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Jerusalem's whoredom

thy wickedness, (wo, wo unto thee! saith the Lord GOD;)

24 That thou hast also built unto thee an 11 eminent place, and hast made thee an high place in every


B. C. 594.

11 or, brothel


x Je.3.2.

25 Thou hast built thy high place y Pr.9.14. at every heady of the way, and hast z ch.20.7,8. made thy beauty to be abhorred, Is.30.2,3. and hast opened thy feet to every a Ho.2.9. one that passed by, and multiplied thy whoredoms.

26 Thou hast also committed fornication with the Egyptians z thy neighbours, great of flesh; and hast increased thy whoredoms, to provoke me to anger.

27 Behold, therefore I have stretch-
ed out my hand over thee, and
have diminished thine a ordinary
food, and delivered thee unto the
will of them that b hate thee, the
12 daughters of the c Philistines, f Je.2.28.
which are ashamed of thy lewd

g Ho.8.9, 10.

28 Thou hast played the whore 14 bribest. also with the Assyrians, d because thou wast unsatiable; yea, thou hast played the harlot with them, and yet couldest not be satisfied. 29 Thou hast moreover multiplied thy fornication in the land of Canaan unto Chaldea; and yet thou wast not satisfied herewith.

k Je.2.34.

31 In 13 that thou buildest thine eminent place in the head of every f way, and makest thine high place in every street; and hast not been as an harlot, in that thou scornest hire;

32 But as a wife that committeth adultery, which taketh strangers instead of her husband!

b Ps. 106.41.

12 or, cities.
c 2Ch.28.18.

2Ki. 16.7.

e Pr.7.11.
13 or, thy
is thine.

h Jno.4. 10, 18.
i Ps. 139.11,


30 How weak is thine heart, saith the Lord GOD, seeing thou doest all these things, the work of an impe-15 rious e whorish woman;

m Le.20.10.

o Na. 1.2.
p ver.24.31.

q Ho.2.3.

16 instru-
ments of
thine orna-

any more.

1 Je. 13.22,26.
La. 1.8.

42 So will I make my fury toward
thee to rest, and my jealousy shall
Ho.2.3,10. depart from thee, and I will be
with judg-quiet, and will be no more angry.
ments of.
43 Because thou hast notu remem-
bered the days of thy youth, but
hast fretted me in all these things;
behold, therefore, I also will re-
compense thy way upon thine
head, saith the Lord GOD: and thou
shalt not commit this lewdness
above all thine abominations.

33 They give gifts to all whores : but thoug givest thy gifts to all thy lovers and 14 hirest them, that they may come unto thee on every sider for thy whoredom.

34 And the contrary is in thee t ch.5.8,13. from other women in thy whoreJob 34.26. doms, whereas none followeth thee ITi.5.20. to commit whoredoms: and in that u Ps.78.42. thou givest a reward, and no reward is given unto thee; therefore v ch.9.10. thou art contrary.



Wherefore, O harlot, h hear 17 sister lesser the word of the LORD: than thou. w De.32.32.

36 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Be


cause thy filthiness was poured out; and thy nakedness discovered i through thy whoredoms with thy lovers, and with all the idols of thy abominations, and by the blood of thy children, which thou didst give unto them;

and grievous judgments. 37 Behold, therefore I will gather all thy lovers, with whom thou hast taken pleasure, and all them that thou hast loved, with all them that thou hast hated; I will even gather them round about against thee, and will discover thy nakedness unto them, that they may see all thy nakedness.


$ 2Ki.25.9.

38 And I will judge thee, 15 as women that break wedlock m and shed blood n are judged; and I will give thee blood in fury o and jealousy. 39 And I will also give thee into their hand, and they shall throw down thine eminent place, p and shall break down thy high places: they shall strip q thee also of thy clothes, and shall take 16 thy fair jewels, and leave thee naked and bare.

40 They shall also bring up a company against r thee, and they shall stone thee with stones, and thrust thee through with their swords.

41 And they shall burns thine houses with fire, and execute judg ments upon thee in the sight of many women: and I will cause thee to cease from playing the harlot, and thou also shalt give no hire

44 Behold, every one that useth proverbs shall use this proverb against thee, saying. As is the mother, so is her daughter.

45 Thou art thy mother's daughter, that loatheth her husband and her children; and thou art the sis ter of thy sisters, which loathed their husbands and their children: your mother was an Hittite, and your father an Amorite.

