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Leagues and conflicts between

CHAP. XI. the kings of the north and south.

the fortress of the king of the north, and vile person, to whom they shall not give shall deal against them, and shall prevail: the honour of the kingdom: but he shall 8 And shall also carry captives into come in peaceably, and obtain the kingEgypt their gods, with their princes, and dom by flatteries.

with their precious vessels of silver and of 22 And with the arms of a flood shall gold; and he shall continue more years they be overflown from before him, and than the king of the north. shall be broken; yea, also the prince of the covenant.

9 So the king of the south shall come into his kingdom, and shall return into his own land.

23 And after the league made with him he shall work deceitfully: for he shall come up, and shall become strong with a small people.

10 But his sons shall be stirred up, and shall assemble a multitude of great forces: and one shall certainly come, and over24 He shall enter peaceably even upon flow, and pass through: then shall he re-the fattest places of the province; and he turn, and be stirred up, even to his fortress. shall do that which his fathers have not 11 And the king of the south shall be done, nor his fathers' fathers; he shall scatmoved with choler, and shall come forth ter among them the prey, and spoil, and and fight with him, even with the king of riches: yea, and he shall forecast his devices the north and he shall set forth a great against the strong holds, even for a time. multitude; but the multitude shall be given into his hand.

25 And he shall stir up his power and his courage against the king of the south 12 And when he hath taken away the with a great army; and the king of the multitude, his heart shall be lifted up; and south shall be stirred up to battle with a he shall cast down many ten thousands: very great and mighty army; but he shall but he shall not be strengthened by it. not stand: for they shall forecast devices 13 For the king of the north shall re- against him. turn, and shall set forth a multitude 26 Yea, they that feed of the portion of greater than the former, and shall certainly his meat shall destroy him, and his army come after certain years with a great army shall overflow: and many shall fall down and with much riches. slain.

14 And in those times there shall many 27 And both these kings' hearts shall be stand up against the king of the south: also to do mischief, and they shall speak lies at he robbers of thy people shall exalt them- one table; but it shall not prosper: for yet selves to establish the vision; but they the end shall be at the time appointed. 28 Then shall he return into his land

shall fall.

15 So the king of the north shall come, with great riches; and his heart shall be and cast up a mount, and take the most against the holy covenant; and he shall do fenced cities: and the arms of the south exploits, and return to his own land. shall not withstand, neither his chosen 29 At the time appointed he shall repeople, neither shall there be any strength turn, and come toward the south; but it to withstand. shall not be as the former, or as the latter.

16 But he that cometh against him shall 30 For the ships of Chittim shall come do according to his own will, and none against him: therefore he shall be grieved, shall stand before him and he shall stand and return, and have indignation against in the glorious land, which by his hand the holy covenant: so shall he do; he shall shall be consumed. even return, and have intelligence with

17 He shall also set his face to enter them that forsake the holy covenant. with the strength of his whole kingdom, 31 And arms shall stand on his part, and and upright ones with him; thus shall he they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, do: and he shall give him the daughter of and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and women, corrupting her: but she shall not they shall place the abomination that stand on his side, neither be for him. maketh desolate.

18 After this shall he turn his face unto 32 And such as do wickedly against the the isles, and shall take many: but a prince covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but for his own behalf shall cause the reproach the people that do know their God shall offered by him to cease; without his own be strong, and do exploits. reproach he shall cause it to turn upon him. 33 And they that understand among the 19 Then he shall turn his face towards people shall instruct many: yet they shall the fort of his own land: but he shall fall by the sword, and by flame, by capstumble and fall, and not be found. tivity, and by spoil, many days. 20 Then shall stand up in his estate a 34 Now when they shall fall, they shall raiser of taxes in the glory of the king-be holpen with a little help: but many dom: but within few days he shall be de- shall cleave to them with flatteries. stroyed, neither in anger, nor in battle. 35 And some of them of understanding 21 And in his estate shall stand up a shall fall, to try them, and to purge, and to

The deliverance of Israel.

