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648 The princes' firesumption. EZEKIEL. God's purposes to save a remnant. one stood at the door of the easi-gate of 13 f And it came to pass, when I the Lord's house ; and the glory of the prophesied, that Pelatiah the son of BeGud of Israel was over them above. najah died. Then fell I down upon my

20 This is the living creature that I face, and cried with a loud voice, and saw under the Gul of Israel by the river said, Ah Lord God! wilt thou make a of Chebar ; and I knew that they were full end of the remnant of Israel ? the cherubims.

14 Again the word of the Lord came 21 Every one had four faces apiece, and unto me, saving, every one four wings; and the likeness of 15 Son of man, thy brethren, even thy the hands of a man was under their wings. I brethren, the men of thy kindred, and

22 And the likeness of their faces quas all the house of Israel wholly, are they the same fices which I saw by the river of unto whom the inhabitants of Jerusalem Chebar,theirappearances and themselves: have said, Get ye far from the LORD: they went every one straight forward. unto us is this land given in possession. CHAP. XI.

16 Therefore say, Thuis saith the Lord 1 The princes presumption : 4 Their God; Although I have cast them far off

sin, and judgment. 13 God's purpose among the heathen, and although I have of saving a remnant, 21 and punish- scattered them among the countries, yet in the quicked.

will I be to them as a little sanctuary in

the countries where they shall come. and brought me unto the east-gate 17 Therefore say, Thus saith the Lord of the Lord's house, which looketh east- God; I will even gather you from the ward : and behold, at the door of the gate people, and assemble you out of the counfive and twenty men; among whom I saw tries where ye have been scattered, and Jaazaniah the son of Azur, and Pelatiah I will give you the land of Israel.

2 Then said he unto me, Son of man, they shall take away all the detestable these are the men that devise mischief, things thereof, and all the abominations and give wicked counsel in this city : thereof from thence. 3 Which say, It is not near ; let us

19 And I will give them one heart, build houses : this city is the caklion, and I will put a new spirit within you ; and we be the flesh.

and I will take the stony heart out of their 4 Therefore prophesy against them, flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh: prophesy, () son of man.

20 That they may walk in my statutes, 5 And the spirit of the Lord fell upon and keep mine ordinances, and do them: me, and said unto me, Speak; Thus saith and they shall be my people, and I will the LORD ; Thus have ye said, ( house be their God. of Israel: for I know the things that come 21 But as for them whose heart walkinto your mind, every one of them. eth after the heart of their detestable

6 Ye have multiplied your slain in this things and their abominations, I will reccity, and ye have filled the streets there. ompense their way upon their own heads, of with the slain.

saith the Lord God. 7 Therefore thus saith the Lord God, 22 Then did the cherubims lift up their Your slain whom ye have laid in the wings, and the wheels beside them; and midst of it, they are the flesh, and this the glory of the God of Israel was over city is the caldron : but I will bring you them above. forth out of the midst of it.

23 And the glory of the LORD went 8 Ye have feared the sword ; and I up from the midst of the city, and stood will bring a sword upon you, saith the upon the mountain which is on the east Lord God.

side of the city. 9 And I will bring you out of the midst 24 | Afterwards the spirit took me up, thereof, and deliver you into the hands and brought me in vision by the Spirit of strangers, and will execute judginents of God into Chaldea, to them of the capamong you.

tivity. So the vision that I had seen 10 Ye shall fall by the sword; I will went up from me. judge you in the border of Israel ; and 25 Then I spake unto them of the capye shall know that I am the Lord. tivity all the things that the LORD had

11 This city shall not be your caldron, shewed me. neither shall ve bc the flesh in the midst

CHAP. XII. thereof; but I will judge you in the bor- | 1 The type of Ezekiel's removing, 8 der of Israel :

showeth the captivity of Zelekiah. 17 12 And ye shall know that I am the Ezekiel's trembling showeth the Jews Lord : for ye have not walked in my desolation statutes, neither executed my judgments, 'HE word of the LORD also came unbut have done after the manners of the heathen that are round about you.

2 Son of man, thou dwellest in the

THtb me, saying

Zedekiah's captivity she wed. CHAP. XIII. The Jews desolation shewed. 649 midst of a rebellious house, which have 18 Son of man, eat thy bread with eyes to see, and see not; they have ears' quaking, and drink thy water with tremto hear, and hear not: for they are a libling and with carefulness ; rebellious house.

