God's Truth

Table of Contents


The Book of the Prophet Ezechiel
(Ezekiel)

From the Hebrew “God strengthens”

(Part Five)


The Twenty Ninth Chapter
     In the tenth year upon the twelfth day of the tenth month, the word of the Lord came unto me, saying: O you son of man, set now face against Pharaoh the King of Egypt, Prophesy against him and against the whole land of Egypt: Speak, and tell him, thus says the Lord God: behold, O Pharaoh you king of Egypt, I will upon you, you great dragon, that lies in the waters: you that say the water is mine. I have made it myself. I will put hooks in your chawes (jaws), and hang all the fish of your waters upon your scales. after that I will draw you out of your waters, yes and all the fish of your waters that hang upon your scales. I will cast you out upon the dry land with the fish of your waters, so that you shall lie upon the field. You shall not be gathered nor taken up: but shall be meat for the beasts of the field, and for the fowls of the air: that all they which dwell in Egypt, may know, that I am the Lord: because you have been a staff of rede (reed or red) to the house of Israel. When they took hold of you with their hand you break and prick them on every side: and if they leaned upon you, you brake and hurt the reynes (reigns) of their backs. Therefore, thus says the Lord God: behold, I will bring a sword upon you, and root out of you both man and beast. Yes the land of Egypt shall be desolate and waste, and they shall know, that I am the Lord: Because he said: The water is mine, I myself have made it. Behold therefore, I will upon you, and upon your waters: I will make the land of Egypt waste and desolate, from the tower of Syenes unto the borders of the Morains land: so that in forty years no foot of man shall walk there, neither foot of cattle go there, neither shall it be inhabited. And I will make the land of Egypt to be desolate, among other waste countries, and her cities to lie void forty years, among the other void cities: And I will scatter the Egyptians among the Heathen and nations.
     Again, thus says the Lord God: When the forty years are expired I will gather the Egyptians together again, out of the nations, among whom they were scattered, and I will bring the prisoners of Egypt again into the land of Pathures their own native country, that they may be there a lowly small kingdom: Yes they shall be the smallest among the other kingdoms, least they exalt themselves above the Heathen, for I will so minish them, that they shall no more rule the Heathen. They shall no more counsel hope unto the house of Israel, neither prey upon them any more to wickedness, to cause them to turn back, and follow them: and they shall know that I am the Lord God.
     In the twenty seventh year, the first day of the first month, the word of the Lord came unto me, saying: O you son of man, Nabuchodonosor the king of Babylon has made his host, with great travail and labor to come before Tyre: that every head may be bald, and every shoulder bare. Yet has Tyre given him nor his host any reward, for the great travail he has taken there. Therefore thus says the Lord God: behold, I will give the land of Egypt unto Nabuchodonosor the king of Babylon, that he may take away all her substance, rob her robberies, and spoil her spoils, to pay his host their wages withal. I will give him the land of Egypt for his labor, that he took for me before Tyre. At the same time will I cause the *horn of the house of Israel to grow forth, and open your mouth again among them: that they may know that I am the Lord.
*horn= glory and power MN

