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according to the multitude of his idols;

5 That I may take the house of Israel in their own beart, because they are all estranged from me through their idols.

6 Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord God; Repent, and turn yourselves from your idols; and turn away your faces from all your abominations.

7 For every one of the house of Israel, or of the stranger that sojourneth in Israel, which separateth himself from me, and setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the stumblingblock of his iniquity before his face, and cometh to a prophet to enquire of him concerning me; I the Lord will answer him by myself: - 8 And I will set my face against that man, and will make him a sign and a proverb, and I will cut him off from the midst of my people ; and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

9 And if the prophet be deceived when he hath spoken a thing, I the LORD have deceived that prophet, and I will stretch out my hand upon him, and will destroy him from the midst of my people Israel.

10 And they shall bear the punishment of their iniquity: the punishment of the prophet shall be even as the punishment of him that seeketh unto him;

11 That the house of Israel may go no more astray from me, neither be polluted any more with all their transgressions; but that they may be my people, and I may be their God, saith the Lord God.

12 The word of the LORD came again to me, saying,

13 Son of man, when the land sinneth against me by trespassing

grievously, then will I stretch out mine hand upon it, and will break the staff of the bread thereof, and will send famine upon it, and will cut off man and beast from it:

14 Though these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they should deliver but their own souls by their righteousness, saith the Lord God.

15 If I cause noisome beasts to pass through the land, and they spoil it, so that it be desolate, that no man may pass through because of the beasts :

16 Though these three men were in it, as I live, saith the Lord God, they shall deliver neither sons nor daughters; they only shall be delivered, but the land shall be desolate.

17 Or if I bring a sword upon that land, and say, Sword, go through the land; so that I cut off man and beast from it:

18 Though these three men were in it, as I live, saith the Lord God, they shall deliver neither sons nor daughters, but they only shall be delivered themselves.

19 Or if I send a pestilence into that land, and pour out my fury upon it in blood, to cut off from it man and beast :

20 Though Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, as I live, saith the Lord God, they shall deliver neither son nor daughter; they shall but deliver their own souls by their righteousness.

21 For thus saith the Lord God; How much more when I send my four sore judgments upon Jerusalem, the sword, and the famine, and the noisome beast, and the pestilence, to cut off from it man and beast?

22 Yet, behold, therein shall be

left a remnant that shall be brought I 8 And I will make the land desoforth, both sons and daughters : be- || late, because they have committed hold, they shall come forth unto a trespass, saith the Lord God. you, and ye shall see their way and their doings : and ye shall be com

CHAP. XVI. forted concerning the evil that I have brought upon Jerusalem, even AGAIN the word of the Lord concerning all that I have brought came unto me, saying, upon it.

2 Son of man, cause Jerusalem 23 And they shall comfort you, to know her abominations, when ye see their ways and their 3 And say, Thus saith the Lord doings: and ye shall know that I God unto Jerusalem; Thy birth and have not done without cause all thy nativity is of the land of Canaan; that I have done in it, saith the thy father was an Amorite, and thy Lord God.

mother an Hittite.

4 And as for thy nativity, in the CHAP. XV.

day thou wast born thy navel was

not cut, neither wast thou washed AND the word of the LORD came in water to supple thee; thou wast unto me, saying,

not salted at all, nor swaddled at all. 2 Son of man, what is the vine 5 None eye pitied thee, to do any tree more than any tree, or than a of these unto thee, to have compasbranch which is among the trees of sion upon thee; but thou wast cast the forest?

out in the open field, to the lothing 3 Shall wood be taken thereof to of thy person, in the day that thou do any work? or will men take a pin wast born. of it to hang any vessel thereon ?

6 And when I passed by thee, 4 Behold, it is cast into the fire and saw thee polluted in thine own for fuel; the fire devoureth both the blood, I said unto thee when thou ends of it, and the midst of it is wast in thy blood, Live; yea, I said burned. Is it meet for any work? unto thee when thou wast in thy

5 Behold, when it was whole, it blood, Live. was meet for no work: how much o I have caused thee to multiply less shall it be meet yet for any as the bud of the field, and thou work, when the fire hath devoured hast increased and waxen great, and it, and it is burned ?

thou art come to excellent orna6 Therefore thus saith the Lord ments: thy breasts are fashioned, God; As the vine tree among the and thine hair is grown, whereas trees of the forest, which I have thou wast naked and bare. given to the fire for fuel, so will I 8 Now when I passed by thee, give the inhabitants of Jerusalem. and looked upon thee, behoid, thy

7 And I will set my face against time was the time of love; and I them; they shall go out from one spread my skirt over thee, and cofire, and another fire shall devour vered thy nakedness: yea, I sware them; and ye shall know that I am unto thee, and entered into a covethe Lord, when I set my face a nant with thee, saith the Lord God, gainst them.

and thou becamest mine.

9 Then washed I thee with water; yea, I throughly washed away thy blood from thee, and I anointed thee with oil.

10 I clothed thee also with broidered work, and shod thee with badgers' skin, and I girded thee about with fine linen, and I covered thee with silk.

11 I decked thee also with ornaments, and I put bracelets upon thy hands, and a chain on thy neck.

12 And I put a jewel on thy forehead, and earrings in thine ears, and a beautiful crown upon thine head.

13 Thus wast thou decked with gold and silver; and thy raiment was of fine linen, and silk, and broidered work; thou didst eat fine flour, and honey, and oil: and thou wast exceeding beautiful, and thou didst prosper into a kingdom.

14 And thy renown went forth among the heathen for thy beauty : for it was perfect through my comeliness, which I had put upon thee, saith the Lord God.

15 But thou didst trust in thine own beauty, and playedst the harlot because of thy renown, and pouredst out thy fornications on every one that passed by; his it was.

