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EZEKIEL , 33
33:1 And the word of the Lord came to me, saying,
2 Son of man, give a word to the children of your people, and say to them, When I make the sword come on a land, if the people of the land take a man from among their number and make him their watchman :
3 If, when he sees the sword coming on the land, by sounding the horn he gives the people news of their danger ;
4 Then anyone who, hearing the sound of the horn, does not take note of it, will himself be responsible for his death, if the sword comes and takes him away.
5 On hearing the sound of the horn, he did not take note ; his blood will be on him ; for if he had taken note his life would have been safe.
6 But if the watchman sees the sword coming, and does not give a note on the horn, and the people have no word of the danger, and the sword comes and takes any person from among them ; he will be taken away in his sin, but I will make the watchman responsible for his blood.
The watchman's duty
33:7 So you, son of man, I have made you a watchman for the children of Israel ; and you are to give ear to the word of my mouth and give them news from me of their danger.
8 When I say to the evil-doer, Death will certainly overtake you ; and you say nothing to make clear to the evil-doer the danger of his way ; death will overtake that evil man in his evil-doing, but I will make you responsible for his blood.
9 But if you make clear to the evil-doer the danger of his way for the purpose of turning him from it, and he is not turned from his way, death will overtake him in his evil-doing, but your life will be safe.
33:10 And you, son of man, say to the children of Israel, You say, Our wrongdoing and our sins are on us and we are wasting away in them ; how then may we have life ?
11 Say to them, By my life, says the Lord, I have no pleasure in the death of the evil-doer ; it is more pleasing to me if he is turned from his way and has life : be turned, be turned from your evil ways ; why are you looking for death, O children of Israel ?
12 And you, son of man, say to the children of your people, The righteousness of the upright man will not make him safe in the day when he does wrong ; and the evil-doing of the evil man will not be the cause of his fall in the day when he is turned from his evil-doing ; and the upright man will not have life because of his righteousness in the day when he does evil.
13 When I say to the upright that life will certainly be his ; if he puts his faith in his righteousness and does evil, not one of his upright acts will be kept in memory ; but in the evil he has done, death will overtake him.
14 And when I say to the evil-doer, Death will certainly be your fate ; if he is turned from his sin and does what is ordered and right ;
15 If the evil-doer lets one who is in his debt have back what is his, and gives back what he had taken by force, and is guided by the rules of life, doing no evil ; life will certainly be his, death will not overtake him.
16 Not one of the sins which he has done will be kept in mind against him : he has done what is ordered and right, life will certainly be his.
33:17 But the children of your people say, The way of the Lord is not equal : when it is they whose way is not equal.
18 When the upright man, turning away from his righteousness, does evil, death will overtake him in it.
19 And when the evil man, turning away from his evil-doing, does what is ordered and right, he will get life by it.
20 And still you say, The way of the Lord is not equal. O children of Israel, I will be your judge, giving to everyone the reward of his ways.
33:21 Now in the twelfth year after we had been taken away prisoners, in the tenth month, on the fifth day of the month, one who had got away in flight from Jerusalem came to me, saying, The town has been taken.
22 Now the hand of the Lord had been on me in the evening, before the man who had got away came to me ; and he made my mouth open, ready for his coming to me in the morning ; and my mouth was open and I was no longer without voice.
33:23 And the word of the Lord came to me, saying,
24 Son of man, those who are living in these waste places in the land of Israel say, Abraham was but one, and he had land for his heritage : but we are a great number ; the land is given to us for our heritage.
25 For this cause say to them, This is what the Lord has said : You take your meat with the blood, your eyes are lifted up to your images, and you are takers of life : are you to have the land for your heritage ?
26 You put your faith in your swords, you do disgusting things, everyone takes his neighbour's wife : are you to have the land for your heritage ?
27 This is what you are to say to them : The Lord has said, By my life, truly, those who are in the waste places will be put to the sword, and him who is in the open field I will give to the beasts for their food, and those who are in the strong places and in holes in the rocks will come to their death by disease.
28 And I will make the land a waste and a cause of wonder, and the pride of her strength will come to an end; and the mountains of Israel will be made waste so that no one will go through.
