1Then a spirit lifted me up and brought me to the east gate of the House of the LORD, which faces eastward; and there, at the entrance of the gate, were twenty five men, among whom I saw Jaazaniah son of Azzur and Pelatiah son of Benaiah, leaders of the people.2[The LORD] said to me, “O mortal, these are the men who plan iniquity and plot wickedness in this city, 3who say: ‘There is no need now to build houses; this [city] is the pot, and we are the meat.’ c I.e., the exiles will not return. 4I adjure you, prophesy against them; prophesy, O mortal!”

5Thereupon the spirit of the LORD fell upon me, and He said to me, “Speak: Thus said the LORD: Such are your thoughts, O House of Israel; I know what comes into your mind.6Many have you slain in this city; you have filled its streets with corpses.7Assuredly, thus says the Lord GOD: The corpses that you have piled up in it are the meat for which it is the pot; but you shall be taken out of it.8You feared the sword, and the sword I will bring upon you—declares the Lord GOD.9I will take you out of it and deliver you into the hands of strangers, and I will execute judgments upon you.10You shall fall by the sword; I will punish you at the border of Israel. And you shall know that I am the LORD.11This [city] shall not be a pot for you, nor you the meat in it; I will punish you at the border of Israel.12Then you shall know that I am the LORD, whose laws you did not follow and whose rules you did not obey, acting instead according to the rules of the nations around you.”

13Now, as I prophesied, Pelatiah son of Benaiah dropped dead. I threw myself upon my face and cried out aloud, “Ah, Lord GOD! You are wiping out the remnant of Israel!”

14Then the word of the LORD came to me:15“O mortal, [I will save] your brothers, your brothers, the men of your kindred, d I.e., the exiles. all of that very House of Israel to whom the inhabitants of Jerusalem say, ‘Keep far from the LORD; the land has been given as a heritage to us.’ 16Say then: Thus said the Lord GOD: I have indeed removed them far among the nations and have scattered them among thecountries, and I have become to them a diminished sanctity in the countries whither they have gone.17Yet say: Thus said the Lord GOD: I will gather you a I.e., the exiles. from the peoples and assemble you out of the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you the Land of Israel.18And they shall return there, and do away with all its detestable things and all its abominations.19I will give them one heart and put a new spirit in them; b Heb. “you.” I will remove the heart of stone from their bodies and give them a heart of flesh,20that they may follow My laws and faithfully observe My rules. Then they shall be My people and I will be their God.21But as for them whose heart is set upon their detestable things and their abominations, I will repay them for their conduct—declares the Lord GOD.”

22Then the cherubs, with the wheels beside them, lifted their wings, while the Presence of the God of Israel rested above them.23The Presence of the LORD ascended from the midst of the city and stood on the hill east of the city.24A spirit carried me away and brought me in a vision by the spirit of God to the exile community in Chaldea. Then the vision that I had seen left me, 25and I told the exiles all the things that the LORD had shown me.


c I.e., the exiles will not return.

d I.e., the exiles.

a I.e., the exiles.

b Heb. “you.”