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Destruction threatened on Israel. HOSEA. Their distress and captivity. me: they have made princes, and I knew 7 The days of visitation are come, the it not: of their silver and their gold have days of recompense are come; Israel shall they made them idols, that they may be know it: the prophet is a fool, the spiritual cut off.

man is mad, for the multitude of thine ini. 5 Thy calf, O Samaria hath cast thee quity, and the great hatred. off; mine anger is kindled against them: 8 The watchman of Ephraim was with how long will it be ere they attain to in- my God: but ihe prophet is a snare of a nocency?

fowler in all his ways, and hatred in the 6 For from Israel was it also: the work- house of his God. man made it; therefore it is not God: but 9 They have deeply corrupted themthe calf of Samaria shall be broken in selves, as in the days of Gibeah: therefore pieces.

he will remember their iniquity, he will 7 For they have sown the wind, and visit their sins. they shall reap the whirlwind : it hath no 10 I found Israel like grapes in the wilstalk: the bud shall yield no meal: if so derness; I saw your fathers as the first ripe be it yield, the strangers shall swallow it up. in the fig-tree at her first time: but they

8 Israel is swallowed up: now shall they went to Baal-peor, and separated thembe among the Gentiles as a vessel wherein selves unto that shame; and their abominais no pleasure.

tions were according as they loved, .9 For they are gone up to Assyria, a 11 As for Ephrain, their glory shall fly wild ass alone by himself: Ephraim hath away like a bird, from the birth, and from hired lovers.

the womb, and from the conception. 10 Yea, though they have hired among 12 Though they bring up their children, the nations, now wil! 1 gather them, and yet will I bereave them, that there shall not they shall sorrow a little for the burden of be a man left: yea, wo also to them when the king of princes.

I depart from them! 11 Because Ephraim hath made many 13 Ephraim, as I saw Tyrus, is planted altars to sin, altars shall be unto him to sin. in a pleasant place: but Ephraim shall

12 I have written to him the great things bring forth his children to the murderer. of my law, but they were counted as a 14 Give them, O LORD : what wilt thou strange thing.

give ? give them a miscarrying womb and 13 They sacrifice flesh for the sacrifices dry breasts. of mine offerings, and eat it; but the 15 All their wickedness is in Gilgal: for LORD accepteth them not; now will he re- there I hated them: for the wickedness of member their iniquity and visit their sins: their doings I will drive them out of mine they shall return to Egypt.

house, I will love them no more: all their 14 For Israel hath forgotten his Maker, princes are revolters. and buildeth temples; and Judah hath 16 Ephraim is smitten, their root is dried multiplied fenced cities: but I will send up, they shall bear no-fruit; yea, though a fire upon his cities, and it shall devour they bring forth, yet will I slay even the the palaces thereof.

beloved fruit of their womb. CHAP. IX.

17 My God will cast them away, because , , they other people: for thou hast gone a shall be wanderers among the nations. whoring from thy God, thou hast loved a

CHAP. X. reward upon every corn-floor. 2 The Poor and the wine-press shall not

SRAEL is an empty vine, he bringeth ISTE

forth fruit unto himself: 'according to feed them, and the new wine shall failin her. the multitude of his fruit he bath increased

3. They shall not dwell in the Lord's the altars; according to the goodness of land; but Epiiraim shall return to Egypt, his land they have made goodly images. and they shall eat unclean things in Assyria 2 Their heart is divided; now shall

4. They shall not offer wine-offerings to they be found faulty: he shall break down the Lord, neither shall they be pleasing their altars, he shall spoil their images. unto him: their sacrifices shall be unto them 3 For now they shall say, We have no as the bread 'of mourners; all that eat king, because we feared not the LORD; thereof shall be polluted: for their bread what then should a king do to us? for their soul shall not come into the house 4 They have spoken words, swearing of the LORD.

falsely in making a covenant: thus judg5 What will ye do in the solemn day, ment springeth up as hemlock in the furand in the day of the feast of the Lord? rows of the field.

