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Zion bcwaileth LAMENTATIONS. her pitiful estate.
■IS Out of tne mouth of the Mostl 63 Behold Uieir sitting down, and Hi>h prooeedeth not evil and good? their rising up; 1 am their music. 39 Wherefore doth a living man 64 Render unto them a recompense, complain, a man for the punishment 0 Lord, according to the work oi
of his sins?
40 Let us search and try our and turn again to the Lord.
•11 Let us lift up our heart rtands unto God in the heavens.
42 We have transgressed and havi rebelled: thou hast not pardoned.
•13 Thou hast covered with anger, find persecuted us: thou hast e-lai <hou hast not pitied.
44 Thou hast covered thyself Willi cloud.tliat our prayers should not pass through.
45 'i hou hast madscouring and refuse in the midst o( the people.
46 All our enemies have opened their mouths against us.
47 Fear and a snare is come upon us, desolation and destruction.
•IS Mine eye runneth down will) rivers of water for the destruction of the daughter of my people.
49 Mine eye irickletli down, and ceaseth not, without any intermission,
50 Till the Loan look down, and behold from heaven.
51 Mine eye afllicteth my heart, because of all the daughters of my cily.
62 Mine enemies chase me sore, like a bird, without cause.
63 They have cut off my life in the dungeon, and cast a stone upon me.
64 Waters flowed ove- •"" then I said, I am cut off.
55 TTI called upon thy nai out of the low dungeon.
56 Thou hast heard rny not thine ear at my breaching, at my cry.
67 Thou drewest near in the day that I called upon thee: thou saidst, Fear not.
68 O Loild, thou hast pleaded the causesof my soul; thou hast redeemed my life.
59 O Lord,thou hast seen my wrong; judge thou ray cause.
60 Thou hastseen all their vengeance, and all their imaginations against me.
61 Thou hast heard their reproach, O Loud, and all their imaginations against me;
62 The lips of those that rose up against me, and their device against uie all the day.
in Give them sorrow of heart, thj irse unto litem.
J6 Persecute and destroy thetj in anger from under the heavens of the Loud.
HOW is the gold become dim ! how is the most line gold changed I Ihc stones of the sanctuary are poured nit in the top of every street.
2 The precious sons of Zion, comparable to fine gold, how are they es
eeined as earthen pitchers, the work f, the hands of the potter.
3 Even the sea-monsters draw out he breast, they give suck to their oung ones: the daughter of my peo'le w become cruel, like the ostriches a the wilderness.
4 The tongue of the sucking child leavotl) to the roof of his mouth for hirst; the young children ask bread, tit'J u<> man breaketh it unto them.
5 They that did feed delicately are desolate in the streets; they that were brought up in scarlet embrace dung
6 For the punishment of the iniquity of the daughter of my people is great_ er than the punishment of the ein of Sodom, that was overthrown as in a moment, and no hands stayed on her.
7 Her Nnzarites were purer than snow, they were whiter than milk, they were "more ruddy in body than rubies, their polishing was of sapphire:
e; hide | 8 Their visage is blacker than a coal;
. . :the streets:
are not km
5kiu cleaveth to their bones; it s withered, it is become like a suck.
9 They that be s\n'w wil l) the sword are better than chcy that be slain will) hunger: for these pine away, stricken through for want of the fruits of lb" field.
10 The hands of the pitiful women have sodden their own children: they were their meat in the destruction of the daughter of my people.
11 The Lord hath accomplished his fury; he hath poured out his fierce anger, and hath kindled afire in Zion, and it hath devoured the foundations
irl.h, and all CHAP V. to God
Zioji's complaint the inhabitants of the world, would not have believed lh:it the adversary ond the enemy should have entered into the gates of Jerusalem.
13 For the sins of her prophets, and\ the iniquities of her priests, that have shed the blood of thejust in the midst of her,
14 They have wandered as blind men in the streets, they have polluted themselves willi blood, so that men could not touch their garments.
15 They cried unto them, Depart ye; it is unclean; depart, depart, touch not: when they fled away and wandered, they said among the heathen, They shall no more sojourn there.
