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&c. and there died seventy thousand men.-2 Sam. xxiv. 1, 2. 15.


Adonijah put to death by Solomon's order; and Joab for his sin, in killing of Abner, and Amasa, also put to death and Shimei also put to death for his cursing of David. 1 Kings ii. 24, 25.28.31-34.36. 46. If you shall at all turn from following of me, you or your children; and will not keep my commandments, &c. then will I cut off Israel out of the land which I have given them and this house, which I have hallowed for my name, will I cast out of my sight; and Israel shall be a proverb, and a by-word,&c.] Kings ix. 6—8.

And the Lord was angry with Solomon, because his heart was turned from the Lord God of Israel, which had appeared unto him twice, &c. Wherefore the Lord said unto Solomon, Forasmuch as this is done of thee, and thou hast not kept my covenant, &c. I will surely rend the kingdom from thee, and will give it to thy servant.-1 Kings xi. 9-11.

It was charged me by the word of the Lord, saying, Eat no bread, &c. Thus saith the Lord, Forasmuch as thou hast disobeyed the mouth of the Lord, &c. and hast eaten bread, and drank water, &c. thy carcass shall not come unto the sepulchre of thy fathers, &c. A lion met him by the way, and slew him, &c. It is the man of God.-1 Kings xiii. 8, 9. 21, 22. 24. 26.

Tell Jeroboam, &c. Forasmuch as I have exalted thee from among the people, and made thee prince, &c. yet thou hast done evil above all that were before thee; for thou hast gone and made thee other gods, &c. Therefore, behold, I will bring evil upon the house of Jeroboam, and will cut off from Jeroboam him that pisseth against the wall, &c. Him that dieth of Jeroboam in the city, shall the dogs eat; and him that dieth in the field, shall the fowls of the air eat; for the Lord hath spoken it.—1 Kings xiv. 7-11.

Baasha smote all the house of Jeroboam; he left not to Jeroboam any that breathed, until he had destroyed him; according to the saying of the Lord, &c. Because of the sins of Jeroboam, which he had sinned, and by which he made Israel to sin. -Ï Kings xv. 27. 29, 30. 2 Chron. xii. 1, 2. 4, 5.

The very like threatening did God send to Baasha for his sins, &c. and accordingly executed it by Zimri his servant.-1 Kings xvi. 14. 9—13.

God threatens, and sends a famine in Israel, for the sins of Ahab, &c.— 1 Kings xvii.

He killed Naboth, and possessed his vineyard, &c. Thus saith the Lord, Hast thou killed, and also taken possession? &c. In the place where dogs licked the blood of Naboth, shall dogs lick thy blood, even thine, &c. All this is executed against him, Jezebel, and Ahab's house.-1 Kings xxi. 14. 19. 21-24. xxii.38. 2 Kings ix. 33. 35. 37.

Ahaziah fell down, &c. He sent to inquire of the god of Ekron, &c. And the Lord, by Elijah, sends thus: Is it not because there is not a God in Israel, that ye go to inquire of Baalzebub, the god of Ekron? Now therefore thus saith the Lord, Thou shalt not come down from that bed, &c. but shalt surely die, &c. So he died according to the word of the Lord.— 2 Kings i. 2-4. 6. 17.

God punished Gehazi for his covetousness with leprosy.-2 Kings v. 20, &c.

So it was, that the children of Israel had sinned against the Lord their God, &c. and walked in the statutes of the heathen, &c. The Lord testified against them by all the prophets, all the seers, saying, Turn ye from your ways, &c. Notwithstanding, they would not hear, but hardened their necks, &c. Therefore the Lord was very angry with Israel, and removed them out of his sight, &c. And the Lord rejected all the seed of Israel, and afflicted them, and delivered

them into the hand of spoilers, until he had cast them out of his sight.2 Kings xvii. 7, 8. 13-15. 18-20. Sennacherib and his army smitten, for his blasphemy and pride.-2 Kings xix. 21-23. 35. 37.

Because Manasseh king of Judah hath done these abominations, and hath done wickedly, above all that the Amorites did, &c. and hath made Judah also to sin, &c. therefore thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Behold, I am bringing such evil upon Jerusalem and Judah, that whosoever heareth of it, both his ears shall tingle, &c. I will forsake the remnant of mine inheritance, and deliver them into the hand of their enemies, &c. because they have done evil, &c.2 Kings xxi. 11—15.

