Rotherham's Emphasized Bible

Ezekiel 33

According to the duty of a watchman, in warning the people,

Ezekiel 33:1 And the word of Yahweh came, unto me, saying: Ezekiel 33:2 Son of man, Speak unto the sons of thy people, and thou shalt say unto them, A land,—when I bring upon it a sword, And the people of the land shall take, one man out of their whole number, and appoint him for them, as watchman; Ezekiel 33:3 And he shall see the sword coming upon the land,—and shall blow with the horn, and warn the people, Ezekiel 33:4 Then, as for him who, really heard, the sound of the horn, and took not warning, The sword indeed, hath come, and taken him away,—His blood, upon his own head, shall remain:— Ezekiel 33:5 The sound of the horn, he heard, but took not warning, His blood, upon himself, shall remain,—Whereas, had, he, taken warning, his own soul, he should have delivered. Ezekiel 33:6 But, as for the watchman—When he seeth the sword coming, And hath not blown with the horn, And, the people, have not been warned, And the sword, hath come, and taken away from among them any person, He, for his iniquity, hath been taken away, But, his blood, at the hand of the watchman, will I require.

Ezekiel is admonished of his duty.

Ezekiel 33:7 Thou, therefore, Son of man, A watchman, have I appointed thee, to the house of Israel, So then thou shalt hear, at my mouth, a message, and shalt warn them, from me. Ezekiel 33:8 When I say to the lawless man, O lawless man, thou shalt, surely die, And thou have not spoken to warn the lawless man from his way, He, the lawless man, for his iniquity shall die, But, his blood—at thy hand, will I demand. Ezekiel 33:9 But, as for, thyself, When thou hast warned a lawless man from his way, to turn therefrom, And he hath not turned from his way, He, for his own iniquity, shall die, But, thou, hast delivered, thine own life.

God sheweth the justice of his ways towards the penitent, and towards revolters.

Ezekiel 33:10 Thou, therefore, Son of man, Say unto the house of Israel, Thus, have ye spoken, saying: When, our transgressions and our sins, are upon us,—and, for them, we, are melting away, How, then, can we live? Ezekiel 33:11 Say unto them, As I live, Declareth My Lord, Yahweh, Surely, I can take no pleasure in the death of the lawless man, But that the lawless man turn, from his way, and live,—Turn ye, turn ye, from your wicked ways, For wherefore, should ye die, O house of Israel? Ezekiel 33:12 Thou, therefore, Son of man, Say unto the sons of thy people—The righteousness of the righteous man, shall not deliver him in the day of his transgression, And, as for the lawlessness of the lawless man, He shall not stumble thereby, in the day of his return from his lawlessness,—Nor shall, the righteous man, be able to live thereby, in the day of his sin. Ezekiel 33:13 When I say of the righteous man, He shall, surely live, but, he, hath trusted in his righteousness and committed perversity, None of his righteous deeds, shall be mentioned, But, by his perversity which he hath committed—thereby, shall he die. Ezekiel 33:14 And, when I say to the lawless man, Thou shalt, surely die, but he shall turn from his sin, and do justice and righteousness: Ezekiel 33:15 The debt-pledge, the lawless man shall restore, Plunder, shall pay back, In the statutes of life, hath walked, so as not to commit perversity, He shall, surely live, he shall not die:— Ezekiel 33:16 None of his sins which he hath committed, shall be called to mind against him,—Justice and righteousness, hath he done, He shall, surely live.

He maintaineth his justice.

Ezekiel 33:17 And can the sons of thy people, say, The way of The Lord will not be equal? Nay! but, as for them, their way, will not be equal! Ezekiel 33:18 When the righteous man shall turn, from his righteousness, and commit perversity, Then shall he die for them; Ezekiel 33:19 But, when the lawless man shall turn, from his lawlessness, and do justice and righteousness, Upon them, shall he, live.

Ezekiel 33:20 And can ye then say, The way of The Lord will not be equal? Every man—according to his own ways, [so] will I judge you, O house of Israel?

Upon the news of the taking of Jerusalem he prophesieth the desolations of the land.

Ezekiel 33:21 And it came to pass, in the twelfth year, in the tenth month, on the fifth of the month, of our exile, that there came unto me one that had escaped out of Jerusalem, saying, Smitten, is the city! Ezekiel 33:22 Now, the hand of Yahweh, had come unto me, in the evening, before the coming of him who had escaped, and he had opened my mouth, by the time that he came to me in the morning,—so my mouth, was opened, and I was dumb no longer. Ezekiel 33:23 Then came the word of Yahweh unto me, saying: Ezekiel 33:24 Son of man, These inhabitants of waste places, on the soil of Israel, are saying thus, One, was Abraham, Yet he inherited the land,—But, we, are many, To us, is the land, given as an inheritance. Ezekiel 33:25 Wherefore, say unto them, Thus, saith My Lord, Yahweh, With the blood, ye do eat, And, your eyes, ye do lift up unto your manufactured gods, And, blood, ye do shed; And, the land, shall ye inherit? Ezekiel 33:26 Ye men have taken your stand by your sword, Ye women have wrought abomination, And, every man—with the wife of his neighbour, have ye defiled yourselves; And, the land, shall ye inherit? Ezekiel 33:27 Thus, shalt thou say unto them, Thus, saith My Lord, Yahweh, As I live, surely, they who are in the waste places, by the sword, shall fall, And, him who is on the face of the field, to the wild beast, have I given to be devoured,—And, they who are in the mountain holds and in the pits, by pestilence, shall die; Ezekiel 33:28 And I will make the land a desolation and an astonishment, So shall be made to cease, the pride of her strength,—And the mountains of Israel shall be too desolate for any, to pass through. Ezekiel 33:29 So shall they know, that, I, am Yahweh,—When I make the land a desolation and an astonishment, because of all their abominations which they have committed.

God's judgment upon the mockers of the prophets.

Ezekiel 33:30 Thou, therefore, Son of man, The sons of thy people who are talking against thee, Near the walls and in the entrances of the houses, are speaking one with another, every man with his brother, saying, Come in, we pray you, and heat, what is the word that is coming forth from Yahweh; Ezekiel 33:31 That they may come unto thee as people do, come, And may sit before thee, [as] my people, And they will hear thy words, But, the words themselves, will they not do,—though, fond with their mouths, they, seem to be, After their unjust gain, their heart, is going. Ezekiel 33:32 And lo! thou art to them—As a bewitching song, Of one with a beautiful voice, And skilfully touching the strings,—So will they hear thy words, And yet be going to do none, of them. Ezekiel 33:33 But, when it cometh, Lo! it is coming, Then shall they know, that, a prophet, hath been in their midst.

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