Ezekiel 8

CHAPTER 8

Idolatry in the Temple

And it came to pass in the sixth year, in the sixth month, the fifth of the month, I was sitting in my house, and the elders of Judah were sitting down before me. And came upon me the hand of Adonai the  lord. And I beheld, and behold, a likeness of a man; from his loin, and unto below as fire; and from his loin and above him as the vision of brightness, as an appearance of molten bronze. And he stretched out a likeness of a hand, and he took me up by the decorative hem of my top. And [2took 3me 1spirit] in between the earth and between the heaven, and led me unto Jerusalem in a vision of God, unto the thresholds of the [2gate 1inner] looking to the north of which was the monument of the acquirer.

The Glory of The LORD Appears

And behold, [5was 6there 1glory 2of the  lord 3God 4of Israel], according to the vision which I beheld in the plain. And he said to me, O son of man, look up with your eyes towards the north. And I looked up with my eyes towards the north. And behold, from the north at the gate, the one towards the east of the altar, was the image of jealousy; this was in the entering it. And he said to me, O son of man, do you see what these do? [2lawless deeds 1the great] which the house of Israel does here to keep at a distance from my holy places? And still you shall see [2lawless deeds 1greater]. And he brought me unto the thresholds of the courtyard. And I saw, and behold, [2opening 1one] in the wall. And he said to me, O son of man, dig in the wall! And I dug in the wall. And behold, a door. And he said to me, Enter, and see the [2lawless deeds 1evil] which these do here! 10 And I entered and I saw. And behold, every likeness of a crawling thing and a beast, vain abominations, and all the idols of the house of Israel, being diagramed upon the wall round about wholly. 11 And seventy men of the elders of the house of Israel, and Jaazaniah the son of Shaphan standing before their face; and each [2his incense pan 1had] in the hand; and the vapor of the incense ascended. 12 And he said to me, You have seen, O son of man, what the elders of the house of Israel do in darkness, each of them in [3room 2hidden 1their]; because they said, [3does not 4see 1the 2  lord]; the  lord has abandoned the earth. 13 And he said to me, Still you will see [2lawless deeds 1greater] which these do. 14 And he brought me unto the thresholds of the gate of the house of the  lord, of the one looking to the north. And behold, there women were sitting down wailing Tammuz. 15 And he said to me, You have seen, O son of man, and still you shall see [2practices 1greater] than these.

Ezekiel Brought unto the Courtyard

16 And he brought me into the courtyard of the house of the  lord, the inner courtyard. And upon the thresholds of the temple of the  lord between the columned porch and between the altar were about twenty and five men with their posteriors towards the temple of the  lord, and their faces before the east. And these did obeisance according to the east to the sun. 17 And he said to me, You have seen, O son of man, is it a small thing to the house of Judah to commit the lawless deeds which they have done here? For they filled the land of lawlessness, and returned to provoke me to anger. And behold, these stretch out the vine branch as ones sneering. 18 And I shall deal with them with rage. [2shall not 3spare 1My eye], nor shall I show mercy, and should they call in my ears [2voice 1with a great], even I will not listen to them.
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