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0 God , I do not desire it, in any malice to them, or thirst of revenge, but in a holy zeal of thy glory; being by thee so directed, I, committing my cause to thee, pray for a sight of thy just retribution to them.
XII. 5 If thou hast run with the footmen, and they have wearied thee, then how canst thou contend with horses? and if in the land of peace, wherein thou trustedst, they wearied thee, then how wilt thou do in the swelling of Jordan?
If, striving with thine own townsmen at Anathoth, thou hast not prevailed, how shouldst thou think to do good upon them of Je, rusalem'? since there is no less difference betwixt them, in the heady course of their sins, than betwixt foot and horse: and, if in thine own quiet country they have wearied thee, how much more must thou expect this success from the proud inhabitants of Jerusalem?
XII. 1 I have forsaken mine house, I have left mine heritage; I have given the dearly beloved of my soul into the hand of her enemies, I, the Lord, therefor^ have, for these wickednesses, forsaken my temple: I have left that, which was my professed heritage; and that people, which was the dearly beloved of my soul, being now degenerated, I have given up into the hands of the enemy.
XII. 8 Mine heritage is unto me as a lion in the forestKc. That, which was my dear people, doth now rebel against roe; and roar out against mcand my prophets, like a lion in the forest; &c.
XII. 9 Mine heritage is unto me as a speckled bird, the birds round about are against her; come ye, assemble all the beasts of the field, come to devour.
Hereupon, the enemies of my people come up against them, by my just instigation; and all nations come up round about, as birds are wont to come wondering about some strange fowl; and invite each other to the spoil. See chap. vi. verse 3.
XII. 10 Many pastors have destroyed my vineyard, He.
1 was once your pastor, saith God; but, since ye would not be guided by me, now ye shall have store of other manner of pastors; that shall lead you in your kind; that shall destroy my vineyard, &c.
XII. 16 And it shall come to pass, if they will diligently learn the ways of my people, to swear by my name, The Lord liveth; as they taught my people to swear by Baal; then shall they be built in the midst of my people.
I will make one Church of Jews and Gentiles; and if those nations shall frame themselves to the true worship of my name, and to the profession of the religion of my people, then will I establish them in my Church, as true and lively members thereof.
XIII. 1 Thus saith the Lord unto me, Go and get thee a linen girdle, and put it upon thy loins, and put it not in water.
Get thee a girdle, the emblem of thy people whom I have hereto'
fore kept close unto me, and put it upon thy loins, in figure of what I have done for the Jews, and put it not in water, to shew how carefully I have kept the people hitherto from all adversity. See verse 11.
Xm. 4 Take the girdle that thou hast got, which is upon thy loins, and arise, go to Euphrates, bic.
Then the Lord charged me, by way of vision, Arise, go to Euphrates, &c.
XIII. 1 And, behold, the girdle was marred, it was prof table Jbr nothing.
And, behold, the girdle was marred; in figure, that the Jews should lie rotting and forlorn, in the dungeons and caves of Chaltlea and Assyria.
XIII. 12 Thus saith the Lord God ofIsrael, Every bottle shall be filled with wine: and they shall say unto thee, Do we not certainly know that every bottle sliaube filled with wine? Thussaith the Lord God of Israel, My people is like to an earthen bottle; and every bottle shall be filled up to the brim with wine; then shall the hearers take this prophecy in great scorn, and say, What wonders are these thou tellest us! as if we knew not, that the use of bottles is to be filled with wine! tell these things to children, that understand nothing.
XIII. 13 Then shalt thou say unto them, Thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will fill all the inhabitants of this land, even the kings that sit upon David's throne, and the priests, and the prophets, and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, with drunkenness. Then shalt thou say unto them, Even thus every inhabitant of this land, even the kings, priests, prophets, and all the inhabitants, shall be filled up with the wine of God's wrath; and shall be, as it were, drunken therewith, so as he shall no more know what to do, or which way to turn him, than a drunken man.
