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XIV. 1 For the Lord will have mercy on Jacob, and will yet choose Israel, and set them in their own land: and the strangers shall be joined with them, and they shall cleave to the house of Jacob. The Lord will yet, by the renewing of his mercies, shew that he hath a tender respect to the seed of Jacob, and that Israel is the people whom he hath chosen to himself: and the Gentiles shall come in, and join with God's faithful people, and shall be one Church with the true Israel.

XIV. 2 And the house of Israel shall possess them in the land of the Lord for servants and handmaids.

And the Israel of God, which is the true Church, shall receive them into their family; and unite them into one holy society with themselves.

XIV. 4 77w/ thou shalt take up this proverb against the king of Babylon, and say, How hath the oppressor ceased! the golden city ceased!

Then shalt thou insult upon the proud king of Babylon, and say, Where is now this great tyrant that so oppressed us? What is become of this glorious city of Babylon, that exacted so much tribute from us?

XIV. 8 Yea, thefir trees rejoice at thee, and the cedars of Lebanon, saying, Since thou art laid down, no feller is come up against us. Yea, the very senseless creatures, the trees of the forest, triumph in thy ruin, O Babylon; and say, We were wont to be cut down to build thy palaces, but now we can stand quietly; no feller offers to put an axe unto us.

XIV. 9 Hell from beneath is moved for thee to meet thee at thy coming: it stirreth up the dead for thee, even all the chief ones of the earth; He.

Vea, the very dead shall rise to applaud thy destruction: hell shall send up her guests, to welcome thee with a scornful gratulation i even all those great kings and princes, whom thou hast tyrannized over.

XIV. 10 All they shall speak and say unto thee, Art thou also become weak as we 7 art thou become like unto us * All they shall scoff and jeer thee; and say, What is great Babylon become as weak as we? Is the pomp thereof brought down like to one of ours?

XIV. 12 How art thou fallen from heaven, 0 Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut doten to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!

O thou proud king of Babylon, which shinedst in the world like the glorious morning star, how art thou now fallen from thy state and magnificence! how art thou, which hadst wont to tyrannize over many nations, cut down and utterly destroyed!

XIV. i 'j For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north. For thou, in the pride of thy heart, wouldst needs exalt thyself above God himself; and saidst within thyself, Earth is too low for me; my throne shall be advanced above the stars of God: I will frustrate the designs of the Almighty; and, in spite of him, will conquer the mount of Zion, the seat of his temple. So verse 14.

XIV. n That opened not the house of his prisoners. That held all nations captive; and would not dismiss his prisoners, that they might return to their own home.

XIV. 18 All the kings of the nations, even all of them, lie in glory, every one in his own house. N Lo, now, how the world is changed! all other kings, even those petty princes whom thou subduedst, are in glory and magnificence, each one in his own court.

XIV. 19 But thou art cast out of thy grave like an abominable branch, and as the raiment of those that are slain, thrust through with a sword, that go down to the stones of the pit; as a carcase trodden under feet.

But thou shalt not be suffered so much, as to enjoy thine own grave; but art cast out as a rotten tree, that is not worthy to be set in the ground; or, as a garment of a man slain by the sword, which is all gashed and soiled with blood, not worth taking up; or, as an abominable carcase, which no man dares to come near, for the ill savour it yieldeth.

XIV. 21 Prepare slaughter for his children for the iniquity of their fathers; that they do not rise, nor possess the land, nor fill the face of the world with cities.

0 ye avengers of blood, prepare ye an exquisite slaughter, not only for the king of Babylon himself, but for his progeny and posterity: see that ye root them out: let them not live to be great in the world, either in possessions of land, or building of cities.

XIV. 23 I will also make it a possession for the bittern, and pools of waters.

1 will turn the low-seated Babylon into a standing pool; and make it a possession for bitterns and for otters, instead of men.

XIV. 25 That I will break the Assyrian in my land, and upon my mountains tread him under foot.

But, before this time of the destruction of Babylon, I will overthrow the proud Assyrian, in the land of Judah; and will do execution upon him, in the mountains of Israel; sending away Sennacherib, with a miraculous and shameful defeat.

