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God's judgment on Jerusalem. EZEKIEL. The two eagles and the vine.

45 Thou art thy mother's daughter, 59 For thus saith the Lord God; I will that loatheth her husband and her children; even deal with thee as thou hast done, and thou art the sister of thy sisters, which which hast despised the oath in breaking loathed their husbands and their children: the covenant. your mother was a Hittite, and your fa 60 T Nevertheless I will remember my ther an Amorite.

covenant with thee in the days of thy 46 And thine elder sister is Samaria, youth, and I will establish unto thee an she and her daughters that dwell at thy everlasting covenant. left hand : and thy younger sister, that 61 Then thou shalt remember thy ways, dwelleth at thy right hand, is Sodom and and be ashamed, when thou shalt receive her daughters.

thy sisters, thine elder and thy younger : 47 Yet hast thou not walked after their and I will give them unto thee for daughways, nor done after their abominations : ters, but not by thy covenant. but as if that were a very little thing, thou 62 And I will establish my covenant with wast corrupted more than they in all thy thee; and thou shalt know that I am the ways.

Lord: 48 As I live, saith the Lord God, Sodom 63 That thou mayest remember, and be thy sister hath not done, she nor her daugh- confounded, and never open thy mouth ters, as thou hast done, thou and thy any more because of thy shame, when I am daughters.

pacified toward thee for all that thou hast 49 Behold, this was the iniquity of thy done, saith the Lord God. sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and

CHAP. XVI. abundance of idleness was in her and in

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ND the word of the LORD came unto her daughters, neither did she strengthen me, saying, the hand of the poor and needy.

2 Son of man, put forth a riddle, and 50 And they were haughty, and com- speak a parable unto the house of Israel ; mitted abomination before me: therefore 3 And say, Thus saith the Lord God; I took them away as I saw good. A great eagle with great wings, long-wing

51 Neither hath Samaria committed half ed, full of feathers, which had divers coof thy sins : but thou hast multiplied thine lours, came unto Lebanon, and took the abominations more than they, and hast highest branch of the cedar: justified thy sisters in all thine abomina 4 He cropped off the top of his young tions which thou hast done.

twigs, and carried it into a land of traffic; 52 Thou also, which hast judged thy he set it in a city of merchants. sisters, bear thine own shame for thy sins 5 He took also of the seed of the land, that thou hast committed more abominable and planted it in a fruitful field; he placed than they: they are more righteous than it by great waters, and set it as a willow. thou: yea, be thou confounded also, and tree. bear thy shame, in that thou hast justified 6 And it grew, and became a spreading thy sisters.

vine of low stature, whose branches turned 53 When I shall bring again their cap- toward him, and the roots thereof were tivity, the captivity of Sodom and her under him: so it became a: vine, and daughters, and the captivity of Samaria brought forth, branches, and shot' forth and her daughters, then will I bring again sprigs. the captivity of thy captives in the midst of 7 There was also another great eagle them :

with great wings and many feathers : and 54 That thou mayest bear thine own behold, this vine did bend her roots toshame, and mayest be confounded in all ward him, and shot forth her branches tothat thou hast done, in that thou art a com- ward him, that

he might water it by the fort unto them.

furrows of her plantation. 55 When thy sisters, Sodom and her 8 It was planted in a good soil by great daughters, shall return to their former waters, that it might bring forth branches, estate, and Samaria, and her daughters shall and that it might bear fruit, that it might return to their former estate, then thou and be a goodly vine. thy daughters shall return to your former 9 Say thou, Thus saith the Lord God; estate.

Shall it prosper? shall he not pull up the 56 For thy sister Sodom was not men- roots thereof, and cut off the fruit thereof, tioned by thy mouth in the day of thy pride, that it wither? it shall wither in all the

57 Before thy wickedness was disco-leaves of her spring, even without great vered, as at the time of thy reproach of power or many people to pluck it up by the daughters of Syria, and all that are the roots thereof. round about her, the daughters of the Phi 10 Yea, behold, being planted, shall it listines, which despise thee round about.prosper? shall it not utterly wither, when

58 Thou hast borne thy lewdness and the east wind toucheth it? it shall wither in thine abominations, saith the Lord, the furrows where it grew.

The cedar of the gospel promised. CHAP. XVIII, God's justice in punishing.

