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Israel's desolation.

EZEKIEL,

False prophets of Israel, the rebellious house, said 23 Tell them therefore, Tha unto thee, What doest thou ? saith the Lord God; I will make

10 Say thou unto them, Thus this proverb to cease, and the saith the Lord God; This burden shall no more use it as a provert concerneth the prince in Jerusalem, in Israel ; but say unto them, The and all the house of Israel that are days are at hand, and the effect of among them.

every_vision. 11 Say, I am your sign: like as I 24 For there shall be no more have done, so shall it be done unto any vain vision por flattering them : they shall remove and go divination within the house of into captivity.

Israel. 12 And the prince that is among 25 For I am the LORD: I will them shall bear upon his shoulder speak, and the word that I sha! in the twilight, and shall go forth: speak shall come to pass; it shal they shall dig through the wall to be no more prolonged: for in your carry out thereby: he shall cover days, O rebellious house, will i his face, that he see not the ground say the word, and will perform it, with his eyes.

saith the Lord God. 13 My net also will I spread upon 26 1 Again the word of the LORD him, and he shall be taken in my came to me, saying, snare: and I will bring him to Ba 27 Son of man, behold, they of bylon to the land of the Chaldeans, the house of Israel say, The visio yet shall he not see it, though he that he seeth is for many days to shall die there.

come, and he prophesieth of the 14 And I will scatter toward times that are far off. every wind all that are about him 28 Therefore say unto the to help him, and all his bands; and Thus saith the Lord GOD; There I will draw out the sword after shall none of my words be prolong; them.

ed any more, but the word which 15 And they shall know that I have spoken shall be done, saith am the LORD, when I shall scatter the Lord God. them among the nations, and dis

CHAP. XIII. perse them in the countries.

The Reproof of False Prophets. 16 But I will leave a few men ND the word of the LORD of them from the sword, from the A came unto me, saying, famine, and from the pestilence ; 2 Son of man, prophesy against that they may declare all their the prophets of Israel that pro abominations among the hea- phesy, and say thou unto them then whither they come ; and that prophesy out of their own they shall know that I am the hearts, hear ye the word of the LORD.

LORD; 17 1 Moreover the word of the 3 Thus saith the Lord God; LORD came to me, saying,

Wo unto the foolish prophets, that 18 Son of man, cat thy bread follow their own spirit, and have with quaking, and drink thy wa- seen nothing ! ter with trembling and with care 4 O Israel, thy prophets are like fulness;

the foxes in the deserts. 19 And say unto the people of 5 Ye have not gone up into the the land, Thus saith the Lord gaps, neither made up the hedge God of the inhabitants of Jerusa- for the house of Israel to stand lem, and of the land of Israel ; in the battle in the day of the They shall eat their bread with LORD. carefulness, and drink their water 6 They have seen vanity and with astonishment, that her land lying divination,

saying,

The may be desolate from all that is LORD saith: and the LORD hath therein, because of the violence of not sent them: and they have all them that dwell therein.

made others to hope that they 20 And the cities that are in- would confirm the word. habited shall be laid waste, and 7 Have ye not seen a vain vision, the land shall be desolate; and and have ye not spoken a lying ye shall know that I am the divination, whereas ye say, The LORD.

LORD saith it, albeit I have not 21 1 And the word of the LORD spoken ? came unto me, saying,

8 Therefore thus saith the Lord 22 Son of man, what is that GOD ; Because ye have spoken proverb that ye have in the land vanity, and seen lies, therefore, of Israel, saying, The days are behold, I am against you, saith the prolonged, and every vision fail- Lord God. eth

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and prophetesses reproved. CHAP. XIV. Their impostures
the prophets that see vanity, and not live, by your lying to my people
that divine lies: they shall not be that hear your lies ?
in the assembly of my people, nei 20 Wherefore thus saith the
ther shall they be written in the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against
writing of the house of Israel, nei- your pillows, wherewith ye there
ther shall they enter into the land hunt the souls to make them Ay,
of Israel; and ye shall know that I and I will tear them from your
am the Lord God.

arms, and will let the souls go, even
10 T Because, even because they the souls that ye hunt to make them
have seduced my people, saying, fly.
Peace; and there was no peace; 21 Your kerchiefs also will I tear,
and one built up a wall, and lo, and deliver my people out of your
others daubed it with untempered hand, and they shall be no more
mortar :

in your hand to be hunted ; and
11 Say unto them which daub it ye shall know that I am the
with untempered mortar, that it LORD.
shall fall: there shall be an over 22 Because with lies ye have
flowing shower; and ye, Ogreat made the heart of the righteous
hạilstones, shall fall; and a stormy sad, whom I have not made sad ;
wind shall rend it.

and strengthened the hands of the
12 Lo, when the wall is fallen, wicked, that he should not return
shall it' not be said unto you, from bis wicked way, by promising
Where is the daubing wherewith him life;
ye have daubed it?

