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Ezekiel 9

See commentary, Derailed in Jerusalem, Ezekiel 9-12     |     See Bible Dictionary

A vision, whereby is shewn the preservation of some;

9:1 Then he cried in my ears with a loud voice, saying,

Cause those who are in charge of the city to draw near, every man with his destroying weapon in his hand.

9:2 Behold, six men came from the way of the upper gate, which lies toward the north, every man with his slaughter weapon in his hand; and one man in the midst of them clothed in linen, with a writerís inkhorn by his side. They went in, and stood beside the bronze altar.

9:3 The glory of the God of Israel was gone up from the cherub, whereupon it was, to the threshold of the house: and he called to the man clothed in linen, who had the writerís inkhorn by his side.

9:4 Yahweh said to him,

Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark on the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry over all the abominations that are done in its midst.

and the destruction of the rest.

9:5 To the others he said in my hearing,

Go through the city after him, and strike: donít let your eye spare, neither have pity;

9:6 kill utterly the old man, the young man and the virgin, and little children and women;
but donít come near any man on whom is the mark:
and begin at my sanctuary.
Then they began at the old men that were before the house.

9:7 He said to them,
Defile the house, and fill the courts with the slain. Go forth! They went forth, and struck in the city.

God cannot be intreated for them.

9:8 It happened, while they were smiting, and I was left, that I fell on my face, and cried, and said,

Ah Lord Yahweh! will you destroy all the residue of Israel in your pouring out of your wrath on Jerusalem?

9:9 Then said he to me,
The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah is exceedingly great, and the land is full of blood, and the city full of perversion: for they say,
Yahweh has forsaken the land, and Yahweh doesnít see.

9:10 As for me also, my eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity, but I will bring their way on their head.

9:11 Behold, the man clothed in linen, who had the inkhorn by his side, reported the matter, saying,
I have done as you have commanded me.

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