Ezekiel 9

Idolaters Killed

1Then he cried in my ears with a loud voice, saying, “Bring near the executioners of the city, a  each with his destroying weapon in his hand.” 2And behold, six men came from the direction of b  the upper gate, which faces north, each with his weapon for slaughter in his hand, and with them was c  a man clothed in linen, with a writing case at his waist. And they went in and stood beside d  the bronze altar.

3Now e  the glory of the God of Israel had gone up from the cherub on which it rested to f  the threshold of the house. And he called to g  the man clothed in linen, who had the writing case at his waist. 4And the  Lord said to him, “Pass through the city, through Jerusalem, and h  put a mark on the foreheads of the men who i  sigh and groan over all the abominations that are committed in it.” 5And to j  the others he said in my hearing, “Pass through the city after him, and strike. k  Your eye shall not spare, and you shall show no pity. 6 l  Kill old men outright, young men and maidens, little children and women, but m  touch no one on whom is the mark. And n  begin at my sanctuary.” So they began with the elders who were before the house. 7Then he said to them, o  Defile the house, and fill the courts with the slain. Go out.” So they went out and struck in the city. 8And while they were striking, and I was left alone, p  I fell upon my face, and cried, q  Ah, Lord  God! r  Will you destroy all the remnant of Israel s  in the outpouring of your wrath on Jerusalem?”

9Then he said to me, t  “The guilt of the house of Israel and Judah is exceedingly great. u  The land is full of blood, and the city full of injustice. For v  they say, ‘The  Lord has forsaken the land, and the  Lord does not see.’ 10As for me, w  my eye will not spare, nor will I have pity; x  I will bring their deeds upon their heads.”

11And behold, y  the man clothed in linen, with the writing case at his waist, brought back word, saying, “I have done as you commanded me.”

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