29 Then they will be certain that I am the Lord, when I have made the land a waste and a cause of wonder, because of all the disgusting things which they have done,
33:30 And as for you, son of man, the children of your people are talking together about you by the walls and in the doorways of the houses, saying to one another, Come now, give ear to the word which comes from the Lord.
31 And they come to you as my people come, and are seated before you as my people, hearing your words but doing them not: for deceit is in their mouth and their heart goes after profit for themselves.
32 And truly you are to them like a love song by one who has a very pleasing voice and is an expert player on an instrument : for they give ear to your words but do them not.
33 And when this comes about (see, it is coming), then it will be clear to them that a prophet has been among them.
34:1 And the word of the Lord came to me, saying,
2 Son of man, be a prophet against the keepers of the flock of Israel, and say to them, O keepers of the sheep! this is the word of the Lord : A curse is on the keepers of the flock of Israel who take the food for themselves ! is it not right for the keepers to give the food to the sheep?
3 You take the milk and are clothed with the wool, you put the fat beasts to death, but you give the sheep no food.
4 You have not made the diseased ones strong or made well that which was ill ; you have not put bands on the broken or got back that which had been sent away or made search for the wandering ones ; and the strong you have been ruling cruelly.
5 And they were wandering in every direction because there was no keeper : and they became food for all the beasts of the field.
6 And my sheep went out of the way, wandering through all the mountains and on every high hill : my sheep went here and there over all the face of the earth ; and no one was troubled about them or went in search of them.
Reproof of the shepherds
34:7 For this cause, O keepers of the flock, give ear to the word of the Lord :
8 By my life, says the Lord, truly, because my sheep have been taken away, and my sheep became food for all the beasts of the field, because there was no keeper, and my keepers did not go in search of the sheep, but the keepers took food for themselves and gave my sheep no food ;
9 For this reason, O you keepers of the flock, give ear to the word of the Lord ;
10 This is what the Lord has said : See I am against the keepers of the flock, and I will make search and see what they have done with my sheep, and will let them be keepers of my sheep no longer ; and the keepers will no longer get food for themselves ; I will take my sheep out of their mouths so that they may not be food for them.
34:11 For this is what the Lord has said : Truly, I, even I, will go searching and looking for my sheep.
12 As the keeper goes looking for his flock when he is among his wandering sheep, so I will go looking for my sheep, and will get them safely out of all the places where they have been sent wandering in the day of clouds and black night.
13 And I will take them out from among the peoples, and get them together from the countries, and will take them into their land ; and I will give them food on the mountains of Israel by the water-streams and wherever men are living in the country.
14 I will give them good grass-land for their food, and their safe place will be the mountains of the high place of Israel: there they will take their rest in a good place, and on fat grass-land they will take their food on the mountains of Israel.
15 I myself will give food to my flock, and I will give them rest, says the Lord.
16 I will go in search of that which had gone wandering from the way, and will get back that which had been sent in flight, and will put bands on that which was broken, and give strength to that which was ill : but the fat and the strong I will give up to destruction ; I will give them for their food the punishment which is theirs by right.
17 And as for you, O my flock, says the Lord, truly, I will be judge between sheep and sheep, the he-sheep and the he-goats.
18 Does it seem a small thing to you to have taken your food on good grass-land while the rest of your grass-land is stamped down under your feet ? and that after drinking from clear waters you make the rest of the waters dirty with your feet?
19 And as for my sheep, their food is the grass which has been stamped on by your feet, and their drink the water which has been made dirty by your feet.
34:20 For this reason the Lord has said to them, Truly, I, even I, will be judge between the fat sheep and the thin sheep.
21 Because you have been pushing with side and leg, pushing the diseased with your horns till they were sent away in every direction ;
22 I will make my flock safe, and they will no longer be taken away, and I will be judge between sheep and sheep.
23 And I will put over them one keeper, and he will give them food, even my servant David ; he will give them food and be their keeper.
24 And I the Lord will be their God and my servant David their ruler ; I the Lord have said it.
34:25 And I will make with them an agreement of peace, and will put an end to evil beasts through all the land: and they will be living safely in the waste land, sleeping in the woods.
