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Make no shew at all of mourning for that thy dear consort: but demean thyself so, as if thou hadst no loss or sorrow; neither make thou any funeral banquet, as the manner of the people is.

XXIV. 21 Behold, I will profane my sanctuary, the excellency of your strength, the desire of your eyes, and that which your soud pitieth; and your sons and your daughters whom ye have left shall fall by the sword.

Behold, I will cause my temple to be exposed to the profanation of the heathen; and I will give into their hands your young men, your wives, your daughters, and whatsoever is dear and precious unto you, and they shall fall by the sword of the Babylonians.

XXIV. 22 And ye shall do as I have done ye shall not cover your lips, &c.

And ye shall do as I have done; ye shall make no sign of any mourning or lamentation for them. So verse 23.

XXIV. 24 Thus Ezekiel is unto you a sign: according to all that he hath done &c.

Thus do I figure out, and act upon Ezekiel that, which I will do unto you.

XXV. 2 Son of man, set thy face against the Ammonites, and prophesy against them.

Look thou towards the coast of the Ammonites, and, in this posture, do thou prophesy against them.

XXV. 3 Because thou saidst, Aha, against my sanctuary, when it was profaned; and against the land of Israel, &c.

Because thou didst insult and rejoice in the profanation of my sanctuary, and in the destruction of Israel, &c.'

XXV. 4 Behold, therefore I will deliver thee to the men of the east for a possession.

Behold, therefore I will deliver thee and thy country to the hands of the Babylonians, for their possession and inheritance.

XXV. 5 And I will make Rabbah a stable for camels, and the Ammonites a couching-place for flocks: and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

And I will make thy chief city Rabbah, wherein are the palaces of thy great princes, to become a stable for camels; and the land of the Ammonites will I make a desert, for the pasturing of sheep.

XXV. 8, 9, 10. Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because that Moab and Seir do say, Behold, the house of Judah is like unto all the hea then; Therefore, behold, I will open the side of Moab from the cities, from his cities which are on his frontiers, the glory of the country, Beth-jeshimoth, Baal-meon, and Kiriathaim, Unto the men of the east with the Ammonites, and I will give them in pessession, that the Ammonites may not be remembered among the

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Thus saith the Lord; Because the Moabites and Edomites have triumphed in the desolation of my people, and have scornfully said, We see no difference betwixt Judah and other nations; God hath had no more power to preserve them, than the gods

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their neighbours; Therefore will I cast open the frontiers of Moab, how strongly soever defenced with their wasted cities; and will give up all the richest and pleasantest part of their country, Unto the spoil of the Babylonians; and, together therewith, will I de Jiver up the land of the Ammonites, to be so utterly wasted, that the memory of it may not remain among the nations. ›

XXV. 13 And I will make it desolate from Teman; and they of Dedan shall fall by the sword.

I will make Edom desolate, in all the coasts thereof: no part of the country shall be free from destruction.

XXV. 14 And I will lay my vengeance upon Edom by the hand of my people Israel: and they shall do in Edom according to mine anger, and according to my fury.

And I will execute my vengeance upon Edom, by the same hand, that hath plagued my people Israel, even the Babylonians; who shall also employ those captive Israelites, which live under them, in this service.

XXV. 16 And I will cut off the Cherethims, and destroy the remnant of the sea coast.

I will cut off both those Philistines, that dwell in the inland, and those, that inhabit along by the sea coast.

XXVI. 2 Son of man, because that Tyrus hath said against Jerusalem, Aha, she is broken that was the gates of the people: she is turned unto me: I shall be replenished, now she is laid waste. Because Tyrus hath said against Jerusalem, in rejoicing at her ruin, Aha, she, that was the most populous and best traded city of the east, is now laid waste: all her traffic and wealth shall now be turned unto me: I shall be enriched in her spoil and decay.

XXVI. 4 I will also scrape her dust from her, and make her like the top of a rock.

I will cause, not only her rich treasures to be carried away, but her very soil and earth shall be taken off and removed, that she may be left as barren as the rock.

XXVI. 5 It shall be a place for the spreading of nets in the sea. It shall no more be a frequented city, but a waste place, for fishermen to lay abroad their nets in.

XXVI. 15 Shall not the isles shake at the sound of thy fall, when the wounded cry, when the slaughter is made in the midst of thee?

Shall not all the sea coasts round about be afraid and amazed, at the fame of thy destruction?

XXVI. 16 Then all the princes of the sea shall come down from their thrones, and lay away their robes, and put off their broidered garments: they shall clothe themselves with trembling.

Then all the princes of those maritime regions, on all sides, shall be disheartened with the news of thy ruin; and shall lay aside their pomp and jollity, and shall be wholly possessed with fear and trembling.

XXVI. 19 When I shall make thee a desolate city, like the cities that are not inhabited; when I shall bring up the deep upon thee. When I shall bring the Babylonians upon thee, who, like a deluge of waters, shall violently break in upon thee and swallow thee up. XXVI. 20 With the people of old time, &c. and I shall set glory in the land of the living.

With those people, which are long since dead and gone; then I shall, at the last, restore the former glory, with an increase thereof, unto the remainders of my Church, here upon earth.

XXVI. 21 I will make thee a terror, and thou shalt be no

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I will make thee a terrible example to all cities and countries, in my utter destroying thee.

XXVII. 3 And say unto Tyrus, O thou that art situate at the entry of the sea, which art a merchant of the people for many isles. And say unto Tyrus, O thou, that art situate upon the sea coast, as a fit and famous port; which art renowned for the traffic of merchandise, all the world over.

