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THE BOOK OF

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Destruction denounced against Israel and Judah. Coming Desolation lamented 1

The word of Jehovah that came it is come even unto Judah ; it

to Micah the Morashtite in the reacheth unto the gate of my people, days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Heze- even to Jerusalem. 10 Teil it not kiah, kings of Judah, which he saw in Gath, weep not at all: at 3 Bethconcerning Samaria and Jerusalem. le-aphrah have I rolled myself in

2 Hear, ye peoples, all of you; the dust. 11 Pass away, 05 inhabithearken, ' Ö earth, and 1 all that ant of Shaphir, in nakedness and therein is: and let the Lord Jeho- shame: the 5 inhabitant of Zaanan vah be witness 2 against you, the is not come forth ; the wailing of Lord from his holy temple. 3 For, Beth-ezel shall take from you the behold, Jehovah cometh forth out stay thereof. 12 For the 5 inhabitof his place, and will come down, ant of Maroth 7 waiteth anxiously and tread upon the high places of for good, because evil is come down the earth. 4 And the mountains from Jehovah unto the gate of Jerushall be melted under him, and the salem. 13 Bind the chariot to the valleys shall be cleft, as wax before swift steed, 0 5 inhabitant of Lathe fire, as waters that are poured chish: she was the beginning of sin down a steep place. 5 For the trans- to the daughter of Zion; for the gression of Jacob is all this, and for transgressions of Israel were found the sins of the house of Israel. What in thee. 14 Therefore shalt thou is the transgression of Jacob? is it give a parting gift to Moreshethnot Samaria ? and what are the high gath: the houses of Achzib shall be places of Judah ? are they not Jeru a deceitful thing unto the kings of salem? 6 Therefore I will make Israel. 15 I will yet bring unto thee, Samaria as a heap of the field, and 5 inhabitant of Mareshah, him that as places for planting vineyards ; shall possess thee: the glory of Isand I will pour down the stones rael shall come even unto Adullam. thereof into the valley, and I will 16 Make thee bald, and cut off thy uncover the foundations thereof. 7 hair for the children of thy delight: And all her graven images shall be enlarge thy baldness as the ' eagle ; beaten to pieces, and all her hires for they are gone into captivity from shall be burned with fire, and all her thee. idols will I lay desolate; for of the 2 Woe to them that devisement them, and unto the hire of a harlot beds ! when the morning shall they return.

they practise it, because it is in the 8 For this will I lament and wail; power of their hand. 2 And they I will go stripped and naked; I will covet fields, and seize them; and make a wailing like the jackals, and

3 That is, A house of dust. a lamentation like the ostriches. 9 4 Another reading is, roll thyself. For her wounds are incurable ; for

6 Or, stanrling-place

i Or, is in travail for "**b, the fulness thereof.

9 Or, vulture

is light,

5 Heb. inhabitress.

8 Heb. achzab.

2 Or, among

Woe to Greedy Oppressors. Wicked Rulers, Priests, and Prophets denonnced houses, and take them away: and breaker is gone up before them: they oppress a man and his house, they have broken forth and passed even a man and his heritage. 3 on to the gate, and are gone out Therefore thus saith Jehovah : Be- thereat; and their king is passed on hold, against this family do I devise before them, and Jehovah at the an evil, from which ye shall not re- head of them. wave your necks, peither shallova 3 And I said, Hear

, I pray you, time. 4 In that day shall they take the house of Israel: is it not for you up a parable against you, and lament to know justice? 2 ye who hate the I with a doleful lamentation, and good, and love the evil, who pluck say, We are utterly ruined: he off their skin from off the and changeth the portion of my people: their flesh from off their bones ; 3 how doth be 2 remove it from me! who also eat the flesh of my people, to the rebellious he divideth our and fay their skin from off them, fields. 5 Therefore thou shalt have and break their bones, and chop pone that shall cast the line by lot them in pieces, as for the pot, and in the assembly of Jehovah.

