Ezekiel 11:1-13 NIV

Judgment on Israel's Leaders

1 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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      2 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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      3 They say, 'Will it not soon be time to build houses?a This city is a cooking pot,6 and we are the meat.'7

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        • a 11:3 - Or "This is not the time to build houses."
          4 Therefore prophesy8 against them; prophesy, son of man."

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          5 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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          6 You have killed many people in this city and filled its streets with the dead.10

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          7 "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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          8 You fear the sword,13 and the sword is what I will bring against you, declares the Sovereign LORD.14

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          9 I will drive you out of the city and hand you over15 to foreigners and inflict punishment on you.16

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          10 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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          11 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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          12 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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          13 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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