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bring them down as the fowls of the heaven; I will chastise them as their congregation hath heard.
13 Woe unto them ! for they have fled from me ; destruction unto them! because they have transgressed against me: though I have redeemed them, yet they have spoken lies against me.
14 And they have not cried unto me with their heart, when they howled upon their beds : they assemble themselves for corn and wine, and they rebelled against me.
15 Though I have bound and strengthened their arms, yet do they imagine mischief against me.
16 They return, but not to the Most High ; they are like a deceitful bow: their princes shall fall by the sword for the rage of their tongue. This shall be their derision in the land of Egypt.
B. C. 762.
2 Kings, xv. 22 And Menahem slept with his fathers : and Pekahiah his son reigned in his stead.
23 | In the fiftieth year of Azariah king of Judah, Pekahiah, the son of Menahem, began to reign over Israel in Samaria, and reigned two years.
24 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD; he departed not from the sins of Jeroboam, the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin.
B. C. 760.*
HOSEA, VIII. 1 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 pursue him.
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 i Thy call, o Samaria, hast 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 stranger 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 hired 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.
* Townsend, 725.
11 Because Ephraim hath made 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 mine 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,
ISAIAH, 1. Isaiah's complaint of Judah : their universal corruption : he exhort
eth to repentance, with promises and threatenings : the prophet bewaileth their wickedness.
1 The vision of Isaiah, the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem, in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.
2 * Hear, O heavens; and give ear, O earth; for the Lord hath spoken: I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me! . 3 The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master's crib: but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider.
4 Ah, sinful nation, a people Jaden with iniquity, a seed of evil doers, children that are corrupters! they have forsaken the LORD, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward.
5 Why should ye be stricken any more ? ye will revolt more and more. The whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint.
6 From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores : they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollificd with ointment.
7 Your country is desolate, your cities are burnt with fire : your land, strangers devour it in your presence, and it is desolate, as overthrown by strangers.
8 And the daughter of Zion is left as a cottage in a vineyard, as a lodge in a garden of cucumbers, as a besieged city. - 9 Except the Lord of hosts had left unto us a very small remnant, we should have been as Sodom, and we should have been like unto Gomorrah.
10 T Hear the word of the LORD, ye rulers of Sodom : give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah :
11 To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me?
* Many chronologers give another date from the second verse of this chapter to the close of the fifth. The reason of this is, they suppose the vision which commences the sixth chapter, to be the introduction of the prophet to his office, and a preface to all his communications. Others have supposed he might have delivered the preceding chapters, and afterwards be more solemnly called and set apart to the work of prophecy. Mr. Townsend dates the first verso of this, and the second, third, fourth, and fifth chapters, BC. 758, or two years later than the date above, and the remainder of the chapter, B. C. 740.
saith the LORD: I am full of the burnt-offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he-goats.
12 When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at your hand to tread my courts ?
13 Bring no more vain oblations : incense is an abomination unto me; the new-moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot 2way with : it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting. .
14 Your new moons, and your appointed feasts my soul hateth : they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them.
15 And when ye spread forth your hands I will hide mine eyes from you; yea, when ye inake many prayers I will not hear : your hands are full of blood.
16 1 Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes : cease to do evil;
17 Learn to do well; seck judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless ; plead for the widow.
18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD : Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
19 If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land :
20 But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword : for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.
21 I How is the faithful city become an harlot! it was full of judgment; righteousness lodged in it; but now murderers !
22 Thy silver is become dross, thy wine mixed with water :
23 Thy princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves : every one loveth gifts, and followeth after rewards : they judge not the fatherless, neither doth the cause of the widow come unto them.
24 Therefore, saith the Lord, the Lord of hosts, the mighty One of Israel, Ah, I will ease me of mine adversaries, and avenge me of mine enemies :
25 And I will turn my hand upon thee, and purely purge away thy dross, and take away all thy tin :
26 And I will restore thy judges as at the first, and thy counsellors as at the beginning: afterward thou shalt be called, The city of righteousness, The faithful city..
