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Israel reproved and threatened for impiety and idolatry. SRAEL is an empty vine, he bringeth forth fruit unto himself: according to the multitude of his b Zech. 7,5. fruit he hath increased the altars; according to the MaL 6, 1,2 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.

e Judg. 9,
1 Kings 18,

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3 For now they shall say, We have no king, because we feared not the LORD; what then should a king do to us?


Ephraim, &c. reproved. 5 He shall not return into the land of Egypt, but Before the Assyrian shall be his king, because they refused cir. 740. to return.



h 2 Kings

6 And the sword shall abide on his cities, and 18, 11. shall consume his branches, and devour them, be- i Isai. 10,6 cause of their own counsels.


chap. 8, 9.

7 And my people are bent to backsliding from me: k Lev. 26,7. though they called them to the Most High, none I ch. 10, 6. at all would exalt him.

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8" How shall I give thee up, Ephraim? how shall n ch. 6, 4. I deliver thee, Israel? how shall I make thee as Admah? how shall I set thee as Zeboim? My heart o Isaiah 62, is turned within me, my repentings are kindled to- Jer. 31, 20. 91 will not execute the fierceness of mine anger, p Psal. 78, 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.

4 They have spoken words, swearing falsely in making a covenant: thus judgment springeth upgether. Amos&12 as hemlock in the furrows of the field.

f Mat. 5, 33. g Isa. 5, 7.

5 The inhabitants of Samaria shall fear because of the calves of Beth-aven: for the people thereof shall mourn over it, and the † priests thereof that rejoiced 2 Kings 23, on it, for the glory thereof, because it is departed Zeph. 1,4 from it.

↑ Heb. Caemarim,


6 It shall be also carried unto Assyria for a present h ch. 5, 13. to king "Jareb: Ephraim shall receive shame, and 11 Kings Israel shall be ashamed of his own counsel. 7 As for Samaria, her king is cut off as the foam upon the water.

12, 28.

2 Kings 17, 21.

k 2 Kings 17, 6.

I Deut. 9,21.



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 m Rev.6,15. mountains, " Cover us; and to the hills, Fall on us. n Judg. 19, 9 O Israel, thou hast sinned" from the days of Gibeah; there they stood: the battle in Gibeah Judg. 20, against the children of iniquity did not overtake them.



Zeph. 3, 6,



10 It is in my desire that I should chastise them; Ezek. 5, 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 q Deut. 25, loveth to tread out the corn; but I passed over upon Phil. 2, 11. her fair neck: I will make Ephraim to ride; Judah shall plow, and Jacob shall break his clods.


r 2 Kings 14, 13.

12 Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in s Jer. 4,3,4 mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time 1 Ps. 32, 6. to seek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness upon you.

Isai. 55, 6.

u Job 4, 8.
Pr. 20, 17.

Gal. 6, 7.
x Ps. 35, 10.

13 Ye have plowed 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.

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1 A reproof of Ephraim, Judah, and Jacob....7 Ephraim's sins
and ingratitude provoke God.
PHRAIM feedeth on wind, and followeth
after the east wind: he daily increaseth lies a Job 15, 2
and desolation; and they do make a covenant with
the Assyrians, and oil is carried into Egypt.
2 The LORD hath also a controversy with Judah,
and will punish Jacob according to his ways; "accor- c2 Chr. 28,
ding to his doings will he recompense him.
3 He took his brother by the heel in the womb, e Gen. 25,
and by his strength he had power with God:
4 Yea, he had power over the angel, and prevailed:
he wept and made supplication unto him he found
him in Beth-el, and there he spake with us;
5 Even the Lord GoD of hosts; The LORD is his
6 Therefore turn thou to thy God: keep mercy ¡Ex. 3, 15
and judgment, and wait on thy God continually.
7 He is a merchant, the balances of deceit are
in his hand: he loveth to oppress.

