The faithful bewail


their calamities. 639 4 My flesh and my skin hath he made 11 34 To crush under his feet all the prisold; he hath broken my bones.

1) oners of the earth, 5. He hath builded against me, and 35 To turn aside the right of a man compassed me with gall and travail. | before the face of the most High,

6 He hath set me in dark places, as 36 To subvert a man in his cause, the they that be dead of old.

LORD approveth not. 7 He hath hedged me about, that I can- | 37 | Who is he that saith, and it comnot get out : he hath made my chain eth to pass, when the LORD commandeth heavy.

it not? 8 Also when I cry and shout, he slut- 38 Out of the mouth of the most High teth out my prayer.

I proceedeth not evil and good ? 9 He hath enclosed my ways with hewn 39 Wherefore doth a living man comstone, he hath made my paths crooked. plain, a man for the punishment of his sins?

10 He was unto me as a bear lying in 40 Let us search and try our ways, and wait, and as a lion in secret places. turn again to the Lord.

11 He hath turned aside my ways, and 41 Let us lift up our heart with our pulled me in pieces: he hath made me hands unto God in the heavens. desolate.

42 We have transgressed and have re12 He hath bent his bow, and set me | belled : thou hast not pardoned. as a mark for the arrow.

43 Thou hast covered with anger, and 13 He hath caused the arrows of his persecuted us : thou hast slain, thou hast quiver to enter into my reins.

not pitied. 14 I was a derision to all my people; 44 Thou hast covered thyself with a and their song all the day.

cloud, that our prayer should not pass 15 He hath filled me with bitterness, he || through. hath made me drunken with wormwood. | 45 Thou hast made us as the off-scour

16 He hath also broken my teeth with ing and refuse in the midst of the people. gravel stones, he hath covered me with 46 All our enemies have opened their ashes.

mouths against us. 17 And thou hast removed my soul far 47 Fear and a snare is come upon us, off from peace: I forgat prosperity. desolation and destruction.

18 And I said, My strength and my 48 Mine eye runneth down with rivers hope is perished from the Lord:

of water for the destruction of the daugh19 Remembering mine affliction and || ter of my people. my misery, the wormwond and the gall. | 49 Mine eye trickleth down, and ceas

20 My soul hath them still in remem- eth not, without any intermission, brance, and is humbled in me.

50 Till the LORD look down, and be21 This I recal to my mind, therefore hold from heaven. have I hope.

51 Mine eve affecteth mine heart be22 | It is of the Lord's mercies that cause of all the daughters of my city. we are not consumed, because his com 52 Mine enemies chased me sore, like passions fail not.

a bird, without cause. 23 They are new every morning: great 53 They have cut off my life in the is thy faithfulness.

dungeon, and cast a stone upon me. 24 The LORD is my portion, saith my 54 Waters flowed over mine head ; soul; therefore will I hope in him. ll then I said, I am cut off.

25 The Lord is good unto them that 55 I called upon thy name, O LORD, wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. ll out of the low dungeon.

26 It is good that a man should both 56 Thou hast heard my voice: hide, hope and quietly wait for the salvation of not thine ear at my breathing, at my cry. the LORD.

57 Thou drewest near in the day that 27 It is good for a man that he bear I called upon thee: thou saidst, Fear not. the yoke in his youth.

58 0 LORD, thou hast pleaded the causes 28 He sitteth alone, and keepeth silence, of my soul ; thou hast redeemed my life. because he hath borne it upon him.

59 O LORD, thou hast seen my wrong: 29 He putteth his mouth in the dust ; l judge thou my cause. if so be there may be hope.

60 Thou hast seen all their vengeance 30 He giveth his cheek to him that and all their imaginations against me. smiteth him ; he is filled full with re 61 Thou hast heard their reproach, o proach,

LORD, and all their imaginations against 31 For the LORD will not cast off forever: || me;

32 But though he cause grief, yet will 62 The lips of those that rose up ahe have compassion according to the mul gainst me, and their device against me all titude of his mercies.

the day. 33 For he doth not afflict willingly nor || 63 Behold their sitting down, and their grieve the children of men.

rising up; I am their musick.

