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B. C. 595.
y Mat. 10.15.
Mercy is promised Sodomy thy sister hath not done, she nor her daughters, as thou hast done, thou and thy daughters. 49 Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness zz Ge. 13. 10, of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.
50 And they were haughty, a and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away b as I saw good.
51 Neither hath Samaria committed half of thy sins; but thou hast multiplied thine abominations more than they, and hast justified c thy sisters in all thine abominations which thou hast done.
13. 18.20. De.32. 15. a Pr. 16. 18.
b Ge. 19.24.
c Je 3.11,
her in the end.
[der and thy younger and I will give them unto thee for daughters, g but r not by thy s covenant.
62 And I will establish t my covenant with thee; and thou shalt know that I am the LORD:
63 That thou mayest remember, and be confounded, u and never open thy v mouth any more because of thy shame, when I am pacified toward thee for all that thou hast done, saith the Lord GOD. CHAPTER XVII. The parable of the two eagles and the vine.
AND the word of the LORD came
unto me, saying,
2 Son of man, put forth a riddle, and speak a parable unto the house of Israel;
3 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; A great eagle a with great wings, long-winged, full of feathers, which had 1 divers colours, came unto Lebanon, and took the highest
52 Thou d also, which hast judged
i 2Ki. 16.5.
53 When I shall bring again f their captivity, the captivity of Sodom and her daughters, and the captivity of Samaria and her daugh- 21 Aram. ters, then will I bring again the cap- 22 or, spoil. tivity of thy captives in the midst k Je.33.24. of them:
4 He cropped off the top of his young twigs, and carried it into a land of traffic; he set it in a city of merchants.
5 He took also of the seed of the land, and 2 planted it in a fruitful c field; he placed it by great waters, and set it as a willow d tree.
6 And it grew, and became a spreading vine of low e stature, whose branches turned toward him, and the roots thereof were under him so it became a vine, and brought forth branches, and shot
54 That thou mayest bear thine own shame,andmayest be confoundedg in all that thou hast done, in that thou art a comfort unto them. 55 When thy sisters, Sodom and her daughters, shall return to their former estate, and Samaria and p Ps. 119.59. forth sprigs. her daughters shall return to their former estate, then thou and thy daughters shall return to your 9 Is.54.1.
56 For thy sister Sodom was not 19 mentioned h by thy mouth in the day of thy 20 pride.
r Je.31.31. Jno. 15. 16. t Ho.2.19,20. 57 Before thy wickedness was dis-u Ezr.9.6. covered, as at the time i of thy re- Da.9.7,8. proach of the daughters of 21 Syria, v Ro.3.19. and all that are round about her, (CHAP. 17.) the daughters of the Philistines, which 22despisek thee round about. 58 Thou hast borne 23 thy lewdness and thine abominations, saith the LORD.
59 For thus saith the Lord GOD; I will even deal with thee as thou hast done, which hast despised thec oath in breaking the covenant.m 60 Nevertheless I will n remember my covenant with thee in the days of thy youth, and I will establish unto thee an everlasting o co-h ch. 19.12.
i Ho. 12.1. 61 Then thou shalt remember thy 13.15. ways p and be ashamed, when thou k ch.2.5. shalt receive thy sisters, thine el
9 Say thou, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Shall it prosper? shall he not pull up the roots thereof, and cut off the fruit g thereof, that it wither? it shall wither in all the leaves of her spring, even without great power, or many people to pluck it up by the roots thereof.
10 Yea, behold, being planted, shall it prosper? shall it not utterly wither,h when the east wind i toucheth it? it shall wither in the furrows where it grew.
11 Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
12 Say now to the rebellious k
Parable of sour grapes.
24 And all the trees of the field shall know that I the LORD have brought a down the high tree, have exalted the low tree, have dried up the green b tree, and have made the dry tree to flourish: I the LORD have spoken, and have done it. CHAPTER XVIII. God reproveth the unjust parable of sour grapes.
stand to it.THE word of the LORD came unto me again, saying,
14 That the kingdom might be no 2Ki.24.20. base, that it might not lift itself up, p Is.31.1-3. 5 but that by keeping of his covenant it might stand.