6 For lo, they are gone because of de- 5 The inhabitants of Samaria shall fear struction: Egypt shall gather them up, because of the calves of Beth-aven: for the Memphis shall bury them: the pleasant people thereof shall mourn over it, and the places for their silver, nettles shall possess priests thereof that rejoiced on it, for the them: thorns shall be in their tabernacles. glory thereof, because it is departed from it.

The ingratitude of Israel. CHAP. XI, XII. Ephraim, &c. are reproved.

6 It shall be also carried unto Assyria, show shall I deliver thee, Israel? how shall for a present to king Jareb: Ephraim shall I make thee as Admah? how shall I set Teceive shame, and Israel shall be ashamed thee as Zeboim? mine heart is turned withof his own counsel,

in me, my repentings are kindled together. 7. As for Samaria, her king is cut off as 9 I will not execute the fierceness of the foam upon the water.

mine anger, I will not return to destroy 8 The high places also of Aven, the sin Ephraim : for I am God, and not man; the of Israel, shall be destroyed: the thorn and Holy One in the midst of thee: and I will the thistle shall come up on their altars ; not enter into the city. and they shall say to the mountains, Cover 10 They shall walk after the Lord: he us; and to the hills, Fall on us.

shall roar like a lion: when he shall roar, 9 O Israel, thou hast sinned from the then the children shall tremble from the days of Gibeah: there they stood: the west. battle in Gibeah against the children of 11 They shall tremble as a bird out of iniquity did not overtake them. Egypt, and as a dove out of the land of

10 It is in my desire that I should chas- Assyria : and I will place them in their tise them; and the people shall be gather- houses, saith the Lord. ed against them, when they shall bind 12 Ephraim compasseth me about with themselves in their two furrows.

lies, and the house of Israel with deceit:, 11 And Ephraim is as a heiser that is but Judah yet ruleth with God, and is taught, and loveth to tread out the corn; faithful with the saints. but I passed over upon her fair neck : 1

will make Ephraim to ride ; Judah shall
plough, and Jacob shall break his clods.

VPHRAIM feedeth on wind, and foi-

loweth after the east wind : he daily 12 Sow to yourselves in righteousness, increaseth lies and desolation; and they reap in mercy; break up your fallow do make a covenaa! with the Assyrians, ground : for it is time to seek the Lord, till and oil is carried into Egypt. he come and rain righteousness upon you.

2 The Lord hath also a controversy 13 Ye have ploughed wickedness, ye with Judah, and will punish Jacob accordhave reaped iniquity ; ye have eaten the ing to his ways; according to his doings fruit of lies: because thou didst trust in thy will he recompense him. way, in the multitude of thy mighty men. 31 He took his brother by the heel in

i4 Therefore shall a tumult arise among the womb, and by his strength be had thy people, and all thy fortresses shall be power with

. God : spoiled, as Shalman spoiled Beth-arbel in 4 Yea, he had power over the angel, the day of battle : the mother was dashed and prevailed; he wept, and made supin pieces upon her children.

plication unto him : he four him in Beth15 So shall Beth-el do unto you because el, and there he spake with us; of your great wickedness : in a morning '5 Even the Lord God of hosts; the shall the king of Israel utterly be cut off. Lord is his memorial. CHAP. XI.

6 Therefore turn thou to thy God : keep WHered him, and called my son roul continually?

THEN Israel was a child, then I mercy and judgment, and wait on thy God of Egypt.

7. He is a merchant, the balances of 2 As they called them, so they went deceit are in his hand: he loveth to opfrom them: they sacrificed unto Baalim, press. and burned incense to graven images, 8 And Ephraim said, Yet I am become

3 I taught Ephraim also to go, taking rich, I have found me out substance : in them by their arms; but they knew not all my labours they shall find none iniquity that I healed them.

in me that were sin. 4 I drew them with cords of a man, with 9 And I that am the Lord thy God from bands of love: and I was to them as they the land of Egypt will yet make thee to that take off the yoke on their jaws, and I dwell in tabernacles, as in the days of the laid meat unto them.

solemn feasts. 5 ST He shall not return into the land of 10. I have also spoken by the prophets, Egypt, but the Assyrian shall be his king, and I have multiplied visions, and used because they refused to return.

