Rotherham's Emphasized Bible

Ezekiel 22

A catalogue of sins in Jerusalem.

Ezekiel 22:1 And the word of Yahweh came unto me, saying: Ezekiel 22:2 Thou, therefore, son of man, Wilt thou judge, wilt thou judge, the city of bloodshed; and cause her to know all her abominations? Ezekiel 22:3 Thou shalt say then, Thus, saith My Lord, Yahweh, A city shedding blood in her own midst, That her time, might come, Therefore hath she been making manufactured gods for herself, to be defiled. Ezekiel 22:4 Because of the blood which thou hast shed, hast thou become guilty, And, with the manufactured gods which thou hast made, hast thou defiled thyself, Thus hast thou brought near thy days, And hast come unto thy years,—For this cause, have I delivered thee, As a reproach, to the nations, And as a derision, to all the lands. Ezekiel 22:5 They who are near, and they who are far off from thee, shall shew themselves derisive over thee,—O thou of impure name, abounding in confusion! Ezekiel 22:6 Lo! the, princes of Israel, every man for his own arm, have they been in thee, For the sake of shedding blood. Ezekiel 22:7 Father and mother, have they despised in thee, To the sojourner, have they dealt with oppression, in the midst of thee,—The fatherless and the widow, have they maltreated in thee: Ezekiel 22:8 My holy things, hast thou despised,—And, my sabbaths, hast thou profaned: Ezekiel 22:9 Slanders, have arisen in thee, For the sake of shedding blood,—And, unto the mountains, have they eaten in thee, Lewdness, have they practised in the midst of thee: Ezekiel 22:10 A father's shame, hath been uncovered in thee, Her that was unclean in her removal, have they humbled in thee; Ezekiel 22:11 And, one man, with the wife of his neighbour, hath wrought abomination, And, another, hath defiled, his daughter-in-law, by shameful deed,—And, another, his own sister, daughter of his own father, hath humbled in thee: Ezekiel 22:12 Bribes, have they accepted in thee, For the sake of shedding blood,—Interest and increase, hast thou accepted, And thou hast overreached thy neighbour, by oppression, And, me, hast thou forgotten, Declareth My Lord, Yahweh.

God will burn them as dross in his furnace.

Ezekiel 22:13 Lo! therefore, I have smitten my hand, At thine unjust gain which thou hast made—And over thy bloodshed, which they have caused in thy midst. Ezekiel 22:14 Can thy heart endure, or can thy hands be strong, in the days when I, am dealing with thee? I, Yahweh, have spoken, and will perform. Ezekiel 22:15 Therefore will I disperse thee among the nations, And scatter thee throughout the lands,—And will cause to cease thine impurity out of thee; Ezekiel 22:16 So shalt thou be profaned in thyself, before the eyes of nations, Thus shalt thou know, that, I, am Yahweh. Ezekiel 22:17 Then came the word of Yahweh unto me, saying: Ezekiel 22:18 Son of man, The house of Israel, hath become to me, dross,—They all, are copper and tin and iron and lead, in the midst of a furnace, The dross of silver, have they become. Ezekiel 22:19 Therefore, Thus, saith My Lord, Yahweh, Because ye all are become dross, Therefore, behold me! gathering you, into the midst of Jerusalem: Ezekiel 22:20 As they gather silver and copper and iron and lead and tin, into the midst of a furnace, to blow upon it the fire, to melt it, So, will I gather, in mine anger and in mine indignation, and will let be, and will melt you; Ezekiel 22:21 Yea I will gather you, together, and blow upon you, with the fire of my wrath,—And ye shall be melted in the midst thereof: Ezekiel 22:22 As silver is melted, in he midst of a furnace, So, shall ye be melted in the midst thereof,—Then shall ye know, that, I Yahweh, have poured out mine indignation upon you.

The general corruption of prophets, priests, princes, and people.

Ezekiel 22:23 And the word of Yahweh came unto me, saying: Ezekiel 22:24 Son of man, say to her, Thou, art a land, that is, not to be rained upon, nor to receive fruitful showers, in the day of indignation. Ezekiel 22:25 Because, her princes in her midst, are like a roaring lion, rending prey,—Life, have they devoured, Wealth and precious things, have they been wont to take, Her widows, have they multiplied in her midst. Ezekiel 22:26 Her priests, have done violence to my law, And have profaned my holy things, Between the hallowed and the common, have they put no difference, And, between the unclean and clean, have they not taught men to discern,—And, from my sabbaths, have they hid their eyes, So that I have been profaned in their midst. Ezekiel 22:27 Her rulers within her, have been like wolves, rending prey,—In shedding blood, In destroying lives, For the sake of getting dishonest gain. Ezekiel 22:28 And, her prophets, have coated it for them with whitewash, Seeing visions of falsehood, And divining for them lies,—Saying, Thus, saith My Lord, Yahweh, when, Yahweh, hath not spoken. Ezekiel 22:29 The people of the land, have exacted oppression, and seized plunder,—Even, the afflicted and the needy, have they maltreated, And, the sojourner, have they oppressed, without justice. Ezekiel 22:30 Then sought I from among them, a man, Who could build up a wall, And stand in the breach, before me in behalf of the land, So that I might not destroy her,—But I found none. Ezekiel 22:31 Therefore have I poured out upon them mine indignation, In the fire of mine outburst, have I consumed them,—Their way, upon their own head, have I placed, Declareth My Lord, Yahweh.

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