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4 Come to Beth-el, and transgress; at HI

EAR this word that the Lord hath spo- Giigal multiply transgression; and bring

ken against you, O children of Israel, your sacrifices every morning, and your against the whole fainily which I brought tithes after three years; up from the land of Egypt, saying,

5 And offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving 2 You only have I known of all the fami- with leaven, and proclaim and publish the iies of the earih; therefore I will punish you fice-offerings; for this liketh you, O ye for all your iniquities.

chberen oi Israel, saith the Lord God. 3 Can two walk together, except they be 6 | And I also have given you cleanness agreed?.

of teeth in all your cities, and want of bread 4 Will a liou roar in the forest when he in all your places; yet have ye not returned hath no prey? will a young liou cry out of unto me, saith the Lord. his den if he liave taken nothing?

Į 7 And also I have withholden the rain from 5 Can a bird fall in a snare upon the earth you, when there were yet three months to the where no gin is for him ? shall one take up a harvest : and I caused it to rain upon one snare from the earth, and have taken noth- city, and caused it not to rain upon another ing at all?

city: one piece was rained upon, and the 6 Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and piece whereupon it rained not withered. the people not be afraid ? shall there be evil 8 So two or three cities wandered unto in a city, and the Lord hath not done it? one city, to drink water; but they were not

7. Surely the Lord God will do nothing, satisfied: yet have ye not returned unto me, but he revealeth his secret unto liis servants saith the LORD). the prophets.

9 I have smilten you with blasting and 8'The lion hath roared, who will not sear? mildew : when your gardens, and your the Lord Gov bath spoken, who can but pro-l vineyards, and your fig-trees, and your phesy?.

olive-trees increased, the poliner-worm de9 T Publish in the palaces at Ashdod, and veured them : yet have yo not returned unito in the palaces in the land of Egypt, and say, me, saith the Lord. Assemble yourselves upon the mountains of 10 I have sent among you the pestilence, Samaria, and behold ihe great tumults in after the manner of Egypt: your young men the midst thereof, and the oppressed in the have I slain with the sword, and have taken midst thereof.

away your borses; and I have made the stink 10 For they know not to do right, saith of your camps to come up unto your nostrils: the Lord, who store up violence and robbe- yet have ve not returned unto me, saith the ry in their palaces

LORD. 11 Therefore thus saith the Lord God, An u I have overthrown some of you, as God adversary there shall be even round about the overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, and ye land; and he shall bring down thy strength were as a firebrand plucked out of the burnfrom thee, and thy palaces shall be spoiled. ing: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith

12 Thus saith the LORD, As the shepherd the LORD. taketh out of the mouth of the lion two legs, 12 Therefore thus will I do unto thee, O or a piece of an ear; so shall the children of Israel: and because I will do this unto thee, Israel be taken out that dwell in Samaria in prepare to meet thy God, O Israel. the corner of a bed, and in Damascus in a 13 For, lo, he that formeth the mountains, couch.

and createth the wind, and declareth unto 13 Hear yc, and testify in the house of Ja. man what is his thought, that maketh the cob, saith the Lord Gov, the God of hosts, norning darkness, and treadeth upon the

14 That in the day that I shall visit the trans- high places of the earth, The Load, The gressions of Israel upon him, I will also visit Gud of hosts, is his name. the altars of Beth-el; and the horns of the

CHAP. V. altar shall be cut off, and fall to the ground. HEAR ye this word which I take

15 And I wiil smite the winter-house with against you, even a lamentation, 98 the summer-house; and the houses of ivory house of Israel. shall perish, and the great houses shall have 2 The virgin of Israel is fallen; she shall an end, saith the LORD.

no more rise : she is forsaken upon her land; CHAP. IV.

there is none to raise her up. HE (EAR this word, ye kine of Bashan, that 3 For thus saith the Lord God, The city

are in the mountain of Samaria, which that went out by a thousand shall leave an oppress the poor, which crush the needy, lundred, and that which went forth by an which say to their masters, Bring, and let hundred shall leave ten, to the house of Isus drink.

rael. 2 The Lord God hath sworn by his holi 4 | For thus saith the LORD unto the house ness, that, lo, the day shall come upon you, of Israel, Seek ye me, and ye shall live. that he will take you away with hooks, and 5 But seek not Beth-el, nor enter into Gilyour posterity with fish-hooks.

gal, and pass not to Beer-sheba : for Gilgal 3 And ye shall go out at the breaches, every shall surely go into captivity, and Beth-el coren al that which is before her; and ye shall shall come to nought. cast them into the palace, saith the LORD. 6 Seek the Lord, and ye shall live ; lest

he break out like fire in the bousc of Joseph, i 26 But ye have bore the tabernacle of your and devour it, and there be none in quench il Moloch and Chiun your images, the star of :n Beth-el.

