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shall cause his glorious voice to be heard, and shall shew the light-
ing down of his arm, with the indignation of his anger, and with
the flame of a devouring fire, with scattering, and tempest, and
hail-stones.

"Wo to them that go down to Egypt for help ; and stay on
horses, and trust in chariots, because they are many; and in horse-
men, because they are very strong; but they look not unto the
Holy One of Israel, neither seek the Lord ! Yet he also is wise,
anbraill bring euil, anb mill not call back l)is toorbs : but will

anst' against, tlie house uf the evil-doers, and against the help of
them that work ini(iuity.

The Lord shall go forth as a miirhtv man, he shall stir ui)
I jealousy like a man of war ; Ik; shall cry, yea, roar ; he shall prevail



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against his enemies. I have long time liolden my peace ; I have
been still, and refrained myself: now will I cry like a travailing
woman ; J[ U3iU bcstrott aitb bctiour at once. I AviU make waste
mountains and hills, and dry up all their herbs ; and I will make
the rivers islands, and I will dry up the pools.

Hear, ye deaf; and look, ye blind, that ye may see. Who is
blind, but my servant ? or deaf, as my messenger that I sent ? who
is bHnd as he that is perfect, and blind as the Lord's servant?
Seeing many things, but thou ubservest not; opening the ears, but

he heareth not. 3ll)c Corb is tDcil jjlcuscb for I)i0 rigl)tcons-
ncss' sake; l)c will magnifn tl)c [am, aiib make it l)onoura-
ble.

Who gave Jacob for a spoil, and Israel to the robbers? did not
the Lord, [)c against loljom it)c Ijauc sinncb ? for they would not
walk in his ways, neither were they obedient unto his law. There-
fore he hath poured upon him the fury of his anger, and the strength
of battle : and it hath set him on fire round about, yet he knew
not ; and it burned him, yet he laid it not to heart.

Awake, awake, stand up, O Jerusalem, toljicl) Ijast britnk at
tlic [)aiib of tl)c Corb tl)c cnp of l)is furn ; tl)on l)ast brunkcn
i\)c brcgs of tl)c cup of trembling, a1ii!i *iDrung tljem out.

There is none to guide her among all the sons whom she hath
brought foi-th ; neither is there any that taketh her by the hand of
all the sons that she hath brought up. These two things are come
unto thee ; who shall be sorry for thee ? desolation, and destruction,
and the famine, and the sword : by whom shall I comfort thee ?
Thy sons have fainted, they lie at the head of all the streets, as a
wild bull in a net : they are full of the fury of the Lord, the rebuke
of thy God.

He put on righteousness as a breast-plate, and an helmet of
salvation upon his head ; and he put on the garments of vengeance
for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloak, '^ccorbing tO
tl)eir beebs, accorbingln lie toill repan, fury to his adversaries,
recompense to his enemies ; to the islands he will repay recom-
pense. So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west, and
his glory from the rising of the sun.

I the Lord love judgment, I hate robbery for burnt-offering ;
and I will direct their work in truth, and I will make an everlasting
covenant with them.

Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from
Bozrah ? this that is glorious in his apparel, travelling in the great-
ness of his strength ? I that speak in righteousness, mighty to
save.

Wherefore art thou red in thine apparel, and thy garments
like him that treadeth in the wine-fat?

I have ti-odden the wine-press alone ; and of the people there



la. xUi. 18-21.



Is. xlii. 24, 25.



Is. li. 17-20.



Is. lix. 17-19.



Is. Ixi. 8.



Is. Ixiii. 1-6.



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Is. Ixv. 2-



Is.lxv. 11-15.



Is. Ixvi. 3-e.



was none with me: for J roill txca'b t\)cm ill miitc augcr, anb
trample tljcm in mij furij, axib tl)eir bloob 5l)all be sprinklcb
upon mn garments, aub J wiil stain all mn i-aimcnt. For the

day of vengeance is in mine heart, and the year of iny redeemed is
come. And I looked, and there was none to help ; and I wondered
that there was none to uphold : therefoi-e mine own arm brought
salvation unto me ; and my fury, it upheld me. And I will tread
down the people in mine anger, and make them drunk in my fury,
and I will bring down their strength to the earth.

