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654 The two eagles and the vine. EZEKIEL. The cedar of the gospel promised. A great eagle with great wings, long-|| ty army and great company make for him winged, full of feathers, which had divers in the war, by casting up mounts, and colours, came unto Lebanon, and took building forts, to cut off many persons : the highest branch of the cedar:

18 Seeing he despised the oath by 4 He cropped off the top of his young breaking the covenant, when lo, he had twigs, and carried it into a land of traf- ll given his hand, and hath done all these fick ; he set it in a city of merchants. I things, he shall not escape.

5 He took also of the seed of the land, || 19 Therefore thus 'saith the Lord God; and planted it in a fruitful field; he | As I live, surely mine oath that he hath placed it by great waters, and set it as a despised, and my covenant that he hath willow tree.

broken, even it will I recompense upon : 6 And it grew, and became a spread his own head. ing vine of low stature, whose branches 20 And I will spread my net upon him, turned toward him, and the roots thereof and he shall be taken in my snare, and I were under him: so it became a vine, and will bring him to Babylon, and will plead brought forth branches, and shot forth with him there for his trespass that he sprigs.

hath trespassed against me. 7 There was also another great eagle

21 And all his fugitives with all his with great wings and many feathers: and

bands shall fall by the sword, and they behold, this vine did bend her roots to- l that remain shall be scattered toward all ward him, and shot forth her branches

winds: and ye shall know that I the LORD toward him, that he might water it by | have spoken it. the furrows of her plantation.

22 # Thus saith the Lord God, I will 8 It was planted in a good soil by great

also take of the highest branch of the waters, that it might bring forth branches, high cedar, and will set it ; I will crop off and that it might bear fruit, that it might from the top of his young twigs a tender be a goodly vine.

one, and will plant it upon an high moun9 Say thou, Thus saith the Lord God; || tain and eminent : Shall it prosper? shall he not pull up th. 23 In the mountain of the height of roots thereof, and cut off the fruit there- Israci will I plant it: and it shall bring of, that it wither? it shall wither in all forth boughs, and bear fruit, and be a the leaves of her spring, even without goodly cedar : and under it shall dwell all great power or many people to pluck it || fowl of every wing; in the shadow of up by the roots thereof.

the branches thereof shall they dwell. 10 Yea, behold, being planted, shall it | 24 And all the trees of the field shall prosper? shall it not utterly withier, when know that I the Lord have brought down the east wind toucheth it ? it shall wither || the high tree, have exalted the low tree, in the furrows where it grew.

have dried up the green trees and have 11 9 Moreover the word of the LORD | made the dry tree to flourish: I the LORD came unto me, saying,

have spoken and have done it. 12 Say now to the rebellious house,

CHAP. XVIII. Know ye not what these things mean? || 1 God reproveth the unjust parabile of tell them, Behold, the king of Babylon sour grapes. 25 He defendeth his musis come to Jerusalem, and hath taken the tice, 31 and exhorteth to refientance. king thereof, and the princes thereof, THE word of the LORD came unte and led them with hiin to Babylon ; * 1 me again, saying,

13 And hath taken of the king's seed, 2 What mean ye, that ye use this provand made a covenant with him, and hat!: erb concerning the land of Israel, saying, taken an oath of him : he hath also tak- The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and en the mighty of the land :

the children's teeth are set on edge? 14 That the kingdom might be base, 3 As I live, saith the Lord God, ye that it might not lift itself up, but that by shall not have occasion any more to use keeping of his covenant it might stand. this proverb in Israel.

15 But he rebelled against him in send 4 Behold, all souls are mine ; as the soul ing his ambassadors into Egypt, that they of the father, so also the soul of the son might give him horses and much people. | is mine : the soul that sinneth, it shall die. Shall he prosper shall he escape that | 5 | But if a man be just, and do that doeth such things ? or shall he break which is lawful and right, the covenant, and be delivered?

