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for they shall never be able to stand in the day of battle, for my wrath fights against all the multitude of them.
VII. 16 But they that escape of them shall escape, and shall be on the mountains like doves of the vallies, all of them mourning, every one for his iniquity. And if any of them shall escape, as some shall escape, the sword and pestilence, yet their life shall be rather more miserable than death; for they shall be fain to hide their heads in the desert mountains, and shall be like the fearful doves that want shelter in the vallies; all of them protracting a woeful life, only to suffer and languish under the conscience of their own wickedness.
VII. 19 They shall cast their silver in the streets, and their gold shall be removed: their silver and their gold shall not be able to de liver them in the day of the wrath of the LORD: they shall not satisfy their souls, neither fill their bowels : because it is the stumblingblock of their iniquity. And, whereas they formerly trusted to their riches, now, they shall cast their silver and gold in the streets, as utterly unprofitable for their relief, &c. now, they shall well find, how little power this wealth of theirs hath to satisfy their souls, and to content their hearts; because it is that, which they have made an occasion of their sin, by their unjust and wicked confidence they have put in it.
VII. 20 As for the beauty of his ornament, he set it in majesty: but they made the images of their abominations and of their detestable things therein : therefore have I set it far from them. As for his beautiful and glorious temple, he placed it in great majesty among them, as that which might well be their best and greatest ornament; but they have notoriously profaned it, in setting up their abominable idols therein; therefore, have I forsaken both them and it, and give it over to the pollution and vastation of the heathen.
VII. 23 Make a chain: for the land is full of bloody crimes. Make thee a chain of iron; to signify the miserable bondage and captivity which is coming upon thy people, for the land is full of bloody crimes.
VIŤ. 26 Then shall they seek a vision of the prophet; but the law shall perish from the priest, and counsel from the ancients. Then shall they be glad to inquire after the prophet of God, to know what the issue of things shall be ; but, in a just punishment of their former neglect and security, God shall take away his gifts from their priests and prophets, so as they shall not be able to declare his will unto them, for their direction and preservation.
VIII. 1 That the hand of the Lord God fell there upon me. The Spirit of the Lord was powerful with and upon me, in a divine rapture and vision,
VIII. 2 Then I beheld, and lo, a likeness, as the appearance of fire; from the appearance of his loins even downward, fire; and
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from his loins even upward, as the appearance of brightness, as the colour of amber.
Then I beheld, and, lo, there was shewed to me the likeness of a human shape ; whose lower parts from the loins downward were as the colour of fire, and from the loins upward of a clear and pleasing brightness like unto amber; to signify, that that God, who is graciously majestical in himself, is terrible in the revenges
VIII. 3 And he put forth the form of a hand, and took me by a lock of mine head ; and the spirit lifted me up between the earth and the heaven, and brought me in the visions of God to Jerusalem, to the door of the inner gate that looketh toward the north ; where was the seat of the image of jealousy, which provoketh to jealousy. And from this appearance of a human shape, there was a hand put forth, which took me, as it seemed unto me in this vision, by a lock of the hair of mine head; and, methought, the Spirit of God lifted me up betwixt the earth and the heaven, and brought me, not in body but in vision, to Jerusalem, to the very door of the inner gate of the common court; even that gate, which looketh towards the north, where was the shrine of that abominable idol of Baal set up, which provoked the just jealousy of the Almighty.
VIIT. 4 And, behold, the glory of the God of Israel was there, according to the vision that I saw in the plain. And, behold, there I saw the same representation of the glory of the God of Israel, which had been formerly shewed unto me in the vision, which I had by the river of Chebar.
VIII. 8 Then said he unto me, Son of man, dig now in the wall : and when I had digged in the wall, behold a door. Then said he unto me, Son of man, it is too much that thou seest this one shameful idol, but thou shalt yet see many more ; and, besides this open abomination, thou shalt see hidden and secret : dig now in the wall; and when I had, in my vision, digged in the wall, behold, a door seemed to appear.
