O Book 3.2: The Golden Age of the Old Covenant Kingdom of Zion
C Part 1: The Glories of the Old Covenant City of Zion
O Chapter 1.1: Jehovah commanded the blessing upon the mountains of Zion (Psalm 133)
¶U Behold, how good and how pleasant the dwelling of brethren in unity!
¶C It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard;
¶C even Aaron’s beard, that went down to the skirts of his garments.
¶O It is like the dew of Hermon;
¶O and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there Jehovah commanded the blessing, even Life forevermore.
O Chapter 1.2: Mount Zion cannot be moved, but remains forever (Psalm 125)
¶U They that trust in Jehovah shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but remains forever.
¶C As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so Jehovah surrounds his people from henceforth, even forever.
¶C For the rod of the wicked shall not rest upon the lot of the righteous, lest the righteous put forth their hands to iniquity.
¶O Do good, O Jehovah, to those that are good, and to them that are upright in their hearts. As for such as turn aside to their crooked ways, Jehovah shall lead them forth with the workers of iniquity.
¶O Peace shall be upon Israel.
C Chapter 1.3: The House of Jehovah is in Mount Zion (Psalm 122)
¶U I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go into the House of Jehovah.”
¶C Our feet shall stand within your gates, O Jerusalem.
¶C Jerusalem is built as a city that is compact together.
¶U The tribes go up there, the tribes of Jehovah, to the Testimony of Israel, to give thanks to the Name of Jehovah.
¶C For thrones of judgment are set there:
¶C the thrones of the house of David.
¶O Pray for the peace of Jerusalem;
¶O they shall prosper that love you.
¶C Peace be within your walls, and prosperity within your palaces.
¶C For my brethren and companions’ sakes, I will now say, “Peace be within you.
¶U Because of the House of Jehovah our God, I will seek your good.”
C Chapter 1.4: The Highest himself shall establish Mount Zion (Psalm 87)
¶U His foundation is in the holy mountains.
¶C Jehovah loves the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob.
¶C Glorious things are spoken of you, O city of God. Selah.
¶U I will make mention of Rahab and Babylon to them that know me;
¶C behold Philistia, and Tyre, with Ethiopia;
¶C this man was born there.
¶O And of Zion it shall be said, “This and that man was born in her”;
¶O and the Highest himself shall establish her.
¶C Jehovah shall count, when he writes up the people, that this man was born there. Selah.
¶C As well the singers as the players on instruments shall be there.
¶U All my springs are in you.
U Chapter 1.5: The joy of the whole earth is Mount Zion (Psalm 48)
¶U Great is Jehovah, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness.
¶C Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.
¶C God is known in her palaces for a refuge.
¶O For, lo, the kings were assembled; they passed by together. They saw it, and so they marveled; they were troubled, and hurried away. Fear took hold upon them there, and pain, as of a woman in travail.
¶O You break the ships of Tarshish with an east wind.
¶C As we have heard, so have we seen in the city of Jehovah of hosts, in the city of our God; God will establish it forever. Selah.
¶C We have thought of your lovingkindness, O God, in the midst of your Temple.
¶U According to your Name, O God, so is your praise unto the ends of the earth; your right hand is full of righteousness.
¶C Let mount Zion rejoice, let the daughters of Judah be glad, because of your Judgments.
¶C Walk about Zion, and go around her; count its towers.
¶U Mark well her bulwarks, and consider her palaces, that you may tell it to the generation following: for this God is our God forever and ever; he will be our guide even until death.
C Part 2: The Glories of the Old Covenant Kingdom of David
O Chapter 2.1: Jehovah promised to conditionally bless David and his sons (Psalm 132)
¶U Jehovah, remember David, and all his afflictions; how he swore to Jehovah, and vowed to the mighty God of Jacob: “Surely I will not come into the tabernacle of my house, nor go up into my bed; I will not give sleep to my eyes, or slumber to my eyelids, until I find a place for Jehovah, a habitation for the mighty God of Jacob.” Lo, we heard of it at Ephratah; we found it in the fields of the wood. We will go into his tabernacles; we will worship at his footstool.
¶C Arise, O Jehovah, into your rest; you, and the Ark of your strength. Let your priests be clothed with righteousness; and let your saints shout for joy.
¶C For your servant David’s sake, turn not away the face of your Anointed.
¶O Jehovah has sworn in truth to David, and he will not turn from it, saying, “Of the fruit of your body will I set upon your throne. If your children will keep my Covenant and my testimony that I shall teach them, their children shall also sit upon your throne forevermore: for Jehovah has chosen Zion; he has desired it for his habitation. This is my rest forever; here will I dwell: for I have desired it. I will abundantly bless her provision; I will satisfy her poor with bread. I will also clothe her priests with salvation; and her saints shall shout aloud for joy.
¶O There will I make the horn of David to bud; I have ordained a lamp for my anointed. His enemies will I clothe with shame; but upon himself shall his crown flourish.”
