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19 My meat also which I gave thee, fine (lour, and oil, and honey, iv/icretuiih I fed thee, thou hast even sat it before them for a sweet savour: and ihus it was, saith the JLord God.

20 Moreover, thou hast taken thy sons and thy daughters, whom thou hast borne unto me,and these host thou sacrificed unto them to be devoured. Is i/us of thy whoredoms a small mat

21 That thou hast slain my children, and delivered them to cause them to pass through thrJire for them?

22 And in all thine abominations and thy whoredoms thou hast not remembered the days of thy youth, when thou wast naked and bare, and wast polluted in thy blood.

23 And it came to pass, after all thy wickedness, (wo, wo unto thee I saith the Lord Goo,)

24 That thou hast also built unto thee an eminent place, and hast made thee a high place in every street.

25 Thou hast built thy high place at every head of the way, and hast made thy beauty to be abhorred, and hast opened thy feet to everyone that passed by, and multiplied thy whoredoms.

26 Thou hast also committed fornication with the Egyptians thy neighbours, great of flesh ; and hast increased thy whoredoms, to provoke me to anger.

27 Behold, therefore, I have stretched out my hand over thee, and have diminished thine ordinary food, and delivered thee unto the will of them that hate lhee; the daughters of the Philistines, which are ashamed of thy lewd way.

23 Thou hast played the whore also with the Assyrians, because thou was unsuitable; yea, thou hast played Hi harlot with them, and yet couldest not| be satisfied.

29 Thou hast moreover multiplied jthy fornication in the land of Ca lunto Chaldea, and yet thou wasi satisfied herewith.

30 How weak is thy heart, saith the Lord God, seeing thou doestall these (/tings the work of an imperious whorisli woman;

31 In that thoubuildcst thine eminei olace in the head of every way, ati •nakest thy high place in every stree nnd hast not been a9 a harlot in that (lion eeornest hire;

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32 But as a wife that commiltetli adultery, which laketh strangers instead of her husband 1

33 They give gifts to all whores; but thou givest thy gifts to all thy lovers,

and hi rest thern, that they may unto thee on every side for thy whoredom.

34 And the contrary is in thee from 'ther women, in thy whoredoms, vhereas none followctli thee to commit whoredoms: and in that thou

'eat a reward, and no reward is en unto thee; therefore thou art contrary.

35 H YVherefore, 0 harlot, hear the word of the Loud:

36 Thus saith the Lord God, Be;ause thy lilthiness was poured out, md thy nakedness discovered through ,hy whoredoms wilh thy lovers, niu( viih all the idols of thy abominations, ind by the blood of thy children, vhich thou didst give unto them;

37 Behold, therefore, I will gather dl thy lovers, with whom thou ha.se taken pleasure, and all ihcm that thou hast loved, with all Uicm that thou hast hated; I will even gather them

nd about against thee, and will disrer thy nakedness unto them, that they may see all thy nakedness.

And 1 will judge thee, as women that break wedlock, and shed blood, re judged; and L will give thee blood in fury and jealousy.

39 And 1 will also give thee into their hand,and they shall throw down thine eminent place, and shall break down thy nigh places: they shall strip thee also of thy clothes, and shall take thy fair jewels, and leave thee naked

nd bare.

40 They shall also bring up a com puny against thee, and they shall

hee with stones, and thrust thee through with their swords.

41 And they shall bum thy houses with (ire, and execute judgments upon thee in the sight of many women: and I will cause thee to ceasefrom playing the harlot, and thou also shalt give no hire any more.

42 So willl make my fury toward thee to rest, and my jealousy shall de ■ part from thee, and 1 will be quiet, and will be no more angry.

43 Because thou hast not rememberer; the days of thy youth, but hast fretted ,me in all these things; behold, there*

God promiscth forcl also will recompense Iby way upon thy head, saith the Lord God: and thou shalt not commit this lewdness above all Ihine abominations.

441T Behold, every one that useth proverbs shall use this proverb against thee, saying, As is the mother, so is her daughter.

45 Thou art thy mother's daughter, that loalhelh her husband and her children: and thou art the sister of thy sisters, which loathelh their husbands and their children: your mother icas\

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When thy sister, Sodom and In r ghters, shall return to their fornn r estate, and Samaria and l>er daughters shall return to their former estate, then thou and thy daughters shall reurn to your former estate. 66 For Miy sister Sodom was not mentioned by thy mouth in the daj of thy pride,

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46 And thine elde she and her daughters that dwell at thy left hand: and thy younger sister, that dwelletb at thy right band, is Sodom and her daughters.