The Thirtieth Chapter
     The word of the Lord came more over unto me, saying: you son of man, prophesy and speak: thus says the Lord God: Mourn, woe worth this day! for the day is here, the day of the Lord is come: the dark day of the heathen, the hour is at hand, the sword comes upon Egypt. when wounded men fall down in Egypt, when her people are taken away, and her foundations are destroyed, the Morians land shall be afraid, yes the Morians land, Libia and Lydia, all their common people, and Chub, and all that be confederate unto them, shall fall with them through the sword.
     Thus says the Lord: The maintainers of the land of Egypt shall fall, the pride of her power shall come down: even unto the tower of Syenes shall they be slain down with the sword, says the Lord God: among other desolate countries they shall be desolate, and among other waste cities they shall be wasted. And they shall know that I am the Lord, when I kindle a fire in Egypt, and when all her helpers are destroyed. At that time, shall their messengers go forth from me in ships, to make the careless Moryans afraid, and sorrow shall come upon them in the day of Egypt for doubtless it shall come.
     Thus says the Lord God: I will make an end of the people of Egypt through the hand of Nabuchodonosor king of Babylon. He and his people with him, Yes and the cruel tyrants of the Heathen shall be brought to destroy the land. They shall draw out their swords upon Egypt and fill the land full of slain men. I will dry up their floods of water, and sell the land into the hands of wicked people. The land and all that is therein, will I destroy through the enemies. Even I the Lord have said it.
     An thus says the Lord God: I will destroy the Idols, and bring the images of Noph to an end. There shall no more be a prince of Egypt, and a fearfulness will I send into the Egyptians land. As for Pathures, I will make it desolate, and kindle a fire in Zoan. Alexandria will I punish and pour my wrothful indignation upon. Sin which is the strength which is the strength of Egypt. All the substance of Alexandria will I destroy, and kindle a set fire in Egypt.
     Sin shall be in great heaviness, Alexandria shall be rooted out, and Noph shall have daily sorrow, the best men of Neliopolis and Bubasto shall be slain with the sword, and carried away captive. At Taphnis the day shall be dark, when I break there the scepter of the land of Egypt, and when the pomp of her power shall have an end. A cloud shall cover her, and her daughters shall be led away into captivity. Thus will I punish Egypt, that they may know, how that I am the Lord.
     It happened in the eleventh year, upon the seventh day of the first Month, that the Lords word came unto me, saying: Behold, you son of man, I will brake the arm of Pharaoh king of Egypt: and lo, it shall not be bound up to be healed, neither shall any plaster be layed upon it, for to ease it, or to make it so strong, as to hold a sword. Therefore, thus says the Lord God: Behold, I will upon Pharaoh the king of Egypt, and bruise his strong arm (yet it is but a broken one) and will smite the sword out of his hand.
     As for the Egyptians, I will scatter them among the Heathen, and strew them in the lands about. Again I will strengthen the arm of the king of Babylon, and give him my sword in his hand: but I will break Pharaohs arm so that he shall hold it before him pitifully, like a wounded man.
     Yes I will stablish the king of Babylons arm, and the armies of Pharaoh shall fall down: that it may be known that I am the Lord, which gave the king of Babylon my sword in his hand, that he mat draw it out upon the land of Egypt: and that when I scatter the Egyptians among the Gentiles, and strew them in the lands about, they may know, that I am the Lord.

The Thirty First Chapter
     Moreover, it happened in the eleventh year, the first day of the third Month, that the word of the Lord came unto me, saying: You son of man speak unto Pharaoh king of Egypt, and to all his people: Whom are you like in your greatness? Behold, the Assur was like a Cedar tree upon the mount of Libanus with fair branches: so thick, that he gave shadows and shot out very high. His top reached into the clouds. The waters made him great, and the deep set him up on high. Round about the roots of him ran threw floods of water, he sent out his little rivers unto all the trees of the field. Therefore was he higher than all the trees of the field, and through the multitude of waters that he sent from him, he obtained many long branches. All the fowls of the air made their nests in his branches, under his boughs gendered all these beasts of the field and under his shadow dwelt all people. Fair and beautiful was he in his greatness and in the length of his branches, for his root stood beside by great waters, no Cedar tree might hide him. In the pleasant garden of God , there was no fairer tree like his branches, the plain trees were no like the boughs of him. All the trees of the garden of God might not be compared unto him in his beauty So fair and goodly had I made him with the multitude of his branches: In so much that all the trees in the pleasant garden of God, had envy at him. Therefore, thus says the Lord God: for so much as he have lifted up himself so high, and stretched his top into the clouds, and seeing his heart is proud in his highness: I will deliver him into the hands of the mightiest among the Heathen, which shall root him out. According to his wickednesses I will cast him away, the enemies shall destroy him, and the mighty men of the Heathen shall so scatter him, that his branches shall be upon all mountains and in all valleys: his boughs shall be broken down to the ground throughout the land. Then all the people of the land shall go from his shadow, and forsake him. When he is fallen, all the fowls of the air shall sit upon him, and all wild beasts of the field shall go about among his branches: so that from this time, no tree in the water shall attain to his highness, nor reach his top unto the clouds, neither shall any tree of the water stand so high, as he has done. For unto death shall they all be delivered under the earth, and go down to the grave, like other men.
     Moreover, thus says the Lord God: In the day when he goes down to the grave, I will cause a lamentation be made, I will cover the deep upon him, I staunch his floods, and the great waters shall be restrained. I shall cause the Libanus to be sorrowful for his sake, and all the trees of the field shall be smitten. I made the Heathen shake at the sound of his fall, when I cast him down to hell, with them that descend into the pit. All the trees of Eden, with all the chosen and best of Libanus, yes and all that are planted upon the waters, shall mourn with him also in the lower habitations: for they shall go down to hell with him, unto them that be slayen with the sword, which dwelt before under the shadow of his arm among the Heathen. To whom shall you be likened, that you are so glorious and great, among the trees of Eden? Yet are you cast down under the earth (among the trees of Eden) where you must lie among the uncircumcised, with them that be slain with the sword. Even thus is it with Pharaoh and all his people, says the Lord God.

The Thirty Second Chapter
     In the twelfth year, the first day of the twelfth Month, the word of the Lord came unto me, saying: you son of man, take up a lamentation upon Pharao the king of Egypt, and say unto him: You are reputed as a Lion of the Heathen, and as a whalefish in the sea. You compassed the waters about you, you troubled the waters with your feet, and stamp in their floods. Thus says the Lord God: I will spread my net over you, namely, a great multitude of people: these shall drive you into my yarne (net), for I will cast you upon the land, I let you lie upon the field, that all the fowls of the air may sit upon you: I will give all the beasts of the field enough of you. your flesh will I cast upon the hills, and fill the valleys with your highness. I will water the land with the abundance of your blood even to the mountains, and the valleys shall be full of you. When you are put out, I will cover the heaven, and make his stars to dim. I will spread a cloud over the Sun, and the moon shall not give her light. All the bright lights of heaven will I put out over you, and bring darkness upon your land, says the Lord God. I will trouble the hearts of many people, when I bring your destruction among the Heathen and countries, whom you know not. Yes, I will make many people with their kings so afraid through you, that their hearts shall stand up, when I shake my sword at their faces. Suddenly shall they be astonished, every man in himself, at the day of your fall.
     For thus says the Lord God: The sword of the king of Babylons sword shall come upon you, with the swords of the worthies will I smite down your people. All they that be mighty among the Gentiles, shall waste the proud pomp of Egypt, and bring down all her people. All the cattle also of Egypt will I destroy, that they shall come no more upon the waters: so that neither mans foot nor beasts claw, shall steer them any more. Then I will make their waters clear, and cause their waters to run like oil, says the Lord God: when I make the land of Egypt desolate, and when the country with all that is therein, shall be layed waste: and when I smite all them which dwell in it, that they may know, that I am the Lord. This is the mourning that the daughters of the Heathen shall make: Yes and sorrow and lamentation shall they take up, upon Egypt, and all her people, says the Lord God.
     In the twelfth year, the fifteenth day of the Month, came the word of the Lord came unto me, saying: You son of man. Take up a Lament upon the people of Egypt, and cast them down, yes and the mighty people of the Heathen also, even with them that dwell beneath: and with them that go down into the grave. Down (how fair so ever you be) and lay with the uncircumcised. Among those that be slayen with the sword, shall they lay. The sword is given already, he shall be drawn forth and all his people. The mighty worthies and his helpers, that be gone down and lie with the uncircumcised and them that be slain with the sword: shall speak to him from out of hell.
     Asshur is there also with his company, and their graves round about, which were slain and fell all with the sword, whose graves lie beside him in the low pit. His commons are buried round about his grave: all together wounded and slain with the sword, which men before time brought fear in to the land of the living.
     There is Elam also with all his people, and their graves round about: which all being wounded and slain with the sword, are gone down uncircumcised under the earth, which nevertheless sometime brought fear into the land of the living: for the which they bear their shame, with the other that be gone down to the grave.
     Their burial is given them and all their people, amongst them that be slain. Their graves are round about all them, which be uncircumcised, and with them that be slain through the sword: for seeing in times past they made the land of the living afraid, they must now bare their own shame, with them that go down to the pit, and lie among them, that be slain.
     There is Mesech also and Tubal, and their people, and their graves round about. These all are among the uncircumcised, and them that be slain by the sword,
because before time they made the land afraid.
     Should they then not lay among the worthies, and the uncircumcised Giants? which with their weapons are gone down to hell: whos swords are laid under their heads, whos wickedness is upon their bones: because that as worthies, they have brought fear in to the land of the living: Yes among the uncircumcised shall you be destroyed, and sleep with them, that perish through the sword.
     There is Edom with her kings and princes also, which with their strength are laid by them that were slain by the sword, Yes among the uncircumcised, and them which are gone down in to the pit. Moreover, there be all the princes of the north, with all of the Sidonians, which are gone down to the slain.
     With their fear and strength they are come to confusion, and lie there uncircumcised, among those that be slain by the sword: and bear their own shame, with them that go down to the pit. Now when Pharaoh sees this, he shall be comforted over all his people, that is slain with the sword: both Pharo and all his host, says the Lord God. For I have given my fear in the land of the living. But Pharo and all his people shall be among the uncircumcised, and among them that be slain with the sword, says the Lord God.

