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Zedekiak's suferings.

LAMENTATIONB. Advancement of Jehoiachini the king of Babylon bound him in chains, and also and the pomegranates were like unto these. carried him to Babylon, and put him in prison 23 And there were ninety and six pomegranateg vill the day of his death.

on a side; and all the pomegranates upon the 12 1 Now in the fifth month, in the tenth day net-work were a hundred round about. of the month, which was the nineteenth year of 24 11 And the captain of the guard took Seraiah Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, came Nebu- the chief priest, and Zephaniah the second priest, zar-adan, captain of the guard, which served the and the three keepers of the door: king of Babylon, into Jerusalem,

25 He took also out of the city a eunuch, which 13 And burned the house of the Lord, and the had the charge of the nien of war; and seven king's house; and all the houses of Jerusalem, men of them that were near the king's person, and all the houses of the great men, burned he which were found in the city; and the princi. with fire:

pal scribe of the host, who muistered the people 14 And all the army of the Chaldeans, that were of the land; and threescore men or the people with the captain of the guard, brake down all of the land, that were found in the midst of the the walls of Jerusalem round about.

[city. 15 Then Nebuzar-adan the captain of the guard 26 So Nebuzar-adan the captain of the guard carried away captive certain of the poor of the took them, and brouglit them to the king of Bapeople, and ihe residue of the people that re- bylon to Riblah. mained in the city, and those that fell away, that 27 And the king of Babylon smote them, and fell to the king of Babylon, and the rest of the put thein to death in Riblah in the land ot' Hamultitude.

inath. Thus Judah was carried away captive 16 But Nebuzar-adan the captain of the guard out of his own land. Hell cerlain of the poor of the land for vine- 28 This is the people whom Nebuchadrezzar dressers and for husbandmen.

carried away captive: in the seventh year three 17 Also the pillars of brass that were in the thousand Jews and three and twenty: house of the LORD, and the bases, and the brazen 29 In the eighteenth year of Nebuchadrezzar sea that was in the house of the LORD, the Chal- he carried away captive from Jerusalein eight deans brake, and carried all the brass of thein to hundred thirty and iwo persons: Rabylon.

30 In the three and twentieth year of Nebu18 The caldrons also, and the shovels, and the chadrezzar, Nebuzar-adan the captain of the anussers, and the bowis, and the spoons, and all guard carried away captive of the Jews seven the vessels of brass wlierewith they ministered, hundred forty and five persons: all the persons they away.

were four thousand and six hundred. 19 And the basins, and the fire-pans, and the 31 91 And it came to pass in the seven and thirbowls, and the caldrons, and the candlesticks, tieth year of the captivity of Jehoiachin king of and the spoons, and the cups; that which was of Judah, in the twelfth month, in the five and gold in gold, and that which was of silver in sil- twentieth day of the month, that Evil-mcrodach ver, took the captain of the guard away. king of Babylon in the first year of his reign

20 The two pillars, one sea, and twelve brazen lifted up the head of Jehoiachin king of Judah, bulls that were under the bases, which king So- and brought him forth out of prison, lomon had made in the house of the LORD: the 32 And spake kindly unto him, and set his brass of all these vessels was without weight. throne above the throne of the kings that were

21 And concerning the pillars, the height of with him in Babylon, nue pillar was eighteen cubits; and a fillet of 33 And changed his prison garments: and he twelve cubits did compass it; and the thickness did continually cat bread before him all the days thereof was four fingers: it was hollow. of his life. 22 And a chapiter of brass was upon it; and 34 And for his dict, there was a continual diet the height of one chapiter was five cubits, with given him of the king of Babylon, every day & net-work and pomegranates upon the chapiters portion until the day of his death, all the days of round about, all of brass. second pillar his life.

