Judgment On Evil Rulers

1 And [the] Spirit lifted me up, and it brought me to the eastern gate, the one facing east, of the temple of Yahweh. And look, there were twenty-five men in the doorway of the gate, and I saw Jaazaniah the son of Azzur in the midst of them, and Pelatiah the son of Benaiah, the commanders of the people.
2 And he said to me, "Son of man, these [are] the men {who devise mischief}, and [who are] offering bad counsel in this city,
3 who [are] saying, "The building of houses [is] not near; [the city] is the pot, and we [are] the flesh.
4 Therefore prophesy against them! Prophesy, son of man!"
5 And the Spirit of Yahweh fell on me, and he said to me, "Say, 'thus says Yahweh: "This is what you think, house of Israel, and I myself know them, the thoughts of your spirit.
6 You made your slain ones numerous in this city, and you have filled its streets [with] slain ones." '
7 Therefore thus says the Lord Yahweh: "Your slain ones whom you put in its midst, they [are] the flesh, and it is [the] pot, and I will bring you out from its midst.
8 [The] sword you have feared, and [the] sword I will bring against you!" {declares} the Lord Yahweh.
9 "And I will bring you out from its midst, and I will give you into [the] hand of strangers, and I will execute judgments against you.
10 By the sword you will fall at the border of Israel; I will judge you, and you will know that I [am] Yahweh.
11 It will not be as a pot to you, and [so] you would be in the midst of it as flesh, [for] at the border of Israel I will judge you.
12 And you will know that I [am] Yahweh, whose rules you did not follow, and whose regulations you did not do, but according to the regulations of the nations that [are] around you, you acted." '
13 And it happened [that] {as I was prophesying}, Pelatiahu the son of Benaiahu died! And I fell on my face, and I cried [with] a loud voice, and I said, "Ah, Lord Yahweh, you [are] making [a] complete destruction [of] the remnant of Israel!"
14 And the word of Yahweh {came} to me, {saying},
15 "Son of man, your brothers, your brothers, the men of your redemption, and all of the house of Israel, all of it, {who said concerning the inhabitants of Jerusalem}, 'They are far from Yahweh, [therefore] to us this land was given as a possession.'
16 Therefore say, 'Thus says the Lord Yahweh: "Though I have removed them [far away] among the nations and though I have scattered them among the countries, yet I was a sanctuary to them [for a] little while in the countries {to which they have gone}.'"
17 Therefore say, 'Thus says the Lord Yahweh: "And I will assemble you from the peoples, and I will gather you from the countries [to] which you were scattered among them, and I will give the land of Israel to you.
18 And [when] they come there, then they will remove all of its vile idols and all of its detestable things from it.
19 And I will give to them one heart, and a new spirit I will give in their inner parts. And I will remove their heart of stone from their body, and I will give to them a heart of flesh,
20 so that they may walk in my statutes, and they will keep my regulations, and they will do them, and they will be to me a people, and I myself will be to them as God.
21 But to the heart of their abominations and the detestable things their heart is going. I will bring their way on their head," {declares} the Lord Yahweh.'"
22 Then the cherubim lifted up their wings, and their wheels [were] beside them, and the glory of the God of Israel {was over them}.
23 And the glory of Yahweh went up from the midst of the city, and it stood [still] on the mountain that [is] to the east of the city.
24 And [the] Spirit lifted me up, and it brought me to Chaldea, to the exiles, in the vision by the spirit of God; and the vision that I had seen {left me}.
25 And I spoke to the exiles all of the words of Yahweh that he had shown me.