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controversy, and ye strong foundations of the earth : for the Lord hath a controversy with his people, and he will plead with Israel.
3 O my people, what have I done unto thee? and wherein have I wearied thee? testify against me.
4. For I brought thee up out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed thee out of the house of servants; and I sent before thee Moses, Aaron, and Miriam.
5 O my people, remember now what Balak king of Moab consulted, and what Balaam the son of Beor answered him from Shittim unto Gilgal: that ye may know the righteousness of the Lord.
6 9\ Wherewith shall I come before the Lo R D, and bow myself before the high God ? (hall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves of a year old?
7 Will the Lord be pleased with thousandsof rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oil ? (hall I ^ive my firstborn
for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what £*good; andwhatdoththeLoR D require otthee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?
9 The Lord's voice crieth unto the city, and the man of wisdom shall see thy name: hear ye the rod, and who hath appointed it.
jof Are there yet the treasures of wickedness in the house of the wicked, and the scant measure that is abominable?
i1 Shall I count them pure with the wicked balances, and witli the bag of deceitful weights?
i* For the rich men thereof are full of violence, and the inhabitants thereof have spoken lies, and their tongue is deceitful in their mouth.
i 3 Therefore also will I make thee sick in smiting thee, in making thee desolate because of thy sins.
14. Thou malt eat but not be satisfied; and thy casting down Jhall be in the midst of thee; and thou lhalt take hold, but (halt not deliver: and that which thou deliverest will I give up to the sword.
15 Thou shalt sow, but thou slialt not reap; thou shalt tread the olives, but thou (halt not anoint thee witii oil; and sweet wine, but (halt not drink wine,
16 fl For the statutes of Omri are kept, and all the works of the house of Ahab, and ye walk in their counsels; that I (hould make thee a desolation, and the inhabitants thereof an hissing: therefore ye (hall bear the reproach of my people.
CHAP. VII. 1 The church complaining of her small number, 3 and the general corruption, 5 putteth her confidence in God.
WOE is me! for I am as when they have gathered the summer fruits, as the grapegleanings of the vintage: there is no cluster to eat: my foul desired the firstripe fruit.
* The good man is perished out of the earth: and there is none upright among men: they all lie in wait for blood; they hunt every man his brother with a net.
3 f That they may do evil with both hands earnestly, the prince afleeth, and the judge afketh for a reward; and the great man, he uttereth his mischievous desire: so they wrap it up.
4 The best of them u a brier: the most upright is sharper than a thorn hedge: the day of thy watchmen and thy visitation cometh; now (hall be their perplexity.
5 f Trust ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a guide; keep the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom.
6 For the son dishonoured! the father the daughter risetli up against her mother, the daughter in law against her mother in law; a man's enemies are the men of his own house.
7ThereforeIwilllookuntotheLoRD: I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me.
8 Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I (hall arise; when I sit in darkness, the Lo a a shall be a light unto me.
9 I will bear the indignation of the Lord, because I have sinned against him, until he plead my cause, and execute judgement for me: he will bring me forth to the light, and I (hall behold his righteousness.
10 Then she that is mine enemy (hall see /'/, and shame (hall cover her which said unto me, Where is the Lord thy God? mine eyes shall behold her: now (hall (he be trodden down as tl>e mire of the streets.
11 In the day that thy walls are to be built, m that day (lull the decree be far removed.
11 In that day also he (hall come even tp thee from Assyria, and from the fortified cities, and from the fortress even to the river, and from sea to sea, and from mountain to mountain.
13 Notwithstanding the land shall be desolate because of them that dwell therein, for the fruit of their doings. C c c 14. Feed The majesty of Gad
14 Feed thy people with thy rod, the flock of thine heritage, which dwell solitarily in the wood, in the midst of Carmel: let them seed in Bastian and Gilead, as in the days of old.
15 According to tlie days of thy coming out of the land of Egypt will 1 ihew unto him marvellous things.
16 The nations (hall se«, and be confounded at all their might: they shall lay their hand upon their mouth, their ears lhall be deaf.
17 They lhall lick the dust like a serpent, they lhall move out of their holes like worms of the e;irth: they lhall be
NAHUM in goodness to his stifle.
afraid of the Lord our God, and (hill fear because of thee.
18 Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy.
19 He will turn again, he will have companion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.
»o Thou wilt perform the truth to Jacob, and the mercy to Abraham, which thou hast sworn unto our fathers from the days of old.
C H A P. I. The majesty -of Gtd in goodness to his people, and severity against his enemies. THE burden of Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum the Elkothite. a God is jealous, and the Lord revengeth; the Lord revengeth, and // furious; the Lord will take vengeance on his adversaries, and he reserveth ivrath for his enemies.
