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The Book of the Prophet Ezechiel
(Ezekiel)

From the Hebrew “God strengthens”

(Part Four)


The Twenty Third Chapter
     The word of the Lord came unto me, saying: You son of man, there were two women, that had one mother: These (when they were young) began to play the harlots in Egypt. there were their breasts *brosed, and the pappes of their maidenhead destroyed. The eldest of them was called Oholah and her younger sister Oholibah. These two were mine, and they bare sons and daughters. Their names were, Samaria, and that was Oholah: and Jerusalem, that was Oholibah: As for Oholah she began to go a whoring, when I had taken her to me. She was set on fire upon her lovers the Assirians, which had to do with her: even the princes and lords, that were decked in costly array: fair young men lusty riders of horses.
*brosed= perhaps bruised RN
     Thus through her whoredom, she cleaved unto all the young men of Assyria: yes she was mad upon them, and defiled herself with all their Idols. Neither ceased she from the fornication, that she used with the Egyptians: for in her youth they lay with her, they brosed the breasts of her maidenhead and poured their whoredom upon her. Wherefore I delivered her into the hands of her lovers, even the Assyrians, whom she so loved. These discovered her shame, took her sons and daughters, and slew her with the sword: An evil name got she of all the people, and they punished her.
     Her sister Aholibah saw this, and destroyed herself with inordinate love, more than she, and exceeded her sister in whoredom she loved the Assyrians, (which also lay with her) namely, the princes and great lords, that were clothed with all manner of gorgeous apparel, all lusty horsemen and fair young persons. Then I saw, that they both were defiled a like. But she increased her whoredom: for when she saw men painted upon the wall, the images of the Chaldees set forth with fresh colors, with fair girdles about them, and goodly bonnets upon their heads, looking all like Princes (after the manner of the Babylonians and Chaldees in their own land, where they be born) immediately, as soon as she saw them, she burnt in love upon them, and sent messengers for them into the land of the Chaldees.
     Now when the Babylonians came to her, they lay with her, and defiled her with their whoredom, and so was she polluted with them. And when her lust was abated from them, her whoredom and shame was discovered and seen: then my heart forsook her, like as my heart was gone from her sister also. Nevertheless, she used her whoredome ever the longer the more, and remembered the days of her youth, wherein she had played the harlot in the land of Egypt: she burnt in lust upon them, whose flesh was like the flesh of Asses, and their seed like the seed of horses. Thus you have renewed the filthiness of your youth, when your lovers *bresed your paps, and marred your breasts in Egypt. *bresed=cooked in fat (old French)/bruised
     Therefore (O Aholibah) thus says the Lord God. I will raise up your lovers (with whom you have satisfied your lust) against you, and gather them together round about you: namely the Babylonians, and all the Chaldees: Pecod, Schoa, and Coa, with all the Assyrians: all young and fair lovers: princes and lords, knights and gentlemen, which be all good horsemen: These shall come upon you with horses, chariots, and a great multitude of people: which shall be harnessed about you on every side, with breastplates, shields and helmets. I will punish you before them, yes they themselves shall punish you, according to their own judgement. I will put my jealousy upon you, so that they shall deal cruelly with you. They shall cut off your nose and your ears, and the remnant shall fall through the sword. They shall carry away your sons and your daughters, and the residue shall be burnt in the fire. They shall strip you out of your clothes, and carry your costly jewels away with them.
     Thus I will make an end of your filthiness and whoredom, which you have brought from the land of Egypt: so that you shall turn your eyes no more after them, and cast your mind no more upon Egypt. For thus says the Lord: behold, I will deliver you into the hands of them, whom you hate: yes even into the hands of them, with whom you have fulfilled your lust, which shall deal cruelly with you, and shall take away all your labor, and thus the shame of your filthy whoredom shall come to light. All these things shall happen unto you, because of your whoredom, which you have used among the Gentiles, with whos Idols you have defiled your self. You have walked in the way of your sister, therefore will I give you her cup in your hand.
     Thus says the Lord God: You shall drink of your sisters cup, how deep and *tarre so ever it be to the bottom. You shall be laughed to scorn, and had as greatly
in derision, as possible. You shall be full of drunkenness and sorrow, for the cup of your sister Samaria is a cup of destruction and wasting: The same shall you drink, and sup it out even to the dregs, Yes you shall eat up the broken pieces of it, and so tear your own breasts: for even I have spoken it, says the Lord God. *tarre=detestable
     Therefore thus says the Lord God: For so much as you have forgotten me, and cast me aside, so bear now your own filthiness and whoredom. The Lord said moreover unto me: You son of man, will you not reprove Oholah and Oholibah? Show them their abominations: namely, That they have broken their wedlock, and stained their hands with blood: Yes even with their idols have they committed *advoutry, and offered them their own children (to be devoured) whom they have born unto me. Yes and this have they done unto me also: they have defiled my Sanctuary in that same day, and have unhallowed my sabbaths. For when they had slain their children for their idols, they came the same day into my Sanctuary to defile it. Lo, this have they done in my house. Beside all this, you has sent your messengers for men out of far countries: and when they came, you have bathed, trimmed and set forth your self of the best fashion: you sat upon a goodly bed, and a table spread before you: whereupon you have set mine incense and mine oil.*advoutry: prefix "a" meaning not or without, devout: devotion to God our father, Jesu his son, love, truth, spirit. In most cases in the KJV this word was replaced with "adultery". see the children are offered up to the same advoutry. see James 2 for adultery
     Then there was great cheer with her: and the men that were sent from far countries over the desert, unto these they gave bracelets upon their hands, and set glorious crowns upon their heads: Then thought I: no doubt, these will use their harlotry also with yonder old whore. And they went into her, as unto a common harlot: Even so went they also to Oholah and Oholibah those filthy women.
     O you all that love virtue and righteousness, judge them, punish them: as *advoutrers and murderers ought to be judged and punished. For they are breakers of wed lock, and the blood is in their hands. Wherefore thus says the Lord God: bring a great multitude of people upon them, and make them be scattered and spoiled: these shall stone them and gore them with their swords. They shall slay their sons and daughters and burn up their houses with fire. *see above
     Thus I will destroy all such filthiness out of the land, that all women may learn, not to do after your uncleanness. And so they shall lay your filthiness upon your own selves, and you shall be punished for the sins, that you have committed with your Idols: and you shall know that I am the Lord.

