And I looked, and, behold, a whirlwind came out of the north, a great cloud, and a fire infolding itself, and a brightness [was] about it, and out of the midst thereof, as the color of amber, out of the midst of the fire.
As for the likeness of their faces, the four had the face of a man, and the face of a lion, on the right side, and the four had the face of an ox on the left side; the four also had the face of an eagle.
As for the likeness of the living creatures, their appearance [was] like burning coals of fire, [and] like the appearance of lamps, it went up and down among the living creatures; and the fire was bright, and lightning went forth out of the fire.
The appearance of the wheels and their work [was] like the color of a beryl, and the four had one likeness, and their appearance and their work [were] as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel.
When those went, [these] went; and when those stood, [these] stood; and when those were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up over against them, for the spirit of the living creature [was] in the wheels.
And under the firmament, their wings [were] straight, the one toward the other, everyone had two, which covered on this side, and everyone had two, which covered on that side, their bodies.
And when they went, I heard the noise of their wings, like the noise of great waters, as the voice of the Almighty, the voice of speech, as the noise of a host, when they stood, they let down their wings.
And above the firmament that [was] over their heads [was] the likeness of a Throne, as the appearance of a sapphire stone, and upon the likeness of the Throne [was] the likeness as the appearance of a man above upon it.
And I saw as the color of amber, as the appearance of fire around within it, from the appearance of His loins even upward, and from the appearance of His loins even downward, I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and it had brightness round about.
As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so [was] the appearance of the brightness round about. This [was] the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. And when I saw [it], I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one who spoke.
And He said to me, "Son of man, I send you to the Children of Israel, to a rebellious nation that has rebelled against Me, they and their fathers have transgressed against Me, [even] to this very day.
And you, Son of man, do not be afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns [are] with you, and you do dwell among scorpions, do not be afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they [are] a rebellious house.
When I say to the wicked, 'You will surely die;' and you do not give him warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked [man] will die in his iniquity; but I will require his blood at your hand.
Again, when a righteous [man] turns from his righteousness, and commits iniquity, and I lay a stumblingblock before him, he will die, because you have not given him warning, he will die in his sin, and his righteousness which he has done will not be remembered; but I will require his blood at your hand.
But when I speak with you, I will open your mouth, and you will say to them, 'Thus the Lord God says; 'He who hears, let him hear;' *Matthew 11:15, *Mark 4:9, *Mark 4:23, *Mark 7:16 and 'He who forbears, let him forbear,' for they [are] a rebellious house.
Moreover take an iron pan to you, and set it [for] a wall of iron between you and the city, and set your face against it, and it will be besieged, and you will lay siege against it. This [will be] a sign to the house of Israel.
Take also wheat to you, and barley, and beans, and lentiles, and millet, and fitches, and put them in one vessel, and make bread thereof, [according] to the number of the days that you will lie upon your side, you will eat thereof for three hundred and ninety days.
Then I said, "Ah Lord God! Behold, my soul has not been polluted, for from my youth up even until now I have not eaten of that which dies of itself, or is torn in pieces; neither did any abominable flesh come into my mouth."
Moreover He said to me, "Son of man, behold, I will break the staff of bread in Jerusalem, and they will eat bread by weight, and with care; and they will drink water by measure, and with astonishment.
You will burn a third part in the midst of the city with fire, when the days of the siege are fulfilled, and you will take a third part, [and] strike with a knife about it, and you will scatter a third part in the wind; and I will draw out a sword after them.
And she has changed My judgments into wickedness more than the nations, and My statutes more than the countries that [are] around her, for they have refused My judgments and My statutes, they have not walked in them."
Therefore the Lord God thus says; "Because you multiplied more than the nations that [are] around you, [and] have not walked in My statutes, neither have kept My judgments, neither have done according to the judgments of the nations that [are] around you;"
Therefore the fathers will eat the sons in the midst of you, and the sons will eat their fathers; and I will execute judgments in you, and I will scatter the whole remnant of you into all the winds.
Therefore, [as] I live," the Lord God says; "Surely, because you have defiled My sanctuary with all your detestable things, and with all your abominations, therefore I will also diminish [you]; neither will My eye spare, neither will I have any pity.
A third part of you will die with the pestilence, and they will be consumed with famine in the midst of you, and a third part will fall by the sword around you; and I will scatter a third part into all the winds, and I will draw out a sword after them.
Thus My anger will be accomplished, and I will cause My fury to rest upon them, and I will be comforted, and they will know that I the Lord have spoken [it] in My zeal, when I have accomplished My fury in them.
So it will be a reproach and a taunt, an instruction and an astonishment to the nations that [are] around you, when I will execute judgments in you in anger and in fury and in furious rebukes. I the Lord have spoken [it].
When I will send upon them the evil arrows of famine, which will be for [their] destruction, [and] which I will send to destroy you, and I will increase the famine upon you, and will break your staff of bread.
So I will send famine and evil beasts upon you, and they will bereave you; and pestilence and blood will pass through you; and I will bring the sword upon you. I the Lord have spoken [it]."
And say, 'You mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord God; 'Thus the Lord God says to the mountains, and to the hills, to the rivers, and to the valleys; 'Behold, I, [even] I, will bring a sword upon you, and I will destroy your high places.
The cities will be laid waste in all your dwellingplaces, and the high places will be desolate; that your altars may be laid waste and made desolate, and your idols may be broken and cease, and your images may be cut down, and your works may be abolished.
And those who escape of you will remember Me among the nations where they will be carried captives, because I am broken with their whorish heart, which has departed from Me, and with their eyes, which go whoring after their idols, and they will loathe themselves for the evils which they have committed in all their abominations.
Thus the Lord God says; "Strike with your hand, and stamp with your foot, and say, 'Alas for all the evil abominations of the house of Israel! For they will fall by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence.'
He who is far off will die of the pestilence; and he who is near will fall by the sword; and he who remains and is besieged will die by the famine, thus I will accomplish My fury upon them.
Then you will know that I [am] the Lord, when their slain [men] will be among their idols around their altars, upon every high hill, in all the tops of the mountains, and under every green tree, and under every thick oak, the place where they offered sweet savor to all their idols.
So I will stretch out My hand upon them, and make the land desolate, indeed, more desolate than the wilderness toward Diblath, in all their habitations, and they will know that I [am] the Lord."
And My eye will not spare you, neither will I have pity, but I will recompense your ways upon you, and your abominations will be in the midst of you, and you will know that I [am] the Lord.'"
And My eye will not spare, neither will I have pity, I will recompense you according to your ways and your abominations [that] are in the midst of you; and you will know that I [am] the Lord who strikes.
For the seller will not return to that which is sold, although they were still alive, for the vision [is] touching the whole multitude thereof, [which] will not return; neither will any strengthen himself in the iniquity of his life.
They will cast their silver in the streets, and their gold will be removed, their silver and their gold will not be able to deliver them in the Day of the Wrath of the Lord *2:48, *2:123, *3:91, *5:36, *10:54, *13:18, *39:47, *57:15 they will not satisfy their souls, neither fill their bowels, because it is the stumblingblock of their iniquity.
The king will mourn, and the prince will be clothed with desolation, and the hands of the people of the land will be troubled, I will do to them after their way, and I will judge them according to their deserts; and they will know that I [am] the Lord."
And it came to pass in the sixth year, in the sixth [month], in the fifth [day] of the month, [as] I sat in my house, and the elders of Judah sat before me, that the hand of the Lord God fell upon me there.
Then I beheld, and look, a likeness as the appearance of fire, from the appearance of His loins even downward, fire; and from His loins even upward, as the appearance of brightness, as the color of amber.
And He put forth the form of a hand, and took me by a lock of my head; and the Spirit lifted me up between the earth and the heaven, and brought me in the visions of God to Jerusalem, to the door of the inner gate that looks toward the north; where the seat of the image of jealousy [was], which provokes to jealousy.
Then He said to me, "Son of man, lift up your eyes now, the way toward the north." So I lifted up my eyes the way toward the north, and behold, northward at the gate of the altar, this image of jealousy in the entry.
He said furthermore to me, "Son of man, do you see what they do? [Even] the great abominations that the house of Israel commits here, that I should go far off from My sanctuary? But turn yet again, [and] you will see greater abominations."
And seventy men of the ancients of the house of Israel stood before them there, and Jaazaniah stood in the midst of them, the son of Shaphan, with every man, his censer in his hand; and a thick cloud of incense went up.
Then He said to me, "Son of man, have you seen what the ancients of the house of Israel do in the dark, every man in the chambers of his imagery? For they say, 'The Lord does not see us; the Lord has forsaken the earth.'"
And He brought me into the inner court of the Lord's House, and, behold, at the door of the temple of the Lord, between the porch and the altar, [were] about twenty five men, with their backs toward the temple of the Lord, and their faces toward the east; and they worshiped the sun toward the east.
