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13 Therefore their goods shall become a booty, and their A.C. 024. houses a desolation : they shall also build houses, but o not inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, but not drink 30, 39. Amos the wine thereof.

14 The great day of the LORD is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of the LORD: the mighty man shall cry there bitterly.

15 • That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and dis- pjer: xx.7 tress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness Amos v. 18. and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness.

16 A day of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities, and against the high towers.

17 And I will bring distress upon men, that they shall walk like blind men, because they have sinned against the Lord: and their blood shall be poured out as dust, and their flesh as the dung.

18 9 Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to Prov. xi. 4. deliver them in the day of the LORD's wrath ; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for her ch. iii, 8. shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land.

Ezek. vii. 19.

ZEPHANIAH II.

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Lord's anger.

1 An exhortation to repentance. 4 The judgment of the Philistines, 8 of Moab

and Ammon, 12 of Ethiopia and Assyria.
1 Gather yourselves together, yea, gather together, O
nation not desired ;

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2 Before the decree bring forth, before the day pass as
the chaff, before the fierce anger of the LORD come upon
you, before the day of the Lord's anger come upon you.

3 Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which bave wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness : it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the

4 For Gaza shall be forsaken, and Ashkelon a desolation : they shall drive out Ashdod at the noon day, and Ekron shall be rooted up:

5 Woe unto the inhabitants of the sea coasts, the nation of the Cherethites ! the word of the LORD is against you ; O Canaan, the land of the Philistines, I will even destroy thee, that there shall be no inhabitant.

6 And the sea coast shall be dwellings and cottages for shepherds, and folds for flocks.

7 And the coast shall be for the remnant of the house of Judah; they shall feed thereupon : in the houses of Ashkelon shall they lie down in the evening : 4 for the LORD Or, wher, their God shall visit them, and turn away their captivity.

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A.C. 624. 8 g I have heard the reproach of Moab, and the revilings

of the children of Ammon, whereby they have reproached
my people, and magnified themselves against their border.

9 Therefore as I live, saith the LORD of hosts, the God of
Israel, Surely Moab shall be as Sodom, and the children
of Ammon as Gomorrah, even the breeding of nettles, and
salt pits, and a perpetual desolation : the residue of my
people shall spoil them, and the remnant of my people shall
possess them.

10 This shall they have for their pride, because they have reproached and magnified themselves against the people of the LORD of hosts.

11 The LORD will be terrible unto them: for he will Heb. make * famish all the gods of the earth ; and men shall worship

him, every one from his place, even all the isles of the
heathen.

12 ( Ye Ethiopians also, ye shall be slain by my sword.

13 And he will stretch out his hand against the north, and destroy Assyria ; and he will make Nineveh a desolation, and dry like a wilderness.

14 And focks shall lie down in the midst of her, all the + Or, pelican. beasts of the nations : both the fs cormorant and the bit

tern shall lodge in the upper lintels of it ; their voice shall or Thapiners. sing in the windows; desolation shall be in the thresholds : Or, when he Ş for he shall uncover the cedar work.

15 This is the rejoicing city that dwelt carelessly, and Is. xlvii. 8. said in her heart, I am, and there is none beside me : how

is she become a desolation, a place for beasts to lie down
in! every one that passeth by her shall hiss, and wag his
hand.

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ZEPHANIAH Ul.

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1 A sharp reproof of Jerusalem for divers sins. 8 An exhortation to wait for the

restoration of Israel, 14 and to rejoice for their salvation by God. l| Or, glutton 1 Woe to [ * her that is filthy and polluted, to the op

pressing city!

2 She obeyed not the voice; she received not + correction; she trusted not in the LORD; she drew not near to her God.

3 Her princes within her are roaring lions ; her judges are 2. Mic. ii. 9, evening wolves; they gnaw not the bones till the morrow.

4 Her * prophets are light and treacherous persons: her 11, 32. Hos. priests have polluted the sanctuary, they have done violence y Ezek. xxii. to the law.

5 The just Lord is in the midst thereof; he will not do Heb. morn iniquity : Fevery morning doth he bring his judgment to

light, he faileth not; but the unjust knoweth no shame.

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6 I have cut off the nations : their * towers are desolate; A.C. 624. I made their streets waste, that none passeth by: their cities are destroyed, so that there is no man, that there is none habitant.

7 I said, Surely thou wilt fear me, thou wilt receive instruction; so their dwelling should not be cut off, howsoever I punished them : but they rose early, and corrupted all their doings.

8 Therefore wait ye upon me, saith the Lord, until the day that I rise up to the prey: for my determination is to gather the nations, that I may assemble the kingdoms, to pour upon them mine indignation, even all my fierce anger: for all the earth shall be devoured with the fire of my z ch. 1. 18. jealousy. 9 For then will I turn to the people a pure + language, + Heb. lip.

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10 From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia my suppliants, even the daughter of my dispersed, shall bring mine offering.

