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Christ's coming foretold. CHAPTER XII. Christ's care for the flock. shout, o daughter of Jerusalem : behold, thy all the deeps of the rivers shall dry up: and the King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having pride of Assyria shall be brought down, and the salvation ; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and sceptre of Egypt shall depart away. upon a colt the foal of an ass.

12 And I will strengthen them in the LORD: 10 And I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim, and they shall walk up and down in his name, and the horse from Jerusalem, and the battle saith the LORD. bow shall be cut off : and he shall speak peace

CHAPTER XI. unto the heathen: and his dominion shall be from sea even to sea, and from the river even to

1 The destruction of Jerusalem. 3 The elect the ends of the earth.

being cared for, the rest are rejected. 10 The 11 As for thee also, by the blood of thy cove. staves of Beauty and Bands broken by the nant I have sent forth thy prisoners out of the pit rejection of Christ. 15 The type and curse wherein is no water.

of a foolish shepherd. 12 Turn you to the strong hold, ye prisoners OPEN thy doors, O Lebanon, that the fire may of hope: even to-day do I declare that I'will ren devour thy cedars. der double unto thee:

2 Howl, fir-tree, for the cedar is fallen; be. 13 When I have bent Judab for me, filled the cause the mighty are spoiled: howl, o ye oaks bow with Ephraim, and raised up thy sons, o of Bashan; for the forest of the vintage is come Zion, against thy sons, O Greece, and made thee down. as the sword of a mighty man,

3 There is a voice of the howling of the 14 And the LORD shall be seen over them, and shepherds ; for their glory is spoiled: a voice of his arrow shall go forth as the lightning: and the the roaring of young lions ; for the pride of JorLord God shall blow the trumpet, and shall go dan is spoiled. with whirlwinds of the south.

4 Thus saith the LORD my God; Feed the 15 The LORD of hosts shall defend them; and flock of the slaughter; they shall devour and subdue with sling-stones; 5 Whose possessors slay them, and hold them. and they shall drink, and make a noise as selves not guilty: and they that sell them say, through wine; and they shall be filled like bowls, Blessed be the LORD ; for I am rich; and their and as the corners of the altar.

own shepherds pity them not. 16 And the LORD their God shall save them in 6 For I will no more pity the inhabitants of the that day as the flock of his people : for they shall land, saith the LORD: but lo, I will deliver the be as the stones of a crown, lifted up as an en. men every one into his neighbour's hand, and sign upon his land.

into the hand of his king: and they shall smite 17 For how great is his goodness, and how the land, and out of their hand I will not deliver great is his beauty ! corn shall make the young then. men cheerful, and new wine the maids.

7 And I will feed the flock of slaughter, even CHAPTER X.

you, O poor of the flock. And I took unto me

two sta ves; the one I called Beauty, and the 1 God is to be sought unto, and not idols. 5 As

other I called Bands; and I fed the flock. he visited his flock for sin, so he will save and 8 Three shepherds a lso I cut off in one month; restore them.

and my soul loathed them, and their soul also ASK ye of the LORD rain in the time of the lat. abhorred me. 1 ter rain ; so the LORD shall make bright 9 Then said I, I will not feed you: that that clouds, and give them showers of rain, to every dieth, let it die ; and that that is to be cut off, let one grass in the field.

it be cut off"; and let the rest eat, every one the 2 For the idols have spoken vanity, and the flesh of another. diviners have seen a lie, and have told false 10 1 And I took my staff, even Beauty, and dreams; they comfort in vain : therefore they cut it asunder, that I might break my covenant went their way as a flock, they were troubled which I had made with all the people because there was no shepherd,

11 And it was broken in that day: and so the 3 Mine anger was kindled agninst the shep. poor of the flock that waited upon me knew that herds, and I punished the goats: for the LORD of it was the word of the LORD. hosts bath visited his flock the house of Judah, 12 And I said unto them, If ye think good, and hath made them as his goodly horse in the give me my price; and if not, forbear. So they battle.

weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver. 4 Out of him came forth the corner, out of him 13 And the LORD said unto me, Cast it unto the nail, out of him the battle-bow, out of him the potter : a goodly price that I was prized at every oppressor together.

