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6 For thus hath the LORD said | 17 And the residue of the number unto me, Go, set a watchman, let of archers, the mighty men of the him declare what he seeth.

children of Kedar, shall be diminish7 And he saw a chariot with a ed: for the LORD God of Israel couple of horsemen, a chariot of hath spoken it. asses, and a chariot of camels; and he hearkened diligently with much

CHAP. XXII. heed:

8 And he cried, A lion: My lord, THE burden of the valley of viI stand continually upon the watch sion. What aileth thee now, that tower in the daytime, and I am set thou art wholly gone up to the in my ward whole nights :

housetops ? 9 And, behold, here cometh a 2 Thou that art full of stirs, a chariot of men, with a couple of tumultuous city, a joyous city: thy horsemen. And he answered and slain men are not slain with the said, Babylon is fallen, is fallen; sword, nor dead in battle. and all the graven images of her 3 All thy rulers are fled together, gods he hath broken unto the they are bound by the archers : all ground.

that are found in thee are bound to10 O my threshing, and the corn gether, which have fled from far. of my floor: that which I have 4 Therefore said I, Look away heard of the LORD of hosts, the from me; I will weep bitterly, laGod of Israel, have I declared unto bour not to comfort me, because of you.

the spoiling of the daughter of my 11 The burden of Dumah. He people. calleth to me out of Seir, Watch 5 For it is a day of trouble, and man, what of the night? Watch of treading down, and of perplexity man, what of the night?

by the Lord God of hosts in the 12 The watchman said, The morn valley of vision, breaking down the ing cometh, and also the night : if walls, and of crying to the mounye will enquire, enquire ye: return, tains. come.

6 And Elam bare the quiver with 13 The burden upon Arabia. In chariots of men and borsemen, and the forest in Arabia shall ye lodge, O Kir uncovered the shield. ye travelling companies of Dedanim. 7 And it shall come to pass, that

14 The inhabitants of the land of thy choicest valleys shall be full of Tema brought water to him that was chariots, and the horsemen shall set thirsty, they prevented with their themselves in array at the gate. bread him that fled.

8 And he discovered the covering 15 For they fled from the swords, of Judah, and thou didst look in from the drawn sword, and from the that day to the armour of the house bent bow, and from the grievousness of the forest. of war.

9 Ye have seen also the breaches 16 For thus hath the LORD said of the city of David, that they are unto me, Within a year, according many: and ye gathered together the to the years of an hireling, and all waters of the lower pool. the glory of Kedar shall fail :

10 Aod ye have numbered the houses of Jerusalem, and the houses || 21 And I will clothe him with thy have ye broken down to fortify the robe, and strengthen him with thy wall.

girdle, and I will commit thy go11 Ye made also a ditch between vernment into his hand : and he the two walls for the water of the shall be a father to the inhabitants old pool: but ye have not looked of Jerusalem, and to the house of unto the maker thereof, neither had Judah. respect unto him that fashioned it 22 And the key of the house of long ago.

David will I lay upon his shoulder ; 12 And in that day did the Lord so he shall open, and none shall God of hosts call to weeping, and shut; and he shall shut, and none to mourning, and to baldness, and shall open. to girding with sackcloth :

23 And I will fasten him as a nail 13 And behold joy and gladness, in a sure place; and he shall be for slaying oxen, and killing sheep, eat a glorious throne to his father's ing flesh, and drinking wine : let us house. eat and drink; for to morrow we 24 And they shall hang upon him shall die.

all the glory of his father's house, 14 And it was revealed in mine the offspring and the issue, all vesears by the LORD of hosts, Surely sels of small quantity, from the vesthis iniquity shall not be purged sels of cups, even to all the vessels from you till ye die, saith the Lord of flagons. God of hosts.

