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The Prophets of The Exile
(Category 10 of 16)
The Wicked Are Slain
1 Then He called out in my hearing with a loud voice, saying, “Let those who have charge over the city draw near, each with a 1deadly weapon in his hand.”
2 And suddenly six men came from the direction of the upper gate, which faces north, each with his 1battle-ax in his hand. aOne man among them was clothed with linen and had a writer’s inkhorn 2at his side. They went in and stood beside the bronze altar.
3 Now athe glory of the God of Israel had gone up from the cherub, where it had been, to the threshold of the 1temple. And He called to the man clothed with linen,who had the writer’s inkhorn at his side;
4 and the LORD said to him, “Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and put aa mark on the foreheads of the men bwho sigh and cry over all the abominations that are done within it.”
5 To the others He said in my 1hearing, “Go after him through the city and akill;2 bdo not let your eye spare, nor have any pity.
6 a“Utterly1 slay old and young men, maidens and little children and women; but bdo not come near anyone on whom is the mark; and cbegin at My sanctuary.” dSo they began with the elders who were before the 2temple.
7 Then He said to them, “Defile the 1temple, and fill the courts with the slain. Go out!” And they went out and killed in the city.
8 So it was, that while they were
CHAPTER 9 References
1 1Or destroying
2 aLev. 16:4
2Lit. upon his
3 aEzek. 3:23;
8:4; 10:4, 18;
11:22, 23 1Lit.
4 aRev. 7:2, 3;
9:4; 14:1 bJer.
5 aEzek. 7:9
1Lit. ears 2Lit.
6 a2 Chr. 36:17
bRev. 9:4 cJer.
8:11, 12, 16
1Lit. Slay to
7 1Lit. house
8 aJosh. 7:6
9 a2 Kin. 21:16
10 aEzek. 5:11;
CHAPTER 10 References
1 aEzek. 1:22,
2 aDan. 10:5
3 a1 Kin. 8:10,
11 1Lit. right
4 aEzek. 1:28
23 1Lit. house
5 aEzek. 1:24
b[Ps. 29:3] 8 aEzek. 1:8;
9 aEzek. 1:15
killing them, I was left alone; and I afell on my face and cried out, and said, b“Ah, Lord GOD! Will You destroy all the remnant of Israel in pouring out Your fury on Jerusalem?”
9 Then He said to me, “The iniquity of the house of Israel and is exceedingly great, and athe land is full of bloodshed, and the city full of perversity; for they say, b‘The LORD has forsaken the land, and cthe LORD does not see!’
10 “And as for Me also, My aeye will neither spare, nor will I have pity, but bI will recompense their deeds on their own head.”
11 Just then, the man clothed with linen, who had the inkhorn at his side, reported back and said, “I have done as You commanded me.”
The Glory Departs from the Temple
1 And I looked, and there in the afirmament1 that was above the head of the
2 aThen He spoke to the man clothed with linen, and said, “Go in among the wheels, under the cherub, fill your hands with bcoals of fire from among the , and cscatter them over the city.” And he went in as I watched.
3 Now the were standing on the 1south side of the 2temple when the man went in, and the acloud filled the inner court.
4 aThen the glory of the LORD went up from the cherub, and paused over the threshold of the 1temple; and bthe house was filled with the cloud, and the court was full of the brightness of the LORD’s cglory.
5 And the asound of the wings of the was heard even in the outer court, like bthe voice of Almighty God when He speaks.
6 Then it happened, when He commanded the man clothed in linen, saying, “Take fire from among the wheels, from among the ,” that he went in and stood beside the wheels.
7 And the cherub stretched out his hand from among the to the fire that was among the , and took some of it and put it into the hands of the man clothed with linen, who took it and went out.
8 aThe appeared to have the form of a man’s hand under their wings.
9 aAnd when I looked, there were four wheels by the , one wheel by one cherub and another wheel by each other cherub; the wheels appeared to have the color of a b stone.
10 As for their appearance, all four
looked alike—as it were, a wheel in the middle of a wheel.