your god, which ye made to yourselves. 7 Ye who turn judgment to wormwood, 27 Tberefore will I cause you to go into and leave off-righicousness in the earth, captivity beyond Damascus, saith the LORD

8 Seek him that maketh the seven stars and whose name is The God of hosts. Orion, and turnerh the shadow of death into

CHAP, VI. the morning, and maketh the day dark with VOE to them that are at ease in Ziou, night : that calleth for the waters of the sea, and trust in the mountain of Samaria, and poureth them out upon the face of the which are nanied chief of the nations,to whom earth: The Lord is his name :

the house of Israel came! 9 That strengtheneth the spoiled against 2 Pass ye unto Calneh, and sec; and from the strong, so that the spoiled shall come thence go ye to Hamath the great: then go ègainst the fortress.

down to Gath of the Philistines: be they bet. 10 They hate him that rebuketh in the ter than these kingdoms or their border gale, and they abhor him that speaketh up- greater than your border? rightly.

3 Ye that put far away the evil day, and 11 Forasmuch therefore as your treading cause the seat of violence to come near ; is upon the poor, and ye take from bim bur 4 Thai lie upon beds of ivory, and stretch dens of wheat : ye have built houses of hewn themselves upon their couches, and eat the stone, but ye shall not dwell in thein; ye lambs out of the flock, and the calves out of have planted pleasant vineyards, but ye shall the midst of the stall; not driuk wine of them.

5 That chant to the sound of the viol, and 12 For I know your manifold transgres-invent to themselves instruments of musick, sions and your mighty sins: they afflict the like Ljavid; just, they iake a bribe, and they turn aside 6 That drink wine in bowls, and anoint ine poor in the gate from their right. themselves with the chief ointments: but they

13 Therefore the prudent shall keep si- are not grieved for the affliction of Joseph. lence in that time; for it is an evil time. 7 [ Therefore now shall they go captive

14 Seek good, and not evil, that ye may with the first that go captive, and the ban live ; and so the Lord, the God of hosts, shall quet of them that stretched themselves shall be with you, as ye have spoken.

be removed. 15 Hale the evil, and love the goodi, and 8 The Lord God hath sworn by himself, establish judgment in the gate : it may be saith the Lord, the God of hosts, l'abhor the that the Lord God of hosts will be gracious excellency of Jacob, and bate his palaces : unto the remnant of Joseph.

therefore will I deliver up the city, with all 16 Therefore the Lord, the God of hosts, that is therein. the Lord saith thus, Wailing shull be in all 9 And it shall come to pass, if there remain streets; and they shall say in all the high- ten men in one house, that they shall die. ways, Alas' alas! and they shall call The 10 And a man's uncle shall take him up, hushandman to mourning, and such as are and he that burneth hiin, to bring out the skilful of lamentation to wailig.

bones out of the house, and shall say unto 17 And in all vineyards shall be wailing : hin that is hy the sides of the house, Is for I will pass through thee, saith the Lord. there yet any with thee? and be sball say, No

18 Woe unto you that desire the day of the Then shall he say, Hold thy longue ; for we Lord! to what end is it for you? the day of may not make mention of the name of the the Lord is darkness, and not light. LOR]).

19 As if a mas, did flee froin a lion, and a ul For, behold, the Lord commandeth, and bear met bim; or went into the house, and he will smite the great house with breaches, leaned his band on the wall, and a seipent and the liule bouse with cletis. bit him.

12 s Shal! horses run upon the rock? will 20 Shuil not the day of the Lord be dark- one plow there with oxent for ye have turnness, and not light? even very dark, and no ed judgmem into gall, and the fruit of righbrightness in it?

teousness into hemlock : 21 1 I hate, I despise your feast-days, and 13 Ye which rejoice in a thing of nought, I will not sinell in your solemn assemblies, which say, Have we not taken to us horns by

22 Though ye offer me burnt-offerings, and our own strength ? your meat-offerings, I will not accepi them ; 14 But, behold, I will raise up against you neither will I regard the peace-offerings of a nation, O house of Israel, saith the Lord, your fat beasts.

the God of bosts; and they shall afflict you 23 Take thou away from me the noise of from the entering in of Hamath unto the thy songs; for I wil 'not hear the melody of river of the wilderness. thy viols.

