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Christ's kingdom foretold; CHAPTER VI. and the place of his nativity. of the LORD, and of judgment, and of might, to shall smite the judge of Israel with a rod upon declare unto Jacob his transgression, and to Is. the cheek. rael his sin.

2 But thou, Beth-lehem Ephratah, though 9 Hear this, I pray you, ye heads of the house thou be little among the thousands of Judah, vet of Jacob, and princes of the house of Israel, out of thee shall be come forth unto me that is that abhor judgment, and pervert all equity. to be Ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have

10 They build up Zion with blood, and Jerusa. been from of old, from everlasting. lem with iniquity.

.3 Therefore, will he give them up, until the 11 The heads thereof judge for reward, and time that she which travaileth hath brought the priests thereof teach for hire, and the proph forth: then the remnant of his brethren shall reets thereof divine for money : yet will they lean turn unto the children of Israel. upon the LORD, and say, Is not the LORD 4.1 And he shall stand and feed in the strength among us? none evil can come upon us.

of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the 12 Therefore, shall Zion for your sake be LORD his God; and they shall abide: for now ploughed as a field, and Jerusalem shall become shall he be great unto the ends of the earth. heaps, and the mountain of the house as the 5 And this man shall be the peace, when the high places of the forest,

Assyrian shall come into our land: and when he

shall tread in our palaces, then shall we raise CHAPTER IV.

against him seven shepherds, and eight principal

men. 1 The glory, 3 peace, 8 kingdom, 11 and victory 6 And they shall waste the land of Assyria of the church.

with the sword, and the land of Nimrod in the DUT in the last days it shall come to pass, that entrances thereof : thus shall he deliver us from D the mountnin of the house of the LORD shall the Assyrian, when he cometh into our land, be established in the top of the mountains, and it and when he treadeth within our borders. shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall 7 And the remnant of Jacob shall be in the flow unto it,

midst of many people as a dew from the LORD, 2 And many nations shall come, and say, As the showers upon the grass, that tarrieth not Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the for man, nor waiteth for the sons of men. LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; 81 And the remnant of Jacob shall be among and he will teach us of his ways, and we will the Gentiles in the midst of many people as a walk in his paths : for the law shall go forth of lion among the beasts of the forest, as a young Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusa. lion among the flocks of sheep : who, if he go lem.

through, both treudeth down, and teareth in 31 And he shall judge among many people, 1 pieces, and none can deliver. and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they 9 Thine hand shall be lifted up upon thine shall beat their swords into plough-shares, and adversaries, and all thine enemies shall be cut their spears into pruning-hooks: nation shall not off. lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they 10 And it shall come to pass in that day, saith learn war any more.

the LORD, that I will cut off thy horses out of the 4 But they shall sit every man under his vine midst of thee, and I will destroy thy chariots : and under his fig tree ; and none shall make 11 And I will cut off the cities of thy land, and them afraid : for the mouth of the LORD of hosts throw down all thy strong holds : hath spoken it.

12 And I will cut off witchcrafts out of thine 5 For all people will walk every one in the hand; and thou shalt have no more sooth. name of his god, and we will walk in the name sayets: of the LORD our God for ever and ever.

13 Thy graven images also will I cut off, and 6 In that day, saith the LORD, will I assemble thy standing images out of the midst of thee; her that halteth, and I will gather her that is and thou shalt no more worship the work of thy driven out, and her that I have afflicted :

hands. 7 And I will make her that holted a rempant, 14 And I will pluck up thy groves out of the and her that was cast far off a strong nation: und midst of thee : so will I destroy thy cities. the LORD shall reign over them in mount Zion 15 And I will execute vengeance in anger and from henceforth, even for ever.

fury upon the heathen, such as they have not 8 T And thou, O tower of the flock, the heard. strong hold of the daughter of Zion, unto thee

CHAPTER VI. shall it come, even the first dominion; the king. dom shall come to the daughter of Jerusalem.

