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Princes and prophets rebuked. MICAH 2

they have broken up, and have passed through the gate, and are gone out by it:

and "their king shall pass before them, a Hos. 3. 5 and the LORD on the head of them.

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b Isa. 52. 12.

AND I said, Hear, I pray you, O A heads of Jacob, and ye princes of the house of Israel; dIs it not for youd to know judgment?

2 Who hate the good, and love the evil; "who pluck off their skin from off them, and their flesh from off their bones;

3 Who also feat the flesh of my people, and flay their skin from off them; and they break their bones, and chop them in pieces, as for the pot, and has flesh within the caldron.

4 Then shall they cry unto the LORD, but he will not hear them: he will even hide his face from them at that time, as they have behaved themselves ill in their doings.

Ps. 110. 6. Jer. 5. 5.

Eze. 31. 3. 1 Or, scythes. Pa. 14. 4. 91 Ki. 4. 25.

Zech. 3. 10.

h Eze. 11.3, 7. i Isa. 1. 20. Pro. 1. 28.

k Zech. 10. 12.

Jer. 23. 13, 32.

Peace in the last days.

say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

3 And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into 1 pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

49 But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the LORD of hosts hath spoken it.

5 For all people will walk every one in the name of his god, and we will walk in the name of the LORD our God for ever and ever.

6 In that day, saith the LORD, will

5 Thus saith the LORD concerning 'the prophets that make my people err, Isa. 9. 14, 15. I assemble her that halteth, and I that bite with their teeth, and cry, Peace; and he that putteth not into their mouths, they even prepare war against him.

6 Therefore night shall be unto you, 2that ye shall not have a vision; and it shall be dark unto you, 3 that ye shall not divine; and the sun shall go down over the prophets, and the day shall be dark over them.

7 Then shall the seers be ashamed, and the diviners confounded: yea, they shall all cover their lips; for there is no answer of God.

ch. 2. 11.

m Zeph. 3. 19. n Mt. 7. 15.

Joel 3. 9. p ch. 2. 12 & 5. 7, 8 & 7. 18. 7 Isa. 8. 20, 22. * Isa. 24. 23. Lk. 1. 33.

2 Heb. from 3 Heb. from divining. Am. 8. 9.

a vision.

Eze. 21. 17, 22.

8 But truly I am full of power by the Lev. 13. 45. spirit of the LORD, and of judgment, and of might, to declare unto Jacob his transgression, and to Israel his sin.

9 Hear this, I pray you, ye heads of the house of Jacob, and princes of the house of Israel, that abhor judgment, and pervert all equity.

10 They build up Zion with 5 blood, and Jerusalem with iniquity.

11 The heads thereof judge for reward, and the priests thereof teach for hire, and the prophets thereof divine for money yet will they lean upon the LORD, 6and say, Is not the LORD among us? none evil can come upon us. 12 Therefore shall Zion for your sake be plowed as a field, and Jerusalem shall become heaps, and the mountain of the house as the high places of the forest.

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4 Heb.

upper lip. u Jer. 8. 19. I. 13. 8. Isa. 39. 6, 7. r Isa. 44. 22, 23.

Jer. 6. 24.

y Jer. 22. 13.

5 Heb. bloods. a Eze. 22. 12. Zech. 12. 3. Jer. 6. 13.

z Eze. 22. 27.

d Ob. 12.
ch. 7. 10.
e Isa. 48. 2.

6 Heb. saying.
Jer. 26. 18.
Mt. 3. 12.
Am. 6. 13.

i Lev. 27. 28. Deu. 7. 26.

To ver. 3,

Isa. 2. 2-4. & Ps. 97. 5.

11 Ki. 22. 24.

will gather her that is driven out, and her that I have afflicted;

7 And I will make her that halted Pa remnant, and her that was cast far off a strong nation: and "the LORD shall reign over them in mount Zion from henceforth, even for ever.

8 And thou, O tower of the flock, the strong hold of the daughter of Zion, unto thee shall it come, even the first dominion; the kingdom shall come to the daughter of Jerusalem.

9 Now why dost thou cry out aloud? "is there no king in thee? is thy counseller perished? for "pangs have taken thee as a woman in travail.

10 Be in pain, and labour to bring forth, O daughter of Zion, like a woman in travail: for now shalt thou go forth out of the city, and thou shalt dwell in the field, and thou shalt go even to Babylon; there shalt thou be delivered; there the LORD shall redeem thee from the hand of thine enemies.

11 Now also many nations are gathered against thee, that say, Let her be defiled, and let our eye look upon Zion.

12 But they know not the thoughts of the LORD, neither understand they his counsel: for he shall gather them as the sheaves into the floor.

