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God's irrevocable judgments.

EZEKIEL. God's love to Jerusalem. live, saith the Lord God, they shall deliver

CHAP. XVI. neither sons nor daughters; they only shall GAIN the word of the LORD came

17 | Or if I bring a sword upon that 2 Son of man, cause Jerusalem to know land, and say, Sword, go through the land; her abominations, so that I cut off man and beast from it: 3 And say, Thus saith the Lord God unto

18. Though these three men were in it, Jerusalem; Thy birth and thy nativity is as I live, saith the Lord God, they shall of the land of Canaan; thy father was an deliver neither sons nor daughters, but Amorite, and thy mother å Hittite. they only shall be delivered themselves. 4 And as for thy nativity, in the day thou

19 T Or if I send a pestilence into that wast born thy navel was not cut, neither wast land, and pour out my fury upon it in thou washed in water to supple thee; thou blood, to cut off from it man and beast: wast not salted at all, nor swaddled at all.

20 Though Noah, Daniel, and Job, were 5 None eye pitied thee, to do any of in it, as I live, saith the Lord God, they these unto thee, to have compassion upon shalt deliver neither son nor daughter; thee; but thou wast cast out in the open they shall but deliver their own souls by field, to the loathing of thy person, in the their righteousness.

day that thou wast born. 21 For thus saith the Lord God; How 6 ? And when I passed by thee, and much more when I send my four sore judg - saw thee polluted in thine own blood, I said ments upon Jerusalem, the sword, and the unto thee when thou wast in thy blood, famine, and the noisome beast, and the pes- Live ; yea, I said unto thee when ihou wast tilence, to cut off from it man and beast? in thy blood, Live.

22 | Yet, behold, therein shall be left 7 1 have caused thee to multiply as the a remnant that shall be brought forth, both bud of the field, and thou hast increased sons and daughters: behold, they shall and waxen great, and thou art come to ercome forth unto you, and ye shall see cellent ornaments: thy breasts are fashiontheir way and their doings : and ye shall ed, and thy hair is grown, whereas thou be comforted concerning the evil that I wast naked and bare. have brought upon Jerusalem, even con- 8 Now when I passed by thee, and lookcerning all that I have brought upon it. ed upon thee, behold, thy time was the

23 And they shall comfort you, when ye time of love; and I spread my skirt over see their ways and their doings; and ye thee, and covered thy nakedness: yea, I shall know that I have not done without sware unto thee, and entered into a corecause all that I have done in it, saith the nant with thee, saith the Lord God, and Lord God.

thou becamest mine. CHAP. XV.

9 Then washed I thee with water; yea, A. ND the word of the Lord came unto I thoroughly washed away thy blood from me, saying,

thee, and I anointed thee with oil. 2 Son of man, What is the vine-tree 10 I clothed thee also with broidered more than any tree, or than a branch which work, and shod thee with badgers' skin, is among the trees of the forest?

and I girded thee about with fine linen, 3 Shall wood be taken thereof to do any and I covered thee with silk. work ? or will men take a pin of it to bang 11 I decked thee also with ornaments, any vessel thereon?

and I put bracelets upon thy hands, and 4 Behold, it is cast into the fire for fuel; a chain on thy neck. the fire devoureth both the ends of it, and 12 And I put a jewel on thy forehead, the midst of it is burned. Is it meet for and ear-rings in thine ears, and a beautiful

crown upon thy head. 5 Behold, when it was whole, it was 13 Thus wast thou decked with gold and meet for no work : how much less shall it silver; and thy raiment was of fine linen, be meet yet for any work, when the fire and silk, and broidered work; thou didst hath devoured it, and it is burned? eat fine flour, and honey, and oil; and thou

6. Therefore thus saith the Lord God; wast exceeding beautiful, and thou didst As the vine-tree among the trees of the prosper into a kingdom. forest, which I have given to the fire forfuel, 14 And thy renown went forth among so will I give the inhabitants of Jerusalem. the heathen for thy beauty: for it was per

7 And I will set my face against them; fect through my comeliness, which I had they shall go out from one fire, and another put upon thee, saith the Lord God. fire shall devour them; and ye shall know 15 1 But thou didst trust in thine own that I am the Lord, when I set my face beauty, and playedst the harlot because of against them.

thy renown, and pouredst out thy fornica8 And I will make the land desolate, tionson everyone that passed by; bisit was. because they have committed a trespass, 16 And of thy garments thou didst take, saith the Lord God.

and deckedst thy high places with divers

any work?