VIII. 11 And there stood before them seventy men of the ancients of the house of Israel, and in the midst of them stood Jaazaniah the son of Shaphan, with every man his censer in his hand ; and a thick cloud of incense went up. And there stood before those idols, all the judges and rulers of Israel, which God had appointed to be seventy in number; and, in the midst of them, the president of that senate Jaazaniah, the son of Shaphan, with every man his censer in his hand, in which he had offered incense to all the abominable idols; and the fume thereof went up, as a thick cloud, for the abundance thereof.
VIII. 12 Then said he unto me, Son of man, hast thou seen what the ancients of the house of Israel do in the dark, every man in the chambers of his imagery? for they say, The LORD seeth us not. Then said he unto me, Son of man, hast thou seen what the ancients of Israel, who should be good examples of piety and holi. ness to the rest, do in this secret, retired room, unseen, unnoted; how they heap up gods to themselves, every one according to his own vain imagination ? For they say, Tush, not only are we hid fron the eyes of men, but even the eyes of the Lord himself descry us not.
VIII. 14 And, behold, there sat women weeping for Tammuz. And, behold, there sat women, after the manner of the Egyptian idolatry, bewailing the loss of Osiris, the husband of their beastly goddess Isis; whose superstition was joined with abominable filthiness.
VIII. 17 And, lo, they put the branch to their nose. And, lo, they put forth accursed branches of several wickednesses, to the just provocation of God's anger, unto their own destruction.
IX. 2 And, behold, six men came from the way of the higher gate, which lieth toward the north, and every man a slaughter weapon in his hand; and one man among them was clothed with linen, with a writer's inkhorn by his side. And, behold, there appeared six men, according to the number of the six principal gates of Jerusalem, in representation of so many destroying angels, which came from the way of the north, which lieth towards Chaldea ; and every man had a weapon of slaughter in his hand : and there was one amongst them resembling the Son of God, the gracious Mediatur betwixt God and man ; which was clothed with linen, to signify his everlasting priesthood ; with a writer's inkhorn by his side, for the resemblance of his eternal consignation of his elect, and his careful marking them out for their preservation.
IX. 3 And the glory of the God of Israel was gone up from the cherub, whereupon he was, to the threshold of the house. And the glorious God of Israel, who had wont to have his seat betwixt the cherubims which covered the ark, went up from thence; to shew them, that he meant to remove away from Israel; and yet, not all at once, but by degrees, and therefore he removed first only to the threshold of the temple.
IX. 4 Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof. Go through all the streets of Jerusalem, and set a note or mark of distinction upon all those, that sigh and mourn for all the abo.. minations that are done therein ; that those men may be mercifully reserved from the common destruction.
IX. 7 And he said unto them, Defile the house, and fill the courts with the slain : go ye forth. And they went forih, and slew in the city. And he said unto him, Since my house hath been so shamefully defled by idolatries, do not ye spare to defile it, together with the courts there, with the blood and the carcases of the slain.
IX. 8 And it came to pass, while they were slaying them, and I was left, that I fell upon my face, and cried, and said, Ah Lord God! &c. And it came to pass, while, in this vision of mine, they were slaying them, and I was left, beholding this slaughter, that I fell upon my face, in an humble deprecation of further vengeance.
X. i Then I looked, and, behold, in the firmament that was above the head of the cherubims there appeared over them as it were • a sapphire stone, as the appearance of the likeness of a throne. Then I looked, and, behold, the appearance of my first vision was presented unto me: in the firmament, that was above the head of those four Angels, there appeared the likeness of a throne, made of a bright and glorious sapphire-stone; to signify the ma. jesty of God, which overruleth and disposeth of all those hea. venly spirits.
