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EZEKIEL , 17
God remembers his covenant

    17:1     And the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 2 Son of man, give out a dark saying, and make a comparison for the children of Israel, 3 And say, This is what the Lord has said : A great eagle with great wings, full of long feathers of different colours, came to Lebanon, and took the top of the cedar : 4 Biting off the highest of its young branches, he took it to the land of Canaan, and put it in a town of traders. 5 And he took some of the seed of the land, planting it in fertile earth, placing it by great waters ; he put it in like a willow-tree. 6 And its growth went on and it became a vine, low and widely stretching, whose branches were turned to him and its roots were under him: so it became a vine, putting out branches and young leaves.
    17:7 And there was another eagle with great wings and thick feathers : and now this vine, pushing out its roots to him, sent out its branches in his direction from the bed where it was planted, so that he might give it water. 8 He had it planted in a good field by great waters so that it might put out branches and have fruit and be a strong vine. 9 Say, This is what the Lord has said : Will it do well ? will he not have its roots pulled up and its branches cut off, so that all its young leaves may become dry and it may be pulled up by its roots ? 10 And if it is planted will it do well ? will it not become quite dry at the touch of the east wind, drying up in the bed where it was planted ?
    17:11 Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 12 Say now to this uncontrolled people, Are these things not clear to you ? Say to them, See, the king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and took its king and its rulers away with him to Babylon ; 13 And he took one of the sons of the king and made an agreement with him ; and he put him under an oath, and took away the great men of the land : 14 So that the kingdom might be made low with no power of lifting itself up, but might keep his agreement to be his servants. 15 But he went against his authority in sending representatives to Egypt to get from them horses and a great army. Will he do well ? will he be safe who does such things ? if the agreement is broken will he be safe ? 16 By my life, says the Lord, truly in the place of the king who made him king, whose oath he put on one side and let his agreement with him be broken, even in Babylon he will come to his death. 17 And Pharaoh with his strong army and great forces will be no help to him in the war, when they put up earthworks and make strong walls for the cutting off of lives : 18 For he put his oath on one side in letting the agreement be broken ; and though he had given his hand to it, he did all these things ; he will not get away safe. 19 And so the Lord has said, By my life, truly, for my oath which he put on one side, and my agreement which has been broken, I will send punishment on his head. 20 My net will be stretched out over him, and he will be taken in my cords, and I will send him to Babylon, and there I will be his judge for the wrong which he has done against me. 21 All his best fighting-men will be put to the sword, and the rest will be sent away to every wind : and you will be certain that I the Lord have said it.
    17:22 This is what the Lord has said : Further, I will take the highest top of the cedar and put it in the earth ; cutting off from the highest of his young branches a soft one, I will have it planted on a high and great mountain; 23 It will be planted on the high mountain of Israel : it will put out branches and have fruit and be a fair cedar : under it all birds of every sort will make their living-place, resting in the shade of its branches. 24 And it will be clear to all the trees of the field that I the Lord have made low the high tree and made high the low tree, drying up the green tree and making the dry tree full of growth ; I the Lord have said it and have done it.

