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21 For, behold, the LORD cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their ini. quity : the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.

CHAP. XXVII.

up, they will not see: but they shall | see, and be ashamed for their envy at the people ; yea, the fire of thine enemies shall devour them.

12 LORD, thou wilt ordain peace for us : for thou also hast wrought all our works in us.

13 O LORD our God, other lords beside thee have had dominion over us: but by thee only will we make mention of thy name.

14 They are dead, they shall not live; they are deceased, they shall not rise: therefore hast thou visited and destroyed them, and made all their memory to perish.

15 Thou hast increased the nation, O LORD, thou hast increased the nation : thou art glorified : thou hadst removed it far unto all the ends of the earth.

16 Lord, in trouble have they visited thee, they poured out a prayer when thy chastening was upon them.

17 Like as a woman with child, that draweth near the time of her delivery, is in pain, and crieth out in her pangs; so have we been in thy sight, O LORD.

18 We have been with child, we have been in pain, we have as it were brought forth wind; we have not wrought any deliverance in the earth; neither have the inhabitants of the world fallen.

19 Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead.

20 Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast.

In that day the Lord with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea.

2 In that day sing ye unto her, A vineyard of red wine.

3 [ the LORD do keep it; I will water it every moment: lest any hurt it, I will keep it night and day.

4 Fury is not in me: who would set the briers and thorns against me in battle? I would go through them, I would burn them together.

5 Or let him take hold of my strength, that he may make peace with me; and he shall make peace with me.

6 He shall cause them that come of Jacob to take root : Israel shall blossom and bud, and fill the face of the world with fruit.

7 Hath he smitten him, as he smote those that smote him? or is he slain according to the slaughter of them that are slain by him?

8 In measure, when it shooteth forth, thou wilt debate with it: he stayeth his rough wind in the day of the east wind.

9 By this therefore shall the iniquity of Jacob be purged; and this is all the fruit to take away his sin; when he maketh all the stones of the altar as chalkstones that are beaten in sunder, the groves and images shall not stand up.

10 Yet the defenced city shall be desolate, and the habitation forsaken, and left like a wilderness : there shall the calf feed, and there shall he lie down, and consume the branches thereof.

11 When the boughs thereof are withered, they shall be broken off: the women come, and set them on fire: for it is a people of no understanding : therefore he that made them will not have mercy on them, and he that formed them will shew them no favour.

12 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the LORD shall beat off from the channel of the river unto the stream of Egypt, and ye shall be gathered one by one, O ye children of Israel.

13 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the great trumpet shall be blown, and they shall come which were ready to perish in the land of Assyria, and the outcasts in the land of Egypt, and shall worship the Lord in the holy mount at Jerusalem.

be a fading flower, and as the hasty fruit before the summer; which when he that looketh upon it seeth, while it is yet in his hand he eateth it up.

5 In that day shall the Lord of hosts be for a crown of glory, and for a diadem of beauty, unto the residue of his people,

6 And for a spirit of judgment to him that sitteth in judgment, and for strength to them that turn the battle to the gate.

7 But they also have erred through wine, and through strong drink are out of the way; the priest and the prophet have erred through strong drink, they are swallowed up of wine, they are out of the way through strong drink; they err in vision, they stumble in judgment.

8 For all tables are full of vomit and filthiness, so that there is no place clean.

9 Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.

10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:

11 For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people.

12 To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.

13 But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken. 14 Wherefore hear the word of

CHAP. XXVIII.

WOE to the crown of pride, to the drunkards of Ephraim, whose glorious beauty is a fading flower, which are on the head of the fat valleys of them that are overcome with wine!

2 Behold, the Lord hath a mighty and strong one, which as a tempest of hail and a destroying storm, as a flood of mighty waters overflowing, shall cast down to the earth with the hand.