11 aWhen they went, they went toward any of their four directions; they did not turn aside when they went, but followed in the direction the head was facing. They did not turn aside when they went.
12 And their whole body, with their back, their hands, their wings, and the wheels that the four had, were afull of eyes all around.
13 As for the wheels, they were called in my 1hearing, “Wheel.”
14 aEach one had four faces: the first face was the face of a cherub, the second face the face of a man, the third the face of a lion, and the fourth the face of an eagle.
15 And the were lifted up. This was athe living creature I saw by the River Chebar.
16 aWhen the went, the wheels went beside them; and when the lifted their wings to mount up from the earth, the same wheels also did not turn from beside them.
17 aWhen 1the stood still, the wheels stood still, and when 2one was lifted up, 3the other lifted itself up, for the spirit of the living creature was in them.
18 Then athe glory of the LORD bdeparted from the threshold of the 1temple and stood over the .
19 And athe lifted their wings and mounted up from the earth in my sight. When they went out, the wheels were beside them; and they stood at the door of the beast gate of the LORD’s house, and the glory of the God of Israel was above them.
20 aThis is the living creature I saw under the God of Israel bby the River Chebar, and I knew they were .
21 aEach one had four faces and each one four wings, and the likeness of the hands of a man was under their wings.
22 And athe likeness of their faces was the same as the faces which I had seen by the River Chebar, their appearance and their persons. bThey each went straight forward.
Judgment on Wicked Counselors
1 Then athe Spirit lifted me up and brought me to bthe East Gate of the LORD’s house, which faces eastward; and there cat the door of the gate were twenty-five men, among whom I saw Jaazaniah the son of Azzur, and Pelatiah the son of Benaiah, princes of the people.
2 And He said to me: “Son of man, these are the men who devise iniquity and give wicked 1counsel in this city,
3 “who say, ‘The time is not anear
11 aEzek. 1:17
12 aRev. 4:6, 8
13 1Lit. ears
14 aEzek. 1:6,
16 aEzek. 1:19
17 aEzek. 1:12,
20, 21 1Lit.
they 2Lit. they
18 aEzek. 10:4
20 aEzek. 1:22
21 aEzek. 1:6,
22 aEzek. 1:10
bEzek. 1:9, 12
CHAPTER 11 References
1 aEzek. 3:12,
3 a2 Pet. 3:4
bJer. 1:13 1Pot
5 aEzek. 2:2;
16:17; 17:10] 6 aEzek. 7:23;
22:2–6, 9, 12,
7 aMic. 3:2, 3
8 aJer. 42:16
9 aEzek. 5:8
10 aJer. 39:6;
52:10 b2 Kin.
14:25 cPs. 9:16
11 aEzek. 11:3,
13 aActs 5:5
16 aIs. 8:14
17 aJer. 3:12,
to build houses; bthis city is the 1caldron, and we are the meat.’
4 “Therefore prophesy against them, prophesy, O son of man!”
5 Then athe Spirit of the LORD fell upon me, and said to me, “Speak! ‘Thus says the LORD: “Thus you have said, O house of Israel; for bI know the things that come into your mind.
6 a“You have multiplied your slain in this city, and you have filled its streets with the slain.”
7 ‘Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: a“Your slain whom you have laid in its midst, they are the meat, and this city is the caldron; bbut I shall bring you out of the midst of it.
8 “You have afeared the sword; and I will bring a sword upon you,” says the Lord GOD.
9 “And I will bring you out of its midst, and deliver you into the hands of strangers, and aexecute judgments on you.
10 a“You shall fall by the sword. I will judge you at bthe border of Israel. cThen you shall know that I am the LORD.
11 a“This city shall not be your 1caldron, nor shall you be the meat in its midst. I will judge you at the border of Israel.
12 “And you shall know that I am the LORD; for you have not walked in My statutes nor executed My judgments, but ahave done according to the customs of the Gentiles which are all around you.” ’ ”
13 Now it happened, while I was prophesying, that aPelatiah the son of Benaiah died. Then bI fell on my face and cried with a loud voice, and said, “Ah, Lord GOD! Will You make a complete end of the remnant of Israel?”