47 Yet hast thou not walked after their ways, nor done after their abominations; but as if that were a. very little thing, thou wast corrupted more than they "in all thv ways.

48 As 1 live, eaith the Lord God, Sodom thy sister hath not done, she nor her daughters, as thou hast done, thou and thy daughters.

49 Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her, and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.

60 And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good.

61 Neither hath Samaria committed half of thy sins; but thou hast m plied thine abominations more I they, and hast justified thy sistei all thine abominations, which Ihouj hast done.

52 Thou also, which hast judged thy sisters, bear thine own shame, for thy sins that thou hast committed more abominable than they; they are more righteous than thou : yea, be thou con founded also, and bear thy shame, ir that thou hast justified thy sisters.

53 When I shalJ bring again thei'i captivity, the captivity of Sodom and her daughters, and the captivity of Samaria and her daughters, then imll\ £ bring again the captivity of thy captives in the midst of them:

M That thou mayest bear thine own shame, and mayest be confounded in nil that thou hast done, in that thou art a comfort unto them

57 Before thy wickedness was discovered, as at the time of thy reproach if the daughter of Syria, arid all thai ire round about her, the daughters of the Philistines, which despise thoe

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58 Thou hast borne thy lewdness and thine abominations, saith the Lotid.

59 For thus saith the Lord God, I viil even deal with thee as thou hast

done, which hast despised the oath in breaking the covenant.

60 11" Nevertheless 1 will remember my covenant with thee in the days of thy youth, and J will establish unto thee an everlasting covenant,

61 Then thou shalt remember thy ways, and be ashamed, when Hum shalt receive thy sisters, thine elder and thy younger: and 1 will give them unto thee for daughters, but not by thy covenant.

62 And 1 will establish my covenant with thee; and thou shalt know that lam (he Lord:

63 That thou mayest remember, and be confounded, and never open thy mouth any more because of thy shame, when I am pacified toward thee for all that thou hast done, saith the Lord Gon.

CHAP. XVII.

AND the word of the Loiid came unto me, saying,

2 Sou of man, put forth a riddle, and speak a parable unto the house~bf Is rael;

3 And say, Thus saith the Lord Gor>, A great eagle with great win^s. longwinged, full of feathers, which had divers colours, came unto Lebanon, and took the highest branch of the cedar:

4 He cropped olT the top of his young twigs, and carried it into a land of traffic; he set it in acity of merchants.

5 He took also of the seed of theland, and planted it in a fruitful fi'ild; he placed it by great waters, and set it as a willow tree,

5 And it grew, and became a spread The cedar o/ C1JAI ng vine of low stature, whose branches turned toward hint, and the roots thereof were under hiin; soitbee; a v.'ne, and brought forth branches, and shot forth sprigs.

7 There was also another great eagle with groat wings and many feathers: and, behold, this vine did bend her roots toward bun, and shot forth her branches toward hitn, that he might water it by the furrows of her planta

8 It was planted in a good soil by great waters, that it might bring forth branches, and that it might bear fruit, that it might be a goodly vine.

9 Say thou,Thus sailh the Lord Goo; Shall it prosper i shall he not pull up the roots thereof, and cut oil'the fruit thereof, that it wither? it eJial) wither in all the leaves of her spring, even without, great power or many people to pluck it up by the roots thereof

10 Yea, behold, being planted, shall it prosper? shall it not utterly wither: when the east wind louiheth it? it shall wither in Hie funows where it grew.

11 IT Moreover.the word ol the Lord came unto me, saying,

22 Say now to the rebellious house, Knowye not what lUesae/tinga mean?] tell them, Behold ll>" kingof Babylon is come to Jerusalem, anil hath taken] the king thereof, and the princes thereof, and led them with him to Babylon;

13 And hath taken of the king's seed, and made a covenant with him, and hath taken an oath of him: lie ha'h also taken the might v of the laud:

14 That the kingdom might be base, that it might nut lift itself up, fort that by keeping of his covenant it might stand.

lft But he rebelled against him in sending his ambassadors into Egypt, that they might give him horses and] much people. Shall he prosper? shall he escape that doeth such things? or shall he break the covenant, and be delivered?

