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In measure, when it shooteth forth, thou wilt debate with it:

He stayeth his rough wind in the day of the east wind.

By this therefore shall the iniquity of Jacob be purged;

And this is all the fruit to take away his sin;

When he maketh all the stones of the altar as chalkstones that are beaten in sunder,

The groves and images shall not stand up.

Yet the defenced city shall be desolate,

And the habitation forsaken, and left like a wilderness:

There shall the calf feed, and there shall he lie down,

And consume the branches thereof.

When the boughs thereof are withered, they shall

be broken off: The women come, and set them on fire: For it is a people of no understanding: Therefore he that made them will not have mercy

on them,

And he that formed them will shew them no favour.

And it shall come to pass in that day,

That the Lord shall beat off from the channel of the

river unto the stream of Egypt, And ye shall be gathered one by one, O ye children

of Israel.

And it shall come to pass in that day,
That the great trumpet shall be blown,

And they shall come which were ready to perish in

the land of Assyria, And the outcasts in the land of Egypt, And shall worship the Lord in the holy mount at

Jerusalem.

Woe to the crown of pride, to the drunkards of
Ephraim,

Whose glorious beauty is a fading flower,
Which are on the head of the fat valleys of them

that are overcome with wine!
Behold, the Lord hath a mighty and strong one,
Which as a tempest of hail and a destroying storm,
As a flood of mighty waters overflowing,
Shall cast down to the earth with the hand.
The crown of pride, the drunkards of Ephraim,
Shall be trodden under feet:
And the glorious beauty, which is on the head of

the fat valley, shall be a fading flower, And as the hasty fruit before the summer; Which when he that looketh upon it seeth, While it is yet in his hand he eateth it up.

In that day shall the Lord of hosts be for a crown of glory,

And for a diadem of beauty, unto the residue of his people,

And for a spirit of judgment to him that sitteth in judgment,

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And for strength to them that turn the battle to the gate.

But they also have erred through wine, and through

strong drink are out of the way; The priest and the prophet have erred through

strong drink, They are swallowed up of wine, they are out of the

way through strong drink;
They err in vision, they stumble in judgment.
For all tables are full of vomit and filthiness,
So that there is no place clean.

Whom shall he teach knowledge?

And whom shall he make to understand doctrine?

Them that are weaned from the milk,

And drawn from the breasts.

For precept must be upon precept, precept upon

precept;
Line upon line, line upon line;
Here a little, and there a little:
For with stammering lips and another tongue
Will he speak to this people.
To whom he said,

This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest;

And this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.
But the word of the Lord was unto them
Precept upon precept, precept upon precept;

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Line upon line, line upon line;

Here a little, and there a little;

That they might go, and fall backward, and be

broken, And snared, and taken.

Wherefore hear the word of the Lord, ye scornful men,

That rule this people which is in Jerusalem. Because ye have said, We have made a covenant

with death, And with hell are we at agreement; When the overflowing scourge shall pass through,

it shall not come unto us: For we have made lies our refuge, And under falsehood have we hid ourselves: Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, A tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation:

He that believeth shall not make haste.
Judgment also will I lay to the line,
And righteousness to the plummet:
And the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies,
And the waters shall overflow the hiding place.
And your covenant with death shall be disannulled,
And your agreement with hell shall not stand;
When the overflowing scourge shall pass through,

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Then ye shall be trodden down by it.
From the time that it goeth forth it shall take you:
For morning by morning shall it pass over, by day

and by night: And it shall be a vexation only to understand the

report.

For the bed is shorter than that a man can stretch

himself on it: And the covering narrower than that he can wrap

himself in it. For the Lord shall rise up as in mount Perazim, He shall be wroth as in the valley of Gibeon, That he may do his work, his strange work; And bring to pass his act, his strange act. Now therefore be ye not mockers, Lest your bands be made strong: For I have heard from the Lord God of hosts A consumption, even determined Upon the whole earth.

Give ye ear, and hear my voice;

Hearken, and hear my speech.

Doth the plowman plow all day to sow?

Doth he open and break the clods of his ground?

When he hath made plain the face thereof,

Doth he not cast abroad the fitches, and scatter the

cummin, And cast in the principal wheat

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