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Take the millstones, and grind meal:
Uncover thy locks, make bare the leg,
Uncover the thigh, pass over the rivers.
Thy nakedness shall be uncovered, yea, thy shame
shall be seen: I will take vengeance, and I will not meet thee as
As for our redeemer, the Lord of hosts is his name, The Holy One of Israel.
Sit thou silent, and get thee into darkness, O daughter of the Chaldeans:
For thou shalt no more be called, The lady of kingdoms.
I was wroth with my people, I have polluted mine
inheritance, And given them into thine hand: Thou didst shew them no mercy; Upon the ancient hast thou very heavily laid thy
And thou saidst, I shall be a lady for ever: So that thou didst not lay these things to thy heart, Neither didst remember the latter end of it. Therefore hear now this, thou that art given to pleasures, that dwellest carelessly, That say est in thine heart, I am, and none else beside me;
I shall not sit as a widow, neither shall I know the loss of children:
But these two things shall come to thee in a mo-
abundance of thine enchantments. For thou hast trusted in thy wickedness: thou hast
said, None seeth me. Thy wisdom and thy knowledge, it hath perverted thee;
And thou hast said in thine heart, I am, and none
else beside me. Therefore shall evil come upon thee; thou shalt not
know from whence it riseth: And mischief shall fall upon thee; thou shalt not be
able to put it off: And desolation shall come upon thee suddenly,
which thou shalt not know. Stand now with thine enchantments, and with the
multitude of thy sorceries, Wherein thou hast laboured from thy youth; If so be thou shalt be able to profit, if so be thou
mayest prevail. Thou art wearied in the multitude of thy counsels. Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, the monthly
prognosticators, Stand up, and save thee from these things that shall
come upon thee.
Behold, they shall be as stubble; the fire shall burn them;
They shall not deliver themselves from the power
of the flame: There shall not be a coal to warm at, nor fire to sit
Thus shall they be unto thee with whom thou hast laboured, even thy merchants, from thy youth:
They shall wander every one to his quarter; none shall save thee.
Hear ye this, O house of Jacob,
And they went forth out of my mouth, and I shewed them;
I did them suddenly, and they came to pass.
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I have even from the beginning declared it to thee;
commanded them. Thou hast heard, see all this; And will not ye declare it? I have shewed thee new things from this time, Even hidden things, and thou didst not know them. They are created now, and not from the beginning;
Even before the day when thou heardest them not;
And wast called a transgressor from the womb.
Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver;
For how should my name be polluted?
Come ye near unto me, hear ye this;
Thus saith the Lord, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel;
I am the Lord thy God which teacheth thee to profit,
O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments!
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