XIII. 14 And I will dash them one against another. And those earthen pots of yours shall be dashed one against another.
XIII. 16 Before your feet stumble upon the dark mountains. Before your feet, while ye are driving into captivity, stumble in your dark and nightly passages over the mountains.
XIII. 19 The cities of the south shall be shut up, and none shall open them: Judah shall be carried away captive. Those cities of Egypt, which ye trusted to for a refuge unto you in your extremity, shall be shut up against you, for fear of the Chaldees; and none dare open them, to receive you: there will be no remedy; Judah must be carried away captive.
XIII. 20 Lift up your eyes, and behold them that come from the north: where is the flock that was given thee, thy beautiful fiock? Lift up your eyes, and behold the troops of the Babylonians, that come up against you: alas, what shall now become of that people, which hath had thee all this while in-possession, O miserable Judea?
XIII. 21 What will thou say when he shall punish. thee f for thou hast taught them to be captains, and as chief over thee: shall not sorrows take thee, as a woman in travail?
Thou, that now cavillest and despisest my word, what wilt thou then say, when these cruel Chaldees shall come upon thee? thou hast already inured them to be captains over thee, and hast acquainted them with thy government, and given them advantages, by calling them formerly to thine aid; shalt thou not then be overwhelmed with sorrow and distress?
XIII. 22 And if thou say in thine heart, Wherefore come these things upon me? For the greatness of thine iniquity are thy skirts discovered, and thy heels made bare.
And if, in thy secret murmur, thou shalt expostulate and say, Wherefore is all this mischief come upon me? the answer is ready and easy; For the greatness of thy unreformable wickedness, art thou thus exposed to the shame and ignominy of the world.
XIII. 23 Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil. Alas, ye are so habituated in evil, that there is no hope at all of your reclaiming: as soon may the blackamoor turn white, or the leopard spotless, as ye may turn good, after so long and obstinate persistance in your wickedness.
XIII. 26 Therefore will I discover thy skirts upon thy face, that thy shame may appear.
I will put thee to the greatest shame and confusion that can be conceived, that thou mayest appear odious to the eyes of all beholders.
XIV. 2 Judah mourneth, and the gates thereof languish; they are black unto the ground.
Judah mourneth: all the inhabitants that go through the gates of their cities, languish; they are discoloured with their famine; and are, in the depth of their sorrow, cast upon the ground.
XIV. 3 And thei)' nobles have sent their little ones to the waters: they came to the pits, and found no water.
.Their princes and nobles sent the meaner people to bring them water in that extremity of drought, but none was to be had.
XIV. 6 And the wild asses did stand in the high places, they snuffed up the wind like dragons; their eyes did fail, because there was no grass.
Not men only, but the very beasts also, shall feel the misery of this famine and drought; insomuch as the wild asses shall stand upon the rocks, and pant and gape for the air, and draw in the cool wind, to refresh their hot and thirsty throats, as dragons are wont to do, in the sandy and scorching wildernesses; and their sight shall fail them for want of repast.
XIV. 8 Why shouldest thou be as a stranger in the land, and as a wayfaring man that turneth aside to tarry for a night? Thou, that wert wont to dwell and continue amongst thy people, why shouldest thou be now, as a stranger that passes through the land, and lodges there a night, and away?
XIV. 10 They have not refrained their feet. They have not abstained from any evil way.
XIV. 21 Do not disgrace the throne of thy glory. Do not utterly disgrace and cast off that kingdom, wherein thou hast hitherto ruled and reigned, and wherein thou hast so manifested the glory of thy power.
XIV. 22 Are there any among the vanities of the Gentiles that can cause rain: or can the heavens give showers *
And now, O ye fond Jews, are there any of those vain idols of the Gentiles, which ye have worshipped, that can cause the rain to descend upon this your droughty earth?