as flesh within the caldron. *4 Then .6 3 Prophesy ye not, thus they shall they cry unto Jehovah, but prophesy. They shall not propbesy be will not answer them; yea, he to these : reproaches shall not de- will hide

his face from them at that part. 7 5 Shall it be said, 0 house time, according as they have wrought of Jacob, Is the Spirit of Jehovah evil in their doings. 6 straitened ? are these his doings? 5 Thus saith Jehovah concerning Do not my words do good to him the prophets that make my people that walketh uprightly? 8 But 7 of to err; that bite with their teeth, late my people is risen up as an and cry, Peace; and whoso putteth enemy: ye strip the robe from off not into their mouths, they even the garment from them that pass by prepare war against him: 6 Theresecurely as men averse from war. 9 fore it shall be night unto you, that The women of my people ye cast ye shall have no vision; and it shall out from their pleasant houses ; from be dark unto you, that ye shall not their young children ye take away divine; and the sun shall go down my glory for ever. 10 Arise ye, and upon the prophets, and the day depart; for this is not your resting- shall be black over them. 7 And place; because of uncleanness that the seers shall be put to shame, and destroyeth, even with a grievous the diviners confounded; yea, they destruction. 11 If a man walking shall all cover their lips; for there 8 in a spirit of falsehood do lie, say is no answer of God. 8 But as for ing, I will prophesy unto thee of me, I am full of power 10 by the wine and of strong drink; he shall Spirit of Tebovah, and of judgment, even be the prophet of this people, and of might, to declare unto Jacob

12 I will surely assemble, O Jacob, his transgression, and to Israel his all of thee; I will surely gather the sin. remnant of Israel ; I will put them 9 Hear this, I pray you, ye heads together as the sheep of Bozrah, as of the bouse of Jacob, and rulers of a flock in the midst of their pasture; the house of Israel, that abhor justhey shall make great noise by rea- tice, and pervert all equity. 10 They son of the multitude of men. 13 The build up Zion with blood, and Jeru10r, with the lamentation, it is done; and say thereof judge for reward, and the

salem with iniquity. The heads &c.

3 Or, Prophesy ye not, they are ever prophesy- priests thereof teach for hire, and ing, say they, Heb. Drop &c. See Am. 7. 16. 4 Or, of these things: their reproaches never

the prophets thereof divine for 5 Or, O thou that art named the house of Jacob vah, and say, Is not Jehovah in

money : yet they lean upon Jeho 6 Or, impatient Heb. shortened. 7 Heb. yesterday. 8 Or, in wind and falsehood 9 Heb. sanctify. 10 Or, even the Spe

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The Peaceful Latter Days. Reign of the Deliverer who comes from Beth-lehem midst of us? no evil shall come upon aloud? Is there no king in thee, is

12 Therefore shall Zion for thy counsellor perished, that pangs your sake be plowed as a field, and have taken hold of thee as of a Jerusalem shall become heaps, and woman in travail ? 10 Be in pain, the mountain of the house as the and labor to bring forth, O daughhigh places of a forest.

ter of Zion, like a woman in travail; 4

But in the latter days it shall for now shalt thou go forth out of come to pass, that the mountain the city, and shalt dwell in the field, of Jehovah's house shall be estab- and shalt come even unto Babylon: lished on the top of the mountains, there shalt thou be rescued; there and it shall be exalted above the will Jehovah redeem thee from the hills; and peoples shall flow unto it. hand of thine enemies. 11 And 2 And many nations shall go and now many nations are_assembled say, Come ye, and let us go up to against thee, that say, Let her be the mountain of Jehovah, and to the defiled, and let our eye 7 see our dehouse of the God of Jacob; and he sire upon Zion. 12 But they know will teach us of his ways, and we not the thoughts of Jehovah, neither will walk in his paths. For out of understand they his counsel; for he Zion shall go forth the law, and the hath gathered them as the sheaves word of Jehovah from Jerusalem ; 3 to the threshing-floor. 13 Arise and and he will judge between 4 many thresh, O daughter of Zion; for I peoples, and will decide concerning will make thy horn iron, and I will strong nations afar off : and they make thy hoofs brass ; and thou shall beat their swords into plow- shalt beat in pieces many peoples: shares, and their spears into pruning, and I will devote their gain unto Jehooks ; nation shall not lift up sword hovah, and their substance unto the against nation, meithershalt they *5 Lord of the whole earthuselt shall sit every man under his vine in troops, o daughter of troops : he and under his fig tree; and none hath laid siege against us, they shall make them afraid: for the shall smite the judge of Israel with mouth of Jehovah of hosts hath a rod upon the cheek. spoken it. 5 For all the peoples † 2 But thou, Beth-lehem Eph. walk every one in the name of his rathah, which art little to be among god : and we will walk in the name the 8 thousands of Judah, out of thee of Jehovah our God for ever and shall one come forth unto me that is ever.