EZEKIEL , 18
Justice for the individual

    18:1     The word of the Lord came to me again, saying, 2 Why do you make use of this saying about the land of Israel, The fathers have been tasting bitter grapes and the children's teeth are on edge ? 3 By my life, says the Lord, you will no longer have this saying in Israel. 4 See, all souls are mine ; as the soul of the father, so the soul of the son is mine : death will be the fate of the sinner's soul.
    18:5 But if a man is upright, living rightly and doing righteousness, 6 And has not taken flesh with the blood for food, or given worship to the images of the children of Israel ; if he has not had connection with his neighbour's wife, or come near to a woman at the time when she is unclean ; 7 And has done no wrong to any, but has given back to the debtor what is his, and has taken no one's goods by force, and has given food to him who was in need of it, and clothing to him who was without it ; 8 And has not given his money out at interest or taken great profits, and, turning his hand from evil-doing, has kept faith between man and man, 9 And has been guided by my rules and has kept my laws and done them : he is upright, life will certainly be his, says the Lord.
    18:10 If he has a son who is a thief, a taker of life, who does any of these things , 11 Who has taken flesh with the blood as food, and has had connection with his neighbour's wife , 12 Has done wrong to the poor and to him who is in need, and taken property by force, and has not given back to one in his debt what is his, and has given worship to images and has done disgusting things , 13 And has given out his money at interest and taken great profits : he will certainly not go on living : he has done all these disgusting things : death will certainly be his fate ; his blood will be on him.
    18:14 Now if he has a son who sees all his father's sins which he has done, and in fear does not do the same: 15 Who has not taken the flesh with the blood for food, or given worship to the images of the children of Israel, and has not had connection with his neighbour's wife, 16 Or done wrong to any, or taken anything from one in his debt, or taken goods by force, but has given food to him who was in need of it, and clothing to him who was without it ; 17 Who has kept his hand from evil-doing and has not taken interest or great profits, who has done my orders and been guided by my rules : he will certainly not be put to death for the evil-doing of his father ; life will certainly be his. 18 As for his father, because he was cruel, took goods by force, and did what is not good among his people, truly, death will overtake him in his evil-doing.
    18:19 But you say, Why does not the son undergo punishment for the evil-doing of the father ? When the son has done what is ordered and right, and has kept my rules and done them, life will certainly be his. 20 The soul which does sin will be put to death : the son will not be made responsible for the evil-doing of the father, or the father for the evil-doing of the son ; the righteousness of the upright will be on himself, and the evil-doing of the evil-doer on himself.
    18:21 But if the evil-doer, turning away from all the sins which he has done, keeps my rules and does what is ordered and right, life will certainly be his ; death will not be his fate. 22 Not one of the sins which he has done will be kept in memory against him : in the righteousness which he has done he will have life. 23 Have I any pleasure in the death of the evil-doer ? says the Lord : am I not pleased if he is turned from his way so that he may have life ? 24 But when the upright man, turning away from his righteousness, does evil, like all the disgusting things which the evil man does, will he have life ? Not one of his upright acts will be kept in memory : in the wrong which he has done and in his sin death will overtake him.
    18:25 But you say, The way of the Lord is not equal. Give ear, now, O children of Israel ; is my way not equal? are not your ways unequal ? 26 When the upright man, turning away from his righteousness, does evil, death will overtake him ; in the evil which he has done death will overtake him. 27 Again, when the evil-doer, turning away from the evil he has done, does what is ordered and right, he will have life for his soul. 28 Because he had fear and was turned away from all the wrong which he had done, life will certainly be his, death will not be his fate. 29 But still the children of Israel say, The way of the Lord is not equal. O children of Israel, are my ways not equal ? are not your ways unequal ?
    18:30 For this cause I will be your judge, O children of Israel, judging every man by his ways, says the Lord. Come back and be turned from all your sins ; so that they may not be the cause of your falling into evil. 31 Put away all your evil-doing in which you have done sin ; and make for yourselves a new heart and a new spirit : why are you desiring death, O children of Israel ? 32 For I have no pleasure in the death of him on whom death comes, says the Lord : be turned back then, and have life.

EZEKIEL 19
Lamenations for Israel

    19:1     Take up now a song of grief for the ruler of Israel, and say, 2 What was your mother ? Like a she-lion among lions, stretched out among the young lions she gave food to her little ones. 3 And one of her little ones came to growth under her care, and became a young lion, learning to go after beasts for his food; and he took men for his meat. 4 And the nations had news of him ; he was taken in the hole they had made : and, pulling him with hooks, they took him into the land of Egypt. 5 Now when she saw that her hope was made foolish and gone, she took another of her little ones and made him into a young lion. 6 And he went up and down among the lions and became a young lion, learning to go after beasts for his food ; and he took men for his meat. 7 And he sent destruction on their widows and made waste their towns ; and the land and everything in it became waste because of the loud sound of his voice. 8 Then the nations came against him from the kingdoms round about : their net was stretched over him and he was taken in the hole they had made. 9 They made him a prisoner with hooks, and took him to the king of Babylon ; they put him in the strong place so that his voice might be sounding no longer on the mountains of Israel.
10 Your mother was in comparison like a vine, planted by the waters : she was fertile and full of branches because of the great waters. 11 And she had a strong rod for a rod of authority for the rulers, and it became tall among the clouds and it was seen lifted up among the number of its branches. 12 But she was uprooted in burning wrath, and made low on the earth; the east wind came, drying her up, and her branches were broken off ; her strong rod became dry, the fire made a meal of it. 13 And now she is planted in the waste land, in a dry and unwatered country. 14 And fire has gone out from her rod, causing the destruction of her branches, so that there is no strong rod in her to be the ruler's rod of authority.
This is a song of grief, and it was for a song of grief.

