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And tliey shall fight against thee, but they shall not prevail against thee; for I am with thee, saith the Lord, to deliver thee.
Moreover, the Word of the Lord came to me, saying Go, and cry in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, Thus saith the Lord, I remember thee, the kindness of thy youth, the love of thine espousals, when thou wentest after me in the wilderness, in a land that was not sown. Israel was holiness unto the Lord, and the first fruits of his increase: all that devour him shall offend; evil shall come upon them, saith the Lord.
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 from me, and have walked after vanity, and are become vain?
Neither said they, Where is the Lord that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, that led us through the wilderness; through a land of deserts, and of pits, through a land of drought, and of the shadow of death: through a land that no man passeth through, and where no man dwelt?
And I brought you into a plentiful countr)', to eat the fruit thereof, and the goodness thereof: but when ye entered, ye defiled my land, and made mine heritage an abomination.
The priests said not, Where is the Lord? and they that handle the law knew me not: the pastors also transgressed against me, and the prophets prophesied by Baal, and walked after things that do no profit.
Wherefore I will yet plead with you, saith the Lord, and with your children'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.
Hath a nation changed their gods? which are. yet no gods; but my people have changed their glory for that which doth not profit.
Be astonished, O ye heavens, at this, and be horribly afraid; be ye very desolate, saith the Lord.
For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.
Is Israel a servant? is he a home-born slave ? why it he spoiled?
The young lions roared upon him, and yelled, and they made his land waste: his cities are burned without inhabitants.
Also the children of Noph and Tahapanes have broken the crown of thy head.
Hast thou not procured this unto thyself, in that thou hast forsaken the Lord thy God, when he led thee by the way?
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 backsliding shall reprove thee: know therefore and see, that it is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the Lor n thy God, and that my fear is not in thee, saith the Loitn God of hosts.
For of old time I have broken thy yoke, and burst thy bands ; and thou saidst, I will not transgress; when upon every high hill, and under every green tree thou wanderest.
Yet I had planted thee a noble vine, wholly a right seed: how then art thou turned into the degenerate plant of a strange vine unto me?
For though thou wash thee with nitre, and take thee
much much sope, yet thine iniquity is marked before me, saith the Lord God.
How canst thou say, I am not polluted, I have not gone after Baalim? See thy way in the valley, know what thou hast done: thou art a swift dromedary, traversing her ways ; a wild ass used to the wilderness, that snuffeth up the wind at her pleasure; in her occasion who can turn her away? all they that seek her will not weary themselves: in her mouth they shall find her. • Withhold thy foot from being unshod, and thy throat from thirst. But thou saidst, There is no hope. No: for I have loved strangers, and after them will I go.
As the thief is ashamed when he is found: so is the house of Israel ashamed; they, their kings, their princes, and their priests, and their prophets, saying to a stock, Thou art my father; and to a stone, Thor hast brought me forth. For they have turned their back unto me, and not their 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 prophets, like a destroying lion.
O generation, see ye the word of the Lord: Havel been a wilderness unto Israel? a land of darkness? wherefore say my people, We are lords: we will come no more unto thee?
Why gaddest thou about so much to change thy way? thou also shalt be ashamed of Egypt, at thou wast ashamed of Assyria.
Yea, thou shalt go forth from him, and thine hands upon thine head: for the Lord hath rejected thy confidences, and thou shalt not prosper in them.
Wilt thou not from this time cry unto me, My father thou art the guide of my youth? Will he reserve his anger for ever? will he keep it to the end? Behold, thou hast spoken and done evil things as thou couldest.
Go, and proclaim these words towards the north, and lay, Return thou backsliding Israel, saith the Lord, and-I will not cause mine anger to fall upon you: for I am merciful, saith the Loud, and I will not keep anger for ever.
Only acknowledge thine iniquity that thou hast transgressed against the Loud thy God, and hast scattered thy ways to the strangers under every green tree, and ye have not obeyed my voice, saith the Lord.
Turn, O backsliding children saith the Lord, for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion.
And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.
And it shall come to pass when ye be multiplied and increased in the land, in those days, saith the Lord, they shall say no more, The ark of the covenant of the Lord: neither shall it come to mind; neither shall they remember it; neither shall they visit it; neither shall that be done any more.
At that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of the Lord; and all the nations shall be gathered unto it, to the name of the Loud, to Jerusalem: neither shall they walk any more after the imagination of thejr evil heart.
In those days the house of Judah shall walk with the house of Israel, and they shall come together out of the land of the north, to the land that I have given for an inheritance unto your fathers.
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But I said, how shall I put thee among the children, and give thee a pleasant land, a good heritage of the hosts of the nations? and I said, Thou shalt call me, My father; and shalt not turn away from me.
Surely as a wife treacherously departeth from her husband, so have ye dealt treacherously with me, O house of Israel, saith the Lord.
A voice was heard upon the high places, weeping and supplications of the children of Israel: for they have perverted their way, and they have forgotten the Lord their God.
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 youth even unto this day, and have not obeyed the voice of the Lord our God.
If thou wilt return, O Israel, saith the Lord, return unto me: and if thou wilt put away thine abominations out of my sight, then shalt thou not remove.
And thou shalt swear, the Lord liveth, in truth, in judgment, and in righteousness: and the nations shall bless themselves in him, and in him shall they glory.
ANNOTATIONS And REFLECTIONS,
It is a great proof of the fore-knowledge of God
that he should pre-ordain to the prophetic office, a man