6 And hath not eaten upon the moun16 As I live, saith the Lord God, tains, neither hath lifted up his eyes to the surely in the place where the king dwell. idols of the house of Israel, neither hath eth that made him king, whose oath he defiled his neighbour's wife, neither hath despised, and whose covenant he brake, come near to a monstruous woman, even with him in the midst of Babylon 7 And hath not oppressed any, but hatla lie shall die.

restored to the debtor his pledge, hath 17 Neither sliall Pharaoh with his migh- Il spoiled none by violence, hath given his God's justice in punishing. CHAP. XIX. His ways are equial. 655 bread to the hungry, and hath covered, committed, they shall not be mentioned The naked with a garment ;

unto him : in his righteousness that he 8 He that hath not given forth upon I hath done he shall live. usury', neither hath taken any increase, | 23 Have I any pleasure at all that the that hath withdrawn his hand from in- || wicked should die? saith the Lord God: iquity, hath executed true judgment be- || and not that he should return from his tween man and man,

ways, and live? 9 Hath walked in my statutes, and hath || | 24 | But when the righteous turneth kept my judgments, todealtruly; heisjust, away from his righteousness, and comhe 'shail surely live, saith the Lord GOD. mitteth iniquity, and doeth according to

10 If he beget a son that is a robber, a | all the abominations that the wicked shedder of blood, and that doeth the like man doeth, shall he live? all his rightto any one of these things,

eousness that he hath done. shall not be u And that doeth not any of those du mentioned : in his trespass that he hath. ties, but even hath eaten upon the moun- | trespassed, and in his sin that he hath tains, and defiled his neighbour's wife, sinned, in them shall he die.

12 Hath oppressed the poor and needy, 25 1 Yet ye say, The way of the LORD hath spoiled by violence, hath not restored | is not equal. Hear now, Ó house of Isthe pledge, and hath lifted up his eyes to rael; Is not my way equal? are not your the idols, hath committed abomination, ways unequal ?

13 Hath given forth upon usury, and 26 When a righteous man turneth ahath taken increase : shall he then live? way from his righteousness, and commitHe shall not live : he hath done all these teth iniquity, and dieth in them; for his abominations ; he shall surely die ; his iniquity that he hath done shall he die. blood shall be upon him..

27 Again, when the wicked man turn14 Now lo, if he beget a son, that seeth eth away from his wickedness that he hath all his father's sins which he hath done, committed, and doeth that which is lawand considereth, and doeth not such like, : ful and right, he shall save his soul alive.

15 That hath not eaten upon the moun 28 Because he considereth and turntains, neither hath lifted up his eyes to the eth away from all his transgressions that idols of the house of Israel, hath not de- he hath committed, he shall surely live, filed his neighbour's wife,

he shall not die. 16 Neither hath oppressed any, hath 29 Yet saith the honse of Israel, The not withholden the pledge, neither hathway of the LORD is not equal. O house spoiled by violence, but hath given his of Israel, are not my ways equal ? are bread to the hungry, and hath covered not your ways unequal ? the naked with a garment,

30 Therefore I will judge you, O house 17 That hath taken off his hand from of Israel, every one according to his the poor; that hath not received usury ways, saith the Lord God. Repent, and nor increase, hath executed my judg- | turn yourselves from all your transgresments, hath walked in my statutes ; he sions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin. shall not dic for the iniquity of his father, 31 1 Cast away from you all your he shall surely live.

transgressions, whereby ye have trans18 As for his father, because he cruel gressed ; and make you a new heart and ly oppressed, spoiled his brother by vio a new spirit : for why will ye die, lence, and did that which is not good a house of Israel? mong his people, lo, even he shall die in 32 For I have no pleasure in the death his iniquity.

of him that dieth, saith the Lord GOD : 19 Yet say ye, Why? doth not the son | wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye. bear the iniquity of the father? When

CHAP. XIX. the son hath done that which is lawful A lamentation for the princes of Israel, and right, and hath kept all my statutes, under the paruble of lions whelps takand hath done thiem, he shall surely live. en in a pit.

20 The soul that sinneih, it shall die. M OREOVER take thou up a lamenThe son shall not bear the iniquity of the M tation for the princes of Israel, father, neither shall the father bear the 2 And say, What is thy mother? A iniquity of the son: the righteousness of lioness : she lay down among lions, she the righteous shall be upon him, and the || nourished her whelps among young lions. wickedness of the wicked shall be upon 3 And she brought up one of her whelps : him.

it became a young lion, and it learned to 21 But if the wicked will turn from all || catch the prey ; it devoured men. liis sins that he hath committed, and keep 4 The nations also heard of him ; he all my statutes, and do that which is law. || was taken in their pit, and they brought ful and right, he shall surely live, he shall || liim with chains unto the land of Egypt. not die.