1 God's controversy for unkindness, 6 for ig. 9 Now why dost thou cry out aloud ? is there

norance, 10 for injustice, 16 and for idol. no king in thee? is thy counsellor perished ? for atry. pangs have taken thee as a woman in travail. HEAR ye now what the LORD saith ; Arise,

10 Be in pain, and labour to bring forth, O I contend thou before the mountains, and let daughter of Zion, like a woman in travail : for the hills hear thy voice. now shalt thou go forth out of the city, and thou 2 Hear ye, O mountains, the LORD's controshalt dwell in the field, and thou shalt go even to versy, and ye strong foundations of the earth : Babylon : there shalt thou be delivered ; there for the LORD hath a controversy with his people, the LORD shall redeem thee from the hand of and he will plead with Israel. thine enemies.

3 O my people, whut have I done unto thee? 11 | Now also many nations are gathered and wherein have I wearied thee? testify against against thee, that sny, Let her be defiled, and let me. our eye look upon Zion.

4 For I brought thee up out of the land of 12 But they know not the thoughts of the Egypt, and redeemed thee out of the house of LORD, neither understand they his counsel: for servants; and I sent before thee Moses, Aaron, he shall gather them as the sheaves into the and Miriam, floor.

5 O my people, remember now what Balak 13 Arise and thresh, O daughter of Zion : for king of Moab consulted, and what Balaam the I will make thy horn iron, and I will make thy son of Beor answered him from Shittim unto hoofs brass : and thou shalt beat in pieces many Gilgal; that ye may know the righteousness of people: and I will consecrate their gain unto the the LORD. LORD, and their substance unto the Lord of the 6.91 Wherewith shall I come before the LORD, whole earth.

and bow myself before the high God? shall I CHAPTER V.

come before him with burnt-offerings, with

calves of a year old ? 1 The birth of Christ. 4 His kingdom. 8 His 7 Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of conquest.

rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oil? NOW gather thyself in troops, O daughter of shall I give my first born for my transgression, troops : he hath laid siege against us: they | the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?

The church's confidence in God. NAHUM. God's mercies to his people.

8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good ; | .5 | Trust ye not in a friend, put ye not confi. and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to dence in a guide : keep the doors of thy mouth do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly from ber that lieth in thy bosom. with thy God?

6 For the son dishonoureth the father, the 9 The LORD's voice crieth unto the city, and daughter riseth up against her mother, the the man of wisdom shall see thy name : hear ye daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; a the rod, and who hath appointed it.

man's enemies are the men of his own bouse. 10 1 Are there yet the treasures of wickedness 7 Therefore I will look unto the LORD; I will in the house of the wicked, and the scant meas. wait for the God of my salvation ; my God will ure that is abominable?

hear me.. 11 Shall I count them pure with the wicked 81 Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy : balances, and with the bag of deceittal weights? when I fall, I shall arise ; when I sit in darkness,

12 For the rich men thereof are full of violence, the LORD shall be a light unto me. and the inhabitants thereof have spoken lies, and 9 I will bear the indignation of the LORD, be. their tongue is deceitful in their mouth.. cause I have sinned against him, until he plead

13 Therefore, also will I make thee sick in my cause, and execute judgment for me: he will smiting thee, in making thee desolate because of bring me forth to the light, and I shall behold his thy sins.

righteousness. 14 Thou shalt eat, but not be satisfied ; and 10 Then she that is mine enemy shall see it, thy casting down shall be in the midst of thee; and shame shall cover her which said unto me, and thou shalt take hold, but shalt not deliver; Where is the LORD thy God? mine eyes shall and that which thou deliverest will I give up to behold her: now shall she be trodden down as the sword.

the mire of the streets. 15 Thou shalt sow, but thou shalt not reap ; 11 In the day that thy walls are to be built, in thou shalt tread the olives, but thou shalt not that day shall the decree be far removed. anoint thee with oil; and sweet wine, but shalt 12 In that day also he shall come even to thee not drink wine.

