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Leagues and conflicts between CHAP. XI. the kings of the north and south. the fortress of the king of the north, aná vile person, to whom they shall not give shall deal against them, and shall prerail : the honour of the kingdom: but he shall

8 And shall also carry captives into come in peaceably, and obtain the king. Egypt their gods, with their princes, and dom by flatteries. with their precious vessels of silver and of. 22 And with the arms of a flood shall gold; and he shall continue more years they be overflown from before him, and than the king of the north.

shall be broken; yea, also the prince of 9 So the king of the south shall come the covenant. into his kingdom, and shall return into his 23. And after the league made with him own land.

he shall work deceitfully: for he shall 10 But his sons shall be stirred up, and come up, and shall become strong with a shall assemble a multitude of great forces: small people. and one shall certainly come, and over 24 He shall enter peaceably even upon flow, and pass through: then shall he re- the fattest places of the province; and he turn, and be stirred up, even to his fortress. shall do that which his fathers have not

11 And the king of the south shall be done, nor his fathers' fathers; he shall scatmored with choler, and shall come forth ter among them the prey, and spoil, and and fight with him, even with the king of riches: yea, and he shall forecast his devices the north : and he shall set forth a great against the strong holds, even for a time. multitude; but the multitude shall be given 25 And he shall stir up his power and into his hand.

his courage against the king of the south 12 And when he hath taken away the with a great army; and the king of the multitude, his heart shall be lifted up; and south shall be stirred up to battle with a he shall cast down many ten thousands : very great and mighty army; but he shall but he shall not be strengthened by it. not stand: for they shall forecast devices

13 For the king of the north shall re- against him. turn, and shall set forth a multitude 26 Yea, they that feed of the portion of greater than the former, and shall certainly his meat shall destroy him, and his army come after certain years with a great army shall overflow: and many shall fall down and with much riches.

slain. 14 And in those times there shall many 27 And both these kings' hearts shall be stand up against the king of the south : also to do mischief, and they shall speak lies at be robbers of thy people shall exalt them- one table; but it shall not prosper: foryet selves to establish the vision ; but they the end shall be at the time appointed. shall fall.

28 Then shall he return into bis land 15 So the king of the north shall come, with great riches; and his heart shall be and cast up a mount, and take the most against the holy covenant; and he shall do fenced cities: and the arms of the south exploits, and return to his own land. shall not withstand, neither his chosen 29 At the time appointed he shall repeople, neither shall there be any strength turn, and come toward the south ; but it to withstand.

shall not be as the former, or as the latter. 16 But he that cometh against him shall 30 For the ships of Chittim shall come do according to his own will, and none against him: therefore he shall be grieved, shall stand before him: and he shall stand and return, and have indignation against in the glorious land, which by his hand the holy covenant: so shall he do; he shall shall be consumed.

even return, and have intelligence with 17 He shall also set his face to enter them that forsake the holy covenant. with the strength of his whole kingdom, 31 And arms shall stand on his part, and and upright ones with him ; thus shall be they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, do: and he shall give him the daughter of and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and women, corrupting her: but she shall not they shall place the aboinination that stand on his side, neither be for him. maketh desolate.

18 After this shall be turn his face unto 32 And such as do wickedly against the the isles, and shall take many: but a prince covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but for his own behalf shall cause the reproach the people that do know their God shall offered by him to cease; without his own be strong, and do exploits. reproach he shall cause it to turn upon him. 33 And they that understand among the

19 Then he shall turn his face towards people shall instruct many: yet they shall the fort of his own land: but he shall fall by the sword, and by flame, by capstumble and fall, and not be found. tivity, and by spoil, many days.

20 Then shall stand up in his estate a 34 Now when they shall fall, they shall raiser of taxes in the glory of the king- be holpen with a little help: but many dom: but within few days he shall be de- shall cleave to them with ilatteries. stroyed, neither in anger, nor in battle. 55 And some of them of understanding % And in his estate shall stand up a shall fall, to try them, and to purge, and to


The deliverance of Israel.

