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God's justice acknowledged. LAMENTATIONS, IW.

my hope is perished from the LORD :

19.5 Remembering mine affliction and my misery, the wormwood n and the gall. 20 My soul hath them still in remembrance, and is 6 humbled in me. 21 This I, 7 recall to my mind, therefore o have I hope. 22*. It is p of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because q his compassions fail not. 23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. 24. The softD is my portion, r saith #. soul; therefore will I hopes in II]. 25 The Lord is good unto them that wait t for him, to the soul that seeketh him. 26. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LoRD. 27 It is good for a man that he bear the yoke u in his youth. 28 He sitteth alone v and keepeth silence, because he hath borne it upon him. 29. He putteth his mouth in the dust; if so be there may be hope. 30 fiew giveth his cheek to him that smiteth him : he is filled full with reproach. 31 Fora: the LORD will not cast off for ever: 32 But though y he cause grief, yet will he have compassion according to the multitude of his IllerCleS. 33 For he doth not afflict 8 willingly z nor grieve the children of IIlêIl. 34 To crush under his feet all the prisoners of the earth 35 To turn aside the right of a man before the face of 9 the Most

gh, 35 to subvert a man in his cause, the LORD 10 approveth not. 37 °s Who is he that saith, and it Cometh to pass, when the IORD commandeth it not. 38 Out of the mouth of the Most #, proceedeth not evil a and {}{}{i : 39 Wherefore b doth a living man 11 complain, a man for the punishment of his sins 40 Let us search c and try our ways, and turn again to the LORD. 41 Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the heavens. 42 We have transgressed d and have rebelled: thou hast not pardoned. g 43 Thou hast covered with anger, and persecuted us: thou hast slain,e thou hast not pitied. 44 Thou hast covered thyself

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Prayer for deliverance.

with a cloud, that our prayer should not #. through. 45 Thou hast made us as the offscouring and refuse in the midst of the people. 46 All our enemies have opened their mouths against us. 47 Fearf and a snare is come upon us, desolation g and destruction. 48 Mine eye runneth down with rivers of water for the destruction of the daughter of my people. 49 Mine eye trickleth down, and ceaseth not, without any intermis

SiOIl, 50 Till the LORD look down, h and behold from heaven. 51 Mine eye affecteth 12 mine heart 13 because of all the daughters of my city. 52 Mine enemies chased me sore, like a bird, without cause. 53 They have cut off my life in the dungeon, and cast a stone i upon me. 54 Waters k flowed over mine head ; them, I said, I am cut off. 55 "I I called l upon thy name, O LORD, out of the low dungeon. 56 Thou hast heard my voice: hide not thine ear at my breathing, at Iny Cry. 57 Thou drewest near in the day that I called upon thee : thou saidst, Fear m not. 58 O Lord, thou hast pleaded the causes n of my soul; thou hast redeemed my life. 59 O LORD, thou hast seen my wrong : judge 0 thou my cause. 60 Thou last seen all their vengeance and all their imaginations p against me. 61 Thou hast heard, their reproach, O LORD, and all their imaginations against me ; 62 The lips of those that rose up against me, and their device against me all the day. 63 behold their sitting down, and their rising up; I am their music. 64 *|| Render unto them a recompense, O LORD, according to the work of their hands. 65 Give them 14 sorrow of heart, thy curse unto them. 66 Persecute and destroy them in anger from under the heavens of

the LORD. CHAPTER IV. 1 Zion's pitiful estate bewailed: 13 he confesseth her sins.

