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9 And it shall come to pass, if there remain ten men in one house, that they shall die.
10 And a man's uncle shall take him up, and he that burneth him, to bring out the bones out of the house, and shall say unto him that is by the sides of the house, Is there yet any with thee? and he shall say, No. Then shall he say, Hold thy tongue; for we may not make mention of the name of the LORD.
11 For, behold, the LORD commandeth, and he will smite the great house with breaches, and the little house with clests.
12 | Shall horses run upon the rock ? will one plow there with oxen? for ye have turned judgment into gall, and the fruit of righteousness into hemlock.
13 Ye which rejoice in a thing of nought, which say, Have we not taken to us burns by our own strength ?
14 But, behold, I will raise up against you a nation, o house of Israel, saith the Lord, the God of hosts; and they shall assict you from the entering in of Hamath unto the river of the wilderness.
AMOS, VII. The judgments of the grasshoppers, and of the fire, are diverted ·
by the prayer of Amos. By a wall and plumb-line is signified - the rejection of Israel. Amaziah complaineth of Amos. Ama
1 Thus hath the Lord God shewed unto me; and, behold, he formed grasshoppers in the beginning of the shooting up of the latter growth; and, lo, it was the latter growth after the king's mowings.
2 And it came to pass, that when they had made an end of eating the grass of the land, then I said, O Lord God, forgive, I beseech thee; by whom shall Jacob arise ? for he is small.
3 The Lord repented for this: It shall not be, saith the LORD.
4 [ Thus hath the Lord God shewed unto me; and, behold, the Lord God called to contend by fire, and it devoured the great deep, and did eat up a part.
5 Then said I, O Lord God, cease, I beseech thee; by whom shall Jacob arise for he is small.
6 The Lord repented for this : This also shall not be, saith the Lord God.
7 | Thus he shewed me; and, behold, the LORD stood upon a wall made by a plumb-line, with a plumb-line in his hand.
8 And the Lord said unto me, Amos, what seest thou ? And I said, A plumb-line. Then said the LORD, Behold, I will set a plumb-line in the midst of my people Israel : I will not again pass by them any more:
9 And the high places of Isaac shall be desolate, and the sanctuaries of Israel shall be laid waste ; and I will rise against the house of Jeroboam with the sword.
10 | Then Amaziah, the priest of Beth-el, sent to Jeroboam king of Israel, saying, Amos hath conspired against thee in the midst of the house of Israel: the land is not able to bear all his words.
11 For thus Amos saith, Jeroboam shall die by the sword, and Israel shall surely be led away captive out of their own land.
12 Also Amaziah said unto Amos, O thou seer, go, flee thee away into the land of Judah, and there eat bread, and prophesy there.
13 But prophesy not again any more at Beth-el : for it is the king's chapel, and it is the king's court.
14 | Then answered Amos, and said to Amaziah, I was no prophet, neither was I a prophet's son; but I was an herdman, and a gatherer of sycamore fruit.
15 And the LORD took me as I followed the flock, and the LORD said unto me, Go, prophesy unto my people Israel.
16 | Now, therefore, hear thou the word of the LORD; thou sayest, Prophesy not against Israel, and drop not thy word against the house of Isaac.
17 Therefore thus saith the LORD, Thy wife shall be an harlot in the city, and thy sons and thy daughters shall fall by the sword, and thy land shall be divided by line ; and thou shalt die in a polluted land : and Israel shall surely go into captivity forth of his land.
AMOS, VIII. By a basket of summer-fruit is shewed Israel's end. Oppression
reproved. A famine of the word threatened. 1 Thus hath the Lord God shewed unto me; and, behold, a basket of summer-fruit.
2 And he said, Amos, 'what seest thou? And I said, A basket of summer-fruit. Then said the Lord unto me, The end is come upon my people of Israel ; I will not again pass by them any more.