The Thirty Third Chapter
     Again the word of the Lord came unto me, saying: You son of man, Speak to the children of your people, and tell them, When I send the sword upon a land, if the people of the land take a man of their country, and set him to be their watchman: That same man (when he sees the sword come upon the land) shall blow the trumpet, and warn the people.
     If a man now hear the noise of the trumpet and will not be warned, and the sword come and take him away: his blood shall be upon his own head: for he heard the sound of the trumpet, and would not take heed, therefore his blood be upon him. But if he will receive warning, he shall save his life. Again, if the watchman see the sword come and show it not with the trumpet, so that the people is not warned: if the sword come then, and take any man from among them: the same shall be taken away in his own sin, but his blood will I require of the watchmans hand.
     And now (O you son of man) I have made you a watchman unto the house of Israel: that where as you hear anything out of my mouth, you may warn them on my behalf. If I say unto the wicked you wicked, you shall surely die: and you give him not warning, that he may beware of his ungodly way: then shall the wicked die in his own sin, but his blood will I require at your hand. Nevertheless, if you warn the wicked of his way, to turn from it, where as he yet will not be turned from it, then shall he die because of his sin, but you have delivered your soul.
     Therefore (O you son of man) speak unto the house of Israel. Yes say thus: Our offenses and sins lie upon us, and we be corrupt in them: how should we be then restored unto life? Tell them: As truly as I live, says the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but much rather that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn you, turn you from your ungodly ways, O you of the house of Israel. Oh, wherefore will you die?
     You son of man, tell the children of your people: The righteousness of the righteous shall not save him, whensoever he turns away unfaithfully: Again, the wickedness of the wicked shall not hurt him, when so ever he converts from his ungodliness.
     And the righteousness of the righteous, shall not save his life, when so ever he sins. If I say unto the righteous, that he shall surely live, and so he trusts to his own righteousness, and do sin: then shall his righteousnesses be no more thought upon, but in the wickedness that he has done he shall die. Again, If I say unto the wicked: You shall surely die: and so he turn from his sins, and do the thing that is lawful and right: In so much that the same wicked man gives the pledge again, restores that he had taken away by robbery, walks in the commandments of life, and does no wrong: Then shall he surely live, and not die. Yes the sins that he has done, shall never be thought upon: For in so much as he does now the thing that is lawful and right, he shall live. And yet the children of your people say: Tush, the way of the Lord is not right, where as their own way is rather unright.
     When the righteous turns from his righteousness, and does the thing that is wicked, he shall die therefore. But if the wicked turn from his wickedness, doing the thing that lawful and right, he shall live therefore. Yet you say: The way of the Lord is not equal. O you house of Israel, I will judge every one of you after his ways.
     In the twelfth year, the fifth day of the tenth month of our captivity, it happened, that one that was fled out of Jerusalem, came unto me, and said: the city is destroyed. Now the hand of the Lord was upon me the evening before this man (which was escaped) came unto me, and had opened my mouth, until the morning that he came to me: yes he opened my mouth, so that I was no more dumb. Then the word of the Lord came unto me, saying: You son of man, these that dwell in the wasted land of Israel, say: Abraham was but one man, and he had the land in possession: now are we many, and the land is given us to possess also. And therefore tell them: Thus says the Lord: In the blood have you eaten, your eyes have you lift to Idols, and have shed blood: shall you then have the land in possession?
     You lean upon your swords, you work abominations, every one defiles his neighbors wife: and shall you then possess the land? Say you these words unto them: Thus says the Lord God: As truly as I live, all you that dwell in this wilderness, shall be slain with the sword: whatsoever is upon the field, will I give unto the beasts to be devoured: those that be in strongholds and dens, shall die of the pestilence. For I will make the land desolate and waste, and the pomp of her strength shall come to an end. The mountains of Israel shall be waste that no man shall travel thereby.
     Then shall they learn to know, that I am the Lord, when I make the land waste and desolate, because of all their abominations, that they have wrought. And you son of man, the children of your people that talk of you, by the walls and in the doors of their houses, saying to one to another: Come, let us hear, what word is gone forth from the Lord: These come unto you, after the manner of a great people: yes my people sit down before you, and hear your words, but they do not thereafter: for in their mouths they show themselves, as though they were fervent, but their heart goes after their own covetous lucre. And as a baler that has a sweet tune, and is pleasant to sing, so shall you be unto them: your words shall they hear, but they will not do thereafter. When this comes to pass, (for lo, it comes indeed) then shall they know, that there has been a prophet among them.