3 The Lo R D /'/ flow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the 'wicked: the Lord hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.
4 He rebuketh the sea, and maketh it dry, mid drieth up all the rivers: Baslian languistieth, and Carmel, and the flower of Lebanon languistieth.
5 The mountains quake at him, and the hills melt, and the earth is burned at his presence, yea, the world, and all that dwell therein. ....
6 Who can stand before his indignation? and who caji abide in the fierceness of his anger? his fury is poured out like fire, and .the rocks are thrown down by him.
7 The Lor D ts good, a strong hold in the'day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.
% But with an overrunning flood he wiltmake an utterend of r!ie place thereof, and darkness stiall pursue hisenemies.
9 What do ye imagine against the Lor D ? he will make an utterend ^affliction shall not rise up the second time. '- 10 For while they be folden together as thorns, and While they are drunken as drunkards, they shall be devoured as Hubble fully dry.
11 There is out come out of thee, that
imagineth evil against the Lots, a wicked counselkr.
it Thus faith the Lord; Though they be quiet, and likewise many,yetthas lhall they be cut down, when he (hall pals through. Though I have afflicted thee> I will afflict thee no more.
13 For now will I break his yoke from oft* thee, and will burst thy binds in sunder.
14 And the Lord hath given a commandment concerningthee, Mtfsnomort of thy name be sown: out of the house of thy gods will I cut off the graven image and tlie molten image: I will make thy grave; for thou art vile.
15 Behold upon the mountains the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publifheth peace! O Judah, keep thy solemn feasts, perform thy vows: for the wicked stiall no more pats through thee; he is utterly cut off.
C H A P. II. The fearful and <vi8orious armiesej'Otd against Nine-vth.
HE that dafheth in pieces is come up before thy face: keep the munition, watch the way, make thjlorni strong, fortify thy power mightily.
x For the Lord hath turned »wav the excellency of Jacob, as the excellency of Israel: for the emptiest have emptied them out, and marred their vine branches.
3 The shield of his mighty men » made red, the valiant men are in '<"jrlet: the chariots stiall be with flaming torches in the day of his r>rq>ara«0'1' and the fir trees stiall be terribly maken
4 The chariots (hall rage in the ftrett., they stiall iustleone against anothertntnbroad ways: they stiall seem like torches, they stiall run like the lightning'- ^
5 H« shall recount his worthies: they shall stumble in their walk; they shall make haste to the wall thereof, and the defence stiall be prepared.
6 The gates of the rivers (hall be opened, and the palace (hall be dissolved.
7 And Huzzab mall be led away captive, (he mail be brought up, and her maids mall lead her as with the voice of doves, tabering upon their breasts.
8 But Nineveh ts of old like a pool of water: yet they (hall flee away. Stand, Hand, /hall they cry; but none lhail look back.
9 Take ye the spoil of silver, take the spoil of gold: for there is none end of the store and glory out of all the pleasant furniture.
Io She is«mpty, and void, and waste: and the heart melteth, and the knees smite together, and much pain is in all loins, and the faces of them all gather blackness.
Ii Where is the dwelling of the lions, and the feeding place of the young lions, where the lion, *w»theold lion, walked, ond the lion's whelp, and none made them afraid?
i* The lioa did tear in pieces enough fer his whelps, and strangled for his lionesses, and filled his holes with prey, and his dens with ravin.
13 Behold, I am against thee, faith the Lord of hosts, and I will burn her chariots in the smoke, and the sword shall devour thy young lions: and I will cutoff thy prey from the earth, and the voice of thy messengers shall no more be heard.
The miserable ruin of Nineveh.
]\T 0E to the bloody city! it is all
*v full of lies and robbery; theprey departethnot;
* The noise of a whip, and the noise of the rattling of the wheels, and of the prancing horses, and of the jumping chariots.
3 The horsemen lifteth up both the bright sword and the glittering spear: and there is a multitude of slain, and a grat number of carcases; and there is none end of their corpses; they stumble upon their corpses:
+ Because of the multitude of the whoredoms of the wellfavoured harlot, me; mistress of witchcrafts, that selleth n^ions through her whoredoms, and wrflihes through her witchcrafts.
S Behold, I am against thee, faith the Jr?*D oi hosts; and I will discover thy jurtj upon .thy face, »nd I will shew
the nations thy nakedness, and the kingdoms thy shame.
si And I will cast abominable filth upon thee, and make thte vile, and will set thee as a gazing stock.
