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The Book of Ezekiel

CHAPTER 14

Idols in their heart
14:1-7

1 Then came certain of the elders of Israel unto me, and sat before me.

2 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

One day when I was sitting with the elders, the word of God came to me and said,

3 Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their heart, and put the stumblingblock of their iniquity before their face: should I be enquired of at all by them?

Son of man, these men have set up idols in their hearts,

why should I speak to them?

4 Therefore speak unto them, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Every man of the house of Israel that setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the stumblingblock of his iniquity before his face, and cometh to the prophet; I the LORD will answer him that cometh according to the multitude of his idols;

5 That I may take the house of Israel in their own heart, because they are all estranged from me through their idols.

You speak to them instead, and say to them,

Those who set up idols in their hearts will get an answer from me that they deserve.

6 Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Repent, and turn yourselves from your idols; and turn away your faces from all your abominations.

7 For every one of the house of Israel, or of the stranger that sojourneth in Israel, which separateth himself from me, and setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the stumblingblock of his iniquity before his face, and cometh to a prophet to enquire of him concerning me; I the LORD will answer him by myself:

Say this to the people of Israel,

This is what God says,

Repent, turn away from our idols and abominations.

If you don't, I'll answer you myself.

I the LORD have deceived that prophet
14:8-11

8 And I will set my face against that man, and will make him a sign and a proverb, and I will cut him off from the midst of my people; and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

Say this to the people of Israel,

I'll make him a sign and a proverb

by cutting him off from his people.

Then you'll know I'm God.

9 And if the prophet be deceived when he hath spoken a thing, I the LORD have deceived that prophet, and I will stretch out my hand upon him, and will destroy him from the midst of my people Israel.

If a prophet deceives the people,

I was the one who deceived him,

and I'll stretch out my hand and destroy him. [1]

10 And they shall bear the punishment of their iniquity: the punishment of the prophet shall be even as the punishment of him that seeketh unto him;

11 That the house of Israel may go no more astray from me, neither be polluted any more with all their transgressions; but that they may be my people, and I may be their God, saith the Lord GOD.

And those who listen to that prophet will get the same punishment.

I'd only save Noah, Daniel, and Job
14:12-23

12 The word of the LORD came again to me, saying,

13 Son of man, when the land sinneth against me by trespassing grievously, then will I stretch out mine hand upon it, and will break the staff of the bread thereof, and will send famine upon it, and will cut off man and beast from it:

The word of God came again to me, saying,

Son of man, when the people sin,

I'll send a famine to starve to death humans and beasts.

14 Though these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they should deliver but their own souls by their righteousness, saith the Lord GOD.

Even if Noah, Daniel, and Job and were here,

I wouldn't save anyone but them.

15 If I cause noisome beasts to pass through the land, and they spoil it, so that it be desolate, that no man may pass through because of the beasts:

If I sent ravenous beasts to eat the people,

16 Though these three men were in it, as I live, saith the Lord GOD, they shall deliver neither sons nor daughters; they only shall be delivered, but the land shall be desolate.

I wouldn't even save the children from being eaten.

I'd only save Noah, Daniel, and Job.

17 Or if I bring a sword upon that land, and say, Sword, go through the land; so that I cut off man and beast from it:

Or if I bring a sword to kill the people by saying,

Sword, go kill all the people and animals.

18 Though these three men were in it, as I live, saith the Lord GOD, they shall deliver neither sons nor daughters, but they only shall be delivered themselves.

I wouldn't save any children from the sword.

I'd only save Noah, Daniel, and Job.

19 Or if I send a pestilence into that land, and pour out my fury upon it in blood, to cut off from it man and beast:

Or if I bring a pestilence to kill all the people,

and pour out my fury with blood to kill all the animals and people,

20 Though Noah, Daniel, and Job were in it, as I live, saith the Lord GOD, they shall deliver neither son nor daughter; they shall but deliver their own souls by their righteousness.

I wouldn't save any children from the pestilence.

I'd only save Noah, Daniel, and Job.

21 For thus saith the Lord GOD; How much more when I send my four sore judgments upon Jerusalem, the sword, and the famine, and the noisome beast, and the pestilence, to cut off from it man and beast?

It will be even worse for Jerusalem.

The sword, famine, beasts, and pestilence will kill people and animals.

22 Yet, behold, therein shall be left a remnant that shall be brought forth, both sons and daughters: behold, they shall come forth unto you, and ye shall see their way and their doings: and ye shall be comforted concerning the evil that I have brought upon Jerusalem, even concerning all that I have brought upon it.

23 And they shall comfort you, when ye see their ways and their doings: and ye shall know that I have not done without cause all that I have done in it, saith the Lord GOD.

But I'll keep a few alive to comfort you.