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Ezekiel 22 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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Sins of Jerusalem
The Sins of Jerusalem
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 22:1 - Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 22:2 - “Now, son of man, will you judge, will you judge the bloody city? Yes, show her all her abominations!
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 22:3 - “Then say, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “The city sheds blood in her own midst, that her time may come; and she makes idols within herself to defile herself.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 22:4 - “You have become guilty by the blood which you have shed, and have defiled yourself with the idols which you have made. You have caused your days to draw near, and have come to the end of your years; therefore I have made you a reproach to the nations, and a mockery to all countries.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 22:5 - Those near and those far from you will mock you as infamous and full of tumult.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 22:6 - “Look, the princes of Israel: each one has used his power to shed blood in you.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 22:7 - “In you they have made light of father and mother; in your midst they have oppressed the stranger; in you they have mistreated the fatherless and the widow.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 22:8 - “You have despised My holy things and profaned My Sabbaths.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 22:9 - “In you are men who slander to cause bloodshed; in you are those who eat on the mountains; in your midst they commit lewdness.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 22:10 - “In you men uncover their fathers’ nakedness; in you they violate women who are set apart during their impurity.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 22:11 - “One commits abomination with his neighbor’s wife; another lewdly defiles his daughter-in-law; and another in you violates his sister, his father’s daughter.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 22:12 - “In you they take bribes to shed blood; you take usury and increase; you have made profit from your neighbors by extortion, and have forgotten Me,” says the Lord GOD.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 22:13 - “Behold, therefore, I beat My fists at the dishonest profit which you have made, and at the bloodshed which has been in your midst.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 22:14 - “Can your heart endure, or can your hands remain strong, in the days when I shall deal with you? I, the LORD, have spoken, and will do it.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 22:15 - “I will scatter you among the nations, disperse you throughout the countries, and remove your filthiness completely from you.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 22:16 - “You shall defile yourself in the sight of the nations; then you shall know that I am the LORD.” ’ ”
Israel in the Furnace
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 22:17 - The word of the LORD came to me, saying,
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 22:18 - “Son of man, the house of Israel has become dross to Me; they are all bronze, tin, iron, and lead, in the midst of a furnace; they have become dross from silver.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 22:19 - “Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: ‘Because you have all become dross, therefore behold, I will gather you into the midst of Jerusalem.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 22:20 - As men gather silver, bronze, iron, lead, and tin into the midst of a furnace, to blow fire on it, to melt it; so I will gather you in My anger and in My fury, and I will leave you there and melt you.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 22:21 - ‘Yes, I will gather you and blow on you with the fire of My wrath, and you shall be melted in its midst.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 22:22 - ‘As silver is melted in the midst of a furnace, so shall you be melted in its midst; then you shall know that I, the LORD, have poured out My fury on you.’ ”
Israel’s Wicked Leaders
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 22:23 - And the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 22:24 - “Son of man, say to her: ‘You are a land that is not cleansed[fn] or rained on in the day of indignation.’
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 22:25 - “The conspiracy of her prophets[fn] in her midst is like a roaring lion tearing the prey; they have devoured people; they have taken treasure and precious things; they have made many widows in her midst.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 22:26 - “Her priests have violated My law and profaned My holy things; they have not distinguished between the holy and unholy, nor have they made known the difference between the unclean and the clean; and they have hidden their eyes from My Sabbaths, so that I am profaned among them.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 22:27 - “Her princes in her midst are like wolves tearing the prey, to shed blood, to destroy people, and to get dishonest gain.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 22:28 - “Her prophets plastered them with untempered mortar, seeing false visions, and divining lies for them, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD,’ when the LORD had not spoken.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 22:29 - “The people of the land have used oppressions, committed robbery, and mistreated the poor and needy; and they wrongfully oppress the stranger.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 22:30 - “So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 22:31 - “Therefore I have poured out My indignation on them; I have consumed them with the fire of My wrath; and I have recompensed their deeds on their own heads,” says the Lord GOD.
NKJV Footnotes
Following Masoretic Text, Syriac, and Vulgate; Septuagint reads showered upon.
Following Masoretic Text and Vulgate; Septuagint reads princes; Targum reads scribes.

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