NASB — Ezekiel 14 — KJV

Idolatrous Elders Condemned

1 Then some aelders of Israel came to me and bsat down before me. 2 And the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 3 “Son of man, these men have aset up their idols in their hearts and have bput right before their faces the stumbling block of their iniquity. Should I be cconsulted by them at all? 4 Therefore speak to them and tell them, ‘Thus says the Lord IGOD, “Any man of the house of Israel who sets up his idols in his heart, puts right before his face the stumbling block of his iniquity, and [then] comes to the prophet, I the LORD will be brought to give him an answer in IIthe matter in view of the amultitude of his idols, 5 in order to lay hold of Iathe hearts of the house of Israel who are IIbestranged from Me through all their idols.”’

[1] a2K 6:32; Ezk 8:1; 20:1 bIs 29:13; Ezk 33:31, 32
[3] aEzk 20:16 bEzk 7:19; 14:4, 7; Zp 1:3 cIs 1:15; Jr 11:11; Ezk 20:3, 31
[4] IHeb YHWH, usually rendered LORD, and so throughout the ch IILit it a1K 21:20-24; 2K 1:16; Is 66:4
[5] ILit their IIOr all estranged from Me through their idols aJr 17:10; Zc 7:12 bIs 1:4; Jr 2:11; Zc 11:8

6 ¶ “Therefore say to the house of Israel, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD, “aRepent and turn away from your idols and turn your faces away from all your babominations. 7 For anyone of the house of Israel or of the aimmigrants who stay in Israel who separates himself from Me, sets up his idols in his heart, puts right before his face the stumbling block of his iniquity, and [then] comes to the prophet to inquire of Me for himself, bI the LORD will be brought to answer him in My own person. 8 I will aset My face against that man and make him a bsign and Ia proverb, and I will cut him off from among My people. So you will know that I am the LORD.

[6] a1S 7:3; Ne 1:9; Is 2:20; 30:22; 55:6, 7; Ezk 18:30 bEzk 8:6; 14:4
[7] aEx 12:48; 20:10 bEzk 14:4
[8] ILit proverbs aJr 44:11; Ezk 15:7 bIs 65:15; Ezk 5:15

9 ¶ “But if the prophet is Iprevailed upon to speak a word, it is I, the LORD, who have Iprevailed upon that prophet, and I will stretch out My hand against him and adestroy him from among My people Israel. 10 They will bear [the punishment of] their iniquity; as the iniquity of the inquirer is, so the iniquity of the prophet will be, 11 in order that the house of Israel may no longer astray from Me and no longer bdefile themselves with all their transgressions. Thus they will be cMy people, and I shall be their God,”’ declares the Lord GOD.”

[9] IOr enticed aJr 6:14, 15; 14:15
[11] aEzk 44:10, 15; 48:11 bEzk 11:18; 37:23 cEzk 11:20; 34:30; 36:28

The City Will Not Be Spared

12 ¶ Then the word of the LORD came to me saying, 13 “Son of man, if a country sins against Me by acommitting unfaithfulness, and I stretch out My hand against it, Idestroy its bsupply of bread, send famine against it and cut off from it both man and beast, 14 even a[though] these three men, bNoah, cDaniel and dJob were in its midst, by their [own] righteousness they could [only] deliver ethemselves,” declares the Lord GOD. 15 “If I were to cause awild beasts to pass through the land and they Idepopulated it, and it became desolate so that no one would pass through it because of the beasts, 16 [though] these three men were in its midst, as I live,” declares the Lord GOD, “they could not deliver either [their] sons or [their] daughters. aThey alone would be delivered, but the country would be desolate. 17 Or [if] I should abring a sword on that country and say, ‘Let the sword pass through the country and bcut off man and beast from it,’ 18 even [though] these three men were in its midst, as I live,” declares the Lord GOD, “they could not deliver either [their] sons or [their] daughters, but they alone would be delivered. 19 Or [if] I should send a aplague against that country and pour out My wrath in blood on it to cut off man and beast from it, 20 even [though] Noah, Daniel and Job were in its midst, as I live,” declares the Lord GOD, “they could not deliver either [their] son or [their] daughter. They would deliver only themselves by their righteousness.”