I have spread out my hands all the day unto a rebellious peo-
ple, which walketh in a way that was not good, after their own
thoughts ; a people that provoketh me to anger continually to my
face ; that sacrificeth in gardens, and burneth incense upon altars
of brick ; which remain among the graves, and lodge in the monu-
ments, which eat swine's flesh, and broth of abominable things
is in their vessels ; which say. Stand by thyself, come not near to
me; for I am holier than thou. These are a smoke in my nose, a
fire that burneth all the day. Behold, it is written before me : 3

roill not keep silence, but mill recompense, eocn recompense

into tl)cir bosom, your iniquities, and the iniquities of your fathers
togetlier, saith the L«rd, which have burned incense upon the moun-
tains, and blasphemed me upon the hills : tljCrcfore Voiil 3 meas-
ure tl)eir former roork into tljeir bosbm.

Ye are they that forsake the Lord, that forget my holy moun-
tain, that prepare a table for that troop, and that furnish the drink-
oftering unto that number. Therefore will I number you to the
sword, and ye shall all bow down to the slaughter : because when
I called, ye did not answer; when I spake, ye did not hoar; but
did evil before mine eyes, and did choose that wherein I delighted
not. Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Bel)olb, mt} sei'UantS
sljall eat, but ne sljall be Ijungrn : bel]olb, ton seruauts sl)all
brink, but ne sl)all be tljirstn : b~el)olb, mn seniants sljall re-
joice, but ne 5l)all be asljameb: bel)olb, mn seruauts sliall
sing for jon of l)eart, but |ic sl)all crn for sorrora of l)eart,
anb sl)all Ijorol for ue^-ation of spirit." QVnb ne sljall leaue
nour name for a curse unto mn cl)oscn: for the Lord God shall

slay thee, and call his servants by another name.

He that killeth an ox is as if he slew a man ; he that sac-
rificeth a lamb, as if he cut off a dog's neck ; he that offereth an
oblation, as if he oflfered swine's blood ; lie that burneth incense, as
if he l>lL'sj.(jd an idol. Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and
their soul delighteth in their abominations, jj also tt)ill cl)OOSe tljcir
belusions, and will bring their fears upon them ; because when I
calh'd, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but
they did evil before mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted
not.



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Heai- the word of the Lord, ye that tremble at his word ;
Your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for my name's
sake, said, Let tlie Lord be o-lorifiod : but 1)C sl)aU appear tO llOUr
|02, anh tijcn Sljall be asliamcb. A voice of noise from the city,

a voice from the temple, a uoicc of tl)C £orb tl]at rcttbcrctl) tc-
rompcnsc to l)is enemies.

As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you ;
and ye shall be comforted in Jerusalem. And when ye see this,
your heart shall rejoice, and your bones shall flourish like an herb :
and the hand of the Lord shall be known toward his servants, and
his indignation toward his enemies. For behold, the Lord will come
with tire, and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his auger
Avith fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire. £^o\' bjl fire iUib

bn Ills svuorb iinll tl)e Corb plea5 tuiti) allflesl) : an5 tl)e slain
of ll)c Dorb sl)aU be maun.

The word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Jeremiah, what
seest thou ? And I said, I see a rod of an almond-tree. Then said
the Lord unto me, Thou hast well seen : for I will hasten my word
to perform it.

And the word of the Lord came unto me the second time,
saying. What seest thou ? And I said, I see a seething-pot ; and
the face thereof is toward the north. Then the Lord said unto me.
Out of the north an evil shall break forth upon all the inhabitants
of the land. For lo, I will call all the families of the kingdoms of
the north, saith the Lord ; and they shall come, and they shall set
every one his throne at the entering of the gates of Jerusalem, and
against all the walls thereof round about, and against all the cities
of Judah. QVnb 3 luill Utter mn jubgments against tl)em

tOUcljiug all tl)eir VUickcbncss, wlio have forsaken me, and have
burned incense unto other gods, and worshipped the works, of their
own hands.

Thus saith the Lord to the men of Judah and Jerusalem,
Break up your fallow ground, and sow not among thorns. Cir-
cumcise yourselves to the Lord, ami take away the foreskins of your
heart, ye men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem ; lest my fury
come forth like fire, aub buru tl)at UOUe iilW queuci) it, because
of the evil of your doings.

At that time shall it be said to this people and to Jerusalem,
A dry wind of the high places in the wilderness toward the daugh-
ter of my people, not to fan, nor to cleanse, even a full wind from

those places shall come unto me : nou) also roill S giuc Sentence
against tl)cm.

How shall I pardon thee for this ? thy children have forsaken
me, and sworn by them that are no gods : when I had fed them to
the full, they then committed adultery, and assembled themselves
by troops in the harlots' houses. They were as fed horses in the



Isai.ih,
Ixvi. 13-lG.



Jer. i. 11-10.



Jer. iv. 3, 4.



Jer. iv. 11,12.



Jeremiah,
V. 7-9, 27-29.



310



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Jer. vi. 9-in,



.Icromiah,
vii. 1-2-10.



morning



every one neiglied after liis neiglibour's wife. SI)ilU 3
not uisit for tIjCSC tljings? saith the Lord: and shall not rny

soul be avenged on such a nation as this ? As a

cage is full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit : therefore
they are become great and waxen rich. They are waxen fat, they
shine : yea, they overpass the deeds of the wicked : they judge not
the cause, the cause of the fatherless, yet they prosper ; and the
right of the needy do they not judge. Sl)all Jf UOt oisit for

tl)csc tljings '? saiti) tl)c Corb: sljall not mn soul be oycngcS
on 0ucl) a nation as tl)is ?

Thus saith the Lord of hosts. They shall thoroughly glean the
remnant of Israel as a vine : turn back thine hand as a grape-gath-
erer into the baskets.

To whom shall I speak, and give warning, that they may hear ?
Behold, their ear is uncircumcised, and they cannot hearken : be-
hold, the word of the Lord is unto them a reproach ; they have no
delight in it. Therefore I am full of the fury of the Lord ; I am
weary with holding in : I will pour it out upon the children abroad,
and upon the assembly of young men together : for even the hus-
band with the wife shall be taken, the aged with him that is full of
days. And their houses shall be turned unto others, with their
fields and wives together : for I will stretch out my hand upon the
inhabitants of the land, saith the Lord. For from the least of them
even unto the greatest of them every one is given to covetousness ;
and from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely.
They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly,
saying. Peace, peace ; when there is no peace. AVere they ashamed
when they had committed abomination ? nay, they were n<jt at all
ashamed, neither could they blush ; therefore they shall fall among
them that fall : at the time that I visit them they shall be cast down,
saith the Lord.

Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask
for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye
shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk
therein. Also I set watchmen over you, saying, Heai-ken to the
sound of the trumpet. But they said. We will not heaiken.

Therefore hear, ye nations, and know, O congregation, what is

among them. i}car, CD carti) : bcl)oli>, 3 ruill bring ciiil upon
tl)is people, cucn tl)e fruit of tl]eir tl)ougl)t5, because tljen
Ijaue not l)carkeneb unto mn ujorbs, nor to mn law, but
rejectcb it.