HOSEA. Daniel informed of the times. make them white, even to the time of the shall be a time of trouble, such as never end: because it is yet for a time appointed. was since there was a nation even to that

36 And the king shall do according to same time: and at that time thy people his will; and he shall exalt himself, and shall be delivered, every one that shall be magnify himself above every god, and shall found written in the book.

speak marvellous things against the God of 2 And many of them that sleep in the gods, and shall prosper till the indignation dust of the earth shall awake, some to everbe accomplished: for that that is deter-lasting life, and some to shame and evermined shall be done. lasting contempt.

37 Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all.

3 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.

38 But in his estate shall he honour the 4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, god of forces: and a god whom his fathers and seal the book, even to the time of the knew not shall he honour with gold, and end: many shall run to and fro, and knowsilver, and with precious stones, and plea- ledge shall be increased.

sant things.

5¶ Then I Daniel looked, and behold,

39 Thus shall he do in the most strong there stood other two, the one on this side holds with a strange god, whom he shall of the bank of the river, and the other on acknowledge and increase with glory: and that side of the bank of the river. he shall cause them to rule over many, and 6 And one said to the man clothed in shall divide the land for gain. linen, which was upon the waters of the river, How long shall it be to the end of these wonders?

40 And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a 7 And I heard the man clothed in linen, whirlwind, with chariots, and with horse- which was upon the waters of the river, men, and with many ships; and he shall when he held up his right hand and his left enter into the countries, and sball overflow hand unto heaven, and sware by him that and pass over. liveth for ever, that it shall be for a time, 41 He shall enter also into the glorious times, and a half; and when he shall have land, and many countries shall be over- accomplished to scatter the power of the thrown but these shall escape out of his holy people, all these things shall be hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the finished. chief of the children of Ammon.

42 He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape.

43 Buthe shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt: and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps. 44 But tidings out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him: therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many,

45 And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain: yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him. CHAP. XII.


8 And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my lord, what shall be the end of these things?

9 And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.

10 Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.

11 And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days.

12 Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days.

ND at that time shall Michael stand 13 But go thou thy way till the end be: up, the great prince which standeth for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at for the children of thy people: and there the end of the days.




Hosea, Go, take unto thee a wife of whoreHE word of the LORD that came unto doms and children of whoredoms; for the Hosea, the son of Beeri, in the days land hath committed great whoredom, of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, departing from the LORD. 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

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, Can his

The idolatry of the people.

CHAP. II, III. God's promises of reconciliation.


name Jezreel; for yet a little while, and I silver and gold, which they prepared for 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.


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.

9 Therefore will I return, and take away my corn in the time thereof, and my wine in the season thereof, and 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 7 But I will have mercy upon the house her sabbaths, and all her solemn feasts. of Judah, and will save them by the LORD 12 And I will destroy her vines and her their God, and will not save them by bow, fig-trees, whereof she hath said, These are nor by sword, nor by battle, by horses, nor my rewards that my lovers have given me: by horsemen. and I will make them a forest, and the

8 T Now when she had weaned Lo-ru-beasts of the field shall eat them. hamah, she conceived, and bare a son. 13 And I will visit upon her the days of 9 Then said God, Call his name Lo- Baalim, wherein she burned incense to ammi: for ye are not my people, and I them, and she decked herself with her earwill not be your God. rings and her jewels, and she went after

10 Yet the number of the children of her lovers, and forgat me, saith the LORD. Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, which 14 Therefore, behold, I will allure cannot be measured nor numbered; and it her, and bring her into the wilderness, and shall come to pass, that in the place where speak comfortably unto her.

it was said unto them, Ye are not my peo- 15 And I will give her her vineyards ple, there it shall be said unto them, Ye are from thence, and the valley of Achor for a the sons of the living God. door of hope: and she shall sing there, as 11 Then shall the children of Judah and in the days of her youth, and as in the day the children of Israel be gathered together, when she came up out of the land of Egypt. and appoint themselves one head, and they shall come up out of the land: for great shall be the day of Jezreel. CHAP. II.

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.

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 4 And I will not have mercy upon her righteousness, and in judgment, and in children; for they be the children of whore- loving-kindness, and in mercies. doms.


