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but none goeth to the battle: for my wrath is upon all the multitude thereof. 13 The sword is without, and the pestilence and the famine within : he that is in the field shall die with the sword; and he that is in the city, famine and pestilence shall devour him. * 14 But they that escape of them shall escape, and shall be on the mountains like doves of the valleys, all of them mourning, every one for his iniquity. 15 All hands shall be feeble, and all knees shall be weak as water. 16 They shall also gird themselves with sackcloth, and horror shall cover them; and shame shall be upon all faces, and baldness upon all their heads. 17 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. * 18 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. 19 And I will give it into the hands of the strangers for a prey, and to the wicked of the earth for a spoil; and they shall pollute it. 20 The land is full of bloody

crimes, and the city is full of violence. 21 There is a conspiracy of her prophets in the midst thereof, like a roaring lion ravening the prey; they have devoured souls; they have taken the treasure and precious things; they have made her many widows in the midst thereof. 22 Her priests have violated my law and have profaned mine holy things. 23 Her princes in the midst thereof are like wolves ravening the prey, to shed blood and to destroy souls, to get dishonest alil. 24 And her prophets have daubed them with untempered mortar, seeing vanity and divining lies unto them, saying, Thus saith the Lord God, when the Lord hath not spoken. 25 The people of the land have used oppression, and exercised robbery, and have vexed the poor and needy: yea, they have oppressed the stranger wrongfully. 26 And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none. 27 Wherefore I will bring the worst of the heathen, and they shall possess their houses: I will also make the pomp of the strong to cease; and their holy places shall be defiled. 28 Destruction cometh; and they shall seek peace and there shall be none. 29 Mischief shall come upon mischief, and rumour shall be upon rumour; then shall they seek a vision of the prophet; but the law shall perish from the priest, and counsel from the ancients. 30 The king shall mourn, and the prince shall be clothed with desolation, and the hands of the people of the land shall be troubled: I will do unto them after their way, and according to their deserts will I judge them ; and they shall know that I am the Lord.

LESSON CLXIV.

AND it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes;

2 That the Lord shall send upon thee cursing, vexation, and rebuke, in all that thou settest thine hand unto for to do, until thou be destroyed, and until thou perish quickly; because of the wickedness of thy doings, whereby thou hast forsaken nae. 3 The Lord shall make the pestilence cleave unto thee, until he have consumed thee from off the land, whither thou goest to possess it.

4 And thy heaven that is over thy head shall be brass, and the earth that is under thee shall be iron.

5 The Lord shall make the rain of thy land powder and dust: from heaven shall it come down upon thee until thou be destroyed.

6 The Lord shall cause thee to be smitten before thine enemies: thou shalt go out one way against them, and flee seven ways before them : and shalt be removed into all the kingdoms of the earth. 7 And thy carcase shall be meat unto all fowls of the air, and unto the beasts of the earth, and no man shall fray them away. 8. The Lord shall smite thee with madness, and blindness, and astonishment of heart: 9 And thou shalt grope at noon-day, as the blind gropeth in darkness, and thou shalt not prosper in thy ways: and thou shalt be only oppressed and spoiled evermore, and no man shall save thee. 10 Thy sons and thy daughters shall be given unto another people, and thine eyes shall look, and fail with longing for them all the day long : and there shall be no might in thine hand. 11 The fruit of thy land, and all thy labours, shall a nation which thou knowest not eat up ; and thou shalt be only oppressed and crushed alway : 12 So that thou shalt be mad for the sight of thine eyes which thou shalt see. * 13 The Lord shall bring thee, and thy king which thou shalt set over thee, unto a nation which neither thou northy fathers have known; and there shalt thou serve other gods, wood and stone. 14 And thou shalt become an astonishment, a proverb, and L

a by-word among all nations, whither the Lord shall lead thee. 15 Thou shalt carry much seed out into the field, and shalt gather but little in ; for the locust shall consume it. 16 Thou shalt plant vineyards, and dress them, but shalt neither drink of the wine, nor gather the grapes; for the worm shall eat them. 17 Thou shalt have olivetrees throughout all thy coasts, but thou shalt not anoint thyself with the oil; for thine olive shall cast his fruit. 18 Thou shaltbeget sons and daughters, but thou shalt not enjoy them: for they shall go into captivity. 19 All thy trees and fruit of thy land shall the locust conSurne. 20 The stranger that is within thee shall get up above thee very high; and thou shalt come down very low. 21 He shall lend to thee, and thou shalt not lend to him: he shall be the head, and thou shalt be the tail. 22 Moreover all these curses shall come upon thee, and shall pursue thee, and overtake thee, till thou be destroyed; because thou hearkenedst not unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which he commanded thee: 23 And they shall be upon thee for a sign and for a wonder, and upon thy seed for ever. 24 Because thouservedst not the Lord thy God with joyfulness, and with gladness of

