Ezekiel 14

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1 And men of the elders of Israel came unto me, and sat before me.

2 And the word of Jehovah was unto me, saying,

3 Son of man, these men have made their idols come·​·up in their heart, and put the stumblingblock of their iniquity opposite their face; inquiring should I be inquired of by them?

4 Therefore speak to them, and say unto them, Thus says the Lord Jehovih*; A man, a man of the house of Israel who makes his idols go·​·up in his heart, and sets the stumblingblock of his iniquity up·​·against his face, and comes to the prophet; I, Jehovah, will answer him that comes with the multitude of his idols;

5 so·​·that I may catch the house of Israel in their own heart, in that all of them have become·​·strangers to Me by their idols.

6 Therefore say to the house of Israel, Thus says the Lord Jehovih; Return, and turn· yourselves ·back from your idols; and turn·​·back your faces from all your abominations.

7 For a man, a man from the house of Israel, and from the sojourner who sojourns in Israel, who separates himself from following after Me, and makes his idols go·​·up in his heart, and sets the stumblingblock of his iniquity up·​·against his face, and comes to the prophet to inquire of him concerning Me; I, Jehovah, will answer him Myself;

8 and I will put My face against that man, and will make him desolate, for a sign and a proverb, and I will cut· him ·off from the midst of My people; and you shall know that I am Jehovah.

9 And if the prophet be enticed when he has spoken a word, I, Jehovah, have enticed that prophet, and I will stretch·​·out My hand upon him, and will blot· him ·out from the midst of My people Israel.

10 And they shall bear their iniquity; as the iniquity of him who inquires of the prophet, so shall be the iniquity of the prophet;

11 so·​·that the house of Israel may go·​·astray no more from following after Me; and be defiled no more with all their transgressions; but that they may be My people, and I may be their God, says the Lord Jehovih.

12 And the word of Jehovah was to me, saying,

13 Son of man, when the land sin against Me by trespassing a trespass, then will I stretch·​·out My hand upon it, and will break the rod of the bread, and will send famine upon it, and will cut·​·off man and beast from it;

14 though these three men, Noaḥ, Daniel, and Job, were in the midst of it, they should rescue but their own souls by their justice, says the Lord Jehovih.

15 If I cause evil animals to pass·​·through the land, and they bereave it, so that it be desolate, that no·​·one may pass·​·through on·​·account·​·of the animals;

16 though these three men were in the midst of it, as I am alive, says the Lord Jehovih, they shall rescue neither sons nor daughters; they alone shall be rescued, but the land shall be desolate.

17 Or if I bring a sword upon that land, and say, sword, pass·​·through the land; that I cut·​·off man and beast from it:

18 though these three men were in the midst of it, as I am alive, says the Lord Jehovih, they shall rescue neither sons nor daughters, but they alone shall be rescued themselves.

19 Or if I send a pestilence into that land, and spill My fury upon it in blood, to cut·​·off from it man and beast:

20 though Noaḥ, Daniel, and Job, were in the midst of it, as I am alive, says the Lord Jehovih, they shall rescue neither son nor daughter; they shall but rescue their own souls by their justice.

21 For thus says the Lord Jehovih; Indeed when I send My four judgments of evil unto Jerusalem, the sword, and the famine, and the evil animal, and the pestilence, to cut·​·off from her man and beast?

22 But, behold, in it shall remain a deliverance that shall be brought·​·forth, of sons and daughters; behold, they shall come·​·out unto you, and you shall see their way and their actions; and you shall be comforted over the evil that I have brought upon Jerusalem, with all that I have brought upon her.

23 And they shall comfort you, when you see their ways and their actions; and you shall know that I have not done without·​·cause all that I have done in it, says the Lord Jehovih.

   

Thanks to the Kempton Project for the permission to use this New Church translation of the Word.