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584 The office of Christ.
The offices of ministers. CHAP. LXI.
go forth as brightness, and the salvation 1 The office of Christ. 4 The forward- thereof as a lamp that burneth.
ness, 7 and blessings of the faithful. 2 And the Gentiles shall see thy rightTHE Spirit of the Lord God is uponeousness, and all kings thy glory: and thou
i me; because the Lord hath anoint- shalt be called by a new name, which the ed me to preach good tidings unto the mouth of the LORD shall name. meek ; he hath sent me to bind up the 3 Thou shalt also be a crown of glory broken-hearted, to proclair: liberty to the in the hand of the LORD, and a royal captives, and the qening of the prison to diadem in the hand of thy God. them that are bound ;
4 Thou shalt no more be termed For2 To proclaim the acceptable year of saken ; neither shall thy land any more the LORD), and the day of vengeance of be termed Desolate : but thou shalt be our God; to comfort all that mourn; called Hephzi-bah, and thy land Beulah :
3 To appoint unto them that mourn in for the LORD delighteth in thee, and thy Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, land shall be married. the oil of joy for mourning, the garment 5 For as a young man marrieth a virof praise for the spirit of heaviness; that gin, so shall thy sons marry thee: and as they might be called trees of righteous- the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, ness, the planting of the LORD, that he so shall thy God rejoice over thee. might be glorified.
6 I have set watchmen upon thy walls, 4 4 And they shall build the old wastes, o Jerusalem, which shall never hold their they shall raise up the former desolations, peace day nor right: ye that make menand they shall repair the waste cities, the tion of the LORD, keep not silence, desolations of many generations.
7 And give him no rest, till he estab5 And strangers shall stand and feed lish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise your flocks, and the sons of the alien || in the earth. shall be your plowmen and your vine- || 8 The Lord hath sworn by his right dressers.
|| hand, and by the arm of his strength, 6 But ye shall be named the Priests of Surely I will no more give thy corn to be the LORD: men shall call you the Min-meat for thine enemies; and the sons of isters of our God: ye shall eat the riches the stranger shall not drink thy wine, for of the Gentiles, and in their glory shall ye || the which thou hast laboured: boast yourselves.
9 But they that have gathered it shall 7 s For your shame ye shall have dou-|| eat it, and praise the Lord; and they ble; and for confusion they shall rejoice that have brought it together shall drink in their portion : therefore in their land | it in the courts of my holiness. they shall possess the double: everlasting 10 Go through, go through the gates; joy shall be unto them.
prepare ye the way of the people; cast up, 8 For I the Lord love judgment, Il cast up the highway ; gather out the hate robbery for burnt-offering ; and I stones ; lift up a standard for the people. will direct their work in truth, and I will | 11 Behold, the LORD hath proclaimed make an everlasting covenant with them. || unto the end of the world, Say ye to the
9 And their seed shall be known a- ! daughter of Zion, Behold, thy salvation mong the Gentiles, and their offspring cometh ; Behold, his reward is with him, among the people: all that see them shall and his work before him. acknowledge them, that they are the seed 12 And they shall call them, The holy which the LORD hath blessed.
people, The redeemed of the LORD: and 10 I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, I thou shalt be called, Sought out, A city my soul shall be joyful in my God; for || not forsaken. he hath clothed me with the garments of
CHAP. LXIII. salvation, he hath covered me with the i Christ shecveth who he is, 2 what his vicrobe of righteousness, as a bridegroom tory over his enemies, 7 and what his decketh himself with ornaments, and as a mercy toward his church. bride adorneth herself with her jewels. | W HO is this that cometh from E
11 For as the earth bringeth forth her ll W dom, with dyed garments from bud, and as the garden causeth the things | Bozrah ? this that is glorious in his apthat are sown in it to spring forth; so the parel, travelling in the greatness of his Lord God will cause righteousness and strength ? I that speak in righteousness, praise to spring forth before all the nations. || mighty to save. | CHAP. LXII..
