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The Book of the Prophet Ezechiel
(Ezekiel)

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Chapter 23

      The word of the Lord came unto me, saying: Thou son of man, there were two women, that had one mother: These ( when they were young ) began to play the harlots in Egypt. there were their breasts *brosed, and the pappes of their maidenhead destroyed. The eldest of them was called Oholah and her younger sister Oholibah. These two were mine, and they bare sons and daughters. Their names were, Samaria, and that was Oholah: and Jerusalem, that was Oholibah: As for Oholah she began to go a whoring, when I had taken her to me. She was set on fire upon her lovers the Assirians, which had to do with her: even the princes and lords, that were decked in costly array: fair young men lusty riders of horses.
      Thus through her whoredom, she cleaved unto all the young men of Assyria: yee she was mad upon them, and defiled herself with all their Idols. Neither ceased she from the fornication, that she used with the Egyptians: for in her youth they lay with her, they brosed the breasts of her maidenhead and poured their whoredom upon her. Wherefore I delivered her into the hands of her lovers, even the Assyrians, whom she so loved. These discovered her shame, took her sons and daughters, and slew her with the sword: An evil name gat she of all the people, and they punished her.
      Her sister Aholibah saw this, and destroyed herself with inordinate love, more than she, and exceeded her sister in whoredom she loved the Assyrians, ( which also lay with her ) namely, the princes and great lords, that were clothed with all manner of gorgeous apparel, all lusty horsemen and fair young persons. Then I saw, that they both were defiled a like. But she increased her whoredom: for when she saw men painted upon the wall, the images of the Chaldees set forth with fresh colors, with fair girdles about them, and goodly bonnets upon their heads, looking all like Princes ( after the manner of the Babylonians and Chaldees in their own land, where they be born ) immediatley, as soon as she saw them, she burnt in love upon them, and sent messengers for them into the land of the Chaldees.
      Now when the Babylonians came to her, they lay with her, and defiled her with their whoredom, and so was she polluted with them. And when her lust was abated from them, her whoredom and shame was discovered and seen: then my heart forsook her, like as my heart was gone from her sister also. Nevertheless, she used her whoredome ever the longer the more, and remembered the days of her youth, wherein she had played the harlot in the land of Egypt: she burnt in lust upon them, whose flesh was like the flesh of Asses, and their seed like the seed of horses. Thus thou hast renewed the filthiness of thy youth, when thy lovers *bresed thy paps, and marred thy breasts in Egypt.
      Therefore ( O Aholibah ) thus saith the Lord God. I will raise up thy lovers (with whom thou hast satisfied thy lust ) against thee, and gather them together round about thee: namely the Babylonians, and all the Chaldees: Pecod, Schoa, and Coa, with all the Assyrians: all young and fair lovers: princes and lords, knights and gentlemen, which be all good horsemen: These shall come upon thee with horses, chariots, and a great multitude of people: which shall be harnessed about thee on every side, with breastplates, shields and helmets. I will punish thee before them, yee they themselves shall punish thee, according to their own judgement. I will put my jealousy upon thee, so that they shall deal cruelly with thee. They shall cut off thy nose and thine ears, and the remnant shall fall through the sword. They shall carry away thy sons and thy daughters, and the residue shall be burnt in the fire. They shall strip thee out of thy clothes, and carry thy costly jewels away with them.
      Thus I will make an end of thy filthiness and whoredom, which thou hast brought from the land of Egypt: so that thou shalt turn thine eyes no more after them, and cast thy mind no more upon Egypt. For thus saith the Lord: behold, I will deliver thee into the hands of them, whom thou hatest: yee even into the hands of them, with whom thou hast fulfilled thy lust, which shall deal cruelly with thee, and shall take away all thy labor, and thus the shame of thy filthy whoredom shall come to light. All these things shall happen unto thee, because of thy whoredom, which thou hast used among the Gentiles, with whos Idols thou hast defiled thy self. Thou hast walked in the way of thy sister, therefore will I give thee her cup in thine hand.
      Thus saith the Lord God: Thou shalt drink of thy sisters cup, how deep and *tarre so ever it be to the bottom. Thou shalt be laughed to scorn, and had as greatly in derision, as possible. Thou shalt be full of drunkenness and sorrow, for the cup of thy sister Samaria is a cup of destruction and wasting: The same shalt thou drink, and sup it out even to the dregs, Yee thou shalt eat up the broken pieces of it, and so tear thine own breasts: for even I have spoken it, saith the Lord God.
      Therefore thus saith the Lord God: For so much as thou hast forgotten me, and cast me aside, so bear now thy own filthiness and whoredom. The Lord said moreover unto me: Thou son of man, wilt thou not reprove Oholah and Oholibah? Show them their abominations: namely, That they have broken their wedlock, and stained their hands with blood: Yee even with their idols have they committed *advoutry, and offered them their own children ( to be devoured ) whom they have born unto me. Yee and this have they done unto me also: they have defiled my Sanctuary in that same day, and have unhallowed my sabbaths. For when they had slain their children for their idols, they came the same day into my Sanctuary to defile it. Lo, this have they done in my house. Beside all this, thou has sent thy messengers for men out of far countries: and when they came, thou hast bathed, trimmed and set forth thy self of the best fashion: thou satest upon a goodly bed, and a table spread before thee: whereupon thou hast set mine incense and mine oil.
      Then there was great cheer with her: and the men that were sent from far countries over the desert, unto these they gave bracelets upon their hands, and set glorious crowns upon their heads: Then thought I: no doubt, these will use their harlotry also with yonder old whore. And they went into her, as unto a common harlot: Even so went they also to Oholah and Oholibah those filthy women.
      O ye all that love virtue and righteousness, judge them, punish them: as *advoutrers and murderers ought to be judged and punished. For they are breakers of wed lock, and the blood is in their hands. Wherefore thus saith the Lord God: bring a great multitude of people upon them, and make them be scattered and spoiled: these shall stone them and gore them with their swords. They shall slay their sons and daughters and burn up their houses with fire.
      Thus I will destroy all such filthiness out of the land, that all women may learn, not to do after your uncleanness. And so they shall lay your filthiness upon your own selves, and ye shall be punished for the sins, that ye have committed with your Idols: and ye shall know that I am the Lord.