19 And say unto the people of the land, 3 Therefore, thou son of man, prepare | Thus saith the Lord God of the inhabitthee stuff for removing, and remove by ants of Jerusalem, and of the land of Isday in their sight; and thou shalt remove rael; They shalleat their bread with carefrom thy place to another place in their || fulness, and drink their water with astonsight; it may be they will consider, though ishment, that her land may be desolate they be a rebellious house.

from all that is therein, because of the 4 Then shalt thou bring forth thy stuff | violence of all them that dwell therein. by day in their sight, as stuff for removing : 20 And the cities that are inhabited shall and thou shalt go forth at even in their be laid waste, and the land shall be deso sight, as they that go forth into captivity. || late; and ye shall know that Iam the LORD.

5 Dig thou through the wall in their 21 | And the word of the LORD came sight, and carry out thereby.

unto me, saying, 6 In their sight shalt thou bear it upon 22 Son of man, what is that proverb that thy shoulders, and carry it forth in the ye have in the land of Israel, saying, The twilight; thou shalt cover thy face, that daysare prolonged,andevery vision faileth thou see not the ground : for I have set 23 Tell them therefore, Thus saith the thee for a sign unto the house of Israel. Lord God; I will make this proverb to

7 And I did so as I was commanded : cease, and they shall no more use it as a I brought forth my stuff by day, as stuff proverb in Israel ; but say unto them, for captivity, and in the even I digged The days are at hand, and the effect of through the wall with mine hand; I every vision. brought it forth in the twilight, and I 24 For there shall be no more any vain bare it upon my shoulder in their sight. vision nor flattering divination within the

8. And in the morning came the word house of Israel. of the LORD unto me, sayiug,

25 For I am the LORD: I will speak, 9 Son of man, hath not the house of and the word that I shall speak shall come Israel, the rebellious house, said unto to pass; it shall be no more prolonged : thee, What doest thou ?

for in your days, () rebellious house, will 10 Say thou unto them, Thus saith the I say the word, and will perform it, saith Lord God, This burden concerncth the the Lord God. prince in Jerusalem, and all the house of 26 | Again the word of the LORD Israel that are among them.

came to me, saying, 11 Say, I am your sign : like as I have 27 Son of man, behold, they of the done, so shall it be done unto them: they house of Israel say, The vision that he shall remove and go into captivity. seeth is for many days to come, and he

12 And the prince that is among them prophesieth of the times that are far off. shall bear upon his shoulder in the twi- 28 Therefore say unto them, Thus saith. light, and shall go forth : they shall dig the Lord God; There shall none of my through the wall to carry out thereby : | words be prolonged any more, but the he shall cover his face, that he see not the word which I have spoken shall be done, ground with his eyes.

saith the Lord God. 13 My net also will I spread upon him,

CHAP. XIII. and he shall be taken in my snare: and 1 The refiroof of lying prophets, 10 and I will bring him to Babylon to the land their unlempiered mortar. 17 Of of the Chaldeans; yet shall he not see it, prophetesses, and their pillows. though he shall die there.

ND the word of the LORD came 14 And I will scatter toward every


unto me, saying, wind all that are about him to help him, 2 Son of man, prophesy against the and all his bands; and I will draw out prophets of Israel that prophesy, and say the sword after them.

thou unto them that prophesy out of their 15 And they shall know that I am the own hearts, Hearye the word of the LORD; LORD, when I shall scatter them among 3 Thus saith the Lord God; Woeunthe nations, and disperse them in the to the foolish prophets, that follow their countries.

own spirit, and have seen nothing! 16 But I will leave a few men of them 4 O Israel, thy prophets are like the from the sword, from the famine, and l foxes in the deserts. from the pestilence; that they may de- 5 Ye have irot gone up into the gaps, clare all their abominations among the neither made up the hedge for the house heathen whither they comc; and they of Israel to stand in the battle in the day shall know that I am the Lord.

of the LORD. 17 & Moreover the word of the LORD 6 They have seen vanity and lying divcame to me, saying,

intioni, saying, The LORD saiik : and

550. Of the prophetesses, &c. EZEKIEL. Idolaters exhoried io repeni. the Lord hath not sent them : and they is that should not live, by your lying to my have made others to hope that they would || people that hear your lies ? confirm the word.

