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The Oppression in Jerusalem
FROM THE SERIES OF THE PROPHETS BY C. P. MARILLIER.
“In the midst of thee have they dealt by oppression with the stranger.”—Ezekiel, 22, 7.
\HE twenty-second chapter of Ezekiel compares
with the first chapter of Isaiah, the “Great
Arraignment.” Ezekiel sums up formally and finally the many charges he has been making throughout his book. He places upon record the entire list of Judah's sins, that the justice of her punishment may be remembered and admitted by all.
It is a terrible roll call to which we listen. No sin seems omitted from the grim catalogue. The city “sheddeth blood,” she “maketh idols,” she defiles herself. Family affection is forgotten; the people “set light by father and mother.” Fair dealing is rejected; the “stranger” entering the city is seized by force and “oppressed.” Cruelty tramples the most helpless; the rich have "vexed the fatherless and the widow.” False witness, bribery, usury, adultery, lewdness of every kind, all these are in the catalogue. And at the close, recurring to this as the climax of treachery, “Yea, they have oppressed the stranger wrongfully.”
EZEKIEL XXXII-THE SWORD OF BABYLON
5 And I will lay thy flesh upon the mountains, and fill the valleys with thy height.
6 I will also water with thy blood the land wherein thou swimmest, even to the mountains; and the rivers shall be full of thee.
7 And when I shall put thee out, I will cover the heaven, and make the stars thereof dark; I will cover the sun with a cloud, and the moon shall not give her light.
8 All the bright lights of heaven will I make dark over thee, and set darkness upon thy land, saith the Lord God.
9 I will also vex the hearts of many people, when I shall bring thy destruction among the nations, into the countries which thou hast not known.
10 Yea, I will make many people amazed at thee, and their kings shall be horribly afraid for thee, when I shall brandish my sword before them; and they shall tremble at every moment, every man for his own life, in the day of thy fall.
11 | For thus saith the Lord God; The sword of the king of Babylon shall come upon thee.
12 By the swords of the mighty will I cause thy multitude to fall, the terrible of the nations, all of them: and they shall spoil the pomp of Egypt, and all the multitude thereof shall be destroyed.
13 I will destroy also all the beasts thereof from beside the great waters; neither shall the foot of man trouble them any more, nor the hoofs of beasts trouble them.
14 Then will I make their waters deep, and cause their rivers to run like oil, saith the Lord God.
15 When I shall make the land of Egypt desolate, and the country shall be destitute of that whereof it was full, when I shall smite all them that dwell therein, then shall they know that I am the LORD.
16 This is the lamentation wherewith they shall lament her: the daughters of the nations shall lament her: they shall lament for her, even for Egypt, and for all her multitude, saith the Lord God.
17 s It came to pass also in the twelfth year, in the fifteenth day of the month, that the word of the LORD came unto 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, unto the nether parts of the earth, with them that go down into the pit.
19 Whom dost thou pass in beauty ? go down, and be thou laid with the uncircumcised.
20 They shall fall in the midst of them that are slain by the sword: she is delivered to the sword: draw her and all her multitudes.
21 The strong among the mighty shall speak to him out of the midst of hell with them that help him: they are gone down, they lie uncircumcised, slain by the sword.
22 Asshur is there and all her company: his graves are about him: all of them slain, fallen by the sword:
EZEKIEL XXXII-ELAM AND EDOM FALL
23 Whose graves are set in the sides of the pit, and her company is round about her grave: all of them slain, fallen by the sword, which caused terror in the land of the living. 24 There is Elam and all her multitudes round about her
grave, all of them slain, fallen by the sword, which are gone down uncircumcised into the nether parts of the earth, which caused their terror in the land of the living; yet have they borne their shame with them that go down to the pit.
25 They have set her a bed in the midst of the slain with all her multitude: her graves are round about him: all of them uncircumcised, slain by the sword: though their terror was caused in the land of the living, yet have they borne their shame with them that go
down to the pit: he is put in the midst of them that be slain.
26 There is Meshech, Tubal, and all her multitude: her graves arc round about him; all of them uncircumcised, slain by the sword, though they caused their terror in the land of the living.
27 And they shall pot lie with the mighty that are fallen of the uncircumcised, which are gone down to hell with their weapons of war: and they have laid their swords under their heads, but their iniquities shall be upon their bones, though they were the terror of the mighty in the land of the living.
28 Yea, thou shalt be broken in the midst of the uncircumcised, and shalt sie with them that are slain with the sword.
29 There is Edom, her kings, and all her princes, which with their might are laid by them that were slain by the sword: they shall lie with the uncircumcised, and with them that go down to the pit.
30 There be the princes of the north, all of them, and all the Zidonians, which are gone down with the slain; with their terror they are ashamed of their might; and they lie uncircumcised with them that be slain by the sword, and bear their shame with them that
down to the pit.
31 Pharaoh shall see them, and shall be comforted over all his multitude, even Pharaoh and all his army slain by the sword, saith the Lord God.
32 For I have caused my terror in the land of the living; and he shall be laid in the midst of the uncircumcised with them that are slain with the sword, even Pharaoh and all his multitude, saith the Lord God.
Chapter 33 1 According to the duty of a watchman, in warning the people, 7 Ezekiel is admonished of his duty. 10 God sheweth news of the taking of Jerusalem, he prophesieth the desolation of the land. 30 God's judgment upon the mockers of the prophets.
GAIN the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
2 Son of man, speak to the children of thy people, and say
unto them, When I bring the sword upon a land, if the people of the land take a man of their coasts, and set him for their watchman:
the justice of his ways towards the penitent, and towards revolters.
17 He maintaineth his justice. 21 Upon the