OW is the gold become dim I ! how is the most fine gold changed 1 the stones a of the sanctuary are poured out in the top of every Street. | 2 The Fo sons of Zion, comparable to fine gold, b how are Zion's pitiful estate. they esteemed as earthen pitchers, §: Work of the hands of the poter I 3 Even the 1 sea-monsters draw out the breast, they give suck to their young ones: the daughter of my people is become cruel, like the ostriches c in the wilderness. . . 4 The tongue of the sucking child cleaveth to the roof of his mouth for thirst : the young children ask bread, and mod man breaketh it unto them. 5 They that did feed delicately are desolate in the streets: they that were brought up in scarlet cmbrace §onghill. .6. For the 2 punishment of the iniquity of the daughter of my people is greater than the punishment of the sin of Sodom, that was overthrown as in a moment, f and no hands stayed on her. 7 Her Nazarites were purer than snow, they were whiter than milk, they were more ruddy in body than . their polishing was of sapIre : 8 Their visage is 3 blacker 9 than a coal; they are not known in the streets: their skin h cleaveth to their bones; it is withered, it is become like a stick. 9 They that be slain with the sword are better than they that be slain with hunger: for these 4 pine Hvay, stricken through for want of the fruits of the field. 10 The hands of the pitiful women i have sodden their own children: they were their meat k in the destruction of the daughter of my people. 11 The LoRD hath accomplished his fury; he hath poured outl his fierce anger, and hath kindled m a fire in Zion, and it hath devoured the foundations thereof. 12 The kings of the earth, and all the inhabitants of the world, would not have believed that the adversary and the enemy should have entered into the gates of Jerusa

ess!. 13 TFor n the sins of her prophets, and the iniquities of her priests, that o have shed the blood of the just in the midst of her, 14 They have wandered as blind men in the streets, they p have polluted themselves with blood, 5 so that q men could not touch their garments. 15 They cried unto them, Depart


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k De.28.56, Wilderness. 57. 20 The breath of our nostrils, the 2Ki.6.28,29. Hanointed of the LORD, was taken u l Je.7.20. in their pits, of whom we, said, in J.2.14. Under his shadow we shall live

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told of Zion; he will no more carr * ...", thee away into captivity: he will 4 No.19.16 visit thiné iniquity. Ó daughter of * or, ye pol- Edom ; y he will 9 discoverthy sins. luted. CHAPTER W. ^w A pitiful compo of Zion, in prayer 7 t!??/O Grø(L. ; EMEMBER, a O LoRD, what 'gi.i.3. is come upon us: consider, and Je.o.o. behold our reproach, • * : * : * ~ * - - , E.g. || 2 Our inheritance b is turned to ...” strangers, our houses to aliens, t Pe:28:49. || 3 We are orphans and fatherless, *4.1% our mothers are as widows. w Je. 52.9. 4. We have drunken our water for v Ec. 11.9. money; our wood l is sold unto us. w Ob. 10,15. 52 Our necks are under persecu8 or, Thine |tion: we labour, c and have no iniquity. ||rest. ac Is.40.2. 6 We have given the hand to the 9 Ps. 137.7. Egyptians, and to the Assyrians, to ° or, carry be satisfied with bread. shee gap 7 Our fathers have sinned, and are *Jør. not; and we have borne their ini(CHAP. 5.) quities. a Ps.89.50-51. 8 Servants d have ruled over us: b Ps.79. 1,&c. there is none that doth deliver us * cometh for out of their hand. price. We gat our bread with the peril * or, Qn our of our lives because of the sword necks are of the wilderness. . #. se- 10 Our skin was black like an e S.6.37. Qven, because of the * terrible oo::" |famine. d Ne.5. 15. w & o 56; or, 11. They ravishede the women in or to:no. Zion, and the maids in the cities of

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From the Creation, 3409....From the foundation of Solomon's Temple, 409....From

the captivity of Israel by Shalmaneser, king of Assyria, 126...

Year of Zedekiah,

last king of Judah, 4....Year of Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, 12.

CHAPTER I. 1 The time of Ezekiel's prophecy at Chebar: 4 His vision. OW it came to pass in the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, in the fifth day of the month, as I was among the 1 captives by the river of Chebar, a that the heavens were pened, b and I saw visions c

Of CrO(i. 2. In the fifth day of the month, which was the fifth year of king d Jehoiachin's captivity, 3 The word of the LORD came expressly unto 2 Ezekiel the priest the son of Buzi, in the land o the Chaldeans by the river Chebar; and the handle of the LORD was there upon him. 4. T And I looked, and, behold, a whirlwind came out of the north, a great cloud, and a fire 3 infolding itself, and a brightness was about it, and out of the midst thereof as the colour of amber, out of the midst of the fire. Also out of the midst thereof came the likeness of four f living creatures. And this g was their appearance; they had the likeness of # IIlāIl. 6 And every one had four faces, and every one had four wings. 7 And their feet were 4 straight feet; the sole of their feet was like the sole of a calf's foot: and they sparkled h like the colour of burnished brass, 8 And they had the hands of a

