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LAMENTATIONS, III. Lamentation of the faithful. phets also find no vision from the B. C. 588. thy young children, that faint for LORD.
hunger y in the top of every street. 20 Behold, O LORD, and consider to whom thou hast done this. Shall the women eat their fruit, z and children of a span long? shall the priest and the prophet be slain in the sanctuary of the LORD?
21 The young a and the old lie on the ground in the streets: my virgins and my young men are fallen by the sword; thou hast slain them in the day of thine anger; thou hast killed, and not pitied.
22 Thou hast called as in a solemn day, my terrors round about, b so that in the day of the LORD's anger none escaped nor remained: those that I have swaddled and brought up c hath mine enemy consumed. CHAPTER III.
10 The elders of the daughter of Zion sit q upon the ground, and keep silence: they have cast up dust upon their heads; they have girded themselves with sackcloth: the virgins of Jerusalem hang down their heads to the ground.
11 Mine eyes do fail with tears, my bowels are troubled, my liver is poured upon the earth, for the destruction of the daughter of my people because the children and the sucklings 6 swoon in the streets of the city.
6 or, faint.
18 Their heart cried unto the LORD, O wall of the daughter of Zion, let w tears run down like a river day and night: give thyself no rest; let not the apple of thine
19 Arise, cry out in the night in the beginning of the watches pour out a thine heart like water be-! fore the face of the Lord: lift up thy hands toward him for the life of
by the way.
12 They say to their mothers, Where is corn and wine? when they] swooned as the wounded in the streets of the city, when their soul was poured out into their mothers' w Je. 14. 17. bosom.
13 What thing shall I take to wit-x Ps.62.8. ness for thee? what thing shall I liken to thee, O daughter of Jerusalem? what shall I equal to thee, y Eze.5. 10, 16. that I may comfort thee, O virgin daughter of Zion? for thy breach is, great like the sea: who can heal thee?
&c. De.28.15, &c. Je.18.11. Mi.2.3.
4 My flesh b and my skin hath he
14 Thy prophets r have seen vain and foolish things for thee: and they have not discovereds thine iniquity, to turn away thy captivity; a 2Ch.36.17. made old: he hath broken c my but have seen for thee false bur-b Je.6.25. dens, and causes of banishment.
15 All that pass by clap their hands at thee; they hiss and wag their head at the daughter of Jerusalem, saying, Is this the city that a Am.5.20. men call The perfection of beauty,
Ho.9.12, 13. (CHAP. 3.)
Job 16.8, &c.
The joy of the whole earth?
16 All thine enemies have opened c Ps.51.8. their moutht against thee: they hiss and gnash the teeth: they say,d Ps. 143.3. We have swallowed her up certainly this is the day that we e Ho.2.6. looked for; we have found, we ƒ Job 30.20.
have seen it.
17 The LORD hath done that g Ho.5.14. which he had devised; u he hath 13.7,8. fulfilled his word that he had h Ho.6,1.
commanded in the days of old: he
1 The prophet bewaileth his own calamities: 37 His humble confession of sins.
AM the man that hath seen af fliction by the rod of his wrath. 2 He hath led me, and brought me into darkness, a but not into light.
3 Surely against me is he turned; he turneth his hand against me all the day.
5 He hath builded against me, and compassed me with gall and travail. 6 He hath set me in dark d places, as they that be dead of old.
7 He hath hedged e ine about, made my chain heavy. that I cannot get out: he hath
8 Also when I cry and shout, he shutteth out my prayer.
9 He hath inclosed my ways with hewn stone, he hath made my paths crooked.
10 He was unto me as a bear a lying in wait, and as a lion in secret places.
11 He hath turned aside my ways, and pulled h me in pieces: he hath made me desolate.
12 He hath bent his bow, and set me as a mark i for the arrow.
13 He hath caused the arrows of his quiver to enter into my reins. 14 I was a derision to all my people, and their song k all the day.
