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* Heb. tres
A.C.593. to do them, which if a man do, he shall even live in them;
they polluted my sabbaths: then I said, I would pour out
22 Nevertheless I withdrew mine hand, and wrought for
23 I lifted up mine hand unto them also in the wilderness, that I would scatter them among the heathen, and disperse them through the countries ;
24 Because they had not executed my judgments, but had despised my statutes, and had polluted my sabbaths, and their eyes were after their fathers' idols.
25 Wherefore I gave them also statutes that were not good, and judgments whereby they should not live;
26 And I polluted them in their own gifts, in that they 1 ch. xvi. 21. caused to pass through the fire all that openeth the womb,
that I might make them desolate, to the end that they might
27 Therefore, son of man, speak unto the house of
fathers have blasphemed me, in that they have committed a trespass against me. passed a Ircs.
28 For when I had brought them into the land, for the which I lifted up mine hand to give it to them, then they saw every high hill, and all the thick trees, and they offered there their sacrifices, and there they presented the provocation of their offering : there also they made their sweet savour, and poured out there their drink offerings.
29 Then + I said unto them, What is the high place high place whereunto ye go? And the name thereof is called Bamah
unto this day.
30 Wherefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord God; Are ye polluted after the manner of your fathers ? and commit ye whoredom after their abominations ?
31 For when ye offer your gifts, when ye make your sons to
pass through the fire, ye pollute yourselves with all your idols, even unto this day: and shall I be enquired of by you, O house of Israel ? As I live, saith the Lord God, I will not be enquired of by you.
32 And that which cometh into your mind shall not be at all, that ye say, We will be as the heathen, as the families of the countries, to serve wood and stone.
33 As I live, saith the Lord God, surely with a mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with fury poured out, will I rule over you:
34 And I will bring you out from the people, and will
+ Or, I told them what the
was, or, Ba.
* Or, a deli. vering
gather you oụt of the countries wherein ye are scattered, A.C. 593. with a mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with fury poured out.
35 And I will bring you into the wilderness of the people, and there will I plead with you face to face.
36 Like as I pleaded with your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so will I plead with you, saith the Lord God.
37 And I will cause you to pass under the rod, and I will bring you into * the bond of the covenant:
38 And I will purge out from among you the rebels, and them that transgress against me: I will bring them forth out of the country where they sojourn, and they shall not enter into the land of Israel: and ye shall know that I am the LORD.
39 As for you, O house of Israel, thus saith the Lord God; Go ye, serve ye every one his idols, and hereafter also, if ye will not hearken unto me: but pollute ye my holy name no more with your gifts, and with your idols.
40 For in mine holy mountain, in the mountain of the height of Israel, saith the Lord God, there shall all the house of Israel, all of them in the land, serve me: there will
accept them, and there will I require your offerings, and the firstfruits of your oblations, with all your holy things. + Or, chief.
41 I will accept you with your I sweet savour, when I 1 Plc.savour bring you out from the people, and gather you out of the countries wherein ye have been scattered; and I will be sanctified in you before the heathen. 42 And
ye shall know that I am the Lord, when I shall bring you into the land of Israel, into the country for the which I lifted up mine hand to give it to your fathers.
43 And there shall ye remember your ways, and all your doings, wherein ye have been defiled; and ye shall lothe yourselves in your own sight for all your evils that ye have committed.
44 And ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I have wrought with you for my name's sake, not according to your wicked ways, nor according to your corrupt doings, O ye house of Israel, saith the Lord God.
45 | Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
46 Son of man, set thy face toward the south, and drop thy word toward the south, and prophesy against the forest of the south field;
47 And say to the forest of the south, Hear the word of the LORD; Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I will kindle a fire in thee, and it shall devour every green tree in thee,
A.C. 593. and every dry tree: the flaming flame shall not be quenched,
and all faces from the south to the north shall be burned
48 And all flesh shall see that I the Lord have kindled
49 Then said I, Ah Lord God! they say of me, Doth he
and bright sword, 18 against Jerusalem, 25 against the kingdom, 28 and
2 Son of man, set thy face toward Jerusalem, and drop
3 And say to the land of Israel, Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I am against thee, and will draw forth my sword out of his sheath, and will cut off from thee the righteous and the wicked.
4 Seeing then that I will cut off from thee the righteous and the wicked, therefore shall my sword go forth out of his sheath against all flesh from the south to the north :
5 That all Aesh may know that I the LORD have drawn forth my sword out of his sheath : it shall not return any more.
6 Sigh therefore, thou son of man, with the breaking of thy loins; and with bitterness sigh before their eyes.
7 And it shall be, when they say unto thee, Wherefore sighest thou ? that thou shalt answer, For the tidings; because it cometh: and every heart shall melt, and all hands shall be feeble, and every spirit shall faint, and all knees * shall be weak as water: behold, it cometh, and shall be brought to pass, saith the Lord God.
8 | Again the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
9 Son of man, prophesy, and say, Thus saith the LORD; Say, A sword, a sword is sharpened, and also furbished:
10 It is sharpened to make a sore slaughter; it is fur
bished that it may glitter : should we then make mirth? it + Or, it is the + contemneth the rod of my son, as every tree.
11 And he hath given it to be furbished, that it may be handled : this sword is sharpened, and it is furbished, to give it into the hand of the slayer.
12 Cry and howl, son of man: for it shall be upon my
people, it shall be upon all the princes of Israel: #terrors by hero se converting reason of the sword shall be upon my people: - smite there
fore upon thy thigh.
Heb. shall go into water,
rod of my son, it despiseth every tree.
1 Or, they are
my people. m Jer. xxxi. 19.
belong to the despising rod? + Heb, hand
13 * Because it is a trial, and what if the sword contemn A. C. 593. even the rod ? it shall be no more, saith the Lord God.
14 Thou therefore, son of man, prophesy, and smite thine the trial hath + hands together, and let the sword be doubled the third bent shah time, the sword of the slain : it is the sword of the great menerung ano that are slain, which entereth into their privy chambers.
15 I have set the I point of the sword against all their to hand gates, that their heart may faint, and their ruins be multi- ing, or, fear. plied: ah! it is made bright, it is Swrapped up for the for, sharp slaughter.
16 Go thee one way or other, ll either on the right hand, 1 Heb. set thyor on the left, whithersoever thy face is set.
17 I will also smite mine hands together, and I will cause my fury to rest: I the Lord have said it. '18 Ý The word of the Lord came unto me again, saying,
19 Also, thou son of man, appoint thee two ways, that the sword of the king of Babylon may come: both twain shall come forth out of one land: and choose thou a place, choose it at the head of the way to the city.
20 Appoint a way, that the sword may come to Rabbath of the Ammonites, and to Judah in Jerusalem the defenced.
21 For the king of Babylon stood at the * parting of the Heb, mom way, at the head of the two ways, to use divination : he made his arrows bright, he consulted with I images, he ora knives. looked in the liver.
22 At his right hand was the divination for Jerusalem, to appoint 8 || captains, to open the mouth in the slaughter, to 1997, batter. lift up the voice with shouting, to appoint battering rams ivic against the gates, to cast a mount, and to build a fort
. 23 And it shall be unto them as a false divination in their sight, * to them that have sworn oaths : but he will * Or, for the call to remembrance the iniquity, that they may be taken. unto them.
24 Therefore thus saith the Lord God; Because ye have made your iniquity to be remembered, in that your transgressions are discovered, so that in all your doings your sins do appear; because, I
that ye are come to remembrance, ye shall be taken with the hand.
25 ( And thou, profane wicked prince of Israel, whose day is come, when iniquity shall have an end,
26 Thus saith the Lord God; Remove the diadem, and take off the crown: this shall not be the same : exalt him that is low, and abase him that is high.
27 +I will overturn, overturn, overturn, it: and it shall + Heb. Per. be no more, until he come whose right it is; and I will verted, per: give it him.
28 | And thou, son of man, prophesy and say, Thus saith the Lord God concerning the Ammonites, and con
1 Heb. tera. phim,
|| Heb. rams.
verted, will I make it.
* Or, Cause it to return.
nch. xx. 4. & xxiii. 36.
A.C. 593. cerning their reproach ; even say thou, The sword, the
sword is drawn: for the slaughter it is furbished, to consume because of the glittering:
29 Whiles they see vanity unto thee, whiles they divine a lie unto thee, to bring thee upon the necks of them that are slain, of the wicked, whose day is come, when their iniquity shall have an end.
30 * Shall I cause it to return into his sheath? I will judge thee in the place where thou wast created, in the land of thy nativity
31°And I will pour out mine indignation upon thee, I
will blow against thee in the fire of my wrath, and deliver + Or, burning. thee into the hand of + brutish men, and skilful to destroy.
32 Thou shalt be for fuel to the fire; thy blood shall be in the midst of the land ; thou shalt be no more remembered : for I the Lord have spoken it.
EZEKIEL XXII, 1 A catalogue of sins in Jerusalem. 13 God will burn them as dross in his fatRace, 23 The general corruption of prophets, priests, princes, and people. 1 Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
2 Now, thou son of man, wilt thou I judge, wilt thou for, plead for, judge the ş bloody city ? yea, thou shalt 1 shew her all her Heb. city of
3 Then say thou, Thus saith the Lord God; The city sheddeth blood in the midst of it, that her time
may come, and maketh idols against herself to defile herself.
4 Thou art become guilty in thy blood that thou hast • shed; and hast defiled thyself in thine idols which thou hast made; and thou hast caused thy days to draw near, and art come even unto thy years : therefore have I made thee a reproach unto the heathen, and a mocking to all countries.
5 Those that be near, and those that be far from thee, shall Heb. pol. mock thee, which art * infamous and much vexed.
6 Behold, the princes of Israel, every one were in thee 4 Heb. arm. to their + power to shed blood.
7 In thee have they set light by father and mother: in 1 Or, deceit. the midst of thee have they dealt by I oppression with the
stranger: in thee have they vexed 'the fatherless and the widow.
8 Thou hast despised mine holy things, and hast profaned my
sabbaths. 9 In thee are s men that carry tales to shed blood : and in thee they eat upon the mountains : in the midst of thee they commit lewdness.
To In thee have they discovered their fathers' naked
bloods. | Heb, mcke her know.
o 2 Kings xxi, 16.
Tuled of name, much in vera. tion.
Heb, men of slanders,
p Lev. Xviii. &. & xx. 11.