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12 Hath oppressed the poor and needy, 27 Again, when the wicked man turneth nr th spoiled by violence, háth not restored away from his wickedness that he hath comthe pledge, and hath lifted up his eyes to the mitted, and doeth that which is lawful and tools, hath committed abomination, right, he shall save his soul alive.

13 Hath given forth upon usury, and hath 28 Because he considereth, and turneth taken increase: shall he then live? he shall away from all his transgressions that he hath not live: he hath done all these abomina- committed, he shall surely live, he shall not tions ; he shall surely die; his blood shall be die. upon him.

29 Yet saith the house of Israel, The way 14 1 Now, lo, if he beget a son, that seeth of the Lord is not equal. O house of Israel, all his father's sins which he hath done, and are not my ways equal ? are not your ways considereth, and doeth not such like, unequal ?

15 That hath not eaten upon the moun. 30 Therefore I will judge 'you, O house tains, neither hath lifted up his eyes to the of Israel, every one according to his ways, idols of the house of Israel, hath not defiled saith the Lord God. Repent, and turn yourhis neighbour's wife,

selres from all your transgressions ; so in16 Neither hath oppressed any, hath not iquity shall not be your ruin. withholden the pledge, neither haih spoiled 31 | Cast away from you all your transby violence, bui hath given his bread to the gressions, whereby ye have transgressedie hungry, and hath covered the naked with a and make you a new heart and a new spirit, garment,

for why will ye die, O house of Israel? 17 That hath taken off his hand from the 32 For I have no pleasure in the death of poor, that hath not received usury nor in- him that dieth, saith the Lord God: wherecrease, bath executed my judgments, hath fore turn yourselves, and live ye. walked in my statutes; he shall not die for

CHAP. XIX. the iniquity of his father, he shall surely live. MOREOVER, take shou up a lamentapressed, spoiled his brother by violence, and 2 And say, What is thy mother? A lioness: did that which is not good among his people, she lay down among lions, she nourished her 10, even he shall die in his iniquity. whelps among young lions.

19 1 Yet say ye, Why? doth not the son 3 And she broughi up one of her whelps. hear the iniquity of the father? When the son it became a young lion, and it learned to hath done that which is lawful and right, catch the prey; it devoured men. and hath kept all my statutes, and hath done 4 The nations also heard of him; he was hem, he shall surely live.

laken in their pit, and they brought him with 20 The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The chains unto the land of Egypt. son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, 5 Now, when she saw that she had waited, aeither shall the father bear the iniquity of and her hope was lost, then she took another she son : the righteousness of the righteous of her whelps, and made bim a young lion. shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the 6 And he went up and down among the wicked shall be upon him.

lions, he became a young lion, and learned 21 11 But if the wicked will turn from all to catch the prey, and devoured men. his sins that he hath committed, and keep all. 7 And he knew their desolate palaces, and my slatutes, and do that which is lawful and he laid waste their cities; and the land was right, he shall surely live, he shall not die. desolate, and the fulness thereof, by the noise

22 All his transgressions that he hath com- of his roaring. mitted, they shall not be mentioned 'unto 8 Then the nations set against him on every him: in his righteousness that he hath done side from the provinces, and spread their wel he shall live.

over him : he was taken in their pit. 23 Have I any pleasure at all that the 9 And they put him in ward in chains, wicked should die ? saith the Lord God; and brought him to the king of Babylon; and not that he should return from his ways, they brought him into bolus, that his voice and live?

should no more be heard upon the moun 24 But when the righteous turneth away tains of Israel. from his righteousness, and commilteth in- 10 $ Thy mother is like a vine in thy blood, squity, and docth according to all the abomi- planted by the waters: she was fruitsui, and nations that the wicked man doeth, shall he full of branches, by reason of many waters. we? Ali bis righteousness that he hath done. 11 And she had strong mds for the scepshall not be mentioned: in his trespass that tres of them that bare rule, and her stature he hath trespassed, and in sin that he hath was exalted among the thick branches, and sinned, in thein shall he die.

she appeared in her height with the multi25 1 Yet ye say, The way of the Lord is tude of her branches. not equal. Hear now, 0 house of Israel, is not 12 But she was plucked up in fury, she was my way equal? are not your ways unequal: cast down to the ground, and the east wind

26 When a righteous mun turneth away dried up her fruit; her strong ruds were lorofon his righteousness, and committeth in- ken and withered, the fire consumed them. iquity, and dieth in them; for his iniquity 13 And now she is planted in the wilderhat he hath done shall he die.

ness, in a dry and thirsty ground.

