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Tush, either it will be long ere these things fall out, or never; they are but vain bugs, wherewith the prophets would affright us?
XIII. 3 Woe unto the foolish prophets, that follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing!
Woe unto the foolish prophets, that speak of their own heads, even the fancies of their own brains, and have had no vision at all, nor no commission from God!
XIII. 4 0 Israel, thy prophets are like the foxes in the deserts. O Israel, thy prophets, taking advantage of the dispersion of those which might keep them in order, do nothing but spoil and waste thy poor and miserable remainders; as foxes are wont to spoil those vineyards, that lie aloof off from their owners.
XIII. 5 Ye have not gone up into the gaps, neither made up the hedge for the house of Israel to stand in the battle in the day of tlie Lord.
Where the wickedness of the people had made breaches in their walls, it had been your part to have made them up, by wholesome doctrine and admonition, that so the judgments of God might have been kept out; but ye have not done so at all, nor used any wholesome preventions of these evils; that so God's people might have been able to stand in the face of their enemies, in the day of battle.
XIII. 9 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 lam the Lord God.
They shall not be admitted, as prophets, in the assembly of my people; neither shall they lie registered in the roll of the house of Israel; neither shall they ever have the favour to return unto that good land; but shall live and die outcasts from the holy commonwealth of my Church.
XIII. 10 And one built up a wall, and, lo, others daubed it with untempered mortar.
One laid false grounds of comfort, and the other flourished them over with unsound and plausible pretences.
XIII. 11 Say unto them which daub it with untempered mortar, that it shall fall: there shall be an overflowing shower; and ye, O great hailstones, shall fall; and a stormy wind shall rent it. Say unto them, which lay these false and tottering grounds, that they shall fall, how fair soever they seem: their false doctrine of peace shall be beaten down by that inundation, that storm and tempest of the Chaldees, which shall come in upon them.
XIII. 18 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? Woe to the false prophetesses also, that speak pleasing and plausible words to all hearers, and fit every man's humour with their flattering divinations, purposely that they may intrap and beguile miserable souls! Will ye persist thus to beguile and ensnare the silly souls of your followers, and will you take upon you to pronounce sentences of life and good speed where you please?
XIII. 20 Wherefore thus saith the Lord God; Behold, 7am against your pillows, wherewith ye there hunt the souls to make themand I will tear them from your arms, and will let the souls go, Kc.
I am against those your fraudulent insinuations and plausible falsehoods, wherewith ye deceive and betray the souls of men: I will utterly frustrate and shame these your cunning suggestions, and deliver those souls which ye have ensnared therewith. So also verse 21.
XIII. 22 Because with lies ye have made the heart of the righteous sad, whom I have not made sad; and strengthened the hands of the wicked, Hc.
Because with lying prophecies ye have made the heart of my faithful people sad, in terrifying them with those evils, which shall not come; and encouraged wicked men, by securing them against those evils, which shall surely fall upon them, &c.
XIII. 23 Therefore ye shall see no more vanity, nor divine divinations: for I will deliver my people out of your hand: and ye shall know that I am the Lord.
Therefore I will so shame and confound you, that ye shall not dare to broach any more of your lying divinations; and my people, whom ye have hitherto deluded, now being sufficiently assured of your falsehood, shall be delivered from the danger of your deceits.
XIV. 3 Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their heart, and put the stumblingblock of their iniquity before their face: should I be enquired of at all by them? Son of man, these men have given up their hearts to idolatry; and have wilfully laid blocks of iniquity before their own faces, that they may stumble thereat, and fall; contemptuously rejecting my counsels and ordinances: and is it fit,that such miscreants should come, as these hypocritically do, to enquire ought from me?
XIV. 4 I the Lord will answer him that cometh according to the multitude of his idols.
I, the Lord, will answer him that cometh; but not as he expecteth and desireth; rather, according to his deservings, in judgment and indignation, for those many and abominable idolatries whereof he is guilty.
XIV. 5 That I may take the house of Israel in their awn heart. That I may convince the house of Israel in their own hearts, of their foul impiety and abominable wickedness.
XIV. 8 And I will set my face against that man, and will make him a sign and a proverb, and I will cut him offfrom the midst of my people.
I will oppose myself against that man, and inflict sensible judg
ments upon him; and will make him a fearful example of my just revenge, in everv man's mouth.
XIV. 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, He.
And if the prophet be deceived when he hath spoken a thing, I, the Lord, in my just judgment, have given up that prophet to deceit, for a punishment, both of his own sin and of the notorious wickedness of the people; and I will accordingly stretch out my hand against him, in executing my vengeance upon him.
XIV. 10 And they shall bear the punishment of their iniquity. And the people also, which trusted to the counsels and predictions of those false prophets, shall be duly punished for their iniquity.
XIV. 13 Will break the staff of bread Kc. See Lev. xxvi. 26.
XIV. 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.
Though there were men never so gracious with me, amongst you; even Noah, whom I saved from the deluge; Daniel, whom I saved from the common slaughter of the Chaldean wise-men, and after from the lions; Job, whom I delivered from those extreme sufferings, under the hand of Satan, and whose intercession I accepted for his friends: yet, they should no otherwise prevail with me, but for the preserving and rescue of their own lives, by their righteousness, saith the Lord.
XIV. 22 Yet, behold, therein shall be left a remnant that shall be brought forth, both sons and daughters: behold, they shall come forth unto you, and ye shall see their way and their doings: and ye shall be coniforted concerning the evil that I have brought upon Jerusalem.
Yet, behold, all shall not be thus destroyed; but there shall be left a remnant, that shall be brought forth into captivity, in your sight: behold, they shall be brought forth unto you; and ye shall well see their ways and doings to have been so abominable, as that ye shall willingly justify my proceedings against them, in all the evil, that I have brought upon Jerusalem. So also verse 23.
