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Jerusalem's misery lamented. CHAP. II.

Jeremiah's complaint. 19 I called for my lovers, but they de-l. 9. Her gates are sunk into the ground; ceived me: my priests and mine elders he hath destroyed and broken ber bars : gave up the ghost in the city, while they her king and her princes are among the sought their meat to relieve their souls. Gentiles: the law is no more: her prophets

20 Behold, O LORD; for I am in distress: also find no vision from the LORD. my bowels are troubled; mine heart is 10 The elders of the daughter of Zion turned within me ; for I have grievously sit upon the ground, and keep silence ; rebelled: abroad the sword bereaveth, at they have cast up dust upon their heads: home there is as death.

they have girded themselves with sack21 They have heard that I sigh: there is cloth : the virgins of Jerusalem hang down none to comfort me: all mine enemies their heads to the ground. have heard of my trouble; they are glad 11 Mine eyes do fail with tears, my bowthat thou hast done it: thou wilt bring the els are troubled, my liver is poured upon day that thou hast called, and they shall the earth, for the destruction of the daughbe like unto me.

ter of my people; because the children and 92 Let all their wickedness come before the sucklings swoon in the streets of the city. thee; and do unto them, as thou hast done 12 They say to their mothers, Where is unto me for all my transgressions : for my corn and wine? when they swooned as the sighs are many,

and my heart is faint. wounded in the streets of the city, when CHAP. II. :

their soul was poured out into their moOW hath the Lord covered the daugh-ther's bosom. 1 ter of Zion with a cloud in his anger, 13 What thing shall I take to witness for and cast down from heaven unto the earth thee? what thing shall I liken to thee, O the beauty of Israel, and remembered not daughter of Jerusalem? What shall I equal his footstool in the day of his anger! to thee, that I may comfort thee, O virgin

2. The Lord hath swallowed up all the daughter of Zion? for thy breach is great habitations of Jacob, and hath not pitied: like the sea : who can heal thee? he hath thrown down in his wrath the strong 14 Thy prophets have seen vain and holds of the daughter of Judah; he hath foolish things for thee: and they have not brought them down to the ground: he hath discovered thine iniquity, to turn away thy polluted the kingdom and the princes captivity ; but have seen for thee fals: burthereof.

dens and causes of banishment. 3 He hath cut off in his fierce


15 All that pass by, clap their hands at the born of Israel: he hath drawn back his thee; they hiss and wag their head at the right hand from before the enemy, and he daughter of Jerusalem, saying, Is this the burned against Jacob like a flaming fire, city that men call the Perfection of beauty, which devoureth round about.

the Joy of the whole earth? 4 He hath bent his bow like an enemy: 16 All thine enemies have opened their he stood with his right hand as an adver- mouth against thee: they hiss and gnash the sary and slew all that were pleasant to the teeth : they say, We have swallowed her eye in the tabernacle of the daughter of up: certainly this is the day that we lookZion: he poured out his fury like fire. ed for"; we have found, we have seen it.

5 The Lord was as an enemy: he hath 17 The Lord hath 'done that which he swallowed up Israel, he hath swallowed up had devised; he hath fulfilled his word that all her palaces: he hath destroyed his strong he had commanded in the days of old : he bolds, and hath increased in the daughter hath thrown down, and hath not pitied: of Judah mourning and lamentation. and he hath caused thine enemy to rejoice

6 And he hath violently taken away his over thee, he hath set up the horn of thine tabernacle, as if it were of a garden : he adversaries. hath destroyed his places of the assembly: 18 Their heart cried unto the LORD, O the Lord hath caused the solemn feasts and wall of the daughter of Zion, Let iears run sabbaths to be forgotten in Zion, and hath down like a river day and night: give thydespised in the indignation of his anger the self no rest; let not the apple of thine eye king and the priest.

