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JER. 4: 31. For I have heard a to speak lies, and weary themselves voice as of a woman in travail, and to commit iniquity. Thine habitathe anguish as of her that bringeth tion is in the midst of deceit ; through forth her first child, the voice of the deceit they refuse to know me, saith daughter of Zion, that bewaileth the Lord. Therefore thus saith the herself, that spreadeth her hands, Lord of hosts, Behold; I will melt saying, Woe is me now! for my them, and try them, for how shall I soul is wearied because of mur- do for the daughter of my people? derers.

Their tongue is as an arrow shot 5: 1. Run ye to and fro through out; it speaketh deceit: one speakthe streets of Jerusalem, and see eth peaceably to his neighbor with now, and know, and seek in the" his mouth, but in heart he layeth his broad places thereof, if ye can find wait. Shall I not visit them for a man, if there be any that execut- these things? saith the Lord: shall eth judgment, that seeketh the truth; not my soul be avenged on such a and I will pardon it. And though nation as this? For the mountains they say, The Lord liveth ; surely will I take up a weeping and wailthey swear falsely. O Lord, are ing, and for the habitations of the not thine eyes upon the truth? wilderness a lamentation, because Thou hast stricken them, but they they are burned up, so that none can have not grieved; thou hast con- pass through them. sumed them, but they have refused

Ezek. 8: 17. Is it a light thing to receive correction : they have to the house of Judah that they commade their faces harder than a rock; mit the abominations which they they have refused to return. There- commit here? for they have filled fore I said, Surely these are poor; the land with violence, and have they are foolish: for they know not

returned to provoke me to anger. the way of the LORD, nor the judgment of their God. I will get me

22: 6. Behold, the princes of unto the great men, and will speak Israel, every one were in thee to unto them; for they have known their power to shed blood. In thee the way of the Lord, and the judg- have they set light by father and ment of their God: but these have mother: in the midst of thee have altogether broken the yoke, and they dealt by oppression with the burst the bonds.

stranger : in thee have they vexed 6: 13. For from the least of them the fatherless and the widow. Thou even unto the greatest of them every hast despised mine holy things, and one is given to covetousness; and hast profaned my sabbaths. In thee from the prophet evon

unto the men that carry tales to shed priest every one dealeth falsely. blood: and in thee they eat upon They have healed also the hurt of the mountain: in the midst of thee the daughters of my people slightly, they commit lewdness. In thee have saying, Peace, peace, when there they discovered their fathers nakedis no peace. Were they ashamed ness: in thee have they humbled her when they had committed abomina- that was set apart for pollution. And tion? Nay, they were not at all

one hath committed abomination with ashamed, neither could they blush: his neighbor's wife; and another hath therefore they shall fall among them lewdly defiled his daughter-in-law; that fall: at the time that I visit and another in thee hath humbled his them they shall be cast down, saith sister, his father's daughter; in thee the LORD.

have they taken gifts to shed blood;

thou hast taken usury and increase, 1 9: 3. For they proceed from and thou hast greedily gained of thy evil to evil, and they know not me, neighbors by extortion, and hast forsaith the LORD. Take ye heed every gotten me,

saith the Lord God. - 25. one of his neighbor, and trust ye not

There is a conspiracy of her prophin any brother : for every brother ets in the midst thereof, like a roarwill utterly supplant, and every ing lion ravening the prey; they neighbor will walk with slanders. have devoured souls ; they have And they will deceive every one his taken the treasure and precious neighbor, and will not speak the things; they have made her many truth: they have taught their tongue widows in the inidst thereof. Her

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priests have violated my law, and | That they may do evil with both have profaned mine holy things : hands earnestly, the prince asketh, they have put no difference between and the judge asketh for a reward; the holy and profane, neither have and the great man, he uttereth his they showed difference between the mischievous desire: so they wrap it unclean and the clean, and have hid up. The best of them is a brier: their eyes from my sabbaths, and I the most upright is sharper than a am profaned among them. Her thorn-hedge: the day of thy watchprinces in the midst thereof are like men and thy visitation cometh ; now wolves ravening the prey, to shed shall be their perplexity. Trust ye blood, and to destroy souls, to get not in a friend, put yę no confidence dishonest gain. And her prophets in a guide: keep the doors of thy have daubed them with untempered mouth from her that lieth in thy mortar, seeing vanity, and divining bosom. For the son dishonoreth the lies unto them, saying, Thus saith father, the daughter riseth up against the Lord God, when the Lord hath her mother, the daughter-in-law not spoken. The people of the land against her mother-in-law; a man's have used orpression, and exercised enemies are the men of his own robbery, and have vexed the poor house. and needy: yea, they have oppressed

