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The cafitivity of Israel for their Char. IX, z. sing and idolatry. 703 wild ass alone by himself: Ephraim hath | borninations were according as they lovedhired lovers,

11 As for. Ephraim, their glory shall 10 Yea, though they have hired among fly away like a bird, from the birth, and the nations, now will í gather them, and from the womb, and from the concepthey shall sorrow a little for the burden tion. of the king of princes.

12 Though they bring up their chil11 Because Ephraim hath made many dren, yet will i bereave them, that there altars to sin, altars shall be unto him to sin. shall not be a inan lift : yea, woe also to

12 I have written to him the great them when I depart from them! things of my law, but they were counted 13 Ephrainı, as I saw Tyrus, is planted as a strange thing.

in a pleasant place: but Ephraim shall 13 They sacrifice flesh for the sacrifices bring forth his children to the murderer. of mine offerings, and eat it ; but the 14 Give them, () LORD: what wilt LORD accepteth them not ; now will he thou give ? give them a miscarrying remember their iniquity, and visit their womb and dry breasts. sins: they shall return to Egypt.

15 All their wickedness is in Gilgal: 14 For Israel hath forgotten his Mak- for there I hated them : for the wickeder, and buildeth temples; and Judah hath ness of their doings I will drive them out multiplied fenced cities: but I will send of mine house, I will love them no more: a fire upon his cities, and it shall devour all their princes are revolters. the palaces thereof.

16 Ephraim is smitten, their root is CHAP. IX.

dried up, they shall bear no fruit : yea, The distress and captivity of Israel for though they bring forth, yet will I slay their sins and idolatry.

even the beloved fruit of their womb.

17 My God will cast them away, beer people : for thou hast gone a cause they did not hearken unto him : whoring from thy God, thou hast loved a and they shall be wanderers among the reward upon every corn-floor.

nations. 2 The floor and the wine-press shall

CHAP. X. not feed them, and the new wine shall Israel 18 refiroved and threatened for

their impiety and idolatry. 3 They shall not dwell in the Lord's Iskorth fruit unto himself : according to land; but Ephraim shall return to Egypt, and they shall eatunclean things in Assyria. the multitude of his fruit he hath increas

4 They shall not ofier wine-offerings to ed the altars; according to the goodness the LORD, neither shall they be pleasing of his land they have made goodly imunto him : their sacrifices shall be unto ages. them as the bread of mourners; all that 2 Their heart is divided; now shall they eat thereof shall be polluted: for their be found faulty : he shall break down bread for their soul shall not come into their altars, he shall spoil their images. the house of the LORD.

3 For now they shall say, We have no 5 What will ye do in the solemn day, king, becange we feared not the LORD; and in the day of the feast of the LORD? | what then should a king do to'us?

6 For lo, they are gone because of de- 4 They have spoken words, swearing struction : Egypt shall gather them up, falsely in making a covenant: thus judgMemphis shall bury them: the pleasant | ment springeth np as heinlock in the places for their silver, nettles shall possess furrows of the field. them : thorns shall be in their tabernacles. 5 The inhabitants of Samaria shall fear

7 The days of visitation are come, the because of the calves of Beth-aven : for days of recompense are come; Israel shall the people thereof shall moun over it, know it : the prophet is a fool, the spir- and the priests thereof that rejoiced on it, itual inan is mad, for the multitude of for the glory thereot, because it is departthine iniquity, and the great hatred. ed from it.

8 The watchman of Ephraim was with 6 It shall be also carried unto Assyria, my God: but the prophet is a snare of a for a present to king Jareb : Ephraim fowler in all his ways, and hatred in the shall receive shame, and Israel shall be house of his God.

ashamed of his own counsel. 9 They have deeply corrupted them- 7 As for Samaria, her king is cut off selves, as the days of Gibeah: there- as the foam upon the water. fore he will remember their iniquity, he 8 The high places also of Aven, the sin will visit their sins.

of Israel, shall be destroyed: the thorn 10 I found Israel like grapes in the wil- and the thistle shall come up on their alderness; I saw your fathers as the first tars; and they shall say to the mounripe in the fig-tree at her first time: brit tains, Cover us; and to the hills, Fall on they went to Baal-peor, and separated | us. themselves unto that shame; and their a- 9 O Israel, thou hast sinned from the


704 Israel's ingratitude.

HOSEA. A refiroof of Ephraim, &c. days of Gibeah: there they stood: the the Holy One in the midst of thee : and battle in Gibeah against the children of || I will not enter into the city. iniquity did not overtake them.

