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God's judgments on Jerusalem CHAP. XVII. for her whoredoms. 653 gainst thee, and will discover thy naker! thine abominations more than they, and liess unto them, that they may see all th liast justified thy sisters in all thine abominakedness.

nations which thou hast done. 38 And I will judge thee, as women 52 Thou also, which hast judged thy that break wedlock and shed blood art sisters, hear thine own shame for thy sins judged ; and I will give thee blood in fu- that thou hast committed more abominary and jealousy.

ble than they : they are more righteous 39 And I will also give thee into tireir than thou : yea, be thou confounded also, hand, and they shail throw down thine and bear thy shame, in that thou hast eminent place, and shall break down thy | justified thv sisters. high places : they shall strip thee also of 53 When I shall bring again their capthy clothes, and shall take thy fair jewels, civity, the captivity of Sodom and her and leave thee naked and bare.

daughters, and the captivity of Samaria 40 They shall also bring up a company and her daughters, then will I bring aagainst thee, and they shall stone the sain the captivity of thy captives in the with stones, and thrust thee through with

midst of them : their swords.

54 That thou mayest bear thine own 41 And they shall burn thine houses with shame, and mayest be confounded in all fire, and execute judgments upon thee in that thou hast dove, in that thou art a the sight of many women: and I will cause comfort unto them. thee to cease from playing the harlot, and 55 When thy sisters, Sodom and her thou also shalt give no hire any more. daughters, shall return to their former

42 So will I make my fury toward thee estate, and Samaria and her daughters to rest, and my jealousy shall depart from shall return to their former estate, then thee, and I will be quiet, ard will be no thou and thy daughters shall return to more angry.

your former estate. 43 Because thou hast not remembered 56 For thy sister Sodom was not menthe days of thy youth, but hast fretted tioned by thy mouth in the day ofthy pride, me in all these things; behold therefore, 57 Before thy wickedness was discovI also will recompense thy way upon thine ered, as at the time of thy reproach ot head, saith the Lord Gob: and thou shalt || the daughters of Syria, and all that are not commit this lewdness above all thine round about her, the daughters of the Philabominations.

istines, which despise thee round ainut. 44 Behold, every one that useth prov- 58 Thou hist borne thy lewdness and erbs shall use this proverb against thee, thine abominations, saith the LORD. saying, Asis the mother, scisherdaughter.

59 For thus saith the Lord God; I will 45 Thou art thy mother's daughter, even deal with thee as thou hast dme, that loatheth her husband and her child which hast despised the oath in breaking dren; and thou art the sister of thy sisters, the covenant. which loathed their husbands and their 60 ( Nevertheless I will remember my children : your mother was an Hittite, covenant with thee in the days of thy and your father an Amorite.

youth, and I will establish unto thee ain 46 And thine elder sister is Samaria, everlasting covenant. she and her daughters that dwell at thy

61 Then thou shalt remember thy ways, left hand : and thy younger sister, that and be ashamed, when thou shalt receive dwelleth at thy right hand, is Sodom and thy sisters, thine elder and thy younger :her daughters.

and I will give them unto thee for duugh47 Yet hast thou not walked after their | ters, but not by thy covenant. ways, nor done after their abominations : 62 And I will establish my covenant but as if that were a very little thing, with thee; and thou shalt know that I thon wast corrupted more than they in am the LORD: all thy ways.

63 That thou mayest remember, and 48 As I live, saith the Lord God, Sod- ll be confounded, and never open thy mouth om thy sister hath not done, she nor her any more because of thy shame, when I daughters, as thou hast done, thou and am paciñed toward thee for all that thou thy daugliters.

hast done, saith the Lord God. 49 Behold, this was the iniquity of thy

CUAP. XVII. sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and 1 By two eagles and a vine, 11 is sheweld abundance of idleness was in her and in Goll's judgment upon Jerusalem. 22 her daughters, neither did she strengthen Gor promiseth to filant the cedar of the the hand of the poor and needly.

goxful. 50 And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore

A Ninto the warding the Lorp came I took them away as I saw good.