HOSEA. Daniel informed of the times. make them white, even to the time of the shall be a time of trouble, such as never end: because it is yet for a time appointed. was since there was a nation even to that

36 And the king shall do according to same time: and at that time thy people his will; and he shall exalt himself, and shall be delivered, every one that shall be magnify himself above every god, and shall found written in the book. speak marvellous things against the God of 2 And many of them that sleep in the gods, and shall prosper till the indignation dust of the earth shall awake, some lo ever. be accomplished: for that that is deter-lasting life, and some to shame and evermined shall be done.

lasting contempt. 37 Neither shall be regard the God of 3 And they that be wise shall shine as his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor the brightness of the firmament; and they regard any god: for he shall magnify him- that turn many to righteousness as the stars self above all.

for ever and ever. 38 But in his estate shall he honour the 4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words,

of knew not shall he honour with gold, and end : many shall run to and fro, and know. silver, and with precious stones, and plea- ledge shall be increased. sant things.

5 | Then I Daniel looked, and behold, 39 Thus shall he do in the most strong there stood other two, the one on this side holds with a strange god, whom he shall of the bank of the river, and the other on acknowledge and increase with glory: and that side of the bank of the river. he shall cause them to rule over many, and 6 And one said to the man clothed in shall divide the land for gain.

linen, which was upon the waters of the 40 And at the time of the end shall the river, How long shall it be to the end of king of the south push at him: and the king these wonders? of the north shall come against him like a 7 And I heard the man clothed in linen, whirlwind, with chariots, and with horse which was upon the waters of the river, men, and with many ships; and he shall when he held up his right hand and his left enter into the countries, and shall overflow band unto heaven, and sware by bim that and pass over.

liveth for ever, that it shall be for a time, 41 He shall enter also into the glorious times, and a half; and when he shall have land, and many countries shall be over- accomplished to scatter the power of the thrown: but these shall escape out of his holy, people, all these things shall be hand, eren Edom, and Moab, and the finished. chief of the children of Ammon.

8 And I heard, but I undersiood not: 42 He shall stretch forth his hand also then said I, O my lord, what shall be the upon the countries: and the land of Egypt end of these things? shall not escape.

9 And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for 43 But he shall have power over the trea- the words are closed up and sealed till the sures of gold and of silver, and over all the time of the end. precious things of Egypt: and the Libyans 10 Many shall be purified, and made and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps. white, and tried; but the wicked shall do

44 But tidings out of the east and out of wickedly: and none of the wicked shall the north shall trouble him: therefore he understand; but the wise shall understand. shall go forth with great fury to destroy, 11 And from the time that the daily sacriand utterly to make away many; fice shall be taken away, and the abomina

45 And he shall plant the tabernacles tion that maketh desolate set up, there shall of his palace between the seas in the glo- be a thousand two hundred and ninety days, rious holy mountain: yet he shall come to 12 Blessed is be that waiteth, and his end, and none shall help him. cometh to the thousand three hundred and CHAP. XII.

five and thirty days. А

ND at that time shall Michael stand 13 But go thou thy way till the end be:

up, the great prince which standeth for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at for the children of thy people: and there the end of the days.


Hosea, Go, take unto thee a wise of whore-
THE word of the LORD that came unto doms and children of whoredoms; for the

Hosea, the son of Beeri, in the days land hath committed great whoredom, of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, departing from the LORD. kings of Judah, and in the days of Jero-j. 3 So he went and took Gomer the boam the son of Joash king of Israel. daughter of Diblaim; which conceived,

2 The beginning of the word of the and bare hinn a son. LORD by Hosea. And the LORD said to 4 And the LORD said unto him, Can bis

The idolatry of the people. CHAP. II, III. God's promises of reconciliation, nanie Jezreel; for yet a little while, and silver and gold, which they prepared for will avenge the blood of Jezreel upon the Baal. house of Jehu, and will cause to cease the 9 Therefore will I return, and take away kingdom of the house of Israel.

