THE BOOK OF THE PROPHET
Ezekiel catalogs the sins of the Jews in Jerusalem—They shall be scattered and destroyed for their iniquities.
Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,
Now, thou son of man, wilt thou judge, wilt thou judge the bloody city? yea, thou shalt shew her all her abominations.
Then say thou, Thus saith the Lord God
, The city asheddeth bblood
in the midst of it, that her ctime
may come, and maketh idols against herself to defile herself.
Thou art become guilty in thy blood that thou hast shed; and hast defiled thyself in thine idols which thou hast made; and thou hast caused thy days to draw near, and art come even
unto thy years: therefore have I made thee a areproach
unto the heathen, and a mocking to all countries.
Those that be near, and those that be far from thee, shall mock thee, which art infamous and much vexed.
Behold, the princes of Israel, every one were in thee to their power to shed blood.
In thee have they aset
light by bfather
and mother: in the midst of thee have they dealt by coppression
with the dstranger
: in thee have they vexed the fatherless and the ewidow
Thou hast despised mine holy things, and hast profaned my sabbaths.
In thee are men that acarry
tales to shed blood: and in thee they eat upon the mountains: in the midst of thee they commit blewdness
And one hath committed abomination with his neighbour’s wife; and another hath lewdly defiled his daughter in law; and another in thee hath humbled his sister, his father’s daughter.
In thee have they taken agifts
to shed blood; thou hast taken busury
and increase, and thou hast greedily gained of thy neighbours by extortion, and hast forgotten me, saith the Lord God
¶ Behold, therefore I have smitten mine hand at thy adishonest
gain which thou hast made, and at thy blood which hath been in the midst of thee.
Can thine heart endure, or can thine hands be strong, in the days that I shall deal with thee? I the Lord have spoken it, and will do it.
And I will ascatter
thee among the heathen, and disperse thee in the countries, and will consume thy bfilthiness
out of thee.
And thou shalt take thine inheritance in thyself in the sight of the heathen, and thou shalt know that I am the Lord.
And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,
Son of man, the house of Israel is to me become adross
: all they are
brass, and tin, and iron, and lead, in the midst of the bfurnace
; they are even
the dross of silver.
Therefore thus saith the Lord God; Because ye are all become dross, behold, therefore I will gather you into the midst of Jerusalem.
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 will I gather you in mine anger and in my fury, and I will leave you there, and melt you.
Yea, I will gather you, and blow upon you in the afire
of my wrath, and ye shall be melted in the midst thereof.
As silver is melted in the midst of the furnace, so shall ye be melted in the midst thereof; and ye shall know that I the Lord have poured out my fury upon you.
¶ And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,
Son of man, say unto her, Thou art
the land that is not cleansed, nor arained
upon in the day of bindignation
of her bprophets
in the midst thereof, like a croaring
lion ravening the prey; they have devoured souls; they have taken the dtreasure
things; they have made her many widows in the midst thereof.
my law, and have profaned mine holy things: they have put no cdifference
between the holy and profane, neither have they shewed difference
between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from my dsabbaths
, and I am eprofaned
in the midst thereof are
like wolves ravening the prey, to shed blood, and
to destroy souls, to get dishonest bgain
And her prophets have daubed them with untempered amorter
, seeing vanity, and bdivining
lies unto them, saying, Thus saith the Lord God
, when the Lord
hath not spoken.
The people of the land have used oppression, and exercised robbery, and have vexed the apoor
and needy: yea, they have oppressed the stranger wrongfully.
And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not adestroy
it: but I found none.
Therefore have I poured out mine indignation upon them; I have consumed them with the fire of my wrath: their own way have I arecompensed
upon their heads, saith the Lord God