Vision of Abominations in Jerusalem

Now it came about in the sixth year, on the fifth day of the sixth month, as I was sitting in my house with the elders of Judah sitting before me, that the hand of the Lord [a]God fell upon me there. Then I looked, and behold, something like the appearance of [b]a man; from His waist and downward there was the (A)appearance of fire, and from His waist and upward like the appearance of a glow, like (B)gleaming [c]metal. And He extended the form of a hand and took me by the hair of my head; and the (C)Spirit lifted me up between earth and heaven and brought me in the visions of God to Jerusalem, to the entrance of the [d]north gate of the inner courtyard, where the seat of the idol of jealousy, which (D)provokes to jealousy, was located. And behold, the (E)glory of the God of Israel was there, like the appearance which I saw in the plain.

Then He said to me, “Son of man, (F)raise your eyes now toward the north.” So I raised my eyes toward the north, and behold, to the north of the altar gate was this (G)idol of jealousy at the entrance. And He said to me, “Son of man, do you see what they are doing, the great (H)abominations which the house of Israel are committing here, so that I would be far from My sanctuary? But yet you will see still greater abominations!”

Then He brought me to the entrance of the courtyard, and when I looked, behold, a hole in the wall. And He said to me, “Son of man, now (I)dig through the wall.” So I dug through the wall, and behold, an entrance. Then He said to me, “Go in and see the wicked abominations that they are committing here.” 10 So I entered and looked, and behold, every form of crawling things and animals and detestable things, with all the idols of the house of Israel, were carved on the wall all around. 11 And standing in front of them were (J)seventy (K)elders of the house of Israel, with Jaazaniah the son of Shaphan standing among them, each man with his (L)censer in his hand; and the fragrance of the cloud of incense was rising. 12 Then He said to me, “Do you see, son of man, what the elders of the house of Israel are doing in the dark, each man in the rooms of his carved images? For they say, ‘(M)The Lord does not see us; the Lord has (N)abandoned the land.’” 13 And He said to me, “Yet you will see still greater abominations which they are committing!”

14 Then He brought me to the entrance of the (O)gate of the Lords house which was toward the north; and behold, women were sitting there weeping for [e]Tammuz. 15 And He said to me, “Do you see this, son of man? Yet you will see still greater abominations than these!”

16 Then He brought me into the inner courtyard of the Lords house. And behold, at the entrance to the temple of the Lord, between the porch and the altar, were about twenty-five men with their (P)backs to the temple of the Lord while their faces were toward the east; and (Q)they were [f]prostrating themselves eastward toward the sun. 17 And He said to me, “Do you see this, son of man? Is it a trivial thing for the house of Judah to commit the abominations which they have committed here, that they have (R)filled the land with violence and (S)provoked Me to anger repeatedly? Yet behold, they are [g]putting the twig to their nose! 18 Therefore, I indeed will deal in wrath. My eye will have no pity nor will I spare; and (T)though they cry out in My ears with a loud voice, yet I will not listen to them.”

The Vision of Slaughter

Then He cried out in my [h]presence with a loud (U)voice, saying, “Come forward, you [i]executioners of the city, each with his weapon of destruction in his hand.” And behold, six men came from the direction of the upper gate which faces north, each with his smashing weapon in his hand; and among them was (V)one man clothed in linen with a scribe’s kit at his waist. And they came in and stood beside the bronze altar.

Then the (W)glory of the God of Israel ascended from the cherub on which it had been, to the threshold of the [j]temple. And He called to the man clothed in linen at whose waist was the scribe’s kit. And the Lord said to him, “Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and make a (X)mark on the foreheads of the people who (Y)groan and sigh over all the abominations which are being committed in its midst.” But to the others He said in my [k]presence, “Go through the city after him and strike; do not let your eye have pity and do not spare. [l]Utterly (Z)kill old men, young men, female virgins, little children, and women, but do not (AA)touch any person on whom is the mark; and you shall (AB)start from My sanctuary.” So they started with the [m]elders who were before the [n]temple. He also said to them, “(AC)Defile the [o]temple and fill the courtyards with the dead. Go out!” So they went out and struck and killed the people in the city. And as they were striking the people and I alone was left, I (AD)fell on my face and cried out, [p]saying, “(AE)Oh, Lord [q]God! Are You going to destroy the entire remnant of Israel [r]by pouring out Your wrath on Jerusalem?”

Then He said to me, “The guilt of the house of Israel and Judah is very, very great, and the land is (AF)filled with blood, and the city is (AG)full of perversion; for (AH)they say, ‘The Lord has abandoned the land, and the Lord does not see!’ 10 But as for Me, (AI)My eye will have no pity nor will I spare, but (AJ)I will bring their conduct upon their heads.”

