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The blessedness of the church. CHAP. LXII, LXIII.

mess,The planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified. A T And they shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations. 5 And strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, and the 'sons of the alien shall be your go and your vine-dressers. 6. But ye shall be named the Priests of the LoRD: men shall call you the Ministers of our God: ye shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, and in their glory shall ye boast yourselves. 7 TIFor your shame ye shall have double; and for confusion they shall rejoice in their portion: therefore in their land they shall possess the double: everlasting joy shall be unto them. 8 For I the Lord love judgment, I hate robbery for burnt-offering; and I will direct their work in truth, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them. . 9 And their seed shall be known among the Gentiles, and their offspring among the eople: all that see them shall acknowedge them, that they are the seed which the Lord hath blessed. 10 I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salwation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels. 11 For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations. XHAP. LXII. Fo Zion's sake will I not hold m peace, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth. 2 And the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and all kings thy glory: and thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the Lord shall name. . 3 Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the Lord, and a ..f. * dem in the hand of thy God. 4 Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate: but thou shalt be called Hephzi-bah, and thy land Beulah: for the Loão delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married. 5. For as a young man marrieth a virgin, 30 shall thy sons marry thee; and as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee. 6 I have set watchmen upon thy walls,

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peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the LoRD, keep not silence, 7 And give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth. 8 The Lord hath sworn by his right hand, and by the arm of his strength, Surely swiji no more give thy corn to be meat for thine enemies; and the sons of the stranger shall not drink thy wine; for the which thou hast laboured: 9. But they that have gathered it shall eatit, and praise the Lond; and they that have brought it together shall drink it in the courts of my holiness. 10 || Go through, go through the gates; prepare ye the way of the people; cast up, cast up the highway; gather out the stones; lift up a standard for the people. 11 Behold, the Lord *. proclaimed unto the end of the world, Say ye to the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy salvation cometh; behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him. 12, And they shall call them, The holy people, The redeemed of the Lord : and thou shalt be called, Sought out, A city not forsaken. CHAP. LXIII. HO is this that cometh from Edom with dyed garments from Bozrah? this that is glorious in his apparel, travelling in the greatness of his strength? I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save. 2. Wherefore art thou red in thine apparel, and thy garments like him that treadeth in the wine-fat? 3 I have trodden the wine-press alone; and of the people there was none with me: for I will tread them in mine anger, and trample them in my fury, and their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments, and will stain all my raiment. - 4 For the day of vengeance is in mine heart, and the yearof my redeemediscome. 5 And I looked, and there was none to help; and I wondered that there was none to "uphold : therefore mine own arm brought salvation unto me; and my fury, it upheld me. 6 And I will tread down the people in mine anger, and make them drunk in m fury, and I will bring down their streng to the earth. 7 || I will mention the loving-kindnesses of the Lord, and the praises of the Lond, according to all that the Lord hath bestow: ed on us, and the great goodness toward the house of Israel, which he hath bestowed on them according to his mercies, and according to the multitude of his lovingkindnesses. 8 For he said, Surely they are my peo

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9 || In all their affliction he was afflict: ed, and the angel of his presence saved them: in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; and he bare them, and carried them all the o of old. 10 || But they rebelled, and vexed his HolySpirit: therefore he was turned to be their enemy, and he fought against them. 11. Then he remembered the days of old, Moses, and his F.". saying, Where is he that brought them up out of the sea with the shepherd of his flock?, where is he that put his Holy Spirit within him? 12 That led then by the right hand of Moses with his glorious arm, Öividing the water before them, to make himself an everlasting name? 13 That led them through the deep as a horse in the wilderness, that they should not stumble? 14 As a beast goeth down into the valley, the Spirit of the Lord caused him to rest: so didst thou lead thy people, to make thyself a glorious name. 15 TT }. down from heaven, and behold from the habitation of thy holiness and of thy glory: where is thy zeal and thy strength, the sounding of thy bowels and of thy mercies toward me?’ are they restrained? 16 Doubtless thou art our Father, though Abraham be ignorant of us, and Israel acknowledge us not; thou, Ö LoRD, art our Father, our Redeemer; thy name is from everlasting. 17 || O Load, why hast thou made us to err from thy ways, and hardened our heart from thy fear? Return, for thy servants' sake, the tribes of thine inheritance. 18 The people of thy holiness have possessed it but a little while : our adversaries have trodden down thy sanctuary. 19 We are thine : thou never barest rule over them; they were not called by

