Ezekiel 8 NIV

Idolatry in the Temple

1 In the sixth year, in the sixth month on the fifth day, while I was sitting in my house and the elders1 of Judah were sitting before2 me, the hand of the Sovereign LORD came upon me there.3

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2 I looked, and I saw a figure like that of a man.a From what appeared to be his waist down he was like fire, and from there up his appearance was as bright as glowing metal.4

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    • a 8:2 - Or "saw a fiery figure"
      3 He stretched out what looked like a hand5 and took me by the hair of my head. The Spirit lifted me up6 between earth and heaven and in visions7 of God he took me to Jerusalem, to the entrance to the north gate of the inner court,8 where the idol that provokes to jealousy9 stood.

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          4 And there before me was the glory10 of the God of Israel, as in the vision I had seen in the plain.11

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          5 Then he said to me, "Son of man, look toward the north." So I looked, and in the entrance north of the gate of the altar I saw this idol12 of jealousy.

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          6 And he said to me, "Son of man, do you see what they are doing--the utterly detestable13 things the house of Israel is doing here, things that will drive me far from my sanctuary?14 But you will see things that are even more detestable."

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          7 Then he brought me to the entrance to the court. I looked, and I saw a hole in the wall.
          8 He said to me, "Son of man, now dig into the wall." So I dug into the wall and saw a doorway there.
          9 And he said to me, "Go in and see the wicked and detestable things they are doing here."
          10 So I went in and looked, and I saw portrayed all over the walls15 all kinds of crawling things and detestable16 animals and all the idols of the house of Israel.17

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          11 In front of them stood seventy elders18 of the house of Israel, and Jaazaniah son of Shaphan was standing among them. Each had a censer19 in his hand, and a fragrant cloud of incense20 was rising.21

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          12 He said to me, "Son of man, have you seen what the elders of the house of Israel are doing in the darkness,22 each at the shrine of his own idol? They say, 'The LORD does not see23 us; the LORD has forsaken the land.' "

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          13 Again, he said, "You will see them doing things that are even more detestable."
          14 Then he brought me to the entrance to the north gate of the house of the LORD, and I saw women sitting there, mourning for Tammuz.24

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          15 He said to me, "Do you see this, son of man? You will see things that are even more detestable than this."
          16 He then brought me into the inner court25 of the house of the LORD, and there at the entrance to the temple, between the portico and the altar,26 were about twenty-five men. With their backs toward the temple of the LORD and their faces toward the east, they were bowing down to the sun27 in the east.28

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          17 He said to me, "Have you seen this, son of man? Is it a trivial matter for the house of Judah to do the detestable things29 they are doing here? Must they also fill the land with violence30 and continually provoke me to anger?31 Look at them putting the branch to their nose!

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          18 Therefore I will deal with them in anger;32 I will not look on them with pity33 or spare them. Although they shout in my ears, I will not listen34 to them."

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