The Prophet's Vision of the Abominations in Jerusalem
8 1 It came about in the sixth year , on the fifth day of the sixth month , as I was sitting in my house with the elders of Judah sitting before me, that the hand of the Lord GOD fell on me there . 2 Then I looked , and behold , a likeness as the appearance of a man ; from His loins and downward there was the appearance of fire , and from His loins and upward the appearance of brightness , like the appearance of glowing metal . 3 He stretched out the form of a hand and caught me by a lock of my head ; and the Spirit lifted me up between earth and heaven and brought me in the visions of God to Jerusalem , to the entrance of the north gate of the inner court, where e the seat of the idol of jealousy , which provokes to jealousy , was located. 4 And behold , the glory of the God of Israel was there , like the appearance which I saw in the plain . 5 Then He said to me, "Son of man , raise your eyes now toward the north ." So I raised my eyes toward the north , and behold , to the north of the altar gate was this idol of jealousy at the entrance . 6 And He said to me, "Son of man , do you see what they are doing , the great abominations which the house of Israel are committing here , so that I would be far from My sanctuary ? But yet you will see still greater abominations ."
7 Then He brought me to the entrance of the court , and when I looked , behold , a hole in the wall . 8 He said to me, "Son of man , now dig through the wall ." So I dug through the wall , and behold , an entrance . 9 And He said to me, "Go in and see the wicked abominations that they are committing here ." 10 So I entered and looked , and behold , every form of creeping things and beasts and detestable things , with all the idols of the house of Israel , were carved on the wall all around . 11 Standing in front of them were seventy elders of the house of Israel , with Jaazaniah the son of Shaphan standing among them, each man with his censer in his hand and the fragrance of the cloud of incense rising . 12 Then He said to me, "Son of man , do you see what the elders of the house of Israel are committing in the dark , each man in the room of his carved images ? For they say , ' The Lord does not see us; the Lord has forsaken the land .' "
13 And He said to me, "Yet you will see still greater abominations which they are committing ." 14 Then He brought me to the entrance of the gate of the Lord'S house which was toward the north ; and behold , women were sitting there weeping for Tammuz . 15 He said to me, "Do you see this, son of man ? Yet you will see still greater abominations than these ." 16 Then He brought me into the inner court of the Lord'S house . And behold , at the entrance to the temple of the Lord , between the porch and the altar , were about twenty-five e men with their backs to the temple of the Lord and their faces toward the east ; and they were prostrating themselves eastward toward the sun . 17 He said to me, "Do you see this, son of man ? Is it too light a thing for the house of Judah to commit the abominations which they have committed here , that they have filled the land with violence and provoked Me repeatedly ? For behold , they are putting the twig to their nose . 18 "Therefore, I indeed will deal in wrath . My eye will have no pity nor will I spare ; and though they cry in My ears with a loud voice , yet I will not listen to them."
The Slaughter of the Guilty
9 1 Then He cried out in my hearing with a loud voice saying , "Draw near , O executioners of the city , each with his destroying weapon in his hand ." 2 Behold , six men came from the direction of the upper gate which faces north , each with his shattering weapon in his hand ; and among them was a certain man clothed in linen with a writing case at his loins . And they went in and stood beside the bronze altar . 3 Then the glory of the God of Israel went up from the cherub on which it had been , to the threshold of the temple . And He called to the man clothed in linen at whose loins was the writing case . 4 The Lord said to him, "Go through the midst of the city , even through the midst of Jerusalem , and put a mark on the foreheads of the men who sigh and groan over all the abominations which are being committed in its midst ."
5 But to the others He said in my hearing , "Go through the city after him and strike ; do not let your eye have pity and do not spare . 6 "Utterly slay old men , young men , maidens , little children , and women , but do not touch any man on whom is the mark ; and you shall start from My sanctuary ." So they started with the elders who were before the temple . 7 And He said to them, " Defile the temple and fill the courts with the slain . Go out!" Thus they went out and struck down the people in the city . 8 As they were striking the people and I alone was left , I fell on my face and cried out saying , " Alas , Lord GOD ! Are You destroying the whole remnant of Israel by pouring out Your wrath on Jerusalem ?" 9 Then He said to me, "The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah is very , very great , and the land is filled with blood and the city is full of perversion ; for they say , 'The Lord has forsaken the land , and the Lord does not see !' 10 "But as for Me, My eye will have no pity nor will I spare , but I will bring their conduct upon their heads ." 11 Then behold , the man clothed in linen at whose loins was the writing case reported e , saying , "I have done just as You have commanded me."
God's Glory Departs from the Temple
10 1 Then I looked , and behold , in the expanse that was over the heads of the cherubim something like a sapphire stone , in appearance resembling a throne , appeared above them. 2 And He spoke to the man clothed in linen and said , "Enter between the whirling wheels under the cherubim and fill your hands with coals of fire from between the cherubim and scatter them over the city ." And he entered in my sight . 3 Now the cherubim were standing on the right side of the temple when the man entered , and the cloud filled the inner court . 4 Then the glory of the Lord went up from the cherub to the threshold of the temple , and the temple was filled with the cloud and the court was filled with the brightness of the glory of the Lord . 5 Moreover, the sound of the wings of the cherubim was heard as far as the outer court , like the voice of God Almighty when He speaks . 6 It came about when He commanded the man clothed in linen , saying , "Take fire from between the whirling wheels , from between the cherubim ," he entered and stood beside a wheel . 7 Then the cherub stretched out his hand from between the cherubim to the fire which was between the cherubim , took some and put it into the hands of the one clothed in linen , who took it and went out.
8 The cherubim appeared to have the form of a man's hand under their wings . 9 Then I looked , and behold , four wheels beside the cherubim , one wheel beside each cherub ; and the appearance of the wheels was like the gleam of a Tarshish stone . 10 As for their appearance , all four of them had the same likeness , as if one wheel were within another wheel . 11 When they moved , they went in any of their four directions without turning as they went ; but they followed e in the direction which they faced e , without turning as they went . 12 Their whole body , their backs , their hands , their wings and the wheels were full of eyes all around , the wheels belonging to all four of them. 13 The wheels were called in my hearing , the whirling wheels . 14 And each one had four faces . The first face was the face of a cherub , the second face was the face of a man , the third the face of a lion , and the fourth the face of an eagle . 15 Then the cherubim rose up. They are the living beings that I saw by the river Chebar . 16 Now when the cherubim moved , the wheels would go beside them; also when the cherubim lifted up their wings to rise from the ground , the wheels would not turn from beside them. 17 When the cherubim stood still , the wheels would stand still ; and when they rose up, the wheels would rise with them, for the spirit of the living beings was in them. 18 Then the glory of the Lord departed from the threshold of the temple and stood over the cherubim . 19 When the cherubim departed , they lifted their wings and rose up from the earth in my sight with the wheels beside them; and they stood still at the entrance of the east gate of the Lord'S house , and the glory of the God of Israel hovered e over them. 20 These are the living beings that I saw beneath the God of Israel by the river Chebar ; so I knew that they were cherubim . 21 Each one had four faces and each one four wings , and beneath their wings was the form of human hands . 22 As for the likeness of their faces , they were the same faces whose appearance I had seen by the river Chebar . Each one went straight e e ahead .