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to the land which the LORD will dren make our children cease' And Isaac his father said unto give you, according as he hath from fearing the Lord.

him, Who art thou? And he said, promised, that ye shall keep this

I am thy son, thy first-born, Esau. service. And it shall come to VALUE OF SUCH INSTRUC- And Isaac trembled very exceedpass, when your children shall

TION.

ingly, and said, Who? where is he say unto you, What mean ye by

Prov. x, 1. The Proverbs of that bath taken venison, and this service? That ye shall say, solomon.' A wise son maketh a brought it me, and I have eaten It is the sacrifice of the LORD'S

of all before thou camest, ani passover, who passed over the glad father: but a foolish son is the have blessed him? yea, and be

of his mother. houses of the children of Israel in

shall be blessed. And when Esau Egypt, when he smote the Egyp

Prov. xv, 20. A wise son maketh heard the words of his father, he tians, and delivered our houses.

a glad father: but a foolish man cried with a great and exceeding And the people bowed the head, despiseth his mother.

bitter cry, and said unto his father, and worshipped.

Prov. xvii, 21, 25. He that be- Bless me, eren me also, O my Exod. xiii, 14-16. And it shall getteth a fool doeth it to his sor- father! And he said, Thy brother be when thy son asketh thee in row; and the father of a fool hath came

with subtilty, and hath time to come, saying, What is

no joy. A foolish son is a grief to taken away thy blessing. And lie this that thou shalt say unto him, his father, and bitterness to her said, Is not he rightly named that bare him.

Jacob? for he hath supplanted me By strength of hand the LORD brought us out from Egypt, from Prov. xix, 26. He that wasteth these two times: he took away the house of bondage: And it came his father, and chaseth away his my birthright; and, behold, now to pass, when Pharaoh would mother, is a son that causeth he hath taken away my blessing. hardly let us go, that the LORD shame, and bringeth reproach. And he said, Hast thou not reslew all the first-born in the land of Egypt, both the first-born of in the way he shonld go and Esau, Behold, I have made him

Prov. xxii, 6. Train up a child served a blessing for me? And

Isaac answered and said unto man, and the first-born of beast: when he is old, he will not depart thy lord, and all his brethren have therefore I sacrifice to the LORD from it. all that openeth the matrix, being

I given to him for servants; and males; but all the first-born of my son, if thine heart be wise, my tained him: and what shall I do

Prov. xxiii, 15, 16, 24, 25. My with corn and wine have I EUSchildren I redeem. And it shall heart shall rejoice, even mine; now unto thee, my son?

And be for a token upon thine hand, Yea, my reins shall rejoice when Esau said unto his father, Hast eyes: for by strength of hand the thy lips speak right

things. The thou but one blessing,

my father? father of the righteous shall bless me, even me also, O my LORD brought us forth out of greatly rejoice; and lie that be- father! And Esau lifted up his Egypt.

getteth a wise child shall have joy voice, and wept. Exod. xvi, 32-34. And Moses of him. Thy father and thy said, This is the thing which the mother shall be glad, and she that THE FAMILY PROPHECY Lord coinmandeth, Fill an omer bare thee shall rejoice.

OF JACOB. of it to be kept for your genera- Prov. xxvili, 24. Whoso robbeth Gen. xlix, 1-28. And Jacob tions; that they may see the bread his father or his mother, and called unto his sons, and said, wherewith I have fed you in the saith, It is no transgression; the Gather yourselves together, that wilderness, when I brought you same is the companion of a de- I may tell you that which shall forth from the land of Egypt. And stroyer.

befall you in the last days. Gather Moses said unto Aaron, Take a

Prov. XXX, 11. There is a gener- yourselves together and hear, ye pot, and put an omer full of manna ation that curseth their father, sons of Jacob; and hearken unto therein, and lay it up before the and doth not bless their mother.

Israel your father. Reuben, thou LORD, to be kept for your generations. As the LORD commanded Isa. 1, 2. Ilear, O heavens; and art my first-born, my might, and Moses, so Aaron laid it up before givo ear, o earth: for the LORD the beginning of my strength, the the Testimony, to be kept.

hath spoken, I have nourished and excellency of dignity, and the exbrought up children, and they water, thou shalt not excel; be

cellency of power: Unstable as Josh. iv, 22-24. Then ye shall have rebelled against me. let your children know, saying,

cause thou wentest up to thy Israel came over this Jordan on PATERNAL BLESSINGS.

