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The like wickedness hast thou also committed with the Assyrians, as if thy lust after idols were utterly uusatiable. So also ver. 29.
XVI. 30 How weak is thine heart, saith the Lord God, seeing thou doest all these things, the work of an imperious whorish woman! How hast thou even spent and exhausted thyself with this odious filthiness, saith the Lord; as some notorious and most infamous Strumpet 1
XVI. 37 And will discover thy nakedness unto them, that they may see all thy nakedness.
I will put thee to shame and confusion before the faces of those, which consorted with thee in thine idolatries.
XVI. 41 And I will cause thee to ceasefrom playing the harlot, and thou also shalt give no hire any more.
I will so judge thee, that thou shalt be disabled from any further commission of this spiritual whoredom; and shalt be stripped of any power to give the hire of fornication, to thy mercenary lovers.
XVI. 42 So will I make my fury toward thee to rest, and my jealousy shall depart from thee, ana I will be quiet, and will b e no tiwre angry.
So will I abundantly satisfy myself with that revenge, which I shall take of thee, as that my fury and jealousy shall be at an end, as having no further object to work upon.
XVI. 43 Because thou hast not remembered the days of thy youth, but hast fretted me in all these things; behold, therefore I also will recompense thy way upon thine head, He. Because thou hast not remembered, both the favours that I did thee and the covenants that thou madest with me in thy youth,but hast provoked me in all these things, I will bring thy deserved judgments upon thee, and will make thee sure enough from adding this lewdness to thine other abominations.
XVI. 44 Behold, every one tliat useth proverbs shall use this proverb against thee, saying, As is the mother, so is her daughter. Thy notorious sins shall be the ordinary by-word, and table-talt of the world, who shall say, As is the mother Canaan, so is the daughter Judah.
XVI. 45 Thou art thy mother's daughter, that loatheth her husband and her children; and thou art the sister of thy sisters, loathed their husbands and their children: your mother was a Itilite, and your father an A morite.
Thou art just thy mother's daughter, like her in wickedness and gin: as she, so thou, hast cast off thy God, and hatest all those that pertain unto him; and the whole family of you is all of one and the same strain: thy sister is of no other disposition: your mother, in respect of your manners and condition, was a Hittite, and your father an Amorite.
XVI. 46 And thine elder sister is Samaria, she and her daughters that dwell at thy left hand: and thy younger sister, that dwelleth at thy right hand, is Sodom and her daughters. And thine elder sister is Samaria, or the Ten Tribes of Israel; she, and those her daughter cities, that lie to the north: and thj younger sister, that dwells to the southward, is Sodom, and the cities appertaining to her.
XVI. 47 Yet hast thou not walked after their ways, nor done after their abominations: He.
Yet thou hast not contented thyself to do after the example of their abominations: but &c.
XVI. 49 Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness He. Behold, these were the most eminent sins of thy sister Sodom, even pride, excess of diet, extreme idleness and security; and want of respect and mercy to the poor and needy, &c.
XVI. 51 And hast justified thy sisters in all thine abominations which thou hast done.
Thou hast made thy sisters' wickednesses to appear small, in comparison of thine.
XVI. 52 Thou also, which hast judged thy sisters, bear thine own shame for thy sins that thou hast committed more abominable than they.
Thou, which hast passed thy sentence upon the foul sins of Sodom and Samaria, now make account to undergo the shame and judgment, which thy own greater and more abominable sins have deserved.
XVI. 53 When I shall bring again their captivity, the captivity of Sodom and her daughters, and the captivity of Samaria and her daughters, then will I bring again the captivity of thy captives in the midst of them.
And if the captivity of Sodom, and that of Samaria, and the towns round about them both, shall be ever reversed, then look that thine also, O Judah, shall be so; but, as there is no possibility in their return, so there is none in thine.
XVI. 56, 57 For thy sister Sodom was not mentioned by thy mouth in the day of thy pride, Before thy wickedness was discovered, as at the time ofthy reproach of the daughters of Syria, and all that are round about her, the daughters of the Philistines, which despise thee round about.
Thou never thoughtest of the judgment, which I brought upon thy sister Sodom, in raining fire and brimstone upon their heads, while thou wert transported with thy security and pride, before that God, by his inflicted judgments, brought forth thy wickedness to the notice of the world; and before he made thee a reproach to the Syrians, and their neighbouring nations, and to the Philistines, and the people adjoining > all which have despitefully insulted upon thee.
XVI. 61 Then thou shalt remember thy ways, and be ashamed, when thou shalt receive thy sisters, thine elder and thy younger: and I will give them unto thee for daughters, but not by thy covenant.
Then shalt thou bethink thyself, and recal to remembrance those wicked ways wherein thou hast walked, and be ashamed: when thou shalt also adjoin unto thee the Gentiles, as partners of thy happy conversion; whom thou shalt be a means to bring home into my Church, but not by virtue of any covenant of thine, but of my own, which is the New Covenant that I shall make with my chosen under the Gospel.
XVI. 63 That thou mayest remember, and be confounded, and never open thy mouth any more because of thy shame.
That thou mayest remember thy old wickednesses, and be soundly humbled under the sense of them, and not have a word to say for thyself, because of the shame of thy former vileness.
XVII. 3 And say, Thus saith the Lord God; A great eagle with great wings, long-winged, full of feathers, which had divers colours, came unto Lebanon, and took the highest branch of the cedar: Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon, is a great eagle: his long wings and many feathers are his several dominions; whose divers colours are the rites and various forms of government, in those sundry nations: he came into Judea, where Lebanon is renowned and conspicuous; and took away king Jechoniah, the highest branch of the cedars there:
XVII. 4 He cropped off the top of his young twigs, and carried it into a land of traffic; he set it in a city of merchanls. He cropped off the top of his young twigs, all their prime nobility and able soldiery, and carried them into captivity, and set them in Babylon.