God Will Restore Israel
14 Again the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
15 “Son of man, your brethren, your relatives, your countrymen, and all the house of Israel in its entirety, are those about whom the inhabitants of Jerusalem have said, ‘Get far away from the LORD; this land has been given to us as a possession.’
16 “Therefore say, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “Although I have cast them far off among the Gentiles, and although I have scattered them among the countries, ayet I shall be a little 1sanctuary for them in the countries where they have gone.” ’
17 “Therefore say, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: a“I will gather you from the peoples, assemble you from the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel.” ’
18 “And they will go there, and they will take away all its adetestable
things and all its abominations from there.
19 “Then aI will give them one heart, and I will put ba new spirit within 1them, and take cthe stony heart out of their flesh, and give them a heart of flesh,
20 a“that they may walk in My statutes and keep My judgments and do them; band they shall be My people, and I will be their God.
21 “But as for those whose hearts follow the desire for their detestable things and their abominations, aI will recompense their deeds on their own heads,” says the Lord GOD.
22 So the alifted up their wings, with the wheels beside them, and the glory of the God of Israel was high above them.
23 And athe glory of the LORD went up from the midst of the city and stood bon the mountain, cwhich is on the east side of the city.
24 Then athe Spirit took me up and brought me in a vision by the Spirit of God into 1Chaldea, to those in captivity. And the vision that I had seen went up from me.
25 So I spoke to those in captivity of all the things the LORD had shown me.
’s Captivity Portrayed
1 Now the word of the LORD came to me, saying:
2 “Son of man, you dwell in the midst of aa rebellious house, which bhas eyes to see but does not see, and ears to hear but does not hear; cfor they are a rebellious house.
3 “Therefore, son of man, prepare your belongings for captivity, and go into captivity by day in their sight.You shall go from your place into captivity to another place in their sight. It may be that they will consider, though they are a rebellious house.
4 “By day you shall bring out your belongings in their sight, as though going into captivity; and at evening you shall go in their sight, like those who go into captivity.
5 “Dig through the wall in their sight, and carry your belongings out through it.
6 “In their sight you shall bear them on your shoulders and carry them out at twilight; you shall cover your face, so that you cannot see the ground, afor I have made you a sign to the house of Israel.”
7 So I did as I was commanded. I brought out my belongings by day, as though going into captivity, and at evening I dug through the wall with my hand. I brought them out at twilight, and I bore them on my shoulder in their sight.
8 And in the morning the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
9 “Son of man, has not the house
19 aJer. 32:39
1Lit. you (pl.)
20 aPs. 105:45
21 aEzek. 9:10
22 aEzek. 1:19
23 aEzek. 8:4;
24 aEzek. 8:3
and so elsewhere
CHAPTER 12 References
2 aEzek. 2:3,
6–8 bJer. 5:21
6 aEzek. 4:3;
9 aEzek. 2:5
10 aMal. 1:1
11 aEzek. 12:6
b2 Kin. 25:4,
12 aJer. 39:4;
13 aJer. 52:9
14 aEzek. 5:10
bEzek. 5:2, 12
15 aEzek. 6:7,
14; 12:16, 20
18 aEzek. 4:16
19 aZech. 7:14
22 aEzek. 11:3;
23 aZeph. 1:14
24 aEzek. 13:6
of Israel, athe rebellious house, said to you, b‘What are you doing?’
10 “Say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “This aburden1 concerns the prince in Jerusalem and all the house of Israel who are among them.” ’
11 “Say, a‘I am a sign to you. As I have done, so shall it be done to them; bthey shall be carried away into captivity.’
12 “And athe prince who is among them shall bear his belongings on his shoulder at twilight and go out. They shall dig through the wall to carry them out through it. He shall cover his face, so that he cannot see the ground with his eyes.
13 “I will also spread My anet over him, and he shall be caught in My snare. bI will bring him to , to the land of the Chaldeans; yet he shall not see it, though he shall die there.
14 a“I will scatter to every wind all who are around him to help him, and all his troops; and bI will draw out the sword after them.
