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groung men hem in the hot pitje solen the day
had devised; he hath fulfilled his word that || 13. He hath caused the arrows of his he had commanded in the days of old: he quiver to enter into my reins. hath thrown down, and hath not pitied: and 14. I was a derision to all my people, and he hath caused thine enemy to rejoice over their song all the day. thee; he hath set up the horn of thine ad- 15. He hath filled me with bitterness, he versaries.
hath made me drunken with wormwood. 18. Their heart cried unto the LORD, O 16. He hath also broken my teeth with wall of the daughter of Zion, let tears run gravel-stones, he hath covered me with ashes. down like a river day and night; give thyself | 17. And thou hast removed my soul far no rest; let not the apple of thine eye cease. | off from peace: I forgat prosperity. :
19. Arise, cry out in the night; in the | 18. And I said, My strength and my hope beginning of the watches pour out thy heart is perished from the LORD: like water before the face of the LORD: lift 19. Remembering mine affliction and my up thy hands toward him for the life of thy misery, the wormwood and the gall. young children, that faint for hunger in the 20. My soul hath them still in remem top of every street.
brance, and is humbled in me. 20. Behold, O LORD, and consider to 21. This I recall to my mind, therefore whom thou hast done this. Shall the wo- have I hope. men eat their fruit, and children of a span 22. It is of the LORD's mercies that we long? shall the priest and the prophet be are not consumed, because his compassions slain in the sanctuary of the LORD ? fail not.
21. The young and the old lie on the 23. They are new every morning: great ground in the streets: my virgins and my | is thy faithfulness. . young men are fallen by the sword; thou 24. The LORD is my portion, saith my hast slain them in the day of thine anger; soul; therefore will I hope in him. thou hast killed, and not pitied.
25. The LORD is good unto them that 22. Thou hast called, as in a solemn day, I wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. my terrors round about; so that in the day | 26. It is good that a man should both hope of the Lord's anger none escaped nor re- and quietly wait for the salvation of the mained: those that I have swaddled and LORD. brought up hath mine enemy consumed. 27. It is good for a man that he bear the · CHAP. III.
yoke in his youth. i The prophet bewaileth his own calamities : 37 His humble : 28. He sitteth alone, and keepeth silence, confession of sins.
because he hath borne it upon him. 1. I AM the man that hath seen affliction 29. He putteth his mouth in the dust, if so 1 by the rod of his wrath.
I be there may be hope. 2. He hath led me, and brought me into | 30. He giveth his cheek to him that smiteth darkness, but not into light.
him : he is filled full with reproach. 3. Surely against me is he turned; he 31. For the LORD will not cast off for ever: turneth his hand against me all the day. || 32. But though he cause grief, yet will he
4. My flesh and my skin hath he made have compassion according to the multitude old; he hath broken my bones.
of his mercies. 15. He hath builded against me, and com- | 33. For he doth not afflict willingly, nor passed me with gall'and travail.
grieve the children of men. 6. He hath set me in dark places, as they | 34. To crush under his feet all the prisoners that be dead of old.
of the earth, 7. He hath hedged me about, that I 35. To turn aside the right of a man becannot get out: he hath made my chain | fore the face of the Most High, heavy.
36. To subvert a man in his cause, the 8. Also when I cry and shout, he shutteth LORD approveth not. out my prayer.
37. Who is he that saith, and it cometh 9. He hath enclosed my ways with hewn to pass, when the LORD commandeth it not? stone; he hath made my paths crooked. • 38. Out of the mouth of the Most High
10. He was unto me as a bear lying in proceedeth not evil and good ? wait, and as a lion in secret places.
39. Wherefore doth a living man com11. He hath turned aside my ways, and plain, a man for the punishment of his sins? pulled me in pieces: he hath made me | 40. Let us search and try our ways, and desolate.
turn again to the LORD. 12. He hath bent his bow, and set me as 41. Let us lift up our heart with our hands a mark for the arrow..
llunto God in the heavens.
