網頁圖片
PDF
ePub 版
[ocr errors]

il He and his people with him,

15 Thus saith the Lord God, !!! the terrible of the nations, shall be

CHAPTER XXXI.

the day when he went down to the brought to destroy the land: and AN

ND it came to pass in the grave I caused a mouruing: 1 they shall draw their swords against eleventh year, in the third covered the deep for him, and I reEgypt, aud fill the land with the month, in the first day of the strained the floods thereof, and the slain.

month, that the word of the LORD great waiers were stayed ; and I 12 And I will make the rivers came unto me, saying,

caused Lebanon to mourn for him, dry, and sell the land into the hand 2 Son of man, speak unto Pharaoh and all the trees of the field fainted of the wicked; and I will make the king of Egypt, and to his multitude, for hiin. land waste, and all that is therein, Whom art thou like in thy great- 16 I made the nations to shake at by the hand of strangers: I the ness?

the round of his fall, when I cast LORD have spoken it.

3 Behold, the Assyrian was a ce- him down to hell with them that 13 Thus saith the Lord God, I dar in Lebanon with fair branches, descent into the pit; and all the will also destroy the idols, and I and with a shadowing shroud, and trees of Eilen, the choice and best will cause their images to cease out of an high stature, and his top was of Lebanon, all that drink water, of Noph; and there shall be no among the thick boughs.

shall be comforted in the nethur more a prince of the land of Egypt: 4 The waters made him great, parts of the earth. and I will put a fear in the land of the deep set him up on high with 17 They also went down into Egypt.

her rivers running round about his hell with him, unto them that be 14 And I will make Pathros plants, and sent out her little rivers slain with the sword; and they that desolate, and will set fire in Zoan, unto all the trees of the field.

were his arm, that dwelt under his and will execute judgments in No. 5 Therefore his height was shadow in the midst of the heathen. 15 And I will pour my fury upon

alted above all the trees of the 18 To whom art thou thus like Rin, the strength of Egypt; and I field, and his boughs were multi- in glory and in greatness ainong the will cut off the multitude of No. plied, and his branches became trees of Eden? yet shalt thou be 16 And I will set fire in Egypt: long, because of the multitude of

brought down with the trees of Sin shall have great pain, and No waters, when he shot forth.

Eden unto the nether parts of the shall be rent asunder, and Noph 6 Ail the fowls of heaven made earth: thou shalt fie in the midst of shall have distresses daily.

their nests in his boughs, and under the uncircumcised with thecha tirat 17 The young men of Aren and his branches did all the beasts of the

be slain by the sword. This is of Phi-beseth shall fall by the field bring forth their young, and Pharaoh, and all his multitudie, sword : and these cities shall go in. urder his shadow dwelt all great saith the Lord God. to captivity.

nations
18 At Tehaphnehes also the day 7 Thus was he fair in his great-

CHAPTER XXXII. shall be darkened, when I shall ness, in the length of his branches :

AND it came to pass in the twelfth break there the yokes of Egypt, for bis root was by great waters.

year, in the twelfth month, in and the pomp of her strength shall 8 The cedars in the garden of the first day of the month, that cease in her: as for her, a cloud God could not hide him : the fir- the word of the LORD came unto shall cover her, and her daughters trees were not like his boughs, and me, saying, shall go into captivity.

the chesnut-trees were not like his 2 Son of man, take up a lamenta19 Thus will i execute judgments branches; nor any tree in the gar- tion for Pharaoh king of Egypt, in Egypt; and they shall know that den of God was like unto him in his and say unto him, Thon art like a I am the LORD. beauty.

young lion of the nations, and thou 20 And it came to pass in the 9 I have made him fair by the art as a whale in the seas; and thou eleventh year, in the first month, multitude of his branches ; so that camest forth with thy rivers, and in the seventh day of the month, all the trees of Eden, that were in troubledst the waters with thy feet, that the word of the LORD came un- the garden of God, envied him. and fouledst their rivers. to me, saying,

10 Therefore thus saith the Lord 3 Thus saith the Lord God, I 21 Son of man, I have broken GOD, Because thou hast listed up will therefore spread out my net the arm of Pharaoh king of Egypt; thyself in height, and he hath shot over thee with a company of many and, lo, it shall not be bound up to up his top among the thick boughs, people, and they shall bring theo be healed, to put a roller to bind it, and his heart is lifted up in his up in my net. to make it strong to hold the sword. height;

4 Then will I leave thee upon 22 Therefore thus saith the Lord 11 I have therefore delivered him the land, I will cast thee forth upon GOD, Behold, I am against Pha- into the hand of the mighty one of the open field, and will cause all rach king of Egypt, and will break the heathen; he shall surely deal the fowls of the heaven to remain his arms, the strong, and that with him: I have driven him out upon thee, and I will all the beaste which was broken ; and I will cause for his wickedness.

