*THE BOOK OF THE PROPHET
Ezekiel 7 ©
A further prophecy of the final and most fearful desolation of the entire land of Judah, v. 1, 2, etc. The pitiful lamentation of those who escaped, 16. Because of their sins they shall, like men astonished, desperate malefactors both high and low, heartless, comfortless and void of counsel, be carried into captivity; this was represented unto them by the sign of a chain, 17, etc.
MOREOVER the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
Also, thou son of man, thus saith the Lord GOD unto 1the land of Israel; An 2end, the end 3is come upon the four 4corners of the land.
Now is the end come upon thee, and I will send mine 5anger upon thee, and will 6judge thee according to thy 7ways, and 8will recompense upon thee all thine abominations.
Anda9mine eye shall not spare thee, neither will I have pity: but I will recompense thy ways upon thee, and 10thine abominations shall be in the midst of thee: and ye shall know that I am the LORD.
Thus saith the Lord GOD; An 11evil, an 12only evil, behold, is come.
13An end is come, 14the end is come: 15it 16watcheth for thee; behold, 17it is come.
18The morning is come unto thee, O thou that dwellest in the land: the time is come, the day 19of trouble is near, and not the 20sounding again of the mountains.
Now will I 21shortly pour out my 22fury upon thee, and accomplish mine anger 23upon thee: and I will judge thee according to thy 24ways, and will recompense thee for all thine abominations.
And mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: I will recompense thee according to thy ways and 25thine abominations that are in the midst of thee; and ye shall know that I am the LORD 26that smiteth.
Behold 27the day, behold, 28it is come: the morning is gone forth; 29the rod hath blossomed, 30pride hath budded.
31Violence is risen up into a rod of wickedness: none 32of them shall remain, nor of 33their multitude, nor of 34any of theirs: 35neither shall there be wailing for them.
36The time is come, the day draweth near: 37let not the buyer rejoice, nor the seller 38mourn: for 39wrath is upon all the multitude 40thereof.
For the seller shall not 41return 42to that which is sold, 43although they were yet alive: for 44the vision is touching the whole multitude 45thereof, which shall not 46return; neither shall 47any strengthen himself in the iniquity of his life.
They have blown the trumpet, even to make 48all ready; but none 49goeth to the battle: for my wrath is upon all the multitude 50thereof.
The sword is 51without, and the pestilence and the famine 52within: 53he that is in the field shall die with 54the sword; and he that is in the city, famine and pestilence shall devour him.
¶But they 55that escape of them shall escape, and shall be on the mountains like doves 56of the valleys, all of them 57mourning, every one for his iniquity.
All hands shall be 58feeble,b and all knees shall 59be weak as water.
They shall also 60girdcthemselves with sackcloth, and 61horror shall cover them; and shame shall be upon all faces, and 62baldness upon all their heads.
They shall 63cast their silver in the streets, and their gold shall be 64removed: theird silver and their gold shall not be able to deliver them in the 65day of the wrath of the LORD: they shall not satisfy their 66souls, neither fill their bowels: because 67it is the 68stumblingblock of their iniquity.
¶As for the 69beauty of his ornament, 70he set it in 71majesty: but they made the images of their abominations and of their detestable things therein: therefore have I set 72it 73far from them.
And I will give 74it into the hands of the 75strangers for a prey, and to the 76wicked of the earth for a spoil; and they shall 77pollute it.
My face will I turn also from 78them, and they shall pollute my 79secret place: for the 80robbers shall enter into 81it, and defile it.
¶Make 82a chain: for the land is full of 83bloody crimes, and the city is full of 84violence.
Wherefore I will bring the 85worst of the heathen, and they shall 86possess their houses: I will also make the 87pomp 88of the strong to cease; and their 89holy places shall be defiled.
90Destruction cometh; and they shall seek peace, and there shall be none.
Mischief shall come upon mischief, and rumour shall be upon rumour; then shall they seek a vision 91of the prophet; but the 92law shall perish from the priest, and counsel from the 93ancients.
The king shall mourn, and the prince shall be clothed 94with desolation, and the hands of 95the people of the land shall be 96troubled: I will do unto them 97after their way, and 98according to their deserts will I judge them; and they shall know that I am the LORD.