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 dread 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 in the land of the eagle ...
and a multitude of defenseless people were shown me ...
and there were the aged and the sick...the youth...the cast off...the children ...the disenfranchised...the helpless and homeless ...
even those that were trying to frighten others ...because they themselves were frightened ...
nevertheless they all were helpless ...to help themselves ...
and they were defenseless ...
and i looked upon the scene ...seeing with a heavy heart ...
and words came to me "defend the defenseless"
and scripture came back to remembrance ...
SECOND BOOK OF SAMUEL Chpt 22
And David spake the words of this song unto the Lord, what time the Lord had delivered him out of the hands of all his enemies, and out of the hands of Saul.
And he said: The Lord is my *rock, my castle and my deliverer. God is my strength, and in him will I trust: my shield and the horn that defendeth me: mine high hold and refuge: O' my Saviour, save me from wrong.
I will praise and call on the Lord, and so shall be saved from mine enemies. For the waves of death have closed me about, and the floods of Belial have feared me. The cords of hell have compassed me about, and the snares of death have overtaken me. In my tribulation I called to the Lord, and cried to my God. And he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry entered into his ears. And the earth trembled and quake, and the foundations of heaven moved and shook, because he was angry.
Smoke went up out of his nostrils, and consuming fire out of his mouth, that coals were kindled of him. And he bowed heaven and came down, and darkness underneath his feet. And he rode upon Cherub and flew: and appeared upon the wings of the wind. And he made darkness a tabernacle round about him, with water gathered together in thick clouds. Of the brightness, that was before him, coals were set on fire.
The Lord thundered from heaven, and the most high put out his voice. And he shot arrows and scattered them, and hurled lightning and turmoiled them. And the bottom of the sea appeared, and the foundations of the world were seen, by the reason of the rebuking of the Lord, and through the blasting of the breath of his nostrils. He sent from on high and fetched me, and plucked me out of mighty waters.
He delivered me from my mighty enemy, and from them that hated me and were too strong for me. When they had compassed me in the day of my tribulation, the Lord stayed me up. And he brought me out into roomth, and delivered me, because he delighted in me.
The Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness, and according to the pureness of my hands he dealt with me. For I kept the ways of the Lord, and did no wickedness forsaking my God. But I had all his laws in my sight, and I turned my face from none of his ordinances. But was pure unto him ward, and kept myself from wickedness.
And the Lord did to me again, according to my righteousness, and after my pureness that I had in his sight. With the holy thou shalt be holy, and with the man that is uncorrupt, thou shalt be uncorrupt. With the pure thou shalt be pure, and with the froward thou shalt be froward also. And the people that are in adversity, thou shalt help. And on the proud shalt thou cast thine eyes. Thou art my light, O' Lord, and the Lord shall light my darkness.
With thy help I will run through an Host of men, and by the aid of my God will spring over a wall. The way of God is undefiled, and the word of the Lord fined as gold, and he a shield to all that trust in him.
Who is a God save the Lord, and who mighty save our God? God is my strength in war, and riddeth the way clear before me. And maketh my feet as swift as an hinds, and setteth me fast upon my high hold.
And teacheth my hands to fight, that a bow of brass is too weak for mine arms.
And thou hast saved me with thy shield, and keptest me ever in meekness. And thou madest me space to walk in, that my feet should not stumble. I followed mine enemies and destroyed them, and turned not again until I had consumed them.
I wasted them and so clouted them, that they could not arise: but fell under my feet.
And thou compassed me about with might to battle, and madest them that rose against me to stoop under me.
And thou madest mine enemies to turn their backs to me, and them that hated me, and I destroyed them. They looked for help: But none came to save them: unto the Lord they cried, but he heard them not.
And I will beat them as small as the dust of the earth, and will stamp them as the dirt of the street, and will spread them abroad.
And thou delivered me from the dissension of my people, and keepest me to be an head over nations, for the people which I knew not became my servants.
