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ing they would not hear, but har- John 15: 18. If the world hate dened their necks, like to the neck you, ye know that it hated me before of their fathers, that did not believe it hated you. If they have persein the LORD their God. And they cuted me, they will also persecute rejected his statutes, and his cove- you. — 23. He that hateth me hateth nant that he made with their fathers, my father also;... but now have they and his testimonies which he testified both seen and hated, both me and against them. And they left all the my Father. commandments of the Lord their Lev. 26 : 43. They despised my God, and made them molten images, judgments, and because their soul even two calves, and made a grove, abhorred my statutes. and worshipped all the host of heav- Num. 11: 20. Ye have despised en, and served Baal.
the Lord which is among you. Ex. 32: 1. And when the people Ezek, 16: 61. Then thou shalt resaw that Moses delayed to come member thy ways, and be ashamed, down out of the mount, the people when thou shalt receive thy sisters, gathered themselves together unto thine elder and thy younger: and I will Aaron, and said unto him, Up, make give them unto thee for daughters, us gods, which shall go before us; for but not by thy covenant.
And I will as for this Moses, the man that brought establish my covenant with thee; and us up out of the land of Egypt, we thou shalt know that I am the LORD: wot not what is become of him. And that thou mayest remember and be Aaron said unto them, Break off the confounded, and never open thy golden ear-rings, which are in the mouth any more because of thy ears of your wives, of your sons, shame, when I am pacified toward and of your daughters, and bring thee for all that thou hast done, saith them unto me.
And all the people the LORD God. brake off the golden ear-rings which Amos 2: 4. Because they have dewere in their ears, and brought them spised the law of the Lord, and have unto Aaron, And he received them not kept his commandments. at their hand, and fashioned it with Ps. 36: 1. The transgression of a graving tool, after he had made it the wicked saith within my heart, a molten calf: and they said, These that there is no fear of God before be thy gods, O Israel, which brought his eyes,
He flattereth himself in thee
up out of the land of Egypt. And his own eyes, till his iniquity be when Aaron saw it, he built an altar found to be hateful. before it; and Aaron made procla- Ps. 10: 4. The wicked, through mation, and said, To-morrow is a pride of his countenance ; will not feast to the Lord. And they rose
seek after God. up early on the morrow, and offered 1: 24. I have called and ye refused; burnt-offerings, and brought peace- I have stretched out my hand and offerings.; and the people sat down no man regarded it. But ye have to eat and to drink, and rose up to
set at naught! all my counsels, and play. And the Lord said unto Mo- would none of my reproof... They ses, Go, get thee down; for thy peo- hated knowledge, and would not ple, which thou broughtest out of choose the fear of the LORD. the land of Egypt, have corrupted Isa. 53: 3. He was despised and themselves; they have turned aside rejected of men ; a man of sorrows, quickly out of the way which I com- , and acquainted with grief. And we manded them: they have made them hid as it were our faces from him. a molten calf, and have worshipped He was despised and we esteemed it, and have sacrificed thereunto, and him not. said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which have brought thee up out of T Hosea 4: 1. The Lord hath a the land of Egypt.
controversy with the inhabitants of
the land: because there is no truth, II. It is hostile towards him.
nor mercy, nor knowledge of God
in the land. - 7. As they were inRom. 8: 7. The carnal mind is creased, so they sinned against me... enmity against God : for it is not They set their heart on their insubject to the law of God; neither iquity. indeed can be,
8: 12. I have written to him the did strike him with the palms of their John 7: 7. The world hateth me hands.—71. Peter began to curse and because I testify of it, that the works to swear, saying, I know not this thereof are evil.
great things of my law; but they than the first, and they did unto them were accounted as a strange thing.
likewise. But last of all he sent unto 2 Chron. 24: 18. And they left them his son, saying, They will revthe house of the Lord God of their erence my son.
