Ezekiel 22:21-31 (New International Version)

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21 I will gather you and I will blow1 on you with my fiery wrath, and you will be melted inside her.2 22 As silver is melted3 in a furnace, so you will be melted inside her, and you will know that I the LORD have poured out my wrath4 upon you.' "5 23 Again the word of the LORD came to me: 24 "Son of man, say to the land, 'You are a land that has had no rain or showersa in the day of wrath.'6 25 There is a conspiracy7 of her princesb within her like a roaring lion8 tearing its prey; they devour people,9 take treasures and precious things and make many widows10 within her. 26 Her priests do violence to my law11 and profane my holy things; they do not distinguish between the holy and the common;12 they teach that there is no difference between the unclean and the clean;13 and they shut their eyes to the keeping of my Sabbaths, so that I am profaned14 among them.15 27 Her officials16 within her are like wolves17 tearing their prey; they shed blood and kill people18 to make unjust gain.19 28 Her prophets whitewash20 these deeds for them by false visions and lying divinations.21 They say, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says'--when the LORD has not spoken.22 29 The people of the land practice extortion and commit robbery;23 they oppress the poor and needy and mistreat the alien,24 denying them justice.25 30 "I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall26 and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found none.27 31 So I will pour out my wrath on them and consume them with my fiery anger,28 bringing down29 on their own heads all they have done, declares the Sovereign LORD.30"
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