9 The Lamentations of JEREMIAH. CHIAP. I.

that find no pasture, and they are gone without Jerusalem's misery for her sins. strength before the pursuer.

of people! how is she become as a widow ! affliction and of her miseries all her pleasant she that was great among the nations, and prin-things that she had in the days of old, when her cess among the provinces, how is she become people fell into the hand of the enemy, and none tributary!

did help her: the adversaries saw her, and did 2 She wocpeth sore in the night, and her tears mock at her sabbaths. are on lier cheeks: among all her lovers she 8 Jerusalem hath grievously sinned ; therefore hath none to comfort her : all her friends have she is removed: all that honoured her despise dealt treacherously with her, they are beconie her, because they have seen her nakedness : yeu, her enemies.

she sigheth, and turneth backward. 3 Judah is gone into captivity because of afflic- 9 Her filthiness is in her skirts; she remember tion, and because of great servitude: she dwell-eth not her last end; therefore she came down eth among the heathen, she findeth no rest: wonderfully : she had no comforter. O LORD, all her persecutors overtook her between thejbehold my affliction: for the enemy hath magstraits.

nified himself 4 The ways of Zion do mourn, becausc none 10 The adversary hath spread ont his hand come to the solemn feasts: all her gates are de- upon all her pleasant things: for she hath seen solate: her priests sigh, her virgins are afflict- that the heathen entered into her sanctuary, cd, and she is in bitterness.

whom thou didst command that they should not
5'Her adversaries are the chief, her eneinies enter into thy congregation.
prosper; for the Lord hath afflicted her for the 11 All her people sigh, they seek bread; they
multitude of her transgressions: her children have given their pleasant things for meat to re-
are gone into captivity before the enemy. lieve the soul: see, O LORD, and consider; for I

6 And from the daughter of Zion all her beau- am become vile.
ty is departed : her princes are become like hartsl 12 11 Is it nothing to you, all ye that pass by ?

Jerusalem bemoans her afflictions. CHAP. II.

Jeremiah's complaint behold, and see if there be any sorrow like unto ed his places of the assembly: the LORD hath my sorrow, which is done unto me, wherewith caused ihe solemn feasts and sabbaths to be forthe LORD hath afflicted me in the day of his gotten in Zion, and hath despised in the indigfierce anger.

nation of his anger the king and the priest. 13 From above hath he sent fire into my bones, 7 The Lord hath cast off his altar, he hath and it prevaileth against them: he hath spread abhorred his sanctuary, he hath given up into a net for my feet, he hath turned me back: he the hand of the enemy the walls of her palaces : hath made me desolate and faint all the day. they have made a noise in the house of the

14 The yoke of my transgressions is bound by Lord, as in the day of a solemn feast. his hand: they are wreathed, and come up upon 8 The Lord hath purposed to destroy the wall my neck: he hath made my strength to fall, the of the daughter of Zion : he hath stretched 0110 LORD hath delivered me into their hands, from a line, he hath not withdrawn his hand from whom I am not able to rise up.

destroying : therefore he made the rampart and 15 The Lord hath trodden under fnot all my the wall to lament; they languished together. mighty men in the inidst of me: he hath called 9 Her gates are sunk into the ground; he hath an assembly against me to crush my young men : destroyed and broken her bars: her king and her the Lord hath trodden the virgin, the daughter princes are anong the Gentiles: the law is no of Judah, as in a wine-press.

more : ber prophets also find no vision from the 16 For these things I weep; mine eye, mine LORD. eye runneth down with water, because the com- 10 The elders of the daughter of Zion sit upon forter that should relieve my soul is far from the ground, and keep silence; they have cast up me: my children are desolate, because the ene- dust upon their heads: they have girded themmy prevailed.

selves with sackcloth: the virgins of Jerusaiem 17 Zion spreadeth forth her hands, and there is hang down their heads to the ground. pone to comfort her: the LORD hath command- 11 Mine eyes do fail with tears, my bowels are ed concerning Jacob, that his adversaries should troubled, my liver is poured upon the earth, for be round about him: Jerusalem is as a men- the destruction of the daughter of my people; struous woman among them.

because the children and the sucklings swoon in 18 The Lord is righteous; for I have rebel- the streets of the city. Jed against his coinmandment: hear, I pray you, 12 They say to their mothers, Where is corn all people, and behold my sorrow: my virgins and wine? when they swooned as the wounded and my young men are gone into captivity. in the streets of the city, when their soul was

19 I called for my lovers, but they deceived me: poured out into their mothers' bosom. my priests and mine elders gave up the ghost in 13 What thing shall I take to witness for thee? the city, while they sought their nieat to relieve what thing shail I liken to thee. O daughter of their souls.

