Ezekiel 11 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 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. 1 Then the Spirit lifted me up and brought me to the gate of the house of the LORD that faces east. There at the entrance to the gate were twenty-five men, and I saw among them Jaazaniah son of Azzur and Pelatiah son of Benaiah, leaders of the people.
2 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. 2 The LORD said to me, "Son of man, these are the men who are plotting evil and giving wicked advice in this city.
3 They say, 'We can make anything happen here. We're the best. We're the choice pieces of meat in the soup pot.' 3 They say, 'Will it not soon be time to build houses? This city is a cooking pot, and we are the meat.'
4 "Oppose them, son of man. Preach against them." 4 Therefore prophesy against them; prophesy, son of man."
5 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. 5 Then the Spirit of the LORD came upon me, and he told me to say: "This is what the LORD says: That is what you are saying, O house of Israel, but I know what is going through your mind.
6 You've murdered a lot of people in this city. The streets are piled high with corpses.' 6 You have killed many people in this city and filled its streets with the dead.
7 "Therefore this is what God, the Master, says: 'The corpses that you've piled in the streets are the meat and this city is the soup pot, and you're not even in the pot! I'm throwing you out! 7 "Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: The bodies you have thrown there are the meat and this city is the pot, but I will drive you out of it.
8 You fear war, but war is what you're going to get. I'm bringing war against you. 8 You fear the sword, and the sword is what I will bring against you, declares the Sovereign LORD.
9 I'm throwing you out of this city, giving you over to foreigners, and punishing you good. 9 I will drive you out of the city and hand you over to foreigners and inflict punishment on you.
10 You'll be killed in battle. I'll carry out judgment on you at the borders of Israel. Then you'll realize that I am God. 10 You will fall by the sword, and I will execute judgment on you at the borders of Israel. Then you will know that I am the LORD.
11 This city will not be your soup pot and you won't be the choice pieces of meat in it either. Hardly. I will carry out judgment on you at the borders of Israel 11 This city will not be a pot for you, nor will you be the meat in it; I will execute judgment on you at the borders of Israel.
12 and you'll realize that I am God, for you haven't followed my statutes and ordinances. Instead of following my ways, you've sunk to the level of the laws of the nations around you.'" 12 And you will know that I am the LORD, for you have not followed my decrees or kept my laws but have conformed to the standards of the nations around you."
13 Even while I was preaching, Pelatiah son of Benaiah died. I fell down, face to the ground, and prayed loudly, "O Master, God! Will you completely wipe out what's left of Israel?" 13 Now as I was prophesying, Pelatiah son of Benaiah died. Then I fell facedown and cried out in a loud voice, "Ah, Sovereign LORD! Will you completely destroy the remnant of Israel?"
14 The answer from God came back: 14 The word of the LORD came to me:
15 "Son of man, your brothers - I mean the whole people of Israel who are in exile with you - are the people of whom the citizens of Jerusalem are saying, 'They're in the far country, far from God. This land has been given to us to own.' 15 "Son of man, your brothers--your brothers who are your blood relatives and the whole house of Israel--are those of whom the people of Jerusalem have said, 'They are far away from the LORD; this land was given to us as our possession.'
16 "Well, tell them this: 'This is your Message from God, the Master. True, I sent you to the far country and scattered you through other lands. All the same, I've provided you a temporary sanctuary in the countries where you've gone. 16 "Therefore say: 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Although I sent them far away among the nations and scattered them among the countries, yet for a little while I have been a sanctuary for them in the countries where they have gone.'
17 I will gather you back from those countries and lands where you've been scattered and give you back the land of Israel. 17 "Therefore say: 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I will gather you from the nations and bring you back from the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you back the land of Israel again.'
18 You'll come back and clean house, throw out all the rotten images and obscene idols. 18 "They will return to it and remove all its vile images and detestable idols.
19 I'll give you a new heart. I'll put a new spirit in you. I'll cut out your stone heart and replace it with a red-blooded, firm-muscled heart. 19 I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh.
20 Then you'll obey my statutes and be careful to obey my commands. You'll be my people! I'll be your God! 20 Then they will follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. They will be my people, and I will be their God.
21 "'But not those who are self-willed and addicted to their rotten images and obscene idols! I'll see that they're paid in full for what they've done.' Decree of God, the Master." 21 But as for those whose hearts are devoted to their vile images and detestable idols, I will bring down on their own heads what they have done, declares the Sovereign LORD."
22 Then the cherubim spread their wings, with the wheels beside them and the Glory of the God of Israel hovering over them. 22 Then the cherubim, with the wheels beside them, spread their wings, and the glory of the God of Israel was above them.
23 The Glory of God ascended from within the city and rested on the mountain to the east of the city. 23 The glory of the LORD went up from within the city and stopped above the mountain east of it.
24 Then, still in the vision given me by the Spirit of God, the Spirit took me and carried me back to the exiles in Babylon. And then the vision left me. 24 The Spirit lifted me up and brought me to the exiles in Babylonia in the vision given by the Spirit of God. Then the vision I had seen went up from me,
25 I told the exiles everything that God had shown me. 25 and I told the exiles everything the LORD had shown me.