2 Son of man, put forth a riddle, and 51 Neither hath Samaria committed speak a parable into the house of Israel ; half of thy sins; but thou hast multiplied 3 And say, Thus saith the Lord God; 654 The two eagles and the vine. EZEKIEL. The cedar of the gospel promised. A great eagle with great wings, Img- || ty army and great company make for him winged, full of feathers, which had divers in the war, hy casting up mounts, and colours, came unto Lebanon, and took building forts, to cut off many persons : the highest branch of the cedar:

18 Seeing he despised the oath by 4 He cropped off the top of his young breaking the covenant, when lo, he had twigs, and carried it into a land of traf- given his hand, and hath done all these fick; he set it in a city of merchants. things, he shall not escape.

5 He took also of the seed of the land, 19 Therefore thus saith the Lord God; and planted it in a fruitful field; he As I live, surely mine oath that he hath placed it by great waters, and set it as a despised, and my covenant that he hath willow tree.

broken, even it will I recompense upon 6 And it grew, and became a spread his own head. ing vine of low stature, whose branches 20 And I will spread my net upon him, turned toward him, and the roots thereof and he shall be taken in my snare, and I were under him: so it became a vine, and will bring him to Babylon, and will piead brought forth branches, and shot forth with him there for his trespass that he sprigs.

hath trespassed against me. 7 There was also another great eagle

21 And all his fugitives with all his with great wings and many feathers: and bands shall fall by the sword, and they behold, this vine did bend her roots to- that remain shall be scattered toward all ward him, and shot forth her branches winds: and ye shall know that I the LORD toward him, that he might water it by have spoken it. the furrows of her plantation.

22 & Thus saith the Lord God, I will 8 It was planted in a good soil by great also take of the highest branch of the waters, that it night bring forth branches, high cedar, and will set it ; I will crop off and that it might bear fruit, that it might from the top of his young twigs a tender be a goodly vine.

one, and will plant it upon an high moun9 Say thou, Thus saith the Lord God; || tain and eminent : Shall it prosper? shall he not pull up th.?

23 In the mountain of the height of roots thereof, and cut off the fruit there- Israel will I plant it: and it shall bring of, that it wither? it shall wither in all forth boughs, and bear fruit, and be a the leaves of her spring, even without goodly cedar , and under it shall dwell all great power or many people to pluck it fowl of every wing; in the shadow of up by the roots thereof.

the branches thereof shall they dwell. 10 Yea, behold, being planted, shall it

24 And all the trees of the field shall prosper? shall it not utterly withier, when know that I the Lord have brought down the east wind toucheth it ?'it shall wither the high tree, have exalted the low tree, in the furrows where it grew.

have dried up the green tree and have 11 | Moreover the word of the LORD made the dry tree to flourish : I the LORD came unto me, saying,

have spoken and have done it. 12 Say now to the rebellious house,

CHAP. XVIII. Know ye not what these things mean? 1 God reproveth the unjust parabę of tell them, Behold, the king of Babylon sour grapes. 25 He defendeth his jusis come to Jerusalem, and hath taken the tice, 31 and exhorteth to refientance.

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2 What mean ye, that ye use this provand made a covenant with him, and hatt erb concerning the land of Israel, saying, taken an oath of him : he hath also tak- | The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and en the mighty of the land :

the children's teeth are set on edge? 14 That the kingdom might be base, 3 As I live, saith the Lord God, ye that it might not lift itself up, but that by shall not have occasion any more to use keeping of his covenant it might stand. this proverb in Israel.

15 But he rebelled against him in send- 4 Behold, all souls are mine ; as the soul ing his ambassadors into Egypt, that they of the father, so also the soul of the son might give him horses and much people. is mine : the soul that sinneth, it shall die. Shall he prosper shall he escape that 5 ? But if a man be just, and do that doeth such things ? or shall he break which is lawful and right, the covenant, and be delivered?

