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8: 34. Whosoever committeth sin we should have been as Sodom, and is the servant of sin — 37. Ye seek we should have been like unto Go

because my word hath no morrah. Hear the word of the LORD, place in you.

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would love me. — 47. the law of our God, ye people of He that is of God heareth God's Gomorrah. To what purpose is the words ; ye therefore hear them not, multitude of your sacrifices unto me? because ye are not of God.

saith the Lord: I am full of the 9: 22. They agreed that if any burnt-offerings of rams, and the fat man confessed that he was Christ, of fed beasts ; and I delight not in he should be put out of the synagogue. the blood of bullocks, or of lambs,

Acts 7: 51. Ye stiff-necked and or of he-goats. When ye come to uncircumcised in heart and ears: ye appear before me, who hath redo always resist the Holy Ghost; as quired this at your hand, to tread my your fathers did, so do ye: which of courts? Bring no more vain oblathe prophets have not your fathers tions; incense is an abomination persecuted? And they have slain unto me; the new moons and sabthem which showed before of the baths, the calling of assemblies, I coming of the Just ONE ; of whom cannot away with ; it is iniquity, ye have now been the betrayers and even the solemn meeting. Your new murderers, who have received the moons and your appointed feasts my law, by the disposition of angels, and soul hateth; they are a trouble unto have not kept it.

me ; I am weary to bear them. And Job 21: 13. 'They spend their when ye spread forth your hands, I days in wealth, and in a moment go will hide mine eyes from you, yea, down to the grave. Therefore they when ye make many prayers, I will say unto God, Depart from us; for not hear: your hands are full of we desire not the knowledge of thy blood. Wash you, make you clean ; ways. What is the Almighty that put away the evil of your doings we should serve him? And what from before mine eyes ; cease to do profit should we have, if we pray evil; learn to do well; seek judgunto him?

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the fatherless, plead for the widow. III. Degree of Hostility. Come now, and let us reason togeth

er, saith the Lord: though your sins 1. Resists the Strongest Inducements. be as scarlet, they shall be as white

as snow; though they be red like Isa. 1: 4. Ah sinful nation, a crimson, they shall be as wool. If people laden with iniquity, a seed of ye be willing and obedient, ye shall evil-doers, children that are corrupt- eat the good of the land: but if ye ers! They have forsaken the LORD, refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured they have provoked the Holy One with the sword: for the mouth of the of Ísrael unto anger, they are gone Lord hath spoken it. How is the away backward.

Why should ye faithful city become an harlot! It be stricken any more? ye will revolt was full of judgment; righteousness more and more: the whole head is lodged in it; but now murderers. sick, and the whole heart faint. Thy silver is become dross, thy wine From the sole of the foot even unto mixed with water: thy princes are the head there is no soundness in it: rebellious,and companions of thieves: but wounds, and bruises, and putre- every one loveth gifts, and followeth fying sores : they have not been after rewards: they judge not the closed, neither bound up, neither fatherless, neither doth the cause of mollified with ointment. Your coun- the widow come unto them. Theretry is desolate, your cities are burned fore saith the Lord, the Lord of with fire: your land, strangers devour hosts, the mighty One of Israel, Ah, it in your presence, and it is desolate, I will ease me of my adversaries, as overthrown by strangers. And and avenge me of mine enemies: the daughter of Zion is left as and I will turn my hand upon thee, cottage in a vineyard, as a lodge in and purely purge away thy dross, a garden of cucumbers, as a besieged and take away all thy tin: and I will city. Except the LORD of hosts had restore thy judges as at the first, and left unto us a very small remnant, I thy counsellors as at the beginning:

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afterward thou shalt be called, The of a strange vine unto me? For city of righteousness, the faithful though thou wash thee with nitre, city. Zion shall be redeemed with and take thee much soap, yet thine judgment, and her converts with iniquity is marked before me, saith righteousness. And the destruction the Lord God. How canst thou say, of the transgressors and of the sin- I am not polluted? — 27. For they ners shall be together, and they that have turned their back unto me, and forsake the Lord shall be consumed. not their face: but in the time of their