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four sides; and they four had their faces and their wings. 9 Their wings were joined one to another; they turned not when they went ; they went every one straight forward. 10 As for the likeness of their faces, they four had the face of a man, and the face of a lion, on the right side : and they four had the face of an ox on the left side; they four also had the face of an eagle. 11 Thus were their faces: and their wings were 5 stretched upward; two wings of every one were joined one to another, and two covered i their bodies. 12 And they went every one straight forward : whither the spirit was to go, they went; and they turned not when they went. 13 As for the likeness of the living creatures, their appearance, was like burning coals of fire, and like the appearance of lamps: it wentk up and down among the living creatures; and the fire was bright, and out of the fire went forth lightning. 14 And the living creatures ran 1 and returned as the appearance of a flash of lightning. 15 T Now as I beheld the living creatures, behold one wheel upon the earth by the living creatures, with his four faces. 16 The appearance of the wheels and their work was like unto the colour of a beryl; and they four had one likeness; and their appearance and their work was as it were Vision of the glory of God. a wheel in the middle of a wheel, 17 When they went, they went upon their four sides : and they turned not when they went. | 18. As for their rings, they were so high m that they were dreadful; and their 6 rings were full of eyes n round about them four. | 19 And when the living creatures went, the wheels went by them : and when the living creatures were lifted up from the earth, the

wheels were lifted up. 20 Whithersoevero the spirit was to go, they went, thither was their spirit to go; and the wheels were lifted up over against them: for the spirit of 7 the living creature was in the wheels. 21. When those went, these went ; and when those stood, these stood ; and when those were lifted up from | the earth, the wheels were lifted up' over against them: for the spirit of 7 of creaturewas in the wheels. 22 And the likeness of the firmament upon the heads of the living creature was as the colour of the terrible p crystal, stretched forth over their heads above. 23 And under the firmament were their wings straight, the one toward the other: every one had two, which covered on this side, and every one had two, which covered on that side, their bodies. 24 And when they went, I heard the noise of their wings, like q the noise of great waters, as the voice r of the Almighty, the voice of speech, as the noise of an host:s when they stood, they let down their wings. 25 And there was a voice from the firmament that was over their heads, when they stood, and had let down their wings. 26 of And above the firmament that was over their heads was the likeness of a throne, t as w the appearance of a sapphire stone : and upon the likeness of the throne was the likeness as the appearance of a man above upon v it. 27 And I saw as the colour of amber, as the appearance of fire round about within it, from the appearance of his loins even upward, and from the appearance of his loins even downward, I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and it had brightness round about. 28 As the appearance of the bow w that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory ac of the LORD. And when i saw it, I felly . my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake.

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Ezekiel's commission.

CHAPTER II. 1 Ezekiel's commission : 6 His instruction : 9 His prophecy. A. he said unto me, Son of man stand a upon thy feet, and f will speak unto thee. 2 And b the spirit entered into me when he spake unto me, and set me upon my feet, that I heard him. that spake unto me. And he said unto me, Son of man, I send thee to the children of Israel, to a rebellious 1 nation that hath rebelled against me: they and their fathers c have transgressed against me, even unto this very day. 4 For they are 2 impudent children and stiff-hearted. I do send d thee unto them; and thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD. 5 And they, whethere they will hear, or whether they will forbear, (for they are a rebellious house.) ret f shall know that there hath een a prophet among them. 6 *s And thou, son of man, beg not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though 8 briers and thorns h be with thee, and thou dost dwell among scorpions: be not afraid i of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house. 7 And thou shalt speak my words unto them, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear; for o are 4 most rebellious. 8 But thou, son of man, hear what I say unto thee ; Be not thouk rebellious like that rebellious house : open thy mouth, and eat l that I give thee. 9 || And when I looked, behold, an hand m was sent unto me; and, lo, a n roll of a book was therein; 10 And he spread it before me : and it was written within and without ; and there was written therein lamentations, and mourning, and

