Ezequiel 11

1 And the Spirit lifted me up and brought me through the east gate of the LORD'S house, which looks eastward; and behold at the entrance of the gate twenty-five men; among whom I saw Jaazaniah the son of Azur and Pelatiah the son of Benaiah, princes of the people.

2 Then said he unto me, Son of man, these [are] the men that devise mischief and give wicked counsel in this city:

3 who say, [It is] not near; let us build houses; these [shall be] the caldron, and we the flesh.

4 Therefore prophesy against them, prophesy, O son of man.

5 And the Spirit of the LORD fell upon me and said unto me, Say: Thus hath the LORD said, Thus have ye said, O house of Israel: for I have understood the things that come up into your spirit.

6 Ye have multiplied your slain in this city, and ye have filled the streets thereof with the slain.

7 Therefore thus hath the Lord GOD said; Your slain whom ye have laid in the midst of it, they [are] the flesh, and it [is] the caldron; but I will bring you forth out of the midst of it.

8 Ye have feared the sword, and I will bring a sword upon you, said the Lord GOD.

9 And I will bring you out of the midst thereof and deliver you into the hands of strangers and will execute judgments in you.

10 Ye shall fall by the sword; I will judge you in the border of Israel; and ye shall know that I [am] the LORD.

11 This [city] shall not be your caldron, neither shall ye be the flesh in the midst thereof; [but] I must judge you in the border of Israel:

12 And ye shall know that I [am] the LORD; for ye have not walked in my statutes, neither have ye acted [according to] my judgments, but according to the judgments of the Gentiles that [are] round about you.

13 And it came to pass, as I was prophesying that Pelatiah the son of Benaiah died. Then I fell down upon my face and cried with a loud voice and said, Ah Lord GOD! wilt thou make a full end of the remnant of Israel?

14 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

15 Son of man, thy brethren, [even] thy brethren, the men of thy kindred, and all the house of Israel together, [are] they unto whom the inhabitants of Jerusalem have said, Get you far from the LORD; unto us is this land given in possession.

16 Therefore say, Thus hath the Lord GOD said: Although I have cast them far off among the Gentiles and although I have scattered them among the countries, yet I will be to them as a little sanctuary in the countries where they shall come.

17 Therefore say, Thus hath the Lord GOD said: I will even gather you from the peoples, and assemble you out of the countries where ye have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel.

18 And they shall come there, and they shall remove all her contaminations and all her abominations from her.

19 And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh and will give them a heart of flesh:

20 that they may walk in my statutes, and keep my judgments, and fulfil them: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God.

21 But [as for those] whose heart walks after the desire of their contaminations and of their abominations, I will recompense their way upon their own heads, said the Lord GOD.

22 Then the cherubim lifted up their wings and the wheels after them; and the glory of the God of Israel [was] over them above.

23 And the glory of the LORD went up from the midst of the city and stood upon the mountain which [is] on the east side of the city.

24 Afterwards the Spirit took me up and brought me in a vision by the Spirit of God into the land of the Chaldeans to the captives. So the vision that I had seen went up from me.

25 Then I spoke unto the captives all the words of the LORD that he had showed me.: