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ent, because he willingly walked o commandment. 12 Therefore will I be unto Ephraim as a moth, and to the house of Judah as rottenness. 13 When Ephraim saw his sickness, and Judah saw his wound, then went Ephraim to the Assyrian, and sent to king Jareb: yet could he not heal you, nor cure you of your wound. 14 For I will be unto Ephraim as a lion, and as a young lion to the house of Judah: I, even I, will tear and ; away; I will take away, and none shall rescue him. 15, T I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will

seek me early. HAP. VI.

OME, and letus return unto the LoftD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up. 2. After two days will he revive us: in the third § he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight. 3 Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord: his .# forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth. 4 TI O Ephraim, what shall I do unto thee? O Judah, what shall I do unto thee? for your goodness is as a morning cloud, and as the early dew it goeth away. 5 Therefore have I hewed them by the prophets; I have slain them by the words of my mouth : and thy judgments are as the #. that goeth forth. 6 For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt-offerings. 7 But they like men have transgressed the covenant: there have they dealt treachero against me. 8 Gilead is a city of them that work iniquity, and is polluted with blood. 9 And as troops of robbers wait for a man, so the company of priests murder in the way by consent: for they commit lewdness. 10 I have seen a horrible thing in the house of Israel: there is the whoredom of Ephraim, Israel is defiled. 11 Also, O Judah, he hath set a harvest for thee, when I returned the captivity of my people. CHAP. VII. HEN I would have healed Israel, then the iniquity of Ephraim was

discovered, and the wickedness of Sama-l

ria: for they commit falsehood: and the

thief comethin, and the troop of robbers

spoileth without. 2 And they consider not in their hearts,

, VII, VIII. A reproof for manifold sins.

their own doings have beset them about; they are before my face. 3,They make the king glad with their wickedness, and the princes with their lies. 4 They are all adulterers, as an oven heated by the baker, who ceaseth from raising after he hath kneaded the dough, until it be leavened. 5. In the day of our king the princes have made him sick with bottles of wine; he stretched out his hand with scorners. 6 For they have made ready their heart like an oven, while they lie in wait: their baker sleepeth all the night; in the morning it burneth as a flaming fire. 7 They are all hot as an oven, and have devoured their judges; all their kings are fallen: there is none among them that calleth unto me: 8 Ephraim, he hath mixed himself . the people; Ephraim is a cake not turned. 9 Strangers have devoured his strength, and he knoweth it not; yea, gray hairs are here and there upon him, yet he knoweth not. 10 And the pride of Israel testifieth to his face: and they do not return to the LoRD their God, nor seek him for all this. 11 T. Ephraim also is like a silly dove without heart: they call to Egypt, they go to Assyria. 12 When they shall go, I will spread my net upon them; I will bring them down as the fowls of the heaven; I will chastise them, as their congregation hath heard. 13 Wo unto them! for they have fled, from me: destruction unto them! because they have transgressed against me: though I have redeemed them, yet they have spoken lies against me. . 14 And they have not cried unto me with their heart, when they howled upon their beds: they assemble themselves for corn and wine, and they rebel against me. 15 Though I have bound and strengthened their arms, yet do they imagine mischief against me. * 16 They return, but not to the Most High: they are like a deceitful bow: their princes shall fall by the sword for the rage of their tongue: this shall be their derision

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S. trumpet to thymouth. He shall come as an eagle against the house of the Lond, because they have transgressed my covenant, and trespassed against my

aw. 2 Israel shall cry unto me, My God, we know thee. 3 Israel hath cast off the thing that is good : the enemy shall pursue him.

that I remember all o wickedness: now

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Destruction threatened on Israel.

