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638 Jerusalem's misery lamented. LAMENTATIONS. Jeremiah's complaint. unto the earth the beauty of Israel, and when their soul was poured out into their remembered not his footstool in the day mother's bosom. of his anger!

13 What thing shall I take to witness for 2 The Lord hath swallowed up all the thee? what thing shall I liken to thee, O habitations of Jacob, and hath not pitied : | daughter of Jerusalem? What shall I ehe hath thrown down in his wrath the qual to thee, that I may comfort thee, O strong holds of the daughter of Judah ; | virgin daughter of Zion? for tliy breach is he hath brought them down to the ground: | great like the sea : who can heal thee? he hath polluted the kingdom and the 14 Thy prophets have seen vain and princes thereof.

foolish things for thee: and they have not 3 He hath cut off in his fierce anger discovered thine iniquity, to turn away all the horn of Israel : he hath drawn thy captivity; but have seen for thee false back his right hand from before the ene- burdens and causes of banishment. my, and he burned against Jacob like a 15 All that pass by, clap their hands at fiaming fire, which devoureth round about. thee; they hiss and wag their head at the

4 He hath bent his bow like an ene- daughter of Jerusalem, saying, Is this my : he stood with his right hand as an the city that men call the Perfection of adversary, and slew all that were pleas- beauty, the Joy of the whole earth? ant to the eye in the tabernacle of the 16 All thine enemies have opened their daughter of Zion: he poured out his fury mouth against thee: they hiss and gnash like fire.

the teeth : they say, We have swallowed 5 The Lord was an enemy: he hath her up : certainly this is the day that swallowed up Israel, he hath swallowed we looked for ; we have found, we have up all her palaces : he hath destroyed

seen it. his strong holds, and hath increased in 17 The Lord hath done that which the daughter of Judah mourning and la- he had devised; he hath fulfilled his word mentation.

that he had commanded in the days of 6 And he hath violently taken away old; he hath thrown down, and hath not his tabernacle, as if it were of a garden : pitied : and he hath caused thine enemy he hath destroyed his places of the as- to rejoice over thee, he hath set up the sembly: the Lord hath caused the sol- horn of thine adversaries. emu feasts and sabbaths to be forgotten 18 Their heart cried unto the LORD, in Zion, and hath despised in the indigna- wall of the daughter of Zion, let tears tion of his anger the king and the priest. run down like a river day and night :

7 The Lord hath cast off his altar, I give thyself no rest ; let not the apple of he hath abhorred his sanctuary, he hath thine eye cease. given up into the hand of the enemy the 19 Arise, cry out in the night : in the walls of her palaces ; they have made a beginning of the watches pour out thine noise in the house of the LORD, as in the heart like water before the face of the day of a solemn feast.

LORD: lift up thy hands toward him for 8 The LORD hath purposed to destroy || the life of thy young children, that faint the wall of the daughter of Zion : he hath for hunger in the top of every street. stretched out a line, he hath not with- 20 9 Behold, O LORD, and consider to drawn his hand from destroying : there- whom thou hast done this. Shall the fore he made the rampart and the wall women eat their fruit, and children of a to lament ; they languished together. span long? shall the priest and the proph

9 Her gates are sunk into the ground ; et be slain in the sanctuary of the LORD? he hath destroyed and broken her bars : 21 The young and the old lie on the her king and her princes are among the ground in the streets : my virgins and my Gentiles: the law is no more : her proph- young men are fallen by the sword ; thou ets also find no vision from the LORD. hast slain them in the day of thine anger;

10 The elders of the daughter of Zion thou hast killed, and not pitied. sit upon the ground, and keep silence : 22 Thou hast called as in a solemn day they have cast up dust upon their heads; | my terrors round about, so that in the they have girded themselves with sack- day of the Lord's anger none escaped cloth: the virgins of Jerusalem hang down nor remained : those that I have swadtheir heads to the ground.

dled and brought up, hath mine enemy 11 Mine eyes do fail with tears, my || consumed. bowels are troubled, my liver is poured

CHAP. III. upon the earth, for the destruction of the The faithful bewail their calamities. daughter of my people ; because the chits I by the rod of his wrath.

