Ezekiel


Ezekiel

     1[1-4]  Now in My 30th year, on the 5th day of the 4th month (June-July, 593 BC), as I was among the prisoners of war by the Chebar River, the heavens opened up, and I saw visions of God. In the 5th day of the month, which was the 5th year that the ruler Jehoiachin was taken prisoner, the word of Yahweh came to me, Ezekiel the priest, the child of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans (Babylon, Iraq, Iran),by the Chebar River; and the hand of Yahweh was on me there. As I looked, a stormy wind came out of the north, and a great cloud, with flashing lightning, which was very bright all around it, and with it was some kind of glowing metal object, with the glowing fire. [5-9] Then what looked like four living things came out of it. And they looked like a human. But each had four faces, and each one of them had four wings. Their feet were straight feet; and seemed to have no toes like a calf’s foot; and sparkled like polished brass. They had the hands of a human under their wings on four sides; and all four had four faces and four wings. Their wings joined one another; and they didn’t turn as they went; but each one went straight ahead. [10 -14] As for how their faces looked, they had the face of a human, the face of a lion on the right side, the face of a cow on the left side, and they also had the face of an eagle. Their faces and their wings were separated above; with two wings of each joined to one another, and two more covering their bodies. Each one went straight ahead wherever the spirit was to go without turning as they went. As for how the living things looked, they looked like glowing coals of fire, like torches, with the fire moving up and down among the living things. The fire was bright, and lightening went out of the fire. The living things went forward and backward as fast as a flash of lightning. [15-21] Now, as I saw the living things, I saw one wheel on the earth beside the living things, for each of the four faces. The wheels and their work glowed a light green color like a beryl stone.  These four all looked the same; and seemed to have a wheel within another wheel. When they went, they went in the four directions without turning as they went. As for their rims, they were very high and scary; and the rims of the four were full of eyes (possibly symbolic for lights or windows) all around them. Whenever the living things went, the wheels went beside them; and when the living things were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up. They went wherever the spirit was to go; and wherever the spirit was to go, the wheels were lifted up beside them; because the power of the living thing was in the wheels. When those went, these went; and when those stood still, these stood still; and when those were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up beside them. The power of the living thing was in the wheels. [22-25] Over the head of the living things was a great crystal dome, beautiful to look at, stretched over their heads above them. Under the dome, their wings were straight, one facing the other, with each one having two covering one side, and each one having two covering the other side of their bodies. When they went, I heard their wings make a loud noise, like the noise of great waters, like the voice of the Almighty, a noise of uproar like the noise of a great army. And when they stood still, they let down their wings. There was a voice above the dome that was over their heads, and when they stood still, they let down their wings. [26-28] What looked like a throne was above the dome that was over their heads, which was as blue as a sapphire stone; and what looked like a human was on the throne above them. I saw the angelic being was glowing like metal, with what appeared to be fire shining all around, from the waist and upward; and from the waist and downward I saw a glowing fire, shining brightly all around. And the brightness shined like a rainbow in the day of rain. This was what the light of Yahweh God looked like. When I saw it, I fell to the ground facedown, and I heard the voice of God, who spoke to me. 2[1-5] God said to me, “Human being, stand on your feet, and I’ll speak with you. The Spirit entered into me when God spoke to me, and set me on my feet; and I heard God, who spoke to me. And God said to me, Human being, I send you to the people ofIsrael, to nations that are rebellious, which have rebelled against Me. You and your ancestors have sinned against Me even to this very day. The people are disrespectful and stubborn, so I am sending you to them; and you’ll tell them, Yahweh God says this. And they, whether they hear or not, because you’re a rebellious people, will know that there has been a great preacher among them. [6 -10] So you, human being, don’t be afraid of them, nor be afraid of their words. Though briers and thorns are with you, and you live among scorpions, don’t be afraid of what they say, nor be upset at how they look at you, though they’re a rebellious people. Speak My words to them, whether they’ll hear or not; because they’re most rebellious. But you, human being, hear what I tell you; and don’t be rebellious like those rebellious people.  Open your mouth, and eat whatever I give you.” When I looked, a hand was put out to me; and a scroll of a book was in it; God spread it out before me, and it was written both inside and outside; and mourning, crying, and great sorrows were written in it. 3[1-4] God said to me, “Human being, eat what you find; eat this scroll, and go, speak to the people ofIsrael.” So I opened My mouth, and God caused me to eat the scroll. God said to me, “Human being, make your belly to eat, and fill yourself with this scroll that I give you.” Then I ate it; and it tasted like sweet honey in My mouth. Then God said to me, “Human being, go to the people ofIsrael, and speak My words to them. [5-11] You aren’t sent to a people of a strange speech and a hard language, but to the people ofIsrael; not to many peoples of a strange speech and a hard language, whose words you can’t understand. Surely, if I sent you to them, they’d listen to you. But the people ofIsraelwon’t listen to you; because they won’t listen to Me. All the people ofIsraelare hard-hearted and stubborn-minded. See, I’ve made your face as hard as their faces, and your mind as stubborn-minded as theirs. As a diamond is harder than a flint stone, I’ve made your mind, so don’t be afraid of them, nor be upset at how they look at you, though they’re a rebellious people.” Besides this, God said to me, “Human being, put all My words that I speak to you in your heart, and listen carefully. Go to the prisoners of war, to those who are your people, and speak to them, and tell them, Yahweh God says this; whether they’ll hear or not.” [12-15] Then the Spirit lifted me up, and I heard behind me the sound of a loud voice, saying, “Blessed be the light of Yahweh God on the throne.” Then I heard the noise of the wings of the living things as they touched one another, and the noise of the wheels beside them, the sound of a great noise. So the Spirit lifted me up, and took me away; and I was very bitter, angry in My spirit; and the hand of Yahweh was strong on me. Then I came to the prisoners of war at Tel Aviv (Babylon), which lived by theChebarRiver; and I sat there in shock among them for seven days. [16-21] At the end of seven days, the word of Yahweh came to me, saying, “Human being, I’ve made you a lookout to the people of Israel, so hear what I tell you, and warn them for Me. When I tell the sinful, you’ll without a doubt die; and you don’t warn them, nor speak to warn the sinful from their sinful ways, to save their lives; they’ll die in their sin; but I’ll hold you responsible for their death. Yet if you warn the sinful, and they don’t turn from their sinful ways, they’ll die in their sin; but you’ve saved your soul. And when a good person turns from their goodness, and sins, and I put a make of sin before them, they’ll die because you haven’t warned them. They’ll die in their sin, and the good works, which they’ve done won’t be remembered; but I’ll hold you responsible for their death. But if you warn the good person, and they don’t sin, they’ll without a doubt live, because they took warning; and you’ve saved your soul.” [22 -27] The hand of Yahweh was there on me; and God said to me, “Get up now, and go out into the field, and I’ll talk with you there.” Then I got up, and went into the field, and the light of Yahweh stood there, as the light, which I saw by theChebarRiver; and I fell to the ground facedown. Then the Spirit entered into me, and set me on my feet; and God spoke with me, and said to me, “Go, shut yourself up amongst your people. But you, human being, put bands on, and chain yourself up with them, and don’t go out among them. And I’ll make your tongue stick to the roof of your mouth, so that you won’t be able to speak, and warn them; because they’re a rebellious people. But when I speak to you, I’ll open your mouth, and you’ll tell them, Yahweh God says this. Those who hear, let them hear; and those who don’t, let them not, because they’re a rebellious people. 4[1-3] You also, human being, take a brick, and put it before you, and draw on it the city of Jerusalem; and put a blockade against it, and build forts against it, and throw up a mound against it; set camps also against it, and plant battering rams all around against it. Take an iron pan, and set it as a wall of iron between you and the city. Look facing it, and it will be blockaded, and you’ll put the blockade against it. This will be a warning to the people ofIsrael. [4 -8] Besides this, lie on your left side, and put the sin of the people ofIsraelon it. You’ll take their sin the same number of days that you’ll lie on it. I’ve set the years of their sin to be the number of days for you, so for 390 days, you’ll take the sin of the people ofIsraelon yourself. Then, when you’ve finished these, you’ll lie on your right side, and will take the sin of the people ofJudah.  I’ve set you 40 days, each day for a year. You’ll look facing the blockade ofJerusalem, with your arm uncovered; and you’ll preach against it. See, I put bands on you, and you won’t turn from one side to the other, until you’ve finished the days of your blockade. [9-13] Also, take wheat, barley, beans, lentils, millet, and spelt, and put it all in one pot, and make bread out of it; for the number of the days that you’ll lie on your side, and for 390 days, you’ll eat it. You’ll weigh the food you eat, 8 oz. a day, and from time to time you’ll eat it. You’ll measure about one pint for your water, and from time to time you’ll drink it, as well. You’ll eat it as barley cakes, and you’ll bake it with human waste as they watch.” So Yahweh said, “In this way the people ofIsraelwill eat unfit bread, among the nations where I’ll send them.” [14-17] Then I said, “Ah Yahweh God! My soul hasn’t ever been ruined. From My youth up even until now I haven’t eaten what died by itself, or was torn by animals; nor has any unfit meat come into My mouth.” Then God said to me, “See, I’ll give you cow waste instead of human waste, and you’ll bake your bread on it.” Besides this God said to me, “Human being, I’ll destroy the bread in Jerusalem and you’ll weigh the bread you eat with fearfulness; and you’ll measure the water you drink, in shock, so that you’ll need bread and water, and be upset one with another, and suffer in your sin. 5[1-4] You, human being, take a sharp knife; Take it as a barber’s razor to your head and on your beard; and then weigh and divide the hair in a scale. Burn a third of it in the fire with the city, when the days of the blockade are over; and take a third, and slash it with a weapon all around it; and scatter a third to the wind, and I’ll chase after you in the war. Take a few and tie them in your clothes. Later, take them and throw them into the middle of the fire, and burn them in the fire; and from it a fire will come out into all the people ofIsrael.” [5-7] Yahweh God says, “This isJerusalem; I’ve set it with the nations, and countries are all around it. The city has rebelled against My laws in doing sinful ways more than the other nations, and against My rules more than the countries that are around it; because you’ve didn’t keep My laws, and You haven’t followed My rules.” So Yahweh God says this, “You’re worse than the nations around you, and have not followed My rules, nor kept My laws, nor followed the laws of the nations around you.” [8-12] So Yahweh God says this, “See, I, even I, am against you; and I’ll punish you as the other nations watch. I’ll do in you what I haven’t ever done before, and won’t ever do again, because of all your filthy garbage. So the parents will eat the children with you, and the children will eat the parents; and I’ll punish you; and all the rest of you I’ll scatter to the winds. So, as I live, says Yahweh God, without a doubt, because you’ve ruined My Place of Worship with all your hateful things, and with all your filthy garbage, I’ll also make you as nothing. I won’t spare you, and I won’t feel sorry for you. A third of you will die from disease, and a lack of food; and a third will die in the wars around you; and a third I’ll scatter to all the winds, and chase after you with wars. [13-17] In this way My anger will be finished, and I’ll make My great anger facing you to rest, and I’ll be comforted; and you’ll know that I, Yahweh, have said in My passion, when I stop being angry at you. Besides this, I’ll make you an empty place and a blame to the nations that are around you, in the sight of all that pass by. So it will be a blame and a taunt, a teaching and a shock, to the nations that are around you, when I punish you in My anger, My great anger, and I send My great punishment; (I, Yahweh, have said it.) When I send on you the sinful of a lack of food, which I’ll send to destroy you, I’ll make the lack of food worse on you, and will destroy your whole food supply; and I’ll send on you a lack of food and wild animals to kill you; and disease and death will pass through you; and I’ll bring war on you. I, Yahweh, have said it.” 6[1-5] The word of Yahweh came to me, saying, “Human being, look facing the mountains of Israel, and preach to them, and say, You mountains of Israel, hear the word of Yahweh God. Yahweh God says to the mountains and to the hills, to the rivers and to the valleys, See, I, even I, will bring war on you, and I’ll destroy your places of false worship. Your altars will become empty, and your altars where incense is burned will be broken; and I’ll throw down the dead before your false gods. I’ll put the dead bodies of the people ofIsraelbefore your false gods; and I’ll scatter their bones all around your altars. [6-9] Everywhere you live, the cities will be destroyed, and the places of false worship will be empty; that your altars may be destroyed and made empty, and your false gods may be broken and come to an end, and your altars where incense is burned may be cut down, and your works may be put to an end. The dead will fall with you, and you’ll know that I am Yahweh God. Yet I’ll leave a few of you left, and some will escape from the war to the nations, and you’ll be scattered throughout all the countries. Those of you that escape will remember Me among the nations where you’ll be taken prisoner, how that I’ve been heartbroken with your naughty heart, which has left Me, and with your eyes, which unfaithfully wander after your false gods; and you’ll hate yourselves in your own sight because of the sinful of all your filthy garbage that you’ve done. [10-14] You’ll know that I am Yahweh. I haven’t said that I would do this sinful to you for no reason. Yahweh God says, Clap your hand, and stamp your foot, and say, Sadly, for all the sinful filthy garbage of the people ofIsrael, you’ll fall by war, by a lack of food, and by disease. Those who are far off will die of disease; and those who are near will fall by war; and those who are left will be blockaded in the city and die by a lack of food. I’ll do this to you in My great anger. You’ll know that I am Yahweh, when your dead falls among your false gods all around your altars, on every high hill, on all the tops of the mountains, and under every green tree, and under every thick oak, the places where you offered sweet smelling incense to all your false gods. I’ll stretch out My hand on you, and make the land empty and wasted, from the countryside facing Riblah (Diblath), throughout all your homes, and you’ll know that I am Yahweh.” 7[1-4] Besides this, the word of Yahweh came to me, saying, “Human being, Yahweh God says this to thelandofIsrael, The end is coming on the four directions of the land. Now, the end is coming to you, and I’ll let loose My anger on you, and will judge you for your ways; and I’ll bring on you all your filthy garbage. I won’t spare you, nor feel sorry for you; but I’ll bring your own ways on you, and your filthy garbage will be right with you, and you’ll know that I am Yahweh.” [5-9] Yahweh God says, “An sinful, a great sinful, is coming. An end is coming, the end is coming; it awakes against you; it’s coming. Your punishment is coming to you, people of the land. The time is coming; the day is near, a day of uproar, and not of happy shouting on the mountains. Now shortly, I’ll punish you in My great anger on you, and let My anger loose on you, and will judge you for your ways; and I’ll bring on you all your filthy garbage. I won’t spare you, nor feel sorry for you. I’ll bring it on you for your ways; and your filthy garbage will be right with you; and you’ll know that I, Yahweh, do punish. [10-13] See, the day is coming.  Your punishment is coming to you; Your pride has budded and blossomed like a branch, and your violence has grown into a tree full of sinful fruit. None of you will be left, or anything you own, or any of your wealth.  Nor will there be any more important than another. The time is coming, and the day draws near.  Don’t celebrate, you who buy, nor cry for your loss, you who sell; because great anger is on all of you. Even if the seller lives, you won’t have anything to sell.  No one will go back; nor will any of you be strong in your sinful lifestyle, because the vision is about all of you. [14-19] You’ve blown the trumpet, and gotten everything ready; but no one will go to war; because My great anger is on all of you. War is outside, disease and a lack of food is inside the city.  Whoever is in the field will die in the war; and whoever is in the city, from a lack of food and disease. But those who escape, will escape to the mountains like doves from the valleys, all of you suffering because of your sin. Your hands will have no strength, and all your knees will be as weak as water. You’ll also put on mourning clothes, and great suffering and shame will cover your faces, and you’ll shave your heads bald. You’ll throw your silver and gold in the streets, because it won’t be any good to you; your silver and your gold won’t be able to save you in the day of Yahweh’s great anger. You won’t be happy, nor fill your bellies with it; because your love of money is the make of your sin. [20-23] As for the beauty of your gold, it was given to you to use for My glory; but you made your false gods and your hateful things with it, so I’ve made it as an unfit thing to you. I’ll give it to foreigners to take as their own, and to the sinful of the earth for their own; and they’ll use it for sinful. I won’t look when they destroy My Place of Worship; and thieves will break into it, and ruin it. Make the chains; because the land is full of deathly crimes, and the city is full of violence. [24-27] I’ll bring the worst of the nations, and they’ll take your peoples. I’ll also make the pride of the strong to come to an end; and your holy places will be ruined. They’ll come to destroy you; and you’ll want peace, but there won’t be any. Trouble after trouble will come, and rumor after rumor; and you’ll want a vision from the preacher; but the priest won’t know the law, and the elders won’t be able to counsel you. The rulers will mourn, without any hope, and the people of the land will shake in fear. I’ll give you exactly what you deserve for what you’ve done, and I’ll judge you for your own judgments; and you’ll know that I am Yahweh.” 8[1-4] In the 6th year, in the 5th day of the  6th month (Aug-Sept., 592 BC), as I sat with My people, and the elders ofJudah sat before me, that the hand of Yahweh God fell on me there. Then I saw someone that looked like fire; from the waist and down, fire; and from the waist up, who was bright like a glowing metal; who put out a hand, and took me by a lock of my head; and the Spirit lifted me up between earth and the sky, and brought me in the vision of God to Jerusalem, to the door of the gate of the inner court on the north; where the false god was (Canaanite goddess, Asherah, Astarte), which makes God jealous. See, the light of the God of Israel was there, just like I saw in the field. [5 -10] Then God said to me, “Human being, look now to the north. So I looked to the north, and see, north of the gate of the altar was this false god, which makes God jealous, in the entry. Then God said to me, “Human being, what do you see? Do you see this filthy garbage that the people ofIsraeldo here, to make Me go far away from My Place of Worship? But you’ll see even more filthy garbage than this.” God brought me to the door of the court; and when I looked, I saw a hole in the wall. Then God said to me, “Human being, now dig in the wall;” and when I had dug in the wall, I saw a door. Then God said to me, “Go in, and see the sinful filthy garbage that they do here.” So I went in and saw; and every kind of animal that was unfit for worship, and all the false gods of the people ofIsrael, were displayed all around the walls. [11-15] Seventy of the elders of the people ofIsraelstood before them; and with them stood Jaazaniah the child of Shaphan, each one with a censer in their hand; and the smell of incense went up in a cloud. Then God said to me, “Human being, have you seen what the elders of the people ofIsraeldo in secret, each one in their rooms of false worship? They say, Yahweh doesn’t see us; Yahweh has forsaken the land.” God said to me also, “Yet again, you’ll see even more filthy garbage which they do.” Then God brought me to the door of the gate of Yahweh’s House of Worship on the north; and see, the women sat there crying for their false god, Tammuz (Sumerian god of vegetation). Then God said to me, “Have you seen this, human being? Yet again, you’ll see even more filthy garbage than this. [16-18] Then I was brought into the inner court of Yahweh’s House of Worship; and see, at the door of the House of Worship of Yahweh God, between the porch and the altar, were about 25 people, with their backs facing the House of Worship of Yahweh God, and their faces facing the east; and they were worshipping the sun in the east. Then God said to me, “Have you seen this, human being? Doesn’t it mean anything to the people ofJudahthat they do this filthy garbage, which they do here? Because you’ve filled the land with violence, and have turned away from Me to make Me angry and put the branch to your nose (possibly of delusion herbs to induce visions) in your false worship, so I’ll also deal in great anger; I won’t spare you, nor feel sorry for you; and even if you cry in My ears with a loud voice, I won’t hear you.”   9[1-6] Then God spoke to me with a loud voice, saying, “Make those that have control over the city come near, each one with a weapon to kill in their hand.” Then six people came from the way of the upper gate, on the north, each one with a weapon to kill in their hand; and one in the middle wearing linen clothes, with a writer’s pen. They went in, and stood beside the bronze altar. The light of the God of Israel had left from the winged beings, where it was, and gone up to the doorway of the Place of Worship; and God called to the one wearing the linen clothes, who had the writer’s pen. Yahweh said to this one, “Go through the city, throughout all ofJerusalem, and write a mark on the forehead of anyone that sighs and cries over all the filthy garbage that is done there.” To the others, God said in My hearing, “Go through the city afterwards, and kill, don’t spare anyone, nor feel sorry for anyone; completely kill the old, the young, the women, and the little children; but don’t touch anyone with the mark, and begin at My Place of Worship. Then they began with the leaders that were at the Place of Worship.   [7-11] God said to them, “Ruin the Place of Worship, and fill the courts with the dead. Now go to work.” So they left, and killed those in the city.  While they were killing, and I was left there, I fell to the ground facedown, and cried, and said, “Ah Yahweh God! Will you destroy all that’s left ofIsraelin your angry judgment onJerusalem?” Then God said to me, “The sin of the people ofIsraelandJudahis very great, and the land is full of death, and the city full of wrong judgment. They say, Yahweh has left the land, and Yahweh doesn’t see us. As for Me also, I won’t spare them, nor feel sorry for them, but I’ll bring their sinful ways down on their own head.”  Then the one wearing linen clothes, who had the pen, reported back, saying, “I’ve done as You’ve told me.”   10[1-5] Then I looked, and saw in the dome that was over the head of the winged beings, above them was what looked like a throne as blue as a sapphire stone. God spoke to the one wearing linen clothes, and said, “Go in between the spinning wheels, under the winged beings, and fill both your hands with coals of fire from between the winged beings, and scatter them over the city,” who went in as I watched. Now the winged beings stood on the right side of the Place of Worship, and when that one went in, the cloud filled the inner court. The light of Yahweh flew up from the winged beings, and stood over the doorway of the Place of Worship; and it was filled with the cloud, and the court was full of the brightness of Yahweh’s light. The sound of the wings of the winged beings was heard even to the outer court, and was as loud as the voice of God Almighty speaking.   [6-10] When God told the one wearing linen clothes, Take fire from between the spinning wheels, from between the winged beings, that one went in, and stood beside a wheel. The winged beings stretched out their hand from between them to the fire that was between them, and took it, and put it into the hands of the one who was wearing linen clothes, who took it and left. What looked like the form of a human’s hand came out from under the wings of the winged beings. I looked, and saw four wheels beside the winged beings, one wheel beside each winged being; and the wheels glowed the light green color of a beryl stone. As for how they looked, all four looked the same, as if a wheel was within another wheel.   [11-15] When they went, they moved in any of the four directions they looked, without turning as they went.  Their whole body, their backs, hands, wings, and the wheels, were full of eyes (possibly symbolic of lights or windows) all around, even the wheels that the four had. As for the wheels, they were called in My hearing, the spinning wheels. Every one of the angelic beings had four faces, the first was the face of a bull, the second was the face of a human, the third was the face of a lion, and the fourth was the face of an eagle. The winged beings flew up. This is the same living thing that I saw by theChebarRiver.   [16-22] When the winged beings went up, the wheels went beside them; and when they lifted up their wings to fly up from the earth, the wheels didn’t move from beside them. When they stood still, the wheels stood still; and when they flew up, the wheels flew up with them, because the power of the living thing was in them. The light of Yahweh moved from over the doorway of the house, and stood over the winged beings. The winged beings lifted up their wings, and flew up from the earth in My sight when they left, with the wheels beside them, and they stood at the door of the east gate of Yahweh’s House of Worship; and the light of the God of Israel was over them. This is the living thing that I saw under the God of Israel by theChebarRiver; and I knew that they were the same winged beings. Each had four faces and four wings; and they had human-like hands under their wings. As for what they looked like, they were the faces, which I saw by theChebarRiver, they both looked the same and were the same; each one moving straight ahead.   11[1-4] Besides this, the Spirit lifted me up, and brought me to the east gate of Yahweh’s House of Worship, and I saw at the door of the gate 25 people; and I saw with them Jaazaniah, the child of Azzur, and Pelatiah, the child of Benaiah, rulers of the people. God said to me, “Human being, these are the ones who make sinful plans, and who teach people to do wrong in this city; who say, It isn’t time for the judgment, so we need to build our houses; this city is like a pot, that protects the meat from burning. So preach against them, preach, human being.”   [5-10] The Spirit of Yahweh fell on me, and God said to me, “Speak, Yahweh says, People of Israel, so you’ve said; and I know the things that come into your mind. You’ve killed many people in this city, and you’ve filled the streets with the dead. So Yahweh God says, Your dead whom you’ve put here, they’re the meat, and this city is the pot; but it won’t protect you, and you’ll be brought out of it. You’ve feared war; and I’ll bring war on you, says Yahweh God. I’ll bring you out of it, and put you under the control of foreigners, who will punish you.  You’ll fall by war; I’ll judge everyone in the border ofIsrael; and you’ll know that I am Yahweh.   [11-15] This city won’t be your pot, and you won’t be the meat in it; I’ll judge everyone in the border of Israel; and you’ll know that I am Yahweh, because you haven’t followed My rules, nor kept My laws, but have followed the laws of the nations around you. When I preached, Pelatiah, the child of Benaiah, died. Then I fell to the ground face down, and cried with a loud voice, and said, “Ah Yahweh God! Will you completely destroy what’s left ofIsrael? Then the word of Yahweh came to me, saying, “Human being, all of you in exile, your family members, even your own family members, and all the people of Israel, and the peoples of Jerusalem have said to you, Stay far from Yahweh; this land was given to us for our own.   [16-21] So say, Yahweh God says, Since I’ve taken you far off and put you among the nations, and since I’ve scattered you among the countries, I’ll be with you for a little while in the countries where you are, and you’ll worship Me there. So say, Yahweh God says, I’ll gather you back from the peoples, and gather you together out of the countries where you’ve been scattered (Israel became a nation again in 1948), and I’ll give you back thelandofIsraelagain. When you come back there, you’ll take away every form of false worship and all its filthy garbage from there. I’ll give you all one heart, and I’ll put a new spirit within you; and I’ll take your heart of stone and give you a tender heart; that you may follow My rules, and keep My laws, and do them; and you’ll be My people, and I’ll be your God. But as for you whose heart follows after your false gods and your filthy garbage, I’ll bring your sinful ways down on your own heads, says Yahweh God.   [22-25] Then the winged beings lifted up their wings, and the wheels were beside them; and the light of the God of Israel was above them.  The light of Yahweh went up from the city, and stood on the mountain, which is on the east side of the city. The Spirit lifted me up, and brought me in the vision by the Spirit of God into Chaldea (Babylon,Iraq,Iran), to the prisoners of war. So the vision that I had seen flew up from me. Then I told the prisoners of war all the things that Yahweh had shown me. 12[1-6] The word of Yahweh also came to me, saying, “Human being, you live with these rebellious people, who have eyes to see, and won’t see, who have ears to hear, and won’t hear; because they’re a rebellious people.  So, you human being, get your stuff ready to move, and remove it by day as they watch; and move from your place to another place as they watch.  It may be they’ll consider, though they’re a rebellious people. You’ll bring out your stuff by day as they watch, as stuff for moving; and you’ll go out yourself at even as they watch, as when people go out into exile. Dig you through the wall as they watch, and carry everything out by the hole. Take it on your shoulder, and carry it out in the evening as they watch. Cover your face so that you don’t see the land, because I’ve made you a warning to the people ofIsrael.”   [7-11] So I did as I was told and brought out My stuff by day, as stuff for moving, and in the evening I dug through the wall with My hand; I brought it out in the evening, and carried it on My shoulder as they watched. In the morning the word of Yahweh came to me, saying, “Human being, hasn’t the people ofIsrael, the rebellious people, said to you, What are you doing? Say to them, Yahweh God says, This vision is about the ruler inJerusalem(historically King Zedekiah), and all the people ofIsraelwhere you are. Say, I am your warning. Like I’ve done, so it will be done to you; you’ll go into exile, and be prisoners of war.   [12-16] Your ruler will carry stuff out in the evening, and will go out. They’ll dig through the wall to carry their stuff out of it. The ruler’s face will be covered, so as not to see the ground. Also I’ll spread out My net, and catch the ruler in My trap, who I’ll bring to Babylon to the land of the Chaldeans (Babylon, Iraq, Iran); who won’t see it, and will die there. I’ll scatter facing every wind all who are around to help the ruler, and all their bands; and I’ll make war on them. You’ll know that I am Yahweh, when I scatter you among the nations, and scatter you through the countries. But I’ll leave a few of you from war, from the lack of food, and from disease; that you may tell all the sinful things that you’ve done among the nations where you come; and you’ll know that I am Yahweh.”   [17-20] Besides this, the word of Yahweh came to me, saying, “Human being, eat your food in fear, and drink your water shaking in fear; and tell the people of the land, Yahweh God says about the peoples of Jerusalem, and the land of Israel, You’ll eat your food in fear, and drink your water in shock, that the land may be empty, and ruined of all that is in it, because of the violence of all those who live in it. The cities that are full of people will be destroyed, and the land will be an empty place; and you’ll know that I am Yahweh.   [21-24] The word of Yahweh came to me, saying, “Human being, what is this saying that you say in thelandofIsrael, which says, The days are prolonged, and every vision fails to come to pass? So tell them, Yahweh God says, I’ll make this saying to come to an end, and you won’t use it as a saying inIsraelany more; but tell them, The days are at hand, and every vision will come true. There won’t be any more false visions, or good predictions for the people ofIsrael.   [25-28] For I am Yahweh; I’ll speak, and what I speak will be done; it won’t be delayed any more. In your days, rebellious people, I’ll speak the word, and will do it, says Yahweh God.” Again the word of Yahweh came to me, saying, “Human being, the people ofIsraelsay, The vision that you see is a long time away, and you preach of later times. So tell them, Yahweh God says, None of My words will be delayed any more, but the word, which I speak, will be done now, says Yahweh God.   13[1-5] The word of Yahweh came to me, saying, Human being, preach against the preachers of Israel who preach, and say to those who preach out of their own heart, Listen to the word of Yahweh. Yahweh God says, “Sorrow will come to you stupid preachers, who follow your own spirit, and have seen nothing!Israel, your preachers have been like foxes in the ruins. You haven’t stood in the gaps, nor built up the wall for the people ofIsrael, to protect them in the war in the day of Yahweh.   [6-11] You’ve seen empty imaginations and false visions, who say, Yahweh says; but Yahweh hasn’t sent you and you’ve made people hope that what you said would come true. Haven’t you seen empty imaginations, and haven’t you spoken a false vision, in that you say, Yahweh says; but I haven’t spoken?” So Yahweh God says this, “Because you’ve spoken lies, and seen false visions, I am against you, says Yahweh God. My hand will be against the preachers who see false visions, and who imagine lies. You won’t be in the council of My people, nor will you be written about in the writing of the people ofIsrael, nor will you enter into thelandofIsrael; and you’ll know that I am Yahweh God. You’ve seduced My people, saying, Peace; when there is no peace; and when one builds a wall, you paint it white! So tell those who paint it white, that it will fall. A strong rainstorm with huge hailstones will come; and a stormy wind will tear it down.   [12-16] See, when the wall falls, won’t you say, Where is the painting with which you’ve painted it? So Yahweh God says this, I’ll even tear it down with a stormy wind in My great anger; and there will be a strong rainstorm in My anger, with huge hailstones, in great anger to destroy it. So I’ll break down the wall that you’ve painted white, and bring it down to the ground, so that its foundation will be uncovered; and it will fall, and you’ll be destroyed in it, and you’ll know that I am Yahweh. So I’ll do this in My great anger to the wall, and to those who’ve painted it white; and I’ll tell you, The wall is destroyed, along with those who painted it; that is, the preachers of Israel who preach about Jerusalem, and who see visions of peace for it, and there is no peace, says Yahweh God.   [17-19] You, Human being, look facing the cities of your people, and those who preach out of their own hearts; and preach against them, saying, Yahweh God says, Sorrow will come to the women who make magic charms and scarves for the heads of all the people to hunt for their souls! Will you cast your death spells on My people, and let some live for your own selfish purposes? You’ve brought disrespect on Me among My people for your food, to kill those who wouldn’t die, and to let those live who wouldn’t live, by your lying to My people who listen to your lies.”   [20-23] So Yahweh God says this, “I am against your magic charms, with which you cast your spells to kill them, and I’ll tear them away from you; and I’ll let the souls go, even the very souls who you hunt to kill. I’ll also tear your scarves off, and save My people from your control, and they won’t be in your power to be hunted anymore; and you’ll know that I am Yahweh. With your lies you’ve saddened the hearts of the good, whom I haven’t made sad; and strengthened the hands of the sinful, that they wouldn’t turn from their sinful ways, and be saved.  So you won’t see anymore false visions or empty imaginations. I’ll save My people out of your hand; and you’ll know that I am Yahweh.”   14[1-5] Then some of the elders ofIsraelcame to me, and sat in front of me. The word of Yahweh came to me, saying, “Human being, these people have taken their false gods into their heart, and put the make of their sin before them, so would I be asked anything at all by them? So speak to them, and tell them, Yahweh God says, Everyone of the people of Israel who takes their false gods into their heart, and puts the make of their sin before them, and comes to the preacher; I Yahweh will answer those who come according to how many false gods they have; that I may take the people of Israel in their own heart, because you’re all separated from Me by your false gods.   [6-11] So tell the people ofIsrael, Yahweh God says, “Come back to Me, and turn away from your false gods; and turn away from all your filthy garbage. For everyone of the people of Israel, or of the foreigners who stay in Israel, who separate themselves from Me, and takes their false gods into their heart, and puts the make of their sin before them, and comes to the great preacher to ask something for themselves of Me; I Yahweh will answer them by myself; and I’ll turn against them, and will make them a shock, to be a warning and a saying, and I’ll cut them off from My people; and they’ll know that I am Yahweh. If the great preacher is deceived and speaks a word, I, Yahweh, have deceived that preacher, and I’ll stretch out My hand on them, and will destroy them from My peopleIsrael. They’ll take their sin, the sin of the great preachers will be just like the sin of those who come to them; that the people ofIsraelmay go no more away from Me, nor ruin themselves any more with all their sins; but that they may be My people, and I may be their God, says Yahweh God.”   [12-20] The word of Yahweh came to me, saying, “Human being, when a land sins against Me by sinning, and I punish it, and destroy its food supply, and make a lack of food to come to it, and kill both human and animal in it; though these three people, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they’d save no one but their own souls by their goodness, says Yahweh God. If I make sinful animals to go through the land, and they destroy it, and it be made empty, so that no human may go through because of the animals; though these three people were in it, as I live, says Yahweh God, they wouldn’t even save their own children; only they themselves would be saved, but the land would be empty. Or if I bring war on that land, and say, War, go through the land; so that I kill both human and animal in it; though these three people were in it, as I live, says Yahweh God, they wouldn’t even save their own children, but only they themselves would be saved. Or if I send a disease into that land, and punish you in My great anger on it in death, to destroy from it human and animal; though Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, as I live, says Yahweh God, they wouldn’t even save their own children; but would only save their own souls by their goodness.”   [21-23] For Yahweh God says this, “How much more when I send My four punishments on Jerusalem, war, a lack of food, wild animals, and disease, to destroy from it human and animal! Yet, a few will be left in it that will be carried out, both males and females will come out to you, and you’ll see what they had done; and you’ll know that what I’ve brought on Jerusalem was deserved, everything that I’ve brought on it. You’ll be comforted, when you see what they had done; and you’ll know that I haven’t done all that I’ve done in it without make, says Yahweh God.”   15[1-5] The word of Yahweh came to me, saying, “Human being, what is the vine more than any tree branch which is among the trees of the forest? Shall its wood be used for any work? or will people make a pin to hang any pot on it? See, it’s only thrown into the fire for fuel; the fire has burned both ends of it, and the middle is burned also, so is it good for any work? See, when it was whole, it was good for no work, so how much less, when the fire has burned it, and it’s burned up, will it yet be good for any work!   [6-8] So Yahweh God says this, As the vine among the trees of the forest, which I’ve given to the fire for fuel, so I’ll give the peoples ofJerusalem. I’ll turn against them; they’ll run from the fire, but the fire will burn them up; and you’ll know that I am Yahweh, when I turn against you. I’ll make the land empty, because you’ve sinned, says Yahweh God.   16[1-5] Again the word of Yahweh came to me, saying, “Human being, make Jerusalem to know its filthy garbage; and say, Yahweh God says to Jerusalem, You were born and raised in the land of Canaan; the Amorite was your parent, and your mother was a Hittite. As for your birth, in the day you were born your navel was not cut, nor were you washed in water to cleanse you; you weren’t rubbed down with salt at all, nor wrapped at all. No one cared for you, to do any of these things to you, to have compassion on you; but you were thrown out in the open field, because you were hated, in the day that you were born.   [6-12] When I passed by you, and saw you wallowing in your blood, I said to you when you were laying there in your blood, live; yes, I said to you when you were laying there in your blood, live. I caused you to grow like the harvest in the fields, and you grew up and grew strong, and you became very beautiful; your breasts were well formed, and your hair was grown long; yet you were naked and bare. Now later when I passed by you again, and looked at you, I saw that it was time for you to find love; and I spread My coat over you, and covered your nakedness. Yes, I promised you, and made an agreement with you, says Yahweh God, and you became mine. Then washed I you with water; yes, I thoroughly washed away your blood from you, and I rubbed you with oil. I clothed you also with needlework, and put leather shoes on you, and I clothed you with fine linen, and covered you with silk. I gave you beautiful jewelry, and put bracelets on your hands, and a chain on your neck. I put a ring on your nose, and earrings in your ears, and a beautiful crown on your head.   [13-20] So you were jeweled with gold and silver; and your clothing was of fine linen, silk, and needlework; you ate fine flour, honey, and oil; and you were very beautiful, and you grew to be a great country. You became famous among the nations for your beauty; because it was perfect, through My beauty, which I had put on you, says Yahweh God.  But you trusted in your beauty, and were unfaithful because of your fame, and were unfaithful with everyone who passed by; You gave yourself away. You took some of your clothes, and decorated your places of false worship with all different colors, and have been unfaithful on them. Nothing like this has happened before, nor will it happen again. You also took your beautiful jewels of My gold and silver, which I had given to you, and made for yourself a copy of a human, and have been unfaithful with it; and you took your embroidered clothes, and covered them, and set My oil and My incense before them. My food also which I gave you, fine flour, oil, and honey, with which I fed you, you even set it before you for a good smell; and this it how it was, says Yahweh God. Besides this you’ve taken your children, whom you’ve borne to Me, and you’ve sacrificed to them to be destroyed. Was your unfaithfulness a small matter, that you’ve killed My people, and given them up, in causing them to be destroyed for them?   [22-26] In all your filthy garbage and your unfaithfulness, you haven’t remembered the days of your youth, when you were naked and bare, and wallowing in your blood. It has happen because of all your sinful ways, (Sorrow, Sorrow will come to you! says Yahweh God), that you’ve built you a place of false worship, and have made you a place of false worship on every street. You’ve built your place of false worship at the front of every street, and have made your beauty as filthy garbage, and have been unfaithful with everyone who passed by, and became more and more unfaithful. You’ve also been unfaithful with the Egyptians, your neighbors, who had strong bodies; and have become more and more unfaithful, to make Me angry.   [27-34] So see, I’ve stretched out My hand over you, and have taken away your ordinary food, and given you to those who hate you, the cities of the Philistines (Palestine), who are ashamed of your naughty ways. You’ve been unfaithful also with the Assyrians, because you couldn’t be pleased; yes, you’ve been unfaithful with them, and you still weren’t satisfied. You’ve become more and more unfaithful, doing business with thelandofChaldea(Iraq,Iran); and you still weren’t satisfied with this. How weak is your heart, says Yahweh God, seeing you do all these things, like disrespectful whores; in that you build your places of false worship at the front of every street, and make your places of false worship on every street, and have not been like prostitutes, in that you refuse pay. You’re like a spouse who is sexually unfaithful, who takes strangers instead! They give money to all prostitutes; but you give your gifts to all your lovers, and bribe them, that  they may come to you on every side because your unfaithfulness. You’re different from other women in your unfaithfulness, in that no one is as unfaithful as you are; and as you give gifts, and no pay is given to you, so you are different.”   [35-41] So, you whores, hear the word of Yahweh. Yahweh God says, “Because you were so filthy, and your nakedness was uncovered by your unfaithfulness with your lovers; and because of all the false gods of your filthy garbage, and for the blood of your children that you gave to them; So see, I’ll gather all your lovers, with whom you’ve taken pleasure, and all those who you’ve loved, with all those who you’ve hated; I’ll gather all of them against you on every side, and will shame you in front of them, that they may see all your nakedness. I’ll judge you, as women who break their marriage vows and murder their children are judged; and I’ll punish you with death in My great anger and jealousy. I’ll also give you into their power, and they’ll throw down your places of false worship, and break them to pieces; and they’ll strip you of your clothes, and take your beautiful jewels; and leave you naked and bare. They’ll also bring up an army against you, and wound you, and kill you in war. They’ll burn your houses with fire, and punish you in front of many people; and I’ll make you to quit being unfaithful, and you won’t give away your gifts any more.   [42-47] So I’ll stop being angry facings you, and I’ll stop being jealous for you, and I’ll be quiet, and won’t be angry any more. Because you haven’t remembered the days of your youth, but have rebelled against Me in all these things, I’ll also bring your ways on your head, says Yahweh God, and you won’t keep sinning with all your filthy garbage. See, everyone who uses sayings will use this saying against you, saying, Like mother, like daughter. You’re the daughter of your mother, who hates her husband and her children; and you’re the sister of your sisters, who hated their husbands and their children. Your mother was a Hittite, and your father an Amorite. Your elder sister isSamaria, who lives at your left, she and her daughters; and your younger sister, who lives at your right, isSodomand her daughters. Haven’t you followed their ways, and copied their filthy garbage; but, as if that weren’t enough, you were more sinful than them in all your ways.”   [48-52] “As I live,” says Yahweh God, “Sodom, your sister hasn’t done, she, nor her daughters, as you’ve done, you and your daughters. See, this was the sin of your sister,Sodom. Her and in her daughters had too much pride, too much food, and comfortable ease; They didn’t give to the poor and needy. They thought themselves better than others, and did sinful things before Me, so I took them away as I thought best. Neither hasSamariadone half of your sins; but you’ve spread your filthy garbage more than them, and have justified your sisters by all your filthy garbage, which you’ve done. You also shame yourself, in that you’ve judged your sisters by your sins that you’ve done more sinful than theirs. They’re better than you, so be confused, and take your shame, in that you’ve justified your sisters.   [53-58] I’ll bring back their prisoners of war, the prisoners of war of Sodom and her daughters, and the prisoners of war of Samaria and her daughters, then I’ll bring back your prisoners of war with them; that you may take your own shame, and may be ashamed because of all that you’ve done, in that you are a comfort to them. Your sisters,Sodomand her daughters, will go back to where they were; andSamariaand her daughters will go back to where they were; and you and your daughters will go back to where you were. For your sisterSodomwasn’t spoken of in the day of your pride, before your sinful ways was uncovered, as at the time you placed blame on the daughters ofSyria, and on all who are around her, the daughters of the Philistines (Palestine), who hate you. You’ve allowed your sinfulness and your filthy garbage, says Yahweh.”   [59-63] For Yahweh God says this, “I’ll also deal with you as you’ve done, who have hated the vow in breaking your promise. But I’ll remember My promise with you in the days of your youth, and I’ll make you an everlasting promise. Then you’ll remember your ways, and be ashamed, when you get your sisters back, your elder sisters and your younger; and I’ll give them to you for daughters, but not by the promise you broke. I’ll make My new promise with you; and you’ll know that I am Yahweh; so that you may remember, and be confused, and never open your mouth any more, because of your shame, when I’ve forgiven you all that you’ve done, says Yahweh God.”   17[1-5] The word of Yahweh came to me, saying, “Human being, tell a riddle, and speak a story to the people of Israel, and say, Yahweh God says, A great eagle with big wings, full of long feathers, which had many colors, came to Lebanon, and landed in the top of the cedar. It cropped off the highest of the young twigs, and carried it to a land of business traffic; It set it in a city of business. It took also of the seed of the land, and planted it in a fertile soil; It placed it beside much water; and planted it like a willow tree.   [6-10] It grew, and became a low spreading vine, whose branches turned facing it, and its roots were under it, so it became a vine, and grew branches, and shot out sprigs. There was also another great eagle with big wings and many feathers, and this vine bent its roots facing it, and shot out its branches facing it, from the beds where it was planted, that it would water it. It was planted in good soil by much water, that it would grow branches and make fruit, so that it would be a good vine. Say to them, Yahweh God says, Will it do well? Won’t it pull it up by its roots, and take its fruit, that it may wither; that all its fresh leaves of spring may wither? And not by a strong or great people will it be pulled up by its roots. Yes, even planted, will it do well? Won’t it wither, when the east wind touches it? It will wither in the beds where it grew.”   [11-15] Besides this the word of Yahweh came to me, saying, “Say now to these rebellious people, Don’t you know what these things mean? Tell them, See, the ruler of Babylon (Nebuchadnezzar) came to Jerusalem, and took its rulers, and brought them to Babylon, and took some of the children of the rulers, and made an agreement with them (Zedekiah); They also forced them to make a promise of loyalty, and took away the strong people of the land that the country would be weakened, so that it couldn’t make itself strong again, but that by keeping the promise it could stand. But he rebelled against Nebuchadnezzar and sent ambassadors intoEgypt, to ask them to give them horses and much people. Shall he do well? Will he escape who does such things? Will he break a promise, and yet escape?   [16-18] As I live, says Yahweh God, without a doubt he will die in the place where the ruler lives who made him a ruler, whose promise he hated and broke, even with him inBabylon. Neither will the ruler ofEgypt, with a strong army and a great people, help them in the war, when they throw up siege mounds and build forts, to kill many people. Zedekiah has hated and broken the promise, after having shaken Nebuchadnezzar’s hand, and yet has done all these things; So he won’t escape.   [19-24] So Yahweh God says this, “As I live, without a doubt, because he has hated and broken a promise made in My Name, I’ll even bring it on his own head. I’ll throw My net on him, and he will be caught in My trap, and I’ll bring him to Babylon, and will punish him there because he sinned against Me. All the rebels in all your units will fall by war, and those who are left will be scattered to the wind, and you’ll know that I, Yahweh, have said it. Yahweh God says, I’ll also take some of the highest branches of the cedar, and will set it; I’ll break off a tender sprout from the highest young twigs, and I’ll plant it on top of the highestmountainofIsrael. I’ll plant it; and it will grow branches, and make seed, and be a good cedar, and in it will live birds of all kinds; they’ll live in the shade of its branches. All the trees of the field will know that it’s I, Yahweh, who have cut down the high tree, have made the young tree grow, have dried up the green tree, and have made the dry tree to do well; I, Yahweh, have said it and done it.   18[1-4] The word of Yahweh came to me again, saying, “What do you mean, when you use this saying about the land of Israel, saying, The parents have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge? As I live, says Yahweh God, you won’t have occasion any more to use this saying inIsrael. See, all souls are mine; as the soul of the parent is mine, so also is the soul of the child. The one who sins will die.   [5-9] But if a person is good, and does what is lawful and right, and hasn’t worshiped falsely the false gods of the people of Israel, nor has had sex with someone who didn’t belong to them, nor has had sex when a woman is on her period, and hasn’t wronged anyone, but has given the debtor’s pledge back, has stolen nothing, has given food to the hungry, and has clothed the naked; who hasn’t loaned out on interest, nor has taken any profit, who has kept from sinning, has judged rightly between one person and another, has followed My rules, and has kept My laws, to deal with others truthfully; They are good, and will without a doubt live, says Yahweh God.   [10-13] If you have a child who is a thief, a murderer, and who does any of these things, and who doesn’t do what they are supposed to, but has even worshiped falsely, and has had sex with someone who wasn’t theirs, has wronged the poor and needy, has stolen things, hasn’t given back someone’s pledge for a debt, and has lifted up their eyes to the false gods, has done sinful things, has loaned out on interest, and has taken profit; will they then live? They won’t live who have done all these filthy things; They’ll without a doubt die; and their death will be their own fault.   [14-17] Now, if you have children, who see all their parent’s sins, which they’ve done, and fear, and don’t do those things; who don’t worship falsely any of the false gods of the people of Israel, who don’t have sex with someone who doesn’t belong to them, nor does wrong to anyone, who don’t take anything in pledge, nor steals anything, but has given food to the hungry, and has clothed the naked; who hasn’t failed to give to the poor, who hasn’t taken interest nor profit, but has kept My laws, and followed My rules; they won’t die because the sin of their parents, but will without a doubt live.   [18-23] As for the parents, who abused others cruelly, stole from others, and did what wasn’t good among their people, they’ll die in their sin. Yet say you, Why isn’t the child punished for the sin of the parent? When the child has done what is lawful and right, and has kept all My rules, and has done them, they’ll without a doubt live. The one who sins will die. The child won’t be punished for the sin of the parent, nor will the parent be punished for the sin of the child; the good will be blessed for their goodness, and the sinful will be punished for their sinful ways. But if the sinful turn from all their sins that they’ve done, and keep all My rules, and do what is lawful and right, they’ll without a doubt live, and won’t die. None of their sins that they’ve done will be remembered against them. In their goodness that they’ve done they’ll live. I don’t have any pleasure in the death of the sinful, says Yahweh God; and I’d rather that they turn from their sinful ways, and live.   [24-28] But when the good turns away from their goodness, and sins, and does all the filthy garbage that the sinful ones do, will they live? None of their good works that they’ve done will be remembered when they sin. For the sin and disobedience that they’ve done, they’ll die. Yet you say, The way of God isn’t fair. Hear now, people ofIsrael, Is My way not fair? Aren’t your ways unfair? When the good turn away from their goodness, and sin, and dies in it; for the sin that they’ve done they’ll die. Again, when the sinful turn away from their sinful ways that they’ve done, and do what is lawful and right, God will save them. If they think about it, and turn away from all their sins that they’ve done, they’ll without a doubt live, and won’t die.   [29-32] Yet, the people ofIsraelsay, The way of God isn’t fair. People ofIsrael, aren’t My ways always fair? Aren’t your ways unfair? So I’ll judge you, people ofIsrael, everyone for your own ways, says Yahweh God. Come back to Me, and turn from all your sins; so sin won’t be your ruin. Put away from you all your sins, in which you’ve sinned; and I’ll give you a new heart and a new spirit. Why would you die, people ofIsrael? For I have no pleasure in the death of those who die, says Yahweh God, so turn from your sinful ways, and live.   19[1-4] Besides this, sing a song of sorrow because of the rulers ofIsrael, and say, What was your mother? A lioness, who sat among lions, with the young lions and fed her cubs (Israel). She brought up one of her cubs, which became a young lion, and learned to catch the abused and killed; and ate people. The nations also heard of him; who was taken in their pit; and they brought him with hooks to thelandofEgypt(Jehoahaz).   [5-9] Now when she saw that she had waited, and her hope was lost, then she took another cub, and made him a young lion. He went up and down among the lions and became a young lion, and learned to catch the abused and killed; and ate people. He mauled their survivors, and destroyed their cities; and the land was empty, and everything in it was gone, because of the noise of his roaring. Then the nations set against him on every side from the provinces and spread their net over him; He was taken in their pit. They put him in a cage with hooks, and brought him to the ruler ofBabylon(Nebuchadnezzar); they brought him into safe places, that his voice wouldn’t be heard anymore on the mountains ofIsrael(Jehoiachin).   [10-13] Your mother (Israel) was also like a vine in its season, planted by the waters. It was fruitful and full of branches because of all the water. It had strong branches for the scepters of those who ruled, and it grew tall among the thick leaves, and was seen above all the thick leaves. But it was plucked up in great anger, and was thrown down to the ground, and the east wind dried up its fruit. Its strong branches were broken off and withered and burned in the fire. Now it’s planted in the countryside, in a dry and thirsty land. Fire has come from a rod of its branches, and has burned its fruit, so that there is in it no strong branch left to be a scepter to rule. This is a mourning, and will be for a mourning song.   20[1-5] In the 7th year, in the 10th day of the  5th month (July-Aug), some of the elders ofIsrael came to ask something of Yahweh, and sat before me. The word of Yahweh came to me, saying, “Human being, speak to the elders ofIsrael, and tell them, Yahweh God says, Did you come to ask Me something? As I live, says Yahweh God, I won’t be asked anything by you. Will you judge them, human being, will you judge them? Make them to know all the filthy garbage of their ancestors; and tell them, Yahweh God says, In the day when I choseIsrael, and promised to the children of the people of Jacob, and made Myself known to them in theland ofEgypt, when I made a promise to them, saying, I am Yahweh your God.   [6-11] In that day I promised them that I would bring them out of the land of Egypt into a land that I had searched out for them, which was full of milk and honey, which is the best of all lands. I said to them, Everyone, throw away all the filthy garbage you see, and don’t ruin yourselves with the false gods ofEgypt; I am Yahweh your God. But you rebelled against Me, and wouldn’t listen to Me; some of you didn’t throw away the filthy garbage you saw, nor did you give up the false gods ofEgypt. Then I said I would punish you in My great anger, punish you greatly while you were in thelandofEgypt. But I did this for My Name’s sake, that it wouldn’t be disrespected in the sight of the nations, among which you were, in whose sight I made Myself known to you, in bringing you out of thelandofEgypt. So I caused you to go out of thelandofEgypt, and brought you into the countryside. I gave you My rules, and showed you My laws, which if you do them, you’ll live by them.   [12-16] Besides this, I also gave you My Seventh Days, to be a sign between Me and you, that you would know that I am Yahweh who makes you holy. But the people ofIsraelrebelled against Me out in the countryside. You didn’t follow My rules, and you wouldn’t keep My laws, which if you do, you’ll live by them; and My Seventh Days you greatly disrespected. Then I said I would punish you in My great anger out in the countryside, to destroy you. But I did this for My Name’s sake, that it wouldn’t be disrespected in the sight of the nations, in whose sight I brought you out. Besides this, I also promised to you in the countryside, that I wouldn’t bring you into the land which I had given you, full of milk and honey, which is the best of all lands; because you didn’t keep My laws, and didn’t follow My rules, and disrespected My Seventh Days, because in your heart you worshiped your false gods.   [17-22] But I spared you, and I didn’t destroy you, nor did I completely destroy all of you in the countryside. I said to your people in the countryside, Don’t follow the rules of your ancestors, nor keep their laws, nor ruin yourselves with their false gods. I am Yahweh your God, so follow My rules, and keep My laws, and do them; and make My Seventh Days holy; and you’ll be a sign between Me and you, that you may know that I am Yahweh your God. But the people rebelled against Me and didn’t follow My rules, nor keep My laws to do them, which if you do, you’ll live by them; and you disrespected My Seventh Days. Then I said I would punish you in My great anger, to punish you in the countryside. But I withdrew My hand, and did this for My Name’s sake, that it wouldn’t be disrespected in the sight of the nations, in whose sight I brought you out.   [23-26] Besides this I promised you in the countryside, that I would scatter you among the nations, and send you throughout all the countries; because you hadn’t done My laws, didn’t keep My rules, and had disrespected My Seventh Days, and you followed after your ancestors’ false gods. Besides this, I also gave you rules that weren’t good, and laws in which you wouldn’t live; and I ruined you in your own gifts, because you were sacrificing your own children, that I would make you empty, to the end that you would know that I am Yahweh.   [27-32] So, human being, speak to the people ofIsrael, and tell them, “Yahweh God says, In this also have your ancestors disrespected Me, in that they’ve sinned against Me. For when I had brought them into the land, which I promised to give to them, then they saw every high hill, and every thick tree, and offered sacrifices there, and there they provoked Me with their offering; there they also made their meat offerings, and poured out their drink offerings. Then I said to them, What is this high place of false worship, which you go to? So its name is called Bamah (high place of false worship) to this day. So tell the people ofIsrael, Yahweh God says, Don’t you ruin yourselves the same way your ancestors did? And act unfaithfully following after your filthy garbage? And when you offer your gifts, and sacrifice your children, don’t you ruin yourselves with all your false gods to this day? And you dare to ask Me for anything, people ofIsrael? As I live, says Yahweh God, I won’t be asked anything by you; and what comes into your mind won’t happen at all, in that you say, ‘We will be as the nations, as the families of the countries, who serve wood and stone gods.’”   [33-38] As I live, says Yahweh God, without a doubt with a strong hand, and with an outstretched arm, and with great anger I’ll punish you. I’ll be Ruler over you, and I’ll bring you out from the peoples, and will gather you out of the countries in which you are scattered, with a strong hand, and with an outstretched arm, and with great anger I’ll punish you; and I’ll bring you out into the countryside of the peoples, and there I’ll judge you face to face. Like as I judged your ancestors out in the countryside of thelandofEgypt, so I’ll judge you, says Yahweh God. I’ll make you to be counted and set aside, and I’ll bring you into the terms of the promise; and I’ll take out from among you all the rebels, and those who disobey Me; I’ll bring you out of the land where you stay, but you won’t enter into the land of Israel, and you’ll know that I am Yahweh.   [39-44] As for you, people of Israel, Yahweh God says this, “ You people, go and serve all your false gods, and from now on, if you won’t listen to Me, you won’t disrespect My Holy Name with your offerings, and with your false gods. For in My Holy Mountain, in the highest mountain of Israel, says Yahweh God, there will all the people of Israel, all of you, serve Me in the land. There I’ll accept you, and there I’ll require your offerings, the first of your offerings, with all your holy things. As the good smell of a meat offering I’ll accept you, when I bring you out from the peoples, and gather you out of the countries in which you’ve been scattered (Israel became a nation again in 1948); and I’ll be respected in you in the sight of the nations. You’ll know that I am Yahweh, when I bring you into thelandofIsrael, into the country, which I promised to give to your ancestors. There you’ll remember your ways, and all the things you did, in which you’ve ruined yourselves; and you’ll hate yourselves in your own sight for all the sinful things you’ve done. You’ll know that I am Yahweh, when I’ve dealt with you for My Name’s sake, not for your sinful ways, nor for the wrong things you did, people ofIsrael, says Yahweh God.”   [45-49] The word of Yahweh came to me again, saying, “Human being, look facing the south, and speak facing the south, and preach against the forest of the field in the South; and tell the forest of the South, Hear the word of Yahweh. Yahweh God says, See, I’ll start a fire in you, and it will burn every green tree in you, and every dry tree. The flaming fire won’t be put out, and everything from the south to the north will be burnt by it. Everyone will see that I, Yahweh, have started it and it won’t be put out. Then said I, Ah Yahweh God! They say of me, Isn’t he just making up lies?   21[1-7] The word of Yahweh came to me, saying, Human being, look facing Jerusalem, and speak facing the places of worship, and preach against the land of Israel; and tell the land of Israel, Yahweh says this, See, I am against you, and will bring out My weapon, and will kill both the good and the sinful. Seeing then that I’ll kill both the good and the sinful from you, My weapon will come against everyone from the south to the north, and everyone will know that I, Yahweh, have brought out My weapon and it won’t be put back any more. So sigh, human being; with a broken heart and with great sadness, sigh before their eyes. And when they ask you, Why are you sighing? Answer them, Because of the news, because it’s coming! Every heart will die with fear, and everyone’s hands will be weak, and every spirit will faint, and everyone’s knees will be weak as water! It’s coming, and it will be done, says Yahweh God.   [8-13] The word of Yahweh came to me again, saying, Human being, preach, and say, Yahweh says this, War, war, it’s ready and waiting; it’s ready to kill; it’s waiting to strike like lightning! Will we celebrate then? It hates the ruler of My child (Judah), and looks down on all your rulers. It’s waiting to be used! Yes, war is coming, it’s waiting to be used by those who will kill you. Cry and scream, human being; because it’s coming to My people, it’s coming to all the rulers ofIsrael! The horrors of war will come to My people; so beat your chest in sorrow. It’s a test; and what if the war kills even your ruler? says Yahweh God.   [14-17] So you, human being, preach, and clap your hands together; and let war be doubled the third time, war that kills with deadly wounds! It’s a war that kills even great men, who are wounded to death, which enters into even their secret rooms. I’ve sent war against all your gates, that your heart may die with fear, and your stumbling be multiplied! Ah! It’s as deadly as lightening to kill you. Gather together, go to the right, set yourself in order, go to the left, wherever your face is set. I’ll also clap My hands together, and I’ll make My great anger to rest. I, Yahweh, have said it.   [18-23] The word of Yahweh came to me again, saying, Also, you human being, show two ways, that the ruler of Babylon may come to make war, both of them coming out of the same land. Point out a place, point it out at the head of the street to the city. You’ll show a way for war to come to Rabbah (present capital ofJordan) of the people of Ammon (Jordan), and toJudahinJerusalem, which is protected. For the ruler ofBabylon(Nebuchadnezzar) stood still at the fork in the road, at the head of both streets, to read the signs by fortune telling. He shook the arrows around and out, and consulted his false gods, and studied the liver. In his right hand was the sign forJerusalem, to set battering rams, to open the mouth in the slaughter to shout, to set battering rams against the gates, to throw up mounds, to build forts. They will think it won’t happen, to those who have made agreements with them; but he will bring their sin to memory, that they may be taken.   [24-27] So Yahweh God says this, Because you’ve made your sin to be remembered, in that your sins were done openly, so that in everything you did, your sins were well known. So because your sins are remembered, you’ll be taken away as prisoners. You disrespectful, sinful ruler of Israel (Zedekiah, 586 BC),  your day is coming, and your sins will come to an end, so Yahweh God says this, I’ll remove both your priest and king and nothing will be the same; lift up what is low, and bring down what is high. I’ll overthrow, overthrow, overthrow, and no one will hold that place until the One (Christ) who has the right comes and takes it; who I’ll give it to.   [28-32] You, Human being, preach, and say, Yahweh God says about the people of Ammon (Jordan), and about their guilt; and say, War, war is coming, waiting for the killing, to kill like lightning; while they show empty hopes to you, while they tell lies to you, to bring you on the necks of those sinful ones, who are to be killed, whose day is coming when their sin will come to an end. Don’t try to protect yourself. In the place where you were created, in the land of your birth, I’ll judge you. I’ll punish you in My anger on you; I’ll breathe on you with the hot breath of My great anger; and I’ll put you into the hand of cruel people, who have many ways to kill you. You’ll be like fuel to the fire; your death will be with the land and you won’t be remembered anymore because I, Yahweh, have said it.   22[1-5] Besides this, the word of Yahweh came to me, saying, Human being, Will you judge the deathly city? Tell them all their filthy garbage, saying, Yahweh God says, This city kills its own people right with it, that its time may come, and makes false gods within it to ruin itself! You’re guilty for the blood that you’ve shed, and are ruined by your false gods, which you’ve made; and you’ve caused your day of judgment to come near, and are come to the end of your years.  So I’ve made all the nations blame you, and all the countries will mock you. Those who are near, and those who are far from you, will mock you, as an unknown people and full of trouble. [6-12] See, the rulers ofIsrael, all those in power have make bloodshed in you. In you, they’ve made light of their parents; in you they’ve abused foreigners; in you they’ve wronged those who have lost a parent and the surviving parent. They’ve hated My holy things, and have disrespected My Seventh Days. Lying people have been in you to make bloodshed; and in you they’ve eaten sacrifices to false gods on the mountains; in you they’ve done great sinfulness. In you’ve they’ve had sex with their fathers; in you they’ve sexually abused women who are on their period. Some of you have had sex with your neighbor’s wife; and others have sexually abused their daughter-in-law; and others in you have sexually abused their sister, their own parent’s daughter. In you they’ve taken bribes to make bloodshed; they’ve taken interest and made a profit, and have greedily gained a profit from their neighbors by their abuses, and have forgotten Me, says Yahweh God. [13-16] So see, I’ve clapped My hand at your dishonest profit that you’ve made, and at the bloodshed which has been in you. Can you take it, or can you be strong, when I punish you? I, Yahweh, have said it, and will do it. I’ll scatter you among the nations, and spread you throughout all the countries; and I’ll destroy whatever is filthy in you. You’ll ruin yourself in the sight of the nations; and you’ll know that I am Yahweh. [17-22] The word of Yahweh came to me, saying, Human being, the people ofIsraelhave become dross to Me. All of you are brass, tin, iron, and lead, in the furnace; you’re like the dross of silver. So Yahweh God says this, Because you’ve all become like dross, I’ll gather you into the middle ofJerusalem. As you gather silver, brass, iron, lead, and tin into the furnace, to blow the fire on it, and melt it; so I’ll gather you in My anger, and in My great anger, I’ll put you there, and melt you. Yes, I’ll gather you, and blow on you with My fiery anger, and you’ll be melted in it. As silver is melted in the furnace, so you’ll be melted withJerusalem; and you’ll know that I, Yahweh, have been very angry with you. [23-28] The word of Yahweh came to me, saying, Human being, tellIsrael, You’re a land that isn’t cleansed, nor rained on in the day of anger. There is an sinful plan by its preachers, like a roaring lion eating the abused and killed.  They’ve eaten the people; they’ve taken treasure and precious things; and made many to loose loved ones there. Its priests have broken My Law, and have disrespected My holy things.  They’ve made no difference between the holy and the ordinary, nor have they taught the people how to tell the difference between the unfit and the fit. They’ve ignored My Seventh Days, and I am disrespected among them. Its rulers are like wolves eating the abused and killed, to make bloodshed, and to destroy people, in order to make a dishonest profit. Its preachers have painted them white, seeing false visions, and telling lies to them, saying, Yahweh God says, when Yahweh hasn’t spoken. [29-31] The people of the land have abused others, and stolen things; yes, they’ve troubled the poor and needy, and have abused the foreigner wrongfully. I looked for a human to lead them, who would rebuild the wall that protects them, and stand in the gap in prayer before Me for the land, so that I wouldn’t destroy it; but I found no one. So I’ve been very angry with them; I’ve destroyed them with the fire of My great anger and brought down their own ways on their heads, says Yahweh God. 23[1-4] The word of Yahweh came again to me, saying, Human being, there were two women, the daughters of one mother, who were unfaithful in Egypt and were unfaithful in their youth; there were their breasts touched, and there the breasts of their youth were held. Their names were Oholah, the oldest, and Oholibah her sister, and they were mine, and had children. As for their names,Samaria(The northern realm ofIsrael) is Oholah, andJerusalem(The southern realm ofJudah) is Oholibah. [5-10] Oholah been unfaithful when she was mine; and she wanted her lovers, the Assyrians, her neighbors, who were clothed with blue, governors and rulers, all of them attractive young men, riders riding on horses. She was unfaithful with them, all of them being the best men ofAssyria; and with whomever she wanted, with all their false gods she ruined herself. Nor has she stopped being unfaithful since she was inEgypt; because in her youth they had been unfaithful with her, and handled her youthful breasts; They poured out their sinfulness on her. So I gave her to her lovers, the Assyrians, who she wanted. They uncovered her nakedness; and took her children; and killed her with war; and she became a saying among women; who had brought judgment on her. [11-15] Her sister Oholibah saw this, yet she was worse than her sister in her sinfulness, and in her unfaithfulness which was worse than the unfaithfulness of her sister. She wanted the Assyrian governors and rulers, her neighbors, who were well clothed, riders riding on horses, all of them attractive young men. I saw that she was ruined; both of them took the same way. She was more unfaithful because she saw men drawn on the wall, pictures of the Chaldeans (Babylonians) in red, with belts on their waists, with flowing turbans on their heads, all of them looking like rulers, just like the Babylonians in Chaldea (Iraq, Iran), the land of their birth. [16-21] As soon as she saw them she wanted them, and sent messengers to them in Chaldea (Iraq,Iran). The Babylonians came to her into the bed of love, and ruined her with their sinfulness, and she was ruined by them, and then she stayed away from them. So she uncovered her unfaithfulness and her nakedness; Then I kept Myself from her, like I kept Myself from her sister. Yet she sinned more and more, remembering the days of her youth, in which she had been unfaithful in thelandofEgypt. She wanted her lovers, who were as lustful and unfit as an animal. So she called to memory the sinfulness of her youth, when the Egyptians held her youthful breasts. [22-27] So, Oholibah, Yahweh God says this, See, I’ll stir up your lovers against you, from whom you have kept yourself, and I’ll bring them against you on every side; the Babylonians, all the Chaldeans, Pekod, Shoa, Koa, and all the Assyrians with them; all of them attractive young men, governors and rulers all of them, rulers and people of fame, all of them riding on horses. They’ll come against you with weapons, war vehicles, and supply wagons, with a troop of soldiers; they’ll set themselves against you with armored soldiers; and I’ll let them bring judgment on you, and they’ll judge you with their judgments. I’ll set My jealousy against you, and they’ll deal with you in great anger; they’ll take away your nose and your ears; and what’s left of you will fall by war. They’ll take your children; and what’s left of you will be burned by fire. They’ll also strip you out of your clothes, and take all your beautiful jewelry. So I’ll make you stop your sinfulness, and your unfaithfulness that you learned in thelandofEgypt, so that you won’t look at them, nor rememberEgyptanymore. [28-34] For Yahweh God says this, See, I’ll give you over to those whom you hate, into the hand of those from whom you have kept yourself; and they’ll deal with you in hatred, and will take away all your work, and will leave you naked and bare; and the nakedness of your unfaithfulness will be seen by all, both your sinfulness and your unfaithfulness. These things will be done to you, because you’ve been unfaithful with the unbelieving nations, and because you’re ruined with your false gods. You’ve done just like your sister, so I’ll give her punishment to you, as well. Yahweh God says, You’ll take your sister’s punishment, which is great; you’ll be made fun of and laughed at very much. You’ll be full of drunkenness and sorrow, and the punishment will shock you and make you empty. You’ll be punished just like your sisterSamaria. You’ll even drink your cup of punishment to the last drop, and you’ll break it to pieces and cut your breasts with it; because I’ve said it, says Yahweh God. [35-39] So Yahweh God says this, Because you’ve forgotten Me, and turned your back on Me, you’ll take the punishment for your sinfulness and your unfaithfulness. Yahweh also asked me, Human being, will you judge Oholah and Oholibah? Then tell them of their filthy garbage. They’ve been unfaithful, and blood is on their hands; They’ve been unfaithful with their false gods; and they’ve also caused their children, whom they had for Me, to be destroyed for them. Besides this, they’ve ruined My Place of Worship in the same day, and have disrespected My Seventh Days. For when they had sacrificed their children to their false gods, then they came into My Place of Worship to ruin it on the same day; and this they’ve done right with My House. [40-45] Besides this you’ve sent for people who came from far away, to whom a being was sent, and they came; for whom you wash yourself, paint your eyes, and put on your jewelry, and sit on a fancy bed, with a table set before it, where you put My incense and My oil. I heard the sound of a lot of people partying with her, and drunks from the countryside were brought with the ordinary people; and they put bracelets on the hands of the two sisters, and beautiful crowns on their heads. Then I said of her who had been unfaithful for so long, Now, will they have sex with her, and she with them? But they went in to her, just like going into a whore.  So they went in to Oholah and to Oholibah, the naughty women. Good people will judge them with the judgment of the unfaithful, and with the judgment of women who make bloodshed; because they’re unfaithful, and blood is on their hands. [46-49] For Yahweh God says this, I’ll bring up a company of soldiers against them, and will let them be troubled and robbed. The company will make war on them and kill their children, and burn up their peoples with fire. So I’ll make sinfulness to come to an end out of the land, so that all women may be taught not to do the sins that you do. They’ll repay you for your sinfulness, and you’ll take the punishment for the sin of worshipping your false gods; and you’ll know that I am Yahweh God. 24[1-5] Again, in the ninth year, in the 10th day of the 10th month (Dec.-Jan.), the word of Yahweh came to me, saying, Human being, write the name of the day, this same day that the ruler ofBabylon came againstJerusalem. Tell a story to these rebellious people, and tell them, Yahweh God says, Put on the pot, set it on the fire, and pour water into it. Put the pieces of meat into it, even every good piece, the thigh, and the shoulder; and fill it with the best bones. Take the best lamb of the flock, and also a pile of bones for fuel under the pot; make it boil well; yes, let the bones be boiled in it. [6-13] So Yahweh God says this, Sorrow will come to the bloody city, to the pot with scum in it, and whose scum hasn’t been taken out of it! Take out one piece after another; No one is better than any other. For its blood is seen right with it; she put it on the bare rock and didn’t pour it on the ground, to cover it with dirt, that it may make great anger to come up and punish, I’ve put her blood on the bare rock, that it wouldn’t be covered. So Yahweh God says this, Sorrow will come to the bloody city! I’ll also make the pile great. Pile on the wood, make the fire hot, cook the meat well, boil the broth away, and let the bones burn. Then set it empty on the coals, so that it may be hot, and its brass burned, so that its filthiness may burn away, that the scum may be destroyed. She has tired herself out with work; yet all her scum doesn’t go out of her; her scum doesn’t go out by fire. Your filthiness was sinful, and even though I’ve cleansed you, you still weren’t cleansed. So you won’t be cleansed from your filthiness any more, until I let My great anger facing you rest. [14-19] I, Yahweh, have said it, and I’ll do it. I won’t go back, nor will I spare you, nor will I change My mind. For your ways, and for your doings, they’ll judge you, says Yahweh God. Also the word of Yahweh came to me, saying, Human being, I take away from you what you love the most with one stroke, yet you won’t sorrow, nor cry, nor let your tears run down. Sigh, but not out loud; don’t be sorry for the dead; put on your hat, and your shoes; don’t cover your face, and don’t eat what the people eat when someone dies. So I spoke to the people in the morning; and in the evening My wife died; and I did in the morning as I was told. The people said to me, Won’t you tell us what these things mean to us, that you do these things? [20-27] Then I said to them, The word of Yahweh came to me, saying, Speak to the people of Israel, Yahweh God says, See, I’ll ruin My Place of Worship, the pride of your power, what you love the most, and what makes you sorry; and your children whom you’ve left behind will fall by war. You’ll do as I’ve done; you won’t cover your face, nor eat what people eat when someone dies. Your hats will be on your heads, and your shoes will be on your feet. You won’t be sorry, nor cry; but you’ll suffer in your sins, and cry out together. So Ezekiel will be a warning to you; for all that he has done you’ll do. When this comes, then you’ll know that I am Yahweh God. You, Human being, won’t it be in the day when I take from them their strength, the joy of their fame, what they love the most, and that which they’ve set their hearts on, their children, that in that day, those who escape, will come to you, so that you can hear it with your own ears? In that day your mouth will be opened to those who’ve escaped, and you’ll speak, and won’t be mute any more. So you’ll be a warning to them; and they’ll know that I am Yahweh. 25[1-5] The word of Yahweh came to me, saying, Human being, look which faced the building of Ammon (Jordan), and preach against them, and tell the people of Ammon (Jordan), Hear the word of Yahweh God! Yahweh God says, Because you said, Aha, against My Place of Worship, when it was ruined; and against the land of Israel, when it was made empty; and against the people of Judah, when they became prisoners of war, so I’ll give you to the people of the east for servants, and they’ll set their war camps in you, and make their homes in you; they’ll eat your fruit, and drink your milk. I’ll make Rabbah a stable for camels, and Ammon (Jordan) a resting place for flocks; and you’ll know that I am Yahweh.   [6-11] For Yahweh God says this, Because you’ve clapped your hands, and stomped your feet, and celebrated with all the hatred of your soul against the land of Israel; so, I’ve stretched out My hand on you, and will give you to the nations to plunder; and I’ll cut you off from the peoples, and I’ll make you to die out of the countries. I’ll destroy you; and you’ll know that I am Yahweh. Yahweh God says, Because Moab and Seir say, See, the people of Judah is like all the nations, I’ll open up Moab starting with the cities, from your cities which are on your borders, the best of the country, Beth Jeshimoth, Baal Meon, and Kiriathaim, to the people of the east, to go against the people of Ammon (Jordan); and I’ll give you to them for servants, that the people of Ammon (Jordan) won’t be remembered among the nations, and I’ll punish Moab; and you’ll know that I am Yahweh.   [12-17] Yahweh God says, Because Edom (Arab nations) has fought against the people of Judah, and has greatly offended, and punished them; so Yahweh God says this, I’ll stretch out My hand on Edom (Arab nations), and will destroy both human and animal from it; and I’ll make it empty from Teman (near Petra, Jordan) even to Dedan (now Al ‘Ulá, Saudi Arabia) and they’ll fall by war. I’ll punishEdom(Arab nations) by the hand of My peopleIsrael; and they’ll punishEdom(Arab nations) for My anger and rage; and they’ll know that I punish them, says Yahweh God. Yahweh God says, Because the Philistines (Palestine) have taken revenge, and fought with hatred of soul to destroy their enemies of long ago;  so Yahweh God says this, See, I’ll stretch out My hand on the Philistines (Palestine), and I’ll destroy their soldiers (Cherethites), and destroy what’s left of the people of the sea coast. I’ll punish them with great anger; and they’ll know that I am Yahweh, when I punish them.   26[1-6] In the 11th year, in the 1st day of the month (586BC), the word of Yahweh came to me, saying, Human being, because Tyre (Lebanon) has said against Jerusalem, Aha, the gateway of the peoples is broken and what they had is now mine; I’ll get what they had, now that they are destroyed. So Yahweh God says this, See, I am against you,Tyre (Lebanon), and will make many nations to come up against you, as the sea causes its waves to come up. They’ll destroy the walls ofTyre (Lebanon), and break down its defense towers.  I’ll also scrape the dust from it, and make it a bare rock. It will be a place to spread fishnets by the sea; because I’ve said it, says Yahweh God; and they’ll be given to the nations to plunder. Its towns in the land will be destroyed by war and they’ll know that I am Yahweh.   [7-11] For Yahweh God says this, See, I’ll bring on Tyre (Lebanon) Nebuchadnezzar, ruler of Babylon, ruler of rulers, from the north, with horses and riders, and war vehicles, and an army with many people. He’ll destroy your towns in the land with war; and will come against you, and build up a siege mound against you, and take your defense towers. He’ll set battering rams against your walls, and will break down your defenses with his axes. The dust of his many horses will cover you and your walls will shake at the noise of the riders, the supply wagons, and the war vehicles, when he enters your gates, as people enter a city with a break in its walls. With the horses’ hoofs he’ll trample down anyone in the streets and will kill your people with war. Your strong pillars will fall down to the ground. [12-18] They’ll plunder your riches, and take your stuff; They’ll break down your walls, and destroy your beautiful homes; and they’ll put your stones, timber, and soil in the sea. I’ll make the sound of your songs to stop; and the sound of your harps won’t be heard any more. I’ll make you a bare rock; you’ll be a place for spreading fishnets; you’ll never be built any more because I, Yahweh, have said it, says Yahweh God. Yahweh God says toTyre(Lebanon), won’t the islands shake at the sound of your fall, when the wounded groan and when death comes to you? Then all the rulers of the sea will come down from their thrones, and put aside their robes, and strip off their fine clothes and clothe themselves with trembling. They’ll sit on the ground, shaking in fear at it all, and be shocked at you. They’ll sing a song of sorrow over you, saying, How are you destroyed, who were full of these seafaring people, the famed city, who was strong in the sea, the city and its peoples, who caused fear on all who lived there! Now the islands will shake in the day of your fall; yes, the islands that are in the sea will be troubled when you go.   [19-21] For Yahweh God says this, When I make you an empty city, like the cities that have no people; when I flood you with the sea waters, and they cover you; then I’ll bring you down with those who go down to hell, to the people from long ago, and will make you stay in the heart of the earth, in the places that are hollow from long ago, with those who go to hell, that you never have people again; and I’ll be well known in the land of the living. I’ll make you a great suffering, and you’ll be gone; though you are searched for, you’ll never be found again, says Yahweh God.   27[1-4] The word of Yahweh came again to me, saying, You, Human being, sing a song of sorrow over Tyre (Lebanon); and tell them, you who live at the seacoast, who are the traders to many countries, Yahweh God says this, You, Tyre (Lebanon), have said, I am so beautiful. Your coasts are in the heart of the seas; your builders have made you very beautiful.   [5-9] They’ve made all your timber of pine trees from Senir (Mount Hermon range); they’ve taken a cedar fromLebanonto make you a mast. Your oars are made from the oaks of Bashan (east of theSeaofGallilee); they’ve made your rails of boxwood inlaid with ivory, from the islands of Kittim (Cyprus). Your sails are made of fine linen with needlework fromEgypt, so that it flew as your flag; You were covered with the blue and purple cloth from the islands of Elishah (Cyprus). The peoples ofSidon(Lebanon) and Arvad (Rouad,Lebanon-Syria) rowed your oars for you.  Your people were skilled as sailors,Tyre(Lebanon), and the best became your captains. The old people of Gebal (Byblos-Jubayl,Lebanon) and its wise people were your ship repairers. All the ships of the sea came with their sailors to buy your stuff.   [10-14]Persia(Iran) and Lud (Lydia, nowTurkey) and Put (Libyand other Arab-African nations) were in your army, and were your soldiers of war, who hung their shields and helmets in you and made you beautiful. The soldiers of Arvad (Rouad,Lebanon-Syria) were with your army around your walls, and brave soldiers were in your defense towers, who hung their shields around your walls and made you beautiful. Tarshish (Andalucia,Spain) traded with you in all kinds of riches, trading for your goods with silver, iron, tin, and lead. Javan (Greece), Tubal (Turkey), and Meshech (Moscow,Russia), traded with you, trading human beings and pots of brass for your stuff. The people of Togmarah (Russia,Turkey,Armenia, Cossak Countries) traded for your goods with war horses, riders, and mules.   [15-20] The people of Dedan (now Al ‘Ulá,Saudi Arabia) traded with you; many countries traded with you. They brought you horns of ivory and ebony to trade.Syriatraded for the crafts of your people. They traded for your goods with purple cloth, needlework, fine linen, coral, emeralds and rubies.Judah, and thelandofIsraeltraded with you for your wheat of Minnith (Jordan), and pastries, and honey, and oil, and balm.Damascustraded for the many crafts of your people, and for all the rich things of your people, with the wine of Helbon (Syria), and white wool. Vedan (Libya) and Javan (Greece) traded with Arabian yarn for your goods of polished iron, cinnamon, and perfumed cane oil, which were among your stuff. Dedan (now Al ‘Ulá,Saudi Arabia) was your trader in saddlecloths for riding.   [21-25] All the rulers of Kedar inArabiawere the ones who traded with you in lambs, rams, and goats, doing business with you regularly. The traders ofSheba(Yemen) and Raamah (Saudi Arabia) traded with you, trading for your goods with the best of all spices, and with all  kinds of precious stones, and gold.Haran, Canneh , and Eden (Turkey), the traders ofSheba(Yemen), Asshur (Assyria), and Chilmad (Marketplace), traded with you. These traded with you in the best goods, in blue cloth and needlework, and in chests of rich clothing, bound with ropes and made of cedar, which were among your stuff. The ships of Tarshish (Andalucia,Spain) were the handlers for your stuff and you were refilled, and made very famous in the heart of the seas.   [26-31] Your rowers have brought you into great waters, and the east wind has broken you in the heart of the seas. Your riches, your goods and stuff, your sailors, your captains, your repairers of ship seams, and the dealers in your stuff, and all your soldiers of war, who are in you, with all your people, which is in you, will fall into the heart of the seas in the day of your ruin. At the sound of the cry of your captains the towns around you will shake. All who rowed the oars, the sailors, and all the captains of the sea will come down from their ships and stand on the shore, and their voices will be louder than yours! They’ll cry bitterly, and throw dirt on their heads, wallowing in the ashes. They’ll shave their heads for you, and wear their mourning clothes, and cry and mourn for you with greatly saddened souls.   [32-36] In their screaming they’ll sing a song of sorrow for you, and mourn over you, saying, Who is there likeTyre(Lebanon), which has gone down with the sea? When your goods went out on the seas, you pleased many peoples; you made the rulers of the earth rich with all of your wealth and your stuff. When you were broken by the seas in the depths of the waters, your stuff and all your people fell in you. All the peoples of the countries are shocked at you, and their rulers are very afraid and greatly troubled. Those who do business among the peoples will mock at you in great suffering, and you’ll never exist again.   28[1-5] The word of Yahweh came again to me, saying, Human being, tell the ruler of Tyre (Lebanon), Yahweh God says, Because you think so highly of yourself in your heart, and you’ve said, I am a god, I sit in the seat of God, with the seas; yet you are human, and not God, though you set your heart to be like God! Yes, you’re wiser than Daniel and there’s no secret hidden from you; and by your wisdom and understanding you’ve made yourself rich, and have put much gold and silver into your treasures.  By your great wisdom in trading have you gained from your riches, and now you think so highly of yourself in your heart because of all your riches!   [6-10] So Yahweh God says this, Because you’ve set your heart to be like God, I’ll bring foreigners on you, the most terrible of the nations; and they’ll war against the beauty of your wisdom, and ruin your fame. They’ll send you to hell; and you’ll die the death of those who die in the heart of the seas. Will you still say before the God who kills you, I am God? But you are human, and not God, in the hand of the One who kills you. You’ll die the death of the ungodly nations by the hand of foreigners because I’ve said it, says Yahweh God.   [11-15] Besides this, the word of Yahweh came to me, saying, Human being, sing a song of sorrow over the ruler of Tyre (Lebanon), and tell him, Yahweh God says, You were completely perfect, full of wisdom, and beauty. You were in Eden, the garden of God (Eden); precious stones of ruby, topaz, emerald, chrysolite, onyx, diamond, sapphire, turquoise, and beryl graced you, all mounted in gold. They were set in you on the day that you were created. You were the set apart as one of the winged beings who covers Me; and I put you on the holymountainofGod, where you walked back and forth in all your fiery stones. You were created perfect and stayed that way, until you sinned and became ungodly.   [16-19] By the many treasures that graced you, you were filled with sinful, and you’ve sinned, so I’ve thrown you out of the mountain of God in disrespect; and I’ve put you out of all your fiery stones, even though you were one of the winged beings created to cover Me. You thought too highly of yourself in your heart and ruined your wisdom because of your great beauty. I’ve thrown you to the earth and made an example of you before rulers, that they would see you fall. You’ve ruined your holiness by the many sins you did, so I’ve brought out a fire from inside of you, which has burned you up, and I’ve turned you to ashes on the earth in the sight of all those who see you. All those who know you among the peoples will be shocked at you. You are a horrible thing and won’t live forever anymore.   [20-23] The word of Yahweh came to me, saying, Human being, look facing Sidon (Lebanon), and preach against it, and say, Yahweh God says, See, I am against you, Sidon (Lebanon); and I’ll be well known in you; and you’ll know that I am Yahweh, when I’ve punished you, and I am respected in you. I’ll send disease on you, and death into your streets; and the wounded will fall with you, with war on every side; and you’ll know that I am Yahweh.   [24-26] There won’t be a brier to prick the people ofIsraelany more, nor a sharp thorn to hurt them of any that are around them, that hate them; and they’ll know that I am Yahweh God. Yahweh God says, When I have gathered the people ofIsraelfrom the peoples among whom they’re scattered (Israel became a nation again in 1948), and will be respected in them in the sight of the unbelieving nations, then they’ll live in their own land which I gave to My servant Jacob. They’ll live safely in it; yes, and build homes, and plant gardens, and will live safely, when I’ve punished all those around them, who hated them; and they’ll know that I am Yahweh their God.   29[1-7] In the 10th year, on the 12th day of the  10th month (Dec.-Jan.), the word of Yahweh came to me, saying, Human being, look facing the ruler of Egypt, and preach against him and against all Egypt. Speak and say, ‘Yahweh God says, “See, I am against you, ruler ofEgypt (Hophra, 589-570 BC), the great monster that lies with your rivers, and has said, ‘My river is My own, and I’ve made it for myself.’ I’ll put hooks in your mouth, and I’ll make the fish of your rivers stick to your scales; and I’ll fish you out of yourNile river, along with all your fish in your rivers, which stick to your scales. I’ll throw you and all the fish of your rivers out into the countryside. You’ll fall on the open field, where you won’t be picked up, or gathered together. I’ll leave you as food for the animals of the earth and the birds of the sky. All the peoples ofEgypt will know that I am Yahweh, and that you’ve been nothing but a weak measure to the people ofIsrael. When they grabbed a hold of you, you broke, and pulled their shoulders out of joint; and when they leaned on you, you broke, and threw their backs out.”   [8-12] So Yahweh God says this, “See, I’ll bring war on you, and will destroy both human and animals from you. ThelandofEgyptwill be an empty place and a wasteland; and you’ll know that I am Yahweh. Because you’ve said, ‘The river is mine, and I’ve made it; I am against you and your Nile, and I’ll make thelandofEgypta total waste and an empty place, from the city ofMigdoltoAswan, even to the border ofEthiopia. No human foot will pass through it, nor the foot of an animal, nor will there be any people for 40 years. I’ll make the land of Egypt worse than the countries around it that are empty; and its cities will be worse than any other city that’s been destroyed and will be empty for 40 years. I’ll scatter the Egyptians among the nations, and will send you throughout all the countries.”   [13-16] For Yahweh God says this, “At the end of 40 years I’ll gather the Egyptians from the peoples where you were scattered; and I’ll bring back the prisoners of war of Egypt, and will make you to go back into the land of Pathros (Upper-southern Egypt), where you were born; and you’ll be a weak country there. It will be the weakest of the countries and it won’t have power over the nations anymore. I’ll make you as nothing, so that you can’t rule over the nations anymore. The people ofIsraelwon’t have any confidence in it ever again, but will remember their sin when they turn to look at you; and they’ll know that I am Yahweh God.”’”   [17-21] In the 27th year, in the 1st day of the 1st month (March-April), the word of Yahweh came to me, saying, Human being, Nebuchadnezzar ruler of Babylon caused his army to do a great service against Tyre (Lebanon). Every head was shaved, and every shoulder was worn out; yet he’s not been paid, nor his army, fromTyre (Lebanon), for the work that he had done against it. So Yahweh God says this, See, I’ll give theland ofEgypt to Nebuchadnezzar ruler ofBabylon; who will carry off her people, and plunder it, and take it for his pay; and to pay for the army. I’ve given him theland ofEgypt as payment for which he served, because he worked for Me, says Yahweh God. In that day I’ll make the people ofIsrael grow strong, and I’ll open your mouth to speak to them; and they’ll know that I am Yahweh.   30[1-5] The word of Yahweh came again to me, saying, Human being, preach, and say, Yahweh God says, Scream, for the day of sorrow is coming! The day is near, even the day of Yahweh is very near; and it will be a dark day for the nations. War will come onEgypt, andEthiopiawill suffer, when the dead fall inEgypt; and they’ll take away its people, and everything will be broken down.Ethiopia, and Put (Libyaand other Arab-African nations), and Lud (Lydia, nowTurkey), and all the mixed people, and Kub (Russia, Cossacks), and the people of the land that have agreements with them, will all fall by war.   [6-9] Yahweh says this, All those who uphold Egypt will fall; and the pride of its power will come down;  from the city of Migdol to Aswan they’ll fall in it by war, says Yahweh God. They’ll be worse than the countries around them that are empty; and its cities will be worse than any other cities that are wasted. They’ll know that I am Yahweh, when I set fire toEgypt, and all its helpers are destroyed. In that day, messengers will go out from before Me in ships to put fear in the careless Ethiopians; and they’ll suffer, as in the day ofEgypt; Their day is coming.   [10-12] Yahweh God says, I’ll also make the people ofEgyptto come to an end, by the hand of Nebuchadnezzar ruler ofBabylon. God and your people with God, the terrible of the nations, will be brought in to destroy the land; and you’ll draw your swords againstEgypt, and fill the land with the dead. I’ll make the rivers dry, and will sell the land into the hand of sinful people; and I’ll make the land empty, and all that is in it, by the hand of foreigners. I, Yahweh, have said it.   [13-19] Yahweh God says, I’ll also destroy all the false gods, and put an end to their worship inMemphis(Noph, old capital ofEgypt); and there won’t be a ruler in thelandofEgyptanymore; and I’ll put fear in thelandofEgypt. I’ll make Pathros (Upper-southernEgypt) empty, and will set fire to Zoan (Tanis), and will punish No (Thebes). I’ll let loose My great anger on Sin (Pelusium), the stronghold ofEgypt; and I’ll destroy the people of No (Thebes). I’ll set fire toEgypt; Sin (Pelusium) will suffer greatly, and No (Thebes) will be broken up; and enemies will come againstMemphis(Noph, old capital ofEgypt) everyday. The young soldiers of Aven (On,Heliopolis) and of Pibeseth (Bubastis) will fall by war; and become prisoners of war. A dark day will come to Tehaphnehes (Tahpanhes), when I break there the strength ofEgypt, and the pride of its power will come to an end. As forEgypt, a cloud of smoke will cover it, and its towns will become prisoners of war. So I’ll punishEgypt; and they’ll know that I am Yahweh.   [20-26] In the 11th year, in the 7th day of the 1st month (March-April), the word of Yahweh came to me, saying, Human being, I’ve broken the arm of ruler of Egypt; and it hasn’t been tied up to heal, or had a bandage put on it, so that it would be strong for war. So Yahweh God says this, See, I am against the ruler ofEgypt, and will break his arms, both the strong arm, and what was broken; and I’ll make his weapon fall out of his hand. I’ll scatter the Egyptians among the nations, and will send them throughout the countries. I’ll strengthen the arms of the ruler ofBabylon, and put My weapon in his hand, but I’ll break the arms of ruler ofEgypt, who’ll cry out before him as if he were dying. I’ll strengthen the arms of the ruler ofBabylon; and the arms of ruler ofEgypt will fall down; and they’ll know that I am Yahweh, when I put My weapon into the hand of the ruler ofBabylon, and he uses it on theland ofEgypt. I’ll scatter the Egyptians among the nations, and send them throughout all the countries; and they’ll know that I am Yahweh.   31[1-5] In the 11th year, in the 1st day of the 3rd month (May-June 587BC), the word of Yahweh came to me, saying, Human being, ask the ruler of Egypt, and his people, Who is as great as you are? See, the Assyrian was like a cedar inLebanon with beautiful branches that deeply shaded the forest, and was very high with its top above the tree tops. The deep waters fed it and made it grow. The creeks ran around where it was planted; and all the little streams flowed out to all the trees of the field. So it was higher than all the trees of the field; and had many branches, which became long because of all the water, as it grew.   [6-9] All the birds of the sky made nests in its branches; and under its branches all the animals of the field had their young; and all the great nations lived under its shade. So it was very beautiful and had big long branches because its roots were by much water. The cedars in thegardenofGod(Eden) weren’t as tall as it, the pine trees didn’t have as many branches, and the sycamore trees weren’t as thick as its branches; nor was any tree in thegardenofGod(Eden) as beautiful as it. I made it beautiful with its many branches, so that all the trees ofEdenthat were in thegardenofGod(Eden), would want to be like it.   [10-14] So Yahweh God said this, Because you are so high and have put your top above all the other tree tops, and you think too highly of yourself; I’ll give you over to the power of the strongest of the nations; which will without a doubt deal with you; I’ve driven you out because of your sinful ways. Foreigners, the most terrible of the nations, have cut you down, and have left you. Your branches are fallen on all the mountains and valleys, and are broken by all the rivers of the land; and all the peoples of the earth have gone from your shade, and have left you. All the birds of the sky will nest in your fallen branches, and all the animals of the field will hide under your fallen branches; so that none of all the trees by the waters will grow to your height, nor dare to put their top above the tree tops, nor that even the strong ones with water will grow to your height, because they’re all going to die, and go to the heart of the earth (Paradise, Hell), where all human beings go, along with those who are buried in the grave.   [15-18] Yahweh God says, In the day whenAssyriawent down to Hell I caused great sorrow. I closed the waters, and stopped its flow; and the great waters were dammed up for it. I causedLebanonto mourn for it, and all the trees of the field wilted for it. I made the nations to shake at the sound of its fall, when I threw it down to Hell along with all those who go down to the heart of the earth (Paradise, Hell); and all the trees of Eden, the best and greatest of Lebanon, all that have water, were comforted in the heart of the earth (Paradise). Those nations which lived under its shade, who were its strength also went down into Hell with it to the dead. So who are you like in beauty and in greatness among the trees ofEden? Yet you’ll be brought down with the trees ofEdento the heart of the earth (Paradise, Hell) and you’ll be with the ungodly nations, with the dead. This is ruler ofEgyptand all his people, says Yahweh God.   32[1-5] In the 12th year, in the 1st day of the 12th month (Feb-March 585 BC), the word of Yahweh came to me, saying, Human being, sing a song of sorrow over ruler of Egypt (Hophra), and tell him, You were as strong as a young lion among the nations, yet are you as troubling as a sea monster; and broke out of your rivers, and stirred up the waters with your feet, and dirtied the rivers. Yahweh God says, I’ll spread out My net on you with a great many people; and bring you up in My net. I’ll pull you on to the land, and throw you out in the open field to die, and will make all the birds of the sky to land on you, and I’ll feed all the animals of the whole earth with your body. I’ll lay your body on the mountains, and fill the valleys with what’s left of you.   [6-10] I’ll also water the land in which you swim with your blood, all the way to the mountains; and the rivers will be full of you. When I destroy you, I’ll cover the heavens, and the stars won’t shine; I’ll cover the sun with clouds, and the moon won’t shine. All the bright lights of the sky over you I’ll make dark, and send darkness over your land, says Yahweh God. I’ll also trouble the hearts of many peoples, when I destroy you among the nations, in the countries which you haven’t known. Yes, I’ll make many peoples amazed at you, and their rulers will be very afraid because of what happened to you, when I bring out My weapon before them; and they’ll all shake in fear, everyone for their own life, when you fall.   [11-16] For Yahweh God says this, The ruler ofBabylon(Nebuchadnezzar) will come against you in war. I’ll make your people to fall with their strong soldiers; the most terrible of the nations. They’ll destroy the pride ofEgypt, and all its people will be destroyed, as well. I’ll also destroy all the animals from beside  the many waters; nor will a human being step a foot on your land any more, nor an animal hoof. Then I’ll let your waters clear up, and your rivers will run like oil, says Yahweh God. When I make thelandofEgyptempty and a wasteland, a land stripped of everything in it, when I take down all those who live in it, then they’ll know that I am Yahweh. This is the song of sorrow which you’ll sing; the cities of the nations will sing it in sorrow overEgypt, and all the people will sing it in sorrow, says Yahweh God.   [17-21] Also in the 12th year, in the 15th day of the month, the word of Yahweh came to me, saying, Human being, scream for the people of Egypt, and throw them down along with the cities of the great nations, to the heart of the earth (Paradise, Hell), along with those who are buried in the grave. Whom do you pass in beauty? Go down, and stay with the ungodly nations. They’ll fall with the rest of the dead. They are given to war; and all her peoples will be drawn away. The strongest of the strong will speak toEgypt and those who help it in hell, saying, You’ve come down, and will be still, along with all the ungodly nations, who are dead by war.   [22-25] Asshur (Assyria) is there and all its people; It’s full of the graves of its dead, who have fallen by war and whose graves are in the lowest parts of hell, and its army is all around its grave; all of them dead, fallen by war, who caused great suffering in the land of the living. Elam (Iran) is there and all its people around its grave; all of them dead, fallen by war, who have gone down with ungodly nations into the heart of the earth, who caused great suffering in the land of the living, and must be ashamed with those who go to hell. They’ve put their bed with the dead with all the people; and graves all around it; all of the ungodly nations, dead by war; for the great suffering they caused in the land of the living, and they must be ashamed with those who go to hell. So they are put with those who are dead.   [26-28] There is Meshech (Moscow), Tubal (Turkey), and all their people; their graves are all around them; all of them ungodly nations, dead by war for the great suffering they caused in the land of the living. They won’t be buried with the strong who are fallen of the ungodly nations, who are gone down to Hell with their weapons of war, and have laid them under their heads, and their bones are punished for their sins, for all the great suffering they caused in the land of the living. But you’ll be broken with the ungodly people, and will be buried with the dead.   [29-32] There isEdom(Arab nations), and all their rulers, who in spite of their strength are buried with the dead. They’ll be buried with the ungodly nations, and with those who go down to hell. There are the rulers of the north (TyreandSidon,Lebanon), all of them, and all their people, who are buried with the dead; They’re shamed for the great suffering which they caused by their strength; and they’ll be buried with the ungodly nations with the dead, and take their shame with those who go to hell. The ruler ofEgyptwill see them, and be comforted with all his people; Yes, the ruler ofEgyptand all his army, dead by war, says Yahweh God. For I’ve made great suffering in the land of the living by him; but he’ll be buried with the ungodly people, with the dead; Yes, the ruler ofEgyptand all his people, says Yahweh God.   33[1-6] The word of Yahweh came to me, saying, Human being, speak to the children of your people, and tell them, When I bring war on a land, and the people of the land take someone from among them, and makes them a lookout; If, when they see that war is coming on the land, and blow the trumpet, and warn the people; then whoever hears the sound of the trumpet, and doesn’t take warning, if war comes, and takes them away, their death will be their own fault. They heard the sound of the trumpet, and didn’t take warning; their death will be their own fault; whereas if they had taken warning, they would have saved themselves. But if the lookout sees that war is coming, and doesn’t blow the trumpet, and the people aren’t warned, and war comes, and take anyone from among them; They’re taken away in their sin, but I’ll hold the lookout responsible for their death.   [7-11] So you, Human being, I’ve made you a lookout to the people ofIsrael; so hear what I say, and warn them for Me. When I tell the sinful, You sinful person, you’ll without a doubt die, and you don’t warn the sinful from their way; that sinful person will die in their sin, but their death I’ll hold you responsible for. But, if you warn the sinful to turn from their ways, and they don’t turn from their ways, they’ll die in their sin, but you’ve saved your soul. You, Human being, tell the people ofIsrael, So you say, If we are guilty of our sins and wrongs, and we suffer for them; why are we still alive? Tell them, As I live, says Yahweh God, I don’t get any enjoyment out of the death of the sinful; but hope that the sinful will turn from their ways and live; So turn, turn from your sinful ways. Why should you die, people ofIsrael?   [12-16] You, Human being, tell the children of your people, The past goodness of the good won’t save them when they disobey; and as for the past sinfulness of the sinful, they won’t fall by it when they turn from their sinful ways; nor will those who are good be able to live by their past goodness when they sin. When I tell the good that they’ll without a doubt live; if they trust in their goodness, and sin, none of their good works will be remembered; but they’ll die for the sin that they’ve done. Again, when I say to the sinful, You’ll without a doubt die; if they turn from their sin, and do what is lawful and right; If the sinful gives back what was promised, gives back what they’ve taken by stealing, follows the laws that give them life, doing no wrong; they’ll without a doubt live, and won’t die. None of their sins that they’ve done will be remembered against them because they are now doing what is lawful and right; and they’ll without a doubt live.   [17-20] Yet your people say, The way of God isn’t right, but as for you, it’s your way that isn’t right. When the good turns from their goodness, and sins, they’ll die in their sin. When the sinful turns from their sinful ways, and does what is lawful and right, they’ll live. Yet you say, The way of God isn’t right. People ofIsrael, I’ll judge everyone for what they’ve done, whether good or bad.   [21-26] In the 12th year while we were prisoners of war, in the 5th day of the 10th month (Dec.-Jan.), someone who had escaped out of Jerusalem came to me, saying, The city has been taken. Now the hand of Yahweh had been on me in the evening, before the one who had escaped came; and God had opened my mouth, so when he came to me in the morning my mouth was opened, and I could speak again. The word of Yahweh came to me, saying, Human being, those who live in the ruins in theland ofIsrael say, Abraham was one, who was given the land, but we are many and the land has been given to us now. So tell them, Yahweh God says, You eat meat with its blood still in it, worship your false gods, and murder people! Do you really think you’ll have the land? You depend on your weapons, you do evil things, and you ruin each other’s wives!  Do you really think you’ll have the land?   [27-29] So you’ll tell them, Yahweh God says, As I live, without a doubt those who are in the ruins will fall by war; and those who are in the open field I’ll give to the animals to be eaten; and those who are in the safe places and in the caves will die of disease. I’ll make the land an empty place and a shock; and the pride of your power will come to an end; and the mountains ofIsraelwill be empty, so that none will pass through. Then will you know that I am Yahweh, when I’ve made the land an empty place and a shock, because of all your filthy garbage which you’ve done.   [30-33] As for you, Human being, the children of your people talk about you by the walls and in the doors of their houses, and say to one another, Please come and hear the word of Yahweh God. They come to you like people do, and sit before you as My people, and they hear your words, but don’t do them; they talk about how much they love Me, but their hearts go after their money. See, you are to them as a beautiful song of a great singer, who can play well on an instrument; because they hear your words, but they don’t do them. When this happens, and it’s coming, then they’ll know that a great preacher has been among them.   34[1-6] The word of Yahweh came to me, saying, Human being, preach against the preachers of Israel, preach, and tell them, even speaking to the preachers, Yahweh God says, Sorrow is coming to the preachers of Israel who only take care of themselves! Shouldn’t the preachers take care of the people? You eat the best things, and clothe yourselves with the best clothes, taking care of yourselves; but you don’t take care of the people. You haven’t strengthened the weak, nor have you healed what was sick, nor have you bound up what was broken, nor have you brought back those who were driven away, nor have you searched for what was lost; but with force and with hard rules you’ve ruled over them. They were scattered, because there was no one to care for them; and they were thrown to the wolves and scattered. My people have wandered everywhere! Yes, My people were scattered all over the face of the earth; and no one was searching for them.   [7-10] So, you preachers, hear the word of Yahweh, As I live, says Yahweh God, without a doubt because My people have been abused and killed, and My people were fed to the wolves, because there was no preacher, nor did My preachers search for My people, but the preachers took care of themselves, and didn’t take care of My people; so, you preachers, hear the word of Yahweh.  Yahweh God says, See, I am against the preachers; and I’ll hold you responsible for My people, and make you stop taking care of the people; nor will the preachers take care of themselves anymore; and I’ll save My people from you, so that they won’t be hurt by you again.   [11-16] For Yahweh God says this, See, I Myself, even I, will search for My people, and will find them. As a preacher finds the people when they are out among those who have strayed away, so I’ll find My people; and I’ll save them out of all places where they’ve been scattered in the cloudy and dark day. I’ll bring them out from the peoples, and gather them from the countries, and will bring them into their own land (Israel became a nation again in 1948); and I’ll take care of them on the mountains ofIsrael, by the rivers, and in all the places that are full of people in the country. I’ll take good care of them; and their homes will be on the tallest mountains ofIsrael. There, they’ll lie down in a good home; and have good land to feed themselves on the mountains ofIsrael. I, Myself, will be the preacher to My people, and I’ll make them sit down and listen, says Yahweh God. I’ll call out to those who are lost, and will bring back those who were driven away, and will bind up those who are broken, and will strengthen those who are weak, but I’ll destroy those who have only taken care of themselves; I’ll take care of them with justice.   [17-22] As for you, My people, Yahweh God says this, See, I judge between one person and another like sheep and goats. Does is seem a small thing to you to have been given the best land, but must you destroy what was left of your land? and to have drunk of the clearest waters, but must you poison it? As for My people, you’ve destroyed everything you’ve been given. So Yahweh God says this to you, See, I, even I, will judge between the rich and the poor. Because you abused all the weak with your power, until you’ve scattered them out; so I’ll save My people, and they won’t be a abused and killed any more; and I’ll judge between one person and another, and between one group of people and another.   [23-27] I’ll set up one preacher over you, who will take care of you, even a descendant of My servant David; who will take care of you, and who will be your preacher. I, Yahweh, will be your God, and My servant David will be your ruler; I, Yahweh, have said it. I’ll make with you a promise of peace, and will destroy those who come against you out of the land; and they’ll live safely in the countryside, and sleep in the woods safely. I’ll make you and the places around My mountain (Zion,Jerusalem) a blessing; and I’ll make the rain to come down in its season; and showers of blessings will come to you. The tree of the field will make its fruit, and the earth will make its produce, and you’ll be safe in your land; and you’ll know that I am Yahweh, when I’ve removed all trouble from you and freed you, and have saved you out of the hand of those who made you work so hard for them.   [28-31] You won’t be a abused and killed by the nations any more, nor will they destroy you; but you’ll live safely, and no one will make you afraid. I’ll grow you a beautiful garden that will be well known, and you won’t die from a lack of food in the land any more, nor be the blame of the nations any more. They’ll know that I, Yahweh, your God am with you, and that you, the people ofIsrael, are My people, says Yahweh God. You are My own people, the people of My own land, and I am your God, says Yahweh God.   35[1-6] Besides this, the word of Yahweh came to me, saying, Human being, look at Mount Seir (Edom, Arab nations), and preach against it, and tell it, Yahweh God says, See, I am against you, Mount Seir, and I’ll stretch out My hand against you, and I’ll make you an empty place and an shock. I’ll destroy your cities, and you’ll be empty; and you’ll know that I am Yahweh. Because you’ve were an enemy forever, and have killed the people of Israel in war when they were wounded, when their sin had come to an end; so, as I live, says Yahweh God, I’ll punish you with death, and death will chase you, since you haven’t hated death, death will chase you.   [7-11] So I’ll makeMountSeir(Edom, Arab nations) a shock and an empty place; and I’ll destroy from it those who pass through and those who go back. I’ll fill its mountains with its dead and in your hills and in your valleys and in all your rivers you’ll fall who are killed in the war. I’ll make you an empty place forever, and your cities won’t have any people; and you’ll know that I am Yahweh. Because you’ve said, These two nations and these two countries (Israel and Judah) will be mine, and we will have it; but Yahweh was there, so, as I live, says Yahweh God, I’ll punish you for your anger, and for your jealousy which you’ve shown out of your hatred for them; and I’ll make myself known among them, when I judge you.   [12-15] You’ll know that I, Yahweh, have heard all your disrespect which you’ve spoken against the mountains ofIsrael, saying, They’re empty, and given to us to take. You’ve made yourselves great and spoken against Me with your words, and have said many words against Me, and I’ve heard it. Yahweh God says, When the whole earth celebrates, I’ll make you empty. As you celebrated over the land of the people ofIsrael, because it was empty, so I’ll do to you; and you’ll be empty,MountSeir, and all ofEdom(Arab nations), every bit of it; and you’ll know that I am Yahweh.   36[1-5] You, Human being, preach to the mountains ofIsrael, and say, You mountains ofIsrael, hear the word of Yahweh. Yahweh God says, Because the enemy has said against you, Aha! The old places of false worship are ours; so preach, and say, Yahweh God says, Because they’ve made you empty, and took your land on every side, so that your strength was given to the rest of the nations, and you are spoken evil of by those who talk about you, and say evil things about the people; so you mountains of Israel, hear the word of Yahweh God. Yahweh God says to the mountains and to the hills, to the rivers and to the valleys, to the empty ruins and to the cities that are left empty, whose people have been abused and killed and made fun of by the rest of the nations that are around; so Yahweh God says this, Surely in the heat of anger of My jealousy I’ve spoken against the rest of the nations, and against all Edom (Arab nations), that have taken My land for themselves with great enjoyment in their heats, and with hatred in their souls, to throw its people out to be abused and killed.   [6-8] So preach about the land of Israel, and tell the mountains and the hills, the rivers and the valleys, Yahweh God says, See, I’ve spoken in My jealousy and in My great anger, because you’ve borne the shame of all the nations, so Yahweh God says this, I’ve promised you, saying, Surely the nations that are around you will take your shame. But you, mountains ofIsrael, you’ll shoot out your branches, and make your fruit for My peopleIsrael; and it’s about to happen.   [9-12] I am for you, and I’ll turn into you, and you’ll be dug and planted; and I’ll put many people in you, all the people of Israel, every one of them; and the cities will be full of people, and the ruins will be rebuilt; and I’ll put both human beings and animals in you; and you’ll do well and be fruitful; and I’ll make you to be full of people like you were before, and will do better to you than at the first. And you’ll know that I am Yahweh. Yes, I’ll make people to walk on you, even My people Israel; and they’ll own you, and you’ll be theirs, and you won’t take their people any more from here on out.   [13-15] Yahweh God says, Because they say to you, Your land destroys your people, and has killed the people of your nation; so it won’t kill your people any more, nor destroy your nation any more, says Yahweh God; I won’t let you hear any more shameful talk of the nations, nor let take the a blame of the peoples any more, nor make your nation stumble any more, says Yahweh God.   [16-21] Besides this the word of Yahweh came to me, saying, Human being, when the people of Israel lived in their own land, and ruined it by their evil ways and wrongdoings, their way before Me was as the unfitness of a woman on her period. So I poured out My great anger on them for the blood which they had poured out on the land, and because they had ruined it with their false gods; and I scattered them among the nations, and they were sent throughout all the countries; so for their evil ways and for their wrong doings I judged them. When they came to the nations, where they went, they disrespected My holy name; in that people said of them, These are the people of Yahweh, and have gone out of their land. But I cared about what people thought of My holy name, which the people ofIsraelhad disrespected among the nations, where they were scattered (Israel became a nation again in 1948).   [22-30] So tell the people ofIsrael, Yahweh God says, I don’t do this for your sake, people ofIsrael, but for My holy name, which you’ve disrespected among the nations, where you went. I’ll make My name great, which has been disrespected among the nations, which they’ve disrespected with you; and the nations will know that I am Yahweh, says Yahweh God, when I am respected in you before their eyes. For I’ll take you from among the nations, and gather you out of all the countries, and will bring you into your own land. I’ll sprinkle clean water on you, and you’ll be clean from all your filthiness, and I’ll make you pure from all your false gods. I’ll give you a new heart also, and I’ll put a new spirit within you; and I’ll take away your hard hearts of stone, and I’ll soften your hearts of flesh. I’ll put My Spirit within you, and make you keep My rules, and My laws, and do them. You’ll live in the land that I gave to your ancestors; and you’ll be My people, and I’ll be your God. I’ll save you from all your unfitness and I’ll call for the grain to grow, and will multiply it, and you’ll have no a lack of food. I’ll grow many fruit trees, and the produce of the field, so that you won’t take the blame for the lack of food among the nations any more.   [31-35] Then you’ll remember your sinful ways, and your wrong doings; and you’ll hate yourselves for your sins and for your filthy garbage. I don’t do this for your sake, says Yahweh God, so let it be known to you! Be ashamed and confused for your ways, people ofIsrael! Yahweh God says, In the day that I cleanse you from all your sins, I’ll make the cities full of people, and the ruins will be rebuilt. The land that was empty will be dug and planted, instead of the empty place it was in the sight of all who passed by. They’ll say, This land that was empty has become like the garden of Eden; and the ruined cities, which were empty are protected and full of people.   [36-38] Then the nations that are left around you will know that I, Yahweh, have rebuilt the ruins, and replanted what was empty. I, Yahweh, have said it, and I’ll do it. Yahweh God says, For this also, I’ll be asked by the people ofIsrael, to do it for them. So I’ll put many people in you who are dedicated to me. Like a sacrifice, they’ll be dedicated inJerusalemat the great feasts, so the ruined cities will be filled with people; and you’ll know that I am Yahweh.   37[1-6] The hand of Yahweh was on me, and God brought me out in the Spirit of Yahweh, and set me down in a valley full of bones. God caused me to pass by them all around and there were a great many in the open valley; and they were very old and dry. Then God asked me, Human being, can these bones live? So I answered, Yahweh God, only You know. And then God told me, Preach to these bones, and tell them, You old dry bones, hear the word of Yahweh. Yahweh God says to these bones, See, I’ll make you breathe again and you’ll live. I’ll put tendons on you, and will put muscles on you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you’ll live; and you’ll know that I am Yahweh.   [7-10] So I preached as I was told, and as I preached, there was a great noise, and an earthquake; and the bones came together, bone connected to bone. I saw, and there were tendons on them, and muscles came on them, and skin covered them; but there was no breath in them. Then God told me, Preach to the wind, preach, Human being, and tell the wind, Yahweh God says, Come from the four winds breath, and breathe on these dead ones, that they may live. So I preached as God told me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood still up on their feet, a very great army.   [11-14] Then God said to me, Human being, these bones are the whole people of Israel, who say, Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are as good as dead. So preach, and tell them, Yahweh God says, See, I’ll open your graves, and make you come up out of your graves, My people; and I’ll bring you back into thelandofIsrael. You’ll know that I am Yahweh, when I’ve opened up your graves, and caused you to come up out of your graves, My people. I’ll put My Spirit in you, and you’ll live, and I’ll place you in your own land (Israel became a nation again in 1948) and you’ll know that I, Yahweh, have said it and done it, says Yahweh.   [15-20] The word of Yahweh came again to me, saying, You, Human being, take one stick, and write on it, For Judah, and for the people of Israel, their people, then take another stick, and write on it, For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for all the people of Israel, their people, and join them together into one stick, that they may become one stick in your hand. When the children of your people speak to you, saying, Won’t you show us what these things mean? Tell them, Yahweh God says, See, I’ll take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the families of Israel their people; and I’ll put them with the stick of Judah, and make you one stick, and they’ll be one in My hand. The sticks that you write on will be in your hand right before their eyes.   [21-25] Say to them, Yahweh God says, See, I’ll take the people of Israel from among the nations, where ever they’re at, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land, and I’ll make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel; and one ruler will be ruler to them all; and they’ll not be two nations anymore, nor will they ever be divided into two countries any more at all; nor will they ruin themselves any more with their false gods, nor with their hateful things, nor with any of their sins; but I’ll save them out of all the places they live, in which they’ve sinned, and will cleanse them, so they’ll be My people, and I’ll be their God. A descendant of My servant David will be ruler over them; and they’ll all have one preacher, who’ll also follow My laws, and keep My rules, and do them. They’ll live in the land that I’ve given to Jacob My servant, in which your ancestors lived; and they’ll live in it, they, and their children, and grandchildren for ever. And the descendant of David My servant will be their ruler forever.   [26-28] Besides this I’ll make a promise of peace with them, which will be a promise forever to them; and I’ll put them back in their place, and will make them people, and will set My Place of Worship with them forever. My temple will also be with them; and I’ll be their God, and they’ll be My people. The nations will know that I am Yahweh who makesIsraelholy, when My Place of Worship will be with them forever.   38[1-6] The word of Yahweh came to me, saying, Human being, look facing Gog (Russia), of the land of Magog (Russia), the ruler of Rosh (Russia), Meshech (Moscow), and Tubal (Turkey), and preach against them, and say, Yahweh God says, See, I am against you, Gog (Russia), ruler of Rosh (Russia), Meshech (Moscow), and Tubal (Turkey), and I’ll turn you around, and put hooks into your jaws, and I’ll bring you out, with all your army, horses and riders, all of you in full armor, a great company all holding weapons and shields; Persia (Iran), Cush (Ethiopia, Africa), and Libya with you, all of them with shields and helmets; Gomer (Germany and the Slovak Countries), and all their troops; the people of Togmarah (Russia, Turkey, Armenia, Cossak Countries) in the farthest parts of the north, and all their troops; many peoples are with you.   [7-9] Get ready, yes, get ready, you, and all your troops who are gathered with you, and be a lookout for them. You’ll be visited after a long time and in the latter years you’ll come into the land that has been brought back from war, that is gathered out of many peoples, on the mountains ofIsrael, which have been ruins for many years; but it has been brought back from the peoples, and now they all live safely. You’ll go up, and come on them like a storm, covering the land like a cloud, you, and all your troops, and many peoples with you. [10-13] Yahweh God says, In that day, things will come into your mind, and you’ll make an evil plan, and you’ll say, I’ll go up and take the land that’s unprotected; I’ll go to those who are at rest, who now live safely, having no need of protection, and having no bars or gates. I’ll take everything they have and come against the ruins that are now full of people, and against the people who are gathered out of the nations, who have gotten themselves animals and goods, who live in the center of the earth.Sheba(Yemen), and Dedan (now Al ‘Ulá,Saudi Arabia), and those who do business in Tarshish (Andalucia,Spain), with all its towns, will ask you, Have you come to take what they have? Have you gathered your company to take all their riches? And to carry away all their silver and gold, animals and goods, to take great riches?   [14-17] So, Human being, preach, and tell Gog (Russia), Yahweh God says, In that day when My peopleIsraellive safely, won’t you know it? You’ll come out from your place, out of the farthest parts of the north, you, and many peoples with you, all of you riding on horses, a great company and a strong army; and you’ll come up against My people Israel, as a cloud covers the land, in the latter days, when I bring you against My land, that the nations may know Me, when I am respected in you, Gog (Russia?), before their eyes. Yahweh God says, Are you the one of whom I spoke in the old days by My servants the preachers ofIsrael, who preached in those days that in many years I would bring you against them?   [18-23] In that day, when Gog (Russia?) comes against thelandofIsrael, says Yahweh God, My great anger will come up into My nostrils. For in My jealousy and in the heat of My great anger I’ve spoken, Surely in that day there will be a great earthquake in the land of Israel; so that the fish of the sea, and the birds of the sky, and the animals of the field, and all small animals that run around on the earth, and all the people who are on the face of the earth, will shake at My presence, and the mountains will be thrown down, and all the steep places will fall, and every wall will fall to the ground. I’ll call for war against Gog (Russia) throughout all My mountains, says Yahweh God. Everyone’s weapon will be against their own people. With disease and death I’ll judge and punish Gog; and I’ll rain on Gog, and on their troops, and on the many peoples who are with them, with an overflowing shower, and great hailstones, fire, and sulfur. I’ll make Myself great, and set Myself apart (from any other god), and I’ll make Myself known in the eyes of many nations; and they’ll know that I am Yahweh.   39[1-5] You, Human being, preach against Gog (Russia), and say, Yahweh God says, See, I am against you, Gog (Russia), ruler of Rosh (Russia), Meshech (Moscow), and Tubal (Turkey) and I’ll turn you around, and will lead you, and make you come up from the farthest parts of the north; and I’ll bring you to the mountains of Israel; and I’ll knock your weapons out of your hands (Historically, these were descendants of the grandsons of Noah, Sons of Japheth, Genesis 10, the Scythians). All your troops will fall on the mountains ofIsrael, along with those who are with you. I’ll give you to every kind of bird to be eaten, and to the animals of the field to be eaten. You’ll fall in the open field because I’ve said it, says Yahweh God.   [6-10] I’ll send a fire on Magog (Russia), and on those who live safely in the coastlands (Europe?); and you’ll know that I am Yahweh. I’ll make My holy name known to My people Israel; I won’t allow My holy name to be disrespected any more and the nations will know that I am Yahweh, the Holy One in Israel. See, it’s coming, and it will be done, says Yahweh God; this is the day about which I’ve spoken. Those who live in the cities of Israel will go out, and will make fires of all the wooden weapons and burn them, both the shields and the weapons, and they’ll make fires out of them seven years; so that you’ll take no wood out of the field, nor cut down any out of the forests; because you’ll make fires of the wooden weapons; and you’ll take from those who took from you, and steal from those who stole from you, says Yahweh God.   [11-16]  In that day, I’ll give to Gog (Russia) a burial place in Israel, the valley on the east of the Dead sea, where the travelers would go; but it will block their path and stop them from going through. They’ll bury Gog (Russia) and all your people there; and call it The valley of Hamon Gog (Armies of Russia). The people ofIsrael will be burying you for seven months straight, that they may cleanse the land. Yes, all the people of the land will bury you; and it will be a great day for them in the day that I am made known, says Yahweh God. They’ll employ people permanently, who will go through the land, and with those who go through, those who bury the ones who are left on the surface of the land, to cleanse it. After the end of seven months they’ll still be searching. Those who go through the land will go through; and when they see a human bone, then they’ll put up a sign by it, until the gravediggers have buried it in thevalley ofHamon Gog (Armies of Russia).       There will also be a city called Hamonah (Army). So they’ll cleanse the land.   [17-20] You, Human being, Yahweh God says this, Speak to the birds of every kind, and to every animal of the field, Gather yourselves, and come; gather yourselves on every side and come to My sacrifice that I sacrifice for you, a very great sacrifice on the mountains of Israel, that you may eat the bodies and drink their blood. You’ll eat the bodies of the strong, and drink the blood of the rulers of the earth, of rams, of lambs, of goats, and of bulls, all of them like the fatlings of Bashan (nearGalilee). You’ll eat their fat until you’re full, and drink their blood until you’re drunk, from My sacrifice which I’ve sacrificed for you. You’ll be filled at My table with horses and riders, with strong people, and all the soldiers of war, says Yahweh God.   [21-24] I’ll make Myself known among the nations; and all the nations will see My judgment that I’ve done, and My hand that I’ve laid on you. So the people ofIsraelwill know that I am Yahweh their God, from that day and forward. The nations will know that the people ofIsraelbecame prisoners of war for their sin; because they sinned against Me, and I hid My face from them. I gave them into the power of their enemies, and they all fell by war. For their unfitness and for their sins I did this to them; and I hid My face from them.   [25-29] So Yahweh God says this, Now I’ll bring back the prisoners of war of Jacob, and have mercy on the whole people ofIsrael; and I’ll be jealous for My holy name. They’ll take their shame for all their sins which they’ve sinned against Me, when they live safely in their land, and no one will make them afraid; when I’ve brought them back from the peoples, and gathered them out of their enemies’ lands, and I am respected in them in the sight of many nations. They’ll know that I am Yahweh their God, in that I caused them to become prisoners of war among the nations, and have gathered them back to their own land; and I’ll leave none of you there any more; nor will I hide My face from you any more; because I’ve poured out My Spirit on the people of Israel, says Yahweh God.   40[1-3] In the 25th year we were prisoners of war, in the beginning of the year, in the 10th day of the month, in the 14th year after that the city was struck, in the same day, the hand of Yahweh was on me, and brought me in a vision into the land of Israel, and put me down on a very high mountain, where there was what seemed to be the frame of a building on the south. God brought me there; and there was a being, who shined like brass, holding a line of flax and a measuring stick about 10 feet long, who stood still in the gate.   [4-10] The angelic being said to me, Human being, watch and listen carefully, and remember in your heart all that I show you; because you were brought here that I may show you this, so you can tell the people ofIsraelall that you see. See, there was a wall on the outside of the building all around it, and the angelic being held a measuring stick about 10 feet long, and measured the thickness of the building, which was 10 feet wide and 10 feet high. Then the angelic being came to the gate which looks facing the east, and went up the steps and measured the doorway of the gate, which was 10 feet wide; and the other doorway, which was 10 feet wide. Every room was 10 feet long, and 10 feet wide; and the space between the rooms was 7 ½ feet; and the doorway of the gate by the porch of the gate which faced the building was also 10 feet. The angelic being measured also the porch of the gate which faced the building, which was 10 feet. Then the angelic being measured the porch of the gate, 12 feet; and its gateposts, 3 feet; and the porch of the gate faced the building. There were three rooms on each side of the east gate and all three measured the same and the gateposts on each side measured the same.   [11-15] Then the angelic being measured the opening of the gate, which was 15 feet wide and 20 feet long; and a border in front of the rooms, 21” on each side; and the rooms, 9 feet on each side. The angelic being measured the gate from the roof of one room to the roof of the other, which measured 37 ½ feet wide from door to door. The angelic being measured the gateposts also, which were 90 feet; and the court reached to the gateposts, around the gate and there was 75 feet from the front of the gate at the entrance to the front of the inner porch of the gate. There were window openings in the rooms, and between the gateposts within the gate all around, and the same in the arches; and the windows faced inward; and on each gatepost were palm trees.   [17-19] Then I was brought into the outer court; and there were rooms and a walkway, made for the court all around it and there were 30 rooms on the walkway. The walkway went to the side of the gates, which was the same length as the gates, and which was the lower walkway. Then the angelic being measured the width from the front of the lower gate to the front of the inner court outside, 150 feet, both on the east and the north.   [20-23] Then the angelic being measured the width and the length of north gate of the outer court. It had three rooms on each side; and its gateposts and arches were the same measure of the first gate. It was 75 feet long, and 37 ½ feet wide. Its windows, arches, and palm trees, were the same measure of the gate which faced east, with seven steps leading up to the arches, which were in front of them. There was a gate to the inner court across from the other gate, both on the north and on the east; and the angelic being measured from gate to gate 150 feet.   [24-27] Then I was led facing the south; and there was a south gate and the angelic being measured its gateposts and arches. There were windows in it and in the arches all around it, like the other windows, and it measured 75 feet long, and 37 ½ feet wide. There were seven steps going up to it, and the arches were in front of them; and it had palm trees on each side, and on the gateposts. There was a gate to the inner court that faced south and the angelic being measured 150 feet from gate to gate facing the south.   [28-34] Then the angelic being brought me to the inner court by the south gate and measured the south gate. The rooms, gateposts, and arches had the same measures as the others. There were windows in it and in the arches all around it just like the others; it was 75 feet long, and 37 ½ feet wide. There were arches around it, 37 ½ feet long, and 7 ½ feet wide. The arches faced the outer court; and palm trees were on the gateposts and it had eight steps going up to it. Then the angelic being brought me into the inner court on the east and measured the gate for these measures; and the rooms, gateposts, and arches had the same measures as the others; and there were windows in it and in the arches all around it just like the others; it was 75 feet long, and 37 ½ feet wide. The arches faced the outer court; and palm trees were on its gateposts on each side; and it had eight steps going up to it.   [35-43] Then the angelic being brought me to the north gate and measured it. The rooms, gateposts, and arches had the same measures as the others. There were windows in it all around; It was 75 feet long and 37 ½ feet. The gateposts faced the outer court; and palm trees were on the gateposts on each side and it had eight steps going up to it. A room with a door was by the gateposts at each of the gates where the burnt offerings were washed. In the porch of the gate were two tables on each side on which to kill the burnt offering, the sin offering, and the guilt offering. There were two tables outside on each side, as one goes up to the entry of the gate facing the north, which belonged to the porch of the gate. Four tables were on each side, by the side of the gate; eight tables in all, where the sacrifices were killed. There were four tables for the burnt offering, of cut stone, 2 feet long, and 2 feet wide, and 21” high; where the instruments were kept with which the burnt offerings and sacrifices were killed. The hooks, which were about 3” long, were hooked on it and the tables were for the meat of the offerings.   [44-46] Outside of the inner gate were rooms for the singers in the inner court; one at the side of the north gate facing south and one at the side of the east gate facing north. The angelic being said to me, This room, which faces south, is for the priests, those who keep charge of the building; and the room which faces north is for the priests, who keep charge of the altar. These are the family of Zadok, who come from the family of Levi, who may come near to Yahweh to minister to God.   [47-49] The angelic being measured the court, which was 150 feet long, and 150 feet wide, perfectly square; and the altar was in front of the building. Then the angelic being brought me to the porch of the building, and measured each gatepost of the porch, 7 ½ feet on each side and the width of the gate was 4 ½ feet on each side. The length of the porch was 30 feet, and the width 16 ½ feet; and on each side of the steps that went up to it were pillars by the gateposts.   41[1-4] The angelic being brought me to the House of Worship of God, and measured the gateposts, 9 feet wide on each side, which was the width of the tent. The width of the entrance was 15 feet; and the sides of the entrance were 7 ½ feet on each side. The angelic being measured its length, 60 feet, and the width, 30 feet. Then the angelic being went inside, and measured each gatepost of the entrance at three feet; and the entrance was 9 feet high and 10 ½ feet wide. The angelic being measured its length at 30 feet and width at 30 feet, in front of the House of Worship of God. The angelic being said to me, This is theMost Holy Place.   [5-9] Then the angelic being measured the wall of the building, which was 9 feet thick; and every side room was six feet, around the room on every side. The side rooms were in three stories high, one over another, and thirty in a row; and they went into the wall of the room with the side rooms all around it, that they would be strong, but didn’t go into the wall of the building. The side rooms were wider as they went around the room higher and higher; and the stairs of the room went higher and higher all around the house, so the width of the house continued upward; and so one went up from the lowest room to the highest by the middle room. I saw also that the room had a raised base around it and the foundations of the side rooms were a full measure of 10 feet. The thickness of the wall, which was for the side rooms, on the outside, was 7 ½ feet and what was left was the place of the side rooms of the building.   [10-14] Between the rooms was a width of 30 feet all around the building. The doors of the side rooms faced the place that was left, one door facing north, and another door facing south; and the width of the place that was left was 7 ½ feet around. The building that was before the separate place at the side facing west was 105 feet wide; and the wall of the building was 7 ½ feet thick all around it, and its length was 135 feet. So the angelic being measured the building, which was 150 feet long; and the separate place, and its building and walls, 150 feet long; also the width of the face of the building, and of the separate place facing east was 150 feet.   [15-20] The angelic being measured the length of the building that was in front of the separate place which was at the back, and the porches on each side, which were 150 feet; and the inner Place of Worship of God, and the porches of the court; the doorways, the window openings, the porches around on the three stories, across from the doorway, with wood ceilings all around, and from the ground up to the windows, (now the windows were covered), to the space above the door, all the way to the inner building, and outside, and all the wall around it both inside and outside. It was decorated with winged beings and palm trees; and a palm tree was between the winged beings, and every winged being had two faces; so that there was the face of a human facing the palm tree on one side, and the face of a young lion facing the palm tree on the other side. This was how it was made throughout all the building all around it; from the ground to above the door were winged beings and palm trees. This was the wall of the House of Worship of God.   [21-26] As for the House of Worship of God, the doorposts were squared; and as for the front of the Place of Worship, it looked the same as the House of Worship of God. The altar was made of wood, 4 ½ feet high, and 3 feet square; and its corners, length, and walls were all made of wood. The angelic being said to me, “This is the table that is before Yahweh.” The outer House of Worship of God and the innerMost Holy Placeof Worship had two doors. The doors had two panels apiece, two folding panels, two panels for each door. Each door of the House of Worship of God had winged beings and palm trees, like those on the walls; and there was a doorway of wood on the front of the porch outside. There were windows and palm trees on each side, on the sides of the porch and on the side rooms of the building, and the doorways.   42[1-8] Then the angelic being brought me out into the outer court, on the north and then brought me into the room that was across from the separate place, and which was across from the north side of the building. The north door faced its length, which was 150 feet, and the width was 75 feet. Across from the 30 feet of the inner court, and across from the walkway of the outer court, the porches faced each other in all three stories. In front of the rooms was a walk of 15 feet wide inward, and 150 feet long; and their doors faced the north. Now the upper rooms were shorter; because the porches took away from them more than from the rooms in the lower and the middle stories of the building. Those in third story didn’t have pillars as the pillars of the courts, so the upper story was shorter than the lowest and the middle stories from the ground. The wall that was outside by the side of the rooms, facing the outer court in front of the rooms was 75 feet long. The length of the rooms that were in the outer court was 75 feet long and there was 150 feet in front of the House of Worship of God.   [9-14] The east entry was under these rooms, as one goes into them from the outer court. In the thickness of the wall of the court facing the east, before the separate place, and before the building, there were more rooms. The way before them looked just like the other rooms which faced the north; their length and width was the same, along with all their doorways. For the doors of the rooms that faced the south was another door at the head of the walkway, which was directly in front of the wall facing the east, as you go in. Then the angelic being said to me, “The north rooms and the south rooms, which are in front of the separate place are the holy rooms, where the priests who go to Yahweh will eat the most holy things. There you’ll put the most holy things, and the meal offering, the sin offering, and the guilt offering; because the place is holy. When the priests enter in, then they’ll not go out of the holy place into the outer court, but they’ll put their clothes in which they minister there; because they’re holy; and they’ll put on other clothes to go do what they do for the people.   [15-20] Now the angelic being, who had finished measuring the inner building, brought me out by the east gate, and measured it all around. The angelic being measured on the east side 5,000 feet, with the measuring stick all around. The angelic being measured on the north side 5,000 feet with the measuring stick all around. The angelic being measured on the south side 5,000 feet with the measuring stick. The angelic being turned around to the west side, and measured 5,000 feet with the measuring stick. The angelic being measured it on all four sides, which had a wall all around it, the length 5,000 feet, and the width 5,000 feet, to make a separation between what was holy and what was ordinary.   43[1-4] Afterward the angelic being brought me to the gate facing the east. See, the light of the God of Israel came from the east, whose voice was like the sound of many waters; and whose light shone on the earth. It was like the vision which I saw, the vision that I saw when the city was destroyed; and the visions were like the vision that I saw by theChebarRiver; and I fell to the ground facedown. The light of Yahweh came into the Place of Worship by the way of the gate which was facing the east.   [5-9] The Spirit took me up, and brought me into the inner court; and the light of Yahweh filled the house. I heard someone speaking to me out of the Place of Worship, while an angelic being stood by me. God said to me, Human being, this is the place of My throne, and the place where I rest My feet, where I’ll live with the people ofIsraelfor ever. The people of Israel won’t ruin My holy name anymore, neither they, nor their rulers, by their unfaithfulness, and by the worshipping of the dead bodies of their rulers in their places of false worship; When they put their doorway by My doorway, and their doorpost beside My doorpost, and there was only a wall between Me and them, they’ve ruined My holy name by the filthy garbage they’ve done; so I’ve destroyed them in My anger. Now let them put away their unfaithfulness far from Me, and stop worshiping the dead bodies of their rulers; and I’ll live with them for ever.   [10-12] Human being, show the Place of Worship to the people ofIsrael, that they may be ashamed of their sins; and let them know the measure of the plan. If they’re ashamed of all that they’ve done, make known to them the building plan, and its design, and its exits, and entrances, and the way it’s laid out, and all its rules and laws, and the way they are carried out. Write it as they watch, so that they may keep all its plans, and all its laws, and do them. This is the law of the Place of Worship. On the top of the mountain and all around its limit will be most holy. See, this is the law of the Place of Worship.   [13-17] These are the measures of the altar by feet (the measure being 21”). The base will be 21” high, and 21” wide, and its border by its edge around it 9”; and this will be the base of the altar. From the base on the ground to the lower ledge will be 3’ 6”, and the width 21”; and from the lesser ledge to the greater ledge will be 7’, and the width 21”. The upper altar will be 4’; and from the altar hearth and upward there will be four horns. The altar hearth will be 21’ long by 21’ wide, square. The ledge will be 24’ 6” long by 24’ 6” wide; and the border around it will be 9”; and its base will be 21” around; and its steps will face east.   [18-21] The angelic being said to me, Human being, Yahweh God says this, These are the laws of the altar for the day when you make it, to offer burnt offerings on it, and to sprinkle blood on it. You’ll give to the Levites priests who are the descendants of Zadok, who come near to Me to minister to Me, says Yahweh God, a young bull for a sin offering. You’ll take of its blood, and put it on the four horns, and on the four sides of the ledge, and on the border around it. This is how you’ll make it clean and holy. You’ll also take the bull of the sin offering, and it will be burnt in the area set apart for it, outside of the Place of Worship.   [22-27] On the second day you’ll offer a male goat with nothing wrong with it for a sin offering; and you’ll cleanse the altar, as you cleansed it with the bull. When you’ve finished cleansing it, you’ll offer a young bull with nothing wrong with it, and a ram out of the flock with nothing wrong with it. You’ll bring them near before Yahweh, and the priests will throw salt on them, and offer them up for a burnt offering to Yahweh. They’ll get ready every day for seven days a goat for a sin offering. They’ll also get ready a young bull, and a male goat out of the flock, with nothing wrong with it. For seven days they’ll cleanse the altar and make it holy; so they’ll dedicate it. When they’ve finished the seven days, from the eighth day on, the priests will make their burnt offerings on the altar, and their peace offerings; and I’ll accept them, says Yahweh God.   44[1-3] Then the angelic being brought me back by the way of the outer gate of the Place of Worship, which faces east; and it was shut. Yahweh said to me, This gate will stay shut and not be opened, nor will any human being enter in by it; for Yahweh, the God of Israel, has entered in by it; so it will stay shut. As for the ruler, who will sit in it as ruler to eat bread before Yahweh and will enter by the way of the porch of the gate, going out the same way.   [4-8] Then the angelic being brought me by the way of the north gate before the Place of Worship; and I looked, and the light of God filled the Place of Worship of Yahweh and I fell to the ground facedown. Yahweh said to me, Human being, pay attention, watch and listen carefully to all that I tell you about all the laws of the Place of Worship of Yahweh; Pay attention to the entrance of the Place of Worship, and every exit to the Place of Worship. Tell the rebellious people of Israel, Yahweh God says, you people of Israel, I’ve had enough of all your filthy garbage, in that you’ve brought in foreigners, ungodly nations in heart and body, to be in My Place of Worship, to disrespect it, even My Place of Worship, when you offer My bread, the fat and the blood, and you’ve broken My promise, to add to all your filthy garbage. You haven’t kept the charge of My holy things; but you’ve set others in charge of My Place of Worship for yourselves.   [9-13] Yahweh God says, No foreigner, which hasn’t been dedicated in heart and body, will enter into My Place of Worship, of any foreigners who are among the people ofIsrael. But the Levites who went far away from Me, when Israel went astray, who went astray from Me after their false gods, they’ll take the punishment for their sin. Yet they’ll be ministers in My Place of Worship, having oversight at the gates of the Place of Worship, and ministering in the Place of Worship. They’ll kill the burnt offering and the sacrifice for the Place of Worship, and they’ll stand before the people to minister to them. Because they ministered to them before their false gods, and became a cause of sin to the people ofIsrael, I’ve lifted up My hand against them, says Yahweh God, and they’ll take the punishment for their sin. They won’t come near to Me, in the office of priest, nor to come near to any of My holy things, to the things that are most holy; but they’ll take their shame for the filthy garbage which they’ve done.   [14 -16] Yet I’ll make them keepers of the charge of the Place of Worship, for all its service, and for all that will be done in it. But the priests, the Levites, the descendants of Zadok, who kept the charge of My Place of Worship when the people of Israel went astray from Me, they’ll come near to Me to minister to Me; and they’ll stand before Me to offer to Me the fat and the blood, says Yahweh God. They’ll enter into My Place of Worship, and they’ll come near to My table, to minister to Me, and do what I say.   [17-19] When they enter in at the gates of the inner court, they’ll be clothed with linen clothes; and they won’t wear any wool, while they minister in the gates of the inner court, and within. They’ll have linen hats on their heads, and will have linen pants on their waists; They won’t put on anything that causes sweat. When they go out into the outer court to the people, they’ll put off their minister clothes, and put them in the holy rooms; and they’ll put on their other clothes, so that won’t cleanse the people with their clothes.   [20-23] They won’t shave their heads, nor let their hair grow long; they’ll only cut their hair. They won’t drink wine when they enter into the inner court. They won’t marry someone whose spouse has died, nor one who is divorced; but they’ll only take someone who has not been sexually active from the people ofIsrael, or a survivor of another priest. They’ll teach My people the difference between the holy and the ordinary, and make them to know what’s unfit and fit.   [24-27] In a disagreement they’ll stand to judge; they’ll judge for My laws and keep My laws and My rules in all My set feasts; and they’ll make My Seventh Days holy. They’ll won’t touch a dead person and ruin themselves; but only for a parent, a child, or for a sibling who has not been married, they may ruin themselves. After they’re cleansed, they’ll count seven days. When they go into the Place of Worship, into the inner court, to minister in the Place of Worship, they’ll offer a sin offering, says Yahweh God.   [28-31] As for their inheritance, I am their inheritance; and you’ll give them no land to own inIsrael; I am their possession. They’ll eat the meal offering, the sin offering, the guilt offering, and everything that is dedicated inIsrael; It will all be theirs. The first part of everything that is dedicated or sacrificed of all your offerings will be for the priests. You’ll also give to the priests the first of your dough, to make a blessing to rest on your people. The priests won’t eat anything that dies by itself, or is killed, whether it’s bird or animal.   45[1-4] Besides this, when you divide the land for an inheritance, you’ll offer part of it for an offering to Yahweh, a holy part of the land; it will be 250,000 feet long by 100,000 feet wide. This whole area will be holy. Of this, the holy place will be 5,000 feet long by 5,000 feet wide square; and 75 feet for the area around it. Of this measure you’ll measure 250,000 feet long by 100,000 feet wide and in it will be the Place of Worship, which is most holy. It is a holy part of the land and will be for the priests, the ministers of the Place of Worship, who minister to Yahweh; and it will be a place for their houses, and a holy place for the Place of Worship.   [5-8] The 250,000 feet length, and the 100,000 feet width, will be for the Levites, the ministers of the Place of Worship, to own for themselves, for their 20 rooms. You’ll set the borders of the city at 50,000 feet wide by 250,000 feet long, side by side with the offering of the holy part. It will be for all the people ofIsrael. Whatever is for the ruler will be on both sides of the holy part and the city, in front of the holy part and in front of the city, on the west side, and on the east side; and as long as one of the parts, from the west border to the east border. This will be for the ruler inIsrael, so My rulers won’t abuse My people; but you’ll give the land to the people ofIsraelfor their families.   [9-12] Yahweh God says, I’ve had enough of you, rulers ofIsrael! Stop your violence and abuse, do what’s right and good; and stop taking the land away from My people, says Yahweh God. You’ll have equal weights, an equal dry measure, and an equal liquid measure. The dry measure and the liquid measure will be the same measure, so that the liquid has ten measures, and the dry has ten measures, with the measure being three quarts. The dollar will be 20 nickels. Your large bill will equal sixty dollars.   [13-17] You’ll offer a 6th of a dry measure from eighty gallons of wheat; and you’ll give a 6th of a dry measure from a eighty gallons of barley; and the set amount of the liquid measure of oil, a 10th part of a liquid measure out of eighty gallons, which is ten liquid measures, or eighty gallons; (because ten liquid measures equals eighty gallons;) and one lamb of the flock, out of 200, from the well-watered pastures of Israel for a meal offering, for a burnt offering, and for peace offerings, to take your place for your sins, says Yahweh God. All the people of the land will give to this offering for the ruler inIsrael. It will be the ruler’s part to give the burnt offerings, the meal offerings, and the drink offerings, in the feasts, and on the new moons, and on the Seventh Days, in all the set feasts of the people ofIsrael. The ruler will get the sin offering, the meal offering, the burnt offering, and the peace offerings ready, to take the place of the people ofIsrael.   [18-20] Yahweh God says, In the 1st day of the 1st month (March-April), you’ll take a young bull that has nothing wrong with it; and you’ll cleanse the Place of Worship. The priest will take some of the blood of the sin offering, and put it on the doorposts of the Place of Worship, on the four sides of the ledge of the altar, and on the gateposts of the gate of the inner court. And you’ll do this on the 7th day of the month for everyone who does something wrong without meaning to, and those who don’t know any better; so you’ll cover the sins of the people.   [21-25] In the 14th day of the 1st month (March-April), you’ll have the Passover, a feast of seven days when bread without yeast will be eaten. On that day the rulers will get ready for themselves and for all the people of the land a bull for a sin offering. The seven days of the feast the ruler will get ready a burnt offering to Yahweh, seven bulls and seven rams that have nothing wrong with them, daily for the seven days; and a male goat daily for a sin offering. The ruler will get ready a meal offering, eight gallons for a bull, and eight gallons for a ram, and five quarts of oil to each eight gallons. In the 15th day of the 7th month (Sept-Oct.), in the feast, the ruler will do the same for seven days; for the sin offering, for the burnt offering, and for the meal offering, and for the oil.   46[1-5] Yahweh God says, The gate of the inner court that faces the east will be shut the six working days; but on the Seventh day and on the day of the new moon it will be opened. The ruler will enter by the porch of the gate outside, and will stand by the gatepost of the gate; and the priests will get ready the burnt offering and the peace offerings, and the ruler will worship at the doorway of the gate, then go out; but the gate won’t be shut until the evening. The people of the land will worship at the door of that gate before Yahweh on the Seventh Days and on the new moons.  The burnt offering that the ruler will offer to Yahweh on the Seventh day will be six lambs that have nothing wrong with them and a ram with nothing wrong with it; and the meal offering will be eight gallons for the ram, and the meal offering for the lambs as the ruler is able to give, and five quarts of oil to eight gallons.   [6-10] On the day of the new moon it will be a young bull with nothing wrong with it, and six lambs, and a ram that have nothing wrong with them, and the ruler will get ready a meal offering, eight gallons for the bull, eight gallons for the ram, and for the lambs as the ruler is able, and five quarts of oil to each eight gallons of grain. The ruler will enter and go in by the porch of the gate, and will go out by the same way. But when the people of the land will come before Yahweh in the set feasts, those who enter by the north gate to worship will go out by the south gate; and those who enter by the south gate will go out by the north gate. They won’t go back by the same gate they came in, but will go out straight before them. The ruler will go in with the people when they go in and when they go out, will go out with them.   [11-15] In the feasts and in the celebrations the meal offering will be eight gallons for a bull, eight gallons for a ram, and for the lambs as the ruler is able to give, and a five quarts of oil to eight gallons. When the ruler gets ready a freewill offering, a burnt offering or peace offerings as a freewill offering to Yahweh, someone will open for the ruler the gate that faces the east; and the ruler will get ready the burnt offering and the peace offerings, as on the Seventh day and then will go out; and after going out, someone will shut the gate. The ruler will get ready a year old lamb with nothing wrong with it for a burnt offering to Yahweh daily each morning, and will get ready a meal offering with it each morning, a 6th of an eight gallon measure, and a 3rd part of a five quart measure of oil, to moisten the fine flour; a meal offering to Yahweh continually by law forever. So the lamb, the meal offering, and the oil, will be gotten ready each morning for a continual burnt offering.   [16-18] Yahweh God says, If the ruler give a gift to any of your children, it’s your inheritance, it will belong to your children; it’s your possession by inheritance. But if God give of your inheritance a gift to one of your servants, it will be your to the year of liberty; then it will go back to the ruler; but as because your inheritance, it will be because your children. Besides this the ruler won’t take of the people’s inheritance, to thrust you out of your possession; God will give inheritance to your children out of your own possession, that My people not be scattered every human from your possession.   [19-24] Then God brought me through the entry, which was at the side of the gate, into the holy rooms because the priests, which looked facing the north[ and , there was a place on the hinder part westward. God said to me, This is the place where the priests will boil the guilt offering and the sin offering, and where you’ll bake the meal offering; that you not bring you out into the outer court, to sanctify the people. Then God brought me out into the outer court, and caused me to pass by the four directions of the court; and in every corner of the court there was a court. In the four directions of the court there were courts enclosed, 40 feet long and thirty wide[ these four in the corners were of one measure. There was a wall around in you, around the 4, and boiling places were made under the walls around. Then said God to me, These are the boiling rooms, where the ministers of the people will boil the sacrifice of the Place of Worship.   47[1-3] The angelic being brought me back to the door of the Place of Worship; and water came out from under the doorway of the Place of Worship flowing east because the front of the Place of Worship was facing the east; and the waters came out from under it, from the right side of the Place of Worship, on the south of the altar. Then the angelic being brought me out by north gate, and led me around outside to the outer gate, by the east gate, where water ran out on the right side. Then the angelic being went left toward the east holding a measuring line, and measured 1,500 feet, and caused me to go through the water, which was to the ankles.   [4-7] Again the angelic being measured 1,500 feet, and caused me to go through water that was to my knees. Again the angelic being measured 1,500 feet, and caused me to go through water that was to my waist. Afterward the angelic being measured 1,500 feet; and it was a river that I couldn’t go through; because the water had risen, water deep enough to swim in, a river that couldn’t be crossed on foot. The angelic being said to me, Human being, do you see this? Then the angelic being brought me back to the bank of the river. Now when I got back, on each side of the bank of the river were very many trees.   [8-9] Then said the angelic being said to me, These waters come out facing the eastern region, and will go down into the Arabah desert; and will go on to the Dead Sea; When the waters go into the Dead Sea, all the water in it will be fresh again. Every living thing which swims where the river goes will live; and there will be very many fish; because this water goes there, and the water of theDead Seawill be fresh again, and everything will live wherever the river flows into it.   [10-12] Fishermen will stand by it, from En Gedi (about 35 miles southeast ofJerusalem) all the way to En Eglaim, where they spread their nets to dry; It will have many kinds of fish, each after its own kind, the same as the fish of theMediterranean Sea. The swamps and marshes won’t be made fresh but will still be salty. On each side of the river bank will grow every kind of tree for food, which won’t ever wither, nor will its fruit fail, but it will bring out new fruit every month, because the water comes out of the Place of Worship; and its fruit will be for food, and its leaves for medicinal healing.   [13-14] Yahweh God says, This will be the border, by which you’ll divide the land between the twelve families ofIsrael, and Joseph (Ephraim and Manasseh) will have two parts. Each of the other families will get a share, one as well as another; because I promised to give it to your ancestors and this land will be your own.   [15-20] This will be the borders of the land. On the north side, from the Mediterranean Sea to Hethlon, then to the entrance of Zedad; then on to Hamath, Berothah, Sibraim, which is between the border ofDamascusand Hamath; and then to Hazer Hatticon, which is by the border of Hauran. So the border from the Mediterranean Sea, will be Hazar Enon at the border ofDamascus; and on the north is the border of Hamath. This is the north border. The east side, between Hauran andDamascusand Gilead, and thelandofIsrael, will be the Jordan River; from the north border to theDead Sea. This is the east border. The south side will be from Tamar as far as the waters of Meriboth Kadesh, to the creek bed ofEgypt(Wadi el-Arish), to theMediterranean Sea. This is the south border. The west side will be theMediterranean Sea, from the south border as far as to Hamath. This is the west border.   [21-23] So you’ll divide this land between you for the families ofIsrael. You’ll divide the land between you and the foreigners who stay among you, who will have children among you; and they’ll be to you as the native-born among the people ofIsrael; they’ll have their own land along with you among the families ofIsrael. In whatever family the foreigner stays, they’ll be given their land there, says Yahweh God.   48[1-9] Now, these are the names of the families and the land they are to get. For Dan, from the north end, beside the way of Hethlon to the entrance of Hamath, Hazar Enan at the border ofDamascus, northward beside Hamath, (the east and west borders). Asher will be by the border of Dan, from the east side to the west side. Naphtali will be by the border of Asher, from the east side even to the west side. Manasseh will be by the border of Naphtali, from the east side to the west side. Ephraim will be by the border of Manasseh, from the east side to the west side. Reuben will be by the border of Ephraim, from the east side even to the west side.Judahwill be by the border of Reuben, from the east side to the west side. By the border of Judah, from the east side to the west side, will be the land which you’ll give as an offering, 250,000 feet wide, and as long as one of the other pieces of land, from the east side to the west side. The Place of Worship will be in the center. The offering that you’ll offer to Yahweh will be 250,000 feet long and 100,000 feet wide.   [10-12] For these, even for the priests, will be the holy offering, facing the north 250,000 feet long, and facing the west 100,000 feet wide, and facing the east 100,000 feet wide, and facing the south 250,000 feet long, and the Place of Worship of Yahweh will be in the center. It will be for the priests who are respected of the children of Zadok, who have done what I said, and who didn’t go astray when the people ofIsraelwent astray, as the Levites went astray. It will be as the best offering of the land, a most holy offering dedicated to God, by the border of the Levites.   [13-16] As the border of the priests, the Levites will have a piece of land 250,000 feet long, and 100,000 feet wide. None of it is to be sold, nor traded, nor will the first fruits of the land be set apart; because it’s holy to Yahweh. The 50,000 feet that are left in the width, in front of the 250,000 feet, will be for ordinary use, for those who live in the city, for their houses and farmland; and the city will be in the center. These will be its measures. The north, south, east, and west sides will all be 45,000 feet each.   [17-19] The city will have land facing the north 2,500 feet, facing the south 2,500 feet, facing the east 2,500 feet, and facing the west 2,500 feet. The rest of its length will be as the holy offering, and will be 100,000 feet eastward, and 100,000 feet westward; and it will be as the holy offering; and what it produces will be for the food of those who work in the city. Those who work in the city, out of all the families ofIsrael, will farm it.   [20-22] All the offering will be 250,000 feet by 250,000 feet. You’ll offer the holy offering, along with the land for the city, which will be a square. The rest will be for the ruler, on each side of the holy offering and of the land for the city; in front of the 250,000 feet of the offering facing the east border, and westward in front of the 250,000 feet facing the west border, as those parts; it will be for the ruler; and the holy offering and the Place of Worship of the people will be in the center. Besides this, the land of the Levites, and the land of the city, will be in the middle of what belongs to the ruler. The ruler will have all the land between the border ofJudahand the border of Benjamin.   [23-29] As for the rest of the families, Benjamin will be from the east side to the west side. Simeon will be by the border of Benjamin, from the east side to the west side. Issachar will be by the border of Simeon, from the east side to the west side. Zebulun will be by the border of Issachar, from the east side to the west side. Gad will be by the border of Zebulun, from the east side to the west side. By the border of Gad, at the south side, the border will be from Tamar to the waters of Meribath Kadesh, to the creek bed ofEgypt(Wadi el-Arish), to theMediterranean Sea. This is the land which you’ll divide between the families ofIsrael to be their own, and these are their parts, says Yahweh God.   [30-35] These are the exits of the city. On the north side 45,000 feet by measure; and the gates of the city will be after the names of the families ofIsrael. There were three gates on the north, the gate of Reuben, the gate ofJudah, and the gate of Levi. At the east side 45,000 feet, and there were three gates, the gate of Joseph, the gate of Benjamin, and the gate of Dan. At the south side 45,000 feet by measure, and there were three gates, the gate of Simeon, the gate of Issachar, and the gate of Zebulun. At the west side 45,000 feet, and there were three gates, the gate of Gad, the gate of Asher, and the gate of Naphtali. It will be 180,000 feet around, and the name of the city from that day will be, The City of Yahweh.

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