|And it came to pass in the sixth year, in the sixth
month, in the fifth day of the month, as I sat in mine house, and the
elders of Judah sat before me, that the hand of the Lord GOD fell there
|Then I beheld, and lo a likeness as the appearance
of fire: from the appearance of his loins even downward, fire; and from
his loins even upward, as the appearance of brightness, as the colour of
|And he put forth the form of an hand, and took me by
a lock of mine head; and the spirit lifted me up between the earth and
the heaven, and brought me in the visions of God to Jerusalem, to the
door of the inner gate that looketh toward the north; where was the seat
of the image of jealousy, which provoketh to jealousy.
|And, behold, the glory of the God of Israel was
there, according to the vision that I saw in the plain.
|Then said he unto me, Son of man, lift up thine eyes
now the way toward the north. So I lifted up mine eyes the way toward
the north, and behold northward at the gate of the altar this image of
jealousy in the entry.
|He said furthermore unto me, Son of man, seest thou
what they do? even the great abominations that the house of Israel
committeth here, that I should go far off from my sanctuary? but turn
thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations.
|And he brought me to the door of the court; and when
I looked, behold a hole in the wall.
|Then said he unto me, Son of man, dig now in the
wall: and when I had digged in the wall, behold a door.
|And he said unto me, Go in, and behold the wicked
abominations that they do here.
|So I went in and saw; and behold every form of
creeping things, and abominable beasts, and all the idols of the house
of Israel, portrayed upon the wall round about.
|And there stood before them seventy men of the
ancients of the house of Israel, and in the midst of them stood
Jaazaniah the son of Shaphan, with every man his censer in his hand; and
a thick cloud of incense went up.
|Then said he unto me, Son of man, hast thou seen
what the ancients of the house of Israel do in the dark, every man in
the chambers of his imagery? for they say, The LORD seeth us not; the
LORD hath forsaken the earth.
|He said also unto me, Turn thee yet again, and thou
shalt see greater abominations that they do.
|Then he brought me to the door of the gate of the
LORD'S house which was toward the north; and, behold, there sat women
weeping for Tammuz.
|Then said he unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of
man? turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations than
|And he brought me into the inner court of the LORD'S
house, and, behold, at the door of the temple of the LORD, between the
porch and the altar, were about five and twenty men, with their backs
toward the temple of the LORD, and their faces toward the east; and they
worshipped the sun toward the east.
|Then he said unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of
man? Is it a light thing to the house of Judah that they commit the
abominations which they commit here? for they have filled the land with
violence, and have returned to provoke me to anger: and, lo, they put
the branch to their nose.
|Therefore will I also deal in fury: mine eye shall
not spare, neither will I have pity: and though they cry in mine ears
with a loud voice, yet will I not hear them.
|He cried also in mine ears with a loud voice,
saying, Cause them that have charge over the city to draw near, even
every man with his destroying weapon in his hand.
|And, behold, six men came from the way of the higher
gate, which lieth toward the north, and every man a slaughter weapon in
his hand; and one man among them was clothed with linen, with a writer's
inkhorn by his side: and they went in, and stood beside the brazen
|And the glory of the God of Israel was gone up from
the cherub, whereupon he was, to the threshold of the house. And he
called to the man clothed with linen, which had the writer's inkhorn by
|And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of
the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the
foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations
that be done in the midst thereof.
|And to the others he said in mine hearing, Go ye
after him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither
have ye pity:
|Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little
children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark;
and begin at my sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which were
before the house.
|And he said unto them, Defile the house, and fill
the courts with the slain: go ye forth. And they went forth, and slew in
|And it came to pass, while they were slaying them,
and I was left, that I fell upon my face, and cried, and said, Ah Lord
GOD! wilt thou destroy all the residue of Israel in thy pouring out of
thy fury upon Jerusalem?
|Then said he unto me, The iniquity of the house of
Israel and Judah is exceeding great, and the land is full of blood, and
the city full of perverseness: for they say, The LORD hath forsaken the
earth, and the LORD seeth not.
|And as for me also, mine eye shall not spare,
neither will I have pity, but I will recompense their way upon their
|And, behold, the man clothed with linen, which had
the inkhorn by his side, reported the matter, saying, I have done as
thou hast commanded me.
|Then I looked, and, behold, in the firmament that
was above the head of the cherubims there appeared over them as it were
a sapphire stone, as the appearance of the likeness of a throne.
|And he spake unto the man clothed with linen, and
said, Go in between the wheels, even under the cherub, and fill thine
hand with coals of fire from between the cherubims, and scatter them
over the city. And he went in in my sight.
|Now the cherubims stood on the right side of the
house, when the man went in; and the cloud filled the inner court.
|Then the glory of the LORD went up from the cherub,
and stood over the threshold of the house; and the house was filled with
the cloud, and the court was full of the brightness of the LORD'S glory.
|And the sound of the cherubims' wings was heard even
to the outer court, as the voice of the Almighty God when he speaketh.
|And it came to pass, that when he had commanded the
man clothed with linen, saying, Take fire from between the wheels, from
between the cherubims; then he went in, and stood beside the wheels.
|And one cherub stretched forth his hand from between
the cherubims unto the fire that was between the cherubims, and took
thereof, and put it into the hands of him that was clothed with linen:
who took it, and went out.
|And there appeared in the cherubims the form of a
man's hand under their wings.
|And when I looked, behold the four wheels by the
cherubims, one wheel by one cherub, and another wheel by another cherub:
and the appearance of the wheels was as the colour of a beryl stone.
|And as for their appearances, they four had one
likeness, as if a wheel had been in the midst of a wheel.
|When they went, they went upon their four sides;
they turned not as they went, but to the place whither the head looked
they followed it; they turned not as they went.
|And their whole body, and their backs, and their
hands, and their wings, and the wheels, were full of eyes round about,
even the wheels that they four had.
|As for the wheels, it was cried unto them in my
hearing, O wheel.
|And every one had four faces: the first face was the
face of a cherub, and the second face was the face of a man, and the
third the face of a lion, and the fourth the face of an eagle.
|And the cherubims were lifted up. This is the living
creature that I saw by the river of Chebar.
|And when the cherubims went, the wheels went by
them: and when the cherubims lifted up their wings to mount up from the
earth, the same wheels also turned not from beside them.
|When they stood, these stood; and when they were
lifted up, these lifted up themselves also: for the spirit of the living
creature was in them.
|Then the glory of the LORD departed from off the
threshold of the house, and stood over the cherubims.
|And the cherubims lifted up their wings, and mounted
up from the earth in my sight: when they went out, the wheels also were
beside them, and every one stood at the door of the east gate of the
LORD'S house; and the glory of the God of Israel was over them above.
|This is the living creature that I saw under the God
of Israel by the river of Chebar; and I knew that they were the
|Every one had four faces apiece, and every one four
wings; and the likeness of the hands of a man was under their wings.
|And the likeness of their faces was the same faces
which I saw by the river of Chebar, their appearances and themselves:
they went every one straight forward.
|Moreover the spirit lifted me up, and brought me
unto the east gate of the LORD'S house, which looketh eastward: and
behold at the door of the gate five and twenty men; among whom I saw
Jaazaniah the son of Azur, and Pelatiah the son of Benaiah, princes of
|Then said he unto me, Son of man, these are the men
that devise mischief, and give wicked counsel in this city:
|Which say, It is not near; let us build houses: this
city is the caldron, and we be the flesh.
|Therefore prophesy against them, prophesy, O son of
|And the Spirit of the LORD fell upon me, and said
unto me, Speak; Thus saith the LORD; Thus have ye said, O house of
Israel: for I know the things that come into your mind, every one of
|Ye have multiplied your slain in this city, and ye
have filled the streets thereof with the slain.
|Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Your slain whom
ye have laid in the midst of it, they are the flesh, and this city is
the caldron: but I will bring you forth out of the midst of it.
|Ye have feared the sword; and I will bring a sword
upon you, saith the Lord GOD.
|And I will bring you out of the midst thereof, and
deliver you into the hands of strangers, and will execute judgments
|Ye shall fall by the sword; I will judge you in the
border of Israel; and ye shall know that I am the LORD.
|This city shall not be your caldron, neither shall
ye be the flesh in the midst thereof; but I will judge you in the border
|And ye shall know that I am the LORD: for ye have
not walked in my statutes, neither executed my judgments, but have done
after the manners of the heathen that are round about you.
|And it came to pass, when I prophesied, that
Pelatiah the son of Benaiah died. Then fell I down upon my face, and
cried with a loud voice, and said, Ah Lord GOD! wilt thou make a full
end of the remnant of Israel?
|Again the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
|Son of man, thy brethren, even thy brethren, the men
of thy kindred, and all the house of Israel wholly, are they unto whom
the inhabitants of Jerusalem have said, Get you far from the LORD: unto
us is this land given in possession.
|Therefore say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Although I
have cast them far off among the heathen, and although I have scattered
them among the countries, yet will I be to them as a little sanctuary in
the countries where they shall come.
|Therefore say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; I will even
gather you from the people, and assemble you out of the countries where
ye have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel.
|And they shall come thither, and they shall take
away all the detestable things thereof and all the abominations thereof
|And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new
spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh,
and will give them an heart of flesh:
|That they may walk in my statutes, and keep mine
ordinances, and do them: and they shall be my people, and I will be
|But as for them whose heart walketh after the heart
of their detestable things and their abominations, I will recompense
their way upon their own heads, saith the Lord GOD.
|Then did the cherubims lift up their wings, and the
wheels beside them; and the glory of the God of Israel was over them
|And the glory of the LORD went up from the midst of
the city, and stood upon the mountain which is on the east side of the
|Afterwards the spirit took me up, and brought me in
a vision by the Spirit of God into Chaldea, to them of the captivity. So
the vision that I had seen went up from me.
|Then I spake unto them of the captivity all the
things that the LORD had showed me.
|The word of the LORD also came unto me, saying,
|Son of man, thou dwellest in the midst of a
rebellious house, which have eyes to see, and see not; they have ears to
hear, and hear not: for they are a rebellious house.
|Therefore, thou son of man, prepare thee stuff for
removing, and remove by day in their sight; and thou shalt remove from
thy place to another place in their sight: it may be they will consider,
though they be a rebellious house.
|Then shalt thou bring forth thy stuff by day in
their sight, as stuff for removing: and thou shalt go forth at even in
their sight, as they that go forth into captivity.
|Dig thou through the wall in their sight, and carry
|In their sight shalt thou bear it upon thy
shoulders, and carry it forth in the twilight: thou shalt cover thy
face, that thou see not the ground: for I have set thee for a sign unto
the house of Israel.
|And I did so as I was commanded: I brought forth my
stuff by day, as stuff for captivity, and in the even I digged through
the wall with mine hand; I brought it forth in the twilight, and I bare
it upon my shoulder in their sight.
|And in the morning came the word of the LORD unto
|Son of man, hath not the house of Israel, the
rebellious house, said unto thee, What doest thou?
|Say thou unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; This
burden concerneth the prince in Jerusalem, and all the house of Israel
that are among them.
|Say, I am your sign: like as I have done, so shall
it be done unto them: they shall remove and go into captivity.
|And the prince that is among them shall bear upon
his shoulder in the twilight, and shall go forth: they shall dig through
the wall to carry out thereby: he shall cover his face, that he see not
the ground with his eyes.
|My net also will I spread upon him, and he shall be
taken in my snare: and I will bring him to Babylon to the land of the
Chaldeans; yet shall he not see it, though he shall die there.
|And I will scatter toward every wind all that are
about him to help him, and all his bands; and I will draw out the sword
|And they shall know that I am the LORD, when I shall
scatter them among the nations, and disperse them in the countries.
|But I will leave a few men of them from the sword,
from the famine, and from the pestilence; that they may declare all
their abominations among the heathen whither they come; and they shall
know that I am the LORD.
|Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
|Son of man, eat thy bread with quaking, and drink
thy water with trembling and with carefulness;
|And say unto the people of the land, Thus saith the
Lord GOD of the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and of the land of Israel;
They shall eat their bread with carefulness, and drink their water with
astonishment, that her land may be desolate from all that is therein,
because of the violence of all them that dwell therein.
|And the cities that are inhabited shall be laid
waste, and the land shall be desolate; and ye shall know that I am the
|And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
|Son of man, what is that proverb that ye have in the
land of Israel, saying, The days are prolonged, and every vision faileth?
