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By David R. Slavitt

It is a glittering new translation of the part of the Hebrew Bible often called the ebook of the Twelve Prophets, or the Twelve "Minor" Prophets. within the Bible, the books of the prophets are prepared in tough order of size. the current crew of writings therefore looks after the so-called "major" prophets (Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel), and comprises the a lot shorter texts of Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habbakuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi. on the time while all biblical books have been written on scrolls, those twelve short prophetic texts have been frequently written on a unmarried scroll, and so got here to be thought of a unmarried e-book. "Minor" with appreciate to size in basic terms, they're from the literary standpoint one of the most fascinating texts within the Bible--passionate, visionary, and written with actual literary sophistication. David Slavitt's really good glossy translation breathes clean existence into those strong historical texts.

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Therefore I will do to you what I threaten, and because I will do this, O Israel, you should prepare to meet your God. 46 For, see, he who made the mountains and created the wind and declared to man what his thought was and lifts the morning's darkness and walks upon the heights of the earth, the Lord, the God of hosts is his name. 5 Hear this word that I speak against you, my lamentation, O house of Israel: The virgin Israel is fallen and shall not rise again. She is forsaken in her land and there is no one to raise her up.

For who can be sure that it is too late to turn and repent, to leave a blessing behind you, and to offer grain and meat and wine to the Lord your God? Sound the shofar and sanctify the fast. Call a solemn assembly and gather the people in conclave. Bless the congregation and call the elders together. Gather the children, even the nursing infants, and let the bridegroom leave his new house and the bride her nuptial chamber. " 33 Then will the Lord care for his land and pity his people. Yes, and the Lord will answer his people's prayers and say, Behold, I will send you grain and wine and oil, and you shall be satisfied.

Ephraim's honor shall fly away like a bird, with no childbirth, no gravid wombs, no conceptions. Even if they rear children, I will bereave them and there shall be none left. Woe to them when I abandon them. Ephraim's sons are destined to be prey to wild beasts. Give them, O Lord . . What? A womb that miscarries and dry breasts. Every -wickedness there is, they committed in Gilgal, and therefore I hate them. For their evil deeds, I will drive them from my house and love them no longer. Their princes are rebels.

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