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against thee. Do not abhor us, for thy name's sake, do not disgrace the throne of thy glory: remember, break not thy covenant with us. Are there any among the vanities of the Gentiles that can cause rain? or can the heavens give showers? art not thou he, O Lord our God? therefore we will wait upon thee: for thou hast made all these things. O Lord, though our iniquities testify against us, do thou it for thy name's sake for our backslidings are many; we have sinned against thee. O the Hope of Israel, the Saviour thereof in time of trouble. Thou, O Lord, art in the midst of us, and we are called by thy name: leave us not..

From the same, ch. 11. 15. 17. 18. 20.

O Lord of hosts, that judgest righteously, that triest the reins and the heart; thou knowest that which came out of my lips was right before thee. Give heed to me, O Lord, and hearken to the voice of them that contend with me. Shall evil be recompensed for good? for they have digged a pit for my soul, remember that I stood before thee to speak good for them, and to turn away

of them that repent; and in me thou wilt shew all thy goodness: for thou wilt save me, that am unworthy, according to thy great mercy. Therefore I will praise thee for ever all the days of my life for all the powers of the heavens do praise thee, and thine is the glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Selected from Jeremiah, ch. 10. 12. 17.

O Lord, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of affliction; thou that triest the righteous, and seest the reins and the heart; be not a terror unto me: thou art my hope in the day of evil. O Lord, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps. O Lord, correct me, but with judgment; not in thine anger, lest thou bring me to nothing. Thou, O Lord, knowest me; thou hast seen me, and tried mine heart toward thee. Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved art my praise.

From the same, ch. 14.

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We acknowledge, O Lord, our wickedness, and the iniquity of our fathers: for we have sinned

against thee. Do not abhor us, for thy name's sake, do not disgrace the throne of thy glory: remember, break not thy covenant with us. Are there any among the vanities of the Gentiles that can cause rain? or can the heavens give showers? art not thou he, O Lord our God? therefore we will wait upon thec: for thou hast made all these things. O Lord, though our iniquities testify against us, do thou it for thy name's sake: for our backslidings are many; we have sinned against thee. O the Hope of Israel, the Saviour thereof in time of trouble. Thou, O Lord, art in the midst of us, and we are called by thy name: leave us not.

From the same, ch. 11. 15. 17. 18. 20.

O Lord of hosts, that judgest righteously, that triest the reins and the heart; thou knowest that which came out of my lips was right before thee. Give heed to me, O Lord, and hearken to the voice of them that contend with me. Shall evil be recompensed for good? for they have digged a pit for my soul, remember that I stood before thee to speak good for them, and to turn away

thy wrath from them. The word of the Lord was made a reproach unto me, and a derision, daily. Behold they say unto me, Where is the word of the Lord? let it come now. Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name, but his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay. For I heard the defaming of many, fear on every side. Report, say they, and we will report it. All my familiars watched for my halting, saying, Peradventure he will be enticed, and we shall prevail against him, and we shall take our revenge on him. But the Lord is with me as a mighty terrible one: therefore my persecutors shall stumble, and they shall not prevail they shall be greatly ashamed; for they shall not prosper: their everlasting confusion shall never be forgotten. O Lord, thou knowest remember me, and visit me; take me not away in thy long suffering: know that for thy sake I have suffered rebuke. Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O Lord God of hosts. I sat not in the assembly of the mockers, nor rejoiced; I sat alone, because of thy hand for thou hast filled me with indignation. O Lord, the

Hope of Israel, all that forsake thee shall be ashamed, and they that depart from thee shall be written in the earth, because they have forsaken the Lord, the fountain of living waters.

Selected from the Lamentations of Jeremiah, ch. 5.

Remember, O Lord, what is come upon us; consider and behold our reproach. The joy of our heart is ceased; our dance is turned into mourning. The crown is fallen from our head: woe unto us that we have sinned! For this our heart is faint; for these things our eyes are dim. Thou, O Lord, remainest for ever; thy throne. from generation to generation, Wherefore dost thou forget us for ever, and forsake us so long time? Turn thou us unto thee, O Lord, and we shall be turned; renew our days as of old. thou hast utterly rejected us; thou art very wroth against us.

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From the same, ch. 1.3.

Behold, O Lord, for I am in distress; my sighs are many, and my heart is faint. Abroad

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