The Thirty Fourth Chapter
     And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying: You son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy and speak unto them: Thus says the Lord God: Woe be unto the shepherds of Israel, that feed themselves. Should not the shepherds feed the flocks?
     You have eaten up the fat, you have clothe you with the wool: the best fed have you slain, but the flock have you not nourished. The weak have you not holden up, the sick have you not healed: the broken have you not bound together, the outcasts have you not brought again: the lost have you not sought, but *churlishly and cruelly have you ruled them. Thus they were scattered here and there without a shepherd: yes all the beasts of the field devour them, and they go astray. *churlishly Of, like, or stuffy; miserly insulting or boorish.
     My sheep go wandering upon all mountains, and every high hill. Yes, they be scattered abroad in all fields, and there is no man, that cares for them, or seeks after them. Therefore O you shepherds, hear the word of the Lord. As truly as I live, for so much as my sheep are robbed, and devoured of all the wild beasts of the field, having no shepherd: and seeing that my shepherds take no regard for my sheep, but feed themselves only, and not my sheep: Therefore hear the word of the Lord O you shepherds: Thus says the Lord God: Behold, I myself will upon the shepherds, and require my sheep from their hands, and make them cease from feeding of my sheep: Yes the shepherds shall feed themselves no more: For I will deliver my sheep from out of their mouths, so that they shall not devour them after this. For thus says the Lord God: Behold, I will look to my sheep myself, and seek them. Like as a shepherd among the flock seeks after the sheep that are scattered abroad, even so will I seek after my sheep, and gather them together out of all places, where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day. I will bring them out from all people, and gather them together out of all lands, I will bring them into their own land, and feed them upon the mountains of Israel, by the rivers, and in all the places of the country. I will feed them in right good pastures, and upon the high mountains of Israel shall their folds be. There shall they lie in a good fold, and in a fat pasture shall they feed: even upon the mountains of Israell.
     I will feed my sheep myself, and will bring them to their rest, says the Lord God. Such as be lost, will I seek: such as go astray, will I bring again: such as be wounded, I will bind up: such as be weak, will I make strong, such as be fat and will liking, those I will preserve, and feed them with the thing that is lawful. And as for you (O my sheep) says the Lord God: I will put a between among the sheep, among the wethers (castrated male sheep) and the goats. Was it not enough for you, to eat up the good pasture, but you must tread down the residue of your pastures with your feet also? Was it not enough for you to drink clear water, but you must trouble the residue with your feet?
     Thus my sheep must be *fain (obligated/ willing, happy) to eat the thing, that you have trodden down with your feet, and to drink it, that you with your feet have defiled. Therefore, thus says the Lord God unto them: Behold, I will sever the fat sheep from the lean: for so much as you have shot the weak sheep upon the sides and shoulders, and run upon them with your horns, so long till you have scattered them abroad. I will help my sheep, so that they shall no more be spoiled: yes I will discern one sheep from another. I will raise up to them one only shepherd: even my servant David, he shall feed them, and he shall be their shepherd. I the Lord will be their God, and my servant David will be their prince: Even I the Lord have spoken it.
     Moreover, I will make a covenant of peace with them, and drive all evil beasts out of the land: so they may dwell safely in the wilderness, and sleep in the woods. Good fortune and prosperity will I give them, and unto all that be round about my hill. A prosperous shower and rain will I send them in due season, that the trees in the wood may bring forth their fruits, and the ground her increase. They shall be safe in their land, and shall know, that I am the Lord. which have broken their yoke, and delivered them out of the hands of those, that held them in subjection.
     They shall no more be spoiled of the Heathen, nor devoured with the beasts of the land: but safely shall they dwell, and no man shall *fraye them. I will set up an excellent plant for them, so they shall suffer no more hunger in the land, neither bear the reproof of the Heathen any more. Thus shall they understand, that I the Lord their God am with them, and that they (even the house of Israel) are my people, says the Lord God. you men are my flock, you are the sheep of my pasture: and I am your God, says the Lord God. *fraye=dispute with, wear down, alarm, frighten, drive away

