THE BOOK OF THE PROPHET
Utter ruin of the Jews foreseen—Israel rejected and scattered for serving false gods—Fishers and hunters shall gather them again, and they shall serve the Lord—Gospel to be restored for last time.
The word of the Lord came also unto me, saying,
Thou shalt not take thee a wife, neither shalt thou have sons or daughters in this place.
For thus saith the Lord concerning the sons and concerning the daughters that are born in this place, and concerning their mothers that bare them, and concerning their fathers that begat them in this land;
They shall die of grievous deaths; they shall not be alamented
; neither shall they be buried; but
they shall be as dung upon the face of the earth: and they shall be bconsumed
by the sword, and by famine; and their ccarcases
shall be meat for the fowls of heaven, and for the beasts of the earth.
For thus saith the Lord
, Enter not into the house of amourning
, neither go to lament nor bemoan them: for I have taken away my peace from this people, saith the Lord
lovingkindness and mercies.
Both the great and the small shall die in this land: they shall not be buried, neither shall men
lament for them, anor
cut themselves, nor make themselves bald for them:
Neither shall men atear themselves
for them in mourning, to comfort them for the dead; neither shall men
give them the cup of consolation to drink for their father or for their mother.
Thou shalt not also go into the house of feasting, to sit with them to eat and to drink.
For thus saith the Lord
of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will cause to cease out of this place in your eyes, and in your days, the voice of amirth
, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride.
¶ And it shall come to pass, when thou shalt shew this people all these words, and they shall say unto thee, aWherefore
hath the Lord
pronounced all this great evil against us? or what is
our iniquity? or what is
our sin that we have committed against the Lord
Then shalt thou say unto them, Because your fathers have forsaken me, saith the Lord, and have walked after other gods, and have served them, and have worshipped them, and have forsaken me, and have not kept my law;
And ye have done aworse
than your bfathers
; for, behold, ye walk every one after the cimagination
of his evil heart, that they may not hearken unto me:
Therefore will I acast
you out of this bland
into a land that ye know not, neither
ye nor your fathers; and there shall ye serve other cgods
day and night; where I will not dshew
¶ Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the Lord
, that it shall no more be said, The aLord
liveth, that brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt;
But, The Lord
liveth, that abrought
up the children of Israel from the land of the bnorth
, and from all the clands
whither he had driven them: and I will dbring
them again into their eland
that I gave unto their fathers.
¶ Behold, I will send for many afishers
, saith the Lord
, and they shall fish them; and after will I send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain, and from every hill, and out of the holes of the rocks.
For mine eyes are
upon all their ways: they are not hid from my face, neither is their ainiquity
hid from mine eyes.
And first I will arecompense
their iniquity and their sin bdouble
; because they have cdefiled
my land, they have filled mine inheritance with the carcases of their detestable and abominable things.
, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of affliction, the aGentiles
shall come unto thee from the ends of the earth, and shall say, Surely our fathers have binherited
lies, vanity, and things
wherein there is
Shall a man make agods
unto himself, and they are
Therefore, behold, I will this once cause them to know, I will cause them to know mine hand and my might; and they shall aknow
that my bname is