23 Therefore ye shall see no
13 Therefore thus saith the Lord more vanity, nor divine divinations:
GOD; I will even rend it with for I will deliver my people out of
stormy wind in my fury; and there your hand : and ye shall know that
shall be an overflowing shower in I am the Lord.
mine anger, and great hailstones in

CHAP. XIV.
my fury to consume it.

Israel exhorted to Repent.
14 So will I break
down the wall THEN camo certain of the

elders

,
pered mortar, and bring it down fore me.
to the ground, so that the founda 2 And the word of the LORD
tion thereof shall be discovered, came unto me, saying,
and it shall fall, and ye shall be 3 Son of man, these men have
consumed in the midst thereof : set up their idols in their heart,
and ye shall know that I am the and put the stumbling-block of
LORD.

their iniquity before their face
15 Thus will I accomplish my should I be inquired of at all by
wrath upon the wall, and upon them?
them that have daubed it with 4 Therefore speak unto them,
untempered mortar, and will and say unto them, Thus saith the
say unto

you, The wall is Lord God; Every man of the
no more, neither they that daub- house of Israel that setteth up his
ed it;

idols in his heart, and putteth the
16 To wit, the prophets of Israel stumbling-block of his iniquity be-
which prophesy, concerning Jeru- fore his face, and cometh to the
salem, and which see visions of prophet; I the LORD will answer
peace for her, and there is no him that cometh according to the
peace, saith the Lord God. multitude of his idols;

17 # Likewise, thou son of man, 5 That I may take the house of
set thy face against the daughters Israel in their own heart, because
of thy people, which prophesy out they are all estranged from me
of their own heart; and prophesy through their idols.
thou against them.

6 1 Therefore say unto the house
18 And say, Thus saith the Lord of Israel, Thus saith the Lord
God; Wo to the women that sew God; Repent, and turn yourselves
pillows to all arm-holes, and make from your idols ; and turn away
kerchiefs upon the head of every your faces from all your abomi-
stature to hunt souls! Will ye hunt nations.
the souls of my people, and will ye 7 For every one of the house of
save the souls alive that come unto Israel, or of the stranger that

sojourneth in Israel, which sepa19 And will ye pollute me among rateth himself from me, and setmy people for handfuls of barley teth up his idols in his heart, and and for pieces of bread, to slay the putteth the stumbling-block of his souls that should not die, and to iniquity before his face, and cosave the souls alive that should I meth to a prophet to inquire of him

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Exhortation to repentance. EZEKIEL, Judgments threatened, concerning me; I the LORD will but deliver their own souls by their answer him by myself:

righteousness. 8 And I will set my face against 21 For thus saith the Lord God; that man, and will make him a How much more when I send my sign and a proverb, and I will cut four sore judgments upon Jerusahim off from the midst of my peo lem, the sword, and the famine, ;

am and the noisome beast, and the pes the LORD.

tilence, to cut off from it man and 9 And if the prophet be deceived beast? when he hath spoken a thing, I the 22 1 Yet, behold, therein shall LORD have deceived that prophet, be left a remnant that shall be and I will stretch out my hand brought forth, both sons and daugh upon him, and will destroy him ters: behold, they shall come forth from the midst of my people Is- unto you, and ye shall see their rael.

way and their doings : and ye shai 10 And they shall bear the pu- be comforted concerning the evil nishment of their iniquity : the pu- that I have brought upon Jerusanishment of the prophet shall be lem, even concerning as that I hare even as the punishment of him that brought upon it. seeketh unto him ;

23 And they shall comfort you, Il That the house of Israel niay when ye see their ways and their go no more astray from me, neither doings; and ye shall know that I be polluted any more with all their have not done without cause ail transgressions; but that they may that I have done in it, saith the be my people, and I may be their Lord God. God, saith the Lord God.

