Ezekiel 14:1-11

Idolatrous Elders Condemned

1 Then certain of the 1elders of Israel came to me 2and sat before me.
2 And the word of the LORD came to me:
3 3"Son of man, these men have taken their idols into their hearts, and set 4the stumbling block of their iniquity before their faces. 5Should I indeed let myself be consulted by them?
4 Therefore speak to them and say to them, Thus says the Lord GOD: Any one of the house of Israel who takes his idols into his heart and sets the stumbling block of his iniquity before his face, and yet comes to the prophet, 6I the LORD will answer him as he comes with the multitude of his idols,
5 7that I may lay hold of the hearts of the house of Israel, 8who are all estranged from me through their idols.
6 "Therefore say to the house of Israel, Thus says the Lord GOD: 9Repent and turn away from your idols, and turn away your faces from all your abominations.
7 For any one of the house of Israel, or of the strangers who sojourn in Israel, 10who separates himself from me, taking his idols into his heart and putting the stumbling block of his iniquity before his face, and yet comes to a prophet to consult me through him, 11I the LORD will answer him myself.
8 And 12I will set my face against that man; I 13will make him a sign and a byword 14and cut him off from the midst of my people, 15and you shall know that I am the LORD.
9 And if the prophet is deceived and speaks a word, 16I, the LORD, have deceived that prophet, and I will stretch out my hand against him and will destroy him from the midst of my people Israel.
10 And they shall bear their punishmenta--the punishment of the prophet and the punishment of the inquirer shall be alike--
11 that the house of Israel may no more go astray from me, nor 17defile themselves anymore with all their transgressions, 18but that they may be my people and I may be their God, declares the Lord GOD."
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