U Volume 3: The Past and Future History of the Kingdom of Zion
O Book 3.1: The Beginnings of the Old Covenant Kingdom of Zion
C Part 1: From Abraham through Egypt and the wilderness to the Promised Land
U Chapter 1.1: Jehovah protected and blessed his people from Abraham to the Promised Land (Psalm 105)
¶U O give thanks to Jehovah; call upon his Name, and make known his deeds among the people. Sing to him; sing psalms to him; talk of all his wondrous works. Glory in his holy Name; let the heart of them rejoice that seek Jehovah. Seek Jehovah, and his strength; seek his face evermore.
¶C Remember his marvelous works that he has done; his wonders, and the Judgments of his mouth.
¶C O you seed of Abraham his servant, and you children of Jacob his chosen, he is Jehovah our God; his Judgments are in all the earth.
¶O He has remembered his Covenant forever (the Word which he commanded to a thousand generations), which he made with Abraham, and his oath to Isaac; and he confirmed the same to Jacob for a Law, and to Israel for an everlasting Covenant; saying, “To you will I give the land of Canaan, the lot of your inheritance”, when they were but a few men in number; moreover, very few, and strangers in it.
¶O When they went from one nation to another, and from one kingdom to another people, he allowed no man to do them wrong; moreover, he reproved kings for their sakes, saying, “Touch not my anointed; and do my prophets no harm.”
¶C Moreover he called for a famine upon the land; he broke the whole staff of bread. He sent a man before them, even Joseph, who was sold as a slave; whose feet they hurt with fetters; he was laid in iron, until the time that his word came; the Word of Jehovah tested him. The king sent and released him, even the ruler of the people, and let him go free. He made him lord of his house, and ruler of all his substance: to bind his princes at his pleasure, and teach his senators wisdom.
¶C Israel also came into Egypt; and Jacob sojourned in the land of Ham; and he increased his people greatly, and made them stronger than their enemies.
¶U Then he turned their heart to hate his people, and to deal craftily with his servants. He sent Moses his servant, and Aaron whom he had chosen; they showed his signs among them, and wonders in the land of Ham. He sent darkness, and made it dark; and they did not rebel against his Word. He turned their waters into blood, and slew their fish. Their land brought forth frogs in abundance, even in the chambers of their kings. He spoke, and there came diverse sorts of flies, and lice in all their territory. He gave them hail for rain, and flaming fire in their land. He also struck their vines and their fig trees, and broke the trees of their land. He spoke, and the locusts came, and caterpillars, and that without number, and ate up all the herbs in their land, and devoured the fruit of their ground. He also smote all the firstborn in their land, the chief of all their strength.
¶C He also brought them forth with silver and gold; and there was not one feeble person among their tribes. Egypt was glad when they left: for the fear of them fell upon them.
¶C He spread a cloud for a covering, and fire to give light in the night. The people asked, and he brought quails, and satisfied them with the bread of Heaven. He opened the rock, and the waters gushed out; it ran in the dry places like a river: for he remembered his holy promise, and Abraham his servant.
¶U And he brought forth his people with joy, and his chosen with gladness; and gave them the lands of the heathen; and they inherited the labor of the people, that they might observe his Statutes, and keep his Laws. Praise Jehovah!
C Chapter 1.2: Give thanks for the mercy of Jehovah in bringing his people out of Egypt (Psalm 136)
¶U O give thanks to Jehovah, because he is good: for his mercy endures forever.
¶C O give thanks to the God of gods: for his mercy endures forever.
¶C O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for his mercy endures forever.
¶U To him who alone does great wonders: for his mercy endures forever; to him that by wisdom made the heavens: for his mercy endures forever; to him that stretched out the earth above the water: for his mercy endures forever; to him that made great lights: for his mercy endures forever; the sun to rule by day: for his mercy endures forever; the moon and stars to rule by night: for his mercy endures forever.