2 Wherefore art thou red in thine ap1 The prophet's fervent desire to confirm parel, and thy garments like him that
the church in God's promises. 6 The treadeth in the wine-fat ? minister's office in preaching the gospel. 3 I have trodden the wine-press alone; TOR Zion's sake will I not hold my and of the people there was none with
s peace, and for Jerusalem's sake I will me : for I will tread them in mine anger, not rest, until the righteousness thereof and trample them in my fury, and their Christ's mercy foward his church. CHAP. LXIV, Lxv. The church's prayer. 585 blood shall be sprinkled upon my gar- || sessed it but a little while: our adversaries ments, and I will stain all my raiment. I have trolden down thy sanctuary.
4 For the day of vengeance is in mine | 19 We are thine : thou never barest heart, and the year of my redeemed is rule over them; they were not called by come.
thy name. 5 And I looked, and there was none " CHAP. LXIV. to help ; and I wondered that there was 1 The church prayeth for the illustration none to uphold: therefore mine owal of God's flower, 9 and complaineth of arm brought salvation unto me; and my 1 fury, it upheld me.
MH that thou wouldest rend the heav6 'And I will tread down the people inu ens, that thou wouldest come down, mine anger, and make them drunk in my that the mountains might flow down at fury, and I will bring down their strength 1 thy presence, to the earth.
2 As when the melting fire burneth, 7 l I will mention the loving-kindnesses the fire causeth the waters to boil, to of the Lord, and the praises of the Lord, I make thy name known to thine adveraccording to all that the LORD hath be- || saries, that the nations may tremble at stowed on us, and the great goodiness to thy presence ! ward the house of Israel, which he hath | 3 When thou didst terrible things which bestowed on them according to his mer we looked not for, thou camest down, the cies, and according to the multitude of mountains flowed down at thy presence. his loving-kindnesses.
4 For since the beginning of the world 8 For he said, Surely they are my men have not heard, nor perceived by the people, children that will not lie: so he ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, was their Saviour.
beside thee, what he hath prepared for 9 In all their affliction he was afflict- him that waiteth for him. cd, and the angel of his presence saved | 5 Thou meetest him that rejoicèth, and them : in his love and in his pity he re- worketh righteousness, those that rememdeemed them; and he bare them, and ber thee in thy ways: behold, thou art carried them all the days of old.
wroth; for we have sinned : in those is 10 | But they rebelled, and vexed his continuance, and we shall be saved. holy Spirit: therefore he was turned to be 6 But we are all as an unclean thing, their enemy, and he fought against them. and all our righteousnesses are as filthy
11 Then he remembered the days rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and of old, Moses, and his people, saying, our iniquities, like the wind, have taken Where is he that brought them up out us away. of the sea with the shepherd of his flock? 7 And there is none that calleth upon where is he that put his holy Spirit | thy name, that stirreth up himself to within him?
take bold of thee: for thou hast hid thy 12 That led them by the right band of face from us, and hast consumed us, beMoses with his glorious arın, dividing the cause of our iniquities. water before them, to make bimself an 8 But now, O LORD, thou art our faeverlasting name?
ther; we are the clay, and thou our pot13 That led them through the deep, ter; and we all are the work of thy hand. as an horse in the wilderness, that they 9 | Be not wroth very sore, O LORD, should not stumble?
neither remember iniquity for ever: be14 As a beast goeth down into the val- | hold, see, we beseech thee, we are all ley, the Spirit of the LORD caused him to thy people. rest: so didst thou lead thy people, to 10 Thy holy citiesare a wilderness, Zion make thyself a glorious name.
is a wiklerness, Jerusalem a desolation.' 15 Look down from heaven, and be- | 11 Our holy and our beautiful house, hold from the habitation of thy holiness || where our fathers praised thee, is burned and of thy glory : where is thy zeal and up with fire: and all our pleasant things thy strength, the sounding of thy bowels are laid waste. and of thy mercies toward me? are 12 Wilt thou refrain thyself for these they restrained ?
things, () LORD? wilt thou hold thy 16 Doubtless thou art our father, peace, and afilict as very sore? though Abraham be ignorant of us, and
- CHAP, LXV. Israel acknowledge us not: thou, O Lord, 1 The Gentiles called, and ine Jews reart our father, our Redeemer ; thy name jected. 17 The blessed state of the natu" is from everlasting.
