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EZEKIEL BEARING THE INIQUITY OF ISRAEL

14 Then said I, Ah Lord God! 16 Moreover he said unto me, behold, my soul hath not been pol- Son of man, behold, I will break luted: for from my youth up even the staff of bread in Jerusalem. till now have I not eaten of that and they shall eat bread by weight, which dieth of itself, or is torn in and with care; and they shall pieces; neither came there abomin- drink water by measure, and with able flesh into my mouth.

astonishment: * 15 Then he said unto me, Lo, I 17 That they may want bread have given thee cow's dung for and water, and be astonied one man's dung, and thou shalt pre- with another, and consume away pare thy bread therewith.

for their iniquity.

*No doubt “The House of Israel” used cow's dung for cooking when they were in Southern Russia, between the Caspian sea, the Black sea, and the Don river. In America, buffalo chips were used for cooking while crossing the plains to the Pacific Coast.

LIFE AND DEATH

OF THE SOUL

PS. XLIX:1-20

12 NEVERTHELESS MAN

BEING IN HONOUR ABIDETH 1 Hear this, all ye people; give NOT: HE IS LIKE THE ear,

all ye inhabitants of the BEASTS THAT PERISH. world:

13 This their way is their folly: 2 Both low and high, rich and

yet their posterity approve their poor, together.

sayings. Selah. 3 MY MOUTH SHALL

14 Like sheep they are laid in SPEAK OF WISDOM: AND the grave; death shall

feed on THE MEDITATION OF MY them; and the upright shall have HEART SHALL BE OF UN- dominion over them in the mornDERSTANDING.

ing; and their beauty shall con41 will incline mine ear to a

sume in the grave from their parable: I will open my dark say- dwelling. ing upon the harp.

15 But God will redeem my soul 5 Wherefore should I fear in the from the power of the grave: for days of evil, when the iniquity of he shall receive me. Selah. my heels 'shall compass me about? 16 Be not thou afraid when one

6 They that trust in their wealth, is made rich, when the glory of and boast themselves in the multi- his house is increased; tude of their riches;

17 For when he dieth he shall 7 None of them can by any shalĩ not descend after him.

carry nothing away: his glory means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him:

18 Though while he lived he 8 (For the redemption of their blessed his soul, (and men will soul is precious, and it ceaseth for praise thee, when thou doest well

to thyself,) ever:) 9 That he should still live for of his fathers; they shall never see

19 He shall go to the generation ever, and not see corruption.

light. 10 For he seeth that wise men 20 Man that is in honour, and die, likewise the fool and the brut- understandeth not, is like the ish person perish, and leave their beasts that perish. wealth to others.

11 Their inward thought is, that PS. XCII:1-15 their houses shall continue for 1 It is a good thing to give ever, and their dwelling places to thanks unto the LORD, and to sing all generations: they call their praises unto thy name, O most lands after their own names. High:

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2 To shew forth thy lovingkind- 15 To shew that the Lord is upness in the morning, and thy faith-right, he is my rock, and there is fulness every night,

no unrighteousness in him. 3 Upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the psaltery; up- EZEK. XVIII:1-32—B. C. 594 on the harp with a solemn sound.

1 The word of the LORD came 4 For thou, LORD, hast made me unto me again, saying,

, glad through thy work: I will tri

2 What mean ye, that ye use umph in the works of thy hands. this proverb concerning the land

50 LORD, how great are thy of Israel, saying, The fathers have works; and thy thoughts are very eaten sour grapes, and the childeep.

dren's teeth are set on edge? 6 A brutish man knoweth not;

3 As I live, saith the Lord GOD, neither doth a fool understand

ye shall not have occasion any this. 7 When the wicked spring as the more to use this proverb in Is

rael. grass, and when all the workers of

4 Behold, all souls are mine; as iniquity do flourish; it is that they the soul of the father, so also the shall be destroyed for ever:

soul of the son is mine: the soul 8 But thou, LORD, art most that sinneth, it shall die. high for evermore. 9 For, lo, thine enemies, O LORD, that which is lawful and right,

5 But if à man be just, and do for, lo, thine enemies shall perish; all the workers of iniquity shall

6 And hath not eaten upon the be scattered.

mountains, neither hath lifted up 10 But my horn shalt thou exalt his eyes to the idols of the house like the horn of an unicorn: I shall of Israel, neither hath defiled his be anointed with fresh oil.

neighbour's wife, neither hath 11 Mine eyes also shall see my

come near to a menstruous woman, desire on mine enemies, and mine

7 And hath not oppressed any, ears shall hear my desire of the but hath restored to the debtor his wicked that rise up against me. pledge, hath spoiled none by vio

12 The righteous shall flourish lence, hath given his bread to the like the palm tree: he shall grow hungry, and hath covered the like a cedar in Lebanon.

naked with a garment; 13 Those that be planted in the 8 He that hath not given forth house of the Lord shall flourish in upon usury, neither hath taken the courts of our God.

any increase, that hath withdrawn 14 They shall still bring forth his hand from iniquity, hath exefruit in old age; they shall be fat cuted true judgment between man and flourishing;

and man,

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