thy name. CHAP. LXIV. H that thou wouldest rend the heavens, that thou wouldest come down, that the mountains might flow down at thy spresence, 2. As when the melting fire burneth, the fire causeth the waters to boil, to make thy name known to thine adversaries, that the nations may tremble at thy presence : 3.When thou didst terrible things which we looked not for, thou camest down, the mountains flowed down at thy presence. 4 For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, besides thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him. 5.Thou meetest him that rejoiceth, and worketh righteousness, those that remem. ber thee in thy ways: behold, thou art

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wroth; for we have sinned: in those is continuance, and we shall be saved. 6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. 7 And there is none that calleth upon thy name, that stirreth up himself to take hold of thee: for thou hast hid thy face from us, and hast consumed us, because of bur iniquities. 8 But now, O Lord, thou art ourFather; we are the clay, and thou our potter; an we all are the work of thy hand. 9 || Be not wroth very sore, O Lord, neither remember iniquity for ever: behold, see, we beseech thee, we are all thy

Poli 10 Thy !. cities are a wilderness, Zion is a wilderness, Jerusalem a desolation. 11 Our holy and our beautiful house, where our fathers praised thee, is burned up with fire: and all our pleasant things are laid waste. 12 Wilt thou refrain thyself for these things, O Lord? wilt thou hold thy peace, and afflict us very sore? CHAP. LXV. I AM sought of them that asked not for me; I am found of them that sought me not : I said, Behold me, behold me, unto a nation that was not called by my name. 2 I have spread out my hands all the day unto a rebellious people, which walketh in a way that was not good, after their own thoughts; 3 A people that provoketh me to anger continually to my face; that sacrificeth in gardens, and burneth incense upon altars f brick ; o 4 Which remain among the graves, and lodge in the monuments, which eat swine's flesh, and broth of abominable things is in their vessels; 5 Which say, Stand by thyself, come not near to me; for I am holier than thou. These are a smoke in my nose, a fire that burneth all the day. 6 Behold, it is written before me: I will not keep silence, but will recompense, even recompense into their bosom, 7 Your iniquities, and the iniquities of your fathers together, saith the Lorp, which have burned incense upon the mountains, and blasphemed me upon the hills: therefore will I measure their former work into their bosom. 8 || Thus saith the Lord, As the new wine is found in the cluster, and one saith, Destroy it not ; for a blessing is in it: so will I do for my servants' sake, that I may not destroy them all.

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Jacob, and out of Judah an inheritor of my mountains: and mine elect shall inherit it, and my servants shall dwell there. 10 And Sharon shall be a fold of flocks, and the valley of Achor a place for the herds to lie down in, for my people that have sought me. 11 || But ye are they that forsake the Lond, that forget my holy mountain, that prepare a table for that troop, and that furhish the drink-offering unto that number. 12 Therefore will I number you to the sword, and ye shall all bow down to the slaughter: because when I called, ye did not answer; when I spake, ye did not hear; but did evil before miné eyes, and did choose that wherein I delighted not. 13 Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, my servants shall eat, but ye shall be hungry: behold, my servants shall drink, but yeshall be thirsty: behold, my servants shall rejoice, but ye shall be ashamed: 14 Behold, my servants shall sing for

LXVI. The humble comforted.

fore they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear. 25 The wolf and the lamb shall feed toether, and the lion shall eat straw like the . ullock; and dust shall be the serpent's meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the LoRD. . LXVI. HUS saith the Lord, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest? 2 For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the Lord: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word. 3 He that killeth an ox is as if he slew a man; he that sacrificeth a lamb, as if he cut off a dog’s neck; he that offeresh an oblation, as if he offered swine's blood; he that burneth incense, as if he blessed an idol. Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their