EZEKIEL , 20
God's dealing with Israel

    20:1     Now it came about in the seventh year, in the fifth month, on the tenth day of the month, that certain of the responsible men of Israel came to get directions from the Lord and were seated before me. 2 Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 3 Son of man, say to the responsible men of Israel, This is what the Lord has said : Have you come to get directions from me? By my life, says the Lord, you will get no directions from me. 4 Will you be their judge, O son of man, will you be their judge ? make clear to them the disgusting ways of their fathers, 5 And say to them, This is what the Lord has said : In the day when I took Israel for myself, when I made an oath to the seed of the family of Jacob, and I gave them knowledge of myself in the land of Egypt, saying to them with an oath, I am the Lord your God ; 6 In that day I gave my oath to take them out of the land of Egypt into a land which I had been searching out for them, a land flowing with milk and honey, the glory of all lands : 7 And I said to them, Let every man among you put away the disgusting things to which his eyes are turned, and do not make yourselves unclean with the images of Egypt ; I am the Lord your God. 8 But they would not be controlled by me, and did not give ear to me ; they did not put away the disgusting things to which their eyes were turned, or give up the images of Egypt:
    Then I said I would let loose my passion on them to give full effect to my wrath against them in the land of Egypt. 20:9 And I was acting for the honour of my name, so that it might not be made unclean before the eyes of the nations among whom they were, and before whose eyes I gave them knowledge of myself, by taking them out of the land of Egypt. 20:10 So I made them go out of the land of Egypt and took them into the waste land. 20:11 And I gave them my rules and made clear to them my orders, which, if a man keeps them, will be life to him. 20:12 And further, I gave them my Sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, so that it might be clear that I, who make them holy, am the Lord. 20:13 But the children of Israel would not be controlled by me in the waste land : they were not guided by my rules, and they were turned away from my orders, which, if a man does them, will be life to him ; and they had no respect for my Sabbaths:
    Then I said that I would let loose my passion on them in the waste land, and put an end to them. 14 And I was acting for the honour of my name, so that it might not be made unclean in the eyes of the nations, before whose eyes I had taken them out. 15 And further, I gave my oath to them in the waste land, that I would not take them into the land which I had given them, a land flowing with milk and honey, the glory of all lands ; 16 Because they were turned away from my orders, and were not guided by my rules, and had no respect for my Sabbaths: for their hearts went after their images. 17 But still my eye had pity on them and I kept them from destruction and did not put an end to them completely in the waste land.
    20:18 And I said to their children in the waste land, Do not be guided by the rules of your fathers or keep their orders or make yourselves unclean with their images : 19 I am the Lord your God ; be guided by my rules and keep my orders and do them: 20 And keep my Sabbaths holy ; and they will be a sign between me and you so that it may be clear to you that I am the Lord your God. 21 But the children would not be controlled by me ; they were not guided by my rules, and they did not keep and do my orders, which, if a man does them, will be life to him ; and they had no respect for my Sabbaths:
    Then I said I would let loose my passion on them to give full effect to my wrath against them in the waste land. 22 And I was acting for the honour of my name, so that it might not be made unclean in the eyes of the nations, before whose eyes I had taken them out. 23 Further, I gave my oath to them in the waste land that I would send them wandering among the nations, driving them out among the countries ; 24 Because they had not done my orders, but had been turned away from my rules, and had not given respect to my Sabbaths, and their eyes were turned to the images of their fathers. 25 And further, I gave them rules which were not good and orders in which there was no life for them ; 26 I made them unclean in the offerings they gave, causing them to make every first child go through the fire, so that I might put an end to them.