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14 Therefore shall a tumult arise among thy people, and all thy fortresses shall be spoiled, as Shalman spoiled Beth-arbel in the day of battle: the y Gen. 32, y mother was dashed in pieces upon her children. 9 And I, that am the LORD thy Ged from the p Jer. 2, 2 15 So shall Beth-el do unto you because of your land of Egypt, will yet make thee to dwell in taber12 Kings great wickedness: in a morning shall the king ofnacles, as in the days of the solemn feasts. Psal. 101, 8. Israel utterly be cut off.

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a Jer. 2, 2. 1 The ingratitude of Israel unto God for his benefits; 5 hisistry of the prophets. judgment....8 God's mercy toward them.

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13 And by a prophet the LORD brought Israel out of Egypt, and by a prophet was he preserved. Ps. 77, 20 14 Ephraim "provoked him to anger most bitterly: u2 King therefore shall he leave his blood upon him, and his reproach shall his LORD return unto him.

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An exhortation to repentance. 14I will "ransom them from the power of the grave; Before 1 Ephraim's glory, by reason of idolatry, vanisheth....5 God's I will redeem them from death: O'death, I will be thy 25. anger for their unkindness....9 A promise of God's mercy. plagues; O grave, I will be thy destruction: * repentWHEN Ephraim spake trembling, he "exaltedance shall be hid from mine eyes. himself in Israel; but when he offended in 15 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 spring shall be- 29. come dry, and his fountain shall be dried up: he shall y Gen. 48, spoil the treasure of all pleasant vessels.

hi Kings Baal, he died.

12 20.

• 1 Kings 14, 10. Sz 15, 27.



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 d. Tim. S, work of the craftsmen: they say of them, Let the men that sacrifice kiss the calves.


. Mat. 15, 9. Gol. 3, 25.

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3 Therefore they shall be as the morning cloud, Dan. 2, 35. and as the early dew that passeth away; as the 'chaff that is driven with a 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 Egypt, and thou shalt know no god but me: for there Acts 4, 12. is no saviour besides me.

5 I did know thee in the wilderness, in the land of Deut. 3 great drought.

15. & 32, 10.



6 According to their pasture, so were they filled; they were filled, and their heart was exalted; thereDeut. 8,7, fore have they forgotten me.

k Jer. 5, 6.

12 Kings 17, 25.

Pr. 17, 12.


7 Therefore I will be unto them as a lion; as a leopard by the way will I observe them.

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& I will meet them as a bear that is bereaved of her whelps, and will rend the caul of their heart, and there will I devour them like a lion: the wild beast 1 Kings shall tear them.

12, 28.

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10 I will be thy king: where is any other that may save thee in all thy cities? and thy judges, of whom thou saidst, P Give me a king and princes?

11 I gave thee a king in mine anger, and took 1 Sam. 8, him away in my wrath.

Lam. 1, 14


12 The iniquity of Ephraim is bound up; his sin Job 14, 17. is hid. 13 The sorrows of a travailing woman shall come • Pr. 22, 3. upon him he is an unwise son; for he should not 37 stay long in the place of the breaking forth of children.

1 Isn. 3.

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4 I will heal their 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 a Psal. 92, as the lily, and cast forth his roots as Lebanon. 6 His branches shall spread, and his beauty shall 11 John 2, be as the olive-tree, and his smell as Lebanon. 7 They that dwell under his 'shadow shall return; 14 they shall revive as the corn, and grow as the vine: 1 Ps. 91, 1. the scent thereof shall be as the wine of Lebanon. m John 12, 8 Ephraim shall say, What have I "to do any more with idols? I have heard him, and observed him: In John 4, am like a green fir-tree. From me is thy fruit found. o John 1, 9 Who is wise, and he shall P understand these 16. things? prudent, and he shall know them? for the p Dan. 12, ways of the LORD are right, and the just shall walk 10. in them: but the transgressors shall fall therein.


1 Joel, declaring sundry judgments of God, exhorteth to observe
them, and to mourn: 14 He prescribeth a fast.


HE word of the LORD that came to Joel, the
son of Pethuel.

2 Hear this, ye old men, and give ear, all ye
inhabitants of the land. Hath this been in your
days, or even in the days of your fathers?


