And it came to pass in the eleventh year, on the first of the month, the word of YEHOWAH came to me saying,
2 “Son of man, because Tyre has said concerning Jerusalem, ‘Aha, she is broken; the gateway of the peoples; she is turned unto me and I will be replenished, now that she is laid waste,’
3 therefore thus says Master YEHOWAH, ‘Behold, I am against you, O Tyre, and I will cause many nations to come up against you; as the sea causes its waves to come up.
4 And they will destroy the walls of Tyre and break down her towers. I will also scrape her dust from her, and make her like the top of a rock.
5 It will be a place for the spreading of nets in the midst of the sea, for I have spoken,’ says Master YEHOWAH, ‘and it will become spoil to the nations.
6 And her daughters who are in the field will be slain by the sword; and they will know that I am YEHOWAH.’
7 For thus says Master YEHOWAH, ‘Behold, I will bring upon Tyre, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon; a king of kings from the north, with horses, with chariots, with horsemen, and companies of many people.
8 He will slay your daughters throughout the country with the sword, and he will make a fort against you, and cast up a mount against you, and lift up the buckler against you.
9 And he will set engines of war against your walls, and with his axes he will break down your towers.
10 Because of the abundance of his horses, their dust will cover you; your walls will shake at the noise of the horsemen, and of the wheels, and of the chariots; when he enters into your gates, as men enter into a city that is breached.
11 With the hoofs of his horses he will trample all your streets. He will slay your people with the sword, and your strong garrisons will come down to the ground.
12 And they will plunder your riches, prey on your merchandise, break down your walls, destroy your pleasant houses and throw your stones and your timbers and your ashes into the midst of the water.
13 So I will cause the noise of your songs to cease, and the sound of your harps will be heard no more.
14 And I will make you like the top of a rock; you will be a place for the spreading of nets. You will be built no more, for I YEHOWAH have spoken,'” says Master YEHOWAH.
15 Thus says Master YEHOWAH to Tyre, “Shall not the islands shake at the sound of your fall, when the wounded cry; when the slaughter occurs in your midst?
16 Then, all the princes of the sea will come down from their thrones, remove their robes, and strip off their embroidered garments. They will clothe themselves with trembling; they will sit on the ground, and will tremble every moment, and be astonished at you.
17 And they will take up a lamentation over you and say, ‘How you are destroyed, O inhabited from the sea; the renowned city, which was mighty on the sea; she and her inhabitants, who caused terror on all who dwell there!
18 Now the islands will tremble on the day of your fall. Yes, the islands that are in the sea will be terrified at your departure.’
19 For thus says Master YEHOWAH, ‘When I make you a desolate city, like the cities that are not inhabited; when I bring up the deep over you, and the great waters cover you;
20 when I bring you down with those who go down to the pit, with the people of old time, and set you in the lower parts of the earth; in places desolate of old, with those that go down to the pit, that you be not inhabited, and I set glory in the land of the living;
21 I will make you a terror, and you will be no more. Though you will be sought for, yet you will never be found again,’” says Master YEHOWAH.
The word of YEHOWAH came again to me saying,
2 “Son of man, take up a lamentation over Tyre,
3 and say to Tyre, who dwells at the entrance to the sea; merchant to the peoples of many countries, ‘Thus says Master YEHOWAH, “O Tyre, you have said, ‘I am perfect in beauty.’
4 Your borders are in the heart of the seas; your builders have perfected your beauty.
5 They have made all your boards from the fir trees of Senir; they have taken cedars from Lebanon to make masts for you.
6 Of oaks from Bashan they have made your oars; a company of Ashurites have made your benches of ivory out of the isles of Chittim.
7 Fine linen, with embroidered work from Egypt, was that which you spread forth to be your sail; blue and purple from the isles of Elishah covered you.
8 The inhabitants of Sidon and Arvad were your mariners; your wise men, O Tyre, were your pilots.
9 The elders of Gebal and her wise men were with you repairing your leaks; all the ships of the sea and their mariners were in you, exchanging your merchandise.
10 They of Persia and Lud and Put were in your army; your men of war. They hung shield and helmet in you, and gave you splendor.