XVII, 5 He took also of the seed of the land, and planted it ina fruitful field; he placed it by great waters, and set it as a willed tree.
He took also of the seed royal, even Zedekiah, and planted him in the fruitful land of Judea, where he had store of means to have lived and nourished.
XVII. 6 And it grew, and became a spreading vine of lowtUtare, whose branches turned toward him, and the roots thereof were under him: so it became a vine, He.
And he grew up, and prospered exceedingly, and became a great and wealthy prince, howsoever tributary to Babylon: both hisfamily and his power were greatly enlarged.
XVII. 7 There was also another great eagb e with great wings and many feathers: and, behold, this vine did bend her roots toward him, and shot forth her branches toward him, that he might water it by the furrows of her plantation.
Tliere was also another great king, of ample dominions andmigbrf power, even the king of Egypt: and, behold, Zedekiah thus set up by Nebuchadnezzar, yet did unthankfully incline unto and rely upon that king of Egypt, to be supported by bimin his revolt.
XVII. 8 It wets planted in a goodly soil by great waters, that it might bring forth branches, iVc.
He was, if he could have kept him so, well planted in his own soil, which was rich and plentiful.
XVII. 9 Say thou, Thus saith the Lord God; Shall it prosper' shall he not pull up the roots thereof, and cut off the fruit thereof, that it wither? He.
Thus saith the Lord, Shall this man prosper in his treachery and ingratitude? No; that great monarch, from whom he is revolted, shall take just revenge on him, and shall utterly defeat and root him out. So also verse 10.
XVII. 22 Thus saith the Lord God; / will also take off the highest branch of the high cedar, and will set\t; I will crop off from the top of his young twigs a tender one, Kc. Thus saith the Lord, I will, at the last, work out the delivery and redemption of my people: out of the seed of David, will I raise up the Messiah, and set him on high in my holy Church.
XVII. 23 In the mountain of the height of Israel will I plant it: and it shall bring forth boughs, and bear fruit, and be a goodly cedar: and under it shall dwell all fowl of every wing; in the shadow of the branches thereof shall they dwell.
Even in my glorious Evangelical Church,' will I exalt his power; and he shall spread my Gospel, and enlarge his spiritual dominions all the world over; and all his elect shall shroud themselves under his grace and protection.
XVII. 24 And all the trees of the field shall know that I the Lord have brought down the high tree, have exalted the low tree, have dried up the green tree, and have made the dry tree to flourish: I the Lord have spoken and have done it.
And all the people of the earth shall know, that I have brought down the proud and mighty tyrants of the world ; and have exalted this meek and despised Saviour of Mankind above every name, that is named in heaven and in earth.
XVIII. 2 Tliefathers have eaten sour grapes, Hc. See Jer. xxxi. verse 29.
XVIII. 4 Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die. Ye have no reason to murmur against me, as either partial or rigorous; for, are not all souls the work of my creation, one as well as another? and hath not every workman a will to wish well to his own handiwork? were it not therefore for sin, no soul should die.
XVIII. 5 But if a man be just, and do that which is lawful and right.
But if a man do sincerely apply himself to the keeping of God's law, and carefully endeavour to do that which is just and right.
XVIII. 6 And hath not eaten upon the mountains, neither hath lifted up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel, neither hath defiled his neighbour's wife, neither hath come near to a menstriwus woman.
And hath not given way to superstitious and idolatrous sacrifices, neither hath given any worship to the idols of Israel, nor hath suffered himself to be defiled with adultery, nor hath been polluted with that legal uncleanness of unseasonable copulation with a woman set apart for her disease.
XVIII. 3 He that hath not given forth upon usury, neither hath taken any inei-ease.
He that hath not given forth his money upon usury, neither hath upon any pretence taken increase from the hands of the borrower.
XVIII. 10 If he beget a son that is a robber, a shedder of blood, and that doeth the like to any of these things, If now this upright man beget a son that is a robber, or a murderer, or is guilty of any other notorious violation of God's law,
XVIII. 11 And that doeth not any of these duties, but even hath eaten upon the mountains, and defiled his neighbour's wife, He. And doth not set himself to do any of the holy duties required, but yieldeth to idolatrous practices, and to adulteries and other .uncleannesses, &c.
XVIII. 13 Shall he then live? he shall not live. Shall that son, because he is descended of holy and good parents, live, and have the blessings of a comfortable life continued unto him? No; he shall not live.
XVIII. 14 Now, lo, if he beget a son, that seeth all his father's sins which he hath done, and considereth, and doeth not such like. Now, if this degenerated and wicked man beget a son, thatseeth these sins of his father, and, upon due consideration, avoideth and abhorreth all his evil ways.
XVIII. 20 The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shd not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him. No soul shall be adjudged to death, for any sin, but his own: that universal contagion of our first parents' sin hath spread itself over every soul, and, by our propriety therein, hath made us liable to death; but, in our personal derivation from our following parents, there can be no guilt of death to any man: the son shall not be condemned to death, for the sin of the father, to. But he, that doeth righteously, shall speed well with God, and be graciously accepted; he that doeth evil, shall receive according to the wickedness he hath committed.
XVIII. 21 But if the wicked will turn from all his sins thai h e hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die. If that man, who hath been formerly wicked, shall now prove truly penitent, and turn from all his sins, and hereafter liveholilj and conscionably in this present world, he shall surely live, and not die. So verse 22. ,
XVIII. 23 Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die saith the Lord God: and not that he should return from his atf and live?
Is it any pleasure to me, that men should be wicked; or that those, which are now wicked men, should ,die everlastingly' the Lord God. Is it not rather my desire, that men should