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And measures and matters of The Truth of the "time" we are in ...how "man" ..."thought to change time and times ...

Dearly beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, how that one day is with the Lord, as a thousand year, and a thousand year as one day.

The Lord is not slack to fulfil his promise, as some men count slackness: but is patient to us ward, and would have no man lost, but would receive all men to repentance.


     Behold in a dream during the nightmare of the dark season ...of the times and time ..of the season of man ...see son of man ...

     and i was taken and shown a man ...

     and the man loved God his father and Jesus his brother and Lord.

     and that in spirit and truth.

     and the man was blessed with cunning skills...

     and was enabled ...within abled to do works of metal and wood and fabric...

     and many other works was he able to do...

     even of modern materials ...of wires and electronics and radios and computers ...

     and in an instant ...there was shown of ancient of days the same ...  

     and the same blessing ...

     and the same enabling ...within abled to do cunning works ...

     even so of the same ...to do the cunning works ...for good ...

     and not for evil ...

     neither to help wickedness ...

     nor be dishonest unright or untrue in the works ...

     or let slip ...unworthy works ...

     and thereby receive unearned profit ...or the unworthy works ...


     and scripture came back to remembrance ...



And Zilla she also bare Tubalcain a worker in metal and a father of all that grave in brass and iron. And Tubalcains sister was called Naema.


And Isaac was forty years old when she bare them: and the boys grew, and Esau became a cunning hunter and a tillman. But Jacob was a simple man, and dwelled in the tents. Isaac loved Esau, because he did eat of his venison, but Rebecca loved Jacob.


 This is the sum of the habitation of witness, which was counted at the commandment of Moses: and was the office of the Levites by the hand of Ithamar son to Aaron the priest. And Bezaleel son of Uri son to Hur of the tribe of Juda, made all that the Lord commanded Moses, and with him Ahaliab son of Ahisamach of the tribe of Dan, a cunning graver and a worker of needle work in jacinth, scarlet, purple and byss.


  And they made the breastlap of cunning work, after the work of the Ephod: even of gold, jacinth, scarlet, purple and twined byss. And they made it four square and double, an hand breadth long and an hand breadth broad. And they filled it with four rows of stones (the first row: Sardios, a Topas and Smaragdus: the second row: a Ruby, a Sapphire and a Diamond: the third row: Ligurius, an Achat and an Amethyst: the fourth row: a Turquoise, an onyx and a Jasper) closed in ouches of gold in their enclosures. And the twelve stones were graven as signets with the names of the children of Israel: every stone with his name, according to the twelve tribes.
      And they made upon the breastlap, two fastening chains of wreathen work and pure gold. And they made two hooks of gold and two gold rings, and put the two rings upon the two corners of the breastlap. And they put the two chains of gold in the two rings, in the corners of the breastlap. And the two ends of the two chains they fastened in the two hooks, and put them on the shoulders of the Ephod upon the forefront of it.
      And they made two other rings of gold and put them on the two other corners of the breastlap along upon the edge of it, toward the inside of the Ephod that is over against it. And they made yet two other gold rings, and put them on the two sides of the Ephod, beneath on the fore side of it: even where the sides go together, above upon the broidering of the Ephod, and they strained the breastlap by his rings unto the rings of the Ephod, with laces of jacinth, that it might lie fast upon the broidering of the Ephod, and should not be loosed from off the Ephod: as the Lord commanded Moses.
      And he made the tunicle unto the Ephod of woven work and all together of jacinth, and the head of the tunicle was in the midst of it as the collar of a partlet, with a band round about the collar, that it should not rent. And they made beneath upon the hem of the tunicle: pomegranates of jacinth, scarlet, purple, and twined byss. And they made little bells of pure gold, and put them among the pomegranates round about upon the edge of the tunicle, a bell and a pomegranate, a bell and a pomegranate round about the hems of the tunicle to minister in, as the Lord commanded Moses.
      And they made coats of byss of woven work for Aaron and his sons, and a mitre of byss, and goodly bonnets of byss, and linen breaches of twined byss, and a girdle of twined byss, jacinth, scarlet and purple: even of needle work, as the Lord commanded Moses. And they made the plate of the holy crown of fine gold, and wrote upon it with graven work: the holiness of the Lord: and tied it to a lace of jacinth to fasten it on high upon the mitre, as the Lord commanded Moses.
      Thus was all the work of the habitation of the tabernacle of witness, finished. And the children of Israel did according to all that the Lord had commanded Moses. And they brought the habitation unto Moses: the tent and all his apparel thereof: the buttons, boards, bars, pillars and sockets: and the covering of rams skins red, and the covering of taxus skins, and the hanging veil, and the ark of witness with the staves thereof, and the mercyseat: the table and all the ordinance thereof, and the shewbread, and the pure candlestick, and the lamps prepared thereunto with all the vessels thereof, and the oil for lights, and the golden altar, and the anointing oil and the sweet cense, and the hanging of the tabernacle door, and the brasen altar, and the gridiron of brass longing thereunto with his bars and all his vessels, and the laver with his foot, and the hangings of the court with his pillars and sockets, and the hanging to the court gate, his boards and pins, and all the ordinance that serveth to the habitation of the tabernacle of witness, and the ministering vestments to serve in the holy place, and the holy vestments of Aaron the priest and his sons raiments to minister in: according to all that the Lord commanded Moses: even so the children of Israel made all the work. And Moses beheld all the work: and see, they had done it even as the Lord commanded: and then Moses blessed them

