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ISAIAH, LXIII.

B. C. 698.

The office of the Messiah.

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21 Thy people also shall be all righteous: they shall inherit the land for ever, d the branch of my planting, the work of my hands, that I may be glorified.

22 A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation: I the LORD will hasten it in his time. CHAPTER LXI.

THE Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath m anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek: he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted," to proclaim liberty to the cap-yi. e. Martives, and the opening of the prison to them that arer bound;

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ried.

h Re. 21.9, 10.

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2 To proclaim the acceptable year the LORD, and the day of vengeance" of our God; to comfort all that mourn;

joy of the bridegroom. Lu.4.16..21. Je. 32. 41. John 1. 32.

3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting" of the LORD, that Sor, that he might be glorified.

3. 34. m Ps. 45. 7.

are the LORD's

4 And they build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations.

your

5 And strangers shall stand and feed flocks, and the sons of the alien shall be your plowmen, and your vinedressers.

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6 But ye shall be named the priests the LORD; men shall call you the ministers of our God: ye shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, and in their glory shall ye boast yourselves.

7 For your shame ye shall have double, and for confusion they shall rejoice land they shall possess the double; everlasting joy shall be unto them.

8 For I the LORD love judgment, I hate robbery for burnt offering; and I will direct their work in truth, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.

9 And their seed shall be known among the Gentiles, and their offspring among the people: all that see them shall acknowledge them, that they are the seed which the LORD hath blessed.

10 I will greatly rejoices in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God: for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness," as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.

11 For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness' and praise to spring forth before all the nations.

a chap. 4. 3. Re. 21. 27.

b Mat. 5. 3.

c Ho. 1. 10. He. 13. 5.

CHAPTER LXII.

FOR Zion's sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth.

2 And the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and all kings thy glory: and thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the LORD shall name.

3 Thou shalt also be a crownt of glory in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God.

4 Thou shalt no more be termed For

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chap. 62. 4. John 15. 2.

f Ps. 92. 13.

Ep. 2.

10.

Bi. e. My delight is in her.

remembrancers.

n Ps. 147. 3.

o Jno.8.31..36 n silence.

P Ro.7.23..25. Le. 25.9, &c.

2 Co. 6. 2.

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2 Th. 1.9.
Mat. 5. 4.

• If I give.

John 16. 20. "chap.60.21. chap.58.12. chap. 57. 14.

18.3.

Ex. 17. 15.

y Ex. 19. 6. 1 Pe. 2.5, 9.

Re. 1.6.

* Zec. 9. 9. John 12. 14,

15. a Eze. 44. 11. Re. 22. 12. Ep.4.11,12.

K or, recompence.

c chap. 40. 2. d Eze. 34. 11..

Zec. 9.

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The conquests of Messiah. saken: neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate; but thou shalt be called Hephzi-bah, and thy land 7 Beulah: for the LORD delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married.

5 For as a young man marrieth a virgin, so shall thy sons marry thee: and as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee.

6 I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the LORD, keep not silence,

7 And give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth.

8 The LORD hath sworn by his right hand, and by the arm of his strength, Surely I will no more give thy corn to be meat for thine enemies; and the sons of the stranger shall not drink thy wine, for the which thou hast laboured:

9 But they that have gathered it shall eat it, and praise the LORD; and they that have brought it together shall drink it in the courts of my holiness.

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10 Go through, go through the gates; ye the way of the people; cast up, cast up the highway; gather out the stones; lift up a standard for the people.

11 Behold, the LORD hath proclaimed unto the end of the world, Say ye to the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy salvation cometh; behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him.

12 And they shall call them, The holy people, The redeemed of the LORD: and thou shalt be called, Sought out, A city not forsaken.

CHAPTER

WHO is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? this that is glorious in his apparel, travelling in the greatness of his strength? I that speak in righteousness, mighty to

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5 And I looked, and there was none to help; and I wondered that there was none to uphold: therefore mine own arm brought salvation unto me; and my fury, it upheld me.

6 And I will tread down the people in mine anger, and make them drunk" in my fury, and I will bring down their strength to the earth.

