Ezekiel 9

The Vision of Slaughter

1 Then He cried out in my hearing with a loud 1voice saying, "Draw near, O executioners of the city, each with his destroying weapon in his hand."
2 Behold, six men came from the direction of the upper gate which faces north, each with his shattering weapon in his hand; and among them was 2a certain man clothed in linen with a writing case at his loins. And they went in and stood beside the bronze altar.
3 Then the 3glory of the God of Israel went up from the cherub on which it had been, to the threshold of the temple. And He called to the man clothed in linen at whose loins was the writing case.
4 The LORD said to him, "Go through the midst of the city, even through the midst of Jerusalem, and put a 4mark on the foreheads of the men who 5sigh and groan over all the abominations which are being committed in its midst."
5 But to the others He said in my hearing, "Go through the city after him and strike; do not let your eye have pity and do not spare.
6 "Utterly 6slay old men, young men, maidens, little children, and women, but do not 7touch any man on whom is the mark; and you shall 8start from My sanctuary." So they started with the elders who were before the temple.
7 And He said to them, "9Defile the temple and fill the courts with the slain. Go out!" Thus they went out and struck down the people in the city.
8 As they were striking the people and I alone was left, I 10fell on my face and cried out saying, "11Alas, Lord GOD! Are You destroying the whole remnant of Israel by pouring out Your wrath on Jerusalem?"
9 Then He said to me, "The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah is very, very great, and the land is 12filled with blood and the city is 13full of perversion; for 14they say, 'The LORD has forsaken the land, and the LORD does not see!'
10 "But as for Me, 15My eye will have no pity nor will I spare, but 16I will bring their conduct upon their heads."
11 Then behold, the man clothed in linen at whose loins was the writing case reported *, saying, "I have done just as You have commanded me."
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