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holds, and hath increased in the daughter of wall of the daughter of Zion, let tears run Judah mourning and lamentation. down like a river day and night; give thysel

6 And he hath violently taken away his no rest ; let not the apple of thine eye cease. tabernacle, as if it were of a garden; he 19 Arise, cry out in the night; in the behath destroyed his places of the assembly:Iginning of the watehes pour out thine heart the Lord hath caused the solemn feasts and like water before the face of the Lord: lift sabbaths to be forgotten in Zion, and hath up thy hands toward him for the life of thy despised, in the indignation of his anger, the young children, that faint for hunger in the king and the priest.

top of every street. 7 The Lord hath cast off his altar; he 20 T Behold, O LORD, and consider to hath abhorred his sanctuary: he hath given whom thou hast done this. Shall the women up into the hand of the enemy the walls of her eat their fruit, ani children of a span long? palaces; they have made a noise in the house shall the priest and the prophet be slain in of the LORD, as in the day of a solemn feast. the sanctuary of the LORD!

8 The LORD hath purposed to destroy 21 The young and the old lie on the ground the wall of the daughier of Zion; he hath in the streets: my virgins and my young men stretched out a line, he hath not withdrawn are fallen by the sword: thou hasi slain them his hand from destroying : therefore he made in the day of thine anger; thou hast killed the rampart and the wall to lament; they and not pitied. languished together.

22 Thou hast called, as in a solemn day, 9 Her gates are sunk into the ground; he my terrors round about; so that in the day hath destroyed and broken her bars; her of the Lord's anger none escaped nor reking and her princes orea nong the Geriiles : mained: those that I have swaddled and the law is no more ; her prophets also find no brought up hath mine enemy consumed. vision from the LORD.

CHAP. III. 10 habe elders of the daughter of Zion si: I AM the man die wat seer afliction by rast up dust upon their heads : they have 2 He hath led me, and brougbt me into giided themselves with sackcloth: the virgins darkness, but not into light. of Jerusalem hang down their heads to the 3 Surely against me is he turned; he tersground.

eth his hand aguinst me all the day: 11 Mine eyes do fail with tears, my bowels 4 My flesh and my skin hath he made are troubled, my liver is poured upon the old; he hath broken my bones. carth, for the destruction of the daughter of 5 He hath builded against me,

and commy people; because the children and the passed me with gall and travail. sucklings swoon in the streets of the city. 6 He hath set me in dark places, as they

12 They say to their mothers, Where is corn that be dead of old. an: wine? when they swooned as the wound 7 He hath hedged me about, that I cannot ed in the streets of the city, when their soul get out; he hath made iny chain heavy. was poured out into their mother's bosom, 8 Also when I cry and shout, he shutieth

13 What thing shall I take to witness for out my prayer.. thee? what thing shall I liken to thee, O 9 He hath inclosed my ways with hewn daughter of Jerusalem ? what shall I equal stone; he hath made my paths crooked. la Diee, that I may comfor: thee, O virgin 10 He was unto me as a bear lying in diughter of Zion for thy breach is great wait, and as a lion in secret places. like the sea; who can heal thee?

11 He hath turned aside my ways, and pull11 Thy prophets have seen vain and foolished me in pieces: he hath made me desolate, Things for thee; and they have not discover 12 He hath bent his bow, and set me as est thine iniquity, to turn away thy captivity; a mark for the arrow. bruit have seen for thee false burdens, and 13 He hath caused the arrows of his quiv. causes of banishment.

er to enter into my reins. 15 All that pass hy clap their hands at thee; 14 I was a derision to all my people, and they hiss and wag iheir head at the dangh- their song all the day. ter of Jerusalem, saying, Is this the city that 15 He hath filled me with bitterness, he men call The perfeciion of beauty, The joy hath made me drunken with wormwood. of the whole earch?

16 He hath also broken my teeth with gra 16 All thume enemies have opened their vel-stones, he hath covered me with ashes. mouth against thee: they hiss and gnash the 17 And thou hast removed my soul far ef tevth: they say, We have swallowed her up: from peace: I forgat prosperity. certainly this is the day that we looked for ; 13 And I said, my strength and my hope we inve found, we have seen il.

is perished from the Lord: 17 The Lord hath done that which he had 19 Remembering mine affliction and my ilevised; he hail fulfilled his word that he had misery, the wormwood and tie gall. coinmanded in the days of old : he bath 20 My soul haih them still in rememthrown down, and hath not pilied: and he brance, and is humbled in me. haih caused thine enemy to rejoice over thee;! 21 This I recall to my inind, therefore le bath set up the horu of thine adversaries. have I hope. 18 Their heart cried unto the LORD O 021 Il is of the LrRD's mercies that we are