42. We have transgressed, and have re- 1 to fine gold, how are they esteemed as earthen belled: thou hast not pardoned.
pitchers, the work of the hands of the potter! 43. Thou hast covered with anger, and 3. Even the sea-monsters draw out the persecuted us: thou hast slain, thou hast not breast, they give suck to their young ones: pitied.
the daughter of my people is become cruel, 44. Thou hast covered thyself with a cloud, || like the ostriches in the wilderness. that our prayer should not pass through. 4. The tongue of the sucking child cleaveth
45. Thou hast made us as the offscouring to the roof of his mouth for thirst; the young and refuse in the midst of the people. children ask bread, and no man breaketh it
46. All our enemies have opened their unto them. ' mouths against us.
5. They that did feed delicately are deso47. Fear and a snare is come upon us, | late in the streets; they that were brought desolation and destruction.
up in scarlet embrace dunghills. 48. Mine eye runneth down with rivers 6. For the punishment of the iniquity of of water for the destruction of the daughter the daughter of my people is greater than the of my people.
punishment of the sin of Sodom, that was 49. Mine eye trickleth down, and ceaseth overthrown as in a moment, and no hands dot, without any intermission,
stayed on her. 50. Till the LORD look down, and behold | 1. Her Nazarites were purer than snow, from heaven.
they were whiter than milk, they were more 51. Mine eye affecteth my heart, because | ruddy in body than rubies, their polishing of all the daughters of my city.
was of sapphire: 52. Mine enemies chased me sore, like a 8. Their visage is blacker than a coal; bird, without cause.
they are not known in the streets : their skin 53. They have cut off my life in the dun-cleaveth to their bones; it is withered, it is geon, and cast a stone upon me.
become like a stick. 54. Waters flowed over my head; then I 9. They that be slain with the sword are said, I am cut off.
better than they that be slain with hunger: 55. I called upon thy name, O LORD, out for these pine away, stricken through for of the low dungeon.
want of the fruits of the field. 56. Thou hast heard my voice; hide not 10. The hands of the pitiful women have thine ear at my breathing, at my cry. sodden their own children, they were their
57. Thou drewest near in the day that I | meat in the destruction of the daughter of called upon thee: thou saidst, Fear not. my people.
58. OʻLORD, thou hast pleaded the causes 11. The Lord hath accomplished bis of my soul; thou hast redeemed my life. fury; he hath poured out his fierce anger,
59. O LORD, thou hast seen my wrong; and hath kindled a fire in Zion, and it hath judge thou my cause.
devoured the foundations thereof. 60. Thou hast seen all their vengeance, | 12. The kings of the earth, and all the and all their imaginations against me. inhabitants of the world, would not have be! 61. Thou hast heard their reproach, Olieved that the adversary and the enemy LORD, and all their imaginations against me;|| should have entered into the gates of Jeru
62. The lips of those that rose up against | salem. me, and their device against me all the 13. For the sins of her prophets, and the day.
iniquities of her priests, that have shed the 63. Behold their sitting down, and their blood of the just in the midst of her. rising up; I am their music.
14. They have wandered as blind men in 64. Render unto them a recompense, O | the streets, they have polluted themselves LORD, according to the work of their hands. | with blood, so that men could not touch
65. Give them sorrow of heart, thy curse their garments. unto them.
15. They cried unto them, Depart ye; it is 66. Persecute and destroy them in anger unclean; depart, depart, touch not: when from under the heavens of the LORD. they fled away and wandered, they said
CHAP. IV. . among the heathen, They shall no more so1 Zion's pitiful estate bewailed: 13 She confesseth her sins. journ there.