13 Arise and thresh, O daughter of Zion: for I will make thine horn iron, and I will make thy hoofs brass: and thou shalt beat in pieces many people: and I will iconsecrate their gain unto the LORD, and their substance unto k the Lord of the whole earth.

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The ruler in Israel.

MICAH 5

judge of Israel with a rod upon the a Mt. 2. 6. cheek.

Jn. 7. 42. b Ps. 132. 6. Isn. 43. 26. Hos. 4. 1.

2 aBut thou, Beth-lehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall hed come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from 1everlasting.

3 Therefore will he give them up, until the time that she which travaileth hath brought forth: then the remuant of his brethren shall return unto the children of Israel.

4 And he shall stand and 2feed in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God; and they shall abide: for now shall he be great

unto the ends of the earth.

5 And this man shall be the peace, when the Assyrian shall come into our land: and when he shall tread in our palaces, then shall we raise against him seven shepherds, and eight principal

men.

Hos. 6. 3.

e Ps. 90. 2 Jn. 1. 1.

1

Heb. the days

of eternity.

Isa. 5. 4.

g ver. 7, 8.
ch. 4. 7.
Ex. 12. 51.
Am. 2. 10.
2 Or, rule.
Nu. 22. 5.
Zech. 9. 10.

3

Nu. 25. 1.
Eph. 2. 14.
Hos. 5. 6.

Heb. princes

of men.

4 Heb. sons of a year? 5 Heb. eat up. a 1 Sa. 15 22 Or, with her

6

own naked swords. o Lev. 18. 21. 2 Ki. 3, 27 & 16. 3. 7 Heb. belly.

6 And they shall 5 waste the land of Assyria with the sword, and the land of Nimrod in the entrances thereof: thus shall he deliver us from the AS-p syrian, when he cometh into our land, and when he treadeth within our borders.8 7 And the remnant of Jacob shall be in the midst of many people as a dew from the LORD, as the showers upon the. grass, that tarrieth not for man, nor waiteth for the sons of men.

8 And the remnant of Jacob shall be among the Gentiles in the midst of many people as a lion among the beasts of the forest, as a young lion among the flocks of 11 sheep: who, if he go through, both treadeth down, and teareth in pieces, and none can deliver.

9 Thine hand shall be lifted up upon

Deu. 10. 12. Deu. 32 2. Heb. humble thyself to walk.

9 Or, thy name shall see that

which is, r Isa. 10. 5 & 30, 32.

10 Or, Is there yet unto every

man an

house of the wicked, &c. 11 Or, goats. 12 Heb.

measure of
leanness.
Isa. 26. 11.

The Lord's controversy.

mountains, and let the hills hear thy voice.

2 Hear ye, O mountains, the LORD'S controversy, and ye strong foundations of the earth: for the LORD hath a controversy with his people, and he will plead with Israel.

30 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.

50 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 Wherewith shall I come before the LORD, and bow myself before the high God? shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves 4 of a year old?

7" Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oil? shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my 7 body for the sin of my soul?

8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to 8 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.

10 10 Are there yet the treasures of wickedness in the house of the wicked, and the 12 scant measure that is abominable?

11 Shall I 13 count them pure with the wicked balances, and with the bag of

thine adversaries, and all thine enemies 13 Or, be pure deceitful weights?

shall be cut off.

10 And it shall come to pass "in that day, saith the LORD, "that I will cut off thy horses out of the midst of thee, and I will destroy thy chariots:

11 And I will cut off the cities of thy land, and throw down all thy strong holds:

12 And I will cut off "witchcrafts out of thine hand; and thou shalt have no more soothsayers:

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13 Thy graven images also will I cut off, and thy 14standing images out of the midst of thee; and thou shalt no morea Jer. 17. 2. worship the work of thine hands.

14 And I will pluck up thy groves out of the midst of thee: so will I destroy thy 15 cities.

Hag. 1. 6.

15 Or, enemies.

16 Or, he doth much keep the, fc.

1 Ki. 16. 16, 25, 26.

12 For the rich men thereof are full of violence, and the inhabitants thereof have spoken lies, and their tongue is deceitful in their mouth.

13 Therefore also will I make thee sick in smiting thee, in making thee desolate because of thy sins.

14 Thou shalt eat, but not be satisfied; and thy casting down shall be in the midst of thee; and thou shalt take hold, but shalt not deliver; and that which thou deliverest will I give up to the sword.

15 Thou shalt sow, but thou shalt not reap; thou shalt tread the olives, but thou shalt not anoint thee with oil; and sweet wine, but shalt not drink wine. 16 For 16 the statutes of Omri are

15 And I will execute vengeance in anger and fury upon the heathen, such 1 Ki. 16. 30- kept, and all the works of the house of as they have not heard.