[13] ILit break the staff aEzk 15:8; 20:27 bLv 26:26; Is 3:1; Ezk 4:16
[14] aJr 15:1 bGn 6:8; 7:1; He 11:7 cEzk 28:3; Dn 1:6; 9:21; 10:11 dJb 1:1, 5; 42:8, 9 eEzk 16:18, 20; 18:20
[15] ILit bereave of children aLv 26:22; Nu 21:6; Ezk 5:17; 14:21
[16] aGn 19:29; Ezk 18:20
[17] aLv 26:25; Ezk 5:12; 21:3, 4 bEzk 25:13; Zp 1:3
[19] aJr 14:12; Ezk 5:12; 14:21

21 ¶ For thus says the Lord GOD, “How much more when aI send My four Isevere judgments against Jerusalem: sword, famine, wild beasts and plague to cut off man and beast from it! 22 Yet, behold, Isurvivors will be left in it who will be brought out, [both] sons and daughters. Behold, they are going to come forth to you and you will asee their conduct and actions; then you will be bcomforted for the calamity which I have brought against Jerusalem for everything which I have brought upon it. 23 Then they will comfort you when you see their conduct and actions, for you will know that I have not done ain vain whatever I did Ito it,” declares the Lord GOD.

[21] ILit evil aEzk 5:17; 33:27; Am 4:6-10; Rv 6:8
[22] ILit escaped ones aEzk 12:16; 36:20 bEzk 16:54; 31:16; 32:31
[23] IOr in aJr 22:8, 9


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God answereth idolaters according to their own heart.

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, 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? 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.

[1] 2K 6:32; Is 29:13; Ezk 8:1; 20:1; 33:31; Lk 10:39; Ac 4:5, 8; 22:3.
[2] 1K 14:4; Am 3:7.
[3] 1S 28:6; 2K 3:13; Ps 66:18; 101:3; Pv 15:8, 29; 21:27; 28:9; Is 1:15; 33:15; Jr 7:8; 11:11; 17:1, 9; 42:20; 44:16; Ezk 3:20; 6:9; 7:19; 11:21; 14:4, 7; 20:3, 16; 36:25; 44:12; Zp 1:3; Zc 7:13; Lk 20:8; Ep 5:5; 1P 2:8; Rv 2:14.
[4] 1K 21:20; 2K 1:16; Is 3:11; 66:4; Ezk 2:7; 3:4, 17; 14:7.
[5] Dt 32:15; Is 1:4; Jr 2:5, 11, 31; Ezk 14:9; Ho 10:2; Zc 7:11; 11:8; Ro 1:21, 28, 30; 8:7; Ga 6:7; Ep 4:18; Col 1:21; 2Th 2:9; He 3:12.

They are exhorted to repent, for fear of judgments, by means of seduced prophets.

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: 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. 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. 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.