And the aliens crouched unto me, and obeyed me at a word.
And the aliens that shrink away shall tremble for fear in their defended places.
The Lord live, and blessed be he that is my strength: and exalted be God the strength that saveth me. It is God that avengeth me, and bringeth down the people under me. And delivereth me from mine enemies: thou liftest me up on high from them that rise against me, and deliverest me from the wicked men.
And therefore I will praise thee O' Lord among the heathen, and will sing unto thy name. For thy great and manifold saving of thy king, and showing mercy unto thine anointed, even to David, and his seed for ever
*this word rock appears to be in very bold face in the original.
THE FIRST BOOK OF KINGS Chpt 8
And when Salomon had made an end of praying all this prayer and supplication unto the Lord, he arose from before the altar of the Lord and from kneeling on his knees and stretching of his hands up to heaven and stood and blessed all the congregation of Israel with a loud voice saying: Blessed be the Lord that hath given rest unto his people Israel according to all that he promised: so that there is not one word escaped of all the good promises which he promised by the hand of Moses his servant. And the Lord our God be with us, as he was with our fathers, and forsake us not neither leave us, but that he bow our hearts unto him, to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, ordinances and customs which he commanded our fathers. And these my words which I have prayed before the Lord, be nigh unto the Lord our God day and night, that he defend the cause of his servant and of his people Israel evermore, that all nations of the earth may know that the Lord, he is God and none but he. And I pray God that your hearts may be sound with the Lord our God, to walk in his ordinances and to keep his laws as we do this day.
THE PSALMS Chpt 3
Why are they so many, O' Lord, that trouble me? a great multitude are they, that rise against me. Yee many one there be that say of my soul: There is no help for him in God. *Selah.
But thou, O' Lord, art my defender, my worship, and the lifter up of my head.
I call upon the Lord with my voice, and he heareth me out of his holy hill. Selah.
I laid me down and slept, but I rose up again, for the Lord sustained me.
I am not afraid for thousands of the people, that compass me round about.
Up Lord, and help me, O' my God: for thou smitest all mine enemies upon the cheek bones, and breakest the teeth of the ungodly. Help belongeth unto the Lord, therefore let thy blessing be upon thy people
*Selah: this word marks open expression, of an extreme desire within the heart. RN
THE PSALMS Chpt 5
Lead me ( O Lord ) in thy righteousness because of mine enemies, and make thy way plain before me. For there is no faithfulness in their mouths: they disassemble in their hearts: their throat is an open sepulcher: with their tongues they deceive. Punish them ( O' God ) that they perish in their own imaginations: cast them out because of the multitude of their ungodliness, for they rebel against thee.
Again, let all them that put their trust in thee, rejoice: let them ever be giving of thanks, because thou defendest them: that they which love thy name, may be joyful in thee.
For thou Lord givest thy blessing unto the righteous: and with thy favorable kindness thou defendest him, as with a shield
THE PSALMS Chpt 28
Praise be the Lord, for he hath heard the voice of my humble petition.
The Lord is my strength and my shield: my heart hoped in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart dances for joy, and I will sing praises unto him. The Lord is the strength of his people, he is the defender and Savior of his anointed.
O' help thy people, and give thy blessing unto thine inheritance: feed them, and set them up for ever
THE PSALMS Chpt 43
Give sentence upon me ( O' God ) and defend my cause against the ungodly people: Oh deliver me from the deceitful, and wicked man.O' put thy trust in God, for I will yet give him thanks for the help of his countenance, and because he is my God
For thou ( O' God ) art my strength: why hast thou shot me from thee? Why go I then so heavily, while the enemy oppresseth me?
Oh send out thy light and thy truth, that may lead me and bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy dwelling. That I may go in to the altar of God, even unto the God which is my joy and pleasure, and upon the harp to give thanks unto thee, O' God, my God.
Why art thou so heavy ( O' my soul )? and why art thou so disquieted within me?
