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this manner will I mar the pride of Judah, and the great pride of Jerusalem. p 10 This evil le, which refuse to hear my words, which walk in the imagination of their heart, and walk after other gods, to serve them, and to worship them, shall even be as this girdle, which is good for nothing. 11 Ér as the girdle cleaveth to the loins of a man, so have 1 caused to cleave unto me the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah, saith the Lord ; that they might be unto me for a people, and for a name, and for a praise, and for a #!" ; but they would not hear. i 12 * Therefore thou shalt speak unto them this word ; 'Thus saith the Lohn God of Israel, Every bottle shall be filled with wine ; and they shall say unto thee, Do we not certainly know that every bottle shall be filled with wine ! w 13 Then shalt thou say unto them. Thus saith the Lond, Behold, I will fill all the inhabitants of this land, even the kings that sit upon David's throne, and the priests, and the prophets, and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem. with drunkenness. to 14 And I will dash them one against another, even the fathers and the sons together, saith the Lord: I will not pity, nor spare, nor have mercy, but destroy them. p 15 "I Hear ye, and give ear; be i. proud: for the Lord hath spoen. d. 16 Give glory to the Lord your God, before he cause darkness, and before your feet stumble upon the dark mountains, and while ye look for light, he turn it into the shadow of death, and make it gross darkness. d 17 But if ye will not hear it, my soul shall weep in secret places for vour pride ; and mine eye shall weep sore, and run down with tears, because the Lord's flock is carried away captive. d 18 Say unto the king and to the
queen, Humble yourselves, sit down: for your principalities conne down, eren the crown of your glory. r 19 The cities of the south shall be shut up, and none shall open thers: Judah shall be carried away captive all of it, it shall be wholly carried away captive. 20 Lift up your eyes, and behold them that come from the north : where is the flock, that was given thee, thy beautiful flock 1
hall punish thee ?? for taught them to be captains, and as chief over thee : shall not sorrows take thee, as a woman in travail 22 And if thou say in thy i.eart, Wherefore come these things upon me 1. For the greatness of thine o are thy skirts discovered, and thy heels made bare. t 23 Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil. on 24 Therefore will I scatter them as the stubble that passeth away by the wind of the wilderness. 25 This is thy lot, the portion of thy measures from me, saith the Lord ; because thou hast forgotten me, and trusted in falsehood. to 26 Therefore will I discover thy skirts upon thy face, that thy shame may appear. I have seen thine adulteries, and thy neighings, the lewdness of thy whoredom, and thine abominations on the hills in the fields. Wo unto thee, O Jerusalem wilt thou not be made clean 7 when shall it
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2 Judah mourmeth, and the gates thereof languish ; they are black unto the ground; and the cry of Jerusalem is gone up.
3 And their nobles have sent their little ones to the waters: they came to the pits, * no water; they
returned with their vessels empty; . were ashamed and confounded, and covered their heads. 4 Because the ground is chapt, for there was no rain in the earth, the ploughmen were ashamed, they covered their heads. 5 Yea, the hind also calved in the field, and forsook it, because there was no grass. 6 And the wild asses did stand in the high places, they snuffed up the wind like dragons; their eyes did fail, because there was no grass. d 7 || O Lord, though our iniquities testify against us, do thou it for thy name's sake: for our backslidings are many; we have sinned against thee. 8 O the Hope of Israel, the Saviour thereof in time of trouble, why shouldest thou be as a stranger in the land, and as a wayfaring man that turneth aside to tarry for a
night? 9 Why shouldest thou be as a man astonished, as a mighty man that cannot save? yet thou, O Lord, art in the midst of us, and we are called by thy name ; leave us not. to 10 || Thus saith the Lord unto this people, Thus have they loved to wander, they have not refrained their feet, therefore the Lord doth not accept them; he will now remember their iniquity, and visit their sins. 11 Then said the Lord unto me, ło, not for this people for their
to 12 When they fast, I will not hear their cry; and when they offer burnt-offering and an oblation, I will not accept them; but I will consume them by the sword, and by the famine, and by the pestilence. 13 || Then said I, Ah Lord God behold, the prophets say unto them, Ye shall not see the sword, neither shall ye have famine; but I will give you assured peace in this place. c 14. Then the Lord said unto me, The prophets, prophesy lies in my name: I sent o not, neither have 22
I commanded them, neither spake unto them : they prophesy unto you a false vision ...? divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart. w 15 Therefore thus saith the Lord concerning the prophets that prophesy in my name, and I sent them not, yet they say, Sword and famine shalf not be in this land; By sword and famine shall those prophets be consumed.
