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with his people.

MICAH.

T?ie church's confidence in God.

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come before him with burnt of- the summer fruits, us »the grape

ferings, with calves tof a year gleanings of the vintage: therein

old? ho cluster to eat: bmy soul de

7 'Will the Lord be pleased sired the first ripe fruit,

i with thousands of rams, or with 2 The c I good man is perished

; ten thousands of krivers of oil'! out of the earth; and there is

'shall I give my firstborn for my none upright among men: they

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transgression, the fruit of my
t" body/or the sin of my soul?
8 lie hath "'shewed thee, O
man, what is good; and what
doth the Lord require of thee,
but "to do justly, and to love
merer, and to Twulk humbly
with "thy God?

0 The Lord's voice crieth unto
the city, and I the man of wisdom
shall see thy name: hear ye the
rod, and who hath appointed it.

10 If I Are there yet the treasures of wickedness in the house of the wicked, and the t scant measure °that is abominable?

11 (Shall I count them pure witli

all lie in wait for blood; dthey
hunt every man his brother with
a net.

3 1i That they may do evil with
both hands earnestly,e the prince
asketh, 'and the judge asketh for
a reward; and the great man, he
uttereth this mischievous de-
sire: so they wrap it up.

4 The best of them sis as a brier: the most upright ixxharjxr than a thorn hedge: the day of thy watchmen and thy visitation cohicth; now shall be their perplexity.

5 H hTrust ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a guide

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i'the wicked balances, and with j keep the doors of thy mouth

the bag of deceitful weights?

12 For the rich men thereof arc full of violence, and the inhabitso" iVJi!'41 ' ""t" tl'crco'' tare spoken lies,

and i their tongue is deceitful in
their mouth.

13 Therefore also will I rniakc
thee sick in smiting thee, in mak-
ing thee desolate because of thy
sins.

14 "Thou shalt eat, but not be satisfied; and thy casting down shall be in the midst of thee; and thou shalt take hold, but shalt not deliver; and that which thou delivcrest will I give up to the sword.

15 Thou shalt 'sow, but thou shalt not reap; thou shalt trend the olives, but thou shalt not anoint thee with oil; and sweet wine, but shalt not drink wine.

101 For I the statutes of "Omri arc "kept, and all the works of ikW.tl.8. j the house of Y Ahab, and ye walk in their counsels; that I should

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from her that lieth in thy bosom.
0 For 'the son dishonoured! the
father, the daughter riscth up
against her mother, the daughter
in law against her mother in
law; a man's enemies are the
men of his own house.

7 Therefore k I will look unto
the Lord; I will wait for the
God of my salvation: my God
will hear me.

8 % 1 Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: "when I fall, 1 shall arise;" when I sit in darkness, "the Lord shall be a light unto me.

9 °I will bear the indignation of the Lord, because I have sinned against him, until he plead my cause, and execute judgment for me: Phe will bring me forth to the light, and I shall behold his righteousness.

10 IThcn she that is mine enemy shall see it, and i shame shall cover her which said unto me,

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CHAPTER VII.

1 The church, complaining of h
number, il and the general con
jrutteth her confidence not in nu
(loil. ft She tnumpheth over her enemies.
14 Oott comforteth her by promises, 10 bit
confusion of the enemies, 18 and by his
mercies.

"y^T'OE is ine! for I .mi

make thee «u I desolation, and irWhere is the Lord thy God?
the inhabitants thereof a hissing: "mine eyes shall behold her:
therefore ye shall bear the are- nowtshall she be trodden down
proach of my people. 'as the mire of the streets.

11 In the day that thy "walls
arc to be built, in that day shall
the deeree be far removed.

12 In that day also «h« shall come even to thee from Assyria, 1 and/rwm the fortified cities, and from the fortress even to the

! for I am as river, and from sea to sea, and when they have gathered \from mountain to mountain.

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Notwithstanding, the land shall be desolate because of them that dwell therein, y for the fruit of their doings.

141 I Feed thy people with thy rod, the flock of thine heritage,

by his mercies. I worms of the I

of their holes like earth: 'they shall be afraid of the Lord our God, and shall fear because of thee.

