THE BOOK OF THE PROPHET
The Lord will not answer those who worship false gods and work iniquity—Ezekiel cries repentance—The people would not be saved though Noah, Daniel, and Job ministered among them.
came certain of the aelders
of Israel unto me, and sat before me.
And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,
Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their heart, and put the stumblingblock of their ainiquity
before their face: should I be benquired
of at all by cthem
Therefore speak unto them, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God
; Every man of the house of Israel that setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the astumblingblock
of his iniquity before his face, and cometh to the prophet; I the Lord
will answer him that cometh according to the multitude of his idols;
That I may take the house of Israel in their own heart, because they are all estranged from me through their idols.
¶ Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord God; Repent, and turn yourselves from your idols; and turn away your faces from all your abominations.
For every one of the house of Israel, or of the stranger that sojourneth in Israel, which separateth himself from me, and setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the stumblingblock of his iniquity before his face, and cometh to a prophet to enquire of him concerning me; I the Lord will answer him by myself:
And I will set my aface
against that man, and will make him a bsign
and a proverb, and I will cut him off from the midst of my people; and ye shall know that I am
And if the prophet be deceived when he hath spoken a thing, I the Lord have deceived that prophet, and I will stretch out my hand upon him, and will destroy him from the midst of my people Israel.
And they shall bear the apunishment
of their iniquity: the punishment of the prophet shall be even as the punishment of him that seeketh unto him;
That the house of Israel may go no more astray from me, neither be polluted any more with all their transgressions; but that they may be my apeople
, and I may be their God, saith the Lord God
¶ The word of the Lord came again to me, saying,
Son of man, when the land sinneth against me by trespassing grievously, then will I stretch out mine hand upon it, and will abreak
the staff of the bread thereof, and will send famine upon it, and will cut off man and beast from it:
Though these three men, aNoah
, and cJob
, were in it, they should deliver but
their own souls by their righteousness, saith the Lord God
¶ If I cause anoisome
beasts to pass through the land, and they spoil it, so that it be desolate, that no man may pass through because of the beasts:
Though these three men were in it, as I live, saith the Lord God, they shall deliver neither sons nor daughters; they only shall be delivered, but the land shall be desolate.
¶ Or if
I bring a asword
upon that land, and say, Sword, go through the land; so that I cut off man and beast from it:
Though these three men were in it, as I live, saith the Lord God, they shall deliver neither sons nor daughters, but they only shall be delivered themselves.
¶ Or if I send a pestilence into that land, and pour out my fury upon it in blood, to cut off from it man and beast:
Though Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, as I live, saith the Lord God, they shall deliver neither son nor daughter; they shall but deliver their own souls by their righteousness.
For thus saith the Lord God
; How much more when I send my four sore judgments upon Jerusalem, the asword
, and the famine, and the noisome beast, and the pestilence, to cut off from it man and beast?
¶ Yet, behold, therein shall be left a aremnant
that shall be brought forth, both
sons and daughters: behold, they shall come forth unto you, and ye shall see their way and their doings: and ye shall be comforted concerning the evil that I have brought upon Jerusalem, even
concerning all that I have brought upon it.
And they shall comfort you, when ye see their ways and their doings: and ye shall know that I have not done without cause all that I have done in it, saith the Lord God.