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Abominations in the Temple 1In the sixth year, in the sixth month, on the fifth day of the month, as I sat in my house, with the elders of Judah sitting before me, the hand of the Lord GOD fell upon me there.2I looked, and there was a figure that looked like a human being; below what appeared to be its loins it was fire, and above the loins it was like the appearance of brightness, like gleaming amber.3It stretched out the form of a hand, and took me by a lock of my head; and the spirit lifted me up between earth and heaven, and brought me in visions of God to Jerusalem, to the entrance of the gateway of the inner court that faces north, to the seat of the image of jealousy, which provokes to jealousy.4And the glory of the God of Israel was there, like the vision that I had seen in the valley.5Then God said to me, “O mortal, lift up your eyes now in the direction of the north.” So I lifted up my eyes toward the north, and there, north of the altar gate, in the entrance, was this image of jealousy.6He said to me, “Mortal, do you see what they are doing, the great abominations that the house of Israel are committing here, to drive me far from my sanctuary? Yet you will see still greater abominations.”7And he brought me to the entrance of the court; I looked, and there was a hole in the wall.8Then he said to me, “Mortal, dig through the wall”; and when I dug through the wall, there was an entrance.9He said to me, “Go in, and see the vile abominations that they are committing here.”10So I went in and looked; there, portrayed on the wall all around, were all kinds of creeping things, and loathsome animals, and all the idols of the house of Israel.11Before them stood seventy of the elders of the house of Israel, with Jaazaniah son of Shaphan standing among them. Each had his censer in his hand, and the fragrant cloud of incense was ascending.12Then he said to me, “Mortal, have you seen what the elders of the house of Israel are doing in the dark, each in his room of images? For they say, ‘The Lord does not see us, the Lord has forsaken the land.’ ”13He said also to me, “You will see still greater abominations that they are committing.”14Then he brought me to the entrance of the north gate of the house of the Lord; women were sitting there weeping for Tammuz.15Then he said to me, “Have you seen this, O mortal? You will see still greater abominations than these.”16And he brought me into the inner court of the house of the Lord; there, at the entrance of the temple of the Lord, between the porch and the altar, were about twenty-five men, with their backs to the temple of the Lord, and their faces toward the east, prostrating themselves to the sun toward the east.17Then he said to me, “Have you seen this, O mortal? Is it not bad enough that the house of Judah commits the abominations done here? Must they fill the land with violence, and provoke my anger still further? See, they are putting the branch to their nose!18Therefore I will act in wrath; my eye will not spare, nor will I have pity; and though they cry in my hearing with a loud voice, I will not listen to them.”Chapter 9The Slaughter of the Idolaters 1Then he cried in my hearing with a loud voice, saying, “Draw near, you executioners of the city, each with his destroying weapon in his hand.”2And six men came from the direction of the upper gate, which faces north, each with his weapon for slaughter in his hand; among them was a man clothed in linen, with a writing case at his side. They went in and stood beside the bronze altar.3Now the glory of the God of Israel had gone up from the cherub on which it rested to the threshold of the house. The Lord called to the man clothed in linen, who had the writing case at his side;4and said to him, “Go through the city, through Jerusalem, and put a mark on the foreheads of those who sigh and groan over all the abominations that are committed in it.”5To the others he said in my hearing, “Pass through the city after him, and kill; your eye shall not spare, and you shall show no pity.6Cut down old men, young men and young women, little children and women, but touch no one who has the mark. And begin at my sanctuary.” So they began with the elders who were in front of the house.7Then he said to them, “Defile the house, and fill the courts with the slain. Go!” So they went out and killed in the city.8While they were killing, and I was left alone, I fell prostrate on my face and cried out, “Ah Lord GOD! will you destroy all who remain of Israel as you pour out your wrath upon Jerusalem?”9He said to me, “The guilt of the house of Israel and Judah is exceedingly great; the land is full of bloodshed and the city full of perversity; for they say, ‘The Lord has forsaken the land, and the Lord does not see.’10As for me, my eye will not spare, nor will I have pity, but I will bring down their deeds upon their heads.”11Then the man clothed in linen, with the writing case at his side, brought back word, saying, “I have done as you commanded me.”Chapter 10God's Glory Leaves Jerusalem 1Then I looked, and above the dome that was over the heads of the cherubim there appeared above them something like a sapphire, in form resembling a throne.2He said to the man clothed in linen, “Go within the wheelwork underneath the cherubim; fill your hands with burning coals from among the cherubim, and scatter them over the city.” He went in as I looked on.3Now the cherubim were standing on the south side of the house when the man went in; and a cloud filled the inner court.4Then the glory of the Lord rose up from the cherub to the threshold of the house; the house was filled with the cloud, and the court was full of the brightness of the glory of the Lord.5The sound of the wings of the cherubim was heard as