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hungry, and hath covered the naked with a garment, that hath
taken off his hand from the poor, that hath not received usury nor
increase, hath executed my judgments, hath walked in my statutes ;
he shall not die for the iniquity of his father, he shall surely live.
As for his father, because he cruelly oppressed, spoiled his brother
by \'iolence, and did that which is not good among his people, lo,
even he shall die in his iniquity.

Yet say ye, Why ? doth not the son bear the iniquity of the
father ? When the son hath done that which is lawful and right,
and hath kept all my statutes, and hath done them, he shall surely
live. The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear
the iniquity of the father, neither shall tlie father bear the ini<|uity

of the son : tl)c rigljtcousncss of tl]c riglitcons sl)all be npon
l)im, a\\b tl)c toickcbncss of tl)c toickcb sljall be npon l)im.

But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath com-
mitted, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and
right, he shall surely live, he shall not die. All his transgressions
that he hath committed, the}^ shall not be mentioned unto him : in
his righteousness that he hath done he shall live. Have I any
pleasure at all that the wicked should die ? saith the Lord God :
and not that he should return from his ways, and live ? But
when the righteous turneth away from his righteousness, and com-
mitteth inicjuity, and doeth according to all the abominations that
the wicked man doeth, shall he live ? All his righteousness that
he hath done shall not be mentioned : in his trespass that he hath
trespassed, and in his sin that he hath sinned, in them shall he
die.

Yet ye say, The way of the Lord is not equal. Hear now,
O house of Israel ; Is not my way equal ? are not your ways un-
equal ? When a righteous man turneth away from his righteous-
ness, and committeth iniquity, and dieth in them ; for his ini(|uit3'
that he hath done, shall he die. Again, when the wicked man
turneth away from his wickedness that iie hath comiiiitted, and
doeth that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive.
Because he considereth and turneth awav from all his transgressions
that he hath committed, he shall surely live, he shall not die. Yet
saith the house of Israel, The way of the Lord is not equal. O
house of Israel, are not ray ways equal ? are not your ways un-
equal ?



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Ezck. XX. 11.



Ezekiel,
XX. 30-38.



Ezekiel,
xxii. 13, 14.



Ezokicl,
xxii. 'JfJ-'M.



a;i)crcfon% 3 toill jitbgc tiou, (D l)onsc of Israel, cvcxia

one nccOfbing to l)is tuajIS, saith the Lord God. Repent, and
turn yourselves from all your transgressions ; so iniquity shall not
be your ruin. Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye
have transgressed : and make you a new heart and a new spirit :
for why will ye die, O house of Israel ? For I have no pleasure in
the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord God : wherefore turn
yourselves, and live ye.

I gave them my statutes, and shewed them my judgments,
Xa\)id) if (t man bo, he shall even live in them.

Say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord God ; Are
ye polluted after the manner of your fathers ? and commit ye whore-
dom after their abominations ? For when ye offer your gifts, when
ye make your sons to pass through the fire, ye pollute yourselves
with all your idols, even unto this day : and shall I be inquired of
by you, O house of Israel ? As I live, saith the Lord God, I will
not be inquired of by you. And that which cometh into your
mind shall not be at all, that ye say, We will be as the heathen, as
the families of the countries, to serve wood and stone.

As I live, saith the Lord God, surely with a mighty hand, and
with a stretched-out arm, and with fury poured out, will I rule over
you : and I will bring you out from the people, and will gather you
out of the countries wherein ye are scattered, with a mighty hand,
and with a stretchedout arm, and with fury poured out. And I
will bring you into the wilderness of the people, an^ l\)CXC toiU J
plcab toitl) 1}0U face to face. Like as I pleaded with your fathers
in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so will I plead with you,
saith the Lord God. And I will cause you to pass under the rod,
and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant : and I will
purge out from among you the rebels, and them that transgress
against me : I will bring them forth out of the country where they
sojourn, 'and they shall not enter into the land of Israel : and ye
shall know that I am the Lord.

Behold, I have smitten mine hand at thy dishonest gain Avliich
thou hast made, and at thy blood which hath been in the midst

of thee, (ilan tl)inc l)cavt enbnrc, or can ti)inc l)anbs be
strong, in tl)c ham tljat 3 sljall beal toitl) tl)ce? I the Lord
have spoken it, and will do it.

The people of the land have used oppression, and exercised
rol)bory, and have vexed the poor and needy : yea, they have op-
pressed the stranger wrongfully. And I sought for a man among
them, that sliould make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before
me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.
Therefore, have I poured out mine indignation upon them ; I have
consumed them with the fire of my wrath ; tl)cir Oiun tDilll l)aye
K recompcnocb upon tljeir l)cabs, saith the Lord God.



