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! • 565, 2. A grievous vision is declared unto me; The treacherous dealer dealeth treache- The prophet reproveth human wisdom and worldly' joy. rously, and the spoiler spoileth. Go up, O 1. THE burden of the valley of vision. * Elam: besiege, 0 Media: all the sighing 1 What aileth thee now, that thou thereof have I made to cease.
art wholly gone up to the house-tops ? 3. Therefore are my loins filled with pain; |
1 2. Thou that art full of stirs, a tumultuous pangs have taken hold upon me, as the city, a joyous city : thy slain men are not pangs of a woman that travaileth: I was slain with the sword, nor dead in battle. bowed down at the hearing of it; I was dis- 3. All thy rulers are fled together, they mayed at the seeing of it.
are bound by the archers : all that are found 4. My heart panted, fearfulness affrighted in thee are bound together, which have fled me: the night of my pleasure hath he turn from far. ed into fear unto me.
4. Therefore said I, Look away from me ; 5. Prepare the table, watch in the watch I will weep bitterly, labour not to comfort tower, eat, drink: arise, ye princes, and me; because of the spoiling of the daughter anoint the shield.
of my people. 6. For thus hath the LORD said unto me, 5. For it is a day of trouble, and of Go, set a watchman, let him declare what treading down, and of perplexity by the he seeth.
Lord God of hosts in the valley of vision, 7. And he saw a chariot with a couple || breaking down the walls, and of crying to of horsemen, a chariot of asses, and a chariot the mountains. of camels; and he hearkened diligently with 6. And Elam bare the quiver with chamuch heed. likes
riots of men and horsemen, and Kir unco8. And he cried, & lion: My lord, I stand vered the shield. continually upon the watch-tower in the 1 7. And it shall come to pass, that thy day-time, and I am set is my ward whole | choicest valleys shall be full of chariots, nights;
and the horsemen shall set themselves in 9. And, behold, here cometh a chariot of array at the gate. men, with a couple of horsemen. And he 8. And he discovered the covering of Juanswered and said, Babylon is fallen, is dah, and thou didst look in that day to the fallen; and all the graven images of her gods armour of the house of the forest. he hath broken unto the ground.
9. Ye have seen also the breaches of the 10. O my threshing, and the corn of my city of David, that they are many; and ye floor: that which I have heard of the LORD gathered together the waters of the lower of hosts, the God of Israel, have I declared pool: unto you.
10. And ye have numbered the houses of 11.' 1 The burden of Dumah. He call Jerusalem, and the houses have ye broken eth to me out of Seir, Watchman, what of down to fortify the wall. the night ? watchman, what of the night? 11. Ye made also a ditch between the two
12. The watchman said, The morning walls for the water of the old pool: but ye cometh, and also the night: if ye will in- have not looked unto the maker thereof, neiquire, inquire ye: returnfcome. . ther had respect unto him that fashioned it
13. The burden upon Arabia. In the long ago. forest in Arabia shall ye lodge, O ye travel | 12. And in that day did the Lord God of ling companies of Dedanim.
hosts call to weeping, and to mourning, and 14. The inhabitants of the land of Te to baldness, and to girding with sackcloth: ma brought water to him that was thirsty, 13. And, behold, joy and gladness, slaying they prevented with their bread him that oxen and killing sheep, eating flesh and fled.
drinking wine: let us eat and drink, for to15. For they fled from the swords, from morrow we shall die. the drawn sword, and from the bent bow, 14. And it was revealed in mine ears by and from the grievousness of war.
the LORD of hosts, Surely this iniquity shall 16. For thus hath the LORD said unto | not be purged from you till ye die, saith the me, Within a year, according to the years Lord God of hosts. of a hireling, and all the glory of Kedar shall 15. Thus saith the Lord God of hosts, fail :
Go, get thee unto this treasurer, even unto 17. And the residue of the number of | Shebna, which is over the house, and say, archers, the mighty men of the children of 16. What hast thou here, and whom hast Kedar, shall be diminished : for the LORD thou here, that thou hast hewed thee out God of Israel hath spoken it.