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The universal corruption.

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OE is me! for I am as when they

Whave gathered & the summer fruits,

as the grapegleanings of the vintage: there is no cluster to eat: my soul desired the firstripe fruit.

2 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.

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a Ps. 42. 3. 1 Heb. the gatherings of summer. 2 Heb. she shall be for a treading down.

b Am. 8. 1.

Isa. 5. 5. Isa. 57. 1. 3 Or, godly, or, merciful. 4 Or, even to. 5 Or,

d Hos. 9. 10.

After that it hath been.

31 That they may do evil with both hands earnestly, the prince asketh, and the judge asketh for a reward; and the Ps. 82. 1. 2. great man, he uttereth 6his mischievous desire: so they wrap it up.

4 The best of them is as ja brier: the most upright is sharper than a thorn hedge: the day of thy watchmen and thy visitation cometh; now shall be their perplexity.

5"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.

Hos. 4. 18. g ch. 3. 11. 8 Heb.

the mischief

of his soul. 7 Or, Rule. Isa. 65. 10. j2Sa. 23. 6, 7.

i Jer. 49. 31.

Eze. 2. 6.

Isa. 37. 24.

Eze. 33. 2. m Ps. 78. 12.

n Jer. 9. 4.

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Mt. 10. 35.

6 For the son dishonoureth the father, the daughter risethup against her mother, Lk. 12. 53. the daughter in law against her mother P Ps. 72. 9. in law; a man's enemies are the menor, creeping 7 Mt. 10. 36.

of his own house.

7 Therefore I will look unto the LORD; 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 shall arise; when I sit in darkness, "the LORD 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 judgment for me: he will bring me forth to the light, and I shall behold his righteousness.

10 9Then she that is mine enemy shall

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things.
Ex. 15. 11
Ex. 34. 7.

Jer. 31. 34. t Ps. 107. 10.

Ps. 27. 1.

v Ro. 6. 14.
w Lam. 3. 39.
r Ps. 37. 6.

y Lk. 1. 72, 73.

Ps. 105. 9, 10 9 Or, And

thou wilt see her that is mine enemy, and cover her with shame.

Promises of restoration.

see it, and shame shall cover her which said unto me, "Where is the LORD thy God? mine eyes shall behold her: now 2 shall she be trodden down as the mire of the streets.

11 In the day that thy walls are to be built, in that day shall the decree be far removed.

12 In that day also he shall come even to 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 5 Notwithstanding the land shall be desolate because of them that dwell therein, for the fruit of their doings.

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 feed in Bashan and Gilead, as in the days of old.

15 According to the days of thy coming out of the land of Egypt will I shew unto him marvellous things.

16 The nations shall see and be confounded at all their might: they shall lay their hand upon their mouth, their ears shall be deaf.

17 They shall lick the dust like a serpent, they shall move out of their shall be afraid of the LORD our God, holes like 8 worms of the earth: they

and shall 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 compassion upon us; "he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.

20 Thou wilt perform the truth to Jacob, and the mercy to Abraham, which thou hast sworn unto our fathers from the days of old.

NAHUM.

Zech. 9. 1 & 12 1.

Mal. 1. 1.

THE burden of Nineveh. The book a Hab. 1. 1. of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite. 2 1 God is jealous, and the LORD revengeth; the LORD revengeth, and 2is furious; the LORD will take vengeance on his adversaries, and he reserveth wrath for his enemies.

3 The LORD is slow 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.

bch. 2. 8

& 3. 7. 1 Or, The

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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 can 3abide in the fierceness of his anger? his fury is poured out like fire, and the rocks are thrown down by him.

7 The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.

8 But with an overrunning flood he will make an utter end of the place thereof, and darkness shall pursue his enemies. 9 What do ye imagine against the LORD? he will make an utter end: affliction shall not rise up the second time.

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imagineth evil against the LORD, a 2 Or, If they 1 wicked counseller.

12 Thus saith the LORD; 2Though they be quiet, and likewise many, yet thus shall they be 3 cut down, when he shall pass through. Though I have afflicted thee, I will afflict thee no more.

13 For now will I break his yoke from off thee, and will burst thy bonds in sunder.

would have been at

peace, so

The Lord is against her.

loins, and "the faces of them all gather blackness.

11 Where is the dwelling of the lions, and the feedingplace of the young lions, where the lion, even the old lion, walked, and the lion's whelp, and none made them afraid?