640 Zion's faliful estate. LAMENTATIONS. Her complaint to God.

64 C Render unto them a recompense, 15 They cried unto them, Depart ye ; O LORD, according to the work of their f it is unclean; de part, depart, touch pot : hands.

when thev fied away and wandered, they 65 Give them sorrow of heart, thy curse I said among the heathen, They shall no unto them.

1 more sojourn there. 66 Persecute and destroy them in anger! 16 Tie anger of the LORD hath divided from under the heavens of the LORD them; he will do more regard them : they * CHAP. IV.

respected not the perms of the priests, 1 Zion's pitiful esiale bewuiled. 13 She con- they favoured not the elders.

fenneth her sins. 21 Edom threatened. i 17 As for us, our eves as vet failed for H OW is the gold become dim! how our vain help: in our watching we have 11 is the most fine gold changed! the watched for a nation that could not saveus. stones of the sanctuary are poured out in 18 They hunt cur steps, that we cannot the top of every street.

go in our streets : our end is near, our 2 The precious sons of Zion, compar. 1 days are fulfilled ; for our end is come able to fine gold, how are they esteemed! 19 Our persecutors are swifter than as earthen pitchers, the work of the hands the eagles of the heaven: they pursued us of the potter!

upon the mountains, they laid wait for us 3 Even the sea-monsters draw out the in the wilderness. breast, they give suck to their young ones: 1 20 The breath of our nostrils, the anthe daughter of my people is become cruel, ointed of the LORD, was taken in their like the ostriches in the wilderness. pits, of whom we said, Under his shadow

4 The tongue of the sucking child cleav- we shall live among the heathen. eth to the roof of his mouth for thirst: the 21 Rejoice and be glad, o da ughter young children ask bread, and no man of Edom, that dwellest in the land of Uz; breaketh it unto them.

| the cup also shall pass through unto thee: 5 They that did feed delicately are des- | thou shalt be drunken, and shalt make olate in the streets: they that were brought || thyself naked. up in scarlet embrace dunghills.

22 The punishment of thine iniquity 6 For the punishment of the iniquity i is accomplished, O daughter of Zion; he of the daughter of my people is greater | will no more carry thee away into captivthan the punishment of the sin of Sodom, ity: he will visit thine iniquity, O daughthat was overthrown as in a moment, and ter of Edom; he will discover thy sins. no hands stayed on her.

CHAP. V. 7 Her Nazarites were purer than snow, | A pitiful complaint of Zion, in prayer they were whiter than milk, they were

to God. more ruddy in body than rubies, their D EMEMBER, O LORD, what is come polishing was of sapphire :

IN upon us : consider, and behold our * 8 Their visage is blacker than a coal; reproach. they are not known in the streets : their 2 Our inheritance is turned to stranskin cleaveth to their bones; it is wither gers, our houses to aliens. ed, it is become like a stick.

3 We are orphans and fatherless, our 9 They that be slain with the sword are | mothers are as widows. better than they that be slain with hunger: | 4 We have drunken our water for monfor these pine away, stricken through for ey; our wood is sold unto us. want of the fruits of the field.

5 Our necks are under persecution : 10 The hands of the pitiful women we labour, and have no rest. have sodden their own children : they 6 We have given the hand to the Ewere their meat in the destruction of the gyptians, and to the Assyrians, to be satisdaughter of my people.

fied with bread. 11 The LORD hath accomplished his l 7 Our fathers have sinned, and are not; fury ;- he hath poured out his fierce an- || and we have borne their iniquities. ger, and hath kindled a fire in Zion, and 8 Servants have ruled over us, there is it hath devoured the foundations thereof. none that doth deliver us out of their hand.

