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winterhouse in the ninth month: dah hath burned. And thou shalt and there was a fire on the hearth say to Jehoiakim king of Judah, burning before him. And it came Thus saith the Lord; Thou hast to pass, that when Jehudi had read burned this roll, saying, Why hast three or four leaves, he cut it thou written therein, saying, The with the penknife, and cast it into king of Babylon shall certainly the fire that was on the hearth, come and destroy this land, and until all the roll was consumed shall cause to cease from thence in the fire that was on the hearth. man and beast? Therefore thus Yet they were not afraid, nor rent saith the Lord of Jehoiakim king their garments, neither the king, of Judah; He shall have none to nor any of his servants that heard sit upon the throne of David : and all these words. Nevertheless El- his dead body shall be cast out in nathan and Delaiah and Gema- the day to the heat, and in the riah had made intercession to the night to the frost. And I will king that he would not burn the punish him and his seed and his roll: but he would not hear them. servants for their iniquity; and I But the king commanded Jerah- will bring upon them, and upon meel the son of Hammelech, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and Seraiah the son of Azriel, and upon the men of Judah, all the Shelemiah the son of Abdeel, to evil that I have pronounced atake Baruch the scribe and Jere- gainst them ; but they hearkened miah the prophet: but the LORD not. Then took Jeremiah another hid them. Then the word of the roll, and gave it to Baruch the LORD came to Jeremiah, after scribe, the son of Neriah; who that the king had burned the wrote therein from the mouth of roll, and the words which Baruch Jeremiah all the words of the wrote at the mouth of Jeremiah, book which Jehoiakim king of saying, Take thee again another Judah had burned in the fire : roil, and write in it all the former and there were added besides unwords that were in the first roll, to them many like words. which Je im the king of Ju
THE SIXTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY.
MORNING. Ezekiel II,
them, neither be afraid of their man, stand upon thy feet, words, though briers and thorns and I will speak unto thee. And be with thee, and thou dost dwell the spirit entered into me when among scorpions : be not afraid he spake unto me, and set me of their words, nor be dismayed upon my feet, that I heard him at their looks, though they be a that spake unto me. And he said rebellious house. And thou shalt unto me, Son of man, I send thee speak my words unto them, wheto the children of Israel, to a re- ther they will hear, or whether bellious nation that hath rebel- they will forbear: for they are led against me: they and their most rebellious. But thou, son fathers have transgressed against of man, hear what I say unto me, even unto this very day. For thee; Be not thou rebellious like they are impudent children and that rebellious house: open thy stiffhearted. I do send thee unto mouth, and eat that I give thee. them; and thou shalt say unto And when I looked, behold, an them, Thus saith the Lord GOD. hand was sent unto me; and, lo, And they, whether they will hear, a roll of a book was therein ; and or whether they will forbear, (for he spread it before me; and it they are a rebellious house,) yet was written within and without: shall know that there hath been and there was written therein laa prophet among them. And thou, mentations, and mourning, and son of man, be not afraid of woe.
EVENING. Ezekiel XIII.
