1Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,2Now, thou son of man, wilt thou judge, wilt thou judge the bloody city? yea, thou shalt shew her all her abominations.3Then say thou, Thus saith the Lord GOD, The city sheddeth blood in the midst of it, that her time may come, and maketh idols against herself to defile herself.4Thou art become guilty in thy blood that thou hast shed; and hast defiled thyself in thine idols which thou hast made; and thou hast caused thy days to draw near, and art come even unto thy years: therefore have I made thee a reproach unto the heathen, and a mocking to all countries.5Those that be near, and those that be far from thee, shall mock thee, which art infamous and much vexed.6Behold, the princes of Israel, every one were in thee to their power to shed blood.7In thee have they set light by father and mother: in the midst of thee have they dealt by oppression with the stranger: in thee have they vexed the fatherless and the widow.8Thou hast despised mine holy things, and hast profaned my sabbaths.9In thee are men that carry tales to shed blood: and in thee they eat upon the mountains: in the midst of thee they commit lewdness.10In thee have they discovered their fathers'nakedness: in thee have they humbled her that was set apart for pollution.11And one hath committed abomination with his neighbour's wife; and another hath lewdly defiled his daughter in law; and another in thee hath humbled his sister, his father' daughter.12In thee have they taken gifts to shed blood; thou hast taken usury and increase, and thou hast greedily gained of thy neighbours by extortion, and hast forgotten me, saith the Lord GOD.13Behold, therefore I have smitten mine hand at thy dishonest gain which thou hast made, and at thy blood which hath been in the midst of thee.14Can thine heart endure, or can thine hands be strong, in the days that I shall deal with thee? I the LORD have spoken it , and will do it .15And I will scatter thee among the heathen, and disperse thee in the countries, and will consume thy filthiness out of thee.16And thou shalt take thine inheritance in thyself in the sight of the heathen, and thou shalt know that I am the LORD.17And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,18Son of man, the house of Israel is to me become dross: all they are brass, and tin, and iron, and lead, in the midst of the furnace; they are even the dross of silver.19Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because ye are all become dross, behold, therefore I will gather you into the midst of Jerusalem.20As they gather silver, and brass, and iron, and lead, and tin, into the midst of the furnace, to blow the fire upon it, to melt it ; so will I gather you in mine anger and in my fury, and I will leave you there , and melt you.21Yea, I will gather you, and blow upon you in the fire of my wrath, and ye shall be melted in the midst thereof.22As silver is melted in the midst of the furnace, so shall ye be melted in the midst thereof; and ye shall know that I the LORD have poured out my fury upon you.23And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,24Son of man, say unto her, Thou art the land that is not cleansed, nor rained upon in the day of indignation.25There is a conspiracy of her prophets in the midst thereof, like a roaring lion ravening the prey; they have devoured souls; they have taken the treasure and precious things; they have made her many widows in the midst thereof.26Her priests have violated my law, and have profaned mine holy things: they have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they shewed difference between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from my sabbaths, and I am profaned among them.27Her princes in the midst thereof are like wolves ravening the prey, to shed blood, and to destroy souls, to get dishonest gain.28And her prophets have daubed them with untempered morter , seeing vanity, and divining lies unto them, saying, Thus saith the Lord GOD, when the LORD hath not spoken.29The people of the land have used oppression, and exercised robbery, and have vexed the poor and needy: yea, they have oppressed the stranger wrongfully.30And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.31Therefore have I poured out mine indignation upon them; I have consumed them with the fire of my wrath: their own way have I recompensed upon their heads, saith the Lord GOD.