11 | Moreover the word of the LORDI made the dry tree to flourish: I the LORD came unto me, saying,

have spoken and have done it 12 Say now to the rebellious house,

CHAP. XVIII. Know ye not what these things mean? Teli THE word of the LORD came unto me

THE them, Behold, the king of Babylon is come again, saying, to Jerusalem, and hath taken the king 2 What mean ye, that ye use this prothereof, and the princes thereof, and led verb concerning the land of Israel, saying, them with him to Babylon ;

The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and 13 And hath taken of the king's seed, the children's teeth are set on edge? and made a covenant with him, and hath 3 As I live, saith the Lord God, ye shall taken an oath of him: he hath also taken not have occasion any more to use this prothe mighty of the land :

verb in Israel. 14 That the kingdom might be base, 4 Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul that it might not list itself up, but that by of the father, so also the soul of the son is keeping of his covenant it might stand. mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.

15 But he rebelled against him in send 5 1 But if a man be just, and do that ing his ambassadors into Egypt, that they which is lawful and right, might give him horses and much people. 6 And hath not eaten upon the moun. Shall he prosper? shall he escape that do- tains, neither hath liftedup his eyes to the eth such things? or shall he break the idols of the house of Israel, neither hath covenant, and be delivered?

defiled his neighbour's wife, neither hath 16 As I live, saith the Lord God, surely come near to a menstruous woman, in the place where the king dwelleth that 7 And hath not oppressed any, but hath made him king, whose oath he despised, restored to the debtor his pledge, hath and whose covenant he brake, even with spoiled none by violence, hath given his him in the midst of Babylon he shall die. bread to the hungry, and hath covered the

17 Neither shall Pharaoh,with his mighty naked with a garment; army and great company, make for him in 8 He that hath notgiven forth upon usury, the war, by casting up mounts, and build- neither hath taken any increase, that hath ing forts, to cut off many persons : withdrawn his hand from iniquity, hathexe.

18 Seeing he despised the oath by cuted true judgment betweenmanand man, breaking the covenant, when lo, he had 9 Hath walked in my stalutes, and hath given his hand, and hath done all these kept my judgments, to deal truly; he is just, things, he shall not escape.

he shall surely live, saith the Lord God. 19 Therefore thus saith the Lord God; 10 TIf he beget a son that is a robber, As I live, surely mine oath that he hath a shedder of blood, and that doeth the like despised, and my covenant that he hath to any one of these things, broken, even it will I recompense upon his 11 And that doeth not any of those duown head.

ties, but even hath eaten upon the moun. 20 And I will spread my net upon him, tains, and defiled his neighbour's wife, and he shall be taken in my snare, and I 12 Hath oppressed the poor and needy, will bring him to Babylon, and will plead hath spoiled by violence, hath not restored with him there for his trespass that he hath the pledge, and hath lifted up his eyes to trespassed against me.

the idols, hath committed abomination, 21 And all his fugitives with all his 13 Hath given forth upon usury, and bands shall fall by the sword, and they hath taken increase : shall he then live? that remain shall be scattered toward all he shall not live: he hath done all these winds: and ye shall know that I the LORD abominations ; he shall surely die ; his have spoken it.

blood shall be upon him. 22 T Thus saith the Lord God, I will 14 | Now lo, if he beget a son, that also take of the highest branch of the high seeth all his father's sins which he hath cedar, and will set it; I will crop off done, and considereth, and doeth not such from the top of his young twigs a tender like, one, and will plant it upon a high moun 15 That hath not eaten upon the mountain and eminent :

tains, neither bath lifted up his eyes to the 23 In the mountain of the height of Is-idols of the house of Israel, hath not derael will I plant it: and it shall bring forth filed his neighbour's wife, boughs, and bear fruit, and be a goodly 16 Neither hath oppressed any, bath cedar: and under it shall dwell all fowl of not withholden the pledge, neither hatb every wing; in the shadow of the branches spoiled by violence, but bath given his thereof shall they dwell.

bread to the hungry, and hath covered the 24 And all the trees of the field shall naked with a garment, know that I the Lord have brought down 17 That hath taken off his hand from the high tree, have exalted the low tree, the poor, thet hath not received usury nor Lave dried up the green trec, and have increase, hath executed my judgments,

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God defends his justice.

