1 Moreover, the spirit of the LORD lift me up, and brought me unto the east port of the LORD's house. And behold, there were twenty five men under the door: among whom I saw Jaazaniah the son of Azzur, and Pelatiah the son of Benaiah, the rulers of the people. 2 Then said the LORD unto me, "Thou son of man: these men imagine mischief, and a wicked counsel take they in this city, 3 saying, 'Tush, there is no destruction at hand, let us build houses: this Jerusalem is the cauldron, and we be the flesh.' 4 Therefore shalt thou prophesy unto them: yea, prophesy shalt thou unto them, O son of man."
5 And with that fell the spirit of the LORD upon me, and said unto me, "Speak, 'Thus sayeth the LORD: On this manner have ye spoken, O ye house of Israel, and I know the imaginations of your hearts. 6 Many a one have ye murdered in this city, and filled the streets full of the slain.
7 Therefore, thus sayeth the LORD God: The slain men that ye have laid on the ground in this city, are the flesh, and this city is the cauldron: But I will bring you out of it. 8 Ye have drawn out the sword, even so will I also bring a sword over you, sayeth the LORD God. 9 I will drive you out of this city and deliver you into your enemies' hand, and will condemn you. 10 Ye shall be slain in all the coasts of Israel. I will be avenged of you: to learn you for to know that I am the LORD. 11 This city shall not be your cauldron, neither shall ye be the flesh therein: but in the coasts of Israel will I punish you, 12 that ye may know that I am the LORD, in whose commandments ye have not walked, nor kept his laws: but have done after the customs of the Heathen, that lie round about you.'"
13 Now when I preached, Pelatiah the son of Benaiah died. Then fell I down upon my face, and cried with a loud voice, "O LORD God, wilt thou then utterly destroy all the remnant in Israel?"
14 And so the word of the LORD came to me on this manner: 15 "Thou son of man: thy brethren, thy kinsfolk, and the whole house of Judah which dwell at Jerusalem, say, 'They be gone far from the LORD, but the land is given us in possession.'
16 Therefore tell them, 'Thus sayeth the LORD God: I will send you far off among the Gentiles, and scatter you among the nations, and I will hallow you but a little, in the lands where ye shall come.'
17 Tell them also, 'Thus sayeth the LORD God: I will gather you again out of the nations, and bring you from the countries where ye be scattered, and will give you the land of Israel again:
18 And thither shall ye come. And as for all impediments, and all your abominations: I will take them away. 19 And I will give you one heart, and will plant a new spirit within your bowels. That stony heart will I take out of your body, and give you a fleshly heart: 20 that ye may walk in my commandments, and keep mine ordinances, and do them. That ye may be my people, and I your God. 21 But look, whose hearts are disposed to follow their abominations and wicked livings: those men's deeds will I bring upon their own heads, sayeth the LORD God.'"
22 After this did the Cherubims lift up their wings, and the wheels went with them, and the glory of God was upon them. 23 So the glory of the LORD went up from the midst of the city, and stood upon the mount of the city toward the east. 24 But the wind took me up, and in a vision which came by the spirit of God it brought me again into Chaldea among the prisoners. Then the vision that I had seen vanished away from me. 25 So I spake unto the prisoners, all the words of the LORD, which he had showed me.