THE PSALMS Chpt 59
Deliver me from mine enemies ( O' my God ) and defend me from them that rise up against me.*derision = ridicule, contempt, mockery. RN
O' deliver me from the wicked doers, and save me from the bloodthirsty men.
For lo, they lie in waiting for my soul: the mighty men are gathered together against me, without any offense or fault of me, O' Lord. They run, and prepare themselves, without my fault: Arise, come thou help me, and behold.
Stand up O' Lord God of Hosts, thou God of Israel to visit all Heathen: be not merciful unto them that offend of malicious wickedness. Selah.
Let them go to and fro, and run about the city, howling like dogs. Behold, they speak ( against me ) with their mouth, swords are under their lips, for who reproveth them?
But thou ( O' Lord ) shalt have them in *derision, thou shalt laugh the Heathen to scorn.
My strength do I ascribe unto thee, for thou ( O' God ) art my defender.
God showeth me his goodness plentiously, God letteth me see my desire upon mine enemies. Slay them not, lest my people forget it: but scatter them abroad by thy power, and put them down, O' Lord my defense. For the sin of their mouth, for the words of their lips, and because of their pride, let them be taken: and why? their preaching is of cursing and lies. Consume them in thy wrath, consume them that they may perish, and know that it is God, which ruleth in Jacob and in all the world. Selah.
And at evening let them return; and let them make a noise like a dog, and go round about the city.
Let them go to and fro, and run about the city, howling like dogs. Let them run here and there for meat, and grudge when they have not enough.
As for me, I will sing of thy power, and praise thy mercy by times in the morning: for thou art my defense and refuge in the time of my trouble. Unto thee ( O' my strength ) will I sing, for thou ( O' God ) art my defense, and my merciful God
THE PSALMS Chpt 68
He is a father of the fatherless, he is a defender of widows: even God in his holy habitation. He is the God that maketh men to be of one mind in a house, and bringeth the prisoners out of captivity in due season, but letteth the renegades continue in scarceness.
THE PSALMS Chpt 72
Give the king thy judgments, O' God, and thy righteousness unto the kings son.
That he may govern thy people according to right, and defend the poor.
That *mountains may bring peace, and the little hills righteousness unto the people.
He shall keep the simple folk by their right, defend the children of the poor, and punish the wrong doer.
*By the mountains are understood the great men and rulers that receive the word of peace and by the little hills, their subjects. Psalms 114, 118 and Luke 3 MN
*that is humbled even to the kissing of the ground. MN
THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES Chpt 7
When the time of the promise drew nigh (which God had sworn to Abraham) the people grew and multiplied in Egypt, till another king arose which knew not of Joseph. The same dealt subtly with our kindred and evil intreated our fathers, and made them to cast out their young children, that they should not remain alive. The same time was Moses born, and was a proper child in the sight of God, which was nourished up in his fathers house three months. When he was cast out, Pharaohs daughter took him up, and nourished him up for her own son. And Moses was learned in all manner wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in deeds and in words.
And when he was full forty year old, it came into his heart to visit his brethren, the children of Israel. And when he saw one of them suffer wrong, he defended him, and avenged his quarrel that had the harm done to him, and smote the Egyptian. For he supposed his brethren would have understood, how that God by his hands should save them. But they understood not.
And the next day he showed himself unto them as they strove, and would have set them at one again saying: Sirs, ye are brethren, why hurt ye one another? But he that did his neighbour wrong, thrust him away saying: who made thee a ruler and a judge among us? What, wilt thou kill me, as thou didst the Egyptian yesterday? Then fled Moses at that saying, and was a stranger in the land of Madian, where he begat two sons.
And when forty years were expired, there appeared to him in the wilderness of mount Sina an Angel of the Lord in a flame of fire in a bush. When Moses saw it, he wondered at the sight. And as he drew near to behold, the voice of the Lord came unto him: I am the God of thy fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. Moses trembled and durst not behold. Then said the Lord to him: Put off thy shoes from thy feet, for the place where thou standest is holy ground. I have perfectly seen the affliction of my people which is in Egypt, and I have heard their groaning, and am come down to deliver them. And now come and I will send thee into Egypt.
