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Goodness and Severity of Jehovah 1

book of the vision of Nahum the out of thee, that deviseth evil against Elkoshite.

Jehovah, that counselleth wick2 Jehovah is a jealous God and edness. 12 Thus saith Jehovah : avengeth; Jehovah avengeth and Though they be in full strength, is full of wrath ; Jehovah taketh and likewise many, even SO shall vengeance on his adversaries, and they be cut down, and he shall pass he reserveth wrath for his enemies. away. 5 Though I have afflicted 3 Jehovah is slow to anger, and thee, I will afflict thee no more. great in power, and will by no 13 And now will I break his yoke means clear the guilty: Jehovah from off thee, and will burst thy hath his way in the whirlwind and bonds in sunder. in the storm, and the clouds are the 14 And Jehovah hath given comdust of his feet. 4 He rebuketh mandment concerning thee, that no the sea, and maketh it dry, and more of thy name be sown: out of drieth up all the rivers: Bashan the house of thy gods will I cut off languisheth, and Carmel; and the the graven image and the molten flower of Lebanon languisheth. image; I will make thy grave; for 5 The mountains quake at him, thou art vile. and the hills melt; and the earth is *15 Behold, upon the mountains upheaved at his presence, yea, the the feet of him that bringeth good world, and all that dwell therein. tidings, that publisheth peace!

Who can stand before his indig- Keep thy feasts, 0 Judah, pernation? and who can abide in the form thy vows; for 6 the wicked fierceness of his anger? his wrath one shall no more pass through is poured out like fire, and the rocks thee; he is utterly cut off. are broken asunder by him in the 2 Hee that daslieth in pieces. is day of trouble; and he knoweth the fortress, watch the way, make them that take refuge in him. thy loins strong, fortify thy power & But with an over-running flood mightily; 2 For Jehovah restoreth he will make a full end of her place, the excellency of Jacob, as the exand will pursue his enemies into cellency of Israel ; for the emptiers darkness.

have emptied them out, and de9 What do ye devise against Jeho stroyed their vine-branches. 3 The vah ? he will make a full end; aflic- shield of his mighty men is made tion shall not rise up the second | red, the valiant men are in scarlet; time. 10 For entangled like thorns, and drunken as with their drink, 3 Or, a wicked counsellor they are consumed 2 utterly as dry 4 Or, worthlessness Heb. Belial.

5 Or, So will I afflict thee, that I shall not spot 1 Or, oracle concerning 2 Or, us stubble fully dry

6 Or, the man of worthlessness H'

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The Overthrow of Nineveh decreed. Its Utter Ruin portrayed the chariots 'flash with steel in the man mounting, and the flashing day of his preparation, and the sword, and the glittering spear, and 2 cypress spears are brandished. a multitude of slain, and a great 4 The chariots rage in the streets; heap of corpses, and there is no end they rush to and fro in the broad of the bodies ; they stumble upon ways: the appearance of them is their bodies ;--4 because of the mullike torches; they run like the light- titude of the whoredoms of the wellnings. 5 He remembereth his no- | favored harlot, the mistress of bles: they stumble in their march ; witchcrafts, that selleth nations they make haste to the wall thereof, through her whoredoms, and famiand the mantelet is prepared. 6 The lies through her witchcrafts. 5 Be. gates of the rivers are opened, and hold, I am against thee, saith the palace is dissolved. 7 3 And it Jehovah of hosts, and I will uncover is decreed: she is uncovered, she is thy skirts 10 upon thy face; and I carried away; and her handmaids will show the nations thy nakedness, 4 moan as with the voice of doves, and the kingdoms thy shame. 6 beating upon their 5 breasts. And I will cast abominable filth

8 But Nineveh hath been 6 from upon thee, and make thee vile, and of old like a pool of water: yet they will set thee as a gazing-stock. 7 flee away., Stand, stand, they cry; And it shall come to pass, that all but none 7 looketh back. 9 Take ye they that look upon thee shall flee the spoil of silver, take the spoil of from thee, and say, Nineveh is laid gold; for there is no end of the waste: who will bemoan her? whence store, the 8 glory of all goodly furni- shall I seek comforters for thee? ture. 10 She is empty, and void, and 8 Art thou better than No-amon, waste; and the heart melteth, and that was situate among the 11 rivers, the knees smite together, and anguish that had the waters round about is in all loins, and the faces of them her ; whose rampart was 12 the sea, all are waxed pale. 11 Where is the and her wall was of the sea? 9 den of the lions, and the feeding- Ethiopia and Egypt were her place of the young lions, where the strength, and it was infinite; Put lion and the lioness walked, the and Lubim were thy helpers. 10 lion's whelp, and none made them Yet was she carried away, she went afraid? 12' The lion did tear in into captivity; her young children pieces enough for his whelps, and also were dashed in pieces at the strangled for his lionesses, and filled head of all the streets; and they his caves with prey, and his dens cast lots for her honorable men, and with ravin. 13 Behold, I am against all her great men were bound in thee, saith Jehovah of hosts, and I chains. 11 Thou also shalt be will burn her chariots in the smoke, drunken; thou shalt be hid; thou and the sword shall devour thy also shalt seek 13 a stronghold because young lions; and I

