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CHAP VIII. 22 · Lord came to Zacharias, in the fourth day

in the church of Christ. of the ninth month, which is Casleu.

2 When Sarasar, and Rogommelech, and AND the word of the Lord of hosts came pogon the men that were with him, sent to the house of God, to entreat the face of the

2 Thus saith the Lord of hosts: I have

been jealous for Sion with a great jealousy ; 3 To speak to the priests of the house and with a great indignation have I been of the Lord of hosts, and to the prophets, jealous for her. saying : Must I weep in the fifth month,"

3 Thus saith the Lord of hosts : I am reor must I sanctify myself as I have now done turned to Sion, and I will dwell in the midst for many years ?

of Jerusalem : and Jerusalem shall be called 4 And the word of the Lord of hosts the city of truth, and the Mountain of came to me, saying :

the Lord of hosts, the sanctified Moun5. Speak to all the people of the land, and tain. to the priests, saying : When you fasted and 4 Thus saith the Lord of hosts : There mourned in the fifth and the seventh month shall yet old men and old women dwell in for these seventy years ; did you keep a the streets of Jerusalem: and every man fast unto me?

with his staff in his hand through multitude 6 And when you did eat and drink, did of days. you not eat for yourselves, and drink for 5 And the streets of the city shall be full yourselves ?

of boys and girls playing in the streets 7 Are not these the words, which the thereof. Lord spoke by the hand of the former pro-l. 6 Thus saith the Lord of hosts : If it seem phets, when Jerusalem as yet was inhabited hard in the eyes of the remnant of this and was wealthy, both itself and the cities people in those days; shall it be hard in my round about it, and there were inbabitants eyes, saith the Lord of hosts? towards the south, and in the plain ?

7 Thus saith the Lord of hosts : Behold, 8 And the word of the Lord came to I will save my people from the land of the Zacharias saying :

east, and from the land of the going down 9 Thus saith the Lord of hosts, saying of the sun. Judge ye true judgment, and shew ye 8 And I will bring them, and they shall mercy and compassion every man to his dwell in the midst of Jerusalem : and they brother.

shall be my people : and I will be their 10 And oppress not the widow, and the God in truth and in justice. fatherless, and the stranger, and the poor:

9 Thus saith the Lord of hosts : Let your and let not a man devise evil in his hearthands be strengthened, you that hear in against his brother.

these days these words by the mouth of the 11 But they would not hearken : and|prophets, in the day that the house of the they turned away the shoulder to depart : Lord of hosts was founded, that the temple and they stopped their ears, not to hear. might be built. 12 And they made their heart as the ada-||

10 For before those days there was no mant stone : lest they should hear the law, hire for men : neither was there hire for and the words which the Lord of hosts seni||beasts; neither was there peace to him that in his spirit by the hand of the former pro- came in, nor to him that went out, because phets : 'so a great indignation came from of the tribulation : and I let all men go eve. the Lord of hosts.

ry one against his neighbour. 13 And it came to pass that as he spoke vant of this people according to the former

11 But now I will not deal with the remand they heard not ; so shall they cry, and I will not hear, saith the Lord of hosts.

days, saith the Lord of hosts.

12 But there shall be the seed of peace : 14 And I dispersed them throughout all the vine shall yield her fruit, and the earth kingdoms, which they know not: and the shall give her increase, and the heavens shall land was left desolate behind them, so that give their dew: and I will cause the remno man passed through or returned : andant of this people to possess all these they changed the delightful land into a will

things. derness.

13 And it shall come to pass, that as you

were a curse among the Gentiles, 0 house * The fifth month. They fasted on the lof Juda, and house of Israel: so will I save tenth day of the fifth month ; because on you, and you shall be a blessing : fear not; that day the temple was burnt. Therefore let your hands be strengthened. they enquire whether they are to continue 14 For thus saith the Lord of hosts: As that fast, after the temple is rebuilt. See purposed to afflict you, when your fathis query answered in the the 19th versethers had provoked me to wrath, saith the of the following chapter.

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15 And I had no mercy : so turning again the rest thereof: for the eye of man, and I have thought in these days to do good to of all the tribes of Israel is the Lord's. the house of Juda, and Jerusalem : fear 2 Emath also in the borders thereof, and not.