The whoredoms of Jerusalem. CHAP. XVI. God's judgments on net. colours, and playedst the harlot thereup- not been as a harlot, in that thou scornest on: the like things shall not come, neither bire; shall it be so.

32 But as a wife that committeth adul17 Thou hast also taken thy fair jewels tery, which taketh strangers instead of her of my gold and of my silver, which I had husband! given thee, and madest to thyself images 33 They give gifts to all whores: but of men, and didst commit whoredom with thou givest thy

its to all

lovers, and them.

hirest them, that they may come unto thee 18 And tookest thy broidered garments, on every side for thy whoredom. and coveredst them: and thou hast set 34 And the contrary is in thee from mine oil and mine incense before them. other women in thy whoredoms, whereas

19 My meat also which I gave thee, none followeth thee to commit whoredoms: fine flour, and oil, and honey, wherewith and in that thou givest a reward, and no 1 fed thee, thou hast even set it before reward is given unto thee; therefore thou them for a sweet savour: and thus it was, art contrary. saith the Lord God.

35 [ Wherefore, 0 harlot, hear the 20 Moreover, thou hast taken thy sons word of the LORD: and thy daughters, whom thou hast borne 36 Thus saith the Lord God; Because unto me, and these hast thou sacrinced thy filthiness was poured out, and thy naunto them to be devoured. Is this of thy kedness discovered through thy whorewhoredoms a small matter,

doms with thy lovers, and with all the idols 21 That thou hast slain my children, of thy abominations, and by the blood of and delivered them to cause them to pass thy children, which thou didst give unto through the fire for them?

them; 22 And in all thine abominations and 37 Behold, therefore, I will gather all thy whoredoms thou hast not remembered thy lovers, with whom thou hast taken the days of thy youth, when thou wast pleasure, and all them that thou hast loved, naked and bare, and wast polluted in thy with all them that thou hast hated; I will blood.

evengather them roundabout against thee, 23 And it came to pass, after all thy and will discover thy nakedness unto them, wickedness, (wo, wo unto thee! saith the that they may see all thy nakedness. Lord God,)

38 And I will judge thee, as women 24 That thou hast also built unto thee that break wedlock and shed blood are an eminent place, and hast made thee a judged; and I will give thee blood in fury high place in every street.

and jealousy. 25 Thou hast built thy high place at 39 And I will also give thee into their every head of the way, and hast made thy hand, and they shal! throw down thine beauty to be abhorred, and hast opened eminent place, and shall break down thy thy feet to every one that passed by, and high places: they sha!! strip thee also of multiplied thy whoredoms.

thy clothes, and shall take thy fair jewels, 26 Thou hast also committed fornica- and leave thee naked and bare. tiou with the Egyptians thy neighbours, 40 They shall also bring up a company great of flesh; and hast increased thy against thee, and they shall stone thee wboredoms, to provoke me to anger. with stones, and thrust thee through with

27 Behold, therefore I have stretched their swords. out my hand over thee, and have diminish- 41 And they shall burn thy houses ed thine ordinary food, and delivered thee with fire, and execute judgments upon unto the will of them that hate thee, the thee in the sight of many women: and I daughters oi the Philistines, which are will cause thee to cease from playing the ashamed of thy lewd way.

harlot, and thou also shalt give no hire 28 Thou hast played the whore also any more. with the 'ossyrians, because thou wast un- 42 So will I make my fury toward thee satiable; yea, thou hast pilayed the harlot to rest, and my jealousy shall depart from with them, and yet couldesi not be satisfied. thee, and I will be quiet, and will be no

29 Thou hast, moreover, multiplied thy more angry. fornication in the land of Canaan unto 43 Because thou hast not remembered Chaldea; and yet thou wast not satisfied the days of thy youth, but hast fretted me berewith.

in all these things; behold, therefore, I also 30 How weak is thy heart, saith the will recompense thy way upon thy head, Lord God, seeing thou doest all these saith the Lord God: and thou shalt not things, the work of an imperious, whorish coinmit this lewdness above all thine woman;

abominations. 31 In that thou buildest thine eminent 44 | Behold, every one that useth proplace in the head of every way, and makest verbs shall use this proverb against thee, ihy high place in every street; and hast saying, As is the mother, sois her daughter. God's judgment on Jerusalem. EZEKIEL. The two eagles and the orne.