FIRST BOOK OF SAMUEL Chpt 16      Then said Samuel to Isai: are here all thy children? and he said: the youngest is yet behind: Behold, he keepeth the sheep. Then Samuel said unto Isai: send and fetch him for we will not sit down, till he be come hither. And he sent and brought him in. And he was brown with goodly eyes, and well favoured in sight. And then the Lord said up and anoint him: for this is he. And Samuel took the horn with the ointment and anointed him in the presence of his brethren. And the spirit of the Lord came upon David, from that day forward. And Samuel rose up and went to Ramath.
      But the spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and an evil spirit sent of the Lord, vexed him. Then said his servants unto him: Behold, an evil spirit sent of God vexeth thee, let our Lord therefore command his servants to seek a man that is a cunning player with an harp. And then when the evil spirit sent of God, cometh upon thee, that he may play with his hand, and thou shalt be eased. And Saul said unto his servants: seek me a man that can well play, and bring him to me. Then answered one of his servants and said: Behold, I have seen a son of Isai the Bethelehemite, that can play upon instruments, and is an active fellow and a man of war and prudent and well made, and the Lord is with him, whereupon Saul sent messengers unto Isai and said: send me David thy son which is with the sheep. And Isai took an ass laden with bread, and a flacket of wine, and a kid, and sent them by David his son unto Saul. And David went to Saul and came before him, and he loved him very well, so that he was made his harness bearer. And Saul sent to Isai saying: let David remain with me, for he hath found favour in my sight. And when the spirit of God came upon Saul, David took an harp and played with his hand, and so Saul was refreshed, and did amend and the evil spirit departed from him


