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Tlie distress and captivity of Israel HOSEA.

for their impiety and idolatry.

Before CHRIST about reo.

4 'They shall not offer wine ings I will drive them out of]
offerings to the Lord, 'neither mine house, I will love them
shall they be pleasing unto him:
k their sacrifices shall be unto
them as the bread of mourners;
all that eat thereof shall be pol-
luted: for their bread 1 for their

no more: "all their princes are J revolters.

16 Ephrnim is smitten, their root is dried up, they shall bear no fruit: yea, »though they soul shall not come into the j bring forth, yet will I slay even j house of the Lord. tthe beloved fruit of " their

5 What will ye do in "the'womb.

Before CHRIST about TtiO.

solemn day, and in the day of the feast of the Lord?

6 For, lo, they are gone because of tdestruction: "Egypt shall gather them up, Memphis shall bury them: I tthe pleasant places for their silver, 0 nettles shall possess them: thorns shall be in their tabernacles.

7 The days of visitation arc come, the days of recompense are come; Israel shall know it: the prophet is a fool, P t he t spiritual man is mad, for the multitude of thine iniquity, and the great hatred.

8 The i watchman of Ephraim was with my God : but the prophet is a snare of a fowler in all his ways, and hatred I in the house of his God.

9 rTbey hare deeply corrupted themselves, as in the days of * Gibcah: < therefore he will remember their iniquity, he will visit their sins.

10 I found Israel like grapes in the wilderness; I saw your fathers as "the first ripe in the fig tree"at her first time: but they went to yBaal-peor, and z separated themselves »unto that shame; band their abominations were according as they loved.

11 As for Ephraim, their glory shall fly away like a bird, from the birth, and from the womb, and from the conception.

12 'Though they bring up their children, yet "will I bereave them, that there shall not be a man lift: yea, "woe also to them when I 'depart from them!

13 Ephraim, »as I 6aw Tyrus, is planted in a pleasant place: hbut Ephraim shall bring forth his children to the murderer.

14 Give them, O Lord: what wilt thon give? give them 'a t miscarrying womb and dry breasts.

1 15 All their wickedness *i» in I Gilgal: for there I hated them: I 'for the wickedness of their do

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17 My God will cast them away, because they did not hearken unto him: and they shall be "wanderers among the nations.

CHAPTER X.

Israel is nproretl and threatened for their impiety anil idolatry.

AEL is "Ian empty vine, bringeth forth fruit unto himself: according to the multitude of his fruit bhe hath increased the altars; according to the goodness of his land cthey have made goodly t images.

2 I Their heart is d divided; now shall they be found faulty: he shall t break down their altars, he shall spoil their images.

3 eFor now they shall say, We have no king, because we feared not the Lord; what then shotdd a king do to us?

4 They have spoken words, swearing falsely in making a covenant: thus judgment springcth up 'as hemlock in the furrows of the field.

5 The inhabitants of Samaria shall fear because of sthe calves of hBeth-aven: for the people thereof shall mourn over it, and I the priests thereof that rejoiced on it, 'for the glory thereof, because it is departed from it.

6 It shall be also carried unto Assyria fur a present to kking Jareb: Ephraim shall receive shame, and Israel shall be ashamed 1 of his own counsel.

7 mAs for Samaria, her king is cut off as the foam upon tthe water.

8 "The high places also of A veil, "the sin of Israel, shall be destroyed: Pthe thorn and the thistle shall come up on their altars; land they shall sayto the mountains, Cover us; and to the hills, Fall on us.

'J rO Israel, thou hast sinned from the days of Gibeah: there they stood: 'the battle in Gibeah against the children of iniquity did not overtake them.

Israel's ingratitude.

HOSEA.

Ephraim and Judah reproved.

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10 1 It is in my desire that I should chastise them; and uthe people shall be gathered against them, I when they shall bind themselves in their two furrows.

11 And Ephraim is as * a heifer that is taught, and loveth to tread out the corn; but I passed over upon t her fair neck: I will make Ephraim to ride; Judah shall plough, and Jacob shall break his clods.

13 ySow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; x break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the Lord, till he come and rain righteousness upon you.

