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The rejection of Jerusalem.

EZEKIEL.

God's love to Jerusalem. upon Jerusalem, the sword, and the famine, 6 | And when I passed by thee, and saw and the noisome beast, and the pestilence, thee polluted in thine own blood, I said unto to cut off from it man and beast?

thee when thou wast in thy blood, Live; yea, 22 | Yet, behold, therein shall be left a I said unto thee when thou wast in thy blood, reinant that shall be brought forth, both Live. sons and daughters: behold, they shall come 7 I have caused thee to multiply as the bud forth unto you, and ye shall see their way of the field, and thou hast increased and and their doings: and ye shall be comforted waxen great, and thou art come to excellent concerning the evil that I have brought upon ornaments: thy breasts are fashioned, and Jerusalem, even concerning all that I have thy hair is grown, whereas thou wast naked brought upon it.

and bare. 23 And they shall comfort you, when ye see 8 Now when I passed by thee, and looked their ways and their doings; and ye shall upon thee, behold, thy time was the time of know that I have not done without cause all love; and I spread my skirt over thee, ant that I have done in it, saith the Lord God. covered thy nakedness: yea, I sware unto CHAP. XV.

thee, and entered into a covenant with thee, 1 By the unfitness of the vine-branch for any saith the Lord God, and thou becamest mine. work 6 is shewed the rejection of Jerusalem. 9 Then washed I thee with water; yea, I

ND the word of the Lord came unto thoroughly washed away thy blood from me, saying,

thee, and I anointed thee with oil. 2 Son of man, What is the vine-tree more 10 I clothed thee also with broidered work, than any tree, or than a branch which is and shod thee with badgers' skin, and I girdamong the trees of the forest ?

ed thee about with fine linen, and I covered 3 Shall wood be taken thereof to do any thee with silk. work? or will men take a pin of it to hang 11 I decked thee also with ornaments, and any vessel thereon ?

I put bracelets upon thy hands, and a chain 4 Behold, it is cast into the fire for fuel; the on thy neck. fire devoureth both the ends of it, and the

12 And I put

jewel on thy forehead, and midst of it is burned. Is it meet for any work? ear-rings in thine ears, and a beautiful crown 5 Behold, when it was whole, it was meet upon thy head. for no work: how much less shall it be meet 13 Thus wast thou decked with gold and yet for any work, when the fire hath devour- silver; and thy raiment was of fine linen, ed it, and it is burned ?

and silk, and broidered work; thou didst eat 6 91 Therefore thus saith the Lord God; As fine flour, and honey, and oil; and thou wast the vine-tree among the trees of the forest, exceeding beautiful, and thou didst prosper which I have given to the fire for fuel, so into a kingdom. will I give the inhabitants of Jerusalem. 14 And thy renown went forth among the

7 And I will set my face against them; they heathen for thy beauty: for it was perfect shall go out from one fire, and another fire through my comeliness, which I had put shall devour them; and ye shall know that I upon thee, saith the Lord God. am the Lord, when I set my face against 15 9 But thou didst trust in thine own beauthem.

ty, and playedst the harlot because of thy 8 And I will make the land desolate, be- renown,' and pouredst out thy fornications cause they have committed a trespass, saith on every one that passed by; his it was. the Lord God.

16 And of thy garments thou didst take, and CHAP. XVI.

deckedist thy high places with divers colours, 1 Under the similitude of a wretched infant is and playedst the harlot thereupon: the like

showed the natural state of Jerusalem. thiny's shall not come, neither shall it be so. God's extraordinary love towards her. 15

17 Thou hast also taken thy fair jewels of Her monstrous whoredom. 35 Her gricvous judgment., 44 Her sin, matching her mother, my gold and of my silver, which I had given and exceeding her sisters, Sodom and Sama- thee, and madest to thyself images of men, ria, calleth for judgments. 60 Mercy is pro- and didst commit whoredom with tliem. mised her in the end.

