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spend money for that which is not bread ? and your labour for that
which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that
which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness. JncUuc
20ur ear, anb come unto me : hear, and your soul shall live ;
and I will make an everlasting coueuaut with you, even the sure
mercies of David.

Seek 2e tl)e Corb toljile l)c man be fonnb, call jie upon

l)im loljile 1)C is near : let the wicked forsake his way, and the
unrighteous man his thoughts: and let hiin return unto the Lord,
and he will have mercy ujwn him; and to our God, for he will
abundantly pardon.

I have spread out my hands all the day unto a rebellious peo-
ple, tDi)icl) ujalketl) in a ujan tl)at toae not goob, after tl)eir

Oton tl)OUigl)t0; a people that provoketh me to anger continually
to my face.

Therefore will I number you to the sword, and ye shall all
bow down to the slaughter: because m[)cn S calleb, ne bib not

ansmeri when I spake, ye did not liear ; but did evil before mine

eyes, and bib cl)00se tijat U)l)crcin 3 beligljtcb not.

Yea, tljen Ijaue cljoscn tl)eir oton mags, and their soul de-

lighteth in their abominations. I also will choose their delusions,
and will bring their fears upon them ; because when I called, none
did answer.; when I spake, they did not hear : but they did evil
before mine eyes, and cl]OSC tijat in which I delighted not.

I will yet plead with you, saith the Lord, and with your chil-
dren's children will I plead. For pass over the isles of Chittim, and
see ; and send unto Kedar, and consider diligently, and see if there
be such a thing. Ilath a nation changed their gods, which are yet

no gods? but mn people l)auc djangeb tljcir glorn for tijat

U3l)icl) botl) not profit. Be astonished, ( ) ye heavens, at this, and
be horribly afraid, be ye very desolate, saith the Lord. For my
people have committed two evils; tl)ejl l)aiic forsaken mc tl}e
fountain of lining toaters, anb I)cu3cbll)em out cisterns, broken

cisterns, that can hold no water. Is Israel a servant i is he a home-
born slave ? why is he spoiled ?

Ilast thou not prOCUrcb tl)is unto tl)nself, in that thou hast
forsaken the Lord thy God, when he led thee by the way ?

3 l)ab planteb tl)cc a noble nine, ujljollg a rigl)t seeb :



iii. 20-2a,

Jer. iv. 14.

Jer. V. 3-5.

how then ail thou turned into the degenerate plant of a strange
vine unto me ?

Surely as a wife treacherously departeth from her husband, so
have ye dealt treacherously with me, O house of Israel, saith the

A voice was heard upon the high places, weeping and suppli-
cations of the children of Israel : for tl)C2 I)UI1C pctDcrtcb tl)Ciir
toag, and they have forgotten the Lord tlieir God. tlctUtU, ye
backsliding children, and I will heal your backslidings. Behold,
we come unto thee ; for thou art the Lord our God.

(© Icrusalcm, tonsl) l\)\nc l)cart from toickcbncsa, that

thou mayest be saved. How long shall thy vain thoughts lodge
within thee ?

O Lord, are not thine eyes upon the truth ? thou hast stricken
them, but they have not grieved ; thou hast consumed them, but

tljcji \)avc rcfuscb to rccciuc correction : tljci] Ijayc mabc tl)dr
faces l)oriicr tl)an a rock ; tl)C|i [)avc rcfuscS to return.

Therefore 1 said. Surely these are poor ; they are foolish : for
they know not the way of the Lord, nor the judgment of their God.
I will get me unto the great men, and will speak unto them ; for
they have known the way of the Lord, and the judgment of their

God : but tijcsc l)atic ttltogctl)cr broken tl)c jioke, unb burst tl)e

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, ^ut tijen siiib, iX)e roiU not roalk

tl)CreitX. Also I set watchmen over you, saying, Hearken to the

sound of the trumpet. J3ut tljen siiii, tOe roiU not Ijearken.

Therefore hear, ye nations, and know, congregation, what is
among them. Hear, 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 my law, but rejecteb it.

