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The Lord testified against Israel, and against Judah, by all the
prophets, and by all the seers, saying. Turn ye from your evil ways,
and keep my commandments, and my statutes, according to all the
law which I commanded your fathers, and which I sent to you by
my servants the prophets. Notwithstanding, they would not hear,
but hardened their necks, like to the neck of their fothers, tl)at

bib not belieoe in tlje £orb tijcir (!5ob. And they rejected his

statutes, and his covenant that he made with their fathers, and
his testimonies which he testified against them ; and they followed
vanity, and became vain, and went after the heathen that were
round about them, concerning whom the Lord had charged them,
that they should not do like them. '^\ib tl)Cn left all tl)C COm-
tnanbmentS of t\)C £orb ll)cir ©ob, and^made them molten
images, even two calves, and made a grove, and worshipped all the
host of heaven, and served IJaal. And they caused their sons and
their daughters to pass through the fire, and used divination and
enchantments, and sold themselves to do evil in the sight of the
Lord, to provoke him to anger.

Therefore the Lord was very angry with Israel, and removed
them out of his sight : there was none left but the tribe of Judah
only. Also Judairkcpt not tl)C commanbmcntS of the Lord their
God, but walked in the statutes of Israel which they made. And
the Lord rejected all the seed of Israel, and afflicted them, and
delivered them into the hand of spoilers, until he had cast them
out of his sight.

1 Kinsrs,
XX. 35, 36.

2 Kinpts,
xvii. 13-dO.



ix. 13-17.

Neh. ix. 96.

Job, xviil. 21.

xxi. 14, 15.

Job, xxiv. 13.

xxxi. 2t>-28.

XXX iv. 26, 27.

Ps. ii. 1-3.

Paalra v. 10.

Psalm ix. 17.

Psalm X. 4.

Thou earnest down also upon mount Sinai, and spakest with
them from heaven, and gavest them right judgments, and true laws,
good statutes and commandments : and madest known unto them
thy holy sabbath, and comraandedst them precepts, statutes, and
laws, by the hand of Moses thy servant : and gavest them bread
from heaven for their hungei-, and broughtest forth water for them
out of the rock for their thirst, and promisedst them that they should
go in to possess the land which thou hadst sworn to give them.

But they and our fathers dealt proudly, and hardened their

necks, and Ijcarkeitcb ttot to tl)2 commanbmcnts, anb refused

to obej}, neither were mindful of thy wonders that thou didst
among them ; but hardened their necks, and in their rebellion ap-
pointed a captain to return to their bondage :

They were bisobcbient, and rebelled against thee, and cast
thy law behind their backs, and slew thy prophets which testified
against them to turn them to thee, and they wrought great provo-

Such are the dwellings of the wicked, and this is the place of
him tijat knotoetl) not ©ob.

^[]cn 002 unto (5ob, ^Depart from txs ; for we desire not

the knowledge of thy ways. What is the Almighty, that we
should serve him ? and what profit should we have, if we pray unto

They are of those that rebel against tl)e Ugl]t; tl)en knoto

not tl)e roariS tl)ereof, nor abide in the paths thereof.

If I beheld the sun when it shined, or the moon walking in
brightness ; and my heart hath been secretly enticed, or my mouth
hath kissed my hand : this also were an iniquity to be punished by

the judge : for 3 sl)oul5 Ijaoe bcnicb tlje i3o^ tl)at is above.

He striketh them as wicked men in the open sight of others ;
because they tnrneb back from l)im, and would not consider any
of his ways.

Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain
thing ? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take
counsel together, against the Lord, and against his Anointed, saying,

Cet us break tl)eir banbs asunbcr, anb cast ami^ tl)cir corbs
from us.

Destroy thou them, O God ; let them fall by their own coun-
sels ; cast them out in the multitude of their transgressions ; for

they have rcbcllcb against tl)ee.

The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations tl)at
forget (Sob.

The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not
seek after God : ©ob is not in all l)is tl)0ngl)t3.