18 And tookest thy broidered garments, and GAIN the word of the LORD came unto coveredst them: and thou hast set mine oil me, saying,

and mine incense before them. 2 Son of man, cause Jerusalem to know

19 My meat also which I gave thee, fine lier abominations,

flour, and oil, and honey, wherewith I fed 3 And say, Thus saith the Lord God unto thee, thou hast even set it before them for a Jerusalem ; Thy birth and thy nativity is of sweet savour: and thus it was, saith the Lord the land of Canaan; thy father was an Amo- GOD. rite, and thy mother a Hittite.

20 Moreover, thou hast taken thy sons and 4 And as for thy nativity, in the day thon thy daughters, whom thou hast borne unto wast born thy navel was not cut, neither wast me, and these hast thou sacrificed unto them thou washed in water to supple thee; thou to be devoured. Is this of thy whoredonis a wast not salted at all, nor swaddled at all. small matter,

5 None eye pitied thee, to do any of these 21 That thou hast slain my children, and unto thee, to have compassion upon thee; delivered them to cause them to pass througla but thou wast cast out in the open field, to the fire for them? the loathing i thy person, in the day that 22 And in all thine abominations and thy thou wast born.

whoredoms thou hast not remembered the

Jewd way.

Hier whoredoms, and judgment. CHAP. XVI. Sodom and Samaria call for judgment. days of thy youth, when thou wast naked and shall take thy fair jewels, and leave thee nabare, and wast polluted in thy blood. ked and bare.

23 And it came to pass, after all thy wick- 40 They shall also bring up a company edness, (wo, wo unto thee! saith the Lord against thee, and they shall stone thee with God,)

stones, and thrust thee through with their 24 T'hat thou hast also built unto thee an swords. eminent place, and hast made thee a high 41 And they shall burn thy houses with fire, place in every street.

and execute judgments upon thee in the sighie 25 Thou hast built thy high place at every of many women: and I will cause thee to head of the way, and hast made thy beauty cease from playing the harlot, and thou also to be abhorred, and hast opened thy feet 10 shalt give no hire any more. every one that passed by, and multiplied thy 42 So will ! make my fury toward thee 10 whoredoms.

rest, and my jealousy shall depart from thee, 26 Thou hast also committed fornication and I will be quiet, and will be no more angry. with the Egyptians thy neighbours, great of 43 Because thou hast not remembered tlie flesh; and fast increased thy whoredoms, to days of thy youtlı, but hast fretted me in all provoke me to anger.

these things; behold, therefore, I also will 27 Behold, therefore I have stretched out recompense thy way upon thy head, saith the my hand over thee, and have diminished Lord God: and thou shalt not comınit this thine ordinary food, and delivered thee unto lewdness above all thine aboininations. the will of them that hate thee, the daughters 44 9 Behold, every one that useth proverbs of the Philistines, which are ashamed of the shall use this proverb against thee, saying,

As is the mother, so is her daughter. 28 Thou hast played the whore also with 45 Thou art viy mother's daugliter, that the Assyrians, because thou wast unsatiable; loatheth her husband and her children; and yea, thou hast played the barlot with thein, thou art the sister of thy sisters, which loathand yet couldest not be satisfied.

ed their husbands and their children : your 29 Thou hast, moreover, multiplied thy for- mother was a Hittite and your father an nication in the land of Cannan unto Chaldea; Amorite. and yet thou wast not satisfied herewith. 46 And thine elder sisier is Samaria, slie 30 How weak is thy heart, saith the Lord and her daughters that dwell at thy left hand : God, seeing thou doëst all these things, the and thy younger sister, that dwelleth at thy work of an imperious, whorish woman; right hand, is Sodom and her daughters.

31 In that thou buildest thine eininent place 47 Yet hast thou not walked after their in the head of every way, and makest thy ways, nor done after their abominations: but high place in every street; and hast not been as if that were a very little thing, thou wast as a harlot, in that thou scornest hire; corrupted more than they, in all thy ways.

32 But as a wife that comunitteth adultery, 48 As I live, saith the Lord God, Sodom iliy which taketh strangers instead of her husband! sister hath not done, she nor her daughters, 33 They give gifts to all whores: but thou as thou hast done, thou and thy daughters. givest thy gifts to all thy lovers, and hirest 49 Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister them, that they may come unto thecon every Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abuuside for thy whoredom.

dance of idleness was in hierand in her daugh34 And the contrary is in thee from other ters, neither did she strengthen the hand of women in thy whoredoms, whereas none the poor and needy. followeth thee to commit whoredoms: and 50 And they were haughty, and conmitted in that thou givest a reward, and no reward abomination before me: therefore I took isgiven unto thee; therefore thou art contrary. them away as I saw good.

