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Ezekiel 6 (Today's New International Version)

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Doom for the Mountains of Israel

1 The word of the LORD came to me: 2 "Son of man, set your face1 against the mountains2 of Israel; prophesy against them3 3 and say: 'You mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Sovereign LORD. This is what the Sovereign LORD says to the mountains and hills, to the ravines and valleys:4 I am about to bring a sword against you, and I will destroy your high places.5 4 Your altars will be demolished and your incense altars6 will be smashed; and I will slay your people in front of your idols.7 5 I will lay the dead bodies of the Israelites in front of their idols, and I will scatter your bones8 around your altars.9 6 Wherever you live,10 the towns will be laid waste and the high places11 demolished, so that your altars will be laid waste and devastated, your idols12 smashed and ruined, your incense altars13 broken down, and what you have made wiped out.14 7 Your people will fall slain15 among you, and you will know that I am the LORD.16 8 " 'But I will spare some, for some of you will escape17 the sword when you are scattered among the lands and nations.18 9 Then in the nations where they have been carried captive, those who escape will remember19 me--how I have been grieved20 by their adulterous hearts, which have turned away from me, and by their eyes, which have lusted after their idols.21 They will loathe themselves for the evil22 they have done and for all their detestable practices.23 10 And they will know that I am the LORD;24 I did not threaten in vain to bring this calamity on them.25 11 " 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Strike your hands together and stamp your feet and cry out "Alas!" because of all the wicked and detestable practices of the house of Israel, for they will fall by the sword, famine and plague.26 12 Those who are far away will die of the plague, and those who are near will fall by the sword, and those who survive and are spared will die of famine. So will I spend my wrath27 on them.28 13 And they will know that I am the LORD, when their people lie slain among their idols29 around their altars, on every high hill and on all the mountaintops, under every spreading tree and every leafy oak30--places where they offered fragrant incense to all their idols.31 14 And I will stretch out my hand32 against them and make the land a desolate waste from the desert to Diblaha--wherever they live. Then they will know that I am the LORD.33' "
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