15 He hath filled me with bitterness, he hath made me drunken with wormwood.
16 He hath also broken mv teeth with gravel-stones, he hath 3 covered me with ashes.
17 And thou hast removed my soul far off from peace: I forgat 4 prosperity.
18 And I said, m My strength and
God's justice acknowledged. LAMENTATIONS, IV.
my hope is perished from the LORD:
195 Remembering mine affliction and my misery, the wormwood n and the gall.
20 My soul hath them still in remembrance, and is 6 humbled in me. 21 This I recall to my mind, therefore o have I hope.
22 It is p 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.
21 The LORD is my portion, r saithr Ps.73.26. my soul; therefore will I hope s in him.
$ Ps. 130.7.
25 The LORD is good unto them that wait t for him, to the soul that seeketh him.
Prayer for deliverance.
B. C. 588. with a cloud, that our prayer should not pass through.
45 Thou hast made us as the offscouring and refuse in the midst of the people.
46 All our enemies have opened their mouths against us.
32 But though y he cause grief, yet will he have compassion according to the multitude of his mercies.
33 For he doth not afflict 8 willingly z nor grieve the children of
5 or, Remem-
38 Out of the mouth of the Most High proceedeth not evil a and good?
39 Wherefore b doth a living man 11 complain, a man for the punishment of his sins?
26 It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD. 27 It is good for a man that hex Ps.94.14. bear the yoke u in his youth. y Ps.30.5. 28 He sitteth alone v and keepeths from his silence, because he hath borne it upon him.
29 He putteth his mouth in the dust; if so be there may be hope.
30 He w giveth his cheek to him that smiteth him he is filled full with reproach.
31 For the LORD will not cast off for ever:
51 Mine eye affecteth 12 mine heart 13 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 cast a stone i upon me.
54 Waters k flowed over mine head; then, I said, I am cut off. 55 TI called upon thy name, O LORD, out of the low dungeon.
56 Thou hast heard my voice: hide not thine ear at my breathing, or, a supe-at my cry.
57 'I'hou drewest near in the day that I called upon thee: thou saidst, Fear m not.
v Je. 15.17.
10 seeth not,
11 or, mur.
34 To crush under his feet all thee 2Ch.36.17. prisoners of the earth,
35 To turn aside the right of a man before the face of 9 the Most f Is.24.17. High,
36 To subvert a man in his cause, the LORD 10 approveth not.
37 Who is he that saith, and it cometh to pass, when the LORD commandeth it not.
12 my soul.
47 Fear ƒ and a snare is come upon us, desolation g and destruction.
48 Mine eye runneth down with rivers of water for the destruction of the daughter of my people. 49 Mine eye trickleth down, and ceaseth not, without any intermission,
50 Till the LORD look down, h and behold from heaven.
40 Let us search c and try our ways, and turn again to the LORD. o Ps.35.1,23. 41 Let us lift up our heart with p Je.11.19,20. our hands unto God in the heavens. 14 or, obsti 42 We have transgressed d and have rebelled: thou hast not pardoned.
58 O LORD, thou hast pleaded the causes n of my soul; thou hast redeemed my life.
59 O LORD, thou hast seen my wrong: judge o thou my cause. 60 Thou hast seen all their vengeance and all their imaginations p against me.
61 Thou hast heard their reproach, O LORD, and all their imaginations against me;
62 The lips of those that rose up against me, and their device against me all the day.
63 Behold their sitting down, and their rising up; I am their music. 64 Render unto them a recompense, O LORD, according to the work of their hands.
43 Thou hast covered with anger,
44 Thou hast covered thyself
2 The precious sons of Zion, comparable to fine gold, b how are
5 They that did feed delicately are desolate in the streets: they that were brought up in scarlet embrace dunghills.e
6 For the 2 punishment of the iniquity of the daughter of my people is greater than the punishment of the sin of Sodom, that was overthrown as in a moment, ƒ 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:
1 or, sea-
f Ge. 19.25.