The fool hath said in his heart, Tliere is no God. They are
corrupt, they liave done abominable woi'ks, there is none that doeth
good. The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of
men, to see if there were any tljiU bib UUbcrGtrtub, ailb SCck
©ob. They are all gone aside, tliey are all together L)ecome filthy :
there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Have all the workers
of iniquity no kllOVDlcbgc? who eat up my people as they eat
bread, and call tlOt U^JOU tl)C £orb.

Their sorrows shall be multiplied tl)at Ijasteil oftcr aiXOtljCr


1331)0 can nnbcrstanb l]is errors ? cleanse thou me from

secret fiUlltS. Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous
sins ; let them not ha\e dominion over me : then shall I be upright,
and I shall be innocent from the sfreat transgression.

Because they regarb not tl)C UJOrUs of tl)e £orb, nor the
operation of his hands, he shall destroy them, and not build
them up.

The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, that

tijcre is no fear of (J?ob befare Ijis ejies. For he flattereth

himself in his own eyes, until his iniquity be found to be hateful.

Unto the wicked God saith. What hast thou to do to declare
my statutes, or that thou shouldest take my covenant in thy mouth ?
seeing thou hatest instruction, and castest tnjl tDOrbs bel)inb


Why boastest thou thyself in mischief, O mighty man ? .
. . . . God shall destroy thee forever, he shall take thee away,
and pluck thee out of thy dwelling-place, and root thee out of the
land of the living. Selah. The righteous also shall see, and fear,
and shall laugh at him : lo, this is the man tl)at mube not (Sob
l)is Strengtl) ; but trusted in the abundance of his riches, and
strengthened himself in his wickedness.

Lo, they that are from thee shall perish : thou hast destroyed

all them tljat go a roljoring ivom t\)cc.

He established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in
Israel, which he commanded our fatliers, that tliey should make
them known to tlieir children : that the jjeneration to come miofht
know them, even the children which should be born : who should
arise and declare them to their children : tijat tl)C11 tnigl)t SCt tl)cir

l)opc in (5ob, anb not forget tl)c toorks of ^ob, bnt keep l)is

COmmanbmentS: and might not be as their fathers, a stubborn
and rebellious generation ; a generation that set not their heart
aright, and whose spirit was not steadfast with God.

The childien of Ephraim, being armed, and carrying hows,
turned back in the day of battle. (J|)cn kept not tl)e COUCnaUt

of (5ob, nub rcfnscb to toalk in IjTs \am ; an^ f.ugat I)i5

Ps. xiv. 1-1.

Ps. xvi. 4.

xix. li, 13.

Ps. xxviii. 5.

xxxvi. 1, 2.

Ps. 1. 16, 17.

Hi. 1, 5-7.

Ps. Ixxiii. 27

Ixxviii. 5-2-?,
32-37, 40-42.





Ps. Ixxix. G.

Ixxxi. 8-15.

tDOvks, aiib jiis uionbcrs that l)c l)ab sljcroeb tl)cm. Marvel-
lous things did lie in the sight of their fathers, in the land of
Egypt, in the field of Zoan. He divided the sea, and caused them
to pass through ; and he made the waters to stand as an heap. In
the day-time also he led them with a cloud, and all the night with
a light of fire. He clave the rocks in the wilderness, and gave
them drink as out of the great depths. He brought streams also out
the rock, and caused waters to run down like rivers. '!Xu5 tl)Ctl

sinncb net more against Ijim by ^jronoking tl)c iWosi t)iglj
in tijc mlbcvncss. Qlnb tlicn tcm^itcb ©ob in tijcir i)cart bn

asking meat for tl)Cir lust. 'Yea, they spake against God ; they
said, Can God furnish a table in the wilderness ? Behold, he smote
the rock, that the waters gushed out, and the streams overflowed ;
can he give bread also ? can he provide flesh for his people ? There-
fore the Lord heard this, and was wroth : so a fire was kindled
against Jacob, and anger also came up against Israel ; bccausc tl)ei1

