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16 He hath also broken my teeth with gravel stones, he hath 'corered me with ashes. 17 And thou hast removed my soul far off from peace: I forgat o prosperity. 18 And I said, My stiength and my hope is perished from the Lord. 19 Remembering mine affliction and my misery, the wormwood and the gall. 20 My soul hath them still in remembrance, and is 4 humbled in me. 21 This I 5 recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. 22 It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions

fail not. 23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. 24 The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. 25 The Lord is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. 26 It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the

Lord. 27 It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth. 28 He sitteth alone and keepeth silence, because he hath borne il upon him. 29 He putteth his mouth in the dust ; if so be there may be hope. 30 He giveth his cheek to him that smiteth him: he is filled full with reproach. 31 For the Lord will not cast off for ever : 32 But though he cause grief, yet will he have compassion according to the

multitude of his mercies. 33 For he doth not afflict 6 willingly nor grieve the children of men. 34 To crush under his feet all the prisoners of the earth, 35 To turn aside the right of a man before the face of 7 the Most High, 36 To subvert a man in his cause, the Lord & approveth not. 37 Who is he that saith, and it cometh to pass, when the Lord commandeth it not? 38 Out of the mouth of the Most High proceedeth not evil and good ? 39 Wherefore doth a living man 'complain, a man for the punishment of his sins? 40 Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the Lord. 41 Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the heavens. 42 We have transgressed and have rebelled: thou hast not pardoned. 43 Thou hast covered with anger, and persecuted us : thou hast slain, thou hast not

pitied. 44 Thou hast covered thyself with a cloud, that our prayer should not pass through. 45 Thou hast made us as the offscouring and refuse in the midst of the people. 46 All our enemies have opened their mouths against us. 47 Fear and a snare is come upon us, desolation and destruction. 48 Mine eye runneth down with rivers of water for the destruction of the daughter

of my people. 49 Mine eye trickleth down, and ceaseth not, without any intermission, 50 Till the Lord look down, and behold from heaven. 51 Mine eye affecteth 10 mine heart 11 because of all the daughters of my city. 52 Mine enemies chased me sore, like a bird, without cause. 53 They have cut off my life in the dungeon, and cast a stone upon me. 54 Waters Aowed over mine head; then I said, I am cut off. 55 I called upon thy name, O Lord, out of the low dungeon. 56 Thou hast heard my voice: hide not thine car at my breathing, at my cry. 57 Thou drewest near in the day that I called upon thee: thou saidst, Fear not. 58 O Lord, thou hast pleaded the causes of my soul; thou hast redeemed my life. 59 O Lord, thou hast seen my wrong: judge thou my cause. 60 Thou hast seen all their vengeance and all their imaginations against me. 61 Thou hast heard their reproach, O LORD, and all their imaginations against me; 62 The lips of those that rose up against me, and their device against me all the day. 63 Behold their sitting down, and their rising up; I am their music.

1 Or, rolled me in the ashes. 5 Heb. make to return to 8 Or, seeth not. 2 Heb. good.

my heart,

9 Or, murmur. 3 Or, Remember.

6 Heb. from his heart. 10 Heb. my soul.
7 Or, a superior.

11 Or, more than au.

4 Heb. bouocd.

64 Render unto them a recompence, O Lord, according to the work of their hands. 65 Give them I sorrow of heart, thy curse unto them. 66 Persecute and destroy them in anger from under the heavens of the Lord. 4 *HOW is the gold

become dim ! low is the most fine gold changed! The stones of the sanctuary are poured out in the top of every street. 2 The precious sons of Zion, comparable to fine gold,

How are they esteemed as earthen pitchers, the work of the hands of the potter! 3 Even

the 2 sea monsters draw out the breast, they give suck to their young ones :

The daughter of my people is become cruel, like the ostriches in the wilderness. 4 The tongue

of the sucking child cleaveth to the roof of his mouth for thirst : The young children ask bread, and no man breaketh it unto them. 5 They that did feed delicately are desolate in the streets :