3 The crown of pride, the drunkards of Ephraim, shall be trodden under feet:

4 And the glorious beauty, which is on the head of the fat valley, shall

the LORD, ye scornful men, that of hosts a consumption, even deterrule this people which is in Jeru mined upon the whole earth. salem.

23 Give ye ear, and hear my voice; 15 Because ye have said, We hearken, and hear my speech. have made a covenant with death, 24 Doth the plowman plow all and with hell are we at agreement; day to sow? doth he open and break when the overflowing scourge shall the clods of his ground? pass through, it shall not come unto 25 When he hath made plain the us : for we have made lies our re face thereof, doth he not cast abroad fuge, and under falsehood have we the fitches, and scatter the cummin, hid ourselves :

and cast in the principal wheat and 16 Therefore thus saith the Lord the appointed barley and the rye in God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a their place? foundation a stone, a tried stone, a 26 For his God doth instruct him precious corner stone, a sure foun to discretion, and doth teach him. dation : he that believeth shall not 27 For the fitches are not threshmake haste.

ed with a threshing instrument, nei17 Judgment also will I lay to ther is a cart wheel turned about the line, and righteousness to the upon the cummin; but the fitches plummet: and the hail shall sweep are beaten out with a staff, and the away the refuge of lies, and the wa cummin with a rod. ters shall overflow the hiding place. 28 Bread corn is bruised; because

18 And your covenant with death he will not ever be threshing it, nor shall be disannulled, and your agree break it with the wheel of his cart, ment with hell shall not stand; when nor bruise it with his horsemen. the overflowing scourge shall pass 29 This also cometh forth from through, then ye shall be trodden the Lord of hosts, which is wonderdown by it.

ful in counsel, and excellent in work19 From the time that it goeth forth it shall take you: for morning by morning shall it pass over, by

CHAP. XXIX. day and by night: and it shall be a vexation only to understand the re

W oE to Ariel, to Ariel, the city port.

where David dwelt! add ye year to 20 For the bed is shorter than year; let them kill sacrifices. that a man can stretch himself on it: 2 Yet I will distress Ariel, and and the covering narrower than that there shall be heaviness and sorhe can wrap himself in it.

row: and it shall be unto me as 21 For the LORD shall rise up as Ariel. in mount Perazim, he shall be wroth 3 And I will camp against thee as in the valley of Gibeon, that he round about, and will lay siege amay do his work, his strange work; gainst thee with a mount, and I will and bring to pass his act, his strange raise forts against thee. act.

4 And thou shalt be brought · 22 Now therefore be ye not mock down, and shalt speak out of the ers, lest your bands be made strong: ground, and thy speech shall be low for I have heard from the Lord God out of the dust, and thy voice shall

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be, as of one that hath a familiar || Read this, I pray thee: and he saith; spirit, out of the ground, and thy I am not learned. speech shall whisper out of the 13 Wherefore the Lord said, dust.

Forasmuch as this people draw near 5 Moreover the multitude of thy me with their mouth, and with their strangers shall be like small dust, lips do honour me, but have reand the multitude of the terrible moved their heart far from me, and ones shall be as chaff that passeth their fear toward me is taught by away: yea, it shall be at an instant the precept of men : suddenly.

14 Therefore, behold, I will pro6 Thou shalt be visited of the ceed to do a marvellous work among LORD of hosts with thunder, and this people, even a marvellous work with earthquake, and great noise, and a wonder: for the wisdom of with storm and tempest, and the their wise men shall perish, and the flame of devouring fire.

understanding of their prudent men 7 And the multitude of all the shall be hid. nations that fight against Ariel, even 15 Woe unto them that seek deep all that fight against her and her to hide their counsel from the LORD, munition, and that distress her, shall and their works are in the dark, and be as a dream of a night vision. they say, Who seeth us? and who