XIV. 29 Rejoice not thou, whole Palestina, because the rod of him that smote thee is broken ; for out of the serpent's root shall come forth a cockatrice, and his fruit shall be a fiery flying serpent. Rejoice not, O thou whole land of Palestine, for that the Jews, which formerly subdued thee, are now driven out and vanquished; for there is yet more mischief towards thee from those, whom thou thinkest to be utterly crushed: if the serpent's egg be broken, as thou weenest, yet a cockatrice, which is more deadly, shall arise out of that cracked shell; and thou shalt be more annoyed by this later brood, than thou wert by the former.

XrV. 30 And thefirstborn of the poor shall feed, and the needy shall lie down in safety: and I will kill thy root with famine, and he shall slay thi/ remnant.

And those miserably distressed Jews, the heirs of beggary and sorrow, shall be relieved, and dwell quietly; and for thee, O Palestine, I will kill the remainder of thee with famine, and the sword of the enemy.

XIV. 31 Howl, 0 gate; cry, 0 city; thou, whole Palestina, art dissolved: for there shall come from the north a smoke, and none shall be alone in his appointed times.

0 ye defenced cities and walled towns of Palestine, howl and lament; and thou whole country mourn, for thou art utterly wasted: there shall come from the north armies of Assyrians and Jews, which shall begin with a smoke, but end in a fire; they shall come banded together, and no man shall be left at home, alone, in that day of thy intended destruction.

XIV. 32 What shall one then answer the messengers of the nations? That the Lord hath founded Zion, and the poor of his people shall trust in it.

What reason then shall be given to the world, when people shall be inquiring into the cause of this desolation of Palestine? even this; that the Lord hath had a gracious respect unto Zion; and that he would have his poor despised people, to find a sure refuge there, through his mighty protection, from the fury of their ene- i nnes.

XV. l The burdens of Moab. Because in the night Ar of Moab is laid waste, and brought to silence; because in the night Kir of Moab is laid waste, and brought to silence;

The heavy tidings, which God sends by his prophet to Moab: Because the two great cities of Moab, Ar and Kir, are suddenly and unexpectedly surprised and sacked;

XV. 2 He is gone up to Bajith, and to Dibon, the high places, to weep: Moab shall howl over Nebo, and over Medeba: on all their heads shall be baldness, and every beard cut off. Therefore the foolish Moabites are gone up to their high places, to weep and complain to their idol Chemosh: they make moan for their other cities also, both those in the heart and in the skirts of the land ., and they testify their mourning, by shaving of their heads and beards. .'

XV. '4 And Heshbon shall cry, and Elealeh: their voice shall be heard even unto Jahaz: therefore the armed soldiers of Moab shall cry out; his life shall be grievous unto him. Their two other famous cities, of Heshbon and Elealeh, shall shriek and howl so loud, that their noise shall be heard to the utmost confines of the land: even the men of war, which should by their courage cheer up others, shall, in a despair of success, cry and latnent; and their life shall be but a grief and burden to them, for that they are in a sad expectation of death.

XV. 5 My heart shall cry out for Moab; his fugitives shall flee unto Zoar, an heifer of three years old: for by the mounting up of Luhith with weeping shall they go it up; for in the way of Horonaim they shall raise up a cry of destruction. My heart tells me that Moab shall cry out to his cowardly fugitives, which run away to the utmost borders of Judah, even-as a young heifer of three years old belloweth after her fellows; for they shall follow them, over hills and dales, from one side of the country unto another, and shall raise a woeful hubbub after them.

XV. 6 For the waters of Nimrim shall be desolate : for the hay is withered away, the grassfaileth, there is no green thing. , And the waters that flow through the plains of Moab and the vale of Nimra, shall be utterly dried up: the grass shall fail, the hay shall be parched up; and there shall be no shew of ought, but drought and barrenness.

XV., 8 For the cry is gone round about the borders of Moab; the howling thereof unto Eglaim, and the howling thereof unto BeerElim.