7 I will mention the lovingkindnesses of the LORD, and the praises of the LORD, according to all that the LORD hath bestowed on us, and the great goodness toward the house of Israel, which he hath bestowed on them according to his mercies, and according to the multitude of his lovingkindnesses.

8 For he said, Surely they are my people, children that will not lie: so he was their Saviour.

Promises of mercy.

ISAIAH, LXIV.
neither remember iniquity for
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behold, see, we beseech thee, we are all
thy people.

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ever:

10 Thy holy cities are a wilderness, Zion is a wilderness, Jerusalem a desolation.

11 Our holy and our beautiful house, where our fathers praised thee, is burned up with fire: and all our pleasant things are laid waste.

Earnest pleadings.

9 In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence_saved them in his love and in his pity he redeemed them and he bared them, and carried them all the days of old.

10 But they rebelled, and vexed his holy Spirit: therefore he was turned to be their enemy, and he fought against them.

11 Then he remembered the days of old, Moses and his people, saying, Where is he that brought them up out of the sea with the shepherd of his flock? where is he that put his holy Spirit within him?

12 Wilt thou refrain thyself for these things, O LORD? wilt thou hold thy peace, and afflict us very sore? CHAPTER LXV.

Im AM sought of them that asked not for

12 That led them by the right hand of Moses with his glorious arm, dividing the water before them, to make himself an everlasting name?

me;

I am found of them that sought me not: I said, Behold me, behold me, unto a chap.42.14. nation that was not called by my name.

k Nu. 11. 17,

13 That led them through the deep, as an horse in the wilderness, that they should not stumble?

25. Ne. 9. 20.

2 I have spread out my hands all the day unto a rebellious people, which walketh in a way that was not good, after their own thoughts;

&c.

14 As a beast goeth down into the val-Ex. 14. 21, ley, the Spirit of the LORD caused him to rest: so didst thou lead thy people, tom Ro.9.24, 30. make thyself a glorious name.

n Ro. 10. 21.

3 A people that provoketh? me to anger continually to my face; that sacrificeth in gardens, and burneth incense upon y altars of brick;

15 Look down from heaven, and behold from the habitation of thy holiness and of? thy glory: where is thy zeal and thy strength, the sounding of thy bowels and of thy mercies toward me? are they restrained? 16 Doubtless thou art our father, though Abraham be ignorant of us, and Israel acknowledge us not thou, LORD, art our father, our thy name is from everlasting.

4 Which remain among the graves, and lodge in the monuments; which eat swine's flesh, and broth of abominable things is in their vessels;

O redeemer:

5 Which say, Stand by thyself, come not near to me; for I am holier than thou. These are a smoke in my nose, a fire that burneth all the day.

17 O LORD, why hast thou made us to errt from thy ways, and hardened" our heart from thy fear? Return" for thy servants' sake, the tribes of thine inheritance.

6 Behold, it is written before me; I will not keep silence, but will recompense, even recompense into their bosom,

18 The people of thy holiness have possessed it but a little while: our adversaries have trodden down" thy sanctuary.

7 Your iniquities, and the iniquities of your fathers together, saith the LORD, which have burned incense upon the mountains, and blasphemed me the hills: therefore will I measure their former work into their bosom.

upon

19 We are thine: thou never barest rule over them; they were not called by thy name. CHAPTER LXIV. 0年 * that thou wouldest rend the heavens, that thou wouldest come down, that the mountains might flow down at thy presence,

8 Thus saith the LORD, As the new wine is found in the cluster, and one saith, Destroy it not; for a blessing is in it: so will I do for my servants' sakes, that I may not destroy them all.

2 As when the melting fire burneth, they fire causeth the waters to boil, to make thy name known to thine adversaries, that the nations may tremble at thy presence!

9 And I will bring forth a seed out of Jacob, and out of Judah an inheritor of my mountains: and mine elect shall inherit it, and my servants shall dwell there.

3 When thou didst terrible a things which we looked not for, thou camest down, the mountains flowed down at thy presence.

10 And Sharon shall be a fold of flocks, and the valley of Achor a place for the have sought me. herds to lie down in, for my people that

11 But ye are they that forsake the LORD, that forget my holy mountain, that prepare a table for that troop, and that furnish the drink offering unto that number.

