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Samaria, and faid unto them, Behold, because the LORD GOD of your Fathers was wROTH with JUDAH, he hath DELIVERED them into your Hand, and ye have flain them in a RAGE that REACHETH up into HEAVEN.

10 And now ye purpose to keep under the Children of Judah and Jerufalem for Bond-men and Bond-women unto you: but ARE there NOT with you, even with you, SINS against the LORD your God?

11 Now hear me, therefore, and DELIVER the CAPTIVES again which ye have taken Captive of your Brethren: for the FIERCE WRATH of the LORD is upon you.

12 Then certain of the Heads of the Children of Ephraim ftood up against them that came from the War.

13 And faid unto them, Ye fhall not BRING in the CAPTIVES hither for whereas we have OFFENDED against the LORD ALREADY, ye intend to ADD MORE to our SINS, and to our Trefpafs: for our TRESPASS is great, and there is FIERCE WRATH against ISRAEL.

14 So the armed Men left the Captives and the Spoil, before the Princes and all the Congregation.

15 And the Men which were expreffed by Name, rofe up, and took the Captives, and with the Spoil cloathed all that were naked among them, and arrayed them, and fhod them, and gave them to eat and to drink, and anointed them, and carried all the feeble of them upon Affes, and brought them to Jericho, the City of Palm-trees, to their Brethren then they returned to Samaria.

16 At that Time did King Ahaz send unto the Kings of Affyria to help him.

17 For again the Edomites had come and fmitten Judah, and carried away Captives.

18 The Philiftines alfo had invaded the Cities of the Low-countrey, and of the South of Judah, and had taken Beth-fhemesh, and Aijalon, and Gederoth, and Shocho with the Villages thereof, and Timnah with the Villages thereof, Gimzo alfo and the Villages thereof: and they dwelt there.

19 For the LORD BROUGHT JUDAH LOW, because of AHAZ King of Ifrael; for he made Judah NAKED, and tranfgreffed fore against the LORD.

20 And Tilgath-pilnefer King of Affyria came unto him, and DISTRESSED him, but STRENGTHNED HIM NOT.

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21 For Ahaz took away a Portion out of the House of the LORD, and out of the House of the King, and of the Princes, and gave it to the King of Affyria: but he HELPED him not.

22 And in the Time of his Distress, did he TRESPASS yet more against the LORD: this is THAT King AнAZ.

23 For he facrificed unto, the Gods of, Damafcus, which SMOTE him and he said, Because the GoDs of the King of Syria help them, therefore will I SACRIFICE to them, that they may HELP me: but they were the RUIN of HIM and of all ISRAEL.

24 And Ahaz gathered together the Veffels of the Houfe of GOD, and cut in pieces the Veffels of the House of GOD, and SHUT UP the Doors of the Houfe of the LORD, and he made him ALTARS in every Corner of Jerufalem.

25 And in every feveral City of Judah he made high Places to burn Incenfe unto other Gods, and provoked to ANGER the LORD GOD of his Fathers.

27 And Ahaz flept with his Fathers, and they buried him in the City of Jerufalem: but they brought him not into the Sepulchres of the Kings of Ifrael and Hezekiah his Son reigned in his ftead.


Hofhea his wicked Reign: 3 Being fubdued by Shalmanezer, he confpireth against him with So King of Egypt. 24 The Strange Nations which were transplanted into Samaria, being plagued with Lions, make a Mixture of Religions.

Ver. 1

N the twelfth Year of Ahaz King of Judah, began in of Elah to reign in


Ifrael nine Years.

2 And he did that which was EVIL in the fight of the LORD, but not as the Kings of Ifrael that were before him.

3 Against him came up Shalmanezer King of Affyria, and Hofhea became his Servant, and gave him Presents.

4 And the King of Affyria found Confpiracy in Hofhea: for he had fent Meffengers to So King of Egypt, and brought no Prefent to the King of Affyria, as he had done Year by Year therefore the King of Affyria fhut him up, and bound him in Prifon.

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3 Therefore fhall the Land mourn, and every one that dwelleth fhall languifh, with the Beafts of the Field, and with the Fowls of Heaven, yea,

the Fishes of the Sea alfo fhall be ta

ken away.

s Therefore fhalt thou FALL in the Day, and the Prophet alfo fhall fall with thee in the Night, and I will deftroy thy Mother.

6 My People are DESTROYED for lack of KNOWLEDGE: because thou haft REJECTED Knowledge, I will allo REJECT thee, that thou shalt be no Prieft to me: teeing thou haft forgotten the Law of thy God, I will alfo forget thy Children.

9 And there fhall be LIKE PEOPLE, LIKE PRIEST and I will punish them for their Ways, and reward their DOINGS.

Hofea v. Hear ye this, O PRIESTS. and hearken ye HOUSE of ISRAEL, and give ye ear, O Houte of the King: for Judgment is toward you.

I know Ephraim and Ifrael is not hid from me: for now, O E

phraim thou committeft Whoredom, and Ifrael is defiled.

S And the PRIDE of Ifrael doth te

ftify to his Face: therefore fhall Ifrael and Ephraim FALL in their INIQUITY; JUDA alfo fhall fall with them.

the Day of Rebuke among the 9 Ephraim fhall be DESOLATE in

Tribes of Ifrael have I made known

that which fhall furely be.

nefs, and Judah faw his Wound, then 13 When Ephraim faw his Sickwent Ephraim to the Affyrian, and fent to King Jareb: yet could he not heal you


Ho ea vi. 4 O Ephraim, what fhall do unto thee? O Judah, what fhall I do unto thee? for your Goodness is as a Morning Cloud, and as the early Dew it goeth away.