7 The Lord hath cast off his altar, he 19 Arise, cry out in the night: in the behath abhorred his sanctuary, he hath given ginning of the watches pour out thine heart upinto the hand of the enemy the wallsof her like water before the face of the LORD: lift palaces; they have made a noise in the house up thy hands toward him for the life of of the Lord, as in the day of a solemn feast. thy young children, that faint for hunger in

8 The Lord hath purposed to destroy the top of every street. the wall of the daughter of Zion: he hath 20 T Behold, O Lord, and consider to stretched out a line, he hath not withdrawn whom thou hast done this. Shall the women his hand from destroying: therefore he eat their fruit, and children of a span long? made the rampart and the wall to lament; shall the priest and the prophet be slain they languished together.

the sanctuary of the Lord?


I libe to this wrath.

Jeremiah bewuils

his oxin caldmitres. 21 The young and the old lie on the hope and quietly wait for the salvation of ground in the streets; my virgins and my the Lord. young men are fallen by the sword; thou 27 It is good for a man that he bear the hast slain them in the day of thine anger; yoke in his youth. thou hast killed, and not pitied.

28 He sitteth alone, and keepeth si22 Thou hast called as in a solemn day lence, because he hath borne it upon him. my terrors round about, so that in the day 29 He putteth his mouth in the dust; if of the Lord's anger none escaped nor re- so be there may be hope. mained: those that I have swaddled. and 30 He giveth his cheek to him that brought up, hath mine enemy consumed. smiteth him: he is filled full with reproach. CHAP. III.

31 For the LORD will not cast off for AM the man that hath seen affliction by ever:

32 But though he cause grief, yet will 2 He bath led me, and brought me into he have compassion according to the muldarkness, but not into light.

titude of his mercies. 3 Surely against me is he turned; he 33 For he doth not affict willingly, nor turneth his hand against me all the day. grieve the children of men.

4 My flesh and my skin hath he made 34 To crush under his feet all the old; he hath broken my bones.

prisoners of the earth, 5 He hath builded against me, and 35 To turn aside the right of a man becompassed me with gall and travail. fore the face of the Most High,

6 He hath set me in dark places, as they 36 To subvert a man in his cause, the that be dead of old.

LORD approveth not. 7 He hath hedged me about, that I can 37 | Who is he that saith, and it comnot get out: he hath made my chain heavy. eth to pass, when the LORD commandeth

8°Also when I cry and shout, he shut- ii not? teth out my prayer.

38 Out of the mouth of the Most High 9 He hath enclosed my ways with hewn proceedeth not evil and good? stone, he hath made my paths crooked, 39 Wherefore doth a living man com.

10 'He was unto me as a bear lying in plain, a man for the punishment of his sins ? wait, and as a lion in secret places. 40'Let us search and try our ways, and

11 He hath turned aside my ways, and turn again to the LORD. pulled me in pieces: he hath made me 41 Let us lift up our heart with our desolate.

hands unto God in the heavens. 12 He hath bent his bow, and set me 42 We have transgressed and have reas a mark for the arrow.

belled: thou hast not pardoned. 13 He hath caused the arrows of his 43 Thou hast covered with anger, and quiver to enter into my reins.

persecuted us: thou hast slain, thou hast 14 I was a derision to all my people; not pitied. and their song all the day.

44 Thou hast covered thyself with a 15 He hath filled me with bitterness, he cloud, that our prayer should not pass hath made me drunken with wormwood. through.

16 He hath also broken my teeth with 45 Thou hast made us as the off-scourgravel-stones, he hath covered me with ing and refuse in the midst of the people. ashes.

46 All our enemies have opened their 17 And thou hast removed my soul far mouths against us. off from peace: I forgat prosperity. 47 Fear and a snare is come upon us,

18 And I said, My strength and my desolation and destruction. hope is perished from the LORD:

48 Mine eye runneth down with rivers 19 Remembering mine affliction and of water for the destruction of the daughter my misery, the wormwood and the gall. of my people.

20 My soul hath them still in remem 49 Mine eye trickleth down, and ceaseth brance, and is humbled in me.

not, without any intermission, 21 This I recall to my mind, therefore 50 Till the LORD look down, and behave I hope.

hold from heaven. 22 It is of the LORD's mercies that we 51 Mine eye affecteth my heart be. are not consumed, because his compas-cause of all the daughters of my city. sions fail not.