The Lord turned not from the fierceness of his great wrath, wherewith his anger was kindled against Judah, because of all the provocations that Manasseh had provoked him withal: and the Lord said, I will remove Judah also out of my sight, as I have removed Israel; and will cast off this city Jerusalem, which I have chosen; and the house of which I have said, My name shall be there. -2 Kings xxiii. 26, 27.

God accordingly gives them up wholly to their enemies.-2 Kings xxiv. xxv.

Jehoram's wickedness surely punished by the Lord.—2 Chron. xxi. 4. 6. 11. 13, &c.

Uzziah the king, when he was strong, his heart was lifted up to his destruction, &c. He went into the temple of the Lord, to burn incense: and when the priests withstood him, he was wrath; and while he was wrath with the priests, the leprosy even rose up in his forehead, &c. The Lord had smitten him: and Uzziah the king was a leper unto the day of his death.-2 Chron. xxvi. 16-22.

The Lord brought Judah low, because of Ahaz, &c. for he made Judah naked, and transgressed sore against the Lord, &c.-2 Chron. xxviii. 19.

Moreover, all the chief of the priests, and the people transgressed very much, &c. And the Lord God of their fathers sent to them by his messengers, &c. But they mocked the messengers of God, and despised his words, and misused his prophets, until the wrath of the Lord arose against his people, till there was no remedy: therefore he brought upon them the king of the Chaldees,&c.-2 Chron. xxxvi. 14-17. Jer. xxxii. 31,32. 34–36. xliv.2,&c.

The Psalmist reckons up the several rebellions of Israel, and God's judgments against them for sin.-Ps. lxxviii.

My people would not hearken to my voice, and Israel would none of me: 80 I gave them up unto their own hearts' lust, &c. O that my people had hearkened unto me! &c.— Ps. lxxxi. 11-13. Deut. v. 29. xxxii. 28-30.

Israel's behaviour and rebellions, together with God's dealings with them, summed up by the Psalmist.Ps. cvi. xcv. 9-11. Ezek. xx.

Because they rebelled against the words of God, and contemned the counsel of the Most High, therefore he brought down their heart with labour; they fell down, and there was none to help.-Ps. cvii. 11, 12.

How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? &c. Turn you at my reproof, &c. Because I have called, and refused; ye I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; but ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: I also will laugh at your calamity, I will mock when your fear cometh : when your fear cometh as a desolation, &c. Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me for that they hated, &c.-Prov. i. 22-30. Zech. vii. 9-13.

Hear, O heavens, &c. I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me. The ox knoweth his owner, &c. but Israel doth not know; my people doth not consider, &c. Why should ye be

stricken any more? ye will revolt more and more, &c. To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the Lord, &c. When ye make many prayers, I will not hear you, for your hands are full of blood. Wash you, make you clean, &c. Come now, and let us reason, &c. but if ye refuse, and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword, &c. Ah, I will ease me of mine adversaries.-Isa. i. 2, 3. 5. 11. 15, 16. 18. 20. 23, 24.

Therefore thou hast forsaken thy people, because, &c. their land is full of idols.-Isa. ii. 6, &c.

Jerusalem is ruined, and Judah is fallen, because their tongue and their doings are against the Lord, to provoke the eyes of his glory. Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with stretched forth necks, &c. therefore the Lord shall smite with a scab, &c. the Lord will take away the bravery of their tinkling or naments, &c.-Isa. iii. 8. 16-24.

Judge, I pray you, betwixt me and my vineyard. What could have been done more to my vineyard, that I have not done in it? wherefore, when I looked that it should bring forth grapes, brought it forth wild grapes? I will take away the hedge thereof, &c. The prophet pronounceth many woes against several sinners.-Isa. v.3-26.

God gave up Israel to hardness and blindness for their sins, till they should be laid waste.-Isa. vi. 10-12.

God threatens Jacob and Israel for their pride and stoutness of heart, because they turned not unto him that smote them. Their leaders cause them to err, that he will cut off, &c. And for all this, his anger is not turned away.-Isa. ix. 8—21.

O Assyrian, &c. I will send him against an hypocritical nation; and against the people of my wrath will I give him a charge, to take the spoil, &c.-Isa. x. 5, 6.

