O T o 6:1-7. The mountains of Israel. p 6:8-10. The remnant. q 6:11-. Sign. Smiting. r 6:-11-14. Signification. T o 7:1-15. The Land of Israel. p 7:16-22. The remnant. q 7:23-. Sign. A chain. r 7:-23-27. Signification.
1 And the word of the LORD (Yahaveh) came to me, saying,
2 "Son of man (see 2:1), set your face toward the mountains of Israel (specially defiled by the high places. Cp. v.13), and prophesy against them,
3 And say, 'You mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord GOD (Adonai Yahaveh); Thus says the Lord GOD to the mountains, and to the hills, to the rivers (or ravines. Cp. 36:4,6.. See 2 Sam. 22:16), and to the valleys; 'Behold, I, even I, will bring a sword upon you (see 5:17), and I will destroy your high places. (Cp. Lev. 26:30.)
4 And your altars shall be desolate, and your sun-images (cp. Lev. 26:30. 2 Chron. 14:5; 34:4,7. Isa. 17:8; 27:9) shall be broken: and I will cast down your slain men before your idols (= manufactured idols, probably a log).
5 And I will lay the dead carcasses of the sons of Israel before their idols; and I will scatter your bones round about your altars.
6 In all your dwelling-places the cities shall be laid waste (cp. Lev. 26:31), and the high places shall be desolate; that your altars may be laid waste and made desolate, and your idols may be broken and cease, and your images may be cut down, and your works may be abolished.
7 And a slain one shall fall in the midst of you, and you shall know that I am the LORD.
8 Yet will I leave a remnant, that you may have some that shall escape the sword among the nations, when you shall be scattered through the countries.
9 And they that escape of you shall remember Me among the nations where they shall be carried captives, because I am broken with their whorish (i.e. idolatrous) heart, which has departed from Me, and with their eyes, which go a whoring after their idols: and they shall loathe themselves for the tumults which they have committed in all their abominations.
10 And they shall know that I am the LORD, and that I have not said in vain that I would do this tumult to them.'
11 Thus says the Lord GOD; 'Smite with your hand, and stamp with your foot, and say,
'Alas for all the evil abominations of the house of Israel! (See Ex. 16:31) for they shall fall by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence.
12 He that is far off shall die of the pestilence; and he that is near shall fall by the sword; and he that remain and is besieged shall die by the famine: thus will I accomplish my fury upon them.
13 Then shall you know that I am the LORD, when their slain men shall be among their idols round about their altars, upon every high hill, in all the tops of the mountains, and under every green tree, and under every thick oak, the place where they did offer savor of appeasement to all their idols.
14 And I will stretch out My hand upon them (cp. Ex. 7:5,&c.), and make the land desolate, yes, more desolate than the wilderness toward Diblathaim (Num. 33:46. Jer. 48:22), in all their habitations: and they shall know that I am the LORD.' ' "