A catalogue of sins in Jerusalem.
Ezekiel 22:1 And there is a word of Jehovah unto me, saying, Ezekiel 22:2 'And thou, son of man, dost thou judge? dost thou judge the city of blood? then thou hast caused it to know all its abominations, Ezekiel 22:3 and thou hast said: Thus said the Lord Jehovah: The city is shedding blood in its midst, For the coming in of its time, And it hath made idols on it for defilement. Ezekiel 22:4 By thy blood that thou hast shed thou hast been guilty, And by thine idols that thou hast made thou hast been defiled, And thou causest thy days to draw near, And art come in unto thine years, Therefore I have given thee a reproach to nations, And a derision to all the lands. Ezekiel 22:5 The near and the far-off from thee scoff at thee, O defiled of nameabounding in trouble. Ezekiel 22:6 Lo, princes of Israeleach according to his arm Have been in thee to shed blood. Ezekiel 22:7 Father and mother made light of in thee, To a sojourner they dealt oppressively in thy midst, Fatherless and widow they oppressed in thee. Ezekiel 22:8 My holy things thou hast despised, And My sabbaths thou hast polluted. Ezekiel 22:9 Men of slander have been in thee to shed blood, And on the mountains they have eaten in thee, Wickedness they have done in thy midst. Ezekiel 22:10 The nakedness of a father hath one uncovered in thee, The defiled of impurity they humbled in thee. Ezekiel 22:11 And each with the wife of his neighbour hath done abomination, And each his daughter-in-law hath defiled through wickedness, And each his sister, his father's daughter, hath humbled in thee. Ezekiel 22:12 A bribe they have taken in thee to shed blood, Usury and increase thou hast taken, And cuttest off thy neighbour by oppression, And Me thou hast forgotten, An affirmation of the Lord Jehovah!
God will burn them as dross in his furnace.
Ezekiel 22:13 And lo, I have smitten My hand, Because of thy dishonest gain that thou hast gained, And for thy blood that hath been in thy midst. Ezekiel 22:14 Doth thy heart standare thy hands strong, For the days that I am dealing with thee? I, Jehovah, have spoken and have done [it]. Ezekiel 22:15 And I have scattered thee among nations, And have spread thee out among lands, And consumed thy uncleanness out of thee. Ezekiel 22:16 And thou hast been polluted in thyself Before the eyes of nations, And thou hast known that I [am] Jehovah.' Ezekiel 22:17 And there is a word of Jehovah unto me, saying, 'Son of man, Ezekiel 22:18 The house of Israel hath been to Me for dross, All of them [are] brass, and tin, and iron, and lead, In the midst of a furnacedross hath silver been, Ezekiel 22:19 Therefore, thus said the Lord Jehovah: Because of your all becoming dross, Therefore, lo, I am gathering you unto the midst of Jerusalem, Ezekiel 22:20 A gathering of silver, and brass, and iron, and lead, and tin, Unto the midst of a furnaceto blow on it fire, to melt it, So do I gather in Mine anger and in My fury, And I have let rest, and have melted you. Ezekiel 22:21 And I have heaped you up, And blown on you in the fire of My wrath, And ye have been melted in its midst. Ezekiel 22:22 As the melting of silver in the midst of a furnace, So are ye melted in its midst, And ye have known that I, Jehovah, I have poured out My fury upon you.'
The general corruption of prophets, priests, princes, and people.
Ezekiel 22:23 And there is a word of Jehovah unto me, saying: Ezekiel 22:24 'Son of man, say to it, Thou [art] a land, It [is] not cleansed nor rained on in a day of indignation. Ezekiel 22:25 A conspiracy of its prophets [is] in its midst, as a roaring lion tearing prey; The soul they have devoured, Wealth and glory they have taken, Its widows have multiplied in its midst. Ezekiel 22:26 Its priests have wronged My law, And they pollute My holy things, Between holy and common they have not made separation, And between the unclean and the clean they have not made known, And from my sabbaths they have hidden their eyes, And I am pierced in their midst. Ezekiel 22:27 Its princes in its midst [are] as wolves, Tearing prey, to shed blood, to destroy souls, For the sake of gaining dishonest gain. Ezekiel 22:28 And its prophets have daubed for them with chalk, Seeing a vain thing, and divining for them a lie, Saying, 'Thus said the Lord Jehovah:' And Jehovah hath not spoken. Ezekiel 22:29 The people of the land have used oppression, And have taken plunder violently away, And humble and needy have oppressed, And the sojourner oppressedwithout judgment. Ezekiel 22:30 And I seek of them a man making a fence, And standing in the breach before Me, In behalf of the landnot to destroy it, And I have not found. Ezekiel 22:31 And I pour out on them mine indignation, By fire of My wrath I have consumed them, Their way on their own head I have put, An affirmation of the Lord Jehovah!'