46 And thine elder sister is Samaria, she and her daughters that dwell at thy left hand: and ty 17 younger sister, that dwelleth at thy right hand, is Sodom w and her daughters.

or,that was their ways, nor done after their

47 Yet hast thou not walked after

loathed as a

abominations: but, as if 18 that were small thing. a very little thing, thou wast corx 2Ki.21.9. rupted more x than they in all thy



48 As I live, saith the Lord GOD,

Mercy is promised

EZEKIEL, XVII. Sodomy thy sister hath not done, | B. C. 595. she nor her daughters, as thou hast done, thou and thy daughters. 49 Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness z z 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.


a Pr. 16. 18.

b Ge. 19.24.

c Je 3.11.

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 commit- d Ro.1.32. ted 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.


52 Thoud also, which hast judged ver.63.
19 for a re-
port, or,

thy sisters, bear e thine own shame
for thy sins that thou hast commnit-
ted more abominable than they:
they are more righteous than thou:
yea, be thou confounded also, and
bear thy shame, in that thou hast 20 prides, or, b branch of the cedar:
justified thy sisters.

h Is.65.5.
Lu. 18.11.

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 daughters, then will I bring again the captivity of thy captives in the midst of them:

21 Aram.

22 or, spoil. k Je.33.24.

23 them.

56 For thy sister Sodom was not 19 mentioned h by thy mouth in the day of thy 20 pride.

57 Before thy wickedness was discovered, as at the time of thy reproach of the daughters of 21 Syria, and all that are round about her, the daughters of the Philistines, which despisek thee round about. 58 Thou hast borne 23 thy lewdness and thine abominations, saith the LORD.

y Mat. 10. 15.

59 For thus saith the Lord GOD; I will even deal with thee as thou hast done, which hast despised the 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 covenant.

e Je.23.40.

f Je.48.47.



m De.29.1215. n Ps. 106.45. o 2Sa.23.5. Je.32.40. 50.5.


9 Is.54.1.
r Je.31.31.
s Jno. 15. 16.

t Ho.2.19,20.
u Ezr.9.6.

v Ro.3.19.
(CHAP. 17.)

a Ho.8.1.

1 embroider

b 2K1.24.12.
2 put it in a
field of

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 former estate.

c De.8.7-9.

d Is.44.4.

e ver. 14.
f ver. 15.
3 field.
h ch. 19.12.
i Ho. 12.1.

her in the end. der and thy younger: and I will give them unto thee for daughters, q butr not by thy s covenant.

62 And I will establish t my covenant with thee; and thou shalt know that I am the LORD:

61 Then thou shalt remember thy ways p and be ashamed, when thou k ch.2.5. shalt receive thy sisters, thine el-1

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.


ND 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

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 lowe stature, whose branches turned toward him, and the roots thereof were under him so it became a vine, and brought forth branches, and shot

7 There was also another great eagle with great wings and many feathers: and, behold, this vine did bend f her roots toward him, and shot forth her branches toward him, that he might water it by the furrows of her plantation.

8 It was planted in a good 3 soil by great waters, that it might bring forth branches, and that it might bear fruit, that it might be a goodly


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

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15 But o 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!

14 That the kingdom might be no base, that it might not lift itself up, 5 but that by keeping of his covenant it might stand.

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.r

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 escape.



4 brought
him to.
m 2Ch.36.13.
n ch.29.14.

5 to keep his

covenant to
stand to it.
p Is.31.1-3.
q ver.9.
r ch. 12. 13.

s Je.37.7.

t ICh.29.24.
u ch.32.3.
v Am.9.9, 10.
w Is. 11.1.


x Is.53.2.
y ch.20.40.

72.16. Is.2.2.3. Mi.4.1,2.


Mat. 13.47,

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.

a Lu. 1.52.53.
(CHAP. 18.)
a Je.31.29.


God reproveth the unjust parable of sour grapes.

THE word of the LORD came

unto me again, saying,

2 What mean ye, that ye use this proverb concerning the land of Israel, sang, The fathers a have eaten sehr 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;

b Ro.6.23.

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.

1 judgment

and justice. c Le.18.19,


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 trespassed against me.


f De.24.12,13.
g De. 15.7,8.

Ps. 15.5.

21 And all his fugitives with all
his bands shall fall by the sword,
and they that remain shall be scat-
tered v toward all winds: and ye
shall know that I the LORD have
spoken it.
22 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Ii Le.19. 15,35.
will also take of the highest w Zec.8.16.
branch of the high cedar, and will k Ps. 119.1-6.
set it; I will crop off from the top 2 or, breaker
of his young twigs a tender x one, up of an
and will plant it upon an high
mountain y and eminent:

7 Nu.35.31.


or, to his

brother be-
sides any of

23 In the mountain of the height
of Israel will I plant it: and it shall
bring forth boughs, and bear fruit,
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 branch-
es thereof shall they dwell.

