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Behold the land of the Chaldeans;
This people was not,

Till the Assyrian founded it for them that dwell in

the wilderness:
They set up the towers thereof,
They raised up the palaces thereof;
And he brought it to ruin.

Howl, ye ships of Tarshish: for your strength is laid waste.

And it shall come to pass in that day,
That Tyre shall be forgotten seventy years,
According to the days of one king:
After the end of seventy years shall Tyre sing as
an harlot.

Take an harp, go about the city, thou harlot that

hast been forgotten; Make sweet melody, sing many songs, that thou

mayest be remembered. And it shall come to pass after the end of seventy

years,

That the Lord will visit Tyre,
And she shall turn to her hire,
And shall commit fornication with all the kingdoms

of the world
Upon the face of the earth.

And her merchandise and her hire shall be holiness to the Lord:

It shall not be treasured nor laid up;

For her merchandise shall be for them that dwell

before the Lord, To eat sufficiently, and for durable clothing.

Behold, the Lord maketh the earth empty, and

maketh it waste, And turneth it upside down, and scattereth abroad

the inhabitants thereof. And it shall be, as with the people, so with the priest; As with the servant, so with his master; As with the maid, so with her mistress; As with the buyer, so with the seller; As with the lender, so with the borrower; As with the taker of usury, so with the giver of

usury to him. The land shall be utterly emptied, and utterly

spoiled:

For the Lord hath spoken this word.
The earth mourneth and fadeth away,
The world languisheth and fadeth away,
The haughty people of the earth do languish.
The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants there-
of;

Because they have transgressed the laws, changed

the ordinance, Broken the everlasting covenant. Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, And they that dwell therein are desolate: Therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, And few men left.

The new wine mourneth, the vine languisheth,

All the merryhearted do sigh.

The mirth of tabrets ceaseth, the noise of them

that rejoice endeth, The joy of the harp ceaseth. They shall not drink wine with a song; Strong drink shall be bitter to them that drink it. The city of confusion is broken down: Every house is shut up, that no man may come in. There is a crying for wine in the streets; All joy is darkened, The mirth of the land is gone. In the city is left desolation, And the gate is smitten with destruction. When thus it shall be in the midst of the land

among the people, There shall be as the shaking of an olive tree, And as the gleaning grapes when the vintage is

done.

They shall lift up their voice, they shall sing
For the majesty of the Lord, they shall cry aloud

from the sea. Wherefore glorify ye the Lord in the fires, Even the name of the Lord God of Israel in the

isles of the sea.

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From the uttermost part of the earth have we heard songs, even glory to the righteous.

But I said, My leanness, my leanness, woe unto me!

The treacherous dealers have dealt treacherously;

Yea, the treacherous dealers have dealt very treacherously.

Fear, and the pit, and the snare,

Are upon thee, O inhabitant of the earth.

And it shall come to pass, that he who fleeth from the noise of the fear shall fall into the pit;

And he that cometh up out of the midst of the pit shall be taken in the snare:

For the windows from on high are open,

And the foundations of the earth do shake.

The earth is utterly broken down,

The earth is clean dissolved,

The earth is moved exceedingly.

The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard,

And shall be removed like a cottage;

And the transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it;

And it shall fall, and not rise again.

And it shall come to pass in that day,

That the Lord shall punish the host of the high

ones that are on high, And the kings of the earth upon the earth. And they shall be gathered together, as prisoners

are gathered in the pit,

And shall be shut up in the prison,
And after many days shall they be visited.
Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun

ashamed,
When the Lord of hosts shall reign
In mount Zion, and in Jerusalem,
And before his ancients gloriously.

0 Lord, thou art my God;

I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name; For thou hast done wonderful things;

Thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth.

For thou hast made of a city an heap;

Of a defenced city a ruin:

A palace of strangers to be no city;

It shall never be built.

Therefore shall the strong people glorify thee,

The city of the terrible nations shall fear thee.

For thou hast been a strength to the poor,

A strength to the needy in his distress,

A refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat,

When the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm

against the wall. Thou shalt bring down the noise of strangers, As the heat in a dry place; Even the heat with the shadow of a cloud: The branch of the terrible ones shall be brought

low.

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