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Israel is threatened. CHAP. XX.

A promise of mercy 22 Nevertheless, I withdrew my surely with a mighty hand, and hand, and wrought for my name's with a stretched-out arm, and with sake, that it should not be polluted fury poured out, will I rule over in the sight of the heathen, in you: whose sight I brought them forth. 34 And I will bring you out

23 I lifted up my hand unto from the people, and will gather them also in the wilderness, that you out of the countries wherein I would scatter them among the ye are scattered, with a mighty heathen, and disperse them through hand, and with a stretched-out the countries;

arm, and with fury poured out. 24 Because they had not executed 35 And I will bring you into my judgments, but had despised my the wilderness of the people, and statutes, and had polluted my sab- there will I plead with you face to baths, and their eyes were after face. their fathers' idols.

36 Like as I pleaded with your 25 Wherefore I gave them also fathers in the wilderness of the statutes that were not good, and land of Egypt, so will I plead with judgments whereby they should not you, saith the Lord God. live;

37 And I will cause you to pass 26' And I polluted them in their under the rod, and I will bring you own gifts, in that they caused to into the bond of the covenant : pass through the fire all that open- 38 And I will purge out from eth the wom), that I might make among you the rebels, and them them desolate, to the end that they that transgress against me: I will might know that I am the LORD. bring them forth out of the country

27 | Therefore, son of man, speak where they sojourn, and they shall unto the house of Israel, and say not enter into the land of Israei: unto them, Thus saith the Lord and ye shall know that I am the God, Yet in this your fathers Lord. have blasphemed me, in that they 39 As for you, O house of Israel, have committed a trespass against thus saith the Lord God; Go ye

serve ye every one his idols, and 28 For when I had brought hereafter also, if ye will not hearthem into the land, for the which ken unto me: but pollute ye my I lifted up my hand to give it holy name no more with your gifts, to them, then they saw every high and with your idols. hill, and all the thick trees, and 40 For in my holy mountain, in they offered there their sacrifices, the mountain of the height of Isand there they presented the rael, saith the Lord God, there provocation of their offering : shall all the house of Israel, all of ibere also they made their sweet them in the land, serve me: there savour, and poured out there their will I accept them, and there will drink-offerings.

I require your offerings, and the 29 Then I said unto them, What first fruits of your oblations, with is the high place whereunto ye go? all your holy things. and the name thereof is called 41 I will accept you with your Bamah unto this day.

sweet savour, when I bring you 30 Wherefore, say unto the house out from the people, and gather of Israel, Thus saith the Lord you out of the countries wherein GOD; Are ye polluted after the ye have been scattered, and I will manner of your fathers ? and com-be sanctified in you before the unit ye whoredom after their abo- heathen. minations ?

42 And ye shall know that I am 31 For when ye offer your gifts, the LORD, when I shall bring you when ye make your sons to pass into the land of Israel, into the through the fire, ye pollute your country for the which I lifted selves with all your idols, even up my hand to give it to your unto this day: and shall I be fathers. inquired of by you, O house of Is- 43 And there shall ye remember rael? As I live, saith the Lord your ways, and all your doings GOD, I will not be inquired of by wherein ye have been defiled; and

ye shall loathe yourselves in your 32 And that which cometh into own sight for all your evils that ye your mind shall not be at all, have committed. that ye say,

We will be as the 44 And ye shall know that I am heathen, as the families of the the LORD, when I have wrought countries, to serve wood and with you for my name's sake, not stone.

according to your wicked ways, 33 As I live, saith the Lord God, nor according to your corrupt



AND the

The sharp sidord

EZEKIEL, draron against Israel, doings, O ye house of Israel, saith 10 It is sharpened to make a the Lord God.

sore slaughter, it is furbished that it 45 1 Moreover the word of the may glitter ; should we then make LORD came unto me, saying,

mirth? it contemneth the rod of my 46 Son of man, set thy face son, as every tree. toward the south, and drop thy

11 And he hath given it to be word toward the south, and pro- furbished, that it may be handled : phesy against the forest of the this sword is sharpened, and it is south field;

furbished, to give it into the band 47 And say to the forest of the of the slayer. south, Hear the word of the Lord; 12 Cry and howl, son of man Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, for it shall be upon my people, it I will kindle a fire in thee, and it shall be upon all the princes of Is shall devour every green tree in rael : terrors by reason of the theo, and every dry tree: the sword shall be upon my people flaming flame shall not be quench- smite therefore upon thy thigh. ed, and all faces from the south to 13 Because it is a trial, and what the north shall be burned therein. if the sword contemn even the rod ?

48 And all flesh shall see that I it shall be no more, saith the Lord the LORD have kindled it: it shall GOD. not be quenched.