15 a“Then they shall know that I am the LORD, when I scatter them among the nations and disperse them throughout the countries.
16 a“But I will spare a few of their men from the sword, from famine, and from pestilence, that they may declare all their abominations among the Gentiles wherever they go. Then they shall know that I am the LORD.”
Judgment Not Postponed
17 Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
18 “Son of man, aeat your bread with 1quaking, and drink your water with trembling and anxiety.
19 “And say to the people of the land, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and to the land of Israel: “They shall eat their bread with anxiety, and drink their water with dread, so that her land may abe emptied of all who are in it, bbecause of the violence of all those who dwell in it.
20 “Then the cities that are inhabited shall be laid waste, and the land shall become desolate; and you shall know that I am the LORD.” ’ ”
21 And the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
22 “Son of man, what is this proverb that you people have about the land of Israel, which says, a‘The days are prolonged, and every vision fails’?
23 “Tell them therefore, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “I will lay this proverb to rest, and they shall no more use it as a proverb in Israel.” ’ But say to them, a‘ “The days are at hand, and the 1fulfillment of every vision.
24 “For ano more shall there be any
bfalse1 vision or flattering divination within the house of Israel.
25 “For I am the LORD. I speak, and athe word which I speak will come to pass; it will no more be postponed; for in your days, O rebellious house, I will say the word and bperform it,” says the Lord GOD.’ ”
26 Again the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
27 a“Son of man, look, the house of Israel is saying, ‘The vision that he sees is bfor many days from now, and he prophesies of times far off.’
28 a“Therefore say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “None of My words will be postponed any more, but the word which I speak bwill be done,” says the Lord GOD.’ ”
24 bLam. 2:14
14:24] 27 aEzek.
12:23, 25 bJer.
The Sovereignty of the LORD in Creation and History
1 REJOICE ain the LORD, O you righteous! For praise from the upright is beautiful.
2 Praise the LORD with the harp; 1Make melody to Him with an instrument of ten strings.
3 Sing to Him a new song; Play skillfully with a shout of joy.
4 For the word of the LORD is right, And all His work is done in truth.
5 He loves righteousness and justice; The earth is full of the goodness of the LORD.
6 aBy the word of the LORD the heavens were made, And all the bhost of them cby the breath of His mouth.
7 aHe gathers the waters of the sea together 1as a heap; He lays up the deep in storehouses.
8 Let all the earth fear the LORD; Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.
9 For aHe spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast.
10 aThe LORD brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; He makes the plans of the peoples of no effect.
11 aThe counsel of the LORD stands forever, The plans of His heart to all generations.
PSALM 33 References
1 aPs. 32:11;
2 1Lit. Sing to
6 aGen. 1:6, 7;
2 Pet. 3:5] bGen. 2:1
c[Job 26:13] 7 aGen. 1:9;
Tg.,Vg. in a
9 aGen. 1:3;
10 a[Ps. 2:1–3];
Is. 8:10; 19:3
11 a[Job 23:13;
Prov. 19:21] 12 a[Ex. 19:5;
Deut. 7:6]; Ps.
13 aJob 28:24;
[Ps. 14:2] 15 a[2 Chr.
16 aPs. 44:6;
9:23, 24] 17 a[Ps. 20:7;
18 a[Job 36:7];
34:15; [1 Pet.
3:12] 19 aJob 5:20;
13 aThe LORD looks from heaven; He sees all the sons of men.
14 From the place of His dwelling He looks On all the inhabitants of the earth;
15 He fashions their hearts individually; aHe 1considers all their works.
16 aNo king is saved by the multitude of an army; A mighty man is not delivered by great strength.
17 aA horse is a 1vain hope for safety; Neither shall it deliver any by its great strength.
18 aBehold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear Him, On those who hope in His mercy,
19 To deliver their soul from death, And ato keep them alive in famine.
20 Our soul waits for the LORD; He is our help and our
21 For our heart shall rejoice in Him, Because we have trusted in His holy name.
22 Let Your mercy, O LORD, be upon us, Just as we hope in You.
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