*THE BOOK OF THE PROPHET
Ezekiel 11 ©
God shows unto the prophet the wickedness of the most important rulers in Jerusalem, who mocked at God’s prophecies, v. 1, etc. The prophet must prophecy of their sins and punishments, 4. One of the aforesaid rulers dies, at which the prophet is troubled, 13. God shows him how those at Jerusalem mocked at their brethren who were carried away to Babel, to whom, on the contrary, God promises both spiritual and corporal blessing, 14. The glory of the Lord leaves the city, 22. God brings the prophet again (in a vision) to his fellow captive brethren in Chaldea, 24.
MOREOVER 1the spirit lifted me up, and brought me unto the 2east gate of the LORD's house, which looketh eastward: and behold at the door of the gate 3five and twenty men; among whom I saw 4Jaazaniah the son of Azur, and 5Pelatiah the son of Benaiah, 6princes of the people.
Then said 7he unto me, Son of man, these are the men that devise mischief, and 8give wicked counsel in this city:
Which say, It is not 9near; let us build houses: 10this city 11is the 12caldron, and we be the flesh.
¶Therefore prophesy against them, prophesy, O son of man.
And the Spirit of the LORD 13fell upon me, and 14said unto me, Speak; Thus saith the LORD; 15Thus have ye said, O house 16of Israel: for I know the 17things that come into your mind, every one of them.
18Ye have multiplied 19your slain in this city, and ye have filled the streets thereof with the slain.
Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; 20Your slain whom ye have laid in the midst of it, they are the flesh, and this city is the caldron: but I 21will bring you forth out of the midst 22of it.
Ye have feared the 23sword; and I will bring a sword upon you, saith the Lord GOD.
And I will bring you out of the midst thereof, and deliver you into the hands 24of strangers, and will execute 25judgments among you.
Ye shall fall 26by the sword; I will 27judge you in the 28border of Israel; and ye shall know that I am the LORD.
This city shall not be your 29caldron, 30neither shall ye be the flesh in the midst thereof; but I 31will judge you 32in the border of Israel:
And ye shall know that I am the LORD: for ye have not walked in my statutes, neither executed my judgments, but have done after the 33manners of the heathen that are round about you.
¶And it came to pass, when I 34prophesied, that Pelatiah the son of Benaiah died. Then 35fell I down upon my face, and cried with a 36loud voice, and said, Ah Lord GOD! 37wilt thou make a full end of the remnant of Israel?
Again the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
Son of man, 38thy 39brethren, even thy 40brethren, the men of 41thy kindred, and all the house of Israel 42wholly, are they unto whom the inhabitants of Jerusalem 43have said, 44Get you far from the LORD: unto us is this land given in possession.
Therefore say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Although 45I have cast them far off among the heathen, and although I have scattered them among the countries, yet will I be to them as a 46little sanctuary 47in the countries where they shall come.
Therefore say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; 48I will even gather you from the people, and assemble you out of the countries where ye have been scattered, and 49I will give you the land of Israel.
And they shall come thither, and they shall take away all the 50detestable things thereof and all the abominations thereof from thence.
And I will give them 51onea52heart, and I will put a 53new spirit within you; and I will 54take 55the stony heart out of 56their flesh, and will give them 57an heart of flesh:
58That they may walk in my statutes, and 59keep mine ordinances, and do them: 60and they shall be my people,b and I will be 61their God.
62But as for them whose heart 63walketh after 64the heart of their 65detestable things and their abominations, I will recompense their way 66upon their own heads,c saith the Lord GOD.
¶Then did the 67cherubims lift up 68their wings, and the 69wheels beside them; and the 70glory of the God of Israel was over them above.
And the glory of the LORD 71went up from the midst of the city, and 72stood upon the mountain which is on the east side of the city.
¶Afterwards the spirit took me up, and brought me in a vision 73by the Spirit of God into Chaldea, to them of 74the captivity. So the vision that I had seen went up 75from me.
Then I spake unto them of the captivity all the 76things that the LORD had shewed me.