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from the rock of the field ? or shall the cold flowing waters that come from another place be forsaken? Will any man be so foolish, as, when he may make use of the pure snow of mount Lebanon, which he may take up from the clean rock of his own field, to seek afar off for some dirty puddle? or, when he may have the cool flowing waters from his own cry. stal spring, to go lade out of the muddy channel ?
XVIII. 17 I will shew them the back, and not the face, in the day of their calamity. I will not so much as look at them, in their distress; but turn my back upon them, as they have done upon me.
XVIII. 18 Then said they, Come, and let us devise devices against Jeremiah ; for the law shall not perish from the priest, nor counse! from the wise, nor the word from the prophet, &c. Let us lay a plot for Jeremiah : he is a false prophet, doubtless; for, whatsoever he saith, it cannot be, that God should utterly take his law from the priest, or his counsel from the wise, or his word from the prophets; but so he hath done, so he shall do, if this man may be heard. Come ; let us raise slanders and accusations against him, &c.
XIX. 4 And have filled this place with the blood of innocents. Have filled this valley, with the blood of those children, which they have offered unto Moloch.
XIX. 6 Therefore, behold, the day is come, saith the LORD, that this place shall no more be called Tophet, nor The valley of the son of Hinnom, but The valley of slaughter. In this place, wherein you have pleased your idols with innocent blood, shall your blood be abundantly shed; so as, this raller shall change the name, and, instead of Tophet, be called A valley of slaughter.
XIX. 7 And I will make void the counsel of Judah and Jerusalem in this place; and I will cause them to fall by the sword before their enemies. I will utterly cross the hopes and conceits of Judah and Jerusalem, concerning this very place ; for, whereas they thought to have endeared themselves to me the more, by so zealous oblations of their own children, they shall find how much I hate this their crucl idol atry by that destruction, which I will bring upon them, by the sword of the enemy.
XIX. 12 Thus will I do unto this place, saith the LORD, and to the inhabitants thereof, and even make their city as Tophet. I will make this whole city of Jerusalem, like unto Tophet, a place of slaughter and burial for the inhabitants.
XX. 1 Now Pashur the son of Immer the priest, who was also chief governor in the house of the LORD, heard that Jeremiah prophesied these things. Now Pashur, the son of Immer the priest, who was next in place to the high priest, as being his vicar or assistant in the government
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of the temple, heard that Jeremiah, one of his own order, prophesied these things. ' XX. 3 The Lord hath not called thy name Pashur, but Magor-missabib. The Lord hath not called thee Pashur, which signifies an enlarg. ing of thy rule, or diffusing of terror and paleness unto others; but he hath now called thee, Magor-missabib, that is, Fear on erery side ; which shall hereafter, possess thee and thine.
XX. 7 0 LORD, thou hast deceived me, and I was deceived: thou art stronger than 1, and hast prevailed : I am in derision daily, eery one mocketh me.
O Lord, this people are still crying out that I am deceived in this my prophecy; but if I be deceived, 0) ye fond countrymen, know that I am deceived by him, that can neither deceive nor be deceived ; even by thee, () Lord, the God of Truth: it is thou, that hast put me upon this task: I could not, I durst not withdraw my obedience from thee; and now, I am, for doing my duty, made a scorn and derision to the world.
XX. 8 For since I spake, I cried out, I cried violence and spoil; because the word of the Lord was made a reproach unto me, and a derision, daily. For, since I spake from thee, I am so rated, and reviled, and persecuted on all sides, that I cannot but complain and cry out of their intolerable violences and cruelties; for I do daily suffer reproach and scornful insultations on all hands, for delivering thy message.
XX. 9 Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart us a burning fire shut up in my bones. Then was I ready, in my weakness, to give in, and to resolve not to speak any more these unpleasing things, in his name; but I had not the power to hold in that word, wbich I had received: it was as a burning fire within my bosom, yea in my very bones.
