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EVENING. JEREMIAH Xxxvi. And it came to pass in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah, that this word came unto Jeremiah from the Lord, saying, ? Take thee 2 How gracious is the Lord ! Whea roll of a book, and write ther He afflict, or threaten afflictions, therein all the words that I He has in view only our repentance. have spoken unto thee against Israel, and against Judah, and against all the nations, from the day I spake unto thee, from the days of Josiah, even unto 3 God speaks here after the manner this day. It may be that of men, showing us that whatever be the house of Judah will hear the perfections of his own attributes all the evil which I purpose of omnipotence and omniscience, to do unto them : that they man's will is left him free to refuse

the evil or choose the good. may return every man from his evil way; that I may forgive their iniquity and their sin. Then Jeremiah called Baruch the son of Neriah : and Baruch wrote from the mouth of Jeremiah all the words of the LORD, which he had spoken unto him, upon a roll of a book. And Jeremiah commanded Baruch, saying, I am shut up; I cannot go into the house of the Lord: therefore go thon, and read in the roll, which thou hast written from my mouth, the words of the Lord in the ears of the people in the Lord's house upon the fasting day: and also thou shalt read them in the ears of all Judah that come out of their cities. It may be they will present their supplication before the LORD, and will return every one from his evil way: for great is the anger and the fury that the LORD hath pronounced against this people. And Baruch the son of Neriah did according to all that Jeremiah the prophet commanded him, reading in the book the words of the Lord in the LORD's house. And it came to pass in the fifth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah, in the ninth month, that they proclaimed a fast before the LORD to all the people in Jerusalem, and to all the people that came from the cities of Judah unto Jerusalem. Then read Baruch in the book the words of Jeremiah in the house of the LORD, in the chamber of Gemariah the son of Shaphan the scribe, in the higher court, at the entry of the new gate of the Lord's house, in the ears of all the people. When Michaiah the son of Gemariah, the son of Shaphan, had heard out of the book all the words of the LORD, then he went down into the king's house, into the scribe's chamber : and, lo, all the princes sat there, even Elishama the scribe, and Delaiah the son of Shemaiah, and Elnathan the son of Achbor, and Gemariah the son

of Shaphan, and Zedekiah the son of Hananiah, and all the princes. Then Michaiah declared unto them all the words that he had heard, when Baruch read the book in the ears of the people. Therefore all the princes sent Jehudi the son of Nethaniah, the son of Shelemiah, the son of Cushi, unto Baruch, saying, Take in thine hand the roll wherein thou hast read in the ears of the people, and come. So Baruch the son of Neriah took the roll in his hand, and came unto them. And they said unto him, Sit down now, and read it in our ears. So Baruch read it in their ears. Now it came to pass, when they had heard all the words, they were afraid both one and other, and said unto Baruch, We will surely tell the king of all these words. And they asked Baruch, saying, Tell us now, How didst thou write all these words at his mouth? Then Baruch answered them, He pronounced all these words unto me with his mouth, and I wrote them with ink in a book. Then said the princes unto Baruch, Go, hide thee, thou and Jeremiah; and let no man know where ye be. And they went in to the king into the court, but they laid up the roll in the chamber of Elishama the scribe, and told all the words in the ears of the king. So the king sent Jehudi to fetch the roll: and he took it out of Elishama the scribe's chamber. And Jehudi read it in the ears of the king, and in the ears of all the princes which stood beside the king. Now the king sat in the winterhouse in the ninth month : and there was a fire on the hearth burnmg before him. And it came to pass, that when Jehudi had read three or four leaves, he cut it with the penknife, and cast it into the fire that was on the hearth, until all the roll was consumed on the fire that was on the hearth. 24 Yet they were not afraid, 24 Where the heart is worldly, how nor rent their garments, nei- it closes against spiritual warnings ! ther the king, nor any of his 25 How noble a sign is it in statesservants that heard all these men and courtiers, when they give words. 25 Nevertheless El- their king faithful counsel, even nathan and Delaiah and Ge- though it be unwelcome ; and dare mariah had made intercession

ñ to persuade their princes to do right.

to pers to the king that he would not burn the roll : but he would not hear them. 26 But the king 26 The providence of God ever commanded Jerahmeel the watches over his faithful servants, son of Hammelech, and Se- whether ministers or their people. raiah the son of Azriel, and Shelemiah the son of Abdeel, to take Baruch the scribe and Jeremiah the prophet : but the LORD hid them. Then the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah, after that the king had burned the roll, and the

words which Baruch wrote at the mouth of Jeremiah, saying, 28 Take thee again another roll, 28 How vain this persecution against and write in it all the former the written word | The eternal Spiwords that were in the first rit, which once speaks, remaineth roll, which Jehoiakim the ever the same in wisdom and in king of Judah hath burned. power. “ Hath he said, and shall he

not do it ?" And thou shalt say to Jehoiakim king of Judah, Thus saith the LORD; Thou hast burned this roll, saying, Why hast thou written therein, saying, The king of Babylon shall certainly come and destroy this land, and shall cause to cease from thence man and beast? Therefore thus saith the Lord of Jehoiakim king of Judah ; He shall have none to sit upon the throne of David : and his dead body shall be cast out in the day to the heat, and in the night to the frost. 31 And I will 31 The state of the sinner, as he punish him and his seed and grows disregardful of remonstrance, his servants for their iniquity: becomes more and more dreadful. and I will bring upon them, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and upon the men of Judah, all the evil that I have pronounced against them ; but they hearkened not. 32 Then took Jeremiah another 32 Added troubles await an impeniroll, and gave it to Baruch tent people. God is not mocked. the scribe, the son of Neriah; My soul, take warning! who wrote therein from the mouth of Jeremiah all the words of the book which Jehoiakim king of Judah had burned in the fire : and there were added beside unto the many like words.

