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57 So they tempted and displeased the most high God, and kept not his testimonies;
58 But turned their backs, and fell away like their forefathers; starting aside like a broken bow.
59 For they grieved him with their hillaltars, and provoked him to displeasure with their images.
60 When God heard this, he was wroth, and took sore displeasure at Israel;
61 So that he forsook the tabernacle in Silo, even the tent that he had pitched among men.
62 He delivered their power into captivity, and their beauty into the enemy's hand,
63 He gave his people over also unto the sword, and was wroth with his inheritance.
64 The fire consumed their young men, and their maidens were not given to marriage.
65 Their priests were slain with the sword, and there were no widows to make lamentation.
66 So the Lord awaked as one out of sleep, and like a giant refreshed with wine.
67 He smote his enemies in the hinder parts, and put them to a perpetual shame.
68 He refused the tabernacle of Joseph, and chose not the tribe of Ephraim;
69 But chose the tribe of Judah, even the hill of Sion which he loved,
70 And there he built his temple on high, and laid the foundation of it like the ground which he hath made continually.
71 He chose David also his servant, and took him away from the sheep-folds :
72 As he was following the ewes great with young ones he took him, that he might feed Jacob his people, and Israel his inheritance.
73 So he fed them with a faithful and true heart, and ruled them prudently with all his power.
THE SIXTEENTH DAY.
Psalm lxxix. Deus, venerunt. O GOD, the heathen are come into thine in
heritance; thy holy temple have they defiled, and made Jerusalem an heap of stones.
2 The dead bodies of thy servants have they given to be meat unto the fowls of the air, and the flesh of thy saints unto the beasts of the land.
3 Their blood have they shed like water on every
side of Jerusalem, and there was no man to bury them.
4 We are become an open shame to our enemies, a very scorn and derision unto them that are round about us.
5 Lord, how long wilt thou be angry? shall thy jealousy burn like fire for ever?
6 Pour out thine indignation upon the heathen that have not known thee; and upon the kingdoms that have not called upon thy Name. 7 For they have devoured Jacob, and laid waste his dwelling-place.
8 O remember not our old sins, but have mercy upon us, and that soon ; for we are come to great misery.
9 Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of thy Name : O deliver us, and be merciful unto our sins, for thy Name's sake.
10 Wherefore do the heathen say, Where is now their God?
11 O let the vengeance of thy servants' blood that is shed, be openly showed upon the heathen, in our sight.
12 O let the sorrowful sighing of the prisoners come before thee; according to the greatness of thy power, preserve thou those that are appointed to die.
13 And for the blasphemy wherewith our neighbours have blasphemed thee, reward thou them, O Lord, seven-fold into their bosom.
14 So we, that are thy people, and sheep of thy pasture, shall give thee thanks for ever, and will alway be showing forth thy praise from generation to generation.
Psalm lxxx. Qui regis Israel. HEAR, O thou Shepherd of Israel, thou that
leadest Joseph like a sheep; show thyseli also, thou that sittest upon the Cherubim.
2 Before Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasses, stir up thy strength, and come, and help us.
3 Turn us again, O God; show the light of thy countenance, and we shall be whole.
4.O LORD God of hosts, how long wilt thou be angry with thy people that prayeth?
5 Thou feedest them with the bread of tears, and givest them plenteousness of tears to drink.
6 Thou hast made us a very strife unto our neighbours, and our enemies laugh us to scorn.
7 Turn us again, thou God of hosts; show the light of thy countenance, and we shall be whole.
8 Thou hast brought a vine out of Egypt ; thou hast cast out the heathen, and planted it.
9 Thou madest room for it; and when it had taken root, it filled the land.
10 The hills were covered with the shadow of it, and the boughs thereof were like the goodly cedar-trees.
11 She stretched out her branches unto the sea, and her boughs unto the river.
12 Why hast thou then broken down her hedge, that all they that go by pluck off her
13 The wild boar out of the wood doth root it up, and the wild beasts of the field devour it.
14 Turn thee again, thou God of hosts, look down from heaven, behold, and visit this vine;
15 And the place of the vineyard that thy right hand hath planted, and the branch that thou madest so strong for thyself.
16 It is burnt with fire, and cut down; and they shall perish at the rebuke of thy countenance.
17 Let thy hand be upon the man of thy right hand, and upon the son of man, whom thou madest so strong for thine own self.
18 And so will not we go back from thee : O let us live, and we shall call upon thy Name.
19 Turn us again, O LORD God of hosts : show the light of thy countenance, and we shall be whole. Psalm lxxxi. Exultate Deo.
. SING we merrily unto God our strength ;
make a cheerful noise unto the God of Jacob.
2 Take the psalm, bring hither the tabret, the merry harp with the lute.
3 Blow up the trumpet in the new-moon, even in the time appointed, and upon our solemn feast-day.
4 For this was made a statute for Israel, and a law of the God of Jacob.
5 This he ordained in Joseph for a testimony, when he came out of the land of Egypt, and had heard a strange language.
6 I eased his shoulder from the burden, and his hands were delivered from making the pots.
7 Thou calledst upon me in troubles, and I delivered thee; and heard thee what time as the storm fell
thee. 8 I proved thee also at the waters of strife.
9 Hear, O my people ; and I will assure thee, O Israel, if thou wilt hearken unto me,
10 There shall no strange god be in thee, neither shalt thou worship any other god.
11 I am the LORD thy God, who brought