EZEKIEL. Parable of the lion's whelps. hath walked in my statutes ; he shall not gressions, whereby ye have transgressed; die for the iniquity of his father, he shall and make you a new heart and a new spisurely live.

rit: for why will ye die, 0 house of Israel? 18 As for his father, because he cruelly 32 For I have no pleasure in the death oppressed, spoiled his brother by violence, of him that dieth, saith the Lord God: and did that which is not good among his wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye. people, lo, even be shall die in his iniquity.

CHAP. XIX. 19 Yet say ye, Why? doth not the OREOVER take thou up a lamentathe son hath done that which is lawful and 2 And say, What is thy mother? A lionright, and hath kept all my statutes, and ess: she lay down among lions, she nourhath done them, he shall surely live. ished her whelps among young lions.

20 The soul that sinneth, it shall die. 3 And she brought up one of her whelps: The son shall not bear the iniquity of the it became a young lion, and it learned to father, neither shall the father bear the catch the prey; it devoured men. iniquity of the son: the righteousness of 4 The nations also heard of him ; he the righteous shall be upon him, and the was taken in their pit, and they brought wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him. him with chains unto the land of Egypt.

21 But if the wicked will turn from all 5 Now when she saw that she had waited, his sins that he hath committed, and keep and her hope was lost, then she took another all my statutes, and do that which is law- of her whelps, and made him a young lion. ful and right, he shall surely live, he shall 6 And he went up and down among the not die.

lions, he became a young lion, and learn. . 22 All his transgressions that he hathed to catch the prey, and devoured men. committed, they shall not be mentioned 7 And he knew their desolate palaces, unto him: in his righteousness that he hath and he laid waste their cities; and the done he shall live.

land was desolate, and the fulness thereof, 23 Have I any pleasure at all that the by the noise of his roaring. wicked should die? saith the Lord God: 8 Then the nations set against him on and not that he should return from his every side from the provinces, and spread ways, and live?

theirnetoverhim: he was taken in theirpit. 24 | But when the righteous turneth 9 And they put him in ward in chains, away from his righteousness, and commit- and brought him to the king of Babylon: teth iniquity, and doeth according to all the they brought him into holds, that his voice abominations that the wicked man doeth, should no more be heard upon the mounshall he live? All his righteousness that he tains of Israel. hath done shall not be mentioned: in his 10 | Thy mother is like a vine in the trespass that he hath trespassed, and in his blood, planted by the waters: she was sin that he hath sinned, in them shall be die. fruitful and full of branches by reason of

25 | Yet ye say, The way of the LORD many waters. is not equal. Hear now, O house of Israel; 11 And she had strong rods for the scepIs not my way equal? are not your ways tres of them that bare rule, and her stature unequal?

was exalted among the thick branches, 20 When a righteous man turneth away and she appeared in her height with the from his righteousness, and committeth multitude of her branches. iniquity, and dieth in them; for his iniquity 12 But she was plucked up in fury, she that he hath done shall he die.

was cast down to the ground, and the east 27 Again, when the wicked man turn- wind dried up her fruit: her strong rods eth away from his wickedness that he hath were broken and withered; the fire concommitted, and doeth that which is law- sumed them. ful and right, he shall save his soul alive. 13 And now she is planted in the wil.

28 Because he considereth and turnethderness, in a dry and thirsty ground. away from all his transgressions that he 14 And fire is gone out of a rod of her hath committed, he shall surely live, he branches, which hath devoured her fruit, shall not die.

so that she hath no strong rod to be a scep: 29 Yet saith the house of Israel, The tre to rule. This is a lamentation, and way of the Lord is not equal. O house of shall be for a lamentation. Israel, are not my ways equal? are not

CHAP. XX. your ways unequal?

30 Therefore I will judge you, O house AND it came to pass in the seventh of Israel, every one according to his ways, of the month, that certain of the elders of saith the Lord God. Repent, and turn Israel came to inquire of the LORD, and yourselves from all your transgressions ; so sat before me. iniquity shall not be your ruin.