Jerusalem ? What shall I equal to thee, that I 20 Behold, O LORD; for I am in distress: my may comfort thee, ( virgin daughter of Zion ? bowels are troubled; my heart is turned within for thy breach is great like the sea : who can nie ; for I have grievously rebelled : abroad the heal thee? sword bereaveth, at hone there is as death. 14 Thy prophets have seen vain and foolish

21 They have heard that I sigh: there is none things for thee: and they have not discovered to comfort me: all mine enemies have heard of thine iniquity, to turn away thy captivity; but my trouble; they are glad that thou hast done bave seen for thee false burdens and causes of it: thou wilt bring the das that thou hast call- banishment. e, and they shall be like unto ine.

15 All that pass by, clap their hands at thee; 2. Let all their wickedness coine before thee; they hiss and wag their head at the daughter of and do unto them, as thou hast done unto me Jerusalem, saying, Is this the city that men call for all my transgressions: for my sighs are ma- the Perfection of beauty, the Joy of the whole ny, and my heart 18 taint.

earth? CHAP. II.

16 All thine enemies have opened their mouth Jerusalem's misery lamented. against thee: they hiss and gnash the teeth:

Zion with a cloud in his anger, and cast this is the day that we looked for ; we have down froin heaven unto the earth the beauty of found, we have seen it. Isracl, and remembered not his foolstool in the 17 The Lord hath done that which he had de. day of his anger!

vised; he hath fulfilled his word that he had 2 The LORD hath swallowed up all the habita- commanded in the days of old: he bath thrownı tions of Jacob, and hath not pitied: he hath down, and hath not pitied: and he hath caused thrown down in his wrath the strong holds of thing enemy to rejoice over thee, he hath set up the daughter of Judah; he hath brought them the horn of thine adversaries. down to the ground: he batı polluted the king- 18 Their heart cried unto the Lord, O wall or dom and the princes thereof.

the daughter of Zion, Let tears run down like a 3 He hath cui off in his fierce anger all the horn river day and night: give thyself no rest ; let of Israel: he hath drawn back his right hand not the apple of thine eye cease. from before the enemy, and he burned against 19 Arise, cry out in the night: in the beginning Jacob like a flaming fire, which devoureth round of the watches pour out thy heart like water beabout.

fore the face of the LORD: lift up thy hands to4 Ile hath bent his bow like an enemy: he ward him for the life of thy young children, stood with his right hand as an adversary and that faint for hunger in the top of every street. slew all that were pleasant to the eye in the la- 20 1 Behold, O Lord, and consider to whom bernacle of the daughter of Zion: he poured out thou hast done this. Shall the women eat their his fury like fire.

fruit, and children of a span long ? shall the 5 The Lord was as an enemy: he hath swallow- priest and the prophet be slain in the sanctuary ed up Israel, he hath swallowed up all ber pa- of the LORD ? laces : he hath destroyed his strong holds, and 21 T'he young and the old lie on the ground in hath increased in the daughter of Judah mourn the streets; my virgins and my young men are ing and lamentation.

fallen by the sword; thou hast slain them in 6 And he hath violently taken away his taber- the day of thine anger ; thou hast killed, and adele, as if it were of a garden : he hath destroy not pitied.

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The faithful hope in God's mercies. LAMENTATIONS. They acknowledge God's justice. 22 Thou hast called as in a solemn day my 37 l Who is he that saith, and it cometh to terrors round about, so that in the day of the pass, when the LORD commandeth it not ? LORD's anger none escaped or remained: those 38 Out of the mouth of the Most High proceedthat I have swaddled and brought up, hath mine eth not evil and good ? enemy consumed.