And Salomon built his own house in thirteen years space and full finished it. And he built the house of the wood of Libanon, an hundred cubits long and fifty broad, and thirty high, four square with rows of Cedar pillars and Cedar beams along upon the pillars. And the roof was Cedar above on high upon the beams that lay an high on the pillars, which pillars were forty and five in number, fifteen on a row, and the spaces between the pillars were one against another three fold. And all the doors with the side posts were four square one against another three fold.
      And he made a porch of pillars fifty cubits long and thirty cubits broad: and yet a porch before that with pillars, and a thick pillar before that. Then he made a porch to sit and judge in, siled with Cedar throughout all the pavements. And his own house where he kept residence in another court without that porch was of the same work. And then Salomon made an house for Pharaos daughter which he had taken to wife, like unto that porch.
      And all these things were of rich stones hewed after a measure and sawed with saws within and without, even from the foundation unto that whereon the beams were laid, and on the outside thereto, toward the great court. And the foundation was of rich stones and the mighty great stones of ten cubits and of eight. And above were rich stones hewed according to the same size, and also with Cedar. And the great court round about was with three rows of hewed stone and one row of Cedar planks. And likewise was it in the inner court of the house of the Lord and of the porch of the temple. And king Salomon sent and fetched one Hiram out of Tyre, a widows son of the tribe Nephthalim, his father being of Tyre. Which Hiram was a craftsman in brass, and full of wisdom, understanding and cunning to work all manner of work in brass. And he came to king Salomon and wrought all his work. He cast two pillars of brass of eighteen cubits apiece high, and a string of twelve cubits might compass either of them about. And he made two head pieces of molten brass to set on the tops of the pillars, of five cubits long apiece, with garlands of braided work and hoops of chain work for the head pieces that were on the pillars, seven for the one and seven for the other. And he made the pillars, and for either of the head pieces a garland with two rows of pomegranates to cover them with all. And the head pieces that were on the tops of the pillars were wrought with lilies in the porch the space of four cubits of them. And the pomegranates above and beneath on the wreathen chains that compassed the middle of the head pieces were in number two hundred on either head piece. And he set up the pillars in the porch of the temple, and when he had set up the right pillar, he called the name thereon Jachin, and when he had set up the left pillar, he called the name thereof Boaz. And the tops of the pillars were thus wrought with lilies, and so was their workmanship finished.
      Then he cast a sea of brass, ten cubits wide from brim to brim and round in compass, and five cubits high. And a string of thirty cubits might compass it about, and under the brim of it as it were apples compassed and embrased the sea of ten cubits wide in two rows cast with it when it was cast. And it stood on twelve oxen: of which three looked North, three West, three South, and three East, and the sea on high upon them, and all their hinder parts were inward. And it was an hand breadth thick, and the brim wrought like the brim of a cup with flowers of lilies. And it contained two thousand baths.
      And he made ten bottoms of brass, four cubits long and four cubits broad apiece, and three high. And the works of the bottoms was on this manner that the sides were as it were flat boards between the ledges. And on the flat boards between the ledges were lions, oxen and Cherubs. And upon the ledges that were above and beneath the lions and oxen, was joined pendant work. And every bottom had four brazen wheels, whose axletrees were also of brass. And in the four corners were undersetters under the lavatory cast each over against his fellow.
      And the stalk of the lavatory was in the middle of the bottom one cubit high, and a cubit and a half round, and it had knobs thereon in the bare places which were foursquare not round. And under the sides were four wheels and their axletrees joined fast to the bottom. And the height of every wheel was a cubit and an half. And the workmanship of the wheels was like the work of a chariot wheel. And the axletrees, the navels, spokes and shafts were all molten. And the four undersetters in the four corners were of the very bottoms.
      And under the stalk of the lavatory in the midst of the bottom was there a round foot of half a cubit high. And thereon plain places and ledges of the self. And he graved in the plain and also on the ledges, Cherubs, lions and paulmetrees, every where round about. And on this manner he made the ten bottoms cast work: all of one measure and one size. Then he made ten lavers of brass containing forty Baths apiece, and they were of four cubits apiece, for every one of the bottoms a laver. And he put five of those bottoms on the right corner of the temple, and other five on the left: And put the sea on the right corner of the temple Eastward and toward the South.
      And Hiram made pots, shovels and basins, and so furnished all the work that he made king Salomon for the house of the Lord: that is to say two pillars and two scalps of the heads that were on the tops of the two pillars, and four hundred pomegranates upon two wreaths, two rows on either wreath, to cover the two scalps of the heads that were on the tops of the two pillars. And the ten bottoms of brass with ten lavers upon them: and a sea with twelve oxen under it: and pots, shovels and basins. And all these vessels which Hiram made to king Salomon for the house of the Lord were of bright brass. And in the plain of Jordan did the king cast them: even in the clay of the earth between Socoh and Zarthan. And Salomon left all the vessels unweighed, for the exceeding abundance of brass that was in them.
      And Salomon made all the vessels that pertained unto the house of the Lord: the Altar of gold, and the table of gold whereon the showbread was put. And five candlesticks, for the right side, and as many for the left, before the quere, of pure gold: with flowers, lamps, and snuffers of gold: and Bowls, Psalteries, basins, spoons and fire pans of pure gold: and hinges of gold both for the doors of the quere, the place most holy, and for the doors of the temple also.
      And so was ended all the work that king Salomon made for the house of the Lord. And then Salomon brought in the things which David his father had dedicated in silver, gold and other vessels, and put them to the treasure of the house of the Lord


