God answereth idolaters according to their own heart.
Ezekiel 14:1 And come in unto me do certain of the elders of Israel, and sit before me. Ezekiel 14:2 And there is a word of Jehovah unto me, saying, Ezekiel 14:3 'Son of man, these men have caused their idols to go up on their heart, and the stumbling-block of their iniquity they have put over-against their faces; am I inquired of at all by them? Ezekiel 14:4 'Therefore, speak with them, and thou hast said unto them: Thus said the Lord Jehovah: Every one of the house of Israel who causeth his idols to go up unto his heart, and the stumbling-block of his iniquity setteth over-against his face, and hath gone in unto the prophetI Jehovah have given an answer to him for this, for the abundance of his idols, Ezekiel 14:5 in order to catch the house of Israel by their heart, in that they have become estranged from off me by their idolsall of them.
They are exhorted to repent, for fear of judgments, by means of seduced prophets.
Ezekiel 14:6 'Therefore say unto the house of Israel: Thus said the Lord Jehovah: Turn ye back, yea, turn ye back from your idols, and from all your abominations turn back your faces, Ezekiel 14:7 for every one of the house of Israel, and of the sojourners who doth sojourn in Israel, who is separated from after Me, and doth cause his idols to go up unto his heart, and the stumbling-block of his iniquity setteth over-against his face, and hath come in unto the prophet to inquire of him concerning Me, I, Jehovah, have answered him for Myself; Ezekiel 14:8 and I have set My face against that man, and made him for a sign, and for similes, and I have cut him off from the midst of My people, and ye have known that I [am] Jehovah. Ezekiel 14:9 'And the prophet, when he is enticed, and hath spoken a wordI, Jehovah, I have enticed that prophet, and have stretched out My hand against him, and have destroyed him from the midst of My people Israel. Ezekiel 14:10 And they have borne their iniquity: as the iniquity of the inquirer, so is the iniquity of the prophet; Ezekiel 14:11 so that the house of Israel do not wander any more from after Me, nor are defiled any more with all their transgressions, and they have been to Me for a people, and I am to them for Godan affirmation of the Lord Jehovah.'
God's irrevocable sentence of famine,
Ezekiel 14:12 And there is a word of Jehovah unto me, saying, Ezekiel 14:13 'Son of man, the landwhen it sinneth against Me to commit a trespass, and I have stretched out My hand against it, and broken for it the staff of bread, and sent into it famine, and cut off from it man and beast Ezekiel 14:14 and these three men have been in its midst, Noah, Daniel, and Jobthey by their righteousness deliver their own soulan affirmation of the Lord Jehovah.
of noisome beasts,
Ezekiel 14:15 'If an evil beast I cause to pass through the land, and it hath bereaved, and it hath been a desolation, without any passing through because of the beast Ezekiel 14:16 these three men in its midst: I livean affirmation of the Lord Jehovahneither sons nor daughters do they deliver; they alone are delivered, and the land is a desolation.
of the sword,
Ezekiel 14:17 'Ora sword I bring in against that land, and I have said: Sword, thou dost pass over through the land, and I have cut off from it man and beast Ezekiel 14:18 and these three men in its midst: I livean affirmation of the Lord Jehovahthey deliver not sons and daughters, for they alone are delivered.
and of pestilence.
Ezekiel 14:19 'Orpestilence I send unto that land, and I have poured out My fury against it in blood, to cut off from it man and beast Ezekiel 14:20 and Noah, Daniel, and Job, in its midst: I livean affirmation of the Lord Jehovahneither son nor daughter do they deliver; they, by their righteousness, deliver their own soul. Ezekiel 14:21 'For thus said the Lord Jehovah: Although My four sore judgmentssword, and famine, and wild beast, and pestilenceI have sent unto Jerusalem, to cut off from it man and beast,
A remnant shall be reserved for example of others.
Ezekiel 14:22 yet, lo, there hath been left in it an escape, who are brought forth, sons and daughters, lo, they are coming forth unto you, and ye have seen their way, and their doings, and have been comforted concerning the evil that I have brought in against Jerusalem, all that which I have brought in against it. Ezekiel 14:23 And they have comforted you, for ye see their way and their doings, and ye have known that not for nought have I done all that which I have done in heran affirmation of the Lord Jehovah.'