3. And the songs of the temple shall be howlings in that day, saith the Lord God: there shall be many dead bodies in every place; they shall cast them forth with silence.
4 I Hear this, 0 ye that swallow up the needy, even to make the poor of the land to fall,
5 Saying, When will the new-moon be gone, that we may sell corn, and the sabbath, that we may set forth wheat? making the ephah small, and the shekel great, and falsifying the balances by deceit.
6 That we may buy the poor for silver, and the needy for a pair of shoes; yea, and sell the refuse of the wheat ?
7 The LORD hath sworn by the excellency of Jacob, Surely I will never forget any of their works.
8 Shall not the land tremble for this, and every one mourn that dwelleth therein ? and it shall rise up wholly as a flood ; and it shall be cast out and drowned, as by the flood of Egypt.
9 And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord God, that I will cause the sun to go down at noon, and I will darken the earth in the clear day:
10 And I will turn your feasts into mourning, and all your songs into lamentation; and I will bring up sackcloth upon all loins, and baldness upon every head; and I will make it as the mourning of an only son, and the end thereof as a bitter day.
11 1 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:
12 And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east; they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it.
13 In that day shall the fair virgins and young men faint for thirst.
14 They that swear by the sin of Samaria, and say, Thy god, o Dan, liveth; and, The manner of Beer-sheba liveth ; even they shall fall, and never rise up again. B. C. 786.*
HOSEA, 1. 1 The word of the LORD that came unto Hosea, the son of Beeri, in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash king of Israel.
2 The beginning of the word of the Lord by Hosea : and the LORD said to Hosea, Go take unto thee a wife of whoredoms and children of whoredoms : for the land hath committed great whoredom, departing from the Lord.
3 So he went and took Gomer the daughter of Diblaim ; which conceived, and bare him a son.
4 + And the LORD said unto him, Call his name Jezreel; for yet a little while, and I will avenge the blood of Jezreel upon the house of Jehu, and will cause to cease the kingdom of the house of Israel.
5 And it shall come to pass at that day, that I will break the bow of Israel in the valley of Jezreel.
6 And she conceived again, and bare a daughter. And God said unto him, Call her name Lo-ruhamah : for I will no more have mercy upon the house of Israel ; but I will utterly take them away.
But I will have mercy upon the house of Judah, and will save them by the LORD their God, and will not save them bý bow, nor by sword, nor by battle, by horses, nor by horsemen.
8 || 1 Now when she had weaned Lo-ruhamah, she conceived and bare a son.
9 Then said God, Call his name Lo-ammi : for ye are not my people, and I will not be your God.
10 T Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured nor numbered ; and it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people, there it shall be said unto them, Ye are the sons of the living God.
11 Then shall the children of Judah and the children of Israel be gathered together, and appoint themselves one head, and they shall come up out of the land : for great shall be the day of Jezreel.
* Mr. Townsend has dated the three first chapters of this prophecy fifteen years earlier; and has given the chapters one date. But at whatever time we fix the commencement of the book, it is certain the historical facts related in these chapters required a la pse of time between the several messages recorded : so that it is impossible Mr. Townsend's date should be correct through these three chapters. Nor can I see any sufficient reason for placing the commencement of Hosea's prophecy anterior to that of Amos. B. C. 785.
| B.C. 784. || B. C. 783.
HOSEA, II. The idolatry of the people. God's judgment against them : His
promises of reconciliation with them. , 1 Say ye unto your brethren, Ammi, and to your sisters, Ruhamah.
2 Plead with your mother, plead : for she is not my wife, neither am I her husband : let her therefore put away her whoredoms out of her sight, and her adulteries from between her breasts;
3 Lest I strip her naked, and set her as in the day that she was born, and make her as a wilderness, and set her like a dry land and slay her with thirst.
4 And I will not have mercy upon her children; for they be the children of whoredoms.
5 For their mother hath played the harlot: she that conceived them hath done shamefully : for she said, I will go after my lovers, that give me my bread and my water, my wool and my flax, mine oil and my drink.
