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Aske yee of the Lord raine in the time of the latter raine, so the Lord shal make bright clouds, and giue them showres of raine, to euery one grasse in the field.
2
For the idoles haue spoken vanitie, and the diuiners haue seene a lye, and haue told false dreames;
they comfort in vaine: therefore they went their way as a flocke, they were troubled because there was no shepheard.
3
Mine anger was kindled against the shepheards, and I punished the goats: for the Lord of hostes hath visited his flocke the house of Iudah, and hath made them as his goodly horse in the battell.
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Out of him came forth the corner, out of him the naile, out of him the battell bow, out of him euery oppressour together.
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And they shall bee as mightie men which tread downe their enemies in the myre of the streets in the battell, and they shall fight because the Lord is with them, and the riders on horses shall be confounded.
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And I will strengthen the house of Iudah, and I will saue the house of Ioseph, and I will bring them againe to place them, for I haue mercie vpon them: and they shall be as though I had not cast them off: for I am the Lord their God, & will heare them.
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And they of Ephraim shall be like a mightie man, and their heart shall reioyce as through wine: yea, their children shall see it, and be glad, their heart shall reioyce in the Lord.
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I will hisse for them and gather them, for I haue redeemed them: and they shall increase as they haue increased.
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And I will sow them among the people, and they shall remember me in farre countries, and they shall liue with their children, and turne againe.
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I will bring them againe also out of the land of Egypt, and gather them out of Assyria, and I will bring them into the land of Gilead and Lebanon, and place shall not be found for them.
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And he shall passe through the sea with affliction, & shall smite the waues in the Sea, and all the deepes of the riuer shall dry vp: and the pride of Assyria shall be brought downe, and the scepter of Egypt shall depart away.
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And I will strengthen them in the Lord, and they shall walke vp and downe in his name, saith the Lord.