XV. 1 Then said the Lord unto me, Though Moses and Samuel stood before me, yet my mind could not be toward this people: cast them out of my sight, and let them go forth. s
The time was, when Moses and Samuel, in their several seasons, interceded with me, for the ancestors of this people, and prevailed; but now, if they were both together upon earth, and should sue to me for this their posterity, they could not prevail with me, to draw my affections to them, or to divert my judgments from them.
XV. 4 Because of Manasseh the son of Hezekiah king of Judah, for that which he did in Jerusalem.
Because of that horrible idolatry and wickedness, that was committed in Jerusalem, under the reign of Manasseh; whose impiety is so much more aggravated, in that he was the son of good Hezekiah.'
XV. 6 T am weary with repenting. I have so oft suspended those judgments, which I threatened against thee, and so long forborne thee, as that now I can endure thee no longer. ,
XV. 7 And I willfan them with a fan in the gates of the land. I will toss and scatter them in all the defenced cities of the land, as corn is shaken and dispersed in the winnowing.
XV. 8 / have brought upon them against the mother of the young men a spoiler at noonday: I have caused him to fall upon it suddenly, and terrors upon the city.
I have brought up against the mother city Jerusalem a young and courageous victor, which shall spoil it, even the Chaldean, who shall make open havock of it: I have set him upon it, in my justice; and have brought these terrors and desolations upon it.
XV. 9 She that hath borne seven languisheth: she hath given up the ghost; her sun is gone down while it was yet day. Even the strong and vigorous woman, that hath been the mother of many children, now languisheth, and gives up the ghost: her life is untimely ended.
XV. 10 Woe is me, my mother, that thou hast borne me a man of strife and a man of contention to the whole earth! I have neither lent on usury, nor men have lent to me on usury;. yet every one of them doth curse me.
Woe is me, that ever my mother bare me to be thus vexed, with the contention and opposition of all men! Yet, I have done, I have deserved nothing, that might procure me this heartburning and spite amongst them: I only followed my calling, close, and intermeddled not with the affairs of the world; I have neither given nor taken use; and yet every one is ready to revile me.
XV. 12 Shall iron break the northern iron and the steel? If thy strength, O Judea, be as iron, canst thou think thine iron so strong, as that it can break the iron and steel of the Chaldeans.
XV. 15 Take me not away in thy long suffering. Lest, while thy longsuffering, and patience, bears with tbem, I, in the mean time, be murdered by them.
XV. 16 Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy Word wasjmto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, 0 Lord God of hosts.
So soon as thy words were delivered to me, I did receive them with a ready and willing heart; yea, thy word was my greatest joy and honour: for I am called by thy name, O Lord; even the prophet of the Lord of Hosts.
XV. 17 I sat not in the assembly of the mockers, nor rejoiced; I sat alone because of thy hand: for thou hast filled me with indignation.
I sat mourning and solitary, in sad and thoughtful dumps, because of the sins of thy people, and because of thy judgments: for, upon both these, my heart was full of sorrow; and that sorrow was increased, by the envy and indignation, which this prophecy, committed unto me, hath brought upon me.
XV. 18 Wilt thou be altogether unto me as a liar, and as waters that fail?
O Lord, thou hast promised to deliver and free me; and wilt thou be as one, that breaks bis word; and as some land-waters, that make a great shew, after a shower, but sink away, and disappoint the passenger? ,
XV. 19 Therefore thus saith the Lord, If thou return, then will I bring thee again, and tliou shall stand before me: and if thou take forth the precious from the "oile, thou shall be as my moiUh: let them return unto thee; but return not thou unto them. If thou bethink thyself of this thine impatience, and of thy too much regard to this murmuring and disobedient people, I will so confirm thee, that they shall be forced to acknowledge thee my faithful servant; and, if thou do wisely make difference betwixt erroneous doctrine and the truth, and betwixt the godly and profane persons, then will I admit thee to be my mouth unto my people: do not thou yield way unto them in their lewd courses, but let them, if it may be, come in to thee.
XV. '20 And I will make thee unto this people a fenced brasen wall: See chap.i. verse 18.