God answereth idolaters according to their own heart.
Ezekiel 14:1 Then came certaine of the Elders of Israel vnto me, and sate before me. Ezekiel 14:2 And the word of the LORD came vnto me, saying, Ezekiel 14:3 Sonne of man, these men haue set vp their idoles in their heart, and put the stumbling blocke of their iniquitie before their face: should I be enquired of at all by them? Ezekiel 14:4 Therefore speake vnto them, and say vnto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Euery man of the house of Israel that setteth vp his idoles in his heart, and putteth the stumbling blocke of his iniquitie before his face, and commeth to the Prophet, I the LORD will answere him that commeth, according to the multitude of his idoles, Ezekiel 14:5 That I may take the house of Israel in their owne heart, because they are all estranged from mee through their idoles.
They are exhorted to repent, for fear of judgments, by means of seduced prophets.
Ezekiel 14:6 Therefore say vnto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD, Repent, and turne your selues from your idoles, and turne away your faces from all your abominations. Ezekiel 14:7 For euery one of the house of Israel, or of the stranger that soiourneth in Israel, which separateth himselfe from me, and setteth vp his idols in his heart, and putteth the stumbling blocke of his iniquitie before his face, and commeth to a prophet to enquire of him concerning me, I the LORD will answere him by my [selfe]. Ezekiel 14:8 And I wil set my face against that man, and will make him a signe and a prouerbe, and I will cut him off from the midst of my people, and yee shall know that I [am] the LORD. Ezekiel 14:9 And if the prophet bee deceiued when hee hath spoken a thing, I the LORD haue deceiued that prophet, and I will stretch out my hand vpon him, and will destroy him from the midst of my people Israel. Ezekiel 14:10 And they shall beare the punishment of their iniquitie: the punishment of the prophet shall bee euen as the punishment of him that seeketh vnto him: Ezekiel 14:11 That the house of Israel may goe no more astray from me, neither be polluted any more with all their transgressions; but that they may be my people, and I may bee their God, sayeth the Lord GOD.
God's irrevocable sentence of famine,
Ezekiel 14:12 The word of the LORD came againe to me, saying, Ezekiel 14:13 Sonne of man, when the land sinneth against mee by trespassing grieuously, then will I stretch out mine hand vpon it, and will breake the staffe of the bread thereof, and will send famine vpon it, and will cut off man and beast from it. Ezekiel 14:14 Though these three men, Noah, Daniel and Iob were in it, they should deliuer [but] their owne soules by their righteousnes, saith the Lord GOD.
of noisome beasts,
Ezekiel 14:15 If I cause noisome beastes to passe through the land, and they spoile it, so that it bee desolate, that no man may passe through because of the beasts: Ezekiel 14:16 [Though] these three men [were] in it, as I liue, saith the Lord GOD, they shall deliuer neither sonnes nor daughters: they onely shalbe deliuered, but the land shalbe desolate.
of the sword,
Ezekiel 14:17 Or [if] I bring a sword vpon that land, and say, Sword, goe through the lande, so that I cut off man and beast from it: Ezekiel 14:18 Though these three men [were] in it, as I liue, saith the Lord GOD, they shall deliuer neither sonnes nor daughter, but they onely shall bee deliuered themselues.
and of pestilence.
Ezekiel 14:19 Or [if] I send a pestilence into that land, and powre out my fury vpon it in blood, to cut off from it man and beast: Ezekiel 14:20 Though Noah, Daniel and Iob [were] in it, as I liue, saith the Lord GOD, they shal deliuer neither son nor daughter: they shall [but] deliuer their owne soules by their righteousnes. Ezekiel 14:21 For thus saith the Lord GOD, How much more when I send my foure sore iudgements vpon Ierusalem; the sword, and the famine, and the noisome beast, and the pestilence, to cut off from it man and beast?
A remnant shall be reserved for example of others.
Ezekiel 14:22 Yet behold, therein shalbe left a remnant that shalbe brought foorth, [both] sonnes and daughters: behold, they shall come foorth vnto you, and ye shall see their way and their doings: and ye shalbe comforted concerning the euill that I haue brought vpon Ierusalem, [euen] concerning all that I haue brought vpon it. Ezekiel 14:23 And they shall comfort you when yee see their wayes and their doings: and ye shal know that I haue not done without cause, all that I haue done in it, saith the Lord GOD.