20 Wherefore thus saith the Lord God; 7 Have ye not seen å vain vision, and Behold, I am against your pillows, wherehave ye not spoken a lying divination, with ye there hunt the souls to make whereas ye say, The LORD saith it, al- | them fly, and I will tear them from your beit I have not spoken?

arms, and I will let the souls go, even the 8 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD ; souls that ye hunt to make them fly. Because ye have spoken vanity, and seen 21 Your kerchiefs also will I tear, and lies, therefore, behold, I am against you, deliver my people out of your hand, and saith the Lord God.

they shall be no more in your hand to be 9 And mine hand shall be upon the hunted; and ye shall know that I am the prophets that see vanity, and that divine LORD. lies: they shall not be in the assembly of 22 Because with lies ye have made the my people, neither shall they be written heart of the righteous sad, whom I have in the writing of the house of Israel, nei- not made sad ; and strengthened the ther shall they enter into the land of Israel; hands of the wicked, that he should not and ye shall know that I am the Lord God. return from his wicked way, by prom

10 | Because, even because they have || isiug him life : seduced my people, saying, Peace; and 23 Therefore ye shall see no more vanthere was no peace; and one built up a lity, nor divine divinations : for I will wall, and lo, others daubed it with untem- deliver my people out of your hand : and pered mortar :

ye shall know that I am the LORD. 11 Say unto them which daub it with

CHAP. XIV. untempered mortar, that it shall fall : 1 God answereth idolaters according to there shall be an overflowing, shower their own heart. 12 God's irrevocable and ye, O great hailstones, shall fall; sentence. 22 A remnant shall be saved, and a stormy wind shall rend it.

'HEN came certain of the elders of 12 Lo, when the wall is fallen, shall it not be said unto you, Where is the daub- 2 And the word of the LORD came ing wherewith ye have daubed it? unto me, saying,

13 Therefore thus saith the Lord God; 3 Son of man, these men have set up I will even rend it with a stormy wind in their idols in their heart, and put the my fury; and there shall be an overflow. stumbling-block of their iniquity befort ing shower in mine anger, and great hail- | their face : should I be inquired of at all stones in my fury to consume it.

by them? 14 So will I break down the wall that 4 Therefore speak unto them, and say ye have daubed with untempered mortar, unto them, Thus saith the Lord God ; and bring it down to the ground, so that Every man of the house of Israel that the foundation thereof shall be discovered, || setteth up his idols in his heart, and putand it shall fall, and ye shall be consumed || teth a stumbling-block of his iniquity in the midst thereof; and ye shall know before his face, and cometh to the prophthat I am the Lord.

et ; I the LORD will answer him that 15 Thus will I accomplish my wrathcometh according to the multitude of upon the wall, and upon them that have his idols ; dâubed it with untempered mortar, and 5 That I may take the house of Israel will say unto you, The wall is no more, in their own heart, because they are all neither they that daubed it ;

estranged from me through their idols. 16 To wit, the prophets of Israel which 6. Therefore say unto the house of Isprophesy concerning Jerusalem, and rael, Thus saith the Lord God; Repent, whích see visions of peace for her, and and turn yourselves from your idols; there is no peace, saith the Lord God. and turn away your faces from all your

17 9 Likewise, thou son of man, set thy | abominations. face against the daughters of thy people, 7 For every one of the house of Israel, which prophesy out of their own heart; or of the stranger that sojourneth in Israel, and prophesy thou against them, which separateth himself from me, and

18 And say, Thus saith the Lord God; setteth up his idols in his heart, and putWoe to the women that sew pillows to all teth the stumbling-block of his iniquity arm-holes, and made kerchiefs upon the before liis face, and cometh to a prophet head of every stature to hunt souls! Will to inquire of him concerning me; I the ye hunt the souls of my people, and will ye LORD will answer him by ınyself : save the souls alive that come unto you? 8 And I will set my face against that

19 And will ye pollute mé among my man, and will make him a sign and a people for handfuls of barley and for proverb, and I will cut him oft from the pieces of bread, to slay the souls that midst of my people ; and ye shall know should not chie, and to save the souls alive it that I am the LORD.

