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2 Though they dig into hell. his troop in the earth; he that fallen, and close up the breaches thence shall mine hand take them ; calleth for the waters of the sea, thereof; and I will raise up his though they climb up to heaven, and poureth them out upon the face ruins, and I will build it as in the thence will í bring them down : of the earth; The LORD is his days of old : 3 And though they hide them. name.

12 That they may possess the selves in the top of Carmel, I will 7 Are ve not as children of the remnant of Edom, and of all the search and take them out thence ; Ethiopians unto me, O children of heathen, which are called by iny and though they be hid from my Israel? saith the LORD. Have not name, saith the LORD that doeth sight in the bottom of the sea, I brought up Israel out of the land this. thence will I command the serpent, of Egypt and the Philistines from 13 Behold, the days come, saith and he shall bite them :

Caphtor, and the Syrians from the LORD, that the plowman shall 4. And though they go into cap- Kir?

overtake the reaper, and the treader tivity before their enemies, thence 8 Behold, the eyes of the Lord of grapes him that soweth seed; and will I command the sword, and it God are upon the sinful kingdom, the mountains shall drop sweet shall slay them: and I will set mine and I will destroy it from off the wine, and all the hills shall melt. eyes upon them for evil, and not for face of the earth; saving that I 14 And I will bring again the good.

will not utterly destroy the house of captivity of my people of Israel, 5 And the Lord God of hosts is Jacob, saith the LORD.

and they shall build the waste he that toucheth the land, and it 9 For, lo, I will command, and cities, and inhabit them; and they shall melt, and all that dwell there. I will sist the house of Israel among shall plant vineyards, and drink in shall mourn ; and it shall rise up all nations, like as corn is sifted in the wine thereof; they shall also wholly like a flood, and shall be a sieve, yet shall not the least grain make gardens, and eat the fruit of drowned, as by the flood of Egypt. fall upon the earth.

them. 6 It is he that buildeth his stories 10 All the sinners of my people 15 And I will plant them upon in the heaven, and hath founded shall die by the sword, which say, their land, and they shall no more

The evil shall not overtake nor pre- be pulled up out of their land which Ver. 2. Ps. cxxxix. 8 ; Job, xx. vent us.

I have given them, saith the LORD 6; Jer. li. 53. - Ver. 12. Numb. 11 In that day will I raise up

thy Goj. xxiv. 18.

the tabernacle of David that is

OBADIAH

Nothing is known respecting the life or condition of this prophet, nor are learned men agreed as to the age

in which he appeared. Some assign his predictions to the reign of Ahaz; but the more general opinion is, that he flourished at a somewhat later period, and was contemporary with Jeremiah and Ezekiel. His prophecies relate to the destruction of the Edomites, Israel's virulent enemy, and the restoration of the chosen people to glory and happiness.

Thus

THE vision of Obadiah.

8 Shall I not in that day, saith 15 For the day of the LORD is near saith the Lord God concerning the LORD, eren destroy the wise upon all the heathen: as thou hast Edom, We have heard a rumour mer out of Edom, and understand- done, it shall be done unto thee ; from the LORD, and an ambassador ing out the mount of Esau ? thy reward shall return upon thine is sent among the beathen, Arise 9 And thy mighty men, O Te- own head. ye, and let us rise up against her in man, shall be dismayed, to the end 16 For as re have drunk upon battle.

that every one of the mount of Esau my holy mountain, so shall all the 2 Behold, I have made thee small may be cut off by slaughter. heathen drink continually; sea, among the heathen: thou art great. 10 For thy violence against thy they shall drink, and they shall ly despised.

brother Jacob shame shall cover swallow down, and they shall be as 3 The pride of thine keart thee, and thou shalt be cut off for though they had not been. hath deceived thee, thou that ever.

17 But upon nount Zion shall dwellest in the clefts of the rock, 11 In the day that thou stoodest be deliverance, and there shall be whose habitation is high; that on the other side, in the day that holiness, and the house of Jacob saith in his heart, Who shall bring the strangers carried away captive shall possess their possessions. me down to the ground?

his forces, and foreigners entered 19 And the house of Jacob shall 4 Though thou exalt thyself as into his gates, and cast lots upon be a fire, and the house of Joseph a the eagle, and though thou set thy Jerusalem, even thou wast as one flame, and the house of Esau for nest among the stars, thence will i of them.

stubble, and they shall kindle in bring thee down, saith the Lord. 12 But thou shouldest not have them, and devour them; and there