And David and the captains of the host appointed out to do service, the sons of Asaph of Heman and Iduthun, which did prophesy with harps, psalteries and cymbals. And the multitude of them were men to do service in their offices. The sons of Asaph: Zaur, Joseph, Nathaniah, Aserealah, to wait on Asaph which prophesied by the king.
      The sons of Iduthun: Godoliah, Zuri, Isaiah, Hasabiah and Mathathiah, Semei six, at the hands of their fathers Iduthun, with harps: which Iduthun prophesied for to thank and praise the Lord. The sons of Heman: Bokiahu, Mathaniah, Uziel, Subuel, Jerimoth, Hananiah, Hanani, Eliathah, Gedalthi, Romanthi Ezer, Jesbokasah, Malothi, Hothir and Mahazioth. All these were of the sons of Heman the kings Sear of visions with the word of God, to lift up the horn. God gave to Heman fourteen sons and three daughters. All these were at the hand of their father to sing in the house of the Lord with cymbals, psalteries and harps in the service of the house of God. And at the hand of the king was Asaph, Iduthun and Heman: But the multitude of them were with their brethren that were cunning in the song of the Lord. And the number of all that taught, were two hundred and fourscore and eight. And they cast Lots indifferently how they should wait, as well the small as the great, the scholar as well as the schoolmaster.


 And Salomon determined to build an house for the name of the Lord, and an house for his kingdom: and told out three score and ten thousand men to bear burdens and four score thousand to hew in the mountain, and three thousand and six hundred to oversee them.
      And Salomon sent to Hiram king of Tire saying: As thou didst deal with David my father and didst send him Cedar wood, to build him an house to dwell in, even so deal with me now: that I may build an house for the name of the Lord my God, to consecrate it to him to burn sweet odors and to set showbread before him perpetually, and for burntsacrifices morning and evening, and on the Sabbath days, and the first day of every new moon, and in the solemn feasts of the Lord our God, so to continue ever in Israel. And the house which I build is great: for great is our God above other Gods. So that who can be able to build him an house: when that heaven, neither heaven above all heavens, is able to receive him, what am I then that I should build him an house? Nay, but to burn sacrifice before him: send me now therefore a cunning man to work in gold, silver, brass, iron, scarlet, crimson and Jacinth color, and that can skill to grave, to be with the cunning men that are with me in Juda and Jerusalem, which David my father did prepare. And send me also Cedar trees, fir trees and Algume trees out of Libanon. For I know well thy servants can skill to hew timber in Libanon. And see, my men shall be with thine, that they may prepare me timber enough. For the house which I build is great and wonderful. And behold, I sent for thy servants the cutters and hewers of timber twenty thousand quarters of beaten wheat, and twenty thousand quarters of barley, and twenty thousand baths of wine, and twenty thousand baths of oil.
      And Hiram king of Tire answered in writing and sent to Salomon: because the Lord loveth his people, therefore he hath made thee king over them. And Hiram said moreover: blessed be the Lord God of Israel which hath made both heaven and earth, that he hath given David the king a wise son that hath discretion and understanding, to build an house for the Lord, and another for his kingdom. And now I have sent a wise man and a man of understanding called Hiram Abi, and is the son of a woman of the daughters of Dan, (howbeit his father was a Tirian) and he can skill to work in gold, silver, brass, iron, stone, timber, scarlet, Jacinth, byss and crimson: and grave all manner of gravings, and to find out all manner of subtle work that shall be set before him, with thy cunning men, and with the cunning men of my Lord David thy father. And now the wheat, barley, oil and wine which my lord hath said, let him send his servants. And we will cut wood out of Libanon, as much as thou shalt need, and will bring it to thee in ships by sea to port Japo: and thence thou mayest carry them to Jerusalem. And Salomon numbered all the strangers that were in the land of Israel, after the time his father David had numbered them. And they were found an hundred and eighty thousand and six hundred. And he set eighty thousand of them to bear burdens, and eighty thousand to hew in the mountain, and three thousand and six hundred to courage and to set the people a work