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Again in the ninth year, in the tenth month, in the tenth day
of the month, the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Son of
man, write thee the name of the day, even of this same day : the
king of Babylon set himself against Jerusalem this same day. And
utter a parable unto the rebellious house, and say unto them, Thus
saith the Lord God ; Set on a pot, set it on, and also pour water into
it ; gather the pieces thereof into it, even every good piece, the thigh,
and the shoulder ; fill it with the choice bones. Take the choice
of the flock, and burn also the bones under it, and make it boil well,
and let them seethe the bones of it therein.

Wherefore thus saith the Lord God ; Wo to the bloody city, to
tne pot whose scum is therein ; and whose scum is not gone out of

it ! bring it out piece bti piece ; let no lot fall upon it. 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 ; that it might
cause fury to come up to take vengeance ; I have set her blood
upon the top of a rock, that it should not be covered. Therefore
thus saith the Lord God ; Wo to the bloody city ; I will even make
the pile for fire great. Heap on wood, kindle the fire, consume the
flesh, and spice it well, and let the bones be burned. Then set it
empty upon the coals thereof, that the brass of it may be hot, and
may burn, and that the tilthiness of it may be molten in it, that
the scum of it may be consumed. She hath wearied herself with
lies, and her great scum wont not forth out of her : her scum shall
be in the fire. In thy filtliiness is lewdness : because I have |)urged
thee, and thou wast not purged, tl)OU sl)alt not bc purgeli from
tl)n filtl)iness ann more, till 3 Ijauc rauseb mij furn to rest

upon tl)ee. I the Lord have spoken it : it shall come to pass, and

I will d.i it ; J laill not go back, neitl)er will 3 spare, neitl}er
tDill J repent; according to t!)n roans, anii according to tijn
boings, sl)aU tl)en juiige tljee, saith the Lord God.

Again tlie word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Son of
man, speak to the children of thy people, and say unto them. When
I bring the sword upon a land, if the people of the land take a
man of their coasts, and set him for their watchman : if when
he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet,
and warn the ju-opie ; then, whosoever heareth the sound of the
trumpet, and taketh n(tt warning ; if the sword come and take him
away, his blood shall be upon his own head. He heard the sound
of the trumpet, and took not warning ; his bli^od shall be upon him.
But he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul. But if the
watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the
people be not warned ; if the sword come, and take any person
from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity ; but his blood
will T require at the watchman's hand.

So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the
house of Israel ; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth,



Ezekiel,
xxiv. 1-14.



Ezekiel,
xxxiii. 1-iO.



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Dnn. ix. 1-14,



and warn tliem from me. When I say unto the wicked, wicked
man, thou shalt surely die ; if thou dost not speak to warn the

wicked from his way, tl)at toiclicb man sl}nll bic in l)is inic|mtn ;

but his blood will I require at thine hand. Nevertheless, if thou
warn the wicked of his way to turn from it ; if he do not turn
from his way, he shall die in his iniquity ; but thou hast delivered
thy soul.

Therefore, O thou son of man, speak unto the house of Israel ;
Thus ye speak, saying. If our transgressions and our sins be u}X)n
us, and we pine away in them, how should we then live ? Say
unto them, As I live, saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in
the death of the wicked , but that the wicked turn from his way
and live : turn ye, turn ye from your eAdl ways ; for why will ye
die, O house of Israel ?

Therefore, thou son of man, say unto the children of thy peo-
ple. The righteousness of the righteous shall not deliver him in the
day of his transgression ; as for the wickedness of the wicked, he
shall not fall theieby in the day that he turneth from his wickedness ;
neither shall the righteous be able to live for his righteousness in
the day that he sinneth. When I shall say to the righteous, that
he shall surely live ; if he trust to his own righteousness, and com-
mit iniquity, all his rigliteousnesses shall not be remembered ; but for
his iniquity that he hath committed, he shall die for it. Again,
when I say unto the wicked. Thou shalt surely die ; if he turn from
liis sin, and do that which is lawful and right ; if the wicked restore
the pledge, give again that he had robbed, walk in the statutes of
life, without committing iniquity ; he shall surely live, he shall not
die. None of his sins that he liath committed sh;ill be mentioned
unto him : he hath done that which is lawful and right ; he shall
surely live.

Yet the children of thy people say. The way of the Lord is not
equal : but as for them, their way is not equal. When the right-
eous turneth from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, he
shall even die thereby. But if the wicked turn from his wickedness,
and do that which is lawful and right, he shall live thereby.