45 Thou art thy mother's daughter, 59 Foi thus saith the Lord God; I will that loatheth her husband and her children; even deal with thee as thou hast done, and thou art the sister of thy sisters, which which hast despised the oath in breaking loathed their husbands and their children: the covenant. your inother wus a Hittite, and your fa- 60 | Nevertheless, I will remember my ther an Amorite.

covenant with thee in the days of thy 46 And thine elder sister is Samaria, youth, and I will establish unto thee an she and her daughters that dwell at thy everlasting covenant. left hand : and thy younger sister, that 61 Then thou shalt remember thy ways, dwelleth at thy right hand, is Sodom and and be ashamed, when thou shalt receive her daughters.

thy sisters, thine elder and thy younger : 47 Yet hast thou not walked after their and I will give them unto thee for daughways, nor done after their abominations : ters, but not by thy covenant. but as if that were a very little thing, thou 62 And I will establish my covenant with wast corrupted more than they, in all thy thee; and thou shalt know that I am the ways.

LORD: 48 As I live, saith the Lord God, Sodom 63 That thou mayest remember, and be thy sister hath not done, she nor her daugh- confounded, and never open thy mouth ters, as thou hast done, thou and thy any more because of thy shame, when I am daughters.

pacified toward thee for all that thou hast 49 Behold, this was the iniquity of thy done, saith the Lord God. sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and


ND her daughters, neither did strengthen me, saying, the hand of the poor and needy.

2 Son of man, put forth a riddle, and 50 And they were haughty, and com- speak a parable unto the house of Israel; mitted abomination before me : therefore 3 And say, Thus saith the Lord God; I took them away as I saw good. A great eagle with great wings, long-wing

51 Neither hath Samaria committed halfed, full of feathers, which had divers auof thy sins : but thou hast multiplied thine lours, came unto Lebanon, and took the abominations more than they, and hast highest branch of the cedar: justified thy sisters in all thine abomina- 4 He cropped off the top of his young tions which thou hast done.

twigs, and carried it into a land of trafic; 52 Thou also, which hast judged thy he set it in a city of merchants, sisters, bear thine own shame for thy sins 5 He took also of the seed of the land, that thou hast committed more abominable and planted it in a fruitful field; ha placed than they : they are more righteous than it by great waters, and set it as a willow. thou : yea, be thou confounded also, and tree. bear thy shame, in that thou hast justified 6 And it grew, and became a spreading thy sisters.

vine of low stature, whose branches turned 53 When I shall bring again their cap- toward him, and the roots thereof were tivity, the captivity of Sodom and her under him: so it became a vine, and daughters, and the captivity of Samaria brought forth branchics, and shot forth and her daughters, then will I bring again sprigs. the captivity of thy captives in the inidst of 7 There was also another great eagle them :

with great wings and many feathers : and 54 That thou mayest bear thine own beheld, this vine did bend her roots toshame, and mayest be confounded in all ward him, and shot sorth her branches tothat thou hast done, in that thou art a com- ward him, that he might water it by the fort unto them.

furrows of her plantation. 55 When thy sisters, Sodom and her 8 It was planted in a good soil by great daughters, shall return to their former waters, that it might bring forth branches, estate, and Samaria and her daughters shall and that it might bear fruit, that it might return to their former estate, then thou and be a goodly vine. thy daughters shall return to your former 9 Say thou, Thus saith the Lord God; estate.

Shall it prosper? shall be not pull up the 56 For thy sister Sodom was not men- roots thereof, and cut off the fruit thereof, tioned by thy mouth in the day of thy pride, that it wither? it shall wither in all the

57 Before thy wickedness was disco- leaves of her spring, even without great vered, as at the time of thy reproach of power or many people to pluck it up by the daughters of Syria, and all that are the roots thereof. round about her, the daughters of the Phi- 10 Yea, behold, being planted, shall it listines, which despise thee round about. prosper? shall it not utterly wither, when

58 Thou hast borne thy lewdness and the east wind toucheth it? it shall wither in thine abominations, saith the Lord. the furrows where it grew

The main, saying,

The cedar of the gospel promised. CHAP XVIII. God's justice in puna sling.