25 In that day, saith the LORD of 15 Thus saith the Lord God of hosts, shall the nail that is fastened hosts, Go, get thee unto this trea in the sure place be removed, and surer, even unto Shebna, which is be cut down, and fall; and the bur over the house, and say,

den that was upon it shall be cut off: 16 What hast thou here? and for the Lord hath spoken it. whom hast thou here, that thou hast hewed thee out a sepulchre here, as

CHAP. XXIII. he that heweth him out a sepulchre on high, and that graveth an habi THE burden of Tyre. Howl, ye tation for bimself in a rock ?

ships of Tarshish; for it is laid waste, 17 Behold, the LORD will carry so that there is no house, no entering thee away with a mighty captivity, in: from the land of Chittim it is reand will surely cover thee.

vealed to them. 18 He will surely violently turn 2 Be still, ye inhabitants of the and toss thee like a ball into a large isle; thou whom the merchants of country: there shalt thou die, and Zidon, that pass over the sea, have there the chariots of thy glory shall replenished. be the shame of thy lord's house.

3 And by great waters the seed of 19 And I will drive thee from thy Sihor, the harvest of the river, is her station, and from thy state shall he revenue; and she is a mart of napull thee down.

tions. 20 And it shall come to pass in 4 Be thou ashamed, 0 Zidon : that day, that I will call my servant for the sea hath spoken, even the Eliakim the son of Hilkiah : W strength of the sea, saying, I travail

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of seventy years shall Tyre sing as an harlot.

16 Take an harp, go about the city, thou harlot that hast been forgotten; make sweet melody, sing many songs, that thou mayest be remembered.

17 And it shall come to pass after the end of seventy years, that the LORD will visit Tyre, and she shall turn to her hire, and shall commit fornication with all the kingdoms of the world upon the face of the earth.

18 And her merchandise and her hire shall be holiness to the LORD : it shall not be treasured nor laid up; for her merchandise shall be for them that dwell before the LORD, to eat sufficiently, and for durable clothing.

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not, nor bring forth children, neither do I nourish up young men, nor bring up virgins.

5 As at the report concerning Egypt, so shall they be sorely pained at the report of Tyre.

6 Pass ye over to Tarshish; howl, ye inhabitants of the isle.

7 Is this your joyous city, whose antiquity is of ancient days ? her own feet shall carry her afar off to sojourn.

8 Who hath taken this counsel against Tyre, the crowning city, whose merchants are princes, whose traffickers are the honourable of the earth?

9 The LORD of hosts hath purposed it, to stain the pride of all glory, and to bring into contempt all the honourable of the earth.

10 Pass through thy land as a river, O daughter of Tarshish : there is no more strength.

11 He stretched out his hand over the sea, he shook the kingdoms: the LORD hath given a commandment against the merchant city, to destroy the strong holds thereof.

12 And he said, Thou shalt no more rejoice, O thou oppressed virgin, daughter of Zidon : arise, pass over to Chittim; there also shalt thou have no rest.

13 Behold the land of the Chaldeans; this people was not, till the Assyrian founded it for them that dwell in the wilderness : they set up the towers thereof, they raised up the palaces thereof; and he brought it to ruin.

14 Howl, ye ships of Tarshish : for your strength is laid waste.

15 And it shall come to pass in that day, that Tyre shall be forgotten seventy years, according to

CHAP. XXIV. BEHOLD, the Lord maketh the earth empty, and maketh it waste, and turneth it upside down, and scattereth abroad the inhabitants thereof.

2 And it shall be, as with the people, so with the priest; as with the servant, so with his master; as with the maid, so with her mistress; as with the buyer, so with the seller; as with the lender, so with the borrower; as with the taker of usury, so with the giver of usury to him.

3 The land shall be utterly emptied, and utterly spoiled: for the LORD hath spoken this word.

4 The earth mourneth and fadeth away, the world languisheth and fadeth away, the haughty people of the earth do languish.

5 The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant.

6 Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left.

7 The new wine mourneth, the vine languisheth, all the merryhearted do sigh.

8 The mirth of tabrets ceaseth, the noise of them that rejoice endeth, the joy of the harp ceaseth.

9 They shall not drink wine with a song; strong drink shall be bitter to them that drink it.

10 The city of confusion is broken down: every house is shut up, that no man may come in.

11 There is a crying for wine in the streets; all joy is darkened, the mirth of the land is gone.

12 In the city is left desolation, and the gate is smitten with destruction.

13 When thus it shall be in the midst of the land among the people, there shall be as the shaking of an olive tree, and as the gleaning grapes when the vintage is done.