similitudes, by the ministry of the prophets. 6 And the sword shall abide on his cities, 11 Is there iniquity in Gilead? surely and shall consume his branches, and de- they are vanity : they sacrifice bullocks in vour them, because of their own counsels. Gilgal; yea, their altars are as heaps in

7 And 'my people are bent to back the furrows of the fields. sliding from me: though they called them 12 And Jacob fed into the country of. to the Most High, none at all would exalt Syria, and Israel served for a wife, and for, him.

a wife he kept sheep. 8 How shall I give thee up, Ephraim ? 13 And by a prophet the LORD brought


The glory of Ephraim vanishes. JOEL, An exhortation to repentance. Israel out of Egypt, and by a prophet was

14 I will ransom them from the power he preserved.

of the grave; I will redeem them from 14 Ephraim provoked him to anger most death: O death, I will be thy plagues, O bitterly: therefore shall he leave his blood grave, I will be thy destruction : repentupon him, and his reproach shall his Lord ance shall be hid from mine eyes. return unto him.

15 | Though he be fruitful among his CHAP. XIII.

brethren, an east wind shall come, the THEN Ephraim spake trembling, he wind of the Lord shall come up from the

exalted himself in Israel ; but when wilderness and hisspring shall become dry, . he offended in Baal, he died.

and his fountain shall be dried up: he shall 2 And now they sin more and more, and spoil the treasure of all pleasant vessels. have made them molten images of their 16 Samaria shall become desolate; for silver, and idols according to their own she hath rebelled against her God: they understanding, all of it the work of the shall fall by the sword : their infants shall craftsmen : they say of them, Let the men be dashed in pieces, and their women with that sacrifice kiss the calves.

child shall be ripped up: 3 Therefore they shall be as the morning

CHAP. XIV. cloud, and as the early dew, that passené O God; for thou hast fallen by thine

return away, as the chaff that is driven with the whirlwind, out of the floor, and as the iniquity: smoke out of the chimney.

2 Take with you words, and tum to the 4 Yet I am the LORD thy God from the Lord: say unto him, Take away all iniland of Egypt, and thou shalt know no God quity, and receive us graciously: so will but me: for there is no saviour besides me. we render the calves of our lips.

51 I did know thee in the wilderness, 3 Asshur shall not save us; we will not in the land of great drought.

ride upon horses : neither will we say any 6 According to their pasture, so were more to the work of our hands, Ye are our they filled; they were filled, and their gods: for in thee the fatherless findeth heart was exalted: therefore have they mercy. forgotten me.

4 H I will heal their backsliding, I will 7 Therefore I will be unto them as a lion: love them freely : for mine anger is turned as a leopard by the way will I observe them. away from him.

8 I will meet them as a bear that is be 5°I will be as the dew unto Israel: he reaved of her whelps, and will rend the shall grow as the lily, and cast forth his caul of their heart, and there will I devour roots as Lebanon. them like a lion: the wild beast shall tear 6 His branches shall spread, and his them.

beauty shall be as the olive-tree, and his 9 TO Israel, thou hast destroyed thy- smell

as Lebanon. self; but in me is thine help.

7. They that dwell under his shadow 10 I will be thy king: where is any other shall return; they shall revive as the corn, that may save thee in all thy cities? and and grow as the vine : the scent thereof thy judges of whom thou saidst, Give me shall be as the wine of Lebanon. a king and princes?

8 Ephraim shall say, What have I to do 111 gave thee a king in mine anger, and any more with idols? I have heard hrin, took him away in my wrath.

and observed him: I am like a green fire 12 The iniquity of Ephraim is bound tree. From me is thy fruit found. up; his sin is hid.

9 Who is wise, and he shall understand 13 The sorrows of a travailing woman these things ? prudent, and be shall know shall come upon him: he is an unwise them ? for the ways of the Lord are right, son; for he should not stay long in the and the just shall walk in them: but the place of the breaking forth of children. transgressors shall fall therein.



4 That which the palmer-worm hath THE word of the LORD that came to left hath the locust eaten; and that which Joel the son of Pethuel.

the locust bath left bath the canker-worm 2 Hear this, ye old men, and give ear, eaten; and that which the canker-worm all ye inhabitants of the land. Hath this hath left hath the caterpillar eaten. been in your days, or even in the days of 5 Awake, ye drunkards, and weep; and your fathers ?

how), all ye drinkers of wine, because of 3 Tell ye your children of it, and let the new wine; for it is cut off from your your children tell their children, and their mouth. children another generation.