16 As I live, eaith the Lotd God, surely in the place where, the king dwcllt'lh that made him king, whose oath he despised, and whose covenant he brake, even with him in the midst of Babylon he shall die.

17 Kcithcr shall 1'haraoli with his nighty army and great company make

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for him In vhc war, by casting up mounts, and building lorls, to cut onmany persons:

18 Seeing he despised the oath by breaking the covenant, when, lo, he had giver. Ins hand, and hath done all these things, he shall not escape.

19 Therefore thus sahh the Lord God; As Hive,surely mine oath that he bath despised, and my covenant that he hath broken, even it will I recompense upon his own head.

50 And 1 will spread my net upon him, and he shall be taken in my snare, and 1 will bring him to Babylon, and will plead with him there for his trespass that he hath trespassed against me.

'21 And all his fugitives with all his bands shall fall by the sword, and they that remain shall* be scattered toward all winds: and ye shall know that 1 the Loud have spoken it.

22 TT Thus sailh the Lord Gon; I will also take of the highest branch of the high cedar, and will cet it; I will crop off Irom the top of his young l wigs a tender one, and will plai... it upon a high mountain and eminent;

23 In the mountain of the height of Israel will 1 plant it: and it shall bring forth boughs, and bear fruit, and be a goodly cedar: and under it shall dwell all fowl of every wing; in the shadow of the branches thereof shall I hey dwell.

24 And all the trees of the field shall know that I the LoaD have brought down the high tree, have exalted the low tree, have dried up the green tree, and have mode the dry tree u» flourish: 1 the Loud have spoken and have done it,

CHAP. XV1I1. rjM-tE word of the Lonn came unto

2 What mean ye, that ye use this proverb concerning the land of Israel, saving, The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on edge?

3 As 1 live, sailh the Lord God, ye shall not have occasion any more to use this proverb in Israel.

4 Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine:the soul tluUsinnetb, it shall die.

5 Tf But if a man be just, and do that which is lawful and right.

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0 And hath not eaten upon the mountains, neither hath lifted up his eyes] to the idols of the house of Israel, neither haih defiled his neighbour's wife, reitherhath come near to a menslruous woman,

7 And hath not oppressed any, hut hath restored lo the debtor his pledge, hall) spoiled none by violence, hath given his bread lo 1 lie hungry, and hath covered the naked with a garment;

8 He that hath not given forth upon usury .neither hath taken any increase, that hath withdrawn his hand from iniquity, hath executed true judgment between man nnd man,

9 Hath walked in my statutes, and hath kept my judgments, lodeal truly; I he is just, he shall surely live, saiih 6aith the Lord God.

10 IT If he beget a son that is a robber, a shedder of blood, and that doeth the like lo any one of these tilings,

LI And that doeth not any of those duties, but even hath eaten upon the mountains, and defiled his neighbour's

12 Hath oppressed the poor and needy, hath spoiled by violence, hath noi restored the pledge, and hath lifted upl his eyes to the idols, hath committed abomination,

13 Halh given forth upon usury, and hath taken increase: shall he then live? he shall not live: he hath done] all these abominations; he shall surely die; his blond shall be upon him.

14 TT Now, lo, if he beget a eon, that seeth all his father's sins which he hath done, and considered), and doeth not such like,

15 That halh not eaten upon the mountains, neither hath lifted up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel, hath not defiled his neighbour's i wife,

16 Neither halh oppressed any, hath not wilhholden the pledge, neither hath spoiled by violence but hath given his bread lo the hungry, and hath covered the naked with "a garment,

17 T/ial hath taken off his hand from the poor, that hath not received usury nor increase, hath executed my judgments, hath walked in my statutes'; he shall not die for the iniquity of his father, lie ehalhsurdv live.

18 As Jar his father, because he cruel-1 _ ,

ly oppressed, spoiled his brother by vi-jno'. your way

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olence, and did that which is notgood .among his people, lo, even he shall die in his iniquity.

19 Tf Yet say ye, Why? doth not the son bear the iniquity of the father? When the son hath done that which is lawful and right, and hath kept all inv statutes, and hall) done them, he shall surely live.

20 The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the fattier bear the iniquity of the son; the righteous ness of the righteous shall be upon him. and the wickedness of the wick ed shall be upon him.

