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2 For the idols have spoken vanity, and the diviners have seen a lie, and have told false dreams; they comfort in vain: therefore they went their way as a flock, they were troubled because there was no shepherd. 3 Mine anger was kindled against the shepherds, and I punished the goats: for the Lord of hosts hath visited his flock the house of Judah, and hath made them as his goodly horse in the battle.

4 Out of him came forth the corner, out of him the nail, out of him the battle}. out of him every oppressor together.

5 T And they shall be as mighty men, which tread down their enemies in the mire of the streets in the battle: and the shall fight, because the Lord is wit them, and the riders on horses shall be confounded.

6 And I will strengthen the house of

Judah, and I will save the house of Joseph, and I will bring them again to place them ; for I have mercy upon them : and they shall be as though I had not cast them off: for I am the Lord their God, and will hear them. 7. And they of Ephraim shall be like a mighty man, and their heart shall rejoice as through wine: yea, their children shall see it, and be glad; their heart shall rejoice in the Lord. 8 I will hiss for them, and gather them; for I have redeemed them : and they shali increase as they have increased. 9 And I will sow them among the people: and they shall remember me in far countries; and they shall live with their children, and turn again. 10 I will bring them again also out of the land of Egypt, and gather them out of Assyria; and I will bring them into the land of Gilead and Lebanon; and place shall not be found for them. 11 And he shall pass through the sea with affliction, and shall smite the waves in the sea, and all the deeps of the river shall dry up : and the pride of Assyria shall be brought down, and the sceptre of Egypt shall depart away

X, XI. The destruction of Jerusalem.

12 And I will strengthen them in the LoRD; and they shall walk up and down in his name, saith the Load.

CHAP. XI. O'N thy doors, O Lebanon, that the fire may devour thy cedars.

2 Howl, fir-tree, for the cedar is fallen; because the § are spoiled : howl, O ye oaks of Bashan; for the forest of the wo is come down.

3 T There is a voice of the howling of the shepherds; for their glory is ...i a voice of the roaring of young lions; for the pride of Jordan is spoiled.

4 Thus saith the Lord my God; Feed the flock of the slaughter;

5 Whose possessors slay them, and hold themselves not guilty: and they that sell them say, Blessed be the Lord ; for I am rich: and their own shepherds pity them not.

6 For I will no more pity the inhabitants of the land, saith the Lord : but lo, I will deliver the men every one into his neighbour's hand, and into the hand of his king : and they shall smite the land, and out of their hand I will not deliver

them. 7 And I will feed the flock of slaughter even you, O poor of the flock. And i took unto me two staves; the one.I called Beauty, and the other I called Bands; and I fed the flock. 8 Three shepherds also I cut off in one month; and my soul loathed them, and their soul also abhorred me. 9 Then said I, I will not feed you: that that dieth, let it die; and that that is to be cut off, let it be cut off; and let the rest eat, ...? one the flesh of another. 10 T And I took my staff, even Beauty, and cut it asunder, that I might break my covenant which I had made with all the people. 11 And it was broken in that day: and so the poor of the flock that waited upon me knew that it was the word of the LoRD. 12 And I said unto them, If ye think ood, give me my price; and if not, foro: So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver. 13 And the Lord said unto me, Cast it unto the potter: a so F. that I was prized at of them. And I took the thirty pieces of silver, and cast them to the potter in the house of the Lord. 14 Then I cut asunder mine other staff, even Bands, that I might break the brotherhood between Judah and Israel. 15 And the Lord said unto me, Take unto thee yet the instruments of a foolish shepherd. 16 For lo, I will raise up a shepherd in

the land, which shall not visit those that be Qf Judah's restoration.

cut off, neither shall seek the young one, nor heal that that is broken, nor feed that that standeth still: but he shall, eat the flesh of the fat, and tear their claws in pieces. 17 Wo to the idol o that leaveth the flock the sword shall be upon his arm, and upon his right eye: his arm shall be clean dried up, and his right eye shall be utterly darkened. CHAP. XII. HE burden of the word of the Lord for Israel, saith the Lord, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and forineth the spirit of man within him. 2 Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto, all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. 3 of And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth begathered together against it. 4 In that day, saith the Lord, I will smite every horse with astonishment, and his rider with madness: and I will open mine eyes upon the house of Judah, and will smite every horse of the people with blindness. 5 And the governors of Judah shall say in their heart, The inhabitants of Jerusalem shall be my strength in the Lord of hosts their God. 6 || In that day will I make the governors of Judah like a hearth of fire among the wood, and like a torch of fire in a sheaf; and they shall devour all the people round about, on the right hand and on the left: and Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place, even in Jerusalem. 7 The Lord also shall save the tents of Judah first, that the glory of the house of David and the glory of §: inhabitants of Jerusalem do not magnify themselves against Judah. 8 In that day shall the Lord defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem ; and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of the Lord before them. 9 *s, And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. 10 And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jeru