of the whole earth with thee. the sword to fall out of his hand. 12 And strangers, the terrible of 5 And I will lay thy flesh upon

23 And I will scatter the Egyp- the nations, have cut him off, and the mountains, and fill the valley tians among the nations, and will have left him: upon the mountains with thy height. disperse them through the countries. and in all the valleys his branches 6 I will also water with thy blood

24 And I will strengthen the are fallen, and his boughs are broken the land wherein thou swimmert, arms of the king of Babylon, and by all the rivers of the land; and all eren to the mountains; and the put my sword in his hand: but I the people of the earth are gone rivers shall be full of thee. will break Pharaoh's arms, and he down from his shadow, and have left 7 And when I shall put thee out, shall groan before hiin with the him.

I will cover the heaven, and make groanings of a deadly-woundedi man. 13 Upon his ruin shall all the the stars thereof dark; I will cover

25 But I will strengt heu the arms fowls of the heaven remain, and all the sun with a cloud, and the moor: of the king of Babylon, and the the beasts of the field shall be upon shall not give her light. arms of Pharaoh shall fall down; his branches :

8 All the bright lights of heaven and they shall know that I am the 14 To the end that none of all will I make dark over thee, and -ri LORD, when I shall put my sword the trees by the waters exalt them. darkness upon thy land, saith the into the hand of the king of Baby- selves for their height, neither Lord God. lon, and he shall stretch it out upon shoot up their top among the thick 9 I will also vex the hearts of the land of Egypt.

boughs, neither their trees stand up many people, when I shall brius 26 And I will scatter the Egyp- in their height, all that drink wa. thy destruction among the nations, tial, anong the nations, and dis- ter : for they are all delivered unto into the countries which thou hasi perve them among the countries ; death, to the nether parts of the not known. and they shall know that I am the earth, in the midst of the children 10 Yea, I will make many people LORD.

of men, with them that go down to amazed at thee, and their kings the pit.

shall be horribly afraid for thre, Lthiopin.-Ver. 13. Jer. xliii. 12;

when I shall brandish my swori xivi. 11, 25. - Ver. 17. Apen : Ver. 3. The Assyrian : that is, before them; and they shall tremble that is, Heliopolis. Phi-beseth: the Sennacherib, who is compared to at every moinent, every man for bis city of Bubast.- Ver. 18. Jer. ii. one of the cedars of Lebanon, on own life, in the day of thy fall. 16. - Ver. 20. In the elcventh account of his riches, and the extent 11 For thus saith The Lorit year: that is, in the year 588 be- of his power.- Ver. 9. Eder, and Gov, The sword of the king of fore Christ. The prophut appears the garden of God, are terms made Babylon shall come upou thee. to refer here to the prophecy he vse of simply to express the beauty had before delivered, in festiinong and magnificence of the object Ver. 6. The king of Egypt is of the truth of those he was wow alluded to..-Ver. 11. The mighty here spoken of as the personification uttering.

one of the heathen that is, Cyrus. of the whole people of Egypte

12 By the swords of the mighty will I cause thy multitude to fall, the terrible of the nations, all of them; and they shall spoil the pomp of Egypt, and all the multitude thereof shall be destroyed.

13 I will destroy also all the beasts thereof from beside the great waters; neither snall the foot of man trouble them any more, nor the hoofs of beasts trouble them.

14 Then will I make their waters deep, and cause their rivers to run like oil, saith the Lord God.

15 When I shall make the land of Egypt desolate, and the country shall be destitute of that whereof it was full, when I shall sinite all them that dwell therein, then shall they know that I am the LORD.

16 This is the lamentation wherewith they shall lament her : the daughters of the nations shall la. ment her: they shall lament for her, even for Egypt, and for all her tultitude, saith the Lord God.

17 It came to pass also in the twellth year, in the fifteenth day of the month, that the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

18 Son of man, wail for the multitude of Egypt, and cast them down, even her, and the daughters of the famous nations, unto the nether parts of the earth, with them that go down into the pit.

19 Whom dost thou pass in beauty? go down, and be thou laid with the uncircumcised.

29 They shall fall in the midst of them that are slain by the sword; she is delivered to the sword : draw her and all her multitudes.

21 The strong among the mighty shall speak to him out of the midst of hell with them that help him : they are gone down, they lie uncircumcised, slain by the sword.

22 Asshur is there, and all her company : his graves are about him: all of them slain, fallen by the sword:

23 Whose graves are set in the sides of the pit, and her company is round about her grave; all of them slain, fallen by the sword, which caused terror in the land of the living.