6 And hath not eaten upon the moun16 As I live, saith the Lord God, tains, neither hath lifted up his eyes to the surely in the place where the king dwell idols of the house of Israel, neither hath eth that made him king, whose oath he detiled his neighbour's wife, neither hath despised, and whose covenant he brake, come near to a menstruous woman, even with him in the midst of Babylon 7 And hath not oppressed any, but hatla lie shall die.

restored to the debtor his pledge, hath 17 Neither sliall Pharaoh with his migh- Il spoiled none by violence, hath given his

God's justice in punishing. CHAP. XIX. His ways are equal. 655 bread to the hungry, and hath covered , committed, they shall not be mentioned ihe naked with a garment;

unto him : in his righteousness that he 8 He that hath not given forth upon hath done he shall live. usury, neither hath taken any increase, 23 Have I any pleasure at all that the that hath withdrawn his hand from in- || wicked should die? saith the Lord God: iquity, hath executed true judgment be and not that he should return from his tween than and man,

ways, and live ? 9 Hath walked in my statutes, and hath 24 | But when the righteous turneth kept my judgments, todealtruly; heisjust, away from his righteousness, and comhe shall surely live, saith the Lord God. mitteth iniquity, and doeth according to

10 9 If he beget a son that is a robber, a all the abominations that the wicked shedder of blood, and that doeth the like man doeth, shall he live? all his rightto any one of these things,

11 And that doeth not any of those du mentioned : in his trespass that he hath. ties, but even hath eaten upon the moun- trespassed, and in his sin that he hath tains, and defiled his neighbour's wife, sinned, in them shall he die.

12 Hath oppressed the poor and needy, 25 | Yet ye say, The way of the LORD hath spoiled by violence, hath not restored | is not equal. Hear now, O house of Is-the pledge, and hath lifted up his eyes to rael; Is not my way equal ? are not your the idols, hath committed abomination, ways unequal?

13 Hath given forth upon usury, and 26 When a righteous man turneth a; hath taken increase : shall he then live? way from his righteousness, and commitHe shall not live : he hath done all these teth iniquity, and dieth in them; for his abominations ; he shall surely die ; his iniquity that he hath done shall he die. blood shall be upon him.

27 Again, when the wicked man turn14 Now lo, if he beget a son, that seeth eth away from his wickedness that he hath all his father's sins which he hath done, committed, and doeth that which is lawand considereth, and doeth not such like, ful and right, he shall save his soul alive.

15 That hath not eaten upon the moun- 28 Because he considereth and turntains, neither hath lifted up his eyes to the eth away from all his transgressions that idols of the house of Israel, hath not de he hath committed, he shall surely live, filed his neighbour's wife,

he shall not die.

1 29 Yet saith the honse of Israel, The not withholden the pledge, neither hath way of the LORD is not equal. O house spoiled by violence, but hath given his of Israel, are not my ways equal ? are bread to the hungry, and hath covered not your ways unequal ? the naked with a garment,

30 Therefore I will judge you, O house 17 That hath taken off his hand from of Israel, every one according to his the poor, that hath not received usury ways, saith the Lord God. Repent, and nor increase, hath executed my judg turn yourselves from all your transgresments, hath walked in my statutes ; he sions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin. shall not die for the iniquity of his father, 31 I Cast away from you all your he shall surely live.

transgressions, whereby ye have trans18 As for his father, because he cruel gressed ; and make you a new heart and ly oppressed, spoiled his brother by vio a new spirit : for why will ye die, Q lence, and did that which is not good a house of Israel? mong his people, lo, even he shall die in 32 For I have no pleasure in the death his iniquity.

of him that dieth, saith the Lord God: 19 [ Yet say ye, Why? doth not the son wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye. bear the iniquity of the father ? When

CHAP. XIX. the son hath' done that which is lawful A lamentation for the princes of Israel, and right, and hath kept all my statutes, under the parable of lions whelps lakand hath done thiem, he shall surely live. I en in a pit.

20 The soul that sinneih, it shall die. M OREOVER take thou up a lamenThe son shall not bear the iniquity of the 1 tation for the princes of Israel, father, neither shall the father bear the 2 And say, What is thy mother? A iniquity of the son : the righteousness of | lioness : she lay down among lions, she the righteous shall be upon him, and the || nourished her whelps among young lions. wickedness of the wicked shall be upon 3 And she brought up one of her whelps: him.

it became a young lion, and it learned to 21 But if the wicked will turn from all catch the prey ; it devoured men. his sins that he hath committedl, and keep 4 The nations also heard of him ; he all my statutes, and do that which is law. was taken in their pit, and they brought ful and right, he shall surely live, he shall him with chains unto the land of Egypt. not die.

