Then the word of the LORDcame to me, saying,
"And you, son of man, will you judge, will you judge the bloodycity ? Then cause her to knowall her abominations.
"You shall say, 'Thussays the LordaGOD, "A city1sheddingblood in her midst, so that her time will come, and that makesidols, contrary to her interest, for defilement !
"You have become2guilty by bthe bloodwhich you have shed, and defiled by your idolswhich you have made. Thus you have brought your cdaynear and have come to your years ; therefore I have made you a 3reproach to the nations and a mocking to all the lands.
"Those who are near and those who are far from you will mock you, you of illrepute, full of 4turmoil.
6"Behold, the 5rulers of Israel, each according to his dpower, have been in you for the purpose of sheddingblood.
"They have 6treatedfather and motherlightly within you. The 7alien they have oppressed in your midst ; the 8fatherless and the widow they have wronged in you.
"You have 9despised My holythings and 10profaned My sabbaths.
9"Slanderousmen have been in you for the purpose of sheddingblood, and in you they have eaten at the mountain shrines. In your midst they have 11committedacts of lewdness.
"In you ethey have 12uncovered their fathers'nakedness ; in you they have humbled her who was 13unclean in her menstrualimpurity.
11"One has committedabomination with his 14neighbor'swife and another has lewdlydefiled his 15daughter-in-law. And another in you has 16humbled his sister, his father'sdaughter.
"In you they have 17takenbribes to shedblood ; you have taken18interest and profits, and you have injured your neighbors for gain by 19oppression, and you have 20forgotten Me," declares the LordGOD.
13"Behold, then, I smite My hand at your 21dishonestgainwhich you have acquired and at fthe bloodshedwhich is among you.
"Can 22your heartendure, or can your hands be strong in the days that I will deal with you? 23I, the LORD, have spoken and will act.
"I will 24scatter you among the nations and I will disperse you through the lands, and I will 25consume your uncleanness from you.
"You will profane yourself in the sight of the nations, and you will 26know that I am the LORD.""'
And the word of the LORDcame to me, saying,
18"Son of man, the house of Israel has become27dross to Me; all of them are 28bronze and tin and iron and lead in the 29furnace ; they are the dross of silver.
19"Therefore, thussays the LordGOD, 'Becauseall of you have becomedross, therefore, behold, I am going to gather you into the midst of Jerusalem.
'As they gathersilver and bronze and iron and lead and tin into the 30furnace to blowfire on it in order to melt it, so I will gather you in My anger and in My wrath and I will lay you there and melt you.
'I will gather you and blow on you with the fire of My wrath, and you will be melted in the midst of it.
'As silver is melted in the furnace, so you will be melted in the midst of it; and you will know that I, the LORD, have 31poured out My wrath on you.' "
And the word of the LORDcame to me, saying,
24"Son of man, say to her, 'You are a land that is 32not cleansed or rained on in the day of indignation.'
"There is a 33conspiracy of her prophets in her midst like a roaringliontearing the prey. They have 34devouredlives ; they have takentreasure and preciousthings ; they have mademany35widows in the midst of her.
"Her 36priests have doneviolence to My law and have 37profaned My holythings ; they have madeno38distinctionbetween the holy and the profane, and they have not taught the difference between the 39unclean and the clean ; and they hide their eyes from My sabbaths, and I am profanedamong them.
"Her princeswithin her are like wolvestearing the prey, by sheddingblood and 40destroyinglives in order to get41dishonestgain.
"Her prophets have smearedwhitewash for them, seeing42falsevisions and divininglies for them, saying, 'Thussays the LordGOD,' when the LORD has not spoken.
"The people of the land have practiced43oppression and committedrobbery, and they have wronged the poor and needy and have 44oppressed the sojournerwithoutjustice.
"I 45searched for a manamong them who would 46build up the wall and 47stand in the gapbefore Me for the land, so that I would not destroy it; but I foundgno one.
"Thus I have poured out My 48indignation on them; I have consumed them with the fire of My wrath ; 49their way I have brought upon their heads," declares the LordGOD.