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Ezekiel's vision of the cherubims, EZEKIEL.
and of the four wheels. 8 Servants have ruled over us: there is! 15 The joy of our heart is ceased; our none that doth deliver us out of their dance is turned into mourning. hand.
16 The crown is fallen from our head: 9 We gat our bread with the peril of wo unto us, that we have sinned! our lives because of the sword of the wil- 17 For this our heart is faint ; for these derness.
things our eyes are dim. 10 Our skin was black like an oven 18 Because of the mountain of Zion, because of the terrible famine.
which is desolate, the foxes walk upon it. 11 They ravished the women in Zion, 19 Thou, O LORD, remainest for ever; and the maids in the cities of Judah. thy throne from generation to generation.
12 Princes are banged up by their hand: 20 Wherefore dost thou forget us for the faces of elders were not honoured. ever, and forsake us so long time?
13 They took the young men to grind, 21 Turn thou us unto thee, O LORD, and and the children fell under the wood. we shall be turned; renew ourdaysas of old.
14 The elders have ceased from the 22 But thou hast utterly rejected us; gate, the young men from their music. thou art very wroth against us.
I The Book of The Prophet EZEKIEL.
12 And they wentevery one straightforTOW it came to pass in the thirtieth ward; whither the spirit was to go, they
year, in the fourth month, in the fifth went; and they turned not when they went. day of the month, as I was among the 13 As for the likeness of the living crea. captives by the river of Chebar, that the tures, their appearance was like burning heavens were opened, and I saw visions coals of fire, and like the appearance of of God.
lamps: it went up and down among the 2 In the fifth day of the month, which was living creatures; and the fire was bright, the fisth yearof king Jehojachin's captivity, and out of the fire went forth lightning.
3 The word of the Lord came expressly 14 And the living creatures ran and reunto Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, turned as the appearance of a flash of in the land of the Chaldeans by the river lightning: Chebar; and the hand of the LORD was 15 T Now as I beheld the living crea. there upon him.
tures, behold one wheel upon the earth by 4 And I looked, and behold, a whirl- the living creatures, with his four faces. wind came out of the north, a great cloud, 16 The appearance of the wheels and and a fire infolding itself, and a brightness their work was like unto the colour of a was about it, and out of the midst thereof beryl: and they four had onelikeness: and as the colour of amber, out of the midst of their appearance and their work was as it the fire.
were a wheel in the middle of a wheel. 5 Also out of the midst thereof came 17 When they went, they went upon the likeness of four living creatures. And their four sides: and they turned not this was their appearance; they had the when they went. likeness of a man.
18 As for their rings, they were so high 6 And every one had four faces, and that they were dreadful; and their rings every one had four wings.
were full of eyes round about them four. 7 And their feet were straight feet; and 19 And when the living creatures went, the sole of their feet was like the sole of a the wheels went by them: and when the calf's foot; and they sparkled like the living creatures were lifted up from the colour of burnished brass.
earth, the wheels were lifted up. 8 And they had the hands of a man 20 Whithersoever the spirit was to go, under their wings on their four sides; and they went, thither was their spirit to go; they four had their faces and their wings. and the wheels were lifted up over against
ỹ Their wings were joined one to ano-them: for the spirit of the living creature ther; they turned not when they went; was in the wheels. they went every one straight forward. 21. When those went, these went; and
io As for the likeness of their faces, when those stood, these stood; and when they four had the face of a man and the those were listed up from the earth, the face of a lion, on the right side: and they wheels were listed up over against them : four had the face of an ox on the left side"; for the spirit of the living creature was in they four also had the face of an eagle. the wheels.
Thus were their faces : and their 22 And the likeness of the firmament wings were stretched upward; two wings upon the heads of the living creature xas of every one were joined one to another, as the colour of the terrible crystal, stretchand two covered their bodies.
ed forth over their heads above.
been there there was a voice from the fir MORE PE that thou findest; eat this
The commission of Ezekiel. CHAP. II, III.