18 s Who is a God like unto thee, that hpardoneth iniquity.

which dwell solitarily in zthc and passeth by the transgression

wood, in the midst of Carmel let them feed in Bashan and Gilead, as in the days of old. ! 15 "According to the days of thy coming^ out of the land of Egypt will I shew unto him marvellous things.

16 K The nations b shall see and

of'the remnant of his heritage? Mie rctaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy.

19 he will turn again, he will. have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; audi thou wilt cast all their sins into I

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j be confounded at all their might: the depths of the sea.
!'they shall lay their hand upon 20'Thou wilt perform the truth
j their mouth, their ears shall be to Jacob, and the mercy to Abra-
I deaf. ham, m which thou hast sworn

i 17 They shall lick the d dust like unto our fathers from the days
'a serpent, e they shall move out i of old.

NAHUM.

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CHAPTER I.

The maj'sfu of fiotl in ynndjfjt* to people, ana severity against his enemies.

THE burden aof Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nairn in the Elkoshite.

2 I God ii bjealous, and •the Lord revengeth; the Lord revengeth, and tin furious; the Lord will take vengeance on his adversaries, and he reserveth tcrtttk for his enemies.

3 The Lord is d slow to anger, and e great in power, and will not at all acquit the wteked: fthe Lord hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.

4 s He rebuketh the sea, and maketh it dry, and drieth up all the rivers: h Bashan lauguishcth, and Carmel, and the flower of Lebanon langulshcth.

5 'The mountains quake at him, and kthe hills melt, and Uho earth is burned at his presence, yea, the world, and all that dwell1 therein.

6 Who can stand before his in- in dignation? and "who cantabide I in the fierceness of his anger?' 0 his fury is poured out like fire,' and the rocks are thrown down by him.

7 "The Lord is good, a I strong!

hold in the day of trouble; and Phe knowuth them that trust in l him.

8 Q But with an overrunning flood he will make an utter end

j of the place thereof, and darkI ness shall pursue his enemies.

9 'What do ye imagine against the Lord? "he will make an utter end: affliction shall not rise up the second time.

10 For while they be foldcn together tan thorns, "and while they are drunken an drunkards, 'they shall be devoured as stubble fully dry.

11 There is one come out of thee, y that ima^ineth evil against the Lord, ta wicked counsellor.

12 Thus saith the Lord; I Though they be quiet, and likewise many, yet thus 2 shall they be t cut down, when he shall "pass through. Though I have afflicted thee, I will afflict thee no more.

13 For now will I b break his yoke from off thee, and will burst thy bonds in sunder.

14 And the Lord hath given a commandment concerning thee, that no more of thy name be sown: out of the house of thy crods will I cut off the graven image and the molten image:

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CHRIST 713.

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• ver. 11,11. f ver. 14.

I will make thy grave; for thou I and k the faces of them all gather

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15 Beholdd upon the mountains j 11 Where is the dwelling of the feet of him that hringcth j 'the lions, and the feeding place /l'i.H.7. I good tidings, that publisheth ] of the young lions, where the Koin.io.i5. | peace! O Judah, tkeep thy j lion, even the old lion, walked, tHrb.fini. ROiemn feasts, perform thy vows: i and the lion's whelp, and none tHrhUtKmi.; for t'the wicked shall no more | made them afraid? pass through thee; 'he is utterly cut off.

CHAPTER II.

es of God

Before. CHRIST about 713.

k Joel 2. 6.
I.lob 4.10,11.
Ez. 19. S-7.

The fearful and victorious an ayauost jViHeve/i.

ITTE 'that dasheth in pieces XX is come up before thy face:

12 The lion did tear in pieces enough for his whelps, and strangled for his lionesses, and filled his holes with prey, and his dens with ravin.

13 m Behold, I "m against thee, I saith the Lord of hosts, and I will burn her chariots in the smoke, and the sword shall de-1 vour thy young lions: and I will

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are II in scarlet: the chariots shall Be with I flaming torches in the day of his preparation, and the i fir trees shall be terribly shaken.

4 The chariots shall rage in the streets, they shall justle one against another in the broad ways: they shall seem like torches, they shall run like the lightnings.

