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known fulfilment of its predictions—as in chap. xxv. 11, 12, and xxix. 10—followed up by a noble consecutive testimony on the part of the prophet Daniel." And the whole land shall be a desolation, and an astonishment; and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years. And it shall come to pass, when seventy years are accomplished, that I will punish the king of Babylon, and that nation, saith the Lord, for their iniquity, and the land of the Chaldeans, and will make it perpetual desolations,” Jer. xxv. 11, 12. “In the first year of his reign, I Daniel understood by books the number of the years, whereof the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem," Daniel ix. 2. We subjoin a few more of these scriptural attestations.
.“ Is this house, which is called by my name, become a den of robbers in your eyes ?” Jer. vii. 11. “But ye have made it (my house) a den of thieves," Matt. xxi. 13. See also Mark xi. 17; Luke xix. 46. “ Now therefore, go speak to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, saying, Thus saith the Lord, Return ye now every one from his evil way, and make your ways and your doings good,” Jer. xviii. 11. not as your fathers unto whom the former prophets have cried, saying, Thus saith the Lord of hosts, Turn ye now from your evil ways, and from your evil doings,” Zech. i. 4.-" Then shall ye call
pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you,” Jer. xxix. 12. " And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer
66 Be ye
upon me, and
and supplications,” Dan. ix. 3.-—“ Thus saith the Lord, A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, and bitter weeping, Rachel weeping for her children, refused to be comforted for her children, because they were not,” Jer. xxxi. 15—followed up by this most satisfactory authentication. “ Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, In Ramah was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not," Matt. ii. 18. The next is a highly important quotation.-“ Behold the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand, to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the Lord. But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel ; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people,” &c. Jer. xxxi. 31—33, &c. “He (God) saith, Behold the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah ; Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers, in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord. For this is the cove
nant that I will make with the house of Israel, after
Jer, xvi. 9. -Ezek. xxvi. 13.
xvii. 10.-Rev. ii. 23.
xviii. 6.-Rom. ix. 21.
xviii 8.-Jonah iii. 10.
iviii. 11.—2 Kings xvii, 13
Zech. i. 4.
xxix. 17.--Ezek. xiii. 10.
xxii. 24.- Amos ix. 2, 3.
xxiv. 7.--Ezek. xi. 19.
xxxvi. 26, 27.
xxv. 30.-Joel iii. 16.
Amos i. 2.
xxvi. 2.-Acts xx. 27.
xxvii. 5.-Dan. iv 17, 25.
xxix. 10.-2Chr.xxxvi. 21,22.
Dan. ix. 2.
xxx. 9. Ezek. xxxiv, 23.
Hos. iii. 5.
xxxi, 1.-2 Cor. vi. 16.
Heb. xiii. 10.
xxxi, 29.-Ezek. xviii, 2.
xxxi, 31.--Heb. x. 16.
xxxi. 34.-John vi. 45.
Mic. vij. 18.
Acts x. 43.
xxxii. 39. Ezek, xi, 19.
xxxiii. 15.-Zech. iii. 8.
32. Lamentations.] This beautiful poem bears upon it the internal evidence of its likeness to other effusions, from the pen of Jeremiah its reputed author. *
The only other scriptural resemblance that we notice is the following—“ Thou hast made us as the offscouring and refuse in the midst of the people,” Lam. iii. 45.“ We are made as the filth of the world, and are the offscouring of all things unto this day,” 1 Cor. iv. 13. Compare also Lam. ii. 17 with Zech. i. 6.
33. Ezekiel.] The writer of this book lays claim repeatedly to supernatural communications from heaven_“ The hand of the Lord was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the Lord," &c. Certain it is that Ezekiel holds a distinguished place in the traditions and estimation of the Jews; and is expressly named as one of their prophets by Josephus. He prophesied in Chaldea, at the time when Jeremiah prophesied in Jerusalem. There is a remarkable similarity between several of his images, and those in the
Jer. xxxiii. 15.- Zech. vi. 12. • See
xxxiv. 1.—2 Kings xxv. 1, &c. Lam. i. 2.- Jer. xiii. 17.
xlv, 3. xxxix. 1.-2 Kings xxv. 1. i. 16.
ix. I, 18, xli. 2.
xlviii. 36. xlix. I,-Amos i, 14.
V. 31. xlix. 7.-Obad. 8.
xiv. 13. xlix. 9. 5,
xxiii. 16. xlix. 14. 1.
iii. 14. xx, 7. xlix. 16. 4.
iii. 48, 49. ix. 1, 18. xlix. 27.- Amos i. 4
xiii. 17. 1. 8.--Rev. xviii. 4.
xiv, 17. li 6. xviii. 4.
v. 31. li. 8. xiv. 8.
xxiii. 21. li. 14.- Amos vi. 8.
Xxxi. 18, lii. 21.-2 Kings xv. 17,
Apocalypse.“ Open thy mouth, and eat that I give thee.”
“ Moreover he said unto me, Son of man eat that thou findest; eat this roll, and
go speak unto the house of Israel.
So I opened my mouth, and he caused me to eat that roll. And he said unto me, Son of man, cause thy belly to eat, and fill thy bowels with this roll that I give thee. Then did I eat it; and it was in my mouth as honey for sweetness," Ezek. ii. 8; iii. 1--3. “ And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, give me the little book.
And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey," Rev. x. 9.-“ And the Lord said, Go through the midst of the city, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof," Ezek. ix. 4. “ Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads," Rev. vii. 3.“ Thy riches, and thy fairs, thy merchandise, tiny mariners, and thy pilots, thy calkers, and the occupiers of thy merchandise, and all thy men of war, that are in thee, and in all thy company which is in the midst of thee, shall fall into the midst of the seas in the day of thy ruin—and all shall lament over thee, saying, What city is like Tyrus, like the destroyed in the midst of the sea?” Ezek. xxvii. 2732. See also Ezek. xxvi. 17. “ And the kings of the earth shall lament for her, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city. And the merchants of the earth shall mourn over her, and stand afar off, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas,