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Ezekiel 12

The type of Ezekiel's removing.

Ezekiel 12:1 The worde of the Lorde came vnto me, saying: Ezekiel 12:2 Thou sonne of man, thou dwellest in the middest of a rebellious house, which haue eyes to see and yet see not, eares haue they to heare, and yet heare they not: for they are a rebellious house. Ezekiel 12:3 Therfore (O thou sonne of man) prepare thee instrumentes to flit with, & remoue on the day time that they may see, yea [euen] in their sight shalt thou go from thy place to another place, yf peraduenture they wyll consider that they be a rebellious house. Ezekiel 12:4 Thou shalt bryng foorth thine instrumentes as stuffe to flit with by the day tyme in their sight, and thou thy selfe shalt go foorth also at euenyng before their eyes, as they that go foorth to flit. Ezekiel 12:5 Digge through the wall in their sight, and cary out therby. Ezekiel 12:6 In their sight shalt thou beare vpon thy shouldiers, and cary it foorth in the darke: hide thy face, that thou see not the earth, for I haue made thee a shewe token vnto the house of Israel. Ezekiel 12:7 And I did so as I was commaunded, I brought foorth my stuffe by day as the stuffe of one that goeth into captiuitie: and in the euening I digged through the wall with my handes, and brought it foorth in the darke, and bare it vpon my shoulder in their sight.

It sheweth the captivity of Zedekiah.

Ezekiel 12:8 And in the mornyng came the worde of the Lorde vnto me, saying: Ezekiel 12:9 Thou sonne of man, hath not the house of Israel, the rebellious house, sayd vnto thee, What doest thou? Ezekiel 12:10 Then tell them, thus saith the Lorde God, This burden toucheth the prince at Hierusalem, and all the house of Israel that dwell among them. Ezekiel 12:11 Tell them, I am your shewe token, lyke as I haue done, so shall it be done vnto them, they shall go into bondage and captiuitie. Ezekiel 12:12 The prince that is among them shall loade his shoulders in the darke and get hym away, they shall breake downe the wall to cary through by it: he shall couer his face, that he see not the ground with his eyes. Ezekiel 12:13 My net will I spreade out vpon him, and he shalbe caught in my net, and I wyll bryng hym to Babylon in the lande of the Chaldees, which he shall not see, and yet shall he dye there. Ezekiel 12:14 As for all his helpers & all his bandes that be about hym, I wyll scatter them towarde all the wyndes, and drawe out a sworde after them. Ezekiel 12:15 So when I haue scattered them among the heathen and strowed them in the landes, they shall knowe that I am the Lorde. Ezekiel 12:16 But I will leaue a litle number of the from the sworde, hunger, and pestilence, to tell all their abhominations among the heathen where they come, that they may knowe howe that I am the Lord.

Ezekiel's trembling sheweth the Jews' desolation.

Ezekiel 12:17 Moreouer, the worde of the Lorde came vnto me, saying: Ezekiel 12:18 Thou sonne of man, with a fearfull tremblyng shalt thou eate thy bread, with vnquietnesse & sorowe shalt thou drynke thy water. Ezekiel 12:19 And vnto the people of the lande speake thou: Thus saith the Lord God to them that dwell in Hierusalem, and to the lande of Israel: they shall eate their bread with sorowe, and drynke their water with desolation: yea the lande with the fulnesse therof shalbe layde waste for the wickednesse of all them that dwell therin. Ezekiel 12:20 And the cities that nowe be well inhabited, shalbe voyde, & the lande desolate, that ye may knowe that I am the Lorde.

The Jews' presumptuous proverb is reproved.

Ezekiel 12:21 Yet came the worde of the Lorde vnto me agayne, saying: Ezekiel 12:22 Thou sonne of man, what maner of prouerbe is that which ye vse in the lande of Israel, saying: The dayes are slacke in comyng, & all visions fayle? Ezekiel 12:23 Tell them therfore, thus saith the Lord God, I wyll make that prouerbe to ceasse, and they shall no more vse it as a prouerbe in Israel: but say vnto them, the dayes are at hande, and the effect of euery vision. Ezekiel 12:24 There shall no vision be any more in vayne, neither any flattering diuination within the house of Israel: Ezekiel 12:25 For I the Lorde speake it, and whatsoeuer I shall speake, it shalbe perfourmed, and not be slacke in commyng any more, yea euen in your dayes O rebellious house, wyll I speake the thyng & bryng it to passe, saith the Lorde God.

The speediness of the vision.

Ezekiel 12:26 And the worde of the Lorde came vnto me, saying: Ezekiel 12:27 Beholde thou sonne of man, the house of Israel saith [on this maner] The vision that he seeth, it wyll be many a day or it come to passe: it is farre of yet the tyme that he prophecieth of. Ezekiel 12:28 Therfore say thus vnto them, thus saith the Lorde God, All my wordes shall no more be delayed, loke what I speake, that same shall come to passe, saith the Lorde God.

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