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30 And against spoiling what wilt thou do?
Though thou clothest thyself in scarlet,
They seek thy life.
That seeketh truth; that I may pardon her. 2 But though they say, As JEHOVAH liveth,
Surely they will swear falsely. 3 O JEHOVAH, are not thine eyes towards the truth?
Thou hast smitten them, but they have not grieved;
to receive correction;
They have refused to return. 4 Then said I, Surely these are the meaner sort, who have acted
Because they have not known the way of JEHOVAH,
The judgment of their God.
And I will speak unto them;
They have burst the bands. 6 Therefore a lion from the forest shall slay them,
A wolf of the plains shall spoil them,
Their apostasies are increased.
Thy children have forsaken me,
mitted adultery, And assembled themselves in the harlot's house. 8 They were libidinous as stallion horses,
Every one neighed after his neighbour's wife. 9 For these things shall I not visit? saith JEHOVAH; And shall not my soul avenge itself of such a
nation as this?
And make ye not an end ;
For they belong not to JEHOVAH. 11 For they have dealt very unfaithfully with me,
The house of Israel, and the house of Judah,
saith JEHOVAH. 19. They have denied JEHOVAH,
And have said, It is not He:
And the sword and famine shall we not see i 13 But the Prophets shall be as wind;
And they have no authority to say,
Thus shall it be done unto them. 14 Therefore thus saith Jehovah God of hosts; Because
have spoken this word, Behold I will make my words in thy mouth as fire,
And this people as wood, that it may devour them. 15 Behold I will bring against you a nation from far,
O house of Israel, saith JEHOVAH;
Neither shalt thou understand what they speak. 16 Their quiver is an open sepulchre ;
All of them are mighty men. 17 · And they shall consume thy harvest and thy bread,
They shall consume thy sons, and thy daughters,
In which thou trustedst, with the sword. 18 And also in those days, saith JEHOVAH,
I will not make a finishing with you. 19 And it shall be, when
things unto us?
20 Declare ye this in the house of Jacob,
And publish it in Judah, saying; 21 Hear ye now this,
O foolish people, and without understanding;
Who have ears, yet they will not hear. 99 Will ye not fear me ? saith JEHOVAH,
Will ye not tremble at my presence ?
not go beyond it. 23 But this people hath a revolting and rebellious
They have revolted, and are gone.
Let us now fear JEHOVAH our God,
in its season ;
he secureth to us. 25. Your iniquities have turned aside these things,
And your sins have withholden that which is
good from you. 26 For among my people are found wicked men,
Who lie on the watch like the cowring of fowlers;
They have set a trap, that they may catch men. 27 As a trap-cage is full of birds,
So are their houses full of fraud ;
Therefore are they grown great and rich, 28 They are waxen fat, and shine.
Though they have gone beyond the claims of
the wicked; They have not maintained the cause, The cause of the orphan, so as to make it prosper;
And the right of the poor have they not vindicated. 29 For these things shall I not visit? saith JEHOVAH;
Shall not my soul avenge itself of such a nation
as this? 30 An astonishing and horrible thing hath been
wrought in the land,
And the priests have concurred with them;
CHAP. VI. 1 RETIRE in a body, () ye sons of Benjamin,
out of the midst of Jerusalem,
Beth-haccerem light up a fire-beacon;
doomed to destruction, The daughter of Sion. 3. The shepherds with their flocks shall come to her, And they shall pitch their tents against her
Arise, and let us go up at noonday: