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not; and come and stand before me in this house which is called by my name, and say, we are delivered to do all these abominations ?” Here we have the same testimony, because it came from the same Spirit. They had the temple of the Lord, they boasted of that temple, and they trusted in it. They had the priesthood of the Lord, they had succession from Aaron: and they boasted of that priesthood and trusted in it, and yet while they were thus very zealous for the ordinances, the divinely appointed ordinances of God's house, and very trustful in the priesthood that was over them, the divinely appointed priesthood, their morals were bad and their end was destruction.

We have another voice to the same purpose in the prophet Ezekiel, where he says in the 33rd chap. and the 31st to the 33rd verse, “ They come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee as my people, and they hear thy words but they will not do them: For with their mouth they show much love, but their heart goeth after their covetous

And lo, thou art unto them as a very lovely song of one that hath a pleasant voice, and can play well on an instrument: for they hear thy words but they do them not. And when this cometh to pass, lo it will come, then shall they know that a prophet hath been among them.” They could sit before the Lord's prophet and take pleasure in hearing the Lord's words, and yet their hearts went after their covetousness, they heard the words, but they mistook hearing for doing, and they did them not.

turn to the 6th chap. of the prophet Micah, we have a similar voice in this messenger of God, who came to call for the fruits of the vineyard in

ness.

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Spirit and calling for them in God's name, but he found oppression, unrighteousness, covetousness, drunkenness, pleasure-seeking, God forgetting, evil placed for good, and good placed for evil; and yet boastful of themselves, wise in their own eyes, “And therefore hell bath enlarged herself and opened her mouth without measure; and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth shall descend into it."

Now if we come to another prophet, another of these messengers that were sent to gather the fruits of the vineyard, we find the prophet Jeremiah warning them of the same danger. He was in another age a second messenger of God seeking the fruits of the vineyard, and he only received that ill-treatment of which our Lord speaks. In the 7th chap. of Jeremiah, and the 2nd verse, we read “stand in the gate of the Lord's house,” and proclaim there this word, and say, Hear the word of the Lord, all ye of Judah that enter in at these gates to worship the Lord, Thus saith the Lord of Hosts, the God of Israel, amend your ways and your doings, and I will cause you to dwell in this place. Trust ye not in lying words, saying, “ The temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord are these. For if ye throughly amend your ways and your doings; if ye throughly execute judgment between a man and his neighbour; if ye oppress not the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, and shed not innocent blood in this place, neither walk after other Gods to your hurt: then will I cause you to dwell in this place, in the land that I gave

fathers for ever and ever. Behold ye trust in lying words, that cannot profit. Will ye steal, murder, and commit adultery, and swear falsely, and burn incense unto Baal, and walk after other God's whom ye know

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not; and come and stand before me in this house which is called by my name, and say, we are delivered to do all these abominations ?” Here we have the same testimony, because it came from the same Spirit. They had the temple of the Lord, they boasted of that temple, and they trusted in it. They had the priesthood of the Lord, they had succession from Aaron: and they boasted of that priesthood and trusted in it, and yet while they were thus very zealous for the ordinances, the divinely appointed ordinances of God's house, and very trustful in the priesthood that was over them, the divinely appointed priesthood, their morals were bad and their end was destruction.

We have another voice to the same purpose in the prophet Ezekiel, where he says in the 33rd chap. and the 31st to the 33rd verse, “ They come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee as my people, and they hear thy words but they will not do them: For with their mouth they show much love, but their heart goeth after their covetous

And lo, thou art unto them as a very lovely song of one that hath a pleasant voice, and can play well on an instrument: for they hear thy words but they do them not. And when this cometh to pass, lo it will come, then shall they know that a prophet hath been among them.” They could sit before the Lord's prophet and take pleasure in hearing the Lord's words, and yet their hearts went after their covetousness, they heard the words, but they mistook hearing for doing, and they did them not.

If we turn to the 6th chap. of the prophet Micah, we have a similar voice in this messenger of God, who came to call for the fruits of the vineyard in

ness.

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