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The rule of prophecy.

EZEKIEL.

The type of a siege. of Chebar, and I sat where they sat, and set the camp also against it, and set batremained there astonished among them tering rams against it round about. seven days.

3 Moreover take thou unto thee an iron 16 And it came to pass at the end of pan, arrd set it for a wall of iron between seven days, that the word of the LORD thee and the city : and set thy face against came unto me, saying,

it, and it shall be besieged, and thou shalt 17 Son of man, I have made thee a lay siege against it. This shall be a sign watchman unto the house of Israel : there- to the house of Israel. fore hear the word at my mouth, and give 4 Lie thou also upon thy left side, and them warning from me.

lay the iniquity of the house of Ísrael 18 When I say unto the wicked, Thou upon it: according to the number of the shalt surely die; and thou givest him not days that thou shalt lie upon it thou shalt warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked bear their iniquity. from his wicked way, to save his life; the 5 For I have laid upon thee the years same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; of their iniquity, according to the number but his blood will I require at thine hand. of the days, three hundred and ninety,

19 Yet if thou warn the wicked, and days: so shalt thou bear the iniquity of he turn not from his wickedness, nor from the house of Israel. his wicked way, he shall die in his iniqui 6 And when thou hast accomplished ty; but thou hast delivered thy soul. them, lie again on thy right side, and thou

20 Again, When a righteous man doth shalt bear the iniquity of the house of turn from his righteousness, and commit Judah forty days: I have appointed thee iniquity, and I lay a stumbling-block each day for a year. before him, he shall die: because thou 7 Therefore thou shalt set thy face hast not given him warning, he shall die toward the siege of Jerusalem, and thine in his sin, and his righteousness which he arm shall be uncovered, and thou shalt prohath done shall not be remembered; but phesy against it. his blood will I require at thine hand. 8 And behold, I will lay bands upon

21 Nevertheless if thou warn the right, thee, and thou shalt not turn thee from one eous man, that the righteous sin not, and side to another, till thou hast ended the he doth not sin, he shall surely live, be- days of thy siege. cause he is warned; also thou hast deli 9 1 Take thou also unto thee wheat, vered thy soul.

and barley, and beans, and lentiles, and 22 T and the hand of the LORD was millet, and fitches, and put them in one there upon me; and he said unto me, vessel, and make thee bread thereof, acArise, go forth into the plain, and I will cording to the number of the days that there talk with thee.

thou shalt lie upon thy side; three hundred 23 Then I arose, and went forth into the and ninety days shalt thou eat thereof. plain: and behold, the glory of the LORD 10 And thy meat which thou shalt eat stood there, as the glory which I saw by shall be by weight, twenty shekels a day: the river of Chebar: and I fell on my face. from time to time shalt thou eat it.

24 Then the spirit entered into me, 11 Thou shalt drink also water by measet me upon my feet, and spake with me, sure, the sixth part of a hin: from time and said unto me, Go, shut thyself within to time shalt thou drink. thine house.

12 And thou shalt eat it as barley cakes, 25 But thou, O son of man, behold, and thou shalt bake it with dung that they shall put bands upon thee, and shall cometh out of man, in their sight. bind thee with them, and thou shalt not go 13 And the LORD said, Even thus shall out among them:

the children of Israel eat their defiled 26 And I will make thy tongue cleave bread among the Gentiles, whither I will to the roof of thy mouth, that thou shalt drive them. be dumb, and shalt not be to them a re 14 Then said I, Ah Lord God! behold, prover: for they are a rebellious house. my soul hath not been polluted: for from

27 But when I speak with thce, I will my youth up even till now have I not open thy mouth, and thou shalt say unto eaten of that which dieth of itself, or is them. Thus saith the Lord God; He that torn in pieces; neither came there abomiheareth, let him hear; and he that for-nable flesh into my mouth. beareth, let him forbear: for they are a 15 Then he said unto me, Lo, I have ebellious house.

given thee cow's dung for man's dung, and CHAP. IV.