5 Therefore have I hewed them Bbbb Things

Things to provoke the LORD to Anger.

12 For they served IDOLS, whereof the LORD had faid unto them, Ye fhall not do this Thing.

13 Yet the LORD TESTIFIED against Ifrael, and against Judah, by all the PROPHETS, and by all the Seers, faying, TURN ye from your evil Ways, and KEEP my COMMANDMENTS, and my Statutes, according to all the Law which I commanded your Fathers, and which I fent to you by my Servants the PRO


14 Notwithstanding, they would not HEAR, but hardned their Necks, like to the Neck of their Fathers, that did not BELIEVE in the LORD their GOD.

15 And they REJECTED his Statutes, and his COVENANT that he made with their Fathers, and his Teftimonies which he teftified against them, and they followed VANITY, and became vain, and went after the HEATHEN that were round about them, concerning whom the LORD had CHARGED them that they fhould not do like. them.

16 And they LEFT all the COMMANDMENTS of the LORD their GOD, and made them molten Images, even TWO CALVES, and made a Grove, and worshipped all

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4 They are all ADULTERERS as an Oven heated.

9 STRANGERS have devoured his Strength, and he knoweth it not: yea, grey Hairs are here and there upon him, yet he knoweth not.

10 And the Pride of Ifrael teftifi

eth to his Face, and they do not a TURN to the LORD their God, nor SEEK him for all this.

13 Wo unto them, for they have FLED from me: DESTRUCTION unto them, because they have TRANSGRESSED againft me: though I have RELYES against me. DEEMED them, yet they have spoken

14 And they have not CRIED unto me with their HEART, when they howled upon their Beds: they affem ble themfelves for Corn and Wine, and they REBEL against me.


16 They return, but not to the MOST HIGH: they are like a deceitful Bow their Princes fhall fall by the Sword for the Rage of their Tongue: this fhall be their Derifion in the Land of Egypt.

Hofea viii. 3 Ifrael hath caft off the Thing that is GOOD: the Enemy shall purfue him.

4 They have fet up KINGS, but not by ME: they have made PRINCES


and I KNOW it not of their Silver and their Gold have they made them IDOLS, that they may be cut off.

the Hoft of Heaven, and ferved BAAL.

17 And they caused their Sons and their Daughters to pafs through the FIRE, and

ufed Divination and Enchantments, and fold themselves to do Evil in the fight of the LORD, to provoke him to Anger.

18 Therefore the LORD was very angry with Ifrael, and REMOVED them out of his fight there was none left but the Tribe of JUDAH only.

19 Alfo JUDAH kept not the COMMANDMENTS of the FLORD their GOD, but walked in the Statutes of Ifrael which they made.

20 And the LORD REJECTED all the Seed of Ifrael, and afflicted them, and delivered them into the Hand of SPOILERS, until he had caft them out of his fight.

21 For he rent Ifrael from the Houfe of DAVID, and they made Jeroboam the Son of Nebat King, and Jeroboam drave Ifrael from following the LORD, and made them SIN a great SIN.

22 For the Children of Ifrael walked in all the Sins of Jeroboam which he did, they departed not from them:

s Thy CALF, O Samaria, hath caft

thee off; mine Anger is kindled againft them: how long will it be ere

they attain to Innocency?

12 I have written to HIM the great Things of my Law, but they were counted as a STRANGE thing.

14 For Ifrael hath forgotten his Maker.

Hofea ix. 9 They have deeply corrupted themselves, as in the Days of Gibeah: therefore he will remember their Iniquity, he will visit their Sins.

12 Though they bring up their Children, yet will I bereave them, that there fhall not be a Man left; yea, wo ALSO to them when I DEPART

from them.

23 Until the LORD REMOVED Ifrael out of his fight, as he had faid by all his Servants the Prophets. So was Ifrael carried away out of

15 For the WICKEDNESS of their Doings I will DRIVE them out of mine House.

17 My GOD will caft them away, because they did not HEARKEN unto him: and they fhall be WANDERERS among the NATIONS

Hofea x. 1 Ifrael is an empty Vine, he bringeth forth Fruit unto himself: according to the multitude of his Fruit, he hath increafed the ALTARS; according to the Goodness of his Land, they have made goodly Images.

3 For now they fhall fay, We have no King, because we FEARED not the LORD, what then should a King do to us?

s The INHABITANTS of SAMARIA fhall fear, because of the CALVES of

Beth-aven: for the People there of fhall mourn over it, and the Priests therof that rejoyced on it, for the Glory thereof, because it is departed

from it.

6 It fhall be alfo carried unto Affyria for a Prefent to King Jareb: Ephraim hall receive Shame, and Ifrael fhall be ASHAMED of his own COUNSEL.

7 As for Samaria, her King is cut off as the Foam upon the Water.

8 The high Places alfo of Aven, the Sin of Ifrael fhall be deftroyed: the Thorn and the Thistle shall come up on their Altars, and they fhall fay to the MOUNTAINS, COVER US; and to the HILLS, FALL ON US. B b b b 2


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