1The Spirit lifted me up, and brought me to the east gate of the house of Yahweh, which faces east. And behold, at the door 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. 2And he said to me, "Son of man, these are the men who devise iniquity and who give wicked counsel in this city; 3who say, 'The time is not near to build houses; this city is the caldron, and we are the flesh.' 4Therefore prophesy against them, prophesy, O son of man."
5And the Spirit of Yahweh fell upon me, and he said to me, "Say, Thus says Yahweh: So you think, O house of Israel; for I know the things that come into your mind. 6You have multiplied your slain in this city, and have filled its streets with the slain. 7Therefore thus says the Lord Yahweh: Your slain whom you have laid in the midst of it, they are the flesh, and this city is the caldron; but you shall be brought forth out of the midst of it. 8You have feared the sword; and I will bring the sword upon you, says the Lord Yahweh. 9And I will bring you forth out of the midst of it, and give you into the hands of foreigners, and execute judgments upon you. 10You shall fall by the sword; I will judge you at the border of Israel; and you shall know that I am Yahweh. 11This city shall not be your caldron, nor shall you be the flesh in the midst of it; I will judge you at the border of Israel; 12and you shall know that I am Yahweh; for you have not walked in my statutes, nor executed my ordinances, but have acted according to the ordinances of the nations that are round about you."
13And it came to pass, while I was prophesying, that Pelatiah the son of Benaiah died. Then I fell down upon my face, and cried with a loud voice, and said, "Ah the Lord Yahweh! will you make a full end of the remnant of Israel?"
14And the word of Yahweh came to me: 15"Son of man, your brethren, even your brethren, your fellow exiles, the whole house of Israel, all of them, are those of whom the inhabitants of Jerusalem have said, 'They have gone far from Yahweh; to us this land is given for a possession.' 16Therefore say, 'Thus says the Lord Yahweh: 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.' 17Therefore say, 'Thus says the Lord Yahweh: 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.' 18And when they come there, they will remove from it all its detestable things and all its abominations. 19And I will give them one heart, and put a new spirit within them; I will take the stony heart out of their flesh and give them a heart of flesh, 20that they may walk in my statutes and keep my ordinances and obey them; and they shall be my people, and I will be their God. 21But as for those whose heart goes after their detestable things and their abominations, I will requite their deeds upon their own heads, says the Lord Yahweh."
22Then the cherubim lifted up their wings, with the wheels beside them; and the glory of the God of Israel was over them. 23And the glory of Yahweh went up from the midst of the city, and stood upon the mountain which is on the east side of the city. 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. 25And I told the exiles all the things that Yahweh had showed me.
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