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17 And the residue of the number of archers, the mighty men of the children of Kedar, shall be diminished: for the LORD God of Israel hath spoken it.

CHAP. XXII.

6 For thus hath the LORD said unto me, Go, set a watchman, let him declare what he seeth.

7 And he saw a chariot with a couple of horsemen, a chariot of asses, and a chariot of camels; and he hearkened diligently with much heed :

8 And he cried, A lion: My lord, I stand continually upon the watchtower in the daytime, and I am set in my ward whole nights :

9 And, behold, here cometh a chariot of men, with a couple of horsemen. And he answered and said, Babylon is fallen, is fallen; and all the graven images of her gods he hath broken unto the

ground.

10 O my threshing, and the corn of my floor: that which I have heard of the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, have I declared unto you.

11 The burden of Dumah. He calleth to me out of Seir, Watchman, what of the night? Watchman, what of the night?

12 The watchman said, The morning cometh, and also the night: if ye will enquire, enquire ye: return, come.

13 The burden upon Arabia. In the forest in Arabia shall ye lodge, O ye travelling companies of Dedanim.

14 The inhabitants of the land of Tema brought water to him that was thirsty, they prevented with their bread him that fled.

15 For they fled from the swords, from the drawn sword, and from the bent bow, and from the grievousness

The burden of the valley of vision. What aileth thee now, that thou art wholly gone up to the housetops ?

2 Thou that art full of stirs, a tumultuous city, a joyous city: thy slain men are not slain with the sword, nor dead in battle.

3 All thy rulers are fled together, they are bound by the archers : all that are found in thee are bound together, which have fled from far.

4 Therefore said I, Look away from me; I will weep bitterly, labour not to comfort me, because of the spoiling of the daughter of my people.

5 For it is a day of trouble, and of treading down, and of perplexity by the Lord God of hosts in the valley of vision, breaking down the walls, and of crying to the mountains.

6 And Elam bare the quiver with chariots of men and horsemen, and Kir uncovered the shield.

7 And it shall come to pass, that thy choicest valleys shall be full of chariots, and the horsemen shall set themselves in array at the gate.

8 And he discovered the covering of Judah, and thou didst look in that day to the armour of the house of the forest.

9 Ye have seen also the breaches of the city of David, that they are many: and ye gathered together the waters of the lower pool.

10 And ye have numbered the

of war.

16 For thus hath the LORD said unto me, Within a year, according to the years of an hireling, and all the glory of Kedar shall fail :

21 And I will clothe him with thy robe, and strengthen him with thy girdle, and I will commit thy government into his hand : and he shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to the house of Judah,

22 And the key of the house of David will I lay upon his shoulder; so he shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none

shall open.

houses of Jerusalem, and the houses have ye broken down to fortify the wall.

11 Ye made also a ditch between the two walls for the water of the old pool : but ye have not looked unto the maker thereof, neither had respect unto him that fashioned it long ago.

12 And in that day did the Lord God of hosts call to weeping, and to mourning, and to baldness, and to girding with sackcloth :

13 And behold joy and gladness, slaying oxen, and killing sheep, eating flesh, and drinking wine : let us eat and drink; for to morrow we shall die.

14 And it was revealed in mine ears by the LORD of hosts, Surely this iniquity shall not be purged from you till ye die, saith the Lord God of hosts.

15 Thus saith the Lord God of hosts, Go, get thee unto this treasurer, even unto Shebna, which is over the house, and say,

16 What hast thou here? and whom hast thou here, that thou hast hewed thee out a sepulchre here, as he that heweth him out a sepulchre on high, and that graveth an habitation for bimself in a rock ?

17 Behold, the LORD will carry thee away with a mighty captivity, and will surely cover thee.

18 He will surely violently turn and toss thee like a ball into a large country: there shalt thou die, and there the chariots of thy glory shall be the shame of thy lord's house.

19 And I will drive thee from thy station, and from thy state shall he pull thee down.

20 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will call my servant Eliakim the son of Hilkiah :

23 And I will fasten him as a nail in a sure place; and he shall be for a glorious throne to his father's house.

24 And they shall hang upon him all the glory of his father's house, the offspring and the issue, all vessels of small quantity, from the vessels of cups, even to all the vessels of flagons.

25 In that day, saith the LORD of hosts, shall the nail that is fastened in the sure place be removed, and be cut down, and fall; and the bur den that was upon it shall be cut off: for the LORD hath spoken it.

CHAP. XXIII.

The burden of Tyre. Howl, ye ships of Tarshish; for it is laid waste, so that there is no house, no entering in: from the land of Chittim it is revealed to them.

2 Be still, ye inhabitants of the isle; thou whom the merchants of Zidon, that pass over the sea, have replenished.

3 And by great waters the seed of Sihor, the harvest of the river, is her revenue; and she is a mart of nations.

4 Be thou ashamed, O Zidon: for the sea hath spoken, even the strength of the sea, saying, I travail

not, nor bring forth children, neither the days of one king : after the end do I nourish up young men, nor of seventy years shall Tyre sing as bring up virgins.

an harlot. 5 As at the report concerning 16 Take an harp, go about the Egypt, so shall they be sorely pain- city, thou harlot that hast been fored at the report of Tyre.

gotten; make sweet melody, sing 6 Pass ye over to Tarshish; howl, many songs, that thou mayest be ye inhabitants of the isle.

remembered. 7 Is this your joyous city, whose 17 And it shall come to pass afantiquity is of ancient days ? her ter the end of seventy years, that own feet shall carry her afar off to the LORD will visit Tyre, and she sojourn.

shall turn to her hire, and shall com8 Who hath taken this counsel mit fornication with all the kingagainst Tyre, the crowning city, doms of the world upon the face of whose merchants are princes, whose

the earth. traffickers are the honourable of the 18 And her merchandise and her earth?

hire shall be holiness to the LORD: 9 The LORD of hosts hath pur

it shall not be treasured nor laid up; posed it, to stain the pride of all for her merchandise shall be for glory, and to bring into contempt them that dwell before the LORD, all the honourable of the earth.

to eat sufficiently, and for durable 10 Pass through thy land as a clothing river, O daughter of Tarshish : there is no more strength.

CHAP. XXIV. 11 He stretched out his hand over the sea, he shook the king- BEHOLD, the Lord maketh the doms: the Lord hath given a com- earth empty, and maketh it waste, mandment against the merchant and turneth it upside down, and city, to destroy the strong holds scattereth abroad the inhabitants thereof.

thereof. 12 And he said, Thou shalt no 2 And it shall be, as with the more rejoice, O thou oppressed vir- people, so with the priest; as with gin, daughter of Zidon : arise, pass the servant, so with his master; as over to Chittim; there also shalt with the maid, so with her mistress; thou have no rest.

as with the buyer, so with the seller; 13 Behold the land of the Chal- as with the lender, so with the bordeans; this people was not, till the rower; as with the taker of usury, Assyrian founded it for them that so with the giver of usury to him. dwell in the wilderness: they set up

3 The land shall be utterly empthe towers thereof, they raised up tied, and utterly spoiled: for the the palaces thereof; and he brought LORD bath spoken this word. it to ruin.

4 The earth mourneth and fadeth 14 Howl, ye ships of Tarshish : away, the world languisheth and for your strength is laid waste.

fadeth away, the haughty people of 15 And it shall come to pass in

the earth do languish. that day, that Tyre shall be for- 5 The eartb also is defiled under gotten seventy years, according to 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 treacherously.

17 Fear, and the pit, and the share, 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 together, 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.

ye

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 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 be 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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