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IV. 9 Take thou also unto thee wheat, and barley, and beans, and lentiles, and millet, andfitches, and put them in one vessel, and make thee bread thereof, according to the number of the days that thou shalt lie upon thy side, three hundred and ninety days shalt thou eat thereof.
And, as thou shalt thus represent the siege, so also, in the sequel, thou shalt represent the famine, which shall fall upon Jerusalem; take thee, therefore, all kinds of grain, wheat and barley and beans, and lentiles, and fitches, and put them all together, and make bread of this mesline, and eat thereof for the space of three hundred and ninety days; to signify, that, in that strait siege, there shall be such scarcity, as that they shall be glad of the coarsest sustenance.
IV. 10 And thy meat which thou shalt eat shall be by weight, twenty shekels a day : from time to time shalt thou eat it. And thy meat, which thou shalt eat, shall be stinted unto thee, according to five ounces, the day.
IV. 11 Thou shalt drink also water by measure, the sixth part of an hin: from time to time shalt thou drink.
Neither shalt thou have full scope to drink how much water thou pleasest, but shalt have it allowed thee by measure, about a pint a day; and so shalt continue.
IV. 12, 13 And thou shalt eat it as barley cakes, and thou shalt bake it with dung that cometh out of man, in their sight, Kc. And thou shalt make it up in the form of barley cakes, and shalt bake it, instead of coals, with man's dung, in the sight of the people; to signify that extreme pollution, whereto God will give over his people, among the Gentiles.
IV. 14 Then said I, Ah Lord God! behold, my soul hath not been polluted: for from my youth up even till now have I not eaten of that which dieth of itself, or is torn in pieces; neither came there abominable flesh into my mouth.
Then said I, Ah Lord God, behold, as I have been consecrated to thy service in the priesthood, so I have carefully kept myself from all legal pollutions from my youth: I have not eaten ought, that is forbidden by thy law, but have avoided all those offensive meats, of what kind soever; and now, thou knowest that this excrementitious fire, which thou enjoinest, is, besides the loathsomeness, unclean by thy law.
IV. 16 / will break the staff of bread. See Leviticus xxvi. verse 26.
V. 1 And thou, son of man, take thee a sharp knife, take thee a barber's razor and cause it to pass upon thine head and upon thy beard: then take thee balances to weigh, and divide the hair.
To fore-signify that variety of miserable desolation which shall come upon Jerusalem, take thee a sharp knife, even a barber's razor, and therewith cause all the hair of thy head and beard to be shaven off: the hairs of thy head and beard represent the numerous inhabitants of Jerusalem: all they shall be cut, by several ways of destruction; and therefore take thy balances, and weigh thy hair into three equal parts.
V. 2 Thou shalt burn with fire a third part in the midst of the city, when the days of the siege arc fulfilled: and thou shalt take a thira1 part, and smite about it with a knife: and a third part thou shalt scatter in the wind; and I will draw out a sword after them. One third part shalt thou burn with fire; to show the extremity of that calamity, which a third part of the inhabitants shall endure, in pestilence and famine, in the siege: another third part, thou shalt smite about with a knife; to show that a third part of them shall fall by the sword: and one other third part of it, thou shalt scatter in the wind; to signify their dispersion in the captivity, which shall be attended also with much cruelty afterwards. See verse 12.
V. 3 Thou shalt also take thereof a few in number, and bind them in thy skirts. . But thou shalt take up a few of those hairs out of this division, and shalt bind them in thy skirts; to signify that there shall be a small remnant yet reserved of my people.
V. 4 Then take of them again, and cast them into the ittidst of 'the fire, and burn them in the fire; for thereof shall afire come forth into all the house of Israel.
Then, afterward, take of them again, which thou hadst reserved in thy skirts, and cast them into the midst of the fire; to signifv, that those remainders shall put themselves into miserable affliction, and at last shall bring an utter destruction to all the house of Israel.
. V. 16/ will send upon them the evil arrows of famine.
I will send a grievous famine upon them, which, like unto deadly arrows, shall pierce through their souls.