Go ye now unto my place which was in Shiloh, where I set
my name at the first, and see what I did to it for tlie wickedness
of my people Israel. And now, because ye have done ail these
works, saith the Lord, and I spake unto you, rising up early and
.spcjiking, but ye heard not ; and I called you, but ye answered not ;
therefore will I do unto this house, which is called by my name,



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wherein ye trust, and unto the phace which I gave to you and to
your fathers, as I have done to Shiloh. And I will cast you out of
my sight, as I have cast out all your brethren, even the whole seed
of Ephraim. ®|)Crcforc pva\) not tl)OU for tljis pCO^jlc, neither
lift up cry nor prayer for them, neither make intercession to uie :

for J roill not I) car tl) cc.

I will surely consume them, saith the Lord : there sliall be no
grapes on the vine, nor tigs on the fig-tree, and the leaf sliall fade ;
and the things that I have given them shall pass away from them.

Why do we sit still ? assemble yourselves, and let us enter into
the defenced cities, and let us be silent there : for the Lord our God
hath put us to silence, and given us water of gall to drink, because
we have sinned against the Lord. We looked for peace, but no good
came ; and for a time of health, and behold, trouble ! The snorting
of his horses was heard from Dan ; the whole land trembled at the
sound of the neighing of his strong ones : for they are come, and have
devoured the land, and all that is in it ; the city, and those that dwell
therein. For behold, I will send serpents, cockatrices, among you,
which will not be charmed, and they shall bite you, saith the Lord.

When I would comfort myself against sorrow, my heart is
faint in me. Behold the voice of the cry of the daughter of my
people because of them that dwell in a far country : Is not the Lord
in Zion ? is not her king in her ? lX)l)ll l)iUiC \\)C\) ;]rouokeb mc
to nngcr uiitl) t!]cir gniucn images, anh voitl) Gtrangc nani-
tics ? <SI]c l]arucst~is past, tl)c summer is cnbeii.'anii voc

arc not saueb. For the hurt of the daughter of my people am I
hurt ; I am black : astonishment hath taken hold on me. Is there
no balm in Gilead ; is there no physician there ? v/hj then is not
the health of the daughter of my peoj^le recovered ? Oh that my
head were waters, and mine eyes a fountain of tears, that I might
weep day and night for the slain of the daughter of my people !

The woixl that came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying, Hear
ye the words of this covenant, and speak unto the men of Judah,
and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem ; and say thou unto them. Thus
saith the Lord (xod of Israel ; Cursed be the man that obeyeth not
the words of this covenant, which I commanded your fathers in the
day that I brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, from the
iron furnace, saying. Obey my voice, and do them, according to all
which I command you : so shall ye be my people, and I will be
your God : that I may perform the oath which I have sworn unto
your fathers, to give them a land flowing with milk and honey,
as it is this day. Then answered I, and said, So be it, Lord.
Then the Lord sa\d auto me. Proclaim all these words in the cities
of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem, saying. Hear ye the
words of this covenant, and do them. For I earnestly protested
unto your fathers in the day that I brought them up out of the land
of Egypt, even unto this day, rising early and protesting, saying,



Jeremiah,

viii. 13-2-2,

ix. 1.



Jer. xi. 1-1 1.



312



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Jfer.xi. 13-16.



Jeremiah,
xiv. 7-2-2,
XV. 1, 2.



Obey my voice. Yet they obeyed not, nor inclined their ear, but
walked ever}- one in the imagination of their evil heart: tl)CrC-
forc 3 toill bring itpon tl)cm all tl)c toorbs of tliis roncnant,
roljicl) 3 commaubcb tl)cm to bo; but tl)cr) bib tl)cm not.

And the Lord said unto me, A conspii-acy is found among tlie
men of Jndah, and among the inhabitants of Jerusalem. They
are turned back to the iniquities of their forefathers, which refused
to hear my words ; and they went after other gods to serve them :
the house of Israel and the house of Judah have broken my cove-
nant which I made with their fathers. Therefore thus saith the
Lord, Behold, I will bring evil upon them wliich they shall not be

able to escape ; anb tliougl) i\)cx) sljiill trji unto tnc, 3 will not
l)caikcn nnto t!)cm.