2 Then came the word of the LORD unto 31 | Cast away from you all your trans- me, sayings,

The story of the rebellion CHAP. XX.

of the Israelites. 3 Son of man, speak unto the elders of polluted my sabbaths: for their heart went Israel, and say unto them, Thus saith the after their idols. Lord God; Are ye come to inquire of me? 17 Nevertheless mine eye spared them As I live, saith the Lord God, I will not from destroying them, neither did I make be inquired of by you.

an end of them in the wilderness. 4 Wilt thou judge them, son of man? wilt 18 But I said unto their children in the thou judge them? cause them to know the wilderness, Walk ye not in the statutes of abominations of their fathers :

your fathers, neither observe their judg. 5 | And say unto them, Thus saith the ments, nor defile yourselves with theiridols: Lord God; In the day when I chose Israel, 19 I am the LORD your God; walk in and lifted up mine hand unto the seed of my statutes, and keep my judgments, and the house of Jacob, and made myself do them; known unto them in the land of Egypt, 20 And hallow my sabbaths; and they when I lifted up mine hand unto them, shall be a sign between me and you, that ye saying, I am the LORD your God; may know that I am the LORD your God.

6 In the day that I listed up mine hand 21 Notwithstanding the children rebelunto them, to bring them forth of the land led against me: they walked not in my of Egypt into a land that I had espied for statutes, neither kept my judgments to do them, Howing with milk and honey, which them, which if a man do, he shall even live is the glory of all lands :

in them : they polluted my sabbaths: then 7 Then said I unto them, Cast ye away I said, I would pour out my fury upon them, every man the abominations of his eyes, to accomplish my anger against them in and defile not yourselves with the idols of the wilderness. Egypt: I am the LORD your God.

22 Nevertheless I withdrew mine hand, 8 But they rebelled against me, and and wrought for my name's sake, that it would not hearken unto me: they did not should not be polluted in the sight of the every man cast away the abominations of heathen, in whose sight I brought them forth. their eyes, neither did they forsake the 23 I lifted up mine hand unto them idols of Egypt: then I said, I will pour out also in the wilderness, that I would scatmy fury upon them, to accomplish my ter them among the heathen, and disperse anger against them in the midst of the land them through the countries; of Egypt.

24 Because they had not executed my 9 But I wrought for my name's sake, ljudgments, but had despised my statutes, that it should not be polluted before the and had polluted my sabbaths, and their heathen, among whoin they were, in whose eyes were after their fathers' idols. sight I made myself known unto them, in 25 Wherefore I gave them also statutes bringing them forthoutof the land of Egypt. that were not good, and judgments where

10 TWherefore I caused them to go by they should not live; forth out of the land of Egypt, and brought 26 And I polluted them in their own them into the wilderness.

gifts, in that they caused to pass through 11 And I gave them my statutes, and the fire all that openeth the womb, that I shewed them my judgments, which if a might make them desolate, to the end that man do, he shall even live in them. they might know that I am the LORD.

12 Moreover also I gave them my sab 27 T Therefore, son of man, speak unto baths, to be a sign between me and them, the house of Israel, and say unto them, that they might know that I am the LORD Thus saith the Lord God, Yet in this your that sanctify them.

fathers have blasphemed me, in that they 13 But the house of Israel rebelled have committed a trespass against me. against me in the wilderness: they walked 28 For when I had brought them into not in my statutes, and they despised my the land, for the which I lifted up mine judgments, which if a man do, he shall hand to give it to them, then they saw every even live in them: and my sabbaths they high hill, and all the thick trees, and they greatly polluted: then I said, I would pour offered there their sacrifices, and there they out my lury upon them in the wilderness, presented the provocation of their offering : to consume them.

there also they made their sweet savour, 14 But I wrought for my name's sake, and poured'out there theirdrink-offerings. that it should not be polluted before the 29 Then I said unto them, What is the heathen, in whose sight I brought them out. high place whereunto ye go? and the name

15 Yet also I lifted up my hand unto thereof is called Bamah unto this day. them in the wilderness, that I would not 30 Wherefore say unto the house of bring them into the land which I had given Israel, Thus saith the Lord God; Are ye them, Aowing with milk and honey, which polluted after the manner of your fathers? is the glory of all lands;

and commit ye whoredom after their abo16 Because they despised my judg-minations? ments, and walked not in my statutes, but! 31 For when ye offer your gists, when

