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658 Prophecy against Jerusalem. EZEKIEL. The Ammonites threatened. Hear the word of the Lord, Thus saith 14 Thou therefore, son of man, prophethe Lord God; Behold, I will kindle a sy, and smite thine hands together, and fire in thee, and it shall devour every let the sword be doubled the third time, green tree in thee, and every dry tree : the sword of the slain : it is the sword of the flaming flame shall not bé quenched, the great men that are slain, which enand all faces from the south to the north tereth into their privy chambers. shall be burned therein.

15 I have set the point of the sword 48 And all flesh shall see that I the against all their gates, that their heart Lord have kindled it : it shall not be may faint, and their ruins be multiplied : quenched.

ah! it is made bright, it is wrapped up. 49 Then said I, Ah Lord God ! they for the slaughter. say of me, Doth he not speak parables? 16 Go thee one way or other, either on CHAP. XXI.

the right hand, or on the left, whithersoi Ezekiel prophesieth against Jerusalem. ever thy face is set.

8 The sharp and bright sword. 17 I will also smite mine hands togethA

ND the word of the LORD came un- er, and I will cause my fury to rest : I to me, saying,

the Lord have said it. 2 Son of man, set thy face toward Je- 18 9 The word of the LORD came unto rusalem, and drop thy word toward the me again, saying, holy places, and prophesy against the land 19 Also, thou son of man, appoint thee of Israel,

two ways, that the sword of the king of 3 And say to the land of Israel, Thus Babylon may come : both twain shall saith the LORD; Behold, I am against come forth out of one land: and choose thee, and will draw forth my sword out thou a place, choose it at the head of the of his sheath, and will cut off from thee I way to the city. the righteous and the wicked.

20 Appoint a way, that the sword may 4 Seeing then that I will cut off from come to Rabbath of the Ammonites, and thee the righteous and the wicked, there- to Judah in Jerusalem the defenced. fore shall my sword go forth out of his 21 For the king of Babylon stood at the sheath against all flesh froin the south to parting of the way, at the head of the the north :

two ways, to use divination; he made his 5 That all flesh may know that I the arrows bright, he consulted with images, Lord have drawn forth my sword out of he looked in the liver. his sheath: it shall not return any more. 22. At his right hand was the divina

6 Sigh therefore, thou son of man, tion for Jerusalem, to appoint captains, with the breaking of thy loins ; and with to open the mouth in the slaughter, to bitterness sigh before their eyes.

lift up the voice with shouting, to ap7 And it shall be, when they say unto point battering rams against the gates, io thee, Wherefore sighest thou that thou cast a mount, and to build a fort. shalt answer, For the tidings; because it 23 And it shall be unto them as a false cometh : and every heart shall melt, and divination in their sight, to them that all hands shall be feeble, and every spirit have sworn oaths : but he will call to reshall faint, and all knees shall be weak as membrance the iniquity, that they may water: behold, it cometh, and shall be be taken. brought to pass, saith the Lord God. 24 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD;

8 Again the word of the LORD came Because ye have made your iniquity to be unto me, saying,

remembered, in that your transgressions 9 Son of man, prophesy, and say, Thus are discovered, so that in all your doings saith the LORD; Say, A sword, a sword is your sins do appear ; because, I say, that sharpened, and also furbished:

ye are come to remembrance, ye shall be 10 It is sharpened to make a sore slaugh- | taken with the hand. ter ; it is furbished that it may glitter : 25 4 And thou, profane wicked prince should we then make mirth? it contemn- of Israel, whose day is coine, when inieth the rod of my son, as every tree. quity shall have an end,

11 And he hath given it to be furbish- 26 Thus saith the Lord God; Remove ed, that it may be handled: the sword is the diadem, and take off the crown : this sharpened, and it is furbished, to give it shall not be the same : exalt him that is into the hand of the slayer.

low, and abase him that is high. 12 Cry and howl, son of man : for it 27 I will overturn, overturn, overturn shall be upon my people, it shall be upon it: and it shall be no more, until he come all the princes of Israel : terrors by rea- whose right it is ; and I will give it him. son of the sword shall be upon my peo- 28 | And thou, son of man, prophesy ple : smite therefore upon thy thigh. and say, Thus saith the Lord God con