father's bed; then defiledst thou dry land. For the LORD your God Gen. ix, 24-27. And Noah awoke Simeon and Levi are brethren;

it: he went up to my couch. dried up the waters of Jordan from his wine, and knew what his instruments of cruelty are in their from before you, nntil ye were younger son had done unto him. habitations. O my soul, come not passed over, as the LORD your And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a thou into their secret; unto their God did to the Red sea, which he servant of servants shall he be assembly, mine honour, be not dried up from before us, until we unto his brethren. And he said, thou united! for in their anger were gone over; That all the Blessed be the Lord God of Shem; they slew a man, and in their selfpeople of the earth might know the and Canaan shall be his servant. will they digged down a wall. band of the LORD that it is God sball enlarge Japheth, and Cursed be their anger, for it was mighty: that ye might fear the he shall dwell in the tents of fierce; and their wrath, for it was LORD your God for ever.

Shem; and Canaan shall be his cruel: I will divide them in Jacob, Josh. xxli, 24, 25. And if we have servant.

and scatter them in Israel. Judah, not rather done it for fear of this Gen. xxvil, 10, 29, 32-38. And thou art he whom tby brethren thing, saying, in time to come thou shalt bring it to thy father, shall praise: thy hand shall be your children might speak unto that he may eat, and that he may in the neck of thine enemies; thy our children, saying, What have bless thee before his death. Let | father's children shall bow down ye to do with the LORD God of people serve thee, and nations before thee. Judah is a lion's isruel? For the Lord bath made bow down to thee: be lord over whelp: from the prey, my son, Jordan a border between us and thy brethren, and let thy mother's thou art gone up: he stooped you, ye chldren of Reuben, and sons bow down to thee: cursed be down, he couched as a lion, and children of Gad; ye have no part every one that curseth thee, and as an old lion; who shall rouse in the LORD: 80 shall your child blessed be he that blesseth thee.' him up? The sceptre shall not

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depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver be thine, and shall be called after Gal.lv,5-7,19,28. To redeem them from between his feet, until Shiloh the name of their brethren in that were under the law, that we come; and unto him shall the their inheritance.

might receive the adoption of gathering of the people be: Bind- Heb. xii, 24. By faith Moses, sons. And because ye are sons, ing his foal unto the vine, and his when he was come to years, re- God hath sent forth the Spirit of ass's colt unto the choice vine; he fused to be called the son of his Son into your hearts, crying, washed his garments in wine, and Pharaoh's daughter.

Abba, Father. Wherefore thou his clothes in the blood of grapes:

art no more a servant, but a son; His eyes shall be red with wine, SPIRITUAL ADOPTION-ITS and if a son, then an heir of God and his teeth white with milk.

SOURCE THE GRACE OF through Christ. My little children, Zebulun shall dwell at the haven

GOD.

of whom I travail in birth again of the sea; and he shall be for an

Hosea i, 10. Yet the number of until Christ be formed in you. haven of ships: and his border the children of Israel shall be as Now we, brethren,

as Isaac was, shall be unto Zidon. Issachar is the sand

of the sea, which cannot are the children of promise. a strong ass couching down be- be measured nor numbered: and tween two burdens: And he saw it shall come to pass, that in the

1 John ill, 2, Beloved, now are that rest was good, and the place where it was said unto them, we the sons of God; and it doth land that it was pleasant; and Ye are not my people, there it not yet appear what we shall be: bowed his shoulder to bear, shall be said unto them, Ye are but we know that, when he shall and became a servant unto the sons of the living God.

appear, we shall be like him; for

we shall see him as he is. tribute. Dan shall judge his John 1, 12, 13. But as many as people, as one of the tribes of received him, to them gave he

ITS DUTIES. Israel. Dan shall be & ser power to become the sons of God,

Matth. v, 45. That ye may be pent by the way, an adder in even to them that believe on his the path, that biteth the horse name: Which were born, not of the children of your father which heels, so that his rider shall fall blood, nor of the will of the flesh, sun to rise on the evil and on the backward. I have waited for thy nor of the will of man, but of God. good, and

sendeth rain on the just salvation, O LORD. Gad, a troop Eph. 1, 6. Having predestinated and on the unjust. shall overcome him: but he shall us unto the adoption of children overcome at the last. Out of by Jesus Christ to himself, accord

Eph. v, 1. Be ye therefore followAsher his bread shall be fat, and ing to the good pleasure of his ers of God, as dear children. he shall yield royal dainties. will.