The Twenty Fourth Chapter
     In the ninth year, in the tenth month, the tenth day of the month, came the word of the Lord came unto me, saying: O you son of man, write up the name of this day, yes even the hour of this present day: when the king of Babylon set himself against Jerusalem. Show that obstinate household a parable, and speak unto them: Thus says the Lord God: Get you a pot, set it on, and pour water into it: put all the pieces together in it, all the good pieces: the loin and the shoulder, and fill it with the best bones. Take one of the best sheep, and an heap of bones withal: let it boil well, and let the seese well therein.
     With that said the Lord God on this manner: Woe be unto the bloody city of the pot, where upon the rustiness hangs, and is not yet scoured away. Take out the pieces that are in it, one after another: there need not lots be cast therefore, for the blood is yet in it. Upon a plain dry stone has she poured it, and not upon the ground, that it might be covered with dust. And therefore have I let her pour her blood upon a plain dry stony rock, because it should not be hid, and that I might bring my wrothfull indignation and vengeance upon her.
     Wherefore, thus says the Lord God: O woe be unto that blood thirsty city, For whom I will prepare a heap of wood: beare you the bones together, kindle you the fire, sees the flesh, let all be well sodden {boiled}, that the bones might be sucked out. Moreover, set the pot empty upon the coals, that it may be warm and all the metal hot: that the filth and the rustiness may be consumed. But it will not go off, there is so much of it: the rustiness must be burnt out. your filthiness is abominable, for I would have cleansed you, but you would not be cleansed. You can be purged from your sickness, till I have poured my wrothfull indignation upon you. Even I the Lord have so devised: Yes it is come there to already, that I will do it. I will not go back, I will not spare, I will not be entreated: but according to your ways and imaginations, you shall be punished, says the Lord God. And the word of the lord came unto me saying: You son of man, behold, I take away the pleasure of your eyes with a plague: yet shall you neither mourn, nor weep, nor water your cheeks therefore: you may mourn by your self alone, but use no deadly lamentation. Hold on your bonnet, and put on your shoes upon your feet, cover not your face, and eat no mourners bread. So I spoke unto the people by times in the morning, and at even my wife died: then upon the next morrow, I did as I was commanded. And the people said unto me: Will you not tell us, what that signifies, which you do? I answered them, the word of the Lord came unto me, saying: Tell the house of Israel, thus says the Lord God: behold, I will suspend my sanctuary: even the glory of your power, that pleasure of your eyes, and the thing that you love: your sons and your daughters whom you have left, shall fall through the sword.
     Like as I have done, so shall you do also: you shall not hide your faces, you shall eat no mourners bread: your bonnets shall you have upon your heads, and your shoes upon your feet. you shall nether mourn nor weep, but in your sins you shall be sorrowful, and one repent with another. Thus Ezekiel is your showtoken. For look as he has done, so (when this comes) you shall do also: that you may learn to know that I am the Lord God. But behold, O you son of man: In the day when I take from them their power, their joy and honor, the lust of their eyes, the burthen of their bodies: namely , their sons and daughters: Then shall there one escape, and come unto you, for to show you. In that day shall your mouth be opened to him, which is escaped, that you may speak, and be no more dumb: Yes and you shall be their showtoken, that they may know, how that I am the Lord.