ND the word of the LORD shower in mine anger, and great
hailstones in my fury to consume of man, prophesy against the pro- it. So will I break down the wall phets of Israel that prophesy, and that we have daubed with untemsay thou unto them that prophesy pered morter, and bring it down out of their own hearts, Hear ye to the ground, so that the founthe word of the LORD; Thus saith dation thereof shall be discovered, the Lord GOD; Woe unto the fool- and it shall fall, and ye shall be ish prophets, that follow their own consumed in the midst thereof: spirit, and have seen nothing! O and ye shall know that I am the Israel, thy prophets are like the LORD. Thus will I accomplish my foxes in the deserts. Ye have not wrath upon the wall, and upon gone up into the gaps, neither them that have daubed it with made up the hedge for the house untempered morter, and will say of Israel to stand in the battle unto you, The wall is no more, in the day of the LORD. They neither they that daubed it; to have seen vanity and lying divi. wit, the prophets of Israel which nation, saying, The LORD saith : prophesy concerning Jerusalem, and the Lord hath not sent and which see visions of peace for them: and they have made others her, and there is no peace, saith to hope that they would confirm the Lord God. Likewise, thou son the word. Have ye not seen a of man, set thy face against the vain vision, and have ye not spo- daughters of thy people, which ken a lying_divination, whereas prophesy out of their own heart; ye say, The Lord saith it; albeit and prophesy thon against them, I have not spoken? Therefore
Thus saith the Lord thus saith the Lord God; Because God; Woe to the women that sew ye have spoken vanity, and seen pillows to all armholes, and inake lies, therefore, behold, I am a- kerchiefs upon the head of every gainst you, saith the Lord God. stature to hunt souls! Will ye And mine hand shall be upon the hunt the souls of my people, and prophets that see vanity, and that will ye save the souls alive that divine lies: they shall not be in come unto you? And will ye polthe assembly of my people, nei- lute me among my people for ther shall they be written in the handfuls of barley and for pieces writing of the house of Israel, of bread, to slay the souls that neither shall they enter into the should not die, and to save the land of Israel; and ye shall know souls alive that should not live, that I am the Lord God. Be- by your lying to my people that cause, even because they have se- hear your lies ? Wherefore thus duced my people, saying, Peace; saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am and there was no peace; and one against your pillows, wherewith built up a wall, and, lo, others ye there hunt the souls to make daubed it with untempered mor: them fly, and I will tear them ter : say unto them which daub it from your arms, and will let the with untempered morter, that it souls go, even the souls that ye shall fall : there shall be an over- hunt to make them fly. Your kerflowing shower; and ye, O great chiefs also will I tear, and deliver hailstones, shall fall; and a stormy my people out of your hand, and wind shall rend it. Lo, when the they shall be no more in your wall is fallen, shall it not be said hand to be hunted; and ye shall unto you, Where is the daubing know that I am the LORD. Be. wherewith ye have daubed it? cause with lies ye have made the Therefore thus saith the Lord lieart of the righteous sad, whom I God; I will even rend it with a have not made sad; and strengthstormy wind in my fury; and ened the hands of the wicked, there shall be an overflowing that he should not return from his wicked way, by promising him for I will deliver my people out life: therefore ye shall see no more of your hand : and ye shall know vanity, nor divine divinations : that I am the LORD. THE SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY.
MORNING. Ezekiel XIV. TH THEN came certain of the house of Israel may go no more
elders of Israel unto me, and astray from me, neither be polsat before me. And the word of luted any more with all their the LORD came unto me, saying, transgressions; but that they may Son of man, these men have set be my people, and I may be their up their idols in their heart, and God, saith the Lord God. The put the stumblingblock of their word of the LORD came again to iniquity before their face: should me, saying, Son of man, when I be enquired of at all by them? the land sinneth against me by Therefore speak unto them, and trespassing grievously, then will I say unto them, Thus saith the stretch out mine hand upon it, Lord God; Every man of the and will break the staff of the house of Israel that setteth up his bread thereof, and will send faidols in his heart, and putteth mine upon it, and will cut off the stumblingblock of his iniquity man and beast from it: though before his face, and cometh to the these three