They that were brought up in scarlet embrace dunghills. 6 For the punishment of the iniquity of the daughter of my people is greater

than the punishment of the sin of Sodom,

That was overthrown as in a moment, and no hands stayed on her. 7 Her Nazarites were purer than snow, they were whiter than milk,

They were more ruddy in body than rubies, their polishing was of sapphire : 8 Their visage is 4 blacker than a coal; they are not known in the streets :

Their skin cleaveth to their bones; it is withered, it is become like a stick. 9 They that be slain with the sword are better than they that be slain with hunger :

For these 5 pine away, stricken through for want of the fruits of the field. 10 The hands of the pitiful women have sodden their own children :

They were their meat in the destruction of the daughter of my people. 11 The Lord hath accomplished his fury; he hath poured out his fierce anger,

And hath kindled a fire in Zion, and it hath devoured the foundations thereof. 12 The kings of the carth, and all the inhabitants of the world, would not have

believed That the adversary and the enemy should have entered into the gates of

Jerusalem. 13 For the sins of her prophets, and the iniquities of her priests,

That have shed the blood of the just in the midst of her. 14 They have wandered as blind men in the streets, they have polluted themselves

with blood,

6 So that men could not touch their garments. 15 They cried unto them, Depart ye, 7 it is unclean; depart, depart, touch not:

When they fled away and wandered, they said among the heathen, They shall

no more sojourn there. 16 The 8 anger of the Lord hath divided them; he will no more regard them :

They respected not the persons of the priests, they favoured not the elders. 17 As for us, our eyes as yet failed for our vain help:

In our watching we have watched for a nation that could not save us. 18 They hunt our steps, that we cannot go in our streets :

Our end is near, our days are fulfilled; for our end is come. 19 Our persecutors are swifter than the eagles of the heaven :

They pursued us upon the mountains, they laid wait for us in the wilderness. 20 The breath of our nostrils, the anointed of the Lord, was taken in their pits,

Of whom we said, Under his shadow we shall live among the heathen. 21 Rejoice and be glad, o daughter of Edom, that dwellest in the land of Uz; The cup also shall pass through unto thee: thou shalt be drunken, and shalt

make thyself naked. 22 9 The punishment of thine iniquity is accomplished, O daughter of Zion; he

will no more carry thee away into captivity: He will visit thine iniquity, O daughter of Edom; he will 10 discover thy sins. I Or, obstinacy of heart.

6 Or, In that they could not but touch.

7 Or, ye polluted. 3 Or, iniquity.

8 Or, face. 4 Heb. darker than blackness.

9 Or, Thine iniquity. 5 Heb. flow out.

10 Or, carry thee captire for thy sins. (* The Fourth Lamentation is an alphabetical acrostic in doublets: every alternate line begins with its appropriate letter in the alphabet. All the letters (twenty-two) are employed. In verses 16 and 17 the alphabetical order is disregarded ; verse 16 has the proper letter of verse 17 ; and vice rerså.]

2 Or, sea calves.

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.REMEMBER, O LORD, what is come upon us : Consider, and behold our reproach. 2

Our inheritance is turned to strangers, Our houses to aliens. 3 We are orphans and fatherless,

Our mothers are as widows. 4 We have drunken our water for money;

Our wood 1 is sold unto us. 5 % Our necks are under persecution :

We labour, and have no rest. 6 We have given the hand to the Egyptians,

And to the Assyrians, to be satisfied with bread. 7 Our fathers have sinned, and are not ;

And we have borne their iniquities, 8 Servants have ruled over us :

There is none that doth deliver us out of their hand. 9 We gat our bread with the peril of our lives

Because of the sword of the wilderness. 10 Our skin was black like an oven

Because of the S terrible famine. 11 They ravished the women in Zion,

And the maids in the cities of Judah. 12 Princes are hanged up by their hand :

The faces of elders were not honoured. 13 They took the young men to grind,

And the children felí under the wood. 14 The elders have ceased from the gate,

The young men from their music. 15 The joy of our heart is ceased ;

Our dance is turned into mourning. 16 4 The crown is fallen from our head :

Woe unto us, that we have sinned! 17 For this our heart is faint ;

For these things our eyes are dim. 18 Because of the mountain of Zion, which is desolate,

The foxes walk upon it. 19 Thou, O LORD, remainest for ever;

Thy throne from generation to generation. 20 Wherefore dost thou forget us for ever?

