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For when she did but see the pictures of the Chaldeans set forth in lively colours, by the hand of the painter, ere she was acquainted with their persons, She did no sooner see their habit and gorgeous attire, wherein they were set forth like so many princes to grace them in the eyes of the beholders, according to the proud fashions of the Babylonians of Chaldea, where they were born and bred: But presently, upon the first sight, like a wanton strumpet, she fell into extreme love with them, and dotage upon them ; in such sort, that she could not be at rest, till she had sent ambasa sadors into Chaldea to treat of a league with them.
XXIII. 17 And the Babylonians came to her into the bed of love, and they defiled her with their whoredom, and she was polluted with them, and her mind was alienated from them. And those Babylonians easily condescended to the motion, and entered into terms of friendship with her; and by this means had opportunity to infect her with their foul idolatries.
XXIII. 20 For she doted upon their paramours, whose flesh is as the flesh of asses, and whose issue is like the issue of horses. For she was besotted with a lust after their spiritual whoredoms, who were most notoriously idolatrous, even above the common rank of the other heathen.
XXIII. 21 Thus thou calledst to remembrance the lewdness of thy youth, in bruising thy teats by the Egyptians for the paps of thy youth. Thus thou didst revive and recal the lewd abominations of thy first times; when the Egyptians defiled thee with their wicked idolatry.
XXIII. 22 Behold, I will raise up thy lovers against thes, from whom thy mind is alienated, and I will bring them against thee on
Behold, I will stir up against thee those nations, upon whom thou wert so fond, to beleague thyself with them; with whom thou art now fallen out, and art at deadly defiance; and I will bring them to invade thee on every side.
XXIII. 25 They shall take away thy nose and thine ears; and thy remnant shall full by the sword. They shall set upon thee the marks of thine adultery: they shall slit thy nose and thine ears, for a harlot; and those, that shall escape the shameful reproaches of their whoredom, shall fall by the sword.
XXIII. 26 They shall also strip thee out of thy clothes, and take away thy fair jewels. They shall strip thee of all thine ornaments; and carry away all that wealth, wherein thou hast prided thyself.
XXIII. 27 Thus will I make thy lewdness to cease from thee, and thy whoredom brought from the land of Egypt. Thus will I make thee past the danger of committing lewdness against me any more, and of renewing thine old Egyptian idolatries.
XXIII. 31 Therefore will I give her cup into thine hand.
I will make thee take deep of those grievous judgments, which thy sister Israel bath tasted of. So also verse 32, 33, 34.
XXIII. 34 Thou shalt even drink it and suck it out. See Isaiah li. verse 17.
XXIII. Ibid. And thou shalt break the sherds thercof, and pluck of thine own breasts. And how madly discontented soever thou shalt be with this judg. ment, yet shalt thou not be able to put it oil; but shalt rather, in thine indignation, tear thine own breasts.
XXIII. 40 And furthermore, that ye have sent for men to come from far, unto whom a messenger was sent; and, lo, they came : for whom thou didst wash thyself, paintedst thy eyes, and deckedst thyself with ornaments. And furthermore, that, like a petulant harlot inflamed with lust, thou hast sent thy pander-like messengers afar off, to fetch thine idolatrous paramours unto thee ; for whose lewd entertainment thon didst make all kind of lascivious preparation, addressing thyself to work this spiritual wickedness with them. So also verse 41.
XXIII. 42 And a voice of a multitude being at ease was with her: and with the men of the common sort were brought Sabeans from the wilderness, &c. Yea, not only these choice idolaters were sought unto, but even the common rabble of all the most debauched heathens were brought unto thee, for the employment of thy spiritual filthiness; even base drunkards, from the most despised corners of the wilderness; which set out themselves with those ornaments, which their savage condition would afford.
XXIII. 43 Then I said unto her that was old in adulteries, Will they now commit whoredoms with her, and she with them? Then said I, This people of Judah is now grown old in her spiritual adulteries: it is more than time for her to leare off these sinful courses; and will she yet continue her whorish idolatries with other nations, and they with her ?
