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wild ass alone by himself: Ephraim hath hired lovers. | 10 Yea, though they have hired among the nations, now will I gather them, and they shall sorrow a little for the burden of the king of princes. 11 Because Ephraim hath made many altars to sin, altars shall be unto him to sin. 12. I have written to him the great things of my law, but they were counted as a strange thing. . 13 They sacrifice flesh for the sacrifices of mine offerings, and eat it ; but the LoRD accepteth them not; now will he remember their iniquity, and visit their sins: they shall return to Egypt. 14 For Israel hath forgotten his Maker, and buildeth temples; and Judah hath multiplied fenced cities: but I will send a fire upon his cities, and it shall devour the palaces thereof. CHAP. IX. The distress and capitivity of Israel for their sins and idolatry. EJOICE not, O Israel, for joy, as other people: for thou hast gone, a whoring from thy God, thou hast loved a reward upon every corn-floor. 2 The floor and the wine-press shall not feed them, and the new wine shall fail in her. 3 They shall not dwell in the Lond's land; but †. shall return to Egypt, and they shalleatuncleanthings in Assyria. 4 They shall not offer wine-offerings to the Lord, neither shall they be pleasing unto him : their sacrifices shall be unto them as the bread of mourners; all that eat thereof shall be polluted: for their bread for their soul shall not come into the house of the Lo R D. 5. What will ye do in the solemn day, and in the day of the feast of the LoRD 2 6 For lo, they are gone because of destruction: Egypt shall gather them up, Memphis shall bury them: the pleasant filaces for their silver, nettles shall possess them : thorns shall be in their tabernacles. 7 The days of visitation are come, the days of recompense are come; Israel shall know it : the prophet is a fool, the spiritual unan is mad, for the multitude of thine iniquity, and the great hatred. 8 The watchman of Ephraim was with my God: but the prophet is a snare of a fowler in all his ways, and hatred in the house of his God. 9 They have deeply corrupted themselves, as in the days of Gibeah: there./ore he will remember their iniquity, he will visit their sins. 10 I found Israel like grapes in the wilderness; I saw your fathers as the first ripe in the fig-tree at her first time: but they went to Baal-peor, and separated

themselves unto that shame; and their a

sins and idolatry. 703 bominations were according as they loved: 11 vis for Ephraim, their glory shall fly away like a bird, from the birth, and from the womb, and from the conception. 12 Though they bring up their children, yet will 1 bereave them, that there shall not be a man lost : yea, woe also to them when I depart from then 13 Ephraim, as I saw Tyrus, is planted in a pleasant place: but Ephraim shall bring forth his children to the murderer. 14. Give them, O Lord : what wilt thou give 2 give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts. 15 All their wickedness is in Gilgal: for there I hated them : for the wickedness of their doings I will drive them out of mine house, I will love them no more: all their princes are revolters. 16 Ephraim is smitten, their root is dried up, they shall bear no fruit: yea, though they bring forth, yet will I slay even the beloved fruit of their womb. 17 My God will cast them away, because they did not hearken unto him : and they shall be wanderers among the

nations. CHAP. X. Israel is refiroved and threatened for their impiety and idolatry.

Iso is an empty vine, he bringeth

forth fruit unto himself: according to the multitude of his fruit he hath increased the altars; according to the goodness of his land they have made goodly im

agres. s: Their heart is divided; now shall they be found faulty: he shall break down their altars, he shall spoil their images. 3 For now they shall say, We have no king, because we feared not the LoRD ; what then should a king do to us? 4 They have spoken words, swearing falsely in making a covenant; thus judgment springeth up as hemlock in the furrows of the field. 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 on it, for the glory thereof, because it is departed from it. 6 It shall be also carried unto Assyria,

for a present to king Jareb : Ephraim

shall receive shame, and Israel shall be ashamed of his own counsel.

7 o, Samaria, her king is cut off. as the foam upon the water.

