Ezekiel 20:18–22:12

18 But I said unto qtheir children in the wilderness, Walk ye not in rthe statutes of your fathers, neither observe their judgments, nor sdefile yourselves with their idols: 19 I am the Lord your God; twalk in my statutes, and keep my judgments, and do them; 20 And uhallow cmy sabbaths; and uuthey shall be a sign between me and you, that ye may know that I am the Lord your God. 21 Notwithstanding vthe children wrebelled against me: fthey walked not in my statutes, fneither kept my judgments to do them, awhich if a man do, he shall even live in them; fthey polluted my sabbaths: gthen I said, I would pour out my fury upon them, wto accomplish my anger against them in the wilderness. 22 nNevertheless I withdrew mine hand, and iwrought for my name’s sake, ithat it should not be polluted in the sight of the heathen, in whose sight I brought them forth. 23 I xlifted up mine hand unto them also in the wilderness, that I would yscatter them among the heathen, and zdisperse them through the countries; 24 Because fthey had not executed my judgments, but fhad despised my statutes, and fhad polluted my sabbaths, and atheir eyes were after their fathers’ idols. 25 bWherefore I gave them also statutes that were not good, and judgments whereby they should not live; 26 And I polluted them in qtheir own gifts, in that cthey caused to pass through dthe fire call that openeth the womb, that I might make them desolate, to the end that ethey might know that I am the Lord.

27 Therefore, son of man, speak unto the house of Israel, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; fYet in this your fathers have blasphemed me, in that they have committed a trespass against me. 28 For when I had brought them into the land, for the which gI lifted up mine hand to give it to them, then they saw hievery high hill, and all the thick trees, and they offered there their sacrifices, and there they presented the provocation of their offering: there also they made their iksweet savour, and poured out there their drink offerings. 29 Then ||I said unto them, mWhat is the high place whereunto ye go? And the name thereof is called Bamah nunto this day. 30 Wherefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord God; opAre ye polluted after the manner of your fathers? and pcommit ye whoredom after their abominations? 31 For when ye offer qyour gifts, qwhen ye make your sons to pass through the fire, oye pollute yourselves with all your idols, neven unto this day: and shall I be inquired of by you, O house of Israel? rAs I live, saith the Lord God, I will not be inquired of by you.

32 And sthat which cometh into your mind shall not be at all, that ye say, tWe will be as the heathen, as the families of the countries, to serve uwood and stone. 33 rAs I live, saith the Lord God, surely vwith a mighty hand, and vwith a stretched out arm, and wwith fury poured out, will I rule over you: 34 And xI will bring you out from the people, and xwill gather you out of the countries wherein ye are scattered, vwith a mighty hand, and vwith a stretched out arm, and wwith fury poured out. 35 And I will bring you into ythe wilderness of the people, and there will zI plead with you aface to face. 36 aaLike as zI pleaded with your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so zwill I plead with you, saith the Lord God. 37 And bI will cause you to pass under the rod, and I will bring you into the ||bond of the covenant: 38 And cI will dpurge out from among you the rebels, and them that transgress against me: eI will bring them forth out of the country where they sojourn, and fthey shall not enter into the land of Israel: gand ye shall know that I am the Lord. 39 As for you, O house of Israel, thus saith the Lord God; hGo ye, serve ye every one his idols, and hereafter also, if ye will not hearken unto me: but ipollute ye my holy name no more with kyour gifts, and with your idols. 40 For lin mine holy mountain, lin the mountain of the height of Israel, saith the Lord God, there shall mall the house of Israel, all of them in the land, serve me: there nwill I accept them, and there will I require oyour offerings, and the ||ofirstfruits of your oblations, with all your holy things. 41 nI will accept you with your sweet savour, when pI bring you out from the people, and pqgather you out of the countries wherein ye have been scattered; and rI will be sanctified in you before the heathen. 42 gAnd ye shall know that I am the Lord, when qI shall bring you into the land of Israel, into the country for the which I slifted up mine hand to give it to your fathers. 43 And there tshall ye remember uyour ways, and all uyour doings, wherein ye have been defiled; and vye shall lothe yourselves in your own sight for all your evils that ye have committed. 44 gAnd ye shall know that I am the Lord, when wI have wrought with you for my name’s sake, not according to your wicked uways, nor according to your corrupt udoings, O ye house of Israel, saith the Lord God.