¶C To him that smote Egypt in their firstborn: for his mercy endures forever; and brought out Israel from among them: for his mercy endures forever; with a strong hand, and with a stretched out arm: for his mercy endures forever.
¶C To him who divided the Red sea into parts: for his mercy endures forever; and made Israel to pass through its midst: for his mercy endures forever; but overthrew Pharaoh and his army in the Red sea: for his mercy endures forever.
¶O To him who led his people through the wilderness: for his mercy endures forever.
¶O To him who smote great kings: for his mercy endures forever; and slew famous kings: for his mercy endures forever; Sihon king of the Amorites: for his mercy endures forever; and Og the king of Bashan: for his mercy endures forever; and gave their land for an inheritance: for his mercy endures forever; even an inheritance to Israel his servant: for his mercy endures forever.
¶C Who remembered us in our low estate: for his mercy endures forever; and has redeemed us from our enemies: for his mercy endures forever;
¶C who gives food to all flesh: for his mercy endures forever.
¶U O give thanks to the God of Heaven: for his mercy endures forever.
C Chapter 1.3: Sing aloud to Jehovah for bringing his people out of Egypt (Psalm 81)
¶U Sing aloud to God our strength; make a joyful sound to the God of Jacob. Take a psalm, and bring here the timbrel, and the pleasant harp with the psaltery.
¶C Blow the trumpet in the new moon, in the time appointed, on our solemn feast day: for this was a Statute for Israel, and a Law of the God of Jacob.
¶C He ordained this in Joseph for a testimony, when he went out through the land of Egypt, where I heard a language that I did not understand.
¶U “I removed his shoulder from the burden; his hands were delivered from the pots. You called in trouble, and I delivered you; I answered you in the secret place of thunder; I tested you at the waters of Meribah. Selah.
¶C Hear, O my people, and I will testify to you; O Israel, if you will listen to me: ‘No strange god shall be in you; neither shall you worship any strange god.
¶C I am Jehovah your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt: open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.’
¶O But my people would not listen to my voice, and Israel wanted none of me.
¶O So I gave them up to their own hearts’ lust, and they walked in their own counsels.
¶C Oh that my people had listened to me, and Israel had walked in my ways!
¶C I would soon have subdued their enemies, and turned my hand against their adversaries.
¶U The haters of Jehovah should have submitted themselves to him, for then their time would have endured forever. He would have fed them also with the finest of the wheat; and with honey out of the rock would I have satisfied you.”
O Chapter 1.4 The God of Jacob subdued nature for the sake of his people Israel (Psalm 114)
¶U When Israel went out of Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people of strange language: Judah was his Sanctuary, and Israel his dominion.
¶C The Red sea saw God, and fled; Jordan was driven back. The mountains skipped like rams, and the little hills like lambs.
¶C What frightened you, O you sea, that you fled? You Jordan, that you were driven back? You mountains, that you skipped like rams; and you little hills, like lambs?
¶O Tremble, you earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob;
¶O who turned the rock into a standing water; the flint into a fountain of water.
O Chapter 1.5: The God of Jacob shall subdue the Gentiles under his people Israel (Psalm 47)
¶O O clap your hands, all you people; shout to God with the voice of triumph: for Jehovah most High is dreadful; he is a great King over all the earth.
¶O He shall subdue the people under us, and the nations under our feet. He shall choose our inheritance for us, the excellence of Jacob whom he loved. Selah.
¶C God has gone up with a shout, Jehovah with the sound of a trumpet.
¶C Sing praises to God, sing praises. Sing praises to our King, sing praises: for God is the King of all the earth; sing praises with understanding.
¶U God reigns over the heathen; God sits upon the throne of his holiness. The princes of the people are gathered together, even the people of the God of Abraham: for the shields of the earth belong to God; he is greatly exalted.
C Part 2: From the wilderness to the Kingdom of David
U Chapter 2.1: Jehovah led Israel out of the wilderness and gave them David as their king (Psalm 78)
¶U Give ear, O my people, to my Law; incline your ears to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings of old, which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children, showing to the generation to come the praises of Jehovah, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he has done.
