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XXIII. 4 And the names of them were Aholah the elder, and Aholibah her sister : and they were mine, and they bare sons and daughters. Thus were their names; Samaria is Aholah, and Jerusalem Aholibah. Both of these divided people had their names from a tent or tabernacle : Israel, or the ten tribes, which is the greater part, is Aholah, His Own Tabernacle ; which she would needs erect, according to her own device, to draw away clients from my temple: Judah is Aholibah, My Tent, or Tabernacle, fised in her ; because of the place of my worship, settled there: and both of these have their denominations from the two chief cities in them ; Samaria the chief city of Israel is Aholah, and Jerusalem the chief city of Judah is Aholibah

XXIII. 5 And Aholah played the harlot when she was mine ; and she doated on her lovers, on the Assyrians her neighbours. And Israel, which is Aholah, played the spiritual harlot, while she professed to be mine; and was miscarried into gross idolatry, by the Assyrians her neighbours.

XXIII. 6 Which were clothed with blue, captains and rulers, all of them desirable young men, horsemen riding upon horses. Which were rich and proudly set forth ; men of great account, both for their wealth, and power, and valour.

XXIII. 8 Neither left she her whoredoms brought from Egypt : for in her youth they lay with her, and they bruised the breasts of her virginity, and poured their whoredom upon her. Neither yet

did she give over those superstitions, which she brought with her out of Egypt; for, in her first beginnings, they corrupted her with their idolatrous services, and infected her with their abominations.

XXIII. 10 She became famous among women. And she became a noted and remarkable example of God's judg. ments amongst the nations.

XXIII. 11 And when her sister Aholibah saw this, she was more corrupt in her inordinate love than she, and in her whoredoms more than her sister in her whoredoms. And when Judah and Jerusalem saw this, instead of being warned by her sister Israel, she drew her wicked practices into example, and

XXIII. 12 She doted upon the Assyrians her neighbours, captains and rulers clothed most gorgeously, horsemen riding &c. She also fell into a sinful league with the Assyrians, and into love of their idolatries ; being besotted with the admiration of their wealth, and power, and bravery.

XXIII. 14, 15, 16 For when she saw men pourtrayed upon the wall, the images of the Chaldeans pourtrayed with vermilion, Gird. ed with girdles upon their loins, erceeding in dyed attire upon their heads, all of them princes to look to, after the manner of the Babylonians of Chaldea, the land of their nativity: And as soon as she suw them with her eyes, she doted upon them, and sent messengers unto them into Chaldea.

For when she did but see the pictures of the Chaldeans set forth in lively colours, by the hand of the painter, ere she was acquainted with their persons, She did no sooner see their habit and gorgeous attire, wherein they were set forth like so many princes to grace them in the eyes of the beholders, according to the proud fashions of the Babylonians of Chaldea, where they were born and bred: But presently, upon the first sight, like a wanton strumpet, she fell into extreme love with them, and dotage upon them ; in such sort, that she could not be at rest, till she had sent ambas. sadors into Chaldea to treat of a league with them.

XXIII. 17 And the Babylonians came to her into the bed of love, and they defiled her with their whoredom, and she was polluted with them, and her mind was alienated from them. And those Babylonians easily condescended to the motion, and entered into terms of friendship with her; and by this means had opportunity to infect her with their foul idolatries.

XXIII. 20 For she doted upon their paramours, whose flesh is as the flesh of asses, and whose issue is like the issue of horses. For she was besotted with a lust after their spiritual whoredoms, who were most notoriously idolatrous, even above the common rank of the other heathen.

XXII. 21 Thus thou calledst to remembrance the lewdness of thy youth, in bruising thy teats by the Egyptians for the paps of thy youth. Thus thou didst revive and recal the lewd abominations of thy first times; when the Egyptians defiled thee with their wicked idolatry.

XXIII. 22 Behold, I will raise up thy lovers against thee, from whom thy mind is alienated, and I will bring them against thee on

every side.

