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The Book of the Prophet Ezechiel
(Ezekiel)

From the Hebrew “God strengthens”

(Part Six)


The Thirty Sixth Chapter
     You son of man, prophesy upon the mountains of Israel, and speak: Hear the word of the Lord, O you mountains of Israel: Thus says the Lord God: Because your enemy has said upon you: Aha, the high everlasting places are now become ours: prophesy therefore, and speak: thus says the Lord God: Seeing you be wasted and trod down on every side, and become a possession unto the residue of the Gentiles, which have brought you into mens mouths and unto an evil name among the people: Therefore, hear the word of the Lord God, O you mountains of Israel: Thus says the Lord God unto the mountains, and hills, valleys and dales, to the void wilderness and desolate cities, which are spoiled, and had in derision on every side, among the residue of the Heathen: Yes even thus says the Lord God: In the fire of my jealousy have I taken a device, against the residue of the Gentiles, and against all Edom: which have taken in my land unto themselves for a possession: which also rejoiced from their whole heart with despiteful stomach, to waste it, and to spoil it.
     Prophesy therefore upon the land of Israel, speak unto the mountains and hills, to valleys and dales, thus says the Lord God: Behold, this have I devised in my jealousy and terrible wrath: For so much as you have suffered reproof of the Heathen, therefore thus says the Lord God: I have sworn, that the Gentiles that lay about you, shall bear your confusion themselves. And as for you (O mountains of Israel) you shall shoot out your branches, and bring forth your fruit to my people of Israel, for it is hard by, that it will come. Behold, I come unto you, and unto to you will I turn me, that you may be tilled and sown. I will send you much people, which shall be all of the house of Israel: the cities shall be inhabited, and the decayed places shall be repaired again. I will provide you with much people and cattle, which shall increase and bring fruit. I will restore you also to your old estate, and show you more kindness than ever you had before: whereby you shall know, that I am the Lord. Yes, people will I send unto you (O my folk of Israell) which shall have you in possession, and you shall be their inheritance, so that you shall no more be without them. Again, thus says the Lord God: For so much as they say unto you: you are an eater up of men, and a waster of your people: therefore you shall eat no more men. neither destroy your people any more, says the Lord God. And I will not suffer you, for to hear your own confusion among the Gentiles from this time. You shall not bare the reproof of the nations, nor cast out your own people any more, says the Lord God.
     Moreover, the word of the Lord came unto me, saying: O you son of man, when the house of Israel dwelt upon their own ground, they defiled themselves with their own *waies (may be; ways) and imaginations: so that in my sight their way was like the uncleanness of a menstruous woman. Wherefore I poured my wrothfull displeasure upon them, because of the blood that they had shed in the land, and because of their Idols, wherewith they had defiled themselves. I scattered them also among the Heathen, so that they were strewed about in the lands. According to their ways and after their own inventions, so did I punish them.
     Now when they were gone unto the Heathen, and come in among them they dishonored my holy name: so that it was said of them: Are these the people of God, and must go out of their own land? Then spared I my holy name, which the house of Israel had dishonored among the Gentiles, to whom they came. Therefore tell the house of Israell: Thus says the Lord God: I do not this for your sakes (O house of Israel) but for my holy names sake, which you have dishonored among the Heathen, they came to them. Therefore I will hallow my great name again, which among the Gentiles is evil spoken of: for you yourselves have dishonored it among them. And the Gentiles shall know that I am the Lord, when I am honored in you before their eyes, says the Lord God.
     As for you, I will take you from among the Heathen, and gather you together out of all countries, and bring you again into your own land. Then I will pour clean water upon you, and you shall be clean: yes from all your uncleanness and from all your Idols shall I clean you. A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put in you: As for that stoney heart, I will take it out of your body, and give you a fleshly heart. I will give my spirit among you, and cause you to walk in my commandments, and to keep my laws, and to fulfill them.
