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Of prophetesses and their pillows. EZEKIEL.

God's-errevocable judgments. say, The LORD saith it, albeit I have not spoken?| 2 And the word of the LORD came unio me,

8 Therefore thus saith the Lord God; Because saying, ye have spoken vanity, and seen lies, therefore, 3 Son of man, these men have set up their idols behold, I am against you, saith the Lord God. in their heart, and put the stumbling-block of 9 And my hand shall be upon the prophets

that their iniquity before their face: should I be insee vanity, and that divine lies: they shall not quired of at all by them ? be in the assembly of my people, neither shall 4 Therefore speak unto them, and say unto they be written in the writing of the house of them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Every man of Israel, neither shall they enter into the land of the house of Israel that setteth up his idols in Israel; and ye shall know that I am the Lord his heart, and putteth the sluinbling-block of God.

bis iniquity before his face, and cometh to the 10 T Because, even because they have seduced prophet; I the LORD will answer him that my people, saying, Peace; and there was no cometh according to the multitude of his idols; peace; and one built up a wall, and lo, others 5 That I may take the house of Israel in their daubed it with untempered mortar :

own heart, because they are all estranged from 11 Say unto them which daub it with untem- me through their idols. pered mortar, that it shall fall: there shall be 61 Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus an overflowing shower; and ye, O great hail- saith the Lord God; Repent, and turn yourselves stones, shall fall; and a stormy wind shall from your idols; and turn away your faces from rend it.

all your abominations. 12 Lo, when the wall is fallen, shall it not be 7 For every one of the house of Israel, or of said unto you, Where is the daubing wherewith the stranger that sojourncth in Israel, which ye have daubed it?

separatcth himself from me, and setteth up his 13 Therefore thus saith the Lord God; I will idols in his heart, and putteth the stumblingeven rend it with a stormy wind in my fury; block of his iniquity before his face, and cometh and there shall be an overflowing shower in to a prophet to inquire of him concerning me; mine anger, and great hailstones in my fury to I the LORD will answer him by myself: consume it.

8 And I will set my face against that man, and 14 So will I break down the wall that ye have will make him a sign and a proverb, and I will daubed with untempered mortar, and bring it cut hini off from the inidst of my people; and down to the ground, so that the foundation there- ye shall know that I am the LORD. of shall be discovered, and it shall fall, and ye 9 And if the prophet be deceived when he bath shall be consumed in the midst thereof : and ye spoken a thing, I the LORD have deceived that shall know that I am the LORD.

prophet, and I will stretch out my hand upon 15 Thus will I accomplish iny wrath upon the him, and will destroy him from the inidst of my wall, and upon them that have daubed it with people Israel. untempered mortar, and will say unto you, The 10 And they shall bear the punishment of their wall is no more, neither they that daybed it; iniquity: the punishment of the prophet shall

16 To wit, the prophets of Israel which prophe-be even as the punishment of him that seeketh sy concerning Jerusalem, and which see visions unto him ; of peace for her, and there is no peace, saith the n That the house of Israel may go no more Lord Gop.

astray from me, neither be polluted any more 17 1 Likewise, thou son of man, set thy face with all their transgressions; but that they may against the daughters of thy people, which pro- be my people, and I may be their God, saith presy out of their own heart; and prophesy the Lord God. thou against them,

12 11 The word of the LORD came again to me, 18 And say, Thus saith the Lord God; Wo to saying, the women that sew pillows to all arin-holes, 13 Son of man, when the land sinneth against and inake kerchiefs upon the head of every sla-me by trespassing grievously, then will I stretch ture to hunt souls ! Will ye hunt the souls of out my hand upon it, and will break the staff of my people, and will ye save the souls alive that the bread thereof, and will send fanine upon it, come unto you ?

and will cut off inan and beast from it: 19 And will ye pollute me'among my people .14 Though these three men, Noah, Daniel, and for handfuls of barley and for pieces of bread, Job, were in it, they should deliver but their own to slay the souls that should not die, and to save souls by their righteousness, saith the Lord God. the souls alive that should not live, your ly- 15 1 If I causc noisome beasts to pass through ing to my people that hear your lies ?

