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own gifts, in that they caused to pass through the fire all that openeth the womb, that I might make them desolate, to the end that they might know that I am the LORD. Therefore, son of man, speak unto the house of Israel, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Yet in this your fathers have blasphemed me, in that they have committed a trespass against

For when I had brought them into the land, for the which I lifted up mine hand to give it to them, then they saw every high hill, and all the thick trees, and they offered there their sacrifices, and there they presented the provocation of their offering : there also they made their sweet savour, and poured out there their drink offerings. Then I said unto them, What is the high place whereunto ye go? And the name thereof is called Bamah unto this day. Wherefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord God; Are ye polluted after the manner of your fathers ? and commit ye whoredom after their abominations ? For when ye gifts, when ye make your sons to pass through the fire, ye pollute yourselves with all your idols, even unto this day: and shall I be enquired of by you, O house of Israel ? As I live, saith the Lord God, I will not be enquired of by you. And that which cometh into your mind shall not be at all, that ye say, We will be as the heathen, as the families of the countries, to serve wood and stone. As I live, saith the Lord God, surely with a mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with fury poured out, will I rule over you: and I will bring you out from the people, and will gather you out of the countries wherein ye are scattered, with a mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with 35 Blessed Saviour! Be Thou my fury poured out. 35 And I pleader ! and never shall my heart will bring you into the wil- be afraid ! derness of the people, and there will I plead with you face to face. Like as I pleaded with your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so will I plead with you, saith the Lord God. And I will cause you to pass under the rod, and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant : and I will purge out from among you the rebels, and them that transgress against me : I will bring them forth out of the country where they sojourn, and they shall not enter into the land of Israel : and ye shall know that I 39 What an affecting remonstrance! am the LORD. 59 As for you, The Creator deigns to reason, and O house of Israel, thus saith

even plead, with his creatures" JE the Lord God; Go ye, serve

ye can ungratefully forsake me and

my laws, for the dumb idols of the ye every one his idols, and heathen, and the baser idol of your

hereafter also, if ye will not own self-will-—" then go ye” to your hearken unto me: but pol- idols.” lute ye my holy name no more with your gifts, and with your idols. # For in mine holy 40 Yet is there a gleam of brighter mountain, in the mountain days. The people will repent, and of the height of Israel, saith

God will return ! the Lord God, there shall all the house of Israel, all of them in the land, serve me: there will I accept them, and there will I require your offerings, and the firstfruits of your oblations, with all your holy things. I will accept you with your sweet savour, when I bring you out from the people, and gather you out of the countries wherein ye have been scattered; and I will be sanctified in you before the heathen. And ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I shall bring you into the land of Israel, into the country for the which I lifted up mine hand to give it to your fathers. And there shall ye remember your ways, and all your doings, wherein ye have been defiled ; and ye shall lothe yourselves in your own sight for all your evils that ye have committed. And ye shall know that I am the Lord, when I have wrought with you for

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name's sake, not according to your wicked ways, nor according to your corrupt doings, 0 ye house of Israel, saith the Lord God. Moreover the word of the LORD

16 Meaning Jerusalem. As indicame unto me, saying, “Son viduals are compared to a tree, so a of man, set thy face toward city is compared to a forest. the south, and drop thy word toward the south, and prophesy against the forest of the south

47 Judea, which in its length was field, “and say to the forest from north to south, lay south of of the south, Hear the word Babylon. The war of the Chaldeans of the LORD; Thus saith the desolated the people as a fire would Lord God; Behold, I will share in the suffering, the green tree EVENING. EZEKIEL xxiv. Again in the ninth year, in the tenth month, in the tenth day of the month, the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, 'Son of man, write thee ? This was written upon the banks the name of the day, even of of the river Euphrates, on the day this same day : the king of when Nebuchadnezzar laid siege to

lay low a forest ; and all had their kindle a fire in thee, and it and the dry—the righteous and the shall devour every green tree wicked, the rich and the poor, young in thee, and every dry tree :

and old together. the flaming flame shall not be quenched, and all faces from the south to the north shall be burned therein. And all flesh shall see that I the LORD have kindled it : it shall not be quenched. 49 Then said I, 49 Too often now the preachers of Ah Lord God! they say of the Gospel are scoffed ; and the true me, Doth he not speak para

and holy doctrines they declare, bles ?

mocked and derided ! We specially learn from this Scripture, to keep the Sabbath holy ; to pray for what God willeth, if we wish God's blessing ; and to reverence i he ministers of the Gospel, for their Master's sake.