11 Then behold, the man clothed in linen, at whose waist was the scribe’s kit, [s]reported, saying, “I have done just as You have commanded me.”

Vision of God’s Glory Departing from the Temple

10 Then I looked, and behold, in the [t](AK)expanse that was over the heads of the cherubim something like a (AL)sapphire stone, in appearance resembling a (AM)throne, appeared above them. And He spoke to the man clothed in linen and said, “Enter between the (AN)whirling wheels under the [u]cherubim and fill your hands with (AO)coals of fire from between the cherubim, and scatter them over the city.” And he entered in my sight.

Now the cherubim were standing on the right side of the [v]temple when the man entered, and the cloud filled the (AP)inner courtyard. Then the (AQ)glory of the Lord went up from the cherub to the threshold of the temple, and the (AR)temple was filled with the cloud, and the courtyard was filled with the (AS)brightness of the glory of the Lord. Moreover, the sound of the wings of the cherubim was heard as far as the outer courtyard, like the (AT)voice of [w]God Almighty when He speaks.

And it came about when He commanded the man clothed in linen, saying, “Take fire from between the whirling wheels, from between the cherubim,” he entered and stood beside a wheel. Then the cherub reached out with his hand from between the cherubim to the fire which was between the cherubim, took some coals and put them into the hands of the one clothed in linen; and he took them and went out. The cherubim appeared to have something like a human hand under their wings.

Then I looked, and behold, (AU)four wheels beside the cherubim, one wheel beside each cherub; and the appearance of the wheels was like the gleam of a [x](AV)Tarshish stone. 10 And as for their appearance, all four of them had the same likeness, as if one wheel were within another wheel. 11 When they moved, they went (AW)in any of their four [y]directions without turning as they went; but they followed in the direction which [z]they faced, without turning as they went. 12 And their (AX)whole body, their backs, their hands, their wings and the (AY)wheels were [aa]covered with eyes all around, the wheels belonging to all four of them. 13 The wheels were called, [ab]as I heard, the [ac]whirling wheels. 14 And (AZ)each one had four faces. The first face was the face of a cherub, the second face was the face of a human, the third, the face of a lion, and the fourth, the face of an eagle.

15 Then the cherubim rose up. They are the (BA)living beings that I saw by the river Chebar. 16 Now when the cherubim moved, the wheels would move beside them; also when the cherubim lifted up their wings to rise from the ground, the wheels themselves would not turn away from beside them. 17 When [ad]the cherubim (BB)stood still, [ae]the wheels would stand still; and when they rose up, [af]the wheels would rise with them, because the spirit of the living beings was in them.

18 Then the glory of the Lord departed from the threshold of the temple and stood (BC)over the cherubim. 19 When (BD)the cherubim departed, they lifted their wings and rose up from the ground in my sight with the wheels beside them; and they stood still at the entrance of the east gate of the Lords house, and the glory of the God of Israel [ag]hovered over them.

20 These are the (BE)living beings that I saw beneath the God of Israel by (BF)the river Chebar; so I knew that they were cherubim. 21 (BG)Each one had four faces and each one four wings, and beneath their wings was the form of human hands. 22 As for the likeness of their faces, they were the same faces whose appearance I had seen by the river Chebar. Each one went straight ahead.

Evil Rulers to Be Judged

11 Now the (BH)Spirit lifted me up and brought me to the east gate of the Lords house which faced eastward. And behold, there were twenty-five men at the entrance of the gate, and among them I saw Jaazaniah son of Azzur and (BI)Pelatiah son of Benaiah, leaders of the people. Then He said to me, “Son of man, these are the men who devise wrongdoing and (BJ)give evil advice in this city, who say, ‘The time is not near to build houses. [ah]This (BK)city is the pot and we are the meat.’ Therefore, (BL)prophesy against them, prophesy, son of man!”

Then the Spirit of the Lord fell upon me, and He said to me, “Say, ‘This is what the Lord says: “This is how you think, house of Israel, for (BM)I know [ai]your (BN)thoughts. You have (BO)multiplied your slain in this city, and filled its streets with [aj]them.” Therefore, this is what the Lord [ak]God says: “Your (BP)slain whom you have laid in the midst of [al]the city are the meat and this city is the pot; but [am]I will (BQ)bring you out of it. You have (BR)feared a sword; so I will (BS)bring a sword upon you,” the Lord God declares. “And I will bring you out of the midst of [an]the city, and hand you over to (BT)strangers, and (BU)execute judgments against you. 10 You will (BV)fall by the sword. I will judge you to the (BW)border of Israel; so you shall know that I am the Lord. 11 This city will (BX)not be a pot for you, nor will you be meat in the midst of it; I will judge you to the border of Israel. 12 So you will know that I am the Lord; for you have not walked in My statutes, nor have you (BY)executed My ordinances, but you have acted in accordance with the ordinances of the (BZ)nations around you.”’”