     And so you shall dwell in the land, that I gave to your fathers, and you shall be my people, and I will be your God. I will help you out of all your uncleannesses. I will call for the corn, and will increase it, and will let you have no hunger. I will multiply the fruits of the trees, and the increase of the field for you, so that you shall bear no more reproof of hunger among the Heathen. Then shall you remember your own wicked ways, and your imaginations, which were not good: so that you shall take displeasure at your own selves, by reason of your sins and abominations.
     But I will not do this for your sakes (says the Lord God) be you sure of it. Therefore, O you house of Israel, be ashamed of your sins. Moreover, thus says the Lord God: what time as I shall cleanse you from all your offenses, then will I make the cities to be occupied again, and will repair the places that be decayed. The desolate land shall be builded again, which before time lay waste in the sight of all them that went by. Then shall it be said: this waste land is become like the garden of pleasure, and the void, desolate and broken down cities, are now strong, and fenced again. Then the residue of the Heathen that lay round about you, shall know that I am the Lord, which repair that was broken down, and plant again, that was made waste. Even I the Lord have spoken it, and will do it indeed.
     Thus says the Lord God: I will yet once be found again of the house of Israel, and do this for them: I shall increase them as a flock of men. Like as the holy flock and the flock of Jerusalem are in the high solemn feasts: so shall also the wild wasted cities be filled with flocks of men: and they shall know that I am the Lord.

The Thirty Seventh Chapter
     The hand of the Lord came upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the Lord, and let me down in a plain field, that lay full of bones, and he led me round about them: and behold, the bones that lay upon the field, were very many, and marvelous dry also. Then said he unto me: You son of man: think you these bones may live again? And I answered: O' Lord God, you know. And he said unto me: Prophesy you upon these bones, and speak unto them: you dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Thus says the Lord God unto these bones: Behold, I will put breath into you, that you may live: I will give yow (you) sinews, and make flesh grow upon you, and cover you over with skin: and so give you breath, that you may live, and know, that I am the Lord.
     So I prophesied, as he had commanded me: and as I was prophesying, there came a noise, and a great motion, so that the bones ran every one to another. Now when I looked, behold, they had sinews, and flesh grew upon them: and above they were covered with skin, but there was no breath in them. Then said he unto me: You son of man, prophesy you toward the wind: prophesy, and speak to the wind: Thus says the Lord God: Come (O you air) from the four winds, and blow upon these slain, that they may be restored to life. So I prophesied as he had commanded me: then came the breath into them and they received life, and stood up upon their feet, a marvelous great *forte. *forte=the strongest part of a sword, done in a strong manner, something that one does exceedingly well.
     Moreover, he said unto me: You son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. Behold, they say: Our bones are dried up, our hope is gone, we are clean cut off. Therefore prophesy you, and speak unto them: thus says the Lord God: Behold, I will open your graves (O my people) and take you out of your sepulchers, and bring you into the land of Israel again. So shall you know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves, and bring you out of them. My spirit also will I put in you, and you shall live: I will set you again in your own land, and you shall know, that I am the Lord which have said it, and fulfilled it in deed.
     The word of the Lord came unto me, saying: You son of man, take a stick and write upon it: Unto Judah and to the children of Israel his companions. Then take another stick, and write upon it: Unto Joseph the stock of Ephraim, and to all the household of Israel his companions. And then, take both these together in your hand, so shall there be one stick thereof. Now if the children of your people say unto you: will you not show us, what you mean by these? Then give them this answer: Thus says the Lord God: behold, I will take the stock of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim and the tribes of Israel his fellows, and will put them to the stock of Judah, and make them *one stock, and they shall be one in mine hand. And the two sticks where upon you write, shall you have in your hand, that they may see, and shall say unto them: *one stock: one people of our father ...one father one Jesus one faith one truth.
     Thus says the Lord God: behold, I will take away the children of Israel from among the Heathen, unto whom they be gone, and will gather them together on every side, and bring them again into their own land: Yes I will make one people of them in the land, upon the mountains of Israel, and they all shall have but one king. They shall no more be two peoples from here, now forth, they shall also defile themselves no more with their abominations, Idols, and their wicked doings. I will help them out of all their dwelling places, wherein they have sinned: and will so cleanse them, that they shall be my people, and I their God.