11 The sons of Arvad in your army were on your walls, round about, and the Gammadim were in your towers. They hung their shields on your walls round about, and they made your beauty perfect.
12 Tarshish was your merchant by reason of the abundance of all your wealth, for silver, iron, tin and lead they traded in your wares.
13 Javan, Tubal and Meshech were your merchants; with the lives of people, and vessels of brass, they paid for your merchandise.
14 They of the house of Togarmah traded in your wares with horses, and horsemen, and mules.
15 The children of Dedan were your merchants. Many islands were your market. They brought a present of horns of ivory and ebony.
16 Syria was your merchant, because of the abundance of your goods. They paid for your wares with emeralds, purple, embroidered work, fine linen, coral and gems.
17 Yehudah and the land of Israel; they were your merchants; with the wheat of Minnith, pastries, cakes, honey, olive oil and balm they paid for your merchandise.
18 Damascus was your merchant because of the abundance of your goods, because of the multitude of all your wealth, because of the wine of Helbon and the white wool.
19 Vedan and Javan also going to and fro in your fairs; polished iron, cassia and sweet cane was in your market.
20 Dedan was your merchant in precious clothes for chariots.
21 Arabia and all the princes of Kedar, were interested in your lambs, rams and goats.
22 The traders of Sheba and Raamah traded with you, paying for your wares with the best of all spices, and with all precious stones and gold.
23 Haran, Canneh, Eden, and the traders of Sheba, Asshur and Chilmad traded with you.
24 These were your merchants in all sorts of things; in clothes of blue, and embroidered work, and in carpets of multicolored cloth and tightly wound cords, which were among your merchandise.
25 The ships of Tarshish did sing of you in your market. And you were filled and were very glorious in the heart of the seas.
26 Your rowers have brought you into great waters; the east wind has broken you in the heart of the seas.
27 Your wealth, your wares, your merchandise, your mariners, your pilots, your caulkers, your dealers in merchandise, and all your men of war who are in you, with all your company that is in your midst, will fall into the heart of the seas on the day of your ruin.
28 The suburbs will shake at the sound of the cry of your pilots.
29 And all who handle the oar; the mariners and all the pilots of the sea, will come down from their ships; they will stand on the land,
30 and they will make their voice heard over you and will cry bitterly. They will cast dust on their heads; they will wallow in ashes.
31 And they will make themselves utterly bald for you and gird themselves with sackcloth, and they will weep for you with bitterness of soul and bitter mourning.
32 And in their wailing they will take up a lamentation for you and lament over you, ‘Who is like Tyre, destroyed in the heart of the sea?
33 When your wares went out upon the seas, you satisfied many people; you did enrich the kings of the earth with the abundance of your wealth and merchandise.
34 In the time you are broken by the seas, in the depths of the waters, your merchandise and all your company will fall in the midst of you.
35 Every inhabitant of the isles will be astonished by you, and their kings will be fearful; they will be troubled in countenance.
36 The merchants among the people will hiss at you; you will be a terror, and will never be anymore.’”’”
The word of YEHOWAH came again to me, saying,
2 “Son of man, say to the prince of Tyre, ‘Thus says Master YEHOWAH, “Because your heart is proud and you have said, ‘I am an el; I sit in the seat of Elohim in the heart of the seas’: Yet you are a man and not El, although you make your heart like the heart of Elohim.
3 Behold, you are wiser than Daniel; there is no secret that is hidden from you.
4 By your wisdom and understanding you have gotten riches, and have gotten gold and silver for your treasuries.
5 By your great wisdom, and by merchandising, you have increased your riches; and your heart is proud because of your riches.
6 Therefore thus says Master YEHOWAH, ‘Because you have made your heart like the heart of Elohim,
7 therefore, behold, I will bring strangers upon you; the most violent of the nations. And they will draw their swords against the beauty of your wisdom, and they will defile your beauty.
8 They will bring you down to the pit, and you will die the death of those who are slain in the heart of the seas.
9 Will you yet say before they that slay you, “I am Elohim”? But you are a man and not El, in the hands of those who slay you.
