Old Testament - Ezekiel
1 NOW it came to pass in the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, on the fifth day of the month, as I was among the captives by the river Chebar, that the heavens were opened and I saw visions of God. 2 On the fifth day of the month, in the fifth year of the captivity of Jehoiachin king of Judah, 3 The word of the LORD carne to Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by the river Chebar; and the hand of the LORD was there upon me."
"4 And I looked, and behold, a whirlwind was coming out of the north, a great cloud, and a flaming fire and a brightness was round about it, and out of the midst of it there came as it were a figure out of the midst of the fire. 5 Also out of the midst of it came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance: they had the likeness of a man. 6 And every one had four faces, and every one had four wings. 7 And their legs were straight; and the soles of their feet were like the soles of a calf’s feet; and they sparkled like the color of burnished brass. 8 And they had human hands under their wings on their four sides; and their faces and their wings were on their four sides. 9 Their wings were joined one to another; and when they went, they went straight forward; they turned not when they went. 10 And as for the likeness of their faces, each of the four had the face of a man and the face of a lion on the right side; and each of the four had the face of an ox and the face of an eagle on the left side. 11 And their faces and their wings were stretched upward; two wings of each creature were joined one to another, and two covered their bodies. 12 And they went every one straight forward; wherever the spirit was to go, they went; and they turned not when they went. 13 As for the likeness of the living creatures, their appearance was like burning coals of fire, like the appearance of a lamp going to and fro among the living creatures; and the fire was bright, and out of the fire went forth lightning. 14 And the living creatures ran, but returned not, and their appearance was like a flash of lightning."
"15 Now as I beheld the living creatures, behold wheels were upon the earth by the side of each of the four living creatures. 16 The appearance of the wheels and their work was like the colour of a beryl; and they four had the one likeness; and their appearance and their work was as it were a wheel within a wheel. 17 When they went, they went upon four sides; and they turned not when they went; and wherever the first one turned to go, the other went after it, and turned not. 18 As for their rims, they were high and they could see; for the rims were full of eyes round about them four. 19 And when the living creatures went, the wheels went with them; and when the living creatures were lifted up from the ground, the wheels were lifted up with them. 20 Wheresoever the spirit was to go, they went, and the wheels were lifted up with them; for there was a living spirit in the wheels. 21 When the living creatures went, the wheels went; and when the creatures stood, they stood also; and when they were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up with them; for there was a living spirit in the wheels. 22 And over the heads of the living creatures there was the likeness of a firmament, resembling pure crystal, stretched out over their heads above. 23 And under the firmament were their wings straight, the one toward the other; over and under; two of them covering their faces and two covering their bodies. 24 And when they went, I heard the noise of their wings like the noise of great waters, like the voice of God, like the sound of speech in a host; and when they stopped, they let down their wings. 25 And there was a voice from the firmament that was over their heads; and when they stopped, they let down their wings."
"26 And above the firmament that was over their heads was the likeness of a sapphire stone, as the likeness of a throne; and upon the likeness of the throne was the likeness as the appearance of a man above it. 27 And I saw as it were the appearance of God, and the appearance of fire within it round about from his loins and upward; and from his loins and downward, I saw as it were the appearance of fire shining round about. 28 As the appearance of the rainbow when it is in the clouds in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about him. Such was the vision of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face and I heard the voice of one who spoke."
AND he said to me, Son of man, stand upon your feet and I will speak with you. 2 And the spirit entered into me when he spoke to me, and he set me upon my feet, and I heard him that spoke to me. 3 And he said to me, Son of man, I am sending you to the children of Israel, to a rebellious people who have risen up against me; they and their fathers have transgressed against me, even unto this very day. 4 And they to whom I am sending you are impudent and stubborn children; and you shall say to them, Thus says the LORD God of hosts. 5 Perhaps they will listen and tremble (for they are a rebellious house), and they shall know that you are a prophet among them."
