Ezekiel 22:1–19

The Sins of Israel

1 Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying,

2 “And you, son of man, will you judge, will you judge the bloody city? Then cause her to know all her abominations.

3 “You shall say, ‘Thus says the Lord 1God, “A city ashedding blood in her midst, so that her time will come, and that makes idols, contrary to her interest, for defilement!

4 “You have become aguilty by 1the blood which you have shed, and defiled by your idols which you have made. Thus you have brought your 2day near and have come to your years; therefore I have made you a breproach to the nations and a mocking to all the lands.

5 “Those who are near and those who are far from you will mock you, you of ill repute, full of aturmoil.

6 “Behold, the arulers of Israel, each according to his 1power, have been in you for the purpose of shedding blood.

7 “They have atreated father and mother lightly within you. The balien they have oppressed in your midst; the cfatherless and the widow they have wronged in you.

8 “You have adespised My holy things and bprofaned My sabbaths.

9 “Slanderous men have been in you for the purpose of shedding blood, and in you they have eaten at the mountain shrines. In your midst they have acommitted acts of lewdness.

10 “In you 1they have auncovered their fathers’ nakedness; in you they have humbled her who was bunclean in her menstrual impurity.

11 “One has committed abomination with his aneighbor’s wife and another has lewdly defiled his bdaughter-in-law. And another in you has chumbled his sister, his father’s daughter.

12 “In you they have ataken bribes to shed blood; you have taken binterest and profits, and you have injured your neighbors for gain by coppression, and you have dforgotten Me,” declares the Lord God.

13 “Behold, then, I smite My hand at your adishonest gain which you have acquired and at 1the bloodshed which is among you.

14 “Can ayour heart endure, or can your hands be strong in the days that I will deal with you? bI, the Lord, have spoken and will act.

15 “I will ascatter you among the nations and I will disperse you through the lands, and I will bconsume your uncleanness from you.

16 “You will profane yourself in the sight of the nations, and you will aknow that I am the Lord.” ’ ”

17 And the word of the Lord came to me, saying,

18 “Son of man, the house of Israel has become adross to Me; all of them are bbronze and tin and iron and lead in the cfurnace; they are the dross of silver.

19 “Therefore, thus says the Lord God, ‘Because all of you have become dross, therefore, behold, I am going to gather you into the midst of Jerusalem.

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