26 And I will give the rain at the right time, and I will make the shower come down at the right time ; there will be showers of blessing.
27 And the tree of the field will give its fruit and the earth will give its increase, and they will be safe in their land ; and they will be certain that I am the Lord, when I have had their yoke broken and have given them salvation from the hands of those who made them servants.
28 And their goods will no longer be taken by the nations, and they will not again be food for the beasts of the earth ; but they will be living safely and no one will be a cause of fear to them.
29 And I will give them planting-places of peace, and they will no longer be wasted from need of food or put to shame by the nations.
30 And they will be certain that I the Lord their God am with them, and that they, the children of Israel, are my people, says the Lord.
31 And you are my sheep, the sheep of my grass-lands, and I am your God, says the Lord.
35:1 Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying,
2 Son of man, let your face be turned to Mount Seir, and be a prophet against it,
3 And say to it, This is what the Lord has said : See, I am against you, O Mount Seir, and my hand will be stretched out against you, and I will make you a waste and a cause for wonder.
4 I will make your towns unpeopled and you will be a waste ; and you will be certain that I am the Lord.
5 Because yours has been a hate without end, and you have given up the children of Israel to the power of the sword in the time of their trouble, in the time of the punishment of the end :
6 For this cause, by my life, says the Lord, because you have been sinning through blood, blood will come after you.
7 And I will make Mount Seir a cause for wonder and a waste, cutting off from it all comings and goings.
8 I will make his mountains full of those who have been put to death ; in your valleys and in all your water-streams men will be falling by the sword.
9 I will make you waste for ever, and your towns will be unpeopled : and you will be certain that I am the Lord.
God's care for his flock
35:10 Because you have said, The two nations and the two countries are to be mine, and we will take them for our heritage ; though the Lord was there :
11 For this cause, by my life, says the Lord, I will do to you as you have done in your wrath and in your envy, which you have made clear in your hate for them; and I will make clear to you who I am when you are judged by me.
12 And you will see that I the Lord have had knowledge of all the bitter things which you have said against the mountains of Israel, saying, They have been made waste, they are given to us to take for our heritage.
13 And you have made yourselves great against me with your mouths, increasing your words against me ; and it has come to my ears.
14 This is what the Lord has said : Because you were glad over my land when it was a waste, so will I do to you :
15 You will become a waste, O Mount Seir, and all Edom, even all of it: and you will be certain that I am the Lord.
36:1 And you, son of man, be a prophet about the mountains of Israel, and say, You mountains of Israel, give ear to the word of the Lord :
2 This is what the Lord has said : Because your hater has said against you, Aha ! and, The old waste places are our heritage, we have taken them :
3 For this cause be a prophet, and say, This is what the Lord has said : Because, even because they have been glad over you and put you to shame on every side, because you have become a heritage for the rest of the nations, and you are taken up on the lips of talkers and in the evil talk of the people :
4 For this reason, you mountains of Israel, give ear to the word of the Lord ; this is what the Lord has said to the mountains and to the hills, to the streams and to the valleys, to the unpeopled wastes and to the towns where no one is living, from which the goods have been taken and which have been put to shame by the rest of the nations who are round about :
5 For this cause the Lord has said : Truly, in the heat of my bitter feeling I have said things against the rest of the nations and against all Edom, who have taken my land as a heritage for themselves with the joy of all their heart, and with bitter envy of soul have made attacks on it :
6 For this cause be a prophet about the land of Israel, and say to the mountains and to the hills, to the streams and to the valleys, This is what the Lord has said : Truly, in my bitter feeling and in my wrath I have said these things, because you have undergone the shame of the nations :
7 For this cause the Lord has said, See, I have taken an oath that the nations which are round about you are themselves to undergo the shame which they have put on you.
Prophecy against Edom
36:8 But you, O mountains of Israel, will put out your branches and give your fruit to my people Israel; for they are ready to come.
9 For truly I am for you, and I will be turned to you, and you will be ploughed and planted :
10 And I will let your numbers be increased, all the children of Israel, even all of them : and the towns will be peopled and the waste places will have buildings ;
11 Man and beast will be increased in you, and they will have offspring and be fertile : I will make you thickly peopled as you were before, and will do more for you than at the first : and you will be certain that I am the Lord.