belieucb not in (Pob, anb trnstcb not in l)is salnation : . . "
. . . For all this tljctt siuncb Still, awh bclicucb not for [lis
tDOnbrouS tOOrks. Therefore their days did he consume in vanity,
and their years in trouble. When he slew them, then they sought
him : and they returned and inquired early after God. And they re-
membered that God was their Rock, and the high God their Re-
deemer. Nevertheless they did flatter him with their mouth, and
they lied unto him with their tongues, i^or tl)cir l)Cart toas not

rigl)t toitl) l)im, ncitljer mere tljcy stcabfast in l)is coucnant.

How oft did they provoke him in the wildei -

ness, and grieve him in the desert! Yea, tl)cri turucb back anb

tcmptcb ©ob, mib limitcb tl)e ^oln CDn"c of isi-acl. They

remembered not his hand, nor the day when he delivered them from

the enemy They tem])ted and provoked the most

high God, and kept UOt l)is testimonies : but turned back, and
dealt unfaithfully like their fathers : they were turned aside like a
deceitful bow. For they provoked him to anger with their high
places, and moved him to jealousy with their graven images.
When God heard this, he was wroth, and greatly abhorred Israel.

Pour out thy wrath upon the heathen tljat []avc not knoOJU
tl)ee, and upon the kingdoms tl)at l)auc uot calleb upou tl)l}

Hear, my people, and I will testify unto thee : O Israel, if
thou wilt hearken unto me; tljere sljall no Strange gob be in
tl]ee; neitljer sljalt tljou uiorsl)ip ann strange gob. 3 am tl]e
torb tl)|i <fSob rDl)icl) brought tliee out' of tl)c lanb of
(Ognpt: open tl)ij moutl) roibe, anb 3 mill ftll it !3ut mn
people moulb not l)earken to mn noice ; anb Israel moulb

none of me. S(> I gave them up unto their own hearts' hist : and
they walked in their own counsels. Oh that my people had heark-
ened unto me, and Israel had walked in my ways ! I should soon



have subdued their enemies, and turned ray hand against their ad-
versaries. The haters of the Lord should have submitted them-
selves unto him : but their time should have endured forever.

g[l)CB knou) not, ncitl)cr mill tljcji uniicrstanb : they walk
on in darkness : all the foundations of the earth are out of course.

If his children forsakc mi} hlOJ, and walk not in my judg-
ments ; if they break my statutes, and keep not my command-
ments ; then will I visit their transgression with the rod, and their
iniquity with sti-ipes.

Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and said.
It is a people that do err in their heart, axib tljcn l)avc ItOt kltOtDtt
mn tDU^S ' "'^to whom I sware in my wrath, that they should not
enter into my rest.

We have sinned with our fathers, we have committed ini-
quity, we have done wickedly. Our fathers utlbcrstoob UOt tl)n
ttJOniera in Cgppt ; they remembered not the multitude of thy
mercies, but provoked him at the sea, even at the Red sea. . .
.... k\)c\) forgat ©oii tl)cir saoionr, tDl)icl) l)ni bone

QXCal tljings in'QJgnpt; wondrous works in the land of Ham,
and terrible things by the Ked sea. Therefore he said that he
would destroy them, had not Moses his chosen stood before him in
the breach, to turn away his wrath, lest he should destroy them.

Yea, tlien bcspioeb tl)c ^jlcasant lunb, tl)cti bcUcucIi not l)is

roorb : but murmured in their tents, and hearkened not unto the
voice of the Lord. Therefore he lifted up his hand against them,
to overthrow them in the wilderness.

Because they rcbcUcb agninst tl)c roorbs of (5ob, anb

COntcmncb tl}C counsel of tl)C iHost i)igl) : therefore he brought
down their heart with labour ; they fell down, and there was none
to help.

Thou hast rebuked the proud that are cursed, ml)icl) bo Crr

from tl)j] commanbmcnts.