The Twenty Fifth Chapter
     The word of the Lord came again unto me, saying: You son of man, set your face against the Ammonites, prophesy upon them, and say unto the Ammonites: hear the word of the Lord God: Thus says the Lord God: For so much as you speak over my Sanctuary. A ha, I trow (think) it be now suspended: and over the land of Israel, I trow {think} it be now desolate: and over the house of Judah, I think they be led away prisoners: Behold, I will deliver you to the people of the east, that they may have you in possession: these shall set their castles and houses in you. They shall eat your fruit, and drink up your milk. As for Rabbah, I will make of it a stall for camels, and Ammon a sheepfold: and you shall know that I am the Lord.
     For thus says the Lord God; In so much as you have clapped with your hands, and stamped with your feet, you rejoiced in your heart over the land of Israel with despite: behold, I will stretch out mine hand over you also, and deliver you, to be spoiled of the Heathen, and root you out from among the people, and cause you to be destroyed out of all lands: yes I will make you be layed waste, that you may know, that I am the Lord.
     Thus says the Lord God: For so much as Moab and Seir do say: As for the house of Judah, it is but like as all other Gentiles be: Therefore, behold, I will make the cities of Moab weaponless, and taken away their strength: their cities and chief coasts of their land, which are the pleasures of the country: As namely. Bethiesimoth, Baalmeon, and Cariathaim: These I will open unto them of the east, that they might fall upon the Ammonites: and will give it them in possession: so that the Ammonites shall no more be had in remembrance among the Heathen. Even thus will I punish Moab also, that they may know that I am the Lord.
     Moreover, thus says the Lord God: Because that Edom has avenged and eased himself upon the house of Judah, therefore thus says the Lord: I will reach out my hand upon Edom, and take away man and beast out of it. From Theman unto Dedan I will make it desolate, they shall be slain with the sword. Through my people of Israel will I avenge me again upon Edom: they shall handle him, according to my wrath and indignation, so that they shall know my vengeance, says the Lord God.
     Thus says the Lord God: For so much as the Philistines have done this: namely taken vengeance with despiteful stomachs, and of an old evil will set themselves to destroy: Therefore thus says the Lord God: Behold, I will stretch out mine hand over the Philistines, and destroy the destroyer, and cause all the remnant of the sea coast to perish. A great vengeance will I take upon them, and punish them cruelly: that they may know, how that I am the Lord, which have avenged me of them.

The Twenty Sixth Chapter
     It happened, that in the eleventh year, And the first day of the Month, the word of the Lord came unto me, saying: You son of man, because that Tyre has spoken upon Jerusalem: Aha, now I trow (think) the ports of the people be broken, and she turned unto me, for I have destroyed my belly full. Yes therefore says the Lord God: Behold O Tyre, I will upon you, I will bring a great multitude against you, like as the sea arises with his waves: These shall break the walls of Tyre, and cast down her towers: I will scrape the ground from her, and make her a bare stone: Yes as the drying place, where the fishers hang up their nets by the sea side. Even I have spoken it, says the Lord God. The Gentiles shall spoil her: her daughters upon the field shall perish with the sword, that they may know that I am the Lord.
     For thus says the Lord God: Behold, I will bring hither Nabuchodonosor
(which is the king of Babylon and a king of kings) from the north upon Tyre, with horses, chariots, horsemen, and with a great multitude of people. your daughters that are in the land, shall he slay with the sword: but against you, he shall make bulwarks and grave up ditches about you, and lift up his shield against you. His slings and battlerams shall he prepare for your wailes (walls?), and with his weapons break down your towers. The dust of his horses shall cover you, they have so many: your walls shall shake at the noise of the horsemen, chariots and wheels: when he comes to your ports, as men do into an open city. With the hoofs of his horses feet, shall he tread down all your streets.
     He shall slay your people with the sword, and break down the pillars of your strength. They shall waste away your riches, and spoil your merchandise. your walls shall they break down, and destroy your houses of pleasure. your stones, your timber and foundations shall they cast in the water. Thus will I bring the melody of your songs, and the voice of your minstrelsy to an end, so they shall be no more heard. I will a bare stone of you, yes a drying place for nets, an shall never be builded again: Forever I the Lord have spoken it, says the Lord God: Thus has the Lord God spoken concerning Tyre, The isles shall be moved at the noise of your fall, and at the cry of the slain, that shall be murdered in you. All Kings of the sea shall come down from their seats regal: they shall lay away their robes, and put off their costly clothing: Yes with trembling shall they be clothed, they shall sit upon the ground: they shall be afraid at your sudden fall, and be abashed at you.
     They shall mourn for you, and say unto you: O you noble city, that have been so greatly occupied of old, You that have been the strongest upon the sea with your inhabitors of whom all men stood in fear: How are you now so utterly destroyed? Now at the time of your fall the inhabitors of the Isles, Yes and the men themselves, shall stand in fear at your end. For thus says the Lord God: when I make you a desolate city, (as other cities be, that no man dwell in) and when I bring the deep upon you, that great waters may cover you: Then will I cast you down unto them, that descend into the pit, unto a people that has been long dead, and set you in a land that is beneath, like the old wilderness, with them that go down to their graves, so that no man shall dwell more in you. And I will make you to be no more in honor, in the land of the living. I will make an end of you, and you shall be gone. though you be sought for, yet shall you not be found for evermore, says the Lord God.