And forsake us 5 so long time? 21 Turn thou us unto thee, O LORD,

And we shall be turned ; renew our days as of old. 22 6 But thou hast utterly rejected us;

Thou art very wroth against us.

THE BOOK OF THE PROPHET

EZEKIEL.

1 Now it came to pass in the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, in the fifth day

of the month, as I was among the 7 captives by the river of Chebar, that 2 the heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God. In the fifth day of the 1 Heb. cometh for price. 3 Or, terrors, or,

storms. 5 Heb.

for length of days 2 Heb. On our necks are 4 Heb. The crown of our 6 Or, For wùi thou utterly reject us? we persecuted. head is fallen.

7 Heb. captivity. [*The Fifth Lamentation is not acrostic.)

3 month, which was the fifth year of king Jehoiachin's captivity, the word of the

Lord came expressly unto 1 Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by the river Chebar; and the hand of the LORD was there upon

him. 4 And I looked, and, behold, a whirlwind came out of the north, a great cloud,

and a fire & infolding itself, and a brightness was about it, and out of the midst

thereof as the colour of amber, out of the midst of the fire. 5 Also out of the midst thereof came the likeness of four living creatures. 6 And this was their appearance; they had the likeness of a man.

And every one 7 had four faces, and every one had four wings. And their feet were s straight

feet; and the sole of their feet was like the sole of a calf's foot: and they sparkled 8 like the colour of burnished brass. And they had the hands of a man under

their wings on their four sides; and they four had their faces and their wings. 9 Their wings were joined one to another; they turned not when they went; they 10 went every one straight forward. As for the likeness of their faces, they four

had the face of a man, and the face of a lion, on the right side: and they four

had the face of an ox on the left side; they four also had the face of an eagle. 11 Thus were their faces: and their wings were 4 stretched upward ; two wings of 12 every one were joined one to another, and two covered their bodies. And they

went every one straight forward: whither the spirit was to go, they went; and 13 they turned not when they went. As for the likeness of the living creatures,

their appearance was like burning coals fire, and like the appearance of lamps :

it went up and down among the living creatures ; and the fire was bright, and 14 out of the fire went forth lightning. And the living creatures ran and returned

as the appearance of a flash of lightning. 15 Now as I beheld the living creatures, behold one wheel upon the earth by the 16 living creatures, with his four faces. The appearance of the wheels and their

work was like unto the colour of a beryl : and they four had one likeness : and

their appearance and their work was as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel. 17 When they went, they went upon their four sides : and they turned not when 18 they went. As for their rings, they were so high that they were dreadful; and their 5 rings were full of eyes round about them four.

And when the living creatures went, the wheels went by them : and when the living creatures were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up. 20 Whithersoever the spirit was to go, they went, thither was their spirit to go;

and the wheels were lifted up over against them : for the spirit of the living 21 creature was in the wheels. When those went, these went; and when those

stood, these stood ; and when those were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up over against them: for the spirit 7 of the living creature was in

the wheels. 22 And the likeness of the firmament upon the heads of the living creature was

as the colour of the terrible crystal, stretched forth over their heads above. 23 And under the firmament were their wings straight, the one toward the other :

every one had two, which covered on this side, and every one had two, which 24 covered on that side, their bodies. And when they went, I heard the noise of

their wings, like the noise of great waters, as the voice of the Almighty, the voice

of speech, as the noise of an host : when they stood, they let down their wings. 25 And there was a voice from the firmament that was over their heads, when they stood, and had let down their wings.

