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whither thou hast driven them because of their trespass that they have trespassed against thee.

8 O Lord, to us belongeth confusion of face, to our kings, to our princes, and to our fathers, because we have sinned against thee.

9 To the LORD Our God belong mercies and forgivenesses, though we have rebelled against him.

10 Neither have we obeyed the voice of the Lord our God, to walk in his laws, which he set before us by his servants the prophets.

11 Yea, all Israel have transgressed thy law, even by departing, that they might not obey thy voice : therefore the curse is poured upon us, and the oath that is written in the law of Moses the servant of God, because we have sinued against him.

12 And he hath confirmed his words which he spake against us, and against our judges that judged us, by bringing upon is a great evil : for under the whole heaven hath not been done as hath been done upon Jerusalem.

13 As it is written in the law of Moses, all this evil is come upon us : yet made we not our prayer before the LORD our God, that we might turn from our iniquities, and understand thy truth.

14 Therefore hath the Lord watched upon the evil, and brought it upon us; for the Lord our God is righteous in all his works which he doeth : for we obeyed not his voice.

15 And now, O LORD our God, that hast brought thy people forth out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand, and hast gotten thee renown as at this day; we have sinned, we have done wickedly.

16 T O LORD, according to all thy righteousness, I beseech thee, let thine anger and thy fury be turned away from the city of Jerusalem, thy holy mountain : because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and thy people are become a reproach to all that are about us. 17 Now therefore, o our God, hear the prayer of thy servant and his supplications, and cause thy face to shine upon thy sanctuary that is desolate, for the LORD's sake.


18 O my God, incline thine ear, and hear; open thine eyes, and behold our desolations, and the city which is called by thy name; for we do not present our supplications before thee for our righteousnesses, but for thy great mercies.

19 O LORD, hear; O LORD, forgive; O LORD, hearken, and do; defer not, for thine own sake, O my God : for thy city and thy people are called by thy name.

20 | And whiles I was speaking, and praying, and confessing my sin, and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the Lord my God for the holy mountain of my God;

gi Yea, while I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation.

22 And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, O Daniel, I am now come forth to give thee skill and under- ! standing.

23 At the beginning of thy supplications the commandment came forth, and I am come to shew thee ; for thou art greatly beloved : therefore understand the matter, and consider the vision.

24 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people, and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to inake reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and pro. phecy, and to anoint the most Holy.

25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince, shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.

26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary ; and



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HOSEA. the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. 27 And he shall confirm the covenant with

many Week : and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations shall make it desolate, even until the consuma mation, and that determined shall be poured upon the de. solate.


CH AP. VỊ. 1. An exhortation to repentance. 4 A complaint of their

untowardness and iniquity. COME and let us return unto the Lord: for be hatli

torn, and he will heal us lie hath smitten, and he wi

bind us up.

2 After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will taise us up, and we shall live in his sight.

3 Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and be shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain upto the earth.

4 1 0 Ephraim, what shall I do unto thee? O Judah, u hat shall I do unto thee? for your goodness is as a morning cloud, and as the early dew it goeth away:

5 Therefore have I hewed them by the prophets ; I have slain them by the words of my mouth : and thy judgments are as the light that goeth forth.

6 For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice, and the knowledge of God, more than burnt-offerings.

7 But they like men have transgressed the covenant: there have they dealt treacherously against me.

8 Gilead is a city of them that work iniquity, and is polluted with blood.

9 And as troops of robbers wait for a man, so the company of priests murder in the way by consent : for they con mit lewdness.

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10 I have seen an horrible thing in the house of Israel : there is the whoredom of Ephraim, Israel is defiled.

11 Also, O Judah, he hath set an harvest for thee, when I returned the captivity of my people.

CH AP. XI. 1 The ingratitude of Israel unto God for his benefits.

5 Their judgment. WHEN Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called

my son out of Egypt. 2 As they called them, so they went from them : they sacrificed unto Baalim, and burned incense to graven images.

3 I taught Ephraim also to go, taking them by their arms; but they knew not that I healed them.

4 I drew them with cords of a man, with bands of love : and I was to them as they that take off the yoke on their jaws, and I laid meat unto them.

5 He shall not return into the land of Egypt, but the Assyrian shall be his king, because they refused to return.

6 And the sword shall abide on his cities, and shall consume his branches, and devour them, because of their own counsels.

7 And my people are bent to backsliding from me: though they called them to the most High, none at all would exalt him.

8 How shall I give thee up Ephraim? how shall I deliver thee, Israel ? how shall I make thee as Admah? how shall I set thee within as Zeboim ? mine heart is turned within me, my repentings are kindled together.

9 I will not execute the fierceness of mine anger, I will not return to destroy Ephraim : for I am God, and not man; tbe Holy One in the midst of thee: and I will not enter into the city.

10 They shall walk after the LORD): he shall roar like a lion: when he shall roar, then the children shall tremble from the west.

11 They shall tremble as a bid out of Egypt, and as a dove out of the land of Assyria : and I will place them in their houses, saith the LORD.


19 Epluraim 12 Ephraim compasseth me about with lies, and the house of Israel with deceit: but Judah yet ruleth with God, and is faithful with the saints.

CHAP. XIV. 1 An exhortation to repentance. 4 A promise of God's

blessing O Israel, return unto the LORD thy God; for thou hast

fallen by thine iniquity. 2 Take with you words, and turn to the LORD: say unto him, Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously : so will we render the calves of our lips. 3 Asshur shall not save us ; we will not ride upon

horses : neither will we say any more to the work of our hands, Ye ure our gods: for in thee the fatherless findeth mercy.

4 I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely: for mine anger is turned away from him.

5 I will be as the dew unto Israel : he shall grow as the lily, and cast forth his roots as Lebanon. ; 6 His branches shall spread, and his beauty shall be as the alive-tree, and his smell as Lebanon.

7 They that dwell under his shadow shall return; they shall revive as the corn, and grow as the vine; the scent thereof shall be as the wine of Lebanon.

8 Ephraim shall say, What have I to do any more with idols? I have heard him, and observed him: I am like a green fir-tree. From me is thy fruit found.

9 Who is wise, and he shall understand these things ? prudent, and he shall know them? for the ways of the Lord are right, and the just shall walk in them: but the transgressors shall fall therein.


CHAP. I. 1 Joel declaring sundry judgments of God, exhorteth to ob

serve them, 8 and to mourn. 14 He prescribeth a fust. THE word of the Lord that caine to Joel the son of

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