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Ezekiel 22:1–16

Highlighting the Sins and the Judgments of Israel

22 And the word of Yahweh came to me, saying,a “And you, son of man,b will you judge? Will you judge the bloody city?c Then you must make known to her all of her detestable things! And you must say, ‘Thus says the Lord Yahweh: “A city pouring out blood in the midst of her; its time has come,d and it made idols for itself, becoming unclean. By your blood that you poured out you have become guilty, and by your idols that you made you have become unclean, and you have brought your days near, and your appointed years have come.e Therefore I have made you a disgrace for the nations and a laughingstock to all of the countries. The people near and the people far from you will make fun of you, the unclean and the terrified.f Look! The princes of Israel, each one according to his strength,g they are in you for the shedding of blood.h They have treated father and mother with contempt in you; they violatedi the alien withj extortion; in the midst of you they mistreated the orphan and widow. You despised my holy objects; my Sabbaths you profaned. Slanderous men are among youk to shed blood, and they, among you,l eat upon the mountains; they do wickedness in the midst of you. 10 They uncover the nakedness of a father amongm you; they violate a woman unclean of menstruation amongn you. 11 And a man does a detestable thing with the wife of his neighbor, and a man defiles his daughter-in-law in wickedness, and a man sexually violates amongo you his sister, the daughter of his father. 12 They take a bribe amongp you in order to shed blood; and you take usury, and you make gain from your neighbors by extortion, and so you have forgotten me, declaresq the Lord Yahweh. 13 And look! I strike my hand for your ill-gotten gain that you have made and at your blood that was in the midst of you. 14 Can your heart endure,r or can your hands be strong at the days in which I am dealing with you? I, Yahweh, I have spoken, and I will act! 15 I will scatter you among the nations, and I will disperse you through the countries, and I will purge your uncleanness from you. 16 And I will be profaned by you before the eyes of the nations, and you will know that I am Yahweh.” ’ ”

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