la sepulchre here, as he that heweth him
out a sepulchre on high, and that graveth || quity is of ancient days? her own feet shall a habitation for himself in a rock?
carry her afar off to sojourn. 17. Behold, the LORD will carry thee 8. Who hath taken this counsel against away with a mighty captivity, and will || Tyre, the crowning city, whose merchants surely cover thee.
are princes, whose traffickers are the hon18. He will surely violently turn and toss ourable of the earth? thee like a ball into a large country: there 9. The Lord of hosts hath purposed it, shalt thou die, and there the chariots of thy to stain the pride of all glory, and to bring glory shall the thicushame of thy lord's house. | into contempt all the honourable of the earth.
19. And I will drive thee from thy station, 10. Pass through thy land as a river, O and from thy state shall he pull thee down. daughter of Tarshish: there is no more
20. And it shall come to pass in that strength. day, that I will call my servant Eliakim, 11. He stretched out his hand over the the son of Hilkiah:
sea ; he shook the kingdoms: the Lord hath 21. And I will clothe him with thy robe, given a commandment against the merchant
will commit thy government into his hand ; 12. And he said, Thou shalt no more reand he shall be a father to the inhabitants joice, O thou oppressed virgin, daughter of of Jerusalem, and to the house of Judah. Zidon ; arise, pass over to Chittim; there
22. And the key of the house of David | also shalt thou have no rest. will I lay upon his shoulder: so he shall 13. Behold, the land of the Chaldeans: open, and none shall shut; and he shall this people was not till the Assyrian foundshut, and none shall open.
ed it for them that dwell in the wilderness: 23. And I will fasten him as a nail in a they set up the towers thereof, they raised sure place; and he shall be for a glorious up the palaces thereof; and he brought it throne to his father's house.
to ruin. 24. And they shall hang upon him all the 14. Howl, ye ships of Tarshish: for your glory of his father's house, the offspring and strength is laid waste. the issue, all vessels of small quantity, from 15. And it shall come to pass in that day,
according to the days of one king: after the 25. In that day, saith the Lord of hosts, || end of seventy years shall Tyre sing as a shall the nail that is fastened in the sure | harlot. place be removed, and be cut down, and 11. 16. Take a harp, go about the city, thou fall; and the burden that was upon it shall | harlot that hast been forgotten: make sweet be cut off: for the Lord hath spoken it. melody, sing many songs, that thou mayest CHAP. XXIII.
be remembered. I The miserable overthrow of Tyre: 17 Their unhappy | 17. And it shall come to pass, after the
end of seventy years, that the LORD will visit 1. THE burden of Tyre. Howl, ye ships Tyre, and she shall turn to her hire, and
1 of Tarshish; for it is laid waste, so shall commit fornication with all the king. that there is no house, no entering in: from | doms of the world upon the face of the the land of Chittim it is revealed to them. earth.
2. Be still, ye inhabitants of the isle ; || 18. And her merchandise and her hire thou whom the merchants of Zidon, that shall be holiness to the LORD: it shall not pass over the sea, have replenished.
be treasured nor laid up; for her merchan3. And by great waters the seed of Sihor,
dise shall be for them that dwell before the the harvest of the river, is her revenue; and LORD, to eat sufficiently, and for durable she is a mart of nations.
clothing. 4. Be thou ashamed, o Zidon; for the sea
CHAP. XXIV hath spoken, even the strength of the sea, God in his judgments shall advance his kingdom. saying, I travail not, nor bring forth chi). || 1. DEHOLD, the LORD maketh the dren, neither do I nourish up young men, nor D earth empty; and maketh it waste, bring up virgins.
and turneth it upside down, and scattereth 5. As at the report concerning Egypt, so || abroad the inhabitants thereof. shall they be sorely pained at the report of 2. And it shall be, as with the people, Tyre.
so with the priest; as with the servant, so 6. Pass ye over to Tarshish; howl, ye with his master; as with the maid, so with inhabitants of the isle.