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, will hear, saith the LORD, I will hear the heavens, and they shall hear the earth;


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 T Therefore, behold, I will hedge up thy way with thorns, and make a wall, hear Jezreel. that she shall not find her paths.

22 And the earth shall hear the corn, and the wine, and the oil; and they shall

23 And I will sow her unto me in the 7 And she shall follow after her lovers, earth; and I will have mercy upon her but she shall not overtake them; and she that had not obtained mercy; and I will shall seek them, but shall not find them: say to them which were not my people, then shall she say, I will go and return to Thou art my people; and they shall say, my first husband; for then was it better Thou art my God. with me than now.


8 For she did not know that I gave herlees woman beloved of her friend, HEN said the LORD unto me, Go yet, corn, and wine, and oil, and multiplied her

God's judgment on the sins

HOSEA. of the people and the priests. yet an adulteress, according to the love of mountains, and burn incense upon the hills, the LORD toward the children of Israel, who under oaks and poplars and elms, because look to other gods, and love flagons of wine. the shadow thereof is good: therefore your 2 So I bought her to me for fifteen pieces daughters shall commit whoredom, and of silver, and for an homer of barley, and your spouses shall commit adultery." an half homer of barley: 14 I will not punish your daughters when

3 And I said unto her, Thou shalt abide they commit whoredom, nor your spouses for me many days; thou shalt not play the when they commit adultery: for themharlot, and thou shalt not be for another selves are separated with whores, and they man: so will I also be for thee. sacrifice with harlots: therefore the people that doth not understand shall fall.

4 For the children of Israel shall abide many days without a king, and without a prince, and without a sacrifice, and without an image, and without an ephod, and without teraphim:

5 Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek the LORD their God, and David their king; and shall fear the LORD and his goodness in the latter days. CHAP. IV.


EAR the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land.

15 Though thou, Israel, play the harlot, yet let not Judah offend; and come not ye unto Gilgal, neither go ye up to Bethaven, nor swear, The LORD liveth.

16 For Israel slideth back as a backsliding heifer: now the LORD will feed them as a lamb in a large place.

17 Ephraim is joined to idols: let him alone.

18 Their drink is sour: they have committed whoredom continually: her rulers with shame do love, Give ye.


19 The wind hath bound her up in her wings, and they shall be ashamed because 2 By swearing, and lying, and killing, of their sacrifices. and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood. HEAR ye this. O priests; and hearken, 3 Therefore shall the land mourn, and ye house of Israel; and give ye ear, every one that dwelleth therein shall lan- O house of the king; for judgment is toguish, with the beasts of the field, and with ward you, because ye have been a snare the fowls of heaven; yea, the fishes of the on Mizpah, and a net spread upon Tabor. sea also shall be taken away. 2 And the revolters are profound to make 4 Yet let no man strive, nor reprove slaughter, though I have been a rebuker of another: for thy people are as they that them all. strive with the priest.

3 I know Ephraim, and Israel is not hid 5 Therefore shalt thou fall in the day, from me: for now, O Ephraim, thou comand the prophet also shall fall with thee in mittest whoredom, and Israel is defiled. the night, and I will destroy thy mother. 4 They will not frame their doings to 6 My people are destroyed for lack turn unto their God: for the spirit of whoreof knowledge: because thou hast rejected doms is in the midst of them, and they have knowledge, I will also reject thee, that not known the LORD.

thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou 5 And the pride of Israel doth testify to hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will his face: therefore shall Israel and Ephraim also forget thy children. fall in their iniquity; Judah also shall fall with them.

7 As they were increased, so they sinned against me: therefore will I change their glory into shame.

8 They eat up the sin of my people, and they set their heart on their iniquity.

9 And there shall be, like people, like priest and I will punish them for their ways, and reward them their doings.

6 They shall go with their flocks and with their herds to seek the LORD; but they shall not find him; he hath withdrawn himself from them.

7 They have dealt treacherously against the LORD: for they have begotten strange children: now shall a month devour them with their portions.

10 For they shall eat, and not have enough they shall commit whoredom, 8 Blow ye the cornet in Gibeah, and and shall not increase: because they have the trumpet in Ramah: cry aloud at Bethleft off to take heed to the LORD. aven, after thee, O Benjamin.

take away the heart.