This thing commanded I them, saying, (Dben mn uoice, and
I will be your God, and ye shall be my people : and walk ye in all
the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto

you. But tl)cn l)earkeneb not, nor inclineb tljcir ear, but
toalkcb in tl)e counsels anb in tl)e imagination of tljcir euil

l)eart, and Avent backward, and not forward. Since the day that your
fathers came forth out of the land of Egypt unto this day, I have
even sent unto you all my servants the prophets, bailu risiucj Up

earln anh scnbing tl)em : net tl)cn Ijearkeneb not unto^me,
nor indincb tl)eir ear, but l)arbeneb tijeir neck : they did worse

tlian their fatliers. Therefore thou siialt speak all these words unto
them ; but they will not hearken to thee : thou shalt also call
unto them ; but they will not answer thee.

Why is this people of Jerusalem slidden back by a perpetual jer. viii. 5, 6.

vi. 16-19.

vii. 23-27.



Jer. viii. 22.

Jer. ix. 6.

Jer. xi. 9, 10.

Jer. xiii. 27.

' Jer. xvii. 23

xviii. 11-14.

Jer. xix. 15.

Jer. xxii. 21.

xxvi. 1-3.

backsliding? tl)Ctt l]oli5 fiXGt bcccit, they refuse to return. I heark-
ened and heard, but they spake not aright : no man repented him
of his wickedness, saying, What liave I done? cucvn OUC tlltucb

to l)is course, as tl)c l)orse ruslictl) into tl}c battle.

3s tl}erc no balm in (!3ileab ; is tl)erc no pljgsician tl)crc ?

why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered ?
Thine habitation is in the midst of deceit ; through deceit they

refuse to Unora tne, saith the Lord.

The Lord said unto me, A conspiracy is found among the men
of Judah, and among the inhabitants of Jerusalem. They are
turned back to the iniquities of their forefathers, U)l)icl} r^fuseb tO
l)ear tnjl tOOrbs ; and they went after other gods to serve them :
the house of Israel and the house of Judah Ijaue broken Utn
COUenant which I made with their fathers.

Wo unto thee, Jerusalem ! toilt tl)OU not be mabc dean ?

when shall it once be?

They obeyed not, neither inclined their ear, but tnabc tl)eir

neck stiff, tl)at tl^eji migl)t not l)ear, nor rereitJC instruction.

Go to, speak to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of
Jerusalem, saying. Thus saith the Lord ; Behold, I frame evil against
you, and devise a device against you : return pc UOU) CVCXn one

from l)is euil waji, arib make nour mans anh jiour boings

goob. And they said, (Jl]ere is no l)O^JC : but we will walk after
our own devices, and we will every one do the imagination of his
evil heart.

Therefore thus saith the Lord ; Ask ye now among the heathen,
who hath heard such things : the virgin of Israel hath done a very
horrible thing. Will a man leave the snow of Lebanon which
Cometh from the rock of the field ? or shall the cold flowing waters
that come from another place be forsaken ?

Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel ; Behold, I
will bring upon this city and upon all her towns all the evil that I

have pronounced against it, becausc tl)cn l^aue l^arbcneb tl)eir
necks, tliat tlieg migljt not Ijcar mg morbs.

I spake unto thee in thy prosperity ; bUt tl]OU saibst, 3 tDlU
not Ijear. This hath been thy manner from thy youth, that thou
obeyedst not my voice.

In the beginninof of the reia'n of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah
King of Judah came this word from the Lord, saying, Thus saith
the Lord ; Stand in the court of the Lord's house, and speak unto
all the cities of Judah, which come to worship in the Lord's house,
all the words that I command thee to speak unto them ; diminish
not a word : if so bc tljen mill l)earken, and turn every man



from his evil way, that I may repent me of the evil, which I pur-
pose to do unto them because of the evil of their doings.

Therefore now amcub jioiu" ujiins aixb jiour boings, and

obey the voice of the Lord your God ; and the Lord will repent
him of the evil that he hath pronounced against you.

Ye shall seek me, and find me, U)l}cn Jie sljall searcl) for me
roitl) nil tlOUr I) cart. And I will be found of you, saith the

This city hath been to me as a provocation of mine anger and
of my fury from the day that they built it even unto this day ; that
I should remove it from before my face, because of all the evil of
the children of Israel and of the children of Judah, which they
have done to prouokc tltC tO attgcr, the}^, their kings, their princes,
their priests, ami their prophets, and the men of .Judah, and the
inhabitants of Jerusalem. <T^nb tlictl l)iUiC tuvncb UlltO mc tl)e

back, aiib not tl)c face: tljouglj^J taugl)t tl)cm, rising np
carln anb tcacljing tl)em, net tijcn l)auc not Ijcarkeneb to re-
ccioe instruction.