5 Now when she saw that she had 22 All his transgressions that he hath ll waited, and her hofe was lost, then she

656 Parable of the lionts whelfis. EZEKIEL. The story of Israel's rebellion. took another of her whelps, and made unto them, to bring them forth of the land him a young lion.

of Egypt into a land that I had espied 6 And he went up and down among the for them, flowing with milk and honey, lións, he became a young lion, and learned which is the glory of all lånds: to catch the prey, and devoured men. 7 Then said I unto them, Cast ye away

7 And he knew their desolate palaces, every man the abominations of his eyes, and he laid waste their cities; and the and defile not yourselves with the idols of land was desolate, and the fulness there- Egypt : I am the LORD your God. of, by the noise of his roaring.

8 But they rebelled against me, and 8 Then the nations set against him on would not hearken unto me : they did every side from the provinces, and spread not every man cast away the abominations their net over him; he was taken in their of their eyes, neither did they forsake the pit.

idols of Egypt: then I said, I will pour 9 And they put him in ward in chains, out my fury upon them, to accomplish and brought him to the king of Babylon: ny anger against them in the midst of the they brought him into holds, that his land of Egypt. voice should no more be heard upon the 9 But I wrought for my name's sake, Inountains of Israel.

that it should not be polluted before the 10 Thy mother is like a vine in thy heathen, among whom they were, in blood, planted by the waters : she was whose sight I made myself known unto fruitful and full of branches by reason of them, in bringing them forth out of the many wrters,

land of Egypt. 11 And she had strong rods for the 10 Wherefore I caused them to go sceptres of them that bare rule, and her forth out of the land of Egypt, and stature was exalted among the thick brought them into the wilderness. branches, and she appeared in her height 11 And I gave them my statutes, and with the multitude of her branches. shewed them my judgments, which if a

12 But she was plucked up in fury, | man do, he shall even live in them. she was cast down to the ground, and 12 Moreover also I give them my sabthe east wind dried up her fruit : her baths, to be a sign between me and them, strong rods were broken and withered ; | that they might know that I am the the fire consumed them.

Lord that sanctify them. 13 And now she is planted in the wil- 13 But the house of Israel rebelled aderness, in a dry and thirsty ground. gainst me in the wilderness; they walked

14 And fire is gone out of a rod of her not in my statutes, and they despised my branches, which hath devoured her fruit, judgments, which if a man do, he shail so that she hath no strong rod to be a even live in them; and my sabbaths they sceptre to rule. This is a lamentation, greatly polluted : then I said, I would and shall be for a lamentation.

pour out my fury upon them in the wilCHAP. XX.

derness, to consume them. 1 God refuseth to be consulted by the el- 14 But I wrought for my name's sake,

der: oj" Israel. 5 The story of iheir re- that it should not be polluted before the bellions. 33 He promiseth to gather them. heathen, in whose sight I brought them

year, in the fifth month, the tenth 15 let also I lified up my hand unto day of the month, that certain of the ele them in the wilderness, that I would not ders of Israel came to inquire of the wing them into the land wirich I had LORD, and sat before me.

given them, fiowing with miik and honey, 2 Then came the word of the LORD which is the glory of all lands; tinto me, saying,

16 Bt cause they despised my judg3 Son of man, speak unter the elders of ments, and walked not in my statutes, Israel, and say unto them, Thus saith the but polluted my sabbaths: for their heart Lord Gon; Are ye come to inquire of went after their idols. we? As I live, saith the Lord God, I will 17 Neverthcless mine eye spared them riot be inquired of by you.

from destroying them), neither did I make 4 Wilt ihou judge them, son of man, an end of them in the wilderness wilt thou judge them? Cause them to 18 But I said unto their children in the know the abominations of their fathers: wilderness, Walk re not in the statutes

5 | And say unto them, Thus saith the of your fathers, neither observe their Lord God; In the day when I chose {s- judgments, por detile yourselves with rael, and lifted up mine hand unto the heir idols : seed of the house of Jacob, and made my- 19 I am the LORD your Gocl; walk in self known unto them in the land of any statutes, and keep my judgments, Egypt, when I lifted up mine hand unto und do them; them, saying, I am ihe LORD your God; 20 And how mv Sabbaths; and they