The Thirty Fifth Chapter
     Moreover, the word of the Lord came unto me, saying: You son of man, turn your face toward the mount Seir, prophesy upon it, and say unto it: Thus says the Lord God: Behold (O mount Seir) I will upon you, I will reach out mine hand over you, yes waste and desolate will I make you. your cities will I break down, and you shall lie void: that you may know, how that I am the Lord. For so much as you bare an old enemy against the children of Israel, and with a cruel hand has made them afraid, what time they were troubled and punished for their sin: Therefore, as truly as I live, says the Lord God, I will prepare you unto blood, yes blood shall follow upon you: seeing you lay wait for blood, therefore blood shall persecute you. Thus will I make the mount of Seir desolate and waste, and bring to pass, that there shall no man go over there, nor come from that place. His mountains will I fill with his slain men: your hills, dales and valleys shall lie full of them, that are slain with the sword. I will make you a perpetual wilderness, so that no man shall dwell in your cities: that you may know, how that I am the Lord.
     And because you have said: what , both these nations and both these lands must be mine, and I will have them in possession, whereas the Lord was there. Therefore thus says the Lord God: As truly as I live, I will handle you according to your wrath and jealousy, like as you have dealt cruelly with them: that I may be known among them, how I have punished you. Yes and that you also may be sure, that I the Lord have heard all your despiteful words, which you have spoken against the mountains of Israel, saying: Lo, they are made waste, and given us to devour. Thus with your mouths you have made your boast against me, yes and multiplied your proud words against me, which I have heard altogether. Where unto, thus says the Lord God: when the whole world is in wealth, then will I make you waste. And like as you (O mount Seir) was glad, because the heritage of the house of Israel was destroyed: even so will I do unto you also, that you and whole Edom shall be destroyed, and know, that I am the Lord.

CONTINUE

Table of Contents

God's Truth