from Assyria, and from the fortified cities, and 16 T For the statutes of Omri are kept, and all from the fortress even to the river, and from sea the works of the house of Ahab, and ye walk in to sea, and from mountain to mountain. their counsels ; that I should make thee a deso. 13 Notwithstanding, the land shall be desolate lation, and the inhabitants thereof an hissing : because of them that dwell therein, for the fruit therefore ye shall bear the reproach of my peo. of their doings. ple,

14 1 Feed thy people with thy rod, the flock CHAPTER VII.

of thine heritage, which dwell solitarily in the

wood, in the midst of Carmel: let them feed in 1 The church, complaining of her small num Bashan and Gilead, as in the days of old. ber, 3 and the general corruption, 5 putteth

15 According to the days of thy coming out of her confidence not in man, but in God. 8 She

the land of Egypt will I shew unto him marvel triumpheth over her enemies. 14 God com. lous things. forteth her by promises, 16 by confusion of | 16 | The nations shall see and be confounded the enemies, 18 and by his mercies.

at all their might: they shall lay their hand upWo is me! for I am as when they have gath. on their mouth, their ears shall be deaf.

ered the summer fruits, as the grape-glean. 17 They shall lick the dust like a serpent, they ings of the vintage: there is no cluster to eat: | shall move out of their holes like worms of the my soul desired the first ripe fruit.

earth: they shall be afraid of the LORD our God, 2 The good man is perished out of the earth : and shall fear because of thee, and there is none upright among men: they all 18 Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth lie in wait for blood; they hunt every man his iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the brother with a net.

remnant of his heritage ? he retaineth not his 3 11 That they may do evil with both hands anger for ever, because he delighteth in mer. earnestly, the prince asketh, and the judge ask. cy. eth for a reward; and the great man, he ut. 19 He will turn again, he will have compas. tereth his mischievous desire: so they wrap it sion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities : and up.

thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the 4 The best of them is as a brier: the most up

sen. right is sharper than a thorn-bedge: the day of 20 Thou wilt perform the truth to Jacob, and thy watchmen and thy visitation cometh ; now | the mercy to Abraham, which thou hast sworn shall be their perplexity,

| unto our fathers from the days of old.

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I NAHUM.

CHAPTER I.

and drieth up all the rivers: Bashan languish

eth, and Carmel, and the flower of Lebanon The majesty of God in goodness to his people, langaisheth. and severity against his enemies.

5 The mountains quake at him, and the hills THE burden of Nineveh. The book of the melt, and the earth is burned at his presence, vision of Nahum the Elkoshite.

yea, the world, and all that dwell therein. 2 God is jealous, and the LORD revengeth; 6 Who can stand before his indignation ? and the LORD revengeth, and is furious; the LORD who can abide in the fierceness of his anger? will take vengeance on his adversaries, and he his fury is poured out like fire, and the rocks are reserveth wrath for his enemies.

thrown down by him. 3 The LORD is slow to anger, and great in 7 The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: of trouble ; and he knoweth them that trust in the LORD hath his way in the whirlwind und

him. in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his 8 But, with an overrunning flood he will make feet.

an utter end of the place thereof, and darkness 4 He rebuketh the sea, and maketh it dry, I shall pursue his enemies,

and And thenee, that no of thy Foten image:

sown: out chee, that no given a commen

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The miserable ruin
CHAPTER III.

of Nineveh foretold. 9 What do ye imagine against the LORD? he lions: and I will cut off thy prey from the earth, will make an utter end: affliction shall not rise and the voice of thy messengers shall no more be up the second time.

heard. 10 For while they be folden together as thorns, and while they are drunken as drunkards, they

CHAPTER III. shall be devoured as stubble fully dry. 11 There is one come out of thee, that ima.