8 It shall even be as when an hun knoweth us? gry man dreameth, and, behold, he 16 Surely your turning of things eateth; but he awaketh, and his soul upside down shall be esteemed as is empty: or as when a thirsty the potter's clay: for shall the work man dreameth, and, behold, he say of him that made it, He made drinketh; but he awaketh, and, be me not? or shall the thing framed hold, he is faint, and his soul hath say of him that framed it, He had appetite : so shall the multitude of no understanding? all the nations be, that fight against 17 Is it not yet a very little while, mount Zion.

and Lebanon shall be turned into a 9 Stay yourselves, and wonder; fruitful field, and the fruitful field cry ye out, and cry: they are drunk shall be esteemed as a forest ? en, but not with wine; they stagger, 18 And in that day shall the deaf but not with strong drink.

hear the words of the book, and the 10 For the LORD hath poured eyes of the blind shall see out of out upon you the spirit of deep obscurity, and out of darkness. sleep, and hath closed your eyes : 19 The meek also shall increase the prophets and your rulers, the their joy in the Lord, and the poor seers hath he covered.

among men shall rejoice in the Holy 11 And the vision of all is be One of Israel. come unto you as the words of a 20 For the terrible one is brought book that is sealed, which men de to nought, and the scorner is conliver to one that is learned, saying, sumed, and all that watch for iniRead this, I pray thee: and he saith, quity are cut off : I cannot; for it is sealed :

21 That make a man an offender 12 And the book is delivered to . for a word, and lay a snare for him bim that is not learned, saying, that reproveth in the gate, and

turn aside the just for a thing of young asses, and their treasures nought.

upon the bunches of camels, to a 22 Therefore thus saith the LORD, people that shall not profit them. who redeemed Abraham, concern 7 For the Egyptians shall help in ing the house of Jacob, Jacob shall vain, and to no purpose: therefore not now be ashamed, neither shall have I cried concerning this, Their his face now wax pale.

strength is to sit still. 23 But when he seeth his chil 8 Now go, write it before them in dren, the work of mine hands, in the a table, and note it in a book, that midst of him, they shall sanctify my it may be for the time to come for name, and sanctify the Holy One ever and ever: of Jacob, and shall fear the God of 9 That this is a rebellious people, Israel.

lying children, children that will not 24 They also that erred in spirit hear the law of the LORD: shall come to understanding, and 10 Which say to the seers, See they that murmured shall learn not; and to the prophets, Prophedoctrine.

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unto us smooth things, prophesy CHAP. XXX.

deceits :

11 Get you out of the way, turn W oe to the rebellious children, aside out of the path, cause the saith the LORD, that take counsel, Holy One of Israel to cease from but not of me; and that cover with before us. a covering, but not of my spirit, 12 Wherefore thus saith the Holy that they may add sin to sin: One of Israel, Because ye despise

2 That walk to go down into this word, and trust in oppression Egypt, and have not asked at my and perverseness, and stay thereon: mouth; to strengthen themselves 13 Therefore this iniquity shall in the strength of Pharaoh, and to be to you as a breach ready to fall, trust in the shadow of Egypt! swelling out in a high wall, whose

3 Therefore shall the strength of breaking cometh suddenly at an inPharaoh be your shame, and the stant. trust in the shadow of Egypt your 14 And he shall break it as the confusion.

breaking of the potter's vessel that 4 For his princes were at Zoan, is broken in pieces; he shall not and his ambassadors came to Ha spare: so that there shall not be nes.

found in the bursting of it a sherd 5 They were all ashamed of a to take fire from the hearth, or to people that could not profit them, take water withal out of the pit. nor be an help nor profit, but a 15 For thus saith the Lord God, shame, and also a reproach.

the Holy One of Israel; In return6 The burden of the beasts of ing and rest shall ye be saved ; the south: into the land of trouble in quietness and in confidence shall and anguish, from whence come the be your strength: and ye would young and old lion, the viper and fiery Aying serpent, they will carry 16 But ye said, No; for we will their riches upon the shoulders of | Alee upon horses ; therefore shall ye

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