Tyre, and Sidon : for they have taken to 16 These then are the things, which you themselves to be exceeding wise. shall do: Speak ye truth every one to 3 And Tyre hath built herself a strong his neighbour: judge ye truth and judg- hold, and heaped together silver as earth, ment of peace in your gates.

and gold as the mire of the streets. 17 And let none of you imagine evil in 4 Behold, the Lord shall possess bes, your hearts against his friend : and love not and shall strike her strength in the sea : á false oath : for all these are the things and she shall be devoured with fire. that I hate, saith the Lord.

5 Ascalon shall see, and shall fear, and Gaza, 18 And the word of the Lord of hosts and shall be very sorrowful: and Accaron, came to me, saying:

because her hope is confounded: and the 19 Thus saith the Lord of hosts : The king shall perish from Gaza: and Ascalon fast of the fourth month,* and the fast of shall not be inhabited. the fifth, and the fast of the seventh, and 6 And the divider shall sit in Azotus: the fast of the tenth shall be to the house and I will destroy the pride of the Philisof Juda, joy, and gladness, and great so- tines. lemnities : only love ye truth and peace. 7 And I will take away his blood* out of

20 Thus saith the Lord of hosts : Until his mouth, and his abominations from bepeople come, and dwell in many cities, tween his teeth : and even he shall be left

2i And the inhabitants go one to another, to our God; and he shall be as a gorernor saying : Let as go, and entreat the face of in Juda, and Accaron as a Jebusite. the Lord, and let us seek the Lord of 8 And I will encompass my house with hosts : I also will go.

them that serve me in war,f going and re22 And many peoples and strong na- turning; and the oppressor shall no more tions shall come to seek the Lord of hosts pass through them: for now I have seen with in Jerusalem, and to entreat the face of the liny eyes. Lord.

9 Rejoice greatly, o daughter of Sion ; 23 Thus saith the Lord of hosts: In those shout for joy, o daughter of Jerusalem : days, wherein ten ment of all languages of Behold, TUY KING will come to thee, the the Gentiles shall take hold, and shall hold just and saviour: he is poor, and riding fast the skirt of one that is a Jew, saying upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of We will go with you : for we have heard an ass. that God is with you.

10 And I will destroy the chariot out of CHAP. IX.

Ephraim, and the horse out of Jerusalem :

and the bow for war shall be broken: and God will defend his church, and bring over he shall speak peace to the Gentiles : And

even her enemies to the faith. The meek his power shall be from sea to sea and coming of Christ, to bring peace to deliver from the rivers even to the end of the the captives by his blood, and to give us all earth, good things.

11 Thou also by the blood of thy testaTHE the land of Hadrach, and of Damascus the pit, wherein is no water.

12 Return to the strong hold, ye prisonThe fast of the fourth month, &c. They jers of hope : I will render thee double as I fasted on the ninth day of the fourth month, declare to-day. because on that day Nabuchodonosor took

13 Because I have bent Juda for me as a Jerusalem, Jeremias lii. 6. On the tenth day bow, I have filled Ephraim : and I will raise of the fifth month : because on that day the temple was burnt, Jerem. lii. 12. On Greece: and I will make thee as the sword

up thy sons, O Sion,& above thy sons, 0 the third day of the seventh month, for the of the mighty. murder of Godolias, Jerem. xli. 2. And on the tenth day of the tenth month, because on that day the Chaldeans began to besiege

His blood. It is spoken of the PhilisJerusalem, 4 Kings xxv. 1. Åll these fasts, tines, and particularly of Azotus, (wbere if they will be obedient for the future, shall the temple of Dagon was) and contains a be changed, as is here promised, into joyful prophecy of the conversion of that people solemnities.

from their bloody sacrifices and abomina† Ten men, &c. Many of the Gentiles be. tions, to the worship of the true God. came proselytes to the Jewish religion be- That serve me in war, viz. The Mafore Christ; but many more were converted chabees. to Christ by the apostles and other preach- # Thy sons, O Sion, &c. viz. The aposers of the Jewish nation,

tles, who, in the spiritual way, conquered # Jadrach. Syria.

the Greeks, and subdued them to Christ.