CHAP. VII. 34. But let judgment run down as waters, THUS hat, the Lord God shewed unto and

25 Have ye offered unto me sacrifices and pers in the beginning of the shooting up of offerings in the wilderness forty years, 0, ihe latter growth; and, lo, il uus the latter house of Israel?

growth afer the king's mowiugs

2 And it came to pass, that when they had howlings in that day, saith the Lord God made an end of eating the grass of the land, there sholl he many dead bodies in every place, phen I said, O Lord Gop, forgive, I beseech they shall cast them forth with silence. cliee; by whom shall Jacob ärise ? for be is 4 Hear this, o se that swallow up the .

needy, even to make the poor of the land to 3 The Lord repented for this: It shall not fail, be, saith the LORD.

5 Saying, when will the new-moon be 4 1 Thus bath the Lord Gon showed unto gone, that we may seli coru? and the sahme; and, behoid, the Lord Gon called 10 bath, that we may set forth wheat, making coniend by fire, and it devoured the great the ephah smal!, and the shekel great, and ucep, and did eat up a part.

falsifying the balances hy deceit" Then said I, O Lord God, cease, I he 6 That we may buy the poor for silver, Beech thee: by whom shall Jacob arise? for and the needy for a pair of shoes; yea, aur he is small.

sell the refuse of the wheat? 6 The Lord repented for this. This also 7 The Lord hath sworn by the excellency sha'i nor be, saith tlie Lord God.

of Jacob, Surely I will never forget any of 9 Thus he shewed ine; and, behold, the their works LORD stood upon a wall made by a plumb 8 Shall not the land tremble for this, and line, with a plumb-line in his hand. every one mourn that dwellet! therein and

8 And the Lord said unto me, Amos, what it shall rise up wholly as a food; and it shall seest thou ? And I said, A plumb-line. Then be cast out and drowned, as by the flood of said the LORD, Behold, I will set a pluunh- Egypt. line in the midst of my people Israel: I will 9 And it shall come to pass in that day, not again pass by them any more:

saith the Lord God, that I will cause the sun 9 And the high places of Isaac shall be de- 10 go down at noon, and I will darken the solate, and the sanctuaries of Israel shall he earth in the clear day: laid waste; and I will rise against the house 10 And I will turn your feasts into mouryof Jeroboam with the sword.

ing, and all your songs into lamentation; 10 Then Amaziah, the priest of Beth-el, and I will bring up sackcloth upon all loins, senu w Jeroboam king of Israel, saying, Amos and baldness upon every head; and I will bath conspired against thee in the midst of make it as the mourning of an only son, and che house of Israel: the land is not able to the end thereof as a bitter day. bear all his words.

11 1 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord 11 For thus Amos saith, Jeroboamshall die God, that I will send a famine in the land, hy the sword, and Israel shall surely be led not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, away captive out of their own land. but of hearing the words of the Lord :

12 Also Amazialı said into Amos, 0 thou 12 And they shall wander from sea to sea, secr, go, flee thee away into the land of Ju- and from the north even to the cast; they dah, and there ea bread, and prophesy there. shall run 10 and fro to seek the word of thie

13 But prophesy not again any moro at Lors, and shall not find it. Beth-el: for ii is the king's chapel, and it is 13 In that day shall the sair virgins and the king's court.

young men faint for thirst. 14 Then answered Ainos, and said :0 14 They that swear hy the sin of Samaria, Amaziah, I wus no prophet, neither was 1 and say, l'hy god, o Dan, liveth ; and, The a prophet's son; bul I was an herdman, and manner of Beer-sheba liveth; even they shall a gatherer of sycamore-fruit:

fall, and never rise up agam. 15 And the LORD took me as I followed

CHAP. IX. the flock, and the Lord said unto me, Go, I SAW the Lord standing upon the aftar:

16 1 Now therefore hear thou the word of that the posts may shake: and cut them in the LORD; Thou sayest, F rophesy not against the head, all of them; and I will slay the last Israel, and drop not thy word against the of them with the sword: be that fleeth of house of Isaac.

them shall not flce away, and be that esca17 Therefore thus saith the LORD), Thy peth of them shall not be delivered. wife shall be an harlot in the city, and thy 2 Though they dig into hell, thence shall sons and thy rlaughters shall fall by the sword, mine baud take them; though they climb up and thy land shall be divided by line; and to heaven, thence will I bring them down : thou shalt die in a polluted land: and Israel 3 And though they hide themselves in tine shall surely go into captivity forih oshis land. top of Carmel, I will search and take them CHAP. VII.

out thence; and though they be bid from THUS hath the Lord Gopshewed unto me; my sight in the bottom of the sea, thence

and behold a basket of summer-fruit. will I command the serpent, and he shall bite 2 And he said, Amos, what seest thou? And them: I said, A basket of summer-fruit. Then said 4 And though they go intɔ captivity bethe LORD unto me, The end is come upon fore their enemies, thence will I command my people of Israel; I will not again pass by the sword, and it shall slay them: and I wil them any more.

set mine eyes upon thein for evil and ww.

