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had chf(seii. They shewed his signs among them, and wonders in
the land of Ham.

The Lord shall send the rod of thv strength out of Zion : rule
thou in the midst of thine enemies, (J^ljg people sl)uU be tDilUltg
in tl)e bcljl of tljt} potnett in the beauties of holiness from the
womb of the morning.

I will praise thee: for thou hast heard me, and art become my
salvation. The stone which the builders refused is become the
head stone of the corner. (J^ljis is tl)C Coi'b's boiug ; it is mar-
vellous in our eyes.

©iue me unberstanbing, and I shall keep thy law: yea, I
shall observe it with my wliole heart, ittake tlte tO go ill tl)e
pati) of tl)D COmmilubmentS; for therein do I delight. IncHne
my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to covetousness. Turn away
mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy
way.

The Lord hath cIlOSCU Jacob unto himself, and Israel for l)is

peculiar treasure.

iDljatsoeuer tlje £orb pleaseb, that did he in heaven, and
in earth, in the seas, and all deep places.

The Lord hath made all things for himself: yea, etjett tl)e
tnickeb for tlje ban of eoil.

3t is tl}c glorn of ©ob to conceal a tl)ing : but the hon-
our of kino's is to search out a matter.

The daughter of Zion is left as a cottage in a vineyard, as a
lodge in a garden of cucumbers, as a besieged city. (Jxccpt tl)e

Corb of ijosts l](i^ left unto us a uern small remnant, we



Ps. ex. 2, 3.



Psalm
cxviii. 21-23.



PBalm
cxix. 34-37.



Ps. cxxxv. 4.
Ps. cxxxv. 6.
Prov. xvi. 4.
Prov. XXV. 3.
Is. i. 8, 9.



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Is. vi. 8-13.



Is. xiy. 24-27



Is. xix. 11-16.



Tsninh,
.xxviii. '>-n.



should hav^e been as Sodom, and we should have been like unto
Gomorrah.

I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom sliall I send,
and who will go for us ? Then said I, Here am I ; send me.

And he said, (Po, aiib tcll tl^is pcoulc, l)car m inbccb,
but unbcrstanb not; anh sec m inbcco, but pciTciuc not.

Make the heart of this people fat, and make their eais heavy, and
shut their eyes ; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their
ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed.
Then said I, Lord, how long ? And he answered, Until the cities
be wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without man, and the
land be utterly desolate ; and the Lord have removed men far
away, and there be a great forsaking in the midst of the lajid.
But net in it sljall be a tentl), and it shall return, and shall be
eaten : as a teil-tree, and as an oak whose substance is in them,
when they cast their leaves ; so the holy seed shall be the substance
thereof.

, The Lord of hosts hath sworn, saying, iSurcIn ilS 3 IjtlUC

tl)ougl)t, SO sl}nU it come to pass: anii os 3 Ijaue purposed

so sl)flU it Sttinb ; that I will break the Assyrian in my laml, and
upon my mountains tread him under foot : then shall his yoke
depart from off them, and his burden depart from off their shoul-
ders. This is the purpose that is purposed upon the whole earth :
and this is the hand that is stretched out upon all the nations.
For the Lord of hosts hath purposed, and who shall disannul it ?
and his hand is stretched out, and who shall turn it back ?

Surely the princes of Zoan are fools, the counsel of the wise
counsellors of Pharaoh is become brutish : how sav ve unto Pha-
raoh, I am the son of the wise, the son of ancient kings ? Where
are they ? where are thy wise men ? and let them tell thee now, and
let them know wliat the Lord of hosts hath purposed upon Egypt.
The princes of Zoan are become fools, the priiict's of Xoph are de-
ceived ; they have also seduced Egypt, even tliey that are the stay
of the tribes thereof. (j;|)c £orb l)iUl) luiuglcb a pcriursc spirit

in tl)e niibst tl)ercof: and they have caused Egyi)t to err in
every work tliereof, as a drunken man staggereth in his vomit.
Neither shall there be any work for Egypt, which the head or tail,
branch or rush, may do. Li that day shall Egypt be like unto
women : and it shall be afraid and fear, because of tlio shaking of
the hand of the Lord of hosts, which he shaketh over it.