my corn in the time thereof, and my wine 5 And it shall come to pass at that day, in the season thereof, and will recover that I will break the bow of Israel in the my wool and my flax given to cover her Falley of Jezreel.

nakedness. 6 And she conceived again, and bare 10 And now will I discover her lewda daughter. And God said unto him, Call ness in the sight of her lovers, and none her name Lo-ruhamah: for I will no more shall deliver her out of mine hand. have mercy upon the house of Israel; but 11 I will also cause all her mirth to I will utterly take them away.

cease, her feast days, her new-moons, and 7 But I will have mercy upon the house her sabbaths, and all her solemn feasts.. of Judah, and will save them by the LORD 12 And I will destroy her vines and her their God, and will not save them by bow, fig-trees, whereof she hath said, These are nor by sword, nor by battle, by horses, nor my rewards that my lovers have given me: by horsemen.

and I will make them a forest, and the 8 | Now when she had weaned Lo-ru- beasts of the field shall eat them. hamah, she conceived, and bare a son. 13 And I will visit upon her the days of

9 Then said God, Call his name Lo- Baalim, wherein she burned incense to ammi: for ye are not my people, and I them, and she decked herself with her earwill not be your God.

rings and her jewels, and she went after 10 | Yet the number of the children of her lovers, and forgat me, saith the LORD. Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, which 14 T Therefore, behold, I will allure cannot be measured nor numbered; and it her, and bring her into the wilderness, and shall come to pass, that in the place where speak comfortably unto her. it was said unto them, Ye are not my peo 15 And I will give her her vineyards ple, there it shall be said unto them, Ye are from thence, and the valley of Achor for a the sons of the living God.

door of hope: and she shall sing there, as 11 Then shall the children of Judah and in the days of her youth, and as in the day the children of Israel be gathered together, when she came up out of the land of Egypt. and appoint themselves one head, and they 16 And it shall be at that day, saith the shall come up out of the land : for great LORD, that thou shalt call me Ishi; and shall be the day of Jezreel.

shalt call me no more Baali. CHAP. II.

17 For I will take away the names of MAY ye unto your brethren, Ammi; and Baalim out of her mouth, and they shall no to your

be 2 Plead with your mother, plead;for she 18 And in that day will I make a coveis not my wife, neither am I her husband : nant for them with the beasts of the field, let her therefore put away her whoredoms and with the fowls of heaven, and with the out of her sight, and her adulteries from creeping things of the ground: and I will between her breasts;

break the bow and the sword and the bat3 Lest I strip her naked, and set her as tle out of the earth, and will make them to in the day that she was born, and make her lie down safely. as a wilderness, and set her like a dry land, 19 And I will betroth thee unto me for and slay her with thirst.

ever; yea, I will betroth thee unto me in 4 And I will not have mercy upon her righteousness, and in judgment, and in children; for they be the children of whore-loving-kindness, and in mercies. doms.

20°I will even betroth thee unto me in 5 For their mother hath played the har- faithfulness: and thou shalt know the LORD. lot: she that conceived them hath done 21 And it shall come to pass in that day, shamefully : for she said, I will go after my I will hear, saith the Lord, I will hear the lovers, that give memy breadand my water, heavens, and they shall hear the earth; my wool and my flax, mine oil and my drink. 22 And the earth shall hear the corn,

6 T Therefore, behold, I will hedge up and the wine, and the oil; and they shall thy way with thorns, and make a wall, hear Jezreel. that she shall not find her paths.

