Ezekiel 11

Evil Rulers to Be Judged

1Moreover, the a  Spirit lifted me up and brought me to the east gate of the  Lord’s house which faced eastward. And behold, there were twenty-five men at the entrance of the gate, and among them I saw Jaazaniah son of Azzur and b  Pelatiah son of Benaiah, leaders of the people. 2He said to me, “Son of man, these are the men who devise iniquity and c  give evil advice in this city, 3who say, ‘The time is not near to build houses.
Or This is
This e  city is the pot and we are the flesh.’
4Therefore, f  prophesy against them, son of man, prophesy!”

5Then the Spirit of the  Lord fell upon me, and He said to me, “Say, ‘Thus says the  Lord, “So you think, house of Israel, for g  I know
Lit what comes up in your spirit
your i  thoughts.
6“You have j  multiplied your slain in this city, filling its streets with
Lit the slain
7Therefore, thus says the Lord
Heb YHWH, usually rendered  Lord , and so throughout the ch
 God, “Your m  slain whom you have laid in the midst of
Lit it
the city are the flesh and this city is the pot; but
So with Gr; Heb he will bring you out
I will p  bring you out of it.
8“You have q  feared a sword; so I will r  bring a sword upon you,” the Lord  God declares. 9And I will bring you out of the midst of
Lit it
the city and deliver you into the hands of t  strangers and u  execute judgments against you.
10“You will v  fall by the sword. I will judge you to the w  border of Israel; so you shall know that I am the  Lord. 11This city will x  not be a pot for you, nor will you be flesh in the midst of it, but I will judge you to the border of Israel. 12Thus you will know that I am the  Lord; for you have not walked in My statutes nor have you y  executed My ordinances, but have acted according to the ordinances of the z  nations around you.”’”

13Now it came about as I prophesied, that aa  Pelatiah son of Benaiah died. Then I fell on my face and cried out with a loud voice and said ab  Alas, Lord  God! Will You bring the remnant of Israel to a complete end?”

Promise of Restoration

14Then the word of the  Lord came to me, saying, 15Son of man, your brothers, your
Lit brothers
So with Gr and some ancient versions; Heb the men of your redemption
your fellow exiles and the whole house of Israel, all of them, are those to whom the inhabitants of Jerusalem have said, ‘Go far from the  Lord; this land has been given ae  us as a possession.’
16Therefore say, ‘Thus says the Lord  God, “Though I had removed them far away among the nations and though I had scattered them among the countries, yet I was a af  sanctuary for them a little while in the countries where they had gone.”’ 17Therefore say, ‘Thus says the Lord  God, “I will ag  gather you from the peoples and assemble you out of the countries among which you have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel.”’ 18When they come there, they will ah  remove all its ai  detestable things and all its abominations from it. 19“And I will aj  give them one heart, and put a new spirit within
So with Gr and many mss; Heb you
them. And I will take the al  heart of stone out of their flesh and give them a am  heart of flesh,
20that they may an  walk in My statutes and keep My ordinances and do them. Then they will be ao  My people, and I shall be their God. 21
Lit And to the heart of their detestable things and their abomination their heart goes
But as for those whose hearts go after their aq  detestable things and abominations, I will ar  bring their conduct down on their heads,” declares the Lord  God.

22Then the cherubim as  lifted up their wings with the wheels beside them, and at  the glory of the God of Israel
Lit over them from above
hovered over them.
23The av  glory of the  Lord went up from the midst of the city and aw  stood over the mountain which is east of the city. 24And the ax  Spirit lifted me up and brought me in a vision by the Spirit of God to the exiles
I.e. Babylonia
in Chaldea. So the vision that I had seen
Lit went up from
ba  left me.
25Then I bb  told the exiles all the things that the  Lord had shown me.
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