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14 And the Lord God shall be seen over||through wine : and their children shall see, them : and his dart shall go forth as light- and shall rejoice: and their hcart shall be ning: and the Lord God will sound the joyful in the Lord. trumpet, and go in the whirlwind of the 8 I will whistle for them; and I will gasouth.

ther them together, because I have redeem15 The Lord of hosts will protect them :led them: and I will multiply them as they and they shall devour, and subdue with the were multiplied before. stones of the sling: and drinking they shall 9 And I will sow them among peoples : be inebriated as it were with wine : and and from afar they shall remember me: and they shall be filled as bowls, and as the they shall live with their children, and shall horns of the altar.

return. 16 And the Lord their God will save 10 And I will bring them back out of the them in that day, as the flock of his people : land of Egypt, and will gather them from for holy stones* shall be lifted up over his among the Assyrians: and will bring them

to the land of Galaad, and Libanus; and 17 For what is the good thing of him, place shall not be found for them. and what is his beautiful thing, but the cornt 11 And he shall pass over the strait of the of the elect, and wine springing forth vir-sea, and shall strike the waves in the sea : gins ?

and all the depths of the river shall be conCHAP. X.

founded: and the pride of Assyria shall be

humbled, and the sceptre of Egypt shall God is to be sought to, and not idols. The

depart. victories of his church, which shall arise

12 I will strengthen them in the Lord, originally from the Jewish nation.

and they shall walk in his name, saith the A SK ye of the Lord rain in the latter sea- Lord. son; and the Lord will make snows,

CHAP. XI. and will give them showers of rain, to every The destruction of Jerusalem and the temple. one grass in the field. 2 For the idols bave spoken what was

God's dealings with the Jews, and their reunprofitable; and the diviners have seen a probation.

PEN they comforted in : therefore they devour thy cedars. were led away as a flock: they shall be 2 Howl, thou fir-tree, for the cedar is afflicted, because they have no shepherd. fallen, for the mighty are laid waste : howl,

3 My wrath is kindled against the shep-llye oaks of Basan, because the fenced forest herds : and I will visit upon the buck-goats: is cut down: for the Lord of hosts hath visited his Hock,| 3 The voice of the howling of the shepthe house of Juda, and bath made them as herds, because their glory is laid waste: the horse of his glory in the battle. the voice of the roaring of the lions, be

4 Out of him shall come forth the corner,||cause the pride of the Jordan is spoiled. out of him the pin, out of him the bow of 4 Thus saith the Lord my God: Feed the battle, out of him every exactor together. Aock of the slaughter,

5 And they shall be as mighty men, tread- 5 Which they that possessed slew, and ing under foot the mire of the ways in bat-repented not; and they sold them, saying : tle: and they shall fight, because the Lord Blessed be the Lord, we are become rich : is with them : and the riders of horses shall and their shepherds spared them not. be confounded.

6 And I will no more spare the inhabi6 And I will strengthen the house of Ju-tants of the land, saith the Lord: behold, I da, and save the house of Joseph : and I will deliver the men, every one into his will bring them back again, because I will neighbour's hand, § and into the hand of his have mercy on them: and they shall be as king : and they shall destroy the land; and they were when I bad cast them off, for 1 I will not deliver it out of their hand. am the Lord their God, and will hear them.

7 And they shall be as the valiant men #0 Libanus. So Jerusalem, and more of Ephraim, and their heart shall rejoice as particularly the temple, is called by the pro

phets, from its height, and from its being Holy stones. The apostles, who shall built of the cedars of Libanus. Thy cedars. be as pillars and monuments in the church. Thy princes and chief men.

The corn, &c. His most excellent gift|| $ Every one into his neighbour's hand, &c. is the blessed Eucharist, called here the This alludes to the last siege of Jerusalem ; corn, that is, the bread of the elect, and the in which the different factions of the Jews wine springing forth virgins; that is, ma- destroyed one another; and they that reketh virgins to bud, or spring forth, as it mained fell into the hands of their king ; were, like flowers among thorns; because that is, of the Roman emperor, of whom it has a wonderful efficacy to give and pre. they had said, St. John xiv. 15. We have no serve purity.

