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the month. He mentions also the to Thy marvellous works, and give place, adding, As I was among the glory to Thy name, O LORD. Free. captives by the river of Chebar, the heavens were opened, and I saw
Lesson VI. visions of God. He makes known also the time, adding: On the fifth THE reason then is clear why he
who had said nothing begins, day of the month, which was the fifth saying: And it came to pass in the year of king Jehoiachin’s captivity. thirtieth year; because he connected And also, that he may clearly indicate this word which he uttered outwardly the person, he makes known his birth, with that word which he had heard when he proceeds : The word of the inwardly. He connected therefore LORD came expressly unto Ezekiel the the words which he uttered with the priest, the son of Buzi.
inward vision, and accordingly he Ry. I have set watchmen upon thy begins, saying: And it came to pass. walls, O Jerusalem, which shall For he connects with something else, never hold their peace day nor night, this which he begins to speak outpraising the name of the LORD. y. wardly, as if that too were outward, And the Gentiles shall see thy right- which he beheld inwardly. And eousness, and all kings thy glory. further when it is said that he received Which,
the spirit of prophecy in the thirtieth Lesson V.
year, he declares something for our
consideration; namely, that according BUT the first question which to as to the use of reason, learned speechcis. yet had said nothing, begin thus, Whence also the LORD Himself in the saying, And it came to pass in the twelfth year of His age willed to be thirtieth year ? For the word And found sitting in the temple in the expresses à connection; and we know midst of the doctors, not teaching, but that there can be no connection except asking questions. between a word that precedes and another that follows. Why then does
Ry. We looked for peace, and there he, who had said nothing, say, And it is no good; and for the time of healcame to pass ?' since there is no ing, and behold trouble: we acknow. preceding word to which he joins this, ledge, O LORD, our wickedness : which stands first. We answer, that forget us not for ever. y. We have by this we are to perceive that, as we sinned, and have done perversely, we behold bodily objects, so in like man have committed wickedness, O LORD, ner the Prophets by an inner sense
in all Thy righteousness. Forget. behold spiritual things ; and to them Glory. Forget. those things are present which, to
RY. vii. Blessed are the people our ignorance, seem to be absent. whom the LORD of hosts hath blessed, Whence it comes to pass that in the saying, Thou art the work of My mind of the Prophets, inward things hands, and Israel Mine inheritance. are so united with outward, that they : Blessed are the people, whose behold both at once, and that in them God is the LORD JEHOVAH, and the word which they hear inwardly is blessed are the folk that He hath combined with that which they speak chosen to Him to be His inheritoutwardly.
ance. Whom. Ry. With Thine invincible wall Ry. viii. Two Seraphim. p. xxviii. surround us, O LORD, and with the On Wednesday are said the Ry Ry set arms of Thy power protect us alway. * down for that day; but on Saturday Free them, o God of Israel, who cry the 1st Ry. is, Blessed are, as above, to Thee. y. Deliver us also according with the 2nd and 3rd of Monday.
thee. And when I looked, behold, an Of Ezekiel the Prophet.
hand was sent unto me; and, lo, &
roll of a book was therein : and he Lesson I. Chap. ii.
spread it before me; and it was I send thee to the children of there was written therein lamenta
and Israel, to a rebellious nation that tions, and mourning, and woe. hath rebelled against me: they and their fathers have trangressed against
Ry. My God hath sent His angel, me, even unto this very day. For and hath shut the lions' mouths: they are impudent children and stiff- that they have not hurt me, foras
much as before Him innocency was hearted. I do send thee unto them;
found in me. Ý. God hath sent and thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the LORD GOD. And they,
forth His mercy and truth: my whether they will hear, or whether
soul is among lions.
That. they will forbear, (for they are rebellious house,) yet shall know
TUESDAY. that there hath been a prophet among Of Ezekiel the Prophet. them.
Lesson I. Chap. iii. Ry. He hath redeemed His people, and ransomed them : and they shall MOREOVER he said unto me, Son come and sing in the heights of Sion, eat this roll, and go speak unto the
of man, eat that thou findest ; and they shall flow together for the house of Israel. So I opened my goodness of the LORD, for wheat, and mouth, and he caused me to eat that for wine, and for oil; * and they shall roll. And he said unto me, Son of not sorrow any more at all. ¥. And their soul shall be as a watered garden. thy bowels with this roll that I give
man, cause thy belly to eat, and fill And they
thee. Then did I eat it; and it was Lesson II.
in my mouth as honey for sweetness. A
ND thou, son of man, be not And he said unto me, Son of man, go,
afraid of them, neither be afraid get thee unto the house of Israel, and of their words, though briers and speak with my words unto them. thorns be with thee, and thou dost
Ry. At Thy presence, O LORD, and dwell among scorpions : be not afraid by Thy fierce anger, the whole land is of their words, nor be dismayed at desolate : * yet have mercy, O LORD, their looks, though they be a rebellious and make not a full end. Ý. O LORD house. And thou shalt speak my our Governor, how excellent is Thy words unto them, whether they will name! Yet. hear, or whether they will forbear: for
Lesson II. they are most rebellious.