MARK 9: 34. By the way, they the stranger wrongfully. And I disputed among themselves, who sought for a man among them, that should be the greatest. should make up the hedge, and stand John 5: 44. How can ye believe, in the gap before me for the land, that receive honor one of another? that I should not destroy it: but I found Therefore have I

2. In Evil Speaking. poured out mine indignation upon them; I have consumed them with Ps. 50: 19. Thou gavest thy the fire of my wrath: their own way mouth to evil; and thy tongue frameth have I recompensed upon their heads, deceit: thou sittest and speakest saith the Lord God.

against thy own mother's son.

52: 2. Thy tongue deviseth misTAMOS 8 : 2. The end is come chief like a sharp razor, working upon my people of Israel ; I will not deceitfully. Thou lovest evil more again pass by them any more. And than good, and lying rather than the songs of the temple shall be to speak righteousness. Thou lovest howlings in that day, saith the Lord all devouring words, O thou deceitGod: there shall be many dead bod- ful tongue. ies in every place; they shall cast

Ezek. 33: 30. Also, thou son of them forth with silence. Hear this, man, the children of thy people still Oye that swallow up the needy, are talking against thee by the walls even to make the poor of the land to and in the doors of the houses, and fail, saying, When will the new speak one to another, every one to his moon be gone, that we may sell brother, saying, Come, I pray you, corn? and the sabbath, that we may and hear what is the word that set forth wheat, making the ephah cometh forth from the Lord. And small, and the shekel great, and falsi- they come unto thee as the people fying the balance by deceit? That cometh, and they sit before thee as we may buy the poor for silver, and my people, and they hear thy words, the needy for a pair of shoes ; yea, but they will not do them: for with and sell the refuse of the wheat?. their mouth they show much love, The Lord hath sworn by the excel- but their heart goeth after their covelency of Jacob, surely I will never forget any of their works. Shall Ps. 12: 2. With flattering lips not the land tremble for this, and and a double heart they do speak. every mourn that dwelleth 31: 13. I have heard the slanders therein?

of many, while they took counsel Micah 7: 2. The good man is against me. perished out of the earth; and there 64: 2. Hide me from the secret is none upright among men: they counsel of the wicked... who whet all lie in wait for blood: they hunt their tongue like a sword, and bend every man his brother with a net. I their bows to shoot their arrows,

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IMPOSSIBLE TO DELIVER

even bitter words; that they may out law; and as many as have sinned shoot in secret at the perfect. in the law shall be judged by the (See Government of the Tongue.) law.

3: 19. What things the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and every tongue become

guilty before God. Therefore by CHAPTER IV.

the deeds of the law shall no flesh

be justified in his sight'; for by the HIMSELF.

law is the knowledge of sin. — 23.

All have sinned and come short of JOHN 7: 19. Did not Moses give the glory of God. you the law, and yet none of you 4: 3. Abraham believed God, and keepeth the law?

it was counted unto him for rightMAT. 5:19. Whosoever therefore eousness. – 15. The law worketh shall break one of these least com- wrath ; for where no law is, there is mandments, and shall teach men no transgression. - 21. Sin hath so, he shall be called least in the reigned unto death. kingdom of heaven.

6: 23. The wages of sin is death. Rom. 1: 18. For the wrath of JAMES 2: 10. For whosoever God is revealed from heaven against shall keep the whole law, and yet all ungodliness and unrighteousness offend in one point, he is guilty of men, who hold the truth in un- of all. righteousness.

