And the word of the LORD came to me:
"Son of man, this is what the Lord God says to the land of Israel: An end! The end has come on the four corners of the land.
The end is now on you; I will send My anger against you and judge you according to your ways. I will punish you for all your abominations.
I will not look on you with pity or spare [you], but I will punish you for your ways and for your abominations within you. Then you will know that I am the LORD."
This is what the Lord God says: Look, one disaster after another is coming!
An end has come; the end has come! It has awakened against you. Look, it is coming!
Doom has come on you, inhabitants of the land. The time has come; the day is near. There will be panic on the mountains and not celebration.
I will pour out My wrath on you very soon; I will exhaust My anger against you and judge you according to your ways. I will punish you for all your abominations.
I will not look on [you] with pity or spare [you]. I will punish you for your ways and for your abominations within you. Then you will know that it is I, the LORD, who strikes.
Look, the day is coming! Doom has gone out. The rod has blossomed; arrogance has bloomed.
Violence has grown into a rod of wickedness; none of them [will remain]: none of their multitude, none of their wealth, and none of the eminent among them.
The time has come; the day has arrived. Let the buyer not rejoice and the seller not mourn, for wrath is on all her multitude.
The seller will certainly not return to what was sold as long as he and the buyer remain alive. For the vision concerning all its people will not be revoked, and none of them will preserve his life because of his iniquity.
They have blown the trumpet and prepared everything, but no one goes to war, for My wrath is on all her multitude.
The sword is on the outside; plague and famine are on the inside. Whoever is in the field will die by the sword, and famine and plague will devour whoever is in the city.
The survivors among them will escape and live on the mountains like doves of the valley, all of them moaning, each over his own iniquity.
All their hands will become weak, and all [their] knees will turn to water.
They will put on sackcloth, and horror will overwhelm them. Shame will cover all [their] faces, and all their heads will be bald.
They will throw their silver into the streets, and their gold will seem like something filthy. Their silver and gold will be unable to save them in the day of the LORD's wrath. They will not satisfy their appetites or fill their stomachs, for these were the stumbling blocks that brought about their iniquity.
He appointed His beautiful ornaments for majesty, but they made their abhorrent images from them, their detestable things. Therefore, I have made these into something filthy for them.
I will hand these things over to foreigners as plunder and to the wicked of the earth as spoil, and they will profane them.
I will turn My face from the wicked as they profane My treasured place. Violent men will enter it and profane it.
Forge the chain, for the land is filled with crimes of bloodshed, and the city is filled with violence.
So I will bring the most evil of nations to take possession of their houses. I will put an end to the pride of the strong, and their sacred places will be profaned.
Anguish is coming! They will seek peace, but there will be none.
Disaster after disaster will come, and there will be rumor after rumor. Then they will seek a vision from a prophet, but instruction will perish from the priests and counsel from the elders.
The king will mourn; the prince will be clothed in grief; and the hands of the people of the land will tremble. I will deal with them according to their own conduct, and I will judge them by their own standards. Then they will know that I am the LORD.
In the sixth year, in the sixth [month], on the fifth [day] of the month, I was sitting in my house and the elders of Judah were sitting in front of me, and there the hand of the Lord God came down on me.
I looked, and there was a form that had the appearance of a man. From what seemed to be His waist down was fire, and from His waist up was something that looked bright, like the gleam of amber.
He stretched out what appeared to be a hand and took me by the hair of my head. Then the Spirit lifted me up between earth and heaven and carried me in visions of God to Jerusalem, to the entrance of the inner gate that faces north, where the offensive statue that provokes jealousy was located.
I saw the glory of the God of Israel there, like the vision I had seen in the plain.
The LORD said to me, "Son of man, look toward the north." I looked to the north, and there was this offensive statue north of the altar gate, at the entrance.
He said to me, "Son of man, do you see what they are doing, the great abominations that the house of Israel is committing here, so that I must depart from My sanctuary? You will see even greater abominations."
Then He brought me to the entrance of the court, and when I looked there was a hole in the wall.
He said to me, "Son of man, dig through the wall." So I dug through the wall, and there was a doorway.
He said to me, "Go in and see the terrible abominations they are committing here."
I went in and looked, and there engraved all around the wall was every form of detestable thing, crawling creatures and beasts, as well as all the idols of the house of Israel.
Seventy elders from the house of Israel were standing before them, with Jaazaniah son of Shaphan standing among them. Each had an incense burner in his hand, and a fragrant cloud of incense was rising up.
Then He said to me, "Son of man, do you see what the elders of the house of Israel are doing in the darkness, each at the shrine of his idol? For they are saying: The LORD does not see us. The LORD has abandoned the land."
Again He said to me, "You will see even greater abominations, which they are committing."
So He brought me to the entrance of the north gate of the LORD's house, and I saw women sitting there weeping for Tammuz.
And He said to me, "Do you see [this], son of man? You will see even greater abominations than these."
So He brought me to the inner court of the LORD's house, and there were about 25 men at the entrance of the LORD's temple, between the portico and the altar, with their backs to the LORD's temple and their faces [turned] to the east. They were bowing to the east in worship of the sun.
And He said to me, "Do you see [this], son of man? Is it not enough for the house of Judah to commit the abominations they are practicing here, that they must also fill the land with violence and repeatedly provoke Me to anger, even putting the branch to their nose?
Therefore I will respond with wrath. I will not show pity or spare [them]. Though they cry out in My ears with a loud voice, I will not listen to them."
Then He called to me directly with a loud voice, "Come near, executioners of the city, each [of you] with a destructive weapon in his hand."
And I saw six men coming from the direction of the Upper Gate, which faces north, each with a war club in his hand. There was another man among them, clothed in linen, with writing equipment at his side. They came and stood beside the bronze altar.
Then the glory of the God of Israel rose from above the cherubim where it had been, to the threshold of the temple. He called to the man clothed in linen with the writing equipment at his side.
"Pass throughout the city of Jerusalem," the LORD said to him, "and put a mark on the foreheads of the men who sigh and groan over all the abominations committed in it."
To the others He said in my hearing, "Pass through the city after him and start killing; do not show pity or spare [them]!
Slaughter the old men, the young men and women, as well as the [older] women and little children, but do not come near anyone who has the mark. Now begin at My sanctuary." So they began with the elders who were in front of the temple.
Then He said to them, "Defile the temple and fill the courts with the slain. Go!" So they went out killing [people] in the city.
While they were killing, I was left alone. And I fell facedown and cried out, "Ah, Lord God! Are You going to destroy the entire remnant of Israel when You pour out Your wrath on Jerusalem?"
He answered me: "The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah is extremely great; the land is full of bloodshed, and the city full of perversity. For they say: The LORD has abandoned the land; He does not see.
But as for Me, I will not show pity or spare [them]. I will bring their actions down on their own heads."
Then the man clothed in linen with the writing equipment at his side reported back, "I have done as You commanded me."