Whom shall he teach knowledge ? and whom shall he make
to niid.TstaiKl dortriiie ? tl]em tljiU uvc uiciiueb from \\)>: milk,

iinb brtlU)U from tl)C breasts. I'or jirecept must he up'-n pre-
cept, precept upon precept; line uj)on line, line upon line; liere a
littli', and there a little: for with stammering lips and anotlier
tongue will ]w speak to this people. To whom lie said, Tliis is
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refreshing : yet they would not hear. But the word of the Lord
was unto them, precept upon precept, precept upon precept ; hne
upon line, Hne upon line ; here a little, and there a little ; tl}tlt tl)cn

inigl)t go, nnb fall bnckioarb, nub be broken, mxb onarcb.^mS
taken.

Who raised up the righteous man from the east, called him to
his foot, gave the nations before hiin, and made him rule over
kings ? he gave them as the dust to his sword, and as driven stub-
ble to his bow. He pursued them, and passed safely ; even by the
way that he had not gone with his feet. Who hath wrought and

done it, calling tl}c generations from tl)c beginning ? I the

Lord, the tirst, and with the last ; I am he.

Thou, Israel, art my servant, Jacob U)l)0»n jj l)aue cijOSCn, the
seed of Abraham my friend. Thou whom I have taken from the
ends of the earth, and called thee from the chief men thereof, and
said unto thee, Thou art my servant : J \)avc ci)OSen tl)ec ani)

not cast tl)ce atoan.

I, even I, am the Lord ; and beside me there is no saviour.
I have declared, and have saved, and I have shewed, when there was
no strange god among you : therefore ye are my witnesses, saith
the Lord, that I am God. Yea, before the day Avas, I am he ; and
there is none that can deliver out of my hand : J[ toiUtDOrk, anb

tDljosljalUctit?

Thus saith the Lord, which maketh a way in the sea, and a
path in the mighty waters ; tDl)icl) bringcti) forti) tl)C cl]ariot

an'b l)orse, tl)e armn anb tlje potocr; then sljall lie boron

togetljcr, they shall not rise : they are extinct, they are quenched
as tow.

They that make a graven image are all of them vanity ; and
their delectable things shall not profit ; and they are their own wit-
nesses ; they see not, nor know, that they may be ashamed

The carpenter stretcheth out his rule ; he marketh it out with the
line; he fitteth it with planes, and he marketh it out with the
compass, and maketh it after tlie figure of a man, according to
the beauty of a man ; that it may remain in the house. He hew-
eth him down cedars, and taketh the cypress and the oak, which
he strengtheneth for himself among the trees of the forest : he
planteth an ash, and the rain doth nourish it. Then shall it be for
a man to burn : for he will take thereof, and warm himself; yea,
he kindleth it, and baketh bread ; yea, he maketh a god, and wor-
shippeth it : he maketh it a graven image, and falleth down thereto.
He burnetii part thereof in the fire ; with part thereof he eateth
liesh ; he i-oasteth roast, and is satisfied : yea, he warmeth himself,
and saith. Aha, I am warm, I have seen the fire : and the residue
thereof he maketh a god, even his graven image ; he feUeth down
unto it, and worshippeth it, and prayeth unto it, and saith, Deliver
me ; for thou art my god.



Is. xli.-2-4.



Is. xli. 8, 9.



Isaiah,
xliii. 11-13.



Isaiah,
xliii. IG, 17.



Isaiah,
xliv.9, 13-20.



14



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Is.xlvi.9-11.



Is. liii. 9, 10.



Is.liv.l5, 16.



Is. Iv. lU, 11.



Ixiii. 15-17.



Jer. I. 4-6.



They have not known nor understood : for \]C IjiUi] sl)Ut
tljcir nicG, t!)at tl)cij cannot sec; unb tl)cir l)cart5, tijat then

cannot nnbcrstanb. And none considereth in his heart, neither
is thei'e knowledge nor understanding to say, I liave burned part
of it in the fire ; yea, also I have baked bread upon the coals
thereof; I have roasted flesh, and eaten it : and shall I make the
residue thereof an abomination ? shall I fJiU down to the stock of
a tree ? He feedeth on ashes : a deceived heart hath turned him
aside, that he cannot deliver his soul, nor say, Is there not a lie in
my right hand ?

Remember the former things of old : for I am God, and there
is none else ; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the
end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are

not yet done, saying, iWr) connscl sljall stanb, luils 3 roiU bo

all ton pleasure : calling a ravenous bird from the east, the man
that executeth my counsel from a far country : yea, I have spoken
it, I ^vill also bring it to pass ; I have purposed it, I will also do it.

He made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his
death ; because he hath done no \aolence, neither was any deceit in
his mouth.

Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him ; he hath put him to
grief: when thou shalt make his soul an ottering for sin, he shall
see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and tljC :plcasure of tl)C
£orb sl)all prosper in Ijis l)anb.