39 Wherefore doth a living man complain, a CHAP. III.

man for the punishment of his sins ? Jeremiah bewaileth his calamities. 40 Let us search and try our ways, and turnI do the man that hath seen afiliction by the aga in touche LORD.

41 Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto 2 He hath led ine, and brought me into dark- God in the heavens. ness, but not into light.

42 We have transgressed and have rebelled : 3 surely against me is he turned; he turneth thou hast not pardoned. his hand against me all the day.

43 Thou hast covered with anger, and perse4 My flesh and my skin hath he made old; he cuted us: thou hast slain, thou hast not pitied. bath broken my bones.

44 Thou hast covered thyself with a cloud, 5 He hath builded against me, and compassed that our prayer should not pass through. me with gall and travail.

45 Thou hast made us as the off-scouring and o tle hath set me in dark places, as they that be refuse in the midst of the people. dead or old.

46 All our enemies have opened their mouthis 7 He hath hedged me about, that I cannot get against us. out: he hath made my chain heavy:

47 Fear and a snare is come upon is, desola8 Also when I cry and shout, he shutteth out tion and destruction. my prayer.

48 Mine eye runneth down with rivers of water 9 He hath enclosed my ways with hewn stone, for the destruction of the daughter of my people. he hath made my paths crooked.

49 Mine eye trickleth down, and ceaseth not, 10 He was unto me as a bear lying in wait, and without any intermission, as a lion in secret places.

50 Till the LORD look down, and behold from 11 He hath turned aside my ways, and pulled heaven. me in pieces : he hath made me desolate. 51 Mine eye affecteth my heart because of all 12 He hath bent his bow, and set me as a mark the daughters of my city. for the arrow.

52 Mine enemies chased me sore, like a bird, 13 He hath caused the arrows of his quiver to without cause. cnter into my reins.

53 They have cut off my life in the dungeon, 14 I was a derision to all my people; and iheir and cast a stone upon me. song all the day.

54 Waters tlowed over my head; then I said, 15 He hath filled me with bitterness, he hath I am cut off. made me drunken with wormwood.

55 9 I called upon thy namo, O LORD, out of 16 He hath also broken my teeth with gravel- the low dungeon. stones, he hath covered me with ashes.

56 Thou hast heard my voice: hide not thine 17 And thou hast removed my soul far off from ear at my breathing, at my cry. peace: I forgat prosperity.

57 Thou drewest near in the day that I called 18 And I said, My strength and my hope is upon thee: thou saidst, Fear not. perished from the LORD:

58 O LORD, thou hast pleaded the causes of my 19 Remembering mine affliction and my misery, soul; thou hast redcemed my life. the wormwood and the gall.

59 Ó Lord, thou hast seen my wrong: jndge 20 My soul hath them still in remembrance, and thou my cause. is humbled in me,

60 Thou hast seen all their vengcance and all 21 This I recall to my mind, therefore have I their imaginations against me. nope.

61 Thou hast heard their reproach, O LORD, 22 It is of the LORD's mercies at we are not and all their imaginations against mc; consumed, because his compassions fail not. 62 The lips of those that rose up against mc, 23 They are new every morning : great is thy and their device against me all the day. faithfulness.

63 Behold their sitting down, and their rising 24 The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; up; I am their music. therefore will I hope in him.

64 1 Render unto them a recompence, O LORD, 25 The LORD is good unto them that wait for according to the work of their hands. nim, to the soul that seeketh him.

65 Give thein sorrow of heart, thy curse unto 26 It is good that a man should both hope and them. quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD. 66 Persecute and destroy them in anger from 27 It is good for a man that he bear the yoke under the heavens of the LORD. in his youth.

CHAP. IV. 28 lle sitteth alone, and keepeth silence, be

Zion's pitiful state berailed. cause he hath borne it upon him.

