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Feremiah 23. 1, 2, 3. Wo be unto the pastours that deftroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture, saith the Lord.

Therefore thus faith the Lord God of Israel against the pastours that feed my people, Ye have scattered my flock, and driven them away, and have not visited them ; behold, I will visit upon you the evil of your doings, faith the Lord.

And I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all countreys whither I have driven them, and will bring them again to their folds, and they shall be fruitful and increase.

Ezekiel 2. 3, 4, 5,6, 7. And he said unto me, Son of man, I send thee to the children of Ifrael, to a rebellious nation that hath rebelled against me ; they and their fathers have transgressed against me, even unto this very day.

For they are impudent children and stiff hearted: I do send thee unto them, and thou shalt say unto them, Thus faith the Lord God.

And they, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear (for they are a rebellious house) yet shall know that there hath been a prophet a

And thou, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns be 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.

And thou shalt speak my words unto them, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear, for they are moft rebellious.

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Ezek. 3. 17, 18, 19, 20, 21. Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel : therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me. w:

When I say unto the wicked, thou shalt surely die : and thou givelt him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way to save his life : the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.

Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity ;- but thou hast deliver'd thy foul,

Again, when a righteous man doth turn from his righteousness, and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumbling-block before him, he shall die : because thou hait not given him warning, he shall die in his fin, and his righteousness which he has done, shall not be remembred; but his blood will I require at thine hand.

Nevertheless, if thou warn the righteous man, that the righteous fin not, and he doth not fin ; he shall surely live, because he is warned : also thou hast deliver'd thy soul.

Ezek, 22. 26.
Her priests have violated my law, and have pro-

put-1 rence between the holy and profane, neither have they shewed difference between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from my fabbaths, and I am profaned among them.' ;

Ezek. 33. I-----9. i bon Again the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Son of man, speak to the children of thy people,


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and say unto them, when I bring the sword upon a land, if the people of the land take a man of their coasts, and set him for their watchman :

If when he feeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people;

Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trum, pet, and taketh not warning ; if the sword come and take him away, his bloud shall be upon his own head.

He heard the found of the trumpet, and took not warning, his bloud shall be upon him; but he that taketh warning, shall deliver his soul.

But if the watchman fee the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned: if the sword come and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity, but his bloud will I require at the watchman's hand.

So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel : therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me.

When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, thou shalt surely die ; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked man from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his bloud will I require at thine hand.

Nevertheless if thou warn the wicked of his way to turn from it: if he do not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity, but thou hast deliver'd thy soul.

Ezek. 34. I------ IO. And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,

Son of man, prophesie against the shepherds of Israel, prophesie, and say unto them, Thus faith the



Lord God unto the shepherds, Wo be to the shepherds of Israel, that do feed themselves : should not the shepherds feed the flocks ?

Ye eat the fat, and ye clothe you with the wool, ye kill them that are fed : but ye feed not the flock.

The diseased have ye not strengthened, neither have ye healed that which was sick, neither have ye bound up that which was broken, neither have ye brought again that which was driven away, neither have ye sought that which was lost; but with force and with cruelty have ye ruled them.

And they were scattered, because there is no shepherd : and they became meat to all the beasts of the field, when they were scattered.

My sheep wandered through all the mountains, and upon every high hill : yea, my flock was scat tered upon all the face of the earth, and none did search or feek after them.

Therefore, ye shepherds, hear the word of the Lord.

As I live, faith the Lord God, surely because my flock became a prey, and my flock became meat to every beast of the field, because there was no shepherd, neither did my shepherds search for my flock, but the shepherds fed themselves, and fed not my flock;

Therefore, O ye shepherds, hear ye the word of the Lord ;

Thus faith the Lord God, Behold, I am againft the shepherds, and I will require my flock at their hands, and cause them to cease from feeding the flock, neither shall the shepherds feed themselves any more ; for I will deliver my flock from their mouth, that they may not be meat for them.


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Micab 3. 11. The heads thereof judge for reward, and the priests thereof teach for hire, and the prophets thereof divine for money: yet will they lean upon the Lord, and say, Is not the Lord among us? none evil can come upon us.

Zephaniab 3., 4. Her prophets are light and treacherous persons: her priests have polluted the sanctuary, they have done violence to the law.

Zechariah 11, 17. Wo to the idol shepherd that leaveth the flock : the sword shall be upon his arm, and upon his right eye : his arm shall be clean dried up, and his right eye shall be utterly darkened.

Malachi 1. 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. A son honoureth his father, and a fervant his master : if then I be a father, where is mine ho. nour ? and if I be a master; where is my fear? faith the Lord of hosts unto you, O priests, that despise my name :. and ye say, Wherein have we despised thy name?

Ye offer polluted bread upon mine altar : and ye say, Wherein have we polluted thee? In that ye say, The table of the Lord is contemptible,

And if ye offer the blind for sacrifice, is it not evil ? and if ye offer the lame and sick, is it not evil ? offer it now unto thy governour, will he be pleased with thee, or accept thy person? saith the Lord of hosts.

And now I pray you, beseech God that he will be gracious unto us ; this hath been by your means; will he regard your persons faith the Lord of hofts.

Who is there even among you that would shut the doors for nought neither do ye kindlę fire


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