5 If thieves came to thee, if rob- looked on the day of thy brother in shall not be any remaining of the bers by night. (how art thou cut the day that he became a stranger; house of Esau : for the LORD hath off!) would they not have stolen neither shouldest thou have re- spoken ů. till they had enough? if the grape- joiced over the children of Judah in 19 And they of the south shall gatherers came to thee, would they the day of their destruction ; neither possess the mount of Esau ; and not leave some grapes:

shouldest thou have spoken proudly they of the plain the Philistines : 6 How are the things of Esau in the day of distress.

and they shall possess the fields of senrched out! how are his hidden 13 Thou shouldest not have en- Ephrain, and ihe fields of Samathings sought up!

tered into the gate of my people in ria; and Benjamin shall possess 7 All the men of thy confederacy the day of their calamity; yea, thou Gilead. have brought thee even to the bor- shouldest not have looked on their 20 And the captivity of this host der: the men that were at peace affliction in the day of their calami. of the children of Israel shall poswith thee have deceived thee, and ty, nor have laid hands on their sess that of the Canaanites, even prevailed against thee; they that substance in the day of their cala- unto Zarephath; and the captivity eat thy bread have laid a wound mity :

of Jerusalem, which is in Sepharad, under thee: there is none under- 14 Neither shouldest thou have shall possess the cities of the south. standing in him.

stood in the eross-way, to cut off 21 And saviours shall come up

those of his that did escape ; neither on mount Zion to judge the mount Ver. 1. Obadiah, it is supposed, shouldest thou have delivered up of Esau ; and the kingdom shall be delivered this prophecy soon after those of his that did remain in the the LORD's. the destruction of Jerusalem, and day of distrese. the Edomites were probably loudly

pursues ? - Ver. 10. Gen, xxvii. 41. rejoicing in its downfall when the the power of his enemies while -Ver. 15. Ezek. XXXV. 15. - Ver. vision of their own ruin was thus intrenched within the barrier of 16. Jer. xxv. 29; xlix. 12; Joel, presented to the prophet. - Ver. 3. the mountains; but his trust was iii. 17. - Ver. 20. 1 Kings, mrti. There is great force and beauty in vain--the robber migh: spoil him- 9, 10. Commentators are not able the language of Obadiah. Edom his allies were

confederating to determine what country is to be was proudly confident in the against him and, above all, the understood by Sepharad : soine strength of his rocky fastnesses, and Lord had determined to punish conjecture that Spain was inxtend. imagined that he might safely defy him, and who can escape when He ed.

Jonah is generally stated to be the most ancient of all the prophets, and to have delivered his predictions in

the reigns of the Israelitish monarchs Joash, and Jeroboam the second ; that is, some little time before the appearance of Hosea, Isaiah, and Amos. He was in every respect a prophet of the Lord; bat, with the exception of his having been chosen to foreshew the resurrection of our Redeemer, the exercise of his office, as described in the present book, was confined to the people to whom he was sent with the divine warnings.

14 Wherefore they cried unto the will pay that that I have vowed. CHAPTER I.

LORD, and said, We beseech thee, Salvation is of the LORD. Now the word of the LORD came O LORD, we beseech thee, let us not 10 4 And the LORD spake unto

perish for this man's life, and lay the fish, and it vonvited out Jonah tai, saying,

not upon us innocent blood : for upon the dry land. 2 Arise, go to Nineveh, that thou, O LORD, hast done as it great city, and cry against it ; for pleased thee.

CHAPTER 111. their wickedness is come up before 15. So they took up Jonah, and AND the word of the LORD came me.

cast him forth into the sea ; and the unto Jonah the second time, 3 But Jonah rose up to flee unto sea ceased from her raging.

saying, Tarshish from the presenee of the 16 Then the men feared the 2 Arise, go unto Nineveh, that LORD, and went down to Joppa; LORD exceedingly, and offered a great city, and preach unto it the and he found a ship going to Tar- sacrifice unto the LORD, and made preaching that I bid thee. shish: so he paid the fare thereof, Vows.

3 So Jonah arose, and went unto and went down into it, to go with 17 Now the LORD had pre. Nineveh, according the word of them unto Tarshish from the pre- pared a great fish to swallow up the LORD. (Now Nineveh was an sence of the LORD.

Jonah. And Jouah was in the exceeding great city of three days 44 But the LORD sent out a belly of the fish three days and journey.) great wind into the sea, and there three nights.