3 Tell ye your children of it,andlet your children tell Kings 17, their children, and their children another generation: 4 That which the palmer-worm hath left, hath the locust eaten; and that which the locust hath left, hath the canker-worm eaten; and that which the Prov. 16, canker-worm hath left, hath the caterpillar eaten. 5Awake, ye drunkards, and weep; and howl, 2 Kings all ye drinkers of wine, because of the new wine for it is cut off from your mouth.

20. Isai. 3, 24.

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11 Be ye ashamed, O ye husbandmen; howl, Or Im. 8, 3. 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 Ps. 4, 7. of men.

t 1 Tim. 4,

13 Gird yourselves, and lament, ye priests; howl, 12 yet ministers of the altar; come, "lie all night in u Isa. 62, 6. sackcloth, ye ministers of my God: for the meat-x1 Sam. 4. offering and the drink-offering is withholden from 21 the house of your God.

y Mat. 17, 21.

14 Sanctify ye a fast, call a solemn assembly, y gather the elders, and all the 'inhabitants of the land, 12 Chr. 20

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CHAPTER II....III. Joel prescribeth a fast. into the house of the LORD your God, and cry unto 15 Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call Before cir. 300. the LORD, a solemn assembly:


a Jer. 30, 7.

15 Alas for the day! for the day of the LORD is} Luke 19,41. at hand, and as a destruction from the Almighty shall b Ps. 37, 13. it come.

e Mal. 1,7.

d Jer. 41, 8. Luke 21, 4.

e 1 Sam. 15,


16 Is not the meat cut off before our eyes, yea, joy and gladness from the house of our God?

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 Hosea 4,2 are perplexed, because they have no pasture; yea, the flocks of sheep are made desolate.

f Ps. 50, 15.

19 O LORD, to thee will I cry for the fire hath Micah 7, & devoured the pastures of the wilderness, and the flame Hab. 3, 17. hath burned all the trees of the field.


g Ps. 145,

20 The beasts of the field cry also unto thee: for 15.& 147, 9. the rivers of waters are dried up, and the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness.

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19 Yea, the LORD will answer and say unto his people, Behold, I will send you corn and wine, and oil, and ye shall be satisfied therewith; and I will no more make you a reproach among the heathen: 20 But I will remove far off from you the north- Mat. 6, 33. ern army, and will drive him into a land barren and desolate, with his face toward the east sea; and his 39. hinder part toward the utmost sea: and his stink shall chap. 1, 4 come up, and his ill savour shall come up, because

21 Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: for the LORD will do "great things.

k Deut. 22,

11 John 4, 18.


22 Be not afraid, ye beasts of the field: for the m Isa. 22, pastures of the wilderness do spring, for the tree beareth her fruit, the fig-tree and the vine do yield their strength.

2 A day of darkness, and of gloominess, a day of 1 Ps. 18, 13. d clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread e ver. 4,5,7. upon the mountains: a great 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 he garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilder-rain in the first month. ness; yea,and nothing shall escape them.

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The appearance 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 run like mighty men; they shall climb the wall like men of war; and 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 m 1 Sam. 6, Sword, they shall not be wounded.

Jer. 9, 10.

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23 Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter

24 And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the fats shall overflow with wine and oil.

25 And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the canker-worm, and the caterpillar, and the palmer-worm, my great army, which I sent among you.


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r Rom. 5, . Zeph. 1,

Rev. 2, 1.

tHos. 3, 5.

Heb. 2, 5.


John 7, 39.

Acts 2, 17

27 And ye shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the LORD your God, and none else: and my people shall never be ashamed. 28 And it shall come to pass 'afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: 29 And also upon the servants and upon the x1 Cor. 4, handmaids in those days will I pour out my Spirit. Gal. 3, 28. 30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and y Mat. 24, in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. Luke 21, 25 31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.

4, 5.


z Rev. 6, 12 a lab. 2, 12

Mal. 4, 5.

b Rom. 10,

32 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall ca! on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliver- 12, 13. ance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant Rom. 9, whom the LORD shall call.



14 Who knoweth if he will return and repent, and when shall bring again the captivity of Judah om 14 24

y leave a blessing behind him, even a meat-offering,

Ha 219. and a drink-offering, unto the LORD your God?


