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out of his sheath, and will cat off from it is the sword of the great men that
thee the righteous and the wicked. are slain, which entereth into their
Seeing then that I will cut off from privy chambers. I have set the point
thee the righteous and the wicked, of the sword against all their gates,
therefore shall my sword go forth out that their heart may faint, and their
of his sheath against all flesh from ruins be multiplied.
the south to the north : that all flesh

Ry. Behold. p. cxlviii.
may know that I the LORD have
drawn forth my sword out of his

SECOND NOCTURN.
sheath : it sball not return any more. From the Exposition of Ezekiel the
Ry. I saw. p. cxlvii.

Prophet by S. Jerome the Priest.
Lesson II.

Lesson IV.
SIGH, therefore, thou son of man,

Book 7 on Ezekiel. Chap. 21. with the breaking of thy loins; SINCE he had just said, They say and with bitterness sigh before their

, ?
eyes. And it shall be, when they say and the people demanded an open
unto thee, Wherefore sighest thou? sentence, therefore he now speaks
that thou shalt answer, For the more plainly that which the LORD had
tidings; because it cometh: and every spoken by å figure or parable, or (as
heart shall melt, and all hands shall others express it) by a proverb: that by
be feeble, and every spirit shall faint, the forest of Nageb and Darom and
and all knees shall be weak as water: Teman is signified Jerusalem and the
behold, it cometh, and shall be temple and the Holy of Holies, and
brought to pass, saith the LORD God. all the land of Judah ; and that by the
Again the word of the LORD came flame which would burn the forest is
unto me, saying, Son of man, prophesy, understood the devouring sword,
and say, Thus saith the LORD; Say, which would be drawn forth from its
A sword, a sword is sharpened, and sheath to slay both the righteous and
also furbished: it is sharpened to the wicked. For this is the green
make a sore slaughter : it is furbished tree and the dry tree; whence also
that it may glitter : should we then the LORD says, If they do these things
make mirth? it contemneth the rod in the green tree, what shall be done
of my son, as every tree. And be in the dry ?
hath given it to be furbished, that it

Rz. I have. p. cxlix.
may be handled: this sword is sharp-
ened, and it is furbished to give it into

Lesson V.
the hand of the slayer.

FIRST He had said, Prophesy, or Ry. Look down. p. cxlviii.

drop thy word, towards the south,

and prophesy against the forest of the Lesson III.

south field. And because this seemed

: , shall be upon my people, it shall not the words of the Prophet, in the be upon all the princes of Israel : next place it is expressed more clearly terrors by reason of the sword shall be that the forest of the south is Jeru: upon my people : smite therefore upon salem; and that by all unfruitful thy thigh. Because it is a trial, and trees at whose roots the axe is laid, are what if the sword contemn even the understood the dwellers therein; rod? it shall be no more, saith the that by the burning flame is intended LORD God.' Thou therefore, son of the sword. In the third place the Proman, prophesy, and smite thine hands phet is commanded, if they are silent together, and let the sword be doubled and do not ask why he prophesies the third time, the sword of the slain: such things, to do what will compel

and their eyes.

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them to ask him; and then to answer , and the people be not warned ; if the what the LORD hath spoken.

sword come, and take any person from RY. With thine. p. cxlix.

among them, he is taken away in his Lesson VI.

iniquity ; but his blood will I require SIGH, He saith, and cry out with a at the watchman's hand. So thou, o

loud voice, and with no light son of man, I have set thee a watchsorrow, but with the breaking of thy man unto the house of Israel ; thereloins ; and with bitterness sigh before fore thou shalt hear the word at my

And it shall be when mouth, and warn them from me.
they say unto thee, Wherefore sighest | When I say unto the wicked, O wicked
thou? that thou shalt answer, I sigh, man, thou shalt surely die; if thou
and cannot hide the grief of my heart dost not speak to warn the wicked
for the report which hath continually from his way, that wicked man shall
sounded in mine ears, which indeed is die in his iniquity ; but his blood will
being fulfilled and draweth nigh, I require at thine hand.
namely, the army of the king of Baby- Ry. I am straitened. p. cl.
lon, which cometh with glory; and

Lesson III.
when it shall have come and shut in
Jerusalem, then every heart shall melt, N

TEVERTHELESS, if thou warn and all hands shall be feeble, and every from it; if he do not turn from his

the wicked of his way to turn spirit sball faint, and thy knees shall be weak as water: behold it cometh, way, he shall die in his iniquity; but and shall be brought to pass, saith the

thou hast delivered thy soul. ThereLORD God.

fore, O thou son of man, speak unto Ry. We looked. p. cxlix.

the house of Israel; Thus ye speak, Ry. Blessed be. p. cxlix.

saying, If our transgressions and our R%. Two Seraphim. p. xxviii.

sins be upon us, and we pine away in

them, how should we then live? say MONDAY.

unto them, As I live, saith the LORD Of Ezekiel the Prophet. God, I have no pleasure in the death

