Ezekiel 8 (Lexham English Bible)

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Abominations in the Temple and in Jerusalem

1 {And then}a in the sixth year, in the sixth [month], on the fifth [day] of the month, I [was] sitting in my house, and the elders of Judah [were] sitting {before me}.b And the hand of the Lord Yahweh fell on me there, 2 and I saw,c and look! A figure like [the] appearance of a man;d from the appearance of his waist and below [was] fire, and from his waist and {upward}e [was] like [the] appearance of brightness,f like the {outward appearance of}g amber. 3 And he sent out [the] form of a hand, and he took me by a lock of hair of my head, and [the] Spirit lifted me between earth and heaven, and it brought me to Jerusalem in visions of God to the doorway of [the] inner gate {that faced north},h [at] which there [was] the seat of the image of jealousy, which was making jealous. 4 And look! There [was] the glory of the God of Israel like the vision that I saw in the valley. 5 And he said to me, "Son of man,i lift up nowj your eyes {toward the north}."k And I lifted up my eyes {toward the north},l and, look, [there was] to the north of the gate of the altar this image of jealousy at the entrance. 6 And he said to me, "Son of man,m "{Do you see}n what they [are] doing--great detestable things that the house of Israel [is] committingo here [so as] to drive [me] fromp my sanctuary, and yet {you will see again}q greaterr detestable things." 7 And he brought me to the doorway of the courtyard, and I saw, and look! A hole in the wall. 8 And he said to me, "Son of man,s dig nowt through the wall." And I dug through the wall, and look! There was a doorway. 9 And he said to me, "Come and see the detestable things, the evil that they are doingu here. 10 And I came, and I saw, and look, all kinds of creaturesv and detestable beasts;w [and] all of the idols of the house of Israel [were] carved on the wall {all around}.x 11 And seventy men from the elders of the house of Israel, and Jaazaniah, the son of Shaphan, [was] standing in the midst of them, [and] [they were] standing {before them}.y Each [one] [had] his censer in his hand, and the fragrance of the cloud of the incense [was] going up. 12 And he said to me, "Have you seen, son of man,z what the elders of the house of Israel [are] doing in the dark, each in the inner rooms of his idol, for [they are] saying, 'Yahweh [is] not seeing us; Yahweh has abandoned the land.'" 13 And he said to me, "Still {you will see again}aa greater detestable things that they [are] doing." 14 And he brought me to the doorway of the gate of the house of Yahweh that [is] toward the north, and look! There [were] the women sitting weeping for Tammuz. 15 And he said to me, "Have you seen, son of man?bb Still {you will see again}cc greater detestable things than these." 16 And he brought me to the inner courtyard of the house of Yahweh, and look, [at] the doorway of the temple of Yahweh, between the portico and the altar, [there were] about twenty-five men [with] their backs to the temple of Yahweh and their faces toward the east, and they [were] bowing down toward the east before the sun. 17 And he said to me, "Have you seen, son of man?dd {Was it too small a thing}ee for the house of Judah {to do}ff the detestable things that they did here? For they filled up the land [with] violence, and {they provoked me to anger again},gg and look! They [are] putting the branch to their nose. 18 And so I will act in rage, and my eye will not take pity, and I will not have compassion, and they will cry in my ear [with] a loud voice, and I will not hear them."
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