8 And the Lord God of hosts is he by the sword, which say, The dril shall not that toucheth the land, and it shall melt, overtake nor prevent us. and all that dwell therein shall mourn :

II I In that day will I raise up the taler and it shall rise up wholly like a flood ;l nacle of David that is fallen, and close up and shall be drowned, as by the flood of the breaches thereof; and I will raise up Egypt.

his ruins, and I will build it as in the days 6 Ti is he that buildeth his stories in the of old : heaven, and nath founded his troop in the 12 That they may possess the remnant of earth; he that calleth for the waters of the Edom, and of all the heathen, which are sea, and poureth them out upon the face of called by my name, saith the Lord that dothe earth; The Lord is his name. eth this.

7 Are ye not as children of the Ethiopians 13 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, unto me; O children of Israel? saith the that the plowman shall overtake the reaper, Lord. Have not I brought up Israel out and the treader of grapes him that soweth of the land of Egypt? and the Philistines seed; and the mountains shall drop sweet from Caphtor, and the Syrians from Kir? wine, and all the hills shall melt.

8 Behold, the eyes of the Lord God are 14 And I will bring again the captivity of upon the sini ul kingdom, and I will destroy my people of Israel, and they shall build the it from off the face of the earth; saving that waste cities, and inhabit them ; and they shall I will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob, plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; saith the LORD.

they shall also make gardens, and eat the 9 For, lo, I will command, and I will sist fruit of them. the house of Israel among all nations, like 15 And I will plant them upon their land, as corn is sified in a sieve, yet shall not the and they shall no more be pulled up out of least grain fall upon the earth.

their land which I have given them, saith 10 All the sinners of my peopie sha!l die the LORD thy God.


TOBADIAH. The vision of Olvadiah.

Thus saith the other side, in the day that the strangers car. Lord God concerning Edom, We have fried away captive his forces, and foreigners neard a rumour from the LORD, and an am- entered into his gates, and cast lots upon Je. bassador is sent among the heathen: Arise rusalem, even thou wast as one of them. ye, and let us rise up against her in battle. 12 But thou shouldest not have looked on

2 Behold, I have made thee small among the day of thy brother, in the day that he he. the heathen : thou art greatly despised. came a stranger; neither shouldest thou have

31 The pride of thine heart hath deceived rejoiced over the children of Judah in the day thee, thou that dwellest in the clefts of the of their destruction; neither shouldest thou rock, whose habitation is high; that saith have spoken proudly in the day of distress. in his heart, Who shall bring me down to the 13 Thou shouldest not have entered into ground?

the gate of my people in the day of their ca. 4 Though thou exalt thyself as the eagle, lamily: yen, thou shouldest not have looked and though wou set thy nest among the on their affliction in the day of their calastars, thence will I bring thee down, saith mity, nor have laid hands on their substance the Lord.

in the day of their calamity : 5 If thieves came to thee, if robbers by 14 Neither shouldest thou have stood in the night, (low art thou cut off!) would they cross-way, 10 cut off those of his that did es. noi kave stolen till they had enough? if the cape ; neither shouldest thou have delivered grape-gatherers came to thee, would they up those of his that did remain in the day of nou leave some grapes ?

6 How are the things of Esau searched out! 15 For the day of the Lort is near upon how are his hidden things sought up! all the heathen: as thou hast clone, it shall

7 All the men of thy confederacy have be done unto thee; thy reward shall return brought thee eren to the border: the men upon thine own head. that were at peace with thee have deceived 16 For as ye have drunk upon my holy thee, and prevailed against thee; they that mountain, so shall all the heathen drink conBut thy bread have laid a wound under thee:tinually; yea, they shall drink, and they shall There is none understanding in him. swallow down, and they shall be as though

8 Shall I not in that day, saith the Lord, they had not been. cven destroy the wise men out of Edom, and 17 1 But upon mount Zion shall be deli understanding out of the mount of Esau ? verance, and ihere shall he holiness; and the

9 And thy mighty men, O Teman, shall be house of Jacob shall possess their possessions dismayed, to the end that every one of the 18 And the house of Jacob shall be a fire, nanunt of Esau may be cut off by slaughter. and the house of Joseph a flame, and the

10 For thy violence against thy brother house of Esau for stubble, and they shall Jacob shame shall cover thee, and thou shall kindle in them, and devour them; and there be cut off for ever.

shall not be any remaining of the house of 11 In the day that thou stoodest on the Esau: for the LORD hath spoken it.