the land, and they spoil it, so that it be desolate, Wherefore thus saith the Lord God; Behold, that no man may pass through because of the I am against your pillows, wherewith ye there beasts : hunt the souls to make them fly, and I will tear 16 Though these three men were in it, as I live, them from your arms, and will let the souls go, saith the Lord God, they shall deliver neither cven the souls that ye hunt to make them fly. sous nor daughters; they only shall be deliver

21 Your kerchiefs also will I tear, and delivered, but the land shall be desolate. my people out of your hand, and they shall be 11 11 Or if I bring a sword upon that land, and no niore in your hand to bc hunted; and ye say, Sword, go through the land; so that I cut shall know that I am the LORD.

off man and beast from it: 22 Because with lies ye have made the heart 18 Though these three men were in it, as I live, of the righteous sad, whom I have not made saith the Lord God, they shall deliver veither sad; and strengthened the hands of the wicked, sons por daughters, but they only shall be dethat he should not return from his wicked way, Livered themselves. by promising him life;

19 1 Or if I send a pestilence into that land, 23* Therefore ye shall see no more vanity, nor and pour out my fury upon it in blood, to cut of divine divinations: for I will deliver my people froni ir man and beast: out of your hand: and ye shall know that I am 20 Though Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, the LORD.

as I live, saith the Lord God, they shall deliver CHAP. XIV

neither son nor daughter; they shall but deliver Israel exhorted to repent.

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remnant shall be reserved. CHAP. XV, XVI. Monstrous wkoredom of Jerusalem! Jerusalern, the sword, and the famine, and the and shod thee with badgers' skin, and I girded noisome beast, and the pestilence, to cut off thee about with fine linen, and 1 covered theo from it man and beast ?

with silk. 22 11 Yet, behold, therein shall be left a rem- 11 I decked thee also with ornaments, and I put nant that shall be brought forth, both sons and bracelets upon thy hands, and a chain on thy neck. daughters: behold, they shall come forth unto 12 And I put a jewel on thy forehead, and earyou, and ye shall see their way and their do-rings in thine ears, and a beautiful crown upon ings: and ye shall be comforted concerning the thy head. evil that I have brought upon Jerusalem, even 13 Thus wast thou decked with gold and silver; concerning all that I have brought upon it. and thy raiment was of fine linen, and silk, and

23 And they shall comfort you, when ye see broidered work; thou didst eat fine flour, and their ways and their doings; and ye shall know honey, and oil; and thou wast exceeding beauthat I have not done without cause all that I tiful, and thou didst prosper into a kingdom. have done in it, saith the Lord God.

14 And thy renown went forth aniong the heaCHAP. XV.

then for thy beauty : for it was perfect through The rejection of Jerusalem. my comeliness, which I had put upon thee, saith ND the word of the LORD canie unto me, the Lord Gop.

15 T But thou didst trust in thine own beauty, 2 Son of man, What is the vine-tree more than and playedst the harlot because of thy renown, any tree, or than a branch which is among the and pouredst out thy fornications on every one trees of the forest ?

that passed by; his it was. 3 Shall wood be taken thereof to do any work ?) 16 And of thy garments thou didst take, and or will men take a pin of it to hang any vessel deckedst thy high places with divers colours, and thereon ?

playedst the harlot thereupon: the like things 4 Behold, it is cast into the fire for fuel; the shall not come, neither shall it be 80. fire devoureth both the ends of it, and the midst 17 Thou hast also taken thy fair jewels of my of it is burned. Is it meet for any work ? gold and of my silver, which I had given thee,

5 Behold, when it was whole, it was meet for and madest to thyself images of men, and didsi no work: how much less shall it be meet yet for comunit whoredom with them. any work, when the fire hath devoured it, and 18 And tookest thy broidered garments, and it is burned ?

coveredst them: and thou hast set mine oil and 6 | Therefore thus saitli the Lord God; As mine incense before them. the vine-tree among the trees of the forest, which| 19 My meat also which I gave thee, fine flour, I have given to the fire for fuel, so will I give and oil, and honey, whereroith I fed' thee, thou the inhabitants of Jerusalem.

