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Of Judah's restoration. CHAP. XII, XIII. The repentance of Jerusalem. unto me two staves; the one I called Beau- lem shall be my strength in the Lord of ty, and the other I called Bands; and I fed hosts their God. the flock.

6 1 In that day will I make the govern8 Three shepherds also I cut off in one ors of Judah like an hearth of fire among month; and my soul loathed them, and the wood, and like a torch of fire in a sheat'; their soul also abhorred me.

and they shall devour all the people round 9 Then said I, I will not feed you : that about, on the right hand and on the left: that dicth, let it die ; and that that is to be and Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in cut oil, let it be cut off'; and let the rest her own place, even in Jerusalem. eat, every one the flesh of another. 17 The LORD also shall save the tents of

10 And I took my staff, even Beauty, Judah first, that the glory of the house of and cut it asunder, that I might break my David and the glory of the inhabitants of covenant which I had made with all the Jerusalem do not magnify themselves against people.

Judah. 11 And it was broked in that day: and 8 In that day shall the Lord defend the so the poor of the flock that waited upon inhabitants of Jerusalem ; and he that is me knew that it was the word of the feeble among them at that day shall be as LORD.

David ; and the house of David shall be as 12 And I said unto them, If ye think God, as the angel of the Lord before them. good, give me my price; and if not, for- 9 And it shall come to pass in that day, bear. So they weighed for my price thirty that I will seek to destroy all the nations pieces of silver.

that come against Jerusalem. 13 And the Lord said unto me, Cast it 10 I And I will pour upon the house of unto the potter : a goodly price that I was David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusaprized at of them. And I took the thirty lem, the spirit of grace and of supplicapieces of silver, and cast them to the potter tions: and they shall look upon me whom in the house of the LORD.

they have pierced, and they shall mourn 14 Then I cut asunder mine other staff, for him, as one mourneth for las only son, eren Bands, that I might break the brother- and shall be in bitterness for him, as one hood between Judah and Israel.

that is in bitterness for his first-born. 15 | And the Lord said unto me, Take 11 In that day shall there be a great unto thee yet the instruments of a foolish mourning in Jerusalem, as the mourning of shepherd.

Hadadrimmon in the valley of Megiddon. 16 For lo, I will raise up a shepherd in 12 And the land shall mourn, every famithe land, which shall not visit those that be lv apart; the family of the house of David cut off, neither shall seek the young one, apart, and their wives apart; the family of nor heal that that is broken, nor feed that the house of Nathan apart, and their wives that standeth still : but he shall eat the flesh apart; of the fat, and tear their claws in pieces. 13 The family of the house of Levi

17 Wo to the idol shepherd that leaveth apart, and their wives apart; the family of the flock! the sword shall be upon his arm, Shimei apart, and their wives apart; and upon his right eye: his arm shall be 14 All the families that remain, every clean dried up, and his right eye shall be family apart, and their wives apart. utterly darkened.


TN that day there shall be a fountain THE burden of the word of the Lord I opened to the house of David and to the

for Israel, saith the Lord, which inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for unstretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the cleanness. foundation of the earth, and formeth the 2 And it shall come to pass in that spirit of man within him.

day, saith the LORD of hosts, that I will 2 Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup cut off the names of the idols out of the of trembling unto all the people round land, and they shall no more be rememberabout, when they shall be in the siege both cd : and also I will cause the prophets and against Judah and against Jerusalem. the unclean spirit to pass out of the land.

3 And in that day will I make Jerusa- 3 And it shall come to pass, that when lem a burdensome stone for all people : all any shall yet prophesy, then his father and that burden themselves with it shall be cut his mother that begat him shall say unto in pieces, though all the people of the earth him, Thou shalt not live; for thou speakest be gathered together against it.

lies in the name of the Lord: and his father 4 In that day, saith the LORD, I will and his mother that begat him shall thrust smite every horse with astonishment, and him through when he prophesieth. his rider with madness: and I will open 4 And it shall come to pass in that day, nine eyes upon the house of Judah, and that the prophets shall be ashamed every will smite every horse of the people with one of his vision, when he hath prophesied ; blindness.

