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658 Profihecy against Jerusalem. EZEKIEL.
Hear the word of the Lord, Thus saith the Lord GoD ; Behold, I will kindle a fire in thee, and it shall devour every #. tree in thee, and every dry tree: he flaming flame shall not be quénched, and all faces from the south to the north shall be burned therein. 48 And all flesh shall see that I the LoRD have kindled it: it shall not be quenched. 49 Then said I, Ah Lord God they say of me, Doth he not speak parables? CHAP. §. 1 Ezekiel frofusiesieth against Jerusalem. 8. The sharsh and bright sword. ND the word of the LoRD came unto me, saying,
2 Son of man, set thy face toward Je- |
rusalem, and drop thy word toward the
places, and prophesy against the land |
hol of }. 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 flesh 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 "I 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 o to make a sore slaughter; it is furbished that it may glitter: should we then make mirth 2 it contemneth the rod of my son, as every tree.
11 And he hath given it to be furbished, that it may be handled: the 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 reason of the sword shall be upon . people: smite therefore upon thy thigh. 13 Because it is a trial, and what if the sovord contemn even the rod 2 It shall be no more, saith the Lord God.
The Ammonites threatened.
14 Thou therefore, son of man, prophesy, and smite thine hands together, and let the sword be doubled the third time. the sword of the slain: it is the sword of the great men that are slain, which entereth into their privy chambers. 15 I have set the point of the sword against all their gates, that their heart may faint, and their ruins be multiplied : ah it is made bright, it is wrapped up for the slaughter. 16 Go thee one way or other, either on the right hand, or 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 M The word of the Lo RD 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 way, at the head of the two ways, to use divination; he made his arrows bright, he consulted with images, he looked in the liver. 22 At his right hand was the divination for Jerusalem, to appoint captains, to open the mouth in the slaughter, to lift up the voice with shouting, to appoint battering rams 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 call to remembrance the iniquity, that they may be taken. 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 say, 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 be no more, until he come whose right it is ; and I will give it him. 28 || And thou, son of man, J. and say, Thus saith the Lord GoD concerning the Ammonites, and concernin their reproach; even say thou, The sword, the sword is drawn: for the slaughter it .A catalogue of Jerusalem's sins. CAAP.
is furbished, to consume because of the glittering: 29 While they see vanity unto thee, while 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 2 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 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 shaltbe no more remembered: for I the Lord have spoken it. CHAP. XXII. 1.4 catalogue of sins in Jerusalem, 17 God will burn them as dross in his furnace. OREOVER the word of the Lo RD came unto me, saying, 2 Now, thou son of man, wilt thou judge, wilt thou judge the bloody city ? yea, thou shalt shew her all her abominations. 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 mock thee, which art infamous and much vexed.
6 Behold, the princes of Israel, every one were in thee to their power to shed blood. 7 In thee have they set light by father and mother: in the midst of thee have they dealt by oppression with thestranger: 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 men that carry tales to shed blood : and in thee they eat upon the mountains: in the midst of thee they commit lewdness. 10 In thee have they discovered their fathers nakedness : in thee have the humbled her that was set apart for o lution. 11 And one hath committed abomination with his neighbour's wife; and another hath lewdly defiled his daughter-inlaw; and another in thee hath humbled
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12 In thee, have they taken gifts to shed blood ; thou hast taken usury and increase, and thou hast greedily gained of thy neighbours by extortion, and hast forgotten une, saith the Lord God. 13 "I Behold, therefore I have smitten mine hand at thy dishonest gain which thou hast made, and at thy blood which hath been in the midst of thee, 14 Can thine heart endure, or can thine hands be strong, in the days that I shall deal with thee 2 I the Lok D have spoken it, and will do it. 15 And I will scatter thee among the heathen, and disperse thee in the countries, and will consume thy filthiness out of thee. 16 And thou shalt take thine inheritance in thyself in the sight of the heathen, and thou shalt know that I am the LoR D. 17 And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, 18 Son of man, the house of Israel is to me become dross: all they are brass, and tin, and iron, and lead in the midst of the furnace; they are even the dross of silver. 19 Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Because ye are all become dross, behold, therefore I will gather you into the midst of Jerusalem. 20. As they gather silver, and brass, and iron, and lead, and tin, into the midst of the furnace, to blow the fire upon it, to melt it ; so will I gather you in mine anger and in my fury, and I will leave you there, and melt you. 21 Yea, I will gather you, and blow upon you in the fire of my wrath, and ye shall §: melted in the midst thereof. 22 As silver is melted in the midst of the furnace, so shall ye be melted in the midst thereof; and ye shall know that I the LoRD have poured out my fury upon you. 23 T And the word of the Lo RD came unto me, saying, 24, Son of man, say unto her, Thou art the land that is not cleansed, nor rained upon in the day of indignation. 25 There is a conspiracy 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. 26 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. 27 Her princes in the midst thereof are like wolves ravening the prey, to shed blood, and to destroy souls, to get
his sister, his father's daughter.
660 Whoredoms of Mholah
28 And her prophets have daubed them with untempered mortar, seeing vanitv, and divining_lies unto them, saying, Thus saith the Lord GoD, when the LoRD hath not spoken. 29 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. 30 And I sought for a man among them, that should . up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none. 31 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. CHAP. XXIII. 1 The whoredoms of Mholuh and Mholibah. 22 Mholibah is to be filagued by her lovers. 45 Their judgments. Th; word of the Lord came again unto me, saying, 2 Son of man, there were two women, the daughters of one mother : 3 And they committed whoredoms in Egypt; they committed whoredoms in their youth : there were their breasts pressed, and there they bruised the teats of their virginity. 4 And the names of them overe Aholah the elder, and Aholibah her sister: and they were mine, and they bare sons and daughters. Thusoveretheirnames; Samaria is Aholah, and Jerusalem Aholibah. 5 And Aholah played the harlot when she was mine ; and she doted on her lovers, on the Assyrians her neighbours, 6 Which overe clothed with blue, ca tains and rulers, all of them desirable young men, horsemen riding upon horses. 7 Thus she committed her whoredoms with them, with all them that were the chosen men of Assyria, and with all on whom she doted: with all their idols she defiled herself. 8 Neither left she her whoredoms so from Egypt : for in her youth they lay with her, and they bruised the breasts of her virginity, and poured their whoredom upon her. 9 Wherefore I have delivered her into the hand of her lovers, into the hand of the Assyrians, upon whom she doted. 10 These discovered her nakedness : they took her sons and her daughters, and slew her with the sword : and she became famous among women; for they had executed judgment upon her. 11 And when her sister Aholibah saw this, she was more corrupt in her inordinate love than she, and in her whoredoms more than her sister in her whoredoms. 12 She doted u the Assyrians her neighbours, captains and rulers clothed
and of .4holibah. most gorgeously, horsemen riding upon horses, all of them desirable young men. 13 Then I saw that she was defiled, that they took both one way. 14 And that she increased her whoredoms: for when she saw men pourtrayed upon the wall, the images of the Chaldeans pourtrayed with vermilion, 15 Girded with girdles upon theirloins, exceeding in dyed attire upon their heads, all of them princes to look to, after the manner of the Babylonians of Chaldea, the land of their nativity: 16 And as soon as she saw them with her eyes she doted upon them, and sent messengers unto them into Chaldea. 17 And the Babylonians came to her into the bed of love, and they defiled her with their whoredom, and she was polluted with them, and her mind was alienated from them. 18 So she discovered her whoredoms, and discovered her nakedness: then my mind was alienated from her, like as my mind was alienated from her sister. 19 Yet she multiplied her whoredoms, in calling to remembrance the days of her youth, wherein she had played the harlot in the land of Egypt. 20 For she doted upon their paramours, whose flesh is as the flesh of asses, and whose issue is like the issue of horses. 21 Thus thou calledst to remembrance the lewdness of thy youth, in bruising thy teats o, he Egyptians for the paps of thy youth. 22 TTherefore, O Aholibah, thussaith the Lord GoD ; Behold, I will raise up thy lowers against thee, from whom, thy mind is alienated, and I will bring them against thee on every side; 23 The Babylonians, and all the Chaldeans, Pekod, and Shoa, and Koa, and all the Assyrians with them: all of them desirable young men, captains and rulers, great lords and renowned, all of them riding upon horses. 24 And they shall come against thee with chariots, waggons, and wheels, and with an assembly of people, which shall set against thee boo and shield and helmet round about : and I will set judgment before them, and they shall judge thee according to their judgments. 25 And I will set my jealousy against thee, and they shall deal furiously with thee : they shall take away thy nose and thine ears ; and thy remnant shall fall by the sword : they shall take thy sons and thy daughters; and thy residue shall be devoured by the fire. 26 They shall also strip thee out of thy clothes, and take away ū, fair jewels. 27 Thus will I make thy lewdness to cease from thee, and thy whoredom
brought from the land of Egypt : so that JAholibah is to be filagued.