[6] 1S 7:3; 1K 8:47; 2Ch 29:6; Ne 1:8; Is 2:20; 30:22; 55:6; Jr 8:5; 13:27; 31:18; 50:4; Lm 3:39; Ezk 8:16; 14:4; 16:63; 18:30; 36:31; Ho 14:1, 8; Jna 3:7; Zp 3:11; Mt 3:8; Ac 3:19; 17:30; 26:20; Ro 6:21; Jm 4:8.
[7] Ex 12:48; 20:10; Lv 16:29; 20:2; 24:22; Nu 15:15, 29; 2K 8:8; Is 58:1; Jr 21:1; 37:1, 9, 17; 38:14; Ezk 14:3, 4, 7; 33:30; Ho 4:14; 9:10; Jde 1:19.
[8] Lv 17:10; 20:3; 22:3; 26:17; Nu 19:20; 26:10; Dt 28:37; Ps 34:16; 37:22; 44:13; Is 65:15; Jr 21:10; 24:9; 29:22; 44:11; Ezk 5:15; 6:7; 13:23; 15:7; Ro 11:22; 1Co 10:11.
[9] 2S 12:11; 1K 22:20; Jb 12:16; Ps 81:11; Is 5:25; 9:12, 17, 21; 10:4; 63:16; 66:4; Jr 4:10; Ezk 16:27; 20:25; 2Th 2:9.
[10] Gn 4:13; Nu 5:31; Dt 13:1; 17:2; Jr 6:14; 8:11; 14:15; Ezk 14:4, 7; 17:18; 23:49; Mi 7:9; Ga 6:5; Rv 19:19.
[11] Gn 17:7; Dt 13:11; 19:20; Ps 119:67; Is 9:16; Jr 11:4; 23:15; 31:33; 32:38; 50:6; Ezk 11:18; 34:10, 30; 36:25, 28; 37:23, 27; 39:22; 44:10, 15; 48:11; Zc 13:9; He 8:10; 11:16; 2P 2:15; Rv 21:7.

God's irrevocable sentence of famine,

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: 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.

[13] Gn 6:7; Lv 26:26; Ezr 9:6; Is 3:1; 24:20; Jr 7:20; 15:2; 32:43; 36:29; Lm 1:8, 20; 4:9; Ezk 4:16; 5:16; 9:9; 14:17, 19, 21; 25:13; Dn 9:5, 10.
[14] Gn 6:8; 7:1; 8:20; Jb 1:5; 42:8; Pv 11:4; Jr 7:16; 11:14; 14:11; 15:1; Ezk 14:16, 18, 20; 28:3; Dn 9:21; 10:11; He 11:7; 2P 2:9.

of noisome beasts,

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: 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.

[15] Lv 26:22; 1K 20:36; 2K 17:25; Jr 15:3; Ezk 5:17.
[16] Gn 18:23; 19:29; Nu 14:28; Jb 22:20; Ezk 14:14, 18, 20; 33:11; Mt 18:19; Ac 27:24; He 11:7; Jm 5:16.

of the sword,

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: 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.

[17] Lv 26:25; Jr 25:9; 33:12; 47:6; Ezk 5:12, 17; 14:13; 21:3, 9; 25:13; 29:8; 38:21; Ho 4:3; Zp 1:3.
[18] Ezk 14:14.

and of pestilence.

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: 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. 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?

[19] Nu 14:12; 16:46; Dt 28:21, 59; 2S 24:13, 15; 1K 8:37; 2Ch 6:28; 7:13; 20:9; Ps 91:3, 6; Is 37:36; Jr 14:12; 21:6, 9; 24:10; Ezk 5:12; 7:8; 36:18; 38:22; Am 4:10; Mt 24:7; Rv 16:3.
[20] 2K 23:36; 24:6, 8; Jb 5:19; Ps 33:18; Is 3:10; Ezk 8:1; 14:14, 16; 18:20, 22; Dn 1:1; Ho 10:12; Zp 2:3; Ac 10:35; 1Jn 2:29; 3:7, 10.
[21] Jr 15:2; Ezk 5:12, 17; 6:11; 14:13, 15, 17, 19; 33:27; Am 4:6; Rv 6:4.

A remnant shall be reserved for example of others.

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.

[22] Dt 4:31; 2Ch 36:20; Is 6:13; 10:20; 17:4; 24:13; 40:1; 65:8; Jr 3:21; 4:27; 5:19; 30:11; 31:17; 52:27; Ezk 6:8, 9; 16:63; 20:43; 36:31; Mi 5:7; Mk 13:20; He 12:6.
[23] Gn 18:22; Dt 8:2; Ne 9:33; Pv 26:2; Jr 7:17; 22:8; Ezk 8:6; 9:8; Dn 9:7, 14; Ro 2:5; Rv 15:4; 16:6.


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