Ezek 6:1-7:27

Judgment on Idolatrous Israel 1The word of the Lord came to me:2O mortal, set your face toward the mountains of Israel, and prophesy against them,3and say, You mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord GOD! Thus says the Lord GOD to the mountains and the hills, to the ravines and the valleys: I, I myself will bring a sword upon you, and I will destroy your high places.4Your altars shall become desolate, and your incense stands shall be broken; and I will throw down your slain in front of your idols.5I will lay the corpses of the people of Israel in front of their idols; and I will scatter your bones around your altars.6Wherever you live, your towns shall be waste and your high places ruined, so that your altars will be waste and ruined, your idols broken and destroyed, your incense stands cut down, and your works wiped out.7The slain shall fall in your midst; then you shall know that I am the Lord.8But I will spare some. Some of you shall escape the sword among the nations and be scattered through the countries.9Those of you who escape shall remember me among the nations where they are carried captive, how I was crushed by their wanton heart that turned away from me, and their wanton eyes that turned after their idols. Then they will be loathsome in their own sight for the evils that they have committed, for all their abominations.10And they shall know that I am the Lord; I did not threaten in vain to bring this disaster upon them.11Thus says the Lord GOD: Clap your hands and stamp your foot, and say, Alas for all the vile abominations of the house of Israel! For they shall fall by the sword, by famine, and by pestilence.12Those far off shall die of pestilence; those nearby shall fall by the sword; and any who are left and are spared shall die of famine. Thus I will spend my fury upon them.13And you shall know that I am the Lord, when their slain lie among their idols around their altars, on every high hill, on all the mountain tops, under every green tree, and under every leafy oak, wherever they offered pleasing odor to all their idols.14I will stretch out my hand against them, and make the land desolate and waste, throughout all their settlements, from the wilderness to Riblah. Then they shall know that I am the Lord.Chapter 7Impending Disaster 1The word of the Lord came to me:2You, O mortal, thus says the Lord GOD to the land of Israel: An end! The end has come upon the four corners of the land.3Now the end is upon you, I will let loose my anger upon you; I will judge you according to your ways, I will punish you for all your abominations.4My eye will not spare you, I will have no pity. I will punish you for your ways, while your abominations are among you. Then you shall know that I am the Lord.5Thus says the Lord GOD: Disaster after disaster! See, it comes.6An end has come, the end has come. It has awakened against you; see, it comes!7Your doom has come to you, O inhabitant of the land. The time has come, the day is near— of tumult, not of reveling on the mountains.8Soon now I will pour out my wrath upon you; I will spend my anger against you. I will judge you according to your ways, and punish you for all your abominations.9My eye will not spare; I will have no pity. I will punish you according to your ways, while your abominations are among you. Then you shall know that it is I the Lord who strike.10See, the day! See, it comes! Your doom has gone out. The rod has blossomed, pride has budded.11Violence has grown into a rod of wickedness. None of them shall remain, not their abundance, not their wealth; no pre-eminence among them.12The time has come, the day draws near; let not the buyer rejoice, nor the seller mourn, for wrath is upon all their multitude.13For the sellers shall not return to what has been sold as long as they remain alive. For the vision concerns all their multitude; it shall not be revoked. Because of their iniquity, they cannot maintain their lives.14They have blown the horn and made everything ready; but no one goes to battle, for my wrath is upon all their multitude.15The sword is outside, pestilence and famine are inside; those in the field die by the sword; those in the city—famine and pestilence devour them.16If any survivors escape, they shall be found on the mountains like doves of the valleys, all of them moaning over their iniquity.17All hands shall grow feeble, all knees turn to water.18They shall put on sackcloth, horror shall cover them. Shame shall be on all faces, baldness on all their heads.19They shall fling their silver into the streets, their gold shall be treated as unclean. Their silver and gold cannot save them on the day of the wrath of the Lord. They shall not satisfy their hunger or fill their stomachs with it. For it was the stumbling block of their iniquity.20From their beautiful ornament, in which they took pride, they made their abominable images, their detestable things; therefore I will make of it an unclean thing to them.21I will hand it over to strangers as booty, to the wicked of the earth as plunder; they shall profane it.22I will avert my face from them, so that they may profane my treasured place; the violent shall enter it, they shall profane it.23Make a chain! For the land is full of bloody crimes; the city is full of violence.24I will bring the worst of the nations to take possession of their houses. I will put an end to the arrogance of the strong, and their holy places shall be profaned.25When anguish comes, they will seek peace, but there shall be none.26Disaster comes upon disaster, rumor follows rumor; they shall keep seeking a vision from the prophet; instruction shall perish from the priest, and counsel from the elders.27The king shall mourn, the prince shall be wrapped in despair, and the hands of the people of the land shall tremble. According to their way I will deal with them; according to their own judgments I will judge them. And they shall know that I am the Lord.