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The majesty of God's

Chap. i, il. goodness to his people. uttereth his mifchievous defire: fo they wrap from fea to fea, and from mountain to mour t up.


4 The best of them is as a brier: the most upright is harper than a thorn hedge: the day, of thy watchmen and thy vifitation cometh now thall be their perplexity.

5 Truft ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a guide: keep the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom.

6 For the fon dishonoureth the father, the daughter rifeth up against her mother, the daughter in law against her mother in law; a min's enemies are the men of his own house.

7 Therefore I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the God of my falvation: my God will hear me

8 Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I thall arife; when I fit in darknefs, the LORD fhall be a light unto me.

9 I will bear the indignation of the LORD, because I have finned against him, until he plead my caufe, and execute judgment for me: he will bring me forth to the light, and I shall behold his righteousness.

10 Then fee that is mine enemy fhall fee it, and thame hall cover her which faid unto me, Where is the LORD thy God mine eyes fhall behold her: now fhall the be trodden down as the mire of the streets.

11 In the day that thy walls are to be built, in that day thall the decree be far removed.

12 In that day alfo he fhall come even to thee from Affyria, and from the fortified cities, and from the fortref even to the river, and


The maicfy of God in goodness to his and feverity against his enemies.


HE burden of Nineveh. The book of the Tinion of Nahum the Elkofhr.e.

13 Notwithstanding the land fhall be defolate becaufe of them that dwell therein, for the fruit of their doings.

14 Feed thy people with thy rod, the flock of thine heritage, which dwell folitarily in the wood, in the midft of Carmel; let them feed in Bashan and Gilead, as in the days of old.

make an utter end of the place thereof, and darkness thall purfue his enemies.

9 What do ye imagine agaiaft the LORD!

15 According to the days of thy coming out of the land of Egypt will I fhew unto him marvellous things.

16 The nations fhall fee and be confounded at all their might: they shall lay their hand upon their mouth, their ears shall be deaf.


17 They fhall lick the duft like a ferpent, they shall move out of their holes like worms of the earth: they thall be afraid of the LORD our God, and thall fear because of thee.

18 Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and paffeth by the tranf greffion of the remnant of his heritage? He retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy.

1 He will turn again, he will have compaffion upon us; he will fubdue our iniquities; and thou wilt caft all their fins into the depths of the fea.

20 Thou wilt perform the truth to Jacob, and the mercy to Abraham, which thou haft fworn unto our fathers from the days of old.

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he will make an utter end: affliction fhall not rife up the fecond time.

10 For while they be folden together as thorns, and while they are drunken as drunkards, they fhall be devoured as stubble fully dry.

2 God is jealous, and the LORD revengeth; the LORD revengeth, and is furious; the LORD will take vengeance on his adverfaries, and he referveth wrath for his enemies.

3 The LORD is flow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the LORD bath his way in the whirlwind and in the form, and the clouds are the duit of his feet.

4 He rebuketh the fea, and maketh it dry, and drieth up all the rivers: Bathan languisheth, and Carmel, and the flower of Lebanon languisheth. The mountains quake at him, and the hills melt, and the earth is burned at his prefence, yea, the world, and all that dwell


6 Who can ftand before his indignation? and who can abide in the fierceness of his anger? his fury is poured out like fire, and the rocks are thrown down by him.

15 Behold upon the mountains the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publish. eth peace! O Judah, keep thy folemn teats, perform thy vows: for the wicked fhall no more pass through thee; he is utterly cut off. CHAP. II. The fearful and victorious armies of God against Nineveh.

7 The LORD is good, a ftrong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust him.

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ru intith an over-running flood he will Hfore thy face: keep the munition, upbe

1 There is one come out of thee, that imagineth evil against the LORD, a wicked counfellor.

12 Thus faith the LORD; Though they be quiet, and likewife many, yet thus fhail they be cut down, when he thall pass through Though I have afflicted thee, I will afflict thee no more.

13 For now will I break his yoke from off thee, and will burft thy bonds in funder.

14 And the LORD hath given a commandment concerning thee, that no more of thy name be fown out of the houfe of thy gods will I cut off the graven image and the molten image: I will make thy grave; for thou art vile.

the way, make thy loins ftrong, fortify thy power mightily.