14 They shall lift up their voice, they shall sing for the majesty of the LORD, they shall cry aloud from the sea.

15 Wherefore glorify ye the LORD in the fires, even the name of the LORD God of Israel in the isles of the sea.

16 From the uttermost part of the earth have we heard songs, even glory to the righteous. But I said, My leanness, my leanness, woe unto me! the treacherous dealers have dealt treacherously; yea, the treacherous dealers have dealt very treacherous

17 Fear, and the pit, and the snare, are upon thee, O inhabitant of the earth.

18 And it shall come to pass, that he who fleeth from the noise of the fear shall fall into the pit; and he that cometh up out of the midst of the pit shall be taken in the snare: for the windows from on high are open, and the foundations of the earth do shake.

19 The earth is utterly broken down, the earth is clean dissolved, the earth is moved exceedingly.

20 The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be removed like a cottage; and the transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it; and it shall fall, and not rise again.

21 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the LORD shall punish the host of the high ones that are on high, and the kings of the earth upon the earth.

22 And they shall be gathered to gether, as prisoners are gathered in the pit, and shall be shut up in the prison, and after many days shall they be visited.

23 Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed, when the LORD of hosts shall reign in mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, and before his ancients gloriously.

CHAP. XXV.

O LORD, thou art my God; I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name; for thou hast done wonderful things; thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth.

2 For thou hast made of a city an heap; of a defenced city a ruin : a palace of strangers to be no city; it shall never be built.

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3 Therefore shall the strong peo- | fort of thy walls shall he bring ple glorify thee, the city of the ter down, lay low, and bring to the rible nations shall fear thee.

ground, even to the dust. 4 For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy

CHAP. XXVI in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, In that day shall this song be when the blast of the terrible ones sung in the land of Judah ; We is as a storm against the wall.

have a strong city ; salvation will 5 Thou shalt bring down the God appoint for walls and bulwarks. noise of strangers, as the heat in a 2 Open ye the gates, that the dry place; even the heat with the righteous nation which keepeth the shadow of a cloud: the branch of the truth may enter in. terrible ones shall be brought low. 3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect

6 And in this mountain shall the peace, whose mind is stayed on thee : LORD of hosts make unto all people because he trusteth'in thee. a feast of fat things, a feast of wines 4 Trust ye in the Lord for ever : on the lees, of fat things full of mar for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everrow, of wines on the lees well refined. lasting strength:

7 And he will destroy in this 5 For he bringeth down thein mountain the face of the covering that dwell on high; the lofty city, cast over all people, and the vail he layeth it low ; he layeth it low, that is spread over all nations. even to the ground; he bringeth it

8 He will swallow up death in even to the dust. victory; and the Lord God will 6 The foot shall tread it down, wipe away tears from off all faces; even the feet of the poor, and the and the rebuke of his people shall steps of the needy. he take away from off all the earth : 7 The way of the just is uprightfor the Lord hath spoken it.

ness: thou, most upright, dost 9 And it shall be said in that day, weigh the path of the just. Lo, this is our God; we have wait 8 Yea, in the way of thy judged for him, and he will save us : ments, O LORD, have we waited this is the LORD; we have waited for thee; the desire of our soul is for him, we will be glad and rejoice to thy name, and to the rememin his salvation.

brance of thee. 10 For in this mountain shall the 9 With my soul have I desired hand of the Lord rest, and Moab thee in the night; yea, with my shall be trodden down under him, spirit within me will I seek thee even as straw is trodden down for early : for when thy judgments are the dunghill.

in the earth, the inhabitants of the 11 And he shall spread forth his world will learn righteousness. hands in the midst of them, as he 10 Let favour be shewed to the that swimmeth spreadeth forth his wicked, yet will he not learn righthands to swim : and he shall bring eousness: in the land of uprightness down their pride together with the will he deal unjustly, and will not spoils of their hands.

behold the majesty of the LORD. 12 And the fortress of the high || 11 LORD, when thy hand is lifted

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