¶C For he established a Testimony in Jacob, and appointed a Law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children, that the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born, who should arise and declare them to their children;
¶C that they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his Commandments; and might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation that did not prepare their heart for God, and whose spirit was not steadfast with God.
¶O The children of Ephraim, being armed, and carrying bows, turned back in the day of battle. They did not keep the Covenant of God, and refused to walk in his Law; and they forgot his works, and his wonders that he had shown them.
¶O He did marvelous things in the sight of their fathers; in the land of Egypt, and in the field of Zoan. He divided the Red sea, and caused them to pass through; and he made the waters to stand as a heap. In the daytime also he led them with a cloud, and all the night with a light of fire. He opened the rocks in the wilderness, and gave them drink as out of the great depths of the sea. He brought streams also out of the rock, and caused waters to run down like rivers.
¶C And they sinned still more against him by provoking the most High in the wilderness. And they tested God in their heart by asking food for their lust. Yea, they spoke against God; they said, “Can God furnish a table in the wilderness? Behold, he struck the rock, so that the waters gushed out, and the streams overflowed. Can he also give bread? Can he provide flesh for his people?” Therefore Jehovah heard this, and was furious; so a fire was kindled against Jacob, and anger also came up against Israel, because they did not believe in God, and did not trust in his salvation, though he had commanded the clouds from above, and opened the doors of Heaven, and had rained down manna upon them to eat, and had given them of the bread of Heaven. Man ate angels’ food; he sent them food to satiation. He caused an east wind to blow in the heaven, and by his power he brought in the south wind. He also rained flesh upon them as dust, and feathered birds like as the sand of the sea; and he let it fall in the midst of their camp round about their habitations. So they ate, and were well filled: for he gave them their own desire; they were not deprived from their lust. But while their food was still in their mouths, the wrath of God came upon them, and slew the fattest of them, and struck down the chosen men of Israel.
¶C For all this they sinned still more, and did not believe for his wondrous works. Therefore he consumed their days in vanity, and their years in trouble. When he slew them, then they sought him; and they returned and inquired early after God. And they remembered that God was their Rock, and the high God their Redeemer. Nevertheless they flattered him with their mouth, and they lied to him with their tongues: for their heart was not right with him; neither were they steadfast in his Covenant. But he, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, and did not destroy them; moreover, many a time he turned his anger away, and did not stir up all his wrath: for he remembered that they were but flesh; a wind that passes away, and does not come again.
¶U How often they provoked him in the wilderness, and grieved him in the desert! Moreover, they turned back and tested God, and limited the Holy One of Israel. They did not remember his hand, nor the day when he delivered them from the enemy: how he had done his signs in Egypt, and his wonders in the field of Zoan; and had turned their rivers into blood; and their streams, so that they could not drink. He sent diverse sorts of flies among them, which devoured them; and frogs, which destroyed them. He also gave their increase to the caterpillar, and their labor to the locust. He destroyed their vines with hail, and their sycamore trees with frost. He gave up their cattle also to the hail, and their flocks to hot thunderbolts. He cast upon them the fierceness of his anger, wrath, indignation, and trouble, by sending evil angels among them. He made a way to his anger; he did not spare their soul from death, but gave their life over to the plague; and struck all the firstborn in Egypt, the chief of their strength in the tabernacles of Ham. But he made his own people to go forth like sheep, and guided them in the wilderness like a flock. And he led them on safely, so that they did not fear; but the sea overwhelmed their enemies. And he brought them to the border of his Sanctuary, even to this mountain, which his right hand had purchased. He also cast out the heathen before them, and divided them an inheritance by line, and made the tribes of Israel to dwell in their tents.