35 | Wherefore, O harlot, hear the word of 51 Neither hath Samaria coininitted half of the LORD:

thy sins: but thou hast multiplied thine abo36 Thus saith the Lord God; Because thy minations more than they, and hast justified filthiness was poured out, and thy nakedness thy sisters in all thine abominations which discovered through thy whoredoms with thy thou hast dune. lovers, and with all the idols of thy abomina- 52 Thou also, which hast judged thy sisters Lions, and by the blood of thy children, which bear thine own shame for thy sins that thou thou didst give unto them;

hast committed more abominable than they: Behold, therefore, I will gather all thy they are more righteous than thou: yea, be lovers, with whom thou hast taken pleasure, thou confounded also, and bear thy shame, and all them that thou hast loved, with all in that thou hast justified thy sisters. them that thou hast hated; I will even gather 53 When I shall bring again their captivity, chem round about against thee, and will dis- the captivity or bodom and her daughters, cover thy nakedness unto them, that they may and the captivity of Samaria and her daughsee all thy nakedness.

ters, then will I bring again the captivity.of 38 And I will judge thee, as women that thy captives in the midst of them: break wedlock and shed blood are judged; 54 That thou mayest bear thine own shame, and I will give thee blood in furyand jealousy and mayest be confounded in all that thou

39 And I will also give thee into their hand, hast done, in that thou art a evinfort unto and they shall throw down thine eminent them. place, and shall break down thy high places:

55 When thy sisters, Sodon und her daughthey shall strip thee also of thy clothes, and ters, shall return to their fornier estate, aut

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The tico migles aivl the o:ne. EZEKIEL The cedar of the gospel promised.
Samaria and her daughters shall return to many people to pluck it up by the roots
Their foriner estate, then thou and thy daugh- thereof.
leis shall return to your former estate. 10 Yea, behold, being planted, shall it pros-

36 For tliy sister Sodoin was not mentioned per? shall it not utterly wither, when the by thy mouth in the day of thy pride, east wind toucheth it? it shall wither in the

57 Before thy wickedness was discovered, furrows where it grew. as at the time of thy reproach of the daugh. 11 | Moreover the word of the LORD came ters of Syria, and all that are round about her, unto me, saying, the daughters of the Philistines, which de- 12 Say now to the rebellious house, Know spise thee round about

ye not what these things mean? Tell them, 58 Thou hast borne thy lewoluess and thine Behold, the king of Babylon is come to Jeabominations, saith the Lori).

rusalem, and hath taken the king thereof, 53 For thus sirith the Lord God; I will even and the princes thereof, and led them with deal with thee as thou hast done, which hast him to Babylon; despised the oath in breaking the covenant. 13 And hath taken of the king's seed, and

60'I Nevertheless, I will remember my co- made a covenant with him, and hath taken venant with thee in the days of thy youth, an oath of him: he hath also taken the mighty and I will establish unto thee an everlasting of the land:

14 That the kingdom might be base, that it ol Then thou shalt remember thy ways, and night not lift itself up, but that by keeping of be ashamed, when thou shalt receive thy his covenant it might stand. sisters, thine elder and thy younger: and I 15 But he rebelled against him in sending

will give them unto thee for daughters, but his ambassadors into Égypt, that they inight not by thy covenant.

give hinn horses and much people. Shall he 62 Ånd I will establish my covenant with prosper? shall he escape that doeth such thee; and thou shaltknow that lanthe Lord: things? or, shall he break the covenant, and

63 That thou mayest reinember, and he con- be delivered ? Ewunded, and never open thy mouth any 16 As I live, saith the Lord God, surely in inore because of thy shame, when I am pa- the place where the king dwelleth that made cified toward thee for all that thou hasi donc, liim king, whose oath he despised, and whose faith the Lord God.

covenant he brake, even with him in the CHAP. XII.

