Ezekiel 9-12 Bible in Basic English

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The Slaughter of the Guilty

9 1  Then crying out in my hearing in a loud voice, he said, Let the overseers of the town come near, every man armed. 2  And six men came from the way of the higher doorway looking to the north, every man with his axe in his hand: and one man among them was clothed in linen, with a writer's inkpot at his side. And they went in and took their places by the brass altar. 3  And the glory of the God of Israel had gone up from the winged ones on which it was resting, to the doorstep of the house. And crying out to the man clothed in linen who had the writer's inkpot at his side, 4  The Lord said to him, Go through the town, through the middle of Jerusalem, and put a mark on the brows of the men who are sorrowing and crying for all the disgusting things which are done in it.

5  And to these he said in my hearing, Go through the town after him using your axes: do not let your eyes have mercy, and have no pity: 6  Give up to destruction old men and young men and virgins, little children and women: but do not come near any man who has the mark on him: and make a start at my holy place. So they made a start with the old men who were before the house. 7  And he said to them, Make the house unclean, make the open places full of dead: go forward and send destruction on the town. 8  Now while they were doing so, and I was untouched, I went down on my face, and crying out, I said, Ah, Lord! will you give all the rest of Israel to destruction in letting loose your wrath on Jerusalem? 9  Then he said to me, The sin of the children of Israel and Judah is very, very great, and the land is full of blood and the town full of evil ways: for they say, The Lord has gone away from the land, and the Lord does not see. 10  And as for me, my eye will not have mercy, and I will have no pity, but I will send the punishment of their ways on their heads. 11  Then the man clothed in linen, who had the inkpot at his side, came back and said, I have done what you gave me orders to do.

God's Glory Departs from the Temple

10 1  Then looking, I saw that on the arch which was over the head of the winged ones there was seen over them what seemed like a sapphire stone, having the form of a king's seat. 2  And he said to the man clothed in linen, Go in between the wheels, under the winged ones, and get your two hands full of burning coals from between the winged ones and send them in a shower over the town. And he went in before my eyes. 3  Now the winged ones were stationed on the right side of the house when the man went in; and the inner square was full of the cloud. 4  And the glory of the Lord went up from the winged ones and came to rest over the doorstep of the house; and the house was full of the cloud and the open square was full of the shining of the Lord's glory. 5  And the sound of the wings of the winged ones was clear even in the outer square, like the voice of the Ruler of all. 6  And when he gave orders to the man clothed in linen, saying, Take fire from between the wheels, from between the winged ones, then he went in and took his place at the side of a wheel. 7  And stretching out his hand to the fire which was between the winged ones, he took some of it and went out.

8  And I saw the form of a man's hands among the winged ones under their wings. 9  And looking, I saw four wheels by the side of the winged ones, one wheel by the side of a winged one and another wheel by the side of another: and the wheels were like the colour of a beryl stone to the eye. 10  In form the four of them were all the same, they seemed like a wheel inside a wheel. 11  When they were moving, they went on their four sides without turning; they went after the head in the direction in which it was looking; they went without turning. 12  And the edges of the four wheels were full of eyes round about. 13  As for the wheels, they were named in my hearing, the circling wheels. 14  And every one had four faces: the first face was the face of a winged one, and the second was the face of a man, and the third the face of a lion, and the fourth the face of an eagle. 15  And the winged ones went up on high: this is the living being which I saw by the river Chebar. 16  And when the winged ones went, the wheels went by their side: and when their wings were lifted to take them up from the earth, the wheels were not turned from their side. 17  When they were at rest in their place, these were at rest; when they were lifted up, these went up with them: for the spirit of life was in them. 18  Then the glory of the Lord went out from the doorstep of the house, and came to rest over the winged ones. 19  And the winged ones, lifting up their wings, went up from the earth before my eyes, with the wheels by their side: and they came to rest at the east doorway of the Lord's house; and the glory of the God of Israel was over them on high. 20  This is the living being which I saw under the God of Israel by the river Chebar; and it was clear to me that they were the winged ones. 21  Every one had four faces and every one had four wings; and hands like a man's hands were under their wings. 22  As for the form of their faces, they were the faces whose form I saw by the river Chebar; when they went, every one of them went straight forward.

Evil Princes Rebuked

11 1  And the wind, lifting me up, took me to the east doorway of the Lord's house, looking to the east: and at the door I saw twenty-five men; and among them I saw Jaazaniah, the son of Azzur, and Pelatiah, the son of Benaiah, rulers of the people. 2  Then he said to me, Son of man, these are the men who are designing evil, who are teaching evil ways in this town: 3  Who say, This is not the time for building houses: this town is the cooking-pot and we are the flesh. 4  For this cause be a prophet against them, be a prophet, O son of man. 5  And the spirit of the Lord came on me, and he said to me, Say, These are the words of the Lord: This is what you have said, O children of Israel; what comes into your mind is clear to me. 6  You have made great the number of your dead in this town, you have made its streets full of dead men. 7  For this reason the Lord has said: Your dead whom you have put down in its streets, they are the flesh, and this town is the cooking-pot: but I will make you come out from inside it. 8  You have been fearing the sword, and I will send the sword on you, says the Lord. 9  I will make you come out from inside the town and will give you up into the hands of men from other lands, and will be judge among you. 10  You will come to your death by the sword; and I will be your judge in the land of Israel; and you will be certain that I am the Lord. 11  This town will not be your cooking-pot, and you will not be the flesh inside it; I will be your judge at the limit of the land of Israel; 12  And you will be certain that I am the Lord: for you have not been guided by my rules or given effect to my orders, but you have been living by the orders of the nations round about you. 13  Now while I was saying these things, death came to Pelatiah, the son of Benaiah. Then falling down on my face and crying out with a loud voice, I said, Ah, Lord! will you put an end to all the rest of Israel?

