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I my sabbaths, to be a sign between the heathen, and disperse them me and them, that they might through the countries; because know that I am the LORD that they had not executed my judgsanctify them. But the house of ments, but had despised my staIsrael rebelled against me in the tutes, and had polluted my sabwilderness : they walked not in baths, and their eyes were after my statutes, and they despised their fathers' idols. Wherefore I my judgments, which if a man gave them also statutes that were do, he shall even live in them; not good, and judgments whereby and my sabbaths they greatly pol. ) they should not live; and I polluted : then I said, I would pour luted them in their own gifts, in out my fury upon them in the that they caused to pass through wilderness, to consume them. But the fire all that openeth the womb, I wrought for my name's sake, that I might make them desolate, that it should not be polluted to the end that they might know before the heathen, in whose that I am the Lord. Therefore, sight I brought them out. Yet son of man, speak unto the house also I lifted up my hand unto of Israel, and say unto them, them in the wilderness, that I Thus saith the Lord God; Yet would not bring them into the in this your fathers have blasland which I had given them, phemed me, in that they have flowing with milk and honey, committed a trespass against me. which is the glory of all lands; For when I had brought them because they despised my judg- into the land, for the which I ments, and walked not in my lifted up mine hand to give it to statutes, but polluted my sab- them, then they saw every high baths: for their heart went after hill, and all the thick trees, and their idols. Nevertheless mine they offered there their sacrifices, eye spared them from destroying and there they presented the prothem, neither did I make an end vocation of their offering: there of them in the wilderness. But also they made their sweet savour, I said unto their children in the and poured out there their drink wilderness, Walk ye not in the offerings. Then I said unto them, statutes of your fathers, neither What is the high place whereunobserve their judgments, nor de- to ye go? And the name thereof file yourselves with their idols : I is called Bamah unto this day. am the LORD your God; walk Wherefore say unto the house in my statutes, and keep my judg- of Israel, Thus saith the Lord ments, and do them; and hallow God; Are ye polluted after the my sabbaths; and they shall be a manner of your fathers ? and comsign between me and you, that mit ye whoredom after their aye may know that I am the bominations? For when ye offer LORD your God. Notwithstand- your gifts, when ye make your ing the children rebelled against sons to pass through the fire, ye me: they walked not in my sta- pollute yourselves with all your tutes, neither kept my judgments idols, even unto this day : and to do them, which if a man do, shall I be enquired of by you, o he shall even live in them; they house of Israel ? As I live, saith polluted my sabbaths: then I said, the Lord God, I will

not be enwould pour out my fury upon quired of by you. And that which them, to accomplish my anger cometh into your mind shall not against them in the wilderness. be at all, that ye say, We will be Nevertheless I withdrew mine as the heathen, as the families of hand, and wrought for my name's the countries, to serve wood and sake, that it should not be pol- stone. As I live, saith the Lord luted in the sight of the heathen, God, surely with a mighty hand, in whose sight I brought them and with a stretched out arm, and forth. I lifted up mine hand un- with fury poured out, will I rule to them also in the wilderness, over you: and I will bring you out from the people, and will and gather you out of the coungather you out of the countries tries wherein ye have been scatwherein ye are scattered, with a tered ; and I will be sanctified in mighty hand, and with a stretch- you before the heathen. And ye ed out arm, and with fury poured shall know that I am the LORD, out. And I will bring you into when I shall bring you into the the wilderness of the people, and land of Israel, into the country there will I plead with you face for the which I lifted up mine to face. Like as I pleaded with hand to give it to your fathers. your fathers in the wilderness of And there shall ye remember your the land of Egypt, so will I plead ways, and all your doings, wherewith you, saith the Lord God. in ye have been defiled; and ye And I will cause you to pass un- shall lothe yourselves in your own der the rod, and I will bring you sight for all your evils that ye into the bond of the covenant: have committed. And ye shall and I will purge out from among know that I am the LORD, when you the rebels, and them that I have wrought with you for my transgress against me: I will name's sake, not according to bring them forth out of the coun- your wicked ways, nor according try where they sojourn, and they to your corrupt doings, Oye shall not enter into the land of house of Israel, saith the Lord Israel : and ye shall know that I GOD. Moreover the word of the am the LORD. As for you, O LORD came unto me, saying, Son house of Israel, thus saith the of man, set thy face toward the Lord GOD; Go ye, serve ye every south, and drop thy word toward one his idols, and hereafter also, the south, and prophesy against if ye will not hearken unto me: the forest of the south field; and but pollute ye my holy name no say to the forest of the south, more with your gifts, and with Hear the word of the LORD; your idols. For in mine holy Thus saith the Lord God; Bemountain, in the mountain of hold, I will kindle a fire in thee, the height of Israel, saith the and it shall devour every green Lord God, there shall all the tree in thee, and every dry tree: house of Israel, all of them in the flaming flame shall not be the land, serve me: there will I quenched, and all faces from the accept them, and there will I re- south to the north shall be burnquire your offerings, and the first- ed therein. And all flesh shall see fruits of your oblations, with all that I the LORD have kindled it: your holy things. I will accept it shall not be quenched. Then you with your sweet savour, when said I, Ah Lord God! they say of Í bring you out from the people, me, Doth he not speak parables ?