24 There is Elam, and all her multitude round about her grave; all of them slain, fallen by the sword, which are gone down uncircumcised into the nether parts of the earth, which caused their terror in the land of the living ; yet have they borne their shame with them that go down to the pit.

25 They have set her a bed in the midst of the slain with all her multitude : her graves are round about him; all of them uncircumcised, slain by the sword : though their terror was caused in the land of the living, yet have they borne their shame with them that go down to the pit : he is put in the midst of them that be slain.

26 There is Meshech, Tubal, and all her multitude : her graves are round about him; all of them uncircumcised, slain by the sword, though they caused their terror in the land of the living.

27 Aud they shall not lie with the mighty that are fallen of the uncircuincised, which are gone down to hell with their weapons of Ver. 11. Jer. xlvi. 26.-Ver. 22. Asshur : Assyria.Ver. 24. Elam: Persia. --Ver. 26. Meshech, Tubal: tribes of Asiatics.- Ver. 27. They shall not lie with the mighty: that

430

war: and they have laid their 10 & Therefore, O thou son of swords under their heads; but their man, speak unto the house of Israel, iniquities shall be upon their bones, This ye speak, saying, 10 our though they were the terror of the transgressions and our sins be upon mighty in ihe land of the living. us, and we pine away in them, how

28 Yea, thou shalt be broken in should we then live? the midst of the uncircumcised, and Il Say unto them, As I lire, shalt lie with them that are slain saith the Lord God, I have no pleawith the sword.

sure in the death of the wicked; but 29 There is Edom, her kings, that the wicked turn i'rom his way and all her princes, which with and live: turn ye, turn ye from your their might are laid by them that eril ways; for why will ye die, o were slait: by the sword: they shall house of Israel? lie with the uncircumcised, and 19 Therefore, thon son of man, with them that go down to the pit. say unto the children of thy people,

30 There be the princes of the The righteousness of the righteous north, all of them, and all the shall not deliver him in the day of Zidonians, which are gone down his transgression : as for the wicked. with the slain : with their terror ness of the wicked, he shall not fall they are ashamed of their might; thereby in the day that he turneth and they lie uncircumcised with from his wickedness; neither shall them that be slain by the sword, the righteous be able to live for and bear their shame with them his righteousness in the day that that go down to the pit.

he sinneth. 31 Pharaoh shall see them, and 13 When I shall say to the shall be comforted over all his mul- righteous, that he shall surely lire; titude, even Pharaoh and all his if he trust to his own righteousness, army slain by the sword, saith the and commit iniquity, all his righte Lord God.

ousnesses shall not be remembered; 39 For I have caused my terror but for his iniquity that he hath in the land of the living : and he committed, he shall die for it. shall be laid in the midst of the un- 14 Again, when I say unto the circumcised with them that are slain wicked, Thou shalt surely die; if he with the sword, even Pharaoh and turn from his sin, and do that which all his multitude, saith the Lord is lawful and right; GOD.

15 Y the wicked restore the CHAPTER XXXIII.

pledge, give again that he had rob

bed, walk in the statutes of life, AGAIN, the word of the LORD

without committing iniquity; he

shall surely live, he shall not die. 2 Son

man, speak to the chil. 16 None of his sins that he hath dren of thy people, and say unto committed shall be mentioned unto them, When I bring the sword upon himn : he hath done that which is a land, if the people of the land lawful and right; he shall surely take a man of their coasts, and set

live. him for their watchman :

17 Yet the children of thy 3 If, when he seeth the sword people say, The Way of the LORD is come upon the land, he blow the not equal : but, as for them, their trumpet, and warn the people ; way is not equal

4 Then whosoever heareth the 18 When the righteous turneth sound of the trumpet, and taketh from bis righteousness, and comnot warning: if the sword come and mitteth iniquity, he shall even die take him away, his blood shall be thereby. upon his own head.

19 But if the wicked turn from 5 He heard the sound of the his wickedness, and do that which trumpet, and took not warning; is lawful and right, he shall live his blood shall be upon himn : but thereby. he that taketh warning shall deliver 20 Yet ye say, The way of the his soul.

LORD is not equal. Oye house of 6 But in the watchman see the Israel, I will judge you every one sword come, and blow not the

after his ways. trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come and take the watchman warning to repen. any person from among them, he tance ?-Ver. 11. How invaluable is taken away in his iniquity; but to the soul of every render, conhis blood will require at the scious of inbred and of actual sin, watchman's hand.

are passages like this! How suspi7 So thou, O son of man, I have cious ought we to be of ourselves, set thee a watchman unto the house if they awaken not in our souls deep of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear and earnest emotions of thankful the word at my mouth, and warn ness! How perseveringly ought them from me.

we to pray, if we have it not, that 8 When I say unto the wicked, the Lord would give us that grace O wicked man, thou shall surely of repentance which may enable us die ; ir thou dost not speak to warn to set a proper value on assurances the wicked from his way, that so precious, and so comforting to wicked man shall die in his ini- perishing creatures like ourselves ! quity; but his blood will I require - Ver. 12. The whole of this proves at thine hand,

most distinctly the necessity of a 9 Nevertheless, if thou warn the divine atonement; for who has not wicked of his way to turn frorn it ; sinned? Who is not continually if he do not turn from his way, he sinning against the perfect right. shall die in his iniquity; but thou eousness of God's law? - Ver. 16. hast delivered thy soul.