10 They shall walk after the LORD: 10 It is in my desire that I should chas- he shall roar like a lion: when he shall tise them; and the people shall be gath- roar, then the children shall tremble ered against them, when they shall bind from the west. themselves in their two furrows.

11 They shall tremble as a bird out of 11 And Ephraim is as an heifer that is! Egypt, and as a dove out of the land of taught, and loveth to tread out the corn; Assyria : and I will place them in their but I passed over upon her fair neck : 1houses, saith the LORD. will make Ephraim to ride ; Judah shall 12 Ephraim compasseth me about with plow, and Jacob shall break his clods. lies, and the house of Israel with deceit:

12 Sow to yourselves in righteousness, but Judah yet ruleth with God, and is reap in mercy; break up your fallow faithful with the saints. ground : for it is time to seek the Lord,

CHAP. XII. till he come and rain righteousness upon 1 A reproof of Ephraim, Judah, and Jayou.

cob. 3 Än exhortation to repentance. 13 Ye have plowed wickedness, ye have reaped iniquity , ye have eaten the E PHRAIM

feedeth on wind, and foj

loweth after the east wind : he daily fruit of lies: because thou didst trust in increaseth lies and desolation; and they thy way, in the multitude of thy mighty do make a covenant with the Assyrians,

and oil is carried into Egypt. 14 Therefore shall a tumult arise among 2 The Lord hath also a controversy thy people, and all thy fortresses shall be with Judah, and will punish Jacob accordspoiled, as Shalman spoiled Bethar-bel in ing to his ways; according to his doings the day of battle: the mother was dash- i will he recompense him. ed in pieces upon her children.

3 | He took his brother by the heel in 15 Soshall Beth-el do unto vou because the womb, and by his strength he had of your great wickedness: in a morning power with God: shall the king of Israel utterly be cut off. 4 Yea, he had power over the angel, CHAP. XI.

and prevailed: he wept, and made sur1 The ingratitude of Israel unto God for plication unto him: he found him in

his benefits. 9 Their judgment. Beth-el, and there he spake with us; WHE

HEN Israel was a child, then I 5 Even the Lord God of hosts; the loved hiin, and called my son out Lord is his memorial.

6 Therefore turn thou to thy God : 2 As they called them, so they went | keep mercy and judgment, and wait on from them: they sacrificed unto Baalim, thy God continually, and burned incense to graven iinages. 7 [ He is a merchant, the balances of

3 I taught Ephraim also to go, taking | deceit are in his hand: he loveth to opthem by their arms; but they knew not i press. that I healed them.

8 And Ephraim said, Yet I am become 4 I drew them with cords of a man, | rich, I have found me out substance : in with bands of love: and I was to them all my labours they shall find none inias they that take off the yoke on their quity in me that were sin. jaws, and I laid meat unto them.

9 And I that am the LORD thy God 59 He shall not return into the land from the land of Egypt will yet make of Egypt, but the Assyrian shall be his thee to dwell in tabernacles, as in the king, because they refused to return. days of the solemn feasts.

6 And the Sword shall abide on his 10 I have also spoken by the prophets, cities, and shall consume his branches, and I have multiplied visions, and used siand devour thein, because of their own militudes, by the ministry of the prophets. counsels.

11 Is there iniquity in Gilead ? surely 7 And my people are bent to backslid- they are vanity: they sacrifice bullocks ing from me: though they called them to in Gilgal; yea, their altars are as heaps the most High, none at all would exalt in the furrows of the fields. him.

