1 And it came to pass in the seventh a, in the fifth month, the tenth day of the month, that certain of the b of Israel came to inquire of the Lord, and sat before me.
2 Then came the word of the Lord unto me, saying,
3 Son of man, speak unto the elders of Israel, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Are ye come to inquire of me? As I live, saith the Lord God, I will not be a of by you.
4 Wilt thou judge them, son of man, wilt thou judge them? cause them to know the a of their fathers:
5 ¶And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; In the day when I a Israel, and b unto the seed of the house of Jacob, and made myself known unto them in the land of Egypt, when I lifted up mine hand unto them, saying, I am the c your God;
6 In the day that I lifted up mine hand unto them, to a them forth of the land of Egypt into a b that I had c them, flowing with milk and honey, which is the d of all lands:
7 Then said I unto them, a ye away every man the abominations of his eyes, and defile not yourselves with the idols of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.
8 But they rebelled against me, and would not hearken unto me: they did not every man cast away the abominations of their eyes, neither did they forsake the idols of Egypt: then I said, I will pour out my a upon them, to accomplish my anger against them in the midst of the land of Egypt.
9 But I wrought for my a sake, that it should not be polluted before the heathen, among whom they were, in whose sight I made myself known unto them, in bringing them forth out of the land of Egypt.
10 ¶Wherefore I a them to go forth out of the land of Egypt, and brought them into the wilderness.
11 And I gave them my a, and shewed them my judgments, which if a man do, he shall even b in them.
12 Moreover also I gave them my a, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am the Lord that b them.
13 But the house of Israel a against me in the wilderness: they walked not in my statutes, and they b my judgments, which if a man do, he shall even live in them; and my sabbaths they greatly polluted: then I said, I would pour out my fury upon them in the c, to consume them.
14 But I wrought for my name’s sake, that it should not be polluted before the heathen, in whose sight I brought them out.
15 Yet also I lifted up my hand unto them in the wilderness, that I would not bring them into the a which I had given them, flowing with milk and honey, which is the glory of all lands;
16 Because they despised my judgments, and walked not in my statutes, but polluted my sabbaths: for their a went after their idols.
17 Nevertheless mine eye a them from destroying them, neither did I make an end of them in the wilderness.
18 But I said unto their children in the wilderness, Walk ye not in the statutes of your a, neither observe their judgments, nor defile yourselves with their idols:
19 I am the Lord your God; walk in my a, and keep my judgments, and do them;
20 And a my sabbaths; and they shall be a b between me and you, that ye may know that I am the Lord your God.
21 Notwithstanding the children a against me: they walked not in my statutes, neither kept my judgments to do them, which if a man do, he shall even live in them; they polluted my sabbaths: then I said, I would pour out my fury upon them, to accomplish my anger against them in the wilderness.
22 Nevertheless I withdrew mine hand, and wrought for my name’s sake, that it should not be polluted in the sight of the heathen, in whose sight I brought them forth.
23 I lifted up mine hand unto them also in the wilderness, that I would a them among the heathen, and disperse them through the countries;
24 Because they had not executed my judgments, but had despised my statutes, and had polluted my sabbaths, and their eyes were after their fathers’ idols.
25 Wherefore I gave them also statutes that were not good, and judgments whereby they should not live;
26 And I polluted them in their own gifts, in that they caused to pass a the b all that openeth the womb, that I might make them desolate, to the c that they might d that I am the Lord.
27 ¶Therefore, son of man, speak unto the house of Israel, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Yet in this your fathers have a me, in that they have committed a trespass against me.
28 For when I had brought them into the land, for the which I lifted up mine hand to give it to them, then they saw every high hill, and all the thick trees, and they offered there their sacrifices, and there they presented the provocation of their offering: there also they made their sweet savour, and poured out there their drink offerings.
29 Then I said unto them, What is the high place whereunto ye go? And the name thereof is called Bamah unto this day.
30 Wherefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord God; Are ye polluted after the manner of your fathers? and commit ye whoredom after their abominations?
31 For when ye offer your gifts, when ye make your sons to pass through the fire, ye pollute yourselves with all your idols, even unto this day: and shall I be inquired of by you, O house of Israel? As I live, saith the Lord God, I will not be inquired of by you.
32 And that which cometh into your a shall not be at all, that ye say, We will be as the b, as the families of the countries, to serve c and stone.
33 ¶As I live, saith the Lord God, surely with a mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with fury poured out, will I rule over you:
34 And I will bring you out from the people, and will a you out of the countries wherein ye are scattered, with a mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with fury poured out.
35 And I will bring you into the a of the people, and there will I b with you c.
36 Like as I pleaded with your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so will I plead with you, saith the Lord God.
37 And I will cause you a pass under the b, and I will bring you into the bond of the c:
38 And I will a out from among you the b, and them that transgress against me: I will bring them forth out of the country where they sojourn, and they shall not c into the d: and ye shall know that I am the Lord.
39 As for you, O house of Israel, thus saith the Lord God; Go ye, serve ye every one his idols, and hereafter also, if ye will not hearken unto me: but a ye my holy name no more with your gifts, and with your b.
40 For in mine holy a, in the mountain of the height of Israel, saith the Lord God, there shall all the house of b, all of them in the land, serve me: there will I c them, and there will I require your offerings, and the firstfruits of your oblations, with all your holy things.
41 I will accept you with your sweet savour, when I bring you out from the people, and a you out of the countries wherein ye have been scattered; and I will be b in you before the heathen.
42 And ye shall a that I am the Lord, when I shall bring you into the land of Israel, into the country for the which I b to give it to your fathers.
43 And there shall ye a your ways, and all your doings, wherein ye have been defiled; and ye shall lothe yourselves in your own sight for all your evils that ye have committed.
44 And ye shall know that I am the Lord, when I have wrought with you for my name’s sake, not according to your wicked ways, nor according to your corrupt doings, O ye house of Israel, saith the Lord God.
45 ¶Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,
46 Son of man, set thy a toward the south, and b thy word toward the south, and prophesy against the forest c;
47 And say to the forest of the south, Hear the word of the Lord; Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I will kindle a fire in thee, and it shall devour every green tree in thee, and every dry tree: the flaming flame shall not be quenched, and all faces from the south to the north shall be burned therein.
48 And all flesh shall see that I the Lord have kindled it: it shall not be quenched.
49 Then said I, Ah Lord God! they a of me, Doth he not speak parables?