11 In that day shalt thou not be ashamed for all thy doings, wherein thou hast transgressed against me : for then I will take away out of the midst of thee them that rejoice in thy pride, and thou shalt no more be haughty $ because Heb. in my of my holy mountain.

12 I will also leave in the midst of thee an afflicted and poor people, and they shall tum in the name of the LORD.

13 The remnant of Israel shall not do iniquity, nor speak lies; neither shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth: for they shall feed and lie down, and none shall make them afraid.

14 q.Sing, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel ; be a Is, xii. 6. & glad and rejoice with all the heart, o daughter of Jerusalem.

15 The Lord hath taken away thy judgments, he hath cast out thine enemy: the king of Israel, even the Lord, is in the midst of thee : thou shalt not see evil any more.

16 In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem, Fear thou not: and to Zion, Let not thine hands be || slack.

|| Or, faint. 17 The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy ; * he will - Heb, he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing,

18 I will gather then that are sorrowful for the solemn assembly, who are of thee, to whom | the reproach of it was † Heb. the a burden.

19 Behold, at that time I will undo all that afflict thee : and I will save her that "halteth, and gather her that was b Mic. iv, 6, 7.

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* Heb. I will set them for a praise

A.C. 624. driven out; and * I will get them praise and fame in every

land + where they have been put to shame.

20 At that time will I bring you again, even in the time
Heb
. of their that I gather you: for I will make you a name and a praise

among all people of the earth, when I turn back your cap-
tivity before your eyes, saith the LORD.

shame.

SECTION V.

Reformation of Religion by Josiah.

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4 And the king commanded Hilkiah the high priest, and the priests of the second order, and the keepers of the door, to bring forth out of the temple of the Lord all the vessels that were made for Baal, and for the grove, and for all the host of heaven: and he burned them without Jerusalem in the fields of Kidron, and carried the ashes of them unto Beth-el.

5 And he # put down the S idolatrous priests, whom the Heb chema. kings of Judah had ordained to burn incense in the high

places in the cities of Judah, and in the places round about
Jerusalem ; them also that burned incense unto Baal, to
the sun, and to the moon, and to the planets, and to all
the host of heaven.

6 And he brought out the grove from the house of the
LORD, without Jerusalem, unto the brook Kidron, and
burned it at the brook Kidron, and stamped it small to
powder, and cast the powder thereof upon the graves of the
children of the people.

7 And he brake down the houses of the sodomites, that

were by the house of the LORD, where the women wove Heb. houses. * hangings for the grove.

8 And he brought all the priests out of the cities of Judah, and defiled the high places where the priests had burned incense, from Geba to Beer-sheba, and brake down the high places of the gates that were in the entering in of the

gate of Joshua the governor of the city, which were on a man's left hand at the gate of the city.

9 Nevertheless the priests of the high places came not up to the altar of the LORD at Jerusalem, but they did eat of the unleavened bread among their brethren.

10 And he defiled Topheth, which is in the valley of the children of Hinnom, that no man might make his son or his daughter to pass through the fire to Molech.

11 And he took away the horses that the kings of Judah

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* Or, cunuck, lain, which was in the suburbs, and burned the chariots of or, vicer, the sun with fire.

12 And the altars that were on the top of the upper chamber of Ahaz, which the kings of Judah had made, and the altars which Manasseh had made in the two courts of the d ch. xxi, 3. house of the LORD, did the king beat down, and + brake for, ran from them down from thence, and cast the dust of them into the brook Kidron.

13 And the high places that were before Jerusalem, which were on the right hand of the mount of corruption, which : That is, the • Solomon the king of Israel had builded for Ashtoreth the Olives. abomination of the Zidonians, and for Chemosh the abomi

e l Kings xi. 7. nation of the Moabites, and for Milcom the abomination of the children of Ammon, did the king defile.

14 And he brake in pieces the images, and cut down the Heb.stu. groves, and filled their places with the bones of men.

15 5 Moreover the altar that was at Beth-el, and the high places which Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin, had made, both that altar and the high place he brake down, and burned the high place, and stamped it small to powder, and burned the grove.

16 And as Josiah turned himself, he spied the sepulchres that were there in the mount, and sent, and took the bones out of the sepulchres, and burned them upon the altar, and polluted it, according to the f word of the LORD which the Kings xiii. man of God proclaimed, who proclaimed these words.

17 Then he said, What title is that that I see? And the men of the city told him, It is the sepulchre of the man of God, which came from Judab, and proclaimed these things that thou hast done against the altar of Beth-el.

18 And he said, Let him alone; let no man move his bones

. So they let his bones || alone, with the bones of the 1 Heb. to csprophet that came out of Samaria.

19 And all the houses also of the high places that were in the cities of Samaria, which the kings of Israel had made to provoke the LORD to anger, Josiah took away, and did to them according to all the acts that he had done in Beth-el.

20 And he slew all the priests of the high places that were there upon the altars, and burned men's bones

upon
them, and returned to Jerusalem.

2 CHRONICLES XXXIV. Ver. 33.
33 And Josiah took away all the abominations out of all
the countries that pertained to the children of Israel, and

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