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 mountains, Cover us; and to the hills, Fall on

uS. 9 O Israel, thou hast sinned from the

704 Israel's ingratitude.

days of Gibeah: there they stood: the battle in Gibeah against the children of iniquity did not overtake them. fo It is in my desire that I should chastise them ; and the people shall be gatheved against them, when they shall bind themselves in their two furrows. 11 And Ephraim is as an heifer that is taught, and loveth to tread out the corn ; but I passed over upon her fair neck: I will make Ephraim to ride; Judah shall plow, and Jacob shall break his clods. 12 Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the Lord, till he come and rain righteousness upon "Oul. 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. 14 Therefore shalla tumultarise among thy people, and all thy fortresses shall be spoiled, as Shalman spoiled Bethar-bel in the day of battle: the mother was dashed in pieces upon her children. 15 So shall Beth-el do unto vou because of your great wickedness: in a morning shall the king of Israel utterly be cut off CHAP. XI. 1 The ingratitude of Israel unto God for his benefits. 9 Their judgment. HEN Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt. 2 As they called them, so they went from them: they sacrificed unto Baalim, and burned incense to graven images. 3 I taught Ephraim also to go, taking them by their arms; but they knew not that I healed them. 4 I drew them with cords of a man, with bands of love: and I was to them as they that take off the yoke on their jaws, and I laid meat unto them. 5 He shall not return into the land of Egypt, but the Assyrian shall be his king, because they refused to return. 6 And the sword shall abide on his cities, and shall consume his branches, and devour them, because of their own counsels. 7 And my people are bent to backsliding from me: though they called them to the most High, none at all would exalt him. 8 How shall I give thee up, Fphraim 2 ow shall I deliver thee, Israel? how shall I make thee as Admah? how shall set thee as Zeboim 2 mine heart is turned within me, my repentings are kindled together. 9 I will not execute the fierceness of mine anger, I will not return to destroy

Ephraim: for I am God, and not man;


.M refiroof of Efthraim, &c. the Holy One in the midst of thee: and

I will not enter into the city. 10 They shall walk after the Lord :

he shall roar like a lion: when he shall roar, then the children shall tremble

from the west. 11 They shall tremble as a bird out of Egypt, and as a dove out of the land of Assyria: and I will place them in their houses, saith the Lord. 12 Ephraim compasseth me about with lies, and the house of Israel with deceit: but Judah yet ruleth with God, and is faithful with the saints. CHAP. XII. 1.4 refroof of Efthraim, Judah, and Jacob. 3.An exhortation to reflentance. PHRAIM feedeth on wind, and followeth after the east wind: he daily increaseth lies 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; according to his doings will he recompense him. 3 || He took his brother by the heel in the womb, and by his strength he had power with God: 4 Yea, he had power over the angel, and prevailed: he wept, and made suplication unto him : he found him in eth-el, and there he spake with us; 5 Even the Lord God of hosts; the Lord is his memorial. 6 Therefore turn thou to thy God: keep mercy 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. 8 And Ephraim said, Yet I am become rich, I have found me out substance: in all my labours they shall find none iniquity in me that were sin. 9 And I that am the Lo RD thy God from the land of Egypt will yet make thee to dwell in tabernacles, as in the days of the solemn feasts. 10. I have also spoken by the prophets, and I have multiplied visions, and used similitudes, by the ministry of the Fo 11 Is there iniquity in Gilead 2 surely they are vanity: they sacrifice bullocks in Gilgal; yea, their altars are as heaps in the furrows of the fields. 12 And Jacob fled into the country of Syria, and Israel served for a wife, and for a wife he kept sheesh., 13 And by a prophet the Lord brought Israel out of o, and by a prophet was he preserved. 14 Ephraim provoked him to §. most bitterly: therefore shall he leave his blood upon him, and his reproach shall his Lord return unto him.

