A catalogue of sins committed in Jerusalem, and the dispersion of the Jews because of them. God will burn them as dross in the furnace. The general corruption of all orders of men, for which God's wrath is poured out upon them.
1 Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,
2 Now, thou son of man, 1wilt thou ajudge, wilt thou judge the bbloody city? yea, 2thou shalt cshew her 3all her abominations.
3 Then say thou, Thus saith the Lord God, The city sheddeth blood 1in the midst of it, that 2her time may come, and 3maketh idols against herself to defile herself.
4 Thou 1art become guilty in thy blood that thou hast shed; and hast defiled thyself in thine idols which thou hast made; and 2thou hast caused thy days to draw near, and art come even unto thy years: therefore have I made thee 3a reproach unto the heathen, and a mocking to all countries.
5 those that be near, and those that be far from thee, shall mock thee, which art ainfamous and much vexed.
6 Behold, the princes of Israel, every one were in thee to their apower to 1shed blood.
7 In thee have they set 1light by father and mother: in the midst of thee have they dealt 2by aoppression with the stranger: in thee have they vexed the fatherless and the widow.
8 Thou 1hast despised mine holy things, and hast profaned my sabbaths.
9 In 1thee are amen that carry tales to shed blood: and in thee they 2eat upon the mountains: in the midst of thee they 3commit lewdness.
10 In thee have they 1discovered their fathers' nakedness: in thee have they 2humbled her that was set apart for pollution.
11 And aone 1hath committed abomination with his neighbour's wife; and banother hath clewdly 2defiled his daughter in law; and another in thee hath humbled his sister, his father's daughter.
12 In thee 1have they taken gifts to shed blood; thou hast 2taken usury and increase, and thou hast greedily gained of thy neighbours by extortion, and hast 3forgotten me, saith the Lord God.
13 ¶ Behold, therefore I have 1smitten mine hand at thy 2dishonest gain which thou hast made, and at thy blood which hath been in the midst of thee.
14 Can 1thine heart endure, or can thine hands be strong, in the days that I shall deal with thee? 2I the Lord have spoken it, and will do it.
15 And I will 1scatter thee among the heathen, and disperse thee in the countries, and 2will consume thy filthiness out of thee.
16 And thou shalt atake thine 1inheritance in thyself in the sight of the heathen, and 2thou shalt know that I am the Lord.
17 And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,
18 Son of man, the house of Israel is to me become 1dross: all they are 2brass, and tin, and iron, and lead, in the midst of the 3furnace; they are even the adross of silver.
19 Therefore thus saith the Lord God; Because ye are all become dross, behold, therefore 1I will gather you into the midst of Jerusalem.
20 aAs they gather silver, and brass, and iron, and lead, and tin, into the midst of the furnace, to blow the fire upon it, to melt it; so will I gather you in mine anger and in my fury, and I will leave you there, and melt you.
21 Yea, 1I will gather you, and blow upon you in the fire of my wrath, and ye shall be melted in the midst thereof.
22 As silver is melted in the midst of the furnace, so shall ye be melted in the midst thereof; and ye shall know that I the Lord 1have poured out my fury upon you.
23 ¶ And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,
24 Son of man, say unto her, 1Thou art the land that is not cleansed, nor 2rained upon in the day of indignation.
25 there is 1a conspiracy of her prophets in the midst thereof, like a roaring lion ravening the prey; they 2have devoured souls; they have taken the treasure and 3precious things; they have made her many widows in the midst thereof.
26 Her priests have aviolated my law, and 1have profaned mine holy things: 2they have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they shewed difference between the unclean and the clean, and 3have hid their eyes from my sabbaths, and I am profaned among them.
27 Her 1princes in the midst thereof are like wolves ravening the prey, to shed blood, and to destroy souls, to get dishonest gain.
28 And her prophets have 1daubed them with untempered morter, 2seeing vanity, and divining lies unto them, saying, Thus saith the Lord God, when the Lord hath not spoken.
29 The people of the land have used aoppression, and exercised robbery, and have vexed the poor and needy: yea, they have oppressed the stranger bwrongfully.
30 And I 1sought for a man among them, that should 2make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.
31 Therefore 1have I poured out mine indignation upon them; I have consumed them with the fire of my wrath: 2their own way have I recompensed upon their heads, saith the Lord God.