14:1 Then came certain of the elders of Israel unto
me, and sat before me.
14:2 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
14:3 Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their
heart, and put the stumblingblock of their iniquity before
their face: should I be enquired of at all by them?
14:4 Therefore speak unto them, and say unto them, Thus
saith the Lord GOD; Every man of the house of Israel that
setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the
stumblingblock of his iniquity before his face, and cometh
to the prophet; I the LORD will answer him that cometh
according to the multitude of his idols;
14:5 That I may take the house of Israel in their own
heart, because they are all estranged from me through their
14:6 Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the
Lord GOD; Repent, and turn yourselves from your idols; and
turn away your faces from all your abominations.
14:7 For every one of the house of Israel, or of the
stranger that sojourneth in Israel, which separateth himself
from me, and setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth
the stumblingblock of his iniquity before his face, and
cometh to a prophet to enquire of him concerning me; I the
LORD will answer him by myself:
14:8 And I will set my face against that man, and will make
him a sign and a proverb, and I will cut him off from the
midst of my people; and ye shall know that I am the LORD.
14:9 And if the prophet be deceived when he hath spoken a
thing, I the LORD have deceived that prophet, and I will
stretch out my hand upon him, and will destroy him from the
midst of my people Israel.
14:10 And they shall bear the punishment of their iniquity:
the punishment of the prophet shall be even as the
punishment of him that seeketh unto him;
14:11 That the house of Israel may go no more astray from
me, neither be polluted any more with all their
transgressions; but that they may be my people, and I may be
their God, saith the Lord GOD.
14:12 The word of the LORD came again to me, saying,
14:13 Son of man, when the land sinneth against me by
trespassing grievously, then will I stretch out mine hand
upon it, and will break the staff of the bread thereof, and
will send famine upon it, and will cut off man and beast
14:14 Though these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were
in it, they should deliver but their own souls by their
righteousness, saith the Lord GOD.
14:15 If I cause noisome beasts to pass through the land,
and they spoil it, so that it be desolate, that no man may
pass through because of the beasts:
14:16 Though these three men were in it, as I live, saith
the Lord GOD, they shall deliver neither sons nor daughters;
they only shall be delivered, but the land shall be
14:17 Or if I bring a sword upon that land, and say, Sword,
go through the land; so that I cut off man and beast from
14:18 Though these three men were in it, as I live, saith
the Lord GOD, they shall deliver neither sons nor daughters,
but they only shall be delivered themselves.
14:19 Or if I send a pestilence into that land, and pour
out my fury upon it in blood, to cut off from it man and
14:20 Though Noah, Daniel, and Job were in it, as I live,
saith the Lord GOD, they shall deliver neither son nor
daughter; they shall but deliver their own souls by their
14:21 For thus saith the Lord GOD; How much more when I
send my four sore judgments upon Jerusalem, the sword, and
the famine, and the noisome beast, and the pestilence, to
cut off from it man and beast?
14:22 Yet, behold, therein shall be left a remnant that
shall be brought forth, both sons and daughters: behold,
they shall come forth unto you, and ye shall see their way
and their doings: and ye shall be comforted concerning the
evil that I have brought upon Jerusalem, even concerning all
that I have brought upon it.
14:23 And they shall comfort you, when ye see their ways
and their doings: and ye shall know that I have not done
without cause all that I have done in it, saith the Lord