This had no doubt respect only to

those who sincerely repented of is, they shall be cast into the pit, their sing, as well as ceased from as base and dishonoured.

them; and who, seeking pardon Ver. 2. A careful reader will through the instituted means of not fail

apply this chapter to grace, offered to God the best important spiritual purposes; for sacrifices which they had the power, who is there in this favoured land and the law directed them, to offer. who has not, or might not have A repentance of this kind God heard the voice or the trumpet of would accept, for it brought the

21 And it came to pass in the do feed themselves I should not the pasture, but ye must tread down twelfth year of our captivity, in the shepherds feed the docks ?

with your feet the residue of your tenth month, in the fifth day of the 3 Ye eat the fat, and re clothe pastures ? and to have drunk of the month, that one that had escaped you with the wool, ye kill them deep waters, but ye must foul the out of Jerusalemn came unto me, that are fed: but ye feed not the residue with your feet? saying. The city is smitten. flock.

19 And as for my flock, they eat 22 Now the hand of the LORD 4 The diseased have ye not that which ye have trodden with was upon me in the evening, afore strengthened, neither have ye your feet; and they drink that which he that was ercaped came, and had healed that which was sick, neither ge have fouled with your feet. opened my mouth, until he came to have ye bound up that which was 20 | Therefore thus saith the me in the morning; and my mouth broken, neither have ye brought Lord God unto them, Behold, 1, was opened, and I was no more again that which was driven away, even I, will judge between the fat dumb.

neither have ye sought that which cattle and between the lean cattle. 23 Then the word of the LORD was lost; but with force and with 21 Because ye have thrust with came unto me, saying, cruelty hare ye ruled them.

side and with shoulder, and pushed 24 Son of man, they that inhabit 5 And they were scattered, be- all the diseased with your horns, till those wastes of the land of Israel cause there is no shepherd : and ye hare scattered them abroad; speak, saying, Abraham was one, they became meat to all the beasts 22 Therefore will I save my flock, and he inherited the land: but we of the field, when they were scat- and they shall no more be a prey : are many; the land is given us for tered.

and I will judge between cattle and inheritance.

6 My sheep wandered through cattle. 25 Wherefore say unto them, all the mountains, and upon every 23 And I will set up one Shepherd Thus saith the Lord God, Ye eat high hill : yea, my flock was scat- over them, and he shall feed them, with the blood, and lift up your eyes tered upon all the face of the earth, even my servant David; he shall toward your idols, and shed blood : and none did search or seek after feed them, and he shall be their and shall ye possess the land ? them.

shepherd. 26 Ye stand upon your sword, ye 74 Therefore, ye shepherds, 24 And I the LORD will be their work abomination, and ye defile hear the word of the LORD;

God, and my servant David a prince every one his neighbour's wife : 8 As I live, saith the Lord GOD, among them: I the LORD have and shall ye possess the land ? surely because my flock became a spoken it.

27 Say thou thus unto thein, prey, and my fock became meat to 25 And I will make with them a Thus saith the Lord God, As I live, every beast of the field, because covenant of peace, and will cause surely they that are in the wastes there was no shepherd, neither did the evil beasts to cease out of tho shall' fall by the sword; and him my shepherds search for my flock, land; and they shall dwell safely that is in the open field will I give but the shepherds fed themselves, in the wilderness, and sleep in the to the beasts to be devoured; and and fed not my flock:

woods. they that be in the forts, and in 9 Therefore, ose shepherds, 26 And I will make them, and the caves, shall die of the pesti- hear the word of the LORD ;

the places round about my hill, a lence.

10 Thus saith the Lord God, blessing; and I will cause the 28 For I will lay the land most Behold, I am against the shep- shower to come down in his season : desolate, and the pomp of her herds; and I will require my flock there shall be showers of blessing. strength shall cease; and the moun. at their hand, and cause them to 27 And the tree of the field shall tains of Israel shall be desolate, cease from feeding the flock; neither yield her fruit, and the earth shall that none shall pass through. shall the shepherds feed themselves yield her increase, and they shall

29 Then shall they know that I any more : for I will deliver my be safe in their land, and shall know am the LORD, when I have laid the flock from their mouth, that they that I am the LORD, when I have land most desolate, because of all may not be meat for them.

broken the bands of their yoke, and their abominations which they have

For thus saith the Lord delivered them out of the band committed.