O Chapter 2.2: Jehovah will prolong the Messiah’s life, and his years as many generations (Psalm 61)
¶O Hear my cry, O God; attend to my prayer. From the end of the earth will I cry to you, when my heart is overwhelmed. Lead me to the Rock that is higher than I: for you have been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.
¶O I will remain in your Tabernacle forever; I will trust in the covert of your wings. Selah.
¶C For you, O God, have heard my vows; you have given me the heritage of those that fear your Name.
¶C You will prolong the King’s life, and his years as many generations; he shall remain before God forever.
¶U O prepare mercy and truth, which may preserve him; so will I sing praise to your Name forever, that I may daily perform my vows.
C Chapter 2.3: Jehovah taught David’s hands to make war (Psalm 18)
¶U I will love you, O Jehovah, my strength.
¶C Jehovah is my Rock, my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my shield, the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.
¶C I will call upon Jehovah, who is worthy to be praised; so shall I be saved from my enemies.
¶U The sorrows of death surrounded me, and the torrents of ungodly men made me afraid. The sorrows of Hell surrounded me; the snares of death went before me. In my distress I called upon Jehovah, and cried to my God. He heard my voice out of his Temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears.
¶C Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations also of the hills moved and were shaken, because he was angry. Smoke went up out of his nostrils, and fire out of his mouth devoured; coals were kindled by it. He bowed the heavens also, and came down; and darkness was under his feet. And he rode upon a cherub, and flew; moreover, he flew upon the wings of the wind. He made darkness his secret place; his pavilion round about him was dark waters and thick clouds of the skies. At the brightness that was before him his thick clouds passed; hail stones and coals of fire. Jehovah also thundered in the heavens, and the Highest gave his voice; hail stones and coals of fire. Moreover, he sent out his arrows, and scattered them; and he shot out lightning bolts, and put them to flight. Then the channels of waters were seen, and the foundations of the world were discovered at your rebuke, O Jehovah; at the blast of the breath of your nostrils. He sent from above; he took me; he drew me out of many waters. He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them who hated me: for they were too strong for me. They went before me in the day of my calamity; but Jehovah was my support. He brought me forth also into a large place; he delivered me, because he delighted in me.
¶C Jehovah rewarded me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands has he repaid me: for I have kept the ways of Jehovah, and have not wickedly departed from my God: for all his Judgments were before me, and I did not put away his Statutes from me. I was also upright before him, and I kept myself from my iniquity; therefore Jehovah has repaid me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands in his eyesight. With the merciful you will show yourself merciful; with an upright man you will show yourself upright; with the pure you will show yourself pure; and with the perverse you will show yourself unsavory: for you will save the afflicted people, but will bring down high looks: for you will light my candle; Jehovah my God will enlighten my darkness: for by you I have run through a troop; and by my God have I leaped over a wall.
¶O As for God, his way is perfect; the Word of Jehovah is tested; he is a shield to all those that trust in him: for who is God except Jehovah? Or who is a Rock except our God? It is God that girds me with strength, and makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like hinds’ feet, and sets me upon my high places. He teaches my hands to make war, so that a bow of steel is broken by my arms. You have also given me the shield of your salvation; and your right hand has held me up, and your gentleness has made me great. You have enlarged my steps under me, so that my feet did not slip.
¶O I have pursued my enemies, and overtaken them; neither did I turn again until they were consumed. I have wounded them, so that they were not able to rise; they have fallen under my feet: for you have girded me with strength to the battle; you have subdued under me those that rose up against me. You have also given me the necks of my enemies, that I might destroy them that hate me. They cried, but there was none to save them; even to Jehovah, but he did not answer them. Then did I beat them small as the dust before the wind; I cast them out as the dirt in the streets. You have delivered me from the strivings of the people, and you have made me the head of the heathen; a people whom I have not known shall serve me. As soon as they hear of me, they shall obey me; the strangers shall submit themselves to me. The strangers shall fade away, and be afraid out of their close places.
¶C Jehovah lives; and blessed is my Rock; and let the God of my salvation be exalted.
¶C It is God that avenges me, and subdues the people under me. He delivers me from my enemies; moreover, you lift me up above those that rise up against me; you have delivered me from the violent man.
¶U Therefore will I give thanks to you, O Jehovah, among the heathen, and sing praises to your Name. Great deliverance gives he to his king, and shows mercy to his anointed: to David, and to his seed forevermore.
C Chapter 2.4: Jehovah taught David’s hands to make war (Psalm 144)
¶U Blessed is Jehovah my strength, who teaches my hands to make war, and my fingers to fight;
¶C who is my goodness, and my fortress, my high tower, and my deliverer, my shield and he in whom I trust;
¶C who subdues my people under me.
¶U Jehovah, what is man, that you take knowledge of him! Or the son of man, that you make account of him! Man is like a breath; his days are as a shadow that passes away.