midst of Babylon he shall die. 1 Under the parable of two eagles and n tine, 11

17 Neither shall Pharaoh, with his mighty is sheved God's judgment upon Jerusalein for army and great company, make for him in revolting from "Babylon to Egypt. 2? God the war, by casting up mounts, and building promiseth to plant the cedar of the gospel.

forts, to cut off many persons : ND the word of the Lord came unto me, 13 Seeing he despised the oath by breaking saying,

the covenant, when lo, he had given his 2 Son of inan, put forth a ridle, and speak hand, and hath done all these things, lie a parable unto the house of Israel;

shall not escape. 3 And say, Thus saith the Lord God; A 19 Therefore thus saith the Lord God; As great eagle with great wings, long-winged, Ilive, surely mine oath that be hath despised, full of feathers, which had divers colours, and my covenant that he hath broken, even came unto Lebanon, and took the highest | it will I recompense upon his own head. branch of the cedir:

20 And I will spread my net upon him, and 4 He cropped off the top of his young twigs, he shall be taken in my snare, and I will and carried it into a land of traffick; he set it bring him to Babylon, and will plead with him in a city of merchants.

there for his trespass that he hath trespassed 5 He took also of the seed of the land, and against me. planted it in a fruitful field; he placed it by! A And all his fugitives with all his bands great waters, and set it as á willow-tree. shall fall by the sword, and they that remain

6 And it grew, and became a spreading vine shall be scattered toward all winds: and ye of low stature, whose branches turned to- shall know that I the LORD have spoken il. ward hiin, and the roots thereof were under 22 Thus saith the Lord Gon, I will also hiin: so it became a vine, and brought forth take of the highest branch of the high cedar', branches, and shot forth spriys.

and will set it ; I will crop off from the top 7 There was also another great eagle with of his young twigs a tender one, and will great wings and many feathers: and behold, plant it upon a high mountain and eminent: this vine did bend her roots toward him, and 23 In the mountain of the height of Israel shot forth her branches toward him, that he will I plantit: and it shall bring forth boughs, "Inight watcrit by the furrowsof her plantation. and bear fruit, and be a goodly cedar: anul

8 It was planted in a good soil by great wa- under it shall dwell all fowl of every wing; ters, that it might bring forth branches, and in the shadow of the branches thereof shall that it might bear fruit, that it might be a they dwell. goodly vine.

24 And all the trees of the field shall know 9 Sảy thou, Thus saith the Lord Gop; that I the Lord have brought down the high Shall it prosper? shall he not pull up the tree, have exalted the low tree, have dried roots thereof, and cut off the fruit thereof, up the green tree, and have made the dry that it wither? it shall wither in all the leaves tree to flourish : I the LORD bave spoken and of her spring, even without great power orl have done it.

God's justice in punishing. CHAP. XVIII, XIX. God defends his justice. CHAP. XVIII.

the iniquity of his father, he shall surely live. I God reproveth the unjust parable of sour grapes.

18 As for his father, because he cruelly op 5 He sheweth how he dealeth with a just father : pressed, spoiled his brother by violence, and 10 with a wicked son of a just father : 14 rrith did that which is not good among bis people, a just son of a wicked futher 19 with a wick lo, even he shall die in his iniquity. ed man repenting : 24 with ajust man revolting. 25 He defendeth his justice, 3l and ex- bear the iniquity of the father? When the son

19 9 Yet say ye, Why? doth not the son horteth to repentance.

hath done that which is lawful and right, and THE THE word of the LORD came unto me hath kept all my statutes, and hath done again, saying,

them, he shall surely live. 2 What mean ye, that ye use this proverb 20 The soul that sinneth, it shall die. Tie concerning the land of Israel, saying, The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the chil- neither shall the father bear the iniquity of dren's teeth are set on edge?

the son: the righteousness of the righteous 3 As I live, saith the Lord God, ye shall not shall be upon hiin, and the wickedness of the have occasion any more to use this proverb wicked shall be upon hin. un Israel.