13 Because it is a trial, and what if cerning the Ammonites, and concerning the sword contemn even the rod ? It their reproach ; even say thou, The sword, shall be no more, saith the Lord God. the sword is drawn : for the slaughter it Acatalogue of Jerusalem's sins. CAAP. XXII. God will burn them as dross. 659 is furbished, to consume because of the 12 In thee have they taken gifts to glittering :

shed blood ; thou hast taken usury and 29 While they see vanity unto thee, increase, and thou hast greedily gained while they divine a lie unto thee, to of thy neighbours by extortion, and hast bring thee upon the necks of them that are forgotten ine, saith the Lord God. slain, of the wicked, whose day is come, 13 | Behold, therefore I have smitten when their iniquity shall have an end. mine hand at thy dishonest gain which

30 Shall I cause it to return into his thou hast made, and at thy blood which sheath? I will judge thee in the place hath been in the midst of thee, where thou wast created, in the land of 14. Can thine heart endure, or can thy nativity.

thine hands be strong, iv the days that I 31 And I will pour out mine indigna- shall deal with thee? I the Lord have tion upon thee, I will blow against thee spoken it, and will do it. in the fire of my wrath, and deliver thee 15 And I will scatter three among the into the hand of brutish men, and skilful heathen, and disperse thee in the counto destroy.

tries, and will consume thy filthiness out 32 Thou shalt be for fuel to the fire ; l of thee. thy blood shall be in the midst of the 16 And thou shalt take thine inheritland; thou shalt be no more remembered : ance in thyself in the sight of the heafor I the LORD have spoken it.

then, and thou shalt know that I am the CHAP. XXII.

LORD. 1 A catalogue of sins in Jerusalem. 17 God 17 And the word of the LORD came

qurill burn them as dross in his furnace. ( unto me, saying, Mcame unto me, saying, OREOVER the word of the LORD 18 Son of man, the house of Israel is to

me become dross : all they are brass, and 2 Now, thou son of 'man, wilt thoutin, and iron, and lead in the midst of the judge, wilt thou judge the bloody city? | furnace; they are even the dross of silver. yea, thou shalt shew her all her abomi- 19 Therefore thus saith the Lord God, nations.

Because ye are all become dross, behold, 3 Then say thou, Thus saith the Lord therefore I will gather you into the midst God; The city sheddeth blood in the midst of Jerusalem. of it, that her time may come, and maketh 20 As they gather silver, and brass, idols against herself to defile herself. and iron, and and tin, into the midst

4 Thou art become guilty in thy blood of the furnace, to blow the fire upon it, that thou hast shed; and hast defiled thy- to melt it ; so will I gather you in mine self in thine idols which thou hast made ; | anger and in my fury, and I will leave and thou hast caused thy days to draw you there, and melt you. near, and art come even unto thy years : 21 Yea, I will gather you, and blow therefore have I made thee a reproach upon you in the fire of my wrath, and ye unto the heathen, and a mocking to all shall be melted in the midst thereof. countries.

22 As silver is melted in the midst of the 5 Those that be near, and those that be furnace, so shall ye be melted in the midst far from thee, shall mock thee, which art thereof; and ye shall know that I the infamous and much vexed.

LORD have poured out my fury upon you. 6 Behold, the princes of Israel, every one 23 | And the word of the Lord came were in thee to their power to shed blood. unto me, saying,

7 In thee have they set light by father 24 Son of man, say unto her, Thou and mother : in the midst of thee have art the land that is not cleansed, nor rainthey dealt by oppression with thestranger; ed upon in the day of indignation. in thee have they vexed the fatherless and 25* There is a conspiracy of her prophthe widow.

ets in the midst thereof, like a roaring lion 8 Thou hast despised mine holy things, ravening the prey ; they have devoured and hast profaned my sabbaths.

souls ; they have taken the treasure and 9 In thee are men that carry tales to precious things; they have made her shed blood: and in thee they eat upon many widows in the midst thereof. the mountains : in the midst of thee they 26 Her priests have violated my law, commit lewdness.

and have profaned mine holy things : 10 In thee have they discovered their they have put no difference between the fathers nakedness : in thee have they holy and profane, neither have they shewhumbled her that was set apart for pol- ed difference between the unclean and the lution.

clean, and have hid their eyes from my 11 And one hath committed abomina- | sabbaths, and I am profaned among them. tion with his neighbour's wife ; and an- 27 Her princes in the midst thereof other hath lewdly defiled his daughter-in-are like wolves ravening the prey, to law; and another in thee hath humbled || shed blood, and to destroy souls, to get his sister, his father's daughter.

dishonest gain.