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7 And I will feed the flock of slaughter wither away; and his right eye shall be utfor this, 0 ye poor of the flock. And 1 terly darkened. took unto me two rods,* one I called Beauty,

CHAP. XII. and the other I called a Cord : and I fed the flock.

God shall protect his church against her per. 8 And I cut off three shepherds in one

The mourning of Jerusalem.

THE burden of the word of the Lord regard: for their soul also varied in my re- upon Israel. Thus saith the Lord, who gard.

stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the 9 And I said : I will not feed you: that|foundations of the earth, and formeth the which dieth, let it die : and that which is cut spirit of man in him: off, let it be cut off: and let the rest devour 2 Behold, I will make Jerusalem a lintel every one the flesh of his neighbour. of surfeiting? to all the people round about:

10 And I took my rod that was called and Juda also shall be in the siege against Beauty : and I cut it asunder to make void Jerusalem. my covenant, which I had made with all 3 And it shall come to pass in that day, people.

that I will make Jerusalem a burdensome 11 And it was made void in that day : stone to all people : all that shall lift it up and so the poor of the flock that keep for shall be rent and torn: and all the king. me, understood that it is the word of the doms of the earth shall be gathered toge. Lord.

ther against her. 12 And I said to them: If it be good in 4 In that day, saith the Lord, I will strike your eyes, bring hither my wages : and if every horse with astonishment, and his rider not, be quiet. And they weighed for my with madness: and I will open my eyes upon wages thirty pieces of silver.

the house of Juda, and will strike every 13 And the Lord said to me: Cast it to horse of the nations with blindness, the statuary,t a handsome price, that I was 5 And the governors of Juda shall say in priced at by them. And I took the thirty their heart: Let the inhabitants of Jerusa. pieces of silver: and I cast them into the lem be strengthened for me in the Lord of house of the Lord to the statuary. hosts, their God.

14 And I cut off my second rod that was 6 In that day I will make the governors called a Cord, that I might break the bro- of Juda like a furnace of fire amongst wood, therhood between Juda and Israel.

and as a firebrand amongst hay: and they 15 And the Lord said to me: Take to shall devour all the people round about, to thee yet the instruments of a foolish shep-the right hand, and to the left: and Jerusa. herd, $

lem shall be inhabited again in her own 16 For behold, I will raise up a shepherd place in Jerusalem. in the land, who shall not visit what is for- 7 And the Lord shall save the taberna. saken, nor seek what is scattered, nor healcles of Juda, as in the beginning: that the what is broken, nor nourish that which house of David, and the glory of the inhabistandeth: and he shall eat the flesh of the tants of Jerusalem, may not boast and magfat ones, and break their hoofs.

nify themselves against Juda. · 17 O shepherd, and idol, that forsaketh 8 In that day shall the Lord protect the the flock; the sword upon his arm, and inhabitants of Jerusalem, and he that bath upon his right eye: his arm shall quite offended among them in that day shall be as

David ; and the house of David, as that of * Two roas. Or shepherds' staves, mean. God, as an Angel of the Lord in their sight. ing the different ways of God's dealing with 9 And it shall come to pass in that day, his people; the one by sweet means, called that I will seek to destroy all the nations that the rod of Beauty: the other by bands and come against Jerusalem. punishments, called the Cord. And where 10 And I will pour out upon the bouse both these rods are made of no use or effect of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jeru. by the obstinacy of sinners, the rods are salem, the spirit of grace, and of prayers: broken, and such sinners are given up to a land they shall look upon me, whom they reprobate sense, as the Jews were. Whave pierced; and they shall mourn for bim

+ Three shepherds in one month. That is, as one mourneth for an only son: and they in a very short time. By these three shep-shall grieve over him, as the manner is to herds probably are meant the latter princes grieve for the death of the first-born. and high priests of the Jews, whose reign 11 In that day there shall be a great lawas short.

# The statuary. The Hebrew word sig. TA lintel of surfeiting. That is, a door nifies also a potter.

into which they shall seek to enter, to gius $ .1 foolish shepherd. This was to repre-themselves with blood: but they shall stumsent the foolish, that is, the wicked princes'ble, and tall like men stupified with wine. and priests that should rule the people, be- It seems to allude to the times of Antiochus, fore their utter desolation.

fund to the victories of the Machabees.

mentation in Jerusalem, like the lamentation)

CHAP. XIV. of Adadremmon in the plain of Mageddon.ifter the persecutions of the church shall foi.