of them. And I took the thirty pieces of silver, 5 1 And they shall be as mighty men, which and cast them to the potter in the house of the treud down their enemies in the mire of the LORD. streets in the battle: and they shall fight, be. 14 Then I cut asunder mine other staff, even cause the Lord is with them, and the riders on Bands, that I might break the brotherhood be. horses shall be confounded..

tween Judah and Israel. 6 And I will strengthen the house of Judah, 15 | And the LORD said unto me, Take unto and I will save the house of Joseph, and I will thee yet the instruments of a foolish shepherd. bring them again to place them ; for I have mer. 16 For lo, I will raise up a shepherd in the cy upon them: and they shall be as though I had land, which shall not visit those that be cut off, not cast them off : for I am the LORD their God, neither shall seek the young one, nor heal that and will hear them..

that is broken, nor feed that that standeth still: 7 And they of Ephraim shall be like a mighty but he shall eat the flesh of the fut, and tear their man, and their heart shall rejoice as through claws in pieces. wine: yea, their children shall see it, and be 17 Wo to the idol shepherd that leaveth the glad ; their heart shall rejoice in the Lord. flock ! the sword shall be upon his arm, and up.

8 I will hiss for them, and gather them; for I on his right eye: his arm shall be clean dried up. ha ve redeemed them: and they shall increase as and his right eye shall be utterly darkened. they have increased. 9 And I will sow them among the people : and

CHAPTER XII. they shall remember me in far countries; and

1 Jerusalem a cup of trembling to herself, 3 they shall live with their children, and turn

and a burdensome stone to her adversaries. again.

6 The victorious restoring of Judah. 9 The 10 I will bring them again also out of the land repentance of Jerusalem. of Egypt, and gather them out of Assyria; and THE burden of the word of the Lord for Israel, I will bring them into the land of Gilead and saith the LORD, which stretcheth forth the Lebanon ; and place shall not be found for heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, them.

and formeth the spirit of man within him, 11 And he shall pass through the sea with af, Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of flicţion, and shall smite the waves in the sea, and trembling unto all the people round about, when

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The fountain of purgation. ZECHARIAH. The coming of Christ. they shall be in the siege both against Judah and LORD of hosts : smite the Shepherd, and the against Jerusalem.

sheep shall be scattered ; and I will turn mine 31 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a hand upon the little ones. burdensome stone for all people: all that burden 1 8 And it shall come to pass, that in all the themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though Jand, saith the LORD, two parts therein shall be all the people of the earth be gathered together I cut off and die : but the third shall be left therein. against it.

9 And I will bring the third part through the 4 In that day, saith the Lord, I will smite fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and every horse with astonishment, and his rider will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on with madness: and I will open mine eyes upon my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is the house of Judah, and will smite every horse of my people; and they shall say, The LORD is my the people with blindness.

God. 5 And the governors of Judah shall say in their

CHAPTER XIV. heart, The inhabitants of Jerusalem shall be my strength in the LORD of hosts their God.

1 The destroyers of Jerusalem destroyed. 4 6 1 In that day will I make the governors of The coming of Christ, and the graces of his Judah like an hearth of fire among the wood, kingdom. 12 The plague of Jerusalem's and like a torch of fire in a sheat, and they shall enemies. 16 The remnant shall turn to the devour all the people round about, on the right

Lord, 20 and their spoils shall be holy. hand and on the left: and Jerusalemn shall be in. BEHOLD, the day of the Lord cometh, and habited again in her own place, even in Jerusa D thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee. lem.

2 For I will gather all nations against Jerusa. 7 The LORD also shall save the tents of Judah | lem to battle ; and the city shall be taken, and first, that the glory of the house of David and the the houses rified, and the women ravished; and glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem do not mag half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and nify themselves against Judah.

the residue of the people shall not be cut off from 8 In that day shall the LORD defend the inhabit. | the city. ants of Jerusalem ; and he that is feeble among 3 Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight them at that day shall be as David ; and the against those nations, as when he fought in the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of day of battle. the LORD before them.

