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peace, because thou hast heard, O my soul, the sound of the A.C. 619. trumpet, the alarm of war.
20 Destruction upon destruction is cried; for the whole land is spoiled : suddenly are my tents spoiled, and my curtains a moment.
21 How long shall I see the standard, and hear the sound of the trumpet ?
22 For my people is foolish, they have not known me; they are sottish children, and they have none understanding: they are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge.
23 I beheld the earth, and, lo, it was without form and void ; and the heavens, and they had no light.
24 I beheld the mountains, and, lo, they trembled, and all the hills moved lightly.
25 I beheld, and, lo, there was no man, and all the birds of the heavens were fled.
26 I bebeld, and, lo, the fruitful place was a wilderness, and all the cities thereof were broken down at the
presence of the Lord, and by his fierce anger.
27 For thus hath the Lord said, The whole land shall be desolate ; yet will I not make a full end.
28 For this shall the earth mourn, and the heavens above be black : because I have spoken it, I have purposed it, and will not repent, neither will I turn back from it.
29 The whole city shall flee for the noise of the horsemen and bowmen; they shall go into thickets, and climb up upon the rocks : every city shall be forsaken, and not a man dwell therein.
30 And when thou art spoiled, what wilt thou do? Though thou clothest thyself with crimson, though thou deckest thee with omaments of gold, though thou rentest thy * face with * Heb. eyes. painting, in vain shalt thou make thyself fair ; thy lovers will despise thee, they will seek thy life.
31 For I have heard a voice as of a woman in travail, and the anguish as of her that bringeth forth her first child, the voice of the daughter of Zion, that bewaileth herself, that spreadeth her hands, saying, Woe is me now! for my soul is wearied because of murderers.
ech, v. 18.
1 The judgments of God upon the Jews, for their perverseness, 7 for their adultery,
10 for their impiety, 19 for their contempt of God, 25 and for their great
1 Run ye to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, and
ch. ii. 30.
+ Heb. are strong
A.C. 612. ye can find a man, if there be any that executeth judgment,
that seeketh the truth; and I will pardon it.
2 And though they say, The Lord liveth ; surely they swear falsely.
3 O LORD, are not thine eyes upon the truth? thou hast f Is. ix. 13. stricken them, but they have not grieved ; thou hast con
sumed them, but they have refused to receive correction :
4 Therefore I said, Surely these are poor; they are
5 I will get me unto the great men, and will speak unto them; for they have known the way of the LORD, and the judgment of their God: but these have altogether broken the yoke, and burst the bonds.
6 Wherefore a lion out of the forest shall slay them, and * Or, deserts. a wolf of the * evenings shall spoil them, a leopard shall
watch over their cities : every one that goeth out thence
7 | How shall I pardon thee for this ? thy children have
8 & They were as fed horses in the morning : every one neighed after his neighbour's wife.
ġ Shall I not visit for these things ? saith the Lord: and shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this ?
10 T Go ye up upon her walls, and destroy; but make not a full end : take away her battlements; for they are not the LORD'S.
11 For the house of Israel and the house of Judah have dealt very treacherously against me, saith the LORD.
12 They have belied the LORD, and said, b It is not he; neither shall evil come upon us; neither shall we see sword nor famine :
13 And the prophets shall become wind, and the word is not in them : thus shall it be done unto them.
14 Wherefore thus saith the LORD God of hosts, Because ye speak this word, i behold, I will make my words in thy mouth fire, and this people wood, and it shall devour them.
15 Lo, I will bring a knation upon you from far, 0 house of Israel, saith the LORD: it is a mighty nation, it is an ancient nation, a nation whose language thou knowest not, neither understandest what they say.
8 Ezek, xxii. 11.
h Is. xxviii. 15.
i ch. i. 9.
k Deut.xxviii. 49. ch. i, 15. & vi. 22.
& xvi. 10.
un- o Is. vi. 9.
Matt. xiii. 14.
Acts xxviii, 26. Rom. xi, 8.
. : 16 Their quiver is as an open sepulchre, they are all A.C. 612. mighty men.
17 And they shall eat up thine harvest, and thy bread, 1 Lev. xxvi. which thy sons and thy daughters should eat: they shall savi si, 33 eat up thy flocks and thine herds: they shall eat up thy vines and thy fig trees : they shall impoverish thy fenced cities, wherein thou trustedst, with the sword.
