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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 wen. 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 judg5 And say unto them, Thus saith the ments, nor defile yourseives with theiridols: Lord God; In the day when I chose Israel, 19 I am the Lord your God; walk in and lifted up my 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 Erypt, 20 And hallow my sabbaths ; and they when lifted up, my hand unto them, shall be a sign between me and you, that ye saying, I am the Lorr your God; may know that I am the LORD your God.

6 In the day that I listed up my 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, flowing with milk and honey, which them, which if a man do, ho 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 aboininations 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,l withdrew my hand, 8 But tir y 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 my

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, judgments, but had despised my statutes, that it should not be polluted before the and had polluted my sabbaths, and their heathen, among whom 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 s Wherefore, 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

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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 Gov, Yet in this your that sanctify them.

fathers bare 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 bad brought them into not in my statutes, and they despised my the land, for the which Uifted up my judgments, which if a man do, he sha!! 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 fury 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 themout. 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 yo ther, fowing with milk and honey, which polluted after the manner of your fathers? is the glory of all lands;

and commit ye wboredom after their abo. 16 Because they despised my judg-minations? ments, and walked not in my statutes, burl 31 For when ye offer your gifts, whep God promises to gather them. EZEKIEL. Prophecy against Jerusalem. ge 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,

live, saith the Lord God, I will not be 46 Son of man, set thy face toward the inquired of hy 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 Gon; Behold, I will kindle a fire with a mighty band, and with a stretched in thee, and it shall devour every green out arm, and with fury poured out, will 1 tree, in thee, and every dry tree: the rule over you:

Haming flame shall not be quenched, and 34 And I will bring you out from the all faces from the south to the north shall 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 som inter the wilisof me, Doth he not speak parables? plead with you face to face. 36 Like as I pleaded with your fathers AND the word of the Lord came unto

saying, in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so 2 Son of man, set thy face toward Jeruwill I plead with you, saith the Lord God. salem, and drop thy word towed 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, there. 39 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 fesh 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 bearken 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 my 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 saint, 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 I 8 Again the word of the LORD came will be sanctified in you before the heathen. unto me, saying,

12 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, int, the country for the which I lift- sharpened, and also furbished: ed un my hand to give it to your faihers. 10 It is sharpened to make a sore slaugh

43 An 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 defileul; and ye shall loathe your- the rod of my son, as every tree. solves 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 handied: 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- shall be upon my people, it shall be upon

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The Ammonites threatened. CHAP. XXII. .A catalogue of Jerusalem's sins. all the princes of Israel : terrors by reason whose right it is; and I will give it him. of the sword shall be upon my people : 28 And thou, son of man, prophesy and smite therefore upon thy thigh.

say, Thus saith the Lord God concerning 13 Because it is a trial, and what if the the Ammonites, and concerning their resword contemn even the rod ? it shall be proach; even say thou, The sword, the no more, saith the Lord God.

sword is drawn: for the slaughter it is fur14 Thou, therefore, son of man, pro- bished, to consume because of the glitphesy, and smite thine hands together, and tering; let the sword be doubled the third time, 29 While they see vanity unto thee, the sword of the slain : it is the sword of while they divine a lie unto thee, to bring the great men that are slain, which entereth thee upon the necks of thein that are slain, into their privy chambers.

of the wicked, whose day is coine, when 15 I have set the point of the sword their iniquity shall have an end. against all their gates, that their heart may 30 Shall I cause it to return into his faint, and their ruins be multiplied: ah sheath? I will judge thee in the place where it is made bright, it is wrapped up for the thou wast created, in the land of thy nativity. slaughter.