far as the outer court, like the voice of God Almighty when he speaks.6When he commanded the man clothed in linen, “Take fire from within the wheelwork, from among the cherubim,” he went in and stood beside a wheel.7And a cherub stretched out his hand from among the cherubim to the fire that was among the cherubim, took some of it and put it into the hands of the man clothed in linen, who took it and went out.8The cherubim appeared to have the form of a human hand under their wings.9I looked, and there were four wheels beside the cherubim, one beside each cherub; and the appearance of the wheels was like gleaming beryl.10And as for their appearance, the four looked alike, something like a wheel within a wheel.11When they moved, they moved in any of the four directions without veering as they moved; but in whatever direction the front wheel faced, the others followed without veering as they moved.12Their entire body, their rims, their spokes, their wings, and the wheels—the wheels of the four of them—were full of eyes all around.13As for the wheels, they were called in my hearing “the wheelwork.”14Each one had four faces: the first face was that of the cherub, the second face was that of a human being, the third that of a lion, and the fourth that of an eagle.15The cherubim rose up. These were the living creatures that I saw by the river Chebar.16When the cherubim moved, the wheels moved beside them; and when the cherubim lifted up their wings to rise up from the earth, the wheels at their side did not veer.17When they stopped, the others stopped, and when they rose up, the others rose up with them; for the spirit of the living creatures was in them.18Then the glory of the Lord went out from the threshold of the house and stopped above the cherubim.19The cherubim lifted up their wings and rose up from the earth in my sight as they went out with the wheels beside them. They stopped at the entrance of the east gate of the house of the Lord; and the glory of the God of Israel was above them.20These were the living creatures that I saw underneath the God of Israel by the river Chebar; and I knew that they were cherubim.21Each had four faces, each four wings, and underneath their wings something like human hands.22As for what their faces were like, they were the same faces whose appearance I had seen by the river Chebar. Each one moved straight ahead.Chapter 11Judgment on Wicked Counselors 1The spirit lifted me up and brought me to the east gate of the house of the Lord, which faces east. There, at the entrance of the gateway, were twenty-five men; among them I saw Jaazaniah son of Azzur, and Pelatiah son of Benaiah, officials of the people.2He said to me, “Mortal, these are the men who devise iniquity and who give wicked counsel in this city;3they say, ‘The time is not near to build houses; this city is the pot, and we are the meat.’4Therefore prophesy against them; prophesy, O mortal.”5Then the spirit of the Lord fell upon me, and he said to me, “Say, Thus says the Lord: This is what you think, O house of Israel; I know the things that come into your mind.6You have killed many in this city, and have filled its streets with the slain.7Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: The slain whom you have placed within it are the meat, and this city is the pot; but you shall be taken out of it.8You have feared the sword; and I will bring the sword upon you, says the Lord GOD.9I will take you out of it and give you over to the hands of foreigners, and execute judgments upon you.10You shall fall by the sword; I will judge you at the border of Israel. And you shall know that I am the Lord.11This city shall not be your pot, and you shall not be the meat inside it; I will judge you at the border of Israel.12Then you shall know that I am the Lord, whose statutes you have not followed, and whose ordinances you have not kept, but you have acted according to the ordinances of the nations that are around you.”13Now, while I was prophesying, Pelatiah son of Benaiah died. Then I fell down on my face, cried with a loud voice, and said, “Ah Lord GOD! will you make a full end of the remnant of Israel?”God Will Restore Israel 14Then the word of the Lord came to me:15Mortal, your kinsfolk, your own kin, your fellow exiles, the whole house of Israel, all of them, are those of whom the inhabitants of Jerusalem have said, “They have gone far from the Lord; to us this land is given for a possession.”16Therefore say: Thus says the Lord GOD: Though I removed them far away among the nations, and though I scattered them among the countries, yet I have been a sanctuary to them for a little while in the countries where they have gone.17Therefore say: Thus says the Lord GOD: I will gather you from the peoples, and assemble you out of the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel.18When they come there, they will remove from it all its detestable things and all its abominations.19I will give them one heart, and put a new spirit within them; I will remove the heart of stone from their flesh and give them a heart of flesh,20so that they may follow my statutes and keep my ordinances and obey them. Then they shall be my people, and I will be their God.21But as for those whose heart goes after their detestable things and their abominations, I will bring their deeds upon their own heads, says the Lord GOD.22Then the cherubim lifted up their wings, with the wheels beside them; and the glory of the God of Israel was above them.23And the glory of the Lord ascended from the middle of the city, and stopped on the mountain east of the city.24The spirit lifted me up and brought me in a vision by the spirit of God into Chaldea, to the exiles. Then the vision that I had seen left me.25And I told the exiles all the things that the Lord had shown me.