God's judgments against the enemies of his people. OR, behold, in those days, and in that time, Im. 11,14 and Jerusalem,


God known in his judgments:




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2 I will also gather all nations, and will brings cause thy mighty ones to come down, O LORD. cir. 200. them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will 12 Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to plead with them there for my people, and for my her- the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to Rev. 16, 14, itage Israel, whom they have scattered among the judge all the heathen round about. nations, and parted my land.

b Zec. 14, 1.


< Zech 1,



3 And they have cast lots for my people: and James 1, 1. have given a boy for a harlot, and sold a girl for wine, Amos 1,7, that they might drink.


Nah. 2, 10.


4 Yea, and what have ye to do with me, O Tyre, Acts 9,4 and Zidon, and all the coasts of Palestine? will ve render me a recompense? and it ye recompense me, Luke 18, 8. f swiftly and speedily will I return your recompense upon your own head:

J Sam. 5,

Lam. 2, 4.

5 Because ye have taken my silver and my gold, and have carried into your temples my goodly pleasant things.

6 The children also of Judah, and the children 1 Jam. 2, 13. of Jerusalem, have ye sold unto the Grecians, that ye might remove them far from their border.

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7 Behold, I will raise them out of the place whither ye have sold them, and will return your ompense upon your own head:

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p Isa. 13, 3 Rev. 12, 8.

13 Put ye in the sickle; for the harvest is ripe: q Ps. 99,1 come, get you down; for the press is full, the fats Rev. 11, 1 overflow; for their wickedness is great.


r Acts 17, 31.

14' Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: Rev. 8, 21. for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision. s Rev. 14, 15 The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and 15, 19. the stars shall withdraw their shining.

t2 Chr. 20, 24.

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16 The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and u Jer. 25,30 utter his voice from Jerusalem: and the heavens and Amos 1, 2 the earth shall shake: but the LORD will be the† hope Heb. place of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel. of repair, 17 So shall ye know that I am the LORD your Isa. 53, 16. God dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain: then shall x Mal. 3, 18. Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers pass y Zech. 14, through her any more.

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18 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the rec-mountains shall drop down new wine, and the hills shall flow with milk, and all the rivers of Judah shall flow with waters, and a fountain shall come forth of the house of the LORD, and shall water the valley of Shittim.

8 And I will sell your sons and your daughters Sam. 15, into the hand of the children of Judah, and they shall sel! them to the Sabeans, to a people far off: for the LORD hath spoken it.

Isa. 8, 9,


9" Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles; Prepare Rev. 16, 11. war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near, let them come up:

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19 Egypt shall be a desolation, and Edom shall be a desolate wilderness, for the violence against the children of Judah, because they have shed innocent 2 Thes. 1,6 blood in their land.

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Amos me vet. God's judgments upon Syria, &c. HE words of Amos, who was among the herdmen of Tekoa, which he saw concerning Israel Cor. 1, 27 in the days of Uzziah king of Judah, and in the days 2 Sam. 14, of Jeroboam the son of Joash king of Israel, two years before the earthquake.

€2 Kings 15, 5.



2 And he said, "The LORD will roar from Zion, Zech. 14, 5. and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the habitad2 Tim.3, tions of the shepherds shall mourn, and the top of 2 Pet. 1, 20. Carmel shall wither.


{nant of the Philistines shall perish, saith the Lord GOD.

9 Thus saith the LORD, For three transgressions of Tyrus, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they delivered up the whole captivity to Edom, and remembered not the brotherly covenant:

d Ezek. 48,
Rev. 21, &

?Joel % 4

10 But I will send a fire on the wall of Tyrus, g1Kings which shall devour the palaces thereof.


r Jer. 27, 1 Ezek. 29,18


11 ¶Thus saith the LORD, For three transgressions & 47, 4. of Edom, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because he did pursue his brothers Ps. 157,7 3 Thus saith the LORD, For three transgressions with the sword, and did cast off all pity, and his anger b Joel 3, 16. of Damascus, and for four, I will not turn away the did tear perpetually, and he kept his wrath for ever: g Job 5,19. punishment thereof; because they have threshed 12 But I will send a fire upon Teman, which tIs. 63, 1. Gilead with threshing-instruments of iron: shall devour the palaces of Bozrah.