hast even set it before them for a sweet savour: ? And I will set my face against them; they and thus it was, saith the Lord God. shall go out from one fire, and another fire shall 20 Moreover, thou hast taken thy sons and thy devour them; and ye shall know that I am the daughters, whom thou hast borne unto me, and LORD, when I set my face against them. these hast thou sacrificed unto them to be de8 And I will make the land desolate, because voured. Is this of thy whoredons a small matter, they have committed a trespass, saith the Lord 21 That thou hast slain my children, and deGOD

livered them to cause them to pass through the CHAP. XVI.

fire for them ? God's compassion to Jerusalem. 22 And in all thine abominations and thy GAIN the word of the LORD came unto me, whoredomis thou hast not remembered the days

of thy youth, when thou wast naked and bare, 2 Son of man, cause Jerusalem to know her and wast polluted in thy blood. abominations,

23 And it came to pass, after all thy wicked3 And say, Thus saith the Lord God unto Je-ness, (wo, wo unto thee! saith the Lord God) rusalem; Thy birth and thy nativity is of the 24 That ihou hast also built unto thee an emiland of Canaan; thy father was an Anorite, nent place, and hast made thee a high place in and thy mother a Hittite.

every street. 4 And as for thy nativity, in the day thou wast 25 T'hou hast built thy high place at every bend born thy navel was not cit, neither wast thou of the way, and hast made thy beauty to be abwashed in water to supple thee; thou wast not horred, and hast opened thy feet to every one salted at all, nor swaddled at all.

that passed by, and multiplied thy whoredoms. 5 None eye pitied thee, to do any of these unto 26 Thou hast also committed fornication with thee, to have compassion upon thee; but thou the Egyptians thy neighbours, great of fesh; wast cast out in the open field, to the loathing and hast increased thy whoredoms, to provoke of thy person, in the day that thou wast born. me to anger.

6 11 And when I passed by thee, and saw thec 27 Behold, therefore I have stretched out my polluted in thing own blood, I said unto thee hand over thee, and have diminished tliine ordiwhen thou wast in thy blood, Live; yea, I said nary food, and delivered thee unto the will of unto thee when thou wast in thy blood, Live. them that late thee, the daughters of the Philig.

7 I have caused thce to multiply as the bud of tines, which are ashamed of thy lewd way. - the field, and thou hast increased and waxen 28 Thou hast played the whore also with the great, and thou art come to excellent ornaments: Assyrians, because thou wast unsatiable; yea, try breasts are fashioned, and thy hair is grown, thou hast played the harlot with them, and yet whereas thou wast naked and bare.

couldest not be satisfied. 8 Now when I passed by thee, and looked upon 29 Thou hast, moreover, multiplied thy fornithee, behold, thy time was the time of love; cation in the land of Canaan unto Chaldea; and and I spread my skirt over thee, and covered yet thou wast not satisfied herewith. thy nakedness : yea, I sware unto thee, and en- 30 How weak is thy heart, saith the Lord God, tered into a covenant with thee, saith the Lord seeing thou doest all these things, the work of God, and thou becamest mine.

an imperious, whorish woman; 9 Then washed I thee with water; yea, 1 31 In that thou buildest thine eminent place in thoroughly washed away tny blood from thee, the head of every way, and makest thy high and I anointed thee with oil.

place in every street; and hast not been as a 10 I clothed thee also with broidered work, harlot, in thai thou scornest bire;


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Jerusalem's grievous judgment.

EZEKIEL Mercy is promised her in the end 32 But as a wise that committeth adultery, tions more than they, and hast justified thy sister which taketh strangers instead of her husband in all thine abominations which thou hast done. 33 They give girls to all whores: but thou 52 Thou also, which hast judged thy sisters, givest thy girls to all thy lovers, and hirest them, bear thine own shame for thy sins that thoa liast that they may come unto thee on every side for committed more abominable, than they: they thy whoredoin.

are more righteous than thon: yea, be thon con34 And the contrary is in thee from other wo-founded also, and bear thy shame, in that thou men in thy whoredoms, whereas none followeth hast justified thy sisters. thee to commit whoredoms: and in that thou 53 When I shall bring again their captivity, givest a reward, and no reward is given unto the captivity of Sodom and her daughters, and thee; therefore thou art contrary.

