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Charles Foster Kent
This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 390 pages of information about The Makers and Teachers of Judaism.
complete treatment of their theme, yet in a series of concise, dramatic maxims they dealt with almost every phase of man’s domestic, economic, legal, and social life.  They presented clearly man’s duty to animals, to himself, to his fellow-men, and to God.  If utilitarian motives were urged in the great majority of cases, it is because they sought to reach their pupils on their own level.  Although their ideals sometimes fell below those of the great prophets, and especially those of the Great Teacher of Nazareth, the importance of their work in establishing individual standards of right and wrong, in keeping alive in concrete form the principles of the earlier prophets, and in preparing their race for the crises through which it was soon to pass cannot be overestimated.  As effective teachers of the individual they have an intensely practical and significant message for all men in the stream of life to-day as well as in the past.

Section CVI.  THE DIFFERENT CURRENTS OF THOUGHT IN JUDAISM DURING THE GREEK PERIOD

[Sidenote:  Ps. 19:7-14]
The law of Jehovah is perfect, restoring the soul;
The testimony of Jehovah is trustworthy, making wise the simple,
The precepts of Jehovah are right, rejoicing the heart,
The commandment of Jehovah is pure, enlightening the eyes. 
The fear of Jehovah is clean, enduring forever,
The judgments of Jehovah are true and altogether just,
They are of more value than gold, yea, than much fine gold,
Sweeter than honey and the droppings from the honey-comb. 
By them is thy servant warned; in keeping them is great reward. 
Who can discern his errors; cleanse thou me from secret faults,
Also from the presumptuous restrain thy servant; let them not have
  dominion over me. 
Then shall I be perfect and cleared from great transgression. 
Let the words of my mouth be acceptable and the meditation of my heart,
In thy sight, O Jehovah, my Rock and my Redeemer.

[Sidenote:  Ps. 46:1-3]
Jehovah is our refuge and strength,
An ever present help in trouble. 
Therefore we fear not, though the earth be moved,
And though the mountains totter into the heart of the sea;
The seas roar, their waters foam,
Mountains shake with the swelling of its stream. 
  Jehovah of hosts is with us,
  The God of Jacob is our refuge.

[Sidenote:  Ps. 46:4-7]
His brooks make glad the city of Jehovah,
The holy dwelling place of the Most High. 
Jehovah is in the midst of her, she cannot totter;
Jehovah will help her at the turn of the morn. 
Nations raged, kingdoms tottered,
When he uttered his voice the earth melted. 
  Jehovah of hosts is with us,
  The God of Jacob is our refuge.

[Sidenote:  Ps. 46:8-11]
Come, behold the works of Jehovah,
What desolations he hath made in the earth. 
He is about to make wars to cease unto the end of the earth. 
The bow he breaketh, and dasheth the spear in pieces;
He burneth the chariots with fire. 
Be still, and know that I am Jehovah;
I shall be exalted among the nations, I shall be exalted on the earth. 
  Jehovah of hosts is with us,
  The God of Jacob is our refuge.

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