12 Yes, I will have you walked on by the feet of men, even my people Israel ; they will have you for a heritage and you will be theirs, and never again will you take their children from them.
13 This is what the Lord has said : Because they say to you, You, O land, are the destruction of men, causing loss of children to your nation ;
14 For this reason you will no longer take the lives of men and will never again be the cause of loss of children to your nation, says the Lord.
15 And I will not let the shaming of the nations come to your ears, and no longer will you be looked down on by the peoples, says the Lord.
36:16 Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying,
17 Son of man, when the children of Israel were living in their land, they made it unclean by their way and their acts : their way before me was as when a woman is unclean at the time when she is kept separate.
18 So I let loose my wrath on them because of those whom they had violently put to death in the land, and because they had made it unclean with their images :
19 And I sent them in flight among the nations and wandering through the countries : I was their judge, rewarding them for their way and their acts.
20 And when they came among the nations, wherever they went, they made my holy name unclean, when it was said of them, These are the people of the Lord who have gone out from his land.
21 But I had pity for my holy name which the children of Israel had made unclean wherever they went.
36:22 For this cause say to the children of Israel, This is what the Lord has said : I am doing this, not because of you, O children of Israel, but because of my holy name, which you have made unclean among the nations wherever you went.
23 And I will make holy my great name which has been made unclean among the nations, which you have made unclean among them ; and it will be clear to the nations that I am the Lord, says the Lord, when I make myself holy in you before their eyes.
24 For I will take you out from among the nations, and get you together from all the countries, and take you into your land.
25 And I will put clean water on you so that you may be clean : from all your unclean ways and from all your images I will make you clean.
26 And I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you : I will take away the heart of stone from your flesh, and give you a heart of flesh.
27 And I will put my spirit in you, causing you to be guided by my rules, and you will keep my orders and do them.
28 So that you may go on living in the land which I gave to your fathers ; and you will be to me a people, and I will be to you a God.
29 And I will make you free from all your unclean ways : and at my voice the grain will come up and be increased, and I will not let you be short of food.
30 And I will make the tree give more fruit and the field fuller produce, and no longer will you be shamed among the nations for need of food.
31 And at the memory of your evil ways and your wrongdoings, you will have bitter hate for yourselves because of your evil-doings and your disgusting ways, O children of Israel.
32 Not because of you am I doing it, says the Lord ; let it be clear to you, and be shamed and made low because of your ways, O children of Israel.
36:33 This is what the Lord has said : In the day when I make you clean from all your evil-doings I will let the towns be peopled and there will be building on the waste places.
34 And the land which was waste will be farmed, in place of being a waste in the eyes of everyone who went by.
35 And they will say, This land which was waste has become like the garden of Eden ; and the towns which were unpeopled and wasted and pulled down are walled and peopled.
36 Then the rest of the nations round about you will be certain that I the Lord am the builder of the places which were pulled down and the planter of that which was waste : I the Lord have said it, and I will do it.
36:37 This is what the Lord has said : The children of Israel will again make prayer to me for this, that I may do it for them ; I will make them increased with men like a flock.
38 Like sheep for the offerings, like the sheep of Jerusalem at her fixed feasts, so the unpeopled towns will be made full of men : and they will be certain that I am the Lord.
37:1 The hand of the Lord had been on me, and he took me out in the spirit of the Lord and put me down in the middle of the valley ; and it was full of bones;
2 And he made me go past them round about: and I saw that there was a very great number of them on the face of the wide valley, and they were very dry.
3 And he said to me, Son of man, is it possible for these bones to come to life ? And I made answer, and said, It is for you to say, O Lord.
4 And again he said to me, Be a prophet to these bones, and say to them, O you dry bones, give ear to the word of the Lord.
5 This is what the Lord has said to these bones : See, I will make breath come into you so that you may come to life ;
6 And I will put muscles on you and make flesh come on you, and put skin over you, and breath into you, so that you may have life ; and you will be certain that I am the Lord.
