Ezekiel 14

Idolatrous Elders Condemned

1Then certain of the aelders of Israel came to me band sat before me. 2And the word of the  Lord came to me: 3 cSon of man, these men have taken their idols into their hearts, and set dthe stumbling block of their iniquity before their faces. eShould I indeed let myself be consulted by them? 4Therefore 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 fI the  Lord will answer him as he comes with the multitude of his idols, 5 gthat I may lay hold of the hearts of the house of Israel hwho are all estranged from me through their idols.

6Therefore say to the house of Israel, Thus says the Lord  God: iRepent and turn away from your idols, and turn away your faces from all your abominations. 7For any one of the house of Israel, or of the strangers who sojourn in Israel jwho 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, kI the  Lord will answer him myself. 8And lI will set my face against that man; I mwill make him a sign and a byword nand cut him off from the midst of my people, oand you shall know that I am the  Lord. 9And if the prophet is deceived and speaks a word, pI, 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. 10And they shall bear their punishment
Or iniquity; three times in this verse
—the punishment of the prophet and the punishment of the inquirer shall be alike—
11that the house of Israel may no more go astray from me, nor rdefile themselves anymore with all their transgressions sbut that they may be my people and I may be their God, declares the Lord  God.”

Jerusalem Will Not Be Spared

12And the word of the  Lord came to me: 13 tSon of man, when a land sins against me uby acting faithlessly, and I stretch out my hand against it and vbreak its supply
Hebrew staff
of bread and send famine upon it, and xcut off from it man and beast,
14 yeven if these three men zNoah aaDaniel, and abJob, were in it acthey would deliver but their own lives by their righteousness, declares the Lord  God.

15 adIf I cause wild beasts to pass through the land, and they ravage it, aeand it be made desolate, so that no one may pass through because of the beasts, 16even if these three men were in it, afas I live, declares the Lord  God, they would deliver neither sons nor daughters. They alone would be delivered, but agthe land would be desolate.

17Or ahif I bring a sword upon that land and say, Let a sword pass through the land aiand I cut off from it man and beast, 18 ajthough these three men were in it, as I live, declares the Lord  God, they would deliver neither sons nor daughters, but they alone would be delivered.

19Or akif I send a pestilence into that land and pour out my wrath upon it with blood, to cut off from it man and beast, 20even if Noah, Daniel, and Job were in it, as I live, declares the Lord  God, they would deliver neither son nor daughter. They would deliver but their own lives by their righteousness.

21For thus says the Lord  God: How much more alwhen I send upon Jerusalem my four disastrous acts of judgment amsword anfamine aowild beasts, and appestilence, to cut off from it man and beast! 22But behold, aqsome survivors will be left in it, sons and daughters who will be brought out; behold, when they come out to you, and aryou see their ways and their deeds, you will be consoled for the disaster that I have brought upon Jerusalem, for all that I have brought upon it. 23They will console you, when you see their ways and their deeds, and you shall know that I have not done without cause all that I have done in it, declares the Lord  God.”

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