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it boil let them day of the month, the word of seethe the bones of it therein, the LORD came unto me, saying, Wherefore thus saith the Lord Son of man, write thee the name GOD; Woe to the bloody city, to of the day, even of this same day: the pot whose scum is therein, the king of Babylon set himself and whose scum is not gone out against Jerusalem this same day. of it! bring it out piece by piece ; And utter a parable unto the re- let no lot fall upon it. For her bellious house, and say unto them, blood is in the midst of her; she Thus saith the Lord GOD; Set set it upon the top of a rock; she on a pot, set it on, and also pour poured it not upon the ground, to water into it: gather the pieces cover it with dust; that it might thereof into it, even every good cause fury to come up to take piece, the thigh, and the shoul- vengeance; I have set her blood der; fill it with the choice bones. upon the top of a rock, that it Take the choice of the flock, and should not be covered. Therefore thus saith the Lord God; Woe | ing as I was commanded. And to the bloody city! I will even the people said unto me, Wilt thou make the pile for fire great. Heap not tell us what these things are on wood, kindle the fire, consume to us, that thou doest so? Then the flesh, and spice it well, and I answered them, The word of let the bones be burned. Then set the LORD came unto me, saying, it empty upon the coals thereof, Speak unto the house of Israel, that the brass of it may be hot, Thussaith the Lord God; Beand may burn, and that the fil- hold, I will profane my sanctuary, thiness of it may be molten in it, the excellency of your strength, that the scum of it may be con- the desire of your eyes, and that sumed. She hath wearied herself which your soul pitieth ; and your with lies, and her great scum went sons and your daughters whom ye not forth out of her: her scum have left shall fall by the sword. shall be in the fire. In thy filthi- And ye shall do as I have done: ness is lewdness : because I have ye shall not cover your lips, nor purged thee, and thou wast not eat the bread of men. And your purged, thou shalt not be purged tires shall be upon your heads, from thy filthiness any more, till and your shoes upon your feet: I have caused my fury to rest ye shall not mourn nor weep; but upon thee. I the Lord have spo- ye shall pine away for your ini. ken it: it shall come to pass, and quities, and mourn one toward I will do it; I will not go back, another. Thus Ezekiel is unto you neither will I spare, neither will a sign: according to all that he I repent; according to thy ways, hath done shall ye do: and when and according to thy doings, shall this cometh, ye shall know that they judge thee, saith the Lord I am the Lord God. Also, thou God. Also the word of the LORD son of man, shall it not be in the came unto me, saying, Son of day when I take from them their man, behold, I take away from strength, the joy of their glory, thee the desire of thine eves with the desire of their eyes, and that a stroke : yet neither shalt thou whereupon they set their minds, mourn nor weep, neither shall their sons and their daughters, thy tears run down. Forbear to that he that escapeth in that day cry, make no mourning for the shall come unto thee, to cause dead, bind the tire of thine head thee to hear it with thine ears? upon thee, and put on thy shoes In that day shall thy mouth be upon thy feet, and cover not thy opened to him which is escaped, lips, and eat not the bread of and thou shalt speak, and be no men. So I spake unto the people more dumb: and thou shalt be a in the morning: and at even my sign unto them; and they shall wife died; and I did in the morn- know that I am the LORD.