0 For a nation is come up upon my lapd,


God recommends fasting. CHAP. II. The terribleness of God's judgment. strong, and without number, whose teeth people and a strong; there hath not been are the teeth of a lion, and he hath the ever the like, neither shall be any more afcheek teeth of a great lion.

ter it, even to the years of many gene7 He hath laid my vine waste, and rations. barked my fig-tree: he hath made it clean 3 A fire devoureth before them; and bare, and cast it away; the branches there- behind them a flame burneth: the land is of are made white.

as the garden of Eden before them, and 8 Lament like a virgin girded with sack-behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, cloth for the husband of her youth. and nothing shall escape them.

9. The meat-offering and the drink-offer 4 The appearance of them is as the aping is cut off from the house of the Lord; pearance of horses; and as horsemen so the priests, the Lord's ministers, mourn. shall they run.

10 The field is wasted, the land mourn 5 Like the noise of chariots on the tops eth; for the corn is wasted: the new wine of mountains shall they leap, like the noise is dried up, the oil languisheth.

of a flame of fire that devoureth the stubble, 11 Be ye ashamed, 0 ye husbandmen; as a strong people set in battle-array, howl, O ye vine-dressers, for the wheat 6 Before their face the people shall be and for the barley; because the harvest of much pained: all faces shall gather blackthe field is perished.

12 The vine is dried up, and the fig-tree 7 They shall run like mighty men; they languisheth; the pomegranate-tree, the shall climb the wall like men of war; and palm-tree also, and the apple-tree, even all they shall march every one on his ways, the trees of the field, are withered : be- and they shall not break their ranks: cause joy is withered away from the sons 8 Neither shall one thrust another; they of men.

shall walk every one in his path: and when 13 Gird yourselves, and lament, ye they fall upon the sword, they shall not be priests : howl, ye ministers of the altar: wounded. come, lie all night in sackcloth,

ye minis 9 They shall run to and fro in the city; ters of my God for the meat-offering and they shall run upon the wall, they shall the drink-offering is withholden from the climb up upon the houses; they shall enter house of your God.

in at the windows like a thief. 14 T Sanctify ye a fast, call a solemn 10 The earth shall quake before them; assembly, gather the elders and all the in- the heavens shall tremble: the sun and the habitants of the land into the house of the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall LORD your God, and cry unto the LORD, withdraw their shining:

15 Alas for the day! for the day of the 11 And the LORD shall utter his voicc beLord is at hand, and as a destruction from fore his army: for his camp is very great: the Almighty shall it come.

for he is strong that executeth his word: 16 Is not the meat cut off before our eyes, for the day of the Lord is great and very yea, joy and gladness from the house of our terrible ; and who can abide it? God?

12 T Therefore also now, saith the 17 The seed is rotten under their clods, LORD, Turn ye even to me with all your the garners are laid desolate, the barns are heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, broken down; for the corn is withered. and with mourning :

18 How do the beasts groan! the herds 13 And rend your heart, and not your of cattle are perplexed, because they have garments, and turn unto the LORD your no pasture; yea, the flocks of sheep are God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow made desolate.

to anger, and of great kindness, and re19 O LORD, to thee will I cry: for the penteth him of the evil. fire bath devoured the pastures of the wil 14 Who knoweth if he will return and derness, and the flame hath burned all the repent, and leave a blessing behind him ; trees of the field.

even a meat-offering and a drink-offering 20 The beasts of the field cry also unto unto the LORD your God? thee: for the rivers of waters are dried

up, 159 Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify and the fire hath devoured the pastures of a fast, call a solemn assembly: the wilderness.

16'Gather the people, sanctify the conCHAP. II.

gregation, assemble the elders, gather the LOW

sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, let all the inhabitants of the land tremble : and the bride out of her closet. for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is 17 Let the priests, the ministers of the nigh at hand;

LORD, weep between the porch and the 2 A day of darkness and of gloominess, a altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the LORD, and give not thine heritage to remorning spread upon the mountains: a great proach, that the heathen should rule oro.


