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and for * pieces of bread; to slay the souls that should

not die, and to save the souls alive that should not live, by 20 your lying to my people that hearken to a lie ? Therefore

thus saith the Lord Jehovah : Lo, I am against your + pillows wherewith ye there hunt the souls, that they may escape; and I will rend them from your arms, and will let the souls go whose soul ye hunt, that they may

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Dathius. “Ye shall not save your own souls alive: ye shall die.” Therefore to save souls alive is opposed to hunting souls : and, v. 19, this latter phrase is equivalent to slaying souls. Perhaps we should read 0739777 13. But see v. 11, 20, 73nn.

“ This verse should seem to mean that these women made every body easy to their ruin, for their own profit.” Secker.

“ The easterns had, and still have, frequent amulets and ribands of charms, which they put principally at their hands and heads. Such charms these female prophets fabricated; and, as appears, attributed to them the power of preserving the life of those who wore them, and of bringing death on their enemies.” Michaelis.

19. --pollute me.-Profane my name by making use of it as a sanction to your lies : v. 7. Mr. Lowth.

----handfuls of barley. For the humblest presents. It is well known how customary gifts were, and are to this day, in the east. MSS. read

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to slay the souls fc.-By pronouncing the sentence of death on the righteous, and by assuring the wicked that they should live. See v. 22.

-a lie.-213751, lying words. 6. Ar. 1 MS. 20. -there.--In Jerusalem. But ou is wanting in V. Syr. 2 MSS. -that they may escape.Sc. from your snares.

volare in Ch. Syr. See V.“ Pro avolantibus :" “ut sint avolantes.” Gussetius, voc. hds, proposes another sense, ut efflorescant ;” and considers the word as expressive of prosperity. ó. have eis diac Kopriloudy, and Chald. “ut pereant :” either of which senses would suit the place, though I cannot form any plausible conjecture how they read.

- from your arms.-From the arms of you my people, who are lulled into security by the false prophetesses.

-whose soul.- Read away with Houb. 4 MISS. 1 originally, ó. and Syrus Hexaplaris Ambrosianus. See De Rossi.

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21 escape. I will also rend your coverings, and deliver my

people out of your hand; and they shall be no more in

your hand to be hunted; and ye shall know that I am 22 Jehovah. Because ye have grieved the heart of the

righteous by falsehood, whom I have not grieved; and set yourselves to strengthen the hands of the wicked, that he

should not turn from his evil way, that I should save his 23 life; therefore ye shall no more see vanity, neither divine

divinations : but I will deliver my people out of your hand, and ye shall know that I am Jehovah.

CHAPTER XIV.

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Now certain men of the elders of Israel came unto me, ind sat before me. And the word of Jehovah came unto me, saying:

Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their heart, and have put the stumbling-block of their iniquity before their face: shall I be enquired of at all by them ?

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ye hunt.--Forte inn. 1 MS. 22. that I should save his life.-nins 1 MS.“ that he might live:” a reading favoured by the ancients. This and the following verse illustrate the general sense of the foregoing obscure ones, v. 17–20.

23. - ye shall no more see &c.Ye shall soon perish.

1. Now-came.-Seven MSS. read 18727 or 1837: which reading is represented by the ancients.

3. -have set up their idols in their heart.-Have a strong inward disposition to idolatry.

—and have put the stumbling-block &c.—And have actually placed before them idols which they worship. See on c. vii. 19.

-shall I be enquired of at all.-Houbigant rightly reads #777777, inf. Niphal: and Mr. Dimoek proposes the same reading. See c. xvi. 4.

4 • Therefore speak * unto them, and say unto them, Thus

saith the Lord Jehovah : Every one of the house of Israel that setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the stumbling-block of his iniquity before his face, and

cometh to the prophet, I Jehovah will answer him that 5 cometh according to the multitude of his idols : that I

may take the house of Israel in their own heart; because

they are all estranged from me through their idols. 6 Therefore say unto the house of Israel :

Thus saith the Lord Jehovah : Turn ye, even turn your

selves, from your idols, and turn your faces from all your 7 abominations. For every one of the house of Israel, or

of the stranger that sojourneth in Israel, who separateth himself from me, and setteth up his idols in his heart, and

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4. -unto them.-08 MSS. edd. See c. iii. 27.

-in his heart.–Eight MSS. read 3 y, as in v. 3.

- him that cometh.-See the authority in Bibl. Kenn. for reading I. But, says Houbigant, this is barbarism ; and he ingeniously proposes "by myself, as at v. 7: which one MS. seems to read, and which is favoured by Chald. Compare Chald. here, and at v. 7: and observe that at v. 7 the punctuation of Chald. should be, “et venerit ad prophetamı ut interroget eum : in verbo meo ego Dominus respondebo ei, in verbo meo." na is wanting in 2 MSS. "na is entirely Syriac, and so strange to a Hebrew, that the Masoretes wanted to correct it to sd, and thus corrupted the text.” Eichhorn. See the Syriac version. Perhaps va is a gloss on 73.