12 The kings of the earth, and all the 9 We gat our bread with the peril of inhabitants of the world, would not have our lives because of the sword of the wilbelieved that the adversary and the ene- derness. my should have entered into the gates of 10 Our skin was black like an oven beJerusalem.

cause of the terrible famine. 13 | For the sins of her prophets, and 11 They ravished the women in Zion, the iniquities of her priests, that have shed || and the maids in the cities of Judah. the blood of the just in the midst of her, 12 Princes are hanged up by their

14 They have wandered as blind men hand : the faces of elders were not honin the streets, they have polluted them- oured. selves with blood, so that men could not 13 They took the young men to grind, touch their garments.

ll and the children fell under the wood.

Ezekiel's vision of the cherubims CHAP. I. and of the four wheels. 641

14 The elders have ceased from the | 19 Thou, O LORD, remainest for gate, the young men from their musick. lever; thy throne from generation to

15 The joy of our heart is ceased; our | generation. dance is turned into mourning.

20 Wherefore dost thou forget us for 16 The crown is fallen from our head: || ever, and forsake us so long time? woe unto us, that we have sinned ! II 21 Turn thou us unto thee, O LORD,

17 For this our heart is faint ; for these and we shall be turned ; renew our days things our eyes are dim.

as of okl. 18 Because of the mountain of Zion, | 22 But thou hast utterly rejected us; which is desolate, the foxes walk upon it. || thou art very wroth against us. wassssroomwissrussnurrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr THE BOOK OF THE PROPHET EZEKIEL. CHAP. I.

1 they went; and they turned not when 1 The time of Ezekiel's prophecy, 4 Hix | they went.

vision of four cherubims, 15 of four 13 As for the likeness of the living

wheels, 26 and of the glory of GOD. creatures, their appearance was like N OW it came to pass in the thirtieth burning coals of fire, and like the ap

W year, in the fourth month, in the pearance of lamps : it went up and down fifth day of the month, as I was among among the living creatures; and the fire the captives by the river of Chebar, that was bright, and out of the fire went forth the heavens were opened, and I saw vis lightning ions of God.

14 And the living creatures ran and 2 In the fifth day of the month, which returned as the appearance of a flash of was the fifth year of king Jehoiachin's lightning. captivity,

15 T Now as I beheld the living crea3 The word of the LORD came ex-tures, behold one wheel upon the earth by pressly unto Ezekiel the priest, the son of the living creatures, with his four faces. Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by the 16 The appearance of the wheels and river Chebar; and the hand of the LORD their work was like unto the colour of a was there upon him.

| beryl: and they four had one likeness: and 4 | And I looked, and behold, a whirl- their appearance and their work cvas as wind came out of the north, a great it were a wheel in the middle of a whcel. cloud, and a fire infolding itself, and a 17 When they went, they went upon brightness avas about it, and out of the their four sides ; and they returned not midst thereof as the colour of amber, out when they went. of the midst of the fire.

18 As for their rings, they were so high 5 Also out of the midst thereof came || that they were dreadful; and their rings the likeness of four living creatures. And were full of eyes round about them four. this was their appearance; they had the | 19 And when the living creatures went, likeness of a man.

the wheels went by them; and when the 6 And every one had four faces, and living creatures were lifted up from the every one had four wings.

earth, the wheels were lifted up. 7 And their feet were straight feet; and 20 Whithersoever the spirit was to go, the sole of their feet was like the sole of a they went, thither was their spirit to go; calf's foot : and they sparkled like the and the wheels were lifted up over acolour of burnished brass.

gainst them; for the spirit of the living 8 And they had the hands of a man un- || creature was in the wheels. der their wings on their for sides; and 21 When those went, these went; and they four had their faces and their wings. when those stood, these stood; and when

9 Their wings were joined one to anoth those were lifted up from the earth, the er; they turned not when they went ; wheels were lifted up over against them: they went every one straight forward. for the spirit of the living creature was

10 As for the likeness of their faces, || in the wheels. they four had the face of a man and the 22 And the likeness of the firmament face of a lion, on the right side : and upon the heads of the living creature they four had the face of an ox on the was as the colour of the terrible crystal, left side; they four also had the face of stretched forth over their heads above. an eagle.