15 Buto he rebelled against him in sending his ambassadors into p Egypt, that they might give him horses and much people. Shall q he prosper? shall he escape that Coeth such things? or shall he break the covenant, and be delivered?
r ch. 12. 13.
v Am.9.9, 10.
16 As I live, saith the Lord GOD, surely in the place where the king dwelleth that made him king, whose oath he despised, and whose covenant he brake, even with him in the midst of Babylon he shall die.rz 17 Neither s shall Pharaoh with his mighty army and great company make for him in the war, by casting up mounts, and building forts, to cut off many persons:
18 Seeing he despised the oath by breaking the covenant, when, lo, he had given his hand, t and hath done all these things, he shall not
19 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; As I live,surely mine oath that he hath despised, and my covenant that he hath broken, even it will I recompense upon his own head.
Da.4.12. Mat. 13.47, 48. Lu.14.2123.
1 Co. 1.27,28.
Lu.23.31. (CHAP. 18.) a Je.31.29. La.5.7.
1judgment and justice. c Le.18.19, &c.
20 And I will spread my net u upon him, and he shall be taken in my d Le.20.10. snare, and I will bring him to Ba-e Ex.22,21, bylon, and will plead with him there for his trespass that he hath Pr.3.31. trespassed against me. f De.24.12, 13. g De. 15.7,8.
21 And all his fugitives with all his bands shall fall by the sword, and they that remain shall be scattered toward all winds: and ye shall know that I the LORD have spoken it.
22 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Ii will also take of the highest w branch of the high cedar, and will set it; I will crop off from the top of his young twigs a tenderr one, and will plant it upon an high mountainy and eminent:
Is.58.7. Mat.25.35. h Le.25.36,
k Ps. 119. 1-6.
7 Nu.35.31. or, to his brother be
2 What mean ye, that ye use this proverb concerning the land of Israel, saa.ng, The fathers a have eaten seir grapes, and the children's teeth are set on edge?
3 As I live, saith the Lord GOD, ye shall not have occasion any more to use this proverb in Israel.
4 Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.b
5 But if a man be just, and do 1 that which is lawful and right,
6 And c hath not eaten upon the mountians, neither hath lifted up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel, neither hath defiled his neighbour's wife, neither hath come near tod a menstruous woman,
7 And hath not oppressede any but hath restored to the debtor his f pledge, hath spoiled none by violence, hath given his bread to the hungry, g and hath covered the naked with a garment;
8 He that hath not given forth upon usury, h neither hath taken an increase, that hath withdrawn his hand from iniquity, hath executed true i judgment between man and man,
9 Hath walked k in my statutes, and hath kept my judgments, to deal truly; he is just, he shall surely live, saith the Lord GOD.
10 T If he beget a son that is a 2 robber, al shedder of blood, and that doeth 3 the like to any of these things,
11 And that doeth not any of those duties, but even hath eaten upon the mountains, and defiled has neighbour's wife,
12 Hath oppressed the poor and needy, hath spoiled by violence, hath not restored the pledge, and hath lifted up his eyes to the idols, hath committed abomination,
13 Hath given forth upon usury, and hath taken increase: shall he
23 In the mountain of the height of Israel will I plant it: and it shall bring forth boughs, and bear fruit, sides any of then live? he shall not live: he and be a goodly cedar and under 4 bloods. it shall dwell all fowl z of every m ch.33.4. wing: in the shadow of the branches thereof shall they dwell.
hath done all these abominations he shall surely die; his 4 blood shall bem upon him.
Now, lo, if he beget a son
God's justice in punishing.
