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The general corruption of the inhabitants of Jerusalem: for which God will consume them as dross in his furnace.

[1] And the word of the Lord came to me, saying: [2] And thou son of man, dost thou not judge, dost thou not judge the city of blood? [3] And thou shalt shew her all her abominations, and shalt say: Thus saith the Lord God: This is the city that sheddeth blood in the midst of her, that her time may come: and that hath made idols against herself, to defile herself. [4] Thou art become guilty in thy blood which thou hast shed: and thou art defiled in thy idols which thou hast made: and thou hast made thy days to draw near, and hast brought on the time of thy years: therefore have I made thee a reproach to the Gentiles, and a mockery to all countries. [5] Those that are near, and those that are far from thee, shall triumph over thee: thou filthy one, infamous, great in destruction.

[6] Behold the princes of Israel, every one hath employed his arm in thee to shed blood. [7] They have abused father and mother in thee, they have oppressed the stranger in the midst of thee, they have grieved the fatherless and widow in thee. [8] Thou hast despised my sanctuaries, and profaned my sabbaths. [9] Slanderers have been in thee to shed blood, and they have eaten upon the mountains in thee, they have committed wickedness in the midst of thee. [10] They have discovered the nakedness of their father in thee, they have humbled the uncleanness of the menstruous woman in thee.

[11] And every one hath committed abomination with his neighbour' s wife, and the father in law hath wickedly defiled his daughter in law, the brother hath oppressed his sister the daughter of his father in thee. [12] They have taken gifts in thee to shed blood: thou hast taken usury and increase, and hast covetously oppressed thy neighbours: and thou hast forgotten me, saith the Lord God. [13] Behold, I have clapped my hands at thy covetousness, which thou hast exercised: and at the blood that hath been shed in the midst of thee. [14] Shall thy heart endure, or shall thy hands prevail ill the days which I will bring upon thee: I the Lord have spoken, and will do it. [15] And I will disperse thee in the nations, and will scatter thee among the countries, and I will put an end to thy uncleanness in thee.

[16] And I will possess thee in the sight of the Gentiles, and thou shalt know that I am the Lord. [17] And the word of the Lord came to me, saying: [18] Son of man, the house of Israel is become dross to me: all these are brass, and tin, and iron, and lead, in the midst of the furnace: they are become the dross of silver. [19] Therefore thus saith the Lord God: Because you are all turned into dross, therefore behold I will gather you together in the midst of Jerusalem. [20] As they gather silver, and brass, and tin, and iron, and lead in the midst of the furnace: that I may kindle a fire in it to melt it: so will I gather you together in my fury and in my wrath, and will take my rest, and I will melt you down.

[21] And I will gather you together, and will burn you in the fire of my wrath, and you shall be melted in the midst thereof. [22] As silver is melted in the midst of the furnace, so shall you be in the midst thereof: and you shall know that I am the Lord, when I have poured out my indignation upon you. [23] And the word of the Lord came to me, saying: [24] Son of man, say to her: Thou art a land that is unclean, and not rained upon in the day of wrath. [25] There is a conspiracy of prophets in the midst thereof: like a lion that roareth and catcheth the prey, they have devoured souls, they have taken riches and hire, they have made many widows in the midst thereof.

[26] Her priests have despised my law, and have defiled my sanctuaries: they have put no difference between holy and profane: nor have distinguished between the polluted and the clean: and they have turned away their eyes from my sabbaths, and I was profaned in the midst of them. [27] Her princes in the midst of her, are like wolves ravening the prey to shed blood, and to destroy souls, and to run after gains through covetousness. [28] And her prophets have daubed them without tempering the mortar, seeing vain things, and divining lies unto them, saying: Thus saith the Lord God: when the Lord hath not spoken. [29] The people of the land have used oppression, and committed robbery: they afflicted the needy and poor, and they oppressed the stranger by calumny without judgment. [30] And I sought among them for a man that might set up a hedge, and stand in the gap before me in favour of the land, that I might not destroy it: and I found none.

[31] And I poured out my indignation upon them, in the fire of my wrath I consumed them: I have rendered their way upon their own head, saith the Lord God.

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