Bible: Eze 9:1-11

The Execution of Idolaters

9:1 Then he shouted in my ears, “Approach, 1  you who are to visit destruction on the city, each with his destructive weapon in his hand! 9:2 Next, I noticed 2  six men 3  coming from the direction of the upper gate 4  which faces north, each with his war club in his hand. Among them was a man dressed in linen with a writing kit 5  at his side. They came and stood beside the bronze altar.

9:3 Then the glory of the God of Israel went up from the cherub where it had rested to the threshold of the temple. 6  He called to the man dressed in linen who had the writing kit at his side. 9:4 The Lord said to him, “Go through the city of Jerusalem 7  and put a mark 8  on the foreheads of the people who moan and groan over all the abominations practiced in it.”

9:5 While I listened, he said to the others, 9 Go through the city after him and strike people down; do no let your eye pity nor spare 10  anyone! 9:6 Old men, young men, young women, little children, and women – wipe them out! But do not touch anyone who has the mark. Begin at my sanctuary!” So they began with the elders who were at the front of the temple.

9:7 He said to them, “Defile the temple and fill the courtyards with corpses. Go!” So they went out and struck people down throughout the city. 9:8 While they were striking them down, I was left alone, and I threw myself face down and cried out, “Ah, sovereign Lord! Will you destroy the entire remnant of Israel when you pour out your fury on Jerusalem?

9:9 He said to me, “The sin of the house of Israel and Judah is extremely great; the land is full of murder, and the city is full of corruption, 11  for they say, ‘The Lord has abandoned the land, and the Lord does not see!’ 12  9:10 But as for me, my eye will not pity them nor will I spare 13  them; I hereby repay them for what they have done.” 14 

9:11 Next I noticed the man dressed in linen with the writing kit at his side bringing back word: “I have done just as you commanded me.”

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