He eats the roll. 23 And under the firmament were their rebellious house : open thy mouth, and eat wings straight, the one toward the other: that I give thee. every one had two, which covered on this 9 T:And when I looked, behold, a hand side, and every one had two, which cover- was sent unto me; and lo, a roll of a book ed on that side, their bodies.
was therein ; 24 And when they went, I heard the 10 And he spread it before me: and it noise of their wings, like the noise of great was written within and without: and there waters, as the voice of the Almighty, the was written therein lamentations, and voice of speech, as the noise of a host : mourning, and wo. when they stood, .
CHAP. III. 25 And there was a voice from the fir
he said unto me, Son mament that was over their heads, when
, eat they stood, and had let down their wings. roll, and go speak unto the house of Israel.
26 | And above the firmament that was 2 So I opened my mouth, and he caused over their heads was the likeness of a me to eat that roll. throne, as the appearance of a sapphire 3 And he said unto me, Son of man, stone : and upon the likeness of the throne cause thy belly to eat, and fill thy bowels was the likeness as the appearance of a with this roll that I give thee. Then did man above upon it.
I eat it; and it was in my mouth as honey 27 And I saw as the colour of amber, as for sweetness. the appearance of fire round about within 4 T And he said unto me, Son of man, it, from the appearance of his loins even go, get thee unto the house of Israel, and upward, and from the appearance of his speak with my words unto them. loins even downward, I saw as it were the 5 For thou art not sent to a people of a appearance of fire, and it had brightness strange speech and of a hard language, round about.
but to the house of Israel ; 28 As the appearance of the bow that 6 Not to many people of a strange is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was speech and of a hard language, whose the appearance of the brightness round words thou canst not understand. Surely, about." This was the appearance of the had I sent thee to them, they would have likeness of the glory of the Lord. And hearkened unto thee. when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I 7 But the house of Israel will not hearkheard a voice of one that spake.
en unto thee; for they will not hearken CHAP. II.
unto me: for all the house of Israel are ANDhe said unto me, Son of man, stand impudent and hard-hearted thy I
8 Behold, I have made thy face strong thee.
against their faces, and thy forehead strong 2 And the spirit entered into me when against their foreheads. he spake unto me, and set me upon my feet, 9 As an adamant, harder than Aint have that I heard him that spake unto me. I made thy forehead: fear them not, nei
3 And he said unto me, Son of man, I ther be dismayrd at their looks, though send thee to the children of Israel, to a re- they be a rebellious house. bellious nation that hath rebelled against 1o Moreover he said unto me, Son of me: they and their fathers have transgress-man, all my words that I shall speak unto ed against me, even unto this very day. thee receive in thy heart, and hear with
4 For they are impudent children and thine ears. stiff-hearted. I do send thee unto them ; 11 And go, get thee to them of the capand thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith tivity, unto the children of thy people, and the Lord God.
speak unto them, and tell them, Thus saith 5 And they, whether they will hear, or the Lord God; whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear, (for they are whether they will forbear. a rebellious house,) yet shall know that 12 Then the spirit took me up, and I there hath been a prophet among them. heard behind me a voice of a great rushing,
6 | And thou, son of man, be not afraid saying, Blessed be the glory of the LORD of them, neither be afraid of their words, from his place. thouglı briers and thorns be with thee, and 13 I heard also the noise of the wings of thou dost dwell among scorpions : be not the living creatures that touched one anoafraid of their words, nor be dismayed at ther, and the noise of the wheels over theirlooks, though theybe a rebellious house. against them, and a noiseof a great rushing,
7 And thou shalt speak my words unto 14 So the spirit listed me up, and took them, whether they will hear, or whether me away, and I went in bitterness, in the they will forbear: for they are most re- heat of my spirit ; but the hand vi the bellious.
LORD was strong upon me, 8 But thou, son of man, hear what I say 15 | Then I came to them of the capunto thee; Be not thou rebellious like that tivity at Tel-abib, that dwelt by the river
The rule of prophecy.
The type of c siege. of Chebar, and I sat where they sat, and set the camp also against it, and set batremained there astonished among them tering rams against it round about. seven days.
