C Book 3.3: Jehovah rejected the Old Covenant Kingdom of Zion
C Part 1: Jehovah caused the Kingdom to be destroyed and the people to be exiled to Babylon
U Chapter 1.1: Jehovah was angry with the people of the Kingdom of Zion (Psalm 79)
¶U O God, the heathen have come into your inheritance; they have defiled your holy Temple; they have laid Jerusalem on heaps.
¶C The dead bodies of your servants have they given to be food to the birds of the heaven; the flesh of your saints to the beasts of the earth. They have shed their blood like water round about Jerusalem; and there was none to bury them.
¶C We have become a reproach to our neighbors, a scorn and derision to them that are round about us.
¶O How long, Jehovah? Will you be angry forever? Shall your jealousy burn like fire?
¶O Pour out your wrath upon the heathen that have not known you, and upon the kingdoms that have not called upon your Name: for they have devoured Jacob, and laid waste his dwelling place.
¶C O remember not against us former iniquities; let your tender mercies speedily go before us: for we are brought very low.
¶C Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of your Name; and deliver us, and purge away our sins, for your Name’s sake.
¶U Why should the heathen say, “Where is their God?” Let him be known among the heathen in our sight by the revenging of the blood of your servants which is shed.
¶C Let the sighing of the prisoner come before you; according to the greatness of your power preserve those that are appointed to die.
¶C And render to our neighbors sevenfold into their bosom their reproach, with which they have reproached you, O Lord.
¶U So we your people and sheep of your pasture will give you thanks forever; we will show forth your praise unto all generations.
C Chapter 1.2: Jehovah had cast off the people of the Kingdom of Zion (Psalm 74)
¶U O God, why have you cast us off forever? Why does your anger smoke against the sheep of your pasture?
¶C Remember your congregation, which you have purchased of old; the rod of your inheritance, which you have redeemed: this mount Zion, wherein you have dwelt.
¶C Lift up your feet to the perpetual desolations; even all that the enemy has done wickedly in the Sanctuary. Your enemies roar in the midst of your congregations; they set up their ensigns for signs.
¶U A man once was famous according as he had lifted up axes upon the thick trees.
¶C But now they break down its carved work at once with axes and hammers. They have cast fire into your Sanctuary; they have defiled by casting down the dwelling place of your Name to the ground. They said in their hearts, “Let us destroy them together”; they have burned up all the synagogues of God in the land.
¶C We do not see our signs; there is no longer any prophet; neither is there among us any that knows how long.
¶O O God, how long shall the adversary reproach? Shall the enemy blaspheme your Name forever? Why do you withdraw your hand, even your right hand?
¶O Pluck it out of your bosom: for God is my King of old, working deliverance in the midst of the earth. You divided the Red sea by your strength. You broke the heads of the dragons in the water. You broke the heads of leviathan in pieces, and gave him to be food to the people inhabiting the wilderness. You divided the fountain and the Jordan river; you dried up mighty rivers. The day is yours; the night also is yours; you have prepared the light and the sun. You have set all the borders of the earth. You have made summer and winter.
¶C Remember this, that the enemy has reproached, O Jehovah, and the foolish people have blasphemed your Name.
¶C O do not deliver the soul of your turtledove to the multitude of the wicked; do not forget the congregation of your poor forever. Have respect to the Covenant: for the dark places of the earth are full of the habitations of cruelty. O let not the oppressed return ashamed; let the poor and needy praise your Name.
¶U Arise, O God, plead your own cause; remember how the foolish man reproaches you daily. Forget not the voice of your enemies. The tumult of those that rise up against you increases continually.
C Chapter 1.3: Jehovah had abandoned the people of the Kingdom of Zion (Psalm 44)
¶U We have heard with our ears, O God, our fathers have told us, what work you did in their days, in the times of old; how you drove out the heathen with your hand, and planted them; how you afflicted the people, and cast them out.
¶C For they did not get the land in possession by their own sword; neither did their own arm deliver them;
¶C but your right hand, and your arm, and the light of your countenance delivered them, because you favored them.