The Twenty Seventh Chapter
     The word of the Lord came unto me, saying: O you son of man, make lamentable complaint upon Tyre, and say upon Tyre, which is a port of the sea, that occupies with much people, and many Isles: Thus says the Lord God: O Tyrus, you have said: what, I am a noble city: your borders are in the midst of the seas, and your builders have made your marvelous goodly. All your tables have they made of Cypress trees of the mount Sanir. From Libanus have they taken Cedar trees, to make the masts: and the Oaks of Basan to make the rowers.
     Thy boards have they made of ivory, and of costly wood out of the Isle of Cethim. your sail was of white small needle work out of the land of Egypt, to hang upon your mast: and your hangings of yellow silk purple, out of the Isles of Elisah. They of Sidon and Arnad were your mariners, and the wisest in Tyre were your shipmasters. The eldest and wisest at Gebal were they, that mended and stopped your ships. All ships of the sea with their shipment occupied their merchandise in you. The Perses, Lidians and the Libians were in your host, and helped you to fight: these hanged up their shields and helmets with you, these set forth your beauty. They of Arnad were with your host round about your walls, and were your watchmen upon your towers, they hanged their shields round about your walls, and made you marvelous goodly. Tharsis occupied with you in all manner of wares, in silver, iron, tin, and lead, and made your market great. Javan, Tubal and Mesech were your merchants, which brought the men, and ornaments of metal, for your occupying. They of the house of Thogarma brought unto you at the time of your mart, horse, horsemen and mules. They of Dedan were your merchants: and many other Isles that occupied with you, brought you *wethers (castrated male sheep), elephant bones and Paycockes for a present. The Syrians occupied with you, because of your diverse works, and increased your merchandise, with *Smaragdes, with scarlet, with needle work, with white linen cloth, with silk and with Crystal. *Smaragdes = may be "samara" winged seeds, also called "key fruit" like unto ash, elm, or maple
     Judah and the land of Israel occupied with you, and brought unto your markets, wheat, balm, honey, oil and *triacle. Damascus also used merchandises with you, in the best wine and white wool: because your occupying was so great, and your wares so many. Dan, Javan, and Mevsall have brought unto your markets, iron ready made, with Casia, and Calamus, according to your occupying. Dedan occupied with you, in fair tapestry work and *quishins. Aribia and all the princes of Cedar have occupied with you, in sheep, wethers (castrated male sheep), and goats.
*quishins; unknown maybe cushions *triacle = trea·cle 1. Cloying speech or sentiment. 2. Molasses. 3. A medicinal compound formerly used as an antidote for poison. Middle English triacle, antidote for poison
     The merchants of Sheba and Rema (Raamah), have occupied with also with you, in all costly spices, in all precious stones and gold, which they brought unto your markets. Haran, Chenne, and Eden, the merchants of Saba, Assiria, and Chelmad, were all doers with you and occupied with you: In costly raiment, of yellow silk and needle work (very precious, and therefore packed and bound together with ropes) Yes and in Cedar wood, at the time of your markets. The ships of Tharsis were the chief of your occupying.
     Thus you are full, and in great worship, even in the midst of the sea. your mariners were ever bringing unto you out of many waters. But the east wind shall over bear you into the midest of the sea: so that your wares, your merchandise, your riches, your mariners, your shipmasters, your helpers, your occupiers (that brought the things necessary) the men of war that, are in you: Yes and all your comens (commons) shall perish in the midst of the sea, in the day of your fall. The suburbs shall shake at the loud cry of your shipmen. All *whirry (light swift boat) men, and all mariners upon the sea, shall leap out of their boats, and set themselves upon the land. They shall lift up their voice because of you, and make a lamentable cry. They shall cast up dust upon their heads, and lay down in the ashes. They shall shave themselves, and put sackcloth upon them for your sake. *wreck=letters of the word were difficult to decipher, under high magnification; this is the best effort.
     They shall mourn for you with heartfull sorrow, and heavy lamentation, yes their children also will weep for you. Alas, what city has been so destroyed in the sea, as Tyre is? When your wares and merchants came from the seas, you gave all people enough. The kings of the earth have you made rich, through the multitude of your wares and occupying: But you are now cast down in to the deep of the sea, all your resort of people is perished with you. All they that dwell in the Isles are abashed at you, and all their kings are afraid, yes their faces have changed color. The merchants of the nations wonder at you. In that you are so clean brought to naught, and come no more up.