Horror hath taken hold upon me because of the wicked that
forscikc tl)n Into.

I have seen an end of all perfection : but tl)Tj commiinbmcnt

is e?cccebing broab.

They draw nigh that follow after mischief: tl)Cn ilXC fax from

tl)n laro.

Salvation is far from the wicked : for tl)Cll scck not tl)2

I beheld the transgi-essors, and was grieved ; because tl)Cli kc|]t
not tljn roorb.

Whoso bcspiscti) tl)C tDOrb shall be destroyed: but he that
feareth the commandment shall be rewarded.

Pa. Ixxxii. 5.


xcv. 10, 11.


cvi. 6, 7,


evil. 11, 12.

Ps. cxix. 21.
Ps. cxix. 53.
Ps. cxix. 96.
Ps. cxix. 150.
Ps. cxix. 155.
Ps. cxix. 158.
Prov. xiii. 13.



Prov. xxi. 4,

Prov. xxi. 27.

Prov. xxi V. 9.

xxviii. 9.

Ecc. viii. 13.

Is. i. 2-4.

Is. i. 23, 24.

Isaiah, i. 28.

Isaiah, iii. 8.

Is. V. 13, 14.

Isaiah, V. 24.

An high look, and a proud heart, nub tl)C plongl)ing of t\]C
roickeb, is sin.

®l)c sacrifice of tlie tDickcb is abomination : how much

more, when he bringeth it with a wicked mind ?

SljC tl)OUgl)t of foolisljncss is sin: and the scorner is an
abomination to men.

He that turnetl] auja^ l)is car from Ijcaring tlje lato, even

his prayer shall be abomination.

Tt shall not be well with the wicked, neither shall he prolong

his days, which are as a shadow; bccause l)e fcaretl) not before

Hear, heavens, and give ear, earth : for the Lord hath
spoken ; I have nourished and brought up children, and tl)cn
l)aye rcbcUeb against me. The ox knoweth his owner, and the
ass his master's crib: but Ssracl boti) not knotD, my people
doth not consider.

Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evil-
doers, children that are corrupters ! they have forsilkcn l\]C £orb,
they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, tljeg are

gone ama^ backtoarb.

Thy princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves : every
one loveth gifts, and folio weth after rewards : they judge not the
fatherless, neither doth the cause of the widow come unto them.
Therefore saith the Lord, the Lord of hosts, the mighty One of
Israel, Ah, I will ease me of mine abucrsarics, and avenge me

of mine enemies.

The destruction of the transgressors and of the sinners shall
be together, and they that forsakc t\)C £orb shall be consumed.

Jerusalem is ruined, and Judah i-s fallen : because their tongue
and their doings are against tl)e Corb, to provoke the eyes of his

Therefore my people are gone into captivity, bccausc tl)en
l]aue no knotulcbge : and their honourable men are famished, and
tlieir multitude dried up with tliirst. (JI}erefore hell hatli enlarged
herself, and opened her mouth without measure : and their glory,
and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall
descend into it.

As the fire devoureth the stubble, and the flame consumeth
the chaff, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom

shall g.) up as dust: bccausc tljcu l)aue cast atoan tl)c \avo of
tlie liorb of l)osts, anb bespiscb tl)e morb of tl)"e t)ohi (Due
of Israel.



The people turncti) UOt ttlttO l)im tljat smitctl) tl)Cm, neither
do they seek the Lord of hosts. Therefore the Lord will cut oft'
from Israel head and tail, branch and rush, in one day.

Because thou hast forgotten tl)c (55ob of tl)n sahnitiott, anb
Ijast not been tninbful of tl)e Uock of tl)n strengtl), therefore

shalt thou plant pleasant plants, and shalt set it with strange slips :
in the day shalt thou make tliy plant to grow, and in the morning
shalt thou make thy seed to flourish : but the harvest shall be a
heap in the day of grief and of desperate sorrow.