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cations: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one

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11 In that day shall there be a great mourning in Jerusalem, as the mourning # Hadadrimmon in the valley of Megid

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12 And the land shall mourn, every family apart; the family of the house of David apart, and their wives apart; the family of the house of Nathan apart, and

their wives apart; 13 The family of the house of Levi apart,and their wives apart; the family of §. apart, and their wives apart: 14 All the families that remain, every family apart, and their wives apart. CHAP. XIII. N that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness. 2 " And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lorp of hosts, that I will cut off the names of the idols out of the land, and they shall no more be remembered : and also I will cause the prophets and the unclean spirit to pass out of the land. 3 And it shall come to pass, that when any shall yet prophesy, then his father and his mother that begat him shall say unto him, Thou shalt not live ; for thou speakest lies in the name of the Lord: and his father and his mother that begat him shall thrust him through when he prophesieth. *. 4 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the prophets shall be ashamed every one of his vision, when he hath prophesied ; neither shall they wear a rough garment to deceive : 5 But he shall say, I am no prophet. I am a husbandman; for man taught me to keep cattle from my youth. 6 And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in thine hands 2 Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends. 7 's Awake, O sword, against my Shepherd, and against the man that is my fellow, saith the Lord of hosts: smite the Shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered; and I will turn my hand upon the little ones. 8. And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the Lord, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein. 9 And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them; I will so, It is my people: and they shall say, The LoRD is my God. CHAP. Y: W.

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2 For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the wo: men ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into ...]". and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the

city. # Then shall the Lord go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle. 4 T. And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south. 5 And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah; and the Lord my God shall come, and all the saints with thee. 6 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the light shall not be clear, nor dark: 7 But it shall be one day which shall be known to the Lord, not ". nor night: but it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light. 8 And it shall be in that day, that of waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the former sea, and half of them toward the hinder sea: in summer and in winter shall it be. o 9 And the Lord shall be King over all the earth; in that day shall there be one ord, and his name one. 10 All the land shall be turned as a plain from Geba to Rimmon, south of Jerusalem: and it shall be listed up, and inhabited in her place, from Benjamin's ate unto the place of the first gate, unto ye corner gate, and from the tower of Hananeel unto the king's wine-presses. 11 And men shall dwell in it, and there shall be no more utter destruction; but Jerusalem shall be safely inhabited. 12 || And this shall be the plague where

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that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth. 13 And it shall come to pass in that day, that a great tumult from the Lond shall be among them ; , and they shall lay hold every one on the hand of his neighbour, and his hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbour. 14 And Judah also shall fight at Jerusalem; and the wealth of all the heathen round about shall be gathered together, gold, and silver, and apparel, in great abundance. 15 And so shall be the plague of the horse, of the mule, of the camel, and of the ass, and of all the beasts that shall be in these tents, as this plague. 16 And it shall come to pass, that eve one that is left of all the nations j came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles. 17 And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the LoRn of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain. 18 And if the family of Egypt go not up, and come, not, that have no rain; there shall be the plague, wherewith the LoRD will smite the heathen that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles. 19 This shall be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of all nations that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles. 20 TI In that day shall there be upon the issil of the "... Hoss"{NT) ‘FHE LORD; and the pots in the Lorn's o shall be like the bowls before the altar. 21 Yea, every pot in Jerusalem and in Judah shall be holiness unto the LoRd of hosts: and all they that sacrifice shall come and take of them, and seethe therein: and in that day there shall be no more the Canaanite in the house of the LoRd of hosts.

TI MALACHI.

CHAP. I. HE burden of the word of the Lond to Israel by Malachi.

tains and his heritage waste for the dragons of the wilderness. 4 Whereas Edom saith, We are im

2 I have loved you, saith the Lond, poverished, but we will return and build

Yet ye say, Wherein hast thou loved us?|the desolate sau Jacob's brother? saith the of hosts, They shall build, but I will throw

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down; and they shall call them, The Qfirreligion and profaneness.

