There is a CONSPIRACY [Lexicon H7195] of her prophets in the midst thereof, ** like a roaring lion ravening the prey **; they have devoured souls; they have taken the treasure and precious things; they have made her many widows in the midst thereof. Her priests have violated My law, and have profaned Mine holy things: they have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they shewed difference between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from My Sabbaths, and I am profaned among them. ** Her princes in the midst thereof are like wolves ravening the prey **, to shed blood, and to destroy souls, ** to get dishonest gain **. And her prophets have daubed them with untempered mortar, seeing vanity, and divining lies unto them, saying, Thus saith the Lord GOD, when the LORD hath not spoken. ** The people of the land have used oppression, and exercised robbery, and have vexed the poor and needy: yea, they have oppressed the stranger wrongfully **. And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge [WE MUST BE THE “HEDGE PRIESTS” AT THIS TIME, THE COMMON MINISTRANTS], and stand in the gap before Me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none. Therefore have I poured out Mine indignation upon them; I have consumed them with the fire of My wrath: ** their own way have I recompensed upon their heads **, saith the Lord GOD [WE ARE/WILL BE TAKEN IN OUR OWN EVIL !!]
[(Strong’s Dictionary) H7195, from H7194; an (unlawful) alliance: – confederacy, conspiracy, treason; H7194 A primitive root; to tie, physically (gird, confine, compact) or mentally (in love, league): – bind (up), (make a) conspire (-acy, -ator), join together, knit, stronger, work [treason]]
* A poor, illiterate priest. – Shakespeare. Source: Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913);
* Literature: Hedge Priest: A poor or vagabond parson. The use of hedge for vagabond, or very inferior, is common: as hedge-mustard, hedge-writer (a Grubb Street author), hedge-marriage (a clandestine one), etc. Shakespeare uses the phrase, “hedge-born swain” as the very opposite of “gentle blood.” (1 Henry VI., iv. 1.). Source: Brewer’s Dictionary;
* Slang in 1811 HEDGE PRIEST. An illiterate unbeneficed curate, a patrico. Source: 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue;
* A poor, illiterate priest. – Dryden;
* Hedge, when used adjectively or in composition, often means rustic, outlandish, illiterate, poor, or mean; as, hedge priest; hedgeborn, etc. [1913 Webster];
* John Ball (c. 1338 – 15 July 1381) – a roving preacher – a “hedge priest” without a parish or any cure linking him to the established order, was an English Lollard priest who took a prominent part in the Peasants’ Revolt of 1381.