God refuseth to be consulted by the elders of Israel.
Ezekiel 20:1 In the .vij. yeare the .x. daye of the .v. moneth, it happened, þt certayne of þe elders of Israel came vnto me, for to aske councell at the Lorde, & sat them downe by me. Ezekiel 20:2 Then came þe worde of þe Lorde vnto me on thys maner: Ezekiel 20:3 Thou sonne of man: speake vnto the elders of Israel, & saye vnto them: Thus sayeth the Lord God: Are ye come hyther to aske eny thynge at me? As truly as I lyue (sayeth þe Lorde) Ezekiel 20:4 I will geue you no answere. Wilt þu not reproue them (thou sonne of man) wilt thou not reproue them? Shewe them þe abhominacyons of their fore fathers,
He sheweth the story of their rebellions in Egypt,
Ezekiel 20:5 & tell them. Thus sayeth the Lorde God: In the daye when I chose Israel, and lyft vp myne hande vpon the sede of the house of Iacob, & shewed my selfe vnto them in the lande of Egypte: Yee, when I lyfte vp myne hande ouer them, and sayde: I am the Lorde youre God, Ezekiel 20:6 euen in the daye þt I lyft vp myne hande ouer them, to bringe them out of the lande of Egypte, into a lande þt I had prouyded for them, which floweth with mylcke & hony, & is a pleasaunt lande amonge all other. Ezekiel 20:7 Then sayde I vnto them: Cast awaye euery man the abhominacions that he hath before him, and defyle not youre selues with the Idoles of Egypte, for I am the Lorde youre God. Ezekiel 20:8 But they rebelled agaynst me, and wolde not folowe me: to cast awaye euery man the abhominacyons of hys eyes, and to forsake the Idoles of Egypte. Then I made me to poure myne indignacyon ouer them, & to satisfye my wrath vpon them: yee, euen in the myddest of þe lande of Egypte. Ezekiel 20:9 But I wolde not do it, for my names sake: that it shulde not be vnhalowed before þe Heathen, amonge whom they dwelt, & amonge whom I shewed my selfe vnto them, þt I wolde brynge them out of the lande of Egypte.
in the wilderness,
Ezekiel 20:10 Now when I had caryed them out of the lande of Egypte, and brought them into the wyldernesse: Ezekiel 20:11 I gaue them my commaundementes, & shewed them my lawes, which whoso kepeth shall lyue in them: Ezekiel 20:12 I gaue them also my holy dayes, to be a token betwixte me & them, & therby to knowe, that I am the Lorde, which halowe them. Ezekiel 20:13 And yet the house of Israel rebelled agaynst me in þe wyldernesse, they wolde not walcke in my commaundementes, they haue cast a waye my lawes (which whoso kepeth shulde lyue in them) and my Sabboth dayes haue they greatly vnhalowed. Then I made me to poure out myne indignacyon vpon them, & to consume them in the wyldernesse. Ezekiel 20:14 Yet I wolde not do it, for my names sake: lest it shulde be dishonoured before the Heathen, from the whych I had caryed them awaye. Ezekiel 20:15 But I swore vnto them in the wyldernesse, that I wolde not brynge them in to the lande, which I gaue them: a lande that floweth with mylcke and hony, & is a pleasure of all landes: Ezekiel 20:16 and that because they refused my lawes, and walcked not in my commaundementes, but had vnhalowed my Sabbathes, for their herte was gone after their ydoles. Ezekiel 20:17 Neuerthelesse, myne eye spared them, so þt I wolde not vtterly slaye them and consume them in the wyldernes. Ezekiel 20:18 Moreouer, I sayde vnto their sonnes in the wyldernesse: walcke not in the statutes of youre fore fathers, kepe not their ordinaunces, and defyle not your selues with their ydoles, Ezekiel 20:19 for I am the Lorde youre God. But walcke in my statutes, kepe my lawes & do them, Ezekiel 20:20 halowe my Sabbathes: for they are a token betwixte me & you, þt ye maye knowe howe þt I am the Lorde your God. Ezekiel 20:21 Notwythstandynge, their sonnes rebelled agaynst me also: they walked not in my statutes they kepte not my lawes to fulfyll them (which he þt doth shall lyue in them) nether halowed they my Sabboth dayes. Then I made me agayne to poure out my indignacion ouer them, & to satisfye my wrath vpon them in the wyldernesse. Ezekiel 20:22 Neuerthelesse, I wythdrewe my hande for my names sake, lest it shulde be vnhalowed amonge the Heathen, before whom I had brought them forth. Ezekiel 20:23 I lyft vp myne hande ouer them also in the wyldernesse, þt I wolde scatre them amonge the Heathen, & strowe them amonge the nacyons, Ezekiel 20:24 because they had not kepte my lawes, but cast asyde my commaundementes, vnhalowed my Sabbathes, and lyft vp their eyes to their fathers Idoles. Ezekiel 20:25 Wherfore I gaue them also commaundementes not good, & lawes thorowe the whych they shulde not lyue, Ezekiel 20:26 & I vnhalowed them in their awne giftes (when I appointed for my selfe all their fyrst borne) to make them desolate: þt they myght knowe, howe þt I am the Lorde.
and in the land.