52 Mine enemies chased me sore, like 23 They are new every morning: great a bird, without cause. is thy faithfulness.

53 They have cut off my life in the dun24 The Lord is my portion, saith my geon, and cast a stone upon me, soul; therefore will I hope in him.

54 Waters flowed over mine head; then 25 The Lord is good unto them that I said, I am cut off. wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. 55 T I called upon thy name, O LORD, 26 Il is good that a man should both out of the low dungeon.

Zroti's pitiful estate.

CHAP. IV, V. The complaint to God. 56 Thou hast heard my voice: hide not fury; he hath poured out his fierce anger, thine ear at my breathing, at my cry. and hath kindled a fire in Zion, and it

57 Thou drewest near in the day that hath devoured the foundations thereof. I called upon thee: thou saidst, Fear not. 12 The kings of the earth, and all the

58 O LORD, thou hast pleaded the causes inhabitants of the world, would not have of my soul; thou hast redeemed my life. believed that the adversary and the enemy

59 O Lord, thou hast seen my wrong: should have entered into the gates of Jer judge thou my cause.

rusalem. 60 Thou hast seen all their vengeance 13 | For the sins of her prophets, and and all their imaginations against me. the iniquities of her priests, that have shed

61 Thou hast heard their reproach, the blood of the just in the midst of her, LORD, and all theirimaginations against me; 14 They have wandered as blind men

62 The lips of those that rose up against in the streets, they have polluted themme, and their device against me all the day. selves with blood, so that men could not

63 Behold their sitting down, and their touch their garments. rising up; I am their music.

15 They cried unto them, Depart ye; 64 T Render unto them a recompense, it is unclean; depart, depart, touch not: O LORD, according to the work of their when they fled away and wandered, they hands.

said among the heathen, They shall no 65 Give them sorrow of heart, thy curse more sojourn there. unto them.

16 The anger of the Lord hath divided 66 Persecute and destroy them in anger them; he will no more regard them: they from under the heavens of the LORD. respected not the persons of the priests, CHAP. IV.

they favoured not the elders. is gold become dim! is 17 for us, our eyes failed stones of the sanctuary are poured out in watched for a nation that could not save us. the top of every street.

18 They hunt our steps, that we cannot 2 The precious sons of Zion, compara-go in our streets: our end is near, our ble to fine gold, how are they esteemed as days are fulfilled; for our end is come. earthen pitchers, the work of the hands of 19. Our persecutors are swifter than the the potter!

eagles of the heaven: they pursued us 3 Even the sea-monsters draw out the upon the mountains, they laid wait for us breast, they give suck to their young ones: in the wilderness. the daughter of my people is become cruel, 20 The breath of our nostrils, the like the ostriches in the wilderness. anointed of the LORD, was taken in their

4 The tongue of the sucking child pits, of whom we said, Under his shadow cleaveth to the roof of his mouth for thirst: we shall live among the heathen. the young children ask bread, and no man 21 Rejoice and be glad, O daughter of breaketh it unto them.

Edom, that dwellest in the land of Uz; the 5 They that did feed delicately are de- cup also shall pass through unto thee: thou solate in the streets: they that were brought shalt be drunken, and shalt make thyself up in scarlet embrace dunghills.

naked. 6 For the punishment of the iniquity of 22 T The punishment of thine iniquity is the daughter of my people is greater than accomplished, 0 daughter of Zion; he will the punishment of the sin of Sodom, that no more carry thee away into captivity: was overthrown as in a moment, and no he will visit thine iniquity, O daughter of hands stayed on her.

Edom; he will discover thy sins. 7 Her Nazarites were purer than snow,

CHAP. V. they were whiter than milk, they were more ruddy in body than rubies, their po upon us: consider, and behold our lishing was of sapphire:

reproach. 8 Their visage is blacker than a coai; 2 Our inheritance is turned to strangers, they are not known in the streets: their our houses to aliens. skin cleaveth to their bones; it is withered, 3 We are orphans and fatherless, our it is become like a stick.

mothers are as widows. 9 They that be slain with the sword are 4 We have drunken our water for mobetter than they that be slain with hunger: ney; our wood is sold unto us. for these pine away, stricken through for Š'Our necks are under persecution: we want of the fruits of the field.

labour, and have no rest. 10 The hands of the pitiful women have 6 We have given the hand to the Egyp. sodden their own children: they were tians, and to the Assyrians, to be satisfied their meat in the destruction of the daugh- with bread. ter of my people.