31 And I will pour out mine indignation 16 Go thee one way or other, either on upon thee, I will blow against thee in the the right hand, or on the left, whitherso- fire of my wrath, and deliver thee into the ever thy face is set.

hand of brutish men, and skilful to destroy. 171 will also smite my hands together, 32 Thou shalt be for fuel to the fire; thy and I will cause my fury to rest: I the blood shall be in the midst of the land; Lord have said it.

thou shalt be no more remembered: for i 18 4 The word of the LORD came unto the Lord have spoken it. me again, saying,

CHAP. XXII. 19 Also, thou son of man, appoint thee TOREOVER the word of the LORD two ways, that the sword of the king of came unto me, saying, Babylon may come: both twain shall come 2 Now, thou son of man, wilt thou judge, forth out of one land: and choose thou a wilt thou judge the bloody city? yea, thou place, choose it at the head of the way to shalt shew her all her abominations. the city.

3 Then say thou, Thus saith the Lord 20 Appoint a way, that the sword may God; The city sheddeth blood in the midst come to Rabbath of the Ammonites, and of it, that her time may come, and maketh to Judah in Jerusalem the defenced. idols against herself to defile herself.

21 For the king of Babylon stood at the 4 Thou art become guilty in thy blood parting of the way, at the head of the two that thou hast shed; and hast defiled thyways, to use divination; he made his ar- self in thine idols which thou hast made ; rows bright, he consulted with images, he and thou hast caused thy days to draw near, looked in the liver.

and art come even unto thy years: there· 22 At his right hand was the divination fore have I made thee a reproach unto the for Jerusalem, to appoint captains, to open heathen, and a mocking to all countries. the mouth in the slaughter, to lift up the 5 Those that be near, and those that be voice with shouting, to appoint battering far from thee, shall mock thee, which art rams against the gates, to cast a mount, infamous and much vexed. and to build a fort.

6 Behold, the princes of Israel, every one 23 And it shall be unto them as a false were in thee to their power to shed blood. divination in their sight, to them that have 7 In thee have they set light by father sworn oaths : but he will call to remem- and mother: in the midst of thee have they brance the iniquity, that they may be taken. dealt by oppression with the stranger: in

24 Therefore thus saith the Lord God; thee have they vexed the fatherless and the Because ye have made your iniquity to be widow. remembered, in that your transgressions 8 Thou hast despised my holy things, are discovered, so that in all your doings and hast profaned my sabbaths. your sins do appear; because, I say, that 9 In thee are men that carry tales to shed ye are come to remembrance, ye shall be blood: and in thee they eat upon the moun. taken with the hand.

tains: in the midst of thee they commit 25 | And thou, profane wicked prince lewdness. of Israel, whose day is come,

when iniquity 10 In thee have they discovered their shall have an end,

fathers'nakedness: in thee have they hum26 Thus saith the Lord God; Remove bled her that was set apart for pollution. the diadem, and take off the crown: this 11 And one hath committed abomination shall not be the same: exalt him that is with his neighbour's wise; and another low, and abase him that is high.

bath lewdly defiled his daughter-in-law ; 27 I will overturn, overturn, overturn it: and another in thee hath humbled his sis: and it shall be no more, until hic cometer, his father's daughter.

God's judgment on Jerusalem. EZEKIEL

Of Aholah and Aholibak. 12 In thee have they taken gists to shed 28 And her prophets have daubed them blood ; thou hast taken usury and increase, with untempered mortar, seeing vanity, and thou hast greedily gained of thy neigh- and divining lies unto them, saying, Thus bours by extortion, and hast forgotten me, saith the Lord God, when the Lord baih saith the Lord Gop.

not spoken. 13 | Behold, therefore I have smitten 29 The people of the land have used my hand at thy dishonest gain which oppression, and exercised robbery, and thou hast made, and at thy blood wlrich have vexed the poor and needy: yea, they hath been in the midst of thee.