Ezekiel 20:27 Therfore (O thou sonne of man, tell the house of Israel, thus sayeth the Lorde God) Besyde all thys, youre fore fathers haue yet blasphemed me more, and greatly offended agaynst me. Ezekiel 20:28 For after I had brought them in to the lande, that I promysed to geue them, when they sawe euery hye hyll & all þe thicke trees: they made there their offrynges, & prouoked me wyth their oblacyons, makynge swete sauoures there, and powred out their drinckoffrynges. Ezekiel 20:29 Then I asked them what is þt hyll altare þt ye go to it? And therfore is it called þe hye place vnto this daye. Ezekiel 20:30 Wherfore, speake vnto þe house of Israel: Thus sayeth the Lorde God: ye are euen as vnclene as youre fore fathers & commytte whordome also with their abhominacyons. Ezekiel 20:31 In all youre ydoles, where vnto ye brynge your oblacyons, and to whose honoure ye burne youre chyldren: ye, defyle youre selues, euen vnto thys daye: howe darre ye then come, and aske any questyon at me? O ye housholde of Israel? As truly as I lyue (sayeth the Lorde God) ye get no answere of me: Ezekiel 20:32 and as for the thynge that ye go aboute, it shall not come to passe, where as ye saye: we wyll be as the Heathen, & do as other people in the lande, wod and stone wyll we worshyppe.
He promiseth to gather them by the Gospel.
Ezekiel 20:33 As truly as I lyue, sayeth the Lord God, I my selfe wyll rule you wt a mightye hande, with a stretched out arme, & with indignacyon powred out ouer you: Ezekiel 20:34 and will brynge you out of the nacyons and landes, wherin ye are scatred, and gather you together with a myghtye hande, with a stretched out arme & wt indignacyon poured out vpon you: Ezekiel 20:35 and wyll bringe you in to the wyldernesse of the people, & there I will reason with you face to face. Ezekiel 20:36 Lyke as I punyshed youre fore fathers in the wildernesse, so will I punyshe you also, sayeth the Lorde God. Ezekiel 20:37 I will bringe you vnder my iurisdiccyon, and vnder þe bonde of the couenannt. Ezekiel 20:38 The forsakers also and the transgressours will I take from amonge you, & bringe them out of the lande of youre habitacyon: as for the lande of Israel, they shall not come in it: þt you maye knowe howe that I am the Lorde. Ezekiel 20:39 Go to nowe then (sayeth the Lorde God) ye house of Israel Euery one of you folowe your ydols, and serue them seynge ye refuse to obeye me. And my holy name shall ye nomore vnhalowe with your offringes and Idoles. Ezekiel 20:40 For vpon my holy hyll, euen vpon the hye hill of Israel sayth þe Lord God, shall all the house of Israel and all that is in the lande, worshyppe me: and in the same place will I fauoure them, and there will I requyre your heaue offringes and the fyrstlynges of your oblacyons, with all youre holy thynges. Ezekiel 20:41 I will accepte youre swete sauoure, when I bringe you from the nacyons, and gather you together out of the landes, wherin ye be scatred: that I maye be halowed in you before the Heathen, Ezekiel 20:42 and that ye maye knowe, that I am the Lorde, whych haue brought you into the lande of Israel: yee, into the same lande, that I swore to geue vnto youre forefathers. Ezekiel 20:43 There shall ye call to remembraunce your awne wayes & all your ymaginacyons, wherin ye haue bene defyled: and ye shall iudge youre selues worthy to be destroyed, for all youre wickednes, þt ye haue done. Ezekiel 20:44 And ye shall knowe, þt I am þe Lord: when I entreate you after my name, not after youre wycked wayes, ner accordinge to youre corrupte workes: O ye house of Israel, sayeth þe lord.
Under the name of a forest he sheweth the destruction of Jerusalem.
Ezekiel 20:45 Moreouer, the worde of the Lorde came vnto me, sayinge: Ezekiel 20:46 Thou sonne of man, set thy face towarde the south, & speake to the south wynde, Ezekiel 20:47 & saye to the wod towarde the south: Heare the worde of the Lorde, thus sayeth the Lorde God: Beholde, I wyll kyndle a fyre in the, that shall consume the grene trees with the drye. No man shalbe able to quench hys flame, but all that loketh from the south to the north, shalbe brent therin: Ezekiel 20:48 & all fleshe shall se, that I the Lorde haue kyndled it, so that no man maye quench it. Ezekiel 20:49 Then sayde I: O Lord, they wyll saye of me: Tush, they are but fables, that he telleth.