10 You will die the death of the uncircumcised by the hand of strangers, for I have spoken!’ says Master YEHOWAH!”’”
11 And the word of YEHOWAH came to me saying,
12 “Son of man, take up a lamentation over the king of Tyre and say to him, ‘Thus says Master YEHOWAH, “You had the seal of consummation, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.
13 You were in Eden, the garden of Elohim; every precious stone was your covering: The sardius, the topaz, the diamond, the beryl, the onyx and the jasper; the sapphire, the emerald, and the garnet; and the gold; the workmanship in your timbrels and pipes, was prepared in you on the day that you were created.
14 You were the anointed cherub who covers, and I set you so. You were on the holy mountain of Elohim; you walked in the midst of the stones of fire.
15 You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, until iniquity was found in you.
16 By the abundance of your merchandising your very core became filled with violence, and you sinned; therefore I have cast you as profane from the mountain of Elohim, and I have destroyed you, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.
17 Your heart was proud because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom by reason of your splendor. I have cast you to the ground, and I have put you before kings, that they may see you.
18 You have defiled your sanctuaries by the multitude of your iniquities; by the unrighteousness of your merchandising. Therefore I have brought fire from the midst of you, and it has consumed you. And I have turned you to ashes on the earth in the eyes of all who see you.
19 All who know you among the peoples are astonished by you; you have become a terror, and never shall you be anymore.”’”
20 And the word of YEHOWAH came to me saying,
21 “Son of man, set your face toward Sidon, and prophesy against her
22 saying, ‘Thus says Master YEHOWAH, “Behold, I am against you, O Sidon, and I will be glorified in your midst. Then they will know that I am YEHOWAH when I have executed judgments in her, and I will be sanctified in her.
23 For I will send pestilence to her, and blood to her streets, and the wounded will fall in her midst by the sword upon her on every side; then they will know that I am YEHOWAH.
24 And there will be no more for the house of Israel a prickling brier or a painful thorn, from any round about them, who despised them; then they will know that I am Master YEHOWAH.”
25 Thus says Master YEHOWAH, “When I have gathered the house of Israel from the peoples among whom they are scattered, and am sanctified in them in the sight of the nations, then they will dwell in their land that I gave to My servant Jacob.
26 They will dwell in it securely, and they will build houses, plant vineyards and live securely when I execute judgments upon all who despise them round about them. Then they will know that I am YEHOWAH their Elohim.”’”
In the tenth year, in the tenth month, on the twelfth day of the month, the word of YEHOWAH came to me saying,
2 “Son of man, set your face against Pharaoh king of Egypt and prophesy against him and against all Egypt.
3 Speak and say, ‘Thus says Master YEHOWAH, “Behold, I am against you, Pharaoh king of Egypt; the great dragon that lies in the midst of his rivers; that has said, ‘My river is mine, and I have made it myself.’
4 I will put hooks in your jaws, and cause the fish of your rivers to cling to your scales. And I will bring you up from the midst of your rivers, and all the fish of your rivers will cling to your scales.
5 And I will cast you to the wilderness; you and all the fish of your rivers, and you will fall on the open fields; you will not be brought together, or gathered. I have given you for food to the beasts of the earth and to the birds of the sky.
6 And all the inhabitants of Egypt will know that I am YEHOWAH, because they have been a staff of reed to the house of Israel.
7 When they took hold of you by the hand, you crushed and tore all their shoulders, and when they leaned on you, you broke and made all their loins tremble.”
8 Therefore thus says Master YEHOWAH, “Behold, I will bring a sword upon you, and I will cut off from you human and beast.
9 And the land of Egypt will be desolate and a waste, and they will know that I am YEHOWAH. Because you said, ‘The river is mine, and I have made it,’
10 behold, therefore I am against you and your rivers, and I will make the land of Egypt an utter waste and desolate, from the tower of Syene even to the border of Ethiopia.
11 No human foot will pass through it, and the foot of a beast will not pass through it, and it will not be inhabited for forty years.
12 I will make the land of Egypt desolate in the midst of countries that are desolate. And her cities, in the midst of cities that are laid waste, will be desolate forty years; and I will scatter the Egyptians among the nations, and disperse them among the lands.”