4 And Jonah began to enter into was a mighty tempest in the sea,

the city a day's journey, and he so that the ship was like to be bro

CHAPTER II.

cried, and said, Yet forty days, and ken,

Nineveh shall be overthrown. 5. Then the mariners were afraid, THEN Jonah prayed unto the

LORD his God out of the fish's 5 So the people of Nineveh and cried every man unto his god, belly,

believed God, and proclaimed a and cast forth the wares that were 2 And said, I cried by reason of fast, and put on sackcloth, from the in the ship into the sea, to lighten mine affliction unto the LORD, and greatest of them eren to the least it of them: but Jonah was gone he heard me; out of the belly of of them. down into the sides of the ship; hell cried I, and thou heardest my 6 For word came unto the king and he lay, and was fast asleep. voice.

of Nineveh ; and he arose from his 6 So the shipinaster came to him, 3 For thou hadst cast me into throne, and he laid his robe from aud said unto him, What meanest the deep, in the midst of the seas; him, and covered him with sackthou, sleeper ? arise, call upon and the floods compassed me about: cloth, and sat in ashes. thy God, if to be that God will all thy billows and thy waves passed 7 And he caused it to be prothink upon us, that we perish not. over me.

clained and published through 7 And they said every one to his 4 Then I said, I am cast out of Nineveh, by the deeree of the king fellow, Come, and let us cast lots, thy sight; yet I will look again and his nobles, saying, Let neither that we may know for whose cause toward thy holy temple.

man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste this evil is upon us. So they cast 5 The waters compassed me about any thing; let them not feed, nor lote, and the lot fell upon Jonah. I even to the soul : the depth closed drink water:

8 Then said they unto him, Tell me round about, the weeds were 8 But let man and beast be us, we pray thee, for whose cause wrapped about my head.

covered with saekcloth, and cry this evil is upon us : what is thine 6 I went down to the bottoms of

mightily unto God; yea, let them occupation ? and whence comest the mountains; the earth with her turn every one from his evil way, thou: what is thy country ? and of bars was about me for ever: yet and from the violence that is in what people art thou ?

hast thou brought up my life from their hands. 9 And lie said unto them, I am corruption, O Lord my God.

9 Who can tell if God will turn an Hebrew; and I fear the LORD, 7 When my soul fainted within and repent, and turn away from his the God of heaven, which hath me I remembered the LORD; and fierce anger, that we perish not? made the sea and the dry land. my prayer came in unto thee, into 10 And God saw their works, 10 Then were the men exceed. thine holy temple.

that they turned from their evil ingly afraid, and said unto him, 8 They that observe lying vanities way; and God repented of the evil Why hast thou done this? (for the forsake their own mercy.

that he had said that he would do men knew that he fled from the pre. 9 But I will sacrifice unto thee unto them, and he did it not. sence of the LORD, because he had with the voice of thanksgiving ; I told them.)

CHAPTER IV. 119 Then said they unto him, Ver. 17. Nothing can be weaker BUT it displeased Jonah exceel. What shall we do unto thee, that than the doubts and questionings ingly, and he was very angry. the sea may be calm unto us? (for which the sceptical have put forth the sea wrought, and was tempes- on the subject of this rerse, for he 1 ; Lam. iii. 54. - Ver. 6. Ps. xvi. tuous.)

who is Lord of all nature could cer- 10. - Ver. 8. Ps. xxxi. 6- Ver. 9. 12 And he said unto them, Take tainly, if he chose, so order things Ps. I. 11-23; cxvi. 17. me up, and cast me forth into the as to perform such a miracle as Ver. 3. Nineveh, the capital of sea; so shall the sea be calm unto that here described. If no levia- Assyria, was founded by Nimrod, you : for I know that for my sake than existed that could receive a see Gen. x. 1]; but it remained a this great tempest is upon you. man through its jaws, could not small and insignificant place til!

13 Nevertheless the men rowed the Almighty create one ? and in about twelve hundred years before hard to bring it to the land; but whatever way the huge monster Christ, when Ninus the Second they could not: for the sea wrought, was provided, he could certainly, improved and extended it till it and was tempestuous against them. as with him are the issues of life, became the wonder of the world,

keep the man whom he had his According to the measurements Ver. 1.2 Kings, xiv. 25. Jonah hand upon for especial purposes given of this magnificent city by was born at Jath-hepher in the awake and breathing in its belly, the most learned geographers, it land of Zabulon, and supposed to Our Lord calls the fish a whale, but was 150 stadia long and 90 stadia be the same as Jotapeta. - Ver. 4. it is not necessary to suppose that broad, and ten stadia make an Thus it must ever be with those he meant thereby the precise species English mile. The walls which whom God has appointed to serve which we are accustomed to des. enclosed this space were 100 feet him. In vain will they shrink from cribe by that name. The term high and ten broad, and were surthe call, in vain will they seek by was anciently applied in a very mounted with towers rising to the fight to escape the difficulties or wide sense to any kind of large enormous height of 200 feet. dangers to which they may thereby fish.