But when the husfathers, and served groves and idols: bandmen saw him, they said among and wrath came upon Judah and Je- themselves, this is the heir; come, rusalem for this their trespass. Yet let us kill him, and let us seize on he sent prophets to them, to bring the inherit ince. And they caught them again unto the LORD; and they him and cast him out of the vineyard testified against them : but they and slew him. — 43. Therefore the would not give ear. And the Spirit kingdom of God shall be taken from of God came upon Zechariah, the son you. (M. 12: 1. L. 20: 9.) of Jehoiada the priest, which stood 22: 2. The kingdom of heaven is above the people, and said unto them, | like unto a certain king which made Thus saith God, Why transgress ye a marriage for his son, and sent forth the commandments of the LORD, that his servants to call them that were ye cannot prosper? because ye have bidden. – 5. But they made light of forsaken the LORD, he hath also for- it, (they all with one consent began
And they conspired to make excuse. L. 14 : 18.) and against him, and stoned him with went their ways, one to his farm, stones at the commandment of the another to his merchandise ; and the king in the court of the house of the remnant took his servants and enLORD.
treated them spitefully and slew Jer. 2: 7. And I brought you into them. a plentiful country, to eat the fruit 23: 34. Wherefore, behold I send thereof and the goodness thereof; unto you prophets, and wise men, but when ye entered, ye defiled my and scribes, and some of them ye land, and made mine heritage an shall kill and crucify
and some of abomination. The priests said not, them shall ye scourge in your synaWhere is the Lord and they that gogues, and persecute them from handle the law knew me not: the pas-city to city. tors also transgressed against me, and the prophets prophesied by Baal, [ LUKE 22: 2. The chief priests and walked after things that do not and scribes sought how they might profit. Wherefore I will yet plead | kill him. with
you, saith the Lord, and with Gen. 18: 32. Peradventure ten your children's children will I plead. (righteous men) shall be found there. For pass over the isles of Chittim, Ànd he said, I will not destroy it for and see; and send unto Kedar, and ten's sake. [But four were found, consider diligently, and see if there and one of them afterwards became be such a thing: hath a nation chang- intoxicated, and two committed incest, ed their gods, which are yet no gods? and the fourth became a pillar of salt.] But my people have changed their Mat. 27: 12. When he was acglory for that which doth not profit. cused of the chief priests and elders, Be astonished, 0 ye heavens, at this, he answered nothing. — 20. The and be horribly afraid, be ye very chief priests and elders persuaded desolate, saith the Lord. For my the multitude, that they should ask people have committed two evils"; Barabbas and destroy Jesus. — 23. they have forsaken me, the fountain The governor said, Why? But they of living waters, and hewed them cried out the more, saying, Let him out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can be crucified. hold no water.
MAP.K. 14: 65. And some began to LUKE 12 : 58. Agree with thine spit on him, and to cover his face adversary quickly, while thou art in and buffet him ... and the servants the way with him.
man of whom ye speak. Mat. 21: 35. The husbandmen John 5:40. Ye will not come to took his servants, and beat one, and me that ye might have life. - 42. I killed another, and stoned another. know you, that the love of God is not Again he sent other servants, more
8: 34. Whosoever committeth sin we should have been as Sodom, and is the servant of sin — 37. Ye seek we should have been like unto Goto kill me, because my word hath no morrah. Hear the word of the LORD, place in you.
- 42. If God were ye rulers of Sodom; give ear unto your father ye would love me. — 47. the law of our God, ye people of He that is of God heareth God's Gomorrah. To what purpose is the words ; ye therefore hear them not, multitude of your sacrifices unto me? because ye are not of God.
saith the Lord: I am full of the 9: 22. They agreed that if any burnt-offerings of rams, and the fat man confessed that he was Christ, of fed beasts; and I delight not in he should be put out of the synagogue. the blood of bullocks, or of lambs,
Acts 7; 51. Ye stiff-necked and or of he-goats. When ye come to uncircumcised in heart and ears: ye appear before me, who hath redo always resist the Holy Ghost; as quired this at your hand, to tread my your fathers did, so do ye: which of courts? Bring no more vain oblathe prophets have not your fathers tions; incense is an abomination persecuted? And they have slain unto me; the new moons and sabthem which showed before of the baths, the calling of assemblies, I coming of the Just One ; of whom cannot away with; it is iniquity, ye have now been the betrayers and even the solemn meeting. Your new murderers, who have received the moons and your appointed feasts my law, by the disposition of angels, and soul hateth; they are a trouble unto have not kept it.
I am weary to bear them. And JOB 21: 13. They spend their when ye spread forth your hands, I days in wealth, and in a moment go will hide mine eyes from you, yea, down to the grave. Therefore they when ye make many prayers, I will say unto God, Depart from us; for not hear: your hands are full of we desire not the knowledge of thy blood. Wash you,
make you ways. What is the Almighty that put away the evil of your doings we should serve him? And what from before mine eyes; cease to do profit should we have, if we pray evil; learn to do well; seek judgunto him?
ment ; relieve the oppressed. Judge
the fatherless, plead for the widow. III. Degree of Hostility. Come now, and let us reason togeth
er, saith the LORD: though your sins 1. Resists the Strongest Inducements. be as scarlet, they shall be as white
as snow; though they be red like Isa. 1: 4. Ah sinful nation, a crimson, they shall be as wool. If people laden with iniquity, a seed of ye be willing and obedient, ye shall evil-doers, children that are corrupt- eat the good of the land: but if ye ers! They have forsaken the LORD, refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured they have provoked the Holy One with the sword: for the mouth of the of Israel unto anger, they are gone Lord hath spoken it. How is the away backward.