TOW is the gold become dim! how is 16. The anger of the LORD hath divided 11 the most fine gold changed! the them; he will no more regard them: they stones of the sanctuary are poured out in respected not the persons of the priests, they the top of every street.
favoured not the elders. 2. The precious sons of Zion, comparable ll 17. As for us, our eyes as yet failed to
with, and to re given t
our vain help: in our watching we have || 6. We have given the hand to the Egypwatched for a nation that could not save us. tians, and to the Assyrians, to be satisfied
18. They hunt our steps, that we cannot with bread. go in our streets: our end is near, our days 7. Our fathers have sinned, and are not: are fulfilled; for our end is come.
and we have borne their iniquities. 19. Our persecutors are swifter than the 8. Servants have ruled over us: there is eagles of the heaven: they pursued us upon / none that doth deliver us out of their hand. the mountains, they laid wait for us in the 9. We gat our bread with the peril of our wilderness.
lives, because of the sword of the wilderness. 20. The breath of our nostrils, the anointed 10. Our skin was black like an oven, beof the LORD, was taken in their pits, of whom cause of the terrible famine. we said, Under his shadow we shall live 11. They ravished the women in Zion, among the heathen.
and the maids in the cities of Judah. 21. T Rejoice and be glad, O daughter of 12. Princes are hanged up by their hand: Edom, that dwellest in the land of Ūz: the the faces of elders were not honoured. cup also shall pass through unto thee; thou | 13. They took the young men to grind, shalt be drunken, and shalt make thyself and the children fell under the wood. naked.
14. The elders have ceased from the gate, 22. The punishment of thine iniquity is the young men from their music. accomplished, O daughter of Zion; he will l 15. The joy of our heart is ceased, our no more carry thee away into captivity: he || dance is turned into mourning. will visit thine iniquity, O daughter of Edom;|| 16. The crown is fallen from our head: he will discover thy sins.
wo unto us that we have sinned! CHAP. V.
17. For this our heart is faint; for these A pitiful complaint of Zion, in prayer unto God. ll things our eyes are dim, 1. D EMEMBER, O Lord, what is 18. Because of the mountain of Zion,
Il come upon us : consider, and be- || which is desolate, the foxes walk upon it. hold our reproach.
19. Thou, O LORD, remainest for ever; 2. Our inheritance is turned to strangers, thy throne from generation to generation. our houses to aliens.
20. Wherefore dost thou forget us for ever, 3. We are orphans and fatherless, our and forsake us so long time? mothers are as widows.
21. Turn thou us unto thee, O LORD, and 4. We have drunken our water for money; we shall be turned; renew our days as of our wood is sold unto us.
old. 5. Our necks are under persecution: we 22. But thou hast utterly rejected us; labour, and have no rest.
· I thou art very wroth against us.
I The BOOK of the Prophet EZEKIEL.
ll likeness of four living creatures. And this 1 The time of Ezekiel's prophecy at Chebar: 4 His vrsion. I was their appearance; they had the likeness
OW it came to pass in the thirtieth of a man.
year, in the fourth month, in the fifth | 6. And every one had four faces, and day of the month, as I was among the cap: || every one had four wings. tives by the river of Chebar, that the hea | 7. And their feet were straight feet; and vens were opened, and I saw visions of God. || the sole of their feet was like the sole of a
2. In the fifth day of the month, (which calf's foot; and they sparkled like the colour was the fifth year of king Jehoiachin's cap- of burnished brass. tivity,).
| 8. And they had the hands of a man un3. The word of the LORD came expressly der their wings, on their four sides; and they unto Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, in four had their faces and their wings. . the land of the Chaldeans, by the river Che- || 9. Their wings were joined one to another; bar; and the hand of the LORD was there they turned not when they went; they went upon him.
every one straight forward. * 4. And I looked, and, behold, a whirlwind | 10. As for the likeness of their faces, they came out of the north, a great cloud, and a four had the face of a man, and the face of fire infolding itself, and a brightness was || a lion on the right side; and they four had about it, and out of the midst thereof, as the || the face of an ox on the left side; they four colour of amber, out of the midst of the fire: || also had the face of an eagle.
5. Also out of the midst thereof came the ll 11. Thus were their faces: and their wings
ldere stretched upward; two wings of every 1 26. And above the firmament that was one were joined one to another, and two | over their heads was the likeness of a throne, covered their bodies.
as the appearance of a sapphire-stone: and 12. And they went every one straight for | upon the likeness of the throne was the likeward: whither the spirit was to go, they went; ness as the appearance of a man above and they turned not when they went. upon it.
13. As for the likeness of the living crea 27. And I saw as the colour of amber, as tures, their appearance was like burning the appearance of fire round about within it; coals of fire, and like the appearance of from the appearanceof his loins even upward, lamps: it went up and down among the and from the appearance of his loins even living creatures; and the fire was bright, || downward, I saw it as it were the appearance and out of the fire went forth lightning. of fire, and it had brightness round about.
14. And the living creatures ran and re- | 28. As the appearance of the bow that is turned as the appearance of a flash of light in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the ning.
appearance of the brightness round about. 15. Now, as I beheld the living creatures, || This was the appearance of the likeness of behold, one wheel upon the earth by the the glory of the LORD. And when I saw it, living creatures, with his four faces. I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of
16. The appearance of the wheels and one that spake. their work was like unto the colour of a
CHAP. II. beryl; and they four had one likeness: and || 1 Ezekiel's commission : 6 His instruction : 9 His prophecy. their appearance and their work was as it 1. AND he said unto me, Son of man, were a wheel in the middle of a wheel. A stand upon thy feet, and I will speak
17. When they went, they went upon their || unto thee. four sides; and they turned not when they 2. And the spirit entered into me when went.
|| he spake unto me, and set me upon my 18. As for their rings, they were so high, feet, that I heard him that spake unto me. that they were dreadful; and their rings were 3. And he said unto me, Son of man, I full of eyes round about them four. send thee to the children of Israel, to a
19. And when the living creatures went, || rebellious nation that hath rebelled against the wheels went by them; and when the me: they and their fathers have transgressed living creatures were lifted up from the earth, | against me, even unto this very day. the wheels were lifted up.
4. For they are impudent children, and 20. Whithersoever the spirit was to go, || stiff-hearted: I do send thee unto them; and they went, thither was their spirit to go; and || thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the the wheels were lifted up over against them: Lord God.. for the spirit of the living creature was in the 15. And they, whether they will hear, or wheels.
whether they will forbear; (for they are a 21. When those went, these went; and when rebellious house,) yet shall know that there those stood, these stood; and when those were || hath been a prophet among them. lifted up from the earth, the wheels were 6. And thou, son of man, be not afraid of lifted up over against them: for the spirit of them, neither be afraid of their words, though the living creature was in the wheels. || briers and thorns be with thee, and thou dost
22. And the likeness of the firmament || dwell among scorpions: be not afraid of their upon the heads of the living creature was as | words, nor be dismayed at their looks, though the colour of the terrible crystal, stretched they be a rebellious house. forth over their heads above.
7. And thou shalt speak my words unto 23. And under the firmament were their them, whether they will hear, or whether they wings straight, the one toward the other: will forbear; for they are most rebellious. every one had two, which covered on this 8. But thou, son of man, hear what I say side, and every one had two, which covered unto thee; Be not thou rebellious like that on that side, their bodies.
| rebellious house: open thy mouth, and eat 24. And when they went, I heard the noise that I give thee. of their wings, like the noise of great waters, 9. And when I looked, behold, a hand was as the voice of the Almighty, the voice of sent unto me; and, lo, a roll of a book was speech, as the noise of a host: when they therein; stood, they let down their wings.
| 10. And he spread it before me: and it was 25. And there was a voice froin the firma- || written within and without; and there was ment that was over their heads, when they written therein lamentations, and mourning, stood, and had let down their wings. land wo.