15 Now when she saw that she had! 22 All his transgressions that he hath I waited, and her hope was lost, then she

656 Paraðle of the lions whelpis. EZEKIEL. The story of Israel's rebellion. took another of her whelps, and made # unto them, to bring them forth of the land him a young lion.

of Egypt into a land that I had espied 6 And he went up and down among the for them, flowing with milk and honey, lións, he became a young lion, and learned which is the glory of all lånds: to catch the prey, and devoured men. 1 7 Then said I unto them, Castre away

7 And he knew their desolate palaces, every man the abominations of his eyes, and he laid waste their cities; and the and defile not yourselves with the idols of land was desolate, and the fulness there- | Egypt : I am the LORD your God. of, by the noise of his roaring.

8 But they rebelled against me, and 8 Then the nations set against him on would not hearken unto me: they did every side from the provinces, and spread || not every man cast away the abominations their net over him; he was taken in their of their eyes, neither did they forsake the pit.

idols of Egypt: then I said, I will pour 9 And they put him in ward in chains, out my fury upon them, to accomplish and brought him to the king of Babylon: iny anger against them in the midst of the Hey brought him into holds, that his land of Egypt. voice should no more be heard upon the 9 But I wrought for my name's sake, inountains of Israel.

that it should not be polluted before the · 10 1 Thy mother is like a vine in thy | heathen, among whom they were, in blood), planted by the waters : she was whose sight I made myself known unto fruitful and full of branches by reason of them, in bringing them forth out of the many wrters.

land of Egypt. : 11 And she had strong rods for the 10 9 Wherefore I caused them to go sceptres of them that bare rule, and her forth out of the land of Egypt, and stature was exalted among the thick brought them into the wilderness. branches, and she appeared in her height 11 And I gave them my statutes, and with the multitude of her branches. shewed them my judgments, which if a

12 But she was plucked up in fury, | man do, he shall even live in them. she was cast down to the ground, and 12 Moreover also I give them my sabthe east wind dried up her fruit : her baths, to be a sign between me and them, strong rods were broken and withered ; || that they might know that I am the the fire consumed them.

Lord that sanctify them. 13 And now she is planted in the wil- 13 But the house of Israel rebelled aderress, in a dry and thirsty ground. gainst me in the wilderness; they walked

14 And fire is gone out of a rod of her not in my statutes, and they despised my branches, which hath devoured her fruit, ll judgments, which if a man do, he shail so that she hath no strong rod to be a even live in thein; and my sabbaths they sceptre to rule. This is a lamentation, | greatly polluted : then I said, I would and shall be for a lamentation.

pour out my fury upon them in the wilCHAP. XX.

derness, to consume them. 1 God refuseth to be consulted by the el-1 14 But I wrought for my name's sake,

ders of Israel. 5 The story of their re- that it should not be polluted before the bellions. 33 Hepromiseth to gather them. heathen, in whose sight I brought them AND it came to pass in the seventh ut. A year, in the fifth month, the tenth 15 let also I lified up my hand unto day of the month, that certain of the el. l them in the wilderness, that I would not ders of Israel came to inquire of the bring them into the land which I had Lord, and sat before me.

H given them, fiowing with miik and honey, 2 Then came the word of the LORD which is the glory of all lands; tinto me, saying,

16 Bucause they despised my judg3 Son of man, speak unto the elders of ments, and walked not in my statutes, Israel, and say unto them, Thus saith the out polluted my sabbaths; for their heart Lord Gon; Are ye come to inquire of went after their idols. re? As I live, saitli the Lord God, I wi!!! 17 Nevertheless mive eye spared them riot be inquired of by you.

• from destroying them, neither did I make 4 Wilt ihou judge them, son of man, an end of them in the wilderness wilt thou judge them? Canse them to 18 But I said unto their children in the know the abominations of their fatheis: | wilderness, Walk re not in the statutes

5 [ And may unto them, Thus saith the if your fathers, neither observe their Lord God; In the day when I chose 's- judgments, Dor detile yourselves with rael, and lifted up mine hand unto the heir idols : seed of the house of Jacob, and made my 19 I am the LORD your God; walk in self known unto them in the land ot' any statutes, and keep my judgments, Egypt, when I lifted up mine hand unto und do them; them, saying, I am ihe LORD your God ; ! 20 Aodh How mv sabbaths; and they

o In the day that I lifted up mine hand "shall be a sign between me and you, that The story of Israel's rebellion. CHAP. XX. God promiseth to gather them. 657 ve may know that I am the LORD your surely with a mighty hand, and with a God.

stretched out arm, and with fury poured 21 Notwithstanding the children rebel- out, will I rule over you: led against me: they walked not in my S4 And I will bring you out from the statutes, neither kept my judgments to do people, and will gather you out of the them, which if a man do, he shall even countries wherein ye are scattered, with live in them; they polluted my sabbaths : || a mighty hand, and with a stretched out Then I said, I would pour out my fury arın, and with fury poured out. upon them, to accomplish my anger a- S5 And I will bring you into the wilgainst them in the wilderness.

derness of the people, and there will I 22 Nevertheless I withdrew mine hand, I plead with you face to face. and wrought for my name's sake, that it 36 Like as I pleaded with your father's should not be polluted in the sight of the || in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so heathen, in whose sight I brought them | will I plead with you, saith the Lord God. forth.

37 And I will cause you to pass under 23 I lifted up mine hand unto them the rod, and I will bring you into the also in the wilderness, that I would scat- || bond of the covenant: ter them among the heathen, and dis 38 And I will purge out from among perse them through the countries;

you the rebels, and them that transgress 24 Because they had not executed my against me: I will bring them forth out of judgments, but had despised my statutes, the country where they sojourn, and they and had polluted my sabbaths, and their shall not enter into the land of Israel : eyes were after their fathers idols. and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

25 Wherefore I gave them also statutes 39 As for you, ( house of Israel, thus that were not good, and judgments saith the Lord God; Go ye, serve ye whereby they should not live ;

every one his idols, and hereafter also, if 26 And I polluted them in their own ye will not hearken unto me: but polgifts, in that they caused to pass through lute ye my holy name no more with your the fire all that openeth the womb, that gifts, and with your idols. I might make them desolate, to the end 40 For in mine holy mountain, in the that they might know that I am the mountain of the height of Israel, saith LORD.

the Lord God, there shall all the house 279 Therefore, son of man, speakuntothe | of Israel, all of them in the land, serve house of Israel, and say unto them, Thus me: there will I accept them, and there saith the Lord God; Yet in this your fa- || will I require your offerings, and the thers have blasphemed me, in that they first fruits of your oblations, with all have committed a trespass against me." your holy things.

28 For when I had brought them into 41 I will accept you with your sweet the land, for the which I lifted up mine savour, when I bring you out from the hand to give it to them, then they saw people, and gather you out of the counevery high hill, and all the thick trees, tries wherein ye have been scattered ; and they offered there their sacrifices | and I will be sanctified in you before the and there they presented the provocation heathen. of their offering : there also they made 42 And ye shall know that I am the their sweet savour, and poured out there LORD, when I shall bring you into the their drink-offerings.

land of Israel, into the country, for the 29 Then I said unto them, What is the which I lifted up mine hand to give it to high place whereunto ye go? and the name your fathers. thereof is called Bamah unto this day. 43 And there shall ye remember your

SO Wherefore say unto the house of ways, and all your doings wherein ye Israel, Thus saith the Lord God; Are ye | have been defiled; and ye shall loathe polluted after the manner of your fa- yourselves in your own sight for all your thers ? and commit ye whoredom after | evils that ye have committed. their abominations?

44 And ye shall know that I am the 31 For when ye offer your gifts, when || LORD, when I have wrought with you ye make your sons to pass through the || for my name's sake, not according to fire, ye pollute yourselves with all your your wicked ways, nor according to idols, even unto this day : and shall I be your corrupt doings, O ye house of Isa inquired of by you, O house of Israel? | rael, saith the Lord God. As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I will not 45 | Moreover the word of the LORD be inquired of by you.

came unto me, saying, 32 And that which cometh into your 46 Son of man, set thy face toward the mind shall not be at all, that ye say, We || south, and drop thy word toward the will be as the heathen, as the families of south, and prophesy against the forest of the countries, to serve wood and stone. | the south field; 33 | As I live, saith the Lord God, h 47 And say to the forest of the south, 658 Prophecy against Jerusalem. EZEKIEL. The Ammonites threatened. Hear the word of the LORD, Thus saith 14 Thou therefore, son of man, prophethe Lord God; Behold, I will kindle a sy, and smite thine hands together, and fire in thee, and it shall devour every let the sword be doubled the third time, green tree in thee, and every dry tree : the sword of the slain : it is the sword of the flaming flame shall not be quenched, the great men that are slain, which enand all faces from the south to the north | tereth into their privy chambers. shall be burned therein.