3 Moreover take thou unto thee an iron 16 And it came to pass at the end of pan, and set it for a wall of iron between seven days, that the word of the LORD thee and the city: and set thy face against came unto me, saying,
it, and it shall be besieged, and thou shalt 17 Son of man, I have made thee a lay siege against it. This shall be a sign watchman unto the house of Israel : there- to the house of Israel. fore hear the word at my mouth, and give 4 Lie thou also upon thy left side, and them warning from me.
lay the iniquity of the house of Israel 18 When I say unto the wicked, Thou upon it: according to the number of the shalt surely die; and thou givest him not days that thou shalt lie upon it thou shalt warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked bear their iniquity. from his wicked way, to save his life; the 5 For I have laid upon thee the years same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; of their iniquity, according to the number but his blood will I require at thy hand. of the days, three hundred and ninety,
19 Yet if thou warn the wicked, and days : so shalt thou bear the iniquity of he turn not from his wickedness, nor from the house of Israel. his wicked way, he shall die in his iniqui- 6 And when thou hast accomplished ty; but thou hast delivered thy soul. them, lie again on thy right side, and thou
20 Again, When a righteous man doth shalt bear the iniquity of the bouse of turn from his righteousness, and commit Judah forty days: I have appointed thee iniquity, and I lay a stumbling-block each day for a year. before him, he shall die : because thou 7 Therefore thou shalt set thy face hast not given him warning, he shall die toward the siege of Jerusalem, and thine in his sin, and his righteousness which he arm shall be uncovered, and thou shalt prohath done shall not be remembered; but phesy against it. his blood will I require at thy hand. 8 And behold, I will lay bands upon
21 Nevertheless, if thou warn the right- thee, and thou shalt not turn thee from one eous man, that the righteous sin not, and side to another, till thou hast ended the he doth not sin, he shall surely live, be- days of thy siege. cause he is warned; also thou hast deli- 9 T Take thou also unto thee wheat, vered thy soul.
and barley, and beans, and lentiles, and 22 | And the hand of the Lord was millet, and bitches, and put them in one there upon me; and he said unto me, vessel, and make thee bread thereof, acArise, go forth into the plain, and I will cording to the number of the days that there talk with thee.
thou shalt lie upon thy side; three hundred 23 Then I arose, and went forth into the and ninety days shalt thou eat thereof. plain: and behold, the glory of the Lord 10 And thy meat which thou shalt eat stood there, as the glory which I saw by shall be by weight, twenty shekels a day: the river of Chebar: and I fell on my face. from time to time shalt thou eat it.
24 Then the spirit entered into me, and 11 Thou shalt drink also water by measet me upon my leet, and spake with me, sure, the sixth part of a hin: from time and said unto me, Go, shut thyself within to time shalt thou drink. thy house.
12 And thou shalt eat it as harley cakes, 25 But thou, O son of man, behold, and thou shalt bake it with dung that they shall put bands upon thee, and shall cometh out of man, in their sight. bind thee with them, and thou shalt not go 13 And the LORD said, Even thus shall out among them:
the children of Israel eat their defled 26 And I will make thy tongue cleave hread among the Gentiles, whither I will to the roof of thy mouth, that thou shalt drive them. be dumb, and shalt not be to them a re- 14 Then said I, Ah Lord God! behold, prover: for they are a rebellious house.
my soul hath not been polluted: for from 27 But when I speak with thee, I will my youth up even till now have I not open thy mouth, and thou shalt say unto eaten of that which dieth of itself, or is them, Thus saith the Lord God; He that torn in pieces; neither came there abomiheareth, let him hear; and he that for-nable flesh into my mouth. beareth, let him forbear: for they are a 15 Then he said unto me, Lo, I have rebellious house.
given thee cow's dung for man's dung, and CHAP. IV.
thou shalt prepare thy bread therewith. THOU also some of man, take thee a 16 Moreover he said unto me, Son of
tile, and lay it before thee, and pour- man, behold, I will break the staff of bread tray upon it the city, even Jerusalem; in Jerusalem: and they shall eat bread by
Ž And lay siege against it, and build a weight, and with care; and they shall drink furt against it, and casi a inount against it; water by measure, and with astonishment:
and my statutes more than the countries AND the word of the Lord came unto
Under the type of hair is shewed CHAP. V, VI. the judgment of Jerusalem.