neither shall they wear a rough garment 5 And the governors of Judah sball say to deceive : in their heart, The inhabitants of Jerusa-l 5 But he shall say, I am no prophet, I

The coming of Christ, ZECHARIAH. and the grace of his kingdom. cum an husbandman ; for man taught me to 10 All the land shall be turned as a keep cattle from my youth.

plain from Geba to Rimmon, south of Jeru6 And one shall say unto him, What are salem: and it shall be lifted up, and inthese wounds in thine hands? Then he habited in her place, from Benjamin's gate shall answer, Those with which I was unto the place of the first gate, unto the wounded in the house of my friends. corner gate, and from the tower of Hana

7 91 Awake, O sword, against my Shep- neel unto the king's wine-presses. herd, and against the man that is my fel- 11 And men shall dwell in it, and there low, saith the Lord of hosts: smite the shall be no more utter destruction ; but JeShepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered; rusalem shall be safely inhabited. and I will turn mine hand upon the little 12 { And this shall be the plague whereones.

with the Lord will smite all the people 8 And it shall come to pass, that in all that have fought against Jerusalem ; Their the land, saith the LORD, two parts therein flesh shall consume away while they stand shall be cut off and die; but the third shall upon their feet, and their eyes shall conbe left therein. .

sume away in their holes, and their tongue 9 And I will bring the third part through shall consume away in their mouth. the fire, and will refine them as silver is 13 And it shall come to pass in that day, refined, and will try them as gold is tried : that a great tumult from the LORD shall be they shall call on my name, and I will hear among them; and they shall lay hold them: I will say, It is my people; and every one on the hand of his neighbour, they shall say, The Lord is my God. and his hand shall rise up against the hand CHAP. XIV.

lof his neighbour. DEHOLD, the day of the Lord cometh, 14 And Judah also shall fight at Jerusa

D and thy spoil shall be divided in the lem ; and the wealth of all the heathen midst of thee.

round about shall be gathered together, 2 For I will gather all nations against gold, and silver, and apparel, in great Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be abundance. taken, and the houses rifled, and the wo- 15 And so shall be the plague of the men ravished; and half of the city shall go horse, of the mule, of the camel, and of forth into captivity, and the residue of the the ass, and of all the beasts that shall be in people shall not be cut off from the city. these tents, as this plague.

31 Then shall the LORD go forth, and 16 1 And it shall come to pass, that every tight against those nations, as when he one that is left of all the nations which fought in the day of battle.

came against Jerusalem shall even go up 4 And his feet shall stand in that day up- from year to year to worship the King, the on the mount of Olives, which is before LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of taJerusalem on the east, and the mount of bernacles. Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof 17 And it shall be, that whoso will not toward the east and toward the west, anul come up of all the families of the earth there shall be a very great valley; and half unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the of the mountain shall remove toward the Lord of hosts, even upon them shall be no north, and half of it toward the south. rain.

5 And ye shall flee to the valley of the 18 And if the family of Egypt go not mountains; for the valley of the mountains up, and come not, that have no rain; there shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee shall be the plague, wherewith the LORD like as ye fled from before the earthquake will smite the heathen that come not up to in the days of Uzziah king of Judah; and keep the feast of tabernacles. the LORD my God shall come, and all the 19 This shall be the punishment of saints with thee.

Egypt, and the punishment of all nations 6 And it shall come to pass in that day, that come not up to keep the feast of taberthat the light shall not be clear, nor dark : nacles.

7 But it shall be one day which shall bel 20 1 In that day shall there be upon the known to the LORD, not day, nor night: bells of the horses, HOLINESS UNTO but it shall come to pass, that at evening THE LORD; and the pots in the Lord's time it shall be light.

house shall be like the bowls before the 3. And it shall be in that day, that living altar. waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of 21 Yea, every pot in Jerusalem and in then toward the former sea, and half of Judah shall be holiness unto the LORD of them toward the hinder sea : in summer hosts: and all they that sacrifice shall and in winter shall it be.

come and take of them, and seethe therein: 9 And the Lord shall be King over all and in that day there shall be no more the earth: in that day shall there be one the Canaanite in the house of the LORD of LORD, and his name one.