23 And under the firmament were their 11 Thus were their faces : and their wings straight, the one toward the other: wings were stretched upward : two wings every one had two, which covered on this of every one were joined one to another, | side, and every one had two, which covand two covered their bodies.

ered on that side, their bodies. 12 And they went every one straight li 24 And when they went, I heard the noise forward: whither the spirit was to go, ll of their wings, like the noise of great wa


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Incey for swectness. 24. As the appearance of the bow that4 And he said unto me, Son of man, is in the cluding time but of rain, so) TUL99, get thee unto the house of Israel, Dic a versio of the brightness road and speak with my words unto them.

bit. This mars the appearance of the 5 For thou are not sent to a people of likeness of the glory of the LORD. And ' a strange speech and of an har language, WC I saw il, I fell upon my face, and I but to the house cf Israel; heard a voice of one that spahe.

1 6 Not to many people of a strange CHAP. II.“

speech and of an hard language, whose 1 Ezekielu commission. 6 His instruction words thou canst not understand. Sure

9 The roll of his houvy prophecy. ly, had I sent thee to them, they would AND he said unto me, Son of man, I have hearkened unto thee.

bind upon thy fect, and I will speak 7 But the house of Israel will not hearkunto lice.

en unto thee; for they will not hearken 2 And the spirit entered ir.to me when I unto me : for all the house of Israel are he spake unto me, and set me upon my | impudent and hard-hearted. teci, that I heard bim that spake unto me. 8 Behold, I have made thy face strong

3 And he said unto me, son of oian, I against their faces, and thy forehead send ihce to the chillren of Israel, to a re- strong against their foreheads. bellious nation that hath rebelleci against 9 As an adamant harder than flint metry and their fathers have transgress- have I made thy forehead : fear them ed again t me, non unto this very day. not, nenher be dismayed at their looks,

A For 1011 are impuçlent children and thouglı they be a rebellious housc. stiff" hearted: I do send thee unto them; 10 Moreover he said unto me, Son of and thou shalt say unto thein, Thus saith man, all my words that I shall speak unthe Lord God.

to the receive in thine heart, and hear 5 And they, whether they will hear, i with thine cars. or whether they will forbear', (for they 11 And go, get thee to them of the caparca rexillious house,) vet shall know that tivity, unto the children of thy people, there hath lxe'en a prophet amug them. ll and speak upto them, and tell them,

6 ff And thou, son of man, be not || Thus saith the Lord God; whether they afraid of them, neither be afraid of their will hear, or , hether they will forbear. words, though bricrs and thorns be with 12 Then the spirit took me up, and I thee, and thou dost dwell among scorpi- || heard behind me a voice of a great rushons : be not afraid of their words, noring, sayirg, Biessed be the glory of the be dismayed at their looks, though they | Lord from his place. be a rebellious house.

13 I heard also the noise of the wings 7 And thou shalt speak my words into of the living creatures that touched one them, whether they will hear, or wheth- another, and the noise of the wheels cr they will forbear : for they are most over against them, and a noise of a great rebellious

rushing. 8 But thou, son of man, hear what I 14 So the spirit lifted me up, and took say unto thee; Be not thou rebellious like me away, and I went in bitterness, in the that rebellious house : open thy mouth, heat of my spirit ; but the hand of the and eat that I give thee.

LORD was strong upon me. 1 And when I looked, behold, an 15 T Then I came to them of the caphund was sent unto me; and lo, a roll ||tivity at Tel-abib, that dwelt by the river of a book was therein ;

of Chobar, and I sat where they sat, and The rule of prophecy.

Char. Iv.

The type of a siege. 613 remained there astonished among them i 2 And lay siege against it, and build a seven days.

|| fort against it, and cast a mount against 16 And it came to pass at the end of it ; set the camp also against it, and set seven days, that the word of the LORD i battering rains against it round about. came unto me, saying

3 Moreover take thou unto thee an 17 Son of man, I have made thee a liron pan, and set it for a wall of iron bewatchman unto the house of Israel; there- ! tween thee and the city: ard set thy face fore hear the word at my mouth, and against it, and it shall be besieged, and give them warning from me.

il thou shalt lay siege against it. This shall 18 When I say unto the wicked, Thou | be a sign to the house of Israel. shalt sureiy die ; and thou givest him not 4 Lie thou also upon thy left side, and warning, nor speakest to warn the wick- || lay the iniquity of the house of Israel ed from his wicked way, to save his life ; l upon it : according to the number of the the same wicked man shall die in his in- days that thou shalt lie upon it thou shalt iquity ; but his blood will I require at bear their iniquity. thine hand.