¶U You are my King, O God; command deliverances for Jacob. Through you will we push down our enemies; through your Name will we tread them under that rise up against us: for I will not trust in my bow; neither shall my sword save me. But you have saved us from our enemies, and have put them to shame that hated us. In God we boast all day long, and praise your Name forever. Selah.
¶C But you have cast off, and put us to shame, and do not go forth with our armies. You make us to turn back from the enemy; and they who hate us plunder for themselves. You have given us like sheep appointed for food, and have scattered us among the heathen. You sell your people for nothing, and do not increase your wealth by their price. You make us a reproach to our neighbors; a scorn and a derision to them that are round about us. You make us a joke among the heathen, a shaking of the head among the people. My confusion is continually before me, and the shame of my face has covered me, for the voice of him that reproaches and blasphemes; by reason of the enemy and avenger.
¶C All this has come upon us, yet we have not forgotten you; neither have we dealt falsely in your Covenant. Our heart has not turned back; neither have our steps declined from your way, though you have broken us to pieces in the place of dragons, and covered us with the shadow of death.
¶O If we have forgotten the Name of our God, or stretched out our hands to a strange god, shall not God search this out? For he knows the secrets of the heart.
¶O Yea, for your sake we are killed all day long; we are counted as sheep for the slaughter.
¶C Awake, why do you sleep, O Lord? Arise, do not cast us off forever.
¶C Why do you hide your face, and forget our affliction and our oppression? For our soul is bowed down to the dust; our belly clings to the earth.
¶U Arise for our help, and redeem us for your mercies’ sake.
O Chapter 1.4: The people of Zion in exile prayed for vengeance against Edom (Psalm 137)
¶U By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down; moreover, we wept, when we remembered Zion. We hung our harps upon the willows in its midst: for there they that carried us away captive demanded of us a song. And they that plundered us demanded joyfulness, saying, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!” How can we sing Jehovah’s song in a strange land?
¶C If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her skill.
¶C If I do not remember you, let my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth, if I do not prefer Jerusalem above my chief joy.
¶O Remember, O Jehovah, the children of Edom in the day of Jerusalem’s destruction, who said, “Raze it, raze it, even to its foundation!”
¶C O daughter of Babylon, who is to be destroyed, happy shall he be, that repays you as you have served us. Happy shall he be, that takes and dashes your little ones against the stones.
O Chapter 1.5: The people of Zion were oppressed by their enemies in exile (Psalm 129)
¶O Many a time have they afflicted me from my youth, may Israel now say; many a time have they afflicted me from my youth, yet they have not prevailed against me. The plowers plowed upon my back; they made long their furrows.
¶O Jehovah is righteous; he has cut in pieces the cords of the wicked.
¶C Let them all be ashamed and turned back that hate Zion.
¶C Let them be as the grass upon the housetops, which withers before it grows up; with which the reaper fills not his hand; nor he that binds sheaves his bosom.
¶U Neither do they who go by say, “The blessing of Jehovah be upon you; we bless you in the Name of Jehovah.”
C Part 2: The people of Zion returned from exile in Persia without a king
U Chapter 2.1: The people of Zion prayed for deliverance from exile (Psalm 80)
¶U Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, you that lead Joseph like a flock; you that dwell between the cherubim, shine forth.
¶C Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh stir up your strength, and come and save us.
¶C Turn us again, O God, and cause your face to shine; and we shall be saved.
¶O O Jehovah God of hosts, how long will you be angry against the prayer of your people? You feed them with the bread of tears; and give them tears to drink in great measure. You make us a strife to our neighbors; and our enemies laugh among themselves.
¶O Return us, O God of hosts, and cause your face to shine; and we shall be saved.
¶C You brought a vine out of Egypt; you casted out the heathen, and planted it. You prepared room before it, and caused it to take deep root, and it filled the land. The hills were covered with the shadow of it, and its branches were like the beautiful cedars. She sent out her boughs to the sea, and her branches to the Euphrates river.
¶C Why then have you broken down her hedges, so that all they who pass by the way pluck her fruit? The boar out of the wood wastes it, and the wild beast of the field devours it.