Yet ye say. The way of Lord is not equal. (T) jic l)OnSC of

Israel, 3 mil jubigc non cucrn one after Ijis mam.

In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of the seed
of the Meiles, which was made king over the i-ealni of the Chal-
deans; in the first yeai' of his leign, I Daniel understood by books
the number of the years, whereof the word of the Lord came to
Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in
the desolations of Jerusalem.

And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and
supj)lications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes : and I prayed
unto the Lord my God, and made my confession, and said, O Lord,
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them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments ;
we iiave sinned, and have committed iniquit}', and have done wick-
edly, and have rebelled, even by departing from thy precepts and
from thy judgments : neither have w^e hearkened unto thy servants
the prophets, which spake in thy name to our kings, our princes,
and our Withers, and to all the people of the laud. 0, Lord, rigl)t-
COnsncss bdoiigctl) unto tl)CC, but unto us confusion of ftices, as
at this day; to the uit-n of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jeru-
salem, and unto all Israel, that are near, and that are far otl, through
all the countries whither thou hast driven them, because of their
trespass that they have trespassed against thee. O Lord, to us be-
longeth confusion of fece, to our kings, to our princes, and to our
fathers, because we have sinned against thee. To the Lord our
God belong mercies and forgivenesses, though we have rebelled
against him ; neither have we obeyed the voice of the Lord our
God, to walk in his laws, which he set before us by his servants the
prophets. Yea, all Israel have transgressed thy law, even by de-
parting, that they might not obey thy voice; tl)Cl"cforc tl)C Cixrse

is pourcb upon us, anb tl)c outl) tljiU is VDvittcu in tl)i: iavo of
iUoscs tl)c scriHint of («J?ob, because voc \)avc sinncli against
l)im. '^nh [)c Ijatl) confirmcb Ijis ujorbs, U3l)icl) l)c "spake
against us, anh against our jubges tljat jubgeb us, l>y bring-
ing upon us a great evil : for under the whole heaven hath not been
done as hath been done upon Jerusalem. As it is written in the
law of Moses, all this evil is come upon us : yet made we not our
prayer before the Lord our God, that we might turn from uur in-
iquities, and understand thy truth. (ZTljerefore l]atl) tl)e ilovh

roatcljeb upon tlie euil, a\ib brougl)t it upon us: for tl)c £orb
our 0ob is rigljteous in all l)is U)ori\s xo\)id) Ije iJoetl) : for roe
obeneb not l)is uoicc.

My peo[)le are destroyed for lack of knowledge : because thou
hast reject»!d knowledge, 3 tDlU also reject tl)Ce, that thou shalt
be no priest to me : seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God,
3 roill also forget tlin cl)illiren. As they were increased, so they
sinurd against nie : therefure will I change their glory into shame.
Tliev eat up the sin of my people, and they set their heart on their
iniquity. And there shall be, like people, like priest: aiib 3 toiU
punisi) tl)cm for tl)eir roans, anh reroarb tl)em tl)eir boings.

They will not fiame their doings to turn unto their God: for
the spirit of whoredoms is in the midst of them, and they have not
known the Lord. And the pride of Israel doth testify to his face :
tljerefore sljall Jsrael iwib (!:pl)raim fall in tlicir iniquitu;

Judah also shall fall with them. They sliall go with their tiocks
and with their herds to seek the Lord; but tljet} sljall UOt fiub

l)im ; l)e Ijatl) U)itl)brau3n Ijimself from tl)em.

When I would have healed Israel, then the iniquity of Ephraim
was discovered, and tlie wickedness of Samaria : for they commit



Hosea,
iv. 6-9.



Hosea,
V. 4-6.



Hosea,
vii. 1, 2.



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Hosea, ix. 9.



Hosea, xii. 2.



Hosea,
xii. 14.



Hosea,

xiii. 1-8.



Joel, iii. 4-8.



Arao3,il.4,.'>,



falsehood ; nnd the thief cometh in, and the troop of robbers spoileth
without. And they consider not in their hearts, that Jf rcmcntbcr
all tijcir toickcbncss : now their own doings have beset them
about ; they are before my face.

They have deeply corrupted themselves, as in the days of

Gibeah : therefore l)c u)iil rcmcmbcr tl)cir iniqititu, l)c txjill nisit
tijcir sins.

The Lord hath also a controversy with Judah, a\\b tDlll IJUUlsl)
Jacob rtCCOrbinQ to Ijis tDfl2]S; according to his doings will he
recompense him.