men, Noah, Daniel, prophet; I the LORD will answer and Job, were in it, they should him that cometh according to the deliver but their own souls by multitude of his idols; that I may their righteousness, saith the Lord take the house of Israel in their GOD. If I cause noisome beasts to own heart, because they are all pass through the land, and they estranged from me through their spoil it, so that it be desolate, idols. Therefore say unto the house that nó man may pass through of Israel, Thus saith the Lord God; because of the beasts : though these Repent, and turn yourselves from three men were in it, as I live, your idols; and turn away your saith the Lord God, they shall faces from all your abominations. deliver neither sons nor daughFor every one of the house of Is- ters; they only shall be delivered, rael, or of the stranger that so- but the land shall be desolate. Or journeth in Israel, which separat- | if I bring a sword upon that land, eth himself from me, and setteth and say, Sword, go through the up his idols in his heart, and land; so that I cut off man and putteth the stumblingblock of his beast from it: though these three iniquity before his face, and com- men were in it, as I live, saith eth to a prophet to enquire of the Lord God, they shall deliver him concerning me; I the LORD neither sons nor daughters, but will answer him by myself: and I they only shall
be delivered themwill set my face against that man, selves. Or if I send a pestilence and will make him a sign and a into that land, and pour out my proverb, and I will cut himn off fury upon it in blood, to cut off from the midst of my people; and from it_man and beast : though ye shall know that I am the LORD. Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in And if the prophet be deceived it, as I live, saith the Lord God, when he hath spoken a thing, I they shall deliver neither son nor the Lord have deceived that pro- daughter; they shall but deliver phet, and I will stretch out my their own souls by their rightehand upon him, and will destroy ousness. For thus saith the Lord him from the midst of my people God; How much more when I Israel. And they shall bear the send my four sore judgments uppunishment of their iniquity : the on Jerusalem, the sword, and the punishment of the prophet shall famine, and the noisome beast, be even as the punishment of him and the pestilence, to cut off from that seeketh unto him; that the it man and beast? Yet, behold,
therein shall be left a remnant concerning all that I have brought that shall be brought forth, both upon it. And they shall comfort sons and daughters: behold, they you, when ve see their ways and shall come forth unto you, and their doings : and ye shall know ye shall see their way and their that I have not done without doings : and ye shall be comforted cause all that I have done in it, concerning the evil that I have saith the Lord God. brought upon Jerusalem, even
EVENING. Ezekiel XVIII, THE word of the Lord came crease: shall he then live? he
unto me again, saying, What shall not live: he hath done all mean ye, that ye use this proverb these abominations; he shall sureconcerning the land of Israel, say- ly die; his blood shall be upon ing, The fathers have eaten sour him. Now, lo, if he beget a son, grapes, and the children's teeth that seeth all his father's sins are set on edge? As I live, saith which he hath done, and consithe Lord GOD, ye shall not have dereth, and doeth not such like, occasion any more to use this pro- that hath not eaten upon the verb in Israel. Behold, all souls mountains, neither hath lifted up are mine; as the soul of the fa- his eyes to the idols of the house ther, so also the soul of the son of Israel, hath not defiled his is mine : the soul that sinneth, neighbour's wife, neither hath opit shall die. But if a man be just, pressed any, hath not withholden and do that which is lawful and the pledge, neither hath spoiled right, and hath not eaten upon by violence, but hath given his the mountains, neither hath lift- bread to the hungry, and hath ed up his eyes to the idols of the covered the naked with a garhouse of Israel, neither hath de- ment, that hath taken off his hand filed his neighbour's wife, neither from the poor, that hath not rehath come near to a menstruous ceived usury nor increase, hath woman, and hath not oppressed executed my judgments, hath any, but hath restored to the walked in my statutes ; he shall debtor his pledge, hath spoiled not die for the iniquity of his fanone by violence, hath given his ther, he shall surely live. As for bread to the hungry, and hath his father, because he cruelly opcovered the naked with a gar- pressed, spoiled his brother by ment; he that hath not given violence, and did that which is not forth upon usury, neither hath good among his people, lo, even taken any increase, that hath he shall die in his iniquity. Yet withdrawn his hand from