13 Yet thus says Master YEHOWAH, “At the end of forty years I will gather the Egyptians from among the peoples where they were scattered,
14 and I will bring again the captivity of Egypt, and make them return to the land of Pathros; to the land of their birth, and there they will be a lowly kingdom.
15 It will be the lowest of the kingdoms, and it will never again exalt itself above the nations. And I will diminish them, and they will rule no more over the nations.
16 And it will never again be the confidence of the house of Israel, bringing to mind their iniquity when they turned to Egypt. But they will know that I am Master YEHOWAH.”’”
17 And it came to pass in the twenty-seventh year, in the first month, on the first day of the month, the word of YEHOWAH came to me saying,
18 “Son of man, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon caused his army to serve a great service against Tyre. Every head was made bald, and every shoulder was peeled. But he and his army had no wages from Tyre, for the service that he had served against it.”
19 Therefore thus says Master YEHOWAH, “Behold, I will give the land of Egypt to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon. And he will take her multitude, and take her spoil, and gather her plunder; and it will be wages for his army.
20 I have given him the land of Egypt for his labor which he performed, because they acted for Me,” says Master YEHOWAH.
21 “In that day I will make the horn of the house of Israel to bud forth, and I will cause an opening of its mouth in their midst, and they will know that I am YEHOWAH.”
The word of YEHOWAH came again to me saying,
2 “Son of man, prophesy and say, ‘Thus says Master YEHOWAH, “Wail, ‘Woe for the day!’
3 For the day is near; even the day of YEHOWAH is near; a cloudy day, a time of the nations.
4 And a sword will come upon Egypt, and anguish will be in Ethiopia. When the slain fall in Egypt, they will take away her wealth, and her foundations will be destroyed.
5 Ethiopia, Put, Lud, all Arabia, Libya and all the people of the land that are in league, will fall with them by the sword.”
6 Thus says YEHOWAH, “Those who support Egypt will fall, and the pride of her power will come down; from the tower of Syene they will fall in her by the sword,” says Master YEHOWAH.
7 “And they will be desolate in the midst of the countries that are desolate; and her cities will be in the midst of cities that are laid waste.
8 And they will know that I am YEHOWAH, when I set a fire in Egypt, and all her helpers are destroyed.
9 In that day messengers will go forth from Me in ships to make the careless Ethiopians fearful; and anguish will be on them, as in the day of Egypt, for behold, it comes!”
10 Thus says Master YEHOWAH; “I will also make the multitudes of Egypt cease by the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon.
11 He and his people with him, the most fearful of the nations, will be brought in to destroy the land, and they will draw their swords against Egypt, and fill the land with the slain.
12 And I will make its rivers dry, and sell the land into the hands of the wicked. And I will make the land desolate and all that is in it, by the hand of strangers. I YEHOWAH have spoken.”
13 Thus says Master YEHOWAH, “I will also destroy the idols, and make the images cease from Noph, and there will no longer be a prince in the land of Egypt; and I will put fear in the land of Egypt.
14 And I will make Pathros desolate, set a fire in Zoan and execute judgments on No.
15 I will pour out My wrath on Sin, the stronghold of Egypt; I will also cut off the multitudes of Thebes.
16 I will set a fire in Egypt, Sin will writhe in anguish, Thebes will be breached, and Noph will have adversity daily.
17 The young men of Aven and of Pi-beseth will fall by the sword, and those cities will go into captivity.
18 In Tehaphnehes the day also will be dark, when I break there the yokes of Egypt. Then the pride of her strength will cease in her; a cloud will cover her, and her daughters will go into captivity.
19 Thus I will execute judgments on Egypt, and they will know that I am YEHOWAH.”’”
20 And it came to pass in the eleventh year, in the first month, on the seventh of the month, the word of YEHOWAH came to me saying,
21 “Son of man, I have broken the arm of Pharaoh king of Egypt; and behold, it will not be bound up to be healed, or wrapped with a bandage, that it may be strong to hold the sword.
22 Therefore thus says Master YEHOWAH, ‘Behold, I am against Pharaoh king of Egypt, and will break his arms; the strong and that which was broken, and I will make the sword fall from his hand.
