled my horn in the dust. 16My face is foul with weeping, and on my eyelids is the shadow of death;

17Not for any injustice in mine hands: also my prayer is pure. 18O earth, cover not thou my blood, and let my cry have no place. 19Also now, behold, my witness is in heaven, and my record is on high. 20My friends scorn me: but mine eye poureth out tears unto God. 21O that one might plead for a man with God, as a man pleadeth for his neighbour! 22When a few years are come, then I shall go the way whence I shall not return. (Job 16:)

1Surely there is a vein for the silver, and a place for gold where they fine it. 2Iron is taken out of the earth, and brass is molten out of the stone. 3He setteth an end to darkness, and searcheth out all perfection: the stones of darkness, and the shadow of death. 4The flood breaketh out from the inhabitant; even the waters forgotten of the foot: they are dried up, they are gone away from men. 5As for the earth, out of it cometh bread: and under it is turned up as it were fire. 6The stones of it are the place of sapphires: and it hath dust of gold. 7There is a path which no fowl knoweth, and which the vulture's eye hath not seen: 8The lion's whelps have not trodden it, nor the fierce lion passed by it. 9He putteth forth his hand upon the rock; he overturneth the mountains by the roots. 10He cutteth out rivers among the rocks; and his eye seeth every precious thing. 11He bindeth the floods from overflowing; and the thing that is hid bringeth he forth to light. 12But where shall wisdom be found? and where is the place of understanding? 13Man knoweth not the price thereof; neither is it found in the land of the living. (Job 28:)

16If now thou hast understanding, hear this: hearken to the voice of my words. 17Shall even he that hateth right govern? and wilt thou condemn him that is most just? 18Is it fit to say to a king, Thou art wicked? and to princes, Ye are ungodly? 19How much less to him that accepteth not the persons of princes, nor regardeth the rich more than the poor? for they all are the work of his hands. 20In a moment shall they die, and the people shall be troubled at midnight, and pass away: and the mighty shall be taken away without hand. 21For his eyes are upon the ways of man, and he seeth all his goings. 22There is no darkness, nor shadow of death, where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves. 23For he will not lay upon man more than right; that he should enter into judgment with God. 24He shall break in pieces mighty men without number, and set others in their stead. 25Therefore he knoweth their works, and he overturneth them in the night, so that they are destroyed. 26He striketh them as wicked men in the open sight of others; 27Because they turned back from him, and would not consider any of his ways: 28So that they cause the cry of the poor to come unto him, and he heareth the cry of the afflicted. 29When he giveth quietness, who then can make trouble? and when he hideth his face, who then can behold him? whether it be done against a nation, or against a man only: 30That the hypocrite reign not, lest the people be ensnared.

31Surely it is meet to be said unto God, I have borne chastisement, I will not offend any more: 32That which I see not teach thou me: if I have done iniquity, I will do no more. 33Should it be according to thy mind? he will recompense it, whether thou refuse, or whether thou choose; and not I: therefore speak what thou knowest. 34Let men of understanding tell me, and let a wise man hearken unto me. 35Job hath spoken without knowledge, and his words were without wisdom. 36My desire is that Job may be tried unto the end because of his answers for wicked men. 37For he addeth rebellion unto his sin, he clappeth his hands among us, and multiplieth his words against God. (Job 34:)

12Hast thou commanded the morning since thy days; and caused the dayspring to know his place; 13That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, that the wicked might be shaken out of it? 14It is turned as clay to the seal; and they stand as a garment. 15And from the wicked their light is withholden, and the high arm shall be broken. 16Hast thou entered into the springs of the sea? or hast thou walked in the search of the depth? 17Have the gates of death been opened unto thee? or hast thou seen the doors of the shadow of death? 18Hast thou perceived the breadth of the earth? declare if thou knowest it all. 19Where is the way where light dwelleth? and as for darkness, where is the place thereof, 20That thou shouldest take it to the bound thereof, and that thou shouldest know the paths to the house thereof? 21Knowest thou it, because thou wast then born? or because the number of thy days is great? 22Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow? or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail, 23Which I have reserved against the time of trouble, against the day of battle and war? 24By what way is the light parted, which scattereth the east wind upon the earth? (Job 38:)