Phil. ii, 15. That ye may bo Naphtali is a hind let loose: he

1 John ili, 1. Behold what blameless and harmless, the sons giveth goodly words. Joseph is a manner of love the Father hath of God, without rebuke, in the fruitful bough, even a fruitful bestowed upon ns, that we should midst of a crooked and perverse bough by a well, whose branches be called the sons of God! there nation, among whom ye shine as run over the wall. The archers fore the world knoweth us not, Ughts in the world. have sorely grieved him, and shot because it knew him not.

Heb. xii, 5. And ye have forgotat him, and hated him. But his

ten the exhortation which speakbow abode in strength, and the

ITS BLESSINGS.

eth unto you as unto children, arms of his hands were made

Ps. Ixxxix, 26, 27. He shall cry My son, despise not thou the strong by the hands of the mighty unto me, Thou art my Father, my chastening of the Lord, nor faint God of Jacob; (from thence is the God, and the Rock of my salva- when thou art rebuked of him. Shepherd, the stone of Israel:) tion. Also I will make him my Even by the God of thy father, first-born, higher than the kings that bath this hope in him purifi

1 John ill, 3, 10. And every man who shall help thee, and by the of the earth. Almighty, who shalí bless thee

eth himself, even as he is pure.

Jer. iii, 4, 19. Wilt thou not from In this the children of God are with blessings of heaven above, this time cry unto me, My father, manifest, and the children of the blessings of the deep that lieth thou art the guide of my youth devil: whosoever doeth not rightunder, blessings of the breasts But I said, How shall I put thee cousness is not of God, neither he and of the womb. The blessings among

the children, and give thee that loveth not his brother. of thy father have prevailed above the blessings of my progenitors of the hosts of nations? and I said,

a pleasant land, a goodly heritage unto the utmost bound of the ever- Thou shalt call me, My father;

IV. lasting hills: they shall be on the and shalt not turn away from me.

FAMILY CIRCLE head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of him that was separRom. viii, 14-17. For as many as

INTERCOURSE AMONG

RELATIVES. ate from his brethren. Benjamin are led by the Spirit of God, they shall ravin as a wolf; in the mor are the suns of God. For ye have Gen. xiv, 16. And lie [Abraham) ning he shall devour the prey, and not received the Spirit of bondage brought back all the goods, and at night he shall divide the spoil. again to fear; but ye have receiv- also brought again his brother All these are the twelve tribes of ed the Spirit of adoption, whereby Lot, and his goods, and the Israel: and this is it that their we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit women also, and the people. father spake unto them, and itself beareth witness with our

Gen. xxviii, 6. And Isaac sent blessed them; every one according spirit, that we are the children of away Jacob:' and he went to to his blessing he blessed them.

God:' And if children, then heirs; Padan-aram unto Laban, son of heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Bethuel the Syrian, the brother of

Christ; if so be that we suffer with Rebekah, Jacob's' and Esau's ADOPTION.

him, that we may be also glorified mother. Gen. xlviii, 5, 6. And now together.

Gen. xxix, 4-6, 12. And Jacob thy two sons, Ephraim and Man

2 çor. vi, 18. And will be a said unto them, My brethren, asseh, which were born unto thee Father unto you, and ye shall be whence de ye? And they said, of in the land of Egypt, before I came my sons and daughters, saith the Haran are we. And he said unto unto thee into Egypt, are mine: Lord Almighty.

them, Know ye Laban the son of as Reuben and Simeon, they shall Gal. iii, 26. For ye are all the Nahor? And they said, We know be mine. And thy issue, which children of God by faith in Christ him. And he said unto them, Is thou begettest atter them, shall Jesus.

he well? And they said, He is well: and, behold, Rachel his' parched corn, and these ten loaves, blessed thee since my comins : daughter cometh with the sheep. and run to the camp to thy and now, when shall I provide for And Jacob told Rachel that he brethren.

mine own house also? was her father's brother, and that

Esther ii, 10, 11. Esther had not Gen. xxxii, 6-8. And the meshe was Rebekah's son: and she shewed her people, nor her kin- sengers returned to Jacob, say. ran and told her father.

dred: for Mordecai had charged ing. We came to thy brother Gen. xxxvii, 14. And he said to her that she should not shew it. Esau, and also he cometh to meet him, Go, I pray thee, see whether And Mordecai walked every day thee, and four hundred men with it be well with thy brethren, and before the court of the women's him. Then Jacob was greatly well with the flocks; and bring house, to know how Esther did, afraid and distressed: and he me word again. .....