29 He putteth his mouth in the dust; if so be most fine gold changed! the stones of the there may be hope.

sanctuary are poured out in the top of every 30 lle giveth his cheek to him that smiteth street. him: he is filled full with reproach.

2 The precious sons of Zion, comparable to fine 31 For the LORD will not cast off for ever : gold, how are they esteemed as earthen pitchers, 32 But though he cause grief, yet will he have the work of the hands of the potter! compassion according to the multitude of his 3 Even the sea-monsters draw out the breast, mercies.

they give suck to their young ones: the daughter 33 For he doth not afflict willingly, nor grieve of my people is become cruel, like the ostriches the children of men.

in the wilderness. 34 To crush under his feet all the prisoners of 4 The tongue of the sucking child cleaveth to the the earth,

roof of his mouth for thirst: the young children 35 To turn aside the right of a man before the ask bread, and no man breaketh it unto them. face of the Most High,

5 They that did feed delicately are desolate in 36 To subvert a man in his cause, the LORD the streets: they that were brought up in scar approveth not.

Jlet embrace dunghills,

Zion confesseth her 'sins.

CRAP. V.

She is comforled 6 For the punishment of the iniquity of the 21 Rejoice and be glad, o daughter of Edom, daughter of my people is greater than the pun- that dwellest in the land of Uz; the cup also ishment of the sin of Sodom, that was over- shall pass through unto thee: thou shalt bo thrown as in a moment, and no hands stayed drunken, and shalt make thyself naked. on her.

22 ! The punishment of thine iniquity is ac7 Her Nazarites were purer than snow, they complished, o daughter of Zion; he will no were whiter than milk, they were more ruddy more carry thee away into captivity: he will in body than rubies, their polishing was of sap- visit thine iniquity, o daughter of Edom; he phire:

will discover thy sins. 8 Their visage is blacker than a coal; they are

CHAP. V. not known in the streets: their skin cleaveth to

Zion's complaint to God. their boncs; it is withered, it is become like a

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EMEMBER, O LORD, what is come upon stick.

us: consider, and behold our reproach. 9 They that be slain with the sword are better. 2 Our inheritance is turned to strangers, our than they that be slain with banger : for these houses to aliens. pine away, stricken through for want of the 3 We are orphans and fatherless, our mothers fruits of the field.

are as widows. 10-The hands of the pitiful women have sodden 4 We have drunken our water for money; our their own children: they were their meat in the wood is sold-unto us. destruction of the daughter of my people. 5 Our necks are uuder persecution: we labour,

11 The Lord hath accomplished his fury; he and have no rest. hath poured out his fierce anger, and hath kin- 6 We have given the hand to the Egyptians, dled a fire in Zion, and it hath devoured the and to the Assyrians, to be satisfied with bread. foundations thereof.

7 Our fathers have sinned, and are not; and 12 The kings of the earth, and all the inhabi- we have borne their iniquities. tants of the world, would not have believed that 8 Servants have ruled over us: there is none the adversary and the enemy should have enter that doth deliver us out of their hand. ed into the gates of Jerusalem.

9 We gat our bread with the peril of our lives 13 11 For the sins of her prophets, and the Ini- because of the sword of the wilderness. quities of her priests, that have shed the blood 10 Our skin was black like an oven because of of the just in the midst of her,

the terrible famine. 14 They have wandered as blind men in the 11 They ravished the women in Zion, and the streets, they have polluted themselves with blood, maids in the cities of Judah. so that men could not touch their garments. 12 Princes are hanged up by their hand: the

15 They cried into them, Depart ye; it is un- faces of elders were not honoured. clean; depart, depart, touch not: when they 13 They took the young men to grind, and the fled away and wandered, they said among the children fell under the wood. heathen, They shall no more sojourn there. 14 The elders have ceased from the gate, the

16 The anger of the Lord hath divided them; young men from their music. he will no more regard them : they respected 15 The joy of our heart is ceased; our dance not the persons of the priests, they favoured is turned into mourning. not the elders.