“14 And fire is gone out of a rod of her 15 Yot also I listed up my band unto them branches, which hath devoured her fruit, so in the wilderness, that I would not bring that she hath no strong rod to be a sceptre to them into the land which I had given them, rule. This is a lamentation, and shall be for Howing with milk and honey, which is the a lamentation.

glory of all lands; CHAP, XẢ.

16 Because they despised my judgments, in the fifth month, the tenth day of the my sabbaths : for their heart went after their

, month, that certain of the elders of Israel came idols. to enquire of the LORD, and sat before me. 17 Nevertheless mine eye spared therr

2 Then came the word of the LORD unto from destroying them, neither did I make an me, saying,

end of them in the wilderness. 3 Son of inan, speak unto the elders of Is- 18 But I said unto their children in the wil rael, and say unto ihem, Thus saith the Lord derness, Walk ye not in the statules of your God, Are ye come to enquire ot' me? As I fathers, neither observe their judgments, nor live, saith the Lord God, I will not be en- defile yourselves with their idols quired of by you.

19 L'am the LORD your God; walk in my 41 Wili thou judge them, son of man? statutes, and keep my judgments, and do wilt thou judge them? cause them to know them; the abominations of their fathers;

20 And hallow my sabbaths; and they shall 5 And say uno them, Thus saith the Lord be a sign between me and you, that ye may Gon, In the day when I chose Israel, and know that I am the LORD your God. lified up mine hand unto the sced of the 21 Notwithstanding the children rebelled house of Jacob, and made myself known un- against me: they walked not in my statutes, to them in the land of Egyri, when I listed neither kept my judgments to do them, up mine hand unto them, saying, I am the which if a man do, he shall even live in Lord your God

them; they polluted my sabbaths: then I 6 Inibe day trat I listed up mine hand un- said, I would pour out my fury upon them, to them, to bring them forth of the land of to accomplish iny anger against them in the Egypt, into a land that I had espied for wilderness. them, flowing with milk and honey, which 22 Nevertheless I withdrew mine hand, and is the glory of all lands;

wrought for my name's sake, that it should 7 Then said I unto them, Cast ye away not be polluted in the sight of the heathen. in every man the abomirations of his eyes, and whose sight I brought them forth. defile not yourselves with the idols of Egypt: 23 I lifted up mine hand unto them also I am the Lori) your God.

in the wilderness, that I would scatter them 8 But they rebelled against me, and would among the heathen and disperse them through pot hearken unto me: they did not every man the countries ; cast away the abominations of their eyes, 24 Because they had not executed iny neither did they forsake the idols of Egypt; judgments, but had despised my statutes, then I said, I will pour out my fury upon and had polluted my sabbaths, and their !hem, to accomplish my anger against them eyes were after their fathers' idols. in the midst of the land of Egypt.

25 Wherefore I gave them also statutes 9 But I wrought for my name's sake, that that were not good, and judgments wnereby it should not be polluted hefore the heathen, they should not live : among whom they were, in whose sight i 26 And I polluted them in their own gifts made myself known unto them, in bringing in that they caused to pass through the fire them forib out of the land of Egypt. all that openeth the womb, that I might

10 Wherefore I caused thein to go forth make them desolate, to the end that they out of the land of Egypt, and brought them might know that I am the LORD. into the wilderness;

27 | Therefore, son of man, speak unto 11 And I gave them my statutes, and shew- the house of Israel, and say unto them, Thus ed them iny judgmonts, which if a man do, saith the Lord God; Yet in this

your fathers he shall even live in them.

have blasphemed me, in that they have com12 Moreover also, I gave them my sab- mitted a trespass against me. haths, to be a sign between me and them, 28 For when I had brought them into the that they might know that I am the LORD land, for the which I lified up mine hand in that sanctify them.

give it to them, then they saw every bigli 13 But the house of Israel rebelled against hill, and all the thick trees, and they otferme in the wilderness: they walked not in my cd there their sacrifices, and there they statutes, and they despised my judgments, presented the provocation of their offering which if a man do, le challeven live in them:Ithere also they made their sweet savour, and and my sabbaths they greatly polluted: then poured out there their drink-offerings. I said, I would pour out my fury upon them 29 Ther. I said unto them, What is the in the wilderness, to consume them. nign place wherсunto ye go? And the name

14 But I wrought for my name's sake, that thereof is called Bamah unto this day. it should not be polluted before the heashen, 30 Wherefore say unto the house of Israel, in whese sight I brought them out. Thus saith the Lord God, Are ye polluted


after the manner of your fathers ? and com- 45 [ Moreover, the word of the LORD mil ye whoredom atter their abominations ? came unto me, saying,