XXIII. 41 Yet they went in unto her, as they go in unto a woman that playeth the harlot: so went they in unto crolah and unto Aholibah, the lewd women. Yet I saw no end of those her odious fornications; but she persisteth in her abominable uncleapnesses: the nations round about her consort with her in her idolatries : thus they do with Israel and Judah, without fear or shame.
XXIII. 45 Because they are adulteresses, and blood is in their hands. Because they are guilty, both of idolatries and murders, in a very shameful measure; in that they have shed the blood of their children, in sacrifices to their false gods.
XXIII. 49 And ye shall bear the sins of your idols.
XXIV. 3 Thus saith the Lord God; Set on a pot, set it on, and also pour water into it.
Thus saith the Lord God; I have appointed thy very actions to be significant and prophetical; set on a pot therefore, &c.
XXIV. 6 Wherefore thus saith the Lord God; Woe to the bloody city, to the pot whose scum is therein, and whose scum is not gone out of it ! bring it out piece by piece ; let no lot fall upon it. Wherefore, thus saith the Lord ; Jerusalem, that bloody city, is that boiling pot, whose scum is in it, for that it is not purged from those foul sins, wherewith it abounderh: the fire under it, is the extreme calamity which it shall suffer : the flesh and bones, which are in it, are those Jews, which have fled thither for safety and defence; they shall be boiled therein, through the great misery they shall endure: put thou iu thy hook, and bring out the flesh and bone, piece-meal, wheresoever it lights, without any choice or deliberation, to shew that every one of them shall be fetched out thence, without difference.
XXIV. 7 For her blood is in the midst of her ; she set it upon the top of a rock; she poured it not upon the ground, to cover it with dust. For the blood, which she hath shed, is conspicuous, even in the very midst of ber; as if it had been spilt upon some high eminent rock, where it could not be hid nor soaked in: she did not pour it upon the ground, that it should be covered with the dust, and so unseen. So verse 8.
XXIV. 9 I will make the pile for fire great. I will greatly aggravate her judgments.
XXIV. 10 Heap on wood, kindle the fire, consume the flesh, and spice it well, and let the bones be burned. See that full and exquisite vengeance be executed, upon all the inhabitants of that wicked city. So verse 11,
XXIV. 12 She hath wearicd herself with lies, and her great scum went not forth out of her: her scum shall be in the fire. She hath wearied herself with her faise worship, and with flatteries of her safe condition; and all her wickedness is still within her, unrepented of, unamended; and shall be, together with her, fit matter for my wrath to work upon.
XXIV. 13 In thy filthiness is lewdness. That rust, and scum, which is in thee, is thine abominable lewd. ,
XXIV. 16 Son of man, behold, I take away from thee the desire of thine
with a stroke : yet neither shalt thou mourn nor weep, neither shall thy tears run down. Son of man, behold, I take away from thee that dear wife of thine, in whom thou tookest true contentment: I will inflict the stroke of death upon her; and yet, I forbid thee to mourn and weep: shed no tears for this great loss of thine ; for a sign to this people.
XXIV. 17 Forbear to cry, make no mourning for the dead, bind the tire of thine head upon thee, and put on thy shoes upon thy feet, and cover not thy lips, and eat not the bread of men. VOL. III.
Make no shew at all of mourning for that thy dear consort: but demean thyself so, as if thou hadst no loss or sorrow; neither make thou any funeral banquet, as the manner of the people is.
XXIV. 21 Behold, I will profane my sanctuary, the excellency of your strength, the desire of your eyes, and thut which your soud pitieth; and your sons and your daughters whom ye have left shall fall by the sword. Behold, I will cause my temple to be exposed to the profanation of the heathen; and I will give into their hands your young men, your wives, your daughters, and whatsoever is dear and precious unto you, and they shall fall by the sword of the Babylonians.
XXIV. 22 And ye shall do as I have done : ye shall not cover your lips, &c. And ye shall do as I have done : ye shall make no sign of any mourning or lamentation for them. So verse 23.