Am the man that hath seen affliction dren and the sucklings swoon in the streets of the city.

2 He hath led me, and brought me into 12 They say to their mothers, Where darkness, but not into light. or corn and wine? when they swooned 3 Surely against me is he turned ; he as the wounded in the streets of the city, Il turneth his hand against me all the day.

The faithful bewail


their calamities. 639 4 My flesh and my skin hath he made 34 To crush under his feet all the prisold; he hath broken my bones.

oners of the earth, 5 He hath builded against me, and 35 To turn asidle the right of a man compassed me with gall and travail. before the face of the most High,

6 He hath set me in dark places, as 36 To subvert a man in his cause, the they that be dead of old.

LORD approveth not. 7 He hath hedged me about, that I can- 37 | Who is he that saith, and it comnot get out : he hath made my chain eth to pass, when the Lord commandeth heavy.

it not? 8 Also when I cry and shout, he shut- 38 Out of the mouth of the most High teth out my prayer.

proceedeth not evil and good? 9 He hath enclosed my ways with hewn 39 Wherefore doth a living man comstone, he hath made my paths crooked. plain, a man for the punishment of his sins?

10 He was unto me as a bear lying in 40 Let us search and try our ways, and wait, and as a lion in secret places. turn again to the LORD.

11 He hath turned aside my ways, and 41 Let us lift up our heart with our pulled me in pieces : he hath made me hands unto God in the heavens. desolate.

42 We have transgressed and have re12 He hath bent his bow, and set me belled : thou hast not pardoned. as a mark for the arrow.

43 Thou hast covered with anger, and 13 He hath caused the arrows of his persecuted us : thou hast slain, thou hast quiver to enter into my reins.

not pitied. 14. I was a derision to all my people; 44 Thou hast covered thyself with a and their song all the day.

cloud, that our prayer should not pass 15 He hath filled me with bitterness, he through. hath made me drunken with wormwood. 45 Thou hast made us as the off-scour

16 He hath also broken my teeth withing and refuse in the midst of the people. gravel stones, he hath covered me with 46 All our enemies have opened their ashes.

mouths against us. 17 And thou hast removed my soul far 47 Fear and a snare is come upon us, off from peace : I forgat prosperity. desolation and destruction.

18 And I said, My strength and my 48 Mine eye runneth down with rivers hope is perished from the Lord: of water for the destruction of the daugh

19 Remembering mine affliction and ter of my people. my misery, the wormwind and the gall. 49 Mine eye trickleth down, and ceas

20 My soul hath them still in remem- eth not, without any intermission, brance, and is humbled in me.

50 Till the LORD look down, and be21 This I recal to my mind, therefore hold from heaven. have I hope.

51 Mine eve affecteth mine heart be22 9 It is of the Lord's mercies that cause of all the daughters of my city. we are not consumed, because his com- 52 Mine enemies chased me sore, like passions fail not.

a bird, without cause. 23 They are new every morning: great 53 They have cut off my life in the is thy faithfulness.

dungeon, and cast a stone upon me. 24 The LORD is my portion, saith my 54 Waters flowed over mine head ; soul; therefore will I hope in him. then I said, I am cut off.

25 The LORD is good unto them that 55 f I called upon thy name, O LORD, wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. | out of the low dungeon.

26 It is good that a man should both 56 Thou hast heard my voice: hide hope and quietly wait for the salvation of not thine ear at my breathing, at my cry. the LORD.

57 Thou drewest near in the day that 27 It is good for a man that he bear I called upon thee: thou saidst, Fear not. the yoke in his youth.

58 O Lord, thou hast pleaded the causes 28 He sitteth alone, and keepeth silence, of my soul ; thou hast redeemed my life. because he hath borne it upon him.

59° O LORD, thou hast seen my wrong: 29 He putteth his mouth in the dust ; | judge thou my cause. if so be there may be hope.

60 Thou hast seen all their vengeance 30 He giveth his cheek to him that and all their imaginations against me. smiteth him ; he is filled full with re- 61 Thou hast heard their reproach, o proach.

