Ezekiel 9



1 And He called in my ears with a great voice, saying, Cause the overseers of the city to come·​·near, and each·​·man with his destroying weapon in his hand.

2 And, behold, six men came from the way of the uppermost gate, which faces toward the north, and each·​·man had a weapon for shattering in his hand; and one man in their midst was clothed with linen, with an inkstand of the scribe by his loins; and they came·​·in, and stood beside the bronze altar.

3 And the glory of the God of Israel had·​·gone·​·up from upon the cherub, where He was, to the threshold of the house. And He called to the man clothed with linen, which had the scribe’s inkstand by his loins;

4 and Jehovah said unto him, Pass·​·through the midst of the city, in the midst of Jerusalem, and mark a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that groan for all the abominations that be done in the midst.

5 And to these He said in my ears, Pass·​·through the city after him, and smite; let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity:

6 kill to destruction the elder, the young·​·man, and the virgin, and the infant, and women; but approach not every man on whom is the mark; and begin from My sanctuary. And they began with the old men which were before the house.

7 And He said unto them, Defile the house, and fill the courts with the slain; go· ye ·out. And they went·​·forth, and smote in the city.

8 And it was, that they were smiting them, and I was·​·left, and I fell upon my face, and cried, and said, Alas Lord Jehovih*! art Thou destroying all that·​·is·​·left of Israel in Thy spilling·​·out of Thy fury upon Jerusalem?

9 And He said to me, The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah is very very great, and the land is·​·full of bloods*, and the city is·​·full of distortion*; for they say, Jehovah has forsaken the earth, and Jehovah sees not.

10 And as for Me also, My eye shall not spare, neither will I have·​·pity, but I will give their way upon their head.

11 And, behold, the man clothed with linen, which had the inkstand by his loins, returned the word, saying, I have done as Thou hast commanded me.

Thanks to the Kempton Project for the permission to use this New Church translation of the Word.