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5 Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek the LORD their God, and David their king; and shall fear the LORD and his goodness in the latter days.

CHAP. IV.

HEAR the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for the Lord hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land.

2 By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood.

3 Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwelleth therein shall languish, with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven; yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away.

4 Yet let no man strive, nor reprove another: for thy people are as they that strive with the priest.

5 Therefore shalt thou fall in the day, and the prophet also shall fall with thee in the night, and I will destroy thy mother.

6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.

7 As they were increased, so they sinned against me: therefore will I change their glory into shame.

8 They eat up the sin of my people, and they set their heart on their iniquity.

9 And there shall be, like people, like priest: and I will punish them

for their ways, and reward them their doings.

10 For they shall eat, and not have enough: they shall commit whoredom, and shall not increase: because they have left off to take heed to the LORD.

11 Whoredom and wine and new wine take away the heart.

12 My people ask counsel at their stocks, and their staff declareth unto them: for the spirit of whoredoms hath caused them to err, and they have gone a whoring from under their God.

13 They sacrifice upon the tops of the mountains, and burn incense upon the hills, under oaks and poplars and elms, because the shadow thereof is good: therefore your daughters shall commit whoredom, and your spouses shall commit adultery.

14 I will not punish your daughters when they commit whoredom, nor your spouses when they commit adultery: for themselves are separated with whores, and they sacrifice with harlots: therefore the people that doth not understand shall fall.

15 Though thou, Israel, play the harlot, yet let not Judah offend; and come not ye unto Gilgal, neither go ye up to Beth-aven, nor swear, The Lord liveth.

16 For Israel slideth back as a backsliding heifer: now the LORD will feed them as a lamb in a large place.

17 Ephraim is joined to idols : let him alone.

18 Their drink is sour: they have committed whoredom continually: her rulers with shame do love, Give ye.

19 The wind hath bound her up

and will recover my wool and any ll out of the earth, and will make them fax given to cover her nakedness. to lie down safely.

10 And now will I discover her 19 And I will betroth thee unto lewdness in the sight of her lovers, me for ever; yea, I will betroth thee and none shall deliver her out of unto me in righteousness, and in mine hand.

judgment, and in lovingkindness, 11 I will also cause all her mirth and in mercies. to cease, her feast days, her new 20 I will even betroth thee unto moons, and her sabbaths, and all me in faithfulness : and thou shalt her solemn feasts.

know the LORD. 12 And I will destroy her vines 21 And it shall come to pass in and her fig trees, whereof she hath that day, I will hear, saith the said, These are my rewards that my LORD, I will hear the heavens, and lovers have given me: and I will they shall hear the earth; make them a forest, and the beasts 22 And the earth shall hear the of the field shall eat them.

corn, and the wine, and the oil; and 13 And I will visit upon her the they shall hear Jezreel. days of Baalim, wherein she burned 23 And I will sow her unto me incense to them, and she decked her in the earth; and I will have mercy self with her earrings and her jewels, upon her that had not obtained merand she went after her lovers, and cy; and I will say to them which were forgat me, saith the Lord.

not my people, Thou art my people; 14 Therefore, behold, I will allure and they shall say, Thou art my God. her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfortably unto

CHAP. III. her.

15 And I will give her her vine THEN said the LORD unto me, Go yards from thence, and the valley of yet, love a woman beloved of her Achor for a door of hope: and she friend, yet an adulteress, according shall sing there, as in the days of to the love of the LORD toward the her youth, and as in the day when children of Israel, who look to other she came up out of the land of E gods, and love flagons of wine. gypt.

2 So I bought her to me for fif16 And it shall be at that day, teen pieces of silver, and for an hosaith the LORD, that thou shalt call mer of barley, and an half homer of me Ishi; and shalt call me no more barley: Baali.

3 And I said unto her, Thou shalt 17 For I will take away the names abide for me many days; thou shalt of Baalim out of her mouth, and they not play the harlot, and thou shalt shall no more be remembered by not be for another man: so will I their name.

also be for thee. 18 And in that day will I make a 4 For the children of Israel shall covenant for them with the beasts of abide many days without a king, the field, and with the fowls of hea and without a prince, and without a ven, and with the creeping things of sacrifice, and without an image, and the ground: and I will break the without an ephod, and without terabow and the sword and the battle | phim:

5 Afterward shall the children of || for their ways, and reward them Israel return, and seek the LORD their doings. their God, and David their king; 10 For they shall eat, and not and shall fear the Lord and his have enough: they shall commit goodness in the latter days.

whoredom, and shall not increase: because they have left off to take

heed to the Lord. CHAP. IV.

