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peace, because thou hast heard, O my soul, the sound of the A.C. 619. trumpet, the alarm of war.

20 Destruction upon destruction is cried; for the whole land is spoiled : suddenly are my tents spoiled, and my curtains a moment.

21 How long shall I see the standard, and hear the sound of the trumpet ?

22 For my people is foolish, they have not known me; they are sottish children, and they have none understanding: they are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge.

23 I beheld the earth, and, lo, it was without form and void ; and the heavens, and they had no light.

24 I beheld the mountains, and, lo, they trembled, and all the hills moved lightly.

25 I beheld, and, lo, there was no man, and all the birds of the heavens were fled.

26 I bebeld, and, lo, the fruitful place was a wilderness, and all the cities thereof were broken down at the

presence of the Lord, and by his fierce anger.

27 For thus hath the Lord said, The whole land shall be desolate ; yet will I not make a full end.

28 For this shall the earth mourn, and the heavens above be black : because I have spoken it, I have purposed it, and will not repent, neither will I turn back from it.

29 The whole city shall flee for the noise of the horsemen and bowmen; they shall go into thickets, and climb up upon the rocks : every city shall be forsaken, and not a man dwell therein.

30 And when thou art spoiled, what wilt thou do? Though thou clothest thyself with crimson, though thou deckest thee with omaments of gold, though thou rentest thy * face with * Heb. eyes. painting, in vain shalt thou make thyself fair ; thy lovers will despise thee, they will seek thy life.

31 For I have heard a voice as of a woman in travail, and the anguish as of her that bringeth forth her first child, the voice of the daughter of Zion, that bewaileth herself, that spreadeth her hands, saying, Woe is me now! for my soul is wearied because of murderers.

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1 The judgments of God upon the Jews, for their perverseness, 7 for their adultery,

10 for their impiety, 19 for their contempt of God, 25 and for their great
corruption in the civil state, 30 and ecclesiastical.

1 Run ye to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, and
see now, and know, and seek in the broad places thereof, if

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A.C. 612. ye can find a man, if there be any that executeth judgment,

that seeketh the truth; and I will pardon it.

2 And though they say, The Lord liveth ; surely they swear falsely.

3 O LORD, are not thine eyes upon the truth? thou hast f Is. ix. 13. stricken them, but they have not grieved ; thou hast con

sumed them, but they have refused to receive correction :
they have made their faces harder than a rock; they have
refused to return.

4 Therefore I said, Surely these are poor; they are
foolish : for they know not the way of the LORD, nor the
judgment of their God.

5 I will get me unto the great men, and will speak unto them; for they have known the way of the LORD, and the judgment of their God: but these have altogether broken the yoke, and burst the bonds.

6 Wherefore a lion out of the forest shall slay them, and * Or, deserts. a wolf of the * evenings shall spoil them, a leopard shall

watch over their cities : every one that goeth out thence
shall be torn in pieces : because their transgressions are
many, and their backslidings are increased.

7 | How shall I pardon thee for this ? thy children have
forsaken me, and sworn by them that are no gods : when I
had fed them to the full, they then committed adultery, and
assembled themselves by troops in the harlots' houses.

8 & They were as fed horses in the morning : every one neighed after his neighbour's wife.

ġ Shall I not visit for these things ? saith the Lord: and shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this ?

10 T Go ye up upon her walls, and destroy; but make not a full end : take away her battlements; for they are not the LORD'S.

11 For the house of Israel and the house of Judah have dealt very treacherously against me, saith the LORD.

12 They have belied the LORD, and said, b It is not he; neither shall evil come upon us; neither shall we see sword nor famine :

13 And the prophets shall become wind, and the word is not in them : thus shall it be done unto them.

14 Wherefore thus saith the LORD God of hosts, Because ye speak this word, i behold, I will make my words in thy mouth fire, and this people wood, and it shall devour them.

15 Lo, I will bring a knation upon you from far, 0 house of Israel, saith the LORD: it is a mighty nation, it is an ancient nation, a nation whose language thou knowest not, neither understandest what they say.

8 Ezek, xxii. 11.

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k Deut.xxviii. 49. ch. i, 15. & vi. 22.

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Matt. xiii. 14.

Acts xxviii, 26. Rom. xi, 8.


. : 16 Their quiver is as an open sepulchre, they are all A.C. 612. mighty men.

17 And they shall eat up thine harvest, and thy bread, 1 Lev. xxvi. which thy sons and thy daughters should eat: they shall savi si, 33 eat up thy flocks and thine herds: they shall eat up thy vines and thy fig trees : they shall impoverish thy fenced cities, wherein thou trustedst, with the sword.

18 Nevertheless in those days, saith the LORD, Im will m ch. iv, 27. not make a full end with you. 19 And it shall come to pass,



Wherefore doeth the LORD our God all these things unto a ch. xiil. 2.
us? then shalt thou answer them, Like as ye have forsaken
me, and served strange gods in your land, so shall ye serve
strangers in a land that is not your's.

20 Declare this in the house of Jacob, and publish it in Judah, saying,

21 Hear now this, 0 ° foolish people, and without
derstanding; which have eyes, and see not; which have John xii. 40.
ears, and hear not:

22 Fear ye not me? saith the LORD: will ye not trem- * Heb. heart.
ble at my presence, which have placed the sand for the
P bound of the sea by a perpetual decree, that it cannot p. Job xxxvii


. . pass it: and though the waves thereof toss themselves, yet 9. can they not prevail; though they roar, yet can they not pass over it?