LORD, and all their imaginations against 31 For the LORD will not castoff forever: | me;

32 But though he cause grief, yet will 62 The lips of those that rose up ahe have compassion according to the mul- gainst me, and their device against me all titude of his mercies.

the day. 33 For he doth not afflict willingly nor 63 Behold their sitting down, and their grieve the children of men.

rising up; I am their musick.

640 Zion's pitiful estate. LAMENTATIONS. Her complaint to God.

64 T Render unto them a recompense, 15 They cried unto them, Depart ye ; () Lord, according to the work of their || it is unclean; de part, depart, touch not : hands.

when they fled away and wandered, they 65 Give them sorrow of heart, thy curse said among the heathen, They shall no unto them.

more sojourn there. 66 Persecute and destroy them in anger 16 The anger of the Lord hath divided from under the heavens of the LORD. them; he will no more regard them : they CHAP. IV.

respected not the persons of the priests, 1 Zion's pitiful estate bewailed. 13 She con- they favoured not the elders. .fesseth her sins. 21 Edom threatened. 17 As for us, our eyes as yet failed for

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stones of the sanctuary are poured out in 18 They hunt our steps, that we cannot the top of every street.

gn in our streets : our end is near, our 2 The precious sons of Zion, compardays are fulfilled ; for our end is come. able to fine gold, how are they esteemed 19 Our persecutors are swifter than as earthen pitchers, the work of the hands the eagles of the heaven: they pursued us of the potter!

upon the mountains, they laid wait for us 3 Even the sea-monsters draw out the in the wilderness. breast, they give suck to their young ones : 20 The breath of our nostrils, the anthe daughter of my people is become cruel, ointed of the Lord, was taken in their like the ostriches in the wilderness. pits, of whom we said, Under his shadow

4 The tongue of the sucking child cleav- we shall live among the heathen. eth to the roof of his mouth for thirst: the 21 Rejoice and be glad, O da ughter young children ask bread, and no inan of Edom, that dwellest in the land of Uz; breaketh it unto them.

the cup also shall pass through unto thee: 5 They that did feed delicately are des- thou shalt be drunken, and shalt make olate in the streets: they that were brought thyself naked. up in scarlet embrace dunghills.

22 q The punishment of thine iniquiry 6 For the punishment of the iniquity is accomplished, O daughter of Zion; he of the daughter of my people is greater will no more carry thee away into captivthan the punishment of the sin of Sodom, ity: he will visit thine iniquity, O daughthat was overthrown as in a moment, and ter of Edom; he will discover thy sins. no hands stayed on her.

CHAP. V. 7 Her Nazarites were purer than snow, | A pitiful comfilaint of Zion, in prayer they were whiter than milk, they were

to God. was of sapphire :

, and behold 8 Their visage is blacker than a coal; | reproach. they are not known in the streets : their 2 Our inheritance is turned to stranskin cleaveth to their bones ; it is wither- 1 gers, our houses to aliens. ed, it is become like a stick.

3. We are orphans and fatherless, our 9 They that be slain with the sword are mothers are as widows. better than they that be slain with hunger: 4 We have drunken our water for monfor these pine away, stricken through for ey; our wood is sold unto us. want of the fruits of the field.

5 Our necks are under persecution : 10 The hands of the pitiful women we labour, and have no rest. have sodden their own children : they 6 We have given the hand to the Ewere their meat in the destruction of the gyptians, and to the Assyrians, to be satisdaughter of my people.

fied with bread. 11 The Lord hath accomplished his 7 Our fathers have sinned, and are not ; fury; he hath poured out his tierce an- and we have borne their iniquities. ger, and hath kindled a fire in Zion, and 8 Servants have ruled ever us, there is it hath devoured the foundations thereof none that doth deliver us out of their hand.

12 The kings of the earth, and all the 9 We gat our bread with the peril of inhabitants of the world, would not have our lives because of the sword of the wilbelieved that the adversary and the ene- || derness. my should have entered into the gates of 10 Our skin was black like an oven beJerusalem.

cause of the terrible fainine. 13 | For the sins of her prophets, and 11 They ravished the women in Zion, the iniquities of her priests, that have shed and the maids in the cities of Judah. the blood of the just in the midst of her, 12 Princes are hanged up by their

14 They have wandered as blind men hand : the faces of elders were not honin the streets, they have polluted them- oured. selves with blood, so that men could not 13 They took the young men to grind, touch their garments.

and the children fell under the wood.