Why should ye faithful city become an harlot! It be stricken any more? ye will revolt was full of judgment; righteousn more and more: the whole head is lodged in it; but now murderers. sick, and the whole heart faint. | Thy silver is become dross, thy wine From the sole of the foot even unto mixed with water: thy princes are the head there is no soundness in it: rebellious,and companions of thieves; but wounds, and bruises, and putre- every one loveth gifts, and followeth fying sores : they have not been after rewards: they judge not the closed, neither bound up, neither fatherless, neither doth the cause of mollified with ointment. Your coun- the widow come unto them. Theretry is desolate, your cities are burned fore saith the Lord, the Lord of with fire: your land, strangers devour hosts, the mighty One of Israel, Ah, it in your presence, and it is desolate, I will ease me of my adversaries, as overthrown by_strangers. And and avenge me of mine enemies: the daughter of Zion is left as a and I will turn my hand upon thee, cottage in a vineyard, as a lodge in and purely purge away thy dross, a garden of cucumbers, as a besieged and take away all thy tin: and I will city. Except the LORD of hosts had restore thy judges as at the first, and left unto us a very small remnant, thy counsellors as at the beginning:
afterward thou shalt be called, The of a strange vine unto me? For city of righteousness, the faithful though thou wash thee with nitre, city. Zion shall be redeemed with and take thee much soap, yet thine judgment, and her converts with iniquity is marked before me, saith righteousness. And the destruction the Lord God. How canst thou say, of the transgressors and of the sin- I am not polluted? — 27. For they ners shall be together, and they that have turned their back unto me, and forsake the Lord shall be consumed. not their face: but in the time of their
trouble they will say, Arise, and save T 9: 13. For the people turneth But where are thy gods that not unto him that smiteth them, nei- thou hast made thee? Let them ther do they seek the Lord of hosts. arise, if they can save thee in the Therefore the Lord will cut off from time of thy trouble: for according to Israel head and tail, branch and rush, the number of thy cities are thy in one day. The ancient and honor- gods, 0 Judah. Wherefore will ye able, he is the head; and the prophet plead with me? Ye all have transthat teacheth lies, he is the tail. For gressed against me, saith the Lord. the leaders of this people cause them in vain have I smitten your children; to err; and they that are led of them they received no correction: your are destroyed. Therefore the Lord own sword hath devoured your shall have no joy in their young men, prophets, like a destroying lion. O neither shall have mercy on their generation, see ye the word of the fatherless and widows: for every one Lord. Have I been a wilderness unto is an hypocrite and an evil-doer, and Israel? a land of darkness? Whereevery mouth speaketh folly. For all fore say my people, We are lords ; this his anger is not turned away,
we will come no more unto thee? but his hand is stretched out still. Can a maid forget her ornaments, or For wickedness burneth as the fire: it a bride her attire? Yet my people shall devour the briers and thorns, have forgotten me days without numand shall kindle in the thickets of ber. — 34. Also in thy skirts is found the forest, and they shall mount up the blood of the souls of the poor innolike the lifting up of smoke. Through cents: I have not found it by secret the wrath of the Lord of hosts is search, but upon all these. Yet thou the land darkened, and the people sayest, Because I am innocent, surely shall be as the fuel of the fire: no his anger shall turn from me. Beman shall spare his brother. And he hold, I will plead with thee, because shall snatch on the right hand, and thou sayest, 1 have not sinned. be hungry; and he shall eat on the left hand, and they shall not be sat
1 3: 5. Will he reserve his anger isfied: they shall eat every man the forever? will he keep it to the flesh of his own arm : Manasseh, end? Behold, thou hast spoken and Ephraim; and Ephraim, Manasseh: done evil things as thou couldest. and they together shall be against 7: 23. But this thing commanded Judah. For all this his anger is not I them, saying, Obey my voice, and turned away, but his hand is stretch- I will be your God, and ye shall be ed out still.
