*THE BOOK OF THE PROPHET
Ezekiel 6 ©
A prophecy of the destruction of the land for the abominable idolatry of the people, v. 1, etc. Promises of mercy to a small penitent remnant, 8. The prophet is commanded by gestures of consternation and mourning to represent the sins and plagues of the people, 11.
AND the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
Son of man, 1set thy face toward 2thea mountains of Israel, and prophesy against them,
And say, Ye 3mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord GOD; Thus saith the Lord GOD to the mountains, and to the hills, to the 4rivers, and to the valleys; Behold, I, even I, will bring a 5sword upon you, and I will destroy your 6high places.
And your 7altars shall be desolate, and your 8images shall be broken: and I will cast down 9your slain men before your 10idols.
And 11I will 12lay the dead carcases of the children of Israel before their idols; and I will scatter your bones round about your altars.
13In all your dwellingplaces the cities shall be laid waste, and the high places shall be desolate; that your altars may be laid waste and made desolate, and your idols may be broken and cease, and your images may be cut down, 14and your works may be abolished.
And the slain shall 15fall in the midst of you, and 16ye shall know that I am the 17LORD.
¶Yet will I leave a remnant, that ye may have some 18that shall escape the sword among the nations, when ye shall be scattered through the countries.
And they that escape of you shall remember 19me among the nations whither they shall be carried captives, because I am 20broken with their 21whorish heart, which hath departed from me, and with their 22eyes, which go a whoring after their idols: and they shall 23lothe 24themselves 25for the evils which they have committed in all their abominations.
And they 26shall know that I am the LORD, and that I have not said in 27vain that I would do this evil unto them.
¶Thus saith the Lord GOD; 28Smiteb with thine hand, 29and stamp with thy foot, and say, Alas for all the evil abominations of the house of Israel! for they shall 30fall by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence.
He that is 31far off shall die of the pestilence; and he that is 32near shall fall by the sword; and he that remaineth and is 33besieged shall die by the famine: thus will I accomplish my fury upon them.
Then shall ye know that I am the LORD, when their slain men shall be among their idols round about their altars, upon 34every high hill, in all the tops of the mountains, and under every green tree, and under every 35thick oak, the place where they did offer 36sweet savour to all their idols.
So will I stretch out my hand upon them, and make the land desolate, yea, more desolate than 37the wilderness toward 38Diblath, in all their habitations: and they shall know that I am the LORD.