Behold, I will stir up against thee those nations, upon whom thou wert so fond, to beleague thyself with them; with whom thou art now fallen out, and art at deadly defiance; and I will bring them to invade thee on


side. XXIII. 25 They shall take away thy nose and thine. ears ; and thy remnant shall fall by the sword. They shall set upon thee the marks of thine adultery: they shall slit thy nose and thine ears, for a harlot; and those, that shall escape the shameful reproaches of their whoredom, shall fall by the sword.

XXIII. 26 They shall also strip thee out of thy clothes, and take away thy fair jewels. They shall strip thee of all thine ornaments; and carry away all that wealth, wherein thou hast prided thyself.

XXIII. 27 Thus will I make thy lewdness to cease from thee, and thy whoredom brought from the land of Egypt. Thus will I make thee past the danger of committing lewdness against me any more, and of renewing thine old Egyptian idclatries.

XXIII. 31 Therefore will I give her cup into thine hand.

I will make thee take deep of those grievous judgments, which thy sister Israel hath tasted of. So also verse 32, 33, 34.

XXIII. 34 Thou shalt even drink it and suck it out. See Isaiah li. verse 17.

XXIII. Ibid. And thou shalt break the sherds thereof, and pluck off thine own breasts. And how madly discontented soever thou shalt be with this judgment, yet shalt thou not be able to put it off; but shalt rather, in thine indignation, tear thine own breasts.

XXIII. 40 And furthermore, that ye have sent for men to come from far, unto whom a messenger was sent; and, lo, they came : for whom thou didst wash thyself, paintedst thy eyes, and deckedst thyself with ornaments. And furthermore, that, like a petulant harlot inflamed with lust, thou hast sent thy pander-like messengers afar off, to fetch thine idolatrous paramours unto thee; for whose lewd entertainment thou didst make all kind of lascivious preparation, addressing thyself to work this spiritual wickedness with them. So also verse 41.

XXIII. 42 And a voice of a multitude being at ease was with her: and with the men of the common sort were brought Sabeans from the wilderness, &c. Yea, not only these choice idolaters were sought unto, but even the common rabble of all the most debauched heathens were brought unto thee, for the employment of thy spiritual filthiness; even base drunkards, from the most despised corners of the wilderness; which set out themselves with those ornaments, which their savage condition would afford.

XXIII. 45 Then I said unto ber that was old in adulteries, Will they now commit whoredoms with her, and she with them? Then said I, This people of Judah is now grown old in her spiritual adulteries: it is more than time for her to leave off these sinful courses; and will she yet continue her whorish idolatries with other nations, and they with her ?

XXIII. 44 Yet they went in unto her, as they go in unto a woman that playeth the harlot : so went they in unto Aholah and unto Aho. libah, the lewd women. Yet I saw no end of those her odious fornications; but she persisteth in her abominable uncleannesses: the nations round about her consort with her in her idolatries : thus they do with Israel and Judah, without fear or shame.

XXIII. 45 Because they are adulteresses, and blood is in their hands. Because they are guilty, both of idolatries and murders, in a very shameful measure ; in that they have shed the blood of their children, in sacrifices to their false gods.

XXIII. 49 And ye shall bear the sins of your idols.
And ye shall bear the punishment of your odious idolatry.

XXIV. 3 Thus saith the Lord God; Set on a pot, set it on, and also pour water into it.

Thus saith the Lord God; I have appointed thy very actions to be significant and prophetical ; set on a pot therefore, &c.

XXIV. 6 Wherefore thus saith the Lord God; Woe to the bloody city, to the pot whose scum is therein, and whose scum is not gone out of it! bring it out piece by piece ; let no lot fall upon it. Wherefore, thus saith the Lord ; Jerusalem, that bloody city, is that boiling pot, whose scum is in it, for that it is not purged from those foul sins, wherewith it abounderh: the fire under it, is the extreme calamity which it shall suffer: the flesh and bones, which are in it, are those Jews, which have fled thither for safety and defence; they shall be boiled therein, through the great misery they shall endure: put thou iu thy hook, and bring out the flesh and bone, piece-meal, wheresoever it lights, without any choice or deliberation, to shew that every one of them shall be fetched out thence, without difference.