12 The lion did tear in pieces enough for his whelps, and strangled for his should they lionesses, and filled his holes with prey, and his dens with ravin.

have been many, and so should they have been

shorn, and he should have passed away. 3 Heb, shorn Eze. 29. 3.

2 Ki. 19. 9. 4 Heb. city

d Ps. 46. 9.

of bloods.

14 And the LORD hath given a commandment concerning thee, that no more of thy name be sown out of the house of thy gods will I cut off the graven image and the molten image: I will make thy grave; for thou art vile. f Ro. 10 15. 15 Behold upon the mountains the feetch. 2. 12. of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace! O Judah, 5 keep thy solemn feasts, perforin thy vows: for 6 the wicked shall no more pass through thee; he is utterly cut off.

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8TTE that dasheth in pieces is come up

Hbefore thy face: keep the munition,

watch the way, make thy loins strong. fortify thy power mightily.

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Jer. 47. 3. Heb. feast. 6 Heb. Belial. 7 Heb. the flame of the sword, and the lightning of the spear. 8 Or, The disperser,

or, hammer. 9 Or, pride of Jacob as the pride of Irael.

j ch. 2. 13.

2 For the LORD hath turned away the 9 excellency of Jacob, as the excellency Isa. 47. 9, 12. of Israel: for the emptiers have emp-10 Or, dyed tied them out, and marred their vine branches.

3 The shield of his mighty men is made red, the valiant men are 10 in scarlet: the chariots shall be with 11 flaming torches in the day of his preparation, and the fir trees shall be terribly shaken.

4 The chariots shall rage in the streets, they shall justle one against another in the broad ways: 12 they shall seem like torches, they shall run like the lightnings.

5 He shall recount his 13 worthies: they shall stumble in their walk; they shall make haste to the wall thereof, and the 14 defence shall be prepared.

6 The gates of the rivers shall be opened, and the palace shall be 16 dissolved.

7 And 17 Huzzab shall be 18 led away captive, she shall be brought up, and her maids shall lead her as with the voice of doves, tabering upon their breasts.

8 But Nineveh is 19 of old like a pool of water: yet they shall flee away. Stand, stand, shall they cry; but none shall 21 look back.

9 Take ye the spoil of silver, take the spoil of gold: 22ior there is none end of the store and glory out of all the 23 pleasant furniture.

10 She is empty, and void, and waste: and the heart melteth, and the knees smite together, and much pain is in all

scarlet.

k Jer. 13. 22.

11 Or, fiery. 12 Heb. 13 Or their show. gallants. 14 Heb. covering,

or, coverer.

15 Or, nourishing. Heb. No Amon.

Jer. 46. 25. 17 Or, that which was established, or, there was

16 Or, molten.

a stand
made.

18 Or,
discovered,

m Eze. 27. 10. 2 Ch. 12. 3. 19 Or, from the days that she hath been. 20 Heb.

in thy help.

21 Or,
cause them
to turn.
22 Or, and

their infinite 23 Heb, vessels of desire.

store, fc.

13 Behold, I am against thee, saith the LORD of hosts, and d I will burn her chariots in the smoke, and the sword shall devour thy young lions: and I will cut off thy prey from the earth, and the voice of thy messengers shall no more be heard.

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WOE to the bloody city! it is all

full of lies and robbery; 9 the prey departeth not;

2 The noise of a whip, and the noise of the rattling of the wheels, and of the pransing horses, and of the jumping chariots.

3 The horseman lifteth up both 7the bright sword and the glittering spear: and there is a multitude of slain, and a great number of carcases; and there is none end of their corpses; they stumble upon their corpses:

4 Because of the multitude of the whoredoms of the wellfavoured harlot, the mistress of witchcrafts, that selleth nations through her whoredoms, and families through her witchcrafts.

5 Behold, I am against thee, saith the LORD of hosts; and I will discover thy skirts upon thy face, and I will shew the nations thy nakedness, and the kingdoms thy shame.

6 And I will cast abominable filth upon thee, and make thee vile, and will set thee as a gazingstock.

7 And it shall come to pass, that all they that look upon thee shall flee from thee, and say, Nineveh is laid waste: who will bemoan her? whence shall I seek comforters for thee?

8 Art thou better than 15 populous 'No, that was situate among the rivers, that had the waters round about it, whose rampart was the sea, and her wall was from the sea?

9 Ethiopia and Egypt were her strength, and it was infinite; "Put and "Lubim were 20 thy helpers.

10 Yet was she carried away, she went into captivity: her young children also 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 shalt be drunken: thou shalt be hid, thou also shalt seek strength because of the enemy.

12 All thy strong holds shall be like

Fire and sword

fig trees with the firstripe figs: if they be shaken, they shall even fall into the mouth of the eater.