the captivity of Samaria and her daughters, then 35 * Wherefore, o harlot, hear the word of ill I bring again the captivity of thy captives the LORD:

in the midst of them: 36 Thus saith the Lord God; Because thy filth- 54 That thou mayest hear thine own shame, incss was poured out, and thy nakedness dis- and mayest bc confounded in all that thou hast covered through thy whoredonis with thy lovers, done, in that thou art a comfort unto them. and with all the idols of thy abominations, and 55 When thy sisters, Sodoin and her daughters, by the blood of thy children, which thou didst shall return to their former estate, and Samaria give unto theni;

and her daughters shall return to their former 37 Behold, therefore, I will gather all thy lovers, estate, then thou and thy daughters shall return with wton thou hast taken pleasure, and all to your former estate. their that thou hast loved, with all them that thou 56 For thy sister Sodom was not mentioned by basi hated; I will even gather them round about thy mouth in the day of thy pride, against thee, and will discover thy nakedness 57 Before thy wickedness was discovered, as al unto them, that they may see all thy nakedness. the time of thy reproach of the daughters of 38 And I will judge thee, as women that break Syria, and all that are round about her, the wedlock and shed blood are judged; and I will dánghters of the Philistines, which despise thee give thee blood in fury and jealousy.

round about. 39 And I will also give thee into their hand, 58 Thou hast borne thy lewdness and thine and they shall throw down thine eminent place, abominations, saith the Lord. and shall break down thy high places: they shall 59 For thus saith the Lord God; I will even strip thee also of thy clothes, and shall take thy deal with thee as thou hast done, which hast defair jewels, and leave thee naked and bare. spised the oath in breaking the covenant.

40 They shall also bring up a company against 60 : Nevertheless, I will remember my covethee, and they shall stone thee with stones, and want with thee in the days of thy youth, and I thrust thee through with their swords. will establish unto thee an everlasting covenant.

41 And they shall burn thy houses with fire, 61 Then thou shalt remember thy ways, and be and execute judgments upon thee in the sight of ashained, when thou shall receive thiy sisters, many women: and I will cause thee to ceascthine elder and thy younger: and I will give from playing the harlot, and thou also shalt give them unto thee for danghters, but not by thy no hire any more.

covenant. 42 So will I make my fury toward thec to rest, 62 And I will establish my covenant with thee; and my jealousy shall depart from thee, and I and thou shall know that I am the Lord: will be quiet, and will be no more angry. 63 That thou mayest remember, and be con

43 Because thou hast not remembered the days founded, and never open thy mouth any more of thy youth, but hast fretted me in all these because of thy shame, when I am pacitieil 10things; behold, therefore, I also will recompense ward thce for all that thou hast done, saith the thy way upon thy head, saith the Lord Gop: Lord God. and thou shalt not commit this lewdness above

CIIAP. XVII. all thine abominations.

Parable of the lido eagles, s.c. 44 ! Behold, every one that useth proverbs shall use this proverb against thee, saying, "As A Slihe word of the Lord came into me, is the mother, so is her daughter.

2 Son of man, put forth a riddle, and speak a 45 Thou art thy mother's daughter, that loath-parable unto the house of Israel; eth her husband and her children, and thon art 3 And say, Thus saith the Lord God; A great the sister of thy sisters, which loathed their eagle with great wings, long-winged, full of husbands and their children: your mother was Icathers, which had divers colours, came unto a littite, and your father an Amorite.

Lebanon, and took the highest branch of the 46 And thine elder sister is Samaria, she and cedar: her daughters that dwell at thy left hand : and 4 He cropped off the top of his

young twigs, and thy younger sister, that dwelleth at thy right carried ii into a land of traffick; he set it in a hand, is Sodom and her daughters.

city of merchants. 47 Yet hast thou not walked after their ways, 5 He took also of the seed of the land, and nor done after their abominations; but as if that planted it in a fruittul field; he placed it by were a very little thing, thou wast corrupted great waters, and set it as a willow-tree. more than they, in all thy ways.