The fearful cries and howlings of the Moabites are universal: no place is free; they fill the whole land, and all the obscurest coiners thereof. 1

XV. 9 For the waters of Dimon shall be full of blood: for I will bring more upon Dimon, lions upon him that escapeth of Moab, and upon the remnant of the land.

For the river of Dimon, which runs through Moab, shall, according to the name of it, be bloody with the slaughter of his people: and yet I have a further judgment in store, beyond this stain of Dimon; for the man, that escapeth from the sword of the enemy, in that valley will I give up to be a prey to the wild beasts, the lions shall devour him.

XVI. 1 Send ye the lamb to the ruler of the landfrom Sela to the wilderness, unto the mount of the daughter of Zion.

Yet, Moab, if at last, thou shalt relent, there may be a possibility of life and recovery; which if thou desire to hearken unto, send then, first, according to thy old promise and engagement, that tribute of lambs, which thou oughtest to have paid to the king of Judah : - send it humbly unto him, even all of you from the utmost bounds of Edom, to mount Zion, where his court resideth.

XVI. 2 For it shall be, that, as a wandering bird cast out of the nest, so the daughters of Moab shall be at the fords of Arnon. Else, be sure ye shall be like a wandering bird, whose nest is pulled down; disappointed of your habitations; so as the daughters of Moab, though near to you in blood, shall be glad tpseek their lodging in foreign parts.

XVI. 3 Fake counsel, execute judgment; make thy shadow as the night in the midst of the noon day; hide the outcasts; bewray not him that wandereth.

Go to then, bethink thyself of better courses: do right to all men: be thou harborous and kind to thy brethren of Israel: yielding them as cool a shadow, in the midst of the heat of the day, as it it were midnight: give shelter and entertainment to their chased and distressed exiles, and bewray not him, that, in his wandering, seeks to thee for succour.

XVI. 4 The spoiler ceaseth, the oppressors are consumed out of the land.'

For God hath put an end to the calamities of his people; there shall be no more spoil, no more oppression of their cruel enemies to waste them.

XVI. 5 And in mercy shall the throne be established: and he shall sit upon it in truth in the tabernacle of David. And in great mercy to his Church, shall the throne of the Messiah be established; and he shall sit upon it, as a most just governor of his people; even in the place of his type and ancestor David. ,

XVI. 6 But his lies shall not be so. But his lying and vain boasting shall deceive him; neither shall they come to any effect.

XVI. 1 Therefore shall Moab howl for Moab, every one shall howl: for the foundations of Kir-hareseth shall ye mourn; surely they are stricken.

Therefore, one city of Moab shall condole with another, and all shall howl together, for the razing down of the prime city, Kir-hareseth: for the razing, even of the very foundations thereof, shall ye mourn in vain: not one of the inhabitants shall escape; surely they shall be all destroyed.

XVI. 8 For the fields of Heshbon languish, and the vine of Sibmah: the lords of the heathen have broken down the principal plants thereof, they are come even unto Jazer, He.

Yea, not only the chief cities, but the whole region shall be laid waste: the fruitful fields and vineyards of Heshbon and Sibmah, which were famous for their excellent grapes, shall be spoiled by the lords of the heathen; which shall not rest in the vastation of some parts of the land, but shall run overall, even to Jazer, which is in the utmost confines, &c. XVI. 9 Therefore I will bewail with the weeping of Jazer the vine

.rf Sibmah: I will water thee with my tears, O Heshbon, and Elealeh: for the shouting for thy summer fruits and for thy harvest is

fallen.

Therefore, shall the Moabite say, I will, with a general lamentation, such as shall be heard from the uttermost skirts of the land, bewail the desolation of the excellent vineyards of Sibmah; &c. for the joy and acclamations, that were wont to be at the gathering of thy summer fruits, and for thy plentiful harvest, is now at an end, and shall be heard no more.

XVI. 11 Wherefore my bowels shall sound like an harp for Moab, and mine inward parts for Kir-haresh. Wherefore, my bowels shall in their yearning, through the vehemence of my passion, make a loud noise; and mine inward parts shall be moved for the chief city of Moab, to see the woeful desolation thereof.

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