23 I will scatter the Egyptians among the nations and disperse them throughout the lands.
24 And I will strengthen the arms of the king of Babylon, and put My sword in his hand. But I will break the arms of Pharaoh, so that he will groan before him with the groanings of the wounded.
25 But I will strengthen the arms of the king of Babylon, and the arms of Pharaoh will fall. Then they will know that I am YEHOWAH, when I put My sword into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he stretches it out against the land of Egypt.
26 And I will scatter the Egyptians among the nations, and disperse them among the lands, and they will know that I am YEHOWAH.’”
And it came to pass, in the eleventh year, in the third month, on the first of the month, the word of YEHOWAH came to me saying,
2 “Son of man, say to Pharaoh king of Egypt, and to his multitude, ‘Whom are you like in your greatness?
3 Behold, the Assyrian was a cedar in Lebanon with beautiful branches, with the shade of the forest very high; its top was among the clouds.
4 The water made him great; the deep set her up on high, with her rivers running round about his plants, and sent out her little rivers to all the trees of the field.
5 Therefore his height was higher than all the trees of the field, and his boughs were multiplied, and his branches became long, and because of many waters they stretched forth.
6 All the birds of the sky nested in his boughs, and under his branches all the beasts of the field brought forth their young, and under his shadow dwelt all great nations.
7 So he was beautiful in his greatness; in the length of his branches, for his root was by great waters.
8 The cedars in the garden of Elohim could not hide him. The fir trees were not like his boughs, and the chestnut trees were not like his branches. No tree in the garden of Elohim was like him in beauty.
9 I made him fair and multiplied his branches, so that all the trees of Eden, which were in the garden of Elohim, envied him.
10 Therefore thus says Master YEHOWAH, “Because he has lifted up himself in height, and has put his top among the thick boughs, and his heart was exalted in its loftiness,
11 therefore I have delivered him into the hands of a mighty nation; he shall surely deal with him. According to his iniquity I have driven him away.
12 Strangers from a mighty nation will cut him off and leave him upon the mountains, and in all the valleys his branches will fall, and his boughs will be broken in all the ravines of the land. And all the peoples of the earth will go down from his shade and leave him.
13 On his ruin all the birds of the sky will dwell, and all the beasts of the field will be on his boughs,
14 to the end that none of all the trees by the waters exalt themselves for their height, nor set their top among the clouds, nor drink in the might of their stand or stature. For they are all delivered unto death; to the nether parts of the earth, in the midst of the children of men, with those that go down to the pit.”
15 Thus says Master YEHOWAH, “On the day when he went down to the grave, I caused a mourning. I covered the deep for him, and I restrained the floods of it, and the great waters were stopped. And I made Lebanon mourn for him, and all the trees of the field fainted for him.
16 I made the nations quake at the sound of his fall, when I made it go down to hell with those who go down to the pit. And all the trees of Eden, the choice and best of Lebanon, were comforted in the nether parts of the earth.
17 They also went down with him to hell, to those who were slain by the sword, whose strength lived under his shade among the nations.
18 To whom are you like in glory and in greatness among the trees of Eden? Yet you will be brought down with the trees of Eden to the nether parts of the earth. You will lie in the midst of the uncircumcised, with those who were slain by the sword. This is Pharaoh and all his multitude,”’” says Master YEHOWAH.”
And it came to pass in the twelfth year, in the twelfth month, on the first of the month, the word of YEHOWAH came to me saying,
2 “Son of man, take up a lamentation for Pharaoh king of Egypt, and say to him, ‘You are like a young lion of the nations, and you are like the whale in the seas; and you burst forth with your rivers, and muddied the waters with your feet, and fouled the rivers.’
3 Thus says Master YEHOWAH, ‘I will spread My net over you with a company of many people, and they will lift you up in My net.
4 And I will leave you on the land; I will cast you forth on the open field, and I will cause all the birds of the sky to dwell on you, and I will satisfy the beasts of the whole earth with you.
5 And I will lay your flesh on the mountains, and fill the valleys with the heap of your carcasses.
6 I will also water the land with your blood as far as the mountains, and the rivers will be full of you.
7 And when I extinguish you, I will cover the heavens and darken the stars; I will cover the sun with a cloud, and the moon will not give its light.
