Ezekiel 14:12-23

Note. The passage follows a regular parallel until the summary in verse 21 when for some reason the order is shifted. Any reason?

A.12 The word of the LORD came again to me, saying, 13 Son of man, when the land sinneth against me by trespassing grievously,

B1. 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 from it:

C1.14 Though these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it,

D1. they should deliver but their own souls by their righteousness, saith the Lord GOD.

B2. 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:

C2.16 Though these three men were in it, as I live, saith the Lord GOD,

D2. they shall deliver neither sons nor daughters; they only shall be delivered, but the land shall be desolate.

B3. 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 it:

C3.18 Though these three men were in it, as I live, saith the Lord GOD,

D3.  they shall deliver neither sons nor daughters, but they only shall be delivered themselves.

B4.19 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 beast:

C4. 20 Though Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, as I live, saith the Lord GOD,

D4. they shall deliver neither son nor daughter; they shall but deliver their own souls by their righteousness.

A’.21 For thus saith the Lord GOD; How much more when I send my four sore judgments upon Jerusalem,

B3. the sword,

B1. and the famine,

B2. and the noisome beast,

B4. and the pestilence,

to cut off from it man and beast?

A.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:

B. and ye shall be comforted concerning the evil that I have brought upon Jerusalem, even concerning all that I have brought upon it.

B’. 23 And they shall comfort you,

A’. 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 GOD.

2 thoughts on “Ezekiel 14:12-23”

  1. The order of sword ,famine and pestilence is found several time in Jeremiah .

    In Ezekiel ch 33 we have” sword,beasts and pestilence.

    27 Say thou thus unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; As I live, surely they that are in the wastes shall fall by the sword, and him that is in the open field will I give to the beasts to be devoured, and they that be in the forts and in the caves shall die of the pestilence.and will deliver them to be removed to all the kingdoms of the earth, to be a curse, and an astonishment, and an hissing, and a reproach, among all the nations whither I have driven them:

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