God, Behold, I, even I, will both of those that served themselves of 30 Also, thou son of man, the search my sheep, and seek then them. children of thy people still are out.

28 And they shall no more be a talking against theo by the walls, 12 As a shepherd seeketh out his prey to the heathen, neither shall and in the doors of the houses, and Alock in the day that he is among

the beasts of the land devour them; speak one to another, every one to his sheep that are scattered; so but they shall dwell safely, and his brother, saying. Come, I pray will I seek out my sheep, and will none shall make them afraid. you, and hear what is the word that deliver them out of all places where 29 And I will raise up for them a cometh forth from the LORD. they have been scattered in the plant of renown, and they shall be 31 And they come unto thee as cloudy and dark day.

no more consumed with hunger in the people cometh, and they sit 13 And I will bring them out the land, neither bear the shame of before thee as my people, and they from the people, and gather them

the heathen any more. hear thy words, but they will not from the countries, and will bring 30 Thus shall they know that I do them : for with their mouth they them to their own land, and feed the LORD their God am with then, shew much love, but their heart thein upon the mountains of Israel and that they, even the house of goeth after their covetousness. by the rivers, and in all the inha- Israel, are my people, saith the 32 And, lo, thou art unto them bited places of the country.

Lord God. as a very lovely song of one that 14 I will feed them in a good 31 And ye my lock, the flock of hath a pleasant voice, and can play pasture, and upon the high moun- my pasture, are men, and I am well on an instrument for they tains of Israel shall their fold be: your God, saith the Lord God. hear thy words, but they do them there shall they lie in a good fold, not. and in a fat pasture shall they feed

CHA

TER XXXV. 33 And when this cometh to pass, upon the mountains of Israel.

MOREOVER, the word of the (1o, it will coine,) then shall they 15 I will feed my fiock, and I will LORD came unto me, saying, know that a prophet hath been cause them to lie down, saith the 9 Son of man, set thy face against among them. Lord God.

mount Seir, and prophesy against 16 I will seek that which was CHAPTER XXXIV.

lost, and bring again that which 8 And say unto it, Thus saith the AND. the word of the Lord came was driven away, and will bind up Lord God, Behold, O mount Seir, unto me, saying,

that which was broken, and will I am against thee, and I will stretch 2 Son of man, prophesy against strengthen that which was sick : out mine hand against thee, aud I the shepherds of Israel, prophesy, but I will destroy the fat and the will make thee most desolate. and say unto them, Thus saith the strong; I will feed them with 4 1 wilt lay thy cities waste, and Lord God unto the shepherds, Woc judgment.

thou shalt be desolate ; and thou be to the shepherds of Israel that 17 And as for you, o my fock, shalt know that I am the LORD.

thus saith the Lord God, Behold, i 5 Because thou hast had a per. penitent within the happy circle of judge between cattle and cattle, petual hatred, and hast shed the those whose perfect redemption was between the rams and the he-goats. to be secured by the death of Christ. 18 Seemeth it a small thing unto this chapter. - Ver. 23. Isa. xl.

Ver. 21. % Kings, xxv. 4. - you to have eaten up the good 11; Jer. xxiii. 4; John, x. 11; Ver. 25. Gen. ix. 4; Levit. iii.

Heb. xiii. 20; 1 Pet. ii. 25; V. 4. 17; vii. 26.-Ver. 26. Upon your the priests and rulers of the Jews. Ver. 29. Isa. xi. 1; Jer. xxiii. 3. sword: that is, Ye are always -Ver. 1). No portion of prophe- Ver. 2. Mount Seir: that is, ready to coinmit violence.

tical scripture is more beautiful cr Edoin, or Idumea, which name Ver. 2. The shepherds : that is, comforting than the remainder of appears to be given in this place to your God.

blood of the children of Israel by the joy of all their heart, with de. 21 But I had pity for moine holy the force of the sword in the time of spiteful minds, to cast it out for a name, which the house of Israel their calamity, in the time that prey.

had profaned among the heatben, their iniquity had an end :

6 Prophesy therefore concerning whither they went. 6 Therefore, as I live, saith the the land of Israel, and say unto the

22 Therefore say unto the house Lord God, I will prepare thee unto mountains and to the hills, to the of Israel, Thus saith the Lord God, blood, and blood shall pursue thee: rivers and to the valleys, Thus I do not this for your sakes, O house sith thou hast not hated blood, even saith the Lord God, Behold, I have of Israel, but for mine holy name's bloo i shall pursue thee.

spoken in my jealousy, and in my sake, which ye have profaned among 7 Thus will make mount Seir fury, because ye have borne the the heathen, whither ye went. most desolate, and cut off from it shame of the heathen:

23 And I will sanctify my great him that passeth out, and him that 7 Therefore thus saith the Lord name, which was profaned among returneth.

