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XI, 13-14.

13.

Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb shall sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert, . . and the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their heads: they shall obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

Isaiah xxxv, 5, 6, 10. (R.v.).

14.

With righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth. . . . And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins. . . They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.

Isaiah xi, 4, 5, 9. (R.v.)

XI, 15-16.

15.

Shall the prey be taken from the mighty, or the lawful captives be delivered? But thus saith the Lord, Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered: for I will contend with him that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy children... And all flesh shall know that I the Lord am thy saviour and thy redeemer.

Isaiah xlix, 24, 25, 26. (R.v.)

16.

Thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm

against the wall. . . . He will swallow up death in victory: and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces: and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it. Isaiah xxv, 4, 8. (A.v.)

XI, 17-20. A Call to Arouse Ourselves and Work.

17.

Order ye the buckler and shield, and draw near to battle. Harness the horses and get up, ye horsemen, and stand forth with your helmets; furbish the spears, put on the coats of mail. Wherefore have I seen it? they are dismayed and are turned backward; and their mighty ones are beaten down, and are fled apace, and look not back: terror is on every side, saith the Lord. Jeremiah xlvi, 3. (R.V.)

18.

Turn you to the stronghold, ye prisoners of hope.

Zechariah ix, 12. (R.V.)

19.

Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life. Proverbs xiii, 12. (a.v.)

20.

The night is far spent, and the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.

Romans xiii, 12. (R.v.)

XI, 21-23.

21.

Strengthen ye the weak hands and confirm the feeble knees. Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not behold, your God will come

.. and save you.

Isaiah xxxv, 3, 4. (R.V.)

The Hope of Better Days on Earth.

22.

A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth. He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law. . . . I the Lord have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee... I am the Lord, that is my name, and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images. Behold the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare.

Isaiah xlii, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9. (a.v.)

23.

Give the king thy judgments, O God, and thy righteousness unto the king's

XI, 24-25. son. He shall judge thy people with righteousness, and thy poor with judg ment. . . He shall judge the poor of the people, he shall save the children of the needy, and shall break in pieces the oppressor. . . . In his days shall the righteous flourish; and abundance of peace, so long as the moon endureth. Psalm 1xxii, 1, 2, 4, 7. (a.v.)

24.

Thus saith the Lord of hosts: If thou wilt walk in my ways, and if thou wilt keep my charge, then thou shalt also judge my house, and shalt also keep my courts, and I will give thee places to walk among these that stand by. In that day, saith the Lord of hosts, shall ye call every man his neighbour under the vine and under the fig tree.

Zechariah iii, 7, 10. (a.v.)

25.

Yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea thou shalt diligently consider his place, and he shall not be. But the meek shall inherit the land; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.

Psalm xxxvii, 10, 11. (R.V.)

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