R: I am straitened on every side : FOR thou art not sent to a people which I shall choose I wot not; * It
of a strange speech and of an is better for me to fall into the hands hard language, but to the house of of men, than to sin in the sight of the Israel ; not to many people of a LORD. ¥. If I do this thing, it is strange speech and of an hard landeath unto me: and if I do it not, I guage, whose words thou canst not cannot escape your hands. It.
anderstand. Surely, had I sent thee
to them, they would have hearkened Lesson III.
unto thee. But the house of Israel BUT thou, son of man, hear what I will not hearken unto thee; for they
say unto thee; Be not thou re- will not hearken unto me: for all the bellious like that rebellious house : house of Israel are impudent and open thy mouth, and eat that I give hardhearted. Behold, I have made
thy face strong against their faces, spare thee, neither will I have pity: and thy forehead strong against their but I will recompense thy ways upon foreheads. As an adamant harder thee, and thine abominations shall be than flint have I made thy forehead : in the midst of thee : and ye shall fear them not, neither be dismayed at know that I am the LORD. their looks, though they be a rebel- Ry. He hath shewn thee, O man, lious house.
what is good; and what doth the Ry. Gird about this city, O LORD; LORD require of thee: * but to do and let Thine angels defend its walls: justly, and to love mercy, and to walk * hear Thy people, O LORD, in Thy humbly with thy God? ¥. Put thou mercy. y. Let Thy fury, O LORD, be thy trust in the LORD, and be doing turned away from Thy people, and good : dwell in the land. To do. from Thy holy city. Hear.
Lesson II. Lesson III. MOREOVER he said unto me, Son THU$ saith the LORD God; An of man, all my words that I shall An end is come, the end is come: it
evil, an only evil, behold, is come. speak unto thee receive in thine heart, watcheth for thee; behold, it is come. and hear with thine ears. And go, The morning is come unto thee, O get thee to them of the captivity, anto thou that dwellest in the land : the the children of thy people, and speak time is come, the day of trouble is unto them, and tell them, Thus saith
near, and not the sounding again of the LORD God; whether they will
the mountains. Now will I shortly hear, or whether they will forbear. Then the spirit took me up, and I pour out my fury upon thee, and acheard behind me a voice of a great I will judge thee according to thy
complish mine anger upon thee: and rushing, saying, Blessed be the glory ways, and will recompense thee for of the LORD from his place. I heard all thine abominations. And mine also the noise of the wings of the living creatures that touched one ano- have pity: I will recompense thee
eye shall not spare, neither will I ther, and the noise of the wheels over according to thy ways and thing against them, and a noise of a great abominations that are in the midst of rushing.
thee; and ye shall know that I am Ry. On a sinful nation, a people the LORD that smiteth. laden with iniquity, have mercy, * 0
Ry. I am straitened. p. cl.
BEHOLD. the day, behold, it is
come: the morning is gone forth; Of Ezekiel the Prophet. the rod hath blossomed, pride hath
Lesson I. Chap. vii. budded. Violence is risen up into a MOREOVER the
word of the LORD rod of wickedness : none of them shall came unto me, saying, Also, remain, nor of their multitude, nor of thou son of man, thus saith the LORD any of their's : neither shall there be God unto the land of Israel ; An end, wailing for them. The time is come, the end is come upon the four corners the day draweth near: let not the of the land. Now is the end come buyer rejoice, nor the seller mourn; upon thee, and I will send mine for wrath is upon all the multitude anger upon thee, and will judge thee thereof. For the seller shall not reaccording to thy ways, and will re- turn to that which is sold, although compense upon thee all thine abomi- they were yet alive. nations. And mine eye shall not Rz. My God. p. cl.
| fall: there shall be an overflowing Of Ezekiel the Prophet.
shower; and ye, Ogreat hailstones,
shall fall; and a stormy wind shall Lesson I. Chap. xiii.
rend it. Lo, when the wall is fallen, AND the word of the LORD came shall it not be said unto you, Where
unto me, saying, Son of man, is the daubing wherewith ye have prophesy against the prophets of daubed it? Therefore thus saith the Israel that prophesy, and say thou LORD God; I will even rend it with a unto them that prophesy out of their stormy wind in my fury; and there own hearts, Hear ye the word of the shall be an overflowing shower in mine LOED; Thus saith the LORD GOD; anger, and great hailstones in my fury Woe unto the foolish prophets, that to consume it. So will I break down follow their own spirit, and have seen the wall that ye have daubed with nothing! O Israel, thy prophets are untempered morter. like the foxes in the deserts. Ye have
Rz. Behold, O LORD. p. cxlviü. not gone up into the gaps, neither made up the hedge for the house of
FRIDAY. Israel to stand in the battle in the
Of Ezekiel the Prophet. day of the LORD. They have seen vanity and lying divination, saying,
Lesson I. Chap. xv. The Lord saith : and the Lord hath AND the
word of the LORD came not sent them: and they have made
unto me, saying, Son of man, others to hope that they would con- What is the vine tree more than any firm the word.
