Then the Spirit lifted me and took me to the east gate of the LORD's temple. (It's the gate that faces east.) Twenty-five men were at the entrance of the gate. I saw among them Azzur's son Jaazaniah and Benaiah's son Pelatiah. They were leaders of the people.
Then the LORD said to me, "Son of man, these are the men who plan evil and give bad advice in this city.
They say, 'It's almost time to rebuild homes. This city is a cooking pot, and we're the meat.'
So prophesy against them. Prophesy, son of man."
The LORD's Spirit came to me and told me to say, "This is what the LORD says: You are saying these things, nation of Israel. But I know what's going through your mind.
You have killed many people in this city and have filled its streets with corpses.