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The Mercy of God 18 Who is a God like unto Thee, that 7

pardoneth the iniquity,
And passeth by the transgression of the

remnant of His heritage?
He retaineth not His anger for ever,

Because He delighteth in mercy. 19 He will again have compassion upon us;

He will subdue our iniquities;
And Thou wilt cast all their sins into the

depths of the sea. 20 Thou wilt show faithfulness to Jacob, mercy

to Abraham, As Thou hast sworn unto our fathers from

the days of old.

NAHUM

Divine Retribution

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2 The LORD is a jealous and avenging

God,
The LORD avengeth and is full of wrath;
The LORD taketh vengeance on His adver-

saries, And He reserveth wrath for His enemies. 3 The LORD is long-suffering, and great in

power, And will by no means clear the guilty; The LORD, in the whirlwind and in the storm

is His way,

And the clouds are the dust of His feet. 4 He rebuketh the sea, and maketh it dry,

And drieth up all the rivers;

Bashan languisheth, and Carmel,

And the flower of Lebanon languisheth. 5 The mountains quake at Him,

And the hills melt;
And the earth is upheaved at His presence,

Yea, the world, and all that dwell therein. 6 Who can stand before His indignation? And who can abide in the fierceness of His

anger? His fury is poured out like fire, And the rocks are broken asunder before

Him.
7 The LORD is good,

A stronghold in the day of trouble;
And He knoweth them that take refuge in

Him. 8 But with an overrunning flood He will make a full end of the place

thereof, And darkness shall pursue His enemies. 9 What do ye devise against the LORD?

He will make a full end;

Trouble shall not rise up the second time. 10 For though they be like tangled thorns,

And be drunken according to their drink,

They shall be devoured as stubble fully dry. 11 Out of thee came he forth,

That deviseth evil against the LORD,

That counselleth wickedness. 12 Thus saith the LORD:

Though they be in full strength, and like

wise many,

Even so shall they be cut down, and he shall And though I have afflicted thee, I will afflict

pass away;

thee no more. 13 And now will I break his yoke from off thee,

And will burst thy bonds in sunder.

HABAKKUK

The Problem of Evil
2 How long, O LORD, shall I cry,
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And Thou wilt not hear?
I cry out unto Thee of violence,

And Thou wilt not save.
3 Why dost Thou show me iniquity,

And beholdest mischief?
And why are spoiling and violence before

me? So that there is strife, and contention ariseth. 4 Therefore the law is slacked,

And right doth never go forth;
For the wicked doth beset the righteous;

Therefore right goeth forth perverted. 5 Look ye among the nations, and behold,

And wonder marvellously;
For, behold, a work shall be wrought in

your days,
Which ye will not believe though it be told

you.
6 For, lo, I raise up the Chaldeans,

That bitter and impetuous nation,
That march through the breadth of the

earth,
To possess dwelling-places that are not theirs.
They are terrible and dreadful;

Their law and their majesty proceed from

themselves. 8 Their horses also are swifter than leopards, And are more fierce than the wolves of the

desert;
And their horsemen spread themselves;
Yea, their horsemen come from far,
They fly as a vulture that hasteth to de-

vour.

9 They come all of them for violence;

Their faces are set eagerly as the cast wind;

And they gather captives as the sand. 10 And they scoff at kings,

And princes are a derision unto them;
They deride every stronghold,

For they heap up earth, and take it. 1 Then their spirit doth pass over and trans

gress, And they become guilty: Even they who impute their might unto

their god.

12 Art not Thou from everlasting,

O Lord my God, my Holy One?
We shall not die.
O Lord, Thou hast ordained them for judg.

ment,
And Thou, O Rock, hast established them

for correction. 13 Thou that art of eyes too pure to behold

evil, And that canst not look on mischief, Wherefore lookest Thou, when they deal

treacherously,

And holdest Thy peace, when the wicked

swalloweth up The man that is more righteous than he; 14 And makest men as the fishes of the sea, As the creeping things, that have no ruler

over them? 15 They take up all of them with the angle,

They catch them in their net,
And gather them in their drag;

Therefore they rejoice and exult.
16 Therefore they sacrifice unto their net,

And offer unto their drag;
Because by them their portion is fat,

And their food plenteous. 17 Shall they therefore empty their net, And not spare to slay the nations contin

ually?

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I will stand upon my watch,
And set me upon the tower,
And will look out to see what He will

speak by me,
And what I shall answer when I am

proved.
2 And the LORD answered me, and said:

‘Write the vision,
And make it plain upon tables,

That a man may read it swiftly. 3 For the vision is yet for the appointed time, And it declareth of the end, and doth not

lie; Though it tarry, wait for it; Because it will surely come, it will not

delay.'

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