 For all these things purposed I in my mind to seek out. The righteous and wise, yee and their works also are in the hand of God: and there is no man that knoweth either the love or hate of the thing that he hath before him. It happeneth unto one as unto another: It goeth with the righteous as with the ungodly: with the good and clean as with the unclean: with him that offereth as with him that offereth not: like as goeth with the virtuous, so goeth it also with the sinner: As it happeneth unto the *perjured, so happeneth it also unto him that is afraid to be foresworn. Among all things that come to pass under the Son, this is a mystery, that it happeneth unto all alike. This is the cause also that men are full of wickedness and mad foolishness is in their hearts, as long as they live, until they die.
      And why? As long as a man liveth, he is careless: for a quick dog (they say) is better than a dead lion: for they that be living, know that they shall die: but they that be dead, know nothing, neither deserve they anymore. For their memorial is forgotten, so they that be neither loved, hated ner envied: neither have they anymore part in the world, in all that is done under the Son. Go thy way then, eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with gladness, for thy works please God. Let thy garments be always white, and let thy head *want none ointment. Use thy self to live joyfully with thy wife whom thou lovest, all the days of the life, which is but vanity, that God hath given thee under the *Son, all the days of thy vanity: for that is thy portion in this life, of all thy labor and travail that thou takest under the *Son. Whatsoever thou takest in thy hand to do, do that with all thy power: for among the dead, where thou goest unto, there is neither work, counsel, knowledge ner wisdom.
      So I turned me unto other things under the Son, and I saw, that in running, it helps not to be swift: in battle, it helps not to be strong: to feeding, it helps not to be wise: to riches, it helps not to be futile: to be had in favor, it helps not to be cunning: but that all lieth in time and fortune. For man knoweth not his time, but as the fish are taken with the *angle and as the birds are catched with the snare: Even so are men taken in the perilous time, when it cometh suddenly upon them.
      This wisdom have I seen also under the *Son, and me thought it a great thing. There was a little city, and few men within it: so there came a great king and besieged it, and made great bulwarks against it. And in the city there was found a poor man, ( but he was wise) which with his wisdom he delivered the city: yet was there no body, that had any respect for such a simple man. Then said I: Wisdom is better than strength. Nevertheless, a simple mans wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard. A wise mans counsel that is followed in silence, is far above the crying of a captain among fools. For wisdom is better than harness: but one unthrifty alone destroyeth much good

*Son is Son as recorded.
head *want (kjv = lack) none ointment. *angle (hook)


**What pleasure have yee more in the Sulamite, than when she danced among the men of war?
      O' how pleasant are thy treadings, with thy shoes, thou princes daughter? Thy thighs are like a fair jewel, which is wrought by a cunning work master: Thy navel is like a round goblet, which is never without drink: thy womb is like an heap of wheat, set about with lilies: Thy two breasts are like two twins of young roes: Thy neck is as it were a tower of ivory: thine eyes like the water pools in Hesebon, by the port of Bathrabbim: thy nose is as the tower of Libanus, which looketh toward Damascus: That head that standeth upon thee is like Carmel: the hair of thy head is like the Kings purple folden up in plates.
      O' how fair and lovely art thou, my dearling, in pleasures? Thy stature is like a date tree, and thy breasts like the grapes.
      I said: I will climb up the date tree, and take hold of his branches.
      Thy breasts shall be as the vine grapes, the smell of thy nostrils like the smell of apples, and thy throat like the best wine. This shall be pure and clear for my love, his lips and teeth shall have their pleasure. There will I turn me unto my love, and he shall turn him unto me.
      O' come my love, let us go forth into the field, and take our lodging in the villages. In the morning shall we rise up by times, and go see the vineyard: if it be sprung forth, if the grapes be grown, and if the pomegranates be shot out. There will I give thee my breasts: there shall the mandragoras give their smell beside our doors: there O' my love, have I kept unto thee all manner of fruits, both new and old

**This entire line is left out of the kjv. RN

ESAI or ISAIAH Chpt 44

  Consider this ( O Jacob and Israel ) for thou art my servant. I have made thee, that thou mightest serve me. O Israel, forget me not. As for thine offenses, I drive them away like the clouds, and thy sins as the mist. Turn ye again unto me, and I will deliver thee.
      Be glad ye heavens, whom the Lord hath made, let all that is here beneath upon the earth, be joyful. Rejoice ye mountains and woods, with all the trees that are in you: for the Lord shall redeem Jacob, and show his glory upon Israel. For thus saith the Lord thy redeemer, even he that fashioned thee from thy mothers womb: I am the Lord, which do all things myself alone. I only have spread out the heavens and I only have layed the foundation of the earth. I destroy the tokens of witches, and make the Soothsayers go wrong. As for the wise, I turn them backward, and make their cunning foolishness.
      But I set up the purpose of my servants, and fulfill the counsel of my messengers. I say unto Jerusalem: turn again: And to the cities of Juda, be ye builded again: and I repair their decayed places. I say to the ground: be dry. And I dry up thy water floods. I say to Cyrus: thou art mine herdsman: so that he shall fulfill all things after my will. I say unto Jerusalem: be thou builded, and to the temple: be thou fast grounded


