A catalogue of sins in Jerusalem.
Ezekiel 22:1 Moreouer the worde of the Lorde came vnto me, and sayde, Ezekiel 22:2 Thou sonne of man, wylt thou not iudge, wylt thou not iudge this blooddy citie? wylt thou not shewe her all her abhominations? Ezekiel 22:3 And tell them, thus saith the Lorde God, The citie sheddeth blood in the middest of it, that her tyme may come, and maketh idols agaynst her selfe, to defile her selfe. Ezekiel 22:4 Thou hast made thy selfe giltie in the blood that thou hast shed, and defyled thee in the idols which thou hast made: thou hast caused thy dayes to drawe nye, and made the tyme of thy yeres to come: therfore wyll I make thee a reproche among the heathen, and to be a mockyng in all landes. Ezekiel 22:5 Whether they be nye or farre from thee, they shall laugh thee to scorne, thou that hast gotten thee so foule a name, and art full of trouble. Ezekiel 22:6 Beholde the rulers of Israel, euery one in thee [was redy] to his power to shed blood. Ezekiel 22:7 In thee haue they dispised father and mother, in thee haue they oppressed the straunger, in thee haue they vexed the widowe and the fatherlesse. Ezekiel 22:8 Thou hast dispised my holy thynges, and defiled my Sabbathes. Ezekiel 22:9 Tale tellers are there in thee to shed blood, in thee are such as eate vpon the hylles, and in thee they commit abhomination. Ezekiel 22:10 In thee they discouered their fathers shame, in thee they haue humbled her that was set apart for pollution. Ezekiel 22:11 Euery man hath dealt shamefully with his neighbours wife, and abhominably defiled his daughter in lawe, in thee hath euery man forced his owne sister, euen his fathers daughter. Ezekiel 22:12 Yea giftes haue ben receaued in thee to shed blood, thou hast taken vsurie and encrease, thou hast oppressed thy neighbours by extortion, and forgotten me, saith the Lorde God.
God will burn them as dross in his furnace.
Ezekiel 22:13 Beholde, I haue smitten my handes vpon thy couetousnesse that thou hast vsed, and vpon the blood which hath ben shed in thee. Ezekiel 22:14 Is thy heart able to endure? or may thy handes be strenghthened in the dayes that I shal haue to do with thee? Euen I the Lorde that speake it, wyll bryng it also to passe. Ezekiel 22:15 I wyll scatter thee among the heathen, & strawe thee about in the landes, and wyll cause thy filthinesse to ceasse out of thee. Ezekiel 22:16 Yea and thou shalt be thine owne inheritaunce in the sight of the heathen, that thou mayest knowe that I am the Lorde. Ezekiel 22:17 And the worde of the Lorde came vnto me, saying: Ezekiel 22:18 Thou sonne of man, the house of Israel is vnto me as drosse: all they are brasse, tinne, iron, and lead in the middest of the furnace, euen drosse of siluer are they. Ezekiel 22:19 Therfore thus saith the Lorde God, Forasmuch as ye all are turned into drosse, therfore beholde I wyll bryng you together vnto Hierusalem. Ezekiel 22:20 Lyke as they gather siluer, brasse, iron, tinne, and lead, into the middest of the furnace, and the fire is blowne there vnder to melt them: euen so wyll I gather you in mine anger & in my wrath, and let you remayne [there] and cause you to melt. Ezekiel 22:21 I wyll bryng you together, and blowe the fire of my wrath vpon you, and ye shalbe molten in the middest therof. Ezekiel 22:22 Lyke as the siluer is molten in the furnace, so shall ye also be molten therin, that ye may knowe howe that I the Lord haue powred my wrath vpon you.
The general corruption of prophets, priests, princes, and people.
Ezekiel 22:23 And the worde of the Lorde came vnto me, saying: Ezekiel 22:24 Thou sonne of man, tell her, Thou art an vncleane lande, which is not rayned vpon in the day of wrath. Ezekiel 22:25 There is a conspiracie of her prophetes in the middest therof: as a roring lion rauenyng his pray, they deuour soules, they haue taken the riche and pretious thynges, they haue made her many widowes in the middest therof. Ezekiel 22:26 Her priestes haue broken my lawe, and defiled my holy thynges, they put no difference betweene the holy & vnholy, neither discerne they betweene the cleane & vncleane: they turne their eyes from my Sabbathes, and I am defiled among them. Ezekiel 22:27 Thy rulers in thee are lyke woolues rauenyng the pray, to shed blood, and destroy soules, for their owne couetous lucre. Ezekiel 22:28 As for her prophetes, they daube with vntempered morter, they see vanities, and diuine lyes vnto them, saying, The Lorde saith so: wheras the Lorde hath not spoken. Ezekiel 22:29 The people in the lande vsed wicked extortion and robbery, they vexe the poore and needy, and oppresse the straunger agaynst right. Ezekiel 22:30 And I sought among them for a man that woulde make vp the hedge, and set hym selfe in the gap before me in the landes behalfe, that I shoulde not destroy it: but I coulde fynde none. Ezekiel 22:31 Therfore haue I powred out my cruel displeasure vpon them, and consumed them in the fire of my wrath: their owne wayes wyll I recompence vpon their heades, saith the Lorde God.