thou shalt not lift u them, nor remember Egypt any more. 28 For thus saith the Lord God ; Behold, I will deliver thee into the hand of them whom thou hatest, into the hand of them from whom thy mind is alienated: 29 And they shall deal with thee hatefully, and shall take away all thy labour, and shall leave thee naked and bare: and the nakedness of thy, whoredoms shall be discovered, both thy lewdness and thy whoredoms. 30 I will do these things unto thee, because thou hast gone a whoring after the heathen, and because thou art polluted with their idols. 31 Thou hast walked in the way of thy sister; therefore will I give her cup into thine hand. 32 Thus saith the Lord GoD ; Thou shalt drink of thy sister's cup deep and large : thou shalt le laughed to scorn and had in derision ; it containeth much. 33 Thou shalt be filled with drunkenness and sorrow, with the cup of astonishment and desolation, with the cup of thy sister Samaria. 34 Thou shalt even drink it and suck it out, and thou shalt break the sherds thereof, and pluck off thine own breasts:
thine eyes unto
for I have spoken it, saith the Lord God. ||
35 Therefore thus saith the Lord God ; Because thou hast forgotten me, and cast me behind thy back, therefore bear thou also thy lewdness and thy whoredoms. 36 s The LoRD said moreover unto me ; Son of man, wilt thou judge Aholah and Aholibah 2 yea, declare unto them their abominations; 37 That they have committed adultery, and blood is in their hands, and with their idols have they committed adultery, and have also caused their sons, whom they bare unto me, to pass for them through the fire, to devour them. 38 Moreover this they have done unto me : they have defiled my sanctuary in the same day, and have profaned my sabbaths. 39 For when they had slain their children to their idols, then they came the same day into my sanctuary to profane it; and lo, thus have they done in the midst of mine house. 40 And furthermore, that ye have sent for men to come from far, unto whom a messenger was sent; and lo, they came: for whom thou didst wash thyself, paintedst thy eyes, and deckedst thyself with ornaments, 41 And sattest upon a stately bed, and a table prepared before it, whereupon thou hast set mine incense and mine oil. 42 And a voice of a multitude being at ease was with her: and with the met, of the common sort were brought Sabeans
from the wilderness, which put bracelets upon their hands, and beautiful crowns upon their heads. 43 Then said I unto her that was old in adulteries, Will they now commit whoredoms with her, and she with them 9 44 Yet they went in unto her, as they go in unto a woman that playeth the harlot : so went they in unto Aholah and unto Aholibah, the lewd women. 45 || And the righteous men, they shall judge them after the manner of adulteresses, and after the manner of women that shed blood; because they are adulteresses, and blood is in their hands. 46 For thus saith the Lord God ; I will bring up a company upon them, and will give them to be removed and spoiled. 47 And the company shall stone them with stones, and dispatch them with their swords; they shall slay their sons and their daughters, and burn up their houses ! with fire. 48 Thus will I cause lewdness to cease out of the land, that all women may be i taught not to do after your lewdness. : 49 And they shall recompense your lewdness upon you, and ye shall bear the , sins of your idols: and ye shall know that I am the Lord God. - CHAP. XXIV. 1 By a boiling foot, 6 is shewed Jerusalem's destruction. 15. By Ezekiel's not mourning for his wife, 19 is shewed the Jews calamity is beyond all sor
7°oo. GAIN in the ninth year, in the tenth month, in the tenth day of the mouth, the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, 2 Son of man, Write thee the name of the day, even of this same day: the king of Babylon set himself against Jerusalem this same day. 3 And utter a parable unto the rebellious house, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GoD ; Set on a pot, set it on, and also pour water into it: 4 Gather the pieces, thereof into it, even every good piece, the thigh, and the shoulder; fill it with the choice bones. 5 Take the choice of the flock, and burn also the bones under it, and make it boil well, and let them seethe the bones of it therein. 6 || Wherefore thus saith the Lord GoD ; Woe to the bloody city, to the pot whose scum is therein, and whose scum is not gone out of it! bring it out piece by piece; let no lot fall upon it. 7 For her blood is in the midst of her; she set it upon the top of a rock ; she poured it not upon the ground, to cover it with dust ; 8 T., at it might cause fury to come u to take vengeance; I have set her bl