13 Now it came about, as I prophesied, that (CA)Pelatiah son of Benaiah died. Then I fell on my face and cried out with a loud voice, and said, “(CB)Oh, Lord God! Will You bring the remnant of Israel to a complete destruction?”

Promise of Restoration

14 Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 15 “Son of man, your brothers, your relatives, [ao]your fellow exiles, and the entire house of Israel, all of them, are those to whom the inhabitants of Jerusalem have said, ‘Keep far from the Lord; this land has been given (CC)to us as a possession.’ 16 Therefore say, ‘This is what the Lord God says: “Though I had removed them far away among the nations, and though I had scattered them among the countries, yet I was a (CD)sanctuary for them for a little while in the countries where they had gone.”’ 17 Therefore say, ‘This is what the Lord God says: “I will (CE)gather you from the peoples and assemble you from the countries among which you have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel.”’ 18 When they come there, they will (CF)remove all its (CG)detestable things and all its abominations from it. 19 And I will (CH)give them one heart, and put a new spirit within [ap]them. And I will remove the (CI)heart of stone from their flesh and give them a (CJ)heart of flesh, 20 so that they may (CK)walk in My statutes, and keep My ordinances and do them. Then they will be (CL)My people, and I shall be their God. 21 [aq]But as for those whose hearts go after their (CM)detestable things and abominations, I will [ar](CN)bring their conduct down on their heads,” declares the Lord God.

22 Then the cherubim (CO)lifted up their wings with the wheels beside them, and (CP)the glory of the God of Israel [as]hovered over them. 23 The (CQ)glory of the Lord went up from the midst of the city and (CR)stood over the mountain which is east of the city. 24 And the (CS)Spirit lifted me up and brought me in a vision by the Spirit of God to [at]Chaldea, to the exiles. Then the vision that I had seen [au](CT)left me. 25 And I (CU)told the exiles all the things that the Lord had shown me.

Footnotes

  1. Ezekiel 8:1 Heb YHWH, usually rendered Lord
  2. Ezekiel 8:2 As in LXX; MT fire
  3. Ezekiel 8:2 Heb uncertain; Gr indicates a gold and silver alloy
  4. Ezekiel 8:3 Lit facing north
  5. Ezekiel 8:14 I.e., a Babylonian god
  6. Ezekiel 8:16 I.e., worshiping
  7. Ezekiel 8:17 Possibly an obscene gesture toward God
  8. Ezekiel 9:1 Lit ears
  9. Ezekiel 9:1 Lit punishers
  10. Ezekiel 9:3 Lit house
  11. Ezekiel 9:5 Lit ears
  12. Ezekiel 9:6 Lit To destruction
  13. Ezekiel 9:6 Or old men
  14. Ezekiel 9:6 Lit house
  15. Ezekiel 9:7 Lit house
  16. Ezekiel 9:8 Lit and said
  17. Ezekiel 9:8 Heb YHWH, usually rendered Lord
  18. Ezekiel 9:8 Lit by Your pouring
  19. Ezekiel 9:11 Lit brought back word
  20. Ezekiel 10:1 Or firmament; i.e., atmosphere and space
  21. Ezekiel 10:2 As in LXX; MT cherub
  22. Ezekiel 10:3 Lit house, and so throughout the ch
  23. Ezekiel 10:5 Heb El Shaddai
  24. Ezekiel 10:9 Perhaps topaz
  25. Ezekiel 10:11 Lit sides
  26. Ezekiel 10:11 Lit the head turned
  27. Ezekiel 10:12 Lit full of
  28. Ezekiel 10:13 Lit in my ears
  29. Ezekiel 10:13 Heb galgal
  30. Ezekiel 10:17 Lit they
  31. Ezekiel 10:17 Lit they
  32. Ezekiel 10:17 Lit they
  33. Ezekiel 10:19 Lit over them from above
  34. Ezekiel 11:3 Or This is
  35. Ezekiel 11:5 Lit what comes up in your spirit
  36. Ezekiel 11:6 Lit the slain
  37. Ezekiel 11:7 Heb YHWH, usually rendered Lord, and so throughout the ch
  38. Ezekiel 11:7 Lit it
  39. Ezekiel 11:7 As in LXX; MT he will bring you out
  40. Ezekiel 11:9 Lit it
  41. Ezekiel 11:15 As in LXX and some ancient versions; MT the men of your redemption
  42. Ezekiel 11:19 As in LXX and many mss; MT you
  43. Ezekiel 11:21 Lit And to the heart of their detestable things and their abominations their heart goes
  44. Ezekiel 11:21 Lit give...conduct on
  45. Ezekiel 11:22 Lit over them from above
  46. Ezekiel 11:24 I.e., Babylonia
  47. Ezekiel 11:24 Lit went up from