The sifteenth Sunday after Trinitp.

MORNING. EZEKIEL Ü. We find (chap. i. 28) that Ezekiel, amazed at the glorious appearance of the divine presence, had fallen prostrate, after the eastern manner of adoration. From this position he was commanded to rise, that he might give the more attention. And he said unto me, Son of man, stand upon thy feet, and I will speak unto thee. And the spirit entered into me when he spake unto me, and set me upon my feet, that I heard him that spake unto me. And he said unto me, Son of man, I send thee to the children of Israel, to a rebellious nation that hath rebelled against me : they and their fathers have transgressed against me, even unto this very day. For they are impudent children and stiff hearted. I do send thee unto them; and thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God. And they, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear, (for they are a rebellious house,) yet shall know that there hath been a pro- 6 And is not the path of the minisphet among them. And ters of the word now often beset with thou, son of man, be not briers and thorns? How frequently afraid of them, neither be

is it trodden with pain and difficulty,

from the sharp obstacles which huafraid of their words, though

man passions interpose, and the vebriers and thorns be with nomed lies which infidelity and pride thee, and thou dost dwell direct against them. Well, thereamong scorpions : be not fore, are they urged to a patient afraid of their words, nor be faith and an undaunted courage. dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house. And thou shalt speak my words unto them, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear : for they are most rebellious. But thou, sono & The expression is metaphoricalman, hear what I say unto meaning, that he was so “to read, thee : Be not thou rebellious mark, learn, and inwardly digest" like that rebellious house: the word, that he should be able the open thy mouth, and eat that more effectually to declare it in the

name of the Lord. I give thee. And when I looked, behold, an hand was sent unto me; and, lo, a roll of a book was therein ; 10 and he 10 It was usual to write only upon spread it before me : and it one side of the parchment; but so was written within and with- full of woe was this denunciation, out: and there was written that it was written on either side. therein lamentations, and mourning, and woe.

EVENING. Ezekiel xiii. And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel that prophesy, and say thou unto them that prophesy out of their own hearts, Hear ye the word of the LORD; "Thus 3 When you meditate upon the woes saith the LORD God; Woe thus denounced against false and unto the foolish prophets, that coward prophets, learn to bear pafollow their own spirit, and tiently with your ministers in their

faithfulness. Remember their rehave seen nothing ! 0 Israel,

sponsibility. thy prophets are like the foxes

5 The faithful minister is to stand in the deserts. Ye have in the cap, when enemies assault his not gone up into the gaps, Zion; he is to make up, as it were, neither made up the hedge the defences of religion, which innofor the house of Israel to vators have overthrown or weakened. stand in the battle in the day of the LORD. They have seen vanity and lying divination, saying, The LORD saith : and the LORD hath not sent them : and they had made others to hope that they would confirm the word. Have ye not seen a vain vision, and have ye not spoken a lying divination, whereas ve say, The Lord saith it; albeit 8 Most dark and hopeless state, I have not spoken ? * There- when God is against us ! None then fore thus saith the Lord God; can help us. Because ye have spoken vanity, and seen lies, therefore, behold, I am against you, saith the Lord God. And mine hand shall be upon the prophets that see vanity, and that divine lies: they shall not be in the assembly of my people, neither shall they be written in the writing of the house of Israel, neither shall they enter into the land of Israel ; and ye shall know that I am the Lord 10 The false teachers build up new God. 1° Because, even be- doctrines, and endeavour to render cause they have seduced my them conspicuous by applying unpeople, saying, Peace ; and tempered mortar—that is, notions there was no peace; and one untempered by the gift of the Spirit. built up a wall, and, lo, others daubed it with untempered morter : say unto them which daub it with untempered morter, that it shall fall : there shall be an overflowing shower; and ye, O great hailstones, shall fall; and a stormy wind shall rend it. Lo, when the wall is fallen, shall it not be said unto you, Where is the daubing wherewith ye have daubed it? Therefore thus saith the Lord God; I will even rend it with a stormy wind in my fury; and there shall be an overflowing shower in mine anger, and great hailstones in my fury to consume it. So will I break down the wall that ye have daubed with untempered morter, and bring it down to the ground, so that the foundation thereof shall be discovered, and it shall fall, and ye shall be consumed in the midst thereof: and ve shall know that I am the Lord. Thus will I accomplish my wrath upon the wall, and upon them that have daubed it with untempered morter, and will say unto you, The wall is no more, neither they that daubed it; to wit, the prophets of Israel which prophesy concerning Jerusalem, and which see visions of peace for her, and there is no peace, saith the Lord God. Likewise, thou son of man, set thy face against the daughters of thy people, which prophesy out of their own heart ; and prophesy thou against them, and say, Thus saith the Lord God; Woe to the women that sew pillows to all armholes, and make kerchiefs upon the head of every stature to hunt souls! Will ye hunt the souls of my people, and will ye save the souls alive that come unto you? And will ye pollute me among my people for handfuls of barley and for pieces of

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