Ac. 18.6.

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 If he beget a son that is a 2 robber, al shedder of blood, and Mat.25.35. that doeth 3 the like to any of these h Le.25.36, things, 37.

11 And that doeth not any of those duties, but even hath eaten upon the mountains, and defiled his 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 then live? he shall not live: he hath done all these abominations; he shall surely die; his blood shall bem upon him.

14 T Now, lo, if he beget a son

God's justice in punishing.

EZEKIEL, XIX. that seeth all his father's sins which B. C. 594. he hath done, and considereth, n and doeth not such like.

15 That hath not eaten upon the mountains, neither hath lifted up. his eves to the idols of the house of Israel, hath not defiled his neighbour's wife,

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 received usury nor increase, hath executed my judgments, hath walked in my statutes; he shall not die for the iniquity of his father, he shall surely live.

n ver.28.

5 pledged, or,
taken to

o Jno.8.24.

p Ex.20.5.

9 De.24.16.

r Is.3. 10,11.

s Ro.2.9.

u Ja.2.14-26.

v ch.33.16.

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.

20 The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The song shall not bear the 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.

w Ps. 103. 12.

x 1Ti.2.4.

2 Pe.3.9.

y He.6.4.6.


2 Pe.2.20.

z Lu. 15. 17,

a Pr. 19.3.

b Re.2.5.

22 All v his transgressions that he hath committed, they shall not be w6 or, others, mentioned unto him: in his righteousness that he hath done he shall live.


23 Have Ir any pleasure at all c 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?

His ways are equal.

| equal? are not your ways unequal? 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.

a ch.26.17.

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 yoursclves, and live ye.


A lamentation for the princes of Israel, and for Jerusalem. TOREOVER take thou up a lamentation 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.

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.

24 But when the righteous

turneth y away from his righteous-(CHAP. 19.) 6 And he went up and down

among the lions, he became a young lion, and learned to catch the prey, and devoured men.

b 2Ki.23.31


ness, and committeth iniquity, and
doeth according to all the abomi-
nations that the wicked man doeth,
shall he live? All his righteous-
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 1 or, widows.
LORD is not equal. Hear now, O
house of Israel; Is not my way!

7 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.

4 The nations also heard of him; he was taken in their pit, and they brought him with chains unto the land of Egypt.

8 Then the nations set against him on every side from the provinces, and spread their net over

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God promiseth to gather the children of Israel by the gospel.

B. C. 594.


in the 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,

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, saith the Lord GOD, I will not b be inquired of by you.

4 Wilt thou 1 judge them, son of man, wilt thou judge them? cause them to know e the abominations of their fathers:

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 multi-
tude of her branches.

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


12 But she was plucked up in (CHAP. 20.) myself known unto them, in bring
fury, she was cast down to the
ing them forth out of the land of
ground. and the east wind ƒ dried
up her fruit: her strong rods were
broken and withered; the fire con-
sumed them.

13 And now she is planted in the wilderness, in a dry g and thirsty ground.

11 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.


a ch.8.1.
b ch.14.1,3,

&c. Jno.4.24. 1 or, plead for.

e ch. 16.2.
d De.7.6.

2 or, sware,

e Ex.3.8,&c.

De.4.34,35. f De.8.7,&c. g Ps.48.2.

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k 2Ki.22.16,


7 ch.36.21,22.

m Nu. 14. 13,
n Ex. 13. 18.
o De.4.8.
Ne.9. 13, 14.

Ps. 147.19.

3 made them

the Israelites. 7 Then said I h unto them, Cast ye away every man the abominations of his eyes, and defile not your selves 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.

to know. p Le. 18.5. 19.3,30. 5 T And say unto them, Thus q Ex.31.13. saith the Lord GOD; In the day Is.63.10. when I d chose Israel, and 2 lifteds 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 mine y 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 Je.9.14..
a Ex.20.2.

Le. 19.4,&c. b Ps. 119.3.

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 g between me and them, that they might know that I am the LORD that sanctify them.

13 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 sabbaths they greatly polluted: then I said, I would pour out my fury upon them in the wilderness, t to consume them.

14 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 land which I had given them. flowwould u not bring them into the 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.

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