And it came to pass in the seventhyear, in the fifth month, the tenth day of the month, that certain of the elders of Israelcame to enquire of the LORD, and satbefore me.
Then came the word of the LORD unto me, saying ,
3Son of man,speak unto the elders of Israel, and say unto them, Thus saith the LordGOD; Are ye come to enquire of me? As I live,saith the LordGOD, I will not be enquired of by you.
Wilt thou judge them, son of man, wilt thou judge them? cause them to know the abominations of their fathers:5
And say unto them, Thus saith the LordGOD; In the day when I choseIsrael, and lifted up mine hand unto the seed of the house of Jacob, and made myself known unto them in the land of Egypt, when I lifteda up mine hand unto them, saying , I am the LORD your God;6
In the day that I lifted up mine hand unto them, to bring them forth of the land of Egypt into a land that I had espied for them, flowing with milk and honey, which is the glory of all lands:7
Then said I unto them, Cast ye away every man the abominations of his eyes, and defile not yourselves with the idols of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.8
But they rebelled against me, and would not hearken unto me: they did not every man cast away the abominations of their eyes, neither did they forsake the idols of Egypt: then I said , I will pour out my fury upon them, to accomplish my anger against them in the midst of the land of Egypt.9
But I wrought for my name's sake, that it should not be pollutedbefore the heathen,among whom they were, in whose sight I made myself known unto them, in bringing them forth out of the land of Egypt.10
Wherefore I caused them to go forth out of the land of Egypt, and brought them into the wilderness.11
And I gave them my statutes, and shewedb them my judgments, which if a mando , he shall even live in them.
Moreover also I gave them my sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am the LORD that sanctify them.
But the house of Israelrebelled against me in the wilderness: they walked not in my statutes, and they despised my judgments, which if a mando , he shall even live in them; and my sabbaths they greatlypolluted : then I said , I would pour out my fury upon them in the wilderness, to consume them.
But I wrought for my name's sake, that it should not be pollutedbefore the heathen, in whose sight I brought them out .
Yet also I lifted up my hand unto them in the wilderness, that I would not bring them into the land which I had given them, flowing with milk and honey, which is the glory of all lands;16
Because they despised my judgments, and walked not in my statutes, but polluted my sabbaths: for their heartwentafter their idols.17
Nevertheless mine eyespared them from destroying them, neither did I make an end of them in the wilderness.18
But I said unto their children in the wilderness,Walk ye not in the statutes of your fathers, neither observe their judgments, nor defile yourselves with their idols:19
I am the LORD your God;walk in my statutes, and keep my judgments, and do them;
And hallow my sabbaths; and they shall be a sign between me and you, that ye may know that I am the LORD your God.21
Notwithstanding the childrenrebelled against me: they walked not in my statutes, neither kept my judgments to do them, which if a mando , he shall even live in them; they polluted my sabbaths: then I said , I would pour out my fury upon them, to accomplish my anger against them in the wilderness.22
Nevertheless I withdrew mine hand, and wrought for my name's sake, that it should not be polluted in the sight of the heathen, in whose sight I brought them forth .
I lifted up mine hand unto them also in the wilderness, that I would scatter them among the heathen, and disperse them through the countries;24
Because they had not executed my judgments, but had despised my statutes, and had polluted my sabbaths, and their eyes were after their fathers'idols.25
Wherefore I gave them also statutes that were not good, and judgments whereby they should not live ;
And I polluted them in their own gifts, in that they caused to pass through the fire all that openeth the womb, that I might make them desolate , to the end that they might know that I am the LORD.27
Therefore, son of man,speak unto the house of Israel, and say unto them, Thus saith the LordGOD; Yet in this your fathers have blasphemed me, in that they have committedc a trespass against me.
For when I had brought them into the land, for the which I lifted up mine hand to give it to them, then they saw every highhill, and all the thicktrees, and they offered there their sacrifices, and there they presented the provocation of their offering: there also they made their sweetsavour, and poured out there their drink offerings.29
Then I saidd unto them, What is the high place whereunto ye go ? And the name thereof is calledBamah unto this day.30
Wherefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the LordGOD; Are ye polluted after the manner of your fathers? and commit ye whoredomafter their abominations?31
For when ye offer your gifts, when ye make your sons to pass through the fire, ye pollute yourselves with all your idols, even unto this day: and shall I be enquired of by you, O house of Israel? As I live,saith the LordGOD, I will not be enquired of by you.
And that which cometh into your mind shall not be at all, that ye say , We will be as the heathen, as the families of the countries, to servewood and stone.33
As I live,saith the LordGOD, surely with a mightyhand, and with a stretched outarm, and with fury poured out , will I rule over you:
And I will bring you out from the people, and will gather you out of the countries wherein ye are scattered , with a mightyhand, and with a stretched outarm, and with fury poured out .
And I will bring you into the wilderness of the people, and there will I plead with you face to face.36
Like as I pleaded with your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so will I plead with you, saith the LordGOD.37
And I will cause you to pass under the rod, and I will bring you into the bonde of the covenant:38
And I will purge out from among you the rebels , and them that transgress against me: I will bring them forth out of the country where they sojourn, and they shall not enter into the land of Israel: and ye shall know that I am the LORD.39
As for you, O house of Israel, thus saith the LordGOD;Go ye, serve ye every one his idols, and hereafter also, if ye will not hearken unto me: but pollute ye my holyname no more with your gifts, and with your idols.40
For in mine holymountain, in the mountain of the height of Israel,saith the LordGOD, there shall all the house of Israel, all of them in the land,serve me: there will I accept them, and there will I require your offerings, and the firstfruitsf of your oblations, with all your holy things.41
I will accept you with your sweetgsavour, when I bring you out from the people, and gather you out of the countries wherein ye have been scattered ; and I will be sanctified in you before the heathen.42
And ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I shall bring you into the land of Israel, into the country for the which I lifted up mine hand to give it to your fathers.43
And there shall ye remember your ways, and all your doings, wherein ye have been defiled ; and ye shall lothe yourselves in your own sight for all your evils that ye have committed .
And ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I have wrought with you for my name's sake, not according to your wickedways, nor according to your corruptdoings, O ye house of Israel,saith the LordGOD.45
Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying ,
46Son of man,set thy facetoward the south, and drop thy word toward the south, and prophesy against the forest of the southfield;47
And say to the forest of the south,Hear the word of the LORD; Thus saith the LordGOD; Behold, I will kindle a fire in thee, and it shall devour every greentree in thee, and every drytree: the flamingflame shall not be quenched , and all faces from the south to the north shall be burned therein.
And all flesh shall see that I the LORD have kindled it: it shall not be quenched .
Then said I, AhLordGOD! they say of me, Doth he not speakparables?