X. 2 And he spake unto the man clothed with linen, and said, Go in between the wheels, even under the cherub, and fill thine hand with coals of fire from between the cherubims, and scatter them over the city. And he went in my sight. Then God Almighty, who sat upon this throne, spake unto that Angel of the Covenant, who was clothed with linen, as being so the High Priest of his Church that he is withal the just Judge of the World, and said unto him, Go thou amongst these angelical representations, who hast most right to dispose of them; and 6/1 thịne hand with the coals of God's vengeance, not from the altars which thy people bave polluted, but from between the cherubims of heaven, who rejoice to contrive just revenge against wicked men; and scatter them over the city, that it may be consumed with the fire thereof.
· X. 4 Then the glory of the LORD went up from the cherub, &c. See chap. ix. verse 3.
X. 7 And one cherub stretched forth his hand from between the cherubims unto the fire that was between the cherubims, and took thereof, and put it into the hands of him that was clothed with linen : who took it, and went out. And one of those four Angels stretched forth his hand from between the other cherubims, and, reaching to that fire which was ready between the cherubims, took thereof ; and, as an obsequious mi. nister unto Christ, the Son of God, delivered it into his hand who, according to the charge, given him by God, took it, and went out,
X. 9 And when I looked, behold, the four wheels by the cherubims, one wheel by one cherub, and another wheel by another cherub : and the appearance of the wheels was as the colour of a beryl stone. So also verse 10. See chapter i. verse 16.
X. 11 When they went, they went upon their four sides ; &c. See chap. i. verse 17.
X. 12 And their whole body, and their backs, and their hands, and their wings, and the wheels, were full of eyes round about, even the wheels that they four had.
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474 PARAPHRASE UPON THE HARD TEXTS OF SCRIPTURE. And the whole compass and frame of the wheels, both in the upper and lower parts thereof, were full of eyes round about ; to shew, that, however the course and events of things seem so unstable and uncertain as if all things ran upon wheels, and there do also appear a certain intricateness and perplexity in the proceedings thereof, yet that the infinite and most wise Providence of God hath foreseen and foreordained all things to his own holy purposes.
X. 13 As for the wheels, it was cried unto them in my hearing, O wheel. And the voice of God spake to the wheel, in my hearing ; as therein shewing, that he takes perfect notice of the events of things, and both gives and judges their motion..
X. 14 And every one had four faces, &c. See chap. i. verse 10. X. 16 And when the cherubims went, the wheels went, &c. See
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X. 18 Then the glory of the LORD departed from off the threshold of the house, and stood over the cherubims. . Then the Lord removed the testimony of his presence from the temple, and forsook even the very threshold thereof, and stood on high over these four cherubims; as signifying, that, for the great abominations of Israel, he had withdrawn himself from them.
X. 19 And the cherubims lifted up their wings, and mounted up from the earth in my sight: when they went out, the wheels also were beside them, and every one stood at the door of the east gale of the Lord's house ; and the glory of the God of Israel was over them above. And these four cherubims lifted up their wings, and mounted up from the earth, where they seemed formerly to stand, to heaven. ward, in my sight; and according to their motion also the wheels were lifted up, and both the cherubim and wheels stood over the outer-gate of the great court of the temple : and the glory of the Lord appeared on high above them; to shew, that now he would no more be sought of them in that material house, but above in heaven.
XI, I And brought me unto the east gate of the Lord's house, which looketh eastward : and behold at the door of the gate five and twenty men, I was, in vision, brought to the east gate of the outmost court of the temple ; and, behold, at the door of the gate there were five and twenty of the selected rulers of Israel.
XI. 3 Which say, It is not near; let us build houses : this city is the caldron, and we be the flesh. Which say, Tush, this threatened destruction is far enough off : it was an idle word of Jeremiah, that this city is the caldron, we the flesh, the Chaldees the fire; well and long shall we, for all these menaces, enjoy our city and ourselves.
XI. 7 Therefore thus saith the Lord God; Your slain whom ye have laid in the midst of it, they are the flesh, and this city is the caldron : but I will bring you forth out of the midst of it.