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Jeremiah,
xliv. 3-6.



his voice from his holy habitation ; he shall mightily roar upon
his habitation ; ho shall give a shout, as they that tread the grapes,
against all the inhabitants of the earth. A noise shall come even
to the ends of the earth ; for tl)C Corb l)atl) a COUtrOUCrsn U)itl)
tl)C nations, he will plead with all flesh ; he will give them that
are wicked to the sword, saith the Lord.

Tlius saith the Lord of hosts. Behold, evil shall go forth from
nation to nation, and a great whirlwind shall be raised up from the
coasts of the earth. And the slain of the Lord shall be at that
day from one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth :
they shall not be lamented, neither gathered, nor buried ; they shall
be dung upon the ground.

Behold, the whirlwind of the Lord goeth forth with fury, a
continuing whirlwind : it shall fall with pain upon the head of the

wicked. ®l)c ticfcc angcr of tl)c £ovh sijall not return, until
l)c l)ttiic iionc it, nnb until l)c Ijanc pcrformcli tl)c intents of

l)is Ijeart : in the latter days ye shall consider it.

Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel ; Ye have seen
all the evil that I have brought upon Jerusalem, and upon all the
cities of Judah ; and behold, this day they are a desolation, and
no man dwelleth therein ; because of tijeir ujickebness m[)k\)
tijen l)aue committeb to prouoUe me to anger, in that they went
to burn incense, and to serve other gods, whom they knew not,
neither they, ye, nor your fathers. Howbeit, I sent unto you all my
servants the prophets, rising early and sending them, saying. Oh,
do not this abominable thing that I hate. But they hearkened
not, nor inclined their ear to turn from their wickedness, to burn
no incense unto other gods. Wherefore my fury and mine anger
was poured forth, and was kindled in the cities of Judah and in the
streets of Jerusalem ; and they are wasted and desolate, as at this
day.

Then Jeremiah said unto all the people, to the men, and to
the women, and to all the people which had given him that answer,
saying. The incense that ye burned in the cities of Judah, and in
the streets of Jerusalem, ye and your fathers, your kings and your
princes, and the people of the land, did not the Lord remember
them, and came it not into his mind ? Go tl)at tl)C l!orb COulb

no longer bear, because of tl)e cuil of j)our boings, and because

of the abuuiinations which ye. have committed ; therefore is your
land a desolation, and an astonishment, and a curse, without an in-
habitant, as at this day. Because ye have burned incense, and be-
cause ye have sinned against the Lord, and have not obeyed the
voice of the Lord, nor walked in his law, nor in his statutes, nor in
his testimonies ; therefore this evil is happened unto you, as at this
day.

Come up, ye horses ; and rage, ye chariots ; and let the mighty
men come forth : the Ethiopians and the Libyans, that handle the



Jeremiah,
xliv. 20-23.



Jeremiah,
xlvi. 9-12.



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Jeremiah,
li. 54-57.



Lainen.
i. 8, 12-18.



I^inen.
lU 1-17,



shield ; and the Lydians, that handle and bend the bow. For this
is the day of the Lord God of hosts, a bail of HCltgcaUCC, tl]at

l]e man aucngc l)im of l)is abocrsarics" and the sword shall

devour, and it shall be satiate and made drunk with their blood :
for the Lord God of hosts hath a sacrifice in the north country by
the river Euphrates.

Go up into Gilead, and take balm, O \'irgin, the daughter of
Egypt : in vain shalt thou use many medicines ; for thou shalt not
be cured. The nations have heard of thy shame, and thy cry hath
tilled the land : for the mighty man hath stumbled against the
mighty, and they are fallen both together.

A sound of a cry cometh from Babylon, and great destruction
from the land of the Chaldeans : because the Lord hath spoiled
Babylon, and destroyed out of her the great voice ; when hei- waves
do roar like great waters, a noise of their voice is uttei-ed : because
the spoiler is come upon her, even upon Bab} Ion, and her mighty
men are taken, every one of their bows is broken : for ttjC C-Orb
©ob of recompenses sljnll sureln requite. And I will make
drunk her princes, and her wise men, her captains, and her rulers,
and her mighty men : and they shall sleep a perpetual sleep, and
not wake, saith the King, v,-hose name is the Lord of hosts.

Jerusalem hath grievously sinned ; therefore she is removed. . .