660 Whoredoms of Aholah EZEKIEL.

and of Aholiban. 28 And her prophets have daubed most gorgeously, horsemen riding upon them with untempered mortar, seeing horses, all of them desirable young men. vanity, and divining lies unto them, say

13 Then I saw that she was defiled, ing, Thus saith the Lord God, when the that they took both one way. Lord hath not spoken.

14 And that she increased her whore29 The people of the land have used doms: for when she saw men pourtrayed oppression, and exercised robbery, and upon the wall, the images of the Chalhave vexed the poor and needy: yea, they deans pourtrayed with verm ilion, have oppressed the stranger wrongfully. 15 Girded with girdles upon their loins,

30 And I sought for a man among them, exceeding in dyed attire upon their heads, that should make up the hedge, and stand all of them princes to look to, after the in the gap before me for the land, that I manner of the Babylonians of Chaldea, should not destroy it: but I found none. the land of their nativity :

31 Therefore have I poured out mine 16 And as soon as she saw them with indignation upon them; I have consumed her eyes she doted upon them, and sent them with the fire of my wrath : their || messengers unto them into Chaldea, own way have I recompensed upon their 17 And the Babylonians came to her heads, saith the Lord God.

into the bed of love, and they defiled her CHAP. XXIII.

with their whoredom, and she was pollut1 The whoredoms of Aholah and Aholi- ||ed with them, and her mind was alienat

bah. 22 Aholibah is to be plagued by ed from them.

her lovers. 45 Their judgments. 18 So she discovered her whoredoms, THE

HE word of the Lord came again and discovered her nakedness : then my unto me, saying,

mind was alienated from her, like as my 2 Son of man, there were two women, mind was alienated from her sister. the daughters of one mother :

19 Yet she multiplied her whoredoms, 3 And they committed whoredoms in in calling to remembrance the days of Egypt ; they committed whoredoms in her youth, wherein she had played the their youth there were their breasts harlot in the land of Egypt. pressed, and there they bruised the teats 20 For she doted upon their paraof their virginity

mours, whose flesh is as the flesh of asses, 4 And the names of them were Aholah and whose issue is like the issue of horses. the elder, and Aholibah her sister : and 21 Thus thou calledst to remembrance they were mine, and they bare sons and the lewdness of thy youth, in bruising daughters. Thus were theirnames; Sama- | thy teats by the Egyptians for the paps ria is Aholah, and Jerusalem Aholibah. of thy youth.

5 And Aholah played the harlot when 22 | Therefore, 0 Aholibah, thus saith she was mine ; and she doted on her the Lord God; Behold, I will raise up lovers, on the Assyrians her neighbours, thy lovers against thee, from whom thy

6 Which were clothed with blue, cap- mind is alienated, and I will bring them tains and rulers, all of them desirable against thee on every side ; young men, horsemen riding upon horses. 23 The Babylonians, and all the Chal

7 Thus she committed her whoredoms deans, Pekod, and Shoa, and Koa, and with them, with all them that were the all the Assyrians with them: all of them chosen men of Assyria, and with all on desirable young men, captains and rulers, whom she doted : with all their idols she great lords and renowned, all of them detiled herself.

riding upon horses. 8 Neither left she her whoredoms 24 And they shall come against thee broughi trom Egypt : for in her youth | with chariots, waggons, and wheels, and they lay with her, and they bruised the with an assembly of people, which shall breasts of her virginity, and poured their set against thee buckler and shield and whoredom upon her.

helmet round about : and I will set 9 Wherefore I have delivered her into judgment before them, and they shall the hand of her lovers, into the hand of judge thee according to their judgments. the Assyrians, upon whom she doted. 25 And I will set my jealousy against

10 These discovered her nakedness : thee, and they shall deal furiously with they took her sons and her daughters, thee : they shall take away thy nose and and slew her with the sword : and she thine ears; and thy remnant shall fall became famous among women; for they by the sword : they shall take thy sons had executed judgment upon her. and thy daughters; and thy residue shall

saw be devoured by the fire. this, she was more corrupt in her inordinate love than she, and in her whoredoms clothes, and take away thy fair jewels. more than her sister in her whoredoms. 27 Thus will I make thy lewdness to

12 She doted upon the Assyrians her cease from thee, and thy whoredom neighbours, captains and rulers clothed l brought from the lanıl of Egypt : so that

Aholibah is to be plagued. CHAP. XXIV. Jerusalem's destruction, 661 thou shalt not lift up thine eyes unto from the wilderness, which put bracelets them, nor remember Egypt any more. upon their hands, and beautiful crowns

28 For thus saith the Lord God; Be- || upon their heads. hold, I will deliver thee into the hand of 43 Then said I unto her that was old in them whom thou hatest, into the hand of adulteries, Will they now commit whorethem from whom thy mind is alienated : doms with her, and she with them?