The words that the Lord spake unto the prophet Jeremy, concerning Babylon, and the land of the Caldees: preach among the Gentiles, let your voice be heard, make a token: cry out, keep no silence, but say Babylon shall be won, Bel shall be confounded, and Merodach shall be over come.
      Yee their gods shall be brought to shame and their images shall stand in fear. For out of the north there come a people against her, which shall make her land so waste, that no body shall dwell therin: neither man ner beast. In those days, and at that time, saith the Lord, the children of Israel shall come, they and the children of Judah, weeping and making haste, and shall seek the Lord their God. They shall ask the way to Sion, thither shall they turn their faces, and come and hang upon thee, in a covenant that never shall be broken.
      My people hath been a lost flock, my shepherds have deceived them, and have made them go astray upon the hills. They have gone from the mountains to the little hill, and forgotten their fold. All they that came upon them, have devoured them: and their enemies said: We have made no fault against them, for they have displeased the Lord, yee even the Lord which is the beauty of their righteousness, and that defended their fathers. Yet shall ye flee from Babylon, and depart out of the land of the Caldees, and ye shall be as the rams that go before the flock. For lo, I will make up an host of people from the northern land, and bring them upon Babylon: these shall lay siege to it, and win it: Their arrows shall not miss, like as a cunning archer shuteth not wrong. And the Chaldees shall be spoiled, and all they that spoil them, shall be satisfied, saith the Lord. because ye were so cheerful and glad, to tread down mine heritage, and fulfill your pleasures, as the calves in the grass: And triumphed over them like the bulls, when ye had gotten the victory. Your mothers shall be sore confounded, and they that bare you, shall come to shame. She shall be the least set by among the nations, void, waste, and dried up. No man shall be able to dwell there, for the fear of the Lord, but she shall be whole desolate. All they that go by Babylon, shall stand still, and be abashed, and shall wonder at all her plagues.
      Go forth in your array against Babylon round about, all ye that can handle bows: shoot at her, spare no arrows, for she hath sinned against the Lord. Cry out: upon her, upon her, against her round about: she shall yield herself, her foundations shall fall, and her walls shall come down, for it shall be the vengeance of the Lord. Yee vengeance shall be taken of her, and as she hath done, so shall she be dealt withal. They shall root out the sower from Babylon, and him that handleth the sickle in Harvest. For fear of the sword of the enemy, every man shall get him to his own people, and every man shall flee to his own land. Israel is a scattered flock, the Lions have dispersed them. First the king of the Assyrians devoured them, last of all this Nabuchodonosor King of Babylon hath bruised all their bones.
      Therefore thus saith the Lord of Hosts the God of Israel: Behold, I will visit the King of Babylon and his kingdom, as I have visited the King of Assyrians. and I will bring Israel again to his pleasant pasture, that he may feed upon Carmel and Bashan, and be satisfied upon the mount of Ephraim and Gilaad. In those days and at the same time ( saith the Lord ) if the offense of Israel be sought for, there shall be none found: If men enquire for the sin of Judah, there shall be none: for I will be merciful unto them, whom I suffer to remain over.
      Go down ( O thou avenger ) in to the enemies land, and visit them that dwell therin: down with them, and smite them upon the backs, sayeth the Lord: do according to all, that I have commanded thee. There is gone about the land a cry of the slaughter and great murder, namely on this manner: How happeneth it, that the hammer of the whole world is thus broken and bruised insunder? How chanced it, that Babylon is become a wilderness among the Heathen on this manner? I myself have layed wait for thee, and thou art taken: unawares art thou trapped and snared: for why, thou hast provoked the Lord unto anger: The Lord hath opened his house of ordinance, and brought forth weapons of his wrath. For the thing that is done in the land of the Caldees, it is the Lord of hosts work.
      These things shall come upon her at the last, they shall break into her privy chambers, they shall leave her as bare as stones, that be layed together upon heaps. They shall so destroy her, that nothing shall be left. They shall slay all her mighty soldiers, and put them to death. Woe be unto them, for the day and the time of their visitation is at hand. Me think I hear all ready a cry, of them that be fled and escaped out of the land of Babylon, which show Sion the vengeance of the Lord our God, the vengeance of his temple: yee a voice of them, that cry against Babylon: Call up all the archers against Babylon, pitch your tents round about her, that none escape. Recompense her, as she hath deserved: and according as she hath done, so deal with her again: for she hath set up herself against the Lord, against the holy one of Israel. Therefore shall her young men fall down in the streets, and all her men of war shall be rooted out in that day, saith the Lord. Behold, I speak unto thee ( O thou proud ) saith the Lord God of Hosts: for thy day shall come, even the time of thy visitation. And the proud shall stumble and fall, and no man shall help him up. I will burn up his cities with fire, and it shall consume all that is round about him.
      Thus saith the Lord of Hosts: The children of Israel and Judah suffer violence together. All they that have them in captivity, keep them fast, and will not let them go: but their avenger and redeemer is mighty, whose name is the Lord of Hosts: he shall maintain their cause, he shall make the land shake, and judge them that dwell therin, one with another. The sword shall come upon the Caldees, saith the Lord, upon them that dwell in Babylon, upon their princes, and upon their wise men: The sword upon their soothsayers, as for those ( they shall become fools ) The sword upon their worthies, so that they shall stand in fear: The sword upon their horsemen and chariots, and upon all the common people that dwell under them: so that they shall all become like women: The sword upon their treasure, so that it shall be stolen away: The sword upon their waters, so that they shall be dried up: For the land worshipeth images, and delighteth in strange wonderful things. Therefore shall wild beasts, Apes, and Ostriches dwell therin: for there shall never man dwell there, neither shall any man have his habitation there for evermore. Like as God destroyed Sodome and Gomorre, with the cities that lay there about, saith the Lord: So shall no man dwell there also, neither shall any man have there his habitation. Behold, there shall come a people from the North, with a great bound of men, and many Kings shall stand up from the ends of the earth: They bear bows and bucklers, cruel are they and unmerciful.
       Their voice roareth like the raging sea, they ride upon horses, and come weaponed to fight against thee: O Babylon. As soon as the king of Babylon heareth tell of them, his hands shall wax feeble: Sorrow and heaviness shall come upon him, as of a woman in travailing with child. Behold, Like as the Lion cometh up from the pleasant meadows of Jordan unto the green pastures of Ethan, so will I drive them forth, and make them run against her. But whom shall I choose out, and ordain to such a thing? For who is like me, or who will strive with me? or what shepherd may stand against me? Therefore hear the counsel that the Lord hath given upon Babylon, and the devise that he hath taken upon the land of the Caldees. The least among the people shall tear them in pieces, and look what pleasant thing they have: they shall lay it waste. The noise at the winning of Babylon shall move the earth, and the cry shall be heard among the Gentiles