XX. 10 For I heard the defaming of many, fear on every side. Report, say they, and we will report it.
For I heard the defaming of many, and especially of him whom I have justly named, Fear on every side; which said, Raise scandals and accusations against him, and we will second them.
XX. 13, 14, 15 Sing unto the LORD, praise ye the Lord: for he hath delivered the soul of the poor from the hands of the evil man. Cursed be the day, &c. I have cause to sing praises unto the Lord, wbo bath delivered me from the very mouth of the pit ; out of that miserable condition, wherein I was overtaken with só weak and sinful an impatience, as to curse the day wherein I was born, &c.
XXI: 4 Behold, I will turn back the weapons of war that are in your hands, wherewith ye fight against the king of Babylon, Si. I will utterly disable all your forces, and your weapons that are in your hands, from hurting or opposing your enemies or helping yourselves.
XXI. 12 O house of David, thus saith the LORD; Erecute judg. ment in the morning, and deliver him that is spoiled out of the hand of the oppressor. O thou king of Judah, the heir of David's throne, do thou stir up thyself zealously and faithfully to do justice in thy place: deliver and right the oppressed.
XXI. 13 Behold, I am against thee, O inhabitant of the valley, and rock of the plain, saith the LORD; which say, Who shall come down against us? or who shall enter into our habitations? Behold, I am against theè, O Jerusalem, who hast vainly trusted hitherto in thy strength and situation : it is not that defenced val. ley, wherein a great part of thee, towards mount Libanus, is seated, nor the forts of thy plain, that can keep out my power, or the power of that enemy, the Chaldean, which I shall stir up against thee. ,
XXI. 14 I will kindle à fire in the forest thereof, and it shall devour all things round about it. I will kindle a fire in the forest of Libanus; and, by the goodly cedars thereof, will set Jerusalem on a fame, which shall derour it to ashes.
XXII. 4 For if ye do these things, then shall there enter in by the gates of this house kings &c. See chap. xvii. 25.
XXII. 6 For thus saith the LORD unto the king's house of Judah; Thou art Gilead unto me, and the head of Lebanon : vet surely will niake thee a wilderness, and cities which are not inhabited. Thus saith the Lord unto the king's house, which is his ancient court, upon the bill of Zion; As mount Gilead is the prime hill of all those mountains which go under the name of Lebanon, so art thou the most eminent and remarkable place in all Judea; yet surely thou shalt, through my just judgments, become a very wilderness.
XXII. 7 And they shall cut down thy choice cedars, and cast them into the fire. . They shall cut down those choice cedar-beams, wherewith thou art built, and cast them into the fire.
XXII. 10 Weep ye not for the dead, neither bemoan him : but weep sore for him that goeth away : for he shall return no more, nor see his native country. Never take up lamentations for them that are slain in the siege, for they are past their pain ; but weep for those miserable men, that are led into captivity, for they shall endure a lingering death, and never return back to their home.
XXII. 13 Woe unto him that buildeth his house by unrightenisness, and his chambers by wrong; that useth his neighbour's service without wages, and giveth him not for his work ; Woe be to thee, Jehoiakim, which buildest a goodly royal palace, out of the extreme oppressions of my people; putting them to servile works, for that purpose, without all recompence of wages for their labour :
XXII, 14 That saith, I will build me a wide house and large chambers, &c. Which sayest, I will not take up with the old and mean buildings of my ancestors : I will set up a sumptuous pile, fit for a king to dwell in, &c.
XXII. 15 Shalt thou reign, because thou closest thyself in cedar? did not thy father eat and drink, and do judgment and jus. tice, and then it was well with him? Dost thou think to reign ever the more happily and securely, for that thou hast closed up thyself in cedar ? Thy father, good king Josiah, lived in much content and happiness, by doing justice and right unto his subjects, and prospered in so doing.
XXII. 18 They shall not lament for him, saying, Ah lord ; or, Ah his glory! They shall make no public lamentation for him, at his funeral, as they are wont to do for their former princes.
