1 Moreover take
thou up a lamentation for the princes of Israel,
2 And say, What is thy mother? A lioness: she lay down among
lions, she nourished her whelps among young lions.
3 And she brought up one of her whelps: it became a young lion,
and it learned to catch the prey; it devoured men.
4 The nations also heard of him; he was taken in their pit,
and they brought him with chains unto the land of Egypt.
5 Now when she saw that she had waited, and her hope was lost,
then she took another of her whelps, and made him a young lion.
6 And he went up and down among the lions, he became a young
lion, and learned to catch the prey, and devoured men.
7 And he knew their desolate palaces, and he laid waste their
cities; and the land was desolate, and the fulness thereof,
by the noise of his roaring.
8 Then the nations set against him on every side from the provinces,
and spread their net over him: he was taken in their pit.
9 And they put him in ward in chains, and brought him to the
king of Babylon: they brought him into holds, that his voice
should no more be heard upon the mountains of Israel.
10 Thy mother is like a vine in thy blood, planted by the waters:
she was fruitful and full of branches by reason of many waters.
11 And she had strong rods for the sceptres of them that bare
rule, and her stature was exalted among the thick branches,
and she appeared in her height with the multitude of her branches.
12 But she was plucked up in fury, she was cast down to the
ground, and the east wind dried up her fruit: her strong rods
were broken and withered; the fire consumed them.
13 And now she is planted in the wilderness, in a dry and thirsty
14 And fire is gone out of a rod of her branches, which hath
devoured her fruit, so that she hath no strong rod to be a sceptre
to rule. This is a lamentation, and shall be for a lamentation.
1 And it came to
pass in the seventh year, in the fifth month, the tenth day
of the month, that certain of the elders of Israel came to enquire
of the LORD, and sat before me.
2 Then came the word of the LORD unto me, saying,
3 Son of man, speak unto the elders of Israel, and say unto
them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Are ye come to enquire of me?
As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I will not be enquired of by
4 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 Lord GOD; In the day when
I chose Israel, 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 lifted 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
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 polluted
before the heathen, among whom they were, in whose sight I made
myself known unto them, in bringing them forth out of the land
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 shewed them my judgments,
which if a man do, he shall even live in them.
12 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
13 But the house of Israel rebelled against me in the wilderness:
they walked not in my statutes, and they despised my judgments,
which if a man do, he shall even live in them; and my sabbaths
they greatly polluted: then I said, I would pour out my fury
upon them in the wilderness, to consume them.
14 But I wrought for my name's sake, that it should not be polluted
before the heathen, in whose sight I brought them out.
15 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
16 Because they despised my judgments, and walked not in my
statutes, but polluted my sabbaths: for their heart went after
17 Nevertheless mine eye spared 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;
20 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 children rebelled against me: they walked
not in my statutes, neither kept my judgments to do them, which
if a man do, 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.
23 I lifted up mine hand unto them also in the wilderness, that
I would scatter them among the heathen, and disperse them through
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;
26 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
27 Therefore, son of man, speak unto the house of Israel, and
say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Yet in this your fathers
have blasphemed me, in that they have committed a trespass against
28 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
high hill, and all the thick trees, and they offered there their
sacrifices, and there they presented the provocation of their
offering: there also they made their sweet savour, and poured
out there their drink offerings.
29 Then I said unto them, What is the high place whereunto ye
go? And the name thereof is called Bamah unto this day.
30 Wherefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord
GOD; Are ye polluted after the manner of your fathers? and commit
ye whoredom after 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 Lord GOD, I will not be enquired
of by you.
32 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 serve wood and stone.
33 As I live, saith the Lord GOD, surely with a mighty hand,
and with a stretched out arm, and with fury poured out, will
I rule over you:
34 And I will bring you out from the people, and will gather
you out of the countries wherein ye are scattered, with a mighty
hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with fury poured out.
35 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 Lord
37 And I will cause you to pass under the rod, and I will bring
you into the bond 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 Lord GOD; Go
ye, serve ye every one his idols, and hereafter also, if ye
will not hearken unto me: but pollute ye my holy name no more
with your gifts, and with your idols.
40 For in mine holy mountain, in the mountain of the height
of Israel, saith the Lord GOD, 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 firstfruits
of your oblations, with all your holy things.
41 I will accept you with your sweet savour, 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
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.
44 And ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I have wrought
with you for my name's sake, not according to your wicked ways,
nor according to your corrupt doings, O ye house of Israel,
saith the Lord GOD.
45 Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
46 Son of man, set thy face toward the south, and drop thy word
toward the south, and prophesy against the forest of the south
47 And say to the forest of the south, Hear the word of the
LORD; Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will kindle a fire
in thee, and it shall devour every green tree in thee, and every
dry tree: the flaming flame shall not be quenched, and all faces
from the south to the north shall be burned therein.