4 1 And his feet shall stand in that day upon 91 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem I will seek to destroy all the nations that come on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave against Jerusalem.

in the midst thereof toward the east and toward 10 And I will pour upon the house of David, the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the and half of the mountain shall remove toward spirit of grace and of supplications : and they the north, and half of it toward the south. shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and 5 And ye sball flee to the valley of the moun. they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for tains; for the valley of the mountains shall his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, reach unto Azal : yea, ye shall flee like as ye as one that is in bitterness for his first-born.

fled from before the earthquake in the days of 11 In that day shall there be a great mourning Uzzinh king of Judah: and the LORD my God in Jerusalem, as the mourning of Hadadrimmon shall come, and all the saints with thee. in the valley of Megiddon.

6 And it shall come to pass in that day, that 12 And the land shall mourn, every family the light shall not be clear, nor dark : apart; the family of the house of David apart, 7 But it shall be one day wbich shall be known and their wives apart; the family of the house to the Lord, not day, nor pight: but it shall of Nathan apart, and their wives apart;

come to pass, that at evening time it shall be 13 The family of the house of Levi apart, and light. their wives apart ; the family of Shimei apart, 8 And it shall be in that day, that living wa. and their wives apart ; .

ters shall go out from Jerusalem : half of them 14 All the families that remain, every family toward the former sea, and half of them toward apart, and their wives apart.

the hinder sea : in summer and in winter shall CHAPTER XIII.

it be.

9 And the LORD shall be King over all the 1 The fountain of purgation for Jerusalem, 2

earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and from idolatry, and false prophecy. 7 The

his name one. death of Christ, and the trial of a third part.

10 All the land shall be turned as a plain from TN that day there shall be a fountain opened to Geba to Rimmon, south of Jerusalem: and it

the house of David and to the inhabitants of shall be lifted up, and inhabited in her place, Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness.

from Benjamin's gate unto the place of the first 21 And it shall come to pass in that day, saith gate, unto the corner-gate, and from the tower the LORD of hosts, that I will cut off the names of Hananeel unto the king's wine-presses, of the idols out of the land, and they shall no 11 And men shall dwell in it, and there shall be more be remembered : and also I will cause the no more utter destruction ; but Jerusalem shall prophets and the unclean spirit to pass out of the be safely inhabited. land.

12 1 And this shall be the plague wherewith 3 And it shall come to pass, that when any the LORD will smite all the people that have shall yet prophesy, then his father and his mother fought against Jerusalem ; Their flesh shall con. that begat him shall say unto him, Thou shalt sume away while they stand upon their feet, not live; for thou speakest lies in the name of and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, the LORD: and his father and his mother that and their tongue shall consume away in their begat him shall thrust him through when he mouth. prophesieth.

13 And it shall come to pass in that day, that 4 And it shall come to pass in that day, that a grent tumult from the LORD shall be among the prophets shall be ashamed every one of his them; and they shall lay hold every one on the vision, when he hath prophesied ; neither shall hand of his neighbour, and his hand sball rise they wear a rough garment to deceive:

up against the hand of his neighbour. 5 But be shall say, I am no prophet, I am an 14 And Judah also shall fight at Jerusalem : husbandman; for man taught me to keep cattle and the wealth of all the heathen round about from my youth...

shall be gathered together, gold, and silver, and 6 And one shall say unto him, What are these apparel, in great abundance, wounds in thy hands? Then he shall answer. 15 And so shall be the plague of the horse, of Those with which I was wounded in the house the mule, of the camel, and of the ass, and of of my friends.

all the beasts that shall be in these tents, as this 71 Awake, O sword, against my Shepherd, I

plague. and against the man that is my fellow, saith the 16 1 And it shall come to pass, that every one Malachi complaineth of CHAPTER II. Israel's profaneness, &c. that is left of all the nations which came against | 19 This shall be the punishment of Egypt, and Jerusalem, shall even go up from year to year to the punishment of all nations that come not up worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to to keep the feast of tabernacles. keep the feast of tabernacles.

| 20 | In that day shull there be upon the bells 17 And it shall be, that whoso will not come of the horses, HOLINESS UNTO THE LORD: up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem and the pots in the LORD's house shall be like to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, even the bowls before the altar. upon them shall be no rain.