¶C Yet they tested and provoked the most high God, and did not keep his Testimonies, but turned back, and dealt unfaithfully like their fathers; they were turned aside like a deceitful bow: for they provoked him to anger with their high places, and moved him to jealousy with their carved images. When God heard this, he was furious, and greatly abhorred Israel, so that he forsook the Tabernacle of Shiloh, the tent which he placed among men; and delivered his strength into captivity, and his glory into the enemy’s hand. He gave his people over also to the sword; and was furious with his inheritance. The fire consumed their young men; and their virgins were not given to marriage. Their priests fell by the sword; and their widows made no lamentation.
¶C Then the Lord awoke like one out of sleep, and like a mighty man that shouts by reason of wine. And he smote his enemies in the hinder parts; he put them to a perpetual reproach. Moreover he refused the tabernacle of Joseph, and did not choose the tribe of Ephraim; but chose the tribe of Judah, the mount Zion which he loved. And he built his Sanctuary like high palaces, like the earth which he has established forever.
¶U He also chose David his servant, and took him from the sheepfolds; from following the ewes great with young he brought him to feed Jacob his people, and Israel his inheritance. So he fed them according to the integrity of his heart, and guided them by the skillfulness of his hands.
C Chapter 2.2: Jehovah brought Israel into a wealthy place (Psalm 66)
¶U Make a joyful sound to God, all the earth; sing forth the honor of his Name; make his praise glorious. Say to God, “How dreadful you are in your works!
¶C Through the greatness of your power shall your enemies submit themselves to you.
¶C All the earth shall worship you, and shall sing to you; they shall sing to your Name.” Selah.
¶U Come and see the works of God; he is dreadful in his doing toward the children of men.
¶C He turned the Red sea into dry land; they went through the Jordan river on foot; there we rejoiced in him.
¶C He rules by his power forever; his eyes behold the nations; let not the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah.
¶O O bless our God, you people, and make the voice of his praise to be heard, who holds our soul in life, and does not allow our feet to be moved. For you, O God, have tested us; you have refined us, as silver is refined. You brought us into the net; you laid affliction upon our loins. You caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water, but you brought us out into a wealthy place.
¶O I will go into your House with burnt offerings; I will pay you my vows, which my lips have uttered, and my mouth has spoken, when I was in trouble. I will offer burnt sacrifices of fattened beasts to you, with the incense of rams; I will offer bulls with goats. Selah.
¶C Come and hear, all you that fear God, and I will declare what he has done for my soul. I cried unto him with my mouth, and he was extolled with my tongue.
¶C If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me; but truly God has heard me; he has attended to the voice of my prayer.
¶U Blessed be God, who has not turned away my prayer, nor his mercy from me.
C Chapter 2.3: Israel was oppressed by the surrounding nations (Psalm 83)
¶U Keep not silence, O God;
¶C hold not your peace;
¶C and be not still, O God.
¶U For, look, your enemies make a tumult; and they that hate you have lifted up the head.
¶C They have taken crafty counsel against your people, and consulted against your hidden ones.
¶C They have said, “Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation, that the name of Israel may be in remembrance no longer.” For they have consulted together with one consent; they have allied against you: the tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites, of Moab and the Hagarenes, Gebal, Ammon, and Amalek, the Philistines with the inhabitants of Tyre, Assyria also is joined with them; they have aided the children of Lot. Selah.
¶O Do to them as to the Midianites; as to Sisera, and as to Jabin, at the brook of Kison, who perished at Endor; they became as dung for the earth.
¶O Make their nobles like Oreb, and like Zeeb; yea, all their princes as Zebah, and as Zalmunna, who said, “Let us take to ourselves the houses of God in possession.”
¶C O my God, make them like chaff; as the stubble before the wind. As the fire burns a wood, and as the flame sets the mountains on fire, so persecute them with your tempest, and make them afraid with your storm.
¶C Fill their faces with shame, that they may seek your Name, O Jehovah.
¶U Let them be disgraced and troubled forever; yea, let them be put to shame, and perish; that men may know that you, whose Name alone is Jehovah, are the most High God over all the earth.