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not consumed, because his compassions fail, 55 ? I called upon iny name, O LORD, out

of the low dungeon. 23 They are new every morning: great is 56 Thou hast heard my voice; hide ibt thy faithfulness.

bine ear at my breathing, at my cry. 24 The Lord is my portion, saith my

soul; 57 Thou drewest near in the way that I therefore will I hope in him.

called upon thee: thou saidst, Fear not. 25 The Lord is good unto then that wait 58 O'LORD, thou best pleaded the causes for him, to the soul thul seeketh him, of my soul ; thou hast redeemed my life.

26 Il is good that a man should both hope 59 0 Lori), thou hast seen my wrong; and quiety wait for the salvation of the Lord. judge thou my cause.

27 it is good for a man that he bear the 60 Thou hast seen all their vengeance, and yoke in his youth.

all their imaginations against me. 28 He sitieth alone, and keepeth silence, 61 Thou hast heard their reproaci,O LORD, because he hath borne it upon him. and all their imaginations against me;

29 He putteth his mouth in the dust, if so 62 The lips of those that rose up against be there may be hope.

me, and their device against me all the day. 30 He giveth his cheek to him that smi 63 Behold their sitting down, and their teth him : he is filled full with reproach. rising up; I am their musick.

31 For the LORD will not cast off for ever: 64 Render unto them a recompence, O

32 But though he cause grief, yet will he Lord, according to the work of their hands. have compassion according to the multitude 65 Give them sorrow of heart, thy curse of his mercies.

unto them. 33 For he doth not afflict willingly, nor 66 Persecute and destroy them in anget grieve the children of men.

from under the heavens of the LORD. 34 To crush under his feet all the prison

CHAP. IV. ers of the earth, 35 To turn aside the right of a man before I TOW is the gold become dim ! how is

the most fine gold changed! the stones the face of the most High,

of the sanctuary are poured out in the top of 36 T, subvert a man in his cause, the every street. Lord approveth not.

2 The precious sons of Zion, comparable to 37 [ Who is he that saith, and it cometh to fine gold, how are they esteemed as earther pass, when the LORD commandeth it not? pitchers, the work of the hands of the potter!

35 Out of the mouth of the most High pro 3 Even the sea-monsters draw out the ceedeth not evil and good ?

breast, they give suck to their young ones: 39 Wherefore doth a living man complain, the daughter of my people is become cruel, a man for the punishment of his sins ? like the ostriches in the wilderness.

40 Let us search and try our ways, and 4 l be tongue of the sucking child cleav. turn again to the Lord.

eth to the roof of his mouth for thirst: the 41 Let us lift up our heart with our hands young children ask bread, and no man break unto God in the heavens.

eth it unto them. 12 We have transgressed, and have rebel 5 They that did feed delicately are desoled: thou hast nol pardoned.

late in the streets : they that were brought up 43 Thou hast covered with anger, and per- in scarlet embrace dunghills. secuted us: thou hast slain, thou hast not 6 For the punishment of the iniquity of pitied.

the daughter of my people is greater than 44 Thou hast covered thyself with a cloud, the punishment of the sin of Sodom, theu that our prayer should not pass through. rrus overtlırown as in a moment, and no

45 Thou hast made us us the off-scouring hands slayed on her. and refuse in the midst of the people.

7 Her Nazarites were purer than snow, 46 All our enemies have opened their they were whiter than milk, they were more mouths against us.

ruddy in body than rubies, their polishing 47 Fear and a share is come upon us, deso- was of sapphire : lation and destruction.

8 Their visage is blacker than a coal; they 18 Mine eye rumeth down with rivers of are not known in the streets: their skin water for the destruction of the daughter of cleareth to their bones; it is withered, it is my people.

become like a stick. 49 line eye trickleth clown, and ceaseth 9 They that be slain with the sword are not, without any intermission,

better than they Du be slain with hunger : 50 Till the Lord look down, and behold for these pine away, stricken through for from heaven.

want of the fruits of ihe field. 51 Mine eye affecteth mine heart, because 10 The hands of the pitiful womea have of all the daughters of my city.

sodden their own children: they were their 52 Mine enemies chased me sore, like a meat in the destruction of the daughter of bird, without cause.

my people. 53 They have cut off iny life in the dun 11 The Lord hath accomplished his fury; geon, and cast a stone upon me.

he hath poured out his fierce anger, and haih 54 Waters fowed over mine head; then kindled a fire in Zion, and it hath devcured I vaid, lcm cut off

the foundations thereof.