21 Yea, every pot in Jerusalem and in Judah '18 And if the family of Egypt go not up, and shall be holiness unto the Lord of hosts: and all come not, that have no rain; there shall be the they that sacrifice shall come and take of them, plague, wherewith the LORD will smite the and seethe therein : and in that day there shall heathen that come not up to keep the feast of be no more the Canaanite in the house of the tabernacles.

LORD of hosts,

I MALACHI.

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CHAPTER I.

fering: should I accept this of your hand ? saith

the LORD. 1 Malachi complaineth of Israel's unkindness.

14 But cursed be the deceiver, which hath in 6 Of their irrcligiousness, 12 and profane

his flock a male, and voweth, and sacrificeth ness.

unto the LORD a corrupt thing: for I am a great THE burden of the word of the Lord to Israel King, saith the LORD of hosts, and my name is 1 by Malnchi.

dreadful among the heathen. 2 I have loved you, saith the LORD. Yet ye

CHAPTER II. say, Wherein hast thou loved us? Was not Esau Jacob's brother? saith the LORD: yet I | 1 He sharply reproveth the priests for neg. loved Jacob,

lecting their covenant, 11 and the people for 3 And I hated Esau, and laid his mountains idolatry, 14 for adultery, 17 and for infiand his heritage waste for the dragons of the wil. delity." derness,

AND now, O ye priests, this commandment is 4 Whereas Edom saith, We are impoverish. n for you. ed, but we will return and build the desolate 2 If ye will not hear, and if ye will not lay it places; thus saith the Lord of hosts, They shall to beart, to give glory unto my name, saith the build, but I will throw down; and they shall call LORD of hosts, I will even send a curse upon them, The border of wickedness, and, The peo you, and I will curse your blessings; yea, I have ple against whom the LORD hath indignation cursed them already, because ye do not lay it to for ever.

heart. 5 And your eyes shall see, and ye shall say, 3 Behold, I will corrupt your seed, and spread The LORD will be magnified from the border of dung upon your faces, even the dung of your Israel.

solemn feasts; and one shall take you away with 6 11 A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is mine 4 And ye shall know that I have sent this comhonour? and if I be a master, where is my fear? mandment unto you, that my covenant might be saith the LORD of hosts unto you, O priests, that with Levi, saith the LORD of hosts. despise my name. And ye say, Wherein have 5 My covenant was with him of life and we despised thy name?

peace; and I gave them to him for the fear 7 Ye offer polluted bread upon mine altar; wherewith he feared me, and was afraid before and ye say, Wherein have we polluted thee? my name. In that ye say, The table of the LORD is con 6 The law of truth was in his mouth, and ini. temptible.

quity was not found in his lips : he walked with 8 And if ye offer the blind for sacrifice, is it me in peace and equity, and did turn many not evil? and if ye offer the lame and sick, is it away from iniquity. not evil? offer it now unto thy governor ; will 7 For the priest's lips should keep knowledge, he be pleased with thee, or accept thy person? and they should seek the law at his mouth: for saith the LORD of hosts.

he is the messenger of the LORD of hosts. 9 And now, I pray you, beseech God that he 8 But ye are departed out of the way ; ye have will be gracious unto us: this hath been by your caused many to stumble at the law; ye have means: will he regard your persons ? saith the corrupted the covenant of Levi, saith the LORD Lord of hosts.

of hosts. 10 Who is there even among you that would 9 Therefore have I also made you contempti. shut the doors for nought? neither do ye kindle ble and base before all the people, according as fire on mine altar for nought. I have no pleas. ye have not kept my ways, but have been par. ure in you, saith the LORD of hosts, neither will tial in the law. I accept an offering at your hand.

10 Have we not all one father? hath not one 11 For from the rising of the sun even unto the God created us? why do we deal treacherously going down of the same, my name shall be great every man against his brother, by profaning the among the Gentiles; and in every place incense covenant of our fathers ? shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offer. 11 1 Judah hath dealt treacherously, and an ing: for my name shall be great among the hea. abomination is committed in Israel and in Jeru. then, saith the LORD of hosts.

salem ; for Judah hath profaned the holiness of 12 | But ye have profaned it, in that ye say, the Lord which he loved, and hath married the The table of the Lord is polluted ; and the fruit daughter of a strange god. . thereof, even his meat, is contemptible.