God, I have lifted up mine hand, the heathen, which ye have proe And I will fill his mountains Surely the heathen that are about faned in the midst of them; and the with his slain men: in thy hills, you, they shall bear their shame. heathen shall know that I ate the And in thy valleys, and in all thy 89 But ye, 0 mountains of LORD, saith the Lord God, when I rivers, shall they fall that are slain Israel, ye shall shoot forth your shall be sanctified in you before with the sword.

branches, and yield your fruit to their eyes. 9 I will make thee perpetual de- my people of Israel ; for they are at 21 For I will take you from solations, and thy cities shall not hand to come.

among the heathen, and gather you return; and ye shall know that I 9 For, behold, I am for you, and out of all countries, and will bring am the LORD.

I will turn unto you, and ye shall you into your own land. 10 Because thou hast said, These be tilled and sown :

25 Then will I sprinkle clean two nations, and these two couni

10 And I will multiply men upon water upon you, and ye shall be tries, shall be mine, and we will you, all the house of Israel, even clean: from all your filthiness, and possess it; whereas the LORD was all of it: and the cities shall be from all your idols, will I cleanse there :

inhabited, and the wastes shall be you. I! Therefore, as I live, saith the builded :

20 A new heart also will I give Jordd Go, I will even do according 11 And I will multiply upon you you, and a new spirit will I put to thine anger, and according to man and beast; and they shall within you; and I will take away chine enry, which thou hast used increase and bring fruit: and I will the story heart out of your flesh, Oct of thy hatred against them; settle you after your old estates, and and I will give you an heart of An I will make myself known

will do better unto you than at your flesh. Anong them, when I have judged beginnings ; and ye shall know that 27 Anal will put ins Spirit ihee. I am the LORD.

within you, and cause you to walk 12 And thou shalt know that I 12 Yea, I will cause men to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep aim the LORD, and that I have upon you, even my people Israel; my judguients, and do them. Preard all thy blasphemies which and they shall possess thee, and 28 And ye shall dwell in the land thou hast spoken against the moun

thou shalt be their inheritance, and that I gave to your fathers; and ye tains of Israel, saying, They are

thoa shalt no more henceforth be- shall be my people, and I will be lait desolate, they are given us to reare them of men. Consume.

13 Thus saith the Lord God, 29 I will also sare you from all 13 Thus with your mouth ye Because they say unto you, Thou your uncleannesses; and I will call hatı boasted against me, and have land devourest üp men, and hast for the coru, and will increase it. multiplied your words against me: bereaved thy nations ;

and lay no famine upon you. I have heard them.

14 Therefore thou shalt devour 39 And I will multip the fruit 14 Thus saith the Lord God, men no more, neither bereave thy of the tree, and the increase of the When the whole earth rejoiceth, I nations any more, saith the Lord field, that ye shall receive no more will make thee desolate. God.

reproach of famine among the 15 As thou didst rejoice at the 15 Neither will I cause men to heathen. inheritance of the house of Israel, hear in thee the shame of the 31 Then shall se remember your Decause it was desolate, so will I do heathen any more, neither shalt own evil ways, and your doings unto thee: thou shalt be desolate, thou bear the reproach of the people that were not good, and shall loathe

mount Seir, and all Idumea, eren any more, neither shalt thou cause yourselves in your own sight, for all of it; and they shall know that thy nations to fall any more, saith your iniquities, and for your aboI am the LORD. the Lord God.

minations,
16 Moreover, the word of the
CIIAPTER XXXVI.

32 Not for your sakes do I this, LORD came unto me, saying,

saith the Lord God, be it known А LSO, thou son of man, prophesy 17 Son of man, when the house unto you: be ashamed and con.

unto the mountains of Israel, of Israel dwelt in their own land, founded for your own ways, O house and say, Ye mountains of Israel, they defiled it by their own way. of larael. hear the word of the LORD:

and by their doings: their way wos 33 Thus saith the Lord God, In ? Thus saith the Lord God, Be- before me as the uncleanness of a the day that I shall have cleansed cause the enemy hath said against removed woman.

you from all your iniquities, I will you, Aha, even the ancient high Is Wherefore I poured my fury also cause you to dwell in the cities, places are ours in possession: upon them for the blood that they and the wastes shall be builded.