According to the number of thy cities were thy gods, O Judah ;
and according to the number of the streets of Jerusalem have ye
set up altai-s to that shameful thing, even altars to burn incense unto
Baal.

(Jljcrcforc pran not thou for tl)is people, neitljer lift up a
crn or prancr for tl}em : for 3 miii not l)car tl)cm in tl)c time
tljiU tl)eij crn unto me for tl)cir trouble.

AVhat hath my beloved to do in mine house, seeing she hath
wrought lewdness with many ; and the holy flesh is passed from
thee? when thou doest evil, then thou rejoicest. The Lord called
thy name, A green olive-tree, fair, and of goodly fruit : with the
noise of a great tumult he hath kindled fire upon it, and the branches
of it are broken.

Lord, though our iniquities testify against us, do thou it
for thy name's sake : for our backslidings are many ; we have
sinned against thee. O the hope of Israel, the Saviour thereof in
time of trouble, why shouldest thou be as a stranger in the land,
and as a wayfaring man that turneth aside to tarry for a night ?
Why shouldest thou be as a man astonished, as a mighty man that
cannot save ? yet thou, Lord, art in the midst of us, and we ai'e
called by thy name ; leave us not.

Thus saith the Lord unto this people. Thus have they loved
to wander, they have not refrained their feet, tl)ercfore tl)e £orb

botli not accept tl)cm ; l)e uiill nou) remember tl)eir iniquitn

anb insit tl)Cir sins- Thfu said the J^ord unto me. Bray imt for
this people for their good. When they fast, 3 U3ill not l)ear tl)eir
crn ; and whon they offer burnt-oftering and an oblation, 3 luill
not accept tl)em ; but I will consume them by the sword, and by
the Ijunine, and by the pestilence.

Then said I, Ah Lord God ! behold, the prophets say unto
them, Ye shall not see the sword, neither shall ye have famine ; but
I will give you assured peace in this place.

'I'lnni the Lord said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in
my name: 1 sent them not, neither have I commanded them, nei-



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ther spake imto them : they prophesy unto you a false vision and
divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart.
Therefore thus saith the Lord concerning the prophets that prophesy
in my name, and I sent them not, yet they say, Sword and famine
shall not be in this land ; By sword and famine shall those proph-
ets be consumed. And the people to whom they prophesy shall
be cast out in the streets of Jerusalem, because of the fiimine and
the sword ; and they shall have iione to bury them, them, their
Avives, nor their sons, nor their daughters; for 3 U)iU pOUt tl)cir

iwickci^mcss upon tl)cm.

Therefore thou shalt say this word unto them ; Let mine eyes
run down with tears night and day, and let them not cease : for
the virgin daughter of my people is broken with a great breach,
with a very grievous blow. If I go forth into the field, then be-
hold the slain with the sword ! and if I enter into the city, then
behold them that are sick with famine ! yea, both the prophet and
the priest go about into a land that they know not. Hast thou
utterly rejected Judah ? hath thy soul loathed Zion ? Wliy hast
thou smitten us, and there is no healing for us? we looked for
peace, and there is no good ; and for the time of healing, and be-
hold trouble ! We acknowledge, O Lord, our wickedness, and the
iniquity of ovu* fathers : for we have sinned against thee. Do not
abhor us, for thy name's sake, do not disgrace the throne of thy
glory ; remember, break not thy covenant with us. Are there any
among the vanities of the Gentiles that can cause rain ? or can
the heavens give showers ? Art not thou he, O Lord our God ?
therefore we will wait upon thee : for thou hast made all these
things.

Then said the Lord unto me, (Zr|)ongl) fllosCS anb SamUcl

stoob before mc, net mti miuii conih not be toruarb tl)is peo-
ple: cast tl)em oiit of mn Digl)t, nnb let tljem go fortl). And

it shall come to pass, if they say unto thee. Whither shall we go
forth i then thou shalt tell them, Thus saith the Lord ; Such as are
for death, to death ; and such as are for the sword, to the sword :
and such as are for the famine, to the famine ; and such as are for
the cajjtivity, to the captivity.