19 fod they of the south shall possess the the Canaanites, even unto Zarephath; and nount of Esau ; and they of the plain the Phi- the captivity of Jerusalem, which is in listines: and they shall possess the fields of Sepharad, shall possess the cities of the Ephraim, and the fields of Samaria ; and Ben- south janin shuill possess Gilead.

21 And saviours shall come up on mount 20 Anel the capuvity of this lost of Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the the children of Israei' shall possess that of kingdom shall be the Lord's.

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thou, O Lorn, bast done as it pleased thee OW the word of the Lord came unto 15 So they took up Jonah, and cast him

Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, forth into the sea; and the sea ceased from 2 Arise, go to Ninevel, that great city, and her raging. cry against it ; for their wickedness is come 16 Then the men feared the Lordexceed. up before me.

ingly, and offered a sacrifice unto the LORD, 3 But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish and made vows. from the presence of the Lord, and went 17 Now the Lord had prepared a great fisk down to Joppa ; and he found a ship going to swallow up Jouah. And Jovah was in the lo Tarshish: so be paid the fare :hereof, and belly of the fish three days and three nights. went down into it, to go with them unto Tar

CHAP. II. shish from the presence of the Lord. 4. But the Lord sent out a great wind in. THEN Jonah prayed unto the Lord lis

God out of the fish's belly, to the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in 2 And said, I cried by reason of mine af the sea, so that the ship was like to be broken. fliction unto the Lord, and he heard me ; ou

5 Then the mariners were afraid, and cried of the belly of hel! cried I, and thou beardes! every man unto his god, and cast forth the my voice. wares that were in the ship into the sea, 10 3 For thou badst cast me into the deep, in lighten it of them: but Jonal was gone down the midst of the seas; and the floods com. into the sides of the ship; and he lay, and passed me about: all thy billows and thy was fast asleep.

waves passed over me. 6 So the shipmaster caine

4 Then I said, I am cast out of thy sight , unto him, What meanest thone stepper? yet I will look again toward thy holy temple. arise, call upon thy God, if sote that Gud 5 The waters compassed me about, even to will think upon us, that we perish not. the soui. the depth closed me round aboul,

7 And they said, every one to his fellow, the weeds were wrapped about my head. Cone, and let us cast lots, that we may 6 I went down to the boutons of the mounknow for whose cause this evil is upon us. tains; the earth with her bars uis about me So they cast lots, and the lot fell upon Jonah. for ever: yet hast thou brought up my life

8 Then said they unto him, Tell us, we from corruption, O Lord my God. pray thee, for whose cause this evil is upon 7 When my soul fainted within me I reus : what is thine occupation ? and whence membered the LORD ; and my prayer came comest thou? what is thy country? and of in unto thee, into thine holy temple. what people arl thou?

& They ibat observe lying vanities forsake 9 And he said unto them, I am an Hebrew; their own mercy. and I far the Lord, the God of beaven, 9 But I will sacrifice unto thee with the which hath made the sea and the dry land. 'voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I

10 Then were the inen exceedingly a- have rowed. Salvation is of the LORD. fraid, and said unto him, Why last inou 10 1 And the LORI) spake unto the fish, done this: (for the men knew that he fied and il vomited out Jonah upon the dry land. from the presence of the Lord, because he

CHAP. sti. had told them.)

ND the word of the LORD came unto 11 I Then said they unto him, What shall A Jonah the second time, saying, we do unto thee, that the sea way be calm 2 Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, unto us? (for the sea wrought, and was tem- and preach unto it the preaching that I bid pestuous.)

thee. 12 And he said unto them, Take me up, 3 So Jonah arose, and went unto Nineveh, and cast me forth into the sea ; so shall the according to the word of the LORD. (Now sea be calin unto you: for I know that for Nineveh was an exceeding great city of my sake this greai tempest is upon you. three days' journey.)

13 Nevertheless the men rowed hard to 4 And Jonah began to enter into the cuy bring it to the land; but they could not: for a day's journey, and he cried, and said, Yet the sea wrought, and was tempestuous forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown against thein.

51 So the people of Nineveh helieved 14 Where sure they cried unto the Lord, Ged, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackand said, We beseech thee, O Lord, we be cloth, from the greatest of them even to the seech thee, let us not perish for this man's least of them. life, and lay not upon us innocent blood for 6 For word came unto the king of Nine


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