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themselves with sackcloth : the vir- | rejoice over thee, he hath set up the gins of Jerusalem hang down their horn of thine adversaries. heads to the ground.

18 Their heart cried unto the 11 Mine eyes do fail with tears, Lord, O wall of the daughter of my bowels are troubled, my liver is Zion, let tears run down like a river poured upon the earth, for the de day and night: give thyself no rest; struction of the daughter of my peo let not the apple of thine eye cease. ple; because the children and the 19 Arise, cry out in the night: in sucklings swoon in the streets of the the beginning of the watches pour city.

out thine heart like water before 12 They say to their mothers, the face of the Lord: lift up thy Where is corn and wine? when they hands toward him for the life of thy swooned as the wounded in the young children, that faint for hunstreets of the city, when their soul ger in the top of every street. was poured out into their mothers' 20 Behold, O LORD, and consider bosom.

to whom thou hast done this. Shall 13 What thing shall I take to the women eat their fruit, and chil. witness for thee? what thing shall I dren of a span long? shall the liken to thee, O daughter of Jerusa priest and the prophet be slain in lem? what shall I equal to thee, that the sanctuary of the LORD? I may comfort thee, O virgin daugh 21 The young and the old lie on ter of Zion for thy breach is great the ground in the streets : my virlike the sea : who can heal thee? gins and my young men are fallen

14 Thy prophets have seen vain by the sword; thou hast slain them and foolish things for thee: and in the day of thine anger; thou hast they have not discovered thine ini killed, and not pitied. quity, to turn away thy captivity; 22 Thou hast called as in a solemn but have seen for thee false burdens day my terrors round about, so that and causes of banishment.

in the day of the Lord's anger none 15 All that pass by clap their escaped nor remained: those that I hands at thee; they hiss and wag have swaddled and brought up hath their head at the daughter of Jeru mine enemy consumed. salem, saying, Is this the city that men call The perfection of beauty,

CHAP. III. The joy of the whole earth ?

16 All thine enemies have opened I Am the man that hath seen afflictheir mouth against thee: they hiss tion by the rod of his wrath. and gnash the teeth : they say, We 2 He hath led me, and brought have swallowed her up: certainly me into darkness, but not into light. this is the day that we looked for; 3 Surely against me is he turned; we have found, we have seen it. he turneth his hand against me all

17 The LORD hath done that the day. which he had devised; he hath ful 4 My flesh and my skin hath he filled his word that he had com made old; he hath broken my bones. manded in the days of old: he hath 5 He hath builded against me, thrown down, and hath not pitied : and compassed me with gall and and he hath caused thine enemy to travel.

6 He bath set me in dark places, | my soul; therefore will I hope in as they that be dead of old.

him. 7 He hath hedged me about, that 25 The Lord is good unto them I cannot get out: he hath made my that wait for him, to the soul that chain heavy.

seeketh him. 8 Also when I cry and shout, he 26 It is good that a man should shutteth out my prayer.

both hope and quietly wait for the 9 He hath inclosed my ways with salvation of the LORD. hewn stone, he hath made my paths 27 It is good for a man that he crooked.

bear the yoke in his youth. 10 He was unto me as a bear ly 28 He sitteth alone and keepeth ing in wait, and as a lion in secret silence, because he hath borne it places.

upon him. 11 He hath turned aside my ways, 29 He putteth his mouth in the and pulled me in pieces : he hath dust; if so be there may be bope. made me desolate.

30 He giveth his cheek to him 12 He hath bent his bow, and set that smiteth him: he is filled full me as a mark for the arrow.

with reproach. 13 He hath caused the arrows of 31 For the LORD will not cast off his quiver to enter into my reins. for ever:

14 I was a derision to all my 32 But though he cause grief, yet people; and their song all the will he have compassion according day.

to the multitude of his mercies. 15 He hath filled me with bitter 33 For he doth not afflict willingness, he hath made me drunken with ly nor grieve the children of men. wormwood.

