The LORD Punishes Israel's Leaders

1 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.
2 The LORD said to me, "Son of man, these men are making evil plans. They are giving bad advice to the city.
3 They say, 'This is not the time to build houses. The city is like a cooking pot. And we are the meat.'
4 So prophesy against them. Prophesy, son of man."
5 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.
6 You have killed many people in this city. In fact, you have filled its streets with dead bodies.'
7 "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.
8 You are afraid of the swords of war. But I will bring them against you,' announces the LORD and King.
9 " 'I will drive you out of the city. I will hand you over to strangers. And I will punish you.
10 You will be killed with swords. I will judge you at the borders of Israel. Then you will know that I am the Lord.
11 " '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.
12 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.' "
13 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?"
14 A message came to me from the Lord. He said,