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713 God's controversy for unkindness, MICAH. ignorance, injustice, idolairy.

9 Thine hand shall be lifted up upon | wicked balances, and with the bag of thine adversaries, and all thine enemies i deceitful weights? shall be cut off.

12 For the rich men thereof are full 10 And it shall come to pass in that of violence, and the inhabitants thereof day, saith the LORD, that I will cut off have spoken lies, and their tongue is dethy horses out of the midst of thee, and ceitful in their mouth. I will destroy thy chariots :

13 Therefore also will I make thee sick 11 And I will cut off the cities of thy | in smiting thee, in making thee desolate land, and throw down all thy strong holds: because of thy sins.

12 And I will cut off witchcrafts out 14 Thou shalt eat, but not be satisfied ; of thine hand ; and thou shalt have no and thy casting down shall be in the midst more sooth-sayers :

of thee; and thou shalt take hold, but 13 Thy graven images also will I cut shalt not deliver; and that which thou off, and thy standing images out of the deliverest will I give up to the sword. midst of thee; and thou shalt no more 15 Thou shalt sow, but thou shalt not worship the work of thine hands.

reap; thou shalt tread the olives, but 14 And I will pluck up thy'groves out thou shalt not anoint thee with oil; and of the midst of thee : so will I destroy sweet wine, but shalt not drink wine. thy cities.

16 | For the statutes of Omri are kept, 15 And I will execute vengeance in and all the works of the house of Ahab, anger and fury upon the heathen, such and ye walk in their counsels; that i as they have not heard.

should make thee a desolation, and the CHAP. VI.

inhabitants thereof an hissing: therefore 1 God's controversy for unkindness, 6 for ye shall bear the reproach of my people. ignorance, 10 for injustice, 16 and for

CHAP. VII. idolatry.

1 The church complaining of her small HE

(EAR ye now what the Lord saith; number, 3 and the general corruption, 5

Arise, contend thou before the moun- putteth her confidence in God. 2 Hear ye , 0 mountains, voices's W OE is me, for I am as when they

have gathered the summer fruits, controversy, and ye strong foundations as the grape-gleanings of the vintage : of the earth : for the Lord hath a con- there is no cluster to eat: my soul desired troversy with his people, and he will the first ripe fruit. plead with Israel.

2 The good man is perished out of the 3 ) my people, what have I done unto | earth : and there is none upright among thee? and wherein have I wearied thee? men: they all lie in wait for blood; they testify against me,

hunt every man his brcther with a net. 4 For I brought thee up out of the land 3. That they may do evil with both of Egypt, and redeemed thee out of the hands earnestly, the prince asketh, and house of servants; and I sent before thee the judge asketh for a reward; and the Moses, Aaron, and Miriam.

great man, he uttereth his mischievous 5 O my people, remember now what desire: so they wrap it up. Balak king of Moab consulted, and what 4 The best of them is as a brier: the Balaam the son of Beor answered him most upright is sharper than a thorri from Shittim unto Gilgal ; that ye may | hedge: the day of thy watchmen and know the righteousness of the LORD. thy visitation cometh ; now shall be their

6. Wherevith shall I come before the perplexity. LORD, and bow myself before the high 5 s Trust ye not in a friend, put ye not God? 'shall I come before him with burut- confidence in a guide: keep the doors of thy offerings, with calves of a year old ? mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom.

9 Will the Lord be pleased with thou- 6 For the son dishonoureth the father, sands of rams, or with ten thousands of the daughter riseth up against her mothrivers of oil? shall I give my first-born | er, the daughter-in-law against her mothfor my transgression, the fruit of my boer-in-law; a man's enemies are the men dy for the sin of iny soul ?

of his own house. 8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what 7 Therefore I will look unto the LORD; is good; and what doth the Lord require I will wait for the God of my salvation : of thee, but to do justly, and to love mer- my God will hear me. cy, and to walk humbly with thy God? 8 [ Rejoice not against me, I mine

9 The Lord's voice crieth unto the city, enemy : when I fall, I shall arise; when and the man of wisdom shall see thy name: I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a hear ye the rod, and who hath appointed it. light unto me.

