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Samaria, and said unto them, Behold, because the LORD God of your Fathers was WROTH with JUDAH, he hath DELIVERED them into your Hand, and ye have slain them in a Rage that reacheTh up into Heaven.

10 And now ye purpose to keep under the Children of Judah and Jerusalem for Bond-men and Bond-women unto you : but ARE there not with you, even with you, Sins against the LORD your God?

1 Now hear me, therefore, and DELIVER the CAPTIVES again which ye have taken Captive of your Brethren: for the FIERCE WRATH of the LORD is upon you.

12 Then certain of the Heads of the Children of Ephraim stood up against them that came from the War.

13 And said unto them, Ye shall not BRING in the Cap, Tives hither : for whereas we have OFFENDED against the LORD ALREADY, ye intend to ADD MORE to our Sins, and to our Trespass : for our TRESPASS is great, and there is FIERCE WRATH against ISRAEL.

14 So the armed Men left the Captives and the Spoil, before the Princes and all the Congregation.

15 And the Men which were expressed by Name, rofe up, and took the Captives, and with the Spoil cloathed all that were naked among them, and arrayed them, and shod them, and gave them to eat and to drink, and anointed them, and carried all the feeble of them upon Afles, and brought them to Jericho, the City of Palm-trees, to their Brethren : then they returned to Samaria.

16 At that Time did King Ahaz send unto the Kings of Affyria to help him. .

17 For again the Edomites had come and smitten Judah,, and carried away Captives. ,18 The Philistines also had invaded the Cities of the Low-countrey, and of the South of Judah, and had taken Beth-fhemesh, and Aijalon, and Gederoth, and Shocho with the Villages thereof, and Timnah with the Villages thereof, Gimzo also and the Villages thereof; and they dwelt there.

19 For the LORD BROUGHT JUDAH Low, because of Ahaz King of Israel; for he made Judah naked, and transgressed sore against the LORD.

20 And Tilgath-pilneser King of Assyria came unto him, and DISTRESSED him, but STRENGTHNED HIM NOT.

them, and gave among them and we prenied by

21 For Ahaz took away a Portion out of the House of the LORD, and out of the House of the King, and of the Princes, and gave it to the King of Assyria : but he HELPED him not.

22 And in the Time of his Distress, did he TRESPASS yet more against the LORD : this is That King AHAZ.

23 For he sacrificed unto, the Gods of, Damascus, which SMOTE him: and he said, Because the Gods of the King of Syria help them, therefore will I SACRIFICE to them, that they may HELP me: but they were the Ruin of HIM and of all ISRAEL.

24 And Ahaz gathered together the Vessels of the House of God, and cut in pieces the Vessels of the House of God, and SHUT UP the Doors of the House of the LORD, and he made him ALTARS in every corner of Jerusalem.

.25 And in every several City of Judah he made high Places to burn Incense unto, other Gods, and provoked to Anger the Lord God of his Fathers.

27 And Ahaz slept with his Fathers, and they buried hina in the City of Jerusalem : but they brought him not into the Sepulchres of the Kings of Israel : and Hezekiah his Son reigned in his stead.

II. KINGS, CHA P. XVII. 1 Hofhea his wicked Reign : 3 Being subdued by Shalmanezer, he conspireth against him with So King of Egypt. 24 The strange Nations which were transplanted into Samaria, being plagued with Lions, make a Mixture of Religions.

Ver. 1 TN the twelfth Year of Ahaz King of Judah, began

1 Hoshea the Son of Elah to reign in Samaria, over Israel nine Years.

2 And he did that which was evil in the fight of the LORD, but not as the Kings of Israel that were before him.

3 Against him came up Shalmanezer King of Affyria, and Hofhea became his Servant, and gave him Presents.

4 And the King of Affyria found Conspiracy in Hofhea: for he had sent Meslengers to So King of Egypt, and brought no Present to the King of Allyria, as he had done Year by Year : therefore the King of Asiyria shut him up, and bound him in Prison,

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s "Then the King of Ar- " Hofea. iv, 1 Hear the Word of

u fyria came up throughout all

the LORD, ye Children of Israel: fos

the Lord hath a CONTROVERSY with the Land, and went up to the Inhabitants of the Land, because Samaria, and bcsieged it three

there is no TRUTH, nor MERCY, nor

KNOWLEDGE of God in the Land. Years...