Ver. 10. How wise was the king scem exposed. Their only means Ver. 2. Ps. cxx. 1. How sub- how teachable the people how of safety exists in their performing lime, how awful is this wonderful merciful the Almighty ! with joyful devotedness the whole prayer! - Ver. 3. Ps. xlii. 7.- Ver. Ver. 1. This chapter affords a will of their heavenly Master. - 4. Ps. xxxi. 22.- Ver. 5. Ps. Ixix. most striking instance of the selfsbe.

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And he prayed unto the LORD, and said, I pray thee, O LORD, was not this ms saying when I was yet in my country ? therefore I fed before unto Tarshish: for I knew that thou art a gracious God, and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repentest thee of the evil.

3 Therefore now, O LORD, take, I beseech thee, my life from me: for it is better for me to die than to live.

4 Then said the LORD, Doest thou well to be angry?

5 So Jonah went out of the city, he fainted, and wished in himself and sat on the east side of the city, to die, and said, It is better for me and there made him a booth, and to die than to live. sat under it in the shadow, till he 9 And God said to Jonah, Doest might see what would become of thou well to be angry for the gourd ? the city.

And he said, I do well to be angry, 6 And the LORD God prepared a even unto death. gourd, and made it to come up over 10 'Then said the LORD, Thou Jonah, that it might be a shadow hast had pity on the gourd, for the over his head, to deliver him from which thou hast not laboured, his grief. So Jonah was exceeding neither madest it grow; which came glad of the gourd.

up in a night, and perished in a 7 But God prepared a worm, night: when the morning rose the next 11 And should not I spare Nineday, and it smote the gourd that it veh, that great city, wherein are withered.

more than sixscore thousand per8 And it came to pass, when the sons that cannot discern between sun did arise, that God prepared a their right hand and their left vehement east wind; and the sun hand; and also much cattle ? beat upon the head of Jonah, that

ness of the human heart : all men feel and act like Jonah till God renew and sanctify them by his Holy Spirit.

MICAH.

ing.

Micah prophesied during the reigns of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, who were kings of Judah. He makes

no mention of the kings of Israel, but he addresses both nations, and, after foretelling the sorrows and revolutions they were to undergo, predicts, in the most striking manner, the coming of Christ, and the establishment of the kingdom of Heaven.

11 Pass ye away, thou inhabitant not remove your necks; neither CHAPTER I.

of Saphir, having thy shame naked : shall ye go haughtily: for this time THB HB word of the LORD that came the inhabitant of Zaanan came not is evil.

to Micah the Morasthite, in forth in the mourning of Beth-ezel; 4 In that day shall one take up the days of Jotham, Ahaz, and he shall receive of you his stand- a parable against you, and lament Hezekiah, kings of Judah, which

with a doleful lamentation, and he saw concerning Samaria and 12 For the inhabitant of Maroth say, We be utterly spoiled; he hath Jerusalem.

waited carefully for good; but evil changed the portion of my people : 2 Hear, all ye people; hearken, came down from the LORD unto the how hath he removed it from me! O earth, and all that therein is: gate of Jerusalem.

turning away he hath divided our and let the Lord God be witness 13 O thou inhabitant of Lachish, fields. against you, the Lord from his holy bind the chariot to the swift beast: 5 Therefore thou shalt have none temple.

she is the beginning of the sin to that shall cast a cord by lot in the 3 For, behold, the LORD cometh the daughter of Zion; for the congregation of the LORD. forth out of his place, and will come transgressions of Israel were found 6 Prophesy ye not, say they to down, and tread upon the high in thee.

them that prophesy : they shall not places of the earth.

14 Therefore shalt thou give prophesy to them, that they shall 4 And the mountains shall be presents to Moresheth-gath: the not take shame. molten under him, and the valleys houses of Achzib shall be a lie to 790 thou that art named The shall be clest, as wax before the the kings of Israel.

house of Jacob, is the Spirit of the fire, and as the waters that are 15 Yet will I bring an heir unto Lorn straitened ? are these his dopoured down a steep place.

thee, O inhabitant of Mareshah : ings ? do not my words do good to 5 For the transgression of Jacob he shall come unto Adullam the him that walketh uprightly? is all this, and for the sins of the glory of Israel.