Jerusalem. Babylon set himself against Jerusalem this same day. to the prophet by a vision from

3 That event having been revealed 3 And utter a parable unto heaven, he shows, by the appropriate the rebellious house, and say figure of a boiling pot, the full deunto them, Thus saith the struction of the Jews. Lord God; Set on a pot, set it on, and also pour water into it : *gather the pieces there

* Princes and people, the richest of into it, even every good and the noblest, should alike be subpiece, the thigh, and the jected to the fire of God's wrath in

this visitation ; and find no escape. shoulder ; fill it with the choice bones. Take the choice of the flock, and burn also the bones under it, and make it boil well, and let them seethe the bones of it therein. . Where

6 It was usual with conquerors to fore thus saith the Lord God; cast lots whom they should select Woe to the bloody city, to from the captives, and so save from the pot whose scum is there- death. Here, no lot was to fall. Au in, and whose scum is not

were doomed. gone out of it! bring it out piece by piece ; let no lot fall upon it. For her blood is in the midst of her ; she set it upon the top of a rock; she poured it not upon the ground, to cover it with dust;

8 The punishment of Jerusalem was it might cause fury to come thus to be made the more conup to take vengeance; I have spicuous. set her blood upon the top of a rock, that it should not be covered. Therefore thus saith the Lord God; Woe to the bloody city! I will even make the pile for fire great. Heap on wood, kindle the fire, consume the flesh, and spice it well, and let the bones be burned. Then set it empty upon the coals thereof, that the brass of it may be hot, and may burn, and that the filthiness of it may be molten in it, that the scum of it may be consumed. She hath wearied herself with lies, and her great scum went not forth out of her: her scum shall be in the fire. In thy filthiness is lewdness: because I have purged thee, and thou wast not purged, thou shalt not be purged from thy filthiness any more, till I have caused my fury to rest upon thee. "I

14 Not that all hope of forgiveness

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shall come to pass, and I will that in sin no man shall be saved, do it; I will not go back,

He also declares, that when sin is neither will I spare, neither removed, the penitent shall be saved.

From this twofold resolve God goeth will I repent; according to not back-of this He repenteth not". thy ways, and according to thy doings, shall they jndge thee, saith the Lord God. Also the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Son of man, behold, I take away from thee the desire of thine eyes with a stroke : yet neither shalt thou mourn nor weep, neither shall thy tears run down. Forbear to cry, make no mourning for the dead, bind the tire of thine head upon thee, and put on thy shoes upon thy feet, and cover not thy lips, and eat not the

18 As Ezekiel mourned his wife, rebread of men. 8 So I spake moved by sudden death, so would unto the people in the morn- his countrymen mourn the overthrow ing: and at even my wife of their loved city Jerusalem“ the died; and I did in the morn- desire of their eyes :" an overthrow ing as I was commanded. which he pictures to them under this

affecting sign. And the people said unto me, Wilt thou not tell us what these things are to us, that thou doest so ? Then I answered them, The word of the LORD came unto me, saying, "Speak unto the house of Israel, Thus each individual is united by holy and

21 The Church of God, to which saith the Lord GOD ; Be- indissoluble bonds ; and the holy hold, I will profane my sanc- temple of God, the delight of all tuary, the excellency of your eyes--these shall the Chaldeans atstrength, the desire of your

tack, overthrow, and pollute. eyes, and that which your soul pitieth; and your sons and your daughters whom ye have left shall fall by the sword. And ye shall do as I have done: ye shall not cover your lips, nor eat the bread of men.

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tires shall be upon your heads, and your shoes upon your feet: ye shall not mourn nor weep; but ye shall pine away for your iniquities, and mourn one toward another. Thus Ezekiel is unto you a sign : according to all that he hath done shall ye do : and when this cometh, ye shall know that I am the Lord God. Also, thou son of man, shall it not be in the day when I take from them their strength, the joy of their glory, the desire of their eyes, and that whereupon they set their minds, their sons and their daughters, that he that escapeth in that day shall come unto thee, to cause thee to hear it

27 When the event thus prophewith thine ears? 27 In that sied shall take place, then shall thy

If there be change, it must be in his creatures. They must repent. So, the resolve of their God standing fast, they may then find pardon and peace ready to meet them.

day shall thy mouth be open

words be acknowledged clear and ed to him which is escaped, true. The sign will have its accomand thou shalt speak, and be and its ministry justified.

plishment; the word will be verified; no more dumb: and thou shalt be a sign unto them; and they shall know that I am the LORD.

Che nineteenth Sunday after Trinity.

MORNING. DANIEL iü. NEBUCHADNEZZAR the king 1 Notwithstanding the image in the made an image of gold, whose dream which had warned him, how height was threescore cubits, soon Nebuchadnezzar forgot the God and the breadth thereof six

whom he then acknowledged ! cubits: he set it up in the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon. Then Nebuchadnezzar the king sent to gather together the princes, the governors, and the captains, the judges, the treasurers, the counsellors, the sheriffs, and all the rulers of the provinces, to come to the dedication of the image which Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up. Then the princes, the governors, and captains, the judges, the treasurers, the counsellors, the sheriffs, and all the rulers of the provinces, were gathered together unto the dedication of the image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up: and they stood before the image that Nebuchadnezzar had set up. Then an herald cried aloud, To you it is commanded, 0 people, nations, and languages, that at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, dulcimer, and all kinds of music, ye fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king hath set up: and whoso falleth not down and worshippeth shall the same hour be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace. Therefore at that time, when all the people heard the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and all kinds of music, all the people, the nations, and the languages, fell down and worshipped the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up. Wherefore at that time certain Chaldeans came near, and accused the Jews. They spake and said to the king Nebuchadnezzar, 0 king, live for ever. Thou, O king, hast made a decree, that every man that shall hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, shall fall down and worship the golden image : and whoso falleth not down and worshippeth, that he should be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace. certain Jews

12 These faithful servants of God

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