12 Therefored will I number you to the sword, and ye shall all bow down to the slaughter: because when I called, ye did not answer; when I spake, ye did not hear; but did evil before mine eyes, and did choose that wherein I delighted not.

4 For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.

a Ju. 10. 16.
Mat. 25. 40,

Zec. 2. 8.

45.

Ac. 9. 4.

Ex. 14. 19.
Ps. 79.8, &c.
a De.32.11,12

e Ac. 7. 51.
Ep. 4. 30.
La. 2. 5.

g La. 2. 7.

Le. 26. 42.
Bor, shep-
herds,
Ps. 77. 20.

02 Sa. 7. 23.
De. 32. 21.
Le. 17. 5.

q2 Ch. 30. 27.

Y
bricks.
& or,
multi-
tude.
$ Je. 31. 20.
Ho. 11. 8.
Cor, pieces.
nor, our re-

deemer

from ever-
lasting is
thy name.
0 or, anger.
t Ps. 119. 10.
u chap. 6. 10.
Ro.9.17, 18.
Ps. 90. 13.
w Ps. 74. 6..8.

K or, thy

name was
not called

upon them.
* Ps. 144. 5.

Ju. 5. 5.

Mi. 1. 4.

the fire of
meltings.
Ro. 11.5, 7.
Hab. 3.3, 6.

a Ps. 65. 5.

c1 Co. 2. 9.

or, seen a

God beside thee which doeth so

for him.
vor, Gad.
πor, Meni.

d Zep. 1. 4..6.
Ac. 10. 35.
12 Ch.36.15.
Pr.1.24, &c.
Mal. 3. 6.
h Phi. 3. 9.
i Ho. 7. 7.
* Ho. 5. 15.

5 Thou meetest him that rejoiceth and worketh righteousness; those that remember thee in thy ways: behold, thou art wroth; for we have sinned: in those is continuance, and we shall be saved.

6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

7 And there is none that calleth upon thy name, that stirreth up himself to take hold of thee: for thou hast hid thy face from us, and hast Pconsumed us, because of our iniquities.

8 But now, O LORD, thou art our fa- r breaking. ther: we are the clay, and thou our pot-m Je. 18. 6. ter; and we all are the work of thy hand.

"Zec. 8. 13.

9 Be not wroth very sore, O LORD,

melted.
Mat. 8. 12.
by the hand,
Job 8. 4.

13 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, my servants shall eat, but ye shall be hungry: behold, my servants shall drink, but ye shall be thirsty: behold, my servants shall rejoice, but ye shall be ashamed:

14 Behold, my servants shall sing for joy of heart, but ye shall cry for sorrow of heart, and shall howl for vexation of spirit. 15 And ye shall leave your name for a curse" unto my chosen: for the Lord GOD shall slay thee, and call his servants by another name:

Predictions of happiness.

16 That he who blessetha himself in the earth, shall bless himself in the God of truth; and he that sweareth' in the earth, shall swear by the God of truth; because the former troubles are forgotten, and because they are hid from mine eyes.

17 For, behold, I create newd heavens, and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come y into mind.

18 But be ye glad and rejoice for every in that which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy.

19 And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people: and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying.

20 There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner, being an hundred years old, shall be accursed.

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a Je. 4. 2.

6 A voice of noise from the city, a voice from the temple, a voice of the LORD that rendereth recompence to his enemies.

7 Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man child.

De. 6. 13.

Ps. 63. 11.

Ac. 2. 41,47.

d2 Pe. 3. 13.
Re. 21. 1.

heart.

Bor, beget.
upon the
chap.51.11.
1 Th. 5. 16.
Ps. 26. 8.
84.1..4.

122.6.
g chap. 62.5.
h1 Pe. 2. 2.

i Re. 7. 17.

ness.

Sor, bright-
Ec. 8.12,13.
k ch. 60. 4, 16.
I Am. 9. 14.

m Le. 26. 16.
De. 28. 30.

n Jno. 16. 22.

o Pr. 3. 8.

21 And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them.

22 They shall not build, and anotherm inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a treer are the days of my people, and mine elect shall Slong enjoy the work of their hands.

