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fallen by the sword; thou hast slain them in the day of thine anger; dthou hast killed, and not pitied.

22 Thou hast called as in a solemn day e my terrors round about, so that in the day of the Lord's anger none escaped nor [remained: 'those that I have 1 swaddled and brought up hath mine enemy consumed.

CHAPTER III.

1 The faithful bewail their calamities 22 By the mercies or' <]od then nourish their hu/te. :t7 Then acknowledge (ItitPn Justice, flo Then ]>ran r'or deliverance, Ut and vengeance on their enemies.

1,4.1/ the man that hath seen affliction by the rod of his wrath.

I 2 He hath led me, and brought me into darkness, but not into light.

! 8 Surely against me is he turnled; he turneth his hand against ntr, all the day.

4 aMy tlesh and my skin hath lie made old; he hath bbroken my bones.

I 5 He bath builded against me, j and compassed me with gall and travail.

I 0 cIIe hath set me in dark places, as they that l>e. dead of old.

7 'lie hath hedged me about, that I cannot get out: he hath made my chain heavy.

8 Also «when I cry and shout, lie sliutteth out my prayer.

9 He bath inclosed my ways with hewn stone; he hath made my paths crooked.

10 fHo teas unto me as a bear lying in wait, and an a liou in

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'11 He hath turned aside my
ways, and s pulled me in pieces:
he hath made me desolate.
| 12 He hath bent bis bow, and

II set me as a mark for the arrow. | 13 He hath caused "the tarrows ! of his quiver to enter into my j reins.

I It I was a kderision to all my people; and 'their song all the day.

i 15 mTlc hath filled me with tbit| terness, he hath made me druuk| en with wormwood, j 10 He hath also broken my : teeth "with gravel stones, he . hath I covered me with ashes, j 17 And thou hast removed my I soul fiir off from peace: I forgat tnvb.^w. !1 prosperity.

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18 0 And I said, My strength and my hope is perished from the Lord:

lit I Remembering mine affliction and my misery, mhe wormwood and the gall.

20 My soul bath them still in remembrance, and is t humbled in me.

21 This I trecall to my mind, therefore have I hope.

22 "I 11t in of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.

23 They are new 'every morning: great is thy faithfulness.

24 The Loud is my 'portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.

25 The Lord Is good unto them that 'wait for him, to Hie soul dial seeketh him.

2(5 It ix good that a man should both hope "and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord.

27 * It ix good for a man that be bear the yoke in his youth.

28 rHesltteth alone and keepeth silence, because he hath borne it upon him.

211 = lie putteth his mouth in the dust; if so be there may he hope.

30 »He giveth his cheek to him that smiteth him: he is tilled full with reproach.

31 b For the Lord will not cast off for ever:

32 Rut though he cause grief, yet will he have compassion according to the multitude of his mercies.

33 For "he doth not afflict t willingly, nor grieve the children of men.

34 To crush under his feet all the prisoners of the earth,

35 f«i turn aside the right of a man before the face of I the .Most High,

30 To subvert a man in his cause, "the Lord I approveth not.

37 ^ Who is he "that saith, and it Cometh to pass, when the Lord commandeth it not?

38 Out of the mouth of the Most Iliith proceedeth not 'evil and good?

3!) s Wherefore doth a living man I complain, ha man for the punishment of his sins?

40 Let us search and try our ways, aud turu again to the Lord.

41 'Let us lift up our henrt with

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.iwutjaj 42'kT\-„ haTC transgressed and have rebelled: thou hast not pardoned.

43 Thou hast covered with anger, and persecuted us: 'thou hast slain, thou hast not pitied.

44 Thou hast covered thyself with a cloud, nthut our prayer should not pass through.

45 Thou hast made us as the "offscouring and refuse in the midst of the people.

40 "All our enemies have opened their mouths against us.

47 PFear and a snare is come upon us, i desolation and destruction.

48 'Mine eye runneth down with rivers of water for the destruction of the daughter of my people.

