1Moreover the word of Yahweh came to me, saying,
2You, son of
man, will you judge, will you judge the bloody city? then cause her to know
all her abominations.
3You shall say, Thus says the Lord Yahweh: A city
that sheds blood in the midst of her, that her time may come, and that makes
idols against herself to defile her!
4You have become guilty in your
blood that you have shed, and are defiled in your idols which you have made;
and you have caused your days to draw near, and are come even to your years:
therefore have I made you a reproach to the nations, and a mocking to all the
5Those who are near, and those who are far from you, shall
mock you, you infamous one and full of tumult.
princes of Israel, everyone according to his power, have been in you to shed
7In you have they set light by father and mother; in the midst of
you have they dealt by oppression with the foreigner; in you have they
wronged the fatherless and the widow.
8You have despised my holy things,
and have profaned my Sabbaths.
9Slanderous men have been in you to shed
blood; and in you they have eaten on the mountains: in the midst of you they
have committed lewdness.
10In you have they uncovered their fathers’
nakedness; in you have they humbled her who was unclean in her impurity.
11One has committed abomination with his neighbor’s wife; and another has
lewdly defiled his daughter-in-law; and another in you has humbled his
sister, his father’s daughter.
12In you have they taken bribes to shed
blood; you have taken interest and increase, and you have greedily gained of
your neighbors by oppression, and have forgotten me, says the Lord Yahweh.
13Behold, therefore, I have struck my hand at your dishonest gain which
you have made, and at your blood which has been in the midst of you.
14Can your heart endure, or can your hands be strong, in the days that I
shall deal with you? I, Yahweh, have spoken it, and will do it.
scatter you among the nations, and disperse you through the countries; and I
will consume your filthiness out of you.
16You shall be profaned in
yourself, in the sight of the nations; and you shall know that I am Yahweh.
17The word of Yahweh came to me, saying,
18Son of man, the house of
Israel is become dross to me: all of them are brass and tin and iron and
lead, in the midst of the furnace; they are the dross of silver.
19Therefore thus says the Lord Yahweh: Because you are all become
dross, therefore, behold, I will gather you into the midst of Jerusalem.
20As they gather silver and brass and iron and lead and tin into the
midst of the furnace, to blow the fire on it, to melt it; so will I gather
you in my anger and in my wrath, and I will lay you there, and melt you.
21Yes, I will gather you, and blow on you with the fire of my wrath, and
you shall be melted in the midst of it.
22As silver is melted in the
midst of the furnace, so shall you be melted in the midst of it; and
you shall know that I, Yahweh, have poured out my wrath on you.
23The word of Yahweh came to me, saying,
24Son of man, tell her, You
are a land that is not cleansed, nor rained on in the day of indignation.
25There is a conspiracy of her prophets in the midst of it, like a
roaring lion ravening the prey: they have devoured souls; they take treasure
and precious things; they have made her widows many in the midst of it.
26Her priests have done violence to my law, and have profaned my holy
things: they have made no distinction between the holy and the common,
neither have they caused men to discern between the unclean and the clean,
and have hid their eyes from my Sabbaths, and I am profaned among them.
27Her princes in the midst of it are like wolves ravening the prey, to
shed blood, and to destroy souls, that they may get dishonest gain.
28Her prophets have daubed for them with whitewash, seeing false visions,
and divining lies to them, saying, Thus says the Lord Yahweh, when Yahweh has
29The people of the land have used oppression, and exercised
robbery; yes, they have vexed the poor and needy, and have oppressed the
30I sought for a man among them, who should build
up the wall, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not
destroy it; but I found none.
31Therefore have I poured out my
indignation on them; I have consumed them with the fire of my wrath: their
own way have I brought on their heads, says the Lord Yahweh.