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But, ' as if that were a very little thing,
Thou wast corrupted more than they in all thy ways.

As I live, saith the Lord God,
Sodom thy sister hath not done, she nor her daughters,

As thou hast done, thou and thy daughters.
49 Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom,

Pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her
And in her daughters,

Neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.
50 And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me :
Therefore I took them away as I saw good.

Neither hath Samaria committed half of thy sins;
But thou hast multiplied thine abominations more than they,

And hast justified thy sisters in all thine abominations which thou hast done. 52 Thou also, which hast judged thy sisters, bear thine own shame for thy sins

That thou hast committed more abominable than they :
They are more righteous than thou :
Yea, be thou confounded also, and bear thy shame,

In that thou hast justified thy sisters.
53 When I shall bring again their captivity,

The captivity of Sodom and her daughters,
And the captivity of Samaria and her daughters,

Then will I bring again the captivity of thy captives in the midst of them : 54 That thou mayest bear thine own shame,

And mayest be confounded in all that thou hast done,

In that thou art a comfort unto them. 55 When thy sisters, Sodom and her daughters, shall return to their former estate,

And Samaria and her daughters shall return to their former estate,

Then thou and thy daughters shall return to your former estate. 56 For thy sister Sodom was not mentioned by thy mouth

In the day of thy s pride,
57 Before thy wickedness was discovered,

As at the time of thy reproach of the daughters of 4 Syria,
And all that are round about her, the daughters of the Philistines,

Which 5 despise thee round about. 58 Thou hast borne thy lewdness

And thine abominations, saith the LORD. 59 For thus saith the Lord God;

I will even deal with thee as thou hast done,

Which hast despised the oath in breaking the covenant. 60 Nevertheless I will remember my covenant with thee

In the days of thy youth,

And I will establish unto thee an everlasting covenant. 61 Then thou shalt remember thy ways, and be ashamed,

When thou shalt receive thy sisters, thine elder and thy younger:
And I will give them unto thee for daughters,

But not by thy covenant.
62 And I will establish my covenant with thee;

And thou shalt know that I am the LORD:
63 That thou mayest remember, and be confounded,

And never open thy mouth any more because of thy shame,
When I am pacified toward thee for all that thou hast done,

Saith the Lord God. 17 AND the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Son of man, put forth a

riddle, and speak a parable unto the house of Israel; and say, Thus saith the 2, 3, Lord God;

A great eagle with great wings,
Longwinged, full of feathers, which had 7 divers colours,

1 Or, that was loathed as a small

2 Heb. for a report, or, hcaring

3 Heb. prides, or, ercellencies.
4 Heb. Aram,
5 Or, spoil.

6 Heb. borne them.
7 Heb. embroidering.

Came unto Lebanon, and took the highest branch of the cedar : 4 He cropped off the top of his young twigs ,

And carried it into a land of traffic;

He set it in a city of merchants. 5 He took also of the seed of the land,

And 'planted it in a fruitful field;

He placed it by great waters, and set it as a willow tree.
6 And it grew, and became a spreading vine of low stature,

Whose branches turned toward him, and the roots thereof were under him :
So it became a vine,
And brought forth branches, and shot forth sprigs.

There was also another great eagle with great wings and many feathers :
And, behold, this vine did bend her roots toward him,
And shot forth her branches toward him,

That he might water it by the furrows of her plantation. . 8 It was planted in a good soil by great waters,

That it might bring forth branches,
And that it might bear fruit,
That it might be a goodly vine.

Say thou, Thus saith the Lord God; Shall it prosper ?
Shall he not pull up the roots thereof,
And cut off the fruit thereof, that it wither?
It shall wither in all the leaves of her spring,

Even without great power or many people to pluck it up by the roots thereof. 10 Yea, behold, being planted, shall it prosper ?

Shall it not utterly wither, when the east wind toucheth it ?

