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Ye, that so pleasantly scoff at the words of my prophets, know, that ye do fulfil them too justly : those men, whom your cruelty hath slain and laid in the midst of your city, they are the flesh; and this city is the caldron; but for you, I will take order you shall not be boiled within these your walls; I will cast you out hence, and prepare judgment for you elsewhere. So also verse 11.
XI. 13 And it came to pass, when I prophesied, that Pelatiah, the son of Benaiah died. Then fell I down upon my face, and cried with a loud voice, and said, &c. And it came to pass, when I prophesied, that Pelatiah, being a man of great reputation among the people, and a prime ruler in Israel, died. Then, as in his death seeing an image of the imminent destruction of the rest, I fell down upon my face, and said, &c.
XI. 15 Son of man, thy brethren, even thy brethren, the men of thy kindred, and all the house of Israel wholly, are they unto whom the inhabitants of Jerusalem have said, Get you far from the LORD: unto us is this land given in possession. Never complain of the taking away of some noted governors of Israel, as if the whole Church were in danger of extirpation by their loss; for, both these proud and secure inhabitants of Jerusalem are well worthy of this judgment, and when they are gone my Church shall continue; for those thy brethren and kinsfolk and the rest of Israel, which are now in captivity, are they, in whom my Church shall live, and of whom these insolent inhabitants have said, They are gone far enough from the Lord; as for us, we shall surely continue safe in the land of our possession.
XI. 16 Yet will I be to them as a little sanctuary in the countries where they shall come. However I have removed them from my local and material sanctu. ary, yet will I be to them, in their exile and captivity, instead of another sanctuary ; for I will both protect them, and give them gracious testimonies of my presence with them.
XI. 19 And I will give them one heart, and will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh. And I will give them a holy and happy accordance in my truth, and will renew a right spirit in you; and will take away that perverse and obstinate disposition, which is naturally in them, to that which is good ; and will give them a tenderness of heart, such as may make them capable of the good impressions of my Spirit.
XI. 21 But as for them whose heart walketh after the heart of their detestable things and their abominations, I will recompense their way upon their own heads, saith the Lord God. But as for those, that walk on in their wicked and abominable idolatries, doing those things which may be pleasing to their false gods, I will requite them according to their deservings, saith the Lord.
XI. 23 And the glory of the LORD went up &c. See chap. x. verse 18,
XII. 3 Therefore, thou son of man, prepare thee stuff for remov. ing, and remove by day in their sight. Therefore, thou son of man, prepare thee all necessary commodities for a remove, and long exile; and pack up thy fardels by day, in their sight.
XII. 5 Dig thou through the wall in their sight, and carry out thereby. And, that thy very actions may be prophetical, dig thou through the wall in their sight; to foreshew unto them, that they shall not have a free egress out of their city, but shall be glad to seek all secret evasions to save themselves.
XII. 6 Thou shalt cover thy face, that thou see not the ground: for I have set thee for a sign unto the house of Israel. Thou shalt hoodwink thyself, and hide thy face, so as that thou see not the ground; to foreshew the great anxiety and sorror, wherewith the Jews shall depart into their captivity; and, withal, the excæcation of their king Zedekiah, who shall not be. hold that Babylonish earth, that he shall tread upon : for I have made and appointed this act of thine, to be a presage of their future captivity.
XII. 11 Say, I am your sign : like as I have done, so shall it be done unto them. Say, God hath appointed to prefigure and foresignify in me, what he means to do unto you.
XII. 13 My net also will I spread upon him, and he shall be taken in my snare : and I will bring him to Babylon to the land of the Chaldeans ; yet shall he not see it, though he shall die there. I will encompass and take bim by the forces of the Chaldees, as a fish is taken by a net, &c. and I will bring him to Babylon; yet shall he not see the land before him, for his eyes shall be put out by the king of Babylon; there shall he live and die, in a woeful blindness..