6 1 Therefore, behold, I will hedge up thy way with thorns, and make a wall, that she shall not find her paths.
? And she shall follow after her lovers, but she shall not overtake them; and she shall seek them, but shall not find them: then shall she say, I will go and return to my first husband; for then was it better with me than now.
8 For she did not know that I gave her corn, and wine, and oil, and multiplied her silver and gold, which they prepared for Baal.
9 Therefore will I return, and take away my corn in the time thereof, and my wine in the season thereof, and I will recover my wool and my flax given to cover her nakedness.
10 And now will I discover her lewdness in the sight of her lovers, and none shall deliver her out of mine hand.
11 I will also cause all her mirth to cease, her feast days, her new moons, and her sabbaths, and all her solemn feasts..
12 And I will destroy her vines and her fig-trees, whereof she hath said, These are my rewards that my lovers have given me : and I will make them a forests and the beasts of the field shall eat them.
13 And I will visit upon her the days of Baalim, wherein she burned incense to them, and she decked herself with her ear-rings and her jewels, and she went after her lovers, and forgat me, saith
14 | Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfortably unto her.
15 And I will give her her vineyards from thence, and the valley of Achor for a door of hope : and she shall sing there, as in the days of her youth, and as in the day when she came up out of the land of Egypt.
16 | And it shall be at that day, saith the LORD, that thou shalt call me Ishi; and shalt call me no more Baali.
17 For I will take away the names of Baalim out of her mouth, and they shall no more be remembered by their name.
18 And in that day will I make a covenant for them with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven, and with the
creeping things of the ground: and I will break the bow and the sword and the battle out of the earth, and will make them to lie down safely.
19 And I will betroth thee unto me for ever; yea, I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in lovingkindness, and in mercies.
20 I will even betroth thee unto me in faithfulness : and thou shalt know the Lord.
21 And it shall come to pass in that day, I will hear saith the LORD, I will hear the heavens and they shall hear the earth;
22 And the earth shall hear the corn, and the wine, and the oil; and they shall hear Jezreel.
23 And I will sow her unto me in the earth; and I will have mercy upon her that had not obtained mercy; and I will say to them which were not my people, Thou art my people ; and they shall say, Thou art my God.
AMOS, ix. 1 I saw the LORD standing upon the altar : and he said, Smite the, lintel of the door, that the posts may shake : and cut them in the head, all of them; and I will slay the last of them with the sword : he that fleeth of them shall not flee away, and he that escapeth of them shall not be delivered.
2 Though they dig into hell, thence shall mine hand take them ; though they climb up to heaven, thence will I bring them down:
3 And though they hide themselves in the top of Carmel, I will search and take them out thence; and though they be hid from my sight in the bottom of the sea, thence will I command the serpent, and he shall bite them:
4 And though they go into captivity before their enemies, thence will I command the sword, and it shall slay them: and I will set mine eyes upon them for evil, and not for good.
5 And the Lord God of hosts is he that toucheth the land, and it shall melt, and all that dwell therein shall mourn: and it shall rise up wholly like a flood; and shall be drowned, as by the flood of Egypt.
6 It is he that buildeth his stories in the heaven, and hath founded his troop in the earth; he that calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth : The Lord is his name.
7 Are ye not as children of the Ethiopians unto me, O children of Israel? saith the Lord. Have not I brought up Israel out of the land of Egypt? and the Philistines from Caphtor, and the Syrians from Kir?
8 Behold the eyes of the Lord God are upon the sinful kingdom, and I will destroy it from off the face of the earth; saving that I will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob, saith the LORD.
9 For, lo, I will command, and I will sist the house of Israel among all nations, like as corn is sisted in a sieve, yet shall not the least grain fall upon the earth.
10 All the sinners of my people shall die by the sword, which say, The evil shall not overtake nor prevent us.