21 But if the wicked will turn from all his 4 Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of sius that he hath committed, and keep all my the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: statutes, and do that which is lawful and the soul that sinneth, it shall die.

right, he shall surely live, he shall not die. 5 | But if a man be just, and do that which 22 All his transgressions that he hath com is lawful and rig.it,

initted, they shall not be mentioned unto him: 6 And hath not eaten upon the mountains, in his righteousness that he hath done ho neither lath lifted up his eyes to the idols of shall live. the house of Israel, neither hath defiled bis 23 Have I any pleasure at all that the wickneighbour's wife, neither hath come near to a ed should die 1 saith the Lord God: and not menstruous woman,

that he should return from his ways, and live? 7 And hath not oppressed any, but hath re- 24 ? But when the righteous turneth away stored to the debtor his pledge, hath spoiled from his righteousness, and committeth ininone by violence, hath given his bread to the quity, and doeth according to all the abomihungry, and hath covered the naked with a nations that the wicked man doeth, shall he garment;

live ? All his righteousness that he hath done 8 He that hath not given forth upon usury, shall not be mentioned in his trespass that veither hath taken any increase, that hath he hath trespassed, and in his sin that he hath withdrawn his hand from iniquity, hath exe- sinned, in them shall he die. cuted true judgment between man and man, 25 | Yet ye say, The way of the LORD is

9 Hath walked in my statutes, and hath kept not equal. 'Hear now, O house of Israel Is my judgments, to deal truly; he is just, he not my way equal ? are not your ways unequal? shall surely live, saith the Lord God. 26 When a righteous man turneth away from

10 ? If he beget a son that is a robber, a his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, shedder of blood, and that doeth the like to and dieth in them; for his iniquity that he any one of these things,

hath done, shall he die. 11 And that doeth not any of those duties, 27 Again, when the wicked man turneth but even hath eaten upon the inountains, and away from his wickedness that he hath comdefiled his neighbour's wife,

mitted, and doeth that which is lawful and 12 Hath oppressed the poor and needy, hath right, he shall save his soul alive. spoiled by violence, hath not restored the 28 Because he considereth and turneth pledge, and hath lifted up his eyes to the away from all his transgressions that he hath idols, hath committed abomination,

committed, he shall surely live, he shall not die. 13 Hath given forth upon usury, and hath

29 Yet saith the house of Israel, The way o taken increase: shall he then live? he shall the LORD is not equal. O house of Israel, not live: he hath done all these abomina- are not my ways equal ? are not your ways tions; he shall surely die; lvis blood shall be unequal ?

30 Therefore, I will judge you, O house of 14 ? Now lo, if lie beget a son, that seeth Israel, every one according to his ways, saith all his father's sins which he hath done, and the Lord God. Repent, and turn yourselves considereth, and doeth not such like, from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall

15 That biath not eaten upon the mountains, not be your ruin. neither hath lifted up his eyes to the idols of 31 q Cast away from you all your transgres the house of Israel, hath not defiled his neigh- sions, whereby ye have transgressed: and bour's wife,

make you a new heart and a new spirit: for 16 Neither hath oppressed any, hath not why will ye die, O house of Israel ?' withholden the pledge, neither hath spoiled 32 For I have no pleasure in the death of by violence, but hath given his bread to the him that dieth, saith the Lord God: wherehungry, and hath covered the naked with a fore turn yourselves, and live ye. garment,

CHAP. XIX. '17 That hath taken off his hand from the 1 A lamentation for the princes of Israel, und noor, that hath not received usury nor in

the parable of lions' whelps taken in a pit, 10 crease, hath executed my judgments, hath and for Jerusalem, under the purasle of a. walked in my statutes; he shall not die for Rasted vine.

upon him.

Parable of the liviis' helpe.

EZEKIEL.

The story of the rebellions Moon for the princes of Israel, OREOVER, take thou up a lunenta-| God; In the day when I chose Israel, and

lifted up my hand unto the seed of the house 2 And say, What is thy mother? A lioness: of Jacob, ani made myself known unto them she lay down among lions, she nourished her in the land of Egypt, when I lifted up iny whelps ainong young liong.

hand unto thein, saying, I am the LORD your 3 And she brought up one of her whelps: it God; became a young lion, and it learned to catch 6 lu the day that I lifted up my hand unto the prey; it devoured men.

them, to bring them forth of the land of Egypt 4 the nations also heard of himn; he was into a land that I had espied for them, flowtaken in their pit, and they brought him with ing with milk and honey, which is the glory chains into the land of Exypt.