2 For the LORD hath turned away the ex

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3 The field of his mighty men is made red, the valiant men are in fcarlet: the chariots ball be with flaming torches in the day of his preparation, and the fir trees fhall be terribly shaken.

4 The chariots fhall rage in the streets, they fhall juftle one against another in the broad ways: they shall feem like torches, they fhall run like the lightnings.

5 He shall recount his worthies: they shall ftumble in their walk; they shall make hatte to the wall thereof, and the defence fhall be prepared.

6 The gates of the rivers fhall be opened, and the palace fhall be diffolved.

7 And Huzzab shall be led away captive, the fhall be brought up, and her maids thall lead ber as with the voice of doves, tabering upon their breafts.

8 But Nineveh is of old like a pool of wafer: yet they fhall flee away. Stand, ftand, fall they cry; but none thall look back.

9 Take ye the fpoil of filver, take the fpoil of gold: for there is none end of the ftore and glory out of all the pleafant furniture.

10 She is empty, and void, and waste: and the heart melteth, and the knees fmite toge ther, and much pain is in all ioins, and the faces of them all gather blackness.

11 Where is the dwelling of the lions, and the feeding-place of the young lions, where the lion, even the old lion, walked, and the lion's whelp, and none made them afraid?

12 The lion did tear in pieces enough for his whelps, and ftrangled for his lioneffes, and filled his holes with prey, and his dens with ravin. 13 Behold, I am against thee, faith the LORD of hotts, and I will burn her chariots in the fmoke, and the fword fhall devour thy young lions: and I will cut off thy prey from the earth, and the voice of thy meffengers thall no mere be heard. CHA P. III.


The miferable ruin of Nineveh. OF to the bloody city! it is all full oflies and robberies; the prey departeth not; 2 The noise of a whip, and the noife of the rattling of the wheels, and of the prancing horfes, and of the jumping chariots.

3 The horseman lifteth up both the bright fword and the glittering fpear: and there is a multitude of flain, and a great number of ca:caffes; and there is none end of their corples; they tumble upon their corpfes:

4 Because of the multitude of the whoredoms of the wellfavoured harlot, the mistress of witchcrafts, that felleth nations through her whoredoms, and families through her witchcrafts.

ruin of Nineveh.

5 Behold, I am against thee, faith th LORD of hofts; and I will difcover th fkirts upon thy face, and I will fhew the na tions thy nakednefs, and the kingdoms thy thame.


1 Unto Habakkuk, complaining of the iniquity of the land, sis fbewed the fearful vengeance by the Chaldeans.

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HE burden which Habakkuk the prophet

2 O LORD, how long shall I cry, and thou wilt not hear! even cry out unto thee of vio,

6 And I will caft abominable filth upon thee, and make thee vile, and will fet thee as a gazing-stock.

7 And it shall come to pals, that all they that look upon thee shall fee from thee, and fay, Nineveh is laid watte: who will bemoan her? whence fhall I feek comforters for thee?

8 Art thou better than populous No, that was fituate among the rivers, that had the waters round about it, whofe rampart was the fea, and her wall was from the fea?

9 Ethiopia and Egypt were her strength, and it was infinite; Put and Lubim were thy helpers.

10 Yet was the carried away, the went into captivity: her young children alfo were dailied in pieces at the top of all the ftreets: and they caft lots for her honourable men, and all her great men were bound in chains.

Thou alfo fhall be drunken: thou shalt be hid, thou alfo fhalt feek strength because of the enemy.

12 All thy ftrong holds all be like fig trees with the firtt-ripe figs: if they be thaken, they fhall even fall into the mouth of the eater.

13 Behold, thy people in the midit of thee are women: the gates of thy land thall be fet wide open unto thine enemies: the fire shall devour thy bars.

14 Draw thee waters for the fiege, fortify thy strong holds: goin to clay, and tread the mortar, make strong the brick-kiln.

15 There thall the fire devour thee; the fword fhall cut thee off, it thall eat thee up like the cankerworm: make thyself many as the cankerworm, make thyfelf many as the lo


16 Thou haft multiplied thy merchants & bove the ftars of heaven; the cankerwor fpoileth, and flieth away.

17 Thy crowned are as the locufts, and thy captains as the great grafshoppers, which camp in the hedges in the cold day, but when the fun arifeth they flee away, and their place is not known where they are.

