Then He cried out in my hearing with a loud1voicesaying, "Drawnear, aO executioners of the city, each with his destroyingweapon in his hand."
2Behold, sixmencame from the direction of the uppergatewhichfacesnorth, each with his shatteringweapon in his hand; and among them was 2a certainmanclothed in linen with a bwritingcase at his loins. And they went in and stoodbeside the bronzealtar.
Then the 3glory of the God of Israelwent up from the cherub on which it had been, to the threshold of the ctemple. And He called to the manclothed in linen at whoseloins was the writingcase.
The LORDsaid to him, "Go through the midst of the city, even through the midst of Jerusalem, and put a 4mark on the foreheads of the men who 5sigh and groanoverall the abominations which are being committed in its midst."
But to the others He said in my hearing, "Go through the cityafter him and strike; do not let your eyehavepity and do not spare.
"dUtterly6slayoldmen, youngmen, maidens, littlechildren, and women, but do not 7touchanyman on whom is the mark; and you shall 8start from My sanctuary." So they started with the eelderswho were before the ftemple.
And He said to them, "9Defile the gtemple and fill the courts with the slain. Go out!" Thus they went out and struckdown the people in the city.
As they were striking the people and I alone was left, I 10fell on my face and cried out hsaying, "11Alas, LordiGOD! Are You destroying the wholeremnant of Israeljby pouring out Your wrath on Jerusalem?"
Then He said to me, "The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah is very, verygreat, and the land is 12filled with blood and the city is 13full of perversion; for 14they say, 'The LORD has forsaken the land, and the LORD does not see!'
"But as for Me, 15My eye will havenopitynor will I spare, but 16I will bring their conduct upon their heads."
Then behold, the manclothed in linen at whoseloins was the kwritingcaselreported , saying, "I have donejust as You have commanded me."