23 But this people hath a revolting and a rebellious heart; they are revolted and gone.

24 Neither say they in their heart, Let us now fear the Lord our God, that giveth rain, both the former and the 9 Deut. xl. 14. latter, in his season : he reserveth unto us the appointed weeks of the harvest.

25 f Your iniquities have turned away these things, and your sins have withholden good things from you.

26 For among my people are found wicked men : + they +Or, they my lay wait, as he that setteth snares; they set a trep, they

27 As a cage is full of birds, so are their houses full of +Or, coop. deceit: therefore they are become great, and waxen rich.

28 They are waxen" fat, they shine; yea, they overpass. Deut. xxxii. the deeds of the wicked : they judge not the cause, the is. i. 23. cause of the fatherless, yet they prosper; and the right of Zech. vii. 10. the needy do they not judge.

29 Shall I not visit for these things ? saith the LORD: shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this ? 30 9 8 A wonderful and horrible thing is committed in Or, Asto.


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A.C. 612. 31 The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear

rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and & xxiii, 25, 28. what will ye do in the end thereof ?

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1 The enemies sent against Judah, 4 encourage themselves. 6 God setteth them

on work because of their sins. 9 The prophet lamenteth the judgments of God
because of their sins. 18 He proclaimeth God's wrath, 26 He calleth the
people to mourn for the judgment on their sins.

1 Oye children of Benjamin, gather yourselves to flee
out of the midst of Jerusalem, and blow the trumpet in
Tekoa, and set up a sign of fire in Beth-haccerem: for evil

appeareth out of the north, and great destruction. + Or, dwelling 2 I have likened the daughter of Zion to a tcomely and

delicate woman.

3 The shepherds with their flocks shall come unto her; they shall pitch their tents against her round about; they shail feed every one in his place.

4 Prepare ye war against her; arise, and let us go up at noon. Woe unto us? for the day goeth away, for the shadows of the evening are stretched out.

5 Arise, and let us go by night, and let us destroy her palaces.

6 For thus hath the LORD of hosts said, Hew ye down Or, pour ont trees, and I cast a mount against Jerusalem : this is the city the engine

to be visited ; she is wholly oppression in the midst of her.

7 " As a fountain casteth out her waters, so she casteth out her wickedness: violence and spoil is heard in her; before me continually is grief and wounds.

8 Be thou instructed, Jerusalem, lest my soul 9 depart loosed, or,

from thee; lest I make thee desolate, a land not inhabited.

9 9 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, They shall thoroughly glean the remnant of Israel as a vine : turn back thine hand as a grapegatherer into the baskets.

10 To whom shall I speak, and give warning, that they
26. may hear? behold, their * ear is uncircumcised, and they

cannot hearken: behold, the word of the LORD is unto them
a reproach; they have no delight in it.

11 Therefore I am full of the fury of the LORD; I am
weary with holding in: I will pour it out upon the children
abroad, and upon the assembly of young men together : for
even the husband with the wife shall be taken, the aged
with him that is full of days.

12 And their houses shall be turned unto others, with their fields and wives together : for I will stretch out my hand upon the inhabitants of the land, saith the LORD.


u Ls. Ivii. 20. jointed.

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13 For from the least of these even unto the greatest of A.C. 612.
them every one is given to y covetousness; and from the
prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely.

14 They have a healed also the * hurt of the daughter of
my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no Heb. bruise,
15 Were they a ashamed when they had committed abo- a ch. iii

. 3. &
mination ? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could
they blush: therefore they shall fall among them that fall :
at the time that I visit them they shall be cast down, saith
the LORD.

16 Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see,
and ask for the bold paths, where is the good way, and walk man vil. 20.
therein, and

ye shall find rest for your souls. But they Luke xvi. 2
said, We will not walk therein.

17 Also I set watchmen over you, saying, Hearken to the sound of the trumpet. But they said, We will not hearken.

18 Therefore hear, ye nations, and know, O congregation, what is among them.

19 Hear, ( earth : behold, I will bring evil upon this

, even the fruit of their thoughts, because they have
not hearkened unto my words, nor to my law, but rejected it.
20 • To what purpose cometh there to me incense from d Is. 1. 11.

Sheba, and the sweet cane from a far country?
offerings are not acceptable, nor your sacrifices sweet unto

21 Therefore thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will lay
stumbling blocks before this people, and the fathers and the
sons together shall fall upon them; the neighbour and his

22 Thus saith the LORD, Behold, a people cometh from
the e north country, and a great nation shall be raised from ech. i. 15.& v.
the sides of the earth.

23 They shall lay hold on bow and spear; they are cruel,
and have no mercy; their voice roareth like the sea ; and
they ride upon horses, set in array as men for war against
thee, O daughter of Zion.

24 We have heard the fame thereof : our hands wax feeble : anguish hath taken hold of us, and pain, as of a woman in travail.

25 Go not forth into the field, nor walk by the way, for
the sword of the enemy and fear is on every side.

26 O daughter of my people, 'gird thee with sack- fch. iv. 8.
cloth, and wallow thyself in ashes: make thee mourning, sch. XXV. 34
as for an only son, most bitter lamentation : for the spoiler
shall suddenly come upon us.

your burnt

Ixvi. 3. Amos
v. 21. Mic, vi,
6, &c.


friend shall perish.

15. & 2, 2.

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