Then the Spirit picked me up and took me to the gate of the Temple that faces east. There were twenty-five men standing at the gate. I recognized the leaders, Jaazaniah son of Azzur and Pelatiah son of Benaiah.
God said, "Son of man, these are the men who draw up blueprints for sin, who think up new programs for evil in this city.
They say, 'We can make anything happen here. We're the best. We're the choice pieces of meat in the soup pot.'
"Oppose them, son of man. Preach against them."
Then the Spirit of God came upon me and told me what to say: "This is what God says: 'That's a fine public speech, Israel, but I know what you are thinking.
You've murdered a lot of people in this city. The streets are piled high with corpses.'
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