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of the Egyptians, and trimming up thyself for their acceptation? Thou art both infected by their wickedness, and hast corrupted others by the wickedness wherewith thou art infected.
II. 34 Also in thy skirts is found the blood of the souls of the poor innocents: I have not found it by secret search, but upon all these. Thou art plainly found guilty of the blood of my prophets, which thou hast cruelly shed: there needs no secret search, for the finding out of this murther of thine; it is open, and apparent to the eyes of the world.
II. 36 Why gaddest thou about so much to change thy way? thou also shalt be ashamed of Egypt as thou wast ashamed of Assyria. Why goest thou about to alter thy dependance; and, instead of Babylon, to rely upon Egypt? That trust shall fail thee: thou shalt be ashamed of this vain confidence of thine, as Ahaz was of his trust in the Assyrian.
II. 37 Yea, thou shalt go forth from him, and thine hands upon thy head.
Thou shalt go forth from him with extreme mourning and lamen
III. 1 They say, If a man put away his wife, and she go from him, and become another man's, shall he return unto her again? shall not that land be greatly polluted? but thou hast played the harlot with many lovers; yet return again to me, saith the LORD. O my people, thy wickednesses are many and great; and yet, such is my mercy, I could be content, upon thy repentance, to pardon them. Thou art my wife, and hast committed whoredom; thou hast betaken thyself to another husband, and therefore hast made thyself uncapable of my reacceptance, by the law: yet, return again to me, and I am ready to receive thee, saith the Lord.
III. 2 Lift up thine eyes unto the high places, and see where thou hast not been lien with. In the ways hast thou sat for them, as the Arabian in the wilderness.
Thou hast frequently committed spiritual fornication in thy high places: yea, thou hast tempted others to these idolatrous practices, and hast been ready to solicit and draw on this sin with them; waiting for these opportunities of thine idolatries, as the Arabian waits for a prey in the wilderness.
III. 3 Thou hast a whore's forehead.
Thou art grown impudent and shameless in thy sin.
III. 4 Wilt thou not from this time cry unto me.
Yet wilt thou not, after so many and grievous afflictions, begin to recollect thyself, and to acknowledge me, &c.
III. 11 And the LORD said unto me, The backsliding Israel hath justified herself more than treacherous Judah.
Israel and Judah are both shamefully wicked; and yet, of the two, Judah is worse than Israel: her treachery is
had more favours from me.
so much more, as she
III. 12 Go and proclaim these words toward the north, and say, Return, thou backsliding Israel.
Go and proclaim these words, even to those Israelites, which are now captived amongst the Medians in the north; and, since Judab will not hear, say to them, Return thou backsliding Israel.
III. 14 For I am married unto you and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion. For I had made a holy covenant with you; and will, upon your repentance, call some of you back again to your land, and to my temple.
III. 16 They shall say no more, The ark of the covenant of the LORD: neither shall it come to mind: neither shall they remember it; neither shall they visit it; neither shall that be done any more. They shall no more trust to the outward formalities of God's worship, and to the fashionable profession of religion, as if the very name and presence of the Ark were enough to save them; neither shall their thoughts be upon these outward helps, as allsufficient and acceptable.
III. 17 At that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of the LORD; and all the nations shall be gathered unto it.
At that day, they shall acknowledge the true Church of God, as holy, and as the seat of God's spiritual government; and the Gentiles shall, together with them, flock unto it.
III. 18 And they shall come together out of the land of the north to the land that I have given for an inheritance unto your fathers. They shall both come together out of their spiritual captivity, into the bosom of my Evangelical Church.
III. 19 But I said, How shall I put thee among the children, and give thee a pleasant land, a goodly heritage of the hosts of nations? and I said, Thou shalt call me, My father; and shalt not turn away from me.
But I said, How shall it come about, that thou, which deservedst not the name of a servant, shalt become a dear son unto me; and shalt have a pleasant and happy inheritance bequeathed unto thee, even a blessed room in my Church? And I answered myself again, It is by the means of thy faithful invocation of me, and of thy true repentance and holy obedience, that this shall be effected.