5. -that I may take 8C.-Catch, surprise them, in their own consciences; when they perceive that I am acquainted with their secret idolatries. 6.

even turn yourselves.-See on c. xviii. 30 : and Houbigant, who in both places reads 12 w 71, in Hophal; that the verb in Hiphil may not be without a case. Can why yourselves be understood ?

7. -every one.—The declaration is general, and affects the captive Israelites, those who still remained in their own land, and the proselytes who dwelt there.

putteth the stumbling-block of his iniquity before his face,

and cometh to * the prophet to enquire of him; by myself 8 I Jehovah will answer him, even by myself: and I will set

my face against that man, and will make him a sign and

ta proverb, and will cut him off from the midst of my 9 people ; and ye shall know that I am Jehovah. And when

I the prophet is deceived || after he hath spoken a thing,
I Jehovah have deceived that prophet; and I will stretch

out mine hand upon him, and will destroy him from the 10 midst of my people Israel. And they shall bear the punish

ment of their iniquity; the punishment of the prophet's

iniquity shall be even as the punishment of his iniquity U that seeketh unto him : that the house of Israel may no

more go astray & from me, neither be polluted any more with all their transgressions ; but that they may be

my people, and I may be t. their God, saith the Lord Jehovah.

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12 The word of Jehovah also came unto me, saying : 13 Son of man, when a land sinneth against me by tres

passing pf grievously, and I shall stretch out mine hand

* Or, a prophet.
+ H. proverbs.
| Or, a prophet.
|| H. and.

§ H. from after me.
** H. unto me for a people.
tt H. unto them for a God.
# H. a trespass.

to enquire of him.--Compare, for the use of w77, 2 Chron. xxxi. 21. Ezr. vi. 21. Isai. viii. 19.

- by myself I Jehovah.This gives the clause an animated turn. But that we may render “ to enquire for himself of me," see w77 with a 1 Sam. xxviii. 7. 2 Kings i. 2, 16. 1 Chron. x. 14. 8. - and will make him.-Five MSS. and 3 edd. read fully,

), 9. -I Jehovah have deceived 8C.-When any false prophet is deceived, the probable event proving contrary to his prophecy; I Jehovah have so superintended the course of things as to deceive that prophet.

13. land. See Mr. Lowth. “When the inhabitants of a land have filled up the measure of their iniquities, the few righteous shall not

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upon it, and shall break the staff of the bread thereof, and

shall send famine upon it, and shall cut off from it man 14 and beast; though these three men were * in it, Noah

Daniel and Job, they should deliver but their own souls 15 by their righteousness, saith the Lord Jehovah. If I

cause noisome beasts to pass through a land, and they

bereave it, and it be desolate, that none passeth through 16 because of the beasts; though these three men were p in

it, as I live, saith the Lord Jehovah, they should deliver

neither sons nor daughters; they only should be delivered, 17 but the land should be desolate. Or if I bring a sword

upon that land, and say, “Sword, pass through the land,” 18 so that I cut off from it man and beast; though these

three men were I in it, as I live, saith the Lord Jehovah,

they should deliver neither sons nor daughters; but they 19 only should be delivered. Or if I send a pestilence upon

that land, and pour out my fury upon it in blood, to cut 20 off from it man and beast; though Noah Daniel and Job

were || in it, as I live, saith the Lord Jehovah, they should

* H. in the midst of it.
+ H. in the midst of it.

# H. in the midst of it.
|| H. in the midst of it.

deliver it.” Secker renders thus; and I stretch out--and break- and send.

14. - Daniel.-He was taken captive in the third year of Jehoiakim. Dan. i. 1. After this, Jehoiakim reigned eight years. 2 Kings xxii. 36. And this prophecy, as appears from c. viii. 1, was uttered in the sixth year of Jehoiachin's captivity, who succeeded Jehoiakim, and reigned only three months. 2 Kings xxiv. 6, 8. Therefore at this time Daniel had been fourteen years in captivity. 18937, MSS.

15. -and they bereave it.-79735099, “ and I bereave it,” 2 MSS. V. ó.

16. -though——three.-- nww1 16 MSS. 4 edd. ó. Ar. Syr. v. 18 : Houbigant. 19. -upon that land.5 y, 15 MSS. and 2 edd. as. v. 17.

-in blood. Houbigant proposes 727), by pestilence; for which there is no external authority. Blood, says Grotius, denotes every kind of immature death. Michaelis suspects 07).

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