The miserable ruin of Nineveh. gineth evil against the LORD, a wicked counsel. NO to the bloody city! it is all full of lies and lor,

robbery ; the prey departeth not: 12 Thus saith the LORD; Though they be 2 The noise of a whip, and the noise of the rat. quiet, and likewise many, yet thus shall they tling of the wheels, and of the prancing horses, be cut down, when he shall pass through. and of the jumping chariots. Though I have afflicted thee, I will afflict thee 3 The horseinan lifteth up both the bright no more.

sword, and the glittering spear: and there is a 13 For now will I break his yoke from off thee, multitude of slain, and a great number of car. and will burst thy bonds in sunder.

casses; and there is none end of their corpses : 14 And the Lord hath given a commandment they stumble upon their corpses: concerning thee, that no more of thy name be 4 Because of the multitude of the whoredoms sown: out of the house of thy gods will I cut of the well-favoured harlot, the mistress of off the graven image and the molten image: I witchcrafts, that selleth nations through her will make thy grave; for thou art vile.

whoredoms, and families through her witch15 Behold upon the mountains the feet of him crafts. that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth 5 Behold, I am against thee, saith the LORD peace! 0 Judah, keep thy solemn feasts, per of hosts; and I will discover thy skirts upon thy form thy vows: for the wicked shall no more face, and I will shew the nations thy nakedness, pass through thee: he is utterly cut off.

and the kingdoms thy shame.

6 And I will cast abominable filth upon thee, CHAPTER II.

and make thee vile, and will set thee as a ga. The fearful and victorious armies of God

zing-stock.

7 And it shall come to pass, that all they that against Nineveh.

look upon thee shall flee from thee, and say, UE that dasheth in pieces is come up before Nineveh is laid waste: who will bemoan her: II thy face: keep the munition, watch the whence shall I seek comforters for thee? way, make thy loíns strong, fortify thy power 8 Art thou better than populous No, that was mightily.

situate among the rivers, that had the waters For the Lord hath turned away the excel. round about it, whose rampart was the sea, and lency of Jacob, as the excellency of Israel: for her wall was from the sea ? the emptiers have emptied them out, and marred 9 Ethiopia and Egypt were her strength, and their vine-branches.

it was infinite; Put and Lubim were thy help. 3 The shield of his mighty men is made red,

ers. the valiant men are in scarlet : the chariots shall 10 Yet was she carried away, she went into be with flaming torches in the day of his pre captivity: her young children also were dashed paration, and the fir-trees shall be terribly sha in pieces at the top of all the streets: and they ken.

cast lots for her honourable men, and all her great 4 The chariots shall rage in the streets, they men were bound in chains. shall justle one against another in the broad 11 Thou also shalt be drunken: thou shalt be ways: they shall seem like torches, they shall hid, thou also shalt seek strength because of the run like the lightnings.

enemy.. 5 He shall recount his worthies : they shall 12 All thy strong holds shall be like fig trees stumble in their walk; they shall make haste to with the first ripe figs : if they be shaken, they the wall thereof, and the defence shall be pre shall even fall into the mouth of the eater. pared,

13 Behold, thy people in the midst of thee are 6 The gates of the rivers shall be opened, and women: the gates of thy land shall be set wide the palace shall be dissolved.

open unto thine enemies: the fire shall devour 7 And Huzzab shall be led a way captive, she thy bars. shall be brought up, and her maids shall lead her 14 Draw thee waters for the siege, fortify thy as with the voice of doves, tabering upon their strong holds: go into clay, and tread the mortar, breasts.

make strong the brick-kiln. 8 But Nineveh is of old like a pool of water: 15 There shall the fire devour thee : the sword yet they shall flee away. Stand, stand, shall shall cut thee off, it shall eat thee up like the they cry ; but none shall look back.

canker-worm: make thyself many as the canker. 9 Take ye the spoil of silver, take the spoil of worm, make thyself many as the locusts. gold: for there is none end of the store and glory 16 Thou hast multiplied thy merchants above out of all the pleasant furniture,

the stars of heaven: the canker-worm spoileth, 10 She is empty, and void, and waste : and and flieth a way.. the heart melteth, and the knees smite together, 17 Thy crowned are as the locusts, and thy and much pain is in all loins, and the faces of captains as the great grasshoppers, which camp them all gather blackness.