me: they have made princes, and I knew it not: of their silver and their gold have they made them idols, that they may be

cut off. 5 T Thy calf, O Samaria hath cast thee off; mine anger is kindled against them: how long will it be ere they attain to innocency: 6 For from Israel was it also: the workman made it; therefore it is not God: but the calf of Samaria shall be broken in pieces. 7 For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind : it hath no stalk: the bud shall yield no meal: if so beityield, the strangers shall swallow it up. 8 Israel is swallowed up: now shall they be among the Gentiles as a vessel wherein is no pleasure. 9. For they are gone up to Assyria, a wild ass alone by himself: Ephraim hath hired lovers. 10 Yea, though o have hired amon the nations, now will I gather them . they shall sorrow a little for the burden of the # of princes. 11 Because Ephraim hath made many altars to sin, altars shall be unto him to sin. 12 I have written to him the great things of my law, but they were counted as a strange thing. 13. They sacrifice flesh for the sacrifices of mine offerings, and eat it; but the LoRD accepteth them not; now will he remember their iniquity and visit their sins: they shall return to Egypt. 14, For Israel hath forgotten his Maker, and buildeth temples; and Judah hath multiplied fenced cities: but I will send a fire upon his cities, and it shall devour the palaces thereof.

CHAP. IX. EJOICE not, O Israel, for joy, as other people: for thou hast gone a whoring from thy God, thou hast loved a reward upon ...' corn-floor. 2. The floor and the wine-press shall not feed them, and the new wineshall failin her. 3 They shall not dwell in the Lord's land; but Ephraim shall return to Egypt, and they shall eat unclean things in Assyria. 4. They shall not offer wine-offerings to the Lohn, neither shall they be pleasing unto him: their sacrifices shall be unto them as the bread of mourners; all that eat thereof shall be polluted: for their bread for their soul shall not come into the house of the Lohn. r 5. What will ye do in the solemn day

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7 The days of visitation are come, the days of recompense are come; Israel shall know it: the prophet is a fool, the spiritual man is mad, for the multitude of thine iniquity, and the great hatred.

8"The watchman of Ephraim was with my God: but the prophet is a snare of a

|fowler in all his ways, and hatred in the

house of his God. 9 They have o corrupted themselves, as in the days of Gibeah: therefore he will remember their iniquity, he will visit their sins. * 10 l found Israel like grapes in the wilderness; I saw your fathers as the first ripe in the fig-tree at her first time: but they went to Baal-peor, and separated themselves unto that shame; and their abominations were according as they loved. 11 As for Ephrain, their glory shall away like a bird, from the birth, and the womb, and from the conception. 12 Though they bring up their children, et will I bereave them, that there shall not e a man left; yea, wo also to them when I depart from them! 13 Ephraim, as I saw Tyrus, is planted in a pleasant place: but Ephraim shall bring forth his children to the murderer. 14 Give them, O Lord : what wilt thou ive 7 give them a miscarrying womb and i. breasts. - - - 15 All their wickedness is in Gilgal: for there I hated them: for the wickedness of their doings I will drive them out of mine house, I will love them no more: all their princes are revolters. - - 16 Ephraim is smitten, their root is dried up, they shall bear no fruit: yea, o: they bring forth, yet will Islay even the beloved fruit of their womb. 17 My Godwill cast them away, because they did not hearken unto him: and they shall be wanderers * the nations. CHAP. X.

Is...}} is an ..". vine, he bringeth
forth fruit unto himself: according to
the multitude of his fruit he hath increased
the altars; according to the goodness of
his land they have made goodly images.
2 Their heart is divided; now shall
they be found faulty: he shall break down
their altars, he shall spoil their images.
3 For now they shall say, We have no
king, because we feared not the Lond;
what then should a king do to us? -
4 They have spoken words, swearing
falsely in making a covenant: thus judg-
ment springeth up as hemlock in the fur-

and in the day of the feast of the Loni,?, rows of the field. 6 Forlo, they are gone because of de-, 5 The inhabitants of Samaria shall fear

struction: Eg f Memphis sis ! places for their silver, nettles shal

t shall gather them up, because of the calves of Beth-aven: for the jury them: the Foo! thereof shall mourn over it, and the possess' priests thereof that rejoiced on it, for the

them: thorns shall be in their tabernacles.glory thereof, because it isdeparted from it.

