The Day of the Wrath of the Lord

The word of the Lord came to me: “And you, (A)O son of man, thus says the Lord God to the land of Israel: (B)An end! The end has come upon the four corners of the land.[a] Now (C)the end is upon you, and (D)I will send my anger upon you; (E)I will judge you according to your ways, and I will punish you for all your abominations. (F)And my eye will not spare you, nor will I have pity, but (G)I will punish you for your ways, while your abominations are in your midst. (H)Then you will know that I am the Lord.

“Thus says the Lord God: Disaster (I)after disaster![b] Behold, it comes. (J)An end has come; the end has come; it has awakened against you. Behold, it comes. (K)Your doom[c] has come to you, O inhabitant of the land. (L)The time has come; the day is near, a day of tumult, and not (M)of joyful shouting on the mountains. Now I will soon (N)pour out my wrath upon you, and (O)spend my anger against you, (P)and judge you according to your ways, and I will punish you for all your abominations. (Q)And my eye will not spare, nor will I have pity. I will punish you according to your ways, while your abominations are in your midst. (R)Then you will know that I am the Lord, who strikes.

10 (S)“Behold, the day! Behold, it comes! (T)Your doom has come; (U)the rod has blossomed; pride has budded. 11 (V)Violence has grown up into (W)a rod of wickedness. (X)None of them shall remain, nor their abundance, nor their wealth; neither shall there be preeminence among them.[d] 12 (Y)The time has come; the day has arrived. Let not (Z)the buyer rejoice, nor (AA)the seller mourn, (AB)for wrath is upon all their multitude.[e] 13 For (AC)the seller shall not return to what he has sold, while they live. (AD)For the vision concerns all their multitude; it shall not turn back; and because of his iniquity, none can maintain his life.[f]

14 “They have blown the trumpet and made everything ready, but none goes to battle, (AE)for my wrath is upon all their multitude. 15 (AF)The sword is without; pestilence and famine are within. (AG)He who is in the field dies by the sword, (AH)and him who is in the city famine and pestilence devour. 16 (AI)And if any survivors escape, they will be on the mountains, like (AJ)doves of the valleys, all of them moaning, each one over his iniquity. 17 (AK)All hands are feeble, and all knees turn to water. 18 (AL)They put on sackcloth, and (AM)horror covers them. Shame is on all faces, and (AN)baldness on all their heads. 19 They cast their silver into the streets, and their gold is like an unclean thing. (AO)Their silver and gold are not able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the Lord. They cannot satisfy their hunger or fill their stomachs with it. (AP)For it was (AQ)the stumbling block of their iniquity. 20 (AR)His beautiful ornament they used for pride, and (AS)they made their abominable images and their detestable things of it. Therefore (AT)I make it an unclean thing to them. 21 And I will give it into the hands of (AU)foreigners for prey, (AV)and to the wicked of the earth for spoil, and (AW)they shall profane it. 22 I will turn my face from them, and (AX)they shall profane my treasured[g] place. Robbers shall enter (AY)and profane it.

23 (AZ)“Forge a chain![h] (BA)For the land is full of bloody crimes (BB)and the city is full of violence. 24 I will bring (BC)the worst of the nations to take possession of their houses. (BD)I will put an end to the pride of the strong, (BE)and their holy places[i] shall be profaned. 25 (BF)When anguish comes, (BG)they will seek peace, but there shall be none. 26 (BH)Disaster comes upon disaster; (BI)rumor follows rumor. (BJ)They seek a vision from the prophet, while (BK)the law[j] perishes from the priest and (BL)counsel from the elders. 27 The king mourns, the prince is wrapped in despair, and the hands of the people of the land are paralyzed by terror. According to their way (BM)I will do to them, and according to their judgments I will judge them, (BN)and they shall know that I am the Lord.”