31 For when ye offer your gifts, when ye 46 Son of man, set thy face toward the nake your sons to pass through the fire, ye south, and drop thy word toward the south, pollute yourselves with all your idols, even and prophesy against the forest of the south onto this day: and shall I be enquired of by field; çou, O house of Israel ? As I live, saith the 47' And say to the forest of the south, Hear Lord Gon, I will not be enquired of by you. the word of the Lord); Thus saith the Lord

32 And that which cometh into your mind God, Behold, I will kindle a fire in thee, and shall not be at all, that ye say, We will be as it shall devour every green tree in thee, and the heathen, as the families of the countries, every dry tree: the Aaming flame shall not to serve wood and stone.

be quenched, and all faces from the south to 33 li As I live, saith the Lord God, surely the north shall be burned therein. with a nighty hand, and with a stretched- 48 And all flesh shall see that I the LORD out arm, and with fúry poured out, will have kindled it: it shall not be quenched. rule over you:

49 Then said I, Ah Lord Gop! they say 34 And I will bring you out froin the peo- of me, Doth he not speak parables ? ple, and will gather you out of the countries


ND the word of the LORD came unto hand, and with a stretched-out arm, and me, saying, with fury poured out.

2 Son of mán, set thy face toward Jerusalern, 35 And I will bring you into the wilder- and drop thy word toward the holy places, jess of the people, and there will I plead and prophesy against the land of Israel, with you face to face.

3 And say to the land of Israel, Thus saith 36 Like as I pleaded with your fathers in the Lord, Behold, I am against thee, and he wilderness of the land of Egypt, so will will draw forth my sword out of bis sheath, plead with yon, saith the Lord Gud. and will cut off froin thee the righteous and 37 And I will cause you to pass under the the wicked. ood, and I will bring you into the bond of 4 Seeing then that I will cut off from thee he covenant :

the righteous and the wicked, therefore shall 38 And I will purge out from among you my sword go forth out of bis sheath against he rebels, and them that transgress against all flesh from the south to the north;

: I will bring them forth out of the coun- 5 That all flesh may know that I the LORD try where they sojourn, and they shall not have drawn forth my sword out of his sheath: enter into the land of Israel; and ye shall it shall not return any more. know that I am the LORD.

6 Sigh therefore, thou son of man, with 39 As for you, O house of Israel, thus saith the breaking of thy loins; and with bitterthe Lord Gon, Go ye, serve ye every one ress sigh before their eyes. bis idols, and hereafter also, if ye will not 7 And it shall be, when they say unto thec, hearken unto ine: but pollute ye my holy Wherefore sighest thou ? that thou shalt anname no more with your gists, and with your swer, For the Lidings, because it cometh; and Idols.

every heart shall melt, and all hands suall be 40 For in mine holy mountain, in the feeble, and every spirit shall faint, and all mountain of the height of Israel, saith the knees shall be weak as vater : behold, it Lord God, there shail all the house of Is- cometh, and shall be brought to pass, saith rael, all of them in the land, serve me: there the Lord God. will I accept them, and there will I require 8 T Again the word of the LORD came your offerings, and the first-fruits of your unto me, saying, oblations, with all your holy things. 9 Son of man, prophesy, and say, Thus

41 I will accept you with your sweet sa- saith the LORD; Say, A sword, a sword is rour, when I bring you out from the people, sharpened, and also furbished: ind gather you out of the countries wherein 10 It is sharpened to make a sore slaughter : ye have been scaltered; and I will be sanc- it is furbished that it may glitter . should we kified in you before the heathen.

then make mirth? it contemneth the rod of 42 And ye shall know that I am the LORD, my son, as every tree. when I shall bring you into the land of Is- 11 And he hath given it to be furbished, Tael. into the country for the which I lifted that it may be handled; this sword is sharpup mine hand to give it to your fathers. ened, and it is furbished, to give it into the 43 And there shall ye remember your nand of the slayer.

your doinys, wherein ye have 12 Cry and howl, son of man; for it shall Pieen defiled; and ye shall loathe yourselves be upon my people, it shall be upon all the in your own sighi for all your evils that ye princes of Israel: terrors, by reason of the have committed.

sword, shall be upon my people : smite ther44 And ye shall know that I am the LORD, fore upon thy thigh. when I have wrought with you for my name's 13 Because it is a trial, and what if the sake, not according to your wicked ways, nor sword contemn even the rod ? it shall be no according to your corrupt doings, O ye house more, saith the Lord God. of Israel, saiih the Lord God.

