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A promise of mercy. CHAP. XVII. Zedekiah's judgment they are more righteous than thou:thers, which had divers colours, yea, be thou confounded also, and came unto Lebanon, and took the bear thy shame, in that thou hast highest branch of the cedar: justified thy sisters.

4 He cropped off the top of his 53 When I shall bring again their young twigs, and carried it into a captivity, the captivity of Sodom land of traffic; he set it in a city of and her daughters, and the captivi-merchants. ty of Samaria and her daughters, 5 He took also of the seed of then will I bring again the captivi- the land, and planted it in a fruitful ty of thy captives in the midst of field; he placed it by great waters, them :

and set it as a willow-tree. 54 That thou mayest bear thine 6 And it grew, and became a own shame, and mayest be con- spreading vine of low stature, founded in all that thou hast done, whose branches turned toward in that thou art a comfort unto him, and the roots thereof were them.

under him: so it became a vine, 55 When thy sisters, Sodom and and brought forth branches, and her daughters, shall return to their shot forth sprigs. former cstate, and Samaria and 7 There was also another great her daughters shall return to their eagle with great wings and many former estate, then thou and thy feathers : and behold, this vine did daughters shall return to your for- bend her roots toward him, and mer estate.

shot forth her branches toward him, 56 For thy sister Sodom was not that he might water it by the furmentioned by thy mouth in the day rows of her plantation. of thy pride,

8 It was planted in a good soil 57 Before thy wickedness was by great waters, that it might bring discovered, as at the time of thy forth branches, and that it might reproach of the daughters of Syria, bear fruit, that it might be a goodly and all that are round about her, vine. the daughters of the Philistines, 9 Say thou, Thus saith the Lord which despise thee round about. God; Shall it prosper? shall he

58 Thou hast borne thy lewdness not pull up the roots thereof, and and thine abominations, saith the cut off the fruit thereof, that it LORD.

wither ? it shall wither in all the 59 For thus saith the Lord God; leaves of her spring, even without I will even deal with thee as thou great power or many people to hast done, which hast despised the pluck it up by the roots thereof. oath in breaking the covenant. 10 Yea, behold, being planted,

60 1 Nevertheless, I will remem-shall it prosper? shall it not utterly ber my covenant with thee in the wither, when the east wind touchdays of thy youth, and I will esta-cth it? it shall wither in the furblish unto thee an everlasting co- rows where it grew. Verant.

11 Moreover the word of the 61 Then thou shalt remember LORD came unto me, saying, thy ways, and be ashamed, when 12 Say now to the rebellious thou shalt receive thy sisters, thine house, Know ye not what these elder and thy younger: and I will things mean? Tell them, Behold, give them unto thee for daughters, the king of Babylon is come to but not by thy covenant.

Jerusalem, and hath taken the 62 And I will establish my cove- king thereof, and the princes therenant with thee; and thou shalt of, and led them with him to Baknow that I am the LORD:

bylon; 63 That thou mayest remember, 13 And hath taken of the king's and be confounded, and never open seed, and made a covenant with thy mouth any more because of thy him, and hath taken an oath of shame, when I am pacified toward him: he hath also taken the mighty thee for all that thou hast done, of the land : saith the Lord God.

14 That the kingdom might be CHAP. XVII.

base, that it might not lift itself up, Parable of the Two Eagles, fc. but that by keeping of his covenant came unto me, saying,

15 But he rebelled against him 2 Son of man, put forth a riddle, in sending his ambassadors into and speak a parable unto the house Egypt, that they might give him of Israel;

horses and much people. Shall he 3 And say, Thus saith the Lord prosper? shall he escape that doeth God; A great cagle with great such things? or, shall be break the wings, long-winged, full of fea-1 covenant, and be delivered ?

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Christ's kingdom promisod. EZEKIEL,

The equity d 16 As I live, saith the Lord God, more to use this

proverb in surely in the place where the Israel. king dwelleth that made him king, 4 Behold, all souls are mine; as whose oath he despised, and whose the soul of the father, so also the covenant he brake, even with him soul of the son is mine: the soul in the midst of Babylon he shall that sinneth, it shall die. die.

5 1 But if a man be just, and do 17 Neither shall Pharaoh, with that which is lawful and right, his mighty army and great com 6 And hath not eaten upon the pany, make for him in the war, by mountains, neither hath lifted up casting up mounts, and building his eyes to the idols of the house of forts, to cut off many persons: Israel, neither hath defiled his

18 Seeing he despised the oath neighbour's wife, neither hath by breaking the covenant, when come near to a menstruous woman, lo, he had given his hand, and hath 7 And hath not oppressed any, done all these things, he shall not but hath restored to the debtor his escape.

pledge, hạth spoiled none by vio 19 Therefore thus saith the Lord lence, hath given his bread to the GOD; As I live, surely mine oath hungry, and hath covered the naked that he hath despised, and my co- with a garment ; venant that he hath broken, even 8 He that hath not given forth it will I recompense upon his own upon usury, neither hath taken head.

any increase, that hath withdraw 20 And I will spread my net upon his hand from iniquity, hath ese him, and he shall be taken in my cuted true judgment between man snare, and I will bring him to Ba- and man, bylon, and will plead with him

there 9 Hath walked in my statutes, for his trespass that he hath tres- and hath kept my judgments, to passed against me.

deal truly; he is just, he shal 21 And all his fugitives with all surely live, saith the Lord God. his bands shall fall by the sword, 10 T If he beget a son that is a and they that remain shall be scat- robber, a shedder of blood, and that tered toward all winds: and ye doeth the like to any one of these shall know that I the LORD have things, spoken it.