7 And it shall come to pass, that all they that look upon thee (hall flee from thee, and fay, Nineveh is laid waste: who will bemoan her? whence (hall I seek comforters for thee?
8 Art thou better than populous No, that was situate among the rivers, that had the waters round about it, whose rampart teas the sea, ar.d her wall tuat from the sea?
9 Ethiopia and Egypt were her strength, and it tuat infinite; Put and Lubim were thy helpers.
10 Yet itias (he carried away, (he went into captivity: her young children allb were dashed in pieces at the top of all the streets: and they cast lots for her honourable men, and all her great men were bound in chains.
11 Thou also (halt be drunken: thou (halt be hid, thou also (halt seek strength because of the enemy.
11 All thy strong holds shall be like fig trees with the firstripe figs: if they be shaken, they shall even fall into the mouth of the eater.
13 Behold, thy people in the midst of thee are women: the gates of thy land? (hall be set wide open unto thine enemies: the fire (hall devour thy bars.
1+ Draw thee waters for the siege, fortify thy strong holds: go into clay, and tread the morter, make strong the brickkiln.
15 There (hall the fire devour thee; the sword shall cut thee off, it stiall eat thee up like the cankervvorm: make thyself many as the cankerworm, make thyself many as the locusts.
16 Thou haft multiplied thy meichants above the stars of heaven: the cankerworm spoileth, and sleeth away.
17 Thy crowned are as the locusts, and, thy captains as the great grasshoppers, which camp in the hedges in ths cold day, but when the fun anseth they flee away, and their place is not known where they are.
18 Thy shepherds slumber* O king of Assyria: thy nobles (hall d well in the dust: thy people is scattered upon the mountains, and no man gathereth them.
19 There is no healing of thy bruise; thy wound is grievous: all th^t hear the bruit of thee shall clap the hands over thee: for upon whom hrith not thy wickedness passed continually?
l Unto Habakkut complaining os the ini. quity os the land, 5 is Jhetued the fearJ'ul vengeance by the Chaldeans.
THE burden which Habakkuk the prophet did fee. 16Lord, howlongstialllcry, and thou wilt not hear! even cry out unto thee of violence, and thou wilt not save!
3 Why dost thou shew me iniquity, and pule me to behold grievance? for spoiling and violencear* before me: and there are that raise up strife and contention.
+ Therefore the law is slacked, and judgement doth never go forth: for the wicked doth compass about the righteous; therefore wrong judgement proceedeth.
5 fl Behold ye among the heathen, and regard, and wonder marvellously: for / will work a work in your days, ivhich ye will not believe, though it be told _you.
f> For, lo, I raise up the Chaldeans, that bitterand hasty nation, which shall march through the breadth of the land, to possess the dwelling places that are not their's.
7Theya/vterribleanddreadful: their judgement and their dignity mail proceed of themselves.
8 Their horses also are swifter than the leopards, and are more fierce than the evening wolves: and their horsemen (hall (prcadthemselves, and their horsemen (hall come from far; they mall fly as the eagle that hasteth to eat.
9 They (hall come all for violence: their faces (hall sup up as the east wind, and they (hall gather the captivity as the sand.
10 A nd they (hall scossat the kings, and the princes (hall be a scorn unto them: they (hall deride every strong hold; for they (hall heap dust and take it.
11 Then (hall his mind change, and he (hall pass over, and offend, imputing this his power unto his god.
11 Art thou not from everlasting, O Loai) ray God, mine Holy One? we (hall not die. Olord, thou hastordainad them for judgement; and, O mighty God, thou hast establislied them forcorrection.
13 Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity: wherefore lookelt thou upon them that deal treacherously, and holdest thy toitgvte when the widked devoureth the man that is more righteous than he?
14. And makest men as the fishes of the se*i a* tu« creeping tilings, that
have no ruler over them ? *
15 They take up all of them with the angle, they catch them in their net, and gather them in their drag: therefore they rejoice and are glad.
16 Therefore they iacrifice unto their net, and burn incense unto their drag; because by them their portion is fat, and their meat plenteous.
17 Shall they therefore empty their net, and not spare continually to (lay the nations?
CHAP. II. 1 Unto Habakkuk, waiting for an anj'itxr, is shewed that he muft ix-ait by faith, t The judgement upon the Chaldeans.
I WILL stand upon my watch, and let me upon the tower, and will watch to fee what he will fay unto me, and what I sliall answer when I am reproved.
z And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run thatreadeth it.
3 For the vision is yet for an appoint, ed time, but at the end it (hall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.