N king made an image of gold,



nezzar the king had set up. Then

the princes, the governors, and whose height was threescore cu- captains, the judges, the treasurbits, and the breadth thereof six ers, the counsellors, the sheriffs, cubits: he set it up in the plain and all the rulers of the proof Dura, in the province of Ba- vinces, were gathered together bylon. Then Nebuchadnezzar the unto the dedication of the image king sent to gather together the that Nebuchadnezzar the king princes, the governors, and the had set up; and they stood before captains, the judges, the treasur- the image that Nebuchadnezzar ers, the counsellors, the sheriffs, had set up. Then an herald cried and all the rulers of the pro- aloud, To you it is commanded, vinces, to come to the dedication O people, nations, and languages, of the image which Nebuchad- that at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, barp, | out of my hands? Shadrach, Mesackbut, psaltery, dulcimer, and shach, and Abed-nego, answered all kinds of musick, ye fall down and said to the king, O Nebuand worship the golden image chadnezzar, we are not careful to that Nebuchadnezzar the king answer thee in this matter. If it hath set up: and whoso falleth be so, our God whom we serve not down and worshippeth shall is able to deliver us from the the same hour be cast into the burning fiery furnace, and he will midst of a burning fiery furnace. deliver us out of thine hand, O Therefore at that time, when all king. But if not, be it known the people heard the sound of the unto thee, O king, that we will cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psal. not serve thy gods, nor worship tery, and all kinds of musick, all the golden image which thou hast the people, the nations, and the set up. Then was Nebuchadnezlanguages, fell down and wor- zar full of fury, and the form of shipped the golden image that his visage was changed against Nebuchadnezzar the king had set Shadrach, Meshach, and Abedup. Wherefore at that time cer- nego: therefore he spake, and tain Chaldeans came near, and commanded that they should heat accused the Jews. They spake and the furnace one seven times more said to the king Nebuchadnez- than it was wont to be heated. zar, O king, live for ever. Thou, And he commanded the most O king, hast made a decree, that mighty men that were in his arevery man that shall hear the my to bind Shadrach, Meshach, sound of the cornet, flute, harp, and Abed-nego, and to cast them sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, into the burning fiery furnace. and all kinds of musick, shall fall Then these men were bound in down and worship the golden im- their coats, their hosen, and their age: and whoso falleth not down hats, and their other garments, and worshippeth, that he should and were cast into the midst of be cast into the midst of a burn- the burning fiery furnace. Thereing fiery furnace. There are cer- fore because the king's commandtain Jews whom thou hast set ment was urgent, and the furover the affairs of the province of nace exceeding hot, the flame of Babylon, Shadrach, Meshach, and the fire slew those men that took Abed-nego; these men, o king, up Shadrach, Meshach, and A. have not regarded thee: they bed-nego. And these three men, serve not thy gods, nor worship Shadrach, Meslach, and Abedthe golden image which thou hast nego, fell down bound into the set up. Then Nebuchadnezzar in midst of the burning fiery furhis rage and fury commanded to nace. Then Nebuchadnezzar the bring Shadrach, Meshach, and king was astonied, and rose up Abed - nego. Then they brought in haste, and spake, and said these men before the king. Ne- unto his counsellors, Did not we buchadnezzar spake and said cast three men bound into the unto them, Is it true, O Shadrach, midst of the fire? They answered Meshach, and Abed-nego, do not and said unto the king, True, O ye serve my gods, nor worship king. He answered and said, Lo, the golden image which I have I see four men loose, walking in set up ? Now if ye be ready that the midst of the fire, and they at what time ye hear the sound have no hurt; and the form of of the cornet, fute, harp, sack- the fourth is like the Son of God. but, psaltery, and dulcimer, and Then Nebuchadnezzar came near all kinds of musick, ye fall down to the mouth of the burning fiery and worship the image which I furnace, and spake, and said, have made; well : but if ye wor- Shadrach, Meshach, and Abedship not, ye shall be cast the nego, ye servants of the most high same hour into the midst of a God, come forth, and come hiburning fiery furnace; and who ther. Then Shadrach, Meshach, is that God that shall deliver you and Abed-nego, came forth of


