Neviim Akharonim

Yechezk’el / יחזקאל

Ezekiel Chapter 22

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The three Oracles on Yerushalayim's defilement

22:1 Moreover Dvar YHWH (יהוה) came unto me, saying:

22:2 Now, thou Ben Adam, wilt thou shaphat (judge), wilt thou judge the bloody city? yea, thou shalt shew her all her destestable practices.

22:3 Then say thou:

Thus saith Adonay (אדני) YHWH (יהוה):

The city sheddeth blood in the midst of it, that her time may come, and maketh gillulim (idols) against herself to defile herself.

22:4 Thou art become guilty in thy blood that thou hast shed; and hast defiled thyself in thine gillulim (idols) which thou hast made; and thou hast caused thy days to draw near, and art come [even] unto thy years: therefore have I made thee a reproach unto the Goyim, and a mocking to all countries.

22:5 [Those that be] near, and [those that be] far from thee, shall mock thee, [which art] infamous [and] much vexed.

22:6 Hinnei, the princes of Yisrael, every one were in thee to their power to shed blood.

22:7 In thee have they set light by father and mother: in the midst of thee have they dealt by oppression with the stranger: in thee have they vexed the fatherless and the widow.

22:8 Thou hast despised My Set Apart things, and hast profaned My Shabbatot.

22:9 "Slanderous men have been in thee for the purpose of shedding blood: and in thee they eat upon the mountains: in the midst of thee they commit zimmah (immorality).

22:10 In thee have they discovered their fathers' nakedness: in thee have they raped her that was in her teme'at (unclean) ha niddah (menstruation period).

22:11 And in thee

one man hath committed detestable offense with his neighbour's wife; and

another hath shamefully defiles his daughter in law; and

another in thee hath raped his sister, his father's daughter.

22:12 In thee have they taken gifts to shed blood; thou hast taken usury and increase, and thou hast greedily gained of thy neighbours by extortion, and hast forgotten Me, saith Adonay (אדני) YHWH (יהוה).


22:13 Hinnei, therefore I have smitten My hand at thy dishonest gain which thou hast made, and at thy blood which hath been in the midst of thee.

22:14 Can thine heart endure, or can thine hands be strong, in the days that I shall deal with thee? I YHWH (יהוה) have spoken [it], and will do [it].

22:15 And I will scatter thee among the Goyim, and disperse thee in the countries, and will consume thy filthiness out of thee.

22:16 And thou shalt take thine inheritance in thyself in the sight of the Goyim, and thou shalt know that Ani YHWH (יהוה).

The Parable of the dross in the furnace

22:17 And Dvar YHWH (יהוה) came unto me, saying:

22:18 Ben Adam, Beit Yisrael is to Me become dross: all they [are] brass, and tin, and iron, and lead, in the midst of the furnace; they are [even] the dross of silver.

22:19 Therefore thus saith Adonay (אדני) YHWH (יהוה);

Because ye are all become dross, Hinnei, therefore I will gather you into the midst of Yerushalayim.

22:20 [As] they gather silver, and brass, and iron, and lead, and tin, into the midst of the furnace, to blow the fire upon it, to melt [it]; so will I gather [you] in My anger and in My fury, and I will leave [you there], and melt you.

22:21 Yea, I will gather you, and blow upon you in the fire of My wrath, and ye shall be melted in the midst thereof.

22:22 As silver is melted in the midst of the furnace, so shall ye be melted in the midst thereof; and ye shall know that I YHWH (יהוה) have poured out My fury upon you.


Sins of all classes of society

22:23 And Dvar YHWH (יהוה) came unto me, saying:

22:24 Ben Adam, say unto her, Thou [art] the land that is not cleansed, nor rained upon in the day of indignation.

22:25 [There is] a conspiracy of her Neviim in the midst thereof, like a roaring lion ravening the prey; they have devoured souls; they have taken the treasure and precious things; they have made her many widows in the midst thereof.

22:26 Her kohanim have violated My Torah, and have profaned My Set Apart things: they have put no difference between the Set apart and profane, neither have they shewed [difference] between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from My Shabbatot, and I am profaned among them.

22:27 Her princes in the midst thereof [are] like wolves ravening the prey, to shed blood, [and] to destroy souls, to get dishonest gain.

22:28 And her Neviim have coated it for them with whitewash, Seeing visions of falsehood And divining for them lies, saying, Thus saith Adonay (אדני) YHWH (יהוה), when YHWH (יהוה) hath not spoken.

22:29 The people of the land have used oppression, and exercised robbery, and have vexed the poor and needy: yea, they have oppressed the stranger wrongfully.

22:30 And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before Me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.

22:31 Therefore have I poured out My za'am (indignation, wrath, rage) upon them; I have consumed them with the fire of My wrath: their own way have I recompensed upon their heads, saith Adonay (אדני) YHWH (יהוה).

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Definitions of dross  סיג