His ways are equal.
that seeth all his father's sins which B. C. 594. | equal? are not your ways unequal? he hath done, and considereth, n
and doeth not such like,
15 That hath not eaten upon then ver.28. mountains, neither hath lifted up
his eves to the idols of the house 5 pledged, or,
16 Neither hath oppressed any, hath not 5 withholden the pledge, neither hath spoiled by violence, but hath given his bread to the hungry, and hath covered the naked with a garment,
17 That hath taken off his hand from the poor, that hath not re-q De.24.16. ceived usury nor increase, hath executed my judgments, hath walked
in my statutes; he shall not die for r Is.3. 10,11.
u Ja.2. 14-26.
18 As for his father, because he cruelly oppressed, spoiled his brot Pr.28.13. ther by violence, and did that which is not good among his people, lo, even he shall die in o his iniquity. 19 Yet say ye, Why? doth not p the son bear the iniquity of the father? When the son hath done that which is lawful and right, and hath kept all my statutes, and hath done them, he shall surely live.
w Ps. 103. 12.
10.26.27. 2 Pe.2.20.
20 The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The song shall not bear the y He.6.4.6. iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness r of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness s of the wicked shall be upon him.
21 But if the wicked will turn t from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep u all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die.
23 Have I any pleasure at all e Ep.4.22,23. that the wicked should die? saith
the Lord GOD: and not that he d Ps.51.10. should return from his ways, and Je.32.39. live?
24 T But when the righteous turnethy away from his righteous-(CHAP. 19.) ness, and committeth iniquity, and a ch.26.17. doeth according to all the abominations that the wicked man doeth, shall he live? All his righteous-b ness that he hath done shall not be mentioned in his trespass that he hath trespassed, and in his sin that he hath sinned, in them shall he die. 25 Yet ye say, The way of the LORD is not equal. Hear now, O house of Israel; Is not my way.
26 When a righteous man turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and dieth in them; for his iniquity that he hath done shall he die.
27 Again, when the wicked man turneth away from his wickedness that he hath committed, and doeth that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive.
28 Because he considereth, z and turneth away from all his transgressions that he hath committed, he shall surely live, he shall not die.
29 Yet saith the house of Israel, The way of the LORD a is not equal. O house of Israel, are not my ways equal? are not your ways unequal?
30 Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord GOD. Repent, b and turn 6 yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin.
31 Cast away c from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart d and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel? 32 For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord GOD: wherefore turn 6 yourselves, and live ye.
Mmentation a for the princes of
2 And say, What is thy mother? A lioness: she lay down among lions, she nourished her whelps among young lions.
3 And she brought up one of her whelps it b became a young lion, and it learned to catch the prey; it devoured men.
4 The nations also heard of him; he was taken in their pit, and they brought him with chains unto the land of Egypt.
5 Now, when she saw that she had waited, and her hope was lost, then she took another of her whelps, and made him a young lion.
6 And he went up and down among the lions, he became a young lion, and learned to catch the prey, and devoured men,
27.2. 2Ki.23.317 And he knew their 1 desolate palaces, and he laid waste their ci2Ch.36.4-6, ties; and the land was desolate, Je.22.11-18. and the fulness thereof, by the noise of his roaring.
God's promise to
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him he was taken in their pit.c 9 And they put him in ward in 2 chains, and brought him to the c La.4.20. king of Babylon: they brought him 2 or, hooks. into holds, that his voice should no d ch. 17.6,&c. more be heard upon the mountains 3 or, quietof Israel.
10 Thy mother is like a vine d in thy 3 blood, planted by the waters: she e was fruitful and full of branches by reason of many waters.
e De.8.7-9. f ch. 17.10. Ho.13.15. g Ps.63.1. h Ju.9.15.
11 And she had strong rods for the sceptres of them that bare rule, and her stature was exalted among the thick branches, and she appear-k Ne.9.37. ed in her height with the multitude of her branches.
a ch.8.1. b ch. 14. 1,3,
7 Then said Ih unto them, Cast ye away every man the abominations of his eyes, and defile not yourselves with the idols of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.
8 But i they rebelled against me, and would not hearken unto me: they did not every man cast away the abominations of their eyes, neither did they forsake the idols of Egypt: then I said, I will k pour out my fury upon them, to accomplish my anger against them in the midst of the land of Egypt.