ness is it! and ye have snuffed at it, saith THE burden of the word of the Lord to the Lord of hosts; and ye brought that 1 Israel by Malachi.

which was torn, and the lame, and the 2 I have loved you, saith the LORD. sick; thus ye brought an offering: should Yet ye say, Wherein hast thou loved us? I accept this of your hand ? saith the Was not Esau Jacob's brother ? saith the LORD. Lord: yet I loved Jacob,

14 | But cursed be the deceiver, which 3 And I hated Esau, and laid his moun- hath in his flock a male, and voweth, and tains and his heritage waste for the dragons sacrificeth unto the Lord a corrupt thing : of the wilderness.

for I am a great King, saith the LORD of 4 Whereas Edom saith, We are im- hosts, and my name is dreadful among the poverished, but we will return and build heathen. the desolate places; thus saith the LORD

CHAP. II. of hosts, They shall build, but I will throw A ND now, () ye priests, this commanddown; and they shall call them, The A ment is for you. border of wickedness, and, The people 2 If ye will not hear, and if ye will not against whom the LORD hath indignation lay it to heart, to give glory unto my name, for ever.

saith the Lord of hosts, I will even send a 5 And your eyes shall see, and ye shall curse upon you, and I will curse your say, The LORD will be magnified from the blessings, yea, I have cursed them alreaborder of Israel.

dy, because ye do not lay it to heart. 61 A son honoureth his father, and a 3 Behold, I will corrupt your seed, and servant bis master: if then I be a father, spread dung upon your faces, even the where is mine honour ? and if I be a mas- dung of your solemn feasts; and one shail ter, where is my fear? saith the Lord of take you away with it. hosts unto you, o priests, that despise my 4 And ye shall know that I have sent name. And ye say, Wherein have we de- this commandment unto you, that my covespised thy name?

nant might be with Levi, saith the LORT) ñ Ye offer polluted bread upon mine of hosts. altar; and ve say, Wherein have we pol- 5 My covenant was with him of life and luted thee? In that ye say, The table of peace; and I gave them to him for the the Lord is contemptible.

fear wherewith he feared me, and was 8 And if ye offer the blind for sacrifice, afraid before my name. is it not evil? and if ye offer the lame and 6 The law of truth was in his mouth, sick, is it not evil ? offer it now unto thy and iniquity was not found in his lips : he governor; will he be pleased with thee, walked with me in peace and equity, and or accept thy person? saith the Lord of did turn many away from iniquity. hosts.

1 7 For the priest's lips should keep 9 And now, I pray you, beseech God knowledge, and they should seek the law that he will be gracious unto us: this hath at his mouth: for he is the messenger of been by your means: will he regard your the Lord of hosts. persons ? saith the Lord of hosts.

1 S But ye are departed out of the way ; 10 Who is there even among you that ye have caused many to stumble at the would shut the doors for nought? neither law; ye have corrupted the covenant of do ye kindle fire on mine altar for nought. Levi, saith the LORD of hosts. I have no pleasure in you, saith the LORD 9 Therefore have I also made you conof hosts, neither will I accept an offering at temptible and base before all the people, your hand.

according as ye have not kept my ways, 11 For from the rising of the sun even but have been partial in the law. unto the going down of the same my name 10 | Have we not all one father ? bath shall be great among the Gentiles; and in not one God created us? Why do we deal every place incense shall be offered unto treacherously every man against his bromy name, and a pure offering: for my ther, by profaning the covenant of our faname shall be great among the heathen, thers? saith the Lord of hosts.

| 11 Judah hath dealt treacherously, and 12 But ye have profaned it, in that ve an abomination is committed in Israel and say, The table of the LORD is polluted ; in Jerusalem; for Judah hath profaned and the fruit thereof, even his meat, is con- the holiness of the Lord which he loved, temptible.

and hath married the daughter of a strange 13 Ye said also, Behold, what a weari- god.

Majesty and grace of Christ. MALACHI.

