Ezequiel 22

1 Jehovah continued to speak his word to me:

2 Son of man will you judge? Will you judge the city of murderers the bloodguilty? Then tell it about all the disgusting things that it has done.

3 »Tell it: ‘This is what the Lord Jehovah says: »Jerusalem, you are the city that murders people who live in you. Your time has come. You dishonor yourself with disgusting idols.

4 »‘»You are guilty because of the blood you have shed people you have killed. You are unclean dishonored because of the disgusting idols you have made. You have brought an end to your days, and you have come to the end of your years. That is why I will make you a disgrace to the nations and a joke in every land.

5 »‘»Those near and those far away will mock you. Your name will be dishonored, and you will be filled with confusion.

6 »‘»See how all the princes of Israel who live in you have used their power to shed blood murder people.

7 »‘»People in you hate their fathers and mothers. They oppress foreigners in you. They oppress orphans and widows in you.« ’«

8 »You have despised my holy things and dishonored profaned the Sabbath the day to worship me.

9 »Your people tell lies about others in order to have them put to death. They eat sacrifices offered to idols. They always satisfy their lusts.

10 »Some of them sleep with their father's wife. Some force women to have intercourse with them during their period.

11 »Some commit adultery, and others seduce their daughters-in-law or their half sisters.

12 »Some of your people murder for pay. Some charge interest on the loans they make to other Israelites and get rich by taking advantage of them. They have forgotten me. The Lord Jehovah has spoken.

13 ‘»I strike my fist at your dishonest gain and your acts of bloodshed.

14 ‘»Can your heart endure? Will your hands be strong in the days that I will deal with you? I, Jehovah, have spoken and will act.

15 ‘»I will scatter you among the nations and I will disperse you through the lands, and I will consume your uncleanness from you.

16 ‘»You will profane yourself in the sight of the nations, and you will know that I am Jehovah.« ’

17 Jehovah’s word came to me, He said:

18 »Son of man, the house of Israel has become dross to me. All of them are the copper, tin, iron and lead in the furnace. They are the dross of silver.

19 »Therefore, the Lord Jehovah says: ‘I am going to gather you into Jerusalem. This is because all of you have become dross impureworthless.

20 ‘»As they gather silver and copper and iron and lead and tin into the furnace to blow fire on it in order to melt it, so I will gather you in my anger and in my wrath and I will lay you there and melt liquefy you.

21 ‘»I will gather you and blow on you with the fire of my wrath. You will be melted in the midst of it.

22 ‘»As silver is melted in the furnace, you will be melted in the midst of her. You will know that I, Jehovah, have poured out my wrath on you.« ’

23 Jehovah continued to speak his word to me, He said:

24 »Son of man, say to her: ‘You are a land that is not cleansed or rained on in the day of indignation outragerevulsion.

25 ‘»There is a conspiracy of her prophets in her midst like a roaring lion tearing the prey. They have devoured lives. They have taken treasure and precious things. They have made many widows in the midst of her.

26 ‘»Her priests have done violence to my law and have profaned my holy things. They have made no distinction between the holy and the profane. They have not taught the difference between the unclean and the clean. They hide their eyes from my Sabbaths, and I am profaned among them.

27 ‘»Her princes within her are like wolves tearing the prey, by shedding blood and destroying lives in order to get dishonest gain.

28 ‘»Her prophets have smeared whitewash for them. They see false visions and divine lies for them. They say: »This is what the Lord Jehovah says, when Jehovah has not spoken.«

29 ‘»The people of the land have practiced oppression and committed robbery. They have wronged the poor and needy and have oppressed the sojourner without justice.’

30 ‘»I searched for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand in the gap before me on behalf of the land, so that I would not destroy it; but I found no one.

31 ‘»Therefore I have poured out my indignation on them! I have consumed them with the fire of my wrath intense anger. / Their way I have brought upon their heads,’ declares the Lord Jehovah.«