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Ezekiel 8

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 1 And it came to pass in the sixth year, in the sixth month, in the fifth day of the month, as I sat in my house and the elders of Judah sat before me, that the hand of the Lord GOD fell upon me there.

 2 Then I beheld, and lo a likeness of a man with the appearance of fire; from his waist downward he had the appearance of fire; and from his waist upward, the appearance of brightly glowing metal.

 3 And he put out the form of a hand, and took me by a lock of my head; and the spirit lifted me up between the earth and the heaven and brought me in the visions of God to Jerusalem, to the door of the inner gate that looks toward the north, where the seat of the idol image of jealousy was, which provokes to jealousy.

 4 And, behold, the glory of the God of Israel was there, like the vision that I saw on the plain.

 5 Then said he to me, "Son of man, lift up your eyes toward the north." So I lifted up my eyes toward the north, and behold northward at the gate of the altar was this image of jealousy in the entry.

 6 He said furthermore to me, "Son of man, do you see what they do? The great abominations that the house of Israel commits here, to drive me far off from my sanctuary? But turn yet again, and you will see greater abominations."

 7 And he brought me to the door of the court; and when I looked, behold there was a hole in the wall.

 8 Then said he to me, "Son of man, now dig in the wall;" and when I had dug in the wall, behold there was a door.

 9 And he said to me, "Go in and see the wicked abominations that they do here."

 10 So I went in and saw; and behold every form of creeping things and abominable beasts and all the idols of the house of Israel were portrayed on the walls all around.

 11 And there stood before them seventy men of the elders of the house of Israel, and in the midst of them stood Jaazaniah, the son of Shaphan. Every man had his censer in his hand, and a thick cloud of incense went up.

 12 Then said he to me, "Son of man, have you seen what the elders of the house of Israel do in the dark, every man in the chambers of his imagery?" For they say, 'the LORD does not see us; the LORD has forsaken the land.'"

 13 He said also to me, "Turn again, and you will see greater abominations that they are doing."

 14 Then he brought me to the door of the gate of the LORD's house which was toward the north; and behold, there sat women weeping for [the god] Tammuz.

 15 Then said he to me, "Have you seen this, O son of man? Turn yet again and you will see greater abominations than these."

 16 And he brought me into the inner court of the LORD's house, and behold, at the door of the temple of the LORD, between the porch and the altar, were about twenty five men with their backs toward the temple of the LORD and their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the east.

 17 Then he said to me, "Have you seen this, O son of man? Is it a so light thing to the house of Judah that they commit the abominations which they commit here, that they must also fill the land with violence and provoke me to anger? And lo, they put the [superstitious] branch to their nose.

 18 Therefore I will deal in fury; my eye will not spare, nor will I have pity; and though they cry in my ears with a loud voice, yet will I not hear them."


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