Parable of the Boiling Pot
And the word of the Lord came to me in the ninth year, in the tenth month, on the tenth of the month, saying, “Son of man, write the name of the day, this very day. The king of Babylon [a]has laid siege to Jerusalem this very day. Speak a parable to the rebellious house and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord [b]God,
“Put on the pot, put it on and also pour water in it;
[c]Put in it the pieces,
Every good piece, the thigh and the shoulder;
Fill it with choice bones.
“Take the choicest of the flock,
And also pile [d]wood under [e]the pot.
Make it boil vigorously.
Also seethe its bones in it.”
‘Therefore, thus says the Lord God,
“Woe to the bloody city,
To the pot in which there is rust
And whose rust has not gone out of it!
Take out of it piece after piece,
[f]Without making a choice.
“For her blood is in her midst;
She placed it on the bare rock;
She did not pour it on the ground
To cover it with dust.
“That it may cause wrath to come up to take vengeance,
I have put her blood on the bare rock,
That it may not be covered.”
‘Therefore, thus says the Lord God,
“Woe to the bloody city!
I also will make the pile great.
“Heap on the wood, kindle the fire,
[g]Boil the flesh well
And mix in the spices,
And let the bones be burned.
“Then set it empty on its coals
So that it may be hot
And its bronze may [h]glow
And its filthiness may be melted in it,
Its rust consumed.
“She has wearied Me with toil,
Yet her great rust has not gone from her;
Let her rust be in the fire!
“In your filthiness is lewdness.
Because I would have cleansed you,
Yet you are not clean,
You will not be cleansed from your filthiness again
Until I have [i]spent My wrath on you.
I, the Lord, have spoken; it is coming and I will act. I will not relent, and I will not pity and I will not be sorry; according to your ways and according to your deeds [j]I will judge you,” declares the Lord God.’”
Death of Ezekiel’s Wife Is a Sign
And the word of the Lord came to me saying, “Son of man, behold, I am about to take from you the desire of your eyes with a blow; but you shall not mourn and you shall not weep, and your tears shall not come. Groan silently; make no mourning for the dead. Bind on your turban and put your shoes on your feet, and do not cover your mustache and do not eat the bread of men.” So I spoke to the people in the morning, and in the evening my wife died. And in the morning I did as I was commanded. The people said to me, “Will you not tell us what these things that you are doing mean for us?” Then I said to them, “The word of the Lord came to me saying, ‘Speak to the house of Israel, “Thus says the Lord God, ‘Behold, I am about to profane My sanctuary, the pride of your power, the desire of your eyes and the delight of your soul; and your sons and your daughters whom you have left behind will fall by the sword. You will do as I have done; you will not cover your mustache and you will not eat the bread of men. Your turbans will be on your heads and your shoes on your feet. You will not mourn and you will not weep, but you will rot away in your iniquities and you will groan [k]to one another. Thus Ezekiel will be a sign to you; according to all that he has done you will do; when it comes, then you will know that I am the Lord God.’”
‘As for you, son of man, will it not be on the day when I take from them their stronghold, the joy of their [l]pride, the desire of their eyes and [m]their heart’s delight, their sons and their daughters, that on that day he who escapes will come to you with information for your ears? On that day your mouth will be opened to him who escaped, and you will speak and be mute no longer. Thus you will be a sign to them, and they will know that I am the Lord.’”
- Ezekiel 24:2 Lit leaned on
- Ezekiel 24:3 Heb YHWH, usually rendered Lord, and so throughout the ch
- Ezekiel 24:4 Lit Gather her pieces
- Ezekiel 24:5 Lit bones
- Ezekiel 24:5 Lit it
- Ezekiel 24:6 Lit No lot has fallen on it
- Ezekiel 24:10 Lit Complete
- Ezekiel 24:11 Lit become hot
- Ezekiel 24:13 Lit caused to rest
- Ezekiel 24:14 So with several ancient mss and versions; M.T. they
- Ezekiel 24:23 Lit a man to his brother
- Ezekiel 24:25 Or beauty
- Ezekiel 24:25 Lit the lifting up of their soul
Judgment on Gentile Nations—Ammon
And the word of the Lord came to me saying, “Son of man, set your face toward the sons of Ammon and prophesy against them, and say to the sons of Ammon, ‘Hear the word of the Lord [a]God! Thus says the Lord God, “Because you said, ‘Aha!’ against My sanctuary when it was profaned, and against the land of Israel when it was made desolate, and against the house of Judah when they went into exile, therefore, behold, I am going to give you to the sons of the east for a possession, and they will set their encampments among you and make their dwellings among you; they will eat your fruit and drink your milk. I will make Rabbah a pasture for camels and the sons of Ammon a resting place for flocks. Thus you will know that I am the Lord.” For thus says the Lord God, “Because you have clapped your hands and stamped your feet and rejoiced with all the scorn of your soul against the land of Israel, therefore, behold, I have stretched out My hand against you and I will give you for spoil to the nations. And I will cut you off from the peoples and make you perish from the lands; I will destroy you. Thus you will know that I am the Lord.”
‘Thus says the Lord God, “Because Moab and Seir say, ‘Behold, the house of Judah is like all the nations,’ therefore, behold, I am going to [b]deprive the flank of Moab of its cities, of its cities which are on its [c]frontiers, the glory of the land, Beth-jeshimoth, Baal-meon and Kiriathaim, and I will give it for a possession along with the sons of Ammon to the sons of the east, so that the sons of Ammon will not be remembered among the nations. Thus I will execute judgments on Moab, and they will know that I am the Lord.”
‘Thus says the Lord God, “Because Edom has acted against the house of Judah by taking vengeance, and has incurred grievous guilt, and avenged themselves upon them,” therefore thus says the Lord God, “I will also stretch out My hand against Edom and cut off man and beast from it. And I will lay it waste; from Teman even to Dedan they will fall by the sword. I will lay My vengeance on Edom by the hand of My people Israel. Therefore, they will act in Edom according to My anger and according to My wrath; thus they will know My vengeance,” declares the Lord God.
‘Thus says the Lord God, “Because the Philistines have acted in revenge and have taken vengeance with scorn of soul to destroy with everlasting enmity,” therefore thus says the Lord God, “Behold, I will stretch out My hand against the Philistines, even cut off the Cherethites and destroy the remnant of the seacoast. I will execute great vengeance on them with wrathful rebukes; and they will know that I am the Lord when I lay My vengeance on them.”’”
- Ezekiel 25:3 Heb YHWH, usually rendered Lord, and so throughout the ch
- Ezekiel 25:9 Lit open
- Ezekiel 25:9 Lit end