27 Zion shall be redeemed with judgment, and her converts with righteousness.
28 1 And the destruction of the transgressors and of the siuners shall be together, and they that forsake the LORD shall be consumed.
29 For they shall be ashamed of the oaks which ye have desired, and ye shall be confounded for the gardens that ye have chosen,
30 For ye shall be as an oak whose leaf fadeth, and as a garden that hath no water.
31 And the strong shall be as tow, and the maker of it as a spark, and they shall both burn together, and none shall quench them.
B. C. 759.
2 Kings, xv. 25 But Pekah, the son of Remaliah, a captain of his, conspired
against him, [Pekahiah,] and smote him in Samaria, in the palace of the king's house, with Argob and Arieh, and with him fifty men of the Gileadites: and he killed him, and reigned in his room.
27 | In the two and fiftieth year of Azariah king of Judah, Pekah, the son of Remaliah, began to reign over Israel in Samaria, and reigned twenty years.
28 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD; he departed not from the sins of Jeroboam, the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin.
2 CHRONICLES, xxvi. 16 1 But when he, [Uzziah,] was strong, his heart was lifted up to his destruction : for he transgressed against the Lord his God, and went into the temple of the LORD to burn incense upon the altar of incense.
17 And Azariah the priest went in after him, and with him four score priests of the LORD, that were valiant men;
18 And they withstood Uzziah the king, and said unto him, It appertaineth not unto thee, Uzziah, to burn incense unto the LORD, but to the priests the sons of Aaron, that are consecrated to burn incense : go out of the sanctuary ; for thou hast- trespassed ; neither shall it be for thine honor from the LORD God.
19 Then Uzziah was wroth, and had a censer in his hand to burn incense; and while he was wroth with the priests, the leprosy even rose up in his forehead before the priests in the house of the LORD, from beside the incense altar.
20 And Azariah, the chief priest, and all the priests, looked upon bim, and, behold, he was leprous in his forehead, and they thrust bim out from thence; yea, himself hasted also to go out, because the Lord had smitten him.
21 And Uzziah the king was a leper unto the day of his death, and dwelt in a several house, being a leper; for he was cut off from the house of the LORD: and Jotham his son was over the king's house, judging the people of the land.
22 * | Now, the rest of the acts of Uzziah, first and last, did Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz, write.
23 So Uzziah slept with his fathers, and they buried him with his fathers in the field of the burial which belonged to the kings; for they said, He is a leper : and Jotham his son reigned in his stead.
B. C. 758. 1 The word that Isaiah, the son of Amoz, saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.
2 And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.
3 And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob;
* B. C. 758.
and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths : for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
4 And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people ; and they shall beat their swords into plow-shares, and their spears into pruning-hooks : nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
5 O house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the light of the LORD.
6 1 Therefore thou hast forsaken thy people, the house of Jacob, because they be replenished from the east, and are soothsayers like the Philistines, and they please themselves in the children of strangers.
7 Their land also is full of silver and gold, neither is there any end of their treasures; their land is also full of horses, neither is there any end of their chariots :
Ś Their land also is full of idols; they worship the work of their own hands, that which their own fingers have made.
9 And the mean man boweth down, and the great man humbleth himself: therefore forgive them not.
10 4 Enter into the rock, and hide thee in the dust, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty. ..
11 The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down; and the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day.
12 For the day of the Lord of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and upon every one that is lifted up, and he shall be brought low;
13 And upon all the cedars of Lebanon, that are high and lifted up, and upon all the oaks of Bashan,
14 And upon all the high mountains, and upon all the hills that are lifted up,
15 And upon every high tower, and upon every fenced wall,
16 And upon all the ships of Tarshish, and upon all pleasant pictures.
17 And the loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness of men shall be made low; and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day.
18 And the idols he shall utterly abolish.
19° And they shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth.
20 In that day a man shall cast his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which they made each one for himself to worship, to the moles, and to the bats;
21 To go into the cleffs of the rocks, and into the tops of the ragged rocks, for fear of the Lord, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth.
22 Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils; for wherein is he to be acounted of ?
ISAIAH, III. 1 For, behold, the Lord, the LORD of hosts, doth take away from