    20:27 For this cause, son of man, say to the children of Israel, This is what the Lord has said : In this your fathers have further put shame on my name by doing wrong against me. 28 For when I had taken them into the land which I made an oath to give to them, then they saw every high hill and every branching tree and made their offerings there, moving me to wrath by their offerings ; and there the sweet smell of their offerings went up and their drink offerings were drained out. 29 Then I said to them, What is this high place where you go to no purpose ? And it is named Bamah to this day. 30 For this cause say to the children of Israel, This is what the Lord has said : Are you making yourselves unclean as your fathers did ? are you being untrue to me by going after their disgusting works ? 31 And when you give your offerings, causing your sons to go through the fire, you make yourselves unclean with all your images to this day ; and will you come to me for directions, O children of Israel ? By my life, says the Lord, you will get no direction from me.
    20:32 And that which comes into your minds will never take place ; when you say, We will be like the nations, like the families of the countries, servants of wood and stone;
    20:33 By my life, says the Lord, truly, with a strong hand and with an outstretched arm and with burning wrath let loose, I will be King over you : 34 And I will take you out from the peoples and get you together out of the countries where you are wandering, with a strong hand and with an outstretched arm and with burning wrath let loose : 35 And I will take you into the waste land of the peoples, and there I will take up the cause with you face to face. 36 As I took up the cause with your fathers in the waste land of the land of Egypt, so will I take up the cause with you says the Lord. 37 And I will make you go under the rod and will make you small in number : 38 Clearing out from among you all those who are uncontrolled and who are sinning against me ; I will take them out of the land where they are living, but they will not come into the land of Israel : and you will be certain that I am the Lord.
    20:39 As for you, O children of Israel, the Lord has said : Let every man completely put away his images and give ear to me : and let my holy name no longer be shamed by your offerings and your images.
    20:40 For in my holy mountain, in the high mountain of Israel, says the Lord, there all the children of Israel, all of them, will be my servants in the land ; there I will take pleasure in them, and there I will be worshipped with your offerings and the first-fruits of the things you give, and with all your holy things. 41 I will take pleasure in you as in a sweet smell, when I take you out from the peoples and get you together from the countries where you have been sent in flight ; and I will make myself holy in you before the eyes of the nations. 42 And you will be certain that I am the Lord, when I take you into the land of Israel, into the country which I made an oath to give to your fathers. 43 And there, at the memory of your ways and of all the things you did to make yourselves unclean, you will have bitter hate for yourselves because of all the evil things you have done. 44 And you will be certain that I am the Lord, when I take you in hand for the honour of my name, and not for your evil ways or your unclean doings, O children of Israel, says the Lord.
    20:45 Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 46 Son of man, let your face be turned to the south, let your words be dropped to the south, and be a prophet against the woodland of the South ; 47 And say to the woodland of the South, Give ear to the words of the Lord: this is what the Lord has said: See, I will have a fire lighted in you, for the destruction of every green tree in you and every dry tree : the flaming flame will not be put out, and all faces from the south to the north will be burned by it. 48 And all flesh will see that I the Lord have had it lighted : it will not be put out. 49 Then I said, Ah, Lord! they say of me, Is he not a maker of stories?

EZEKIAL , 21
The sharpened sword

    21:1     And the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 2 Son of man, let your face be turned to Jerusalem, let your words be dropped in the direction of her holy place, and be a prophet against the land of Israel ; 3 And say to the land of Israel, These are the words of the Lord : See, I am against you, and I will take my sword out of its cover, cutting off from you the upright and the evil. 4 Because I am going to have the upright and the evil cut off from you, for this cause my sword will go out from its cover against all flesh from the south to the north : 5 And all flesh will see that I the Lord have taken my sword out of its cover : and it will never go back. 6 Make sounds of grief, son of man ; with body bent and a bitter heart make sounds of grief before their eyes. 7 And when they say to you, Why are you making sounds of grief ? then say, Because of the news, for it is coming : and every heart will become soft, and all hands will be feeble, and every spirit will be burning low, and all knees will be turned to water : see, it is coming and it will be done, says the Lord.
    21:8 And the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 9 Son of man, say as a prophet, These are the words of the Lord : Say, A sword, a sword which has been made sharp and polished : 10 It has been made sharp to give death ; it is polished so that it may be like a thunder-flame: ... 11 And I have given it to the polisher so that it may be taken in the hand : he has made the sword sharp, he has had it polished, to put it into the hand of him who gives death. 12 Give loud cries and make sounds of grief, O son of man : for it has come on my people, it has come on all the rulers of Israel : fear of the sword has come on my people : for this cause give signs of grief.   13   ...
    21:14 So then, son of man, be a prophet, and put your hands together with a loud sound, and give two blows with the sword, and even three ; it is the sword of those who are wounded, even the sword of the wounded ; the great sword which goes round about them. 15 In order that hearts may become soft, and the number of those who are falling may be increased, I have sent death by the sword against all their doors : you are made like a flame, you are polished for death. 16 Be pointed to the right, to the left, wherever your edge is ordered. 17 And I will put my hands together with a loud sound, and I will let my wrath have rest : I the Lord have said it.
    21:18 And the word of the Lord came to me again, saying, 19 And you, son of man, have two ways marked out, so that the sword of the king of Babylon may come ; let the two of them come out of one land : and let there be a pillar at the top of the road : 20 Put a pillar at the top of the road for the sword to come to Rabbah in the land of the children of Ammon, and to Judah and to Jerusalem in the middle of her. 21 For the king of Babylon took his place at the parting of the ways, at the top of the two roads, to make use of secret arts : shaking the arrows this way and that, he put questions to the images of his gods, he took note of the inner parts of dead beasts. 22 At his right hand was the fate of Jerusalem, to give orders for destruction, to send up the war-cry, to put engines of war against the doors, lifting up earthworks, building walls. 23 And this answer given by secret arts will seem false to those who have given their oaths and have let them be broken: but he will keep the memory of evil-doing so that they may be taken.
    21:24 For this cause the Lord has said : Because you have made your evil-doing come to mind by the uncovering of your wrongdoing, causing your sins to be seen in all your evil-doings ; because you have come to mind, you will be taken in them. 25 And you, O evil one, wounded to death, O ruler of Israel, whose day has come in the time of the last punishment ; 26 This is what the Lord has said : Take away the holy head-dress, take off the crown : this will not be again: let that which is low be lifted up, and that which is high be made low. 27 I will let it be overturned, overturned, overturned : this will not be again till he comes whose right it is ; and I will give it to him.
    21:28 And you, son of man, say as a prophet, This is what the Lord has said about the children of Ammon and about their shame : Say, A sword, even a sword let loose, polished for death, to make it shining so that it may be like a flame : 29 Your vision is to no purpose, your use of secret arts gives a false answer, to put it on the necks of evil-doers who are wounded to death, whose day has come, in the time of the last punishment. 30 Go back into your cover. In the place where you were made, in the land from which you were taken, I will be your judge. 31 And I will let loose my burning passion on you, breathing out on you the fire of my wrath : and I will give you up into the hands of men like beasts, trained to destruction. 21:32 You will be food for the fire; your blood will be drained out in the land ; there will be no more memory of you : for I the Lord have said it.