Jerusalem. 17 TO LORD, why hast thou made us | I AM sought of them that asked not for to err from thy ways, and hardened our I me; I am found of them that sought me heart from thy fear? Retron for thy ser-not: I said, Behold me, behold me, unto vants sake, the tribes of thine inheritance. || a nation that was not called by my name. * *18 The people of thy holiness have pos" 2 I have spread out my hands all the
586 The Gentiles called.
The new Jerusalem. day unto a rebellious people, which walk- || because they are hid from mine eyes. eth in a way that was not good, after 17 | For behold, I create new heavens their own thoughts ;
ll and a new earth : and the former shall not S A people that provoketh me to anger be remembered, nor come into mind. continually to my face; that sacrificeth 18 But be ye glad and rejoice for ever in garders, and burneth incense upon in that which I create : for behold, I altars of brick;
create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her 4 Which remain among the graves, ll people a jov. and lodge in the monuments, which eat I 19 And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, swine's fiesh, and broth of abominable and joy in my people: and the voice of things is in their vessels ;
weeping shall be no more heard in her, 5 Which say, Stand by thyself, come nor ihe voice of crying. not near to me; fir I am holier than 20 There shall be no more thence an thou. These are a smoke in my nose, a | infant of days, nor an old man that fire that burneth all the clay.
hath not filled his days : for the child 6 Behold, it is wriiten before me: I will shall die an hundred years old ; but the not keep silence, but will recompense, i sinner being an hundred years old shall even recompense into their bosom, be accursed.
7 Your iniquities, and the iniquities 21 And they shall build houses, and of your fathers together, saith the LORD, inhabit them; and they shall plant vinewhich have burned incense upon the yards, and eat the fruit of them. mountains, and blasphemed me upon 22 They shall not build, and another the hills : therefore will I measure their | inhabit; they shall not plant, and anothformer work into their bosom.
er eat : for as the days of a tree are 8 Thus saith the LORD, As the new i the days of my people, and mine elect wine is found in the cluster, and one saith, shall long enjoy the work of their hands. Destroy it not; for a blesssing is in it: so 23 They shall not labour in vain, nor will I do for my servants sake, that I bring forth for trouble; for they are the may not destroy them all.
seed of the blessed of the LORD, and 9 And I will bring forth a seed out of their offspring with them. Jacob, and out of Judah an inheritor of 24 And it shall come to pass, that bemy mountains: and mine elect shall inher-fore they call, I will answer; and while it it, and my servants shall dwell there. they are yet speaking, I will hear.
10 And Sharon shall be a fold of flocks, 25 The wolf and the lamb shall feed toand the valley of Achor a place for the gether, and the lion shall eat straw like the herds to lie down in, for my people that bullock : and dust shall be the serpents have sought me.
meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in 11 f But ye are they that forsake the | all my holy mountain, saith the LORD. Lord, that' forget my holy mountain,
CHAP. LXVI. that prepare a table for that troop, and li i God will be served in humble sincerity. that furnish the drink-offering urto that 5 The humble comforted. 15 God's number.
judgments against the wicked. 12 Therefore will I number you to the TAUS saith the Lord, The heaven sword, and ye shall all bow down to the 1 is my throne, and the earth is my slaughter: because when I called, ye did footstool : where is the house that yo not answer; when I spake, ye did not build unto me? and where is the place hear; but did evil before mine eyes, and l of my rest? did choose that wherein I delighted not. 2 For all those things hath mine hand
13 Therefore thus saith the Lord God, made, and all those things have been, saith Behold, my servants shall eat, but ye the LORD : but to this man will I look, shall be hungry : behold, my servants || even to him that is poor and of a contrite shall drink, but ye shall be thirsty : be- spirit, and trembleth at my word. hold, my servants shall rejoice, but yet 3 He that killeth an ox is as if he shall be ashamed:
slew a man; he that sacrificeth a lamb, 14 Behold, my servants shall sing for joy as if he cut off a dog's neck; he that ofof heart, but ye shall cry for sorrow of | fereth an oblation, as if he offered swine's lieart, and shall howl for vexation of spirit. Il bloodl; he that burneth incense, as if he
15 And ye shall leave your name for blessed an idol. Yea, they have chosen a curse unto my chosen : for the Lord their own ways, and their soul delighteth Gon shall slay thee, and call his servants in their abominations. by another name:
4. I also will choose their delusions, and 16 That he who blesseth himself in the will bring their fears upon them ; because earth shall bless himself in the God of when I called, none did answer; when I truth; and he that sweareth in the earth spake, they all not hear: but they did shall swear by the God of truth ; because evil before mine eyes, and chose that in the former troubles are forgotten, and which I delighted not.