cut off thy of the enemy. 12 All thy fortresses prey from the earth, and the voice shall be like fig-trees with the firstof thy messengers shall no more be ripe figs: if they be shaken, they heard.

fall into the mouth of the eater, 13 3

Woe to the bloody city! it is Behold, thy people in the midst of

all full of lies and rapine; the thee are women; the gates of thy prey departeth not. 2 The noise of land are set wide open unto thine the whip, and the noise of the rat- enemies: the fire hath devoured thy tling of wheels, and prancing horses, bars. 14 Draw thee water for the and bounding chariots, 3 the horse- siege; strengthen thy fortresses; go 1 Heb. are with fire of steel.

into the clay, and tread the mortar; 2 Heb. cypress-trees. 3 Or, Huzzab is uncovered &c.

9 Or, charging

10 Or, before

11 Or, cemals See Ex, 7. 19. 6 Or, from the days that she hath been

8 Or, wealth

13 Or, a defence against

4 Or, lead her

5 Heb. hearts.

12 That is, the Nile.

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The Utter Buin of Nineveh portrayed I make strong the brickkiln. 15 | hoppers, which


in the There shall the fire devour thee; the hedges in the cold day, but when sword shall cut thee off; it shall the sun ariseth they flee away, and devour thee like the canker-worm : their place is not known where they make thyself many as the canker- are. 18 Thy shepherds slumber, O worm ; make thyself many as the king of Assyria ; thy nobles are at locust. 16 Thou hast multiplied rest; thy people are scattered upon thy merchants above the stars of the mountains, and there is none to heaven: the canker-worm 2 ravag- gather them. 19 There is no eth, and feeth away. 17 Thy suaging of thy hurt; thy wound princes are as the locusts, and thy is grievous : all that hear the report 3 marshals as the swarms of grass- of thee clap their hands over thee;

for upon whom hath not thy wicked1 Or, lay hold of the brick-mould 2 Or, sprealeth himself

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4 Or, walls


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The Chaldeans raised up to punish Judah's Sins. Habakkuk's Remonstrance 1 The burden: which Habakkuk sandori100 Yea, he scoffeth at kings

2 0 Jehovah, how long shall I he derideth every stronghold; for cry, and thou wilt not hear? I cry he heapeth up dust, and taketh it. out unto thee of violence, and thou 11 10 Then shall he sweep by as a wilt not save. 3 Why dost thou wind, and shall 11 pass over, and be show me iniquity, and a look upon guilty, even he whose might is his perverseness? for destruction and god. violence are before me; and there is 12 Art not thou from everlasting, strife, and contention riseth up. 4 O Jehovah my God, my Holy One? Therefore the law is slacked, and we shall not die. O Jehovah, thou justice 3 doth never go forth; for hast ordained him for judgment; the wicked doth compass about the and thou, O Rock, hast established righteous; therefore justice goeth him for correction. 13 Thou that forth perverted.

art of purer eyes than to behold evil, 5 Behold ye among the nations, and that canst not look on perverseand look, and wonder marvellously; ness, wherefore lookest thou upon for 4I am working a work in your them that deal treacherously, and days, which ye will not believe holdest thy peace when the wicked though it be told you. 6 For, lo, I swalloweth up the man that is more raise up the Chaldeans, that bitter righteous than he ; 14 and makest and hasty nation, that march through men as the fishes of the sea, as the the breadth of the earth, to possess creeping things, that have no ruler dwelling-places that are not theirs. over them? 15 He taketh up all of 7 5 They are terrible and dreadful ; | them with the angle, he catcheth their judgment and their dignity them in his net, and gathereth them proceed from themselves. 8 Their in his drag: therefore he rejoiceth horses also are swifter than leopards, and is glad. 16 Therefore he sacriand are more fierce than the even- ficeth unto his net, and burneth ining wolves; and their horsemen cense unto his drag; because by 6 press proudly on: yea, their horse- them his portion is fat, and his food men come from far; they fly as an 12 plenteous. 17 Shall' he therefore eagle that hasteth to devour. 9 empty his net, and spare not to slay They come all of them for violence; the nations continually? 7 the set of their faces is 8 forwards; and they gather captives wrthe 2 will stand upon my watch,

will look forth to see what he will 1 Or, oracle

2 Or, cause me to look 3 Or, goeth not forth unto victory

speak 14 with me, and what I shall 5 Heb. He, and so in ver. 8, 9.

