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Woe to thee that spoilest, and thou wast not spoiled;
and that dealest treacherously, and they dealt not treacherously with thee!
When thou shalt cease to spoil, thou shalt be spoiled;
when thou shalt make an end of dealing treacherously, they shall deal treacherously with thee.
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Jehovah, be gracious unto us;
we have waited for thee: be their arm every morning, yea, our salvation in the time of trouble.
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At the noise of the tumult the peoples fled;
at the lifting up of thyself the nations were scattered.
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And your spoil shall be gathered [like] the gathering of the caterpillar: as the running of locusts shall they run upon it.
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Jehovah is exalted;
for he dwelleth on high: he hath filled Zion with justice and righteousness;
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and he shall be the stability of thy times, the riches of salvation, wisdom and knowledge: the fear of Jehovah shall be your treasure.
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Behold, their valiant ones cry without;
the messengers of peace weep bitterly.
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The highways are desolate, the wayfaring man ceaseth.
He hath broken the covenant, he hath despised the cities, he regardeth no man.
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The land mourneth, it languisheth;
Lebanon is ashamed, is withered;
the Sharon is become as a desert, and Bashan and Carmel are stripped.
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Now will I arise, saith Jehovah;
now will I be exalted, now will I lift up myself.
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Ye shall conceive dry grass, ye shall bring forth stubble: your breath shall devour you [as] fire.
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And the peoples shall be [as] burnings of lime, [as] thorns cut up shall they be burned in the fire.
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Hear, ye that are far off, what I have done;
and ye that are near, acknowledge my might.
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The sinners in Zion are afraid;
trembling hath surprised the hypocrites: Who among us shall dwell with the consuming fire?
who among us shall dwell with everlasting flames?
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— He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly;
he that despiseth the gain of oppressions, that shaketh his hands from taking hold of bribes, that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood, and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil:
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he shall dwell on high, the fortresses of the rocks shall be his high retreat;
bread shall be given him, his water shall be sure.
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Thine eyes shall see the King in his beauty;
they shall behold the land that is far off.
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Thy heart shall meditate on terror: Where is the scribe?
where is the receiver?
where is he that counted the towers?
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Thou shalt no more see the fierce people, a people of a deeper speech than thou canst comprehend, of a stammering tongue that cannot be understood.
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Look upon Zion, the city of our solemnities: thine eyes shall see Jerusalem a quiet habitation, a tent that shall not be removed, the stakes whereof shall never be pulled up, neither shall any of its cords be broken;
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but there Jehovah is unto us glorious, — a place of rivers, of broad streams: no galley with oars shall go there, neither shall gallant ship pass thereby.
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For Jehovah is our judge, Jehovah, our lawgiver, Jehovah, our king: he will save us.
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Thy tacklings are loosed;
they strengthen not the socket of their mast, they cannot spread the sail: then is the prey of a great spoil divided;
the lame take the prey.
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And the inhabitant shall not say, I am sick: the people that dwell therein shall be forgiven [their] iniquity.