and what should become of her. divided the people that was with Gen. xlili, 0, 7. And Israel said, Luke 1, 39, 40, 56. And Mary him, and the flocks, and herds, Wherefore dealt ye so ill with me, arose in those days, and went into and the camels, into two bande; as to tell the man whether ye had the hill-country with haste, into And said, If Esau come to the ono yet a brother? And they said, a city of Juda; And entered into company, and smite it, then the The man asked us straitly of our the house of Zacharias, and other company which is left shall state, and of our kindred, saying, saluted Elisabeth. And Mary escape. Is your father yet alive? have ye abode with her about three Gen. xliil, 8. And Judah said another brother? and we told him months, and returned to her own unto Israel' his father, Send the according to the tenor of these house.

lad with me, and we will ariso words. Could we certainly know Acts vii, 13, 23. And at the and go; that we may live, and not that he would say, Bring your second time Joseph was made die, both we, and thou, and also brother down?

known to his brethren; and our little ones. Exod. iv, 18. And Moses went Joseph's kindred was made known Num. xii, 1. And Miriam and and returned to Jethro his father- unto Pharaoh. And when he was Aaron spake against Moses bein-law, and said unto him, Let me full forty years old, it came into cause of the Ethiopian woman go, I pray thee, and return unto his heart to visit his brethren the whom he had married: for he had my brethren which are in Egypt, children of Israel.

married an Ethiopian woman. and see whether they be yet alive.

Num. xxxii, 26. Our little ones, And Jethro said to Moses, Go in FAMILY CARES AND

our wives, our flocks, and all our peace.

ANXIETIES.

cattle, shall be there in the cities Exod. xviii, 5-8. And Jethro, Gen. xix, 12-16. And the men

of Gilead. Moses' father-in-law, came with said unto Lot, Hast thou here any

Deut. iil, 19, 20. Bat your wives his sons and his wife unto Moses besides? son-in-law, and thy sons, and your little ones, and your into the wilderness, where he en- and thy daughters, and whatso- cattle, (for I know that ye have camped at the mount of God. ever thou hast in the city, bring much cattle,) shall abide in your And he said unto Moses, I thy them out of this place: For we

cities which I have given you, father-in-law, Jethro am come will destroy this place, because Until the Lord have given rest unto thee, and thy wife, and her the cry of them is waxen great unto your brethren, as well as untwo sons with her. And Moses before the face of the LORD; and to you, and until they also poswent out to meet his father-in-law, the LORD hath sent us to destroy sess the land which the LORD and did obeisance, and kissed him; it. And Lot went out, and spake your God hath given them beand they asked each other of untohis sons-in-law, which married yond Jordan: and then shall ye their welfare; and they came into his daughters, and said, Up, get return every man unto his posthe tent. And Moses, told his ye out of this place; for the LORD session, which I have given you. father-in-law all that the LORD will destroy this city. But he had done unto Pharaoh, and to seemed as one that mocked unto made affinity with Pharaoh king

1 Kings iii, 1. And Solomon the Egyptians, for Israel's sake, his sons-in-law. And when the of Egypt, and took Pharaoh's and all the travail that had come morning arose, then the angels daughter, and brought her into upon them by the way, and how hastened Lot, saying, Arise, take the city of David, until he had the LORD delivered them. thy wife, and thy two daughters, made

an end of building his own Num. X, 31, 32. And he said, which are here; lest thou be con- house, and the house of the LORD, Leave us not,' I pray thee; foras- sumed in the iniquity of the city. and the wall of Jerusalem round much as thou knowest how we are And, while he lingered, the men about. to encamp in the wilderness, and laid hold upon his hand, and upon

1 Kings 1x, 24. But Pharaoh's thou mayest be to us instead of the hand of his wife, and upon the daughter

came up out of the city eyes. And it shall be, if thou go hand of his two daughters, the of David unto her house which with us, yea, it shall be, that what Lord being merciful unto him: Solomon had built for her: then goodness the LORD shali do unto and they brought him forth, and did he build Millo. us, the same will we do unto thee. set him without the city. Ruth ii, 1, 20. And Naomi had a

Nch. V, 1, 2. And there was a

Gen. xxvi, 35. Which [Esau's great cry of the people, and of kinsman' of her husband's, a two marriages) were a grief of their wives, against their brethmighty man of wealth, of 'the mind unto Isaac and to Rebekah.

ren the Jews. For there were family of Elimelech; and his name Gen. xxvii, 46. Aud Rebekah that said, We, our sons, and our was Boaz. And Noami said unto said to Isaac, I am weary of my daughters, are many: therefore her daughter-in-law, Blessed be life because of the daughters of we take up corn for them, that we he of the LORD, who hath not leit Heth: if Jacob take a wife of the may eat, and live, off his lindness to the living daughters of Heth, such as these and to the dead, And Naomi which are of the daughters of the BROTHERLY AFFECTION, said unto her, The man is near of land, what good shall my life do

ETC. kin unto us, oue of our next kins- ine?

