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Ezekiel 14

Idolatrous Elders Condemned

1Then certain of the elders of Israel came to me [seeking an oracle from God] and sat down before me. And the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Son of man, these men have set up [and honored] their idols in their hearts and have put right before their faces the [vile] stumbling block of their wickedness and guilt; should I [permit Myself to] be consulted by them at all? Therefore speak to them and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God, “Any man of the house of Israel who takes his idols [of rebellion] into his heart, and puts the [vile] stumbling block of his wickedness and guilt [images of silver and gold] before his face, and yet comes to the prophet [to ask of him], I the Lord will answer him, [but I will answer him] in accordance with the number of his idols, in order that I may take hold of the heart (mind) of the house of Israel who are all estranged from Me because of their idols.”’

“Therefore say to the house of Israel, ‘Thus says the Lord God, “Repent and turn away from your idols and turn your faces away from all your disgusting and vile acts. For anyone of the house of Israel or among the strangers who immigrate to Israel who separates himself from Me, taking his idols into his heart, and puts right before his face the [vile] stumbling block of his wickedness and guilt, and [then] comes to the prophet to ask of Me for himself, I the Lord will answer him Myself. I will set My face against that man [that hypocrite] and will make him a [a]sign and a proverb, and I will cut him off from among My people; and you will know [without any doubt] that I am the Lord.

“But if the prophet [who speaks without My authority] is enticed to speak a word [of his own], it is I the Lord who have caused that prophet [to speak falsely to please the inquirer, thus allowing himself to be a party to the inquirer’s sin], and I will stretch out My hand against him and destroy him from among My people Israel. 10 They [both] will bear the punishment of their wickedness; the sin of the [counterfeit] prophet will be the same as the sin of the [hypocritical] inquirer, 11 so that the house of Israel may no longer drift away from Me and no longer defile themselves with all their transgressions, but they will be My people, and I will be their God,”’ says the Lord God.”

The City Will Not Be Spared

12 The word of the Lord came [again] to me, saying, 13 “Son of man, if a land sins against Me by committing unfaithfulness, and I stretch out My hand against it and destroy its source of bread and send famine on it and cut off from it both man and animal, 14 even if these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job were in that land, by their own righteousness (right standing with God) they could only save (deliver) themselves,” says the Lord God. 15 “If I were to cause predatory beasts to pass through the land and they ravaged it and depopulated it of children, and it became desolate so that no one would pass through because of the predators, 16 though these three men were in the land, as I live,” says the Lord God, “they could not save either their sons or their daughters. They alone would be saved, but the land would be desolate (ruined, deserted). 17 Or if I were to bring a sword on that land and say, ‘Let a sword go through the land and cut off man and animal from it,’ 18 even though these three men were in the land, as I live,” says the Lord God, “they could not save either their sons or their daughters, but they alone would be saved. 19 Or if I should send a virulent disease into that land and pour out My wrath in blood on it to cut off man and animal from it, 20 even though Noah, Daniel, and Job were in the land, as I live,” says the Lord God, “they could not save either their son or their daughter; they would save only themselves by their righteousness [that is, their right-standing with God—their moral and spiritual integrity].”

21 For thus says the Lord God, “How much more when I send My four severe judgments against Jerusalem—sword, famine, predatory beasts, and virulent disease—to cut off man and animal from it! 22 Yet, behold, survivors will be left in it [escaping the judgments], both sons and daughters. Listen carefully, they are going to come out to you [in Babylon] and you will see their [wicked] conduct and [despicable] actions; then you will be at peace in regard to the disaster which I have brought against Jerusalem for everything which I have brought on it [has been deserved]. 23 Then they will reassure [b]you [in regard to the appropriateness of the judgments] when you see their [heinous] conduct and actions, for you will know that I have not done without cause whatever I did to it,” declares the Lord God.

Notas al pie

  1. Ezekiel 14:8 I.e. an object of scorn or ridicule.
  2. Ezekiel 14:23 This word is plural and refers to all the exiles living in Babylon.

Japanese Living Bible

エゼキエル書 14

偶像を拝む者はさばかれる

1それから、イスラエルの長老たち数人が来て、主の御告げをうかがってほしいと願い出ました。 彼らのために私に示されたことばは、次のとおりです。 「人の子よ、この者たちは心の中で偶像礼拝をしている。どうして、彼らの願いなど聞いてやれるだろうか。 むしろ、わたしはこう言っていると告げなさい。イスラエルの中で偶像を礼拝しながら、平気でわたしに助けを求めて来るような者に、わたしは、それぞれに応じた処置をする。 わたしから離れて偶像礼拝に走る者たちの思いと心を、わたしは罰する。」

6-7 それゆえ、神である主は次のように警告します。「悔い改めよ。偶像を打ち壊し、心の中で偶像礼拝をすることをやめよ。主であるわたしは、イスラエル人でも、イスラエルに住む外国人であっても、わたしを拒んで偶像を礼拝していながら、わたしの助けや助言を求めて預言者のところへ来る者を必ず罰しよう。 そういう不届き者の敵となり、彼を完全に滅ぼして、恐るべきさばきの見本としよう。その時、あなたがたは、わたしが神であることを知る。 偽預言者の一人がお告げを語ったとしても、それは偽りだ。その預言は実現しない。わたしはその預言者を、わたしの民イスラエルから絶ち滅ぼす。 10 偽預言者と偽善者たち。わたしのことばが欲しいなどと、ぬけぬけと言う悪者たちはみな、その罪のために罰を受ける。 11 その時、イスラエルの民は、わたしを捨ててこれ以上罪に汚れた生活を続けるべきではなく、わたしの民となり、わたしも彼らの神となるべきだと身をもって知る。」主は、そう語ります。

避けられないエルサレムのさばき

12 また、次のようなことばがありました。 13 「人の子よ。この国の人々がわたしに罪を犯すとき、わたしは、こぶしで彼らを打ちのめし、食糧の供給を絶ち、ききんで人間も動物も絶ち滅ぼす。 14 たとえノアやダニエルやヨブが、今ここにいたとしても、本人だけがその思いや行いの正しさによって救われるだけだ。だれも、ほかの者を助けることはできない。わたしはイスラエルの残りの者を滅ぼす。」このように主は言います。 15 「わたしがこの地に危険な野獣を放ち、荒らすにまかせれば、 16 たとえこの三人がいたとしても何の役にも立たない。彼らは、待ちかまえている滅びから人々を救えない。」こう主は言います。「この三人だけは救われても、地は荒れはてる。 17 あるいは、わたしがこの地に戦争を起こし、敵軍にすべての物を破壊するようにと命じるとき、 18 たとえ彼らがここにいても、わたしが言うとおり、救われるのは彼らだけだ。 19-20 あるいは、わたしがこの地に憤りを注いで疫病をはやらせ、その災害で人間も動物も死ぬとき、たとえノアやダニエルやヨブが生きていたとしても、わたしが言うとおり、その思いや行いの正しさのゆえに救われるのは彼らだけだ。」

21 主は語ります。「戦争とききん、どう猛な野獣と疫病、この四つの厳罰がエルサレムに下り、すべての生きものを滅ぼそうとしている。 22 もし生き残る者がいて、バビロンに捕囚の身とされているあなたがたのところへ来たなら、あなたがたは自分の目で、彼らがどんなに悪い者であるかを見て、わたしがエルサレムを滅ぼしたのは当然だと認めるだろう。 23 彼らに会えば、起こるべきことがイスラエルに起こったのだとうなずくことだろう。」