3 Therefore prophesy and say, had shed upon the land, and for 31 And the desolate land shall be Thus faith the Lord God, Because their idols wherevith they had tilles, whereas it lay desolate in the they liave made you desolate, and polluted it :

sight of all that passed by. swallowe! you up on every side,

19 And I scattered them among 35 And they shall say, This land that ye might be a possession unto the heathen, and they were dis- that was desolate is become like the the residue of the heathen, and ye persed through the countries : ac. garden of Eden; and the waste, are taken up in the lips of talkers, cording to their way, and according and desolate, and ruined cities, are and are an infamy of the people : to their doings, I judged them. become fenced, and are inhabited.

4 Therefore, je mountains of 20 And when they cntered onto 36 Then the heathen, that are Israel, hear the word of the Lord the heathen, whither they went, left round about you, shall know God; Thus saith the Lord God to they profaned my holy name, when that I the LORD build the ruined the mountains and to the hills, to they said to them, these are the places, and plant that that was the rivers and to the valleys, to the people of the LORD, and are gone desolate : I the Lord have spoken desolate wastes and to the cities forth out of his land.

úl, and I will do it. that are forsaken, which became a

37 Thus saith the Lord God, I prey and derision to the residue of Ver. 20. Isa. lii. 5 ; Rom. ii. will get for this be enquired of by the heathen that are round about; 24. The injury done to the cause

5 Therefore thas saith the Lord of religion by God's owo people, lost, when it was found that they GUD, Surely in the fire of my was great and conspicuous; and who pretended to have been taught jealousy hare I spoken against the had it not been that the dispensa

of God himsell, were guilty of every residue of the heathen, and against tions of his provideree and the species of iniquity.- Ver. 25. Isa. all Idumea, which have appointed power of his Spirit are always suffi.

lii. 15. Who sees not the blood of my land into their possession with cient to put to nought the devices Christ here typified ! - Ver. 26.

of the wicked, and to overcome all Jer. xxxii. 39. The doctrine of the enemies of the church in gere- the evil influences of sin as directed spiritual regeneration is most ji.- Ver. 10. These two nations : against his designs, all principles clearly set forth in this passage. that is, Israel and Judah.

of true religion would have been Ver. 32. Deut. ix. 5.

the house of Israel, to do it for open your graves, and cause you to have dwelt; and they shall dwell them; I will increase them with

come up out of your graves, and therein; even they, and their chilmen like a flock.

bring you into the land of Israel : dren, and their children's children, 38 As the holy flock, as the flock 13 And ye shall know that I am for ever: and my servant David of Jerusalem in her solemn feasts, the LORD, when I have opened shall be their prince for ever. so shall the waste cities be filled your kraves, O my people, and 26 Moreover, I will make a cowith flocks of men ; and they shall brought you up out of your graves, venant of peace with them; it shall know that I am the LORD.

14 And shall put my Spirit in be an everlasting covenant with

you, and ye shall live; and I shall them: and I will place them, and CHAPTER XXXVII.

place you in your own land: then multiply them, and will set my The hand of the LORD was upon shall ye know that I the LORD have sanctuary in the midst of them for

me, and carried me out in the spoken it, and performed il, saith everinore. Spirit of the LORD, and set me down the LORD.

27 My tabernacle also shall be in the midst of the valley which 15 T The word of the LORD came with them, yea, I will be their was full of bones, again unto me, saying,

God, and they shall be my people. 2 And caused me to pass by them 16 Moreover, thou son of man,

28 And the heathen shall know round about : and, behold, there take thee one stick, and write upon that I the LORD do sanctify Israel, were very many in the open valley; it, For Judah, and for the children when my sanctuary shall be in the and, lo, they were very dry.

of Israel his companions : then take midst of them for evermore. 3 And he said unto me, Son of another stick, and write upon it, man, can these bones live? And For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim,

CHAPTER XXXVIII. Lo answered, O Lord God, thou and for all the house of Israel his AND the word of the Lord came knowest. companions :

unto me, saying, 4 Again he said unto me, Pro- 17 And join them one to another 2 Son of man, set thy face against phesy upon these bones, and say into one stick; and they shall be- Gog, the land of Magog, the chief unto them, Oye dry bones, hear the come one in thine hand.

prince of Meshech and Tubal, and word of the LORD.

18 And when the children of thy prophesy against him, 5 Thus saith the Lord God unto people shall speak unto thee, say- 3 And say, Thus saith the Lord these bones, Behold, I will cause ing, Wilt thou not shew us what God, Behold, I am against thee, breath to enter into you, and ye thou meanest by these

O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech shall live :

19 Say unto them, Thus saith and Tubal; 6 And I will lay sinews upon you, the Lord God, Behold, I will take 4 And I will turn thee back, and and will hring up nesh upon you, the stick of Joseph, which is in the put hooks into thy jaws, and I will and corer you with skin, and put hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of bring thee forth, and all thiné breath in you, and ye shall live; Israel his fellows, and will put army, horses and horsemen, all of and ye shall know that I am the them with him, even with the sick them clothed with all sorts of LORD.

of Judah, and make them one stick, armour, even a great company with 7 So I prophesied as I was com- and they shall be one in mine hand. bucklers and shields, all of them manded : and as I prophesied, there 20 And the sticks whereon thou handling swords: was a noise, and behold a shaking. writest shall be in thine hand before 5 Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya and the bones came together, bone their eyes.

with them; all of them with shield to his bone.