16 The crown is fallen from our head: wo unto 17 As for us, our eyes as yet failed for our vain us, that we have sinned! help: in our watching we have watched for a 17 For this our heart is faint; for these things nation that could not save us.

our eyes are dim. 18 They hunt our steps, that we cannot go in 18 Because of the mountain of Zion, which is our streets: our end is near, our days are fulfill- desolate, the foxes walk upon it. ed; for our end is come.

19 Thou, O LORD, remainest for cver; thy 19 Our persecutors are swifter than the eagles throne from generation to generation. of the heaven: they pursued us upon the moun-20 Wherefore dost thou forget us for ever, and tains, they laid wait for us in the wilderness. forsake us so long time?

20 The breath of our nostrils, the anointed of 21 Turn thou us unto thee, O LORD, and we the LORD, was taken in their pits, of whom we shall be turned; renew our days as of old. said, Under his shaduw we shall live among the 22 But thou hast utterly rejected us; thou arı heathen.

very wroth against us. | The Book of The Prophet EZEKIEL. CHAP. I.

| 6 And every one had four faces, and every one Vision of the cherubim, de.

had four wings. in the fourth month, in the fifth day of the sole of their feet was like the sole of a call's month, as I was among the captives by the river foot; and they sparkled like the colour of burof Chebar, that the heavens were opened, and I nished brass. saw visions of God.

8 And they had the hands of a man under their 2 in the fifth day of the month, which was the wings on their four sides; and they four had fifth year of king Jehoiachin's captivity, their faces and their wings. 3 'The word of the LORD came expressly unto 9 Their wings were joined one to another; they Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, in the land turned not when they went; they went every of the Chaldeans by the river Chebar; and the one straight forward. band of the LORD was there upon him.

10 As for the likeness of their faces, they four 4 1 And I looked, and behold, a whirlwind had the face of a man and the face of a lion, on came out of the north, a great cloud, and a fire the right side: and they four had the face of a? infolding itself, and a brightness was about it, ox on the left side; they four also had the face and out of the midst thereof as the colour of of an eagle. aniber, out of the midst of the fire.

11 Thus were their faces: and their wings acte 5 Also out of the midst thereof came the like-stretched upward ; iwo wings of every one were ness of four living creatures. And this was joined one to another, and two covered theis their appearance; they had the likeness of a bodies. man.

| 12 And they went every one straight forward, Vision of the glory of God.

EZEKIEL

Ezekiel cateth the roll. whither the spirit was to go, they went; and that hath rebelled against me: they and their fathey turned not when they went.

thers have transgressed against me, eden unto 13 as for the likeness of the living creatures, this very day. their appearance was like burning coals of fire, 4 For they are impudent children and stiffand like the appearance of lamps: it went up hearted. I'do send ihee unto them; and thou and down among the living creatures; and the shall say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God. fire was brigbt, and out of the fire went forth 5 And they, whether they will hear, or whether lightning

they will forbear,(for they are a rebellious house,) 14 And the living creatures ran and returned yet shall know that there hath been a prophet as the appearance of a flash of lightning. among them.

15 11 Now as I beheld the living creatures, be- 6 1 And ihou, son of man, be not afraid of them, hold one wheel upon the earth by the living neither be afraid of their words, though briers creatures, with his four faces.

and thorns be with thee, and thou dost dwell 16 The appearance of the wheels and their among scorpions: be not afraid of their words, work was like unto the colour of a beryl: and nor be dismayed at their looks, though they be a they four nad cne likeness: and their appear-rebellious house. ance and their work was as it were a wlieel in 7 And thou shalt speak my words unto them, the middle of a wheel.

whether they will hear, or whether they will for 17 When they went, they went upon their four bear: for they are most rebellious. sides: and they turned not when they went. 8 But thou, son of man, hear what I say unto