I hated Esau, and laid his moun-liorder of wickedness, and, The people MALACHI. The priests and people reproved.

against whom the Lord hath indignation for ever. 5 And your eyes shall see, and say, The LoRD will be magnified border of Israel. 6 || A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is mine honour? and if I be a master, where is my fear? saith the Lord of hosts unto you, O priests, that despise my name. And ye say, Wherein have we despised o name? 7 Ye offer polluted bread upon mine altar; and y say, Wherein have we polluted thee? In that ye say, The table of the Lord is contemptible. 8 And if ye offer the blind for sacrifice, as it not evil? and if ye offer the lame and sick, is it not evil? offer it now unto thy governor; will he be pleased with thee, or accept thy person? saith the Lord of hosts. 9 And now, I pray you, beseech God that he will be gracious unto us: this hath been by your means: will he regard your persons? saith the Lord of hosts. 10 Who is there even among yo, that would shut the doors for nought? neither do ye kindle fire on mine altar for nought. I have no pleasure in you, saith the Lord of hosts, neither will I accept an offering at your hand. 11 For from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same my name shall be great among tie Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering: for my name shall be great among the heathen, saith the Load of hosts. 12 T. But ye have profaned it, in that ye say, The table of the Lord is polluted; and the fruit thereof, even his meat, is contemptible. 13 Ye said also, Behold, what a weariness is it! and ye have snuffed at it, saith the Lord of hosts; and ye brought that which was torn, and the lame, and the sick; thus ye brought an offering: should I accept this of your hand! saith the LoRd. 14 But cursed be the deceiver, which hath in his flock a male, and voweth, and sacrificeth unto the Lord a corrupt thing: for I ain a great King, saith the LoRd of hosts, and my name is dreadful among the

heathen. CHAP. II. ND now, O ye priests, this commandment is for you.

2. If ye will not hear, and if ye will not lay it to heart, to give glory unto my name, saith the Lord of hosts, I will even send a Curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings; yea, I have cursed them astea

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3 Behold, I will corrupt your seed, and spread dung upon your faces, cren the dung of your solemn feasts; and one shall take you away with it. 4 And ye shall know that I have sent this commandment unto you, that my covenant might be with Levi, saith the LoRD of hosts. 5 My covenant was with him of life and eace; and I gave them to him for the ear wherewith he feared me, and was afraid before my name. 6 The law of truth was in his moutb, and iniquity was not found in his lips: he walked with me in peace and equity, and did turn many away from iniquity. 7 For the priest's lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek the law at his mouth: for he is the messenger of the Lord of hosts. 8. But ye are departed out of the way: e have caused many to stumble at t aw; ye have corrupted the covenant of Levi, saith the Lord of hosts. 9 Therefore have I also made you contemptible and base before all the people, according as ye have not kept my ways, but have been partial in the law. 10 Have we not all one father? hath not one God created us? why do we deal treacherously every man against his brother, by profaning the covenant of our fathers? 11 "I Judah hath dealt treacherously and an abomination is committed in Isra and in Jerusalem; for Judah hath profaned the holiness of the Lord which he loved, and hath married the daughter of a strange god. 12. The Lond will cut off the man that doeth this, the master and the scholar, out of the tabernacles of Jacob, and him that offereth an offering unto the LoRD of hosts. 13 And this have ye done again, covering the altar of the Loop with tears, with weeping, and with crying out, insomuch that he regardeth, not, the offering any i. or receiveth it with good will at your an Ol. 14 || Yet ye say, Wherefore? Because the Load hath been witness between thee and the wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt treacherously: yet is she thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant. 15 And did not he make one? Yet had he the residue of the Spirit. And wherefore one? That he might seek a godly seed. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth. 16 For the Loop, the God of Israel. saith, that he hateth patting away: for one covereth violence with his garment, saith

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irit, that ye deal not treacherously. 17 o Ye have wearied the LoRD with your words. . Yet § say, Wherein have we wearied him? When ye say, Every one that doeth evil is good in the sight of the Lord, and he delighteth in them; or, Where is the God onto CHAP. I

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d my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the Lord of hosts. 2 But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he apareth? for he is like a refiner's fire, and ike fullers' soa 3 And he j sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness. 4 Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the Lord, as in the days of old, and as in former years. 5 And I will come near to you to judgment: and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and ... that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the LoRD of osts. 6 For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed. 7 || Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them. and I will return unto you, saith the Lord of hosts. But ye said, Wherein shall we return? 8. "I Will a man rob God?...Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee! In ties and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation. 10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and P. me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. 11 And I will rebuke the devourer for

CHAP. III, IV.

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Elijah's coming and office.

vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts. 12 And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the Lord of hosts. 13 || Your words have been stout against me, saith the Lord. Yet ye say, What have we spoken so much against thee 14 Ye have said, It is vain to serve God: and what profit is it that we have kept his ordinance, and that we have walked mournfully before the Lord of hosts? 15 And now we call the proud happy; yea, they that work wickedness are set up; yea, they that tempt God are even delivered. 16 T Then they that feared the Lord spake often one to another: and the Lord hearkened, and heard it: and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the Load, and that thought upon his name. 17 And they shall be mine, saith the LoRD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as ion spareth his own son that serveth Inn. 18 Then shall ye return and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not. HAP. IV. Fo behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh, shall burn them ". saith the Lord of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch. 2.T. But unto you that fear my name, shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. 3 And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the Lord of hosts. 4 T Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments. 5 T Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord : 6 And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and

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