The ingratitude of Israel. CHAP.

6 It shall be also carried unto Assyria for a present to king Jareb: Ephraim shall receive shame, and lsrael shall be ashamed of his own counsel. 7.1s for Samaria, her king is cut off as the foam upon the water. . * 8 The high places also of Aven, the sin of Israel, shall be destroyed: the thorn and the thistle shall come up on their altars; and they shall say to the mountains, Cover us; and to the hills, Fall on us. 9 O Israel, thou hast sinned from the days of Gibeah : there they stood: the battle in Gibeah against the children of iniquity did not overtake them. 10 It is in my desire that I should chastise them ; and the people shall be gathered against them, when they shall bind themselves in their two furrows. 11 And Ephraim is as a heifer that is taught, and loveth to tread out the corn; but I passed over upon her fair neck : I will make Fphraim to ride: Judah shall plough, and Jacob shall break his clods. 12 Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow #. : for it is time to seek the Lord, till e come and rain righteousness upon you. 13 Ye have ploughed wickedness, ye have reaped iniquity; ye have eaten the fruit of lies: because thou didst trust in thy way, in the multitude of thy mighty men. is Therefore hailasumiliaise among ...”. and all thy fortresses shall be spoiled, as Shalman spoiled Beth-arbel in the day of battle : the mother was dashed in pieces upon her children. 15 So shall Beth-el do unto you because of jo. great wickedness: in a mornin shall the king of Israel utterly be cut off. CHAP. XI

EN Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt. 2 .Ts they called them, so they went from them : they sacrificed unto Baalim, and burned incense to graven images. 3 I taught Ephraim also to go, taking them by their arms; but they knew not that I healed them. 4 I drew them with cords of a man, with bands of love; and I was to them as they that take off the yoke on their jaws, and I laid meat unto them. 5 ‘lī He shall not return into the land of Fgypt, but the Assyrian shall be his king, because they refused to return. 6 And the sword shall abide on his cities, and shall consume his branches, and devour them, because of their own counsels. 7 And my people are bent to backsliding from me : though they called them to the Most High, none at all would exalt

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XI, XII. Ephraim, &c. are reproved.

how shall I deliver thee, Israel? how shall
I make thee as Admah? how shall I set
thee as Zeboim? mine heart is turned with-
in me, my repentings are kindled together.
9 I will not execute the fierceness of
mine anger, I will not return to destroy
Ephraim : for I am God, and not man; the
Holy One in the midst of thee: and I will
not enter into the city.
10 They shall walk after the Lord : he
shall oi. a lion: when he shall roar,
then the children shall tremble from the
west. .
11 They shall tremble as a bird out of
Egypt, and as a dove out of the land of
Assyria; and I will place them in their
houses, saith the Load.
12 Ephraim compasseth me about with
lies, and the house of Israel with deceit: .
but Judah yet ruleth with God, and is
faithful with the saints.
CHAP. XII.,
NPHRAIM feedeth on wind, and sol-
loweth after the east wind; he daily
increaseth lies and desolation; and they
do make a covenant with the Assyrians,
and oil is carried into Egypt.
2 The Lord hath also a .
with Judah, and will punish Jacob accord-
.# to his ways; according to his doings
will he recompense him.
3 T. He took his brother by the heel in
the womb, and by his strength he had
power with God:
4 Yea, he had power over the angel,
and prevailed: he wept, and made o:
plication unto him: he fourd him in Beth-
el, and there he spake with us;
5 Even the LöRD God of hosts; the
LoRD is his memorial.
6 Therefore turn thou to thy God: keep
mercy and judgment, and wait on thy God
continually.
7 || He is a merchant, the balances of
deceit are in his hand: he loveth to op-
ress.
8 And Ephraim said, Yet I am become
rich, I have found me out substance : in
all my labours they shall find none iniquity
in me that were sin.
9 And I that am the LoRothy God from
the land of Egypt will yet make thee to
dwell in tabernacles, as in tle days of the
solemn feasts. -
10 I have also spoken by the prophets,
and I have multiplied visions, and used
similitudes, by the ministry of the prophets.
11 Is there iniquity in Gilead? .
they are vanity: they sacrifice bullocks in
Gilgal; yea, their altars are as heaps in
the furrows of the fields.
12 And Jacob fled into the country of
Syria, and Israel served for a wife, and for,

