Ezekiel 8

And it came to pass in the sixth year, in the fifth month, on the fifth day of the month, I was sitting in the house, and the elders of Judah were sitting before me. And the hand of the Lord came upon me. And I looked, and behold, the likeness of a man: from his loins and downwards there was fire, and from his loins upwards there was as the appearance of amber. And He stretched forth the likeness of a hand, and took me by the crown of my head. And the Spirit lifted me up between the earth and sky, and brought me to Jerusalem in a vision of God, to the porch of the gate that looks to the north, where was the pillar of the Purchaser. And behold, the glory of the Lord God of Israel was there, according to the vision which I saw in the plain. And He said to me, Son of man, lift up your eyes toward the north. So I lifted up my eyes toward the north, and behold, I looked from the north toward the eastern gate. And He said to me, Son of man, have you seen what these people do? They commit great abominations here, so that I should keep away from My sanctuary; and you shall see even greater iniquities. And He brought me to the porch of the court. And He said to me, Son of man, dig. So I dug, and behold, there was a door. And He said to me, Go in, and behold the iniquities which they practice here. 10 So I went in and looked, and I beheld vain abominations, and all the idols of the house of Israel, portrayed upon them round about. 11 And seventy men of the elders of the house of Israel, and Jechoniah the son of Shaphan stood in their presence in the midst of them, and each one held his censer in his hand; and the smoke of the incense went up. 12 And He said to me, You have seen, son of man, what the elders of the house of Israel do, each one of them in their secret chamber; because they have said, The Lord does not see; the Lord has forsaken the earth. 13 And He said to me, You shall see even greater iniquities than these. 14 And He brought me in to the porch of the house of the Lord that looks to the north; and behold there were women sitting there lamenting for Tammuz. 15 And He said to me, Son of man, you have seen; but you shall yet see evil practices even greater then these. 16 And He brought me into the inner court of the house of the Lord, and at the entrance of the temple of the Lord, between the porch and the altar, were about twenty men, with their back parts toward the temple of the Lord, and their faces turned the opposite way; and these were worshipping the sun. 17 And He said to me, Son of man, you have seen this. Is it a trivial thing to the house of Judah to practice the iniquities which they have practiced here? For they have filled the land with iniquity; and behold, these are as scorners. 18 Therefore will I deal with them in wrath: My eye shall not spare, nor will I have any mercy.
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