12 The kings of the earth, and all the inha 2 Our inheritance is turned to strangers. bitants of the world, would not have believed our houses to aliens. that the adversary and the enemy should 3 We are orphans and fatherless, our mo have entered into the gates of Jerusalem. thers are as widows.

13 For the sins of her prophets, and the 4 We have drunken our water for money iniquities of her priests, that have shed the our wood is sold unto us. blood of the just in the midst of her, 5 Our necks are under persecution · we

14 They have wandered as blind men in labour and have no rest. the streets, they have polluted themselves 6 We have given the hand to the Egypwith blood, so that men could not touch their tians, and to the Assyrians, to be satisfied garments.

with bread. '15 They cried unto them, Depart ye; it is un 7 Our fathers have sinned, and are not; clean; depart, depart, touch not : when they and we have borne their iniquities. fied away and wandered, they said among the 8 Servants have ruled over us: there is heathen, They shall no more sojourn there. none that doth deliver us out of their band

16 The anger of the Lord hath divided 9 We gat our bread with the peril of our them; he will no roore regard them: they lives because of the sword of the wilderrespected not the persons of the priests, they ness. favoured not the elders.

10 Our skin was black like an oven be17 As for us, our eyes as yet failed for our cause of the terrible famine. vain help: in our watching we have watch 11 They ravished the women in Zion, and ed for a cation that could not save us. the maids in the cities of Judah.

18 They bunt our steps, that we cannot 12 Princes are hanged up by their hand : go in our streets: our end is near, our days the faces of elders were not honoured. are fulfilled; for our end is come.

13 They took the young men to grind, 19 Our persecutors are swifter than the and the children fell under the wood. eagles of the heaven : they pursued us upon 14 The elders have ceased from the gate, the mountains, they laid wait for us in the the young men from their musick. wilderness.

15 The joy of our heart is ceased; oui 20 The breath of our nostrils, the anoint- dance is turned into mouring. ed of the Lord, was taken in their pils, of 16 The crown is fallen from our head: woe whom we said, Under his shadow we shall unto us, that we have sinned! live among the heathen.

17 For this our heart is faint; for these 21 Rejoice and be glad, O daughter of E-things our eyes are dim, dom, that dwellest in the land of Uz: the cup 18 Because of the mountain of Zion also shall pass through unto thee; thou shalt which is desolate; the foxes walk upon it. be drunken, and shalı make thyself naked. 19 Thou, O Lord, remainest for ever

22 The punishment of thine iniquity is ac- thy throue froin generation to generation. complished, O daughter of Zion; he will no 20 Wherefore dost thou forget us for ever more carry thee away into captivity: he will and forsake us so long time? visit thine iniquity, O daughter of Edom; he 21. Turn thou us unto thee, O LORD, will discover thy sins.

and we shall be turned; renew our days as CHAP. V.

of old. ,, what is come up 22 But thou hast utterly rejected us : thoi

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1 The Book of the Prophet EZEKIEL. CHAP. I.

likeness of four living creatures. And this TOW it came to pass in the thirtieth year, was their appearance ; they had the likenese the month, as I was among the captives by 6 An: every one had four faces, and every the river of Chehar, that the hcavens were one had four wings. opened, and I saw visions of God.

7 And their feet were straight feet; and 2 In the fifth day of the month, (which was the sole of their feet rras like the sole of s the fifth year of king Jehoiachin's captivity, call's foot: and they sparkled like the colow

3 The word of the Lord came expressly of burnished brass. unto Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, in 2 And they had the hands of a man under the land of the Chaldeans, by the river Che- their wings on their four sides ; and they bar; and the hand of the LORD was there four bad their faces and their wings. upon him.

9 Their wings were joined one to another : 4 || And I looked, and, behold, a whirl- they turned 10t when they went; they went wind came out of the north, a great cloud, every one straight forward. and a fire in folding itself, and a brightness 10 As for the likeness of their faces, they was about it, and out of the midst thereof as four had the face of a man and the face of .ne colour of amber, out of the midst of the a lion on the right side; and they four bad fire.

the face of an ox on the left side; they four 5 A’so out of the midst thereof came the also had the face of an eagle



11 Thus were their faces : and their wings from the appearance of his loins even uptoere stretched upward: iwo wings of every ward, and from the appearance of his loins one were joined one to another, and two even downward, I saw as it were the appear. covered their bodies.

ance of fire, and it had brightness round 12 And they went every one straight for- about. ward: whither the spirit was 10 go, they 28 As the appearance of the bow that is went; and they turned not when they weni. in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the

13 As for the likeness of the living crea- appearance of the brightness round about. tures, their appearance was like burning This was the appearance of the likeness of coals of fire, and like the appearance of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw it, lamps: it went up and down among the I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of living creatures ; and the fire was bright, one that spake. and out of the fire went forth lightning.

