Ezequiel 7

1 The word of the LORD came to me:

2 "Son of man, this is what the Sovereign LORD says to the land of Israel: "'The end! The end has come ¶ upon the four corners of the land!

3 The end is now upon you, and I will unleash my anger against you. ¶ I will judge you according to your conduct ¶ and repay you for all your detestable practices.

4 I will not look on you with pity; I will not spare you. ¶ I will surely repay you for your conduct ¶ and for the detestable practices among you. ¶ "'Then you will know that I am the LORD.'

5 "This is what the Sovereign LORD says: ¶ "'Disaster! Unheard-of [^1] disaster! ¶ See, it comes!

6 The end has come! The end has come! ¶ It has roused itself against you. ¶ See, it comes!

7 Doom has come upon you, upon you who dwell in the land. ¶ The time has come! The day is near! ¶ There is panic, not joy, on the mountains.

8 I am about to pour out my wrath on you and spend my anger against you. ¶ I will judge you according to your conduct ¶ and repay you for all your detestable practices.

9 I will not look on you with pity; I will not spare you. ¶ I will repay you for your conduct ¶ and for the detestable practices among you. ¶ "'Then you will know that it is I the LORD who strikes you.

10 "'See, the day! ¶ See, it comes! ¶ Doom has burst forth, ¶ the rod has budded, ¶ arrogance has blossomed!

11 Violence has arisen, [^2] a rod to punish the wicked. None of the people will be left, ¶ none of that crowd — ¶ none of their wealth, ¶ nothing of value.

12 The time has come! The day has arrived! ¶ Let not the buyer rejoice ¶ nor the seller grieve, ¶ for my wrath is on the whole crowd.

13 The seller will not recover the property that was sold — ¶ as long as both buyer and seller live. ¶ For the vision concerning the whole crowd ¶ will not be reversed. ¶ Because of their sins, not one of them ¶ will preserve their life.

14 "'They have blown the trumpet, ¶ they have made all things ready, ¶ but no one will go into battle, ¶ for my wrath is on the whole crowd.

15 Outside is the sword; inside are plague and famine. ¶ Those in the country ¶ will die by the sword; ¶ those in the city ¶ will be devoured by famine and plague.

16 The fugitives who escape will flee to the mountains. ¶ Like doves of the valleys, ¶ they will all moan, ¶ each for their own sins.

17 Every hand will go limp; every leg will be wet with urine.

18 They will put on sackcloth and be clothed with terror. ¶ Every face will be covered with shame, ¶ and every head will be shaved.

19 "'They will throw their silver into the streets, ¶ and their gold will be treated as a thing unclean. ¶ Their silver and gold ¶ will not be able to deliver them ¶ in the day of the LORD's wrath. ¶ It will not satisfy their hunger ¶ or fill their stomachs, ¶ for it has caused them to stumble into sin.

20 They took pride in their beautiful jewelry and used it to make their detestable idols. ¶ They made it into vile images; ¶ therefore I will make it a thing unclean for them.

21 I will give their wealth as plunder to foreigners and as loot to the wicked of the earth, ¶ who will defile it.

22 I will turn my face away from the people, and robbers will desecrate the place I treasure. ¶ They will enter it ¶ and will defile it.

23 "'Prepare chains! ¶ For the land is full of bloodshed, ¶ and the city is full of violence.

24 I will bring the most wicked of nations to take possession of their houses. ¶ I will put an end to the pride of the mighty, ¶ and their sanctuaries will be desecrated.

25 When terror comes, they will seek peace in vain.

26 Calamity upon calamity will come, and rumor upon rumor. ¶ They will go searching for a vision from the prophet, ¶ priestly instruction in the law will cease, ¶ the counsel of the elders will come to an end.

27 The king will mourn, the prince will be clothed with despair, ¶ and the hands of the people of the land will tremble. ¶ I will deal with them according to their conduct, ¶ and by their own standards I will judge them. ¶ "'Then they will know that I am the LORD.'"

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