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Ezekiel 11 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Judgment on Israel’s Leaders
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 11:1 - Then the Spirit lifted me and brought me to the east gateway of the LORD’s Temple, where I saw twenty-five prominent men of the city. Among them were Jaazaniah son of Azzur and Pelatiah son of Benaiah, who were leaders among the people.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 11:2 - The Spirit said to me, “Son of man, these are the men who are planning evil and giving wicked counsel in this city.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 11:3 - They say to the people, ‘Is it not a good time to build houses? This city is like an iron pot. We are safe inside it like meat in a pot.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 11:4 - Therefore, son of man, prophesy against them loudly and clearly.”
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 11:5 - Then the Spirit of the LORD came upon me, and he told me to say, “This is what the LORD says to the people of Israel: I know what you are saying, for I know every thought that comes into your minds.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 11:6 - You have murdered many in this city and filled its streets with the dead.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 11:7 - “Therefore, this is what the Sovereign LORD says: This city is an iron pot all right, but the pieces of meat are the victims of your injustice. As for you, I will soon drag you from this pot.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 11:8 - I will bring on you the sword of war you so greatly fear, says the Sovereign LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 11:9 - I will drive you out of Jerusalem and hand you over to foreigners, who will carry out my judgments against you.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 11:10 - You will be slaughtered all the way to the borders of Israel. I will execute judgment on you, and you will know that I am the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 11:11 - No, this city will not be an iron pot for you, and you will not be like meat safe inside it. I will judge you even to the borders of Israel,
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 11:12 - and you will know that I am the LORD. For you have refused to obey my decrees and regulations; instead, you have copied the standards of the nations around you.”
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 11:13 - While I was still prophesying, Pelatiah son of Benaiah suddenly died. Then I fell face down on the ground and cried out, “O Sovereign LORD, are you going to kill everyone in Israel?”
Hope for Exiled Israel
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 11:14 - Then this message came to me from the LORD:
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 11:15 - “Son of man, the people still left in Jerusalem are talking about you and your relatives and all the people of Israel who are in exile. They are saying, ‘Those people are far away from the LORD, so now he has given their land to us!’
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 11:16 - “Therefore, tell the exiles, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Although I have scattered you in the countries of the world, I will be a sanctuary to you during your time in exile.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 11:17 - I, the Sovereign LORD, will gather you back from the nations where you have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel once again.’
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 11:18 - “When the people return to their homeland, they will remove every trace of their vile images and detestable idols.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 11:19 - And I will give them singleness of heart and put a new spirit within them. I will take away their stony, stubborn heart and give them a tender, responsive heart,[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 11:20 - so they will obey my decrees and regulations. Then they will truly be my people, and I will be their God.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 11:21 - But as for those who long for vile images and detestable idols, I will repay them fully for their sins. I, the Sovereign LORD, have spoken!”
The LORD’s Glory Leaves Jerusalem
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 11:22 - Then the cherubim lifted their wings and rose into the air with their wheels beside them, and the glory of the God of Israel hovered above them.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 11:23 - Then the glory of the LORD went up from the city and stopped above the mountain to the east.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 11:24 - Afterward the Spirit of God carried me back again to Babylonia,[fn] to the people in exile there. And so ended the vision of my visit to Jerusalem.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 11:25 - And I told the exiles everything the LORD had shown me.
NLT Footnotes
Hebrew This city is the pot, and we are the meat.
Hebrew a heart of flesh.
Or Chaldea.

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