21 fl But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he halh committed, nnd keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shal'. surely live, he shall not die.

22 All his transgressions that he hat;; committed, they shall not be mentioned unto him : in his righteousness that he hath done he shall live.

23 Have 1 any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saii.li Ihe Lord Goo; and not that he should return from his w ays, and live?

24 11 But when the righteous turnetli away from his righteousness, and com uiiileth iniquity, and doeth according to all the abominations that the wicked man doeth, shall he live? All Ins righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned: in his trespass Unit he hath trespassed, and in his sin that he hath sinned, in them shall he die.

25 II Yet ye say,The way of the Lord is not equal. Hear now, O house of Israel, is not my way equal? are not your ways unequal?

26 When a righteous man turneth away from his righteousness, and commitlelh iniquity, and dielh in them; for his'iniquity that he hath done shall

27 Again, when the wicked man turneth away from his wickedness that he halh committed, and doeth that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul nlive.

2S Because he considered), and turneth away from all his transgressions that he hath committed, he shall surely live, be shall not die. 29 Yet sailh the house of Israel, The way of the Loud is not equal. O house of Israel, are not my ways equal ? aro

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30 Therefore I will judge you,Ohouse of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord God. Repent, and turn yrsursehes from all your transgressions; so iniquity ehali not be your ruin.

31 IT Cast away from you all your transgressions,whereby ye have transgressed ; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel?

32 For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord God: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.

CHAP XIX

MOREOVER, 'take thou up a lamentation for the princes of Is

rael,

2 And saj', What is thy mother? A lioness: she lay down among lions,she nourished her whelps among young lions.

3 And she brought up one of her whelps: it became a young lion, and it learned to catch the prey; it devoured men.

4 The nations also heard of him; lie was taken in their pit, and they brought hiai with chains unto the land of Egypt.

6 Now when she saw that ehe had waited, and her hope was lost, then she took another of her whelps, and made him a young lion.

6 And he went up and down among the lions, he became a young lion, and learned to catch the prey~ and devoured men.

7 And he knew their desolate pala ces, and he laid waste their cities: and the land was desolate, and the fulness thereof, by the noise of his roaring.

5 Then the nations set ag; on every side from the provinces, and spread their net over him: he was taken in their pit.

9 And they put him in ward in chains, and brought him to the king of Babylon; they brought him into holds, that his voice should no more be heard upon the mountains of Israel.

10 If Thy mother is like a vine in thy blood,planted by the waters: she was fruitful, and full of branches, by reason of many waters.

11 And she had strong rods for the sceptres of them that Dare rule, and her 6tature was exalted among the thick branches, and she appeared in

her height with the multitude of lier branches.

12 But she wa9 plucked up in fury, lie was cast down to the ground, and

the east wind dried up her fruit: her igrods were broken and withered: the fire consumed them.

13 And now she is planted m the wilderness,in a dry and thirsty ground.

14 And fire is gone out of a rod of ler branches, ivhich hath devoured icr fruit, so that she hath no strong rod to be a sceptre to rule. This is a lamentation, and shall be for a lamentation.

CHAP. XX.

AND it came to pass in the seventh year, in the fifth month, the tenth daxj of the month, that certain of the elders of Israel came to inquire of the Lord, and sat before me.

2 Then came the word of the Lord unto me, saying,

3 Son of man, speak unto the elders of Israel, and say unto them, Thus sail I) the Lord God; Are ye come to inquire of me? As I live, saith the Lord God, 1 will not be inquired of by you.

4 Wilt thou judge them.eon of man? wilt thou judge them? cause them to know the abominations of their fa

5 And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; In the day when I chose Israel, and lilted up my hand unto the seed of the house of Jacob, and made myself known unto them in the land of Egypt, when I lifted up my hand unto them, saying, I am the Lord your God;

6 In the day that I lifted up my hand unto them, to bring thlm forth of the land of Egypt, into a land that 1 had espied for lliem, llowiug with milk and honey, which is the glory of all

lands;

7 Then said 1 unto them, Cast ye away every man the abominations of his eyes,and defile not yourselves with the idols of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.

8 But they rebelled against me, and would not hearken unto me: they did not every man castaway the abominations of their eyes, neither did they forsake tire idolsof Egypt: thtn I said, I will pour out my fury upon them, to accomplish mine anger against them in the midst of the land of Egypt.

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