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the words of my mouth : and thy princes have made him sick with judgments are as the light that go- bottles of wine; he stretched out eth forth.
his hand with scorners. 6 For I desired mercy, and not sa- 6 For they have made ready their crifice; and the knowledge of God heart like an oven, whiles they lie more than burnt offerings.
in wait: their baker sleepeth all the 7 But they like men have trans- night; in the morning it burneth as gressed the covenant : there have a flaming fire. they dealt treacherously against me. 7 They are all hot as an oven, and
8 Gilead is a city of them that have devoured their judges ; all work iniquity, and is polluted with their kings are fallen : there is none blood.
among them that calleth unto me. 9 And as troops of robbers wait 8 Ephraim, he hath mixed himfor a man, so the company of priests self among the people; Ephraim is murder in the way by consent: for
a cake not turned. they commit lewdness.
9 Strangers have devoured his 10 I have seen an horrible thing strength, and he knoweth it not: in the house of Israel: there is the yea, gray hairs are here and there whoredom of Ephraim, Israel is de- upon him, yet he knoweth not. filed.
10 And the pride of Israel testi11 Also, O Judah, he hath set an fieth to his face: and they do not harvest for thee, when I returned return to the LORD their God, nor the captivity of my people.
seek him for all this.
11 Ephraim also is like a silly CHAP. VII.
dove without heart: they call to E
gypt, they go to Assyria. When I would have healed Is- 12 When they shall go, I will rael, then the iniquity of Ephraim spread my net upon them; I will was discovered, and the wickedness bring them down as the fowls of of Samaria: for they commit false- the heaven; I will chastise them, hood; and the thief cometh in, and as their congregation hath heard. the troop of robbers spoileth with- 13 Woe unto them! for they out.
have fled from me: destruction un2 And they consider not in their to them! because they have transhearts that I remember all their gressed against me: though I have wickedness : now their own doings redeemed them, yet they have spokhave beset them about; they are en lies against me. before my face.
14 And they have not cried unto 3 They make the king glad with me with their heart, when they their wickedness, and the princes howled upon their beds: they aswith their lies.
semble themselves for corn and 4 They are all adulterers, as an wine, and they rebel against me. oven heated by the baker, who 15 Though I have bound and ceaseth from raising after he hath strengthened their arms, yet do kneaded the dough, until it be lea- they imagine mischief against me. vened.
16 They return, but not to the 5 In the day of our king the most High: they are like a deceit
ful bow: their princes shall fall by the sword for the rage of their tongue: this shall be their derision in the land of Egypt.
SET the trumpet to thy mouth. He shall come as an eagle against the house of the LORD, because they have transgressed my covenant, and trespassed against my law.
2 Israel shall cry unto me, My God, we know thee.
3 Israel hath cast off the thing that is good : the enemy shall pur
many altars to sin, altars shall be unto him to sin.
12 I have written to him the great things of my law, but they were counted as a strange thing.
13 They sacrifice flesh for the sacrifices of nine offerings, and eat it ; but the LORD accepteth them not; now will he remember their iniquity, and visit their sins: they shall return to Egypt.
14 For Israel hath forgotten his Maker, and buildeth temples; and Judah hath multiplied fenced cities : but I will send a fire upon his cities, and it shall devour the palaces thereof.
4 They have set up kings, but not by me: they have made princes, and I knew it not: of their silver and their gold have they made them idols, that they may be cut off.
5 Thy calf, O Samaria, hath cast thee off; mine anger is kindled against them : how long will it be ere they attain to innocency?
6 For from Israel was it also : the workman made it; therefore it is not God: but the calf of Samaria shall be broken in pieces.
7 For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind : it hath no stalk: the bud shall yield no meal: if so be it yield, the strangers shall swallow it up.
8 Israel is swallowed up: now shall they be among the Gentiles as a vessel wherein is no pleasure.
9 For they are gone up to Assyria, a wild ass alone by himself: Ephraim hath bired lovers.
10 Yea, though they have hired among the nations, now will I gather them, and they shall sorrow a little for the burden of the king of princes.
11 Because Ephraim hath made
CHAP. IX. REJOICE not, O Israel, for joy, as other people: for thou hast gone a whoring from thy God, thou hast loved a reward upon every cornfloor.
2 The floor and the winepress shall not feed them, and the new wine shall fail in her.
3 They shall not dwell in the Lord's land; but Ephraim shall return to Egypt, and they shall eat unclean things in Assyria.
4 They shall not offer wine offerings to the LORD, neither shall they be pleasing unto him: their sacrifices shall be unto them as the bread of mourners; all that eat thereof shall be polluted: for their bread for their soul shall not come into the house of the LORD.
5 What will ye do in the solemn day, and in the day of the feast of the LORD?
6 For, lo, they are gone because of destruction : Egypt shall gather them up, Memphis shall bury them: the pleasant places for their silver, is dried up, they shall bear no fruit: yea, though they bring forth, yet will I slay even the beloved fruit of their womb.
17 My God will cast them away, because they did not hearken unto him: and they shall be wanderers among the nations.
nettles shall possess them: thorns shall be in their tabernacles.
7 The days of visitation are come, the days of recompence are come; Israel shall know it: the prophet is a fool, the spiritual man is mad, for the multitude of thine iniquity, and the great hatred.
8 The watchman of Ephraim was with my God: but the prophet is a snare of a fowler in all his ways, and hatred in the house of his God.
9 They have deeply corrupted themselves, as in the days of Gibeah: therefore he will remember their iniquity, he will visit their sins.