O Chapter 2.4: Jehovah is in the midst of the City of God (Psalm 46)
¶U God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth is moved, and though the mountains are carried into the midst of the sea; though its waters roar and are troubled, and though the mountains shake with the swelling of it. Selah.
¶C There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the Tabernacles of the most High. God is in her midst; she shall not be shaken. God shall help her, when the Morning appears.
¶C The heathen raged; the kingdoms were moved; he uttered his voice; the earth melted. Jehovah of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.
¶O Come, behold the works of Jehovah; what desolations he has made in the earth. He makes wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaks the bow, and cuts the spear in pieces; he burns the chariot in the fire. “Be still, and know that I am the true God. I will be exalted among the heathen; I will be exalted in the earth.”
¶O Jehovah of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.
O Chapter 2.5: Jehovah dwells in the Hill of God (Psalm 68)
¶O Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered; let them also that hate him flee before him. As smoke is driven away, so drive them away; as wax melts before the fire, so let the wicked perish at the presence of God. But let the righteous be glad; let them rejoice before God; moreover, let them exceedingly rejoice. Sing to God, sing praises to his Name; extol him that rides upon the heavens by his Name JAH, and rejoice before him. A father of the fatherless, and a Judge of the widows, is God in his holy habitation. God sets the solitary in families; he brings out those who are bound with chains, but the rebellious dwell in a dry land.
¶O O God, when you went forth before your people, when you marched through the wilderness, Selah; the earth shook; the heavens also dropped at the presence of God; even Sinai itself was moved at the presence of God, the God of Israel. You, O God, sent a plentiful rain, whereby you confirmed your inheritance, when it was weary. Your congregation has dwelt therein; you, O God, have prepared of your goodness for the poor. The Lord gave the Word: great was the company of those that published it. Kings of armies fled apace; and she that waited at home divided the plunder. Though you have lien among the pots, yet shall you be as the wings of a dove covered with silver, and her feathers with yellow gold. When the Almighty scattered kings in it, it was white as snow in Salmon. The hill of God is like the hill of Bashan; a high hill as the hill of Bashan. Why do you leap, you high hills? This is the hill which God desires to dwell in; moreover, Jehovah will dwell in it forever. The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of angels; the Lord is among them, as in Sinai, in the holy place. You have ascended on high; you have led captivity captive; you have received gifts for men; moreover, for the rebellious also, that Jehovah God might dwell among them. Blessed is the Lord, who daily loads us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.
¶C He that is our God is the God of salvation; and to Jehovah the Lord belong the issues from death. But God shall wound the head of his enemies, and the hairy scalp of such a one as goes on still in his trespasses. The Lord said, “I will bring again from Bashan; I will bring my people again from the depths of the sea, that your foot may be dipped in the blood of your enemies, and the tongue of your dogs in the same.”
¶C They have seen your goings, O God; even the goings of my God, my King, in the Sanctuary. The singers went before, the players on instruments followed after; among them were the young girls playing with timbrels. Bless God in the congregations, even the Lord, from the fountain of Israel. There is little Benjamin with their ruler, the princes of Judah and their council, the princes of Zebulon, and the princes of Naphtali. Your God has commanded your strength; strengthen, O God, that which you have made for us. Because of your Temple at Jerusalem shall kings bring presents to you. Rebuke the company of spearmen, the multitude of the bulls, with the calves of the people, until every one submits himself with pieces of silver; scatter the people that delight in war. Princes shall come out of Egypt; Ethiopia shall soon stretch out her hands to God.
¶U Sing to God, you kingdoms of the earth; O sing praises to the Lord, Selah; to him that rides upon the heavens of heavens, which were of old; lo, he sends out his voice, and that a mighty voice. Ascribe strength unto God; his excellence is over Israel, and his strength is in the clouds. O God, you are dreadful out of your holy places; the God of Israel is he that gives strength and power to his people. Blessed be God.