English Standard Version
Israel’s Shedding of Blood
1And the word of the Lord came to me, saying,2“And you, son of man, will you judge, will you judge the bloody city? Then declare to her all her abominations. (2Ki 21:16; Eze 2:1; Eze 7:23; Eze 16:2; Eze 16:38; Eze 20:4; Eze 23:37; Eze 24:6)3You shall say, Thus says the Lord God: A city that sheds blood in her midst, so that her time may come, and that makes idols to defile herself! (Eze 21:25; Eze 21:29)4You have become guilty by the blood that you have shed, and defiled by the idols that you have made, and you have brought your days near, the appointed time of your years has come. Therefore I have made you a reproach to the nations, and a mockery to all the countries. (Eze 5:14; Eze 22:2; Eze 22:3)5Those who are near and those who are far from you will mock you; your name is defiled; you are full of tumult. (Isa 1:21; Isa 22:2)6“Behold, the princes of Israel in you, every one according to his power, have been bent on shedding blood. (Eze 22:27)7Father and mother are treated with contempt in you; the sojourner suffers extortion in your midst; the fatherless and the widow are wronged in you. (Ex 20:12; Ex 22:21; De 27:16; Eph 6:2)8You have despised my holy things and profaned my Sabbaths. (Eze 20:13; Eze 22:26)9There are men in you who slander to shed blood, and people in you who eat on the mountains; they commit lewdness in your midst. (Le 19:16; 1Sa 22:9; Eze 16:43; Eze 18:6)10In you men uncover their fathers’ nakedness; in you they violate women who are unclean in their menstrual impurity. (Le 18:7; Le 20:11)11One commits abomination with his neighbor’s wife; another lewdly defiles his daughter-in-law; another in you violates his sister, his father’s daughter. (Le 18:9; Le 18:15; Le 18:20; Le 20:12; Le 20:17; Jer 5:8; Eze 18:6; Am 2:7)12In you they take bribes to shed blood; you take interest and profit and make gain of your neighbors by extortion; but me you have forgotten, declares the Lord God. (De 27:25; Jer 2:32; Eze 18:8; Eze 23:35)13“Behold, I strike my hand at the dishonest gain that you have made, and at the blood that has been in your midst. (Eze 21:14; Eze 21:17; Eze 22:2; Eze 22:27)14Can your courage endure, or can your hands be strong, in the days that I shall deal with you? I the Lord have spoken, and I will do it. (Eze 17:24; Eze 21:7)15I will scatter you among the nations and disperse you through the countries, and I will consume your uncleanness out of you. (Eze 5:10; Eze 22:21; Eze 24:11)16And you shall be profaned by your own doing in the sight of the nations, and you shall know that I am the Lord.” (Eze 5:8; Eze 6:7; Eze 7:24; Eze 22:26)17And the word of the Lord came to me:18“Son of man, the house of Israel has become dross to me; all of them are bronze and tin and iron and lead in the furnace; they are dross of silver. (Ps 119:119; Isa 1:22; Isa 1:25; Jer 6:28; Eze 2:1)19Therefore thus says the Lord God: Because you have all become dross, therefore, behold, I will gather you into the midst of Jerusalem.20As one gathers silver and bronze and iron and lead and tin into a furnace, to blow the fire on it in order to melt it, so I will gather you in my anger and in my wrath, and I will put you in and melt you. (Jer 33:5; Eze 21:31; Mal 3:3)21I will gather you and blow on you with the fire of my wrath, and you shall be melted in the midst of it.22As silver is melted in a furnace, so you shall be melted in the midst of it, and you shall know that I am the Lord; I have poured out my wrath upon you.” (Eze 7:8)23And the word of the Lord came to me:24“Son of man, say to her, You are a land that is not cleansed or rained upon in the day of indignation. (1Ki 8:35; Eze 22:2; Eze 34:26)25The conspiracy of her prophets in her midst is like a roaring lion tearing the prey; they have devoured human lives; they have taken treasure and precious things; they have made many widows in her midst. (Jer 11:9; Eze 19:3; Eze 22:27)26Her priests have done violence to my law and have profaned my holy things. They have made no distinction between the holy and the common, neither have they taught the difference between the unclean and the clean, and they have disregarded my Sabbaths, so that I am profaned among them. (Le 10:10; Jer 17:22; Jer 17:24; Jer 17:27; Eze 22:8; Eze 36:20; Zep 3:4; Mal 2:8)27Her princes in her midst are like wolves tearing the prey, shedding blood, destroying lives to get dishonest gain. (Eze 22:6; Eze 22:13; Eze 22:25; Mic 3:1; Zep 3:3; Mt 7:15)28And her prophets have smeared whitewash for them, seeing false visions and divining lies for them, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord God,’ when the Lord has not spoken. (Eze 13:6; Eze 13:10)29The people of the land have practiced extortion and committed robbery. They have oppressed the poor and needy, and have extorted from the sojourner without justice. (Eze 22:7)30And I sought for a man among them who should build up the wall and stand in the breach before me for the land, that I should not destroy it, but I found none. (Isa 59:16; Jer 5:1; Eze 13:5)31Therefore I have poured out my indignation upon them. I have consumed them with the fire of my wrath. I have returned their way upon their heads, declares the Lord God.” (Eze 7:4; Eze 22:21)