9 Then He called out in my hearing with a loud voice, saying, “Let those who have charge over the city draw near, each with a 1deadly weapon in his hand.” 2 And suddenly six men came from the direction of the upper gate, which faces north, each with his 2battle-ax in his hand. aOne man among them was clothed with linen and had a writer’s inkhorn 3at his side. They went in and stood beside the bronze altar.
3 Now bthe glory of the God of Israel had gone up from the cherub, where it had been, to the threshold of the 4temple. And He called to the man clothed with linen, who had the writer’s inkhorn at his side; 4 and the Lord said to him, “Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and put ca mark on the foreheads of the men dwho sigh and cry over all the abominations that are done within it.”
5 To the others He said in my 5hearing, “Go after him through the city and ekill; 6 fdo not let your eye spare, nor have any pity. 6 gUtterly 7slay old and young men, maidens and little children and women; but hdo not come near anyone on whom is the mark; and ibegin at My sanctuary.” jSo they began with the elders who were before the 8temple.
Lit. shattering weapon
Lit. upon his loins
Lit. Slay to destruction