Whose bglorious beauty is a fading flower,
2 Behold, the Lord hath da mighty and strong one,
Shall icast down to the earth with the hand.
3 aThe crown of pride, the drunkards of Ephraim,
Shall be trodden †under feet:
And as kthe hasty fruit before the summer;
Which when he that looketh upon it seeth,
While it is yet in his hand he †eateth it up.
And for a diadem of bbeauty, unto the residue of his people,
And for strength to them that turn the battle nto the gate.
qThe 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 rjudgment.
8 For sall tables are full of vomit and filthiness,
So that there is no place clean.
9 tWhom shall he teach knowledge?
And whom shall he make to understand †doctrine?
uThem that are weaned from the milk,
And drawn from the breasts.
10 For precept ||must be upon precept, precept upon precept;
vLine upon line, line upon line;
Here a little, and there a little:
||Will he speak to this people.
bPrecept upon precept, precept upon precept;
bLine upon line, line upon line;
Here a little, and there a little;
14 Wherefore hear the word of the Lord, dye scornful men,
That rule this people which is in Jerusalem.
15 Because ye have said, We have emade a covenant with death,
And ewith hell are we at agreement;
When fthe overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us:
For gwe have made lies our refuge,
And gunder falsehood have we hid ourselves:
And righteousness to mthe plummet:
18 And eyour covenant with death shall be disannulled,
And eyour agreement with hell shall not stand;
fWhen the overflowing scourge shall pass through,
Then ye shall be †trodden down by it.
For nnmorning by morning shall it pass over, by day and by night:
And qthe covering narrower than that he can wrap himself in it.
21 For the Lord shall rise up ras in mount Perazim,
That he may do his work, uhis strange work;
And bring to pass his act, his strange act.
22 Now therefore dbe ye not mockers,
Lest your bands be made strong:
For I have heard from the Lord God of hosts
wA consumption, even determined
Upon the whole earth.
Hearken, and hear my speech.
Doth he open and xbreak the clods of his ground?
Doth he not cast abroad the fitches, and scatter the cummin,
And cast in ||the principal wheat
27 For the fitches are not threshed with za threshing instrument,
Neither is a cart awheel turned about upon the cummin;
But the fitches are aabeaten out with a staff,
And the cummin with a rod.
Because he will not ever be threshing it,
Nor break it with the wheel of his cart,
Nor bruise it with his horsemen.
About King James Version
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