Then the Spirit of the LORD lifted me up. He brought me to the east gate of the LORD's house. There were 25 men at the entrance of the gate. I saw Jaazaniah and Pelatiah among them. They were leaders of the people. Jaazaniah is the son of Azzur. Pelatiah is the son of Benaiah.
The LORD said to me, "Son of man, these men are making evil plans. They are giving bad advice to the city.
They say, 'This is not the time to build houses. The city is like a cooking pot. And we are the meat.'
So prophesy against them. Prophesy, son of man."
Then the Spirit of the LORD came on me. He told me to tell them, "The LORD says, 'People of Israel, that is what you are saying. But I know what you are thinking.
You have killed many people in this city. In fact, you have filled its streets with dead bodies.'
"So the LORD and King says, 'The bodies you have thrown there are the meat. And the city is the cooking pot. But I will drive you out of it.
You are afraid of the swords of war. But I will bring them against you,' announces the LORD and King.
" 'I will drive you out of the city. I will hand you over to strangers. And I will punish you.
You will be killed with swords. I will judge you at the borders of Israel. Then you will know that I am the Lord.
" 'This city will not be a pot for you. And you will not be the meat in it. I will judge you at the borders of Israel.
Then you will know that I am the Lord. You have not followed my rules. You have not kept my laws. Instead, you have lived by the standards of the nations that are around you.' "
Pelatiah, the son of Benaiah, died as I was prophesying. Then I fell with my face toward the ground. I cried out in a loud voice. I said, "LORD and King, will you destroy all of the Israelites who are still left alive?"
A message came to me from the Lord. He said,
"Son of man, the people of Jerusalem have spoken about your relatives. They have also spoken about all of the other people of Israel. They have said, 'Stay far away from the Lord. This land was given to us. And it belongs to us.'