8 All the bright lights of the heavens I will make dark over you, and will set darkness on your land,’ says Master YEHOWAH.
9 ‘I will also grieve the hearts of many people, when I bring news of your destruction among the nations; into lands that you have not known.
10 I will make many people amazed at you, and their kings will be horribly afraid for you, when I brandish My sword before them; and they will tremble every moment, every person for their own life, on the day of your fall.’
11 For thus says Master YEHOWAH, ‘The sword of the king of Babylon will come upon you.
12 By the swords of the mighty will I cause your multitude to fall; all of them are oppressors of the nations, and they will lay waste the pride of Egypt, and all its multitudes will be destroyed.
13 I will also destroy all its cattle from beside many waters, and the foot of mankind will not trouble them anymore, nor will the hoofs of beasts trouble them.
14 Then I will make their waters abate, and will cause their rivers to run like oil,’ says Master YEHOWAH.
15 ‘When I make the land of Egypt desolate, and the land destitute of that which filled it, when I smite all those who dwell in it, then they will know that I am YEHOWAH.
16 This is a lamentation they will lament. The daughters of the nations will lament. They will lament for Egypt, and for all her multitudes,’ says Master YEHOWAH.”
17 It came to pass also in the twelfth year, on the fifteenth day of the month, the word of YEHOWAH came to me saying,
18 “Son of man, wail for the multitude of Egypt, and cast them down; even her and the daughters of the famous nations, to the nether parts of the earth, with those who go down to the pit;
19 ‘Whom do you surpass in beauty? Go down and make your bed with the uncircumcised.’
20 They shall fall in the midst of those who are slain by the sword. She is delivered to the sword. Draw her and all her multitudes.
21 El’s champion shall speak; His champion from the midst of hell, ‘They have gone down; they lie still, the uncircumcised slain by the sword.’
22 Assyria is there and all her company; their graves encompass her. All of them are slain, fallen by the sword.
23 Their graves are set in the remotest parts of the pit, and her company encompasses her grave. All of them are slain, fallen by the sword, who spread terror in the land of the living.
24 Elam is there, and all her multitude encompasses her grave; all of them slain, fallen by the sword, who went down uncircumcised to the nether parts of the earth, who brought terror to the land of the living, and bear their disgrace with those who go down to the pit.
25 They have made a bed for her among the slain, with all her multitude. Their graves encompass her. They are all uncircumcised; slain by the sword. Although they brought their terror to the land of the living, yet have they borne their disgrace with those who go down to the pit. They are put in the midst of the slain.
26 Meshech, Tubal and their entire multitude are there; their graves surround them. All of them were uncircumcised; slain by the sword, though they brought their terror in the land of the living.
27 And they shall not lie with the mighty that are fallen of the uncircumcised, who went down to hell with their weapons of war. And they have laid their swords under their heads, but their iniquities will be upon their bones, though they were the terror of the mighty ones in the land of the living.
28 Yes, you will be broken in the midst of the uncircumcised, with those slain by the sword.
29 There is Edom; her kings and all her princes, who for all their might are laid with those slain by the sword; they will lie with the uncircumcised; with those who go down to the pit.
30 There too are the princes of the north; all of them, and all the Sidonians who are gone down with the slain; with their terror they are ashamed of their might, and they lie uncircumcised with those slain by the sword, and bear their reproach with those who go down to the pit.
31 These Pharaoh will see, and he will be comforted for all the multitude; even Pharaoh and all his army slain by the sword,” says Master YEHOWAH.
32 “For though I caused a terror of him in the land of the living, he will be laid in the midst of the uncircumcised, along with those slain by the sword; even Pharaoh and all his multitude,” says Master YEHOWAH.
And the word of YEHOWAH came to me, saying,
2 “Son of man, speak to the children of your people and say to them, ‘When I bring the sword upon a land, and the people of the land take one man from among them and make him their watchman,
3 and he sees the sword coming upon the land and blows the trumpet and warns the people,
4 then they who hear the sound of the trumpet and do not take warning, and the sword comes and takes them away, their blood will be on their own head.