God's great judgments threatened against Babylon.-Isa. xiii. xiv. 4, &c. xlvii.

It is a people of no understanding:

therefore he that made them will not have mercy on them, &c.—Isa. xxvii. 11.

They would not hear, &c. Ye scornful men, &c. ye shall be trodden down. Isa. xxviii. 12. 14. 18, &c.

The Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near with their mouth, &c. but have removed their heart far from me; and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men; therefore, &c. the wisdom of their wise men shall perish; and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid. Woe unto them that seek deep, to hide their counsel from the Lord: and their works are in the dark.-Isa. xxix. 13—15. xxiv. 5,&c.

God threatens Israel for leaning upon Egypt for help, and not hearkening to stay on God.—Isa. xxx. l—17. xxxi. 1.

This people have I formed for myself, &c. But thou hast not called upon me, O Jacob: but thou hast been weary of me, O Israel. Thou hast not brought me the small cattle, &c. but thou hast made me to serve with thy sins: thou hast wearied me with thine iniquities, &c. Thy first father hath sinned, and thy teachers, &c. therefore I have profaned the princes of the sanctuary; and have given Jacob to the curse, and Israel to reproaches.—Isa. xliii. 21—24. 27, 28.

O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments; then had thy peace been as a river, &c.-Isa. xlviii. 18. Deut. xxxii. 28–30.


Your iniquities have separated between you and your God and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear: for your hands are defiled with blood, &c. None calleth for justice.-Isa. lix. 1, &c. 1. 1, 2.

I have spread out my hands all the day unto a rebellious people, which walketh in a way that was not good, &c. I will not keep silence; but will recompense, even recompense into their bosom, &c. Ye are they that forsake the Lord, that forget my holy

mountain, &c. therefore will I number you to the sword, &c.-Isa. Ixv. 2, 3. 6. 11, 12, &c. Rom. x. 21.

They have chosen their own ways; and their soul delighteth in their abominations: I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer, &c. but they did evil before mine eyes, &c.-Isa. lxvi. 3, 4. Jer. xviii. 12, 13. 16, 17.

What iniquity have your fathers found in me, that they are gone far from me? &c. Wherefore will I yet plead with you, saith the Lord; and with your children, &c. See if there be such a thing. Hath a nation changed their gods? &c. But my people have changed their glory, &c. Be astonished, O ye heavens ! &c. They have forsaken me, the fountain, &c. Hast thou not procured this unto thyself? &c. Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backsliding shall reprove thee, &c. In vain have I smitten your children; they received no correction, &c. Have I been a barren wilderness? &c. Can a maid forget her ornaments ?-Jer. ii. 5. 9-13. 17. 19. 30-32. Isa. 1. 1. Hosea vii. 1, 2. Isa. xvii. 10. Ezek. xxiv. 13.

And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery, I had put her away, &c. yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also, &c. Judah hath not turned unto me with her whole heart, but feignedly.-Jer. iii. 8-10.


Ŏ Jerusalem, wash thine heart from wickedness, that thou mayest be saved how long shall thy vain thoughts lodge within thee? &c. Thy way, and thy doings have procured these things unto thee: this is thy wickedness, because it is bitter, because it reacheth unto thine heart. Jer. iv. 14. 18.

How shall I pardon thee for this? Thy children have forsaken me, and sworn by them that are no gods. When I had fed them to the full, they

then committed adultery, and assembled themselves by troops in the harlots' houses: they were as fed horses in the morning, every one neighed after his neighbour's wife. Shall I not visit for these things? saith the Lord; and shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this? Go ye up upon her walls, and destroy, &c. Your iniquities have turned away these things, and your sins have withholden good things from you, &c. A wonderful and horrible thing is committed in the land: the prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means, and my people love to have it so and what will ye do in the end thereof ? Jer.v.7-10. 25. 29-31. ix. 3—9. Ezek. xx. 15, 16.

Thus hath the Lord of hosts said, &c. Cast a mount against Jerusalem: this is the city to be visited, she is wholly oppression in the midst of her, &c. Be thou instructed, O Jerusalem, lest my soul depart from thee, &c. I will stretch out my hand upon the inhabitants of the land, saith the Lord; for from the least of them, even to the greatest of them, every one is given unto covetousness; and from the prophet, even unto the priest, every one dealeth falsely, &c. Hear, O earth: Behold, I will bring evil upon this people, &c.-Jer. vi. 6. 8. 12-16. 18, 19. vii. 8, &c.

