Fire in the Forest

45 Furthermore the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 46 (A)“Son of man, set your face toward the south; [a]preach against the south and prophesy against the forest land, the [b]South, 47 and say to the forest of the South, ‘Hear the word of the Lord! Thus says the Lord God: “Behold, (B)I will kindle a fire in you, and it shall devour (C)every green tree and every dry tree in you; the blazing flame shall not be quenched, and all faces (D)from the south to the north shall be scorched by it. 48 All flesh shall see that I, the Lord, have kindled it; it shall not be quenched.” ’ ”

49 Then I said, “Ah, Lord God! They say of me, ‘Does he not speak (E)parables?’ ”

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  1. Ezekiel 20:46 proclaim, lit. drop
  2. Ezekiel 20:46 Heb. Negev