This Moses whom they forsook saying: who made the a ruler and a judge? the same God sent both a ruler and deliverer, by the hands of the Angel which appeared to him in the bush. And the same brought them out, showing wonders and signs in Egypt, and in the reed sea and in the wilderness forty years. This is that Moses which said unto the children of Israel: A Prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me, him shall ye hear.
This is he that was in the congregation, in the wilderness with the Angel which spake to him in the mount Sina, and with our fathers. This man received the word of life to give unto us, to whom our fathers would not obey, but cast it from them, and in their hearts turned back again into Egypt, saying unto Aaron: Make us Gods to go before us. For this Moses that brought us out of the land of Egypt, we *wot not what is become of him. And they made a calf in those days, and offered sacrifice unto the image, and rejoiced in the works of their own hands.
Then God turned himself and gave them up, that they should worship the stars of the sky, as it is written in the book of the Prophets: O ye of the house of Israel, gave ye to me sacrifices and meat offerings, by the space of forty years in the wilderness? And ye took unto you the tabernacle of Moloch, and the star of your god Remphan, figures which ye made to worship them. And I will translate you beyond Babylon.
Our fathers had the tabernacle of witness in the wilderness, as he had appointed them speaking unto Moses, that he should make it according to the fashion that he had seen. Which tabernacle our fathers received, and brought it in with Joshue into the possession of the Gentiles which God drave out before the face of our fathers unto the time of David, which found favour before God, and would faine have made a tabernacle for the God of Jacob. But Solomon built him an house.
How be it he that is highest of all, dwelleth not in temples made with hands, as saith the Prophet: Heaven is my seat, and earth is my footstool, what house will ye build for me saith the Lord? or what place is it that I should rest in hath not my hand made all these things?
Ye stiffnecked and of uncircumcised hearts and ears: ye have all ways resisted the holy ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye. Which of the Prophets have not your fathers persecuted? And they have slain them, which showed before of the coming of that *Just, whom ye have now betrayed and murdered. And ye also have received a law by the ordinance of Angels, and have not kept it.
When they heard these things, their hearts clave asunder, and they gnashed on him with their teeth. But he being full of the holy ghost, looked up steadfastly with his eyes into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, and said: behold, I see the heavens open, and the son of man standing on the right hand of God. Then they gave a shout with a loud voice, and stopped their ears and ran upon him all at once, and cast him out of the city, and stoned him. And the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young mans feet named Saul. And they stoned Steven calling on and saying: Lord Jesus receive my spirit. And he kneeled down and cried with a loud voice: Lord lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had thus spoken, he fell asleep
TO THE PHILIPPIANS Chpt 1
Paul and Timotheus the servants of *Jesu Christ. To all the saints in Christ Jesu, which are at Philippos, with the Bishops and Deacons.
Grace be with you and peace from God our father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
I thank my God with all remembrance of you, always in all my prayers for you and pray with gladness, because of the fellowship which ye have in the Gospell from the first day unto now: and am surely certified of this, that he which began a good work in you, shall go forth with it until the day of Jesus Christ as it becometh me so to judge of you all, because I have you in my heart and have you also every one companions of grace with me, even in my bonds, as I defend and establish the Gospell.
For God beareth me record how greatly I long after you all from the very heart root in Jesus Christ. And this I pray, that your love may increase more and more in knowledge, and in all feeling, that ye might accept things, most excellent, that ye might be pure and such as should hurt no mans conscience, until the day of Christ, filled with the fruits of righteousness, which fruits come by Jesus Christ unto the glory and laud of God.
