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Lam 3: 27-32
It is good for a man to bear the yoke from his youth.
Let him sit alone and in silence, when it is laid upon him. Let him put his mouth to the dust; there may yet be hope.
Let him offer his cheek to be struck,
let him be filled with disgrace.
For the Lord’s rejection does not last forever; Though he punishes, he takes pity, in the abundance of his mercies.
Satan will have a third and final fall at the end of the world, when he will be shut up for good in the everlasting fiery prison. He knew this was to be his end – he has no hope, but despair only. He knew that no suffering which he could at that moment inflict upon the Saviour of men would avail to rescue himself from that inevitable doom. But, in horrible rage and hatred, he determined to insult and torture while he could the great King whose throne is everlasting. Therefore a third time he smote Him down fiercely to the earth.
O Jesus, Only-begotten Son of God,
the Word Incarnate,
we adore with fear and trembling and deep thankfulness
Thy awful humiliation,
that Thou who art the Highest, should have permitted Thyself,
even for one hour,
to be the sport and prey of the Evil One.
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