 

*brosed= perhaps brused RN *bresed=cooked in fat (old French). *tarre=detestable.
*advoutry: prefix "a" meaning not or without, devout: devotion to God our father, Jesu his son, love, truth, spirit. In most cases; in the KJV and other bibles of man this word was replaced with "adultery". see the children are offered up to the same advoutry. see James 2 for adultery.

 

 

 

Chapter 24

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

 

 

 

Chapter 25

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

 

*trow (think)

 

 

 

Chapter 26

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

 

*trow ( think )

 

 

 

Chapter 27

      The word of the Lord came unto me, saying: O thou son of man, make lamentable complaint upon Tyre, and say upon Tyre, which is a port of the sea, that occupieth with much people, and many Isles: Thus saith the Lord God: O Tyrus, thou hast said: what, I am a noble city: thy borders are in the midst of the seas, and thy builders have made thy marvelous goodly. All thy tables have they made of Cypress trees of the mount Sanir. From Libanus have they taken Cedar trees, to make the masts: and the Oaks of Basan to make the rowers.
      Thy boards have they made of ivory, and of costly wood out of the Isle of Cethim. Thy sail was of white small needle work out of the land of Egypt, to hang upon thy mast: and thy hangings of yellow silk purple, out of the Isles of Elisah. They of Sidon and Arnad were thy mariners, and the wisest in Tyre were thy shipmasters. The eldest and wisest at Gebal were they, that mended and stopped thy ships. All ships of the sea with their shipment occupied their merchandise in thee. The Perses, Lidians and the Libians were in thine host, and helped thee to fight: these hanged up their shields and helmets with thee, these set forth thy beauty. They of Arnad were with thine host round about thy walls, and were thy watchmen upon thy towers, they hanged their shields round about thy walls, and made thee marvelous goodly. Tharsis occupied with thee in all manner of wares, in silver, iron, tin, and lead, and made thy market great. Javan, Tubal and Mesech were thy merchants, which brought the men, and ornaments of metal, for thy occupying. They of the house of Thogarma brought unto thee at the time of thy mart, horse, horsemen and mules. They of Dedan were thy merchants: and many other Isles that occupied with thee, brought thee *wethers, elephant bones and Paycockes for a present. The Syrians occupied with thee, because of thy diverse works, and increased thy merchandise, with *Smaragdes, with scarlet, with needle work, with white linen cloth, with silk and with Crystal.
      Judah and the land of Israel occupied with thee, and brought unto thy markets, wheat, balm, honey, oil and *triacle. Damascus also used merchandises with thee, in the best wine and white wool: because thy occupying was so great, and thy wares so many. Dan, Javan, and Mevsall have brought unto thy markets, iron ready made, with Casia, and Calamus, according to thine occupying. Dedan occupied with thee, in fair tapestry work and *quishins. Aribia and all the princes of Cedar have occupied with thee, in sheep, wethers, and goats.
      The merchants of Sheba and *Rema, have occupied with also with thee, in all costly spices, in all precious stones and gold, which they brought unto thy markets. Haran, Chenne, and Eden, the merchants of Saba, Assiria, and Chelmad, were all doers with thee and occupied with thee: In costly raiment, of yellow silk and needle work ( very precious, and therefore packed and bound together with ropes ) Yee and in Cedar wood, at the time of thy markets. The ships of Tharsis were the chief of thy occupying.
      Thus thou art full, and in great worship, even in the midst of the sea. Thy mariners were ever bringing unto thee out of many waters. But the east wind shall over bear thee into the midest of the sea: so that thy wares, thy merchandise, thy riches, thy mariners, thy shipmasters, thy helpers, thy occupiers ( that brought the things necessary ) the men of war that, are in thee: Yee and all thy *comens shall perish in the midst of the sea, in the day of thy fall. The suburbs shall shake at the loud cry of thy shipmen. All whirry men, and all mariners upon the sea, shall leap out of their boats, and set themselves upon the land. They shall lift up their voice because of thee, and make a lamentable cry. They shall cast up dust upon their heads, and lay down in the ashes. They shall shave themselves, and put sackcloth upon them for thy sake.
      They shall mourn for thee with heartfull sorrow, and heavy lamentation, yee their children also will weep for thee. Alas, what city hath been so destroyed in the sea, as Tyre is? When thy wares and merchants came from the seas, thou gavest all people enough. The kings of the earth hast thou made rich, through the multitude of thy wares and occupying: But thou art now cast down in to the deep of the sea, all thy resort of people is perished with thee. All they that dwell in the Isles are abashed at thee, and all their kings are afraid, yee their faces have changed color. The merchants of the nations wonder at thee. In that thee are so clean brought to naught, and comest no more up.

 

*wethers=a castrated male sheep:ram. *Smaragdes=may be "samara" winged seeds, also called "key fruit" like unto ash, elm, or maple. *quishins; unknown maybe cushions *triacle=treaAcle 1. Cloying speech or sentiment. 2. Molasses. 3. A medicinal compound formerly used as an antidote for poison. Middle English triacle, antidote for poison. *Rema (Raamah). *comens (commons) *wreck=letters of the word were difficult to decipher, under high magnification; this is the best effort.

 

 

 

Chapter 28

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

 

*holes (hosts?) *Smaragde=emeralds.

 

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