29 And they shall deal with thee hate- 44 Yet they went in unto her, as they fully, and shall take away all thy labour, go in unto a woman that playeth the harand shall leave thee naked and bare : | lot : so went they in unto Aholah and and the nakedness of thy whoredoms unto Aholibah, the lewd women. shall be discovered, both thy lewdness 45 | And the righteous men, they shall and thy whoredoms.

judge them after the manner of adulter30 I will do these things unto thee, be- esses, and after the manner of women cause thou hast gone a whoring after the that shed blood ; because they are adulheathen, and because thou art polluted teresses, and blood is in their hands. with their idols.

46 For thus saith the Lord God; I will 31 Thou hast walked in the way of thy bring up a company upon them, and will sister; therefore will I give her cup into give them to be removed and spoiled. thine hand.

47 And the company shall stone them 32 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou with stones, and dispatch them with their shalt drink of thy sister's cup deep and swords; they shall slay their sons and large : thou shalt be laughed to scorn and their daughters, and burn up their houses had in derision; it containeth much. with fire.

33 Thou shalt be filled with drunken- 48 Thus will I canse lewdness to cease ness and sorrow, with the cup of aston- out of the land, that all women may be ishment and desolation, with the cup of taught not to do after your lewdness. thy sister Samaria.

49 And they shall recompense your 34 Thou shalt even drink it and suck lewdness upon you, and ye shall bear the it out, and thou shalt break the sherdssins of your idols : and ye shall know thereof, and pluck off thine own breasts: that I am the Lord God. for I have spoken it, saith the Lord God.

CHAP. XXIV. 35 Therefore thus saith the Lord God; 1 By a boiling pot, 6 is shewed JerusaBecause thou hast forgotten me, and cast lein's destruction. 15 By Ezekiel's not me behind thy back, therefore bear thou mourning for his wife, 19 is shewed also thy lewdness and thy whoredoms. the Jews calamity is beyond all sor

36 | The LORD said moreover unto me; Son of man, wilt thou judge Aholah


GAIN in the ninth year, in the tenth and Aholibah ? yea, declare unto them month, in the tenth day of the their abominations ;

month, the word of the LORD came unS7 That they have committed adultery, to me, saying, and blood is in their hands, and with 2 Son of man, Write thee the name of their idols have they committed adultery, the day, even of this same day: the king and have also caused their sons, whom of Babylon set himself against Jerusalem they bare unto me, to pass for them this same day. through the fire, to devour them.

3 And utter a parable unto the rebel38 Moreover this they have done unto liou house, and say unto them, Thus me: they have defiled my sanctuary in saith the Lord God; Set on a pot, set it the same day, and have profaned my on, and also pour water into it: sabbaths.

4 Gather the pieces thereof into it, 39 For when they had slain their chil- even every good piece, the thigh, and the dren to their idols, then they came the shoulder; fill it with the choice bones. same day into my sanctuary to profane 5 Take the choice of the flock, and it; and lo, thus have they done in the burn also the bones under it, and make midst of mine house.

it boil well, and let them seethe the bones 40 And furthermore, that ye have sent of it therein. for men to come from far, unto whom a 6 s Wherefore thus saith the Lord messenger was sent; and lo, they came: || GoD; Woe to the bloody city, to the pot for whom thou didst wash thyself, paint- whose scum is therein, and whose scum edst thy eyes, and deckedst thyself with is not gone out of it! bring it out piece ornaments,

by piece ; let no lot fall upon it. 41 And sattest upon a stately bed, and 7 For her blood is in the midst of her; a table prepared before it, whereupon she set it upon the top of a rock ; she thou hast set mine incense and mine oil

. poured it not upon the ground, to cover 42 And a voice of a multitude being it with dust; at ease was with her: and with the men 8 That it might cause fury to come up of the common sort were brought Sabeans to take vengeance; I have set her blood


