Ezekiel 24-27 Revised Standard Version

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The Parable of the Boiling Pot

24 1  In the ninth year, in the tenth month, on the tenth day of the month, the word of the Lord came to me: 2  "Son of man, write down the name of this day, this very day. The king of Babylon has laid siege to Jerusalem this very day. 3  And utter an allegory to the rebellious house and say to them, Thus says the Lord GOD: Set on the pot, set it on, pour in water also; 4  put in it the pieces of flesh, all the good pieces, the thigh and the shoulder; fill it with choice bones. 5  Take the choicest one of the flock, pile the logs under it; boil its pieces, seethe also its bones in it. 6  "Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: Woe to the bloody city, to the pot whose rust is in it, and whose rust has not gone out of it! Take out of it piece after piece, without making any choice. 7  For the blood she has shed is still in the midst of her; she put it on the bare rock, she did not pour it upon the ground to cover it with dust. 8  To rouse my wrath, to take vengeance, I have set on the bare rock the blood she has shed, that it may not be covered. 9  Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: Woe to the bloody city! I also will make the pile great. 10  Heap on the logs, kindle the fire, boil well the flesh, and empty out the broth, and let the bones be burned up. 11  Then set it empty upon the coals, that it may become hot, and its copper may burn, that its filthiness may be melted in it, its rust consumed. 12  In vain I have wearied myself; its thick rust does not go out of it by fire. 13  Its rust is your filthy lewdness. Because I would have cleansed you and you were not cleansed from your filthiness, you shall not be cleansed any more till I have satisfied my fury upon you. 14  I the Lord have spoken; it shall come to pass, I will do it; I will not go back, I will not spare, I will not repent; according to your ways and your doings I will judge you, says the Lord GOD."

The Death of Ezekiel's Wife

15  Also the word of the Lord came to me: 16  "Son of man, behold, I am about to take the delight of your eyes away from you at a stroke; yet you shall not mourn or weep nor shall your tears run down. 17  Sigh, but not aloud; make no mourning for the dead. Bind on your turban, and put your shoes on your feet; do not cover your lips, nor eat the bread of mourners." 18  So I spoke to the people in the morning, and at evening my wife died. And on the next morning I did as I was commanded. 19  And the people said to me, "Will you not tell us what these things mean for us, that you are acting thus?" 20  Then I said to them, "The word of the Lord came to me: 21  'Say to the house of Israel, Thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I will profane my sanctuary, the pride of your power, the delight of your eyes, and the desire of your soul; and your sons and your daughters whom you left behind shall fall by the sword. 22  And you shall do as I have done; you shall not cover your lips, nor eat the bread of mourners. 23  Your turbans shall be on your heads and your shoes on your feet; you shall not mourn or weep, but you shall pine away in your iniquities and groan to one another. 24  Thus shall Ezekiel be to you a sign; according to all that he has done you shall do. When this comes, then you will know that I am the Lord GOD.' 25  "And you, son of man, on the day when I take from them their stronghold, their joy and glory, the delight of their eyes and their heart's desire, and also their sons and daughters, 26  on that day a fugitive will come to you to report to you the news. 27  On that day your mouth will be opened to the fugitive, and you shall speak and be no longer dumb. So you will be a sign to them; and they will know that I am the Lord."

The Prophecy against the Ammonites

25 1  The word of the Lord came to me: 2  "Son of man, set your face toward the Ammonites, and prophesy against them. 3  Say to the Ammonites, Hear the word of the Lord GOD: Thus says the Lord GOD, Because you said, 'Aha!' over my sanctuary when it was profaned, and over the land of Israel when it was made desolate, and over the house of Judah when it went into exile; 4  therefore I am handing you over to the people of the East for a possession, and they shall set their encampments among you and make their dwellings in your midst; they shall eat your fruit, and they shall drink your milk. 5  I will make Rabbah a pasture for camels and the cities of the Ammonites a fold for flocks. Then you will know that I am the Lord. 6  For thus says the Lord GOD: Because you have clapped your hands and stamped your feet and rejoiced with all the malice within you against the land of Israel, 7  therefore, behold, I have stretched out my hand against you, and will hand you over as spoil to the nations; and I will cut you off from the peoples and will make you perish out of the countries; I will destroy you. Then you will know that I am the Lord.