De.28.56, 2K1.6.28,29. 1 Je.7.20.
7 or, face.
31.1.3. Je.37.7,8. Eze.7.2,3,6.
8 Their visage is 3 blacker g than a coal; they are not known in the streets their skin h 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 4 pine away, stricken through for want of~~ the fruits of the field.
10 The hands of the pitiful wo- Is.30.6.7.Ris come upon us: consider, and
EMEMBER, a O LORD, what
behold our reproach.
men i have sodden their own children: they were their meat k in the destruction of the daughter of my people.
Je. 4. 13.
11 The LORD hath accomplished t De.28.49. his fury; he hath poured out his fierce anger, and hath kindled mu Je.52.9. a fire in Zion, and it hath devoured v Ec.11.9. the foundations thereof. u Ob, 10, 15.
12 The kings of the earth, and all 8 or, Thine the inhabitants of the world, would iniquity. not have believed that the adver-x Is.40.2. sary and the enemy should have y Ps. 137.7. entered into the gates of Jerusa-9 or, carry lem. thee captive for. (CHAP. 5.) a Ps.89.50-51. b Ps.79.1,&c. cometh for price. or, On our
13 Forn the sins of her prophets, and the iniquities of her priests, that o have shed the blood of the just in the midst of her,
14 They have wandered as blind men in the streets, they p have polluted themselves with blood, 5 so that q men could not touch their garments.
Zion is comforted.
16 The 7 anger of the LORD bath 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, our eyes as yet failed for our vain r help in our watching we have watched for a nation
that could not save us.
eye; it is unclean; depart, depart, d Ne.5.15.
18 They hunt our steps, that we cannot go in our streets: our end is near, our days are fulfilled; for our end s is come.
19 Our persecutors are swifter t than the eagles of the heaven: they pursued us upon the mountains, they laid wait for us in the wilderness.
20 The breath of our nostrils, the anointed of the LORD, was taken u in their pits, of whom we said, Under his shadow we shall live among the heathen.
21 Rejoice v and be glad. O daughter of Edom, that dwellest in the land of Uz; the cup also i shall pass through unto thee: thou shalt be drunken, and shalt make thyself naked.
22 The punishment of thine iniquity is accomplished, z O daughter of Zion; he will no more carry thee away into captivity: he will visit thine iniquity, O daughter of Edom; y he will discover thy sins. CHAPTER V.
A pitiful complaint of Zion, in prayer. unto God.
2 Our inheritance b 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 is sold unto us. 52 Our necks are under persecution: we labour, c and have no
6 We have given the hand to the Egyptians, and to the Assyrians, to be satisfied with bread.
7 Our fathers have sinned, and are not; and we have borne their inquities.
8 Servants d 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 skin was black like an oven, because of the 3 terrible famine.
11 They ravished e the women in Zion, and the maids in the cities of
12 Princes are hanged up by their
CHAPTER I. 1 The time of Ezekiel's prophecy at Chebar: 4 His vision.
Now it came to pass in the thir-1 captivity.
b Re. 19.11.
g Hab. 1.12.
The Book of the Prophet EZEKIEL.
4 And I looked, and, behold, a whirlwind came out of the north, a great cloud, and a fire 3 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.
From the Creation, 3409....From the foundation of Solomon's Temple, 409....From the captivity of Israel by Shalmaneser, king of Assyria, 126... Year of Zedekiah, last king of Judah, 4.... Year of Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, 12.
5 Also out of the midst thereof came the likeness of four f living creatures. And this g was their appearance; they had the likeness of
6 And every one had four faces, and every one had four wings.
7 And their feet were straight feet; the sole of their feet was like the sole of a calf's foot: and they sparkled h like the colour of burnished brass,
8 And they had the hands of a man under their wings on their
B. C. 595.
10 As for the likeness of their faces, they four had the face of a man, and the face of a lion, on the right side and they four had the
3 The word of the LORD came ex-2 Jchezkel. pressly unto 2 Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, in the land of e 1Ki.18.46. the Chaldeans by the river Chebar; and the hande of the LORD was there upon him.