Then He said to me, "Have you seen [this], O Son of man? Is it a light thing to the house of Judah that they commit the abominations which they commit here? For they have filled the land with violence, and have returned to provoke Me to anger, and, look, they put the branch to their nose.
And, behold, six men came from the way of the higher gate, which lies toward the north, and every man, a slaughter weapon in his hand; and one man among them [was] clothed with linen, with a writer's inkhorn by his side, and they went in, and stood beside the brazen altar.
And the glory of the God of Israel had gone up from the cherub, whereupon it was, to the threshold of the House. And He called to the man clothed with linen, who [had] the writer's inkhorn by his side;
And the Lord said to him, "Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men who sigh and cry for all the abominations that are done in the midst thereof."
Utterly slay old [and] young, both maids, and little children, and women, but do not come near any man upon whom [is] the mark; and begin at My sanctuary." Then they began at the ancient men who [were] before the House.
And it came to pass, while they were slaying them, and I was left, that I fell upon my face, and cried, and said, "Ah Lord God! Will you destroy all the residue of Israel in Your pouring out of Your fury upon Jerusalem?"
Then He said to me, "The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah [is] exceedingly great, and the land is full of blood, and the city full of perverseness, for they say, 'The Lord has forsaken the earth, and the Lord does not see.'
Then I looked, and, behold, in the firmament that was above the head of the cherubims, there appeared over them as it were a sapphire stone, as the appearance of the likeness of a Throne.
And He spoke to the man clothed with linen, and said, "Go in between the wheels, [even] under the cherub, and fill your hand with coals of fire from between the cherubims, and scatter [them] over the city." And he went in, in my sight.
Then the glory of the Lord went up from the cherub, [and stood] over the threshold of the House; and the House was filled with the cloud, and the court was full of the brightness of the Lord's glory.
And it came to pass, [that] when He had commanded the man clothed with linen, saying, "Take fire from between the wheels, from between the cherubims;" then he went in, and stood beside the wheels.
And [one] cherub stretched forth his hand from between the cherubims to the fire that [was] between the cherubims, and took [thereof], and put [it] into the hands of [him who was] clothed with linen, who took [it], and went out.
And when I looked, behold, the four wheels by the cherubims, one wheel by one cherub, and another wheel by another cherub, and the appearance of the wheels [was] as the color of a beryl stone.
And every one had four faces, the first face [was] the face of a cherub, and the second face [was] the face of a man, and the third the face of a lion, and the fourth the face of an eagle.
And the cherubims lifted up their wings, and mounted up from the earth in my sight, when they went out, the wheels [were] also beside them, and [every one] stood at the door of the east gate of the Lord's House; and the glory of the God of Israel [was] over them above.
Moreover the Spirit lifted me up, and brought me to the east gate of the Lord's House, which looks eastward, and behold at the door of the gate twenty five men; among whom I saw Jaazaniah, the son of Azur, and Pelatiah, the son of Benaiah, princes of the people.
And the Spirit of the Lord fell upon me, and said to me, "Speak; 'Thus the Lord says; 'Thus have you said, 'O house of Israel, for I know the things that come into your mind, [every one of] them.
Therefore the Lord God thus says; 'Your slain whom you have laid in the midst of it, they [are] the flesh, and this [city is] the caldron, but I will bring you forth out of the midst of it.
And it came to pass, when I prophesied, that Pelatiah, the son of Benaiah, died. Then I fell down upon my face, and cried with a loud voice, and said, "Ah Lord God! Will you make a full end of the remnant of Israel?"
"Son of man, your brethren, [even] your brethren, the men of your kindred, and all the house of Israel wholly, [are] those to whom the inhabitants of Jerusalem have said, 'Get far from the Lord, this land is given to us in possession.'
Therefore say, 'Thus the Lord God says; 'Although I have cast them far off among the heathen, and although I have scattered them among the countries, yet I will be to them as a little sanctuary in the countries where they will come.'
Therefore say, 'Thus the Lord God says; 'I will even gather from the people, and assemble you out of the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel.'
Therefore, you Son of man, prepare stuff for removing, and remove by day in their sight; and you will remove from your place to another place in their sight, it may be they will consider, though they [are] a rebellious house.
You will bear [it] upon [your] shoulders in their sight, [and] carry [it] forth in the twilight, you will cover your face, that you do not see the ground, for I have set you [for] a sign to the house of Israel."
And I did so as I was commanded, I brought forth my stuff by day, as stuff for captivity, and in the evening I dug through the wall with my hand; I brought [it] forth in the twilight, [and] I bore [it] upon [my] shoulder in their sight.
And the prince that [is] among them will bear upon [his] shoulder in the twilight, and will go forth, they will dig through the wall to carry out thereby, he will cover his face, that he does not see the ground with [his] eyes.
But I will leave a few men of them from the sword, from the famine, and from the pestilence; that they may declare all their abominations among the heathen where they come; and they will know that I [am] the Lord."
And say to the people of the land, 'Thus the Lord God says of the inhabitants of Jerusalem, [and] of the land of Israel; 'They will eat their bread with carefulness, and drink their water with astonishment, that her land may be desolate from all that is therein, because of the violence of all those who dwell therein.
Tell them therefore, 'Thus the Lord God says; 'I will make this proverb to cease, and they will no longer use it as a proverb in Israel; but say to them, 'The days are at hand, and the effect of every vision.
For I [am] the Lord, I will speak, and the word that I will speak will come to pass; it will no longer be prolonged, for in your days, O rebellious house, I will say the word, and will perform it,' the Lord God says."
'And My hand will be upon the prophets who see vanity, and who divine lies, they will not be in the assembly of My people, neither will they be written in the writing of the house of Israel, neither will they enter into the land of Israel; and you will know that I [am] the Lord God.
Therefore the Lord God thus says; 'I will even rend [it] with a stormy wind in My fury; and there will be an overflowing shower in My anger, and great hailstones in [My] fury to consume [it].
So I will break down the wall that you have daubed with untempered [mortar], and bring it down to the ground, so that the foundation thereof will be discovered, and it will fall, and you will be consumed in the midst thereof, and you will know that I [am] the Lord.
And say, 'Thus the Lord God says; 'Woe to the [women] who sew pillows to all armholes, and make kerchiefs upon the head of every stature to hunt souls! Will you hunt the souls of My people, and will you save the souls alive [who come] to you?
And will you pollute Me among My people for handfuls of barley and for pieces of bread, to slay the souls that should not die, and to save the souls alive that should not live, by your lying to My people who hear [your] lies?'
Therefore the Lord God thus says; 'Behold, I [am] against your pillows, whereby you hunt the souls to make [them] fly, and I will tear them from your arms, and will let the souls go, [even] the souls that you hunt to make [them] fly.
Because you have made the heart of the righteous sad with lies, whom I have not made sad; and strengthened the hands of the wicked, that he should not return from his wicked way, by promising him life.
Therefore speak to them, and say to them, 'Thus the Lord God says; 'Every man of the house of Israel who sets up his idols in his heart, and puts the stumblingblock of his iniquity before his face, and comes to the prophet; I the Lord will answer him, who comes according to the multitude of his idols;
For everyone of the house of Israel, or of the stranger who sojourns in Israel, who separates himself from Me, and sets up his idols in his heart, and puts the stumblingblock of his iniquity before his face, and comes to a prophet to inquire of him concerning Me; I the Lord will answer him by Myself.
And I will set My Face against that man, and will make him a sign and a proverb, and I will cut him off from the midst of My people; and you will know that I [am] the Lord. *39:65
And if the prophet is deceived when he has spoken a thing, I the Lord have deceived that prophet, *~4:142 and I will stretch out My hand upon him, and will destroy him from the midst of My people Israel.
That the house of Israel may no longer go astray from Me, neither be polluted any longer with all their transgressions; but that they may be My people, and I may be their God,' the Lord God says."
"Son of man, when the land sins against Me by trespassing grievously, then I will stretch out My hand upon it, and will break the staff of the bread thereof, and will send famine upon it, and will cut off man and beast from it.
For thus the Lord God says; "How much more when I send My four sore judgments upon Jerusalem, the sword, and the famine, and the noisome beast, and the pestilence, to cut off man and beast from it?
Yet, behold, therein will be left a remnant that will be brought forth, [both] sons and daughters, behold, they will come forth to you, and you will see their way and their doings, and you will be comforted concerning the evil that I have brought upon Jerusalem, [even] concerning all that I have brought upon it.
I have caused you to multiply as the bud of the field, and you have increased and waxed great, and you are brought to excellent ornaments, [your] breasts are fashioned, and your hair is grown, whereas you [were] naked and bare.
Now when I passed by you, and looked upon you, behold, your time [was] the time of love; and I spread My hem over you, and covered your nakedness, indeed, I swore to you, and entered into a covenant with you,' the Lord God says, 'And you became Mine.
