Ezekiel 22 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Now this message came to me from the LORD: 1 The word of the LORD came to me:
2 "Son of man, are you ready to judge Jerusalem? Are you ready to judge this city of murderers? Denounce her terrible deeds in public, 2 "Son of man, will you judge her? Will you judge this city of bloodshed? Then confront her with all her detestable practices
3 and give her this message from the Sovereign LORD: O city of murderers, doomed and damned -- city of idols, filthy and foul -- 3 and say: 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: O city that brings on herself doom by shedding blood in her midst and defiles herself by making idols,
4 you are guilty of both murder and idolatry. Your day of destruction has come! You have reached the end of your years. I will make you an object of mockery throughout the world. 4 you have become guilty because of the blood you have shed and have become defiled by the idols you have made. You have brought your days to a close, and the end of your years has come. Therefore I will make you an object of scorn to the nations and a laughingstock to all the countries.
5 O infamous city, filled with confusion, you will be mocked by people both far and near." 5 Those who are near and those who are far away will mock you, O infamous city, full of turmoil.
6 "Every leader in Israel who lives within your walls is bent on murder. 6 " 'See how each of the princes of Israel who are in you uses his power to shed blood.
7 Fathers and mothers are contemptuously ignored. Resident foreigners are forced to pay for protection. Orphans and widows are wronged and oppressed. 7 In you they have treated father and mother with contempt; in you they have oppressed the alien and mistreated the fatherless and the widow.
8 Inside your walls you despise my holy things and violate my Sabbath days of rest. 8 You have despised my holy things and desecrated my Sabbaths.
9 People accuse others falsely and send them to their death. You are filled with idol worshipers and people who take part in lewd activities. 9 In you are slanderous men bent on shedding blood; in you are those who eat at the mountain shrines and commit lewd acts.
10 Men sleep with their fathers' wives and have intercourse with women who are menstruating. 10 In you are those who dishonor their fathers' bed; in you are those who violate women during their period, when they are ceremonially unclean.
11 Within your walls live men who commit adultery with their neighbors' wives, who defile their daughters-in-law or who rape their own sisters. 11 In you one man commits a detestable offense with his neighbor's wife, another shamefully defiles his daughter-in-law, and another violates his sister, his own father's daughter.
12 There are hired murderers, loan racketeers, and extortioners everywhere! They never even think of me and my commands, says the Sovereign LORD." 12 In you men accept bribes to shed blood; you take usury and excessive interest and make unjust gain from your neighbors by extortion. And you have forgotten me, declares the Sovereign LORD.
13 "But now I clap my hands in indignation over your dishonest gain and bloodshed. 13 " 'I will surely strike my hands together at the unjust gain you have made and at the blood you have shed in your midst.
14 How strong and courageous will you be in my day of reckoning? I, the LORD, have spoken! I will do what I have said. 14 Will your courage endure or your hands be strong in the day I deal with you? I the LORD have spoken, and I will do it.
15 I will scatter you among the nations and purge you of your wickedness. 15 I will disperse you among the nations and scatter you through the countries; and I will put an end to your uncleanness.
16 And when you have been dishonored among the nations, you will know that I am the LORD." 16 When you have been defiled in the eyes of the nations, you will know that I am the LORD.' "
17 Then this message came to me from the LORD: 17 Then the word of the LORD came to me:
18 "Son of man, the people of Israel are the worthless slag that remains after silver is smelted. They are the dross that is left over -- a useless mixture of copper, tin, iron, and lead. 18 "Son of man, the house of Israel has become dross to me; all of them are the copper, tin, iron and lead left inside a furnace. They are but the dross of silver.
19 So give them this message from the Sovereign LORD: Because you are all worthless slag, I will bring you to my crucible in Jerusalem. 19 Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: 'Because you have all become dross, I will gather you into Jerusalem.
20 I will melt you down in the heat of my fury, just as copper, tin, iron, and lead are melted down in a furnace. 20 As men gather silver, copper, iron, lead and tin into a furnace to melt it with a fiery blast, so will I gather you in my anger and my wrath and put you inside the city and melt you.
21 I will gather you together and blow the fire of my anger upon you, 21 I will gather you and I will blow on you with my fiery wrath, and you will be melted inside her.
22 and you will melt like silver in fierce heat. Then you will know that I, the LORD, have poured out my fury on you." 22 As silver is melted in a furnace, so you will be melted inside her, and you will know that I the LORD have poured out my wrath upon you.' "
23 Again a message came to me from the LORD: 23 Again the word of the LORD came to me:
24 "Son of man, give the people of Israel this message: In the day of my indignation, you will become like an uncleared wilderness or a desert without rain. 24 "Son of man, say to the land, 'You are a land that has had no rain or showers in the day of wrath.'
25 Your princes plot conspiracies just as lions stalk their prey. They devour innocent people, seizing treasures and extorting wealth. They increase the number of widows in the land. 25 There is a conspiracy of her princes within her like a roaring lion tearing its prey; they devour people, take treasures and precious things and make many widows within her.
26 Your priests have violated my laws and defiled my holy things. To them there is no difference between what is holy and what is not. And they do not teach my people the difference between what is ceremonially clean and unclean. They disregard my Sabbath days so that my holy name is greatly dishonored among them. 26 Her priests do violence to my law and profane my holy things; they do not distinguish between the holy and the common; they teach that there is no difference between the unclean and the clean; and they shut their eyes to the keeping of my Sabbaths, so that I am profaned among them.
27 Your leaders are like wolves, who tear apart their victims. They actually destroy people's lives for profit! 27 Her officials within her are like wolves tearing their prey; they shed blood and kill people to make unjust gain.
28 And your prophets announce false visions and speak false messages. They say, 'My message is from the Sovereign LORD,' when the LORD hasn't spoken a single word to them. They repair cracked walls with whitewash! 28 Her prophets whitewash these deeds for them by false visions and lying divinations. They say, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says'--when the LORD has not spoken.
29 Even common people oppress the poor, rob the needy, and deprive foreigners of justice." 29 The people of the land practice extortion and commit robbery; they oppress the poor and needy and mistreat the alien, denying them justice.
30 "I looked for someone who might rebuild the wall of righteousness that guards the land. I searched for someone to stand in the gap in the wall so I wouldn't have to destroy the land, but I found no one. 30 "I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found none.
31 So now I will pour out my fury on them, consuming them in the fire of my anger. I will heap on them the full penalty for all their sins, says the Sovereign LORD." 31 So I will pour out my wrath on them and consume them with my fiery anger, bringing down on their own heads all they have done, declares the Sovereign LORD."