Is it nothing to you, all ye that pass by ? behold, and see if
there be any sorrow like unto my sorrow, which is done unto me,
wherewith the Lord hath afflicted me in the day of his fierce anger.
From above hath he sent fire into my bones, and it prevaileth
against them : he hath spread a net for my feet, he hath turned me
back : he hatli maile me desolate and faint all tlie day. iZl)C Tioke

of mn transgressions is bounb bn Ijis l)anb: tl)eii are
tDreatT)eb, a\xb come up npon mn neck: he hath made my

strength to fall, the Lord hath delivered me into their hands, from
whom I am not able to rise up. The Lord hath trodden under foot
all my mighty men in the midst of me : he hath called an assembly
against me to crush my young men : the Lord hath trodden the
vii-gin, the daughter of Judah, as in a wine-press. For these things
I weep ; mine eye, mine eye runneth down with water, because the
comforter that should relieve my soul is far from me : my children
are desolate, because the enemy prevailed. Zion spreadeth forth
her hands, and there is none to comfort her : the Lord hath com-
manded concerning Jacob, that his adversaries should be round
about hiui : Jerusalem is as a menstruous woman among them.

«ri)e t!orb is rigl)teous: for 3 I)aiie rebcllcb against l)is
COmmuubment: hear, I pray you, all people, and behold my sor-
row : my virgins and my young men are gone into captivity.

_ How hatli the Lord covered the daughter of Zion with a cloud
in liis ftng(?r, and cast down from heaven unto the earth the beauty
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The Lord lintli swallowed up all the habitations of Jacob, and hath
not pitied : he hath thrown down in his wrath the strong holds of
the daughter of Judah ; he hath brought them down to the ground :
he hath polluted the kingdom and the princes thereof. He hath
cut oft" in his fierce anger all the horn of Israel : he hath drawn
back his light hand from before the enemv, and he burned against
Jacob like n flaming fire, which devoiireth round about, j^c l)ntl]

bent I]i5 boiu like an enemy : l}e stoob unti) I)i5 rigljt i)anb as an
nbnersarn anb sleuj rtll Ujiit mere pleasant to tl)e ejie in tl)c
tabernacle of t!)e bangljter of Sion: Ije ponreb ont1)is furg

like tire. The Lord was as an enemy : he hath swallowed up Israel,
he hath swallowed up all her palaces : he hath destroj'ed his strong
holds, and hath increased in the daughter of Judah mourning and
lamentation. And he hath violently taken away his tabernacle, as
if it were of a garden : he hath destroyed his places of the assem-
bly : the Lord hath caused the solemn feasts and sabbaths to be
forgotten in Zion, and hath despised in the indignation of his anger
the king and the priest. The Lord hath cast oft" his altar, he hath
abhorred his sanctuary, he hath given up into the hand of the
enemy the walls of her palaces ; they have made a noise in the
house of the Lord, as in the day of a solemn feast.

The Lord hath purposed to destroy the "wall of the daughter
of Zion : he hath stretched out a line, he hath not withdrawn his
hand from desti-oying : therefore he made the rampart and the wall
to lament ; they languished together. Her gates are sunk into the
ground ; he hath destroyed and broken her bars : her king and her
princes are among the Gentiles : the law is no more : her prophets
also find no vision from the Lord. The elders of the daughter of
Zion sit upon the ground, and keep silence ; they have cast up dust
upon their heads : they have girded themselves with sackcloth; the
virgins of Jerusalem hang down their heads to the ground. Mine
eyes do fjxil with tears, my bowels are troubled, my liver is poured
upon the earth, for the destruction of the daughter of my people ;
because the children and the sucklings swoon in the streets of the
city. They say to their mothers. Where is corn and wine ? when
they swooned as the wounded in the streets of the city, when their
soul was poured out into their mothers' bosom.

What thing shall I take to witness for thee? what thina: shall
I liken to thee, O daughter of Jerusalem ? What shall I equal to
thee, that I may comfort thee, O virgin daughter of Zion ? for thy
breach is great like the sea : who can heal thee ? Thy prophets
have seen vain and foolish things for thee : and they have not dis-
covered thine iniquity, to turn away thy captivity ; but have seen
for thee false burdens and causes of banishment. All that pass by,
clap their hands at thee; they hiss and wag their head at the
daughter of Jerusalem, saying. Is this the city that men call The
perfection of beauty. The joy of the whole earth ? All thine ene-
mies have opened their mouth against thee : they hiss and gnash



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Lamen.
iii. 35, 36.

Ezekiel,
iii. 16-21.



EzekieL
V. 7-15.



the teeth : they say, We have swallowed her up : certainly this is
the dnj that we looked for ; we have found, we have seen it.

The Lord hath done that which he had devised; \]C IjatI) fill-
fillcb l)is U3orb tl)at l)c l)ab commaubcb in tl)c bans of olb :

he hath thrown down, and hath not pitied : and he hath caused
thine enemy to rejoice over thee, he hath set up the horn of thine
adversaries.