6 And it grew, and became a spreading vine of 48 As I live, saith the Lord God, Sodom thy low stature, whose branches turned toward him, sister hath not done, she nor her daughters, as and the roots thereof were under him: so it bethou hast done, thou and thy daughters. came a vine, and brought forth branches, and 49 Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister shot forth sprigs. Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance 7 There was also another great eagle with great of idleness was in her and in her daughters, nei- wings and many feathers: and behold, this vino ther did she strengthen the hand of the poor and did bend her roots toward him, and shot forth needy.

her branches toward him, that he might water 50 And they were haughty, and committed it by the furrows of her plantation. abomination before me: therefore I took them 8 It was planted in a good soil by great waters, away as I saw good.

that it might bring forth branches, and that it 51 Neither bath Samaria committed half of thy might bear fruit, that it might be a goodly vine. cins: but thou hast multiplied thine abomina-1 9 Say ibou, Thus saith the Lord God; Shall

The codar of the gospel promised. CHAP. XVIII.

God's dealings with moni ft prosper? shall he not pull up the roots there-father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the of, and cut off the fruit thereof, that it wither ? soul that sinneth, it shall die. It shall wither in all the leaves of her spring,.5 But if a man be just, and do that which is even without great power or many people to lawful and right, pluck it up by the roots thereof.

6 And hath not eaten upon the mountains, nel10 Yea, behold, being planted, shal: 20 prosper? ther hatl. lifted up his eyes to the idols of the shall it not utterly wither, when the east wind house of Israel, neither hath defiled his neightoucheth it ? it shall wither in the furrows where bour's wise, neither hath come near to a menit grew.

struous woman, II 1 Moreover the word of the LORD came 7 And hath not oppressed any, but hath restounto me, saying,

red to the debtor his pledge, hath spoiled none 12 Say now to the rebellious house, Know ye by violence, hath given his bread io the hun. not what these things mean? Tell then, Behold, gry, and bath covered the naked with a garments the king of Babylon is come to Jerusalem, and 8 He that hath not given forth upon usury, neibath taken the king thereof, and the princes ther hath taken any increase, that hath withthereof, and led them with him to Babylon; drawn his hand from iniquity, hath execuled

13 Anå hath taken of the king's seed, and made true judgment between man and man, a covenant with him, and hath taken an oath of 9 Hath walked in my statutes, and hath kept him: he hath also taken the mighty of the land: my judgments, to deal truly; he is just, he shall 14 That the kingdom might be base, that it surely live, saith the Lord God. might not lift itself up, but that by keeping of lis 10 T If he begct a son that is a robber, a shedcovenant it might stand.

der of blood, and that doeth the like to any ono 15 But he rebelled against him in sending his of these things, ambassadors into Egypt, that they might give 11 And thai doeth not any of those duties, but him horses and niuch people. Shall he pros- even hath eaten upon the niountains, and defiled per? shall he escape that doeth such things ? his neighbour's wife, or, shall lic break the covenant, and be deli- 12 Hath oppressed the poor and needy, hath vered ?

spoiled by violence, hath not restored the plerige, 16 As I live, saith the Lord God, surely in the and hath lifted up his eyes to the idols, hath place where the king dwelleth that made him committed abomination, king, whose oath he despised, and whose cove- 13 Bath given forth upon usury, and hath taken nant he brake, even with him in the midst of increase: shall he then live? he shall not live : Babylon he shall die.

he haih done all these abominations ; he shall 17 Neither shall Pharaoh, with his mighty surely die; his blond shall be upon him. army and great company, make for him in tlie 14 1 Now lo, if he beget a son, that seeth all war, by casting up mounts, and building forts, his father's sins which he hath done, and consito cut off many persons:

dereth, and doeth not such like, 18 Seeing he despised the oath by breaking the 15 That hath not eaten upon the mountains, covenant, when lo, he had given his hand, and neither hath lined up his eyes to the idols of the hath done all these things, he shall not escape. House of Israel, hall not defiled his nciglibour's