Thus you were decked with gold and silver; and your raiment [was of] fine linen, and silk, and embroidered work; you ate fine flour, and honey, and oil, and you were exceedingly beautiful, and you prospered into a kingdom.
Behold, therefore I have stretched out My hand over you, and have diminished your ordinary [food], and delivered you to the will of those who hate you, the daughters of the Philistines, who are ashamed of your lewd way.
And the contrary is in you from [other] women in your whoredoms, whereas none follow you to commit whoredoms, and in that you give a reward, and no reward is given to you, therefore you are contrary.
Thus the Lord God says; 'Because your filthiness was poured out, and your nakedness discovered through your whoredoms with your lovers, and with all the idols of your abominations, and by the blood of your children, which you did give to them;
Behold, therefore I will gather all your lovers, with whom you have taken pleasure, and all [those] whom you have loved, with all [those] whom you have hated; I will even gather them around against you, and will discover your nakedness to them, that they may see all your nakedness.
And I will also give you into their hand, and they will throw down your eminent place, and will break down your high places, they will strip you also of your clothes, and will take your fair jewels, and leave you naked and bare.
And they will burn your houses with fire, and execute judgments upon you in the sight of many women, and I will cause you to cease from playing the harlot, and also, you will no longer give any hire.
Because you have not remembered the days of your youth, but have fretted Me in all these [things]; behold, therefore I will also recompense your way upon [your] head,' the Lord God says, 'And you will not commit this lewdness above all your abominations.
You [are] your mother's daughter, who loathes her husband and her children; and you [are] the sister of your sisters, who loathed their husbands and their children, your mother [was] a Hittite, and your father an Amorite.
Behold, this was the iniquity of your sister Sodom, pride, fullness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.
You also, who have judged your sisters, bear your own shame for your sins which you have committed, more abominable than them, they are more righteous than you, indeed, be confounded also, and bear your shame, in that you have justified your sisters.
When I will bring their captivity again, the captivity of Sodom and her daughters, and the captivity of Samaria and her daughters, then [I will bring] the captivity of your captives [again] in the midst of them.
When your sisters, Sodom and her daughters, will return to their former estate, and Samaria and her daughters will return to their former estate, then you and your daughters will return to your former estate.
Before your wickedness was discovered, as at the time of [your] reproach of the daughters of Syria, and all [those] around her, the daughters of the Philistines, who despise you round about.
And it grew, and became a spreading vine of low stature, whose branches turned toward him, and the roots thereof were under him, so it became a vine, and brought forth branches, and shot forth sprigs.
There was also another great eagle with great wings and many feathers, and, behold, this vine bent her roots toward him, and shot forth her branches toward him, that he might water it by the furrows of her plantation.
Say, 'Thus the Lord God says; 'Should it prosper? Will He not pull up the roots thereof, and cut off the fruit thereof, that it withers? It will wither in all the leaves of her spring, even without great power or many people to pluck it up by the roots thereof.
"Say now to the rebellious house, 'Do you not know what these [things mean]?' Tell [them], 'Behold, the king of Babylon has come to Jerusalem, and has taken the king thereof, and the princes thereof, and led them with him to Babylon;
But he rebelled against him in sending his ambassadors into Egypt, that they might give him horses and many people. Should he prosper? Will he escape, who does such [things]? Or will he break the covenant, and be delivered?'
[As] I live,' the Lord God says, 'Surely in the place [where] the king [dwells] who made him king, whose oath he despised, and whose covenant he broke, [even] with him in the midst of Babylon, he will die.
Thus the Lord God says; 'I will also take of the highest branch of the high cedar, and will set [it]; I will crop off a tender one from the top of his young twigs, and will plant [it] upon a high and eminent mountain.
I will plant it in the mountain of the height of Israel, and it will bring forth boughs, and bear fruit, and be a good cedar, and all fowl of every wing will dwell under it; they will dwell in the shadow of the branches thereof.
And all the trees of the field will know that I the Lord have brought down the high tree, have exalted the low tree, have dried up the green tree, and have made the dry tree flourish, I the Lord have spoken and have done [it].'"
[And] has not eaten upon the mountains, neither has lifted up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel, neither has defiled his neighbor's wife, neither has come near to a menstruous woman, *2:222
He [who] has not given forth upon usury, neither has taken any increase, *2:275, *3:130, *4:161 [who] has withdrawn his hand from iniquity, has executed true judgment between man and man,
Has given forth upon usury, and has taken increase, will he then live? He will not live, he has done all these abominations; *2:275, *3:130, *4:161 he will surely die; his blood will be upon him.
[Who] has taken his hand off from the poor, [who] has not received usury or increase, has executed My judgments, has walked in My statutes; *2:275, *3:130, *4:161 he will not die for the iniquity of his father, he will surely live.
Yet do you say, 'Why?' Does the son not bear the iniquity of the father? When the son has done that which is lawful and right, [and] has kept all My statutes, and has done them, he will surely live.
The soul that sins, it will die. The son will not bear the iniquity of the father, neither will the father bear the iniquity of the son, the righteousness of the righteous will be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked will be upon him.
But when the righteous turns away from his righteousness, and commits iniquity, [and] does according to all the abominations that the wicked [man] does, will he live? All his righteousness that he has done will not be mentioned, in his trespass which he has trespassed, and in his sin which he has sinned, in them he will die.
Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, everyone according to his ways,' the Lord God says. 'Repent, and turn [yourselves] from all your transgressions; so iniquity will not be your ruin.
And fire has gone out of a rod of her branches, [which] has devoured her fruit, so that she has no strong rod [to be] a scepter to rule. This [is] a lamentation, and will be for a lamentation.'"
"Son of man, speak to the elders of Israel, and say to them, 'Thus the Lord God says; 'Have you come to inquire of Me? [As] I live,' the Lord God says, 'I will not be inquired of by you.'
And say to them, 'Thus the Lord God says; 'In the day when I chose Israel, and lifted up My hand to the seed of the house of Jacob, and made Myself known to them in the land of Egypt, when I lifted up My hand to them, saying, 'I [am] the Lord your God;'
In the day [that] I lifted up My hand to them, to bring them forth of the land of Egypt into a land that I had espied for them, flowing with milk and honey, which [is] the glory of all lands.
But they rebelled against Me, and would not hear Me, every man did not cast away the abominations of their eyes, neither did they forsake the idols of Egypt, then I said, 'I will pour out My fury upon them, to accomplish My anger against them in the midst of the land of Egypt.'
But I did [it] for My name's sake, that it should not be polluted before the heathen, among whom they [were], in whose sight I made Myself known to them, in bringing them forth out of the land of Egypt.
But the house of Israel rebelled against Me in the wilderness, they did not walk in My statutes, and they despised My judgments, which [if] a man does, he will even live in them; and they greatly polluted My sabbaths, then I said, 'I would pour out My fury upon them in the wilderness, to consume them.'
Yet also I lifted up My hand to them in the wilderness, that I would not bring them into the land which I had given [them], flowing with milk and honey, which [is] the glory of all lands;
Notwithstanding the children rebelled against Me, they did not walk in My statutes, neither kept My judgments to do them, which [if] a man does, he will even live in them; they polluted My sabbaths, then I said, 'I would pour out My fury upon them, to accomplish My anger against them in the wilderness.'
And I polluted them in their own gifts, in that they caused all that opens the womb to pass through [the fire], that I might make them desolate, to the end that they might know that I [am] the Lord.
Therefore, Son of man, speak to the house of Israel, and say to them, 'Thus the Lord God says; 'Yet in this, your fathers have blasphemed Me, in that they have committed a trespass against Me.
[For] when I had brought them into the land, [for] the which I lifted up My hand to give it to them, then they saw every high hill, and all the thick trees, and they offered their sacrifices there, and there they presented the provocation of their offering, they also made their sweet savor there, and poured out there their drink offerings.
For when you offer your gifts, when you make your sons to pass through the fire, you pollute yourselves with all your idols, even to this day, and will I be inquired by you, O house of Israel? [As] I live,' the Lord God says, 'I will not be inquired by you.
And I will purge out the rebels from among you, and those who transgress against Me, I will bring them forth out of the country where they sojourn, and they will not enter into the land of Israel, and you will know that I [am] the Lord.'
As for you, O house of Israel, thus the Lord God says; 'Go, serve, everyone his idols, and hereafter [also], if you will not hear Me, but no longer pollute My holy name with your gifts, and with your idols.
For in My holy mountain, in the mountain of the height of Israel,' the Lord God says, 'There, all the house of Israel, all of them in the land, will serve Me, I will accept them there, and I will require your offerings there, and the firstfruits of your oblations, with all your holy things.
I will accept you with your sweet savor, when I bring you out from the people, and gather out of the countries wherein you have been scattered; and I will be sanctified in you before the heathen.