To turn aside the right of a man before the face of the Most
High, to subvert a man in his cause, the Lord approveth not.

It came to pass at the end of seven days, that the word of the
Lord came unto me, saying, Son of man, I have made thee a watch-
man unto the house of Israel : therefore hear the word at my mouth,
and give them warning from me.

When I say unto the wicked. Thou shalt surely die ; and thou
givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his
wicked way, to save his life ; tl]C Siimc toickcb mntt sl)aU bic itt

l)is iniquitn; but l)is bloob mill J require ot tijiuc l)an5. Yet

if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor
from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity ; but thou hast
delivered thy soul. Again, When a righteous man doth turn from
his righteousness, and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumbling-block
before him, he shall die : because thou hast not given him warning,

l)c sl)all bic in l)is sin, anb l)is riglitcousncss raliicl) lie IjatI)
bone sljall not be remembercb ; but I)is bloob toill 3 require

Clt tl)ine Ijtinb. 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 ; also thou hast delivered thy soul.

Thus saith the Lord God ; Because ye multiplied more than
the nations that are round about you, and have not walked in my
statutes, neither have kept my judgments, neither have done ac-
cording to the judgments of the nations that are round about you ;
therefore thus saith the Lord God ; Behold, I, even I, am against
thee, and will execute judgments in the midst of thee in the sight
of the nations. And I will do in thee that which I have not done,
and whereunto I will not do any more the like, because of all thine
abominations. Therefore the fathers shall eat the sons in the midst
of thee, and the sons shall eat their fethers ; auh 3 UliU execute
jubgrnentS in tl)ee, and the whole remnant of thee will I scat-
ter into all the winds. Wherefore, as I live, saith the Lord God ;
Surely, because thou hast defiled my sanctuary with all thy detesta-
ble things, and with all thine abominations, therefore will T also

diminish thee; neitljer sl)all mine enc spare, neitl)er toill 3
l)atic ann pitn.

A tliird part of thee shall die with the pestilence, and with
famine shall they be consumed in the midst of thee : and a third
part shall fail by the sword round about thee ; and I will scatter a
third part into all the winds, and I will draw out a sword after



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them. Thus shall mine anger be accomplished, and I will cause
my fury to rest upon them, and I will be comforted : and they shall
know that I the Lord have spoken it in my zeal, wlien I have ac-
complished my fury in them. Moreover, I will make thee waste,
and a reproach among the nations that are round about thee, in the
sight of all that pass by. So it shall be a reproach and a taunt, an
instruction and an astonishment unto the nations that are round

about thee, m\]cn 3 sljall cxccutc jubgmcnts in tl)cc in anger
anb in fuxTi iinb in furious rebukes. J tl)e toxh Ijauc
sjjokcn it.

They that escaj^e of you shall remember me among the
nations whither they shall be carried captives, because I am broken
with their whorish heart, which hath departed from me, and with
their eyes which go a whoring after their idols: and they shall
loathe themselves for the evils which they have committed in all
their abominations. And they shall know that I am the Lord,

nnb tliat 5 l)auc not saib in imin tljat M rooulb bo tljis coil
unto tl)cm.

Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Also,
thou son of man, thus saith the Lord God unto the land of Israel ;
An end, the end is come upon the four corners of the land. Now
is the end come upon thee, and I will send mine anger upon thee,
and will judge thee according to thy ways, and will recompense
upon thee all thine abominations, ^nb luiuc C11C sl)all UOt SparC
tl)cc, ncitl)cr raill 3 \)avc pitn : but J u)iU recompense tl)n tDans
upon tijee, anb tl)ine abominations sl)aU be in tl)C mibst of
tljec: anb ne sljall knou) tl)at 3 am tl)e tlorb.

Thus saith the Lord God ; An evil, an only evil, behold, is
come. An end is come, the end is come : it watcheth for thee ;
behold, it is come. The morning is come unto thee, O thou that
dwellest in the land : the time is come, the day of trouble is near,
and not the sounding again of the mountains. Now will I shortly
pour out my fury upon thee, and accomplish mine anger upon thee :
and I will judge thee according to thy ways, and will recompense
thee for all thine abominations. And mine eye shall not spare,
neither will I have pity : I will recompense thee according to thy
ways, and thine abominations that are in the midst ofc thee ; aiib
ne sljall knoro tijat 3 am tl)e Corb tl)at smitetl).

The king shall mourn, and the prince shall be clothed with
desolation, and the hands of the people of the land shall be
troubled : T will do unto them after their way, auh accorbing tO
tljeir bescrts will 3 jubgc tl)em, and they shall know that I am
the Lord.