14 Thou, therefore, son of man, 49 Then said

I, Ah Lord GOD! prophesy, and smite thine hands they say of me, Doth he not speak together, and let the sword be parablos?

doubled the third time, the sword CHAP. XXI.

of the slain : it is the sword of the A Prophecy against Jerusalem. great men that are slain, which err

word of the LORD tereth into their privy chambers. came unto me, saying,

15 I have set the point of the 2 Son of man, set thy face sword against all their gates, that toward Jerusalem, and drop thy their heart may faint, and their word toward the holy places, and ruins be multiplied: ah! it is made prophesy against the land of Is- bright, it is wrapped up for the rael,

slaughter. 3 And say to the land of Israel, 16 Go thee one way or other, Thus saith the LORD ; Behold, I either on the right hand, or on the am against thee, and will draw left, whithersoever thy face is set. forth my sword out of his sheath, 17 I will also smite my hands and will cut off from thee the together, and I will cause my fury righteous and the wicked.

to rest: I the LORD have said it. 4 Seeing then that I will cut off 18 | The word of the LORD from thee the righteous and the came unto me again, saying, wicked, therefore shall my sword 19 Also, thou son of man, apgo forth out of his sheath against point the two ways,, that the all flesh from the south to the sword of the king of Babylon may north :

come: both twain shall 5 That all flesh may know that forth out of one land: and choose I the LORD have drawn forth my thou a place, choose it at the head sword out of his sheath: it shall of the way to the city. not return any more.

20 Appoint a way, that the 6 Sigh therefore, thou son of sword may come to Rabbath of man, with the breaking of thy the Ammonites, and to Judah in loins; and with bitterness sigh be- Jerusalem the defenced. fore their eyes.,

21 For the king of Babylon stood 7 And it shall be, when they say at the parting of the way, at the unto thee, Wherefore sighest thou ? head of the two ways, to use divithat thou shalt answer, For the nation; he made his arrows bright, tidings, because it cometh: and he consulted with images, he look every heart shall melt, and all ed in the liver. hands shall be feeble, and every

22 At his right hand was the spirit shall faint, and all knees divination for Jerusalem, to ap shall be weak as water : behold, it point captains, to open the mouth cometh, and shall be brought to in the slaughter, to lift up the pass, saith the Lord God.

voice with shouting, to appoint 8 T Again the word of the LORD battering rams against the gates, came unto me, saying, 9 Son of man, prophesy, and say, fort.

to cast a mount, and to build a Thus saith the LORD; Say, A 23 And it shall be unto them as ard, a gword is sharpened, and a false divination in their sight, to furbished:

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and the Ammonites. CHAP. XXII. Jerusalem's transgressions he will call to remembrance the hast caused thy days to draw near, iniquity, that they may be taken. and art come even unto thy years :

24 Therefore thus saith the Lord therefore have I made thee a reGod; Because ye have made your proach unto the heathen, and a iniquity to be remembered, in that mocking to all countries. your transgressions are discovered, 5 Those that be near, and those so that in all your doings your sins that be far from thee, shall mock do appear; because, I say, that ye i thee, which art infamous and much are come to remembrance, ye shall vexed. be taken with the hand.

6 Behold, the princes of Israel, 25 | And_thou, profane wicked every one were in thee to their prince of Israel, whose day is power to shed blood. come, when iniquity shall have an 7 In thee have they set light by end,

father and mother: in the midst of 26 Thus saith the Lord God; Re- thee have they dealt by oppression move the diadem, and take off the with the stranger : in thee have crown: this shall not be the same: they vexed the fatherless and the exalt him that is low, and abase widow. him that is high.

8 T'hou hast despised my holy 27 I will overturn, overturn, things, and hast profaned my sab overturn it: and it shall be no baths. more, until he come whose right it 9 In thee are men that carry is; and I will give it him.

tales to shed blood: and in thee 28 | And thou, son of man, pro- they eat upon the mountains : in phesy and say, Thus saith the Lord the midst of thee they commit God concerning the Ammonites, lewdness. and concerning their reproach; 10 In thee have they discovered even say thou, The sword, the their fathers' nakedness: in thee sword is drawn: for the slaughter it have they humbled her that was set is furbished, to consume because apart for pollution. of the glittering:

11 And one hath committed abo29 While they see vanity unto mination with his neighbor's wife; thee, while they divine a lie unto and another hath lewdly dufiled his thee, to bring thee upon the necks daughter-in-law; and another in of them that are slain, of the wick- thee hath humbled his sister, his ed, whose day is come, when their father's daughter. iniquity shall have an end.

12 In thee have they taken gifts 30 Shall I cause it to return into to shed blood; thou hast taken his sheath? I will judge thee in usury and increase, and thou hast the place where thou wast created, greedily gained of thy neighbours in the land of thy nativity.

by extortion, and hast forgotten me, 31 And I will pour out mine in- saith the Lord God. dignation upon thee, I will blow 13 1 Behold, therefore I have against thee in the fire of my wrath, smitten my hand at thy dishonest and deliver thee into the hand of gain which thou hast made, and at brutish men, and skilful to destroy. thy blood which hath been in the

32 Thou shalt be for fuel to the midst of thee. fire; thy blood shall be in the 14 Can thy heart endure, or midst of the land ; thou shalt be no can thy hands be strong, in the more remembered : for I the LORD days that I shall deal with thee? I have spoken it.

the LORD have spoken it, and wil CHAP. XXII.

do it. Catalogue of Jerusalem's Sins. 15 And I will scatter thee MORT

COREOVER the word of the among the heathen, and disperse

LORD came unto me, say- thee in the countries, and will coning,

sume thy filthiness out of thee. 2 Now, thou son of man, wilt 16 And thou shalt take thine inthou judge, wilt thou judge the heritance in thyself in the sight of bloody city? yea, thou shalt shew the heathen, and thou shalt know her all her abominations.

that I am the Lord. 3 Then say thuu, Thus saith the 17 And the word of the LORD Lord Gon; The city sheddeth came unto me, saying, blood in the midst of it, that her 18 Son of man, the house of time may come, and maketh idols Israel is to me become dross : ali against herself to defile herself.

they are brass, and tin, and iron, 4 Thou art become guilty in thy and lead, in the midst of the furblood that thou hast shed; and nace; they are even the dross of hast defiled thyself in thine idols silver. which thou hast made; and thou 19 Therefore thus saith the Lord


God's anger against Israel. EZEKIEL, The whoredoms of God, Because ye are all become have I recompensed upon thes dross, behold, therefore I will ga- heads, saith the Lord GOD. ther you into the midst of Jeru

CHAP. XXIII. salem.

Aholah and Aholibah reproved. 20 As they gathere silver and THE word of the LORD came into the midst of the furnace, to 2 Son of man, there were two blow the fire upon it, to melt it; women, the daughters of OK 80 will I gather you in mine anger mother: and in my fury, and I will leave 3 And they committed whore you there, and melt you.

doms in Egypt; they committed 21 Yea, I will gather you, and whoredoms in their youth: there blow upon you in the fire of my were their breasts pressed, and wrath, and ye shall be melted in there they bruised the teats of the midst thereof.

their virginity. 22 As silver is melted in the 4 And the names of them toere midst of the furnace, so shall ye Aholah the elder, and Aholibah be melted in the midst thereof; her sister; and they were mine, and ye shall know that I the LORD and they bare sons and daughters have poured out my fury upon Thus were their names; Samaria is you.

Aholah, and Jerusalem Aholibah. 23 | And the word of the LORD 5 And Aholah played the harlo came unto me, saying,

when she was mine, and she doted 24 Son of man, say unto her, on her lovers, on the Assyrians he Thou art the land that is not neighbours, cleansed, nor rained upon in the 6 Which were clothed with blue, day of indignation.

captains and rulers, all of them 25 There is a conspiracy of her desirable young men, horsemen prophets in the midst thereof, like riding upon horses. a roaring lion ravening the prey ; 7 Thus she committed her whore they have devoured souls; they doms with them, with all them have taken the treasure and pre- that were the chosen men of As cious things; they have made her syria, and with all on whom she many widows in the midst there- doted; with all their idols she de of.

filed herself. 26 Her priests have violated my 8 Neither left she her whorelaw, and have profaned my holy doms brought from Egypt: for in things: they have put no difference her youth they lay with her, and between the holy and profane, nei- they bruised the breasts of her vir ther have they shewed difference ginity, and poured their whore between the unclean and the clean, dom upon her. and have hid their eyes from my 9 Wherefore, I have delivered sabbaths, and I am profaned among her into the hand of her lovers, into them.

the hand of the Assyrians, upon 27 Her princes in the midst whom she doted. thereof are like wolves ravening 10 These discovered her nakedthe prey, to shed blood, and to de- ness: they took her sons and her stroy souls, to get dishonest gain. daughters, and slew her with the

28 And her prophets have daub-sword: and she became famous ed them with untempered mortar, among women; for they had exeseeing, vanity, and divining lies cuted judgment upon her. unto them, saying, Thus saith the 11 And when her sister Aholibar Lord God, when the LORD hath saw this, she was more corrupt in not spoken.