God's irrevocable judgments. Chap. xv, xvi. Rejection of Jerusalem. signified. 651 9 And if the prophet be deceived when || ye shall know that I have not done withhe hath spoken a thing, I the Lord have out cause all that I have done in it, saith deceived that prophet, and I will stretch the Lord God. out my hand upon him, and will destroy

CHAP. XV. him from the midst of my people Israel. 2 By the unfitness of the vine-branch for,

10 And they shall bear the punishment any work, 6 is shewed the rejection of of their iniquity : the punishment of the Jerusalem. per homme thash sebe vem as time punishment A Deewond of the Lord came un

11 That the house of Israel may go no 2 Son of man, What is the vine-tree more astray from me, neither be polluted more than any tree, or than a branch which any more with all their transgressions ; | is among the trees of the forest ?

h to do may be their God, saith the Lord God. any work? or will men take a pin of it

12 The word of the LORD came again to hang any vessel thereon ? to me, saying,

4 Behold, it is cast into the fire for fu13 Son of man, when the land sinneth il el; the fire devoureth both the ends of against me by trespassing grievously, then || it, and the midst of it is burned. Is it will I stretch out mine hand upon it, and meet for any work? will break the staff of the bread thereof, 5 Behold, when it was whole, it was and will send famine upon it, and will meet for no work : how much less shall it cut off man and beast from it:

be meet yet for any work, when the fire 14 Though these three men, Noah, Dan-hath devoured it, and it is burned ? iel, and Job, were in it, they should de- 6. Therefore thus saith the Lord Jiver but their own souls by their right- Gon; As the vine-tree among the trees eousness, saith the Lord Gon.

of the forest, which I have given to the 15 9 If I cause noisome beasts to pass fire for fuel, so will I give the inhabitants through the land, and they spoil it, so of Jerusalem. that it be desolate, that no man inay pass 7 And I will set my face against them; through because of the beasts :

they shall go out from one fire, and an16 Though these three men were in it, oiher fire shall devour them; and ye shall as I live, saith the Lord God, they shall know that I am the LORD, when I set deliver neither sons nor daughters; they | my face against them. only shall be delivered, but the land shall 8 And I will make the land desolate, le desolate.

because they have committed a trespass, 17 (Orif I bring a sword upon that land, saith the Lord God. and say, Sword, go through the land; so

CHAP, XVI. that I cut off man and beast from it : 1 By a wretched in fant is shewed the state

18 Though these three men were in it, of Jerusalem. 6 God's love to her. as I live, saith the Lord God, they shall deliver neither sons nor daughter, but AGAIN the word of the LORD came they only shall be delivered themselves. 2 Son of man, cause Jerusalem to know

19 ? Or if I send a pestilence into that her abominations, land, and pour out my fury upon it in 3 And say, Thus saith the Lord God unLlood, to cut off from it man and beast : to Jerusalem ; Thy birth and thy nativity

20 Though Noah, Daniel, and Job, were is of the land of Canaan ; thy father was in it, as I live, saith the Lord God, they an Amorite, and thy mother an Hittite. shall deliver neither son nor daughter; 4 And as for thy nativity, in the day they shall but deliver their own souls bý thou wast born thy navel was not cut, their righteousness.

neither wast thou washed in water to 21 For thus saith the Lord God; How supple thee; thou wast not salted at all, much more when I send my four sore nor swaddled at all. judgments upon Jerusalem, the sword, 5 None eye pitied thee, to do any of and the famine, and the noisome beast, these unto thee, to have compassion upon and the pestilence, to cut off from it man thee; but thou wast cast out in the open and beast ?

field, to the loathing of thy person, in the 22 [ Yet behold, therein shall be left day that thou wast born. a remnant that shall be brought forth, Ő And when I passed by thee, and both sons and daughters: behold, they saw thee polluted in thine own blood, I shall come forth unto you, and ye shall | said unto thee when thou wast in thy see their way and their doings : and ye blood, Live ; yea, I said unto thee when shall be comforted concerning the evil that thou wast in thy blood, Live. I have brought upon Jerusalem, even con- 7 I have caused thee to multiply as the cerning all that I have brought upon it. bud of the field, and thou hast increased

23 And they shall comfort you, when and waxen great, and thou art come to ye see their ways and their doings: and excellent ornaments: thy breasts are fash

652 God's love to Jerusalem, EZEKIEL.

Her whoredoms. ioned, and thine hair is grown, where- 23 And it came to pass after all thy as thou svast naked and bare.

