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Ezekiel 22 NIV

Judgment on Jerusalem’s Sins

1 The word of the LORD came to me:

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      2 “Son of man, will you judge her? Will you judge this city of bloodshed? Then confront her with all her detestable practices

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      3 and say: ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: You city that brings on herself doom by shedding blood in her midst and defiles herself by making idols,

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          4 you have become guilty because of the blood you have shed 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. Therefore I will make you an object of scorn to the nations and a laughingstock to all the countries.

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          5 Those who are near and those who are far away will mock you, you infamous city, full of turmoil.

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          6 “ ‘See how each of the princes of Israel who are in you uses his power to shed blood.

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          7 In you they have treated father and mother with contempt; in you they have oppressed the foreigner and mistreated the fatherless and the widow.

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          8 You have despised my holy things and desecrated my Sabbaths.

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          9 In you are slanderers who are bent on shedding blood; in you are those who eat at the mountain shrines and commit lewd acts.

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          10 In you are those who dishonor their father’s bed; in you are those who violate women during their period, when they are ceremonially unclean.

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          11 In you one man commits a detestable offense with his neighbor’s wife, another shamefully defiles his daughter-in-law, and another violates his sister, his own father’s daughter.

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          12 In you are people who accept bribes to shed blood; you take interest and make a profit from the poor. You extort unjust gain from your neighbors. And you have forgotten me, declares the Sovereign LORD.

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          13 “ ‘I will surely strike my hands together at the unjust gain you have made and at the blood you have shed in your midst.

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              14 Will your courage endure or your hands be strong in the day I deal with you? I the LORD have spoken, and I will do it.

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              15 I will disperse you among the nations and scatter you through the countries; and I will put an end to your uncleanness.

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              16 When you have been defileda in the eyes of the nations, you will know that I am the LORD.’ ”

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                • ‚ 22:16 - Or "When I have allotted you your inheritance"
                  17 Then the word of the LORD came to me:
                  18 “Son of man, the people of Israel have become dross to me; all of them are the copper, tin, iron and lead left inside a furnace. They are but the dross of silver.

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                  19 Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: ‘Because you have all become dross, I will gather you into Jerusalem.

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                  20 As silver, copper, iron, lead and tin are gathered into a furnace to be melted with a fiery blast, so will I gather you in my anger and my wrath and put you inside the city and melt you.

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                  21 I will gather you and I will blow on you with my fiery wrath, and you will be melted inside her.

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                  22 As silver is melted in a furnace, so you will be melted inside her, and you will know that I the LORD have poured out my wrath on you.’ ”

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                  23 Again the word of the LORD came to me:
                  24 “Son of man, say to the land, ‘You are a land that has not been cleansed or rained on in the day of wrath.’

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                  25 There is a conspiracy of her princesb within her like a roaring lion tearing its prey; they devour people, take treasures and precious things and make many widows within her.

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                    • ƒ 22:25 - Septuagint; Hebrew "prophets"
                      26 Her priests do violence to my law and profane my holy things; they do not distinguish between the holy and the common; they teach that there is no difference between the unclean and the clean; and they shut their eyes to the keeping of my Sabbaths, so that I am profaned among them.

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                      27 Her officials within her are like wolves tearing their prey; they shed blood and kill people to make unjust gain.

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                      28 Her prophets whitewash these deeds for them by false visions and lying divinations. They say, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says’—when the LORD has not spoken.

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                      29 The people of the land practice extortion and commit robbery; they oppress the poor and needy and mistreat the foreigner, denying them justice.

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                      30 “I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one.

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                      31 So I will pour out my wrath on them and consume them with my fiery anger, bringing down on their own heads all they have done, declares the Sovereign LORD.”

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                      • a 22:16 - Or "When I have allotted you your inheritance"
                      • b 22:25 - Septuagint; Hebrew "prophets"