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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 from 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. n 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 camefrom 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 aloritefs inkhoim 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 Mediator 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 seta 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 abominations that are done therein; that those men may be mercifully reserved from the common destruction.

IX. 1 And he said unto them, Defile the house, and fill the courts with the slain: go ye forth. And they went forth, and slew in the city.

And he said unto him, Since my house hath been so shamefully defiled 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 Ifell upon my face, and cried, and said, Ah Lord God! Kc.

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. 1 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 majesty of God, which overruleth and disposeth of all those heavenly spirits.

X. 2 Ai*d 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 offire from between the cherubims, and scatter them over the city. And he went in my sight. Then God Almighty, who sat upon his 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 fill thine hand with the coals of God's vengeance, not from the altars which thy people have 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, &>. 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 minister 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. ll When they went, they went upon theirfour sides; He. Sec 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.

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 Asfor the wheels, it was cried unto them in my hearing,

0 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 jourfaces, He. See chap. i. verse 10.

X. 16 And when the cherubims went, the wheels went, SCc. See chap. i. verse 12.

X. 18 Then the glory of the Lord departed from offthe 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 hath 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 gate 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 heavenward 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 ot 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, 1 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 Jksh.

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. 1 Therefore thus saith the Lord God; Your slain whom ye have laid in the midst of it, they are tlie Jlesh, and this city is the caldron: but J will bring you forth outof the midst of it.

Ye, that so pleasantly scoff at the words of my prophets, know, that ye do fulfil them too justly: those men, whom your cruelty hath slain and laid in the midst of your city, they are the flesh; and this city is the caldron; but for you, I will take order you shall not be boiled within these your walls; I will cast you out hence, and prepare judgment for you elsewhere. So also verse 11.

XI. 13 And it came to pass, when I prophesied, that Pelatuth, the son of Benaiah died. Thenfell I down upon my face, and cried with a loud voice, and said, He.

And it came to pass when I prophesied, that Pelatiah, being a man of great reputation among the people, and a prime ruler in Israel, died. Then, as in his death seeing an image of the imminent destruction of the rest, I fell down upon my face, and said, &c.

XI. 15 Son of man, thy brethren, even thy brethren, the men of thy kindred, and all the house of Israel wholly, are they unto whom the inhabitants of Jerusalem have said, Get you far from the Lord: unto us is this land given in possession.

Never complain of the taking away of some noted governors of Israel, as if the whole Church were in danger of extirpation by their loss; for, both these proud and secure inhabitants of Jerusalem are well worthy of this judgment, and when they are gone my Church shall continue; for those thy brethren and kinsfolk and the rest of Israel, which are now in captivity, are they, in whom my Church shall live, and of whom these insolent inhabitants have said, They are gone far enough from the Lord; as for us, wc shall surely continue safe in the land of our possession.

XI. 16 Yet will I be to them as a little sanctuary in the countries where they shall come.

However I have removed them from my local and material sanctuary, yet will I be to them, in their exile and captivity, instead of another sanctuary; for I will both protect them, and give them gracious testimonies of my presence with them.

XI. 19 And I will give them one heart, and will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of theirflesh, and will give them an heart of flesh.

And I will give them a holy and happy accordance in my truth, and will renew a right spirit in you; and will take away that perverse and obstinate disposition, which is naturally in them, to that which is good; and will give them a tenderness of heart, such as may make them capable of the good impressions of my Spirit.

XI. 21 But as for them whose heart walketh after the heart of their detestable things and their abominations, I will recompense their way upon their own heads, saith the Lord God. But as for those, that walk on in their wicked and abominable idolatries, doing those things which may be pleasing to their false gods, I will requite them according to their deservings, saith the Lord.

XI. 23- And the glory of the Lord went up tkc. See chap. x. verse 18.

XII. 3 Therefore, thou sonof man, prepare thee stuff'for removing, and remove by day in their sight.

Therefore, thou son of man, prepare thee all necessarv commodities for a remove, and long exile; and pack up thy fardels by day, in their s'ght.

XII. 5 Dig thou through the wall in their sight, and carry out thereby.

And, that thy very actions may be prophetical, dig thou through the wall in their sight; to foreshew unto them, that they shall not have a free egress out of their city, but shall be glad to seek all secret evasions to save themselves.

XII. 6 Thou shalt cover thy face, that thou see not the ground: for I have set thee for a sign unto the house of Israel. Thou shalt hoodwink thyself, and hide thy face, so as that thou see not the ground; to foreshew the great anxiety and-sorrow, wherewith the Jews shall depart into their captivity; and, withal, the excavation of their king Zedekiah, who shall not behold that Babylonish earth, that he shall tread upon: for I have made and appointed this act of thine, to be a presage of their future captivity. ♦

XII. 11 Say, I am your sign i like as I have done, so shall it be done unto them.

Say, God hath appointed to prefigure and foresignify in me, what he means to do unto you.

XII. 13 My net also will I spread upon him, and he shall h e taken in my snare: and I will bring him to Babylon to the land of the Chaldeans; yet shall he not see it, though he shall die there. I will encompass and take him by the forces of the Chaldees, as a fish is taken by a net, &c. and I will bring him to Babylon; yet shall he not see the land before him, for his eyes shall be put out by the king of Babylon; there shall he live and die, in a woeful

XII. 16 But I will leave a few men of them from the sword, from the famine, and from the pestilence; that they may declare all their abominations among the heathen whither they come; and they shall know that I am the Lord.

Those few will I purposely leave alive, that they may give glory to me, in confessing the shameful abominations of their people, which brought all this fearful desolation upon them; so as the very heathen may herein justify me, and know me to be the Lord.

XII. 18 Son of man, eat thy bread with quaking, and drink thy water with trembling and with carefulness.

Son of man, when thou eatest thy meals, do thou, in thy feeding, express a kind of trembling and quaking; and, in thy drinking of water, express a frightfulness, and amazed suspicion of the approach of an enemy.

XII. 22 Son of man, what is that proverb that ye have in the. land of Israel, saying, The days are prolonged, and every vision faileth?

What mean the Jews to mock at thy prophecies, and to say(

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