18 Nevertheless in those days, saith the LORD, Im will m ch. iv, 27. not make a full end with you. 19 And it shall come to pass,
20 Declare this in the house of Jacob, and publish it in Judah, saying,
21 Hear now this, 0 ° foolish people, and without
22 Fear ye not me? saith the LORD: will ye not trem- * Heb. heart.
. . pass it: and though the waves thereof toss themselves, yet 9. can they not prevail; though they roar, yet can they not pass over it?
23 But this people hath a revolting and a rebellious heart; they are revolted and gone.
24 Neither say they in their heart, Let us now fear the Lord our God, that giveth rain, both the former and the 9 Deut. xl. 14. latter, in his season : he reserveth unto us the appointed weeks of the harvest.
25 f Your iniquities have turned away these things, and your sins have withholden good things from you.
26 For among my people are found wicked men : + they +Or, they my lay wait, as he that setteth snares; they set a trep, they
27 As a cage is full of birds, so are their houses full of +Or, coop. deceit: therefore they are become great, and waxen rich.
28 They are waxen" fat, they shine; yea, they overpass. Deut. xxxii. the deeds of the wicked : they judge not the cause, the is. i. 23. cause of the fatherless, yet they prosper; and the right of Zech. vii. 10. the needy do they not judge.
29 Shall I not visit for these things ? saith the LORD: shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this ? 30 9 8 A wonderful and horrible thing is committed in Or, Asto.
as fowlers lie in wait.
A.C. 612. 31 The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear
rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and & xxiii, 25, 28. what will ye do in the end thereof ?
tch. xiv. 14.
Ezek. xiii. 6. * Or, take into their hands.
Wolset of the tru Therefo quam
on work because of their sins. 9 The prophet lamenteth the judgments of God
1 Oye children of Benjamin, gather yourselves to flee
appeareth out of the north, and great destruction. + Or, dwelling 2 I have likened the daughter of Zion to a tcomely and
3 The shepherds with their flocks shall come unto her; they shall pitch their tents against her round about; they shail feed every one in his place.
4 Prepare ye war against her; arise, and let us go up at noon. Woe unto us? for the day goeth away, for the shadows of the evening are stretched out.
5 Arise, and let us go by night, and let us destroy her palaces.
6 For thus hath the LORD of hosts said, Hew ye down Or, pour ont trees, and I cast a mount against Jerusalem : this is the city the engine
to be visited ; she is wholly oppression in the midst of her.
7 " As a fountain casteth out her waters, so she casteth out her wickedness: violence and spoil is heard in her; before me continually is grief and wounds.
8 Be thou instructed, Jerusalem, lest my soul 9 depart loosed, or,
from thee; lest I make thee desolate, a land not inhabited.
9 9 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, They shall thoroughly glean the remnant of Israel as a vine : turn back thine hand as a grapegatherer into the baskets.
10 To whom shall I speak, and give warning, that they
cannot hearken: behold, the word of the LORD is unto them
11 Therefore I am full of the fury of the LORD; I am
12 And their houses shall be turned unto others, with their fields and wives together : for I will stretch out my hand upon the inhabitants of the land, saith the LORD.
u Ls. Ivii. 20.
y Is. Ivi. II.
Ezek. xiii, 10.
c Matt. xi. 20.
13 For from the least of these even unto the greatest of A.C. 612.
14 They have a healed also the * hurt of the daughter of
. 3. &
16 Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see,
ye shall find rest for your souls. But they Luke xvi. 2
17 Also I set watchmen over you, saying, Hearken to the sound of the trumpet. But they said, We will not hearken.
18 Therefore hear, ye nations, and know, O congregation, what is among them.
19 Hear, ( earth : behold, I will bring evil upon this
, even the fruit of their thoughts, because they have
21 Therefore thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will lay
22 Thus saith the LORD, Behold, a people cometh from
23 They shall lay hold on bow and spear; they are cruel,
24 We have heard the fame thereof : our hands wax feeble : anguish hath taken hold of us, and pain, as of a woman in travail.
25 Go not forth into the field, nor walk by the way, for
26 O daughter of my people, 'gird thee with sack- fch. iv. 8.
Ixvi. 3. Amos
friend shall perish.
15. & 2, 2.