· 2 By SWEARING, and LYING, and .6 In the ninth Year of Ho- Killing, and stealing, and comThea, the King of Affyria took mitting ADULTERY, they break out,

and Blood toucheth Blood. Samaria, and carried Ifrael a- Therefore shall the Land mourn, way into Allyria, and placed and every one that dwelleth shall lanthem in Halah and in Habor guilh, with the Beasts of the Field,

and with che Fowls of Heaven, yea, by the River of Gozan, and the Fishes of the Sea also shall be tao in the Cities of the Medes. ken 7 For so it was, that the

s Therefore shalt thou Fall in the

Day, and the Prophet also fail fall Children of Israel had SIN- with thee in the Night, and I will NED against the LORD their destroy thy Mother. God, which had brought ja

cht . 6 My People are DESTROYED for

nad broug" lack of KNOWLEDGE : because thou thein up out of the Land of haft REJECTED Knowledge, I will allo Egypt, from under the Hand REJECT thee, that thou lhalt be no

Priest to me: Ieeing thou haft forof Pharaoh King of Egypt, gotten the Law of thy God, I will and had feared other Gods, also forget thy Children.. 8 And WALKED in the Sta. 9 And there shall be LIKE PEOPLE,

LIKE Priest : and I will punish them tutes of the HEATHEN (whom for their ways, and reward their the Lord cast out from before Doings. : the Children of Israel) and of

Hosea v. i Hear ye this, O PRIESTS,

and hearken ye House of Israel, the Kings of Israel, which they and give ye ear, O Houte of the had made.

King: for Judgment is toward you. o And the Children of Tr 3 I know Ephraim and Israel is

nor hid from me : for now, O E- rael did secretly those Things phraim thou commisiest Whoredom,

that were not right against and Israel is defiled. the LORD their God, and fi

S And the PRIDE of Israel doch tea

2 an ftify to his Face : therefore Mall lirael they built them high Places and Ephraim Fall in their INIQUITY ;

JUDAH also shall fall with them. Tower of the Watchmen to th

Ephraim shall be DESOLATE in wwer of the Waiman to the Day of Rebuke: among the the fenced City.

Tribes of Israel have I made known 10 And they set them up that which thall surely be.

13 When Ephraim IMAGES and Groves in every nels, and Judah saw his Wound, then

saw his Sickhigh Hill, and under every went Ephraim to the Allyrian, and green Tree.

sent to King Jareb : you could he

not heal you 11 And there they burnt

ey burnt Ho ea vi. 4 O Ephraim, what fall INCENSE in all the high Pla- I do unto thee? O Judah, what thali ces, as did the Heathen whom I do unto thee? for your Goodeels is

as a Morning Cloud, and as the early the LORD carried away before Dew it goeth away. them, and wrought wicked 5 Therefore have I hewed thein


Things Things to provoke the LORD by the PROPHETS, I have dain them to Anger.

by the WORDS of my Mouth, and thy

Judgments are as the Light that go12 For they served IDOLS, eth forth. whereof the LORD had said 6 For I desired MERCT, and not unto them, Ye lhall not do God more than BURNT OFFERINGS.

V Doll pot do SACRIFICE; and the KNOWLEDGE Of this Thing.

9 As Troops of Robbers wait for 13 Yet the LORD TESTI- a Man, so the Company of PRIESTS

murder in the way by Confent: for FIED against Israel, and a

they commit Lewdness. gainst Judah, by all the PRO- Hosea vü, 1 When I would have PHETS, and by all the Seers, healed Israel, then the Iniquity of

Ephraim was discovered, and the saying, Turn ye from your

WICKEDNESS of SAMARIA : for they evil Ways, and KEEP my commit Fallhood : and the Thief COMMANDMENTs, and my wurS and my cometh in, and the Troop of the

Robbers spoileth without. Statutes, according to all the

2 And they confider not in their Law which I commanded your Hearts, that I remember all their Fathers, and which I sent to

ont to Wickedness : now their own Doings

have beset them about, they are beyou by my Servants the Pro- fore my Face. PHETS.