16 The anger of the Lord hath divided them; he will no more regard them: they respected not the persons of the priest s,lhey favoured not the elders.
17 As for us, our eyes as yet failed for our vain help: m our watching we nave watched for a nation that could not save its.
ISThey hunt our steps,that we cannot go in our streets: our end in near, our days are fulfilled : for our end is come.
19 Our persecutors are swifter than the eagles of the heaven: they pursued us upon the mountains, they laid wait for us m the wilderness.
20 The breath of our nostrils, the anointed of the Lord, was taken in their pits, of whom we said, Under his shadow we shall live among the heathen.
21 Rejoice and be glad, O daughter of Edoin, that dwellesl in the land of Uz; the cup also shall pass through unto thee: thou slink lie drunken,and shall make tin self naked.
22 11 The punishment of thine iniquity is accomplished, O daughter of '/ion; lie will no more carry thee away into captivity: he will visit thine iniquity, 0 daughter cf Edom; he will discover thy sins.
CHAP. V. T) EMEMBER, O Lcrnn, what is Aaj come upon us: consider, and behold our reproach.
2 Our inheritance Is turned lo etran gers, our houses to aliens.
3 We are orphans and fatherless, our
mothers are as widows.
4 We have drunken our water for money; our wood is sold unto us.
5 Our necks are under persecution: we labour, and have no rest.
6 We have given the hand to the Egyptians, and to the Assyrians, to be satisfied with bread.
7 Our fathers have sinned, and are not; and we have borne their iniquities.
8 Servants nave ruled over us: thert is none that doth deliver us out of their hand.
9 Wc gat our bread with the peril of our lives because of ihe 6\n ord of the wilderness.
10 Our skin was black like an oven because of the terrible famine.
11 They ravished the women in Zion, and the maids in the cities of Judah.
12 Princes are hanged up by their hand: the faces of elders were not honoured.
13 They took the young men to grind, and the children fell under the wood.
14 The elders have ccared from the gate, the young men from their music.
15 The joy of our heart is erased; our dance is turned into mourning.
16 The crown is fallen from our head: wo unto us, that we have sin
17 For this our heart is faint; for these thingsnwr eyes are dim,
IS Because of the mountain of Zion, which is desolate, the foxes walk up
19 Thou, O T.OT.D, remaincst for ever; thy throne from generation to generation.
£0 Wherefore dost thou forget us for ever, and forsake us so long time?
21 Turn thou us unto thee, O Loan, and we shall be turned; renew our days as of old.
2-2 But thou bast utterly rejected ue; tliou art very wroth against us.
1T The Book of the Prophet EZEKIEL.
CHAP. 1. I'm the filth day of the.month, as i
OW it came to pass in the thir-\ivas among the captives by the rivei lli year, in the fourth wont/t,|of Chcbar, that the heavens were
Ezckicrs EZE opened, and I saw visions of God.
2 la the fifth day of the month, which was the fifth year of king Jchoiachin's captivity,
3 The word of the Lord came expressly unto Ezekiel the priest, the sou of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by the river Chebar; and the hand of the Lord was there upon him.
4 TT And I looked, and, behold, whirlwind came out of the north feat cloud,and afire infolding itsi pnd a brightness was about it, and ( i)f the midst thereof as the colour of limber, out the midst of the (ire.
5 Also out of the midst thereof
Vnd this was their appearance; they
(> And everyone had four faces, and ivery one Inid four wings.
7 And their feet were'straight feet >ind the sole of their leet was like tht
nleofa calPsfoot: and I hey sparkled r'.ke the colour of burnished brass.
8 And they had the hands of a man under their wings on their four f ides: find they four had their Rices and their wings.
9 Their wings lucre joined one toj another; they turned not when they went; they went every one straight forward.
10 As for the likeness of their faces, they four had the face of a man, and the face of a lion, on the right side and they four had the face of an ox| on the leftside; they four also had the face of an eagle.
H Thus we their faces: and their wings were stretched upward; two wings of every one were joined one to another, and two covered their oodies.
12 And they went every one straight forward: whither the spirit w; they went; and they turned not when they went.
13 As for the likeness of the living creatures, their appearance was like burning coals of fire, and like the appearance of lamps: it went up and down among the living creatures; and the fire was "bright, and out of the fire went forth lightning.