Ephraim provoked him to anger most bitterly : therefore shall
he leave his blood upon him, and |)ig reproaci) sljall l)is £ori!>

return unto l)im.

When Ephraim spake trembling, he exalted himself in Israel ;
but when he oifended in Baal, he died. And now they sin more
and more, and have made them molten images of their silver, and
idols according to their own understanding, all of it the work of
the craftsmen : they say of them. Let the men that sacrifice kiss the
calves. Therefore they shall be as the morning cloud, and as the
early dew that passeth away, as the chatf that is driven with the
whirlwind out of the floor, and as the smoke out of the chimney.
Yet I am the Lord thy God from the land of Egypt, and thou shalt
know no God but me : for there is no saviour beside me.

I did know thee in the wilderness, in the land of great drought.
According to their pasture, so were they filled ; they were filled,
and their heart was exalted: therefore have they forgotten me.

®l)crcforc 3 toiU be unto tl)cm as a lion : as a Icoparb bn the
U3ati u)iU S obscruc tl)cm. J will meet tl)em as a bear tl)tit is
ber"eaueb of l)er mlielps, anh u)ill renb tl)e caul of tl)eir l)eart,
anb tljcre m[[3 beuour tljem like a lion: tlje wilb beast 5l)all
tear lljem.

Yea, and what have ye to do with me, Tyre, and Zidon, and
all the coasts of Palestine ? will ye render me a recompense ? and
if ye recompense me, suiiftln lux^ s^ceiiilti will 3 return uour

recompense upon JlOUr Oion l)eali; because ye have taken my
silver and my gold, and have carried into your temples my goodly
])leasaiit things. The children also of Judah and the children of
Jerusalem have ye sold unto the Grecians, that ye might remove
them far from their border. ]iehold, I will raise them out of the

place whither ye have sold them, a\\b uiiU return nour recom-
pense upon nour Oron l]eab: and I will sell your sons and your
daiighti-rs into the band of the chiMren of Judah, and they shall
sell them to the Sabeans, to a people far ott': for the Lord hath
spoken it.

Thus saitli (he Lord ; For tliree transgressions of Judah, and

for four, 3 m[[[ not turn auian tl)e punishment thereof: because
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commandments, and their lies caused them to err, after the which
their fathers have walked : but I will send a fire ujDon Judah, and
it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem.

Thus he shewed me : and behold, the Lord stood upon a wall
made by a plumb-line, with a plumb-line in his hand. And the
Lord said unto me, Amos, what seest thou ? and I said, A ]>lumb-
line. Then said the Lord, Bcl)olb, 3 laill SCt rt plumb-liuc ill

tl)c mibst of mil people Jsracl : M mil not ttgain pass bn
tl)Cm nun more: and the high places of Isaac shall be desolate,
and the sanctuaries of Israel shall be laid waste ; and I will rise
against the house of Jeroboam with the sword.

The Lord hath sworn by the excellency of Jacob, SurelD 3

toill neuer forget anji of tl)cir roorks.

Shall not the land tremble for this, and every one mourn that
dwelleth therein ? and it shall rise up Avholly as a flood ; and it
shall be cast out and drowned, as by the flood of Egypt. And it
shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord God, that I will cause
the sun to go down at noon, and I will darken the earth in the clear
day : and I will turn your feasts into mourning, and all your songs
into lamentation ; and I will bring up sackcloth upon all loins, and
baldness upon every head ; and I will make it as the mourning of
an only son, and the end thereof as a bitter day.

I saw the Lord standing upon the altar : and he said, Smite
the lintel of the door, that the posts may shake : and cut them in
the head all of them ; and I will slay the last of them with the
sword : he that fleeth of them shall not flee away, and he that es-
capeth of them shall not be delivered. dTljOUgl) tlietl big iutO

licll, ti)cnce sljall mine l)anb take tl)em ; tl)ougl] tljeTi climb up
to l)eiuien, tl]cncc 101115 bring tl)em botun: anb tliongi) tl)et}
l)ibc tljemsclues in tl)e top of ^Tarmcl, 3 voill searcl) anb take
tl}em out tlience; anb tl)ongl) tl)eij be l)ib from mii sigljt in
tl)e bottom of tl)e sea, tijence roill J commanb tl)e serpent, nnb
lie sl)aU bite tl)em : and though they go into ca])tivity before their
enemies, thence will I command the sword, and it shall slay them :
and I will set mine eyes upon them for evil, and not for good.