XXVII. 5, 6 They have made all thy ship boards of fir trees of Senir: &c. Of the caks of Bashan have they made thine oars; the company of the Ashurites have made thy benches of ivory, &c. They have prepared all things that belong to thy shipping, in a degree above necessity and convenience; even to wantonness, and excessful curiosity: the timber thereof is not of any ordinary and base wood, but rare and precious; and thy benches, instead of wood, which others use, are of the costliest ivory, brought from far.

XXVII. 7 Fine linen with broidered work from Egypt, &c. And, where others' sails are of plain canvass, thine are of fine linen, curiously embroidered with Egyptian work, &c.

XXVII. 8 The inhabitants of Zidon and Arvad were thy ma riners: thy wise men, O Tyrus, that were in thee, were thy pilots. Thy mariners were the slaves of Zidon and Damascus, both strong and skilful; and thy pilots were the cunning seamen of thine own breeding.

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XXVII. 9 The ancients of Gebal and the wise men thereof were in thee thy calkers.

The ancient and experienced men of Gebal, who were noted for most expert shipwrights, were employed in the building and calking of thy vessels.

XXVII. 10 They of Persia and of Lud and of Phut were in thine army, thy men of war: they hanged the shield and helmet in thee; &c.

The Persians and Lydians and Moors, famous for their prowess and skill in military affairs, both by sea and land, though far distant from thee, yet are glad to be entertained for thy warriors: they have devoted their shields and helmets to thy service.

XXVII. 11 The men of Arcad with thine army were upon thy

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walls round about, and the Gammadims were in thy towers: they hanged their shields upon thy walls &c.

Thy valiant neighbours were, with thine own forces, upon thy walls round about, and upon thy towers of defence; and have both guarded and beautified thee with their shields.

XXVII. 12 Tarshish was thy merchant by reason of the multitude of all kind of riches; with silver, iron, tin, &c.

All cities and countries round about strove to furnish thee with those commodities, which they yield, and the traffic whereof might be gainful to themselves: the famous port of Tarshish traded with thee, in all variety of riches; in silver, iron, tin, &c.

XXVII. 13 Javan, Tubal, and Meshech, they were thy merchants: they traded the persons of men and vessels of brass in thy market.

The Grecians and Iberians and Cappadocians traded in the persons of men, which they sold to thee, and in vessels of brass. So

verse 14-24.

XXVII. 26 Thy rowers have brought thee into great waters: the east wind hath broken thee in the midst of the seas.

Those, that have the government of thee, have brought thee into a sea of misery: Nebuchadnezzar, like a boisterous east wind, hath broken thee in pieces.

XXVII. 27 Shall fall into the midst of the seas in the day of thy ruin.

Shall fall into the hands of the Babylonians, and by them be destroyed. XXVII. 28 The suburbs shall shake at the sound of the cry of thy pilots. The noise of thy victors shouting, and of thy citizens crying and shrieking, shall be such, as shall make thy suburbs to shake therewith.

XXVII. 31 And they shall make themselves utterly bald for thee, and gird them with sackcloth, and they shall weep for thee with bitterness of heart and bitter wailing.

They shall, by tearing their hair and girding themselves with sackcloth, testify their vehement mourning for thee.

XXVII. 34 In the time when thou shalt be broken by the seas in the depths of the waters, thy merchandise and all thy company in the midst of thee shall fall.

In the time when thou shalt be destroyed by the Babylonian forces, which, like a raging sea, shall come in upon thee, thy trade, and all the commerce that thou hadst with other nations, shall utterly fail.

XXVIII. 2 And, thou hast said, I am a God, I sit in the seat of God, &c. Though thou set thine heart as the heart of God. Thou hast said, I am out of the reach of man's power: my seat is higher, than that it can be infested by the force or malice of men, &c. Though thou hast, in thy proud thoughts, equalled thyself with God.

XXVIII. 3 Behold, thou art wiser than Daniel; there is no se cret that they can hide from thee.

And, as thou art greater than all others, so, in thine own conceit, thou art wiser than even Daniel himself: thou knowest all secret things, as well as he, in whom is the Spirit of the Most High God. XXVIII. 8 And thou shalt die the deaths of them that are slain in the midst of the seas.

And thou, that hast fondly imagined thyself a God, shalt die the death of thine ordinary vassals, notwithstanding thy strong forts and bulwarks of the sea.

XXVIII. 10 Thou shalt die the deaths of the uncircumcised by the hand of strangers.

Thou shalt die such a death, as an insolent and godless pagan worthy of, by the hand of the Babylonians.

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XXVIII. 12 Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.

Thou givest out thyself as absolutely perfect, both in wisdom and beauty; so as no addition can be made to thee, in either of these.

XXVIII. 13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. Thou hast abounded with all delicacies, as if thou hadst lived in Eden, the garden of God; and, where others make them coverings of homely and ordinary matter, thy canopies are beset with all the precious stones, that can be reckoned, and with the best of metals: neither hast thou needed to take any care for thy va rieties of pleasures, for thy curious music was prepared for thee, even from thy very birth.

XXVIII. 14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. Thou advancest thyself to be as that glorious cherub, which covereth the ark of God: so dost thou spread thy protection over thy land, and so have I appointed thee to do; yea, thou tookest upon thee, as if thou wert that God, which is worshipped in his holy temple, and as that Almighty one, who walketh above in the clouds, among the lightnings and thunder-stones.

XXVIII. 15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.

Thou didst arrogate a kind of perfection to thyself, in all thy ways; even from thy very nativity, till thy wickedness brake forth notoriously, to thy just conviction.

XXVIII. 16 By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: there fore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub from the midst of the stones of fire.

By the confluence of much people, upon the occasions of thy

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