to be ruler in Israel; whose goings 6 In that day, saith Jehovah, will forth are from of old, 9 from everI assemble that which is lame, and lasting. 3 Therefore will he give I will gather that which is driven them up, until the time that she away, and that which I haveafflicted; who travaileth hath brought forth: 7 and I will make that which was then the residue of his brethren lame a remnant, and that which was shall return 10 unto the children of cast far off a strong nation : and Je- Israel. 4 And he shall stand, and hovah will reign over them in mount shall feed his flock in the strength Zion from henceforth even for ever. of Jehovah, in the majesty of the 8 And thou, O tower of 5 the flock, name of Jehovah his God: and they

the hill of the daughter of Zion, shall abide; for now shall he be unto thee shall it come, yea, the great unto the ends of the earth. former dominion shall come, the 5 And this man shall be our peace. kingdom of the daughter of Jeru- When the Assyrian shall come into salem.

our land, and when he shall tread 9 Now why dost thou cry out

* Ch. 4. 14 in Heb.

+ Ch. 5.1 in Heb. 1 Or, at the head

7 Or, gaze upon + Or, instruction 3 Or, among 4 Or, great

8 Or, families Eder See Gen. 35. 21. 6 Heb. Ophel.

See Judg. 6. 13. 9 Or, from ancient days

10 Or, with

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Jehovah's Controversy with his people. Injustice rebuked in our palaces, then shall we raise done unto thee? and wherein have against him seven shepherds, and I wearied thee? testify against me. eight 'principal men. 6 And they 4 For I brought thee up out of the shall waste the land of Assyria with land of Egypt, and redeemed thee the sword, and the land of Nimrod out of the house of bondage; and I in the entrances thereof: and he sent before thee Moses, Aaron, and shall deliver us from the Assyrian, Miriam. 5 O my people, remember when he cometh into our land, and now what Balak king of Moab de-. when he treadeth within our border. vised, and what Balaam the son of 7 And the remnant of Jacob shall Beor answered him; remember from be in the midst of many peoples as Shittim unto Gilgal, that ye may dew from Jehovah, as showers upon know the righteous acts of Jehovah. the grass, that tarry not for man, 6 Wherewith shall I come before nor wait for the sons of men. 8 And Jehovah, and bow myself before the the remnant of Jacob shall be among high God ? shall I come before him the nations, in the midst of many with burnt-offerings, with calves a peoples, as a lion among the beasts year old ? 7 will Jehovah be pleased of the forest, as a young lion among with thousands of rams, or with ten the flocks of sheep; who, if he go thousands of rivers of oil? shall I through, treadeth down and teareth give my first-born for my transgresin pieces, and there is none to de- sion, the fruit of my body for the liver. 9 Let thy hand be lifted up sin of my soul? 8 He hath showed above thine adversaries, and let all thee, o man, what is good; and thine enemies be cut off.

what doth Jehovah require of thee, 10 And it shall come to pass in but to do justly, and to love kind that day, saith Jehovah, that I will ness, and to walk humbly with thy cut off thy horses out of the midst God? of thee, and will destroy thy char 9 The voice of Jehovah crieth iots: 11 and I will cut off the cities unto the city, and the man of wisof thy land, and will throw_down all dom will 5 see thy name: hear ye thy strongholds. 12 And I will cut the rod, and who hath appointed it. off witchcrafts out of thy hand; and 10 Are there yet treasures of wickthou shalt have no more soothsay- edness in the house of the wicked, ers: 13 and I will cut off thy graven and a scant 6 measure that is abomimages and thy 2 pillars out of the inable? 11 Shall I be pure with midst of thee; and thou shalt no wicked balances, and with a bag of more worship the work of thy hands; deceitful weights? 12 For the rich 14 and I will pluck up thine Ashe- men thereof are full of violence, and rim out of the midst of thee; and I the inhabitants thereof have spoken will destroy thy cities. 15 And I lies, and their tongue is deceitful in will execute vengeance in anger their mouth. 13 Therefore I also and wrath upon the nations 4 which have smitten thee with a grievous hearkened not.