WO. CHAPTER III. 1 Ezekiel eateth the roll. 3 God encourageth him. Moo he said unto me, Son of man, eat that thou findest; eat this a roll, and gospeak unto the house of Israel. 2 So I opened my mouth, and he caused me to eat that roll. 3 And he said unto me, Son of man, cause thy belly to eat, and fiii thy bowels with this roii that i give thee. Then did I eat it; and b it was in my mouth as honey c for SWeetness. 4 *s And he said unto me, Son of man, go, get thee unto the house of Israel, and speak with my words unto them.

The rule 5 For thou art not sent to a peole 1 of a strange speech and of an ard language, but to the house of Israel; 6 Not to many people 1 of a strange speech and of an hard language, whose words thou canst not understand. 2 Surely, had d 1 sent thee to them, they would have hearkened unto thee. 7 But the house of Israel will not hearken unto thee; for e they will not hearken unto me: for all the house of Israel are 3 impudent and hard-hearted. 8 Behold, I have made thy face strong against their faces, and thy forehead strong against their foreheads. 9 As an adamant harder than f flint have I made thy forehead : fear them not, neither be dismayed at their 9 looks, though they be a rebellious house. 10 Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, all my words that I shall speak unto thee receive h in thine heart, and hear with thine ears. 11 And go, get thee to them of the captivity, unto the children of thy people, and speak unto them, and tell them, Thus saith the Lord GoD ; whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear. 12 Then the spirit i took me up, and I heard behind me a voice of a great rushing, saying, Blessed be the glory of the LORD from his place. 13 I heard also the noise of the wings of the living creatures that 4 touched one another, and the noise of the wheels over against them, and a noise of a great rushing. 14 Sok the spirit lifted me up, and took me away, and I went 5 in bitterness, in 6 the heat of my spirit; but the hand l of the LORD was Strong upon me. 15 "I Then I came to them of the captivity of Telabib, that dwelt by the river of Chebar, and I sat m where they sat, and remained there astonished among them seven days. 6 And it came to pass at the end of seven days, that the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 17 Son of mam, I have made thee a watchman n unto the house of Israel : therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me. 18 When I say, unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou o givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his p iniquity; but his blood wili I require at thine hand.


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of prophecy. 19 Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shali die in his iniquity; but thoug hast delivered thy soul. 20 Again, When r a righteous man doth turn from his 7 righteousness, and commit iniquity, and I lays a stumbling-block before him, he shall die; because thou hast not given him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he hath done shall not be remembered ; but his blood will I require at thine hand. 21 Nevertheless if thou warn the righteous man, that the righteous sin not, and he doth not sin, he shall surely live, because he is warned ; t also thou hast delivered thy soul. 22 *s And the hand of the LORD was there upon me; and he said unto me, Arise, go forth into the plain, and I will there talk with thee. 23 Then I arose, and went forth into the plain : and, behold, the glory of the LORD stood there, as the glory which I saw by the river of Chebar: and I fell on my face. 24 Then the spirit entered into me, and set me upon my feet, and spake with me, and said unto me, Go, shut thyself within thine house. 25 But thou, O son of man, behold, they shall put bands upon thee, and shall bind thee with them, and thou shalt not go out among them: 26 And I will make thy tongue, u cleave to the roof of thy mouth, that thou shalt be dumb, and shalt not v be to them 8 a reprover: w for they are a rebellious house. 27 But when I speak with thee, I will open thy mouth, and thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GoD ; He that heareth, let him hear; and he that forbeareth, let him forbear: for they are a rebellious house. CHAPTER IV. By the provision of the siege is showed the hardness of the famine. also, son of man, take thee a tile, and lay it before thee, and portray upon it the city, even Jerusalem : 2 And lay siege a against it, and build a fort against it, and cast a mount against it; set the camp also against it, and set 1 battering rams against it round about. 3 Moreover take thou unto thee 2 an iron pan, and set it for a wall of iron between thee and the city: and set thy face against it, and it shall be besieged; and thou shal.

lay siege against it. This shall be a

sign b to the house of Israel.

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