And you will know that I [am] the Lord, when I have done with you for My name's sake, not according to your wicked ways, nor according to your corrupt doings, O you house of Israel,' the Lord God says."
And say to the forest of the south, 'Hear the word of the Lord; 'Thus the Lord God says; 'Behold, I will kindle a fire in you, and it will devour every green tree in you, and every dry tree, the flaming flame will not be quenched, and all faces from the south to the north will be burned therein.
And it will be, when they say to you, 'Why do you sigh?' That you will answer, 'For the tidings; because it comes, and every heart will melt, and all hands will be feeble, and every spirit will faint, and all knees will be weak [as] water, behold, it comes, and will be brought to pass,' the Lord God says."
Cry and howl, Son of man, for it will be upon My people, it [will be] upon all the princes of Israel, terrors by reason of the sword will be upon My people, strike therefore upon [your] thigh.
You therefore, Son of man, prophesy, and strike [your] hands together, and let the sword be doubled the third time, the sword of the slain, it [is] the sword of the great [men who are] slain, which enters into their privy chambers.
I have set the point of the sword against all their gates, that [their] heart may faint, and [their] ruins may be multiplied, ah! [It is] made bright, [it is] wrapped up for the slaughter.
"Also, you Son of man, appoint two ways, that the sword of the king of Babylon may come, the two will come forth out of one land, and choose a place, choose [it] at the head of the way to the city.
At his right hand was the divination for Jerusalem, to appoint captains, to open the mouth in the slaughter, to lift up the voice with shouting, to appoint [battering] rams against the gates, to cast a mount, [and] to build a fort.
Therefore the Lord God thus says; 'Because you have made your iniquity to be remembered, in that your transgressions are discovered, so that in all your doings your sins appear; because, [I say], that you are brought to remembrance, you will be taken with the hand.
And you, Son of man, prophesy and say, 'Thus the Lord God says concerning the Ammonites, and concerning their reproach; even do you say, 'The sword, the sword [is] drawn, [it is] furbished for the slaughter, to consume because of the glittering.
While they see vanity to you, while they divine a lie to you, to bring you upon the necks of [those who are] slain, of the wicked, whose day has come, when their iniquity [will have] an end.
You have become guilty in your blood that you have shed; and have defiled yourself in your idols which you have made; and you have caused your days to draw near, and are brought [even] to your years, therefore I have made you a reproach to the heathen, and a mocking to all countries.
[As] they gather silver, and brass, and iron, and lead, and tin, into the midst of the furnace, to blow the fire upon it, to melt [it]; so I will gather [you] in My anger and in My fury, and I will leave [you there], and melt you.
[There is] a conspiracy of her prophets in the midst thereof, like a roaring lion ravening the prey; they have devoured souls; they have taken the treasure and precious things; they have made her many widows in the midst thereof.
Her priests have violated My law, and have profaned My holy things, they have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they shown [a difference] between the unclean and the clean, and have hidden their eyes from My sabbaths, and I am profaned among them.
And the names of them [were] Aholah the elder, and Aholibah her sister, and they were Mine, and they bore sons and daughters. Thus [were] their names; Samaria [is] Aholah, and Jerusalem Aholibah.
Girded with girdles upon their loins, exceeding in dyed attire upon their heads, all of them princes to look to, after the manner of the Babylonians of Chaldea, the land of their nativity.
The Babylonians, and all the Chaldeans, Pekod, and Shoa, and Koa, [and] all the Assyrians with them, all of them desirable young men, captains and rulers, great lords and renowned, all of them riding upon horses.
And they will come against you with chariots, wagons, and wheels, and with an assembly of people, [who] will set buckler and shield and helmet against you round about, and I will set judgment before them, and they will judge you according to their judgments.
And I will set My jealousy against you, and they will deal furiously with you, they will take away your nose and your ears; and your remnant will fall by the sword, they will take your sons and your daughters; and your residue will be devoured by the fire.
And they will deal with you hatefully, and will take away all your labor, and will leave you naked and bare, and the nakedness of your whoredoms will be discovered, both your lewdness and your whoredoms.
That they have committed adultery, and blood [is] in their hands, and they have committed adultery with their idols, and have also caused their sons, whom they bore to Me, to pass through [the fire] for them, to devour [them].
For when they had slain their children to their idols, *6:137 then they came the same day into My sanctuary to profane it; and, look, thus they have done in the midst of My House.
And furthermore, that you have sent for men to come from afar, to whom a messenger [was] sent; and, look, they came, for whom you washed yourself, painted your eyes, and decked yourself with ornaments,
And a voice of a multitude being at ease [was] with her, and with the men of the common sort, [were] brought Sabeans from the wilderness, who put bracelets upon their hands, and beautiful crowns upon their heads.
And the righteous men, they will judge them after the manner of adulteresses, and after the manner of women who shed blood; because they [are] adulteresses, and blood [is] in their hands.
Therefore the Lord God thus says; 'Woe to the bloody city, to the pot whose scum [is] therein, and whose scum has not gone out of it! Bring it out piece by piece; let no lot fall upon it.
I the Lord have spoken [it], it will come to pass, and I will do [it]; I will not go back, neither will I spare, neither will I repent; according to your ways, and according to your doings, they will judge you,' the Lord God says."
'Speak to the house of Israel, 'Thus the Lord God says; 'Behold, I will profane My sanctuary, the excellency of your strength, the desire of your eyes, and that which your soul pities; and your sons and your daughters whom you have left will fall by the sword.'
Also, you Son of man, [will it] not [be] in the day when I take from them their strength, the joy of their glory, the desire of their eyes, and that whereupon they set their minds, their sons and their daughters,
And say to the Ammonites, 'Hear the word of the Lord God; 'Thus the Lord God says; 'Because you said, 'Aha,' against My sanctuary, when it was profaned; and against the land of Israel, when it was desolate; and against the house of Judah, when they went into captivity;
Behold, therefore I will deliver you to the men of the east for a possession, and they will set their palaces in you, and make their dwellings in you, they will eat your fruit, and they will drink your milk.
Behold, therefore I will stretch out My hand upon you, and will deliver you for a spoil to the heathen; and I will cut you off from the people, and I will cause you to perish out of the countries, I will destroy you; and you will know that I [am] the Lord.'
Therefore the Lord God thus says; 'I will also stretch out My hand upon Edom, and will cut off man and beast from it; and I will make it desolate from Teman; and they of Dedan will fall by the sword.
And I will lay My vengeance upon Edom by the hand of My people Israel, and they will do in Edom according to My anger and according to My fury; and they will know My vengeance,' the Lord God says.
For thus the Lord God says; "Behold, I will bring Nebuchadrezzar, king of Babylon, upon Tyre, a king of kings, from the north, with horses, and with chariots, and with horsemen, and companies, and many people.
By reason of the abundance of his horses, their dust will cover you, your walls will shake at the noise of the horsemen, and of the wheels, and of the chariots, when he will enter into your gates, as men enter into a city wherein a breach is made.
And they will make a spoil of your riches, and make a prey of your merchandise, and they will break down your walls, and destroy your pleasant houses, and they will lay your stones and your timber and your dust in the midst of the water.
Then all the princes of the sea will come down from their thrones, and lay their robes away, and put off their embroidered garments, they will clothe themselves with trembling; they will sit upon the ground, and will tremble at [every] moment, and be astonished at you.
And they will take up a lamentation for you, and say to you, 'How are you destroyed, [who were] inhabited of seafaring men, the renowned city, which was strong in the sea, she and her inhabitants, who cause their terror [to be] on all that haunt it!'
When I will bring you down with those who descend into the pit, with the people of old time, and will set you in the low parts of the earth, in desolate places of old, with those who go down to the pit, that you are not inhabited; and I will set glory in the land of the living;
And say to Tyre, 'O you who are situated at the entry of the sea, [who are] a merchant of the people for many isles, thus the Lord God says; 'O Tyre, you have said, 'I [am] of perfect beauty.'
The men of Arvad [were] upon your walls round about with your army, and the Gammadims were in your towers, they hanged their shields upon your walls round about; they have made your beauty perfect.
Syria [was] your merchant by reason of the multitude of the wares of your making, they occupied in your fairs with emeralds, purple, and embroidered work, and fine linen, and coral, and agate.
Your riches, and your fairs, your merchandise, your mariners, and your pilots, your calkers, and the occupiers of your merchandise, and all your men of war, who [are] in you, and in all your company which [is] in the midst of you, will fall into the midst of the seas in the day of your ruin.
"Son of man, say to the prince of Tyre, 'Thus the Lord God says; 'Because your heart [is] lifted up, and you have said, 'I [am] a god, I sit [in] the seat of God, in the midst of the seas;' yet you [are] a man, and not God, though you set your heart as the heart of God.
You have been in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone [was] your covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold, the workmanship of your tabrets and your pipes was prepared in you in the day that you were created.