10Are there yet the treasures of wick- '9 I will bear the indignation of the edness in the house of the wicked, and LORD, because I have sinned against the scant measure that is abominable? him, until he plead my cause, and exe

!! Shall I count them pure with the cute judgmeni for me : he will bring

The chiorch's confidence in God. CHAP. I, 11. His goodness to his freofie. 719 me forth to the light, and I shall behold out of the land of Egypt will I shew unhis righteousness.

to him marvellous things. 10 Then she that is mine enemy shall 16 | The nations shall see and be consee it, and shanıe shall cover her which founded at all their might : they shall lay said unto me, Where is the LORD thy their hand upon their mouth, their ears God ? mine eyes shall behold her: now shall be deaf. shall she be trodden down as the mire of 17 They shall lick the dust like a serthe streets.

pent, they shall move out of their holes 11 In the day that thy walls are tobe built, like worms of the earth : they shall be in that day shall the decreebe far removed. afraid of the LORD our God, and shall

12 In that day also he shall come even fear because of thee. to thee from Assyria, and from the forti- 18 Who is a God like unto thee, that fied cities, and from the fortress even to || pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the the river, and from sea to sea, and from transgression of the remnant of his heritinountain to mountain.

age? he retainetli not his

anger 13 Notwithstanding the land shall be because he delighteth in mercy. desolate because of them that dwell there- 19 He will turn again, he will have in, for the fruit of their doings.

compassion upon us ; he will subdue our 14 ( Feed thy people with thy rod, the iniquities ; and thou wilt cast all their flock of thine heritage, which dwell soli- sins into the depths of the sea. tarily in the wood, in the midst of Car- 20 Thou wilt perform the truth to Jamel: let them feed in Bashan and Gilead, cob, and the mercy to Abraham, which as in the days of old.

thou hast sworn unto our fathers from 15 According to the days of thy coming the days of old.

for ever,

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NAHUM.
CHAP. I.

10 For while they be folden together The majesty of God in goodness to his as thorns, and while they are drunken

people, and severity against his ene- as drunkards, they shall be devoured as mies.

stubble fully dry. HE burden of Nineveh. The book of 11 There is one come out of thee, that

the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite. imagineth evil against the Lord, a wick2 God is jealous, and the LORD re- ed counsellor. vengeth; the LORD revengeth, and is 12 Thus saith the Lord; Though they furious ; the LORD will take vengeancebe quiet, and likewise many, yet thus on his adversaries, and he reserveth wrath shall they be cut down, wlien he shall for his enemies.

pass through. Though I have afflicted 3 The Lord is slow to anger, and great thee, I will afflict thee no more. in power, and will not at all acquit the 13 For now will I break his yoke wicked : the LORD hath his way in the from off thee, and will burst thy bonds whirlwind and in the storm, and the in sunder. clouds are the dust of his feet.

14 And the LORD hath given a com4 He rebuketh the sea, and maketh it mandment concerning thee, ihat no more Ury, and drieth up all the rivers: Bashan of thy name be sown: out of the house languisheth, and Carmel, and the flower of thy gods will I cut off the graven imof Lebanon languisheth.

age and the molten image : I will make 5 The mountains quake at him, and thy grave; for thou art vile. the hills melt, and the earth is burned at 15 Behold upon the mountains the feet his presence, yea, the world, and all that of him that bringeth good tidings, that dwell therein.

publisheth peace! ( Judah, keep thy, 6 Who can stand before his indigna- solemn feasts, perform thy vows: for the tion ? and who can abide in tlie fierce- || wicked shall no more pass through thee; ness of liis anger ? his fury is poured he is utterly cut off. out like fire, and the rocks are thrown

CHAP. IL down by him.

The fearful and victorious armies of God 7 The Lord is good, a strong hold in

against Nineveh. the day of inuine ; and he knoweth them Hekate despefacer pieces the omen?