16 And the Pop! to whom they prophesy shall be cast out in the streets of Jerusalem, because of the famine, and the sword; and they shall have none to bury them, them, their wives, nor their sons, nor their daughters: for I will pour their wickedness upon them. d 17 || Therefore thou shalt say this word unto them; Let mine eyes run down with tears night and day, and let them not cease ; for the virgin daughter of my people is broken with a great breach, with a very grievous blow.
18 If I go forth into the field then behold thesian with the word? and if I enter into the city, then behold them that are sick with famine ! yea, both the prophet and the priest go about into a land that they know not.
19 Hast thou utterly rejected Judah 1 hath thy soul soathed Zion ? Why hast thou smitten us, and there is no healing for us? we looked for peace, and there is no good; and for the time of healing, and behold trouble ! d 20 We o O Lord, our wickedness, and the iniquity of our fathers : for we have sinned against thee.
21. Do not abhor us; for thy name's sake, do not disgrace the throne of thy glory: remember, break not thy covenant with us. to 22 Are there any among the vanities of the Gentiles that can cause rain 1 or can the heavens give showers ? Art not thou he, O Lokn our God? * we will wait upon thee: for thou hast made all these things. CHAP. XV. HEN said the Lord unto me, Though Moses and Samuel stood before me, yet my mind could not be toward this people: cast them out of my sight, and let them go forth. w 2 And it shall come to pass, if they say unto thee, Whither shall we go forth 7 then thou shalt tell them, Thus saith the Lord ; Such as are for death, to death; and such as are for the sword, to the sword; and such as are for the famine, to the famine; and such as are for the captivity, to the captivity. And I will appoint over them four kinds, saith the Lord : the sword to slay, and the dogs to tear, and the fowls of the heaven, and the beasts of the earth, to devour and destroy. r 4 And I will cause them to be removed into all kingdoms of the earth, because of Manasseh the son of Hezekiah king of Judah, for that which he did in Jerusalem. 5 For who shall have pity ...; thee, O Jerusalem 7 or who shall bemoan thee? or who shall go aside to ask how thou doest ? c. 6 Thou hast forsaken me, saith the Lord, thou art gone backward : therefore will I stretch out my hand against thee, and destroy thee; I am weary with repenting. 7 Åo I will fan them with a fan in the gates of the land; I will bereave them of children, I will destroy my people, since they return not from their ways. 8 Their widows are increased to me above the sand of the seas : I have brought upon them against the mother of the young men a spoiler at noon-day: I have caused him to fall upon it suddenly, and terrors upon the city. to 9 She that hath borne seven languisheth: she hath given up the ghost; her sun is gone down while it was yet day: she hath been asham
ed and confounded: and the residue of them will I deliver to the sword before their enemies, saith the Lok D. 10." Wo is me, my mother, that thou hast borne me a man of surise and a man of contention to the whole earth ! I have neither lent on usury, nor men have lent to me on usury; yet every one of them doth curse me. 11 The Lond said, Verily it shall be well with thy remnant; verily I will cause the enemy to entreat thee well in the time of evil and in the time of affliction. 12 Shall iron break the northern iron and the steel ? w 13 Thy substance and thy treasures will I give to the spoil without price, and o for all thy sins, even in all thy borders. 14 And I will make thee to with thine enemies into a land o: thou knowest not : for a fire is kindled in mine anger, which shallburn upon you. 15 TI O Lord, thou knowest : remember me, and visit me, and revenge me of my persecutors; take me not away in thy long-suffering: know that for thy o have sus, fered rebuke. l 16 Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of my heart: for I am called by thy name, O Lord God of hosts. c 17 I sat not in the assembly of the mockers, nor rejoiced; I sat alone because of thy hand: for thou has! filled me with indignation. 18 Why is my pain perpetual, and my wound incurable, which refuseth to be healed ! wilt thou be altogether unto me as a liar, and as waters that fail? d” 19 || Therefore, thus saith the Lord, If thou return, then will I bring thee again, and thou shalt stand before me: and if thou take forth the precious from the vile, thou shalt be as my mouth : let them return unto thee; but return not thou unto them.
