The presumption of the princes.
Ezekiel 11:1 Moreouer, the spirite lift me vp, and brought me vnto the east gate of the Lordes house, which lyeth eastwarde: and beholde, at the entry of the gate were fiue and twentie men, among whom I sawe Iaazaniah the sonne of Azur, and Pheltiah the sonne of Banaiahu, the rulers of the people. Ezekiel 11:2 Then sayde he vnto me, Thou sonne of man, these men imagine mischiefe, & a wicked counsayle take they in this citie, Ezekiel 11:3 Saying, It is not neare, let vs builde houses: this [Hierusalem] is the cauldron, and we be the fleshe.
Their sin and judgment.
Ezekiel 11:4 Therfore shalt thou prophecie against them: yea prophecie O sonne of man. Ezekiel 11:5 And with that fell the spirite of the Lorde vpon me, and sayde vnto me, Speake, thus saith the Lorde: On this maner haue ye spoken (O ye house of Israel) and I knowe the imaginations of your heartes. Ezekiel 11:6 Many one haue ye murthered in this citie, and fylled the streetes full of the slayne: Ezekiel 11:7 Therfore thus saith the Lorde God, The slayne men that ye haue layde on the grounde in the citie are the fleshe, and this citie is the cauldron: but I wyll bryng you out of it, Ezekiel 11:8 ye haue feared the sworde, and I wyll bring a sworde ouer you, saith the Lorde God. Ezekiel 11:9 And I wyll bryng you out of the middest therof, and deliuer you into the handes of straungers, and wyll execute iudgementes among you. Ezekiel 11:10 Ye shall fall by the sworde, in the borders of Israel wyll I iudge you, and ye shall knowe that I am the Lorde. Ezekiel 11:11 This citie shall not be your cauldron, neither shall ye be the fleshe therin: but in the borders of Israel wyll I punishe you, Ezekiel 11:12 That ye may knowe that I am the Lorde, in whose commaundementes ye haue not walked, nor kept my lawes: but haue done after the customes of the heathen that lye rounde about you.
Ezekiel's complaining, God sheweth him his purpose in saving a remnant,
Ezekiel 11:13 Nowe when I prophecied, Pheltiah the sonne of Banaiahu dyed: then fell I downe vpon my face, and cryed with a loude voyce, saying, Ah Lorde God, wylt thou then vtterly destroy all the remnaunt in Israel? Ezekiel 11:14 And so the worde of the Lorde came vnto me on this maner. Ezekiel 11:15 Thou sonne of man, thy brethren [euen] thy brethren, the men of thy kinrede, and all the house of Israel, wholly [are they] vnto whom the inhabitauntes of Hierusalem haue sayde withdrawe ye farre from the Lorde, for the lande is geuen vs in possession. Ezekiel 11:16 Therfore tell them, thus saith the God: Although I sende them farre of among the gentiles, and scatter them among the nations, yet wyll I be to them as a litle sanctuarie in the landes where they shall come. Ezekiel 11:17 Tell them also, thus saith the Lorde God, I wyll gather you agayne out of the nations, and bryng you from the countreis where ye be scattered, and I wyll geue you the lande of Israel agayne. Ezekiel 11:18 And they shall come thither, and they shall take away all their idols, and all their abhominations from thence. Ezekiel 11:19 And I wyll geue them one heart, and I wyll put a newe spirite within their bowels: that stony heart wyll I take out of their body, and geue them a fleshlye heart, Ezekiel 11:20 That they may walke in my commaundementes, and kepe mine ordinaunces and do them, that they may be my people, and I their God.
and punishing the wicked.
Ezekiel 11:21 But to the heart of their idols and their abhominations their heart goeth, their wayes wyll I bryng vpon their owne heades, saith the Lorde God.
The glory of God leaveth the city.
Ezekiel 11:22 After this did the Cherubims lift vp their wynges and the wheeles besides them, and the glorie of the God of Israel was vpon them on hye. Ezekiel 11:23 So the glorie of the Lorde went vp from the middest of the citie, and stoode vpon the mount of the citie towarde the east.
Ezekiel is returned to the captivity.
Ezekiel 11:24 And the spirite toke me vp, & brought me agayne to Chaldea to the captiuitie, in a vision by the spirite of God: then the vision that I had seene went vp from me. Ezekiel 11:25 So I spake vnto the captiues all the wordes of the Lorde which he had shewed me.