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Because thou hast forgotten the God of thy salva


And hast not been mindful of the rock of thy strength,
Therefore shalt thou plant pleasant plants,
And shalt set it with strange slips:
In the day shalt thou make thy plant to grow,
And in the morning shalt thou make thy seed to

flourish: But the harvest shall be a heap in the day of grief

and of desperate sorrow.

Woe to the multitude of many people,
Which make a noise like the noise of the seas;
And to the rushing of nations,
That make a rushing like the rushing of mighty

waters! The nations shall rush like the rushing of many


But God shall rebuke them, and they shall flee far

off, And shall be chased as the chaff of the mountains

before the wind,
And like a rolling thing before the whirlwind.
And behold at eveningtide trouble;
And before the morning he is not.
This is the portion of them that spoil us,
And the lot of them that rob us.

Woe to the land shadowing with wings,
Which is beyond the rivers of Ethiopia:
That sendeth ambassadors by the sea,
Even in vessels of bulrushes upon the waters, say-

Go, ye swift messengers,
To a nation scattered and peeled,
To a people terrible from their beginning hitherto;
A nation meted out and trodden down,
Whose land the rivers have spoiled!
All ye inhabitants of the world, and dwellers on the

earth, See ye, when he lifteth up an ensign on the moun

tains; And when he bloweth a trumpet, hear ye. For so the Lord said unto me, I will take my rest, and I will consider in my dwell

ing place Like a clear heat upon herbs, And like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest. For afore the harvest, when the bud is perfect, And the sour grape is ripening in the flower, He shall both cut off the sprigs with pruning hooks, And take away and cut down the branches. They shall be left together unto the fowls of the

mountains, And to the beasts of the earth:

And the fowls shall summer upon them,
And all the beasts of the earth shall winter upon

them. In that time shall the present be brought unto the

Lord of hosts Of a people scattered and peeled, And from a people terrible from their beginning

hitherto; A nation meted out and trodden under foot, Whose land the rivers have spoiled, To the place of the name of the Lord of hosts,

the mount Zion.

The burden of Egypt.
BEHOLD, the Lord rideth upon a swift cloud, and

shall come into Egypt: And the idols of Egypt shall be moved at his pre


And the heart of Egypt shall melt in the midst

of it. And I will set the Egyptians against the Egyp

tians: And they shall fight every one against his bro

ther, and every one against his neighbour; City against city, and kingdom against kingdom. And the spirit of Egypt shall fail in the midst

thereof; And I will destroy the counsel thereof:

And they shall seek to the idols, and to the charmers, And to them that have familiar spirits, and to the

wizards. And the Egyptians will I give over into the hand of

a cruel lord; And a fierce king shall rule over them, Saith the Lord, the Lord of hosts. And the waters shall fail from the sea, And the river shall be wasted and dried up. And they shall turn the rivers far away; And the brooks of defence shall be emptied and dried

up: The reeds and flags shall wither. The

paper reeds by the brooks, by the mouth of the brooks, And every thing sown by the brooks, Shall wither, be driven away, and be no more. The fishers also shall mourn, And all they that cast angle into the brooks shall

lament, And they that spread nets upon the waters shall lan

guish. Moreover they that work in fine flax, And they that weave networks, shall be confounded. And they shall be broken in the purposes thereof, All that make sluices and ponds for fish.

Surely the princes of Zoan are fools,
The counsel of the wise counsellors of Pharaoh is

become brutish:
How say ye unto Pharaoh, I am the son of the wise,
The son of ancient kings?
Where are they? where are thy wise men?
And let them tell thee now,
And let them know what the Lord of hosts hath

purposed upon Egypt. The princes of Zoan are become fools, The princes of Noph are deceived; They have also seduced Egypt, even they that are

the stay of the tribes thereof. . The Lord hath mingled a perverse spirit in the midst

thereof: And they have caused Egypt to err in every work

thereof, As a drunken man staggereth in his vomit. Neither shall there be any work for Egypt, Which the head or tail, branch or rush, may do. In that day shall Egypt be like unto women: And it shall be afraid and fear Because of the shaking of the hand of the Lord of

hosts, Which he shaketh over it. And the land of Judah shall be a terror unto Egypt, Every one that maketh mention thereof shall be afraid in himself,

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