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The story of Israel's rebellion. CHAP. XX. God promiseth to gather them. 657 ve may know that I am the LORD your || surely with a mighty hand, and with a God.

stretched out arm, and with fury poured 21 Notwithstanding the children rebel- out, will I rule over you : led against me: they walked not in my 54 And I will bring you out from the statutes, neither kept my judgments to do people, and will gather you out of the them, which if a man do, he shall even countries wherein ye are scattered, with live in them: they polluted my sabbaths : a mighty hand, and with a stretched out Then I said, I would pour out my fury arın, and with fury poured out. upon them, to accomplish my anger a- 35 And I will bring you into the wilgainst them in the wilderness.

derness of the people, and there will I 22 Nevertheless I withdrew mine hand, plead with you face to face. and wrought for my name's sake, that it 36 Like as I pleaded with your fathers should not be polluted in the sight of the in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so heathen, in whose sight I brought them will I plead with you, saith the Lord God. forth.

37 And I will cause you to pass under 23 I lifted up mine hand unto them the rol, and I will bring you into the also in the wilderness, that I would scat- bond of the covenant: ter them among the heathen, and dis- 38 And I will purge out from among perse them through the countries; you the rebels, and them that transgress

24 Because they had not executed my against me: I will bring them forth out of judgments, but had despised my statutes, the country where they sojourn, and they and had polluted my sabbaths, and their shall not enter into the land of Israel : eyes were after their fathers idols. and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

25 Wherefore I gave them also statutes 39 As for you, O house of Israel, thus that were not good, and judgments saith the Lord God; Go ye, serve ye whereby they should not live ;

every one his idols, and hereafter also, if 26 And I polluted them in their own ye will not hearken unto me: but polgifts, in that they caused to pass through lute ye my holy name no more with your the fire all that openeth the womb, that gifts, and with your idols. I might make them desolate, to the end 40 For in mine holy mountain, in the that they might know that I am the mountain of the height of Israel, saith LORD.

the Lord God, there shall all the house 279 Therefore, son of man, speakuntothe of Israel, all of them in the land, serve house of Israel, and say unto them, Thus me: there will I accept them, and there saith the Lord God; Yet in this your fa- | will I require your offerings, and the thers have blasphemed me, in that they first fruits of your oblations, with all have committed a trespass against me.

your holy things. 28 For when I had brought them into 41 I will accept you with your sweet the land, for the which I lifted up mine savour, when I bring you out from the hand to give it to them, then they saw | people, and gather you out of the counevery high hill, and all the thick trees, | tries wherein ye have been scattered ; and they offered there their sacrifices, and I will be sanctified in you before the and there they presented the provocation heathen. of their offering : there also they made 42 And ye shall know that I am the their sweet savour, and poured out there | LORD, when I shall bring you into the their drink-offerings.

land of Israel, into the country for the 29 Then I said unto them, What is the which I lifted up mine hand to give it to high place whereunto ye go? and the name thereof is called Bamah unto this day. 43 And there shall ye remember your

So Wherefore say unto the house of ways, and all your doings wherein ye Israel, Thus saith the Lord God; Are ye have been defiled ; and ye shall loathe polluted after the manner of your fa- yourselves in your own sight for all your thers ? and commit ye whoredom after | evils that ye have committed. their abominations?

44 And ye shall know that I am the 31 For when ye offer your gifts, when | LORD, when I have wrought with you ye make your sons to pass through the for my name's sake, not according to fire, ye pollute yourselves with all your your wicked ways, nor according to idols, even unto this day : and shall I be | your corrupt doings, O ye house of Is. inquired of by you, O' house of Israel? rael, saith the Lord God. As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I will not 45 | Moreover the word of the LORD be inquired of by you.

came unto me, saying, 32 And that which cometh into your 46 Son of man, set thy face toward the mind shall not be at all, that ye say, We | south, and drop thy word toward the will be as the heathen, as the families of south, and prophesy against the forest of the countries, to serve wood and stone. the south field; 33 | As I live, saith the Lord God, 147 And say to the forest of the south,

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