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Ezekiel 24:1–27:36

Symbol of the Cooking Pot

24 Again, in the ninth year, in the tenth month, on the tenth day of the month, the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Son of man, write down the name of the day, this very day—the king of Babylon started his siege against Jerusalem athis very day. bAnd utter a parable to the rebellious house, and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God:

c“Put on a pot, set it on,

And also pour water into it.

4 Gather pieces of meat in it,

Every good piece,

The thigh and the shoulder.

Fill it with choice 1cuts;

5 Take the choice of the flock.

Also pile fuel bones under it,

Make it boil well,

And let the cuts simmer in it.”

‘Therefore thus says the Lord God:

“Woe to dthe bloody city,

To the pot whose scum is in it,

And whose scum is not gone from it!

Bring it out piece by piece,

On which no elot has fallen.

7 For her blood is in her midst;

She set it on top of a rock;

fShe did not pour it on the ground,

To cover it with dust.

8 That it may raise up fury and take vengeance,

gI have set her blood on top of a rock,

That it may not be covered.”

‘Therefore thus says the Lord God:

h“Woe to the bloody city!

I too will make the pyre great.

10 Heap on the wood,

Kindle the fire;

Cook the meat well,

Mix in the spices,

And let the 2cuts be burned up.

11 “Then set the pot empty on the coals,

That it may become hot and its bronze may burn,

That iits filthiness may be melted in it,

That its scum may be consumed.

12 She has 3grown weary with 4lies,

And her great scum has not gone from her.

Let her scum be in the fire!

13 In your jfilthiness is lewdness.

Because I have cleansed you, and you were not cleansed,

You will knot be cleansed of your filthiness anymore,

lTill I have caused My fury to rest upon you.

14 mI, the Lord, have spoken it;

nIt shall come to pass, and I will do it;

I will not hold back,

oNor will I spare,

Nor will I relent;

According to your ways

And according to your deeds

5They will judge you,”

Says the Lord God.’ ”

The Prophet’s Wife Dies

15 Also the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 16 “Son of man, behold, I take away from you the desire of your eyes with one stroke; yet you shall pneither mourn nor weep, nor shall your tears run down. 17 Sigh in silence, qmake no mourning for the dead; rbind your turban on your head, and sput your sandals on your feet; tdo not cover your 6lips, and do not eat man’s bread of sorrow.”

18 So I spoke to the people in the morning, and at evening my wife died; and the next morning I did as I was commanded.

19 And the people said to me, u“Will you not tell us what these things signify to us, that you behave so?”

20 Then I answered them, “The word of the Lord came to me, saying, 21 ‘Speak to the house of Israel, “Thus says the Lord God: ‘Behold, vI will profane My sanctuary, 7your arrogant boast, the desire of your eyes, the 8delight of your soul; wand your sons and daughters whom you left behind shall fall by the sword. 22 And you shall do as I have done; xyou shall not cover your 9lips nor eat man’s bread of sorrow. 23 Your turbans shall be on your heads and your sandals on your feet; yyou shall neither mourn nor weep, but zyou shall pine away in your iniquities and mourn with one another. 24 Thus aEzekiel is a sign to you; according to all that he has done you shall do; band when this comes, cyou shall know that I am the Lord God.’ ”

25 ‘And you, son of man—will it not be in the day when I take from them dtheir stronghold, their joy and their glory, the desire of their eyes, and 1that on which they set their minds, their sons and their daughters: 26 on that day eone who escapes will come to you to let you hear it with your ears; 27 fon that day your mouth will be opened to him who has escaped; you shall speak and no longer be mute. Thus you will be a sign to them, and they shall know that I am the Lord.’ ”

Proclamation Against Ammon

25 The word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Son of man, aset your face bagainst the Ammonites, and prophesy against them. Say to the Ammonites, ‘Hear the word of the Lord God! Thus says the Lord God: c“Because you said, ‘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, indeed, therefore, I will deliver you as a possession to the 1men of the East, and they shall set their encampments among you and make their dwellings among you; they shall eat your fruit, and they shall drink your milk. And I will make dRabbah ea stable for camels and Ammon a resting place for flocks. fThen you shall know that I am the Lord.”

‘For thus says the Lord God: “Because you gclapped your hands, stamped your feet, and hrejoiced in heart with all your disdain for the land of Israel, indeed, therefore, I will istretch out My hand against you, and give you as plunder to the nations; I will cut you off from the peoples, and I will cause you to perish from the countries; I will destroy you, and you shall know that I am the Lord.”

