Leaders Home, On
Roles Confer Six years after King Jehoiachin and the rest of us had been led away as prisoners to Babylonia, the leaders of Judah were meeting with me in my house. On the fifth day of the sixth month, the Lord God suddenly took control of me, and I saw something in the shape of a human.
This figure was like fire from the waist down, and it was bright as polished metal from the waist up. It reached out what seemed to be a hand and grabbed my hair. Then in my vision the Lords Spirit lifted me into the sky and carried me to Jerusalem.
The Spirit took me to the north gate of the temples inner courtyard, where there was an idol that disgusted the Lord and made him furious. Then I saw the brightness of the glory of the God of Israel, just as I had seen it near the Chebar River.
God said to me, Ezekiel, son of man, look north. And when I did, I saw that disgusting idol by the altar near the gate. God then said,
Do you see
the terrible sins of the people of Israel? Their sins are making my holy temple unfit as a place to worship me.
Yet you will see even worse things than this. Next, I was taken to the entrance of the courtyard, where I saw a hole in the wall. God said, Make this hole bigger. And when I did, I realized it was a doorway. Roles confer.
Go in, God said, and
see what horrible
and evil things the people are doing.10 Inside, I saw that the walls were covered with pictures of reptiles and disgusting, unclean animals, as well as with idols that the Israelites were worshiping. Seventy Israelite leaders were standing there, including Jaazaniah son of Shaphan. Each of these leaders was holding an incense burner, and the smell of incense filled the room. Ezekiel
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