Sticks of Joseph and Judah
37:7 So I gave the word as I was ordered : and at my words there was a shaking of the earth, and the bones came together, bone to bone.
8 And looking I saw that there were muscles on them and flesh came up, and they were covered with skin : but there was no breath in them.
9 And he said to me, Be a prophet to the wind, be a prophet, son of man, and say to the wind, The Lord has said : Come from the four winds, O wind, breathing on these dead so that they may come to life.
10 And I gave the word at his orders, and breath came into them, and they came to life and got up on their feet, a very great army.
37:11 Then he said to me, Son of man, these bones are all the children of Israel : and see, they are saying, Our bones have become dry our hope is gone, we are cut off completely.
12 For this cause be a prophet to them, and say, This is what the Lord has said : See, I am opening the resting-places of your dead, and I will make you come up out of your resting-places, O my people ; and I will take you into the land of Israel.
13 And you will be certain that I am the Lord by my opening the resting-places of your dead and making you come up out of your resting-places, O my people.
14 And I will put my spirit in you, so that you may come to life, and I will give you a rest in your land : and you will be certain that I the Lord have said it and have done it, says the Lord.
37:15 And the word of the Lord came to me, saying,
16 And you, son of man, take one stick, writing on it, For Judah and for the children of Israel who are in his company : then take another stick, writing on it, For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and all the children of Israel who are in his company :
17 Then, joining them one to another, make them one stick, so that they may be one in your hand.
18 And when the children of your people say to you, Will you not make clear to us what these things have to do with us ?
19 Then say to them, This is what the Lord has said : See, I am taking the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel who are in his company ; and I will put it on the stick of Judah and make them one stick, and they will be one in my hand.
20 And the sticks with your writing on them will be in your hand before their eyes.
21 And say to them, These are the words of the Lord : See, I am taking the children of Israel from among the nations where they have gone, and will get them together on every side, and take them into their land :
22 And I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel ; and one king will be king over them all : and they will no longer be two nations, and will no longer be parted into two kingdoms :
23 And they will no longer make themselves unclean with their images or with their hated things or with any of their sins : but I will give them salvation from all their turning away in which they have done evil, and will make them clean ; and they will be to me a people, and I will be to them a God.
37:24 And my servant David will be king over them ; and they will all have one keeper : and they will be guided by my orders and will keep my rules and do them.
25 And they will be living in the land which I gave to Jacob, my servant, in which your fathers were living ; and they will go on living there, they and their children and their children's children, for ever : and David, my servant, will be their ruler for ever.
26 And I will make an agreement of peace with them : it will be an eternal agreement with them : and I will have mercy on them and make their numbers great, and will put my holy place among them for ever.
27 And my House will be over them ; and I will be to them a God, and they will be to me a people.
28 And the nations will be certain that I who make Israel holy am the Lord, when my holy place is among them for ever.
38:1 And the word of the Lord came to me, saying,
2 Son of man, let your face be turned against Gog, of the land of Magog, the ruler of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal, and be a prophet against him,
3 And say, This is what the Lord has said : See, I am against you, O Gog, ruler of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal :
4 And turning you round, I will put hooks in your mouth and make you come out with all your army, horses and horsemen, all of them in full war-dress, a great force with breastplate and body-cover, all of them armed with swords :
5 Persia, Cush, and Put with them ; all of them with body-cover and metal head-dress :
6 Gomer and all her forces ; the people of Togarmah in the inmost parts of the north, with all his forces : a great number of peoples with you.
Will fall upon the quiet people
38:7 Be ready, make yourself ready, you and all the forces who are with you, and be ready for my orders.
8 After a long time you will get your orders : in the last years you will come into the land which has been given back from the sword, which has been got together out of a great number of peoples, on the mountains of Israel which have ever been a waste : but it has been taken out from the peoples and they will be living, all of them, without fear of danger.
9 And you will go up, you will come like a storm, you will be like a cloud covering the land, you and all your forces, and a great number of peoples with you.