God promises to gather them. EZEKIEL. Prophecy against Jerusalem. ye make your sons to pass through the fire, rupt doings, O ye house of Israel, saith the ye pollute yourselves with all your idols, Lord God. even unto this day: and shall I be in 45 | Moreover the word of the LORD quired of hy you, o house of Israel? As came unto me, saying, I live, saith the Lord God, I will not be 46 Son of man, set thy face toward the inquired of by you.

south, and drop thy word toward the south, 32 And that which cometh into your and prophesy against the forest of the south mind shall not be at all, that ye say, We field; will be as the heathen, as the families of 47 And say to the forest of the south, the countries, to serve wood and stone. Hear the word of the LORD; Thus saith

33 As I live, saith the Lord God, surely the Lord God; Behold, I will kindle a fire with a mighty hand, and with a stretched in thee, and it shall devour every green out arm, and with fury poured out, will I tree in thee, and every dry tree: the rule over you:

faming flame shall not be quenched, and 34 And I will bring you out from the all faces from the south to the north'sball people, and will gather you out of the coun- be burned therein. tries wherein ye are scattered, with a 48 And all flesh shall see that I the LORD mighty hand, and with a stretched-out arm, have kindled it: it shall not be quenched. and with fury poured out.

49 Then said I, Ah Lord God! they say | 35 And I will bring you into the wil- of me, Doth he not speak parables? derness of the people, and there will I

CHAP. XXI. plead with you face to face. 36 Like as I pleaded with your fathers AND the word of the Lord came unto

me, saying, in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so 2 Son of man, set thy face toward Jeru. will I plead with you, saith the Lord God. salem, and drop thy word toward the holy

37 And I will cause you to pass under places, and prophesy against the land of the rod, and I will bring you into the bond Israel, of the covenant:

3 And say to the land of Israel, Thus 38 And I will purge out from among you saith the LORD; Behold, I am against thee, the rebels, and them that transgress against and will draw forth my sword out of his me: I will bring them forth out of the sheath, and will cut off from thee the country where they sojourn, and they shall righteous and the wicked. not enter into the land of Israel: and ye 4 Seeing then that I will cut off from shall know that I am the LORD.

thee the righteous and the wicked, there39 As for you, O house of Israel, thus fore shall my sword go forth outof his sheath saith the Lord God; Go ye, serve ye against all flesh from the south to the north: every one his idols, and hereafter also, if 5 That all flesh may know that I the ye will not hearken unto me: but pollute Lord have drawn forth my sword out of ye my holy name no more with your gifts, his sheath: it shall not return any more. and with your idols.

6 Sigh therefore, thou son of man, with 40 For in mine holy mountain, in the the breaking of thy loins; and with bittermountain of the height of Israel, saith the ness sigh before their eyes. Lord God, there shall all the house of 7 And it shall be, when they say unto Israel, all of them in the land, serve me: thee, Wherefore sighest thou? that thou there will I accept them, and there will I shalt answer, For the tidings, because it require your offerings, and the first fruits of cometh: and every heart shall melt, and your oblations, with all your holy things. all hands shall be feeble, and every spirit

41 I will accept you with your sweet shall faint, and all knees shall be weak as savour, when I bring you out from the peo-water: behold, it cometh, and shall be ple, and gather you out of the countries brought to pass, saith the Lord God. wherein ye have been scattered; and 1 8 T Again the word of the LORD came will be sanctified in you before the heathen. unto me, saying,

42 And ye shall know that I am the LORD, 9 Son of man, prophesy, and say, Thus when I shall bring you into the land of Is- saith the LORD ; Say, A sword, a sword is rael, into the country for the which I lift- sharpened, and also furbished: ed up mine hand to give it to your fathers. 10 It is sharpened to make a sore slaugh

43 And there shall ye remember your ter, it is furbished that it may glitter; ways, and all your doings wherein ye have should we then make mirth? it contemneth been defiled; and ye shall loathe your the rod of my son, as every tree. selves in your own sight for all your evils 11 And he hath given it to be furbished, that ye have committed.

that it may be handled: this sword is 44 And ye shall know that I am the sharpened, and it is furbished, to give it LORD, when I have wrought with you for into the hand of the slayer. my name's sake, not according to your 12 Cry and howl, son of man: for it wicked ways, nor according to your cor-Ishall be upon my people, it shall be upon

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