Ezekiel 11:1-14 (Common English Bible)

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1 A wind lifted me up and brought me to the East Gate of the LORD's temple. There at the entrance to the gate were twenty-five men, and I saw that two officials of the people, Jaazaniah, Azzur's son, and Pelatiah, Benaiah's son, were with them. 2 He said to me: Human one, these men devise evil plans and give wicked advice in this city. 3 They are the ones who say, "The nearest relatives aren't building houses.a The city is the cooking pot, and we are the meat." 4 Therefore, prophesy against them, human one, prophesy! 5 The LORD's spirit took hold of me, and he said to me: Say, This is what the LORD God proclaims: So you have said, house of Israel! But I know what you really mean. 6 You continue to commit murder in this city, and you fill its streets with the slain. 7 Therefore, the LORD God proclaims: The city is the cooking pot, and the ones you have slain in it are the meat. But you will be taken out of it. 8 You fear the sword, so I will bring the sword against you. This is what the LORD God says! 9 I will lead you out of the city, hand you over to foreigners, and execute judgments against you. 10 You will fall by the sword! At Israel's borders I will judge you, and you will know that I am the LORD. 11 The city won't be your cooking pot, and you won't be the meat in it. At Israel's borders, I will judge you. 12 You will know that I am the LORD, whose regulations you didn't observe and whose case laws you didn't follow. Instead, you followed the case laws of the nations around you. 13 While I was prophesying, Benaiah's son Pelatiah dropped dead. I fell on my face, and I wailed and said, "Oh, LORD God! Are you finishing off even the Israelites who are left?" 14 The LORD's word came to me:
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