The humble comfuried. CHAP. I. God’s judgments against the wicked. 587
5 Hear the word of the LORD, ye whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, that tremble at his word ; Your brethren and his rebuke with flames of fire. that hated you, that cast you out for my l 6 For by fire and by his sword will name's sake, said, Let the Lord be glo the LORD plead with all flesh : and the rified : but he shall appear to your joy, slain of the LORD shall be many. and they shall be ashamed.
17 They that sanctify themselves, and 6 A voice of noise from the city, a purify themselves in the gardens behind voice from the temple, a voice of the one tree in the midst, eating swine's flesh, LORD that rendereth recompense to his and the abomination, and the mouse, shall eremies.
be consumed together, saith the LORD. 7 Before she travailed, she brought 18 For I know their works and their forth; before her pain came, she was de thoughts: it shall come, that I will gathlivered of a man child.
er als nations and tongues; and they shall 8 Who hath heard such a thing? who I come, and see my glory. hath seen such things? shall the earth be 19 And I will set a sign among them, made to bring forth in one day? or shall and I will send those that escape of them a nation be born at once ? for as soon unto the nations, to Tarshish, Pul, and as Zion travailed, she brought forth her || Lud, that draw the bow, to Tubal, and children.
Javan, to the isles afar off, that live not 9 Shall I bring to the birth, and not heard my fame, neither have seen my cause to bring forth ? saith the LORD:glory; and they shald declare my glory shall I cause to bring forth, and shut the among the Gentiles. womb? saith thy God.
20 And they shall bring all your breth10 Rejoice ye with Jerusalem, and be ren for an offering unto the Lord out glad with her, all ye that love her: rejoice of all nations upon horses, and in charfor joy with her, all ye that mourn for her: iots, and in litters, and upon mules, and
11 That ye may suck, and be satisfied upon swift beasts, to my holy mountain with the breasts of her consolations; that Jerusalem, saith the LORD, as the chilye may milk out, and be delighted with dren of Israel bring an offering in a clean the abundance of her glory.
vessel into the house of the LORD. 12 For thus saith the LORD, Behold, I 21 And I will also take of them for will extend peace to her like a river, and priests and for Levites, salth the Lord. the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing 22 For as the new heavens and the new stream: then shall ye suck, ye shall be earth, which I will make, shall remain borne upon her sides, and be dandled before me, saith the LORD, so shall your upon her knees.
seed and your name remain. 13 As one whom his mother comfort- 23 And it shall come to pass, that from eth, so will I comfort you ; and ye shall one new moon to another, and from one be comforted in Jerusalem.
sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to 14 And when ye see this, your heart worship before me, saith the LORD. shall rejoice, and your bones shall flourish. 24 And they shall go forth, and look like an herb : and the hand of the LORD upon the carcases of the men that have shall be known toward his servants, and transgressed against me : for their worm his indignation toward his enemies. shall not die, neither shall their fire be
15 Forbehold, the LORD will come . quenched ; and they shall be an abhorwith fire, and with his chariots like all ring unto all flesh. worvosrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr THE BOOK OF THE PROPHET JEREMIAH. CHAP. I.
unto the carrying away of Jerusalem cap1 The calling of Jeremiah. 11 His vision. I tive in the tifih month.
15 His message against Judah. 17 God 4 Then the word of the LORD came piromiseth to ussisi hin.
| unto me, saying, HE words of Jeremiah the son 5 Before I formed thee in the belly 1 of Hilkiah, of the priests that I knew thee ; and before thou camest were in Anathoth in the land of Benja- || | forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, min :
and I ordained thee a prophet unto the 2 To whom the word of the LORD | nations, came in the days of Josiah the son of || 6 Then said I, Ah, Lord God! beAmon king of Judah, in the thirteenth hold, I cannot speak : for I am a child. year of his reign.