I sent unto you all my servants the prophets, rising early and

sending them, saying, ®|), bo not tilis abominable tl)ing t\)at Jf

Ijate. But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear to turn from
their wickedness.

And he said unto me, Son of man, go, get thee unto the house
of Israel, and speak with my words unto them. For thou art not
sent to a people of a strange speech and of an hard language, but
to the house of Israel ; not to many people of a strange speech and
of an hard language, whose words thou canst not understand.
Surely, had I sent thee to them, they would have hearkened unto

thee. Out tl)c l)ouse of Jsracl toill not l)carkcn unto tl)ce ;
for tlien u3iU not Ijcarkcn unto me : for all tl)c Ijouse of Js-
rael are impubent anb l}arb-l)enrteb But

when I speak with thee, 1 will open thy mouth, arid thou shalt say
unto them. Thus saith the Lord God ; ^c tbat Ijcarctl), let l)im

hear; anb Ije tljat forbcaretl), let l)im forbear : for they are a

rebellious house.

Therefore, I will judge you, house of Israel, every one ac-
cording to his ways, saith the Lord God. Repent, and turn your-
selves from all your transgressions ; so iniquity shall not be your
ruin. Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have

transgressed: anb make 110U a neu) Ijeart anb a neto spirit:
for t»l)n U)ill ne bie, (l> l)ouse of Israel? For I have no pleas-
ure in the deatli of him that dieth, saith the Lord God: wherefore
turn yourselves, and live ye.

In the day that I lifted up mine hand unto them, to bring
them forth of the land of Egypt into a land tbat I had espied
for them, flowing with milk and honey, which is the glory of all

Jer. xxvi. 13.

xxix. 13, 14.

xxxii. 31-33.

Jer. xliv. 4, 5.

iii. 4-7, 27.

xviil. 30-32.

XX. G-8, 39.



xxiv. 13.

xxxiii. 1-11.

Ilosca, iv. C.

lands : then said I unto them, Cast ye away every man the abomi-
nations of his eyes, and defile not yourselves with the idols of
Egypt : I am the Lord your God. But tl)C^ tcbcllcb against
me, aiib tOOnlb not l)Carken unto mc : they did not every man
cast away the abominations of their eyes, neither did they forsake
the idols of Egypt : then I said, I will pour out my fury upon them
to accomplish my anger against them in the midst of the land of
Egypt As for you, O house of Israel, thus saith

the Lord God; (Qo jic, scruc iic cvcrx) onc l)is ibols, anb here-
after also, if 2e toiU not Ijcarken unto me : but pollute ye my

holy name no more with your gifts, and with your idols.

Because J l)aue purgcb tl)ee, anb tljou toast not purgcb,

thou shalt not be purged from thy filthiness any more, till I have
caused my fury to rest upon thee.

The 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

people, then, tDhosoeoer hcarcti) the sounb of thetrumiiet, anb
taketh notujarning; ifthestoorb rome anb take hint aman,
his bloob shall be upon his own heab. i)e hearb the soun"b
of the trumpet, anb took not uiarning ; his bloob shall be

upon hint. But he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul.
But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trum-
pet, 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 I 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,
anb toarn them from me. When I say unto the wicked, O
wicked man, thou shalt surely die ; if thou dost not speak to warn
the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity ;
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 lie 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 upon us, and we pine away in them, how should w-e 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
troni his way and live : turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways ; for
tohy tX)iU 2C bie, O house of Israel ?

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge : because
thou hast rejectcb knoralebge, I will also reject thee, that thou

lalt be

snaiL be no pnust to me : seeing thou liast forgotten the law of

thy God, I will also forget thy children.



They shall eat, and not have enoug-h : they shall commit
whoredom, and shall not increase : bccUUSC tl)Cl} IjUUC left off tO

lake l)CCii to tllC Corb My people avsk counsel

at their stocks, and their staft' declareth unto them : for the spirit
of whoredoms hath caused them to err, and they have gone a

whoring from under their God Ephraim is joined

to idols : let l)im alone.

drijen roill not frame tlieir boings to turn unto tl)eir

({3oi) : for the spirit of whoredoms is in the midst of them, and
they have not known the Lord.

Then shall we know, if toe folloVD on tO liUOtD tllC Covb :

his going forth is prepared as the morning ; and he shall come
unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.