trouble they will say, Arise, and save T 9: 13. For the people turneth But where are thy gods that not unto him that smiteth them, nei- thou hast made thee? Let them ther do they seek the Lord of hosts. arise, if they can save thee in the Therefore the Lord will cut off from time of thy trouble: for according to Israel head and tail, branch and rush, the number of thy cities are thy in one day. The ancient and honor- gods, 0 Judah. Wherefore will ye able, he is the head; and the prophet plead with me? Ye all have transthat teacheth lies, he is the tail. For gressed against me, saith the Lord. the leaders of this people cause them In vain have I smitten your children; to err; and they that are led of them they received no correction: your are destroyed. Therefore the LORD own sword hath devoured your shall have no joy in their young men, prophets, like a destroying lion. O neither shall have mercy on their generation, see ye the word of the fatherless and widows: for every one LORD. Have I been a wilderness unto is an hypocrite and an evil-doer, and Israel? a land of darkness? Whereevery mouth speaketh folly. For all fore say my people, We are lords ; this his anger is not turned away, we will come no more unto thee? but his hand is stretched out still. Can a maid forget her ornaments, or For wickedness burneth as the fire: it a bride her attire? Yet my people shall devour the briers and thorns, have forgotten me days without numand shall kindle in the thickets of ber. — 34. Also in thy skirts is found the forest, and they shall mount up the blood of the souls of the poor innolike the lifting up of sinoke. Through cents: I have not found it by secret the wrath of the Lord of hosts is search, but upon all these. Yet thou the land darkened, and the people sayest, Because I am innocent, surely shall be as the fuel of the fire: no his anger shall turn from me.

Beman shall spare his brother. And he hold, I will plead with thee, because shall snatch on the right hand, and thou sayest, I have not sinned. be hungry; and he shall eat on the left hand, and they shall not be sat- 1 3: 5. Will he reserve his anger isfied: they shall eat every man the forever? will he keep it to the flesh of his own arm : Manasseh, end? , Behold, thou hast spoken and Ephraim; and Ephraim, Manasseh: done evil things as thou couldest. and they together shall be against 7: 23. But this thing commanded Judah. For all this his anger is not I them, saying, Obey my voice, and turned away, but his hand is stretch- I will be your God, and ye shall be ed out still.

my people: and walk ye in all the Jer. 2: 19. Thine own wicked ways that I have commanded you, ness shall correct thee, and thy that it may be well unto you. But backslidings shall reprove thee: they hearkened not, nor inclined know therefore and see that it is an their ear, but walked in the counsels evil thing and bitter, that thou hast and in the imagination of their evil forsaken the Lord thy God, and that heart, and went backward and not my fear is not in thee, saith the LORD forward. Since the day that your God of hosts. For of old time I fathers came forth out of the land of have broken thy yoke, and burst thy Egypt unto this day, I have even bands; and thou saidst, I will not sent unto you all my servants the transgress; when upon every high prophets, daily rising up early and hill and under every green tree thou sending them: yet they hearkened wanderest, playing the harlot. Yet not unto me, nor inclined their ear, I had planted thee a noble vine, but hardened their neck: they did wholly a right seed: how then art worse than their fathers. thou turned into the degenerate plant Amos 4: 6. And I also have given you cleanness of teeth in all your | LORD. For he shall be like the cities, and want of bread in all your heath in the desert, and shall not places: yet have ye not returned see when good cometh ; but shall unto me, saith the Lord. And also inhabit the parched places in the I have withholden the rain from you, wilderness, in a salt land and not when there were yet three months inhabited. Blessed is the man that to the harvest : and I caused it to trusteth in the Lord, and whose rain upon one city, and caused it hope the Lord is. For he shall be not to rain upon another city ; one as a tree planted by the waters, and piece was rained upon, and the that spreadeth out her roots by the piece whereupon it rained not with- river, and shall not see when heat ered. So two or three cities wan- cometh, but her leaf shall be green ; dered unto one city, to drink water; and shall not be careful in the year but they were not satisfied: yet have of drought, neither shall cease from ye not returned upto me, saith the yielding fruit. Lord. I have smitten you with 22: 13. Woe unto him that buildblasting and mildew : when your eth his house by unrighteousness, gardens and your vineyards and and his chambers by wrong ; that your fig-trees and your olive-trees useth his neighbor's service without increased, the palmerworm devour- wages, and giveth him not for his ed them: yet have ye not returned work; that saith, I will build me a unto me, saith the Lord. I have wide house and large chambers, and sent among you the pestilence after cutteth him out windows; and it is the manner of Egypt: your young ceiled with cedar, and painted with men have I slain with the sword, vermilion. Shalt thou reign, beand have taken away your horses; cause thou closest thyself in cedar? aud I have made the stink of your Did not thy father eat and drink, camps to come up unto your nostrils: and do judgment and justice, and yet have ye not returned unto me, then it was well with him? He saith the LORD. I have overthrown judged the cause of the poor and some of you, as God overthrew Sod- needy; then it was well with him: om and Gomorrah, and ye were as was not this to know me? saith the a firebrand plucked out of the burn- Lord. But thine eyes and thine ing: yet have ye not returned unto heart are not but for thy covetousme, saith the LORD.

