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For love is strong as death;
she shall be spoken for? If she be a wall, we will build upon her a palace of
And if she be a door, we will inclose her with boards of cedar.
I am a wall, and my breasts like towers:
My vineyard, which is mine, is before me:
Thou, O Solomon, must have a thousand,
And those that keep the fruit thereof two hundred..
Thou that dwellest in the gardens,
Make haste, my beloved,
And be thou like to a roe or to a young hart
Upon the mountains of spices.
THE BOOK OF THE PROPHET ISAIAH
The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.
Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth:
They are gone away backward.
From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it;
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But wounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores:
As a lodge in a garden of cucumbers,
Except the Lord of hosts had left unto us a very
small remnant, We should have been as Sodom, And we should have been like unto Gomorrah.
Hear the word of the Lord, ye rulers of Sodom; Give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah.
To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices
unto me? saith the Lord: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat
of fed beasts; And I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of
lambs, or of he goats. When ye come to appear before me, Who hath required this at your hand, to tread my