Eze.37.1..14.
Ps. 92. 12.
make them

continue
long, or,
wear out.

23 They shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth for trouble: for they are the seed of the blessed of the LORD, and their offspring with them.

24 And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer: and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.

12 Th. 1. 8.
chap. 61. 9.
Ro. 9. 7, 8.
& Ps. 32. 5.
Da.9.20,21.
t ch.11.6..9.
u ch. 65.3, 4.

17 They" that sanctify themselves, and

25 The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock and dust shall be the serpent's nor, one af. purify themselves in the gardens, behind one tree in the midst, eating swine's flesh, and the abomination, and the mouse, shall be consumed together, saith the LORD.

ter another.
v Ge. 3. 14.
w 2 Ch. 6. 18.
Mat. 5. 34.

meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in
all my holy mountain, saith the LORD.
CHAPTER LXVI.
THUS saith the LORD, The heaven" is
my throne, and the earth is my footstool:
where is the house that ye build unto
me? and where is the place of my rest?

Ac. 17. 24.
ch. 18.3,7.

Lu. 2. 34.

2 For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth" at my word.

3 He that killeth an ox is as if he slewe a man; he that sacrificeth a lamb, as if he cut off a dog's neck; he that offereth an oblation, as if he offered swine's blood; he that burneth incense, as if he blessed an idol. Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations.

4 I also will choose their " delusions,dor, devices.
and will bring their fears upon them; be-
cause when I called, none did answer;
when I spake, they did not hear: but they
did evil before mine eyes, and chose that
in which I delighted not.

d2 Th. 2.11.
e chap.65.12.
Je.7.13,14.
Re. 1.6.
chap. 65.17.

h verse 2.

iZec. 14. 16.

5 Hear the word of the LORD, ye that tremble at his word; Your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for my name's sake, said, Let the LORD be glorified: but he shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed.

Enlargement of the Church.

8 Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children.

κ maketh a
memorial

of
λor, coaches.

Le. 2. 2.

9 Shall I bring to the birth, and not Bcause to bring forth? saith the LORD: shall I cause to bring forth, and shut the womb? saith thy God.

10 Rejoice ye with Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all ye that love her: rejoice for joy with her, all ye that mourn for her:

11 That ye may suck, and be satisfied with the breasts of her consolations; that ye may milk out, and be delighted with the abundance of her glory.

12 For thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream: then shall ye suck, ye shall be borne upon her sides, and be dandled upon her knees.

13 As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you; and ye shall be comforted in Jerusalem.

14 And when ye see this, your heart shall rejoice," and your bones shall flourish like an herb; and the hand of the LORD shall be known toward his servants, and his indignation toward his enemies.

18 For I know their works and their thoughts: it shall come, that I will gather all nations and tongues; and they shall come, and see my glory.

y Mat. 5. 3.

19 And I will set a sign" among them, chap.57.15. and I will send those that escape of them

a Ezr. 9. 4.
10.3.
Pr. 28. 14.

6

Mal. 1. 11.
Mat. 28. 19.
or, kid.
Ro. 15. 16.

unto the nations, to Tarshish, Pul, and
Lud, that draw the bow, to Tubal and
Javan, to the isles afar off, that have not
heard my fame, neither have seen my
glory; and they shall declare my glory
among the Gentiles.

20 And they shall bring all your brethren for an offering unto the LORD, out of all nations, upon horses, and in chariots, and in litters, and upon mules, and upon swift beasts, to my holy mountain Jerusalem, saith the LORD, as the children of Israel bring an offering in a clean vessel into the house of the LORD.

21 And I will also take of them for priests and for Levites, saith the LORD.

22 For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain.

23 And it shall come to pass, that from vone new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD.

v new moon
to his new
moon, and
from sab-
bath to his
sabbath. 24 And they shall go forth, and look
& Ps. 65. 2. upon the carcases of the men that have
Mar. 9. 44.. transgressed against me; for their worm
48. shall not die, neither shall their fire be
quenched; and they shall be an abhor
ringm unto all flesh.

m Da. 12. 2.

15 For, behold, the LORD will come with fire, and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire.

16 For by fire and by his sword will the LORD plead with all flesh: and the slain of the LORD shall be many.

The Book of the Prophet JEREMIAH.