the midst of the fire. And the and yielded their bodies, that princes, governors, and captains, they might not serve nor worship and the king's counsellors, being any god, except their own God. gathered together, saw these men, Therefore I make a decree, That upon whose bodies the fire had

every people, nation, and lanno power, nor was an hair of guage, which speak any thing atheir head singed, neither were miss against the God of Shadrach, their coats changed, nor the smell Meshach, and Abed - nego, shali of fire had passed on them. Then be cut in pieces, and their houses Nebuchadnezzar spake, and said, shall be made a dunghill : beBlessed be the God of Shadrach, cause there is no other God that Meshach, and Abed - nego, who can deliver after this sort. Then hath sent his angel, and delivered the king promoted Shadrach, Mehis servants that trusted in him, shach, and Abed - nego, in the and have changed the king's word, province of Babylon.

EVENING. Daniel VI. T pleased Darius to set over rius signed the writing and the

the kingdom an hundred and decree. Now when Daniel knew twenty princes, which should be that the writing was signed, he over the whole kingdom; and over went into his house; and his winthese three presidents ; of whom dows being open in his chamber Daniel was first : that the princes toward Jerusalem, he kneeled might give accounts unto them, upon his knees three times a day, and the king should have no da- and prayed, and gave thanks bemage. Then this Daniel was pre- fore his God, as he did aforetime. ferred above the presidents and Then these men assembled, and princes, because an excellent spi- found Daniel praying and making rit was in him; and the king supplication before his God. Then thought to set him over the whole they came near, and spake before realm. Then the presidents and the king concerning the king's princes sought to find occasion decree; Hast thou not signed a against Daniel concerning the decree, that every man that shall kingdom; but they could find ask a petition of any God or man none occasion nor fault; foras- within thirty days, save of thee, much as he was faithful, neither O king, shall be cast into the den was there any error or fault found of lions? The king answered and in him. Then said these men, We said, The thing is true, accordshall not find any occasion a- ing to the law of the Medes and gainst this Daniel, except we find Persians, which altereth not. Then it against him concerning the law answered they and said before the of his God. Then these presidents king, That Daniel, which is of the and princes assembled together to children of the captivity of Juthe king, and said thus unto him, dah, regardeth not thee, O king, King Darius, live for ever. All nor the decree that thou hast the presidents of the kingdom, signed, but maketh his petition the governors, and the princes, three times a day. Then the king, the counsellors, and the captains, when he heard these words, was have consulted together to esta- sore displeased with himself, and blish a royal statute, and to make set his heart on Daniel to deliver a firm decree, that whosoever him: and he laboured till the shall ask a petition of any God going down of the sun to deliver or man for thirty days, save of him. Then these men assembled thee, o king, he shall be cast unto the king, and said unto the into the den of lions. Now, O king, Know, o king, that the king, establish the decree, and law of the Medes and Persians sign the writing, that it be not is, That no decree nor statute changed, according to the law of which the king establisheth may the Medes and Persians, which be changed. Then the king comaltereth not. Wherefore king Da- | manded, and they brought Da

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