The Prophecy against Moab

8  "Thus says the Lord GOD: Because Moab said, Behold, the house of Judah is like all the other nations, 9  therefore I will lay open the flank of Moab from the cities on its frontier, the glory of the country, Beth-jesh'imoth, Ba'al-me'on, and Kiriatha'im. 10  I will give it along with the Ammonites to the people of the East as a possession, that it may be remembered no more among the nations, 11  and I will execute judgments upon Moab. Then they will know that I am the Lord.

The Prophecy against Edom

12  "Thus says the Lord GOD: Because Edom acted revengefully against the house of Judah and has grievously offended in taking vengeance upon them, 13  therefore thus says the Lord GOD, I will stretch out my hand against Edom, and cut off from it man and beast; and I will make it desolate; from Teman even to Dedan they shall fall by the sword. 14  And I will lay my vengeance upon Edom by the hand of my people Israel; and they shall do in Edom according to my anger and according to my wrath; and they shall know my vengeance, says the Lord GOD.

The Prophecy against the Philistines

15  "Thus says the Lord GOD: Because the Philistines acted revengefully and took vengeance with malice of heart to destroy in never-ending enmity; 16  therefore thus says the Lord GOD, Behold, I will stretch out my hand against the Philistines, and I will cut off the Cher'ethites, and destroy the rest of the seacoast. 17  I will execute great vengeance upon them with wrathful chastisements. Then they will know that I am the Lord, when I lay my vengeance upon them."

Prophecies against Tyrus

26 1  In the eleventh year, on the first day of the month, the word of the Lord came to me: 2  "Son of man, because Tyre said concerning Jerusalem, 'Aha, the gate of the peoples is broken, it has swung open to me; I shall be replenished, now that she is laid waste,' 3  therefore thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I am against you, O Tyre, and will bring up many nations against you, as the sea brings up its waves. 4  They shall destroy the walls of Tyre, and break down her towers; and I will scrape her soil from her, and make her a bare rock. 5  She shall be in the midst of the sea a place for the spreading of nets; for I have spoken, says the Lord GOD; and she shall become a spoil to the nations; 6  and her daughters on the mainland shall be slain by the sword. Then they will know that I am the Lord. 7  "For thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I will bring upon Tyre from the north Nebuchadrez'zar king of Babylon, king of kings, with horses and chariots, and with horsemen and a host of many soldiers. 8  He will slay with the sword your daughters on the mainland; he will set up a siege wall against you, and throw up a mound against you, and raise a roof of shields against you. 9  He will direct the shock of his battering rams against your walls, and with his axes he will break down your towers. 10  His horses will be so many that their dust will cover you; your walls will shake at the noise of the horsemen and wagons and chariots, when he enters your gates as one enters a city which has been breached. 11  With the hoofs of his horses he will trample all your streets; he will slay your people with the sword; and your mighty pillars will fall to the ground. 12  They will make a spoil of your riches and a prey of your merchandise; they will break down your walls and destroy your pleasant houses; your stones and timber and soil they will cast into the midst of the waters. 13  And I will stop the music of your songs, and the sound of your lyres shall be heard no more. 14  I will make you a bare rock; you shall be a place for the spreading of nets; you shall never be rebuilt; for I the Lord have spoken, says the Lord GOD.

15  "Thus says the Lord GOD to Tyre: Will not the coastlands shake at the sound of your fall, when the wounded groan, when slaughter is made in the midst of you? 16  Then all the princes of the sea will step down from their thrones, and remove their robes, and strip off their embroidered garments; they will clothe themselves with trembling; they will sit upon the ground and tremble every moment, and be appalled at you. 17  And they will raise a lamentation over you, and say to you, 'How you have vanished from the seas, O city renowned, that was mighty on the sea, you and your inhabitants, who imposed your terror on all the mainland! 18  Now the isles tremble on the day of your fall; yea, the isles that are in the sea are dismayed at your passing.' 19  "For thus says the Lord GOD: When I make you a city laid waste, like the cities that are not inhabited, when I bring up the deep over you, and the great waters cover you, 20  then I will thrust you down with those who descend into the Pit, to the people of old, and I will make you to dwell in the nether world, among primeval ruins, with those who go down to the Pit, so that you will not be inhabited or have a place in the land of the living. 21  I will bring you to a dreadful end, and you shall be no more; though you be sought for, you will never be found again, says the Lord GOD."