I would ye understood brethren that my business is happened unto the greater furthering of the Gospell. So that my bonds in Christ are manifest throughout all the judgement hall and in all other places: In so much that many of the brethren in the Lord are boldened through my bonds, and dare more largely speak the word without fear. Some there are which preach Christ of envy and strife, and some of goodwill. The one part preacheth Christ of strife and not purely, supposing to add more adversity to my bonds. The other part of love, because they see that I am set to defend the Gospell.
What then? So that Christ be preached all manner ways, whether it be by occasion, or of true meaning, I therein joy: yea and will joy. For I know that this shall chance to my salvation, through your prayer and ministering of the spirit of *Jesu Christ, as I heartily look for and hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed: but that with all confidence, as always in times past, even so now Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be through life, or else death. For Christ is to me life, and death is to me advantage.
If it chance me to live in the flesh, that is to me fruitful for to work, and what to choose I *wot not, I am constrained of two things: I desire to be loosed and to be with Christ, which thing is best of all. Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you. And this am I sure of, that I shall abide, and with you all continue, for the furtherance and joy of your faith that ye may more abundantly rejoice in Jesus Christ through me, by my coming to you again.
Only let your conversation be, as it becometh the Gospell of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may yet hear of you, that ye continue in one spirit, and in one soul, laboring as we do, to maintain the faith of the gospell and in nothing fearing your adversaries: which is to them a token of *perdition, and to you of salvation, and that of God. For unto you it is given, that not only ye should believe on Christ: but also suffer for his sake, and have even the same fight which ye saw me have and now hear of me
*Jesu: Hebrew for Jesus. *wot (know) *perdition (utter ruin)
THE GOSPELL OF ST. MATTHEW Chpt 25
When the son of man cometh in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the seat of his glory, and before him shall be gathered all nations. And he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth the sheep from the goats. And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, and the goats on the left. Then shall the King say to them on his right hand: Come ye blessed children of my father, inherit ye the kingdom prepared for you from the beginning of the world. For I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat. I thirsted, and ye gave me drink. I was harborless, and ye lodged me. I was naked and ye clothed me. I was sick and ye visited me. I was in prison and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him saying: master, when saw we thee an hungered, and fed thee? or a thirst, and gave thee drink? when saw we thee harborless, and lodged thee? or naked and clothed thee? or when saw we thee sick or in prison and came unto thee? And the king shall answer and say unto them: Verily I say unto you: in as much as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it to me.
Then shall the king say unto them that shall be on the left hand: depart from me ye cursed, into everlasting fire: which is prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was an hungered, and ye gave me no meat. I thirsted, and ye gave me no drink. I was harborless, and ye lodged me not. I was naked, and ye clothed me not. I was sick and in prison, and ye visited me not.
Then shall they also answer him saying: master, when saw we thee an hungered, or a thirst, or harborless, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall he answer them and say: Verily I say unto you, in as much as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. And these shall go into everlasting pain: And the righteous into life eternal
TO THE HEBREWS Chpt 3
Therefore holy brethren, partakers of the celestial callings consider the ambassador and high priest of our profession Christ Jesus, which was faithful to him that made him, even as was Moses in all his house. And yet was this man counted worthy of more glory than Moses: In as much as he which hath prepared the house, hath most honour in the house. Every house is prepared of some man. But he that ordained all things, is God. And Moses verily was faithful in all his house, as a minister, to bear witness of those things which should be spoken afterward. But Christ as a son, hath rule over the house, whose house are we, so that we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of that hope, unto the end.
Wherefore as the *holy ghost saith: today if ye shall hear his voice, harden not your hearts, after the rebellion in the day of temptation in the wilderness, where your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years long. Wherefore I was grieved with that generation and said: They *erre ever in their hearts: they verily have not known my ways so that I sware in my wrath, that they should not enter into my rest. Take heed brethren that there be in none of you an evil heart in unbelief, that he should depart from the living God: but exhort one another daily, while it is called today, lest any of you wax hard hearted through the deceitfulness of sin.