4. Behold, his foul ivhich is listed up is not upright in him: but the just (hall live by his faith.
5 fl Yea also, because he transgressetii by wine, he is a proud man, neither keep«th at home, who cnlargeth his desire as hell, and is as death, and cannot be (atisfied, but gathereth unto him all nations, and heapeth unto him all people:
6 Shall not all these take up a parable against Win, and a taunting proverb against him, and fay, Woe to him that increascth that which is not his I ho* long? and to him that ladeth himitli with thick clay!
7 Sliall they not rise up suddenly that (hall bite thee, and awake that (hall Vm thee, and thou (halt be for bootiei unto them?
8 Because thou hast spoiled many nations, all the remnant of the people (hafi spoil thee; because of men's blood, ani
for the violence of the land, of the city, and of all that dwell therein.
9 Woe to him that covereth an evil covetousness to his house, that he mtf set his nest on high, that lie may be delivered from the power of evil I
10 Thou hast consulted flume to tw house by cutting off many people •n4 haft sinned again/I thy soul. t ta
11 For the stone (hall cry out ot tw
The judgement on the Chaldeans. Chap. iii.
Wall, and the beam out of the timber mail answer it.
r% Woe to him that buildeth a town with blood, and stablisheth a city by iniquity!
13 Behold, is it not of the Lor D of hosts that the people shall labour in the very fire, and the people (hall weary themselves for very vanity?
14 For the earth sliall be filled witli the knowledge of the glory of the Lo R D , as the waters cover the sea.
15 Woe unto him that giveth his neighbour drink, that puttelt thy bottle to him, and mafceft him drunken also, that thou mayeit look on their nakedness!
»6 Thou art silled with (hame for glory: drink thou also, and let thy forelkin be uncovered: the cup of the Lord's right hand (hall be turned unto thee, and shameful spewing /hall be on thy glory.
17 For the violence of Lebanon shall cover thee, and the spoil of bea rts, which made them afraid, because of men's blood, and for the violence of the land, of the city, and of all that dwell therein.
18 What profiteth the graven image that the maker thereof hath graven it j the molten image, and a teacher of lies, that the makei- of his work trurtetli therein, to make dumb idols?
19 Woe unto him that faith to the wood, Awake; to the dumb stone, Arise, it sliall teach! Behold, it is laid over with gold and silver, and there is no breath at all in the midst of it.
10 But the Lor D is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him.
1 Habakkuh in hisprayertremblethat God's
majesty. 17 The confidence of his faith.
A PRAYER of Habakkuk the prophet upon Shigionoth. * O Lor D, I have heard thy speech, mnd was afraid: O Lord, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy.
3 God came from Teman, and the Holy One from mount Paran. Selah. His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praise.
4 And his brightness was as the light; he had horns coming out of his hand: and there ivas the hiding of his power.
5 Before him went the pestilence, and burning coals went forth at his feet.
6 He stood, and measured the earth:
he beheld, and drove asunder the nations; and the everlasting mountains were scattered, the perpetual hills did bow: his ways are everlasting.
7 1 saw the tents of Cushan in affliction: and the curtains of the land of Midi.-m did tremble.
8 Was the Lord displeased against the rivers? ivas thine anger against the rivers? nvas thy wrath against the sea, that thou didst ride upon thine horses and thy chariots of salvation?
9 Thy bow was made quite naked, according to the oaths of the tribes, e-ven thy word. Selah. Thou didst cleave the earth with rivers.
10 The mountains saw thee, and they trembled: the overflowing of the water passed by: the deep uttered his voice, and lifted up his hands on high.
11 The lun and moon stood still in their habitation: at the light of thine arrows they went, and at the shining of thy glittering spear.
i» Thou didst march through the land in indignation, thou didst thresh the heathen in anger.
13 Thou wentelt forth for the salvation of thy people, even for salvation with thine anointed; thou woundedst the head out of the house of the wicked, by discovering the foundation unto the neck. Selah.
14 Thou didst strike through with his staves the head of his villages: they came out as a whirlwind to scatter me: their rejoicing was as to devour the poor secretly.
15 Thou didst walk through the sea with thine horses, through the heap of great waters.
16 When I heard, my belly trembled; my lips quivered at the voice: rottenness entered into my bones, and I trembled in myself, that I might rest in the day of trouble: when he cometh up unto the people, he will invade them with his troops.
17 fl Although the fig tree sliall not blossom, neither /hall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields (hall yield no meat; the flock (hall be cut oft from the fold, and there /hall be no herd in the stalls:
18 Vet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.
19 The Lord Go n is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds' feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the chief sii/ger on my stringed instruments.