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XIV. 3. Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their heart, and put the stumbling block 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 own 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 off from the midst of my people.
I will oppose myself against that man, and inflict sensible judgments upon him ; and will make him a fearful example of my just revenge, in every 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, &c.
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, &c. 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 comforted concerning the evilthat 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 ; &c.
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 Hiltite.
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 father 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 performeth 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 open field, 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 thy 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. 7. And thou hast increased and waren 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, withal, 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 things.
XVI. 8. Now when I passed by thee, and looked upon thee, behold, the time was the time of love ; and I spread my skirt over thee, &c.
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 thoroughly washed 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 badger's skin, and I girded thee about with fine linen, and I covered, &c.
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 didst 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 also spiritually 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 playedst 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 uncleanness; 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 take, and 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 19, &c.
XVI. 25. And hast opened thy feet to every one that passeth by, and multiplied thy whoredoms.
Thou 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 anger.
Thou hast both renewed leagues, and interchanged idolatries, with the Egyptians, which are noted for monstrous in this impiety; and hast increased thy spiritual whoredoms above measure.
XVI. 28. Thou hast played the whore also with the Assyrians, because thou wast insatiable ; &c.
The like wickedness hast thou also committed with the Assyrians, as if thy lust after idols were utterly unsatiable. So also verse 29.
XVI. 30. How weak is thine heart, saith the Lord God, seeing thou doest all these things, the work of an imperious whorish woman!
How hast thou even spent and exhausted thyself with this odious filthiness, saith the Lord; as some notorious and most infamous strumpet!
XVI. 37. And will discover thy nakedness unto them, that they may see all thy nakedness.
I will put thee to shame and confusion before the faces of those, which consorted with thee in thine idolatries.
XVI. 41. And I will cause thee to cease from playing the harlot, and thou also shalt give no hire any more.
I will so judge thee, that thou shalt be disabled from any further commission of this spiritual whoredom; and shalt be stripped of any power to give the hire of fornication, to thy mercenary lovers.
XVI. 42. So will I make my fury toward thee to rest ; and my jealousy shall depart from thee, and I will be quiet, and will be no more angry.
So will I abundantly satisfy myself with that revenge, which I shall take of thee, as that my fury and jealousy shall be at an end, as having no further object to work upon.
XVI. 43. Because thou hast not remembered the days of thy youth, but hast fretted me in all these things; behold, therefore I also will recompense thy way upon thine head, &c.
Because thou hast not remembered, both the favours that I did thee and the covenants that thou madest with me in thy youth, but hast provoked me in all these things, I will bring thy deserved judgments upon thee, and will make thee sure enough from adding this lewdness to thine other abominations.
XVI. 44. Behold, every one that useth proverbs shall use this proverb against thee, saying, As is the mother, so is her daughter,
Thy notorious sins shall be the ordinary by-word, and tabletalk of the world, who shall say, As is the mother Canaan, so is the daughter Judah.
XVI. 45. Thou art thy mother's daughter, that loatheth her husband and her children ; and thou art the sister of thy sisters, which loathed their husbands and their children : your mother was a Hittite, and your father an Amorite.
Thou art just thy mother's daughter, like her in wickedness and sin: as she, so thou, hast cast off thy God, and hatest all those that pertain unto him; and the whole family of you is all of one and the same strain : thy sister is of no other disposition: your mother, in respect of your manners and condition, was a Hittite and your father an Amorite. · XVI. 46. And thine elder sister is Samaria, she and her daughters that dwell at thy left hand : and thy younger sister, that duelleth at thy right hand, is Sodom and her daughters.
And thine eldest sister is Samaria, or the Ten Tribes of Israel ; she, and those her daughter cities, that lie to the north: and thy younger sister, that dwells to the southward, is Sodom, and the cities appertaining to her.
XVI. 47. Yet hast thou not walked after their ways, nor done after their abominations : &c.
Yet thou hast not contented thyself to do after the example of their abominations: but, &c.
XVI. 49. Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness, &c.
Behold, these were the most eminent sins of thy sister Sodom, even pride, excess of diet, extreme idleness and security; and want of respect and mercy to the poor and needy, &c.