49'Mine eye tricklcth down, and cease not, without any intermission,

50 Till the LORD 'look down, and behold from heaven.

51 Mine eye affectcth mine heart, I because of all the daughters of my city.

52 Mine enemies chased me sore, like a bird, " without cause.

53 They have cut off my life •in the dungeon, and yeast a stone upon me.

54 'Waters flowed over mine head; then aI said, I am cut off.

55 1 DI called upon thy name, O Loki>, out of the low dungeon.

50 c Thou hast heard my voice: hide not thine car at my breathing, at my cry.

57 Thou d drewost near in the day that I called upon thee: thou saidst, Fear not.

58 O Lord, thou hast « pleaded the causes of my soul; thou hast redeemed my life.

5'.) () Lord, thou hast seen my wrong: judge thou my cause.

00 Thou hast seen "all their vengeance and all their ''imaginations against me.

01 Thou hast heard their reproach, O Lord, and all their imaginations against me;

02 The lips of those that rose up against me, and their device against me all the day.

It:) I ,X! Behold their 'sitting down, IrVtt.4. 'and their rising up; kI am their Jj»J«. H. music.

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LAMENTATIONS.

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ompense, O Lord, according to the work of their hands.

05 Give them I sorrow of heart, thy curse unto them.

00 Persecute and destroy them in auger ■"from under the "heavens of the Lord.

CHAPTER IV.

1 Zion Ivu-uilrth her pitiful estate. 13 She coiyesnt th her nins. gt Etloia la threaten' etl. -1 '/.ion u coiiij'orted.

HOW is the gold become dim! law is the most tine gold changed! the stones of the sanctuary are poured out "in the top of every street.

2 The precious sons of Zion, comparable to fine gold, how are they esteemed "as earthen pitchers, the work of the hands of the potter!

3 Even the !sea monsters draw out the breast, they give suck to their young ones: the daughter of my people is become cruel, c like "the ostriches in the wilderness.

4 JThe tongue of the sucking child cleaveth to (he roof of his mouth for thirst: ethe young children ask bread, and no man breakcth it unto them.

5 They that did feed delieatchare desolate in the streets: they that were brought up in scarlet embrace dunghills.

0 For the I punishment of the iniquity of the daughter of my people is greater than the punishment of the sin of Sodom, that was c overthrown as in a moment, and no hands stayed on her.

7 Her Nazarites were purer than snow, they were whiter than milk, they were more ruddy in body than rubies, their polishing was of sapphire:

8 Their visage is t "blacker than a coal; they are not known in the streets: ■ their skin cleaveth to their bones; it is withered, it is become like a stick.

9 They that be slain with the sword are better than they that be slain with hunger: for these pine away, stricken through for mmt o/'the fruits of the field.

10 "The hands of the 'pitiful women have sodden their own children: they were their ""meat in the destruction of the daughter of my people.

11 The Lokd hath accomplished

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LAMENTATIONS.

A pitiful complaint of Zion.

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his fury; "he hath poured out his fierce anger, and °hath kindled a tire in Zion, and it hath devoured the foundations thereof.

12 The kings of the earth, and all the inhabitants of the world, would not have believed that the adversary and the enemy should have entered into the gates of Jerusalem.

13 % For the sins of her prophets, and the iniquities of her priests, it hat have shed the blood of the just in the midst of her,

14 They have wandered as blind men in the streets, they have! polluted themselves with blood, I (■so that men could not touch their trnrmcnts.

15 They cried unto them, Depart ye;' I it is ' unclean; depart, depart, touch not: when they fled away and wandered, they said among the heathen, They shall no more sojourn there.

10 The I anger of the Lord hath j divided them; he will no more regard them: » they respected not the persons of the priests, they favoured not the elders.

17 As for us, xour eyes as yet failed for our vain help: in our watching we have watched for a nation that could not save us.

18 i They hunt our steps, that we cannot go in our streets: our end is near, our days are fulfilled; for 'our end is come.

19 Our persecutors are "swifter than the eagles of the heaven: they pursued us upon the mountains, they laid wait for us in the wilderness.