wound; I have made thee desolate

because of thy sins. 14 Thou shalt 6

saith : Arise, contend thou be- 7 humiliation shall be in the midst of fore the mountains, and let the hills thee: and thou shalt put away, but hear thy voice. 2 Hear, Oye moun shalt not save; and that which thou tains, Jehovah's controversy, and ye savest will I give up to the sword. enduring foundations of the earth ; 15 Thou shalt sow, but shalt not for Jehovah hath a controversy with reap; thou shalt tread the olives, his people, and he will contend with but shalt not anoint thee with oil; Israel. 30 my people, what have I and the vintage, but shalt not drink

the wine. 16 For the statut
1 Or, princes among men
2 Or, obelisks
3 Or, enemies

5 Acc. to Sept., Vulg., and Syr.
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6 Heb. ephal.

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The Nation’s Moral Corruption. God’s Former Mercies will be renewed Omri are kept, and all the works of 10 Then mine enemy shall see it, the house of Ahab, and ye walk in and shame shall cover her who said their coansels; that I may make unto me, Where is Jehovah thy thee a 1 desolation, and the inbab- God? Mine eyes shall see my desire itants thereof a hissing : and ye shall upon her; now shall she be trodden bear the reproach of my people. down as the mire of the streets. 7

Woe is me! for I am as when 11 ? A day for building thy walls !

they have gathered the summer in that day shall the 8 decree be far fruits, as the grape gleanings of the removed. °12 In that day shall they vintage: there is no cluster to eat; come unto thee from Assyria and 2 my soul desireth the first-ripe fig. the cities of Egypt, and from 2 The godly man is perished out of Egypt even to the River, and the earth, and there is none upright from sea to sea, and from mounamong men: they all lie in wait for tain to mountain. 13 Yet shall the blood; they hunt every man his land be desolate because of them brother with a net. 3 3 Their hands that dwell therein, for the fruit of are upon that which is evil to do it their doings. diligently; the prince asketh, and 14 10 Feed thy people with thy rod, the judge is ready for a reward; and the flock of thy heritage, which the great man, he uttereth the evil dwell solitarily, in the forest in the desire of his soul : thus they weave midst of Carmel: let them feed in it together. 4 The best of them Bashan and Gilead, as in the days is as a brier; 4 the most upright is of old. 15 As in the days of thy worse than a thorn hedge: the day coming forth out of the land of of thy, watchmen, even thy visita- Egypt will I show unto them martion, 'is come; now shall be their vellous things. 16 The nations shall perplexity. 5 Trust ye not in a see and be ashamed of all their neighbor; put ye not confidence in might; they shall lay their hand a 5 friend; keep the doors of thy upon their mouth; their ears shall mouth from her that lieth in thy be deaf. 17 They shall lick the dust bosom. 6 For the son dishonoreth like a serpent; like crawling things the father, the daughter riseth up of the earth they shall come tremagainst her mother, the daughter-in- bling out of their close places; they law against her mother-in-law; a shall come with fear unto Jehovah man's enemies are the men of his our God, and shall be afraid because own house.

of thee. 7 But as for me, 6I will look unto 18 Who is a God like unto thee, Jehovah; I will wait for the God of that pardoneth iniquity, and passmy salvation: my God will hear eth over the transgression of the me. 8 Rejoice not against me, o remnant of his heritage? he retainmine enemy: when I fall, I shall eth not his anger for ever, because arise; when I sit in darkness, Jeho he delighteth in lovingkindness. vah will be a light unto me. 9 I 19 He will again have compassion will bear the indignation of Jeho- upon us; he will 11 tread our iniquivah, because I have sinned against ties under foot; and thou wilt cast him, until he plead my cause, and all their sins into the depths of the execute judgment for me: he will sea. 20 12 Thou wilt 13 perform the bring me forth to the light, and truth to Jacob, and the lovingkindI shall behold his righteousness. ness to Abraham, which thou hast

sworn unto our fathers from the 1 Or, an astonishment

days of old. 2 Or, nor first-ripe fig which my soul derired 3 Or, Both hands are put forth for evil to do 7.Or, In the day that thy walls are to be built it &c.

8 Or, boundary

9 Heh. Mazor: 4 Or, the straightest is as it were taken from &c.

11 Or, subdue our iniquities 5 Or, confidant

12 Or, Thou wilt show thy faithfulness &c. 5 Or, in Jehovah will I keep watch

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13 Heb. give.

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