1Then the Spirit lifted me up and brought me to the gate of the house of the Lord that faces east. There at the entrance of the gate were twenty-five men, and I saw among them Jaazaniah son of Azzur and Pelatiah son of Benaiah, leaders of the people.2The Lord said to me, “Son of man, these are the men who are plotting evil and giving wicked advice in this city.3They say, ‘Haven’t our houses been recently rebuilt? This city is a pot, and we are the meat in it.’4Therefore prophesy against them; prophesy, son of man.”5Then the Spirit of the Lord came on me, and he told me to say: “This is what the Lord says: That is what you are saying, you leaders in Israel, but I know what is going through your mind.6You have killed many people in this city and filled its streets with the dead.7“Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: The bodies you have thrown there are the meat and this city is the pot, but I will drive you out of it.8You fear the sword, and the sword is what I will bring against you, declares the Sovereign Lord.9I will drive you out of the city and deliver you into the hands of foreigners and inflict punishment on you.10You will fall by the sword, and I will execute judgment on you at the borders of Israel. Then you will know that I am the Lord.11This city will not be a pot for you, nor will you be the meat in it; I will execute judgment on you at the borders of Israel.12And you will know that I am the Lord, for you have not followed my decrees or kept my laws but have conformed to the standards of the nations around you.”13Now as I was prophesying, Pelatiah son of Benaiah died. Then I fell facedown and cried out in a loud voice, “Alas, Sovereign Lord! Will you completely destroy the remnant of Israel?”
The Promise of Israel’s Return
14The word of the Lord came to me:15“Son of man, the people of Jerusalem have said of your fellow exiles and all the other Israelites, ‘They are far away from the Lord; this land was given to us as our possession.’16“Therefore say: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Although I sent them far away among the nations and scattered them among the countries, yet for a little while I have been a sanctuary for them in the countries where they have gone.’17“Therefore say: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will gather you from the nations and bring you back from the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you back the land of Israel again.’18“They will return to it and remove all its vile images and detestable idols.19I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh.20Then they will follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. They will be my people, and I will be their God.21But as for those whose hearts are devoted to their vile images and detestable idols, I will bring down on their own heads what they have done, declares the Sovereign Lord.”22Then the cherubim, with the wheels beside them, spread their wings, and the glory of the God of Israel was above them.23The glory of the Lord went up from within the city and stopped above the mountain east of it.24The Spirit lifted me up and brought me to the exiles in Babylonia in the vision given by the Spirit of God. Then the vision I had seen went up from me,25and I told the exiles everything the Lord had shown me.
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Judgment on Wicked Counselors
1The Spirit lifted me up and brought me to the east gate of the house of the Lord, which faces east. And behold, at the entrance of the gateway there were twenty-five men. And I saw among them Jaazaniah the son of Azzur, and Pelatiah the son of Benaiah, princes of the people. (Jer 28:1; Eze 3:12; Eze 8:16; Eze 10:19; Eze 11:13; Eze 11:24)2And he said to me, “Son of man, these are the men who devise iniquity and who give wicked counsel in this city; (Eze 2:1)3who say, ‘The time is not near to build houses. This city is the cauldron, and we are the meat.’ (Jer 29:28; Eze 12:22; Eze 12:27; Eze 24:3; Eze 24:6)4Therefore prophesy against them; prophesy, O son of man.”5And the Spirit of the Lord fell upon me, and he said to me, “Say, Thus says the Lord: So you think, O house of Israel. For I know the things that come into your mind. (Isa 29:15; Eze 2:2; Eze 20:32; Eze 38:10)6You have multiplied your slain in this city and have filled its streets with the slain. (Eze 7:23)7Therefore thus says the Lord God: Your slain whom you have laid in the midst of it, they are the meat, and this city is the cauldron, but you shall be brought out of the midst of it. (Eze 11:3; Eze 24:7)8You have feared the sword, and I will bring the sword upon you, declares the Lord God. (Jer 42:16)9And I will bring you out of the midst of it, and give you into the hands of foreigners, and execute judgments upon you. (Eze 5:8; Eze 7:21)10You shall fall by the sword. I will judge you at the border of Israel, and you shall know that I am the Lord. (2Ki 25:18; Jer 39:6; Eze 6:7)11This city shall not be your cauldron, nor shall you be the meat in the midst of it. I will judge you at the border of Israel, (Eze 11:3; Eze 11:7)12and you shall know that I am the Lord. For you have not walked in my statutes, nor obeyed my rules, but have acted according to the rules of the nations that are around you.” (Eze 8:10; Eze 8:14; Eze 8:16)13And it came to pass, while I was prophesying, that Pelatiah the son of Benaiah died. Then I fell down on my face and cried out with a loud voice and said, “Ah, Lord God! Will you make a full end of the remnant of Israel?” (Eze 9:8; Eze 11:1; Eze 20:17; Ac 5:5)
Israel’s New Heart and Spirit
14And the word of the Lord came to me:15“Son of man, your brothers, even your brothers, your kinsmen, the whole house of Israel, all of them, are those of whom the inhabitants of Jerusalem have said, ‘Go far from the Lord; to us this land is given for a possession.’ (1Sa 26:19; Eze 2:1)16Therefore say, ‘Thus says the Lord God: Though I removed them far off among the nations, and though I scattered them among the countries, yet I have been a sanctuary to them for a while in the countries where they have gone.’ (Isa 8:14; Eze 37:26; Eze 37:28; Re 21:22)17Therefore say, ‘Thus says the Lord God: I will gather you from the peoples and assemble you out of the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel.’ (Isa 11:12; Eze 20:41; Eze 28:25; Eze 34:13; Eze 36:24; Eze 37:21; Eze 38:8; Eze 39:27)18And when they come there, they will remove from it all its detestable things and all its abominations. (Eze 5:11; Eze 37:23)19And I will give them one heart, and a new spirit I will put within them. I will remove the heart of stone from their flesh and give them a heart of flesh, (Ps 51:10; Jer 31:33; Jer 32:39; Eze 18:31; Eze 36:26; Zec 7:12; Ac 4:32; 2Co 3:3)20that they may walk in my statutes and keep my rules and obey them. And they shall be my people, and I will be their God. (Le 26:12; Ps 105:45; Jer 30:22; Jer 31:33; Eze 14:11; Eze 36:28)21But as for those whose heart goes after their detestable things and their abominations, I will bring their deeds upon their own heads, declares the Lord God.” (Eze 7:4; Eze 9:4)22Then the cherubim lifted up their wings, with the wheels beside them, and the glory of the God of Israel was over them. (Eze 10:19)23And the glory of the Lord went up from the midst of the city and stood on the mountain that is on the east side of the city. (Eze 43:2; Zec 14:4)24And the Spirit lifted me up and brought me in the vision by the Spirit of God into Chaldea, to the exiles. Then the vision that I had seen went up from me. (Eze 1:1; Eze 1:3; Eze 3:12; Eze 11:1)25And I told the exiles all the things that the Lord had shown me.