A catalogue of sins in Jerusalem.
Ezekiel 22:1 Moreouer, the worde of the lord came vnto me, & sayd: Ezekiel 22:2 thou sonne of man, wilt thou not reproue his bluodthursty citye? Shewe hem their abhomynacions, Ezekiel 22:3 and tell them: Thus sayeth the Lorde God: O thou cyty, that sheddest bloude in the middest of the, that thy tyme may come also: & makest the Idoles to defyle the withall. Ezekiel 22:4 Thou haste made thy selfe gyltye, in the bloud that thou hast shed: & defyled the in the Idoles, whiche thou hast made. Thou hast caused thy dayes to drawe nye, & made the tyme of thy yeares to come. Therfore wyll I make the to be confounded among the Heathen, & to be despysed in all the landes, Ezekiel 22:5 whether they be nye or farre from the: they shal laugh þe to scorne, thou that hast gotten the so foule a name, & art full of myschefe. Ezekiel 22:6 Beholde, the rulers of Israel haue brought euery man his power, to shed bloud in the. Ezekiel 22:7 In the haue they dispysed father & mother, in the haue they oppressed the straunger, in the haue they vexed the widdowe and the fatherlesse. Ezekiel 22:8 Thou haste despysed my Sanctuarye, and vnhalowed my Sabboth. Ezekiel 22:9 Murtherers are there in the, that shede bloude, & eate vpon the hylles, and in the they vse vnhappynesse. Ezekiel 22:10 In the haue they discouered their fathers shame, in the haue they vexed wemen in their sicknesse. Ezekiel 22:11 Euery man hath dealte shamefully wyth hys neyghboures wyfe, and abhomynably defiled his doughter in law. In þe hath euery man forced his owne syster, euen his fathers doughter: Ezekiel 22:12 yea gyftes haue bene receyued in the, to shede bloude. Thou haste taken vsury and encreace, thou haste oppressed thy neyghbours by extorcion, and forgotten me, sayeth 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 bloude whyche hath bene shed in the. Ezekiel 22:14 Is thy herte able to endure it, or may thy handes defende them selues in the tyme that I shall brynge vpon the? Euen I the Lorde that speake it, will brynge it also to passe. Ezekiel 22:15 I will scatre the amonge the Heathen, and strow the aboute in the landes, & wil cause thy filthinesse to ceasse oute of the: Ezekiel 22:16 yea and I will haue the possession in the sight of the Heathen, that thou mayest know, that I am the Lorde. Ezekiel 22:17 And the worde of the Lorde came vnto me sayinge: Ezekiel 22:18 Thou sonne of man, the house of Israel is turned to drosse. Al they that shoulde be brasse, tynne, yron and leade, are in the fire become drosse. Ezekiel 22:19 Therfore, thus sayeth the lord God: For so muche as ye all are turned into drosse, beholde, I wyl bringe you together vnto Ierusalem, Ezekiel 22:20 lyke as syluer, brasse, yron, tynne and leade are put together in the fornace, and the fyre blowen there vnder to melt them. Euen so wil I gather you, put you in together, and melt you in my wrath and indignacyon. Ezekiel 22:21 I will bringe you together, and kindle the fyre of my cruel displeasure vnder you, that ye may be melted therin. Ezekiel 22:22 Lyke as the syluer is melted in the fyre, so shal ye also be melted therin, that ye may know, how that I the Lord haue poured 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 sayinge: Ezekiel 22:24 Thou sonne of man, tell her: thou art an vncleane lande, whiche is not rayned vpon in the daye of the cruell wrath: Ezekiel 22:25 thy Prophetes that are in the, are sworne together to deuoure soules, lyke as a roarynge Lyon, that lyueth by his praye. They receyue ryches and good, and make many widdowes in the. Ezekiel 22:26 Thy priestes breake my lawe, and defyle my Sanctuarye. They put no dyfference betwene the holy and vnholy, nether discerne betwene the cleane and vncleane: they turne their eyes from my Sabbothes, & I am vnhalowed among them. Ezekiel 22:27 Thy rulers in þe ate like rauishing wolues, to shed bloude, and to destroye soules, for their owne couetous lucre. Ezekiel 22:28 As for thy Prophetes, they dawbe wyth vntempered claye, they se vanytyes, and prophecye lyes vnto them, sayinge: the Lorde God sayeth so, where as the Lorde hathe not spoken. Ezekiel 22:29 The people in the lande vseth wicked extorcyon and robbery. They vexe the poore and nedye and oppresse the straunger agaynste ryghte. Ezekiel 22:30 And I soughte in the lande for a man, that woulde make vp the hedge, and set him selfe in the gappe before me in the landes behalfe, that I shoulde not vtterlye destroy it: but I coulde fynde none. Ezekiel 22:31 Therfore will I pour out my cruel displeasure vpon them, and burne them in the fyre in my wrath: their owne wayes will I recompence vpon their heades sayeth the Lorde God.