XII. 16 But I will leave a few men of them from the sword, from the famine, and from the pestilence ; that they may declare all their abominations among the heathen whither they come; and they shall know that I am the LORD. Those few will I purposely leave alive, that they may give glory to me, in confessing the shameful abominations of their people, which brought all this fearful desolation upon them; so as the very heathen may herein justify me, and know me to be the Lord.
XII. 18 Son of man, eat thy bread with quaking, and drink thy water with trembling and with carefulness. Son of man, when thou eatest thy meals, do thou, in thy feeding, express a kind of trembling and quaking; and, in thy drinking of water, express a frightfulness, and amazed suspicion of the approach of an enemy.
* XII. 22 Son of man, what is that proverb that ye have in the land of Israel, saying, The days are prolonged, and every vision faileth ? What mean the Jews to mock at thy prophecies, and to say,
Tush, either it will be long ere these things fall out, or never ; they are but vain bugs, wherewith the prophets would affright us?
XIII. 3 Woe unto the foolish prophets, that follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing ! Woe unto the foolish propbets, that speak of their own heads, even the fancies of their own brains, and have had no vision at all, nor no commission from God!
XIII. 4 O Israel, thy prophets are like the fores in the deserts. () Israel, thy prophets, taking advantage of the dispersion of those which might keep them in order, do nothing but spoil and waste thy poor and miserable remainders; as foxes are wont to spoil those vineyards, that lie aloof off from their owners.
XIII. 5 Ye have not gone up into the gaps, neither made up the hedge for the house of Israel to stand in the battle in the day of the LORD. Where the wickedness of the people had made breaches in their walls, it had been your part to have made them up, by wholesome doctrine and admonition, that so the judgments of God might have been kept out; but ye have not done so at all, nor used any wholesome preventions of these evils; that so God's people might have been able to stand in the face of their enemies, in the day of battle.
XIII. 9 They shall not be in the assembly of my people, neither. shall they be written in the writing of the house of Israel, neither shall they enter into the land of Israel; and ye shall know that I am
the Lorhall not be all they be resave the favour the holy people, neile val they ever die outcasts fi
They shall not be admitted, as prophets, in the assembly of my people ; neither shall they be registered in the roll of the house of Israel ; neither shall they ever have the favour to return unto that good land ; but shall live and die outcasts from the holy commonwealth of my Church.
XIII. 10 And one built up a wall, and, lo, others daubed it with untempered mortar. One laid false grounds of comfort, and the other flourished them over with unsound and plausible pretences.
XIII. 11 Say unto them which daub it with untempered mortar, that it shall fall : there shall be an overflowing shower ; and ye, O great hailstones, shall fall; and a stormy wind shall rent it. Say unto them, which lay these false and tottering grounds, that they shall fall, how fair soever they seem : their false doctrine of peace shall be beaten down by that inundation, that storm and tempest of the Chaldees, which shall come in upon them.
XIII. 18 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Woe to the women that sew pillows to all armholes, and make kerchiefs upon the head of every stature to hunt souls ! Will ye hunt the souls of my people, and will ye save the souls alive that come unto you? Woe to the false prophetesses also, that speak pleasing and plausible words to all hearers, and fit every man's humour with their flattering divinations, purposely that they may intrap and beguile miserable souls! Will ye persist thus to beguile and ensnare the silly souls of your followers, and will you take upon you to pronounce sentences of life and good speed where you please?
XIII. 20 Wherefore thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against your pillows, wherewith ye there hunt the souls io make them fty, and I will tear them from your arms, and will let the souls go, &c. I am against those your fraudulent insinuations and plausible falsehoods, wherewith ye deceive and betray the souls of men : I will utterly frustrate and shame these your cunning suggestions, and deliver those souls which ye have ensnared therewith. So also verse 21.