By the multitude of your merchandise, they have filled the midst of you with violence, and you have sinned, therefore I will cast you as profane out of the mountain of God, and I will destroy you, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.
Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty, you have corrupted your wisdom by reason of your brightness, I will cast you to the ground, I will lay you before kings, that they may behold you.
You have defiled your sanctuaries by the multitude of your iniquities, by the iniquity of your trade; therefore I will bring forth a fire from the midst of you, it will devour you, and I will bring you to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all those who behold you.
And say, 'Thus the Lord God says; 'Behold, I [am] against you, O Sidon; and I will be glorified in the midst of you, and they will know that I [am] the Lord, when I will have executed judgments in her, and will be sanctified in her.'
For I will send pestilence into her, and blood into her streets; and the wounded will be judged in the midst of her by the sword upon her on every side; and they will know that I [am] the Lord.
And there will no longer be a pricking brier to the house of Israel, nor [any] grieving thorn of all [who are] around them, who despised them; and they will know that I [am] the Lord God.'
Thus the Lord God says; 'When I will have gathered the house of Israel from the people among whom they are scattered, and will be sanctified in them in the sight of the heathen, then they will dwell in their land that I have given to My servant Jacob.
And they will dwell safely therein, and will build houses, and plant vineyards; indeed, they will dwell with confidence, when I have executed judgments upon all those who despise them around them; and they will know that I [am] the Lord their God.'"
Speak, and say, 'Thus the Lord God says; 'Behold, I [am] against you, Pharaoh, king of Egypt, the great dragon that lies in the midst of his rivers, which has said, 'My river [is] my own, and I have made [it] for myself.'
But I will put hooks in your jaws, and I will cause the fish of your rivers to stick to your scales, and I will bring you up out of the midst of your rivers, and all the fish of your rivers will stick to your scales.
And I will leave you [thrown] into the wilderness, you and all the fish of your rivers, you will fall upon the open fields; you will not be brought together, nor gathered, I have given you for meat to the beasts of the field and to the fowls of the heaven.
And I will make the land of Egypt desolate in the midst of the countries [that are] desolate, and her cities among the cities [that are] laid waste will be desolate for forty years, and I will scatter the Egyptians among the nations, and will disperse them through the countries.'
And it will no longer be the confidence of the house of Israel, which brings [their] iniquity to remembrance, when they will look after them, but they will know that I [am] the Lord God.'"
"Son of man, Nebuchadrezzar, king of Babylon, caused his army to serve a great service against Tyre, every head [was] made bald, and every shoulder [was] peeled, yet he had no wages, nor his army, for Tyre, for the service that he had served against it.
Therefore the Lord God thus says; 'Behold, I will give the land of Egypt to Nebuchadrezzar, king of Babylon; and he will take her multitude, and take her spoil, and take her prey; and it will be the wages for his army.
And I will make the rivers dry, and sell the land into the hand of the wicked, and I will make the land waste, and all that is therein, by the hand of strangers, I the Lord have spoken [it].'
Thus the Lord God says; 'I will also destroy the idols, and I will cause [their] images to cease out of Noph; and there will no longer be a prince of the land of Egypt, and I will put a fear in the land of Egypt.
At Tehaphnehes, the day will also be darkened, when I will break the yokes of Egypt there, and the pomp of her strength will cease in her, as for her, a cloud will cover her, and her daughters will go into captivity.
Therefore the Lord God thus says; 'Behold, I [am] against Pharaoh, king of Egypt, and will break his arms, the strong, and that which was broken; and I will cause the sword to fall out of his hand.
And I will strengthen the arms of the king of Babylon, and put My sword in his hand, but I will break Pharaoh's arms, and he will groan before him with the groanings of a deadly wounded [man].
But I will strengthen the arms of the king of Babylon, and the arms of Pharaoh will fall down; and they will know that I [am] the Lord, when I will put My sword into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he will stretch it out upon the land of Egypt.
The cedars in the garden of God could not hide him, the fir trees were not like his boughs, and the chestnut trees were not like his branches; nor any tree in the garden of God was like him in his beauty.
And strangers, the terrible of the nations, have cut him off, and have left him, his branches have fallen upon the mountains and in all the valleys, and his boughs have broken by all the rivers of the land; and all the people of the earth have gone down from his shadow, and have left him.
To the end that none of all the trees by the waters exalt themselves for their height, neither shoot up their top among the thick boughs, neither do their trees stand up in their height, all that drink water, for they are all delivered to death, to the nether parts of the earth, in the midst of the children of men, with those who go down to the pit.'
Thus the Lord God says; 'In the day when he went down to the grave, I caused a mourning, I covered the deep for him, and I restrained the floods thereof, and the great waters were shut up, and I caused Lebanon to mourn for him, and all the trees of the field fainted for him.
I made the nations shake at the sound of his fall, when I cast him down to Hell with those who descend into the pit, and all the trees of Eden, the choice and best of Lebanon, all that drink water, will be comforted in the nether parts of the earth.
Thus, to whom are you like in glory and in greatness among the trees of Eden? Yet you will be brought down with the trees of Eden to the nether parts of the earth, you will lie in the midst of the uncircumcised with [those who are] slain by the sword. This [is] Pharaoh and all his multitude,' the Lord God says."
"Son of man, take up a lamentation for Pharaoh, king of Egypt, and say to him, 'You are like a young lion of the nations, and you [are] as a whale in the seas, and you came forth with your rivers, and troubled the waters with your feet, and fouled their rivers.'
Then I will leave you upon the land, I will cast you forth upon the open field, and will cause all the fowls of the heaven to remain upon you, and I will fill the beasts of the whole earth with you.
And when I will put you out, I will cover the heaven, and make the stars thereof dark; I will cover the sun with a cloud, and the moon will not give her light. *~Luke 21:25
Indeed, I will make many people amazed at you, and their kings will be horribly afraid for you, when I will brandish my sword before them; and they will tremble at [every] moment, every man for his own life, in the day of your fall.'
I will cause your multitude to fall by the swords of the mighty, the terrible of the nations, all of them, and they will spoil the pomp of Egypt, and all the multitude thereof will be destroyed.
'When I will make the land of Egypt desolate, and the country will be destitute of that whereof it was full, when I will strike all those who dwell therein, then they will know that I [am] the Lord.
This [is] the lamentation whereby they will lament her, the daughters of the nations will lament her, they will lament for her, [even] for Egypt, and for all her multitude,' the Lord God says."
"Son of man, wail for the multitude of Egypt, and cast them down, [even] her, and the daughters of the famous nations, to the nether parts of the earth, with those who go down into the pit.
There [is] Elam, and all her multitude around her grave, all of them slain, fallen by the sword, who have gone down uncircumcised into the nether parts of the earth, who caused their terror in the land of the living; yet they have borne their shame with those who go down to the pit.
They have set her a bed in the midst of the slain with all her multitude, her graves [are] around him, all of them uncircumcised, slain by the sword, though their terror was caused in the land of the living, yet they have borne their shame with those who go down to the pit, he is put in the midst of [those who are] slain.
And they will not lie with the mighty [who are] fallen of the uncircumcised, who have gone down to Hell with their weapons of war, and they have laid their swords under their heads, but their iniquities will be upon their bones, though [they were] the terror of the mighty in the land of the living.
There [is] Edom, her kings, and all her princes, who, with their might, are laid by [those who were] slain by the sword, they will lie with the uncircumcised, and with those who go down to the pit.
There [are] the princes of the north, all of them, and all the Sidonians, who have gone down with the slain; with their terror, they are ashamed of their might; and they lie uncircumcised with [those who are] slain by the sword, and bear their shame with those who go down to the pit.
'For I have caused My terror in the land of the living, and he will be laid in the midst of the uncircumcised with [those who are are] slain with the sword, [even] Pharaoh and all his multitude,' the Lord God says."
"Son of man, speak to the children of your people, and say to them, 'When I bring the sword upon a land, if the people of the land take a man of their coasts, and set him for their watchman.
But if the watchman sees the sword come, and does not blow the trumpet, and the people are not warned; if the sword comes, and takes [any] person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but I will require his blood at the watchman's hand.
When I say to the wicked, 'O wicked [man], you will surely die;' if you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked [man] will die in his iniquity; but I will require his blood at your hand.
Say to them, '[As] I live,' the Lord God says, 'I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live, turn, turn from your evil ways; for why will you die, O house of Israel?'
Therefore, you Son of man, say to the children of your people, 'The righteousness of the righteous will not deliver him in the day of his transgression, as for the wickedness of the wicked, he will not fall thereby in the day that he turns from his wickedness; neither will the righteous be able to live for his [righteousness] in the day that he sins.'
When I will say to the righteous, [that] he will surely live; if he trusts his own righteousness, and commits iniquity, all his righteousnesses will not be remembered; but for his iniquity that he has committed, he will die for it.