The earth is defiled under the inlialiitants thereof; because

they have transgressed tl]e laujs, cl)angeb tl)e ordinance,
broken tl)e cuerUisting conenant.

It is a people of no nnbcrsttinbing : therefore he that made
Ihem will not have mercy on them, and he that formed them will
shew them no favour.

Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and
with their lips do honour me, but [)iwc remoucb tljeir \)cavt far
from me, axib tl)eir fear toraarb me is taugl)t bn tl]e precept

of men : therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvellous work
among this people, &c.

Wo to tl)e rebellious cl]ilbren, saith the Lord, tliat take
counsel, but not of me; anb tl)at couer raitl] a coucring, but

not of mil Spil"it, that tlu-y may add sin to sin: tl)at Ujalk tO gO

boron into t!:gupt, anb l}aue not askeb at mu mouti); to
strengtljen tin'mselues in tl]e strengtl] of Pbaraol), anh to

trust in tile Sljabom of G!gnpt! Therefore shall the strength of
I'haraoh be ycnir shame, and the trust in the shadow of Egypt

your confusion

Now go, write it before them in a table, and note it in a book,
that .it may be for the time to come forever and ever: that this is

a rebellious people, lying children, dplbren tl)at U3ill not l)ear

tl]e laU3 of tlje t!orb : which say to the seers. See not; and to the
jirophets, I'rophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth
things, prophesy deceits: get you out of .the way, turn aside out of
the path, cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us.
Wherefore thus saith the Holy One of Israel, jgecauSC UC bcspise
tl)is UJOrb, and trust in oppression and perverseness, and stay tliereon :
therefore this iniquity shall be to you as a breach ready to f;dl,
swelling out in a high wall, whose breaking cometh suddenly at an


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 tl)ej} look UOt UUtO tlje

i^oln (Due of Jsrael, ncUljcr seek tl)c tov^ !

Who gave Jacob for a spoil, and Israel to the robbers ? did not
the Lord, he against whom we have sinned? for tljeu tDOulb

l8. ix. 13, U.

xvii. 10, II.

Is. xxiv. 5.

Is. xxvii 11.

Is. xxix. 13,


XXX. 1-3,


Is. xxxi. 1.

Is. xlii. 24.




Is. xlv. 20.

Isaiab, 1. 11.

Isaiah, Iv. 7.

Is. lix. 12,13.

Is. Ixv. 2.

Jer. I. IC.


11.4-!), 13-19,


not voaWi in l)is roa^s, ncitl)cr tocre tl)C2 obebicnt unto bis

They that make a gi-aven image are all of them vanity ; aiul
their delectable things shall not profit: and they are their own
witnesses ; tl)C2 3CC UOt, nor knou) ; that they may be ashamed.

(Jlicg l)auc not Unoron nor unbcrstoob:

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

Assemble yourselves and come ; draw near together, ye that
are escaped of the nations: they have no knOBolcbge that set up the
wood of their graven image, and pray unto a god that cannot

Behold, all ye that kindle a fire, that compass yourselves about

with sparks: ujajk iu tl)c ligl)t of |ioiir fire, anb in i[)c sparks

tl)at gC l)niic kinblcb. This shall ye have of mine hand ; ye shall
lie down in sorrow.

Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man Ijis
tl)OUgl)tS : Hnd let him return unto the Lord, and he will have
mercy upon him.

Our transgressions are multiplied before thee, and our sins tes-
tify against us : for our transgressions are with us ; and as for our

iniquities, we know them; in transgressing anb Itiing against
tl)e Corb, anb bcparting aroaji from our <5ob7-^p<^'iiki"g* q>

pressioii and revolt, conceiving and uttering from the heart words
of falsehood.

I have spread out my hands all the day unto a rebellious
people, which walketh in a way that was not good, after tl)cir

ouju tl)ougl)ts.

I will utter my judgments against them touching all their
wickedness, roljo l)aiie forsaken me, ^md have burned incense unto
other gods, and worshipped the works of their own hands.