And above the firmament that was over their heads was the likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a sapphire stone : and upon the likeness of the throne was 27 the likeness as the appearance of a man above upon it. And I saw as the colour

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of amber, as the appearance of fire round about within it, from the appearance

of his loins even upward, and from the appearance of his loins even downward, I 28 saw as it were the appearance of fire, and it had brightness round about. As

the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about.

This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. And when

| Heb. Jehezkel.
2 Heb. catching itself.
3 Heb. a straight foot.

4 Or, divided above.
5 Or, strakes.

6 Or, of life.
7 Or, of life.

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2 I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake. And he

said unto me, Son of man, stand upon thy feet, and I will speak unto thee. 2 And the spirit entered into me when he spake unto me, and set me upon my 3 feet, that I heard him that spake unto me, And he said unto me, Son of man,

I send thee to the children of Israel, to a rebellious / nation that hath rebelled

against me: they and their fathers have transgressed against me, even unto this 4 very day. For they are 2 impudent children and stiff hearted. I do send thee 5 unto them; and thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith 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 among them. 6 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 7 rebellious house. And thou shalt speak my words unto them, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear : for they are 4 most rebellious.

But thou, son of man, hear what I say unto thee; Be not thou rebellious like 9 that rebellious house : open thy mouth, and eat that I give thee. And when I

looked, behold, an hand was sent unto me; and, lo, a roll of a book was therein; 10 and he spread it before me: and it was written within and without: and there

was written therein lamentations, and mourning, and woe. 3 Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, eat that thou findest ; eat this roll, and

So I opened my mouth, and he caused 3 me to eat that roll. And he said unto me, Son of man, cause thy belly to eat,

and fill thy bowels with this roll that I give thee. Then did I eat it, and it was 4 in my mouth as honey for sweetness. And he said unto me, Son of man, go, get 5 thee unto the house of Israel, and speak with my words unto them. For thou

art not sent to a people 5 of a strange speech and of an hard language, but to the 6 house of Israel; not to many people 6 of a strange speech and of an hard lan.

guage, whose words thou canst not understand. 7 Surely, had I sent thee to 7 them, they would have hearkened unto thee. But the house of Israel will not

hearken unto thee; for they will not hearken unto me: for all the house of 8 Israel are 8 impudent and hardhearted. Behold, I have made thy face strong 9 against their faces, and thy forehead strong against their foreheads. As an

adamant harder than flint have I made thy forehead: fear them not, neither be

dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house. 10 Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, all my words that I shall speak unto 11 thee, receive in thine heart, and hear with thine ears. And go, get thee to them

of the captivity, unto the children of thy people, and speak unto them, and tell them, Thus saith the Lord God; whether they will hear, or whether they

will forbear. 12 Then the spirit took me up, and I heard behind me a voice of a great rushing, 13 saying, Blessed be the glory of the Lord from his place. I heard also the noise

of the wings of the living creatures that touched one another, and the noise of 14 the wheels over against tbem, and a noise of a great rushing. So the spirit

lifted me up, and took me away, and I went 10 in bitterness, in the heat of my 15 spirit; but the hand of the LORD was strong upon me. Then I came to them

of the captivity at Tel-abib, that dwelt by the river of Chebar, and I sat where

they sat, and remained there astonished among them seven days. 16 And it came to pass at the end of seven days, that the word of the Lord came 17 unto me, saying, 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. 18 When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die ; and thou givest 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 19 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 delivered thy soul. 1 Heb. nations.

7 Or, V I had seni thee to them, would 2 Heb. hard of face.

they not have hearkened unto thec? 3 Or, rebels.

8 Heb. stif f forehead, and hard of 4 Heb. rebellion. 5 Heb. deep of lip, and heavy of tongue. 6 Heb. deep of lip, and heavy of language.

10 Heb. bitter in hot arger.

hcart.
9 Heb. kissed.

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