34 To crush under his feet all the 16 He hath also broken my teeth prisoners of the earth, with gravel stones, he hath covered 35 To turn aside the right of a me with ashes.

man before the face of the most 17 And thou hast removed my High, soul far off from peace: I forgat 36 To subvert a man in his cause, prosperity.

the LORD approveth not. 18 And I said, My strength and 37 Who is he that saith, and it my hope is perished from the LORD: cometh to pass, when the LORD

19 Remembering mine affliction commandeth it not? and my misery, the wormwood and · 38 Out of the mouth of the most the gall.

High proceedeth, not evil and good ? 20 My soul hath them still in re 39 Wherefore doth a living man membrance, and is humbled in me. complain, a man for the punishment · 21 This I recall to my mind, of his sins? therefore have 1 hope.

40 Let us search and try our ways, 22 It is of the Lord's, mercies and turn again to the LORD. that we are not consumed, because 41 Let us lift up our heart with his compassions fail not.

our hands unto God in the heavens. 23 They are new every morning : 42 We have transgressed and great is thy faithfulness.

have rebelled: thou hast not par24 The Lord is my portion, saith doned.

61 Thou hast heard their reproach, O Lord, and all their imaginations against me;

62 The lips of those that rose up against me, and their device against me all the day.

63 Behold their sitting down, and their rising up; I am their musick.

64 Render unto them a recompence, O LORD, according to the work of their hands.

65 Give them sorrow of heart, thy curse unto them.

66 Persecute and destroy them in anger from under the heavens of the LORD.

43 Thou hast covered with anger, and persecuted us : thou hast slain, thou hast not pitied.

44 Thou hast covered thyself with a cloud, that our prayer should not pass through.

45 Thou hast made us as the offscouring and refuse in the midst of the people.

46 All our enemies have opened their mouths against us.

47 Fear and a snare is come upon us, desolation and destruction.

48 Mine eye runneth down with rivers of water for the destruction of the daughter of my people.

49 Mine eye trickleth down, and ceaseth not, without any intermission,

50 Till the LORD look down, and behold from heaven.

51 Mine eye affecteth mine heart because of all the daughters of my city.

52 Mine enemies chased me sore, like a bird, without cause.

53 They have cut off my life in the dungeon, and cast a stone upon me.

54 Waters flowed over mine head; then I said, I am cut off.

55 I called upon thy name, O LORD, out of the low dungeon.

56 Thou hast heard my voice: hide not thine ear at my breathing, at my cry.

57 Thou drewest near in the day that I called upon thee: thou saidst, Fear not.

58 O LORD, thou hast pleaded the causes of my soul; thou hast redeemed my life.

59 O LORD, thou bast seen my wrong: judge thou my cause.

60 Thou hast seen all their vengeance and all their imaginations a. gainst me.

CHAP. IV. How is the gold become dim! how is the most fine gold changed ! the stones of the sanctuary are poured out in the top of every street.

2 The precious sons of Zion, comparable to fine gold, how are they esteemed as earthen pitchers, the work of the hands of the potter!

3 Even the sea monsters draw out the breast, they give suck to their young ones: the daughter of my people is become cruel, like the ostriches in the wilderness.

4 The tongue of the sucking child cleaveth to the roof of his mouth for thirst: the young children ask bread, and no man breaketh it unto them.

5 They that did feed delicately are desolate in the streets : they that were brought up in scarlet embrace dunghills.

6 For the punishment of the iniquity of the daughter of my people is greater than the punishment of the sin of Sodom, that was overthrown as in a moment, and no hands stayed on her.