Therefore, ness, and for to shed innocent blood, thus will I do unto thee, O Israel: and for oppression, and for violence, and because I will do this unto thee, to do it. prepare to meet thy God, O Israel. 5: 23. But this people hath a re-,

Jer. 25: 4. And the Lord hath volting and a rebeilious heart ; they sent unto you all his servants the are revolted and gone.

Neither prophets, rising early and sending say they in their heart, Let us now them; but ye have not hearkened, fear the Lord our God, that giveth nor inclined your ear to hear. They rain, both the former and the latter said, Turn ye again now every one in his season: he reserveth unto us from his evil way, and from the evil the appointed weeks of the harvest. of your doings, and dwell in the Your iniquities have turned away land that the Lord hath given unto these things, and your sins have you and to your fathers forever and withholden good things from you. ever: and go not after other gods to For among my people are found serve them, and to worship them, wicked men: they lay wait, as he provoke me not to anger with the that setteth snares; they set a trap, works of your hands: and I will do they catch men. As a cage is full you no hurt. Yet ye have not heark- of birds, so are their hou full of ened unto me, saith the LORD; that deceit: therefore they are become ye might provoke me to aliger with great, and waxen rich. They are the works of your hands to your waxen fat, they shine : yea, they own hurt.

overpass the deeds of the wicked:

they judge not the cause, the cause 1 17 : 5. Thus saith the LORD; of the fatherless, yet they prosper ; cursed be the man that trusteth in and the right of the needy do they man, and maketh flesh his arm, and not judge. Shall I not visit for these whose heart departeth from the things saith the LORD: shall not

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my soul be avenged on such a na- women shall bake your bread in one tion as this? A wonderful and horrible thing is committed in the land ; the prophets prophesy falsely, and

2. It resists the strongest obligation. the priests bear rule by their means; Isa. 1: 2. Hear, O heavens! and and my people love to have it so; give ear, O earth, for the Lord hath and what will ye do in the end spoken. I have nourished and thereof?

brought up children, and they have LUKE 16: 31. If they hear not rebelled against me. The ox knowMoses and the prophets; neither eth his owner, and the ass his maswould they be persuaded, though ter's crib; but Israel doth not know; one rose from the dead.

my people doth not consider. Lev. 26:14. But if ye will not heark- 5: 1. Now will I sing to my en unto me, and will not do all these well-beloved a song to my beloved cominandments; and if ye shall de touching his vineyard. My wellspise my statutes, or if your soul beloved hath a vineyard in a very abhor my judgments, so that ye will fruitful hill: and he fenced it and not do all my cominandments; but gathered out the stones thereof, and that ye break iny covenant: I also planted it with the choicest vine, will do this unto you; I will even and built a tower in the midst of it, appoint over you terror, consump- and also made a wine-press therein: tion, and the burning ague, that and he looked that it should bring shall consume the eyes, and cause forth grapes, and it brought forih sorrow of heart: and ye shall sow wild grapes. And now, O inhabityour seed in vain, for your enemies ants of Jerusalem, and men of Jushall eat it. And I will set my face dah, judge, I pray you, betwixt me against you, and ye shall be slain and my vineyard. What could have before your enemies: they that hate been done more to my vineyard, you shall reign over you ; and ye that I have not done to it? Whereshall flee when none pursueth you. fore, when I looked that it should And if ye will not yet for all this bring forth grapes, brought it forth hearken unto me, then I will punish wild grapes? and now, go to; I you seven times more for your sins. will tell you what I will do to my And I will break the pride of your vineyard : I will take away the power; and I will make your heaven hedge thereof, and it shall be eaten as iron, and your earth as brass : up; and break down the wall thereand your strength shall be spent in of, and it shall be trodden down: vain ; for your land shall not yield and I will lay it waste: it shall not her increase, neither shall the trees be pruned, nor digged ; for the vineof the land yield their fruits. And yard of the Lord of hosts is the if ye walk contrary unto me, and house of Israel, and the men of Juwill not hearken unto me; I will dah his pleasant plant; and he lookbring seven times more plagues upon ed for judgment, but behold oppresyou according to your sins. I will sion; for righteousness, but behold also send wild beasts among you, a cry. Woe unto them that join which shall rob you of your child- house to house, that lay field to field, ren, and destroy your cattle, and till there be no place, that they may make you few in number; and your be placed alone in the midst of the high ways shall be desolate. And if earth! ye will not be reformed by me hy. 49: 14. But Zion said, the LORD these things, but will walk contrary hath forsaken me, and my LORD unto me ; then will I also walk con- hath forgotten me.