The Twenty Eighth Chapter
     The word of the Lord came unto me saying: You son of man, Tell the prince of Tyre: Thus says the Lord God, because you have a proud heart and have said: I am a God, I have my seat in the midst sea like a God: where as you are but a man, and not God, and yet stand you in your own conceit, that you are God: Behold, you think yourself wiser than Daniel, that there is no secrets hid from you. With your wisdom and your understanding, you have gotten you great wealthiness, and gathered treasure of silver and gold. With your great wisdom and occupying, have you increased your power, and because of your great riches, your heart is proud.
     Therefore thus says the Lord God: For so much as you have lift up your heart, as though you were God: behold, I will bring enemies upon you, even the tyrants of the Heathen: These shall draw out their swords upon your beauty and your wisdom, and shall defile your glory. They shall cast you down to the pit, so that you shall die in the midst of the sea, as they that have been slain. Let see if you will say then (before them that slay you) I am God: where as you are but a man and not God, in the hands of them that slays you. Die shall you, even as the uncircumcised in the hands of the enemies: for I myself have spoken it, says the Lord God.
     Moreover, the word of the Lord came unto me, saying: You son of man, make a lamentable complaint over the king of Tyre, and tell him: Thus says the Lord God: You are a seal of a likeness, full of wisdom and excellent beauty. You have been in the pleasure garden of God: you are decked with all manner of precious stones: with Ruby, Topas, Crystal, Jacinete, Onyx, Jaspis, Sapphire, *Smaragde, carbuncle, and gold. your beauty and the holes {hosts?} that be in you were set forth in the day of your creation. You are a fair Cherub, stretched wide out for to cover.
*Smaragde=emeralds
     I have set you upon the holy mount of God, there have you been, and walked among the fair glittering stones. From the time of your creation you have been right excellent, till wickedness was found in you. Because of your great merchandise, your heart is full of wickedness, and you have offended. Therefore will I cast you from the mountain of God (O you covering Cherub) and destroy you among the glittering stones. your heart was proud in your fair beauty, and through your beauty you have destroyed your wisdom. I will cast you down to the ground, and that in the sight of kings. You have defiled your Sanctuary, with the great wickedness of your unrighteous occupying. I will bring a fire from the midst of you, to consume you: and will make you to ashes, in the sight of all them that look upon you. All they that have been acquainted with you among the Heathen shall be abashed at you: seeing you are so clean brought to naught, and come no more up.
     And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying: You son of man, set your face against Sidon. Prophesy upon it, and speak. Thus says the Lord God: Behold
O Sidon, I will upon you, and get me honor in you: that it may be known, how that I am the Lord, when I punish her, and get me honor in her. For I will send pestilence and blood shedding into her streets, so that those which be slain with the sword, shall lay round about in the midst of her: and they shall know, that I am the Lord. She shall no more be a pricking thorn, and an hurting brier unto the house of Israel, nor unto them that lie round about her and hate her: and they shall know, that I am the Lord.
     Thus says the Lord God: When I gather the household of Israel together again from the nations among whom they be scattered: then shall I be sanctified in them in the sight of the Gentiles, and they shall dwell in land, that I gave to my servant Jacob. They shall dwell safely therein, build houses, and plant vineyards: yes safely shall they dwell therein, when I have punished all those, that despise them round about: and then shall they know, that I am the Lord their God.

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