     David my servant shall be their king, and they all shall have one shepherd only. They shall walk in my laws, and my commandments shall they both keep and fulfill. They shall dwell in the land, that I gave unto Jacob my servant, where as your fathers have also dwelt. Yes even the same land shall they, their children, and their childrens children dwell in for evermore: and my servant David shall be their everlasting prince. Moreover, I will make a bond of peace with them, which shall be an everlasting covenant. I will *satle them also, and multiply them, my Sanctuary will I set among them for evermore. My dwelling shall be with them, yes I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Thus the Heathen shall also know, that I the Lord am the holy maker of Israel: when my Sanctuary shall be among them for evermore.
*satle=to satisfy fully

The Thirty Eighth Chapter
     And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying: You son of man, turn your face toward Gog in the land of Magog, which is the chief prince of Mesech and Tubal: prophesy against him, and say: Thus says the Lord God: O Gog you chief prince Mesech and Tubal: behold, I will upon you, and will turn you about, and put a bit in your chawes (jaws): I will bring you forth and all your host, both horse and horsemen, which all be weaponed of the best fashion: a great people, that handle all together spears, shields, and swords: The Perses, Moryans, and with them the Lybians which all bear shields and helmets: Gomer and all his hosts: the house of Thogorma out of the north quarters, and all his hosts, yes and much people with you.
     Therefore prepare you, set yourself in array with all your people, that are come unto you by heaps, and be you their defense. After many days you shall be visited, and in the latter years you shall come into the land, that has been destroyed with the sword, and now is replenished again with diverse people upon the mountains of Israel, which have long lain waste. Yes they be brought out of the nations, and dwell all safe. You shall come up like a stormy wether, to cover the land, and as it were a dark cloud: you with all your hosts, and a great multitude of people with you.
     Moreover, thus says the Lord God: At the same time shall many things come into your mind, so that you shall imagine mischief, and say: I will up to yonder plain land, seeing they sit at ease, and dwell all without any walls, they have neither bars nor doors, to spoil them, to rob them, to lay hand to their so well inhabited wildernesses: against that people, that is gathered together from among the Heathen, which have gotten cattle and good, and dwell in the midest of the land. Then shall Saba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tharsis with all their worthies, say unto you: are you come to rob? have you gathered your people together, because you will spoil? to take silver and gold: to carry away cattle and goods: and to have great prey?
     Therefore, O you son of man, you shall prophesy, and say unto Gog: Thus says the Lord God: In that day you shall know, that my people of Israel dwells safe: and you shall come from your place out of the north parts: you and much people with you, which ride upon horses, whereof there is a great multitude and an innumerable forte. Yes you shall come upon my people of Israel, as a cloud to cover the land. This shall come to pass in the latter days: I will bring you up into my land, that the Heathen may know me, when I get me honor upon you O Gog, before their eyes.
     Thus says the Lord God: You are he, of whom I have spoken in before time, by my servants the prophets of Israel, which prophesied in those days and years, that I should bring you upon them. At the same time, when Gog comes up in to the land of Israel,(says the Lord God) shall my indignation go forth in my wrath. For in my jealousy and hot displeasure I have devised , that there shall be a great trouble in the land of Israel at that time. The very fishes in the sea, the fowls of the air, the beasts of the field, and all the men that are upon the earth, shall tremble for fear of me.
     The hills also shall be turned upside down, the stairs of stone shall fall, and all walls shall sink to the ground: I will call for a sword upon them in all my mountains, says the Lord God: so that every mans sword shall be upon another. With pestilence and blood will I punish him: stormy rain and hail stones, fire and brimstone, will I cause to rain upon him and all his heap, yes and upon all that great people that is with him. Thus will I be magnified, honored, and known among the Heathen: that they may be sure, how that I am the Lord.

The Thirty Ninth Chapter
     Therefore O you son of man, prophesy against Gog, and speak: Thus says the Lord God: Behold, O Gog: you chief prince at Mesech and Tubal, I will upon you, and turn you about, and carry you forth, and lead you from the north parts, and bring you up to the mountains of Israel. As for your bow, I will smite it out of your left hand, and cast your arrows out of your right hand. You with all your heap, and all the people that is with you, must fall upon the mountains of Israell. Then will I give you unto the fouls and wild beasts of the field, to be devoured: there must you lie upon the field: for even I the Lord have spoken it, says the Lord God.
