Ezekiel 20

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The Book of the Prophet Ezekiel

Chapter 21


And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,2


Son of man, set3 thy face toward Jerusalem, and drop54 [thy word] toward the holy places, and prophesy10 against the land of Israel,


And say1 to the land of Israel, Thus saith1 the LORD; Behold, I [am] against thee, and will draw forth52 my sword out of his sheath, and will cut off52 from thee the righteous and the wicked.


Seeing then that I will cut off52 from thee the righteous and the wicked, therefore shall my sword go forth4 out of his sheath against all flesh from the south to the north:


That all flesh may know1 that I the LORD have drawn forth52 my sword out of his sheath: it shall not return4 any more.


Sigh10 therefore, thou son of man, with the breaking of [thy] loins; and with bitterness sigh11 before their eyes.


And it shall be, when they say4 unto thee, Wherefore sighest12 thou? that thou shalt answer,1 For the tidings; because it cometh:6 and every heart shall melt,8 and all hands shall be feeble,1 and every spirit shall faint,14 and all knees shall be weak4 [as] water: behold, it cometh,6 and shall be brought to pass,8 saith7 the Lord GOD.


Again the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,2


Son of man, prophesy,10 and say,1 Thus saith1 the LORD; Say,3 A sword, a sword is sharpened,90 and also furbished:7


It is sharpened90 to make a sore slaughter;2 it is furbished30 that it may glitter: should we then make mirth?4 it contemneth6 the rod of my son, [as] every tree.


And he hath given4 it to be furbished,2 that it may be handled: 8610 2 this sword is sharpened,90 and it is furbished,30 to give2 it into the hand of the slayer.6


Cry3 and howl,54 son of man: for it shall be upon my people, it [shall be] upon all the princes of Israel: terrors7 by reason of the sword shall be upon my people: smite3 therefore upon [thy] thigh.


Because [it is] a trial,27 and what if [the sword] contemn6 even the rod? it shall be no [more], saith7 the Lord GOD.


Thou therefore, son of man, prophesy,10 and smite54 [thine] hands together, and let the sword be doubled11 the third time, the sword of the slain: it [is] the sword of the great [men that are] slain, which entereth into their privy chambers.6


I have set1 the point of the sword against all their gates, that [their] heart may faint,2 and [their] ruins be multiplied:53 ah! [it is] made7 bright, [it is] wrapped up for the slaughter.


Go thee one way or other,100 [either] on54 the right hand,54 [or] on the left,54 whithersoever thy face [is] set.94


I will also smite55 mine hands together, and I will cause my fury to rest:52 I the LORD have said14 [it].


The word of the LORD came unto me again, saying,2


Also, thou son of man, appoint3 thee two ways, that the sword of the king of Babylon may come:2 both twain shall come forth4 out of one land: and choose16 thou a place, choose16 [it] at the head of the way to the city.


Appoint4 a way, that the sword may come2 to Rabbath of the Ammonites, 5983 and to Judah in Jerusalem the defenced.7


For the king of Babylon stood1 at the parting of the way, at the head of the two ways, to use2 divination: he made [his] arrows bright,43 he consulted1 with images, he looked1 in the liver.


At his right hand was the divination for Jerusalem, to appoint2 captains, to open2 the mouth in the slaughter, to lift up53 the voice with shouting, to appoint2 [battering] rams against the gates, to cast2 a mount, [and] to build2 a fort.


And it shall be unto them as a false divination2 in their sight, to them that have sworn7 oaths: but he will call to remembrance56 the iniquity, that they may be taken.9


Therefore thus saith1 the Lord GOD; Because ye have made your iniquity to be remembered,53 in that your transgressions are discovered,9 so that in all your doings your sins do appear;9 because, [I say], that ye are come to remembrance,9 ye shall be taken11 with the hand.


And thou, profane wicked prince of Israel, whose day is come,1 when iniquity [shall have] an end,


Thus saith1 the Lord GOD; Remove54 the diadem, and take off54 the crown: this [shall] not [be] the same: exalt53 [him that is] low, and abase53 [him that is] high.


I will overturn,4 5754 overturn, overturn, it: and it shall be no [more], until he come2 whose right it is; and I will give1 it [him].


And thou, son of man, prophesy10 and say,1 Thus saith1 the Lord GOD concerning the Ammonites, 5983 and concerning their reproach; even say1 thou, The sword, the sword [is] drawn:7 for the slaughter [it is] furbished,7 to consume53 because of the glittering:


Whiles they see2 vanity unto thee, whiles they divine2 a lie unto thee, to bring2 thee upon the necks of [them that are] slain, of the wicked, whose day is come,1 when their iniquity [shall have] an end.


Shall I cause [it] to return54 into his sheath? I will judge4 thee in the place where thou wast created,8 in the land of thy nativity.


And I will pour out1 mine indignation upon thee, I will blow55 against thee in the fire of my wrath, and deliver1 thee into the hand of brutish6 men, [and] skilful to destroy.


Thou shalt be for fuel to the fire; thy blood shall be in the midst of the land; thou shalt be no [more] remembered:11 for I the LORD have spoken14 [it].

Ezekiel 22





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