The presumption of the princes.
Ezekiel 11:1 Moreover the spirit lifted me up, and brought me to the east-gate of the LORD'S house, which looketh eastward: and behold, at the door of the gate five and twenty men; among whom I saw Jaazaniah the son of Azur, and Pelatiah the son of Benaiah, princes of the people. Ezekiel 11:2 Then said he to me, Son of man, these [are] the men that devise mischief, and give wicked counsel in this city: Ezekiel 11:3 Who say, [It is] not near; let us build houses: this [city is] the caldron, and we [are] the flesh.
Their sin and judgment.
Ezekiel 11:4 Therefore prophesy against them, prophesy, O son of man. Ezekiel 11:5 And the spirit of the LORD fell upon me, and said to me, Speak; Thus saith the LORD; Thus have ye said, O house of Israel: for I know the things that come into your mind, [every one of] them. Ezekiel 11:6 Ye have multiplied your slain in this city, and ye have filled its streets with the slain. Ezekiel 11:7 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Your slain whom ye have laid in the midst of it, they [are] the flesh, and this [city is] the caldron: but I will bring you forth out of the midst of it. Ezekiel 11:8 Ye have feared the sword; and I will bring a sword upon you, saith the Lord GOD. Ezekiel 11:9 And I will bring you out of the midst of it, and deliver you into the hands of strangers, and will execute judgments among you. Ezekiel 11:10 Ye shall fall by the sword; I will judge you in the border of Israel; and ye shall know that I [am] the LORD. Ezekiel 11:11 This [city] shall not be your caldron, neither shall ye be the flesh in the midst of it; [but] I will judge you in the border of Israel: Ezekiel 11:12 And ye shall know that I [am] the LORD: for ye have not walked in my statutes, neither executed my judgments, but have done after the manners of the heathen that [are] around you.
Ezekiel's complaining, God sheweth him his purpose in saving a remnant,
Ezekiel 11:13 And it came to pass, when I prophesied, 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? Ezekiel 11:14 Again the word of the LORD came to me, saying, Ezekiel 11:15 Son of man, thy brethren, [even] thy brethren, the men of thy kindred, and all the house of Israel wholly, [are] they to whom the inhabitants of Jerusalem have said, Retire far from the LORD: to us is this land given in possession. Ezekiel 11:16 Therefore say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Although I have cast them far off among the heathen, and although I have scattered them among the countries, yet will I be to them as a little sanctuary in the countries where they shall come. Ezekiel 11:17 Therefore say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; I will even gather you from the people, and assemble you out of the countries where ye have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel. Ezekiel 11:18 And they shall come thither, and they shall take away from thence all its detestable things, and all its abominations. Ezekiel 11:19 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: Ezekiel 11:20 That they may walk in my statutes, and keep my ordinances, and do them: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God.
and punishing the wicked.
Ezekiel 11:21 But [as for them] whose heart walketh after the heart of their detestable things and their abominations, I will recompense their way upon their own heads, saith the Lord GOD.
The glory of God leaveth the city.
Ezekiel 11:22 Then the cherubim raised their wings, and the wheels beside them; and the glory of the God of Israel [was] over them above. Ezekiel 11:23 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.
Ezekiel is returned to the captivity.
Ezekiel 11:24 Afterwards the spirit took me up, and brought me in vision by the Spirit of God into Chaldea, to them of the captivity. So the vision that I had seen went up from me. Ezekiel 11:25 Then I spoke to them of the captivity all the things that the LORD had shown me.