ini- say ye, Why? doth not the son quity, hath executed true judg- bear the iniquity of the father? ment between man and man, bath When the son hath done that walked in my statutes, and hath which is lawful and right, and kept my judgments, to deal truly; hath kept all my statutes, and he is just, he shall surely live, hath done them, he shall surely saith the Lord God. If he beget live. The soul that sinneth, it a son that is a robber, a shedder shall die. The son shall not bear of blood, and that doeth the like the iniquity of the father, neither to any one of these things, and shall the father bear the iniquity that doeth not any of those duties, of the son: the righteousness of but even hath eaten upon the the righteous shall be upon him, mountains, and defiled his neigh- and the wickedness of the wicked bour's wife, hath oppressed the shall be upon him. But if the poor and needy, hath spoiled by wicked will turn from all his sins violence, hath not restored the that he hath committed, and keep pledge, and hath lifted up his all my statutes, and do that which eyes to the idols, hath committed is lawful and right, he shall surely abomination, hath given forth live, he shall not die. All his transupon usury, and hath taken in
gressions that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned unto turneth away from his wickedhim : in his righteousness that he ness that he hath committed, and hath done he shall live. Have I doeth that which is lawful and any pleasure at all that the wick- right, he shall save his soul alive. ed should die ? saith the Lord Because he considereth, and turnGod; and not that he should re- eth away from all his transgresturn from his ways, and live? sions that he hath committed, he But when the righteous turneth shall surely live, he shall not die. away from his righteousness, and Yet saith the house of Israel, committeth iniquity, and doeth The way of the Lord is not equal. according to all the abominations O house of Israel, are not my that the wicked man doeth, shall ways equal ? are not your ways he live? All his righteousness that unequal? Therefore I will judge he hath done shall not be men- you, O house of Israel, every one tioned: in his trespass that he according to his ways, saith the hath trespassed, and in his sin Lord GOD. Repent, and turn that he hath sinned, in them shall yourselves from all your transhe die. Yet ye say, The way of gressions ; so iniquity shall not the Lord is not equal. Hear now, be your ruin. Cast away from you O house of Israel; Is not my way all your transgressions, whereby equal? are not your ways un- ye have transgressed; and make equal ? When a righteous man you a new heart and a new spiturneth away from his righteous- rit: for why will ye die, 0 house ness, and committeth iniquity, of Israel ? For I have no pleasure and dieth in them; for his iniquity in the death of him that dieth, that he hath done shall he die. saith the Lord GOD: wherefore Again, when the wicked man turn yourselves, and live ye.
THE EIGHTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY.
MORNING. Ezekiel XX. AN
ND it came to pass in the se- flowing with milk and honey,
venth year, in the fifth month, which is the glory of all lands: the tenth day of the month, that then said I unto them, Cast ye certain of the elders of Israel away every man the abominacame to enquire of the LORD, tions of his eyes, and defile not and sat before me. Then came yourselves with the idols of Ethe word of the LORD unto me, gypt: I am the LORD your God. saying, Son of man, speak unto But they rebelled against me, and the elders of Israel, and say unto would not hearken unto me: they them, Thus saith the Lord God; did not every man cast away the Are ye come to enquire of me? abominations of their eyes, neiAs I live, saith the Lord GOD, I ther did they forsake the idols of will not be enquired of by you. Egypt: then I said, I will pour Wilt thou judge them, son of out my fury upon them, to acman, wilt thou judge them ? cause complish my anger against them them to know the abominations in the midst of the land of Egypt. of their fathers : and say unto But I wrought for my name's them, Thus saith the Lord God; sake, that it should not be polIn the day when I chose Israel, luted before the heathen, among and lifted up mine hand unto the whom they were, in whose sight seed of the house of Jacob, and I made myself known unto them, made myself known unto them in bringing them forth out of the in the land of Egypt, when I land of Egypt. Wherefore I causlifted up mine hand unto them, I am the LORD your God;
ed them to go forth out of the saying,
land of Egypt, and brought them in the day that I lifted up mine into the wilderness. And I gave hand unto them, to bring them them my statutes, and shewed forth of the land of Egypt into a them my judgments, which if a land that I had espied for them, man do, he shall even live in