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rend the caul of their heart, and there will I devour them like a lion: the wild beasts shall tear them.

9 O Israel, thou hast destroyed thyself; but in me is thine help.

10 I will be thy king : where is any other that may save thee in all thy cities? and thy judges of whom thou saidst, Give me a king and princes?

11 I gave thee a king in mine anger, and took him away in my wrath.

12 The iniquity of Ephraim is bound up; his sin is hid.

13 The sorrows of a travailing woman shall come upon him : he is an unwise son; for he should not stay long in the place of the breaking forth of children.

14 I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death: O death, I will be thy plagues; ( grave, I will be thy destruction : repentance shall be hid from mine eyes.

15 Though he be fruitful among his brethren, an east wind shall come, the wind of the Lord shall come up from the wilderness, and his spring shall become dry, and his fountain shall be dried up: he shall spoil the treasure of all pleasant vessels.

16 Samaria shall become desolate; for she hath rebelled against her God: they shall fall by the sword : their infants shall be dashed in pieces, and their women with child shall be ripped up.

CHAP. XIV. O 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 him, 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 are our gods : for in thee the fatherless findeth merсу.

4 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 olive 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

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.

like a

JOEL.

CHAP. I.

bandmen; howl, O ye vinedressers, 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.

The word of the Lord that came to Joel the son of Pethuel.

2 Hear this, ye old men, and give ear, 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 palmerworm hath left hath the locust eaten ; and that which the locust hath left hath the cankerworm eaten; and that which the cankerworm hath left hath the caterpiller 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 husband 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 hus

13 Gird yourselves, and lament, ye priests : howl, ye ministers of the altar: come, lie all night in saclicloth, 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,

15 Alas for the day! for the day of the Lord is at hand, and as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come.

16 Is not the meat cut off before our eyes, yea, joy and gladness from the house of our God?

17 The seed is rotten under their clods, the garners are laid desolate, the barns are broken down; for the corn is withered.

18 How do the beasts groan! the herds of cattle are perplexed, because they have no pasture; yea, the flocks of sheep are made desolate.

19 O LORD, to thee will I cry: for the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness, and the flame hath burned all the trees of the field.

20 The beasts of the field cry also unto thee: for the rivers of waters are dried

up,

and the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness,

CHAP. II.

Blow

ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an aların in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the Lord cometh, for it is nigh at

hand;

2 A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains : a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the

years

of many generations.

3 A fire devoureth before them; and behind them a flame burneth : the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them.

4 The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and as horsemen, so shall they run.

5 Like the noise of chariots on the tops of mountains shall they leap, like the noise of a flame of fire that devoureth the stubble, as a strong people set in battle array.

6 Before their face the people shall be much pained: all faces shall gather blackness.

7 They shall run like mighty men ; they shall climb the wall like men of war; and they shall march every one on his ways, and they shall not break their ranks:

8 Neither shall one thrust another; they shall walk every one in his path : and when they fall upon

the sword, they shall not be wounded.

9 They shall run to and fro in the city; they shall run upon the wall, they shall climb up upon the houses; they shall enter in at the windows like a thief.

10 The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble: the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining:

11 And the LORD shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great : for he is strong that executeth his word: for the day of the Lord is great and very terrible; and who can abide it?

12 Therefore also now, saith the Lord, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning:

13 And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God : for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.

14 Who knoweth if he will return and repent, and leave a blessing behind him; even a meat offering and a drink offering unto the LORD

your God?

15 Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly :

16 Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts : let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet.

17 Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O Lord, and give not thine heritage to reproach,

that the heathen should rule over the LORD your God, that hath dealt them: wherefore should they say wondrously with you: and my peoamong the people, Where is their ple shall never be ashamed. God?

27 And

ye

shall know that I am 18 Then will the LORD be jea- in the midst of Israel, and that I am lous for his land, and pity his peo- the LORD your God, and none else: ple.

and my people shall never be a19 Yea, the LORD will answer shamed. and say unto his people, Behold, I 28 And it shall come to pass afwill send you corn, and wine, and terward, that I will pour out my oil, and ye shall be satisfied there- spirit upon all flesh; and your sons with: and I will no more make

you

and your daughters shall prophesy, a reproach among the heathen: your old men shall dream dreams,

20 But I will remove far off from your young men shall see visions : you the northern army, and will 29 And also upon the servants drive him into a land barren and and upon the handmaids in those desolate, with his face toward the days will I pour out my spirit. east sea, and his hinder part toward 30 And I will shew wonders in the utmost sea, and his stink shall the heavens and in the earth, blood, come up, and his ill savour shall and fire, and pillars of smoke. come up, because he hath done 31 The sun shall be turned into great things.

darkness, and the moon into blood, 21 Fear not, O land; be glad and before the great and the terrible day rejoice: for the LORD will do great

of the LORD come. things.

32 And it shall come to pass,

that 22 Be not afraid, ye beasts of the whosoever shall call on the name of field: for the pastures of the wilder- the LORD shall be delivered : for in ness do spring, for the tree beareth mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall her fruit, the fig tree and the vine be deliverance, as the LORD hath do yield their strength.

said, and in the remnant whom the 23 Be glad then, ye children of LORD shall call. Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God: for he hath given you the

CHAP. III. former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for

you

the FOR, behold, in those days, and in rain, the former rain, and the latter that time, when I shall bring again rain in the first month.

the captivity of Judah and Jerusa24 And the floors shall be full of lem, wheat, and the fats shall overflow 2 I will also gather all nations, with wine and oil.

and will bring them down into the 25 And I will restore to you

the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will years that the locust hath eaten, the plead with them there for my peocankerworm, and the caterpiller, and ple and for my heritage Israel, the palmerworm, my great army

whom they have scattered among which I sent among you.

the nations, and parted my land. 26 And ye shall eat in plenty, and 3 And they have cast lots for my be satisfied, and praise the name of people; and have given a boy for

,

an harlot, and sold a girl for wine, that they might drink.

4 Yea, and what have ye to do with me, 0 Tyre, and Zidon, and all the coasts of Palestine? will ye render me a recompence? and if ye recompense me, swiftly and speedily will I return your recompence upon your own head;

5 Because ye have taken my silver and my gold, and have carried into your temples my goodly pleasant things :

6 The children also of Judah and the children of Jerusalem bave ye sold unto the Grecians, that ye might remove them far from their border.

7 Behold, I will raise them out of the place whither ye have sold them, and will return your recompence upon your own head :

8 And I will sell your sons and your daughters into the band of the children of Judah, and they shall sell them to the Sabeans, to a people far off: for the LORD hath spok

13 Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press is full, the fats overflow; for their wickedness is great.

14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision : for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.

15 The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining.

16 The Lord also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the LORD will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel.

17 So shall ye know that I am the LORD your God dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shal! no strangers pass through her any

more.

en it.

draw near;

I am

9 Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war

let them come up: 10 Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruninghooks into spears : let the weak

say, strong.

11 Assemble yourselves, and come, all ye heathen, and gather yourselves together round about : thither cause thy mighty ones to come down, O LORD.

12 Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about.

18 And it shall coine to pass in that day, that the mountains shall drop down new wine, and the hills shall flow with milk, and all the rivers of Judah shall flow with waters, and a fountain shall come forth of the house of the LORD, and shall water the valley of Shittim.

19 Egypt shall be a desolation, and Edom shall be a desolate wilderness, for the violence against the thildren of Judah, because they bave shed innocent blood in their land.

20 But Judah shall dwell for ever, and Jerusalem from generation to generation.

21 For I will cleanse their blood that I have not cleansed : for the LORD dwelleth in Zion.

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