Ezekiel's vision of the cherubims CHAP. I. and of the four wheels. 641

14 The elders have ceased from the 19 Thou, O LORD, remainest for gate, the young men from their musick. ever; thy throne from generation to

15 The joy of our heart is ceased; our generation. dance is turned into mourning.

20 Wherefore dost thou forget us for 16 The crown is fallen from our head: ever, and forsake us so long time? woe unto us, that we have sinned !

21 Turn thou us unto thee, O LORD, 17 For this our heart is faint ; for these and we shall be turned; renew our days things our eyes are dim.

as of okl. 18 Because of the mountain of Zion, 22 But thou hast utterly rejected us; which is desolate, the foxes walk upon it. I thou art very wroth against us.


they went; and they turned not when 1 The time of Ezekiel's prophecy. 4 His they went.

vision of four cherubims, 15 of four 13 As for the likeness of the living wheels, 26 and of the glory of GOD. I creatures, their appearance was like N COW it came to pass in the thirtieth burning coals of fire, and like the ap

year, in the fourth month, in the pearance of lamps : it went up and down fifth day of the month, as I was among | among the living creatures; and the fire the captives by the river of Chebar, that was bright, and out of the fire went forth the heavens were opened, and I saw vis- lightning. ions of God.

'14 And the living creatures ran and 2 In the fifth day of the month, which returned as the appearance of a flash of was the fifth year of king Jehoiachin's lightning: captivity,

015 I Now as I beheld the living crea3 The word of the Lord came ex- tures, behold one whcel upon the earth by pressly unto Ezekiel the priest, the son of the living creatures, with his four faces.

the river Chebar; and the hand of the LORD their work was like unto the colour of a was there upon him.

beryl: and they four had one likeness: and 4. And I looked, and behold, a whirl- their appearance and their work cvas as wind came out of the north, a great it were a wheel in the middle of a whcel. cloud, and a fire infolding itself, and a 17 When they went, they went upon brightness qvas about it, and out of the their four sides ; and they returned not midst thereof as the colour of amber, out when they went of the midst of the fire.

18 As for their rings, they were so high 5 Also out of the midst thereof came that they were dreadful; and their rings the likeness of four living creatures. And were full of eyes round about them four. this was their appearance; they had the 19 And when the living creatures went, likeness of a man.

the whcels went by them: and when the 6 And every one had four faces, and living creatures were lifted up from the every one had four wings.

earth, the wheels were lifted up. 7 And their feet were straight feet; and 20 Whithersoever the spirit was to go, the sole of their feet was like the sole of a they went, thither was their spirit to go; calf's foot : and they sparkled like the and the wheels were lifted up over acolour of burnished brass.

gainst them: for the spirit of the living 8 And they had the hands of a man un- creature was in the wheels. der their wings on their fir sides; and 21 When those went, these went; and they four had their faces and their wings. when those stood, these stood; and when

9 Their wings were joined one to anoth- those were lifted up from the earth, the er; they turned not when they went ; wheels were lifted up over against them: they went every one straight forward. for the spirit of the living creature was

10 As for the likeness of their faces, || in the wheels. they four had the face of a man and the 22 And the likeness of the firmament face of a lion, on the right side : and upon the heads of the living creature they four had the face of an ox on the was as the colour of the terrible crystal, left side; they four also had the face of stretched forth over their heads above. an eagle.

23 And under the firmament were their 11 Thus were their faces : and their || wings straight, the one toward the other : wings were stretched upward : two wings | every one had two, which covered on this of every one were joined one to another, side, and every one had two, which covand two covered their bodies.

ered on that side, their bodies. 12 And they went every one straight 24 And when they went, I heard the noise forward: whither the spirit was to go, li of their wings, like the noise of great wa

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642 Ezekirl's connission. EZEKIEL

He cateth the roll. ters, as the voice of the Almighty, the voice 10 And he spread it before me: and it of speech, as the noise rif alist : when was written within and without : and they stond, they let down their wings. There qu'as written therein lamentations,

25 And there was a voice from the fir- and nouining, and woe. mament that was over their heads, when

CH P. IIL they stood, and liad let down their wings. I E-rhirl eatesh the rull. 35 God sheeth

20 1 And asove ihe firmement that him the rule of prophecy, 22 and shul70s over their heels ves the likeresso tethu??? nemeth the prophet's mouth.