18 Thy thepherds ilumber, O king of Af fyria: thy nobles fhall dwell in the dufi: thy people is fcattered upon the mountains, and no man gathereth them.

19 There is no healing of thy bruife; thy wound is grievous: all that hear the bruit of thee shall clap the hands over thee: for upon whom hath not thy wickedness paffed con tinually?


lence, and thou wilt not fave!

3 Why doft thou thew me iniquity, and cause me to behold grievance? for spoiling and violence are before me: and there are that raife up ftrife and contention.

4 Therefore the law is flacked, and judgment doth never go forth: for the wicked doth compafs about the righte

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The judgment

ous; therefore wrong judgment proceedeth.
Behold ye among the heathen, and re-
gard, and wonder marvellously: for I will
work a work in your days, which ye will not
believe, though it be told you.

6 For, lo, I raife up the Chaldeans, that
bitter and hafty ration, which thall march
through the breadth of the land, to poffefs
the dwelling places that are not theirs.

7 They are terrible and dreadful: their Judgment and their dignity fhall proceed of themselves.

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of the Chaldeans.
thereth unto him all nations, and heapeth unto
him all people:

6 Shall not all thefe take up a parable against him, and a taunting proverb againft him, and fay, Woe to him that increaseth that which is not his! how long? and to him that ladeth himself with thick clay!

7 Shail they not rife up fuddenly that thall bite thee, and awake that fhall vex thee, and thou thalt be for booties unto them?

8 Becaufe thou haft fpoiled many nations, all the remnant of the people thall spoil thee; because of men's uloc, and for the violence of the land, of the city, and of all that dwell therein.

8 Their horfes alfo are swifter than the leopards, and are more fierce than the evening wolves and their horsemen fhall fpread themselves, and their horfemen fhall come from far; they shall fly as the cagle that hafteth to eat.

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15 They take up all of them with the angle, they catch them in their net, and gather them in their drag: therefore they rejoice and are glad.

16 Therefore they facrifice unto their net, and burn incenfe unto their drag; because by them their portion is fat, and their meat pienteous.

17 Shall they therefore empty their net, and not spare continually to flay the nations? CHAP. II.

Unto Habakkuk, waiting for an answer, 2 is herved that he mufi wait by faith. The judgment upon the Chaldeans.

I will ftand upon my watch, and fet me upon

the tower, and will watch to fee what he will fay unto me, and what I shall answer

when am

2 And the LORD anfwered me, and fail, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.

3 For the vifion is yet for an appointed time,

but at the end it fhall fpeak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will furely come, it will not tarry.

4 Behold his foul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the juft shall live by his

Yea alfo, because he tranfgreffeth by
wine, he is a proud man, neither keepeth at
home, who enlargeth his defire as hell, and
is as death, and cannot be fatisfied, but ga-

9 Woe to him that coveteth an evil covetoufnefs to his houfe, that he may fet his neft on high that he may be delivered from the power of evil!

10 Thou halt confulted fhame to thy houfe by cutting off many people, and haft finned againfl thy foul.

TI For the ftone fhall cry out of the wall, and the beam out of the timber fhall answer it.

12 Woe to him that buildeth a town with blood, and ftablisheth a city by iniquity!

13 Behold, is it not of the LORD of hosts that the people fhall labour in the very fire, and the people thall weary themfelves for very vanity?

14 For the earth fhall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the

waters cover the fea.


Woe unto him that giveth his neighbour drink, at putteft thy bottle to him, and maket him drunken alfo, that thou mayett look on their nakedness!

16 Thou art filled with fhame for glory: drink thou alfo, and let thy foreskin be un covered: the cup of the LORD's right hand fhall be turned unto thee, and fhameful fpew. ing fall be on thy glory.

17 For the violence of Lebanon fhall cover thee, and the fpoil of beafts, which made them afraid, becaufe of men's blood, and for the violence of the land, of the city, and of all that dwell therein.

18 What profiteth the graven image that the maker thereof hath graven it; the molten image, and a teacher of iies, that the maker of his work trufteth therein, to make dumb idols}

19 Woe unto him that faith to the wood, Awake: to the dumb ftone, Arife, it thali teach! Behold, it is laid over with gold and filver, and there is no breath at all in the midst of it.