8 Even of late my people is risen house of Israel. What is the trans- 16 Make thee bald, and poll thee up as an enemy: ye pull off the gression of Jacob? is it not Samaria? for thy delicate children ; enlarge robe with the garment from them and what are the high places of thy baldness as the eagle ; for they that pass by securely as men averse Judah ? are they not Jerusalem ? are gone into captivity from thee. from war. 6 Therefore I will make Samaria

9 The women of my people have as an heap of the field, and as

CHAPTER II.

ye cast out from their pleasant plantings of a vineyard; and I will Woe to them that devise ini- houses; from their children have pour down the stones thereof into

quity, and work evil upon ye taken away my glory for ever. the valley, and I will discover the their beds! when the morning is 10 Arise ye, and depart; for this foundations thereof.

light, they practise it, because it is is not your rest : because it is pol7 And all the graven images in the power of their hand.

luted, it shall destroy you, even thereof shall be beaten to pieces, 2 And they covet fields, and take with a sore destruction. and all the hires thereof shall be them by violence; and houses, and 11 If a man, walking in the burnt with the fire, and all the idols take them away: so they oppress a spirit and falsehood, do lie, saying, thereof will I lay desolate: for she man and his house, even a man and I will prophesy unto thee of wine gathered it of the hire of an harlot, his heritage.

and of strong drink; he shall even and they shall return to the hire of 3 Therefore thus saith the LORD, be the prophet of this people. an harlot.

Behold, against this family do I 12 I will surely assemble, o 8 Therefore I will wail and howl; devise an evil, from which ye shall Jacob, all of thee; I will surely gaI will go stripped and naked : I will

ther the reninant of Israel; I will make a wailing like the dragons, town of that name was in the tribe put them together as the sheep of and mourning as the owls.

of Benjamin. - Ver. 11. Saphir Bozrah, as the flock in the midst of 9 For her wound is incurable ; was a village in the mountains be- their fold: they shall make great for it is come unto Judah: he is tween Eleutheropolis and Ascalon. noise by reason of the multitude of come unto the gate of my people,

Zaanan was a town belonging to men. even to Jerusalem.

Judah, or, as some think, to 13 The breaker is come up before 10 Declare ye it not at Gath, Naphtali. Beth-ezel means a them: they have broken up, and weep ye not at all : in the house of house of separation, and is one of have passed through the gate, and Aphrah roll thyself in the dust. the names of Beth-el. His stand- are gone out by it; and their King

ing: that is, his food, his support. shall pass before them, and the Ver. 1. Morasthi, the birth-place - Ver. 12. Maroth, a place in the LORD on the head of them. of Micah, was a village situated tribe of Judah. - Ver. 13. Josh. near the city of Eleutheropolis, in xv. 39; 2 Kings, xviii. 13; Jer. Ver. 5. Deut. xxxii. 8, 9. The the southern quarter of Judah. xxxiv. 7. - Ver. 14. Moresheth- meaning of this was that the counThe language of Micah is singu- gath, a city which was taken by try should be taken from them, and larly bold and servent. - Ver. 10. the Benjamites from Gath. - Ver. that they should no longer enjoy of Aphrah: that is, of dust, the 15. Mareshah and Aduliam were the hopes of possessing an inheri meaning of the word Aphrah. The both cities of Judah.

tance within its borders.

nations afar off; and they shall 5 And this man shall be the CHAPTER III.

beat their swords into plough- peace, when the Assyrian shall ,

shares, and their spears into prun- come into our land: and when he heads of Jacob, and ye princes ing-hooks : nation shall not lift up shall tread in our palaces, then shall of the house of Israel; Is it not for & sword against nation, neither we raise against him seven shepyou to know judgment !

shall they learn war any more. herds, and eight principal men. 2 Who hate the good, and love 4 But they shall sit every man 6 And they shall waste the land the evil; who pluck off their skin under his vine, and under his fig- of Assyria with the sword, and the from off them, and their flesh from tree; and none shall make them land of Nimrod in the entrances off their bones;

afraid : for the mouth of the LORD thereof : thus shall he deliver us 3 Who also eat the flesh of my of hosts hath spoken it.

from the Assyrian, when he cometh people, and flay their skin from oir 5 For all people will walk every into our land, and when he treadeth them; and they break their bones, one in the name of his god, and we within our borders. and chop them in pieces, as for the will walk in the name of the LORD 7 And the remnant of Jacob shall pot, and as flesh within the cal. our God for ever and ever.

be in the midst of many people as a dron.