Because Ephraim hath made many altars to sin, altars shall
be unto him to sin. I have written to him the great things of

my law, but tl)en tDcrc rounteb as a strange tl)ing.

They have deeply corrupted themselves, as in the days of
Gibeah ; therefore he will remember their iniquity, he will visit
their sins. I found Israel like grapes in the wilderness ; I saw
your fathers as the first-ripe in the fig tree at her first time : but
they went to Baal-peor, and sepai-ated themselves unto that shame ;

anh tl)cir abominations toere according as tl)en loueb.

My God will cast them away, because tijen bib not Ijearkcu
unto l)im : and they shall be wanderers among the nations.

I drew them with cords of a man, with bands of love : and
I was to them as they that take ofi' the yoke on their jaws, and I
laid meat unto them.

He shall not return into the land of Egypt, but the Assyrian

shall be his king, bccausc tljen refuseb to return. And the

sword shall abide on his cities, and shall consume his branches,
and devour them, bccause of tl)cir OUJU COUUSels. And my
people are bent tO backsUbiug from me : though they called
them to the Most High, none at all would exalt him.

Israel, tl)OU l)ast bcstl'Oneb tijnseif ; but in me is thine

For thus saith the Lord unto the house of Israel, Seek X)C mc,
anb ne sliall line.

Seek goob, anb not cuil, tljat gc mag lioe : and so the

Lord, the God of hosts, shall be with you, as ye have spoken.
Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish judgment in the
gate ; it may be that the Lord God of hosts will be gracious unto
the remnant of Joseph.

1 said. Surely thou wilt fear me, thou wilt receive instruction ;
so their dwelling should not be cut off, howsoever I punished them :

but tljejj rose carls, anb corrupteb all tijeir boings.

iv. 10, U, 17.

Hosea, v. 4.

Hosea, vi. 3.

viii. 11, 12.

ix. 9, 10.

Hosea, ix. 17.


xl. 4r-7.

xiii. 9l

Amos, V. 4.

V. 14, 15.

Zeph. iii.




Hag. ii. 17.

Zech. 1. 1-4.

vii. 8-12.

Mai. ii. 1, 2.

Mai. iii. 7.

iii. I'J-Jl.

Iii. 31, 32.

V. 30, iO.

I smote you with blasting and with mildew and with hail in
all the labours of your hands; get JIC turucb not to mc, saith the

In the eighth month, in the second year of Darius, came the
word of the Lord unto Zechariah, the son of Barachiah, the son
of Iddo the prophet, saying, The Lord hath been sore displeased
with your fathers. Therefore, say thou unto them, Thus saith the
Lord of hosts ; SEurit 11C untO mc, saith the Lord of hosts, anb
3 toill turn ixnto nou, saith the Lord of hosts. Be ye not as
your fathers, unto whom the former prophets have cried, saying.
Thus saith the Lord of hosts ; Turn ye now from your evil ways,
and from your evil doings : but they did not hear, nor hearken
unto me, saith the Lord.

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-
press not the widow, nor the fatherless, the stranger, nor the poor ;
and let none of you imagine evil against his brother in your

Cut tl)cn rcfuscb to l)carkcn, anh pullcb atoan tl)c
sl)onlJicr, anb stoppcb tl)cir cnrs, tl)nttl)cii sl)oulb not1)car.
l^ca, tlicii mabc tijcir l}ciirts as an abamaut stone, lest they

sliould hear the law, and the words which the Lord of hosts hath
sent in his Spirit by the former prophets : therefore came a great
wrath from the Lord of hosts.

And now, O ye priests, this commandment is for you. 3f gC

roiil not l)car, iinb if gc ujill not Ian it to Ijcart, to give glory

unto my name, saith the Lord of hosts, I will even send a curse
upon you, and T will curse your blessings ; yea, I have cursed them

already, bccausc gc bo not ian it to i)cart.

Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from
mine ordinances, and have not kept them. HctUtU untO mc, anb
3 toill return unto nou, saith the Lord of hosts.

This is tlie condemnation, that light is come into the world,

anb men loueb barkness ratl)er tl)an ligljt, because tijeir

beebs roere euil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light,
neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But
lie that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made
manifest, that they are wrought in God.

He that cometh from above is above all : he that is of the
earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth : he that cometh from
heaven is above all. And what he hath seen and heard, that he

te-stifieth ; aub no man receinetl) l)is tcstimonn.