in the hedges in the cold day, but when the sun 11 Where is the dwelling of the lions, and the ariseth they flee away, and their place is not feeding-place of the young lions, where the lion, known where they are. even the old lion, walked, and the lion's whelp, 18 Thy shepherds slumber, O king of Assyria : and none made them afraid ?

thy nobles shall dwell in the dust: thy people is 12 The lion did tear in pieces enough for his scattered upon the mountains, and no man gathwhelps, and strangled for his lionesses, and ereth them. filled his holes with prey, and his dens with 19 There is no healing of thy bruise; thy ravin.

wound is grievous: all that hear the bruit 13 Behold, I am against thee, saith the LORD of thee shall clap the hands over thee: for of hosts, and I will burn her chariots in the upon whom hath not thy wickedness passed smoke, and the sword shall devour thy young | continually ?

513

THAB AKKUK.

I see.

of the prand format dwell theretous.

CHAPTER I.

3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time,

but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though 1 Unto Habakkuk, complaining of the iniquity

it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, of the land, 5 is shewed the fearful vengeance

it will not tarry. by the Chaldeans. 12 He complaineth that

4 Behold, his soul which is lifted up, is not up. vengeance should be executed by them who are

right in him: but the just shall live by his faith. far worse.

5 1 Yea also, because he transgresseth by THE burden which Habakkuk the prophet did wine, he is a proud man, neither keepeth at

home, who enlargeth his desire as hell, and is as 20 LORD, how long shall I cry, and thou

death, and cannot be satisfied, but gathereth un. wilt not hear! even cry out unto thee of violence, to him all nations, and heapeth unto him all and thou wilt not save!

people: 3 Why dost thou shew me iniquity, and cause 6 Shall not all these take up a parable against me to behold grievance? for spoiling and vio him, and a taunting proverb against him, and lence are before me: and there are that raise up say, Wo to him that increaseth that which is strife and contention.

not his! how long ? and to him that ladeth him. 4 Therefore, the law is slacked, and judgment self with thick clay! doth never go forth: for the wicked doth com 7 Shall they not rise up suddenly that shall pass about the righteous; therefore, wrong judg. bite thee, and awake that shall vex thee, and ment proceedeth,

thou shalt be for booties unto them? 5 1 Behold ye among the heathen, and re. 8 Because thou hast spoiled many nations, all gard, and wonder marvellously : for I will work the remnant of the people shall spoil thee; be. a work in your days, which ye will not believe cause of men's blood, and for the violence of the though it be told you.

land, of the city, and of all that dwell therein, 6 For lo, I raise up the Chaldeans, that bitter 9 1 Wo to him that coveteth an evil covetous. and hasty nation, which shall march through the ness to his house, that he may set his nest on breadth of the land, to possess the dwelling high, that he may be delivered from the power places that are not theirs.

of evil! 7 They are terrible and dreadful: their judg. 10 Thou hast consulted shame to thy house by ment and their dignity shall proceed of them cutting off many people, and hast sinned against selves.

thy soul. 8 Their horses also are swifter than the leop-1 11 For the stone shall cry out of the wall, and ards, and are more fierce than the evening the beam out of the timber shall answer it." wolves : and their horsemen shall spread them. 12 Wo to him that buildeth a town with selves, and their horsemen shall come from far ; | blood, and establisheth a city by iniquity! they shall fly as the eagle that hasteth to eat. 13 Behold, is it not of the LORD of hosts that

9 They shall come all for violence: their faces the people shall labour in the very fire, and the shall sup up as the east wind, and they shall people shall weary themselves for very vanity ? gather the captivity as the sand.