16 And of thy garments thou didst take, and deckedst thy high places with divers colours, and playedst the harlot thereupon: the like things shall not come, neither shall it be so.

17 Thou hast also taken thy fair jewels of my gold and of my silver, which I had given thee, and madest to thyself images of men, and didst commit whoredom with them,

18 And tookest thy broidered garments, and coveredst them: and thou hast set mine oil and mine incense before them.

19 My meat also which I gave thee, fine flour, and oil, and honey, wherewith I fed thee, thou hast even set it before them for a sweet savour : and thus it was, saith the Lord God.

20 Moreover thou hast taken thy sons and thy daughters, whom thou hast borne unto me, and these hast thou sacrificed unto them to be devoured. Is this of thy whoredoms a small matter,

21 That thou hast slain my children, and delivered them to cause them to pass through the fire for them?

22 And in all thine abominations and thy whoredoms thou hast not remembered the days of thy youth, when thou wast naked and bare, and wast polluted in thy blood.

23 And it came to pass after all thy wickedness, (woe, woe unto thee! saith the Lord God;)

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

25 Thou hast built thy high place at every head of the way, and hast made thy beauty to be abhorred, and hast opened thy feet to every one that passed by, and multiplied thy whoredoms.

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

27 Behold, therefore I have stretched out my hand over thee, and have diminished thine ordinary food, and delivered thee unto the will of them that hate thee, the daughters of the Philistines, which are ashamed of thy lewd way.

28 Thou hast played the whore

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also with the Assyrians, because I thou hast hated; I will even gather thou wast unsatiable; yea, thou hast them round about against thee, and played the harlot with them, and will discover thy nakedness unto yet couldest not be satisfied. . them, that they may see all thy

29 Thou hast moreover multi nakedness. plied thy fornication in the land of 38 And I will judge thee, as woCanaan unto Chaldea ; and yet thou men that break wedlock and shed wast not satisfied herewith.

blood are judged; and I will give 30 How weak is thine heart, thee blood in fury and jealousy. saith the Lord God, seeing thou 39 And I will also give thee into doest all these things, the work of their hand, and they shall throw an imperious whorish woman ; down thine eminent place, and shall • 31 In that thou buildest thine break down thy high places: they eminent place in the head of every shall strip thee also of thy clothes, way, and makest thine high place and shall take thy fair jewels, and in every street; and hast not been leave thee naked and bare. as an harlot, in that thou scornest 40 They shall also bring up a com

pany against thee, and they shall 32 But as a wife that committeth stone thee with stones, and thrust adultery, which taketh strangers in thee through with their swords. stead of her husband !

41. And they shall burn thine 33 They give gifts to all whores : houses with fire, and execute judgbut thou givest thy gifts to all thy ments upon thee in the sight of lovers, and hirest them, that they many women: and I will cause thee may come unto thee on every side to cease from playing the harlot, for thy whoredom.

and thou also shalt give no hire any 34 And the contrary is in thee more. from other women in thy whore 42 So will I make my fury toward doms, whereas none followeth thee thee to rest, and my jealousy shall to commit whoredoms: and in that depart from thee, and I will be thou givest a reward, and no reward quiet, and will be no more angry.. is given unto thee, therefore thou 43 Because thou hast not rememart contrary.

bered the days of thy youth, but 35 Wherefore, O harlot, hear the hast fretted me in all these things ; word of the LORD:

behold, therefore I also will recom36 Thus saith the Lord God; pense thy way upon thine head, saith Because thy filthiness was poured the Lord God: and thou shalt not out, and thy nakedness discovered commit this lewdness above all through thy whoredoms with thy thine abominations. lovers, and with all the idols of thy · 44 Behold, every one that useth abominations, and by the blood of proverbs shall use this proverb athy children, which thou didst give gainst thee, saying, As is the mounto them;

ther, so is her daughter. 37 Behold, therefore I will gather 45 Thou art thy mother's daughall thy lovers, with whom thou hast ter, that lotheth her husband and taken pleasure, and all them that her children; and thou art the sister thou hast loved, with all them that ll of thy sisters, which lothed 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 thy younger sister, that dwelleth at thy right hand, is Sodom and her daughters.

47 Yet hast thou not walked after their ways, nor done after their abominations : but, as if that were a very little thing, thou wast corrupted more than they in all thy


48 As I live, saith the Lord God, Sodom thy sister hath not done, she nor her daughters, as thou hast done, thou and thy daughters.

49 Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.

50 And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good.

51 Neither hath Samaria committed half of thy sins; but thou hast multiplied thine abominations more than they, and hast justified thy sisters in all thine abominations which thou hast done.

52 Thou also, which hast judged thy sisters, bear thine own shame for thy sins that thou hast committed more abominable than they: they are more righteous than thou: yea, be thou confounded also, and bear thy shame, in that thou hast justified thy sisters.

53 When I shall bring again 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:

54 That thou mayest bear thine own shame, and mayest be confounded 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 her daughters shall return to their former estate, then thou and thy daughters shall return to your former estate.

56 For thy sister Sodom was not mentioned by thy mouth in the day of thy pride,

57 Before thy wickedness was discovered, as at the time of thy reproach of the daughters of Syria, and all that are round about her, the daughters of the Philistines, which despise thee round about.

58 Thou hast borne thy lewdness and thine abominations, saith the LORD.

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.

60 Nevertheless I will remember my covenant with thee in the days of thy youth, and I will establish unto thee an everlasting covenant.

61 Then thou shalt remember thy ways, and be ashamed, when thou shalt receive thy sisters, thine elder and thy younger : and I will give them unto thee for daughters, but not by thy covenant.

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

63 That thou mayest remember, and be confounded, and never open thy mouth any more because of thy shame, when I am pacified toward

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