Then the Spirit lifted me up and brought me to the gate of the house of the LORD that faces east. There at the entrance to the gate were twenty-five men, and I saw among them Jaazaniah son of Azzur and Pelatiah1 son of Benaiah, leaders2 of the people.3
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The LORD said to me, "Son of man, these are the men who are plotting evil4 and giving wicked advice in this city.5
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They say, 'Will it not soon be time to build houses? This city is a cooking pot,6 and we are the meat.'7
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Therefore prophesy8 against them; prophesy, son of man."
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Then the Spirit of the LORD came upon me, and he told me to say: "This is what the LORD says: That is what you are saying, O house of Israel, but I know what is going through your mind.9
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You have killed many people in this city and filled its streets with the dead.10
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"Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: The bodies you have thrown there are the meat and this city is the pot,11 but I will drive you out of it.12
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You fear the sword,13 and the sword is what I will bring against you, declares the Sovereign LORD.14
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I will drive you out of the city and hand you over15 to foreigners and inflict punishment on you.16
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You will fall by the sword, and I will execute judgment on you at the borders of Israel.17 Then you will know that I am the LORD.
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This city will not be a pot18 for you, nor will you be the meat in it; I will execute judgment on you at the borders of Israel.
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And you will know that I am the LORD,19 for you have not followed my decrees20 or kept my laws but have conformed to the standards of the nations around you.21"
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Now as I was prophesying, Pelatiah22 son of Benaiah died. Then I fell facedown and cried out in a loud voice, "Ah, Sovereign LORD! Will you completely destroy the remnant of Israel?23"
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The word of the LORD came to me:
"Son of man, your brothers--your brothers who are your blood relatives and the whole house of Israel--are those of whom the people of Jerusalem have said, 'They are far away from the LORD; this land was given to us as our possession.'24
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"Therefore say: 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Although I sent them far away among the nations and scattered them among the countries, yet for a little while I have been a sanctuary25 for them in the countries where they have gone.'
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"Therefore say: 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I will gather you from the nations and bring you back from the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you back the land of Israel again.'26
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"They will return to it and remove all its vile images27 and detestable idols.28
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I will give them an undivided heart29 and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone30 and give them a heart of flesh.31
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Then they will follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.32 They will be my people,33 and I will be their God.34
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But as for those whose hearts are devoted to their vile images and detestable idols,35 I will bring down on their own heads what they have done, declares the Sovereign LORD.36"
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Then the cherubim, with the wheels beside them, spread their wings, and the glory37 of the God of Israel was above them.38
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The glory39 of the LORD went up from within the city and stopped above the mountain40 east of it.
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The Spirit41 lifted me up and brought me to the exiles in Babylonia in the vision42 given by the Spirit of God. Then the vision I had seen went up from me,
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and I told the exiles everything the LORD had shown me.43
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