20 The b breath of our nostrils, the anointed of the Lord, cwas taken in their pits, of whom we said, Under his shadow we shall live among the heathen.

21 f d Rejoice and be glad, O daughter of Edom, that dwellest in the land of Uz; "the cup also shall pass through unto thee: thou shalt be drunken, and shalt make thyself naked.

22 If t 1 The punishment of thine iniquity is accomplished, O daughter of Zion; he will no ] more carry thee away into cap- i tivity: fhe will visit thine In- ■ iquity, O daughter of Edom; he | will I discover thy sins.

CHAPTER V. A pitiful complaint of Zion in God.

'"DEMEMBER, O Lord, what IX is come upon us: consider, and behold bour reproach.

2 cOur inheritance is turned to strangers, our houses to aliens.

3 We are orphans and fatherless, our mothers are as widows.

4 We have drunken our water for money; our wood tis sold unto us.

5 ''tOurnccks are under persecution: we labour, and have no rest.

(i' We have given the hand sto the Egyptians, and to the Assyrians, to be satisfied with bread.

7 s Our fathers have sinned, and hare not; and we have borne their iniquities.

8 ' Servants have ruled over us: there is none that doth deliver us out of their hand.

9 We. gat our bread with the peril of our lives, because of the sword of the wilderness.

10 Our kskin was black like an oven, because of the I terrible famine.

11 'They ravished the women in Zion, and the maids in the cities of Judah.

12 Princes are hanged up by their hand: "the faces of elders were not honoured.

13 They took the young men "to grind, and the children fell under the wood.

14 The elders have ceased from the gate, the young men from their music.

15 Thejoy of our heart is ceased; our dance is turned into mourning.

10 «tThc crown is fallen from our head: woe unto us, that we have sinned!

17 For this P our heart is faint; i for these things our eyes are dim.

18 Because of the mountain of Zion, which is desolate, the foxes walk upon it.

11) Thou, O Lord, 'remainest for ever; 'thy throne from generation to generation.

20 1 Wherefore dost thou forget us for ever, and forsake us tso long time?

21 "Turn thou us unto thee, O I Loud, and we shall be turned; renew our days as of old.

22 'But thou hast utterly rejected us; thou art very wroth against us.

THE BOOK OF THE PROPHET

EZEKIEL

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CHAPTER I.

1 The time of Ezekiel's prophecy at Uhebnr. 4 Jits vision of Jour cherulmn, ]5 of the four wheels, 26 and of the glory of (toil.

~VTOW it came to pass in the IN thirtieth year, in the fourth month, in the fifth day of the month, as I was among the t captives »by the river of Chebar, that bthe heavens were opened, and I saw c visions of God.

2 In the fifth day of the month, which was the fifth year ofJ king Jehoiachin's captivity,

3 The word of the Lord came expressly unto tEzekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by the river Chebar; and "the hand of the Lord was there upon him.

4 7 And I looked, and, behold, ra whirlwind came 'out of the north, a great cloud, and a fire t infolding itself, and a brightness was about it, and out of the midst thereof as the colour of amber, out of the midst of the fire.

5 hAlso out of the midst thereof came the likeness of four living creatures. And 'this was their appearance; they had kthe likeness of a man.

6 And every one had four faces, and every one had four wings.

7 And their feet were t straight feet; and the sole of their feet teas like the sole of a calf's foot: and they sparkled 'like the colour of burnished brass.

8 mAnd they had the hands of a man under their wings on their four sides; and they four had their faces and their wings.

9 "Their wings were joined one to another; "they turned not when they went; they went every one straight forward.

10 As for Pthe likeness of their faces, they four I had the face of a man, 'and the face of a lion, on the right side:1 and they four had the face of an ox on the left side; they four also had the face of an eagle.

11 Thus were their faces: and their wings were (stretched upward; two strings of every one were joined one to another, and u two covered their bodies.

12 And 'they went every one straight forward: ywhither the spirit was to go, they went; and zthey turned not when they went.

