The Vision of Slaughter1 Then He cried out in my hearing with a loud a voice saying, “Draw near ▼
▼ Lit you who punishO executioners of the city, each with his destroying weapon in his hand.” 2 Behold, six men came from the direction of the upper gate which faces north, each with his shattering weapon in his hand; and among them was c a certain man clothed in linen with a ▼
▼ Or scribal inkhornwriting case at his loins. And they went in and stood beside the bronze altar. 3 Then the e glory of the God of Israel went up from the cherub on which it had been, to the threshold of the ▼ temple. And He called to the man clothed in linen at whose loins was the writing case. 4 The Lord said to him, “Go through the midst of the city, even through the midst of Jerusalem, and put a g mark on the foreheads of the men who h sigh and groan over all the abominations which are being committed in its midst.” 5 But to the others He said in my hearing, “Go through the city after him and strike; do not let your eye have pity and do not spare. 6 ▼
▼ Lit To destruction“Utterly j slay old men, young men, maidens, little children, and women, but do not k touch any man on whom is the mark; and you shall l start from My sanctuary.” So they started with the ▼
▼ Or old menelders who were before the ▼ temple. 7 And He said to them, o “Defile the ▼ temple and fill the courts with the slain. Go out!” Thus they went out and struck down the people in the city. 8 As they were striking the people and I alone was left, I q fell on my face and cried out ▼
▼ Lit and saidsaying s “Alas, Lord ▼
▼ Heb YHWH, usually rendered LordGod! Are You destroying the whole remnant of Israel ▼
▼ Lit by Your pouringby pouring out Your wrath on Jerusalem?” 9 Then He said to me, “The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah is very, very great, and the land is v filled with blood and the city is w full of perversion; for x they say, ‘The Lord has forsaken the land, and the Lord does not see!’ 10 “But as for Me, y My eye will have no pity nor will I spare, but z I will bring their conduct upon their heads.” 11 Then behold, the man clothed in linen at whose loins was the ▼
▼ Or inkhornwriting case ▼
▼ Lit brought back wordreported, saying, “I have done just as You have commanded me.”
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