CHAP. XV. 12 | The word of the LORD The Rejection of Jerusalem. came again to me, saying, 13 Son of man, when the land AND the word of the moro

came unto me, saying, sinneth against me by trespassing 2 Son of man, What is the vinegrievously, then will I stretch out tree more than any tree, or than a my hand upon it, and will break branch which is among the trees of the staff of the bread thereof, and the forest ? will send famine upon it, and 3 Shall wood be taken thereof to will cut off man and beast from do any work? or will men take a it:

pin of it to hang any vessel there14 Though these three men, on? Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, 4 Behold, it is cast into the fire

; 1 souls by their righteousness, saith the ends of it, and the inidst of the Lord God.

it is burned. Is it meet for any 15 If I cause noisome beasts to work ? pass through the land, and they 5 Behold, when it was whole, it spoil it, so that it be desolate, that was meet for no work : how much no man may pass through because less shall it be meet yet for any of the beasts :

work, when the fire hath devoured 16 Though these three men were it, and it is burned ? in it, as I live, saith the Lord God, 6. Therefore thus saith the Lord they shall deliver neither song nor God; As the vine-tree among the daughters; they only shall be de-trees of the forest, which I havo livered, but the land shall be de- given to the fire for fuel, so will I solato.

give the inhabitants of Jerusalem. 17 11 Or if I bring a sword upon 7 And I will set my face against that land, and say, Sword, go them ; they shall go out from one through the land ; so that I cut off fire, and another fire shall devour man and beast from it:

them; and ye shall know that I am 18 Though these three men were the LORD, when I set my face in it, as I live, saith the Lord God, against them. they shall deliver neither sons nor 8 And I will make the land desodaughters, but they only shall be late, because they have commitdelivered theinselves.

ted a trespass, saith the Lord 19 1 Or if I send a pestilence in-God. to that land, and pour out my fury

CHAP. XVI. upon it in blood, to cut off from it God's Compassion to Jerusalem. man and beast : 20 Though Noah, Daniel, and A GAIN the word of the LORD

came unto me, saying, Job, were in it, as I live, saith the 2 Son of man, cause Jerusalem Lord God, they shall deliver nei to know her abominations, ther son nor daughter; they shall 3 And say, Thus saith the Lord

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Jerusalem's original CHAP. XVI.

state described God unto Jerusalem;, Thy birthpouredst out thy fornications on and thy nativity is of the land of every one that passed by; his it Canaan ; thy father wa. an Amo-was. rite, and thy mother a Hittite, 16 And of thy garments thou didst

4 And as for thy nativity, in the take, and deckedst thy high places day thou wast born thy navel was with divers colours, and playedst not cut, neither wast thou washed the harlot thereupon: the like in water to supple thee; thou wast things shall not come, neither shall not salted at all, nor swaddled at it be so.

17 Thou hast also taken thy fair 5 None eye pitied thee, to do jewels of my gold and of my silany of these unto thee, to have ver, which I had given thee, and compassion upon thee; but thou madest to thyself images of men, wast cast out in the open field, to and didst commit whoredom with the loathing of thy person, in the them. day that thou wast born.

18 And tookest thy broidered 69 And when I passed by thee, garments, and coveredst them: and and saw thee polluted in thine own thou hast set mine oil and mine inblood, I said unto thee when thou cense before them. wast in thy blood, Live; yea, I 19 My meat also which I gave said unto thee when thou wast in thee, fine flour, and oil, and honey, thy blood, Live.

wherewith I fed thee, thou hast 7 I have caused thee to multiply even set it before them for a sweet as the bud of the field, and thou savour: and thus it was, saith the hast increased and waxen great, Lord God. and thou art come to excellent or 20 Moreover, thou hast taken naments: thy breasts are fashioned, thy sons and thy daughters, whom and thy hair is grown, whereas thou hast borne unto me, and these thou wast naked and bare.

hast thou sacrificed unto them to 8 Now when I passed by thee, be devoured. Is this of thy whoreand looked upon thee, behold, thy doms a small matter, time was the time of love; and I 21 That thou hast slain my childspread my skirt over thee, and co- ren, and delivered them to cause vered thy nakedness : yea, I sware them to pass through the fire for unto thee, and entered into a co-them? venant with thee, saith the Lord 22 And in all thine abominations God, and thou becamest mine. and thy whoredoms thou hast not

9 Then washed I thee with wa- remembered the days of thy youth, ter; yea, I thoroughly washed when thou wast naked and away thy blood from thee, and I bare, and wast polluted in thy anointed thee with oil.

blood. 10 I clothed thee also with broi 23 And it came to pass, after all dered work, and shod thee with thy wickedness, (wo, wo unto thee! badgers skin, and I girded thee saith the Lord God) about with fine linen, and I covered 24 That thou hast also built unthee with silk.

to thee an eminent place, and hast 11 I decked thee also with orna- made thee a high place in every ments, and I put bracelets upon thy street. hands, and a chain on thy neck. 25 Thou hast built thy high

12 And I put a jewel on thy place at every head of the way, forehead, and ear-rings in thine and hast made thy beauty to be ears, and a beautiful crown upon abhorred, and hast opened thy feet thy head.