 In the third year of the reign of Jehoakim king of Judah, came Nabuchodonosor king of Babylon unto Jerusalem, and besieged it: and the Lord delivered Jehoakim king of Judah into his hand, with certain ornaments of the house of God, which he carried away into the land of Sennar, to the house of his god, and there he brought them into his gods treasury. And the king spake unto Asphanaz the chief chamberlain, that he should bring him certain of the children of Israel, that were come of the kings seed and of princes, young springaldes without blemish, but fair and well favored, instructed in all wisdom, cunning and understanding: which were able to stand in the kings palace, to read and to learn for to speak *Caldeith.      
      Unto these the king appointed a certain portion of his own meat, and of the wine, which he drank himself, so to nourish them three years: that afterward they might stand before the king. Among these now were certain of the children of Judah: namely Daniel, Ananias, Misael, and Azarias. Unto these the chief chamberlain gave other names, and called Daniel, Balthasar: Ananias, Sidrach: Misael, Misach, and Asarias, Abednago. But Daniel was at a point with himself, and he would not be defiled through the kings meat, nor the wine which he drunk. And this he desired of the chief chamberlain, lest he should defile himself. So God gave Daniel favor and grace before the chief chamberlain, that he said unto him: I am afraid of my lord the king, which hath appointed you your meat and drink: lest he spy your faces to be worse liking then the other springaldes of your age, and so ye shall make me lose my head unto the king.
      Then Daniel answered Melassar, whom the chief chamberlain had set over Daniel, Ananias, Misael, and Asarias, and said: O prove but ten days with thy servants, and let us have pottage to eat, and water to drink: Then look upon our faces, and theirs that eat of the kings meat. And as thou seest, so deal with thy servants. So he consented to them in this matter, and proved them ten days. And after the ten days, their faces were better liking and fatter, then all the young springaldes, which ate of the kings meat.
      Thus Melassar took away their meat and the wine, and gave them pottage therefore. God gave now these four children cunning and learning in all scripture and wisdom: but unto Daniel specially, he gave understanding of all visions and dreams. Now when the time expired, that the king had appointed to bring in these young springaldes unto him: the chief chamberlain brought them before Nabuchodonosor, and the king communed with them. But among them all were found none such as Daniel, Ananias, Misael, and Asarias. Therefore stood they before the king which in all wisdom and matters of understanding, that he enquired of them, found them ten times better, then all the soothsayers and charmers, that were in all his realm. And Daniel abode still, unto the first year of king Cyrus