Proclamation Against Moab

‘Thus says the Lord God: “Because jMoab and kSeir say, ‘Look! The house of Judah is like all the nations,’ therefore, behold, I will clear the territory of Moab of cities, of the cities on its frontier, the glory of the country, Beth Jeshimoth, Baal Meon, and lKirjathaim. 10 mTo the men of the East I will give it as a possession, together with the Ammonites, that the Ammonites nmay not be remembered among the nations. 11 And I will execute judgments upon Moab, and they shall know that I am the Lord.”

Proclamation Against Edom

12 ‘Thus says the Lord God: o“Because of what Edom did against the house of Judah by taking vengeance, and has greatly offended by avenging itself on them,” 13 therefore thus says the Lord God: “I will also stretch out My hand against Edom, cut off man and beast from it, and make it desolate from Teman; 2Dedan shall fall by the sword. 14 pI will lay My vengeance on Edom by the hand of My people Israel, that they may do in Edom according to My anger and according to My fury; and they shall know My vengeance,” says the Lord God.

Proclamation Against Philistia

15 ‘Thus says the Lord God: q“Because rthe Philistines dealt vengefully and took vengeance with 3a spiteful heart, to destroy because of the 4old hatred,” 16 therefore thus says the Lord God: s“I will stretch out My hand against the Philistines, and I will cut off the tCherethites uand destroy the remnant of the seacoast. 17 I will vexecute great vengeance on them with furious rebukes; wand they shall know that I am the Lord, when I lay My vengeance upon them.” ’ ”

Proclamation Against Tyre

26 And it came to pass in the eleventh year, on the first day of the month, that the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Son of man, abecause Tyre has said against Jerusalem, b‘Aha! She is broken who was the gateway of the peoples; now she is turned over to me; I shall be filled; she is laid waste.’

“Therefore thus says the Lord God: ‘Behold, I am against you, O Tyre, and will cause many nations to come up against you, as the sea causes its waves to come up. And they shall destroy the walls of Tyre and break down her towers; I will also scrape her dust from her, and cmake her like the top of a rock. It shall be a place for spreading nets din the midst of the sea, for I have spoken,’ says the Lord God; ‘it shall become plunder for the nations. Also her daughter villages which are in the fields shall be slain by the sword. eThen they shall know that I am the Lord.’

“For thus says the Lord God: ‘Behold, I will bring against Tyre from the north fNebuchadnezzar 1king of Babylon, gking of kings, with horses, with chariots, and with horsemen, and an army with many people. He will slay with the sword your daughter villages in the fields; he will hheap up a siege mound against you, build a wall against you, and raise a 2defense against you. He will direct his battering rams against your walls, and with his axes he will break down your towers. 10 Because of the abundance of his horses, their dust will cover you; your walls will shake at the noise of the horsemen, the wagons, and the chariots, when he enters your gates, as men enter a city that has been breached. 11 With the hooves of his ihorses he will trample all your streets; he will slay your people by the sword, and your strong pillars will fall to the ground. 12 They will plunder your riches and pillage your merchandise; they will break down your walls and destroy your pleasant houses; they will lay your stones, your timber, and your soil in the jmidst of the water. 13 kI will put an end to the sound of lyour songs, and the sound of your harps shall be heard no more. 14 mI will make you like the top of a rock; you shall be a place for spreading nets, and you shall never be rebuilt, for I the Lord have spoken,’ says the Lord God.

15 “Thus says the Lord God to Tyre: ‘Will the coastlands not nshake at the sound of your fall, when the wounded cry, when slaughter is made in the midst of you? 16 Then all the oprinces of the sea will pcome down from their thrones, lay aside their robes, and take off their embroidered garments; they will clothe themselves with trembling; qthey will sit on the ground, rtremble every moment, and sbe astonished at you. 17 And they will take up a tlamentation for you, and say to you:

“How you have perished,

O one inhabited by seafaring men,

O renowned city,

Who was ustrong at sea,

She and her inhabitants,

Who caused their terror to be on all her inhabitants!

18 Now vthe coastlands tremble on the day of your fall;

Yes, the coastlands by the sea are troubled at your departure.” ’

19 “For thus says the Lord God: ‘When I make you a desolate city, like cities that are not inhabited, when I bring the deep upon you, and great waters cover you, 20 then I will bring you down wwith those who descend into the Pit, to the people of old, and I will make you dwell in the lowest part of the earth, in places desolate from antiquity, with those who go down to the Pit, so that you may never be inhabited; and I shall establish glory xin the

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