ORLOVEK he said, Son of siene: and upon the likeness of the throne

man, eat that thou findest ; eat quas the likeness as the appearance of a this roll, and go speak unto the house of man abeve opon it.

Israel. 27 And I saw as the colour of amber, 2 Sv I opened my mouth, and he causas the appearance of fire round about i ed me to eat that roll. within it, from the appearance of his

3 And he said unto me, Son of man, loins even upward, and from the ap- cause thy belly to eat, and fill thy bowpearance of his loins eren downward, I els with this roll that I give thee. Then saw as it were the appearance of fire, and did I cat it ; and it was in my mouth as it had brightness round about.

nancy for sweetness. 28 As the appearance of the bow that 4 And he said unto me, Son of man, is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was go, get thee unto the house of Israel, the appearance of the brightness round and speak with my words unto them. about. This was the appearance of the 5 For thou are not sent to a people of likeness of the glory of the Lord. And a strange speech and of an hard language, when I saw it, I fell upoa my face, and I but to the house of Israel; heard a vcice of one thint spake.

6 Not to many people of a strange CHAP. II.

speech and of an hard language, whose 1 Ezekiel's commission. 6 His instruction. words thou canst not understand. Sure9 The roll of his heavy firophecy. ly, had I sent thee to them, they would

have hearkencd unto thee. sind upon thy feet, and I will speak 7 But the house of Israel will not hearkunto liee.

en unto thee; for they will not hearken 2 And the spirit entered into me when unto me: for all the house of Israel are he spake unto me, and set me upon my impudent and hard-hearted. feet, that I heard him that spake unto me. 8 Behold, I bave made thy face strong

3 And he said unto me, Son of man, I against their faces, and thy foreheadi send thee to the children of Israel, to a re- strong against their foreheads. bellious nation that hati rebelled against 9 As an adamant harder than flint me: they and theirfathers have transgress- have I made thy forehead : fear them ed against me, ezen unto this very day. not, neither be dismayed at their looks,

4 For iiy are impudent children and thougla they be a rebellious house. stiff-hearted: I do send thee wto them; 10 Moreover he said unto me, Son of and thou shalt say unto thein, Thus saith man, all my words that I shall speak unthe Lord God.

to the receive in thine heart, and hear 5 And they, whether they will hear, with thine cars. or whether they will forbear, (for they 11 And go, get thee to them of the capare a rcbxllious house,) yet shail know that tivity, unto the children of thy people, there liath been a prophet among them. and speak upto them, and tell them,

6 And thou, son of man, be not Thus saith the Lord God; whether they afraid of them, neither be afraid of their

will hear, or

hetljer they will forbear. words, though briers and thorns be with 12 Then the spirit took me up, and I thee, and thou dost dwell among scorpi- | heard behind me a voice of a great rushons : be not afraid of their words, nor ing, surirs, Biessed be the glory of the be dismayed at their looks, though they LORD trom his place. be a rebellious house.

13 I heard also the noise of the wings 7 And thou shalt speak my words into of the living creatures that touched one them, whether they will hear, or wheth- | another, and the noise of the wheels er they will forbear : for they are most over against them, and a noise of a great rebellious.

rushing 8 But thou, son of man, hear what I 14 So the spirit lifted me up, and took say unto thee; Be not thou rebellious like me away, and I went in bitterness, in the that rebellicus house : open thy mouth, heat of ny spirit ; but the hand of the and eat that I give thee.

LORD was strong upon me. 9 f And when I looked, behold, an 15 | Then I came to them of the capland was sent unto me; and lo, a roll tivity at Tel-abib, that twelt by the river of a book was therein ;

of Chebar, and I sat where they sat, and

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