III. 21 A voice was heard upon the high places, weeping and supplications of the children of Israel: for they have perverted their way, and they have forgotten the LORD their God.
Even in those high places, where the offence was committed, a voice was heard of weeping and supplication of the children of Israel; lamenting their former wickedness; and calling for mercy, to that God, whom they had forgotten.
III. 23 Truly in vain is salvation hoped for from the hills, and from the multitude of mountains.
In vain is deliverance and salvation hoped for from those idols, which we have worshipped on the hills and high places.
III. 24 For shame hath devoured the labour of our fathers from our youth.
This shameful idolatry is that, which hath undone both our late forefathers and us.
IV. 3 Break up your fallow ground, and sow not among thorns. Hitherto, O my people, your hearts have been like to a rough, thorny, uncultured ground; but now, break up this fallow ground of yours, by an unfeigned repentance, and root up these thorns of your corruptions.
IV. 4 Circumcise yourselves to the LORD, and take away the foreskins of your heart.
As ye are outwardly circumcised, so also do ye cut off the foreskin of those inward corruptions, which your heart is defiled with.
IV. 5 Declare ye in Judah, and publish in Jerusalem; and say, Blow ye the trumpet in the land: cry, gather together, and say, Assemble yourselves, and let us go into the defenced cities. Make proclamation in Judah and Jerusalem, and muster your forces together: assemble yourselves, and, for fear and expectation of the enemy, agree to go up into the defenced cities.
IV. 6 Set up the standards toward Zion: retire, stay not: for I will bring evil from the north.
Draw your troops toward Jerusalem, and make haste; for I will bring evil upon you from the Babylonians.
IV. 7 The lion is come up from his thicket, and the destroyer of the Gentiles is on his way.
The Chaldean is come forth, like a fierce lion out of his thicket or den, even Nebuchadnezzar, the great conqueror of the Gentiles, upon his way.
IV. 10 Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! surely thou hast greatly deceived this people and Jerusalem, saying, Ye shall have peace; whereas the sword reacheth unto the soul.
Then said I, Ah, Lord God, surely this people and Jerusalem will be ready to cast upon thee the imputation of deceiving them; in that those, which have pretended to prophesy in thy name, have said, Ye shall have peace, whereas there is nothing but slaughter
IV. 11 A dry wind of the high places in the wilderness toward the daughter of my people, not to fan, nor to cleanse.
Nebuchadnezzar came, like a boisterous wind upon the bleak hills, up against Jerusalem; not to fan or winnow my people, but to blow them quite away.
IV. 13 Behold, he shall come up as clouds and his chariots shall be as a whirlwind.
Behold, he shall come up, as some black cloud that threatens a tempest; and his chariots shall come rattling swiftly, as a whirlwind.
IV. 15 For a voice declareth from Dan, and publisheth affliction from mount Ephraim.
I do already hear a voice from the remotest parts of the land, which runs along towards Jerusalem, proclaiming, with much horror and astonishment, the coming in of the enemy.
IV. 16 Make ye mention to the nations; behold, publish against Jeusalem, that watchers come from a far country, and give out their voice against the cities of Judah.
Yea, the very nations round about take notice of that miserable desolation, which is coming upon Jerusalem; and give intelligence to each other of the fearful mischief, which is now towards them.
IV. 17 As keepers of a field, are they against her round about; because she hath been rebellious against me, saith the LORD. The besiegers of Jerusalem shall keep so strict a watch over the city, as the keepers of the field are wont to do of those cattle which are committed to their charge; so as not one man shall be allowed to stir out of the walls: and all this, because of their rebellions.
IV. 19 My bowels, my bowels! I am pained at my very heart; my heart maketh a noise in me; I cannot hold my peace, because thou hast heard, O my soul, the sound of the trumpet, the alarm of war.