CHAP. II. 14 And the living creatures ran and return ND he said unto me, Son of man, stand ed as the appearance of a flash of lightning. upon thy feet, and I will speak unto thee.

15 | Now, as I beheid the living crea 2 And the spirit entered into me when he tures, behold one wheel upon the earth by spake unto me, and set me upon my feet, the living creatures, with his four faces. that I heard him that spake unto me.

16 The appearance of the wheels and 3 And he said unto me, Son of man, I send their work was like unto the colour of a be. 'thee to the children of Israel, to a rebellious ry!; and they four bad one likeness: and nation that bath rebelled against me: they their appearance and their work was as it and their fathers have transgressed against were a wheel in the middle of a wheel. me, eren unto this very day.

17 When they went, they went upon their 4 For they are impudent children, and four sides; and they turned not when they stiff-hearted: I do send thee unto them; and

thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the 18 As for their rings, they were so high Lord Gon. that they were dreadful; and their rings 5 And they, whether they will hear, or dere full of eyes round about them four. whether they will forbear, (for they are a re

19 And when the living creatures went, bellious house,) yet shall know ihat there the wheels went by them; and when the liv. hath been a prophet among them. ng creatures were lifted up from the earth, 611 And thou, son of man, be not afraid he wheels were listed up.

or them, neither be afraid of their words, 20 Whithersoever the spirit was to go, though briers and thorns be with thee, and hey went, thither wus their spirit 10 go; and thou dost dwell among scorpions . be not he wheels were lifted up over against them: afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at for the spirit of the living creature was ir. their looks, though they be a rebellious house che wheels.

7 And thou shat speak my words unto 21. When those went, these went; and them, whether they will bear,or whether they when those stood, these stood; and when will forbear; for iley are most rebellious. those were listed up from the eartlı, the 8 But thou, son of man, hear what I say wheels were lifted up over against theni: for unto thee, Be not thou rebellious like that rethe spirit of the living creature wus in the bellious house: open thy mouth, and eat wheels.

that I give thee. 22 And the likeness of the firmament upon 91 And when I loohrd, behold, an hand the heads of the living creature uus as the was sent unto me; and, lo, a roll of a book color of the terrible crystal, stretched forth wus therein ; over their beads above.

10 And he spread it before me; and it wus 23 And under the firmament rere their wrinten within and without: and there was wings straight : the one toward the other: written therein lamentations, and mourning, every one had two, which covered on this and wor. side, and every one had two, which covered

CHAP. III. on that side, their bodies.

VOREOVER, he said uno me, Son of 24 And when they went, I heard the noise li man, eat that thou findest; eat this of their wings, like the noise of great waters, roll, and go speak unto the house of Israel. as the voice of the Almighty, the voice of 2 So I opened my .nouth, and he caused speech, as the noise of an host : wben they to eat that roll. siood, they let down their wings.

3 And be said unto me, S:n of man, cause 25 And there was a voice from the firma- thy belly to eat, and fill thy bowels with this ment that was over their heads, when they roll that I give thee. Then did I eat it; and stood, and had let down their 'vings. it was in my mouth as honey for swertness. 26 [ And above the firmament that was

41 And he said unto me, son of man, go, over their heads wus the likeness ofa throne, get thee unto the house of Israel, and speak as the appearance of a sapphire stone; and with my words nn'o them. upon the likeness of the throne was the like 5 For thou art not sent to a people of a ness as the appearanceosa man above uponit. strange speech, and of an bard' language,

27 And I saw as the colour of amber, as but to the house of Israel. the appearance of fire round about within it; 6 Not to many people of a strange speech,

and of an hard language, whose words thou, is warned: also thou hast delivered thy soul canst not understand: surely, had I sent thee 22 1 And the hand of the Lord wasthere to them, they would have hearkened unto upon me; and he said unto me, Arise, go thee.

forth into the plain, and I will there talk 7 But the house of Israel will not hearken with thee. unto thee; for they will not hearken urito 23 Then I arose, and went forth into the me: for all the house of Israel are impu- plain ; and, bebold, the glory of the LORD dent and hard-hearted.

stood there, as the glory which I saw by the 8 Behold, I have made thy face strong river of Chebar: and I feil on my face. against their faces, and thy forehead strong 24. Then the spirit entered into me, and against their foreheads.

set ine upon my feet, and spake with me, 9 As an adainant, harder than flint, have and said unto me, Go, shut thyself within I made thy forehead: fear them not, neither thine house. be dismayed at their looks, though they be 25 But thou, O son of man, behold, they a rebellious house.

shall put bands upon thce, and shall bind thee 10 Moreover, he said unto me, Son of with them, and thou shalt not go out among waan, all my words that I shall speak unto them: thee receive in thine heart, and hear with 26 And I will make thy tongue clenve to thine ears.

the roof of thy mouth, that thou shalt be 11 And go, get thee to them of the cap- dumb, and shalt not be to them a reprover; tivity, unto the children of thy people, and for they are a rebellious house. speak unto tiem, and tell them, Thus saith 27 But when I speak with thee, I will open the Lord God, whether they will hear, or thy mouth, and thou shalt say unto them, whether they will forbear.

Thus saith the Lord God, He that heareth, 12 Then the spirit took me up, and I let him hear; and he that forbeareth, let him heard behind me a voice of a great rushing, forbear: for they are a rebellious house. saying, Blessed be the glory of the LORD

CHAP. IV. from his place.

THOU also, son of man, take thee a tile,
13 I heard also the noise of the wings of and lay it before thee, and pourtray up-
the living creatures that touched one an- on it the city, eren Jerusalem:
other, and the noise of the wheels over 2 And lay siege against it, and build a fort
against them, and a noise of a great rushing against it, and cast a mount against it; set

14 So the spirit listed me up, and took me the camp also against it; and set battering.
away, and I went in bitterness, in the heat rams against it round about.
of my spirit; but the hand of the LORD was 3 Moreover, take thon unto thee an iron pan,
strong upon me.

and see it for a wallof iron between thee and 15 1 Then I came to them of the captivity the city; and set thy face against it, and it shall at Tel-abib, that dwela by the river of Che- be besieged, and iheu shalt lay siege against bar, and I sat where they sat, and remained it. This shall be a sign to the house of Israel. there astonished among them seven days. 4 Lie thou also upon thy left side, and lay

16 And it came to pass, at the end of se- the iniquity of the house of Israel upon it: ai. vea days, that the word of the Lord came cording to the number of the days that thou unito me, saying,

shalt lie upon it thou shalt bear their iniquity, 17 Son of' man, I have made thee a watch 5 For I have laid upon thee the years of man unto the house of Israel : therefore hear their iniquity, according to the number of the the word at my mouth, and give them days, three hundred and ninety days: so shalt warning from me.

thou hear the iniquity of the house of Israel. 18 When I say unto the wicked, Thou 6 And u ben thou last accomplished them, shalt surely die ; and thou givest lim 100 lie again on thy right side, and thou shall bear warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked the iniquity of the house of Judah forty days: from his wicked way, to save his life; the I have appointed thee each day for a year. same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; 7 Therefore ihou shalt set ihy face ioward but bis blood will I require at thine band. the siege of Jerusalem, and thine arm shall be

19 Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he uncovered and thou shalt prophesy against it. turn not from his wickedness, nor from his 8 And, behokl, I will lay bands upon inee,and wicked way, he shali die in his iniquity: but thou shall not turn thee from one side 1o anthou hast delivered thy soul.

other, till thou hast ended ihe daysofthy siege. 20 Again, when a righteous man doth 9 1 Take thou also unto thee wheat, and lurn from his righteousness and commit in- barley, and beans, and lentiles, and millet, iquity, and I lay a stumbling-block before and fitches, and put them in one vessel, and him, he shall die: because thou hast not make thee bread thereof, according to the given him warning, he sball die in bis sin, number of the days that thou shalt lic upon and his righteousness which he hath done thy side; three hundred and ninety days shall not be remembered; but bis blood will shalt thou eat thereof. i require at thine hand.

10 And thy meat whict thou shall eal 21' Nevertheless, is thou warn the right- shall be hy weight, twenty shekels a-day: ous man, that the righteous sin not, and ne from tinie to time shalt thou eat it. doth not sin, he shall surely live, because he 11 Thou shall drink als wate; by mea.

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