1Nevertheless the dimness shall not be such as was in her vexation, when at the first he lightly afflicted the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, and afterward did more grievously afflict her by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, in Galilee of the nations. 2The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined. 3Thou hast multiplied the nation, and not increased the joy: they joy before thee according to the joy in harvest, and as men rejoice when they divide the spoil. 4For thou hast broken the yoke of his burden, and the staff of his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, as in the day of Midian. 5For every battle of the warrior is with confused noise, and garments rolled in blood; but this shall be with burning and fuel of fire. 6For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. 7Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this. (Isa 9:)

1Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 2Go and cry in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, Thus saith the LORD; I remember thee, the kindness of thy youth, the love of thine espousals, when thou wentest after me in the wilderness, in a land that was not sown. 3Israel was holiness unto the LORD, and the firstfruits of his increase: all that devour him shall offend; evil shall come upon them, saith the LORD. 4Hear ye the word of the LORD, O house of Jacob, and all the families of the house of Israel: 5Thus saith the LORD, What iniquity have your fathers found in me, that they are gone far from me, and have walked after vanity, and are become vain? 6Neither said they, Where is the LORD that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, that led us through the wilderness, through a land of deserts and of pits, through a land of drought, and of the shadow of death, through a land that no man passed through, and where no man dwelt? 7And I brought you into a plentiful country, to eat the fruit thereof and the goodness thereof; but when ye entered, ye defiled my land, and made mine heritage an abomination. 8The priests said not, Where is the LORD? and they that handle the law knew me not: the pastors also transgressed against me, and the prophets prophesied by Baal, and walked after things that do not profit. (Jer 2:)

Jeremiah 13

1Thus saith the LORD unto me, Go and get thee a linen girdle, and put it upon thy loins, and put it not in water. 2So I got a girdle according to the word of the LORD, and put it on my loins. 3And the word of the LORD came unto me the second time, saying, 4Take the girdle that thou hast got, which is upon thy loins, and arise, go to Euphrates, and hide it there in a hole of the rock. 5So I went, and hid it by Euphrates, as the LORD commanded me. 6And it came to pass after many days, that the LORD said unto me, Arise, go to Euphrates, and take the girdle from thence, which I commanded thee to hide there. 7Then I went to Euphrates, and digged, and took the girdle from the place where I had hid it: and, behold, the girdle was marred, it was profitable for nothing. 8Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 9Thus saith the LORD, After this manner will I mar the pride of Judah, and the great pride of Jerusalem. 10This evil people, which refuse to hear my words, which walk in the imagination of their heart, and walk after other gods, to serve them, and to worship them, shall even be as this girdle, which is good for nothing. 11For as the girdle cleaveth to the loins of a man, so have I caused to cleave unto me the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah, saith the LORD; that they might be unto me for a people, and for a name, and for a praise, and for a glory: but they would not hear.

12Therefore thou shalt speak unto them this word; Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Every bottle shall be filled with wine: and they shall say unto thee, Do we not certainly know that every bottle shall be filled with wine? 13Then shalt thou say unto them, Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will fill all the inhabitants of this land, even the kings that sit upon David's throne, and the priests, and the prophets, and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, with drunkenness. 14And I will dash them one against another, even the fathers and the sons together, saith the LORD: I will not pity, nor spare, nor have mercy, but destroy them. 15Hear ye, and give ear; be not proud: for the LORD hath spoken. 16Give glory to the LORD your God, before he cause darkness, and before your feet stumble upon the dark mountains, and, while ye look for light, he turn it into the shadow of death, and make it gross darkness. 17But if ye will not hear it, my soul shall weep in secret places for your pride; and mine eye shall weep sore, and run down with tears, because the LORD'S flock is carried away captive. 18Say unto the king and to the queen, Humble yourselves, sit down: for your principalities shall come down, even the crown of your glory. 19The cities of the south shall be shut up, and none shall open them: Judah shall be carried away captive all of it, it shall be wholly carried away captive. 20Lift up your eyes, and behold them that come from the north: where is the flock that was given thee, thy beautiful flock? 21What wilt thou say when he shall punish thee? for thou hast taught them to be captains, and as chief over thee: shall not sorrows take thee, as a woman in travail?