XV. 2, 3, 4 Son of man, What is the vine tree more than any tree, or than a branch which is among the trees of the forest? Shall wood be taken thereof to do any work? or will men take a pin of it to hang any vessel thereon? Behold, it is cast into the fire for fuel; Hc.
The vine is a noble plant, in respect of the fruit it bears; but, in regard of the wood thereof, no shrub is so mean: it is so far from yielding boards or timber, as that there cannot so much as a pin be made of it, to hang ought thereon: Lo, such is Israel; if it bore good fruit, it would be dear and precious to me; but, in itself, it is but mean and base, in comparison of other nations, and that which is unfit for any service: it is only meet to be cast into the fire for fuel.
XVI. 3 And say, Thus saith the Lord God unto Jerusalem, Thy birth and thy nativity is of the land of Canaan; thy father was an Amorite, and thy mother a Hittite.
Never brag of thy descent from Abraham: no; thou hast so utterly degenerated from the faith and obedience of that holy patriarch, that thou hast justly forfeited all thy claim of him: rather thy birth and thy nativity may and must be derived from those Canaanites, into whose corrupt manners thou art declined; and so art thou incorporated into their wicked corruptions, as if thy fa'ther were an Amorite, thy mother a Hittite, neither of them of the chosen and holy seed.
XVI. 4 And as for thy nativity, in the day thou wast born thy navel was not cut, neither wast thou washed in water to supple thee; thou wast not salted at all, nor swaddled at all. And in how miserable a condition I found thee, all the world knoweth; even utterly languishing under the Egyptian servitude: so as thy case was no less desperate than that of a new-born child, whose navel is not cut, and to whom the midwife perfornietli not those offices, which are necessary for the first entrance and entertainment in the world.
XVI. 5 None eye pitied thee, to do any of these unto thee, to have compassion upon thee; but thou wast cast out in the openfield, to the loathing of thy person, in the day that thou wast born. No eye pitied thee, or was inclined to shew thee any mercy, or do thee any favour at all; yea rather thou wert hated and despised by thv hosts and neighbours of Egypt; and wert left forlorn to the cruelty, and scorn, and intolerable oppression of those thy tyrannical persecutors.
XVI. 6 And when I passed by thee, and saw thee polluted in thine own blood, I said unto thee when thou wast in thy blood, Live; yea, I said unto thee when thou wast in thy blood, Live. And when, looking down from heaven, I saw thee in this woeful and loathsome plight, given up by the world as lost, I then took compassion on thee, and even then, in thine utmost extremity, determined thy preservation, and said, Yet Israel shall live.
XVI. 1 And thou hast increased and waxen great, and thou art come to excellent ornaments: thy breasts are fashioned, and thine hair is grown, whereas thou wast naked and bare. I have so blessed thee, that thou not only enjoyest life, but, witfaall, art plentifully stored with those favours and benefits, which serve for pleasure and ornament; and thou art now grown to a great perfection of knowledge and profession, whereas before thou wert utterly destitute of all good thmgs.
XVI. 8 Now when I passed by thee, and looked upon thee, «hold, the time was the time of love; and I spread my skirt ov* thee, Hc.
And now, when thou wert thus beautified by my graces and favours, I began to cast my affection upon thee, as that Church, whom I would espouse to myself; and,'immediately, professed myself to be thy Spiritual Husband; contracting myself unto thee by a firm covenant, mutually passed betwixt us; and thou becamest my peculiar people.
XVI. 9 Then washed I thee with water; yea, I throughly Hashed away thy blood from thee, and I anointed thee with oil. Then I sanctified thee from thy natural corruptions, and cleansed thee from thy sins, and gave thee the anointing of my Spirit.
XVI. 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 Hc.
And decked thee with all those varieties of graces and virtues, which I plentifully communicated unto thee. So also verse 11, 12, and part of 13.'
XVI. 13 Thou d,Jsf eat fine flour, and honey, and oil: and thou wast exceeding beautiful, and thou didst prosper into a kingdom. I did not only make outward provisions for thee,but I fed thee »lso spirituallv with those heavenly delicates of my Sacraments; and thou wert become glorious and beautiful, in the eyes of the world; and now, of an obscure and despised handful, wert grown up into a kingdom.
XVI. 15 But thou didst trust in thine own beauty, and play edst the harlot because of thy renown, and pouredst out thy fornications on every one that passed by; his it was.
And now, being thus favoured and graced by me, thou grewest proud of thine own worth,and forgattest me, and gavest thyself over to all uncleaniiess; and now, being sought to as some famous courtezan, thou hast yielded over thyself to the spiritual fornications of all the nations round about thee.
XVI. 16 And of thy garments thou didst takeand deckedst thy high places with divers colours, and playedst the harlot thereupon: the like things shall not come, neither shall it be so. And thou hast abused my graces unto wantonness: those ornaments of wit, of strength, of wealth, which I had bestowed upon thee, thou hast turned to the countenancing and furtherance of gross idolatries. So also verse 17, and 18, and \9, 8lc.'
XVI. 25 And hast opened thy feet to every one that passed by, and multiplied thy whoredoms.
Thon hast communicated in idolatry, with every nation, that hath had any intercourse with thee.
XVI. 26. Thou hast also committed fornication with the Egyptians thy neighbours, great of flesh; and hast increased thy whoredoms, to provoke me to anser.
Thou hast both renewed leagues, and interchanged idolatries, with the Egyptians, which are noted for monstrous in this impiety i and hast increased thy spiritual whoredoms above measure.
XVI. 28 Thou hast played the whore also with the Assyrians, because thou wast unsatiabh; Ke.
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