12 And Jacob fled into the country of 8 How shall I give thee up, Ephraim? || Syria, and Israel served for a wife, and how shall I deliver thee, Israel? how for a wife he kept sheep shall I make thee as Admal? how shall 13 And by a prophet the LORD brought set thee as Zeboim? mine heart is turn- Israel out of Egypt, and by a prophet ed within me, my repentings are kindled was he preserved. together.

14 Ephraim provoked him to anger 9 I will not execute the fierceness of most bitterly: therefore shall he leave his mine anger, I will not return to destroy blood upon him, and his reproach shall Ephrain: for I am God, and not man; I his Lord return unto him.

of Egypt.

Ephraim's glory vanished.


An erhortation. 705 CHAP. XIII.

death ; O death, I will be thy plagues, 1 Ephraim's glory, by reason of idolatry, grave, I will be thy destruction : re

r'anisheth. 5 God's anger for their un pentance shall be hid from mine eyes. kindness. 9 A promise of God's mercy. 15 I Though he be fruitful among his 15 .A judgment for rebillion.

brethren, an east wind shall come, the HEN

he exalted himself in Israel ; but the wilderness, and his spring shall bewhen he offended in Baal, he died. come dry, and his fountain shall be dried

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

3 Therefore they shall be as the morn- with child shall be ripped up. ing cloud, and as the early dew that pass

CHAP. XIV. eth away, as the chaff that is driven with 1 An exhortation to repentance. 4 A the whiriwind out of the floor, and as the promise of God's blessing. smoke out of the chimney.

ISRAEL, return unto the Lord thy 4 Yet I am the LORD thy God from God; for thou hast fallen by thine the land of Egypt, and thou shalt know iniquity, no God but me : for there is no saviour 2 Take with you words, and turn to beside me.

the LORD: say unto him, Take away all 5. I did know thee in the wilderness, iniquity, and receive us graciously : so in the land of great drought.

will we render the calves of our lips. 6 According to their pasture, so were

3 Ashur shall not save us; we will they filled ; they were filled, and their not ride upon horses: neither will we say heart was exalted ; therefore have they | any more to the work of our hands, Ye forgotten me.

are our gods : for in thce the fatherless ✓ Therefore I will be unto them as a

findeth mercy. lion : as a leopard by the way will I ob- 4 | I will heal their backsliding, I will serve them,

love them freely : for mine anger is turn8. I will meet them as a bear that is ed away from him. bereaved of her whelps, and will rend 5 I will be as the dew unto Israel : he the caul of their heart, and there will I shall grow as the lily, and cast forth his devour them like a lion: the wild beast roots as Lebanon. shall tear them.

6 His branches shall spread, and his 94 Israel, thou hast destroyed thy- beauty shall be as the olive-tree, and his self ; but in me is thine help:

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

thereof shall be as the wine of Lebanon. 11 I gave thee a king in mine anger, 8 Ephraim shall say, What have I to and took him away in my wrath. do any more with idols? I have heard

12. The iniquity of Ephraim is bound him, and observeil him: I am like a green up; his sin is hid.

tir-tree. Froin me is thy fruit found. 13 The sorrows of a travailing woman 9 Who is wise, and he shall undershall come upon him : he is an unwise stand these things? prudent, and he shall SON ; for he should not stay long in the know them ? for the ways of the LORD filace of the breaking forth of children. are right, and the just shall walk in

14 I will ransom them from the power them : but the transgressors shall fall of the grave; I will redeem them from cherein.