11 | Moreover the word of the LORD made the dry tree to flourish : I the LORD came unto me, saying,

have spoken and have done it. 12 Say now to the rebellious house,

CHAP. XVIII. Know ye not what these things mean? Tell THE word of the Lord came unto mo them, Behold, the king of Babylon is come to Jerusalem, and hath taken the king 2 What mean ye, that ye use this prothereof, and the princes thereof, and led verb concerning the land of Israel, saying, them with him to Babylon ;

The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and 13 And hath taken of the king's seed, the children's teeth are set on edge? and made a covenant with him, and hath 3 As I live, saith the Lord God, ye

shall taken an oath of him: he hath also taken not have occasion any more to use this prothe mighty of the land:

verb in Israel. 14 That the kingdom might be base, 4 Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul that it might not list itself up, but that by of the father, so also the soul of the son is keeping of his covenant it might stand. mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.

15 But he rebelled against him in send- 5 1 But if a man be just, and do that ing his ambassadors into Egypt, that they which is lawful and righi, might give him horses and much people. 6 And hath not eaten upon the mounShall he prosper? shall he escape that do- tains, neither bath lifted up his eyes to the eth such things? or, shall he break the idols of the house of Israel, neither hath covenant, and be delivered?

defiled his neighbour's wife, neither bath 16 As 1 live, saith the Lord God, surely come near to a menstruous woman, in the place where the king dwelleth that 7 And hath not oppressed any, but hath made him king, whose oath he despised, restored to the debtor his pledge, hath and whose covenant be brake, even with spoiled none by violence, hath given his him in the midst of Babylon he shall die. bread to the hungry, and hath covered the

17 Neither shall Pharaoh,with his mighty naked with a garment; army and great company, make for him in 8 He that hath notgivenforth upon usury, the war, by casting up mounts, and build- neither hath taken any increase, that halk ing forts, to cut off many persons: withdrawn his hapd from iniquity, hathexe

18 Seeing he despised the oath by cuted true judgment betweenmanand man, breaking the covenant, when lo, he had 9 Hath walked in my statutes, and hath given his hand, and hath done all these kept my judgments, to deal truly; he is just, things, he shall not escape.

be shall surely livé, saith the Lord God. 19 Therefore thus saith the Lord God; 10 | If he beget a son that is a robber, As I live, surely mine oath that he hath a shedder of blood, and that doeth the like despised, and my covenant that he hath to any one of these things, broken, even it will I recompense upon his 11 And that doeth not any of those duown head.

ties, but even hath eaten upon the moun20 And I will spread my net upon him, tains, and defiled his neighbour's wife, and he shall be taken in my snare, and I 12 Hath oppresse: the poor and needy, will bring him to Babylon, and will plead hath spoiled by violence, hath not restored with him there for his trespass that he hath the pledge, and hath lifted up his eyes to trespassed against me.

the idols, hath committed abomination, 21 And all his fugitives with all his 13 Hath given forth upon usury, and bands shall fall by the sword, and they hath taken increase : shall he then live? that remain shall be scattered toward all he shall not live: he haih done all these winds: and ye shall know that I the LORD abominations; he shall surely die ; his have spoken it.

blood shall be upon him. 22 T Thus saith the Lord God, I will 14 | Now lo, if he beget a son, that also take of the highest branch of the highlseeth all his father's sins which he hath cedar, and will set it; I will crop off done, and considereth, and doeth not such from the top of his young twigs a tender like, one, and will plant upon a high moun- 15 That hath not eaten upon the mountain and eminent :

tains, neither hath lifted up his eyes to the 23 In the mountain of the height of Is. idols of the house of Israel, hath not derael will I plant it: and it shall bring forth filed his neighbour's wife, boughs, and bear fruit, and be a goodly 16 Neither hath oppressed any, bath cedar: and under it shall dwell all fowl of not withholden the pledge, neither hati every wing; in the shadow of the branches spoiled by violence, but hath given his thereof shall they dwell.

bread to the hungry, and hath covered the 24 And all the trees of the field shall naked with a garinent, know that I the Lord have brought down 17 That hath taken off his hand from the high tree, have exalted the low tree, the poor, that hath not received usury nor have dried up the green tree, and have increase, hath executed my judgments, God defends his justice.