EZEKIEL , 22
Sins of Jerusalem

    22:1     And the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 2 And you, son of man, will you be a judge, will you be a judge of the town of blood ? then make clear to her all her disgusting ways. 3 And you are to say, This is what the Lord has said : A town causing blood to be drained out in her streets so that her time may come, and making images in her to make her unclean ! 4 You are responsible for the blood drained out by you, and you are unclean through the images which you have made ; and you have made your day come near, and the time of your judging has come ; for this cause I have made you a name of shame to the nations and a cause of laughing to all countries. 5 Those who are near and those who are far from you will make sport of you ; your name is unclean, you are full of sounds of fear.
    22:6 See, the rulers of Israel, every one in his family, have been causing death in you. 7 In you they have had no respect for father and mother ; in you they have been cruel to the man from a strange land; in you they have done wrong to the child without a father and to the widow. 8 You have made little of my holy things, and have made my Sabbaths unclean. 9 In you there are men who say evil of others, causing death ; in you they have taken the flesh with the blood for food; in your streets they have put evil designs into effect. 10 In you they have let the shame of their fathers be seen ; in you they have done wrong to a woman at the time when she was unclean. 11 And in you one man has done what was disgusting with his neighbour's wife ; and another has made his daughter-in-law unclean ; and another has done wrong to his sister, his father's daughter. 12 In you they have taken rewards as the price of blood ; you have taken interest and great profits, and you have taken away your neighbours' goods by force, and have not kept me in mind, says the Lord.
    22:13 See, then, I have made my hands come together in wrath against your taking of goods by force and against the blood which has been flowing in you. 14 Will your heart be high or your hands strong in the days when I take you in hand ? I the Lord have said it and will do it. 15 And I will send you in flight among the nations and wandering among the countries ; and I will completely take away out of you everything which is unclean. 16 And you will be made low before the eyes of the nations ; and it will be clear to you that I am the Lord.
    22:17 And the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 18 Son of man, the children of Israel have become like the poorest sort of waste metal to me : they are all silver and brass and tin and iron and lead mixed with waste. 19 For this cause the Lord has said : Because you have all become waste metal, see, I will get you together inside Jerusalem. 20 As they put silver and brass and iron and lead and tin together inside the oven, heating up the fire on it to make it soft ; so will I get you together in my wrath and in my passion, and, heating the fire with my breath, will make you soft. 21 Yes, I will take you, breathing on you the fire of my wrath, and you will become soft in it. 22 As silver becomes soft in the oven, so you will become soft in it ; and you will be certain that I the Lord have let loose my passion on you.
    22:23 And the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 24 Son of man, say to her, You are a land on which no rain or thunderstorm has come in the day of wrath. 25 Her rulers in her are like a loud-voiced lion violently taking his food ; they have made a meal of souls ; they have taken wealth and valued property ; they have made great the number of widows in her. 26 Her priests have been acting violently against my law ; they have made my holy things unclean : they have made no division between what is holy and what is common, and they have not made it clear that the unclean is different from the clean, and their eyes have been shut to my Sabbaths, and I am not honoured among them. 27 Her rulers in her are like wolves violently taking their food ; putting men to death and causing the destruction of souls, so that they may get their profit. 28 And her prophets have been using whitewash, seeing foolish visions and making false use of secret arts, saying, This is what the Lord has said, when the Lord has said nothing. 29 The people of the land have been acting cruelly, taking men's goods by force ; they have been hard on the poor and those in need, and have done wrong to the man from a strange land. 30 And I was looking for a man among them who would make up the wall and take his station in the broken place before me for the land, so that I might not send destruction on it : but there was no one. 31 And I let loose my passion on them, and have put an end to them in the fire of my wrath : I have made the punishment of their ways come on their heads, says the Lord.