17 That they may want bread and wa- 13 Thus shall mine anger be accomter, and be astonished one with another, and plished, and I will cause my fury to rest consume away for their iniquity.
upon them, and I will be comforted: and CHAP. V.
they shall know that I the LORD have ND thou, son of man, take thee a spoken it in my zeal, when I have accomrazor, and cause it to pass upon thy head 14 Moreover, I will make thee waste, and upon thy beard : then take thee ba- and a reproach among the nations that are lances to weigh, and divide the hair. round about thee, in the sight of all that
2 Thou shalt burn with fire a third part pass by. in the midst of the city, when the days of 15 Šo it shall be a reproach and a taunt, the siege are fulfilled: and thou shalt take an instruction and an astonishment unto a third part, and smite about it with a the nations that are round about thee, knife : and a third part thou shalt scatter when I shall execute judgments in thee in in the wind ; and I will draw out a sword anger,and in fury, and in furious rebukes. after them.
I the LORD have spoken it. 3 Thou shalt also take thereof a few in 16 When I shall send upon them the evil number, and bind them in thy skirts. arrows of famine, which shall be for their
4 Then take of them again, and cast destruction, and which I will send to dethem into the midst of the fire, and burn stroy you: and I will increase the famine them in the fire : for thereof shall a fire upon you, and will break your staff of come forth into all the house of Israel. bread:
5 | Thus saith the Lord God; This is 17 So will I send upon you famine and Jerusalem; I have set it in the midst of evil beasts, and they shall bereave thee; the nations and countries that are round and pestilence and blood shall pass through about her.
thee; and I will bring the sword upon 6 And she hath changed my judgments thee. I the Lord have spoken it. into wickedness more than the nations,
I , refused my judgments and my statutes, 2 Son of man, set thy face toward the they have not walked in them.
mountains of Israel, and prophesy against À Therefore thus saith the Lord God; them, Because ye multiplied more than the na- 3 And say, Ye mountains of Israel, hear tions that are round about you, and have the word of the Lord God: Thus saith the not walked in my statutes, neither have Lord God to the mountains, and to the kept my judgments, neither have done hills, to the rivers, and to the valleys; Beaccording to the judgments of the nations hold, 1, even I, will bring a sword upon that are round about you;
you, and I will destroy your high places. 8 Therefore thus saith the Lord God; 4 And your altars shall be desolate, and Behold, I, even I, am against thee, and your images shall be broken : and I will will execute judgments in the midst of thee cast down your slain men before your idols. in the sight of the nations.
5 And I will lay the dead carcasses of 9 And I will do in thee that which I have the children of Israel before their idols ; not done, and whereunto I will not do any and I will scatter your bones round about more the like, because of all thine abomi- your altars. nations.
6. In all your dwelling-places the cities 10 Therefore the fathers shall eat the shall be laid waste, and the high places sons in the midst of thee, and the sons shall be desolate ; that your altars may be shall eat their fathers; and I will execute laid waste and made desolate, and your judgments in thee, and the whole remnant idols may be broken and cease, and your of thee will I scatter into all the winds. Jimages may be cut down, and your works
11 Wherefore, as I live, saith the Lord may be abolished. God; Surely, because thou hast defiled † And the slain shall fall in the midst of my sanctuary with all thy detestable things, you, and ye shall know that I am the LORD. and with all thine abominations, therefore 8 | Yet will I leave a remnant, that ye will I also diminish thee; neither shall mine may have some that shall escape the sword eye spare, neither will I have any pity. among the nations, when ye shall be scat
12 | A third part of thee shall die with tered through the countries. the pestilence, and with famine shall they 9 And they that escape of you shall rebe consumed in the midst of thee: and a member me among the nations whither third part shall fall by the sword round they shall be carried captives, because I about thee ; and I will scatter a third part am broken with their wborish heart, which into all the winds, and I will draw out a hath departed from me, and with their sword after them.