my people: and walk ye in all the Jer. 2: 19. Thine own wicked- ways that I have commanded you, ness shall correct thee, and thy that it may be well unto you. But backslidings shall reprove thee: they hearkened not, nor inclined know therefore and see that it is an their ear, but walked in the counsels evil thing and bitter, that thou hast and in the imagination of their evil forsaken the LORD thy God, and that heart, and went backward and not my fear is not in thee, saith the Lord forward. Since the day that your God of hosts. For of old time I fathers came forth out of the land of have broken thy yoke, and burst thy Egypt unto this day, I have even bands; and thou saidst, I will not sent unto you all my servants the transgress ;, when upon every high prophets, daily rising up early and hill and under every green tree thou sending them: yet they hearkened wanderest, playing the harlot. Yet not unto me, nor inclined their ear, I had planted thee a noble vine, but hardened their neck: they did wholly a right seed: how then art worse than their fathers. thou turned into the degenerate plant Amos 4: 6. And I also have given you cleanness of teeth in all your | Lord. For he shall be like the cities, and want of bread in all your heath in the desert, and shall not places: yet have ye not returned see when good cometh ; but shall unto me, saith the Lord. And also inhabit the parcher places in the I have withholden the rain from you, wilderness, in a salt land and not when there were yet three months inhabited. Blessed is the man that to the harvest : and I caused it to trusteth in the Lord, and whose rain upon one city, and caused it hope the Lord is. For he shall be not to rain upon another city ; one as a tree planted by the waters, and piece was rained upon, and the that spreadeth out her roots by the piece whereupon it rained not with- river, and shall not see when heat ered. So two or three cities wan- cometh, but her leaf shall be green ; dered unto one city, to drink water; and shall not be careful in the year but they were not satisfied; yet have of drought, neither shall cease from ye not returned unto me, saith the yielding fruit. Lord. I have smitten you with 22: 13. Woe unto him that buildblasting and mildew : when your eth his house by unrighteousness, gardens and your vineyards and I and his chambers by wrong ; that your fig-trees and your olive-trees useth his neighbor's service without increased, the palmerworm devour- wages, and giveth him not for his ed them: yet have ye not returned work; that saith, I will build me a unto ine, saith the Lord. I have wide house and large chambers, and sent among you the pestilence after cutteth bim out windows; and it is the manner of Egypt: your young ceiled with cedar, and painted with men have I slain with the sword, vermilion. Shalt thou reign, beand have taken away your horses; cause thou closest thyself in cedar? and I have made the stink of your Did not thy father eat and drink, camps to come up unto your nostrils: and do judgment and justice, and yet have ye not returned unto me, then it was well with him? He saith the Lord. I have overthrown judged the cause of the poor and some of you, as God overthrew Sod- needy; then it was well with him: om and Gomorrah, and ye were as was not this to know me? saith the a firebrand plucked out of the burn- Lord. But thine eyes and thine ing: yet have ye not returned unto heart are not but for thy covetousme, saith the LORD.
Therefore, ness, and for to shed innocent blood, thus will I do unto thee, O Israel: and for oppression, and for violence, and because I will do this unto thee, , to do it. prepare to meet thy God, O Israel. 5: 23. But this people hath a re
Jer. 25: 4. And the Lord hath volting and a rebellious heart; they sent unto you all his servants the are revolted and gone.
Neither prophets, rising early and sending say they in their heart, Let us now them; but ye have not hearkened, fear the Lord our God, that giveth nor inclined your ear to hear. They rain, both the former and the latter said, Turn ye again now every one in his season: he reserveth unto us from his evil way, and from the evil the appointed weeks of the harvest. of your doings, and dwell in the Your iniquities have turned away land that the Lord hath given unto these things, and your sins have you and to your fathers forever and withholden good things from you. ever: and go not after other gods to For among my people are found serve them, and to worship them, wicked men: they lay wait, as he provoke me not to anger with the that setteth snares; they set a trap, works of your hands: and I will do they catch men. As a cage is full you no hurt. Yet ye have not heark- of birds, so are their houses full of ened unto me, saith the Lord; that deceit: therefore they are become ye might provoke me to anger with great, and waxen rich. They are the works of your hands to your waxen fat, they shine : yea, they own hurt.
overpass the deeds of the wicked:
they judge not the cause, the cause 1 17 : 5. Thus saith the LORD ; of the fatherless, yet they prosper ; cursed be the man that trusteth in and the right of the needy do they man, and inaketh flesh his arm, and not judge. Shall I not visit for these whose heart departeth from the things? saith the Lord: shall not