5 For I have laid upon thee the years 19 Yet if then warn the wicked), and he l of their iniquity, according to the nunturn not from his wickelness, nor from ber of the clays, three hundred and ninehis wicked way, he shall die in his iniqui- ty days: so shalt thou bear the iniquity ty ; but thou hast delivered thy soul of the house of Israel.

20 Again, When a righteous man cloth 6 And when thou hast accomplished turn from his righteousness, and commit them, lie again on thy right side, and iniquity, and I lay a stumbling-block be- || thou shalt bear the iniquity of the house fore him, he shall die: because thou hast of Judah forty days: I have appointed not given him warning, he shall die in his thee each day for a year. sin, and his righteousness which he hath 7 Therefore thou shalt set thy face todone shall not be remembered; but his ward the siege of Jerusalem, and thine blood will I require at thine hand.

arm shall be uncovered, and thou shalt 21 Nevertheless if thou warn the right- prophesy against it. eous man, that the righteous sin not, and ). 8. And behold, I will lay bands upon he doth not sin, he shall surely live, be- 1 thee, and thou shalt not turn thee from Cause he is warned; also thou hast deliv- one side to another, till thou hast ended ered thy soul.

the days of thy siege. 22 | And the hand of the LORD was 9 T Take thou also unto thee wheat, and there upon me; and he said unto me, | barley, and beans, and lentiles, and milArise, go forth into the plain, and I will let, and fitches, and put them in one vesthere talk with thee.

sel, and make thee bread cherecf, accord23 Then I arose, and went forth into | ing to the number of the days that thon the plain : and behold, the glory of the shait lie upon thy side, three hundred and LORD stood there, as the glory which I ninety days shalt thou eat thereof. saw by the river of Chebar: and I fell | 10' And thy meat which thou shalt eat on my face.

ll shall be by weight, twenty shekels a day: 24 Then the spirit entered into me, and from time to time shalt thou cat it. set me upon my feet, and spake with me, 11 Thou shalt drink also water by measand said unto me, Go, shut thyself with- ure, the sixth part of an lin : from time in thine house.

to time shalt thou drink. 25 But thou, O son of man, behold, 12 And thou shalt eat it as barley cakes, they shall put bands upon thce, and shall and thou shalt bake it with dung that bind thee with them, and thou shalt not cometh out of man, in their sight. go out among them:

13 And the LORD said, Even tiius shall 26 And I will make thy tongue cleave the children of Israel eat their defilecl to the roof of thy mouth, that thou shalt bread among the Gentiles, whither I will be dumb, and shalt not be to them a le- || drive them. prover : for they are a rebellious house, 14 Then said I, Ah Lord God! be

27 But when I speak with thee, I will holl, my soul hath not been polluted: open thy mouth, and thou shalt say unto for from my youtil up even till now harc them, Thus saith the Lord God; He that I not eaten of that which dieth of itself, heareth, let hinn hear; and he that for- llor is torn in pieces; neither came there beareth, let him forbear : for they are abominable flesh into my mouth. a rebellious house.

15 Then he said unto me, Lo, I hare girCHAP. IV.

en thee cow's dung for man's dung, and By the type of a siege, is shexved the time thou shalt prepare thy bread therewith. from Jeroboam's defection to the captivity. I 16 Mcreover he said wito me, Son of THOU also, son of man, take thec a liman, behold, I will break the staff of

I tile, and lay it before thee, and pour-bread in Jerusalem ; and they shall eat tray upon it the city, even Jerusalem ; ' bread by weight, and with care; and they

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