The people's infidelity. 12 The LORD will cut off the man that ye are gone away from mine ordinances, doeth this, the master and the scholar, out and have not kept them. Return unto me, of the tabernacles of Jacob, and him that and I will return unto you, saith the LORD offereth an offering unto the LORD of of hosts. But ye said, Wherein shall we hosts.

return ? 13 [ And this have ye done again, co-l 8 I Will a man rob God? Yet ye have vering the altar of the LORD with tears, robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have with weeping, and with crying out, inso- we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. much that he regardeth not the offering 9 Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye any more, or receiveth it with good will at have robbed me, even this whole nation. your hand.

1 10 Bring ye all the tithes into the store14 Yet ye say, Wherefore? Because the house, that there may be meat in mine Lord hath been witness between thee and house, and prove me now herewith, saith the wife of thy youth, against whom thou the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you hast dealt treacherously : yet is she thy the windows of heaven, and pour you out companion, and the wife of thy covenant. a blessing, that there shall not be room

15 And did not he make one? Yet had enough to receive it. he the residue of the Spirit. And where- 11 And I will rebuke the devourer for fore one ? That he might seek a godly seed. your sakes, and he shall not destroy the Therefore take heed to your spirit, and fruits of your ground; neither shall your let none deal treacherously against the wife vine cast her fruit before the time in the of his youth.

field, saith the Lord of hosts. 16 For the LORD, the God of Israel, 12 And all nations shall call you bless. saith, that he hateth putting away : for one ed : for ye shall be a delightsome land, covereth violence with his garment, saith saith the Lord of hosts. the Lord of hosts: therefore take heed to 13 Your words have been stout your spirit, that ye deal not treacherous- against me, saith the LORD. Yet ye sar,

What have we spoken so much against 17 | Ye have wearied the LORD with thee? your words. Yet ve say, Wherein have 14 Ye have said, It is vain to serve we wearied him ? When ye say, Every one God: and what profit is it that we have that doeth evil is good in the sight of the kept his ordinance, and that we have Lord), and he delighteth in them ; or, Where walked mournfully before the LORD of is the God of judgment ?

hosts? CHAP. III.

15 And now we call the proud happr; DEHOLD, I will send my messenger, yea, they that work wickedness are set

D and he shall prepare the way before up; vea, they that tempt God are even deine: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall livered. suddenly come to his temple, even the mes- 16 Then they that feared the LORD senger of the covenant, whom ye delight spake often one to another : and the LORD in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD hearkened, and heard it: and a book of of hosts.

remembrance was written before him for 2 But who may abide the day of his com- them that feared the LORD, and that thought ing? and who shall stand when he appear- upon his name. eth? for he is like a retiner's fire, and like 17 And they shall be inine, saith the fullers' soap.

Lord of hosts, in that day when I make 3 And he shall sit as a refiner and puri-lup my jewels; and I will spare them, as fier of silver : and he shall purify the sons a man spareth his own son that serveth of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, him. that they may offer unto the Lord an of-1 18 Then shall ye return and discern befering in righteousness.

tween the righteous and the wicked, be4 Then shall the offering of Judah and tween him that serveth God and himn that Jerusalem be pleasant unto the Lord, as serveth him not. in the days of old, and as in former years.

CHAP. IV. 5 And I will come near to you to judg- TOR behold, the day comeih, that shall ment: and I will be a swift witness against I burn as an oven; and all the proud, the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be and against false swearers, and against stubble: and the day that cometh shall those that oppress the hireling in his wa- burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, yes, the widow, and the fatherless, and that that it shall leave them neither root nor turn aside the stranger from his right, and branch. fear not me, saith the Lord of hosts.

21 But unto you that fear my name, 6 For I am the LORD, I change not; Ishall the Sun of righteousness arise with therefore ye sons of Jacob are not con-healing in his wings; and ye shall go sumed.

forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. 7 1 Even from the days of your fathers! 3 And ye shall tread down the wicked; God's judgment on the wicked. CHAP. IV. Elijah's coming and office. for they shall be ashes under the soles of | 5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the your feet in the day that I shall do this, prophet before the coming of the great and saith the Lord of hosts.

Tdreadful day of the LORD: 4 I Remember ye the law of Moses my 6 And he shall turn the heart of the faservant, which I commanded unto him in thers to the children, and the heart of the Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and children to their fathers, lest I come and judgments.

| smite the earth with a curse.



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