And it came to pass in the twelfth year of our captivity, in the tenth [month], in the fifth [day] of the month, [that] one who had escaped out of Jerusalem came to me, saying, "The city is struck."
Now the hand of the Lord was upon me in the evening, before he who had escaped came; and had opened my mouth, until He came to me in the morning; and my mouth was opened, and I was no longer dumb.
Say thus to them, 'Thus the Lord God says; '[As] I live, surely those who [are] in the wastes will fall by the sword, and him who [is] in the open field, I will give to the beasts to be devoured, and those who [are] in the forts and in the caves will die of the pestilence.
Also, you Son of man, the children of your people are still talking against you by the walls and in the doors of the houses, and speak to one another, everyone to his brother, saying, 'Please come and hear what is the word that comes forth from the Lord.'
And they come to you as the people come, and they sit before you [as] My people, and they hear your words, but they will not do them, for they show much love with their mouth, [but] their heart goes after their covetousness.
"Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy, and say to them, 'Thus the Lord God says to the shepherds; 'Woe to the shepherds of Israel who feed themselves! Should the shepherds not feed the flocks?
You have not strengthened the diseased, neither have you healed those who were sick, neither have you bound up [those who were] broken, neither have you brought again those which were driven away, neither have you sought those which were lost; but you have ruled them with force and with cruelty.
'[As] I live,' the Lord God says, 'Surely because My flock became a prey, and My flock became meat to every beast of the field, because [there was] no shepherd, neither did My shepherds search for My flock, but the shepherds fed themselves, and did not feed My flock;
Thus the Lord God says; 'Behold, I [am] against the shepherds; and I will require My flock at their hand, and cause them to cease from feeding the flock; neither will the shepherds feed themselves anymore; for I will deliver My flock from their mouth, that they may not be meat for them.'
As a shepherd seeks out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep [that are] scattered; so will I seek out My sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day.
And I will bring them out from the people, and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land, and feed them upon the mountains of Israel by the rivers, and in all the inhabited places of the country.
I will feed them in a good pasture, and their fold will be upon the high mountains of Israel, there they will lie in a good fold, and they will feed upon the mountains of Israel [in] a fat pasture.
'I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up [that which was] broken, and will strengthen that which was sick, but I will destroy the fat and the strong; I will feed them with judgment.
[It seems] a small thing to you to have eaten up the good pasture, but must you tread down the residue of your pastures with your feet? And to have drunk of the deep waters, but must you foul the residue with your feet?
And the tree of the field will yield her fruit, and the earth will yield her increase, and they will be safe in their land, and will know that I [am] the Lord, when I have broken the bands of their yoke, and delivered them out of the hand of those who served themselves of them.
Because you have had a perpetual hatred, and have shed [the blood of] the Children of Israel by the force of the sword in the time of their calamity, in the time [that their] iniquity [had] an end.
Therefore, [as] I live,' the Lord God says, 'I will even do according to your anger, and according to your envy which you have used out of your hatred against them; and I will make Myself known among them, when I have judged you.
And you will know that I [am] the Lord, [and that] I have heard all your blasphemies which you have spoken against the mountains of Israel, saying, 'They are laid desolate, they are given to us to consume.'
Therefore prophesy and say, 'Thus the Lord God says; 'Because they have made [you] desolate, and swallowed you up on every side, that you might be a possession to the residue of the heathen, and you are taken up in the lips of talkers, and [are] an infamy of the people.
Therefore, you mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord God; 'Thus the Lord God says to the mountains, and to the hills, to the rivers, and to the valleys, to the desolate wastes, and to the cities that are forsaken, which became a prey and derision to the residue of the heathen who [are] round about;
Therefore the Lord God thus says; 'Surely in the fire of My jealousy have I spoken against the residue of the heathen, and against all Idumea, who have appointed My land into their possession with the joy of all [their] heart, with spiteful minds, to cast it out for a prey.'
Prophesy therefore concerning the land of Israel, and say to the mountains, and to the hills, to the rivers, and to the valleys, 'Thus the Lord God says; 'Behold, I have spoken in My jealousy and in My fury, because you have borne the shame of the heathen.'
And I will multiply man and beast upon you; and they will increase and bring fruit, and I will settle you after your old estates, and will do better [to you] than at your beginnings, and you will know that I [am] the Lord.
Indeed, I will cause men to walk upon you, [even] My people Israel; and they will possess you, and you will be their inheritance, and you will no longer from now on bereave them [of men].'
'Neither will I cause [men] to hear the shame of the heathen anymore in you, neither will you bear the reproach of the people anymore, neither will you cause your nations to fall anymore,' the Lord God says."
Therefore say to the house of Israel, 'Thus the Lord God says; 'I do not do [this] for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for My holy name's sake, which you have profaned among the heathen, where you went.
And I will sanctify My great name, which was profaned among the heathen, which you have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen will know that I [am] the Lord,' the Lord God says, 'When I will be sanctified in you before their eyes.
And He said to me, "Son of man, can these bones live?" *4 Maccabees 18:17 And I answered, "O Lord God, You know."
Then He said to me, "Prophesy to the wind, prophesy, Son of man, and say to the wind, 'Thus the Lord God says; 'Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.'"
Therefore prophesy and say to them, 'Thus the Lord God says; 'Behold, O My people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel.
"Moreover, you Son of man, take one stick, and write upon it, 'For Judah, and for the Children of Israel his companions,' then take another stick, and write upon it, 'For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and [for] all the house of Israel his companions.'
Say to them, 'Thus the Lord God says; 'Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph, which [is] in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel his fellows, and will put them with him, [even] with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they will be one in My hand.'
And say to them, 'Thus the Lord God says; 'Behold, I will take the Children of Israel from among the heathen, where they have gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land.
And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king will be king to them all, and they will no longer be two nations, neither will they be divided into two kingdoms anymore at all.
Neither will they defile themselves anymore with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions, but I will save them out of all their dwelling places, wherein they have sinned, and will cleanse them, so they will be My people, and I will be their God.
And they will dwell in the land that I have given to Jacob My servant, wherein your fathers have dwelt; and they will dwell therein, [even] they, and their children, and their children's children forever, and My servant David [will be] their prince forever.
Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them; it will be an everlasting covenant with them, and I will place them, and multiply them, and will set My sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore.
And I will turn you back, and put hooks into your jaws, and I will bring you forth, and all your army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts [of armor, even] a great company [with] bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords.
After many days you will be visited, in the latter years you will come into the land [that is] brought back from the sword, [and is] gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have always been waste, but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they will dwell safely, all of them.
And you will say, 'I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to those who are at rest, who dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars or gates,
To take a spoil, and to take a prey;' to turn your hand upon the desolate places [that are now] inhabited, and upon the people [who are] gathered out of the nations, who have gotten cattle and goods, who dwell in the midst of the land.
Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, will say to you, 'Are you come to take a spoil? Have you gathered your company to take a prey? To carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil?'
And you will come up against My people of Israel, as a cloud to cover the land; it will be in the latter days, and I will bring you against My land, that the heathen may know Me, when I will be sanctified in you, O Gog, before their eyes.
Thus the Lord God says; '[Are] you he of whom I have spoken in old time by My servants the prophets of Israel, who prophesied in those days [for many] years that I would bring you against them?
So that the fish of the sea, and the fowls of the heaven, and the beasts of the field, and all creeping things that creep upon the earth, and all the men who [are] upon the face of the earth, will shake at My presence, and the mountains will be thrown down, and the steep places will fall, and every wall will fall to the ground. *18:98
And I will judge against him with pestilence and with blood; and I will rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many people who [are] with him, an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone.
You will fall upon the mountains of Israel, you, and all your bands, and the people who [are] with you, I will give you to the ravenous birds of every sort, and [to] the beasts of the field to be devoured.
So I will make My holy name known in the midst of My people Israel; and I will not [let them] pollute My holy name anymore, and the heathen will know that I [am] the Lord, the Holy One in Israel.
And those who dwell in the cities of Israel will go forth, and will set on fire and burn the weapons, both the shields and the bucklers, the bows and the arrows, and the handstaves, and the spears, and they will burn them with fire for seven years.
So that they will take no wood out of the field, neither cut down [any] out of the forests; for they will burn the weapons with fire, and they will spoil those who spoiled them, and rob those who robbed them,' the Lord God says.
'And it will come to pass in that day, [that] I will give a place there of graves in Israel to Gog, the valley of the passengers on the east of the sea, and it will stop the [noses] of the passengers, and there they will bury Gog and all his multitude, and they will call [it] The valley of Hamongog.
'And they will sever out men of continual employment, passing through the land to bury those who remain upon the face of the earth with the passengers, to cleanse it, after the end of seven months, they will search.