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Jer. 49, 7.

13 I Thus saith the LORD, For three transgressions of the children of Ammon, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they have " ripped up the women with child of Gilead, u1 Sam. 11 that they might enlarge their border:

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Jer. 49, 1. x Isa. 5, 8.

14 But I will kindle a fire in the wall of Rabbah, and it shall devour the palaces thereof, with shout- 1 Tim. 6,10 ing in the day of battle, with a tempest in the day of y Ps. 140,7 the whirlwind:

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15 And their king shall go into captivity, he and z 1 Sam. 12 his princes together, saith the LORD.


1 God's wrath against Moab, 4 upon Judah, 6 and upon Israel.
9 God complaineth of their unthankfulness
THUS saith the LORD, For three transgressions
of Moab, and for four, I will not turn away the


Job 21, 18

God's wrath against Israel:


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3 And I will cut off the "judge from the midst thereof, and will slay all the princes thereof with 42 Kings him, saith the LORD.


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19, 20.

CHRIS: 787.

h Isa.

i1sai. 45, 7

Their idolatry and incorrigibleness. people "not be afraid? shall there be evil in a city,Before and the LORD hath not done it? 7 Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he 66,2 revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets. 8 The lion hath roared, who will not fear? the Lord God hath spoken, 'who can but prophesy? 9 Publish in the palaces at Ashdod, and in the palaces in the land of Egypt, and say, Assemble your- 1 Cor. 1 selves upon the mountains of Samaria, and behold m Isa. 4, the great tumults in the midst thereof, and the oppressed in the midst thereof.

k Gen. 18, 17.

1 Jer. 1, 1°

Jer. 2, 10
Ezek. 1
Mat. 11

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41 Thus saith the LORD, For three transgressions of Judah, and for four, I will not turn away the e Psal. 147, punishment thereof; because they have despised the 10 For they know not to do right, saith the LORD, law of the LORD, and have not kept his command-who store up violence and robbery in their palaces. 2 Pet. 5, 5. ments, and their lies caused them to err, after the 11 Therefore thus saith the Lord GoD, PAn adwhich their fathers have walked; versary there shall be even round about the land; Rom. 2, 5 and he shall bring down thy strength from thee, and thy palaces shall be spoiled.

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5 But I will send a fire upon Judah, and it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem.

61 Thus saith the LORD, For three transgressions of Israel, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they sold the righteous for silver, and the poor for a pair of shoes;

7 That pant after the dust of the earth on the Kings head of the poor, and turn aside the way of the meek; and a man and his father will go in unto the same maid, to "profane my holy name:

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3 Can two walk together except they be agreed? 4 Will a lion roar in the forest when he hath no prey? will a young lion cry out of his den if he have taken nothing?

5 Can a bird fali in a snare upon the earth where Acts 1,25. no gin is for him? shall one take up a snare from the earth, and have taken nothing at all?

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15 And I will smite the "winter-house with the "Judg. 5, summer-house; and the houses of ivory shall perish, 1 Kings 22, and the great houses shall have an end, saith the LORD CHAPTER IV.

1 Israel reproved for oppression, 4 for idolatry, 6 and for their

EAR this word, ye kine of Bashan, that are
in the mountain of Samaria, which oppress
the poor, which crush the needy, which say to their
masters. Bring, and let us drink.

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6 And I also have given you "cleanness of teeth in all your cities, and want of bread in all your plaof ces; yet hav ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD. 7 And also I have withholden the rain from you, when there were yet three months to the harvest: and I caused it to rain upon one city, and caused it not Judg. 6, to rain upon another city: one piece was rained chap. 8, 11. upon, and the piece whereupon it rained not withered. 8 So two or three cities wandered unto one city, to drink water; but they were not satisfied: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD.

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91have smitten you with blasting and mildew: when your gardens, and your vineyards, and your 2 fig-trees, and your olive trees increased, the "palmer- P. 24. 51 worm devoured them yet have ye not returned unto Joel 1, 4 6 Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and theme, saith the LORD.

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