thou shalt prepare thy bread therewith. VIOU also, son of man, take thee a 16 Moreover he said unto me, Son of

tile, and lay it before thee, and pour- man, behold, I will break the staťf of bread tray upon it the city, even Jerusalem;

in Jerusalem : and they shall eat bread by 2 And lay siege against it, and build a weight, and with care; and they shall drink furt against it, and cast a mount against it;water by ineasure, and with astonishwent:

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Under the type of hair is showed CHAP. V, VI. the judgment of Jerusalem

17 That they may want bread and wa 13 Thus shall mine anger be accomter, and beastonishedone with another, and plished, and I will cause my fury to rest consume away for their iniquity. upon them, and I will be comforted: and CHAP. V.

they shall know that I the Lord have sharp knife, take thee a barber's plished my fury in them.

I have accomrazor, and cause it to pass upon thine head 14 Moreover I will make thee waste, and upon thy beard: then take thee ba- and a reproach among the nations that are lances to weigh, and divide the hair. round about thee, in the sight of all that

2 Thou shalt burn with fire a third part pass by. in the midst of the city, when the days of 15 Šo it shall be a reproach and a taunt, the siege are fulfilled: and thou shalt take an instruction and an astonishment unto a third part, and smite about it with a the nations that are round about thee, knife: and a third part thou shalt scatter when I shall execute judgments in thee in in the wind; and I will draw out a sword anger and in fury, and in furious rebukes. after them.

I the LORD have spoken it. 3 Thou shalt also take thereof a few in 16 When I shall send upon them the evil number, and bind them in thy skirts. arrows of famine, which shall be for their

4 Then take of them again, and cast destruction, and which I will send to dethem into the midst of the fire, and burn stroy you: 'and I will increase the famine them in the fire: for thereof shall a fire upon you, and will break your staff of come forth into all the house of Israel. bread:

5 T Thus saith the Lord God; This is 17 So will I send upon you famine and Jerusalem; I have set it in the midst of evil beasts, and they shall bereave thee; the nations and countries that are round and pestilence and blood shall pass through about her.

thee; and I will bring the sword upon 6 And she hath changed my judgments thee. I the Lord have spoken it. into wickedness more than the nations,

CHAP. VI.

ND the word of the LORD came unto that are round about her: for they have

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me, saying, refused my judgments and my statutes, 2 Son of man, set thy face toward the they have not walked in them.

mountains of Israel, and prophesy against 7 Therefore thus saith the Lord God; them, Because ye multiplied more than the na 3 And

say, Ye mountains of Israel, hear tions that are round about you, and have the word of the Lord God: Thus saith the not walked in my statutes, neither have Lord God to the mountains, and to the kept my judgments, neither have done hills, to the rivers, and to the valleys; Beaccording to the judgments of the nations hold, 1, even I, will bring a sword upon that are round about you ;

you, and I will destroy your high places. 8 Therefore thus saith the Lord God; 4 And your altars shall be desolate, and Behold, I, even I, am against thee, and your images shall be broken : and I will will execute judgments in the midst of the cast down your slain men before your idols. in the sight of the nations.

5 And I will lay the dead carcasses of 9 And I will do in thee that which I have the children of Israel before their idols ; not done, and whereunto I will not do any and I will scatter your bones round about more the like, because of all thine abomi- your altars. nations.

6 In all your dwelling-places the cities 10 Therefore the fathers shall eat the shall be laid waste, and the high places sons in the midst of thee, and the sons shall be desolate ; that your altars may be shall eat their fathers; and I will execute laid waste and made desolate, and your judgments in thee, and the whole remnant idols may be broken and cease, and your of thee will I scatter into all the winds. images may be cut down, and your works

11 Wherefore, as I live, saith the Lord may be abolished. God; Surely, because thou hast defiled Ý And the slain shall fall in the midst of my sanctuary with all thy detestable things, you, and ye shall know that I am the LORD. and with all thine abominations, therefore 8T Yet will I leave a remnant, that ye will I also diminish thee; neither shall mine may have some that shall escape the sword eye spare, neither will I have any pity. among the nations, when ye shall be scat

12 TA third part of thee shall die with tered through the countries. the pestilence, and with famine shall they 9 And they that escape of you shall rebe consumed in the midst of thee: anda member me among the nations whither third part shall fall by the sword round they shall be carried captives, because I. about thee; and I will scatter a third part am broken with their whorish heart, which into all the winds, and I will draw out a hath departed from me, and with their sword after them.

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Final desolation of Israel. EZEKIEL. Repentance of them that escaped. and they shall loathe themselves for the 10 Behold the day, behold, it is comc; evils which they have committed in all the morning is gone forth; the rod hath their abominations.

blossomed, pride hath budded. 10 And they shall know that I am the 11 Violence is risen up into a rod of Lord, and that I have not said in rain wickedness: none of them shall remain, that I would do this evil unto them. nor of their multitude, nor of any of theirs:

11 T Thus saith the Lord God; Smite neither shall there be wailing for them. with thine hand, and siamp with thy foot, 12 The time is come, the day draweth and say, Alas, for all the evil abominations near: let not the buyer rejoice, nor the of the house of Israel! for they shall fall seller mourn: for wrath is upon all the by the sword, by the famine, and by the multitude thereof. pestilence.

13 For the seller shall not return to that 12 He that is far off shall die of the which is sold, although they were yet pestilence; and he that is near shall fall alive: for the vision is touching the whole by the sword; and he that remaineth and multitude thereof, which shall not return; is besieged shall die by the famine: thus neither shall any strengthen himself in the will I accomplish my fury upon them. iniquity of his life.

13 Then shall ye know that I am the 14 They have blown the trumpet, even Lord, when their slain men shall be among to make all ready ; but none goeth to the their idols round about their altars, upon battle: for my wrath is upon all the mul. every high hill, in all the tops of the moun- titude thereof. tains, and under every green tree, and 15 The sword is without, and the pestiunder every thick oak, the place where lence and the famine within: he that is in they did offer sweet savour to all their the field shall die with the sword; and he idols.

that is in the city, famine and pestilence 14 So will I stretch out my hand upon shall devour him. them, and make the land desolate, yea, 16 9 But they that escape of them shall more desolate than the wilderness toward escape, and shall be on the mountains like Diblath, in all their habitations: and they doves of the valleys, all of them mourning, shall know that I am the Lord.

every one for his iniquity. CHAP. VII.

17 All hands shall be feeble, and all MOREOVER the word of the Lord knees shall be weak as water.

18 They shall also gird themselves with 2 Also, thou son of man, thus saith the sackcloth, and horror shall cover them; Lord God unto the land of Israel; An end, and shame shall be upon all faces, and the end is come upon the four corners of baldness upon all their heads. the land.

19 They shall cast their silver in the 3 Now is the end come upon thee, and streets, and their gold shall be removed; I will send mine anger upon thee, and will their silver and their gold shall not be able judge thee according to thy ways, and to deliver them in the day of the wrath of will recompense upon thee all thine abo- the Lord: they shall not satisfy their minations.

souls, neither fill their bowels : because it 4 And mine eye shall not spare thee, is the stumbling-block of their iniquity. neither will I have pity : but I will recom 20 T As for the beauty of his ornament, pense thy ways upon thee, and thine abo- he set it in majesty : but they made the minations shall be in the dst of thee : images of their abominations and of their and ye shall know that I ain the LORD. detestable things therein : therefore have

5 Thus saith the Lord God; An evil, an I set it far from them. only evil, behold, is come.

21 And I will give it into the hands of 6 An end is come, the end is come: it the strangers for a prey, and to the wicked watcheth for thee; behold, it is come. of the earth for a spoil; and they shall

7 The morning is come upon thee, O pollute it. thou that dwellest in the land: the time is 22 My face will I turn also from them, come, the day of trouble is near, and not and they shall pollute my secret place; for the sounding again of the mountains. the robbers shall enter into it, and defile it.