heart, for the abundance of all things; 25 Therefore shalt thouserve thine enemies which the Lord shall send against thee, in hunger, and in thirst, and in nakedness, and in want of all things: and he shall put a yoke of iron upon thy neck, until he have destroyed thee. * 26 The Lord shall bring a nation against thee from far, from the end of the earth, as swift as the eagle flieth ; a nation whose tongue thou shalt not understand; 27 A nation of fierce countenance, which shall not regard the person of the old, nor shew favour to the young : 28 And he shall eat the fruit of thy cattle, and the fruit of thy land, until thou be destroyed: which also shall not leave thee either corn, wine, or oil, or the increase of thy kine, or flocks of thy sheep, until he have destroyed thee. 29 And he shall besiege thee in all thy gates, until thy high and fenced walls come down, wherein thou trustedst, throughout all thy land: and he shall besiege thee in all thy gates throughout all thy land, which the Lord thy God hath given thee. 30 And thou shalt eat the fruit of thine own body, the flesh of thy sons and of thy daughters, which the Lord thy God hath given thee, in the siege, and in the straitness, wherewith thine enemies shall distress thee : 31 So that the man that is tender among you, and very delicate, his eye shall be evil toward his brother, and toward the wife of his bosom, and toward the remnant of his children which he shall leave : 32 So that he will not give to any of them of the flesh of his children whom he shall eat: because he hath nothing left him in the siege, and in the straitmess, wherewith thine enemies shall distress thee in all thy gates. 33 The tender and delicate woman among you, which would not adventure to set the sole of her foot upon the ground for delicateness and tenderness, her eye shall be evil toward the husband of her bosom, and toward her son, and toward her daughter, 34 And toward her young

one that cometh out from be-,

tween her feet, and toward her children which she shall bear: for she shall eat them for want of all things secretly in the siege and straitness, wherewith thine enemy shall distress thee in thy gates. * 35 If thou wilt not observe to do all the words of this law that are written in this book, that thou mayest fear this glorious and fearful name, THE LoRD THY GoD ; 36 Then the Lord will make thy plagues wonderful, and the plagues of thy seed, even great plagues, and of long continuance, and sore sicknesses, and of long continuance. 37 Moreover he will bring upon thee all the diseases of

Egypt, which thou wast afraid of ; and they shall cleave unto thee. 38 Also every sickness, and every plague which is not written in the book of this law, them will the Lord bring upon thee, until thou be destroyed. 39 And ye shall be left few in number, whereas ye were as the stars of heaven for multitude; because thou wouldest not obey the voice of the Lord thy God. 40 And the Lord shall scatter thee among all people, from the one end of the earth even unto the other; and there thou shalt serve other gods, which neither thou nor thy fathers have known, even wood and stone. 41 And among these nations shalt thou find no ease, neither shall the sole of thy foot have rest: but the Lord shall give thee there a trembling heart, and failing of eyes, and sorrow of mind: 42 And thy life shall hang in doubt before thee; and thou shalt fear day and night, and shalt have none assurance of thy life: 43 In the morning thou shalt say, Would God it were even : and at even thou shalt say, Would God it were morning ! for the fear of thineheart wherewith thou shalt fear, and for the sight of thine eyes which thou shalt see. 44 And the Lord shall bring thee into Egypt again with ships, by the way whereof I spake unto thee, Thou shalt see it no more again; and there ye shall be sold unto your enemies for bond-men and bond-women, and no man shall buy you.

LESSON CLXV.

Lament over Jerusalem.

How doth the city sit solitary, that was full of people ! how is she become as a widow ! she that was great among the nations, and princess among the provinces, how is she become tributary ! 2 She weepeth sore in the night, and her tears are on her cheeks: among all her lovers she hath none to comfort her: all her friends have dealt treacherously with her, they are become her enemies. 3 Judah is gone into captivity, because of affliction, and because of great servitude: she dwelleth among the heathen, she findeth no rest : all her persecutors overtook her between the straits. 4 The ways of Zion do mourn, because none come to the solemn feasts: all her gates are desolate: her priests sigh, her virgins are afflicted, and she is in bitterness. 5 Her adversaries are the chief, her enemies prosper; for the Lord hath afflicted her for the multitude of her transgressions: her children are gone into captivity before the enemy. 6 And from the daughter of Zion all her beauty is departed: her princes are become like harts that find no pasture, and they are gone without strength before the pursuer.

7 Jerusalem remembered in the days of her affliction and of her miseries all her pleasant things that she had in the days of old, when her people fell into the hand of the enemy, and none did help her: the adversaries saw her, and did mock at her sabbaths. 8 Jerusalem hath grievously sinned; therefore she is removed : all that honoured her despise her, she remembereth not her last end; therefore she came down wonderfully: she had no comforter. O Lord, behold my affliction; for the enemy hath magnified himself! 9 The adversary hath spread out his hand upon all her pleasant things: for she hath seen that the heathen entered into her sanctuary, whom thou didst command that they should not enter into thy congregation. 10 All her people sigh, they seek bread; they have given their pleasant things for meat to relieve the soul : see, O Lord, and consider; for I am become vile ! ‘s 11 Is it nothing to you, all ye that pass by ? behold, and see if there be any sorrow like unto my sorrow, which is done unto me, wherewith the Lord hath afflicted me in the day of his fierce anger. 12 From above hath he sent fire into my bones, and it prevaileth against them: he hath spread a net for my feet, he hath turned me back: he hath made me desolate and faint all the day. 13 The yoke of my trans

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