Efhrain's glory vanished. CHAP. XIII. 1 Esthraim's glory, by reason of idolatru, | vanisheth. 5 God's anger for their un Kindness. 9.1 fromise of God's mercy. ... 15.4 judgment for rebellion. W EN Ephraim spake trembling, he exalted himself in Israel ; but when he offended in Baal, he died. 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 work of the craftsmen: they say of them, Let the men that sacrifice kiss the calves. 3 Therefore they shall be as the morning cloud, and as the early dew that pass- | .# away, as the chaff that is driven with the whirlwind out of the floor, and as the smoke out of the chimney. 4 Yet I am the Lok D thy God from the land of Egypt, and thou shalt know no God but me : for there is no saviour || beside me. | 5 || I did know thee in the wilderness, in the land of great drought. 6 According to their pasture, so were they filled ; they were 'filled, and their heart was exalted ; therefore have they forgotten me. 7. Therefore I will be unto them as a lion : as a leopard by the way will I observe them. 8. I will meet them as a bear that is bereaved of her whelsis, and will rend the caul of their heart, and there will l devour them like a lion: the wild beast shall tear them. 9 || O Israel, thou hast destroyed thyself; but in me is thine help. 10 I will be thy king : , where is any other that may save thee inell thy cities? and thy judges of whom thou saidst, Give me a king and princes 2 11 I give thee a king in mine anger, and to: him away in my wrath. 12. The iniquity of Ephraim is bound up ; his sin is hid. 13 The sorrows of a travailing woman shall come upon him : he is an unwise son ; for he should not stay long in the filace of the breaking forth of children.

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14 I will ransom them from the power of the grave ; I will redeem them from

-An erhortation. 705 death ; O death, I will be thy plagues, 9 grave, I will be thy destruction : repentance, shall be hid from mine eyes.

13 * Though he be fruitful among his brethren, an east wind shall come, the wind of the Lo RD shall come up from the wilderness, and his spring shall beconne "..." his fountain shall be dried up: he shall spoil the treasure of all pleasant vessels.

16 Samaria shall become desolate; for she hath rebelled against her God: the shall fall by the sword: their infants shal be dashed in pieces, and their women with child shall be ripped up.

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tronise of God's blessing. ISRAEL, return unto the Lord thy God; for thou hast fallen by thine

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the Lok D : say unto him, Take away all

iniquity, and receive us graciously : so will we render the calves of our lips. 3 Ashur shall not save us ; we will not ride upon horses: neither will we say any move to the work of our hands, Ye are our gods: for in thee the fatherless findeth mercy. 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 as the lily, and cast forth his roots as Lebanon. 6 His branches shall spread, and his beauty shall be as the olive-tree, and his smell as Lebanon. . 7. They that dwell under his shadow shall return ; they shall revive as the corn, and grow as the vine : the scent thereof shall be as the wine of Lebanon. 8 Ephraim -hall say, What have I to do any more with idols 2 I have heard him, and observed him : I am like a green fir-tree. From me is thy fruit found. 9 Who is wise, and he shall under- stand these things 2 prudent, and he shall know them 2 for the ways of the Lok D are right, and the just shall walk in them : but the transgressors shall fall therein.

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CHAP. I. Joel, declaring sundry judgments of God,

3 Tell ye your children of it, and let

your children to their children, and their

trilocteth to offs rve them, and to mourn. children another generation.

To: word of the Lo R D that came to left hath the locust caten; and that which

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, your fathers 2

or even in the days of

4 That which the palmer-worm hath

the locusthoth left hath the canker-worm

eaten; and that which the canker-worin

hath left hath the caterpillar eaten. 5 Awake, ye drunkards, and weep; and

706 God recommendeth fasting, &c. JOEL. Terribleness of God's judgment.

howl, all ye drinkers of wine, because of the new wine; for it is cut off from your mouth. \ 6 For a nation is come up upon my land, strong, and without number, whose teeth are the teeth of a lion, and he hath the cheek teeth of a great lion. 7. He hath laid my vine waste, and barked my fig-tree: he hath made it clean bare, and cast it away; the branches thereof are made white. 8 || Lament like a . 5. with sackcloth for the husband of her youth. 9 The meat-offering and the drink-offering is cut off from the house of the LoRD ; the priests, the LoRD’s ministers, mourn. 10 The field is wasted, the land mourneth ; for the corn is wasted : the new wine is dried up, the oil languisheth. 11 Beye ashamed, O ye husbandmen; howl, O 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 figtree 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 of men. 13 Gird yourselves, and lament, ye priests : howl, ye ministers of the altar: come, lie all night in sackcloth, ye ministers of my God : for the meat-offering and the drink-offering is withholden from the house of your God. 14 || Sanctify ye a fast, call a solemn assembly, gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land into the house of the LoRD your God, and cry unto the LoRD, 15 Alas for the day! for the day of the