45 Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, 46 Son of man, xyset thy face toward the south, and xzdrop thy word toward the south, and zzprophesy against the forest of the south field; 47 And say to the forest of the south, Hear the word of the Lord; Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, aI will kindle a fire in thee, and it shall devour every bgreen tree in thee, and every bdry tree: the flaming cflame shall not be quenched, and all faces dfrom the south to the north shall be burned therein. 48 And all flesh shall see that eI the Lord have kindled it: it shall not be quenched. 49 Then said I, fAh Lord God! they say of me, Doth he not gspeak parables?

21 And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Son of man, aset thy face toward Jerusalem, and adrop thy word toward the holy places, and aprophesy against the land of Israel, And say to the land of Israel, Thus saith the Lord; Behold, I am against thee, and will draw forth my sword out of bhis sheath, and cwill cut off from thee dthe righteous and the wicked. Seeing then that cI will cut off from thee dthe righteous and the wicked, therefore shall my sword go forth out of bhis sheath against all flesh efrom the south to the north: That all flesh may know that I the Lord have drawn forth my sword out of bhis sheath: fit shall not return any more. Sigh therefore, thou son of man, with the breaking of thy loins; and with bitterness sigh ffbefore their eyes. And it shall be, when they say unto thee, Wherefore sighest thou? that thou shalt answer, For the tidings; because it cometh: and gevery heart shall melt, and hall hands shall be feeble, and every spirit shall faint, and hall knees shall be weak as water: hhbehold, it cometh, and shall be brought to pass, saith the Lord God.

Again the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Son of man, prophesy, and say, Thus saith the Lord; Say, iA sword, a sword jis sharpened, and also kfurbished: 10 jIt is sharpened to make a sore slaughter; kit is furbished that it may ilglitter: should mwe then make mirth? ||it contemneth nthe rod of nomy son, as every tree. 11 And he hath given it kto be furbished, that it may be handled: jthis sword is sharpened, and kit is furbished, to give it into the hand of pthe 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 my people: qsmite therefore upon thy thigh. 13 ||Because it is a trial, and rwhat if the sword contemn even the rod? it sshall be no more, saith the Lord God. 14 Thou therefore, son of man, prophesy, and qtsmite thine hands together, and let the sword be doubled uthe third time, the sword of the slain: it is the sword of the great men that are slain, vwhich 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 wruins be multiplied: ah! it is made lbright, it is ||wrapped up for the slaughter. 16 xGo thee one way or other, either on the right hand, or on the left, ywhithersoever thy face is set. 17 I will also qtsmite mine hands together, and zI will cause my fury to rest: zzI the Lord have said it.

18 The word of the Lord came unto me again, saying, 19 Also, thou son of man, appoint thee two ways, that the sword of athe king of Babylon may come: both twain shall come forth out of one land: and bchoose thou ca place, bchoose it dat the head of the way to the city. 20 Appoint a way, that ethe sword may come to efRabbath of the Ammonites, and to Judah in Jerusalem the defenced. 21 For the king of Babylon stood at gthe parting of the way, dat the head of the two ways, hto use divination: he imade 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 lin the slaughter, mto lift up the voice with shouting, kto appoint battering rams against the gates, kto cast a mount, and kto build a fort. 23 And it shall be unto them as a false divination in their sight, ||nto them that have sworn oaths: but he will call to remembrance the iniquity, othat 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, oye shall be taken with the hand.

25 And thou, pprofane qwicked prince of Israel, rwhose day is come, rrwhen iniquity shall have an end, 26 Thus saith the Lord God; Remove sthe diadem, and take off the crown: this shall not be the same: texalt him that is low, and abase him that is high. 27 I will overturn, overturn, overturn, it: and uit shall be no more, vuntil he come whose right it is; and wI will give it him.

28 And thou, son of man, prophesy and say, Thus saith the Lord God xconcerning the Ammonites, and xconcerning their reproach; even say thou, yThe sword, the sword is yydrawn: for the …

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