22And if thou say in thine heart, Wherefore come these things upon me? For the greatness of thine iniquity are thy skirts discovered, and thy heels made bare. 23Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil. 24Therefore will I scatter them as the stubble that passeth away by the wind of the wilderness. 25This is thy lot, the portion of thy measures from me, saith the LORD; because thou hast forgotten me, and trusted in falsehood. 26Therefore will I discover thy skirts upon thy face, that thy shame may appear. 27I have seen thine adulteries, and thy neighings, the lewdness of thy whoredom, and thine abominations on the hills in the fields. Woe unto thee, O Jerusalem! wilt thou not be made clean? when shall it once be? (Jer 13:)

Amos 5

1Hear ye this word which I take up against you, even a lamentation, O house of Israel. 2The virgin of Israel is fallen; she shall no more rise: she is forsaken upon her land; there is none to raise her up. 3For thus saith the Lord GOD; The city that went out by a thousand shall leave an hundred, and that which went forth by an hundred shall leave ten, to the house of Israel.

4For thus saith the LORD unto the house of Israel, Seek ye me, and ye shall live: 5But seek not Bethel, nor enter into Gilgal, and pass not to Beersheba: for Gilgal shall surely go into captivity, and Bethel shall come to nought. 6Seek the LORD, and ye shall live; lest he break out like fire in the house of Joseph, and devour it, and there be none to quench it in Bethel. 7Ye who turn judgment to wormwood, and leave off righteousness in the earth, 8Seek him that maketh the seven stars and Orion, and turneth the shadow of death into the morning, and maketh the day dark with night: that calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth: The LORD is his name: 9That strengtheneth the spoiled against the strong, so that the spoiled shall come against the fortress. 10They hate him that rebuketh in the gate, and they abhor him that speaketh uprightly. 11Forasmuch therefore as your treading is upon the poor, and ye take from him burdens of wheat: ye have built houses of hewn stone, but ye shall not dwell in them; ye have planted pleasant vineyards, but ye shall not drink wine of them. 12For I know your manifold transgressions and your mighty sins: they afflict the just, they take a bribe, and they turn aside the poor in the gate from their right. 13Therefore the prudent shall keep silence in that time; for it is an evil time. 14Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live: and so the LORD, the God of hosts, shall be with you, as ye have spoken. 15Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish judgment in the gate: it may be that the LORD God of hosts will be gracious unto the remnant of Joseph.

16Therefore the LORD, the God of hosts, the Lord, saith thus; Wailing shall be in all streets; and they shall say in all the highways, Alas! alas! and they shall call the husbandman to mourning, and such as are skilful of lamentation to wailing. 17And in all vineyards shall be wailing: for I will pass through thee, saith the LORD. 18Woe unto you that desire the day of the LORD! to what end is it for you? the day of the LORD is darkness, and not light. 19As if a man did flee from a lion, and a bear met him; or went into the house, and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him. 20Shall not the day of the LORD be darkness, and not light? even very dark, and no brightness in it?

21I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies. 22Though ye offer me burnt offerings and your meat offerings, I will not accept them: neither will I regard the peace offerings of your fat beasts. 23hear the Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs; for I will not melody of thy viols. righteousness 24But let judgment run down as waters, and as a mighty stream. offerings in the 25Have ye offered unto me sacrifices and wilderness forty years, O house of Israel? the tabernacle 26But ye have borne of your Moloch and Chiun your images, the star of your god, which ye made to yourselves. beyond Damascus, 27Therefore will I cause you to go into captivity saith the LORD, whose name 5:)-is The God of hosts. (Amos




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