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3 By the word of the Lord he shut up the heavens, three times also he brought down fire.
4 How glorious you were in your miracles, Elijah! Has anyone reason to boast as you have? -
6 dragging kings down to destruction, and high dignitaries from their beds;
7 hearing a rebuke on Sinai and decrees of punishment on Horeb;
8 anointing kings as avengers, and prophets to succeed you;
11 Blessed, those who will see you, and those who have fallen asleep in love; for we too shall certainly have life.
16 only a few of the people were left, with a ruler of the House of David. Some of them did what pleased the Lord, others piled sin on sin.
19 Then their hearts and hands trembled, they felt the pangs of a woman in labour,
20 but they called on the merciful Lord, stretching out their hands towards him. Swiftly the Holy One heard them from heaven and delivered them by the agency of Isaiah;
21 he struck the camp of the Assyrians and his Angel annihilated them.
23 In his days the sun moved back; he prolonged the life of the king.
24 In the power of the spirit he saw the last things, he comforted the mourners of Zion,
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