Touching the house of the king of Judah, say. Hear ye the
word of the Lord ; O house of David, thus saith the Lord ; Exe-
cute judgment in the morning, and deliver him that is spoiled out
of the hand of the oppressor, lest my fury go out like fire, and burn
that none can quench it, because of the evil of your doings. Be-
hold, I am against thee, inhabitant of the valley, and rock of the
plain, saith the Lord ; which say, Who shall come down against
us ? or who shall enter into our habitations ? J3ut 3 toill pnitisl)

noit arcorbing to tl)e fruit of jionr boings, saith the Lord: and
i will kindle a fire in the forest thereof, and it shall devour all things
round about it.



Jeremiah,
xxi. 11-14.



314



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Jeremiah,
xxui. 19, iJO.



Jeremiah,
XXV. 12-33.



Behold, a whirlwind of the Lord is gone forth in fury, even
a grievous whirlwind : it shall fall grievously upon the head of the

wicked. Sljc augcr of tl)c Corb sljaUnot return, «ntil l)c
Ijawe e^ccutcb, anb till l)c Ijnuc pcrformcb tl)c tl)oag^ts of Ijis
ijeart : in the latter days ye shall consider it perfectly.

And it shall come to pass, when seventy years are accomplish-
ed, that I will punish the king of Babylon, and that nation, saith
the Lord, for their iniquity, and the land of the Chaldeans, and
will make it perpetual desolations. And I will bring upon that
land all my words which I have jironounced against it, even all that
is wi'itten in this book, which Jeremiah hath prophesied against all
the nations. For many nations and great kings shall serve them-
selves of them also : aixb 3 toill recompense tljem accorbing to
tl)eir becbs, anb nccorbing to tl)C toorks of tljeir oron lianbs.

For thus saith the Lord God of Israel unto me ; Take the
wine-cup of this fury at my hand, and cause all the nations, to whom
I send thee, to drink it. And they shall drink, and be moved, and
be mad, because of tlie sword that I will send among them. Then
took I the cup at the Lord's hand, and made all the nations to
drink, unto whom the Lord had sent me : to wit, Jerusalem, and
the cities of Judah, and the kings thereof, and the princes thereof,
to make them a desolation, an astonishment, a hissing, and a curse ;
as it is this day ; Pharaoh king of Egypt, and his servants, and
his princes, and all his people; and all the mingled people, and
all the kings of the land of Uz, and all the kings of the land of the
Philistines, and Ashkelon, and Azzah, and Ekron, and the remnant
of Ashdod, Edom, and Moab, and the children of Ammon, and all
the kings of Tyrus, and all the kings of Zidon, and the kings of
the isles which are beyond the sea, Dedan, and Tema, and Buz,
and all that are in the utmost corners, and all the kings of Ara-
bia, and all the kings of the mingled people that dwell in the
desert, and all the kings of Zimri, and all the kings of Elam, and
all the kings of the Medes, and all the kings of the north, far and
near, one with another, and all the kingdoms of the world, which
are upon the face of the earth : and the king of Sheshach shall
drink after them.

Therefore thou shalt say unto thorn. Thus saith the Lord of
hosts, the God of Israel ; Drink ye, and be drunken, and spue, and
fall, and rise no more, because of the sword which I will send among
you. And it shall be, if they refuse to take the cup at thine hand
to drink, then shalt thou say unto them. Thus saith the Lord of

hosts; Yo shall certainly drink, i^or !o, 3 begin to bring cull
on tl)e citr) u)l)icl) is calleb bn mn name, anb 6l)oulb ne be nt-
terlli unpunisljeb '? Ve shalf not be unpunished : for I will call
for a sword upon all the iidialntants of the earth, saith the Lord
of hosts. Therefore prophesy tlum against them all these word.s,
and say unto them, The Lord shall roar from on high, and utter



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Jeremiah,
XXX. 23, 24.



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