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evening oblation. And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, O Daniel, I am now come forth to give thee skill and understanding. At the beginning of thy supplications the commandment came forth, and I am come to shew thee; for thou art greatly beloved: therefore understand the matter, and consider the vision. Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.

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the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz,
and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and in
the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash,
king of Israel. The beginning of the
word of the LORD by Hosea. And the
LORD said to Hosea, Go, take unto
thee a wife of whoredoms and children
of whoredoms: for the land hath
committed great whoredom, departing
from the LORD. So he went and took
Gomer the daughter of Diblaim;
which conceived, and bare him a

Ry. I saw. p. cxlviii.
Lesson II.

AND the LORD said unto him, Call

his name Jezreel; for yet a little while, and I will avenge the blood of Jezreel upon the house of Jehu, and

will cause to cease the kingdom of the
house of Israel. And it shall come to
pass at that day, that I will break the
bow of Israel in the valley of Jezreel.
And she conceived again, and bare a
daughter. And God said unto him,
Call her name Lo-ruhamah: for I
will no more have mercy upon the
house of Israel; but I will utterly
take them away. But I will have
mercy upon the house of Judah, and
will save them by the LORD their GOD,
and will not save them by bow, nor
by sword, nor by battle, by horses, nor
by horsemen.

Ry. Look down. p. cxlviii.
Lesson III.

NOW when she had weaned Lo-
ruhamah, she conceived, and
bare a son. Then said GOD, Call his
name Lo-ammi: for ye are not my
people, and I will not be your God.
Yet the number of the children of
Israel shall be as the sand of the sea,
which cannot be measured nor
numbered; and it shall come to pass,
that in the place where it was said
unto them, Ye are not my people,


Here beginneth the Book of Hosea the there it shall be said unto them,
are the sons of the living
GOD. Then shall the children of


Lesson I. Chap. i. THE word of the LORD that came Judah and the children of Israel be unto Hosea, the son of Beeri, ingathered together, and appoint them

Lesson III.

KNOW therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week and in the midst of the week he shall cause the

sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

Ry. My God. p. cl.

selves one head, and they shall come up out of the land: for great shall be the day of Jezreel.

Ry. Behold. p. exlviii.

From the Book of S. Augustine the
Bishop, on the City of GOD.

Lesson IV.

Book 18. Chap. 28.

THE prophet Hosea, on account of the depth of his sayings, requires the more labour to penetrate his meaning. But something is to be drawn from this, and to be placed here as a promise for us. And it shall come to pass, he says, that in the place

where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people, there it shall be said unto them, Ye are the sons of the living GOD. This testimony of the prophet concerning the calling of the Gentiles, who formerly did not belong to GOD, was understood even by the Apostles. Ry. I have. p. cxlix.

Lesson V.

AND because the Gentiles are spiritually among the children of Abraham, and are therefore rightly called Israel, therefore he proceeds, saying, Then shall the children of Judah and the children of Israel be

Lesson VI.

BUT that those carnal Israelites

who now will not believe in CHRIST will hereafter believe, that is, in their children, (for they truly when

they die will pass to their own place,) the prophet also testifies when he says, that, The children of Israel shall abide many days without a king, and without a prince, and without a sacrifice, without an altar, without, a priesthood, and without teraphim. Who does not see that such is now the condition of the Jews?

Ry. We looked. p. cxlix.
Ry. vii. Blessed are. p. cxlix.
Ry. viii. Two Seraphim. p. xxviii.

Of Hosea the Prophet.
Lesson I. Chap. iv.

HEAR the word of the LORD, ye

children of Israel: for the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of GOD in the land. By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood. Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwelleth therein shall languish, with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven; yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away. Ry. He hath. p. cl.


Lesson II.

gathered together, and appoint them-YET let no man strive, nor reprove selves one head, and they shall come another for thy people are as up out of the land. If we wish to they that strive with the priest. expound this, the freshness of the Therefore shalt thou fall in the day, prophet's words will be impaired. and the prophet also shall fall with However we may call to mind the thee in the night, and I will destroy corner stone and the two walls, the thy mother. My people are destroyed one, Jews, the other, Gentiles; the one, for lack of knowledge: because thou called the sons of Judah, the other, the hast rejected knowledge, I will also sons of Israel, leaning together upon reject thee, that thou shalt be no one and the same prince; and they priest to me: seeing thou hast formay be recognised as they go up in the gotten the law of thy God, I will also land. forget thy children.

