1Then certain of the elders of Israel came to me, and sat before me.
2And the word of Yahweh came to me, saying,
3“Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their hearts and put the stumbling block of their iniquity before their faces. Should I let them inquire of me at all?
4Therefore speak to them and tell them, This is what the Lord Yahweh says: Every man of the house of Israel who takes his idols into his heart and puts the stumbling block of his iniquity before his face and comes to the prophet, I Yahweh will answer him according to the multitude of his idols
5in order to lay hold of the hearts of the house of Israel who are estranged from me because of all their idols.
6Therefore tell the house of Israel: This is what the Lord Yahweh says: Return, and turn yourselves from your idols, and turn away your faces from all your abominations.
7For everyone of the house of Israel or of the strangers who live in Israel who separates himself from me and takes his idols into his heart, and puts the stumbling block of his iniquity before his face and comes to the prophet to inquire for himself of me, I Yahweh will answer him by myself;
8and I will set my face against that man, and will make him an astonishment, for a sign and a proverb, and I will cut him off from the midst of my people, and you will know that I am Yahweh.
9If the prophet is deceived and speak a word, I Yahweh, have deceived that prophet, and I will stretch out my hand on him and will destroy him from the midst of my people Israel.
10They will bear their iniquity; the iniquity of the prophet will be even as the iniquity of him who seeks him,
11that the house of Israel may go no more astray from me, neither defile themselves any more with all their transgressions; but that they may be my people, and I may be their God, says the Lord Yahweh.”
12The word of Yahweh came to me, saying,
13“Son of man, when a land sins against me by committing a trespass and I stretch out my hand on it and break the staff of its bread, and send famine on it and cut off from it man and animal,
14though these three men, Noah, Daniel and Job were in it, they should deliver but their own souls by their righteousness, says the Lord Yahweh.
15If I cause evil animals to pass through the land, and they ravage it and it is made desolate, so that no man may pass through because of the animals–
16though these three men were in it, as I live, says the Lord Yahweh, they should deliver neither sons nor daughters; they only should be delivered, but the land should be desolate.
17Or if I bring a sword on that land, and say, ‘Sword, go through the land,’ so that I cut off from it man and animal;
18though these three men were in it, as I live, says the Lord Yahweh, they should deliver neither sons nor daughters, but they only should be delivered themselves.
19Or if I send a pestilence into that land and pour out my wrath on it in blood, to cut off from it man and animal,
20though Noah, Daniel and Job were in it, as I live, says the Lord Yahweh, they should deliver neither son nor daughter; they should but deliver their own souls by their righteousness.
21For this is what the Lord Yahweh says: How much more when I send my four severe judgments on Jerusalem, the sword, and the famine, and the evil animals, and the pestilence, to cut off from it man and animal!
22Yet, behold, in it will be left a remnant that will be carried forth, both sons and daughters; behold, they will come forth to you, and you will see their way and their doings, and you will be comforted concerning the evil that I have brought on Jerusalem, even concerning all that I have brought on it.
23They will comfort you when you see their way and their doings, and you will know that I have not done without cause all that I have done in it, says the Lord Yahweh.”