¶C Bow your heavens, O Jehovah, and come down; touch the mountains, and they shall smoke. Cast forth lightning, and scatter them; shoot out your arrows, and destroy them.
¶C Send your hand from above; rid me, and deliver me out of great water, from the hand of strange children, whose mouth speaks vanity, and their right hand is a right hand of falsehood.
¶O I will sing a new song to you, O God; upon a psaltery and an instrument of ten strings will I sing praises to you.
¶O It is you that gives salvation to kings, who delivers David his servant from the hurtful sword.
¶C Rid me, and deliver me from the hand of strange children, whose mouth speaks vanity, and their right hand is a right hand of falsehood,
¶C so that our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; that our daughters may be as cornerstones, polished after the similitude of a palace; that our barns may be full, affording all manner of store; that our sheep may bring forth thousands and ten thousands in our streets; that our oxen may be strong to labor; that there be no breaking in, nor going out; that there be no complaining in our streets.
¶U Happy is that people, that is in such a case. Yea, happy is that people, whose God is Jehovah.
U Chapter 2.5: Jehovah anointed David with his holy oil (Psalm 89)
¶U I will sing of the mercies of Jehovah forever; with my mouth will I make known your faithfulness to all generations: for I have said, “Mercy shall be built up forever; your faithfulness shall you establish in the very heavens.” “I have made a Covenant with my chosen; I have sworn to David my servant, saying, ‘Your seed will I establish forever, and build up your throne to all generations.’” Selah.
¶C And the heavens shall praise your wonders, O Jehovah; your faithfulness also in the congregation of the saints: for who in the Heaven can be compared to Jehovah? Who among the sons of the mighty can be likened to Jehovah? God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be had in reverence of all them that are around him. O Jehovah God of hosts, who is a strong Jehovah like you? Or to your faithfulness round about you? You rule the raging of the sea; when its waves arise, you still them. You have broken Rahab in pieces, as one that is slain; you have scattered your enemies with your strong arm. The heavens are yours, the earth also is yours; as for the world and its fullness, you have founded them. The north and the south, you have created them; Tabor and Hermon shall rejoice in your Name. You have a mighty arm; strong is your hand, and high is your right hand. Justice and judgment are the habitation of your throne; mercy and truth shall go before your face.
¶C Blessed are the people that know the joyful sound; they shall walk, O Jehovah, in the light of your countenance. In your Name shall they rejoice all the day; and in your righteousness shall they be exalted: for you are the glory of their strength, and in your favor our horn shall be exalted: for Jehovah is our defense; and the Holy One of Israel is our King.
¶O Then you spoke in vision to your holy one, and said, “I have laid help upon one that is mighty; I have exalted one chosen out of the people. I have found David my servant; I have anointed him with my holy oil; with whom my hand shall be established; my arm also shall strengthen him.
¶O The enemy shall not exact upon him; nor shall the son of wickedness afflict him. And I will beat down his foes before his face, and plague them that hate him.
¶C But my faithfulness and my mercy shall be with him; and in my Name shall his horn be exalted. I will set his hand also in the sea, and his right hand in the rivers. He shall cry to me, ‘You are my father, my God, and the Rock of my salvation.’
¶C Also I will make him my firstborn, higher than the kings of the earth. My mercy will I keep for him forevermore, and my Covenant shall stand fast with him. His seed also will I make to endure forever, and his throne as the days of Heaven. If his children forsake my Law, and do not walk in my Judgments; if they break my Statutes, and do not keep my Commandments, then will I visit their transgression with the rod, and their iniquity with stripes.
¶U Nevertheless my lovingkindness will I not utterly take from him, nor allow my faithfulness to fail. My Covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that has gone out of my lips. Once have I sworn by my holiness that I will not lie to David; his seed shall endure forever, and his throne as the sun before me; it shall be established forever as the moon, and as a faithful witness in Heaven. Selah.”
¶C But you have cast off and abhorred; you have been angry with your anointed. You have made void the Covenant of your servant; you have profaned his crown by casting it to the ground. You have broken down all his hedges; you have brought his strong holds to ruin. All that pass by the way plunder him; he is a reproach to his neighbors. You have set up the right hand of his adversaries; you have made all his enemies to rejoice. You have also turned the edge of his sword, and have not made him to stand in the battle. You have made his glory to cease, and cast his throne down to the ground. You have shortened the days of his youth; you have covered him with shame. Selah.
¶C How long, Jehovah? Will you hide yourself forever? Shall your wrath burn like fire? Remember how short my time is; why have you made all men in vain? What man is he that lives, and shall not see death? Shall he deliver his soul from the hand of the grave? Selah. Lord, where are your former loving-kindnesses that you swore to David in your truth? Remember, Lord, the reproach of your servants, how I bear in my bosom the reproach of all the mighty people; with which your enemies have reproached, O Jehovah, with which they have reproached the footsteps of your anointed.
¶U Blessed is Jehovah forevermore. Amen, and Amen.