6 In that day, saith the LORD, dew from the LORD, as the showers 4 Then shall they cry unto the will I assemble her that halteth, upon the grass, that tarrieth not LORD, but he will not hear them : and I will gather her that is driven for man, nor waiteth for the sons of he will even hide his face from them

out, and her that I have afilicted; men. at that time, as they have behaved 7 And I will make her that halt- 8 And the remnant of Jacob themselves ill in their doings. ed a remnant, and her that was cast shall be among the Gentiles in the

5 Thus saith the LORD con- far off a strong nation; and the midst of many people, as a lion cerning the prophets that inake niy LORD shall reign over them in among the beasts of the forest, as a people err, that bite with their mount Zion from henceforth, even young lion among the flocks of teeth, and cry, Peace; and he that for ever.

sheep; who, if he go tbrough, both putteth not into their mouths, they S ! And thou, o tower of the treadeth down, and teareth in even prepare war against him: flock," the strong hold of the pieces, and none can deliver.

6 Therefore night shall be unto daughter of Zion, unto thee shall it 9 Thine hand shall be lifted up yon, that ye shall not have a vision;

come, even the first dominion; the upon thine adversaries, and all thine and it shall be dark unto you, that kingdom shall come to the daughter enemies shall be ent ofr. ye shall not divine; and the sun of Jerusalem.

10 And it shall come to pass in shall go down over the prophets, 9 Now, why dost thou cry out that day, saith the LORD, that I and the day shall be dark over aloud ? is there no king in thee? is will cut off thy horses out of the them.

thy counsellor perished ? for pangs midst of thee, and I will destroy 7 Then shall the beers be asham- have taken thee as a woman in thy chariots : ed, and the diviners confounded ; travail.

il And I will cut off the cities of yea, they shall all cover their lips : 10 Be in pain, and labour to thy land, and throw down all thy for there is no answer of God. bring forth, o daughter of Zion, strong holds :

8 But truly I am full of power like a woman in travail : for now 1 And I will cut off witchcrafts by the Spirit of the LORD, and of shalt thou go forth out of the city, out of thine hand; and thou shalt judgment, and of might, to declare and thou shalt dwell in the field, have no more soothsayers : unto Jacob his transgression, and and thou shalt go eren to Babylon; 13 Thy graven iniages also will to Israel his sin.

there shalt thou be delivered; there I cut off, and thy standing images 9 Hear this, I pray you, ye heads the LORD shall redeem thee from out of the midst of thee; and thou of the house of Jacob, and princes the hand of thine enemies.

shalt no more worship the work of of the house of Israel, that abhor 11 Now also many nations are

thine hands, judgment, and pervert all equity. gathered against thee, that say,

14 And I will pluck up thy groves 10 They build up Zion with Let her be defiled, and let our eye out of the midst of thee: so will I blood, and Jerusalem with iniquity. look upon Zion.

destroy thy cities. 11 The heads thereof judge for 12 But they know not the thoughts

15 And I will execute vengeance reward, and the priests thereof of the LORD, neither understand in anger and fury upon the heathen, teach for hire, and the prophets they his counsel : for he shall ga- such as they have not heard. thereof divine for money : yet will ther them as the sheaves into the

CHAPTER VI. they lean upon the Lord, and say, floor. Is not the LORD among us? none 13 Arise and thrash, O daughter HEAR ve now what the LORD evil can come upon us.

of Zion; for I will make thine horn saith; Arise, contend thou 12 Therefore shall Zion for your iron, and I will make thy hoofs before the mountains, and let the sake be plowed as a field, and Jeru- brass; and thou shalt beat in pieces hills hear thy voice. salem shall become heaps, and the many people: and I will consecrate 2 Hear ye, 0 mountains, the mountain of the house as the high their gain unto the LORD, and their LORD's controversy, and ye strong places of the forest.

substance unto the LORD of the foundations of the earth: for the whole earth.

LORD hath a controversy with his CHAPTER IV.

people, and he will plead with CHAPTER V.

Israel, But in the last days it shall .come to pass, that the mountain Now gather thyself in. troops...

3 O my people, what have I done of the house of the LORD shall be daughter of troops : he hath unto thee? and wherein have i established in the top of the moun- laid siege against us; they shall wearied thee? testify against me. tains, and it shall be exalted above smite the Judge of Israel with a rod 4 For I brought thee up out of the hills; and people shall flow upon the cheek.

the land of Egypt, and redeemed unto it.