27 1  The word of the Lord came to me: 2  "Now you, son of man, raise a lamentation over Tyre, 3  and say to Tyre, who dwells at the entrance to the sea, merchant of the peoples on many coastlands, thus says the Lord GOD: "O Tyre, you have said, 'I am perfect in beauty.' 4  Your borders are in the heart of the seas; your builders made perfect your beauty. 5  They made all your planks of fir trees from Senir; they took a cedar from Lebanon to make a mast for you. 6  Of oaks of Bashan they made your oars; they made your deck of pines from the coasts of Cyprus, inlaid with ivory. 7  Of fine embroidered linen from Egypt was your sail, serving as your ensign; blue and purple from the coasts of Eli'shah was your awning. 8  The inhabitants of Sidon and Arvad were your rowers; skilled men of Zemer were in you, they were your pilots. 9  The elders of Gebal and her skilled men were in you, caulking your seams; all the ships of the sea with their mariners were in you, to barter for your wares. 10  "Persia and Lud and Put were in your army as your men of war; they hung the shield and helmet in you; they gave you splendor. 11  The men of Arvad and Helech were upon your walls round about, and men of Gamad were in your towers; they hung their shields upon your walls round about; they made perfect your beauty. 12  "Tarshish trafficked with you because of your great wealth of every kind; silver, iron, tin, and lead they exchanged for your wares. 13  Javan, Tubal, and Meshech traded with you; they exchanged the persons of men and vessels of bronze for your merchandise. 14  Beth-togar'mah exchanged for your wares horses, war horses, and mules. 15  The men of Rhodes traded with you; many coastlands were your own special markets, they brought you in payment ivory tusks and ebony. 16  Edom trafficked with you because of your abundant goods; they exchanged for your wares emeralds, purple, embroidered work, fine linen, coral, and agate. 17  Judah and the land of Israel traded with you; they exchanged for your merchandise wheat, olives and early figs, honey, oil, and balm. 18  Damascus trafficked with you for your abundant goods, because of your great wealth of every kind; wine of Helbon, and white wool, 19  and wine from Uzal they exchanged for your wares; wrought iron, cassia, and calamus were bartered for your merchandise. 20  Dedan traded with you in saddlecloths for riding. 21  Arabia and all the princes of Kedar were your favored dealers in lambs, rams, and goats; in these they trafficked with you. 22  The traders of Sheba and Ra'amah traded with you; they exchanged for your wares the best of all kinds of spices, and all precious stones, and gold. 23  Haran, Canneh, Eden, Asshur, and Chilmad traded with you. 24  These traded with you in choice garments, in clothes of blue and embroidered work, and in carpets of colored stuff, bound with cords and made secure; in these they traded with you. 25  The ships of Tarshish traveled for you with your merchandise. "So you were filled and heavily laden in the heart of the seas.

26  Your rowers have brought you out into the high seas. The east wind has wrecked you in the heart of the seas. 27  Your riches, your wares, your merchandise, your mariners and your pilots, your caulkers, your dealers in merchandise, and all your men of war who are in you, with all your company that is in your midst, sink into the heart of the seas on the day of your ruin. 28  At the sound of the cry of your pilots the countryside shakes, 29  and down from their ships come all that handle the oar. The mariners and all the pilots of the sea stand on the shore 30  and wail aloud over you, and cry bitterly. They cast dust on their heads and wallow in ashes; 31  they make themselves bald for you, and gird themselves with sackcloth, and they weep over you in bitterness of soul, with bitter mourning. 32  In their wailing they raise a lamentation for you, and lament over you: 'Who was ever destroyed like Tyre in the midst of the sea? 33  When your wares came from the seas, you satisfied many peoples; with your abundant wealth and merchandise you enriched the kings of the earth. 34  Now you are wrecked by the seas, in the depths of the waters; your merchandise and all your crew have sunk with you. 35  All the inhabitants of the coastlands are appalled at you; and their kings are horribly afraid, their faces are convulsed. 36  The merchants among the peoples hiss at you; you have come to a dreadful end and shall be no more for ever.'"

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