XXIV. 7 For her blood is in the midst of her; she set it upon the top of a rock; she poured it not upon the ground, to cover it with dust. For the blood, which she hath shed, is conspicuous, even in the very midst of her; as if it had been spilt upon some high eminent rock, where it could not be hid nor soaked in: she did not


it upon the ground, that it should be covered with the dust, and so unseen. So verse 8.

XXIV, 9 I will make the pile for fire great. I will greatly aggravate her judgments.

XXIV. 10 Heap on wood, kindle the fire, consume the flesh, and spice it well, and let the bones be burned. See that full and exquisite vengeance be executed, upon all the inhabitants of that wicked city. So verse 11.

XXIV. 12 She hath wearicd herself with lies, and her great scum went not forth out of her: her scum shall be in the fire. She hath wearied herself with her false worship, and with flatteries of her safe condition; and all her wickedness is still within her, unrepented of, unamended; and shall be, together with her, fit matter for my wrath to work upon.

XXIV. 13 In thy filthiness is lewdness. That rust, and scum, which is in thee, is thine abominable lewd

XXIV. 16 Son of man, behold, I take away from thee the desire of thine


with a stroke : yet neither shalt thou mourn nor weep, neither shall thy tears run down. Son of man, behold, I take away from thee that dear wife of thine, in whom thou tookest true contentment: I will inflict the stroke of death upon her; and yet, I forbid thee to mourn and weep: shed no tears for this great loss of thine ; for a sign to this people.

XXIV. 17 Forbear to cry, make no mourning for the dead, bind the tire of thine head upon thee, and put on thy shoes upon thy feet, and cover not thy lips, and eat not the bread of men.




your lips, &c.

Make no shew at all of mourning for that thy dear consort: but demean thyself so, as if thou hadst no loss or sorrow; neither make thou any funeral banquet, as the manner of the people is.

XXIV. 21 Behold, I will profane my sanctuary, the ercellency, of your strength, the desire of your eyes, and that which your soul pitieth ; and your sons and your daughters whom ye have left shall fall by the sword. Behold, I will cause my temple to be exposed to the profanation of the heathen; and I will give into their hands your young men, your wives, your daughters, and whatsoever is dear and precious unto you, and they shall fall by the sword of the Babylonians. XXIV. 22 And

ye shall do as I have done : ye shall not cover And ye shall do as I have done : ye shall make no sign of any mourning or lamentation for them. So verse 23.

XXIV. 24 Thus Ezekiel is unto you a sign : according to all that he hath done &c. Thus do I figure out, and act upon Ezekiel that, which I will do unto you.

XXV. 2 Son of man, set thy face against the Ammonites, and prophesy against them. Look thou towards the coast of the Ammonites, and, in this posture, do thou prophesy against them.

xxv. 3 Because thou saidst, Aha, against my sanctuary, when it was profaned ; and against the land of Israel, &c. Because thou didst insult and rejoice in the profanation of my sanctuary, and in the destruction of Israel, &c.

XXV. 4 Behold, therefore I will deliver thee to the men of the east for a possession. Behold, therefore I will deliver thee and thy country to the hands of the Babylonians, for their possession and inheritance.

XXV. 5 And I will make Rabbah a stable for camels, and the Ammonites a couching-place for flocks : and ye shall know that I am the LORD. And I will make thy chief city Rabbah, wherein are the palaces of thy great princes, to become a stable for camels; and the land of the Ammonites will I make a desert, for the pasturing of sheep.

XXV. 8, 9, 10. Thus saith the Lord God; Because that Moab and Seir do say, Behold, the house of Judah is like unto all the heathen; Therefore, behold, I will open the side of Moab from the cities, from his cities which are on his frontiers, the glory of the country, Beth-jeshimoth, Baal-meon, and Kiriathaim, Unto the men of the east with the Ammonites, and I will give them in possession, that the Ammonites may not be remembered among the nations. Thus saith the Lord ; Because the Moabites and Edomites have triumphed in the desolation of my people, and have scornfully said, We see no difference betwixt Judah and other nations; their God hath had no more power to preserve them, than the gods of

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