14 For the earth shall be filled with the knowl. 10 And they shall scoff at the kings, and the edge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters princes shall be a scorn unto them: they shall cover the sea. deride every strong hold; for they shall heap 15 | Wo unto him that giveth his neighbour dust, and take it..

drink, that puttest thy bottle to him, and makest 11 Then shall his mind change, and he shall I him drunken also, that thou mayest look on their pass over, and offend, imputing this his power nakedness! unto his god.

16 Thou art filled with shame for glory : drink 12 1 Art thou not from everlasting, O LORD thou also, and let thy foreskin be uncovered: my God, mine Holy One? We shall not die. O the cup of the LORD's right hand shall be turned LORD, thou hast ordnined them for judgment; unto thee, and shameful spewing shall be on thy and, O mighty God, thou hast established them glory. for correction.

17 For the violence of Lebanon shall cover 13 Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, thee, and the spoil of beasts, which made them and canst not look on iniquity: wherefore look afraid, because of men's blood, and for the vio. est thou upon them that deal treacherously, and lence of the land, of the city, and of all that holdest thy tongue when the wicked devoureth dwell therein. the man that is more righteous than he?

18 | What profiteth the graven image that 14 And makest men as the fishes of the sea, as the maker thereof hath graven it; the inolten the creeping things, that have no ruler over image, and a teacher of lies, that the maker of them?

his work trusteth therein, to make dumb idols ? 15 They take up all of them with the angle, 19 Wo unto him that saith to the wood, they catch them in their net, and gather them in Awake; to the dumb stone, Arise, it shall their drag: therefore they rejoice and are glad, teach! Behold, it is laid over with gold and

16 Therefore they sacrifice unto their net, and silver, and there is no breath at all in the midst burn incense unto their drag; because by them of it. their portion is fat, and their meat plenteous. I 20 But the LORD is in his holy temple: let all

17 Shall they therefore empty their net, and the earth keep silence before him. not spare continually to slay the nations?

CHAPTER III.
CHAPTER II.

1 Habakkuk in his prayer trembleth at God's 1 Unto Habakkuk, waiting for an answer, is majesty. 17 The confidence of his faith. shewed that he must wait by faith. 5 The

PRAYER of Habakkuk the prophet upon judgment upon the Chaldean for unsatiable

Shigionoth. ness, 9 for covetousness, 12 for cruelty, 15 for

2 O LORD, I have heard thy speech and was drunkenness, 18 and for idolatry.

afraid : O LORD, revive thy work in the midst I WILL stand upon my watch, and set me upon | of the years, in the midst of the years make

the tower, and will watch to see what he will known; in wrath remember mercy. say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am 3 God came from Teman, and the Holy One reproved.

from mount Paran. Selah. His glory covered 2 And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the heavens, and the earth was full of his the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that praise. he may run that readeth it.

4 And his brightness was as the light; he had

them they taken in their retejoice their het them

God's judgment against CHAPTER II.

Judah for divers sins. horns coming out of his hand ; and there was 13 Thou wentest forth for the salvation of thy the hiding of his power.

people, even for salvation with thine anointed : 5 Before him went the pestilence, and burning thou woundedst the head out of the house of coals went forth at his feet.

the wicked, by discovering the foundation unto 6 He stood, and measured the earth: he be. the neck. Selah. held, and drove asunder the nations; and the 14 Thou didst strike through with his staves everlasting mountains were scattered, the per. the head of his villa ges: they came out as a petual hills did bow: his ways are everlast. whirlwind to scatter me: their rejoicing was as ing.

to devour the poor secretly. 7 I saw the tents of Cushan in affliction : and 15 Thou didst walk through the sea with the curtains of the land of Midian did trem. thine horses, through the heap of great waters. ble.

16 When I heard, my belly trembled ; my lips 8 Was the Lord displeased against the rivers ? | quivered at the voice: rottenness entered into was thine anger against the rivers ? was thy my bones, and I trembled in myself, that I might wrath aguinst the sea, that thou didst ride upon rest in the day of trouble: when he cometh up thine horses, and thy chariots of salvation ? unto the people, he will invade them with his

9 Thy bow was made quite naked, according troops. to the oaths of the tribes, even thy word. Se. | 17' 1 Although the fig tree shall not blossom, lah. Thou didst cleave the earth with rivers. neither shall fruit be in the vines ; the labour of

10 The mountains saw thee, and they trem. the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no bled: the overflowing of the water passed by: meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, the deep uttered his voice, and lifted up his | and there shall be no herd in the stalls: hands on high.