|Tell them therefore, Thus saith the Lord GOD; I will
make this proverb to cease, and they shall no more use it as a proverb
in Israel; but say unto them, The days are at hand, and the effect of
|For there shall be no more any vain vision nor
flattering divination within the house of Israel.
|For I am the LORD: I will speak, and the word that I
shall speak shall come to pass; it shall be no more prolonged: for in
your days, O rebellious house, will I say the word, and will perform it,
saith the Lord GOD.
|Again the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
|Son of man, behold, they of the house of Israel say,
The vision that he seeth is for many days to come, and he prophesieth of
the times that are far off.
|Therefore say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD;
There shall none of my words be prolonged any more, but the word which I
have spoken shall be done, saith the Lord GOD.
|And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
|Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel
that prophesy, and say thou unto them that prophesy out of their own
hearts, Hear ye the word of the LORD;
|Thus saith the Lord GOD; Woe unto the foolish
prophets, that follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing!
|O Israel, thy prophets are like the foxes in the
|Ye have not gone up into the gaps, neither made up
the hedge for the house of Israel to stand in the battle in the day of
|They have seen vanity and lying divination, saying,
The LORD saith: and the LORD hath not sent them: and they have made
others to hope that they would confirm the word.
|Have ye not seen a vain vision, and have ye not
spoken a lying divination, whereas ye say, The LORD saith it; albeit I
have not spoken?
|Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because ye have
spoken vanity, and seen lies, therefore, behold, I am against you, saith
the Lord GOD.
|And mine hand shall be upon the prophets that see
vanity, and that divine lies: they shall not be in the assembly of my
people, neither shall they be written in the writing of the house of
Israel, neither shall they enter into the land of Israel; and ye shall
know that I am the Lord GOD.
|Because, even because they have seduced my people,
saying, Peace; and there was no peace; and one built up a wall, and, lo,
others daubed it with untempered mortar:
|Say unto them which daub it with untempered mortar,
that it shall fall: there shall be an overflowing shower; and ye, O
great hailstones, shall fall; and a stormy wind shall rend it.
|Lo, when the wall is fallen, shall it not be said
unto you, Where is the daubing wherewith ye have daubed it?
|Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; I will even rend
it with a stormy wind in my fury; and there shall be an overflowing
shower in mine anger, and great hailstones in my fury to consume it.
|So will I break down the wall that ye have daubed
with untempered mortar, and bring it down to the ground, so that the
foundation thereof shall be discovered, and it shall fall, and ye shall
be consumed in the midst thereof: and ye shall know that I am the LORD.
|Thus will I accomplish my wrath upon the wall, and
upon them that have daubed it with untempered mortar, and will say unto
you, The wall is no more, neither they that daubed it;
|To wit, the prophets of Israel which prophesy
concerning Jerusalem, and which see visions of peace for her, and there
is no peace, saith the Lord GOD.
|Likewise, thou son of man, set thy face against the
daughters of thy people, which prophesy out of their own heart; and
prophesy thou against them,
|And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Woe to the women
that sew pillows to all armholes, and make kerchiefs upon the head of
every stature to hunt souls! Will ye hunt the souls of my people, and
will ye save the souls alive that come unto you?
|Wherefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am
against your pillows, wherewith ye there hunt the souls to make them
fly, and I will tear them from your arms, and will let the souls go,
even the souls that ye hunt to make them fly.
|Your kerchiefs also will I tear, and deliver my
people out of your hand, and they shall be no more in your hand to be
hunted; and ye shall know that I am the LORD.
|Because with lies ye have made the heart of the
righteous sad, whom I have not made sad; and strengthened the hands of
the wicked, that he should not return from his wicked way, by promising
|Therefore ye shall see no more vanity, nor divine
divinations: for I will deliver my people out of your hand: and ye shall
know that I am the LORD.
|Then came certain of the elders of Israel unto me,
and sat before me.
|And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
|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 inquired of at all by them?
|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;
|That I may take the house of Israel in their own
heart, because they are all estranged from me through their idols.
|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.
|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 inquire of him
concerning me; I the LORD will answer him by myself:
|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.
|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.
|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;
|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.
|The word of the LORD came again to me, saying,
|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:
|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.
|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:
|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.
|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:
|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.
|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:
|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.
|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
|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.
|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.