EZEKIEL , 23
Lewdness of two sisters

    23:1     The word of the Lord came to me again, saying, 2 Son of man, there were two women, daughters of one mother : 3 They were acting like loose women in Egypt ; when they were young their behaviour was loose : there their breasts were crushed, even the points of their young breasts were crushed. 4 Their names were Oholah, the older, and Oholibah, her sister : and they became mine, and gave birth to sons and daughters. As for their names, Samaria is Oholah, and Jerusalem, Oholibah.
    23:5 And Oholah was untrue to me when she was mine ; she was full of desire for her lovers, even for the Assyrians, her neighbours, 6 Who were clothed in blue, captains and rulers, all of them young men to be desired, horsemen seated on horses. 7 And she gave her unclean love to them, all of them the noblest men of Assyria : and she made herself unclean with the images of all who were desired by her. 8 And she has not given up her loose ways from the time when she was in Egypt ; for when she was young they were her lovers, and by them her young breasts were crushed, and they let loose on her their unclean desire. 9 For this cause I gave her up into the hands of her lovers, into the hands of the Assyrians on whom her desire was fixed. 10 By these her shame was uncovered: they took her sons and daughters and put her to death with the sword : and she became a cause of wonder to women ; for they gave her the punishment which was right.
    23:11 And her sister Oholibah saw this, but her desire was even more unmeasured, and her loose behaviour was worse than that of her sister. 12 She was full of desire for the Assyrians, captains and rulers, her neighbours, clothed in blue, horsemen going on horses, all of them young men to be desired. 13 And I saw that she had become unclean ; the two of them went the same way. 14 And her loose behaviour became worse ; for she saw men pictured on a wall, pictures of the Chaldaeans painted in bright red, 15 With bands round their bodies and with head-dresses hanging round their heads, all of them looking like rulers, like the Babylonians, the land of whose birth is Chaldaea. 16 And when she saw them she was full of desire for them, and sent servants to them in Chaldaea. 17 And the Babylonians came to her, into the bed of love, and made her unclean with their loose desire, and she became unclean with them, and her soul was turned from them. 18 So her loose behaviour was clearly seen and her shame uncovered : then my soul was turned from her as it had been turned from her sister. 19 But still she went on the more with her loose behaviour, keeping in mind the early days when she had been a loose woman in the land of Egypt. 20 And she was full of desire for her lovers, whose flesh is like the flesh of asses and whose seed is like the seed of horses. 21 And she made the memory of the loose ways of her early years come back to mind, when her young breasts were crushed by the Egyptians.
    23:22 For this cause, O Oholibah, this is what the Lord has said : See, I will make your lovers come up against you, even those from whom your soul is turned away in disgust ; and I will make them come up against you on every side ; 23 The Babylonians and all the Chaldaeans, Pekod and Shoa and Koa, and all the Assyrians with them : young men to be desired, captains and rulers all of them, and chiefs, her neighbours, all of them on horseback. 24 And they will come against you from the north on horseback, with war-carriages and a great band of peoples ; they will put themselves in order against you with breastplate and body-cover and metal head-dress round about you : and I will make them your judges, and they will give their decision against you as seems right to them. 25 And my bitter feeling will be working against you, and they will take you in hand with passion ; they will take away your nose and your ears, and the rest of you will be put to the sword : they will take your sons and daughters, and the rest of you will be burned up in the fire. 26 And they will take all your clothing off you and take away your ornaments. 27 So I will put an end to your evil ways and your loose behaviour which came from the land of Egypt : and your eyes will never be lifted up to them again, and you will have no more memory of Egypt. 28 For this is what the Lord has said : See, I will give you up into the hands of those who are hated by you, into the hands of those from whom your soul is turned away in disgust : 29 And they will take you in hand with hate, and take away all the fruit of your work, and let you be unveiled and without clothing : and the shame of your loose behaviour will be uncovered, your evil designs and your loose ways. 30 They will do these things to you because you have been untrue to me, and have gone after the nations, and have become unclean with their images. 31 You have gone in the way of your sister ; and I will give her cup into your hand. 32 This is what the Lord has said : You will take a drink from your sister's cup, which is deep and wide : you will be laughed at and looked down on, more than you are able to undergo. 33 You will be broken and full of sorrow, with the cup of wonder and destruction, with the cup of your sister Samaria. 34 And after drinking it and draining it out, you will take the last drops of it to the end, pulling off your breasts : for I have said it, says the Lord. 35 So this is what the Lord has said : Because you have not kept me in your memory, and because your back has been turned to me, you will even undergo the punishment of your evil designs and your loose ways.
    23:36 Then the Lord said to me : Son of man, will you be the judge of Oholibah? then make clear to her the disgusting things she has done. 37 For she has been false to me, and blood is on her hands, and with her images she has been untrue ; and more than this, she made her sons, whom she had by me, go through the fire to them to be burned up. 38 Further, this is what she has done to me : she has made my holy place unclean and has made my Sabbaths unclean. 39 For when she had made an offering of her children to her images, she came into my holy place to make it unclean ; see, this is what she has done inside my house. 40 And she even sent for men to come from far away, to whom a servant was sent, and they came : for whom she was washing her body and painting her eyes and making herself fair with ornaments. 41 And she took her seat on a great bed, with a table put ready before it on which she put my perfume and my oil. 42 ... and they put jewels on her hands and beautiful crowns on her head.
    23:43 Then I said, do not men use her, now she will go on with her loose ways. 44 And they went in to her, as men go to a loose woman : so they went in to Oholibah, the loose woman. 45 And upright men will be her judges, judging her as false wives and women who take lives are judged ; because she has been untrue to me and blood is on her hands.
    23:46 For this is what the Lord has said : I will make a great meeting of the people come together against her, and will send on her shaking fear and take everything from her. 47 And the meeting, after stoning her with stones, will put an end to her with their swords ; they will put her sons and daughters to death and have her house burned up with fire. 48 And I will put an end to evil in all the land, teaching all women not to do as you have done. 49 And I will send on you the punishment of your evil ways, and you will be rewarded for your sins with your images : and you will be certain that I am the Lord.