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13 Behold, thy people in the midst of thee are women: the gates of thy land shall be set wide open unto thine enemies: the fire shall devour thy bars.

14 Draw thee waters for the siege, "fortify thy strong holds: go into clay, and tread the morter, make strong the brickkiln.

1 Or,

spreadeth
himself.
a Jer. 51. 30.
b2 Ch. 32. 2,
3, 30.

e ch. 2. 1.
d Ps. 76. 5.
e Jer. 50. 18.
Eze. 31. 3.

2 Or valiant ones. 3 Heb. wrinkling. Jer. 10. 22. g Ps. 47. 1.

15 There shall the fire devour thee; the sword shall cut thee off, it shall eat theef up like the cankerworm: make thyself many as the cankerworin, make thyself many as the locusts.

16 Thou hast multiplied thy merchants

shall devour her.

above the stars of heaven: the canker. worm 1spoileth, and fleeth away.

17 Thy crowned are as the locusts, and thy captains as the great grasshoppers, which camp in the hedges in the cold day, but when the sun ariseth they flee away, and their place is not known where they are.

18 Thy shepherds dslumber, O king of Assyria: thy 2 nobles shall dwell in the dust: thy people is scattered upon the mountains, and no man gathereth them. 19 There is no 3healing of thy bruise; thy wound is grievous: all that hear Isa. 37. 18f the bruit of thee shall clap the hands over thee: for upon whom hath not thy wickedness passed continually?

20.

i Eze. 27. 23,

24.

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HABAKKUK.

HE burden which Habakkuk the prophet did see.

2 O LORD, how long shall I cry, and thou wilt not hear! even cry out unto thee of dviolence, and thou wilt not save!

3 Why dost thou shew me iniquity, and cause me to behold grievance ? for spoiling and violence are before me: and there are that raise up strife and contention.

4 Therefore the law is slacked, and judgment doth never go forth for the wicked doth compass about the righteous; therefore 5 wrong judgment proceedeth.

59 Behold ye among the heathen, and regard, and wonder marvellously: for 1 will work a work in your days, which ye will not believe, though it be told you.

a Ps. 118. 17.

6 Isa. 10.5-7. iHeb. rock.

Na. 1. 1.

2 Heb. founded. d Mi. 6. 12. 3 Or, grievance. 4 Or, moving. Ps. 22 12. Jer. 16. 16. Or, wrested. 6 Or, flue net. Ac. 13. 41. ver. 11. 7Or, dainty. Heb. fat. 8 Heb. breadths.

9 Or, from them shall proceed the judyment of these, and the captivity of these.

10 Heb.

6 For, lo, I raise up the Chaldeans, that bitter and hasty nation, which shalla. march through the breadth of the land, to possess the dwellingplaces that are not theirs.

7 They are terrible and dreadful: 9 their judgment and their dignity shall proceed of themselves.

8 Their horses also are swifter than the leopards, and are more 12 fierce than the evening wolves: and their horsemen shall spread themselves, and their horsemen shall come from far; they shall fly as the eagle that hasteth to eat.

9 They shall come all for violence: 14their faces shall sup up as the east wind, and they shall gather the captivity as the sand.

10 And they shall scoff at the kings, and the princes shall be a scorn unto them: they shall deride every strong hold; for they shall heap dust, and take it.

11 Then shall his mind change, and he shall pass over, and offend, Pimputing this his power unto his god.

12Art thou not from everlasting, O

21. 8. fenced place. 11 Or, in me. 12 Heb. sharp. 13 Or, argued with. Heb. upon my reproof, or, arguing. Isa. 8. 1. Deu. 1. 5. 14 Or, the sup ping up of their faces, fe. Or, their faces shall Look (Heb. the opposition of theirfaces) to ward the east, Dan. 10. 14. m He. 10.37,38. n Jn. 3. 36 Ro. 1. 17. o Hos. 5. 15.

Dan. 11. 38.

15 Or, How much more.

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Dan. 5. 1-4 Deu. 33. 27.

shall not die. LORD my God, mine Holy One? "we O LORD, thou hast ordained them for judgment; and, O 1mighty God, thou hast 2established them for correction.

13 Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity: wherefore lookest thou upon them that deal treacherously, and holdest thy tongue when the wicked devoureth the man that is more righteous than he ?

14 And makest men as the fishes of the sea, as the creeping things, 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 6drag: therefore they rejoice and are glad.

16 Therefore they sacrifice unto their net, and burn incense unto their drag; because by them their portion is fat, and their meat 7plenteous.

17 Shall they therefore empty their net, and not spare continually to slay the

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