b 20 And I will * thee unto this
people a fenced brazen wall; and they shall fight against thee, but they shall not prevail against thee: for I am with thee to save thee and to deliver thee, saith the Lord. 21 And I will deliver thee out of the hand of the wicked, and I will redeem thee out of the hand of the
terrible. CHAP. XVI. HE word of the Lord came also unto me, saying, 2 Thou shalt not take thee a wife, neither shalt thou have sons nor daughters in this place. 3 For thus saith the Lord concerning the sons and concerning the daughters that are born in this place, and concerning their mothers that bare them, and concerning their fathers that begat them in this land: w 4. They shall die of grievous deaths; they shall not be lamented; neither shall they be buried ; but they shall be as dung upon the face of the earth: and they shall be consumed by the sword, and by famine; and their carcasses shall be meat for the fowls of heaven, and for the beasts of the earth. 5 For thus saith the Lord, Enter not into the house of mourning, neither go to lament nor bemoan then : for I have taken away my ace from this people, saith the orp, even loving-kindness and mercles. o 6. Both the great and the small shall die in this land: they shall not be buried, neither shall men lament for them, nor cut themselves, nor make themselves bald for them : i 7 Neither shall men tear thenselres for them in mourning, to comfort them for the dead; neither shall men give them the cup of consolation to drink for their father or for their mother. 8 Thou shalt not also go into the house of feasting, to sit with them to eat and to drink. w 9 For thus saith the Lorn of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I
in your eyes, and in your days, the voice of mirth, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride.
10 || And it shall come to pass, when thou shalt shew this jo e all these words, and they shall say unto thee, Wherefore hath the Lord pronounced all this great evil against us 1 or what is our iniquity ? or what is our sin that we have committed against the Lord our God 7 c. 11 Then shall thou say unto them, Because your fathers have forsaken me, saith the LoftD, and have walked after other gods, and have served them, and have worshipped them, and have forsaken me, and have not kept my law ; c 12 And ye have done worse than your fathers; for, behold, ye walk every one after the imagination of his evil heart, that they may not hearken unto me: w 13 Therefore will I cast you out of this land into a land that ye know not, neither ye moryour fathers; and there shall ye serve other gods day and night; where I will not shew you favour.
14 T Therefore behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that it shall no more be said, The Lord liveth, that b ht up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt; b 15 But, The Lord liveth, that brought up the children of Israel from the land of the north, and from all the lands whither he had driven them : and I will bring them again into their land that I gave unto their fathers.
16 || Behold, I will send for mamy fishers, saith the Lord, and they shall fish them, and after will I send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain, and from every hill, and out of the holes of the rocks. t 17 For mine eyes are upon all their ways: they are not hid from my face, neither is their iniquity hid from mine eyes.
will cause to cease out of this place 18 And first I will recompense
their iniquity and their sin double; because they have defiled my land, they have filled mine inheritance with the carcasses of their detestable and abominable things. r 19 O Lond, my strength and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of affliction, the Gentiles shall come unto thee from the ends of the earth, and shall say, Surely our fathers have inherited lies, vanity, and things wherein there is no profit. 20 Shall a man make gods unto himself, and they are no gods? 21 Therefore behold, I will this once cause them to know, I will cause them to know my hand and my might; and they shall know that my name is The Lord. CHAP. XVI.i. E. HE sin of Judah is written with a pen of iron, and with the point of a diamond.: it is graven upon the table of their heart, and upon the horns of your altars; 2. Whilst their children remember their altars and their groves by the green trees upon the high hills. 3 O my mountain in the field, I will give thy substance and all th treasures to the spoil, and thy hi }. laces for sin, throughout all thy rders. t.4 And thou, even thyself, shall discontinue from thy heritage that I gave thee; and I will cause thee to serve thine enemies in the land which, thou knowest not : for ye have kindled a fire in mine anger, which shall burn for ever. p 5 T Thus saith the Lord ; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the Lord. or 6 For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited. d 7. Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. b 8 For he shall be as a tree plant
ed by the waters, and that spread-