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o #. and shall howl for vexation of spirit. 15 And ye shall leave your name for a curse unto my chosen : for the Lord God shall slay thee, and call his servants by another name: 16 That he who blesseth himself in the earth, shall bless himself in the God o truth; and he that sweareth in the earth shall swear by the God of truth; because the former troubles are forgotten, and because they are hid from mine eyes. 17 || For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind. 18 But be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: for behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a Joy. * - % And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people: and the voice of weeping shals be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying. . 20 There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days: for the child shall die a hundred years old; but the sinner being a hundred years old shall be accursed. 21 And they shall build houses and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them. 22 They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree are the days of my E. and mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands. . 23 They shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they are the

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4 I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear; but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not. 5 T Hear the word of the Lord, ye that tremble at his word; Your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for my name’s sake, said, Let the Lord be glorified: but he shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed. 6 A voice of noise from the city, a voice from the temple, a voice of the Lord that rendereth recompense to his enemies. 7 Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was deHivered of a man child. . 8 Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children. 9 Shals I bring to the birth, and not cause to bring forth? saith the Load: ...] I cause to bring forth, and shut the womb { saith thy God. 10 Rejoice ye with Jerusalem, and be ;: with her, all ye that love her: rejoice or jo her, allye that mourn for her: 11 That ye may suck, and be satisfied with the breasts of her consolations; that ye may milk out, and be delighted with the abundance of her glory. 12 For thus saith the Lond, Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory ...”. Gentiles like a flowing stream: then shall ye suck, ye shall be borne upon her sides, and be dandled upon

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God’s judgments on the wicked. JEREMIAH.

The calling of Jeremiah.

13 As one whom his mother comforteth, Javan, to the isles afar off, that have not

so will I comfort you; and ye shall comforted in Jerusalem. 14 And when ye see this, your heart shall rejoice, and your bones shall flourish like an herb: and the hand of the LohD shall be known toward his servants, and his indignation toward his enemies. 15 For behold, the Lord will come with fire, and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire. 16 For by fire and by his sword will the LoRo plead with all flesh; and the slain of the Lord shall be many. 17. They that sanctify themselves, and purify themselves in the gardens behind one tree in the midst, eating swine's flesh, and the abomination, and the mouse, shall be consumed together, saith the Lord. 18 For I know their works and their thoughts; it shall come, that I will gather all nations and tongues; and they shall come, and see my glory. 19 And I will set a sign among them, and I will send those that escape of them unto the nations, to Tarshish, Pul, and Lud, that draw the bow, to Tubai, and

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heard my fame, neither have seen my glory; and they shall declare my glory among the Gentiles. 20 And they shall .# all your brethren for an "...of unto the LoRD, out of all nations, upon horses, and in chariots, and in litters, and "pon mules, and upon swift beasts, to my holy mountain Jerusalem, saith the Lord, as the children of Israel bring an offering in a clean vessel into the house of the Lorp. 21 And I will also take ef them for priests and for Levites, saith the Lord. 22 For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the Lord, so shall your seed and your name remain. 23 And it shall come to pass, that from one new-moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the Lord. 24 Ånd they shall go forth, and look upon the carcasses of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be

quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh.

* The Book of the Prophet JEREMIAH.

CHAP. I. HE words of Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah, of the priests that were in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin: 2 To whom the word of the Lord came in the days of Josiah the son of Amon king of Judah, in the thirteenth year of his reign. 3. It came also in the days of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah, unto the end of the eleventh year of Zedekiah the son of Josiah king of Judah, unto the carrying away of Jerusalem captive in the fifth month. 4 Then the word of the Lord came unto me. o 5 Before I formed thee in the belly I .knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. 6 Then said I, Ah, Lord God! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child. 7 || But the Lord said unto me, Sa not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to a that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak. 8 Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the Lord. 9 Then the Lord put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the Lord said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth.