"6 And you, Son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be dismayed by their words, for they will deny you and denounce you; for you dwell among scorpions; fear not their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, for they are a rebellious house. 7 And you shall speak my words to them; perhaps they will listen and tremble; for they are a rebellious house. 8 But you, Son of man, hear what I say to you; and be not rebellious like that rebellious house: but open your mouth and eat what I shall give you. 9 And when I looked, behold, a hand was stretched out to me; and, lo, a scroll of a book was in it. 10 And he spread it before me; and it was written within and without; and there were written in it chants, woes, and lamentations.
MOREOVER he said to me, Son of man, eat that which you find; eat this scroll, and go speak to the house of Israel. 2 So I opened my mouth, and he caused me to eat that scroll. 3 And he said to me, Son of man, fill your belly with this scroll that I give you. Then I ate it and it was in my mouth sweet as honey. 4 And he said to me, Son of man, go to them of the captivity, to the children of Israel, and speak my words to them. 5 For you are not sent to a people of a strange speech and of a hard language, but to the house of Israel.
11 And go and get you to them of the captivity, to the children of your people, and speak to them and tell them, Thus says the LORD God; perhaps they will listen, and tremble. 12 Then the spirit took me up, and I heard behind me the sound of a great rushing, saying, Blessed be the glory of the LORD from his place. 13 I heard also the sound of the wings of the living creatures touching one another and the sound of the wheels beside them and a noise of a great rushing. 14 So the spirit lifted me up, and carried me away, and I went in the strength of my spirit; and the hand of the LORD was strong upon me. 15 Then I came to the exiles at Tel-akib, who dwelt by the river Chebar, and I stayed there astonished among them seven days."
"16 And it came to pass at the end of seven days that the word of the LORD came upon me, saying. 17 Son of man, I have made you a watchman to the house of Israel; therefore hear the words of my mouth and give them warning from me. 18 When I say to the sinner, You shall surely die; but you have not warned him, nor have you spoken to warn the sinner from his wicked way, to save his life; the same sinner shall die in his iniquity; and his blood will I require at your hand. 19 But if you warn the sinner, and he turn not from his sin nor from his evil way, he shall die in his sins; but you have delivered your soul. 20 Again, when a righteous man turns from his righteousness and commits iniquity, I will lay a stumbling block before him, and he shall die; because you have not given him warning, he shall die in his sins and his righteousness which he had done shall not be remembered; and his blood will I require at your hand. 21 Nevertheless, if you warn the righteous man, that he may not sin, and he does not sin, the righteous man shall surely live, because he is warned; and you have delivered your soul."
THEN I looked, and behold, in the firmament that was above the head of the cherubim there appeared over them something with the appearance of a sapphire stone, and the form of a throne. 2 And the voice spoke to the man clothed in linen, and said, Go in between the wheels, even under the cherubim; and fill your hand with the coals of fire from between the cherubim, and scatter them over the city. And he went in my sight. 3 Now the cherubim were standing on the right side of the house, when the man went in; and the cloud filled the inner court. 4 Then the glory of God went up from the cherub that stood over the threshhold of the house; and the house was filled with the cloud, and the court was full of the brightness of the LORD’S glory. 5 And the sound of the wings of the cherubim was heard as far as the outer court, like the voice of God when he speaks. 6 And it came to pass, when he had commanded the man clothed with linen, saying, Take fire from between the wheels, from between the cherubim; he went in and stood beside the wheels. 7 Then one cherub stretched forth his hand from between the cherubim to the fire that was between the cherubim, and took thereof, and put it into the hands of the man who was clothed with linen, who took it and went out."