|| seven days, that the word of the LORD i Ezekiel eateth the roll. 4 God encourageth him. came unto me, saying COREOVER, he said unto me, Son 17. Son of man, I have made thee a
of man, eat that thou findest: eat watchman unto the house of Israel: therethis roll, and go speak unto the house of fore hear the word at my mouth, and give Israel. .
them warning from me. 2. So I opened my mouth, and he caused 18. When I say unto the wicked, Thou me to eat that roll.
shalt surely die; and thou givest him not 3. And he said unto me, Son of man, cause || warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked thy belly to eat, and fill thy bowels with this from his wicked way, to save his life; the roll that I give thee. Then did I eat it; and same wicked man shall die in his iniquity: it was in my mouth as honey for sweetness. but his blood will I require at thy hand.
4. And he said unto me, Son of man, go, 19. Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he get thee unto the house of Israel, and speak turn not from his wickedness, nor from his with my words unto them.
wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity: but 5. For thou art not sent to a people of a | thou hast delivered thy soul. strange speech, and of a hard language, but 20. Again, when a righteous man doth turn to the house of Israel:
from his righteousness, and commit iniquity, 6. Not to many people of a strange speech, and I lay a stumbling-block before him, he and of a hard language, whose words thou shall die: because thou hast not given him canst not understand: surely, had I sent thee warning, he shall die in his sin, and his rightto them, they would have hearkened unto eousness which he hath done shall not be thee.
remembered; but his blood will I require at 7. But the house of Israel will not hearken | thy hand. unto thee; for they will not hearken unto 21. Nevertheless, if thou warn the rightme: for all the house of Israel are impudent eous man, that the righteous sin not, and he and hard-hearted.
doth not sin, he shall surely live, because he 8. Behold, 1 have made thy face strong || is warned: also thou hast delivered thy soul. against their faces, and thy forehead strong | 22. 1 And the hand of the LORD was against their foreheads.
there upon me; and he said unto me, Arise, 9. As an adamant, harder than flint, have
go forth into the plain, and I will there talk I made thy forehead: fear them not, neither with thee, be dismayed at their looks, though they be a | 23. Then I arose, and went forth into the rebellious house.
plain; and, behold, the glory of the LORD 10. Moreover, he said unto me, Son of stood there, as the glory which I saw by the man, all my words that I shall speak unto river of Chebar: and I fell on my face., thee receive in thy heart, and hear with thine 24. Then the spirit entered into me, and ears.
set me upon my feet, and spake with me, and 11. And go, get thee to them of the cap- || said unto me, Go, shut thyself within thy tivity, unto thy people, and speak unto them, || house. and tell them, Thus saith the Lord God,|| 25. But thou, O son of man, behold, they whether they will hear, or whether they will shall put bands upon thee, and shall bind forbear.
thee with them, and thou shalt not go out 12. Then the spirit took me up, and I | among them: heard behind me a voice of a great rushing, 26. And I will make thy tongue cleave to saying, Blessed be the glory of the LORD || the roof of thy mouth, that thou shalt be from his place.
dumb, and shalt not be to them a reprover; 13. I heard also the noise of the wings of || for they are a rebellious house. the living creatures that touched one another, | 27. But when I speak with thee, I will and the noise of the wheels over against | open thy mouth, and thou shalt say unto them, and a noise of a great rushing them. Thus saith the Lord God, He tha
14. So the spirit listed me up, and took | heareth, let him hear; and he that forme away, and I went in bitterness, in the beareth, let him forbear: for they are a reheat of my spirit; but the hand of the LORD || bellious house. was strong upon me.
CHAP. IV. 15. 9 Then I came to them of the captivity | By the provision of the seige is shewed the hardness of the at Telabib, that dwelt by the river of Che
famine, bar, and I sat where they sat, and remained || 1. THOU also, son of man, take thee a there astonished among them seven days. 1 1 tile, and lay it before thee, and
16. And it came to pass, at the end of l pourtray upon it the city, even Jerusale