662 The Jews calamity, upon the top of a rock, that it should not be covered. 9 Therefore thus saith the Lord GoD ; Woe to the bloody city' I will even make the pile for fire great. 10 Heap on wood, kindle the fire, consume the flesh, and spice it well, and let the bones be burned. 11 Then set it empty upon the coals thereof, that the brass of it may be hot, and may burn, and that the filthiness of it may be molten in it, that the scum of it may be consumed. 12. She hath wearied herself with lies, and her great scum went not forth out of her : her scum shall be in the fire. 13 In thy filthiness is lewdness : because I have purged thee, and thou wast not purged, thou shalt not be purged from thy filthiness any more, till I have caused my fury to rest upon thee. 14 I the LoRD have spoken it : it shall come to pass, and I will do it ; I will not o back, neither will I spare, neither will repent ; according to thy ways, and according to thy doings, shall they judge thee, saith the Lord GoD. 15 Also the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, 16 Son of man, behold, I take away from thee the desire of thine eyes with a stroke: yet neither shalt thou mourn nor weep, neither shall thy tears run down. 17. Forbear to cry, make no mournin for the dead, bind the tire of thine head upon thee, and put on thy shoes upon thy feet, and cover not thy lips, and eat not the bread of men. 18 So I spake unto the people in the morning : and at even my wife died ; and I did in the morning as I was commanded. 19 || And the people said unto me, Wilt thou not tell us what these things are to us, that thou doest so * 20 Then I answered them, The word of the Lo R D came unto me, saying, 21 Speak unto the house of frael, Thus saith the Lord GoD ; Behold, I wo my sanctuary, the excellency of your strength, the desire of your eyes, and that which your soul pitieth ; and your sons and your daughters whom ye have left shali fall by the sword. 22 And ye shall do as I have done : ye shall not cover your lips, nor eat the bread of men. 23 And your tires shall be upon your heads, and your shoes upon your feet : ye shall not mourn nor weep. ; but ye shall pine away for your iniquities, and mourn one toward another. 24 Thus Ezekiel is unto you a sign : according to all that he hath done shall ye do: and when this cometh, ye shall know that I am the Lord GoD.
EZEKIEL. God's vengeance on Moab, &c.
25 Also, thou son of man, shall it not be in the day when I take from them their strength, the joy of their glory, the desire of their eyes, and that whereupon they set their minds, their sons and their daughters, 26 That he that escapeth in that day shall come unto thee, to cause thee to hear it with thine ears 2 27. In that day shall thy mouth be opened to him which is escaped, and thou shalt speak, and be no more dumb: and thou shalt be a sign unto them ; and they shall know that I am the Lord. CHAP. XXV. 1 God’s vengeance for their insolence against the Jews, on the Ammonites, 8 Moab, and Seir, 12 Edom, 15 and the Philistines. TH. word of the Lord came again unto me, saying, 2 Son of man, set thy face against the Ammonites, and prophesy against them; 3 And say unto the Ammonites, Hear. the word of the Lord GoD ; Thus saith the Lord GoD ; Because thou saidst, Aha, against my sanctuary, when it was profaned; and against the land of Israel, when it was desolate ; and against the house of Judah, when they went into captivity; 4 Behold, therefore I will deliver thee to the men of the east for a possession, and . shall set their palaces in thee, and make their dwellings in thee: they shalleat thy fruit, and they shall drink thy milk. 5 And I will make Rabbah a stable for camels, and the Ammonites a couching-place for flocks: and ye shall know that I am the Lord. 6 For thus saith the Lord GoD ; Because thou hast clapped thine hands, and stamped with the feet, and rejoiced in heart with all thy despite against the land of Israel ; 7. Behold, therefore I will stretch out mine hand upon thee, and will deliver thee for a spoil to the heathen ; and I will cut thee off from the people, and I will cause thee to perish out of the countries: I will destroy thee ; and thou shalt know that I am the Lord. 8 || Thus saith the Lord GoD ; Because that Moab and Seir do say, Behold, the house of Judah is like unto all the heathen ; 9 Therefore behold, I will open the side of Moab from the cities, from his cities which are on his frontiers, the glory of the country, Beth-jeshimoth, Baal-meon, and Kiriathaim, 10 Unto the men of the east with the Ammonites, and will give them in possession, that the Ammonites may not be remembered among the nations. 11, And I will execute judgments upon Moab ; and they shall know that I am the Lord.