14 Thou therefore, son of man, prophesy

ways, and all

and smito thine hands together, and let the 30 Shall I cause it to return into his sheath sword be doubled the third time, the sword I will judge thee in the place where thou of the slain; it is the sword of the great men wast created, in the land of thy nativity. that are slain, which entereth into their privy 31 And I will pour out mine indignation chambers.

upon thee; I will blow against thee in the 15 I have set the point of the sword against fire of my wrath, and deliver thee into the all their gates, that reir heart may faint, and land of brutish men, and skiliul to destroy. their ruins be multiplied: ah! it is made 32 Thou shalt be for fuel to the fire, tey "might, it is wrapped up for the slaughter. blood shall be in the midst of the land, thou

6. Go thee one way or other, either on shalt be no more remembered. fl I the ce right hand, or on the left, whithersoever LORD have spoken it. thy face is set.

CHAP. XXI. and I will cause my fury to resto das cher ether, MOREOVER, the worde the Lord

came unto me, saying, bave said it.

2 Now, thou son of man, wilt thou judge 18 | The word of the Lord came unto wilt thou judge the bloody city? yea, thou me again, saying,

shalt shew her all her abominations. 19 Also, thou son of man, appoint thee 3 Then say thou, Thus saith the Lord two ways, that the sword of the king of Ba- God, The city sheddeth blood in the midst bylon niay come: both twain shall come forth of it, that her time may come, and maketh out of one land; and choose thou a place, idols against herself to defile herself. choose it at the head of the way to the city. 4 Thou art become guilty in thy blood

20 Appoint a way, that the sword may that thou hast shed; and hasi defiled thyself come to Rabbath of the Ammonites, and to in thine idols which thou hast made, and Judah in Jerusalem the defenced.

thou hast caused thy days to draw near, and 21 For the king of Babylon stood at the art come eren unto thy years : therefore have parting of the way, at the head of the two I made thee a reproach unto the heathen, ways, to use divination : he made his ar- and a mocking to all countries. rows bright, he consulted with images, he 5 Those that be near, and those that be far looked in the liver.

from thee, shail mock thee, which art in 22 At his right hand was the divination famous and much vexed. for Jerusalem, to appoint captains, to open 6 Behold, the princes of Israel, every one the mouth in the slaughter, 10 list up the were in thee to their power to shed blood. roice with shouting, to appoint buttering- 7 In thee have they set light by father and rams against the gates, lo cast a mount, and mother; in the midsi of thee have they dealt to build a fort.

by oppression with the stranger, in thee 23 And it shall be unto them as a false have they vexed the fatherless and the widow. divination in their sight, to them that have 8 Thou hast despised mine holy things, sworn oaths: but he will call to remembrance and hast profaned my sabbaths. he iniquity, that they may be taken. 9 In thee are men that carry tales to shed

24 Therefore thus saith the Lord Gov, blood; and in thee they eat upon the mounBecause ye have made your iniquity to be tains; in the midst o thee they commit remembered, in that your transgressions are lewdness; discovered, so that in all your doings your 10 In thee have they discovered their fa. sins do appear ; because, I say, that ye are thers' nakedness; in thee have they humbled come to remembrance, yo shall be taken her that was set apart for pollution. with the hand.

11 And one hath committed abomination 25 T And thou, profane wicked prince of yith his neighbour's wife ; and another hath Israel, whose day is come, when iniquity shall lewdly defiled his daughter-in-law; and have an end;

another in thee hath humbled bis sister, his 26 Thus saith the Lord Gon, Remove the father's daughter. diadem, and take off the crown; this shall 12 In thee have they taken gifts to shed not be the same: exalt him that is low, and blood; thou hast taken usury aid increase, abase him that is high.

and thou hast greedily gained of thy neigh 27 I will overturn, overturn, overturn it ; bours hy extortion, and hast forgotten me, and it shall be no more, until he come whose saith the Lord God. right it is; and I will give it him.

13 Behold, therefore I have smitten mine 28 1 And thou, son of man, prophesy, and hand at thy dishonest gain which thou hast say, Thus saith the Lord Gop concerning made, and at thy blood which bath been in the Ammonites, and concerning their re- the midst of thee. proach ; even say thuu, The sword, the 14 Can thine heart endure, or can sword is drawn: for the slaughter it is fur- hands be strong, in the days that I shall bished, to consume because of the glittering ; with thee? I the Lord have spoken it, and

29 Whiles they see vanity unto tiee, will do al. whiles they divine a lie uito ihee, to bring 15 And I will scatter thee among the hea hee the necks of them that are slain, of then, and disperse thice in the countries, and tue wicked, whose day is come, when their will consume thy filthiness out of thee. iniquity shall have an end.

