Bible: Ezekiel 22:1-14

The Sins of Jerusalem

22:1 The word of the Lord came to me: 22:2 As for you, son of man, are you willing to pronounce judgment, 1  are you willing to pronounce judgment on the bloody city? 2  Then confront her with all her abominable deeds! 22:3 Then say, ‘This is what the sovereign Lord says: O city, who spills blood within herself (which brings on her doom), 3  and who makes herself idols (which results in impurity), 22:4 you are guilty because of the blood you shed and defiled by the idols you made. You have hastened the day of your doom; 4  the end of your years has come. 5  Therefore I will make 6  you an object of scorn to the nations, an object to be mocked by all lands. 22:5 Those both near and far from you will mock you, you with your bad reputation, 7  full of turmoil.

22:6‘See how each of the princes of Israel living within you has used his authority to shed blood. 8  22:7 They have treated father and mother with contempt 9  within you; they have oppressed the foreigner among you; they have wronged the orphan and the widow 10  within you. 22:8 You have despised my holy things and desecrated my Sabbaths! 22:9 Slanderous men shed blood within you. 11  Those who live within you eat pagan sacrifices on the mountains; 12  they commit obscene acts among you. 13  22:10 They have sex with their father’s wife within you; 14  they violate women during their menstrual period within you. 15  22:11 One 16  commits an abominable act with his neighbor’s wife; another obscenely defiles his daughter-in-law; another violates 17  his sister – his father’s daughter 18 within you. 22:12 They take bribes within you to shed blood. You engage in usury and charge interest; 19  you extort money from your neighbors. You have forgotten me, 20  declares the sovereign Lord. 21 

22:13‘See, I strike my hands together 22  at the dishonest profit you have made, and at the bloodshed 23  they have done among you. 22:14 Can your heart endure, 24  or can your hands be strong when I deal with you? 25  I, the Lord, have spoken, and I will do it!

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