XXIV. 24 Thus Ezekiel is unto you a sign: according to all that he hath done &c. Thus do I figure out, and act upon Ezekiel that, which I will do
XXV. 2 Son of man, set thy face against the Ammonites,, and prophesy against them. Look tou towards the coast of the Ammonites, and, in this posture, do thou prophesy against them.
XXV. 3 Becuuse thou saidst, Aha, against my sanctuary, when it was profunud; and aguinst the land of Israel, &c. Because thou didst insult and rejoice in the profanation of my sanetuary, and in the destruction of Israel, &c.
xxv. 4 Behold, therefore I will deliver thee to the men of the east for a possession. Behold, therefore I will deliver thee and thy country to the hands of the Babylonians, for their possession and inheritance.
XXV. 5 And I will make Rabbah a stable for cames, and the Ammonites a couching-place for flocks : and ye shall know that I am the LORD. And I will make thy chief city Rabbah, wherein are the palaces of thy great princes, to become a stable for camels ; and the land of the Ammonites will I make a desert, for the pasturing of sheep.
XXV. 8, 9, 10. Thus saith the Lord God; Because that Moub and Seir do say, Behold, the house of Judah is like unto all the her then; Therefore, behold, I will open the side of Moab from the cities, from his cities which are on his frontiers, the glory of the country, Beth-jeshimoth, Baal-meon, and Kiriathaim, Into the men of the east with the Aminonites, and I will give them in possession, that the Ammonites may not be remembered among the nations. Thus saith the Lord; Because the Moabites and Edomites have triumphed in the desolation of my people, and have scornfully said, We see no difference betwixt Judah and other nations ; their God hath had no more power to preserve them, than the gods of
their neighbours ; Therefore will I cast open the frontiers of Moab, how strongly soever defenced with their wasted cities; and will give up all the richest and pleasantest part of their country, Unto the spoil of the Babylonians; and, together therewith, will I deJiver up the land of the Ammonites, to be so utterly wasted, that the memory of it may not remain among the nations.
XXV. 13 And I will make it desolate from Teman; and they of Dedan shall fall by the sworil. I will make Edom desolate, in all the coasts thereof: no part of the country shall be free from destruction.
XXV. 14 And I will lay my vengeance upon Edlom by the hand of my people Israel: and they shall do in É dom according to mine anger, and according to my fury. And I will execute my vengeance upon Edom, by the same hand, that hath plagued my people Israel, even the Babylonians; who shall also employ those captive Israelites, which live under them, in this service.
XXV. 16 And I will cut off the Cherethims, and destroy the remnant of the sea coast. I will cut off both those Philistines, that dwell in the inland, and those, that inhabit along by the sea coast.
XXVI. 2 Son of man, because that Tyrus hath said against Jerusalem, Aha, she is broken that was the gates of the people : she is turned unto me: I shall be replenished, now she is laid waste. Because Tyrus hath said against Jerusalem, in rejoicing at her ruin, Aha, she, that was the most populous and best traded city of the east, is now laid waste : all her traffic and wealth shall now be turned unto me: I shall be enriched in her spoil and decay.
XXVI. 4 I will also scrape her dust from her, and make her like the top of a rock. I will cause, not only her rich treasures to be carried away, but her very soil and earth shall be taken off and removed, that she may be left as barren as the rock.
XXVI. 5 It shall be a place for the spreading of nets in the sea. It shall no more be a frequented city, but a waste place, for fishermen to lay abroad their nets in.
XXVI. 15 Shall not the isles shake at the sound of thyl fall, when the wounded cry, when the slaughter is made in the midst of thee? Shall not all the sea coasts round about be afraid and amazed, at the fame of thy destruction?
XXVI. 16 Then all the princes of the sea shall come down from their thrones, and lay away their robes, and put off their broidered garments : they shall clothe themselves with trembling. Then all the princes of those maritime regions, on all sides, shall be disheartened with the news of thy ruin; and shall lay aside their pomp and jollity, and shall be wholly possessed with fear and trembling.