Abominations in the Temple

(BO)In the sixth year, in the sixth month, on the fifth day of the month, (BP)as I sat in my house, with (BQ)the elders of Judah sitting before me, (BR)the hand of the Lord God fell upon me there. Then I looked, and behold, (BS)a form that had the appearance of a man.[k] (BT)Below what appeared to be his waist was fire, and above his waist was something like the appearance of brightness, like (BU)gleaming metal.[l] He (BV)put out the form of a hand and took me by a lock of my head, and the Spirit lifted me up (BW)between earth and heaven and (BX)brought me in (BY)visions of God to Jerusalem, (BZ)to the entrance of the gateway of the inner court that faces north, (CA)where was the seat of the (CB)image of jealousy, (CC)which provokes to jealousy. And behold, (CD)the glory of the God of Israel was there, like the vision that I saw (CE)in the valley.

Then he said to me, (CF)“Son of man, lift up your eyes now toward the north.” So I lifted up my eyes toward the north, and behold, north of (CG)the altar gate, in the entrance, was this (CH)image of jealousy. And he said to me, “Son of man, (CI)do you see what they are doing, (CJ)the great abominations that the house of Israel are committing here, (CK)to drive me far from my sanctuary? But you will see still greater abominations.”

And he brought me to the entrance of the court, and when I looked, behold, there was a hole in the wall. Then he said to me, “Son of man, (CL)dig in the wall.” So I dug in the wall, and behold, there was an entrance. And he said to me, “Go in, and see (CM)the vile abominations that they are committing here.” 10 So I went in and saw. And there, (CN)engraved on the wall all around, was (CO)every form of (CP)creeping things and loathsome beasts, and all the idols of the house of Israel. 11 And before them stood (CQ)seventy men of (CR)the elders of the house of Israel, with Jaazaniah the son of (CS)Shaphan standing among them. Each had his censer in his hand, and (CT)the smoke of the cloud of incense went up. 12 Then he said to me, “Son of man, have you seen what the elders of the house of Israel are doing (CU)in the dark, each (CV)in his room of pictures? For they say, (CW)‘The Lord does not see us, the Lord has forsaken the land.’” 13 He said also to me, (CX)“You will see still greater abominations that they commit.”

14 Then he brought me to (CY)the entrance of the north gate of the house of the Lord, and behold, there sat women weeping for Tammuz. 15 Then he said to me, “Have you seen this, O (CZ)son of man? (DA)You will see still greater abominations than these.”

16 And he brought me into (DB)the inner court of the house of the Lord. And behold, at the entrance of the temple of the Lord, (DC)between the (DD)porch and (DE)the altar, were about twenty-five men, (DF)with their backs to the temple of the Lord, and their faces toward the east, worshiping (DG)the sun toward the east. 17 Then he said to me, “Have you seen this, O (DH)son of man? Is it too light a thing for the house of Judah to commit (DI)the abominations that they commit here, that (DJ)they should fill the land with violence and (DK)provoke me still further to anger? Behold, they put the branch to their[m] nose. 18 Therefore (DL)I will act in wrath. (DM)My eye will not spare, nor will I have pity. (DN)And though they cry in my ears with a loud voice, I will not hear them.”

Idolaters Killed

Then he cried in my ears with a loud voice, saying, “Bring near the executioners of the city, (DO)each with his destroying weapon in his hand.” And behold, six men came from the direction of (DP)the upper gate, which faces north, each with his weapon for slaughter in his hand, and with them was (DQ)a man clothed in linen, with a writing case at his waist. And they went in and stood beside (DR)the bronze altar.

Now (DS)the glory of the God of Israel had gone up from the cherub on which it rested to (DT)the threshold of the house. And he called to (DU)the man clothed in linen, who had the writing case at his waist. And the Lord said to him, “Pass through the city, through Jerusalem, and (DV)put a mark on the foreheads of the men who (DW)sigh and groan over all the abominations that are committed in it.” And to (DX)the others he said in my hearing, “Pass through the city after him, and strike. (DY)Your eye shall not spare, and you shall show no pity. (DZ)Kill old men outright, young men and maidens, little children and women, but (EA)touch no one on whom is the mark. And (EB)begin at my sanctuary.” So they began with the elders who were before the house. Then he said to them, (EC)“Defile the house, and fill the courts with the slain. Go out.” So they went out and struck in the city. And while they were striking, and I was left alone, (ED)I fell upon my face, and cried, (EE)“Ah, Lord God! (EF)Will you destroy all the remnant of Israel (EG)in the outpouring of your wrath on Jerusalem?”