Ry. With Thine. p. cxlix.

Ry. I am straitened. p. cl.
Lesson III.

they were increased, so they

sinned against me:


change their glory into shame. They eat up the sin of my people, and

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they set their heart on their iniquity. | is wasted, the land mourneɩn; for the And there shall be, like people, like corn is wasted: the new wine is dried priest and I will punish them for up, the oil languisheth. Be ye their ways, and reward them their ashamed, O ye husbandmen; howl, O doings. For they shall eat, and not ye vinedressers, for the wheat and for have enough: they shall commit the barley; because the harvest of the whoredom, and shall not increase: field is perished. because they have left off to take heed to the LORD.

Ry. On a sinful. p. cli.

Ry. My God. p. cl.


Of Joel the Prophet.
Lesson I. Chap. iii.


Here beginneth the Book of Joel the FOR, behold, in those days, and in


that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem, I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land. And they have cast lots for my people: and have given a boy for an harlot, and sold a girl for wine, that they might drink.

Ry. He hath. p. cli.

Lesson I. Chap. i.

THE word of the LORD that came to Joel the son of Pethuel. Hear this, ye old men, and give hear, all ye inhabitants of the land. Hath this been in your days, or even in the days of your fathers? Tell ye your children | of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children another generation. That which the palmerworm hath left hath the locust eaten; and that which the locust hath left hath the cankerworm eaten: and that which the cankerworm hath left hath the caterpillar eaten.

Ry. At Thy. p. cl.

Lesson II.

AWAKE, ye drunkards, and weep;
and howl, all ye drinkers of wine,
because of the new wine; for it is cut
off from your mouth. For a nation is
come up upon my land, strong, and
without number, whose teeth are the
teeth of a lion, and he hath the cheek
teeth of a great lion. He hath laid
my vine waste, and barked my fig
tree; he hath made it clean bare, and
cast it away; the branches thereof are
made white.

Ry. Gird about. p. cli.
Lesson III.

LAMENT like a virgin girded with
sackcloth for the husband of her
youth. The meat offering and the
drink offering is cut off from the
house of the LORD; the priests, the
LORD's ministers, mourn. The field

Lesson II.

YEA, and what have ye to do with
me, O Tyre, and Zidon, and all
the coasts of Palestine? will ye render
me a recompence? and if ye recom-
pense me, swiftly and speedily will I
return your recompence upon your
own head; because ye have taken my
silver and my gold, and have carried
into your temples my goodly pleasant
things: the children also of Judah
and the children of Jerusalem have
ye sold unto the Grecians, that ye
might remove them far from their
border. Behold, I will raise them out
of the place whither ye have sold them,
and will return your recompence upon
your own head.

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Lesson III:

AND I will sell your sons and your daughters hand children of Judah, and they shall sell them to the Sabeans, to a people far off: for the LORD hath spoken it.

Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles; | four, I will not turn away the punishPrepare war, wake up the mighty men, ment thereof; because they carried away let all the men of war draw near; let captive the whole captivity, to deliver them come up: beat your plowshares them up to Edom: but I will send a into swords, and your pruninghooks fire on the wall of Gaza, which shall into spears: let the weak say, I am devour the palaces thereof: and I will strong. Assemble yourselves, and cut off the inhabitant from Ashdod, come, all ye heathen, and gather and him that holdeth the sceptre yourselves together round about: from Ashkelon, and I will turn mine thither cause thy mighty ones to come hand against Ekron: and the remnant down, O LORD. Let the heathen be of the Philistines shall perish, saith wakened, and come up to the valley the LORD GOD. of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about.

Ry. Behold. p. cxlviii.


Ry. My God. p. cl..

Here beginneth the Book of Obadiah
the Prophet.
Lesson I. Chap. i.

THE vision of Obadiah. Thus saith

the LORD GOD concerning Edom; We have heard a rumour from the LORD, and an ambassador is sent among the heathen, Arise ye, and let us rise up against her in battle. Behold, I have made thee small among the heathen: thou art greatly despised. The pride of thine heart hath deceived thee, thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, whose habitation is high; that saith in his heart, Who shall bring me down to the ground? Though thou exalt thyself as the eagle, and though thou set thy nest among the stars, thence will


bring thee down, saith the LORD. Ry. I have set. p. cxlix.


