God answereth idolaters according to their own heart.
Ezekiel 14:1 Then came there unto me, men, of the elders of Israel,and sat before me. Ezekiel 14:2 And the word of Yahweh came unto me, saying: Ezekiel 14:3 Son of man, These men, have brought up their manufactured gods, upon their hear, And, their stumbling-block of iniquity, have they set straight before their face,Shall I be, at all enquired of, by them? Ezekiel 14:4 Therefore, speak unto them and say unto them, Thus, saith My Lord, Yahweh, Any man whatsoever of the house of Israel, Who shall bring up his manufactured gods upon his heart, And set, his stumbling-block of iniquity, straight before his face, And then come in unto the prophet, I, Yahweh, have myself answered him, thereby, By the multitude of his manufactured gods: Ezekiel 14:5 To the end the house of Israel may be taken by their own hearts,in that they have estranged themselves from me, through their manufactured godsall of them!
They are exhorted to repent, for fear of judgments, by means of seduced prophets.
Ezekiel 14:6 Therefore, say thou unto the house of Israel, Thus, saith My Lord, Yahweh, Turn yeand make good your returnfrom your manufactured gods; And, from all your abominations, make good the turning away of your faces. Ezekiel 14:7 For, what man soever of the house of Israel, Or of the sojourners who sojourn in Israel, Who shall estrange himself from following me, And who shall bring up his manufactured gods, on his heart, And, whose stumbling-block of iniquity, he shall set straight before his face, And then come in unto the prophet, to enquire by him of me, I, Yahweh, will myself answer him, on my own account; Ezekiel 14:8 And will set my face against that man, And will make of him a sign and a proverb, And will cut him off out of the midst of my people: So shall ye know, that, I, am Yahweh. Ezekiel 14:9 Yea, the prophet himself, when he suffereth himself to be deceived, and speaketh a word, I, Yahweh, have suffered that prophet to be deceived. Then will I stretch forth my hand against him, and destroy him out of the midst of my people, Israel: Ezekiel 14:10 So shall they bear their punishment, As, the punishment of him that enquireth, So, shall, the punishment of the prophet, be: Ezekiel 14:11 That the house of Israel, may no more go astray, from following me, And no more defile themselves by any of their transgressions,But may become my, people, and, I, may become their, God, Declareth My Lord, Yahweh.
God's irrevocable sentence of famine,
Ezekiel 14:12 And the word of Yahweh came unto me, saying: Ezekiel 14:13 Son of man, When, a land, shall sin against me by committing treachery, and I shall stretch out my hand against it, And break for it the staff of bread, And send thereon famine, And cut off therefrom, man and beast, Ezekiel 14:14 Then, should these three men be in the midst thereof, Noah, Daniel, and Job, They, by their righteousness, should deliver their own livesDeclareth My Lord, Yahweh.
of noisome beasts,
Ezekiel 14:15 If, a mischievous wild beast, I suffer to pass through the land, and that beast bereave, it, so that it become too desolate for any man to pass through, by reason of the wild beast, Ezekiel 14:16 [Were] these three men in the midst thereof, As I live, Declareth My Lord, Yahweh, Surely, neither sons nor daughters, should they deliver, They alone, should be delivered, But, the land, should become a desolation.
of the sword,
Ezekiel 14:17 Or, a sword, I should bring upon that land, and should say, O sword! thou shalt go through the land, and so I should cut off therefrom, man and beast, Ezekiel 14:18 Were these three men in the midst thereof, As I live! Saith My Lord, Yahweh, They should deliver neither sons nor daughters,For, they alone, should be delivered.
and of pestilence.
Ezekiel 14:19 Or, pestilence, I should send into that land,and should pour out mine indignation thereon in blood, to cut off therefrom, man and beast, Ezekiel 14:20 Were Noah, Daniel and Job in the midst thereof, As I live, Declareth My Lord, Yahweh, Surely neither, son nor daughter, should they deliver, They, by their righteousness, should deliver [only] their own lives. Ezekiel 14:21 For, thus, saith My Lord, Yahweh, How much less [should they avail] when, my four calamitous judgments, sword, and, famine, and, mischievous wild beast, and, pestilence, I have sent against Jerusalem,to cut off therefrom, man and beast?
A remnant shall be reserved for example of others.
Ezekiel 14:22 Yet lo! there hath been left therein, a remnant of fugitives to be brought forthsons and daughtersThere they are! coming forth unto you, And so ye shall see their way, and their doings, and be consoled, over the calamity which I have brought in upon Jerusalem, even all that I have brought in upon her. Ezekiel 14:23 Yea they shall console you, when ye see their way and their doings,So shall ye know that, not without cause, have I done, anything that I have done with her, Declareth My Lord, Yahweh.