tree, or than a branch which is among Ry. I saw the LORD. p. cxlviii. the trees of the forest ? Shall wood
be taken thereof to do any work? or Lesson II.
will men take a pin of it to hang any HAVE ye not seen a vain vision, vessel thereon ? Bebold, it is cast
and have ye not spoken a lying into the fire for fuel; the fire dedivination, whereas ye say, The LORD voareth both the ends of it, and the saith it; albeit I have not spoken ? midst of it is burned. Is it meet for Therefore thus saith the LORD God; any work ? Behold, when it was Because yo have spoken vanity, and whole, it was meet for no work: how seen lies, therefore, behold, I am much less shall it be meet yet for any against you, saith the LORD God. work when the fire hath devoured it, And mine hand shall be upon the and it is burned ? prophets that see vanity, and that Ry. I have set. p. divine lies: they shall not be in the assembly of my people, neither shall
Lesson II. they be written in the writing of the THEREFORE thus saith the LORD house of Israel, neither shall they GOD: As the vine tree among the enter into the land of Israel; and ye trees of the forest, which I have given shall know that I am the LORD GOD. to the fire for fuel, so will I give the Because, even because they have se- inhabitants of Jerusalem. And I will duced my people, saying, Peace; and set my face against them; they shall there was no peace; and one built up go out from one fire, and another fire & wall, and, lo, others daubed it with shall devour them; and ye shall untempered morter.
know that I am the LORD, when I set Ry. Look down. p. cxlviii.
my face against them. And I will
make the land desolate, because they Lesson III.
have committed a trespass, saith the S41 unto them which daub it with LORD GOD.
untempered morter, that it shall Ry. With Thine. p. cxlix.
Lesson III. Chap. xvi. was taken in their pit. And they put A GAIN the word of the LORD came him in ward in chains, and brought cause Jerusalem to know her abomin. brought him into holds, that his voice ations, and say, Thus saith the LORD should no more be heard upon the God unto Jerusalem : Thy birth and mountains Israel. Thy mother is thy nativity is of the land of Canaan : like a vine in thy blood, planted by thy father was an Amorite, and thy the waters: she was fruitful and fuil mother an Hittite. And as for thy of branches by reason of many waters. nativity, in the day thou wast born And she had strong rods for the thy navel was not cut, neither wast sceptres of them that bare rule, and thou washed in water to supple thee; her stature was exalted among the thou wast not salted at all, nor thick branches, and she appeared in swaddled at all. None eye pitied her height with the multitude of her thee, to do any of these unto thee, to branches. have compassion upon thee; but Rz. I am straitened. p. cl. thou wast cast out in the open field, to the lothing of thy person, in the
Lesson III. day that thou wast born.
But she was plucked up in fury, Ry. We looked. cxlix.
she was cast down to the ground,
and the east wind dried up her fruit: SATURDAY.
her strong rods were broken and Of Ezekiel the Prophet. withered; the fire consumed them. Lesson I. Chap. xix.
And now she is planted in the wilderMOREOVER take thou up
a ness, in & dry and thirsty ground. lamentation for the princes of And fire is gone out of a rod of her Israel, and say, What is thy mother, branches, which hath devoured her A lioness: she lay down among lions, fruit, so that she hath no strong rod she nourished her whelps among
to be a sceptre to rule. This is a And she brought up lamentation, and shall be for a lamen. one of her whelps: it became a young
tation. lion, and it learned to catch the prey ; Ry. My God. p. cl. it devoured men. The nations also If November have five Sundays, on heard of him; he was taken in their the 2nd are read the following lessons pit, and they brought him with chains from Ezekiel ; but if only four, the anto the land of Egypt. Now when lessons from Daniel, set down for the she saw that she had waited, and her 3rd Sunday, are read on the 2nd ; and hope was lost, then she took another on the two following Sundays are read of ber whelps, and made him a young the Minor Prophets. lion. And he went up and down among the lions, he became a young
SECOND SUNDAY IN NOVEMBER. lion, and learned to catch the prey,
FIRST NOCTURN. and devoured men. And he knew their Of Ezekiel the Prophet. desolate palaces, and he laid waste their cities; and the land was desolate,
Lesson I. Chap. xxi. and the fulness thereof, by the noise AND the word of the LORD came of his roaring.
unto me, saying, Son of man, set Ry. Blessed are. p. cxlix.
thy face toward Jerusalem, and drop
thy word toward the holy places, and Lesson II.
prophesy against the land of Israel, THEN the nations set against him and say to the land of Israel, Thus
on every side from the provinces, saith the LORD ; Behold, I am against and spread their net over him : he thee, and will draw forth my sword