"8 And I looked, and behold, there appeared in the cherubim the form of a man’s hand under their wings. 9 And I looked, and behold, there were four wheels beside the cherubim, one wheel beside each cherub, and the appearance of the wheels was like the color of beryl stone. 10 And as for their appearance and the form, the four of them were alike, as if a wheel were in the midst of a wheel. 11 When they went, they went upon four sides; they turned not as they went, but to the place whither the first one went they followed it, they turned not as they went. 12 And their whole body and their backs and their hands and their wings and the wheels were full of eyes when they turned on their sides. 13 And as for the wheels, he called them Rolling Wheels, in my presence. 14 And every one of them had four faces: the first face was the face of a cherub, and the second face was the face of a man, and the third the face of a lion, and the fourth the face of an eagle. 15 And the cherubim were lifted up. This is the same living creature that I saw by the river Chebar. 16 And when the cherubim went, the wheels also went beside them; and when the cherubim lifted up their wings to mount up from the earth, the wheels also turned not from beside them. 17 When they stood, these stood; and when they were lifted up, these were lifted up also; when the cherubim lifted their wings, the wheels also lifted up with them; for the spirit of life was in them. 18 Then the glory of the LORD departed from the corner of the temple, and stood over the cherubim. 19 And the cherubim lifted up their wings and mounted up from the earth in my sight; when they went out, the wheels also were beside them, and they stood at the door of the east gate of the LORD’S house; and the glory of the God of Israel was over them. 20 These were the living creatures that I saw under the God of Israel by the river Chebar; and I knew that they were the cherubim. 21 Each one had four faces, and each one four wings; and the likeness of a man’s hand was under their wings. 22 And as for the likeness of their faces, they were like the same faces that I saw by the river Chebar, and their appearance was the same; they went every one straight forward.
17 Therefore say, Thus says the LORD God: I will gather you from among the peoples and assemble you out of the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel. 18 And they shall come thither, and shall remove from it all its idols and all its abominations. 19 And I will give them a new heart, and I will put a new spirit within them; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and I will give them a heart of flesh, 20 That they may walk in my commandments and keep my ordinances and do them; and they shall be my people, and I will be their God. 21 But as for those whose heart followed after their images and abominations, I will recompense their evil ways upon their own heads, says the LORD God."
"22 Then the cherubim lifted up their wings and the wheels beside them; and the glory of the God of Israel was above them. 23 And the glory of the LORD went up from the midst of the city, and stood upon the mountain which is on the east side of the city. 24 Then the spirit lifted me up, and brought me in a vision by the Spirit of God into the land of Chaldea to those of the captivity. So the vision that I had seen departed from me. 25 Then I spoke to those of the captivity all the things that the LORD had shown me."
4 Because all souls are mine; the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine; the soul that sins, it shall die. 5 But if a man be righteous and do justice and righteousness, 6 And has not eaten the meat sacrificed to idols on the mountains, neither has lifted up his eyes to the idols and the altars of the house of Israel, neither has defiled his neighbor’s wife, nor has come near a menstruous woman, 7 And has not oppressed any man, and has not harmed any one, but has restored to the debtor his pledge; has given his bread to the hungry, and has covered the naked with a garment; 8 He has not lent money with usury, neither has loaned with a discount; has withdrawn his hand from iniquity, and has executed true judgment between man and man; 9 Has walked in my commandments, and has kept my judgments, and has done justice; he who does so is a righteous man and shall surely live, says the LORD God."
"10 If he begets a son who is a wicked man, a shedder of blood, and he does any one of these evil things, 11 And eats the meat sacrificed to idols on the mountains, and defiles his neighbor’s wife, 12 Oppresses the poor and needy, extorts from his neighbor, restores not the pledge to its owner, lifts up his eyes to the idols, commits abomination, 13 Lends money with usury, and takes a discount; shall he then live? He shall not live: because he has done all these evil things; he shall surely die; his blood shall be upon him. 14 But if he begets a son, who sees all the sins that his father had committed, and shall not do likewise, 15 And who shall not eat meat sacrificed to the idols on the mountains, neither shall lift up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel; shall defile not his neighbor’s wife, 16 Oppresses no man, takes no pledge from any one, extorts no one, but shall give his bread to the hungry and cover the naked with a garment; 17 Who does not refuse to help the poor, who charges no usury or discount, executes my judgments, and walks in my commandments; he shall not die for the iniquity of his father, he shall surely live. 18 As for his father, because he cruelly oppressed and extorted from his brother and did nothing that is good among his people, lo, he is dead in his own sins. 19 And if they should say, Why does not the son bear the sins of his father? say to them, Because the son has done that which is lawful and right and has kept all my commandments, he shall surely live. 20 The soul that sins, that soul shall die. The son shall not bear the sins of his father, neither shall the father bear the sins of his son; the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him."
