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Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thou saidst, Aha, against my sanctuary, when it was profaned; and against the land of Israel, when it was desolate; and against the house of Judah, when they went into captivity;

EZEKIEL XXV-EVIL BEFALLETH THE NATIONS

4 Behold, therefore I will deliver thee to the men of the east for a possession, and they shall set their palaces in thee, and make their dwellings in thee: they shall eat thy fruit, and they shall drink thy milk.

5 And I will make Rabbah a stable for camels, and the Ammonites a couching place for flocks: and ye shall know that I am the LORD. 6 For thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thou hast clapped thine hands, and stamped with the feet, and rejoiced in heart with all thy despite against the land of Israel;

7 Behold, therefore I will stretch out mine hand upon thee, and will deliver thee for a spoil to the heathen; and I will cut thee off from the people, and I will cause thee to perish out of the countries: I will destroy thee; and thou shalt know that I am the LORD.

8 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because that Moab and Seir do say, Behold, the house of Judah is like unto all the heathen;

9 Therefore, behold, I will open the side of Moab from the cities, from his cities which are on his frontiers, the glory of the country, -Beth-jeshimoth, Baal-meon, and Kiriathaim,

10 Unto the men of the east with the Ammonites, and will give them in possession, that the Ammonites may not be remembered among the nations.

11 And I will execute judgments upon Moab; and they shall know that I am the LORD.

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Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because that Edom hath dealt agai the house of Judah by taking vengeance, and hath greatly offended, and revenged himself upon them;

13 Therefore thus saith the Lord God; I will also stretch out mine hand upon Edom, and will cut off man and beast from it; and I will make it desolate from Teman; and they of Dedan shall fall by the sword.

14 And I will lay my vengeance upon Edom by the hand of my people Israel: and they shall do in Edom according to mine anger and according to my fury; and they shall know my vengeance, saith the Lord GOD.

15 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because the Philistines have dealt by revenge, and have taken vengeance with a despiteful heart, to destroy it for the old hatred;

16 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will stretch out mine hand upon the Philistines, and I will cut off the Cheret hims, and destroy the remnant of the sea coast.

17 And I will execute great vengeance upon them with furious rebukes; and they shall know that I am the LORD, when I shall lay my vengeance upon them.

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The Lesson of the Tile

FROM THE PRIVATE COLLECTION OF MR. FRANK E.

WRIGHT OF PHILADELPHIA.

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"Thou also, son of man, take thee a tile, and lay it before thee, and pourtray upon it the city, even Jerusalem.”Ezekiel, 4, 1.

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ZEKIEL, more than any other of the prophets, proclaims his messages after the priestly fashion, by "types," by himself enacting examples. His first message to his countrymen was delivered in this fashion. Following God's command he took a "tile," a flat piece of hardened clay, and made upon it a rough model of Jerusalem. Then he moulded, around this, forts and battering rams and all the works of a besieging army. Thus his friends, questioning what this strange play meant, might be more permanently impressed with the weight of his prophecy. He declared that even thus should Jerusalem be destroyed.

Moreover he was bidden lie upon his left side before his model for three hundred and ninety days, each day typifying a year during which God had endured the wickedness of all Israel. Then he was to turn upon his right side and lie forty days, for the forty years that Judah would continue in sin. During this time, the prophet was to eat and drink only an exact and limited amount, some of it foul and evilly prepared, to indicate the straits to which Jerusalem should be reduced for food. At the close of this strange prophesying, Ezekiel was bidden shave off his hair and use it as the people of Judah should be used, part to be burned, part smitten with a sword, part scattered to the wind, and only a few hairs carefully preserved.

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