3. They make the Kixg glad with 14 Notwithstanding, they


Y with their LYES. would not HEAR, but hard- 4 They are ail ADULTERERS as a ned their Necks, like to the Oven heated. Neck of their Fathers, that

others that

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9 STRANGERS have devoured his

Strength, and he knoweth it nor: did not believe in the LORD yea, grey Hairs are here and there their God.

upon him, yet he knoveth not,

10 And the Pride of Israel telif15 And they REJECTED eth to his Face, and they do not ushis Statutcs, and his Cove- TURN to the LORD their God, nos NANT that he made with seek him for all this,

ho; 13 Wo unto them, for they bave their Fathers, and his Testi

1. FLED from me: DESTRUCTION unto monies which he testified a- them, because they have TRANSGRESgainst them, and they follow- SED against me: though I have as.

DEEMED them, yet they have spoken ed VANITY, and became Lyes against me. vain, and went after the 14 And they have not CRIED unto HEATHEN that were round me with their HEART, when they

howied upon cheir Beds: they afem. about them, concerning whom ble themselves for Corn and Wine the Lord had CHARGED them and they REBEL againft me. that they thould not do like 16 They return, but not to the

MOST HIGH : they are like a deceitthem.

ful Bow: their Princes shall fall by 16 And they LEFT all the Sword for the Rage of their the COMMANDMENTs of the Tongue : this shall be their Derifon

in the Land of Egypt, LORD their God, and made Hosea viii. 3 Israel hath caft off the them molten Images, even thing that is GOOD: the Enemy fhall Two Calves, and made a purity

4. They have set up Kings, but not Grove, and worshipped all by ME: they have made PRINCES,


the Host of Heaven, and ser- and I know it not : of their Silver

and their Gold have they made them ved BAAL.

Idols, that they may be cut off. 17 And they caused theirs Thy Calf,'o Samaria, hach cast Sons and their Daughters to

thee off; mine Anger is kindled a

gainst them: how long will it be ere Palo mnough the FIRE, and they attain to Innocency? pass through the FIRE, and used Divination and Enchant 12 I have written to HIM the great ments, and cold themselves Things of my Law, but they were

counted as a STRANGE thing. to do Evil in the fight of the 14 For Israel hath forgotten his LORD, to provoke him to Maker.

Hosca ix. 9 They have deeply corAnger.

supred themselves, as in the Days of 18 Therefore the LORD Gibeah : therefore he will remember was very angry with Israel, their Iniquity, he will visit their Sins.

of 12 Though they bring up their and REMOVED mcm out of Children, yet will i bereave them, and REMOVED them out of ch his fight : there was none left that there shall not be a Man left; but the Tribe of TUDAH on- yea, wo also to them when I DEPART

fiom them. ly.

Is For the WICKEDNESS of their 19 Also JUDAH kept not Doings I will DRIVE them out of the COMMANDMENTS of the mine Houle.

17 My God will cast them away, LORD their God, but walk- because they

because they did not HEARKEN unto ed in the Statutes of Israel him : and i hey shall be WANDERERS which they made.

among the NATIONS

Holea x. 1 lfrael is an empty Vine, 20 And the LORD RE- he bringech forth Fruit unto himself: JECTED all the Seed of If- according to the inultitude of his

and Fruit, he hath increased the ALTARS ; rael, and afflicted them, and 1

according to the Goodness of his delivered them into the Hand Land, they have made goodly Images, of SPOILERS, until he had 3 For now they shall say, We have cast them out of his fight.

no King, because we FEARED not the

LORD, what then thould a King do 21 For he rent Israel from to us? the House of DAVID, and s The INHABITANTS of SAMARIA they made Jeroboam the Son

shall fear, because of the Calves of

Beth-aven : for the People thereof of Nebat King, and Jerobo- fhall mourn over it, and the Priests am drave Ifrael from follow therof that rejoyced on it, for the

Glory thereof, because it is departed ing the LORD, and made them & sin a great Sin.

6 It shall be also carried unto Al22 For the Children of If- fyria for a Present to King Jareb :

Ephraim shall receive Shame, and rael walked in all the Sins of Trael shall be ashaMED of his own Jeroboam which he did, they Counsel. departed not from them:

7 As for Samaria, her King is cut

off as the Foam upon the water. 23. Until the LORD RE- & The high Places also of Aven, MOVED Israel out of his fight, the Sin of lírael shall be destroyed : as he had said by all his Ser- the Thorn and the Thiitle shall come

up on their Altars; aud they shall vants the Prophets. So was say to ihe MOUNTAINS, COYER us; Israel carried away out of . and to the Hills, Fall on us.

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