And, you Son of man,' thus the Lord God says; 'Speak to every feathered fowl, and to every beast of the field, 'Assemble yourselves, and come; gather yourselves on every side to My sacrifice that I do sacrifice for you, [even] a great sacrifice upon the mountains of Israel, that you may eat flesh, and drink blood.
And the heathen will know that the house of Israel went into captivity for their iniquity, because they trespassed against Me, therefore I hid My Face from them, and gave them into the hand of their enemies, so they fell, all by the sword.
Then they will know that I [am] the Lord their God, who caused them to be led into captivity among the heathen, but I have gathered them to their own land, and have left none of them there anymore.
In the twenty fifth year of our captivity, in the beginning of the year, in the tenth [day] of the month, in the fourteenth year after the city was struck, in the selfsame day, the hand of the Lord was upon me, and brought me there.
And He brought me there, and, behold, [there was] a man, whose appearance [was] like the appearance of brass, with a line of flax in his hand, and a measuring reed; and he stood in the gate.
And the man said to me, "Son of man, behold with your eyes, and hear with your ears, and set your heart upon all that I will show you; you [are] brought here for to the intent that I might show [them] to you, declare all that you see to the house of Israel."
And behold a wall on the outside of the house round about, and in the man's hand a measuring reed of six cubits [long] by the cubit and a hand breadth, so he measured the breadth of the building, one reed; and the height, one reed.
Then he came to the gate which looks toward the east, and went up the stairs thereof, and measured the threshold of the gate, [which was] one reed broad; and the other threshold [of the gate, which was] one reed broad.
And [every] little chamber [was] one reed long, and one reed broad; and between the little chambers [were] five cubits; and the threshold of the gate by the porch of the gate within [was] one reed.
And the little chambers of the gate eastward [were] three on this side, and three on that side; the three [were] of one measure, and the posts had one measure on this side and on that side.
The space also before the little chambers [was] one cubit [on this side], and the space [was] one cubit on that side, and the little chambers [were] six cubits on this side, and six cubits on that side.
And [there were] narrow windows to the little chambers, and to their posts within the gate round about, and likewise to the arches, and windows [were] around inward, and upon [each] post [were] palm trees.
And the little chambers thereof [were] three on this side and three on that side; and the posts thereof and the arches thereof were after the measure of the first gate, the length thereof [was] fifty cubits, and the breadth twenty five cubits.
And their windows, and their arches, and their palm trees, [were] after the measure of the gate that looks toward the east; and they went up to it by seven steps; and the arches thereof [were] before them.
And the little chambers thereof, and the posts thereof, and the arches thereof, according to these measures, and [there were] windows in it and in the arches thereof round about, [it was] fifty cubits long, and twenty five cubits broad.
And the little chambers thereof, and the posts thereof, and the arches thereof, [were] according to these measures, and [there were] windows therein and in the arches thereof round about, [it was] fifty cubits long, and twenty five cubits broad.
And the four tables [were] of hewn stone for the burnt offering, of a cubit and a half long, and a cubit and a half broad, and one cubit high, whereupon also they laid the instruments whereby they slew the burnt offering and the sacrifice.
And outside the inner gate [were] the chambers of the singers in the inner court, which [was] at the side of the north gate; and their prospect [was] toward the south, one at the side of the east gate [having] the prospect toward the north.
And the chamber whose prospect [is] toward the north [is] for the priests, the keepers of the charge of the altar, these [are] the sons of Zadok among the sons of Levi, who come near the Lord to minister to Him.
And he brought me to the porch of the House, and measured [each] post of the porch, five cubits on this side, and five cubits on that side, and the breadth of the gate [was] three cubits on this side, and three cubits on that side.
The length of the porch [was] twenty cubits, and the breadth eleven cubits; and [he brought me] by the steps whereby they went up to it, and [there were] pillars by the posts, one on this side, and another on that side.
And the breadth of the door [was] ten cubits; and the sides of the door [were] five cubits on the one side, and five cubits on the other side, and he measured the length thereof, forty cubits, and the breadth, twenty cubits.
And the side chambers [were] three, one over another, and thirty in order; and they entered into the wall which [was] of the House for the side chambers round about, that they might have hold, but they did not have hold in the wall of the House.
And [there was] an enlarging, and a winding about still upward to the side chambers, for the winding about of the House went still upward around the House, therefore the breadth of the House [was still] upward, and so increased [from] the lowest [chamber] to the highest by the midst.
And the doors of the side chambers [were] toward [the place that was] left, one door toward the north, and another door toward the south, and the breadth of the place that was left [was] five cubits round about.
Now the building that [was] before the separate place at the end toward the west [was] seventy cubits broad; and the wall of the building [was] five cubits thick round about, and the length thereof ninety cubits.
And he measured the length of the building over against the separate place which [was] behind it, and the galleries thereof on the one side and on the other side, a hundred cubits, with the inner temple, and the porches of the court;
The door posts, and the narrow windows, and the galleries around on their three stories, over against the door, cieled with wood round about, and from the ground up to the windows, and the windows [were] covered;
So that the face of a man [was] toward the palm tree on the one side, and the face of a young lion toward the palm tree on the other side, [it was] made through all the House round about.
The altar of wood [was] three cubits high, and the length thereof two cubits; and the corners thereof, and the length thereof, and the walls thereof, [were] of wood, and he said to me, "This [is] the table that [is] before the Lord."
Then he brought me forth into the outer court, the way toward the north, and he brought me into the chamber that [was] over against the separate place, and which [was] before the building toward the north.
And the way before them [was] like the appearance of the chambers which [were] toward the north, as long as they, [and] as broad as they, and all their goings out [were] both according to their fashions, and according to their doors.
And according to the doors of the chambers that [were] toward the south [was] a door in the head of the way, [even] the way directly before the wall toward the east, as one enters into them.
Then he said to me, "The north chambers [and] the south chambers, which [are] before the separate place, they [are] holy chambers, where the priests who approach the Lord will eat the most holy things, there they will lay the most holy things, and the meat offering, and the sin offering, and the trespass offering; for the place [is] holy.
When the priests enter therein, then they will not go out of the holy [place] into the outer court, but there they will lay their garments wherein they minister; for they [are] holy; and will put on other garments, and will approach [those things] which [are] for the people.
And [it was] according to the appearance of the vision which I saw, [even] according to the vision that I saw when I came to destroy the city, and the visions [were] like the vision that I saw by the river Chebar; and I fell upon my face.
And He said to me, "Son of man, the place of My Throne, and the place of the soles of My feet, where I will dwell in the midst of the Children of Israel forever, and My holy name, the house of Israel will no longer defile, [neither] they, nor their kings, by their whoredom, nor by the carcasses of their kings in their high places.
In their setting of their threshold by My thresholds, and their post by My posts, and the wall between Me and them, they have even defiled My holy name by their abominations that they have committed, therefore I have consumed them in My anger.
And if they are ashamed of all that they have done, show them the form of the House, and the fashion thereof, and the goings out thereof, and the comings in thereof, and all the forms thereof, and all the ordinances thereof, and all the forms thereof, and all the laws thereof, and write [it] in their sight, that they may keep the whole form thereof, and all the ordinances thereof, and do them.
And these [are] the measures of the altar after the cubits: The cubit [is] a cubit and a hand breadth; even the bottom [will be] a cubit, and the breadth a cubit, and the border thereof by the edge thereof around [will be] a span, and this [will be] the higher place of the altar.
And from the bottom [upon] the ground [even] to the lower settle [will be] two cubits, and the breadth one cubit; and from the lesser settle [even] to the greater settle [will be] four cubits, and the breadth [one] cubit.
And the settle [will be] fourteen [cubits] long and fourteen broad in the four squares thereof; and the border about it [will be] half a cubit; and the bottom thereof [will be] a cubit about; and his stairs will look toward the east."
And He said to me, "Son of man, thus the Lord God says; 'These [are] the ordinances of the altar in the day when they will make it, to offer burnt offerings thereon, and to sprinkle blood thereon.
And when these days have expired, it will be, [that] upon the eighth day, and [so] forward, the priests will make your burnt offerings upon the altar, and your peace offerings; and I will accept you,' the Lord God says."
Then the Lord said to me; "This gate will be shut, it will not be opened, and no man will enter in by it; because the Lord, the God of Israel, has entered in by it, therefore it will be shut.
And the Lord said to me, "Son of man, mark well, and behold with your eyes, and hear with your ears all that I say to you concerning all the ordinances of the House of the Lord, and all the laws thereof; and mark well the entering in of the House, with every going forth of the sanctuary.
In that you have brought strangers [into My sanctuary], uncircumcised in heart, and uncircumcised in flesh, to be in My sanctuary, to pollute it, [even] My House, when you offer My bread, the fat and the blood, and they have broken My covenant because of all your abominations.
Yet they will be ministers in My sanctuary, [having] charge at the gates of the House, and ministering to the House, they will slay the burnt offering and the sacrifice for the people, and they will stand before them to minister to them.
