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take another stick, and write upon it: For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and of all the house of Israel his companions; 17 and join them for thee one to another into one stick, that they may become one in thy hand. 18 And when the children of thy people shall speak unto thee, saying: Wilt thou not tell us what thou meanest by these? 19 say unto them: Thus saith the Lord God: Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel his companions; and I will put them unto him together with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they shall be one in My hand. 20 And the sticks whereon thou writest shall be in thy hand before their eyes. 21 And say unto them: Thus saith the Lord God: Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the nations, whither they are gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land; 22 and I will make them one nation in the land, upon the mountains of Israel, and one king shall be king to them all; and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all; 23 neither shall they defile themselves any more with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions; but I will save them out of all their dwelling-places, wherein they have sinned, and will cleanse them; so shall they be My people, and I will be their God. 24 And My servant David shall be king over them, and they all shall have one shepherd; they shall also walk in Mine ordinances, and observe My statutes, and do them. 25 And they shall dwell in the land that I have given unto Jacob My servant, wherein your fathers dwelt; and they shall dwell therein, they, and their children, and their children's children, for ever; and David My servant shall be their prince for ever. 26 Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them-it shall be an everlasting covenant with them; and I will establish them, and multiply them, and will set My sanctuary in the midst of them for ever. 27 My dwelling-place also shall be over them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 28 And the nations shall know that I am the LORD that sanctify Israel, when My sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for ever.'

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A Plea for Repentance 2 Return, O Israel, unto the LORD thy 14

God;
For thou hast stumbled in thine iniquity.
3 Take with you words,

And return unto the LORD;
Say unto Him: 'Forgive all iniquity,
And accept that which is good;
So will we render for bullocks the offering

of our lips.
4 Asshur shall not save us;

We will not ride upon horses;
Neither will we call any more the work of

our hands our gods;
For in Thee the fatherless findeth mercy.'

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5 I will heal their backsliding,

I will love them freely;

For Mine anger is turned away from him. 6 I will be as the dew unto Israel;

He shall blossom as the lily,

And cast forth his roots as Lebanon. 7 His branches shall spread,

And his beauty shall be as the olive-tree,

And his fragrance as Lebanon. 8 They that dwell under his shadow shall

again
Make corn to grow,
And shall blossom as the vine;
The scent thereof shall be as the wine of

Lebanon.
9 Ephraim [shall say]:

'What have I to do any more with idols?'
As for Me, I respond and look on him;
I am like a leafy cypress-tree;

From Me is thy fruit found. 10 Whoso is wise, let him understand these

things,

Whoso is prudent, let him know them.
For the ways of the LORD are right,
And the just do walk in them;
But transgressors do stumble therein.

JOEL

The Day of the Lord 2 21 Fear not, Oland, be glad and rejoice;

For the LORD hath done great things. 22 Be not afraid, ye beasts of the field;

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For the pastures of the wilderness do spring,
For the tree beareth its fruit,
The fig-tree and the vine do yield their

strength. 28 Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and

rejoice In the LORD your God; For He giveth you the former rain in just

measure, And He causeth to come down for you the

rain, The former rain and the latter rain, at the

first. 24 And the floors shall be full of corn,

And the vats shall overflow with wine and

oil. 25 And I will restore to you the years that the

locust hath eaten, The canker-worm, and the caterpillar, and

the palmer-worm, My great army which I sent among you. 26 And ye shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, And shall praise the name of the LORD your

God,
That hath dealt wondrously 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

there is none else; And My people shall never be ashamed.

3.

And it shall come to pass afterward,
That I will pour out My spirit upon all

flesh;

And your sons and your daughters shall

prophesy,
Your old men shall dream dreams,

Your young men shall see visions; 2 And also upon the servants and upon the

handmaids In those days will I pour out My spirit. 3 And I will show wonders in the heavens and

in the earth,
Blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.
4 The sun shall be turned into darkness,

And the moon into blood,
Before the great and terrible day of the

LORD come. 5 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 there

shall be those that escape, As the LORD hath said, And among the remnant those whom the

LORD shall call.

AMOS

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God's Impartial Justice
11 Thus saith the LORD:

For three transgressions of Edom,
Yea, for four, I will not reverse it:
Because he did pursue his brother with the

sword,
And did cast off all pity,
And his anger did tear perpetually,
And he kept his wrath for ever.

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