XXII. 19 He shall be buried with the burial of an ass. But his carcase shall be shamefully left unburied ; exposed to the fowls of the air, or to ravenous beasts; even as the carcase of an ass, which is left to rot in a ditch. ,
XXII. 20 Go up to Lebanon, and cry; and lift up thy voice in Bashan, and cry from the passages : for all thy lovers are destroyed. Go up then, O miserable Judah, go up to the highest mountains, that look towards Assyria or Egypt, and call for the aid of those thine associates, in whom thou hast trusted : thou shalt find small comfort in them: they shall be destroyed together with thee.
XXII. 22 The wind shall eat up all thy pastors, and thy lovers shall go into captivity. All thy great friends and patrons shall vanish into wind, and thy confederates shall go into captivity,
XXI. 23 O inhabitant of Lebanon, that makest thy nest in the cedars, how gracious shalt thou be when pangs come upon thee, the pain of a woman in travail ! . () ye citizens of Jerusalem, which dwell in goodly houses made of the cedars of Lebanon, in how woeful a plight shall ye be, when your calamity shall come upon you! Where will then be your pride and delicacy, wherewith ye now please yourselves ?
XXII. 24 As I live, saith the LORD, though Coniah the son of Jehoiakiin king of Judah were the signet upon my right hand, yet would I pluck thce thence. As I live saith the Lord, if Jechoniah, the son of Jehoiakim king of Judah, were as near and as precious to me, as the signet upon the right hand useth to be to him that wears it, yet I would pluck bim thence, and cast bim away into captivity
XXII, 28 Is this man Coniah, a despised broken idol? is he a vessel wherein is no pleasure ? wherefore are they cast out ? &c. Is this man, Jechoniah, then sọ vile and base a thing, as thou makest him? Is he a likely map to be cast out, together with his family and seed, into a foreign captivity?
XXII. 29 0 earth, earth, earth, hear the word of the LORD.
Oye inhabitants of the earth, take diligent heed to this, which I shall now deliver unto you.
XXI. 30 Thus saith the LORD, Write ye this man childless, a man that shall not prosper in his days; for no man of his seed shall prosper, &c.
Take notice, that it is enacted in heaven, that this Jechoniah shall -never have issue, that shall sit upon the temporal throne of David; no man of his seed, in succeeding times shall so prosper, as to be king of Judah,
· XXIII. 3 And I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all countries whither I have driven them, and will bring them again to their folds ; and they shall be fruitful and increase, In that happy time of restoration, I will gather the remnant of mine elect people, out of all countries, both them of Judah and of Israel, into the bosom of my Church; where they shall be fruitful of all good works.
XXIlI. 4 And I will set shepherds over them which shall feed them. I will set over them, holy, conscionable, able pastors, which shall feed them with the food of life.
XXIII. 5 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, &c. See Isaiah iv. verse 2.
XXIII. 6 In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely : and this is his naine whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS. In his days, those, that belong to his true Church, shall be saved and delivered from their spiritual enemies: and he shall be endued with infinite wisdom, righteousness, and holiness; insomuch, as we shall be made the righteousness of God in him.
XXIII. 7, 8 They shall no more say, The Lord liveth, which brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt, &c. See chap. xvi. verse 14, and 15.
XXIII. 9 Mine heart within me is broken because of the pro. phets; all my bones shake; I am like a drunken man, and like a man whom wine hath overcome, because of the LORD, and because of the words of his holiness.. My heart within me is extremely grieved and vexed, because of the false prophets, which mislead the people : I am in a great agony and distress for them: I am not myself for extremity of passion, to think of those heavy judgments, which the Lord hath intended and threatened, in his holy and just vengeance, to bring upon this people. ..
XXIII.” 10 For because of swearing the land mourneth ; the pleasant places of the wilderness are dried up, and their course is cvil, and their force is not right. The land groaneth and mourneth, under that fearful and ordinary profanation of the name of God, by false and rash oaths: the pleasant pastures of those plains, where their focks had wont to feed, are now dried and parched; because the men of Judah take wicked courses, and employ their power to violence and op-. pression,