her inordinate love than she, and 29 The people of the land have in her whoredoms more than her used oppression, and exercised sister in her whoredoms. robbery, and have vexed the poor 12 She doted upon the Assyrians and needy: yea, they have op- her neighbours, captains and rulers pressed the stranger wrongfully. clothed most gorgeously, horsemen

30 And I sought for a man riding upon horses, all of them deamong them, that should make up sirable young men. the hedge, and stand in the gap 13 Then I saw that she was debefore me for

the land, that filed, that they took both one way: I should not destroy it: but I found 14 And that she increased her none.

whoredoms : for when she saw 31 Therefore, have I poured out men pourtrayed upon the wall, the mine indignation upon them; images of the Chaldeans pourtrayed I have consumed them with the with vermilion, fire of my wrath : their own wayl 15 Girded with girdles upon


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Aholah and Aholibah. CHAP. XXIII.

Their judgments their loins, exceeding in dyed at- of Egypt: so that thou shalt not tire upon their heads, all of them lift up thine eyes unto them, nor princes to look to, after the manner remember Egypt any more. of the Babylonians of Chaldea, the 28 For thus saith the Lord God: land of their nativity:

Behold, I will deliver thee into the 16 And as soon as she saw them hand of them whom thou hatest, with her eyes, she doted upon them, into the hand of them from whom and sent messengers unto them into thy mind is alienated : Chaldea.

29 And they shall deal with thee 17 And the Babylonians came hatefully, and shall take away ali to her into the bed of love, and thy labour, and shall leave ihee they defiled her with their whore- naked and bare: and the nakeddom, and she was polluted with ness of thy whoredoms shall be disthem, and her mind was alienated covered, both thy lewdness and thy from them.

whoredoms. 18 So she discovered her whore- 30 I will do these things unto doms, and discovered her naked- thee, because thou hast gone a ness: then my mind was alienated whoring after the heathen, and from her, like as my mind was because thou art polluted with alienated from her sister.

their idols. 19 Yet she multiplied her whore- 31 Thou hast walked in the way doms, in calling to remembrance of thy sister; therefore will I givo the days of her youth, wherein her cup into thy hand. she had played the harlot in the 32 Thus saith the Lord GOD; land of Egypt.

Thou shalt drink of thy sister's cup 20 For she doted


their deep and large: thou shalt be laughparamours, whose flesh is as the ed to scorn and had in derision; it flesh of asses, and whose issue is containeth much. like the issue of horses.

33 Thou shalt be filled with 21 Thus thou calledst to remem- drunkenness and sorrow, with the brance the lewdness of thy youth, cup of astonishment and desolain bruising thy teats by the Egyp- tion, with the cup of thy sister tians for the paps of thy youth. Samaria.

22 1 Therefore, 0 Aholibah, thus 34 Thou shalt even drink it and saith the Lord God; Behold, I will suck it out, and thou shalt break raise up thy lovers against thee, the sherds thereof, and pluck off from whom thy mind is alienated, thine own breasts: for I have and I will bring them against thee spoken it, saith the Lord God. on every side;

35 Therefore thus saith the Lord 23 The Babylonians, and all the God; Because thou hast forgotten Chaldeans, Pekod, and Shoa, and me, and cast me behind thy back, Koa, and all the Assyrians with therefore bear thou also thy lewdthem: all of the desirable young ness and thy whoredoms. men, captains and rulers, great 36 1 The LORD said, moreover, lords and renowned, all of them unto me; Son of man, wilt thou riding upon horses.

judge Aholah and Aholibah? yea, 94 And they shall come against declare unto them their abominathee with chariots, waggons, and tions ; wheels, and with an assembly of 37 That they have committed people, which shall set against thee adultery, and blood is in their buckler and shield and helmet hands, and with their idols have round about: and I will set judg. they committed adultery, and have ment before them, and they shall also caused their sons, whom they judge thee according to their judg- bare unto me, to pass for them ments.

through the fire, to devour them. 25 And I will set my jealousy 38 Moreover, this they have done against thee, and they shall deal unto me: they have defiled my furiously with thee: they shall take sanctuary in the same day, and away thy nose and thine ears; and have profaned my sabbaths. thy remnant shall fall by the 39 For when they had slain their sword : they shall take thy sons children to their idols, then they and thy daughters; and thy residue came the same day into my sancshall be devoured by the fire.

tuary to profane it; and lo, thus 26 They shall also strip thee out have they done in the midst of of thy clothes, and take away thy my house. fair jewels.

40 And furthermore, that

ye have 27 Thus will I make thy lewd-sent for men to come from far, unto ness to cease from thee, and thy whom a messenger was sent; and whoredom brought from the land Ilo, they came : for whom thou


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