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Ezekiel 9 (Lexham English Bible)

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Yahweh’s Avenging Messenger Destroys the Wicked in the City

1 And he called in my ears [with] a loud voice, {saying},a "[They] have come near,b the punishers of the city, and each [with] his weapon of destruction in his hand. 2 And look! Six men coming from the way of {the upper gate}c that faced {northward},d and each [with] his weapon fore shattering in his hand; and one man [was] in the midst of them, dressed in linen, and thef writing case of the scribe [was] at his side. And they came and stood beside the bronze altar. 3 And the glory of the God of Israel lifted itself up from upon the cherub that he was ong [and went] to the threshold of the house,h and he called to the man who [was] clothed in linen {with a scribal writing case at his side}.i 4 And Yahweh said to him, "Go through in the midst of the city, in the midst of Jerusalem, and you must place a mark on the foreheads of the men {who are groaning and lamenting}j about all of the detestable things {that are being done}k in the midst of her." 5 And to the others he said in my hearing, "Go through the city behind him and kill! Your eyes shall not take pity, and you shall not have compassion. 6 You must kill {totally}l old man, young man and young woman, and little children and women, but {concerning}m every man {with the mark on him}n you must not approach; and from my sanctuary you must begin." And they began with the old men who {were before}o the house.p 7 And he said to them, "Defile the houseq and fill the courtyards [with] the dead; go out! And they went out, and they killed in the city. 8 {And then}r {as they were striking},s and I [was] left behind, I fell on my face, and I cried out, and I said, "Ah, Lord Yahweh! "[Will] you [be] destroying all of the remnant of Israel {while you pour out your rage}t on Jerusalem?" 9 And he said to me, "The guilt of the house of Israel and Judah [is] {exceedingly}u great, and the land is filled with bloodguilt, and the city is full of injustice. For they say Yahweh abandoned the land, and {Yahweh does not see}.v 10 And I, my eye will not take pity, and I will not have compassion; their way I will bring on their head." 11 And look! The man clothed in linen [and] {with a writing case at his side}w [was] bringing back a word, {saying},x "I have done all that you commanded me."
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