13 aYe have ploughed wickedness, ye have reaped iniquity; ye have eaten the fruit of lies: because thou didst trust in thy way, in the multitude of thy mighty men.

14 b Therefore shall a tumult arise among thy people, and all thy fortresses shall be spoiled, as Shalman spoiled cHcth-arbel in the day of battle: dthc mother was dashed in pieces upon her children.

15 So shall Beth-el do unto you because of tyour great wickedness: in a morning eBhall the king of Israel utterly be cut off.

CHAPTER XI.

1 The ingratitude of Israel unto God for hi* benefit*. 5 Hi* judgment. 6 God's mercy toward them.

WHEN "Israel uat a child, then I loved him, and b called my cson out of Egypt.

2 As they called them, so they went from them: d they sacrificed unto Baalim, and burned incense to graven images.

3 'I taught Ephraim also to go, taking them by their arms; but they knew not that fI healed them.

4 I drew them with cords of a man, with bands of love: and «I was to them as they that ttake off the yoke on their jaws, and hI laid meat unto them.

5 H 'He Shall not return into the land of Egypt, but the Assyrian shall be his king, because they refused to return.

0 And the sword shall abide on his cities, and shall consume his branches, and devour them, 'because of their own counsels.

7 And my people are bent to

m backsliding from me: * though they called them to the Most High, tnone at all would exalt him.

8 "How shall I give thee up, Ephraim? how shall I deliver thee, Israel? how shall I make thee as p Admah? how shall I set thee as Zeboim? i mine heart is turned within me, my repentings are kindled together.

9 I will not execute the fierceness of mine anger, I will not return to destroy Ephraim: 'for I am God, and not man; the Holy One in the midst of thee: and I will not enter into the city.

10 They shall walk after the Lord: 'he shall roar like a lion : when he shall roar, then the children shall tremble *from the west.

11 They shall tremble as a bird out of Egypt, u and as a dove out of the land of Assyria: "and I will place them in their houses, saith the Lord.

12 r Ephraim compasseth me about with lies, and the house of Israel with deceit: but Judah

| yet ruleth with God, and is faithful I with the saints.

CHAPTER XII.

1 A reproof of Ephraim, Judah, and Jacob. 3 By former favours he exhorteth to repentance. 7 Ephralm's sins provoke God.

EPHRAIM ifecdeth on wind, and followeth after the east wind: he daily increaseth lies and desolation; band they do make a covenant with the Assyrians, and e oil is carried into Egypt.

2 d The Lord hath also a controversy with Judah, and will tpunish Jacob according to his ways; according to his doings will he recompense him.

3 If He took his brother eby the heel in the womb, and by his strength he had power with God:

4 Yea, he had power over the angel, and prevailed: he wept, and made supplication unto him: he found him in sBcth-el, and there he spake with us;

5 Even the Lord God of hosts; the Lord is his h memorial.

0 'Therefore turn thou to thy God: keep mercy and judgment, and kwait on thy God continually.

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Ephraim's Kins and idolatry.

HOSEA.

A promise of God's mercy.

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anccs of deceit are in his hand: he loveth to I oppress,

8 And Ephraim said, mTet I am become rich, I have found me out substance: On all my labours they 6hall find none iniquity in me tthat were sin.

9 And nI that am the Lord thy God from the land of Egypt °will yet make thee to dwell in tabernacles, as in the days of the solemn feast.

10 p I have also spoken by the prophets, and I have multiplied visions, and used similitudes, t by the ministry of the prophets.

11 <kls there iniquity in Gilead? surely they are vanity: they sacrifice bullocks in rGilgal; yea, 'their altars are as heaps in the furrows of the fields.

12 And Jacob (fled into the country of Syria, and Israel "served for a wife, and for a wife he kept sheep.

13 x And by a prophet the Lord brought Israel out of Egypt, and by a prophet was he preserved.

14 y Ephraim provoked him to anger tmost bitterly: therefore shall he leave his t blood upon him, *and his ■ reproach shall his Lord return unto him.

CHAPTER XIII.

1 Euhraim's glory, by reason of idolatry, ranisheth. .*> God' s anger for thei ness. 9 A jtromise of Go judgment for rebellion.