her mistress; as with the buyer, so with the 7. Is this your joyous city, whose anti- || seller ; as with the lender, so with the borrower; as with the taker of usury, so with | 20. The earth shalt reel to and fra like a the giver of usury to him.
drunkard, and shall be removed like a cote 3. The land shall be utterly emptied, and tage, and the transgression thereof shall be utterly spoiled: for the Lord hath spoken heavy upon it; and it shall fall, and not this word.
rise again. 4. The earth mourneth, and fadeth away; | 21. And it shall come to pass in that day, the world languisheth, and fadeth away; that the LORD shall punish the host of the the haughty people of the earth do languish. high ones that are on high, and the kings of
5. The earth also is defiled under the in- | the earth upon the earth. . habitants thereof, because they have trans- 22. And they shall be gathered together gressed the laws, changed the ordinance, as prisoners are gathered in the pit, and broken the everlasting covenant.
shall be shut up in the prison, and after 6. Therefore hath the curse devoured the many days shall they be visited. earth, and they that dwell therein are deso- 23. Then the moon shall be confounded, late: therefore the inhabitants of the earth and the sun ashamed, when the Lord of are burned, and few men left.
hosts shall reign in mount Zion, and in Jeru7. The new wine mourneth, the vine lan-salem, and before his ancients, gloriously. guisheth, all the merry-hearted do sigh.
CHAP. XXV. 8. The mirth of tabrets ceaseth, the noise | The prophet praiseth God for his judgments and salvation. of them that rejoice endeth, the joy of the 1. LORD, thou art my God; I will harp ceaseth.
U exalt thee, I will praise thy name: 9. They shall not drink wine with a song; for thou hast done wonderful things; thy strong drink shall be bitter to them that counsels of old are faithfulness and truth. drink it.
2. For thou hast made of a city a heap; 10. The city of confusion is broken down; l of a defenced city a ruin: a palace of stranevery house is shut up, that no man may gers to be no city; it shall never be built. come in.
3. Therefore shall the strong people 11. There is a crying for wine in the streets; || glorify thee, the city of the terrible nations all joy is darkened, the mirth of the land is shall fear thee. gone.
4. For thou hast been a strength to the 12. In the city is left desolation, and the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, gate is smitten with destruction.
a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the 13. When thus it shall be in the midst of heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is the land among the people, there shall be as as a storm against the wall. the shaking of an olive-tree, and as the 5. Thou shalt bring down the noise of gleaning-grapes when the vintage is done. strangers as the heat in a dry place; even the
14. They shall lift up their voice, they heat wit the shadow of a cloud : the branch, shall sing for the majesty of the LORD, they of the terrible ones shall be brought low. shall cry aloud from the sea.
6. And in this mountain shall the LORD 10. Wherefore glorify ye the Lord in the of hosts make unto all people a feast of fat
als, even the name of the Lord God of Is- | things, a feast of wines on the lees; of fat rael in the isles of the sea.
things full of marrow, of wines on the lees 16. From the uttermost part of the earth | well refined. have we heard songs, even glory to the righ- | 7. And he will destroy in this mountain teous. But I said, My leanness, my ldan- | the face of the covering cast over all people, ness, wo unto me! the treacherous dealers and the vail that is spread over all nations have dealt treacherously; yea, the treacher- | 8. He will swallow up death in victory; ous dealers have dealt very treacherously. || and the Lord God will wipe away tears
17. Fear, and the pit, and the snare, are from off all faces; and the rebuke of his !! upon thee, O inhabitant of the earth. people shall he take away from off all the
18. And it shall come to pass, that he who earth: for the Lord hath spoken it. fleeth from the noise of the fear shall fall || 9. And it shall be said in that day, Lo, into the pit; and he that cometh up out of this is our God; we have waited for him, the midst of the pit shall be taken in the and he will save us: this is the LORD; we snare: for the windows from on high are have waited for him, we will be glad and reopen, and the foundations of the earth do joice in his salvation. shake.