CHAPTER I.
THE words of Jeremiah the son of
Hilkiah, of the priests that were in Ana-
thoth, in the land of Benjamin:

2 To whom the word of the LORD came in the days of Josiah the son of Amon king of Judah, in the thirteenth year of his reign.

3 It came also in the days of Jehoiakim

the son of Josiah king of Judah, unto the end of the eleventh year of Zedekiah the son of Josiah king of Judah, unto the carrying away of Jerusalem captive in the fifth month.

12 Then said the LORD unto me, Thou hast well seen; for I will hasten my word to perform it.

B. C. 629.

2 Ch.36.21. 61 Ch. 6. 60. chap. 25.3.

d Jos. 1. 9.

18 For, behold, I have made thee this day a defenced city, and an iron pillar,

chap. 39. 2.
chap.52.12,

&c. 2 Ki. 25. 8.

sor, for thy

sake.

Ho. 2. 15.
i De. 2.7.
k Is. 49. 1, 5.
Ga.1.15,16.
Ex. 19. 5, 6.

1 Pe. 2. 9.

13 And the word of the LORD came unto me the second time, saying, What seest thou? And I said, I see a seething pot; and the face thereof is toward then north.

14 Then the LORD said unto me, Out of the north an evil shall break forth upon all the inhabitants of the land.

15 For, lo, I will call all the families of the kingdoms of the north, saith the LORD; and they shall come, and they shall set every one his throne at the entering of the gates of Jerusalem, and against all the walls thereof round about, and against all the cities of Judah.

16 And I will utter my judgments against them touching all their wickedness, whom have forsaken me, and have burned incense unto other gods, and worshipped the works of their own hands.

17 Thou therefore gird up thy loins, and arise, and speak unto them all that I command thee: be not dismayed at their faces, lest I confound thee before them.

4 Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

y

gave.

5 Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee; and Im Yordained thee a prophet unto the nations. 6 Then said I, Ah! Lord GOD! behold, I cannot speak; for I am a child.

Ps. 105. 14.
n Joel1.3,7,8.
Ex.4.10,&c.

p Mat. 28. 20.
Ac. 20. 27.

q Is. 5. 4.

7 But the LORD said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all Eze. 2. 6. that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak.

3.9. 8 He. 13. 6.

5 Thus saith the LORD, What? iniquity have your fathers found in me, that they t2 Ki. 17. 15. are gone far from me, and have walked u Ps. 77. 5. after vanity, and are become vain ?

8 Ber not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the LORD.

9 Then the LORD put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth.

10 See, I have this day set thee over the nations, and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant.

6 Neither said they, Where is the LORD that brought us up" out of the wilderness, through a land of deserts and land of Egypt, that led us through the of pits; through a land of drought, and of the shadow of death; through a land that no man passed through, and where no man dwelt ?

11 Moreover, the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Jeremiah, what seest thou? And I said, I see a rod of an almond tree.

v Is. 6. 7.

20 Is. 63.11..13

Ho. 13. 4.

De. 32. 10.

y chap. 18. 7.
2 C6.10.4,5.

&or, the land

of Carmel.
Ps. 106. 38.
a Mal. 2. 6,7.

bchap. 5. 31.
Hab. 2. 18.
d Eze. 20. 35.
Eze. 11.3,7.
24. 3, &c.
$from the
face of
fchap. 4. 6.
6.1, 22.
be opened.
Ø or, over to.

Is. 23. 1, 12.
Ps. 120. 5.

i Mi. 4. 5.

k Ps. 106. 20.

Ro. 1. 23.

7 And I brought you into a plentiful country, to eat the fruit thereof and the goodness thereof: but when ye entered, ye defiled my land, and made mine heritage an abomination.

8 The priests said not, Where is the LORD? and they that handle the law" knew me not: the pastors also transgressed against me, and the prophets' prophesied by Baal, and walked after things that do not profit.

9 Wherefore I will yet plead with you, saith the LORD, and with your children's children will I plead.

10 For passover the isles of Chittim," and see; and send unto Kedar, and consider diligently, and see if there be such m chap. 17.13. a thing:

7 Is. 1. 2.

De. 28. 20.

n Ps. 81. 11.
• Ps. 36. 9.