WHEN Ephraim spake trembling, he exalted himself in Israel; but awhen he offended in Baal, he died.

2 And now they sin more and more, and Miave made them molten images of their silver, and idols aeeording to their own understanding, all of it the work of the craftsmen: they say of them, Let I the men that sacrifice ckiss the calves.

3 Therefore they shall be das the morning cloud, and as the early dew that passeth away, "as the chaff that is driven with the whirlwind out of the floor, and as the smoke out of the chimney.

4 Yet I am the Lord thy God from the land of Egypt, and thou shalt know no god but me: for ! there is no saviour beside me.

5 If hI did know thee in the wilderness,1 in the laud of t great drought.

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6 k According to their pasture, so were they filled; they were filled, and their heart was exalted; therefore 'have they forgotten me.

7 Therefore mI will be unto them as a lion: as "a leopard by the way will I observe them:

8 I will meet them °as a bear that is bereaved of her whelps, and will rend the caul of their heart, and there will I devour them like a lion: t the wild beast shall tear them.

9 10 Israel, thou hast destroyed thyself; but in me tis thine help.

10 II will be thy king: rwherc is any other that may save thee in all thy cities? and thy judges of whom 'thou saidst, Give me a king and princes?

11 'I gave thee a king in mine anger, and took him away in my wrath.

13 "The iniquity of Ephraim is bound up; his sin is hid.

13 "The sorrows of a travailing woman shall come upon him: he is ran unwise son; for he should not2 stay t long in the place of the breaking forth of children.

14 *I will ransom them from t the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death: bO death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy destruction: repentance shall be hid from mine eyes.

15 If "Though she be fruitful among his brethren, ean east wind shall come, the wind of the Lord shall mine up from the wilderness, and his spring shall become dry, and his fountain

! shall be dried up: he shall spoil , the treasure of all t pleasant ves| sels.

16 I Samaria shall become desolate; 'for she hath rebelled against her God: they shall fall by the sword: their infants shall be dashed in pieces, and their women with child shall be ripped up.

CHAPTER XIV.

1 An exhortation to repentance. 4 A prombe of God's blessing.

OISRAEL, return unto the Lord thy God; bfor thou hast fallen by thine iniquity. 2 Take with you words, and turn to the Lord: say unto him, Take away all iniquity, and Ire

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CHAPTER I.

I Joel, declaring sundry jitr/aments of Clod, erhorteth to ohnerve them, X and to mourn. 14 lie pretcribeth a fast for complaint.

THE word of the Loud that came to Joel the son of Pethuel.

2 Hear this, ye old men, and give ear, all ye inhabitants of the land. "Hath this been in your days, or even in the days of your fathers?

8 bTell ye your children of it, and let your children Ml their children, and their children another generation.

4 ctTbat which the palmerworm hath left hath the locust eaten; and that which the locust hath left hath the cankerworm eaten; and that which the cankerworm hath left hath the eaterpillar eaten.

5 Awake, ye drunkards, and weep; and howl, all ye drinkers of wine, because of the new wine; dfor it is cut off from your mouth.

6 For M nation is come up upon my land, strong, and without number, 'whose teeth are the teeth of a lion, and he hath the cheek teeth of a great lion.

7 He hath tlaid my vine waste, and tbarked my fig tree: he hath made it clean bare, and cast

it away; the branches thereof are made white.

8 1i h Lament like a virgin girded with sackcloth for 'the husband of her youth.

U kThe meat offering and the drink offering is cut off from the house of the Lord; the priests, the Lord's ministers, mourn.

10 The field is wasted, "the land mourneth; for the corn is wasted: "the new wine is I dried up, the oil languisheth. .

11 "Be ye ashamed, O ye husbandmen; howl, O ye vinedressers, for the wheat and for the barley; because the harvest of the field is perished.

12 "The vine is dried up, and the fig tree languisheth; the pomegranate tree, the palm tree also, and the apple tree, ctvn all the trees of the field, are withered: because Pjoy is withered away from the sons of men.

13 i Gird yourselves, and lament, ye priests: howl, ye ministers of the altar: come, lie all night in sackcloth, ye ministers of my God: for 'the meat offering and the drink offering is withholden from the house of your God.