2 In the fifth day of the month, d 2Ki.24. 12, face of an ox on the left side; they which was the fifth year of king d four also had the face of an eagle. Jehoiachin's captivity, 11 Thus were their faces: and their wings were 5 stretched upward; two wings of every one were joined one to another, and two covered i their bodies.
h Da. 10.6.
5 or, divided
four cherubims. for these things our eyes are dim. 18 Because of the mountain of Zion, which is desolate, the foxes walk upon it.
19 Thou, O LORD, remainest for ever; g thy throne from generation to generation.
20 Wherefore dost thou forget us for ever, and forsake us 5 so long time?
21 Turn h thou us unto thee, O LORD, and we shall be turned; renew i our days as of old.
226 But thou hast utterly rejected us; thou art very wroth against us.
Ge. 15. 17.
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.
EZEKIEL, II, III.
Vision of the glory of God.
a wheel in the middle of a wheel.
18 As for their rings, they were son ch. 10.12. highm that they were dreadful; Pr. 15.3. and their 6 rings were full of eyes no ver. 12. round about them four.
1Co.14.32. or, life.
p Job 37.22.
Ezekiel's commission. CHAPTER II. 1 Ezekiel's commission: 6 His instruction: 9 His prophecy. ND he said unto me, Son of man,
6 or, strakes. A standa upon thy feet, and I
will speak unto thee.
2 And b the 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 1 nation that hath rebelled against me: they and
20 Whithersoever o the spirit was to go, they went, thither was their" Job 37.2-5. their fathers c have transgressed
spirit to go; and the wheels were
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.
23 And under the firmament were their wings straight, the one toward the other: every yone had two,which covered on this side, and every one had two, which covered on that side, their bodies.
21 When those went, these went;
24 And when they went, I heard the noise of their wings, like q the noise of great waters, as the voice r of the Almighty, the voice of speech, as the noise of an host :s 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.
x Ex. 16.7,10.
c ch.20. 18-30.
2 hard of face.
b Je. 15. 16.
c Ps. 19. 10.
against me, even unto this very day. 4 For they are 2 impudent children and stiff-hearted. I do send d thee unto them; and thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD.
5 And they, whethere they will hear, or whether they will forbear, (for they are a rebellious house.) yet f shall know that there hath been a prophet among them.
6 T And thou, son of man, beg not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though 3 briers and dost dwell among scorpions: be not thorns h be with thee, and thou afraid i of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, 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 4 most rebellious.
8 But thou, son of man, hear what I say unto thee; Be not thou k rebellious like that rebellious house open thy mouth, and eat/ that I give thee.
9 And when I looked, behold, an hand m was sent unto me; and, lo, a n roll of a book was therein;
26 And above the firmament
27 And I saw as the colour of am- 3 or, rebels. MOREO
ber, as the appearance of fire round h 2Sa.23.6,7.
28 As the appearance of the bow wm ch.8.3. that is in the cloud in the day of n ch.3.1. rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory a of the LORD. And when I saw it, I felly upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake.
10 And he spread it before me: and it was written within and without: and there was written therein lamentations, and mourning, and
CHAPTER III 1 Ezekiel eateth the roll. 3 God en courageth him. OREOVER he said unto me, Son of man, eat that thon findest; eat this a roll, and gospeak unto the house of Israel
2 So I opened my mouth, and he caused me to eat that roll.
3 And he said unto me, Son of man, cause thy belly to eat, and fill thy bowels with this roll that I give thee. Then did I eat it; and b it was in my mouth as honey e for
4 T And he said unto me, Son of man, go, get thee unto the house of Israel, and speak with my words