God answereth idolaters according to their own heart.
Ezekiel 14:1 There resorted vnto me certayne of the elders of Israel, and satte doune by me. Ezekiel 14:2 Then came the worde of the Lorde vnto me, sayeng: Ezekiel 14:3 Thou sonne of man, these men beare theyr Idols in their hertes, and go purposly vpon the stomblynge block of their owne wyckednesse: how darre they then aske councell at me? Ezekiel 14:4 Therfore speake vnto them, & saye: Thus sayth the Lorde God. Euerye man of the house of Israell that beareth hys Idols in his herte, purposynge to stomble in hys owne wickednesse, and commeth to a Prophete, to enquere any thynge at me by hym: vnto that man will I the Lorde my self geue aunswere, accordynge to the multytude of hys Idoles, Ezekiel 14:5 that the house of Israell maye be snared in theyr owne hertes, because they be cleane gone from me, for theyr Idoles sakes.
They are exhorted to repent, for fear of judgments, by means of seduced prophets.
Ezekiel 14:6 Wherfore, tell the house of Israell: thus sayeth the Lorde God: Be conuerted, forsake youre Idols, and turne youre faces from all youre abhomynacyons. Ezekiel 14:7 For euery man (whether he be of the house of Israell or a straunger, that sogeourneth in Israell) whiche departeth fro me, & caryeth Idols in hys herte, purposynge to go still stombling in his owne wickednesse, & commeth to a Prophete, for to aske councell at me thorowe him: vnto þt man wyll I the Lorde geue aunswere, by myne owne selfe. Ezekiel 14:8 I wyll set my face agaynste that man, & will make him to be an example for other, yea & a comon by worde, and wyll rote hym oute of my people, that he maye knowe how that I am the Lorde. Ezekiel 14:9 And yf that Prophete be deceyued, when he telleth hym a worde: then I the Lorde my selfe haue dysceyued that Prophete, & wyl stretche forth myne hande vpon hym, to rote hym out of my people of Israel, Ezekiel 14:10 and they bothe shalbe punished for theyr wyckednesse. Accordinge to the sinne of hym that asketh, shall the synne of the Prophet be, Ezekiel 14:11 that the house of Israel be led nomore fro me thorow erroure, & be no more defyled in theyr wyckednesse: but that they maye be my people, & I their God, sayeth the Lorde God,
God's irrevocable sentence of famine,
Ezekiel 14:12 And the worde of the Lorde came vnto me, sayinge: Ezekiel 14:13 Thou sonne of man, when the lande synneth againste me, & goeth forthe in wyckednesse: I will stretche oute myne hand vpon it, & destroye all the prouysyon of theyr bread, and sende derth vpon them, to destroy man & beast in the lande. Ezekiel 14:14 And thoughe Noe, Daniel & Iob these thre men were amonge them, yet shal they in their rightuousnesse delyuer but theyr owne soules, sayeth the Lorde God.
of noisome beasts,
Ezekiel 14:15 If I brynge noysome beastes into the lande, to waste it vp, and it be so desolate, that no man maye go therein for beastes: Ezekiel 14:16 yf these thre men also were in the lande, as truelye as I lyue (sayth the Lorde God) they shall saue neither sonnes nor doughters, but be only delyuered them selues: and as for the lande, it shall be waste.
of the sword,
Ezekiel 14:17 Or yf I bring a swearde into the lande, & charge it to go thorow the land, so that I slay doune man and beast in it, Ezekiel 14:18 and yf these thre men were therein: As truly as I lyue (sayeth the Lorde God) they shal delyuer neyther sonnes nor doughters, but onelye be saued them selues.
and of pestilence.
Ezekiel 14:19 If I sende a pestilence into the lande, & poure oute my sore indignacion vpon it in bloude, so that I rote oute of it bothe man & beast, Ezekiel 14:20 & yf Noe, Daniel and Iob were therin: as truly as I lyue (sayeth the Lorde GOD) they shall delyuer neyther sonnes nor doughters, but saue their owne soules in theyr ryghtuousnes. Ezekiel 14:21 Moreouer thus sayth the Lord god: Though I sende my foure troublous plages vpon Ierusalem: the swearde, honger, perlous, beastes and pestilence, to destroye man and beaste oute of it:
A remnant shall be reserved for example of others.
Ezekiel 14:22 yet shall there be a remnaunte saued therin, whiche shall bryng forth theyr sonnes and doughters. Beholde, they shall come forthe vnto you, & ye shall se theyr waye, and what they take in hande, and ye shall be comforted, as touchynge all the plages that I haue broughte vpon Ierusalem. Ezekiel 14:23 They shal comforte you, when ye se theyr waye and worckes: and ye shal knowe, howe that it is not wythoute a cause, that I haue done so agaynste Ierusalem, as I dyd, sayeth the Lorde God.