9 Or, And they scoff &c. 6 Or, spread themselves

10 Or, Then shall the wind sweep by, and he
Heb. the eagerness (or, assembling) of their shall pass away 11 Or, transgress
8 Or, towards the east

12 Hleb. fat.

13 Or, fortress 14 Or, by

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Woes pronounced on the Chaldeans. God's Deliverance of his Ancient People answer concerning my complaint. 14 For the earth shall be filled with

And Jehovah answered me, and the knowledge of the glory of Jesaid, Write the vision, and make it hovah, as the waters cover the plain upon tablets, that he may run that readeth it. 3 For the vision is 15 Woe unto him that giveth his yet for the appointed time, and it neighbor drink, to thee that Saddest hasteth toward the end, and shall thy venom, and makest him pot lie: though it tarry, wait for it; drunken also, that thou mayest because it will surely come, it will look on their nakedness! 16 Thou not delay.

art filled with shame, and not glory: 4 Behold, his soul is puffed up, it drink thou also, and 11 be as one unis not a upright in him ; but the circumcised ; the cup of Jehovah's righteous shall live 3 by his faith. right hand shall come round unto 5 4 Yea, moreover, wine is treacher- thee, and foul shame shall be upon ous, a haughty man, 5 that keepeth thy

glory. 17 For the violence done not at home; who enlargeth his de to Lebanon shall cover thee, and the sire as Sheol, and he is as death, and destruction of the beasts, which cannot be satisfied, but gathereth made them afraid ; because of men's unto him all nations, and heapeth blood, and for the violence done to unto him all peoples. 6 Shall not the land, to the city and to all that all these take up a parable against dwell therein. him, and a taunting proverb against 18 What profiteth the graven him, and say, Woe to him that in- image, that the maker thereof hath creaseth that which is not his ! how graven it; the molten image, even long? and that ladeth himself with the teacher of lies, that he that pledges ! ? Shall they not rise up fashioneth its form trusteth therein, suddenly that shall 7 bite thee, and to make dumb idols? 19 Woe unto awake that shall 8 vex thee, and thou him that saith to the wood, Awake; shalt be for booty unto them? 8 to the dumb_stone, Arise! Shali Because thou hast plundered many this teach? Behold, it is overlaid nations, all the remnant of the peo- with gold and silver, and there is no ples shall plunder thee, because of breath at all in the midst of it. 20 men's blood, and for the violence But Jehovah is in his holy temple: done to the land, to the city and to 12 let all the earth keep silence before all that dwell therein.

him. 9 Woe to him that getteth an evil main for his house,

that he may set 3 Apprayer of Habakkuk the livered from the hand of evil! 10 2 0 Jehovah, I have heard 13 the Thou hast devised shame to thy report of thee, and 14 am afraid: house, by cutting off many peoples, O Jehovah, revive thy work in and hast sinned against thy soul.

the midst of the years; 11 For the stone shall cry out of the

In the midst of the years make wall, and the beam out of the tim it known; ber shall answer it.

In wrath remember mercy. 12 Woe to him that buildeth a 3 God 15 came from Teman, town with blood, and establisheth a And the Holy One from mount city by iniquity! 13 Behold, is it Paran.

[Selah not of Jehovah of hosts that the His glory covered the heavens, peoples labor for the fire, and the And the earth was full of his nations weary themselves for vanity? praise. 1 Heb. panteth, 2 Or, straight 9 Or, pourest

10 Or, fury 3 Or, in his faithfulness

11 Or, let thy foreskin be uncovered 4 Or, And also because his wine ... he is a 12 Heb. be silent before him, all the earth. haughty man 5 Or, he shall not abide

13 Or, thy fame Or, riddle 7 Or, exact usury of thee 15 Or, cometh (and similarly to the end 8 Or, toss thee to and fro

ver. 15)

14 Or, 2018

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