14 And the living creatures ran and returned as the appearance of a flash of lightning.
JTiTTNow as I beheld the livingcrea
tures, behold, one wheel upon T,.'ic
IS As for their rings, they were so
20 Whithersoever the spirit was to go, they went, thither tvas their spirit to go; and the wheels were lifted up overagainst them; for the spirit of the 'iving creatures was in the wheels.
21 When those went, these went; and when those stood,«/i«se stood; and when those were lilted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up over against them: for the spirit, of the living creature was'm the wheels.
22 And the likeness of the firmanent upon the heads of the living creature as the color of the terrible crys
jtretched forth over their heads above.
23 And under the firmament were their wings straight, the one townrd the other: every one had two, which covered on this side, and every one had two, which covered on that side, their bodies.
2-1 And when they went, I beard the mise of their wings, like the noise of great waters, as the voice of the Almigl'ly, the voice of speech, as the noise of a host: when they stood, they let down their wings. 26 And there was a voice from the irmament that was over their heads, when they stood, <md had let down their wings.
26 TT And above the firmament that uas over their heads was the likeness
of a throne, as the sppearance of a sapphire-stone; and upon the likeness of the throne was the likeness as the appearance of a man above upon it.
27 And I saw as the colour of umber
flis com mission, CHAP, fcs the appearance of fire round about within it; from the appearance of*bis loins even up word, and from the appearance of his loins even downward, I saw as it were the appearance of fire, ond it had brightness round about.
23 As the appearance of the bow that, is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lokd. And when I saw it, 1 fell upon my face, and 1 heard a voice of one that spake.
AND he said unto me, Son of man, . stand upon thy feet, and 1 will speak unto thee.
'2 And the spirit entered into me when he-spake un(o me, and set rue upon my feel, that I heard him that spake unto me.
3 And he said unto me, Son of man, 1 send t hee to the children of Israel,to a rebellious nation that hath rebelled against me .- they and their fathers have transgressed against me, even unto this very day.
4 For tlicy are impudent children and still-hearted. I do send thee unto tliem; and thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God.
5 And they, whether they will hear, orwhether Ihey will forbear, (for they ore a rebellious house,)} et shall know that there hath been a prophet among them.
6 IT And thou, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns b* with thee, and thou dost dwell among scorpions: be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house.
7 And thou shalt speak my words unto them, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear: for they are most rebellious.
S But thou, son of man, hear what I say unto thee; Be not thou rebellious like that rebellious house: open thy mouth, and eat that 1 give thee.
9 IT And when 1 looked, behold, a hand was sent unto me; and, lo, a roll of n book was therein;
10 And he spread it before me: and it. was written within and without: and lure was written therein lamentations, and mourning, and woe.
. II, III. He eaieih tnc roll.
MOREOVER he said unto me.Sou of man, eat that thou Jindesl; eat this roll, and go speak unto llie house of Israel.
2 So I opened my mouth, and he caueed me to eat that roll.
3 And he said unto me, Son of man, cause thy belly to cat, and (ill thy bowels with this roll that 1 give thee. Then did I cat it; and it was in my mouth as honey for sweetness.
•1 And he said unto me, Son of man, go, get thee uuio the house of Israel, and speak with my words unto them.
6 For thou art not sent to a people ol a strange speech sad of a hard Jan gu-3ge,6vt to the house of Israel;
6 Not to many people of a strange speech and of a hard language, whose words thou canst not undersUuid. Surely, had I sent thee to them, they would have hearkened unto thee.
7 But the house of Israel will not hearken unto thee; for they will not hearken unlo me: for all the house of Israel ore impudentand hard heaiL
8 Behold,I have made ihy face strong against their laces, and thy forehead strong against their foreheads.
9 As an adamant harder than flint have I made thy forehead: fear- them not, neitherbe dismayed at theirlooks, I hough they be a rebellious house.
10 Moreover he said unlo me, Son of man, all my words that I shall speak unto thee receive in thy beart,and hear with ihme ears.