     Into Magog, and among those that sit carelessly in the isles: will I send a fire, and they shall know, that I am the Lord. I will make also the name of my holiness to be known among my people of Israel: and I will not let my holy name be evil spoken of any more: but the very Heathen also shall know, that I am the Lord, the holy one in Israel. Behold, it comes, and shall be fulfilled in deed, says the Lord God. This is the day whereof I have spoken: They that dwell in the cities of Israel, shall go forth and set fire upon the weapons, and burn them: shields and spears, bows and arrows, bills and clubs: handstaves, seven years shall they be burning thereof, so that they shall else bring no sticks from the field, neither have need to hew down any out of the wood: For they shall have weapons now to burn. They shall rob those that robbed them, and spoil those that spoiled them, says the Lord God.
     At the same time I will give unto Gog, a place to be buried in, in Israel: even the valley, where through men go from the east to the seaward: Those that travel thereby, shall abhor it. There shall Gog and all his people be buried: and it shall be called The valley of the people of Gog. Seven months long shall the house of Israel be burying of them, that they may cleanse the land. Yes, all the people of the land shall bury them. O it shall be a glorious day, when I get me that honor, says the Lord God. They shall ordain men also to be dead buryers, ever going through the land, and appoint them certain places to bury those in, which remain upon the field, that the land may be cleansed. From end to end shall they seek, and that seven months long. Now those that go through the land, where they see a mans bone, they shall set up a token by it, till the dead buryers have buried it also, in the valley of the people of Gog. And the name of the city shall be called, Hamonah. Thus shall they make the land clean.
     And, you son of man: thus says the Lord God: Speak unto all the fouls and every bird, yes and to all the wild beasts of the field: heap you together and come, gather you round about upon my slaughter, that I have slain for you: even a great slaughter upon the mountains of Israel: eat flesh and drink blood. you shall eat the flesh of the worthies, and drink the blood of the princes of the land: of the wethers (castrated male sheep), of lambs, of goats, and of the oxen that all be slain at Bashan. Eat the fat your belly full, and drink blood till you be drunken of the slaughter, which I have slain unto you. Fill you at my table, with horses and strong horsemen: with captains and all men of war, says the Lord God.
     I will bring my glory also among the Gentiles, that all the Heathen may see my judgment, that I have kept, and my hand which I have laid upon them: that the house of Israel may know, how that I am the Lord their God, from that day forth. And the Heathen shall know, that where as the house of Israel were led into captivity: was for their wickedness sake, because they offended me.
     For which cause I hid my face from them, and delivered them into the hands of their enemies, that they might all be slain with the sword. According to their uncleanness and unfaithful dealings, so have I entreated them, and hid my face from them. Therefore thus says the Lord God, Now will I bring again the captives of Jacob, and have mercy upon the whole house of Israel, and will be jealous for my holy names sake. All their confusion and offense that they have done against me, shall be taken away: and so safely shall they dwell in their land, that no man shall make them afraid. And when I have brought them again from among the people, when I have gathered them together out of their enemies lands, and am praised in them before many Heathen: then shall they know, that I am the Lord their God, which suffered them to be led into captivity among the Heathen, but have brought them again into their own land, and not left one of them in yonder.
     After that, will I hide my face no more from them, but will pour out my spirit upon the house of Israel, says the Lord God.

The Fortieth Chapter
     In the twenty fifth year of our captivity, in the beginning of the year, the tenth day of the month: that is the fourteenth year, after that the city was smitten down: the same day came the hand of the Lord upon me, and carried me forth: even into the land of Israel brought he me in the visions of God: and set me down upon a marvelous high mountain, where upon there was a building (as it had been of a city) toward the north.
     Over there he carried me, and behold, there was a man, whose similitude was like brass, which had a thread of flax in his hand, and a meterod also. He stood in the door, and said: mark well with your eyes, harken too with your ears, and fasten it to your heart, whatsoever I shall show you, for to the intent that they might be showed you, therefore you are you brought hither. A whatsoever you see, you shall certify the house of Israel thereof.