38:10 This is what the Lord has said : In that day it will come about that things will come into your mind, and you will have thoughts of an evil design :
11 And you will say, I will go up to the land of small unwalled towns ; I will go to those who are quiet, living, all of them, without fear of danger, without walls or locks or doors :
12 To take their property by force and go off with their goods ; turning your hand against the waste places which now are peopled, and against the people who have been got together out of the nations, who have got cattle and goods for themselves, who are living in the middle of the earth.
13 Sheba, and Dedan and her traders, Tarshish with all her traders, will say to you, Have you come to take our goods ? have you got your armies together to take away our property by force ? to take away silver and gold, cattle and goods, to go off with great wealth?
38:14 For this cause, son of man, be a prophet and say to Gog, These are the words of the Lord : In that day, when my people Israel are living without fear of danger, will you not be moved against them ?
15 And you will come from your place in the inmost parts of the north, you and a great number of peoples with you, all of them on horseback, a great force and a strong army :
16 And you will come up against my people Israel, like a cloud covering the land ; and it will come about, in the last days, that I will make you come against my land, so that the nations may have knowledge of me when I make myself holy in you, O Gog, before their eyes.
38:17 This is what the Lord has said : You are he of whom I gave them word in earlier times by my servants, the prophets of Israel, who in those days went on saying, year after year, that I would make you come up against them.
18 And it will come about in that day, when Gog comes up against the land of Israel, says the Lord, that my wrath will come up, and my passion and my bitter feeling.
19 For in the fire of my wrath I have said, Truly, in that day there will be a great shaking in the land of Israel ;
20 So that the fish of the sea and the birds of heaven and the beasts of the field and everything moving on the earth, and all the men who are on the face of the earth, will be shaking before me, and the mountains will be overturned and the high places will come down, and every wall will come falling down to the earth.
21 And I will send to all my mountains for a sword against him, says the Lord : every man's sword will be against his brother.
22 And I will take up my cause against him with disease and with blood ; and I will send down on him and on his forces and on the peoples who are with him, an overflowing shower and great ice-drops, fire, and burning.
23 And I will make my name great and make myself holy, and I will make myself clear to a number of nations ; and they will be certain that I am the Lord.
39:1 And you, son of man, be a prophet against Gog, and say, These are the words of the Lord : See, I am against you, O Gog, ruler of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal :
2 And turning you round, I will be your guide, and make you come up from the inmost parts of the north ; I will make you come on to the mountains of Israel :
3 And with a blow I will send your bow out of your left hand and your arrows falling from your right hand.
4 On the mountains of Israel you will come down, you and all your forces and the peoples who are with you : I will give you to cruel birds of every sort and to the beasts of the field to be their food.
5 You will come down in the open field : for I have said it, says the Lord.
6 And I will send a fire on Magog, and on those who are living in the sea-lands without fear : and they will be certain that I am the Lord.
Prophecy against Gog
39:7 And I will make clear my holy name among my people Israel ; I will no longer let my holy name be made unclean : and the nations will be certain that I am the Lord, the Holy One in Israel.
8 See, it is coming and it will be done, says the Lord ; this is the day of which I have given word.
39:9 And those who are living in the towns of Israel will go out and make fires of the instruments of war, burning the body-covers and the breastplates, the bows and the arrows and the sticks and the spears, and for seven years they will make fires of them :
10 And they will take no wood out of the field or have any cut down in the woods ; for they will make their fires of the instruments of war : and they will take by force the property of those who took their property, and go off with the goods of those who took their goods, says the Lord.
39:11 And it will come about in those days, that I will give to Gog a last resting-place there in Israel, in the valley of Abarim on the east of the sea : and those who go through will be stopped : and there Gog and all his people will be put to rest, and the place will be named, The valley of Hamon-gog.
39:12 And the children of Israel will be seven months putting them in the earth, so as to make the land clean.
13 And all the people of the land will put them in the earth ; and it will be to their honour in the day when I let my glory be seen, says the Lord.
14 And they will put on one side men to do no other work but to go through the land and put in the earth the rest of those who are still on the face of the land, to make it clean : after seven months are ended they are to make a search.
15 And while they go through the land, if anyone sees a man's bone, he is to put up a sign by the place till those who are doing the work have put it in the earth in the valley of Hamon-gog.
