Ezekiel 22

The Sins of Israel

1 Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
2 "And you, son of man, will you judge, will you judge the bloody city? Then cause her to know all her abominations.
3 "You shall say, 'Thus says the Lord GOD, "A city 1shedding blood in her midst, so that her time will come, and that makes idols, contrary to her interest, for defilement!
4 "You have become 2guilty by the blood which you have shed, and defiled by your idols which you have made. Thus you have brought your day near and have come to your years; therefore * I have made you a 3reproach to the nations and a mocking to all the lands.
5 "Those who are near and those who are far from you will mock you, you of ill repute, full of 4turmoil.
6 "Behold, the 5rulers of Israel, each according to his power, have been in you for the purpose of shedding blood.
7 "They have 6treated father and mother lightly within you. The 7alien they have oppressed * in your midst; the 8fatherless and the widow they have wronged in you.
8 "You have 9despised My holy things and 10profaned My sabbaths.
9 "Slanderous men have been in you for the purpose of shedding blood, and in you they have eaten at the mountain shrines. In your midst they have 11committed acts of lewdness.
10 "In you they have 12uncovered their fathers' nakedness; in you they have humbled her who was 13unclean in her menstrual impurity.
12 "In you they have 17taken bribes to shed blood; you have taken 18interest and profits, and you have injured your neighbors for gain by 19oppression, and you have 20forgotten Me," declares the Lord GOD.
13 "Behold, then, I smite My hand at your 21dishonest gain which you have acquired and at the bloodshed which is among you.
14 "Can 22your heart endure, or can your hands be strong in the days that I will deal with you? 23I, the LORD, have spoken and will act.
15 "I will 24scatter you among the nations and I will disperse you through the lands, and I will 25consume your uncleanness from you.
16 "You will profane yourself in the sight of the nations, and you will 26know that I am the LORD.""'
17 And the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
18 "Son of man, the house of Israel has become 27dross to Me; all of them are 28bronze and tin and iron and lead in the 29furnace; they are the dross of silver.
19 "Therefore, thus says the Lord GOD, 'Because all of you have become dross, therefore, behold, I am going to gather you into the midst of Jerusalem.
20 'As they gather silver and bronze and iron and lead and tin into the 30furnace to blow fire on it in order to melt it, so I will gather you in My anger and in My wrath and I will lay you there and melt you.
21 'I will gather you and blow on you with the fire of My wrath, and you will be melted in the midst of it.
22 'As silver is melted in the furnace, so you will be melted in the midst of it; and you will know that I, the LORD, have 31poured out My wrath on you.' "
23 And the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
24 "Son of man, say to her, 'You are a land that is 32not cleansed or rained on in the day of indignation.'
25 "There is a 33conspiracy of her prophets in her midst like a roaring lion tearing the prey. They have 34devoured lives; they have taken treasure and precious things; they have made many 35widows in the midst of her.
26 "Her 36priests have done violence to My law and have 37profaned My holy things; they have made no 38distinction between the holy and the profane, and they have not taught the difference between the 39unclean and the clean; and they hide their eyes from My sabbaths, and I am profaned among them.
28 "Her prophets have smeared whitewash for them, seeing 42false visions and divining lies for them, saying, 'Thus says the Lord GOD,' when the LORD has not spoken.
29 "The people of the land have practiced 43oppression and committed robbery, and they have wronged the poor and needy and have 44oppressed the sojourner without justice.
30 "I 45searched for a man among them who would 46build up the wall and 47stand in the gap before Me for the land, so that I would not destroy it; but I found no one.
31 "Thus I have poured out My 48indignation on them; I have consumed them with the fire of My wrath; 49their way I have brought upon their heads," declares the Lord GOD.
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