*THE BOOK OF THE PROPHET
Ezekiel 24 ©
The year, day and month of the Babylonians coming before Jerusalem, vs. 1, 2. By the parable of a hot seething pot with pieces of flesh and bones, is portrayed the fearful calamity that would befall Jerusalem because of her wickedness, 3. Which calamity would be so great, as that they would not mourn even for the destruction of the temple, (which they held in such a great estimation) which the prophet is commanded to represent his own person, as being forbidden to mourn for his own wife, whose death God foretells him, 15, 16, etc.
AGAIN in the 1ninth year, in the 2tenth month, in the tenth day of the month, the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
Son of man, 3write thee the name of the day, 4even of this same day: the king of Babylon 5set himself against Jerusalem this same day.
And 6utter a parable unto the rebellious house, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Set on a 7pot,a set it on, and also pour water into it:
Gather the 8pieces 9thereof into it, even 10every good piece, the 11thigh, and the shoulder; fill it with the 12choice bones.
Take the 13choice of the flock, and burn also 14the bones under it, and make 15it boil 16well, and let them 17seethe the 18bones of it 19therein.
¶Wherefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Woe to the 20bloodyb city, to the pot 21whose 22scum is therein, and whose scum is not gone out of it! 23bring it out piece by piece; let no lot fall upon 24it.
For 25her blood is in the midst of her; she set it upon the 26top of a rock; she poured it not upon the ground, to cover it with 27dust;
28That it might cause fury to come up to take 29vengeance; I have set her 30blood upon the top of a rock, that it should not be covered.
Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Woec to the 31bloody city! I will even make the 32pile for fire great.
33Heap on wood, kindle the fire, 34consume the flesh, and 35spice it well, and let the bones be 36burned.
Then set 37it empty upon the coals thereof, that the brass of it may be hot, and may burn, and that the filthiness of it may be 38molten in it, that the scum of it may be consumed.
She hath wearied herself with 39lies, and her great scum went not forth out of her: her scum shall be in the fire.
In thy filthiness is lewdness: because I have 40purged thee, and thou wast not purged, thou shalt not be purged from thy filthiness any more, till I have caused my fury to 41rest upon thee.
I the LORD have spoken it: it shall come to pass, and I will do it; I will not go back, neither will I spare,d neither will I repent; according to thy ways, and according to thy doings, shall they judgee thee, saith the Lord GOD.
¶Also the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
Son of man, behold, I take away from thee the 42desire of thine eyes with a 43stroke: yet neither shalt thou mourn nor weep, neither shall thy tears run down.
44Forbear to cry, make no 45mourning for the dead, bind the 46tire of thine head upon thee, and put on thy 47shoes upon thy feet, and cover not thy 48lips, and eat not the 49bread of men.
So I spake unto the people in the morning: and at even my wife died; and I did in the morning as I was commanded.
¶And the people said unto me, Wilt thou not tell us 50what these things are to us, that thou doest so?
Then I answered them, The word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
Speak unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will 51profane my 52sanctuary, the 53excellency of your strength, the 54desire of your eyes, and that which your soul 55pitieth; and your sons and your daughters whom ye have left shall fall by the sword.
And ye shall do as I have 56done: ye shall not cover your lips, nor eat the bread of men.
And your tiresfshall be upon your heads, and your shoes upon your feet: ye shall not mourn nor weep; but ye shall 57pineg away for your iniquities, and 58mourn one toward another.
Thus Ezekiel is unto you ah59sign: according to all that he hath done shall ye do: and when this cometh, ye shall know that I am the Lord GOD.
Also, thou son of man, 60shall it not be in the day when I take from them their 61strength, the 62joy of their glory, the desire of their eyes, and that whereupon they 63set their minds, their sons and their daughters,
That he 64that escapeth in that day shall come unto thee, to cause thee to hear it with thine ears?
In that day shall thy mouth be 65opened to him which is escaped, and thou shalt speak, and be no more 66dumb: and thou shalt be a sign unto them; and they shall know that I am the LORD.