I have oppressed the stranger wrongfulls. 14 Can thy heart endure, or can thy, 30 And I sought for a man among them, hands be strong, in the days that I shall that should make up the hedge, and stand deal with thee? I the Lord bave spoken in the gap before me for the land, that I it, and will do it.

should not destroy it: but I found none. 15 And I will scatter thee among the 31 Therefore, have I poured out mine heathen, and disperse thee in the coun- indignation upon them; I have consumed tries, and will consume thy filthiness out them with the fire of my wrath: their own of thee.

way have I recompensed upon their head, 16 And thou shalt take thine inheritance saith the Lord God. in thyself in the sight of the heathen, and

CHAP. XXIII. thou shalt know that I ain the LORD.

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THE word of the LORD came again 17 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, unto me, saying,

2 Son of man, there were two women, 18 Son of man, the house of Israel is to the daughters of one mother: me become dross: all they are brass, and 3 And they committed wboredoms in tin, and iron, and lead, in the midst of the Egypt; they committed whoredoms in furnace; they are even the dross of silver. their youth: there were their breasts

19 Therefore thus saith the Lord God, pressed, and there they bruised the teats Because ye are all become dross, behold, of their virginity. therefore I will gather you into the midst 4 And the names of them were Aholah of Jerusalem.

the elder, and Aholibah her sister; and 20 As they gather silver, and brass, and they were mine, and they bare sons and iron, and lead, and tin, into the midst of daughters. Thus were their names; Sathe furnace, to blow the fire upon it, to maria is Aholah, and Jerusalem Abolibab. melt it; so will I gather v/ou in mine anger 5 And Aholah played the harlot wben and in my sury, and I will leave you there, she was mine; and she doted on her lovers, and melt you.

on the Assyrians her neighbours, 21 Yea, I will gather you, and blow 6 Which were clothed with blue, capupon you in the fire of my wrath, and ye tains and rulers, all of them desirable shall be melted in the midst thereof. young men, horsemen riding upon borses.

22 As silver is melted in the midst of 7 Thus she committed her whoredoms the furnace, so shall ye be melted in the with them, with all them that were the midst thereof; and ye shall know that I the chosen men of Assyria, and with all on LORD have poured out my fury upon you. whom she doted; with all their idols she

23 | And the word of the LORD came defiled herself. unto me, saying,

8 Neither left she her whoredoms 24 Son of man, say unto her, Thou art brought from Egypt: for in her youth they the land that is not cleansed, nor rained lay with her, and ihey bruised the breasts upon in the day of in.lignation.

of her virginity, and poured their whore25 There is a conspiracy of her pro- dom upon her. phets in the midst thereof, like a roaring 9 Wherefore, I have delivered her into lion ravening the prey; they have devoured the band of her lovers, into the hand of the souls; they liave taken the treasure and Assyrians, upon whom she doted. precious things; they have made her many 10 These discovered her nakedness: widows in the midst thereof.

they took her sons and her daughters, and 26 Her priests have violated my law, slew her with the sword: and she became and have profaned my holy things: they famous among women; for they had exehave pet no difference between the holy cuted judgment upon her. and profane, neither have they shewed' 11 And when her sister Aholibah saw difference between the unclean and the this, she was more corrupt in her inordiclean, and have hid their eyes from my naté love than she, and in her whoredoms salbaths, and I am profaned among them. more than her sister in her whoredoms.

27 Her princes in the midst thereof are 12 She doted upon the Assyrians her like wolves ravening the prey, to shed neighbours, captains and rulers clothed blood, and to destroy souis, io get dis- most gorgeously. horsemen riding upon honest gain.

! horses, all of them desirable young men.