Here beginneth the Book of Amos the

Lesson I. Chap. i.

THE words of Amos, who was
among the herdmen of Tekoa,
which he saw concerning Israel in the
days of Uzziah king of Judah, and in
the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash
king of Israel, two years before the
earthquake. And he said, The LORD
will roar from Zion, and utter his
voice from Jerusalem; and the habita-
tions of the shepherds shall mourn,
and the top of Carmel shall wither.
Ry. I saw the LORD. p. cxlviii.
Lesson II.

THUS saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Damascus, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they have threshed Gilead with threshing

instruments of iron: but I will send a fire into the house of Hazael, which shall devour the palaces of Ben-hadad. I will break also the bar of Damascus, and cut off the inhabitant from the plain of Aven, and him that holdeth the sceptre from the house of Eden: and the people of Syria shall go into captivity unto Kir,

saith the LORD.

Ry. Look down. p. cxlviii.
Lesson III.

THUS saith the LORD: For three
transgressions of Gaza, and for

Lesson II.

IF thieves came to thee, if robbers by

night, (how art thou cut off !) would they not have stolen till they had enough? If the grapegatherers came to thee, would they not leave some grapes? How are the things of Esau searched out! how are his hidden things sought up! All the men of thy confederacy have brought thee even to the border: the men that were at peace with thee have deceived thee, and prevailed against thee; they that eat thy bread have laid a wound under thee: there is none understand$

ing in him.

Ry. With thine. p. cxlix.

Lesson III.

SHALL I not in that day, saith the LORD, even destroy the wise men out of Edom, and understanding out of the mount of Esau? And thy mighty men, O Teman, shall be dismayed, to the end that every one of the mount of Esau may be cut off by slaughter. For thy violence against thy brother Jacob, shame shall

cover thee, and thou shalt be cut off for ever. In the day that thou stoodest on the other side, in the day that the strangers carried away captive his forces, and foreigners entered into his gates, and cast lots upon Jerusalem, even thou wast as one of them. Ry. We looked. p. cxlix.

GOD will think upon us, that we
perish not. And they said every one
to his fellow, Come, and let us cast
lots, that we may know for whose
cause this evil is upon us. So they cast
lots, and the lot fell upon Jonah.
Ry. I am straitened. p. cl.

Lesson II.

THEN the mariners were afraid, and cried every man unto his god, and cast forth the wares that were in the ship into the sea, to lighten it of them. But Jonah was gone down into the sides of the ship; and he lay, and was fast asleep. So the shipmaster came to him, and said unto him, What meanest thou, O sleeper? arise, call upon thy God, if so be that

Lesson III.

THEN said they unto him, Tell us, this evil is upon us; what is thine we pray thee, for whose cause occupation? and whence comest thou? what is thy country? and of what people art thou? And he said unto them, I am an Hebrew; and I fear the LORD, the God of heaven, which hath made the sea and the dry land. Then were the men exceedingly afraid, and said unto him, Why hast thou done this? For the men knew that he fled from the presence of the LORD, because he had told them. Then said they unto him, What shall we do unto

thee, that the sea be calm unto

us? for the sea wrought, and was
Take me up, and cast me forth into
And he said unto them,
the sea; so shall the sea be calm unto

you: for I know that for my sake this
great tempest is upon you.
Ry. My God. p. cl.


Here beginneth the Book of Jonah the

Lesson I. Chap. i.

the word of

LORD came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me. But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD. But the LORD sent out a great wind into Here the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea, so that the ship was like to be broken.

Ry. Blessed are. p. cxlix.


beginneth the Book of Micah
the Prophet.
Lesson I. Chap. i.

THE word of the LORD that came to
Micah the Morasthite in the days
of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings
of Judah, which he saw concerning
Samaria and Jerusalem. Hear, all ye
people; hearken, O earth, and all
that therein is: and let the LORD GOD
be witness against you, the LORD from
his holy temple. For, behold, the
LORD cometh forth out of his place,
and will come down, and tread upon
the high places of the earth.
Ry. I saw. p. cxlviii.

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