9 But I wrought for my name's sake, that it should not be polluted before the heathen, among whom they were, in whose sight m I made
ing them forth out of the land of Egypt.
12 But she was plucked up in (CHAP. 20.) myself known unto them, in bring fury, she was cast down to the ground. and the east wind f dried up her fruit: her strong rods were broken and withered; the fire consumed them.
13 And now she is planted in the wilderness, in a dry g and thirsty ground.
14 And fire h is gone out of a rod of her branches, which hath devoured i her fruit, so that she hath nok strong rod to be a sceptre to rule. This is a lamentation, and shall be for a lamentation.
CHAPTER XX. God promiseth to gather the children of Israel by the gospel.
AND it came to Path seventh year, in the fifth month, the tenth day of the month, that certain of the a elders of Israel came to inquire of the LORD, and sat before me.
2 Then came the word of the LORD unto me, saying,
&c. Jno.4.24. 1 or, plead for. e ch.16.2. d De.7.6. 2 or, sware, ver.6. Ex.6.8.
e Ex.3.8.&c. De.4.34,35. f De.8.7,&c. g Ps.48.2.
h Le. 18.3. De.29.16-18.
i Ju.2.12-15. 1 Ki.11.5-8. 2Ki.21.3, &c. k 2Ki.22.16, 17. 7 ch.36.21,22. De.9.28.
m Nu. 14.13, &c.
3 Son of man, speak unto the elders of Israel, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Are ye come to inquire of me? As I live, n Ex. 13. 18. saith the Lord GOD, I will not b beo De.4.8. inquired of by you.
4 Wilt thou 1 judge them, son of man, wilt thou judge them? cause theni to know e the abominations of their fathers:
Ne.9.13,14. Ps. 147.19. 3 made them
to know. p Le. 18.5.
5 And say unto them, Thus q Ex.31.13. saith the Lord GOD; In the day Is.63.10. when I chose Israel, and 2 lifted & Ne. 13.18. up mine hand unto the seed of the t Nu.26.65. house of Jacob, and made myself u Ps.95.11. known unto them in e the land of v Pr. 1.30,31. Egypt, when I lifted up mine hand w Ps.78.37. unto them, saying I am the LORD Am.5.25,26. your God; x Ps.78.38. 6 In the day that I lifted up miney De.V-XII. hand unto them, to bring f them forth of the land of Egypt into a land that I had espied for them, flowing with milk and honey, which is the glory g of all lands:
z Jc.9.14.. Am.2.4. a Ex.20.2.
b Ps. 119.3. Le. 19.4,&c.
10 Wherefore I caused them to go forth n out of the land of Egypt, and brought them into the wilder
11 And I gave them o my statutes, and 3 showed them my judgments, which p if a man do, he shall even live in them.
12 Moreover also I gave them my sabbaths, to be a sign a between me and them, that they might know that I am the LORD that sanctify them.
13 T But the house of Israel r rebelled against me in the wilderness; they walked not in my statutes, and they despised my judg ments, which if a man do, he shall even live in them; and my s sab baths they greatly polluted: then I said, I would pour out my fury upon them in the wilderness, t to consume them.
11 But I wrought for my name's sake, that it should not be polluted before the heathen, in whose sight I brought them out.
15 Yet also I lifted up my hand unto them in the wilderness, that I would not bring them into the land which I had given them, flow ing with milk and honey, which is the glory of all lands;
16 Because they despised v my judgments, and walked not in my statutes, but polluted my sabbaths: for their heart w went after their idols.
17 Nevertheless a mine eye spared them from destroying them. neither did I make an end of them in the wilderness.
18 But I said y unto their children in the wilderness, Walk ye not in the statutes of your fathers, z netther observe their judgments, nor defile yourselves with their do's: 19 Ia am the LORD your God; t
The history of Israel's
EZEKIEL, XX. walk in my statutes, and keep my B. C. 594. judgments, and do them;
e ver. 13. 16.
