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sharpy reprored. mountains and his heritage waste forj 14 But cursed be the deceiver, wbich the dragons of the wilderness. hath in his flock a male, ai vowell,

4 \Vhereas Edom saitli, We are in- and sacriliceth unto the LORD a cor: poverished, but we will return and rupt thing: for I am a great King, build the desolate places; thus saith saith the LORD of liosis, and inynanie the Lord of liosts, They shall build, is dreadrul among the beachen. but I will throw down; and tliey shall

CHAP. Il. and, The people against iskem AD now, ye priests

, this com Lond hall indignation for ever. 2 Il ye will not hear, and if ye wijt

5 And your eyes shall see, and ye not lay it to heart, to give glory unio shall say, The Lord will be maguified my name, saith the Lord of hosts, I from the border of Israel.

will even send a curse upon you, and 61 A sun honoureth his father, and I will curse your blessings: yea, I u servant his master; is then I be a sa- have cursed thein already, because je ther, where is inine lionour? and if I do not lay it to heart. be a master, where is my fear? saith 3 Behold, I will corrupt your seed, the Lord of hosts unto you, O priests, and spread dung upon your faces, that despise niy name. And ye say, cuen the dung of your solemn seasts; Whereinbare we despised thy naine? and one shall take you away with it.

7 Ye offer polluted broad upon mine 4 And ye shall kuow that I have sent altar; and ye say, Wliereiu liave we commandment unto you, that my polluted thee? In that ye say', The covenant iniglit be with Levi, sailli table of the LORD is contemptible. the Lord of hosts.

8 And if ye offer the blind for sacri- 5 NJy covenant wag with him of life sice, is it not evil ? and if ye offer the and peace; and I gave lliein to him lame and sick, is it not evil? offer il for lhe fear wherewithi he leared me, 110W unto tly governor; will he bel and was afraid before my name. pleased with thee, or accept thy per.) 6 The law of truth was in his moulli, gon? saith the LORD of hosts. and iniquity was not found in bis

9 And now, I pray you, beseech God lips: he walked with me in peace and that he will be gracious unto us: this equity, and did turn inany away from hath been by your means: will be re-iniquity. gard your persons ? saith the Lord of 7 Tor the priest's lips should keep hosts.

knowledge, and they should seek the 10 Who is therceren among you that law at big mouu: for he is the ineswouk shut the doors for nought. nei-senger of the Lord of hosts. ther do ye kindle fire on mine altar for 8 But ye are departed out of the ways nouylit. I have no pleasure in you, ye lave caused many to stumble at sailli the Lord of hosts, neither will the law; ye bave corrupted the coveI accept an offering at your band. nant or Levi, saith the LORD of losis,

11 For from the rising of the sun, 9 Tlierefore have I also niade you even unto ille going down of the saine, contemptible and base before all the my name shall be great anong the people, according as ye hare not kept Gentiles; and in every place incense my ways, but have been partial in the shall be offered unto my name, and a law, pure offering: for iny jame shall be 10 Have we not all one fatber? halli great among the heallien, saith the not one God created us? why do we Lond or bosts.

deal treacherously cvery man against 12 1 But ye have profaned it, io that his brother, by profaning the covenant ye say, The table of the Lord is pol of our fathers ? luled; and the fruit tlicrcos, cucu his 11 1 Judah bath deall lreacherously ineat, is contemptible.

and an abomination is commilted in 13 Ye said also, Leholil, what a wea- Israel and in Jerusalem; for Judah riness is it! and ye lave snufled at it, hath profaned the holiness of the Lons pailh the LORD of liosts; and ye wlich he loved, and bath inarried the brought that which was toro, and the daughter of a strange god. lume, and the sick ; thus je brought 12 The LORD will cut off the man an ofiering: slould I accept this or that doeth this, the master and 1118 your band? saith the LOAD.

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grace of Clarist, cob, and him that offeretli an offeringslıireling in his wages, the widow, and unto the LORD of hosts.

the fatherless, and that turn aside the 13 And ibis bave ye done again, cor stranger from his right, and sear not cring the allar of the LORD with tears, me, saith the LORD of bosis. withi weeping, and will crying out 6 For I am the LORD, ) change not; inaouiuch that be regardeth not the therefore ye song of Jacob are not offering any more, or receiveth it with consumed. good will at your hand.

