Ezekiel 8

Abominations in the Temple

1 aIn the sixth year, in the sixth month, on the fifth day of the month bas I sat in my house, with cthe elders of Judah sitting before me, dthe hand of the Lord  God fell upon me there. 2Then I looked, and behold, ea form that had the appearance of a man.
By revocalization (compare Septuagint); Hebrew  of fire
gBelow what appeared to be his waist was fire, and above his waist was something like the appearance of brightness, like hgleaming metal.
Or amber
3He jput out the form of a hand and took me by a lock of my head, and the Spirit lifted me up kbetween earth and heaven and lbrought me in mvisions of God to Jerusalem, nto the entrance of the gateway of the inner court that faces north, owhere was the seat of the pimage of jealousy, qwhich provokes to jealousy. 4And behold, rthe glory of the God of Israel was there, like the vision that I saw sin the valley.

5Then he said to me, tSon of man, lift up your eyes now toward the north.” So I lifted up my eyes toward the north, and behold, north of uthe altar gate, in the entrance, was this vimage of jealousy. 6And he said to me, “Son of man, wdo you see what they are doing, xthe great abominations that the house of Israel are committing here, yto drive me far from my sanctuary? But you will see still greater abominations.”

7And he brought me to the entrance of the court, and when I looked, behold, there was a hole in the wall. 8Then he said to me, “Son of man, zdig in the wall.” So I dug in the wall, and behold, there was an entrance. 9And he said to me, “Go in, and see aathe vile abominations that they are committing here.” 10So I went in and saw. And there, abengraved on the wall all around, was acevery form of adcreeping things and loathsome beasts, and all the idols of the house of Israel. 11And before them stood aeseventy men of afthe elders of the house of Israel, with Jaazaniah the son of agShaphan standing among them. Each had his censer in his hand, and ahthe smoke of the cloud of incense went up. 12Then he said to me, “Son of man, have you seen what the elders of the house of Israel are doing aiin the dark, each ajin his room of pictures? For they say, ak‘The  Lord does not see us, the  Lord has forsaken the land.’” 13He said also to me, al“You will see still greater abominations that they commit.”

14Then he brought me to amthe entrance of the north gate of the house of the  Lord, and behold, there sat women weeping for Tammuz. 15Then he said to me, “Have you seen this, O anson of man? aoYou will see still greater abominations than these.”

16And he brought me into apthe inner court of the house of the  Lord. And behold, at the entrance of the temple of the  Lord, aqbetween the arporch and asthe altar, were about twenty-five men, atwith their backs to the temple of the  Lord, and their faces toward the east, worshiping authe sun toward the east. 17Then he said to me, “Have you seen this, O avson of man? Is it too light a thing for the house of Judah to commit awthe abominations that they commit here, that axthey should fill the land with violence and ayprovoke me still further to anger? Behold, they put the branch to their
Or my
nose.
18Therefore baI will act in wrath. bbMy eye will not spare, nor will I have pity. bcAnd though they cry in my ears with a loud voice, I will not hear them.”

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