18 Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy 11 The sun and moon stood still in their habi. in the God of my salvation. tation : at the light of thine arrows they went, | 19 The Lord God is my strength, and he will and at the shining of thy glittering spear.. make my feet like hinds' feet, and he will make

12 Thou didst march through the land in in. me to walk upon mine high places. To the dignation, thou didst thresh the heathen in anger. I chief singer on my stringed instruments,

1 ZEPHANIAH.

CHAPTER I.

1 I will search Jerusalem with candles, and punish

the men that are settled on their lees : that say God's severe judgment against Judah for di.

in their heart, The LORD will not do good, nei. vers sins.

ther will he do evil. THE word of the LORD which came unto 13 Therefore, their goods shall become a booty,

1 Zephaniah the son of Cushi, the son of and their houses a desolation : they shall also Gedaliah, the son of Amariah, the son of Hizki. build houses, but not inhabit them; and they ah, in the days of Josiah the son of Amon, shall plant vineyards, but not drink the wine king of Judah..

thereof. 2'I will utterly consume all things from off | 14 The great day of the LORD is near, it is the land, saith the LORD.

near, and hasteth greatly, even the voice of the 3 I will consume man and beast: I will con. day of the LORD: the mighty man shall cry sume the fowls of the heaven, and the fishes of there bitterly. the sea, and the stumbling blocks with the 15 That day, is a day, of wrath, a day of wicked, and I will cut off man from off the | trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and land, saith the LORD.

desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a 4 I will also stretch out mine hand upon Ju. 1 day of clouds and thick darkness, dah and upon all the inhabitants of Jerusalem ; 16 A duy of the trumpet and alarm against and I will cut off the remnant of Baal from this the fenced cities, and against the high towers. place, and the name of the Chemarims with the 17 And I will bring distress upon men, that priests ;.

they shall walk like blind men, because they 5 And them that worship the host of heaven have sinned against the LORD: and their blood upon the house-tops ; and them that worship shall be poured out as dust, and their flesh as the and that swear by the LORD, and that swear by dung. Malcham;

18 Neither their silver nor their gold shall be 6 And them that are turned back from the able to deliver them in the day of the Lord's LORD; and those that have not sought the wrath ; but the whole land shall be devoured by LORD, nor inquired for him.

the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even 7 Hold thy peace at the presence of the Lord A speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the Gop: for the day of the LORD is at hand: for

land. the LORD hath prepared a sacrifice, he hath bid his guests.

CHAPTER II. 8 And it shall come to pass in the day of the 1 An exhortation to repentance. 4 The judg. LORD's sacrifice, that I will punish the princes,

ment of the Philistines, 8 of Moab and Amand the king's children, and all such as are

mon, 12 of Ethiopia and Assyria. clothed with strange apparel.

9 In the same day also will I punish all those CATHER yourselves together, yea, gather to. that leap on the threshold, which fill their mas. gether, 0 nation not desired; ters' houses with violence and deceit.

2 Before the decree bring forth, before the day 10 And it shall come to pass in that day, saith pass as the chaff, before the fierce anger of the the LORD, that there shall be the noise of a cry LORD come upon you, before the day of the from the fish-gate, and an howling from the LORD's anger come upon you. second, and a great crashing from the hills.

3 Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, 11 Howl, ye inhabitants of Maktesh, for all which have wrought his judgment; seek rightthe merchant people are cut down; all they that eousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be bear silver are cut off.

hid in the day of the LORD's anger. 12 And it shall come to pass at that time, that 4 1 For Gazu shall be forsaken, and Ashkelon

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