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Ezekiel 11 :: New International Version (NIV)

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God’s Sure Judgment on Jerusalem

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 11:1 - Then the Spirit lifted me up and brought me to the gate of the house of the LORD that faces east. There at the entrance of the gate were twenty-five men, and I saw among them Jaazaniah son of Azzur and Pelatiah son of Benaiah, leaders of the people.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 11:2 - The LORD said to me, “Son of man, these are the men who are plotting evil and giving wicked advice in this city.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 11:3 - They say, ‘Haven’t our houses been recently rebuilt? This city is a pot, and we are the meat in it.’
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 11:4 - Therefore prophesy against them; prophesy, son of man.”
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 11:5 - Then the Spirit of the LORD came on me, and he told me to say: “This is what the LORD says: That is what you are saying, you leaders in Israel, but I know what is going through your mind.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 11:6 - You have killed many people in this city and filled its streets with the dead.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 11:7 - “Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: The bodies you have thrown there are the meat and this city is the pot, but I will drive you out of it.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 11:8 - You fear the sword, and the sword is what I will bring against you, declares the Sovereign LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 11:9 - I will drive you out of the city and deliver you into the hands of foreigners and inflict punishment on you.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 11:10 - You will fall by the sword, and I will execute judgment on you at the borders of Israel. Then you will know that I am the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 11:11 - This city will not be a pot for you, nor will you be the meat in it; I will execute judgment on you at the borders of Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 11:12 - And you will know that I am the LORD, for you have not followed my decrees or kept my laws but have conformed to the standards of the nations around you.”
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 11:13 - Now as I was prophesying, Pelatiah son of Benaiah died. Then I fell facedown and cried out in a loud voice, “Alas, Sovereign LORD! Will you completely destroy the remnant of Israel?”

The Promise of Israel’s Return

Unchecked Copy BoxEze 11:14 - The word of the LORD came to me:
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 11:15 - “Son of man, the people of Jerusalem have said of your fellow exiles and all the other Israelites, ‘They are far away from the LORD; this land was given to us as our possession.’
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 11:16 - “Therefore say: ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Although I sent them far away among the nations and scattered them among the countries, yet for a little while I have been a sanctuary for them in the countries where they have gone.’
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 11:17 - “Therefore say: ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I will gather you from the nations and bring you back from the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you back the land of Israel again.’
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 11:18 - “They will return to it and remove all its vile images and detestable idols.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 11:19 - I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 11:20 - Then they will follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. They will be my people, and I will be their God.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 11:21 - But as for those whose hearts are devoted to their vile images and detestable idols, I will bring down on their own heads what they have done, declares the Sovereign LORD.”
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 11:22 - Then the cherubim, with the wheels beside them, spread their wings, and the glory of the God of Israel was above them.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 11:23 - The glory of the LORD went up from within the city and stopped above the mountain east of it.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 11:24 - The Spirit lifted me up and brought me to the exiles in Babylonia[fn] in the vision given by the Spirit of God. Then the vision I had seen went up from me,
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 11:25 - and I told the exiles everything the LORD had shown me.
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