11 Hathi a nation changed their gods, which are yet no gods? but my people have changed their glory for that which John 4. 14. doth not profit..

P Job 38. 3.

q Eze. 2. 6.

r Ex. 4. 22.

12 Be astonished, O ye heavens,' at this, and be horribly afraid, be ye very desolate, saith the LORD.

13 For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me," the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.

14 Is Israel a servant ?r is he a homeborn slave? why is he spoiled ?

15 The young lions roared upon him and yelled, and they made his land waste:

K break thee
to pieces.

A become a
spoil.
chap. 15.20.
Ps. 57. 4.

and brazen walls against the whole land, against the kings of Judah, against the princes thereof, against the priests thereof, and against the people of the land.

19 And they shall fight against thee, Pour Id am with thee, saith the LORD, to but they shall not prevail against thee; deliver thee.

μ gave out
their voice.

CHAPTER II.

MOREOVER, the word of the LORD

came to me, saying,

2 Go, and cry in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, Thus saith the LORD, I remember thee, the kindness of thy youth," the love of thine espousals, when thou wentest after me in the wilderness, in a land that was not sown.

3 Israel was holiness' unto the LORD, and the firstfruits of his increase: all" that devour hin shall offend; evil" shall come upon them, saith the LORD.

4 Hear ye the word of the LORD, O house of Jacob, and all the families of the house of Israel:

Expostulation with Israel.

his cities are burned without inhabitant.
16 Also the children of Noph and Ta-
hapanes have broken the crown of thy

head.c

JEREMIAH, III.

B. C. 629.

17 Hast thou not procured this unto thyself in that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God, when he led thee by the way?

a Ro. 7. 9.
1Jno.1.8,10
6 chap. 43.7.
Bor, feed on
thy crown,
De. 33. 20.
c Is. 1. 6, 7.
d Ho. 13.9.
• Ho. 12. 1.

18 And now what hast thou to do in the way of Egypt, to drink the waters of Sihor ? or what hast thou to do in the way of Assyria, to drink the waters of the river?

12 Ch.28.20. 19 Thine own wickedness shall correct Is. 30. 1, 2. thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove Jos. 13. 3. thee: know, therefore, and see, that it is 2 Sa. 13. 19. an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast for- Is. 5. 5. saken the LORD thy God, and that my fear Is.28.15..17 is not in thee, saith the Lord GOD of hosts. y saying. 20 For of old time I have broken thym De. 24. 4. yoke, and burst thy bands; and thou "Eze.16.26.. saidst, I will not transgress; when upon every high hill, and under every green tree, thou wanderest, playing the harlot.?

δ

21 Yet I had planted thee a nobler vine, wholly a right seed; how then art thou turned into the degenerate plant of a stranget vine unto me?

22 For though thou wash thee with nitre, and take thee much soap, yet thine iniquity is marked before me, saith the Lord GOD.

23 How canst thou say, I am not polluted, I have not gone after Baalim? See thy way in the valley, know what thou hast done; thou art a swift dromedary traversing her ways;

24 A wild ass used to the wilderness, that snuffeth up the wind at her pleasure; in her occasion who can turn her away?' all they that seek her will not weary themselves; in her month they shall find her.

25 Withhold thy foot from being unshod, and thy throat from thirst: but thou saidst, There is no hope: no; for I have loved strangers, and after them will I go.

29.

• Ex. 19. 8.
1 Sa. 12. 10.
P Zec. 1. 3.
Sor, serve,
Jos.24.18,21
? Is. 1. 21.
De. 12. 2.

Ps. 80. 8.
Pr. 23. 28.

t De. 32. 32.

u chap. 9. 12.

14.4.

Le. 26. 19.

De.28.23,24

v Ps. 90. 8. w Eze. 3. 7.

Pr.30.12,20.
for, O swift.

y Pr. 2. 17.
* Ps. 77. 7..9.

or, O.

O taught.
the desire
of her

heart.

6 The LORD said also unto me in the days of Josiah the king, Hast thou seen that which backsliding Israel hath done? she is gone up upona every high moun tain, and under every green tree, and there hath played the harlot.