"21 But if the wicked will turn from all his sins which he has committed, and keep all my commandments, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die. 22 All his sins which he has committed, they shall not be remembered against him; but in the righteousness which he has done shall he live. 23 I have no pleasure in the death of a sinner, says the LORD God; but rather that he should return from his evil ways and live. 24 But if the righteous man turns away from his righteousness and commits iniquity and abominations like those that the sinner has done, all the righteousness that he has done shall not be remembered to him, but in the iniquity which he has committed and in the sins that he has sinned, in them shall he die. 25 Yet you say, The ways of the LORD are not fair. Hear now, O house of Israel; my ways are fair, but it is your ways that are not fair. 26 If a righteous man turns away from his righteousness and commits iniquity, in the iniquity that he has committed shall he die. 27 But if a wicked man turns away from the wickedness which he has committed and does that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive. 28 And if he considers and turns away from all the sins that he has committed, he shall surely live, he shall not die. 29 Yet the house of Israel says, The ways of the LORD are not fair. O house of Israel, my ways are fair, but it is your ways that are not fair."
"30 Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, says the LORD God. Repent and turn away from all your transgressions, so that your sins may not be your ruin. 31 Cast away from you all the iniquities which you have committed; and make for yourselves a new heart and a new spirit, so that you may not die, O house of Israel. 32 For I have no pleasure in the death of any one who dies, says the LORD God; wherefore repent and live."
THE word of the LORD came to me, saying, 2 Son of man, say to the king of Tyre, Thus says the LORD God: Because your heart is lifted up and you have said, I am a god, I sit in the seat of God, in the heart of the seas; and yet you are a man, and not God, though you think of your heart as though it were the heart of God; 3 Perhaps you are wiser than Daniel, or you have seen hidden things by your wisdom; 4 With your understanding you have become powerful, and have gotten silver and gold into your treasures; 5 By your great wisdom and by your trade you have increased your riches, and your heart is lifted up because of your riches; 6 Therefore thus says the LORD God: Because you think of your heart as though it were the heart of God; 7 Behold, therefore I will bring strangers upon you, the mightiest of the nations, and they shall draw their swords against the beauty of your wisdom, and they shall defile your glory. 8 They shall bring you down to ruin, and you shall die the death of those who are slain in the midst of the seas. 9 Perhaps you will still say before those who slay you, I am God. Yet you are but a man, and no God, in the hands of those who slay you. 10 You shall die by the hand of uncircumcised strangers; for I have spoken it, says the LORD God."
"11 Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 12 Son of man, take up a lamentation over the king of Tyre, and say to him, Thus says the LORD God: You were the seal of wisdom and the crown of beauty. 13 You have been in Eden, the garden of God; you were decked with every precious stone, the sardius, the topaz, and the emerald, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire and pearls; and you have filled your treasuries with gold and your chests with precious stones; you had all of these things from the day you were created. 14 You were with the anointed cherub that shelters; and I have set you on the holy mountain of God; and you were safe in the midst of the stones of fire. 15 You were perfect in your ways, from the day that you were created till iniquity was found in you. 16 By the multitude of your merchandise you have filled your land with iniquity and you have sinned; therefore I will cast you from the mountain of God; and I will destroy you, O sheltering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.
14 Again, when I say to the wicked, You shall surely die, and he turns from his sins and does that which is just and right, 15 And he shall restore the pledge which he has taken and return what he has acquired unjustly and walk in the commandments of life, without committing iniquity; he shall surely live, he shall not die. 16 None of his sins which he has committed shall be remembered to him; but by the justice and righteousness which he has done, he shall surely live. 17 Yet your people say, The way of the LORD is not fair; but it is their own ways that are not fair. 18 When a righteous man turns from his righteousness and commits iniquity, he shall die in his iniquity. 19 And when a wicked man turns from his wickedness and does that which is just and right, he shall live thereby. 20 Yet you say, The way of the LORD is not fair; O house of Israel, I will judge every one of you according to his ways.