Lesson 1. Chap. xxxiii. of the wicked ; but that the wicked AGAIN the word of the LORD came turn from his way and live : turn ye,

unto me, saying, Son of man, turn ye from your evil ways; for why speak to the children of thy people, will ye die, o house of Israel ? and say unto them, When I bring the

Ry. My God. p. cl.
sword upon a land, if the people of

TUESDAY
the land take a man of their coasts,
and set him for their watchman: if

Of Ezekiel the Prophet.
when he seeth the sword come upon

Lesson I. Chap. xxiv. the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people ; then whosoe AND the word of the LORD came

unto me, saying, Son of man, heareth the sound of the trumpet, and prophesy against the shepherds of taketh not warning; if the sword Israel, prophesy, and say unto them, come, and take him away, his blood Thus saith the LORD God unto the shall be upon his own head. He shepherds ; Woe be to the shepherds heard the sound of the trumpet, and of Israel that do feed themselves ! took not warning; his blood shall be should not the shepherds feed the upon him. But he that taketh warn- flocks? Ye eat the fat, and ye clothe ing shall deliver his soul.

you with the wool, ye kill them that Ry. He hath. p. cl.

are fed: but ye feed not the flock. Lesson II.

The diseased have ye not strengthened, BUT if the watchman see the sword neither have yo healed that which was

come, and blow not the trumpet, sick, neither have ye bound up that

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which was broken, neither have ye year, in the tenth day of the month, brought again that which was driven in the fourteenth year after that the away, neither have ye sought that city was smitten, in the selfsame day which was lost; but with force and the hand of the LORD was upon me, with cruelty have ye ruled them. and brought me thither. In the Rz. At Thy. p. cl.

visions of GOD brought he me into the Lesson II.

land of Israel, and set me upon a very AND they were scattered, because frame of a city on the south. And be

high mountain, by which was as the there is no shepherd: and they brought me thither. became meat to all the beasts of the field, when they were scattered. My

Ry. He hath. p. cli. sheep wandered through all the

Lesson II. mountains, and upon every high hill : AND, behold, there was a man, yea, my flock was scattered upon all whose appearance was like the the face of the earth, and none did appearance of brass, with a line of fax search or seek after them. Therefore, in his hand, and a measuring reed; ye shepherds, hear the word of the and he stood in the gate. And the LORD; As I live, saith the LORD GOD, man said unto me, Son of man,

behold surely because my flock became s with thine eyes, and hear with thing prey, and my fock became meat to ears, and set thine heart upon all that every beast of the field, because there I shall shew thee; for to the intent was no shepherd, neither did my that I might shew them unto thee art shepherds search for my flock, but the thou brought hither: declare all that shepherds fed themselves, and fed not thou seest to the house of Israel. not my flock; therefore, O_ye shep- Ry. I am straitened. cl. herds, hear the word of the LORD.

Lesson III.
Rz. Gird about. p. cli.
Lesson III.

AND behold a wall on the outside of

the house round about, and in PHUS saith the LORD GOD; Behold, the man's hand a measuring reed of

I I will require my flock at their hand, hand breadth : so he measured the and cause them to cease from feeding breadth of the building, one reed; the flock; neither shall the shepherds the height, one reed. Then came be feed themselves any more; for I will unto the gate which looketh toward deliver my flock from their mouth, the east, and went up the stairs therethat they may not be meat for them. of, and measured the threshold of the For thus saith the LORD GOD; Behold, gate, which was one reed broad; and I, even I, will both search my sheep, the other threshold of the gate, which and seek them out. As a shepherd was one reed broad. seeketh out his flock in the day that Ry. My God. p. cl. he is among his sheep that are

THURSDAY. scattered; so will I seek out my sheep, and will deliver them out of all places

Of Ezekiel the Prophet. where they have been scattered in the

Lesson 1. Chap. xli. cloudy and dark day.

AFTERWARD he brought me to Ry. On a sinful. p. cli.

the temple, and measured the WEDNESDAY.

posts, six cubits broad on the one side, Of Ezekiel the Prophet,

and six cubits broad on the other side,

which was the breadth of the taber Lesson I. Chap. xl.

nacle. And the breadth of the door IN

the five and twentieth year of our was ten cabits; and the sides of the captivity, in the beginning of the door were five cabits on the one side,

by

and

and five cubits on the other side ; and from the way of the east: and his he measured the length thereof, forty voice was like a noise of many waters : cubits: and the breadth, twenty cubits. and the earth shined with his glory. Then went he inward, and measured And it was according to the appearthe post of the door, two cubits; and ance of the vision which I saw, even the door, six oubits; and the breadth according to the vision that I saw of the door, seven cubits.

when I came to destroy the city: and Ry. I saw the LORD. p. cxlviii. the visions were like the vision that

I saw by the river Chebar; and I fell Lesson II.

