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Ezekiel

Jerusalem punished.  Eze.9.1-11

1A loud voice rang in my ears: 'Here they come, those appointed In punish the city, each carrying his weapon of destruction.' 2Then I saw six men approaching from the road that leads to the upper northern gate. each carrying a battle-axe, one man among them dressed in linen, with pen and ink at his waist; and they halted by the altar of bronze. 3Then the glory of the God of Israel rose from above the cherubim. He came to the terrace of the temple and called to the man dressed in linen with pen and ink in his waist. 4'Go through the city, through Jerusalem,' said the LORD, 'and put a mark on the foreheads of those who groan and lament over the abominations practised there.' 5Then I heard him say to the others, 'Follow him through the city and kill without pity; spare no one. 6Kill and destroy them all, old men and young, girls, little children and women, but touch no one who bears the mark. Begin at my sanctuary.' So they began with the elders in front of the temple. 7'Defile the temple,' he said, 'and fill the courts with dead bodies; then go out into the city and kill.'

8While they did their work, I was left alone; and I threw myself upon my face, crying out, 'O Lord GOD, must thou destroy all the Israelites who are left, pouring out thy anger on Jerusalem?' 9He answered, 'The iniquity of Israel and Judah is great indeed; the land is full of murder, the city is filled with injustice. They think the LORD has forsaken this country; they think he sees nothing. 10But I will neither pity nor spare them; I will make them answer for all they have done.' 11Then the man dressed in linen with pen and ink at his waist came and made his report: 'I have done what thou hast commanded.'


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