Ezekiel, in a vision of God at Jerusalem,
Ezekiel 8:1 And it came to pass, in the sixth year in the sixth month, on the fifth of the month, I, being seated in my house, and the elders of Judah being seated before me, then fell upon me there, the hand of My Lord, Yahweh. Ezekiel 8:2 So I looked, and lo! a likeness as the appearance of a man, from the appearance of his loins and downward, fire, and from his loins and upwards, as an appearance of shining, as the look of amber. Ezekiel 8:3 Then put he forth the similitude of a hand, and took me by the forelock of my head,and the Spirit, lifted me up, between the earth and the heavens, and brought me to Jerusalem in the visions of God, into the opening of the inner gate that looketh toward the north, where was the seat of the Statue of Jealousy, that provoketh to jealousy; Ezekiel 8:4 and lo! there, the glory of the God of Israel, like the appearance which I had seen in the valley.
is shewed the image of jealousy,
Ezekiel 8:5 Then said he unto me, Son of man, Lift up, I pray thee, thine eyes, the way toward the north. So I lifted up mine eyes the way toward the north, and lo! on the north, by the gate of the altar, this Statue of Jealousy, in the entrance. Ezekiel 8:6 Then said he unto me, Son of man, Canst thou, see what they, are doing,the great abominations which, the house of Israel, are committing here, that I should go far away from my sanctuary? Howbeit, yet again, shalt thou see great abominations.
the chambers of imagery,
Ezekiel 8:7 So he brought me into the opening of the court,and I looked, and lo! a single hole, in the wall. Ezekiel 8:8 Then said he unto me, Son of man, Break, I pray thee, through the wall. So I broke through the wall, and lo! a single opening. Ezekiel 8:9 Then said he unto me,Go in, and see the wicked abominations, which they, are committing here. Ezekiel 8:10 So I went in, and looked, and lo! every similitude of creeping thing, and detestable beast, and all the manufactured gods of the house of Israel,portrayed upon the wall, round about on every side; Ezekiel 8:11 and, seventy men of the elders of the house of Israel, with Jaazaniah son of Shaphan, who stood in their midst, were standing before them, even every man with his censer in his hand,and the fragrance of the cloud of incense, ascending. Ezekiel 8:12 Then said he unto me, Hast thou seen, Son of man, what, the elders of the house of Israel, are doing in the dark, every man in his image-chambers? for they are sayingYahweh doth not, see us! Yahweh hath forsaken, the land!
the mourners for Tammuz,
Ezekiel 8:13 Then said he unto me,Yet again, shalt thou see great abominations, which they, are committing. Ezekiel 8:14 So he brought me into the opening of the gate of the house of Yahweh, which was toward the north,and Lo! there, women, sitting, weeping for Tammuz.
the worshippers toward the sun.
Ezekiel 8:15 Then said he unto me, Hast thou seen, O son of man? Yet again, shalt thou see greater abominations than these. Ezekiel 8:16 So he brought me into the inner court of the house of Yahweh, and lo! at the opening of the temple of Yahweh, between the porch and the altar, about twenty-five men,their backs, towards the temple of Yahweh, and, their faces, eastward, and they, were bowing down eastward, unto the Sun.
Ezekiel 8:17 Then said he unto me, Hast thou seen, O son of man? Is it too small a thing for the house of Judah, to be committing the abominations which they have committed here,that they have filled the land with violence, and have again, provoked me to anger, and there they are! putting the branch to my nose.
God's wrath for their idolatry.
Ezekiel 8:18 Therefore, even I, will act with indignation, Mine eye, shall not shield, Neither will I pity,Though they have cried in mine ears, with a loud voice, yet will I not hear them.