upon my face. And the glory of the So , the

twenty cubits; and the breadth, of the gate whose prospect is toward twenty cubits, before the temple: and the east. So the spirit took me up, he said unto me, This is the most and brought me into the inner court; holy place. After he measured the and, behold, the glory of the LORD filled wall of the house, six cubits; and the the house. breadth of every side chamber, four cubits, round about the house on every

Rz. I have set. p. cxlix. side. And the side chambers were

Lesson II. three, one over another, and thirty in order; and they entered into the wall AND I heard him speaking unto me

out of the house; and the man which was of the house for the stood by me. And he said unto me, side chambers round about, that they Son of man, the place of my throne, might have hold, but they had not and the place the soles of my feet, hold in the wall of the house.

where I will dwell in the midst of the Ry. Look down. p. cxlviii.

children of Israel for ever, and my Lesson III.

holy name, shall the house of Israel

no more defile, neither they, nor their winding about still upward to the carcases of their kings in their high

, side chambers : for the winding about

places. In their setting of their of the house went still upward round threshold by my thresholds, and their about the house: therefore the breadth post by my posts, and the wall of the house was still upward, and so between me and them, they have even increased from the lowest chamber to defiled my holy name by their abomi. the highest by the midst. I saw also nations that they have committed : the height of the house round about: wherefore I have consumed them in the foundations of the side chambers

mine

anger. were a full reed of six great cubits. The thickness of the wall, which was

Ry. With thine. p. cxlix. for the side chamber without, was five

Lesson III. cubits: and that which was left was the place of the side chambers that Now let them put away their

whoredom, and the carcases of were within.

their kings, far from me, and I will Ry. Behold. p. cxlviii.

dwell in the midst of them for ever. FRIDAY,

Thou son of man, shew the house to

the house of Israel, that they may be Of Ezekiel the Prophet.

ashamed of their iniquities : and let Lesson I. Chap. xliii. them measure the pattern. And if AFTERWARD be brought me to they be ashamed of all that they have

even , looketh toward the east: and, behold, house, and the fashion thereof, and the glory of the God of Israel came the goings out thereof, and the

me

comings in thereof, and all the forms! the river were very many trees on the thereof, and all the ordinances one side and on the other. Then thereof, and all the forms thereof, and said he unto me, These waters issue all the laws thereof : and write it in out toward the east country, and go their sight, that they may keep the down into the desert, and go into the whole form thereof, and all the ordin-sea: which being brought forth ances thereof, and do them.

into the sea, the waters shall be Ry. We looked. p. cxlix.

healed. And it shall come to pass,

that every thing that liveth, which SATURDAY.

moveth, whithersoever the rivers shall Of Ezekiel the Prophet. come, shall live : and there shall be a Lesson I. Chap. xlvii. very great multitude of fish, because

these waters shall come thither; for AFTERWARD he brought

again unto the door of the house; they shall be healed ; and every thing and, behold, waters issued out from shall live whither the river cometh. under the threshold of the house

Ry. My God. p. cl. eastward : for the forefront of the

THIRD SUNDAY IN NOVEMBER. house stood toward the east, and the

FIRST NOCTURN. waters came down from under from the right side of the house, at the Here beginneth the Book of Daniel south side of the altar. Then brought

the Prophet. he me out of the way of the gate

Lesson I. Chap. i. northward, and led me about the way IN the third year of the reign of without unto the utter gate by the way Jehoiakim king of Judah came that looketh eastward; and, behold, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon unto there ran out waters on the right Jerusalem, and besieged it. And the side.

LORD gave Jehoiakim king of Judah Ry. Blessed are. p. cxlix.

into his hand, with part of the vessels

of the house of God; which be carried Lesson II.

into the land of Shinar to the house AND when the man that had the of his god; and he brought the vessels

line in his hand went forth east- into the treasure house of his god. ward, he measured a thousand cubits, And the king spake unto Ashpenaz and he brought me through the waters; the master of his eunuchs, that he the waters were to the ancles. Again should bring certain of the children of he measured a thousand, and brought Israel, and of the king's seed, and of me through the waters; the waters the princes ; children in whom was no were to the knees. Again he blemish, but well favoured, and skilful measured a thousand, and brought me in all wisdom, and cunning in knowthrough ; the waters were to the loins. ledge, and understanding science, and Afterward he measured a thousand ; such as had ability in them to stand and it was a river that I could not in the king's palace, and whom they pass over: for the waters were risen, might teach the learning and the waters to swim in, a river that could tongue of the Chaldeans. not be passed over.

R. I saw. p. cxlviii.
Ry. I am straitened.

Lesson II.
Lesson III.

AND the king appointed them AND he said unto me, Son of man, daily provision of the king's meat,

hast thou seen this ? Then he and of the wine which he drank: so brought me, and caused me to return nourishing them three years, that at to the brink of the river. Now when the end thereof they might stand I had returned, behold, at the bank of before the king. Now among these

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