Search the scriptures ; f tr in them ye think ye have eternal
lif'-: and they are they which testify of me. ^nb nc toill UOt

come to mc, tijat jie migljt l)at)c life.



And lie entered again into the synagogue ; and there was a
man there toljicl) Ijab il U)ill)crcb l)anb. And they watched him,
whether he would heal him on the sabbath-day ; that they might
accuse him. And he saith imto the man which had the withered
hand, Stand forth. And he saitli unto them, Is it lawful to do
good on the sabbath-days, or to do evil ? to save life, or to kill? but
they held their peace. And when he had looked round about on
them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts, he
saith unto the man, Strctcl) fortl) tl)ine l)anb. And he stretched
it out : and his hand was restored whole as the other.

'!Xsk, and it shall be given you ; gcck, and ye shall find ;
knock, find it shall be opened unto you : for every one that asketh,
receiveth ; and he that seeketh, findeth, and to him that knocketh,
it shall be opened.

Whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, awh bocti) tf)Cnt,
I will liken him unto a tDlSC ninit, which built his house upon a
rock : and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds
blew, and beat upon that house ; and it fell not : for it was founded
upon a rock.

And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, attb boetl)
lljem not, shall be likened unto a foolisl) mUU, which built his
house upon the sand : and the rain descended, and the floods came,
and the winds blew, and beat upon that house ; and it fell : and
great was the fall of it.

From the days of John the Baptist until now tl)C kiugbom

of Ijcaweu enffcrctli violence, anb tl)c uiolcnt take it bn force.

Then began he to upbrclib the cities wherein most of his
mighty Avorks were done, bccnusc tl)Cn rc;]CUtcb not.

AVo unto thee, Chorazin! wo unto thee, Hethsaida ! for if the
mighty works which were done in you had been done in Tyre and

Sidon, tlicn ujoulb []avc rcpcntcb long ago in sackcloth and

ashes. Hut I say unto you. It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and
Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you. And thou, Caper-
naum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to
hell : for if the mighty works which have been done in thee, had
been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But
I say unto you. That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom
in the day of judgment, than for thee.

(tome unto mc, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and
I will give you rest. (Jakc mn nokc upon non, and learn of me :
for I am meek and lowly in heart ; and ye shall find rest unto your

He spake also this parable: A certain man had a fig-tree
planted in his vineyard; anb l)c camc anb sougljtfruit tljcrcon,

anb founb none. Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard,

iii. 1-5.


vii. 24-27.

Matt. xi. 12.

xi. 20-24.

xi. 28, 29.

xiii. 0-9.



xiii. 10-15.

xviii. 7-9.

viii. 18.

X. 5, 12-15.

viii. 34-37.

Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig-tree, and
find none : cut it down ; why curnbereth it the ground ? And he
answering, said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall
dig about it, and dung it : a\\b if it bcnr fruit, U)cU ; anh if not,
tl)en after lljat tljou sljalt cut it bomn.

And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest
thou unto them in parables ? He answered and said unto them,
Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom
of heaven, but to them it is not given, j^or tDl)050CtJer l)iUl], tO
l)iltt stjall be giocu, and he shall have more abimdance : but

u)l)osocucr l)atl] not, from l)im sl)nU be taken axaa^ even tl)at

l)e l)iTtl). Therefore speak I to them in parables: because tlicn

seeing, see not; anb Ijearing, tljen l)car not; neither do they

understand. And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which
saith. by hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand ; and see-
ing ye shall see, and shall not perceive : for this people's heart is
waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, oud tl)eir CJ}es
tl)e|} Ijaue closeb ; lest at any time they should see with their
eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their
heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.

Take heed therefore how ye hear : for toljOSOeoer f]atl), tO

l)im sl)all be ginen; anb toljosocuer Ijath not, from l)im sljall
be taken euen tljat toliicl) Ije seemetl) to l)aiie.

These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying,

When ye come into a house, salute it. And if the

house be worthy, let your peace come upon it : but if it be not worthy,

let your peace return you. ^nb u)l)05ocner sljall not reccioc

XiOllf nor l}ear nour UJOrbs, when ye depart out of that house or
city, shake oft" the dust of your feet. Verily I say mito you. It
shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the
day of judgment than for that city.

And wlien he had called the people unto him with his disciples

also, he said unto them, iDI)osoeuer ujill comc after me, let l)im
bcnn l)imself, anb take np I)i5 cross, aiib foUou) me. i^i-

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