8 But with an over-running flood he will tion, watch the way, make thy loins strong, make an utter end of the place thereof, fortify thy power mightily. and darkneys shall pursue his enemies. 2 For the Lord hath turned away the

9 What do ye 'imagine against the excellency of Jacob), as the excellency of Lord? he will make an utter end : affic- Israel : for the emptiers have emptied tion shall not rise up the second time, them out, and marred their de branches,

720 The armies of God against, NAHUM. and miserable ruin of Nineveh.

3 The shield of his mighty men is made | nations through her whoredoms, and fantred, the valiant men are in scarlet : the ilies through her witchcrafts. chariots shall be with flaming torches in 5 Behold, I am against thee, saith the the day of his preparation, and the fir- | LORD of hosts ; and I will discover thy trees shall be terribly shaken.

skirts upon thy face, and I will shew the 4 The chariots shall rage in the streets, nations thy nakedness, and the kingdoms they shall justle one against another in the thy shame. broad ways: they shall seem like torch- 6 And I will cast abominable filth upon es, they shall run like the lightnings. thee, and make thee vile, and will set thee

5 He shall recount his worthies : they as a gazing-stock. shall stumble in their walk ; they shall 7 And it shall come to pass, that all make haste to the wall thereof, and the they that look upon thee shall flee from defence shall be prepared.

thee, and say, Nineveh is laid waste who 6 The gates of the rivers shall be open- will bemoan her; whence shall I seek ed, and the palace shall be dissolved. comforters for thee? 7 And Huzzab shall be led away cap

8 Art thou better than populous No, tive, she shall be brought up, and her that was situate among the rivers, that inaids shall lead her as with the voice of had the waters round about it, whose ram: doves, tabering upon their breasts. part was the sea, and her wall was from

8 But Nineveh is of old like a pool of the sea ? water : yet they shall flee away. Stand, 9 Ethiopia and Egypt were her strength, stand, shall they cry; but none shall look and it was infinite ; Put and Lubin were back.

thy helpers. 9. Take ye the spoil of silver, take the 10 Yet was she carried away, she went spoil of gold : for there is none end of the into captivity : her young children also store and glory out of all the pleasant fur- were dashed in pieces at the top of all the niture.

streets : and they cast lots for her hon10 She is empty, and void, and waste : outable men, and all her great men were and the heart melteth, and the knees bound in chains. smite together, and much pain is in all 11 Thou also shalt be drunken : thou loins, and the faces of them all gather shalt be hid, thou also shalt seek strength blackness.

because of the enemy. 11 Where is the dwelling of the lions, 12 All thy strong holds shall be like figand the feeding-place of the young lions, trees, with the first ripe figs: if they be where the lion, even the old lion, walk- shaken, they shall even fall into the mouth ed, and the lion's whelp, and none made of the eater: them afraid?

13 Behold, thy people in the midst of 12 The lion did tear in pieces enough thee are women : the gates of thy land for his whelps, and strangled for his lion shall be set wide open unto thine enemies : esses, and filled his holes with prey, and the fire shall devour thy bars. his dens with ravin.

14 Draw thee waters for the siege, forti13 Behold, I am against thee, saith the fy thy strong holds : go into clay, and tread Lord of hosts, and I will burn her char- the mortar, make strong the brick-kiln. iots in the smoke, and the sword shall 15 There shall the fire devour thee; the devour thy young lions : and I will cut sword shall cut thee off, it shall eat thee off thy prey from the earth, and the up like the canker-worm : make thyself voice of thy messengers shall no more be many as the canker-worin, make thyself heard.

many as the locusts. CHAP. III.

16 Thou hast multiplied thy merchants The miserable ruin of Nineveh. above the stars of heaven : the cankerWOE

OE to the bloody city' it is all full worm spoileth, and flieth away.

of lies and robbery ; the prey de- 17 Thy crowned are as the locusts, and parteth not ;

thy captains as the great grasshoppers, 2. The noise of a whip, and the noise which camp in the hedges in the cold of the rattling of the wheels, and of the day, but when the sun ariseth they fice prancing horses, and of the jumping char- | away, and their place is not known where

they are. 3 The horseman lifteth up both the 18 Thy shepherds slumber, ( king of bright sword, and the glittering spear : Assyria : thy nobles shall dwell in the and there is a multitude of slain, and a dusi : thy pecple is scattered upon the great number of carcases; and there is mountains, and no man gathereth them. none end of their corpses; they stumble 19 There is no healing of thy bruise ; upon their corpses :

thy wound is grievous : all that hear thie *4 Because of the multitude of the bruit of thee shall clap the hands over whoredoms of the well-favoured harlot, thee: for upon whom liath not thy wickthe mistress of witchcrafts, that sclleth li ediess passed continually?