12 And the land shall mourn; families low great prosperity. Persecutors shall and families apart; the families of the house be punished : so shall all that will not serve of David apart, and their women apart; God in his church.

13 The families of the house of Nathan Become?'and thy spoils shall be divided apart, and their women apart ; the families of the house of Levi apart, and their women in the midst of thee. apart ; the families of Semei apart, and their 2 And I will gather* all nations to Jeruwomen apart :

salem to battle: and the city shall be taken, 14 All the rest of the families, families and the houses shall be rifled, and the woand families apart, and their women apart. men shall be defiled: and half of the city CHAP, XIII.

shall go forth into captivity : and the rest

of the people shall not be taken away out The fountain of Christ. Idols and false pro- of the city. phets shall be extirpated. Christ shall suf

3 Then the Lord shall go forth, and shall fer : his people shall be tried by fire.

fight against those nations, as when he IN N that day there shall be a fountain open fought in the day of battle.

to the house of David, and to the inha- 4 And his feet shall stand in that day bitants of Jerusalem: for the washing of the upon the mount of Olives, which is oversinner, and of the unclean woman. against Jerusalem toward the east : and the

2 And it shall come to pass in that day, mount of Olives shall be divided in the saith the Lord of hosts, that I will destroy midst thereof to the east, and to the west, the names of idols out of the earth ; and with a very great opening: and half of the they shall be remembered no more: and I mountain shall be separated to the north, will take away the false prophets, and the and half thereof to the south. unclean spirit out of the earth.

5 And you shall flee to the valley of 3 And it shall come to pass, that when those mountains, for the valley of the moun. any man shall prophesy any more, his father tains shall be joined even to the next : and and his mother that brought him into the you shall fee as you fed from the face of world, shall say to him: Thou shalt not the earthquake in the days of Ozias king of live; because thou hast spoken a lie in the Juda : and the Lord my God shall come, name of the Lord. And his father, and his and all the saints with him. mother, his parents shall thrust him through, 6 And it shall come to pass in that day, when he shall prophecy.

that there shall be no light,t but cold and 4 And it shall come to pass in that day, frost. that the prophets shall be confounded, eve- 7 And there shall be one day, which is ry one by his own vision, when he shall pro- known to the Lord, not day nor night: and phesy, neither shall they be clad with a gar- in the time of the evening there shall be ment of sackloth, to deceive :

light. + 5 But he shall say: I am no prophet; I 8 And it shall come to pass in that day, am a husbandman: for Adam is my example that living waters shall go out from Jeru. from my youth.

salem: half of them to the east sea, and half 6 And they shall say to him: What are of them to the last sea: they shall be in , these wounds in the midst of thy hands? summer and in winter. And he shall say: With these I was wound- 9 And the Lord shall be king over all ed in the house of them that loved me. the earth: in that day there shall be one

? Awake, O sword, against my shepherd,Lord, and his name shall be one. and against the man that cleaveth to me,

10 And all the land shall return| even to saith the Lord of hosts : strike the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered : and * I will gather, &c. This seems to be a I will turn my hand to the little ones. prophecy of what was done by Antiochus.

8 And there shall be in all the earth, saith t'No'light, viz. In that dismal time of the Lord, two parts in it shall be scattered, persecution of Antiochus, when it was nei-. and shall perish : but the third part shall be ther day, nor night : (ver. 7.) because they left therein.

neither had the comfortable light of the day, 9 And I will bring the third part through nor the repose of the night. the fire, and will refine them as silver is re. # In the time of the evening there shall be fined: and I will try them as gold is tried. Slight. An unexpected light shall arise by They shall call on my name, and I will hear the means of the Machabees, when things them. I will say : Thou art my people : shall seem to be at the worst. and they shall say: The Lord is my God. $. Living waters, viz. The gospel of

Christ. Adadremmon. A place near Mageddon, | All the land shall return, &c. This, in where the good king Josias was slain, and some measure, was verified by the means of much lamented by his people.

The Machabees; but is rather to be taken

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