Behold, they shall surely gather together, but not by me:
whosoever shall gather together against thee .shall fall for thy sake.
Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the
tire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work ; and 3

\)avc createb tl)c master to bcstron.

As the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and re-
turneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring-
forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sowei-, and bread to
the eater : so shall my word be that gooth forth out of mv mouth :
it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish tl)atU3l)icl)
3 please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

Look down from heaven, and beliold from the habitation of
thy holiness and of thy glory : where is thy zeal and thy strength,
the sounding of thy bowels and of thy mercies toward me ? are
tiiey restrained ? Doubtless thou art our Father, though Abraham
be ignorant of us, and Israel acknowledge us not : thou, O Lord,
art our I.ttlicr, oiir Iu'd.'fm''r ; thy name is from ovcrlastiiig. O

r^'T'l, vo\]u I)a5t tl)on mabe ns to err from tl)r) uians, anb
harbcncb ouv l)eart from tljn fear? Keturu fo7- thy "servant's
sake, the tribes of thine iniieritance.

Then the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Before I
formed thee in the belly, I knew thee ; and bcforc tl)OU camcst



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fortli out of tlic tDomb S snnctificii t\]cc, onb Jf orliaincii tl)cc o

^)rop!)CtuntO tl)C notions. Then said I, Ali, Lord God ! behold,
I cannot sj^eak : for I am a child.

Hear, O earth : Behold, I will bring evil upon this people, even
the fruit of their thoughts, because they have not hearkened unto
my words nor to nay law, but rejected it. To what purpose cometh
there to me incense from Sheba, and the sweet cane from a far
country ? your burnt-offerings are not acceptable, nor your sacrifices
sweet unto me. Therefore tbussaith the Lord, i3cl)0ll>, 3 tDlll IflW

Stumbling-blocks before tl)is people, anli tl)c fatljcrs anii tljc

sons togetljer sljall fall upon tl)em: the neighbour and his
friends shall perish.

The Lord shewed me, and behold, two baskets of figs were
set before the temple of the Lord, after that Nebuchadnezzar king
of Babylon had carried away captive Jeconiah the son of Jehoiakim
king of Judah, and the princes of Judah, with the carpenters and
smiths, from Jerusalem, and had brought them to Babylon. One
basket had very good figs, even like the figs that are first ripe :
and the other basket had very naughty figs, which could not be
eaten, they were so bad. Then said the Lord unto me. What
seest thou, Jeremiah ? and I said. Figs ; the good figs, very good ;
and the evil, very evil, that cannot be eaten, they are so evil.

Again the woi-d of the Lord came unto me, saying, Thus saitb
the Lord, the God of Israel ; Like these good figs, so will I acknowl-
edge them that are carried away captive of Judah, ttll}Om 3 l}rttiC

sent ont of tl)is place into tl)c Uwxb of tl)e €l)albeans for tl)eir

gOO^. For I will set mine eyes upon them for good, and I will
bring them again to this land : and I will build them, and not pull
them down ; and I will plant them, and not pluck them up. \Xxib

3 toill jgine tljem an l)eart to knoro me, that I am the Lord :

and they shall be my people, and I will be their God : for they
shall return unto me with their whole heart.

And as the evil figs, which cannot be eaten, they are so evil ;
surely thus saith the Lord, So will I give Zedekiah the king of Ju-
dah, and his princes, and the residue of Jerusalem, that remain in
his land, and them that dwell in the land of Egypt : and I will
deliver tliem to be removed into all the kingdoms of the earth for
their jmrt, to be a reproach and a proverb, a taunt and a curse, in
all places whither I shall drive them. And I will send the sword,
the famine, and the pestilence, among them, till they be consumed
from ofl' the land that I gave unto them and to their fathers.

In the beginning of the reign of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah
king of Judah came this word unto Jeremiah from the Lord, saying.
Thus saith the Lord to me ; Make thee bonds and j'okes, and put
them upon thy neck. And send them to the king of Edom, and
to the king of Moab, and to the king of the Ammonites, and to the
king of Tyrus, and to the king of Zidon, by the hand of the mes-



Jer.vi. 19-21.



Jer. xxiv.



Jeremiah,
xxvii. 1-7.



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Jeremiah,
xxxi. 31-34.



Jeremiah,
xxxii. 37-40.