с

A or, reverse

it.

26 As the thief is ashamed when he is 7 And I said, after she had done all found, so is the house of Israel ashamed; these things, Turn thou unto me; but they, their kings, their princes, and their a 1 Ki. 14. 23. she returned not. And her treacherous priests, and their prophets,

μ or, Is the

sister Judahd saw it.

27 Saying to a stock, Thou art my father; and to a stone, Thou hast brought me forth; for they have turned their back unto me, and not their face: but in the time of their troubles they will say, Arise, and save us.

case des-
perate?
6 chap. 18.12.

Ro. 8. 24.

8 And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery, I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also.

28 But where are thy gods that thou hast made thee? let them arise, if they can save thee in the time of thy ptrouble for according to the number of thy cities are thy gods, O Judah.

9 And it came to pass through the lightness of her whoredom, that she defiled the land, and committed adultery with stones and with stocks.

29 Wherefore will ye plead with me? ye all have transgressed against me, saith the LORD.

c2 Ki. 17. 10,

13.

d Eze.23.2,&c
Is. 44. 19.
vor, begot-
ten me.

π the hinder
parts of
the neck.

Ps. 78. 34.

Ho. 5. 15.

30 In vain have I smitten your children: they received no correction: your own sword hath devoured your prophets, like a destroying lion.

31 O generation, see ye the word of the LORD: Have I been a wilderness unto Israel? a land of darkness? Wherefore say my people, We are lords; we will come no more unto thee?

Mar.12.2..8.
have do-
minion.

32 Can a maid forget her ornaments,
or a bride her attire? yet my people havek Ps. 12. 4.
forgotten" me days without number. 12 Ch. 30.9.
33 Why trimmest thou thy way to seek Ps. 86. 15.
love? therefore hast thou also taught them De. 30. 1..6.
wicked ones thy ways.

n Ho. 8. 14.

34 Also in thy skirts is found the blood Ps. 106. 38. of the souls of the poor innocents: Ix digging. have not found it by x secret search, but upon all these.

Is. 54. 5.

The wickedness of Israel.

35 Yet thou sayest, Because I am innocent, surely his anger shall turn from me: behold, I will plead with thee, because thou sayest, I have not sinned.

36 Why gaddest thou about so much to change thy way? thou also shalt be ashamed of Egypt, as thou wast ashamed of Assyria.

e

evil.
or, fame.
chap. 2. 27.
Tin false-

hood.

k Is. 9. 13.

2 Ch. 36.16.

37 Yea, thou shalt go forth from him, and thine hands upon thine head: for the LORD hath rejected thy confidences, and' thou shalt not prosper in them. CHAPTER III.

THEY y say, If a man put away his wife, and she go from him, and become another man's, shall he return unto her again ?m shall not that land be greatly polluted? but thou hast played the harlot with many lovers; yet return" again saith the LORD.

to me,

2 Lift up thine eyes unto the high places, and see where thou hast not been lien with: in the ways hast thou sat for them, as the Arabian in the wilderness; and thou hast polluted the land with thy whoredoms and with thy wickedness.

3 Therefore" the showers have been withholden, and there hath been no latter rain; and thou hadst a whore's forehead, thou refusedst to be ashamed.

4 Wilt thou not from this time cry unto me, My father, thou art the guide of my youth?

5 Will he reserve his anger for ever? will he keep it to the end? Behold, thou hast spoken and done evil things as thou

couldest.

10 And yet for all this her treacherous sister Judah hath not turned unto me with her whole heart, but feignedly, saith the LORD.

11 And the LORD said unto me, The backsliding Israel hath justified herself more than treacherous Judah.

12 Go, and proclaim these words toward the north, and say, Return, thou backsliding Israel, saith the LORD, and I will not cause mine anger to fall upon you: for I am merciful,' saith the LORD, and I will not keep anger for ever.

13 Only acknowledge thine iniquity, that thou hast transgressed against the LORD thy God, and hast scattered thy ways to the strangers under every green tree, and ye have not obeyed my voice, saith the LORD.

14 Turn, backsliding children, saith the LORD; for I am married unto you; and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion:

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