48 And all flesh shall see that I the LORD have kindled it:
it shall not be quenched.
49 Then said I, Ah Lord GOD! they say of me, Doth he not speak
1 And the word
of the LORD came unto me, saying,
2 Son of man, set thy face toward Jerusalem, and drop thy word
toward the holy places, and prophesy against the land of Israel,
3 And say to the land of Israel, Thus saith the LORD; Behold,
I am against thee, and will draw forth my sword out of his sheath,
and will cut off from thee the righteous and the wicked.
4 Seeing then that I will cut off from thee the righteous and
the wicked, therefore shall my sword go forth out of his sheath
against all flesh from the south to the north:
5 That all flesh may know that I the LORD have drawn forth my
sword out of his sheath: it shall not return any more.
6 Sigh therefore, thou son of man, with the breaking of thy
loins; and with bitterness sigh before their eyes.
7 And it shall be, when they say unto thee, Wherefore sighest
thou? that thou shalt answer, For the tidings; because it cometh:
and every heart shall melt, and all hands shall be feeble, and
every spirit shall faint, and all knees shall be weak as water:
behold, it cometh, and shall be brought to pass, saith the Lord
8 Again the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
9 Son of man, prophesy, and say, Thus saith the LORD; Say, A
sword, a sword is sharpened, and also furbished:
10 It is sharpened to make a sore slaughter; it is furbished
that it may glitter: should we then make mirth? it contemneth
the rod of my son, as every tree.
11 And he hath give it to be furbished, that it may be handled:
this sword is sharpened, and it is furbished, to give it into
the hand of the slayer.
12 Cry and howl, son of man: for it shall be upon my people,
it shall be upon all the princes of Israel: terrors by reason
of the sword shall be upon my people: smite therefore upon thy
13 Because it is a trial, and what if the sword contemn even
the rod? it shall be no more, saith the Lord GOD.
14 Thou therefore, son of man, prophesy, and smite thine hands
together, and let the sword be doubled the third time, the sword
of the slain: it is the sword of the great men that are slain,
which entereth into their privy chambers.
15 I have set the point of the sword against all their gates,
that their heart may faint, and their ruins be multiplied: ah!
it is made bright, it is wrapped up for the slaughter.
16 Go thee one way or other, either on the right hand, or on
the left, whithersoever thy face is set.
17 I will also smite mine hands together, and I will cause my
fury to rest: I the LORD have said it.
18 The word of the LORD came unto me again, saying,
19 Also, thou son of man, appoint thee two ways, that the sword
of the king of Babylon may come: both twain shall come forth
out of one land: and choose thou a place, choose it at the head
of the way to the city.
20 Appoint a way, that the sword may come to Rabbath of the
Ammonites, and to Judah in Jerusalem the defenced.
21 For the king of Babylon stood at the parting of the way,
at the head of the two ways, to use divination: he made his
arrows bright, he consulted with images, he looked in the liver.
22 At his right hand was the divination for Jerusalem, to appoint
captains, to open the mouth in the slaughter, to lift up the
voice with shouting, to appoint battering rams against the gates,
to cast a mount, and to build a fort.
23 And it shall be unto them as a false divination in their
sight, to them that have sworn oaths: but he will call to remembrance
the iniquity, that they may be taken.
24 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because ye have made your
iniquity to be remembered, in that your transgressions are discovered,
so that in all your doings your sins do appear; because, I say,
that ye are come to remembrance, ye shall be taken with the
25 And thou, profane wicked prince of Israel, whose day is come,
when iniquity shall have an end,
26 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Remove the diadem, and take off
the crown: this shall not be the same: exalt him that is low,
and abase him that is high.
27 I will overturn, overturn, overturn, it: and it shall be
no more, until he come whose right it is; and I will give it
28 And thou, son of man, prophesy and say, Thus saith the Lord
GOD concerning the Ammonites, and concerning their reproach;
even say thou, The sword, the sword is drawn: for the slaughter
it is furbished, to consume because of the glittering:
29 Whiles they see vanity unto thee, whiles they divine a lie
unto thee, to bring thee upon the necks of them that are slain,
of the wicked, whose day is come, when their iniquity shall
have an end.
30 Shall I cause it to return into his sheath? I will judge
thee in the place where thou wast created, in the land of thy
31 And I will pour out mine indignation upon thee, I will blow
against thee in the fire of my wrath, and deliver thee into
the hand of brutish men, and skilful to destroy.
32 Thou shalt be for fuel to the fire; thy blood shall be in
the midst of the land; thou shalt be no more remembered: for
I the LORD have spoken it.