Because they ministered to them before their idols, and caused the house of Israel to fall into iniquity; therefore I have lifted up My hand against them,' the Lord God says, 'And they will bear their iniquity.
And they will not come near Me, to do the office of a priest to Me, nor to come near to any of My holy things, in the most holy [place], but they will bear their shame, and their abominations which they have committed.
But the priests the Levites, the sons of Zadok, who kept the charge of My sanctuary when the Children of Israel went astray from Me, they will come near Me to minister to Me, and they will stand before Me to offer Me the fat and the blood,' the Lord God says.
And it will come to pass, [that] when they enter in at the gates of the inner court, they will be clothed with linen garments; and no wool will come upon them, while they minister in the gates of the inner court, and within.
And when they go forth into the outer court, [even] into the outer court to the people, they will put off their garments wherein they ministered, and lay them in the holy chambers, and they will put on other garments; and they will not sanctify the people with their garments.
And they will stand in judgment in controversy; [and] they will judge it according to My judgments, and they will keep My laws and My statutes in all My assemblies; and they will make My sabbaths holy.
And they will come at no dead person to defile themselves, but for father, or for mother, or for son, or for daughter, for brother, or for sister who has had no husband, they may defile themselves.
And the first of all the firstfruits of all [things], and every oblation of all, of every [sort] of your oblations, will be the priest's, you will also give to the priest the first of your dough, that he may cause the blessing to rest in your house.
Moreover, when you will divide the land for inheritance by lot, you will offer an oblation to the Lord, a holy portion of the land, the length [will be] the length of twenty five thousand [reeds], and the breadth [will be] ten thousand. This [will be] holy in all the borders thereof round about.
The holy [portion] of the land will be for the priests, the ministers of the sanctuary, who will come near to minister to the Lord, and it will be a place for their houses, and a holy place for the sanctuary.
And you will appoint the possession of the city, five thousand broad, and twenty five thousand long, over against the oblation of the holy [portion], it will be for the whole house of Israel.
And a [portion will be] for the prince on the one side and on the other side of the oblation of the holy [portion], and of the possession of the city, before the oblation of the holy [portion], and before the possession of the city, from the west side westward, and from the east side eastward, and the length [will be] over against one of the portions, from the west border to the east border.
In the land will be his possession in Israel, and My princes will no longer oppress My people; and they will give [the rest of] the land to the house of Israel according to their tribes.'
Thus the Lord God says; 'Let it suffice you, O princes of Israel, remove violence and spoil, and execute judgment and justice, take away your exactions from My people,' the Lord God says.
And one lamb out of the flock, out of two hundred, out of the fat pastures of Israel; for a meat offering, and for a burnt offering, and for peace offerings, to make reconciliation for them,' the Lord God says.
And it will be the prince's part [to give] burnt offerings, and meat offerings, and drink offerings, in the feasts, and in the new moons, and in the sabbaths, in all solemnities of the house of Israel, he will prepare the sin offering, and the meat offering, and the burnt offering, and the peace offerings, to make reconciliation for the house of Israel.'
And the priest will take of the blood of the sin offering, and put [it] upon the posts of the House, and upon the four corners of the settle of the altar, and upon the posts of the gate of the inner court.
And for seven days of the feast, he will prepare a burnt offering to the Lord, seven bullocks and seven rams without blemish daily for seven days; and a kid of the goats daily [for] a sin offering.
In the seventh [month], in the fifteenth day of the month, he will do the like in the feast of the seven days, according to the sin offering, according to the burnt offering, and according to the meat offering, and according to the oil.'
Thus the Lord God says; 'The gate of the inner court that looks toward the east will be shut the six working days; but on the sabbath it will be opened, and in the day of the new moon it will be opened.
And the prince will enter by the way of the porch of [that] gate outside, and will stand by the post of the gate, and the priests will prepare his burnt offering and his peace offerings, and he will worship at the threshold of the gate, then he will go forth; but the gate will not be shut until the evening.
But when the people of the land will come before the Lord in the solemn feasts, he who enters in by the way of the north gate to worship will go out by the way of the south gate; and he who enters by the way of the south gate will go forth by the way of the north gate, he will not return by the way of the gate whereby he came in, but will go forth over against it.
Now when the prince will prepare a voluntary burnt offering or peace offerings voluntarily to the Lord, [one] will then open the gate for him, that looks toward the east, and he will prepare his burnt offering and his peace offerings, as he did on the sabbath day, then he will go forth; and after his going forth, [one] will shut the gate.
And you will prepare a meat offering for it every morning, the sixth part of an ephah, and the third part of a hin of oil, to temper with the fine flour; a meat offering continually by a perpetual ordinance to the Lord.
But if he gives a gift of his inheritance to one of his servants, then it will be his to the year of liberty; afterward, it will return to the prince, but his inheritance will be his sons' for them.
Moreover the prince will not take of the people's inheritance by oppression, to thrust them out of their possession; [but] he will give his sons inheritance out of his own possession, that My people are not scattered, every man from his possession.'"
Afterward, he brought me through the entry, which [was] at the side of the gate, into the holy chambers of the priests, which looked toward the north, and, behold, there [was] a place on the two sides westward.
Then he said to me, "This [is] the place where the priests will boil the trespass offering and the sin offering, where they will bake the meat offering; that they do not bear [them] out into the outer court, to sanctify the people."
Afterward he brought me again to the door of the House; and, behold, waters issued out from under the threshold of the House eastward, for the forefront of the House [stood toward] the east, and the waters came down from under from the right side of the House, at the south [side] of the altar.
Then he brought me out of the way of the gate northward, and led me about the way outside to the outer gate by the way that looks eastward; and, behold, waters ran out there on the right side.
Then he said to me, "These waters issue out toward the east country, and go down into the desert, and go into the sea, [which being] brought forth into the sea, the waters will be healed.
And it will come to pass, [that] every thing that lives, which moves, wherever the rivers will come, will live, and there will be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters will come there, for they will be healed; and everything will live where the river comes.
And it will come to pass, [that] the fishers will stand upon it from Engedi even to Eneglaim; they will be a [place] to spread forth nets; their fish will be according to their kinds, as the fish of the great sea, exceedingly many.
And by the river upon the bank thereof, on this side and on that side, will grow all trees for meat, whose leaf will not fade, neither will the fruit thereof be consumed, it will bring forth new fruit according to his months, because they issued their waters out of the sanctuary, and the fruit thereof will be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine."
And the east side you will measure from Hauran, and from Damascus, and from Gilead, and from the land of Israel [by] Jordan, from the border to the east sea. And [this is] the east side.
And it will come to pass, [that] you will divide it by lot for an inheritance to you, and to the strangers who sojourn among you, who will beget children among you, and they will be to you as born in the country among the Children of Israel; they will have inheritance with you among the tribes of Israel.
Now these [are] the names of the tribes. From the north end to the coast of the way of Hethlon, as one goes to Hamath, Hazarenan, the border of Damascus northward, to the coast of Hamath; for these are his sides east [and] west; a [portion for] Dan.
And by the border of Judah, from the east side to the west side, will be the offering which you will offer of twenty five thousand [reeds in] breadth, and [in] length as one of the [other] parts, from the east side to the west side, and the sanctuary will be in the midst of it.
And for them, [even] for the priests, will be [this] holy oblation; toward the north, twenty five thousand [in length], and toward the west, ten thousand in breadth, and toward the east, ten thousand in breadth, and toward the south, twenty five thousand in length, and the sanctuary of the Lord will be in the midst thereof.
And over against the border of the priests the Levites [will have] twenty five thousand in length, and ten thousand in breadth, all the length [will be] twenty five thousand, and the breadth ten thousand.
And the five thousand, that are left in the breadth over against the twenty five thousand, will be a profane [place] for the city, for dwelling, and for suburbs, and the city will be in the midst thereof.
And these [will be] the measures thereof; the north side, four thousand five hundred, and the south side, four thousand five hundred, and on the east side, four thousand five hundred, and the west side, four thousand five hundred.
And the suburbs of the city will be toward the north, two hundred and fifty, and toward the south, two hundred and fifty, and toward the east, two hundred and fifty, and toward the west, two hundred and fifty.
And the residue in length over against the oblation of the holy [portion will be] ten thousand eastward, and ten thousand westward, and it will be over against the oblation of the holy [portion]; and the increase thereof will be for food to those who serve the city.
And the residue [will be] for the prince, on the one side and on the other of the holy oblation, and of the possession of the city, over against the twenty five thousand of the oblation toward the east border, and westward over against the twenty five thousand toward the west border, over against the portions for the prince, and it will be the holy oblation; and the sanctuary of the House [will be] in the midst thereof.
Moreover, from the possession of the Levites, and from the possession of the city, [being] in the midst [of that] which is the prince's, between the border of Judah and the border of Benjamin, will be for the prince.