11 And go, get thee to them of the captivity, unto the children of Unpeople, and speak unto them, and tell them, Thus saith the Lord God, whether Ihey will hear, or whether they will forbear.
12 Then the spirit took me up, nnd I heard behind me a voice of a great rushing, saving, Blessed be the glory of the Loud from his place.
13 I beard also the noise of the winga of the living creatures that touched one another, and the noise of the wheels over against ihem, and a noise of a great rushing.
14 So the spirit lifted me up, and look me away, and 1 went in bitterness, in the heat of my spirit; but Iho hand of the Lord was s1ron& upon. The type of
15 IT Then I came to them of the captivity at Tel-abib, that dwelt by the river of Chebar, and 1 sat where Ihpy eat, and remained there astonished among them seven days.
1G And it came to pass at the end of seven days, that the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,
17 Son of man, I have made thee n watchman unto the house of Israel therefore hear the word at my mouth, | and give them warning from m
IS When 1 say unto the v Thou slialt surely die; and lh est him not warning, nor spea warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save hia life; the same wk ed man shail die in his iniquity; Ij his blood will 1 require at thy hand.
19 Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, n from his wicked way, he shall die his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.
20 Again, When a righteous doth turn from his righteousness and commit iniquity, and 1 lay a stum blingbloek before him, he shall die: because thou hn.=;t not given him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he hath done shall not be remembered; but his blood will I require at thy hand.
21 Nevertheless, if thou warn Hie righteous man, that the righteous sin not, and he doll) not sin,he shall surely live, because he is warned; also thou hast delivered thy soul.
22 IT And the hand of the LonD was there upon me; and he said unto me, Arise, go forth into the plain, and 1 will there talk with thee.
23 Then I arose, and went forth into the plain: and, behold, the glory of the Loud stood there, as the glory which I saw by the river of Chebar: and 1 fell on my face.
24 Then the spirit entered into me, and set me upon my feet, and spake with me, and said unto me, Go, shut thyself with in thy house.
25 But thou, O son of man, behold, they shall put bands upon thee, and shall bind thee with them, and tbou shalt not go out among them:
26 And I will make thy tongue cleave to the roof of thy mouth, that thou shalt be dumb, and shalt not be to them a reprover; for they areur i> lions house.
KZEK1EL. j-ei iauccm',3 siege.
27 But when I speak with thee, I will open thy mouth, and ihou shalt say unto them, Thus sailh the Lord God; He that heareth, let him hear; and he that forbcaretli.lethim forbear: for they are a rebellious house. CHAP. IV.
THOU also, son of man, take ihee a tile, and lay it before thee, and portray upon it the city, even Jerusalem:
2 And lay siege against it, and build a fort against it, and cast a mount against it; set the camp also against it, and set battering rams against it round about.
3 Moreover take thou unto thee an ron pan, and set it Jbr a wall of iron between thee and the city: and set thy face against it,and it eJial 1 be besieged, and thou shalt lay siege against it This ■hall be a sign to the Louse of Israel.
4 Lie thou also upon thy left side, and lay the iniquity of the house of Israel upon it: according to the number of the days that thou shalt lie upon
t thou slialt bear their iniquity.
5 For I have laid upon thee the years of their iniquity,according to the number of the days, three hundred and ninety days: so shalt thou bear the niquity of the house of Israel.
6 And when thou hast accomplished them, lie again on thy right side, and thou shalt bear the iniquity of the house of Judah forty days: I have appointed thee each day for a year.
7 Therefore thou shalt set thy face toward the siege of Jerusalem, and thine arm shall be uncovered, and thou shalt prophesy against it.
S And, behold, I will lay bands upon thee, and thou shalt not turn thee from one side to another, till thou hast ended the days of thy siege.
V Take thou also unto thee wheat, and barley, and beans, and lentiles,and il.'et, and fitches, and put them in Ip vessel, and make thee bread there of, according to the number of the days that thou shalt lie upon thy side; three hundred and ninety days shalt thou eat thereof.
30 And thy meat which thou shalt eat ■shall be by weight, twenty shekels a day; from time to lime shalt thou eat
11 Thou shalt drink also water by measure, the sixth part of a hin: from time to time shall: thou drink.