Ezekiel prophesieth against Jerusalem with a sign of sighing.
Ezekiel 21:1 The worde of the Lorde came to me, sayinge: Ezekiel 21:2 Thou sonne of man set thy face toward Ierusalem, speake against the Sanctuary, & prophecie againste the lande of Israel, saye to the lande of Israel: Ezekiel 21:3 Thus sayeth the Lorde God: Beholde, I wil vpon the, & wil drawe my swerde out of the sheath, and rote out of the both the righteous & the wycked. Ezekiel 21:4 Seinge then that I will rote oute of the both the righteous and wicked, therfore shall my swerde go oute of his sheath againste all flesh from the North to the south: Ezekiel 21:5 that al flesh may know that I the Lord haue drawen my swerde out of the sheath, and it shall not be put in agayne. Ezekiel 21:6 Mourne therfore (O thou sonne of man) that thy loines crack withal, ye mourne bitterly for them. Ezekiel 21:7 And yf they saye, wherfore mournest thou? Then tel them: for the tydinges that commeth, at the whiche al hertes shal melt, all handes shalbe letten doune, all stomackes shall faynte, and all knees shal waxe feble. Beholde, it commeth and shalbe fulfilled, sayeth the Lorde God.
The sharp and bright sword,
Ezekiel 21:8 Agayne the worde of the Lorde came vnto me sayinge: Ezekiel 21:9 Thou sonne of man, prophecye and speake: Thus sayeth the Lorde God: speake, the swearde is sharpened and well scoured. Ezekiel 21:10 Sharpened is it for the slaughter, & scoured þt it may be bright. O, the destroyinge staf of my sonne, shall bringe doune all wod. Ezekiel 21:11 He hath put his swerd to the dighting þe good holde may be taken of it. This swerd is sharpened & dight, that it may be geuen into the hande of the manslayer. Ezekiel 21:12 Crie (O thou sonne of man) and howle, for this swerde shall smyte my people, & all the rulers in Israel, which with my people shall be slayne doune to the grounde thorow this swerde. Ezekiel 21:13 Smyte thou vpon the thyghe, for wherfore shoulde not the plage & staf of iudgement come? Ezekiel 21:14 Prophecy thou sonne of man, & smite thine handes together: make the swerd two edged, yea make it thre edged, that manslayers swerde, that swerde of the greate slaughter, whiche shall smyte them, euen in their preuichambres, Ezekiel 21:15 to make them abashed & faynt at the hertes, and in all gates to make some of them fall. O how bright and sharpe it is, how well dight & mete for the slaughter. Ezekiel 21:16 Get the to some place alone, ether vpon the ryght hand or on the left, whether soeuer thy face turneth. Ezekiel 21:17 I wyll smyte my handes together also, & satisfye my wrothful 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 swerde of the kynge of Babylon maye come. Bothe these stretes shall go oute of one lande. He shall set him vp a place, at the heade of the strete shall he chose hym oute of a corner. Ezekiel 21:20 Make the a strete, that the swerde maye come towarde Kabath of the Ammonites, and to the stronge cytye of Ierusalem. Ezekiel 21:21 For the kinge of Babylon shall stande in the turning of the waye, at the head of the two stretes, to aske councell at the sothsayers, castynge the lottes with hys arowes to aske councell at the Idols, and to loke in the lyuer. Ezekiel 21:22 But the sothsayenge shall poynte to the ryght syde vpon Ierusalem, that he maye set men of warre, to smyte it wyth a greate noyse, to crye out Alarum, to set batelrammes agaynst the gates, to graue vp dyches, and to make bulworckes. Ezekiel 21:23 Neuertheles, as for the sothsayenge, they shal holde it but for vanitie, euen as thoughe a yest were tolde them: yea & they them selues remembre their wyckednesse, so that by ryght they must be taken and wonne. Ezekiel 21:24 Therfore sayeth the Lord God: For so muche as ye youre selues shew your offence, & haue opened your wickednesse, so that in all your worckes men may se youre synnes: yea in so muche (I say) that ye youre selues haue made mencyon thereof ye shalbe taken by vyolence.
against the kingdom,
Ezekiel 21:25 O thou shamefull wycked gyde of Israel whose daye is come: euen the tyme that wyckednesse shall haue an ende. Ezekiel 21:26 Thus sayeth the Lorde God: take away the myre, and put of the croune, and so is it awaye: the humble is exalted, and the proude brought low. Ezekiel 21:27 Punish punyshe, yea punish them will I, and destroy them: and that shall not be fulfilled vntyll he come, to whome the iudgement belongeth, & to whome I haue geuen it.
and against the Ammonites.
Ezekiel 21:28 And thou (O sonne of man) prophecye and speake: Thus sayeth the Lorde God to the children of Ammon, and to their blasphemye, speake thou: The swerde, the swerde is drawen forth al readye to the slaughter, and scoured that it glistreth Ezekiel 21:29 (because thou hast loked the out vanities, and prophecied lies) that it may come vpon thy necke, like as vpon the other vngodly, which be slayne: whose day came, when their wickednesse was full. Ezekiel 21:30 Though it were put vp agayn into the sheath, yet wyl I punysh þe, in þe land where thou wast noryshed and borne, Ezekiel 21:31 and pour my indignacion vpon the and will blowe vpon the in the fyre of my wrath, and delyuer the vnto cruell people, whych are learned to destroye. Ezekiel 21:32 Thou shalt fede the fyre and thy bloud shall be shed in the lande, that thou mayest be put out of remembraunce. Euen I the Lord haue spoken it.