19 Therefore thus saith the Lord God; Ås I wife, live, surely mine oath that he hath despised, and 16 Neither hath oppressed any, hath not with my covenant that he hath broken, even it will I holden the pledge, neither hath spoiled by via recompense upon his own head.

lence, but liath given his bread to the hiingry, 20 And I will spread iny net upon him, and he and hath covered the naked with a garment, shall be taken in my snare, and I will bring him 17 That hath taken off his hand from the poor, lo Babylon, and will plead with him there for that hath not received usury nor increase, hath his trespass that he hath trespassed against me. executed my judgments, hath walked in my sta81 And all his fugitives with all his bands shall lules; he shall not die for the iniquity of his fafall by the sword, and they that remain shall be ther, he shall surely live. scattered toward all winds: and ye shall know 18 As for his father, because he cruelly oppressthat I the Lord have spoken it.

ed, spoiled his brother by violence, and did that 22 1 Thus saith the Lord Gon, I will also take which is not good among his people, lo, even lie of the highest branch of the liigh cedar, and will shall die in his iniquity. set it; I will crop off from the top of his young 19 Yet say ye, Why? doth not the son bear [wigs a tender one, and will plant it upon á high the iniquity of the father? When the son liath mountain and eminent:

done that which is lawful and right, and haih 23 In the mountain of the height of Israel will kept all my statutes, and hath done them, he I plant it: and it shall bring forth boughs, and shall surely live. bear fruit, and be a goodly cedar: and under it 20 The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall dwell all fowl of every wing; in the sha- shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither dow of the branches thereof shall they dwell. shall the father bear the iniquity of the son i 24 And all the trees of the field shall know that the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon I the LORD have broinght down the high tree, him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be have exalted the low tree, have dried up the upon him. green tree, and have made the dry tree to flour- 21 But if the wicked will turn from all his sins ish: I the LORD have spoken and have done it. that he bath committed, and keep all my staCHAP. XVIII.

Lutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he Unjust parable of sour grapes. shall surely live, he shall not die. THE word of the Lord caine unto me again, 22 All his transgressions that he hath commitsaying,

ted, they shall not be mentioned unto him: in 2 What mean ye, that ye use this proverb con- his righteousness that he hath done he shall live. cerning the land of Israel, saying, The fathers 23 llave 1 any pleasure at all that the wicked have caten sour grapes, and the children's leeth should die ? saith the Lord God: and not that are set on edge ?

he should return from his ways, and live ? 3 As I live, saith the Lord God, ye shall not 24 !! But when the righteous iurneth away from have occasion any more to use this proverb in his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and Israel.

doeth according io all the abominations that the 4 Behold, all souls arc mine; as the soul of the wicked man doeth, shall he live ? All his right

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CHAP. XX. uioned : in bis trespass that he hath trespassed, Israel's rebellions in Egypt, &-c. and in his sin that he hath sinned in them shall A the linh month, the tenth day of the month, be die.

25 1 Yet ye say, The way of the LORD is not that certain of the elders of Israel came to in equal. Mear now, O house of Israel; Is not my quire of the LORD, and sat before me. way equal ? are not your ways unequal ? 2 Then came the word of the LORD unto me,

26 when a righteous man turneth away from saying, his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and 3 Son of man, speak unto the elders of ssrael, dieth in them;

for his iniquity that he hath done, and say unto thein, Thus saith the Lord God; shall he die.

Are ye come to inquire of me? As I live, saith 27 Again, when the wicked man turneth away We Lord God, I will not be inquired of by you. from his wickedness that he hath committed, I 4 Wilt thou judge them, son of man? wilt thoi and doeth that which is lawful and right, he judge them ? cause them to know the abominashall save his soul alive.

tions of their fathers : 28 Because he considereth and turneth away 5 91 And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord from all his transgressions that he hath conmit- God; In the day when I chose Israel, and lifted ted, he shall surely live, be shall not die. up my hand unto the seed of the house of Jacob,

29 Yet saith the house of Israel, The way of and made myself known unto them in the land the LORD is not equal. O house of Israel, are of Egypt, wlien U lifted up my hand unto them, not my ways equal ? are not your ways unequal ? saying, I am the LORD your God;

30 Therefore, I will judge you, O house of is- 6 In the day that I lined up my hand unto them, rael, every one according to his ways, saith the to bring them forth of the land of Egypt into a Lord God. "Repent, and turn yourselves from land that I had espied for them, flowing with all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be milk and honey, which is the glory of all lands: your ruin.