16 And there they will put all the army of Gog in the earth. So they will make the land clean.
39:17 And you, son of man, this is what the Lord has said: Say to the birds of every sort and to all the beasts of the field, Get together and come ; come together on every side to the offering which I am putting to death for you, a great offering on the mountains of Israel, so that you may have flesh for your food and blood for your drink.
18 The flesh of the men of war will be your food, and your drink the blood of the princes of the earth, of sheep and lambs, of he-goats, of oxen, all of them fat beasts of Bashan.
19 You will go on feasting on the fat till you are full, and drinking the blood till you are overcome with it, of my offering which I have put to death for you.
20 At my table you will have food in full measure, horses and war-carriages, great men and all the men of war, says the Lord.
39:21 And I will put my glory among the nations, and all the nations will see my punishments which I have put into effect, and my hand which I have put on them.
22 So the children of Israel will be certain that I am the Lord their God, from that day and for the future.
23 And it will be clear to the nations that the children of Israel were taken away prisoners for their evil-doing ; because they did wrong against me, and my face was covered from them : so I gave them up into the hands of their attackers, and they all came to their end by the sword.
24 In the measure of their unclean ways and their sins, so I did to them ; and I kept my face covered from them.
39:25 For this cause the Lord has said, Now I will let the fate of Jacob be changed, and I will have mercy on all the children of Israel, and will take care of the honour of my holy name.
26 And they will be conscious of their shame and of all the wrong which they have done against me, when they are living in their land with no sense of danger and with no one to be a cause of fear to them ;
27 When I have taken them back from among the peoples and got them together out of the lands of their haters, and have made myself holy in them before the eyes of a great number of nations.
28 And they will be certain that I am the Lord their God, because I sent them away as prisoners among the nations, and have taken them together back to their land ; and I have not let one of them be there any longer.
29 And my face will no longer be covered from them : for I have sent the out-flowing of my spirit on the children of Israel, says the Lord.
EZEKIEL , 40
40:1 In the twenty-fifth year after we had been taken away prisoners, in the first month of the year, on the tenth day of the month, in the fourteenth year after the town was taken, on the very same day, the hand of the Lord was on me, and he took me there.
2 In the visions of God he took me into the land of Israel, and put me down on a very high mountain, on which there was, as it seemed, a building like a town opposite me.
3 He took me there, and I saw a man, looking like brass, with a linen cord in his hand and a measuring rod : and he was stationed in the doorway.
4 And the man said to me, Son of man, see with your eyes and give hearing with your ears, and take to heart everything I am going to let you see ; for in order that I might let you see them, you have come here : and give an account of all you see to the children of Israel.
Vision of the temple
40:5 And there was a wall on the outside of the house all round, and in the man's hand there was a measuring rod six cubits long by a cubit and a hand's measure : so he took the measure of the building from side to side, one rod ; and from base to top, one rod.
6 Then he came to the doorway looking to the east, and went up by its steps ; and he took the measure of the doorstep, one rod wide.
7 And the watchmen's rooms were one rod long and one rod wide ; and the space between the rooms was five cubits ; the doorstep of the doorway, by the covered way of the doorway inside, was one rod.
8 And he took the measure of the covered way of the doorway inside,
9 Eight cubits; and its uprights, two cubits ; the covered way of the doorway was inside.
10 And the rooms of the doorway on the east were three on this side and three on that ; all three were of the same size ; and the uprights on this side and on that were of the same size.
11 And he took the measure of the opening of the doorway, ten cubits wide ; and the way down the doorway was thirteen cubits ;
12 And the space in front of the rooms, a cubit on this side and a cubit on that side ; and the rooms six cubits on this side and six cubits on that.
13 And he took the measure of the doorway from the back of one room to the back of the other, twenty-five cubits across, from door to door.
14 And he took the measure of the covered way, twenty cubits ; and opening from the covered way of the doorway was the open square round about.
15 And from before the opening of the doorway to before the inner covered way of the doorway was fifty cubits.
16 And the rooms and their uprights had sloping windows inside the doorway all round, and in the same way the covered way had windows all round on the inside : and on every upright there were palm-trees.