3 Tell ye your children of it, and let Joel, declaring sundry judgments of God, your children tell their children, and their exhorteth to observe them, and to mourn. children another generation. , THe he son of Pethuel. HE word of the LORD that came to 4 That which the palmer-worm hath

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

5 Awake, je drunkards, and weep; and

706 God recommendeth fasting, &c. JOEL. Terribleness of God's judgment. howl, all ye drinkers of wine, because of scribeth a fast, 18 and promiseth a the new wine ; for it is cut off from your blessing thereon. mouth. 6 For a nation is come up upon my

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LOW ye the trumpet in Zion, and land, strong, and without number, whose let all the inhabitants of the land tremteeth are the teeth of a lion, and he hath ble : for the day of the LORD.cometh, for the cheek teeth of a great lion.

it is nigh at hand; 7 He hath laid my vine waste, and 2 A day of darkness and of gloominess, barked my fig-tree : he hath made it a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as clean bare, and cast it away; the branches the morning spread upon the mountains : thereof are made white.

a great people and a strong ; there hath 8 1 Lament like a virgin girded with not been ever the like, neither shall be sackcloth for the husband of her youth. any more after it, even to the years of

9 The meat-offering and the drink-of- | many generations. fering is cut off from the house of the 3 A fire devoureth before them; and LORD ; the priests, the LORD's minis- behind them a flame burneth : the land ters, mourn.

is as the garden of Eden before them, 10 The field is wasted, the land mourn- and behind them a desolate wilderness ; eth; for the corn is wasted : the new yea, and nothing shall escape them. wine is dried up, the oil languisheth. 4 The appearance of them is as the

11 Be ye ashamed, O ye husbandmen; appearance of horses; and as horsement, howl, Oye vine-dressers, for the wheat so shall they run. and for the barley ; because the harvest 5 Like the noise of chariots on the tops of the field is perished.

of mountains shall they leap, like the noise 12 The vine is dried up, and the fig- / of a flame of fire that devoureth the stubtree languisheth; the poinegranate-tree, ble, as a strong people set in battle arthe palm-tree also, and the apple-tree, ray. even all the trees of the field, are wither- 6 Before their face the people shall be od : because joy is withered away from much pained : all faces shall gather the sons of men.

blackness. 13 Gird yourselves, and lament, ye 7 They shall run like mighty men; they priests : howl, ye ministers of the altar: shall climb the wall like men of war; and come, lie all night in sackcloth, ye min- they shall march every one on his ways, isters of my God: for the meat-offering and they shall not break their ranks: and the drink-offering is withholden from 8 Neither shall one thrust another; they the house of your God.

shall walk every one in his path : and 14 4 Sanctify ye a fast, call a solemn when they fall upon the sword, they shall assembly, gather the elders and all the not be wounded. inhabitants of the land into the house of 9 They shall run to and fro in the city; the LORD your God, and cry unto the they shall run upon the wall, they shali LORD,

climb up upon the houses; they shall en15 Alas for the day! for the day of the ter in at the windows like a thief. Lord is at hand, and as a destruction 10 The earth shall quake before them; from the Almighty shall it come. the heavens shall trt mble : the sun and

16 Is not the meat cut off before our the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall eyes, yea, joy and gladness from the house withdraw their shining: of our God?

11 And the LORD shall utter his voice 17 The seed is rotten under their clods, before his army : for his camp is very the garners are laid desolate, the barns great : for he is strong that executeth his are broken down ; for the corn is with word : for the day of the LORD is great ered.

and very terrible; and who can abide it? 18 How do the beasts groan! the herds 12 4 Therefore also now, saith the of cattle are perplexed, because they Lord, Turn ye even to me with all your have no pasture; yea, the flocks of sheep heart, and with fasting, and with weepare made desolate.

ing, and with mourning : 19 O LORD, to thee will I cry: for the 13 And rend your heart, and not your fire hath devoured the pastures of the garments, and turn unto the Lord your wilderness, and the flame hath burned God : for he is gracious and merciful, all the trees of the field.

slow to anger, and of great kindness, and 20 The beasts of the field cry also un- repenteth him of the evil. to thee : for the rivers of waters are 14 Who knoweth if he will return and dried up, and the fire hath devoured the repent, and leave a blessing behind hion; pastures of the wilderness.

even a meat-offering and a drink-offering CHAP. II.

unto the LORD your God? 1 The terribleness of God's judgment. 15 q Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanca

12 He exhorteth toʻrepentance, is pre-'fy a fast, call a solemn assembly :

Joel prescribeth a fast.