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HABAKKUK..
CHAP. I.

gather them in their drag: therefore i Unto Habakkuk, complaining of the in- they rejoice and are glad.

iquily of the land, 5 is shewed the 16 Therefore they sacrifice unto their fearful vengeance by the Chaldeans. net, and burn incense unto their drag ; THE HE burden which Habakkuk the | because by them their portion is fat, prophet did see.

and their meat plenteous, 2 0 LORD, how long shall I cry, and 17 Shall they therefore empty their net, thou wilt not hear! even cry out unto and not spare continually to slay the nathee of violence, and thou wilt not save! tions ? 3 Why dost thou shew me iniquity, and

CHAP. II. cause me to behold grievance ? for spoiling 1 Unto Habakkuk, waiting for an anand violence are before me ; and there 8wer, is shewed that he must wait by are that raise up strife and contention. faith. 5 The judgment upon the Chal• 4 Therefore the law is slacked, and judgment doth never go forth : for the WILL stand upon my watch, and set wicked doth compass about the right

I eous; therefore wrong judgment proceed- see what he will say unto me, and what I eth.

shall answer when I am reproved. 5 f Behold ye among the heathen, and 2 And the Lord answered me, and regard, and wonder marvellously : for I said, Write the vision, and make it plain will work a work in your days, which ye upon tables, that he may run that readwill not believe though it be told you. eth it.

6 Forlo, I raise up the Chaldeans, that 3 For the vision is yet for an appointbitter and hasty nation, which shall marched time, but at the end it shall speak, and through the breadth of the land, to possess not lie : though it tarry, wait for it ; bethe dwelling-places that are not theirs. cause it will surely come, it will not tarry.

7 They are terrible and dreadful : their 4 Behold, his soul which is lifted up, is judgment and their dignity shall proceed not upright in him ; but the just shall live of themselves.

by his faith.

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by wine evening wolves : and their horsemen shall keepeth at home, who enlargeth his despread themselves, and their horsemen sire as hell, and is as death, and cannot be shall come from far; they shall fly as satisfied, but gathereth unto him all nathe cagle that hasteth to eat.

tions, and heapeth unto him all people: 9 They shall come all for violence : 6 Shall not all these take up a parable their faces shall sup up as the east wind, against him,and a taunting proverb against and they shall gather the captivity as the him, and say, Woe to him that increaseth sand.

that which is not his ! how long? and to 10 And they shall scoff at the kings, and him that ladeth himself with thick clay! the princes shall be a scorn unto them : 7 Shall they not rise up suddenly that they shall deride every strong hold; for shall bite thee, and awake that shall vex they shall heap dust, and take it.

thee, and thou shalt be for booties unto 11 Then shall his mind change, and he them? shall pass over, and offend, imputing this 8 Because'thou hast spoiled many nahis power unto his god.

tions, all the remnant of the people 12 f Art thou not from everlasting, 0 shall spoil thee; because of men's blood, LORD my God, mine Holy One? We and for the violence of the land, of the shall not die. O LORD, thou hast ordain- city, and of all that dwell therein. ed them for judgment; and, O mighty 9 7 Woe to him that coveteth an evil God, thou hast established them for cor || covetousness to his house, that he may rection.

set his nest on high, that he may be de13 Thou art of purer eyes than to be livered from the power of evil ! hold evil, and canst not look on iniquity : 10 Thou hast consulted shame to thy wherefore lookest thou upon them that housę, by cutting off many people, and deal treacherously, and holdest thy tongue hast sinned against thy soul. when the wicked devoureth the man that 11 For the stone shall cry out of the is more righteous than he ?

wall, and the beam out of the timber 14 And makest men as the fishes of shall answer it. the sea, as the creeping things, that have 12 T Woe to him that buildeth a town no ruler over them?

with blood, and stablisheth a city by in15 They take up all of them with theiquity! angle, they catch them in their net, and 13 Behold, is it not of the LORD of