20 But the LORD is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep filence before him.


1 Habakkuk, in his prayer, trembleth at God's majeffy: the confidence of his faith.

A Prayer of Habakkuk the prophet upon


2 O LORD, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid: O LORD, revive thy work in the midit of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy.

3 God came from Teman, and the holy One from mount Faran. Selah. His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praife.

4 And his brightnefs was as the light; he

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ing coals went forth at his feet.

6 He tood, and measured the earth: he beheld, and drove afunder the nations; and the everlafting mountains were fcattered, the perpetual hills did bow: his ways are everlasting.

7 I faw the tents of Cufhan in affiction: and the curtains of the land of Midian did tremble.

8 Was the LORD difpleafed against the rivers? was thine anger against the rivers? was thy wrath against the fea, that thou didft ride upon thine horfes and thy chariots of fal


9 Thy bow was made quite naked, according to the oaths of the tribes, even thy word. Selah. Thou didit cleave the earth with rivers.

10 The mountains faw thee, and they frembled: the overflowing of the water paffed by the deep uttered his voice, and lifted up his hands on high.

11 The fun and moon ftood still in their habitation: at the light of thine arrows they went, and at the fhining of thy glittering fpear. 12 Thou didst march through the land in In fignation, thou didit thresh the heathen in


CHA P. 1.

God's fevere judgments against Judah for divers fins.

egainfi Fudad. 13 Thou wenteft forth for the falvation d thy people, even for falvation with thine anointed; thou woundedft the head out of the house of the wicked, by discovering the foundation unto the neck. Selah.

14 Thou didft ftrike through with his flaves the head of his villages: they came out as a whirlwind to scatter me: their rejoicing was as to devour the poor fecretly.

15 Thou didnt walk through the fea with thine horses, through the heap of great was




HE word of the LORD which came unto Zephaniah the fon of Cuthi, the fon of Gedaliah, the fon of Amariah, the fun of Hizkiah, in the days of Jogah the son of Amon, king of Judah.

21 will utterly confume all things from off the land, faith the LORD.

3 I will confume man and beaft; I will confume the fowls of the heaven, and the fishes of the fea, and the tumbling blocks with the wicked; and I will cut off man from off the land, faith the LORD.

4 I will alfo ftretch out mine hand upon Judali, and upon all the inhabitants of Jerufalem; and I will cut off the remnant of Baal from this place, and the name of the Chemarims with the priests;

5 And them that worship the hoft of heaven upon the houfetops; and them that worship and that fwear by the LORD, and that fwear by Malcham;

6 And them that are turned back from the LORD; and those that have not fought the LORD, nor enquired for him.

7 Hold thy peace at the prefence of the Lord GOD: for the day of the LORD is at hand: for the LORD hath prepared a facrifice, he hath bid his guests.

8 And it thall come to pafs in the day of the LORD's facrifice, that I will punish the princes, and the king's children, and all fuch as are clothed with range apparel.

9 In the fame day alfo will I punish all thofe that leap on the threshold, which fill their maiter's houfes with violence and deceit.

10 And it shall come to pass in that day,

16 When I heard, my belly trembled; my lips quivered at the voice: rottenefs entered into my bones, and I trembled in myself, that I might reit in the day of trouble: when he cometh up unto the people, he will invade them with his troops.

17 Although the fig tree shall not blof fom, neither ball fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive thall fail, and the fields thall yield no meat; the flock thall be cut off from the fold, and there all be no herd in the ftalls:

18 Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I willjoy in the God of my falvation.

19 The Lord G is my ftrength, and he will make my icet like hinds feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the chief finger on my ringed initraments.

faith the LORD, that there shall be the noife of a cry from the fish gate, and an howling from the fecond, and a great crathing from the hills.

11 Howl, ye inhabitants of Maktech, for all the merchant people are cut down; all they that bear filver are cut off.

12 And it thall come to pafs at that time, that I will fearch Jerufalem with candles, and punish the men that are settled on their lecs: that fay in their heart, The LORD will not do good, neither will he do evil.

13 Therefore their goods thall become a booty, and their houfes a defolation: they thail alfo build houses, but not inhabit them; mi they fhall plant vineyards, but not drink the wine thereof.

14 The great day of the LORD is near, it is near, and hafteth greatly, even the voice of the day of the LORD: the mighty man thall cry there bitterly.

