Ezekiel 11 NCV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 The Spirit lifted me up and brought me to the front gate of the Temple of the Lord, which faces east. I saw twenty-five men where the gate opens, among them Jaazaniah son of Azzur and Pelatiah son of Benaiah, who were leaders of the people. 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 Then the Lord said to me, "Human, these are the men who plan evil and give wicked advice in this city of Jerusalem. 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, 'It is almost time for us to build houses. This city is like a cooking pot, and we are like the best meat.' 3 They say, 'Will it not soon be time to build houses? This city is a cooking pot, and we are the meat.'
4 So prophesy against them, prophesy, human." 4 Therefore prophesy against them; prophesy, son of man."
5 Then the Spirit of the Lord entered me and told me to say: "This is what the Lord says: You have said these things, people of Israel, and 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 have killed many people in this city, filling its streets with their bodies. 6 You have killed many people in this city and filled its streets with the dead.
7 "So this is what the Lord God says: Those people you have killed and left in the middle of the city are like the best meat, and this city is like the cooking pot. But I will force you out of the city. 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 have feared the sword, but I will bring a sword against you, says the Lord God. 8 You fear the sword, and the sword is what I will bring against you, declares the Sovereign LORD.
9 I will force you out of the city and hand you over to strangers and punish you. 9 I will drive you out of the city and hand you over to foreigners and inflict punishment on you.
10 You will die by the sword. I will punish you at the border of Israel so you will know that I am the Lord. 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 cooking pot, and you will not be the best meat in the middle of it. I will punish you at the border 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 Then you will know that I am the Lord. You did not live by my rules or obey my laws. Instead, you did the same things as 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 As I prophesied, Pelatiah son of Benaiah died. Then I bowed facedown on the ground and shouted with a loud voice, "Oh no, Lord God! Will you completely destroy the Israelites who are left alive?" 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 Lord spoke his word to me, saying, 14 The word of the LORD came to me:
15 "Human, the people still in Jerusalem have spoken about your own relatives and all the people of Israel who are captives with you, saying, 'They are far from the Lord. This land has been given to us as our property.' 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 "So say, 'This is what the Lord God says: I sent the people far away among the nations and scattered them among the countries. But for a little while I have become a Temple to them in the countries where they have 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 "So say: 'This is what the Lord God says: I will gather you from the nations and bring you together from the countries where you have been scattered. Then I will 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 "When they come to this land, they will remove all the evil idols and all the hateful images. 18 "They will return to it and remove all its vile images and detestable idols.
19 I will give them a desire to respect me completely, and I will put inside them a new way of thinking. I will take out the stubborn heart of stone from their bodies, and I will give them an obedient heart of flesh. 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 they will live by my rules and obey my laws and keep them. They will be my people, and I will be their 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 those who want to serve their evil statues and hateful idols, I will pay back for their evil ways, says the Lord God." 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 living creatures lifted their wings with the wheels beside them, and the glory of the God of Israel was above 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 the Lord went up from inside Jerusalem and stopped on the mountain on the east side of the city. 23 The glory of the LORD went up from within the city and stopped above the mountain east of it.
24 The Spirit lifted me up and brought me to the captives who had been taken from Judah to Babylonia. This happened in a vision given by the Spirit of God, and then the vision I had seen ended. 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 And I told the captives from Judah all the things the Lord had shown me. 25 and I told the exiles everything the LORD had shown me.