*Caldeith= the exalted language of oppression


  I Say the truth in Christ, and lie not, in that whereof my conscience beareth me witness in the holy ghost that I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart. For I have wished myself to be cursed from Christ, for my brethren and my kinsmen as pertaining to the flesh, which are the Israelites. To whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the law that was given, and the service of God, and the promises: whose also are the fathers, and they of whom (as concerning the flesh) Christ came, which is God over all things blessed for ever. Amen.
      I speak not these things as though the words of God had taken none effect. For they are not all Israelites which came of Israel: neither are they all children straight way because they are the seed of Abraham. But in Isaac shall thy seed be called: that is to say, they which are the children of the flesh, are not the children of God. But the children of promise are counted the seed. For this is a word of promise, about this time will I come, and Sara shall have a son.
      Neither was it to with her only: but also when Rebecca was with child by one, I mean by our father Isaac, *yer the children were born, when they had neither done good neither bad: that the purpose of God which is by election, might stand, it was said unto her, not by the reason of works, but by grace of the caller: the elder shall serve the younger. As it is written: Jacob he loved, but Esau he hated. What shall we say then? is there any unrighteousness with God? God forbid. For he saith to Moses: I will show mercy to whom I show mercy: and will have compassion on whom I have compassion. So lieth it not then in a mans will or cunning, but in the mercy of God. For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh even for this same purpose have I stirred thee up, to show my power on thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the world. So hath he mercy on whom he will, and whom he will, he maketh hard hearted.


 And I brethren when I came to you, came not in gloriousness of words or of wisdom, showing unto you the testimony of God. Neither showed I myself that I knew any thing among you save Jesus Christ, even the same that was crucified. And I was among you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. And my words and my preaching were not with enticing words of mans wisdom: but in showing of the spirit and of power that your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men: but in the power of God.
      That we speak of, is wisdom among them that are perfect: not the wisdom of this world, neither of the rulers of this world (which go to nought), but we speak the wisdom of God, which is in secret and lieth hid, which God ordained before the world, unto our glory: which wisdom none of the rulers of the world knew. For had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But as it is written: The eye hath not seen, and the ear hath not heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
      But God hath opened them unto us by his spirit. For the spirit searcheth all things, ye the bottom of Gods secrets. For what man knoweth the things of a man: save the spirit of a man which is within him? Even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the spirit of God. And we have not received the spirit of the world: but the spirit which cometh of God, for to know the things that are given to us of God, which things also we speak, not in the cunning words of mans wisdom, but with the cunning words of the holy ghost, making spiritual comparisons of spiritual things. For the natural man perceiveth not the things of the spirit of God. For they are but foolishness unto him. Neither can he perceive them, because he is spiritually examined. But he that is spiritual, discusseth all things: yet he him self is judged of no man. For who knoweth the mind of the Lord, other who shall inform him? But we understand the mind of Christ



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