¶U Return, please, O God of hosts; look down from Heaven, and behold, and visit this vine, and the vineyard which your right hand has planted, and the branch that you have made strong for yourself. It is burned with fire; it is cut down; they perish at the rebuke of your countenance.
¶C Let your hand be upon the man of your right hand, upon the son of man whom you have made strong for yourself.
¶C So will not we go back from you; revive us, and we will call upon your Name.
¶U Return us, O Jehovah God of hosts; cause your face to shine; and we shall be saved.
C Chapter 2.2: The people of Zion prayed for revival after returning from exile (Psalm 85)
¶U Jehovah, you have been favorable to your land; you have brought back the captivity of Jacob.
¶C You have forgiven the iniquity of your people; you have covered all their sin. Selah.
¶C You have taken away all your wrath; you have turned from the fierceness of your anger.
¶U Turn us, O God of our salvation, and cause your anger toward us to cease.
¶C Will you be angry with us forever? Will you draw out your anger to all generations?
¶C Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you? Show us your mercy, O Jehovah, and grant us your deliverance.
¶O I will hear what Jehovah God will speak: for he will speak peace to his people, and to his saints;
¶O but let them not turn again to folly.
¶C Surely his salvation is near them that fear him, that glory may dwell in our land.
¶C Mercy and truth have met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other. Truth shall spring out of the earth, and righteousness shall look down from Heaven.
¶U Moreover, Jehovah shall give that which is good; and our land shall yield her increase. Righteousness shall go before him, and shall set us in the way of his steps.
C Chapter 2.3: The people of Zion praised Jehovah for delivering them from exile (Psalm 107)
¶U O give thanks to Jehovah: for he is good: for his mercy endures forever.
¶C Let the redeemed of Jehovah testify, whom he has redeemed from the hand of the enemy;
¶C and gathered them out of the lands; from the east, from the west, from the north, and from the south.
¶U They wandered in the wilderness in a solitary way; they found no city to dwell in. Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them. Then they cried to Jehovah in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distresses. And he led them forth by the right way, that they might go to a city of habitation. Oh that men would praise Jehovah for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! For he satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness.
¶C Such as sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, being bound in affliction and iron, because they rebelled against the words of God, and scorned the Counsel of the most High; therefore he brought down their heart with labor; they fell down, and there was none to help. Then they cried to Jehovah in their trouble, and he saved them out of their distresses. He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and broke their bands in pieces. Oh that men would praise Jehovah for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! For he has broken the gates of bronze, and shattered the bars of iron.
¶C Fools because of their transgression, and because of their iniquities, are afflicted. Their soul abhors all manner of food; and they draw near to the gates of death. Then they cry to Jehovah in their trouble, and he saves them out of their distresses. He sent his Word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions. Oh that men would praise Jehovah for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing.
¶O They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great water, these see the works of Jehovah, and his wonders in the deep: for he commands, and raises the stormy wind, which lifts up its waves. They mount up to the heaven; they go down again to the depths; their soul is melted because of trouble. They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wit’s end. Then they cry to Jehovah in their trouble, and he brings them out of their distresses. He makes the storm a calm, so that its waves are still. Then are they glad because they are quiet, so he brings them to their desired haven. Oh that men would praise Jehovah for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! Let them exalt him also in the congregation of the people, and praise him in the assembly of the Elders.
¶O He turns rivers into a wilderness, and the water springs into dry ground; a fruitful land into barrenness, for the wickedness of them that dwell therein. He turns the wilderness into a standing water, and dry ground into water springs. And there he makes the hungry to dwell, that they may prepare a city for habitation, and sow the fields, and plant vineyards, which may yield fruits of increase. Also he blesses them, so that they are multiplied greatly; and does not allow their cattle to decrease. Again, they are diminished and brought low through oppression, affliction, and sorrow. He pours contempt upon princes, and causes them to wander in the wilderness, where there is no way. Yet he sets the poor on high from affliction, and makes him families like a flock.
¶C The righteous shall see it, and rejoice;
¶C and all iniquity shall stop her mouth.
