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Jehovah and the instruments of his indignation,
To lay waste the whole country.
Yea, destruction from the Almighty is coming.
And every heart of man shall be melted.
Distress and anguish shall lay hold upon them,
Their faces shall glow like flames.
Dreadful is his anger and fierce indignation,
And to destroy sinners out of it.
Shall not give their light;
And the moon shall withhold her splendour.
And upon the wicked, their iniquity,
And the haughtiness of the tyrants will I bring down. 12 I will make a man more scarce than gold,
Yea men, than the gold of Ophir.
And the earth shall totter from its place ;
In the day of his fierce anger.
And like sheep, which no one collects together.
And each fly to his own country.
Their houses shall be rifled, and their women ravished. 17 Behold, I will raise up against them the Medes,
Who make no account of silver,
And as to gold, they regard it not. 18 Their bows shall strike down the youth,
On the fruit of the womb they will have no compassion,
Their eye will not pity the children. 19 So shall Babylon, the pride of kingdoms,
The boast and glory of the Chaldeans,
Be like Sodom and Gomorrha which God destroyed ; 20 It shall never more be inhabited,
Nor shall it be dwelt in, from generation to generation.
Nor the shepherds make their flocks to lie down there. 21 But there the wild beasts of the desert shall lie down,
And howling monsters shall fill their houses,
And the satyrs shall revel there.
And the dragons in their magnificent pleasure-houses;
And set his love again upon Israel ;
They shall be connected with the house of Jacob. 2 The nations shall take them and bring them to their
And they shall rule over their oppressors. 3 Then it shall come to pass, When Jehovah shall give thee rest from thy trouble and
And from the oppressive service which was laid upon
thee, 4 Thou shalt utter this song over the king of Babylon,
and say ;
How has the oppressor come to an end,
The exactor of golden tribute ceased !
The rod of the tyrants.
With a stroke that was not remitted ;
With oppression that never ceased.
They break out into singing.
And the cedars of Lebanon, (saying),
No feller has come up against us.”
To meet thee at thy coming.
" Art thou become feeble, as we are?
Art thou become like unto us?”
And the noise of thy harps !
And the maggot is thy covering.
How art thou fallen from heaven!
Who didst crush the nations !
" I will ascend the heavens,
In the recesses of the north ; 14 I will mount above the height of the clouds,
I will be like the most high.” 15 But, to Hades hast thou come down,
To the recesses of the pit.
They shall attentively view thee, [and say,]
Who made kingdoms to tremble ? 17 Who made the world a desert,
And laid waste its cities?
Who dismissed not his prisoners to their home ?" 18 All the kings of the nations,
Yea all of them, repose in glory,
Each in his own place.
Like a loathsome branch;
Thy carcase is trodden under foot.
For thou hast destroyed thy country,
The seed of evil doers shall never more be named. 21 Prepare ye* slaughter for his children,
Because of the iniquity of their fathers;
Saith Jehovah of hosts ;
Posterity and offspring, saith Jehovah.
And turn it] to pools of water ;
* To the Medes.
103. Eternity of God. If all who live and breathe around us are the creatures of yesterday, and destined to see destruction to-morrow; if the same condition is our own, and the same sentence
is written against us; if the solid forms of inanimate na5 ture and laborious art are fading and falling, if we look
in vain for durability to the very roots of the mountains, where shall we turn, and on what can we rely ? Can no support be offered ; can no source of confidence be
named? Oh yes ! there is one Being to whom we can 10 look with a perfect conviction of finding that security,
which nothing about us can give, and which nothing about us can take away. To this Being we can lift up our souls, and on him we may rest them, exclaiming in
the language of the monarch of Israel, “ Before the 15 mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst form
ed the earth and the world, even froin everlasting to everlasting thou art God.” 16 Of old hast thou laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work
of thy hands. They shall perish, but thou shalt endure, 20 yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment, as a ves
ture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed but thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end."
The eternity of God is a subject of contemplation, 25 which, at the same time that it overwhelms us with as
tonishment and awe, affords us an immoveable ground of confidence in the midst of a changing world. All things which surround us, all these dying, mouldering
inhabitants of time, must have had a Creator, for the plain 30 reason, that they could not have created themselves.
And their Creator must have existed from all eternity, for the plain reason, that the first cause must necessarily be uncaused. As we cannot suppose a beginning
without a cause of existence, that which is the cause of 35 all existence, must be self-existent, and could have had
no beginning. And, as it had no beginning, so also, as it is beyond the reach of all influence and control, as it is independent and almighty, it will have no end.