15 I have set the point of the sword 48 And all flesh shall see that I the against all their gates, that their heart Lord have kindled it: it shall not be may faint, and their ruins be multiplied : quenched.

ah! it is made bright, it is wrapped up 49 Then said I, Ah Lord God! they || for the slaughter. say of mc, Doth he not speak parables? | 16 Go thee one way or other, either on CHAP. XXI.

the right hand, or on the left, whitherso1 Ezekiel prophesieth against Jerusalem. ever thy face is set. 8 The sharp and bright sword.

17 I will also smite mine hands togethAND the word of the LORD came un- er, and I will cause my fury to rest : I A to me, saying,

the LORD have said it. 2 Son of man, set thy face toward Je- 18 , The word of the LORD came unto rusalem, and drop thy word toward the me again, saying, holy places, and prophesy against the land. 19 Also, thou son of man, appoint thee of Israel,

two ways, that the sword of the king of 3 And say to the land of Israel, Thus Babylon may come: both twain shall saith the LORD; Behold, I am against come forth out of one land : and choose thee, and will draw forth my sword out thou a place, choose it at the head of the of his sheath, and will cut off from thee li way to the city. the righteous and the wicked.

20 Appoint a way, that the sword may 4 Seeing then that I will cut off from come to Rabbath of the Ammonites, and thee the righteous and the wicked, there- to Judah in Jerusalem the defenced. fore shall my sword go forth out of his 21 For the king of Babylon stood at the sheath against all flesh from the south to parting of the way, at the head of the the north :

two ways, to use divination; he made his 5 That all flesh may know that I the arrows bright, he consulted with images, LORD have drawn forth my sword out of he looked in the liver. his sheath : it shall not return any more. | 22 At his right hand was the divina

6 Sigh therefore, thou son of man, tion for Jerusalem, to appoint captains, with the breaking of thy loins ; and with to open the mouth in the slaughter, to bitterness sigh before their eyes.

lift up the voice with shouting, to ap7 And it shall be, when they say unto point battering rams against the gates, to thee, Wherefore sighest thou that thou cast a mount, and to build a fort. shalt answer, For the tidings; because it 23 And it shall be unto them as a false cometh: and every heart shall melt, and divination in their sight, to them that all hands shall be feeble, and every spirit have sworn oaths : but he will call to reshall faint, and all knees shall be weak as membrance the iniquity, that they may water; behold, it cometh, and shall be | be taken. brought to pass, saith the Lord GOD. 24 Therefore thus saith the Lord God; . 8 Again the word of the LORD came Because ye have made your iniquity to be unto me, saying,

li remembered, in that your transgressions 9 Son of man, prophesy, and say, Thus are discovered, so that in all your doings saith the LORD; Say, A sword, a sword is your sins do appear; because, I say, that sharpened, and also furbished :

ye are come to remembrance, ye shall be 10 It is sharpened to make a sore slaugh- | taken with the hand. ter; it is furbished that it may glitter : 25 | And thou, profane wicked prince should we then make mirth? it contemn- || of Israel, whose day is conne, when inieth the rod of my son, as every tree. l quity shall have an end,

11 And he hath given it to be furbish- 26 Thus saith the Lord God; Remove ed, that it may be handled: the sword is the diadem, and take off the crown : this sharpened, and it is furbished, to give it shall not be the same : exalt him that is into the hand of the slayer.

low, and abase him that is high. 12 Cry and howl, son of man : for it 27 I will overturn, overturn, overturn shall be upon my people, it shall be upon it : and it shall be no more, until he come all the princes of Israel : terrors by rea- whose right it is; and I will give it him. son of the sword shall be upon my peo- | 28 | And thou, son of man, prophesy ple: smite therefore upon thy thigh. and say, Thus saith the Lord God con

13 Because it is a trial, and what if | cerning the Ammonites, and concerning the sword contemn even the rod ? It their reproach; even say thou, The sword, shall be no more, saith the Lord God. "the sword is drawn : for the slaughter it

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