5 They heard the sound of the trumpet, but did not take warning; their blood will be on themselves. But had they taken warning, they would have delivered their life.
6 But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, and the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes a person from them, they are taken away in their iniquity, but their blood I will require from the watchman’s hand.’
7 So you, son of man; I have set you a watchman for the house of Israel; as you hear the message from My mouth, you will warn them from Me.
8 When I say to the wicked, ‘O wicked, you will surely die,’ and you do not speak to warn the wicked from their way, that wicked shall die in their iniquity, but their blood I will require from your hand.
9 But if you warn the wicked to turn from their way and they do not turn from their way, they will die in their iniquity, but you have delivered your life.
10 Therefore, son of man, say to the house of Israel, ‘Thus you have spoken, saying, “Surely our transgressions and our sins are upon us, and we pine away in them; how should we then live?”’
11 Say unto them, ‘As I live!’ says Master YEHOWAH, ‘I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that the wicked turn from their way and live. Turn! Turn from your evil ways! For why will you die O house of Israel?’
12 Therefore, you, son of man, say to the children of your people, ‘The righteousness of the righteous will not deliver them in the day of their transgression, and as for the wickedness of the wicked, they will not fall in the day when they turn from their wickedness; neither shall the righteous be able to live by their righteousness on the day when they sin.
13 When I say to the righteous, “They will surely live!” If they trust in their righteousness and commit iniquity, all of their righteous deeds will not be remembered, but in the iniquity that they have committed, they will die.
14 And when I say to the wicked, “You will surely die,” and they turn from their sin and do that which is lawful and right;
15 if the wicked restore a pledge, pay back what they had robbed, walk by the statutes of life without committing iniquity, they shall surely live; they shall not die.
16 None of their sins that they have committed will be remembered against them. They have done that which is lawful and right; they shall surely live.
17 Yet the children of your people say, “The way of the Master is not equal,” when it is their own way that is not equal.
18 When the righteous turn from their righteousness and commit iniquity, then they shall die in it.
19 But when the wicked turn from their wickedness and do that which is lawful and right, they shall live.
20 Yet you say, “The way of the Master is not equal.” O house of Israel, I will judge every one of you after their ways.'”
21 And it came to pass, in the twelfth year of our captivity, in the tenth month, on the fifth day, one that had escaped out of Jerusalem came to me, saying, “The city has been taken.”
22 Now the hand of YEHOWAH had been upon me in the evening, before he that had escaped came, and He opened my mouth when he came to me in the morning, and my mouth was opened and I was no longer dumb.
23 Then the word of YEHOWAH came to me saying,
24 “Son of man, they who inhabit those wastes of the land of Israel are saying, ‘Abraham was one, and he inherited the land, but we are many; the land has been given as an inheritance.’
25 Therefore say unto them, ‘Thus says Master YEHOWAH, “You eat meat with the blood in it, and lift up your eyes to your idols, and shed blood. And shall you possess the land?
26 You stand upon your sword, you work abominations, and each of you defiles your neighbor’s wife. And shall you possess the land?”’
27 Say this to them, ‘Thus says Master YEHOWAH, “As I live, surely those who are in the wastes will fall by the sword, and those who are in the open field I will give to the beasts to be devoured, and those who are in the forts and in the caves will die of pestilence.
28 For I will lay the land desolate, and the pride of her strength will cease; and the mountains of Israel will be desolate, so that none will pass through.
29 Then will they know that I am YEHOWAH, when I laid the land desolate, because of all their abominations which they have committed.”’
30 Also you, son of man, the children of your people talk against you by the walls and in the doorways of the houses, and speak to one another; each to their brethren, saying, ‘Come, I pray, and hear what the word is that comes forth from YEHOWAH.’
31 And they come unto you as people come, and sit before you as My people, and they hear your words, but they will not do them. For with their mouth they speak of much love, but their heart goes after their dishonest gain.
32 Behold, you are to them like a very lovely song of one who has a pleasant voice, and plays well on an instrument; for they hear your words but they do them not.