8 Now will I shortly pour out my fury 23 T Make a chain: for the land is full upon thee, and accomplish mine anger of bloody crimes, and the city is full of upon thee: and I will judge thee accord- violence. ing to thy ways, and will recompense thee 24 Wherefore I will bring the worst of for all thine abominations.

the heathen, and they shall possess their 9 And mine eye shall not spare, neither houses: I will also make the pomp of the will I have pity: I will recompense thee strong to cease, and their holy places shall according to thy ways, and thine abomina- be defiled. tions that are in the midst of thee; and ye 25 Destruction cometh ; and they shall shall know that I am the Lord that smiteth.I seek peace, and there shall be none.

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The vision of jealousy, and CHAP. VIII, IX. the chambers of imagery.

26 Mischief shall come upon mischief, censer in his hand; and a thick cloud of and rumour shall be upon rumour; then incense went up. shall they seek a vision of the prophet; 12 Then said he unto me, Son of man, but the law shall perish from the priest, hast thou seen what the ancients of the and counsel from the ancients.

house of Israel do in the dark, every man 27 The king shall mourn, and the prince in the chambers of his imagery? for they shall be clothed with desolation, and the say,The LORD seeth us not; the Lord hath hands of the people of the land shall be forsaken the earth. troubled : I will do unto them after their 13 | He said also unto me, Turn thee way, and according to their deserts will I yet again, and thou shalt see greater abojudge them, and they shall know that I am minations that they do. the LORD,

14 Then he brought me to the door of CHAP. VIII.

the gate of the Lord's house which was toin the sixth month, in the fifth day of women weeping for Tammuz. the month, as I sat in mine house, and the 15 | Then said he unto me, Hast thou elders of Judah sat before me, that the seen this, O son of man? turn thee yet hand of the Lord God fell there upon me. again, and thou shalt see greater abomina

2 Then I beheld, and lo a likeness as the tions than these. appearance of fire: from the appearance 16 And he brought me into the inner of his loins even downward, fire; and from court of the Lord's house, and behold, at his loins even upward, as the appearance the door of the temple of the LORD, beof brightness, as the colour of amber. tween the porch and the altar, were about

3 And he put forth the form of a hand, five and twenty men, with their backs toand took me by a lock of mine head; and ward the temple of the LORD, and their the spirit listed me up between the earth faces toward the east; and they worshipand the heaven, and brought me in the ped the sun toward the east. visions of God to Jerusalem, to the door of 17 | Then he said unto me, Hast thou the inner gate that looketh toward the seen this, O son of man? Is it a light thing north ; where was the seat of the image of to the house of Judah that they commit the jealousy, which provoketh to jealousy. abominations which they commit here? for

4 And behold, the glory of the God of they have filled the land with violence, and Israel was there, according to the vision have returned to provoke me to anger: that I saw in the plain.

and lo, they put the branch to their nose. 5 | Then said he unto me, Son of man, 18 Therefore will I also deal in fury: lift up thine eyes now the way toward the mine eye shall not spare, neither will I north. So I lifted up mine eyes the way have pity: and though they cry in mine toward the north, and behold northward ears with a loud voice, yet will I not hear at the gate of the altar this image of jea-them. lousy in the entry.

CHAP. IX. 6' He said furthermore unto me, Son of TTE cried also in mine ears with a loud great abominations that the house of Israel charge over the city to draw near, even committeth here, that I should go far off every man with his destroying weapon in from my sanctuary? but turn thee yet his hand. again, and thou shalt see greater abomina 2 And behold, six men came from the tions.

way of the higher gate, which lieth to7 || And he brought me to the door of the ward the north, and every man aslaughtercourt; and when I looked, behold a hole weapon in his hand; and one man among in the wall.

them was clothed with linen, with a wri8 Then said he unto me, Son of man, ter's inkhorn by his side: and they went dig now in the wall: and when I had dig- in and stood beside the brazen altar. ged in the wall, behold a door.