10. For in this mountain shall the hand 19. The earth is utterly broken down, of the Lord rest, and Moab shall be trodthe earth is clean dissolved, the earth is den down under him, even as straw is trodmoved exceedingly.
Il den down for the dunghill.
11. And he shall spread forth his hands || art glorified; thou hadst removed it far unto in the midst of them, as he that swimmeth all the ends of the earth. spreadeth forth his hands to swim; and he shall bring down their pride together with thee; they poured out a prayer when thy, the spoils of their hands.
chastening was upon them. 12. And the fortress of the high fort of 17. Like as a woman with child, that thy walls shall he bring down, lay low, and || draweth near the time of her delivery, is in bring to the ground, even to the dust. pain, and crieth out in her pangs; so have CHAP. XXVI.
we been in thy sight, O LORD. A song inciting to confidence in God for his judgments. 18. We have been with child, we have 1. IN that day shall this song be sung in been in pain, we have as it were brought
L the land of Judah; We have a strong | forth wind; we have not wrought any decity: salvation will God appoint for walls | liverance in the earth, neither have the inand bulwarks.
habitants of the world fallen. 2. Open ye the gates, that the righteous 19 Thy dead men shall live, together nation which keepeth the truth may enter in. | with my dead body shall they arise. Awake
3. Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew whose mind is stayed on thee; because he || is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall trusteth in thee.
cast out the dead. 4. Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the 20. Come, my people, enter thou into LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength. thy chambers, and shut thy doors about
5. For he bringeth down them that dwell thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moon high; the lofty city he layeth it low: he lay- | ment, until the indignation be overpast. eth it low, even to the ground; he bringeth it || 21. For, behold, the LORD cometh out even to the dust.
of his place to punish the inhabitants of the 6. The foot shall tread it down, even the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall feet of the poor, and the steps of the needy. disclose her blood, and shall no more cover 7. The way of the just is uprightness: her slain.
CHAP: XXVII. just.
God's chastisements differ from judgments. 8. Yea, in the way of thy judgments, O 1. TN that day the LORD, with his sore, Lord, have we waited for thee; the desire | 1 and great, and strong sword, shall of our soul is to thy name, and to the re- || punish leviathan the piercing serpent, even membrance of thee.
| leviathan that crooked serpent; and he shall 9. With my soul have I desired thee in slay the dragon that is in the sea. the night ; yea, with my spirit within me 2. In that day sing ye unto her, A vinewill I seek thee early : for when thy judg. || yard of red wine. ments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the 3. I the LORD do keep it; I will water it world will learn righteousness.
every moment; lest any hurt it, I will keep 10. Let favour be showed to the wicked, || it night and day. . yet will he not learn righteousness : in the 4. Fury is not in me: who would set the land of uprightness will he deal unjustly, | briers and thorns against me in battle? I and will not behold the majesty of the would go through them, I would burn them LORD.
together. 11. LORD, when thy hand is lifted up, 5. Or let him take hold of my strength, they will not see: but they shall see, and that he may make peace with me; and he be ashamed for their envy at the people; yea, || shall make peace with me the fire of thine enemies shall devour them. || 6. He shall cause them that come of Ja
12. LORD, thou wilt ordain peace for cob to take root : Israel shall blossom and us: for thou also hast wrought all our works bud, and fill the face of the world with fruit. in us.
17. Hath he smitten hin, as he smote 13. O LORD our God, other lords besides those that smote him? or is he slain accordthee have had dominion over us ; but by | ing to the slaughter of them that are slain thee only will we make mention of thy name. | by him?