18 As for their rings, they were so high that thee; Be noi thou rebellious like that rebellious they were dreadful; and their rings were full of house: open thy mouth, and eat that I give thee. eyes round about the four,

911 And when I looked, behold, a hand was sent 19 And when the living creatures went, the unto nie ; and lo, a roll of a book was therein : wheels went by them: and when the living crea- 10 And he spread it before me: and it was writtures were lined up from the earth, the wheels ten within and without: and there was written were lifted up.

therein lamentations, and mourning, and wo. 20 Whithersoever the spirit was to go, they

CHAP. III. went, thither was their spirit to go; and the

God encourageth Ezekiel spirit of the living creature was in the wheels.

MORFOR ER her maies un to me. Sonofuman,

eat that thou findest; cat this , and 21 When those went, these went; and when speak unto the house of Israel. those stood, these stood; and when those were 2 So I opened my mouth, and he caused me to lified up from the earth, the wheels were listed eat that roll. up over against them: for the spirit of the living, 3 And he said unto me, Son of man, cause thy creature was in the wheels.

belly to eat, and fill thy bowels with this roll that 22 And the likeness of the firmament upon the I give thee. Then did I eat it; and it was in heads of the living creature was as the colour my mouth as honey for sweetness. of the terrible crystal, stretched forth over their 4 11 And he said unto ine, Son of man, go, get heads above.

thee unto the house of Israel, and speak with my 23 And under the firmament were their wings words unto them. straight, the one toward the other : every one 5 For thou art not sent to a people of a strange had iwo, which coverod on this side, and every specch and of a hard language, but to the house one had two, which covered on that side, their of Israel ; bodies.

6 Not to many people of a strange speech and of 24. And when they went, I heard the noise of a hard language, whose words thou canst not their wings, like the noise of great waters, as understand. Surely, had I sent thee to them, the voice of the Almighty, the voice of speech, they would have hearkened unto thec. as the noise of a host: wlien they stood, they 7 But the house of Israel will not hearken unto let down their wings.

thee; for they will not hearken unto me : for 25 And there was a voice from the firmament all the house of Israel are impudent and hardthat was over their heads, wlien they stood, and hearted. had let down their wings.

8 Behold, I have made thy face strong against 26 :1 And above the firmament that was over their faces, and thy forehead strong against their their heads was the likeness of a throne, as the foreheads. appearance of a sapphire stone: and upon the 9 As an adamant, harder than flint have I made likeness of the throne was the likeness as the ap-thy forehead: fear them not, neither be dismayed pearance of a man above upon it.

at their looks, though they be a rebellious house. 27 And I saw as the colour of amber, as the ap- 10 Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, all pearance of fire round about within it, from the my words that I shail speak unto thee receive appearince of his loins even upward, and from in thy heart, and hear with thine ears. the appearance of his loins even downward, ! 11 And go, get thee to them of the captivity, saw as it were the appearance of fire, and it had unto the children of thy people, and speak unio brightness round about.

thein, and tell them, Thus saith the Lord God; 28 As the appearance of the bow that is in the whether they will hear, or whether they will cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance forbear. of the brighiness round about. This was the ap- 12 Then the spirit took me up, and I heard bepearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. kind me a voice of a great rushing, saying, BlessAnd when I saw it, I tell upon my face, and I ed be the glory of the Lord from his place. heard a voice of one that spake.

13 I heard also the noise of the wings of theliving CHAP. II.

creatures that touched one another, and the noise Ezekiel's commission to Israel. of the wheels over against them, and a noise of thy feet, and I will speak unto thee. 14 So the spirit listed me up, and took me 2 And the spirit entered into me when be spake away, and I went in bitterness, in the heat of my unto me, and set me upon my feet, thai I heard spirit; but the land of the LORD was strong him that spake unto ne.

upon me. 3 And he said unto nie, Son of inan, I send thee 15 11 Then I came to them of the captivity at to 1:10 suuren of Israel, 10 a rebellious nation Tel-abib, that dwelt by the river of Chebar, and

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