"14 U • Sanctify ye a fast, call 'a I solemn assembly, gather the ciders ami "all the inhabitants of the land into the house of the

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Lokd your God, and cry uuto the Loud, 15 »Alas for the day! for ythe ] day of the Lokd is at hand, and j as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come. | IB Is not the meat cut off beSeeDent. | fore our eyes, yea, 1 joy and gladk 1 ness from the.house of our God* 17 The t seed is rotten under their clods, the garners are laid j desolate, the barns are broken down; for the corn is withered. I 18 How do Mhe beasts groan! I the herds of cattle are perplexed, i because they have no pasture; yea, the flocks of sheep are made I desolate.

19 O Loud, bto thee will I cry: for Mhe lire hath devoured the I pastures of the wilderness, and the flame hath burued all the trees of the field.

20 The beasts of the field <i cry also unto thee: for "the rivers of waters are dried up, and the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness.

CHAPTER II,

1 lie shexreth unto Ztnn the terribleness of
(jod's judgment. Yi lie exhorteth to re-
pentance, 1.5 prescrtlietli a fust, IS nraut-
i*eth a blessing thereon. 2t lie coiiyorteth
Zion With present, 28 and future blessings.

aT>LOW ye the I trumpet in
_Lj Zion, and b sound an alarm
in my holy mountain: let all
the Inhabitants of the land trem-

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ver. 15. I Or, cornet. b Num. 10. 5,

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6 Before their face the people shall be much pained: "all faces : CHRIST shall gather t blackness. j ^}_^_

7 They shall run like mighty I ",*JVJ men; they shall climb the wall I K«ili. 10. like men of war; and they shall ItHekK* march every one on his ways, i and they shall not break their ranks:

8 Neither shall one thrust another; they shall walk every one in his path: and when they I fall upon the Isword, they shall I lOr.^n. not be wounded.

9 They shall run to and fro in j the city; they shall run upon the ] wall, they shall climb up upon 1 the houses; they shall "enter in at the windows Hike a thief.

10 iThe earth shall quake be- | q p,. is. 7, fore them; the heavens shall: tremble: rthe sun and the moon' 10 shall be dark, and the stars shall ', withdraw their shining:

11 'And the Lord shall utter his voice before 'his army: for his camp is very great: "for he is strong that exeeuteth his word: for the 1 day of the Lord i'.<r great and very terrible; and >who can abide it? i zeSTi'i's?

12 1| Therefore also now, saith 'STh?'**

.. T \ Mai. 3.9.

the Loud, 'torn ye even to me ! «j,p.4.i.
with all your heart, and with 1 Hua-iitt
fasting, and with weeping, and
with mourning: I

13 And "rend your heart, and
ble: for "the day of the Lord I not byour garments, and turn
cometh, for it is nigh at hand; | unto the Lord your God: for

2 dA day of darkness and of] he is c gracious and merciful,
gloominess, a day of clouds and : slow to anger, and of great kind-
of thick darkness, as the morn- ness, and repenteth him of the
ing spread upon the mountains: evil.
ca great people and a strong; 14 dWho knoweth if he will 1 ajo*ii. 14.19.
'there hath not been ever the return and repent, and leave ea' Ik'^1?*tm!
like, neither shall be any more: blessing behind him; eren fa
after it, even to the years t of meat offering and a drink offer-
many generations. ing unto the Lokd your God?

3 «A fire devoureth before 15 U 5 Blow the trumpet in
them; and behind them a flame Zion, ''sanctify a fast, call a sol-
burncth: the land is as h the gar- emn assembly:

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den of Eden before them, 'and
behind them a desolate wilder-
ness; yea, and nothing shall es-
cape them.

4 kThe appearance of them is
as the appearance of horses; and
as horsemen, so shall they run.

5 1 Like the noise of chariots on

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] the tops of mountains shall they ! ters of the Xord, weep "be
1 leap, like the noise of aflame 6t\ tween the porch and the altar,
fire that devoureth the stubble, j and let them say, "Spare thy
mas a Btrong people set in bat- people, O Lord, and give not
! tie array. I thine heritage to reproach, that

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