662 The Jews calamity,

EZEKIEL God's vengeance on Moab,&c. upon the top of a rock, that it should not 25 Also, thou son of man, shall it not be covered.

be in the day when I take from them 9 Therefore thus saith the Lord God; their strength, the joy of their glory, the Woe to the bloody city! I will even make desire of their eyes, and that whereupon the pile for fire great.

they set their minds, their sons and their 10 Heap on wood, kindle the fire, con- daughters, sume the flesh, and spice it well, and let 26 That he that escapeth in that day the bones be burned.

shall come unto thee, to cause thee to 11 Then set it empty upon the coals | hear it with thine ears? thereof, that the brass of it may be hot, 27 In that day shall thy mouth be o and may burn, and that the filthiness of pened to him which is escaped, and thou it may be molten in it, that the scum of shalt speak, and be no more dumb: and it may be consumed.

thou shalt be a sign unto them; and 12 She hath wearied herself with lies, they shall know that I am the LORD. and her great scum went not forth out

CHAP. XXV. of her : her scum shall be in the fire. 1 God's vengeance for their insolence

19 In thy filthiness is lewdness : be- against the Jews, on the Ammonites, cause I have purged thee, and thou wast 8 Moab, and Srir, 12 Edom, 15 and not purged, thou shalt not be purged the Philistines. from thy filthiness any more, till I have THE

“HE word of the LORD came again caused my fury to rest upon thee.

unto me, saying, 14 I the LORD have spoken it: it shall 2 Son of man, set thy face against the come to pass, and I will do it ; I will not Ammonites, and prophesy against them; go back, neither will I spare, neither will 3 And say unto the Ammonites, Hear I repent; according to thy ways, and ac- the word of the Lord God; Thus saith cording to thy doings, shall they judge the Lord God; Because thou saidst, Aha, thee, saith the Lord God.

against my sanctuary, when it was profan15 [ Also the word of the Lord came ed; and against the land of Israel, when it unto me, saying,

was desolate ; and against the house of 16 Son of man, behold, I take away Judah, when they went into captivity ; from thee the desire of thine eyes with a 4 Behold, therefore I will deliver thee to stroke : yet neither shalt thou mourn nor the men of the east for a possession, and weep, neither shall thy tears run down. they shall set their palaces in thee, and

17 Forbear to cry, make no mourning | make their dwellings in thee: they shalleat for the dead, bind the tire of thine head thy fruit, and they shall drink thy milk. upon thee, and put on thy shoes upon 5 And I will make Rabbah a stable thy feet, and cover not thy lips, and eat for camels, and the Ammonites a couchnot the bread of men.

ing-place for flocks : and ye shall know 18 So I spake unto the people in the that I am the LORD.

6 For thus saith the Lord God; Beand I did in the morning as I was com- cause thou hast clapped thrine hands, and manded.

stamped with the feet, and rejoiced in 19 ! And the people said unto me, heart with all thy despite against the Wilt thou not tell us what these things land of Israel ; are to us, that thou doest so?

7 Behold, therefore I will stretch out 20 Then I answered them, The word mine hand upon thee, and will deliver of the Lord came unto me, saying, thee for a spoil to the heathen ; and I

21 Speak unto the house of Israel, will cut thee off from the people, and I Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I will cause thee to perish out of the counwill profane my sanctuary, the excellen- | tries : I will destroy thee ; and thou cy of your strength, the desire of your || shalt know that I am the LORD. eyes, and that which your soul pitieth ; 8 1 Thus saith the Lord God; Because and your sons and your daughters whom that Moab and Seir do say, Behold, the re have left shall fall by the sword. house of Judah is like unto all the heathen;

22 And ye shall do as I have done : 9 Therefore behold, I will open the ve shall not cover your lips, nor eat the side of Moab from the cities, from his Dread of men.

cities which are on his frontiers, the glory 23 And your tires shall be upon your of the country, Beth-jeshimoth, Baal-meheads, and your shoes upon your feet : on, and Kiriathaim, ye shall not mourn por weep; but ye 10 Unto the men of the east with the shall pine away for your iniquities, and Ammonites, and will give them in posmouru one toward another.

session, that the Ammonites may not be 24 Thus Ezekiel is imto you a sign : remembered among the nations. according to all that he hath done shall 11 And I will execute judgments upon ye do: and when this cometh, ye shall || Moab ; and they shall know that I am know that I am the Lord God.

the LORD.

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