EZEKIEL , 24
Death of Ezekiel's wife

    24:1     And the word of the Lord came to me in the ninth year, in the tenth month, on the tenth day of the month, saying, 2 Son of man, put down in writing this very day : The king of Babylon let loose the weight of his attack against Jerusalem on this very day. 3 And make a comparison for this uncontrolled people, and say to them, This is what the Lord has said : Put on the cooking-pot, put it on the fire and put water in it : 4 And get the bits together, the fat tail, every good part, the leg and the top part of it : make it full of the best bones. 5 Take the best of the flock, put much wood under it : see that its bits are boiling well ; let the bones be cooked inside it.
    24:6 For this is what the Lord has said: A curse is on the town of blood, the cooking-pot which is unclean inside, which has never been made clean! take out its bits ; its fate is still to come on it. 7 For her blood is in her ; she has put it on the open rock not draining it on to the earth so that it might be covered with dust ; 8 In order that it might make wrath come up to give punishment, she has put her blood on the open rock, so that it may not be covered. 9 For this cause the Lord has said : A curse is on the town of blood ! and I will make great the burning mass. 10 Put on much wood, heating up the fire, boiling the flesh well, and making the soup thick, and let the bones be burned. 11 And I will put her on the coals so that she may be heated and her brass burned, so that what is unclean in her may become soft and her waste be completely taken away. 12 I have made myself tired to no purpose: still all the waste which is in her has not come out, it has an evil smell. 13 As for your unclean purpose : because I have been attempting to make you clean, but you have not been made clean from it, you will not be made clean till I have let loose my passion on you in full measure. 14 I the Lord have said the word and I will do it ; I will not go back or have mercy, and my purpose will not be changed ; in the measure of your ways and of your evil doings you will be judged, says the Lord.
    24:15 And the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 16 Son of man, see, I am taking away the desire of your eyes by disease : but let there be no sorrow or weeping or drops running from your eyes. 17 Let there be no sound of sorrow ; make no weeping for your dead, put on your head-dress and your shoes on your feet, let not your lips be covered, and do not take the food of those in grief. 18 So in the morning I was teaching the people and in the evening death took my wife ; and in the morning I did what I had been ordered to do.
    24:19 And the people said to me, Will you not make clear to us the sense of these things ; is it for us you do them ? 20 Then I said to them, The word of the Lord came to me, saying, 21 Say to the people of Israel, The Lord has said, See, I will make my holy place unclean, the pride of your strength, the pleasure of your eyes, and the desire of your soul ; and your sons and daughters, who did not come with you here, will be put to the sword. 22 And you will do as I have done, not covering your lips or taking the food of those in grief. 23 And your head-dresses will be on your heads and your shoes on your feet: there will be no sorrow or weeping ; but you will be wasting away in the punishment of your evil-doing, and you will be looking at one another in wonder. 24 And Ezekiel will be a sign to you ; everything he has done you will do: when this takes place, you will be certain that I am the Lord.
    24:25 And as for you, son of man, your mouth will be shut in the day when I take from them their strength, the joy of their glory, the desire of their eyes, and that on which their hearts are fixed, and their sons and daughters. 26 In that day, one who has got away safe will come to you to give you news of it. 27 In that day your mouth will be open to him who has got away safe, and you will say words to him and your lips will no longer be shut : so you will be a sign to them and they will be certain that I am the Lord.

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