Allessing is promised.

JOEL. God's judgment on his enemies. them: wherefore should they say among the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem, the people, Where is their God?

2 I will also gather all nations, and will 18 1 Then will the Lord be jealous for bring them down into the valley of Jehohis land, and pity his people.

shaphat, and will plead with them there 19 Yea, the Lord will answer and say for my people and for my heritage Israel, unto his people, Behold, I will send you whom they have scattered among the nacorn, and wine, and oil, and ye shall be tions, and parted my land. satisfied therewith: and I will no more 3 And they have cast lots for my people ; make you a reproach among the beathen: and have given a boy for a harlot, and

20 But I will remove far off from you the sold a girl for wine, that they might drink. porthern army, and will drive him into a 4 Yea, and what have ye to do with me, land barren and desolate, with his face to- o Tyre, and Zidon, and all the coasts of ward the east sea; and his hinder part to- Palestine ? will ye render me a recomward the utmost sea, and his stink shall pense? and if ye recompense me, swiftly come up, and his ill savour shall come up, and speedily will I return your recompense because he hath done great things.

upon your own head; 21 T Fear not, O land; be glad and re 5. Because ye have taken my silver and joice: for the Lord will do great things. my gold, and have carried into your tem

22 Be not afraid, ye beasts of the field : ples my goodly pleasant things. for the pastures of the wilderness do spring, 6 The children also of Judah and the for the tree beareth her fruit, the fig-tree children of Jerusalem have ye sold unto and the vine do yield their strength. the Grecians, that ye might remove them

23 Be glad then, ye children of Zion, far from their border. and rejoice in the Lord your God: for he 7 Behold, I will raise themout of the place bath given you the former rain moderately, whither ye have sold them, and will return and he will cause to come down for you your recompense upon your own head: the rain, the former rain, and the latter 8 And I will sell your sons and your rain in the first month.

daughters into the hand of the children of 24 And the floors shall be full of wheat, Judah, and they shall sell them to the Saand the fats shalloverflow with wine and oil. beans, to a people far off: for the LORD

25 And I will restore to you the years hath spoken it. that the locust hath eaten, the canker-worm, 9 T Proclaim ye this among the Gen- ; and the caterpillar, and the palmer-worm, tiles; Prepare war, wake up the mighty my great army which I seni among you. men, let all the men of war draw near; let

26 And ye shall eat in plenty, and be sa-them come up: tisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your 10 Beat your plough-shares into swords, God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and your pruning-hooks into spears: let and my people shall never be ashamed. the weak say, I am strong,

27 And ye shall know that I am in the 11 Assemble yourselves, and come, all midst of Israel, and that I am the LORD ye heathen, and gather yourselves together your God, and none else: and my people round about: thither cause tby mighty shall never be ashamed.

ones to come down, O LORD. 28 T And it shall come to pass afterward, 12 Let the beathen be wakened, and come that I will pour out my Spirit upon all tiesh; up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there and your sons and your daughters shall will sit to judge all the heathen round prophesy, your old men shall dream about. dreams; your young men

visions: 13 Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest 29 and also upon the servants and upon is ripe: come, get you down; for the press the handmaids in those days will I pour is full, the fats overflow; for their wickedout my Spirit.

ness is great. 30 And I will shew wonders in the 14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, of decision : for the day of the LORD is near and pillars of smoke.

in the valley of decision. 3 The sun shall be turned into darkness, 15 The sun and the moon shall be dark and the moon into blood, before the great cned, and the stars shall withdraw their and the terrible day of the LORD come. shining:

32 And it shall come to pass, that who 16 The Lord also sball roar out of Zion, soever shall call on the name of the LORD and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and heavens and the earth shall shake, but the in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the Lord will be the hope of his people, and Lord hath said, and in the remnant whom the strength of the children of Israel. the Lord shall call.

17 So shall ye know that I am the LORD CHAP. II.

your God dwelling in Zion my holy moun. behold, in those days, and in tain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there, ihat tine, when I shall bring agair

shall no strangers pass throughherany more.

shall see

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