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The glory of Ephrain vanishes. JC)

Israel out of Egypt, and by a prophet was
he preserved. -
14 Ephraim provoked him to anger most
bitterly: therefore shall he leave his blood
upon him, and his reproach shall his Lord
return unto him.
CHAP. XIII.
HEN Ephraim spake trembling, he
exalted himself in Israel; but when
he offended in Baal, he died.
2 And now they sin more and more, and
have made them molten images of their
silver, and idols according to their own
understanding, all of it the work of the
craftsmen: they say of them, Let the men
that sacrifice kiss the calyes. -
3 Therefore they shall be as the mornin
cloud, and as the early dew that passet
away, as the chaff that is driven with the
whirlwind out of the floor, and as the
smoke out of the chimney.
4 Yet I am.the Lord thy God from the
land of o thou shalt know no God
but me: for there is no saviour besides me.
5.T. I did know thee in the wilderness,
in the land of great drought.
6 According to their pasture, so were
they filled; they were filled, and their
heart was exalted: therefore have they
forgotten me.
7 Therefore I will be unto them as a lion:
as a leopard by the way will I observe them.
8 I will meet them as a bear that is be-
reaved { her whelps, and will rend the
caul of their heart, and there will I devour
them like a lion: the wild beast shall tear
them.
9 || O Israel, thou hast destroyed thy-
self; but in me is thine help.
10 I will be thy king: where is any other
that may save thee in all thy cities? and
o judges of whom thou saidst, Give me
a king and princes? -
11 I gave thee a king in mine anger, and
took him away in my wrath.
12. The iniquity of Ephraim is bound
up; his sin |
13 The sorrows of a travailing woman
shall come upon him : he is an unwise
son; for he should not stay long in the
place of the breaking forth of children.

EL. Jin exhortation to repentance.

14 I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death: O death, I will be thy plagues, O grave, I will be thy destruction: repentance shall be hid from mine eyes.

15 T Though he be fruitful among his brethren, an east wind shall come, the wind of the Lord shall come up from the wilderness,and his springshallbecome dry, . and his fountain shall be dried up: he shall spoil the treasure of all pleasant vessels:

16 Samaria shall become desolate; for she hath rebelled against her God: th shall fall by the sword: their infants sh be dashed in pieces, and their women with

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O ISRAEL, return unto the Lord thy
\ y God; for thou hast fallen by thine
iniquity. -
2 Take with you words, and turn to the
LoRo; say unto him, Take away all ini-
quity, and receive us graciously: so will
we render the calves of our lips.
3Asshur shall not save us; we will not
ride upon horses: neither will we say any
more to the work of our hands, Ye are our
gods: for in thee the fatherless findeth

inercy. 4 # I will healtheir backsliding, I will love them freely: for mine anger is turned away from him. 5. I will be as the dew unto Israel: he shall grow as the lily, and cast forth his roots as Lebanon. 6 His branches shall spread, and his beauty shall be as the olive-tree, and his smell as Lebanon. 7. They that dwell under his shadow shall return; they shall revive as the corn and grow as the vine : the scent toroi shall be as the wine of Lebanon. 8 Ephraim shall say, What have I to do any more with idols? I have heard hun, and observed him: I am like a seen firtree. From me is thy fruit found. 9 Who is wise, and he shall understand these things 2 prudent, and he shall know them 2 for the ways of the Lord are right, and the just ...? walk in them: but the |transgressors shall fall therein.

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CHAP. I.
HE word of the Loan that came to
Joel the son of Pethuel.