10 I found Israel like grapes in the wilderness; I saw your fathers as the firstripe in the fig tree at her first time: but they went to Baalpeor, and separated themselves unto that shame; and their abominations were according as they loved.
11 As for Ephraim, their glory shall fly away like a bird, from the birth, and from the womb, and from the conception.
12 Though they bring up their children, yet will I bereave them, that there shall not be a man left: yea, woe also to them when I depart from them!
13 Ephraim, as I saw Tyrus, is planted in a pleasant place: but Ephraim shall bring forth his children to the murderer.
14 Give them, O LORD: what wilt thou give ? give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts.
15 All their wickedness is in Gilgal: for there I hated them : for the wickedness of their doings I will drive them out of mine house, I will love them no more: all their princes are revolters.
16 Ephraim is smitten, their root
CHAP. X. ISRAEL is an empty vine, he bringeth forth fruit unto himself: according to the multitude of his fruit he hath increased the altars ; according to the goodness of his land they have made goodly images.
2 Their heart is divided; now shall they be found faulty: he shall break down their altars, he shall spoil their images.
3 For now they shall say, We have no king, because we feared not the LORD; what then should a king do to us?
4. They have spoken words, swearing falsely in making a covenant: thus judgment springeth up as hemlock in the furrows of the field.
5 The inhabitants of Samaria shall fear because of the calves of Bethaven: for the people thereof shall mourn over it, and the priests thereof that rejoiced on it, for the glory thereof, because it is departed from it.
6 It shall be also carried unto Assyria for a present to king Jareb: Ephraim shall receive shame, and Israel shall be ashamed of his own counsel.
7 As for Samaria, her king is cut off as the foam upon the water.
8 The high places also of Aven, the sin of Israel, shall be destroyed : the thorn and the thistle shall come
up on their altars; and they shall say to the mountains, Cover us; and to the hills, Fall on us.
9 O Israel, thou hast sinned from the days of Gibeah : there they stood : the battle in Gibeah against the children of iniquity did not overtake them.
10 It is in my desire that I should chastise them; and the people shall be gathered against them, when they shall bind themselves in their two furrows.
11 And Ephraim is as an heifer that is taught, and loveth to tread out the corn; but I passed over upon her fair neck: I will make Ephraim to ride; Judah shall plow, and Jacob shall break his clods.
12 Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness upon you.
13 Ye have plowed wickedness, ye have reaped iniquity; ye have eaten the fruit of lies : because thou didst trust in thy way, in the multitude of thy mighty men.
14 Therefore shall a tumult arise among thy people, and all thy fortresses shall be spoiled, as Shalman spoiled Beth-arbel in the day of battle: the mother was dashed in pieces upon her children.
15 So shall Beth-el do unto you because of your great wickedness : in a morning shall the king of Israel utterly be cut off.
unto Baalim, and burned incense to graven images.
3 1 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 as Zeboim ? mine heart 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 ;
the Holy One in the midst of thee : and I will not enter into the city.
10 They shall walk after the LORD: he shall roar like a lion: when he shall roar, then the children shall tremble 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, saith the LORD.
12 Ephraim compasseth me about with lies, and the house of Israel with deceit: but Judah yet ruleth
C H A P. XI.
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
with God, and is faithful with the saints.
CHAP. XII. EPHRAIM feedeth on wind, and followeth after the east wind : he daily increaseth lies and desolation; and they do make a covenant with the Assyrians, and oil is carried into Egypt.
2 The LORD hath also a controversy with Judah, and will punish Jacob according to his ways; according to his doings will he recom
fice bullocks in Gilgal; yea, their altars are as heaps in the furrows of the fields.
12 And Jacob fed into the country of Syria, and Israel served for a wife, and for a wife he kept sheep.
13 And by a prophet the LORD brought Israel out of Egypt, and by a prophet was he preserved.
14 Ephraim provoked him to anger most bitterly: therefore shall he leave his blood upon him, and his reproach shall his Lord return unto him.
3 He took his brother by the heel in the womb, and by his strength he had power with God:
4 Yea, he had power over the angel, and prevailed; he wept, and made supplication unto him: he found him in Beth-el, and there he spake with us;
5 Even the LORD God of hosts; the Lord is his memorial.
6 Therefore turn thou to thy God: keep mercy and judgment, and wait on thy God continually.
7 He is a merchant, the balances of deceit are in his hand : he loveth to oppress.
8 And Ephraim said, Yet I am become rich, I have found me out substance: in all my labours they shall find none iniquity in me that were sin.
9 And I that am the LORD thy God from the land of Egypt will yet make thee to dwell in tabernacles, as in the days of the solemn feasts.
10 I have also spoken by the prophets, and I have multiplied visions, and used similitudes, by the ministry of the prophets.
11 Is there iniquity in Gilead ? surely they are vanity: they sacri
CHAP. XIII. WHEN Ephraim spake trembling, he exalted himself in Israel; but when he offended in Baal, he died.
2 And now they sin more and more, and have made them molten images of their silver, and idols according to their own understanding, all of it the work of the craftsmen : they say of them, Let the men that sacrifice kiss the calves.
3 Therefore they shall be as the morning cloud, and as the early dew that passeth away, as the chaff that is driven with the whirlwind out of the floor, and as the smoke out of the chimney.
4 Yet I am the LORD thy God from the land of Egypt, and thou shalt know no God but me: for there is no saviour beside me.
5 I did know thee in the wilderness, in the land of great drought.
6 According to their pasture, so were they filled; they were filled, and their heart was exalted; therefore have they forgotten me.
7 Therefore I will be unto them as a lion: as a leopard by the way will I observe them :
8 I will meet them as a bear that is bereaved of her whelps, and will