11 Whoredom and wine and new wine 9 Ephraim shall be desolate in the day of rebuke: among the tribes of Israel have 12 My people ask counsel at their I made known that which shall surely stocks, and their staff declareth unto them: be.

for the spirit of whoredoms hath caused 10 The princes of Judah were like them them to err, and they have gone a whoring that remove the bound: therefore I will from under their God. pour out my wrath upon them like water. 13 They sacrifice upon the tops of the 11 Ephraim is oppressed and broken

An exhortation to repentance. CHAP. VI, VII, VIII. A reproof for manifold sins.

in judgment, because he willingly walked their own doings have beset them about; after the commandment. they are before my face.

12 Therefore will I be unto Ephraim as a 3 They make the king glad with their moth, and to the house of Judah as rotten- wickedness, and the princes with their lies.


4 They are all adulterers, as an oven 13 When Ephraim saw his sickness, and heated by the baker, who ceaseth from Judah saw his wound, then went Ephraim raising after he hath kneaded the dough, to the Assyrian, and sent to king Jareb: until it be leavened. yet could he not heal you, nor cure you of your wound.

5 In the day of our king the princes have made him sick with bottles of wine; he 14 For I will be unto Ephraim as a lion, stretched out his hand with scorners. and as a young lion to the house of Judah: 6 For they have made ready their heart 1, even I, will tear and go away; I will like an oven, while they lie in wait: their take away, and none shall rescue him. baker sleepeth all the night; in the morning it burneth as a flaming fire.

15 I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: : in their affliction they will

seek me early.


NOME, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up. 2 After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.

7 They are all hot as an oven, and have devoured their judges; all their kings are fallen: there is none among them that calleth unto me:

8 Ephraim, he hath mixed himself among the people; Ephraim is a cake not turned.

9 Strangers have devoured his strength, and he knoweth it not: yea, gray hairs are here and there upon him, yet he know

3 Then shall we know, if we follow on eth not. to know the LORD: his going forth is pre- 10 And the pride of Israel testifieth to pared as the morning; and he shall come his face: and they do not return to the unto us as the rain, as the latter and former LORD their God, nor seek him for all this. rain unto the earth. 11 Ephraim also is like a silly dove

4 TO Ephraim, what shall I do unto without heart: they call to Egypt, they go thee? O Judah, what shall I do unto thee? to Assyria.

for your goodness is as a morning cloud,| 12 When they shall go, I will spread and as the early dew it goeth away. my net upon them; I will bring them 5 Therefore have I hewed them by the down as the fowls of the heaven; I will prophets; I have slain them by the words chastise them, as their congregation hath of my mouth and thy judgments are as heard. the light that goeth forth.

6 For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt-offerings.

7 But they like men have transgressed the covenant: there have they dealt treacherously against me.

8 Gilead is a city of them that work iniquity, and is polluted with blood.

13 Wo 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 rebel against me.

15 Though I have bound and strengthened their arms, yet do they imagine mis

9 And as troops of robbers wait for a man, so the company of priests murder in the way by consent: for they commit lewd-chief against me.


16 They return, but not to the Most 10 I have seen a horrible thing in the High: they are like a deceitful bow: their house of Israel: there is the whoredom of princes shall fall by the sword for the rage Ephraim, Israel is defiled. of their tongue: this shall be their derision


11 Also, O Judah, he hath set a harvest in the land of Egypt. for thee, when I returned the captivity of my people.



NET the trumpet to thy mouth. He shall come as an eagle against the house of HEN I would have healed Israel, the LORD, because they have transgressed then the iniquity of Ephraim was my covenant, and trespassed against my

discovered, and the wickedness of Sama-law.

ria: for they commit falsehood: and the 2 Israel shall cry unto me, My God, we thief cometh in, and the troop of robbers know thee. spoileth without.

2 And they consider not in their hearts, that I remember all their wickedness: now

3 Israel hath cast off the thing that is good: the enemy shall pursue him. 4 They have set up kings, but not h

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