11 And that doeth not any of 22 | Thus saith the Lord GOD, I those duties, but even hath eaten will also take of the highest branch upon the mountains, and defiled his of the high cedar, and will set it; I neighbour's wife, will crop off from the top of his 12 Hath oppressed the poor and young twigs a tender one, and will needy, hath spoiled by violence, plant it upon a high mountain and hath not restored the pledge, and eminent:

hath lifted up his eyes to the idols, 23 In the mountain of the height hath committed abomination, of Israel will I plant it: and it

13 Hath given forth upon usury, shall bring forth boughs, and bear and hath taken increase : shall he fruit, and be a goodly cedar: and then live? he shall not live: he under it shall dwell all fowl of hath done all these abominations: every wing; in the shadow of he shall surely die; his blood shall the branches thereof shall they be upon him. dwell.

14 T Now lo, if he beget a son, 24 And all the trees of the field that seeth all his father's sing which shall know that I the LORD have he hath done, and considereth, and brought down the high tree, have doeth not such like, exalted the low tree, have dried 15 That hath not eaten upon the up the green tree, and have made mountains, neither hath lifted up the dry tree to flourish : I the his eyes to the idols of the house of LORD have spoken and have done Israel, hạth not defiled his neigh

bour's wife, CHAP. XVIII.

16 Neither hath oppressed any, Unjust Parable of sour Grapes. hath not withholden the pledge, VE word of the LORD came neither hath spoiled by violence,

unto me again, saying, but hath given his bread to the 2 What mean ye, that ye use this hungry, and hath covered the proverb concerning the land of naked with a garment, Israel, saying, The fathers have 17 That hath taken off his hand eaten sour grapes, and the child- from the poor, that hath not reren's teeth are set on edge ?

ceived usury nor increase, bath 3 As I live, saith the Lord GOD, executed. ye shall not have occasion any walked in my statutes; he shal.

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CHAP. XIX. Israel's princes lamented not die for the iniquity of his father, 29 Yet saith the house of Israel he shall surely live.

The way of the LORD is not equal 18 As for his father, because he house of Israel, are not my ways cruelly oppressed, spoiled his bro equal } are not your ways unther by violence, and did that equal ? which is not good among his peo 30 Therefore, I will judge you, ple, lo, even he shall die in his house of Israel, every one accordiniquity.

ing to his ways, saith the Lord GOD. 19 | Yet say ye, Why ? doth not Repent, and turn yourselves from the son bear the iniquity of the fa- all your transgressions; so iniquity ther? When the son haih done that shall not be your ruin. which is lawful and right, and hath 31 | Cast away from you all kept all my statutes, and hath done your transgressions, whereby ye them, he shall surely live.

have transgressed ; and make you 20 The soul that sinneth, it shall a new heart and a new spirit: for die. The son shall not bear the why will ye die, 0 house of iniquity of the father, neither shall Israel the father bear the iniquity of the 32 For I have no pleasure in the son: the righteousness of the righte- death of him that dieth, saith the ous shall be upon him, and the Lord GOD:, wherefore turn your wickedness of the wicked shall be selves, and live ye. upon him.

CHAP. XIX. 21 But if the wicked will turn Parable of the Lion's Whelps. from all his sins that he hath com

M Ameentation for the princes of mitted, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and Israel, right, he shall surely live, he shall 2 And say, What is thy mother? not die.

A lioness : she lay down among 22 All his transgressions that he lions, she nourished her whelps hath committed, they shall not be among young lions. mentioned unto him: in his righte 3 And she brought up one of her ousness that he hath done he shall whelps: it became a young lion, live.

and it learned to catch the prey ; it 23 Have I any pleasure at all devoured men. that the wicked should die ? saith 4 The nations also heard of him; the Lord GOD: and not that he he was taken in their pit, and they should return from his ways, and brought him with chains unto the live?

land of Egypt. A T But when the righteous turn 5 Now when she saw that she eth away from his righteousness, had waited, and her hope was lost, and committeth iniquity, and doeth then she took another of her whelps, according to all the abominations and made him a young lion. that the wicked man doeth, shall 6 And he went up and down he live ? All his righteousness that among the lions, he became a he hath done shall not be mention- young lion, and learned to catch ed: in his trespass that he hath the prey, and devoured men. trespassed, and in his sin that he 7 And he knew their desolate pahath sinned, in them shall he die. laces, and he laid waste their cities;

25 1 Yet ye say, The way of the and the land was desolate, and the LORD is not equal. Hear now,

O fulness thereof, by the noise of his house of Israel; Is not my way roaring. equal ? are not your ways un 8 Then the nations set against him

on every side from the provinces, 26 When a righteous man turn- and spread their net over him: he eth away from his righteousness, was taken in their pit. and committeth iniqạity, and dieth 9 And they put him in ward in in them; for his iniquity that he chains, and brought him to the hath done, shall he die.

king of Babylon: they brought 27 Again, when the wicked him into holds, that his voice man turneth away from his wick- should no more be heard upon edness that he hath committed, the mountains of Israel. and doeth that which is lawful 10 | Thy mother is like a vine in and right, he shall save his soul thy blood, planted by the waters : alive.

she was fruitful and fuil of branches 28 Because he considereth and by reason of many waters. turneth away from all his trans 11 And she had strong rods for gressions that he hath committed, the sceptres of them that bare he shall surely live, he shall not rule, and her stature was exalted die.