Behold, the eyes of the Lord God are upon the.sinful kingdom,
and I will destroy it from off the face of tlie earth ; saving that I
will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob, saith the Lord. For lo,
I will command, and I will sift the house of Israel among all na-
tions, like as corn is sifted in a sieve, yet shall not the least grain
fall \i\wn the earth. 'IXll tl)e sinners of mn people sljall bic bn
tl)e smorb, voljicl) san, (l[)c euil sl)all not ouertake nor prc-
oent ns.

The day of the Lord is near upon all the heathen : as tl]OlT
l)ast bone, it sljall be bone nntO t\)CC: thy reward shall re-
turn upon thine own head.



Amos,
■\ii. 7-'J.



Amos,
fiii. 7-10.



Amos,
ix. 1-4.



Amos,
ix. 8-10.



Obadiah, 15.



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Micah,
vi. 10-] 5.



Naliutn,
i. l-<5.



Zeph.iniah,
i. 1-2-18.



Are there yet the treasures of wickedness in the house of the
wicked, and the scant measure that is abominable ? Shall I count
them pure with the wicked balances, and with the bag of deceitful
weights ? For the rich men thereof are full of violence, and the
inhabitants thereof have spoken hes, and their tongue is deceitful in

their mouth. (Jljcrcforc, iilso txjill 3 make tl)cc sick in smiting
tl)cc, in making tl)cc bcsolatc because of tljii sins. Thou shalt

eat, but not be satisfied ; and thy casting down sliall be in the
midst of thee ; and thou shalt take hold, but shalt not deliver ;
and that which thou deliverest will I give up to the sword. Thou shalt
sow, but thou shalt not reap ; thou shalt tread the olives, but thou shalt
not anoint thee with oil ; and sweet wine, but shalt not drink wine.

The burden of Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum
the Elkoshite.

(Soil is jealous, an'b tl)e Corb reucngetl) ; the Lord re-

vengeth, and is furious ; the Lord will take vengeance on his ad-
versaries, and he reserveth wrath for his enemies. The Lord is
slow to anger, and great in power, anb tDlll not at all acquit tl)C
toickcb : the Lord hath his way in the whirlwind and in the
storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet. He rebuketh the
sea, and maketh it dry, and drieth up all the rivers : Bashan lan-
guisheth, and Carmel, and the flower of Lebanon languisheth.
The mountains quake at him, and the hills melt, and the earth is
burned at his presence, yea, the world, and all that dwell therein.
Who can stand before his indicfnation ? and who can abide in the
fierceness of his anger ? his fury is poured out like fire, and the
rocks are thrown down by him.

It shall come to pass at that time, that 3 ttlill searcl) iTetU-

salem toitl) canbles, anb ;)unisl] tl)c men tl)at are settleb on
tl)eir lees : tljat san in tijeir l)eart, <^[)C i.oxh mil not bo

goob, neitlier will l)e bo euil. Therefore, their goods shall be-
come a booty, and their houses a desolation : they shall also build
houses, but not inhabit them ; and they shall plant vineyards, but
not drink the wine thereof.

The great day of the Lord is near, it is near, and hasteth
greatly, even the voice of the day of the Lord : the mighty man
shall cry there bitterly. . That day is a day of wrath, a day of
trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of
darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness, a day
of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities, and against the
high towers. And I will bring distress upon men, that they shall

walk like blind men, because tljcji l)aiie sinneb against tl)e

Corb : and their blood shall be poured out as dust, and their llesh
ius the dung. Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to
deliver them in the day of the Lord's wrath ; but the whole land
shall be devoureil by the fire of his jealousy : for he shall make
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The just Lord is in the inidst thereof; |)e toiU not ho iuiouitO •
every morning doth he bring his judgment to hght, he faileth noT :
but the unjust knoweth no sliame.

I have cut off the nations : their towers are desolate ; I made
their streets waste, that none passeth by : their cities are destroyed,
so that there is no man, that tliere is none inhabitant. I said,
Surely thou wilt fear me, thou wilt receive instruction ; so their
dwelling should not be cut off, howsoever I punished them ; but
they rose early, and corrupted all their doings.

Therefore, wait ye upon me, saith the Lord, until the day that

I rise up to the prey : for iitti bctcrmimuiou is to gatl)cr tl)C
nations, tl)at 3 man assemble tije kingboms, to ponr n|)on
tl)em mine inbignation, even all mn tierce anger : for all the

earth shall be devoured with the fire of my jt;alousy.

The word of the Lord came unto Zechariah, saying. Thus
speaketh the Lord of hosts, saying, Execute true judgment, and
shew mercy and compassions every man to his brother : and op-



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