XIII. 22 Because with lies ye have made the heart of the righteous sad, whom I have not made sad ; and strengthened the hands of the wicked, &c. Because with lying prophecies ye have made the heart of my faithful people sad, in terrifying them with those evils, which shall not come ; and encouraged wicked men, by securing them against those evils, which shall surely fall upon them, &c.
XIII. 23 Therefore ye shall see no more vanity, nor divine divinations : for I will deliver my people out of your hand : and ye shall know that I am the LORD. Therefore I will so shame and confound you, that ye shall not dare to broach any more of your lying divinations; and my people, whom ye have hitherto deluded, now being sufficiently assured of your falsehood, shall be delivered from the danger of your deceits.
XIV. 3 Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their heart, and put the stumblingblock of their iniquity before their face : should I be enquired of at all by them? Son of man, these men have given up their hearts to idolatry; and have wilfully laid blocks of iniquity before their own faces, that they may stumble thereat, and fall; contemptuously rejecting my counsels and ordinances: and is it fit, that such miscreants should come, as these hypocritically do, to enquire ought from me?
XIV. 4 I the LORD will answer him that cometh according to the multitude of his idols. I, the Lord, will answer him that cometh ; but not as he expecteth and desireth ; rather, according to his deservings, in judgment and indignation, for those many and abominable idolatries whereof he is guilty.
XIV. 5° That I may take the house of Israel in their own heart. That I may convince the house of Israel in their own hearts, of their foul impiety and abominable wickedness,
XIV. 8 And I will set my face against that man, and will make him a sign and a proverb, and I will cut him off from the midst of my people. I will oppose myself against that man, and inflict sensible judg.
ments upon him ; and will make him a fearful example of my just revenge, in every man's mouth.
XIV. 9 And if the prophet be deceived when he hath spoken a thing, I the LORD have deceived that prophet, and I will stretch out my hand upon him, &c. And if the prophet be deceived when he hath spoken a thing, I, the Lord, in my just judgment, have given up that prophet to deceit, for a punishment, both of his own sin and of the notorious wickedness of the people ; and I will accordingly stretch out my hand against him, in executing my vengeance upon him.
XIV. 10 And they shall bear the punishment of their iniquity. And the people also, which trusted to the counsels and predictions of those false prophets, shall be duly punished for their iniquity. •
XIV. 13 Will break the staff of bread &c. See Lev. xxvi. 26.
XIV. 14 Though these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they should deliver but their own souls by their righteousness, saith the Lord God. Though there were men never so gracious with me, amongst you ; even Noah, whom I saved from the deluge; Daniel, whom I saved from the common slaughter of the Chaldean wise-men, and after from the lions; Job, whom I delivered from those extreme sufferings, under the hand of Satan, and whose intercession I accepted for his friends : yet, they should no otherwise prevail with me, but for the preserving and rescue of their own lives, by their righteousness, saith the Lord.
XIV. 22 Yet, behold, therein shall be left a remnant that shall be brought forth, both sons and daughters : behold, they shall come forth unto you, and ye shall see their way and their doings : and ye shall be comforted concerning the evil that I have brought upon Jerusalem. Yet, behold, all shall not be thus destroyed; but there shall be left a remnant, that shall be brought forth into captivity, in your sight: behold, they shall be brought forth unto you; and ye shall well see their ways and doings to have been so abominable, as that ye shall willingly justify my proceedings against them, in all the evil, that I have brought upon Jerusalem. So also verse 23.
XV. 2, 3, 4 Son of man, What is the vine tree more than any tree, or than a branch which is among the trees of the forest ? Shall wood be taken thereof to do any work ? or will men take a pin of it to hang any vessel thereon ? Behold, it is cast into the fire for fuel ; &c. The vine is a noble plant, in respect of the fruit it bears; but, in regard of the wood thereof, no shrub is so mean: it is so far from yielding boards or timber, as that there cannot so much as a pin be made of it, to hang ought thereon: Lo, such is Israel ; if it bore good fruit, it would be dear and precious to me; but, in itself, it is but mean and base, in comparison of other nations, and