722 Habakkuk, in his prayer, ZEPHANIAH. trembleth at God's majesty. hosts, that the people shall labour in the 7 I saw the tents of Cushan in afflicvery fire, and the people shall weary tion: and the curtains of the land of Mithemselves for very vanity?

dian did tremble. 14 For the earth shall be filled with 8 Was the LORD displeased against the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, | the rivers ? was thine anger against the as the waters cover the sea,

rivers? was thy wrath against the sea, 15 4 Woe unto him that giveth his neigh- | that thou didst vide upon thine horses, and bour drink, that puttest thy bottle to him, thy chariots of salvation? and makest him drunken also, that thou 9 Thy bow was made quite naked, acmayest look on their nakedness!

cording to the oaths of the tribes, even 16 Thou art filled with shame for glo- thy word. Selah. Thou didst cleave the ry: drink thou also, and let thy foreskin i earth with rivers. be uncovered: the cup of the Lord's 10 The mountains saw thee, and they right hand shall be turned unto thee, and trembled: the overflowing of the water shameful spewing shall be on thy glory. passed by : the deep uttered his voice,

17 For the violence of Lebanon shall and lifted up his hands on high. cover thee, and the spoil of beasts, which 11 The sun and moon stood still in their made them afraid, because of men's blood, habitation: at the light of thine arrows and for the violence of the land, of the they went, and at the shining of thy glitcity, and of all that dwell therein. tering spear,

18 9 What profiteth the graven image 12 Thou didst march through the land that the maker thereof hath graven it ; in indignation, thou didst thresh the heathe molten image, and a teacher of lies, then in anger. that the maker of his work trusteth there- 13 Thou wentest forth for the salvain, to make dumb idols?

tion of thy people, even for salvation with 19 Woe unto him that saith to the thine anointed; thou woundedst the head wood, Awake; to the dumb stone, Arise, out of the house of the wicked, by disit shall teach! Behold, it is laid over with covering the foundation unto the neck. gold and silver, and there is no breath at Selah. all in the midst of it.

14 Thou didst strike through with his 20 But the Lord is in his holy temple: staves the head of his villages: they came let all the earth keep silence before him. out as a whirlwind to scatter me: their CHAP. III.

rejoicing was as to devour the poor se-
1 Habakkuk in his prayer, trembleth at cretly.
God's majesty. 17 Confidence of his faith. 15 Thou didst walk through the sea
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PRAYER of Habakkuk the proph- || with thine horses, through the heap of
et upon Shigionoth.

great waters.
2 () Lord, I have heard thy speech, 16 When I heard, my belly trembled ;
and was afraid : 0) LORD, revive thy my lips quivered at the voice : rottenness
work in the midst of the years, in the entered into my bones, and I trembled
midst of the years make known; in wrath || in myself, that I might rest in the day of
remember mercy:

trouble: when he cometh up unto the peo3 God came from Teman, and the ple, he will invade them with his troops. Holy One from mount Paran. Selah. 17 ( Although the fig-tree shall not His glory covered the heavens, and the blossom, neither shall fruit be in the earth was full of his praise.

vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, 4 And his brightness was as the light ; || and the fields shall yield no meat; the he had horns coming out of his hand; and flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there was the hiding of his power. there shall be no herd in the stalls :

5 Before him went the pestilence, and 18 Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I burning coals went forth at his feet. will joy in the God of my salvation.

6 He stood, and measured the earth: 19 The LORD God is my strength, and he beheld, and drove asunder the nations; he will make my feet like hinds feet, and the everlasting mountains were şcat- and he will make me to walk upon mine tered, the perpetual hills did bow: his high places. To the chief singer on my ways are everlasting.

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ZEPHANIAH.
CHAP. I.

the son of Hizkiah, in the days of Josiah
God's severe judgment against Judah the son of Amon, king of Judah.
for divers sins.

2 I will utterly consume all things from THE HE word of the LORD which came off the land, saith the LORD.

unto Zephaniah the son of Cushi, 3 I will consume man and beast; I will the son of Gedaliah, the son of Amariah, consume the fowls of the heaven, and

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