11Then the Spirit lifted me and brought me to the east gateway of the Lord’s Temple, where I saw twenty-five prominent men of the city. Among them were Jaazaniah son of Azzur and Pelatiah son of Benaiah, who were leaders among the people.H7307H5375H935H6931H8179H3068H1004H6437H6921H6607H8179H2568H6242H376H8432H7200H2970H1121H5809H6410H1121H1141H8269H5971 2The Spirit said to me, “Son of man, these are the men who are planning evil and giving wicked counsel in this city.H559H1121H120H582H2803H205H3289H7451H6098H5892 3They say to the people, ‘Is it not a good time to build houses? This city is like an iron pot. We are safe inside it like meat in a pot.’H559H7138H1129H1004H5518H1320 4Therefore, son of man, prophesy against them loudly and clearly.”H5012H5012H1121H120 5Then the Spirit of the Lord came upon me, and he told me to say, “This is what the Lord says to the people of Israel: I know what you are saying, for I know every thought that comes into your minds.H7307H3068H5307H559H559H559H3068H559H1004H3478H3045H4609H7307 6You have murdered many in this city and filled its streets with the dead.H7235H2491H5892H4390H2351H2491 7“Therefore, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: This city is an iron pot all right, but the pieces of meat are the victims of your injustice. As for you, I will soon drag you from this pot.H559H136H3069H2491H7760H8432H1320H5518H3318H8432 8I will bring on you the sword of war you so greatly fear, says the Sovereign Lord.H3372H2719H935H2719H5002H136H3069 9I will drive you out of Jerusalem and hand you over to foreigners, who will carry out my judgments against you.H3318H8432H5414H3027H2114H6213H8201 10You will be slaughtered all the way to the borders of Israel. I will execute judgment on you, and you will know that I am the Lord.H5307H2719H8199H1366H3478H3045H3068 11No, this city will not be an iron pot for you, and you will not be like meat safe inside it. I will judge you even to the borders of Israel,H5518H1320H8432H8199H1366H3478 12and you will know that I am the Lord. For you have refused to obey my decrees and regulations; instead, you have copied the standards of the nations around you.”H3045H3068H1980H2706H6213H4941H6213H4941H1471H5439 13While I was still prophesying, Pelatiah son of Benaiah suddenly died. Then I fell face down on the ground and cried out, “O Sovereign Lord, are you going to kill everyone in Israel?”H5012H6410H1121H1141H4191H5307H6440H2199H1419H6963H559H162H136H3069H6213H3617H7611H3478 14Then this message came to me from the Lord:H1697H3068H559 15“Son of man, the people still left in Jerusalem are talking about you and your relatives and all the people of Israel who are in exile. They are saying, ‘Those people are far away from the Lord, so now he has given their land to us!’H1121H120H251H251H582H1353H1004H3478H3427H3389H559H7368H3068H776H5414H4181 16“Therefore, tell the exiles, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Although I have scattered you in the countries of the world, I will be a sanctuary to you during your time in exile.H559H559H136H3069H7368H1471H6327H776H4592H4720H776H935 17I, the Sovereign Lord, will gather you back from the nations where you have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel once again.’H559H559H136H3069H6908H5971H622H776H6327H5414H127H3478 18“When the people return to their homeland, they will remove every trace of their vile images and detestable idols.H935H5493H8251H8441 19And I will give them singleness of heart and put a new spirit within them. I will take away their stony, stubborn heart and give them a tender, responsive heart,H5414H259H3820H5414H2319H7307H7130H5493H68H3820H1320H5414H3820H1320 20so they will obey my decrees and regulations. Then they will truly be my people, and I will be their God.H3212H2708H8104H4941H6213H5971H430 21But as for those who long for vile images and detestable idols, I will repay them fully for their sins. I, the Sovereign Lord, have spoken!”H3820H1980H3820H8251H8441H5414H1870H7218H5002H136H3069 22Then the cherubim lifted their wings and rose into the air with their wheels beside them, and the glory of the God of Israel hovered above them.H3742H5375H3671H212H5980H3519H430H3478H4605 23Then the glory of the Lord went up from the city and stopped above the mountain to the east.H3519H3068H5927H8432H5892H5975H2022H6924H5892 24Afterward the Spirit of God carried me back again to Babylonia, to the people in exile there. And so ended the vision of my visit to Jerusalem.H7307H5375H935H4758H7307H430H3778H1473H4758H7200H5927 25And I told the exiles everything the Lord had shown me.H1696H1473H1697H3068H7200
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