Ezekiel 22:1-19 Tree of Life Version (TLV)
Blood and Injustice
22 The word of Adonai came to me saying: 2 “You, son of man, will you judge? Will you judge the bloody city? So explain to her all her abominations. 3 Say, thus says Adonai Elohim: ‘City that spills blood in her midst and makes idols for herself that defile—her time has come! 4 You have become guilty in your blood that you have spilled, and are defiled by your idols that you have made. So you have brought your days near, and have come up to your years. Therefore I have made you a disgrace to the nations and a mockery to all the lands. 5 Those near and far from you will mock you—with a defiled name and full of turmoil.’
6 “Behold, each prince of Israel has used his own arm’s strength in you to shed blood. 7 Father and mother have been treated with contempt; the outsider has been oppressed in your midst; the orphan and the widow have been mistreated in you. 8 You have despised My holy things and profaned My Shabbatot. 9 Slanderous men are in you in order to shed blood. They have eaten at the mountain shrines; they commit immoral acts in your midst. 10 They have uncovered their fathers’ nakedness in you; they violate women that are in niddah within you. 11 One has been detestable with his neighbor’s wife; another has wickedly defiled his daughter-in-law; yet another has violated his sister, his father’s daughter, in you. 12 They accept bribes in order to shed blood in you; you have taken usurious interest. You have greedily gained by oppressing your neighbors, and you have forgotten Me.” It is a declaration of Adonai.
13 “Now look, I clap My hands at your dishonest gain that you have made and at your bloodshed in your midst. 14 Will your heart’s courage stand or your hands be strong in the days when I deal with you? I, Adonai, have spoken it and will do it. 15 I will scatter you among the nations and disperse you throughout the lands. I will purge your uncleanness from you. 16 You will be defiled in the sight of the nations. Then you will know that I am Adonai.”
17 The word of Adonai came to me saying: 18 “Son of man, the house of Israel has become dross to Me—all of them are the copper, tin, iron and lead left inside a furnace—they are the dross of silver.” 19 Therefore, thus says Adonai Elohim: “Because you have all become dross, therefore behold, I will gather you into Jerusalem.