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7 When trouble did thee sore as
assail, On me then didst thou call, And I to free thee did not fail,
And led thee out of thrall.
I answer'd thee in thunder deep,
With clouds encompass'd round ;
Of Meriba renown'd.
8 Hear, O my people, hearken well,
I testify to thee,
If thou wilt list to me:
9 Throughout the land of thy abode
No alien god shall be,
In honour bend thy knee.
10 I am the Lord thy God, which brought
Thee out of Egypt land ;
Will grant thy full demand.
11 And yet my people would not hear,
Misliked me for his choice.
12 Then did I leave them to their will,
And to their wandering mind; Their own conceits they follow'd still,
Their own devices blind.
13 Oh, that my people would be wise,
To serve me all their days !
To walk my righteous ways !
14 Then would I soon bring down their foes,
That now so proudly rise ;
That are their enemies.
15 Who hate the Lord should then be fain
To bow to him and bend ;
Their time should have no end.
16 And he would feed them from the shock
With flour of finest wheat,
With honey for their meat.
1 God in the great assembly stands
Of kings and lordly states ;
He judges and debates.
2 How long will ye pervert the right
With judgment false and wrong,
bold and strong ?
3 Regard the weak and fatherless, Despatch the
man's cause : And raise the man in deep distress
By just and equal laws.
4 Defend the
and desolate, And rescue, from the hands Of wicked men, the low estate
Of him that help demands.
5 They know not, nor will understand,
In darkness they walk on;
6 I said that ye were gods, yea, all
The sons of God Most High ; 7 But
shall die like men, and fall As other princes die.
8 Rise, God; judge thou the earth in might,
This wicked earth redress ;
The nations all possess.
1 Be not thou silent now at length,
O God, hold not thy peace :
and do not cease.
2 For lo, thy furious foes now swell,
And storm outrageously ; And they that hate thee, proud and fell,
Exalt their heads full high.
Against thy people they contrive
Their plots and counsels deep;
Whom thou dost hide and keep.
4 Come, let us cut them off, say they,
Till they no nation be ;
Be lost in memory.
5 For they consult with all their might,
And all, as one in mind,
And in firm union bind.
6 The tents of Edom, and the brood
Of scornful Ishmael,
That in the desert dwell.
7 Gebal and Ammon there conspire,
And hateful Amalec,
Whose bounds the sea doth check.
8 With them great Ashur also bands,
And doth confirm the knot ;
To aid the sons of Lot.
9 Do to them as to Midian bold,
That wasted all the coast ;
Thou didst to Jabin's host,
When, at the brook of Kishon old,
They were repulsed and slain, 10 At Endor quite cut off, and rollid
As dung upon the plain.
11 As Zeb and Oreb evil sped,
So let their princes speed;
So let their princes bleed.
12 For they amidst their pride have said,
By right now shall we seize
Their stately palaces.
13 My God, oh make them as a wheel,
No quiet let them find;
Like stubble from the wind.
14 As when an aged wood takes fire
Which on a sudden strays,
Till all the mountains blaze ;
15 So with thy whirlwind them pursue,
And with thy tempest chase ; 16 And, till they yield thee honour due,
Lord, fill with shame their face.
17 Ashamed, and troubled, let them be,
Troubled, and shamed for ever ;
With shame, and ’scape it never.
18 Then shall they know, that thou, whose name,
Jehovah, is alone,
O’er all the earth, art One.