God's judgment. 707 16 Gather the people, sanctify the con- 31 The sun shall be turned into darkgregation, assemble the elders, gather the ness, and the moon into blood, before the children, and those that suck the breasts : great and the terrible day of the LORD let the bridegroom go forth of his cham- come. ber, and the bride out of her closet. 32 And it shall come to pass, that who

17 Let the priests, the ministers of the soever shall call on the name of the LORD, weep between the porch and the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverO LORD, and give not thine heritage to ance, as the LORD hath said, and in the reproach, that the heathen should rule remnant whom the LORD shall call. over them: wherefore should they say

CHAP. III. among the people, Where is their God? 1God's judgments against the enemies of

18 Then will the Lord be jealous his people. 18 His blessing upon the church. for his land, and pity his people. 19 Yea, the LORD will answer and say

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POR behold, in those days, and in unto his people, Behold, I will send you the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem, corn, and wine, and oil, and ye shall be 2 I will also gather all nations, and satisfied therewith: and I will no more will bring them down into the valley of make you a reproach among the heathen: Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them

20 But I will remove far off from you the there for my people and for my heritage northern army, and will drive him into a Israel, whom they have scattered among Land barren and desolate, with his face the nations, and parted my land. toward the east sea, and his hinder part 3 And they have cast lots for my people; toward the utmost sea, and his stink shall and have given a boy foran harlot, and sold come up, and his ill savour shall come a girl for wine, that they might drink. up, because he hath done great things. 4 Yea, and what have ye to do with me,

21 f Fear not, O land; be glad and re- O Tyre, and Zidon, and all the coasts of joice: for the LORD will do great things. Palestine ? will ye render me a recom

22 Be not afraid, ye beasts of the field: pense ? and if ye recompense me, swiftly for the pastures of the wilderness do and speedily will I return your recom: spring, for the tree beareth her fruit,the fig- pense upon your own head; tree and the vine do yield their strength. 5 Because ye have taken my silver

23 Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and my gold, and have carried into your and rejoice in the LORD your God: for temples my goodly pleasant things. he hath given you the former rain mod- 6 The children also of Judah and the erately, and he will cause to come down children of Jerusalem have ye sold unto for you the rain, the former rain, and the Grecians, that ye might remove them the latter rain in the first month.

far from their border. 24 And the floors shall be full of wheat, 7 Behold, I will raise them out of the and the fats shall overflow with wine place whither ye have sold them, and and oil.

will return your recompense upon your 25 And I will restore to you the ears own head: that the locust hath eaten, the canker- 8 And I will sell your sons and your worm, and the caterpillar, and the daughters into the hand of the children palmer-worm, my great army which I of Judah, and they shall sell them to the sent among you.

Sabeans, to a people far off: for the LORD 26 And ye shall eat in plenty, and be hath spoken ii. satisfied, and praise the name of the 99 Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles; LORD your God, that hath dealt wonder- Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, ously with you: and my people shall let all the men of war draw near; let never be ashamed.

them come up: 27 And ye shall know that I am in the 10 Beat your plow-shares into swords, midst of Israel, and that I am the Lord and your pruning-hooks into spears: let your God, and none else : and my peo | the weak say, I am strong. ple shall never be ashamed.

11 Assemble yourselves, and come, all 28 ( And it shall come to pass after- ye heathen, and gather yourselves togethward, that I will pour out my Spirit uponer round about, thither cause thy mighty all flesh ; and your sons and your daughters ones to come down, () LORD. shall prophesy, your old men shall dream 12 Let the heathen be wakened, and dreams, your young men shall see visions: come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for

29 And also upon the servants and up- there will I sit to judge all the heathen on the handmaids in those days will I round about. pour out my spirit.

13 Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest 30 And I will shew wonders in the is ripe: come, get you down; for the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, press is full, the fats overflow; for their and pillars of smoke.

wickedness is great.

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