Then he said to me, (EH)“The guilt of the house of Israel and Judah is exceedingly great. (EI)The land is full of blood, and the city full of injustice. For (EJ)they say, ‘The Lord has forsaken the land, and the Lord does not see.’ 10 As for me, (EK)my eye will not spare, nor will I have pity; (EL)I will bring their deeds upon their heads.”

11 And behold, (EM)the man clothed in linen, with the writing case at his waist, brought back word, saying, “I have done as you commanded me.”

Footnotes

  1. Ezekiel 7:2 Or earth
  2. Ezekiel 7:5 Some Hebrew manuscripts (compare Syriac, Targum); most Hebrew manuscripts Disaster! A unique disaster!
  3. Ezekiel 7:7 The meaning of the Hebrew word is uncertain; also verse 10
  4. Ezekiel 7:11 The meaning of this last Hebrew sentence is uncertain
  5. Ezekiel 7:12 Or abundance; also verses 13, 14
  6. Ezekiel 7:13 The meaning of this last Hebrew sentence is uncertain
  7. Ezekiel 7:22 Or secret
  8. Ezekiel 7:23 Probably refers to an instrument of captivity
  9. Ezekiel 7:24 By revocalization (compare Septuagint); Hebrew and those who sanctify them
  10. Ezekiel 7:26 Or instruction
  11. Ezekiel 8:2 By revocalization (compare Septuagint); Hebrew of fire
  12. Ezekiel 8:2 Or amber
  13. Ezekiel 8:17 Or my

For every high priest chosen from among men (A)is appointed to act on behalf of men (B)in relation to God, (C)to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. (D)He can deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself (E)is beset with weakness. Because of this he is obligated to offer sacrifice for his own sins (F)just as he does for those of the people. And (G)no one takes this honor for himself, but only when called by God, (H)just as Aaron was.

So also Christ (I)did not exalt himself to be made a high priest, but was appointed by him who said to him,

(J)“You are my Son,
    today I have begotten you”;

as he says also in another place,

(K)“You are a priest forever,
    after the order of Melchizedek.”

In the days of his flesh, (L)Jesus[a] offered up prayers and supplications, (M)with loud cries and tears, to him (N)who was able to save him from death, and (O)he was heard because of his reverence. Although (P)he was a son, (Q)he learned obedience through what he suffered. And (R)being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him, 10 being designated by God a high priest (S)after the order of Melchizedek.

Warning Against Apostasy

11 About this we have much to say, and it is (T)hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. 12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again (U)the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need (V)milk, not solid food, 13 for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is (W)a child. 14 But solid food is for (X)the mature, for those who have their powers (Y)of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.

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Footnotes

  1. Hebrews 5:7 Greek he

Tell of All His Wondrous Works

105 (A)Oh give thanks to the Lord; (B)call upon his name;
    (C)make known his deeds among the peoples!
Sing to him, sing praises to him;
    (D)tell of all his wondrous works!
Glory in his holy name;
    let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice!
Seek the Lord and his (E)strength;
    (F)seek his presence continually!
Remember the (G)wondrous works that he has done,
    his miracles, and (H)the judgments he uttered,
O offspring of (I)Abraham, his servant,
    children of Jacob, his (J)chosen ones!

He is the Lord our God;
    his (K)judgments are in all the earth.
He (L)remembers his covenant forever,
    the word that he commanded, for (M)a thousand generations,
(N)the covenant that he made with Abraham,
    his (O)sworn promise to Isaac,
10 which he confirmed to (P)Jacob as a statute,
    to Israel as an everlasting covenant,
11 saying, (Q)“To you I will give the land of Canaan
    as (R)your portion for an inheritance.”

12 When they were (S)few in number,
    of little account, and (T)sojourners in it,
13 wandering from nation to nation,
    from one kingdom to another people,
14 he (U)allowed no one to oppress them;
    he (V)rebuked kings on their account,
15 saying, (W)“Touch not my anointed ones,
    do my prophets no harm!”

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28 A lying tongue hates its victims,
    and a flattering mouth works ruin.

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