33 And when this comes to pass, lo, it will come; then they will know that a prophet has been among them.”
And the word of YEHOWAH came unto me saying,
2 “Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel. Prophesy and say to the shepherds, ‘Thus says Master YEHOWAH, “Woe, shepherds of Israel that feed themselves! Should not the shepherds feed the flock?
3 You eat the fat, and clothe yourselves with the wool; you kill them that are plump. You feed not the flock!
4 The diseased you have not strengthened, the sick you have not healed, the broken you have not bound up, the scattered you have not brought back, nor have you sought for that which was lost. But with force and cruelty you have ruled them.
5 They were scattered, because there was no shepherd, and they became food for every beast of the field when they were scattered.
6 My sheep wandered through all the mountains, and upon every high hill. My flock was scattered over all the face of the earth, and none did search or seek after them.”’
7 Therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of YEHOWAH;
8 ‘As I live,’ says Master YEHOWAH, ‘Surely because My flock became a prey, and My flock became meat to all the beasts of the field, because there was no shepherd; neither did My shepherds search for My flock, but the shepherds fed themselves, and fed not My flock;
9 therefore, O you shepherds, hear the word of YEHOWAH,
10 “Thus says Master YEHOWAH, ‘Behold, I am against the shepherds; and I will require My flock at their hand, and cause them to cease from feeding the flock. Neither shall the shepherds feed themselves anymore, for I will deliver My flock from their mouth, that they may not be meat for them.’”
11 For thus says Master YEHOWAH, “Behold, I, I will search for My sheep, and seek them out.
12 As a shepherd seeks out their flock in the day when they are among their scattered sheep, so I will seek for My sheep, and will deliver them from all the places to which they were scattered in the cloudy and dark day.
13 And I will bring them out from the people, and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land, and feed them upon the mountains of Israel by the rivers, and in all the inhabited places of the land.
14 I will feed them in a good pasture, and upon the high mountains of Israel shall their fold be. There they will lie down in a good fold, and in a fat pasture shall they feed upon the mountains of Israel.
15 I will feed My flock, and I will cause them to lie down,” says Master YEHOWAH.
16 “I will seek the lost, bring again that which was driven away, bind up the broken, and will strengthen the sick. But I will destroy the fat and the hardhearted. I will feed them with judgment.
17 As for you, O My flock, thus says Master YEHOWAH, ‘Behold, I will judge between cattle and cattle; between the rams and the he goats.
18 Is it too small a thing for you to have eaten up the good pasture, but you must tread down with your feet the rest of your pastures? And to have drunk of the deep waters, but you foul the rest with your feet?
19 As for My flock, they eat what you tread down with your feet, and they drink what you have fouled with your feet!’”
20 Therefore, thus says Master YEHOWAH to them, “Behold, I, I will judge between the fat cattle and the lean cattle.
21 Because you thrust with side and with shoulder, and push at all the afflicted with your horns, until you have scattered them abroad,
22 therefore, I will save My flock, and they will no more be a prey; and I will judge between cattle and cattle.
23 And I will set up one shepherd over them; My servant David, and he will feed them; he will feed them, and he will be their shepherd.
24 And I, YEHOWAH, will be their Elohim, and My servant David will be prince among them. I YEHOWAH have spoken.
25 And I will make with them a covenant of peace, and will cause the evil beasts to cease out of the land. And they shall dwell safely in the wilderness and sleep in the woods.
26 And I will make them and the places round about My hill a blessing; and I will cause the showers to come down in season. There will be showers of blessing.
27 And the tree of the field will yield its fruit, and the earth will yield its increase, and they will be secure in their land, and will know that I am YEHOWAH, when I have broken the bands of their yoke, and delivered them out of the hand of those that enslaved them.
28 And they will no more be a prey to the nations, and the beasts of the land will not devour them; but they will live securely, with none to make them afraid.
29 And I will raise up for them a plant of renown, and they will no more be consumed with hunger in the land; neither bear the shame of the nations any more.
30 Thus will they know that I, YEHOWAH their Elohim, am with them, and that they, the house of Israel, are My people,” says Master YEHOWAH.
31 “And you, My flock; the flock of My pasture; you are mankind, and I am your Elohim,” says Master YEHOWAH.'”