7 Our fathers have sinned, and are not: 11 The LORD hath accomplished hisland we have borne their iniquities:

Ezekiel's vision of the cherubims, EZEKIEL. and of the four wheels.

8 Servants have ruled over us: there is 15 The joy of our heart is ceased; our none that doth deliver us out of their dance is turned into mourning. hand,

16 The crown is fallen from our head: 9 We gat our bread with the peril of wo unto us, that we have sinned! our lives because of the sword of the wil 17 For this our heart is faint ; for these derness.

things our eyes are dim. 10 Our skin was black like an oven 18 Because of the mountain of Zion, because of the terrible famine.

which is desolate, the foxes walk upon it. 11 They ravished the women in Zion, 19 Thou, O LORD, remainest for ever; and the maids in the cities of Judah. thy throne from generation to generation.

12 Princes are hanged up by their hand: 20 Wherefore dost thou forget us for the faces of elders were not honoured. ever, and forsake us so long time?

13 They took the young men to grind, 21 Turn thou us unto thee, O LORD, and and the children fell under the wood. we shall be turned; renewourdays as of old.

14 The elders have ceased from the 22 But thou hast utterly rejected us; gate, the young men from their music. thou art very wroth against us.

1 The Book of the Prophet EZEKIEL.

| 12 And they wentevery one straightforNOW TOW it came to pass in the thirtieth ward; whither the spirit was to go, they

year, in the fourth month, in the fifth went; and they turned not when they weni. day of the month, as I was among the 13 As for the likeness of the living creacaptives by the river of Chebar, that the tures, their appearance was like buming heavens were opened, and I saw visions coals of fire, and like the appearance of of God.

lamps: it went up and down among the 2 In the fifth day of the month, which was living creatures; and the fire was bright, the fifth yearof king Jehoiacbin's captivity, and out of the fire went forth lightning.

3 The word of the LORD came expressly 14 And the living creatures ran and reunto Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, turned as the appearance of a flash of in the land of the Chaldeans by the river lightning. Chebar; and the hand of the LORD was '15 T Now as I beheld the living creathere upon him.

tures, behold,one wheel upon the earth by 4 TAnd I looked, and behold, a whirl- the living creatures, with his four faces. wind came out of the north, a great cloud, 16 The appearance of the wheels and and a fire infolding itself, and a brightness their work was like unto the colour of a was about it, and out of the midst thereof beryl: and they four had onelikeness: and as the colour of amber, out of the midst of their appearance and their work was as it the fire.

were a wheel in the middle of a wheel. 5 Also out of the midst thereof came 17 When they went, they went upon the likeness of four living creatures. And their four sides: and they turned not this was their appearance; they had the when they went. likeness of a man.

18 As for their rings, they were so bigh 6 And every one had four faces, and that they were dreadful ; and their rings every one had four wings.

were full of

eyes round about them four. 7 And their feet were straight feet; and 19 And when the living creatures went, the sole of their feet was like the sole of a the wheels went by them: and when the call's foot; and they sparkled like the living creatures were lifted up from the colour of burnished brass.

earth, the wheels were lifted up. 8 And they had the hands of a man 20'Whithersoever the spirit was to go, under their wings on their four sides; and they went, thịther was their spirit to go; they four had their faces and their wings. and the wheels were lifted up over against

9 Their wings were joined one to ano-them: for the spirit of the living creature ther; they turned not when they went; was in the wheels. they went every one straight forward. 21 When those went, these went; and

10 As for the likeness of their faces, when those stood, these stood; and when they four had the face of a man and the those were lifted up from the earth, the face of a lion, on the right side: and they wheels were lifted up over against them: four had the face of an ox on the left side'; for the spirit of the living creature was in they four also had the face of an eagle. the wheels.

11 Thus were their faces: and their 22 And the likeness of the firmament wings were stretched upward; two'wings upon the heads of the living creature tras of every one were joined one to another, as the colour of the terrible crystal, stretchand two covered their bodies.

led forth over their heads above.