Judgments on them

CHAP. XXIII.

for their whoredoms. 13 Then I saw that she was defiled, 28 For thus saith the Lord God; Be. that they took both one way ;

holu, I will deliver thee into the hand of 14 And that she increased her whore-them whom thou hatest, into the hand of doms: for when she saw men pourtrayed them from whom thy mind is alienated : upon the wall, the images of the Chaldeans 29 And they shall deal with thee hateportrayed with vermilion,

fully, and shall take away all thy labour, 15 Girded with girdles upon their loins, and shall leave thee naked and bare : and exceeding in dyed attire upon their heads, the nakedness of thy whoredoms shall be all of them princes to look to, after the discovered, both thy lewdness and thy manner of the Babylonians of Chaldea, the whoredoms. land of their nativity:

30 I will do these things unto thee, be16 And as soon as she saw them with cause thou hast gone a whoring after the ber eyes, she doted upon them, and sent heathen, and because thou art polluted messengers unto them into Chaldea. with their idols.

17 And the Babylonians came to her into 31 Thou hast walked in the way of thy the bed of love, and they defiled her with sister; therefore will I give her cup into their whoredom, and she was polluted with thy hand. them, and hermind was alienated from them. 32 Thus saith the Lord God; Thou

18 So she discovered her whoredoms, shalt drink of thy sister's cup deep and and discovered her nakedness: then my large: thou shalt be lau ed to scorn and mind was alienated from her, like as my had in derision ; it containeth much. mind was alienated from her sister.

33 Thou shalt be filled with drunken19 Yet she multiplied her whoredoms, ness and sorrow, with the cup of astonishin calling to remembrance the days of her ment and desolation, with the cup of thy youth, wherein she had played the harlot sister Samaria. in the land of Egypt.

34 Thou shalt even drink it and suck it 20 For she doted upon their paramours, out, and thou shalt break the sherds there. whose fiesh is as the flesh of asses, and of, and pluck off țbine own breasts: for I whose issue is like the issue of horses. have spoken it, saith the Lord God.

21 Thus thou calledst to remembrance 35 Therefore thus saith the Lord God; the lewdness of thy youth, in bruising thy Because thou hast forgotten me, and cast teats by the Egyptians for the paps of thiy me behind thy back, therefore bear thou youth.

also thy lewdness and thy whoredoms. 22 | Therefore, O Aholibah, thus saith 36 † The LORD said, moreover, unto the Lord God; Behold, I will raise up thy me; Son of man, wilt thou judge Aholah lovers against thee, from whom thy mind and Aholibah? yea, declare unto them is alienated, and I will bring them against their abominations ; thee on every side ;

37 That they have committed adultery, 23 The Babylonians, and all the Chal- and blood is in their hands, and with their deans, Pekod, and Shoa, and Koa, and all idols have they committed adultery, and the Assyrians with them: all of them de have also caused their sons, whom they sirable young men, Captains and rulers, bare unto me, to pass for them through the great lords and renowned, all of them fire, to devour them. riding upon horses.

38 Moreover, this they have done unto 24 And they shall come against thee me: they have defiled my sanctuary in the with chariots, waggons, and wheels, and same day, and have profaned my sabwith an assembly of people, which shall baths. set against thee buckler and shield and 39 For when they had slain their chilhelmet round about: and I will set judg-dren to their idols, then they came the ment before them, and they shall judge same day into my sanctuary to profane it; thee according to their judgments. and lo, thus have they done in the midst of

25 And I will set my jealousy against my house. thee, and they shall deal furiously with 40 And furthermore, that ye have sent thee: they shall take away thy nose and for men to come from far, unto whom a thine ears; and thy remnant shall fall by messenger was sent; and lo, they came : the sword: they shall take thy sons and for whom thou didst wash thyself, paintedst thy daughters; and thy residue shall be thy eyes, and deckedst thyself with ornaderoured by the fire.

ments, 26 They shall also strip thee out of thy 41 And satest upon a stately bed, and clothes, and take away thy fair jewels. a table prepared before it, whereupon thou

27 Thus will I make thy lewdness to hast set mine incense and mine oil. cease from thee, and thy whoredom brought 42 And a voice of a multitude being at from the land of Egypt: so that thou shalt ease was withlier: and with the men of the not lift up thine eyes unto them, nor re- common sort were brought Sabeans from member Egypt any more.

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