The Promise of Restoration and Renewal

14  And the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 15  Son of man, your countrymen, your relations, and all the children of Israel, all of them, are those to whom the people of Jerusalem have said, Go far from the Lord; this land is given to us for a heritage: 16  For this reason say, This is what the Lord has said: Though I have had them moved far off among the nations, and though I have sent them wandering among the countries, still I have been a safe place for them for a little time in the countries where they have come. 17  Then say, This is what the Lord has said: I will get you together from the peoples, and make you come out of the countries where you have been sent in flight, and I will give you the land of Israel. 18  And they will come there, and take away all the hated and disgusting things from it. 19  And I will give them a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in them; and I will take the heart of stone out of their flesh and give them a heart of flesh: 20  So that they may be guided by my rules and keep my orders and do them: and they will be to me a people, and I will be to them a God. 21  But as for those whose heart goes after their hated and disgusting things, I will send on their heads the punishment of their ways, says the Lord.

22  Then the wings of the winged ones were lifted up, and the wheels were by their side; and the glory of the God of Israel was over them on high. 23  And the glory of the Lord went up from inside the town, and came to rest on the mountain on the east side of the town. 24  And the wind, lifting me up, took me in the visions of God into Chaldaea, to those who had been taken away as prisoners. So the vision which I had seen went away from me. 25  Then I gave an account to those who had been taken prisoners of all the things which the Lord had made me see.

Ezekiel Portrays the Removal into Captivity

12 1  And the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 2  Son of man, you are living among an uncontrolled people, who have eyes to see but see not, and ears for hearing but they do not give ear; for they are an uncontrolled people. 3  And you, O son of man, by day, before their eyes, get ready the vessels of one who is taken away, and go away from your place to another place before their eyes: it may be that they will see, though they are an uncontrolled people. 4  By day, before their eyes, take out your vessels like those of one who is taken away: and go out in the evening before their eyes, like those who are taken away as prisoners. 5  Make a hole in the wall, before their eyes, and go out through it. 6  And before their eyes, take your goods on your back and go out in the dark; go with your face covered: for I have made you a sign to the children of Israel. 7  And I did as I was ordered: I took out my vessels by day, like those of one who is taken away, and in the evening I made a hole through the wall with a tent-pin; and in the dark I went out, taking my things on my back before their eyes. 8  And in the morning the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 9  Son of man, has not Israel, the uncontrolled people, said to you, What are you doing? 10  You are to say to them, This is what the Lord has said: This word has to do with the ruler in Jerusalem and all the children of Israel in it. 11  Say, I am your sign: as I have done, so will it be done to them: they will go away as prisoners. 12  And the ruler who is among them will take his goods on his back in the dark and go out: he will make a hole in the wall through which to go out: he will have his face covered so that he may not be seen. 13  And my net will be stretched out on him, and he will be taken in my cords: and I will take him to Babylon to the land of the Chaldaeans; but he will not see it, and there death will come to him. 14  And all his helpers round about him and all his armies I will send in flight to every wind; and I will let loose a sword after them. 15  And they will be certain that I am the Lord, when I send them in flight among the nations, driving them out through the countries. 16  But a small number of them I will keep from the sword, from the need of food, and from disease, so that they may make clear all their disgusting ways among the nations where they come; and they will be certain that I am the Lord.

17  Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 18  Son of man, take your food with shaking fear, and your water with trouble and care; 19  And say to the people of the land, This is what the Lord has said about the people of Jerusalem and the land of Israel: They will take their food with care and their drink with wonder, so that all the wealth of their land may be taken from it because of the violent ways of the people living in it. 20  And the peopled towns will be made waste, and the land will become a wonder; and you will be certain that I am the Lord.

21  And the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 22  Son of man, what is this saying which you have about the land of Israel, The time is long and every vision comes to nothing? 23  For this cause say to them, This is what the Lord has said: I have made this saying come to an end, and it will no longer be used as a common saying in Israel; but say to them, The days are near, and the effect of every vision. 24  For there will be no more false visions or smooth use of secret arts in Israel. 25  For I am the Lord; I will say the word and what I say I will do; it will not be put off: for in your days, O uncontrolled people, I will say the word and do it, says the Lord. 26  Again the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 27  Son of man, see, the children of Israel say, The vision which he sees is for the days which are a long way off, and his words are of times still far away. 28  Say to them then, This is what the Lord has said: Not one of my words will be put off any longer, but what I say I will do, says the Lord.

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