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servant and his supplications, and cause thy face to shine upon thy sanctuary that is desolate, for the LORD's sake.

18 O my God, incline thine ear, and hear; open thine eyes, and behold our desolations, and the city which is called by thy name; for we do not present our supplications before tliee for our righteousnesses, but for thy great mercies.

19 O LORD, hear; O LORD, forgive ; 0 LORD, hearken, and do; defer not, for thine own sake, O my God: for thy city and thy people are called by thy name.

20 | And whiles I was speaking, and praying, and confessing my sin, and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the LORD my God for the holy mountain of my God;

gi Yea, whiles I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening eblation.

29 And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, O Daniel, I am now come forth to give thee skill and under- ! standing

23 At the beginning of thy supplications the commandment came forth, and I am come to shew thee ; for thou art greatly beloved : therefore understand the matter, and consider the vision.

24 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people, and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and pro. phecy, and to anoint the most Holy.

25. Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince, shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.

26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary ; and


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the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. 27 And he shall confirm the covenant with

many week : and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations shall make it desolate, even until the consum mation, and that determined shall be poured upon the de. solate.


CH AP. VỊ. 1. An exhortation to repentance. 4 A complaint of their

untowardness and iniquity. COME and let us return unto the Lord: for he hath

torn, and he will heal us, he hath smitten, and he will

bind us up.

2 After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will taise us up; and we shall live in his sight.

3 Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain upto the earth.

4 1 0 Ephraim, what shall I do unto thee? 0 Judah, what shall I do unto thee? for your goodness is as a morning cloud, and as the early dew it goeth away:

5 Therefore have I hewed them by the prophets ; I have slain them by the words of my mouth : and thy judgments are as the light that goeth forth.

6 For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God, more than burnt-offerings.

7 But they like men have transgressed the covenant : there have they dealt treacherously against me.

8 Gilead is a city of them that work iniquity, and is polluted with blood.

9 And as troops of robbers wait for a man, so the company of priests murder in the way by consent : for they con mit lewdness.

10 I have seen an horrible thing in the house of Israel : there is the whoredom of Ephraim, Israel is defiled.

1) Also, O Judah, he hath set an harvest for thee, when I returned the captivity of my people.

CH APXI. 1 The ingratitude of Israel unto God for his benefits.

5 Their judgment. WHEN Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called

my son out of Egypt. 2 As they called them, so they went from them : they sacrificed into Baalim, and burned incense to graven images.

3 I taught Ephraim also to go, taking them by their arms; but they knew not that I healed them.

4 I drew them with cords of a man, with bands of love : and I was to them as they that take off the yoke on their jaws, and I laid meat unto them.

5 He shall not return into the land of Egypt, but the Assyrian shall be his king, because they refused to return.

6 And the sword shall abide on his cities, and shall consume his branches, and devour them, because of their own counsels.

7 And my people are bent to backsliding from me: though they called them to the most High, none at all would exalt him.

8 How shall I give thee up Ephraim? how shall I deliver thee, Israel ? how shall I make thee as Admah? how shall I set thee within as Zeboim ? mine lieart is turned within me, my repentings are kindled together.

9 I will not execute the fierceness of mine anger, I will not return to destroy Ephraim : for I am God, and not man ; tbe Holy One in the midst of thee: and I will not enter into the city.

10 They shall walk after the LOR): he shall roar like a lion: when he shall roar, then the children shall treible from the west.

11 They shall tremble as a bird out of Egypt, and as a dove out of the land of Assyria : and I will place them in their houses, saitli the LORD.


19 Ephraim * 12 Ephraim compasseth me about with lies, and the house of Israel with deceit : but Judah yet ruleth with God, and is : faithful with the saints.

CHAP. XIV.. 1 An exhortation to repentance. 4 A promise of God's

blessing. Israel, return unto the LORD thy God; for thou hast

fallen by thine iniquity. 2 Take with you words, and turn to the Lord: say unto hin, Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously : so will we render the calves of our lips.

3 Asshur shall not save us; we will not ride upon horses : neither will we say any more to the work of our hands, Ye ure our gods: for in thee the fatherless findeth mercy.

4 9 I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely: for mine anger is turned away from him. . - 5 I will be as the dew unto Israel : he shall grow as the lily, and cast forth his roots as Lebanon ; 6 His branches shall spread, and his beauty shall be as the alive-tree, and his smell as Lebanon. .

7 They that dwell under his shadow shall return; they shall revive as the corn, and grow as the vine; the scent thereof shall be as the wine of Lebanon.

8 Ephraim shall say, What have I to do any more with idols? I have heard him, and observed him: I am like a green fir-tree. From me is thy fruit found.

9 Who is wise, and he shall understand these things ? prudent, and he shall know them? for the ways of the LORD are right, and the just shall walk in them : but the transgressors shall fall therein.


CHAP. I. 1. Joel declaring sundry judgments of God, exhorteth to ob

serve them, 8 and to mourn. 14 He prescribeth a fust. THE word of the LORD that caine to Joel the son of

Pethuel. 2 Hear this, ye old men, and give car, all ye inhabitants

of the land. Hath this been in your days, or even in the days of your fathers ?

3 Tell ye your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children another generation.

4 That which the palmer-worm hath left hath the locust eaten; and that which the locust hath left hath the cankerworm eaten ; and that which the canker-worm hath left hath the caterpillar eaten.

5 Awake, ye drunkards, and weep; and howl, all ye drinkers of wine, because of the new wine; for it is cut off from your mouth.

6 For a nation is come up upon my land, strong, and without number, whose teeth are the teeth of a lion, and he hath the cheek teeth of a great lion.

7 He hath laid my vine waste, and barked my fig-tree: he hath made it clean bare, and cast it away, the branches thereof are made white.

8 Lament like a virgin girded with sackcloth for the busband of her youth.

9 The meat-offering and the drink-offering is cut off from the house of the Lord; the priests, the LORD's ministers, mourn.

10 The field is wasted, the land mourneth; for the corn is wasted : the new wine is dried up, the oil languisheth.'

11 Be ye ashamed, O) ye husbandmen; howl, () ye vine. dressers, for the wheat and for the barley ; because the harvest of the field is perished.

12 The vine is dried up, and the fig-tree languisheth; the pomegranate-tree, the palm-tree also, and the apple-tree, even all the trees of the field, are withered: because joy is withered away from the sons of men.

13 Gird yourselves, and lament; ye priests : howl, ye ministers of the altar: come, lie all night in sackcloth, ye ministers of my God : for the meat-offering and the drink-offering is withholden from the house of your God.

14 | Sanctify ye a fast, call a solemn assembly, gather the elders, and all the inhabitants of the land into the house of the LORD your God, and cry unto the LORD,


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