LoRD is at hand, and as a destruction |

from the Almighty shall it come. 16 Is not the meat cut off before our eyes, §§ 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 are perplexed, because they have no pasture; yea, the flocks of sheep are made desolate. 19 O Lord, to thee will I cry: for the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness, and the flame hath burned all the trees of the field. 20 The beasts of the field cry also un

to thee: for the rivers of waters are |

dried up, and the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness.

CHAP. II. 1 The terribleness of God's judgment.

scribeth a fast, 18 and fromiseth a blessing thereon. LOW ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all time inhabitants of the land tremble : for the day of the Lord cometh, for it is nigh at hand; 2 A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread 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 the garden of Eden before them, and bio. a desolate wilderness ; yea, and nothing shall escape them. 4 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 ar

ray. 6 Before their face the people shall be much pained : all faces shall gather blackness. , 7They 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 sword, they shall not be wounded. 9 They shall run to and froin the city; they shall run upon the wall, they shali climb up upon the houses; they shallenter in at the windows like a thief. 10. The earth shall quake before them : the heavens shall tremble : the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw theirshining: 11 And the Lo RD shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great : for he is strong that executeth his word : for the day of the Lord is great and very terrible; and who can abide it? 12 * Therefore also now, saith the LoRD, Turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: 13 And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil. 14 Who knoweth if he will return and repent, and leave a blessing behind him ; even a meat-offering and a drink-offering unto the Lok D your God 2 15 "I Blow the trumpet in Zion, sancti.

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fy a fast, call a solemn assembly :

Joel firescribeth a fast. 16 Gather the people, sanctify the con- tion, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet. 17 Let the priests, the ministers of the LoRD, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O Lord, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God? 18 "I Then will the Lo RD be jealous for his land, and pity his people. 19 Yea, the Lo RD will answer and say unto his P. Behold, I will send you corn, and wine, and oil, and ye shall be satisfied there with : and I will no more make you a reproach among the heathen: 20 But I will remove far off from you the northern army, and will drive him into a land barren and desolate, with his face toward the east sea, and his hinder part toward the utmost sea, and his stink shall come up, and his ill savour shall come up, because he hath done great things. 21 s Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: for the LoBD will do great thin 22 Be not afraid, ye beasts of the field: for the pastures of the wilderness do spring,forthe treebeareth her fruit,the figtree and the vine do yield their strength. 23 Beglad 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 rain in the first month.

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 ears that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpillar, and the palmer-worm, my great army which I sent among you. 26. And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LoRD your God, that hath dealt wonderously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed. 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 of And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your i. hters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: 29 And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit. 30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.


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31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the Lord conne. 32 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LoRD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the Lord hath said, and in the remnant whom the Lord shall call. - CHAP. III. 1God's judgments against the enemies of his fleofile. 18 Flis blessing usion the church. OR behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem, 2 I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land. 3.And they have cast lots for my people; and have given a boy foranharlot, and sold a girl for wine, that they might drink. 4 Yea, and what have ye to do with me, O Tyre, and Zidon, and all the coasts of Palestine 2 will ye render me a recompense 2 and if ye recompense me, swiftly and speedily will I return your recompense upon your own head; 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 of Jerusalem have ye sold unto the Grecians, that ye might remove them far from their border. 7 Behold, I will raise them out of the place whither ye have sold them, and will return your recompense upon your own head: 8 And I will sell your sons and your daughters into the hand of the children of Judah, and they shall sell them to the Sabeans, to a people far off: for the Lorn hath spoken it. 9 || Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up: 10 Beat your plow-shares into swords, and your pruning-hooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong. 11 Assemble yourselves, and come, all ye heathen, and gather yourselves together round about, thither cause thy mighty ones to come down, O Lor D. 12 Let the heathen be wakened, and

come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen

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