Then he said unto me. Hast thou seen this, son of man ?
Is it a light thing to the house of Judah that they commit the
abominations which they commit here ? for they have filled the land



Ezckiel,
vi. 9, 10.



Ezekiel,
vii. 1-9.



Ezek.-\ii. 27.



Ezekiel,
viii. 17, 18.



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Ezekiel, Ix.



Ezekiel,
xiv. I'J-'JI.



with violence, and have returned to provoke me to anger : and lo,
they put the branch to their nose. Therefore will I also deal in fury :
mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity : ailb t!)OUC|l)

tiKD crji in mine ears toitl) a \onb Doicc, net will i not l)car
Iljem.

He cried also in mine ears with a loud voice, saying. Cause
them that have charge over the city to draw near, even every man
with his destrojnng weapon in his hand. And behold, six men
came from the way of the higher gate, which lieth toward the
north, and every man a slaughter weapon in his hand ; and one
man among them was clothed with linen, with a writer's inkliorn
by his side : and they went in and stood beside the brazen altar.
And the glory of the God of Israel was gone up from the cherub
whereupon he was, to the threshold of the house. And he called
to the man clothed with hnen, which had the writer's inkhorn by
his side ; and the Lord said unto him. Go through the midst of the
city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the fore-
heads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations
that be done in the midst thereof.

And to the others he said in mine hearing, ©O |ie (iftCt him

tljrongl) tl)e cittj, m\b smite: let not nonreije spare, neither
l)atie ne pitn : slan ntterln olb axxb noung, botli maibs, anb
little rljilbren, an5 tDomeii: but come" not near anji man npon

tDl)Om is tlje mark ; and begin at my sanctuary. Then they began
at the ancient men which were before the house. And he said
unto them. Defile the house, and fill the courts with the slain : go
ye forth. And they went foi'th, and slew in the city.

And it came to pass while they were slaying them, and I was
left, that I fell upon my face, and cried, and said. Ah Lord God !
wilt thou destroy all the residue of Israel in thy pouring out of thy
fury upon Jerusalem?

Then said he unto me. The iniquity of the house of Israel and
Judah is exceeding great, and the land is full of blood, and the city
full of perverseness : for they say. The Lord hath forsaken the
earth, and the Lord seeth not. And as for me also, mine eiie sl)all

not spare, neither mill 1 l]a»e pitn, bnt 3 mil recompense
tl)cir mar) npon tljeir Ijea^. And U'liold, the man clothed with

liiK-n, which had the inkhorn by his side, reported the matter, saying,
I have done as thou liast commanded me.

The word of the Lord came again to me, saying. Son of man,
when the land sinneth against me by tresj)assing grievously, then
will I stretch out mine hand upon it, and will break the staff of the
bread thereof, and will send famine upon it, and will cut off man
and beast from it : though these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job,

were in it, tljeij sljonlb bcliuer but tl)eir oron souls bii tl)eir
riglllcouGUeos, saith the Lord God.

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spoil it, so that it be desolate, that no man may pass through be-
cause of the beasts : though these three men were in it, as I live,
saith the Lord God, they shall deliver neither sons nor daughters :
they only shall be delivered, but the land shall be desolate. Or if
I bring a sword upon that land, and say, Sword, go through the
land ; so that I cut off man and beast from it : though these three
men were in it, as I live, saith the Loid God, they shall deliver nei-
ther sons nor daughters, but they only shall be delivered themselves.
Or if I send a pestilence into that land, and pour out my fury upon
it in blood, to cut oft' from it man and beast : though Noah, T)aniel,
and Job were in it, as I live, saith the Lord God, tI)CJ] sljilll bc-

liocr ncitljcr son nor bangl)tcri tl)cii eljall but bcliucr tl)cir
ovon sonls bn tl)cir rigi)tco*"nsncQ5.

For thus saith the Lord God ; How much more when I send
my four sore judgments upon Jerusalem, the sword, and the fam-
ine, and the noisome beast, and the pestilence, to cut oft' from it
man and beast ?

And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying. Son of man.
What is the vine-tree more than any tree, or than a branch which
is among the trees of the forest ? Shall wood be taken thereof to
do any work ? or will men take a pin of it to hang any vessel
thereon ? Behold, it is cast into the ftre for fuel : the ftre devour-
eth both the ends of it, and the midst of it is burned. Is it meet
for any work ? Behold, when it was whole, it was meet for no
work : how much less shall it be meet yet for any work, when the
fire hath devoured it, and it is burned ?