EZEKIEL. Parable of the lion's whelps. hath walked in my statutes ; he shall not gressions, whereby ye have transgressed die for the iniquity of his father, he shall and make you a new heart and a new spi surely live.

rit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel? 18 As for his father, because he cruelly 32 For I have no pleasure in the death oppressed, spoiled his brother by violence, of him that dieth, saith the Lord God: and did that which is not good among bis wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye. people, lo, even he shall die in his iniquity.

CHAP. XIX. 19 Tet say ye, Why? doth not the


TOREOVER, take thou up a lamentason bear the iniquity of the father? When tion for the princes of Israel, the son hath done that which is lawful and 2 And say, What is thy mother? A lion. right, and hath kept all my statutes, and ess: she lay down among lions, she nourhath done them, he shall surely live. ished her whelps among young lions.

20 The soul that sinneth, it shall die. 3 And she brought up one of her whelps: The son shall not bear the iniquity of the it became a young lion, and it learned to father, neither shall the father bear the catch the prey; it devoured men. iniquity of the son : the righteousness of 4 The rations also heard of him ; he the righteous shall be upon him, and the was taken in their pit, and they brought wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him. him with chains unto the land of Egypt.

21 But if the wicked will turn from all 5 Now when she saw that be bad waited, his sins that he hath coinmitted, and keep and her hope was lost, then she took another all my statutes, and do that which is law- of her u helps, and made him a young lion. ful and right, be shall surely live, be shall 6 And he went up and down among the not die.

lions, he became a young lion, and learn22 All his transgressions that he hathed to catch the prey, and devoured men. committed, they shall not be mentioned 7 And he knew their desolaie palaces, unto him: in his righteousness that he hath and he laid waste their cities; and the done he shall live.

land was desolate, and the fulness thereof, 23 Have I any pleasure at all that the by the noise of his roaring. wicked should die? saith the Lord God: 8 Then the nations sct against him on and not that he should return from his every side from the provinces, and spread ways, and live?

their netoverhim: he was taken in theirpit. 24 | But when the righteous turneth 9 And they put him in ward in chains, away from his righteousness, and commit- and brought him to the king of Babylon: teth iniquity, and doeth according to all the they brought him into bo!ds, that his voice abominations that the wicked man doeth, should no more be heard upon the mounshall he live? All his righteousness that he tains of Israel. bath done shall not be mentioned: in his 10 | Thy mother is like a vine in thy trespass that he hath trespassed, and in his blood, planted by the waters: she was sin that he hath sinned, in them shall he die. fruitful and full of branches by reason of

25 Yet ye say, The way of the LORD many waters. is not equal." Hear now, O house of Israel; iĩ And she had strong rods for the scepIs not my way equal? are not your ways tres of them that bare rule, and her stature unequal?

was exalted among the thick branches, 26 When a righteous man turneth away and she appeared in her height with the from his righteousness, and committeth multitude of her branches. iniquity.and dieth in them; for his iniquity 12 But she was plucked up in fury, she that he hath done, shall he die.

was cast down to the ground, and the east 27 Again, when the wicked man turn- wind dried up her fruit: her strong rods eth away from his wickedness that he hath were broken and withered; the fire concommitted, and doeth that which is law- sumed them. ful and right, he shall save his soul alive. 13 And now she is planted in the wil.

28 Recause he considereth and turnethderness, in a dry and thirsty ground. away from all his transgressions that he 14 And fire is gone out of a rod of her hath committed, he shall surely live, he branches, which hath devoured her fruit, shall not die.

so that she hath no strong rod to be a scep: 29 Yet saith the house of Israel, The tre to rule. This is a lamentation, and way of the Lord is not equal. O house of shall be for a lamentation. Israel, are not my ways equal? are not

CHAP. XX. your ways unequal ?

30 Therefore, I will judge you, O house AND it came to pass in the seventh of Israel, eveiy one according to bis ways, of the month, that certain of the elders of saith the Lord God. Repent, and turn Israel came to inquire of the LORD, and yourselves from all your transgressions ; so sat before me. iniquity shall not be your ruin.

2 Then came the word of the LORD unto 31 T Cast away from you all your trans- me, saying,

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