14. They are dead, they shall not live; they | 8. In measure, when it shooteth forth. are deceased, they shall not rise: therefore | thou wilt debate with it: he stayeth his hast thou visited and destroyed them, and rough wind in the day of the east wind. made all their memory to perish. ,
9. By this, therefore, shall the iniquity of 15. Thou hast increased the nation, O Jacob be purged; and this is all the fruit to LORD, thou hast increased the nation: thou ll take away his sin; when he maketh all the .stones of the altar as chalk-stones that are filthiness, so that there is no place clean. beaten in sunder, the groves and images 9. Whom shall he teach knowledge and shall not stand up.
whom shall he make to understand doc. 10. Yet the defenced city shall be deso- trine? them that are weaned from the milk, late, and the habitation forsaken, and left and drawn from the breasts. like a wilderness: there shall the calf feed, I 10. For precept must be upon precept, and there shall he lie down, and consume precept upon precept; line upon line, line the branches thereof.
upon line; here a little, and there a little : 11. When the boughs thereof are wither- 11. For with stammering lips, and an ed, they shall be broken off: the women other tongue, will be speak to this people. come and set them on fire; for it is a peo- 12. To whom he said, This is the rest ple of no understanding: therefore he that wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest;. made them will not have mercy on them, and this is the refreshing : yet they would and he that formed them will show them no not hear. favour.
13. But the word of the Lord was unto 12. And it shall come to pass in that day, ll them, precept upon precept, precept upon that the LORD shall beat off from the chan- | precept ; line upon line, line upon line ; nel of the river unto the stream of Egypt, here a little, and there a little; that they and ye shall be gathered one by one, O ye might go, and fall backward, and be brochildren of Israel.
ken, and snared, and taken. 13. And it shall come to pass in that day, 14. Wherefore hear the word of the that the great trumpet shall be blown, and LORD, ye scornful men, that rule this peothey shall come which were ready to perish ple which is in Jerusalem: in the land of Assyria, and the outcasts in 15. Because ye have said, We have the land of Egypt, and shall worship the made a covenant with death, and with hell LORD in the holy mount at Jerusalem. we are at agreement; when the overflowing CHAP. XXVIII.
scourge shall pass through, it shall not tome Christ, the sure foundation, is promised. unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, 1. W o to the crown of pride, to the and under falsehood have we hid ourselves.
V drunkards of Ephraim, whose glo 16. Therefore thus saith the Lord God, ' rious beauty is a fading flower, which are Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a on the head of the fat valleys of them that stone, a tried stone, a precious corner-stone, are overcome with wine!
a sure foundation: he that believeth shall 2. Behold, the Lord hath a mighty and not make haste. strong one, which, as a tempest of hail, and 17. Judgment also will I lay to the line, a destroying storm, as a flood of mighty and righteousness to the plummet; and the waters overflowing, shall cast down to the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and earth with the hand. .
the waters shall overflow the hiding-place. _3. The crown of pride, the drunkards of 18. And your covenant with death shall Ephraim, shall be trodden under feet. be disannulled, and your agreement with
4. And the glorious beauty which is on hell shall not stand; when the overflowing the head of the fat valley shall be a fading scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be flower, and as the hasty fruit before the sum- : trodden down by it. mer; which, when he that looketh upon it! 19. From the time that it goeth forth it seeth, while it is yet in his hand he eateth it shall take you: for morning by morning up.
shall it pass over, by day and by night; 5. In that day shall the LORD of hosts be and it shall be a vexation only to underfor a crown of glory, and for a diadem of stand the report. beauty, unto the residue of his people; 20. For the bed is shorter than that a man
6. And for a spirit of judgment to bim can stretch himself on it; and the covering that sitteth in judgment, and for strength to narrower than that he can wrap himself in it. them that turn the battle to the gate.
21. For the LORD shall rise up as in 7. But they also have erred through mount Perazim, he shall be wroth as in the wine, and through strong drink are out of valley of Gibeon, that he may do his work, the way: the priest and the prophet have his strange work; and bring to pass his act, erred through strong drink, they are swal his strange act. lowed up of wine, they are out of the way 22. Now, therefore, be ye not mockers, lest through strong drink; they err in vision, they your bands be made strong: for I have heard stumble in judgment.
from the Lord God of hosts a consumption, 8. For all tables are full of vomit and I even determined, upon the whole earth.