16 And thou shall take thine inberitance


in thyself in the sight of the heathen, and 3 And they committed whoredoms 10 thou shall know thai I am the LORD. Egypt; they committed whoredoms in their

17 [ And the word of the LORD came youth: there were their breasts pressed, and unto me, saying,

there they bruised the teats of Vieir virginity. 18 Son of man, the house of Israel is to 4 And the names of them were Aholah the me become dross : all they are brass, and elder, and Aholilah her sister; and they tin, and iron, and lead, in the midst of the were mine, and they bare sons and daughfurnace; they are even the dross of silver. ters. Thus were their names; Samaria is

19 Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Aholah, ard Jerusalem Aholibah. Because ye are all become dross, behold, 5 And Akolah played the harlot when therefore I will gather you into the midst of she was mine; and she doted on her lovers, Jerusalem.

on the Assyrians her neighbours, 20 As they gather silver, and brass, and 6 Which were clothed with blue, captains iron, and lead, and tin, into the midst of the and rulers, all of them desirable young men furnace, lo blow the fire upon it, to melt it; horsemen riding upon horses. so will I gather you in mine anger, and in my 7 Thus she committed her whoredoms fury, and I will leave you there, and melt you. with thein, with all them thul were the chosen

21 Yea, I will gather you, and blow upon men of Assyria, and with all on whom she you in the fire of my wrath, and ye shall be doted : with all their idols she defiled herself. melted in the midst thereof.

8 Neither left she her whoredoins brought 22 As silver is melted in the midst of the from Egypt: for in her youth they lay with furnace, so shall ye be n.elted in the midst her, and they bruised the breasts of her virhercof; and ye shall know that I the Lord ginity, and poured their whoreaom upon her. lave poured out my fury upon you.

9 Wherefore I have delivered her into the 23 '\ And the word of the LORD came hand of her lovers, into the hand of the As mte ine, saying,

syrians, upon whom she doted. 24 Son of man, say unto her, Thou art 10 These discovered her nakedness: they the land that is not cleansed, nor rained upon took her sons and her daughters, and slew in the day of indignation.

her with the sword: and she became fa 25 There is a conspiracy of her prophets mous among women; for they had executed in the midst thereof, like a roaring lion ra- judgment upon her. venin the prey: they have devoured souls ; ii And when her sister Aholibah saw this, they have iaken the treasure and precious she was more corrupt in her inordinate love things; they have made her many widows than she, and in her whoredoms more than in the midst thereof;

her sister in her whoredoms. 26 Her priests bave violated my law, and 12 She doted upon the Assyrians her neigh have profaved mine holy things: they have bours, captains and rulers clothed most gor. put no difference between the holy and pro- geously, horsemen riding upou horses, all of fane, neither have they shewed difference them desirable young men. between the unclean and the clean, and have 13 Then I saw that she was defiled, that hid their eyes from my sabbaths, and I am they took both one way; profaned among them.

14 And that she increased her whoredoms; 27 Her princes in the midst thereof are for when she saw men pourtrayed upon the like wolves ravening the prey, to shed blood, wall, the images of the Chaldeans pourtrayand to destroy souls, to get dishonest gain. ed with vermillion,

28 And her prophets have daubed thein 15 Girded with girdles upon their loins, with untempered mortar, seeing vanity, and exceeding in dyed attire upon their heads, divining lies unto them, saying, Thus saith all of them princes to look to, after the manthe Lord God, when the LORD hath not ner of the Babylonians of Chaldea, the land spoken.

of their nativity: 29 The people of the land have used op- 16 And as soon as she saw them with her pression, and exercised rohivery, and have eyes, she doled upon them, and sent messen. vexed the poor and needy ; yea, they have gers unto them into Chaldea. oppressed the stranger wrongfully.

17 And the Babylonians came to her into 30 And I sought for a man among them the bed of love, and they defiled her with that should make up the hedge, and stand their whoredom; and she was polluted with in the gap before me for the land, that I them, and her mind was alienated from them. should not destroy it; but I found none. 18 So she diseovered her whorecloms, and

31 Therefore have I poured out mine in- discovered her nakedness : then my mind dignation upon them; I have consumed was alienated from her, like as my mind was them with the fire of my wrath: their own alienated from her sister. way liave I recompensed upon their heads, 19 Yet she multiplied her whoredoins, in saith the Lord God.

calling to remembrance the days of her CHAP. XXIII.

youth, wherein she had played the harlot in THE word of the Lord came again unto the land of Ep.

20 For she doted upon their paramours, 2 Son of man, there were two wonnen, whose flesh is as the flesh of asses, and whose the daughters of one mother;

issuc is like the issue of horses.

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