20 And hallow cmy sabbaths; and c Je. 17.22. they shall be a sign between med Nu.25. 1,2. and you, that ye may know that 1 am the LORD your God. 21 Notwithstanding the children dj rebelled against me: they walked not in my statutes, neither kept my judgments to do them, which if a man do, he shall even live in them; they e polluted my sabbaths: then I said, I would pour out my fury upon them, to accomplish my anger against them in the wilder
22 Nevertheless I withdrew mine hand, and wrought for my name's g sake, that it should not be polluted in the sight of the heathen, in whose sight h I brought them forth. 23 1 lifted up mine hand unto. them also in the wilderness, that i I would scatter them among the heathen, and disperse them through the countries;
when ye make your sons to pass through the fire, ye pollute yourselves with all your idols, even unto this day: t and shall I be inquired of by you, O house of Israel? As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I will not be inquired of by you.
32 And that which cometh u into your mind shall not v be at all, that ye say, We will be as the heathen, as the families of the countries, to serve wood and stone.
33 As I live, saith the Lord GOD, surely w with a mighty hand, Ps. 119.37. and with a stretched-out arm, and with fury poured out, will I rule
m Is. 1.11-15.
trespassed. P Is.57.5,&c. q De.31.20. ICo. 10.22. r ch.16.19.
24 Because they had not executed my judgments, but had despised or, told my statutes, and had polluted my sabbaths, and their eyes k were after their fathers' idols.
25 Wherefore I I gave them also statutes that were not good, and s judgments whereby they should not live;
them what the high place was, or, Bamah. ver. 18.
26 And I polluted them in their mu ch.11.5. own gifts, in that they caused to v ver.40. pass through the fire all n that w Je. 21.5. openeth the womb, that I might De.30.5. make them desolate, to the end Ho.2.14,15. that they might know that I am the LORD.
b Nu.XIV. &c.
27 Therefore, son of man, speak unto the house of Israel, and say unto them. Thus saith the Lord GOD; Yet in this your fathers have blasphemed o me, in that they have 4 committed a trespass against me. 28 For when I had brought them into the land, for the which I lifted up mine hand to give it to them, then they saw every high p hill, and all the thick trees, and they offered there their sacrifices, and there they presented the provocation q of their offering: there also they made their sweet savour, r and poured i Is.2.2,3. out there their drink-offerings.
29 Then I 5 said unto them, What k Is.60.7. is the high place whereunto ye go? And the name thereof is called Bamah unto this day.
Mal.3.4. or, chief.
8 savour of
30 TWherefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Are ye polluted after the manner Phi.4.18. of your fathers?s and commit, yem IPe.2.9. whoredom after their abomina-n 1.5.16. tions? 0 ch.38.23.
31 For when ye offer your gifts,
34 And I will bring you out x from the people, and will gather you out of the countries wherein ye are scattered, with a mighty hand, and with a stretched-out arm, and with fury poured out.
35 And I will bring you into the wilderness y of the people, and there will I plead z with you face to face. a
36 Like as I pleaded b with your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so will I plead with you, saith the Lord GOD.
37 And I will cause you to pass c under the rod, and I will bring you into G the bond of the covenant:
38 And I will purge out d from among you the rebels, and them that transgress against me: I will bring them forth out of the country where they sojourn, and they shall not e enter into the land of Israel and ye shall know that I am the LORD.
39 As for you, O house of Israel, thus saith the Lord GOD; Go ƒ ye, serve ye every one his idols, and hereafter also, if ye will not hearkeng unto me: but h pollute ye my holy name no more with your gifts, and with your idols..
40 For in mine holy mountain, i in the mountain of the height of Israel, saith the Lord GOD, there shall all the house of Israel, all of them in the land, serve me there will accept k them, and there will 1 require your offerings, and the 7 first-fruits of your oblations, with all your holy things.
41 I will accept you with your 8 sweet savour, i when I bring you out m from the people, and gather you out of the countries wherein ye have been scattered; and I will be sanctified n in you before the heathen.
42 And ye shall know o that I am the LORD, when I shall bring you into the land of Israel, into the country for the which I lifted up