of all lands: 5 Now when she saw that he had waited, 7 Then said I unto them, Cast ye away every and her hope was lost, then she took another man the abominations of his eyes, and defile of her whcips, and made him a young lion. not yourselves with the idols of Egypt: I am

6 And he went up and down among the the LORD your God. Jions, he becane a young lion, and learned to 8 But they rebelled against me, and would catch the prey, and devoured men.

not hearken unto me: they did not every man 7 And he knew their desolate palaces, and cast away the abominations of their eyes, neihe laid waste their cities; and the land w:19 ther did they forsake the idols of Egypt: then desolate, and the fainess thereof, by the noise I said, I will pour out my fury upon them, to of his roaring.

accomplish my anger against them in the 3 Then the nations setingainst hiin on every midst of the land of Egypt. siile from the provinces, and spread their net * But I wrought for my name's sake, that it over hin: he was taken in their pit. should not be polluted before the fieatlen,

9 And they put him in warii in chins, and among whom they were, in whose sight I brought in to the king of Babylon: they inade myself known unto them, in bringing brought him into holds, that his voice souid them forth out of the land of Egypt. 10 more be lieard upon the mountains of 10 | Wherefore, I caused them to go forth Israel,

out of the land of Egypt, and brought thein 10 9 Thy mother is like a vine in the blood, into the wilderness. planted by the waters: she was fruitful and 11 And I gave them my statutes, and shewfilt of branches by reason of many waters. ed thein my judgments, which if a man do,

11 And she had strong rods for the sceptres he shall even live in them. of them that bare rule, and her stature was 12 Moreover, also I gave them my sabbat!!s, exalted among the thick branches, and she to be a sign between me and them, that they appeared in her lieight with the multitude of might know that I am the LORD that sanctify her branches.

them. 12 But she was plucked up in fury, she was 13 But the house of Israel rebelled against cast down to the ground, and the east wind me in the wilderness: they walked not in my dried up her fruit: her strong rods were bro. statutes, and they despised my judgments, ken and withered; the fire consumed them. which if a man do, he shall even live in

13 And now she is planted in the wilder- them; and my sabbaths they greatly polluted: ness, in a dry and thirsty ground.

then I sairl, I would pour out my fury upon 14 And fire is gone out of a rod of her them in the wilderness, to consume them. branches, which hath devoured her fruit, so 14 But I wrought for my name's sake, that that she hath no strong rod to be a sceptre to it should not be polluted before the heathen, rule. This is a lamentation, and shall be for in whose sight I brought them out. a lamentation.

15 Yet also I lifted up my hand unto then CHAP. XX.

in the wilderness, that I would not bring them 1 God refuseth to be consulted by the c!lers of ling with milk and honey, which is the glory

into the land which I had given them, flowIsrael. 5 He sheweth the story of their rebellions in Egypt, 10 in the wilderness, 97 und in of all

lands; the land. 33 He promiseth to gather them by 16 Because they despised my judginents, the gospel. 45 Under the name of a forest he and walked not in my statutes, but polluted heweth the destruction of Jerusalem. my sabbaths: for their heart went after their

ND it came to pass in the seventh year, idols.

in the fifth month, the tenth day of the 17 Nevertheless mine eye spared them from 'aranth, that certain of the elders of Israel came destroying them, neither did I make an end to inquire of the LORD, and sat before me. of thein in the wilderness.

2 Then came the word of the Lord unto me, 18 But I said unto their children in the wilsaying,

deruess, Walk ye not in the statutes of your 3 Son of man, speak unto the elders of Is- fathers, neither observe their judgments, nor rael, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord defile yourselves with their idols: God; Are ye come to inquire of ine? As I 19 I am the LORD your God; walk in my live, saith the Lord God, I will not be in- statutes, and keep my judgments, and do them; quired of by you,

20 And hallow my sabbaths; and they shall 4 Wilt thou judge them, son of man? wilt be a sign between me and you, that ye may thou judge them? cause them to know the know that I am the Loru your God. abominations of their fathers :

21 Notwithstanding, the children rebelled 5 T And say unto thein, Thus saith the Lord Inninst me': they walked not in my statutes,

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