5 He shall recount his (worthies: they shall stumble in their walk; they shall make haste to the wall thereof, and the t defence shall be prepared.

6 The gates of the rivers shall be opened, and the palace shall be I dissolved.

I 7 And IHuzzab shall be lied ! away captive, she shall be brought up, and her maids shall lead her as with the voice of f doves, tabering upon their breasts.

8 But Nineveh is I of old like a pool of water: yet they shall flee away. Stand, stand, shall they cry; but none shall Hook back.

9 Take ye the spoil of silver,

robbery; the prey departeth not;

2 The noise of it whip, and bthe noise of the rattling of the wheels, and of the prancing horses, and of the jumping char-< iots. |

3 The horseman lifteth up both; tthe bright sword and the glit-! tering spear: and there is a niul-! titude of slain, and it great num- i her of carcasses; and there isi none end of their corpses; they j stumble upon their corpses:

4 Because of the multitude of the whoredoms of the well fa-1 voured harlot, cthe mistress of! witchcrafts, that selleth nations | through her whoredoms, and families through her witchcrafts, i

5 d Behold, I am against thee, saith the Lord of hosts; and CI will discover thy skirts upon thy' face, 'and I will shew the nations thy nakedness, and the kingdoms thy shame.

6 And I will cast abominable filth upon thee, and *make thee vile, and will set thee as "agazingstock.

7" And it shall come to pass,

take the spoil of gold: 1 for there that all they that look upon thee

is none end of the store and glory out of all the pleasant furniture.

10 She is empty, and void, and ri.. MLS. [waste: and the * heart melteth, kDan.».6. and hthe knees smite together,

i Jer. 30. 6.

tHeb. vessels of dttire.

shall flee from thee, and say, Nineveh is laid waste: k who will bemoan her? whence shall I seek comforters for thee? 8 'Art thou better than It populous m No, that was situate among

'and much pain is in all loins, j the rivers, that had the waters

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The miserable ruin

HABAKKCK.

of Nineveh foretold.

Before CHBIST about 713.

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round about it, whose rampart was the sea, and her wall «xa from the sea?

9 Ethiopia and Egypt were her strength, and it was infinite; Put and Uubim were t thy helpers.

10 Yet was she carried away, she went into captivity: "her young children also were dashed in pieces °at the top of all the streets: and they P cast lots for her honourable men, and all her great men were bound in chains.

j 11 Thou also shalt be a drunken: ] thou shalt be hid, thou also shalt ! seek strength because of the enemy.

12 All thy strong holds sliall be I'tke'&a, trees with the first ripe 1 figs: if they be shaken, they 1 shall even full into the mouth of the eater. ■jf-rMjn.i 13 Behold, «thy people in the "•30, midst of thee are women: the gates of thy land shall be set wide open unto thine enemies: ■ p». H7.13 the fire shall devour thy ' bars. j.T.si.30. . 14 Draw the(J wateni for the

■ch.«.i. Biege, "fortify thy strong holds:

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HABAKKUK.

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CITAPTER I.

I t'nto Hahatkut. complaining of the ini//uit;i of the lantl, b ut shewed the ri arnd rrngeance bit the Chaldeans. 1'2 lie. romplaineth that renqeanee should be executed by them who are. far worse.

THE burden which Habakkuk the prophet did see. a O Lord, how long shall I cry, aand thou wilt not hear! even cry out unto thee of violence, anil thou wilt not save!

3 Why dost thou shew me iniquity, and cause me to behold grievance? for spoiling and violence are before me: and there are that raise up strife and contention.

4 Therefore the law is slacked, and judgment doth never go forth: for the bwicked doth compass about the righteous; therefore I wrong judgment proeeedeth.

5 If c Behold ye among the heathen, and regard, and wonder marvellously: for I will work a

work in your days, which ye will not believe, though it be told you. 0 For, lo, d 11 raise up the Chaldeans, that bitter and hasty nn'tion, which shall inarch through the tbreadth of the land, to pos- ■ sess the dwellingplaces that arc not theirs.

j 7 They arc terrible and dreadful: I their judgment and their dignity shall proceed of themselves.