to every one that passed by, and 13 Thus wast thou decked with multiplied thy whoredoms. gold and silver; and thy raiment 26 Thou hast also committed pas of fine linen, and silk, and fornication with the Egyptians thy broidered work; thou didst eat neighbours, great of flesh; and fine flour, and honey, and oil; and hast increased thy whoredoms, to thou wast exceeding beautiful, and provoke me to anger. thou didst prosper into a king 27 Behold, therefore I have dom.

stretched out my hand over thee, 14 And thy renown went forth and have diminished thine ordinary among the heathen for thy beauty : food, and delivered thee unto the for it was perfect through my will of them that hate thee, the comeliness, which I had put upon daughters of the Philistines, which thee, saith the Lord God.

are ashamed of thy lewd way, 15 | But thou Jidst trust in thine 28 Thou hast played the whore own beauty, and playedst the har- also with the Assyrians, because ot because of thy renown, and thou wast unsatiable; yea, thou

hire ;

Jerusalem's unnatural EZEKIEL, abominations and whoredoms hast played the harlot with them, 41 And they shall burn thy houses and yet couldest not be satisfi- with fire, and execute judgments ed.

upon thee in the sight of many wo 29 Thou hast, moreover, multi-men: and I will cause thee to plicd thy fornication in the land of cease from playing the harlot, and Canaan unto Chaldea ; and yet thou also shalt give no hire any thou wast not satisfied herewith, more.

30 How weak is thy heart, saith 42 So will I make my fury tothe Lord GOD, seeing thou doest all ward thee to rest, and my jealousy these things, the work of an impe- shall depart from thee, and I will rious, whorish woman;

be quiet, and will be no more 31 In that thou buildest thine angry. eminent place in the head of every 43 Because thou hast not rememway, and makest thy high place in bered the days of thy, youth, but every street; and hast not been as hast fretted me in all these things; a harlot, in that thou scornest behold, therefore, I also will re

compense thy way upon thy head, 32' But as a wife that committeth saith the Lord GOD and thou adultery, which taketh strangers shalt not commit this lewdness instead of her husband !

above all thine abominations. 33 They give gifts to all whores : 44 IT Behold, every one that useth but thou givest thy gifts to all thy proverbs shall use this proverb lovers, and hirest them, that they against thee, saying, As is the mo may come unto thee on every side ther, so is her daughter. for thy whoredom.

45 Thou art thy mother's daugh34 And the contrary is in thee ter, that loatheth her husband and from other women in thy whore- her children; and thou art the sis doms, whereas none followeth thee ter of thy sisters, which loathed to commit whoredoms: and in that their husbands and their children thou givest a reward, and no re- your mother was a Hittite, ani ward is given unto thee; therefore your father an Amorite. thou art contrary.

46 And thine elder sister is Sa. 35 | Wherefore, Oharlot, hear maria, she and her daughters that the word of the LORD:

dwell at thy left hand and thy 36 Thus saith the Lord God; younger sister, that dwelleth at the Because thy filthiness was poured right hand, is Sodom and her out, and thy nakedness discovered daughters. through thy whoredoms with thy 47 Yet hast thou not walked lovers, and with all the idols of thy after their ways, nor done after abominations, and by the blood of their abominations: but as if that thy children, which thou didst give were a very little thing, thou wast unto them;

corrupted more than they, in all thy 37 Behold, therefore, I will ga- ways. ther all thy lovers, with whom thou 48 As I live, saith the Lord God, bast taken, pleasure, and all them Sodom thy sister hath not done, that thou hast loved, with all them she nor her daughters, as thou that thou hast hated; I will even hast done, thou and thy daughgather them round about against ters. thee, and will discover thy naked 49 Behold, this was the ininess unto them, that they may see quity of thy sister Sodom, pride, all thy nakedness.

fulness of bread, and abundance 39 And I will judge thee, as of idleness was in her and in women that break wedlock and her daughters, neither did she shed blood are judged ; and I will strengthen the hand of the poor give thee blood in fury and jea- and needy. lousy.

50 And they were haughty, and 39 And I will also give thee into committed abomination before me: their hand, and they shall throw therefore I took them away as I down thine eminent place, and saw good. shall break down thy high places : 51 Neither hath Samaria comthey shall strip thee also of thy mitted half of thy sins: but thou clothes, and shall take thy fair hast multiplied thine abominations jewels, and leave thee naked and more than they, and hast justified bare.

thy sisters in all thine abominations 40 They shall also bring up a which thou hast done. company against thee, and they 52 Thou also, which hast judged shall stone thee with stones, and thy sisters, bear thine own shame thrust thee through with their for thy sins that thou hast comSwords.

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