23 And I will sow her unto me in the 7 And she shall follow after her lovers, earth; and I will have mercy upon her but she shall not overtake them; and she that had not obtained mercy; and I will shall seek them, but shall not find thein : say to them which were not my people, then shall she say, I will go and return to Thou art my people; and they shall say, my first husband; for then was it better Thou art my God. with me than now.


corn, and wine, and oil, and multipia ber THEN said the Lord unto me, Go yet,

God's judgment on the sins HOSEA. of the people and the priests. get an adulteress, according to the love of mountains, and burn incense upon the hills, the Lord toward the children of Israel, who under oaks and poplars and elms, because look to other gods, and love flagons of wine. the shadow thereof is good : therefore your

2 So I bought her to me for fifteen pieces daughters shall commit whoredom, and of silver, and for an homer of barley, and your spouses shall commit adultery.' an half homer of barley:

14 I will not punish yourdaughters when 3 And I said unto her, Thou shalt abide they commit whoredom, nor your spouses for me many days; thou shalt not play the when they commit adultery: for them. harlot, and thou shalt not be for another selves are separated with whores, and they man: so will I also be for thee.

sacrifice with harlots: therefore the peo4 For the children of Israel shall abide ple that doth not understand shall fall. many days without a king, and without a 15 T Though thou, Israel, play the har. prince, and without a sacrifice, and with-lot, yet let not Judah offend; and come not out an image, and without an ephod, and ye unto Gilgal, neither go ye up to Bethwithout teraphim :

aven, nor swear, The Lord liveth. 5 Afterward shall the children of Israel 16 For Israel slideth back as a backreturn, and seek the LORD their God, and sliding heifer: now the LORD will feed David their king; and shall fear the LORD them as a lamb in a large place, and his goodness in the latter days. 17 Ephraim is joined to idols: let him CHAP. IV.

alone. HEAR the Israedd for the creare hath'a mitted

Whoredom continually? here rulers controversy with the inhabitants of the with shame do love, Give ye. land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, 19 The wind hath bound her up in her nor knowledge of God in the land. wings, and they shall be ashamed because

2 By swearing, and lying, and killing, of their sacrifices. and stealing, and committing adultery

CHAP. V. they break out, and blood toucheth blood. He house of Israel ; and give ye ear,

this. O priests; and hearken, 3 Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwelleth therein shall lan- O house of the king ; for judgment is to guish, with the beasts of the field, and with ward you, because ye have been a snare the fowls of heaven; yea, the fishes of the on Mizpah, and a net spread upon Tabor. sea also shall be taken away.

2 And the revolters are profound to make 4 Yet let no map strive, nor reprove slaughter, though I have been a rebuker of another: for thy people are as they that them all. strive with the priesc.

3 I know Ephraim,

and Israel is not hid 5 Therefore shalt thou fall in the day, from me: for now, o Ephraim, thou comand the prophet also shall fall with thee in mittest whoredom, and Israel is defled. the night, and I will destroy thy mother. 4 They will not frame their doings to

6 9 My people are destroyed for lack turn unto their God: for the spirit of whoreof knowledge: because thou hast rejected doms is in the midst of them, and they have knowledge, I will also reject thee, that not known the LORD. thou shalt be no priest to me : seeing thou 5 And the pride of Israel doth testify to bast forgotten the law of thy God, I will his face: therefore shall Israel and Ephraim also forget thy children.

fall in their iniquity; Judah also shall fali 7 As they were increased, so they sin- with them. ned against me: therefore will I change 6 They shall go with their flocks and their glory into shame.

with their herds to seek the LORD; but 8 They eat up the sin of my people, and they shall not find him; he hath withdrawn they set their heart on their iniquity. himself from them.

And there shall be, like people, like 7 They have dealt treacherously against pricst: and I will punish them for their the LORD : for they have begotten strange ways, and reward them their doings. children: now shall a month devour them

io For they shall eat, and not have with their portions. enough: they shall commit whoredom, 8 Blow ye the cornet in Gibeah, and and shall not increase: because they have the trumpet in Ramah: cry aloud at Bethleft off to take heed to the LORD.

aven, after thee, O Benjamin. 11 Whoredom and wine and new wine 9 Ephraim shall be desolate in the day take away the heart.

of rebuke: among the tribes of Israel hare 12 7 My people ask counsel at their I made known that which shall surely stooks, and their staff declareth unto them: be. for the spirit of whoredoms hath caused 10 The princes of Judah were like them them to err, and they have gone a whoring that remove the bound: therefore I will from under their God.

pour out my wrath upon them like water. 13 They sacrifice upon the tops of the 11 Ephraim is oppressed and broken


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An exhortation to repentance. CHAP. VI, VII, VIII. A reproof for manifold sins. in judgment, because he willingly walked their own doings have beset them about ; after the commandment.

they are before my face. 12 Therefore will I be unto Ephraim as a 3. They make the king glad with their moth, and to the house of Judah as rotten- wickedness, and the princes with their lies.