It shall wither in the furrows where it grew.
11 Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
12 Say now to the rebellious house,

Know ye not what these things mean?
Tell them, Behold, the king of Babylon is come to Jerusalem,
And hath taken the king thereof, and the princes thereof,

And led them with him to Babylon;
13 And hath taken of the king's seed, and made a covenant with him,

And hath 3 taken an oath of him :

He hath also taken the mighty of the land : 14 That the kingdom might be base,

That it might not lift itself up,

4 But that by keeping of his covenant it might stand.
15 But he rebelled against him in sending his ambassadors into Egypt,

That they might give him horses and much people.
Shall he prosper shall he escape that doeth such things ?

Or shall he break the covenant, and be delivered ? 16 As I live, saith the Lord God,

Surely in the place where the king dwelleth that made him king,
Whose oath he despised, and whose covenant he brake,

Even with him in the midst of Babylon he shall die.
17 Neither shall Pharaoh, with his mighty army and great company

Make for him in the war,

By casting up mounts, and building forts, to cut off many persons : 18 Seeing he despised the oath by breaking the covenant,

When, lo, he had given his hand,

And hath done all these things, he shall not escape. 19. Therefore thus saith the Lord God;

As I live, surely mine oath that he hath despised,
And my covenant that he hath broken,

Even it will I recompense upon his own head. 20 And I will spread my net upon him,

And he shall be taken in my snare,
And I will bring him to Babylon,

1 Heb. put it in a field of seed.
2 Heb. field.

3 Heb. brought him to an oath.
4 Heb. To keep his covenant, to stand to it.

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And will plead with him there for his trespass

That he hath trespassed against me. 21 And all his fugitives with all his bands shall fall by the sword,

And they that remain shall be scattered toward all winds :

And ye shall know that I the Lord have spoken it. 22 Thus saith the Lord God;

I will also take of the highest branch of the high cedar, and will set it;
I will crop off from the top of his young twigs a tender one,

And will plant it upon an high mountain and eminent : 23 In the mountain of the height of Israel will I pl

plant it: And it shall bring forth boughs, and bear fruit, and be a goodly cedar : And under it shall dwell all fowl of every wing;

In the shadow of the branches thereof shall they dwell. 24 And all the trees of the field shall know

That I the Lord have brought down the high tree, have exalted the low tree,
Have dried up the green tree, and have made the dry tree to flourish :

I the Lord have spoken and have done it.
Q AND the word of the Lord came unto me again, saying,

What mean ye, that ye use this proverb concerning the land of Israel, saying, 2 The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on edge ? 3 As I live, saith the Lord God,

Ye shall not have occasion any more

To use this proverb in Israel. 4 Behold, all souls are mine; As the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine:

The soul that sinneth, it shall die. 5 But if a man be just,

And do that which is lawful and right,
6 And hath not eaten upon the mountains,

Neither hath lifted up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel,
Neither hath defiled his neighbour's wife,

Neither hath come near to a menstruous woman, 7 And hath not oppressed any,

But hath restored to the debtor his pledge,
Hath spoiled none by violence,
Hath given his bread to the hungry,

And hath covered the naked with a garment; 8 He that hath not given forth upon usury, Neither hath taken any increase,

That hath withdrawn his hand from iniquity, Hath executed true judgment between man and man, 9 Hath walked in my statutes,

And hath kept my judgments, to deal truly;

He is just, he shall surely live, saith the Lord God. 10 If he beget a son that is a robber, a shedder of blood,

And that doeth 9 the like to any one of these things, 11 And that doeth not any of those duties,

But even hath eaten upon the mountains,

And defiled his neighbour's wife,
12 Hath oppressed the poor and needy,

Hath spoiled by violence,
Hath not restored the pledge,
And hath lifted up his eyes to the idols,

Hath committed abomination, 13 Hath given forth upon usury,

And hath taken increase :
Shall he then live?-he shall not live :
He hath done all these abominations; he shall surely die;
His + blood shall be upon him.