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the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant. 11 T Moreover the word of the Lorn came unto me, saying, Jeremiah, What seest thou? And I said, I see a rod of an almond-tree. 12 Then said the Lord unto me, Thou hast well seen: for I will hasten my word to perform it. i8 And the word of the Lord came unto me the second time, saying, What seest thou? And I said, I see a seething-pot; and the face thereof is toward the north. 14 Then the Lord said unto me, Out of the north an evil'shall break forth upon all the inhabitants of the land. 15 For lo, I will call all the families of the kingdoms of the north, saith the Load; and they shall come, and they shall set every one his throne at the entering of the gates of Jerusalem, and against all the walls thereof round about, and against all the cities of Judah. 16And I will utter myi. against them touching all their wickedness, who have forsaken me, and have burned in: cense unto other gods, and worshipped the works of their own hands. 17 || Thou therefore gird up thy loins and arise, and speak unto them all that i command thee: be not dismayed at their

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18 For behold, I have made thee this daya defenced city, and an iron pillar, and brazen walls against the whole land, against the kings of Judah, against the princes thereof, against the priests thereof, and against the #: of the land.

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CHAP. II. OREOWER the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 2 Go, and cry in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, Thus saith the LoRD; I remember thee, the kindness of thy youth, the love of thine espousals, when thou wentest after me in the wilderness, in a land that was not sown. * . 3 Israel was holiness unto the Lord, and the first-fruits of his increase: all that devour him shall offend; evil shall come upon them, saith the LoRd. 4 Hear ye the word of the Lord, O house of Jacob, and all the families of the house of Israel: 5 Ts'ohus saith the Lord, What iniquity have your fathers found in me, that they are gone far from me, and have walked after vanity, and are become vain? 6 Neither said they, Where is the Lord that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, that led us through the wilderness, through a land of deserts and of pits, through a land of drought, and of the shadow of death; through a land that no man passed through, and where no man dwelt? 7 And I brought you into a plentiful country, to eat the fruit thereof and the oodness thereof; but when ye entered, ye É. my land, and made mine heritage an abomination. 8 The priests said not, Where is the Lord? and they that handle the law knew me not: the pastors also transgressed against me, and the d’. hets prophesied by Baal, and walked after things that do not profit. - 9 || Wherefore I will yet plead with you, saith the Lord, and with your children's children will I o 10 For pass over the isles of Chittim, and see; and send unto Kedar, and consider diligently, and see if there be such a thing. 11 Hath a nation changed their gods, which are yet no gods? but my people have changed their glory for that which doth not profit. 12 Beastonished, O ye heavens, at this, and be horribly afraid, be ye very desolate, saith the Lord. 13 For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cis

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terns, broken cisterns, that can hold na water. 14 || Is Israel a servant? is he a homeborn slave? why is he spoiled? 15 The young lions roared upon him, and yelled, and they made his land waste: his cities are burned without inhabitant. 16 Also the children of Noph and Tahapanes have broken the crown of thy head. 17 Hast, thou not procured this unto thyself, in that thou hast forsaken the Lorto thy God, when he led thee by the way? • 18 And now what hast thou to do in the way of Egypt, to drink the waters of Sihor? or what hast thou to do in the way of Assyria, to drink the waters of the river? 19 Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee: know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the Lord thy God, and that my fear is not in thee, saith the Lord God of hosts. 20 T For of old time I have broken thy yoke, and burst thy bands; and thou saidst, I will not transgress; when upon every high hill and under every green free thou wanderest, f". the harlot. 21 Yet I had planted thee a noble vine, wholly a right seed: how then art thou turned into the degenerate plant of a strange vine unto me? 22 For though thou wash thee with nitre, and take thee, much soap, yet thine i.", is marked before me, saith the Lord God. 23 How canst thou say, I am not polluted, I have not gone #: Baalim? See thy way in the valley, know what thou hast done: thou art a swift dromedary traversing her ways; 24 A wild ass used to the wilderness, that snuffeth up the wind at her pleasure; in her occasion who can turn her away? all . that seek her will not weary themselves; in her month they shall find

her. . 25 Withhold, thy foot from being unshod, and thy throat from thirst: but thou saidst, There is no hope: no; for I have loved strangers, and after them will I go. 26 As the thief is ashamed when he is found, so is the house of Israel ashamed; they, their kings, their princes, and their priests, and their prophets, 27 Saying to a stock, Thou art my father; and to a stone, Thou hast brought me forth: for they have turned their back unto me, and not their face: but in the time of their trouble they will say, Arise, and save us. 28 But where are thy gods that thou hast made thee? let them arise, if they can save thee in the time of thy trouble: for according to the number of thy cities are thy gods, O Judios,

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