     Behold, there was a wall on the outside round about the house: the meterod that he had in his hand, was of six cubits long and a span. So he measured the breadth of the building, which was one meterod, and the height also a meterod, Then came he unto the east door, and went up the stairs, and measured the posts of the door, whereof every one was a meterod thick. Every chamber was a meterod long and broad: between the chambers were five cubits. The post of the door within the porch, was one meterod. Then measured he the entry of the door, that contained eight cubits, and his pillars two cubits: and this entry stood inward. cu= 1-7" span= 9 ?" a meterod = 5 cubits as we will see in Chapter 41p2 this meterod here, that he used was = 6 x 1-7"+9 ?" or 144"+9 ?" for approx 12 feet, 9 ? inches RN
     The chambers of the door eastward, were three on every side: alike broad and long. The pillars also that stood of both the sides, were of one measure. After this, he measured the wideness of the door, which was ten cubits, and the height of the door thirteen cubits. The edge before the chambers was one cubit broad upon both the sides and the cambers six cubits wide of either side. He measured the door from the *rigge of one chamber to another, whose wideness was twenty five cubits, and one door stood against another. He made pillars also sixty cubits high, round about the court door. Before the inward part unto the fore entry of the inner door, were fifty cubits. The chambers and the pillars within, round about unto the door, had side windows: So had the fore entries also, whose windows went round about within. And upon the pillars stood date trees. *rigge= ridge The horizontal line formed by the juncture of two sloping planes, especially the line formed by the surfaces at the top of a roof.
     Then brought he me into the fore court, where as were chambers a paved works, made in the fore court round about: Thirty chambers upon one paved work. Now the paved work was a long beside the doors, and that was the lower paved work. After this, he measured the breadth from the lower door, unto the inner court of the outside, which had an hundred cubits upon the east and north part. And the door in the utter most court toward the north, measured he after the length and breadth: his three chambers also on either side, with his pillars and fore entries: which had even the measure of the first door. His height was fifty cubits, the breadth twenty five cubits: his windows and porches with his date trees, had even like measure as the door toward the east: there were seven steps to go up upon, and their porch before them. Now the door of the inner most court stood straight over against the door, that was toward the north east. From one door to another, he measured hundred cubits.
     After that, he brought me to the south side, where there stood a door toward the south: whose pillars and porches he measured, these had the first measure, and with their porches they had windows round about, like the first windows. The height was fifty cubits, the breadth was twenty five, with steps to go up upon: his porch stood before him, with his pillars and date trees on either side. And the door of the inner court stood toward the south, and he measured from one door to another an hundred cubits. So he brought me in to the inner court, through the door of the south side: which he measured, and it had the measure before said. In like manner, his chambers, pillars, and fore entries, had even the fore said measure also. And he had with his porches round about, windows of fifty cubits high, and twenty five cubits broad. The porches round about were twenty five cubits long, and five cubits broad: and his porch reached unto the utter most court: upon his pillars there were date trees, and eight steps to go up upon.
     He brought me also to the inmost court upon the east side, and measured the door, according to the measure before said. His chambers, pillars, and porches had even the same measure, as they first had: and with his porches he had windows round about. The height was fifty cubits, the breadth twenty five cubits: His porches reached unto the uttermost court: his pillars also had date trees on either side, and eight steps to up upon. And he brought me to the north door, and measured it, which also had the before said measure. His chambers, pillars, and porches had windows round about: whose height was fifty cubits, and the breadth twenty five. His pillars stood toward the uttermost court, and upon them both were date trees, and eight steps to go up upon. There stood a chamber also, whose entrance was at the door pillars, and there the burnt offerings were washed.