2 But thou, Beth-lenem Ephratah,

thee out of the house of servants; 2 And many nations shall come, though thou be little among the and I sent before thee Moses, and say, Come, and let us go up to thousands of Judah, yet out of thee Aaron, and Miriam. the mountain of the LORD, and to shall he come forth unto me that is 5 O my people, remernber now the house of the God of Jacob; and to be ruler in Israel; whose goings what Balak king of Moab consulted, he will teach us of his ways, and forth have been from of old, from and what Balaam the son of Beor we will walk in his paths : for the everlasting.

answered him from Shittim unto law shall go forth of Zion, and the 3 Therefore will he give them up,

Gilgal; that ye may know the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. until the time that she which tra- righteousness of the LORD.

3 And he shall judge among vaileth hath brought forth; then 6 Wherewith shall I come bemany people, and rebuke strong the remnant of his brethren shall

return unto the children of Israel. vii. 42; 1 Sam. xxiii. 23.- Ver. 5. Ver. 11. This verse exhibits in 4 And he shall stand and feed See Ephes, ii. 14. The numbers brief the three great supports of in the strength of the LORD, in the seven and eight are here used, as national wickedness after national majesty of the name of the LORD his in other passages, to denote a large corruption has begun its work.- God; and they shall abide: for now or indefinite number, and by shepVer. 12. The mountain of the shall he be great unto the ends of herds are to be understood princes house: that is, mount Zion where- the earth.

and rulers of the people. - Ver. 7. on stood the house of the Lord.

Ps. cx. 3. - Ver. 10. Their horses Ver. 1. Jsa. ii. 2; Ezek. xvii. 22. Ver. 3. Isa. vii. 4 ; Joel, iii. 10. - and chariots had given them a false We are here refreshed with the Ver. 7. Dan. vit. 14; Luke, i. 33. confidence in their own strength, same glorious vision as that which - Ver. 13. Isa. xli. 15, 16; Jer. and had been employed by them in shines with so much brightness in li. 33.

imitation of their idolatrous allies. the pages of Isaiah, Ezekiel, &c.-- Ver. 2. See Matth. ii, 6; John, See Jer. I. 37 ; II. 21

fore the LORD, and bow myself mer-fruits, as the grape-gleanings

10 Then she thal is mine enemy before the high God ? shall I come of the vintage: there is no cluster shall see it, and shame shall cover before him with burnt-offerings, to eat; my soul desired the first her which said unto me, Where is with calves of a year old ? ripe fruit.

the LORD thy God ? mine eyes shall 7 Will the Lord be pleased with 2 The good man is perished out behold her: now shall she be trodthousands of rams, or with ten of the earth; and there is none up- den down as the mire of the thousands of rivers of oil ? shall 1 right among men: they all lie in streets. give my first-born for my trans- wait for blood; they hunt every Il In the day that thy walls are gression, the fruit of my body for man his brother with a net.

to be built, in that day shall the the sin of my soul!

3 | That they may do evil with decree be far removed. 8 He hath shewed thee, O man, both hands earnestly, the prince 12 In that day also he shall come what is good; and what doth the asketh, and the judge asketh for a even to thee from Assyria, and LORD require of thee, but to do reward; and the great man, he from the fortified cities, and from justly, and to love mercy, and to uttereth his mischievous desire : so the fortress even to the river, and walk humbly with thy God? they wrap it up.

from sea to sea, and from mountain 9 The Lond's voice crieth unto 4 The best of them is as a brier ; to mountain. the city, and the man of wisdom the most upright is sharper than a 13 Notwithstanding the land shall see thy name: hear ye the thorn hedge: the day of thy watch- shall be desolate because of them rod, and who hath appointed it. men and thy visitation cometh; that dwell therein, for the fruit of

10 Are there yet the treasures now shall be their perplexity, their doings. of wickedness in the house of the 5 Trust se not in a friend, 14 Feed thy people with thy wicked, and the scant measure that put ye not confidence in a guide ; rod, the dock of thine heritage, is abominable ?

keep the doors of thy mouth from which dwell solitarily in the wood, II Shall I count them pure with her that lieth in thy bosom.

in the midst of Carmel: let them the wicked balances, and with the 6 For the son dishonoureth the feed in Bashan and Gilead, as in bag of deceitful weights ?

father, the daughter riseth up the days of old. 12 For the rich men thereof are against her mother, the daughter 15 According to the days of thy full of violence, and the inhabitants in-law against her mother-in-law; coming out of the land of Egypt thereof have spoken lies, and their a man's enemies are the men of his will I shew unto him marvellous tongue is deceitful in their mouth. own house.