7 11 Even from the days or your fa14 Yet ye say, Wiierefore ? Because there ye are gone away from mine the Lord bath been witness between ordinances, and have not kept them. thee and the wife of thy youth,agajust Return unlo me, and I will return unwhom thou hast dealt treacherously : Lo you, saith the Lord of losis. But yet is she thy companion, and the ye said, wherein sbal} we relurn? wise of thy covenant

81 Will a man rob God? yet ye 16 And did not be make one? Yet bare robbed me. But ye say, Wherein bad be the residue of the Spirit. And have we robbed thee? In titties and wherefore one? That he might seek fosterings. a godly seed. Therefore take liced to 9 Ye are cursed with a curse: for je your spirit and let none deal treacher. bave robbed me, even this w bole nabusly against the wife of his youth. tion.

16 For the LORD, the God of Israel, 10 Bring ye all the tithes into the saith that lie baleth putting away: store-bouse, that there may be meat in for one covereth violence with bis gar- my house, and prove me now bierement, saith the Lord of hosts : there with, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will fore take heed to your spirit, that ye not open you the windows of heaven, deal not treacherously.

and pour you out a blessing that there 17 1 Ye hare wearied the Lord with shall not be room enough to receive it. your words,

Yet ye say, Wherein 11 And I will rebuke tbe derourer have we wearied him. When ye say, for yoursakes, and he shall not destroy Every one that doeth evil is good in the fruits of your ground; neither shall the sight of the LORD, and he deligbt-your vine cast hier fruit before the time eth in them; or, Where is the God of in the field, saith the LORD of hosts. judginent?

12 And all nations shall call you bless. CHAP. III.

ed; for ye shall be a delightsonie land, ger, and lie shall prepare the way 13Your words have been stout against before ine: and the LORD, whom ye me, saith the LORD:yet ye muy, What seek, shall auddenly come to his tem- have we spoken so much against thee? ple, even the inessenger of the cove- 14 Ye have said, It is vain to serve nant, whom ye delight in: bebold, he God; and what profit is it that we shall come, saith the Lord of hosts. bave kept his orrlinance, and that we

2 But who way abide the day of his have walked mournfully before the coming? and who shall stand when LORD of hosts? he appeareth? for be is like a refiner's 15 And now we call the proud happy; tire, and like fullers' soap:

yea, they that work wickedness are 3 And lie shall sit as a lefiner and set up; yea, they that tenpt God are purifier of silver: and be shall purify even delivered. ih, song of Levi, and purge them 18 16 Then they that feared the LORD gold and silver, that they may ofler spake often one to another; and the unto the LORD an offering in right-LORD hearkened, and heard it: and

a book of reinenbrance was wrillen + Then shall the offering of Judah, belore lim for them that feared the and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the LORD, and that thought upon his name. Lord, as in the days of old, and as in 17 and they shall be mine, saith the Former years.

Lond of hosta, in that day when I 5 And I will come near to you to make up my jewels; and I will spare judginent; and I will be a swist wil. thiem, as a man spareth his own Son ness against the sorcerers, and against tbat sérreth kim, che adulterers, and against false swear- 18 Then shall ye return, and liscer ers,and against those that oppress thelbetween llie rigliceous and the wicked;

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and ojice petween liim that servetli God, and 3 And ye shall tread down tlie wick him that serveth bim not.

ed; for they shall be aslies under the CHAP. IV. soles of your feet, in the day that I

. olall burn as an oven; and all the 4 I Remember ye the law of Moses proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, my servant, which I commanded unto shall be stubble: and the day that bin in Horeb for all Israel, with the cometb shall burn them up, saith the statutes and judgments. LORD of liosts, that it shall leave them 5 T Behold, I will send you Elijah neither root nor branch.

the propliet before the coming of the 2 1 But unto you ibat fear my name great and dreadful day of the LORD: shall the Sun of righteousness arise 6 And he shall turn the heart of the with healing in his wjugg; and ye Cathers to the children, and the heart shall go forth, and grow up as calves or the children to their fathers, lest I of the stail

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