VI. 3 Ye mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord Kc. The men of Israel will not hear; hear therefore, O ye mountains of Israel, which are less deaf than they, hear ye the judgments that God hath denounced against the sinful remainders of Israel.
VI. 9 And they that escape of you shall remember me among the nations whither they shall be carried captives, because I am broken with their whorish heart, which hath departed from me, and with their eyes, which go a whoring after their idols. And those, that escape of you, shall remember me among the nations, &c. and bethink themselves how I have been over-provoked by their wicked idolatries; in that they have departed from me, and have abandoned themselves to their shameful and abominable idols.
VI. 11 Thus saith the Lord God; Smite with thine hand, and stamp with thy foot, and say, Alas Kc.
Be thou vehement and passionate, in expressing thy sorrow and indignation for the sins and judgments of thy people; and therefore smite thine hands together, and stamp with thy feet, and sav. AJas &c.
VI. 14 More desolate than the wilderness toward Diblath.
Yea, more desolate than the most horrid, craggy, forlorn wilderness in the world.
VIL 5 An evil, an only evil, behold, is come. That evil is come upon thee, which alone shall make a dispatch of thee: there will need no other to second it.
VII. 1 The day of trouble is near, and not the sounding again of the mountains.
"The day of thy grievous trouble is actually and really come; -which thou shalt find sensibly, to be no empty and vain sound of an echo among the mountains, but a true and feeling destruction.
VII. 10 The rod hath blossomed, pride hath budded. That rod of punishment, wherewith they shall be smitten, howsoever it come from Chaldea, and hath put forth thence, yet the root of it is from themselves, even from their own pride.
VII. 11 Violence is risen up into a rod of wickedness: none of them shall remain, nor of their multitude, nor of any of theirs: neither shall there be wailing for them.
And from this root is grown up cruelty, and violence; and that violence hath shewed itself in open wickedness, and outrageous oppositions unto good; which shall bring upon them so perfect a destruction, as that none of them shall be left alive to bewail the dead.
VII. 12 The time is come, the day draweth near: let not the buyer rejoice, nor the seller mourn : for wrath is upon all the multitude thereof.
The time of this judgment is at hand, wherein all shall be inwrap
Eed in one common calamity; so as there shall be no difference betwixt the condition of the buyer and the seller, for wrath is indifferently gone out upon all sorts.
VII. 13 For the seller shall not return to that which is sold, although they were yet alive: for the vision is touching the whole multitude thereof, which shall not return; neither shall any strengthen himself in the iniquity of his life.
And, whereas in the ordinary sale of Israelitish iands, the seller is wont, in the year of Jubilee, to return to those possessions which he hath aliened; now it shall not be so: though he be then alive, yet there shall be no challenge or recovery of that, which he hath sold; for this captivity shall he universal, which is foretold in this vision, and that which shall not admit of any such return, as might restore this generation to their ancient inheritance; neither shall any wicked man have cause to encourage himself, in the vain confidence of his impunity for his sin.
VII. 14 They have blown the trumpet, even to make all ready; but none goeth to the battle: for my wrath is upon all the multitude thereof.
And though the men of Israel train, and muster, and make great preparations of a warlike resistance, yet all this shall be in vain i for they shall never be able to stand in the day of battle, for my wrath fights against all the multitude of them.
VII. 16 But they that escape of them shall escape, and shall h e on the mountains like doves of the valleys, all of them mourning, every one for his iniquity.
Ana if any of them shall escape, as some shall escape, the sword and pestilence, yet their life shall be rather more miserable than death: for they shall be fain to hide their heads in the desert mountains, and shall be like the fearful doves that want shelter in the valleys; all of them protracting a woeful life, only to suffer and languish under the conscience of their own wickedness.
VII. 19 They shall cast their silver in the streets, and their gold shall be removed: their silver and their gold shall not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the Lord: they shall not satisfy their souls, neither fill their bowels: because it is the stumbling' block of their iniquity.