21 [ And say unto them, Thus and helmet: 8 And when I beheld, lo, the saith the Lord God, Behold, I will 6 Gomer, and all his bands; the sinews and the flesh came up upon take the children of Israel from house of Togarmah of the north them, and the skin covered them among the heathen, whither they quarters, and all his bands; and above: but there was no breath in be gone, and will gather them on many people with thee. them.

every side, and bring them into 7 Be thou prepared, and prepare 9 Then said he unto me, Pro- their own land:

for thyself, thou, and all thy comphesy unto the wind, prophesy, son 22 And I will make them one pany that are assembled unto thee, of man, and say to the wind, Thus nation in the land upon the moun- and be thou a guard unto them. saith the Lord Gen, Come from tains of Israel; and one king shall 8( After many days thou shalt the four winds, breath, and be king to them all: and they shall be visited: in the latter years thou breathe upon these slain, that they be no more two nations, neither shalt come into the land that is may live.

shall they be divided into two brought back from the sword, and 10 So I prophesied, as he com- kingdoms any more at all :

is gathered out of many people, manded me, and the breath came 23 Neither shall they defle them against the mountains of Israel, into them, and they lived, and stood selves any more with their idols, which have been always waste: but up upon their feet, an exceeding nor with their detestable things, it is brought forth out of the nagrent army.

nor with any of their transgressions: tions, and they shall dwell safely all 11 Then he said unto me, Son of but I will save them out of all their of them. man, these bones are the whole dwelling places, wherein they have 9 Thou shalt ascend and come house of Israel: behold, they say, sinned, and will cleanse them : so like a storm; thou shalt be like a Our bones are dried, and our hope shall they be my people, and I will cloud to cover the land, thou, and is lost: we are cut off for our parts. be their God.

all thy hands, and many people 12 Therefore prophesy, and say 24 And David my servant shall with thee. unto them, Thus saith the Lord be king over them; and they all 10 Thus saith the Lord God, It God, Behold, O my people, I will shall have one shepherd : they shall shall also come to pass, that at the

also walk in my judgments, and Ver.). This remarkable vision, observe my statutes, and do them.

Ver. 1. The prophecy in this the scene of which appears to have 25 And they shall dwell in the and the following chapter is supbeen the district of Mesopotamia land that I have given unto Jacob posed to have been delivered to where the prophet dwelt, represents my servant, wherein your fathers warn the Israelites against imagithe captives of Israel as a perished

ning that the delivery mentioned in people, whose bones, scattered is the intention of the vision as the preceding chapter would estabthrough the valley, afforded not to regards the Israelites in the first Tish them in a final condition of the ese the least sign that they instance; but in its wider inter- ease, security, and peace. Under would be ever regathered into a pretation it respects the men of all the name of Gog and Magog appear form that should it them for re- ages who, having been dead in sin, represented the chief enemies of ceiving again the living principle. are revived in Christ by a resur- righteousness and the Church of Faith and the manifold communi. rection from guilt, and will at the God. What they were, or when cations of the blessed Spirit enable last day be delivered, through the they lived, the acutest critics have the prophet to look beyond the power of his Spirit, in body as well been unable to say ; but it is dreary prospect immediately before as soul, from the bondage of death. imagined that they were real perhim. He sees the day when the Ver. 16. See Numb. xvii. 2. sonages - tyrants eminent in the grasp of spiritual and moral death For Judah and his companions : old world for their hatred to the shall be loosened from his people ; that is, for Judah, Benjamin, Levi, worshippers of Jehovah; and proper and the dead bones present them- and Simeon. See 2 Chron. xi. 12; characters, therefore, to be named, selves to his astonished gaze obeying xiii. 16. Of Ephraim, &c. : that according to the language of prothe inspiring breath of life, till the is, of the ten tribes. Ver. 22. Isai. phecy, as the types of disbelievers multitudes which had sunk under xi. 13; Jer. iii. 18; Hos. i. 11; and persecutors in all ages of the the blighting power of sin are re. John, x. 16.-Ver. 84. Davil my world. Magog, however, by many generated from the grave, and servant : that is, he of wborn David coinmentators is considered as the again made a people of God. This was the type, even Christ.

game not of a man but of a country.

« 上一頁繼續 »