Therefore thus saith the Lord God ; As the vine-tree among
the trees of the forest, which I have given to the fire for fuel, so
will I give the inhabitants of Jerusalem. And I will set my face
against them ; they shall go out from one fire, and another fire
shall devour tlieni ; and ye shall know that I am the Lord, when
I set my face against them. And I will make the land desolate,

because tl)cn l)aiic committcb a trespass, saith the Lord God.

Thy renown went forth among the heathen for thy beauty :
for it was perfect through my comeliness, which I had put upon
thee, saith the Lord God.

But thou didst trust in thine own beauty, and playedst the
harlot because of thy renown, and pouredst out thy fornications
on every one that passed by ; his it was

Wherefore, O harlot, hear the word of the Lord : thus saith
the Lord God ; Because thy filthiness was poured out, and thy na-
kedness discovered through thy whoredoms with thy lovers, and
with all the idols of thy abominations, and by the blood of thy
children, which thou didst give unto them ; behold, therefore, I
will gather all thy lovers, with whom thou hast taken pleasure,
and all them that thou hast loved, with all them that thou hast
hated ; 1 will even gather them round about against thee, and



Ezekiel, xv.



Ezekicl,
xvi. 14, 15,
35-13, 59.



21



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Ezekiel,
xviii.



will discover thy nakedness unto them, tliat they may see all thy

nakedness. QViib 3 toiU jubgc tl]cc, as tDomcii tl)nt" break tocb-
lock anb sl)cb bloob arc juogcii; and I will give thee blood in
fury and jealousy. And I will also give thee into their hand, and
they shall throw down thine eminent place, and shall break down
thy liigh places : they shall strip thee also of thy clothes, and
shall take thy fair jewels, and leave thee naked aiid bare. They
shall also bring up a company against thee, and they shall stone
thee with stones, and thrust thee through with their swords. And
they shall burn thine houses with fire, and execute judgments upon
thee in the sight of many women : and I will cause thee to cease
from playing the harlot, and thou also shalt give no hire any
more.

So will I make my fury toward thee to rest, and my jealousy
shall depart from thee, and I will be quiet, and will be no more
angry. Because thou hast not remembered the days of thy youth,
but hast fretted me in all these things ; bcljolb, tljcrcforc, S also

tuili recompense tljti toag ixpon tl)iue ijeab, saitl) tl)e £or5

Q5ob : and thou shalt not commit this lewdness above all thine
abominations For thus saith the Lord God ; 3

mill even beal toiti) tl]ec as tljoit l)ast hone, m\)ic\) Ijast be-
spiseb tl)e call) in breaking tljc eouenant.

The word of the Lord came unto me again, saying. What
mean ye, that ye use this proverb concerning the land of Israel,
saying. The fathei-s have eaten sour grapes, and the children's teeth
are set on edge ? As I live, saith the Lord God, ye shall not have
occasion any more to use this provei-b in Israel. Behold, all souls
are mine ; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is
mine : the soul that sinneth, it shall die.

But if a man be just, and do that which is lawful and right,
and hath not eaten upon the mountains, neither liath lifted up his
eyes to the idols of the house of Israel, neither hath defiled his
neighbour's wife, neither hath come near to a menstruous woman,
and hath not oppressed any, but hath restored to the debtor his
pledge, hath spoiled none by violence, hath given his bread to the
hungry, and hath covered the naked with a garment ; he that hath
not given forth upon usury, neither hath taken any increase, that
hath withdrawn his hand from iniquity, hath executed true judg-
ment between man and man, hath walked in my statutes, and hath
kept my judgments, to deal truly ; he is just, he shall surely hve,
saith the Lord God.

If he beget a son that is a robber, a shedder of blood, and that
docth the like to any one of these things, and thatdoeth not any of
tliose duties, but even hath eaten upon the mountains, and defiled
his neighbour's wife, hath oppressed the poor and needy, hath
spoiled by violence, hath not restored the pledge, and hath lifted
up his eyes to the idols, hath committed abomination, hath given



fortli upon usury, and hath taken increase: g()aU l)C tljClX litJC ?
I)e sljall not line : t)C IjatI) bone all tl)csc abominations ; l]C
sljall snrclt} bic : Ijis bloob sljall be upon Ijim.

Now lo, if he beget a son, that seeth all his father's sins
which he hath clone, and considereth, and doeth not such like, that
hath not eaten upon the mountains, neither hath lifted up his eyes
to the idols of the house of Israel, hath not defiled his neiglibour's
wife, neither hath oppressed an)^, hath not withholden the pledge,
neither hath spoiled by violence, but hath given his bread to the



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