wickedness, (wce, woe unto thee? saith 8 Now when I passed by thee, and look- the Lord God) ed upon thee, behold, thy time was the 24 That thou hast also built unto thee time of love; and I spread my skirt over an eminent place, and hast made thee an thee, and covered thy nakedness : yea, I || high place in every street. sware unto thee, and entered into a cov- 25 Thou hast built thy high place at enant with thee, saith the Lord God, and every head of the way, and hast made uhy thou becamest mine

beauty to be abhorred, and liast opened 9 Then washed l thee with water; yea, | thy feet to every one that passed by, and I throughly washed away thy blood from multiplied thy whoredoms. thee, and I anointed thee with oil.

26 Thou hast also committed fornica10 I clothed thee also with broidered tion with the Egyptians thy neighbours, work, and shod thee with budgers skin, great of flesh; and hast increased thy and 1 girded thee about with tine linen, whoredoms, to provoke me to anger. and I covered thee with silk.

27 Behold, therefore I have stretched 11 I decked thee also with ornaments, out my hand over thee, and have diminand I put bracelets upon thine hands, and ished thine ordinary food, and delivered 4 chain on thy neck.

thee unto the will of them that hate thee, 12 And I put a jewel on thy forehead, the daughters of the Philistines, which are and ear-rings in the ears, and a beauti ashamed of thy lewd way.. fui crown upon thine head.

28 Thou hast played the whore also 13 Thus wast thou decked with gold with the Assyrians, because thou wast and silver ; and thy raiment was of tine unsatiable; yea, thou hast played the linen, and silk, and broidered work; thou harlot with them, and yet couldest not be didst eat fine flour, and honey, and oil : satisfied. and thou wast exceeding beautiful, and 29 Thou hast moreover multiplied thy thou didst prosper into a kingdom. fornication in the land of Canaan unto

14 And thy renown went forth among Chaldea ; and yet thou wast not satisfied the heathen for thy beauty: for it was herewith. perfect through my comeliness, which 30 How weak is thine heart, saith the I had put upon thee, saith the Lord God. Lord God, seeing thou doest all these

159 But thoudidst trust in thineownbeau- things, the work of an imperious whorish ty, and playedst the harlot because of thyre- woman ; nown, and pouredst out thy fornications 31 In that thou buildest thine eminent on every one that pased bý; his it was place in the head of every way, and mak

16 And of thy garments thou didst est thine high place in every street; and take, and deckedst thy high places with hast not been as an harlot, in that thou. divers colours, and playedst the harlot scoldest hire; thereupon: the like things shall not come, 32 But as a wife that committeth adalneither shall it be so.

tery, which taketh strangers instead of 17 Thou hast also taken thy fair jewels her husband ! of my gold and of my silver, which I had 33 They give gifts to all whores : but given thee, and madest to thyself images thou givest thy gifts to all thy lovers, and of men, and didst commit" whoredom hirest them, that they may come unto thee with them.

on every side for thy whoredom. 18 And tookest thy broidered garments, 34 And the contrary is in thee from and coveredst them; and thou hast set other women in thy whoredoms, whereas mine oil and mine incense before them. none followeth thee to commit whore

19 My meat also which I gave thee, doms: and in that thou givest a reward, fine flour, and oil, and honey, where vith and no reward is given unto thee, thereI fed thee, thou hast even set it before fore thou art contrary. them for a sweet savour: and thus it was, 35 9 Wherefore, Oharlot, hear the word saith the Lord God.

of the Lord: 20 Moreover, thou hast taken thy sons 36 Thus saith the Lord God; Because and thy daughters, whom thou hast born thy filthiness was poured out, and thy unto me, and these hast thou sacrificed nakedness discovered through thy whoreuntu them to be devoured. Is this of doms with thy lovers, and with all the Hy whoredoms a small matter,

idols of thy abominations, and by the 21 That thou hast slain my children, blool of thy children, which thou didst and delivered them to cause them to pass give unto them; through the fire for them?

37 Behold therefore, I will gather all 22 And in all thine abominations and thy thy lovers, with whom thou hast taken whoredoms thou hast not remembered the pleasure, and all them that thou hast lovdays of thy vouth, when thou wast naked led, with all them that thou hast hated; I and bare, and wast polluted in thy bloud. I will even gather them round about a

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