They were not ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore shall they fall, &c. Jer. viii. 12, &c.

Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Cursed be the man that obeyeth not the words of this covenant. They are turned back to the iniquities of their forefathers, which refused to hear my words. Therefore, thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will bring evil upon them, which they shall not be able to escape and though they shall cry unto me, I will not hearken unto them, &c. Therefore pray not thou for this people, for I will not hear them, &c.-Jer. xi. 3. 10, 11. 14. xxxv. 17. xiv, 11, 12. xviii. 17.

Their tongue is as an arrow, &c. Shall I not visit them for these things? saith the Lord.-Jer. ix. 8, 9.

What wilt thou say when he shall punish thee? &c. Shall not sorrows take thee, as a woman in travail? &c. For the greatness of thine iniquity are thy skirts discovered, &c. Woe unto thee, &c. Wilt thou not be made clean? &c.-Jer. xiii. 21, 22. 27. xiv. 11, 12.

Though Moses and Samuel stood before me, yet my mind could not be toward this people: cast them out of my sight, &c. such as are for death, to death, &c. Who shall have pity upon thee, O Jerusalem? who shall bemoan thee? &c. Thou hast forsaken me, saith the Lord.-Jer. xv. 1, 2. 5, &c.

Ye have done worse than your fathers; for, behold, ye walk every one after the imagination of his evil heart, that they may not hearken unto me therefore will I cast you out of this land, &c.—Jer. xvi. 12, &c. The sin of Judah is written with a pen of iron; and with a point of a diamond, it is graven upon the tables of their hearts, &c. Jer. xvii. 1. 23. 27.

Return ye, &c. And they said, There is no hope but we will walk after our own devices, &c.-Jer. xviii. 11, 12. 15, &c.

The land is full of adulterers: for because of swearing (or cursing) the land mourneth; the pleasant places of the wilderness are dried up.-Jer. xxiii. 10. 39, 40.

As the evil figs, &c. so will I give the king and his princes, and the residue of Jerusalem that remain in this land, and them that dwell in the land of Egypt; and I will deliver them to be removed into all the kingdoms of the earth for their hurt, to be a reproach, &c. And I will send the sword, the famine, and the pestilence among them, till they be consumed from off the land.-Jer. xxiv. 8-10. xxv. 7—11.

Thus saith the Lord, If they will

hearken, and turn every man from his evil way, that I may repent me of the evil which I purpose to do unto them, because of the evil of their doings, &c. If ye will not hearken, &c. then will I make this house like Shiloh : and will make this city a curse to all the nations of the earth.-Jer. xxvi. 2-6.

God threatened and punished many for prophesying falsely, and for uttering lies to Israel.-Jer. xxviii. 15-17. xxix. 21. 31, 32.

Thus saith the Lord, Thy bruise is incurable, &c. for the multitude of thine iniquity; because thy sins were increased, I have done these things unto thee.-Jer. xxx. 12-15.

Because of all the evil of the children of Israel, &c. this city, &c. shall be delivered into the hand, &c.-Jer. xxxii. 32. 36, &c. fulfilled xxxix.

Ye have not hearkened unto me, in proclaiming liberty every one to his brother, and every man to his neighbour: behold, I proclaim a liberty for you, saith the Lord, to the sword, and to the pestilence, &c.—Jer. xxxiv. 17.

This Jerusalem, &c. hath changed my judgments into wickedness, more than the nations, &c. Therefore thus saith the Lord, I, even I, am against thee, &c. therefore the fathers shall eat the sons, &c.-Ezek. v. 5-10.

When God had shewed Ezekiel Judah's abominations, he saith unto him, Therefore will I also deal in fury: mine eyes shall not spare, neither will I have pity: and though they cry, &c. yet will I not hear them. -Ezek. viii. 18. ix. 8—10. vii. 3, 4. 8, 9.

But as for them whose heart walketh, &c, I will recompense their way upon their own head. The glory of the Lord went up from the midst of the city.-Ezek xi. 21-23.

When the land sinneth against me by trespassing grievously, then will I stretch out mine hand upon it, and will break the staff of the bread thereof, and will send famine upon it,

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