The word of the LORD came to me:
"Son of man, will you judge her? Will you judge this city of bloodshed?1 Then confront her with all her detestable practices23
and say: 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: O city that brings on herself doom by shedding blood3 in her midst and defiles herself by making idols,
you have become guilty because of the blood you have shed4 and have become defiled by the idols you have made. You have brought your days to a close, and the end of your years has come.5 Therefore I will make you an object of scorn6 to the nations and a laughingstock to all the countries.75
Those who are near and those who are far away will mock you, O infamous city, full of turmoil.86
" 'See how each of the princes of Israel who are in you uses his power to shed blood.97
In you they have treated father and mother with contempt;10 in you they have oppressed the alien11 and mistreated the fatherless and the widow.128
You have despised my holy things and desecrated my Sabbaths.139
In you are slanderous men14 bent on shedding blood;15 in you are those who eat at the mountain shrines16 and commit lewd acts.1710
In you are those who dishonor their fathers' bed;18 in you are those who violate women during their period,19 when they are ceremonially unclean.2011
In you one man commits a detestable offense with his neighbor's wife,21 another shamefully defiles his daughter-in-law,22 and another violates his sister,23 his own father's daughter.2412
In you men accept bribes25 to shed blood; you take usury26 and excessive interesta and make unjust gain from your neighbors27 by extortion. And you have forgotten28 me, declares the Sovereign LORD.2913
" 'I will surely strike my hands30 together at the unjust gain31 you have made and at the blood32 you have shed in your midst.3314
Will your courage endure34 or your hands35 be strong in the day I deal with you? I the LORD have spoken,36 and I will do it.3715
I will disperse you among the nations and scatter38 you through the countries; and I will put an end to39 your uncleanness.4016
When you have been defiledb in the eyes of the nations, you will know that I am the LORD.' "
Then the word of the LORD came to me:
"Son of man, the house of Israel has become dross41 to me; all of them are the copper, tin, iron and lead left inside a furnace.42 They are but the dross of silver.4319
Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: 'Because you have all become dross,44 I will gather you into Jerusalem.
As men gather silver, copper, iron, lead and tin into a furnace to melt it with a fiery blast, so will I gather you in my anger and my wrath and put you inside the city and melt you.4521
I will gather you and I will blow46 on you with my fiery wrath, and you will be melted inside her.4722
As silver is melted48 in a furnace, so you will be melted inside her, and you will know that I the LORD have poured out my wrath49 upon you.' "5023
Again the word of the LORD came to me:
"Son of man, say to the land, 'You are a land that has had no rain or showersc in the day of wrath.'5125
There is a conspiracy52 of her princesd within her like a roaring lion53 tearing its prey; they devour people,54 take treasures and precious things and make many widows55 within her.
Her priests do violence to my law56 and profane my holy things; they do not distinguish between the holy and the common;57 they teach that there is no difference between the unclean and the clean;58 and they shut their eyes to the keeping of my Sabbaths, so that I am profaned59 among them.6027
Her officials61 within her are like wolves62 tearing their prey; they shed blood and kill people63 to make unjust gain.6428
Her prophets whitewash65 these deeds for them by false visions and lying divinations.66 They say, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says'--when the LORD has not spoken.6729
The people of the land practice extortion and commit robbery;68 they oppress the poor and needy and mistreat the alien,69 denying them justice.7030
"I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall71 and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found none.7231
So I will pour out my wrath on them and consume them with my fiery anger,73 bringing down74 on their own heads all they have done, declares the Sovereign LORD.75"