Oh the unspeakable sorrow and affliction, that I feel for the misery of my people! my bowels yearn, and my heart aches within me, to think of this woeful destruction, which is approaching to Jerusalem: I cannot contain myself, but I must break forth into lamentation; because I do, as it were, hear, beforehand, the sound of the trumpet of Nebuchadnezzar, and his alarm to this miserable war. So also verse 20, 21.
IV. 23 I beheld the earth, and, lo, it was without form and void; and the heavens, and they had no light.
Alas, what a fearful confusion do I foresee every where! The earth shall be so laid waste, as if it had never had any form: the face of heaven shall yield no light of comfort to the earth. verse 24.
IV. 25 I beheld, and, lo, there was no man, and all the birds of the heavens were fled.
I looked, and saw all turned to a woeful solitude: there was not so much as one man to be seen in a country; nay, the very birds of the air had forsaken this desolate place, as not yielding them any means of repast.
IV. 30 And when thou art spoiled, what wilt thou do? Though thou clothest thyself with crimson, though thou deckest thee with ornaments of gold, though thou rentest th yface with painting, in vain shalt thou make thyself fair: thy lovers will despise thee, they will seek thy life.
Thou, which now art richly clad in crimson and scarlet, and decked with precious ornaments of gold, and which stainest thy skin with artificial paintings, and all this to procure and draw on thy wanton lovers, what wilt thou do? for those Egyptians, whom thou wouldst allure, will despise thee and seek thy ruin.
IV. 31 For I have heard a voice as of a woman in travail. For I have heard a shrieking, and lamentation in Jerusalem, as the outcries of a woman in the very pangs of her travail.
V. 2 And though they say, The LORD liveth; surely they swear falsely.
And though they make an outward and fashionable profession of the name of the Lord, in worshipping him, in swearing by him, yet it is but in falsehood and hypocrisy.
V. 4 Therefore I said, Surely these are poor; they are foolish: for they know not the way of the LORD, nor the judgment of their God.
Therefore I said, by way of excuse, Alas, these are poor and silly men, ignorant of their duties, taken up wholly with servile trades; and have neither means nor leisure to know the ways of the Lord, and the laws and statutes of their God.
V. 5 I will get me unto the great men, and will speak unto them; for they have known the way of the LORD, and the judgment of their God: but these have altogether broken the yoke, and burst the bonds. I will get me to the nobler and learneder sort, their princes and priests &c.; and, behold, I found these worse than the other; they have rebelliously broken the yoke, of their obedience, and cast away the cords of God's law.
V. 6 Wherefore a lion out of the forest shall slay them, and a wolf of the evening shall spoil them.
Wherefore, I will give them into the hands of their cruel enemies, the Babylonians; which, like ravenous beasts, shall fall upon them and devour them,
V. 7 How shall I pardon thee for this? thy children have forsaken me, and sworn by them that are no gods: when I had fed them to the full, they then committed adultery, and assembled themselves by troops in the harlots' houses.
How canst thou expect pardon and favour at my hands, O Jerusalem? thy children have forsaken me, and betaken themselves to the worship of false gods; and, when I pampered them with my blessings, they made an ill use of my mercies, and riotously ran forth into both bodily and spiritual adultery, and impudently trooped together to work filthiness.
V. 10 Go ye up upon her walls, and destroy; but make not a full end: take away her battlements; for they are not the LORD's. Go, ye Babylonians, go upon the walls of Jerusalem, and destroy them; but yet make not an utter waste and perfect havock of that sinful city demolish the battlements, and turrets thereof; for now I, the Lord, do not challenge an interest in them.
V. 14 Because ye speak this word, behold, I will make my words in thy mouth fire, and this people wood, and it shall devour them. Because they have disparaged my word in the mouths of my prophets, and have said, It is but wind; they shall find it otherwise : behold, I will make thy word to be as fire, and this people as wood; so as this thy despised word shall be to the utter destruction of this
V. 15 Lo, I will bring a nation upon you from far, O house of Israel.
Behold, I will bring a nation upon you from out of Chaldea, &c. V. 16 Their quiver is an open sepulchre, they are all mighty