¶U Whoso is wise, and will observe these things, even they shall understand the lovingkindness of Jehovah.
O Chapter 2.4: Jehovah returned his people to the Promised Land from exile in Persia (Psalm 126)
¶U When Jehovah returned the captivity of Zion to Jerusalem, we were like them that dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter; and our tongue with singing.
¶U Then they said among the heathen, “Jehovah has done great things for them.”
¶C Jehovah has done great things for us; whereof we are glad.
¶O Return our captivity, O Jehovah, as the streams in the south.
¶O They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goes forth and weeps, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless return with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.
O Chapter 2.5: Israel called upon Jehovah to gather them from among the heathen (Psalm 106)
¶O Praise Jehovah! O give thanks to Jehovah, because he is good: for his mercy endures forever. Who can utter the mighty acts of Jehovah? Who can show forth all his praise? Blessed are they that keep judgment, and he that does righteousness at all times. Remember me, O Jehovah, with the favor that you bear to your people. O visit me with your salvation, that I may see the good of your chosen; that I may rejoice in the gladness of your nation; that I may glory with your inheritance.
¶O We have sinned with our fathers; we have committed iniquity; we have done wickedly. Our fathers did not understand your wonders in Egypt; they did not remember the multitude of your mercies, but provoked him at the sea, even at the Red sea. Nevertheless he saved them for his Name’s sake, that he might make his mighty power to be known. Also he rebuked the Red sea, and it was dried up, so he led them through the depths, as through the wilderness. And he saved them from the hand of him that hated them, and redeemed them from the hand of the enemy. And the waters covered their enemies; not one of them was left. Then they believed his words; they sang his praise. But they soon forgot his works; they did not wait for his counsel, but lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, and tested God in the desert. So he gave them their request, but sent leanness into their soul. Also they envied Moses in the camp, and Aaron the saint of Jehovah. The earth opened and swallowed up Dathan, and covered the company of Abiram. And a fire was kindled in their company; the flame burned up the wicked. They made a calf in Horeb, and worshipped the molten statue. Thus they changed their glory into the statue of a cow that eats grass. They forgot God their Savior, who had done great things in Egypt, wondrous works in the land of Ham, and dreadful things by the Red sea. Therefore he said that he would destroy them, had not Moses his chosen stood before him in the breach, to turn away his wrath, lest he would destroy them. Moreover, they despised the pleasant land; they did not believe his Word, but murmured in their tents, and did not listen to the voice of Jehovah. Therefore he lifted up his hand against them, to overthrow them in the wilderness: to overthrow their seed also among the nations, and to scatter them in the lands. Also they joined themselves to Baal-peor, and ate the sacrifices offered to the dead. Thus they provoked him to anger with their inventions; and the plague broke in upon them. Then Phinehas stood up, and executed judgment; and so the plague was stayed; and that was counted to him for righteousness to all generations forevermore. Also they angered God at the waters of strife, so that it went ill with Moses for their sakes, because they provoked his spirit, so that he spoke unadvisedly with his lips. They did not destroy the nations, concerning whom Jehovah commanded them; but were mingled among the heathen, and learned their works. And they served their idols, which were a snare to them. Moreover, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters to demons, and shed innocent blood, even the blood of their sons and of their daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan; and the land was polluted with blood. Thus were they defiled with their own works, and went a whoring with their own inventions. Therefore the wrath of Jehovah was kindled against his people, insomuch that he abhorred his own inheritance. And he gave them into the hand of the heathen; and they that hated them ruled over them. Also their enemies oppressed them, and they were brought into subjection under their hand. Many times did he deliver them, but they provoked him with their counsel, and were brought low for their iniquity. Nevertheless he regarded their affliction, when he heard their cry; and he remembered for them his Covenant, and relented according to the multitude of his mercies. He also made them to be pitied of all those that carried them captives.
¶C Deliver us, O Jehovah our God, and gather us from among the heathen, to give thanks to your holy Name, and to triumph in your praise.
¶C Blessed is Jehovah God of Israel from Eternity past to Eternity future.
¶U And let all the people say, “Amen.” Praise Jehovah!