Deut. 27: 26. Cursed be he that 2: 1. Therefore thou art inex- ' confirmeth not all the words of this cusable, O man, whosoever thou art law to do them. that judgest ; for wherein thou judg- Rom. 10: 5. Moses describeth est another thou condemnest thyself. the righteousness which is of the For thou that judgest doest the same law; that the man that doeth those things. — 12. For as many as have things shall live by them. sinned without law shall perish with- (See the following Topic.)

FIFTH GENERAL TOPIC.

DESERT OF SIN.

GEN: 4: 11. And now art thou 18: 20. Because the cry of Sodom cursed from the earth, which hath and Gomorrah is great, and because opened her mouth to receive thy their sin is very grievous ; I will go brother's blood ftom thy hand ; when down now, and see whether they thou tillest the ground, it shall not have done altogether according to henceforth yield unto thee her the cry of it, which is come unto me. strength; a fugitive and a vagabond 19: 24. Then the LORD rained shalt thou be in the earth.

upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah 6: 13. And God said unto Noah, brimstone and fire from the LORD The end of all flesh is come before out of heaven. And he overthrew me ; for the earth is filled with vio- those cities and all the plain. lence through them; and, behold, I Ex. 12 : 29. And it came

to will destroy them with the earth. pass, that at midnight the LORD smote all the first-born in the land of comest in, and cursed shalt thou be Egypt, from the first-born of Pharaoh when thou goest out. The LORD that sat on his throne, unto the first shall send upon thee cursing, vexaborn of the captive that was in the tion, and rebuke, in all that thou dungeon; and all the first-born of settest thine hand unto for to do, cattle. And Pharaoh rose up in the until thou be destroyed, and until night, he, and all his servants, and all thou perish quickly ; because of the the Egyptians; and there was a great wickedness of thy doings, whereby cry in Egypt; for there was not a thou hast forsaken me. The LORD house where there was not one dead. shall make the pestilence cleave

33: 4. And when the people heard unto thee, until he have consumed these evil tidings, they mourned: and thee from off the land, whither thou no man did put on him his ornaments. goest to possess it. The Lord shall For the Lord had said unto Moses, smite thee with a consumption, and Say unto the children of Israel, Ye with a fever, and with an inflammaare a stiff-necked people: I will come tion, and with an extreme burning, up into the midst of thee in a mo- and with the sword, and with blastment, and consume thee: therefore ing, and with mildew; and they now put off thy ornaments from shall pursue thee until thou perish. thee, that I may know what to do And thy heaven that is over thy unto thee. And the children of Is- head shall be brass, and the earth rael stripped themselves of their that is under thee shall be iron. ornaments by the mount Horeb. The Lord shall make the rain of

Lev. 18: 24. Defile not ye your- thy land powder and dust: from selves in any of these things: for heaven shall it come down upon in all these the nations are defiled thee, until thou be destroyed. The which I cast out before you: and the Lord shall cause thee to be smitten land is defiled: therefore I do visit before thine enemies: thou shalt go the iniquity thereof upon it, and the out one way against them, and flee land itself vomiteth out her inhabi- seven ways before them: and shalt tants. Ye shall therefore keep my be removed into all the kingdoms of statutes and my judgments, and shall the earth. And thy carcass shall be not commit any of these abomina- meat unto all fowls of the air, and tions; neither any of your own unto the beasts of the earth, and no nation, nor any stranger that sojourn- man shall fray them away. The eth among you: (for all these abom- Lord will smite thee with the botch inations have the men of the land of Egypt, and with the emerods, done, which were before you, and and with the scab, and with the itch, the land is defiled ;) that the land whereof thou canst not be healed. spue not you out also, when ye de- | The Lord shall smite thee with file it, as it spued out the nations madness, and blindness, and astonthat were before you. For whoso- | ishment of heart: and thou shalt ever shall commit any of these abom- grope at noon-day, as the blind inations, even the souls that commit gropeth in darkness, and thou shalt them shall be cut off from among not prosper in thy ways: and thou their people.