The commission of Ezekiel. CHAP. II, III.

Ile eats the roll. 23 And under the firmament were their rebellious house : open thy mouth, and eat wings straight, the one toward the other: that I give thee. every one had two, which covered on this 99 And when I looked, behold, a hand side, and every one had two, which cover- was sent unto me; and ló, a roll of a book ed on that side, their bodies.

was therein ; 24 And when they went, I heard the 10 And he spread it before me: and it noise of their wings, like the noise of great was written within and without: and there waters, as the voice of the Almighty, the was written therein lamentations, and voice of speech, as the noise of a host: mourning, and wo. when they stood, they let down their wings.

CHAP. III. 25 And there was a voice from the fir


TOREOVER he said unto me, Son of mament that was over their heads, when man, eat that thou findest ; eat this they stood, and had let down their wings. roll, and go speak unto the house of Israel.

26 | And above the firmament that was 2 So I opened my mouth, and he caused over their heads was the likeness of a me to eat that roll. throne, as the appearance of a sapphire 3 And he said unto me, Son of man, stone : and upon the likeness of the throne cause thy belly to eat, and fill thy bowels was the likeness as the appearance of a with this roll that I give thee. Then did man above upon it.

leat it; and it was in my mouth as honey 27 And I saw as the colour of amber, 'as for sweetness. the appearance of fire round about within 4 | And he said unto me, Son of man, it, from the appearance of his loins even go, get thee unto the house of Israel, and upward, and from the appearance of his speak with my words unto them. loins even downward, I saw as it were the 5 For thou art not sent to a people of a appearance of fire, and it had brightness strange speech and of a hard language, round about.

but to the house of Israel; 28 As the appearance of the bow that 6 Not to many people of a strange is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was speech and of a hard language, whose the appearance of the brightness round words thou canst not understand. Surely, about. This was the appearance of the had I sent thee to them, they would have fikeness of the glory of the LORD. And hearkened unto thee. when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I 7 But the house of Israel will not hearkheard a voice of one that spake.

en unto thee; for they will not hearken CHAP. II.

unto me: for all the house of Israel are A

ND he said unto me, Son of man, stand impudent and hard-hearted.
upon thy feet, and' I will speak unto Ś Behold, I have made thy face

strong thee.

against their faces, and thy forehead strong 2 And the spirit entered into me when against their foreheads. he spake unto me, and set me upon my feet, 9 As an adamant harder than flint have that I heard him that spake unto me. I made thy forchead: fear them not, nei

3 And he said unto me, Son of man, 1 ther be dismayed at their looks, though send thee to the children of Israel, to a re- they be a rebellious house. bellious nation that hath rebelled against 10 Moreover he said unto me, Son of me: they and their fathers have transgress- man, all my words that I shall speak unto ed against me, even unto this very day. thee receive in thine heart, and hear with

4 For they are impudent children and thine ears. stiff-hearted. I do send thee unto them; 11 And go, get thee to them of the cap. and thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith tivity, unto the children of thy people, and the Lord GOD.

speak unto them, and tell them, Thus saith 5 And they, whether they will hear, or the Lord God; whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear, (for they are whether they will forbear. a rebellious house,) yet shall know that 12 Then the spirit took me up, and I there hath been a prophet among them. heard behind me a voice of a great rushing,

6 And thou, son of man, be not afraid saying, Blessed be the glory of the LORD of them, neither be afraid of their words, from his place. though briers and thorns be with thee, and 13 I heard also the noise of the wings of thou dost dwell among scorpions : bé not the living creatures that touched one anoafraid of their words, nor be dismayed at ther, and the noise of the wheels over theirlooks, though theybea rebellious house. against them, and a noise of a great rushing.

7 And thou shalt speak my words unto 14 So the spirit lifted me up, and took them, whether they will hear, or whether me away, and I went in bitterness, in the they will forbear: for they are most re- heat of my spirit ; but the hand of the bellious.

LORD was strong upon me, 8 But thou, son of man, hear what I say 15 | Then I came to them of the capunto thee; Be not thou rebellious like that tivity at Tel-abib, that dwelt by the river

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