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The prophet rehearseth EZEKIEL, the rebellions of Israd appeared in her height with the before the heathen, among who multitude of her branches.

they were, in whose sight I made 12 But she was plucked up in myself known unto them, in bring fury, she was cast down to the ing them forth out of the land of ground, and the east wind dried up Egypt. her fruit: her strong rods were 10 TWherefore, I caused them to broken and withered; the fire con- go forth out of the land of Egypt, sumed them.

and brought them into the wilder13 And now she is planted in the ness. wilderness, in a dry and thirsty 11 And I gave them my statutes, ground.

and shewed them my judgments, 14 And fire is gone out of a rod which if a man do, he shall even of her branches, which hath de- live in them. voured her fruit, so that she hath 12 Moreover, also I gave them no strong rod to be a sceptre to my sabbaths, to be a sign between rule. This is a lamentation, and me and them, that they might shall be for a lamentation.

know that I am the LORD that CHAP. XX.

sanctify them. Israel's Rebellions in Egypt. 13 But the house of Israel reND it came to pass in the se- belled against me in the wilde:

venth year, in the fifth month, ness: they walked not in my the tenth day of the month, that statutes, and they despised my certain of the elders of Israel came judgments, which if a man do, to inquire of the LORD, and sat be- he shall even live in them: and my fore me. sabbaths they greatly polluted: ther

. 2 Then came the word of the I said, I would pour out my fury LORD unto me, saying,

upon them in the wilderness, to 3 Son of man, speak unto the consume them. elders of Israel, and say unto them, 14 But I wrought for my name's Thus saith the Lord GOD; Are ye sake, that it should not be polluted come to inquire of me? As I live, before the heathen, in whose sighi saith the Lord God, I will not be I brought them out. inquired of by you,

15 Yet also I lifted up my hand 4 Wilt thou judge them, son of unto them in the wilderness, that I man? wilt thou judge them? cause would not bring them into the land them to know the abominations of which I had given them, flowing their fathers:

with milk and honey, which is the 5 1 And say, unto them, Thus glory of all lands; saith the Lord God; In the day 16 Because they despised my when I chose Israel, and lifted up judgments, and walked not in my my hand unto the seed of the house statutes, but polluted my sabbaths: of Jacob, and made myself known for their heart went after their unto them in the land of Egypt, idols. when I lifted up my hand unto 17 Nevertheless mine eye spared them, saying, I am the LORD your them from destroying them, neither God:

did I make an end of them in the 6 In the day that I lifted up my wilderness. hand unto them, to bring them forth 18 But I said unto their children of the land of Egypt into a land in the wilderness, Walk ye no: in that I had espied for them, flowing the statutes of your fathers, neither with milk and honey, which is the observe their judgments, nor deti. Flory of all lands:

yourselves with their idols : 7 Then said I unto them, Cast 19 I am the LORD your God; se away every man the abomina- walk in my statutes, and keep my tions of his eyes, and defile not judgments, and do them ; yourselves with the idols of Egypt: 20 And hallow my sabbaths; and I am the LORD your God. they shall be a sign between me

8 But they rebelled against me, and you, that ye may know that I and would not hearken unto me: am the LORD your God. they did not every man cast away 21 Notwithstanding, the children the abominations of their eyes, rebelled against me: they walked neither did they forsake the idols not in my statutes, neither kept of Egypt: then I said, I will pour my judgments to do them, which out my fury upon them, to ac- if a man do, he shall even live in complish my anger against them them; they polluted my sabbaths. in the midst of the land of then I said, I would pour out my Egypt.

fury upon them, to accomplish 9 But I wrought for my name's my anger against them in the wilsake, that it should not be polluted derness.


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Israel is threatened. CHAP. XX. A promise of mercy

V2 Nevertheless, I withdrew my surely with a mighty hand, and band, 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

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 çather 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 ştatutes, 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

271 Therefore, son of man, speak where they sojourn, and they shall unto the house of Israel, and say not enter into the land of Israel : 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 everyone his idols, and
28 For when I had brought hereafter also, if ye will not hear-
them 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 Is-
and there they presented the rael, saith the Lord God, there
provocation of their offering : shall all the house of Israel, all of
there 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

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 yon
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
mit ye whoredom after their abo- heathen.

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, sạith the Lord your ways, and all your doing
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

according to your wicked ways,
33 As I live, caith the Lord GOD, Inor according to your corrupi

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