And, whereas they formerly trusted to their riches, now, they shall cast their silver and gold in the streets, as utterly unprofitable for their relief, &c. now, they shall well find, how little power this wealth of theirs hath to satisfy their souls, and to content their hearts; because it is that, which they have made an occasion of their sin, by their unjust and wicked confidence they have put in it.
VII. 20 As for the beauty of his ornament, he set it in majesty: but they made the images of their abominations and of their detestable things therein: therefore have I set it far from them. As for his beautiful and glorious temple, he placed it in great majesty among them, as that which might well be their best and greatest ornament; but they have notoriously profaned it, in setting up their abominable idols therein; therefore, have I forsaken both them and it, and give it over to the pollution and vastation of the heathen.
VII. 23 Make a chain: for the land is full of bloody crimes. Make thee a chain of iron; to signify the miserable bondage and captivity which is coming upon thy people, for the land is full of bloody crimes.
VII. 26 Then shall they seek a vision of the prophet; but tit law shall perish from the priest, and counselfrom the ancients. Then shall they be glad to inquire after the prophet of God, to know what the issue of things shall be; but, in a just punishment of their former neglect and security, God shall take away his gifts from their priests and prophets, so as they shall not be able to declare his will unto them, for their direction and preservation.
VIII. 1 That the hand of the Lord God fell there upon me. The Spirit of the Lord was powerful with and upon me, in a divine rapture and vision. .
VIII. 2 Then I beheld, andlo a likeness as the appearance ?J fire: from the appearance of his loins even downward, firti *1* from his loins even upward, as the appearance of brightness, as the colour of amber.
Then I beheld, and, lo, there was shewed to me the likeness of a human shape; whose lower parts from the loins downward were as the colour of fire, and from the loins upward of a clear and pleasing brightness like unto amber; to signify, that that God, who is graciously majestical in himself, is terrible in the revenges of his wilful enemies.
VIII. 3 And he put forth the form of a hand, and took me by a lock of mine head; and the spirit lifted me up between the earth and the heaven, and brought me in the visions of God to Jerusalem, to the door of the inner gate that looketh toward the north; where was the seat of the image of jealousy, which provoketh to jealousy.
And from this appearance of a human shape, there was a hand put forth, which took me, as it seemed unto me in this vision, by a lock of the hair of mine head; and, methought, the Spirit of God lifted me up betwixt the earth and the heaven, and brought me, not in body but in vision, to Jerusalem, to the very door of the inner gate of the common court: even that gate, which look- eth towards the north, where was the shrine of that abominable idol of Baal set up, which provoked the just jealousy of the Almighty.
VIII. 4 And, behold, the glory of the God of Israel was there, according to the vision that I saw in the plain. And, behold, there I saw the same representation of the glory of the God of Israel, which had been formerly shewed unto me in the vision, which I had by the river of Chebar.
VIII. 8 Then said he unto me, Son of man, dig now in the wall: and when I had digged in the wall, behold a door. Then said he unto me, Son of man, it is too much that thou seest this one shameful idol, but thou shalt yet see many more; and, besides this open abomination, thou shalt see hidden and secret; dig now in the wall; and when I had, in my vision, digged in the wall, behold, a door seemed to appear.
VIII. 11 And there stood before them seventy men of the ancients of the house of Israel, and in the midst of them stood Jaazaniah the son of Shaphan, with every man his censer in his hand; and a thick cloud of incense went up.
And there stood before those idols, all the judges and rulers of Israel, which God had appointed to be seventy in number; and, m the midst of them*,the president of that senate Jaazaniah, the son of Shaphan, with every man his censer in his hand, in which he had offered incense to all the abominable idols; and the fume thereof went up, as a thick cloud, for the abundance thereof.
VIII. 12 Then said he unto me, Son of man, hast thou seenwhat the ancients of the house of Israel do in the dark, every man in the chambers of his imagery ? for they say, The Lord seeth us not. Then said he unto me, Son of man, hast thou seen what the ancients of Israel, who should be good examples of piety and holi