In the sixth year, in the sixth [month], on the fifth [day] of the month, I was sitting in my house and the elders of Judah were sitting in front of me, and there the hand of the Lord God came down on me.
I looked, and there was a form that had the appearance of a man.a From what seemed to be His waist down was fire, and from His waist up was something that looked bright, like the gleam of amber.
He stretched out what appeared to be a hand and took me by the hair of my head. Then the Spirit lifted me up between earth and heaven and carried me in visions of Godb to Jerusalem, to the entrance of the inner gate that faces north, where the offensive statue that provokes jealousy was located.
I saw the glory of the God of Israelc there, like the visiond I had seen in the plain.e
The Lord said to me, "Son of man, look toward the north." I looked to the north, and there was this offensive statue north of the altar gate, at the entrance.
He said to me, "Son of man, do you see what they are doing, the great abominations that the house of Israel is committing here, so that I must depart from My sanctuary? You will see even greater abominations."
Then He brought me to the entrance of the court, and when I looked there was a hole in the wall.
He said to me, "Son of man, dig through the wall." So I dug through the wall, and there was a doorway.
He said to me, "Go in and see the terrible abominations they are committing here."
I went in and looked, and there engraved all around the wall was every form of detestable thing, crawling creatures and beasts, as well as all the idols of the house of Israel.f11
Seventy elders from the house of Israel were standing before them, with Jaazaniah son of Shaphang standing among them. Each had an incense burner in his hand, and a fragrant cloud of incense was rising up.
Then He said to me, "Son of man, do you see what the elders of the house of Israel are doing in the darkness, each at the shrine of his idol? For they are saying: The Lord does not see us. The Lord has abandoned the land."
Again He said to me, "You will see even greater abominations, which they are committing."
So He brought me to the entrance of the north gate of the Lord's house, and I saw women sitting there weeping for Tammuz.
And He said to me, "Do you see [this], son of man? You will see even greater abominations than these."
So He brought me to the inner court of the Lord's house, and there were about 25 men at the entrance of the Lord's temple, between the portico and the altar,h with their backs to the Lord's temple and their faces [turned] to the east. They were bowing to the east in worship of the sun.
And He said to me, "Do you see [this], son of man? Is it not enough for the house of Judah to commit the abominations they are practicing here, that they must also fill the land with violence and repeatedly provoke Me to anger, even putting the branch to their nose?i18
Therefore I will respond with wrath. I will not show pity or spare [them]. Though they cry out in My ears with a loud voice, I will not listen to them."