shalt be only oppressed and spoiled

evermore, and no man shall save T Deut. 28. 15. But it shall come thee. — 53. And thou shalt eat the to pass, if thou wilt not hearken fruit of thine own body, the flesh of unto the voice of the LORD thy God, thy sons and of thy daughters, which to observe to do all his command- the Lord thy God hath given thee, ments and his statutes which I com- in the siege, and in the straitness, mand thee this day ; that all these wherewith thine enemies shall discurses shall come upon thee, and tress thee: so that the man that is overtake thee: cursed shalt thou be tender among you, and very delicate, in the city, and cursed shalt thou his eye shall be evil toward his he in the field. Cursed shall be thy brother, and toward the wife of his basket and thy store. Cursed shall bosom, and toward the remnant of be the fruit of thy body, and the his children which he shall leave: fruit of thy land, the increase of thy so that he will not give to any of kine, and the flocks of thy sheep. them of the flesh of his children Cursed shalt thou be when thou whom he shall eat: because he hath

nothing left him in the siege, and in 1 life: in the morning thou shalt say, the straitness, wherewith thine ene- Would God it were even ! and at even mies shall distress thee in all thy thou shalt say, Would God it were gates. The tender and delicate morning! for the fear of thine heart woman among you, which would wherewith thou shalt fear, and for the not adventure to set the sole of her sight of thine eyes which thou shalt foot upon the ground for delicate- see. And the Lord shall bring thee ness and

nderness, her eye shall into Egypt again with ships, by the be evil toward the husband of her

way whereof I spake unto thee, 'Thou bosom, and toward her son, and shalt see it no more again : and toward her daughter, and toward there ye shall be sold unto your her young one that cometh out from enemies for bondmen and bondbetween her feet, and toward her women, and no man shall buy you. children which she shall bear: for Num. 15: 30. But the soul that she shall 'eat them for want of all doeth aught presumptuously, wheththings secretly in the siege and er he be born in the land, or a straitness, wherewith thine enemy stranger, the same reproacheth the shall distress thee in thy gates. If Lord; and that soul shall be cut off thou wilt not observe to do all the from among his people. Because words of this law that' are written he hath despised the word of the in this book, that thou mayest fear Lord, and hath broken his comthis glorious and fearful name, the mandment, that soul shall utterly be LORD thy God; then the Lord will cut off; his iniquity shall be upon make thy plagues wonderful, and him. the plagues of thy seed, even great 21:5. And the people spake against plagues, and of long continuance, God, and against Moses, Wherefore and sore sicknesses, and of long have ye brought us up out of Egypt continuance. Moreover he will to die in the wilderness for there bring upon thee all the diseases of is no bread, peither is there any Egypt, which thou wast afraid of; water; and our soul loatheth this and they shall cleave unto thee. | light bread. And the LORD sent Also every sickness, and every fiery serpents among the people, and plague, which is not written in the they bit the people, and much peobook of this law, them will the ple of Israel died. LORD bring upon thee, until thou be destroyed. “And ye shall be left | 16: 31. And it came to pass, as few in number, whereas ye were as he had made an end of speaking the stars of heaven for multitude; all these words, that the ground because thou wouldest not obey the clave asunder that was under them: voice of the Lord thy God. And and the earth opened her mouth, and it shall come to pass, that as the swallowed them

and their houses, Lord rejoiced over you to do you and all the men that appertained good, and to multiply you ; so the unto Korah, and all their gods. LORD will rejoice over you to | They, and all that appertained to destroy you, and to bring you to them, went down alive into the pit, nought ; and ye shall be plucked and the earth closed upon them: from off the land whither thou goest and they perished from among the to possess it. And the LORD shall congregation. And all Israel that scatter thee among all people, from were round about them fled at the the one end of the earth even unto cry of them: for they said, Lest the the other; and there thou shalt serve earth swallow us up also. And other gods, which neither thou nor there came out a fire from the LORD, thy fathers have known, even wood and consumed the two hundred and and stone. And among these nations fifty men that offered incense. shalt thou find no ease, neither shall DEUT. 32: 19. And when the the sole of thy foot have rest: but Lord saw it, he abhorred them, the LORD shall give thee there a because of the provoking of his trembling heart, and failing of eyes, sons, and of his daughters. And and sorrow of mind: and thy life he said, I will hide my face from shall hang in doubt before thee; and them, I will see what their end shall thou shalt fear day and night, and be: for they are a very froward genshalt have none assurance of thy I eration, children in whom is no faith.

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