8 Their horses also are swifter I than the leopards, and are more! t fierce than thee evening wolves: and their horsemen shall spread themselves, and their horsemen shall come from far; 'they shall: fly as the eagle that hastetli to eat.

9 They shall c ome all for vio-1 lenee: 11 their faces shall sup up as the cast wind, and they shall \ gather the captivity as the sand. [

10 And they shall scoff at the kings, and the princes shall be a 1

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The jnst shall life by faith.

HABAKKUK.

Judgment upon the Chaldeans.

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scorn unto them: they Blinll deI ride every strong hold; for they I shall heap dust, and take it.

11 Then shall his mind change, : and he shall pass over, and

offend, f imputing this his power unto his god.

12 U hArt thou not from evcr! lasting, O Lord my (4od, mine

Holy One? We shall not die.

0 Lord, "thou hast ordained them for judgment; and, O t mighty God, thou hast t established them for correction.

13 k Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on I iniquity: 'wherefore lookest thou upon them that deal treacherously, and boldest thy tongue when the wicked devouretb the man that is more righteous than hey

14 And makest men as the fishes of the sea, as the 1 creeping things, that have no ruler over them?

15 They "take up ail of them with the angle, they catch them in their net, and gather them in their (drag: therefore they rejoice and are glad.

10 Therefore "they sacrifice unto their net, and burn incense unto their drag; because by them their portion is fat, and their meat It plenteous.

17 Shall they therefore empty their net, and not spare continually to slay the nations?

CHAPTER II.

1 Unto HahaklitA: vaitinfjfor an anmeer, if thewed that he must vait by faith. A 7'Ae judyment upon the Chaldean for unnatiableness. 9for covetou/mew, 12for cruelty, 15 for drunkenttcM, 1H and for idolatry.

IWILL "stand upon my watch, and 6et me upon the t tower, band will watch to see what he will say I unto me, and what I shall answer It when I am reproved.

2 And the Lord answered me, and said, c Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.

3 For 'the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will o surely come, it will not tarry.

4 Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the 'just shall live by his faith.

5 ^[ U Yea also, because he trans

it ver. 17. f Heb.

Uer. 22.13.
! Or.paineth

that he may ""set his nest on high,1 ^'z'.'wi'k.' that lie may be delivered from | <*«!•«. the tpower of evil! 'n/SfcGS

10 Thou bast consulted shame ""' to thy house by cutting off many I people, and hast sinned against j

thy soul.

11 For the stone shall cry out \

of the wall, and the I beam out |iQr, of the. timber shall I answer it. }a"umnt.

12 1 Woe to him that buildcth tnr.rUmn a town with "t blood, and estab- „"?";"«"3. lisheth a city bv iniquity! Ka.fi. *

13 Behold, is it not of the Lord I St-*!* of hosts "that the people shall labour in the very fire, and the people shall weary themselves I for very vanity?

14 For the earth shall be filled I with the P knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.

15 if Woe unto him that giveth his neighbour drink, that puttest thy q bottle to him, and makest him drunken also, that thou mayest rlook on their nakedness!

16 Thou art filled I with shame for glory: 'drink thou also, and let thy foreskin be uncovered: the cup of the Lord's right hand shall be turned unto thee, and shameful spewing shall be on thy glory.

17 For the violence of Lebanon shall cover thee, and the spoil of beasts, which made them afraid, \

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gresseth by wine, he is a proud \ Before man, neither keepeth at home, i c£5l£?

» , *v i1. i i _ about Oifi.

who enlargetn his desire s as ,

hell, and is as death, and cannot be satisfied, but gathereth unto him all nations, and heapeth uuto him all people:

6 Shall not all these htake up a parable against him, and a taunting proverb against him, and say, I Woe to him that increasetii that vhieh is not his! how long? and to him that ladeth himself with thick clay!

7 Shall they not rise up suddenly that shall bite thee, and awake that shall vex thee, and thou shalt be for booties unto them?

8 'Because thou hast spoiled many nations, all the remnant of the people shall spoil thee; k because of men's t blood, and for the violence of the land, of the city, aud of all that dwell therein.

9 1f Woe to him that" I eoveteth an evil covetousness to his house

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