Gen. xxix, 13. And it came to men.

Gen. XXX, 80. For it was little pass, when Laban heard the tid1 San. xvii, 17. And Jesse said which thou hadst before I came, ings of Jacob his sister's son, that unto David his son, Take now for and it is now increased unto á he ran to meet him, and embraced thy brethren an 'ephah of this multitude; and the LORD hath bim, and kissed him, and brought bím to his house. And he told | into the army, and came and and redeemed thee ont of the Laban all these things. saluted his brethren.

house of servants; and I sent beGen. xxxii, 4. And Esau ran to Mark iii, 31, 32. There came fore thee Moses, Aaron, and meet him, and embraced him, and then his brethren and his mother, Miriam. O my people, remember fell on his neck, and kissed him, and, standing withont, sent unto

now what Balak king of Moab and they wept.

him, calling him. And the multi-consulted, and what Balaain the Gen. xxxvil, 30. And he [Reuben] tude sat about him; and they said son of Beor answered him from returned unto his brethren, and unto him, Behold, thy mother and Shittim unto Gilgal; that ye may said, The child is not; and 1, thy brethren without seek for know the righteousness of the

LORD. whither shall I go? theo.

Luke xil, 51, 52. Suppose ye that Gen. xlil, 29-31. And he lifted up his eyes, and saw his brother Ps. cxxxii, 1-3. Behold, how I tell you, Nay; but rather divis

I am come to give peace on earth? Benjamin, his mother's son, and good and how pleasant it is for

ion: said, Is this your younger brother, brethren to dwell together in shall be five in one house divided,

For from henceforth there of whom ye spake unto me? And unity! It is like the precious three against two, and two he said, God be gracious unto ointment upon the head, that ran thee, my son.

against three. And Joseph made down upon the beard, ever Aaron's haste; for his bowels did yearn beard; that went down to the DIMINUTION OF FAMILIES, upon his brother: and he sought skirts of his garments; As the

A SORE JUDGMENT UPON where to weep; and he entered dew of Ilermon, and as the der into his chamber, and wept there. that descended upon the moun

A LAND. And he washed his face, and went tains of Zion: for there the LORD Lev. XXVI, 32. And I will bring out, and refrained himself, and commanded the blessing, even the land into desolation, and your said, Set on bread. life for evermore.

enemies which dwell therein Gen. xlv, 1-4, 13 - 17. Then

shall be astonished at it. Joseph could not refrain himself WANT OF DOMESTIC Deut. xxvili, 62. 63. And ye shall before all them that stood by him;

AFFECTION

be left few in number, whereas yo and he cried, Cause every man to

were as the stars of heaven formulgo out from me. And there stood sent his brethren away, and they obey the voiceof the LORD thy God. Gen. xlv, 24. So he (Joseph) titude;

because thou wouldest not no man with him while Joseph departed: and he said unto them, And it shall come to pass, that, as madehimself knownunto his breth. See that ye fall not out by the the LORD rejoiced over you to do ren. And he wept aloud: and the

way. Egyptians and the house of Pba

you good, and to multiply you; so raoh heard.

Deut. xxxili, 9. Who said unto the LORD will rejoice over you to And Joseph said unto his brethren, I am Joseph: his father and to his mother, I destroy you, and to bring you to doth my father yet live? And

have not seen him; neither did noughi: and ye shall be plucked his bretbren could not answer

he acknowledge his brethren, nor from off the land whither thou him; for they were troubled at his knew his own children: for they goest to possess it. presence. And Joseph said unto have observed thy word. and

Judges v, 7. The inhabitants of his brethren, Come near to me, I kept thy covenant.

the villages ceased, they ceased pray you. And they came near, Judges ix, 21. And Jotham ran in Israel, until that I Deborah And he sald, I am Joseph your away, and fled, and went to Beer, arose, that I arose a mother in brother, whom ye sold into Egypt. and dwelt there, for fear of Israel. And ye shall tell my father of all Abimelech his brother.