* Hear this, ye old men, and give ear, eaten; and that which the canker-worm ath this hath left hath the caterpillar eaten.

all ye inhabitants of the land.
been in your days, or even in the days o
your fathers?

3 Tell
your children tell their

cbildren another generation.

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4 That which the palmer-worm hath , left hath the locust eaten; and that which the locust hath left bath the canker-worm

5 Awake, ye drunkards, and weep; and howl, all ye drinkers of wine, because of

e your children of it, and let|the new wine; for it is cut off from your children, and their mouth.

G For a nation is come up upon my land,

God recommends fasting.

.."; and without number, whose teeth are the teeth of a lion, and he hath the cheek teeth of a great lion. 7 He hath laid my vine waste, and barked my fig-tree: he hath made it clean bare, and cast it away; the branches thereof are made white. 8 Lament like a virgin girded with sack, cloth for the husband of her youth. 9 The meat-offering and the drink-offering is cut off from the house of the Load; the priests, the Lord's ministers, mourn. 10 The field is wasted, the land mourneth; for the corn is wasted: the new wine is dried up, the oil languisheth. 11 Beye ashamed, O ye husbandmen; howl, O ye vine-dressers, for the wheat

and for the barley; because the harvest of

the field is perished. 12 The vine is dried up, and the fig-tree languisheth; the pomegranate-tree, the palm-tree also, and the apple-tree, even all the trees of the field, are withered: because joy is withered away from the sons

of men.

ye itão:

13 Gird yourselves, and lament priests: howl, ye ministers of the a come, lie all night in sackcloth, ye ministers of my God: for the meat-offering and the drink-offering is withholden from the house of your God. 14 || Sanctify ye a fast, call a solemn assembly, gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land into the house of the LoRD your God, and cry unto the Lord, 15 Alas for the day for the day of the LoRd is at hand, and as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come. 16 Isnot the meat cut off before our eyes, §. joy and gladness from the house of our Oslo

17 The seed is rotten under their clods, the garners are laid desolate, the barns are broken down; for the corn is withered. 18 How do the beasts groan the herds of cattle are perplexed, because they have no pasture; yea, the flocks of sheep are made desolate. 19 O Lord, to thee will I cry: for the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness, and the flame hath burned all the trees of the field. 20 The beasts of the field cry also unto thee: for the rivers of waters are dried up,

and the fire hath devoured the pastures of

the wilderness.

CHAP. II.

Bo. ye the trumpet in Zion, and
sound an alarm in my holy mountain:
let all the inhabitants of the land tremble:
for the day of the Load cometh, for it is

nigh at hand;
2 A day of darkness and of gloominess, a
day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the
morningspread upon themountains: a great

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CHAP. II. The terribleness of God’s judgment.

people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations. 3. A fire devoureth. before them; and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them. 4 The o: of them is as the appearance of horses; and as horsemen so shall they run. 5 Like the noise of chariots on the tops of mountains shall they leap, like the noise of a flame of fire that devoureth the stubble, as a strong people set in battle-array. 6 Before their face the people shall be much pained: all faces shall gather blackness. ” 7. They shall runlike mighty men; they shall climb the wall like men of war; an they shall march every one on his ways, and they shall not break their ranks: 8 Neither shall one thrust another; they shall walk every one in his path; and when they fall upon the sword, they shall not be wounded. 9 † shall run to and fro in the city; they shall run upon the wall, they shall climb up upon the houses; they shallenter in at the windows like a thief. 10 The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble: the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining: 11 And the Lord shall utter his voiccbefore his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word: for the day of the Lord is great and very terrible; and who can abide it? 12 TT. Therefore also now, saith the Lond, Turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: 13 And rend your heart, and not your arments, and turn unto the LoRD your od: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil. 14 Who knoweth if he will return and repent, and leave a blessing behind him ; even a meat-offering and a drink-offering unto the Lord your God? 15's Blow the trumpetin Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly: 16 Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders; gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet. 17 Let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O Lord, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the often should rule over i

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