     In the door porch, there stood on either side two tables for the slaughtering; to slay the burnt offerings, sin offerings, and trespass offerings thereupon. And on the out side as men go forth to the north door, there stood two tables. Four tables stood on either side of the door, that is eight tables, where upon they slaughtered. Four tables were of hewn stone for the burnt offerings, of a cubit and a half long and broad, and one cubit high: where upon were laid the vessels and ornaments, which were used to the burnt and the slain offerings, when they were slaughtered. And within there were hooks four fingers broad, fastened round about, to hang flesh upon, and upon the tables was laid the offering flesh. On the outside of the inner door were the singers chambers in the inward court beside the North door over against the South. There stood one also, beside the east door northward.
     And he said unto me: This chamber on the South side belongs to the priests, that keep the habitation: and this toward the North, is the priests that wait upon the alter: which be the sons of Sadoch, that do service before the Lord instead of the children of Levi. So he measured the fore court, which had in length an hundred cubits, and as much in breadth by the four corners. Now the altar stood before the house: And he brought me to the fore entry of the house, and measured the walls by the entry door: which were five cubits long on either side. The thickness also of the door on either side, was three cubits. The length of the porch was twenty cubits, the breadth eleven cubits, and upon steps went men up to it: by the walls also were pillars, on either side one.

The Forty First Chapter
     After this he brought me to the temple, and measured the posts: which were of both the sides six cubits thick, according to the wideness of the tabernacle. The breadth of the door was ten cubits and the walls of the door on either side five cubits. He measured the length thereof, which contained forty cubits, and the breadth twenty. Then went he in, and measured the door posts, which were two cubits thick: but the door it self was six cubits, and the breadth of the door was seven cubits. He measured the length and breadth thereof, which were every one twenty cubits, before the temple:
     And he said unto me: this is the holiest of all. He measured also the wall of the house, which was six cubits. The chambers that stood round about the house, were every one four cubits wide, and one stood hard upon the another, whereof there were thirty three. And there stood posts beneath by the walls round about the house, to bear them up: but in the wall of the house they were not fastened: The side chambers were the higher the wider, and had steps through them round about the house. Thus was it wider above, that from the lowest men might go to the highest and mid chambers. I saw also that the house was very high round about. The foundation of the side chambers was a meterod *(that is five cubits) broad. The thickness of the side wall without, contained five cubits, and so did the outwall , of the chambers in the house. *(that is five cubits) note above in chapter 40p3 RN
     Between the chambers, was the wideness of twenty cubits round about the house. The chamber doors stood over against the outwall, the one door was toward the north, the other toward the South: and the thickness of the outwall was five cubits round about. Now the building that was separated toward the west, was seventy cubits wide: the wall of the building was five cubits thick round about, and the length four *score cubits and ten. So he measured the house which was an hundred cubits long, and the separated building with the wall were an hundred cubits long also. The wideness before the house and of it that was separated toward the East, was an hundred cubits. *score = 20 so this is 80 = 10 or 90 cubits RN
     And he measured the length of the building before and behind with the chambers upon both the sides: and it contained an hundred cubits. The innermer temple, the porch of the fore court, the side posts, these three had side windows, and pillars round about over against the posts, from the ground up to the windows: The windows themselves were silled over with boards: and thus was it above the door, unto the inmost house, and without also: Yes the whole wall on every side both within and without was silled over with great boards. There were Cherubins and date trees made also, so that one date tree stood ever between two Cherubins: One cherub had two faces, the face of a man looking aside toward the date tree, and a lions face on the other side. Thus was it made round about in all the house; Yes the Cherubins and date trees were made from the ground up above the door, and so stood they also upon the wall of the temple.
     The posts of the temple were four squared, and the fashion of the Sanctuary was even as it appeared unto me before in the vision. The table was of wood, three cubits high and two cubits long: his corners, the length and the walls were of wood. And he said unto me: This is the table, that shall stand before the Lord. The temple and the highest of all had either of them two doors and every door had two little *wickettes which were folded in one upon another, on every side two. And upon the doors of the temple there were made Cherubins and date trees, like as upon the walls: and a great thick *balke of wood was before on the outside of the porch. Upon both the sides of the walls of the porch there were made deep windows and date trees, having beams and balkes, like as the house had.
*wickettes= A small door or gate, especially one built into or near a larger one. A small window or opening, often fitted with glass or a grating. *balke = a wooden beam or rafter RN

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