leyes which go a whoring after their idols : Final desolation of Israel. EZEKIEL. Repentance of them that escaped. and they shall loathe themselves for the 10 Behold the day, behold, it is come; evils which they have committed in all the morning is gone forth ; the rod hath their abominations.
blossomed, pride hath budded. 10 And they shall know that I am the 11 Violence is risen up into a rod of LORD, and that I have not said in vain wickedness: none of them shall remain, that I would do this evil unto them. nor of their multitude, nor of any of theirs :
11 | Thus saith the Lord God; Smite neither shall there be wailing for them. with thy hand, and stamp with thy foot, 12 The time is come, the day draweth and say, Alas, for all the evil abominations near: let not the buyer rejoice, nor the of the house of Israel: for they shall fall seller mourn: for wrath is upon all the by the sword, by the famine, and by the multitude thereof. pestilence.
13 For the seller shall not return to that 12 He that is far off shall die of the which is sold, although they were yet pestilence; and he that is near shall fall alive: for the vision is touching the whole by the sword ; and he that remaineth and multitude thereof, which shall not return; is besieged shall die by the famine: thus neither shall any strengthen himself in the will I accomplish my fury upon them. iniquity of his life.
13 Then shall ye know that I am the 14 They have blown the trumpet, eren LORD, when their slain men shall be among to make all ready; but none goeth to the their idols round about their altars, upon battle: for my wrath is upon all the mulevery high hill, in all the tops of the moun- titude thereof. tains, and under every green tree, and 15 The sword is without, and the pestiunder every thick oak, the place where lence and the famine within : he that is in they did offer sweet savour to all their the field shall die with the sword ; and he idols.
that is in the city, famine and pestilence 14 So will I stretch out my hand upon shall devour him. them, and make the land desolate, yea, 16 | But they that escape of them shall more desolate than the wilderness toward escape, and shall be on the mountains like Diblath, in all their habitations : and they doves of the valleys, all of them mourning, shall know that I am the LORD.
every one for his iniquity. CHAP. VII.
17 All hands shall be feeble, and all MOREOVER the word of the Lord knees shall be weak as water.
18 They shall also gird themselves with 2 Also, thou son of man, thus saith the sackcloth, and horror shall cover them; Lord God unto the land of Israel ; An end, and shame shall be upon all faces, and the end is come upon the four corners of baldness upon all their heads. the land.
19 They shall cast their silver in the 3 Now is the end come upon thee, and streets, and their gold shall be removed: I will send mine anger upon thee, and will their silver and their gold shall not be able judge thee according to thy ways, and to deliver them in the day of the wrath of will recompense upon thee all thine abo- the LORD: they shall not satisfy their minations.
souls, neither fill their bowels: because it 4 And mine eye shall not spare thee, is the stumbling-block of their iniquity. neither will I have pity : but I will recom- 20 1 As for the beauty of his ornament, pense thy ways upon thee, and thine abo- he set it in majesty : but they made the minations shall be in the midst of thee : images of their abominations and of their and ye shall know that I am the LORD. detestable things therein: therefore have
5 Thus saith the Lord God; An evil, an I set it far from them. only evil, behold, is come.
21 And I will give it into the hands of 6 An end is come, the end is come: it the strangers for a prey, and to the wicked watcheth for thee; behold, it is come. of the earth for a spoil; and they shall
7 The morning is come upon thee, O pollute it. thou that dwellest in the land: the time is 22 My face will I turn also from them, come, the day of trouble is near, and not and they shall pollute my secret place; for the sounding again of the mountains. the robbers shall enter into it, and denle it.
8 Now will I shortly pour out my fury 23 | Make a chain: for the land is full upon thee, and accomplish mine anger of bloody crimes, and the city is full of upon thee : and I will judge thee accord- violence. ing to thy ways, and will recompense thee 24 Wherefore I will bring the worst of for all thine abominations.
the heathen, and they shall possess their 9 And mine eye shall not spare, neither houses: I will also make the pomp of the will I have pity: I will recompense thee strong to cease, and their holy places shall according to thy ways, and thine abomina- be defled. tions that are in the midst of thee; and ye 25 Destruction cometh ; and they sball sball know that I am the Lord that smiteth. seek peace, and there shall be none.