Prov. xiv, 11. The house of the my glory in Egypt, and of all that Prov. xviii, 19. A brother wicked shall be overthrown; but ye Lave seen; and ye shall haste offended is harder to be won than the tabernacle of the upright and bring down my father hitber. a strong city; and their contentions shall flourish. Moreover, he kissed all his breth- are like the bars of a castle. ren, and wept upou them:and after

Isa. vi, 11, 12. Then said I, that his brethren talked with him. cast out in the open field, to the swered, Until the cities be wasted

Ezek. xvi, 5. .... Thou wast Lord, how long? And he anAnd the fame thereof was heard in loathing of thy person, in the without inhabitant, and the houses brethren are come: and it pleased day that thou wast born.

without man, and the land be Pharaoh well, and his servants. Obad. 10, 12, 13. For thy viol- utterly desolate; And the LORD And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, lence against 'thy brother Jacob have removed men far away, and Say unto thy brethren, This do shame shall cover thee, and thou there be a great forsaking in the ye; lade your beasts, and go, get shalt be cut off for ever. But midst of the land. you unto the land of Canaan. thou shouldest not have looked Isa. xxiv, 1-3. Behold, the LORD

Gen. 1, 18, 21. And his brethren on the day of thy brother in the maketh the earth empty, and also went and fell down before his day, that he became a stranger; maketh it waste, and turneth it face; and they said, Behold, we be neither shouldest thou have re- upside down, and scattereth thy servants. Now therefore fear joiced over the children of Judah abroad the inhabitants thereof. ye not: I will nourish you, and your in the day of their destruction; And it shall be, as with the peolittle ones. And he comforted

neither shouldest thou have ple, so with the priest; as with the them, and spako kindly unto spoken proudly in the day of servant, so with his master; as

distress. Thou shouldest not have with the maid, so with her misthem.

entered into the gate of my peo-tress; as with the buyer, so with Exod. iv, 27. And the Lord said ple in the day of their calamity; the seller; as with the lender, so io Aaron, Go into the wilderness yea, thou shouldest not have with the borrower; as with the to meet Moses. And he went, looked on their affliction in the taker of usury, so with the giver and met him in the mount of God, day of their calamity, nor have of usury to him. The land shall and kissed him.

laid hands on their substance in be utterly emptied, and utterly 1 San. xvii, 22. And David left the day of their calamity.

spoiled: for the Lord hath spoken his carriage in the hand of the Jllcah vi, 4, 5. For I brought this word. keeper. of the carriage, and ran 1 thee up out of the land of Egypt, Jer. iv, 25, 26. I beheld, and, 10,

there was no man, and all the , and the land shall be desolate; and pass through. Then shall they birds of the heavens were fled. ye shall know that I am tho know that I am the LORD, when I I beheld, and,,lo, the fruitful place LORD.

have laid the land most desolate, was a wilderness, and all the cities

Ezek. XV, 8. And I will make because of all their abominations thereof were broken down at the the land desolate, because they which they have committed. presence of the Lord, and by his have committed a trespass, saith Ezek. xxxv, 9. I will make thee fierce anger. the LORD GOD.

perpetual desolations, and thy Jer. ix, 10. For the mountains will

Ezek. xxxii, 15, 16. When I shall cities shall not return; and ye shall I take up a weeping and wailing, make the land of Egypt desolate, know that I am the LORD. and for the habitations of the and the country shall be destitute Zeph. 1, 2, 3. I will utterly conwilderness a lamentation, because of that whereof it was full, when sume all things from off the land, they are burnt up, so that none I shall smite all them that dwell saith the Lord. I will consume can pass through them; neither therein, then shall they know that man and beast; I will consume can men hear the voice of the I am the LORD. This is the lam- the fowls of the heaven, and the cattle: both the fowl of the entation wherewith they shall fishes of the sea, and the stumheavens and the beast are fled; lament her: the daughters of the blingblocks with the wicked; and I they are gone.

nations shall lament her: they will cut off man from off the land, Jer. I, 13. Because of the wrath shall lament for her, eren for saith the Lord. of the Lord it shall not be in- Egypt, and for all her multitude, Zeph. III, 6. I have cut off the habited, but it shall be wholly saith the Lord God.

nations: their towers are desodesolate: every one that goeth by Tezek. xxxiil, 28, 29. For I will late; I made their streets waste, Babylon shall be astonished, and lay the land 'most desolate, and that noue passeth by: their cities hiss at all her plagues.

the pomp of her strength shall are destroyed, so that there is no Erek. xis, 20. And the cities that cease; and the mountains of Israel man, that there is uone inhabita art inhabited shall be laid waste, shall be desolate, that none shall ante

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