Ezekiel prophesieth against Jerusalem with a sign of sighing.
Ezekiel 21:1 The worde of the LORDE came to me, sayenge: Ezekiel 21:2 Thou sonne of man, set thy face towarde Ierusalem, speake agaynst the Sanctuary, & prophecie agaynst the londe of Israel, saye to the lode of Israel: Ezekiel 21:3 Thus saieth the LORDE God: Beholde, I wil vpon the, & wil drawe my swearde out of ye sheth, & rote out of ye both the rightuous & the wicked. Ezekiel 21:4 Seinge then that I will rote out of the both the rightuous & wicked, therfore shal my swearde go out of his sheth, agaynst all flesh from the north to the south: Ezekiel 21:5 that all flesh maye knowe, how that I the LORDE haue drawen my swearde out of the sheth, & it shal not be put in agayne. Ezekiel 21:6 Mourne therfore (o thou sonne of man) yt thy loynes crack withall, yee mourne bytterly for them: Ezekiel 21:7 And yf they saye, wherfore mournest thou? Then tell them: for the tydinges that commeth, at the which all hertes shall melt, all hondes shal be letten downe, all stomackes shal faynte, and all knees shall waxe feble. Beholde, it commeth & shal be fulfilled, saieth the LORDE God.
The sharp and bright sword,
Ezekiel 21:8 Agayne, the worde of the LORDE came vnto me, sayenge: Ezekiel 21:9 Thou sonne of man, prophecie, and speake: Thus saieth the LORDE God: speake, the swearde is sharpened & wel scoured. Ezekiel 21:10 Sharpened is it for the slaughter, & scoured yt it maye be bright. O, the destroyenge staff of my sonne, shal bringe downe all wodde. Ezekiel 21:11 He hath put his swearde to ye dightinge, yt good holde maye be take of it. This swearde is sharpened & dight, yt it maye be geuen in to the honde of the manslayer. Ezekiel 21:12 Crie (o thou sonne of man) and howle, for this swearde shal smyte my people, & all the rulers in Israel, which with my people shall be slayne downe to the grounde thorow this swearde. Ezekiel 21:13 Smyte thou vpo thy thee, for, wherfore shulde not the plage & staff of iudgmet come? Ezekiel 21:14 Prophecy thou sonne of man, & smyte thine hodes together: make the swearde two edged, yee make it thre edged, yt manslayers swearde, that swearde of the greate slaughter, which shal smyte them, euen in their preuy chambres: Ezekiel 21:15 to make them abasshed & faynte at the hertes, & in all gates to make some of them fall. O how bright and sharpe is it, how wel dight & mete for ye slaughter? Ezekiel 21:16 Get the to some place alone, ether vpon the right honde or on the lefte, whither so euer thy face turneth. Ezekiel 21:17 I wil smyte my hondes together also, and satisfie my wrothfull indignacion: Euen I the LORDE haue sayde it.
Ezekiel 21:18 The worde of the LORDE came yet vnto me agayne, sayenge: Ezekiel 21:19 Thou sonne of man, make the two stretes, that the swearde of ye kinge of Babilo maye come. Both these stretes shall go out of one londe. He shal set him vp a place, at the heade of the strete shal he chose him out a corner. Ezekiel 21:20 Make ye a strete, that the swearde maye come towarde Rabath of the Ammonites, and to the stronge cite of Ierusalem. Ezekiel 21:21 For the kinge of Babilon shall stonde in the turnynge of the waye, at the heade of the two stretes: to axe councell at the soythsayers, castinge the lottes with his arowes, to axe councell at the Idols, and to loke in the lyuer. Ezekiel 21:22 But the soythsayenge shall poynte to the right syde vpon Ierusalem, that he maye set men of warre, to smyte it with a greate noyse, to crie out Alarum, to set batellrammes agaynst the gates, to graue vp dyches, & to make bulworkes. Ezekiel 21:23 Neuertheles, as for ye soythsayenge, they shall holde it but for vanite, euen as though a iest were tolde them: Yee and they them selues remembre their wickednesse, so that by right they must be take and wonne. Ezekiel 21:24 Therfore saieth the LORDE God: For so moch as ye youre selues shewe your offence, and haue opened youre wickednesse, so that in all youre workes men maye se youre synnes: Yee in so moch (I saye) that ye youre selues haue made mencion therof, ye shalbe taken by violence.
against the kingdom,
Ezekiel 21:25 O thou shameful wicked gyde of Israel, whose daye is come: euen the tyme that wickednesse shall haue an ende: Ezekiel 21:26 Thus saieth the LORDE God: take awaye the mytre, and put of the crowne, and so is it awaye: the humble is exalted, and the proude brought lowe. Ezekiel 21:27 Punysh, punysh, yee punysh them will I, and destroye them: and that shall not be fulfilled, vntill he come, to whom the iudgment belongeth, and to whom I haue geue it.
and against the Ammonites.
Ezekiel 21:28 And thou (o sonne of man) prophecy, & speake: Thus saieth the LORDE God to the children of Ammon, & to their blasphemy, speake thou: The swearde, the swearde, is drawen forth alredy to the slaughter, & scoured that it glistreth Ezekiel 21:29 (because thou hast loked the out vanities, & prophecied lyes) yt it maye come vpon thy necke, like as vpo the other vngodly, which be slayne: whose daye came, when their wickednesse was full. Ezekiel 21:30 Though it were put vp agayne into the sheath, yet will I punysh the, in the londe where thou wast norished & borne, Ezekiel 21:31 and poure my indignacion vpon the, and will blowe vpon the in the fyre of my wrath, and delyuer the vnto cruell people, which are lerned to destroye. Ezekiel 21:32 Thou shalt fede the fyre, and yi bloude shall be shed in the londe, that thou mayest be put out of remembraunce. Euen I the LORDE haue spoken it.