11 For thus says the LORD God: Behold, I, even I, will search for my sheep and seek them out. 12 As the shepherd seeks out his flock on the day of violent rain with wind, so will I seek out my sheep, and will gather them from all countries where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day. 13 And I will bring them out from the nations and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land; and I will feed them upon the mountains of Israel, in the valleys, and in all the inhabited places of the country. 14 I will feed them in a good pasture, and upon the high mountains of Israel shall be their fold; there shall they lie in a good fold, and on a fat pasture shall they feed upon the mountains of Israel. 15 I myself will feed my sheep and I will cause them to lie down, says the LORD God. 16 I will seek that which was lost and bring back that which was gone astray and bind up that which was injured and strengthen that which was sick; and I will protect the fat and the strong; and I will feed them with justice.
23 And I will set up one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them, even my servant David; he shall feed them and shall be their shepherd. 24 And I the LORD will be their God, and my servant David shall be a prince among them; 25 And I will make with them a covenant of peace, and will cause evil beasts to cease from the land; and they shall dwell safely in the desert and sleep in the forest. 26 And I will give them my blessing round about my hill; and I will send down the rain in its season; and it shall be a shower of blessing. 27 And the trees of the field shall yield their fruit, and the earth shall yield her increase, and they shall dwell securely in their land, and shall know that I am the LORD, when I have broken the bands of their yoke and delivered them out of the hand of those who had subjugated them. 28 And they shall no more be a prey to the nations, neither shall the wild beasts of the land devour them; but they shall dwell safely and none shall harm them. 29 And I will raise up for them a plantation of peace; and they shall be no more consumed with hunger in the land, neither bear the shame of the nations any more. 30 And they shall know that I am the LORD their God and that they, the house of Israel, are my people, says the LORD God. 31 And you are my sheep, the flock of my pasture; you are men, and I am your God, says the LORD.
22 Therefore say to the house of Israel, Thus says the LORD God: It is not for your sake, O house of Israel, that I am doing this; but for my holy name’s sake, which you have profaned among the Gentiles, whither you went. 23 So that I may sanctify my great name, which has been profaned among the Gentiles, which you have caused to be profaned among them; and the Gentiles shall know that I am the LORD, says the LORD God, when my name shall be sanctified in you before their eyes. 24 For I will take you from among the nations and gather you out of all the countries and will bring you into your own land."
"25 Then I will sprinkle clean water upon you, and I shall purify you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. 26 A new heart will I give you, a new spirit will I put within you; and I will remove the heart of stone out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my spirit within you and cause you to walk in my commandments, and you shall keep my judgments and do them. 28 And you shall dwell in the land which I gave to your fathers; and you shall be my people, and I will be your God. 29 I will also save you from all your uncleannesses; and I will call for the grain, and will increase it, and will not bring famine upon you. 30 And I will multiply the fruit of the trees and the produce of the field, that you may no more bear the reproach famine among the nations. 31 Then you shall remember your own evil ways and your contemptible doings, and you shall loathe yourselves in your own sight for your iniquities and abominations. 32 But you must know, it is not for your sake that I am doing these things, says the LORD God; now be ashamed and refrain from your evil ways, that you may not die, O house of Israel.
3 And he said to me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O LORD God, thou knowest. 4 Again he said to me, Prophesy concerning these bones, and say to them, O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD. 5 Thus says the LORD God to these bones: Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live; 6 And I will lay sinews upon you and bring flesh upon you and cover you with skin, and I will put breath in you, and you shall live; and you shall know that I am the LORD. 7 So I prophesied as he had commanded me; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a quake, and the bones came together, each bone to its joint. 8 And when I beheld, lo, sinews and the flesh came upon them and skin covered them; but there was no breath in them. 9 Then he said to me, Prophesy concerning the breath; prophesy, Son of man, and say to the breath, Thus says the LORD God: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe into these slain, that they may live. 10 So I prophesied as he had commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army. 11 Then he said to me, Son of man, all these bones are the bones of the children of Israel, who said, Our bones are dried and our hope is lost; we are completely gone. 12 Therefore prophesy and say to them, Thus says the LORD God: Behold, I will open your graves and bring you up out of them and bring you into the land of Israel. 13 And you shall know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves and brought you up out of them.