1 Heb. judgment and justice. ? Or, breaker up of an kotise.

3 Or, to his brother besides any of these. 4 Heb. bloods.

14 Now, lo, if he beget a son,

That seeth all his father's sins which he hath done,

And considereth, and doeth not such like, 15 That hath not eaten upon the mountains,

Neither hath lifted up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel,

Hath not defiled his neighbour's wife, 16 Neither hath oppressed any,

Hath not ! withholden the pledge,
Neither hath spoiled by violence,
But hath given his bread to the hungry,

And hath covered the naked with a garment, 17 That hath taken off his hand from the poor,

That hath not received usury nor increase,
Hath executed my judgments, hath walked in my statutes ;

He shall not die for the iniquity of his father,-he shall surely live. 18 As for his father,

Because he cruelly oppressed,
Spoiled his brother by violence,
And did that which is not good among his people,

Lo, even he shall die in his iniquity. 19 Yet say ye, Why? doth not the son bear the iniquity of the father ?

When the son hath done that which is lawful and right,
And hath kept all my statutes, and hath done them,

He shall surely live.
20 The soul that sinneth, it shall die.

The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father,
Neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son:
The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him,

And the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him. 21 But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed,

And keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right,

He shall surely live-he shall not die. 22 All his transgressions that he hath committed,

They shall not be mentioned unto him :

In his righteousness that he hath done he shall live. 23 Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die ?

Saith the Lord God:

And not that he should return from his ways, and live?
24 But when the righteous turneth away from his righteousness,

And committeth iniquity,
And doeth according to all the abominations that the wicked man doeth,
Shall he live?
All his righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned :
In his trespass that he hath trespassed,
And in his sin that he hath sinned,

In them shall he die. 25 Yet ye say,

The way of the Lord is not equal.
Hear now, O house of Israel;

Is not my way equal ? are not your ways unequal ?
26 When a righteous man turneth away from his righteousness,

And committeth iniquity, and dieth in them;

For his iniquity that he hath done shall he die. 27 Again, when the wicked man turneth away

From his wickedness that he hath committed,
And doeth that which is lawful and right,

He shall save his soul alive. 28 Because he considereth,

And turneth away from all his transgressions that he hath committed, He shall surely live—he shall not die.

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29 Yet saith the house of Israel,

The way of the Lord is not equal.
O house of Israel, are not my ways equal ?

Are not your ways unequal ?
30 Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel,

Every one according to his ways, saith the Lord God.
Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions;

So iniquity shall not be your ruin. 31 Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed;

And make you a new heart and a new spirit :

For why will ye die, O house of Israel ? 32 For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, Saith the Lord God: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.

MOREOVER take thou up a lamentation for the princes of Israel, and say, » What is thy mother? A lioness : 2 She lay down among lions,

She nourished her whelps among young lions. 3 And she brought up one of her whelps :

It became a young lion,

And it learned to catch the prey; it devoured men. 4 The nations also heard of him ;

He was taken in their pit,

And they brought him with chains unto the land of Egypt. 5 Now when she saw that she had waited,

And her hope was lost,
Then she took another of her whelps,

And made him a young lion.
6 And he went up and down among the lions,

He became a young lion,

And learned to catch the prey, and devoured men. 7 And he knew their s desolate palaces,

And he laid waste their cities;
And the land was desolate, and the fulness thereof,

By the noise of his roaring.
8 " Then the nations set against him on every side from the provinces,

And spread their net over him :

He was taken in their pit.
9 And they put him in ward 4 in chains,
And brought him to the king of Babylon :
They brought him into holds,
That his voice should no more be heard
Upon the mountains of Israel.

10 Thy mother is like a vine 5 in thy blood, planted by the waters :

She was fruitful and full of branches by reason of many waters. 11 And she had strong rods for the sceptres of them that bare rule,

And her stature was exalted among the thick branches,

And she appeared in her height with the multitude of her branches. 12 But she was plucked up in fury,

She was cast down to the ground,
And the east wind dried up her fruit:
Her strong rods were broken and withered ;

The fire consumed them.
13 And now she is planted in the wilderness,

In a dry and thirsty ground.
14 And fire is gone out of a rod of her branches,

Which hath devoured her fruit,
So that she hath no strong rod to be a sceptre to rule.
This is a lamentation, and shall be for a lamentation.

I Or, others.
2 Or, others.

3 Or, widows.
4 Or, in hooks.

5 Or, in thy quietness, or

in thy likeness.

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