Can a woman trary unto you, and will punish you forget her sucking child, that she yet seven times for your sins. And should not have compassion on the I will bring a sword upon you, that

son of her womb? yea, they may shall avenge the quarrel of my forget, yet will I not forget thee. covenant: and when ye are gathered | Behold, I have graven

thee together within your cities, I will palms of my hands; thy walls are send the pestilence among you; and continually before me. ye shall be delivered into the hand

And when I have 17 54: 5. For thy Maker is thy husbroken the staff of your bread, ten | band; the LORD of hosts is his name;

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and thy Redeemer the Holy One of the law of sin, which is in my memIsrael ; the God of the wbole earth bers. — 12. The law is holy; and shall be called. For the Lord hath the commandinent holy and just and called thee as woman forsaken good. — 14. For we know that the and grieved in spirit, and a wife of law is spiritual; but I am carnal, youth, when thou wast refused, saith i sold under sin. For that which I thy God,

do, I allow not; for what I would, Jer. 3: 14. Turn, O backsliding that do I not; but what I hate, that children, saith the Lord; for I am do I. For I know that in me, that is married unto you: and I will take in my flesh, dwelleth no good thing. you one of a city, and two of a fam- John 15 : 22. If I had not come ily, and I will bring you to Zion : and spoken unto them they had not and I will give you pastors accord- had sin: but now have they no cloak ing to mine heart, which shall feed for their sin. He that hateth me you with knowledge and under- hateth my Father also. If I had standing.

not done among them the works 31: 3. The Lord hath appeared which no other man did, they had of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have not had sin. loved thee with an everlasting love:

Ex. 8: 15. But when Pharaoh therefore with loving kindness have saw that there was respite, he harI drawn thee. Again I will build dened his heart, and hearkened not thee, and thou shalt be built, О vir- unto them; as the Lord had said. gin of Israel: thou shalt again be adorned with thy tabrets.

4. It is unremitting and impenitent. Rom. 5: 8. God commendeth his love towards us, in that, while we Isa. 22: 12. And in that day did were yet sinners, Christ died for us. the Lord God of hosts call to weep

John 15: 13. Greater love hath ing, and to mourning, and to baldno man than this, that a man layness, and to girdiity with sackcloth: down his life for his fiiends.

and behold joy and gladness, slay1 Cor. 6:19. Ye are not your own; ing oxen, and killing sheep, eating for ye are bought with a price; there- flesh, and drinking wine: let us eat fore glorify God, in your body and and drink; for to-morrow we shall in your spirit, which are God's. die. And it was revealed in mine

2 Pet. 2:1. For there were false ears by the Lord of hosts, surely prophets also among the people, this iniquity shall not be purged even as there shall be false teachers from you till ye die, saith the Lord among you ....denying the LORD God of hosts. that bought them, and bringing upon Jer, 8: 5. Why then is this peothemselves swift destruction. ple of Jerusalem slidden back by a

Acts 20: 28. Feed the church of perpetual backsliding ? They hold God ... which he hath purchased fast deceit, they refuse to return. I with his own blood.

hearkened and heard, but they spake

not aright: no man repented him of 3. It resists conviction.

his wickedness, saying, What have

I done ? Every one turned to his JOHN 3: 18. He that believeth not course, as the horse rusheth into the is condemned already, because he battle. hath not believed in the name of Eccl. 8: 11. Because sentence the only begotten Son of God. And against an evil work is not executed this is the condemnation; that light speedily; therefore the hearts of has come into the world, and men the sons of men are fully set in them loved darkness rather than light, be- to do evil. cause their deeds are evil. For ev- Isa. 26: 10. Let favor be shown ery one that doeth evil hateth the

to the wicked ; yet will he not learn light, neither cometh to the light, righteousness: in the land of unlest his deeds should be reproved. righteousness will he deal unjustly,

Rom. 7: 22. I delight in the law and will not behold the majesty of of God, after the inward. man; but the Lord. I see another law in my members, Ps. 58: 3. The wicked are eswarring against the law of my mind, tranged from the womb; they go and bringing me into captivity to astray as soon as they be born,

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