17 | But the LORD said unto me, Say * 3 It came also in the days of Jehoia- || not, I am a child : for thou shalt go to all kim the son of Josiah king of Judah, ll that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I unto the end of the eleventh year of Zed- Il command thee thou shalt speak. ckiah the son of Josiah king of Judah, !! 8 Be not afraid of their faces: for I am
588 Jeremiah's vision, JEREMIAH. The cause of the Jews calamities. with thee to deliver thee, saith the LORD., 4 Hear re the word of the LORD, O
9 Then the LORD put forth his hand, house of Jacob, and all the families of and tuched my mouth. And the LORD the house of Israel : said unto me, Behold, I have put my h 59 Thus saith the LORD, What iniquity words in thy mouth.
have your fathers found in me, that they
the nations and over the kingdoms, to after vanity, and are become vain ? root out, and to puil down, and to de- 1 6 Neither said they, Where is the LORD stroy, and to throw down, to build, and that brought us up out of the land of Eto plant.
gypt, that led us through the wilderness, il | Moreover the word of the LOPD through a land of deserts and of pits, came unto me, saying, Jeremiah, What through a land of drought, and of the seest thou? And I said, I see a rod of an shadow of death, through a land that no almond-tree.
man passed through, and where no man 12 Then said the LOPD unto me, Thou dwelt? hast well seen : for I will hasten my word 7 And I brought you into a plentiful to perform it.
country, to eat the fruit thereof and the 13 And the word of the LORD came goodness thereof; but when ye entered, unto me the second time, saying, What li ye defiled my land, and made mine herseest thou? And I said, I see a seething itage an abomination. pot ; and the face thereof is toward the 8 The priests said not, Where is the north.
LORD ? and they that handle the law 14 Then the LORD said unto me, Out knew me not : the pastors also transof the north an evil shall break forth upon gressed against me, and the prophets all the inhabitants of the land.
prophesied by Baal, and waiked after 15 For lo, I will call all the families Things that do not profit of the kingdoms of the north, saith the || 9f Wherefore, I will yet plead with LORD ; and they shall come, and they you, saith the Lord, and with your chilshall set every one his throne at the en dren's children will I plead. tering of the gates of Jerusalem, and a- i 10 For pass over the isles of Chittim, gainst all the walls thereof round about, and see ; and send unto Kedar, and conand against all the cities of Judah. sider diligently, and see if there be such
16 And I will utter my judgments a- 1 a thing gainst them touching all their wickedness, 11 Hath a nation changed their gods, who have forsaken me, and have burned which are yet no gods ? but my people
the works of their own hands.
17 | Thou therefore gird up thy loins, 12 Be astonished, 0 ye heavens, at and arise, and speak unto them all that I this, and be horribly afraid, be ye very command thee: be not dismaved at their desolate, saith the Lord. faces, lest I confound thee before them. 13 For my people have committed two
18 For behold, I have made thee this evils ; they have forsaken me the fountain day a defenced city, and an iron pillar, of living waters, and hewed them out and brazen walls against the whole land, | cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold against the kings of Judah, against the no water. princes thereof, against the priests there 14 | Is Israel a servant? is he a homeof, and against the people of the land. 1. born slave ? why is he spoiled ?
19 And they shali fight against thee; but 15 The young lions roared upon him, they shall not prevail against thee; for I am and yelled, and they made his land waste: with thee, saith the LORD, to deliver thee. his cities are burned without inhabitant. CHAP. II.
16 Also the children of Noph and 1 God's expostulation quith the Jews Tahapanes have broken the crown of thy
touching their causeless revolt. 14 They l head.
are the cuuse of their own calamities. 17 Hast thou not procured this unto thyM OREOVER the word of the LORD self, in that thou hast forsaken the LORD W came to me, saying,
thy God, when he led thee by the way? 2 Go, and cry in the cars of Jerusalen, 18 And now what hast thou to do in saying, Thus saith the LORD ; I remem the way of Egypt, to drink the waters of ber thee, the kindness of thy youth, the Sihor ?' or what hast thou to do in the love of thine espousals, when thou went-way of Assyria, to drink the waters of est after me in the wilderness, in a land the river ? that ruas not sown.
19 Thine own wickedness shall cor3 Israel was holiness unto the LORD, rect thee, and thy backslidings shall reand the first-fruits of his increase: all that prove thee: know therefore and see that devour him shall offend; evil shall come it is an evil thing and bitter, that thou upon them, saith the Lord.
I hast forsaken the LORD thy God, and