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Ezekiel 14 (Lexham English Bible)

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Condemnation of Israel’s Idolatrous Elders

1 And men from the elders of Israel came to me, and they sat {before me}.a 2 And the word of Yahweh {came}b to me, {saying},c 3 "Son of man,d these men took up their idols into their heart and {they placed before themselves}e a stumbling block of their guilt.f {Should I really let myself be consulted by them}?g 4 Therefore speak with them, and you must say to them, 'Thus says the Lord Yahweh: "Every person from the house of Israel who brings up his idols into his heart and {places before himself}h a stumbling block of his guilti and [yet] he comes to the prophet, I Yahweh, I will respond to him through this actj with [respect to] the multitudek of his idols, 5 so that [I may] take hold of the house of Israel by their heart, [those] who are estranged from me, all of them, through their idols.' 6 Therefore say to the house of Israel, 'Thus says the Lord Yahweh: "Return,l and turn away from your idols and from all of your detestable things! Turn away your faces!" ' 7 For {each person}m from the house of Israel, and from the alien who dwells as an alien in Israel, who separates himself {from following me}n and brings up his idols into his heart and {places before himself}o a stumbling block of his guiltp, and [yet] he comes to the prophet to consult him concerning me, I Yahweh will answerq him myself. 8 And I will set my face against that person, and I will make him tor [be] a sign and [make him] intos [the subject of] proverbs; and I will cut him off from the midst of my people, and you will know I [am] Yahweh. 9 And the prophet, if he is deceived and he speaks a word, I Yahweh, I have deceived that prophet, and I will stretch out my hand against him, and I will destroy him from the midst of my people Israel. 10 And they will bear their guilt, liket the guilt of the inquirer sou the guilt of the prophet will be, 11 so that the house of Israel will not go astray again {from me},v and they will not make themselves unclean again with all of their transgressions, and they will be for me a people, and I will be for them as God," {declares}w the Lord Yahweh.

Jerusalem will not be Spared

12 And the word of Yahweh {came}x to me, {saying},y 13 "Son of man,z when a land sins against me by {acting very unfaithfully},aa then I will stretch out my hand against it, and I will break for it [the] {supply of food},bb and I will send against it famine, and I will cut it off, [both] human and animal. 14 And if [even] the three of these men were in the midst of it--Noah, Daniel, and Job--they, through their righteousness, would save [only] {themselves}!"cc {declares}dd the Lord Yahweh. 15 "If a fierce animal I [should] let cross through the land, and it [should] make it childless and it will be [a] desolation, so that [there will] not [be] one crossing over [the land] {due to}ee the presence of the animal, 16 [even if] these three men [were] in the midst of it, {as surely as I live},"ff {declares}gg the Lord Yahweh, "surely they will not save sons and daughters; {they themselves alone},hh they will be saved, but the land will be [a] desolation. 17 Or, if I bring a sword over that land, and I say, 'Sword, let it cross over intoii the land!' And I will cut off from it [both] human and animal. 18 And [if] these three men [were] in the midst of it, {as surely as I live},"jj {declares}kk the Lord Yahweh, "they will not save sons and daughters, but {they alone}ll will be saved. 19 And if I [were to] send a plague to that land, and I pour out my rage on it with blood to cut it off, [both] human and animal, 20 and [if] Noah, Daniel, and Job [were] in the midst of her, {as surely as I live},"mm {declares}nn the Lord Yahweh, "surely not [a] son, surely not [a] daughter will they save by their righteousness; they would save {themselves}."oo 21 For thus says the Lord Yahweh: "How much more when I send my four punishments--the evil sword, and famine, and [a] fierce animal, and a plague--to Jerusalem to cut it off, [both] human and animal! 22 Butpp look! A remnant will be left over in it, sons and daughters {who will be brought out}.qq Look! They are coming out to you, and you will see their way, and with their deeds you will be consoled with respect torr the evil that I brought over Jerusalem, all of [it] that I brought overss it. 23 And they will console you when you see their way and their deeds, and you will know that not for nothing I did all that I did in it," {declares}tt the Lord Yahweh.
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