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7 Her Nazarites were purer than gard them: they respected not the snow, they were whiter than milk, persons of the priests, they favoured they were more ruddy in body than not the elders. rubies, their polishing was of sap 17 As for us, our eyes as yet failphire:

ed for our vain help: in our watch8 Their visage is blacker than a ing we have watched for a nation coal; they are not known in the that could not save us. streets : their skin cleaveth to their 18 They hunt our steps, that we bones; it is withered, it is become cannot go in our streets : our end is like a stick.

near, our days are fulfilled; for our 9 They that be slain with the sword end is come. are better than they that be slain with 19 Our persecutors are swifter hunger: for these pine away, strick than the eagles of the heaven : they en through for want of the fruits of pursued us upon the mountains, they the field.

laid wait for us in the wilderness. 10 The hands of the pitiful wo 20 The breath of our nostrils, the men have sodden their own chil anointed of the LORD, was taken in dren : they were their meat in the their pits, of whom we said, Under destruction of the daughter of my his shadow we shall live among the people.

heathen. 11 The Lord hath accomplished 21 Rejoice and be glad, O daugh. his fury; he hath poured out his ter of Edom, that dwellest in the fierce anger, and hath kindled a fire land of Uz; the cup also shall pass in Zion, and it hath devoured the through unto thee: thou shalt be foundations thereof.

drunken, and shalt make thyself 12 The kings of the earth, and all naked. the inhabitants of the world, would 22 The punishment of thine ininot have believed that the adversary quity is accomplished, O daughter and the enemy should have entered of Zion; he will no more carry thee into the gates of Jerusalem.

away into captivity: he will visit 13 For the sins of her prophets, thine iniquity, O daughter of Edom; and the iniquities of her priests, that he will discover thy sins. have shed the blood of the just in the midst of her,

CHAP. V. 14 They have wandered as blind men in the streets, they have pol REMEMBER, O Lord, what is luted themselves with blood, so that come upon us : consider, and bemen could not touch their gar hold our reproach. ments.

2 Our inheritance is turned to 15 They cried unto them, Depart strangers, our houses to aliens. ye; it is unclean; depart, depart, 3 We are orphans and fatherless, touch not: when they fled away I our mothers are as widows. and wandered, they said among the 4 We have drunken our water heathen, They shall no more so for money; our wood is sold unto journ there.

16 The anger of the LORD hath 5 Our necks are under persecu-. divided them; he will no more re- tion: we labour, and have no rest.

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- 6 We have given the hand to the Egyptians, and to the Assyrians, to be satisfied with bread. .7 Our fathers have sinned, and are not; and we have borne their iniquities.

8 Servants have ruled over us: there is none that doth deliver us out of their hand.

9 We gat our bread with the peril of our lives because of the sword of the wilderness.

10 Our skin was black like an oven because of the terrible famine.

11 They ravished the women in Zion, and the inaids in the cities of Judah.

12 Princes are hanged up by their hand: the faces of elders were not honoured.

13 They took the young men to grind, and the children fell under the wood.

14 The elders have ceased from

the gate, the young men from their musick.

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

16 The crown is fallen from our head: woe unto us, that we have sinned!

17 For this our heart is faint; for these things our eyes are dim.

18 Because of the mountain of Zion, which is desolate, the foxes walk upon it.

19 Thou, O LORD, remainest for ever; thy throne from generation to generation.

20 Wherefore dost thou forget || us for ever, and forsake us so long time?

21 Turn thou us unto thee, O LORD, and we shall be turned ; renew our days as of old.

22 But thou hast utterly rejected us; thou art very wroth against us.

THE BOOK OF THE PROPHET EZEKIEL.

CHAP. I.

Now it came to pass in the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, in the fifth day of the month, as I was among the captives by the river of Chebar, that the heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God.

2 In the fifth day of the month, which was the fifth year of king Jehoiachin's captivity,

3 The word of the Lord came expressly unto Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by the river Chebar; and the hand of the LORD was there upon him.

4 And I looked, and, behold, a whirlwind came out of the north, a great cloud, and a fire infolding itself, and a brightness was about it, and out of the midst thereof as the colour of amber, out of the midst of the fire.

5 Also out of the midst thereof came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance; they had the likeness of a man,

6 And every one had four faces, and every one had four wings.

7 And their feet were straight feet; the sole of their feet wus like the sole of a calf's foot: and they

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