7 'Then said I unto them, Cast ye away every 31 | Cast away from you all your transgres- man the abominations of his eyes, and defile not sions, whereby ye have transgressed: and make yourselves with the idols of Egypt: I am the you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will Lord your God. ye die, O house of Israel?

8 But they rebelled against me, and would not 32 For I have no pleasure in the death of him hearken unto me: they did not every man cast that dieth, saith the Lord God: wherefore turn away the abominations of their eyes, neither did yourselves, and live ye.

they forsake the idols of Egypt: then I said, I CHAP. XIX:

will pour out my fury upon them, to accomplish Parable of the lion's whelps. my anger against them in the midst of the land of MODELO ER, take thou up a lainentation Egypt.

9 But I wrought for my name's sake, that it 2 And say, What is thy mother? A lioness : shouid not be polluted before the heathen, among she lay down among lions, slie nourished her whom they were, in whose sight I made myself whelps among young lions.

known unto them, in bringing them forth out of 3 And she brought up one of her whelps : it the land of Egypt. became a young lion, and it learned to catch the 10 | Whereiore, I caused theni to go forth ont' prey; it devoured men.

of the land of Egypt, and brought them into the 4 'I'he nations also heard of him; he was taken wilderness. in their pit, and they brought him with chains 11 And I gave them my statutes, and shewed unto the land of Egypt.

them my judgments, which if a man do, he shall 5 Now when she saw that she had waited, and even live in them. her hope was lost, then she look another of her 12 Moreover, also I gave them my sabbaths, to whelps, and made him a young lion.

be a sign between me and thein, that they might 6 And he went up and down among the lions, know that I am the LORD that sanctify thein. he became a young lion, and learned to catch 13 But the house of Israel rebelled against me she prey, and devoured men.

in the wilderness: they walked not in my sta7 And he knew their desolate palaces, and he laid Lutes, and they despised my judgments, which if waste their cities; and the land was desolate, and a man do, he shall even live in thenı: and my the fulness thereof, by the noise of his roaring. sabbaths they greatly polluted: then I said, I

8 Then the nations set against him on every would pour out ny fury upon them in the wilside from the provinces, and spread their net derness, to consume them. over him: he was taken in their pit.

14 But I wrought for my name's sake, that it 9 And they put him in ward in chains, and should not be polluted before the heatheu, ia brought him to the king of Babylon: they brought whose sight I brought them out. him into holds, that his voice should no more be 15 Yet also I lifted up niy hand unto them in heard upon the mountains of Israel.

the wilderness, that I would not bring them into 10 1 Thy mother is like a vine in thy blood, the land which I had given them, flowing with planted by the waters: she was fruitful and full milk and honey, which is the glory of all

lands; of branches by reason of many waters.

16 Because they despised my judgments, and 11 And she had str rods for the sceptres of walked not in my statutes, but polluted my sabthem that bare rule, and her stature was exalt- baths: for their heart went afer their idols. ed among the thick branches, and she appeared 17 Nevertheless mine eye spared them from deIn her height with the multitude of her branches. stroying thein, neither did I make an end of them

12 But she was plucked up in fury, she was in the wilderness. cast down to the ground, and the east wind dried 18 But I said unto their children in the wilderup her fruit: her strong rods were broken and ness, Walk ye uot in the statutes of your fathers, withered; the fire consumed them.

neither observe their judgments, nor defile your13 And now she is planted in the wilderness, selves with their idols : in a dry and thirsty ground.

19 I am the LORD your God; walk in my sta14 And fire is gone out of a rod of her branches, tutes, and keep my judgments, and do them; which hath devoured her fruit, so that she hath 20 And hallow my sabbaths; and they shall be no strong rod to be a sceptre to rule. This is a a sign between me and you, that ye may know amentation, and shall be for a lamentation. that I am the LORD your God.

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