3 And the glory of the God of Israel was 9. And he said unto me, Go in, and be gone up from the cherub whereupon he hold the wicked abominations that they do was, to the threshold of the house. And here.

he called to the man clothed with linen, 10 So I went in and saw; and behold which had the writer's inkborn by his side; every form of creeping things, and abo 4 And the LORD said unto him, co minable þeasts, and all the idols of the through the midst of the city, through the house of Israel, pourtrayed upon the wall midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon round about.

the foreheads of the men that sigh and that 11 And there stood before them seventy cry for all the abominations that be done in men of the ancients of the house of Israel, the midst thereof. and in the midst of them stood Jaazaniah 5 | And to the others he said in mine the son of Shaphan, with every man his/hearing, Go ye after him through the city,

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Vision of the coats of fire, EZEKIEL.

and of the cherubims. and smite: let not your eye spare, neither him ihai was clothed with linen: who took have ye pity :

it, and went out. 6 Šlay utterly old and young, both 8 T And there appeared in the cherumaids, and little children, and women: but bims the form of a man's hand under their come not near any man upon whom is the wings. · mark; and begin at my sanctuary: Then 9°And when I looked, behold the four

they began at the ancient men which were wheels by the cherubims, one wheel by one before the house.

cherub, and another wheel by another 7 And he said unto them, Defile the cherub: and the appearance of the wheels house, and fill the courts with the slain: go was as the colour of a beryl stone. ye forth. And they went forth, and slew 10 And as for their appearances, they in the city:

four had one likeness, as if a wheel had 8 T And it came to pass while they were been in the midst of a wheel. . upon my face, and cried, and said, Ah four sides; they turned not as they went, but I

11 Lord God! wilt thou destroy all the resi- to the place whither the head looked they due of Israel in thy pouring out of thy fury followed it; they turned not as they went. upon Jerusalem?

12 And their whole body, and their 9 Then said he unto me, The iniquity backs, and their hands, and their wings, of the house of Israel and Judah is exceed- and the wheels, were full of eyes round ing great, and the land is full of blood, and about, even the wheels that they four had. the city full of perverseness: for they say, 13 As for the wheels, it was cried unto The Lord hath forsaken the earth, and them in my hearing, O wheel. the LORD seeth not.

14 And every one had four faces: the 10 And as for me also, mine eye shall first face was the face of a cherub, and the not spare, neither will I have pity, but I second face was the face of a man, and the will recoinpense their way upon their third the face of a lion, and the fourth the head.

face of an eagle. 11 And behold, the man clothed with 15 And the cherubims were lifted up linen, which had the inkhorn by his side, This is the living creature that I saw by reported the matter, saying, I have done the river of Chebar. as thou hast commanded me.

16 And when the cherubims went, the CHAP. X.

wheels went by them: and when the cheTHEN I looked, and behold, in the rubims lifted up their wings to mount up the cherubims there appeared over them not from beside them. as it were a sapphire stone, as the appear 17 When they stood, these stood; and ance of the likeness of a throne.

when they were lifted up, these listed up 2 And he spake unto the man clothed themselves also: for the spirit of the living with linen, and said, Go in between the creature was in them. wheels, even under the cherub, and fill 18 Then the glory of the LORD depart, thine hind with coals of fire from between ed from off the threshold of the house, and the cherubims, and scatter them over the stood over the cherubims. city. And he went in in my sight.

19 And the cherubims lifted up their 3 Now the cherubims stood on the right wings, and mounted up from the earth in side of the house, when the man went in ; my sight: when they went out, the wheels and the cloud filled the inner court. also were beside them, and every one stood

4 Then the glory of the Lord went up at the door of the east gate of the Lord's from the cherub, and stood over the thresh- house; and the glory of the God of Israel old of the house; and the house was filled was over them above. with the cloud, and the court was full of 20 This is the living creature that I saw the brightness of the LORD's glory. under the God of Israel by the river of

5 And the sound of the cherubiins' wings Chebar; and I knew that they were the was heard even to the outer court, as cherubims. the voice of the Almighty God when he 21 Every one had four faces a piece, and speaketh.

every one four wings; and the likeness of 6 And it came to pass, that when he had the hands of a man was under their wings. commanded the man clothed with linen, 22 And the likeness of their faces was saying, Take fire from between the wheels, the same faces which I saw by the river of from between the cherubims; then he went Chebar, their appearances and themselves: in, and stood beside the wheels. they went every one straight forward. 7 T And one cherub stretched forth his

CHAP, X.

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