And it came to pass in the sixthyear, in the sixth month, in the fifth day of the month, as I sat in mine house, and the elders of Judahsatbefore me, that the hand of the LordGODfell there upon me.
Then I beheld , and lo a likeness as the appearance of fire: from the appearance of his loins even downward,fire; and from his loins even upward, as the appearance of brightness, as the colour of amber.3
And he put forth the form of an hand, and took me by a lock of mine head; and the spirit lifted me up between the earth and the heaven, and brought me in the visions of God to Jerusalem, to the door of the innergate that looketh toward the north; where was the seat of the image of jealousy, which provoketh to jealousy .
And, behold, the glory of the God of Israel was there, according to the vision that I saw in the plain.5
Then said he unto me, Son of man, lift up thine eyes now the way toward the north. So I lifted up mine eyes the way toward the north, and behold northward at the gate of the altar this image of jealousy in the entry.6
He said furthermore unto me, Son of man,seest thou what they do ? even the greatabominations that the house of Israelcommitteth here, that I should go far off from my sanctuary? but turn thee yet again, and thou shalt seegreaterabominations.7
And he brought me to the door of the court; and when I looked , behold ahole in the wall.8
Then said he unto me, Son of man,dig now in the wall: and when I had digged in the wall, behold adoor.9
And he said unto me, Go in , and behold the wickedabominations that they do here.
So I went in and saw ; and behold every form of creeping things, and abominablebeasts, and all the idols of the house of Israel,pourtrayed upon the wall round about.11
And there stoodbefore them seventymen of the ancients of the house of Israel, and in the midst of them stoodJaazaniah the son of Shaphan, with every man his censer in his hand; and a thickcloud of incense went up .
Then said he unto me, Son of man, hast thou seen what the ancients of the house of Israeldo in the dark, every man in the chambers of his imagery? for they say , The LORDseeth us not; the LORD hath forsaken the earth.13
He said also unto me, Turn thee yet again, and thou shalt seegreaterabominations that they do .
Then he brought me to the door of the gate of the LORD'Shouse which was toward the north; and, behold, there satwomenweeping for Tammuz.15
Then said he unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man?turn thee yet again, and thou shalt seegreaterabominations than these.
And he brought me into the innercourt of the LORD'Shouse, and, behold, at the door of the temple of the LORD, between the porch and the altar, were about five and twentymen, with their backs toward the temple of the LORD, and their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the east.17
Then he said unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? Is it a light thing to the house of Judah that they commit the abominations which they commit here? for they have filled the land with violence, and have returned to provoke me to anger : and, lo, they put the branch to their nose.18
Therefore will I also deal in fury: mine eye shall not spare , neither will I have pity : and though they cry in mine ears with a loudvoice, yet will I not hear them.