15 That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of watteness and defolation, a day of darknefs and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness,

16 A day of the trumpet and alarm a gainst the fenced cities, and against the high towers.

17 And I will bring diftrefs upon men, that they shall walk like blind men, because they have finned against the LORD: and their blood shall be poured out as duft, and their fleft as the dung.

18 Neither their filver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD's wrath; but the whole land fhall be deyoured by the fire of his jealoufy: for he thail make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land.

Exhortation to repentance.

Ifrael reproved for her fins.

CH A P. 11.

Chap. il, ill.
of Ifrael, 14 and to rejoice for their salva-
tion by God.

1 An exhortation to repentance. 4 The judg

ment of the Philipines, & of Moab, and Am- WOE to her that is filthy and polluted,

mon, 12 of Ethiopia, 13

to the oppreffing


ATHER yourfelves together, yea, gather together, O nation not defired;

2 She obeyed not the voice; the received not correction; the trufted not in the LORD; the drew not near to her God.

2 Before the decree bring forth, before the day pafs as the chart, before the fierce anger of the LORD come upon you, before the day of the LORD's anger come upon you.

3 Her princes within her are roaring lions; her judges are evening wolves; they gnaw not the bones till the morrow.

3 Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; feek righteoufnefs, feek meeknefs: it may be ye thall be hid in the day of the Lord's anger.

4 For Gaza fhall be forfaken, and Afhkelon a defolation: they shall drive out Athdod at the noon day, and Ekron fhall be rooted up.

5 Woe unto the inhabitants of the fea coafts, the nation of the Cherethites! the word of the LORD is againit you; O Canaan, the land of the Philistines, I will even destroy thee, that there shall be no inhabitant.

6 And the fea coaft fhall be dwellings and cottages for thepherds, and folds for flocks.

7 And the coaft thall be for the remnant of the house of Judah; they fhall feed thereupon in the houfes of Aihkelon fhall they He down in the evening: for the LORD their God fhall vifit them and turn away their captivity.

I have heard the reproach of Moab, and the evilings of the children of Ammon, whereby they have reproached my people, and magnified themselves against their border.

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4 Her prophets are light and treacherous perfons: her priests have polluted the fanett ay, they have done violcnee to the law.

5 The juft LORD is in the midit thereof; he will not do iniquity: every morning doth he bring his judgment to light, he faileth not; but the unjust knoweth no thame.

6 I have cut off the nations: their towers are defolate; I made their trects warte, that none paffeth by: their cities are deftroyed, fo that there is no man, that there is none inhabitant.

7 I faid, Surely thou wilt fear me, thou wilt receive inftruction; to their dwelling should not be cut off, howfoever I punithed them: but they rofe early, and corrupted all their doings.

8 Therefore wait ye upon me, faith the LORD, until the day that I rife up to the prey for my determination is to gather the nations, that I may affemble the kingdoms, to pour upon them mine indignation, even all my fierce anger: for all the earth fhall be devoured with the fire of my jealoufy.

9 For then will I turn fo the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the LORD, to ferve him with one


10 From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia my fuppliants, even the daughter of my difperf ed, thall bring mine offering.

11 In that day fhalt thou not be afhamed for all thy doings, wherein thou hatt tranfgreffed against me: for then I will take away out of the mid of thee them that rejoice in thy pride, and thou shalt no more be haughty becaufe of my holy mountain.

12 I will alfo leave in the mid of thee anamicted and poor people, and they shall truft in the name of the LORD.

13 The remnant of Ifrael fhall not do iniquity, nor fpeak lies; neither fhall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth; for they shall feed and lie down, and none fhall make them afraid.

14 Sing, O daughter of Zion; fhout, a Ifrael; be glad and rejoice with all the heart, O daughter of Jerufalem.

15 The LORD hath taken away thy judg ments, he hath caft out thine enemy: the king of Ifrael, even the LORD, is in the midst of thee: thou shalt not fee evil any more.

16 In that day it shall be faid to Jerufalem, Fear thou not; and to Zion, Let not thine hands be flack.

17 The LORD thy God in the midt of thee is mighty; he will fave, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rett in his love, he will joy over thee with finging.

18 I will gather them that are forrowful for the folemn affembly, who are of thee, to whom the reproach of it was a burden.

19 Behold, at that time I will undo all that afflict thee: and I will fave her that halteth,

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