Jer. 1. 17 - iO.



sengers wliicli come to Jerusalem unto Zedekiah king of Judah ;
and command tliem to say unto tlieir masters, Thus saith the
Lord of hosts, the God of Israel ; Thus shall ye say unto your mas-
ters ; I have made the earth, the man and the beast that are upon the
ground, by my great power and by my out-stretched arm, axib

^avc gincn it unto mljom it scemcb meet unto mc. And now

have I given all these lands into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar the
king of Babylon, my servant ; and the beasts of the field have I
given him also to serve him. And all nations shall serve him, and
his son, and his son's son, until the very time of his land come :
and then many nations and great kings shall serve themselves of
him.

Behold, the days come, saith tlie Lord, that I will make a new
covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:
not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers, in the
day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of
Egypt ; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband
unto them, saith the Lord : but this shall be the covenant that I will
make with the house of Israel ; ^itcv tl)06C builS, saiti) tl)C £orb,

J tDill nut ntn lata in tl)cir inraarb parts, aiTb raritc it in tl)cir

l)CartS ; '^nd will be their God, and they shall be my people. And
they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man
his brother, saying. Know the Lord : for they shall all know me,
from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord :
for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no
more.

Behold, I will gather them out of all countries, whither I have
driven them in mine anger, and in my fury, and in great wrath ;
and I will biing them again unto this place, and I will cause them
to dwell safely : and they shall be my people and I will be their

God : and J[ toill ginc tficm one []cavt anb one toatii that they

may fear me forever, for the good of them, and of their children
after them : and I will make an everlasting covenant with them,
that I will not turn away from them, to do them good ; but 3 toill

put mn fear in tl)eir l)cart, tljat tljeji oljall not bepart from
mc.

Israel is a scattered sheep ; the lions have driven him away :
first the king of Assyria hath devoured him ; and last this Nebu-
chadrezzar king of Babylon liath broken his bones. Therefore
thus saith tlie Lord of hosts, the God of Israel ; ])ehold, I will
punish the king of Babylon and his land, as I have punislied the
king of Assyria. And I will bring Israel again to his habitation,
and he shall feed on Carmel and l^ashan, and his soul shall be sat-
isfi»>d upon mount Ephraim and Gilead. In those days, and in
that tiiut', saith the Lord, the iniquity of Israel shall be sought for,
and tliero shall l>f norif ; and tlit> siri^ of .Iiidah, and they shall not

be found : for J will parbon tl)cm u)i)om 3 reoeroe.



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AVlio is he that saith, and it cometh to pass, Vi\)cn l\)C £orb
rOttimcinbctl) it not'? Out of the mouth of the Most High jjio-
ceedeth not evil and good ?

Therefore say, Thus saith the Lord God ; I will even gather
you from the people, and assemble you out of the countries where
ye have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel. And
they shall come thither, and they shall take away all the detestable
things thereof and all the abominations thereof from thence, '^xib

3 toill QJnc tijcm one Ijeavt, nub 3 voiW put a ncro spirit toitijin
J10U ; anb J roill tokc tl)C stonn Ijcart out of tl)cir flcsl), mib
roill igioc tl)Cm an Ijcart of flcsl) : that they may walk in my
statute.s, and keep mine ordinances, and do them : and they shall
be my people, and I will be their God.

But as for them whose heart walketh after the heart of their
detestable things and their abominations, I will recompense their
way upon their own heads, saith the Lord God.

Thus saith the Lord God ; I will also take of the highest
branch of the high cedar, and will set it; I will crop off from
the top of his young twigs a tender one, and will plant it upon an
high mountain and eminent : in the mountain of the height of Is-
rael will I plant it : and it shall bring forth boughs, and bear fruit,
and be a goodly cedar : and under it shall dwell all fowl of every
wing; in the shadow of the branches thereof shall they dwell. And
all the trees of the field shall know that I the Lord have brouo-ht
down the high tree, have exalted the low tree, have dried up the
green ti-ee, and have made the dry tree to flourish : 3 tl)C £orb

\)avc spoken axib Ijaue bone it.

I lifted up mine hand unto them also in the wilderness, that I
would scatter them among the heathen, and disperse them through
the countries ; because they had not executed my judgments, but
had despised my statutes, and had polluted my sabbaths, and their
eyes were after their fathers' idols. lX)l)crefore 3 gnne tl)em
also statutes tijat roere not goob, and judgments whereby they
should not live ; and I polluted them in their own gifts, in that they
caused to pass through the fire all that openeth the womb, that I
might make them desolate, to the end that they might know that
I am the Lord.

I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out
of all countries, and will bring you into your own land. Then will
I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean : from all
your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. Qt netD
l]eart also toill 3 gioc JIOU, and a new spirit will I put within
you : and 1 will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I
will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within

you, anb cause jiou to tualk iu mn statutes, and ye shall keep

my judgments, and do them Then the heathen

that are left round about you shall know that I the Lord build the



Laraen.
iii. 37, 38.