11 Whoredom and wine and new

wine take away the heart. HEAR the word of the LORD, ye 12 My people ask counsel at their children of Israel: for the Lord hath stocks, and their staff declareth unto a controversy with the inhabitants of them: for the spirit of whoredoms the land, because there is no truth, hath caused them to err, and they nor mercy, nor knowledge of God have gone a whoring from under in the land.

their God. 2 By swearing, and lying, and 13 They sacrifice upon the tops killing, and stealing, and commit of the mountains, and burn incense ting adultery, they break out, and upon the hills, under oaks and popblood toucheth blood.

lars and elms, because the shadow 3 Therefore shall the land mourn, thereof is good: therefore your and every one that dwelleth therein daughters shall commit whoredom, shall languish, with the beasts of the and your spouses shall commit afield, and with the fowls of heaven;

dultery. yea, the fishes of the sea also shall 14 I will not punish your daughbe taken away.

ters when they commit whoredom, 4 Yet let no man strive, nor re nor your spouses when they comprove another : for thy people are mit adultery: for themselves are seas they that strive with the priest. parated with whores, and they sacri

5 Therefore shalt thou fall in the fice with harlots : therefore the peoday, and the prophet also shall fall ple that doth not understand shall with thee in the night, and I will fall. destroy thy mother.

15 Though thou, Israel, play the 6 My people are destroyed for harlot, yet let not Judah offend; and lack of knowledge: because thou come not ye unto Gilgal, neither go hast rejected knowledge, I will also ye up to Beth-aven, nor swear, The reject thee, that thou shalt be no Lord liveth. priest to me: seeing thou hast for 16 For Israel slideth back as a gotten the law of thy God, I will backsliding heifer: now the LORD also forget thy children.

will feed them as a lamb in a large 7 As they were increased, so they

place. sinned against me: therefore will I 17 Ephraim is joined to idols : let change their glory into shame. him alone.

8 They eat up the sin of my peo 18 Their drink is sour: they have ple, and they set their heart on their committed whoredom continually: iniquity.

her rulers with shame do love, Give 9 And there shall be, like people, like priest: and I will punish them 19 The wind hath bound her up

ye.

in her wings, and they shall be ashamed because of their sacrifices.

CHAP. V.

them that remove the bound: therefore I will pour out my wrath upon them like water.

11 Ephraim is oppressed and broken in judgment, because he willingly walked after the 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 suw 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 go away; I will take away, and none shall rescue him.

15 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.

HEAR ye this, o priests; and hearken, ye house of Israel; and give ye ear, O house of the king; for judgment is toward you, because ye have been a snare on Mizpah, and a net spread upon Tabor.

2 And the revolters are profound to make slaughter, though I have been a rebuker of them all.

3 I know Ephraim, and Israel is not hid from me: for now, O Ephraim, thou committest whoredom, and Israel is defiled.

4 They will not frame their doings to turn unto their God : for the spirit of whoredoms is in the midst of them, and they have not known the LORD.

5 And the pride of Israel doth testify to his face: therefore shall Israel and Ephraim fall in their iniquity; Judah also shall fall with them.

6 They shall go with their flocks and with their herds to seek the LORD; but they shall not find him; he hath withdrawn himself from them.

7 They have dealt treacherously against the LORD: for they have begotten strange children : now shall a month devour them with their portions.

8 Blow ye the cornet in Gibeah, and the trumpet in Ramah : cry aloud at Beth-aven, after thee, O Benjamin.

9 Ephraim shall be desolate in the day of rebuke: among the tribes of Israel have I made known that which shall surely be.

10 The princes of Judah were like

CH AP. VI.

COME, and let us return unto the Lord: 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 day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.

93 Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.

40 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 light 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 treacherously 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 an horrible thing in the house of Israel: there is the whoredom of Ephraim, Israel is defiled.

11 Also, O Judah, he hath set an harvest for thee, when I returned the captivity of my people.

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, whiles 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 among 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 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 Woe 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 deceit

CHA P. VII. WHEN I would have healed Israel, then the iniquity of Ephraim was discovered, and the wickedness of Samaria: for they commit falsehood; and the thief cometh in, and the troop of robbers spoileth without.

2 And they consider not in their hearts that I remember all their wickedness : now 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

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