We are partakers of Christ if we keep sure unto the end the first substance, so long as it is said: today if ye hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as when ye rebelled. For some, when they heard, rebelled: how be it not all that came out of Egypt under Moses. But with whom was he displeased forty years? Was he not displeased with them that sinned whose carcasses were overthrown in the desert? To whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest: but unto them that believed not? And we see that they could not enter in, because of unbelief.
THE GOSPELL OF ST. LUKE Chpt 6
And it fortuned in those days, that he went out into a mountain for to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. And as soon as it was day, he called his disciples, and of them he chose twelve, which also he called Apostles. Simon whom he named Peter, and Andrew his brother. James and John, Philip and Bartlemew, Matthew and Thomas, James the son of Alpheus and Simon called Zelotes, and Judas James son, and Judas Iscarioth, which same was the traitor.
And he came down with them and stood in the plain field with the company of his disciples, and a great multitude of people out of all parts of *Jurie and Jerusalem, and from the sea coast of Tyre and Sidon, which came to hear him, and to be healed of their diseases: and they also that were vexed with foul spirits, and they were healed. And all the people pressed to touch him: for there went *vertue out of him, and healed them all.
And he lifted up his eyes upon the disciples, and said: Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be satisfied. Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh. Blessed are ye when men hate you, and thrust you out of their company, and rail, and abhor your name as an evil thing, for the son of mans sake. Rejoice ye then, and be glad: for behold, your reward is great in heaven. After this manner their fathers entreated the Prophets.
But woe be to you that are rich: for ye have therein your consolation. Woe be to you that are full: for ye shall hunger. Woe be to you that now laugh: for ye shall wail and weep. Woe be to you when all men praise you: for so did their fathers to the false prophets.
But I say unto you which hear: Love your enemies. Do good to them which hate you. Bless them that curse you. And pray for them which wrongfully trouble you. And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek, offer also the other. And him that taketh away thy gown, forbid not to take thy coat also. Give to every man that asketh of thee. And of him that taketh away thy goods, ask them not again. And as ye would that men should do to you: so do ye to them likewise.
If ye love them which love you: what thank are ye worthy of? For the very sinners love their lovers. And if ye do for them which do for you: what thank are ye worthy of? For the very sinners do even the same. If ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive: what thank shall ye have: For the very sinners lend to sinners, to receive as much again. Wherefore, love ye your enemies, do good and lend, looking for nothing again: and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the highest: for he is kind unto the unkind and to the evil.
Be ye therefore merciful, as your father is merciful. Judge not, and ye shall not be judged. Condemn not: and ye shall not be condemned. Forgive, and ye shall be forgiven. Give, and it shall be given unto you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, shall men give into your bosoms. For with what measure ye mete, with the same shall men mete to you again.
And he put forth a similitude unto them: Can the blind lead the blind? Do they not both then fall into the ditch? The disciple is not above his master. Every man shall be perfect, even as his master is. Why seest thou a mote in thy brothers eye, and considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Either how canst thou say to thy brother: Brother, let me pull out the mote that is in thine eye: when thou perceivest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Hypocrite, cast out the beam out of thine own eye first, and then shalt thou see perfectly, to pull out the mote out of thy brothers eye.
It is not a good tree that bringeth forth evil fruit: neither is that an evil tree, that bringeth forth good fruit. For every tree is known by his fruit. Neither of thorns gather men figs, nor of bushes gather they grapes. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart, bringeth forth that which is good. And an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart, bringeth forth that which is evil. For of the abundance of the heart, his mouth speaketh.
Why call ye me Master, Master: and do not as I bid you? whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doth the same, I will show you to whom he is like. He is like a man which built an house: and digged deep and laid the foundation on a rock. When the waters arose, the flood beat upon that house, and could not move it. For it was grounded upon a rock. But he that heareth and doth not, is like a man that without foundation built an house upon the earth, against which the flood did beat: and it fell by and by. And the fall of that house was great
*Jurie (Jewry) *vertue (virtue)
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