Ezekiel,
xi. 17-21.



Ezekiel,
xvii. 22-24.



Ezekiel,
XX. 23-2(5.



Ezekiel,

xxx\ i. 24-27,

36,37.



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Ezekiel,
xxxvii. 1-1-1.



Dan. iv. 1-35.



ruined place.s, and plant that that was desolate : Jf tl)C £orb IjrtUP
spoken it, ttttb 3 toill "bo it. Thus saith the Lord God; I will
yet for lliis be inquired of by the house of Isi-ael, to do it for
them.

The hand of the Lord was upon me, and carried me out in
the Spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valle}''
which was full of bones, and caused me to pass by them round
about : and behold, there were very many in the open valley ; and
lo, they were very dry. And he said unto me, Son of man, can
these bones live ? and I answered, O Lord God thou knowt^st.
Again he said unto me. Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto

them, (£) r»c brii bones, Ijear tlje toorb of tl)c Corb. Thus saith
the Lord God unto these bones ; Behold, I will cause breath to enter
into you, and ye shall live : and I will lay sinews upon vou, and
will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put
breath in you, and ye shall live ; and ye shall know that I am the
Lord.

So I prophesied as I was commanded : and as I prophesied,
there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came to-
gether, bone to his bone. And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and
the flesh came up upon them, and the skin covered them above :
but there was no breath in them. Then said he unto me, Pro])]iesy
unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, ®|)US

saiti) tl)e Corb (Bob ; (ilomc from tl)c fonr toinbs, (B brcati],
iinb breiUl)e upon tl)ese sUiiu tl)at tl)en maji line. Su 1 pmiih-
esied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and
they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great armv.
Then he said unto me. Sun of man, these bones are the whole
house of Israel : behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our
hope is lost : we are cut oft' for our parts. Therefore prophesy and
say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, my people,
I will open your graves, and cause you to come uj) out of your
graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. And ye shall know
that I am the Lord, when I have opened your graves, < ) inv ]H'ople,
and brought you up out of your graves, anb sl)ail piU mn spirit
in rjon, unb lie siiall liue, and I shall place you in your own land :
then siiall ye know that I the Lord have spoken it, and performed
it, saith the Lord.

Nebuchadnezzar the king, unto all people, nations, and lan-
guages, that dwt.'U in all the earth ; iVace be inultij)lied unto you.
1 thought it good to shew the signs and wonders that the high God
liath wrouglit toward me. How great are his signs ! and how
migiity are his wonders ! his kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
and his dominion is from generation to generation.

I Nebuchadnezzar wfus at rest in mine house, and nourishing in
my palace : I saw a dream which tnade mo afraid, and tlie thougiits
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made I a decree to bring in all the wise men of T)al)ylon before me,
that they might make known unto me the interpretation of the
dream. Then came in the magicians, the astrologers, the Chal-
deans, and the sooth-sayers : and I told the dream before them ;
but they did not make known unto me the interpretation thereof.

But at the last Daniel came in before me, whose name was
Belteshazzar, according to the name of my god, and in whom is
the spirit of the holy gods : and before him I told the dream, say-
ing, O Belteshazzar, master of the magicians, because I know that
the spirit of the holy gods is in thee, and no secret troubleth thee,
tell me the visions of my dream that I have seen, and the interpre-
tation thereof. Thus were the visions of mine liead in my bed ; I
saw, and behold a tree in the midst of the earth, and the height
thereof was great. The tree grew, and was strong, and the height
thereof reached unto heaven, and the sight thereof to the end of all
the earth : the leaves thereof were fiiii', and the fruit thereof much,
and in it was meat for all : the beasts of the field had shadow under
it, and the fowls of the heaven dwelt in the boughs thereof, and all
flesh was fed of it. I saw in the visions of my head upon my bed,
and behold, a watcher and an holy one came down fi'om heaven ;
he cried aloud, and said thus, Hew down the tree, and cut ofi' his
branches, shake off his leaves, and scatter his fruit: let the beasts
get away fi-om under it, and the fowls from his branches. Never-
theless, leave the stump of his roots in the earth, even with a band
of iron and brass, in the tender grass of the field ; and let it be wet
with the dew of heaven, and let his portion be with the beasts in
the grass of the earth. Let his heart be changed from man's, and let
a beast's heart be given unto him ; and let seven times pass over him.
This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by



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