Hear ye the word of the Lord, O house of Jacob, and all the
families of the house of Israel :

Thus saith the Lord, What iniquity have your fathers found in
me, that they are gone far frOlU inc, ainl liavc walkt^d after vanity,
and are become vain? ?Ceitl)cr saib tl)en, U3l)cre is tl)e l!orb
that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, that led us througli
the wilderness, through a land of deserts and of pits, through a land



of drought, and of the shadow of death, through a hind that no
man passed through, and where no man dwelt ? And I brought
you into a plentiful country, to eat the fruit thereof and the good-
ness thereof; but when ye entered, ye defiled my land, and made
mine heritage an abomination. ®|)c pricstS Silib UOt, i*UI)CrC is
tlje liorb? and they that handle the law kucU) mc UOt : the pas-
tors also transgressed against me, and the prophets prophesied by
Baal, and walked after things that do not profit.

Wherefore I will yet plead with you, saith the Lord. , . .
. . . My people have committed two evils ; they have fox-
Srtkcn tnc the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cis-
terns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.

Is Israel a servant ? is he a home-born slave ? why is he
spoiled ? The young lions roared upon him, and yelled, and they
made his land waste : his cities are burned without inhabitant.
Also the children of Noph and Tahapanes have broken the crown
of thy head. Hast thou not procured this unto thyself, in tl)rtt
ll]ori Ijast forsaken tl)C Corb tl)n (Bob, when he led thee by the
way j And now what hast thou to do in the way of Egypt, to
drink the waters of Sihor? or what hast thou to do in the way of
Assyria, to drink the waters of the river? Thine own wickedness
shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee : know
therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter, tl)rtt tl)On l)ast

forsaken tl)c Corb tl)n (5ob, anb tljat mn fear is not in tijee,

saith the Lord God of hosts

Saying to a stock, Thou ai't my father ; and to a stone, Thou

hast brought me forth : for tijcn l)auc tnrncb tljeir back unto me,

anb not tijcir face : but in the time of their trouble they will say.
Arise, and save us. But where are thy gods that thou hast made
thee ? let them arise, if they can save thee in the time of thy trouble :
for according to the number of thy cities are thy gods, O Judah.
Wherefore will ye plead with me ? ye all have transgressed against
me, saith the Lord. In vain have I smitten your children ; they
received no correction : your own sword hath devoured your proph-
ets, like a destroying lion.

O generation, see ye the word of the Lord. Have I been a
wilderness unto Israel? a land of darkness ? toliereforc sail ntj}

people, lX)e are loi-bs ; rae uiiU come no more unto tl)ce ?" Can

a maid forget her urnaineiits, or a i)ride her attire f Jiet mil nconlc

l)auc forgotten me bans witljout number.

Only acknowledge thine iniquity, that thou hast trausgresscb
against tl)e JLorb tl)11 l!3ob, and hast scattered thy ways to the
strangers under every green tree, and ye |)at>e not obeueb mu
UOice, saith the Lord.

Surely as a wife treacherously departeth from her husband, so
have ye dealt treacherously with me, house of Israel, saith the
Lord. A voice was heard upon the high places, weeping and sup-

Jer. iii. 13.

iii. iJO-25.

Jer. iv. 22.

v. 19-24.

vi. 10, 16-49.

Jer. viii. 6-9.

plications of the children of Israel : for they have perverted their
way, and they have forgOttClt tl)C toxh tl)cir (5oi>. Return, ye
backsliding children, and I will heal your backslidings. Behold,
we come unto thee ; for thou art the Lord our God. Truly in vain
is salvation hoped for from the hills, and from the multitude of
mountains : truly in the Lord our God is the salvation of Israel.
For shame hath devoured the labour of our fathers from our youth ;
their flocks and their herds, their sons and their daughters. We
lie down in our shame, and our confusion covereth us : for we have
sinned against the Lord our God, we and our fathers, from our

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