12 The LORD will cut off the man that doeth 13 Ye said also, Behold, what a weariness is this, the master and the scholar, out of the it! and ye have snuffed at it, saith the Lord of tabernacles of Jacob, and him that offereth an hosts; and ye brought that which was torn, and offering unto the LORD of hosts. the lame, and the sick ; thus ye brought an of. 13 And this have ye done again, covering the

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Christ's forerunner and coming. MALACHI. altar of the LORD with tears, with weeping, 10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, and with crying out, insomuch that he regardeth that there may be meat in mine house, and not the offering any more, or receiveth it with prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of good will at your hand..

hosts, if I will not open you the windows of 14 1 Yet ye say, Wherefore? Because the heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there LORD hath been witness between thee and the shall not be room enough to receive it. wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt 11 And I will rebuke the devourer for your treacherously : yet is she thy companion, and sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your the wife of thy covenant.

ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit be 15 And did not he make one? Yet had he the fore the time in the field, saith the LORD of residue of the Spirit. And wherefore one ? hosts, That he might seek a godly seed. Therefore 12 And all nations shall call you blessed : for take heed to your spirit, and let none deal ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the LORD treacherously against the wife of his youth. of hosts.

16 For the LORD, the God of Israel, saith, 13 | Your words have been stout against me, that he hateth putting away : for one covereth saith the LORD. Yet ye say, What have we violence with his garment, saith the Lord of spoken so much against thee? hosts : therefore take heed to your spirit, that ye 14 Ye have said, It is vain to serve God: and deal not treacherously.

what profit is it that we have kept his ordinance, 17 1 Ye have wearied the LORD with your and that we have walked mournfully before the words. Yet ye say, Wherein have we wearied LORD of hosts? him? When ye say, Every one that doeth evil is 15 And now wę call the proud happy ; yea, good in the sight of the LORD, and he delighteth they that work wickedness are set up; yea, they in them; or, Where is the God of judgment ? that tempt God are even delivered. CHAPTER ILI.

16 1 Then they that feared the LORD spake

often one to another : and the LORD hearkened, 1 of the messenger, majesty, and grace of

and heard it and a book of remembrance was Christ. 7 of the rebellion, 8 sacrilege, i3 written before him for them that feared the and in fidelity of the people. 16 The promise

LORD, and that thought upon his name, of blessing to them that fear God.

17 And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of REHOLD, I will send iny messenger, and he hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels;

D shall prepare the way before me: and the and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his son that serveth him. temple, even the messenger of the covenant, 18 Then shall ye return and discern between whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, the righteous and the wicked, between him that saith the Lord of hosts.

serveth God and him that serveth him not. 2 But who mny abide the day of his coming ? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he

CHAPTER IV. is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap.

1 God's judgment on the wicked, 2 and his 3 And he shall sit as a retiner and purifier of

blessing on the good. 4 He exhorteth to the silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and

study of the law, 5 and telleth of Elijah's purge them as gold and silver, that they may

coming and office. offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness.

FOR behold, the day cometh, that shall bum 4 Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusa I as an oven ; and all the proud, yea, and all lem be pleasant unto the LORD, as in the days that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day of old, and as in former years.

that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD 5 And I will come near to you to judgment : of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor and I will be a swift witness against the sorcer. branch. ers, and against the adulterers, and against false 2 1 But unto you that fear my name, shall the swearers, and against those that oppress the Son of righteousness arise with healing in his hireling in his wages, the widow, and the wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from calves of the stall. his right, and fear not me, saith the LORD of 3 And ye shall tread down the wicked : for hosts.

they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in 6 For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore the day that I shall do this, saith the LORD of ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.

hosts. 7 | Even from the days of your fathers ye are 4. Remember ye the law of Moses my ser. gone away from mine ordinances, and have not vant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb kept them. Return unto me, and I will return for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments, unto you, suith the LORD of hosts. But ye 5 1 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet said, Wherein shall we return ?

before the coming of the great and dreadful day 8 I Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed of the LORD: me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed 6 And he sball turn the heart of the fathers to thee? In tithes and offerings.

the children, and the heart of the children to 9 Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth robbed me, even this whole nation.

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