40:17 Then he took me into the outer square, and there were rooms and a stone floor made for the open square all round : there were thirty rooms on the stone floor.
40:18 And the stone floor was by the side of the doorways, and was as wide as the doorways were long, even the lower floor.
19 Then he took the measure of the square across, from before the lower doorway inside to before the inner doorway outside, one hundred cubits. And he took me in the direction of the north,
20 And there was a doorway to the outer square, looking to the north ; and he took the measure of it to see how wide and how long it was.
21 And it had three rooms on this side of it and three on that ; its uprights and its covered ways were the same size as those of the first doorway : it was fifty cubits long and twenty-five cubits wide.
22 And its windows, and the windows of its covered ways, and its palm-trees, were the same as those of the doorway looking to the east ; and there were seven steps up to it ; and the covered way went inside.
23 And there was a doorway to the inner square opposite the doorway on the north, like the doorway on the east ; and he took the measure from doorway to doorway, a hundred cubits.
40:24 And he took me to the south, and I saw a doorway looking to the south : and he took the measure of its rooms and its uprights and its covered ways by these measures.
25 And there were windows in it and in the covered way all round, like the other windows : it was fifty cubits long and twenty-five cubits wide.
26 And there were seven steps up to it, and its covered way went inside : and it had palm-trees, one on this side and one on that, on its uprights.
27 And there was a doorway to the inner square looking to the south : he took the measure from doorway to doorway to the south, a hundred cubits.
40:28 Then he took me to the inner square by the south doorway : and he took the measure of the south doorway by these measures ;
29 And the rooms in it and the uprights and the covered ways, by these measures :
30 And there were windows in it and in the covered way all round : it was fifty cubits long and twenty-five cubits wide.
31 The covered way was on the side nearest the outer square ; and there were palm-trees on the uprights : and there were eight steps going up to it.
40:32 And he took me into the inner square facing the east : and he took the measure of the doorway by these measures;
33 And of the rooms in it and its uprights and its covered ways, by these measures : and there were windows in it and in the covered way round about : it was fifty cubits long and twenty-five cubits wide.
34 And the covered way was on the side nearest the outer square ; there were palm-trees on the uprights, on this side and on that : and there were eight steps going up to it.
40:35 And he took me to the north doorway : and he took the measure of it by these measures ;
36 Its rooms, its uprights, and its covered way had the same measures, and its covered way had windows all round : it was fifty cubits long and twenty-five cubits wide.
37 Its uprights were on the side nearest to the outer square ; there were palm-trees on the uprights, on this side and on that: and there were eight steps going up to it.
40:38 And there was a room with a door in the covered way of the doorway, where the burned offering was washed.
40:39 And in the covered way of the doorway there were two tables on this side and two tables on that side, on which the burned offering and the sin-offering and the offering for error were put to death :
40:40 On the outer side, to the north, as one goes up to the opening of the doorway, were two tables.
40:41 There were four tables on one side and four tables on the other, by the side of the doorway ; eight tables, on which they put to death the beasts for the offerings.
40:42 And there were four tables for the burned offering, made of cut stone, one and a half cubits long, one and a half cubits wide and a cubit high, where the instruments were placed which were used for putting to death the burned offering and the beasts for the offerings.
40:43 And they had edges all round as wide as a man's hand : and on the tables was the flesh of the offerings.
40:44 And he took me into the inner square, and there were two rooms in the inner square, one at the side of the north doorway, facing south ; and one at the side of the south doorway, facing north.
45 And he said to me, This room, facing south, is for the priests who have the care of the house.
46 And the room facing north is for the priests who have the care of the altar : these are the sons of Zadok, who, from among the sons of Levi, come near to the Lord to do the work of his house.
47 And he took the measure of the open square, a hundred cubits long and a hundred cubits wide, being square ; and the altar was in front of the house.
40:48 Then he took me to the covered way before the house, and took the measure of its uprights, five cubits on one side and five cubits on the other : and the doorway was fourteen cubits wide ; and the side-walls of the doorway were three cubits on one side and three cubits on the other.
49 The covered way was twenty cubits long and twelve cubits wide, and they went up to it by ten steps; and there were pillars by the uprights, one on one side and one on the other.
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