13 As for the likeness of the living creatures, their appearance was like burning coals of fire, and like the appearance of lamps: it went up and down among the living creatures; and the fire was bright, and out of the fire went forth lightning.

14 And the living creatures bran and returned cas the appearance of a flash of lightning.

15 X Now as I beheld the living creatures, behold d one wheel upon the earth by the living creatures, with his four faces.

16 • The appearance of the wheels and their work was Hike unto the colour of a beryl: and they four had one likeness: and their appearance and their work irns as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel.

17 When they went, they went upon their four sides: 'and they turned not when they went.

18 As for their rings, they were so high that they were dreadful; and their I rings irere Hull of eyes round about them four.

19 And when the living creatures went, the wheels went by them: and when the living creatures were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up.

20 k Whithersoever the spirit was to go, they went, thither teas their spirit to go; and the wheels were lifted up over against them: 'for the spirit I of the living creature was in the wheels.

21 ""When those went, these went; and when those stood, these stood; and when those were lifted up from the earth,

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the wheels were lifted up over against them: for the spirit 1 of the living creature was in the wheels.

22 'And the likeness of the firmament upon the heads of the living creature was as the colour of the terrible crystal, stretched forth over their heads above.

23 And under the firmament were their wings straight, the one toward the other: every one had two, which covered on this side, and every one had two, which covered on that side, their bodies.

24 "And when they went, I heard the noise of their wings, Plike the noise of great waters, as 'tthe voice of the Almighty, the voice of speech, as the noise of a host: when they stood, they let down their wings.

25 And there was a voice from the firmament that was over their heads, when they stood, and had let down their wings.

26 II r And above the firmament that was over their heads was the likeness of a throne, "as the appearance of a sapphire stone: and upon the likeness of the throne was the likeness as the appearance of a man above upon it.

27 1 And I saw as the colour of amber, as the appearance of fire round about within it, from the appearance of his loins even upward, and from the appearance of his loins even downward, I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and it had brightness round about.

28 "As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. 1 This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. And when lsaw if, v I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake.

CHAPTER II.

1 EzckieTs commission. G Ilis instruction. 9 The roll of tut heart/ prophecy.

AND he said unto me, Son of . man, "stand upon thy feet, and I will speak unto thee.

2 And bthe spirit entered into me when he spake unto me, and set me upon my feet, that I heard him that spake unto me.

3 And he said unto me, Son of

man, I send thee to the children of Israel, to a rebellious t nation that hath rebelled against me: cthey and their fathers have transgressed against me, even unto this very day.

4 d For they are t impudent children and stirThearted. I do send thee unto them; and thou Shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God.

5 "And they, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear, (for they are a rebellious house,) yet 'shall know that j there hath been a prophet among j them.

6 t And thou, son of man, e be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though. lb briers and thorns be with thee, 1 and thou dost dwell among scorpions: 'be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, k though they be a rebellious house.

7 'And thou shalt speak my words unto them, "whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear: for they are t most rebellious.

8 But thou, son of man, hear what I say unto thee; Be not thou rebellious like that rebellious house: open thy mouth, and ■ cat that I give thee.

9 Tf And when I looked, behold, "a hand was sent unto me; and, lo, Pa roll of a book was therein;

10 And he spread it before me; and it was written within and without: and there icas written therein lamentations, and mourning, and woe.

CHAPTER III.

1 Ezckiel eateth the. roll. 4 Gotl encoumgeth him. 15 (Soil shetreth him the rule of prophecif. 2'2 Goil shutteth and openeth the prophet's mouth.

MOREOVER he said uuto me, Son of man, eat that thou tindest; aeat this roll, and go speak unto the house of Israel.

2 So I opened my mouth, and he caused me to eat that roll.

3 And lie said unto me, Son of man, cause thy belly to eat, and till thy bowels with this roll that I give thee. Then did I "eat it; and it was in my mouth cas honey for sweetness.

4 If And he 6aid unto me, Son of man, go, get thee unto the house of Israel, and speak with my words unto them.

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