things. 13 Therefore also will I make 7 Therefore I will look unto the 16 The nations shall see, and thee sick in smiting thee, in making LORD; I will wait for the God of be confounded at all their might: thee desolate because of thy sins. my salvation : my God will hear they shall lay their hand upon their 14 Thou shalt eat, but not be me.

mouth, their ears shall be deaf. satisfied; and thy casting down 8 Rejoice not against me, O 17 They shall lick the dust like shall be in the midst of thee; and mine enemy: when I fall, I shall

a serpent, they shall more out of thou shalt take hold, but shalt not arise; when I sit in darkness, the their holes like worms of the earth: deliver; and that which thou de- LORD shall be a light unto nie. they shall be afraid of the LORD - liverest will I give up to

the 9 I will bear the indignation of our God, and shall fear because of sword.

the LORD, because I have sinned thee. 15 Thou shalt sow, but thou against him, until he plead my 18 Who is a God like unto shalt not reap; thou shalt tread cause, and execute judgment for thee, that pardoneth iniqnity, and the olives, but thou shalt not anoint me: he will bring me forth to the passeth by the transgression of the theo with oil; and sweet wine, but light, and I shall behold his right- remnant of his heritage? he reshalt not drink wine. eousness.

taineth not his anger for ever, 16 For the statutes of Omri

because he delighteth in mercy. are kept, and all the works of the it teaches is for all times and all 19 He will turn again, he will house of Ahab, and ye walk in their nations.

have compassion upon us; he will counsels; that I should make thee Ver. How melancholy is this subdue our iniquities and thou a desolation, and the inhabitants exclamation of the prophet - how wilt cast all their sing into the thereof an hissing: therefore ye pathetically does it prove, that to a depths of the sea. shall bear the reproach of my righteous soul the iniquity of the 20 Thou wilt perform the truth people.

wicked is a source of sorrow and to Jacob, and the mercy to AbraCHAPTER VII.

lamentation, which will not cease ham, which thou hast sworn unto

till God end the strife by creating our fathers from the days of old. Wo is me! for I am as when the new heaven and the new earth, they have gathered the sum- where there shall be only holiness! of present punishment, but hopes

-Ver. 6. See Matth. x. 21; xxxv. for mercy at the last.-Ver. il. Ver. 16. 1 Kings, xvi. 25 - 30. 36; Luke, xii. 53 ; xxi. 16. Ver.

Amos, ix. 11.-Ver. 12. Is. xix. There is most valuable instruction 9. This is ever the language of 23.-Ver. 13. Jer. xxi. 14.-Ver. in this chapter : the sublime moral true penitence: it owns the justice 20. Luke, i. 72, 73.

NAHUM.

It is uncertain at what period Nahum prophesied, but the most generally received opinion attributes his ap.

pearance to the reign of Hezekiah, and to that part of it when Judah was hourly expecting the invasion of Sennacherib, and Israel was already mourning under the yoke of Shalnianezar.

hath his way in the whirlwind and hold in the day of trouble ; and CHAPTER J.

in the storm, and the clouds are the he knoweth them that trust in The burden of Nineveh. The dust of his feet.

him. book of the vision of Nahum 4 He rebuketh the sea, and 8 But with an over-running flood the Elkoshite.

maketh it dry, and drieth up all he will make an utter end of the 2 God is jealous, and the LORD the rivers : Bashan languisheth, place thereof, and darkness shall revengeth; the LORD revengeth, and Carmel, and the flower of pursue his enemies. and is furious ; the LORD will take Lebanon languisheth.

9 What do ye imagine against vengeance on his adversaries, and 5 The mountains quake at him, the LORDP he will make an utter he reserveth wrath for his enemies. and the hills melt, and the earth is end: amiction shall not rise up the

3 The LORD is slow to anger, burnt at his presence, yea, the second time. and great in power, and wili not at world, and all that dwell therein. 10 For while they be folden to. all acquit the wicked: the LORD 6 Who can stand before his in- gether as thorns, and while they

dignation ? and who can abide in are drunken as drunkards, they Ver. 1. The burden of Nineveh : the fierceness of his anger ? his shall be devoured as stubble fully that is, an account of the vision rury is poured out like fire, and the dry. concerning the afflictions of Ni- rocks are thrown down by him. 11 There is one come out of thee neveh.

The Elkoshite: there was 7 The LORD is good, a strong that imagineth evil against the a village of Galilee called Elkosha,

LORD, a wicked counsellor. and from this the prophet is sup- wicked: that is, will not justify posed to have derived his name.- those who fiercely and unrighte- chosen, and whom he desires to Ver. 3. And toill not acquit the ously oppress those whom he has sare, though he punish them for

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