4 They are all adulterers, as an oven 13 When Ephraim saw his sickness, and heated by the baker, who ceaseth from Judah saw his wound, then went Ephraim raising after he hath kneaded the dough, to the Assyrian, and sent to king Jareb: until it be leavened. yet could he not heal you, nor cure you of| 5 In the day of our king the princes have your wound.

made him sick with bottles of wine; he 14 For I will be unto Ephraim as a lion, stretched out his hand with scorners. and as a young lion to the house of Judah: 6 For they have made ready their heart I, even I, will tear and go away; I will like an oven, while they lie in wait: their take away, and none shall rescue him. baker sleepeth all the night; in the morn

15 | I will go and return to my place, ing it burneth as a faming fire. till they acknowledge their offence, and 7 They are all hot as an oven, and have seek my face: in their affliction they will devoured their judges; all their kings are seek me early.

fallen: there is none among them that CHAP. VI.

calleth unto me: YOME, and let us return unto the LORD: be hath smitten, and he will bind us up. turned.

2 After two days will he revive us: in 9 Strangers have devoured his strength, the third day he will raise us up, and we and he knoweth it not: yea, gray hairs shall live in his sight.

are here and there upon him, yet he know 3 Then shall we know, if we follow on eth not. to know the Lord: his going forth is pre 10 And the pride of Israel testifieth to pared as the morning; and he shall come his face: and they do not return to the unto us as the rain, as the latter and former LORD their God, nor seek him for all this. rain unto the earth.

11 | Ephraim also is like a silly dove 4 TO Ephraim, what shall I do unto without heart: they call to Egypt, they go thee? O Judah, what shall I do unto thee? to Assyria. for your goodness is as a morning cloud, 12 When they shall go, I will spread and as the early dew it goeth away. my net upon them; I will bring them

5 Therefore have I hewed them by the down as the fowls of the heaven; I will prophets; I have slain them by the words chastise them, as their congregation bath of my mouth : and thy judgments are as heard. the light that goeth forth.

13 Wo unto them! for they have fleda 6 For I desired mercy, and not sacri- from me: destruction unto them! because fice; and the knowledge of God more than they have transgressed against me: though burnt-offerings.

I have redeemed them, yet they have 7 But they like men have transgressed spoken lies against me. the covenant: there have they dealt treach 14 And they have not cried unto me erously against me.

with their heart, when they howled upon 8 Gilead is a city of them that work their beds: they assemble themselves for iniquity, and is polluted with blood. corn and wine, and they rebel against me.

9 And as troops of robbers wait for a 15 Though I have bound and strengthman, so the company of priests murder in ened their arms, yet do they imagine misthe way by consent: for they commit lewd-chief against me.

16 They return, but not to the Most 10 I have seen a horrible thing in the High: they are like a deceitful bow: their house of Israel: there is the whoredom of princes shall fall by the sword for the rage Ephraim, Israel is defiled.

of their tongue: this shall be their derision 11 Also, o Judah, he hath set a harvest in the land of Egypt. for thee, when I returned the captivity of

my people.

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come as an eagle against the house of THEN I would have healed Israel, the LORD, because they have transgressed

then the iniquity of Ephraim was my covenant, and trespassed against my discovered, and the wickedness of Sama- law. ria: for they commit falsehood: and the 2 Israel shall cry unto me, My God, we thief cometh in, and the troop of robbers know thee. spoileth without.

3 Israel hath cast off the thing that is 2 And they consider not in their hearts, good: the enemy shall pursue him. that I remember all their wickedness: now 4 They have set up kings, but not by



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