Idolatrous Elders Condemned

Ezekiel 14

1 Now a some of the elders of Israel came to me and sat before me. 2 And the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 3 "Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their hearts, and put before them b that which causes them to stumble into iniquity. c Should I let Myself be inquired of at all by them? 4 "Therefore speak to them, and say to them, 'Thus says the Lord GOD: "Everyone of the house of Israel who sets up his idols in his heart, and puts before him what causes him to stumble into iniquity, and then comes to the prophet, I the LORD will answer him who comes, according to the multitude of his idols, 5 "that I may seize the house of Israel by their heart, because they are all estranged from Me by their idols." '

6 "Therefore say to the house of Israel, 'Thus says the Lord GOD: "Repent, turn away from your idols, and d turn your faces away from all your abominations. 7 "For anyone of the house of Israel, or of the strangers who dwell in Israel, who separates himself from Me and sets up his idols in his heart and puts before him what causes him to stumble into iniquity, then comes to a prophet to inquire of him concerning Me, I the LORD will answer him by Myself. 8 e "I will set My face against that man and make him a f sign and a proverb, and I will cut him off from the midst of My people. g Then you shall know that I am the LORD. 9 "And if the prophet is induced to speak anything, I the LORD h have induced that prophet, and I will stretch out My hand against him and destroy him from among My people Israel. 10 "And they shall bear their iniquity; the punishment of the prophet shall be the same as the punishment of the one who inquired, 11 "that the house of Israel may i no longer stray from Me, nor be profaned anymore with all their transgressions, j but that they may be My people and I may be their God," says the Lord GOD.' "

  1. Cross References
    2 Kings 6:32
    But Elisha was sitting in his house, and the elders were sitting with him. And the king sent a man ahead of him, but before the messenger came to him, he said to the elders, "Do you see how this son of a murderer has sent someone to take away my head? Look, when the messenger comes, shut the door, and hold him fast at the door. Is not the sound of his master's feet behind him?
    Ezekiel 8:1
    And it came to pass in the sixth year, in the sixth month, on the fifth day of the month, as I sat in my house with the elders of Judah sitting before me, that the hand of the Lord GOD fell upon me there.
    Ezekiel 20:1
    It came to pass in the seventh year, in the fifth month, on the tenth day of the month, that certain of the elders of Israel came to inquire of the LORD, and sat before me.
    Ezekiel 33:31
    So they come to you as people do, they sit before you as My people, and they hear your words, but they do not do them; for with their mouth they show much love, but their hearts pursue their own gain.
  2. Cross References
    Ezekiel 7:19
    They will throw their silver into the streets, And their gold will be like refuse; Their silver and their gold will not be able to deliver them In the day of the wrath of the LORD; They will not satisfy their souls, Nor fill their stomachs, Because it became their stumbling block of iniquity.
    Zephaniah 1:3
    I will consume man and beast; I will consume the birds of the heavens, The fish of the sea, And the stumbling blocks along with the wicked. I will cut off man from the face of the land," Says the LORD.
  3. Cross References
    2 Kings 3:13
    Then Elisha said to the king of Israel, "What have I to do with you? Go to the prophets of your father and the prophets of your mother." But the king of Israel said to him, "No, for the LORD has called these three kings together to deliver them into the hand of Moab.
    Isaiah 1:15
    When you spread out your hands, I will hide My eyes from you; Even though you make many prayers, I will not hear. Your hands are full of blood.
    Jeremiah 11:11
    Therefore thus says the LORD: "Behold, I will surely bring calamity on them which they will not be able to escape; and though they cry out to Me, I will not listen to them.
    Ezekiel 20:3
    "Son of man, speak to the elders of Israel, and say to them, 'Thus says the Lord GOD: "Have you come to inquire of Me? As I live," says the Lord GOD, "I will not be inquired of by you."'
    Ezekiel 20:31
    For when you offer your gifts and make your sons pass through the fire, you defile yourselves with all your idols, even to this day. So shall I be inquired of by you, O house of Israel? As I live," says the Lord GOD, "I will not be inquired of by you.
  4. Cross References
    1 Samuel 7:3
    Then Samuel spoke to all the house of Israel, s...
    Nehemiah 1:9
    'but if you return to Me, and keep My commandme...
    Isaiah 2:20
    In that day a man will cast away his idols of s...
    Isaiah 30:22
    You will also defile the covering of your image...
    Isaiah 55:6
    Seek the LORD while He may be found, Call upon ...
    Isaiah 55:7
    Let the wicked forsake his way, And the unright...
    Ezekiel 18:30
    Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, ...
  5. Cross References
    Leviticus 17:10
    And whatever man of the house of Israel, or of ...
    Leviticus 20:3
    I will set My face against that man, and will c...
    Leviticus 20:5
    Then I will set My face against that man and ag...
    Leviticus 20:6
    And the person who turns to mediums and familia...
    Jeremiah 44:11
    Therefore thus says the LORD of hosts, the God ...
    Ezekiel 15:7
    And I will set My face against them. They will ...
  6. Cross References
    Numbers 26:10
    And the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up together with Korah when that company died, when the fire devoured two hundred and fifty men; and they became a sign.
    Deuteronomy 28:37
    And you shall become an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword among all nations where the LORD will drive you.
    Ezekiel 5:15
    So it shall be a reproach, a taunt, a lesson, and an astonishment to the nations that are all around you, when I execute judgments among you in anger and in fury and in furious rebukes. I, the LORD, have spoken.
  7. Cross References
    Ezekiel 6:7
    The slain shall fall in your midst, and you shall know that I am the LORD.
    Ezekiel 13:14
    So I will break down the wall you have plastered with untempered mortar, and bring it down to the ground, so that its foundation will be uncovered; it will fall, and you shall be consumed in the midst of it. Then you shall know that I am the LORD.
  8. Cross References
    1 Kings 22:23
    "Therefore look! The LORD has put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these prophets of yours, and the LORD has declared disaster against you."
    Job 12:16
    With Him are strength and prudence. The deceived and the deceiver are His.
    Isaiah 66:4
    So will I choose their delusions, And bring their fears on them; Because, when I called, no one answered, When I spoke they did not hear; But they did evil before My eyes, And chose that in which I do not delight.
    Jeremiah 4:10
    Then I said, "Ah, Lord GOD! Surely You have greatly deceived this people and Jerusalem, Saying, 'You shall have peace,' Whereas the sword reaches to the heart.
    2 Thessalonians 2:11
    And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie.
  9. Cross References
    Psalms 119:67
    Before I was afflicted I went astray, But now I...
    Psalms 119:71
    It is good for me that I have been afflicted, T...
    Jeremiah 31:18
    I have surely heard Ephraim bemoaning himself: ...
    Jeremiah 31:19
    Surely, after my turning, I repented; And after...
    Hebrews 12:11
    Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the pr...
    2 Peter 2:15
    They have forsaken the right way and gone astra...
  10. Cross References
    Ezekiel 11:20
    That they may walk in My statutes and keep My judgments and do them; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God.
    Ezekiel 37:27
    My tabernacle also shall be with them; indeed I will be their God, and they shall be My people.
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